MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

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

Shabbat Shlach Lecha

Numbers 13:1-15:41
Candle Lighting time 8:06 p.m.

 

After being encamped near Mt. Sinai for two years, the people of Israel were on the verge of entering Canaan—the land God had promised them. God told them to send twelve spies to assess the land and the people living there. When the spies saw the strength of the Canaanites and the size of their cities, ten of them said, “We can’t!” Two said, “We can!”

 

What made the difference?

 

When the ten compared the giants with themselves and the giants loomed large, the two—Caleb and Joshua—compared the giants with God, and the giants were cut down to size. “The Lord is with us,” they said. “Do not be afraid of them” (Num. 14:9).

 

Unbelief never lets us get beyond the difficulties—the impregnable cities and the impossible giants. It preoccupies itself with them, brooding over them, pitting them against mere human resources.

 

Faith, on the other hand, though it never minimizes the dangers and difficulties of any circumstance, looks away from them to God and counts on His invisible presence and power.

 

What are your “giants”? A habit you cannot break? A temptation you cannot resist? A difficult marriage? A drug-abusing son or daughter (grandson or granddaughter)? If we compare ourselves with our difficulties, we will always be overwhelmed. Faith looks away from the greatness of the undertaking to the greatness of an ever-present, all-powerful God who stands ready to strengthen you, who will help you, and who will sustain you with His power to meet any challenge.

 

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Greene

 

Service Schedule

   
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
   

 

Save the Date!

Friday, June 15th will be our next Friday night service with a  free Shabbat dinner. RSVP by June 11th


Wednesday, June 20th Join the Little neck /Douglaston Interfaith Faith Action Committee as we travel to the Jewish theological seminary for a unique gathering of clergy, vocalists, and musicians from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. Songs for the Holy City will feature: Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum, spiritual leader of Kehillat Zion, Jerusalem Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University and Ara Dinkjian, world-renowned oud master and liturgical musician in the Armenian Apostolic Church.  


We shall meet at Congregation L'Dor V'Dor (Little Neck Jewish Center) at 6 PM and return home at 10:30 PM. The cost of this round-trip bus ride is $20 per person. Optional box dinner is available for $15 per person. Follow this link to make your reservations:  https://form.jotform.com/81434888360969


If you can't make it to the live performance, you can still join your friends and neighbors for live streaming of the program at Saint Anastasia Catholic Church 45-14 245th Street in Douglaston.   Follow this link to make your reservations:  https://form.jotform.com/81434888360969

 

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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