Shabbat Shalom! 12/21/2012 Rhinebeck Jewish Center

Rhinebeck Jewish Center

Upcoming Events
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Movie Night&Chinese Takeout
December 24th
5 PM – 9 PM
Delamater Inn Conference Center
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.

 

Greetings!

What a wonderful Chanukah we had, we hope you did too!
We hope you’ll join us at our Movie Night & Chinese Takeout event on December 24th! Please rsvp at 845.876.7666 or rsvp@RhinebeckJewishCenter.com

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht

 

Short thought

 

And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt in the country of Goshen; and they took possession of it (47:27)The Hebrew word vayei’achazu (“and they took possession of it”) literally means “and they took hold of it,” but also translates, “and they were held by it.” Both interpretations are cited by our sages: Rashi translates vayei’achazu as related to the word achuzah, “land holding” and “homestead”; the Midrash interprets it to imply that, “The land held them and grasped them… like a man who is forcefully held.”

This duality defines the Jew’s attitude toward galut (exile). On the one hand, we know that no matter how hospitable our host-country may be, and no matter how we may flourish, materially and spiritually, on foreign soil, galut is a prison in that it dims our spiritual vision, hinders our national mission and compromises our connection with G-d. For only as a nation dwelling on our land with the Holy Temple as the Divine abode in our midst can we perceive the Divine presence in the world, fully realize our role as “a light unto the nations,” and fully implement all the mitzvot of the Torah-the lifeblood of our relationship with G-d.

But we also know that we are in galut for a purpose. We know that we have been dispersed throughout the world in order to reach and influence the whole of humanity. We know that it is only through the wanderings and tribulations of galut that we access and redeem the “sparks of holiness” — the pinpoints of Divine potential which lie scattered in the most forsaken corners of the globe.

So Galut is an achuzah in both senses of the word: a “holding” to develop and a “holding pen” we must perpetually seek to escape.

Indeed, it can only be the one if it is also the other. If we relate to galut solely as a prison, we will fail to properly utilize the tremendous opportunities it holds. But if we grow comfortable in this alien environment, we risk becoming part of it; and if we become part of the galut reality, G-d forbid, we could no more succeed in our efforts to develop and elevate it than the person who tries to lift himself up by pulling upwards on the hairs atop his own head.

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humor

Santa is in Macy’s department store, when a small girl sits on his lap.

Santa says: “Ho Ho Ho. What’s your name, little girl, and what do you want for Christmas?”

“Patty, and I’d like a Beanie Baby, please.”

“OK. Now, take a gift from my toy sack.”

Next, Santa asks a little boy: “What’s your name and what do you want for Christmas?”

“Peter. I want a laser baseball.”

“Fine. Take a present from my toy sack.”

Another boy steps up. “What’s your name and what do want for Christmas?”

“Irving and I’m Jewish. I’m not allowed to ask Santa for anything.”

Santa pointed to his toy sack and whispers, “Nem tzvay” [take two].

 

Moshiach and the future Redemption

Notwithstanding the idyllic ritual observance in the days of the Second Temple, dissension, gratuitous hatred and divisiveness, caused the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash and the present galut. Rectification of this condition will bring about the restoration of the Bet Hamikdash and the Messianic redemption

 

 

 

Candle Lighting Times:

Friday, December 21
Light Candles at: 4:10 pm
Shabbat, December 22
Shabbat Ends: 5:15 pm

          

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