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Shalom TAS Friends & Family   
THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE 
Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
Friday, October 28th ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE 
6:15 PM - Oneg Shabbat Meet & Greet
7:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Service 

Led by Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Baruch & Shayla Berger
In Person & ONLINE

Saturday, October 22nd
SHABBAT NOACH

9:15 AM - Religious School
10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Service in the Sanctuary

Bat Mitzvah of Shayla Berger

Please note: there will be NO Torah study this Shabbat.
 
RABBI JORDAN COHEN
 וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֜ים לְנֹ֗חַ קֵ֤ץ כׇּל־בָּשָׂר֙ בָּ֣א לְפָנַ֔י כִּֽי־מָלְאָ֥ה הָאָ֛רֶץ חָמָ֖ס מִפְּנֵיהֶ֑ם וְהִנְנִ֥י מַשְׁחִיתָ֖ם אֶת־הָאָֽרֶץ׃
God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with lawlessness because of them: I am about to destroy them with the earth.”
                                       
-Genesis 6:13
 
We read from Parashat Noach, one of most universal stories in all of human history. God is angry with the world, commands the only decent person left in the world to build an Ark and fill it with his family and all the animals, two by two. The rain fell for forty days and forty nights, and then Noah sent out Dove who returned with the olive twig in its beak, the sign of universal peace. And they all lived happily ever after. There is, of course, a lot more than that; a more mature and dark side that is revealed in reading the actual Biblical presentation of the story, along with the Midrash and commentaries that comes from the rabbinic tradition.
 
God looked down and saw that the world was corrupt and lawless. A Midrash tells us that even the slime on the rocks and the moss on the trees had to go! The storm winds were so strong that all the birds were knocked out of the sky and the fish in the sea also suffered because it is said that the sea boiled and smelled of sulfur!
(BT Sanhedrin 108b). Nothing in the world was spared except those on the Ark. And just think of them. The commentaries tell us that God made a miracle on the Ark and caused a “cease fire” among animals that normally would eat each other.  And God also suspended the original commandment of P’ru v’urvu – to be fruitful and multiply – so the animals would not proliferate in the crowded Ark. Still, imagine the chaos - the noise, the stink, and the screams every time the boat would be hit by a bad wave or a heavy wind. True, the passengers on the Ark all survived. But barely. The rain fell for 40 days, but the Ark did not make dry land until a year later. A year cramped up on the Ark. When the Ark finally did settle down on Mount Ararat, most translations of the Torah record God saying to Noah, “Every living thing that is with you…have them go out with you” (Bereshit 8:17). But the Hebrew is not so clear. The word translated as “go out” – Hotza - can be understood in a number of different ways. Rashi points out that it can be Ha’y’tzei – which would be a nice gentle, “Okay. You can leave now, whenever you’re ready.” But it can also be pronounced Hotza, which basically means “Get out of here!” One is an invitation, and the other is an order. You’d think that, animals being animals, they would have fallen all over each other to get out. But Rashi is suggesting that, after a year, the animals had to be persuaded and eventually ordered out of the Ark. They were transformed. They were no longer wild.
 
God wanted to bring order to the chaos, and so God destroyed the entire world except for those on the Ark. But if the passengers on the Ark were to be the seed stock for a new world, then they had to change as well. A commentator named the Meshech Chochma teaches that the Ark was a sort of school. The animals would learn submission to God and humanity, and Noah and his family would learn chesed – loving-kindness - by caring for this menagerie. With this mutual caring going on, it would almost be natural for everyone on the Ark, the human and animal, to want to stay together in their “school,” which came to be a place of love and holiness. But doing so would mean everyone giving up on the world, which was not the intention. So, Noach, his family and all the animals were all kicked out of the Ark to swarm over the earth, to be fertile and multiply and spread the lesson of love and connection that cuts through the chaos and corruption and brings peace and goodness into our lives and our world.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Jordan Cohen
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PRESIDENT'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
UPCOMING
A TASTE OF JUDAISM is back with three Monday evening sessions
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Beginning November 14th, join Rabbi Cohen at Temple Anshe Sholom to learn more about Judaism. This class is for anyone interested in knowing more about Jewish history, beliefs, sacred texts, rituals, celebrations and every day life.

REGISTER HERE: https://templeanshesholom.shulcloud.com/event/atasteofjudaism2022

IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

  • THANK YOU to Alan Weddum for livestreaming our services this week and to Michele Gunn for Zoom hosting
  • THANK YOU to Boris Apel for challah baking and a delicious Oneg
  • THANK YOU to our team of ushers led by Roy Pollington
  • MAZAL TOV to Zakari & Karlie Krieger on the birth of their son, Hugh.
  • MAZAL TOV to Jonny & Galina Vaisberg on the birth of their son, Jacob.
IF YOU KNOW OF A MEMBER celebrating a milestone, please let us know! We'd love to celebrate with them! 
TZEDAKAH              צדקה

Temple Anshe Sholom thanks the following people for their generous gift
  • VLADIMIR & AMILIA GUTKIN for their donation to our Nov 4th Oneg in memory of our Mothers: Gutkina (Levitina) Sarah and Kaufman Frida
  • MARSHA SANDLER for her donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • MARLA FRANK DAVIS for her donation to Temple Anshe Sholom in celebration of Sukkot
  • ELA PAVLOVA & BORIS APEL for their donation to Temple Anshe Sholom
  • SUSAN JAMES for her donation to Temple Anshe Sholom
  • CARL & SANDRA LOEWITH for their donation to the Sisterhood Flower Fund
  • PAUL JAYE & KAREN ROSENBERG for their donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • MIKE & LIORA MALKA for their donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
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Sheloshim
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Yahrzeit
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Harry Paikin
Eileen Vos
Jean Bornstein
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Leo Nagler
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COMMUNITY NEWS
Through our dear friend, Joe Singer, the Tokyo Jewish Community is presenting this testimonial from Canadian Holocaust Survivor Hedy Bohm. Saturday Morning, October 29th at 7:00AM to 8:30AM EST (evening Japan time)

REGISTER: https://kokoro20221029.peatix.com/?mc_cid=882aad8689&mc_eid=ffdf2b2053

 
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