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The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco
I’ve always been a moderate fan of sports – mainly baseball, basketball and football. What does being a “moderate fan of sports” mean? I really don’t care about sports all that much, but I enjoy watching an occasional game. Sometimes there are specific players whose mastery of their craft is so outstanding its highly entertaining seeing them preform, such as our very own Steph Curry who can successfully shoot baskets from almost anywhere on the court. When it comes to football, I’ve long been a fan of Tom Brady, who this past Sunday won an unprecedented seventh Super Bowl ring. As I was watching the game, I began to wonder how I could convert the game (or something about it) into a meaning full Jewish context. Well, luckily for me an old friend of mine R. Tzvi Nightingale from Miami did just that. The day after the Super Bowl he came up with four Torah lessons that can be learned from Tom Brady.
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Shabbat Mishpatim - R"Ch - Shekalim
Friday, February 12 - Saturday, February 13
Z'manim:
Friday, February 12
7:45am    Shacharit 
5:28pm    Candlelighting
5:30pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

Shabbat, February 13
Mishpartim
Shema must be concluded by 9:42am
9:30am     Shacharit followed by
                 Mincha
6:28pm     Havdalah
6:50pm     Ma'ariv

Sunday, February 14
8:00am    Shacharit 
5:30pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
Monday- Thursday, Feb 15-18
7:45am    Shacharit
7:00pm    Ma'ariv


Davening Zoom Links
Shacharit
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Call-In Number: 1(699) 900-6833

Ma'ariv
Meeting ID: 8651 4928 893
Passcode: 3228 19
Call-In Number: 1(699) 900-6833



 
Adath Israel Zoom World
Thursday, February 11, 7:30pm
Friday, February 12, 4:00pm (NEW TIME)
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Password: 3332 74
Call-In Number: 1(669) 900-6833
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Call-In Number: 1(669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 8591 9877 123
Password: 3332 74
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Sharon & Al Hampel for the yahrzeit of Sarah Rubin
Bina Mitchell for the yahrzeit of her beloved husband Neal
Michael Lorincz for the yahrzeit of his beloved wife Anna
Michael Lorincz in memory of Adam Tabak
Baruch & Batya Berenfus in memory of Adam Tabak
Haim & Melissa Beressi for the yahrzeit of Salvadore Beressi
Stanley Scheidlinger for the yahrzeit of his beloved father Max
Shep Levine for the yahrzeit of his beloved mother Rose
Vicki Keyak in memory of Sybel Klein
Shep Levine in memory of Sybel Klein
Emil Knopf in memory of Sybel Klein
Abe Newman in memory of Sybel Klein
Sally Weiss in memory of Sybel Klein
Sally Weiss in in memory of Marty Sosnick
Vicki Keyak in memory of Marty Sosnick
Masha & Don Shifs in memory of Marty Sosnick
Lynne & Josh Muller in memory of Marty Sosnick

 
Abe Newman in memory of Marty Sosnick
Claire Manber in memory of Marty Sosnick
Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky in memory of Marty Sosnick

Vicki Keyak for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Goldie Sosnick for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Abe Newman for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky for a Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Rebbitzen Landau on the birth of their grandson Eliezer
Leona Cleaner for the yahrzeit of her beloved husband Stanley
Ruth & Victor Brill for the yahrzeit of Ruth’s beloved father Henry Gage
Vicki Keyak for a Mazal Tov to Dr. Devora Feder on the engagement of her son Havneh Feder-Haugabook to Almog Segal

Thank you to Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky for sponsoring this week’s minyan. 
 
Mazal Tov 
To Rabbi & Johni Landau on the bris of their newest grandson Eliezer Landau of Borough Park, Brooklyn
To Devora Feder on the engagement of her son Havneh to Almog Segal 

Condolences To the Sosnick family – on the passing of Marty. Our hearts go out to Goldie, Wayne, Jeff, Michelle, and their families on the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. The entire Sosnick family played an extremely important role in Adath Israel for many many years and Marty’s passing is a great loss to our community and represents an end of an era. 
Purim Particulars
See this link for all the times, places, and details you need to know about Purim 5781.

Mishloach Manot Community Builder & Fund Raiser
Based on the current medical forecast, our Purim programming will be limited due to the pandemic. Therefore, this year’s Mishloach Manot are going to be exceptional. How so? Since Purim falls on Friday (2/26) it is customary to eat the Purim Seuda earlier in the day and therefore we will be providing our community members with everything they need for a Purim Seuda brunch. The Mishloach Manot will include Izzy’s Bagels, lox, cream cheese, jam, Nutella, oatmeal, O.J., coffee, tea, sweeteners and a cake from the Rebbitzen. For those members who would like, there will be a Zoom Seuda around 12:30pm. 

Mishloach Manot Participants
Cyril Attia & Linda Schmidt, Marc & Fleur Attia, Daniel & Leslie Benchetrite, Baruch & Batya Berenfus, Esther & Bob Berger, Anatoly & Tali Besedin, Ava Brand, Velvel & Irina Brodsky, Miriam & Jerry Butrimovitz, Issac & Denise Dan, Lev & Irina Dratva, Betsy Eckstein & David Heller,Drs. Jonathan Esensten & Raquel Gardner, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Amy & Barry Greenberg, FriedaGreenspan, Hai Haham, Al & Sharon Hampel, Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck, Zahava & Meir Holland, Jolana Hollander and Family, Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky, Joe & Ester Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Ian & Cheryl Katz, Anna & Keva Kelenson, Vicki Keyak, Alex and Baruch Kilunov, David & Roberta Kimmel, Morrey and Jeff Klein, Emil Knopf, Jack & Rina Korek, Rabbi & Johni Landau, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Shep Levine, Ben Leyne, Michael Lorincz, Renee & Kevin Mahan, Claire Manber, Bina Mitchell, Josh & Lynne Muller, Abe Newman, Patty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov, Heddy Pilpel and David Pilpel, Jack & Dora Piotrkowski, Norman Reid, Ian & Jessica Ozeri Reynolds, Marina & Avi Riskin, Raviv & Wendy Rubin, Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz, Dr. David Schiff, Alvin D. Sered, Roni Silverberg, Seth & Sheila Skootsky, Max Slepnyov, Goldie Sosnick, Patrick & Sabrina Thillard, Rabbi & Judy Traub, Corinne & Elad Vaknin, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Sally Weiss, Tauba Weiss, Neal Wohlmuth, Michael & Sofia Zakharevich
New Security System
As you might recall Adath Israel was approved for a $100K federal security grant last year. B”H we finally received our first $50K and therefore the shul is now surrounded by 8 high quality exterior cameras. In addition, a new intercom/access system has been installed allowing access to the building from both inside and remotely. 
Enjoy Adath Israel's Kosher Kitchen Offerings:
Metropolitan Catering
Neshama Foods
Parasha in a Nutshell
Exodus 21:1–24:18

Following the revelation at Sinai, G‑d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and the responsibilities of the “Four Guardians”; and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law. Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners; the observance of the seasonal festivals, and the agricultural gifts that are to be brought to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; the prohibition against cooking meat with milk; and the mitzvah of prayer. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot—23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions. G‑d promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants. The people of Israel proclaim, “We will do, and we will hear all that G‑d commands us.” Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G‑d. (Chabad.org)
 


Parasha Thought
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
Receiving the Ten Commandments may have been the pinnacle of the Jewish experience, but by no means did Judaism end there. In this week’s portion the Torah details a myriad of pecuniary laws, which include torts and damage law, as well as the laws of physical injury and impairment compensation. A nation that has just emerged from a brutal enslavement surely needs a strict code to discipline their freedom. But what bothers me is the order of the laws that are given this week. The first commandments, in a set of more than 50 intricate laws detailing almost every aspect of life’s complexities, concern the laws of servitude. Parshas Mishpatim begins with the words, “when you will acquire a Jewish servant, he shall serve six years and on the seventh he shall go free.” (Exodus 16-1)
It is astounding. The Jews just spent the last 210 years as slaves. Why would they even entertain thoughts of taking servants? Shouldn’t the first laws dictate compassion for other humans, thus enforcing total equality of an entire, newly liberated nation? Of all the laws dictated to a newly liberated people, shouldn’t the concepts of masters and servants be loath to them? Why are those laws given first?
Shalom had never left the small hamlet in Yemen and finally was sent a ticket to Israel by his cousin Moshe. The airplane ride, his first experience with any technology, was absolutely frightening. Not only was it the first time he had seen an airplane, it was the first time he had even seen steps! Upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion airport, the mad rush of taxis truly terrified Shalom, but his cousin Moshe, who lived on a small settlement not far from the Lod train station, eased his fears by sending a driver to pick Shalom up from the airport.
The driver dropped off the dazed immigrant near the train station and gave him directions to the farm. “Walk beside the train tracks for about a mile. You can’t miss it,” he exclaimed. Shalom, who had never seen train tracks in his life and had never even seen a train, chose to walk right between the two iron tracks. After about five minutes he saw a giant machine bearing down directly upon him.
“Toot toot!” the train whistled. The conductor waved frantically at Shalom as he tried to stop the mammoth machine. Shalom froze as he stood aghast at this marvelous site. “Toot toot!” went the whistle once more. The train could not stop! At the last moment, Shalom quickly jumped out of the way and the train hurtled by, missing him by a hair. Shalom was thrown by the rush of air that accompanied the speeding train. As he picked himself up, all he could see was a enormous black beast fleeing down the track, mocking him with a shrill, “toot toot.”
Bruised and shaken he hobbled the rest of the way along the tracks until he arrived at his cousin’s farm.
Moshe saw his cousin, Shalom and could not have imagined what happened to him. But Moshe figured, there was time to talk over a glass of hot tea. He put up a shiny black kettle to boil on the stove, but no sooner had the kettle began to whistle when poor Shalom jumped from his chair and began to shout. He grabbed a broom that stood in the corner of the kitchen and swung wildly at the whistling teapot smashing it with all his might.
“Believe me,” he yelled, “I know! You have to destroy these monsters while they are still young!”
The Torah understood the Jewish nation’s feelings toward its own experience. Slavery is loathsome and reprehensible. The impact of that experience could have shaped an unhealthy attitude toward servitude even in a humane and benevolent environment. Therefore, the Torah immediately directed its very humanitarian laws of servitude — clearly and openly. Six years of service and no more. A servant can never be humiliated or degraded. In fact, the rules of Jewish servitude are so humane that the Talmud surmises that “whoever owns a servant has actually acquired a master. If there is only one pillow in the home — the master must give it to his servant!”
So instead of shirking from the difficult task of detailing the laws of servitude or pushing them to a back-burner, the Torah discusses those laws first — without any apologies.
Because in an imperfect world there are imperfect situations. People steal. They owe money. They must work for others to pay off debt or money they have swindled. But when the problems and injustices of life are dealt with in a Torah way, the imperfect world can get a little closer to perfection.
 

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