Here Comes the Judge!

news1-15-10

Chabad of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter

Friday, August 29, 2014
Elul 3, 5774
Parshat Shoftim
Pirkei Avot: Chapter 1

       logo                       B”H 


A word from the Rabbi


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

hebrew school

      ~ 2014-2015 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN ~

Hebrew school begins September 7

chabad hebrew school

Chabad Hebrew School offers a Jewish education that’s stimulating, hands-on and meaningful. Chabad, with its non-judgmental approach, embraces all children regardless of their affiliation or their level of observance. The focus is to instill Jewish pride and a strong Jewish identity in the children. The teachers are passionate about what they teach and are living role models.

A significant ingredient of our program is making Judaism exciting and fun for the children. Thus, children love coming to Chabad Hebrew School.

No child will be turned away due to financial difficulties.

 

rosh hashana banner

High Holiday Services with Chabad

at the Mercury Grand Hotel

 

Dear Friends, 

 

Don’t be judgmental. Unless, of course, you happen to be a judge. Then it’s your job.

 

This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shoftim, begins with the biblical command for judges to be appointed in every city and town to adjudicate and maintain a just, ordered, civil society. Interestingly, it occurs in the first week of Elul, the month in which we are to prepare in earnest for the Days of Judgment ahead, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

 

There are, however, some significant differences between earthly judges of flesh and blood and the heavenly judge. In the earthly court, if after a fair trial a defendant is found guilty, then there’s really not much room for clemency on the part of the judge. The law is the law and must take its course. The accused may shed rivers of tears, but no human judge can be certain if his remorse is genuine. His feelings of regret are touching, but of limited legal consequence. After all, a human judge may only make a decision based on “what the eye can see.” The misdeed was seen to have been committed. The remorse, who knows? Perhaps he’s a good actor and is only acting contrite. The Supreme Judge, however, does know whether the accused genuinely regrets his actions or is merely putting on an act. Therefore, He alone is able to forgive. That is why in heavenly judgments, teshuvah (repentance) is effective.

 

The Maharal of Prague gave another reason. Only G-d is able to judge the whole person. Every one of us has good and bad to some extent. Even those who have sinned may have many other good deeds that outweigh the bad ones. Perhaps even one good deed was of such major significance that it alone could serve as a weighty counterbalance. The point is, only G-d knows. Only He can judge the individual in the context of his whole life and all his deeds, good and bad.

 

Our goal is to emulate the heavenly court. We should try to look at the totality of the person. You think he is bad, but is he all bad? Does he have no redeeming virtues? Surely, he must have some good in him as well. Look at the whole person.

 

A teacher once conducted an experiment. He held up a white plate and showed it to the class. In the center of the plate was a small black spot. He then asked the class to describe what they saw. One student said he saw a black spot. Another said it must be a target for shooting practice. A third suggested that the plate was dirty or damaged. Whereupon the teacher asked, “Doesn’t anyone see a white plate?”

 

There may have been a small black spot, but essentially it was a white plate. Why do we only see the dirt? Let us learn to find the good in others. Nobody is perfect, not even ourselves. Let’s not be so judgmental and critical. Let’s try to see the good in others.

Shabbat Shalom, 

Rabbi Yacov & Hindy Borenstein

http://www.chabadmidhudsonvalley.com  

Jewish Humor!

Joke.jpg

Once, a salesman approached a home and heard a big commotion inside. When the door was opened by a man, the salesman asked if he could speak to the master of the home.

“Well, sir,” came the reply, “you will have to wait around a bit; we are deciding just that right at this moment.”

The New Extension to the Chabad Center
chabad house
To view it in full scale, click on image.
If you wish to dedicate or contribute for the New Bais Chabad Center please call the Rabbi for an appointment.
The Rebbe
rebbe

To learn more about the Rebbe, click on the picture above.

 Candle Lighting Times

 for
 Poughkeepsie, NY   
Shabbat Candles
Friday, August 29 

 
Light Candles at
7:16 PM
Shabbat ends at:
8:15 PM
Upcoming Events
Shabbat Services 

10:00 AM
followed by a delecious kiddush

 

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
at the Borenstein’s home
Quick Links
Donate Now
Donate Now
Join Our Mailing List
Mazal Tov
chabad house
If you would like to include a Mazal Tov please call
(845) 463-5801
or e-mail: chabadmidhudsonvly@prodigy.net
Mikvah
Ask The Rabbi
You have a question?

Ask the Rabbi,
email
or call
(845) 463-5801

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley, Dutchess county, Jewish, Poughkeepsie, prayer, religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s