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YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD

2240 ALBANY AVENUE


WEST HARTFORD, CT 06117
(860) 233-3084 Shabbat Parashat Naso
May 22nd, 2010 9 Sivan 5770
YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD
Shabbat Parashat Naso
8:15 AM Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Kiddush This Shabbat
9:00 AM Shacharit
9:07 AM Sof Zman Kriat Shma Sponsored by
10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Youth Groups The Shul
6:00PM Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Shiur
7:40 PM Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv
8:52 PM Shabbat Ends Parshat Naso-By Rabbi Berel Wein (www.rabbiwein.com)
The tribe of Levi was counted independently in the desert of Sinai, apart from all of its fellow Israel-
ites. Almost from its onset, the tribe of Levi was deemed to be special. Even though it had a violent start in
its history, as Levi himself was one of the chief instigators of the rift between Joseph and the brothers as
well as being a destroyer of the city of Shchem, the tribe of Levi, already in Egypt, began to redefine itself
almost exclusively in terms of pious leadership and service within Israel. It became the miniature "kingdom
of priests and holy nation," the prototype for all of the other tribes and individual families of the Jewish peo-
ple. Therefore, after the debacle of the Golden Calf in the desert, the first-born Jews forfeited their original
priestly role and the tribe of Levi was then designated as their successors "for the [holy] work and the bur-
den [of public service]." The tribe of Levi was "given over" to God's service, to engage in the holy work of
the Temple, and perhaps even more importantly, to become the teachers of Torah and the role-models of
life-behavior and values for their fellow Jews. As such, the tribe of Levi was separated from ordinary life. It
owned no property in the Land of Israel, it was freed from most taxes and national service burdens, it was
supported by the tithes and contributions of its fellow Jews, and it devoted itself exclusively to the fulfill-
ment of its Godly charge of spiritual example, education and inspiration in the midst of the Jewish people.
Being a Levite was thus a distinction and an honor but it carried with it grave responsibilities, high expecta-
tions and constant demands. In the eyes of the rest of Israel, a Levi had to behave as a Levi. Failure to do so,
was deemed to be a desecration of the holy name of God itself.
After the destruction of the Temple, the tribe of Levi lost much of its unique role in the Jewish world,
though vestiges of its preferred status were retained as a reminder of its chosen standing. But the task of
the Levites in being the nucleus of Torah knowledge and moral inspiration for the Jewish world still re-
mained. Even though there was no longer a Temple, a Levi still had to behave as a Levi. Perhaps even more
now than ever, in a "Templeless" exile, the Jewish people required spiritual teachers and role-models, peo-
ple who operated above the mundane problems and requirements of every day life, and who therefore
would introduce the spark and color of holy behavior into the drab and depressing world of Jewish exile.
Apparently, in the new and more difficult Jewish world of exile, just the tribe of Levi alone would not be suf-
ficient for the task. Therefore, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, in his monumental Mishne Torah, states that
every human being can now become a Levi. In his golden words: "Every person who enters this world,
whose spirit moves him and his intellect instructs him, to separate himself [from the pettiness of the world]
in order to stand before God, to truly serve Him, to be responsible to Him, to know Him, and to walk upright
and straight in His paths as God created him; and he has freed himself from the yoke of petty human consid-
erations that other people pursue - such a person has sanctified himself as being holy of holies, and the Lord
is his share and inheritance for all time and all worlds, and he will receive in the World to Come his proper
and fulfilling [reward] as God has given such to the Priests and the Levites."
Let us be on the lookout therefore to discern the true Levites in the Jewish and general world. Let us be aware
of the Levi who behaves as a Levi, and give that exalted person due honor, recognition and emulation. Let us count
those Levites separately from the whole nation and extend to them our appreciation and blessing.
Editor: Judie Patel Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 233-3084 or
E-mail: judiep@gmail.com rabbi@youngisraelwh.org
Editors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish Trencher
Laura Miller, President 233-2725 or
Web Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org lauramiller6188@sbcglobal.net
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 (Hotline - 860-232-6417)

 YIWH Schedule of Services  It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush


May 21st- May 28th, 2010
Shabbat Parashat Naso
Or Seudah Shlishit!

Friday, May 21st Shul handles set up & Clean up!


Shacharit 6:30 a.m.(YIH) & 6:45 a.m. Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178
Mincha/Maariv 7:00 p.m. or judiep@gmail.com to
Candle Lighting 7:51 p.m. check the availability of the date
Shabbat, May 22nd you need & to make the
Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class 8:15 a.m. arrangements for the type of
Shacharit 9:00 a.m. Kiddush you want to sponsor.
Sof Zman Kriat Shma 9:07 a.m. Checks need to be received
Shabbat Morning Youth Groups 10:00 a.m. the Sunday prior to your
Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Shiur 6:55 p.m. Kiddush date. Send to David
Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv 7:40 p.m. Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue.
Shabbat Ends 8:52 p.m. There are three types
Sunday, May 23rd - Thursday, May 27th of Kiddushim:
Earliest Tallit & Tefillin 4:24 a.m. Standard for $150,
Shacharit... Sunday 8:15 a.m. Semi-Deluxe for $250
Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on 9:00 a.m. & Deluxe for $350
Masechet Chulin Perek 8 With supplements available.
Shacharit…Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m.(YIH) & 6:45 a.m.
For Seudah Shlishit contact
Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH 7:55p.m.
Stan Rutstein at 232-3369
Friday, May 28th
Shacharit 6:15 a.m.(YIH) & 6:45a.m. Kiddush Schedule
Mincha/Maariv 7:00 p.m.
Candle Lighting 7:57 p.m.

Check out the Weekly Schedule on the Shul Website: http://www.youngisraelwh.org/


Times from: http://www.ou.org/holidays/calendar

Ner La’Maor
Lights Pat La’Orchim
Evelyn & David Hessing Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Kiddush Supplement
In Memory of their Grandmothers Betty & Irving Wizenfeld Rabbi Brahm & Elana Weinberg
Sarah Schwimmer Betty Wizenfeld in memory of her In honor of their parents
‫שרה רבקה בת חנוך היינך ודבורה‬ Parents Tobias & Esther Spira Morrie & Lynn Weinberg
And ‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ Dr. Howard & Miriam Rosenblum
Chava Bat Bahiya ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬
‫חוה בת בהיה‬ Irv Wizenfeld in memory of his father
Sam Wizenfeld Seudah Shlishit Supplement
Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah ‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬ 12:14 ‫קהלת‬
Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah ‫”סוף דבר הכל נשמע‬
Judy Leichtberg & Batsheva ‫את האלקים ירא‬
Goldfischer in memory of their 5770 Candy Man: ‫ואת מצותיו שמור‬
father and grandfather, Bernard Kesler “‫כי זה כל האדם‬
Israel Weiss in memory of his father Anonymous
‫ישראל בן דוד‬ Sender ben Avraham Zelig
and their mother & grandmother ‫סנדר בן אברהם זליג‬
Frida Weiss
‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬

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