Shabbat Shalom: Balak

Posted on July 15, 2022

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: Have you ever seen someone react angrily out of frustration? In this week’s Torah portion, Bil’am reacts in anger when his donkey tries to prevent him from meeting the Angel (that he cannot see), which has a drawn sword. It is only after his donkey asks him why he is hitting her, that he is able to see the Angel and understand that she was trying to save him. What can we do when we see a danger for someone that they cannot see? How can we help them listen rather than react?

Tonight is our JCC Campsite Shabbat at the JCC in Scotch Plains. The service is at 6:45 p.m. and a BYO dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Tomorrow morning, Shabbat morning services will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Summer hours). Both services are multi-access: in person and on Zoom.  To register to come in person to the JCC, please go here.

To register to come in person on Saturday morning, please go to The Zoom links can be found in the Shabbat Preview.

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )