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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION

Nitzavim: What’s in the Jewish Daily News? Imaginary Headlines

 

by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

 

“You stand this day, all your People, before the LORD your GOD—the leaders of your tribes, your Elders, and your magistrates, all the People of Israel; even the stranger within your gates, from the humblest woodchopper and water-carrier, to enter into the Covenant of the Lord, which He is making with you this day. Be therefore united.”

--Deut. 29:9-11

*Four Jewish Denominations Continue to Struggle with One Another*

by A. Kotev, Jewish Wire Services

Despite the small number of Jews in the US—between 1.7 and 2.6% of the population is Jewish—the different religious denominations continue to struggle with each other. On the right, Orthodox rabbis may interact with Reform and Conservative rabbis only unofficially. Orthodox rabbis do not accept Jews-by-choice educated and converted by their Reform or Conservative colleagues; these people must re-convert in order to affiliate with Orthodox synagogues or schools.

There are differences in Jewish Law (halacha) interpretations between the Reform and Conservative Movements. Indeed, many American Jews are not subscribing to any denomination, but would identify themselves as “just Jewish.”

One wonders how this will end.

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“Surely, this Torah which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it in some far-off place. It is as near as your mouth and heart, to observe it.”

--Deut. 30:11,14

*Different Jews, Different Views: How Do We Regard the Torah?*

by Chaim Lamdan, Independent Jewish Media

As tradition tells us, “Why was the Torah given in the Wilderness? Just as the Wilderness belongs to everyone and to no one, so does Torah.” Looking at different types of Jews today, it is clear that God’s gift of Scripture does not mean the same thing to every Jewish person.

Traditional Jews may regard the Torah as having been given in its entirety to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Indeed, one might regard the Torah as having been “flash-frozen at Sinai,” rendering it pristine, unchanging and immutable. Conservative and Reform Jews, however, may consider the Torah, indeed the entire Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) as having been given piecemeal, using the Documentary Hypothesis first advanced in the 18th Century by Julius Wellhausen. This theory posits that there were various authors of different sections (not Moses) such as J, E, D, and P.

As for Humanistic Jews—those who do not believe in God, but try to live with a modicum of Jewish Tradition—they may also study Torah, regarding it not as a sacred document, but a mythological book relating to the Jewish past.

How will Torah study acclimate Jews, as the 21st Century progresses? We can only wait and see.

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“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and love the Lord your God, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

-Deut. 30:19-20

 

*First Ethiopian-Israeli Becomes Prime Minister*

*Palestine and Israel Exchange Ambassadors*

*Following Overall Middle Eastern Peace, Israeli Army Becomes “Shalom Corps”*

*Israeli Chief Rabbinate Will No Longer Rule on Religious Matters or Participate in Politics;

Will Coordinate Orthodox Religious Education Only*

by Our Staff Writers

“The changes happened so quickly, that all of us are still getting used to them.”

–Dror Shalomi, Student, Ramat-Gan, Israel

After the Palestinian Leadership realized that they were wasting their youth by training them in terrorism, they reached out to the Israeli Foreign Minister, asking for peace talks to begin immediately. Following the electoral victories of both the Democratic League for a Free Iran and the establishment of the Federal Republic of Saudi Arabia, referendums in both nations called for “A Just and Lasting Peace to be established between Sunni, Wahabi, and Shia Muslins.”

Since that time, a Middle Eastern Stock Exchange has been established, as well as secular educational systems, and a social welfare network.

Israel’s Peace Corps will visit each of the Arab countries and establish offices there, as well as political missions to help build a citizens’ infrastructure, so that the Arab governments will serve the needs of the common folk, not just the kleptocracy.

It appears that peace might—just might—be in the offing for the all the formerly-antagonistic nations of the Middle East, in the coming year.

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MEET OUR CLERGY

OUR RABBI - David Hartley Mark

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Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Rabbi David Hartley Mark was born in New York City, and grew up on the Lower East Side, that legendary Jewish immigrant neighborhood, attending Hebrew Day School. He was first from his school, the East Side Torah Center, to attend Yeshiva University High School for Boys—Manhattan. David attended Yeshiva University, where he attained a BA in English Literature, a BS in Bible and Jewish Education, and a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma (HTD). He spent his third year of college at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where he developed a fluency in Hebrew, and toured around the country. He has also attained a Certificate in Advanced Jewish School Administration from the Hebrew College in Brookline, MA.

David attended the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he earned an MA degree from Queens College, as well as an M.Phil. degree, majoring in 17th Century English, specializing in the work of John Milton, as well as the Romantic Poets. A year teaching Hebrew School in a Reform temple in Brooklyn convinced him of his great love of Judaism, and he began attending the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1980.

 

He met Anbeth, who was hired as temple secretary the same day he was hired to teach. They were married in 1978. They have two grown children, Tyler and Jordan, as well as a grandson, Aidan.

 

Rabbi Mark served pulpits in Warren, NJ, Fayetteville, NC, and Portsmouth, NH, in which last pulpit he spent 22 years, a record for that state. Seeking warmer climes, as well as closer family members, he and Anbeth took the pulpit of Temple Sholom in 2009. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream of teaching English at Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale.  

 

OUR CANTOR - Javier Smolarz

Cantor Javier Smolarz

Cantor Smolarz comes to us originally from Argentina and via Congregations in various U.S. localities, joining Temple Sholom in September of 2018, where he has been wholeheartedly embraced by the Congregation.  His strong beautiful singing voice is coupled with a great sense of presence and decorum, but with a warm welcoming demeanor - all of which enhances our morning minyans and shabbat and holiday services.

 

 

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    We are a modern, egalitarian congregation, and encourage full participation by women in synagogue life, as well as offer full access to Jewish worship and religious experience for all of our members. At the same time, we cherish our Jewish traditions, and work to preserve them as a precious legacy for ourselves and our children.

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Our Czech Torah - Holocaust Memorial Scroll

The Torah was shipped in 1989 following a request from Malcolm Black who was the President at that time. The Torah is about 200 years old and comes from Mlada Boleslav, a town in the Czech Republic.

Sun, September 22 2019 22 Elul 5779