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Month: December 2008

HJC Schedule and News

Shalosh Seudos is sponsored by Hillel and Zahava Seltzer in memory of Zahava’s father.

Mincha this afternoon is at 4:40pm.  We need to start on time in order to light the Menorah in Shul before Shabbos starts. Please give yourself enough time to light your Chanukah lights at home before coming to shul on time.

Thank you to the Social Committee for working so hard to prepare the (By-Reservation-Only) Chanukah Luncheon tomorrow.

Don’t forget: Shabbos and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh.

Good Shabbos and Happy Chanukah
Rabbi Davidovich

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Friday evening, December 26       

    Mincha    4:40 PM
    Candle lighting    4:45 PM

Saturday, December 27 (Miketz/Rosh Chodesh/Chanukah)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Navi class    4:10 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    4:40 PM
    Shabbos ends    5:53 PM

Sunday, December 28 (Rosh Chodesh/Chanukah)       

    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Monday, December 29 (Chanukah)       

    Gemara class    Cancelled
    Shacharis    6:40 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Tuesday-Wednesday, December 30-31       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Thursday, January 1       

    Gemara class    Cancelled
    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Friday, January 2       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM

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HJC Schedule – Yayeishev

Don’t forget to contact the office by Monday to make your reservations for next Shabbos’s Chanukah Luncheon.

Friday evening, December 19       

    Mincha    4:45 PM
    Candle lighting    4:41 PM

Saturday, December 20 (Vayeishev)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Navi class    4:05 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    4:35 PM
    Shabbos ends    5:49 PM

Sunday, December 21 (Erev Chanukah)       

    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM
    LIGHT FIRST CHANUKAH CANDLE some time after sunset, or when you get home from shul.

Monday-Wednesday, December 22-24 (Chanukah)       

    Gemara class    Cancelled
    Shacharis    6:40 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Thursday, December 25 (Chanukah)       

    Gemara class    Cancelled
    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Friday, December 26 (Chanukah)       

    Gemara class    Cancelled
    Shacharis    6:40 AM
       

Friday evening, December 26       

    Mincha    4:40 PM
    Candle lighting    4:45 PM

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HJC News – Vayishlach

Mazel Tov to Bill and Dahlen Firestone on the birth of a boy.  The Sholom Zochor will be held tonight at their home, 2547 Milton Rd.

Kiddush tomorrow is sponsored by Martin and Marla Lipman in memory of Marla’s father. 

Please contact the office by December 22 to make reservations for the Shabbos Chanuka Luncheon on December 27.

A copy of last week’s Drasha, Thoughts of Bombay,  can be found at http://blog.hjcs.org

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich

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Friday evening, December 12       

    Mincha    4:40 PM
    Candle lighting    4:39 PM

Saturday, December 13 (Vayishlach)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Navi class    4:00 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    4:30 PM
    Shabbos ends    5:47 PM

Sunday, December 14       

    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Monday-Thursday, December 15-18       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:45 PM

Friday, December 19       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM
       

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Thoughts of Bombay

I have been obsessed all week with thoughts of Bombay.  Trying to make sense of it, wrap my mind and heart around it.  

I have been determined not to make it cheap.  I have fought the calls to “do a mitzvah” in their memory.  Doing a mitzvah is a good thing, of course.  But I have been selfish in my desire to do something that is logical as well as meaningful.

Five years ago, a rebbe from my Yeshiva went to visit a young talmid of the Yeshiva who was dying in California of a dreaded illness.  The boy, who was full of Emunah and not embittered by his illness, asked our rebbe why this was happening to him.  Our rebbe answered that it is not for us to ask “why?”, since we have no answers.  Our task is to ask, “How should I respond to this new reality.”

I found guidance in a Maamor, a Chassidus lesson, given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1967, a few months after the Six Day War.  The lesson was published and entitled after its opening possuk, “Im yihyeh nidachacha” (Devarim 30:4). “If your dispersed is at the edge of the heavens, from there God your Lord will gather you and from there He will take you.”  The word gather is “Kibbutz” in Hebrew.  The “You” being gathered and taken in by God in this promise is in the singular.  Now you can’t gather one thing!  Kibbutz is the act of gather many points together into one place.  One doesn’t do kibbutz of a single person.  It could reasonably be argued that God is refering to the entire nation of Israel.  But if that was the only point, it would have been far easier to state that God was planning to gather us together, in the plural.  To address this difficulty, the Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that on a deeper level, God promises to gather all the constituent traits of each Jew’s personality together in order that he fulfill the mission he was sent down here to do, which is to increase God’s presence in this world.  This is how you do ‘kibbutz’ to an individual,  and fight off the real and artificial distractions that disperse his senses and pull each of us in many irrelevent directions. 

The Chabad House in Bombay, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg,  simultaneously accomplished both missions: They gathered many Jews to one welcoming location and pulled no stops to pull each Jewish soul together.

That was taken away. We need to fill that void.

Yisgadal V’Yiskadash Shmei Rabba
– God’s name should become great and Holy.  His name was made small by the deaths of his children who were fulfilling their Zeidi Avraham Avinu’s role as God’s restaurateur and innkeeper in this world. – And the killings made a Chilul Hashem – “Lama Yomru Hagoyim Ayei Elokeihem“.  So we the community of Israel that are left to suffer the loss ask that Hashem restore his full Name and restore a Kiddush Hasheim Hagodol

Even using non-religious language, the morale of Klal Yisroel was damaged and the resolve of the Goyim Asher Lo Yeda’ucha was strengthened by their success. 

Our task is to replenish the void, and march on.  A soldier who sees a beloved comrade fallen needs first to honor his fallen comrade. Then he ensures that the death not impede the war effort. And then he makes sure that the effort is reinvigorated more than ever before, in order not to give even a moment of encouragement to the enemy.  He looks at the rank of the fallen soldier and his task.  Was he a medic? A helicopter pilot?

The Holtzbergs were officers in the  “From there he will gather you” brigade.  The others who were killed also had mission that were left unfulfilled.  All we can logically hope to do is fill in the breach.

1- Rebuild the Chabad House in Bombay.    https://www.mychabad.org/article.asp?aid=773205

2- Help support Moshe Holtzberg   https://www.mychabad.org/article.asp?aid=773205

3- Help support the Teiltelbaum Widow and Orphans  www.teitelbaumorphanfund.org

4- Help support Rabbi Bentzion Kruman‘s Widow and Orphans http://krumanfoundation.org/

5- Support a local “From there He will gather you” cause, personally (For example, invite someone for a Shabbos meal not just for the selfish desire for pleasant company, but for what you can do for them.) as well as financially. (For example, invest in a local group that does this kind of gathering work.)

This is our choice.  “Why did the past happen as it did?” is not a question we have the capacity to answer to anyone’s satisfaction.  “What will happen in the future?” is a question we have a role in answering, with our Creator’s help and consolation.

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Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Rebbetzin Schur on the birth last week of a great-grandson, born to Mr And Mrs Eli Frank.


RD

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HJC Schedule – Vayeitzei

  • Condolences to the Schlesinger family on the passing of Richard Schlesinger.
  • Condolences to Harry Schuster on the passing of his sister Dora Stankowicz.
  • Reminder: We began adding the phrase “V’sein Tal U’Matar” to our Shmoneh Esrei last night. 
  • Save the Date: The Shul’s Chanukah Luncheon is Shabbos December 27. Please contact the office to RSVP.
  • SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO COMMEMORATE THE TRAGIC LOSS OF LIFE IN MUMBAI, INDIA REMEMBERING ALL WHO WERE KILLED IN THE TERRORIST ATTACK
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2008
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
AT THE WAXMAN CHABAD CENTER
2479 SOUTH GREEN ROAD, BEACHWOOD

Good Shabbos
Rabbi Davidovich

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Friday evening, December 5       

    Mincha    4:40 PM
    Candle lighting    4:38 PM

Saturday, December 6 (Veyeitzei)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Latest Shema    9:58 AM
    Navi class    4:00 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    4:30 PM
    Shabbos ends    5:46 PM

Sunday, December 7       

    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:40 PM

Monday-Thursday, December 8-11       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv-Rambam    4:40 PM

Friday, December 12       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:45 AM
       

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