The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

Derash on Lech Lcha -The Road Ahead - Abraham's FaithThere are two times in the Torah when G-d tells Abraham to go to a certain place, but does not inform him of the destination. The first is in this week's portion of Lech Lecha:  "Leave your home and go to a place which I (G-d) will show you."  The second time is in Parshat Va-yaira" when Abraham is going toward the mountain where he was to be tested regarding his willingness the sacrifice Yitzchak (Isaac).  Again, he was instructed to go to a mountain "which I (G-d) will show you."  Why was Abraham not informed?

There are many reasons given why Abraham was not informed what his final destination would be as he embarked on his journeys.  To me, there is a very important lesson in both instances:  When we were born, we embarked on our lives without any real knowledge or assurances of where life would lead us. In the same manner, all journeys and programs which we undertake are shrouded in mystery regarding their outcome.

This was not a problem to Abraham.  He never felt alone or abandoned because he always walked with G-d.  We, also, should be strengthened by the faith that if we try our best to walk in the "straight path", G-d will assist us in reaching the goals which we seek to attain.

A Modern Community

We hope you will visit us when you visit Boston. If you live here, we hope you will participate in our educational classes, religious services, and holiday celebrations. 

For a quick overview of what's going on, visit our News page and our Calendar.

A Historic Shul

The Adams Street Shul is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are now in our second century of service to the Jewish community.

Part of our mission is to preserve and maintain this historic building, with the help of many supportive friends.

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg

The Adams Street Shul

(617) 630-0226

168 Adams Street
P.O. Box 600371
Newton, MA 02460

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Shabbat Times

Candle-Lighting in Nonantum for Friday, November 27, is at 3:58 pm.    Shabbat concludes at 4:57 pm on Saturday, November 28.  

Torah Portion

This Saturday is Shabbat Vayishlach.  
(The Torah Reading is Bereishit 32:4-36:43;   and the Haftarah is Ovadiah 1:1-21.)

Minyan Schedule

weekend minyan times through the end of November:

Friday Mincha 4:00 PM
Saturday Shacharit 9:00 AM
  Maariv 5:30 PM
Sunday Shacharit 8:00 AM



Today's Local Zmanim

Thursday, November 26, 2015
14 Kislev 5776
for 168 Adams St., Newton MA
Alot: 5:19 am
Mishekayir: 5:45 am
Sunrise: 6:47 am
Kriat Shema (M"A): 8:33 am
Kriat Shema (Gr"A): 9:9 am
Latest Tefilah: 9:56 am
Chatzot: 11:31 am
Mincha Gedolah: 11:55 am
Mincha Ketanah: 2:17 pm
Plag HaMincha: 3:16 pm
Sunset: 4:16 pm
Tzeit Ha-Kochavim: 5:02 pm

Upcoming Educational Events

Thursday, Nov 26 @ 8:30 pm
Parsha Shiur

Class led by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe (at Yury's Piano Shop, 339 Watertown Street)
Saturday, Nov 28 @ 10:00 am
Children's Shabbat Program

Led by Chanie Yaffe.