Dear Kol Rinah Family,
Hanukkah is coming! The first candle is Sunday evening.
But first, Shabbat! Tonight candle lighting is at 4:23pm. Services will be at 6pm in the chapel this evening.
Tomorrow morning is New Member Shabbat. We’ll be downstairs in the lower auditorium, with services beginning at 9am. I’ll be leading Torah Talk at 10:10am in the upper auditorium, where we’ll look at the meaning of two dots above a grammatical, usually-untranslated word.
Rabbi Shafrin will be leading a special pre-Hanukkah edition of Mifgashabbat at 10:30am for our elementary-school age kids in the chapel, and Tammy Arnow will be leading a pre-Hanukkah edition of Tot Shabbat in the Sara Myers Community Room at 10:45am.
Skylar Swim, a new member of Kol Rinah, will be speaking during services, and we’ll welcome and introduce all of our new members at the end of services.
We’re also excited for Kiddush tomorrow, which will be the Karen Solomon Memorial Luncheon, sponsored by Bill Solomon. Paula Hamvas, for those of you who know her, is back in town cooking, and Kiddush will be lovely. Thanks to Bill, and Paula!
Saturday evening, mincha will be at 3:25pm, and Shabbat ends at 5:24pm.
Minyan continues, even during Hanukkah, even during winter. Please come! Twice this week we haven’t made minyan.
And now for a little Torah… In looking at the story of Joseph in Genesis 37, I found myself this year struck by how annoying Joseph is. He brings back bad reports of his brothers, true or untrue we don’t know. At best he’s a tattler, at worst, a liar. He insists on sharing his dreams of dominating his brothers with them, even after they express their fury. He is wearing his coat of many colors when he goes to see them shepherding, flaunting it, it almost feels. So when his brothers throw him into the pit, one almost says, “finally!”
But then, Joseph turns in an instant from being an insensitive, arrogant snot to a victim of terrifying violence. And his brothers go from being the victims of their father’s disregard and Joseph’s brattiness to violent louts themselves.
No one comes out well in this, at least not for years in the narrative. The arrogant are cruelly humbled; the despised become cruelly violent. Where do you see these patterns occurring in our world and lives today?
And how can we change these patterns?
Shabbat shalom, and see you in shul,
Rabbi Noah Arnow