Today is Shiv’ah Asar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz), the day when we fast and mourn the beginning of the events culminating in the destruction of the first and second Beit Hamikdash.
Some of you may have seen my post on Facebook yesterday about what an absolutely crappy day I had. Well, I experienced a significant monetary loss. I was very upset, devastated and depressed since I was under the impression that someone else was taking care of this issue. Turns out that information that should have been forwarded to the attorney had not been, and once the money was taken, there was nothing that could be done to get it back.
I forced myself to say “All is for our own good!”, trying very hard to believe this and searching for an answer as to: “why this, and why now!” I prayed that HaShem would open my mind and my eyes as to what I had done that I needed to perform teshuvah for, what had I left undone that I needed to complete, what had I not done that needed to be done, and what was the lesson I had to learn from this? But all the time I tried very hard to cling to “All is for our own good!”.
I spent extra time on Minchah; concentrating on every word and it’s meaning looking and asking for answers. After completing Minchah, I saw a story of a Chassid who had been trapped under the aron kodesh when he attempted to keep it from falling over (to protect the Sefer Torahs within). The aron weighed around 3000 pounds, and it took the fire department to extricate him, but he emerged unscathed because, when the aron fell, it fell with the doors open and he was safely ensconced in the space with the Torah Scrolls.
Today, in the United States of America, we celebrate Independence Day, or the 4th of July as it is also known. But how many Jews know the significant role Jews played in the formation of the USA.
On this Independence Day, let us not forget the role the Jews played in the formation of the United States of America.
Jews like Haym Solomon who financed the Revolution when the Continental Congress was essentially broke (and who was never repaid). Without his financial backing and brokering, the American Revolution would have literally failed;
Mordecai Sheftall of Savannah, Georgia who was head of the local revolutionary committee responsible for provisioning soldiers;
Reuben Etting of Baltimore;
Abgail Minis of Charleston, South Carolina;
Aaron Lopez of Newport;
Rabbi Gershom Mendes Seixas of the Mill Street Synagogue;
David Salisbury Franks and Isaac Franks, who served as officers in the Continental Army;
Isaac Moses of Philadelphia who outfitted privateers to harass British shipping.
And many others of whom history has ignored or forgotten.
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Friday, July 7, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabbalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
Shabbat, July 8, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service. Parshah Balak (Numbers 22:2 – 25:9), Haftorah – Micah 5:6 – 6:8.
Yes, it is summer and we are busy with the garden, painting the shed, putting in new garden beds, and so on. We would also like to take a week up on the lake just to get away and get reconnected to HaShem in a meaningful way. So, posts may be a little sporadic until we come back in September with our new broadcast schedule.
In the mean time, here are a few more pictures of Zeyde’s Garden!
Zeyde plants some Basil
Peppers Peas and Tomato Cages
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Friday, June 30, 2017:
8:00 PM – Kabalat and Maariv Shabbat Service.
Shabbat, July 1, 2017:
10:00 AM – Shacharit and Musaf Shabbat Service. Parshah Chukat (Numbers 19:1 – 22:1). Haftorah – Judges 11:1-33.
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!”
This Shabbat, Parshah Korach, there will be not services. I will be spending Shabbat with the local synagogue.
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.