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OZ Weekly - Re'eh 5780 + MINYAN UPDATE

08/14/2020 11:22:24 AM


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Minyan Update

  • Participants in Minyanim must follow all Shul & Social Distancing Guidelines, including wearing masks, sitting in marked seats, and following New York's self-quarantine rules
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  • Current Tefillah Times:
    • Shacharit
      • Shabbat: 7:30am, 9:15am
      • Sunday: 8:00am
      • Monday & Thursday: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am
      • Rosh Chodesh: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
    • Mincha/Maariv
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      • Friday, August 14 will be the last Plag Minyan of the Season

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Parshat Re'eh 5780

Friday Night

  • 6:20pm - Plag Minyan

  • 6:28pm - Zman Plag HaMincha

  • 7:36pm - Candle Lighting

  • 7:45pm - Zman Minyan

  • 7:54pm - Shkiah

  • 8:44pm - Tzeit Hakochavim

Shabbat Mevorchim

  • 6:07am - Netz HaChama
  • 7:30am - Hashkama Minyan

  • 9:15am - Minyan

  • 9:33am - Latest Shema

  • 1:00pm - Chatzot

  • 7:35pm - Minyan

  • 7:53pm - Shkiah

  • 8:35pm - Maariv

  • 8:43pm - Havdalah / Tzeit HaKochavim

Weekday Minyanim 

Rosh Chodesh Elul is observed on Thursday and Friday

  • Mincha/Maariv: 7:35pm
  • Sunday: 8:00am
  • Monday: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Tuesday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Wednesday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Thursday: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am
  • Friday: 6:00am, 6:45am, 7:45am

Rabbi's Blanchard's Parsha Reflection

There are transitional moments in life . Moments that we anticipate, prepare for, worry about and look forward to, for example, graduating from HighSchool or University, beginning our professional life, starting a business, marrying or becoming a parent. Life is "bigger" after them; they bring more possibilities as well as more demands. Rules, obligations, opportunities, pleasures, etc. are one way before them and another, hopefully more expanded, way after them. If we make the transition well, our lives are blessed; if we make the change wrongly, life can sometimes feel hard to accept, even cursed. 
One issue that doing well or poorly often depends on is how we engage moral reasoning and desire in the transition. When desire comes first, the best that we can hope for is that what we desire is good and reason will help us to acquire it. But our seeking it. desiring it , even "lusting" after it, does not make it good. It just makes it what we want badly. When we use desire to steer our way through these transitional moments , they may very well end up  cleverly done but "cursed". 
When moral reasoning comes first, we have  a decent chance of knowing what is good. Then we may engage desire to motivate us to persist in our search for it.   We want what is good badly enough to work hard for it. When we navigate the change by reasoned moral ideals, we have a good chance of ending up "blessed"  
But neither approach is a guarantee. We can have the good luck [ or good upbringing] to desire what is good. We can do a poor job of thinking our ideals through and end up chasing illusions, windmills or worse. Perhaps we should use both approaches--create a dialectic that moves back and forth between them, tempering our desires with moral reasoning and seeking only the good that is also part of our deepest dreams. That may work better but it too is not guaranteed to lead directly to a blessing instead of a curse. Hence, facing these great moments of "opening" in our lives also takes courage, faith and persistence. 
These reflections were based on Deuteronomy 11:26ff, 12:20ff and the classical rabbinic interpreters of these sections. 



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