Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary January 27-28, 2023 (6 Shevat 5783)

January 27-28, 2023                                                                                                                  Parashat Bo

6 Shevat 5783                                                                         International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Storytelling is a long standing and highly valued Jewish tradition. Our own parents told us stories of how they came to this country and what life was like in their time. Stories of family history help us understand who we are in the world. This week’s Torah reading tells the story of the plagues—a story we retell each year at the Passover Seder. The story of our liberation from slavery is the story of how we became a people.

As the historian in your family, tell your grandchildren the stories of your family and of the Jewish people.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2023

On January 27, 1945, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration and extermination camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau – was liberated. Decades later, in 2005, the United Nations General Assembly established January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day – a day when we remember and commemorate the six million Jews who perished, and a day to educate and prevent future genocide. Yom HaShoah, Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, falls in the spring, one week after Passover. This date was selected by the Knesset, the Israeli government, in 1951.

“Shmoozing with Rabbi Sherman” – Friday, January 27 at 1:30 PM in the Music Room

As we prepare to greet Shabbat, come shmooze with Rabbi and fellow Residents. Bring your ideas and questions, and join the community in conversation. No Jewish knowledge or background required! Just bring yourself, a listening ear, and an open mind! Masks required.

“Torah Talk” — Saturday Afternoons at 1:30 PM

Join us in a study of The Book of Proverbs: A Social Justice Commentary by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz. In his introduction, Rabbi Yanklowitz writes that the Book of Proverbs is “spiritual but not religious.” Let’s learn how these ancient proverbs can have spiritual meaning in our lives today. Masks required. Previous knowledge of Proverbs or the Hebrew Bible NOT REQUIRED!

Please join our Shabbat celebrations in the Synagogue (masks required) or on Channel 1960

Friday at 4:15 PM                 Shabbat Service

Friday at 5:15 PM                 Shabbat Blessings in the Dining Room

Saturday at 10:00 AM        Shabbat Morning Service followed by Blessings in the Dining Room

Candle lighting time for Shabbat for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 4:59 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 5:57 PM

Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                                         Rabbi Sherman