Jewish Community Center

Opening Doors to Spirituality, Social Consciousness, and Community A Friendly Egalitarian Conservative Congregation

Shabbat Behar-Bechokotai

Leviticus 25:1-27:34
Candle Lighting time 7:43 p.m.


A small-town baker bought his butter from a local farmer. One day he weighed the butter and concluded that the farmer had been reducing the amount in the packages but charging the same. So the baker accused the farmer of fraud.


In court the judge asked the farmer, “Do you have measuring weights?” “No sir,” replied the farmer. “How then do you manage to weigh the butter that you sell?” The farmer answered, “When the baker began buying his butter from me, I thought I’d better get my bread from him. I have been using his 1-pound loaf as the weight for the butter I sell. If the weight of the butter is wrong, he has only himself to blame.”


Everybody agrees monetary fraud is forbidden, but not everyone knows that verbal fraud is considered a sin. Commenting on the phrase found in this week’s Torah portion “you shall not wrong one another” (25:14) the rabbis in the Talmud extended this concept of wronging a person with words. “Just as fraud exists in buying and selling, so wrong can be done by the spoken word. A man may not say: ‘How much is this?’ If he has no intention to buy it. If a man is a repentant sinner, one must not say to him: ‘Remember your previous deeds.’ If a man is descended from proselytes, one must not taunt him: ‘Remember the deeds of your ancestors.’…” (Baba Metzia 4:10)


This is a very demanding standard when it comes to honesty. What’s behind it is acting according to the truth of your intentions and identity, a powerful important lesson for us all. Our relationships with others can only be real if they rest on honest assumptions.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Greene


Service Schedule

Shabbat 9:30 a.m.


Save the Date!


Three Thursdays in May: Shavuot is more than just cheesecake. One down, two to go


Thursday, May 10th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM How did the mystics understand Revelation at Mount Sinai? We shall study the classic Kabbalistic work, the Zohar.


Thursday, May 17th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM Let's read and enjoy Sholem Aleichem's short storyI you mustn't weep - itsYom-Tev.


Each class will be approximately an hour long come to as many classes as you wish and you may come at either time slot. 


Thursday, May 3rd celebrate Lag B'Omer with a hot dod dinner an see the movie  "The Band's Visit" Dinner is $10.00 pp and the movie is free. Make tyour reservations at the synogogue's office


Shavuot Schedule:


Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Mincha followed by our Tikun L'al Shavuot. In honor of Israel's 70th birthday we shall study what the Talmud has to say about the love of the land of Israel.  We shall also look at two short stories, Three gifts by I. L. Peretz and the Fable of the Goat  by Shi Agnon, which are based on our Talmud selection. We shall also read some contemporary Zionist thought to see the tensions that we shall learn in the Talmud still reverberate today. No previous Talmud or Hebrew reading knowledge required.  Cheese cake, coffee, and tea will be served.  8:50 p.m.  Ma'ariv and the discussion continues

Sunday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m. The Boker Tov Cafe Opens.  10:00 a.m. Our Outdoor Renewal Shavuot Service, weather permitting.  

Monday, May 21st at  9:00 a.m. the Boker  Tov Cafe Opens. 9:30 a.m. Services Begin with Yizkor around 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 24th - Sisterhood's annual mah-jongg/card party. RSVP $20.00 PP includes lunch.

Sunday, June 3rd - Celebrate Israel Parade: $18.00 includes round trip bus, commemorative T-shirt, a light snack and bottled water. For those who are unable to attend a donation of $18 or more will get you a t-shirt. The deadline is May 1st!

Don't forget about the taxi service Marathon provides-a free wide to and from the synagogue. For more information call the synagogue office.



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