Shabbat Morning Services – September 2018

Shabbat September 1, 2018———NO SERVICES

  • 21 Elul 5778  Parashat Ki Tavo
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8  Isaiah 60:1-60:22
  • Candle Lighting—7:00 PM, Friday, August 31
  • Havdalah—8:07 PM, Saturday, Sept. 1

 Shabbat September 8, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 28 Elul 5778  Parashat Nitzavim
  • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20   Isaiah 61:10-63:9
  • Candle Lighting—6:49 PM, Friday, September 7
  • Havdalah—7:55 PM, Saturday, September 8
  • Adult Study:  Introduction to This Year’s Shabbat Morning Adult Study

 Shabbat September 15, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 6 Tishri 5779   Parashat Vayeilech   Shabbat Shuvah
  • Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30   Hosea 14:2-10, Michah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27
  • Candle Lighting—6:36 PM, Friday, September 14
  • Havdalah—7:43 PM, Saturday, September 15
  • Adult Study:  Kabbalah of Forgiveness

 Shabbat September 22, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 13 Tishri 5779   Parashat Ha’azinu  
  • Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52   II Samuel 22:1-22:51
  • Candle Lighting—6:24 PM, Friday, September 21
  • Havdalah—7:30 PM, Saturday, September 22
  • Adult Study:  Heritage, Civilization and the Jews: A People is Born

 Shabbat September 29, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 20 Tishri 5779   Shabbat Chol Ha Mo’eid Sukkot
  • Exodus 33:12-34:26, Numbers 29:6-31   Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
  • Candle Lighting—6:12 PM, Friday, September 28
  • Havdalah—7:18 PM, Saturday, September 29
  • Adult Study:  Body Ethics: Jewish Views on Abortion

Right Now, It’s Like This – A Rosh Hashanah Message

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Monday, September 10, 2018, Rabbi Heath included a teaching from Jay Michaelson – author of books such as God in Your Body: Kabbalah, Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice and Everything is God: The Radical Path of Non-Dual Judaism.

Jay’s teaching appeared an email newsletter (Meditation Weekly #66) from the 10% Happier team who offer, an app dedicated to promoting spiritual/mental health through a wide variety of meditations. 10% Happier’s subtitle is “Meditation for the Fidgety Skeptic.”

Here is Jay’s teaching:

 

Right Now, It’s Like This
By Jay Michaelson
One of my favorite meditation teachers is a US-born Thai monk named Ajahn Sumedho. Now 84 years old, Sumedho has very simple saying that, in a way, encapsulates the whole point of meditation: “Right now, it’s like this.”

What does that mean?

Every animal, down to the microscopic level, wants more of the good stuff and less of the bad. Poke a paramecium, and it recoils. Put it near some sugar, and it goes for it. (Note: I know nothing about paramecia. I’m making this up.) That is how life works.

And yet, it’s also why we’re unhappy. Because, as Mick Jagger pointed out a few years ago, you can’t always get what you want. What if it were possible, instead of focusing on what you don’t like about a given situation – crying babies, crawling traffic, loneliness, obnoxious co-workers – you could just say “right now, it’s like this”?

You’re not saying it’s okay, or that you’re okay with it. Not at all! Maybe it actually sucks. But you’re saying, like that annoying cliché, it is what it is. It feels like this, it sounds like that, that’s what it’s like and I can just co-exist with it without freaking out.

Another benefit of “right now, it’s like this” is what it doesn’t say. Normally, when I get angry, I go into a long series of thoughts about what’s wrong with the situation: it should be like this, they should be like that. I’m right, they’re wrong. This sucks. “Right now, it’s like this” just doesn’t get involved in all that. Again, it’s not saying that they’re right, or you should be less angry, or you’re a bad person for being angry, or anything like that. It’s just saying it’s like this – nothing more.

Sometimes, you might find that a phrase like that gives you enough of a pause to actually do your meditation practice, right there in the middle of the suck. What is going on? How many things can you tell me about what is actually happening right now? What else is happening?

And then, hey, give yourself a break. If you find your jaw is clenched in anger, unclench it. If you’re hungry, eat something. You might even notice that you can be okay with whatever isn’t okay. Maybe not every time, but sometimes, “right now, it’s like this” is a gateway to just relating to whatever’s happening, outside and inside, as just sensations coming and going. Rather than something to be pushed away, you might be able to simply let it be. To inhabit the cliché of “it is what it is” and nothing more.

And, if something nice is happening, it can taste very sweet to say “right now, it’s like this.” It’s a way of seizing the day, one sandwich at a time. (Shout-out here to Warren Zevon, who, when he was diagnosed with terminal illness, told David Letterman that the greatest lesson he’d learned was to “enjoy every sandwich.”)

Finally, “right now, it’s like this” is, in a very subtle way, relaxing. Just dropping the effort to grab onto what’s happening, or reject what’s happening… feels good. It’s not quite a hammock on the beach in Bermuda, but it is a little vacation nonetheless.

Give it a shot. Or don’t! Either way, right now, it’s like this.

This is easier said than done. To give it a go, Joseph Goldstein walks us through overcoming reactivity and building the skill of acceptance in the following meditation:

Try ‘Accepting the Unpleasant’ (in the app)

Shabbat Morning Services – October 2018

  • Shabbat October 6, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—Shabbat Rishona                                               
  • 27 Tishrei 5779 Parashat Bereishit
  • Adult Study: Body Ethics—Jewish Views on Vegetarianism
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering/setting up/getting ready
    • 9:15 AM – Children/students in the vestry for learning
    • 9:15 AM – Adults/teens in the sanctuary for prayer/worship/davening/Torah service (abbreviated)
    • 10:10 AM – Adults and children switch locations (vestry vs. sanctuary) so that that at 10:15 AM we change spaces so that  . . . .
    • 10:15 AM – Children/students in the sanctuary with Rabbi Heath for a kid-friendly Shabbat service. Parents only need to stay if their child can’t stay alone
    • 10:15 AM – Adults learning together in the vestry using handout/resource material on Body Ethics: Jewish Views on Vegetarianism.
    • 11:00 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 13, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM                                                               

  • 4 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Noah
  • Adult Study: Praying with Our Feet—Clean Water
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 20, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM — Book Discussion at 11:30 AM               

  • 11 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Lekh Lekha
  • Adult Study: Heritage, Civilization and the Jews: The Power of the Word (500 BCE—200 CE) (view video in advance)
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry
    • 11:30 AM—Book discussion after Kiddush—The Weight of Ink – Led by A.Kearnan

Shabbat October 27, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—JArts Shabbat—Alef Beats – A Cappella from Brown/RISD Hillel

  • 18 Cheshvan 5779 Parashat Vayera
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 10:45 AM – Alef Beats a Cappella group from Brown/RISD Hillel
    • 11:30 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

 

Shalom Kids and PJ Library – Summer 2018

You’re invited to join us this summer as we explore the themes of cooperation, perseverance and creativity during hour-long story times with stories, music, crafts and fun. Designed for kids ages 3 – 7 and their grownups.  Here’s our schedule:

Taunton Public Library – 12 Pleasant Street – In the Auditorium, Lower Level

  • Monday June 18 at 10:30-11:30 – Cooperation
  • Monday August 20 at 10:30-11:30 – Perseverance

Middleborough Public Library – 40 North Main Street – Large Meeting Room

  • Tuesday June 19 at 1:30-2:30 – Creativity
  • Tuesday July 24 at 10:30-11:30 – Perseverance
  • Tuesday August 21 at 10:30-11:30 – Cooperation

Raynham Public Library – 760 South Main Street – Meeting Room, Lower Level

  • Wednesday June 20 at 10:30 to 11:30 – Perseverance
  • Thursday July 26 at 10:30 to 11:30 – Cooperation
  • Wednesday August 22 at 10:30 to 11:30 – Creativity

 

 

 

The New York Cantors on PBS

What a great way to spend a late winter evening! 

In the greater Boston area, tune in on WGBH Channel 2 at 7:30 PM on Thursday March 8th for a wonderful hour-and-a-half of Jewish music.  Click HERE for a video clip.  

Enjoy beautiful sacred and secular songs from three rising stars on the world’s Jewish music scene.  Backed by a 33-piece orchestra and male choir, the cantors perform in Amsterdam’s revered 17th-century Sephardic synagogue known as “The Portuguese Synagogue”.  Click HERE for synagogue information.

OSEH SHALOM / May the One Who Creates Peace

More videos to share:

OSEH SHALOM / May the One Who Creates Peace

Enjoy these varied, new and classic renditions of Oseh Shalom  — May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel (and to all who dwell on earth) – and, let us say “Amen”.