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Shul Opening Update

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
This week, we once again begin reading about the life and times of Judaism’s founding father – Avraham Avinu. This can understandably lead us to the question - what is Judaism? A religion? A faith? A way of life? A set of beliefs? A collection of commands? A culture? A civilization? In the following excerpts from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ new book, Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, we find out that Judaism is all these and something much more. 
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6:52pm     Havdalah
Sunday, November 1
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Abe Newman in honor of Rabbi & Judy Traub on the birth of their great granddaughter
Claire Manber for Shmini Atzeret Yizkor
Claire Manber for the Yahrzeit of her beloved father, Isidor
Adam & Carrie Dove for the Yahrzeit of Adam’s beloved grandfather, Harold Pomeranc
Al & Sharon Hampel for the Yahrzeits of Adelle, Alter, Lazer, Meyer, Rubin and Sheindel Kamalgarn    

Al & Sharon Hampel in honor of Rabbi & Judy Traub on the birth of their great granddaughter
Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky in honor of Rabbi & Judy Traub on the birth of their great granddaughter

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Enjoy Metropolitan Sushi
Something new is cooking at Metropolitan Sushi. Check out the new Mexican themed menu, or the classic sushi and Shabbat menus. 
Parasha in a Nutshell

G-d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G-d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G-d. A famine forces the first Jew to depart for Egypt, where beautiful Sarai is taken to Pharaoh’s palace; Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle. Back in the land of Canaan, Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom, where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem). G-d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution (galut) of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly; an angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year. Thirteen years later, G-d changes Abram’s name to Abraham (“father of multitudes”), and Sarai’s to Sarah (“princess”), and promises that a son will be born to them; from this child, whom they should call Isaac (“will laugh”), will stem the great nation with which G-d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household ( 

Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

"And Hashem took Abraham outside and said, gaze toward the heavens and count the stars if you are able! And He said to him, so shall your offspring be!”(Genesis:15:5) With those words, the Torah tells us G-d’s promise, ”Jews will be like the stars.”

Something is troubling. Why was is it necessary for Hashem to take a field trip with Abraham in order to impress upon him the vastness of the universe? At the time Abraham was 100 years old. Surely he knew that one cannot count the stars! Rashi, therefore, explains the verse on a deeper level.

Abraham had been told by soothsayers and astrologers that he and Sora would never bear children. Hashem however, took him outside. “Go outside of your pre-ordained destiny," He exclaimed. “You are no longer governed by conventional predictions. I am taking you outside that realm.”

It’s quite interesting to note that Abraham’s great-grandson, Yoseph, followed literally in Abraham’s footsteps. He too ran outside. Yoseph was about to be seduced by the licentious wife of his master, Potiphar. She claimed she had a vision that a union of Yoseph and her would produce prestigious offspring. (She did not know that Yoseph would legitimately marry her daughter.)

Genesis 39:12 the Torah tells us that ”Yoseph dropped his coat and ran outside.” Perhaps he was saying, ”I am not governed by your visions and predictions. I must do what my faith and morality teach me. Like my forebearers Abraham and Sora, I go outside your visors.”

Reb Yoseph Chaim had studied under the Chofetz Chaim before he settled in America. He had a very long and tranquil life until tragedy struck. His son Hirschel was in a terrible car accident and the doctors feared the worst. The family did not know just how to tell the news to the aged, yet very coherent, 87-year-old father. The hospital chaplain, Rabbi Schapiro, was asked to drive the old man to the hospital and slowly break the news on the way. This would be the last time Yoseph Chaim would probably see his son alive. When he broke the terrible news, however, the Rabbi was shocked at the old man’s indifference. “Perhaps I didn’t explain the severity of the situation,” he thought. He figured that the scene at the bedside would speak for itself. It didn’t. Reb Yoseph Chaim walked up to the bedside, saw his son connected to a maze of tubes protruding from all over his body, and said to the surrounding physicians, “I guess he’s not up to talking right now. We probably should come back a little later”

The entire family was stupefied. They knew their father had an astute grasp of almost every situation, yet in this instance he could not face reality. The doctors predicted that Hirschel was not going to survive. Yet his father was not even fazed.

Reb Yoseph Chaim looked at all the shocked faces in the crowded ICU. “You doctors think you know the future? I know that Hirschel will be just fine. Let me explain. Many years ago the Chofetz Chaim wanted to make sure that his writings were understandable for the layman. He asked me to read the galleys and point out any difficult nuances. He was very appreciative of my efforts, and before I left for America he promised me, “Yoseph Chaim, if you remain a faithful Jew and Shomer Shabbos, I promise that you will have a long life filled with nachas. You will not lose any one of your children or grandchildren in your lifetime.’ Now gentlemen,” Reb Yoseph continued, “who should I believe?” Needless to say, within weeks Hirschel was out of the hospital. (Reb Yoseph lived to the ripe age of 96 and all his children and grandchildren did outlive him!)

The Jewish people are not controlled by the soothsayers of conventional wisdom. Predictions of defeat were abound when Israel’s army is outnumbered 10 to 1 and — yet we survived. The dire predictions of mass assimilation amidst despair after World War II faded into a rebirth of a Jewish community and renewed Torah education on unparalleled levels. Conventional wisdom had lost hope for our Russian brothers and sisters, yet new embers of Torah Judaism are beginning to glow out of the former bastion of atheism.

We are not ruled by conventional wisdom. Like our forefather Abraham, we Jews are just outsiders.

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