Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Shavua tov / a good week to you! This week we’re reading the Torah portion called Balak in the book of Numbers. 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 this week’s Torah portion, here are some which Rabbi Rachel has shared over the years:
- 2006: On blessings and curses
- 2007: Prophetic (comedic) speech
- 2008: Balak [Torah poem]
- 2013: What we learn from Balaam about blessing
And here’s a link to the Union for Reform Judaism’s page for this Torah portion, which contains several different Reform commentaries:
We extend a hearty thank you in advance to this week’s service host, Rabbi Pam Wax, and also to everyone who is bringing a vegetarian / dairy dish to our brunch after Shabbat morning services honoring the Ranzers. 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!