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Congregation Beit Shalom
Eli B. Perlman, Rabbi/Hazzan
Maurice Mahler, President
Larry Cohen, 1st VP, Treas.
Lillian Rich, Sisterhood President
Bill Lidman, Men's Club President
“This is definitely a congregation like no other.
It is a close family… a very special family!”
– Rabbi Eli B. Perlman –
Congregation Beit Shalom is a unique Conservative Congregation that is comprised of approximately 750 members. The difference between this and other congregations is that we are truly a family. We get together to pray, to learn, to laugh, to sing, to schmooze, and to eat. We study and watch movies together. We learn Torah and we share experiences in our lives. More importantly, when someone is in need, we help each other in ways that continue to inspire everyone.
Shabbat Bo: Exo. 10.1-13.16.
Haftorah: Jeremiah 46.13-28.
Jan. 22, 2021 / 9 Shevat 5781 – Candles: 4:48PM
Jan. 23, 2021 / 10 Shevat 5781 – Havdalah: 5:52PM
Times are for Monroe Township, NJ 08831
As the Sidra (weekly Torah Reading) begins, we find that there are more plagues that will afflict the Egyptians: locusts, darkness, and the killing of the first-born. The strong will and hardened heart of the Paro is finally broken with the 10th plague. Paro finally agrees to let the B’nai Yisrael go out into the desert to “worship their G-d.”
The B’nai Yisrael begin to obey the commandments of G-d through the leadership of Moshe. They take a lamb for each household and prepare a festive meal before their departure from slavery. We are introduced to first commandments given to the Nation of Israel – the New Moon and the Mitzvot of the Festival of Pesach for the first time.
The angel of death “passes over” the homes of B’nai Yisrael during the evening of the final plague. As the Torah reminds us, even the house of Pharaoh was not spared this affliction.
Since the first-born of B’nai Yisrael were spared the 10th plague, this Sidra concludes by telling us that all first born would be consecrated to G-d, whether human or beast, for all time. As a result, we finish the reading with a description of the sacrificial rites of the first-born to be observed in the Promised Land.
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