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Ice Skating on Chanukah and More!

Friday, 12 November, 2010 - 2:58 pm

There are a lot of exciting events taking place over the coming days and weeks.

· This Sunday at 9:00 am is the monthly tefillin club with a delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Russ;

· Monday night will be the pre-Hanukkah Boutique Shopping night (see below or click here for details).

· In only a few short weeks is Chanukah! There'll be a Jewish Women's Circle candle making event on the second night of Chanukah and

· a great Chanukah Wonderland for the entire family on Sunday, December 5th at the Ice Skating Rink on Historic Sutter Street in old-town Folsom.

This week's Torah portion tells us about the journey of Jacob from his hometown of Be'er Sheva to a faraway (spirtually and physically) Charan.

The story of Jacob's journey to Charan is the story of every soul's descent to the physical world.

The soul, too, leaves behind the spiritual idyll of Be'er Sheva (literally, "Well of the Seven") and journeys to Charan (literally, "Wrath"): a place of lies, deceptions, struggle and hardship; a place in which material concerns consume one's days and nights, sapping one's energy, confusing one's priorities, and all but obscuring the purpose for which one has come there in the first place.

Yet it is in Charan, in the employ of Laban the Deceiver, not in the Holy Land and its "tents of learning", that Jacob founds the nation of Israel. It is here that he marries and fathers eleven of the twelve sons who will become the twelve tribes of Israel. Had Jacob remained in the Holy Land, the life of this pious scholar who lived 3,500 years ago would have been of no significance to us today.

The soul, too, achieves its enduring significance only upon its descent into "Charan". Only as a physical being, invested within a physical body and inhabiting a physical environment, can it fulfill the purpose of its creation; to build "a dwelling for G-d in the physical world".

I look forward to seeing you at one or more of the upcoming events!

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