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A Giving Heart

02/25/2022 10:03:25 AM


Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Nediv Lev - A Giving Heart is the opening theme of Parshat Vayekhel, as well as of Parshat Shekalim, and even is the driving principle of Chodesh Adar and Purim. The Mishkan—the place of God’s indwelling presence was built through generosity of spirit. The people of Israel were counted by their generosity. And the Jewish people likewise are redeemed in times of trouble through their generosity of spirit through their leadership, activism, and faith. This Shabbat, I wish to call upon our community’s generosity of spirit in 2 ways:

  • Let us pray for the Jewish community and people of Ukraine. Provide tzedakah through JDC here.
  • Family Table: We are still looking for a shul coordinator and donations to help alleviate Jewish food insecurity in Greater Boston (see  below).

When one has a Giving Heart, all one’s actions are an Avoda she-ba-Lev—a service of the heart!

Shabbat shalom, Rav Benjie

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783