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Daily 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.

Weather permitting - Shabbat services continue to be held outside. Whether inside or outside, all participants must wear masks.

The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

I’m writing this introduction Tuesday afternoon, November 3rd – Election Day. By the time you read it, each one of us will have had the opportunity to express our perspective on the candidates and the issues via the ballot box. And hopefully, there will be nationally accepted results. 

Irrespective of who wins, I have a serious concern that has been shared by many of my rabbinic colleagues, regarding the way “we the people” proceed into the future. Tragically, there is a growing schism in our country that threatens to tear us apart. In my opinion, a key factor is not as much differing ideologies, as it is the attitude toward people with whom we disagree. It is with this in mind that I share with you the following letters. Read more.

Shabbat Vayera
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Parasha in a Nutshell

G-d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah laughs.

Abraham pleads with G-d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive in the doomed city, where Abraham’s nephew Lot extends his hospitality to them and protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to overturn the place, and to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys the command not to look back at the burning city as they flee.

While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.

Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G-d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.

G-d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert; G-d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba, where Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.

G-d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place. Abraham receives the news of the birth of a daughter, Rebecca, to his nephew Bethuel (Chabad.org). 


Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

It’s not often that one receives such diverse company on a single day. But if you’re Abraham, anything can happen. The portion begins this week as Abraham is sitting outside his tent, three days after his circumcision, on a boiling hot day. He is visited by none other than the Divine Presence. In the middle of the conversation, Abraham looks up. He spots three Arab nomads meandering, in the intense heat in his direction. Imagine yourself. You are recuperating from an operation that most males receive 99 years prior, you are in the middle of a conversation with G-d Al-mighty, and three Arabs happen to pass within shouting distance of your tent. We all know what we would and would not do. Let us analyze what Abraham does, and how he does it.

The Torah tell us, “and he [Abraham] said, ‘My Master, if I find favor in your eyes, do not pass over your servant.’” The Torah is unclear. Who was Abraham referring to when he said “My Master?” Is he telling G-d not to withdraw His presence as he invites some nomads, or was he respectfully interrupting his conversation with G-d as he shouts to the wayfarers, “Don’t leave me, I’ll be with you as soon as I finish this conversation with G-d?”

It is quite hard to believe, but these two ideas are Talmudic opinions! I understand how the Talmud can argue about a tree — was it a willow tree or an apple tree? After all the difference is not consequential. Was the window situated in Noah’s ark an actual pane of glass or a sparkling jewel that allowed for a brilliant shine? The opinions in those instances are diverse yet compatible. But the schism in opinions, whether “My Master” is referring to G-d Himself or the leader of a band of Arab shleppers, is too wide to fathom!

What is more troubling is how is it possible to say that Abraham actually paused during a conversation with G-d to tell a few Arab nomads to wait until he is ready?

Rabbi Isser Zalman Melzer was once sitting with a group of students when suddenly one of them looked out the window and announced that one of Israel’s leading Torah scholars was coming toward the home.

Rav Melzer quickly prepared his modest Jerusalem apartment to greet the honored guest. The table was bedecked with a freshly laundered, tablecloth adorned with a bowl of fruit, in honor of the distinguished visitor. Rabbi Melzer changed into his Shabbos attire so as to show his respect.

Suddenly there was a knock. Reb Isser Zalman rushed to the door to greet the honored guest. However there was no Rav at the door. In his stead, stood a simple poor Jew who needed a letter of approbation in order to raise funds. He appeared from the distance like the scholar, but obviously the student was mistaken. To the surprise of his wife, and even more so the visitor himself, Rav Melzer ushered the poor man into his dining room. He proceeded to seat him at the head of the table, converse with him, feed him, and give him the respect he would have afforded a revered guest. After discussing the man’s needs, he wrote a letter full of complimentary descriptions regarding the man and his situation.

After the old man had left, Reb Isser Zalman commented, “who really knows how to evaluate and differentiate the value of people. Perhaps this is the way one must treat every Jew. I was happy to channel my enthusiastic expectations of the Rabbi’s visit toward this simple Jew.”

Avrohom knew that there is a Mitzvah to love Hashem, but he also knew that G-d created man in His image. Perhaps it can be an acceptable argument amongst our sages, which Master was told “please wait?” Was it the actual Master of the universe, or the master that was created in the image of the ultimate Master? Perhaps one of the ways that Avrohom manifested his great love for Hashem was through his actions toward his fellow human-being. And believe it or not, the Master waited.

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