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 Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah

Devarim 

The entire book of Deuteronomy, which we begin reading this week, is a 37-day continuing soliloquy of our greatest prophet and first Rebbe/leader of the Jewish people, Moses.

On the first day of the 11th month, Shevat, Moses begins his address to the Jewish people in preparation for their entry into the Holy Land and concludes with his final words on the seventh of the 12th month, Adar, the day of his passing.  Moses begins with a condensed overview of their 40 year experience together, alluding with inferences to the many challenging  events that marked their journey from Egypt to the borders of Jericho.

By re-naming the various locations of negative experiences by words that indicated the particular rebellious act that took place there, Moshe  concealed his criticism and rebuke of his beloved people, not to make it glaring and obvious.  An illustration of that is the location called “Di Zahav” which does not exist anywhere but the name means “a lot of gold” alluding to the sin with the golden calf, and so on with the other locations. It is clear that Moshe is not being overly transparent for good reasons.

Yet in verse 5, Moses teaches and divulges the Torah in the most clear terms in 70 languages, to be easily accessible to anyone, anywhere, without any impediments of language understanding.

In this last will and testament of Moses, as he leaves his leadership position and prepares the Jewish people to cross the Jordan into the Holy Land, he gives them the most succinct and best advice for the most successful outcomes in their eternal sojourn. He synopsizes every one of their serious setbacks and failures, to recognize in clear hindsight the consequence of that behavior, but it is critiqued in a manner that is not discouraging, weakening, self-deprecating or minimizing their great potential. It is alluded to in a concealed language so that the errors  of the past do not become the downfall of the future.

When however he gives them the positive purpose and objective that is the Torah way of life which guarantees the most positivity and blessings, he says it in the most clear, revealed and transparent way.

When directing someone for the proper path of life, we have to also follow the instruction of Moses to minimize the critique and to say it in a way that does not cause consternation or negativity, and then make sure that we teach the proper G-dly directives for maximal life in languages that everyone, anywhere, under any circumstances, can understand and implement in their lives. Today, we live in a time when the Torah is so available to us in every language and in every means of communication. Being in the nine days when the key behavior that is critical for our redemption from exile and the rebuilding of the temple is unity, togetherness, camaraderie, loving each other and supporting each other, we can accomplish this by us minimizing the criticism and maximizing the positive encouragement.

Have a wonderful Shabbos, a meaningful fast, and may we merit the coming of Moshiach now.


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.

Click here to request a Pushka

 

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.

UPCOMING JEWISH HOLIDAY

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

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Begins sunset of  Monday, September 27, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Chanukah Begins sunset of  Sunday, November 28, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Monday, December 6, 2021

Fast of Tevet 10 Begins sunrise of  Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Purim Begins sunset of  Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Thursday, March 17, 2022

Passover Begins sunset of  Friday, April 15, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Saturday, April 23, 2022

Second Passover Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lag B'Omer Thursday, May 19, 2022

Shavuot Begins sunset of  Saturday, June 4, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Monday, June 6, 2022

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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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Mon, August 8 2022 11 Av 5782