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Friday, March 9, 2018
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"To welcome the Shabbos,
 come let us go, 
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from the Friday night prayers
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Naomi Greenwald


I am very proud of the JEP Hebrew School students and graduates who involve themselves  in our JEP  mitzvah projects.  This year, so far,  our students and teens have visited and entertained the elderly, volunteered at Kosher Troops, participated in a toy drive and recycling drive, and created a Holiday Hour program for special needs children. By involving young people in such activities, we hope to foster a sense of responsibility, instill the virtues of generosity and loving kindness, and ultimately inspire them to be future leaders who will  feel committed to making the world a better place.     
This week we read two Torah portions, Parshat Vayakhel and Parshat Pekudei. These Torah portions continue the detailed account of the construction of the Mishkan (the Holy Tabernacle). Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses, our leader) is overseeing the entire project. 
At some point in our lives, all of us are in leadership positions with others trusting us and relying on us, whether in a school, work or a family setting. I would like to share two lessons we can learn from Moshe's actions at the conclusion of  the building of the Mishkan.
After the monumental project of the construction of the Mishkan, Moshe gave a detailed accounting of the amounts of gold, silver and copper that were contributed by the people. He gave a full numeration of everything collected, and the use of these contributions, because he realized that a true leader must be accountable to his people. Even though Moshe was not suspected by the people of misusing the contributions made toward the Mishkan, nonetheless, he felt it necessary to give a complete accounting. 
From this we learn that a person must always be above suspicion and reproach in the eyes of both G-d and man. Even though he was so close to G-d, Moshe was concerned that he should be "clean" in the eyes of G-d and man. In Judaism, we do not accept the concept of "It's nobody's business," because the only way a proper social climate can be created is when there is trust and confidence, and this is especially true of those who are in leadership roles. The Torah commands us to stay far away from dishonesty and to be accountable to G-d and our fellowman.
(from Table Talk by Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz)
After Moshe Rabbeinu saw the completed Mishkan, he blessed the nation and praised their work. We see that Moshe did not take the Jewish people's work for granted. True, they were commanded by G-d to build the Mishkan and they were fulfilling their responsibility, but Moshe acknowledged their efforts and blessed them. This should be an example to us. We live in an entitlement-oriented culture, in which we feel that everything is coming to us, and we often fail to say "thank you" to people who have done something that makes a difference for us. People don't express enough gratitude for the kindnesses of others because subconsciously they don't want to acknowledge that they are dependent or indebted. The act of  saying "thank you" enables us to develop a greater appreciation for others and to acknowledge the fact that we are indebted and must give back to the world. Our family lives would be enhanced by following the leadership example of Moshe. By recognizing and blessing each family member for the good that he or she does, we would create a more harmonious and loving atmosphere in our homes.
(from Torah for your Table by Rebitzen Esther Jungreis) 
Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
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