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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
SHABBAT MEVORCHIMPARSHAT VAERA
January 21st, 2012
26 Tevet 5772Kiddush this
Shabbat
 Is sponsored byJuanita & Yitz MossOn the occasion of the Yahrzeit of Juanita’s father,Yaakov Shmuel Lieberman
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 Lissie & Dor Markush on the birth of ababy boy!
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, Evon &Charles Epstein of Englewood, NJ, and Aviva & DanMarkush of Sherman Oaks, CA; great-grandparentsShirley Drexler, and Ruti & Aryeh Markush fromPetach Tikvah; Aunts & Uncles, Lali & Robyn Epstein,and Nufar, Omer, Barr & David Markush. May hegrow 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 Rabbi Mordechai & Dvorah
Weiss
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.WOMEN’S SHABBAT LEARNING GROUPShabbat, January 21st at 4:00 PMAt the home of Carolyn Ganeles83 Brewster RoadROSH CHODESH
TEHILLIM
GROUPNext Tehillim Group will meet onTuesday, January 24th at 8:00 PMRosh Chodesh Sh’vatAt the home of Edie Perew, 41 Miamis Road
TODAH RABAH
Our Ice Cream Social was a big success!Many thanks to our dynamic speaker, Rabbi Blau,our wonderful Rabbi Weinberg, our very capablechairpeople, Shayne Kesler and Stacey Trencher,and our gracious hosts, Betty and Irv Wizenfeld;and a special
todah rabah
to our anonymous donor.Rabbi’s CornerBy now you have received your invitations to theYIWH Gems and Jewels Gala Dinner. It is very excit-ing to be able to have this event. The committee isdoing a wonderful job and they deserve so muchthanks. I urge you to support this important eventand to honor the Cohens and Lugers who are such anintegral part of who we are as a
shul
. The
shul
hasnot had a dinner in many years and the fact that weare having one is such a positive step in the right di-rection, in the direction of our ever growing and everbrig
 
hter future together.On another note: Oftentimes we get in thehabit of asking for things and forgetting to acknowl-edge them when they are done! I don’t often thankand congratulate people enough for coming to
min-yan
at YIWH. I really appreciate all those of you whohave made an effort to come to either
Shacharit
,
Min-cha/Maariv
, and the Late
Maariv
 
minyan
during theweek. Every person’s presence helps a great deal.I must say that while some days during thewinter months getting a
minyan
for
Mincha/Maariv
isa real struggle,
bli ayin hara
, this has been a relativelyeasy winter season. I know how hard it is when the
minyan
is so early because many of you are still atwork. In past years almost every day was hard butthis year,
b”h
, we often have a
minyan
without evenmaking calls.
Yasher koach
and thank you to thosewho come! I really hope that this continues for therest of the winter and beyond. The hour is gettinglater by the week and if you are ever around duringthat time or can make the time to come it would beappreciated and can only strengthen us further.While the Tuesday night 9pm Late
Maariv
 
minyan
gotoff to a bit of a shaky start, I must say that mostweeks we tend to get a
minyan
. It involves sendingreminder emails and tapping people of the shoulderand asking them to come but overall it seems to beworking. Thanks to all who have made the effort.Being a
shul
with strong
minyanim
is very im-portant. It speaks volumes about the type of
shul
we
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 Affiliate of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues, Member of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America,Sponsor of West Hartford NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford,Mikveh Bess Israel of Greater Hartford, Eruv of West Hartford
 
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BUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP!
SHOP RITE, BIG Y, CROWN & STOP & SHOPBuy Scrip then use it like cash!Let's support our
Shul
by buying scrip!Every dollar counts!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:24 Miamis Road; 860-680-9847
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTAcknowledgment donations should be sent toDebbie Luger at 37 Miamis Road
Vera Schwarcz & Jason Wolfe:Mazal Tov to Dor & Lissie Markush on the birth ofa baby boy
DOR L’DOR
Come & learn in a
Chavruta
format with your child.At Chabad House Grades: 1
st
– 8
tt
This Motzaei Shabbat - January 21
st
@ 7:00 PMFebruary 4
th
& 18
th
at 7:00 PMMarch 3
rd
at 7:00 PMRabbi Weinberg’s
SEFER MELCAHIM
CLASScontinues Tuesday nightsat 8:00 PMLate Maariv at 9:00 PM
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL DINNER @ YIWHSunday, January 29th at 6:30 PMCome & create & eat a fabulous dinner.Open to all 5th - 8th GradersRSVP Carolyn Ganeles -
ganeles@sbcglobal.net
YIWH GEMS & JEWLS GALA DINNERThe YIWH Dinner Committee is excitedto inform you that onSunday, March 11, 2012,we will be honoringTsion and Anita Cohen, andSteven and Debra Luger,at our Gems and Jewels Gala Dinnerto be held at Beth El Temple,with Rabbi Baruch Hilsenrathas the keynote speaker.SAVE THE DATEHHNE LADIES NIGHTMonday, March 5th at 6:00 PMFlyer and more information to followBOOK 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
HOUSE COMMITTEE UPDATEThe House Committee has been busy and wewould like to update the Congregation about the follow-ing.Firstly, thank you to all for participating in ourhighly successful chair campaign. We exceeded ourgoals.The chair order has been put on temporary hold for nowdue to the water damage sustained in the social hall fromthe recent storm. We currently have a pending claimwith our insurance company that may allow us to rethinkthe project downstairs and perhaps allow us to look atordering a different type of chair.Our outside shingle roof is showing signs of fa-tigue. Some small leaks have developed necessitatingrepairs. The board has approved the work gettingdone. We are likewise moving forward with planningfor some significant upgrades to the Sanctuary. A gener-ous sponsor has agreed to replace all the carpeting up-stairs. We are also pricing needed repairs and painting toour ceiling and walls. A committee is being formed thatwill research these projects and make recommendationsto the board regarding materials used and cost.. In turnthese plans will be presented to the Congregation. Welikewise need to look into repairs for our outside frontportico which has deteriorating columns.The House committee will keep the Congregationaware of these projects with periodic updates.Barry Gordon
Correction
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 parentsChaya & Raanan Eichler, & grandparents Aviva &David Eichler; and the entire Weisel and Eichlerfamilies. May Itai grow L’Torah, L’Chupah,u'L'Maasim Tovim!
 
Reaching Higher By Rabbi Jay Kelman www.torahinmotion.orgMoshe was frustrated. Having been coerced by G-d to redeem the Jewish people things were not going hisway. In fact the conditions of the Jewish people worsened leading Moshe to cry out, "O Lord, why do you mistreatYour people? Why did you send me? As soon as I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he made things worsefor these people and You have not saved your people" (6:27).Moshe Rabbeinu's innate sense of justice could not allow him to tolerate the mistreatment of others. Onthree occasions, the Torah describes his interference in disputes in which he had no part, coming to right thewrongs he was witnessing. If that meant killing an Egyptian who was attacking a fellow Jew so be it. Yet despitehis position as a member of the royal family he was forced to flee for his life. Seeing the suffering of his people,the injustices of this world all around him he would live out his years quietly, tending to the flock of his esteemedfather in law in the vicinity of "G-d's mountain in the Horeb area" (3:1). He begrudgingly had to accept the fact thathe would be unable to bring justice to an unjust world. As a man of 80 he was in the words of the MeshechChochmah ( Dvinsk , 1843-1926) "an old man with the fear of death facing him and the passion of his spirit was al-ready lost" (see his commentary on 6:14). No wonder he resisted G-d's entreaties to lead his people through thewilderness to the land of Israel . This would be a job for younger leaders with longer futures ahead of them.Yet with G-d refuting every excuse Moshe could find and with His guarantee of ultimate success Moshechanges his mind and is no doubt excited as he "gathers the elders of Israel" (4:29). The people believed (4:31) andredemption was on its way. A reinvigorated Moshe along with his official spokesman Aharon (what good politi-cian doesn't have a savvy spokesperson) bravely go to Pharaoh declaring G-d's demand to Let My people leave sothey can sacrifice to me in the desert (5:1). Pharaoh unimpressed by the demands of an unknown deity decides toteach the Jews a lesson increasing the burden on the Jewish people. Moshe clearly has no stomach for the ups anddowns of leadership, especially one he never really wanted and vents his frustration at G-d.G-d was unimpressed'. G-d spoke to Moshe and said to him, I am Hashem. I revealed myself to Abraham, Isaac, andJacob as G-d, but by My name the lord, I was not known to them (6:2). The Midrash understands G-d to be lament-ing the complaining of Moshe as compared to the purity of faith of the patriarchs. They too faced many an obsta-cle and yet did not question G-d's ways. Yet G-d instead of getting angry at Moshe, understanding that his frustra-tion was an expression of pain for the suffering of the Jewish people, reassures him with the four expressions ofredemption culminating in the promise that I will bring you (Israel) to the land regarding which I raised My handswearing the I would give it to Abraham , Isaac and Jacob (6:8).Yet astoundingly after all this Moshe is apparently still not convinced. Then Moshe spoke before G-d say-ing: Even the children of Israel will not listen to me, how can I expect Pharoah to listen to me (6:12)? Moshe did notbecome Moshe Rabbeinu overnight. It took many, many years of hard and dedicated work for Moshe, channellinghis burning passion, his impatient temperament to become the Ish HaElokim , the man of G-d that is his epitaph.To underline the humanity of Moshe, that he "in his perfectly ordinary human nature, subject to all failingsand weaknesses, to all the limits and requirements of human beings" (Rav Shimson Raphael Hirsch 6:14) the Torahgives a detailed lineage of Moshe tracing not only his parents and grandparents but his aunts uncles and cousins.Mohse was one of us. Unlike us however he dedicated every fiber in his body, to serve his Creator and his people.He, unlike us spoke to G-d face to face an experience that enabled him to put the mission of man into its properperspective. Nonetheless we can and must follow the model of Moshe Rabbeinu, Moshe our teacher in constantlygrowing and reaching new heights. We often cannot comprehend the ways of G-d, the injustice of this world, thesuffering of the Jewish people. We, like Moshe can challenge, question and even argue with G-d. But ultimately,regardless of age or status we must accept our mission to bring justice and righteousness into the world. We toocan become ish HaElokim .
 
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Rabbi’s Corner continued from Page 1
are and the importance that we place on
davening 
together as a community. We have done well and I think wecan do even better. If you don’t come on a regular basis, it would be great if you could designate even one or twodays a week to come to either
Shacharit, Mincha/Maariv
, or Late
Maariv
. We invite both men and women to joinus: Your presence will enhance our experience and make us stronger. It is not just about getting a
minyan
of tenmen, it is about creating a lively and inspiring atmosphere for our prayers. I believe that by coming you will notonly be helping us but that you will gain so much from it as well. I know that it is a struggle to make the time andto fit
minyan
in to your ever increasingly hectic lives but it can have a great impact and set an amazing example forour children about our choices and priorities. Shabbat Shalom Rabbi Weinberg

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