Weekly Shabbat Messages
Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, September 26, 2014. Click here to view our archived Shabbat messages.
This Shabbat is the Shabbat of “Shuvah.” Technically, the word “Shuvah” means “return.” But the word is also used to mean “return” in the sense of “repentance.” We return to our solid values, and think about our moral and religious failings of the past year, as well as our successes. Everyone has at least one thing they’ve done in the past year that they regret. Did you make a mistake? Or make a bad decision? The High Holidays, especially the days between the beginning of Rosh HaShanah and the end of Yom Kippur are known as the “Days of Awe,” or “The Ten Days of Repentance.” It’s a great time for soul searching and New Year’s Resolutions to be a better person next year.
Your attitude toward society.
Your engagement in the issues that confront us as human beings, as Americans, and as Jews.
What did we do that we were proud of?
What did we do that we could have done better?
What opportunities did we take advantage of?
What opportunities did we miss?
How have we engaged in “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) and making the world a better place?
What can we resolve to do for the coming year?
May you be sealed for good in the book of life.
Past Shabbat Messages
Shabbat & Secret Jews - Friday, April 26, 2013
Out of the Land of Heaven - Friday, May 3, 2013
Almost Shavuot - Friday, May 10, 2013
Cakes on Shabbat - Friday, May 17, 2013
Dressing Up for Shabbat (Part I) - Friday, May 24, 2013
Dressing Up for Shabbat (Part II) - Friday, May 31, 2013
Solomon's Temple and the Shabbat - Friday, June 7, 2013
Shabbat Starts When? - Friday, June 14, 2013 & June 13, 2014
Making Commandments Beautiful: Part I - Friday, June 21, 2013
Making Commandments Beautiful: Part 2 - Friday, June 28, 2013
Making Commandments Beautiful: Part 3 - Friday, July 5, 2013
Crypto Jews and the Shabbat - Friday, July 12, 2013
Shabbat Nachamu... The Sabbath of Consolation - Friday, July 19, 2013
Bialik and Kabbalat Shabbat - Friday, July 26, 2013
Angels and Shabbat - Friday, August 2, 2013
Shabbat in the Land of the Midnight Sun - Friday, August 9, 2013
Shabbat in Jerusalem As Told By Jody- Friday, August 16, 2013
Shabbat in Jerusalem II As Told By Jody - Friday, August 23, 2013
The Streets of Jerusalem - Friday, August 30, 2013
The Final Heat – Closing in on Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat - Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Shabbat and Yom Kippur - Friday, September 13, 2013
Species, Species and More Species - Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Shabbat Breishit - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Evening & Morning - Friday, October 4, 2013
Singing and the Sabbath - Friday, October 11, 2013 & Friday, May 9, 2014
The Rainy Season - Friday, October 18, 2013
The Triennial Torah Cycle - Friday, October 25, 2013
The Sabbath and the Temple - Friday, November 1, 2013
It Is All In the Timing - Friday, November 8, 2013
Challah - Friday, November 15, 2013
Why is the Challah Braided? - Friday, November 22, 2013
Shabbat, Thanksgivukkah and Beyond - Friday, November 29, 2013
Carrying on Shabbat - Friday, December 6, 2013
Eruv Art - Friday, December 13, 2013
Celebrating the Sabbath in Darkness - Friday, December 20, 2013
Celebrating the Sabbath in Darkness Continued - Friday, December 27, 2013
The First Shabbat of the Year - Friday, January 3, 2014
Shabbat Shirah - Friday, January 10, 2014
Shabbat and Trees - Friday, January 17, 2014
Strangers in our Midst - Friday, January 24, 2014
The Ten Commandments, Part I - Friday, January 31, 2014
The Ten Commandments, Part II - Friday, February 7, 2014
Shabbat, Babylonians, Tacitus, and the Communists - Friday, February 14, 2014
The Shabbat Umbrella - Friday, February 21, 2014
Lighting Shabbat Candles - Friday, February 28, 2014
Philip Roth and Shabbat - Friday, March 7, 2014
Shabbat Zachor - Friday, March 14, 2014
Shabbat in Amsterdam - Friday, March 21, 2014
Ahad Ha’am and the Shabbat - Friday, March 28, 2014
Shabbat at the JCCA Biennial - Friday, April 4, 2014
Shabbat HaGadol – The Great Sabbath - Friday, April 11, 2014
Challah on the Shabbat During Passover? - Friday, April 18, 2014
Shabbat and the Counting of the Omer - Friday, April 25, 2014
Shabbat and the First Yom Ha’Atzmaut - Friday, May 2, 2014
Sabbaths and Sabbaticals - Friday, May 16, 2014
Learning on Shabbat - Friday, May 30, 2014
The Shabbat After Shavuot - Friday, June 6, 2014
Shabbat in Outer Space - Friday, June 20, 2014
The Longest Friday of the Year - Friday, June 27, 2014
Shabbat and the 4th of July - Friday, July 4, 2014
The Fast of Tammuz - Friday, July 11, 2014
The Three Weeks - Friday, July 18, 2014
Haftarot for the Three Weeks - Friday, July 25, 2014
The Ninth of Av - Friday, August 1, 2014
Sabbath Peace - Friday, August 8, 2014
All You Need is Love - Friday, August 15, 2014
The Secular Shabbat - Friday, August 22, 2014
Labor Day - Friday, August 29, 2014
Elul - Friday, September 5, 2014
Philip Roth and Shabbat - Friday, September 12, 2014
The Last Shabbat of 5774 - Friday, September 19, 2014
Shabbat Shuvah - Friday, September 26, 2014