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Congregation Israel Springfield בס״ד Week of December 12, 2009 Shabbat Bulletin 25 Kislev 5770 www.congregationisrael.org (973)-467- (973)-467-9666 Parshat Vayeishev Rabbi Chaim Marcus Eric Strulowitz, President Chanukah firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Rabbi’s Shiur Erev Shabbat (1st Candle) Although Chanukah parties, replete with latkes and jelly doughnuts 4:11 PM Candle Lighting abound, there is no formal mitzva to have a festive meal on the days, or 4:10 PM Mincha nights, of Chanukah. In the Shulchan Aruch (siman 670:2), Rav Yosef Karo Shabbos Chanukah Tish-8:15 PM writes that the celebratory holiday meals we engage in on Chanukah are only @ the Marcus Home, 3 Richland Dr. “reshus,” optional, non-obligatory, in nature. In direct contrast with this ha- lacha is the obligation to have a seuda on Purim, the only other holiday legis- Shabbat Morning lated by Chazal, as seen in Shulchan Aruch, siman 695. Many commentaries 7:20 AM Early Minyan discuss why it is that Chazal did not legislate uniformly between the two holi- 8:10 AM Parsha Shiur days they instituted. Why on Purim is one obligated to have a feast whereas 8:30 AM Main Minyan on Chanukah there is no such requirement? 9:31 AM Latest Shema The Chofetz Chaim, R’ Yisrael Meir Kagan haKohen zt”l, quotes the fa- Shabbat Afternoon mous opinion of the Bach (R’ Yoel Sirkis; 15th century commentator on Tur 3:10 PM Daf Yomi Shulchan Aruch) who explains that the special enactments of the Sages re- 3:25 PM R’ Beer’s Nach Shiur 3:55 PM Mincha garding these two festivals reflect the basic difference in the nature of the 5:20 PM Havdalah/2nd Candle Divine salvation experienced during these two times in Jewish History (as mentioned last week by Major General Uzi Dayan). On Purim, when G-d saved Womens Tehillim will be Wednesday the Jews from physical destruction at the hands of Haman and his comrades, evening at 7:30 pm followed by the we commemorate the deliverance with physical acts, such as a meal. How- Women’s Tefillah Shiur. ever, the salvation that Chanukah recalls was a salvation from spiritual anni- hilation. The Assyrian-Greeks did not want to destroy the Jews. They wanted to extinguish the spirit, the soul of the Jews. As such, when we remember the miracle of the Divine deliverance from the spiritual dangers of the Yevanim, we do not necessarily need to do so with physical acts, and therefore there is no formal obligation to have a seuda in honor of these extraordinary days. Let us use these hallowed days to focus on recommitting ourselves to the spiritual legacy of the Maccabim, and to keep the flame of Torah and mitzvos burning in our souls. May we have a Chanukah full of light, and a great Shabbos. Bulletin sponsored this month by Dolores & Sol Greenfield in memory of Dolores’ parents, Lillian and Morris Glinter z’l, and her brother, Paul Glinter z’l. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Shabbos 12/13 12/14 12/15 16/16 12/17 12/18 12/19 Chanukah 26 Kislev 27 Kislev 28 Kislev 29 Kislev 30 Kislev 1 Tevet 2 Tevet Rosh Chodesh Mikeitz 3rd Night 4th Night 5th Night 6th Night 7th Night 8th Night Chanukah Early Tallis/Tefillin 6:13 AM 6:14 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:16 PM Early Shacharis 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:00 AM 6:00 AM 7:20 AM Daf Yomi 7:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM 6:15 AM Sh-9:35 AM Late Shacharis 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM 8:30 AM Mincha/Maariv 4:10 PM 4:10 PM 4:10 PM 4:10 PM 4:10 PM 4:10 PM 4:00 PM Late Maariv 8:45 PM 8:45 PM 8:45 PM 8:45 PM CL-4:13 PM H-5:22 PM Sun. Morning-9 AM: Gemara Berachos Tues. Evening-8 PM: The Halachos of Dreams Wed. Evening- 8 PM: Women's Tefilla Shiur Thurs. Night-10 PM: Mussar for Men @ the Marcus home Thank you to everyone who has made it pos- Mazel Tov to Adam Sheps & Rachel Lohr on Adam’s Siyum on Masechet Berachos which will sible for us to enjoy a beautiful Chanukah take place at Shalosh Seudot. Lunch together. There is a list of contributors on the tables. A special thank Mazel Tov to Ari Rogers and Zachary Friedman on receiving their Chumashim this week at the you to our wonderful committee who has Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. made sure we’d have a successful event. Special thank you to Dolores It took the entire shul community working Greenfield and all those who helped together to make this Shabbos Chanukah coordinate the Chanukah Luncheon. Luncheon so spectacular. Youth Events Our Chanukah Luncheon Committee: 11th- Fri. Night Dec. 11th-Teen Oneg 8:15 pm @ the Beers Anya Bitansky, Mina Frank, Dolores 13th- Sun. Dec. 13th-Chamudim 3-6 yrs. old 9:30-10:30 am Greenfield, Sarah Lachs, Rachel Lohr, Dan- 16th- Wed. Night Dec. 16th-Teen Latke making 7:00 pm @ the Beers ielle Pepper, Pearla Weisman, Melanie Wind and Yaakov Haller, our ruach chairperson. COMING ATTRACTION! Rabbi Eliezer Rubin, Klatt Family Rosh Yeshiva of Thank you to Michal Strauss, Irina RKYHS will be spending the 2nd Shabbos Chanukah Khoroshevski and the children in our Early in Springfield. The schedule of Rabbi Rubin’s Childhood program for their help creating shiurim will appear in next week’s bulletin. our table centerpieces. Mikvah Yisroel Presents a NIGHT OF COMEDY REFUAH SHELEMAH 'Eight is Never Enough' an off broadway improv/ Laraine Rubin Marty Lee comedy show will be performing on Saturday night Joanne Masor Cole Mevorah Dec. 19th. Doors open at 8pm, dairy dessert buffet will be served.$30/ticket $50/couple $100/sponsor The Jewish Family Services thanks the members of (2 tix). Space is limited please reserve your tickets in advance! Questions? Contact Daniella Hoffer 973- Congregation Israel for their generous donations 218-6073/Rachel Beer (732) 580-8907 or of food and funds to the JFS Food Bank. firstname.lastname@example.org. JVS Jobathon 7 Mikvah Yisroel of Springfield Sunday, February 7 10 am-4 pm @ 42 Center Street Aidekman Family Campus, Whippany NJ. Vol- Women are requested to make appointments 3 days in ad- unteer to make phone calls seeking jobs or (973)-564-8177. vance by calling (973)-564-8177 Appointments are available provide job opportunities and contacts. Visit 7:30- PM. between 7:30-9:30 PM For Friday night appointments call MWJobs.org for more information. Rebbetzin Lea Marcus at (973)-379-2343. Happy Chanukah! Please make all submissions for the bulletin to email@example.com no later than 8 PM Wednesday evening. To sponsor our Shabbat Bulletin for $120/month ($36/bulletin), please contact Marilyn Bielory at 973-379-4778.