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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.


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Congregation Schomre Israel
     שבת פ' בהר בחוקתי תשע"ח     
Parshiyos B'har-B'chukosai 5778
27 Iyar 5778
כ"ז אייר  תשע"ח
May 11-12, 2018
     



From the Rabbi's Desk


Mitzva Day 2018 at Congregation Schomre Israel


 
Mark Twain, Bechukotai and Yom Yerushalayim
by Rabbi Josh Flug
Director of Torah Research, Center for Jewish Future of Yeshiva University 

In 1867, Mark Twain traveled through the Land of Israel and had the following observation:  "Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren, they are dull of color, they are unpicturesque in shape. The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent. I would like much to see the fringes of the Jordan in spring-time, and Shechem, Esdraelon, Ajalon and the borders of Galilee - but even then these spots would seem mere toy gardens set at wide intervals in the waste of a limitless desolation." (Innocents Abroad Chapter 57)
  
According  to Ramban, the inability of any nation to develop the Land of Israel, agriculturally or economically, is the silver lining of the tochachah that we read in Parashas Bechukosai.  Ramban writes (Vayikra 26:16):
 
ואלה דברים יבטיחו בגאולה העתידה ... וכן מה שאמר בכאן ושממו עליה אויביכם, היא בשורה טובה מבשרת בכל הגליות שאין ארצנו מקבלת את אויבינו, וגם זו ראיה גדולה והבטחה לנו, כי לא תמצא בכל הישוב ארץ אשר היא טובה ורחבה ואשר היתה נושבת מעולם והיא חרבה כמוה, כי מאז יצאנו ממנה לא קבלה אומה ולשון וכולם משתדלים להושיבה ואין לאל ידם.
 
In its early years, the State of Israel started to develop the  National Water Carrier, a complex water system that brought water from the Galil to all across the country, to places as far south as Be'er Sheva.   The National Water Carrier was a critical factor in the growth of Israel as a whole and largely responsible for its reputation for being able to make the desert bloom.  In contrast to Twain's observation, less than a century later, we saw a living proof to Ramban's comments that it is only through the Jewish people that the Land of Israel will thrive.
 
Those who have read Yehuda Avner's "The Prime Ministers" are familiar with the Syrian threat to the National Water Carrier, and how it led to the Six Day War.  In 1964, Syria started to dig tributaries in the Northern part of the Jordan River, with the goal of diverting its waters away from Israel.  Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who previously spearheaded the National Water Carrier and could name every pipe in the system, not only took this as the ultimate threat to Israel's existence, but also as a personal affront.  Eshkol considered it an act of war and this weighed on the decision to go to war with Syria. When Israel captured the Golan Heights in the Six Day War, it not only gained a strategic location militarily, it also gained an important water resource.
 
While Yom Yerushalayim is the celebration of the reunification of Yerushalayim, it is also the day we choose to commemorate the miracles of the Six Day War. It is a day to give hakaras hatov to Hashem, not only for Yerushalayim, but for the military security that we attained during that war, that gave the Land of Israel defensible borders and allows it to thrive.
 
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Shabbat Shalom
  
Eliezer Langer 
   
  

 
Leviticus 25;4 וַיִּקְרָא   
וּבַשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁבִיעִת, שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן יִהְיֶה לָאָרֶץ 

The seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest for the Land, 
  
  
With the resettlement of the land of Israel on a large scale in modern times, the observance of Shemitta, the Sabbatical year, moved from the Mishnah to the farm. Could a country largely dependent on agriculture completely cease production for an entire year?    
   
Rav Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, the Kovner Rov, felt that a hetter, (lenient ruling) was necessary, for "... it is possible that the land will become desolate and the colonies will turn into a wasteland G-d forbid." Therefore, prior to the Shemitta year of 1889, along with Rabbi Shmuel Mohilewer of Bialistok, one of the founders of the Mizrachi, he permitted the sale of the land to a Muslim for two years, thereby allowing certain work during the sabbatical year.  
   
Great debate ensued over this procedure that has continued to this very day.  In general, the kibbutzim of Israel accept the hetter, as it was first endorsed by Rav Kuk, the first chief rabbi, and accepted by subsequent Chief Rabbinates.  Some religious kibbutzim, such as Lavi, leave a portion of the field unplowed, to serve as a constant reminder that it is a Shemitta year.  
 
Some of the other kibbutzim, which do not accept the hetter, have sought other methods of production during sabbatical year. The use of hydroponics and gravel or straw beds has enabled cultivation in media other than soil.  Biennial crops which need not be sown in Shemitta are used to alleviate sowing in the 70th year.  Early sowing before Rosh Hashana and pruning in the prior autumn have been developed to obviate work when forbidden.   
  
The Jewish people on its return to Eretz Yisrael needed and found ways to settle the land, live a modern life, and still fulfill all the Mitzvot of the Torah.   
  


May we merit to be able to also fulfill the mitzvot dependent on the land of Israel..  
 

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Shabbat Shalom
Eliezer Langer           
  
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Tickets are now available for the 49th Anniversary Raffle. 
Ticket are $100 each, and only 200 tickets will be sold. 
There are $8000 in cash prizes. Grand prize is $5000. 
 Second prize is $1000 with 8 additional prizes of $250 each.
The raffle drawing will be held on June 24th 2018 @ 2:00 PM at the Raffle Cocktail Party at the shul. The Raffle is the shul's major fund raiser for the year, and everyone's participation in this event will assure its success. 
For tickets please call Irwin Lifshey at 845-797-0063 or the shul office.


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Chair Yoga -11:30- 12:30  Monday 
 
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MAY  BIRTHDAYS

11      Simcha Bentzion Grossman
13      Lily Josephine Weinstein
13      Heather Wexler  
19      Yiska Emunah Schneider 
23      Michael Kirshner
24      Ivan Zachary Corwin
25      Harry Weinstein
26      Eric Isaac Corwin
26      Claire R. Koffman Frisbee
27      Jesse Blake Brown
28      Yehoshua Simcha Fox
28       Lee Klein
28       Michelle Fishman 
29       Arin Lipman

 

  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:

MAY

14        Hannalore Weinstein              29 Iyar
21        Fannie Horowitz                      7 Sivan
23        Edward Bennett                       9 Sivan
24        Chana Rechel Langenthal      10 Sivan
27        Esther Korfman                     13 Sivan
27        Sylvia Anes                           13 Sivan
30        Tzipporah Dina Pastreich      16 Sivan

JUNE
02        Barbara Eisen                         19 Sivan
05       Teddy Rothfarb                       22 Sivan

       
 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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