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Parsha Points-Beshalach

This action-packed parasha is full of classic biblical scenes, challenges, tests of faith, singing, kvetching and miracles as G-d and Moshe guide Bnai Yisrael out of Egypt and into the Wilderness.  They leave slavery and the familiar behind, which is liberating, but also terrifying for them.   G-d takes the long route to Yam Suf, The Sea of Reeds, to avoid the Philistines and lest the Israelites get cold feet and want to return to Egypt.  Pharoah and his militia of charioteers pursue Bnai Yisrael, and, as you know, Moshe stretches out his staff, G-d performs the miracle and the sea parts in the nick of time to save Bnai Yisrael from the Mitzrim.   They break out into the celebratory song, Az Yashir Moshe, which contains the familiar Mi Chamocha prayer.  Miriam leads the women in spontaneous dancing, and she sings G-d’s praises, too, which is why this Shabbat is designated as Shabbat Shira.  

Freed from the Egyptian threat, Bnai Yisrael faces the long trek through the desert with a lack of drinkable water, food shortages, more water issues and then unprovoked aggression by the tribe of Amalek.  When Bnai Yisrael responds to each crisis with fear, skepticism, defiance, and grumbling, G-d miraculously provides flowing water, an endless supply of mannah, a protective cloud by day and fire by night, and the ability to fight off enemies.  They were introduced to Shabbat from the start and learned to construct an altar of thanksgiving.

Bnai Yisrael’s transition from slavery to freedom requires a curriculum, and they have terrific pedagogues in G-d and Moshe, who take turns assuaging, inspiring and instructing these fearful and disenfranchised Jews.  They must shed their slave mentality, exchange Egyptian culture for the Jewish “derekh”, take power for themselves and learn to trust G-d and Moshe’s leadership.  It’s a process that proves challenging for all parties, as Bnai Yisrael slowly dons the cloak of emancipation and develops faith in G-d’s power, protection and love.

Shabbat Shalom—Karen Knie-Cahana


From the Bimah

Shabbat, January 22, 2022

Consul General of Israel, Paul Hirschson

addressing SZBE from the Bimah

Shabbat, January 29, 2022

Guest Speaker Kimberley Tepperman- Auberge Shalom

President of the Board of Directors for Auberge Shalom and the Director of Development at the Jewish Public Library

 Kim is an experienced tax lawyer and her past non-profit experience includes fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, board member of Beechwood Elementary School and Hebrew Foundation School, and founding board member and legal counsel for War Child Canada.

Kimberley  will share the history of Auberge Shalom, its programs and services, and vision for the future. 

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Shabbat Live Stream

Mon, 17 January 2022 15 Shevat 5782