Shavua tov – a good week to you! This week we’re reading the Torah portion known as Bamidbar, the first Torah portion in the book of Bamidbar. In English, we call this book “Numbers,” but its Hebrew name means “In the wilderness,” which is where most of the book takes place.
- 2006: Portable holiness
- 2007: Ways of counting
- 2008: Census [Torah poem]
- 2009: Head by head [Torah poem]
- 2011: Kedushat Levi on the census as sacred study
And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: B’midbar | URJ.
This coming Shabbat morning, services will be led by Rabbi Pam Wax.
This coming Saturday evening, May 23, we will gather to celebrate Shavuot at 8pm at the Williams College Jewish Religious Center with folks from Congregation Beth El in Bennington. We’ll begin with a short-and-sweet festival evening service and then dive into some joyful Torah study (and espresso milkshakes) which will run until late at night; come for as much as you like!
And on Sunday morning, May 24, we’ll gather at CBI for Shavuot morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax. We’ll have a festival morning service which will include Yizkor, the memorial prayers we recite four times a year. We have members who really want to have a minyan so that they can say kaddish during Yizkor in the presence of loving community; please join us.
Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact Pattie Lipman. We hope to see you soon at CBI!