From the Desk - Shabbat in Space
Shalom Friends! I hope that you are all well. I promised last week that we would have a big announcement coming soon and here it is. We are excited to invite you to our next community Shabbaton on May 12th-13th with guest speaker, Harry Rothenberg. The main event is our Friday night dinner where Harry will be giving his most popular talk - "Harry the Jew" - Being Visibly Jewish in the Workplace. Please book your place at this event through the synagogue office. You can hear some of Harry's presentations by clicking here. In the meantime, we look forward to this Shabbat, the Shabbat preceding Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut. In honour of these days, we will be treated to pita, falafel and other Israeli delicacies at the Kiddush! The Land and State of Israel are very important in our lives and I wanted to include in this email some special links to some moving articles and videos associated with the Israeli soldiers and the Jewish state: Video: Israel Memorial Day: Feeling the Loss Video: Israel Snapshot A Tale of Two Heroes Video: Israel: 100 Years in a Flash Bergen-Belsen Prisoners Sing 'Hatikvah' We extend our deepest condolences to the families of Joey Scholl, Morton Schwartz and Barry Rabinovitch. May they find comfort at this difficult time and may they know no further sorrow. Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf Dovid, Rachelli, Yehuda and Avrami
What's the Deal With... Keeping Shabbat in Space? This question was asked by Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon Z"L and member Barry Simon. Ilan Ramon was the first Israeli astronaut. He asked a rabbi how Shabbat should be observed in space. What answer did he receive? A day/night cicle in orbit is 90 minutes long which means that a week lasts a mere 10 1/2 hours from start to finish! Would Ilan need to keep Shabbat every half day?! Ilan asked the question to Rabbi Zvi Konikov, a Chabad rabbi, who sent it to some of the world's leading halachic authorities. The answer received was that Ilan should keep the Shabbat times of his point of departure - Cape Canaveral.