This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, February 4: Services (Torah portion: Bo) begin at 9:45 am. 

We will be showing Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about global warming, on Sunday, February 5, at 1:30 pm. Before the Flood is an intriguing look at the evidence behind global warming, including interviews with major world leaders, as well as showing actual instances where the changes in environment are becoming obvious. Ohev Tzedek is showing this film as part of the beginning of a newly forming Social Action Committee. A discussion including Dr. Colleen McLean, Assistant Professor of Geology at Youngstown State University, will follow; Dr. McLean specializes in environmental response and recovery and is active in Friends of the Mahoning River.

Dance Lessons for Beginners: Join the fun and learn to dance with Lyndall McPhail. Learn the basic patterns to six different dances (swing, waltz, rumba, salsa, cha cha, and polka). Be ready when the weddings, festivals, and reunions start this spring! There are partner dances, but you don’t need a partner to come to class. No dance experience needed – everyone learns together! 6 weeks, starting Sunday, February 5, at 2 pm at Creekside Fitness Center in Boardman (membership to Creekside not necessary to attend class). $30/person for 6 weeks or $10/person weekly drop in rate. Continue reading

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Rabbi Oresky’s Sermon for January 28, 2017: Denial or the Nile?

Sermon for January 28, 2017: Denial or the Nile?

Dear Friends,

In last week’s Torah portion, Miriam watched while Pharaoh’s daughter pulled Miriam’s baby brother Moshe from his little basket in the Nile, then made sure that he was safe and would be cared for by his own mother, at least for a while. The Nile, the giver of life for the entire area, was intended by Pharaoh to be the bringer of death to newborn Hebrew boys – “cast them into the Nile,” he decreed in last week’s portion. But Moshe was saved through Divine and human help, or better, humans acting through Divine inspiration.

In this week’s Torah portion, Moshe must bring G-d’s first plague against the Egyptians upon the Nile, turning its water to blood. G-d commands Moshe to have his brother Aharon, not Moshe himself, hold his rod over the water, perhaps because he had been nurtured on and saved from that very water. While the Torah says that “they did as the Lord had commanded,” the text says “he (presumably Aharon) lifted up the rod and then struck the water in the Nile,” and the miracle occurred. In the second plague, frogs arose from the Nile and fouled everything on land. So it is safe to say that the Nile was crucial, not only in Egyptian life, but in that of Moshe as well.

We are no longer in Egypt, so we needn’t worry much about the Nile – our concern today is with “denial.” When the Israelites’ suffering under Egyptian slavery could no longer be denied, they cried out to G-d, Who sent them Moshe and Aharon. And when Moshe encountered G-d at the burning bush, he tried to deny his suitability to the task of leading his people out of Egypt, but his denial was countered in every way.

We, too, cannot afford denial at this point. We need to counter unreasonable political developments in every way that we can, to not try to stick our heads into the sand and deny the reality of what we can clearly see is happening. We need to look no further back than the early 1930s to see the folly of denial. Because if we engage in that kind of denial now, we might as well be floating on the Nile, but this time, who will save us?

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

A reminder for those who RSVPd: The Lunch & Learn discussing Israeli Diversity will take place Friday, January 27, 11:30-1.  Israel has one of the most diverse societies in the world. Immigrants from various countries around the world have made Israel a multicultural country. Join us for a fascinating lecture as we learn about the influence that many of these cultures have had on Israeli society. 

Saturday, January 28: Services (Torah portion: Va’era) begin at 9:45 am. This week, we celebrate Simcha Shabbat. Please join us this Saturday in celebration of all of January’s happy events! Ladies, stick around after services to celebrate Rosh Chodesh at the group meeting in the social hall! Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Saturday, January 21: Services (Torah portion: Shemot) begin at 9:45 am.

We will be showing Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary about global warming, on Sunday, February 5, at 1:30 pm (please note the new date – the showing of Flory’s Flame is being rescheduled). Before the Flood is an intriguing look at the evidence behind global warming, including interviews with major world leaders, as well as showing actual instances where the changes in environment are becoming obvious. Ohev Tzedek is showing this film as part of the beginning of a newly forming Social Action Committee. The film will be followed by light snacks and a discussion. Please RSVP by February 1

Dance Lessons for Beginners: Join the fun and learn to dance with Lyndall McPhail. Learn the basic patterns to six different dances (swing, waltz, rumba, salsa, cha cha, and polka). Be ready when the weddings, festivals, and reunions start this spring! There are partner dances, but you don’t need a partner to come to class. No dance experience needed – everyone learns together! 6 weeks, starting Sunday, February 5, at 2 pm at Creekside Fitness Center in Boardman (membership to Creekside not necessary to attend class). $30/person for 6 weeks or $10/person weekly drop in rate. Continue reading

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