Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
Friday, April 8, 2011
Nissan 4, 5771
A word from the Rabbi
Chabad of Mid Hudson’s Valley’s Jewish Women’s Circle’s pre-Passover evening with Joanne Caras, author of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook, was met with a big success.
With close to 40 people attending, the evening was standing room only. Hindy Borenstein gave introductory words connecting the Exodus from Egypt with the stories of the Survvivor’s, followed by Joanne sharing stories of the Survivors, how the cookbook came to be, as well as its profound impact on People. Samplings of receipes from the cookbook were available for tasting.
A special thank you to our generous sponsor, Sheri Raften for hosting the event in her home, Robin Licker for making all the delicious baked goods and Keren Ritz for her invaluable help.
Thank you all for a wonderful evening.
PASSOVER COMMUNITY SEDERS
Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley will host two Community Family Seders open to the entire Jewish community.
The first Seder will be held on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM and the second Seder on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:45 PM.
The Seders, conducted in both Hebrew and English, will be interactive and integrate Chassidic tales, Jewish humor, songs and spiritual insights, as well as a special activity for children.
A festive full course dinner will be served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. You and your family or friends will enjoy a relaxing and meaningful Seder to belong remembered.
The Seders will be led by Rabbi and Hindy Borenstein at their home, at 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr, in Poughkeepsie. Anyone is welcome to attend and be a part of our family.
A requested donation of $36 per person and $18 per child is requested to help cover the cost of the Seder, however no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Reservations are requested as soon as possible by calling Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mail in your reservation and payment to Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley, 63 Vassar Rd., Pok, N.Y. 12603
Chabad provides Matzah, wine and other Passover necessities to many Jews in need.
Sponsors are urgently needed to help us cover these important community needs. Sponsors in the amount of $100, $180, $560 or any amount you can give are urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated. Kindly send in your Passover donations to Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley at 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
Anyone wishing to sell their chametz, order hand-made Shmura Matzah or kosher for Passover wines or for any Passover needs, call Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail
PRE-PASSOVER “RAP WITH THE RABBI” WORKSHOP
Come and Rap with the Rabbi at a Pre-Passover workshop dealing with the what’s, how’s and why’s, as well as spiritual insights into Passover and the Seder.
All welcome. Free of charge.
When? Monday, April 11
Where? Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd.,Poughkeepsie
Who? Rabbi Yacov Borenstein
Shabbat Services: 10:00 AM followed by a kiddush.
Hebrew School:Sunday Morning – Hebrew School classes from 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM.
Did you know that it is possible for a person to be murdered and not even know about it, even carrying on life as usual?
How can this be? This week’s Torah reading speaks of the affliction known as tzara’at. The commentators explain that tzara’at was a punishment for the transgression of speaking lashon hara. Lashon hara, which translated literally means “the evil tongue” or “evil speech,” includes slander, gossip and rumors, among other things.
As the old British wartime adage goes, “Careless talk costs lives.” The Talmud relates in the name of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani: “Why is the evil tongue called a thrice-slaying tongue? Because it kills three people: the person speaking, the person spoken to, and the person being spoken about.” It may not kill them physically, but it is character assassination.
Maimonides adds a further dimension: sometimes a person may say something that is not quite slander or gossip. Yet, as his statement passes from person to person, it eventually does cause harm, trouble, fright or hurt to the party being spoken about.
For example, even praising a person, if done in front of that person’s enemy who is liable to react negatively, could come under the category of slander or gossip.
The Midrash relates that Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel asked his servant, Tavi, to buy him something good from the market. The servant returned with some tongue. Rabbi Shimon then asked his servant to buy something bad from the market. The servant returned with more tongue. “How can this be? I asked you to buy something good, you bought tongue; I asked you to buy something bad, you also bought tongue?” Replied Tavi, “It has good and bad. When it is good, it has a lot of goodness. When it is bad, it is very bad.”
We speak thousands of words every day. Words have enormous power. May we merit to use them only for good purposes.
Rabbi & Mrs Yacov Borenstein