A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

This weekend brings together two very important things, as you can see from the top of this email: the day the Rebbe began his LEADERSHIP as the REBBE, and... the Super Bowl!

Everything in life is HASHGACHA PROTIS (my JLI'ers know what that means from the HAPPINESS course; it means Divine Providence which guides everything). This can't be an accident. What could possibly be the connection?

The Rebbe's leadership was focused on (as stated in his opening address on this day back in 1951) the goal of making the world into a "home for the Divine" by infusing everyday life with meaning and purpose. Judaism, he taught, is not just about spirituality. Actually, it's more about the physical. It's less about heaven, more about earth. Because Hashem's purpose is to make THIS WORLD, the HERE AND NOW, the materialistic world that we live in, into a place that is a "garden for G-d" through our acts of mitzvahs and meaningfulness, even in our everyday.

As such, there's no greater opportunity to fulfill the Rebbe's mandate than - the Super Bowl. When we take something so mundane, "worldly" (certainly not holy...) and turn it into a mitzvah, it's a huge TOUCHDOWN (Heaven touches down to earth...)

Here are some ways to make YOUR Super Bowl Party into a mitzvah:
- order kosher
- invite people to join you for the blessing before and after
- if early enough (no later than 5pm) wrap tefillin on the guys while praying for your favorite team
- play Rabbi Perl's halftime kosher video, above... for some more ideas!

Make it a SUPER event. Make it special, make it a mitzvah! Enjoy!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

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Be Quiet

There are questions to which G-d says to be quiet, to be still, to cease to ask.

The quietness, the stillness, the abandonment of being, that itself is an answer.

Tetzeh 5725:4.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Beshalach

Soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh's armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea splits to allow the Israelites to pass through, and then closes over the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and the children of Israel sing a song of praise and gratitude to G‑d.

In the desert the people suffer thirst and hunger, and repeatedly complain to Moses and Aaron. G‑d miraculously sweetens the bitter waters of Marah, and later has Moses bring forth water from a rock by striking it with his staff. He causes manna to rain down from the heavens before dawn each morning, and quails to appear in the Israelite camp each evening.

The children of Israel are instructed to gather a double portion of manna on Friday, as none will descend on Shabbat, the divinely decreed day of rest. Some disobey and go to gather manna on the seventh day, but find nothing. Aaron preserves a small quantity of manna in a jar, as a testimony for future generations.

In Rephidim, the people are attacked by the Amalekites, who are defeated by Moses' prayers and an army raised by Joshua.