August 14, 2014
18 Av 5774
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Shabbat Eikev
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)

Lillian Handler

8/17/2014 (21 Av)

Theodore P. Mason

8/18/2014 (22 Av)

Joel D. Hamburger, 

Bennie Magy

8/19/2014 (23Av)

Marilyn "Mike" Feigelson

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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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
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 16 Marcia Seigerman=  

 18  Melissa Berlin

 19 Katie Rosen

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 21 Adam Gordon

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 23 Vernon Gordon

 25 Rabbi Jonathan Berger

 27 Noah Marcotte

 27 Cary Rosen

 27 Melvin Toby

 29 Edward Chudnow

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 14 Jeffrey Eisman & Nancy Benchell-Eisman

 14 Steve & Tammy Dines

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 14 Ram & Karen Orzach

 15 Mechelle and David Bernard

 15 Richard & Lois Wonboy

 18 Jonathan & Laura Berger

 20 Michael & Debbie Balkin

 25 Jerry & Sharon Knoppow

 30 Roy & Robin Rosen

 31  Michael Karesh and Gayla Bassham

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