Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Shavua tov / a good week to you! This week we’re reading parashat Acharei Mot in the book of Leviticus. The name of the Torah portion is a hyperlink; click on it to be taken to the Torah portion in English if you want to read the portion before coming to Shabbat services.
Traditionally, we spend each week studying a new Torah portion, and then read from that portion on Shabbat, the culmination of the week, before beginning a new portion on Sunday again. If you would like to read some commentaries on the Torah portion, here are some which Rabbi Rachel has shared over the years:
- 2004: Rereading Leviticus 18:22
- 2006: Ways to redeem one problematic line
- 2008: Naked [Torah poem] and Returning to Mitzrayim
- 2009: You shall be holy [Torah poem]
- 2010: On holy community
- 2012: On loving our neighbors
And here’s a link to the Union for Reform Judaism’s page for this Torah portion, which contains several different Reform commentaries:
This Shabbat, our shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader) will be Rabbi Pam Wax. This is a special Shabbat — the Shabbat right before Pesach — and is called Shabbat HaGadol, “The Great Shabbat.” All are welcome; please join us!
We extend a hearty thank you in advance to this week’s service host. If you would like to join the shamashim (“helpers”) who welcome people to our Shabbat services and who host our light kiddush afterwards, contact Pattie Lipman.
We also thank our member Helene Armet for the home-baked challah!
We hope to see you soon at CBI. Have a great week!