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פרשת בשלח/שבת שירה
Shabbat Shira/Parshat Beshalach

13th of Shevat, 5780

February 7th-8th, 2020

 

Candle lighting: 5:01 PM    

Havdalah: 6:03 PM
(Kiddush Levana if the moon is visible)



THIS KEHILAH MEETS THIS SHABBAT:


Shabbat Parshat Beshalach - Shabbat Shira

February 8th, 2020, 13th of Shevat, 5780


Location:
 

4450 Fieldston Rd.

at the Society for Ethical Culture



Davening begins at 9 AM


KehilahKids will be meeting!


Special Tu b'Shvat Kiddush sponsored by: 

- Chana Sommer & Jeremy Senderowicz
in honor of Gila's birthday.  

- Our Tu b'Shvat Kiddush Sponsors:

Howard & Carolyn Graybow

Amanda & Toby Lowe and Family

Ari & Shimona Katz and Family

Adina & Adam Kahn and Family

Ruth & Nachman Mazurek

James Licht & R’ Dina Najman and Family

Beverly Wolfer Nerenberg & John Nerenberg and Family

Linda & Billy Scheiner

Meira Trawick & Harry Slepian

Bobbe Gaims Spiegel & Rob Spiegel

Kalman & Lynda Vidomlanski and Family



Please join us!
PURIM AT THE KEHILAH

MARCH 9TH, 2020 / 14TH OF ADAR

 
7:00 PM Maariv followed by reading of
Megilat Esther
(men and women will be leining the megilah)*

 
Followed by... The Kehilah Purim Chagigah with
food, fun and entertainment!


Location:
The Riverdale Y *
5625 Arlington Avenue

Bronx, NY  10471

* Parking Available at the Riverdale Y



Please Join our 6th Annual Communal Mishloach Manot Sponsorship, by emailing us at:

info@thekehilah.org



Purim Mishloach Manot
Sponsorship Options:


Hatach:  $36

Charvona:  $50

Mordechai:  $75

Esther:  $100


OR

For $36, send a gift to the entire Kehilah Community.


To Sponsor: Go to our website:  
www.thekehilah.org

Or 

email us at:  info@thekehilah.org


Special Thanks to: 
Molly Palefski and Sarah Braum for organizing and coordinating our Purim Program.


 
*If you are interested in leining a Perek of Megilat Esther, please email us at info@thekehilah.org  
 
 
DON'T MISS IT!!!

Dear Kehilah Members and Friends, 

After a series of shiurim, and based upon overwhelming communal interest, our Kehilah has now expanded the roles for women during Kriyat haTorah.

Women and men are called to the Torah for aliyot and participate in reading from the Torah. 

If you would like to read from the Torah on any given Shabbat, please contact Rosh Kehilah Najman directly at: 
dina.najman@gmail.com 


Now more than ever we need your support, and we encourage you to renew your membership with the Kehilah for 2020 today.
In addition to our basic membership of $500, we are introducing a new Chai Membership of $1,800
If you believe in the mission of the Kehilah, if you are excited about the dynamic programming changes, we encourage you to support us. 

The Kehilah will be meeting roughly every other week from January through June at the Society for Ethical Culture.

Below is a calendar of dates for the first half of 2020 when the Kehilah will be meeting: 

February 22
March 7
March 28
April 4
April 25
May 9
May 30
June 13
June 20
June 27

Please mark your calendars and join us early and often!
 
Finally, we also ask that you to consider renewing your membership for 2020 soon. 

Now more than ever we need your support.

In addition to our basic membership of $500, we are introducing a new
Chai Membership of $1800.

If you believe in the mission of the Kehilah, if you are excited about the dynamic programming changes, we encourage you to support us. 

https://www.thekehilah.org/donate

Thank you for your generous past support and we look forward to seeing you THIS SHABBAT, February 8th.


Rosh Kehilah Dina Najman
President Jonathan Konovitch


Yahrzeit Commemorations:

Chaim ben Mordechai v’Yocheved, z”l (father of Jeff Wechselblatt).

May Jeff’s father’s neshama have an aliyah and may he be a mailitz yosher for his beautiful family.

A Short Vort for Shabbos:

Parshat Beshalach:


In the Gemara Rosh Hashana,  Chazal teach us that on Tu B’shvat the trees cease getting their nourishment from the waters of the previous year and begin to get nourishment from the waters of the new year. Chazal view Tu B'Shvat as a transition point between the past and the future.
As we read this morning, the first place that bnei Yisrael travel to after their redemption from Egypt is Mara. There the Torah tells us that Bnei Yisrael began to complain that they didn't have any water to drink.  At Mara, they were unable to drink the water because it was bitter. Hashem shows Moshe a tree, eitz, which sweetens the water, making it potable. 

וַיּוֹרֵהוּ ה' עֵץ, וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ אֶל-הַמַּיִם, וַיִּמְתְּקוּ הַמָּיִם
 

B'nei Yisrael then travel to Eilim, where the Torah tells us
 
וַיָּבֹאוּ אֵילִמָה--וְשָׁם שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה עֵינֹת מַיִם, וְשִׁבְעִים תְּמָרִים; וַיַּחֲנוּ-שָׁם, עַל-הַמָּיִם
And they came to Elim, where were twelve springs of water, and seventy palm-trees; and they encamped there by the waters. 

In between these two locations, the Torah says:
 
שָׁם שָׂם לוֹ חֹק וּמִשְׁפָּט, וְשָׁם נִסָּהוּ
There He made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He tested them. 

The m'forshim explain that Hashem taught Bnei Yirael Torah, chok u'mishpat, statute and ordinance, after sweetening the water. 
Egypt has always been associated with water, especially the area of Goshen. In the desert, B'nei Yisrael remember the fish, the melons and the cucumbers.  Although they had made the physical transition from slavery to freedom through kriyat yam suf, they had not made the spiritual and intellectual transition from avdei Paro to avdei Hashem - from being slaves of Paro to servants of God. The journey from Mara to Eilim can be viewed as the beginning of this transformation.
It is therefore no surprise that the Zohar connects the tree, eitz which sweetens the bitter water with Torah, as it says eitz chayim hi l'machazikim bah - The Torah is a tree of life for those who cling to it.  Having begun to learn chok u'mishpat, they are now able to drink from the sweet waters of Eilim.

Two individuals (Miriam and Devorah) featured in this week's Torah reading and haftarah are individuals who facilitate the transition from a period of darkness and decay to one of light and rebirth.

On the pasuk from Parshat Shmot, in the second chapter, the Torah describes:
 
        וַיֵּלֶךְ אִישׁ, מִבֵּית לֵוִי
And there went a man of the house of Levi,
 
The Gemara in Sotah explains that Amram went to seek counsel from his daughter Miriam.  It relates the following narrative.  B'nei Yisrael were so depressed by the Egyptian oppression and Paro's decree to throw the male babies into the Nile that Amram had separated form his wife Yocheved.  As an important person in the community, Amram's action was an example to other couples, who also separated.  Miriam castigates her father by saying that your action is worse than Paro’s decree.  Paro decreed against the boys and your actions do not allow boys and girls to be born.   Paro’s decree is against Olam HaZeh (this world) and your decree takes away these children’s Olam HaZeh and Olam HaBah (the world to come).  Paro is a Rasha (evil person), who knows if his decree will be fulfilled?  But you are a Tzadik (a righteous person), of course your decree will be fulfilled.  Amram went back to his wife and the men followed his example.
 
Chazal see Miriam as a crucial actor in bringing about Moshe's birth and his safe entry into the house of Bat Paro.  We see the culmination of her role in B'nei Yisrael's transformation from a despaired and pessimistic people to a nation full of joy and optimism at Kriyat Yam Suf, which we will read this Shabbat. 
 
וַתִּקַּח מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה אֲחוֹת אַהֲרֹן, אֶת-הַתֹּף בְּיָדָהּ; וַתֵּצֶאןָ כָל-הַנָּשִׁים אַחֲרֶיהָ, בְּתֻפִּים וּבִמְחֹלֹת.  וַתַּעַן לָהֶם, מִרְיָם:  שִׁירוּ לַיה-ה כִּי-גָאֹה גָּאָה, סוּס וְרֹכְבוֹ רָמָה בַיָּם.
And Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.  And Miriam responded to them:  Sing you to Hashem for He is highly exalted:  the horse and his rider has He thrown into the sea.
 
Here, it is fitting that Miriam, who helped raise her people up from the depths of darkness to this new period will be the person to lead Bnei Yisrael in song and call forth the greatest joy and the highest expression of praise to God.

During the time of the Judges, before Devorah arrives on the scene, there is a 20 year period in which the Jewish people do not have a leader.  They are attacked by other nations and have fallen into a persistent state of sin. From the time that Yehoshua dies until the beginning of the haftarah for this week's parsha, it says five times,
 
'וַיֹּסִפוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לַעֲשׂוֹת הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי ה
 And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
 
When we are first introduced to Devorah she is described as a prophet and judge.  We are told that B'nei Yisrael come before her for judgment.  She initiates a transformation in the nation by calling on Barak to do battle with Sisrah.  He only agrees to go if she will go with him.
This new stage is expressed by Devorah in her Shira.  It is appropriate now that Devorah is leading this shira to God.  It was her leadership, military strategy and guidance as General which results in forty years of peace for Am Yisrael.  Bnai Yisrael have transitioned out of the despair and darkness under King Yavin and Sisrah, his general. They have begun a new stage of freedom of belief in God and peace.
As we will read both the Torah and the haftarah portions, the role models of Shabbat Shira are the nation's leaders because they fulfilled a role when action was needed.  Their commitment, their learning and their middot transformed the Am, allowing it not simply to continue after difficult times but to grow stronger as well.
 
Shabbat Shalom

LEARN TO LEIN



ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO LEIN FROM THE TORAH?

OUR VERY OWN ROSH KEHILAH NAJMAN WILL BE OFFERING CLASSES ON KRIYAT HATORAH.

WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

CLASSES BEGIN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD AT 10 AM

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT OUR ROSH KEHILAH:


RK@THEKEHILAH.ORG

OR

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THE KEHILAH SUNSHINE COMMITTEE


Wishes a Happy Birthday to...


Adam Kahn

Ilan Najman

Yehuda Najman

Gila Senderowicz




Wishing them good health, fulfillment and joy, ad me'ah v'esrim shana.

_______________________


Wishes a Happy Anniversary to...

Carolyn & Howard Graybow
January 31st


May they have good health, success and joy ad me'ah v'esrim shana in the life they share together.

_______________________


Have a birthday, anniversary, mazal tov, announcement...let us know!!!
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
KEHILAH NEWS:
SAVE THE DATES FOR WHEN THE KEHILAH MEETS:
While the Kehilah would like to meet weekly, the following dates are secure through June, 2020
Please plan to join us for davening:


February 8

February 22

March 7 (Shabbat Zachor)

March 9 (Purim Night)

March 28

April 4 (Shabbat HaGadol Luncheon)

April 25

May 9

May 28th-29th (Tikkun Leil Shavuot)

May 30 (Shabbat/Shavuot)

June 13

June 20

June 27

THE KEHILAH BOOK CLUB


THE NEXT KEHILAH BOOK CLUB WILL MEET ON...

Sunday, June 7, 2020
at the home of Joyce Marcus
629 Kappock St.
Riverdale , NY 1046
 
Presenter:  To be announced

We will discuss “The Jews of Harlem”
By: Jeffrey S. Gurock

 
 
 
The Jews of Harlem follows Jews into, out of and back into the renowned metropolitan neighborhood of Harlem over the course of a century and a half. It analyzes the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European and Sephardic Jews to settle in Harlem, and it explains the dynamics that led Jews to exit this part of New York.
Gurock has populated his book with fascinating tales of Jewish Harlem’s development with all people, Jews and African Americans who gave the community life and vitality.
 
We look forward to seeing you on June 7th.
 
R.S.V.P.
Ruth Licht-
ruth.licht@outlook.com
or
Sherry Najman
Sherrell.najman@gmail.com
 
 
If you would like to share an important part of the book, we’d love to hear your opinion.
An Environmental Message for Tu b'Shvat
(and year 'Round)

Guard and Watch Over Hashem's World...
It Was Created for You!


 

קהלת רבה (וילנא) פרשה ז

בשעה שברא הקב”ה את אדם הראשון נטלו והחזירו על כל אילני גן עדן ואמר לו ראה מעשי כמה נאים ומשובחין הן וכל מה שבראתי בשבילך בראתי, תן דעתך שלא תקלקל ותחריב את עולמי, שאם קלקלת  אין מי  שיתקן אחריך     

Midrash Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Raba (Vilna edition) 7:28: 
When God created the first man He took him and showed him all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him ‘See My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are. And everything that I created, I created it for you. Be careful not to spoil or destroy My world – for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it.’
 
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