Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
Friday June 10, 2011
Sivan 8, 5771
Pirkai Avot chapter 1
A word from the Rabbi
Shabbat Services will take place this week at the home of Rabbi and Hindy Borenstein.
Kabbalat Shabbat tonight at 7:30 PM sharp.
Shabbat Morning Services at 10:00 AM sharp (followed by Mincha).
This Shabbat marks ten years since the passing of Hindy’s dear Zaidy (Grandfather) Naftali Zev. Hindy’s parents will be here with us for Shabbat and a minyan is urgently needed so that Hindy’s father can say kaddish on his yahrzeit.
A special kiddush will be held in honor of the yahrzeit.
Please come so that we are assured of a minyan in merit of our dear Zaidy.
Our address is 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Poughkeepsie (corner Cora Lane)
Other Upcoming Events:
Sunday, June 12 – Graduation Ceremony for Hebrew School children and parents.
LETTERS OF LIGHT:
THE KABBALAH OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET
Tuesday June 14, at 7:30 PM at the Chabad Center, 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie
*Explore the mystical and spiritual insights contained in the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet.
* Discover the wisdom inherent in the Aleph Bet and the guidance they provide in all areas of life.
* See these sacred letters in a whole new light.
Instructor: Mrs. Hindy Borenstein
Requested donation: $25 for entire course
To register please call Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail email@example.com.
There is a beautiful story told of the famous Rabbi Israel Baal-Shem-Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement some 300 years ago.
He was once walking with his students on a cold, wintery day when his students noticed that in the snow beside them, an image of an idol had been engraved.
“Our master”, the students began, “you have taught us that everything we encounter in life is to be a lesson for us to learn from. If G-d caused us to notice this site, there must certainly be a message here for us. What can we possibly learn from this?”
The Baal Shem Tov responded: “There is nothing more pure than water. It is the basis of all life and existence. Nonetheless, even this most pristine substance – when it becomes cold – can be tainted and used to express a message that is antithetical to the source of all life – G-d.
This week’s Torah portion opens with the description of the way Aaron would kindle the fire on the menorah in the Temple. Kindling these flames in the Temple is meant to act as a wake up call for the Jewish People to ignite their internal flames – the passion and fire or our Jewish souls.
The secret to maintaining our purity as Jews lies in the way we preserve our warmth, energy, and enthusiasm about being Jewish. Feelings of apathy, cynicism, or coldness are fertile breeding grounds for sin and assimilation.
So on this Shabbat, when we read about this spiritual global warming, let us add more fuel to our Jewish passion and drive. In this way, we can continue to grow and flourish – both on a micro and macrocosmic scale – adding new life and energy to the world.
Let’s do a mitzvah today! Let us warm the world!