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Rabbi Lipskar's weekly devar torah

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Toldot 5779 & 5779

The legendary twins, Yaakov and Esav are born in this week’s portion. Offspring of Patriarch Isaac and Matriarch Rebecca, they emanate from the same source but live in diametric opposition and contradiction to each other on virtually every level.

Destined to become the third of our Patriarchs, Yaakov matures into a kind, gentle and studious leader. Esav, on the other hand, becomes a treacherous murderer and symbol of evil throughout history. In his youth, Esav is known for his criminal, evil acts as he actually tries and vows to kill his brother. His descendants evolve into murderers of Jews and enemies of the faith.

To understand the incredible difference between these brothers, though they grew up in the same home, we must recognize that G-d created a world where everyone has the potential to become the person he wants to be.  A person can be Yaakov, or choose the path of an Esav, G-d forbid.   It is true that environment and circumstances help mold and develop the character, but everyone retains the freedom to choose his or her own path. Though we all have certain behavioral traits, we are given the necessary power and tools to direct these tendencies in a positive, beneficial way.

The first interaction between Yaakov and Esav actually takes place in the womb. During birth, Yaakov grabs Esav’s heel – part of the body representing lowliness and insensitivity (the heel is callous and the literal lowest part of the person). Yaakov’s objective was to perfect himself and move to higher, more accomplished levels. To be successful, he had to hold onto, control and direct the lowest extremities of the physical, coarse body represented by Esav, in a symbolic effort to transform crass lowliness and evil into good.

As we approach the Messianic era, our prophets tell us that “the Esav’s of today” will be subdued. Their powerful energies will be controlled and mobilized for holiness. To make the world holier and gentler we must reflect on our own behavior, live a Yaakov life and strive to harness the potential powers of negativity for the good of humanity.

Have a good Shabbos and a great week.

 

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.

 

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.

 


 

5775

5776

5777

5778

Rosh Hashanah

9/25/2014

9/14/2015

10/3/2016

9/21/2017

9/10/2018

Yom Kippur

10/4/2014

9/23/2015

10/12/2016

9/30/2017

9/19/2018

Sukkot

10/9/2014

9/28/2015

10/17/2016

10/5/2017

9/24/2018

Shemini Atzeret

10/16/2014

10/5/2015

10/24/2016

10/12/2017

10/1/2018

Simchat Torah

10/17/2014

10/6/2015

10/25/2016

10/13/2017

10/2/2018

Chanukkah

12/17/2014

12/7/2015

12/25/2016

12/13/2017

12/3/2018

TuB'Shevat

2/4/2015

1/25/2016

2/11/2017

1/31/2018

1/21/2019

Purim

3/5/2015

3/24/2016

3/12/2017

3/1/2018

3/21/2019

Pesach (Passover)

4/4/2015

4/23/2016

4/11/2017

3/31/2018

4/20/2019

Lag B'Omer

5/7/2015

5/26/2016

5/14/2017

5/3/2018

5/23/2019

Shavu'ot

5/24/2015

6/12/2016

5/31/2017

5/20/2018

6/9/2019

TishaB'Av

7/26/2015

8/14/2016

8/1/2017

7/22/2018

8/11/2019

 

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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.

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, November 12 2018 4 Kislev 5779