What’s Been Going On
Summer camp has finished and things are winding down for the summer. Our kids had at Camp Gan Izzy over the past two weeks. They truly were the most fun-filled two weeks, filled with singing, dancing, learning and davening, water fights and shaving cream fights, swimming and sports, trips and adventures. Check out our facebook page here to see photos of what we got up to!
The rest of the summer will be much quieter with no Hebrew school or classes going on – but we will be here every Shabbos as usual, and we’re always here at the end of the phone the rest of the week.
Shabbos Shira – Parshat Beshalach
“Miriam the prophetess, Aharon’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women came out after her with tambourines and with dancing.” (Shemot 15:20)
The drowning of the Egyptians in the sea (after Bnei Yisrael had safely passed through) brought a complete end to the Egyptian exile, whereupon the Jews burst into song to thank G-d for their redemption. The Torah tells us that the women, led by Miriam, surpassed the men in their celebration. The men only sang, but the women also danced and played musical instruments.
The women’s rejoicing was greater than the men’s because their suffering in Egypt had also been greater. Harsher than the backbreaking labor that the Egyptians inflicted upon Bnei Yisrael were Pharaoh’s decrees regarding the Jewish children. Most notoriously, Pharaoh decreed that all Jewish baby boys should be drowned, and later he bathed in the blood of Jewish children, as related in the Midrash. Though these decrees obviously caused all the Jews anguish, such pain is naturally experienced more severely by the child’s mother than by the father. Since the women’s suffering in Egypt had been more painful than the men’s, their joy upon the redemption was commensurately greater, too.
This idea is highlighted by the fact that the women’s rejoicing was led by Miriam, whose very name reflected the bitterness of exile: the root of the word Miriam is the Hebrew word “mar” – bitter. Our Sages tell us that as a young girl Miriam prophesied about the redemption, a prophecy whose fulfilment she witnessed only more than 80 years later. Having lived her life in painful anticipation of the end of the bitter exile, Miriam’s joy upon the redemption knew no bounds, and she now led the women in their abundantly joyous celebration.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 1, pp. 139-140)
To read more about this week’s parsha click here
SHUL THIS SHABBOS
7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner in honour of the birthday of Maxine Pitch – indoors – RSVP ONLY
10:00 AM Shacharit followed by lunch – indoors – RSVP ONLY
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Shabbat Times for This Week
Candle Lighting 8:25 PM
Shabbat Ends 9:27 PM
Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
Happy Birthday to Maxine Pitch!
Happy birthday to Hayley Sarkin!
We wish long life to Ellen Selkon and Ruth Donde on the yartzeit of their father Ralph Goldstone a”h
In the calendar this week…
Tu B’Shevat – the birthday of the trees: 15th Shevat | Monday 17th January
Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Mendel and Esther Hecht