FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020
ו' סיון, תש"פ
PARSHAS VAYIKRA

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

DAF YOMI
6:00 AM
SHACHARIS
7:00 AM

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

Often, we don’t pay attention to little details and we miss important information. But details are very important. We learn from all the detail.

We have now completed the Book of Shemos, with...

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

Night of Knowledge - November 9

Registration begins - 7:00 PM

Kristallnacht Remembrance  (Judith Gutstein) - 7:45 PM

Session One 8:00-8:45 PM

       A Salute to the Pritzker Militray Museum (Leah Cohen Gaynes)

       Lessons from our Avot and Imahot for the 21st Century (Rabbi Ephraim Goldman)

       A Yekke returns to his German Roots - A Visual Presentation (Norman Goldmeier)

       "Baby, Baby, Can't You hear My Heartbeat?" - Tales from the Neonatal Care Unit (Dr. Michael Schreiber, M.D.)

Session Two 8:50-9:35 PM

       Representing Israel One Day at a Time (Renie Schreiber and Regine Schlesinger)

Melava Malka and raffle following the program

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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

There are no upcoming events.

D'VAR TORAH FOR PARSHAS VAYIKRA

Often, we don’t pay attention to little details and we miss important information. But details are very important. We learn from all the detail.

We have now completed the Book of Shemos, with all its detail. So, what is the Torah emphasizing? What is the goal the Torah wants us to achieve? The Book of Shemos contains an enormous amount of information: The Egyptian slavery, the 10 plagues, the Exodus, the splitting of the Red Sea, the miracle of finding water, the manna, G-d giving us the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Golden Calf, the building of the Mishkan. Yet, at the end of the Book of Shemos, the Torah doesn’t mention any of these. It leaves us with an accountant’s report - the little details of what happened to all of the money that the Jewish people donated.

It seems like a strange way to end the Book of Shemos. Rabbi Wein suggested an idea behind the Torah’s conclusion to the Book of Shemos. In Jewish life, we are accountable for everything. We are accountable for all of our actions and behaviors. Corruption in money matters, is a symptom of a spiritual corruption. If Moshe could not account for every last shekel that was donated to the Mishkan, he couldn’t be the leader of the Jewish people. Only when people are willing to account for everything they do, can they be called leaders. The dangers of not giving a proper accounting, not being particular about all of the details, have become quite obvious in our world. G-d has given us several reminders to this idea: We remember many companies that went under due to poor accounting.

We live in a world where people don’t want to accept responsibility - we don’t want to make an accounting for our actions. I can do what I want . . . my kids can do what they want . . . I can interpret the Torah any way I want. That makes for a very dangerous world because everything then becomes acceptable, even the most immoral and reprehensible behaviors. However, if we accept responsibility for ourselves and our behaviors, we can accomplish great things.

Rabbi Wein concludes that the accounting at the end of the Book of Shemos teaches us that all the great miracles and events are meaningless if people feel no responsibility and accounting to the Jewish people. When a supernatural event occurs – the Six Day War, Entebbe, the Gulf War, the Cubs winning the World Series - what do we gain from it and how can we use that inspiration towards our service to the Jewish people and the world in general? We must make an accounting of all the details of our religious and everyday behavior and assist the growth of the Jewish people while maintaining the values of the Torah. This will give us courage and strength to face the challenges which the rest of the world thrusts upon us.

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