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.

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.

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.