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Notes from the Shul

What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.

Look at this adorable family!
Please join us on July 29th for the baby naming of Ziva Liora Panitz, daughter of Morris Benjamin and Elana Panitz, granddaughter of Rabbi Michael and Sheila Panitz and Yosi and Susie Havusha, niece of Emily and Zeke Panitz and Luli Esteves and cousin of Marina and Joachim Panitz.
It’s that time of year again when we start to think about our
night out! This year, we will meet at Harbor Park on Wednesday, August 23rd. The game begins at 7:05pm, but get there early to schmooz with your Temple Israel friends.
If you have any unused tickets, please send them/leave them in the office by Monday, August 21st, so they can be exchanged for tickets for the August 23rd game. This is a free evening for you – just come out and have a great time!
See you at Harbor Park!
Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am in Brody Auditorium.

Going forward, there will be NO Saturday evening services. Minchah will be held immediately following kiddush lunch.

Sunday – 8:00am at Beth El and 5:45pm at Temple Israel

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of July.)
If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one’s yahrtzeit, would you be willing to share some memories with us? This is a new addition to our services, which has been warmly received by everyone.

Sermon Titles for Shabbat
Friday – “Getting Your Life List Done”
Saturday – Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion “Matot-Maasei – Recognizing the Power of Words and Vows”

Service Leaders
Torah Service – Ilana Becker
Haftarah – Sheila Panitz
Musaf – Ilana Becker
Ein Keloheinu – Marina and Joachim Panitz

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services, in honor of our July birthdays and anniversaries.
MITZVAH OF THE MONTH
JUNE/JULY
Paperback Book Collection for Norfolk City Jail Inmates
Drop off gently used PAPERBACK books on the atrium or at the temple office this summer, and we will send the books to the Norfolk City Jail for their inmates.
Thank you to Natalie Steiner, who suggested this wonderful Mitzvah of the Month!
Please contact the temple office if you have an idea for our monthly mitzvah.
Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity,
a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

http://templeisraelva.us6.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=483892614cb7718af81d3231b&id=59e4624352&e=0defe36426
Are you interested in converting to Judaism, or know someone who is? Rabbi Panitz is meeting with students on Fridays at 10:00am and Sundays at 10:15am. Please contact Rabbi Panitz for a specific summer schedule.
We have started something new at our kiddush luncheons on Shabbat. If you see someone with a red cup, that means they are a new member, or are visiting, so please go up to them and introduce yourself and help them feel at home.
The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.
PREACHIN’ AND TEACHIN’
(Please note the date change)

Rabbi Panitz will continue the annual tradition of preaching and teaching at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby Street, Norfolk on August 20th at 9:30am. He will be speaking on the theme of environmental stewardship.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. We also have a new selection of mezzuzahs. Come in and take a look!

Please consider the following items for donation to the L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop:
Menorahs
Dreidels
Torah Pointers
Seder and Matzah Plates
Tzedakah Boxes
Shabbat Candlesticks
Kiddush Cups
Challah Plates
Graggers for Purim
Jewish-themed Children’s Books

If your item(s) has a special history or meaning attached to it, please write down the information and turn it into the office with your “treasure”. We would love to be able to share its story!
All items donated are tax deductible.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
IN MEMORY of a family member or friend

Make your check payable to Temple Israel with a note that it is for the JNF Tree Center and who/what it is IN HONOR of or IN MEMORY of. If you go to their website, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, you can select a certificate/tree location. If you would like a specific certificate or location, let us know when you send in your check. We will send JNF everyone’s requests.

NOTES TO NOTE

Saturday, July 22nd
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion on the Parashah Matot-Maasei

Saturday, July 29th
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Baby naming of Ziva Liora Panitz

Monday, July 31st
Joint Tisha B’Av services with Beth El at Temple Israel
Pre-Fast dinner and discussion 6:30pm
Please consider a $10 donation to cover the cost of dinner. Thank you.
Services 7:15pm

Tuesday, August 1st
Tisha B’Av services at Beth El at 7:15am and Temple Israel at 12:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd
Laughter on the Lawn at the J!
Elon Gold, considered by many to be this generation’s “Borscht Belt King”, is coming to the Simon Family JCC. This is free and open to the entire community and will be held on the back lawn of the Simon Family JCC. Supervised kosher sushi, a spiked limonana, and drinks will be available for purchase. An RSVP is required due to limited seating. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit www.laughteronthelawn.gr8.com.

Saturday, August 5th
Shabbat Services 9:30am

Tuesday, August 8th
Board Meeting 7:30pm

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.

YAHRZEITS
JULY 22 – JULY 28

JULY 22
Max Dubinsky
Morris Goodman
Helen Shipowitz
Abe Smiley

JULY 23
Rose Katz
Helen Roos
Sophie Saunders
William Wade

JULY 24
Herbert Bunin

JULY 25
Elias Dollinger
Vera Feczko
Stewart Goodman
Rabbi Solomon Jacobson
Ida Rebe
Gertrude “Trudy” Rosenblatt

JULY 26
Ida Fox
Pearl Land
Jerome “Jeff” Lanse

JULY 27
Benjamin Englander
Dorothy Lefcoe

JULY 28
Ephraim Goldberg
Samuel Plotkin
Levi Wade

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Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz

5777 Compromise: The Hallmark of a Healthy Society

As our country struggles through the dog days of democracy in distress, it is not enough to lament the loss of civility and the death of bipartisan legislation. We should also find examples of compromise and selflessness to hold up and emulate.
We see a very early example of just such compromise in our Torah portion, “Mattot” (Numbers chapter 32). It deals with the first permanent settlement of any of the tribes of Israel in what was to become their homeland.

The scene is hopefully familiar to us from Shabbat attendance and Sunday school: In the final year of the desert generation, the children of Israel have defeated Sichon, King of the Amorites, and Og, King of Bashan, and come into possession of their territory (basically, the Golan Heights and the East Bank of the Jordan River). The Israelites were bound for the West Bank of the Jordan, the Promised Land. But two and a half of the tribes, Reuven, Gad, and half the clans of Menasheh, recognized that the newly conquered territories would be ideal for the ranching that was the mainstay of their economy. They proposed to Moses that they settle there, forfeiting their claim to land west of the Jordan.

It would seem to be a “win-win”, with the remaining tribes also benefitting from the self-interest of the two and a half tribes by gaining more living space. But Moses was not happy. He had a strong sense of the centrality of Israel proper in the Jewish imagination, and he feared that the willingness to settle outside the promised borders of the land would constitute a vote of no confidence in God, Who had issued the promises. Such a vote, at the time of the scouts in the second year of the Wilderness sojourn, had led to disaster for the previous generation. Moses berated the tribal leaders.:
Here, you’ve gotten up in your fathers’ place, a group of
sinners, to add more onto the LORD’s flaring anger at
Israel. If you go back from behind Him, then He’ll add
more to leave them in the wilderness, and you’ll have
destroyed all of this people! (Numbers 32:14-15)
It is at this point that we see the maturity of the desert-raised generation. Whereas the record of the Israelites until now was one of “kvetch, kvetch, kvetch”, this time, the tribes made a meaningful counter-offer. They were not proposing to abandon their cousins from the other tribes. No; they would serve as vanguard troops, fighting alongside their kin, and not retiring to their own territory until all the people had been settled. (Numbers 32:16-19)

Moses accepted the counterproposal, albeit somewhat ungraciously. (Numbers 32:20-32). His skepticism is understandable, since the Israelites had failed time and again during his tenure as their leader, and he himself had shared in the consequences of their failure. He was doomed to die in the desert along with the Exodus generation. But having given them the appropriate conditions, and seeing them prepare to fulfill them, he then formally granted them the inheritance they sought. (Numbers 32:33)

Meaningful negotiation, including real compromise—that is how a society avoids splitting fatally, each of its factions retreating to its corner of the boxing ring and rousing only its own supporters.

America, the Bible has more to teach you than either of our political parties fully knows!

Shabbat shalom

Rabbi Michael Panitz

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Notes from the Shul

What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.

BIBLE MOVIE NIGHT AT TEMPLE ISRAEL
JULY 16TH
7:30pm

“King David on the Silver Screen – Looking for GOD in all the wrong places”

Light refreshments will be services
It’s that time of year again when we start to think about our
night out! This year, we will meet at Harbor Park on Wednesday, August 23rd. The game begins at 7:05pm, but get there early to schmooz with your Temple Israel friends.
If you have any unused tickets, please send them/leave them in the office by Monday, August 21st, so they can be exchanged for tickets for the August 23rd game. This is a free evening for you – just come out and have a great time!
See you at Harbor Park!
Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am in Brody Auditorium.

Going forward, there will be NO Saturday evening services. Minchah will be held immediately following kiddush lunch.

Sunday – 8:00am at Beth El and 5:45pm at Temple Israel

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of July.)
If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one’s yahrtzeit, would you be willing to share some memories with us? This is a new addition to our services, which has been warmly received by everyone.

Sermon Titles for Shabbat
Friday – “Why Bastille Day Matters For Jews”
Saturday – “Good Deed But Bad Precedent”

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services, in honor of our July birthdays and anniversaries.
Men’s Club Planning Meeting
Run with your ideas, help out the team!!
Have a conversation and a schmeer!
Sunday, July 16th, 11:00am
Route 58 Deli, Loehmann’s Plaza
Virginia Beach
MITZVAH OF THE MONTH
JUNE/JULY
Paperback Book Collection for Norfolk City Jail Inmates
Drop off gently used PAPERBACK books on the atrium or at the temple office this summer, and we will send the books to the Norfolk City Jail for their inmates.
Thank you to Natalie Steiner, who suggested this wonderful Mitzvah of the Month!
Please contact the temple office if you have an idea for our monthly mitzvah.
Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity,
a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!

Are you interested in converting to Judaism, or know someone who is? Rabbi Panitz is meeting with students on Fridays at 10:00am and Sundays at 10:15am. Please contact Rabbi Panitz for a specific summer schedule.
We have started something new at our kiddush luncheons on Shabbat. If you see someone with a red cup, that means they are a new member, or are visiting, so please go up to them and introduce yourself and help them feel at home.
The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.
PREACHIN’ AND TEACHIN’

Rabbi Panitz will continue the annual tradition of preaching and teaching at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby Street, Norfolk on August 6th at 9:30am. He will be speaking on the theme of environmental stewardship.

THE TEMPLE ISRAEL GIFT SHOP

We have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. We also have a new selection of mezzuzahs. Come in and take a look!

Please consider the following items for donation to the L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop:
Menorahs
Dreidels
Torah Pointers
Seder and Matzah Plates
Tzedakah Boxes
Shabbat Candlesticks
Kiddush Cups
Challah Plates
Graggers for Purim
Jewish-themed Children’s Books

If your item(s) has a special history or meaning attached to it, please write down the information and turn it into the office with your “treasure”. We would love to be able to share its story!
All items donated are tax deductible.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
IN MEMORY of a family member or friend

Make your check payable to Temple Israel with a note that it is for the JNF Tree Center and who/what it is IN HONOR of or IN MEMORY of. If you go to their website, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, you can select a certificate/tree location. If you would like a specific certificate or location, let us know when you send in your check. We will send JNF everyone’s requests.

NOTES TO NOTE

Saturday, July 15th
Birthday and Anniversary Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30am

Sunday, July 16th
Men’s Club Planning Meeting
Bring your ideas and your appetite!
Route 58 Deli, Loehmann’s Plaza, Virginia Beach
11:00am

Bible Movie Night at Temple Israel
“King David on the Silver Screen – Looking for God in all the wrong places”
Light refreshments will be served
7:30pm

Minyan will be at 5:45pm and there will be a Ritual Committee meeting to discuss the High Holidays at 6:00pm, then the movie night will follow.

Saturday, July 22nd
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion on the Parashah Matot-Masei

Saturday, July 29th
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Baby naming of Ziva Liora Panitz

Monday, July 31st
Joint Tisha B’Av services with Beth El at Temple Israel
Pre-Fast dinner and discussion 6:30pm
Please consider a $10 donation to cover the cost of dinner. Thank you.
Services 7:15pm

Tuesday, August 1st
Tisha B’Av services at Beth El at 7:15am and Temple Israel at 12:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd
Laughter on the Lawn at the J!
Elon Gold, considered by many to be this generation’s “Borscht Belt King”, is coming to the Simon Family JCC. This is free and open to the entire community and will be held on the back lawn of the Simon Family JCC. Supervised kosher sushi, a spiked limonana, and drinks will be available for purchase. An RSVP is required due to limited seating. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit www.laughteronthelawn.gr8.com.

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.
YAHRZEITS
JULY 15 – JULY 21

JULY 15
William Goldstein
Alexander Kass
Bea Kovich
Selma Leach

JULY 16
Esther Abrams
Herbert Freeman
Julius Gelfand

JULY 17
Jack Pollock
Richard Singer

JULY 18
Louis Fishman
Ben Juren

JULY 19
Betty Cohen
Ida Dorf
Simon Mazel
Howard Orleans
Irene Rosenberg

JULY 20
Maurice Block
Rabbi Jacob Silber

JULY 21
Sylvia Littman
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What’s happening at Temple Israel this week… and beyond.

Please join us this Saturday, July 8th in Brody Auditorium, for our Second Saturday Shabbat services. Traditional services will begin at 9:30am, and our Second Saturday services and discussion will begin at 11:00am.
It’s that time of year again when we start to think about our
night out! This year, we will meet at Harbor Park on Wednesday, August 23rd. The game begins at 7:05pm, but get there early to schmooz with your Temple Israel friends.
If you have any unused tickets, please send them/leave them in the office by Monday, August 21st, so they can be exchanged for tickets for the August 23rd game. This is a free evening for you – just come out and have a great time!
See you at Harbor Park!
Service Times
Friday – 5:30pm
Saturday – 9:30am in Brody Auditorium. The Second Saturday portion of services will begin at 11:00am.

Going forward, there will be NO Saturday evening services. Minchah will be held immediately following kiddush lunch.

Sunday – 8:00am at Beth El and 5:45pm at Temple Israel

Monday – Thursday
7:30am at Temple Israel and 5:45pm at Temple Israel
(Evening minyan is at Temple Israel for the month of July.)
If you are planning to attend minyan services to say Kaddish for a love one’s yahrtzeit, would you be willing to share some memories with us? This is a new addition to our services, which has been warmly received by everyone.

Sermon Titles for Shabbat
Saturday – Joel Rubin will lead our Second Saturday discussion “Memories”

Service Leaders
Shacharit – Dr. Reuven Rohn
Torah Service – Steve Legum
Torah Readers – Miriam Blake, Sheila Panitz, Dr. Reuven Rohn, Joel Rubin and Richard Yanku
Haftarah – Lenny Levine
Musaf – Ted Kruger
Minchah Service Leader –
Dr. Reuven Rohn
Minchah Torah Reading –
Dr. Barry Einhorn

The congregation is invited to a kiddush luncheon in Brody Auditorium following services.
MITZVAH OF THE MONTH
JUNE/JULY
Paperback Book Collection for Norfolk City Jail Inmates
Drop off gently used PAPERBACK books on the atrium or at the temple office this summer, and we will send the books to the Norfolk City Jail for their inmates.
Thank you to Natalie Steiner, who suggested this wonderful Mitzvah of the Month!
Please contact the temple office if you have an idea for our monthly mitzvah.
Temple Israel is now part of AmazonSmile!
If you shop at AmazonSmile, rather than Amazon, and choose Temple Israel as your charity,
a portion of each sale will be donated to us by Amazon.
Simply copy and paste the link below into your browser. This will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of Temple Israel. By using the link below, you won’t have to search for Temple Israel among almost a million other organizations. What a simple, easy way to give to your synagogue!
Are you interested in converting to Judaism, or know someone who is? Rabbi Panitz is meeting with students on Fridays at 10:00am and Sundays at 10:15am. Please contact Rabbi Panitz for a specific summer schedule.
We have started something new at our kiddush luncheons on Shabbat. If you see someone with a red cup, that means they are a new member, or are visiting, so please go up to them and introduce yourself and help them feel at home.
The Men’s Chevra Kaddisha is looking for volunteers. Participating on the Chevra Kaddisha is the highest form of a mitzvah you can perform. You are the last contact the deceased has before the funeral and you are the one who ensures they have a proper Jewish burial. It is one of the most rewarding acts you will ever do. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Larry Stein.
PREACHIN’ AND TEACHIN’

Rabbi Panitz will continue the annual tradition of preaching and teaching at Talbot Park Baptist Church, 6919 Granby Street, Norfolk on August 6th at 9:30am. He will be speaking on the theme of environmental stewardship.
The Zelma G. Rivin
Wonderful Wednesdays Concert Series
at The Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org
(757) 391-9266

Advance tickets are $20 per show or $75 for entire series available until June 20th.
After June 20th, tickets are $25 at the door.
Students and Military (with ID) are $10 each concert.

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM

July 26
Songs by Jewish Composers

Nineteenth and twentieth century songs, mixing musical styles and emotional themes, including information about each composer and his or her historical and relative importance

Ellen Golliher, soprano James W. Kosnick, piano

August 16
The Virginia Chorale Sings the Great American Songbook

Enduring popular and jazz standards by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Ellington, Arlen, Rodgers, and more, sung by Virginia’s premier professional choral ensemble.

The Virginia Chorale

We have a nice selection of children and teen books in the gift shop now. We also have a new selection of mezzuzahs. Come in and take a look!

More L’Dor v’Dor Items!!

Please consider the following items for donation to the L’Dor v’Dor section of the gift shop:
Menorahs
Dreidels
Torah Pointers
Seder and Matzah Plates
Tzedakah Boxes
Shabbat Candlesticks
Kiddush Cups
Challah Plates
Graggers for Purim
Jewish-themed Children’s Books

If your item(s) has a special history or meaning attached to it, please write down the information and turn it into the office with your “treasure”. We would love to be able to share its story!
All items donated are tax deductible.
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
MITZVAH OF THE YEAR
Temple Israel has joined with the United Way of South Hampton Roads in a new program called Mission United. This program will assemble “move-in kits” for qualified homeless people who are transitioning to apartments. The items we have been tasked with collecting are linens. We will collect new/gently used twin and full sized bed sheets, blankets and comforters, as well as towels and washcloths.
Please bring your donations to the synagogue office.
Thank you for your help with this most worthy project!
For $18.00, you can plant a tree in Israel
IN HONOR of a family member, friend, group or event
OR
IN MEMORY of a family member or friend

Make your check payable to Temple Israel with a note that it is for the JNF Tree Center and who/what it is IN HONOR of or IN MEMORY of. If you go to their website, www.jnf.org/jnf-tree-planting-center, you can select a certificate/tree location. If you would like a specific certificate or location, let us know when you send in your check. We will send JNF everyone’s requests.

NOTES TO NOTE

Saturday, July 15th
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30am

Sunday, July 16th
Bible Movie Night at Temple Israel
“King David on the Silver Screen – Looking for God in all the wrong places”
Light refreshments will be served
7:30pm

Minyan will be at 5:45pm and there will be a Ritual Committee meeting to discuss the High Holidays at 6:00pm, then the movie night will follow.

Saturday, July 22nd
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30
Cheryl Dronzek will lead a discussion on the Parashah Matot-Masei

Saturday, July 29th
Shabbat Services in Brody Auditorium 9:30

Monday, July 31st
Joint Tisha B’Av services with Beth El at Temple Israel
Pre-Fast dinner and disucssion 6:30pm
Services 7:15pm

Tuesday, August 1st
Tisha B’Av services at Beth El at 7:15am and Temple Israel at 12:30pm

Thursday, August 3rd
Laughter on the Lawn at the J!
Elon Gold, considered by many to be this generation’s “Borscht Belt King”, is coming to the Simon Family JCC. This is free and open to the entire community and will be held on the back lawn of the Simon Family JCC. Supervised kosher sushi, a spiked limonana, and drinks will be available for purchase. An RSVP is required due to limited seating. For more information, or to RSVP, please visit www.laughteronthelawn.gr8.com.

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These are the yahrzeits for the coming week. Please read through them. If you see someone you recognize, come to minyan. As a community, it is our honor to remember.
YAHRZEITS
JULY 8 – JULY 14

JULY 8
Sheldon Balk
Hannester Baltuch
Daniel Goldman
David Posner
Saul Sukoff
Robert Zober

JULY 10
Harry Bronstein
David Dubinsky
Bertha Fishman
William Peck
Lucy Salzberg

JULY 11
Shirley Levenson
Phillip Mazel
Frances Popkin
Marie Rafal
Leon Salzberg
Mildred Steinberg
Harry Stern
Beulah Swartz
Stuart Weintrob

JULY 12
Isaac Klaff
Rebecca Klaff
Brenda Wilson

JULY 13
Elsa Borman
Richard Friedman
Herbert Kanner

JULY 14
Irene Cohen
Ben Lewis
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Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz

A message from Rabbi Panitz.
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Weekly Message from Rabbi Panitz
THE LEADER WHO WOULD NOT CURSE ISRAEL

(Balaam blessing the people Israel. Source: “Perma-blessed, The Layman’s Bible)

Who is the most famous non-Jew (or more precisely, non-Israelite) in the Five Books of Moses? Of course, there are some well known “baddies”, such as the Pharaoh of the oppression and his successor, the Pharaoh of the Exodus. As a superb example of the narrative art of the Ancients, it ought not surprise us that the Bible contains artful and memorable sketches of numerous non-Israelite characters, from kings to bored housewives. But the most famous non-Israelite is the one whom the Bible credits with prophecy, and whose words, to this day, are recited by pious Jews upon entering a synagogue: “How good are your tents, o Jacob; your dwelling places, o Israel!” That is, of course, the prophet Balaam.
Balaam is famous for another reason. Fifty years ago, in 1967, an archaeological expedition working in Deir ‘Alla discovered a plaster inscription containing oracles attributed to Balaam ben Be’or, making him the earliest individual, Israelite or foreigner, mentioned both in the Bible and in extra-biblical archaeological sources.
In the Bible story attributed to him, albeit edited in the spirit of Moses, Balaam was the man sent to curse the Israelites and who, instead, blessed them.
It is interesting to consider the story of Balaam in the light of contemporary political realities:
At the beginning of the story, the Moabite king, Balak, sends to a neighboring people, Midian, offering an alliance against Israel. The rabbinic commentator, Rashi, observed:
But did they not always hate each other?…
However, because of their fear of Israel, they
made peace between themselves. (Rashi to Numbers 22:4)

This anticipates the challenges facing Israel even today. As is seen with terrible sadness in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the fratricidal strife within the world of the Arabs consumes the lives of countless victims, mostly civilians. This strife is a recurring feature in Arab history. After only a couple of generations, the forced unification of the Arabian tribes under Muhammad gave way to the Shi’ite- Sunni split, which has repeatedly spurred bloodshed over 13 centuries. (It is myopic folly for any American president, Democratic or Republican, to think that a people so attached to historical hatreds can be quickly redirected.) Modern conflicts, such as the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980’s, had other causes, as well, but the underlying sectarian anger has always been among the causes of killing within that civilization.
Nonetheless, the bitter truth of the old Arabic proverb remains: “I am against my brother; my brother and I, against our cousin; my brother, my cousin and I, against the world.” When the warring factions within the Arab house unite, it is often because they set aside other quarrels in order to focus on their hatred of Israel, and, let it be said, their hatred of the Jew.
All the more remarkable, then, that Balaam, hired by the joint delegation of Moab and Midian (Numbers 22:7) and sent to curse, instead declared that he would not curse Israel, for it is fundamentally blessed: key barukh hu
Who is Balaam today? Perhaps a contemporary candidate would be the Prime Minister of India, Narenda Modi. Since taking office in 2014, he has participated in a notable warming of relations with Israel. Cooperation between these two countries grows, now encompassing diplomatic, political and economic ties. Modi has resisted the fashionable route of routine and unbalanced condemnation of Israel, showing genuine political and moral courage.
It is understandable that India and Israel could come to realize the mutual advantages of developing their friendship. Both are democracies, born of the partition of British-administered colonial lands. Both have maintained pluralistic democracies, including meaningful civil rights to substantial Muslim minorities, in the face of ongoing threats from aggressive state and non-state Islamic actors.
Supporters of Israel can and should be critical of individual actions that fail to live up to the best version of the Jewish State— I will be commenting in a future column on the shameful decision of the current Israeli government to renege on its commitment to world Jewry to allow access to non-Orthodox worship at the kotel. But however critical a fair-minded critic may be, that does not extend to the delegitimization of the State of Israel, which is what Israel’s enemies continue to seek.
We need a Balaam in every generation!

Shavua Tov: A good week to all.

Rabbi Michael Panitz

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