Pre-Shabbat Project Message from Rabbi Knopf
In a world of much uncertainty and as we begin the Montreal Winter, Congregation Beth Ora and the Beth Ora family continue to be there for one another. It’s heart warming to hear how members are reaching out to each other and giving support. Please continue to do this as we help each other through this challenging time.
I’m delighted to let you know that, thanks to help from our friends at Chabad Ville Saint Laurent and Petah Tikva, we have restarted our weekday Mincha/Maariv service at Beth Ora. Baruch Hashem, we have now resumed all our prayer services. Throughout the pandemic, we have invited members to pray together on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. This opportunity continues and we now invite you to join us through Zoom each Tuesday evening as we pray with our minyan in the Hurwitz Lounge. This afternoon, Mincha will be at 4:20 PM. You can join us by clicking here.
Throughout this long pandemic in which we have seen developments not previously imagined, one thing that remained constant was Shabbat. This special day has been our anchor amid the craziness. This coming Shabbat is the annual Shabbat Project. We have perhaps never been more in need of the beauty, serenity, and holiness of Shabbat than in the current moment. I invite you all to observe Shabbat this week and to take advantage of two Beth Ora events.
Firstly, this Thursday evening at 7:30 PM, you’re invited to a virtual challah bake with top chef, Rebbetzin Carly Knopf! Please look out for the emails with details of the ingredients you will need and join Carly on Zoom by clicking here.
Secondly, we invite you all to attend our special Havdallah service this Saturday evening from 6:00-6:30 PM. Throughout the pandemic, my family has been privileged to welcome people to join us on Zoom for our family Havdallah. This week, we invite you to join us as Rabbi Heshy Benshimon will lead us in Havdallah from his own home. This will be followed by a special live Zoom performance from singer Yo Eisenstark who will uplift us with beautiful songs and share with us a tune he wrote as a teenager which became famous across the Jewish world.
To make this Shabbat particularly special, I’m delighted to refer you to some Shabbat Project resources. For those of you looking for some great recipes for this Shabbat, you can find them here. Many of you light candles every week. But what is the meaning of this beautiful ritual? You can read some inspiring reflections here, or print them out to read over Shabbat. For Shabbat Musings, including inspiring stories and profound ideas, click here. And learn all about the hows and whys of Shabbat at this link.
May the peacefulness of Shabbat bring peace and healing to our world.
Have a good week and an early Shabbat (Project) Shalom!
Rabbi Anthony Knopf