Thursday, March 2, 2017

Special Concluding Avos U'bonim Program

Attention all elementary Cheder boys: 

This Motzoei Shabbos (Parshas Terumah) is the last session of this season's Avos Ubonim!

We are starting at 7:30 - 8:30 pm  (please note the change of time).

There will be IY"H Pizza and extra prizes being raffled!!

Boys should remember to bring their books and the attendance sheets filled in with their name and phone numbers - which will be their entry ticket for a grand raffle! 

Our thanks to Tzvi Klein and family for sponsoring this special session and to the A Hayman family as well in honor of the yahrzeit this Motzoei Shabbos of the Zaide Hayman - R' Yeshaya Hayman A"H.

See you there!! 

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Dovid Novack Shiva Times

Dovid Novack will be sitting Shiva for his mother Pesha Malka bas Ze'ev OBM at his parents' house:

13 Rolling Views Dr. Woodland Park, NJ 07424

As follows:

Thursday after Levaya until 10:00 pm

Friday: 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Motzei Shabbos: 8:00-10:00 pm

Sunday through Tuesday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30-10:00 pm

Shiva will end Wednesday morning

May we only experience great joy and Simcha together with all Klal Yisrael!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

This week's Torah reading, Terumah (Shmos [Exodus] 25:1-27:19) as well as a sizable portion of the book of Shmos -- is devoted to the construction of the Sanctuary (Mishkan), built by the children of Israel in the desert.

The Torah, which is usually very sparing with words, is uncharacteristically elaborate when it comes to describing the Sanctuary. All the materials used in the construction, the components and furnishings of the Sanctuary, as well as every minute detail of the actual construction - is listed and described, sometimes, numerous times.

All in all, thirteen chapters are devoted to describing how the Jewish people were to fashion this edifice and how they subsequently built it – with all its details In contrast, the Torah devotes only one chapter to the creation of the universe! Only three chapters are devoted to the description of the awe-inspiring and monumental event of the revelation of G‑d at Mt. Sinai.

Why, then, does the Torah describe the Sanctuary at such great length, while almost glossing over the creation of our world and giving a relatively short account of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? Is there perhaps a lesson for us as parents to guide us in the education of our children?

At Sinai (and certainly at the creation of the world) we were passive participants. G‑d descended in all His glory and majesty accompanied by breathtaking sounds and sights of grand thunder and lightning, while the Jewish people merely observed and heard.

In fact, because of the non-participatory nature of the Sinai experience, the impression of the holiness wasn't permanent. After the Divine presence departed from the mountain, it reverted to its former non-holy status. Similarly, soon after the spiritually inspired nation had experienced the awesome revelation of G‑d, they stooped to serve a golden calf.

Unlike the Sinai experience, the Sanctuary did not miraculously descend upon the Jewish people - they had to build it themselves, with their own materials, with their own hands and sweat. 

Everyone took part in the undertaking, men and women, rich and poor, each contributing his talents, resources and expertise.

This human participation is what caused the material objects with which we built the Sanctuary to become permeated with enduring holiness. This is also why the Torah devotes so many chapters to the building of the Sanctuary.

The overwhelming emphasis on its construction teaches us that there is something very valuable about us using our own personal resources and creativity. It might not be as earth-shattering an event as the revelation of G‑d, but its effect can, in many ways, be more valuable and enduring - precisely because it is our own 
contribution. It helps us to grow as individuals, fine-tunes our skills, and stretches our capabilities, in ways that being passive recipients cannot.

Perhaps there is a message here for us as parents. Help, guide, instruct and brainstorm with your children. But remember that the greatest learning experience comes when you help your children actualize their own abilities, to create their own edifices (even if the neighbor does all the school or project work for his / her own child!).

(Excerpts from - from Mrs. Chana Weisberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at