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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS

IN THIS ISSUE

“The Search for Sanctity” Each month this year we are learning a bit about the content of the Torah as we share in the sacred process of study and celebration of a Shanah Torah (Year of Torah). I remind you that each day of the week our clergy and lay leaders are teaching some aspect of Torah and that there is no time like the present to engage in study. In this space we have so far learned the Hebrew names of the Torah’s books and reviewed the content of Bereshit/Genesis and Shemot/Exodus.

This month we will continue our study of the Torah as we cover the contents of its third book, Vayikra/Leviticus. Vayikra begins with a list of animal and grain sacrifices, which were the main method of reaching out to God in the biblical period. Tzav, the second parshah, continues along the same lines, adding information about vestments of the priesthood who officiated over the sacrificial system. Shemini includes instructions about which animals are permissible for consumption; this is a major source for the laws of kashrut. Tazriah addresses the cases of those who have suffered ritual impurity associated with birth and other life-threatening experiences. Metzora includes instructions about the treatment of one who has a skin affliction and their re-entry to the community. Aharei Mot describes the purification of the mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the wilderness years, and Kedoshim includes a number of laws prohibiting acts that the Torah deems as impairing the sanctity of the community. Parshat Emor elaborates on the laws concerning dealing with the dead and the Jewish calendar. Behar describes sacred times of the calendar, and Behukotai deals in part with the sabbatical year, in which the land of Israel lies fallow just as we rest every seventh day of the week. (continued next page)

Rabbi’s Reflections ………………………………..….1 Join Rabbi Pivo for Dinner and Conversation......... 2 Disability Awareness Speaker .............................. 3 Programming ....................................................... 3 World Wide Wrap / Sefer Torah Program ............ 4 Purim Masquerade ............................................. 4 President’s Message ............................................ 5 Vice President’s Message /CBJ Israel Trip ........... 6 B’nai Mitzvah Bios ................................................ 7 Social Action ....................................................... 8 Divorce Support Group ......................................... 8 Israel Committee - AIPAC Policy Conference ...... 8 Focus on Families ............................................... 9 Religious School ................................................... 10 Youth ................................................................... 11 Adult Education …………………….……….……...…13 Sisterhood Gift Shop ............................................ 16 Sisterhood ............................................................ 17 Men’s Club ........................................................... 18 Man of the Year / Youth of the Year ..................... 19 Life in Israel – The Goodman’s Blog .................... 21 Hesed Committee ................................................ 22 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 23 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… 24 Tributes……………………………………………….….26

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers January 2, 2015 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of January will be recognized at our service on January 2nd. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm. Children of every age are welcome!

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