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Flowers on the Bima - B'reshet

on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:48

The two stories of creation in the beginning of Genesis are addressed in the flowers this week.  The vase and silver curly willow create a tree like shape, in the center is the snake as a character in the story of Adam and Eve. The other story of the count of seven days are reflected in the Sunflowers for the fourth day of creation with the gift of the sun. The cali Lily speaks to the glow of the moon. The silver sphere in the first day, “Let there be light.”  As the light of the creative spark within us. 

Find the flowers in the entry of the social hall as services in the social hall include

Flowers on the Bima - Sukkot

on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:46

Bamboo creates a structure as a miniature Sukkah on the bima, with blue palm for covering.  The roses stand as the Ushpazin, our ancestors that we invite to join us in the sukkah. 

B’Shalom,
Rosanne

Rosh Hashanah Speech - We Will!

on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:48

WEWILL

High Holidays 2014

L’Shanah Tovah,

It’s wonderful to see you all here tonight, sharing the beginning of a New Year. 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, our Staff, Ronna and I, we welcome you to CBSW.   A special welcome to our guests including Rabbi’s Family thank you for joining CBSW for these High Holy Day services.   It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Congregation President this year. 

Last May, I accepted a 2nd term as President of CBSW.

Flower on the Bima - Rosh Hashanah

on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 04:09

The Tree Vases, for the tree of life,  hold round grapevines, as the year comes round once again. Thirty six roses in each of the centers stand for the number of righteous people there are at any time. 
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A Meaningful Thank you to everyone who appreciates and contributes to the flowers weekly in the sanctuary and for the High Holydays.  It is truly my pleasure to serve the community in this way.  I thank my husband and mother-in-law for enabling Lupe Cuevas to assist me in doing these flowers.

Flowers on the Bima - Nitzavim

on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:33

n Moses’ closing remarks as the Israelites cross to the promised land without him, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse.  CHOOSE LIFE…."

The flowers stand as the Israelites, the tall blue container, as the color of being Jewish.  The sunflowers for the command, “CHOOSE LIFE!”  The Hebrew writing on the silk fabric echoes this command.

Flowers on the Bima - Ki Tavo

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:31

Flowers for Ki Tavo

The baskets are mentioned in this parsha bringing fruit to offer in the thanksgiving ritual of bringing harvest offerings to Adonai’s “one place”.  The colors of the flowers as the colors of fruit are a symbol of this offering.

The rocks, with a Shin written in plaster, mentioned for the covenant ritual to be performed as soon as the Israelites reach the promised land. The Israelites are commanded to set up large stones and coat them with plaster, on the stones they must inscribe all of the words of “this Torah”.  The letter Shin is a symbol of God.  

The blessings and curses

Torah on One Foot - Ki Tavo

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 21:20

Torah On One Foot: An Explanation

There is a story about Hillel and Shammai, twoleading rabbis of the 1st century. They would debate matters of ritual practice, ethics, and theology. One day a potential Jew by choice came before Shammai and said, “Teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” Shammai chased the student away. The same student went before Hillel and said, “Convert me.” Hillel said, “What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” [Talmud, Shabbat]

 

Summary

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo means, “When

Torah on One Foot - Ki Teitzei

on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:53

Torah On One Foot: An Explanation

There is a story about Hillel and Shammai, twoleading rabbis of the 1st century. They would debate matters of ritual practice, ethics, and theology. One day a potential Jew by choice came before Shammai and said, “Teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” Shammai chased the student away. The same student went before Hillel and said, “Convert me.” Hillel said, “What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” [Talmud, Shabbat]

 

Summary

This week’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei means,

Flowers on the Bima - Ki Teitzei

on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 19:18

According to the sages of the 613 commandments, there are 365 for the days in the year and 248 for the parts of the body.  These were later condensed according to Rabbi Simlai .."into only eleven (by the book of Psalms), six  mitzvot (by Isaiah), three mitzvot (by Micah), two mitzvot (by Habbakuk), and finally only one mitzvah (also by Habbakuk). In other words, the point of Rabbi Simlai’s sermon was that all the mitzvot in the Torah could by summed up in a single mitzvah, namely: “The righteous shall live by their faith in God.”  from "The Torah Portion by Portion", by Seymour Rossel
 
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Torah on One Foot - D’varim

on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 21:48

Torah On One Foot

Rabbi Matthew Berger

 

               

 

 

Summary

This week’s Torah portion, D’varim meaning “words”, begins a series of speeches by Moses to the Israelites. Addressing them from Mount Nebo (in present day Jordan), Moses commands the people to enter the Land of Israel and settle the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Recalling their desert journey, Moses recounts the sending of scouts to explore the land, their travels, and the weight of leading the people for forty years.

 

Commentary

The name of the fifth book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, meaning “repetition of the

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