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 Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah


Still in the aura and energy of the Holiday of Shavuos, we continue our eternal gratitude to Hashem daily for giving us The Torah, containing G-d’s intrinsic wisdom. The Torah which served as the architectural plan for creation, also serves as the operational plan for the world’s sustenance, maintenance and growth.

Hashem’s predominance and the obvious love for Hashem and his Torah was so evident as the natural forces unleashed an unprecedented deluge of Hurricane proportions that paralyzed the entire city under flood level waters. Contrary to every opinion, the Shul was packed like on Yom Kippur with hundreds of men, women, children, and even infants in carriages.  That commitment can come only with selfless love.

It is noteworthy that the content of this week’s Torah portion addresses multiple experiences of life.  We learn about the many facets of life’s extremities with detailed analysis. Ranging from the sad and painful case of the suspected unfaithful wife (Sotah) (Ch 5, 11-31) to the spiritual energized ecstasy of the dedicated Nazerite (Ch. 6, 1-21), including G-d’s love for the Jewish people with the Priestly Blessings (Ch. 6, 22-27), and culminating with the dedication of the First Tabernacle, of G-d’s referring to the Jewish People as G-d’s bride, initiating G-d’s most revealed continuous presence in our physical world (Ch. 7, 1-89).
Torah is not a book of philosophy, ideology or history. It is a how-to instruction manual that allows us to face every challenge of life with truth, certainty and fulfillment. There can be questions or doubt in thought and theory, and various opinions, but not in the practicality of life.  Doubt is painful, debilitating and a cause for insecurity and depression. When living a Torah life, intellectual or emotional uncertainties do not inhibit or impede one’s ability to live with meaning and purpose.
The Torah’s approach in addressing the practicality of life is truth.  Even when one does not have an intellectually acceptable answer to every issue, the path of Torah living forges a way that transcends the limited notions of human logic.  One might not know the why of every mitzvah but the how is deliberate and clear.  When following the Divine plan, suspicions are resolved (i.e. the Sotah), dangers are averted (priestly blessings) and self-imposed stringencies are addressed (Nazerite).
It is this elasticity and applicability contained in the Torah, without compromising or bending its truth, that makes it so valuable, relevant and necessary. How great our fortune for this inheritance that belongs to each and every one of us.  Let’s learn and use it.
Have a good Shabbos and a great 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 Shul Pushka please call The Shul Office at 305-868-1411 or fill out the 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.

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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. 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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Thu, June 20 2024 14 Sivan 5784