During the year, some of our Shabbat services will have a special theme. These include Pet Shabbat, Veteran’s Shabbat, Shabbat Shirah, Scout Shabbat, Daffodil Shabbat, and Teacher Appreciation Shabbat.
We also have Tot Shabbats and Learner’s Services.
The Hebrew word Vatikim refers to the individuals who started and established something. Sometimes translated as “veteran”, not referring to those in the military, rather “The Founding Fathers”. For Temple Beth Torah it would be those who signed the papers of incorporation, or the 501c3, or donated the money to establish the Temple. The initial members, etc. It does not refer to those who have given money or volunteered after the organization was established.
Think of the individuals who founded our Republic, or established the State of Israel.
Have you ever wondered why we stand for the Shema but sit for the V’ahavtah? Or why open the ark at different times in the service? These questions and more will be answered at our upcoming Torah 101 Service – a traditional Saturday morning Shabbat service annotated by the Rabbi and our Cantorial Soloist. In addition to answering your questions about why or what we do in services, our 6th and 7th grade B’nai Mitzvah students will take turns leading different parts of the service to practice for their upcoming simchas.
From the the book of Second Samuel written in 630 BCE: “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.”
All pets and small barnyard animals are welcome to attend our Pet Shabbat on Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 AM. During the brief service we will pray as a community of pet owners and have each individual animal blessed.
Because God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.