This Week and Upcoming

ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 29TH AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE SOCIAL HALL.  We will be electing new officers. There will be a review of the previous year, as well as a brief presentation by the new presidents. Please plan to attend.

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 6:00-10:30, a potluck picnic will be held in Boardman Park for Kabbalat Shabbat with an opportunity for everyone to meet and greet Biblical scholar Nehemia Gordon.  The following morning, SATURDAY, JULY 9, Nehemia will participate in the service, give the sermon, and help teach the class after the Kiddush.  Then on SUNDAY, JULY 10, at 10:30, there will be a brunch at the temple and Nehemia will give a lecture on his experiences working on translating the Dead Sea Scrolls and living as a Karaite Jew.  Reservations are required for Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading

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Sermon: What is the Purpose of Rebuke?

Dear Friends,

I might be missing something, but it appears to me that the entire concept of rebuke, at least as it appears in this morning’s parashah and elsewhere in the Torah, has disappeared from our society. To be sure, there is ample criticism in the media (and of the media), there is condemnation, and there is sniping galore at figures in any and all positions of power or fame. Yet the Torah’s brand of rebuke, a long litany of punishments that will result from straying from the path of righteousness, is nowhere to be found. I wonder why that is.

We tend to concentrate on berating people for what they have done rather than on warning them in advance of the dangers of improper behavior that they might yet do. Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Join us for our Shavuot study session at Rabbi Saul and Phyllis’ house at 8:30 p.m. on JUNE 11. Please call the office to let us know that you are coming and we’ll provide you with the Rabbi’s new address and further details.

Plan to join us on SUNDAY, JUNE 12, at 9:45 a.m. for our Shavuot service including Yizkor.

ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 29TH AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE SOCIAL HALL.  We will be electing new officers. There will be a review of the previous year, as well as a brief presentation by the new presidents. Please plan to attend. Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Join us for our Shavuot study session at Rabbi Saul and Phyllis’ house at 8:30 p.m. on JUNE 11. Please call the office to let us know that you are coming and we’ll provide you with the Rabbi’s new address and further details.

Plan to join us on SUNDAY, JUNE 12, at 9:45 a.m. for our Shavuot service including Yizkor. Continue reading

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