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Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach

Kislev 17 - 18, 5770

December 4 - 5, 2009

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An Institution of The Lubavitcher Rebbe,

May His Merit Shield Us

A House of Torah, Prayer And Acts of Goodness

Yud Tes Kislev

Kislev 19, 5770

December 6, 2009

Rabbi Rabbi Schneur Schneur Zalman Zalman of of Liadi Liadi

was was released released from from prison prison


A Message from Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar



As we celebrate the Rosh Hashanah for

Chassiduth on the 19th of Kislev (Yud Tes

Kislev) we commemorate the

emancipation of the Founder of Chabad/

Lubavitch, the Alter Rebbe, Reb Schneur

Zalman of Liadi, from a death-row

imprisonment. The story of the Alter

Rebbe’s imprisonment through the false

accusation of fellow Jews who were

completely devoted to the destruction

and elimination of Chassiduth is another

re-experience of this week’s Torah


Only a fellow Jewish brother from the

same upbringing and family can

completely destroy another Jewish

brother and family.

As the Alter Rebbe faced the most

formidable challenges and painful

circumstances even to the extent of

imminent loss of his life, he stood on the

shoulders of his illustrious Father Jacob

who faced similar challenges and

difficulties and not only survived and

persevered but was successful in an “over

the top” manner.

As we read the following episode just

substitute Yaacov and Eisav for the Alter

Rebbe and his opponents.

Yaakov meets Eisav. This confrontation is

prefaced by trepidation, fear, anxiety,

insecurity and dread but also hope and

faith by Yaakov, and anger, revenge,

murderous intent and faithless power by


They march toward each other with

opposite emotions and expectations.

Yaakov, even as he prepares for a miracle,

resigns to the possibility of significant

loss of life and possessions while Eisav

strives to kill and annihilate. A

miraculous spirit of camaraderie and

fraternity ensues as they come together

in embrace and seeming love, albeit only


It is after this traumatic episode that

Yaakov wrestles with the angel and is

given the name Yisrael which becomes

the eternal identity of the Jewish People.

The sequence of these events and their

content must have relevance, not only to

the Biblical story of that time and place

where it actually transpires, but to each

of us in our personal lives and time.

Yaakov was a strong person with a very

powerful family. Two of his sons killed an

entire city. One of his sons saved the

mighty Kingdom of Egypt. Yaakov’s

grandfather, Avraham, vanquished the

four great Kingdoms who imprisoned his

nephew. Yet Yaakov prepared for war only

as a last resort. Why did he not rid the

world of the evil Eisav? Why was that not

an important objective?

Eisav was a product of Yitzchak, a

veritable vehicle for G-d, and so contained

enormous energy. Together with being a

progeny of Yitzchak and Rivkah,

according to Kaballah, his origin was from

the world of Tohu/Chaos where the light/

energy forces are extremely powerful and

multitudinous to the extent that they

overwhelmed and shattered the vessels of

creation because they could not contain


Yaakov realized this and knew that

eventually he would need and have the

power to harness this enormous energy

and utilize it to illuminate G-d’s world.

His initial fear was based on the

recognition of Eisav’s yet-unrefined

power, while their brotherly embrace was

a precursor of the messianic period, when

that which challenged and threatened us

during our exile/Galut experience will be

elevated and transformed to fill the world

with the light of holiness as the waters fill

the seas. That is what the Alter Rebbe’s

Chassiduth teaches and promulgates.

Have a good Shabbos and a great week

and Le Shana Tova for Chassiduth and the

study of Chassiduth!

Art gallery

Footnote from the Editor:

I hope you have been enjoying the new cover

format of our Weekly Bulletin. It is my goal

to continue doing all I can to improve it by

introducing new aspects that are a reflection

of our wonderfully diverse community and

would heartily welcome more participation

and input from our members. It would be so

encouraging to get more of your articles,

pictures, nachas, letters, comments etc so

that the Bulletin remains vibrant and

interactive! Special thanks to Malca Bassan

and Sarah Rehoh for submitting their lovely

drawings inspired by this week’s parsha.

In order to be considered for publication, all

articles and artwork must be submitted each



T ake a Deeper Look

Celebrating Shabbos

Schedules, classes, articles and more... Everything you

need for an "Over the Top" Shabbos experience.

Community Happenings

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate.

A Time to Pray

Check out all the davening schedules and locations

throughout the week.

Inspiration, Insights and Ideas

Bringing Torah lessons to LIFE.

Events Calendar

A great listing of the places you want to be and the

things you want to do!

Get the Picture

The full scoop on all the great events around town.

Just for the Gals

Delve into the power, strength and beauty in the life

of the Jewish Woman.

Kids Corner / Teen Seen

Educate, inspire and most of all have FUN!

French Connection

Réflexions sur la Paracha.

Latin Link

Reflexión Semanal

The ABC's of Aleph

Serving Jews in institutional and limited environments.

The Network

Get Connected! All your advertising needs

in one convenient spot.

It’s Good To Know

Find out what's going on and how you can get involved.

Daily Study

A complete guide to all classes and courses offered

at The Shul.

Torah & Science Conference

8th Miami International Torah & Science Conference

Community Nachas

A Peek at Recent Happenings

Featured Upcoming Event

Events you won’t want to miss

Shul Office Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 9 am - 5 pm

Friday 9 am - 1 pm

*National Holidays and Chol Hamoed 9 am - 2 pm

The Shul Weekly Magazine

Everything you need for every day of the week


















Light & Power and Wine for Kiddush & Havdalah

for the month of Kislev is sponsored by:

“Those who establish Synagogues for prayer and those who come there to pray,

those who provide lights for illumination, wine for kiddush and havdalah, food

for the wayfarers and charity for the needy, and all those who occupy

themselves faithfully with communal affairs— may the Holy One, blessed be

He, give them their reward, remove them from all sickness, heal their entire

body, pardon all their sins, and send blessing and success to all their

endeavors, together with all Israel their brethren; and let us say Amen.”

- Shacharis for Shabbos.

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In Loving Memory of Tzvi Hersch (Grigore) &

Leah (Elizabeth) Leventhal

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Rabbi Mendy Levy

Rabbi Shea Rubinstein

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Mrs. Geri Kelly

Mrs. Janice Barney

Mrs. Pnina Wuensch

Ms. Lydia Hasson

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Mr. Shlomie Katan

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Chana or Shani

Chazan Shimshon Tzubeli

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Special Thank You

The Shul’s Gaboyim:

Mr. Allen Berry / Mr. Mauricio Fux / Mr. David Pollack /

Mr. Andrew Roth / Mr. David Portnoy /Mr. Henry Eichler

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is in the order of certain Simchot, Yahrtzeits, Birthdays, Guests and

general rotation. We encourage you to participate in the weekday

Davening and Aliyot on Mondays and Thursdays.

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holders to return to their seats before occupying open seating.

Designated seats are for the use of members who dedicated them.

On Shabbos and Yom Tov, dedicated seats may be occupied by

anyone after 10:30 a.m. in the men’s section and 11:00 a.m. in the

women’s section.

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Celebrating Shabbos With Our Youth

Everything you need for an "Over the Top" Shabbos experience

Shabbos Schedule

No longer will your children get lost amongst the crowds in Shul on

Shabbos morning. The Shul youth has worked together to organize a

highly educational and fun program for children and teens of all

ages. Each Shabbos morning program involves a mix of Tefilla

(prayer), Parsha (weekly Torah study) and general "Jewishness",

through games, songs, and stories. Taught by our very own Shul

Bochurim and youth girls, each child will experience Shabbos in its

full glory; leaving with a taste of holiness and fun memories that will

keep them coming back from week to week. A Kiddush exclusively

for the children culminates the exciting program.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Boys, ages 5-9: 2nd floor Youth Synagogue

Boys, ages 10-13: Main Sanctuary

Girls, ages 6-9: 2nd floor Classroom #2

Girls, ages 9-12: 2nd floor Classroom #2

10:30 a.m. until the end of Shul Services

Teen Girls, ages 15-18: Child Enrichment Center

Classroom # 2

(At the back of the women’s section of the Sanctuary)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tween Girls, ages 12-14: Rabbi Lipskar’s Conference Room

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Toddler Program with Morah Malkie (ages 0 - 4)

Teen Girls Room (front of Women’s Sanctuary)

5:30 p.m.

Leibl’s Mishnayos Ba’al Peh for all Boys (Youth Synagogue)

Messibos Shabbos for Girls: Classroom 1

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Father & Son - Sponsorship available at $120

For more information on any of our Youth Programming, please contact

Rabbi Mendy at 305 868-1411 ext 7321

Leibl’s Mishnayos Ba’al Peh

For Boys

Every Shabbos afternoon between Mincha & Maariv

In the Youth Synagogue (upstairs)

Shalosh Seudos Served!


*Looking for fathers & mothers to help with testing.











Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach

Shabbos with the Teen Boys Minyan

Ever wonder how you can teach your son to follow with a real

Minyan, or even run his own? The Shul youth has created the scene.

Every Shabbos morning, each teen has his own chance to play a

vital role in his own Shul Minyan, lead by one of our very own

Rabbis and Youth leaders. Every week all the boys have a chance to

act as Chazzan, Gabbai or ‘Rabbi’. This hands-on approach gives

each teen the opportunity to experience Shul and prayer to its

fullest, by involving them in every aspect of the Davening.

For Boys Only: ages 14-18


Child Enrichment Center Classroom # 2

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

*Please note: The Teen Minyan is strictly for the Teens. We would

appreciate it if adults would stay in the Main Sanctuary.

For more information: Contact 305 868 1411 ext. 7345

Torah Quiz

Questions This Week:

1. From where do we learn that you should patronize your own

country? (Bereishis Rabbah)

2. To whom was Yaakov bowing seven times when Eisav came to

attack him? (Bereishis Rabbah)

3. What miracle happened to Yaakov at the Jordan River? (Bereishis


Answers for Last Week:

1. Adina was Lavan’s wife, but she was barren. When Yitzchak told

Yaakov to “go to Lavan’s house and marry his daughters,” Lavan

was blessed to have daughters! (See Seder Hadoros 2164)

2. When Eisav realized Elifaz didn’t do his job, he himself went to

murder Yaakov. Hashem miraculously allowed Yaakov to split

the Yardein River with his stick and then created a tunnel for him

to escape. (Bereishis Rabbah 76:4)

3. Some say that 600,000 angels came to welcome Yaakov upon

his return to Eretz Yisroel, while others say there were 1,200,000!

This is no wonder, since the more one learns Torah, the more

angels are created to protect him (Tana D’vei Eliyahu).

New Rules for The Torah Quiz...

One winner per question. Each child may only answer one question.

Answers may be given from after Mincha on Friday afternoon until

the printing of the next week’s bulletin. Tell your answer to Rabbi

Mendy Levy or e-mail them before or after Shabbos to: If you answer your questions correctly ten

weeks in a row, you will qualify to win a MP3 music player!

Last Week’s Winners

David Ben-Arie, Reuben Dolgonos, Jakobo Fux

Messibos Shabbos

For Girls

An exciting program for all Girls: 1st-5th Grade.

Every Shabbos afternoon at 5:30pm (Afternoon Mincha)

In Classroom # 1

Come and Enjoy Tzivos HaShem learning, great food & nosh,

prizes, games and stories.

Friday Night

Yedid Nefesh pg. 151

Vayedaber pgs. 99-101

Ashrei pg. 101


Friday Evening

Candle lighting 5:11 p.m.

Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbos 5:15 p.m.

Davening with Dad

Shabbos Day

6:00 p.m.

Hashkama Minyan 7:15 a.m.

Tanya / Hayom Yom 8:35 a.m.

Shacharis (Morning Services) 8:45 a.m.

Children's Program 10:00 a.m.

Teen Minyan (Haime Library) 10:15 a.m.

Shabbos Women’s Tanya: Classroom #1 +/- 11:40 a.m.

With Mrs. Vivian Perez After Davening

Kiddush 12:00 p.m.

Daf Yomi 4:25 p.m.

Shabbos Women’s Class 4:30p.m.

Mincha followed by Shalosh Seudos 5:00 p.m.

Leibl’s Mishnayos for Boys 5:30 p.m.

Messibos Shabbos for Girls 5:30 p.m.

Shabbos Ends / Ma’ariv & Havdalah 6:06 p.m.

NOTE: Start to say “Tal Umator” in Ma’ariv Saturday night

Weekly Video of The Rebbe

Father & Son Learning 7:30 p.m.

Sephardic Minyan

Friday Evening


Shabbat Day

5:05 p.m.

Shacharit 8:45 a.m.

Mincha 5:00 p.m.

Shabbat Ends / Arvit & Havdalah 6:06 p.m.

Next Week: Vayeishev

Candle lighting 5:13 p.m.

Mincha 5:15 p.m.

Celebrating Shabbos

Everything you need for an "Over the Top" Shabbos experience

The Friday Evening Service and Shabbos Torah Portion

Shabbos Day

(Stone Chumash)

Torah Portions pgs. 170-196

Haftorah pg. 1141

Shabbos Day

(Gutnick Chumash)

Torah Portions pgs. 224-254

Haftorah pg. 377

Kiddush This Week

Sponsored by Ms. Ruzena Slomovic in memory of Rochel

Devorah Moskovic whose yahrtzeit is on 20 Kislev.

Special Farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev

Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Nochum & Chaya Litchkowsky in honor

of the yahrtzeit of Nochum's father, Shimon ben Yisroel and by

Mr. & Mrs. Levi & Rosi Drimmer.

Shalosh Seudos This Week

Available for Sponsorship

Non-sponsored Kiddushim funded by Kiddush Bank

Special thanks to our Patrons & Partners. Full details on page 34.



Kiddushim at The Shul

Please help us continue to provide our weekly Shabbos Kiddush

and Shalosh Seudos by offering to become a sponsor.

Sponsorship by one or more individuals is encouraged.

The following dates are available for sponsorship:

Kiddush: Shalosh Seudos:

Jan. 2, 9, 16, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26

If you wish to become a sponsor, please speak with Pnina

at 305 868-1411 x 7313 or email:







Eruv Information

The Shul has a “Kiddush Bank” to ensure that there are

We would like to emphasize that every Erev Shabbos, individuals always adequate funds to cover the costs of our weekly,

should call the Eruv Hotline to make sure that the Eruv is

operational prior to carrying on Shabbos.

The number is 305- 866-ERUV (3788).

The Eruv message is recorded approximately two hours prior to

Candle lighting. Please note that the Eruv in Bal Harbour and

Surfside does not include the path along the beach. The backs of

non-sponsored Shabbos Kiddushim and Shalosh Seudos.

There are two levels of participation:

Partner - annual contribution of $770

Patron - annual contribution of $360

Please help make our Kiddushim special.

the buildings form the Eruv in that section. It is forbidden to

To participate in this mitzvah please call Pnina at (305) 868-1411 x 7313

push strollers or carry anything on this path or beach area on

Or email


Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach



Community Happenings

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate


Kislev 18 Mr. Craig Michael Silverman

Kislev 18 Mr. Robert Rosengarten

Kislev 18 Mr. Samuel Rosengarten

Kislev 19 Mr. Andrew Scott Restler

Kislev 20 Mr. Sidney Feltenstein

Kislev 22 Mr. Lawrence Jaffe

Kislev 22 Mr. Michael Perez

Kislev 23 Mrs. Iris Egozi-Toledano

Kislev 24 Mr. Joseph Weiss

Kislev 24 Mrs. Marlene Colonomos

Our Kids’ Birthdays

Kislev 19 Ariel Shlomo Reboh

Kislev 20 Joel Joseph Barouch Kamhazi

Kislev 21 Levi Yitzchok Katz

Kislev 22 Yosef Yehudah Ness

Kislev 23 Riki Segal

Kislev 23 Yanai Daniel Kulman

Kislev 24 Ari Givner

Kislev 24 Arik Laber


5-Dec Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey and Lillian Glick

5-Dec Mr. & Mrs. Sol and Anna Zuckerman

10-Dec Mr. & Mrs. Alex and Miriam Klein

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Mr. Isaac Grimberg on his engagement to Ms.

Deborah Mendelbaum. May the marriage be in a good time.

Mazel Tov also to grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Rafael and

Sulamita Simkovicius.

Have you celebrated a special occasion that warrants a


Please email all info to or call 305 868 1411

Thanks to Our Volunteers

The Shul thanks all our Volunteers for their

invaluable help:

El Dolgonos, for volunteering at the Aleph Institute

Riva Minkowicz, for helping with the Chanukah mailing

Ofelia Wiener, for assisting the Hashkama Minyan

Lost & Found

A pair of Ladies prescription sunglasses was handed in

at the Shul reception following the Lunch & Learn on

Wednesday, November 17.

If you have lost this item please enquire at the Shul’s

front desk on the 2nd floor.


Kislev 18 Bashka bas Moishe Laizer obm

Mother of Mrs. Perla Gilinski

Kislev 18 Sarah Schneider obm

Mother of Mrs. Marlene Pollack

Kislev 20 Elisheva Frolich obm

Mother of Mr. Alrfredo Frohlich

Kislev 20 Yitzchok Sholom Shachna ben Reb Yisrael Yaakov obm

Brother of Mr. Abe Stein

Kislev 20 Moshe obm

Husband of Mrs. Ofelia Wiener

Kislev 21 Miriam bas Mordechai obm

Grandmother of Mr. Jacob Sopher

Kislev 22 Mery obm

Mother of Mr. Paul Sterental

Kislev 23 Raizel bas Reb Chaim Schneor obm

Mother of Mr. Menachem Koegel

Kislev 23 Leon Reinerman obm

Stepfather of Mr. Julio Grosfeld

Kislev 24 Isidore Elson obm

Father of Mrs. Anne Krupnikoff

Kislev 24 Leah obm

Mother of Mr. Harold Rosenstein

Kislev 24 Dina bas Basya obm

Mother of Mrs. Leslie Baum

Kislev 24 Boruch Yosef ben Aharon Shmuel obm

Father of Mr. Silvio Sitkowski

Refuah Shleimah


Joseph ben Alegria

Moshe ben Henia

Ariel Leib ben Nechama

Baruch ben Tzipa Faiga

Yitzchak Chaim ben Rivkah


Rachmiel ben Miriam

Beryl ben Miriam

Levi Yitzchok ben Tzirel

Benjamin ben Chasha Riva

Baruch Rafael HaKohen ben Fraida

Shmuel Menachem Mendel ben

Chana (Barouk baby)

Yaakov ben Esther Gittel (Mr. Jacob


Avraham Yosef ben Sofie

Yishaia ben Celia

Yitzchok ben Chana Rochel

Avrum ben Moshe

Moshe Yehuda ben Sheva Ruchel

Yaakov ben Miriam

Rav Tzvi ben Rochel Leah

Aron Wolf

Baruch Chaim ben Tuve (psalm # 5

for his speedy recovery)

Ariel ben Miriam

Mordechai Gershon ben Malia


Raphael Moshe ben Sara

(Mr. Moshe Behar)


Malka bas Chava (Maureen


Sarah Libke bas Baila

Shima bas Sarah

Chaya Leah bas Yenta

Rachel bas Bracha

Chayah Yehudis Meusheres bas

Rachel Sheli

Pessa Devorah bas Malka

Sandal bas Leah (Sonia Kawa)

Bracha bas Sarah

Leah bas Feiga

Esther bas Hilda

Chava bas Elka (#40)

Chaya bas Ginta

Miriam Hagar bas Chayenah


Chaya bas Rachel

Leah bas Miriam Rachel

Freda bas Adelle

Haddassah Rivka bas Sara (chapter


Ilana Leah bas Shaindel Rochel,

still in a coma

Malka bas Shoshana

Ruchama Alisa Sara Chana bas

Esther Liba

Rina Chaya Miriam bas Leah

Bracha Plutno. Please read Tehillim

especially #10, for her speedy

If there is a name listed that no longer needs a Refuah Shleimah, please

call The Shul at 305 868 1411

We sincerely thank the following members & supporters of The

Shul for donations received between 11/24/09 and 11/30/09.

We apologize for any errors or deletions we may have made.

Mr. & Mrs. Alberto Azout

Mr. Donnie el Berman

Mr. Julio J. Brener

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Brenner

Mr. & Mrs. Clement Cohen

Mr. & Mrs. Ettai Einhorn

Ms. Doryse Franco

Ms. Jessie Franco

Mr. & Mrs. Julio Grosfeld

Ms. Lydia Hasson

Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Herssein

Mr. & Mrs. Heskel Izhak

Mr. Leon Jakobs

Mr. & Mrs. Shlomi Katan

Mr. & Mrs. David Laine

Special Thank You

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Mamane

Drs. Raul & Janet Mitrani

Ms. Vivian Naimer

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Rosenstein

Mr. & Mrs. Alberto Savariego

Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Schapiro

Rabbi & Mrs. Simeon Schreiber

Mr. & Mrs. Sholom Moshe


Ms. Shayna Sirota

Ms. Ruzena Slomovic

Mr. & Mrs. Moris Tabacinic

Mrs. Sybil R. Weinstein

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Weintraub

Mr. & Mrs. Moises Wertheimer

Outreach Sponsors Needed

We appeal to the community to help sponsor The Shul’s outreach

efforts. We will be distributing 600 Chanukah packages to

hospitals, nursing homes and private families in advance of

Chanukah. The kits come with candles, a menorah, dreidls and

chocolate gelt. True costs are $2,870 total. Any amount of

sponsorship will help offset our costs. The families love receiving

this from The Shul and we appreciate the participation of our

community members in helping fulfill this mitzvah and helping

to light up the world!

Appeal: Help Mend a Heart

Our Mom, Maureen Waters, Malka bas Chava, is fighting for

her life. On Friday, November 27th, she was rushed to

Broward General Medical Center CVICU due to a sudden,

unidentified infection which has severely weakened her

heart. She is in critical condition with only 10% of her heart

working on it's own. Maureen is a firm believer in prayer and

asked us to tell everyone we know to pray for her. She needs

a tidal wave of SUPPORT, in any way, shape or form. Time is

extremely sensitive and every minute that goes by, she is

fighting. Please share this website

with everyone you know and help us mend our mother's

heart. You never think it could happen to you, but it's

happening to us right now.

Tina Myerson, who is a very close friend of Maureen’s sister,

forwarded this message to The Shul.

Kashrus Korner

Effective immediately, HANA PASTRIES, Brooklyn, NY,

is no longer Star-K certified. Even items bearing the Star-K,

sealed with Star-K tape and bearing a Hebrew signature are

NOT certified.

To sign up for kosher notifications by email go to, and/or

Do you need help with going Kosher? For personalized

assistance, call Lydia at 305 868 1411 ext 7314

Community Happenings

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate

Letters to The Shul

Mr. Abe Stein shares his memories of December 7,

1941 and the historic attack on Pearl Harbor:

With a War going on in Europe and Hitler taking over country

after country, there was talk about having a Draft. I was living

in Florida. Instead of waiting to be drafted, I decided to join

the U.S Army which I did in Miami during November 1940. The

recruiting Sergeant asked me what interests I had and I told

him that I was interested in Medicine. He assigned me to the

U.S. Army Medical Dept. Asked where I wanted to go, I saw a

huge sign showing Hawaii and pointed to it, and that is where

I ended up in January 1941.

I was assigned to the Schofield Barracks Station Hospital. We

had 11 months of peace.

On December 6th I worked till midnight. I was fast asleep

when my bed started to shake. Without opening my eyes I

said, “Don't bother me! I am off today!" Then it shook again

and I was ready to bop someone when I saw that all of the

soldiers were running out to the balcony. The clock showed

7:55AM and it was December 7th 1941. I also ran out onto the

balcony and saw the planes coming in. We did not see the red

circles and thought they were our planes. I asked, “Why are

they doing maneuvers on Sunday? Why are they using live

bullets? Our guys are falling left and right!!”

An announcement over the loud speaker commanded all

soldiers off duty to report to the Hospital. I do not remember

if I was helping in the Emergency room or the Operating room

when we asked the Colonel (the Doctor) why he was cursing

and he said, "The Japanese just bombed the H- - L out of us".

Tears started to flow, we thought that would be the end of our


The Japanese planes destroyed The Wheeler Air Base that was

attached to our Army Base. One of our pilots did get off the

ground and was shot down by the enemy planes and I went

out with the ambulance to get him. He was still alive but badly

wounded. The Japanese planes destroyed all of the Air Bases

and then went to the naval base called Pearl Harbour and

destroyed many of our battleships.

I will stop here as I do not want to use up all of the pages in

our weekly magazine.

Now you know why December 7th is very important to me.

Hopefully one day I will be able to share my story of "Landing

on The Beach in Normandy."

Thank you for letting the Old Soldier give you a little History.

Shabbat Sholom

Abe Stein

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A Time To Pray

Davening schedules and locations throughout the week

Halachic Times for the Week: Based on times for Dec. 9, 2009

Alot Hashachar / Dawn 5:39 a.m.

Earliest Talit & Tefillin 6:03 a.m.

Netz Hachamah / Sunrise 6:51 a.m.

(Earliest Amidah)

Latest Shema 9:30 a.m.

Zman Tfillah 10:23 a.m.

Chatzot / Midday 12:10 p.m.

Earliest Mincha 12:36 p.m.

Plag HaMincha 4:22 p.m.

Shekiah / Sunset 5:29 p.m.

(preferable latest time for Mincha)

Tzeit Hakochavim/Nightfall

(earliest preferable Ma’ariv)

5:59 p.m.

(Times taken from

Please note that during the week the times may vary by a minute or two.)

Daily Learning Schedule at The Shul

MORNING SCHEDULE - Monday through Thursday

6:20 - 6:50 am Torah Ohr Parshas Vayeishev R’ Zalman Lipskar

7:00 - 7:25 am Halacha Kitzur Shulchan Aruch R’ Dov Schochet

7:30 - 8:30 am Daf Yomi Bava Basrah R’ Dov Schochet

8:30 - 9:00 am RamBam 1 Chapter per day R’ Dov Schochet

8:45 am (approx) Halacha Sephardic Custom Shimshon Tzubeli

9:00 - 10:00 am Halacha/Gemorah Beginners Talmud Class R’ Shimon Shur

10:00 - 10:45 am Sichos Sicha of the Rebbe - Textual R’ Shea Rubinstein

Daily Chumash & Tanya after every Minyan

EVENING KOLEL SCHEDULE - Monday through Thursday

Mon. to Thurs. 8:00 - 10:00 pm Chavrusah ~ Subject of Choice R’ Eily Smith

Mon. to Thurs. 8:00 – 9:00 pm Chavrusah ~ Subject of Choice 1st Session

Mon. to Thurs. 9:00 - 10:00 pm Chavrusah ~ Subject of Choice 2nd Session

Daily Minyanim at The Shul

Shabbos Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

6:55 am No Minyan No Minyan R’ Zalman Lipskar R’ Zalman Lipskar R’ Zalman Lipskar R’ Zalman Lipskar R’ Zalman Lipskar

7:30 am Laizer Milstein No Minyan R’ Shimon Shur R’ Mendy Levy R’ Mendy Levy R’ Shimon Shur R’ Mendy Levy

8:00 am No Minyan R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet

9:00 am

Starts 8:45 am

on Shabbos

R’ Sholom Lipskar R’ Zalman Lipskar R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet

2:00 pm No Minyan No Minyan R’ Mendy Levy R’ Mendy Levy R’ Mendy Levy R’ Mendy Levy No Minyan

5:15 pm R’ Sholom Lipskar R’ Shimon Shur R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Dov Schochet R’ Shimon Shur R’ Sholom Lipskar

Sephardic Minyanim at The Shul

Shabbos Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:00 am Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli

9:00 am Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli

5:15 pm Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli Shimshon Tzubeli

The Shul of Downtown

Shacharis Monday & Thursday only 8:00 a.m.

Mincha Monday through Thursday 2:00 p.m.

Rabbi Chaim Lipskar

48 East Flagler Street, #363 (3rd Floor), Miami

305-373-8303 or 786-368-9040


This is Hashem’s House!

When in the Sanctuary ……...…shh!…...…...


If you speak in Shul...then where do you Pray?

Halacha on the Parsha

By Rabbi Dov Schochet

Personal Safety

This week’s portion begins with Jacob sending “Malachim” to his

brother Esau. Though this word can be translated simply as

messengers, Rashi translates the word as angels. One of the

explanations for this is that Jacob, knowing full well his brother

Esau’s temperament and that he had a history of murder, would

not send a human messenger who would likely come in harms

way. The Torah is very clear that guarding our safety is an utmost


We have a Mitzvah in the Torah regarding the commonly used

roof (of a house) that it must have a fence. This fence must be at

least 30 inches tall and sturdy enough to hold the weight of a

man leaning on it. If a man does not build this fence not only

does he disregard this positive commandment but also

transgresses the prohibition of “You shall not place blood in your


This idea is not only true for the roof of a home but any

dangerous situation must be properly dealt with e.g. if one has a

pit in their yard it must have a fence around it or if there is a

shaky ladder in the house it must be removed. It is considered

dangerous to even have a dog which does not bite but barks in a

way that could scare a pregnant woman and cause her to

miscarry—the dog must be removed or tethered with a chain.

There are many things which our sages forbade because of their

inherent danger.

♦ One should not drink from a stream without checking the

water to make sure there are no harmful insects.

♦ One should not drink never-boiled warm water in a metal

vessel unless they mix in some herbs or spices.

♦ After eating, drinking, letting blood or intimacy one should

not stand immediately but rather wait a bit and then get up.

♦ One cannot pass under a teetering wall or over a decrepit

bridge, enter a crumbling house or enter any place of danger.

♦ One should not place food under their bed for a spirit of

impurity rests on the food.

♦ One should be careful not to ingest sweat from any area of

the body besides the face as it is harmful.

♦ Similarly, one should not place coins in their mouth.

♦ One should not pass through a river with rushing waters if

the water is higher than the waist because of the danger


♦ A parent should never frighten their child by saying that the

dog or cat will get you as words are very powerful and their

effect can cause harm.

The general idea is we must always be mindful of our well being.

If one says I will disregard this all and put myself in danger and

it’s of no one’s concern, such a person would receive lashes.

The body we have is a gift on loan from G-d and must be treated


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Your Soul Can Be in Two Places at

the Same Time

By Yanki Tauber


nce upon a time there was a great and mighty king who

had a wise and talented son. One day, the king summoned

the prince to him. "My dear child," said the king, "I must

send you on a difficult and dangerous mission. In the far reaches

of my kingdom there is an uncivilized land inhabited by a barbaric

people. The ways of wisdom are alien to them, nor do they know

kindness or justice or compassion. It will be your task to teach

them and educate them, to uncover the spark of humanity that

lies buried deep within their coarse existence. You must excavate

that spark, cultivate it and feed it, so that their lives are

transformed and their land is redeemed and restored to my

enlightened kingdom."

"But father," objected the prince, "if I go to that horrible place,

then I, too, shall become like them. My soul will be tainted by their

grossness. My light will be overwhelmed by their darkness and

succumb to it."

"That is why, my child," said the king, "you must leave your soul

here, in the royal palace, for safekeeping. We will guard it and

nourish it with wisdom and light until you return from you


"How, then," persisted the prince, "shall I fulfill my mission? What

can a soulless body possibly achieve?"

"Your soul shall remain here," explained the king, "even as it

ventures forth with you to the land of darkness. For also in that

debased place, your soul will always know its true home. Your

body may forget, your heart may wander, even your mind may

blunder in the caverns of folly. But your soul will always



Rabbi DovBer, the famed "Maggid of Mezeritch" who succeeded

the Baal Shem Tov as the leader of the Chassidic movement,

passed away in 1772, on the 19th day of the Hebrew month of

Kislev. The Shabbat before his passing was Shabbat

Vayishlach -- the Shabbat on which the Torah portion of



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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) is read. On that Shabbat, Rabbi

DovBer's disciples gathered around his bed to hear words of

Torah from the mouth of their master.

Vayishlach begins by relating that "Jacob sent angels to his

brother Esau." Rashi, in his commentary on the verse, states that

these were malachim mamash, "actual angels." (The Hebrew word

malachim means both "messengers" and "angels"; thus, the verse

could also have been more prosaically translated, "Jacob sent

messengers...") The Maggid, speaking to his disciples on the last

Shabbat of his physical life, revealed a deeper meaning in Rashi's

words. Rashi is saying -- said the Maggid -- that it was only the

mamash of the angels, their "actuality," that Jacob dispatched to

Esau. The spiritual essence of the angels, their souls, remained

with Jacob.

Two hundred years later, at a farbrengen (chassidic gathering)

held on Shabbat Vayishlach of 1972, the Lubavitcher Rebbe probed

the meaning of the Maggid's enigmatic teaching.

Asked the Rebbe: Isn't the entire point of sending angels to Esau

that this was a mission that required a great infusion of

spirituality to accomplish? Indeed, the Chassidic masters explain

that this was a mission of cosmic proportions. Esau was the

embodiment of the primordial world of Tohu, a world of such

boundless divine energy that its "vessels" shattered, scattering

sparks of holiness to the farthest, lowliest, most debased stratum

of creation -- our own physical and material world. This is why

our world contains such volatile energies -- energies more lofty,

but also more corruptible, than anything else in G-d's creation. It

was Jacob's aim to excavate and redeem these "sparks of

holiness" from their exile and imprisonment within the

coarseness of Esau.

No ordinary messengers could be equal to this mission. Jacob

sent his angels, the most lofty and spiritual forces at his disposal,

to attempt the redemption of Esau. Why, then -- asked the Rebbe

-- would Jacob keep the loftiest and most spiritual part of his

angels with himself?

But the fact that the angels' souls remained with Jacob --

explained the Rebbe -- does not mean that they did not

participate in the mission to Esau. Your body can only be in one

place at a time: if it's in Kansas City, it can't be in Seattle. If it

wants to be in Seattle, it has to get on a plane and fly there, and

having done so, it won't be in Kansas City anymore. Your soul,

however, is a spiritual being, which means that it is not confined

to the grid of space/time. Your soul can be in two places at the

same time. Your soul can go to Seattle without ever leaving

Kansas City.

So only the "actuality" of Jacob's angels were sent off. The souls

of Jacob's angels remained with their master. And it was precisely

because they remained with Jacob even as they engaged Esau

that they could fulfill their mission.

We are on a mission. Our master has dispatched us to the

farthest, most forsaken lands of his kingdom to search out sparks

of holiness, to dig them out of the coarseness in which they are

buried, to raise them up and restore them to his crown.

Our body, being a body, must leave its father's home to go to

these faraway lands. For such is the law that governs our actual

self: to be somewhere else you must go there, which means that

Yud Tes Kislev

you can't be here anymore.

Our soul, however, remains in the royal palace. It descends into

the physical world, it enters material life, it engages and grapples

with the coarseness and the darkness and the folly, but it remains

in the royal palace. And it is precisely because it remains with its

sender that it can venture forth and accomplish its mission.

Where Are You?

Told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe


n 1798, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was imprisoned on

charges, put forth by the opponents of Chassidism, that his

teachings undermined the imperial authority of the czar. For 52

days he was held in the Peter-Paul Fortress in Petersburg.

Among the Rebbe's interrogators was a government minister who

possessed broad knowledge of the Bible and Jewish studies. On

one occasion, he asked the Rebbe to explain the verse (Genesis

3:9): "And G-d called out to the man and said to him: 'Where are

you?'" Did G-d not know where Adam was?

Rabbi Schneur Zalman presented the explanation offered by

several of the commentaries: the question "Where are you?" was

merely a "conversation opener" on the part of G-d, who did not

wish to unnerve Adam by immediately confronting him with his


"What Rashi says, I know," said the minister. "I wish to hear how

the Rebbe understands the verse."

"Do you believe that the Torah is eternal?" asked the Rebbe. "Do

you believe that its every word applies to every individual, under all

conditions, at all times?"

"Yes," replied the minister.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman was extremely gratified to hear this. The

czar's minister had affirmed a principle which lies at the basis of

the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the very teachings and

ideology for which he was standing trial!

"'Where are you?'" explained the Rebbe, "is G-d's perpetual call to

every man. Where are you in the world? What have you

accomplished? You have been allotted a certain number of days,

hours, and minutes in which to fulfill your mission in life. You have

lived so many years and so many days," -- here Rabbi Schneur

Zalman spelled out the exact age of the minister -- "Where are

you? What have you achieved?"

Told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Kislev 19, 5718 (December 12,

1957), on the occasion of the 159th anniversary of Rabbi Schneur

Zalman's release from prison.

Biographical notes:

Rabbi Schneur Zalman Boruchovitch of Liadi, also known as the

"Alter Rebbe" and "The Rav," was born in Li'ozna, White Russia in

1745. In 1764 he became a disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch,

the second leader of the Chassidic movement after the Baal Shem

Tov. In 1772, Rabbi Schneur Zalman established the "Chabad"

branch of Chassidism. For twenty years he labored on his Tanya,

which, published in 1797, became the "bible" of Chabad

Chassidism upon which hundreds of works and thousands of

discourses by seven generations of Chabad rebbes and their

disciples are based. Kislev 19, the day on which he was released

from czarist imprisonment in 1798, is celebrated to this day as the

"New Year for Chassidism," for that event marked the start of a

new period of expansion for the movement. Rabbi Schneur

Zalman passed away while fleeing from Napoleon's armies in

December of 1812.

Kislev 19

The "New Year" of Chassidism


he 19th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev is celebrated as

the "Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism." It was on this date, in

the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi

Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), was freed from his

imprisonment in Czarist Russia. More than a personal liberation,

this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding

a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah.

The public dissemination of teachings of Chassidism had in fact

begun two generations earlier. The founder of the Chassidic

movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), revealed to his

disciples gleanings from the mystical soul of Torah which had

previously been the sole province of select Kabbalists in each

generation. This work was continued by the Baal Shem Tov's

disciple, Rabbi DovBer, the "Maggid of Mezeritch"--who is also

deeply connected with the date of "Kislev 19": on this day in 1772,

26 years before Rabbi Schneur Zalman's release from prison, the

Maggid returned his soul to his Maker. Before his passing, he said

to his disciple, Rabbi Schneur Zalman: "this day is our yomtov


Rabbi Schneur Zalman went much farther than his predecessors,

bringing these teachings to broader segments of the Jewish

population of Eastern Europe. More significantly, Rabbi Schneur

Zalman founded the "Chabad" approach -- a philosophy and

system of study, meditation, and character refinement that made

these abstract concepts rationally comprehensible and practically

applicable in daily life.

In its formative years, the Chassidic movement was the object of

strong, and often venomous, opposition from establishment

rabbis and laymen. Even within the Chassidic community, a

number of Rabbi Schneur Zalman's contemporaries and

colleagues felt that he had "gone too far" in tangibalizing and

popularizing the hitherto hidden soul of Torah.

In the fall of 1798, Rabbi Schneur Zalman was arrested on charges

that his teachings and activities threatened the imperial authority

of the Czar, and was imprisoned in an island fortress in the Neva

River in Petersburg. In his interrogations, he was compelled to

present to the Czar's ministers the basic tenets of Judaism and

explain various points of Chassidic philosophy and practice. After

53 days, he was exonerated of all charges and released.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman saw these events as a reflection of what

was transpiring Above. He regarded his arrest as but the earthly

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echo of a Heavenly indictment against his revelation of the most

intimate secrets of the Torah. And he saw his release as signifying

his vindication in the Heavenly court. Following his liberation on

Kislev 19, he redoubled his efforts, disseminating his teachings on

a far broader scale, and with more detailed and "down to earth"

explanations, than before.

Kislev 19 therefore marks the "birth" of Chassidism: the point at

which it was allowed to emerge from the womb of "mysticism"

into the light of day, to grow and develop as an integral part of

Torah and Jewish life.

The Passing of the Maggid

By J. Immanuel Schochet


he meeting in Rovno was stormy and eventful. The disciples

of Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezritch, the successor to

the Baal Shem Tov, were greatly agitated. They felt strongly

that the mitnagdim, those Jews opposed to the Chassidic

movement, had over-reached all bounds of legitimacy.

The Maggid himself kept silent. Though filled with empathy for

his followers, he thought that it was nevertheless better not to

answer or react to the events. "Truth stands, falsehood does not

stand," thus surely time itself would contribute to the

vindication of the truth and authenticity of Chassidism. He

counseled patience and forbearance. Already in the days of the

Baal Shem Tov, he had joined with his master in a declaration "to

forgive fully and absolutely, as Scripture (Psalms 104:35) states

'let sins be annihilated,' not the sinners."

He taught his followers "an important rule: When people shame

you with respect to your form of worship or other good things,

do not answer them anything lest you become involved in an

argument and are led to pride which will cause you to forget the

blessed Creator. Our sages taught that man's silence leads to


In the midst of the proceedings Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Barditchev

received a report vividly describing the personal harassments

and sufferings his family was compelled to endure. His

colleagues decided that Rabbi Levi Yitzchak should read out this

letter in the presence of the Maggid, but even as he did so Rabbi

DovBer remained silent. The disciples interpreted their master's

silence as an indication that the matter was up to their

discretion and thus decided to act on their own.

They met secretly and resolved that it was their legal duty to

defend and guard the honor of their holy master and to combat

the unjustified denunciations. It seemed there was but one thing

they could do: to abide by the stipulation in Jewish law to meet

an illegitimately proclaimed cherem ("ban") with a counter-ban.

Their meeting concluded with a quorum of ten men rising to

proclaim a counter-anathema against the denunciators of


When the Maggid heard of this action he was dismayed and

admonished his disciples most severely. Upon their retort that

they were no longer able to endure the persecutions and saw no

alternative, Rabbi DovBer replied:


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"Know that by the action you have taken you have forfeited your

head. However, at the same time you have gained that

henceforward whenever there will be a conflict between the

chassidim and their opposers, the chassidim will prevail."

The Maggid's disciples had achieved a victory but at a costly price.

Within half a year they would lose their head, the crown of

Chasidism, i.e. Rabbi DovBer, the Great Maggid of Mezhrich.

Some two months later the Maggid lay gravely ill. Many of his

disciples hurried to Annopol to be at their master's bedside. On the

last Shabbat of his life, the 16th of Kislev, he interpreted the first

verse of that day's Torah reading (Genesis 32:4), "And Jacob sent

malachim," to the disciples standing around his bed: "Rashi

interprets (that malachim means) "angels mamash" (real angels).

That is, Jacob sent the mamash (the concrete reality) of the angels,

but the spirituality of the angels remained with Jacob."

The next day, Sunday the 17th of Kislev, the Maggid said to his

disciple, Rabbi Shneur Zalman that the last three days before one

restores the 'deposit' (i.e. the soul entrusted into man's charge)

one sees but the creative word of G-d inherent in every physical

thing, that is, one sees that the word of the Creator is the very

essence and reality of matter.

That night he instructed Rabbi Shneur Zalman in the procedure for

the celebration to be conducted on the Shabbat-eve preceding a

circumcision, and the procedures for the ceremony the night

preceding a circumcision as well as for the day of the circumcision

itself. He added: "Chazon Ovadyah--the servant of G-d sees. A son

shall be born unto you and you shall call him by my name, and on

the night preceding the circumcision, remember and recall what I

told you this night."

The following day the Maggid told Rabbi Shneur Zalman privately:

"Zalman, see to do whatever you can that my Avromenyu remain

in my seat. If, Heaven forefend, he should refuse, then let it be

Mendele the Litvak" (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Horodok/


His son, Rabbi Abraham, recalled other things the Maggid said that

day in the presence of himself, Rabbi Judah Leib Hacohen and

Rabbi Shneur Zalman: "My children, hold together and then you

will overcome everything; you will then progress even further and

not regress, Heaven forefend."

Afterwards, Rabbi Zusya also came and the Maggid asked who

entered. Rabbi Zalman answered "Rabbi Zusya came," and the

Maggid indicated with his finger that he should approach. He

grasped him with his right hand and said to him as follows: "You

Zusya, you are mine in this world, and over there you will also be

next to me, just as the body and soul [are joined]."

He then asked whether Rabbi Mendele of Vitebsk was present to

which Rabbi Zalman answered that he was not. He sighed deeply

and asked whether Rabbi Judah Leib Hacohen was there and Rabbi

Zalman answered in the affirmative. He looked at him and said as

follows: "You too will be in my compartment, 'for the lips of the

Cohen (priest) are to keep da'at--knowledge' (Malachi 2:4), and I

am of the realm of da'at."

Thereupon he called out "Zalmina, Zalmina," and said as follows:

"You will stand alone. However, I will see to drag you out of all your

troubles because for you I will truly long."

Then he said as follows to his son: "And you Avromenyu, you just

keep silent and continue to conduct yourself as you have done

Yud Tes Kislev

until now. Listen to Zalminyu and it will be well with you. Above

all, do not afflict yourself, for a small defect in the body causes a

large defect in the soul--and your soul is something altogether


He then wished his disciples a good night and went to sleep.

On Tuesday, the third day in the week of the Torah-section

Vayeshev Ya'akov, on the nineteenth day of Kislev 5533 (1772), Rabbi

DovBer, Maggid of Mezrich, Koretz and Rovno, successor to the

Baal Shem Tov and leader of the Chasidic movement, returned his

soul unto his Maker, and his earthly remains were interred in


Shortly before his demise the Maggid had said to Rabbi Shneur

Zalman of Liadi: "Yud-Tet Kislev (the nineteenth of Kislev) is our

yomtov (festival)." (The Maggid seems to allude to the future

liberation of Rabbi Shneur Zalman on the 19th of Kislev 5559 (1798)

which symbolized the vindication of the Chasidic movement and

as such relates implicitly to the Maggid as well.)

For unto the righteous, the day they are able to restore their soul in

purity and sanctity is not a sad departure from one world but a

joyously anticipated homecoming to another. Like Rabbi Shimon

bar Yochai of old, Rabbi DovBer, too, regarded the day of his

passing as a Yomtov for himself and wished that his disciples and

followers rejoice with him.

Congregant’s Corner

A Letter from Your Mother

By Malca Bassan

Dear Children:

I am writing to you in order to communicate my innermost

motherly feelings. I was a young shepherdess when I met your

father. He helped me water the sheep of your grandfather Laban.

Without even knowing me, your father Jacob lifted the rock from

the well. As a result, the sheep were able to drink from it. Your

father asked me how all with my family were. He was so attentive

and polite that I will never forget that first impression.

I wanted to let you know that your father Jacob was a gentleman.

He was full of compassion because he worked fourteen years to

marry your mother Leah and I. He wanted both of us, sisters, to be

happy. Your father Jacob always protected all of his children,

especially when he was going to meet with his brother Esau.

Your father Jacob was a hardworking man who appreciated his

family, and he never forgot his birth place. Your father decided to

return to his original home with you and the rest of the family.

Dear children, I am writing to you today to remind you of your

father Jacob and to instill in you to follow his footsteps. I do not

want you to be like him, but simply that you should emulate his

ways. Remember that he is the third father of our dear nation, and

the father of twelve special children, the twelve tribes.

I wish you a good life, honest work, success, and most importantly,

I wish you PEACE among yourselves. May G-d bless you, and the

children after you, forever.

With loving kindness,

Your Mother Rachel (Z¨L)

Shul of Downtown and Brickell to

bring synagogue, community

center near Mary Brickell Village

A synagogue

and community center is to rise adjacent to the

Mary Brickell Village complex to serve Brickell's growing

residential community.

For real estate agents, the center, which is to feature a preschool,

meeting rooms and ground floor retail, is a valuable new asset to

include in their sales pitch when attracting renters and buyers,

especially families, to the urban core.

The three-story Shul of Downtown and Brickell is slated for a

vacant lot at South Miami Avenue and Southwest Ninth Street

currently used for parking and is estimated to cost $3.5 million to

build, said Rabbi Chaim Lipskar, who heads two Chabad-Lubavitch

synagogues in Miami.

The 15,000-square-foot center, designed by Zyscovich Architects, is

to encompass retail and a lounge on the ground floor, he said, and

on the second and third levels is to house a synagogue, social and

study halls, classroom space and a mikvah, which is a Jewish ritual


"We want to make it like a community center where different

people can go, whether older or younger," Rabbi Lipskar said.

The group bought the property in May for $590,000, according to

county records, significantly below its value during Miami's real

estate boom.

Location was important when selecting the site.

The parcel is centrally located for downtown and Brickell's growing

residential base, Rabbi Lipskar says, especially as newer condo

towers begin to fill.

The permitting process with the City of Miami has already begun,

he says, and he hopes to have approvals by mid-2010. Plans are to

break ground on the synagogue and community center by next

October to open doors in 2012.

"We are a quarter of the way there," Rabbi Lipskar said, adding that

a capital campaign was recently launched to raise more funds for

construction, with naming and dedications opportunities


"We'll like to make it happen as quick as possible," he said.

The Orthodox Jewish group is also looking for developers and other

professionals in the building community to sit on its building

committee, Rabbi Lipskar said, which would advise on matters

related to the construction.

As this is the first synagogue to be built in the city in more than 60

years, he said, it's a "tremendous opportunity to get involved from

an active level."

Construction of a synagogue and community center also allows

area real estate agents to better market Brickell to prospective

residents of the Jewish faith and new businesses.

Patrick O'Connell, managing broker and senior vice president of

development at Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors in Brickell, says

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these types of family-focused additions make the Brickell and

downtown neighborhoods much more appealing.

"Anything that we can do to add services and places of worship

that would attract families to move to the area is better for the

community and the market," Mr. O'Connell says. "The Shul is an

exciting addition. It's going to help to attract more families with

children to the area."

The Orthodox Jewish group currently rents two smaller locations,

one on the second floor of 1101 Brickell Ave.'s north tower and the

second at 48 E Flagler St.

Once the building is completed, Rabbi Lipskar said, plans are to

keep the Flagler location open but move operations from Brickell

Avenue to the new Brickell address.

Amenities at the planned center are to include a lounge for

university students who now reside in Brickell and downtown and

a centrally-located preschool for parents with young children.

"People can walk out of their apartment all over Brickell and just

come right over," Rabbi Lipskar said. "It's very accessible with two

Metromover stations, making it accessible for people to join us for

services right in the mix of things."


*All Shul Services are free of charge

excluding the actual cost of specialist

scribe’s checking and purchasing of

new Mezuzot.


Events Calendar

A great listing of the places you want to be and the things you want to do!

Daily Mon.-Fri

Morning Chassidus &

Davening Program

with Rabbi Zalman Lipskar

6:15 am

*See p. 8 for more details

Kislev 20 Dec. 7


Women’s Study Group

with Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar

8:30 pm

*See p. 19 for more details

Kislev 22 Dec. 9


Final Session:

Soul Quest: The Journey Through

Life, Death And Beyond

8:00 pm

Rabbi Dov Schochet

*See p. 17 for more details

Kislev 30-

Tevet 3

Dec. 17-20


Torah & Science Conference

*See p. 33 for more details


Daily Mon.-Thurs.

Rohr Community Kolel

Individual Yeshiva Style


8:00 - 10:00 pm

*See p. 8 for more details

Kislev 21 Dec. 8


Rabbi Lipskar’s Tuesday Night Class

8:15 pm

Rabbi Zalman Lipskar

9:15 pm

Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar

*See p. 16 for more details

Kislev 27 Dec. 14


King David Strin Quartet

Special Performance

8:30 pm

*See p. 15 for more details

Tevet 1 Dec. 18


Torah & Science Shabbaton


*See p. 18 for more details

Kislev 17-19 Dec. 4-6


Teens Orlando Shabbaton

Kislev 22 Dec. 9




11:00 am

Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar

*See p. 15 for more details

Kislev 28 Dec. 15


Jewish Heritage Night

7:30 pm

*See p. 16 for more details






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11:00 am - Meditations in Prayer

with Rabbi Mendy Levy

12:00 pm - Ein Ya’akov: Stories of the

Talmud - with Rabbi Dov Schochet


11:00 am - Tanya

with Rabbi Sholom Lipskar


11:00 am - Mitzvos of the Weekly

Parsha - with Rabbi Shea Rubinstein

12:00 pm - Jewish History: Joshua and

the Conquest of Israel - with Rabbi Dov


You can join these classes at anytime during the course.

All classes are followed by complimentary refreshments.


Call Rabbi Dov Schochet at 305 868 1411 or email

The Shul, 9540 Collins Ave, Surfside

Rosh & Leah Handwerger

Classic Baal Teshuva

The King David String Quartet

presents a

Special Performance at The Shul

Monday, December 14 ~ 8:30 pm

CALL THE SHUL TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ~ 305 868 1411 ~ $10 per person

Save The Date

The Shul’s

28th Anniversary Dinner

Monday, February 8, 2010


Martin & Ethel Sirotkin

Grand Benefactors

Shevat 24, 5770

David Lichter


The Planter of the Tree Will Enjoy Its Fruit


THE KING DAVID STRING ENSEMBLE, 'Les Violons du Roi David", conducted by the Israeli-American, Anita Kamien, is among the

finest chamber ensembles active today. It performs a varied repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to the present day. Made up of

nine virtuoso string players from the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble has appeared in twenty nine countries on five

continents: the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain,

Portugal, Israel, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Korea, Australia, Guatemala, Panama, El

Salvador, Malta and three concert tours of Japan and Thailand.

The King David String Ensemble has been highly praised by critics. "One could not imagine anything better! The concert of 'The King

David String Ensemble' was the high point of the festival.", wrote a Montpellier reviewer. A critic in Manila described them as

"Magnificent and dazzling." A Swedish reviewer headlined the group's playing as "Poetic and Harmonious," and a Venezuelan critic

hailed the ensemble's "visual excitement and finesse." A reviewer in Florida wrote that "The King David String Ensemble is a first

class orchestra. The solo and ensemble playing was on the highest level - testament to the richness of Israel's musical culture."


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at The Shul (Haime Library - 2nd Floor)

Please join us for spoken Hebrew classes with an

experienced and professional teacher

Mr. David Adar

You will learn the four skills of the language:

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Classes for beginner and advanced levels

with a minimal cost. Men & Women Welcome!


6:45 - 8:00 pm: Beginners

8:00 - 9:00 pm: Advanced + 2nd Session

To register please call Mr. David Adar at


Rabbi Lipskar’s

Tuesday Night Class

December 8 ~ Kislev 21

8:15 pm


Two Links in an Eternal Chain:

Rabbi Zalman Lipskar

9:15 pm

The Genesis of the Jew”

Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar

The Shul ~ Social Hall

9540 Collins Ave, Surfside

Download and listen to the latest classes and lectures

To enroll your child/ren or for

more information

call Yankee at


or email

Final Session


December 9, 2009

For more information or to enroll, please visit

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Saturday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m., at The Shul

The Shul cordially invites singles of all ages to a special Melaveh Malka with the scientists and participants

of The Eighth Miami International Torah & Science Conference. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

The Melaveh Malkah will be followed by a forum on Jewish Medical Ethics.

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.


Sunday, January 10, at the MAR-JCC, 18900 N.E. 25 th Ave., NMB

2:00 p.m. - Singles ages 60 plus

4:00 p.m. - Singles ages 40-59

6:00 p.m. - Singles ages 21-39

$10/person or $15 at the door.

For reservations or more info call (305) 932-4200 ext. 144

The Shul’s Young Leadership Division is one of the eight participating organizations.



Friday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m., at The Shul’s Social Hall

$25/person. Reservations and payment in advance required.

Reservations will be taken between February 8 and 18.

8:00 pm

Rabbi Dov Schochet

The Shul

9540 Collins Ave, Surfside



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Please join us for an elegant Shabbat Dinner with the scientists of

The Eighth Miami International Torah & Science Conference on


Guest speaker:

Professor Isaac Elishakoff

Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

“Is it Acceptable to Legislate Mathematical Constants?”









Shabbat Dinner: Members: $35/adult; $15/child — Non-members: $40/adult; $20/child

Call the reservation hotline at 305-868-1787 and leave a message with all the information as requested below or complete

the reservation form below and mail it to The Shul, 9540 Collins Ave., Surfside, FL 33154.





In order for us to properly process your reservation, kindly complete all the fields:

Torah & Science Shabbaton: Friday, December 18, 2009

# of Member Adults @ $35: _____ # of Member Children @ $15: _____

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Total due: $______

The name(s) as you would like them to appear on the seating cards:


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Just for the Gals

Delve into the power, strength and beauty in the life of the Jewish Woman

Weekly Classes


Practical Halacha Rabbi Dov Schochet 11:00 - 11:30 am

Women’s Study Group - Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar 8:30 - 10:00 pm

At the home of: Mrs. Tila Levi

61 Camden Court, Bal Harbour


Tanya Class in Spanish Mrs. Vivian Perez 1:45 - 2:30 p m

~ 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour Village

Torah Portion Class in Spanish Mrs. Vivian Perez 2:30 - 3:45 pm

~ 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour


Parenting Class Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar 9:15 - 10:00 am

Morning Torah Class Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar 10:00 - 11:00 am

The Weekly Portion - Woman’s Perspective

~ Haime Library

Tanya Class in English Mrs. Vivian Perez 1:30 - 3:00 pm

~ 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour


Tanya of the Week Rabbi Eily Smith 10:30 - 11:15 am

~ Women’s Sanctuary - Teen Lounge

Tefillah Class in French Rabbi Zalman Gansburg 10:30 - 11:15 am

~ Haime Library

Talmud Class in French Rabbi Zalman Gansburg 11:20 - 12:00 pm

Tanya in Spanish for Women Mrs. Vivian Perez 1:45 - 3:00 pm

~MAR JCC - Szeltzer Boardroom, 18900 NE 25 Ave, NMB

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Teves

Lunch & Learn


Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar

and Special Guest Speaker

Ana Gorin

“Turning Back the Hands of Time with

Revolutionary Advances in Skin Care”

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

10:00 am

The Shul

9540 Collins Ave, Surfside

The lecture & demonstration is free

Lunch will be available to purchase

Sunday, March 7, 2010.

Can you sing, dance, act or recite,

play an instrument, do magic tricks,

crack us up with your stand-up comedy,

perform ventriloquy or do you have

any talent?

Well, you can have a chance to

win a $1,000 cash prize

and a video of the game show with

your 15 minutes of fame!

This will be a night to remember

filled with lots of fun and laughter, and a

great way to see beautiful talent in our

very own community.

women only

Establishing a Jewish Home

Evening Study for Brides and

Newlyweds / Bridal Class

Please call Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar for

an appointment 305-868-1885

Women’s Mikvah:

Please call Mrs. Devorah Failer for an appointment

305-866-1492 or 305-323-2410


The Mikvah is currently undergoing renovations

and will be closed for a few weeks.


Who we are...

The Women's Circle comprises all of The

Shul's programming and classes geared

toward women in the community. Our

objective is to bring women of all ages and

backgrounds together to learn, laugh,

experience, and rejuvenate their mind, body

and soul. Meet new friends, relax and get


If you would like to be a part of the

Women's Circle at The Shul, please call

305. 868.1411


Kids Corner / Teen Seen

Educate, inspire and most of all have FUN!

Topics & Classes Will Include:

• Code of Jewish Law:

Fundamentals in Judaism

• Talmud:

Textual Based Learning & Stories

• Jewish History:

Lessons For Life

• Chumash & Parsha Study:

In-depth Learning & Discussion.

*All With Practical

Hands-On Approach!*

Come Cheer On

The Shul Basketball Team!

The Shul has put together a youth boys basketball team, called


The team's roster are all boys from The Shul.

Mordechai Gottlieb and Greg Levine

will be coaching, and Eric Stein will be assisting.

The team was organized by Yankee Pearson.

We will be playing every Sunday

from October 25, till mid December.




Stay posted for further information.

Got Game?

We are also looking to put together

an adult male basketball team.

If you are interested in participating on the team

please call Yankee at 718.757.6659

For Children ages 3-6 from 5:45 - 6:30 pm

The Shul

Bat Mitzvah Club


7:00 - 8:00 pm

At The Shul

Call Dobie Rubinstein

to enroll:

305 984-8805

If you are 11 years old

join us for an awesome

year of learning and fun

in preparation for your

Bat Mitzvah

Kids Corner / Teen Seen

Educate, inspire and most of all have FUN!

Following many requests we are happy to announce



From 5:00 - 6:00 pm

In the Teen Room (Back of Women’s Sanctuary)





From 5:00 - 6:00 pm

In the Teen Room (Back of Women’s Sanctuary)

$15 per session for both boys & girls

including materials & refreshments

Also available upon request:

individual classes,

classes for younger girls & boys

For more information

call Sarah Libke on

786 389 6528

(space is limited)

Does your son or

daughter need help

with his/her

Jewish Studies


Join Our Weekly Homework Help Program

For Boys & Girls ages 6-13

Every Monday - Thursday

from 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Bring your son/daughter to The Shul

to learn with one of our student Rabbis/

Girl’s Youth Counselors.

To schedule a learning time,

please call

Rabbi Mendy Levy at

305-868-1411 ext. 7321

The Shul Youth 305.868.1411 ext. 7321



Kids Corner / Teen Seen

Educate, inspire and most of all have FUN!

Exciting After School Programming!

Mother & Daughter

Tuesdays, December 15, 29 from 6:00 - 7:00pm

in Classroom # 1

Come and join a new season of this highly successful program!

Mothers and daughters are invited to join and participate in this

fun and educational program.

The program starts with a study session for each mother and

daughter as they explore their heritage and its place in the home.

Following the study session the mothers and daughters

participate in cooking, crafts and quality time.

For Girls : 1st - 5th grade

Fee: $12 (mother and daughter included)

New Program - Mother & Son!

Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 22

6:00 - 7:00pm in Classroom # 1

Now offering mothers the opportunity to also spend some quality

with their sons at The Shul! Following the study session the

mothers and sons participate in games, crafts and great fun.

For Boys : 1st - 5th grade

Fee: $12 (mother and son included)

Art expression with Sarah Libke Caplin

We welcome the return of this innovative program using various

art mediums to convey feelings about Torah and Mitzvah

messages and are happy to announce that this is now available

to boys as well.

Boys ages 6-10: Mondays from 5.00 - 6.00pm

Girls ages 6-10: Tuesdays from 5.00 - 6.00pm

In the Teen Girls Room (Back of Women’s Sanctuary)

Fee:$15 (including snacks and materials)

Also available upon request: individual classes, classes for

younger girls & boys. For more information call Sarah Libke on

786 389 6528 (space is limited)

Imagine Tomorrow Computer Classes


3:30 - 4:30pm and 5:00 - 6:00pm

Custom Software, curriculum, and classes developmentally designed

for young learners ages 4-7.

For more info visit

Cost: $20

Classroom #2 - Enroll now as space is limited. For more

information call Iesha 305-967-3604

Bar Mitzvah Club

Every Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:00pm

Call Yankee at 718-757-6659 for more information

Bat Mitzvah Club

Every Wednesday from 7:00 - 8:30pm

Call Dobie at 305-984-8805 for more information

Mishmar for Boys ages 7 - 11

Each Wednesday from 6:15 - 7:30pm

Spanish Library #2

Call Eli at 305-742-3375 for more details

Israeli Dance with Lili Rosenthal

Coming Soon! Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30pm

For Girls ages 5 - 8.

Fee: $10. Call Lili at 786-273-0823 for more information.

Weekly Tutoring Program

Monday - Thursday from 5:00 - 6:30pm

For boys ages 6-13. Does your son need help with his Jewish

Studies Homework? Bring your son to The Shul to learn with

one of our student Rabbis. To schedule a learning time, please

call Rabbi Mendy Levy at 305-868-1411 ext. 7321

Tzivos Hashem for Girls & Boys

Every Sunday

10:00 - 11:30am in the Social Hall

For Boys & Girls ages 4 - 6

For Girls ages 7 - 11 years old. (NOTE: The Dance program is

full. Please call Natalya Cohen at 305 450 8087 before joining)

Come enjoy a morning of learning, arts & crafts, music and

prizes! Homemade pancakes served each week!

New Program - Story Time For Kids!

Mondays: Dec. 7, 21

From 5:45 - 6:30pm

Come & hear a Jewish delightful story with your kids!

For Boys & Girls: Ages 3 - 6

Kids are encouraged to come in Pajamas!

A Jewish Bedtime Experience!

Tween & Teen Girls Activities

Tween Club

Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 - 8:30pm

Meeting at The Shul. Cost of program is $10.

Contact Zisa to join the Club and to receive weekly texts about

upcoming activities.

Teen Community Service

All teens are invited to come and help with various

Community Service Activities, with snacks, music and a

great environment. In the Teen Girls Lounge.

Teen Learning:

A nurturing environment for teens to learn and grow.

With light dinner. Teen Girls Lounge

(Back of Women’s Sanctuary)

For more information on the Teen Girls Programs, please

call Mushkie Parshan at 347-633-5286

Teen Boys Activities

Mishmar Night & Talmud for Teen Boys

Every Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30pm

Call Chaim Mochkin for details: 310-770-4053

The Shul Youth 305.868.1411 ext. 7321

Latin Link

Reflexión Semanal

Enfoque de la Parashà

Vaishlaj – Conjunción de todas las fuerzas

“Se alistó para tres cosas: para la plegaria, para el regalo y para la

guerra” (Midrash Kohelet Rabá 9)

Frente al encuentro de Iaakov el Patriarca con su hermano Eisav, nos relatan

nuestros Sabios z”l (y Rashi lo cita en su comentario) que Iaakov “se alistó para

tres cosas: para el regalo, la plegaria y la guerra”. En realidad el término hebreo

utilizado por los Sabios para decir se alistó es “hitkín”, que en verdad quiere

decir “se arregló” (por eso hemos traducido “se alistó”. ¿No hubiera sido más

directo y apropiado decir “se preparó (para tres cosas)”, es decir, en hebreo,

“heijín”? ¿Qué debía arreglar Iaakov?

Nuestros Sabios con ello nos quieren indicar que cada una de estas accionesel

regalo, la plegaria y la guerra- era muy dificultosa para Iaakov y debía por

ello “arreglarse”, cambiarse, completarse, para poder realizarla.


En lo que se refiere al regalo, nos relatan nuestros Sabios z”l, que Iaakov

estaba enojado por ser forzado a enviar un presente a Eisav. Esto era un acto

con un trasfondo espiritual, de hacer entrega de parte de sus fuerzas al lado

opositor. A pesar de ello, se sobrepuso “se arregló” y envió el regalo. Referente

a la plegaria- Iaakov temía si había pecado y con ello perdió la promesa del

Altísimo de apoyarlo. De todos modos, superó sus temores internos y rezó a

Hashem, pidiéndole cumplir con la promesa de “beneficiar He de

beneficiarte”- en tu mérito y en el de tus padres.

Pero más que por todo, Iaakov temió a la guerra, como dice el texto: “y temió...

y se angustió”- por si iba a matar a otros o ser muerto él. Sin embargo, se

fortaleció y se “arregló”, se sobrepuso interiormente, para la batalla confiando

en Di-s que “el campamento restante sobrevivirá”.


Desde una perspectiva más profunda, puede decirse que la dificultad especial

radicaba en la necesidad de alistarse a estas tres acciones simultáneamente.

Se trata de tres líneas de acción y ánimo interno opuestos. El “regalo” es

producto de la benevolencia; la “guerra” implica la rigidez de la justicia y la

“plegaria” está vinculada con la clemencia.

Es muy dificultoso actuar y funcionar al unísono en estas tres posturas. Esto

exigió de Iaakov un “arreglarse”, una fuerza interior especial que implicaba un

sobreponerse y superar la tendencia natural del carácter humano. Iaakv se

elevó por encima de su naturaleza y con ello pudo conjugar tres actitudes y

conductas de tinte y sentido opuesto.


La guerra entre Iaakov y Eisav simboliza el enfrentamiento constante que hay

entre el instinto del bien y el instinto del mal. También en esta guerra debe

enfrentarse al instinto del mal simultáneamente con estas tres actitudes de

benevolencia, rigidez y clemencia. Con esta estrategia está asegurada la

victoria sobre el instinto, tal como Iaakov estuvo seguro de que con este

accionar Di-s le concederá una victoria exitosa.

Lo mismo se aplica también a la misión principal de nuestra generación, el

trabajo de superar el galut, exilio diaspórico, y traer al Mashíaj. En esto no

puede darse por satisfecho con activar en la difusión y fortalecimiento de la

santidad medido por la razón lógica y la naturaleza, puesto que entonces el

mundo puede presentar oposición y perturbar. El éxito viene cuando uno logra

elevarse por encima de la naturaleza y actuar con una entrega que supera a la

lógica. Entonces alcanza el cumplimiento de la promesa Divina de “subirán los

salvadores al Monte Sión para juzgar al Monte Eisav, y será de Hashem el

reino”, con la llegada del justo Mashíaj, en la verdadera y completa redención.

Porción Semanal

Rabbi Shea Rubinstein

Lunes 8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Sinagoga


Lecciones practicas para

nuestra vida cotidiana

(Para Mujeres)

Sra. Vivian Perez

Martes 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

198 Park Dr., Bal Harbour

Por favor llamar a las 305 213 3202

para confirmar

Clases y Eventos

Kolel Español

Moshe S. Lerman

Miercoles 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Domingo

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Moshe S. Lerman

Miercoles 7:15 PM - 8:05 p.m.

Haime Library - 2do piso en Shul

Sra. Vivian Perez

Jueves 1:45pm – 3:00 pm

MAR JCC - Szeltzer Boardroom, 18900

NE 25th Ave., N. Miami Bch

Chabbat 18 kislev 5770, 5 décembre 2009.

La sidra s'intitule, Vayichlah de la la racine chin, lamed, het qui signifie,

envoyer. Ce verbe est conjugué au futur précédé du Vav conversif qui le

transforme en passé : IL ENVOYA.

Yaacov s'apprête à quitter Lavan avec sa famille. Il prépare avec

appréhension sa rencontre avec son frère ennemi, Essav.

Yaacov prend 3 mesures: La prière, les cadeaux et la statégie en cas de

guerre fratricide. L'épisode le plus impressionnant est la rencontre avec cet

"homme" ou ICH. C'est l'ange de Essav, Samael, qui le provoque dans un

combat singulier. Les deux se battent toute la nuit. Il est écrit: "Vayéavek

ich imo"- et l'homme l'a combattu. Le terme "vayéavek” vient de la racine

a, b, k,= combattre. Les commentateurs ont donné un autre sens à cette

racine: "poussière" = Avak. Les 2 ont soulevé la poussière dans leur dispute.

Le Zohar propose le verbe "vayit'aper" de la racine afar = poussière. En

réalité, dit le Zohar, "avak" comprend les trois initiales de "ot, bérit,

kodech" = signe de la sainte alliance. C'est l'ange qui voulait porter

atteinte à l'alliance sacrée de Yaacov.

On peut aussi rapprocher le mot "vayéavek" au paronyme, "vayhabek" = il

l'a enlacé, au point de l'etouffer. Mais l'ange n'a pas réussi à faire tomber

Yaacov. Il l'a cependant blessé à la cuisse, au nerf sciatique.

C'est la cuisse qui permet de se tenir debout. C'est le nerf sciatique qui gère

la marche de l'homme. Ce nerf se dit en hébreu, "guid hanaché" qui veut

dire, le nerf de l'oubli.

Samael qui représente le mauvais penchant, ou yetser hara', voulut

atteindre les descendants de Yaacov, dans son histoire, dans sa démarche,

dans sa spiritualité et dans sa mémoire.

Suite à ce combat, Yaacov devient "YISRAEL". Ki sarita im. Car tu as résisté à

D.ieu. Un nouveau destin s'ouvre à Israel.

On peut interpréter ce mot de différentes façons:

1. Sara El = qui a lutté avec D.ieu.

2. Sar El = prince de D.ieu.

3. Char El = qui chante pour D.ieu

4. Chir El = Chant de D.ieu. C’est l’anagramme parfait.

5. Yéchar El = la voie droite de D.ieu.

6. Yech, raa, El = Il ya celui qui a vu D.ieu.

7. Les consonnes du mot YSRAEL équivalent à 541 (10+300+200+1+30) qui

représentent la somme des initiales des 10 sphères de l’Arbre

séphirotique: Keter, Hokhma, Bina, Guédoula, Tif’éréte, Guévoura,

Netsah, Yessod, Hod, Malkhout.

(40 + 5 + 10 + 50 + 3 + 400 + 3 + 2 + 8 + 20 = 541)

Cela veut dire que YSRAEL mérite d’être le peuple de D.ieu. La valeur

gématrique du mot Yisrael, 541, équivaut à celles de Satan (359) + celle de

Yaacov (182). C’est la victoire du BIEN contre le mal.

Ce nouveau nom symbolise la domination sur Satan et le mauvais

penchant. Un nouvel homme est donc né. Un nouveau peuple voit le jour.

Après ce combat Israel s'établit à Chékhem. Un terrible évènement a lieu

alors. C'est l'outrage subi par la pauvre Dina. Toute la tribu de Chékhem est

décimée par les frères, Levi et Simon. Rahel meurt lors de l'accouchement

de Benjamin. Isaac meurt à 180 ans. Il est enterré à Hevron par Yaacov et

Essav. Les descendants de Essav terminent la sidra.

Chabbat Chalom.


French Connection

Réflexions sur la Paracha

Vivre avec la Paracha


Cours de Torah en Français

Tefillah (pour Femmes)

Rabin Zalman Gansburg

Jeudi de 10h30 à 11h15

Talmud (pour Femmes)

Rabin Zalman Gansburg

Jeudi de 11h30 à 12h15

Haime Library


The ABC's of of


Serving Jews in institutional and limited environments

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The ABC's of of


Serving Jews in institutional and limited environments

Chanukah Gifts Needed!

Aleph is preparing to send out gifts to children of inmates and

children of soldiers, and we are in need of gifts to send out. The

gifts are sent “from” the “daddy” or “mommy” that is away, helping

keep families together. Please participate in this extraordinarily

important program.

We are requesting that people come between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00

p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday till 2 p.m. to drop off new

(unwrapped) toys.

Packing Volunteers Needed!

Want to help pack the gifts? Help select them or fill out the cards?

Aleph is looking for volunteers to help before Chanukah. Please

contact Rabbi Katz at Aleph if you want to help at 305-864-5553.

Thank you.

The Aleph Institute would like to thank The Moshiach Times

Band for their most generous donation of 100 American girl style

Dolls to Aleph’s Chanukah Gift Program.

Want to advertise your

business, promote a product or

dedicate a prize to/for someone

special in the beautiful Aleph

Auction catalog?

We’re in the process of creating the Auction catalog.

So if you have a product or service you can donate, please call either Rochel

Katz or Leah Lipskar at 305-864-5553 ASAP. Thank you!


Monday, February 15, 2010—The 8th Annual Aleph Auction

February 11-12— “Shabbat with Our Jewish Troops”

Friday night, February 11, Shabbat dinner with our Jewish Troops

To contribute to The Aleph Institute’s programs, or to volunteer your time, please call 305.864.5553



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In this Week’s Living Torah:

A weekly video magazine featuring the Rebbe's

application of Torah to timely events and issues


A Whole New Light

Timeless Moments

Sheva Brochos

Eye to Eye

Mazal Tov!

Enjoy a live video presentation every Saturday

Night at The Shul immediately following Havdalah

To see the video on-line:

"Living Torah" Weekly Video Magazine

Featuring the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson obm.

Shabbos Hospitality

If you would like to host or be hosted at a Shabbos meal,

please call The Shul at 305-868-1411

Staying Connected

The Shul's Staying Connected Program

For College Students

More & more Jewish college students from different universities

across the country keep joining The Shul's Staying Connected program!

These students are excited about this "cool" program that offers them

the opportunity to "stay connected" to The Shul family while they are

away at school. They enjoy receiving candies, chocolate, matzah, wine,

menorahs, and special CD's from The Shul video-library to celebrate the

Jewish holidays. Staying Connected students also enjoy sharing special

events such as the Winter- Break & Summer Shabbatons at The Shul

with over 150 Jewish college students from 18 universities across the


To learn more about Staying Connected, please call Miriam Gitman

at 305.868.1411 ext. 7319 or email

To enroll in The Shul's Staying Connected program , please mail the

Student’s name, Hebrew name, complete address, telephone & email


The Shul - Staying Connected

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the year to celebrate our wonderful Jewish Holidays! It's Free!

If you already joined Staying Connected, please remember to send

us your new address if the one you had last semester has changed.

Staying Connected is sponsored by

Mrs. Marla Bergmann and her husband Reb. Gershon

in loving memory of Marla's father, Rabbi Norman Mussman obm.

Permanent Seating in The Shul

There are a limited number of seat dedications still available

in our Main Sanctuary, with finance options as well.

If you are interested in more information please speak to or

call Lydia Hasson or Penina Wuensch at 305 868 1411

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Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Would you like to honor someone’s Anniversary, Wedding,

Yahrtzeit, or any other occasion?

Honor them by making a donation to The Shul in their name.

A card will be sent to each Honoree on your behalf,

from The Shul, acknowledging your meaningful gift.

The amount of the donation will not be disclosed

unless requested.

For more information, please call Renee @ 305-868-1411 x 0

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Find a picture of yourself with the Rebbe!

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so that you can locate and request a video of your personal moment with

the Rebbe.

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in The Shul, at the convenience of your home or office.

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Daily Study

A complete guide to all classes and courses offered at The Shul

Chassidus Rabbi Zalman Lipskar 6:20 - 6:50 am

Halacha (Men) (Monday - Friday) Rabbi Dov Schochet 7:00 - 7:25 am

Daf Yomi Rabbi Dov Schochet 7:30 - 8:30 am

RamBam (Monday - Thursday) Rabbi Dov Schochet 8:30 - 9:00 am

Chok L’Yisrael - Sephardic Custom Shimshon Tzubeli 8:45 am

Beginner’s Talmud Class Rabbi Shimon Shur 9:00 - 10:00 am

Sichos - The Rebbe’s insights on the weekly Parsha Rabbi Shea Rubinstein 10:00 - 10:45 am

Community Kollel (Men) Mon - Thurs. Smicha Bochurim / Rabbi Eily Smith 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Daf Yomi (Men) Rabbi Dov Schochet 9:00 am

Spanish Kolel - Chassidus (Men) Mr. Isaac Gorin 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Executive Smicha (Men) Rabbi Aryeh Citron 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Weekly Torah Portion (Spanish) Rabbi Shea Rubinstein 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Women’s Study Group -

At the home of: Mrs. Tila Levi

61 Camden Court, Bal Harbour

*All classes located at The Shul unless otherwise specified.

Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar

8:30 - 10:00 pm

Senior Torah Academy: Meditations in Prayer Rabbi Mendy Levy 11:00 - 11:45 am

Senior Torah Academy for Men & Women

Ein Ya’akov: Stories of the Talmud

Rabbi Dov Schochet

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Tanya Class in Spanish (Women) Mrs. Vivian Perez, 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour Village 1:45 - 2:30 pm

Torah Portion Class in Spanish (Women) Mrs. Vivian Perez, 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour Village 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Ben Ish-Chai (Sephardic Class) (Men) Rabbi Dov Schochet 6:45 - 7:40 pm

Vayeishev: Two Links in an Eternal Chain Rabbi Zalman Lipskar 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Executive Smicha (Men) Rabbi Aryeh Citron 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Rabbi Lipskar’s Tuesday Class:

The Genesis of the Jew

Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar 9:15 - 10:30 pm

Parenting Class (Women) Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar 9:15 - 10:00 am

Morning Torah Class (Women) - Weekly Parsha Rebbetzin Chani Lipskar 10:00 - 11:00 am

Senior Torah Academy for Men & Women


Tanya Class in English (Women) Mrs. Vivian Perez, 198 Park Drive, Bal Harbour Village 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Spanish Kolel Rabbi Moshe Lerman 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Tefillah Class in French (Women) - Haime Library Rabbi Zalman Gansburg 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Talmud Class in French (Women) - Haime Library Rabbi Zalman Gansburg 11:20 am - 12:00 pm

Mitzvos of the Weekly Parsha (Men & Women) Rabbi Shea Rubinstein 11:00 - 11:45 am

Senior Torah Academy for Men & Women (Main Sanctuary)

Jewish History: Joshua and the Conquest of Israel

Rabbi Dov Schochet

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Tanya (Men & Women) Rabbi Eily Smith 8:00 pm

Talmudic Mishmar for Men & Women

Select Thursday evenings

9:00 - 10:00 pm

Torah & Science Conference

The 8th Miami International Torah & Science Conference ~ December 17 - 20, 2009





Our very special thanks to the following Partners & Patrons

whose contributions helped us to cover most of the costs of the

un-sponsored Kiddushim and Farbrengens as listed below.

Partners - annual contribution of $770:

Dr. & Mrs. Bernard and Carolyn Baumel

Dr. & Mrs. Stephen and Bella Brenner

Mr. & Mrs. Boruch & Yonit Duchman

Mr. & Mrs. Edward and Pauline Kopelman

Mr. & Mrs. Temuri and Maya Nanikashvili

Mr. & Mrs. Sholom Moshe and Sarah Sheridan

Mr. Peter Schwalbe & Mrs. Jody Soltanoff

Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Dana Werner

Patrons - annual contribution of $360:

Dr. & Mrs. Gene and Sandra Moteles

Mr. & Mrs. Martin and Susan Packer

Total Revenue for Kiddush Bank 5770: $6,880

Dates Un-Sponsored Events Paid by Kiddush Bank

Sept. 20 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah Farbrengen $1,000

Oct. 4 Sukkot Kiddush (2nd Day) $1,600

Oct. 9 Eve of Shemini Atzeret Hakafot Kiddush $900

Oct. 9 Shemini Atzeret After Hakafot Meal $900

Oct. 10 Shemini Atzeret Day Special Kiddush $1,600

Oct. 10 Eve of Simchat Torah Hakafot Kiddush $1,500

Oct. 31 Shabbos Kiddush $700

Dec. 5 Shabbos Kiddush $700

Total Expense on non-sponsored 5770 Kiddushim: $8,900

Current Shortfall: $2,020

(This excludes the expenses for many non-sponsored Shalosh Seudos meals provided by The Shul)

Make a deposit in our Kiddush Bank - IT’S A GREAT INVESTMENT!


Call Pnina at 305 868 1411 ext. 7313 to share in this special mitzvah.

Mumbai Memorial Tribute

Last year, the world stood together in shock and sadness at the brutal

loss of life in Mumbai, India. One year later, The Shul participated in a

global gathering of hope, healing, and renewal to mark the

anniversary of this terrible tragedy and the loss of our fellow

Shluchim, Rabbi Gabi and Rivkah Holtzberg.

The program included special greetings from Chief

Rabbi Yona Metzger, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Prime

Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Professor Eli

Wiesel. The 60-minute 60 minute memorial broadcast also

included heart rendering videos clips of the Shluchim

in Mumbai and stories of people - whose lives they


The Shul kids also participated in their very own

tribute rally, with a unique video on Israel, the

chanting of 12 Torah Pesukim and a grand raffle.

Thank you to all those that assisted in making this

event possible!

Community Nachas

A Peek at Recent Happenings

The Chanukah Mailing is on its Way!

The call to arms went out early on Friday morning, to get

our Chanukah mailing off to the Bulk Mail Post Office in

time to meet the deadline in a short and hectic

Thanksgiving week. There to pitch in and help get the job

down was Mrs. Riva Minkowitz, Rebbetzin Chani’s mom.

Thanks also to our bochurim, Eli, Shimon, Chaim and

Yankee and to Adina Lipskar for helping out.


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