Volume 3 Number 25 – July 25th, 2020 – 4 Av 5780
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The next Book Club meeting will be on Zoom on Monday August 24, 7:15-8:45PM, and the book selection is: The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff. Set in Manhattan, New York, in 1946, Grace Healey passed through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work and found an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench.
Inside she discovered twelve photographs of different women. A remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.
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This Week’s Quote
“When the month of Av enters, we reduce our joy…” – Talmud, Taanit 26b
The Nine Days –Shabbat Chazon
The Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon – “Shabbat of the Vision.” This Shabbat’s reading from the Prophets begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple. The legendary chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev said that on this special Shabbat, 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 mitzvot 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 Shabbat. (from Chabad.org)
Parshah Devarim – Deuteronomy 1:12–21
‘The Load Always Fits the Camel’
Moses reminded the Jewish people that when they were at Mount Sinai, G‑d instructed him to share the responsibility of resolving their lawsuits with a system of judges. The people readily accepted this plan, but not for the right reasons: they hoped to be able to influence the rulings of judges of lesser moral caliber than Moses.
[Moses told the Jewish people at Mount Sinai,] “How can I bear your trouble, your burden, and your strife all by myself?”
We are all charged with the same mission as Moses: to educate and lead ourselves – as well as those over whom we have influence – in the ways of the Torah. If we wonder how we can bear such a heavy responsibility, we should recall that when Moses asked G‑d the same question, G‑d immediately provided him with a practical solution. Just as G‑d gave Moses the means to fulfill his mission, G‑d gives us the means and resources to fulfill our Divine mission, regardless of how difficult or overwhelming our responsibilities may appear to be.
– from Lubavitcher Rebbe, adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky (www.chabad.org)
ANNOUNCING A NEW SISTERHOOD CLASS
REBBITZEN CHANI SPEAKS ON: What on Earth Does G-d Want from Me?Learning how to respond to a crisis from great Jewish women of our time.
Wednesday, July 22
OPEN TO EVERYONE
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/295822730
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