January 31, 2019

A Message from Rabbi Marcy
Shalom St. Croix!
This week’s Torah portion from Exodus is called “Mishpatim” – which means laws or rules.  And it certainly does provide a lot of rules!  Here are a few of my favorites, which still have great applicability today.
 ·       You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Exodus 22:20
* If you take your neighbor’s garment in pledge, you must return it to him before the sun sets; it is his only clothing, the sole covering for his skin.  In what else shall he sleep?  Therefore, if he cries out to me, I will pay heed, for I am compassionate.  Ex.  22:25-26
*  You must not carry false rumors; you shall not join hands with the guilty to act as a malicious witness:  You shall neither side with the mighty to do wrong – you shall not give perverse testimony in a dispute so as to pervert it in favor of the mighty – nor shall you show deference to a poor man in a dispute.  Ex. 23:1-3
* When you encounter your enemy’s ox or ass wandering, you must take it back to him.  When you see the ass of your enemy lying under its burden and would refrain from raising it, you must nevertheless raise it with him. Ex. 23:4-5
*  You shall not subvert the rights of your needy in their disputes.  Keep far from a false charge; do not bring death on those who are innocent and in the right, for I will not acquit the wrongdoer.  Do not take bribes, for bribes blind the clear-sighted and upset the pleas of those who are in the right.  Ex. 23:6-8
Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Marcy
Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Marcy Gelb Delbick

Activities and Events
·  Every Wednesday, Rabbi Marcy will hold informal "office hours" from 10:00 - 11:30 at the Bistro. 
·  Friday, February 1 at 6:15:  Shabbat Service at the synagogue - services will be held on first Fridays
·  Saturday, February 2 at 10:15:  Torah Study
·  Book Club meeting Tuesday February 5 at 6:15Book:  "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean"  To prepare, please read the introduction and first 2 chapters.
·  Saturday, February 9 at 6:15:  Movie night at Leslie's.  Movie TBA
·  Making of glass mezuzahs with Jan Mitchell:  Date and details TBA
Volunteer Opportunities/Tikkun Olam
·  Children's Museum of St. Croix play and learn tent at the Agriculture Fair - February 16, 17 and 18 - Contact Ellie at 643-0707
Hope to see you at the different events - and please continue to share your ideas of events and activities!


Shalom St. Croix!