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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It got me thinking. Even if this person was being paid only minimum wage, it would almost certainly be more economical for the store owner to go to Staples and order a standard print sign. Why the need for the human advertisement?
Then again, when was the last time that a conventional sign really caught my attention? And as I looked at the busy thoroughfare, it was clear that many motorists were slowing to get a look; one even quickly turned on his blinker and entered the mall’s next entrance.
Apparently, living, breathing signs are worth the extra cost. I’m pretty sure that entrepreneurs wouldn’t be throwing out their hard-earned money on an unproven advertising gimmick.
In no less than four places, the Torah discusses the law of the “Cities of Refuge” (Exodus 21, Numbers 35, Deuteronomy 4 and 19); the safe havens established for those who were guilty of manslaughter, where they could escape the wrath of a vengeful next of kin.
Perhaps the reason why the Torah chooses to repeat this law several times is due to one of the powerful and eternal lessons this mitzvah teaches.
We are all haunted and pursued by past indiscretions, as well as unhealthy and unspiritual tendencies. But there is a “safe haven” to which we can escape and find serenity. As our sages tell us (Talmud, Makkot 10a), “The words of Torah are a refuge.” Through thoroughly immersing ourselves—“exiling” ourselves—within the teachings of the Torah, we are granted the wherewithal to successfully fend off all the impulses that hound us.
In this week’s Parshah, Shoftim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 16:18–21:9) the Torah instructs us to “prepare the roads” that leads to the cities of refuge. The Talmud (ibid.) explains that it is imperative upon the community to ensure that the roads leading to the cities remain maintained and unobstructed, and furthermore, that every crossroads must have a prominent sign directing the person to the closest miklat (refuge).
The Rebbe explained the contemporary lesson that this detail of the law offers. It is our duty, the Rebbe says, to stand at life’s crossroads with a large arrow sign, and loudly proclaim to all: “This is the way to refuge. Here’s the Torah. Here’s how you live it. Here’s how you find peace and tranquility.”
We need to be signs. For our chance acquaintances, for our friends, for our children.
We can go to Staples and print up posters. We can buy books for our children that teach them the proper path; we can use wonderful words and homilies to persuade them of the beauty of Torah.
Or we can be living signs, by being proper role models for our children and neighbors.
Yes, it requires a deeper commitment. It could mean standing in the heat for hours.
But living signs cause heads to turn like no other means of advertisement can.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
It's a Borsalino cortina (purchased from primo hatters) size 7 & 1/4.
It has a label with the name Sadya Davidoff in it with my phone number 323-770-3433.
Please give me a call/text/whatsapp if u know where it may be.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tomorrow, Thursday, August 13th, the NYS Department of Education has scheduled a Public Conference stating a special announcement for the East Ramapo School District which will hopefully resolve the current tension.
Rabbi Horowitz, chairman of the YARC (the umbrella organization representing the many local Yeshivos) strongly believes that our representation at this Public Conference is critically needed to show that we are looking forward in resolving the tension and want to be partners in the solution.
The Public Conference will take place:
Date: Thursday, 8/13
Place: The RCC cultural art center on College Road
Time: 1:30 pm
Please make every effort to attend.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother
Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM.
This week’s Torah portion Eikev (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25) begins with the statement "Vehaya eikev tishme'un..." The literal translation is "Because of your listening to these commandments" (you will merit the blessings which the Torah goes on to enumerate).
The word eikev can also mean "heel." The commentator Rashi explains that the verse is alluding to the "light" commandments, the seemingly less important mitzvot which people tend to "trample with their heels." The type of things which all too easily fall by the wayside. We all know about the "major" commandments, such as keeping kosher, or fasting on Yom Kippur, things like that. What about the smaller details? Are we as careful?
This idea applies across all aspects of our lives. The quietest child -- do we too easily ignore him or her precisely because s/he is quiet and shy? What about all those big multi-million dollar campaigns for this or that cause? It is very good that some causes develop such high publicity -- but what about the causes nobody hears about? The "little" things which fall by the wayside?
What about the workplace? Obviously I would never dream of embezzling from my employer. That is clearly immoral and not right. On the other hand, I need to make a quick international personal call -- surely nobody will mind. It's only a few dollars, right? Are we taking advantage of someone else, even in a small, seemingly insignificant manner?
Then there is my relationship with G-d, my behavior as a Jew, charged with maintaining high standards in all aspects of my life. Obviously I would never do anything really terrible, but what about the "small details"? Are they as important to me?
These and many other examples come to mind in our everyday lives, at home and at work, in our business, financial and personal dealings. It is all too easy to rationalize and justify a small-scale violation of our principles, much more so than a "major" violation.
Of course, a large number of small quantities add up to a much larger quantity, even if they are seemingly insignificant by themselves. But there is an additional reason why the "small details" are so important. A person has two inclinations -- the "good inclination" and the "evil inclination" (yetzer tov and yetzer hara) -- those two inner voices that clamor for our attention. The evil inclination is very smart and devious. It does not come to a person and say, "Go on, rob a bank," or a similarly large-scale misdeed. Why not? Because it knows no decent person will fall for such a suggestion. So it comes to a person and suggests a much more reasonable sounding idea -- why not add a few dollars to the expenses claim, after all you worked hard, you deserve to get paid more anyway, right? Once we fall for the lighter temptation, our resistance has been eroded and it will be much easier to become ensnared in worse and worse behavior until we find ourselves falling into large-scale violations of our principles.
This is why the seemingly little things are so important -- they must not be trampled on, allowed to fall by the wayside. By withstanding the small temptations, we avoid the slippery slope that leads to greater transgressions and remain true to our principles.
Let us not forget the little things.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)
Monday, August 3, 2015
Sunday Thru Friday
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am
Sunday – Thursday:
Mincha #1 - 7:00pm
Mincha # 2 - 7:55pm
Maariv #1 - 8:45pm
Maariv #2 - 9:30pm
Farbrengen לכבוד כ' אב Wednesday after the 8:45 Maariv