“Neshamah” means soul in Hebrew.
The Jewish prayer service is designed as a long guided meditation that connects your soul to God and the Jewish people. The goal of the Neshamah Minyan is to help people who do not understand Hebrew and who do not have an in-depth understanding of the structure and allusions in the Hebrew prayerbook experience that kind of soul connection. Of course, understanding Hebrew and the prayers does not preclude you from participating in the Neshamah Minyan!
The service will include silent meditation, chanting, singing, a discussion of the Torah portion, as well as traditional Jewish prayer. Each prayer will be introduced with a teaching on the essence of the prayer we are about to recite.
The “Neshamah Minyan” will be an alternative service meeting in a separate space; the traditional Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Joseph in the Kimerling Chapel that morning.
The service will begin at 10 am and finish by 11:45 am or noon so we can join the people participating in the traditional service for kiddush.
If you would like to help plan or lead the Neshamah Minyan, please contact Rav Barry.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Series
Torah and the Workplace: Conducting your Business Ethically
Historically most rabbis had “day jobs;” many, including Rav Barry, in the world of business. Rashi was a wine merchant; Abba bar Abba was a silk merchant; Shimon P’kuli was a cotton trader; Shammai was a builder. Therefore, it’s not surprising that throughout history ethical issues in the marketplace have been a concern of the rabbis.
Being both a rabbi and an entrepreneur, with a PhD in business, business ethics has been a subject of particular interest to Rav Barry. Ultimately every issue in business ethics must be decided on a case by case basis. These classes will use the case study method, we’ll look at a case, see what Jewish sources and values can be applied to the case, and try to come to a conclusion.
Future sessions may look at cases or issues suggested by the participants.
The first session will look at a case involving deceptive advertising. How do we tell the difference between presenting your product in the best light (permitted) and deceiving others (forbidden)? If you’re just an employee, how much responsibility do you have for the actions of your employer?
No background in business or Jewish texts is required.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn sessions will be scheduled monthly.
Thursday, February 16
Noon at the offices of Sirote & Permutt, PC
Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session
Congregants have the opportunity to do some learning over bagels with Rav Barry on Wednesday mornings after Minyan. The group decided to study halachah. Halachah is NOT just about WHAT we do – it’s also about WHY we do it. Halachah is the intersection of what we believe with what we do. It’s the process we use for weighing competing values which can include ritual issues, such as when we can say certain prayers or what we can eat, as well as moral issues, such as when is it appropriate to disconnect life support equipment from someone who is terminally ill.
Join us for at 7 am for Minyan, bagels and a study session with Rav Barry and TBE’s Minyanaires.