In the Community – Week of August 10th, 2019
Happy Birthday to: Jason Klarfeld, Matthew Rosenbluth, Jennifer Rosenbluth, Isaac Amon,
Judy Ziegelman, Bobby Levine, Michael Morgensztern and David Rubin
Anniversaries – Larry & Shirley Hollander and Robert & Sandra Abrams
Shabbat Greeters: Dr. Craig Berkin and Kenny Bressler
Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on
which we fast and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell our people. The fast of Tisha B’Av begins at sunset of the previous evening. At ma’ariv (the evening service) we gather in the synagogue to read Eicha, the Book of Lamentations. Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather shoes, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. One may not eat or drink after 8:00 pm on Shabbos, Aug. 10 Fast ends: 8:43 P.M., Sunday, Aug. 11.
- Sunday August 11 ~ 2:00 pm ~ Rabbi Ze’ev Smason will lead a discussion at the The
Holocaust Museum & Learning Center following the screening of “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” a 2016 documentary directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky
- Shabbat, August 17 ~ Shabbat with guest Rabbi Dovid Rimmer. Kiddush luncheon by Julie
Eisenberg to celebrate her birthday!
- Sunday, August 18 ~ NHBZ Sisterhood presents ‘A World of Fashion’ luncheon and fashion
show with vendors for shopping. See the flyer in this bulletin. RSVP by August 12.
- Sunday, August 25 ~ The Rabbi Ride Around ~ check the details in the flyer!
Consider being a sponsor for the RRA for a donation of $100.00.
- Sunday, August 25 ~ Pizza Night
Rabbi Ride Around ~ We are honoring Rabbi Smason for his past 10 years (500 miles) and his everlasting commitment to our shul and the Jewish community. The picnic is going to be spectacular this year; you won’t want to miss out! We have a great event planned with 14 Riders raring to go and you can spot them by their blue RRA t-shirts!!! Anyone can ride, however! There will be a silent auction AND a Chinese raffle with attendance prizes for adults and kids! Way cool balloons, professional face painting, Origami, and a free lunch! What more can you ask for? Please call Jeff or Laura in the office to make your Pledge. Please pledge generously!
Thank you to our Rabbi Ride Around sponsors so far: Dr. Faye and Brian McCary, Jerry & Fran Cohen, Denny & Amy Feit, Bob & Joni Kaiser, Ed & Helayne Levitt, Dr. Daniel & Marcela Morgensztern, Jay & Peggy Umansky and Libby Routman.
The Shabbos preceding the observance of the fast of the Ninth of Av is called Shabbos Chazon— “Shabbas of the Vision.” This Shabbos’ reading from the Prophets begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple.
chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev said that on this special Shabbos, every Jewish soul is shown a vision of the third Holy Temple. The purpose of this vision is to arouse within every Jew a yearning to actually see this edifice which will be built by G-d, and to do as many mitzvos as possible in order to realize this dream. While this vision may not be sensed with the physical eyes, the soul certainly experiences this vision, and it affects the person on the subconscious level.
There is no mourning on Shabbos, and eating meat and drinking wine is permissible. Though the observance of Tisha B’av begins on Motzei Shabbos
~ This Week’s Torah Trivia ~
Last Week’s Question: Masai speaks of the cities of refuge. How many were initially established
and what was their purpose?
Answer: Six cities of refuge. Three on either side of the Jordan River. They served as places of
protection for inadvertent murderers. They were managed by the Leviim.
This Week’s Question: Devarim means words. In English the 5th book is called Deuteronomy .
The Shabbat Buddy System
As announced last Shabbat, NHBZ is forming a buddy system for those who would like to have a “buddy” help guide them through the Siddur and Chumash during services. We are looking for those who can serve as the “Buddy” and those looking for assistance. Please contact Alan Zarkowsky through the office at 991-2100.
The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. We mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period began on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. The Fast of the 17th of Tammuz was observed Sunday, July 21.