Shabbat Shalom: Toldot

Posted on November 17, 2023

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: Have you ever been intentionally tricked by another person and acted on that misinformation? How did you react when you learned of the deception? In this week’s Torah portion, Rebecca helps Jacob trick Isaac into giving Jacob his blessing instead of Esau. When Jacob finds out, he tells Esau that he cannot rescind the blessing he gave Jacob and after Esau begs, Isaac gives him a second, lesser blessing. When you have been tricked, how do you feel? What do you do to try to rectify the situation?

Please join us for Shabbat Services this week for our Taste of Israel Shabbat! On Friday night, we begin with Tot Shabbat at 5:30 p.m., after which our youngest members will dance and sing and even build a mini-Kotel! It is followed at 6:30 p.m. by a fabulous Culinary Institute Israel-themed dinner. We finish with our usual Kabbalat Shabbat service at 8:00 p.m. Registration for the dinner has closed, but the services are open to all: just register at

On Saturday morning, we have Shabbat Mishpacha at 10:00 a.m. Shabbat Mishpacha is approximately 1.5 hours long and is perfect for families and for anyone who prefers a shorter service. Be sure to register if you are coming in person so we have enough food! Both Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat Mishpacha are multi-access – both in person and on Zoom. Details are in your Shabbat Preview.

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )