Tonight’s Kabalat shabbat service will begin at 7 PM. We really hope to see you. Remember, you may also attend in person services on Friday nights, with masks and social distancing followed. We would like to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. Please see the following CDC guidelines on ways of making is extra safe this year.

Cantor Ben-Moshe’s Weekly Parasha:

One of the strangest passages in our parshah this week, Tol’doth Yitzhak, is Yitzhak’s taking shelter in G’rar in the face of famine, as his father Avraham had done before him. As Avraham had done with Sarah, Yitzhak introduces his wife Rivkah as his sister. This is odd, certainly-would not Yitzhak have known what had happened before, in G’rar and earlier in Egypt? There are a number of possible reasons. But perhaps we can look to the Rabbinic dictum “Ma’aseh avoth siman labanim”-“the actions of fathers are a sign for their children”. Psychology tells us that humans often unconsciously repeat family patterns, most notably abuse. It is only when we are mindful and look at our actions that we can break patterns of unhealthy behavior. Indeed, we see that this pattern of husbands misidentifying their wives ends with this story. Perhaps Yitzhak learned and internalized the lesson, and was thus able to avoid passing the pattern down to his own sons-and we can learn the lesson as well. Shabbat Shalom.

Save the Date for two awesome sisterhood events coming up!

Tuesday December 15 at 7:30 PM. We will have a special ladies night (via zoom), with wellness coach and public speaker Elani Elan. It will be amazing. We will also light our Hanukkah candles together.

Sisterhood Book Club Selection: The Nightingale. Discussion Sunday January 10 at 7:30 PM.Sunday school resumes after Thanksgiving, on Sunday December 6. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving BERS!