Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – May 21-22, 2021 (11 Sivan 5781)

May 21-22, 2021
11 Sivan 5781

Have you ever gone to a birthday party where someone else brought the guest of honor the same gift that you brought? This can be embarrassing!

This week we read of the dedication of the Tabernacle. The prince of each tribe brings gift offerings and interestingly, each prince brings the same gifts! The authors of the Torah took great care to repeat the description of each offering, even though the descriptions are identical. We read about a prince giving the same gifts twelve times!! German Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Breuer teaches that even though the gifts were the same, they actually represented twelve different offerings: “This is because what a person gives is not important; how a person gives is important.”

Even when we share common tasks, each of us brings a unique attitude and intention.

Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue
(Limited seating in the Synagogue; masks required at all times)

Friday at 4:15 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 5:15
Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 12:15

Blessings in the Dining Room – Out of respect for the occasion, food service will pause briefly while we make Kiddush and Motzi on Shabbat, Holy Days, and other holidays. If you would prefer uninterrupted food service interrupted, you are welcome to start your meal before blessings begin or after they are complete. If you are at the table during the blessings, you are encouraged to join in the blessings from your seat at the table. When Rabbi says “Savri” – respond with “L’chaim!”

Torah Talk – Shabbat afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Music Room (limited seating; masks required)

Candle Lighting in the Synagogue
If you would like to have the honor of lighting candles in the Synagogue,
please contact Gitta.
Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 7:31 PM
Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 8:32 PM

Shabbat Shalom!                                      Rabbi Sherman