Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
Friday March 14, 2014
12 Adar 2, 5774Parshat Tzav
A word from the Rabbi
Shabbat Sevices: 10:00 AM. Please join us this Shabbat Morning for Shabbat Services and a special Biblical Torah reading of Parshat Zachor (Remember).We remember what Amalek did to the Jewish People. Haman was a descendent of Amalek. We likewise remember all the Haman’s of history, past and present.
There will be a special reading of the Megillah at the Chabad House on Saturday night at 8:00 PM followed by light refreshments.
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“Purim Under the Sea”
March 16, 4:00 PM
at the Mercury Grand Hotel
Hebrew School: Purim – No school
We all have moods. Moods that affect the clothing we wear (I am in the brown shoes mood today), the lunch we eat (apricot jelly and peanut butter sandwich), the music we listen to (classical), and almost everything else in our lives, from the way we wake up in the morning to the nature of our nighttime dreams. And when we act in regrettable fashion, we, of course, blame it on the mood: “I am just having a bad day. Too bad!”
Unfortunately, moods can sometimes infringe on our relationship with G-d, and with our fellows as well. “I am just not in the mood for prayer,” “I’ll put on tefillin tomorrow,” “I am not in the mood for my kids,” “I am in the mood of wasting five hours of my life surfing the Web.”
As always, we find relevant counsel in the Torah for all the issues concerning our lives. In the seventh chapter of Leviticus, we read regarding an interesting ritual that pertained to the peace offering. The one who was bringing the offering, along with the priest who processed it, would take certain parts of the animal and “wave them before G-d.” Rashi, the foremost biblical commentator, explains: “He would move them forward and backward, upward and downward.”
Following the chassidic axiom that the animal sacrifices are actually a reflection of an inner sacrifice, that of offering to G-d our natural (“animalistic”) instincts and temptation, we must learn a relevant personal lesson from this curious ritual too.
Let’s get back into the mood:
“Upward” and “downward” refer to our mood roller coaster. No matter where our moods score on the Richter scale, the sacrificing must continue! Our duties in life cannot be interrupted because of a foul mood. Torah and mitzvot must be fulfilled regardless. Our responsibilities don’t take a vacation, and our connection to G-d doesn’t and shouldn’t swing with the moods.
“Forward” and “backward” refer to our responsibility vis-à-vis the world around us, the world that is not in any way affected by the fact that I woke up in a grouchy mood. The world needs so much fixing; how can we afford to hibernate because of a bad hair day?
Let the moods dictate the shoes, their color, and perhaps even the amount of chocolate we consume. But when it comes to the important things in life (sorry, chocolate addicts), let the moods be subservient to you, and you be the master!
Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a rabbi, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study the Torah more, get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”
After about a month, the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been very proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied the Torah diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”
To which the Rabbi replied, “Yes, and they WALKED everywhere they went!”
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Sunday morning services:
Bagels, Lox & Torah
Service 9:30 AM
Breakfast 10:00 AM
at the Chabad Center
Women’s Torah class:
Torah and Tea
Wednesday’s 10:00 AM
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