This week is a busy week at the RJC! With two Purim Programs and our Sweet Evening event, we are working in overdrive to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for you! We really hope you can attend all of programs and events – your support means the world to us!
Happy Purim and Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht
The holiday of Purim is celebrated with four Mitzvot. We read the story of Purim from the Megillah twice (this year on Wednesday Night – March 7, 2012 – and anytime on Thursaday – March 8, 2012 – before sundown), send Mishloach Monot – a gift of at least two edibles to one friend, give charity to two different poor people and have a festive meal. All four of these special Purim commandments create unity.
We do Mitzvot that create harmony between people, because when Haman came to King Achashveirosh to convince him to get rid of the Jews he said, “The Jews
are scattered all over, let’s get rid of them.” Haman’s claim that the Jews were scattered did not mean physical distance, but implied that the Jews were divisive, separated and disjointed.
Each year we demonstrate unity by fulfilling the special Purim Mitzvot. Much regard is given to the reading of the Megillah in the synagogue with a big crowd, giving charity to the poor and promoting friendships by giving gifts to our friends – usually accompanied by merrily dressed up delivery people. However, many people overlook the importance of inviting people to partake
in the festive Purim meal. When we invite people to our home and share a Holiday meal together we are creating unity and bonds of friendship and are actually fulfilling the theme of Purim with brotherhood, love and unity in
the most beautiful and preferable way.
In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know me?’ She responded, ‘Why, yes, I do know
you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a
big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.’ The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the
room and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?’ She again replied, ‘Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t
build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three
different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.’ The defense attorney nearly died.
The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,
‘If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.’
Moshiach and the Future Redemption
This topic is shrouded in mystery: we are uncertain as to the identity of Gog and Magog, whether Gog and Magog are the names of nations or individuals, whether this battle will be a physical or spiritual battle, and even whether it has already occurred or not.
Wednesday March 7th:
Megillah Reading 6:30 PM
Followed by refreshments and music
Thursday March 8th:
4:30 PM Megillah Reading
5:00 PM Deli Buffet
All held at the RJC-102 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck NY
A Sweet Evening
Our Annual Fundraiser – a night of gourmet desserts, wine and entertainment.
Saturday, March 10th 1012
8:00 PM at the Rhinecliff Hotel
845 876 7666
Shema Yisroel Radio Show
Your all Jewish American Radio Program
Every Sunday Morning
9:30 AM- 10:00 AM
Online Live Stream:
Our monthly Women’s Brunch
Next occurrence, March 18th, 2012
|Candle Lighting Times:
-Friday March 9th
Light Candles: 5:38PM
-Shabbat March 10th
Shabbat ends: 6:38 PM
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