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Congregation Schomre Israel
16 Av 5779
   Shabbos Va'eschanan - Nachamu 5779
  July 27, 2019 
        פרשת ואתחנן שבת נחמו        
       ט"ז אב תשע"ט     

From the Rabbi's Desk
This past Sunday we commemorated Tish'a b'Av, known as the saddest day of the Jewish calendar and Tu b'Av on Friday about which the  Mishnah  in Taanit states, "There were no days as jo yous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av and Yom HaKippurim." In this one month of Av, in fact within less than a week, we have these polar opposites.
I would posit that there is a direct relation between these two days. The first recalls destruction and mourning, while the second was a prelude, almost a "singles' event", leading to many marriages.
Historically, five events took place on Av 15. 1) As we know, all the males above 20 years old w ho had been in Egypt died in the wilderness. On the 15th they saw that almost a week had passed without deaths, and they knew that they would now enter the Land; 2) On this day limitations on marriages between tribes  ended ; 3) the intense heat of the summer started to dissipate (iy"H by us) and all the wood for the incoming year had sufficiently dried; 4)  King Hoshea  removed the guards who had prevented people from the Northern Kingdom from coming to Yerushalayim and finally, 5) the Jews murdered by the Romans following the Beitar revolution were buried.
I see all of these as being interrelated and the antidote to Tish'a b'Av. The Ninth of Av signified a split in the people and a negation of the importance of Israel. Each one of the events of the 15th show the other side of the coin. Instead of a split, all Jews could marry each other, the Temple was not isolated from some of the tribes, we all celebrated that there was sufficient means for the service, and as seen from the description in the Mishna, we were able to appreciate the value of each Jew, irrespective of physical appearance, lineage "yichus" or financial status. What we were told to consider was character and deeds.
Bearing this new attitude in mind, the Mishna proclaims we are ready for Torah and the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash - a cause for celebration, in fact the greatest celebration of the year.

This Shabbat the Decalogue is read for the second time as the new generation, about to enter the Land of Israel, hears the words which inspired their ancestors, and gives them inspiration for their anticipated life in the Holy Land. May they likewise invigorate us to a life of kedusha-sanctity and holiness.

Please join this Shabbos for Services and the Torah reading to be followed by a special kiddush in honor of the wedding anniversary of Hinda and Irv Baum and Barbara and Irwin Lifshey.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Eliezer Langer


Shabbat Shalom  
Eliezer Langer


  Join with us in urging the Trump administration to include in its Middle East Peace Plan the immediate return of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul as confidence-building first steps on the path to peace. 

Hadar Goldin, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade of the IDF, was a Jewish patriot, humanitarian and artist, and only 23 years old when he was killed and kidnapped in Gaza by Hamas terrorists.

On August 1, 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, two hours after Hamas agreed to a cease-fire, terrorists ambushed three Israeli soldiers from a tunnel located in the basement of a house in Gaza. The terrorists killed two of the soldiers, and shot Hadar Goldin, a Lieutenant in the Givati Brigade (an elite combat unit of the IDF), dragging him into a tunnel in order to kidnap him.

Tragically, Hadar was the victim of the UN- and US-brokered cease-fire, which was cynically violated by Hamas.

Hamas continues to hold Hadar's body, presumably as a bargaining chip to extract political or military concessions in future conflicts with Israel. Hamas is also holding the remains of Oron Shaul, another soldier who was killed in Operation Protective Edge.

Hadar was a remarkably gifted young man - a painter and graphic artist, a poet, and an inspiration to all who knew him.

The Goldin and Shaul families have experienced the unspeakable pain of not only losing a beloved son in war, but the additional agony of not being able to bury his body in their home towns where their sons were raised. These families have committed themselves to recovering the bodies of their sons and giving them the decent burial that they deserve in Israel.

Fulfillment of the Prophecy: Foxes Seen at the Kotel

שועלים בכותל Foxes at the kotel. 'עקיבא, ניחמתנו! עקיבא! ניחמתנו'
שועלים בכותל
 Foxes at the kotel.
 'עקיבא, ניחמתנו! עקיבא! ניחמתנו'" .

Fulfillment of the prophecy of 'foxes will walk on it:' As Tisha B'Av approaches, foxes have been spotted at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

By COLlive Staff

Over the last several days, foxes have been spotted at the southern part of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

"After consultation with the National Parks and Reserves Authority, it seems that these foxes normally tend to roam in desolate areas," The Western Wall Heritage Foundation said in a statement.

The Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, referred to photos of the foxes and commented, "One cannot refrain from crying at the sight of the fulfillment of the prophecy of 'foxes will walk on it' as Tisha B'Av is approaching.

"We, students of Rabbi Akiva, remember how he consoled his friends when he saw something similar soon after the destruction of the Temple, saying, 'Until the prophecy of Uriah with regard to the destruction of the city was fulfilled I was afraid that the prophecy of Zechariah (of consolation) would not be fulfilled, as the two prophecies are linked. Now that the prophecy of Uriah was fulfilled, it is evident that the prophecy of Zechariah remains valid.'

"The sages answered him, as will we, 'Akiva, you have comforted us.'
"May it be G-d's will that just as we have been privileged to see what Rabbi Akiva and his friends saw, so we will be privileged to see what Rabbi Akiva promised his friends, speedily and in our days, Amen," Rabbi Rabinowitz concluded.


To our dear friends,
First things first: Thank you for always being there. As a current supporter, we are happy to share with you this special project for shidduchim:
"TU B'AV TOGETHER", a global day of tefillah for shidduchim.
On Tu B'Av Friday, August 16th @ 10AM.
Over 500,000+ Jews will be davening together around the world, for all who need SHIDDUCHIM by reciting 8 specific chapters of Tehillim. Visit  TuBavTogether.com.
Simultaneously, a minyan of Talmidei Chachamim, messengers of Yad L'Achim will be davening in Amuka on Tu B'Av for all names submitted for tefillah to Yad L'Achim (no minimum donation) CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT NAMES.
All names submitted will also be given to Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita for a bracha, visit  www.TuBavTogether.com to submit names.
Thank you for your support, you mean so much to the people we help.
At TUBAVTOGETHER.com you can
  • Submit names for tefillah for free.
  • Download the Artscroll Tehillim to be said on Tu B'Av Together.
  • Watch many inspirational videos & music videos.
Click HERE or on the image below to submit your names or call 1-866-923-5224 or visit TuBavTogether.com.
Join the many singles (now married) whose prayers were answered after last year's tefillah (no donation required, join by https://tubav.yadlachim.org/?ref=TuBav19-VIN-email-1&utm_source=VIN&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1&utm_campaign=TuBav19 
Watch and share the viral videos 


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The Beth Din of America has launched  Jewishprudence , a blog featuring discussions of beit din procedure along with substantive issues of Jewish law as it applies to the modern commercial marketplace. Jewishprudence will also feature published decisions rendered by the Beth Din of America (following anonymization, and with the consent of the parties).  Jewishprudence aims to meet two objectives. The Beth Din of America's first goal is to make the Din Torah process more transparent and accessible. The second goal is to create a sophisticated forum for discussions of Jewish law and business ethics as it applies to the contemporary commercial marketplace.


15    Stacey Bryn Rothbard
17    Rivkah Lipman
20    Asher Winter
20    Sharon Warren
22    Rachel Calli
23    Caroline Beatrice Kaplan
25    Eliana Sarah Ritz
26    Gary Wexler
27    Eli Chaim Bursztyn
28    Yeshaya Fox
29    Laila Sophia Ritz
30    David Bernstein
31    Sarah Mere

Ad Meah v'Esrim - Biz 120 

We commemorate the yahrtzeit of:

18   Helen Rachel Goldman    17 Av    
20   Jack Zelig Goldman         19 Av
22   Naomi S. Koffman            21 Av
25   Yosef Zev Langenthal       24 Av
26   Benjamin Levine               25 Av
29   Frances Spira                     28 Av
31  Arnold Norman Sullum      30 Av

May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.

This information comes from our Shul calendar. If you wish to add a name to this list please  contact us.

Schedule of Services 

Candle Lighting 7:36 PM
Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat 7:00 PM
Shacharit Shabbat Day 9:00 AM
Shema before 9:32AM
Mincha after 1:33 PM
Shabbat Ends 8:35 PM  

Sunday  8:30AM  
  Weekdays Monday - Friday 7:00 AM
Monday afternoon 7:00PM at the Levines'


Kosher Korner

Coming to
Jewish Jubilation
@ The Renegades
Sunday, August 18, 3:00pm
Join us for an unforgettable day and event!

No cooking needed!
No food to be schlept!

Enjoy a wide selection of kosher food for purchase from Boosur Food Truck. Then sit and schmooze as we eat, drink and be merry at tables and chairs available for our pleasure. Food will be available throughout the whole game!
Jewish Baseball Trivia contest
  "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"
  sung in Yiddish
Deptuy Consul General of the Israeli Consulate will honor us by throwing out the ceremonial pitch! 3:00 pm Kosher tailgating party starts
3:35 pm Opening of the gates and kids activities
4:35 pm Game starts

ww.kashrut.com/Alerts has the following new information:
Kashrut.com has new information.
  • Israel: Kosher Alert - Fanta & Coca Cola products k imported to Israel by Royalty International & Little Swiss Ltd
  • Kosher Alert Kake Kreations
  • Kosher Alert Fratelli Mantova Ghee Clarified Butter Spray
  • Salmonella Uganda Likely Linked to Whole, Fresh Papayas, June 2019
  • Pretzel Stand Takes Down Hashgacha after Rabbi Makes a Scene
www.kashrut.com/News has the following new information:
  • Former UK Agriculture Minister Speaks Out Against Shechita
  • Dutch Christians rebuff officials seeking labeling of Israeli settlement goods
  • Froneri Enters Israel With Acquisition of Nestlé Ice Cream Business
  • Settlement talks over fake meat labeling law crumble in Missouri
  • After nearly two years, State Dept. responds to inquiry over alleged alcohol poisonings of US tourists
Information on kosher slurpees at 7-11 is www.kashrut.com/consumer/slurpees
Information on Kosher Drinks at QT (QuikTrip) at www.kashrut.com/consumer/QT
Information on the purchase of ice cream at non-certified stores is at /www.kashrut.com/consumer/ice_cream
www.kashrut.com/consumer/baked_goods has new information on yoshon and pas yisroel

 News from the Social Action Coalition

Weighing In
Dear Schomre Israel Community,
Your support of the Morse School community throughout the academic year is greatly appreciated.  In addition to the food items you donate into the big box near the Gold Room, the Jewish Social Action Coalition uses grant money that has been awarded to them to purchase food from the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.  (If you are not familiar with the Food Bank, look at their website at foodbankofthehudsonvalley.org).  Also, at Thanksgiving time we put together Thanksgiving baskets for families at the school by collecting donated food and gift cards to augment our Food Bank purchases.  Over the 10 month period from September through June over 6 tons of food have been provided to the school community!  The weight of the items obtained from the Food Bank comes to 12,407 pounds. The local Harding Club has provided the manpower for delivering this food to the school.  On a regular basis this food helps about 60 kids and their families.  The school social worker and psychologist rotate kids in and out as their circumstances change.
Additionally, once a month our synagogue provides breakfast food for the approximately 60 guests at the local homeless shelter.  We provide fruit and boxes of cereal.  Special thanks to the Sisterhood in underwriting this project.
The Jewish Social Action Coalition is a cooperative effort of the area synagogues and the Harding Club, as well as members of other organizations such as the Jewish War Veterans and interested individuals. 
As Schomre's representative to the Coalition, thank you for your continued involvement and support.
Sandy Corwin  

Any questions or concerns please contact
Sandy at 845-452- 2436  
Thank you to Debby Sullum for her dedication to our community and the Social Action Committee. Your leadership over the past years has been greatly appreciated.