Parshat Pinchas

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Beginning with the 17th of Tammuz and continuing through the 9th of Av is the period in the Jewish calendar known as “The Three Weeks”.

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period of the year. This pattern of behavior clearly parallels behavior during the period of mourning following the loss of a family member. The motivating idea behind this is that our emotions These weeks are often controlled by the correspond to the things that we do and time when the walls ultimately bring about a of the city of sense of mourning and Jerusalem were first loss. The extent to which breached until we are able to follow the burning and final these patterns of behavior destruction of the will determine the extent Temple. Accordingly, to which we will we relive this experience the destruction historical experience of our Temple. by adopting certain symbolic behavior Because of the historical commonplace to a implications of this time of state of mourning. year marriages are As we approach that forbidden during the final Three Week period. It destruction our seems that the prohibition symbolic mourning stems not from the grows more change in personal status, pronounced. It is but rather from the most intense on the celebration which is an day of Tisha B’av intrinsic part of the itself. marriage. Therefore celebratory parties Jewish Law and would also be tradition have inappropriate during the established a pattern three weeks. There are of behavior for this several different customs concerning listening to music during the three weeks. Although there is no prohibition to be found in the Shulchan Aruch, this is because music in general was frowned upon after the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash. Its prohibition during the three weeks might be seen as either an intrinsic part of our mourning for the Beit HaMikdash, or as an extension of the prohibition of celebratory events. Many permit music for a functional purpose, such as exercise or staying awake while driving (a good night’s sleep is also recommended). Wearing of new garments which would require the blessing of shehecheyanu is avoided during the three weeks (buying them is permitted). This is because that blessing allowed us to


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blessing inappropriate for this time of national calamity. New fruits and the like whose eating would also require the blessing of shehecheyanu, are not eaten until Shabbat when a shehecheyanu may be recited. New clothing purchased during the week may also be worn on Shabbat. In keeping with the customs of mourning, hair cutting is avoided during the three weeks, and there are many who refrain from shaving as well. Rosh Chodesh Av ushers in the period known as the nine days. Following the dictate of the Talmud which specifies that rejoicing is suspended when the month of Av begins, the eating of meat and drinking of wine are avoided during this time. In Jewish tradition meat and wine have always been associated with celebrations and therefore, with the exception of Shabbat or a festive meal associated with a mitzvah (Brit Milah, siyum, etc.), these foods are now avoided. Additionally the avoidance of meat and wine bring to mind the sacrifices which were ended with the destruction of the Temple. Of course, meat and wine are permitted on Shabbat. This applies even to kiddush being made when Shabbat is accepted early, and to havdala at the end of Shabbat. The custom is to either give the wine from havdala to a child who is not yet old enough to appreciate mourning, but old enough to require a bracha on the wine, or to use grape juice. The Shulchan Aruch records that bathing is prohibited during
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the nine days. Since this refers to a time when bathing was done at a bath house and took on certain elements of a social event, modern authorities permit washing for purposes of cleanliness. Showers during this time period should be shorter and cooler than usual. There are many people who avoid the pleasure of swimming during these nine days unless it is done for medical reasons or in order to remove perspiration or dirt. Freshly laundered garments should not be worn during the nine days. In keeping with the theme of increased mourning, the Shulchan Aruch prohibits building and planting for pleasure. This is understood today to refer to decorating (painting, wallpapering, etc.) and landscaping. Necessary house repairs and lawn maintenance are permitted.

Dale Polakoff, Rabbi Ian Lichter, Assistant Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Wolf ,z”l, Rabbi Emeritus Ze’ev Kron, Cantor Eleazer Schulman, z”l, Cantor Emeritus Rabbi Sholom Jensen, Youth Director Zehava & Michael Atlas, Youth Directors Mark Twersky, Executive Director Rabbi Avraham Bronstein, Program Director Dr. Scott Danoff, President Harold Domnitch, Chairman of the Board


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Please contact the GNS office ‐ (516) 487‐6100 ‐   to be included in this noble effort.  A general sponsorship is $100 and a “Day of Learning”   sponsorship in honor or in memory of a loved one is $180.   We will recognize and honor all of our sponsors in a special   Shabbat Announcements listing as well as at the program itself.  Thank you for supporting our community’s Torah study. 

KRAV MAGA     NEXT LESSON IS MONDAY NIGHT, JULY 1ST AT 8 PM    Everyone can come!    Come for a refresher, come for the first time!  How important it is for us, and even more   importantly for our daughters to learn   self defense techniques.    The skills that we learned at our first Krav Maga  lesson were amazing ‐ we felt strong,   capable, and empowered!    Some real simple moves, easily done   can save our lives.   It was just amazing.    Please come.  Please bring your daughters.    Just a reminder ‐   it's REAL IMPORTANT that we get an   accurate count so we can pay the instructors   for our Krav Maga event.    Please mail your $10 checks   to Judy Lillien at 35 Margaret Court, GN, 11023.    We will have to charge $15 at the door.   

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SAVE THE DATE: Monday July 1, Fresh Meadows Country Club & the NSHA will be holding its 10th ANNUAL GOLF, TENNIS, MAHJONGG & SPA CLASSIC for great golf (11:30 am shotgun), tennis (ladies at 9:30am followed by lunch & men's at 2:30pm), card games/mahjong lessons, brunch, BBQs and a sunset cocktail party with our million dollar Jet SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM Blue Challenge followed by a buffet dinner, with prizes, rafOur summer learning program will be taking place this fles and auctions. This years honorees are Karen & Robert summer Beginning July 2. Dates for the remaining classes Spitalnick. For additional information re: sponsorships/ are July 9, 23 and 30th and August 6 and 13. Sponsors participation please email Arnie Flatow at are welcome. To sponsor or dedicate a day of learning at or call 487-8687 ext 133. $180 please contact Rabbi Lichter at or General sponsorships are available at $100 per family. ROSH HASHANAH SCOPE MAGAZINE Please submit all articles, advertisements, photos, and recipes for the Rosh Hashanah SCOPE magazine edition by Monday, July 1st to Diane Rein at Thank you. We invite you to become a SCOPE sponsor for three issues $100 or a single issue $36.Rosh Hashanna greetings are also welcome at $36 each. THE FIFTH MID-ANNUAL SIUM The Scholars Kollel of Great Neck is pleased to announce that it will be holding it’s fifth Mid-Annual nine days Sium on July 10th. The Sium will take place at Chatanoga Restaurant 37 Cuttermill Rd. at 7:30 pm and it will be led by Rabbi Harris and our guest speaker will be our member Rabbi Eckstein. Reservations are required. Please call Steve Zuckerman at 516-652-5266 or email The cost is $36.00 per person all inclusive. HIGH HOLIDAYS With the High Holidays taking place right after Labor Day, we are asking that all members take care of their outstanding financial obligations in a timely manner to insure that seats for the holidays will be able to be sent out. Those in arrears will not be able to obtain their seats unless arrangements for payment have been made. If you have any questions, please speak to Mark Twersky or Elie Cohen our Treasurer. SPONSORSHIPS To sponsor a Kiddush, Seudah Shlishit, Sunday Breakfast, Youth Event, Bima Flowers or a leaf on the Tree of Life in honor or in memory of a loved one, please call Mark Twersky in the Synagogue office 487-6100 or email


Saturday, 21 Tammuz Steven Blumner for Lillian Blumner Marc Gottlieb for Fanny Gottlieb Stuart Grant for Ada Auerbach Richard Lillien for Llewellyn Lillian Gloria Wang Miller for Fay Saltzman Ira Rosenberg for Gloria Rosenberg Devorah Wang for Fay Saltzman Sunday, 22 Tammuz Arlette Shaya for Vita Dayan Monday, 23 Tammuz Janet Greenhut for Kenneth Greenhut Pauline Levy for Carrie Joseph Tuesday, 24 Tammuz Norman Rutta for Abraham Rutta Sharon Twersky for Hannah Leff Wednesday, 25 Tammuz Aaron J. Eliach for Meyer Eliach Marc Gottlieb for Shlomo Schwartzman Marc Gottlieb for Rachel Gottlieb Thursday 26, Tammuz Amy Goldberg-Reiss for Florence Reifle Janet Kashani for Abraham ben Elyahoo Robert Mendelson for Walter Mendelson Friday 27, Tammuz Eliot Heisler for Sharon Heisler Deborah Hollander for Sharon Heisler Leo R. Mindick for Joseph Mindick Leo R. Mindick for Shimshon Mindick Joseph Sokol for Sharon Sokol Heisler Martin H. Sokol for Sharon Heisler Annabelle Zackheim for Lester Zackheim

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