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Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

Friday June 20, 2014
Sivan 22, 5774

Parshat Korach

Blessing of New Month

Pirkei Avot, Chapter 3

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A word from the Rabbi 

Shabbat Sevices: Shabbat Morning Services @ 10:00 AM followed by a delicious kiddush.

Please add your prayers with Jews around the world, as we pray for the safe return of these 3 young Yeshiva Students.

Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devora – יעקב נפתלי בן רחל דבורה
Gil-ad Michael ben Bat Galim – גיל-עד מיכאל בן בת גלים
Eyal ben Iris Teshura – אייל בן איריס תשורה

The Jewish Federation is calling for a special Prayer Service meeting this evening, Thursday June 19 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Schomre Israel.

I ask that you participate to this important event for our community to show support for the safe return of these three innocent young men.

Congregation Schomre Israel is located at 18 Park Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Camp Gan Israel

Camp Gan Israel of Dutchess County will open its doors for the first time for the summer of 2014. Camp Gan Israel, an affiliate of the very successful world wide Gan Israel day camps, will offer: warm and caring staff, arts n crafts, kosher cooking, great trips, specialty clubs, Shabbat parties and Jewish culture, mad science, swimming /water activities, sports and much more! 

Dates: June 30 – July 11th
Hours 9:30-3:00 (extended hours available)
Mini Gan Izzy: ages 3-5/ Gan Izzy Junior: ages 6-10
For more information or to receive a registration packet and calendar  call Rivka  Serebryanski, Camp Director at 845-224-5530 or e-mail
Make this summer a lifetime of memories. Call today! Don’t delay!
Located on the spacious grounds of the Chabad Centers at 61-63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie.

Jewish Art Calendar

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The Jewish Art Calendar is one of the most popular Jewish publications and serves as a Jewish lifeline to many thousands of Jewish families throughout the Mid Hudson Valley with a wealth of Jewish knowledge, Holiday awareness, recipes as well as beautiful artwork. It is sent out free of charge to homes and businesses throughout the entire region and well beyond.


We turn to all of you asking you to please place an ad or make a contribution in any amount toward the Jewish Art Calendar. Donations in the amount of Chai ($36, $54, $180 or more) or any amount you can afford. Your name(s) will be listed on the page of contributors, or, if you so wish, you can be listed anonymously. Donations can also be made in the memory, or in honor, of a loved one.

Please send in your contribution or advertisement today to:

The Jewish Art Calendar

Chabad Lubavitch of Mid Hudson Valley

63 Vassar Rd.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603

You can also donate through PayPal by clicking here.

Please e-mail an exact listing of names you wish to list or advertisement through e-mailing us at

Thanking you in advance for your help and support.

                       Torah & Tea  

During the summer time it is customary to study Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Fathers, which deals primarily with ethical, interpersonal relationships and doing Mitzvot “beyond the letter of the Law.” One of the reasons is that in order to properly receive the Torah one must be a “mentch”. True spirituality, or a true relationship with G-d, is manifest not only in our relationship between man and G-d but in our relationship with our fellow man.


Please join us on Wednesday morning’s at 10:30 AM at the home of Hindy Borenstein, 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Poughkeepsie and enjoy assorted teas and delicious pastries.


Dear Friends:

Are you a spectator or a participant? Do you only watch the soccer World Cup, or do you sometimes kick a ball yourself?


The Parshah this week is named after Korach, cousin of Moses, and a revolutionary who attempted to usurp the authority of Moses and Aaron. His ill-fated rebellion came to a bitter end when the earth opened and swallowed Korach and his followers, demonstrating to all that Moses and Aaron were truly chosen by G-d.

But why name a Parshah after a villain? Korach was a sinner, and is surely not a role model for us to emulate.


My saintly teacher and mentor, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, offered a novel approach. There is one area where Korach can indeed be a good role model. What was Korach’s burning desire in life? It was to be a kohen gadol, high priest. He coveted Aaron’s position of honor.


Now, being a high priest meant much more than just fame, fortune, glory and privilege. Many sacred responsibilities came with the job. It was no easy task to be a kohen gadol. There were numerous restrictions: where he could go, what kind of activities he could be involved in, whom he could marry, etc. Yet Korach was absolutely single-minded in his aspiration to become the high priest.


Said the Rebbe: this is something we can all learn from Korach-the yearning to serve G-d in the holiest capacity, the craving to be a kohen gadol. Would that all of us shared similar aspirations to holiness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each one of us longed for a life of sanctity, dedicated to the service of G-d?


How often we are only too happy to allow others to handle the sacred stuff. “You can put on tefillin for me, Rabbi.” And your bobba (grandmother) can keep kosher for you, and the ADL can fight anti-Semitism for you, and the Lubavitchers will save the world for you. And what will you yourself do? Watch them?


It is interesting that in many parts of the world, much of the financial support for religious institutions comes from people who themselves are not religious. It has, in fact, been suggested that this phenomenon may well be a form of vicarious Judaism. These are fine people, who really do believe in the truth of Judaism, but they haven’t got sufficient commitment to practice it themselves. Nor do they believe that their own children will do it. Who, then, will defend the faith, and perpetuate Judaism and the Jewish people? So they sponsor a religious institution to do it for them.


I recall hearing a pertinent story from Professor Velvl Greene of Ben Gurion University. A young man signed up to join the paratroopers. On his first training flight, the instructor has him in his parachute, huddled at the door of the airplane, and starts counting down. 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . “JUMP!” The candidate is paralyzed with fear, and doesn’t move. “Okay, it happens to the best of us,” says the instructor sympathetically. “We’ll try again.” The second attempt, however, is no better, nor the third or the fourth. The would-be paratrooper is simply too petrified to jump. Exasperated, the instructor asks him, “Tell me, son, if you are so scared to jump, why on earth do you want to join the paratroopers?” The young man answers, “It’s true, I am scared out of my wits. But I just love to be around people who are not afraid.”


It is wonderful to support and encourage the activists among us. But let us learn from Korach, who wanted so badly to be a high priest himself. Let’s not be content with being spectators as others do it for us. Let each of us participate in the Jewish idea. And let us do it personally.


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein


Jonathan was a real miser. He worked hard all his life and had saved all his earnings.
Just before he died, he said to his wife, “Sarah, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the coffin with me. I want to take my money with me to the afterlife. Promise me!”
She promised she would.
After his funeral, Sarah was talking with her best friend Rebecca. “I hope,” Rebecca said, “you weren’t stupid to put all that money in there with Jonathan.”
“Well, I promised him,” Sarah replied, “and I can’t lie…”
“You mean to tell me,” said Rebecca, “that you put every penny of his money in the coffin?”

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