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All you need do is order the gift cards from the shul and in about a week you will receive from the office the cards(s) you have ordered.The order form shows all the stores in the Poughkeepsie area on the program. 
 
To order your gift card(s)  click here  to download the order form .
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All you need do is order the gift cards from the shul and in about a week you will receive from the office the cards(s) you have ordered.The order form shows all the stores in the Poughkeepsie area on the program. 
 
To order your gift card(s)  click here  to download the order form .
Please return the completed form to the office along with a check for the order amount. 
 
Gift cards from most stores are on hand for immediate delivery. Any questions should be addressed to Lgrosman@aol.com.


Shop with Scrip




 


















 
 
 
All you need do is order the gift cards from the shul and in about a week you will receive from the office the cards(s) you have ordered.The order form shows all the stores in the Poughkeepsie area on the program. 
 
To order your gift card(s)  click here  to download the order form .
Please return the completed form to the office along with a check for the order amount. 
 
Gift cards from most stores are on hand for immediate delivery. Any questions should be addressed to Lgrosman@aol.com.


Shop with Scrip




 


















 
 
 
All you need do is order the gift cards from the shul and in about a week you will receive from the office the cards(s) you have ordered.The order form shows all the stores in the Poughkeepsie area on the program. 
 
To order your gift card(s)  click here  to download the order form .
Please return the completed form to the office along with a check for the order amount. 
 
Gift cards from most stores are on hand for immediate delivery. Any questions should be addressed to Lgrosman@aol.com.


Shop with Scrip




 











Congregation Schomre Israel
פרשת חיי שרה 
Parashat Chaye Sarah 5778
22  Marcheshvan 5778
 כ"ב מרחשון  תשע"ח
November 10-11, 2017
     



From the Rabbi's Outbox


 


 

 
 
This week's Parsha describes the purchase of Mearat Hamachpela by Avraham as the burial place for Sarah and eventually our ancestors.  When Yaakov was being brought from Egypt for burial there.
  
  
The Talmud tells us [Sotah 13a] that when the brothers arrived at the Me'aras HaMachpela [Cave of Machpela] in Chevron to bury Yaakov, Eisav came and protested. There was one remaining plot in the burial cave. The previous burial plots were used for Adam and Eve, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivkah and Leah. Eisav claimed that the remaining plot belonged to him.
 
The sons of Yaakov responded that Eisav forfeited his right to the plot when he sold the birthright. Eisav counter-claimed, however, that he only sold the "double-portion" to which a first born was entitled. However nowhere in the sale was it implicit that he was selling his own burial plot! The brothers responded that it was included in the sale. When Eisav demanded that they produce the document of sale, t he brothers claimed that they did have the document, but that they had left it in Egypt. Eisav insisted on delaying the burial until the brothers produced this deed of sale.

Who were the brothers going to send back to Egypt? This was before the days of Federal Express. They sent Naftali, who was well known as the speediest runner among the brothers.
 
Chushim ben [the son of] Dan, who was deaf, inquired from someone about the delay and argument in the midst of the burial of his grandfather. Chushim was astounded when he was told what was happening. "Until Naftali returns from Egypt, my grandfather should lie over there in disgrace?" Chushim took a club and hit Eisav over the head and killed him. The Talmud concludes that this was in fulfillment of Rivka's question, "Why should I lose both of you on one day?" [Bereshis 27:45].
 
This is an amazing passage. Out of Yaakov's twelve fine and upstanding children and out of all the wonderful grandchildren, why was it that only Chushim ben Dan was sensitive to the intolerable nature of the situation? And why did the Talmud emphasize the fact that Chushim was deaf?

The Mir Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz zt"l, explains that this Gemara teaches us a remarkable fact of life. The difference between Chushim and the other children and grandchildren was that the others, unfortunately, became accustomed to the idea that their father would lie there in disgrace until Naftali returned from Egypt. Why?
The answer is that it started gradually. First there was a claim. Then there was a counter-claim. Next came another counter-argument, etc. Everyone else became accustomed to the idea of the negotiations, without stopping to think that the scene was a world class offense to the honor of Yaakov.
 
Since they all had time to adjust to this slowly developing situation, they gradually became used to the idea. However, Chushim was deaf and was not involved in the whole dialogue. When Chushim asked what was happening, he had not had the time to adjust. All of a sudden, he was hit by the whole terrible travesty of the situation in a single instant, as if he was hit by a load of bricks. Chushim, thank G-d, did not have time to adjust.
 
We learn from here a powerful insight into human nature. Human beings can become accustomed to anything. This phenomenon is both a blessing and a curse. People could not live without the ability to adjust. Sometimes we find ourselves in terrible situations and we can not imagine how we will survive. But, thank G-d, people are adaptable and resilient.
 
However, the terrible downside of this phenomenon is that we can become accustomed to anything -- to murder, to violence, to anything. The first time a soldier kills in war he is terribly distraught. But when one kills for long enough and sees death so often -- even that can be accommodated.

The lesson is that there are times when a person must say, "I'm not supposed to become accustomed to this. I should always react with disgust and revulsion to certain situations."
 
Many students attend my shiur [class] as their 'last stop' in the Yeshiva. After my shiur, they often go out into the worlds of their professions. I often meet former students, a year or two later, and inquire, "So, how are things going?" They sometimes respond, "Terrible. I can't take the office. I can't take the dirt. I can't take the lewd language. I can't take the innuendoes, I can't take any of it."
 
I respond to them with a blessing -- "You should always feel like that, because if you become accustomed to it, that is bad." There are some situations in life to which we must  always  react with disgust. The acceptance of an intolerable situation is itself, the start of the problem.
 
Shabbat Shalom.
Eliezer Langer

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We extend our condolences on the passing of  
Ted Horowitz a"h 
of blessed memory
 ע"ה

Beloved brother of David Horowitz
 
Graveside services were held  
at the Beth David Cemetery
Elmont, New York   
 
David is observing Shiva
at 6308 Long Key Lane
Boynton Beach, Florida
    
המקום ינחם אות ו בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים
 ויגדור פרצת 
המשפחה ופרצת עמו ישראל ברחמים
 ולא יוסיפו לדאבה עוד
 
May his soul be bound  
with those that have everlasting life 
 
May we share in simchas
Rabbi Eliezer Langer
Dr. Irving Baum, President 

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Exploration of Roots, Poland and Israel
 
Interested? Ask Rabbi Langer about our trip.  
 
 


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Everyone is invited to attend Rabbi Langer's weekly classes...
Tuesday Mornings 10:30AM
Who said they are Minor? The Greatness of the Twelve Prophets
Nov 14 - Malachi Joel
Nov 21 - Obadiah
Nov 28 - Amos
Dec 05 - Micha
Dec 12 - Nachum
Dec 19 - Chabakuk
Dec 26 - No Class
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Thursday Evenings 7:00 PM
Nov 16 - Black Friday Ethics
Nov 23 - No Class
Nov 30 - Inheritance and Estate Planning
Dec 07 - Assisted Suicide
Dec 14 - Genetic Testing
Dec 21 - Revealing Medical Information
Dec 28 - Halachik Will 
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News You May Have Missed

 Netanyahu fills in as tour guide for this year's 3 millionth tourist

   
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Social Action Committee
 
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FROM THE COMMITTEE
> As you probably know on Monday one of Poughkeepsie's largest housing development the RIP, experienced a fire which has displaced over 300 families.  We have over 125 families in the Poughkeepsie City School District.  The elementary students from the RIP attend Morse Elementary School.  Our students and families are in dire need of basic necessities which we are trying to support, but are not able to fully accommodate.   Please let us know if you are able to help.  We greatly appreciate it.     
 
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Thinking about Thanksgiving

The Jewish Social Action Coalition is gearing up to help provide Thanksgiving baskets for the needy families at the Morse School.  Here is a list of some items that we would like to include in these baskets:
  • stuffing mixes
  • corn bread mixes
  • jellied cranberry sauce
  • cake mixes and frosting 
     
As we get closer to Thanksgiving gift cards to supermarkets will be greatly appreciated.  They will be used to purchase fresh produce such as sweet potatoes and regular potatoes and fresh greens.
Your donations are greatly appreciated.
 
   
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Schedule of Services
 
   
 

Friday November 10 
Mincha 4:25 PM 
Candle lighting 4:21 PM 
Shabbat Shacharit  9:00AM
Shema before 9:10 AM
Mincha after 12:05 PM 
Shabbat Ends 5:21 PM 
Sunday Morning 8:30 AM 
Monday and Thursday Mornings 7:00 AM
Monday at the Levines' 7:00 PM 
     
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Chair Yoga -11:30- 12:30  Monday 

   taught by Toni Farkas

Mondays 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

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NOVEMBER 2017

3        Paige Elizabeth Fox
3        Ken Weinstein 
5       Joel Richter
6       Sanford Jay Brown
9       Matthew Grosman
12     Avery David Brown
15     Raina Weinstein
16     Doug Calli
17     Landon Zwart
19     Symcha Winter
19     Raphael Zinger
23     Norah Isabel Kaplan
23     Damian Bursztyn
24    Helene Grosman
25    Georgia R. Fox
27     Sheila Fishman
28     Esther Gottleib
28     Abraham Fox
29     Malka Zinger


  We wish much happiness and good health on this special day. עד מאה ועשרים שנה - Biz 120!!
 
This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you would like to be listed please contact us. 
 
   
 

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Yahrtzeit

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We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:
 
 
 November
  2        Rachel Markowitz    13 Cheshvan
 3       Claire Koffman         14 Cheshvan
 6       Agusta Finkelstein    17 Cheshvan
 6       Saul Fishman            17 Cheshvan
 7       Abraham Smith        18 Cheshvan
10      Kathy Schudroff       21 Cheshvan
13      Toby Kessler            24 Cheshvan
15      Deborah Badian       26 Cheshvan
22      Philip Finkelstein       4 Kislev 
23      Nathan Blyweiss        5 Kislev
24      Louis Koffman           6 Kislev
24      Dr. Kenneth Ritz        6 Kislev
29      Lillian (Lee) Effron  11 Kislev
30      Stanley Fox              12 Kislev


 

תהה נשמתם צרורות בצרור בהחיים
May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.

This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you wish to add a name to this list please  contact us.

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Kashrus Kurrents

www.kashrut.com/Alerts has the following new information:
  • Israeli kashrus notice on Elite products 
  • Nature's Touch Frozen Foods Voluntarily Recalls Nature's Touch Frozen Organic Fine Whole Green Beans Because of Possible Health Risk
  • DSD Merchandisers, Inc. Voluntary Recalls Dark Chocolate Almond Products Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen
  • Food Recall Warning - True North Seafood Company brand Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes
  • Setton International Foods Issues Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk in Select Dark Chocolate Almonds and Dark Chocolate Raisins Products Received from our Supplier GKI Foods LLC
www.kashrut.com/News has the following new information:
  • Can frozen cod be just as good as fresh?
  • Study Reveals Contaminants in Baby Foods
  • Pesticide report shows no residue on 50% of U.S. food tested 
    Nearly half of British foods contain pesticide residue
  • Is 'Natural Flavor' Healthier Than 'Artificial Flavor'? 
Notes from the 2017 Fancy Food Show by Arlene Mathes-Scharf editor Kashrut.com.

 
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