The New Shul

Parshat B’hukotai

This week’s parashah, B’hukotai, begins with the words: “If you will walk in my commandments . . .” Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach pointed out that, just as there are mitzvot that require our mind, our mouth and our hands, there are mitzvot that require our feet, mitzvot that we can fulfill only by walking in God’s commandments. To be present for each other in times of joy or sadness, to be part of a community of learning and prayer, to fulfill our duties as citizens, we have to be willing to get up and move.

We are taught that, when it comes to doing mitzvot, it is the heart that matters. But sometimes what God asks of us is to physically get ourselves to where we are needed. For that, it is the feet that matter most.

At those times, may we walk together in responding to God’s call.

  • The New Shul’s Shabbat morning service is from 9 am to about 11:45 am. Now that Maricopa County is in the “Green Zone” (low Covid risk), masks are optional during our services.
  • This Shabbat, May 28, the kiddush-lunch will be sponsored by Alyssa and Gabriel Wolk-Bankier in honor of their wedding anniversary.
  • On Monday morning May 30 (Memorial Day), we will celebrate the bar mitzvah of Jonah Araiza, son of Paul Araiza and Karyn Kolman. The service will begin at 9:30 am, and will be followed by brunch.
  • Weekday minyanim at The New Shul are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. Kabbalat Shabbat is on Friday evenings at 6 pm at our rabbis’ home (please contact us for directions).
  • The festival of Shavuot begins on Saturday night June 4. Join us for our all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Shavuot study vigil) from 9:30 pm to 4:00 am, as we prepare to receive the Torah anew. The Tikkun will be followed by a sunrise service on Sunday morning beginning at 4:00 am (please note the changed time).
  • Our service for the second day of Shavuot, Monday June 6, will be from 9 am to about 11:45 am, and will include Yizkor, the memorial prayer.
  • Please save the date:  The New Shul community will celebrate its 20th anniversary on the weekend of September 9 to 11. Watch for further information.