Please join us for the ultimate birthday celebration. The birthday of our country. This will be a red, white and blue birthday. Please come in your most patriotic outfits to help us honor America.
This Shabbat is also special for Marci. It is the end of the shloshim period of mourning for her beloved sister Francine Messinger. Please join us to ensure that we have a full minyon to recite Kaddish Yatom for this most significant day.
Chuckat deals with one of the quintessential dilemmas in the Torah – the red heifer. It is beyond human understanding. It is axiomatic that all laws of the Torah are the products of G-d’s intelligence; thus, any human inability to comprehend them indicates the limitation of the student, not the Teacher.
The underlying message is that the Supreme Intelligence has granted man a huge treasury of spiritual and intellectual gifts, but none is more precious than the knowledge that G-d is infinite, both in existence and in wisdom, while man is as limited in his ability to comprehend as he is in his physical existence.
As R’Yochanan told his students regarding our failure to understand the laws of the Red Heifer, “It is not the corpse that causes contamination or the ashes of the Heifer that cause purity. These laws are decrees of G-d, and man has bno right to question them.”
The Haftarah is Judges 11:1 - 33
The turbulent history of Israel between the death of Joshua and the time of the prophet Samuel is covered by the book of Judges. It describes the long years during which the tribes struggled with Canaanites and Philistines and then sank roots into the land assigned to them. They considered themselves partners in a loose confederation, bound together by historical memory and a common religious heritage. Especially in times of external or internal crises, they elected a military-judicial head, called judge, to ward off the enemy and to foster their common interests. Jephthah was such a leader, who is remembered not so much for his considerable exploits as for the vow he made and its disastrous consequence.
Please respond if you are planning to attend services as we would like to know how much food to prepare for lunch/Kiddush.
If you have a birthday in July or August, please let me know, so we may honor you at services.
To Contact Rabbi Feinstein:
640 Stone House Lane, NW
Marietta, GA 30064
Web site: www.rabbiatlanta.com
Phone: 770 218-8094