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Marty’s Shabbat Message – October 1, 2020

Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),

I don’t know about you but to me, it seems almost unfathomable that we are entering the first Shabbat of October. The theme that has continued for me since the pandemic struck, is that there really never seems to be an uneventful week. Take this past week. We literally just celebrated Yom Kippur, had break fast and now are zooming toward Sukkot (no pun intended). This past week, the Tampa Bay Lightning, for whom I rooted for 13 years while my family lived in Sarasota, just won their second Stanley Cup and the first one in 16 years. Congratulations to the Bolts. What is really interesting to me, is that just as the past six weeks of riveting NHL “in the bubble” playoff action comes to an end, no one has any idea when the 2021 season will begin and what the format will look like. Fans in the arena? No fans?

And tonight (as I write this Shabbat message), of course, many will be glued to their TV screens for the first of the Presidential Election debates. So many are so passionate about their candidate and/or their party. This will be a wild ride until election day on Tuesday, November 3rd. And lastly, as I write this, Major League baseball begins its playoffs this evening. This comes on the heels of a bizarre 60 game schedule and the introduction of many new innovations for America’s great pastime.

As we begin 5781, it is comforting to know that The Arizona Kosher Pantry has delicious kosher meals available, at no cost, for seniors and those in need. These meals are donated with love on a weekly basis and for Shabbat. For more information, please contact Malka at 602.492.4989 or email

This week’s Torah portion comes from Leviticus 22:26-23:44 and Numbers 29:12-16. This week, the holiday of Sukkot falls on Shabbat. During the past five and a half years that my family has lived in Scottsdale, I would have to say that the trips we have made to various friends Sukkah’s and the meals that we shared with them and their families and friends are some of the nicest and most memorable experiences we have had during our time here. This year will of course be different, and we will need to find the joy and social nature of Sukkot in some other way. We did so for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and we will find our way through Sukkot.

The Arizona Kosher Pantry assures us that no one need go hungry during this festive and biblically important Jewish holiday.

I wish you and your loved one(s) a Chag Sukkot Sameach. A happy and healthy holiday and a Shabbat Shalom.

Light Candles on Friday evening at 5:52pm
Shabbat ends and Sukkot candle lighting occurs on Saturday evening at 6:46pm
Sukkot Yontif ends on Sunday evening at 6:44pm


Marty Haberer
President & Chief Executive Officer

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