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Congregation Schomre Israel
25 Adar I 5779
 Shabbos Parshas Pekudei 5779  
 March 9, 2019 
  שבת פרשת פקודי   
   ב' אדר ב' תשע"ט     

From the Rabbi's Desk
Purim - A Few Years Ago

This week's Dvar Torah is from 
Amud Aish Memorial Museum
Interpreting Artifacts at Amud Aish - Kiddush Cup
Interpreting Artifacts at Amud Aish - Kiddush Cup
"...a living memorial to all the victims of the Holocaust. The museum's mission is to present the victim experience, with special emphasis on the perspectives of observant Jewish communities. It is the only Holocaust museum to focus on the role of faith within the broader context of the annihilation of European Jewry. Amud Aish Memorial Museum and its educational division,  The Kleinman Holocaust Education Center (KHEC), have emerged as invaluable resources for educational programming, Orthodox specific archives, and new scholarship. Located in Brooklyn with future annexes in Lakewood, New Jersey, and Jerusalem. International exhibitions and programs are currently under development throughout Europe. In 2015, the museum became one of six founding Pillars of the  Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

Learn more at  amudaish.org.

The Dubno Maggid, Rabbi Yaakov Kranz of Dubno, Poland (1741-1804), was an eminent rabbinic scholar who was famous for his parables designed to teach or illustrate instructive lessons based on Jewish tradition.
The Dubno Magid on Parshas Pekudei 
The pasuk in this week's parsha states: 
אֵ֣לֶּה פְקוּדֵ֤י הַמִּשְׁכָּן֙ מִשְׁכַּ֣ן הָֽעֵדֻ֔ת אֲשֶׁ֥ר פֻּקַּ֖ד עַל־פִּ֣י משֶׁ֑ה עֲבֹדַת֙ הַֽלְוִיִּ֔ם בְּיַד֙ אִֽיתָמָ֔ר בֶּן־אַֽהֲרֹ֖ן הַכֹּהֵֽן
"These are the numbers of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of the Testimony, which were counted at Moshe's command; [this was] the work of the Levites under the direction of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the Kohen."
The Dubno Magid explains the flow of the beginning of this passuk with the following parable:
There are those who buy jewelry as a gift for their loved ones. Others will buy jewelry as an investment, for example, a safety net to use in the future if necessary. If it is a gift, the return is immediate, by way of receiving the pleasure of having made their loved one happy. If it's an investment, the return will be gained at a later time. At a later date, after the jewelry has appreciated in value, he will feel secure that he has the means to access other monies if necessary. The way to determine what the purpose of the jewelry purchase was, lies in whether the purchaser recorded the value of the jewelry at the time of purchase. One who is buying a gift has no need to record the value, as he giving it to his loved one immediately. However, if it is bought as investment, then the purchaser will be careful to record the value of the jewelry at the time of purchase in order to track the worth of his investment in the future.
This, explains the Maggid, is the meaning of this passuk. "These are the numbers of the Mishkan," the Torah is telling us that Hashem considered the items brought by Klal Yisrael for the building of the Mishkan as an investment on behalf of Klal Yisrael; not as a gift. Hence, the Torah refers to it as "the Mishkan of the Testimony". The word "mishkan" can also be read as "mashkon - deposit". As the Sages tell us, that the Mishkan was the security net for Klal Yisrael to atone for them if they ever sinned.

Shabbat Shalom 
Eliezer Langer



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 Library Volunteers Needed

The library at the Morse School is up and running.  Although there is a part time librarian who works there, volunteers are still needed to help out.  The volunteers will help students select and check out books and reshelve books.  Some volunteers may choose to read aloud to groups of students.  All new volunteers will be trained--it's very simple.  Volunteers shifts are on Mondays and Thursdays for 2 hours.  The children are excited to come to the library and borrow books. This can be a very rewarding experience for our volunteers.

You can do this job once a week, once a month, or whenever it is convenient for you.  To see what shifts are available and to sign up go to  morsevolunteers.org (in the URL spot) and sign up for the times that work for you.

Sandy Corwin and Debby Sullum

Any questions or concerns please contact
Sandy at 845-452- 2436 or Debby at 845-705-3656.


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