1st Torah Exodus 27:20 -30:10 2nd Torah Dt. 17:19
Candle Lighting time 5:21 p.m.
This Shabbat, Shabbat Zachor, is another special Shabbat before Purim. We remember how God saved our ancestors from Amalek, who attacked the Israelites by surprise when they were famished and weary when they first left Egypt. (Dt. 25:18) and how we defeated Haman, a descendent of Amalek, in Meggilat Esther. Do you know that some people at the end of the morning service read a list of six commandments to remember something from the Torah found in a traditional siddur? One of the six is remembering what Amalek did to our ancestors. I believe this tradition is just another way to inculcate a gratitude attitude.
Even if you don’t recite those specific six verses, remembering can change the very tenor of your day from the get-go. There are days when we don’t jump out of bed raring to go. Some days we awaken with aching joints and dull spirits and wonder how we can shake off our lethargy and make it through the day.
Here’s an idea: Like David, try lifting up your thanks to God. Use mind and memory to rekindle thankfulness for all God’s “benefits” (Ps. 103:2). Gratefulness will lead to joy.
Thank God for His forgiveness. He “forgives all your iniquities” (v.3), and “has cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic. 7:19).
Thank Him for healing your diseases (v.3). God heals by sending His messengers of healing, the doctors, the nurses, the aids, the friends who prayed for your recovery, and to all the other people who help speed recovery by kind words and deeds of friendship and affection. When we meet our Maker after 120 years, we have the faith that God will heal all of our diseases.
Thank Him for crowning your life “with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (v.4).
Thank the One who satisfies your desires (v.5). He is your satisfaction. Each day, He renews your strength and vigor. Then your spirit can rise up and soar like the eagle.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (v.2).
Save the Date!
Friday Night Live at Marathon JCC March 2, at 6:00PM, Service and a Shabbat dinner catered by Annie Chan. Free for all members and $25.00 for non-members. RSVP by 2/26.
Sunday, April 15, 10:30 AM The community Yom Hashoa service, at Temple Torah
Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday as we march in the celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 3rd