April 25, 2013
15 Iyar 5773
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Parshat Emor
Learning Opportunities
Caring Community Information
"Obligations for the Poor at Harvest Time"
Rabbi Ismar Schorsh

Words often conceal the origins of the idea they denote.

Etymology and meaning diverge and thus confound. A good example relates to a 

halakhic fragment in this week's parashah. I refer to the verb "to glean." The word denotes minimal gain through hard work. Basically an agricultural term, it conjures up an image of beggars at harvest time gathering whatever remains in the field after reaping. From there the meaning expands to any activity, physical or mental, that involves collecting painstakingly individual items of the same order from disparate quarters.

The etymology of the word "glean" may be medieval English or even Celtic, but the idea itself hails directly from the Torah, but one of many scattered throughout the fabric of western civilization. Without the biblical context, the social value that inheres in the word remains unilluminated. The practice of leaving gleanings in the field for the poor is adramatic example of the extent to which faith is a seedbed for charity in Judaism and later in Christianity.

In our parashah, we read an abbreviated version of a law first enunciated in last week's parashah. "And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God" (Leviticus 23:22). Omitted is the parallel injunction pertaining to the harvesting of your vineyard: "You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard"(19:10).

Bearing the Plight

The spirit of both verses is identical: at the very moment when we are overcome with a sense of entitlement, we should bear the plight of others less fortunate in mind. No matter how hard we labored and worried to bring in this harvest, it does not belong wholly to us. Our personal blessing carries a measure of social responsibility. God forbids us from harvesting our crop down to the last stalk or shoot. There are first some with holding taxes to be paid.

According to the Mishnah, they take three forms: leqet, shikheha and peah. Leqet consists of gleanings dropped while harvesting. Shikheha comprises that which is inadvertently left behind in the field when the crop is transferred indoors, a sheaf of wheat or a bundle of hay. Both leqet and shikheha then pass into the public domain, irretrievably. As for peah, it is a portion of the field, at least one-sixtieth, not to be harvested at all, but left standing for the indigent. In sum, the Rabbis render concrete the ethical impulse that engendered the biblical injunction.

Two other features of that injunction are noteworthy. First, it is largely unenforceable. Compliance is a matter of personal choice. There is no provision for a horde of bureaucrats to sweep through the fields to exercise oversight. Much of what is expected is in fact beyond measure because it is utterly subjective. The ordinance projects an ideal of mutual responsibility attainable only if internalized by each landowning member of the community, 

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Rabbi Schorsh served as chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminar.

May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 

April Yahrtzeits

4/25/2013 (15 Iyar)              

Marilyn Soverinsky

4/28/2013 (18 Iyar)              

Sylvia Isaacs

4/29/2013 (19 Iyar)              

Rabbi Moshe Funk

4/30/2013 (20 Iyar)              

Pearl Mirkin

May Yahrtzeits

5/1/2013 (21 Iyar)

Abraham Joseph Kleinbard

5/3/2013 (23 Iyar)

Jean Rappaport

Leon Sirlin

5/5/2013 (25 Iyar)

Shirley Weiss

5/6/2013 (26 Iyar)

Maurice Gordon

5/9/2013 (29 Iyar)

Ralph Levin

5/11/2013 (2 Sivan)

Sandra G. Rose

5/12/2013 (3 Sivan)

Morris Rogoff

Grace Weiss

5/13/2013 (4 Sivan)

Arnold Margolis

5/14/2013 (5 Sivan)

Roslyn Tucker

5/15/2013 (6 Sivan)

Alice Fenyes

5/17/2013 (8 Sivan)

Daniel Graub

5/20/2013 (11 Sivan)

Arnold Manko

George Weiss

5/21/2013 (12 Sivan)

Henry Fridenberg

Annette Sirlin

5/23/2013 (14 Sivan)

Irene Belsky

5/25/2013 (16 Sivan)

Harriet(Sivia) Band

5/26/2013 (17 Sivan)

Elka Reiter

5/28/2013 (19 Sivan)

Sidney Silverman

Ethel Toby

5/29/2013 (20 Sivan)

Alex Harris

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Shabbat Services: Emor

Friday, April 26th

6 p.m. Services, Chapel
Shabbat Table

Saturday, April 27th

9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
We will celebrate the baby namings of twin sisters, Sophia Belle and Hadley Rose Roth, daughters of Carrie and Joseph Roth, and granddaughters of Alan and Gaye Taub and Linda and David Roth.
Ian Robinson will relate his Jewish experiences living in South America for the past 4 years.

Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by Carrie and Joseph Roth in honor of their naming of their daughters.  Kiddush Lunch is also sponsored by Davida and Warren Robinson.


Kiddush Lunch is available through the generosity of weekly sponsors.  Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch.  You may also make a donation to the synagogue specifically for the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here.      


Condolences to Sandy (Warren) Lada on the death of her mother, Edith Burt Miller, last week in Wisconsin.  May Sandy and her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Todah Rabbah to Anne Budai for sponsoring minyan breakfast in memory of her father, Imre Erdos.


To Sheila Waldman and Gavin Waldman for sponsoring minyan breakfast in memory of their sister, Karen Waldman.


To Linda and Steve Jacobson, Randy and Brenda Soverinsky and Lou Soverinsky for sponsoring minyan breakfast in memory of Marilyn Soverinsky.


Mazel Tov to B'nai Israel Synagogue member Joan Freedman, Director of Library Services at Hillel Day School, for being honored by Metro Parent Magazine as one of the area's top five teachers.  A feature and photo spread will appear in the May issue of the publication.




MONDAY, MAY 20TH,  7 P.M. 
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Upcoming Youth Services  

Supervised Youth Activities,  Room 3, lower level 

April 27th

May 4, 11, 18, 25 supervised youth activities, lower level.

To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier  to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.

Attention BI Families with high school seniors 
Please send us your child's full name, Hebrew and English, and post-high school plans.  We plan to honor our high school graduates during Youth Shabbat, Saturday, June 8th. click here to send your student's information.
Upcoming Community Events
and TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Laurel Park Place, Livonia
April 21-28, 2013
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  For more information or to volunteer, please visit  http://www.bookstock.info
or call 248-645-7840, ext. 365

Frankel Jewish Academy Presents: FJA logo
Brighton Beach Memoirs
at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts. Thursday, May 2nd 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5th, 2:00 p.m. Tickets available online: theberman.org or by calling 248-661-1900. Click here for event flyer.

All stitchers are welcome.  Bring yourKnitting1 
needlepoint, crochet hook or cross stitch and join the group. There is no charge to attend.  

7 PM at the TKA/BI building.  

FUTURE DATES:  5/21, 6/10

Just drop-in! No registration required.  For more information, e-mail Gail Raben


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an Evening of Learning with Rabbi Joel Roth: 

"Why Can't We Just Be Jews?:  What makes the Conservative Movement distinctive from the other Jewish religious movements and what is the value of recognizing those differences?"
Thursday, May 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park
Admission is free, reservations are requested.
Register online: www.jtsa.edu/JustBeJews or call 248-258-0055.  

Bagels and Basics:  Sunday, April 28th
10 a.m., TKA Chapel
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman:  "A Short History of the Hebrew Language," based on his book, In the Beginning
RSVP to  julie@tkolami.org or 248-661-0040.
This event is co-sponsored by Temple Emanuel and The Metropolitan Detroit Federation of Reform Synagogues.

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SUNDAY, MAY 5TH, hosted by Temple Shir Shalom
visit www.walkforisrael.org for more information.
Learning Opportunities   
Siddur Appreciation/Learnin
with Dr. Mitch Parker 
This class is held on Shabbat mornings in the lower level, Room 9.           April 27th, 10 a.m.

Israel Trip Opportunity Israel/Jerusalem
Mitch and Cheryl Parker are leading a study trip to Israel December 2013.  Overall trip theme:  "Who Are We and Where Have We Been?"  For further information, please contact Mitch directly if you wish to participate. Informational meeting:  Sunday, May 5th at 5:30

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Erev Shavuot, Tuesday May 14th
All-night study sessions led by local rabbis and Jewish educators begin after maariv and conclude with a dawn shacharit service.  All are welcome.  Details coming soon!

Caring Community Information

Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery

Please e-mail Michael Golob or call the synagogue:  248-432-2729 if you wish to add a name to our communal list.  Our caring community reaches out to one another in a variety of ways.  We welcome our new members warmly with a special visit and gift.  We provide shiva minyan leaders.  We call/visit/provide meals for members who are ill or home-bound, bring a home-cooked shiva meal to mourners in our community, and help to drive members who need a ride to synagogue services and events.  If you would like to help in any way, please call or 
Mazel Tov 
April Birthdays
Happy Birthday!

26 Evan Chudnow

26 Marvin Kozlowski

27 Noel Lawson

27 Adam Weingarden

27 Shira Wolf

30 Charles Seigerman

30 Nathan Soverinsky

May Birthdays

  1 Joe Rose

  4 Rebecca Kaufman 

  4 Ilana Wolf 

  5 Gertrude Kershenbaum

  6 Susan Knoppow

  6 Roy Rosen

  8 Geri Feigelson

  8 Howard Rosenberg

10 Jay Abramson

10 Armando Duer

10 Casey Weiss

11 Rhonda Duer Birthday Cake

11 Paula Glazier

11 Rachel Jacobson

15 Marilyn Lantor

16 Trudy Jacobson

18 Gloria Ruskin

19 Elizabeth Lovinger

20 Linda Foster

21 Louise Lazarus

21 Megan Victor

22 David Feber

22 Karen Lovinger

26 Robin Rosen

27 Jay Kozlowski

28 Susan Birnholtz

28 Hilda Hamburger

30 Jordan Rosen

31 Irvin Kappy


April Anniversaries
Jewish Wedding

27  Michael & Carol Golob


May Anniversaries

4 Warren & De-De Robinson

5 Herb & Marilyn Lantor

6 Sandy & Sue Birnholtz

19 Oscar & Adele Band

20 Jay & Joanna Abramson

25 Michael & Shelli Dorfman

26 Jeffrey Lupovitch & Alissa Citron

28 David Saperstein & Susan Knoppow

30 Ed & Fran Chudnow

30 Steve & Linda Jacobson 

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