SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
י"ד תשרי, תשע"ט
PARSHAS PARSHAS HA'AZINU

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

EREV SUKKOS
DAF YOMI
7:00 AM
SHACHARIS
8:00 AM
MINCHA/MA'ARIV
6:30 PM

WELCOME TO CONGREGATION YEHUDA MOSHE

Congregation Yehuda Moshe is an Orthodox synagogue located in Lincolnwood, Illinois meeting the diverse needs of our Jewish community. In addition to twice-daily Minyanim, we offer adult classes, a fully functional Mikvah, and a variety of events throughout the year. We have classes that appeal to the needs of everyone young or old, beginner or Torah scholar. Our congregation is made up of diverse individuals with wide-ranging backgrounds. Our goal is to warmly welcome and spiritually inspire our members, our guests, and the entire Jewish community. Most of the community is enclosed within an Eruv (Please contact the Shul office or click on the Eruv link along the left side of this page, for current Eruv information). Whether you're just visiting our area or considering a move to Lincolnwood or South Skokie, come spend a Shabbat with us. We're confident you'll find the experience spiritually enriching, warm, and just plain fun. New members of all levels of observance are always welcomed. We are centrally located, just 5 blocks from the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore, and we're just 15 minutes from Downtown Chicago or 15 minutes from O'Hare Airport.

WEEKLY DVAR TORAH

In this week’s Parsha Moshe prophesies good times for the Jewish people and what will happen to them if, G-d forbid, they do not follow the Torah. The parsha concludes that Moshe - together with his...

SHUL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donation Opportunities

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

  1. Gemara class given by the Rabbi before Mincha
  2. Parsha Class given by the Rabbi after Maariv on Friday Night (winter only)
  3. Maharal class given by Dr. Koenigsberg before Mincha

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

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Shabbos Mevarchim Learning

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.

Shabbos Mevarchim Women's Class

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”.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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D'VAR TORAH FOR PARSHAS PARSHAS HA'AZINU

In this week’s Parsha Moshe prophesies good times for the Jewish people and what will happen to them if, G-d forbid, they do not follow the Torah. The parsha concludes that Moshe - together with his successor Yehoshua -  told the words of the song to the people.

Rashi explains that Moshe was transferring his authority to Yehoshua. Moshe had Yehoshua lecture to the Jewish people in his presence in order to establish his authority and leadership in the eyes of the people. However, there is a strange reference at this point. What cannot be missed is the Torah’s reference to Yehoshua. He is not called Yehoshua in this instance. Rather, he is called by his original name – Hoshea, “Moshe spoke . . . and Hoshea. But, Moshe had changed Hoshea’s name to Yehoshua forty years previously – before the incident of the spies. Moshe gave him the name Yehoshua as a bracha – that G-d should save him from the negative attitude of the spies. So, why at such a critical moment – at the time when Moshe was handing the reigns of leadership to his main student and successor and he wants to build Yehoshua’s prestige– does the Torah revert back to Yehoshua’s original name?

Rashi explains that Yehoshua was in a position where he could have become haughty and looked down upon others. After all, he was the successor to the greatest person who ever lived. Therefore, he must also be great. He was going to be in a position of power, and as the English historian Lord Acton stated, “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So, the Torah is teaching us that despite his exalted position – he would be the leader of the greatest nation on earth - Yehoshua did not become conceited. In terms of humility, he was the same Yehoshua as when he was younger. Power did not go to his head. He knew that his position was a bracha from G-d and he was responsible to G-d and the Jewish people. That was his song and the tune by which he would live.

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