Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
A word from the Rabbi
This week’s Shabbat Kiddush is being sponsored in honor of Hindy’s grandmother’s Yahrzeit–Bubby Faige Rivka.
No Hebrew School classes this Sunday due to the President’s Holiday Weekend.
THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 AT 7:30 PM
“SHLOSHIM” (THIRTY DAY) MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR BARRY LEE OBM
at the CHABAD CENTER, 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie.
It has been almost a month since Barry Lee passed away. Barry was beloved and respected by all who knew him. Please join us this coming Wednesday evening as we gather together to remember Barry o.b.m.
All are welcome to come and share memories, feelings, thoughts about Barry, as well as thing we can all do to perpetuate his memory.
The evening will end with the recitation of kaddish.
Refreshments will be served.
Anyone wishing to share memories or speak will be able to. Please call Hindy at 463-5801 or e-mail email@example.com with any suggestions or ideas, or if you can help set up.
THIS PASSOVER, WOULD YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW THE HAGGADAH (AT THE SEDER) IN HEBREW?
Free Hebrew Reading 5 week course with Rabbi Borenstein will finally begin Tuesday, March 1 for 5 consecutive Tuesdays. Registration is requested.
5 WEEK HEBREW READING CRASH COURSE
Come learn the language of your people! Learn a language that is over 5,000 years old in 5 lessons! Impress your friends and make your kids (and yourself) proud! Learn to read and pray in Hebrew and to study the Torah in its original language. Even if you don’t know an Aleph from a Bet, this 5 week crash course will teach you how to read Hebrew comfortably.
The course will take place on 5 consecutive Tuesdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22 & March 1 at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Registration is required. There will be a fee to cover the cost of learning materials. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Reserve the date!
Purim is one of the highlights of the year.
At Chabad, Purim is the bash of the year!
BLT-BAGELS, LOX AND TORAH
(and TEFILIN too!)
A round table discussion of relevant Jewish and current topics. All are welcome.
Sunday Mornings: 9:00 AM at the Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd.
Torah and Tea with Hindy Borenstein resumes this coming Wednesday Morning at 10:00 AM, Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd., P’ok.
All are welcome.
Torah & Tea
A warm, informal class taught by Hindy Borenstein that covers relevant topics from the weekly Torah portion or other timely events and issues and how they relate to our personal lives. Topics may vary.
Wednesday Mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd, Poughkeepsie
Assorted teas/coffee and pastries will be served.
Call us to let us know you are coming at 463-5801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to bad weather and other technical reasons, the four week course by Hindy Borenstein on Letters of Light–A Journey into the Inner and Mystical Meaning of the Hebrew Alphabet will be pushed off for a few weeks. Change of date will be made available shortly.
LETTERS OF LIGHT: MYSTICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE LETTERS OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET
The 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet are the letters in which our Holy Torah was written. They are also the building blocks G-d used to create heaven and earth.
This course will explore the mystical meaning and unique insights contained in some of these sacred letters and lessons which will provide wisdom and guidance for every aspect of our lives.
In two locations:
Location: office of Dr. Leon Krakower, 19 East Market St, Red Hook
Location: Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie
Course instructor: Hindy Borenstein
A requested donation of $5 per class is requested. To RSVP for the course or for more information please call Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail email@example.com.
A guy wanders into an expensive gift store seeking the “perfect” gift for his mother-in-law. Perfect, as in the most impressive for the cheapest price. As he checks out the selection he can’t help but overhear the boss berating a new employee who’d just smashed an extremely expensive china vase.
He approaches the owner and negotiates a very reasonable price to have the broken pieces gathered, packaged and delivered to the birthday party, with specific instructions that the klutzy employee accidentally drop the gift at the front door.
The big day arrives. So does the deliveryman. Our hero’s plan executes flawlessly. Sympathy all round and assurances that “don’t worry, darling, it’s the thought that counts.”
All would have ended perfectly if some nudnik hadn’t decided to open the package to examine what the gift had looked like… You wouldn’t want to be in our friend’s shoes when his mother-in-lawsaw that the klutzy worker had lovingly gift-wrapped each individual shard separately.
Moses comes down the mountain to be confronted by a shocking and perverse scene. Barely a month had passed since G-d declaimed the 10 Commandments; while the very echoes of the Sinai revelation still reverberated around the world, a number of the Jews had rebelled and built an idol, the Golden Calf.
In a display of supreme displeasure Moses smashes the two luchot (tablets), punishes those who had sinned, and then heads right back up the mountain to beseech G-d’s mercy. Eighty days later (on the day later to be known as Yom Kippur), G-d agrees to grant His nation a second chance and symbolizes this by allowing Moses to carve out a second set of tablets.
The two sets of tablets, the broken ones and their replacements, are stored together in perpetuity in the Ark of the Covenant.
But why keep the broken pieces? In what way do they differ from the gift-wrapped public-relation disaster in the above story? Aren’t they just a symbol of our crime and punishment? Why stockpile a souvenir of the depravity to which the Jews sank?
Self-satisfaction or Self-delusion?
Someone who has never struggled, never experienced disappointments, can never truly connect with G-d or His Torah. Self-grandeur and aggrandisement preclude one from approaching the Divine. The scars the world has inflicted upon us, the vestiges of battles fought and temptations overcome are the entry fees to the Kingdom of G-d.
Receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was an unparalleled ecstatic experience. The sense of accomplishment of being personally selected for divine revelation must have been universally felt. How then could the Jews refrain from feelings of smug self-satisfaction?
By exhibiting the broken shards of the luchot we were constantly being reminded of our imperfect past and blemished record. Displaying the evidence of our sins, and the subsequent constant mood of regret, engendered a community-wide inspiration to reunite with G-d, and determination to avoid future pitfalls, thus guaranteeing our right to not just receive but to live with G-d and his Torah.
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