Purim heroes set the standard for ‘ometz lev’ — Jewish courage — we can follow all year long

By Student Rabbi Rocki Schy

Our Jewish calendar expects a lot from us during the course of the year.

Every week, we must make time for rest, relaxation and refreshment as we approach Shabbat.

We are expected to evaluate our lives and our souls in the lead-up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

We are expected to be devastatingly sad and melancholy on dates like Tisha B’Av.

And, of course, we are expected to be euphorically happy as we approach Purim.

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Betsy and Dick climbed Synagogue Hill and won a trivia contest, visiting ‘sandy’ congregations

By Betsy Frank

As many of you know, Dick and I decamped to warmer places for the month of January.

We aren’t exactly snowbirds — one month is too long to be away. Nevertheless, we did enjoy our travels.

As in previous trips, we engaged in Jewish experiences in a variety of places on land and sea.

One of the most interesting places we visited was the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Don’t be like Pharoah. Soften your heart, reach out to others and embrace a meaningful life

By Student Rabbi Rocki Schy

We recently began reading the Book of Exodus. Anyone who has seen The Prince of Egypt or The Ten Commandments can appreciate the impact of these beginning parshiot.

The plot of Exodus is so complex, with character introductions and development abounding as the narrative progresses. We are introduced to Moses, Miriam and Aaron, to Pharaoh and his daughter, to the freedom narrative and the process by which the Israelites become a nation with mitzvot to follow.

What I tend to find most meaningful about these early chapters of Exodus is Pharaoh’s behavior. When Moses first speaks to G-d, G-d tells him that G-d will harden Pharaoh’s heart so Pharaoh will not free the Israelites.

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Sisterhood solicits donations to help parents of newborns at Union Hospital

By Patty Lewis

Temple Sisterhood is back meeting the second Tuesday of the month to socialize and plan projects in support of our congregation and community.

Most recently, we dined at the new Lucia’s Taqueria at Brown and Wabash avenues and Grand Traverse Pie Company, just south of the ISU campus.

The first community project we’re working on for 2023 is to provide support for newborns at Union Hospital. We welcome your donations!

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