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Shabbat Yitro

Exodus 18:1- 20:22
Candle Lighting time 4:56  p.m.


A store owner in Maine stubbornly refused to carry a new product. “You must remember, young feller,” said the storekeeper to the salesman, “that in this part of the country every want ain’t a need.”


Confusing our wants with our needs goes to the heart of coveting and explains why we are so often driven by the desire for more and more. We fail to see that one life’s greatest fulfillment is not found in accumulating things but in knowing God.


In this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses receives the Ten Commandments behalf the Jewish people.  The tenth commandment may seem like an add-on compared to such big-ticket items as murder, stealing, lying, and adultery, but it is foundational to all the other commandments and ensures peace and contentment. It is the only command that zeroes in on a forbidden attitude rather than an action. Yet it is a safeguard against the temptation to break the other nine commandments.


For example, David’s covetous desire for another man’s wife led to adultery, stealing, and murder (2 Sam. 11). And a desire for more and more pleasure, power, or possessions can destroy family relationships and cause us to lie to others. Of course, it also keeps us from having and maintaining a right relationship to God.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Friday night    6:00 p.m.
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 of mishloac manot.

In the Community


Marathon has been participant in a communitywide interfaith initiative. We've been working on three different issues
The three sub-committees are:


Protecting the Environment, Promoting Tolerance, Reducing Gun Violence

The committees have been very busy. At the meeting next week on Tuesday, February 6, we will have detailed course from each of these subcommittees and begin to solidify our plans of action. Please make every effort to attend the meeting on February and reach out to your friends whom you think might like to join our committees.

Thursday, February 1, at 7:30 PM at the Samuel Field Y there will be a meeting of the reducing gun violence subcommittee to which were all invited. There will be a guest speaker teaching us how to be effective citizens in reducing this nationwide epidemic of mass shootings and suicide. Everybody is invited.




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