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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,
January 14th, 2011
19 Tevet 5772Kiddush this
 Is sponsored byThe Shul!
Shemot - Chief Rabbi Lord SacksShe is one of the most unexpected heroes of the He-brew Bible. Without her, Moses might not have lived.The whole story of the exodus would have been dif-ferent. Yet she was not an Israelite. She had nothingto gain, and everything to lose, by her courage. Yetshe seems to have had no doubt, experienced no mis-givings, made no hesitation. If it was Pharaoh whoafflicted the children of Israel, it was another mem-ber of his own family who saved the decisive vestigeof hope: Pharaoh's daughter.
Recall the context. Pharaoh had decreed death forevery male Israelite child. Yocheved, Amram's wife,had a baby boy. For three months she was able toconceal his existence, but no longer. Fearing his cer-tain death if she kept him, she set him afloat on theNile in a basket, hoping against hope that someonemight see him and take pity on him. This is what fol-lows:Pharaoh's daughter went to bathe in the Nile,while her maids walked along the Nile's edge. Shesaw the box in the reeds and sent her slave-girl tofetch it. Opening it, she saw the boy. The child beganto cry, and she had pity on it. "This is one of the He-brew boys", she said.Note the sequence. First she sees that it is a childand has pity on it. A natural, human, compassionatereaction. Only then does it dawn on her who thechild must be. Who else would abandon a child? Sheremembers her father's decree against the Hebrews.Instantly the situation has changed. To save the babywould mean disobeying the royal command. Thatwould be serious enough for an ordinary Egyptian;doubly so for a member of the royal family.Nor is she alone when the event happens. Hermaids are with her; her slave-girl is standing besideher. She must face the risk that one of them, in a fitof pique, or even mere gossip, will tell someoneabout it. Rumours flourish in royal courts. Yet shedoes not shift her ground. She does not tell one ofher servants to take the baby and hide it with a fam-
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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 Rabbi Mordechai & Dvorah
on theengagement of their granddaughterSarit Klugerman to Tuvia Newman of Beit Shemesh,Israel.
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, Rabbi Tzvi & YaffaKlugerman, and Yael & Rachel Newman.
בוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמבוט לזמ
tothe entire Weiss, Klugerman, & Newman families.
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 agreat granddaughter, 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
toOrly’s parents, Joshua & Sarah Korn, grandmother,Paulette Korn and the Jeremias, Korn & Loewfamilies. May Orly grow L’Torah, L’Chupah,u'L'Maasim Tovim!
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.WOMEN’S SHABBAT LEARNING GROUPShabbat, January 21st at 4:00 PMAt the home of Carolyn Ganeles83 Brewster RoadROSH CHODESH
GROUPNext Tehillim Group will meet onTuesday, January 24th at 8:00 PMRosh Chodesh Sh’vatAt the home of Edie Perew, 41 Miamis Road
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SHOP RITE, BIG Y, CROWN & STOP & SHOPBuy Scrip then use it like cash!Let's support our
by buying scrip!Every dollar counts!Contact: Judith Hessing at 860-233-604218 Grenhart Street
Eliza Katz is collecting bottles, cans, and glass to raisemoney for the Rabbi’s Fund. Please bring empties to:24 Miamis Road; 860-680-9847
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTAcknowledgment donations should be sent toDebbie Luger at 37 Miamis Road
Come & learn in a
format withyour child.At Chabad House Grades: 1
– 8
Next - January 21
@ 7:00 PMFebruary 4
& 18
at 7:00 PMMarch 3
at 7:00 PMRabbi Weinberg’s
CLASScontinues Tuesday nightsat 8:00 PM
SAFETY AT YIWH:If you drive to shul on
erev Shabbat
and are in a rushPLEASE slow down when entering shul driveway. Better tobe a few seconds late for minchathan to endanger those walking along the sideof the driveway."
BOOK CLUB MEETINGWe have a long and varied list to choose from.Thank you to all who contributed suggestions!We've decided to start withThe Invisible Bridge--Julie Orringer.Next meeting at the end of February.Followed byJerusalem Maiden --Talia Carnerand The Lost Wife -- Alyson Richman
HOTLINEIt is important to check the Eruv Hotline every Fridayafternoon to make sure the eruv is up.1) You can call 860-232-6417.2)http://twitter.com/WHartfordEruv 3) Orhttp://go.youngisraelwh.org/eruv
The House Committee has been busy andwe would like to update the Congregation aboutthe following.Firstly, thank you to all for participating inour highly successful chair campaign. We ex-ceeded our goals.The chair order has been put on temporary holdfor now due to the water damage sustained in thesocial hall from the recent storm. We currentlyhave a pending claim with our insurance companythat may allow us to rethink the project down-stairs and perhaps allow us to look at ordering adifferent type of chair.Our outside shingle roof is showing signsof fatigue. Some small leaks have developed ne-cessitating repairs. The board has approved thework getting done. We are likewise moving for-ward with planning for some significant upgradesto the Sanctuary. A generous sponsor has agreedto replace all the carpeting upstairs. We are alsopricing needed repairs and painting to our ceilingand walls. A committee is being formed that willresearch these projects and make recommenda-tions to the board regarding materials used andcost.. In turn these plans will be presented to theCongregation. We likewise need to look into re-pairs for our outside front portico which has dete-riorating columns.The House committee will keep the Con-gregation aware of these projects with periodicupdates.Barry Gordon
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Ily far away. She has the courage of her compassion. She does not flinch. Now something extraordinary happens:The [child's] sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a Hebrew woman to nurse the child for you?""Go", replied Pharaoh's daughter. The young girl went and got the child's own mother. "Take this child and nurseit", said Pharaoh's daughter. "I will pay you a fee." The woman took the child and nursed it.The simplicity with which this is narrated conceals the astonishing nature of this encounter. First, how does achild - not just a child, but a member of a persecuted people - have the audacity to address a princess? There is noelaborate preamble - "Your royal highness" or any other formality of the kind we are familiar with elsewhere inbiblical narrative. They seem to speak as equals.Equally pointed are the words left unsaid. "You know and I know", Moses' sister implies, "who this child is; it is mybaby brother." She proposes a plan brilliant in its simplicity. If the real mother is able to nurse the child, we bothminimise the danger. You will not have to explain to the court how this child has suddenly appeared. We will bespared the risk of bringing him up: we can say the child is not a Hebrew, and that the mother is not the mother butonly a nurse. Miriam's ingenuity is matched by Pharaoh's daughter's instant agreement. She knows; she under-stands; she gives her consent.Then comes the final surprise:When the child matured, [his mother] brought him to Pharaoh's daughter. She adopted him as her own son, andnamed him Moses. "I bore him from the water", she said.Pharaoh's daughter has not simply had a moment's compassion. She has not forgotten the child. Nor has thepassage of time diminished her sense of responsibility. Not only does she remain committed to his welfare; sheadopts the riskiest of strategies. She will adopt it and bring him up as her own son. This is courage of a high order.Yet the single most surprising detail comes in the last sentence. In the Torah, it is parents who gave a child itsname, and in the case of a special individual, G-d himself. It is G-d who gives the name Isaac to the first Jewishchild; G-d's angel who gives Jacob the name Israel; G-d who changes the names of Abram and Sarai to Abrahamand Sarah. We have already encountered one adoptive name - Tsofenat Paneakh - the name by which Joseph wasknown in Egypt; yet Joseph remains Joseph. How surpassingly strange that the hero of the exodus, greatest of allthe prophets, should bear not the name Amram and Yocheved have undoubtedly used thus far, but the one givento him by his adoptive mother, an Egyptian princess. A midrash draws our attention to the fact:This is the reward for those who do kindness. Although Moses had many names, the only one by which he isknown in the whole Torah is the one given to him by the daughter of Pharaoh. Even the Holy One, blessed be He,did not call him by any other name. (Shemot Rabbah 1: 26)Indeed Moshe - Meses - is an Egyptian name, meaning "child", as in Ramses.Who then was Pharaoh's daughter? Nowhere is she explicitly named. However the First Book of Chronicles (4:18) mentions a daughter of Pharaoh, named Bitya, and it was she the sages identified as the woman who savedMoses. The name Bitya (sometimes rendered as Batya) means "the daughter of G-d". From this, the sages drewone of their most striking lessons:The Holy One, blessed be He, said to her: "Moses was not your son, yet you called him your son. You are not Mydaughter, but I shall call you My daughter." (Vayikra Rabbah 1: 3).They added that she was one of the few (tradition enumerates nine) who were so righteous that they enteredparadise in their lifetime (Derekh Eretz Zuta 1).Instead of "Pharaoh's daughter" read "Hitler's daughter" or "Stalin's daughter" and we see what is at stake.Tyranny cannot destroy humanity. Moral courage can sometimes be found in the heart of darkness. That the To-rah itself tells the story the way it does has enormous implications. It means that when we come to people wemust never generalize, stereotype. The Egyptians were not all evil: even from Pharaoh himself a heroine wasborn. Nothing could signal more powerfully that the Torah is not an ethnocentric text; that we must recognisevirtue wherever we find it, even among our enemies; and that the basic core of human values - humanity, compas-sion, courage - is truly universal. Holiness may not be; goodness is.
Outside Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, is an avenue dedicated to righteous gentiles. Phar-aoh's daughter is a supreme symbol of what they did and what they were. I, for one, am profoundly moved bythat encounter on the banks of the Nile between an Egyptian princess and a young Israelite child, Moses' sisterMiriam. The contrast between them - in terms of age, culture, status and power - could not be greater. Yet theirdeep humanity bridges all the differences, all the distance. Two heroines. May they inspire us
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