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Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah

Shemot 5780

Culminating this week’s Torah portion which begins the second book of the Torah, Shemos/Exodus, after experiencing the extraordinary, diabolical, horrific decrees upon the Jewish people in the most devastating exile in Egypt, Moses, after escaping from Egypt, is summoned by Almighty G-d via the burning bush to serve as His emissary and representative to be the one to liberate the Jewish people from exile.

After approaching Pharaoh and demanding that he liberate the Jewish people from the unfair, overwhelming, burdensome work, Pharaoh imposes even more severe quotas from the enslaved Jews.

The Jews cry out in anguish, telling Moses to cease his demands as things have become worse with more backbreaking expectations since his arrival. Moses then asks G-d, “Why have You caused bad to Your people as since I have come here things have become more unbearable for them?”

G-d is not happy with Moses’ questioning, actually referencing the fact that the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) who were challenged with difficult and seemingly contradictory directives from Almighty G-d, never questioned Him and did exactly what Hashem required and requested.

Why then did Moses, the closest person ever to have the most intimate relationship with Hashem, ask that question and evoke G-d’s seemingly negative response?

Moses was the true and ultimate leader. True leadership does not take into consideration one’s personal perspectives and attitudes or what is the comfort zone for the particular leader. A leader’s primary concern is to benefit his constituents and those that he is responsible for.

Moses is that kind of leader and regardless of his own attitude and perspective and total subservience to Almighty G-d, when it came to representing the pain of those for whom he is responsible there was no rational thought process. He cried out with all of his heart and soul to Almighty G-d, “Why have you brought so much hardship to these people? What is the purpose? What is the objective?” It was not a question of faith but a cry of pain, recognizing and realizing the hurt and overwhelming devastation that His beloved people are facing.

In our times today, to be politically correct or to fit into some category of social acquiescence is not the way of Jewish leadership. A true leader must recognize the needs of our brothers and sisters and cry out to help them under whatever circumstances and conditions that may be necessary. Only then can we achieve the unconditional love that we must have for each other that is the foundation for bringing the ultimate redemption, with the coming of Moshiach now.

Have a great Shabbos and wonderful week

Rabbi 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.

Tue, January 21 2020 24 Tevet 5780