Friday, April 5, 2013

Beis Iyar Farbrengen on Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Iyar, the birthday of the Rebbe Maharash, on Thursday, April 11, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, was born in the town of Lubavitch (White Russia) on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 (1834). 

His father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the 3rd Chabad Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzeddek) once remarked that Rabbi Shmuel's birthday, coinciding with the 17th day of the Omer Count, is defined by the Kabbalistic masters as Tifferet sheb'Tifferet ("Beauty of Beauty").  

Although Rabbi Shmuel was the youngest of the Tzemach Tzedek's seven sons, he was chosen to succeed his father as Rebbe and leader of Chabad in the movement's capital, Lubavitch (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad Chassidism in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine). 

In addition to leading his Chassidim, guiding and advising their spiritual and material lives and authoring many maamarim, the Rebbe Maharash raveled extensively throughout Europe, meeting with government and business leaders to exert pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. 

The Rebbe Maharash passed away at age 48 on the 13th of Tishrei, 5643 (1882).

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Women's Shabbos Afternoon Pirkei Avos Shiur

Beginning this Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Shemini, the Pirkei Avos Shiur for women given by Rabbi Lesches will resume at 5:30 PM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

All women and older girls are welcome!

The shiur will continue throughout the spring and summer until the Shabbos before Rosh Hashanah.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, without going into major psychological dissertations (which I'm not qualified to do in the first place), perhaps we can find some insight in this week's Parshah, (Shmeinei  [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47)

Everything was set for the inauguration of the sacred service in the Sanctuary. The week-long preparations had been completed. Now it was Aaron's turn to approach the Altar and begin the service. But Aaron was reluctant. He still felt a sense of shame for his part in the Golden Calf episode. So Moses calls out to Aaron, "Approach the altar and perform the services." (Leviticus 9:7). Aaron did so and completed all the required tasks correctly. But what exactly did Moses say to Aaron to assuage his fears? All he said was "Come and do your thing." He never actually dealt with his issues. How did he address his concerns, his feelings of inadequacy?

Perhaps, Moses was saying: Come and do, and all your fears will be stilled. You lack confidence? Start performing the services and you will see that it fits you like a glove. You were born to be a High Priest and that's where you belong.

Moses was telling Aaron that if he would begin performing his chosen role, the rest would follow. As they say in Yiddish, Apetit kumt mit'n essen (the appetite comes with the eating) Even if you're not hungry, if you start eating, your appetite will follow. I suspect that’s why the first course in a meal is called an "appetizer." (Trust Jews when it comes to food!)

“Dr” Moses was dispensing sound psychological advice. The surest way of developing confidence is to begin doing that which you fear. Throwing kids in the deep end to teach them how to swim may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it usually works. Some of the finest public speakers were microphone-shy, even neurotic, at first. When we lack self-assurance, confronting our fears and phobias can be the best therapy. We discover that it really wasn't all that bad after all and we actually manage better than we ever imagined. And from there our self-belief grows until we become quite relaxed about the whole thing.

"Come and do" said Moses to his humble and hesitant brother. Aaron came and did - and the rest is history.

(From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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