Zeyde’s Garden 2017

Each year we plant a garden to grow our own food and share with our neighbors. We have dubbed it “Zeyde’s Garden”, and throughout the growing  season we post pictures of Zeyde (the lion puppet) in the garden for all our members to see; especially the kinder (children).

Zeyde in the Garden

Why is this important, or even worth posting about?

We want people to realize that one can make a connection to HaShem doing even the most mundane activities; such as raking and weeding a garden. Being in the garden working gives one time to reflect on how amazing the world HaShem gave us truly is! As we watch life spring and develop out of the ground, we can marvel at HaShem’s plan and the order and structure of the world, and the universe.

Start of the Garden 2017

The Whole Garden – Half Planted.

So, as Zeyde would say “Get your tails out into the garden!”

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Special Notice (June 18, 2017):

This Shabbat, Parshah Korach, there will be not services. I will be spending Shabbat with the local synagogue.

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Prayer for the Family of the Recently Departed

My sister-in-law’s mother just passed away this week. I thought it would be a good time to post this for her and for others who have had people close to them pass.

Prayer for the Family of the Recently Departed
By: Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim – 16 Heshvan 5768

Master of the Universe be praised. You wrote our names in the Book of Life when You laid the foundations of the world. Nothing is hidden from Your sight. A leaf does not fall, nor a bird sing, that You are not aware; and the times and conditions of our lives are known only to You.

Our Father our King, to You our lives pass like a breath, and You have allotted to us three-score and ten years on this Earth. Should we surpass this, we consider ourselves fortunate. If we are able to retain our heath, we consider ourselves blessed. Should this time be reduced for those whom we care greatly for, we are unable to comprehend a rational meaning.

We ask for Your understanding as we pose the questions that cloud our minds as we ponder Your decree. Look upon us with compassion when our anxiety drives us to question Your infinite plan and wisdom. And, comfort us when we cry out to You “Why?” in our desperation, sorrow and heartache.

King of the Universe, remember us in the coming days. Open our eyes to the wonders of life and the world around us, so that we may not descend into the darkness of our own grief. Give us the strength that we shall need to support family and friends through difficult days. Remind us that, if the time of life draws to a close, it is not and end, but a beginning.

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, the one true Judge.

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House of Seven Beggars Synagogue Schedule for the Week of: June 11, 2017. Parshah Shelach:

(All times EST)
 
Friday, June 16, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
 
Shabbat, June 17, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service. Torah Parshah Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41). Haftorah – Joshua 2:1-24.

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Summertime Means Baseball!

Nem Mikh Mit Tsu Der Ball Geym (Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Yiddish)

Nem mikh mit tsu der ball geym

Tsum oylem lomir dokh geym

Koyf mir di nislekh un krekerjek

Vil ikh keyn molfun dort nit avek

Git zey mut, mut, mut, di ball shpiler

Es past nit az men farshpilt

Vayls’iz eyns, tsvey, dray strikes, un oys

Bay der beysball shpil

Shpil Ball!

Rabbi Nota Schiller gives a shiur on the Jewish Metaphysics of Baseball (presented by Ohr Somayach).

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House of Seven Beggars Synagogue Schedule for the Week of June 4, 2017:

(all times EST).
 
Friday, June 9, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
 
Shabbat, June 10: 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service – Parshah Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1 – 12:16). Haftorah, Zachariah 2:14 – 4:7.

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House of Seven Beggars Schedule for the Week of May 28, 2017.

(all times EST).
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shavuot Day 1 – Shacharit and Musaf Service.
FIRST TORAH: Exodus 19:1 – 20:23
SECOND TORAH: Numbers 28:26-31
HAFTORAH: Ezekiel 1:1-28; Ezekiel 3:12
 
Thursday, June 1, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shavuot Day 1 – Shacharit and Musaf Service.
FIRST TORAH: Deuteronomy 15:19 – 16:17
SECOND TORAH: Numbers 28:26-31
HAFTARAH: Habakkuk 2:20 – 3:19
 
Friday, June 2, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service – Parshah Naso.
 
Shabbat, June 3, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service – Parshah Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89) – Haftorah, Judges 13:2-25.

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New Items In Shop!

Just In Time For Summer!

We just added lots of new items to our shop! Check them out! http://sevenbeggars.com/shop/

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Happy Memorial Day U.S.A.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Happy Memorial Day to all our friends in the U.S.A.

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Our Logo Explained

by Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim

I thought I would take a moment to explain the significance of the logo.

The Hebrew above the lion is:

Bayit Shel Shivah Kabetsanim – House of Seven Beggars

The Lion:

We are used to seeing lions rampant (standing) either alone, as we see in the municipal emblem of Jerusalem, or, flanking the Tablets of the Law or a Crown as it is on my tefillin bag.

However; our lion is Passant or walking.

This denotes action.  We are not stagnant or complacent. We are constantly looking, searching; hunting if you will, to find meaning in our lives, to connect with our faith in a more meaningful way, and to reach out to others.

Notice that the claws are bared in defense of Torah, our faith, our people and the rights of all men. Mishlay 30: 29 There are three things which are stately in their march, yea, four which are stately in going: 30 The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

The right paw is raised, as in: Lech Lecha 14: 22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Who possesses heaven and earth. I raise my hand:

The mouth is open, as in: Isaiah 21: 8 And he cried as a lion: ‘Upon the watch-tower, O Lord, I stand continually in the daytime, and I am set in my ward all the nights.’

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