Candle Lighting time 5:38 p.m.
George Washington Carver (1864–1943) overcame terrible racial prejudice to establish himself as a renowned American educator. Spurning the temptation to give in to bitterness for the way he was treated, Carver wisely wrote, “Hate within will eventually destroy the hater.”
In the book of Esther, we see how self-destructive hatred can be. Mordecai, a Jew, refused to bow down before Haman—a self-important dignitary in the Persian court. This angered Haman, who manipulated information to make Mordecai and his people appear as threats to the empire (3:8-9). When his scheming was complete, Haman called on the Persian king to kill all the Jews. The king proclaimed an edict to that effect, but before it could be carried out, Esther intervened and Haman’s devious plot was revealed (7:1-6). Enraged, the king had Haman executed on gallows the schemer had built for Mordecai (7:7-10).
Carver’s words and Haman’s actions remind us that hatred is self-destructive. In synagogues all over the world every Shabbat Jews recite Psalm 34 which instills in us how should live our lives. Sometimes at Marathon we even sing out loud these words in the original Hebrew! “Who is the person who is eager for life, who desires years of good fortune? Guard your tongue from evil, your lips from deceitful speech. Shun evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” (vvs. 13-15)
More than ever in today’s political climate we need to watch what we say, do good, and pursue peace to heal our divided nation.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Purim,
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Save the Date!
Thursday, 16th 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Make your own Tallit-a workshop led by Judy Greene. Open to all Men, Women, Boys, and Girls.
Saturday night, March 11th 7:00 p.m. We celebrate Purim with a Megillah reading.
Wednesday, March 22 7:15 p.m. Sisterhood's Rosh Hodesh Nisan Celebration. $5.00 to cover the craft and refreshments
Shabbat, March 25th, Lunch and Learn "Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself." Lunch is only $12.00. RSVP a must by March 20th
Sunday, March 26th, 11:00 a.m. Our next film in our Israeli Film Festival is "The Apartment."
In the 1930s, two German couples visited Palestine together. One couple, the Tuchlers, was Jewish. The husband in the other couple, the von Mildensteins, was the predecessor of Adolf Eichmann, Nazi propagandist and eventual war criminal. Baron von Mildenstein wrote an article about the trip, "A Nazi in Palestine," for a Nazi newspaper.
Both men in fact were ardent Zionists, of course for different reasons. Von Mildenstein believed that encouraging Germany's Jews to emigrate to Palestine was a practical solution to "The Jewish problem," and used his position to encourage his thinking with Hitler and Goebbels. As the Holocaust began to take shape, the Tuchlers sailed for Palestine. Remarkably, after the war, they reached out to their old friends the von Mildensteins, and the friendship was restarted, the couples remaining close and friendly
"The Flat," a spellbinding documentary about family secrets, begins when the maker of this film, Arnon Goldfinger, joins his mother in cleaning out the Tel Aviv flat of his grandmother, her mother, who had just died at 98. They find the possessions of a lifetime, and among them, the long-ago newspaper article. His grandparents were friendly with a high Nazi official? More than that: Arnon's mother, Hannah, tells him that the couples resumed their friendship.
The movie is free and opened to the public. Brunch will be available for purchase. Hot Dogs for $2.00 each. Chips for $1.00 per bag. Desert will be between $1.00 -$
Sunday, April 23rd 10:30 a.m. Our Community-wide observance of Yom Hashoa is being held at Marathon this year.
Sunday, June 4th Join us as we march in the Celebrate Israel Parade