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PAGE 6A MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando--Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael--Monday - Frfday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona--Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904- 672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom--Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando--Monday Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Temple Israel--Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-64"7-3055. Dedicated To Serving Our Jewish Community Call on Central Florida's Exclusively Jewish Funeral Home for Details Regarding: Traditional Jewish Funerals Non-Traditional Services Interstate Shipping Pre-Arranged Funerals (Shalom Assurance Plan) Headstone, Grave Markers (Cardinal Memorials) 407-599-1180 - 640 Lee Rd. Orlando, Florida W.E. "Manny" Adams, LFD Samuel P. (Sammy) Goldstein, Executive Director HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 16, 2013 FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Ahavas YisraeI--Kabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. Share the Care--A respite care group meets in the senior lounge of the Jewish Community Center Maitland campus Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include sharing Shabbat with JCC preschoolers in the morning and a program with Jewish content provided by the Jewish Pavilion in the afternoon. Info: Mary Ellen Grant, executive director of Share the Care, at 407-423-5311 or email at " MONDAY, AUGUST 19 Israeli Folk Dancing--7-7:30 p.m. beginners, 7:30-8:15 p.m. instruction, 8:15-10 p.m. re- quests. Cost: Free for JCC members, $5 nonmembers. Info: 407-645-5933. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Ahavas Yisrael--Kabbalat, 30 minutes before sundown. New tak,00 on T. 00phet Jeremiah 00:nows the Bible ou00'ht to be read By Rabbi Jack Riemer This is the way the Bible ought to be read. In graduate schools and in theological seminaries, the Bible is usually read by comparing manuscripts and by studying the paral- lel literatures of the ancient world. The result is an ac- curate text, but one that has very little to say to the modern reader. In yeshivot, the Bible is usually read as a prelude to the Oral Torah. The result is a text that has no independent meaning, but is only understood through the .eyes of the Sages. In Israel, the Bible is often read as the document that serves as the Jewish people's deed to the land. The result is that Joshua is understood as more significant than Job, and the universal dimensions of the text are not sufficiently appreciated. And those who read the Bible in any of these three ways have no interest in reading it from any other perspective. But Binyamin Lau's new book, "Jeremiah: The Fate of the Prophet," shows how the Bible ought to be read. It has plenty of modern scholarship in it, and it makes consider- able use of the Oral Torah, but its focus is on what the Bible has to say to us here and now. Lau presents the biblical prophets as magnifi- cent failures, whom nobody listened to in their own time, but who left behind a mes- sage that speaks to us today. Lau rearranges the Book of Jeremiah's chapters based on historical events and the chronology of the prophet's life. Jeremiah emerges from this portrait as one of the saddest figures in the entire Bible. For more than 40 years he pours out his heart, but the king, the priests and the people ignore his warnings. He tries to prsuade them not to put their trust in Egypt and not to challenge the might of Babylon, but they do not heed him. And so the destruction that he has so long predicted comes to pass. The Temple is destroyed, and the leadership is carried off to Babylon. At this point, Jeremia'h, who has prophesized doom for so many years, tries to offer a message of hope. He tells the people that if they will settle in Babylon, and live peaceably there, God will bring them back in 70 years, but again, they do not listen. Those who are not taken away to Babylon kill Gedaliah, the Judean whom the Babylonians have put in charge of the land, and then run away to Egypt, hoping to be welcomed there. And Jeremiah goes off the stage, brokenhearted and ex- hausted. What he threatened has come to pass, and yet his people will not learn. The words of the kings, and of the priests, and of the false prophets who mocked Jeremiah have disappeared, but his words remain. The Sages put his prophesies into the service for Rosh Hashanah and Yorn Kippur and Shabbat, and the people that paid no heed to them when they were uttered out- side in the Temple court- yard now hear them every year when they are chanted inside the synagogue. And the annual fast in memory of Gedaliah (coming a day after Rosh Hashanah), which few people observed or paid attention to down through the centuries, takes on new meaning in Israel after the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who like Gedaliah was killed by one of his own people. Benyamin Lau has writ- ten a book that incorporates the findings of the biblical scholars and the teachings of the Sages of the Talmud, but, more than that, he has written a biography that serves as a warning for our time of what happens when the lessons that were not heeded in ancient days come back to confront us once again. This is a book that combines research into the past with a warning for the present. It should be read not only by scholars, but by all who want to know how we should live today. Rabbi Jack Riemer writes frequently for journals of Jewish and general thought in America and abroad. "Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet,'By Benyamin Lau, Maggid Studies in Tanach, Jerusalem, Israel and New Milford, Conn., July 2013, 230 pages, $29.95. Across 1. 1945 news, in headlines 6. Walk unsteadily 10. Emulate Groucho Marx 14. Slack-jawed one 15. Erstwhile Modem Orthodox organization 16. WCs 17. "Pick __ of Cotton" 18. Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism 20. "Children of a Lesser God" Oscar-winner 22. Group of latkes 23. Have the need for Bikur Cholim 24. Body blow 27. It can be sat 30. "The __ Game" (Adler-Ross musical) 32. Drudge of the lnternet 35. __ Ziona (city in central Israel) 37. Sammy __, Jr. (black-Jewish performer) 38. Throat-clearing sound 39. 'ibal historian 41. Head of the Sanhedrin 42. Mother of the Hebrews 44. Cries of delight 45. A son of Seth in Genesis 46. Former Disney Exec. Michael 48. Aish HaTorah founder Weinberg 50. Indignation 5'1. Abbr. on a TV remote 53 Tushes 56. She managed Michael Dukakis's 1988 presidential campaign 60. Exclusive neighborhood that includes TAU 63. Billy Crystal at some Oscars 64. Literally, "skyward" 65. Word that losers look for? 66. Water falls 67. AZA is part of it 68. Flair 69. Frank and Meara Down 1. Designer of the fountain in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Square 2. Yiddish grandmas 3. Some psychedelic designs 4. Mayor of Toronto, 1998-2003 5. Like some births 6. Cause of a cold 7. Theory of Relativity, e.g. 8. It's north of Libya 9. "Goodbye Columbus" author Roth 10. -Sang-Ruby Union Institute 11. Baby's first word 12. __ Grant (Ed Asner role) 13. "Salad" ingredient? 19. Freed soldier Shalit 21. __ out a living 24. Certain Indonesian 25. Smashing Pumpkins song "Why __ Tired" 26. Grounds 28. Israel's first "First Lady" Weizmann 29. Jordanian, for example 31. Former Southern California Congresswoman 32. It's often a double parsha with Matot 33. Not __ out of place (unruffled) 34. Antisesquipedalian 36. Area near Greenwich Village 40. Old Russian rulers 43. Likud predecessor 47. Pawn-shop deal 49. The "c" in etc. 52. Nitpick 54. Poisonous protein in the castor bean 55. Bit of Arthur Miller 56. Historian Baron of Columbia University 57. Westchester County Congresswoman Lowey 58. 1948, for example 59. Moses who said Germans "hate the peculiar faith of the Jews less than their peculiar noses" 60. __ Zalman 61. It's between Sask. and B.C. 62. Barry Manilow hit 3 34 m n 6 7 15, 18 II 28 29 m m 44 !i 11 24 54 57 62 The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle By David Benkof See answers in the August 23 issue of the Heritage.