It was a momentous week for our world as we laid to rest the great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. In our Torah we continue with Joseph who was also imprisoned for many years and was released into leadership. Like Mandela he did not wreak vengeance on his brothers but rather chose to see the hand of God behind all that happened to him.
In the evening we examined the Talmud where Bet Shammai held that Chanukah should begin with all eight candles lit whereas Beit Hillel argued that we should start with one candle and add on every night under the principle that we should always increase holiness. We raise ourselves in holiness as we continue to study our sacred texts.
This Tuesday we will continue with Torah study at 12:30 and conclude our adventure in Talmud study at 7 pm.
I will then present a paper at the Aleph Rabbinic Conference exploring Jewish views on cremation based on our experience at Temple Israel entitled "Ashes to Ashes".
Please let me know if you want to share a reading or any other type of offering at our interfaith Martin Luther King service on January 18 th at 10 Am.
FALL 2013 YIDDISH CLASSES
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GIFT SHOP OF TEMPLE ISRAEL
Unfortunately, the Gift Shop is CLOSING.
20% Discount on everything, excludingKosher Parchments, CD's and Tapes.
We have electric menorahs, kippos, dreydles, kiddush cups, Passover Seder plate, miriam's cup, chanukah stickers and much more. Once everything is gone, no more will be ordered.
Come look and see what you can get!Lenore Glaser, Co-ordinator
We are EXCITED to announce that Co-op Scrip for Greenfield's Market and McCusker's Market is NOW available in dominations of $25, $50, and $100. Members of the Co-op will continue to receive their discount as usual. Co-op gift cards may be purchased from Fran at Temple Israel Office on Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, from Lenore Glaser at 413-863-9161 and Carol Silver at 413-773-5608. Gift cards for Foster's, Sunoco, Stop & Shop and Big Y are also available from Fran and Lenore.
BJ’s now carries a Kosher meat item
In the ready to eat cooler at BJs Hungarian style stuffed cabbage with beef glatt kosher orthodox union, I believe this is the only Kosher meat item in Greenfield at the moment.
OTHER READING COURSES
The free Hebrew Reading Class for teens and adults will continue on Mondays in January at 7:15 pm at 22 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls, at the Dancing Bear Guest House. The class will be taught by Peggy Davis. Beginners and intermediate readers are welcome. Any questions, please contact her at 413-624-3204.
Tuesday noon Torah Study
with Rabbi Efraim Eisen
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