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Shabbat Shalom from Aspen Hill!

Parshat Vayechi

4:25PM Friday Davening 

4:31PM Candle Lighting

Dvar Torah by Aliza Libman Baronofsky

9:00AM Shabbat Shacharit

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3:45PM Rabbi's Shiur

4:30PM Shabbat Mincha

5:40PM Shabbat Ends 

8:15AM Sunday Shacharit 

Women's Kabbalat 
& Friday Night Potluck
Jan 5 @ 4:30PM
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"Troubling Texts in our Tradition" w/Rabbi Uri
ContinuesJan 8 at 8PM at the Peterson home, as well as Feb 12 and Mar 12.

Houston Recovery Mission
Jan 12-15

Aura Chadasha
Jan 16 @ 8PM

Women's Open Mic Night
Jan 20 @ 7:45PM
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Faith & Fatherhood
Jan 23 @ 8PM
Yartzheit Minyan and learning at the Pelman home.

Preschool Family Fun Day with Family Minyan
Jan 28 @ 10AM

A Taste of the Last Shabbat of the Year


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Dear Friends,

Rabbi Uri picture

We have reached a cliffhanger!

On this last Shabbat of the year, who can say that they don’t have any unfinished 2017 business?!

Sefer Bereishit also leaves us hanging this week. There is unfinished business in Egypt. We have to bring Yosef’s bones home. And we have to wake up to our exile.

The Rabbis say that it would take hundreds of years for the Israelites to finally recognize the totality of their predicament and believe in a different future (see commentary to Shemot 2:23). They had missed the early warning signs - one of which, according to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, comes in this week’s parsha, when Yosef seems to awkwardly ask for permission to bury his father Yaakov in Canaan (Bereishit 50:4). This was the first time that Yosef had to admit that his real roots were in Canaan, not in Egypt. It was also an awakening for Pharaoh, that Yosef was forever a Jew, an outsider, and that he and his family would have to be watched more carefully.

Our sefer’s story ends on a cliffhanger, with a difficult next chapter ahead. It is a reminder to pay closer attention to the cliffhanging moments in our lives. To watch for the signs urging us to turn in one direction or another. To not get stuck in a rut, just because it is easier.

In fact, our whole Torah is a cliffhanger, ending with Moshe on an actual cliff looking out into the Promised Land. It is an invitation to all of us to write the next chapter with total intentionality and a sense of life-fulfilling purpose.

May it be a geshmack 2018!

Shabbat Shalom!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Uri


9:00AM - Early Bird Book Worm Club 
9:30AM - Tot room opens for supervised play 

10:15AM  Davening in groups.
Tot Shabbat in Bandroom 1
Pre K-K in Bandroom 2
Grades 1-3 in front of Auditorium

Grades 4+ independent Davening in Shul Office

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