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Shalom TAS Friends & Family   
THIS WEEK IN TEMPLE 
Wednesday, October 12th, 2022
Friday, October 14th ~ KABBALAT SHABBAT SUKKOT  SERVICE 
6:15 PM - Oneg Shabbat Meet & Greet
7:00 PM - Kabbalat Shabbat Service 

In Person & ONLINE

Saturday, October 15th
SHABBAT SUKKOT

10:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Music & Meditation
11:00 AM - Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen


Saturday, October 15th
HAVDALAH with FRIENDS

7:00 PM - Havdalah Service, Music & Shmoozing
Please bring a treat to share!


Sunday, October 16th
TASTES OF TORAH - Simchat Torah Celebration

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM- Special Kid's Activities Table, Tastes of Torah, Torah reading under the Chupah, Dancing with our Torahs, Refreshments

Monday, October 17th
SIMCHAT TORAH Morning Service - ONLINE ONLY

10:30 AM to 8:00 PM - Join Rabbi Cohen & Cantor Paula ONLINE
Join ONLINE here
 
RABBI JORDAN COHEN
 וּשְׂמַחְתֶּ֗ם לִפְנֵ֛י יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֖ם שִׁבְעַ֥ת יָמִֽים
You shall rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days.
                                                
-Leviticus 23:40
 
Each year, as we approach the celebration of Sukkot, I find myself thinking about what it means to be happy and rejoice. The Vilna Gaon, a brilliant 19th century scholar, commented that: “To rejoice before God on your festival,” is the most difficult mitzvah in the Torah. And yet that is exactly what we are told to do on Sukkot. Of all the holidays in our tradition, only Sukkot is called Z’man Simchateinu - “the season of our rejoicing.” On all other holidays we wish others a more generalized Chag Sameach – “happy holiday.” But on Sukkot we find more specific instructions: “On the first day you shall take the fruit of a hadar tree, branches of a palm, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook and you shall rejoice before the Eternal your God for seven days.” My suspicion is that shaking a palm branch or carrying an etrog around the synagogue is not most people’s definition of a good time. We are so geared around personal pleasure and self-gratification that it is hard for us to imagine that just being in God’s presence or celebrating a holiday is a way to ‘be happy.’
 
It is especially hard to think about happiness at times like this. With the war in Ukraine, unprecedented hurricanes on the Atlantic, and social and political upheaval, what is there to be happy about? But that is exactly the point of this commandment. Simcha is not a product of outside stimuli. It doesn’t even matter what is happening in our life. Being happy is a choice.
 
Of course, there are things that make us happy, but there is more to happiness than simply satisfying ourselves. On Sukkot, especially when we are sitting in the Sukkah, the precarious little hut that is subject to all the vagaries of the weather, our tradition has the chutzpah to ask us to take a step back and “rejoice before God.”  So how do we do this?
 
Maimonides address this question in his Mishnah Torah. He devotes an entire section of the laws of the festivals to defining what it means to rejoice. He suggests that the commandment, “And you shall rejoice in your festivals,” means that we should eat fine food and drink good wine like kings and queens, dress in our best finery, sing and dance. But Maimonides goes on to suggest that when a person is eating and drinking, one is also obligated to feed strangers, orphans, widows, and others who are destitute and poor.  A person who locks the gates of his courtyard and eats and drinks only with his family and friends, without feeding the poor and the embittered, is not Simchat mitzvah – rejoicing in the commandments, but Simchat kireyto – just satisfying our gut. Rejoicing is about doing things that give us pleasure, but Maimonides teaches us that we are not to take these things for granted. Good food, a little wine, and gifts affect our state of mind. We must enjoy them in a special way – in the presence of God. We must not only take care of our own needs, but we must also strive to make others happy as well. The Rambam is teaching us that Simcha is not what you get; it’s what you give away. You can’t experience spiritual joy if you know that others are suffering.

L'Shalom

Rabbi Jordan D. Cohen

 
SUKKOT THIS WEEK
This is a gathering for fun, shmoozing and music at Anshe Sholom. Come one and all...bring an instrument and music you'd love to share. We will make Havdalah at 7:30PM and enjoy an evening of singing and being together.

This is a potluck party! Bring a treat to share (cookies, cake, nachos...) and BYO wine or beer if you wish!
SIMCHAT TORAH
Ever wonder what foods are mentioned in the Five Books of Moses? Everyone is welcome to join us to explore the TORAH by taste. We begin at 6:30 PM on Sunday, October 16th. 
On this Monday morning of Simchat Torah, we invite you to join us online from the comfort of your home. We'll spend an hour and a half together with song and praise and reading of the TORAH together.
COMING UP

IN OUR TEMPLE FAMILY

  • THANK YOU to all of you who came to our THANKSGIVING SUKKOT DINNER
  • THANK YOU to Leah Ainsworth for preparing our Oneg Shabbat for Shabbat 
  • THANK YOU to our ushers, Roy Pollington and Kathy Ferguson
  • THANK YOU to Rhonda Dahan for baking our delicious round Challot and for helping to prepare our Thanksgiving Dinner
  • THANK YOU to the Loewith Family for the straw bales, Corn stalks and Pine Boughs to complete our Sukkah and decorate our Bimah
  • THANK YOU to everyone who helped build our Sukkah and create decorations for it
  • THANK YOU to our staff and leaders, Shelby Frank Davis, Paula Jones, Joe Pavao, Marla Frank Davis & Cantor Paula for helping with our Thanksgiving Dinner
  • THANK YOU to Rabbi Jordan Cohen & Cantor Paula Baruch for uplifting us in prayer and song for our Sukkot Festival
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
  • MARSHA SANDLER for her donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • PAULINE PYTKA for her donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • MARK for their donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • SORAYA & FABIO CHUSYD for their donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • ALLAN FELDMAN for his donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • BONNIE KIRSCH for her donation to Temple Anshe Sholom
  • HANA WENER for her donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
  • DENNIS NASH for his donation to our High Holy Day Appeal 2022
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Harold Minden
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Judah Mendes da Costa
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Molly Tatelbaum
Morris Dain
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Ronald Fournier
Rose Grader
Samuel Halpren
Shirley Finkelstein
Shlomo Schwartz
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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