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Shul Opening Update

Due to inclement weather, we have reluctantly begun to also daven indoors. This necessitates extra vigilance to ensure a low-risk COVID environment. Therefore, it is imperative that anyone wishing to attend services inform the rabbi in advance. In addition, all participants must be masked and socially distanced - seating charts will be posted around the sanctuary to facilitate proper distancing.

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.

Hopefully, as with the previous Yamim Tovim, the weather will allow us to be outdoors, but if not, plan B is in place. 

The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

Our three-week holiday season concludes with two holidays that are actually one. In the Torah, the day after Sukkot is a holiday called Shmini Atzeret. In Israel it is observed for one day and in the diaspora, it is observed for two days. At an uncertain point in history, the second day observance of Shmini Atzeret in the diaspora became known as Simchat Torah. Let’s try to gain a deeper understanding of Shmini Atzeret and the Simchat Torah celebrations. 

Shabbat Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Friday, October 9- Sunday, October 11
Z'manim:
Friday, October 9
Hoshana Rabba
7:45am    Shacharit 
6:22pm    Candlelighting
6:25pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv 

Shabbat, October 10
Shmini Atzeret
9:30am     Shacharit 
11:15am   Yizkor
6:15pm     Mincha/Ma'ariv
7:18pm     Havdalah/Kiddush
Sunday, October 11
Simchat Torah

9:30am    Shacharit 
11:00am  Hakafot
6:25pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

7:17pm    Havdalah

Monday-Thursday, October 12-15
7:45am    Shacharit
6:25pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv


 
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Shmini Atzeret Torah Reading in a Nutshell

A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. On certain years, this tithe is given to the poor instead. Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple and their meat eaten by the Kohen (priest).

The mitzvah of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

The portion then mentions the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — when all should go to "see and be seen" before G-d in the Holy Temple. 

G-d declares that the eighth day will be the festival of Shmini Atzeret, one bullock is offered, together with a ram and seven lambs. With each of the animals is brought the prescribed meal, wine and oil supplements: three tenths of an efah of fine flour, and half a hin each of wine and oil, per bullock; two tenths of flour and a third of a hin of each of the liquids for each ram; and one tenth and one quarter respectively for each lamb (Chabad.org).

Simchat Torah Torah Reading in a Nutshell

The last parasha in the Torah - Vezot Haberachah, recounts the blessings that Moses gave to each of the twelve tribes of Israel before his death.
Echoing Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons five generations earlier, Moses assigns and empowers each tribe with its individual role within the community of Israel.
Then it relates how Moses ascended Mount Nebo, from whose summit he saw the Promised Land. "And Moses the servant of G-d died there in the Land of Moab by the mouth of G-d... and no man knows his burial place to this day." The Torah concludes by attesting that "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom G-d knew face to face... and in all the mighty hand and the great awesome things which Moses did before the eyes of all Israel."

In the first Parasha in the Torah, G-d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G-d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest (Chabad.org).


Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

G-d’s eulogy for Moshe should consist of the most poetic words that can describe a man who fulfilled every wish and command that is imaginable of mortal beings. In summarizing Moshe’s life achievements, He should choose words that describe his remarkable humility, his unstinting devotion, and his amazing powers of calm and sensibility. He doesn’t.

And Moshe, the eved Hashem [servant of G-d] died,” (Deuteronomy 34:5). Eved Hashem are the two words chosen to encapsulate the life of the greatest living legend in biblical history. Just two simple words – servant of G-d. Do those words truly do Moshe justice? How could the simplest and lowest of compliments, calling the greatest prophet a simple servant help us understand G-d’s adulation for his greatest follower?

Fredrick the Great, King of Prussia during the late 1700s, was reviewing his troops when he noticed a middle-aged soldier wearing an interesting ornament. Dangling from what appeared to be an heirloom watch-chain was the spent casing of a bullet. It had been polished and shined as it replaced a watch that the soldier obviously was unable to afford.

The king, in a playful mood, pulled his diamond-studded pocket watch from his vest and held it in the sunlight. As the rays glinted off the diamonds that surrounded its face he stared at his piece intently. Then he looked at the soldier. “My dear soldier,” he said in mock concern as he tugged on the exquisite piece attached to its chain. “My timepiece says that it is half past one. What time does yours tell?”

The soldier looked down at the bullet.

“Your honor,” he declared with sincere humility. “The ornament that dangles from my watch chain, does not tell me the time. Rather it is a bullet.”

“A bullet!” scoffed the king. “Why on earth would you wear a bullet instead of a watch?”

“To me your honor, there are no hours, minutes nor seconds. My watch tells me that every moment I am willing to take a bullet – even if it means my life – for your Majesty.”

King Fredrick was so impressed with the soldier’s reply that he promptly removed his exquisite royal watch and presented it to the soldier.

Mortals look for accolades that personify their own wisdom, wealth, and accomplishment. The Torah looks for accolades to identify the accomplishment of man’s reason for being.

The greatest praise that the Creator of all things can reap upon his beloved are two Hebrew words — Eved Hashem — Servant of G-d. Moshe was totally subservient to the will of his Creator making him a mortal extension of His immortal existence. Those two words – eved Hashem — say a lot. They say more than hundreds of pages of eulogy or tomes of accolades. They tell the raison d’etre of mortal man – to serve Hashem. As we ponder our existence as we enter the new year, it’s wonderful to know those words. They help us focus on the meaning of life while keeping it’s complexities quite simple. All we have to yearn for is to reach that great level of simplicity.

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