From the Pulpit Rabbi Joshua Lief
There is a famous debate between the sages over the most important single verse in the Torah. The great sage Rabbi Akiva declared that Levicus 19:18, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” was by far the single most important teaching. Rabbi Shimon ben Azzai, however, disagreed. Poinng out that the Levicus verse allowed for cursing others if you felt cursed, or humiliang others if you felt humiliated, he suggested instead Genesis 5:1, “This is the book of the descendants of Adam: when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” Every person is inherently special, valuable and worthy of love and respect, as all of us are made in the Divine Image.
As individuals, we oen focus on our own needs, somemes even neglecng family and friends. As a congregaon, we somemes forget that we are part of a larger Jewish world, and, indeed, a larger Jacksonville faith community, too. This month we have a very special opportunity to remember and to celebrate our connecon with and respect for our fellow people of faith. We’re having another Pulpit Swap! My friend, Dr. Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor of Hendricks Avenue Bapst Church, and I are exchanging pulpits later this month and we’re inving our congregaons to come along as well. The members of Hendricks Avenue Bapst will join us for a very special Shabbat service, with beauful music from our Temple Chorale, on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Dr. Reese will offer the sermon that evening, here at the Temple. Then, on Sunday morning, March 25, I hope that you will all head up the street to HAB to join their congregaon in their beauful Sanctuary at 11 a.m. where I will preach as we worship together. Aer the service on Sunday, our teens and theirs will have the opportunity to share lunch and a discussion of faith issues.
There is a long-standing and wonderfully supporve historical relaonship between our two congregaons. Dr. Reese and I are good friends, serving together on the board of ONEJAX, chang monthly with callers on WJCT as part of the “God Squad,” and even reminding each other of our fallibility on the golf course (he’s the beer golfer, by far). Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to share what is meaningful to us with our guests on Friday night. Then, you won’t oen hear me say it, but I hope I’ll see you at church as we have the opportunity to learn and grow with our friends in their faith tradion on Sunday morning. As the sage Hillel reminds us, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” Now is a wonderful me to reach out to the world, to connect with something larger than ourselves, and to find our lives more meaningful by sharing them with others.
Lifelong Learning at Temple: Never Forget- The Problem of Evil in the World Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
Why do bad people somemes succeed while good people are suffering? Why, if God is good and all-powerful, do bad things even happen at all? Join Rabbi Lief for a discussion of theodicy, the problem of evil in the world. All are welcome to aend. No prior knowledge is necessary. Call the Temple office at 733-7078 for more informaon.
Services Begin at 7 p.m. each Friday evening
Saturday Torah Study begins at 9 a.m.
Breakfast at 8:45 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 2
Shabbat at the Beaches 5:30 p.m.
Friday March 2
JAFTY First Friday Shabbat 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3
Shabbat Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 9 Kabbalat Shabbat 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 Shabbat Morning Worship
Jeremiah Kaplan becomes a Bar Mitzvah 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 16 Young Family Shabbat
and Traditional Shabbat 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Shabbat Morning Worship Cindy Edelman becomes a Bat Mitzvah 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 23 Tot Shabbat 6 p.m.
Friday, March 23
Kabbalat Shabbat: Pulpit Swap 7 p.m.
Friday, March 30 UPB Shabbat 7 p.m.
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