SHEVAT / ADAR 5783
THANK YOU FROM...
I want to thank you for your Hannukah gift and for your continued support of Temple Sholom and its programs and activities. Although we are a small congregation, we are growing and continue to be strong and vibrant. May G-d bless us with continued strength and devotion.
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg
Thank you so much. A note to thank you for your thoughtfulness and to let you know it really meant a lot. Special thanks for all the love and kindness you have given me this year as well as all the other years.
Thank you so much for the very generous holiday gift. Your appreciation and friendship mean so much to me. It is always my pleasure to serve you whenever and however you need.
TEMPLE SHOLOM CONGREGANTS EXPRESS THEIR SYMPATHY TO...
Kathleen Leonard and her family at this time of the recent passing of her sister.
CLASS ON ''HOW TO BE A MENSCH''
Beginning February 12
Our next Adult Education class (Zoom only) will begin on Sunday, February 12 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The topic is ''HOW TO BE A MENSCH'' and will focus on Maimonides' writing concerning the development of proper character traits.
If you are interested in joining, please email Rabbi Kozberg at email@example.com. Texts will be sent out several days before the class begins.
~ RABBI'S CORNER ~
By his fruits you will know him...
As I write this, we are preparing for Tu B'shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat. Known as the Jewish New Year of the Trees, this holiday traditionally falls in January/February of the secular calendar; and therefore we observe it here in Ohio usually in the midst of cold, wintry weather. Long before environmentalism became a cause celibre, the Torah cautioned/commanded us against being cavalier in our treatment of trees:
''When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them, for you may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Is the tree of the field a man, to go into the siege before you? However, a tree you know is not a food tree, you may destroy and cut down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until its submission.''
To be sure, Jewish law teaches that there are times when flexibility is warranted when it comes to cutting down trees. But its thrust was always to not wantonly destroy trees, especially those that were fruit bearing.
But the 15th of Shevat is not the only significant date in this month. Lesser known in significance is the first day of Shevat. Tradition tells us that on this date Moses gathered the entire nation prior to their entering the Land of Israel and began his farewell address. His speech would continue for 40 days until his death, as described in the Book of Deuteronomy. His discourse includes a review of the commandments of the Torah, historical reflections, and predictions about future events.
There is a subtle but significant connection between these two dates. The 16th century rabbinic sage and mystic, Rabbi Yehuda ben Bezalel Loew (known as the Maharal and also the legendary creator of ''the Golem'') taught that the comparison of people to trees has far-reaching significance. Just as trees grow branches, twigs, flowers, and fruit to fulfill their purpose, so human beings are put on this earth to be productive and labor to produce moral, intellectual, and spiritual truth. This is why the Sages refer to the reward of good deeds as ''fruit'' - they are the product of true human growth.
And certainly, as far as Jewish tradition is concerned, there has never been anyone as ''fruitful'' as Moses when it came to producing moral, intellectual, and spiritual truth. The book of Deuteronomy is only part of his legacy. Besides the fifth book of the Torah, there are the first four books - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy - AND the multitude of oral laws and traditions that accompany what is written in these five books that are all attributed to him. Although Tradition teaches that both the Written and Oral Laws were transmitted by G-d to Moses, together they are still referred to as the ''Mosaic Law.''
And yet, despite his tireless devotion to both G-d and the people (often in tension with each other), Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Although the reason(s) stated in the Torah seem unjust, commentators point out that it was indeed appropriate that Moses not be allowed to enter the Land: his ''people'' - his generation - were the ones who had died in the desert. He was their leader, and it was because of his mistakes that they strayed.
Yet, despite his very human flaws, Moses left a legacy that, more than 3000 years later, still bears his name. As one of his later famous students would later teach: ''by their fruits you will know them.'' Indeed, we attest to the greatness of Moses by what he has left us.
As we observe Tu B'shevat and enjoy the produce of fruit trees, we continue to be nourished by the fruits of Moses' tree and refreshed by its shade.
May it continue to nourish, sustain, and bless us...and may we imitate the example he leaves us.
-Rabbi Cary Kozberg
TEMPLE SHOLOM DEPENDS ON YOU...
There are several ways to show your ongoing commitment and support for Temple Sholom. One of these is by your faithful presence and participation in our weekly Shabbat services and observance of the different festivals and holy days. We are very excited to see our membership growing, and a newly formed committee to help plan a variety of different special events for our congregation to enjoy.
Another way to show your support and commitment to Temple Sholom is through generous giving and financial support. As we go forward in this fiscal year, we are again faced with the difficult challenge of managing a budget deficit along with continued rising costs in maintaining our building and utilities. To help offset this deficit in the short term, we are asking those members who are able to pay the balance of their dues along with any one-time tax-deductible donation that you wish and are able to make. We depend on everyone to help support and keep our Temple thriving.
~ CONTRIBUTIONS ~
-In memory of my husband Jeff from Inas Sisler
-In honor of my mother, Lillian Nedelman's, yahrzeit from Stan and Phyllis Nedelman
-In memory of Kathleen Leonard's sister from the Eddie Leventhal Family
JEFFREY D EBNER YOUTH FUND
-In memory of Jeff on his birthday (1-23-1955) from Mother
''Those we love don't go away; they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near''
~ YAHRZEIT LIST ~
FEB 3: Louis Broock, Rosa Gardner, Max D. Gross, Adolph D. Haas (father of Sandy Silverstein), Max Kleeman, Nathan Klein, Bonita S. Krauss (mother of Rick Krauss), Nelson B. Paris, Mary J. Rubin, Ida Florence Zitsman
FEB 10: Carrie Altschul, Joseph Gardner, Gwendolyn Hoffman, Sophie K. LeBolt, Isaac Levine, Louis M. Levy, Jennie Prusiner, Jack J. Schechter, Raymond L. Schiff (husband of Char Schiff), Mattie Weixelbaum, Clara Mae Dulaney, Henry R. Ennis (father of Barbara Willens), Mildred Naft, Bertram Unger
FEB 17: Felix Balicer, Werner Donn, Norma Cooper Hart, Lillian Pollens, Ethel Farber, Naomi Ruth Ebner Fine, Mark L. Greenberg, Priscilla Lind (mother of Bobbi Mugford), Thomas Shifman
FEB 24: Frieda Beyer Adler, Arnold Block, Fannie Ebner, Morton R. Goldstein, Roberta Greenland (wife of Jay Greenland), Larry Himmel, Fannie Kaufman, Louis B. Margolis, Gail Genieve Banks Buerki (mother of Bob Buerki), Marion P. Cornez (mother of Paul Cornez), Henry Marenberg (father of Gerald Marenberg), Marsha Remer, Gail Russack (mother of Robert and Louis Russack), Jordan Arthur Spier, Celia Feinstein Spitz
MAR 3: Lilly Broock, Pauline H. Broock, Henry Gardner, Etta M. Herron, Leah G. Klein, Leonard Levy, Sol (Babe) Padlow, Morrey Shifman (husband of Renae Shifman), Sarah Steingart, Paul Dulaney, Antonio Espinoza (father of Rose Weiss), Bruce Krane, Julius (Jules) Levy