This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

The annual congregational meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm. A letter containing the agenda for the meeting was sent out two weeks ago. Please make every effort to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, July 1: Services (Torah Portion: Chukat) begin at 9:45 am.

The office will be closed on July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Memorial plaques may be ordered for loved ones to be hung in the sanctuary and lit on the anniversary of their deaths and on all days when Yizkor is recited. To arrive in time for dedication during Yom Kippur, orders must be placed by Tuesday, July 11. Please call the office for more information. Continue reading

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Sermon for June 23 – Parashat Korach

Sermon for June 23, 2017 – Parashat Korach – Friday Night Service

Rabbi Saul Oresky

 

Dear Friends,

This week’s Torah portion is parashat Korach, and it describes the greatest rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron, one that the text tells us G-d put down in the most definitive manner possible. Upon reading that the leaders of this rebellion, Korach, Datah, and Aviram, and their families, were executed by being swallowed up by the ground breaking open under their feet, and that their 250 followers then died in an all-consuming flame, we might think twice before rebelling or even arguing.

But our tradition tells us that there are correct arguments and disagreements just as there are wrong-headed ones. In the Mishnah, Pirkei Avot 5:17, we read “Any dispute that is for the sake of Heaven is destined to endure; one that is not for the sake of Heaven is not destined to endure. Which is a dispute that is for the sake of Heaven? The dispute(s) between Hillel and Shammai. Which is a dispute that is not for the sake of Heaven? The dispute of Korach and all his company.” Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, June 23, at 6 pm as part of the 2017 Partnership2gether Summit, celebrating Israel, creating meaningful person-to-person connections, and building a program that affects over 16 different communities. Join us for a quiet meet and greet with guests from around the world before the bustle of the weekend. An Oneg Shabbat (Sabbath celebration) will take place after the service; light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

Saturday, June 24 (Torah Portion: Korach): No services will be held at Ohev Tzedek; we will instead be participating in a community service at El Emeth at 9:30 am.

As there will be no services at OT on the 24th, we will celebrate Simcha Shabbat on Friday, June 23, as part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service. Continue reading

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This Week and Upcoming

Dear Ohev Tzedek Congregants and Friends:

Let’s bring in summer with a Kabbalat Shabbat service and potluck at Boardman Park’s Chester Long Pavilion on Friday, June 16 at 6 pm! Bring your favorite vegetarian/dairy dish to share. We will meet rain or shine.

Saturday, June 17: Services (Torah Portion: Shelach) begin at 9:45 am.

Ohev Tzedek will be hosting a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, June 23 at 6 pm as part of the 2017 Partnership2gether Summit, celebrating Israel, creating meaningful person-to-person connections, and building a program that affects over 16 different communities. Join us for a quiet meet and greet with guests from around the world before the bustle of the weekend. An Oneg Shabbat (Sabbath celebration) will take place after the service; light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Ohev Tzedek office by Monday, June 19 if you plan to attend. Continue reading

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