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June 23, 2017 - Israeli or Jewish?

June 23, 2017 - Israeli or Jewish?

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THIS WEEK AT CHABAD OF SCOTTSDALE
 
 
Candle Lighting Times for
Scottsdale, Arizona:
Friday, Jun 23
7:23 pm
Shabbat, Jun 24
8:25 pm
Torah Portion:  Korach
 
MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

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This week an Israeli vendor, a warm and friendly man,  came by to sell some Judaica merchandise. Naturally,  I asked him if he had already put on Tefilin today, to which he replied, 
"I don't believe in G‑d." 
I must say I was taken aback, so I asked him "are you Jewish"? He said " no, I am Israeli!"I said "I understand you may be a non practicing Jew, but how can you say you're  Israeli but not Jewish? Do you celebrate Passover, Chanukah or Sukkot ?" Thankfully, he said yes, but that he only does so for cultural reasons. He does not believe in the super rational, only what he sees in front of his eyes or that which can be proven. 
   So I asked him "why in the world would you want to live in the Middle East when you could  live in San Diego?   Why would you send your kids to the army to face off with an enemy that is bent on destroying you?   Why would you live in a country in which to get anything done,  you have to cut through thick bureaucratic tape?   Is it logical, that after thousands of years of persecution,  we excel in almost every area of life?  That the Jewish people have a disproportionate number of Nobel prize winners to our overall numbers."   Unless of course, you are Jewish and this land was yours, given to you by G‑d.

What greater miracle is there, then the very fact that the Jewish people are still alive, not just surviving, but thriving, praying three times a day facing Jerusalem, in hope & in anticipation of world peace and the final & ultimate redemption.

One cannot claim to be "Israeli" and not Jewish. The very term "Israeli" itself comes from the Torah.  It is the Torah and Judaism alone that  has kept us and enabled us to be "Israeli.  Unfortunately, history has shown us that for those who deviated from Torah & Mitzvot, their offspring did not end up being Jewish.

In this weeks Torah portion, we read about the rebellion that Korach led against Moses and his brother Aaron.  He said "The entire congregation (all the Jewish people) are holy, why are you the leaders over the people?" Indeed, he was correct that we are called "a holy nation" and "a nation of priests."   However, Korach failed to recognize that in order for the individual to reach his potential, he needs Moses' leadership and guidance.

This week is the yarzheit of our leader. One who has guided our people and indeed other people as well, to achieve their potential, guiding so many, whether it was the late Elie Wiesel, Rabbi Jonathan Sachs and Thousands of others to achieve their potential. 
The Rebbe spent his time teaching, educating, answering questions, starting thousands of social, religious, and educational institutions, thereby inspiring and uplifting not just his Chasidim,  but Jews and people all over the world; literally!
It is obvious to all that Korach was wrong. We all need leadership & mentorship to achieve what G‑d had in mind for us and the Rebbe's vision and clear directives continues to lead us, even today,  23 years after his passing.
The Rebbe reminded us that "Je Suis Jewish", Je Suis Israeli" !  We are all responsible for one another.  Let us continue the Rebbe's  holy revolution and change the world, until the ultimate good is realized with the coming of the Moshiach.
 
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbos and a meaningful week.
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!
 
Rabbi Yossi Levertov 

 

 


Join us for a sit down kiddush and a Farbrengen in honor of 3 Tammuz. 
Services 9:30 AM  Kiddush and Farbrengen at 12.00pm. 
Chabad of Scottsdale. No Charge. 


Click here to learn more about the Rebbe and his teachings.

Matters of the Heart

This coming Tuesday is the 23rd yartzeit of our beloved Rebbe. Thousands of people will be visiting the Rebbe's resting place in New York to reflect, pray and connect.   If you would like your name to be mentioned for a blessing and prayer, please send me your name and mother's name, and those of anyone you would like me to include in the prayers.

See below for Shabbat Schedule change. 

NO CLASS THIS WEDNESDAY 
 
 
 

 


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MINYAN & BREAKFAST!

Breakfast at Chabad of Scottsdale!

This Sunday at COS
Minyan & Breakfast!

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Join us Sunday morning June 25, at 8:00 am for morning services, followed by Torah study and a delicious breakfast at 8:45.

To RSVP please reply to this email. 

 
 
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING?

KIDDUSH IS SPONSORED BY:

Harris and Rena Weisman in memory of Harris's parents
Alan & Candy Welner in memory of Alan's mother 
Victor Taylor in honor of the Rabbi's family and Chabad of Scottsdale

THANK YOU to all who help out each week with the Kiddush!  We could not enjoy the delicious food without all our dedicated volunteers.

SPEEDY RECOVERY TO:

Leonie Horwitz
Baba Elka Priva Bat Chaya Sarah
Kochava Bat Shoshana
Chana bas Mushka 

Chaim Shneur Zalman ben Miriam 

YARTZEITS:

Sherman Weisman 
Robert Weisman  
Eleanore Weisman
Lee Welner

May their memories be for a blessing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY:

David Goldstein 
Brianna Green 
Chaya Levertov
Ilana Fisch
May you be blessed with a great year!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY:
Noah and Naomi Goldstein
 

 

 
SERVICE TIMES
Morning Shacharis

Sunday and legal holidays - 8:00 am
Monday, Thursday, and Torah Reading Days - 6:45 am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 7:00 am

Shabbat Day (Saturday) - 9:30 am 

Evenings

Weekday Evenings -  6:30 PM

Shabbat (Saturday) Evening - 25 Minutes Before Sunset

Please note change in schedule.

Due to the extreme heat, Mincha services tomorrow [Shabbat] will take place at 1:06 PM.
Evening services will begin at 8:40 pm.

Since many regulars are on vacation, please make an effort to attend
Tonight (6:30pm),
Tomorrow evening (8:40pm)
Sunday morning services (8:00am)
Thank you.

   
 
   
   
 
REGISTER TODAY - THE BEST HEBREW SCHOOL IN TOWN!

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Register your child for a wonderful Hebrew School experience, where we teach and live Judaism. Your child will LOVE coming to Hebrew School.

Email 
 Dina@chabadofscottsdale.org  or call  480 998 1410 .

 
COOKBOOK

The Women’s Circle of Chabad of Scottsdale is putting together a kosher cookbook with a variety of Jewish cooking styles. Profits will be used to make improvements to the Chabad kitchen.

Please submit your favorite recipes, and we welcome those with a creative flair*.

To submit:

Go to  www.typensave.com.

User Name: goodtaste85253

Password: plate955

After you login, follow the prompts. Contact the website or Roberta at  robertahdonis@gmail.com for tech support.

Once you have submitted a recipe, please email Roberta with your contact information in case we have questions.

All submissions will be greatly appreciated by the Women’s Circle, even if space limitations force us to choose among them.  Please respond within the next two months.

Warm regards,

Roberta Donis

Chairwoman

Book Planning Committee

 

*Recipes need to be precise in terms of ingredients and preparation instructions. If the recipe is not your original creation, note the source as “second contributor”. You can include your personal touch with hints such as “freezes well” or “can be made ahead.”

 
 
JEWISH NATIONAL RETREAT - AUGUST 8-13

We hope you will join our group from Scottsdale at this wonderful retreat!

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BECOME A PARTNER
 
 
 
 
WOMEN'S SHABBAT STUDY GROUP @ 9:00 AM
 
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This class in dedicated to the memory of Hannah Leorah bas Eliezer Yosef,  Chana bas Yaakov and Sandy Abrams obm.

   
 
   
   
 
THIS WEEK @ WWW.CHABADOFSCOTTSDALE.ORG
This Week @ www.ChabadofScottsdale.org
   
Your Questions
Does Judaism Allow Jaywalking or Speeding?
I admit, not only do I sometimes drive slightly over the speed limit, I also jaywalk in the streets of my quiet neighborhood.
   
Parshah
Korach and Anarchy
Korach is a figure I can highly identify with. From primary grades on, I never got along too well with authority.

 
 
THE PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL

Parshat Korach

Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses’  leadership and the granting of the kehunah ( priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, who offer the sacrosanct  ketoret (incense) to prove their worthiness for the priesthood. The  earth opens up and swallows the mutineers, and a  fire consumes the ketoret-offerers.

A subsequent plague is stopped by Aaron’s offering of ketoret. Aaron’s staff miraculously blossoms and brings forth  almonds, to prove that his designation as high priest is divinely ordained.

G‑d commands that a terumah (“uplifting”) from each crop of grain, wine and oil, as well as all firstborn sheep and cattle, and other specified  gifts, be given to the kohanim (priests).

 

 
 
 

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