We would like to welcome Orna & Alan Richter & Family who are moving in this week!
IN THE COMMUNITY
(under the auspices of JSS)
On Sunday, July 23rd, commencing at 11:30 am, we will have a picnic at Williams Fresh Cafe on Discovery Drive at the Waterfront. Barbara has arranged with the manager to have a waitress distribute menus, take our orders and collect payment from each person, then deliver the food. Following the lunch, we will board the Hamilton Harbour Queen for a boat tour of Hamilton Harbour from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The senior's cost is normally $20.00, but JSS will be contributing $10.00 per person, so attendee costs for the tour will be $10.00. We thank Carol Krames for her help in financially supporting the Chevra Club. Note that the Harbour Queen is wheelchair and walker accessible.
On Sunday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. we will meet at JSS for lunch, followed by a presentation from policewoman Kim Kikas, who will speak on Frauds, Scams and Personal Safety. We expect this to be a very informative meeting. It is important for all to attend to learn how we can protect ourselves from scams and frauds that are going around presently. There are lots of them happening. Cost to attendees will be $7.00 per person.
Peace in Pieces
Imagine if the Almighty, rather than the Norwegian Nobel Committee, picked Nobel Peace Prize winners. Once in history, something similar did in fact occur. In Bamidbar (25:12), Hashem bestows Pinchas with the "Brit Shalom" - the "Covenant of Peace."
According to our tradition the word "Shalom" in this instance is literally broken (with the letter "vav" severed in two). It's not only ironic that the word "peace" is fractured but its also legally problematic. In all other instances, a single broken letter disqualifies an entire Torah scroll. Why, then, was it so important for this precedent to be overruled in this instance?
Pinchas was a controversial recipient. Although he restores peace to his nation, in order to do so, he must resort to deadly force by killing a corrupt Jewish prince & Midianite princess. To most, his actions were unsettling to many they were simply blasphemous.
The Torah is teaching a pivotal lesson - winning the peace is tough. While peace may be fueled by hope & optimism it is ultimately won through moral clarity and strength. The process is rarely utopian and more often than not leaves a trail of broken pieces.
Pinchas had moral courage and the ability to rise to the moment but his violent act was widely repudiated. So much so that Hashem needed to intercede and bestow the Covenant of Peace to reveal to all that, at times, peace must be won. The letter "vav" is a connector that binds words and ideas together. Yet, in the instance of Pinchas, this letter is broken. Despite the tragic quality of his act, he is heralded as a man of peace.
During these tumultuous times, as we watch our guardians being slayed on the holiest of ground, may we merit the strength and fortitude to bring forth the ultimate peace. "May the Lord give strength to His people; May the Lord will bless his people with peace" (Psalm 29).
CHOFETZ CHAIM HERITAGE FOUNDATION
WORDWIDE TISHA B'AV EVENT 5777
EMUNAH FOR LIFE
Tisha B'Av - Tuesday, August 1st
At the Adas Israel
1:30pm - Program A Video
HARAV ELIMELECH BIDERMAN
DAYAN AHRON DOVID DUNNER
RABBI EPHRAIM ELIYAHU SHAPIRO
6:30pm - Program B Video RABBI ELI J. MANSOUR
RABBI ZECHARIAH WALLERSTEIN
RABBI DAVID ASHEAR
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