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Rabbi Shmuel's Weekly Newsletter for week of 21 January 2024




Kabbalah Thought for this week

"Rabbi Yitzchak said: "Fret not yourself because of evildoers" (Tehilim 37:1). HE ASKS, Who are these evildoers, for it is not written 'sinners' or 'wicked?' HE RESPONDS, Rather "evildoers" are those that bring evil to themselves and to those who join up with them. Rabbi Yehuda said, "FRET NOT YOURSELF BECAUSE OF evildoers," IS DEFINED as staying away from evildoers so that you do not become friends and associate with them. Also, this is so that their actions do not hurt you and you are not caught for their sins."




Each day, Jews end their prayer service with Aleinu. There is an affirmation afterwards that is especially timely in addressing today's strife:


"Do not fear sudden terror, or the destruction of the wicked when it comes (1). Plan a conspiracy and it will get annulled; speak your piece and it shall not stand, for God is with us (2). Even when you age, I remain unchanged; and even till your ripe old age, I shall endure. I created you and I shall bear you; I shall endure and rescue (3)."

These verses express confidence in God's protection and are regarded as auguries of redemption.

  1. Proverbs 3:25 Do not fear an evildoer's intention, no matter how dangerous it seems.

  2. Isaiah 8:10 Let the enemies of Israel conspire and plan; they will not succeed

  3. Isaiah 46:4 God remains the eternal protector of Israel, even though we may have sinned.



Announcements

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute

-Events

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Shabbat Services

-School


Calendar

This is an overview of upcoming events. Details of each event are below

Sunday, 21 January 2023-In-Person Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 22 January 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 25 January 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 26 & 27 January 2024-Shabbat Services

Sunday, 28 January 2024-Hebrew School & Miller Course

Monday, 29 January 2024-Torah Study

Thursday, 1 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 2 & 3 February 2024-Shabbat Services

Thursday, 8 February 2024-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 9 & 10 February 2024-Shabbat Services



*For your information, I have included below my schedule, including office hours for the next two weeks and specific classes in which I am involved.

**For your convenience and information, Zoom links will be provided in separate emails for security purposes.

***I continue to update our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.

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Office Hours for the next few weeks:

Going forward, I am planning on conducting Hebrew School from my office and making Sunday an office day to be more available.

Sunday, January 21, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm (In-Person Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm & Miller Course 12:15pm - 1:15pm)

Monday, January 22, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm

Friday, January 26, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, January 28, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, January 29, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - Tuesday, February 6, 2024 Out of Office

Friday, February 9, 2024 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:00am - 2:00pm (Hebrew School 10:00am - 11:30am & Miller Course 11:45am - 12:45pm)

Monday, February 12, 2023 9:30am - 2:00pm

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)






Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, January 22 at 7:30 pm PT

Zoom Links sent in separate email Monday morning. Please reply if you do not receive them.

Parashat Beshalach 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת בְּשַׁלַּח

27 January 2024 / 17 Sh'vat 5784

Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17-17:16

Beshalach (“When He Let Go”) describes the splitting of the Red Sea and the song the Israelites sing upon crossing through. In the desert, God sweetens bitter water and provides manna and quail. The portion ends recounting the victory of the Israelites against an attack by the Amalekites. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 268 – 276 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 265 – 281)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 370 – 385 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 366 – 393)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 403 – 416 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 399 – 422)




Tu BiShvat 2024 / טוּ בִּשְׁבָט 5784

New Year for Trees 🌳

Tu BiShvat for Hebrew Year 5784 begins at sundown on Wednesday, 24 January 2024 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, 25 January 2024.

🌳 🌱 ט״ו בִּשְׁבָט שָׂמֵחַ 🌱 🌳

Tu BiShvat or Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט‎) is a minor Jewish holiday, occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called “The New Year of the Trees” or (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu BiShvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah.



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, January 25, 2024 @ 7:30pm

What next? We’ll go back to the “what do we study next?” drawing board.



Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

🕯️ Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, January 264:56pm

✨ Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, January 275:55pm

Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, January 26, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, January 27, 2024 @ 9:30 am

Zoom Links sent in separate email Friday afternoon. Please reply if you do not receive them.

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We are now incorporating guitar accompaniment with our Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv

Parashat Beshalach 5784 / פָּרָשַׁת בְּשַׁלַּח

27 January 2024 / 17 Sh'vat 5784

Parashat Beshalach is the 16th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 13:17-17:16

Triennial year 2

1: 14:15-20 · 6 p’sukim ·  

2: 14:21-25 · 5 p’sukim ·  

3: 14:26-15:21 · 27 p’sukim ·  

4: 15:22-26 · 5 p’sukim ·  

5: 15:27-16:3 · 4 p’sukim ·  

6: 16:4-7 · 4 p’sukim ·  

7: 16:8-10 · 3 p’sukim ·  

maf: 16:8-10 · 3 p’sukim · 

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Judges 4:4-5:31 · 52 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah 

Hertz Chumash: pp. 268 – 276 Triennial Year 2 (Full Kriyah pp. 265 – 281)




Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Sunday, January 28, 2024 Hebrew School 10:00am - 12:00pm

Zoom Links sent out Saturday Evening after sundown

Our Hebrew Class consists of two sessions:

10:00am - 10:40pm Learning Hebrew

10:50am - 11:30am Studying Torah and other related topics




Next Miller Course

Sunday, 28 January 2024, 11:45am - 12:45pm

Module 2: TaNaKh (Hebrew Scriptures)





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