The Magen Leadership Program is a 3 week experience of friendship, discovery and awareness in Israel. With an emphasis on Sephardim, Judaism, its’ people, language, history, traditions, heroes, places and values will all be brought to life through meaningful excursions filled with a sense of adventure. MLP participants will enjoy the best that Israel has to offer, with full access to Israel’s most sought after attractions. They will stay in fine accommodations and be treated to Kosher Israeli food and guided luxury transportation throughout the trip. Rabbi Yitzchak Sakhai of S.T.A.R., in addition to adult chaperons and an armed security guard/Medic, will accompany MLP participants. MLP participants will fly from LAX with Israel’s official airline El Al (non stop) to and from Tel Aviv.
- Matot Mas’ei July 17, 2015
S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:
- Friday Candle Lighting: 7:35 pm
- Shabbat Ends: 8:46 pm
This week we complete the synagogue reading of the fourth of the Five Books of the Torah, Bamidbar — “In the desert.”
What is the theme of the Book of Bamidbar?
The captivity of the Jewish People in Egypt was more than just physical bondage. On a deeper level Egypt represents the enslavement of the power of speech. Egypt not only enslaved the bodies of the Jewish People, it put in chains the major weapon of the Jewish People — speech. Thus, the Torah writes that the Jewish People “cried out” to G-d. It never writes that they “prayed.” For in Egypt, speech itself was bound.
The power of speech is synonymous with the power to give direction. The word dabar can mean a leader or a director in Hebrew, as in “One leader for a generation, and not two leaders.”