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Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah

Baruch Hashem


Eikev 5779


The simple text of this Parsha needs little interpretation (indicated by the sparse amount of Rashi commentary) as Moses directly rebukes, admonishes and warns the Jewish People regarding their behavior, weaknesses and rebellious obstinate nature.


Moses’ monologue refers to many failures and acts of malfeasance ranging from the sin of the golden calf to the lack of faith instigated by the ten spies who maligned Israel and questioned G-d’s assurance that we would easily conquer and inherit the Holy Land, including other negative transgressions.


Yet in the midst of these painful and embarrassing accusations and realizations Moses expresses the deep, unconditional and boundless love that Hashem has for His children, Israel.  No matter how far a Jew has strayed from the Torah and Mitzvos path, G-d never forsakes or abandons us.  Even when for reasons beyond our comprehension we are cast into exile and suffering, G-d accompanies us and experiences (anthropomorphically) the same exile and suffering.


Conversely, even when we are in exile and challenged we see and feel G-d’s presence. An obvious manifestation of this connection to G-d and His presence is the Holy Land of Israel.


There are many beautiful places in our world, both wonders of G-d and manmade. Mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, lakes, oceans, flowers, wildlife etc. etc. etc.  Anyone who has traveled anywhere is cognizant of G-d’s beautiful creations.


Israel is different. Together with beautiful vistas that include every aspect of our physical world mentioned above, there is another dimension that permeates Israel.


There is a sense of Holiness beyond the physical that exudes from the very rocks, earth, water and air that make up this Jewish Land.


It is as if you breathe in G-dliness just by being there.  When the Torah states that Israel is “the land where the eyes of G-d are upon it from the beginning to the end of the year”, you can almost feel the piercing gaze of Hashem constantly.


As we come closer to the advent of Moshiach more of us are feeling and seeing more of the actual spirituality and G-dliness that dwells in Israel. The Torah portion concludes with the second section of the Shema – “When you will listen and fulfill G-d’s direction ……. I (G-d) will grant you the ultimate blessings as you inhabit the Holy Land”.


We are back from Israel to make sure that when we are prepared to go to Israel with Moshiach every one of the approximately 5,000 Jews living in the 33154 area will come with us. We’re almost there.  Let’s get ready in a serious way to give G-d what He requests and He will give us what we request.


Have a good Shabbos and a good week.


Rabbi S. 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.


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.


List of All Holiday Dates

Below is a list of all major holiday dates for the next four years. All holidays begin at sundown on the day before the date specified here.







Rosh Hashanah


 sunset of  Sunday, September 29, 2019 




 Yom Kippur

Begins sunset of  Tuesday, October 8, 2019 






Begins sunset of  Sunday, October 13, 2019 




Shemini Atzeret


Begins sunset of  Sunday, October 20, 2019 




Simchat Torah


Tuesday, October 22, 2019






Begins sunset of  Sunday, December 22, 2019 





Monday, February 10, 2020






Begins sunset of  Monday, March 9, 2020 




Pesach (Passover)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Begins sunset of  Wednesday, April 8, 2020 




Lag B'Omer

May 23, 2019

Tuesday, May 12, 2020





Saturday, June 8, 2019

Begins sunset of  Thursday, May 28, 2020 





Sunday, August 11, 2019






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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.

Click Here to Know More Click Here.

Mon, August 26 2019 25 Av 5779