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Voice of Emanu-El

December 2013 / Tevet 5774~ Volume 4

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DIRECTORY Rabbi Marc Philippe

Chairman of the Board Dr. Phillip Frost ext.232


Executive Director


Joan Winograd ext.224

Finance Director

Hector Priven ext. 222

Marketing & Media Director Ana Berger ext.242

Facility Manager

Glen Gillingham ext.234

Young Leadership Coordinator

Arielle Shimko ext.221

Joel Hoppenstein Jerry A. Jacobs

1st Vice President

Paul Riemer Lawrence Schantz* Joy Spill Shayna Sirkin Leah Stern Leon Tenenbaum* Brenda Vargas George Weiss Janet Wolk Judith Wurtman, PH.D.

Jacqueline Simkin

Advisory Board

2nd Vice President

Amanda Adler Michael Adler* Arthur Anderman Arthur Barr* Hon Elaine Bloom Irving Cowan Barton Goldberg Christopher Growald Lucero Levy Joan Muss Martin Nash, z"l* Jerry Potashnick Honey Revitz

Brian Heller

Immediate Past President Jeffrey A. Rynor*

Board of Directors Geoffrey Aaronson Sandra Aaronson Betty Clarick Dedee Cohen Howard Cohen Ann-Lynn Denker, PH.D. David Greenberg Tibor Hollo* Richard Lehrman Rosalind Lehrman, PH.D. Raul Moncarz, PH.D.


Dr. Irving Lehrman, z"l, Founding Rabbi Mr. Sam Friedland, z"l, Chairman Emeritus

Rabbi’s Letter

Are You Spiritual But Not Religious?

After Chanukah: 8 Reasons Why Judaism Will enrich Your Life It wasn’t long ago when most synagogues –and churches for that matter, were full every week. You see, most Americans took their religion for granted and went to Services. It is obviously no longer the case, as according to the Pew Research Report, 20% of Americans describe themselves as religiously

Can Judaism fill that need?

Well, I would like to say “yes”. However, most Jews are unfortunately unaware of the rich spiritual and mystical dimension of Judaism. And yes, Judaism could be drastically different and infinitely more fulfilling than what they grew up with. So let’s look at 8 reasons why Judaism will enrich your life.

unaffiliated. That’s up 15% from just five years ago, and the percentage goes even higher the younger you are, 1 You have the potential to reach such heights! 72% of the young adults. You may ask/pray for guidance, you may ask for In the Jewish community, apart from the Orthodox strength, you don’t have to feel alone, but remember; movement which is doing well, all of the other you were created with this most special spark that has movements are quickly losing Jews every day to the potential to become the brightest light. Judaism has intermarriage and assimilation. They just don’t care! a rich mystical tradition that is for you and will reach Of course, there are many reasons why people become you at any level you are. Just crack open the door and disenchanted with religion –liturgy may be long and/ everything will flow. or boring, messages in sermons may not be inspiring, services may not be creative. Whatever the reason (or 2 What about all the rules? lack of), the passion is not there. However, most people continue to yearn for something that gives a deeper Yes, there are many rules - some that you may opt not to follow, and many other rules that you probably follow meaning, for something we call “spirituality”. without even thinking. For example, when was the last About one third of the religiously unaffiliated describe time you killed someone? Don’t laugh, that’s a very themselves as atheists. But the rest, some 30 million important rule! You may also be unaware of how many Americans, want to maintain some type of spiritual acts of kindness you perform naturally every day. These belief and practice, even though they no longer feel acts of kindness have tremendous influence in the life at home in a synagogue, a church, or a mosque. These of so many people. Not all the rules are prohibitive. people consist of the “spiritual but not religious”, the The more you learn, the more you realize you can be a fastest growing segment of the American population. Super-Jew. They are usually educated, liberal, open-minded, and have a belief that there is more to life than meets the 3 It’s OK to question. eye. Don’t be afraid to ask. You don’t have to take anything on faith. And you may be surprised how many

topicsJudaism can talk about. 4 It makes you intelligent! Join a Talmud class: learn and debate. It is more than stimulating, it is fascinating!

The commentator Rashi explains what Jacob meant: “If I had known that G d would be here, I wouldn’t have gone to sleep!”

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner teaches in “The Book of Miracles” that “to be a Jew means to wake up and to 5 “G d, the soul you have placed in me is pure”. keep your eyes open to the many beautiful, mysterious, and holy things that happen all around us every day. (from the Prayer Book, morning liturgy) Many of them are like little miracles: when we wake Judaism is not about salvation, or original sin. We up and see the morning light, when we taste food and are intrinsically pure but at the same time naturally grow strong, when we learn from others and grow created with a good inclination, and a bad inclination – wise, when we hug the people we love and feel warm, both emanating from the same divine source. We have when we help those around us and feel good. All these free will, sometimes we make a good decision, and and more are there for us every day, but we must open sometimes we may miss the mark. And that’s OK, as our eyes to see them.” long as we learn from it. Our tradition provides us with tools, wisdom and insights to help us grow, to help us 8 You have a treasure, don’t let go of it. become what we truly are meant to be. In an article in “Israel Hayom”, Lital Shemesh writes: 6 “Shema” “One of the most important poets of the Jewish Emancipation period, Judah Leib Gordon, coined In the Shema, we proclaim the oneness of G d. But the sentence, ‘Be a man in the streets and a Jew at ultimately, that statement says that everything is one. home.’ Several decades later, Herzl declared that the Whatever we do, say, or think has an impact in this emancipation, which led to assimilation, merely served material world as well as in the spiritual one. So simple, to embolden anti-Semitism. Our religion is deeply and but when we do everything to remind ourselves of this, historically connected to our people and to our land life around us becomes much more beautiful. [of Israel]. The moment we eradicate our roots is the moment we will have no more room to grow.” 7 The Kotzker Rebbe said: “Where is G d? G d is wherever you let G d in!” So continue to grow, learn about your roots, and if you want innovation in your House of Worship, don’t be One day, our father Jacob dreamed of a ladder joining afraid to be part of it! heaven and earth where angels were climbing up and down. In his dream, G d also spoke to Jacob, and when he awoke the next morning, he said: “G d was in this Rabbi Marc Philippe place all this time, and I didn’t even know it!”

Eneini Yodeya Once there was a king. He was a very smart king. He wasn’t very wise, but he was very smart. And because he was so very smart, he wanted to know all there was to know about his kingdom and the people who lived there. One day, he heard about a group of people who lived in his kingdom – “Jews” they were called. These Jews had their own laws and customs, which were quite different from the laws and customs of his other subjects. “I must learn about these Jews,” thought the king. So he decided that he would live among them for a time to study their holy books and learn their ways. The Jews welcomed the king with open arms and eagerly taught him what he wanted to know. At first, he sat in the heder and learned with the children. “Kametz aleph – ‘aw’. Kametz beis – ‘baw’.” It was not long before he had graduated from Yeshiva. Because he was so smart, he mastered the Talmud and all the commentaries as well as any of the rabbis. And then, having learned all he wanted to learn, he returned to his palace. Well, it was not long before things started going badly for the kingdom. Enemies were threatening from all around, and there was not enough food for the people, who grew hungrier and angrier each day. They wanted someone to blame for all their problems. Now the king thought to himself, “If they start blaming me for all their problems, perhaps they will stop paying their taxes. They may even rebel

against me.” But then the king, who was not very wise but was very smart, remembered something that he had learned when he was with the Jews. Every time a ruler needed someone else to blame all his troubles on, he could always use the Jews as scapegoats - “All of our problems are due to the Jews,” declared the king. “I hereby order that all the Jews be expelled from our kingdom!” Well, the Jews were in a panic. They sent their wisest scholars, the rabbis who had been the king’s teachers, to plead with him for mercy. “How could you do this to us?” they asked. “Why, we took you in and treated you like one of our own. We deserve better than this! We taught you everything and you became almost as learned as we are.” “Almost as learned?” asked the king. “Why, I believe that I became more learned than any of you. I will tell you what. I will give you an opportunity to save yourselves. I will pit my knowledge against the greatest of your scholars. If my learning proves less than his, then you may stay and I will double your wealth. But if my learning proves greater than his, all of your scholars will be put to death!”

The Jews protested even more, but the king’s mind was made up. “Go back and choose that man who will match his learning to mine!” he said. Back in the synagogue, there was great weeping and tearing of garments. “We are doomed,” said

the rabbis, for they knew how great was the king’s knowledge. No one would come forward to face him. No one wanted the fate of the Jews on his shoulders. Finally a mouse-like voice was heard from the back: “I’ll go. I’ll face the king.” Everyone turned around to see who had uttered these words. “Oh no,” they all cried, “Now we are doomed for sure!” For the voice in the back belonged to none other than Shloime the Beadle. Shloime had been the slowest student in the history of heder and had never made it to the Yeshiva. But since no one else would go, with shaking hands and trembling hearts, they took Shloime to go against the king. “Here are the rules of the contest,” declared the king. “We will present each other with questions. Whoever fails to answer a question instantly loses. My trusted bishop will be the judge and his decision will be final!” Shloime was led to a chair directly facing the king’s throne. “I will flip a coin to determine who asks the first question,” announced the bishop. “Heads,” yelled the king as the coin spun in the air. “Tails it is,” said the bishop. “Let the Jews ask the first question.” All eyes were on Shloime. Shloime looked sheepishly at the king and said in a low voice, “Your highness, what do the words eneini yodeya mean?” “I do not know,” said the king. “The king does not know,” declared the bishop, “and so the Jews win!” All the Jews surrounded Shloime, smothering

him with hugs and kisses. They lifted him onto their shoulders and carried him back to the synagogue like a king. They poured the schnapps and made endless toasts to Shloime’s brilliance. Finally, when things began to settle down, the head of the community went up to Shloime and said, “Reb Shloime, we will forever be in your debt. But tell us, if you will, how did you think of such a clever question?” “Well,” said Shloime, “it is like this. When I was still in heder, my grandfather, of blessed memory, used to take me with him to hear the great Rebbe. The Rebbe would teach and then he would answer questions. One day, a student in the back of the shul raised his hand and said, ‘Rebbe, what do the words eneini yodeya mean?” “’I do not know’ said the Rebbe. And so I figured, if the Rebbe didn’t know, the king wouldn’t know either!”

December Birthdays & Anniversaries

Birthdays Lonne Howard Penny Roy Paul Jeana Bradly Paul Michael Judith Steven Nicole Eileen Hillary Barry Renee Gregory David Deanna Paula Sandy Donna Cynthia Scott Gary Joshua Brian Leon Samson Chanel Jacob Simone Jennifer Liora Wayne Ellie Donald Jerry Jacob Laurie

Weinstein Cohen Hecktman Liemer Freeman Weinberg Birns Feldman Liebowitz Warshawski Hersh Kruss Geller Muss Chase Rosenberg Yurovsky Ackerman Paul Arias Goldberg Cutler Nossel Weinberg Flax Greenberg Holland Tenenbaum Adler Dolinsky Ziluck Sutnick Chaplin Ramati Chaplin Cohen Goodstein Jacobs Levy Riemer

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Anniversaries Judge Philip Bloom & Mrs. Elaine Bloom Mr. Michael Sabet & Mrs. Jane Sabet Mr. Charles Rabins & Mrs.Gayle Rabins Mr. Arthur Anderman & Mrs.Carole Anderman Mr. Stephen Cypen & Mrs. Arlyn Cypen Mr. Larry Rockind & Mrs. Gladys Rockind Mr. Peter Wolk & Mrs. Janet Wolk Mr. Karel Giron & Mrs. Liora Ramati

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Chanukah Photos

During Hanukah Temple Emanu-El celebrated the holiday by lighting the menorah outside every night with family, friends and visitors. Among our guests were Commissioner Ed Tobin, representatives of Miami Beach’s Sister Cities Program, and the Nahariya Youth Choir from Israel. On the eighth night, Extreme Catering/The Rare Group treated us to a delicious, traditional array of Hanukah foods and we all enjoyed Rabbi Philippe’s and Hector’s musical accompaniment.

One of the great events of the Jewish world, at least in North America, was the North American GA that took place in Jerusalem. Some 3,000 people from the US and Canada got together at the Convention Center , the Binyanei HaUma, to discuss the important issues that we, Jews, face. I had the privilege of being part of the Miami delegation, along with rabbinic colleagues, Federation professionals, and amazing lay leaders of our community. We all had the opportunity for networking, and exchanging ideas with successful professionals from Israel and North America. That alone would have been sufficient, but the choice and the quality of the speakers brought the Convention to historic proportions. I was filled with a sense of pride of seeing all these Jews together for one reason: to help and to bring the Jewish community to another level of success.

Meet a member Raul Moncarz Tell us about yourself and your family: I have lived on Miami Beach since 1974 and have been a member of Temple Emanu-El since 1975. I am married to Elisa Shafran, a CPA and a professor of accounting and finance at FIU. She is now Emeritus but still is very active in research and publishing. We have three children and four grandchildren with a fifth on the way. All our sons studied at the Lehrman Day School and local public schools. All of them had their bar mitzvahs at the Temple as well as their confirmations. What’s your favorite program of the congregation? The religious festivities of Sabbath and the Sunday minyan are my favorite programs. Of course, the High Holidays starting with Rabbi Lehrman through Rabbi Marc are very high on our list. Do you have a favorite Temple Emanu-El moment or memory? Our favorite moment at the Temple was the bar mitzvah of our children--Felipe, Roger and Benjamin--and the naming of our granddaughter, Sarita. What is the area of Jewish learning you’d like to explore more? The Torah, mysticism, and social welfare aspects of the Jewish religion are areas which I would like to study. What are your favorite recreational and community activities? My favorite recreational activities are sports, especially swimming; attending Miami Heat games; and just following sports; as well as academic and arts events. Community service in the area in which we live (the university, county and state), as well as assisting people through the world, is important as well. Where did you go to school and what program of study did you pursue? I received my PhD in economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee and have taught all over the world in the field of economics and finance. I have also been part of Doctoral dissertation committees all over the world. Share something that most people do not know about you. I am very proud of my children and their achievements as well as the opportunity that I had to be Vice Provost in charge of the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus as well as Chairman of the Department of Economics, serving Florida International University and the community in many capacities. People generally do not know about my record as a researcher.

Boaz Cohen is a social worker who has developed a unique and effective rehabilitative approach that combines group therapy with food awareness and eating. Thanks to a micro-grant from The Jewish Agency’s “Click” program, and professional guidance from its Ketzev staff, Boaz is building a social-entrepreneurship enterprise that is improving both the economy and the well-being of Jerusalem neighborhoods. He is happy to share with you one of his favorite recipes.

Our Holiday Gift Fair was a success and we can’t wait to repeat it.

The Mountain and the Cliff Once upon a time, in the Old Country (where all

All morning long they followed the only road out of the best stories took place), there lived a man and the valley, as it wound up and around, and always his young son. The man was a merchant, someone they had the mountain on one side of the wagon who sold a little of this and a little of that just to and the cliff on the other. keep food on his family’s table. Usually he sold his merchandise to his neighbors in the town in which It was almost noon when they came to the top he lived. But once each month he would bring out of the mountain, where the road turned to begin his sturdy wagon, load it up with a little of this and winding back down the other side. The sun stood a little of that, hitch his horse to the traces, and high overhead as they came around the last bend. head off on a trip to sell the goods to the people And there, at the very highest point, the horse living in other towns. And when he went on these suddenly stopped! The father and son looked ahead and saw in front of them a tremendous trips, his son always went along. pile of rocks which had rolled off the top of the Now generally nothing very exciting happened on mountain, right into the middle of the road. Rocks these trips, but to the boy they were always great of all sizes! The horse had stopped because it adventure. That was because the town in which didn’t know what to do. If they had been on a road he and his family lived was nestled in a beautiful in the valley, it would have been a simple matter to valley, surrounded by tall mountains. To get to pull off into a field and go around the pile of rocks. any other town, you had to cross the mountains, But there, on this road, they couldn’t go around, and that was the adventure! The only road out of because they had the mountain on one side and the valley wound up and around the tallest of the the cliff on the other! It seemed as though they mountains, and it was just barely wide enough for would have to go back. the horse and the sturdy wagon. As the man and his young son rode up and around, they always But the boy turned and said quickly, “Don’t worry had the mountain on one side of the road and a father, I’ll get rid of all those rocks, and then we’ll be on our way.” And with that he jumped down steep cliff on the other. from the wagon and began to work. He pushed On this particular day, their trip started out like rocks, he pulled rocks, he rolled rocks over the any other. Early in the morning, the father loaded cliff. He worked for two hours, and when he was his wagon with a little of this and a little of that. done all the rocks were gone –except one. After all Then he hitched up the horse, he and his son the boy’s hard work, the biggest rock, the one that climbed onto the wagon, and with a soft cluck of had been at the bottom of the pile, was still sitting his tongue and a gentle shake of the reins, they in the middle of the road. No matter how much he tried, he could not move it. And even though were on their way. he had been at it for two hours, and even though

he had removed every other rock, they were still stuck. For with the large rock in the center of the road, and the mountain on one side and the cliff on the other, the horse and the wagon still couldn’t get past. The boy walked wearily back to the wagon, wiping his arm across his forehead. He looked up and said, “I’m sorry father, but I can’t move that last rock, and we can’t get around it. I’m afraid we’ll have to go back.” His father looked down and asked, “Have you really done everything you could?”

on the other end. He pushed down with all his weight, he pushed till his eyes bulged, but the rock didn’t budge. He stared at the rock for a moment more, then turned slowly and trudged back to the wagon. Once more he said: “I’m sorry father, I just can’t move that rock. We’ll have to go back.” And once again his father looked at him and asked, “Have you really done everything you could?”

This time the boy got angry. “Yes! Yes I have! I have been pushing and pulling and rolling and throwing rocks for two hours. I’ve used the cloth, I’ve used Surprised by the question, the boy thought for the lumber. I really have done everything I could!” a moment. Then his face lit up with inspiration, and he ran to the back of the wagon and got out His father shook his head, and said quietly, “No, a long piece of cloth, for they sold fabric. He went you haven’t, because you haven’t asked me to to the rock, wrapped the cloth around it, took a help you.” With that, he climbed down from the deep breath, and began to pull. He pulled until his wagon, and then he and his son walked to the muscles bulged, but the rock didn’t budge. rock. Together, they rolled it off the road and over the cliff. Then they climbed onto the wagon, and Disappointed, he walked back, slumped against with a soft cluck of the father’s tongue, and a the wagon, and said, “I’m sorry father, it’s no use. gentle shake of the reins, they were on their way. We’ll have to go back.” His father tilted his head to one side as he looked at his son and asked again, “Have you really done everything you could?” Though he was very tired, the boy thought for a moment. Suddenly his shoulders straightened as an idea came to him. He ran to the back of the wagon and took out a long piece of wood, for they sold lumber. He went to the rock, placed one end of the board underneath it, and began to lean

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