Shabbat Shalom! 10/18/2012

Rhinebeck Jewish Center

Upcoming Events

Kiddush Club
Services 9:30 AM
Followed by a delicious Kiddush
102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck NY 12572
Shema Yisroel Radio Show

Your all Jewish American Radio Program

Every Sunday Morning

9:30 AM- 10:00 AM

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Soup Salad & Soul
Our monthly women’s event to nourish your soul and body.


With Fall finally upon us, we look forward to our upcoming Fall and Winter programs. Stay tuned and visit our website for more info!
Please join our Women’s Monthly Brunch; Soup, Salad & Soul this Sunday Oct. 21st. Email Tzivie for more info:

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht


Short thought


And G-d said to Noah… Make yourself an ark (6:13-14)

Noah tried to save his generation by calling on them to repent. But the fact that he did not pray for them implies that, ultimately, it did not matter to him what became of them. Had he truly cared, he would not have sufficed with “doing his best” but would have implored the Almighty to repeal His decree of destruction — just as a person whose own life is in danger would never say, Well, I did my best to save myself, and leave it at that, but would beseech G-d to help him.

In other words, Noah’s involvement with others was limited to his sense of what he ought to do for them, as opposed to a true concern for their well-being. He understood the necessity to act for the sake of another, recognizing that to fail to do so is a defect in one’s own character; but he fell short of transcending the self to care for others beyond the consideration of his own righteousness.

This also explains a curious aspect of Noah’s efforts to reach out to his generation. When the Flood came, Noah and his family entered the ark — alone. His 120-year campaign yielded not a single baal teshuvah (repentant)! Perhaps public relations was never Noah’s strong point, but how are we to explain the fact that, in all this time, he failed to win over a single individual?

But in order to influence others, one’s motives must be pure; in the words of our sages, “Words that come from the heart enter the heart.” Deep down, a person will always sense whether you truly have his interests at heart, or you are filling a need of your own by seeking to change him. If your work to enlighten your fellow stems from a desire to “do the right thing” but without really caring about the result, your call will be met with scant response. The echo of personal motive, be it the most laudable of personal motives, will be sensed, if only subconsciously, by the object of your efforts, and will ultimately put him off.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)








Selma Epstein walked in to the dentist office to make an appointment. “How much do you charge to pull out a tooth?” she asked.

“It’s $130” they replied.

“$130!” gasped Selma, “that’s ridiculous! There must be a way for you to go cheaper.”

“Well,” said the dentist thoughtfully, “I suppose if we don’t numb it, we could knock off $30.”

“Only $30?” countered Selma, “that’s still $100! You’ve got to make it cheaper.”

“Well,” said the dentist after a long pause, “I suppose if we take it out with a wrench we could knock it down to $50.”

“Perfect,” said Selma happily. “I would like to make an appointment for next Tuesday, for my husband Irving.”

Moshiach and the future Redemption

Other mitzvot charged with special efficacy to bring about the redemption are procreation (Genesis 1:28), the four species of Sukot (Leviticus 23:40), and the sending away of the mother-bird (Deuteronomy 22:6-7).




Candle Lighting Times:

Friday, October 19
Light Candles at: 5:50 pm
Shabbat, October 20
Shabbat Ends: 6:48 pm


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