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OZ Weekly: Toldos 5781 + Zoo Tour...

11/20/2020 11:21:54 AM


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SoShul Distancing Guidelines- The 3 W's



  • UPDATED: Shabbat Youth Groups are now at Park West Village (off Columbus, behind Whole Foods)





Schedule Notice

  • Please note Thursday Thanksgiving Shacharis @ 8a

Mazel Tov

  • Men’s Daf Yomi Chaburah, on completing Eiruvin
  • Jeff Feder & Michaela Greenbaum on their wedding
  • Anat & Gabe Levi, on the upcoming wedding of their daughter Talia & Zev Marcus
  • Robert & Pam Lunzer, on the upcoming wedding of their daughter Rena to Eliyahu Kitay


  • Tamara Balaban Erenberg and Alana Balaban Fisher on the passing of their father, Vern Balaban — Zev Yitzchak HaLevi z’l
  • Karen & Meyer Muschel, on the passing of Karen’s father Dr. Norbert Berger z’l

Kiddush To Go 

  • Jill & Aaron Katz and family , in memory of Jill's father Harry Citron -- Tzvi Hirsch ben Yishai haKohen

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Friday, November 20, 2020 | 4 Kislev 5781

  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Candles: 4:16pm
  • Mincha/Maariv: 4:25pm

Shabbos, Mevorchim Nov. 21, 2020 | 5 Kislev 5781

  • 7:30am - Hashkama in Main Shul
  • 8:30am - Sukkah Minyan - Starts at NISHMAS
  • 9:15am - Shacharit in Main Shul
  • 10:30am – Youth Groups in Park West Village
  • Kiddush To Go
  • 4:05pm - Mincha in Main Shul
    • Text & Context: Classic Commentaries on the Parsha with Rabbi Schwartz
    • Men's Daf Yomi in the bet Medrash
  • 5:15pm - Maariv
  • 5:23pm - Havdala


  • Shacharis: 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:00am, 6:50am, 7:50am
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm, Late Maariv: 9:00p


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00am, 8:00am
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm

Thursday — Thanksgiving

  • Shacharis: 8:00a
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm


  • Shacharis: 6:10am, 7:00a, 8:00a
  • Candles: 4:12pm
  • Mincha Maariv: 4:20pm


Hashkama Minyan | Rabbi Blanchard's Blurb

Most of us see that there is evil in the world. Evil is a moral category and we moderns and postmoderns are fairly comfortable with moral categories. But we are far less at home with the idea that some actions or objects spiritually befoul, contaminate and pollute our world. That there are somehow  "impure forces" --different from the powers that corrupt us morally--at work around us blocking our way to what we might call " our sacred centers", that is, the places where we encounter or commune with " the transcendent".  Awareness of such  impure realities---taboo/tumah-- are all over  pre-modern cultures. We moderns seem to be tone deaf or color blind when it comes to perceiving them. The best we might be able to say is that, to the extent that the fullness of life is associated with what is sacred to us, there are also actions, objects and situations linked to death---decay, corpses, diseases, weapons. And,  there are realities and illusions that join these " impure forces" with moral corruption and , in the end, kill us, keep us from being who we are when we are profoundly in touch with what connects us to the transcendent. They are the lies, the deceits, the abuses of power, the moments of indifference to the suffering of others that yield the deepest evils--exploitation, oppression even genocide--that are somehow more that morally evil or corrupt--that are "impure and polluting". 
Thoughts occasioned by the rabbinic and mystical commentaries on Genesis 25: 22.23, and Malachi 1 and 2. 



Wed, May 12 2021 1 Sivan 5781