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Friday, 18 February, 19:00-20:30
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Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 20 February, 10:30-11:15
Talmud Torah (Anastasia, Zoom)

Torah Weekly Portion
Ki Tisa
כִּי תִשָּׂא
When You Take a Census
Exodus 30:11−34:35
Summary
Moses takes a census of the Israelites and collects a half-shekel from each person (30:11-16)
God tells Moses to construct a water basin and to prepare anointing oil and incense for the ordination of the priests. Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled artisans, are assigned to make objects for the priests and the Tabernacle. (30:17-31:11)
The Israelites are instructed to keep Shabbat as a sign of their covenant with God. God gives Moses the two tablets of the Pact. (31:12-18)
The Israelites ask Aaron to build them a Golden Calf. Moses implores God not to destroy the people and then breaks the two tablets of the Pact on which the Ten Commandments are written when he sees the idol. God punishes the Israelites by means of a plague. (32:1-35)
Moses goes up the mountain with a blank set of tablets for another 40 days so that God will again inscribe the Ten Commandments. Other laws, including the edict to observe the Pilgrimage Festivals, are also revealed. (34:1-28)
Moses comes down from the mountain with a radiant face. (34:29-35)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/ki-tisa
Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39

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Friday, 11 February, 19:00-20:30 (zoom only)
Kabbalat Shabbat

led by Rabbi Alexander Grodensky
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Saturday, 12 February, 13:00-15:00 (zoom only)
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Torah Weekly Portion
T’tzaveh
תְּצַוֶּה
[You] Shall Further Instruct
Exodus 27:20−30:10
Summary
The children of Israel are commanded to bring pure olive oil for the ner tamid “a constantly burning light,” above the sanctuary. (27:20-21)
Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, are chosen to serve as priests. (28:1)
God instructs Moses to make special clothes for the priests. (28:2-43)
Aaron and his sons are ordained in a seven-day ceremony (29:1-29:46)
Aaron is commanded to burn incense on an acacia altar every morning and evening. (30:1-10)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/ttzaveh
Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27

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Friday, 4 February, 19:00-20:30 (zoom only)
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 6 February, 10:30-11:15
Talmud Torah (Anastasia, zoom)

Torah Weekly Portion
T’rumah
תְּרוּמָה
Gifts
Exodus 25:1−27:19
Summary
God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t’rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may “dwell among them.” (25:1-9)
Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided. (25:10-40)
Detailed directions are given on how to build the Tabernacle. (26:1-27:19)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/trumah

Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13

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Friday, 28 January, 19:00-20:30
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Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 30 January, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah (Anastasia)

Torah Weekly Portion
Mishpatim
מִשְׁפָּטִים
[These Are the] Rules
Exodus 21:1−24:18
Summary
Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)
Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother’s milk. (23:10-19)
The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/mishpatim

Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26

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Monday, 17 January
Tu BiShvat – New Year of the Trees

Friday, 21 January, 19:00-20:30
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Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 23 January, 10:30-11:15
Talmud Torah (Anastasia, zoom)


Torah Weekly Portion
Yitro
יִתְרוֹ
Jethro
Exodus 18:1–20:23
Summary
Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)
Moses follows Yitro’s advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)
The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, “All that God has spoken we will do.” (19:1-8)
After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)
God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)
Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/yitro
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

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Friday, 14 January, 19:00-20:30
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Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Alexander Grodensky, followed by online Tu BiShvat community seder. As last year, we invite you to join our virtual Tu Bishvat Seder. 

For the Tu Bishvat Seder, you would need to have the following on your tables: 
– red and white wine or grape juice
– symbolic foods: 
1 round – inedible exterior, edible interior (orange, banana, walnut, almond, pomegranate)
2 round – edible exterior, inedible interior (dates, olives, apricots, plums)
3 round – entirely edible (apples, grapes etc.)

Tu BiShvat Seder Haggadah: link

Saturday, 15 January, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah (all)

Torah Weekly Portion
B’shalach
בְּשַׁלַּח
Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go
Exodus 13:17−17:16
Summary
The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea. (13:17-14:31)
Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai. (15:1-21)
In the wilderness, God provides the grumbling Israelites with quails and manna. God instructs the Israelites to gather and prepare on the sixth day food needed for Shabbat. (15:22-16:36)
The people complain about the lack of water. Moses hits a rock with his rod and brings forth water. (17:1-7)
Israel defeats Amalek, Israel’s eternal enemy. God vows to blot out the memory of Amalek from the world. (17:8-16)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/bshalach
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31

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Friday, 7 January, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Bo
בֹּא
Go [to Pharaoh]
Exodus 10:1−13:16
Summary
God sends the plagues of locusts and darkness upon Egypt and forewarns Moses about the final plague, the death of every Egyptian firstborn. Pharaoh still does not let the Israelites leave Egypt. (10:1-11:10)
God commands Moses and Aaron regarding the Passover festival. (12:1-27)
God enacts the final plague, striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt except those of the House of Israel. Pharaoh now allows the Israelites to leave. (12:29-42)
Speaking to Moses and Aaron, God repeats the commandments about Passover. (12:43-13:16)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/bo
Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28

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Friday, 31 December
NO KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICE

Feel free to join Beth Hillel in Brussels online at 19:00 instead

https://www.beth-hillel.org/

The next community service will take place on Friday, January 7th.

The entire Committee of the Liberal Jewish Community of Luxembourg wishes you ‘e gudde Rutsch’! L’ensemble du Comité de la Communauté juive libérale vous souhaite ‘e gudde Rutsch’!

Torah Weekly Portion
Va-eira
וָאֵרָא
I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]
Exodus 6:2−9:35 
Summary
Despite God’s message that they will be redeemed from slavery, the Israelites’ spirits remain crushed. God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver the Israelites from the land of Egypt. (6:2-13)
The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and their descendants is recorded. (6:14-25)
Moses and Aaron perform a miracle with a snake and relate to Pharaoh God’s message to let the Israelites leave Egypt. (7:8-13)
The first seven plagues occur. God hardens Pharaoh’s heart, and Pharaoh rescinds each offer to let the Israelites go. (7:14-9:35)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/va-eira
Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

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Friday, 24 December, 19:00-20:30
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Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Sh’mot
שְׁמוֹת
Names
Exodus 1:1−6:1
Summary
The new king of Egypt makes slaves of the Hebrews and orders their male children to be drowned in the Nile River. (1:1-22)
A Levite woman places her son, Moses, in a basket on the Nile, where he is found by the daughter of Pharaoh and raised in Pharaoh’s house. (2:1-10)
Moses flees to Midian after killing an Egyptian. (2:11-15)
Moses marries Zipporah, the daughter of Midian’s priest. They have a son named Gershom. (2:16-22)
God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to free the Israelites from Egypt. (3:1-4:17)
Moses and Aaron request permission from Pharaoh for the Israelites to celebrate a festival in the wilderness. Pharaoh refuses and makes life even harder for the Israelites. (5:1-23)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/shmot
Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

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Friday, 17 December, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Va-y’chi
וַיְחִי
[Jacob] Lived
Genesis 47:28–50:26
Summary Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh. (48:1-20)
Jacob’s twelve sons gather around his deathbed, and each receives an evaluation and a prediction of his future. (49:1-33)
Joseph mourns his father’s death and has Jacob embalmed. Jacob is buried in Hebron in the cave of the field of the Machpelah in the land of Canaan. (50:1-14)
Joseph assures his concerned brothers that he has forgiven them and promises to care for them and their families. (50:15-21)
Just before he dies, Joseph tells his brothers that God will return them to the Land that God promised to the patriarchs. The Children of Israel promise Joseph that they will take his bones with them when they leave Egypt. (50:22-26)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/va-ychi

Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12