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Rabbi Lipskar's weekly devar torah

Boruch HaShem

Parshas Bo

In this week‘s Torah portion we learn about the first mitzvah that Almighty G-d commanded the Jewish people through Moses - the sanctification of the month each beginning of the month with the rebirth of the moon at a certain precise moment.

This mitzvah must in some significant manner be a critical preparation for the Exodus and emancipation heralding the birth of the Jewish people and their Journey to Revelation where they merited to become G-d’s chosen Holy People.

From a peripheral perspective it seems somewhat strange that this Mitzvah, which most Jewish people are not aware of and do not fulfill, should have such importance as to be the first of the 613 commandments.

When looking deeper into this mitzvah, we realize that it represents three fundamental factors for the Jewish people.

1) The moon is the smaller of the luminaries like the Jewish people who are the minority among nations. It generates no light if its own but must receive its illumination from the sun, an outside source, like the Jewish people whose light is not something that they create on their own but is embedded in them from Almighty G-d without Whom we have no light.

2) The moon represents “hope” as each month it diminishes from its full power, lighting up the sky to eventually seemingly disappear in a diminishing fashion. It then has an immediate rebirth, like the Jewish people who go through various periods of difficulties and tragic dimming of their light but always experience an immediate renaissance, representing our hope to never give up as we will always continue to be.

3) During the trials and tribulations of our exile, our host oppressors often were able to deny us the opportunities to observe the Mitzvoth, whether wearing Tefillin, keeping the Sabbath and even circumcision. The one Mitzvah they could never take away from us is the “sanctification of the moon”. From the darkest dungeons of captivity or in the death camps of Auschwitz, as long as there was a small aperture, even a sliver of light in the thick prison walls when we sighted the moon in the otherwise black sky, we were able to make the blessing and fulfill that Mitzvah.  No one could take that away from us, representing our invincible eternity.

Those factors were vital in preparing us for our sojourn through history until the coming of Moshiach when “the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun as the light of the six days of creation and will always be in its fullest glory”.

Have a wonderful Shabbos and a great week

Rabbi 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.

 

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.

 


 

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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Sat, January 20 2018 4 Shevat 5778