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Shul Opening Update

Daily and Shabbat services are now held in the main sanctuary. This necessitates extra vigilance to ensure a low-risk COVID-19 environment. Therefore, it is imperative that anyone wishing to attend services inform the rabbi in advance. In addition, anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell must stay home.

The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

Once again, Rabbi Benjamin Blech has been inspired by current events to put pen to paper and share his insights. He recently sent me the following essays: “A Rabbi’s Confession: What I Discovered by Not Going to Shul” and “God and the Pfizer Vaccine.” In the first piece, he talks about the three different functions of a shul and which he feels is most important. Let me know if you agree or disagree with him. In the second, he demonstrates a fascinating connection between the Torah and science (oy, how I envy his ability to see the world through a Torah lens and articulately share it with others). Read more

Shabbat Vayetzei
Friday, November 27- Saturday, November 28
Friday, November 27
8:00am    Shacharit 
4:34pm    Candlelighting
4:35pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
Shabbat, November 28
Shema must be concluded by 9:31am
9:20am     Shacharit 

4:30pm     Mincha/Ma'ariv
5:35pm     Havdalah
Sunday, November 29
8:00am    Shacharit 
4:30pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

November 30- December 3

7:45am    Shacharit
7:00pm    Ma'ariv

Adath Israel Zoom World

Friday, November 27, 3:00pm
Story Time with the Rabbi
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Call-In Number: (669) 900-6833
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Password: 931188
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Meeting ID: 870 7344 7128
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Thursday December 3, 7:30pm
What Am I Doing? 
Is Gambling Kosher?
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Meeting ID: 859 1987 7123
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Lloyd Klein for the Yahrzeit of his beloved father, Barney Joe
Ester & Joe Kaplan for the Yahrzeit of Joe’s beloved mother, Esther
Alex & Boruch Kilunov for the General Fund
Baruch & Batya Berenfus in honor of Drs. Sharon & Kevin Saitowitz
Joe & Ester Kaplan for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Abe Newman for the Yahrzeit of his beloved sister, Gila Shagan
Roni Silverberg in appreciation for the Thanksgiving/Chanukah Baskets and the Rabbi's teaching and guidance 
Vicki Keyak in honor of Michael Lorincz's 97th Birthday
Vicki Keyak in honor of Rabbi & Judy Traub and Hillel & Keren Traub on the birth of a great-granddaughter/granddaughter, Yael, to Rachel & Ariel Benhayoun 
Vicki Keyak in honor of the engagement of Avi Wachtenheim to Sara Bernstein. Mazal Tov to the proud grandparents, Rabbi & Judy Traub, and parents, Steve & Mo Wachtenheim

Weekly Minyan Sponsor
Thank you to Moish Pomeranc for sponsoring the weekly minyan in memory of the Yahrzeit of his beloved mother, Anna

Thank You to Our Thanksgiving/Chanukah Basket Sponsors
Mr. & Mrs. Anonymous, Lev & Irina Dratva, Anna & Konstantin Kelenson, Phylis Kurzbard, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov

Thank You to Our Thanksgiving/Chanukah Basket Packers
Bonnie, Fred and Matt Kalbrosky, Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau, Bella and Polina Pasynkova

Thank You to Our Thanksgiving/Chanukah Basket Deliverers
Tali Besedin, David Garth, Bonnie Kalbrosky, Rabbi Landau, Polina Pasynkova, Allen Rudakov, Kevin Saitowitz


Mazal Tov
To Rabbi & Judy Traub on the engagement of their grandson, Avi Wachtenheim, to Sara Bernstein
To Michael Lorincz on his 97th birthday this Shabbat
To Sarah Phommavongsay on the passing of her sister, Lar, in Laos last Sunday.
Giving Tuesday Matching Campaign
Tuesday, December 1st is #GivingTuesday. This day of global generosity was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give and celebrate generosity. Adath Israel has been blessed with an anonymous donor who will match dollar for dollar every donation made to the shul. As you know, due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. COVID), the shul’s ability to raise funds has been significantly reduced. Therefore, anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. Donate now
Thank you to Michael & Maureen Samson for being the first participants in our GivingTuesday matching funds fundraiser. 
Enjoy Metropolitan Sushi
Something new is cooking at Metropolitan Sushi. Check out their Mexican, sushi, and Shabbat menus
Parasha in a Nutshell

Jacob leaves his hometown of Beersheba and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G-d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be given to his descendants. In the morning, Jacob raises the stone on which he laid his head as an altar and monument, pledging that it will be made the house of G-d.

In Charan, Jacob stays with and works for his uncle Laban, tending Laban’s sheep. Laban agrees to give him his younger daughter, Rachel—whom Jacob loves—in marriage, in return for seven years’ labor. But on the wedding night, Laban gives him his elder daughter, Leah, instead—a deception Jacob discovers only in the morning. Jacob marries Rachel, too, a week later, after agreeing to work another seven years for Laban.

Leah gives birth to six sons—Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun—and a daughter, Dinah, while Rachel remains barren. Rachel gives Jacob her handmaid, Bilhah, as a wife to bear children in her stead, and two more sons, Dan and Naphtali, are born. Leah does the same with her handmaid, Zilpah, who gives birth to Gad and Asher. Finally, Rachel’s prayers are answered, and she gives birth to Joseph.

Jacob has now been in Charan for fourteen years and wishes to return home. But Laban persuades him to remain, now offering him sheep in return for his labor. Jacob prospers, despite Laban’s repeated attempts to swindle him. After six years, Jacob leaves Charan in stealth, fearing that Laban would prevent him from leaving with the family and property for which he labored. Laban pursues Jacob but is warned by G-d in a dream not to harm him. Laban and Jacob make a pact on Mount Gal-Ed, attested to by a pile of stones, and Jacob proceeds to the Holy Land, where he is met by angels 

Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

It just doesn’t make sense. After more than twenty years of toiling in the house of Lavan (Laban), Yaakov (Jacob) wants out. He should have been entitled to. After all, he married Lavan’s daughters in exchange for years of tending the sheep, He increased Lavan’s livestock population many fold, and he was a faithful son-in-law despite a conniving huckster of a father-in-law. Yet when Yaakov leaves Lavan’s home with his wives, children, and flocks, he sneaks out, fearing that Lavan would never let him leave. He is pursued by Lavan who chases him with a vengeance. But Yaakov is lucky. Hashem appears to Lavan in a dream and warns him not to harm Yaakov. Eventually, Lavan overtakes Yaakov and accosts him. “Why have you led my daughters away like captives of the sword? Why have you fled, secretly, without notifying me? Had you told me you wanted to leave I would have sent you off with song and music!” (Genesis 31:26-27).

Yaakov answers his father-in-law by declaring his fear. “You would have stolen your daughters from me.” Lavan then searched all of Yaakov’s belongings looking for idols missing from his collection. Yaakov was outraged. He simply did not understand what Lavan wanted. Yaakov responds to the attack by detailing the tremendous amount of selfless work, through scorching heat and freezing nights, that he toiled in order to make Lavan a wealthy man. Reviewing the care and concern that he had for his wives and children, Yaakov declares that he is not worthy of the mean-spirited attacks made by his father-in-law, Lavan. And Yaakov adds, “If not for the protection of Hashem, Lavan would have sent me away empty handed” (Genesis 31:38-42).

Yet Lavan is unmoved. Like a stoic, unyielding dictator, Lavan responds. “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flock is my flock and all that you see is mine,” (Genesis 31:43).

What can be going on in Lavan’s mind? What motivates a man to be so selfish and unreasonable?

My friend, Reb Yossel Czopnik, told me the following true story about Yankel, a heavy smoker who went to see a certain hypnotist who had cured a large number of people. In a method that combined hypnosis, electrodes, and a little cajoling while placing little metal balls behind the ears, patients swore that the urge to smoke had been totally eradicated from their minds.

Yankel went to the doctor and underwent the entire ritual. The balls went behind his ears, the electrodes were attached to his temples, and the doctor began to talk.

“Let me ask you, Yankel,” questioned the doctor of the well wired patient, “every time you inhale a cigarette do you know what is happening? Close your eyes and imagine your lips puckered around the tail pipe of a New York City bus! Now, take a deep breath. Imagine all those noxious fumes filling your lungs! That is what the cigarettes are doing to you!”

Yankel went home that night still wanting a smoke but decided to hold off. “Maybe it takes one night,” he thought.

The next morning nothing seemed to change. In fact, on his way to work, he had queasy feelings. As soon as he entered his office, Yankel picked up the telephone and called the doctor.

“So,” asked the doctor, “How do you feel? I’m sure you didn’t have a cigarette yet! I bet you have no desire for them anymore!”

Yankel was hesitant. “Honestly, Doc. I’m not sure. One thing I can tell you, however. All morning long, on my way to work I was chasing city buses!”

Lavan just wouldn’t get it. No matter how clearly Yaakov explained his case, twenty years of work, the devoted labor under scorching heat and freezing cold, Lavan just stood unmoved. “The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, and whatever you have is mine.”

When the sickness of egocentrism overtakes the emotional stability of a human soul; one can talk, cajole, or persuade. The Almighty can even appear in a dream and do his part. It is helpless. Unless one actually takes the initiative to realize his or her shortcomings, anything that anyone may tell them is only a blast of noxious air.

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