Special Announcement:  Wow!  We’re getting close to day 50.  Of course, we don’t count day 50, we only celebrate it.  Today is day 48.  That leaves one shopping day before we celebrate Shavuot.  Sunday, June 12th we will have our congregational celebration of Shavuot.  It is a day of gifting.  God gave us gifts.  First, the gift of the Torah, then about 1,500 years later, God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In the 49 calendar days between these two great gifts , we count our blessings.  Our Shomair community will gather for a celebration on Sunday June 12th at 10:30am together with our brothers and sisters from Grace and Glory Fellowship.  There will be a picnic at Holston Park (near the synagogue on the Holston River) following the service.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided along with condiments, but please bring a side, salad, or dessert to share (emphasis on dessert, “Rabbi Said”).  Hope to see you there.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g55138-d8401366-i149490443-Holston_River_Park-Knoxville_Tennessee.html

Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, June 10, 2022
(Early) Shabbat Shalom *|FNAME|*,

Matthew 5:38-48 An Eye For An Eye

The last 11 verses of Matthew 5 are a treatise on love.  It details the value and meaning of love in the kingdom of God.  It may not seem that way, as it starts with Yeshua quoting Leviticus 24:20.  That whole “eye for an eye” thing in the Torah was not intended to establish cruelty, but to establish maximum levels of punishment.  You don’t maim or kill someone for stealing a loaf of bread, you have them make restitution.  The second part of the verse makes this point.  Leviticus 24:20b Just as he has injured someone, so it shall it be done to him.

But here in His “Big Sermon,” Yeshua is not changing the maximum standard, but rather, He is establishing a minimum standard, and His kingdom standard is love, at a minimum.

Matthew 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Love is at the heart of the two great commandments, love God and love your neighbor.  Yeshua even helps us by defining the “love” about which He is speaking.  He tells us to love even the one who wants to do you harm, and He modeled that behavior for us while on the cross.  The promise is that doing this will bring a harvest of blessing from God.  Matthew 5:45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. 

And that promised blessing is nothing less than shalom.  Matthew 5:48 “Therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”  Yes, the Hebrew word for “perfect” in The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels is “Shalom.”  I’m so glad Delitzsch got it right, and now, so do you.

Counting the Omer – Day 48
Here is the proper blessing to be said each day.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר
Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav, Vitzivanu Al Sefirat Ha-Omer.

Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us about the counting of the Omer.  Today is six weeks and six days of the counting of the Omer.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 10-Jun-2022 11th of Sivan, 5782
Nu 5:11-6:27 Jer 27-28 Job 36       (Mk 11) 1 Co 14:20-40

Week 24
Memory Verse:  Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no divine vision people cast off restraint, but blessed is the one who keeps Torah.

116     6/8      Monday:        2 Kings 17-18
117     6/9      Tuesday:       2 Kings 19-21
118     6/10    Wednesday:  2 Kings 22-23
119     6/11    Thursday:      Jeremiah 1-3:5
120     6/12    Friday:          Jeremiah 25; 29