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 Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah


Vaeschanan – Shabbat Nachamu 

Leaders of the Jewish People, even the greatest and most pious, are not always given what they pray and beseech for. In our Torah portion Vaeschanan, Moses - the greatest of all Jewish Leaders, Kings, Prophets, Rebbes and the paradigm of Jewish leadership - prays, begs, and pleads in more than five hundred ways, with all of his heart and soul for Almighty G-d to allow him to enter the Holy Land.

He is in fact so insistent with profoundest yearnings that Almighty G-d Himself tells Moses to stop praying so that it does not seem to make G-d into such a harsh master as the student’s pleadings cannot move Hashem’s reconsideration or forgiveness.

Moses uncharacteristically puts the blame for this immutable punishment on the Jewish People saying, “It is because of you and your rebelliousness that caused this particular issue for me that is so devastatingly disappointing”. What was so critical about Moses entering into the Holy Land?

Though Almighty G-d complied with every request of Moses - to forgive the Jewish people - to show Moses G-d's essential presence and to give him the Torah, only two issues that Moses yearned for did G-d not grant him.

When encountering G-d for the first time in the burning bush, G-d tells Moses to go to Egypt and emancipate the Jewish People, to which Moses responds, "Send the one who will lead the final and complete emancipation when there will no longer be exile. Send Moshiach."  G-d tells him that he must go.

Here too Almighty G-d refuses Moses begging to allow him access into the Holy Land.

The two fundamental aspects that are critical in order to prepare the world for Moshiach and the building of the third and eternal Temple are the vanquishing of Amalek and entering and inheriting the Holy Land in a holy and unified way.

Moses our Rebbe was ready but the Jewish people were not. When Moses told the Jewish people that they were the cause, he was merely giving them their instructions that at this point in their historical journey they were not yet ready for the final redemption and must still continue to refine themselves and the environment.

In our own times, the Rebbe/Moses of our generation was continuously, very publicly vocal and passionate in begging and demanding for the Jewish people regarding both the uncompromising sanctity and Jewish ownership of the ENTIRE Holy Land as recorded in the Bible, and the vanquishing of the evil forces.

His constant total passion and profoundest desire was to make sure that Moshiach is revealed and the Messianic world will come into effect. He frequently stated that the time of redemption and Moshiach has arrived.

Almost a year before the tragic episode at the Ohel, he stated in an internationally broadcast public gathering that "I have done whatever I can and now I am leaving it you. You have the tools and capacity to get the job done but it is up to you”.

Our Moses of this generation has brought us to the point when Moshiach is to be revealed, when we can make it happen. It is now up to us.

This week's portion contains both the revelationary 10 commandments and also the ultimate expression of Almighty G-d's unity and our complete faith in that unity, the Shma.

Those two foundational structures of Jewishness that include loving our fellow man like ourselves will bring us to the final redemption now.

Have a great Shabbos and a good 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 ShulPushka please call: The ShulShul Office: 305-868-1411 or fill out this form below.

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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.


Chanukah Begins sunset of  Thursday, December 10, 2020 Ends nightfall of  Friday, December 18, 2020

Fast of Tevet 10 Begins sunrise of  Friday, December 25, 2020 Ends nightfall of  Friday, December 25, 2020

Purim Begins sunset of  Thursday, February 25, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Friday, February 26, 2021

Passover Begins sunset of  Saturday, March 27, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Sunday, April 4, 2021

Second Passover Monday, April 26, 2021

Lag B'Omer Friday, April 30, 2021

Shavuot Begins sunset of  Sunday, May 16, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Rosh Hashanah Begins sunset of  Monday, September 6, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Yom Kippur Begins sunset of  Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Thursday, September 16, 2021

Sukkot Begins sunset of  Monday, September 20, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Monday, September 27, 2021

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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 or 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 Harbor, 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 on 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. 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 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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Sat, July 24 2021 15 Av 5781