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October 2020

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Thursday Night Torah

Thursday Night Torah

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazar - this week it's on Thursday.

Sukkot & RBG

עבדו את השם בשמחה Psalms 2:11

"Serve G'd with joy."

How do we serve G'd with joy when we're not feeling it?

Good News & Bad News

There has been some good news with the movements towards peaceful relations and cooperation between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, there is the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG made me proud to be Jewish.

On Being Joyful In Difficult Times

I'm reminded of something sweet Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield OBM taught us from the teachings of the Helige Rebbe Nachman of Bratszlav, that the whole world is a very narrow bridge and that although a difficult time is upon us, our joy must fill the air.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach OBM taught that while your heart is full of sadness it can also be full of joy, at the same time. He said this is hard to do but that it is a holy thing to do.

In class will explore how to do this.

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10/01/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
Erev Sukkot Service
10/02/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
Saturday Morning Torah Study
10/03/2020 - 8:30am
 
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Monday Night Torah

Monday Night Torah

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Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazar
October 5 at 6:00 PM

Simchat Torah - The Joy of the Torah

“She is a tree of life to all who hold fast to her.”

“All her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are paths of peace.”

Today we’re in the middle of our most joyous holiday, Sukkot, and this weekend we celebrate Simchat Torah where we’ll complete our annual reading of the 5 Books of Moses and start all over again.

The Torah consists of stories and commandments but what is it all about? We’ll explore this topic in tonight’s MNT. All are welcome!

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10/05/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Hoshanah Rabbah Shabbat Service
10/09/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
Saturday Morning Torah Study

Saturday Morning Torah Study

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:30am
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Saturday Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Bob - Sat, Oct 10th at 8:30am
 
Good shabbos all —
 
We’ll have a shorter study session today, as we’ll move into our Yizkor service at 11, led by Rabbi Naomi.
 
We are at the very end of Sukkot — the “eighth day of assembly” known as Shmini Atseret.
We’re not quite finished with our year-long reading of Torah — in fact, we dip back a few chapters to Parashat Re-eh for yet another reminder of what our life is supposed to be all about.
 
Our readings — which will sound very familiar, as they repeat our readings from Rosh HaShana — are as follows:
 
1) D’varim 14:22-29
2) 15: 1-18
3) 15:19-23
4) 16:1-3
5) 16:4-8
6) 16:9-12
7) 16:13-17
 
If you’re wondering why the third Aliya is so long ; I suggest reviewing those passages, which offer a succinct summary of exactly how we’re supposed to treat each other.
 
The Haftarah is from I Kings 8:54-66 — the account of King Solomon’s dedication of his Temple. Well worth reading!
 
As always, we go ZoomLive! at 8:30 for shmoozing, with our Torah Bracha at 9, followed by our end-of Sukkot sharing.

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10/10/2020 - 8:30am
 
 
Yizkor Service

Yizkor Service

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Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 11:00am
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Yizkor Service

Rabbi Naomi leads this service and she will invite everyone to reflect on something you learned from a departed relative or friend.
10/10/2020 - 11:00am
 
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Simchat Torah
10/11/2020 - 10:00am
 
 
Monday Night Torah

Monday Night Torah

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Monday, October 12, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazar
Ivdu et Hashem b’Simcha
Oct.12, 2020, 6pm-7pm
 

Bereisheet - 3 Big Questions
 
“She is a tree of Life to all who hold fast to Her. All Her ways are Pleasantness and all Her paths are Peace.”
 
Our annual Torah reading cycle begins anew this week with the first Torah portion, Bereisheet, in the first book of the Bible, also called Bereisheet (aka Genesis). This Torah portion, perhaps more than any other, is loaded with messages for us today.
 
Everything starts off great with G’d creating the universe and then creating the first people, Adam and Eve, and putting them in the Garden of Eden where they are able to eat from any tree they wish except for the trees in the center of the garden.
 
And then everything goes downhill, and fast! They eat of the forbidden fruit and G’d asks “Where are you?” as if He doesn’t know. This is the first big question. And Adam answers “We were hiding.” Then Cain kills his brother Abel and G’d asks “Where is your brother?” as if He doesn’t know. This is the second big question. And Cain answers/asks “Am I my brother’s keeper?!” This is the third big question.
 
How each of us answers these three big questions (throughout the day and every day) determines the world we live in. All are welcome to join us in exploring this and other topics from our Holy Torah. Bring your ideas, your teachings, and your questions.
 
10/12/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Kabbalat Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Kabbalat Shabbat Service
with Rabbi Bob Rottenberg
Fri, Oct 16th at 7pm
 
Rabbi Bob Rottenberg's goal is to help us open up to receive the gift of Shabbat — to let go of the stress and worry of the week. We do this with a mix of song, chant, readings in English and Hebrew, and time to share our insights about the week’s Torah portion. All are welcome!

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10/16/2020 - 7:00pm
 
 
Saturday Morning Torah Study

Saturday Morning Torah Study

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Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 8:30am
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Saturday Morning Torah Study
October 17th, 8:30 am

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Good Shabbos to all! With the coming of rain (after our successful prayer last shabbos!) and the clearing of the air, it certainly does feel like we’ve been given a new beginning. Clearly, Torah knew (knows) that we would be in exactly this time, needing exactly this opportunity to see the world with new eyes.  
We’ll start our study with what is frequently called the “second creation” story, picking up immediately after G-d’s first Shabbos.
 
Hopefully we’ll take the time to unpack the differences between the two stories — or to see if they are, in fact, one long story.
 
We’re dealing here with what might be called “quintessential Genesis” — the stories most people in the Western world think they know so well:
Eden, Adam, Eve, the “apple,” the “snake,” blaming of the “other," expulsion, Cain, Able…
 
We’ll see about that!
 
Let’s try to approach these stories with “beginner’s eyes” as if we’ve never read these stories before, and know nothing about them!
 
Our readings (including two very long aliyot) are:
 
1) Breishit/Gen. 2:4-9
2) 2:10-19
3) 2:20-25
4) 3:1-21 (Oy for our “sins!”)
5) 3:22-24
6) 4:1-18 (Oy for our hatred and jealousy!)
7) 4:19-26
 
As always, we go ZoomLive!! at 8:30 for shmoozing. At 9 we’ll say our bracha and then take our time to listen to each other as we check in on what new beginnings we envision.
 
See you there!
Rabbi Bob
10/17/2020 - 8:30am
 
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Monday Night Torah

Monday Night Torah

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Monday, October 19, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Monday Night Torah with Phil Lazar
Ivdu et Hashem b’Simcha
Oct.19, 2020, 6pm-7pm
 
Noach
 
“She [the Torah] is a tree of Life to all who hold fast to Her. All Her ways are Pleasantness and all Her paths are Peace.”
 
This week we plan to look at three essential things.
 
First, this week’s Torah portion has the stories of Noah, the flood, the Tower of Babel, and it also introduces Avram (later to become Avraham), Sarai (later to become Sarah), and Lot. We plan to look at what Rashi and other sages have to teach us.
 
Second, we plan to begin an article by one of my teachers, Rav Avraham Brandwein ZTz”L, that he wrote as a beginner’s introduction to Torah and Judaism as seen through the eyes of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the Baal Shem Tov, R. Issac Luria aka the Arizal, and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (the traditional author of the Zohar).
 
And third, we plan to begin a book by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, aka the Ramchal, called The Path of The Just (Mesillat Yesharim). This book is considered by many to be a classic book of musar and by others a deep book of kabbalah. To me it looks like a practical guide to transform ourselves and the world into kedusha (holiness).
 
All are welcome to join us.
10/19/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Kabbalat Shabbat
10/23/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
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Israel Study & Discussion Group

Israel Study & Discussion Group

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
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Israel Study & Discussion Group
Tue, Oct 27th - 6-8 pm
 
Special Guest Speaker Arieh Scharnberg will discuss Jewish Religious Life in Israel.
 
Raised in Humboldt County, Arieh made aliyah (moving to Israel) several years ago and will share his experiences and perspective on Jewish religious life in Israel.
 

Please join us for a friendly and thought-provoking discussion

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10/27/2020 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat

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Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 10:00am
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Tot Shabbat
Sat, Oct 31st at 10am
 
We'll have a Halloween morning Tot Shabbat at 10 am - Come in costume! - ShaBOO Shalom!
 
Join Rabbi Naomi Steinberg for a fun time of puppets, songs and stories. Older children welcome and encouraged to come!

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10/31/2020 - 10:00am
 
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