ב״ה
March 20, 2020
Dear Friends,

This Shabbos will be a trying one, quite different than what we're used to. It will also offer tremendous opportunities that we can rarely offer ourselves. 

This Shabbos, give your family and yourself the special experience of Shabbos in a greater fashion than the past.

Friday Night:
Before 18:22, light shabbos candles and say a personal prayer to rid the world of the virus.

If you don't usually have a Shabbos dinner, make a beautiful Shabbos dinner.
Nothing may be brought to the table other than food. Recite the Kiddush over wine.
It doesn't matter if you are alone or with your family, give yourself this Shabbat atmosphere.

At the end of Shabbat, we will have a special Havdalah ceremony on ZOOM.
Watch my family and I via video for a lively Havdallah tomorrow, Saturday night at 19:45.
Link to our ZOOM video room : (Download the Zoom App first)

Stay safe and have peaceful Shabbos,

Rabbi Chaim & Rivky





Regarding upcoming Pesach:

Unfortunately, as it looks now, the community Seder will not take place.

We are working hard to be able to offer everyone in our community Pessach packets, with everything you need for the Seder at your home, including wine, Matza and a ready Pessach meal.
We will send out detailed information and order forms on Sunday.

Upcoming Events
CORONA special ZOOM Clases:

Havdalah Service:
Saturday, March 21 at 19:45 ( link )


Live Video Class (daily):
"Coffee with the Rabbi" will take place daily at 10:30am. 
Join by downloading the Zoom App and then clicking on this link



KIDS club Classes:
All classes will take place online. Parents will receive direct messages.


Jewish Humour
Shema Yisrael - prayer time during our virtual Kids Club lesson on Zoom this week

International
Jerusalem, Israel
Window or Mirror

The Jewish people were eager to donate. The project, the building of the Tabernacle in the desert, was a symbol that, despite the pain of betrayal with the Golden Calf, the relationship had been restored and strengthened. G‑d desired to dwell in the midst of the Jewish camp.

The people donated There was one item Moses refused to acceptenthusiastically: bracelets; earrings; rings; blue, purple and crimson wool; linen; goat hair; red-dyed ram skins; tachash skins; silver and copper were some of the items that were gifted.

There was, however, one item that Moses refused to accept.

The Torah describes that the women contributed even more than the men. They even brought their mirrors to be used in the sanctuary. But Moses refused to accept the mirrors. A mirror, he argued, is the antithesis of the sanctuary. A mirror is used to adorn the externality of the person; it intensifies a person’s pride and narcissism. A mirror is pure vanity and superficiality, a tool for self-worship. It has no place in the service of G‑d.

Moses saw the mirror as an enemy. Here was a tool designed to, at best, focus attention on the self rather than on the Divine, and at worst, a tool to create destructive lust and seduction.

Moses sought to create a transparent “window”; he sought to teach people how to view the world as a window through which one can see the awesome power of the Creator. The mirror, blocking the light and reflecting the vision back to the viewer, was the polar opposite of everything Moses stood for.

G‑d disagreed.

The Midrash describes how G‑d explained to Moses that not only should the mirrors be accepted, but indeed they were more precious than all the other gifts. For it is precisely the mirror that represents the purpose of creating the sanctuary, and more broadly, the purpose of creation itself.

G‑d explained to Moses that the mirror could be just as holy as it could be destructive. Desire and temptation could be, not ego-driven, but rather an expression of intense holiness. As Rashi explains:

Even these [mirrors] they did not hold back from bringing as a contribution toward the Mishkan, but Moses rejected them because they were made for temptation [i.e., to inspire lustful thoughts]. The Holy One, blessed is He, said to him, “Accept [them], for these are more precious to Me than anything because through them the women set up many legions [i.e., through the children they gave birth to] in Egypt.” When their husbands were weary from back-breaking labor, they [the women] would go and bring them food and drink and give them to eat. Then they [the women] would take the mirrors and each one would see herself with her husband in the mirror, and she would seduce him with words, saying, “I am more beautiful than you.” And in this way they aroused their husbands desire and would copulate with them, conceiving and giving birth.

Every creation on this earth has a soul, an energy, which can be used for both good or evil. Ironically, the more potential this energy has for good, the more destructive it can be. The reverse is just as true: the more destructive the force, the deeper the goodness and enlightenment can be when it is transformed or channeled.

The mirror captures a deep truth. When glass is covered with a layer of silver that obstructs the transparency, the result is more profound.Moses preferred clarity of vision Looking at a mirror, while one cannot see forward, one is able to see behind. One will see the unexpected.

The mirror does not completely obstruct the light, as do other objects. Instead, it reflects the light that shines upon it. It symbolizes how the creation itself can reflect and express the Divine light.

Moses preferred clarity of vision. He was drawn to transparency, to a place where holiness is obvious. G‑d explained that the purpose of the Tabernacle, which reflects the purpose of the creation of the world, was to be mirror-like, to see the holiness where it is least expected, to understand that desire can be an expression of transcendence and spirituality. The mirror reminds us that in order to experience the true profundity of the infinite G‑d, one should look not directly upward to the transparent heavens, but rather one should look down here on earth, where the concealment of the material creates a deeper reflection of the oneness of G‑d.

by Menachem Feldman
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