Experiencing Chabad in Sutton Place by Peter Schulman The Soul It is well known that Chabad emissaries courageously leave their comfort zones in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights to spread Judaism and Chassidic thought throughout the world. Chabad houses can be found in faraway places such as Cambodia and China, or pioneering destinations in remote areas of Nebraska or Saskatoon. Yet, sometimes starting a Chabad House close to home in certain parts of Manhattan can be just as challenging and obstacle-laden, as well. I remember my mother OBM telling me once that she had championed Rabbi and Rebbetzin Metzger at a SAC meeting she attended, without ever having met them, when she heard there was some early resistance to their opening up a new Chabad on Sutton Place. Many were suspicious, others trepidatious. None of this discouraged the Metzgers in any way and when they organized the first Menorah lighting at Sutton Place Park several years ago (under the watchful eye of 1 Sutton Place, which at one point in the 1950’s didn’t even let Jews buy apartments in their building), so many joyous Jews came out to eat latkes despite frigid temperatures. It was the first time, they said, in so many years that they could experience such a beautiful communal Jewish event in public in the neighborhood. Now, with such pride in our community, I see all the amazing things the Metzgers do on a daily basis to spread the warmth of Yid- dishkeit throughout all corners of <strong>Beekman</strong>- Sutton. What they have built from scratch has been so beautiful: a pre-school, a shul with services and Kiddush on Saturdays and holidays, Torah and Tanya classes, Bagels, Lox and Tefilin on Sundays, and most importantly, a warm Shabbos table to go to on Friday nights. It moves me to see that the light that the Metzgers so daringly lit several Chanukahs ago is shining ever so brightly thanks to their incredibly contagious enthusiasm, warmth, energy and devotion to fellow Jews near & far. “I have seen people radiate with spirituality after experiencing a Shabbos at Chabad of <strong>Beekman</strong>, some for the first time." I have seen people radiate with spirituality after experiencing a Shabbos at Chabad of <strong>Beekman</strong>, some for the first time in fact, or others who return after a long hiatus from observance. Judaism is alive and well on 53rd street but most importantly in the hearts of so many thanks to my friends the Metzgers who never cease to inspire me with their good cheer through thick and thin - regardless of what adversity there might be in the world around us at any given time.
Bedside Pediatrics Peter Oppenheimer, MD FAAP Home Visit Medical Care for Children 212.879.8267 www.BedsidePediatrics.com Six Great Thinkers: Course Recap by Geoffrey Skolnik Adult Ed In January and February, over a period of six very cold and wet weeks, an enthusiastic group of learners turned out each week to attend outstanding classes taught by Rabbi Metzger about Six Great Jewish Thinkers. » » » » Rabbi Judah HaLevi (1075-1141), Spain; an intellectual and community leader; a physician, poet, and philosopher; author of The Kuzari. Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, “Maimonides,” “Rambam” (1135-1204). Left Spain as a young man; ultimately lived in Cairo. A physician, philosopher and halachic expert; author of the Mishneh Torah, the Guide to the Perplexed, and the Thirteen Principles of Faith. Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, “Ramban,” “Nachmanides” (1194-1270), Spain, lived in Israel his last few years. He viewed the work of the rabbis of the Mishna, Talmud, and the early medieval rabbis as unquestionable; criticized some of Maimonides thoughts as rationalizations. Rabbi Isaac Luria, Ha’Ari”, “The Arizal” (1534-1572), Jerusalem, Egypt, then Sfat. Considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah. » » Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezer, “Baal Shem Tov”, “Besht” (1698-1760), Poland. The founder of Hasidic Judaism. Among his many teachings were the need to love your fellow Jew and, the worship of God, not only in prayer, but in all daily affairs. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, “The Rebbe” (1902-1994), Russia, Berlin, Paris, New York City. This class was a very special night done in the style of a Farbrengen, with food and drink. Rabbi Metzger’s personal connection to the Rebbe showed clearly in this inspirational class, with his meaningful comments and examples of the Rebbe’s many works and deeds. Our thanks to Rabbi Metzger for all of his hard work and informative presentations. Future classes are greatly anticipated.