July 31, 2014
4 Av 5774
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Shabbat Chazon
Parshat Devarim
Ismar Schorsch 


The Shabbat before Tisha b'Av (the 24-hour fast day on the ninth of Av) bears the name Shabbat Hazon (the Sabbath of Vision). It derives from the first word of the haftara: "The vision [hazon] of Isaiah son of Amoz that he beheld concerning Judah and Jerusalem... (Isaiah 1:1)." In English the translation conveys a note of irony, because the word "vision" tends to connote a depiction of beauty and inspiration, whereas Isaiah is delivering a stern reprimand of the hypocrisy and injustice of Judah in the late eighth century B.C.E. The Hebrew word "hazon", in contrast, is neutral, stressing the divine source of the vision rather than what is depicted. The prophet is a seer by virtue of his access to an experience of revelation, irrespective of its content.

And yet the reprimand is informed by a value system that stirs the heart. The Temple in Jerusalem, where Isaiah had his first experience of God and reluctantly accepted the divine call with a sense of deep unworthiness, is not an end in itself. The ultimate purpose of the Torah is not to placate God with sacrifices but to enact God's conception of social justice into law. Sacrifices and prayers that conceal a pervasive fabric of inequity are an abomination to God. Isaiah has God inveigh against a religious establishment that lacks compassion:

I hate your new moons, your festival days;

They are a burden to Me;

I can bear [them] no more.

When you stretch out your hands,

I will avert My eyes from you;however much you pray,I will not listen,while your hands are filled with blood.

Wash yourselves; cleanse yourselves,put your evil doings away from My sight.

Cease to do evil,learn to do good,seek justice; relieve the oppressed.

Uphold the orphan's rights;take up the widow's cause.(Isaiah 1:14-17 trans. by Chaim Stern, The Haftarah Commentary, UAHC Press, p. 432)

The effect of this inimitable haftara is not only to prepare us for the commemoration to come, but to offer us a measure of solace. The destruction of the Temple was not the supreme calamity that could befall Judaism. A sanctuary whose priesthood turned a deaf ear to the agony of the oppressed had forfeited its claim to being holy. Hypocrisy only compounded the sin of injustice. 


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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


7/31/2014 (4 Av)

Herman Stark


8/1/2014 (5 Av)

Ron Taub

8/7/2014 (11 Av)

Tilly Rose

8/9/2014 (13 Av)

Simon Aaron Kapen

8/10/2014 (14 Av)

Rose Feibus

8/11/2014 (15 Av)

Mayme Lawson

8/13/2014 (17 Av)

Moishe Glazier

Phillip Nusholtz

8/14/2014 (18 Av)

Lillian Handler

8/17/2014 (21 Av)

Theodore P. Mason

8/18/2014 (22 Av)

Joel D. Hamburger, 

Bennie Magy

8/20/2014 (24 Av)

Bertha Chitkin

8/22/2014 (26 Av)

Sarah Lewis

Ormond Sacks

8/24/2014 (28 Av)

Louis Jonah Lieberman

8/25/2014 (29 Av)

Judge Edward Avadenka

Max Friedman

Leonard Gaba

Robert Alan 


8/27/2014 (1 Elul)

Moshe Buncel

Louis Silverstein

8/28/2014 (2 Elul)

Robert Keila

8/29/2014 (3 Elul)

Louis Rose

Sam Toby

8/30/2014 (4 Elul)

Jack Harold Kaufman

8/31/2014 (5 Elul)

Lillian Katzman


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Shabbat Devarim/Chazon
Friday, August 1st
6 p.m. Chapel
Saturday, August 2nd
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the following Kiddush Lunch Group: Ruby Robinson, Joe Rose, Cheryl and Phillip Litt, Lou and Sally Soverinsky, Pearl and Sy Manello, Beverly Avadenka, Ruth and Mark Webber, Bernice Jacobson, and Linda and Steve Jacobson.
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8:30 p.m., is at the home of Cheryl and Mitch Parker. please rsvp to Mitch Parker.


Jewish Wedding MAZEL TOV To Rabbi Norman and Mrs. Lynne Roman on the marriage of their son Chad Rochkind to Corinne Rae.  The wedding took place on July 26, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.

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B'nai Israel Upcoming Events
Tiger Baseball Game
Detroit Tigers Sunday, September 7th
Bus leaves from the TKA/BI parking lot at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the synagogue following the game. Cost:  $30/person includes admission ticket, transportation and pizza.  Click here for reservation form.  Bus space limited to first 45 reservations.

Community Activities
Tisha B'Av
Congregation B'nai Moshe, 8:45 p.m.

MACCABI 2014 Detroit INFO
Host families and assistance needed.  Please consider getting involved.

Contact the JCC Maccabi Hotline to get involved:  248-432-5500, 
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Shabbat Youth Activities will resume in the fall.


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September 7th
Camp Heremelin, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Doreen Hermelin
September 14th
Welcome Back from Camp Ramah
5-7 p.m., Adat Shalom Synagogue 
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Learning Opportunities
Adult Education
"Making Sense of the Machzor"
A 3-Part Series as part of SNL, Saturday Night Learning
Shabbat, September 6, 13, 20 - 6:30 pm
Prepare for the Yamim Noraim over Seudah Shlishit, as we wrap up the season's Saturday Night Learning sessions.  
Location TBD

"Reflections on the Siddur," with Dr. Mitch Parker
will return in the fall.

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Happy Birthday!

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31 Brandon Kappy

31 Noah Weingarden 


 Alissa Citron

 2 Joshua Breitman

  4  Steve Freedman

  8  Melissa Berlin

  9  Leonard Rosen

 10 Julia Abramson

 10 Betsy Wolf

 11 Nancy Benchell-Eisman

 11 Marybeth Rosen

 11 Michael Soverinsky

 13 Elizabeth Breitman

 13 Cathy Graub

 15 Andy Beider

 15 Kayla Kapen

 15 David Saperstein

 16 Marlene Margolis

 16 Marcia Seigerman

 19 Katie Rosen

 19 Sally Soverinsky

 21 Stefani Chudnow

 21 Adam Gordon

 22 Maya Rosenberg

 23 Vernon Gordon

 25 Rabbi Jonathan Berger

 27 Noah Marcotte

 27 Cary Rosen

 27 Melvin Toby

 29 Edward Chudnow

      Jewish Wedding


  4  Brian & Casey Ginsberg

  4  Steve & Nancy Kaufman

 14 Jeffrey Eisman & Nancy Benchell-Eisman

 14 Steve & Tammy Dines

 14 Armando & Rhonda Duer

 14 Ram & Karen Orzach

 15 Richard & Lois Wonboy

 18 Jonathan & Laura Berger

 20 Michael & Debbie Balkin

 25 Jerry & Sharon Knoppow

 30 Roy & Robin Rosen



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