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THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE 
Wednesday, Aug 3rd, 2022
Friday, August 5th ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT
6:30 PM KABBALAT SHABBAT ONLINE SERVICE
with Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch
Candlelighting with Dawna Bidwell & Steve Smith

ONLINE ONLY

Saturday, August 6th ~ SHABBAT DEVARIM
10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Prayers & Songs with Cantor Baruch
11:00 AM - Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen
 ONLINE ONLY

This WEEK our early Kabbalat Shabbat Service is ONLINE ONLY!
Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Baruch are in quarantine due to a positive COVID case in their home.
VIEW OUR COVID PROTiCALS AND SAFETY PLAN HERE
RABBI JORDAN COHEN
 
 וְלֹ֥א אֲבִיתֶ֖ם לַעֲלֹ֑ת וַתַּמְר֕וּ אֶת־פִּ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃
Yet you refused to go up and flouted the command of the Eternal your God.
                                                               -Deuteronomy 1:27
 
This Shabbat is referred to as Shabbat Chazon – the “Sabbath of Vision” - which precedes Tisha B’Av, considered one of the most solemn days in the Jewish calendar. Shabbat Chazon is also sometimes referred to as the “Black Sabbath,” because it serves as a gateway to the remembrance of centuries of persecution and exile from the Land of Israel. In its biblical origins, during this period, the Romans had sealed off Jerusalem, the Temple had been destroyed, millions slaughtered, and the remaining inhabitants were starving and afflicted with disease. The Bar Kochba revolt will soon be quashed and the Romans will occupy Jerusalem, completing their dominance of the land they renamed as “Palestina” – a facetious reference to the perennial enemies of Israel, the Philistines.
 
Meanwhile, in our parashah for this Shabbat Chazon, Parashat D’varim, Moses is faced with a daunting task. Knowing he is about to die, he stands facing millions of Israelites, the majority of whom were born in the wilderness. They had not experienced slavery in Egypt, did not witness the miracles, and had not personally experienced the giving of Torah at Sinai. And now it is Moses’ job to impress upon these young Israelites the importance of their history in Egypt, their trials and victories in the desert, and their covenantal relationship with God. No small task.
 
Moses begins by speaking of the incident of the twelve scouts who were sent to explore the Promised Land and the wicked report they delivered. “You spoke slander in your tents,” he reminds them, “and stated that, ‘because God hated us, he has brought us out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us’” (Deuteronomy 1:28). A midrash explains that there is a connection between Tisha B’Av and the incident of the scouts: The Rabbis speculate that the day the scouts return from the Promised Land was the 9th of Av and this incident would become just the first of many tragedies that befell the Jewish people on this day. It was when the Israelites cried and declared their desire to go back to Egypt that God proclaimed, “So you want to be sad and frightened?  Fine!  I’ll set a day aside so you can cry and be frightened to your heart’s content!” 
 
According to that tradition, on Tisha B’Av we all become mourners, with all the traditional rituals of mourning being observed. But for others, at a time when the modern State of Israel stands as a well-established Jewish sovereign entity, with a unified Jerusalem standing as it’s very heart, the time of mourning comes to an end. If anything has ever returned from the dead, it is the State of Israel. And that resurrection is actually a prophetic fulfillment. As the Rabbis explain, according to the prophet Zacharia (8:19), on the 9th of Av, all will be put right one day.  The Messiah will be born on that day and then, Tisha B’Av will become a joyful holiday, a day not of fasting but of feasting. We need to remember our history and learn from it. But mourning the past can sometimes become a barrier to moving forward and we Jews cannot afford to do that.

 
L'Shalom

Rabbi Jordan Cohen
HAVDALAH WITH FRIENDS
Our next HAVDALAH with FRIENDS will take place on Saturday night, August 13th, 7:30 PM -10:00 PM, with hosts Bill & Fortunee Shugar. RSVP for directions:
IT'S OFFICIALLY FRIENDSHIP SUMMER!
Let's enjoy some backyard parties at our member's homes this summer! Join us on any of these upcoming Saturday nights:
August 13th & September 3rd
Please choose at least ONE to come out to. We want to meet and mingle with our new and longstanding members. All you need is a portable lawn chair and a treat to share with others. We'll supply the beverages (BYO wine or beer if you wish!), great music and a brief Havdallah service! Hope to see all of our members there:)
RENOVATE OUR TAS KITCHEN
IN MEMORY OF SEAN DAVIS
ז"ל
STARTING SOON!
HHD Drop In Choir begins THIS WEDNESDAY!
ONLINE ONLY at 7:00 PM HERE

IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

  • THANK YOU to Boris Apel and Ela Pavlova for sponsoring and preparing our Oneg Shabbat this week
  • THANK YOU to Norm & Glenna Eby for Sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat this past week.
  • THANK YOU to Norm Eby for our serving as our Tech person and to Rhonda Dahan for serving as our online host
  • THANK YOU to Roy Pollington, Kathryn Ferguson & Kerop Sargysan for serving at our entry, welcoming and keeping everyone safe
IF YOU KNOW OF A MEMBER celebrating a milestone, please let us know! We'd love to celebrate with them! 

Birthdays - August 3rd to 9th
 
Temple Anshe Sholom wishes a very Happy Birthday to: Mende Katz, Hinda Levine, Marla Kobetz, Gayle Bader, Natasha Korman, Kim Bildfell, Judy Rochwerg, Dana Thorogood, Spencer Levine, Rae Michaels, Anne Dolina, Jennifer Howe, Elaine Dembe, Diana Sheftel
TZEDAKAH
We are grateful for the following donation to Temple Anshe Sholom:
 
  • LOUISE ROTMAN & FAMILY for their donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund with thanks to the Rabbi and Cantor
           
            YIZKOR             
  יזכור

SHELOSHIM:
Paul Hanover
Sharon Naiberg
David Naiberg

YAHRZEIT:
Alois Popper
Ben Shedletsky
Dorothy Eker
Elio Acciaroli
Freda Shapiro
Harry Leibow
Harry Rubenstein
Jack Hotz
Kay Davis
Malka Goldstein
Meyer Jacobs
Percy Aaron
Sadie Levy
Toby Bromberg-Krueger
Tony Dowell
COMMUNITY NEWS
If you are are looking to volunteer with people coping with cancer or with their caregivers, please consider signing up for a new peer support program organized by Wellspring Cancer Support Network in collaboration with L'Chaim Cancer Support for Jewish Women (funded by the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada). This program is intended to be a resource for Jewish patients and families coping with cancer and they are currently offering online training for volunteers. Applications can be submitted at wellspring.ca/LChaimvolunteer and if you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with Ilene Shiller at ilene@wellspring.ca 
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