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S'firat HaOmer

Counting the Omer

Saturday evening April 4 -
Friday evening May 22

Pesach and Shavuot are times of harvesting. Torah therefore called for sacrifices of thanksgiivng for the seven weeks in between.The counting, which lasts for 49 days, takes place at night, commencing with the second night of Pesach. Those who "count the Omer" recite a blessing each night of the 50 day period. We will be observing this ritual daily at TBK - pick up a flyer to have the days and the prayers in your hand.

 

Only 6 more days to change the Jewish world for generations to come. Only 6 more days to make sure that you have voted in this important election. Every vote we get is another vote that will support an Israel that works towards religious pluralism, gender equality and peace   through a two-state solution. As we celebrate Yom HaAtz'maut, Israel Independence Day, we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to vote in this important election. Click on the ARZA icon to vote.


From Rabbi Stein:

For the last several months, there has been a great deal of conversation about the importance of the upcoming World Zionist Organization election, and how important it is to support the ARZA slate. We hosted Rabbi Bennett Miller, national president of ARZA, for a special Shabbat, and materials have been available throughout the temple over these last months. I am writing to you to ensure that you have participated in this election. A vote for ARZA is a vote for religious freedom and for equality in Israel.  

If you need more information on how to vote, please speak with me. The deadline to vote is fast approaching, so please don't wait! And, please help this effort by encouraging friends and neighbors to vote.

Thank you for your support.
Rabbi Peter W. Stein

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

From Rabbi Kelly Levy

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to witness a true miracle of life. A close friend and I had spent the morning hot air ballooning, and then joined some of our fellow balloon travelers for brunch at a quiet Texas ranch. The people who owned the ranch owned many cattle, in particular, longhorns. As we arrived to the peaceful home, a group of people stood crowded around the fence, watching one of the female longhorns with excitement. She was preparing to give birth, a sight which none of us had ever seen. We waited with anticipation as the calf emerged from her mother’s womb, and then incredulously, both the mother and calf stood up to walk around.

This was indeed a miraculous event. Having never experienced childbirth, my friend and I were simultaneously in awe and completely grossed out. I will spare you the details, but the birth of a longhorn is quite messy! But, nothing about it seemed impure or unnatural.

In this week’s double Torah portion, Tazria-M’tzora, we read about the laws regarding impurity and holiness, especially related to childbirth and menstruation. While both of these subjects can be uncomfortable and difficult to talk about, the notion that both of these natural events are considered “impure” by the Torah is hard to swallow. Childbirth is one of life’s most important and beautiful events, and viewing a woman who has completed this incredible feat as impure can diminish the excitement and joy around this blessed gift.

As we study the text of Tazria-M’tzora, I invite you to think about the miracle of birth. How do you view childbirth? Do the laws of purity regarding childbirth speak to you? What does the birth of a new baby mean to you?

We welcome you and all of your questions at our Shabbat services and Torah study! Rabbi Stein and I look forward to speaking with you then.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Levy