Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary November 11-12, 2022 (18 Cheshvan 5783)

 November 11-12, 2022                                                                                                      Parashat Vayera

18 Cheshvan 5783


Rabbi Dr. Laurence Milder offers the following prayer in honor of our Jewish veterans:


Compassionate One, Source of Mercy, we pay tribute to those who have served our country, and express our gratitude for their courage and selflessness, both those among us today and those of generations past. This nation, built by those born of this soil and those who have come here from all the corners of the earth, is on a continual journey toward its destiny. May we never let down those who have served in defense of this country. May we uphold the values of freedom, of the inherent dignity of every human being, by our own right conduct, by the kindness and tolerance we show to one another. May we lead the world by example, and become, in the words of Isaiah, “a light to the nations.” Then will the labors and sacrifices of these veterans be honored not in words alone, but by our deeds.

To our Residents who served and whose loved ones served – we thank you for your service to our country. May your dedication and honor be remembered as a blessing, now and for generations to come.

Next “Torah Talk” — Saturday, November 19 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. Previous knowledge of Proverbs or the Hebrew Bible NOT REQUIRED!

Next “Shmoozing with Rabbi Sherman” – Friday, November 25 at 1:30 PM

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!



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

Friday at 5:00 PM                 Shabbat Blessings in the Dining Room with Rabbi Larry Seidman

Friday at 6:30 PM                 Shabbat Evening Service led by Rabbi Larry Seidman

Saturday at 10:00 AM        Shabbat Morning Service led by Shelly Malmon, Director of Marketing and Beth Slavin, Director of Philanthropy

Blessings in the Dining Room following the service



Candle lighting time for Shabbat for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 4:32 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 5:28 PM


Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                                         Rabbi Sherman