Rabbi Sherman Weekly Torah Commentary November 18-19, 2022 (25 Cheshvan 5783)

 November 18-19, 2022                                                                             Parashat Chayei Sarah

25 Cheshvan 5783                                                                                    Shabbat Mevarkhim haChodesh


This week’s parsha teaches us about the value of chesed (kindness). Our matriarch Rebekah goes above and beyond in extending kindness to humans and animals. The Rabbis point to Rebekah and also Abraham as examples of chesed; they teach that a truly kind person seeks out opportunities to perform acts of kindness.

When have you sought out opportunities to show kindness?

How does it feel to extend kindness to others?

In what ways has someone’s kindness affected you?


Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh
This Shabbat we bless the new month of Kislev, which will begin Wednesday night and Thursday.


Learning Service

Have you always wanted to know more about services? This week’s Shabbat evening service will include some teachings about our service structure, liturgy, choreography, and meaning.


“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. Previous knowledge of Proverbs or the Hebrew Bible NOT REQUIRED!


Friday, November 25 at 4:15 PM – Shabbat Evening Service at a new time

Mark your calendar – services on the 4th Friday of each month will be at 4:15 PM

Join in welcoming Shabbat as the sun is setting, then enjoy your Shabbat dinner following the service.


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

Friday at 6:30 PM                 Shabbat Learning Service with Rabbi Sherman

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 4:28 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 5:25 PM


Shabbat Shalom!                                                                                                         Rabbi Sherman