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Marty’s Shabbat Message – January 21, 2021

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I am writing this message to you the night before we will witness the transfer of power to a new President. On this same day, sadly, we have surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths in this country. More than 100,000 Americans have perished in just the past five weeks. And, we face the largest Federal debt as a share of the economy since World War II. Clearly, we have our work cut out for us both in the short and longer term. I am sure I am not so different from many other people who are more “tuned in” to the daily “goings on” in our country. As Shakespeare said “nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

It is good at such stressful times to be able to turn to our Jewish community for some distraction, education, entertainment, comfort and to remind us who we are and where we come from. We are fortunate to have a wonderful partner in our “neighborhood” at ASU, and their Jewish Studies department may just have what the doctor ordered. The following are some programs you may want to avail yourselves of…


This week’s Torah portion is Bo (Go In) in the Book of Exodus, the second in the Five Books of Moses. In it, the last three of the 10 plagues are visited on Egypt, and the Israelites are finally free to leave and in fact are driven out by Pharaoh. G-d commands that the first mitzvah to the Israelites be to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon.

Today, we too, continue to face a most pernicious plague, with many other challenges staring us right in the face. May our new administration, as well as we ourselves and our Jewish community, face the challenges ahead of us with the dignity, pride and tenacity that have come to define us as Americans, and Jewish Americans, these past 245 years. I know we are up to meeting the challenge if we face it together.

Light candles Friday evening at 5:32pm
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:30pm

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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