Temple Beth Am Library Minyan
February 2021
 LM Update: Feb. 5
Dear Friends,
We hope you, your family, and friends are safe and sound. Here is this week’s Library Minyan Weekly Update for Febrary 5, 2021.
If you have suggestions or would like to include something in a future Weekly Update, please email Jerry Krautman at JKrautman@sbcglobal.net or reply to this email.
Shabbat Shalom

Mazal Tov
We want to wish a hearty Mazal Tov to long time Librarian Minyan members Sara and Myron Hecht on the birth of their grandson Elon Noah on January 21, 2021. Elon is the son Vivian and Aaron Hecht, brother of Leila, great grandson of Esther Hecht, nephew of Avi, Ariel, and Ricki, and the cousin of Eli.
Thin Edge of the Wedge
Long-time Library Minyan member Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the co-founder of the free nonfiction Holocaust theater project ThinEdgeOfTheWedge.com to combat anti-Semitism and hate.
The play has just been professionally translated into German — see phylliszimblermiller.com/german-translation — with the German title SCHRITTE IN DEN ABGRUND. 
As Phyllis and Mitch were stationed with the U.S. Army in Munich only 25 years after the end of WWII, she is especially interested in having museums and organizations in Germany consider utilizing the play and accompanying free resources to educate people about the past and encourage critical thinking skills today. 

If you have any recommendations for people whom she can contact who might be interested in either the German or English versions of the play, email her at pzmiller@gmail.com — and also email her for a copy of the play.
Short Vort
We hope you all noticed the "Short Vort" announcement in the Beth Am Shabbat email. Since we cannot (yet) gather in person to share words of Torah each week, we hope that many of you will use the "Short Vort" as an opportunity to share a personal association or interpretation of a particular verse or scene or Parsha of Torah with the LM/TBA community. There is a sign-up page you can access through the Beth Am email bulletins to schedule for a Parsha you find meaningful.  Please email one of us if you have any questions. Thank you.
Rachel Rubin Green rachelrubingreen@gmail.com

Haftarah Plethora
In the Haftorah Plethora for Parshat Yitro the boys struggle with a conundrum. Larry agonizes over the connection of the haftarah to the parsha, especially the Ashkenazi version, while Rick soothes Larry’s distress with some melodious chanting, including two of the rare but wonderful pazers. Shabbat Shalom.
The Mishnah Study Group will be gathering to learn on February 6th with Rachel Rubin-Green.
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