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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS

IN THIS ISSUE

“Shanah Torah – A Year of Study” Preparing for the morning service each day, I study a passage from the Talmud which lists those actions that have immediate benefit and which continue to provide benefit to us – attending minyan, home hospitality, visiting the sick, making peace between two people – a list that concludes ‘And the study of Torah is equal to them all.’ When Jews use the word ‘Torah,’ we mean two things simultaneously. Narrowly, we refer to the five Books of Moses, whose words we read from a scroll on Shabbat, holidays and selected weekdays. But we also mean ‘Torah’ more broadly, in the sense of all sacred learning. When we learn to chant a haftarah from the prophetic books, read an ethical teaching from the sages of Pirkei Avot, or hear a sermon from the bimah, those are all forms of Torah. Any kind of engagement with sacred texts connects us to our most deeply held beliefs and values, and to our identities as Jews. And as the Talmud text I mentioned makes clear, sacred learning is not merely incidental to other Jewish values; it is their source. Saying that the study of Torah is equal to all other acts of kindness, morality and decency is tantamount to saying that Torah is itself the sum of all that is worthy in life. It pleases me no end to tell you that our community is embarking on a year of study in which we deepen and broaden our connection to Torah, in all its senses. We will be engaged in a year of Torah – Shanah Torah – in which we learn and celebrate the structure and content of Torah,

1 Rabbi’s Reflections …………………………………..…. Tisha B’Av Services .............................................. 2 Book of Remembrance Forms Due ....................... 2 Notes from the Cantor ........................................... 3 Beth Judea Block Party ......................................... 3 Israel Committee Special Speakers ....................... 3 High Holiday Workshop........................................... 4 President’s Message ............................................ 5 B’Nai Mitzvah Bios ................................................. 6 Social Action: Volunteers Needed for Aug. 18....... 7 Religious School ................................................... 8 Youth ................................................................... 10 Adult Education …………………….……….……...…11 Sisterhood ............................................................ 15 Men’s Club ........................................................... 17 Dr. Jack Rizman Annual Golf Outing ................... 18 Buffalo Grove Stampede ..................................... 18 20 SHALVA ………………………………………………… Divorce Support Group ......................................... 20 Hesed Committee ................................................ 20 Healing Hearts – Death of an Adult Child ............. 20 22 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 25 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… Tributes……………………………………………….….31

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers August 1, 2014 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of August will be recognized at our service on August 1st. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm and will conclude by 8:15 pm.

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