There are several ways that one can contribute to our shul and at the same time honor a special occasion or the memory of a loved one:
1) A day of learning the Daf Yomi: $20/day; $125/week; $500/month; $5000/year
Torah study is the best thing one can do for another person – either in their honor or memory (e.g. for a birthday or a yahrzeit). The merit of the Torah study is credited to the donor and to the person in whose honor or memory that it is learned.
2) A day of learning in our Shabbos classes: $20/class; $75/month; $750/year
3) Seuda Shlishis: $50/standard Seuda Shlishis; $100/delox Seuda Shlishis
A delox Seuda Shlishis adds lox and parve cream cheese.
4) Breakfast Club: $40/breakfast: Sunday morning after Shacharis
5) Tree of Life: $180/leaf: commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday, Bar/Bas-Mitzva, wedding or anniversary.
6) Memorial Board: $250/plaque
You can now pay for events or just make a donation online. Click the PayPal link to make an online donation.
On Shabbos Mevarchim during the Kiddush, we will be having a brief Torah session in memory of those whose yahrzeits are during the coming month. G-d willing, the next session will be on Shabbos, July 7 – Rosh Chodesh Av. If there is somebody whom you would like to remember through the Torah study or sponsor the study in that person’s name, please send an e-mail before July 5.
We have a monthly Shabbos Mevarchim class for women in the shul from 11:50 AM-12:20 PM. The monthly class will be led by Faith Neuman and her topic is “The Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Faith”.
There are no upcoming events.
The parsha tells us this week that just as a blemish can appear on one's body or hair, it can also appear on the walls of his home. When that happens, he goes to the kohen and declares, "like a plague appeared to me in my home." Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky raises a question:The afflicted sounds like a modern teenager. Why does he not say “I may have a plague”? Why use the words "like a plague." After all if it looks like a plague and acts like a plague, than it must be a plague! Why then does he use the word “like” in describing it to the Kohein?
Rabbi Kaminetzky explains that the Torah is telling us an important foundation in negativity. When one seemingly has a blemish or sees a blemish in his own home, he has no right to declare it as such. He may have a problem but should never declare it until seeking spiritual confirmation. One may think it is a blemish, it may even appear as a blemish, yet, until confirmed by the compassionate kohen, it is only like a blemish. Until confirmed with counsel, it is not. If one goes to the kohen and learns to utilize the impairing experience to grow, to become more patient, more understanding, and perhaps more sensitive to others, then the hindrances that he or she experience may be troublesome, they may even be disheartening, they may even be like a handicap -- but they are truly not. Because the handicap is only in the mind; and what is on the body is only like a blemish that can fade away.×