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Shul Opening Update

Unfortunately, since San Francisco has reverted to a “Purple Tier” status, all Shabbat services are now held in the backyard. However, the Purple Tier rules allow for a service to be livestreamed from indoors with a maximum of 12 participants if required to facilitate the livestream. Therefore, daily services are now being zoomed – please see the links below. 

If you wish to attend services, you must inform the rabbi in advance. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID 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

Two things have been on my mind lately - how to deal with the aftermath of the election and the impact that the pandemic is having on our families. Regarding the election, I am not focusing on politics, but rather, on how to repair relationships that have been hurt due to differing perspectives. To address this topic, I share with you insights from Dr. Norman Goldwasser, a clinical psychologist from Miami Beach, Florida. In addition, you may be interested in reading this analysis by Nishma Research, titled “Priorities of Trump Voters vs. Biden Voters in the Orthodox Jewish Community: A Post-Election Analysis.” By identifying driving factors that led individuals to vote for a certain candidate, this analysis creates opportunities to build dialogue and engagement amongst groups with differing political opinions. To address the second topic, I share with you the perspective of my colleague from Boca Raton, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg. Read more

Shabbat Vayishlach
Friday, December 4 - Saturday, December 5
Friday, December 4
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Shabbat, December 5
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Sunday, December 6
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Dr. Shep Levine in memory of Alexander Turkelev
Dr. Shep Levine for Yom Kippur and Shmini Atzeret Yizkor
Frieda Greenspan in honor of Rabbi Landau
Bina Mitchell in gratitude for the Thanksgiving/Chanukah Basket
Hai Haham in gratitude for the Thanksgiving/Chanukah basket
Claire Manber in gratitude to Hashem for her 94th birthday
Yefim & Beatrsea Sheynis in gratitude for the Thanksgiving/Chanukah basket
Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck in gratitude to Rabbi Landau for his friendship and dogged support of the community
Michael Gitt in memory of his father, Shmaya ben Bayrach, and brother, Baruch Shlomo ben Shmaya v' Bunya
Michael Gitt for a Refuah Shleima for his mother, Bunya bat Bayla, and all the other cholim in the community

Aaron Karpel in memory of Yitzchak Shaul Ben Azriel
Randy Weiss in honor of Jonathan Esensten, Raquel Gardner and their children
Anatole & Stella Zelkin for the Yahrzeit of his father, Girsul
Anatole & Stella Zelkin in memory of Dora Rivina, Mina Rivina, Valery Pasynkov, Isaak Zelkin and Leib Yermenson
Ian & Cheryl Katz in memory of Ian’s beloved father, Simon, and in appreciation for Rabbi Landau saying Kaddish
Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky in the honor of Michael Lorincz’ 97th birthday 
David Garth & Sarah Phommavonsay in memory of Sarah's beloved sister, Lar
Nathan Dubinsky for a Happy Chanukah

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Giving Tuesday Matching Campaign
Baruch Hashem, we reached our goal of raising $18,000, which was matched with an additional $18,000!
If you didn’t have a chance to participate, our gracious “match maker’ has agreed to continue matching funds that come in through Monday, December 7.

We are deeply thankful to the eighty-one families that participated in our fundraising campaign so far: Anonymous, Marc & Fleur Attia, Shay & Robin Attia, Daniel & Leslie Benchetrite, Esther & Bob Berger, Tolik & Tali Besedin, Ava Brand, Eric Brand, David Brodsky, Velvel & Irina Brodsky, Helen & Yanush Cherkis, Abraham & Shabnam Drucker, Betsy Eckstein & David Heller, David Sara & Ya’akov Fils, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Lena Giderman, Michael Gitt, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Alex & Inna Goldshteyn, Marc Gottleib, Amy & Barry Greenberg, Willie & Joanne Greenspan, Irving Greisman, Mitchell Hadler, Hai Haham, Sharon & Al Hampel, Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck, Ya’akov Helwani, Zahava & Meir Holland, Joe & Anna Hollander, Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky, Matt Kalbrosky, Daniel & Nathalie Kaplan, Ester & Joe Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Aaron Karpel, Ian & Cheryl Katz, Anna & Keva Kelenson, Vicki Keyak, Alex & Baruch Kilnuov, David & Roberta Kimmel, Morrey Klein, Rabbi & Johni Landau, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Ben Leyne, Joe & Eve Loecher, Kevin & Renee Mahan, Maksim Mamrikov, Claire Manber, Rabbi Shimon Margolin, Bryce & Dena Mendelsohn, Tal Niv & Ana Miletijev, Patty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Marina Payley, Mordechai & Sarah Pelta, Heddy Pilpel, Norman Reid, Ian Reynolds & Jessica Ozeri, Marina & Avi Riskin, Alex & Masha Rudakov, Stanley Saitowitz, Michael & Maureen Samson, Alvin D. Sered, Yefim & Beatrisa Sheynis, Gershon & Rivka Shif, Gena Shuster, Max Slepnyov, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov, Boris & Bronya Spektor, Tommy & Genie Tabak, Alon Tivon, Moshe & Marina Tselner, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Randy Weiss, Sally Weiss, Neal Wohlmuth, Michael & Sofia Zakharevich, Aryeh Zapinsky, Anatole & Stella Zelkin, Eugenia Zelkin
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Parasha in a Nutshell

Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan and sends emissaries to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but his messengers report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Jacob prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of livestock) to appease him.

That night, Jacob ferries his family and possessions across the Jabbok River; he, however, remains behind and encounters the angel that embodies the spirit of Esau, with whom he wrestles until daybreak. Jacob suffers a dislocated hip but vanquishes the supernal creature, who bestows on him the name Israel, which means “he who prevails over the divine.”

Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but part ways. Jacob purchases a plot of land near Shechem, whose crown prince—also called Shechem— abducts and rapes Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. Dinah’s brothers Simeon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city, after rendering them vulnerable by convincing them to circumcise themselves.

Jacob journeys on. Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father’s marital life. Jacob arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180 (Rebecca has passed away before Jacob’s arrival).

Our Parshah concludes with a detailed account of Esau’s wives, children and grandchildren; the family histories of the people of Seir, among whom Esau settled; and a list of the eight kings who ruled Edom, the land of Esau’s and Seir’s descendants ( 

Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

Anticipating conflict is quite strenuous. Yaakov had heard that his brother Esav was advancing toward him and his twelve children, accompanied by four hundred armed men. He had no idea of Esav’s intentions. Was he still raging over the loss of Isaac’s blessings or did thirty years of separation calm his wrath? Yaakov had to act fast. He split his camp into two groups and instructed his children both, how to do battle and how to escape. He sent a large contingent of men laden with myriad gifts to greet the advancing army. He hoped that the large offering will indicate submission to his older brother and thus appease him. And of course, he prayed.

In the middle of the night before the encounter, he made his move. In Genesis 32:23-24, the Torah tells us, “and Yaakov got up that night and took his wives, his children, and all of his possessions and crossed the stream at Yabok.” It would seem from this verse that Yaakov was together with his entire family and all their possessions. Yet the next verse tells us that Yaakov remained alone. The Torah places him back on the other side of the river, alone. As he stands alone the Torah relates that an angel fought with him till dawn. The question is obvious. If Yaakov crossed with his entire family, how did he end up on the other side of the stream, alone?

The Talmud in Chulin 91a is also bothered by this question. The Talmud explains that Yaakov returned to his original camping grounds. He obviously had forgotten some Pachim K’tanim, insignificant small earthenware, bric-a-brac, and thus returned alone, to retrieve them. The Talmudic reasoning is thus. If the verse tells us that Jacob crossed with all of his possessions, then it tells us he was alone, whatever he had returned for must have been insignificant and not worthy enough to be considered as possessions.

I am bothered. Why did Yaakov go to retrieve insignificant tchotchkes on the night when he was preparing for the most difficult encounter of his life? Obviously, there is an eternal lesson to be gained. What is it?

In the summer of 1954, my grandmother, Itta Ettil Kamenetzky, of blessed memory, left Beth Israel Hospital, for the last time, after a prolonged stay. Her condition had deteriorated, and the doctors felt that there was nothing left for them to do. My grandfather, Reb Yaakov zt”l, went together with family members to pick her up from the hospital. My grandmother was wheeled to the waiting automobile and made as comfortable as possible. Suddenly, Reb Yaakov seemed to realize that he had forgotten something very important. He whispered something to his wife, and when she nodded her approval, he asked if it was possible for the driver to wait a few minutes. He had to go back into the hospital.

The family members were a bit surprised. Although there was another patient in the room, and items may have been confused, they remembered removing every one of my grandmother’s personal belongings from the room. Accompanied by his curious son, Reb Yaakov proceeded to the elevator and pushed the button to the floor on which his wife had stayed.

“Pa,” his son protested, “we have everything.” The elevator stopped at the correct floor. Reb Yaakov proceeded into his wife’s former room and turned to her ailing roommate. “In our rush to leave the hospital, I forgot to tell you good-bye and wish you well. May G-d send you a speedy recovery.” With that, Reb Yaakov walked out of the room, nodded at the stunned nurses, whom he already had thanked on his first exit, and left toward the waiting car.

Yaakov went back for something that in our estimation, may have been insignificant. But he knew otherwise. A small jug may have had a sentimental value to one of his wives. An old blanket may have meant something to one of the children. Yaakov our forefather taught us that everything in life has value. It is easy to say, “I crossed the river,” “I packed the suitcase,” or “I left the building, and I’m not going back.” Yaakov’s lesson tells us that even at a risk, the little things in life are just as important as the big ones. Some acts are glorified, others are seemingly petty. We can never judge which investments yield great returns, and which returns are great investments!

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