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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Leviticus 16:20-20:27 
Candle Lighting time 7:37 p.m.


Contrary to common belief, the ostrich does not bury its head in the sand to ignore danger. An ostrich can run at a speed of 45 miles per hour, kick powerfully, and peck aggressively with its beak. As the largest and fastest bird in the world, it doesn't need to bury its head.


"Burying your head in the sand" is a saying that describes someone who wants to ignore his shortcomings or those of others. The prophet Nathan did not allow King David to forget his sins of adultery and murder (2 Samuel 12:1-14). It took a brave man to confront a king about his errors. Yet Nathan was obedient to God and wise in his approach.


In this week’s Torah portion we are instructed that one way to love our neighbor is to “reprove your kinsman but incur no guilt because of him.” (Lev. 19:17) “The Sages forbid carrying reproach to the point of embarrassing someone, thus incurring guilt because of that exchange, something that is forbidden by the Torah (Sifra) The obligation to reprove is limited to cases in which one has reason to believe the reproof will bring about a change in behavior. It should always be a loving rebuke, never an occasion to belittle another for errant behavior.” (Etz Hayyim commentary below the line. Page 696)


We shouldn't go looking for sin in the lives of other, of course. But neither should we bury our head in the sand when it needs to be confronted wisely, appropriately, and done in such a way that the reproach will be heard.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene



Service Schedule

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


Save the Date!

May 25th Sisterhood Mahjong Card Party 


May 30th Erev Shavuot 6:00 p.m. Screening the documentary "A Yiddish World Remembered" The movie is free. 7:00 p.m. Shavuot Services 7:30 A 3 course dairy dinner in honor of Shavuot.  Dinner is only $20.00 per person. Hebrew School age children free with a parent or guardian. RSVP by May 18th.  Join for all or part of the celebration.


May 31st Our annual outdoor Shavuot renewal service at 10:00 a.m.


June 1st Shavuot services begin at 9:30 a.m. with yizkor around 11:00 a.m.


Finally I leave for my Israel bike ride supporting special needs campers at Camp Ramah Tonight! It's not to late to support my ride.  I am only $500.00 from raising my all time new record of $7000.00. 


If you haven't yet and need just one more reminder, now is the time help me reach this milestone.  All you have to do is either follow this secure link: 


or send in a check made out to the National Ramah Commission with a notation that you are supporting my ride. Mail it to the National Ramah Commission, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027.


If you have already made a donation, I am most thankful.



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