The Jewish Press
Friday, July 13, 2018
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Building The Beis Hamikdash Now During the Three Weeks, we mourn for the Beis Hamikdash and our exile. The purpose of these weeks, though, is not to wallow in mourning but to reflect on our sins so that we become better people and thus bring the ultimate redemption of Mashiach. For this reason, the Lubavitcher Rebbe called on everyone, starting in 1976, to learn about the Beis Hamikdash during this time period. Specifically, he said we should study a) Scripture – Yechezkel 40-43; b) the Oral Torah – Tractate Middos; and c) halacha – Rambam’s Hilchos Beis Habechirah (Laws of the Beis Hamikdash). The Rebbe’s call was based on a passage in the Midrash (Tanchuma, Tzav 14, and elsewhere), which states, “G-d said to the Jewish people, ‘Although the Beis Hamikdash will be destroyed in the future and the offerings will cease, do not let yourselves forget about the order of the offerings; rather, be careful to read aloud and study them, and if you will occupy yourselves with them, I will consider it as if you are occupied with [bringing] the offerings.’ The Midrash continues: “When G-d showed Yechezkel the structure of the Beis Hamikdash, what did He say? ‘Tell the House of Israel [about] the Beis Hamikdash…and they shall measure the plan.’ Yechezkel said before G-d, ‘Master of the world, we are still in exile, in the land of those who hate us, yet You are telling me to go and inform the Jewish people about the structure of the Beis Hamikdash…? Can they do anything? Leave them until they go out of the exile, and afterwards I will tell them.’ “G-d replied, ‘And because My children are in exile, should the building of My House cease?… Reading aloud about it in the Torah is as great as building it! Go tell them, and they will occupy themselves with reading aloud about the structure of the Beis Hamikdash in the Torah, and as a reward…I will consider it as if they are occupied with building the Beis Hamikdash.’” Hashem’s statement seems surprising; surely, studying about the Beis Hamikdash and actually building it are two utterly different activities! Our prayers correspond to the daily offerings, but praying is not like actually offering korbanos? How can we say that studying amounts to actually building? And yet, that is exactly what the Midrash says. And since the Torah says it, it is true by definition. The Midrash does say “as if,” but that’s only because the physical results of our labor are delayed. It does not say that studying about the Beis Hamikdash amounts to a remembrance of it or that we are rewarded for studying about it only “as if” we were building it. It says that studying about the Beis Hamikdash amounts to actually building it! The Rebbe explained that the Torah’s commandment to build a sanctuary for G-d is eternal and not limited to a specific time. Therefore, when we are unable to build it physically for reasons not fully dependent on us, we still must study about it, which amounts to fulfilling the mitzvah of building it. The Rebbe called for other positive practices during the Three Weeks as well, such as increasing our giving of charity, general Torah study, and devotion in prayer. We should do more during each stage of mourning: 1) the Three Weeks; 2) Rosh Chodesh Av; 3) the Nine Days; 4) the week in which Tisha B’Av falls; 5) the day before Tisha B’Av; and 6) Tisha B’Av. He also called for a special increase in Torah, prayer, and charity on the day before Rosh Chodesh Av. One should give, he said, at least the cost of two, or, better still, three meals. He also recommended that we make siyumim during the Nine Days and continue until the 15th of Av, creating permissible opportunities for joyous celebration even during this period of mourning. May these activities turn these days into days of true joy – days of rejoicing over the ultimate Redemption.
SHELLEY BENVENISTE SOUTH FLORIDA EDITOR IT’S MY OPINION
Never Give Up A crew member on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship went overboard in the waters off Cuba last Saturday. A search was launched by the US Coast Guard. Despite rescue efforts that included scanning the area with two planes and a cutter vessel, the 33-year-old man was no where to be found. Time passed. It had been almost a full day since the man had fallen into the ocean. He had no flotation device. The chances of his survival seemed dismal. Rationalists would conclude that he had drowned. Jewish tradition (Talmud) states, “Even if there is a sharp sword on one’s neck, do not give up hope.” This advice might seem counterintuitive, however, we really never know. I am reminded of a medical crisis that occurred many years ago. My mother was recovering from a minor heart attack when her doctor found a brain tumor that would cause her to become blind if it wasn’t removed. The tumor was excised, but my mother encountered severe complications. She had a clinical death experience once in the operating room and twice in recovery. Her brain swelled inside her skull. She ran 105 fever and was put in an electric ice blanket. She was in a coma. For many very plausible reasons the medical staff gave our family little hope concerning her recovery. Her case seemed hopeless. Remarkably, against all odds, she eventually rallied and was able to go home home. A year later she was back in the hospital. She had
been given a blood transfusion after the surgery. The blood was tainted. She developed hepatitis that went undiagnosed. The hepatitis had developed into cirrhosis of the liver. She slipped into a hepatic coma. The prognosis was dim. Doctors told me that she would die in a few hours and that the family needed to make arrangements so that her body could be taken immediately out of the hospital when the “inevitable” occurred. I informed them that we were Orthodox Jews and in case of her death, we would respond with alacrity. I also told them that she was not yet a body, she was still a patient, and until the status changed, I would appreciate if they would keep that in mind. Remarkably, although her case seemed hopeless, she again rallied, went home and lived for over twenty more years. The man overboard was found on Sunday afternoon by another vessel, a Carnival cruise ship. He was spotted bobbing in the water. It had been 22 hours since he tumbled in the surf. He had drifted 26 miles from the search area. Many called his rescue, “a miracle.” Remarkably, he was reported to be in good condition. Although he had neither life preserver, jacket or vest, or even a fragment of float to cling to, he somehow managed to survive for a day and night in the ocean. A Coast Guard spokesman offered that an important factor in this type of rescue is the individual involved and his or her will to live. The man who found himself alone in a dire situation refused to give up. He just kept treading water. He persevered. My mother had an unwavering faith in Hashem and an iron will to live. She refused to be a party to her expected demise. Modern life has a disdain for the arbitrary. We want to deal with facts. We want to act in a levelheaded and lucid manner. However, the approach is not infallible and sometimes “miracles” or unexpected outcomes are known to happen to those who have faith and refuse to give up.
Looking After the Thousands of Jewish Children in South Florida Public Schools By Mark Levy
CHAP kids on stage at end-of-year celebration.
Over 400 children and parents gathered at the James Bond Museum in the new Dezerland Park to celebrate another year of Community Hebrew Afterschool Program (CHAP). CHAP is South Florida’s only daily Judaic-based after-school program for Jewish children in public schools. Entertainment, music, great food and a magic show highlighted the evening. An educational consulting company hired by Miami-Dade to rate all county after-school programs, has declared Chabad Chayil’s program one of the
best. After spending two weeks observing and analyzing every aspect of the program, Cynthia Serure, president of A Gift for the Soul, Inc., concluded that CHAP was exemplary. “This program scored at the top on virtually all analytical criteria including quality of staff, student-teacher interaction, and curriculum,” said Serure. “It is a model program.” CHAP is not just a once a week Talmud Torah.
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Chabad Of South Broward Celebrates 37 Years Over 300 people recently attended Congregation Levi Yitzchok - Lubavitch and Chabad of South Broward’s 37th annual dinner and award ceremony which was held in Hollywood, Florida. The organization is a leader in Jewish education, outreach and social services. Founded in December, 1980, Chabad of South Broward is home to over 45 institutions and agencies and headquarters of nearly 20 Chabad Centers in Broward County. Honorees were Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, who received the Educator of the Year Award, Dr. Herb Brizel, was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mrs. Liat Levy and Mrs. Mushki Martinez, received the Preschool Parents of the Year Award, Matias Glancewicki, was given The Teen of the Year Award and Mason Weisfisch received the Junior Teen of the Year Award. The dinner chairman and master of ceremonies was Rabbi Shui Kastel. Dinner co-chair was Mr. Bernie Friedman. Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Chabad administrator for over 30 years, read the Rebbe’s letter to the fourth annual dinner held in 5745/1985. Rabbi Mordy Feiner, Chabad’s director of adult education, oversaw the production of an amazing and inspiring video of Chabad of South Broward that focused on the dinner’s theme: “Growth!” Mrs. Itty Feiner, director of Chabad’s program’s for women, coordinated the stunning digital dinner journal. Mrs. Endi Tennenhaus, director of the Chai Tots Preschool, joined with Mrs. Sheva Kastel in Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus behind podium surrounded by honorees and guests. working to create a magnificent decor. Rabbi Levi and Dassy Tennenhaus, directors of the Hallandale Hebrew Club, CTeen and the Friendlaughing nonstop in his amazing performance. ship Circle, awarded an additional twenty teenagers Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s executive for their hundreds of hours of community service. vice president, thanked all those who attended and The featured entertainer at the dinner was the participated. Tennenhaus said, “The event attracted world renowned comedian, MODI, who had guests a diverse group dedicated to goodness and kindness.
We honored exceptional people and dinner guests walked away uplifted and excited that they were part of something so meaningful to the community and to the future.” Congregation Levi Yitzchok - Chabad of South Broward is located at 1295 E Hallandale Beach Blvd in Hallandale Beach, Florida. For more information log on to www.chabadsouthbroward.com or call 954458-1877.
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CHAP staff celebrates another great year.
It is an all-encompassing daily after-school program geared toward Jewish children in public schools who have no formal Jewish education. In addition to Jewish history, holidays, traditions and learning the Torah portion of the week, CHAP offers art, ceramics, drama, music, chess and help with homework. “This program offers a first taste of Jewish learning in a creative, joyful, hands-on and interesting way. We want to impart a sense of tradition using modern and innovative teaching techniques,” says school director Layah Kievman. “This is a Hebrew school where kids can’t wait to come!” Rabbi Moishe Kievman seeks grants and sponsors to subsidize the cost of this amazing program. “We seek to ensure that every single child has access to a Jewish education,” states Rabbi Kievman, who together with his wife runs Chabad Chayil. “We want them to know who they are, where they come from and we want them to take pride in it and love it!” To learn more about CHAP, summer and winter camp, bar mitzvah academy, CTeen clubs, tutoring and other award winning programs, or to sponsor a public school child’s learning of Torah, contact school director Layah Kievman at (305) 770-1919 or visit HebrewSchool.info.
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