What’s been going on?
This week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar I, the onset of a new month. What makes Adar I so unique is that this extra month only appears twice in seven years – the extra 30 days balances out the lunar calendar so that the seasons of the Jewish Holidays remains the same.
The Talmud states that “mishenichnas Adar marbin besimcha” -“When Adar enters, we increase in joy!” Indeed Adar is and always has been a month of overflowing joy and outward celebration, not just on the 14th of Adar when we celebrate Purim, but for the whole 30 days of Adar. There is a well known halachic ruling known as batul beshishim – nullified 1/60. Meaning that in cetrtain cases, if something is such a small amount that it is less than 1/60th of the whole, it’s as if it isn’t there.
The Rebbe teaches that in a leap year the calendar has not 30 days of Adar but 60 days of Adar – 60 days of overflowing joy! These 60 days are so incredibly powerful that they have the capacity to make batul beshishim the other days and overcome any sadness or melancholy that may be lingering in the rest of the year – and make the whole year truly joyful and happy. The Midrash writes that that “simcha poretz geder” – joy smashes boundaries. A Jewish secret to achieving the seemingly impossible is living a life infused with happiness and joy. Wishing you a joyful year!
This week we held our monthly Rosh Chodesh Society women’s shiur, scroll below to see photos from the beautiful evening.
We are in full swing preparing for an amazing school year ahead, and Hebrew School will return for the first week back on Sunday 6th March. Registration forms for the new school year will be sent out this week, please let us know if you are interested in signing up your kids for the new school year! See flyer below.
Shabbat Parshat Terumah
“And this is the contribution that you shall take from them…and acacia wood.” (Shemot 23:3-5)
How did Bnei Yisrael have acacia wood in the desert? Some commentaries suggest that it grew in nearby forests, or perhaps it was available for purchase from merchants they encountered in the desert.
Rashi, on the other hand, maintains that Bnei Yisrael left Egypt with a supply of acacia wood intended for use in the Mishkan. The source for this is a Midrashic account that Rashi cites in the name of Rabbi Tanchuma: “Our forefather Yaakov foresaw with Ruach Hakodesh – Divine intuition, that Bnei Yisrael were destined to build a Mishkan in the desert. He therefore brought cedars to Egypt and planted them, and instructed his sons to take them along when they left Egypt.”
Why did Yaakov go to the trouble of bringing trees with him from the Land of Israel and planting them in Egypt? Surely he knew that Bnei Yisrael would have other opportunities to obtain acacia wood. Why didn’t he rely on Bnei Yisrael simply buying wood, or procuring it from a nearby forest? Evidently, Yaakov had additional reasons for bringing the wood with him.
Rashi alludes to these motives by citing the teaching in the name of Rabbi Tanchuma, whose name comes from the Hebrew word tanchumin – consolations.
The acacia trees that Yaakov planted in Egypt were a visible symbol of his prophecy the one day G-d would free Bnei Yisrael from Egypt and command them to build a Mishkan for Him in the desert. In the most dark and difficult moments of their slavery, these trees from the Land of Israel reminded and reassured Bnei Yisrael that they would not remain exiled forever; G-d would soon bring them home, back to the Land of Israel from which they – and the trees – originated.
Although he knew that Bnei Yisrael could obtain the acacia wood through other means, Yaakov bought them along from the Land of Israel to provide solace to his descendants throughout their bitter exile.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 31, pp. 142-147)
To read more about this week’s parsha click here
SHUL THIS SHABBOS
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10:00 AM Shacharit followed by lunch. RSVP ONLY
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Shabbat Times for This Week
Candle Lighting 8:12 PM
Shabbat Ends 9:11 PM
Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
Happy Birthday to Joe Burns!
Happy birthday to Naomi Bogomoltz!
Sunday: 9:00 AM Shacharit – followed by fresh bagel breakfast
This Week in Photos…
Rosh Chodesh Society – our monthly women’s shiur met this week to mark the beginning of the Joyful month of Adar I. We took a deep dive into the story and life of Queen Esther, and had a whale of a time baking fluffy South African Hamantaschen.
Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Mendel and Esther Hecht