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         Editor: P’Nina                                                                             

                                         Ki Tavo                                                              FRIDAY:
                                                                                                           Candlelighting                 7:20 pm
                           16 Elul, 5769 / September 5, 2009
                                                                                                      Mincha / Kabbolas Shabbos           7:15 pm
                                                                                                         SHABBOS SCHEDULE:
                             Spiritual Security                                                           Study of Chassidic Text         8:15 am
                                  Rabbi Yossy Goldman                                                   Shacharis / Morning Service       9:30 am
It was May 1967. Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser had mobilized his troops and                        Shabbos Ladies’ Class          6:30 pm
was threatening to "drive the Jews into the sea." The United Nations Peace-Keeping                         Shabbos Men’s Class            6:30 pm
Force was dismissed and sheepishly left the region, prompting Abba Eban, Israel's                         Mincha / Shalosh Seudos         7:15 pm
eloquent Foreign Minister, to question the purpose of an umbrella if as soon as it started                  Chassidic Discourse:
raining one closed the umbrella. Syria and Jordan, too, were preparing to join the war                         Shabbos Ends               8:12 pm
and Israel was once again threatened with annihilation by its neighbors.
I was in New York. Lag B'Omer that year fell on a Sunday, the 28th of May. Thousands
of Jewish school children assembled on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the Lag
B'Omer Parade. The highlight of the event was the address to be delivered by the
                                                                                                             Shalosh Seudos
Lubavitcher Rebbe. The Rebbe spoke passionately about the mortal threat to Israel and
her people. But his talk was filled with a fiery faith and unambiguous optimism about
the outcome. He assured us that Israel would prevail. Previously, he had instructed
American Yeshiva students in Israel to remain there and not return home although their
                                                                                                           Dror Mauda’s Uncle
parents were extremely--and understandably--anxious. At the same time, he urged Jews
the world over to do something practical to help Israel overcome this dire threat to her
very existence.
What could we do? Besides material support for the war effort, and in addition to tanks
and fighter jets, Israel also needed spiritual support. There is a spiritual defense system,
too, said the Rebbe. It was then that he launched the International Tefillin Campaign. By
as many Jews as possible observing this hallowed Mitzvah, it would contribute in a
tangible way to Israel's security. He called upon Jews around the world to encourage
their brethren to begin putting on Tefillin, even if they were not religious or hadn't done       Rabbi Levi and Estie Chanowitz
it since their Bar Mitzvah, or ever in their lives. People responded instantly and Jews, in
unprecedented numbers, embraced the campaign.                                                        on the Bris of their son
Nine days later, the battles began. Israel made military history when it decimated the
Egyptian Air Force and defeated the armed forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in                          Menachem Mendel
lightning speed. Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty and the Six Day War
would be recorded for posterity as Israel's finest hour.
Without in any way minimizing the heroic efforts of our brave soldiers or the brilliant
military strategies of our High Command, this amazing, miraculous victory surely
pointed to a higher force. I firmly believe that the protective cover of G-d was inspired
by the many thousands of new mitzvahs performed by our people.
But why tefillin? Of all mitzvahs, why should the Rebbe have chosen tefillin specifically
to ensure Israel's security?
The answer is in the Parshah (weekly Torah reading) of Ki Tavo: And all the nations of
                                                                                                       SCHEDULE OF SERVICES:
the world will see that the Name of G-d is upon you and they will fear you (Deuteronomy           Chassidus:                                 7:30 am
28:10). What does it mean that "the Name of G-d is upon you"? The Talmud (Brachot                 Daf Yomi: Monday - Friday                  7:15 am
6a) quotes Rabbi Eliezer the Great who explained that the verse refers to the tefillin worn       Rabbi Aron Lieberman
on the head, which bear the letter Shin symbolizing G-d's name. These are visible to the
eye and have the spiritual power to inspire fear in the hearts of our enemies. Indeed, one        Shachris: Monday - Friday:                 7:30 am
of the most powerful images of the Six Day War, still vivid in my mind, is of the                           Sunday:                          9:00 am
Egyptian soldiers fleeing the Sinai in total disarray.                                                      Yeshiva Minyan:                  8:00 am
They may not be massing armies on our borders today. But no one can deny that Israel's            Mincha - Shiur Rambam - Ma’ariv:           7:30 pm
security is still at very high risk. Thank G-d, since its launch the Tefillin Campaign has
touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of our brothers. If tefillin are not yet part of       Sunday: Daf Yomi
                                                                                                  Daily Mishnah Shiur after morning          8:15 am
your daily routine, may this story inspire you to begin observing it now. If you are al-
ready a regular, then share the mitzvah with a friend. Besides all the wonderful                  Services
traditional reasons for wearing tefillin, contributing to the spiritual security of Israel adds
one more important motivation. In its merit, may Israel be safe and secure until the                       Next Week - Netzavim-Vayeilech
ultimate era of peace on earth with the coming of our righteous Moshiach speedily in our                  22 - 23 Elul – September 11 - 12, 2009
day. Amen.                                                                                              Light Candles 7:12 pm - Mincha 7:15 pm
              This Week in Jewish History
                                           17 Elul
Noah Dispatches Dove (2105 BCE)
Following the failed attempt to dispatch a raven from the ark (see "Today in Jewish                  Happy Anniversary
History" for Elul 10), Noah sent a dove from the window of the ark to see if the great
Flood that covered the earth had abated. "But the dove found no resting place for the            Hy and June Glickman
sole of its foot" and returned to the ark; Noah waited seven days before making
another attempt.
                                                                                          Rabbi Sidney and Sara Weinschneider
R. Schneur Zalman's parents marry (1743)                                                        Dov Ber and Hindy Baram
Wedding day of Rabbi Baruch and Rebbetzin Rivkah, the parents of Rabbi Schneur
Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812 -- see entry for tomerrow, Elul 18), in 1743.

                                        18 Elul
                                                                                                        Happy Birthday
Passing of Maharal (1609)                                                                  Bernard Baumgarten    Hy Glickman
Elul 18 is the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yehudah Loewe, the "Maharal" of Prague (1525-
1609), outstanding Torah scholar, philosopher, Kabbalist and Jewish leader. Popularly                  Nir Steel
known for creating a "golem" (clay man) to protect the Jewish community of Prague
from the frequent threat of blood libels.
Baal Shem Tov Born (1698)                                                                                Refuah Shleima
Elul 18 is the birthday of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism           Eunice Goldstein    Sara Weinschneider
Rabbi Israel was born in a small town in Ukraine in 1698. His father, Rabbi Eliezer,
who was a member of the secret society of "hidden tzaddikim," passed away when               Larry Ulstein       Ze’ev Chernys
young Israel was only five years old; his last words to his son were, "Fear nothing but     Rivkah Abikzer      Lee Baumgarten
G-d alone. Love every Jew with all your heart and all your soul."                                   Phyllis Kinzbrunner
The young orphan would spend much of his time wandering and meditating in the
forests that surrounded his hometown; there, he one day met with one of his father's
compatriots, and eventually joined their society. For many years, he lived disguised as
a simple innkeeper and clay-digger, his greatness known only to a very small circle of
fellow mystics and disciples. But on his 36th birthday, he was instructed by his master
to "reveal" himself and publicly disseminate his teachings.                               Yakov Pinchus
Drawing from the mystical "soul of Torah," the Baal Shem Tov ("Master of the Good
Name," as he came to be known) taught about the spark of G-dliness that is to be                  Father of Bernard Baumgarten       17 Elul
found in every creation, and about the great love that G-d has for each and every one     Nussan ben Zev Dov
of His children, scholars and simple folk alike. He emphasized the importance of joy              Uncle of Ze’ev Chernys             20 Elul
and simple faith in serving G-d, rather than ascetism. Initially, his teachings

encountered fierce opposition from the scholarly elite and established leadership of
the Jewish community; but many of those very scholars and communal leaders ended
up becoming his devoted disciples. When Rabbi Israel passed at age 62 on Shavuot                    id you know…The Synagogue’s Shifra and
of 1760, the movement he founded was well on the way of becoming the most vital                     Puah Committee, that cooks a week of
force in Jewish life.
Chassidic Movement Founded (1734)
                                                                                          dinners for families of new-borns, is very busy. Mazal
After many years as a member of the society of "hidden tzaddikim", living under the       Tov to the new mothers Esther Chanowitz, and
guise of an ignorant clay-digger, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was instructed by his        Vicky Vargas, and their families. The September
masters to reveal himself and begin to publicly disseminate his teachings. This he did    Chevra Kadisha calendar has been posted on line.
on his 36th birthday, Elul 18, 5494 (1734).                                               Thank you Sabrina Sztabzyb for compiling it. Last
1st Chabad Rebbe Born (1745)                                                              Shabbos Rabbi Yossi and Chani Lebovics and
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of the "Chabad" branch of
Chassidism, was born on Elul 18 of the year 5505 from creation -- the 47th birthday of    Shloimy and Rochelle Rosenberg made a beautiful
his "spiritual grandfather", Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (Rabbi Schneur Zalman was         kiddush IMO their mother and mother-in-Law.
the disciple of the Baal Shem Tov's disciple and successor, Rabbi DovBer of               Sisterhood Bowling & Planning meeting was a lot of
Mezeritch).                                                                               fun.

                                                         Annual Checkup
Tefilin and Mezuzos must be checked from time to time to make sure that they a
                  (Especially in Florida with our humid weather)
 It is Chabad custom to check our Tefilin and Mezuzos annually during the month
                                       of Elul.
     Rabbi Yochanan Klein (a Shliach and a Scribe) will be checking Tefilin and
    Mezuzos at the Shul this coming Thursday and Friday, September 10 - 11
              This is a great opportunity that should not be missed.
                            Tefilin $50      Mezuzos $6
Dear Members and Friends,

   Don’t miss out: Put your name on the card!
For Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the New Year let us all join as one and wish each
other a good year. Especially during these trying times it is very important to be
united. On Rosh Hashanah we pray for the wellbeing of our families, our communities
and Eretz Yisroel.

    Let’s all unite together and wish each other a “Ketiva Vechatima Tovah”, “You should be
written and inscribed for the good, and have a Happy and Sweet New Year.” Each member
of the Shul will receive a Shana Tova Card inscribed with their name along with the other
participants’ names.

                                Don’t be the odd one out!
          Send your $20 check by the 15th of Elul, 5769, September 4th, 2009.
           Make checks payable to SISTERHOOD SYNAGOGUE OF INVERRARY
       CHABAD and mail it with the form below to: Or you may drop it off in the office.

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