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Parshat Terumah                                                       February 29, 2020  274 Adar, 5780
                                                Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Terumah
                    TORAH                                                    and wept as we remembered   in Tanach, no command to
                                       The parsha of Terumah
             ARTSCROLL   444           describes the           Zion…How can we sing the    build local houses of prayer.
                 HERTZ  326            construction of the     songs of the Lord in a strange   On the contrary, insofar as
                                       Tabernacle, the first   land? (Psalm 137) It was then   the Torah speaks of a
                 HAFTORAH              collective house of     that an answer began to take   “house of God” it refers to a
            ARTSCROLL   1157           worship in the history of   shape. The Temple no longer   central Sanctuary, a
                                       Israel. The first but not
                                                               stood, but its memory
                                                                                           collective focus for the
                 HERTZ  336            the last; it was eventually  remained, and this memory   worship of the people as a
                                       succeeded by the Temple  was strong enough to bring   whole.
                                       in Jerusalem. I want to   Jews together in collective
                     Times             focus on one moment in   worship. In exile, in Babylon,   We tend to forget how
                                       Jewish history which    Jews began to gather to     profound the concept of a
           Candle Lighting      5:26 pm   represents Jewish    expound Torah, articulate a   synagogue was. Professor
                                       spirituality at its lowest   collective hope of return, and   M. Stern has written that “in
           Mincha               5:30 pm   ebb and highest flight:   recall the Temple and its   establishing the synagogue,
                                       the moment the Temple   service.                    Judaism created one of the
           Hashkama             8:00 am                                                    greatest revolutions in the
                                       was destroyed. It is hard   The prophet Ezekiel was one of  history of religion and
           Youth Minyan         8:30 am   to understand the depth   those who shaped a vision of   society, for the synagogue
                                       of the crisis into which
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am   the destruction of the   return and restoration, and it is  was an entirely new
                                                               to him we owe the first oblique  environment for divine
                                       First Temple plunged the
           Main                 9:00 am   Jewish people. Their very   reference to a radically new   service, of a type unknown
                                       existence was predicated   institution that eventually   anywhere before.” It
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   on a relationship with   became known as the Beit   became, according to Salo
                                       God symbolized by the   Knesset, the synagogue: “This  Baron, the institution
           Gemara Shiur         4:20 pm                        is what the sovereign Lord   through which the exilic
                                       worship that took place   says: although I sent them far  community “completely
           Mincha               5:20 pm   daily in Jerusalem. With   away among the nations and   shifted the emphasis from
                                       the Babylonian conquest   scattered them among the   the place of worship, the
           Shabbat Ends         6:35 pm   in 586 BCE, Jews lost not   countries, yet I have become   Sanctuary, to the gathering
                                       only their land and
           R’ Reisman Video     8:00 pm   sovereignty. In losing the   to them a small Sanctuary   of worshippers, the
           Shiur                       Temple, it was as if they   [Mikdash me’at] in the   congregation, assembled at
                                       had lost hope itself. For   countries where they have   any time and any place in
           Sun. Mar. 1       7:30/8:30 am   their hope lay in God,   gone” (Ezekiel 11:16). The   God’s wide world.” The
           Teen Minyan          9:30 am   and how could they turn   central Sanctuary had been   synagogue became
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   to God if the very place   destroyed, but a small echo, a  Jerusalem in exile, the
           Tue., Wed. & Fri.    6:45/7:45 am   where they served Him   miniature, remained. The   home of the Jewish heart. It
                                                               synagogue is one of the most
                                                                                           is the ultimate expression of
           Mincha               5:35 pm   was in ruins?
                                                               remarkable examples of an   monotheism – that
                                       One document has left a   itaruta de’letata, “an    wherever we gather to turn
                   Latest Times for    vivid record of the mood   awakening from below.” It   our hearts towards heaven,
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei
                                       of Jews at that time, one  came into being not through   there the Divine Presence
                                       of the most famous of   words spoken by God to Israel,  can be found, for God is
           Feb. 29          9:18/10:14 am
                                       the psalms: By the      but by words spoken by Israel   everywhere.
           Mar. 7           9:12/10:10 am   waters of Babylon we sat  to God. There is no synagogue
                    Next Shabbat                                           Kiddush is provided by Great Neck Synagogue
                                                        Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by
           Candle Lighting      5:34 pm
                                                              Donna & Joseph Hecht
           Mincha               5:35 pm                   in memory of her father David Gad z”l
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