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 Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah

Tazria

This week’s Torah portion addresses laws of spiritual purity and impurities, highlighted by the most serious of all impurities “Tzoraas” that is so harsh that it is considered the same as death. The afflicted person with this particular form of skin discoloration, abrasions, lesions, boils, and other exotic forms of “Tsoraas” must be excommunicated from the camp of Israel.

Our Torah teaches that this harsh public condemnation of a person by everyone underscoring his dangerous presence, keeping him away from any affiliation or contact with the community, is a result of being a carrier of gossip, character assassination, etc.

Speaking negative about others results in enmity, jealousy, fragmentation and causes disunity. This result is really the most destructive aspect among the Jewish people. As we know and experience, a lack of unity, caring for each other, guarding for each other, not hurting each other, is the most fundamental critical element in preparing ourselves and our world for proper balance, peace of mind and heart, redemption, and total inner and outer freedom.  

Our recent experience in waging war against evil, Israel showed us our power and strength in unity. There were no antagonisms or fragmentation. There was only a unified thrust of common objective to rid the world of evil and darkness.

Here the Torah teaches that it is not some major outbreak of contagious diseases, but the daily consciousness of not speaking badly about others that brings about either absolute purity or complete impurity.

As we are now in the month of Nissan, miracles, when our initial exodus from slavery took place, coming out of Egypt and when our final redemption from all forms of exile will transpire, is the proper time to take a serious accounting about our daily habitual relationships, how each interaction brings us closer, or G-d forbid the other way around. We oft times do not realize the global impact of our specific behavior towards another person on such a simple level of not even doing anything against them, just speaking against him or her.

We now know how dependent we are on G-d, and how almighty G-d demands our unity, as President Milei stated yesterday in his brilliant presentation, that one must pray to G-d with trust to ask for whatever everyone needs, and to rely on HaShem with sincerity that He will provide whatever is good for us.

We don’t always get what we want, but we always get what we need.

Have a great Shabbos and a wonderful week.

Sholom D. Lipskar

 

The Shul Pushka Campaign

 

It's the little things in life that count. G-d fills the world every moment with His divine energy. Tzedakah is one of the special and significant ways to create an all-encompassing Mitzvah, and in today's world, we need more Mitzvot than ever. It doesn't matter where or how much you give, just make Tzedakah part of your day.

The Shul provides beautiful Pushkas (charity boxes) to the community and to all those that would like to participate in the important Mitzvah of Tzedakah. To request a Shul Pushka please call The Shul Office at 305-868-1411 or fill out the form below.

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To Learn More About The Meaning of Tzedakah Click Here

Jewish Holidays

 

All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars. This is because a Jewish "day" begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight. If you read the story of creation in Genesis Ch. 1, you will notice that it says, "And there was evening, and there was morning, one day."

From this, we infer that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset. Holidays end at nightfall of the date specified on most calendars; that is, at the time when it becomes dark out, about an hour after sunset.

   All holidays begin at sundown on the day before the date specified here.

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Project 33154

 
 

Project 33154 is a community wide program to create a neighbor to neighbor Jewish experience. The initial case study started Chanuka 2002 where 10 young Yeshiva boys visited every home in Bay Harbor to identify which ones were Jewish and give them the necessary items (Menorah, Candles, Guides etc.) for the Holiday of Chanuka.

Over 250 Jewish Homes were identified together with a color coded map of Members, Non-Members and Unaffiliated Jews. Over the next Purim and Passover the same idea was used in the Surfside and Bal Harbour area and over 800 new Jewish homes were contacted and had a taste of The Shul.

 

Block Shluchim

Together with color coded map each neighborhood was split up into different areas that include a lay leader from The Shul.

Before each Yom Tov The Shul prepares a special food package which promotes holiday awareness.

Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Succot, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach andShavout

Every newly identified Jewish household in the Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside areas has been contacted with thousands of Apples and Honey packages, Chanukah kits and Purim Mishloach Manos and food packages distributed this year.

Over 350 pounds of hand-made Shemurah Matzo (that’s about 2,450 pieces of matzah) has been distributed throughout 33154. If you are new on the 33154 area, please let us know so you can be included in this amazing and inspiring Jewish Program.

Send a letter to the Rebbe זי"ע

 

Throughout his lifetime, the Rebbe received hundreds of letters every day, from people of every conceivable background, occupation and faith. Today people continue to send letters to be placed at the Ohel for the Rebbe's guidance and intervention On High, in the age-old tradition of written prayer petitions at our holiest sites

Whether referring to one's own self or mentioning someone else's name in a letter, one should always include the name and mother's name (e.g. Isaac the son of Sarah) of both the one(s) who are in need of blessing and the signer.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/761128/jewish/Why-Use-the-Mothers-Name-When-Praying-for-Someone.html

http://www.ohelchabad.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/78445It is preferable to use one's Jewish name. (Customarily gentiles use their father's name.) Letters can be written in any language. You can fax directly to the Ohel at: (718) 723-4444 Or you can use the form below to have the rabbis at Ohel Chabad Lubavitch http://www.ohelchabad.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/78445personally bring your prayers to the Rebbe’s resting place.

The Rebbe

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory, the seventh leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch dynasty, is considered to have been the most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern times. To hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of sympathizers and admirers around the world, he was -- and still is, despite his passing -- "the Rebbe."

Whether referring to one's own self or mentioning someone else's name in a letter, one should always include the name and mother's name (e.g. Isaac the son of Sarah) of both the one(s) who are in need of blessing and the signer.

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Tue, April 16 2024 8 Nisan 5784