Torah Portion / Synagogues
Guilt Can Be A Constructive Force
Leviticus 6: I -8:36;
ry an exercise. Read the
Torah portion and then sit
quietly for a few minutes
while you ask yourself
what words stand out for you. Then
set out on a journey to understand
what the words mean in your life.
Consider why you have chosen them
and, in doing so, what message you
are sending yourself.
In this way, you are practicing
tikkun olam, repair of the world,
beginning with yourself, one heart at
This week's Torah portion posi-
Tamara Kolton is a rabbi at the
ADAT SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
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p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m., 7 p.m.; weekdays 7:30 a.m., 6
p.m.; Sunday 8:30 a.m. Passover: Monday, April 5,
7:15 a.m., 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday,
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31840 W. Seven Mile, Livonia, (248) 477-8974.
Cantor: David Gutman. President: Larry Stein. Vice
presidents: Martin Diskin, Al Gittleman. Services:
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5075 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248) 851-
6880. Rabbi: Charles Popky. Ritual director: Joseph
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6 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m.; weekdays 7
a.m., 7 p.m.; Sundays and civic holidays: 8:15 a.m.,
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tions the Jewish people in. Leviticus.
nant beast in your life. It is energy
It describes the duties that Aaron and that is asking to be freed. It is the
his sons must fulfill in giving burnt
emotion that calls for our attention,
offerings to God, "This is the law of
asking us to recognize what we need
the guilt-offering; it is the
to do. It is a wake-up call.
holy of holies." In reading
Ask yourself what you
this Torah portion, I find
feel guilty about and then
that the words that stand out
make a plan of action.
for me are "guilt" and "offer-
And remember, "The jour-
ney of a thousand miles
We all know what guilt
begins with the first step."
feels like. It is painful, .dull
Take one step and notice
and piercing at the same
how your guilt subsides.
time. Guilt can be immobi-
Use your potential to
lizing and useless. It can be
RABBI TAMARA make the world a better
an inheritance from some-
KO LTO N
one very close to you in your
When you use your
Special to the
life. It has the power to cre-
potential, you make your
ate depression and rage,
offering to the world. In
which is really depression set
Leviticus, the Jewish peo-
on fire. But guilt can be very
ple gave God an offering
positive and useful. It can make your
of an animal. It was the way they
life better, if you can imagine that!
showed their awe and respect.
In the world of existential psy-
Offerings are serious business.
chology, guilt is referred to as "unuti- They are meant to be made regularly
and with great care. Standing in the
In this context, guilt is not a stag-
Jerusalem Temple thousands of years
ago, the Jews knew then (and we
must know now): The future of the
world depends upon them. Your
work is to discover how you can do
this in your own unique way. Just as
your fingerprint is unique in the
entire world, so will be your print
upon the world.
In this week's Torah portion, guilt
interacts with offering. And the
dance between them is beautiful:
When guilt is transformed into acts
of loving-kindness and when loving-
kindness becomes our daily offering
to the world, there is no need to feel
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6800 Drake, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248) 788-
0600. Rabbi: Elliot Pachter. Cantor: Earl Berris.
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Monday-Thursday 7 a.m., 6 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.;
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Chazan: Cantor Usher Adler. Baal Kriah: Rabbi Craig
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(313) 882-6700. Rabbi: Nicholas Behrmann. Cantorial
What is guilt? How does this feel-
ing prompt us to act benevolently
toward others? Is that proper
motivation? What are some of
your offerings to the world?
P.O. Box 130014, Ann Arbor, 48103, (734) 996-3524
or 995-1963. Rev. Lauren Zinn. Services: Friday 6:15,
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1971. Rabbis: Dov Loketch, Asher Eisenberger.
President: Irwin Cohen.
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715 Hill St., Ann Arbor, 48104, (734) 995-3276.
Rabbi: Aharon Goldstein. Services: Friday at sundown;
Saturday 9:45 a.m., 20 min. before sundown; week-
days 7:30 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. Times for weekdays
and Sunday are for the academic year.
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1429 Hill St., Ann Arbor, 48014. Rabbi: Rod Glogower.
Services: Friday at sundown; Saturday 9:30 a.m. and
20 minutes before sundown; weekdays during the
academic year 7:30 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.
BAIS CHABAD OF FARMINGTON
32000 Middlebelt, Farmington Hills, 48334, (248)
855-2910. Rabbi: Chaim Bergstein. Services: Friday
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