Yisro is the focal point in the beginning of this week’s parsha. After hearing of all the miraculous events that G-d performed for the Jewish people, Yisro decided to convert to Judaism. He sent word...
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
Thank you to Lois Cohen for sponsoring the Shabbos afternoon classes in memory of Bernie –Ben-Tzion ben Harav Avraham Ya’akov Hakohein. May his memory serve as a blessing to all of us.
G-d willing, our next Shabbos lunch will be on February 25. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Shmuel Cohen and his topic will be “The Symphony of Halacha and its Implications in the Business World.” The cost is $25/adult; $20/high school & college students; $15/children in grades 1-8. Reservations are due by February 21. Reservations received by February 18 will receive a $5/discount per person.
For the third consecutive year, we will be hosting a pre-Pesach wine tasting event in early March. You will also be able to order wine for Pesach. Details to follow.
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.
Yisro is the focal point in the beginning of this week’s parsha. After hearing of all the miraculous events that G-d performed for the Jewish people, Yisro decided to convert to Judaism. He sent word to Moshe that he would soon be arriving at the camp of Israel. The Torah tells us that Moshe went out to greet Yisro: “and he bowed and kissed him and they asked – the man to his friend - the peace of his dear one.”
Rashi notes that this passuk is unclear. “Who bowed to whom? Who kissed whom? Who was the one to make the gesture? Was it Yisro, the father-in-law, who kissed Moshe, or did Moshe, the son-in-law, kiss Yisro?
Rashi quotes the Mechilta which refers us to the Book of Bamidbar where Moshe is called “the man Moshe”. Obviously, the words “the man inquired of the other’s welfare” in our portion must mean that same man - Moshe.
Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky raises a question. Why did the Torah choose a seemingly convoluted way to tell us that Moshe bowed before and kissed his father-in-law? Would it not have been easier to tell us that “Moshe bowed and kissed him and asked the peace of his dear one”? Why did the Torah use the words “the man” and send us to the Book of Bamidbar to learn who “the man” was?
Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky concludes that the Torah could have told us the narrative of Yisro and Moshe in an easier manner. It could have told us that Moshe bowed before, and kissed Yisro. But the Torah tells us much more - that it was a man – a normal human being - who kissed Yisro. True, it was Moshe that performed those actions. But they were not the deeds of a Moshe, they were the actions of a regular man – a mentch!
When trying to describe our leaders and sages, we often attribute acts of kindness, compassion, and extra care as super-human attributes. We forget the humanity that exists in even the greatest of people, that a wonderful attribute for even the holiest person is to be a normal mentch – a regular man.×