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Shabbos Cancles
Friday, February 9, 2018
Candle lighting - 5:05 pm
Torah Portion - Mishpatim
Saturday, February 10
Havdalah - 6:07 pm  
"I shall make you a
 a light to the nations."
Isaiah 42:6  

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Naomi Greenwald


Sunday Morning Class for Adults
What: Pre-Purim workshop with Rabbi Jared Viders
When: Sunday, February 11th, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Where:  JEP Hebrew School, 30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
Topic: The
 best part of waking up! Purim Lessons for Joyful Living.

Sunday Morning Teen Program
Teens meet this Sunday morning, February 11th, 9:30 am 
at the JEP Hebrew School to finish their mosaic mezuzah cases and begin producing the JEP Passover 2018 Video which will be shown at the JEP Hebrew School model seder. Pick up at 12:30 pm. Teens (or parents) please call Aliza at 845.608.5636 to reserve your spot in the van which will take you to a new surprise filming location!

Doing acts of kindness is an important part of the JEP Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School curriculum. We are proud of all our students who participate in our monthly mitzvah projects, some of whom appear in the coat drive picture above. 

This week's Torah portion, Parshat Mishpatim, deals primarily with civil law, the mitzvot between man and his fellow man. These laws demand truthfulness, kindness, compassion and charity. They protect the moral fiber of our society.  Our mitzvah projects aim to help instill these values in our students. 

It is important to note that the civil laws are recorded in the Torah portion immediately after the Torah portion detailing the Revelation at Sinai. These civil laws seem logical, basic and simple in comparison with the lofty Revelation, but that is precisely why they need to be placed side by side in the Torah.

The Torah is giving us the elementary rules of conduct between people, because the basis of morality and our value system must be a Divine one. It cannot be something simply decided by a human mind. If morals and values are left up to logic, there is no telling what our thought processes could lead us to. Often the human mind will find a way to logically implement its own agenda, eventually leading to a complete breakdown of the moral fiber of society. An extreme example of this would be what happened in Germany during the holocaust - The Germans "logically" convinced themselves that certain elements of the hu

Sayings  of Our Sages
"The ordinances of the Torah are a means... 
of ensuring mercy, kindness and peace in the world."

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