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Exploring Jewish Meditation Weekend, February 6-7

 Join Congregation Shir Tikvah for a Weekend of Jewish meditation exploration. These events are free, but a reservation is required. Click here to let us know you are coming. Begin Friday evening with a Kabbalat Shabbat Kirtan musical meditation service.  Rabbi Ariel Stone will be joined by J.D. Kleinke on guitar and Timothy Crespi on drum. 5:45 pm Meet and Greet 6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Kirtan Service Then join us on Saturday morning for an evocative exploration of the silence between the notes and the words of the tefilah service. Rabbi Yoel Glick, author of Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience, will join Shir Tikvah to share his experience of meditation as a way of life. Rabbi Glick draws on his knowledge of the East to vitalize and illuminate traditional Jewish practices. 10:30 am-12:15 pm Shabbat services with a meditative twist 12:30-2 pm  Daily

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Fall Adult Education Offerings

Our children aren’t the only ones with opportunities to learn with Shir Tikvah! Jewish Fabric Arts: Sunday Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, 11am at the Nashira Project, plus two classes dates/times TBD. Contact the Shir Tikvah office for more information, or ask Leslie Dolin when you see her at shul. Because of the location, this event is members only. Ever wanted to make your own tallit, or learn more about the ancient Israelite craft of weaving? Did you know that it was weaving women who provided roof of the Mishkan our ancestors used to seek G-d’s presence? Join us for a series of classes that will be part history, part hands-on, and all fascinating. First two classes: at the Nashira Project with Rabbi Ariel Stone * how to weave a Mishkan * ancient Israelite fabric creation and dyeing processes * the meaning and Jewish tradition behind tallit After that: class with

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Jewish Book Month:

One Book, One Community Join Rabbi Ariel Stone for an introduction to Kabbalah and discussion of the Jewish Book selection for 5775 Sunday, November 16,  2 pm Mittelman Jewish Community Center Each November, Portland’s Jewish community gathers to read and discuss a single Jewish Book. This year’s selection is Ruchama King Feurman’s In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. Feurman’s novel follows Isaac Moskowitz, a former New Yorker, as he moves to Israel and encounters both love and spiritual challenges. Jonathan Kellerman called the book “a beautifully written, emotionally evocative novel enriched by fascinating characters and an unparalleled portrait of the magical city that is Jerusalem.” Join other book lovers for an event inspired by In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist. Rabbi Ariel Stone, a scholar of Jewish Mysticism, will explain some of ancient traditions of Kabbalah, and lead a discussion of Feurman’s novel. This event is co-sponsored by Congregations Shir

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Shabbat Shuva 5775: Only Uncertainty Leads to Truth

During these ten Days of Awe in which we now find ourselves, we are challenged to really try to change from the ingrained habits that define us. It is easy in the first moments after Rosh HaShanah to experience a setback. In that moment, according to Jewish tradition, the yetzer hara’ will appear to you as a sense of despair, or, at least, resignation: you can’t possibly really change in that way. This is, after all, who you are. It’s who and what your life experience has made you. Watch out for it. The yetzer hara’, the “evil impulse”, works within us with great subtlety; in this Age of Reason, often it masquerades as the reasonable voice within us. Have you heard it already? “Things will never change. Well, maybe a little, but not really.” That’s your yetzer talking. It’s tempting to go with the reasonable voice, if only because

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Shabbat Hukkat 5774: Where Anger Will Get You

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This week we read beginning from Numbers 20 verse 7, in parashat Hukkat, as we continue in this second year of our Triennial Cycle to start not at the beginning of each parashah, but at the beginning of the middle third of it. We begin with a simple story, nothing out of the ordinary: the Israelites are complaining and G-d commands Moshe to act in response to the complaint. (One thing worth noting about our ancestors’ concept of G-d: complaints did not fall on deaf Divine ears.) The people complain that there is no water. In the second verse of this year’s reading of Hukkat, G-d commands: Take your rod, assemble the congregation with Aaron your brother, and speak to the rock in front of their eyes; tell the rock to bring forth water, so that the people and their flocks may drink. (Numbers 20.8)

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Shabbat Shelakh Lekha 5774: Giants Like The NRA

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This Shabbat we read of a terrifying challenge to the Israelite community, and learn about the ultimate consequences of cynicism and despair. This parashah describes for us the very short distance between heaven and hell, between hope and its loss. There is a disconcerting relevance in the parashat hashavua to the horrifying news from Reynolds High School in Troutdale this week, and to our need to face, once again, the short distance between joy and despair. Once again a school shooting; once again we are left to wonder why, and to share a sense of sad helplessness. The Torah can speak to us here, now: By this time in the Torah narrative, our ancestors the Israelites have spent a bit over a year since the great Exodus from Egypt camped at the foot of Mt Sinai. All is in readiness – the holy Mishkan is

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Shabbat BeHa’alot’kha: G-d Is My GPS

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, In this third parashah of the Book BaMidbar, we are finally on the move; after over a year camped at the foot of Mt. Sinai, after receiving the Torah, constructing the Mishkan, organizing the priestly sacrificial system, and learning a lot of halakhah on how to maintain the appropriate atmosphere for the Mishkan in our midst, this week we read of the Israelites actually picking up and starting out on their way to the Land promised in our Covenant. BaMidbar means “in the wilderness”, and this book describes the preponderance of our ancestors’ adventures as they journey through it. Imagine yourself in their place on the first morning that they began to move, with their families, their herds, and their flocks. If you have never explored the Sinai wilderness, here is an indication of what surrounds you: Sinai. You may have many questions about the

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Shabbat Naso 5774: G-d is in the Annoying Details Too

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This week the parashat hashavua (“text of the week”) is called Naso, a word related to the Hebrew idiom for counting. It literally means “lift up the head”, and underscores the importance of truly seeing each person whom one is counting. This is different from the Western idea of “counting heads”, which only tells you how many bodies are in the room; to lift up the head is to look in the face, to take account of (“a count of”) each person in their personhood. It’s an interesting counter (sorry) to the prevailing communal idea: here we note each precious, unique and irreplaceable individual who makes up our community. That is the catch: a community is, after all, made up of individuals. There’s an old joke: “I love the Jewish people, it’s just Jews I can’t stand.” More accurately, for all of us the ideal

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The Letters Are The Life Of All, May 21 at the OJM

Brown Bag Lecture by Rabbi Ariel Stone at the  Oregon Jewish Museum, May 21  from 12-1PM According to ancient Jewish teachings, the universe was created using the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alef-bet. Join Rabbi Ariel Stone, author of Because All Is One: Jewish Identity and the Mystery of the Sefirot, for a fascinating lunch time exploration of the Hebrew letters, so beautifully manifested in Sara Harwin’s art, through Jewish mysticism and midrash. No Hebrew required! Please RSVP to reserve space at [email protected].com or 503/246-7479 No admission charge. The OJM is located at 1953 NW Kearney St.

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Shabbat BeHar 5774: Between Valley and Peak

Mah inyan shemitta eytzel har Sinai?  This is the classic Jewish form of the question you might recognize as “What does that have to do with all the tea in China?” or “What’s Hecuba to you, or you to Hecuba?” “What does shemitta have to do with Mt. Sinai?” This week’s parashat hashavua is named Behar, for “on the mountain”, i.e. Mt. Sinai. The first topic mentioned among the many mitzvot of this parashah is shemitta, a seven-year cycle of Shabbat rest for the agricultural land, the fruitfulness of which the ancient Israelites depend for their very lives. The shemitta command teaches that everything needs a Shabbat, not only the people and animals mentioned in the Shabbat mitzvah we repeat in our prayers every week on that day, but also the land itself. Here we are, deep in the details of the Book called VaYikra (Leviticus), learning law after law,

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