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Etz Chaim Newsletter 

January 27, 2018
11 Shevat, 5778
Upcoming Etz Chaim Events

January 31st
Men's Club Steak & Scotch

March 9th
Community Friday Night Dinner 
Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Alex Israel

March 13th 
Sisterhood Book Club Meeting

March 20th
Men's Club Man's Seder

Kiddush Sponsor

Kiddush this week is sponsored by 
Renee & Joshua Nabatian in honor of their daughter 
Ariella Rose turning 1!
Rabbi's Message
Parshat Beshalach
Our Parsha presents us with a number of miracles that happen on behalf of the Jewish people.  We have witnessed ten supernatural plagues that punished and demoralized Pharaoh and the Egyptian people to the point where now the Bnai Yisrael were set free.
Of course, that would not last long, because the Egyptians gave chase.  This hot pursuit would only lead to more devastation as Hashem split the Reed Sea thereby allowing the Jews to cross over dry land to safety while subsequently drowning the Egyptian army and their chariots.  

This is the "Exciting" part of the "Pesach Story" which we tend to dwell on during the Seder. 

There is another miracle in this Parsha that I think gets less attention, but undeservedly so.  After the Bnai Yisrael cross over to safety, they now had to contend with what to eat and drink in the barren desert. The Torah shows us the Yad Hashem with fresh water for the people and Manna from heaven daily.  Even this seemingly straightforward miracle was not without its challenges for Moshe Rabbeinu.  He began to see a pattern of complaining and discontent from the people. This pattern would last for the next forty years in the Midbar. 

All too often, we take for granted the daily miracles we experience. Getting up each morning, having food, drink, shelter and one's health are the greatest blessings in life.  We owe it to the "Miracle Provider" to give proper thanks. 

Shabbat Shalom

Etz Chaim Men's Club 
Steak & Scotch 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Etz Chaim Men's Club invites you to join us for 
Steak and Scotch 2018
at Great Falls Bistro
(220 Passaic Avenue, Passaic, NJ)
This Wednesday, January 31st
Come and join us for great food, 
great friends, and great schmooze!
$135 per person
Price includes transportation to/from dinner
(Bus will leave Etz Chaim at 7:00 PM sharp)

Next Book Club Read
The Indigo Girl 

Next Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, March 13th

The Indigo Girl
by Natasha Boyd

A historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Set between 1739 and 1744, based on the life of Eliza Lucas.
Davening Schedule
Parshat Beshalach


 Candle Lighting 


Shabbat Day



Z'man Kriat Shema


     Shabbat Ends              5:52pm

     Jan. 28-Feb.2


Mon -  Fri

4:55 pm

Ma'ariv Only 

*We will have Ma'ariv only on Mon-Thur evenings at 

Mincha/Ma'ariv services at Suburban Torah are at 5:00pm

Please note that the "Yeshiva Week" vacation is now and many of our regulars will be away.  Please help the daily morning and/or evening minyanim if you can.

Rabbi's Classes
Tuesday Mornings:

Women's Class

History & Meaning
of Prayer
10:30 am
When was the siddur  compiled? 
Who chose what  to include? 
Why were certain prayers chosen and w hat do they mean?  
Join us to answer these questions and more.

Tuesday Evenings:

Talmud Shiur in 
Masechet Sotah
after Mincha/Maariv

Yiddish Class 

Wednesday Evenings

Please join us for our class in Yiddish, led  by our very own Morris Glicklich. 

Class will be held on Wednesday evenings
after Minyan.
If you have any questions or if you want to find out more, please speak with Morris or
Michael Mamet.
All are welcome!
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Cholim List
Prayer for the Ill

To add or remove a name from the cholim list, 
please contact 
Shelley Paradis at

Etz Chaim Youth

Youth Happenings will return next week!


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