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Rabbi Stephen's Weekly Newsletter for week of 16 July 2023



Announcements

-Office Hours

-This week’s 10-Minute

-Events

-Candle Lighting Times for Shabbat (Ontario, CA)

-Shabbat Services

-School

-Rosh Chodesh


Calendar

Sunday, 16 July 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Thursday, 20 July 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 21 & 22 July 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 23 July 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 24 July 2023-Adult Torah Study

Thursday, 27 July 2023-Tisha B'Av

Friday & Saturday, 28 & 29 July 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 30 July 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism

Monday, 31 July 2023-Adult Torah Study

Thursday, 3 August 2023-Judaic Studies

Friday & Saturday, 4 & 5 August 2023-This week's Shabbat services

Sunday, 6 August 2023-Children's Hebrew Class

-Miller Course, Introduction to Judaism


-Mi Sheberach List


*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 have updated our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing by removing the names of those of whom we were uncertain. Please advise if any names were removed in error. For your convenience, I am attaching this revised list to this email that only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario. Thank you.


Office Hours this week:

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

Sunday, July 16, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Monday, July 17, 2023 No hours (Medical Leave)

Thursday, July 13, 2023 9:30pm - 2:00pm (Tentative)

Friday, July 21, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, July 23, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Monday, July 24, 2023 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 9:30am - 12:00pm (Tisha B'Av Services)

Friday, July 28, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, July 30, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

Monday, July 31, 2023 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

Friday, August 4, 2023 2:00pm - 7:30pm (Friday Night Shabbat Ma'ariv @ 7:30pm)

Sunday, August 6, 2023 - 9:00am - 2:00pm (Children's Beginning Hebrew @ 10:00am & Miller Courses @ 11:00am & 12:00noon)

(Subject to change. Please call for appointments)




Adult Torah Study Class

Next Session: Monday, July 24 at 7:30 pm PT

No Torah Study July 17 due to medical leave

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

Parashat Vaetchanan 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת וָאֶתְחַנַּן

29 July 2023 / 11 Av 5783

Parashat Vaetchanan is the 45th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 3:23-5:18

Vaetchanan (“I Pleaded”) opens as Moses describes his pleading with God to be allowed into the Land of Israel. Moses warns the Israelites not to pursue idolatry and recounts the giving of the Ten Commandments. The portion also contains the Shema, a declaration of faith and a central text in Jewish prayer. [1]

Commentary and Divrei Torah


Hertz Chumash: pp. 755 – 768 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 755 – 776)

Artscroll Chumash: pp. 958 – 971 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 958 – 979)

Etz Chaim Chumash: pp. 9 - 9 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 9 - 9)




Rosh Chodesh Av 2023 / רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ אָב 5783

Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar 🌒

Rosh Chodesh Av for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Tuesday, 18 July 2023 and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, 19 July 2023.

Start of month of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Av (אָב) is the 5th month of the Hebrew year, has 30 days, and corresponds to July or August on the Gregorian calendar. רֹאשׁ חוֹדֶשׁ, transliterated Rosh Chodesh or Rosh Hodesh, is a minor holiday that occurs at the beginning of every month in the Hebrew calendar. It is marked by the birth of a new moon.



Judaic Studies

Next session: Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ 7:30pm

We will be continuing with our study of Louis Jacobs’ book, Jewish Personal and Social Ethics, concentrating on Chapter 5, “Health and Care of the Body,” and Chapter 7, “Honesty and Integrity.”


Shabbat Times for Ontario, California, USA

Candle lighting / הדלקת נרות Friday, July 217:39 – 7:39pm

Havdalah (50 min) / הבדלה - 50 דקות Saturday, July 228:46 – 8:46pm


Upcoming Services

Shabbat Ma'ariv Service Friday, July 21, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Shabbat Shachrit Service Saturday, July 22, 2023 @ 9:30 am

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

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

Parashat Devarim 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת דְּבָרִים

22 July 2023 / 4 Av 5783

Parashat Devarim is the 44th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

Devarim (“Words”) is the first Torah portion in the Book of Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah. In it, Moses recounts events from the Israelites’ travels in the desert, like the appointment of judges, the sin of the spies, and the wars with the Emorite kings Sihon and Og. [1]

Triennial year 1

1: 1:1-3 · 3 p’sukim ·

2: 1:4-7 · 4 p’sukim ·

3: 1:8-10 · 3 p’sukim ·

4: 1:11-21 · 11 p’sukim ·

5: 1:22-28 · 7 p’sukim ·

6: 1:29-38 · 10 p’sukim ·

7: 1:39-2:1 · 9 p’sukim ·

maf: 1:39-2:1 · 9 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27· 27 p’sukim

Commentary and Divrei Torah

Hertz Chumash: pp. 736 – 743 Triennial Year 1 (Full Kriyah pp. 736 – 749)

*Note that we are now doing the Triennial reading for our Shabbat Torah services. 5783 will be Triennial Year 1

**We are holding live Shabbat services back in the synagogue. We will still continue to broadcast on Zoom for those unable to come to the sanctuary. Please call the office for more information if you'd like to attend.



Shabbat Chazon 2023 / שַׁבָּת חֲזוֹן 5783

Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision 🕍

Shabbat Chazon for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Friday, 21 July 2023 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 22 July 2023. This corresponds to Parashat Devarim.

Shabbat Chazon (“Sabbath [of] vision” שבת חזון) takes its name from the Haftarah that is read on the Shabbat immediately prior to the mournful fast of Tisha B’Av, from the words of rebuke and doom coming from Isaiah in the Book of Isaiah 1:1-27. It is also referred to as the Black Sabbath due to its status as the saddest Shabbat of the year (as opposed to the White Sabbath, Shabbat Shuvah, immediately precededing Yom Kippur).



Hebrew School at Temple Sholom of Ontario

Hebrew School is on break for the summer; see you in the fall.


Children's Beginning Hebrew Class

Sunday, July 23, 2023 10:00am -10:45am

Please contact us for further details and information

To teach Hebrew to those just entering Hebrew school or would like a refresher.




Miller Course: Introduction to Judaism

Next Session: Sunday, July 23, 2023

11:00am - 12:00noon Module 16: Antisemitism

12:00noon - 1:00pm Module 5: Shabbat

We have started a second course!

Your Jewish Journey Starts at Miller Intro to Judaism

Welcome to the Miller Intro to Judaism Program! We invite you to explore Judaism with us. Whether you are in an interfaith relationship, re-discovering your Jewish heritage, or seek to convert to Judaism, we are here to support your journey.

The core of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an 18-week course that surveys Jewish living and practice, including history, ritual, culture, texts, and values. Classes are designed to be highly interactive, with much time for discussion and questions, and include personalized instruction in reading Hebrew.




Tish’a B’Av 2023 / תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב 5783

The Ninth of Av ✡️

Tish'a B'Av for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Wednesday, 26 July 2023 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, 27 July 2023.

Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av.



Tish’a B’Av / תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב Thursday, 27 July 2023 / 9 Av 5783

Shacharit Service 9:30am - 12:00pm

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 4:25-40

  1. 1: Deuteronomy 4:25-29 · 5 p’sukim ·

  2. 2: Deuteronomy 4:30-35 · 6 p’sukim ·

  3. 3: Deuteronomy 4:36-40 · 5 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Jeremiah 8:13-9:23 · 34 p’sukim



***We continually update our Mi Sheberach מי שברך list for those in need of healing. Please advise any names to be added or removed. This list only goes to members of Temple Sholom of Ontario but I will include anyone who can benefit from these prayers. Thank you.


*The titles in blue and underlined are "hyperlinks". If you click on any of those, it will lead to that site/URL. The hyperlink gives a descriptive title with the actual link embedded in that title. Anyone who is concerned about clicking a link or hyperlink can access any of these resources by going to my website, www.modernrabbistephen.com. You can find them in the "Blog" and "Videos" sections, as well as the "Instagram Links" by clicking on the various pictures.




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