Miketz December 14, 2017

Perhaps you have noticed the Jewish custom of ending a letter with the word “B’shalom” or L’shalom, “in peace” or “toward peace,” respectively. “B’shalom” seems closer to the English usage, but actually “L’shalom” is more appropriate in Hebrew, and an explanation finds its source in this week’s parasha.  When Joseph sends his brothers back to Canaan while keeping Benjamin as a slave, he bids them farewell with “Alu l’shalom,” usually translated as “Go up in peace.” (Gen 44:17).  But, a better translation is “Go up toward peace.”  The Talmud states that to say “l’shalom” always means to go forward to a peaceful life, while “b’shalom” is associated with eternal peace, that is, death. (Tractate Berachot). That is why letters should be concluded with “L’shalom” rather than “B’shalom,” unless one is expressing condolences.

January FOOD OF THE MONTH: Pasta

click for more information

 

URJ Weekly Torah Commentary

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Read more...
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Read more...
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Read more...
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Read more...
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Read more...
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Read more...

This Week at BHT

18 Jan 2018
04:00PM -
Adult Education Committee Meeting
18 Jan 2018
06:00PM -
Building Accessibility Committee Meeting (BAC)
19 Jan 2018
07:30PM -
Shabbat
20 Jan 2018
09:15AM - 10:15AM
Torah Study
21 Jan 2018
12:00AM
Contribution Tax Letter
21 Jan 2018
09:30AM - 10:45AM
Introduction to Judaism
21 Jan 2018
09:45AM -
Forum on Immigrants, Detainees, Dreamers and the Dream Act
22 Jan 2018
07:00PM -
Book Club | The Book of Separation
23 Jan 2018
04:00PM -
Shalom Center Soup Kitchen
23 Jan 2018
06:00PM -
Ritual Committee Meeting
24 Jan 2018
05:30PM -
Adult Hebrew Beginner Class
24 Jan 2018
06:30PM -
Adult Hebrew Continuing Class
25 Jan 2018
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Taste of Mussar
26 Jan 2018
07:30PM -
Shabbat | New Member Shabbat | K-1 on the Bima | Lay Leader
28 Jan 2018
09:45AM - 10:45AM
Mindful Yoga | Posture and Breathing for Your Health
31 Jan 2018
05:30PM -
Adult Hebrew Beginner Class
31 Jan 2018
06:15PM - 07:15PM
Tu B'shvat Seder/Pot-luck Dinner
31 Jan 2018
06:30PM -
Adult Hebrew Continuing Class
31 Jan 2018
07:15PM -
Sabbatical Committee Meeting
01 Feb 2018
12:00AM
Achshav Deadline Spring