Alana Alpert, AJWS
In Parashat Ekev,
Moses reflects on the journey through the wilderness and prepares the Israelites for their transition into a new life of responsibility in the Promised Land.
He begins, "And it will be, because you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform, that the Lord, your God, will keep for you the covenant and the kindness that God swore to your ancestors" (Deuteronomy 7:12). The Hebrew word used for "heed" is theparashah's namesake, "Ekev," which also means "heel." A midras hproposes that the use of this word conveys a double-meaning: "The verse shows us that even those righteous deeds which a person takes lightly, like things of no value trodden underfoot, these commandments too should be kept. One should not weigh the commandments and say: "This is an important commandment and I
will fulfill it, and this is a small one and I will ignore it."
Arguing against the very human impulse to develop a hierarchy of responsibilities, this midrash warns us not to assign relative importance to the range of obligations that demand our attention and response.
Prioritizing Social Justice Work
This desire to prioritize feels especially familiar when we face the enormity of social justice work. We experience the frustrating gap between the resources of an individual or organization and the overwhelming amount of suffering in the world, and so we create our own idiosyncratic systems to
somehow make the impossible decisions about how to allocate our limited resources. We establish
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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing
8/14/2014 (18 Av)
8/17/2014 (21 Av)
Theodore P. Mason
8/18/2014 (22 Av)
Joel D. Hamburger,
Marilyn "Mike" Feigelson
8/22/2014 (26 Av)
Louis Jonah Lieberman
8/25/2014 (29 Av)
Judge Edward Avadenka
8/28/2014 (2 Elul)
8/29/2014 (3 Elul)
8/30/2014 (4 Elul)
Jack Harold Kaufman
8/31/2014 (5 Elul)
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Friday, August 15th
6 p.m. Chapel
9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
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SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING, including Seudah Shleesheet August 16th,
B'nai Israel Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE: NEXT SHABBAT
Saturday, August 23rd
Please join us as we honor Linda Jacobson, president of B'nai Israel Synagogue 2010-2014, for her leadership and tireless commitment to our synagogue.
Tiger Baseball Game
moved to Sunday, September 14th
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.
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Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Shabbat Youth Activities will resume in the fall.
Fall Events for Camp Ramah
Camp Heremelin, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Doreen Hermelin
Welcome Back from Camp Ramah
5-7 p.m., Adat Shalom Synagogue
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"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.
"Reflections on the Siddur," with Dr. Mitch Parker
will return in the fall.
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