Holiness Is Not Intrinsic:
The Tabernacle and Shabbat are vehicles for infusing all space and time with holiness.
By Rabbi Aaron Cohen
Our sages note the juxtaposition of Shabbat and the Mishkan (Tabernacle) at the beginning of Parashat Vayakhel.
The Mishkan, the "resting place" of the Shechinah (divine presence), was built to serve as the focal point of religious life for the Jewish nation. But therein lay a latent danger--the possibility that the Jewish people would contrast the pristine spiritual world of the Mishkan to the mundane society at large and mistakenly perceive that any significant kedushah (sanctity), any closeness to God, could be achieved only within the confines of the Mishkan.
Such a perspective, however, undermines the very essence of the Mishkan's message: "veshachanti betocham--and I [God] will dwell among them." Ultimately, God desires not an oasis of kedushah, but a spiritual wellspring that quenches the thirst of a Jew for closeness to God, influencing, inspiring, and elevating all those encamped around it--not just inside it. God wishes to dwell among us.
Similarly, we are commanded to "remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it." The Ramban (Nachmanides) points out that in addition to the obligation of reciting Kiddush on Shabbat itself, another obligation exists: to maintain Shabbat as a focal point throughout the week. When an opportunity arises to purchase something special, such as food or clothing, one should purchase it for Shabbat.
Shabbat, like the Mishkan, is not an isolated day of spirituality, distinct and separate from the other days of the week. Rather, the rest of the week revolves around Shabbat, and Shabbat elevates and infuses the other days with its kedushah.
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Rabbi Aaron Cohen is the rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Passaic, New Jersey.
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Shabbat Services: Vayakhel/Pekudei
Friday, March 8th
6 p.m. Services, Chapel
Saturday, March 9th
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
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Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the Kiddush Lunch Fund.
PASSOVER KIDDUSH SPONSORSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
SPECIAL PRICING! Please contact the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor kiddush during Passover:
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During the past week, we mourn the passing of
mother of David (Gloria) Ruskin.
mother of Marcia (Chuck) Seigerman.
Notes we've received . . .
"I wanted to thank B'nai Israel for the recent Purim package I received, and all of the other holiday packages! It always makes my day to receive a package full of goodies, and to be reminded that the shul is thinking of me! It's also nice to be updated about what's going on at the shul, so I still feel connected even when I'm not there. Thanks again, Hanna."
"Thank you so much for the amazing books and Shabbat dinner set! We can't wait to come home and celebrate Shabbat with all of you!" (our newest members), Hadley and Sophia
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Plaques ordered in March will be dedicated on the second day of Shavuot,
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Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
SHABBAT MORNING, MARCH 30TH:
Kadima SHMOOZE SHABBAT
Join Marni and Shira for learning, games, fun and food, 10:30 a.m., lower level.
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Supervised Youth Activities, Room 3, lower level
March 16, 23 and 30 Supervised Youth Activities.
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Matzah Factory Public Hours
MCUSY (9-12 graders)
MINUTE TO WIN IT SHABBAT DINNER
Friday, March 15th, 6-8:45 p.m.
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March 10 and 17, 1-4 p.m.
JCC West Bloomfield
Make and Bake a matzah. Explore Shalom Street's Passport to Israel Exhitbit!
Experience the Exodus from Egypt.
USY REGIONAL CONVENTION
(9-12 graders) AND
SPECIAL 8TH GRADE KINNUS
CAMP TAMARACK, ORTONVILLE
Looking for a summer program? United Synagogue Youth (USY) has many opportunities, including USY Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels and much more!
or call: 212-533-7800, ext.1117 to learn more.
Applications for 2013 summer programs received by March 10th are eligible for 1 Grand Prize $1000.00 scholarship and 2 $500.00 prizes to be used toward USY summer programs.
with Dr. Mitch Parker
This class is held on Shabbat mornings in the lower level, Room 9.
March 9th, 11 a.m. March 23rd, 10 a.m.
Donate your old eyeglasses March 8th-22nd
Collection box is located at back of daily chapel.
Yael and Ilan Elrom, upcoming b'nai mitzvah students at B'nai Israel Synagogue, are assisting "New Eyes," eyeglasses for those in need, as a mitzvah project for their b'nai mitzvah. To learn more about New Eyes,"
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TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Saturday March 9th, 7:30 p.m. at TKA
Admission: $10.00. Proceeds benefit music programming at Temple Kol Ami and Temple Shir Shalom.
BOOK CLUB (Adults)
Book Club meets on the third Sunday of every month. All are welcome.
Sunday, March 17th: The Invisible Bridge
by Jullie Orringer (fiction)
Sunday, April 21st: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (memoir)
KNITTING has returned!
Not a knitter? All stitchers are welcome. Bring your
needlepoint, crochet hook or cross stitch and join the group. There is no charge to attend.
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SUNDAY, MAY 5TH
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