Carnegie Shul Chatter – August 15, 2013

Candle lighting time is 7:59

A Righteous People

As I read this week’s parshah, Ki Thetze, and thought back over the last two parshahs, it occurred to me once again that many of the mitzvos that Moses reiterates in his farewell address have a common goal – to make the Jewish people a righteous people; a people who stand apart and above, in ethical and moralistic terms, of the pagans and idol worshippers of the day.

Two weeks ago Moses issued a challenge to his people, to choose the fork in the road that would take them on the high road to the laws of God, or down the wrong road to a hedonistic life lacking in the rewards that God had promised to the Jewish people.

In this week’s parshah we see a continuation of the recounting of mitzvos that would make our ancestors far more righteous, far more humanitarian, than any of their contemporaries.  There are 74 mitzvos in this parshah and among those that stand out to me are those dealing with the burial and dignity of the dead, treatment of slaves, treatment of servants and employees, fair treatment of debtors, laws pertaining to warfare, and proper treatment of a divorcee.  There are even laws on how to treat a fallen animal.

Yes, God has given us laws to make us a righteous people, and yet, as humans we all too often do not live up to the standard that God has asked of us.  With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur right around the corner, can there be a better time for us to resolve to be a little more righteous during the coming year?  I believe that the rewards will be well worth the effort.

The Shofar

The holiday edition of our newsletter, The Shofar, was e-mailed to our members with e-mail addresses this week.  If you did not get one, please let me know.  I will be glad to send it to you even if you are not a member.  Members who do not have e-mail received paper copies by snail mail.

I am posting here our holiday schedule.  Please note that the schedule correct time for the Breaking of the Fast is 8:12.

Holiday Schedule 5774, 2013

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 4

Evening Service…………………… 7:15pm

Thursday, September 5

Preliminary Service………………. 8:30am

Shachris…………………………………. 9am

Torah Reading……………………….. 10am

Sermon…………………………….. 10:45am

Musaf………………………………. 11:15am

Recess……………………………….. 1:15pm

Tashlich……………………………… 6:15pm

Minchah………………………………… 7pm

Maariv……………………………….. 7:15pm

Friday, September 6

Preliminary Service………………. 8:30am

Shachris…………………………………. 9am

Torah Reading……………………….. 10am

Sermon…………………………….. 10:45am

Musaf ……………………………… 11:15am

Shabbos

Saturday, September 7

Morning Service…………………… 9:20am

Yom Kippur

Friday, September 13

Kol Nidre …………………………… 7:15pm

Sermon……………………………… 7:30pm

Maariv ………………………………. 7:45pm

Saturday, September 14

Preliminary Service…………………… 9am

Shachris……………………………… 9:30am

Torah Reading……………………. 10:30am

Sermon…………………………….. 11:15am

Yizkor……………………………….. 11:45am

Musaf………………………………. 12:15pm

Recess……………………………….. 2:30pm

Minchah…………………………….. 5:50pm

Neilah……………………………….. 6:50pm

Breaking of the Fast……………… 8:12pm

Sukkos

Thursday, September 19

Morning Service…………………… 9:20am

Friday, September 20

Morning Service…………………… 9:20am

Thursday, September 26

Preliminary Service………………. 9:20am

Shachris……………………………… 9:40am

Yizkor…………………………………… 11am

Simchas Torah

Friday, S­­eptember 27

Morning Service…………………… 9:20am

 

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