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Shabbat Bo

Exodus 10:1-13:16
Candle Lighting time 4:56 p.m.
 

Everything I observe makes me believe this is true: Order is not natural. When I consider my office, I’m astounded at how quickly it descends into chaos and how long it takes me to restore order. Order requires intervention; it does not happen naturally.

 

I shouldn’t be surprised. God’s role in bringing order out of chaos is a prominent biblical theme. He did it when He was creating the nation of Israel (Ex. 7–14). When God said it was time to bring our ancestors out of Egypt, Pharaoh objected. His nation’s economy depended on the Hebrew workers, so Pharaoh didn’t want to lose them. To change Pharaoh’s mind, God sent 10 plagues to convince him. In this week’s parasha Bo, We read about the last 3 plagues, culminating in the death of the first born. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to duplicate the first two plagues. But they could not reverse the plagues—any of them. They could cause chaos, but they could not restore order. Only God can do that.

 

With effort, we can bring order to our living spaces, but many of us need help to bring order out of the emotional and spiritual chaos of our lives. God can help us do that. He restores order to chaotic situations when we live as God intended as taught by his prophet Micah:  “He has told you O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you; Only to do justice and to love goodness and to walk modestly with your God.” (6:8)

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

People have responded so positively to my solicitation to raise money for special need campers at Camp Ramah.  I now have raised my initial goal. I am challenging myself to raise more money for Camp Ramah special needs campers than I did two years ago.  All I need is 19 more people donating $100.00 each and I will have set a new personal record. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford.

 

Donating through this website: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3279596&langPref=en-CA 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.

 

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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