Happy Chanukah and Shabbat Shalom!

Rhinebeck Jewish Center

Upcoming Events

Chanukah 2012
Public Menorah Lightings:

  -Saturday Dec 8th:

Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot 6:30 PM

-Sunday Dec 9th:
Millbrook, in front of the Thorne building 4:30 PM
-Monday Dec 10th:
Red Hook, by the information booth 5:00 PM

-Friday Dec 14th:
Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot 3:00 PM

-Saturday Dec 15th:
Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot 6:30 PM
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Soup Salad & Soul
Our monthly women’s event to nourish your soul and body.

Dreidel House 2012

Sunday December 9th at 10:30 AMStarr Library in Rhinebeck




Chanukah is almost here! Our first public Menorah lighting is on the first night of Chanukah! Join us at the Rhinebeck Savings Bank Parking Lot for a joyous and uplifting start to the Festival of Lights, this upcoming Saturday night at 6:30 PM. Dancing, Hot drinks, Latkes and more!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht


Short thought


It was told to Tamar: Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timna to shear his sheep (38:13)

Yet in the case of Samson it says, And Samson went down to Timna (Judges 14:1). For Timna sat on the slope of a hill: one ascended to it from one side and descended to it from the other.


The town of Timna is thus the prototype for all of lifes destinations. One never simply goes to Timna—one either ascends or descends to it; the same is true of the journey of life. There are no two parallel points on the slope of human development, where every step is either a step up or a step down from its predecessor.

This is also the lesson implicit in the lights of Chanukah (which always falls in proximity with the Torah reading of Vayeishev). One who kindles a single flame on the first night of the festival observes the mitzvah of kindling the Chanukah lights in the most optimal manner possible. But to kindle that same flame on the following night is not only a failure to increase light but a decline in relation to yesterdays achievement: on the second night of Chanukah, a single flame represents a less than optimal observance of the mitzvah. For in the diagonal trajectory of life, our every deed and endeavor either elevates or lowers us in relation to our prior station.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)











Sarah is well respected in her community. As well as helping out members of her local shul, she regularly spends time in a local retirement home talking to the elderly residents. One Sunday morning, Sarah decides to take her 4-year-old granddaughter Hannah with her on one of her visits.

As soon as she gets there, Hannah is amazed and intrigued by all the “strange” things she sees. She sees residents with wheelchairs, walking sticks, and even pill boxes in their rooms.

Then in one of the rooms they visit, Hannah stops and just stares for some time at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass of water.

“So why are you looking at the man’s teeth, bubbeleh?” asks Sarah nicely. “You look surprised. What are you thinking?”

“Well Bubbie,” Hannah replies, “I’m thinking that the tooth fairy will never believe what I’m seeing!”

Moshiach and the future Redemption

It is said, ‘In those days, the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together from the land of the north to the land I have given as a legacy to your fathers’ (Jeremiah 3:18). When they are bound together they shall receive the Face of the Shechinah!”




Candle Lighting Times:

Friday, December 7
Light Candles at: 4:06 pm
Shabbat, December 8
Shabbat Ends: 5:10 pm


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Dreidel House 2012
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