RABBI HEILMAN”S MESSAGE:
Shalom chaverim (friends),
This weekend we will be celebrating Purim at TBI. At services on Friday
evening, instead of the usual Torah reading, I will retell the story of Esther.
My sermon, however, will focus on the weekly Torah portion (Tzav, Leviticus
6:1–8:36), as I relate some of its messages to current events. The holiday of
Purim has many traditions and commandments associated with it, including
reading the Scroll of Esther, wearing costumes (I plan to wear a costume to
services), rejoicing, sharing gifts of food with neighbors and friends (called in
Hebrew mishlo’ach manot) and giving tzedakah to the poor.
Adult Ed on Saturday will be at noon. Following a dairy pot luck meal, I will
talk about “Israel and the Making Of The Modern Middle East.” A miracle of
no less significance than the one that took place in Persia more than 2000
years ago, the history of the creation of modern Israel is complex and involves
a cast of thousands if not millions. It’s a story that sometimes gets lost in the
midst of the blood and smoke of war and terrorism. Hopefully my talk will
shed some light on the global events that led to the establishment of the State
of Israel in 1948.
Sunday at Religious School I will once again fulfill the commandment of
telling the story of Purim. Lunch will follow our RS session. Students as well
as adults are encouraged to come in costume.
I look forward to seeing you this weekend.
Barbara Malcom Katz and Karen Calmon Lukeman of Temple B’nai Israel were honored on October 7th, as our 2018 TBI Shem Tov Award recipients. The Shem Tov (good name) awards were created by the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire to recognize volunteers from organizations across New Hampshire who have provided outstanding service to the Jewish community. TBI elected both Barbara and Karen for the time and effort they have both have put in for the benefit of the temple as well as the community at large. They have worked on publicity for the temple’s We Care concerts (which donate the net proceeds to deserving local non-profits) and the Jewish Food Festival (both cooking and doing PR for it…it attracts about 600 people yearly), as well as other activities for the temple and the community.