Judaism is a wellspring that emits an endless profusion of names for God. The Bible contains some 70; rabbinic literature adds another 90 or more and no one as yet has bothered to tally the number added by Jewish mystics. As Gershom Scholem wrote more than a half-century ago: "In the last resort, the whole of the Torah [for the author of the Zohar] is nothing but the one great and holy Name of God." The layers of names bespeak an unbroken dialogue driven by love and mystery.
In this week's parasha, we meet a common noun that would eventually become an extraordinary name for God. We read of Jacob's flight from his brother's wrath. Laden with anxiety, he leaves Beer-sheba to return to Haran, where Abraham had first received God's summons. On the way, the Torah reports: "He came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night, for the sun had set (Genesis 28:11)." And, as you know, that place became the site for Jacob's justly famous dream of a stairway filled with divine angels, some of which were ascending to heaven while others descended.
But precisely where was this awesome place which Jacob, upon awakening, would call "the abode of God" and "the gateway to heaven (Gen. 28:17)"? We ask for a degree of specificity to which the Torah is consistently indifferent. Rashi tries to help. He notes that grammatically the noun is accompanied by a definite article: ha-makom, literally "he came upon the place," and goes on to suggest that it must be a place already mentioned by the Torah. Accordingly, he identifies it with the mountain upon which Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, since the word makom appears in both verses (Gen. 22:4). Reflecting rabbinic tradition throughout, Rashi then asserts (in Gen. 28:17) that indeed this spot was the Temple Mount in Jerusalem which truly linked heaven and earth. In short, long after the destruction of the second Temple, the rabbis deepened the sanctity of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount by making them the locus of the two narratives in Genesis.
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MITZVAH DAY 2013: December 25th
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BOOK CLUB NIGHT at the Book Fair.
Monday, November 11th, 7:30 p.m.
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This Shabbat we welcome Lee Epstein, inspirational Jewish Educator and musician. Lee will lead services Friday evening and Saturday morning, as well as offer special programming for our youth.
Friday, November 8th
6 p.m. Minha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, Sanctuary
Saturday, November 9th
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
10 a.m., Supervised Youth Activities Room 3 for ages 12 and under.
10 a.m., Service and activities for youth ages 7-12, Room 9 with Lee Epstein and Hillel Buechler.
D'var Torah Cocoa Cafe, youth ages 13-18
11- 11:45 a.m., Social Hall with Lee Epstein and Hillel Buechler
Kiddush Lunch today is sponsored by Sue and Sandy Birnholtz in honor of the birth of their new grandson, Elie Zvi Hildebrandt, son of Melanie and Matt and brother of Samara, and by Roxane and Brian Newhouse and Don Nusholtz in honor of Roxane and Brian's anniversary, Lorne's 18th birthday and in memory of beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Gertrude Nusholtz.
SHABBAT SHIUR FUTURE DATES
11/29, 12/28, 1/25, 2/22, 3/29, 5/10, 6/21.
*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.
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Upcoming Shabbat Youth Activities
This week, November 9th:
Supervised Youth Activities, Room 3, lower level
Shabbat mornings, 10-11:45 a.m. for ages 12 and under
SHABBAT CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP TODAY for youth ages 7-12. Join our Lee Epstein and Hillel Buechler, our special, talented educators for 30 minutes of tefilla and parsha fun.
10-10:45 a.m., ROOM 9
Future Dates: DECEMBER 14TH, JANUARY 11TH,
JANUARY 25TH, FEBRUARY 1ST, MARCH 1ST,
APRIL 5th, MAY 3 (10:30 A.M.)
SHABBAT TEEN ACTIVITIES
D'VAR TORAH COCOA CAFE, THIS WEEK, NOVEMBER 9TH, for ages 13-17, 11:00-11:45 a.m., Social Hall
Listen to the D'var Torah in the main sanctuary, then give your take over cocoa and cider. Kiddush lunch following, with Spirited singing and Birkat Hamazon led by teens. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DECEMBER 14TH, JANUARY 11TH, JANUARY 25TH, FEBRUARY 1ST, MARCH 1ST, APRIL 5TH, MAY 3RD
SHABBAT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-5 COMING SOON!
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American Idol B'nai Israel Synagogue Style
Talent Show featuring B'nai Israel Youth Ages 3-18
Saturday, December 14th
6:45 p.m. Havdalah, 7 p.m. Show
TEEN MISSION 2014
JULY 1-AUGUST 1
2013-14 Grades 9-12 are eligible.
Registration begins September 23rd.
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USY Summer Programs Registration is now open. 9-12 Graders eligible.
Programs include USY on Wheels, Mitzvah Missions, Israel Adventures, Italy/Israel Pilgrimage, Israel/Poland Seminar, Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage.
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"Reflections on the Siddur," with Dr. Mitch Parker
Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m.
November 9, 23 December 7, 14
Mitch will focus on Ashrei, Aleinu, the Kaddish, Adon Olam, Yigdal, Hallel and Birkat Hamazon.
Class meets in the lower level, Room 9.
Shabbat Shiur Series
Shabbat Afternoons, last Saturday of the month following lunch and prior to minha. Shiur (class) will meet in the chapel. All our welcome. There is no charge to attend.
11 Nathan Gittleman
13 Lorne Newhouse
14 Joshua Jacobson
19 Gail Kaye
19 Martin Kurland
19 Shelli Orzach
20 Robert Kimmel
21 Adele Band
22 Belmont Kershenbaum
26 Jerry Knoppow
26 Kayla Pappas
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Upcoming Community Events
and TKA/BI Joint Opportunities
Knitting has returned!
All stitchers are welcome.
7 p.m., Meet in the TKA/BI Library.
December 4th, January 7th
TKA Relay for Life
Euchre Night fundraiser
Saturday, November 16th, 7 p.m., TKA Social Hall
$20/person, $30/couple, limited to first 100 people. RSVP to Chris Bocker, include "euchre" in subject line. ADULTS ONLY.
Music in the Burbs:
The Corn Potato String Band
JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest 2014
August 17-22 in Detroit!
Kickoff Meeting: November 13th
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