WEEKLY SABBATH NOTES FOR TEMPLE ISRAEL
RABBI MOSHE ELBAZ
DECEMBER 12, 2019/14 KISLEV 5780/TORAH PORTION: VA’YISHLACH
Please note that security measures are in effect during services. Please remember the four-digit code-above the entrance door sensor light was installed
Join us as the Congregation’s Chanukah celebration this Friday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. with a brief Family Sabbath Evening service followed by latkes and much more. Please bring a gift or gift card as a donation to needy children.
A Beginning Hebrew program class continues on Sunday, 10:30-12:00 noon. –Sunday, Dec. 15th
The Festival of Chanukah begins Sunday, December 22 through 29. Each evening a candle is lit and added to the Chanuykiyah, to celebrate the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Greek-Asyrian rule in Israel. The Maccabees were victories in this struggle. In the coming days VDT will print the Chanukah article listed below:
Please note: that the temple’s kitchen will be under construction for the next several weeks. Major kitchen renovations and social hall upgrade will be underway-these areas will off limit. We’ll be using the lobby for onegs.
Funds are available for your support–all donations should be written to Temple Israel with the designation of the specific fund and may be mailed to: 511 Baytree Rd., Valdosta, GA 31602 – If a member or a friend of the congregation wishes to discuss these or a special gift, please contact Rabbi or Louie Schmier.
Building Fund – for the upkeep and maintain the Temple Israel grounds.
Tree of Life – To dedicate a leaf on the Tree of Life in Temple Israel’ in the Pearlman Family Social Hall in honor of family or friends
Kitchen Remodeling Fund – major renovations & improvements for Temle Israel kitchen scheduled early next year
Shiva Meal Fund – To provide meals following funerals at Temple Israel at no charge and is coordinated by Roberta Magnasco
Rabbi Discretion Fund – for use by the rabbi at his discretion in promoting Temple Israel in our community
Yahrtzeit Memorial Plaque – to purchase a permanent bronze memorial plaque and fixed at the memorial tablets in the sanctuary-cost $500.00 – contact the rabbi for details
Visit the new website of Temple Israel: www.templeisrael-valdosta.org, let us know if you have visited the site and your comments are always welcome. Please be advised: Donations of all kind be made through the web site
Shabbat Services Schedule
Friday, December 13 : 7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat Service Chanukah Celebration
Friday, December 20 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Service
Friday, December 27 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Service
Visit the new website of Temple Israel: www.templeisrael-valdosta.org, let us know if you have visited the site and your comments are always welcome. Please be advised: Donations of all kinds can be made through the web site.
UPCOMING YAHRZEITS – SCHEDULE
*All Yahrtzeit weekly announcements will be made twice. Once on the week before and once again on the actual week–if you are unable to attend on the actual date of loved ones, you may say Mourner’s Kaddish at either.
DECEMBER 14-20, 2019 16-22 KISLEV 5780
Alexander Las (12/15) Martha S Myers (12/19)
Hyman Taylor (12/20) Beatrice Pearlmam Yarus (12/17)
DECEMBER 21-28, 2019 23-29 KISLEV 5780
Lillian Weinstein (12/22) Sam Kalin (12/22)
Moshe Meer (12/24) David Minson (12/25)
Charles Polonsky (12/27) Harry Karlip (12/23)
Ethel Rebecca Karlip (12/27) Sanford Rovall (12/25)
Lillian Whir (12/24) William J Pearlman (12/27)
DEC. 28-JANUARY 3, 2020 30 KISLEV-6 TEVET
Virginia Katz Morris (12/30) Norman Steinbook (1/2)
Ruth Simon Atkinson (1/2)
JANUARY 4-10, 2020 7-13 TEVET 5780
Jacob Perlman (1/4) Jeffrey Schneider (1/6)
Harry Grossman (1/7) Richard Lazarus (1/9)
Ruth Joy (1/8) John Vogell (1/9)
Carl Shapiro (1/4) Ben Iscoff (1/7)
JANUARY 11-17, 2020 14-20 TEVET 5780
Rose Lazarus (1/11) Sylvia Rostin (1/13)
Annie F Levine (1/14) Joseph Aigen (1/15)
Donald Shaffer (1/15) Ilse Mary Uri (1/12)
Elliot Bergman (1/15)
JANUARY 18-24, 2020 21-27 TEVET 5780
Milly Vidro (1/19) Ruth Landey (1/23)
Leah Dunn Landey (1/23)
JANUARY 25-31, 2020 28 TEVET-5 SHEVAT
Ethel Hopkins (1/26) Rose Druck Landey (1/26)
Faye Orenstein Rainbow (1/29) Mollie R. Daum (1/27)
Uri Voldman (1/26)
FEBRUARY 1-7, 2020 6-12 SHEVAT 5780
David Shapiro (2/1) Abe Golivesky (2/2)
Bertha Landesman (2/2) Joseph Isaac Abrahams ( 2/3)
Helen Schultz (2/5) Tom Winters (2/6)
Leon Levin (2/7) Rose R. Gilmore (2/7)
Sheldon L. Broomberg (2/5) Estelle Broomberg (2/5)
Morris Saul Goldstein (2/7) Rebecca Shuman (2/8)
FEBRUARY 8-14, 2020 13-19 SHEVAT 5780
Bess Abrahams (2/9) Irving Dinnerman (2/9)
Olivia Spense (Cook (2/11) Edith Pearlman Cohen (2/11)
William Selig Myers (2/11) Annette Lazarus (2/11)
Ruby Eichberg (2/11) Jack L. Erkis (2/13)
Louis Kalin (2/14
A Yahrzeit, a memorial lamp will (if available on the large bronze tablets) be lit in the Synagogue. On the appropriate date and a Mourner’s Kaddish may be recited
Torah Portion: חנוכה
Chanukah 2019 begins Sunday, December 22 after sunset and continues for eight continues days through December 29. Chanukah is the Jewish festival celebrating the historical and religious events during the Greek/Asyrian rule in the Land of Israel.
Alexander the Great, the Talmud details conversations of young Alexander had with the Jewish sages of the time, concluding that the Jews in his empire will be permitted to retain & practice Judaism. Alexander’s death in 323 B.C.E. split his kingdom into three: Greece, Egypt, and Syria, and the new rulers of Syria, called Seleucids were not interested in co-existence, but assimilation of the Jews into their society.
In the year 199 B.C.E., the land of Israel was conquered by the Seleucids (Greeks who lived in Syria).The Syrian-Greeks pursued a policy of forced assimilation of the Jews. Torah study became a capital crime. If a parent was found to have circumcised an infant son, both the parent and child were put to death. The Greeks set up idols in the Jewish town squares, summoned the Jews to the square and forced them to worship the statue or sacrifice a pig before it. The Syrian-Greeks wanted the Jews to renounce their own heritage and to be like them. Their campaign against Judaism began slowly, but by 168 B.C.E. they had desecrated the Holy Temple, setting a statue of Zeus in the main plaza. In the town of Modin, west of Jerusalem, there lived a man named Mattitiyahu (Matthias). He was from the Hasmonean family, one of the branches of the priestly families.
We read about the events leading to Chanukah in the Books of Maccabees, detailing of a small band of Jewish fighters under the leadership of Judah the Maccabee, (the hammer) culmination with the liberation of the city Jerusalem and especially the Holy Temple from the Syrian-Greeks legions who occupied it.
Under the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanies in 165 BCE, who sought to impose their Hellenistic religion and culture, defiling the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and banning Jewish practices.
The Maccabees had done all that was physically possible, the re-enter the Holy Temple and began to purify it. They found a jar of oil enough to kindle the Menorah for one day. To prepare for more oil would require a process of at least seven days, miraculously, the single jar burned for eight days. Thus Chanukah is more than a holiday; Chanukah is an eight-day spiritual journey. It is a story of a little candle pushing away the monster of frightening darkness, of human sensibility overcoming terror and brutal force, of life and growth overcoming destruction.
The Talmud (Rabbinic Judaism) describes Chanukah as a holiday of “praise and thanksgiving” in commemoration of the miraculous over throw of the Syrian Greeks, the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, and the single cruse of oil that lasted eight days. Jews kindle the lights of the chanukiyah, the eight-branched candelabrum. These lights, which can be either be candles or with oil, grow in strength during the eight days, with the addition of one candle each night. Potato latkes (pancakes) fried in oil are served, followed by a favorite activity playing with a four-sided spinning top known as a dreidel with four Hebrew letters-nun, gimel, hey, shin, representing “a great miracle happened there.” Chanukah is a time of religious celebration and family gatherings, gift giving and favorite holiday foods. One of the most prominent themes is the ongoing struggle for liberation in the face of oppression, thus celebrating the process and its outcome.
On Friday, December 13th Sabbath & Chanukkah services begins at 7:00 p.m. when a brief Sabbath service will conducted followed by a Chanukkah celebration in the Pearlman Family social hall. An outdoor Menorah will be installed in front of Temple Israel.
As the Menorah is lit at sunset, a blessing is recited: ”Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us to kindle the Chanukah light.”
Rabbi Elbaz and the Valdosta Hebrew Congregation expresses its good wishes to all our friends for a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. For additional information visit our website: www.templeisrael-valdosta.org
A Yahrzeit, a memorial lamp will (if available on the large bronze tablets) be lit in the Synagogue on the appropriate date and a Mourner’s Kaddish may be recited.