Shalom Chaverim (Dear Friends),
This Shabbos is special to me and my family for three important reasons. First, it falls on Lori and my 33rd wedding anniversary. Second, the portion of the week is Noach, and we named our only son Noah. And lastly, my daughter Danielle and my niece, Allison shared their B’not Mitzvah and their portion was…. you guessed it, Noach. My apologies to those of you that are not baseball fans, but this week my beloved Boston Red Sox faced their forever rivals, the New York Yankees. I have to admit, this matchup really brough me back to my youth. I’ll never forget Carl Yastrzemski’s pop-up as it landed in Craig Nettle’s mitt, eliminating my Sox in their previous one-game showdown back in 1978. It only made me love the Sox more as I waited another 26 years until they broke the curse of the Bambino and won their first championship in 86 years! And now, all these years later, Carl’s Grandson is playing in the playoffs for the division-winning San Francisco Giants! Fun times!!
And speaking of fun times, Post Grad-AZ Jewish Dating is a new group for 22–34-year-old Jewish singles in Arizona. The group, which started two months ago, has already held four successful events, with over 160 members. Post-Grad-AZ Jewish Dating will hold two events per month, often, along with discussions multiple times per week. Join via https://www.facebook.com/groups/4537722309573843
This week’s Torah portion, as referenced earlier, is Noach. The second portion in the book of Genesis, the first book in the five books of Moses. In this very busy portion, we speed forward ten generations to the time of Abram (later Abraham) where Noah’s descendants defy the wishes of their creator and try building a tower in order to symbolize their invincibility. God confuses the languages of the builders so that they can no longer understand one another. They abandon their arrogant project and disperse across the earth splitting into 70 nations. The message for us is that we need to work hard to listen and understand the other. Whether one is a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan, or when bringing Jewish singles together and frankly if we are ever to resolve some of the world’s biggest challenges, it is the overcoming of differences and trying to put ourselves in the shoes of the other that will bring us closer to a kinder, more gentle and happier world.
Light candles Friday evening at 5:45 pm
Shabbat ends Saturday night at 6:38 pm
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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