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Shabbat Candle Lighting: 5:43pm Shabbat Ends: 6:41pm
 
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MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

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We’ve been building up the plot these past few weeks of G‑d telling Moses that He will redeem the Jewish people and make them His nation, and continued reading in the Torah this week about the final three plagues unleashed on the evil Pharaoh and his people, until they finally let the Jews go and we become G‑d’s people.

Our sages teach us that everything one sees and hears is to be taken as a lesson in one’s own life. Nothing is seen or heard by chance, randomly.

The other day I heard the following, paraphrased below:

The Statue of Liberty is not just a magnet for immigrants but is a projector.

It is not just for people to come here and build a better life

But that the American model of democracy has been an inspiration for people to build democracies at home without the need to immigrate to the United States of America

And we must never do anything that will weaken that model of democracy and inspiration, because if we do, it will dim that shining light forever. (Outgoing undersecretary for arms control)

What a true and well-articulated statement about our Lady of Liberty and what she stands for, there in middle of the water. Perhaps the same is to be said about the Jewish people. Many are proud that so many of the Nobel Peace Prize winners were Jewish, many are famous scientists, poets, authors, doctors, and philosophers. But the truth is, when the Torah directs that we be an “Or Lagoyim”, a light onto the nations, the light it refers to is the light that is Torah. (As we say in havdala – Layehudim hayta orah, and for the Jews there was light – light meaning Torah.) G‑d wants us to be seen as the people of His book, a people who study, practice, and teach it to the world until the entire universe is enlightened.

To be a beacon of light, you have to have your hand up, hold that torch high. Be proud of our heritage and our teachings.

The South Koreans wanted to know what makes the Jews so smart and successful. They determined that it is because we study the Talmud, and they actually translated the Talmud into Korean to incorporate it into their schools’ curriculums. As we travel out of Egypt and move on to receive the Torah in these few weeks, let us live up to this message with studying more Torah and doing more acts of kindness. And as a side benefit, we will continue to have a disproportionate number of accomplishments in all the other fields as well.

Wishing you a Shabbat filled with light

Shabbat Shalom

Rabbi Yossi Levertov

 

 

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new torah celebration 

We are just one week away from welcoming our new Sefer Torah! We look forward to seeing you at this special celebration.  

Writing of the final letters begins at 2.00pm, followed by a procession with live music to Chabad of Scottsdale. There will be dancing, a buffet dinner, desserts, treats for the children.   There is no charge, but RSVP 

You can still purchase words or portions in the Torah!   Click here for all of the information. 

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women's shabbat study group at 9.00am

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Learn a weekly ethical message, by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

 This class in dedicated to the memory of Hannah Leorah bas Eliezer Yosef, Chana bas Yaakov and Sandy Abrams obm.

 
 wednesday torah class

 
  We all know worrying doesn’t help, but does it also hurt? In exploring the appropriate ways to deal with stress and challenges, this lesson defines faith and trust in G‑d. What emerges is a profound and empowering message of how we can use positive thought to improve our lives.
 
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Wednesday, February 8th at 12.00pm.
The Jewish Learning Center 10213 N Scottsdale Rd. (next to Mazal Tov Gifts)
 
 
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Tom and Avivit Spector and family in honor of Tal's Bar Mitzvah.  Mazel Tov!

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Weekly Parshah

Parshat Bo

The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.

G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.

The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.

The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d.

 

 
 
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