Congregation Schomre Israel
24 Tammuz 5778
From the Rabbi's Desk
|Israeli tech company's technology helps find Thai Teenagers
The world cheered the news of the locating the Thai teenageres.
I share a thought from Rabbi Flug:
he ongoing saga involving the Thai soccer team stuck inside a cave raises a number of relevant questions: What is it like to be "stuck" in a position with no short-term exit? What degree of risk should they take to get out given the alternative of staying there for months? Are we, as observers from afar, making sure that our following this on a daily basis is out of empathy and not because it is an item of interest? As Parashas Pinchas discusses the succession of the leadership of Moshe Rabbeinu by Yehoshua, I would like to focus on one additional angle. Many people were involved in finding these missing boys, but the two people who
actually reached them
were British volunteers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen. These two volunteers are members of the British Cave Rescue Council and were specifically requested to join the search because of their expertise. They have participated in many smaller scale cave rescues and have saved countless lives through harrowing conditions. They developed an expertise in a field with little fanfare and so much risk that there are very few others have stepped up to join their ranks.
In B'Derech Eitz Chaim, a biography of R. Isser Zalman Meltzer, it is recorded that when R. Isser Zalman was the rabbi of Slutzk, he got frustrated with extraordinary amount of time that he has to spend answering questions. He would spend Wednesday and Thursday nights, well past midnight, looking at chickens to see if they were kosher and this really tired him out. He decided that he would be better off taking
a smaller position so he could spend more time learning and being a "full-time" rosh yeshiva, but before he did so, he felt that he should discuss the matter with rebbe, Rav Chaim Soloveitchik.
He went to Rav Chaim and presented the following three claims. First, a rabbi who paskens takes on much more responsibility than a rosh yeshiva. If a psak is wrong that can have disastrous consequences, but if a rosh yeshiva makes a mistake, it's only a mistake in learning. Second, a rabbi has to deal with people who spend their whole day working, whereas a rosh yeshiva spends his time with bnei yeshiva who are learning all day. Third, a rosh yeshiva can spend most of his time learning, whereas a rabbi must spend most of his time dealing with communal issues. Rav Chaim said to him "these are all great reasons to give up the rabbinate, but there is one reason that outweighs all of them - לא עבדין הכי, these reasons always existed, and nobody used them as a reason to give up the rabbinate and spend time learning."
Years later, R. Isser Zalman related to his son-in-law, Rav Aharon Kotler, that we find this idea in Rashi to Parashas Pinchas:
"וצויתה אתו" - על ישראל דע שטרחנין הם סרבנים הם ע"מ שתקבל עליך.
The idea that the people were going to be a burden on Yehoshua wasn't a deterrent to him taking the position. Rather, it was the very reason why he should take the position.
Great people don't take on responsibilities despite the challenges. They take them on because of the challenges - על מנת כן. We all have moments or opportunities when we have to decide between running towards or running from. Often the logical answer is to run from because the risks or pitfalls are too great. These exceptional people run towards, not because they ignore the risk - that would be foolish - but because they are prepared to figure out a way to overcome the risk.
Best regards and wishes from Israel,
I was at the Kotel and had you all in mind during my prayers.
Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks
One of Israel's most influential woman speakers, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi of Jerusalem, spoke at the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center to a standing-room only crowd of women on "Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks." The presentation, part of the new women's initiative held at the OU Israel Center, L'Ayla, was dedicated in memory of Hirsh Mendel ben Zalman and Rochel Miriam.
JEWISH HOLIDAYS The Three Weeks
Preparing for the Three Weeks: Emunah from Holocaust Responsa
During the Holocaust Rav Oshri was asked halachic questions that were later compiled in his sefer שו"ת ממעמקים. The questions asked show the level of commitment of the Jewish People even during the darkest times. L'ilui nishmas Anna Glatt, Chana bas Meir Avraham, a"h
Sticks, Stones, and Sour Figs: מה זה אתה רואה?
In Yirmiyahu's inauguration as a prophet he is shown an almond branch. Why is this his first vision? What is the significance? Why does Hashem ask him "מה אתה רואה" - what do you see? Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel's L'Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women's Event
Halachot of the Three Weeks: A Review
The five calamities that occured on 17 of Tammuz and the status of the four fasts during Bayit Sheni Brushing one's teeth and rinsing out one's mouth on a fast day Getting engaged, listening to music, shaving, taking a haircut, and reciting shehechiyanu. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel's L'Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women's Event
The Three Weeks: What Are We Mourning?
There's no denying that Jerusalem of today is a far cry from the Jerusalem of even 100 years ago. We need to understand what we're missing. Download the mekorot here Recorded at OU Israel's L'Ayla Rosh Chodesh Women's Event
Shabbat Shalom from Israel
Chair Yoga -11:30- 12:30
1 Aidel Gottleib
5 Alex David Corwin
6 Stewart Levine
6 Jeffrey Fishman
7 James Bardzik
16 Eden Weinstein
19 Ryan Wexler
20 Eitan Richter
20 Michael W. Ritz
22 Ellen Schaffer
22 Nechemyeh N. Zinger
22 Breanna Calli
23 Stacey Gamberg
30 Linda Skolnik
31 Tehila Sara Fox
We wish much happiness and good health on this special day. עד מאה ועשרים שנה - Biz 120!!
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We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:
1 Sidney Davis18 Tamuz
3 Morris Schreibman20 Tamuz
4 Samuel Robles21 Tamuz
5 Jack Sachs 22 Tamuz
5 William Kaplan22 Tamuz
7 Rose Pastreich24 Tamuz
7 Louis Stich24 Tamuz
10 Helen Betty Sullum27 Tamuz
15 Israel Korfman3 Av
17 Louis Feldman 5 Av
19 MorrisZeger 7 Av
21 Morris Spira9 Av
21 Saul Spira9 Av
29 Helen Rachel Goldman17 Av
31 Jack Zelig Goldman19 Av
Their souls are bundled in life
May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.
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Schedule of Services
Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 PM
Shacharit Shabbat Day 9:00 AM
Shabbat Ends 9:13 PM
Sunday and legal holidays 8:30 AM
Shacharit 7:00 AM
Yahrtzeit Minyan Requests for Wednesday Evenin and Friday Evening
From: Congregation Schomre Israel <
Date: July 3, 2018 at 7:54:04 PM GMT+3
Subject: Yahrtzeit Minyan Requests for Wednesday Evening and Friday Evening, Annual Meeting Reminder
The Yahrtzeit of Steve Kaplan's beloved father, William Kaplan, will be observed on
Wednesday evening, July 4,
Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:00 PM.
Please make it possible for him to say Kaddish
in memory of his father by attending.
The Yahrtzeit of Steve Kaplan's father-in-law, Louis Stich,
will be observed on Friday evening, July 6,
Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:00 PM.
Help us make the minyan to honor his memory.
The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday,
July 8 at 7:00 PM following Mincha/Maariv. Please make every effort to attend.