Friday, 1 September, 19:00-20:30(synagogue only, no zoom) Kabbalat Shabbat
Torah Weekly Portion Ki Tavo כִּי-תָבוֹא When You Enter [the Land] Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8 Summary The Israelites are instructed to express their gratitude to God for their bountiful harvests and freedom from slavery by tithing ten percent of their crops for the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. (26) The people are told to display on large stones God’s commandments for all to see. (27:1-8) The Levites are to proclaim curses upon those who violate God’s commandments. (27:15-26) The Israelites are told that if they obey God’s mitzvot faithfully, they will receive every blessing imaginable. They are also told that if they do not fulfill their brit with God, many curses will descend upon them. (28:1-69) Moses reminds the Israelites of the miracles they witnessed in the wilderness and commands them to observe the terms of the covenant so that they may succeed in all that they undertake. (29:1-8)
Friday, 25 August, 19:00-20:30(synagogue and/or zoom – to be confirmed) Kabbalat Shabbat led by David Weis REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MAIL.
Torah Weekly Portion Ki Teitzei כִּי-תֵצֵא When You Go Out (to Battle) Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19 Summary Moses reviews a wide variety of laws regarding family, animals, and property. (21:10–22:12) Various civil and criminal laws are delineated, including those regarding sexual relationships, interaction with non-Israelites, loans, vows, and divorce. (22:13–24:5) Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages, and proper weights and measures are given. (24:10–25:16) The parashah concludes with the commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt. (25:17–19)
Torah Weekly Portion Shof’tim שֹׁפְטִים Judges Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9 Summary Laws regarding both sacred and secular legislation are addressed. The Israelites are told that in every dealing they should pursue justice in order to merit the land that God is giving them. (16:18–18:8) The people are warned to avoid sorcery and witchcraft, the abhorrent practices of their idolatrous neighbors. (18:9–22) God tells them that should an Israelite unintentionally kill another, he may take sanctuary in any of three designated cities of refuge. (19:1–13) Laws to be followed during times of peace and times of war are set forth. (19:14–21:9)
Friday, 11 August, 19:00-20:30(synagogue and/or zoom – to be confirmed) Kabbalat Shabbat led by Ari Warshawsky
REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY MAIL
Torah Weekly Portion R’eih רְאֵה See [This Day I Set Before You Blessing and Curse] Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17 Summary God places both blessing and curse before the Israelites. They are taught that blessing will come through the observance of God’s laws. (11:26–32) Moses’ third discourse includes laws about worship in a central place (12:1–28); injunctions against idolatry (12:29–13:19) and self-mutilation (14:1–2); dietary rules (14:3–21); and laws about tithes (14:22–25), debt remission (15:1–11), the release and treatment of Hebrew slaves (15:12–18), and firstlings (15:19–23). Moses reviews the correct sacrifices to be offered during the Pilgrim Festivals—Pesach, Sukkot, and Shavuot. (16:1-17)
Torah Weekly Portion Eikev עֵקֶב [And if You] Obey [These Rules] Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25 Summary Moses tells the Israelites that if they follow God’s laws, the nations who now dwell across the Jordan River will not harm them. (7:12–26) Moses reminds the people of the virtues of keeping God’s commandments. He also tells them that they will dispossess those who now live in the Land only because they are idolatrous, not because the Israelites are uncommonly virtuous. Thereupon, Moses reviews all of the trespasses of the Israelites against God. (8:1–10:11) Moses says that the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey if the people obey God’s commandments and teach them to their children. (10:12–11:25)
Torah Weekly Portion Va-et’chanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן [Moses] Pleaded with the Eternal Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11 Summary Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28) Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40) Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43) The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments. (5:1–30) Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances. (6:1–25) Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)
August is our traditional closing period, but this year we would like to offer you the possibility of two services, led by Ari Warshawsky on 11 August and David Weis on 25 August. However, we would like to make sure we have a minyan, so please let us know by mail at least two days before each service whether a) you’d like to attend & b) in person or on Zoom.
We also noticed that we are missing 10 Siddurim in our synagogue. If you have taken a siddur (new French-English one), please let us know by mail. We will also offer you the possibility to buy this siddur in future – again get in touch so we can add you to our next order.
Until then we wish you a wonderful summer and in view of the current drought, do pray for rain!
Your Board and rabbi
Le mois d’août est notre période de fermeture traditionnelle, mais cette année, nous aimerions vous offrir la possibilité de deux offices, menés par Ari Warshawsky le 11 août et David Weis le 25 août. Cependant, nous aimerions nous assurer que nous avons un minyan, alors veuillez nous faire savoir par courriel au moins deux jours avant chaque office si a) vous souhaitez y assister & b) en personne ou sur Zoom.
Nous avons également remarqué qu’il nous manquent 10 Siddourim dans notre synagogue. Si vous avez pris un siddour (nouveau siddour français-anglais), merci de nous le signaler par courriel. Nous vous offrirons également la possibilité d’acheter ce siddour à l’avenir – contactez-nous afin que nous puissions vous ajouter à notre prochaine commande.
D’ici là nous vous souhaitons un bel été et au vu de la sécheresse actuelle, priez pour la pluie !
Wednesday, 19 July, 19:00-20:30 (zoom) Last Introduction to Judaism Course before summer holidays
Saturday, 22 July, 10:30-12:00 (Mondorf synagogue) Shabbat Hazon Morning Service at the synagogue in Mondorf followed by lunch and wine tasting in Remerschen.
Jahrzeit: Rabbi Samuel Fuchs (4 Av-22 Jul)
Torah Weekly Portion D’varim דְבָרִים The Words Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22 Summary Moses begins his final words of instruction to the Children of Israel, focusing first on recounting their physical journey. (1:1–21) Moses reviews the people’s reactions to the negative reports of the spies and the appointment of Joshua to succeed him. (1:22–45) Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. (2:14–3:11) Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes. (3:12–22)
Wednesday, 12 July, 19:00-20:30 (zoom) Introduction to Judaism Course
Friday, 14 July, 19:00-20:30 Kabbalat Shabbat
Torah Weekly Portion Matot – Mas’ei מַטּוֹת – מַסְעֵי The Tribes / The Marches of [the Israelites] Numbers 30:2–36:13 Summary Moses explains to the Israelites the laws concerning vows made by men and women. (30:2—17) Israel wages war against the Midianites. (31:1—18) The laws regarding the spoils of war are outlined. (31:19—54) The tribes of Reuben and Gad are granted permission to stay on the east bank of the Jordan River. (32:1—42) The itinerary of the Israelites through the wilderness from Egypt to Jordan is delineated. (33:1-49) Moses tells Israel to remove the current inhabitants of the land that God will give them and to destroy their gods. (33:50-56) The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined, along with those of the Levitical cities and the cities of refuge. (34:1-35:15) God makes a precise distinction between murder and manslaughter. (35:16-34) The laws of inheritance as they apply to Israelite women are delineated. (36:1-13)
Wednesday, 5 July, 19:00-20:30 (zoom) Introduction to Judaism Course
Saturday, 8 July, 10:30-12:00 Shabbat Morning Service
Torah Weekly Portion Pinchas פִּינְחָס Phinehas Numbers 25:10−30:1 Summary Pinchas is rewarded for killing the Israelite and the Midianite woman who cursed God. (25:10–15) Israel fights a war against the Midianites. (25:16-18) A second census is taken. (26:1–65) The daughters of Zelophehad force a change in the laws of property inheritance. (27:1–11) Joshua is chosen to be Moses’ successor. (27:15–23) The sacrificial ritual for all festival occasions is described in detail. (28:1–30:1)
Wednesday, 28 June, 19:00-20:30 (zoom) No Introduction to Judaism Course this week
Friday, 30 June, 19:00-20:30 Kabbalat Shabbat followed by community dinner. REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER REQUIRED (by mail, see below).
Sunday, 2 July, 10:30 Commemoration Ceremony at Cinqfontaines.
Torah Weekly Portion Chukat – Balak חֻקַּת – בָּלָק The Ritual Law / Balak Numbers 19:1−22:1, 22:2−25:9 Summary The laws of the red heifer to purify a person who has had contact with a corpse are given. (19:1-22) The people arrive at the wilderness of Zin. Miriam dies and is buried there. (20:1) The people complain that they have no water. Moses strikes the rock to get water for them. God tells Moses and Aaron they will not enter the Land of Israel. (20:2-13) The king of Edom refuses to let the Children of Israel pass through his land. After Aaron’s priestly garments are given to his son Eleazer, Aaron dies. (20:14-29) After they are punished for complaining about the lack of bread and water, the Israelites repent and are victorious in battle against the Amorites and the people of Bashan, whose lands they capture. (21:4-22:1) Balak, the king of Moab, persuades the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites so that he can defeat them and drive them out of the region. However, Balaam blesses the Children of Israel instead and prophesies that Israel’s enemies will be defeated. (22:2-24:25) God punishes the Israelites with a plague for consorting with the Moabite women and their god. The plague is stayed after Pinchas kills an Israelite man and his Midianite woman. (25:1-9)
Community Dinner on 30 June/Dîner communautaire le 30 juin
On Friday 30 June 19:00 we will welcome in our synagogue a group of descendants of Jews from Wawern.
Wawern is a small town close to Trier in Rhineland-Palatine, Germany. Several Jewish families, who now live in Luxembourg, trace their roots in Wawern, including the family of Robi Wolf. During the NS times all Jewish families left Wawern; some of them managed to escape to the United States, Bolivia, England and Cuba.
Some of their descendants will visit us for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner on 30 June.
Ms. Pascale Eberhard, the local historian and initiator of the group, will give us a short talk about the Jewish history of Wawern and the endeavors to preserve the local Jewish heritage (the synagogue of Wawern was restored in 1993 and serves now as a cultural center) as well as about her connections with the descendants of the Wawern Jews around the world.
Dinner participation fee is €25,- (vegetarian). Please, register by transferring €25 to our community account before 26 June with the mention ‘community dinner 30 June’.
On the day before, on 29 June there will be a commemorative and festive event in memory of the Jewish community of Wawern 1712-1951 at the Synagogue of Wawern Cultural Center. If you would like to attend the event, please, let us know per email, we will forward further information.
Le vendredi 30 juin à 19h00, nous accueillerons dans notre synagogue un groupe de descendants de Juifs de Wawern.
Wawern est une petite ville proche de Trèves en Rhénanie-Palatinat, Allemagne. Plusieurs familles juives, qui vivent aujourd’hui au Luxembourg, ont leurs racines à Wawern, y compris la famille de Robi Wolf. Pendant l’ère nazie, toutes les familles juives ont quitté Wawern ; certaines d’entre elles ont réussi à s’enfuir aux États-Unis, en Bolivie, en Angleterre et à Cuba.
Certains de leurs descendants nous rendront visite pour l’office de Kabbalat Shabbat et un dîner le 30 juin.
Mme Pascale Eberhard, historienne locale et initiatrice du groupe, nous parlera brièvement de l’histoire juive de Wawern et des efforts déployés pour préserver le patrimoine juif local (la synagogue de Wawern a été restaurée en 1993 et sert aujourd’hui de centre culturel), ainsi que de ses liens avec les descendants des Juifs de Wawern dans le monde entier.
Les frais de participation au dîner s’élèvent à 25 € (végétarien). Pour vous enregistrer, merci de transférer 25€ sur notre compte en banque et de préciser dîner communautaire 30 juin avant le 26 juin.
La veille, le 29 juin, un événement commémoratif et festif sera organisé à la mémoire de la communauté juive de Wawern 1712-1951 au centre culturel de la synagogue de Wawern. Si vous souhaitez assister à cet événement, veuillez nous en informer par courriel, nous vous transmettrons de plus amples informations.
Commemoration Ceremony at Cinqfontaines
Nous avons l’honneur de vous inviter à la commémoration organisée par le Comité Auschwitz à Cinqfontaines.
La cérémonie en présence de Monsieur Claude Meisch, Ministre de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse et de Monsieur Alain Nacache, Grand Rabbin de Luxembourg,
aura lieu le
dimanche 2 juillet 2023 à 10h30.
La commémoration sera suivie de l’inauguration du nouveau parcours mémoriel réalisé par le Centre Cinqfontaines.