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Jokes“Serve G-d in Joy, come before Him in song”
There was a rabbi known for his constant preaching about the need to nurture children with warmth and love.
One time he noticed some children who were playing in the freshly laid concrete outside his newly renovated home, their little feet leaving lasting impressions. He became irritated and started chastising the children.
A congregant asked, “How can you, a person who devoted his entire life to teaching warmth to children, speak this way?”
To which the rabbi replied: “You must understand. I love children in the abstract, not the concrete.”
A Jew walks into the bakery and orders a bagel. The man behind the counter says: “A bagel? That’s 20 dollars.” “20 dollars?! Are you mad!?” “Well, its
1 dollar for the bagel, and 19 dollars for Israel.” “Fine. Money for Israel? How can I say no?”
The next day the same guy comes in to the bakery, and orders a challah. The man behind the counter says: “Challah? That’s 40 dollars.” “Are you insane?!” “Sir, its 5 dollars for the challah and 35 dollars for Israel.”
The man shrugs his shoulders but he pays the money.
The third day, he comes in and orders a cheesecake. “Cheesecake? 70 dollars.” “What?! This is absolutely crazy.” “Sir, 10 dollars for the cheesecake, and 60 dollars for Israel.”
At this point he had had enough. “You are completely mad! This is absolutely absurd and unethical.”
“Sorry sir, I am just following the rules. In our store, we support Israel.”
“I demand to speak to the owner of the store!”
So the clerk goes to the door and calls out: “Hey Israel! Someone wants to talk to you!”
Morris Schwartz is dying and is on his deathbed.
He is with his nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons, and knows the end is near. So he says to them:
“Bernie, I want you to take the Beverly Hills houses.”
“Sybil, take the apartments over in Los Angeles Plaza.”
“Hymie, I want you to take the offices over in City Center.”
“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings downtown”
The nurse is just blown away by all this, and as Morris slips away, she says to the wife, “Mrs. Schwartz, your husband must have been such a hard working man to have accumulated all this property.
Sarah replies, “Property shmoperty…the schmendrick has a milk route.”!!!!
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|Sukkot is an 8 day holiday with three special mitzvos: |
3. To be happy
(yes, that’s also a mitzvah)
The first two and the last two days are Yom Tov, when work is forbidden. During the five days in between, for the most part work is permitted, albeit with certain restrictions.
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Sept 18 Wednesday evening first night of sukkos services 7:45 pm followed by kiddush in the Sukkah
Sept. 19 Thursday services 10 am followed by kiddush lunch in the sukkah
Sept. 20 Friday services 10 am followed by kiddush in the sukkah
Sept. 20 Friday evening services 8pm followed by kiddush in the sukkah
September 21 Shabbos (Saturday) services 10am followed by Kiddush in the Sukkah.
Monday Morning Sept. 23.
services 8:15 a.m.
BAR MITZVAH in honor of
Eliyahu Feingold’s Bar Mitzvah.
Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! to the Feingold Family
Sept 19-Thursday and Sept. 20th-Friday children’s program 10:30-12:45 pm
Mazal Tov ! Mazal Tov!
to Alex Blanchard in honor of his Bar Mitzva. Lots of Joy to the enitire Family
Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov!to Brocha M. Ezagui upon her engagement to Mendy Benhiyoun
Mazal Tov to the entire family!
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Lunch N Learn.
Mondays 12:00 p.m.
Warmest wishes for a
Chag Sameach 5774.
|Kosher Caffeine – by Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui|
Unbounded Limitless Joy
When Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok was still a little boy in Russia, he fell asleep in one of the temporary huts-Sukkot, we live in for seven days during this period of time. It was cold, and his mother came in to bring him back into the house. Her husband Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber said, he should remain, but the boys’ mother said, “It is cold here and he could get sick.” The father answered,” he will not catch any colds. When he sleeps (here in the Sukkah) in the company of the learned, he will be warmed, and this warmth will last him for generation to come.”
The holiday at the beginning of the year and the Day of Atonement is one day respectively. These are serious days of meditation, introspection and judgment. However, the days we are instructed to eat and live in the Sukkah is seven days, when the bible tells us no less than three times to be joyous!
It is quite evident that G-d wants us to be happy and joyous, much more than to fast and be serious. “Serve G-d in Joy come before Him in song.” “Because you did not serve G-d in joy, all these difficult things come upon you.”
During this holiday when the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem there was a celebration that is recorded in the Talmud. “Whoever did not see this celebration, never saw joy in their lives.” Instead of only pouring wine on the altar they would also pour water.
Wine and water represent two very different approaches to serving G-d. Wine has its own inherent taste and is enjoyed differently by each person according to their specific palate and appreciation for the drink. This represents serving G-d with logic and rational thinking, each person according to their own specific level of depth and breadth.
Water has no taste, it’s the same for everyone. This represents the service of G-d that comes from dedicating and committing oneself totally, beyond understanding or any logic. This is a service of G-d that goes beyond any personal thoughts or feelings regarding the matter. At first this method seems dry and one of subservience, while when someone understands and appreciates logically and rationally how they personally derive benefit from the service, this would seem to have greater personal enjoyment and value.
However we see that the great joy did not come as a result and in conjunction of the pouring of the wine, rather from the pouring and the service of the water.
Real deep and powerful joy is the result of an occurrence or experience that is totally unexpected beyond any understanding. That is why it moves a person beyond their own limitations. We see when someone is completely overwhelmed and astounded with joy they will jump, sing, talk and bubble with energy even if usually this behavior is totally not their nature.
In order for someone to bring on a joy that carries them beyond their regular self, the cause and reason for such joy must also be beyond personal limitations. As long as it all makes sense to me, my joy will be within my own boundaries. However when I have given of myself totally, it’s gone so far that it’s beyond being able to explain my dedication within the confines of logic, that is when we bring on a limitless deep sense of joy personal fulfillment and happiness.
We connect with each other and communicate with zest and fervor, there is exilhiration in the air and even in a cold sukkah, and even if it’s only a child and he happens to be sleeping the energy is contagious and will rub off and remain for generations to come.
Candle Lighting time in
North Palm Beach FloridaERUV TAVSHILIN.Sept. 18, 2013
Sept. 19, 2013 after 7:55 p.m. (from existing flame)
Sept. 20 7:00 p.m.(from existing flame)Shabbat is over & Chol hamoed begins
Inspiration from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Working with the body.
It used to be that the soul fought with the body, until one conquered the other with force.
Then the Baal Shem Tov came and taught a new path: The body, too, could come to appreciate those things the soul desires.
In the place of self-affliction and fasting, the Baal Shem Tov showed his students the path of meditation and joy. Every need of the body, he taught, could provide a channel to carry the soul.
What is the relationship of joy with the ultimate redemption?
What is the meaning of “Everlasting joy upon their heads”? (Isaiah 35:10)
when joy pierces the walls of the exile the true and complete redemption at the hands of our righteous Moshiach will be effected.
(The Lubavitcher Rebbe, eve of Simchat Torah, 5746-1985)
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Last and First
The sukka surrounds the entire person and one is enjoined to conduct all worldly affairs within it for seven days.
The fact that all of a person’s being is encompassed, including his very shoes, teaches us that not only through prayer and study do we worship G-d.
The suka teaches that it is also through the physical world that we approach G-d and draw holiness into our surroundings, as it states,
“In all your ways shall you know Him.”
The mitzva of sukka strengthens our realization of this and gives us the power to carry out our G-dly mission throughout the year.
Living with the Rebbe.
With your ENTIRE body.
There are a number of mitzvot (commandments) performed on the festival of Sukot. We sit in the suka and partake of holiday meals there. We bring together four species of plants (two of which are the lulav and etrog) and make a blessing on them each day of the festival (except Shabbat). We say additional prayers and fulfill special customs. And yet, the festival is called “Sukot,” after the temporary booths we dwell in during the holiday. Why doesn’t the Torah call the festival “lulav” or “etrog,” or or choose a name for the holiday after another mitzva connected to our celebration of Sukot?
The mitzva of suka has a virtue not shared by any other mitzva of the holiday. The obligation to sit in the suka begins immediately when it gets dark on the very first night of Sukot, whereas the mitzva of the Four Species – taking an etrog, lulav, myrtle and willow branches and making a blessing over them – is not done until the following morning.
Another characteristic of the suka is that it must be prepared ahead of time. The walls of the suka must be built with the specific intent to perform the mitzva, and the suka may not be erected once the holiday itself has begun. In fact, building the suka is considered to be part of the mitzva as well. The Four Species, on the other hand, can be readied on the holiday itself and their procurement is not part of the mitzva.
Another advantage the mitzva of suka has over the Four Species is the fact that one can perform it at any time of the day or night, and its obligation continues even after one has sat in it. Unlike the taking of the lulav and etrog, a person can never say that he has already performed the mitzva of suka, and he needn’t enter once again that day! The suka is considered our temporary dwelling for the entirety of the festival, and we eat, drink, read, study and relax in it just as we would our own home.
But perhaps the most salient characteristic of the mitzva of suka is the fact that it is unlike any other in its encompassing nature. Other mitzvot are performed with a particular limb of the body pertaining to that mitzva, such as tefilin, which are placed on the arm and head. The mitzva of suka, however, totally envelops the person and is done with the entire body. The very same activities that were done in the house a week previously are elevated when done in the suka.
Our Sages said that a person who has no home “is not a person”; that is, he is not complete and whole without a place to live. The home affects the person not only when he is in it, but also when he is out in the marketplace and doing business as well. During the holiday of Sukot, our home is the suka, and it is through the performance of the mitzva that we reach our wholeness and perfection. Therefore, even when we are not physically inside the suka we remain connected to it once we have declared it to be our primary dwelling for the duration of the festival.
Adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
The Rebbe saved his life.
Ayal was the 11-year-old son of an Israeli diplomat who worked at the Israeli Consulate in New York. At a party celebrating the release of the Jewish hostages in Entebbe (July 1976) he had begun having severe headaches.
The doctor said it was a virus and recommended bed rest. After a few weeks the headaches disappeared. But then one day, Ayal woke up with a stabbing pain on the right side of his head. The doctor sent Ayal for tests.
For the next few weeks the tension and sadness in the air was palpable. Although his father smiled and his mother patted him on the head, he noticed their red and swollen eyes. Something was wrong. Ayal demanded to know what they were hiding from him. After much hesitation, Ayal’s father leveled with his son, telling him the doctors had discovered a tumor. He did not tell Ayal that the doctors had given his son three months to live.
The eve of Yom Kippur, 1976. Jews had come from all over the metropolitan area to spend the holidays with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. They stood for hours waiting to receive honey cake from the Rebbe along with a blessing for a good and sweet year.
A friend who worked at the Israeli Consulate had suggested to Ayal’s father that they get a blessing from the Rebbe. The Rebbe’s miracles were well known, and what better way to spend the holy day of Yom Kippur than with the Rebbe. A Lubavitcher chasid who regularly visited the Consulate made arrangements for a place for them to stay, and now they awaited the Rebbe’s blessing.
The Rebbe usually smiled at children, but that Yom Kippur eve he did not smile at Ayal. The Rebbe wished father and son a good and sweet year with a very somber look on his face.
They ate the pre-fast meal with the host family and then went to Lubavitch World Headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, to participate in the holy day’s prayers. The next day, as well, Ayal and his father were in the synagoguge most of the day.
The afternoon of Yom Kippur wore on. Ayal’s father sent him to their host’s home to break his fast and rest until Ne’ila, the final prayer of Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur was nearly over. The congregation waited expectantly for the final prayers of the holy day to be recited. All eyes were on the Rebbe. The Rebbe suddenly raised his tallis and gazed at the crowd with a penetrating look on his face before turning to his secretary. The secretary then announced that all the children in the syngagogue should go up to the Rebbe’s platform. Paths were made for the children or they were passed overhead hand-to-hand.
The Rebbe watched and waited. “Why did I send Ayal home?” Ayal’s father berated himself. “He could have been standing next to the Rebbe! He left a long time ago. Why hasn’t he come back yet?”
Hundreds of children were on the platform. The chazan (cantor) waited for a sign from the Rebbe to conclude the prayers. But the Rebbe was waiting. Suddenly another child arrived. It was Ayal. He was lifted over the crowd to the Rebbe’s platform. Immediately the Rebbe led the singing of Avinu Malkeinu – Our Father, Our King. Those who stood near the Rebbe heard the Rebbe crying.
The prayers were over. The Rebbe smiled at the children, all of the children.
Ayal and his family bid goodbye to their hosts and returned to their home. Later that night Ayal announced to his parents, “My headache is gone. I want you to take me for tests tomorrow.”
They had an appointment for more tests scheduled in four days time. But Ayal insisted that he was perfectly fine and that he wanted to be tested immediately to prove it. His parents were able to move the appointment up.
A few days later during supper, Ayal’s father burst into the house and while crying and laughing managed to say, “You were right!”
Ayal and his father went to thank the Rebbe personally on Simchat Torah. The Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., Mr. Chayim Herzog, took a group of people who worked at the Consulate to the Rebbe, Ayal and his father among them. They were given a place near the Rebbe, who gave them special attention. When the Rebbe turned to Ayal’s father, the latter presented his son to him.
“Thank you Rebbe. I am well,” said Ayal shyly. Ayal’s father emotionally added, “The Rebbe saved his life!” The Rebbe smiled and waved away the comments saying, “Give thanks to G-d, and always remember that He did this miracle for you.”
Warmest wishes for a
Chag sameach 5774.
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui