Life is a Picture Postcard… – Hope to see you for the Lag B’omer family BBQ & Bonfire


Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

April 26, 2013
Iyar 16, 5773
Parshat Emor
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 4
A word from the Rabbi 


Shabbat Services: 10:00 AM.

Please join us for Shabbat Services followed by a kiddush & famous Cholent by the famous chef Manny Markus. 


Chabad Hebrew School: 

Lag B’Omer – No Hebrew School




SUNDAY APRIL 28, @ 4:30 PM

at the grounds of the Chabad Center,

63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie

lag b'omer 2013

pirkei avot

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Fathers

“Timeless Teachings on Becoming a Better Me”

At this time of the year, beginning after Passover and through the summer months it is traditional for Jews to study Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of Fathers. Ethics of Fathers is the Torah’s code and guide for ethical and proper human behavior. We are taught that proper human behavior, is a preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuot. In other words, to bge a proper vessel to receive the Torah, you must first be a “mentsch”.

Join us as we explore together the Torah’s teachings on becoming a better “me” and a better “you”.

Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:00 PM at the Chabad House, 63 Vassar Rd, P’ok

Instructors: Rabbi/Hindy Borenstein To RSVP call 463-5801 or e-mail

Dear Friends, 

I was planning to procrastinate, but I never got around to it.

Whether you consider the above quotation wise, witty or silly, it can actually be quite a sobering thought. How many of us can truly say we don’t put off important things we know we should have done yesterday? Don’t you just go green with envy when you meet those super-efficient amazons who are so punctual, organized and always put together? Don’t they infuriate you…with yourself?

You might be surprised to learn that effective time management is not only a professional value but also a religious imperative. 


This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Emor, details the Jewish Festivals, in the context of which we read about the Counting of the Omer during the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Just as the Israelites counted the days after the Exodus in eager anticipation to receive the Torah, so do we count these 49 days annually.

But why count time? Time marches on inexorably, whether we take note of it or not. What value is there in counting the days? The answer is that we count these 49 days to make us conscious of the preciousness of every single day. To make us more sensitive to the value of a day, an hour, a moment. As Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch once said, “A summer’s day and a winter’s night is a year.”

I heard a classic analogy on this theme in the name of the saintly Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1933). Life is like a picture postcard, he said.

We start writing with a large scrawl and then think of new things to say and before we know it we’re at the end of the card and there’s no more room. So what do we do? We start writing smaller and then when we’re out of space we start winding our words around the edges of the card to get it all in. Before we know it, we’re turning the card upside down to squeeze in the last few vital words in our message.

Isn’t life like that? We start off young and reckless without a worry in the world and as we get older we realize that life is short. So we start cramming and trying to squeeze in all those important things we never got around to. Sometimes our attempts are quite desperate, even pathetic, as we seek to put some meaning into our lives before it’s too late. (Maybe that’s what a mid-life crisis is all about.)

So the Torah tells us to count our days – because they are, in fact, numbered. We each have an allotted number of days and years in which to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Hopefully, by counting time we will appreciate it better. So, whatever it is that is important for each of us to get done, please G-d, we will all get around to it.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein

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One Response to Life is a Picture Postcard… – Hope to see you for the Lag B’omer family BBQ & Bonfire

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