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Shabbat Beshalach

Exodus 13:17-17:16
Candle Lighting time 4:47 p.m.


The children of Israel had not gone far from the shore of the Red Sea when the realities of their new freedom began to register. They no longer enjoyed the ample food and water supply of Egypt. Now, after traveling three days into the wilderness, the large crowd had no water. And when they finally arrived at the oasis of Marah, the water was bitter (Ex. 15:23).


Thus the children of Israel were compelled to rely on a miracle. So they cried out to Moses, and Moses cried out to the Lord. The Lord showed him a tree, which Moses cast into the water. Miraculously, the water turned sweet.


The transformation of the water was a miracle akin to the plague of blood sent to Pharaoh and the Egyptians (Ex. 7:14-25). Egypt’s clean water had been sullied with blood by the hand of the Lord. The lesson of Marah was clear—the same hand that turned water into blood could turn bitter water into sweet. The same power that brought curses on Egypt could bring health to Israel.


Although we don’t rely upon miracles anymore, we still have plenty of needs. We believe that God hasn’t abandoned us either. If you have a seemingly impossible need today, remember that God is by your side helping you by strengthening your ability to overcome the obstacle at hand. Trust Him to help you accomplish things that seem impossible.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!

Shabbat, . February 2, 6:00 PM Join us for a short Friday night, Kabbalat Shabbat, service. Surrounding our traditional Shabbat dinner will be our annual Tu B'Shevat Seder. The dots influence of the Seder will be the appetizers so you don't want to come late. There will be a vegetarian option available for dinner. There is no charge for marathon members. Although donations are most appreciated to help us cover the cost of the dinner. RSVP by Monday, January 29. Call the office to RSVP and let us know if you need a ride. 718-428-1580.


Don't forget to place your orders for your Purim baskets to be sent to your friends to fulfill the mitzvah ofmishloac manot. 



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