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Dear Friends,

Rosh Hashana was OUTSTANDING!

No less than two hundred men, women and children came through the doors of the Chabad Center to celebrate the holiday. 

Thank you to all who made the beginning of 5780 so special!

We are looking forward to an UPLIFTING and ENJOYABLE Yom Kippur together!

Rivky and the children join me in wishing you Shabbat Shalom and Gmar Chatima Tova!!

Rabbi Chaim
Shabbat Schedule at Chabad Family Shul 📍
Tonight
18:45 - Kabbalat Shabbat


Saturday morning
09:45 - Services
10:30 - Weekly Torah Portion
11:45 - Kiddush
Friday, October 4

Shabbat, October 5

October 8-9

October 13-22
Sukot

Monday, October 21
Simchat Tora Celebration

Monday, October 28

October 29 - December 3

Thursday, October 31

Wednesday, November 6


Weekly Torah Classes:
"The Code of Jewish Law" - Thu, 10:00
Talmud Class - Wed, 14:00
Jewish Kids Club - Sun,10:30, 16:30, Wed 16:00, 18:00
Bar Mitzvah Prep - Sun, 10:30
Chassidut Lesson - Shabbat's, 08:30
Jewish Humour
A Jew once invited a non-Jewish co-worker to accompany him to the synagogue for Rosh Hashanah services. His friend was curious about everything, asking at every turn about the rituals.
The Jew patiently explained each ritual.
When the men wrapped themselves in a tallit: “What does that mean?” The Jew explained.
When they lifted the Torah for all to see: “What does that mean?” Again, the Jew explained.
They sounded the Shofar, and he explained.
Then the rabbi got up to deliver his sermon, removed his watch, and placed it on the podium.
“What does that mean?”
“That doesn’t mean a thing!”
  • Bat Mitzvah Club reunion honey cake baking,
  • the group of yeshiva boys who came to spend Yom tov with us,
  • moments before Rosh Hashana, tables are ready for the festive dinner


International
Beijing, Chaina
Chabad of Beijing’s Rosh Hashana dinner with Chinese decor
When G-d Goes Into Hiding

Our history has not always been rosy. We have experienced tranquility, peace, and spiritual greatness, yet we have also experienced terrible exile, destruction, and persecution. Indeed, on the last day of Moses’ life, G‑d tells him what will befall the people when they abandon G‑d:

"And the L‑rd said to Moses: Behold, you are [about to] lie with your forefathers, and this nation will rise up and stray after the deities of the nations of the land, into which they are coming. And they will forsake Me and violate My covenant which I made with them.

And My fury will rage against them on that day, and I will abandon them and hide My face from them, and they will be consumed, and many evils and troubles will befall them, and they will say on that day, ‘Is it not because our G‑d is no longer among us, that these evils have befallen us?"

These harsh words were not merely to warn the Jewish people of the consequences for abandoning their destiny. Perhaps more importantly, the purpose was to ensure that the people would correctly interpret and respond to the difficult exile.

The natural response to the “many evils and troubles” would be for the people to believe that G‑d “is no longer among us.” Yet, as G‑d told Moses, that conclusion would be categorically incorrect:

"And I will hide My face on that day, because of all the evil they have committed, when they turned to other deities."

We are here as Jews today, because generations of Jews understood this truth: That the exile is not the absence of G‑d’s love and presence, but merely a concealment of His grace. “I will hide My face on that day,” says G‑d, and the Jewish people understood that hiding is by no means an abandonment. They felt G‑d’s presence even in the most difficult circumstances.

And then came the mystics, who understood that all existence is dependent upon G‑d, and that there is no place devoid of Him. When they looked at darkness, they understood that although G‑d’s presence is not revealed, His essence is still present. They understood that the most powerful message in the verse “And I will hide My face on that day,” is not that G‑d will hide, but that even within the concealment, He is very much present.

Every year, this portion is read in proximity to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when we engage in introspection, and seek atonement and spiritual betterment, looking back at the moments of joy and inspiration, but also the darkness and hurt of the past year. The Torah teaches that specifically in the moments of concealment lies the potential to reach the deepest part of ourselves. When we feel no inspiration, no excitement, no enthusiasm, we must understand that the concealment is a tool to encourage us to reach deeper within ourselves, to get in touch with our own core. Doing so will allow us to discover that within the concealment we can access the deepest Divine strength, and, ultimately, transform the darkness into light.

by Menachem Feldman
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