Friday, January 30, 2009

Levaya and Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Mrs. Devorah Kroll, Mrs. Etta (Yocheved) Landy A”H.

Levaya:
The levaya will take place this Sunday, February 1st, at Congregation Toras Emes, 78-15 Parsons Boulevard in Queens at 10:00 AM. The kevura will follow at 11:00 AM at the Old Montifiore Cemetery near the Ohel.

Shiva:
The following is the shiva information for Mrs. Devorah Kroll:
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: At the Bochner home, 70-35 136th Street in Queens.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: At the Kroll home, 7 West Fessler Drive in Monsey (845-362-3794).

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

My Davening Experience Today

By Tzvi Webb

This morning’s davening was a delightful experience. Here’s why.

By hasgacha protis, I went to Cheder Chabad’s 7.45 AM minyan thinking I would participate in Chaim Dovid Elkind’s donning of tefillin for the first time. When I arrived, I found Rabbi Wolowik strolling around and talking Torah with a few bochurim. I noticed the boys were extremely well-behaved, and as the room began to populate, I slowly realized that the Elkinds were not there. It seems I miscalculated the date and was supposed to be there next week, not this week.

In any event, davening began, prefaced by a heartfelt reading of the HaYom Yom, and soon I realized I was ahead of the minyan. As I slowed down to synch with the minyan, I realized that the slower pace allowed for a much more meaningful davening experience than I usually have. I began to concentrate better on the words and meanings. I also realized that the entire room seemed into the idea of really davening with their hearts as well as their lips. After davening, I went to Rabbis Wolowik and Shusterman to thank them for having such a wonderful cheder and minyan.

Guess what? I got a homework assignment. I was asked to share the experience with the entire community.

I recommend this experience to all, but please make sure we use the Cheder’s geschmakkeit to enhance our Tzemach Tzedek and other minyanim as well.