This weeks E-blast

SHABBAT SERVICES FRIDAY EVENING MARCH 1
CANCELLED DUE TO THE HEAVY AND CONTINUED SNOWFALL IN NORTH TAHOE AREA WITH DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS, SHABBAT SERVICES ON  FRIDAY ARE CANCELLED. 
STAY SAFE AND KEEP WARM.   SHABBAT SHABBAT

This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vavak’heil, continues the Book of Exodus’ long description of the building of the Tabernacle. The Israelites are asked to bring their  most valuable belongings: precious metals, expensively dyed colorful thread, oils and spices, gemstones and animal skins. With all these materials, the community’s craftsmen will make the most precious of all physical spaces: a place will God will dwell in the people’s midst.

The virtual entirety of this week’s Torah portion is taken up with the instructions for the Tabernacle. However, before Moses launches into this discourse, he reminds, in the very first three verses, about the strict laws of Shabbat. This brief and seemingly unrelated introduction to the Torah portion that follows has inspired a wealth of commentary about the relationship of Shabbat and the Tabernacle. One Rabbinic interpretation is that the building of the Tabernacle and the practice of resting on Shabbat are considered holy activities. It is this emphasis on the importance of Shabbat, that even when it comes to the holy work of building the Tabernacle, work is not permitted on Shabbat. It’s a reminder to all of us the Shabbat is that special day of rest, of respite from the demands of our outside world; the day we connect spiritually and give ourselves that rest we all need.


GET WELL WISHES FOR RABBI RAPHAEL 

Rabbi Larry Raphael has had a series of serious illnesses and hospitalizations In the past few months. We have been extremely grateful for his participation with the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation this past 30 months and wish him heartfelt healing of body and spirit. Congregants can send their wishes to Rabbi Raphael at his home…..574 26th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121.


Friday, March 1, 6:00 pm. CANCELLED-Chavurah Shabbat Services and Potluck dinner hosted by Miles Adler with featured speaker, Jim Howe, on the Seismology of the Tahoe Basin
Friday, March 8, 6:00 pm. Family Shabbat Services and pizza dinner led by Rabbi Yakar
Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm. Shabbat Services with Rabbi Avi Fine
Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm. Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm. Shabbat Services with Rabbi Yakar
Friday, April 5, 6:00 pm. Chavurah Potluck and Shabbat Services host and speaker to be announced
Friday April 12, 10:00 am. Shabbat Services with Rabbis Avi Fine and Evon Yakar
Friday, April 19. NO SHABBAT SERVICES (First night of Passover)
Sunday, April 21, 4:30 pm.  NTHC SECOND DAY PASSOVER SEDER AT GRANLIBAKKEN TAHOE

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