Friday Evenings

1st Friday
Tot Shabbat — 6:00 pm
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service — 7:30 pm

3rd Friday
Tot Shabbat — 6:00 pm
Celebratory Musical Kabbalat Shabbat — 7:30 pm

4th Friday
Contemplative Shabbat — 7:30 pm

5th Friday
5th Wheel Minyan (lay led) — 7:30 pm

Saturday Mornings

2nd Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Service — 10:30 am
Shabbat Youth Program —  10:30 am

3rd Shabbat
Contemplative morning service — 10:30 am

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Maggid's Musings

Jun 2019
Be A Blessing And Be Blessed

Shalom Chaverim, This week’s parasha, Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), contains the Priestly Blessing, one of the most familiar and beloved pieces of our liturgy. In traditional settings, the service leader chants the blessing during the repetition of the Amidah during the morning service; many of us say the blessing to our children on Friday nights; and here at Chochmat HaLev, we offer the blessing at liminal lifecycle moments. Here is Everett Fox’s translation:          May God bless you and protect you!          May God’s face give light to you, and show you favor!          May God’s face be lifted toward, and bestow upon you, peace!          (Numbers 6:24-26) We love this blessing – its poetic simplicity, the spiritual, material, and ineffable gifts contained in its verses. We’re always moved when offering it and we’re always inspired when receiving it. The blessing had already surfaced in our consciousness this week when we felt its echo in a stirring and emotional speech made by Andre De Shields, who received a Tony award for his portrayal of Hermes, the Greek god of trade, travel, and trickery, in this year’s best musical, Hadestown. At the end of his speech De Shields offered......

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