Thursday, March 15, 2012

Seeking Third Grade Teacher

Lubavitch on the Palisades School in Tenafly, New Jersey, is looking for a female third grade Limudei Kodesh teacher for the upcoming school year (September 2012 - July 2013).

Hours are 8:15am - 12:00pm Monday - Thursday and Friday 8:15am - 10:45am. Competitive pay.

If interested in this position, please contact Orite at 646-262-3856 or

Parsha Perspective

Compiled by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

“Let all those wise of heart come and do”—Exodus 35:10.

This week’s Torah portion recounts the details of the construction of the portable Mishkan (Sanctuary) which escorted the Jews for 40 years through the desert, until arriving in the land of Israel.

Moshe (Moses) called upon each individual member of the Children of Israel to come forward and use their particular skill (“wisdom”) to build the Mishkan - the desert Tabernacle. The Mishkan was an amazing work of art and engineering, and much wisdom and skill were required to build it.

But why does Moshe issue a call for the “wise of heart”? Is this not a contradiction in terms? After all, wisdom is in the mind, while emotions are in the heart!

Perhaps the Torah is teaching us a valuable lesson, especially applicable in the construction of our own personal Mishkan.

Skill alone is sterile, while emotion alone is unpredictable.

The wise person can know something and it can have no effect on his or her life—it remains in the display case of their brain, never used to direct their behavior.

Another person may have profound experiences of deep religious emotion expressed so strongly that they reach a point where they lose sight of other good things in which they should be involved, or they become overly critical of others who seem not to be as enthusiastic as they.

Hence, G‑d directs Moses to tell the Jewish people: As each and every one of us build a personal Mishkan—a Sanctuary for G‑d made of the stuff of our life—we  need to remember to be “wise of heart.”

“Wise”— to allow G‑dly wisdom to direct our feelings in a constructive, balanced and inclusive way.

“Of heart”— to allow this knowledge to create a current of excitement and passion for the good and the G‑dly that fills our body and changes our world.

(Excerpts from -  Rabbi  Shlomo Yaffe)

 Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wine Sale This Sunday Night

Shiur on E-Commerce Tonight

The Beis Menachem weekly Shiur with Rabbi Kagan will be hosted tonight by Dan Sachs at his home, 3 Baker Lane, at 9:00 PM followed by Maariv at 10:00 PM.

The topic is E-Commerce and running an online businesses on Shabbos and other related Halachic and Hashkafik matters.