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YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD2240 ALBANY AVENUEWEST HARTFORD, CT 06117860-233-3084
Web Site: www.youngisraelwh.org
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Editor: Judie PatelE-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.orgEditors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish TrencherRabbi Brahm Weinberg 860-233-3084 orrabbi@youngisraelwh.orgJudith Hessing, Coordinator 860-233-6042 or judith.hessing@gmail.com
 
 Affiliate of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues, Memberof the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America,Sponsor of West Hartford NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford,
SHABBAT PARSHAT VAYECHI 
January 7th, 2011
12 Tevet 5772Kiddush this
Shabbat
 Is sponsored byBetty & Irv WizenfeldOn the occasion of Betty’s mother’s Yahrzeit
Esther 
bat
Dovid HaCohen
Rabbi’s Corner 
This Shabbat we continue our Couples BasedTorah Study and Community Involvement Program.We inaugurated the program by bringing theBechhofers before Rosh Hashanna and now continuewith the Blaus.This program has been made possible with agenerous grant from Congregation Ados Israel. Thisprogram is intended to introduce our community tocouples with different backgrounds, life experiences,and professional vantage points who exemplify theunprecedented learning achievements open to bothmen and women in today’s Modern Orthodox world.One of the goals of the program was to enableus to learn from couples not only here in America, butalso some from Israel. By including couples who areteaching Torah in Israel in this program I think we canbe exposed to a whole new dimension and perspectiveon Torah learning. One of the challenges of bringingin couples from Israel is not only the cost of bringingtwo people as opposed to one but also that couplesoften do not want to come together because it meanshaving to leave their kids alone halfway across theworld! It was then that we came up with a great solu-tion of “hosting” a couple from Israel by having one ofthem come spend Shabbos with us and one of themteach us from Israel. Technology has made the worlda much smaller place; why not take advantage of thatin order to help us achieve the goal of this program!?Rabbi Blau was my first teacher in yeshiva inIsrael. He and Noa are an amazing model of a couplewho is kind, “normal”, and truly dedicated to Torahand Medinat Yisrael. It is an honor to hear from themand have them “join” us this weekend.I hope you will be able to join us for RabbiBlau’s lectures over Shabbat and for Noa’s lecture Sun-day morning here in shul on big screen live from Israel.Sunday morning we will be serving breakfast and thenhaving the shiur and I hope you will make the time tojoin us.
Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Weinberg
 
אבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורבאבה ךורב
to our Scholar-in-Residence
RABBI YITZCHAK BLAUSee page 2 for details
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Helen Weisel on the birth of a greatgrandson, Itai Shalom.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Itai’s parentsDavid & Aviva Eichler, and the entire Weisel andEichler families. May Itai grow L’Torah, L’Chupah,u'L'Maasim Tovim!
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Margot Jeremias on the birth of a greatgranddaughter, Orly Rachel.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Orly’sparents, Joshua & Sarah Korn, grandmother,Paulette Korn and the Jeremias, Korn & Loewfamilies. May Orly grow L’Torah, L’Chupah,u'L'Maasim Tovim!
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Becca Fried on her recent Bat Mitzvah!
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to proud parents Susan & Gil Fried; andsiblings, Gavi & Ari.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to proudgrandparents, Dr. Haya & Louis Fried, and SandraLandes; and aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews!
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to Shira & Dovid Mintzes on the birth ofAsher Nesanel.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to grandparents Barbara &Norman Spector; siblings Malka Feiga, Yosef Leib,Chaya Shaindel & Yocheved Nechama; and AuntsHelaine, & Shoshana Spector. May he grow L’Torah,L’Chupah, u'L'Maasim Tovim!
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to former West Hartford resident ElyssaSperber on her engagement to Daniel Alan Bloom ofNewton, MA.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
 
to parents Mark and Susie,and sisters Sharona and Leora!
המלש האופרהמלש האופרהמלש האופרהמלש האופר
 
To Helen Weisel.
 
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Congregation Ados IsraelCouple Based Torah Study andCommunity Involvement ProgramOUTREACH EVENTOLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIALPlease join us on January 7th, 2012 at 7:30 PMat the home of Betty and Irv Wizenfeld,366 North Quaker Lanefor an old-fashioned ice cream social,and guest speaker, Rabbi Yitzchak Blau!Bring a non-member of YIWH, and receive a raf-fle ticket for the chance to win an exciting, valu-able prize! Only those who bring guests will beentered into the raffle of anApple ipod shuffle.
BUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP!
SHOP RITE, BIG Y, CROWN & STOP & SHOPBuy Scrip then use it like cash!Judith Hessing is back!Contact: Judith Hessing at 860-233-604218 Grenhart Street
SODA BOTTLE COLLECTION
Eliza Katz is collecting bottles, cans, and glass to raisemoney for the Rabbi’s Fund. Please bring empties to: 24Miamis Road; 860-680-9847
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTAcknowledgment donations should be sent toDebbie Luger at 37 Miamis Road
Vera Schwarcz & Jason WolfeMazal Tov to Barbara & Norman Spector on thebirth of a grandsonDebbie & Steve LugerRefuah Shleimah to Helen Weisel
DOR L’DOR
Come & learn in a
Chavruta
format with your child.At Chabad House Grades: 1
st
– 8
th
 January 7
th
@ 7:00 PM
 
The Congregation Ados IsraelCOUPLE BASED TORAH STUDY ANDCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM AT YIWH
RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU & NOA JESELSOHNSCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE
RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU
is the author of
Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics andWisdom of the Aggada
and his articles have appeared in
TheTorah U-MaddaJournal
,
Tradition
, and
First Things
. He cur-rently teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Orayta Ye-shiva. Rabbi Blau is also a member of the editorial board of
Tradition
: The Journal of the Rabbinical Council of America.
NOA JESELSOHN
holds a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from ColumbiaUniversity and an MA in Tanach from Yeshiva Univer-sity. She is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle as wellas Nishmat’s Keren Ariel (Yoatzot Halacha). Noa has taughtTanach, Talmud and Halacha at the Frisch School, thePelech High School, Midreshet Lindenbaum & other institu-tions. She has been active on Nishmat’s Golda KoschitskyYoatzot Hotline since 2002.
Rabbi Yitzchak and Noa live in Alon Shevut, Israel with their  four children: Zechariah, Mordechai, Tzadok, and Tehilla
.
 January 6th - 8th,2012SHABBAT DAY ~11:00
AM DRASHA
(approx.)“The Clash between Peace & Truth”3:15 PM ~
AFTERNOON CLASS
 “Ivan Karamazov Revisited:The Moral Arguments for Religious Belief”MOTZAEI SHABBAT ~See next ColumnSUNDAY~ 8:15 AMDAVENING FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST Lecture with Noa Jeselsohn at 9:15 AMLive from Israel on the Big Screen at YIWH“Religious Experience & the World of Brachot”
Rabbi Weinberg’s
SEFER MELCAHIM
CLASScontinues Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM
 
SAFETY AT YIWH:If you drive to shul on
erev Shabbat
and are in a rushPLEASE slow down when entering shul drive-way. Better to be a few seconds late for minchathan to endanger those walking along the sideof the driveway."
 
BOOK CLUB MEETINGTuesday evening, January 10th at 6:45 PMat the home of Debbie Luger, 37 Miamis RoadSoup & Salad & Discussion of upcoming plans forthe Book Club.RSVP to Debbie at 860-233-0300All are invited to join. Bring a favorite Jewishbook and/or a suggestion of one you’dlike to read.
 
Blessings for Our Time - Rabbi Jay Kelman (www.torahinmotion.org)On that day Jacob blessed them. He said, in time to come Israel will use you as a blessing. They will say,May G-d make you like Ephraim and Menashe (48:20)". Yaakov Avinu thus invokes the blessing that has be-come the standard blessings that parents give their children. While Ephraim and Menasheh are no doubt wor-thy candidates to serve as a model of blessing why are they specifically chosen? Why not Avraham, or Mosheand Aharon? When we think of the founding fathers (and mothers) we usually do not name Ephraim and Me-nasheh amongst them. In fact the Torah tells us precious little about their lives focusing on those who camebefore and after them. They seem to be part of the forgotten generations between Yosef and Moshe. How-ever by reading between the lines we realize that Ephraim and Menasheh are the perfect pair to invoke as webless our children.Ephraim and Menashe are the first to have a relationship with their grandfather. In essence they are thefirst grandchildren of the Bible. When grandparents live to see their grandchildren following in their path it istruly an occasion for blessings. It is no coincidence that Bnei Yisroel are the descendants of Yaakov, the onlyone of our patriarchs who had contact with his grandchildren. It is this three-generation bond that guaranteesthe survival of the Jewish people, the evolving of a disparate family into a cohesive nation.Ephraim and Menasheh also represent another first. They are the first brothers in the Torah who do notfight. While we may think this should be no big deal sibling rivalry (and worse) afflicts even "great" fami-lies. Cain and Hevel, Yitzchak and Yishmael. Yaakov and Eisav, Joseph and his brothers paint a gloomy pictureof family dynamics. This trend is broken thankfully by Ephraim and Menasheh thus ensuring the formation ofthe Jewish nation. They thus set the model for Aharon, Moshe and Miriam who worked as one to build the na-tion. The importance of family unity is such that even as Yaakov sharply rebukes Shimon and Levi for their ac-tion against the people of Shechem, he praises their unity of mind and action. "Shimon and Levi are brothers,instruments of crime are their pairs (49:5)". They may be criminals but they work together as one. Similarlythe generation of the Tower of Babel was spared even though they worshipped idols; they were unified in theiractions, whereas the generation of flood though engaged in the seemingly lesser sin of theft were wipedout. When we do not follow the example of Ephraim and Menasheh, exile and destruction follow as
Sin'natChinam
does not allow the redemption to take place.For us Jews living in exile there is an added factor. Ephraim and Menasheh grew up in a foreign culture,an alluring and attractive one at that. They sat at the feet of power and royalty. Yet despite being cut off fromthe extended family during their formative years, and having few positive role models (interestingly we aretold nothing of their mother leaving one to assume that she cared little for the values of her husband's family)they remained loyal to the tradition of ethical monotheism espoused by their father. Ephraim and Menashehshow that Judaism can survive and thrive in all environments.Our sages teach us that Ephraim is the representative of Torah and spirituality whereas Menasheh representsinvolvement in worldly affairs. While Yaakov thus places Ephraim before Menasheh, Torah must be our pri-mary focus - it is the combination of the two that guarantees the survival of the Jewish people.When Shabbat arrives - the family centered, spiritual center of the week it is Ephraim and Menashehwho serve as our model. Continuity, unity, commitment and diversity are the true blessings of the Jewish peo-ple.
Shabbat Shalom!
 
 
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HOUSE COMMITTEE UPDATEThe House Committee has been busy and we would like to update the Congregation about the following.Firstly, thank you to all for participating in our highly successful chair campaign. We exceeded our goals.The chair order has been put on temporary hold for now due to the water damage sustained in the social hall from therecent storm. We currently have a pending claim with our insurance company that may allow us to rethink the projectdownstairs and perhaps allow us to look at ordering a different type of chair.Our outside shingle roof is showing signs of fatigue. Some small leaks have developed necessitating repairs.The board has approved the work getting done. We are likewise moving forward with planning for some significantupgrades to the Sanctuary. A generous sponsor has agreed to replace all the carpeting upstairs. We are also pricingneeded repairs and painting to our ceiling and walls. A committee is being formed that will research these projects andmake recommendations to the board regarding materials used and cost.. In turn these plans will be presented to theCongregation. We likewise need to look into repairs for our outside front portico which has deteriorating columns.The House committee will keep the Congregation aware of these projects with periodic updates.
Barry Gordon
 

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