Sponsorships: March 28, 2009

March 23, 2009

Kiddush is sponsored by Sari & Stuart Braunstein in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Ben.

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Michele & Howard Wolf in memory of her mother Ruth Berman and viagra uk purchase his father Julius Wolf.

Youth snacks are sponsored by Diane & David Rein in honor of their daughter Sophie’s birthday.

Shabbat Announcements, March 21, 2009

March 18, 2009

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News From North Shore Hospital

March 18, 2009

North Shore University Hospital is building a wonderful new Chesed Room.  It will be stocked with food, challah and viagra for women a refrigerator.  It is located on the 4th floor Tower Building near the Palliative Care Unit.  Anticipated grand opening is before Pesach.  For questions, please contact the Pastoral Care Department at 562-4013.

Peace of Parsha - Vayakhel/Pekudei by Dr. Laura Danoff

March 17, 2009

The parsha of Vayak’hel records the actual carrying out of Hashem’s instructions on how to construct the mishkan.  The name Vayak’hel means “And he (Moshe) congregated”.  Much of Vayak’hel is almost an exact replication of Parsha Teruma.  So why the repetition since we know that the Torah does not waste space, even one extra letter?

The power of community is the answer.  In the book of Exodus we are given the Torah at Har Sinai and purchasing cialis with next day delivery we achieve G-d’s presence in this world through the building of the mishkan.  Earlier, G-d gives Moshe the commandments.  Now, Moshe relays these commandments to the children of Israel as a whole nation.  Rashi tells us the assembly took place the day after Yom Kippur.  Moses comes down from Har Sinai bearing the message of G-d’s forgiveness for the sin of the golden calf.  Moshe gathers all the Jewish people and discount cialis no rx tells them about Shabbos and buy cialis online cheap specifically the prohibition of kindling the fire.  Moshe instructs the Jews as to what they should bring in making a tabernacle. 

The Torah describes the enthusiasm of the people, especially the women, in donating the building materials.  “The men came with the women”.  (Exodus 35:22).  According to Rambam this term implies the men were secondary to the women.  The women were the first to volunteer and cost of viagra not only donated gold and get viagra silver, but their own jewelry which was irreplaceable.  The women who refused to give their jewelry for the golden calf were the first to volunteer and donate all their jewelry to the mishkan.  

This week’s parsha also tells of G-d’s instructions to make a copper washbasin for the tabernacle so the Kohanim would be able to purify and wash their hands and buy cialis in us feel before performing their service.  Rashi explains that the basin was made from copper mirrors that had been melted down.  The copper mirrors were abundantly donated by Jewish women who used these mirrors in Egypt in order to beautify themselves and viagra canada generic to romance their husbands.  When Moshe found out what the mirrors had previously been used for he was hesitant to use them for such a holy purpose in the tabernacle.  Hashem’s response was, “Use them.  These mirrors are beloved to me.”  When the Jews were enslaved in Egypt, the men gave up hope.  Pharoh was trying to kill all the Jewish babies.

As the medrash in Shir Hashirim describes, the women went out into the fields and cialis endurance beautified themselves in front of their mirrors and indian cialis generic enticed and discount brand name cialis persuaded their husbands to live with them and buy viagra discount to have children.  Those mirrors represented Klal Yisroel.  The women kept the dream of rebirth alive.  In Egypt, the faith and hope of the women saved the Jewish people physically.  At the construction of the mishkan, the faith and hope of the women saved them spiritually.  

This “Peace of Parsha” is in honor of my husband, Scott with whom I have learned the importance of a foundation of a building - the foundation of our family and the foundation of a marriage.  Faith is the foundation of our religion.  This is why the Torah identifies the women who helped build the mishkan as “wise of heart”.  Wisdom of heart refers to incredible strength and belief in G-d.   

Qigong: December 8 at 7:45 pm

March 17, 2009

Qigong.

Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”)

is coming to

Great Neck Synagogue

The GNS Mens’ Club and Sisterhood are co-sponsoring    group classes in this ancient art of healing and exercise for men and women. Sessions will begin in January 2010.

Jewish law obliges us individually to promote our own physical and mental well-being.  Here’s a convenient and enjoyable way to do this. Qigong (”chee gung”) is a system of low impact movements which can stimulate energy flow internally and improve vitality, mental clarity, balance, fine motor control, coordination and overall health for people of all ages.  The exercises are easy to learn and to practice on your own at your own pace.

Join Master William Wong Chin of Higher Mountain Healing Arts (highermountainhealingarts.com) to learn how these techniques can give you lasting benefits at a special free interactive workshop on

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:45 pm in the Youth Center

Sponsors: March 21, 2009

March 17, 2009

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Lisa and Alan Adler in memory of his parents Bella and Murray Adler, z”l.

David and Diane Rein are sponsoring the youth snacks in honor of their daughter, Sophia’s, 6th birthday.

Youth Cholent Kiddush is sponsored by Lisa and Alan Adler in memory of his parents, Bella and Murray Adler, z”l.

Sunday Breakfast is sponsored by Lisa & Michael Aryeh in memory of Morris Schultz, z”l.

Bima Flowers are sponsored by Jill & Ron Swartz in honor of their son Ethan reading the Torah.

Within Our Family: March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

Mazal Tov to Ellie & David Werber on the selection of their children, Tovah & Josh Marmer as Couple of the Year honorees by the Manhattan Jewish Experience at their Annual Dinner.

Mazal Tov to Vicki & Barry Maher on the birth of a granddaughter born to their children Cheryl & Myles Maher.

Mazal Tov to Hedva & Edmund Kessler on the engagement of their son Alan to Gillian Dinstein.

Mazel Tov to Elizabeth Lieberman on the birth  of a grandson born to her children Cara and Seth Cohen.

Mazal Tov to Mina & Herman Kotler on the birth of a grandson to their children Corinne & Avery Kotler.

Passover Food Drive

March 16, 2009

PASSOVER IS COMING HELP THOSE IN NEED PLEASE PICK UP A BAG FROM THE SYNAGOGUE AND FILL IT WITH KOSHER FOR PASSOVER FOODS RETURN IT TO EITHER Great Neck Synagogue Shul Office or Adina Moskowitz, 27 Hampshire Rd. (off Wooleys Lane) DROP OFF BY APRIL 1ST

Peace of Parsha: Ki Tisa by Jeroen Reuven Bours

March 12, 2009

I’m watching Law&Order, episode 1000 BCE.

The Scene: an impressive courtroom quite different from most. This one is particularly large and has a group of about three thousand defendants sitting on one side. On the other side, at the table usually reserved for the prosecution, I see an unusually large contingency of prosecutors. I recognize Rashi, Ramban, Arbravanel and many others. Also represented at that table are Midrash and Talmudic writers.

On the other side I find just one lawyer representing the defense: Judah Ha-Levi, who is sitting all by himself.

On the bench there’s no one. However there’s something strange about the impressive chair usually filled by a judge, it’s lit up in a strange way.

The rest of the courtroom is filled by scholars and rabbis; I recognize Nehama Leibowitz, and in awe I recognize Moses sitting by himself.

For the prosecution, Rashi, played by Sam Waterston who normally plays District Attorney Jack McCoy, rises up from his chair and calls Aaron Ha-Cohen to the stand. Aaron, after affirming the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, seats himself behind a wooden balustrade.

Rashi begins with the simple question: “How could this disaster happen before you?”

Aaron: “They asked me to supply them with a leader like Moses, not an actual g-d.”

Rashi concludes: “Didn’t they acknowledged other g-ds as well?” He then turns to the jury , doesn’t wait for Aaron to answer the question and says: “Acknowledge, can only apply to actual worship of idols.”

I see Ramban and other prosecutors nodding their heads in agreement.

“Objection!” cries out Judah Ha-Levi, as he jumps out of his chair, “Heresay…” No sign from the bench. Rashi turns to Aaron and and asks: “Did you not give them the idea to use gold?” Aaron: “They said, rise, make us a g-d.” “And I said whoever has gold, strip it off and give it to me and I threw it into the fire.” Aaron looks at Moses in the audience and says: “Do not be annoyed with me”.

Avraham b. Ha Ramban hands over a note to Benno Jacob. On it I see the words: The Almighty Judge said to Moses: “Your people have corrupted themselves”, not My people. Only by exclusively worshipping Him did they qualify to be called “His people…”. Benno Jacob  approves of this opinion by nodding.

Judah Ha-Levi approaches Aaron for questioning. He paces back and forth between the Jury box and Aaron as if to say; “How am I going to make my case without further prosecuting the defendants?”

The camera zooms in on the witness and we see Aaron sweat profusely. He has the look of a man who knows he’s a conspirator of idolatry.

Judah: “How many souls were involved here?”

Aaron: “Three thousand, give or take.”

Judah: “And how many souls do you count among Am Israel?”

Aaron: “Six hundred thousand, give or take.”

The prosecution feverishly is taking notes.

Judah Ha-Levi: “Isn’t idolatry common among other Nations?”

Without waiting for Aaron to answer he continues:

“Weren’t you privy to idolatry among the Egyptians during your years in Mitzrayim?”

“Isn’t it normal for people to expect to have a physical example of their g-d?”

Rashi, clearly amused shoots Ramban a note: “If that’s all he’s got, he’s losing the case.” Ramban agrees.

I’m interrupted by a commercial break.

As we come back to the program, the prosecution is back asking Aaron questions. “How was it possible that within forty days after the Sinai Revelation with one of the commandments clearly stating: “I’m the Lord - Thou shall have no other g-ds but me”, still ringing in their ears, they did seek other g-ds?”

Aaron hesitates to answer.

I watch the doors of the court room open and in walks a man named Shadal who makes his way quietly over to Judah Ha-Levi. Without saying a word he shakes Judah’s hand and joins him. Shadal hands Judah a note stating: “G-d did not say- They have turned away from me - indicating that they have not abandoned the worship of G-d in favor of other g-ds. The prosecution continues.

Isaac Arama for the prosecution.

To Aaron: “Did you not think that when Moses broke the two tablets, written by Ha-Shem himself, something so dire had happened for him to do this?”

He continues: “Did Moses do this to shock you or to shame you?”

Ramban takes over. He’s not concerned over finding a motivation for the Divine decision to wipe out the transgressors. He disagrees with Tanna debei Eliyahu that G-d never gave the order. It is a Divine decree and that’s sufficient for him. Ramban calls Moses to the stand. Ramban cross examines Moses: “I want to go back to something here, everyone knows that you, Moses, are an outstanding leader but not a g-d. Yet they asked - Since Moses has left us, let us make G-d. They did not ask for a g-d-calf representing the supreme powers of life and death but merely a substitute for Moses’ leadership. - would you agree?”

Aaron: “So it was…”

Commercial break, I’m watching a spot about Egyptian cotton claiming to be the best in the world.

Back to the program and the closing statements have begun. Judah Ha-levi paces back and forth again.

He passionately addresses the Jury; “All the people in those times worshipped images….The people were left waiting for Moses to come down without having changed their clothes since the Revelation. They had remained as they were, waiting for Moses who was forty days late, not having taken any food for himself and having left them with the intention of returning the same day.”

As I’m watching this I can’t help but think - this is still no reason to build yourself a golden calf. And I’m wondering, why didn’t they give it a catchy name? All other idols in those days had them. For idolators they did a half-job, plus for a show like Law & Order, it would have made the point that much more.

As the credits roll up, we see the large group of defendants being led away. Aaron catches up with Moses as they slowly leave the room.

Peace of Parsha: Ki Tisa by Jeroen Reuven Bours

March 12, 2009

I’m watching Law&Order, episode 1000 BCE.

The Scene: an impressive courtroom quite different from most. This one is particularly large and has a group of about three thousand defendants sitting on one side. On the other side, at the table usually reserved for the prosecution, I see an unusually large contingency of prosecutors. I recognize Rashi, Ramban, Arbravanel and many others. Also represented at that table are Midrash and Talmudic writers.

On the other side I find just one lawyer representing the defense: Judah Ha-Levi, who is sitting all by himself.

On the bench there’s no one. However there’s something strange about the impressive chair usually filled by a judge, it’s lit up in a strange way.

The rest of the courtroom is filled by scholars and rabbis; I recognize Nehama Leibowitz, and in awe I recognize Moses sitting by himself.

For the prosecution, Rashi, played by Sam Waterston who normally plays District Attorney Jack McCoy, rises up from his chair and calls Aaron Ha-Cohen to the stand. Aaron, after affirming the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, seats himself behind a wooden balustrade.

Rashi begins with the simple question: “How could this disaster happen before you?”

Aaron: “They asked me to supply them with a leader like Moses, not an actual g-d.”

Rashi concludes: “Didn’t they acknowledged other g-ds as well?” He then turns to the jury , doesn’t wait for Aaron to answer the question and says: “Acknowledge, can only apply to actual worship of idols.”

I see Ramban and other prosecutors nodding their heads in agreement.

“Objection!” cries out Judah Ha-Levi, as he jumps out of his chair, “Heresay…” No sign from the bench. Rashi turns to Aaron and and asks: “Did you not give them the idea to use gold?” Aaron: “They said, rise, make us a g-d.” “And I said whoever has gold, strip it off and give it to me and I threw it into the fire.” Aaron looks at Moses in the audience and says: “Do not be annoyed with me”.

Avraham b. Ha Ramban hands over a note to Benno Jacob. On it I see the words: The Almighty Judge said to Moses: “Your people have corrupted themselves”, not My people. Only by exclusively worshipping Him did they qualify to be called “His people…”. Benno Jacob  approves of this opinion by nodding.

Judah Ha-Levi approaches Aaron for questioning. He paces back and forth between the Jury box and Aaron as if to say; “How am I going to make my case without further prosecuting the defendants?”

The camera zooms in on the witness and we see Aaron sweat profusely. He has the look of a man who knows he’s a conspirator of idolatry.

Judah: “How many souls were involved here?”

Aaron: “Three thousand, give or take.”

Judah: “And how many souls do you count among Am Israel?”

Aaron: “Six hundred thousand, give or take.”

The prosecution feverishly is taking notes.

Judah Ha-Levi: “Isn’t idolatry common among other Nations?”

Without waiting for Aaron to answer he continues:

“Weren’t you privy to idolatry among the Egyptians during your years in Mitzrayim?”

“Isn’t it normal for people to expect to have a physical example of their g-d?”

Rashi, clearly amused shoots Ramban a note: “If that’s all he’s got, he’s losing the case.” Ramban agrees.

I’m interrupted by a commercial break.

As we come back to the program, the prosecution is back asking Aaron questions. “How was it possible that within forty days after the Sinai Revelation with one of the commandments clearly stating: “I’m the Lord - Thou shall have no other g-ds but me”, still ringing in their ears, they did seek other g-ds?”

Aaron hesitates to answer.

I watch the doors of the court room open and in walks a man named Shadal who makes his way quietly over to Judah Ha-Levi. Without saying a word he shakes Judah’s hand and joins him. Shadal hands Judah a note stating: “G-d did not say- They have turned away from me - indicating that they have not abandoned the worship of G-d in favor of other g-ds. The prosecution continues.

Isaac Arama for the prosecution.

To Aaron: “Did you not think that when Moses broke the two tablets, written by Ha-Shem himself, something so dire had happened for him to do this?”

He continues: “Did Moses do this to shock you or to shame you?”

Ramban takes over. He’s not concerned over finding a motivation for the Divine decision to wipe out the transgressors. He disagrees with Tanna debei Eliyahu that G-d never gave the order. It is a Divine decree and that’s sufficient for him. Ramban calls Moses to the stand. Ramban cross examines Moses: “I want to go back to something here, everyone knows that you, Moses, are an outstanding leader but not a g-d. Yet they asked - Since Moses has left us, let us make G-d. They did not ask for a g-d-calf representing the supreme powers of life and death but merely a substitute for Moses’ leadership. - would you agree?”

Aaron: “So it was…”

Commercial break, I’m watching a spot about Egyptian cotton claiming to be the best in the world.

Back to the program and the closing statements have begun. Judah Ha-levi paces back and forth again.

He passionately addresses the Jury; “All the people in those times worshipped images….The people were left waiting for Moses to come down without having changed their clothes since the Revelation. They had remained as they were, waiting for Moses who was forty days late, not having taken any food for himself and having left them with the intention of returning the same day.”

As I’m watching this I can’t help but think - this is still no reason to build yourself a golden calf. And I’m wondering, why didn’t they give it a catchy name? All other idols in those days had them. For idolators they did a half-job, plus for a show like Law & Order, it would have made the point that much more.

As the credits roll up, we see the large group of defendants being led away. Aaron catches up with Moses as they slowly leave the room

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