Shabbat

Shabbat celebrations began this week with songs in both Hebrew and English. When it was time for the prayers, Alicia said the blessings over the candles followed by Mark chanting the blessings over the grape juice and the challah. The group learned about the torah portion “Sh’mini”. The portion begins with offerings to G-d. This portion goes on to explain the rules for being kosher. During the portion, two of Aaron’s sons die. The group talk about and how devastated Aaron was after their passing. He was so shocked; he was not able to speak. The group discussed that it is ok to have space for silence and that there is a lot that can be learned by staying quiet […]

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  Everyone was so happy to be together to welcome Shabbat after taking a week off. The group sang songs celebrating Purim in both Hebrew and English. Hannah sang the blessings over the candles, then Kevin and Aaron joined together to recite the blessings of the grape juice and the challah.   While learning about Purim, Hannah shared her favorite costume is a princess. The group also discussed the next holiday that is quickly approaching, Passover! Kevin is excited because he loves Matzoh Ball Soup!   Tzav or “command” in Hebrew, the torah portion this week describes the different laws of sacrifices. It teaches that there should be a difference between offerings for sin, a burnt offering and an offering […]

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  The times, they are a changin’. JSDD has started using Microsoft Teams. This was the first Shabbat to try out the new program and it went off without a hitch. Cheers to the amazing DSP’s who helped make the transition so smooth. It has been said before, but their dedication and ability to adapt is unparalleled!     We welcomed Shabbat with Rachel saying the blessings over the candles. Mark recited the blessings over the grape juice and challah. Rachel shared that she enjoyed spending time at the mall this morning. She showed everyone her new ring and Ralph complimented her on it.  The torah portion of the week “Pekudei” is the final parsha of the book of “Shemot” […]

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  Shabbat celebrations began this week just like last week with Rachel chanting the blessing over the candles followed by Daniel and Todd performing the blessings for the candles and the challah. Rachel shared that she loved spending time with Stacy again this week. Daniel is looking forward to spending time with his father this weekend. Vayakhel, the torah portion this week translates to “and he assembled”. The portion begins with G-d commanding the Israelites to refrain from any work on Shabbat. In addition to building the sanctuary, the Israelites bring gifts for G-d and after a while, they are told it is too much and they should not bring any more. Among those working to build the tabernacle are […]

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Stacy C. began the Shabbat celebration this week with the blessing over the candles. Daniel and Todd sang the blessings over the grape juice and the challah. Rachel shared that she enjoyed spending time with Stacy, her housemate this week. The torah portion this week, “Ki Tisa” tells of how Moses was with G-d on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. During that time, the Israelites start to worry that Moses will not return and look to Aaron. Aaron demands that people bring him gold to make a golden calf. Moses is not happy at all when he returns from Mount Sinai, because the Israelites seem to now be worshipping an idol. In his anger, he smashed the […]

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