Ahavat Olam

A progressive synagogue in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Shabbat morning, June 11, 2022 תפילת שבת

Ahavat Olam Synagogue welcomes everyone to join us on line via Zoom in thoughtful, moving Shabbat morning prayers on June 11, 2022 at 10:00 am, mostly sung, much in Hebrew, some in English, some in the language of the heart and in the speech of the angels.

Please join us if you can: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87961573615?pwd=eHRTWEV6dDNneWs2U2M5a0dIVHNVdz09  

The weekly parshah (Torah portion) is Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89). It includes the Priestly Benediction, the formula by which, to this day, parents traditionally bless their children: “May the Eternal bless you and keep you; may the Eternal’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; may the Eternal’s face be lifted up to you and bring you peace.”


If you have questions, please write to info@ahavat-olam.ca.

[Image: Mosaic in the synagogue of Enschede — photo by Kleuske: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Synagoge,_Enschede,_Mozaiek.jpg. When the Kohanim give the blessing in the synagogue, they lift their hands and spread their fingers in the shape of the letter Shin ש — a shape you may also recognize as the Vulcan salute from Star Trek. It’s not a coincidence: Leonard Nimoy got the idea for the salute from having peeked during the Priestly Blessing when he was a child, noticing and remembering the distinctive positioning of the hands. A midrash tells that the light of the Shekhinah — the Divine presence — shines from between the fingers of the Kohanim when they give this blessing.]

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