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Shabbat Vayechi

Gen. 47:28-50:26
Friday, January 13th  Candle Lighting time 4:31 p.m.


As I was reading the text message on my mobile phone, my temperature started to rise and my blood began to boil. I was on the verge of shooting back a nasty message when an inner voice told me to cool down and reply tomorrow. The next morning after a good night’s sleep, the issue that had upset me so greatly seemed so trivial. I had blown it out of proportion because I didn’t want to put another person’s interest before my own. I was unwilling to inconvenience myself so I could help someone.


Regretfully, too many people (myself included) are tempted to respond in anger more often than they would like to admit. In this week’s parasha, Vayachee, Jacob in his last testament curses Shimone and Levi’s anger for “when angry they slay men.” (Gen. 49:6 see Gen. 34 for the background story) Parents and grandparents would do well to follow Jacob’s example when pointing out their children flaws. “Even in his displeasure, Jacob does not curse his sons; he curses their unacceptable behavior” (Commentary below the line in the Etz Hayyim Humash, pg. 300)


The Midrash reminds us that “getting angry is like worshipping idols.” (Midrash L’Olam) and “anger and temper are Death’s executioners.” (Midrash Tehillim)We would do well to remember that danger is only one letter away from the word anger.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Shabbat, January 14th Our next Lunch and Learn has been postponed to March due to cold weather and rain and snow. There will be regular services though with a cholent kiddush.


Sunday, January22 Waltz with Bashir is our next feature film in our Israeli film fesitval. Waltz with Bashir is a 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.


It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.



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