MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

Opening Doors to Spirituality, Social Consciousness, and Community A Friendly Egalitarian Conservative Congregation

Shabbat Noach

Genesis 6:9-11:32
Candle Lighting time 5:55 p.m.

 

What can ride ocean currents for years before finally washing ashore and springing to life? According to National Geographic’s World magazine, it’s a nut that is native to South America and the West Indies. Some people call them “sea hearts.” These 2-inch, chestnut-colored nuts are hardy, heart-shaped seeds that grow on high-climbing vines. They often fall into rivers and float out to sea. There they may ride the currents for years before coming to shore and sprouting into a plant.

 

This life-bearing, time-enduring, wave-riding seed illustrates a basic spiritual principle. Life gives us many opportunities to develop patience. This was true in this week’s parasha. Noah needed patience when building the Ark.  As a ship builder he need to make sure the Ark would survive the pounding waves of the flood.  As God’s messenger he needed patience in dealing with the generations of the flood in the hope of convincing them to repent.  If he was successful, they would have repented and their punishment would have been averted.

 

Sea hearts can’t choose to be patient, but we can. Nothing is harder or better for us than to accept King Solomon’s advice, when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:8 “the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”  By being patient we can have peace, and our faith will grow—even while we are riding out the waves.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Prayer Times

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Sun. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!

 

Tuesday, Oct. 20th Rabbi Greene's class begins at 10:00 a.m. We shall continue our journey through the Bible as well as read Jewish short stories. All are welcome.  No previous experience nor Hebrew needed.

 

Shabbat , October 24th,   Our first Lunch and Learn session.  The Boker Tov Cafe will open at 9:00 a.m.  Regular services begin at 9:30 a.m. and our Carlebach minyon will begin at 10:30 a.m..  Based on the theme of Justice and Righteousness, Rabbi Greene will teach 3 court cases that changed Israel forever. RSVP for lunch by October 21st the cost is only $12.00. After October 21st the cost will be $18.00.

 

Marathon joins the community in remembering Kristallnacht, Sunday, November 1st at 2pm at Congregation L'Dor V'Dor (Oakland Little Neck JC) A panel discussion moderated by Beth Lilach.  Confronting Present Day Genocide.  Following the discussion we will be planting 360 daffodils bulbs as part of an international effort to plant 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered as part of the Holocaust. I encourage you to sponsor 36 daffodils at a cost of only $36.00  The profits from the sale of the bulbs will go to the Holocaust Center Nassau County.  Make your checks out to Rabbi's discretionary fund with a notation Daffodil and I shall forward the money.

 

 

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