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August 17 Shabbat Announcements

August 17 Shabbat Announcements

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News from Great Neck Synagogue
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Parshat Ki Teitzei August 17, 2013 11 Elul, 5773
Parshas Ki Teitzeicontains one of theTorah's more perplexingchapters -- the laws of the Wayward andRebellious Son (BenSorer U'Moreh). Thesituation involves a malechild between the agesof 13 and 13 and a half who begins to "act out"in a very dangerousmanner. He steals fromhis parents. He isgluttonous in hisconsumption of meat andwine. The Torahprescribes very severepunishment: The parentsmust bring the child intocourt and the Beis Dinwill sentence him tostoning, the most severeof the capitalpunishments mentionedin the Torah.The Talmud in Sanhedrinasks why the Torah wasso harsh with the BenSorer U'Moreh forbehavior that certainlydoes not warrant thedeath penalty. TheGemara answers that theTorah realizes what theeventual outcome of such an adolescent willbe. Eventually, he willnot be able to sustain hislifestyle financially andwill come to rob from people.He will eventually get into analtercation in which he willtake someone's life. It is betterthat he be put to death whenhe is relatively innocent thanlet him come to thievery,robbery, and eventuallymurder when he would bedeserving of the deathpenalty!The Gemara adds – at leastaccording to one opinion – thatthe situation of a Ben SorerU'Moreh never actuallyoccurred and never couldoccur. The reason for this isthat the legal conditionsnecessary to execute such achild are so exacting andunlikely that it is virtuallyimpossible for them to evercome to fruition. The Gemara justifies the fact that an"impossible" event is dealtwith at length in the Chumashand in the Talmud with theprinciple "come expound itslessons and receive reward forthat" (drosh v'kabel sechar).In one sense, this can beunderstood to mean that sinceit is part of the Torah, we willreceive reward for studying it,irrespective of the practicalapplication of these laws (inthe same way that we receivereward nowadays for studyingthe laws of the Temple or
Rabbi Frand on Parshat Ki Teitzei
other ritual practices that weare no longer able toobserve on a practical level.)However, Rabbi Abraham JTwerski has a differentinsight in the expressiondrosh v'kabel sechar. Hemaintains that the Torah isteaching us a lesson herewhich should be expoundedand for which we will gainpractical insight and advice.The Torah is talking hereabout a concept which hasperhaps become in vogueover the last 15 or 20 years,but was unheard of beforethat. This is the concept of "tough love," which theTorah introduced manymillennia before anypsychologist or social workerever came up with theexpression. Rabbi AbrahamJ. Twerski is himself apracticing psychiatrist andhis area of specialization isaddictions. He deals with theproblem of drug addiction,which unfortunately, is not arare problem even in ourown community.As a practicing psychiatristwho has dealt with this, hemakes the statement thatthe only way a person whohas an addiction is going tobe cured is through "toughlove". That "tough love"
Times
Hashkama 8:00 pmYouth Minyan 8:30 amMain Minyan 9:00 amBeit Midrash 9:15 pmGemorah Shiur 6:20 pmMincha 7:20 pmShabbat Ends 8:40 pmSun., August 18 7:30/8:30 amMon., Thurs. 6:35/7:45 amTues., Wed., Fri. 6:45/7:45 amMincha 7:30 pmLatest Times for Shema/ Shmoneh EsreiAugust 17
9:34/10:42 am
August 24
9:36/10:43 am
 Next ShabbatKi SavoCandle Lighting 7:22 pmMincha 7:00 pmFriday Mincha 7:00 pmCandle Lighting 7:33 pm
TORAHArtscroll 1046Hertz 840HAFTORAHArtscroll 1201Hertz 857
Kiddush IsSponsored By Great NeckSynagogue
 
means the parents who have such a child must at timesact in ways that seem insensitive and cruel to the child.The parents cannot just keep providing the child withmoney to feed his habit. If it means that the child will bearrested for stealing money from others or that he willhave to spend time in jail as a result of his crimes, so beit. The eventuality and the inevitability of a person whohas an addiction problem is that the only way it is goingto be ultimately dealt with is if it is to be cured once andfor all. When the Torah records the Parsha of theWayward and Rebellious son, it is informing us of theprinciple of "tough love".No human being is more merciful than the All MercifulOne. How then can this Torah of Kindness whose waysare the ways of pleasantness proscribe that parentsshould take their children to court to have themexecuted? The answer is that this is the ultimate mercy,because the alternative is even worse than that.Just as if – Heaven Forbid – a child should have amalignancy on his leg and the only chance for survivalwould require amputation of the leg, the parents whobrought that child to the hospital to have his legamputated would not be viewed as cruel parents but asmerciful parents, so too this idea applies to the(theoretical) case of parents who have to bring theirWayward and Rebellious son to Beis Din to undergo thepunishment proscribed for a Ben Sorer U'Moreh. This isthe only way, under those circumstances, to save – atleast the "World to Come"- of this child. The "Droshv'kabel Sechar" of this chapter is that sometimes "toughlove" must be applied.I always say never to pasken halacha (act in practice)based on ideas and opinions presented in my lectures.Certainly, regarding interacting with children andapplying "tough love" to children acting out, no oneshould pasken from a lecture. But the concept is a validone in certain situations of child rearing and it is a primelesson which we should be aware of in studying the lawsof Ben Sorer U'Moreh: Sometimes what appears to becruel, is the biggest salvation for a child.
26 Old Mill Road, Great Neck, NY 11023 (516) 487-6100
Great Neck SynagogueShabbat Activities Program
 
Dale Polakoff, RabbiIan Lichter, Assistant RabbiDr. Ephraim Wolf ,z”l, Rabbi EmeritusZe’ev Kron, CantorEleazer Schulman, z”l, Cantor EmeritusRabbi Sholom Jensen, Youth DirectorZehava & Michael Atlas, Youth DirectorsMark Twersky, Executive DirectorRabbi Avraham Bronstein, Program DirectorDr. Scott Danoff, PresidentHarold Domnitch, Chairman of the BoardDena Block, Yoetzet Halacha
Shabbat Announcements Parshat Ki Seitzei 5773
 
Great Neck Synagogue 2013Summer Learning Program
Tuesday, August 20
Dinner— 7:30pm/Mincha— 8:00pm
 Maariv following lecture
DR. MARC SHAPIRO
Weinberg Chair in Judaic Studies,University of Scranton
“Are We Really One?Orthodox Separatisim From Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsh’s Germany Until Today” 
Sally & Seymour Olshin Adult Education Program
 
GNS 6
TH
ANNUAL ROSH HASHANAPASS IT FORWARD HUNGER INITIATIVEMONDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2013BRING THE SWEETNESS OF ROSH HASHANA TO THOSE IN NEED!
Now in its 6th year, the
PASS IT FORWARD
program of the GNS Hunger Initiative provides food to fami-lies for Yom Tov. Last year, volunteers packed and delivered
over 1000 meal
to
needy individuals,families, kosher food pantries and North Shore Hospital Bikur Cholim
.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP! 
Donate Food:
If you have a kosher kitchen (separate meat and dairy utensils and kosher certification onall processed foods), make extra food (soup, main, side or dessert) and pack it in containers serving4-8 (no bags please!)
Deliver it to GNS
 
COAT ROOM LOBBY
on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2
ND
 between 11 and 1 pm.
Donate $$:
Purchase a special meal for a $18 contribution from Mazurs, Great Neck Glatt or Everfresh,which will be delivered on your behalf. Or make a donation directly to the GNS Hunger Initiative.
 Donate Time:
We need
packers
(from 10:30 am to 3 pm) and
drivers
for about 25 different routes,starting from 2:00 pm TO 5:00 PM on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2
ND
starting at
GNS Coat Lobby
.
Donate Creativity
: Have your child create a specialhandmade Rosh HaShana card to be enclosed in the fooddelivery. Drop them by Synagogue Office.
ALL VOLUNTEERS PLEASE EMAIL:MICHELLE BERMAN: michberman@gmail.comCINDY HODKIN: koshercookinggn
 
@gmail.com
Do A Mitzvah... Make Life Meaningful…. Rosh HaShana is coming….
GREAT NECK SYNAGOGUE MEN’S CLUB
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 at 1:10 pmJEWISH HERITAGE DAY AT CITIFIELDAlso: Tom Seaver All-Star bobblehead Day
Mets vs TigersDiscounted Price of $30 - Seats are Field LevelFor Tickets Please Contact
 
Jack Lipsky (516) 829-6187 jlipsky.lipsk01@insuremail.net
 
or Hilly Milun (516) 448-4890gnsmensclub@optonline.net Yes! We will be joining you at the Ball Game!
 Name ______________________________________________ Phone # __________________  Number of tickets __________ at $30 each $ _____________________ Please make checks to
GNS Mens Club
and send to Synagogue office

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