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Bayit Email Wed 5/6/20: 8:45pm Support/Process Space for Educators, and Way to Help Those Who Help Us

05/06/2020 05:31:31 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Today is the 27th day of the Omer - three weeks and six days of the Omer.  Wishing us renewed energy today.  
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Wednesday, May 6
2) Today's Way to Help - Helping Those Who Help Us
3) Covid-19 Resources Page
4) Closing Message - Managing Details is a Mitzvah

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Wednesday, May 6
• 6:45am: Shacharit -
• 7:30am: Daf Yomi - - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3702
• 7:50am: Shacharit - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
• 10:00am - Talmudic Tales with Rabbanit Bracha or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.

• 1:00pm-1:45pm: Breath-Body-Mind with Shira Gordon. RN, MS, MPH, certified Breath-Body-Mind Teacher. Movement and breathing for anxiety reduction and resilience - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700.
• 7:00pm: First Responders, Health Care Workers & Essential Workers Clap
• 7:45pm: Mincha/Maariv -
• 8:45pm-9:30pm: Support and Process Space for Teachers with Yali Weiss - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 373 071 966 - A safe space for teachers to find community and support during this time.
2) Today's Way to Help
If you would like to suggest a way to help for the daily email, please send it to  You can find all of these ways to help collected on our Covid-19 Resources page here.
Helping Those Who Help Us - National Domestic Workers Alliance
The NDWA, especially in this time, has kept our focus on the way coronavirus has impacted our domestic workers - those who take care of our children, our homes, and aid our loved ones in need of assistance with their daily living.  NDWA's resources include fact sheets about the profound insecurity so many are experiencing now, a care fund to help support them, and ways to be the best employers we can to those workers - for when they are able to be in our homes and when they aren't.  Check out their critical resources here.
3) Covid-19 Resources Page
4) Closing Message - Managing Details is a Mitzvah
These days, managing the details of our lives can feel overwhelming in a new way: different ways of getting groceries; getting our finances under control; managing the schedules of ourselves and the others who may be in our households - sometimes it's all we can do in the course of a day. Our parashah, Emor, reminds us of one of Aharon the High Priest's responsibilities in the mishkan: la-“arokh et hanerot lifnei Hashem tamid” - to “arrange the lamps of the menorah regularly - daily - in the presence of God.” This is one of the 613 commandments of the Torah - arranging the lamps. Some of the commentaries assume it means lighting them, too, but Rashi says no - just cleaning, arranging and getting them ready to light is a mitzvah in and of itself. So on the days when all we can manage is getting the details of our lives in order, and not even fully getting to feel like we're living those lives -- that, too, is a mitzvah. Dayenu.  (You can see this closing message in video format here.)
Reminder to all to take good care of ourselves and each other.  Try to do something specific today that strengthens you, and something else that strengthens someone else.
May it be a good day,
Rav Steven, Rav Ezra, Rabbanit Bracha, Rabba Sara and Rav Avi
Richard Langer, Executive Director
Daniel Feit, President
Staff Contact Info: Richard Langer: 732-626-5902,  /  Phyllis Newsome: 201-503-4923,  /  Yael Manor-Oshinsky: 201-503-5562,  /  Shuli Boxer Rieser: 929-269-2892,
All the emails we are sending about Covid-19 are posted to our website at Coronavirus Email #45

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