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 Rabbi Lipskar's weekly d'var torah


Lighting up the world

This week’s Torah portion, Miketz, always intersects with the holiday of Chanukah, indicating some dynamic connection between these two significant factors as the Torah portion that we read in a particular time relates specifically and gives us insight into the events of that time period.

Light is the concept and metaphor that gives us insight into the purpose of creation. The opening verse of the Torah begins with the first proclamation of G-d’s creation as “Almighty G-d said let there be light and there was light”.

The sun and moon and celestial luminaries were only created on the fourth day, so what light was there on the first day and what was the reason creating light as nothing was there to enjoy the light?  Scientists, theorists, philosophers and physicists always question the fundamental issues of how G-d created the world.  Was it via the Big Bang, evolution or otherwise? Or when did G-d create the world?  Is the world 5782 years old, as we believe, or is it hundreds of millions or more years old?  Both of those questions are seemingly irrelevant as they make zero difference in our lives. The most important question is why? Why did G-d create a universe as the Perfection of all does not need anything or miss anything to fulfill Himself?

The answer is “let there be light”.  The objective of G-d’s creation is to create a world where darkness is seemingly able to prevail, and our purpose is to bring light to dispel the darkness and transform it to light.

It is, in fact, a reference to the ultimate redemption with Moshiach when, as the prophet Isaiah tells us, “The Nation of Israel will be a light to the nations” and “The light of Almighty G-d via the Jewish people will be a flame of fire.”

The Rebbe, in his unprecedented level of global leadership and universal perspective, has brought the light of G-dliness and spirituality to the entire world in a way that has never happened before.  Menorahs filled with light illuminate every major city in the world in their most important locations in front of Palaces and governmental headquarters, public areas and the streets of every country and city, permeating and illuminating the entire globe.

On my way to a Chanukah meeting at a prison in Miami, traversing local streets and highways, I passed by three or four cars with Menorahs on the roofs and many public squares and locations proclaiming with pride, strength, power and G-dly energy “let there be light”.

Our holy ancestor Joseph sanctified the degenerate environment of Egypt bringing them to a higher level of awareness, emphasizing that Almighty G-d is in charge, bringing light to a society imprisoned by their idolatrous, hedonistic patterns and illuminating even the jails and prisons of that society by proclaiming with pride “that it is Almighty G-d that gives you the answers to your dreams and to your future.

So too are we bringing light to the world that realizes and accepts the sovereignty of Almighty G-d and joins us in our homage and respect to Hashem’s presence.

We are Hashem’s torches and Lamplighters. Let us make sure we take that responsibility seriously and fulfill that merit and Divine mission. Have an illuminated Chanukah, a great Shabbos and wonderful 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 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.


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

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Begins sunset of  Monday, September 27, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Chanukah Begins sunset of  Sunday, November 28, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Monday, December 6, 2021

Fast of Tevet 10 Begins sunrise of  Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Ends nightfall of  Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Purim Begins sunset of  Wednesday, March 16, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Thursday, March 17, 2022

Passover Begins sunset of  Friday, April 15, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Saturday, April 23, 2022

Second Passover Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lag B'Omer Thursday, May 19, 2022

Shavuot Begins sunset of  Saturday, June 4, 2022 Ends nightfall of  Monday, June 6, 2022

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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.

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Tue, December 7 2021 3 Tevet 5782