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Parshat Yitro                                                         February 15, 2020  20 Shevat, 5780
                                                    Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Yitro
              ARTSCROLL   394          In the course of any life   supporters of the American   anger. Was there a way of
                  HERTZ  288           there are moments of awe  Enterprise Institute, one of the   knitting together the
                                       and amazement when,
                                                               world’s great economic think
                                                                                           unravelling strands of
                                       with a full heart, you   tanks. The two gatherings could  American society? The
                  HAFTORAH             thank God shehecheyanu   not have been less alike. One   reason these two events are
             ARTSCROLL   1154          vekiyemanu vehigiyanu   was religious, Christian, and   connected in my mind is that
                  HERTZ  302           lazeman hazeh, “who has   concerned with theology. The   on both occasions I spoke
                                       kept us alive and       other was secular, American,   about the same concept –
                                       sustained us and brought   and concerned with economics   the one that is central to this
                     Times             us to this day.” Two that   and politics. Both of them,   week’s parsha, and to biblical
                                       particularly stand out in   though, were experiencing some  Judaism as a whole, namely
                                       my own memory were      kind of crisis. In the case of the  brit, covenant. This was, in
           Candle Lighting      5:09 pm
                                       separated by almost ten   Anglican Church it had to do   the seventeenth century
           Mincha               5:10 pm   years. The first was the   with gay bishops. Could the   especially, a key concept in
                                       Lambeth Conference at   Church accommodate such     the emerging free societies
           Hashkama             8:00 am   Canterbury in 2008. The   people? The question was   of the West, especially in
                                       conference is the       tearing the Church apart, with   Calvinist or Puritanical
           Youth Minyan         8:30 am   gathering, every ten   many of the American bishops   circles.
                                       years, of the bishops of   in favor and most of the African
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am   the Anglican Communion   ones against. There was a real   To grossly simplify a complex
                                                                                           process, the Reformation
                                       – that is, not just the   sense, before the conference,
           Main                 9:00 am   Church of England but the  that the communion was in   developed in different
                                                                                           directions in different
                                       entire worldwide        danger of being irreparably split.
                                                                                           countries, depending on
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   structure, much of it   In Washington in 2017 the issue  whether Luther or Calvin was
                                       based in America and
           Gemara Shiur         4:05 pm   Africa. It is the key event   at the forefront of people’s   the primary influence. For
                                       that brings this global   minds was quite different. A   Luther the key text was the
           Mincha               5:05 pm   network of churches   year earlier there had been a   New Testament, especially
                                       together to deliberate on   sharply divisive American   the letters of Paul. For Calvin
           Shabbat Ends         6:19 pm   directions for the future.   Presidential election. New   and his followers, however,
                                       That year I became, I   phrases had been coined to   the Hebrew Bible was the
           R’ Reisman Video     8:00 pm   believe, the first rabbi to   describe some of the factors   primary text, especially in
           Shiur                       address a plenary session   involved – post-truth, fake   relation to political and social
                                       of the conference. The   news, flyover states, alt-right,   structures. That is why
           Sun. Feb. 16      7:30/8:30 am   second, much more   identity politics, competitive   covenant played a large part
           Teen Minyan          9:30 am   recent, took place in   victimhood, whatever – as well   in the (Calvinist) post-
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   October 2017 in    as the resurfacing of an old one:  Reformation politics of
                                                               populism. It all added up to
                                                                                           Geneva, Holland, Scotland,
           Tue., Wed. & Fri.    6:45/7:45 am   Washington when I   what I termed the politics of   England under Cromwell, and
           Mincha               5:20 pm   addressed the friends and
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                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei                in memory of Diane’s mother, Helene Fink z”l,
                                                         on the occasion of her 15th yahrzeit
           Feb. 15          9:29/10:22 am
                                             Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Olga & Matt Gartenhaus
           Feb. 22          9:24/10:19 am
                                                    in memory of his father Stanley Gartenhaus
                    Next Shabbat                                             and by Kathy & Arnold Flatow
                     Mishpatim                        in memory of his father Morris Flatow z”l

           Candle Lighting      5:18 pm         Bima Flowers & Sunday Breakfast are sponsored by
                                                                  Susan & David Sedgh
           Mincha               5:20 pm                   in memory of his father Yaacov Sedgh z”l
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