Our MCJC family likes to get together in different ways to extend Shabbat. Sometimes we share a Community Havdalah Program, and sometimes we share an Extended Kiddush. Except for some weeks in the coldest part of winter, we gather for a Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner.
The Community Shabbat Potluck Dinner and the Community Havdalah Program have a family focus, and the Extended Kiddush has an adult focus. At all celebrations, we enjoy light fare, Zemirot, and Talmud Torah. We invite you to bring vegetarian items to share.
Please join your MCJC family for these Extended Shabbat experiences. There’s something for everyone at MCJC!
MCJC COMMUNITY HAVDALAH
We will meet at 3:30 pm Shabbat afternoon for light fare, Zemirot and Talmud Torah. The program has an adult focus.
Saturday, December 15, 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 3:30 pm
Song: Halleluyah ~ (Leonard Cohen)
Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord,
That David played and it pleased the Lord,
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this: The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift,
The baffled king composing,
Maybe there’s a God above,
But all I’ve ever learned from love,
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya.
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night,
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light,
It’s a cold and it’s a broken, Hallelujah.
Song: The World is a Narrow Bridge
(Gesher Tzar Meod ~ Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav)
The whole world is a very narrow bridge.
It is never too late,
To start over again,
To feel again,
To love again,
To hope again.
And the main thing is, do not to be afraid.
Kol ha-o-lam ku-lo gesher tzar me’od V’ha-i-kar lo l’fached klal.
כל העולם כלו גשר צר מאד והעקר לא לפחד כלל
A Healing Prayer Mi sheberach avoteinu M’kor habrachah l’imoteinu
Bless those in need of healing with refuah sh’leimah
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit
And let us say: Amen.
Reading: We Remember Them
We remember them at the rising of the sun and at its going down; we remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
At the shining of the sun and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
At the beginning of the year and at its end, we remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
For they are now part of us, as we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share, we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make, we remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs, we remember them.
As long as we live, they, too, will live;
For they are now part of us, as we remember them. ~ (Rabbi Jack Reimer)
Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Mizmor le’David, Adonai roi lo echsar.
Binot desheh yarbitzaini, al mei menuchot y’nahaleini.
Nafshi yeshovev yancheini bemag’lei tzedek l’maan shemo.
Gam ki elech be’gei tzalmavet, lo ira ra ki atah imadi,
Shivtecha u’mishantecha hema y’nachamuni.
Ta’aroch lefanai shulchan neged tzorirai dishanta vashemen roshi, cosi rivaya.
Ach tov va’chesed yirdifuni kol yemei chayai v’shavti b’veit haShem l’orech yamim.
Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world
which He has created according to His will.
May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days,
and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon;
and say, Amen.
May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.
Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored,
adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He,
beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that
are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.
May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
He who creates peace in His celestial heights,
may He create peace for us and for all Israel;
and say, Amen.
From Rabbi Tom: Shabbat — Fire & Light
The whole world has a connection and relationship with holiness. On Shabbat, the internal light of everything is revealed. And to see it, all that is required is to let the light in. (Rabbi Yehudi Aryeh Leib Alter, 1847-1905
Elie Wiesel told of a poet who was asked what he would save from his burning home. He could save only one thing. What would it be? The poet answered that he would save the fire itself, for without the fire, life would not be worth living.
In the first act of Creation, light is the source of all energy: fire. Soon afterwards comes the crowning event of Creation, the Shabbat. And when the first Shabbat is over, Adam watches as the sun sets for the first time. An ever-deepening gloom unfolds, and Adam’s heart is filled with terror, lost in the absolute monopoly of the darkness.
Then God takes pity on Adam and gives him two stones to rub together, to discover the fire. The name of one stone is afelah, darkness, and the other is mavet, death. As the spark of the fire emerges, out of the darkness and death, Adam exclaims, “Blessed be the Creator of The Lights of Fire.”
In the Jewish tradition, both light and fire are gifts of God. Both are integral parts of a symbiotic relationship where God and humanity – the infinite and the finite – collaborate, as co-creators, in the ongoing quest to complete Creation.
It is in that between space that we are presented with our most difficult challenges … to hold on to a deep commitment to our personal values while at the same time embracing a deep respect for people of different commitments … to dance with the unknown and the known, to become sacred skeptics and lifelong learners, and at the same time to strive for an absolute Truth, for Divine perfection … and to dwell in our dreams of what could be, even as we get our hands dirty with the everyday work of repairing our current realities.
We all yearn for those basic human needs that transcend time: the human need for meaning, for purposeful connection, for wonderment for being amazed. And each one of us, at some moment in life, has felt the Presence of God, even if we haven’t the words to describe it, or the concepts to explain it.
Shabbat is that reminder, that inspiration, to hold and to cherish those moments, no matter how few and how fleeting. To learn from them and to remain loyal to them, especially when they fade far and fast into our past.
Shabbat is where the light of grace and awareness, hesed, and the fire of creativity and power, gevurah, reside together. It is a time when we imagine a complete peace, human to human, and between all of Creation. The greatest revelation of Godliness, the holy book, the Zohar, teaches it is the light that emerges from darkness.
Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Tom Samuels, MCJC
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
8617 Ridgefield Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60012 815-455-1810 www.mcjconline.org
Havdala Potluck Picnic & Bonfire Saturday, October 20, 5 pm
Home of Ellen & Dale Morton
2321 S. Cherry Valley Road, Woodstock, IL.
All MCJC members and their family and friends are invited to spend an autumn evening at Ellendale, a small farm just three miles from MCJC. Come meet (or get reacquainted with) Sunny the Wonder Chicken and her sisters, walk the grounds, and enjoy a good meal, a Havdala service, and a bonfire.
Dress for the weather and the location—there’s plenty of room inside if the weather conspires against us.
Parking is available in a pasture if you bear to the left after pulling into the driveway.
Please bring a folding chair for each member of your party, and a veggie/dairy dish to pass.
Please RSVP to Ellen at email@example.com or 815-353-0819 by October 17, and let her know what you plan to bring. You can also register on this site.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th! Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how many to plan for!
The High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all. Make this the year you become part of what makes the High Holy Days such a special time at MCJC.
We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us, but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC. You can purchase your non-member High Holy Day tickets below.
Free Choice and Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart
God doesn’t take away Pharaoh’s freedom to choose between good and evil, between compassion and cruelty. Pharaoh himself gives that freedom away by repeatedly choosing evil until he has defined himself in his own mind as a person who always makes the cruel choice.