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Shabbat Vaera

Exodus 6:2-9:35
Friday, January 27 Candle Lighting time 4:48 p.m.

A Midrash (Shemot Rabbah 9:10) explains why Aaron struck the Nile to initiate the first two plague of blood and frogs. (Exodus 7:9, 19).  Because the Nile protected baby Moses in his basket as he floated down the river, Moses smiting the river would be inappropriate.  The Torah is teaching us an important lesson. We should develop a gratitude attitude. If we should show gratitude to water, an inanimate object which has no feelings, how much more so should we express our gratitude to human beings who have shown us kindness!


When I worked at Camp Ramah in New England either as a Hebrew or Judaic teacher, my job was a breeze compared to those who worked in the kitchen.  I only taught 4 period out of eight a day (of course I used some of the other periods to prepare the next day’s lesson plans). The kitchen staff had to prepare close to 1000 meals three times a day seven days a week, as well as washing the dirty dishes, and cleaning up the dining room after each meal so it would be ready for the next meal several hours later.  While many grumbled that the food just wasn’t like the way mother made it, I tried to thank the kitchen staff after each meal to show my gratitude for all their hard work and effort. Working in a kitchen has to be one of hardest of all the camp jobs and I know they appreciated my words by the smiles on their faces.


Try a gratitude practice by saying “thank you” at least 100 times a day. Over time you’ll make a lot of people happy and you’ll discover that you’ll be a happier person too!


People have responded so positively to my solicitation to raise money for special need campers at Camp Ramah.  I now have raised $3100. 00 out of $3600.00. All I need is 5 more people to donate $100.00 apiece and I will have easily raised my goal. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford.


Donating through this website: Is fast, easy, and totally secure.  It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.  If you wish, you may also send me a check made out to the National Ramah Commission, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027 with a notation of your support of my fund raising efforts and send it to them.


If you have already made a donation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

Shabbat, February 11th Celebrate Tu Bishvat with us with our annual “outdoor” renewal service indoors. Our theme will be “Let the Earth Teach You Torah.” As usual we shall use meditation, movement, song, and prayer explanation to enhance our prayers.  Services begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Boker Tov Café opened at 9:00 a.m. Our Tu Bishvat Seder and luncheon follows immediately after services.


Sunday, Feburary 19th , 11:00 a.m. Our next Israeli film in our film festival will be Time of Favor Time of Favor is Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's 2000 debut film, starring Aki Avni. Winner of Six Israeli Oscars including Best Picture, "Time of Favor" is a taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the military. Both a political-psychological drama and a love story between a passionate woman and two best friends, "Time of Favor" raises important questions of faith to one's religion, duty to one's nation, and love for oneself.

The New York Times called it an "art house thriller," and the Los Angeles Times said it was "one of the most successful contemporary Israeli films." 



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