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This Week at Chabad of Wallingford
Candle Lighting
Candle Lighting Times for
Wallingford:
Friday, May 22
7:53 pm
Torah Portion: Bamidbar
 
Chabad of WallingfordEmail: jewishwallingfordct@gmail.comPhone: 203-675-9917www.JewishWallingford.org
 
 
Rabbi's Message
Message from the Rabbi
 
 
Dear Friends,
 

This week we start reading the Book of Bamidbar, Numbers, the fourth book of the Torah.

The word “bamidbar” means “in the desert,” a reference to where the Jewish people were at the time. But it is also a reference to the “desert” nature of the Torah, in the sense that it is wide open territory for everyone to take advantage of and make their own. The Torah was given to the Jewish people in order for each and every one of us to make it our own, by delving into it and discovering its beauty and inner secrets.

While many communities around the world have not been able to read the Torah in synagogue for the last several months, we still continue to learn the weekly Torah portion, individually as well as communally.

No one person can claim ownership of the Torah, it belongs to each and every Jew equally. And G‑d willing very soon things will be back to normal!

Shabbat Shalom!

 

 
 
 
Service Times
Weekly ZOOMS

Wednesday 5/20    Curious Tales of the Talmud- Lesson 4

7:30 pm

Friday, 5/22        Pre- Kabbalat Shabbat Service

7:00 pm

Sunday, 5/24     Equality VS Individuality

9:30 am

 
 
Featured Event
Wednesday Torah ZOOM

 6 week course!   Tonight @ 7:30pm

Curious Tales of the Talmud
Lesson 4: Life is all a riddle

The Athenian sages world view is challenged by the Jewish scholars using their very own method of discovery. Discover the depth of the Talmuds intelectual acrobatics using Greek riddles.

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Featured Event
Let's Welcome Shabbat Together!

 

 

Welcoming Shabbat Together… in Virtual Reality
Please join us this evening for a new weekly event: pre-Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat on ZOOM.

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Join us at 7:00 for a pre- Shabbat get together on Zoom, wish each other a (pre) Shabbat Shalom, then move on to singing  Yedid Nefesh.

Following a few words about the upcoming Shabbat we then together we’ll sing the beginning of Kabbalat Shabbat (These prayers can be said before Shabbat begins)

click here for a PDF 

@ 7:20 we will sign off & women can then light candles, formally welcoming Shabbat at that moment.

Please do not light Shabbat candles or make Kiddush before joining the zoom.

 

 
 
Featured Event
Sunday Torah ZOOM

    Sunday, May 24@ 9:30am

SEEING IS BELIEVING,

If someone told you that they met a ten foot giant, you propably wouldn't believe them. But if you actually saw the guy, well, you saw him. End of story. To see is to connect-and that's the key to meaningful Judiasm, and a lodestar for constant progress: look at the past, connect with it, and take the appropriate lessons to heart.

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Parshah
Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Bamidbar

In the Sinai Desert, G‑d says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary. They replace the firstborn, whose number they approximated, since they were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.