This Shabbos is known as Shabbos Shuva – named after the first words of the Haftara. In the Haftara, the Prophet Hoshea is giving the Jewish people advice and encouragement how they can come close to...
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: $75/standard Seuda Shlishis; $125/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
The Yom Kippur Appeal is a major source of income for the upkeep and functioning of our shul. The shul has services every morning and evening throughout the year and there are bills to pay in conjunction with the day-to-day operation of the shul. Dues only cover one-half of the shul’s operating expenses. It is therefore imperative that we have a very successful Yom Kippur Appeal. This requires your assistance. Please respond generously. This year, we have once again added special categories for the Yom Kippur Appeal. Donors will be recognized for their contributions. The shul accepts Visa and Mastercard charges and post-dated checks for payments of fees and donations. Contributions can be given on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.
Yesodei Torah (Torah Founders)
$20/week ; $85/month ; $1000/year
Tomchei Torah (Torah Supporters)
$36/week ; $150/month ; $1800/year
Bonei Torah (Torah Builders)
$50/week ; $200/ month ; $2500/year
Lomdei Torah (Torah Learners)
$100/week ; $400/ month ; $5000/year
Please remember to select a ½ hour period between 6 AM and 11:00 PM to make an additional effort to abstain from Lashon Hara. The morning time slots have filled. There are some late afternoon and evening slots available. May the merit of our efforts assist Ronnie Slovin for a continued recovery.
We have beautiful cards that can be purchased for a donation to the shul. The cards can be sent for a celebration or in honor of another person. Please see Geri Jankelovitz or call the office for more information.
This Shabbos is known as Shabbos Shuva – named after the first words of the Haftara. In the Haftara, the Prophet Hoshea is giving the Jewish people advice and encouragement how they can come close to G-d. He begins with the words, “return Israel to G-d.” We are capable of doing Teshuva – G-d gives us the opportunity to come close to Him. If it was an impossible task – an exercise in futility - the Prophet would have given up on us. He would not say to repent.
However, the Prophet does not give up on us. He tells us to repent with sincerity and we will be successful because the sins that we have committed are not sins of rebellion. Rather, they are sins that are a result of mistakes that we made or of matters that are beyond our control. We must not be discouraged at our prospects. While it is true that we have done some things incorrectly . . . we have done some wrong, we usually don’t do wrong because we want to do wrong – we want to go against the Torah. We are human beings who make mistakes.
The Prophet Hoshea concludes with the words, “the ways of G-d are proper, and the righteous will walk in them, and the sinners will stumble in them.” Many events happen in the world that we don’t understand. Many good people suffer and we don’t understand. Why do the Jewish people suffer so much? We think that it is not fair – it is unjust. Hoshea tells us that we should not think in that direction. Sinners think along those lines. Righteous people realize that everything is under the direction and supervision of G-d.
This is a step for teshuva - repentance. We must keep G-d in our minds and realize that He is the source of everything. Keeping that idea in mind will keep us away from problems – religiously and theologically. It is one of the main ideas of this Holiday season. Through our efforts of teshuva, we ask G-d for a good and healthy year.×