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Bo – Yud Shevat 

 

70 Years That Changed The World

This Shabbos, the 10th of Shevat, we will commemorate and celebrate the 70th anniversary of our Rebbe’s accepting the mantle of leadership of the Chabad movement and consequently world Jewry.

His mission, as stated in his opening state of the world address in 1951, was to make our physical, material, flawed world a place where G-d would be present and revealed in a manner that it would be His home - His essential personal dwelling place.

Based on the previous Rebbe’s last treatise published and distributed on his Yahrtzeit that set the tone for our Rebbe’s clear and unadulterated mission driven objective, he identified the Jewish people as “Tzivos Hashem“ - The Army of G-d.

Reeling from the incomparable tragedy of the Holocaust and sitting on the debris of shattered dreams and families, the Rebbe infused the post-Holocaust generation with a sense of purpose and meaning permeated with power, resilience, alacrity and a Jewish chutzpah that would overcome all boundaries and obstacles.

Framing his mission as the war between good and evil, light and darkness, holiness and profaneness, with the objective for good, light and holiness to prevail in the entire world preparing it for the messianic era, the Rebbe developed, trained and inspired a venerable army of men, women and children that became the force to implement this seeming impossible mission.

He did accomplish this. Now, anywhere in the world where you travel, there is a presence of G-dliness and holiness emanating from a spiritual lighthouse manned by one of the Rebbe’s Shluchim/ambassadors to every country, major city and habitation. From the pinnacles of monarchial palaces to the simple hamlet of a lone farmer at the outskirts of a forgotten landscape, the Rebbe’s influence is palpable and effective.

In this week’s Torah portion Bo, Hashem said to Moses, “come to Pharaoh”.  He did not say “go to Pharoh,” which would have been more appropriate. This indicated that G-d went together with Moses.

In every generation there is the Moses that relates to that generation. The Rebbe is our Moses and Hashem was constantly with him, providing super human powers and capacity that clearly evidenced Hashem’s direct intervention and complicity in all that he said and did.

The Rebbe’s immense scholarship, prophetic vision, selfless commitment and deep love for every Jew and caring attention for every one of G-d’s creations is an incredible gift to our generation. By realizing the potential of that gift and utilizing the Rebbe’s directives for our lives, we can cross that hairline border between exile and redemption.

 We can actually achieve and merit the advent of Moshiach when our world will be a Garden of Eden with no more wars, illness, pandemics, strife, jealousy, hatred or empty competitiveness.

The success of the Rebbe’s strategy and its consistent upward trajectory is proof positive that with a little more effort we can “get it done” “over the top”.

Have a meaningful Shabbos and a wonderful week.

Rabbi 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.

UPCOMING JEWISH HOLIDAY

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.

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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Sat, January 23 2021 10 Shevat 5781