YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD

Web Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org

YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD 2240 ALBANY AVENUE WEST HARTFORD, CT 06117 (860) 233-3084

Shabbat Mevorchim Parshat Matot-Masei 8:15 AM Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class 9:00 AM Shacharit 9:10 AM Sof Zman Kriat Shma 7:55 PM Mincha, Seudah Shlishit & Maariv 9:09 PM Shabbat Ends Rabbi Weinberg & Elana are away. They will be returning early this week. While he is gone various people have volunteered to fulfill the duties that need to get done. In case of any halachic questions or life cycle events or hospital/death emergencies you may contact Rabbi Yitzchok Adler (860-798-9555) or Rabbi Ari Weiss (410-303-0168) who have graciously agreed to be there for members of YIWH during this time.

Shabbat Mevorchim Parshat Matot-Masei July 10th, 2010 28 Tamuz 5770 Kiddush This Shabbat Sponsored by The Shul
‫מזל טוב‬
‫ מזל טוב‬to Jennifer & David Wolpaw on the birth of Gabriella Tirtza, ‫ מזל טוב !גבריאלה תרצה‬to

big sisters Eliana, Vered & Maya! Much nachat and may she grow L’Torah, L’Chupah U’L’Maasim Tovim!
BOOK CLUB MEETING Monday, 7/12 at 7:30 PM At the home of Laura Miller, 21 Wiltshire Lane “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Family’s Past” By: Ariel Sabar ROSH CHODESH TEHILLIM GROUP

YAHRZEIT MEMORIAL LECTURE Sunday, July 18th at 7:30 PM at YIWH Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, Director of the Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement, a division of Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future will be our keynote speaker. Prior to his employment with Yeshiva University, Rabbi Schwarzberg served for 20 years as the spiritual leader and Rabbi of Ahavas Achim Synagogue in Highland Park, NJ. He is nationally regarded, a brilliant orator, and an incredibly dynamic individual. "In the Aftermath of Death: The Jewish Way of Healthy Coping" The Yahrzeit Lecture is open to the general public at no cost. Yahrzeit Booklets, which include the names of our loved ones, will be distributed at the lecture.

Tuesday, July 13th, at 7:30 PM At the home of Barbara Snyder, 22 Mohegan Drive
WOMEN’S SHABBAT LEARNING GROUP

July 17th at the home of Ruth Alcabes, 30 Seneca Road GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Sunday, July 25th. The time will be announced. SHOWER FOR BRIDES OF GUSH KATIF Join WH Rebbetzins for an evening of Achdut And help us sponsor a basic kitchen/linens trousseau for these young couples who are now getting married! July 26th at 7:30 PM At the Home of Judie Patel

Editor: Judie Patel E-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.org Editors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish Trencher Web Site: http://www.YoungIsraelWH.org

Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 233-3084 or rabbi@youngisraelwh.org Laura Miller, President 233-2725 or 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)

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SAVE THE DATES UPCOMING SHUL & COMMUNITY EVENTS ROSH CHODESH TEHILLIM GROUP Tuesday, July 13th, at 7:30 PM At the home of Barbara Snyder, 22 Mohegan Drive WOMEN’S SHABBAT LEARNING GROUP July 17th at the home of Ruth Alcabes, 30 Seneca Road

PARSHAT MATOT-MASEI - Continued:

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Sunday, July 25th. The time will be announced.
BRIDAL SHOWER FOR BRIDES OF GUSH KATIF

Join WH Rebbetzins for an evening of Achdut And help us sponsor a basic kitchen/linens trousseau for these young couples who are now getting married! July 26th at 7:30 PM At the Home of Judie Patel
TOTALLY TEFILLAH & TANTALIZING TOPICS MONDAYS AT 8:00 PM Rabbi Ari Weiss of Agudas Achim is teaching a class in Pirkei Avot that rotates between homes At the home of For information call: 860-233-6242 BOOK CLUB MEETING Monday , July 12th at 7:30 PM At the home of Laura Miller, 21 Wiltshire Lane “My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Family’s Past” By: Ariel Sabar CRAFT CIRCLE ON HOLD FOR THE SUMMER Monday evenings at 7:30 PM At the home of Debbie Luger, 37 Miamis Road Further info call Debbie Luger 233-0300 or Laura Miller: 233-2725. ELISHA ROSENSWEIG CLASS is on hold until August.

thing Jewish communities in Europe did to reestablish Jewish life was to re-organise the educational system. In their classic study of the shtetl, the small townships of Eastern Europe, Zborowski and Herzog write this about the typical Jewish family: The most important item in the family budget is the tuition fee that must be paid each term to the teacher of the younger boys' school. Parents will bend in the sky to educate their son. The mother, who has charge of household accounts, will cut the family food costs to the limit if necessary, in order to pay for her sons schooling. If the worst comes to the worst, she will pawn her cherished pearls in order to pay for the school term. The boy must study, the boy must become a good Jew - for her the two are synonymous. In 1849, when Samson Raphael Hirsch became rabbi in Frankfurt, he insisted that the community create a school before building a synagogue. After the Holocaust, the few surviving yeshivah heads and Hassidic leaders concentrated on encouraging their followers to have children and build schools. It is hard to think of any other religion or civilization that is as child-centered as Judaism, nor any that has predicated its very existence on putting their education first. There have been Jewish communities in the past that were affluent and built magnificent synagogues - Alexandria in the first centuries of the Common Era is an example. Yet because they did not put children first, they contributed little to the Jewish story. They flourished briefly, then disappeared. Moses' implied rebuke to the tribes of Reuben and Gad is not a minor detail but a fundamental statement about Jewish priorities. Property is secondary, children primary. Civilizations that value the young, stay young. Those that invest in the future, have a future. It is not what we own that gives us a share in eternity, but those to whom we give birth and the effort we make to ensure that they carry our belief and way of life into the next generation.

BUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP! Are you buying gift cards for staff or friends? Buy them at Waldbaum’s using your existing Waldbaum’s gift card and everyone wins! Please remember to continue to use scrip. It costs nothing additional to you - yet it helps the Shul. Remember, if you can not come and get the cards we can bring it to you! Let's support our Shul by buying scrip ! Every dollar counts! Contact: Judith Hessing (860-233-6042), at 18 Grenhart Street

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PARSHAT MATOT- MASEI - PRIORITIES - CHIEF RABBI JONATHAN SACKS

The Israelites are almost within sight of the promised land. They have waged a victorious campaign against the Midianites. We feel the tempo quicken. No longer are the Israelites in the desert. They are moving inexorably toward the Jordan, to the west of which lies their destination: the land 'flowing with milk and honey'. The members of the tribes of Reuben and Gad, though, begin to have different thoughts. Seeing that the land through which they are travelling is ideal for raising cattle, they decide that they would like to stay there, to the east of the Jordan. Moses is angry at the suggestion: Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, "Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the Lord has given them? The tribes meet his objection with a compromise formula: Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children. But we are ready to arm ourselves and go ahead of the Israelites until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our women and children will live in fortified cities, for protection from the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his inheritance. We will not receive any inheritance with them on the other side of the Jordan, because our inheritance has come to us on the east side of the Jordan." We are willing, they tell Moses, to join the rest of the Israelites in the battles that lie ahead. Indeed we are willing to go on ahead, to be the advance guard, to be in the forefront of the battle. It is not that we are afraid of battle. Nor are we trying to evade our responsibilities toward our people as a whole. It is simply that we wish to raise cattle, and this land to the east of the Jordan is ideal. Warning them of the seriousness of their undertaking, Moses agrees. If they keep their word, they may settle east of the Jordan. That is the story on the surface. But as so often in the Torah, there are subtexts as well as texts. One in particular was noticed by the sages, with their sensitivity to nuance and detail. Listen carefully to what the Reubenites and Gadites said: Then they came up to him and said, "We would like to build pens here for our livestock and cities for our women and children." Moses replies: "Build cities for your children, and pens for your flocks, but do what you have promised." The ordering of the nouns is crucial. The men of Reuben and Gad put property before people: they speak of their flocks first, their women and children second. Moses reverses the order, putting special emphasis on the children. As Rashi notes: They paid more regard to their property than to their sons and daughters, because they mentioned their cattle before the children. Moses said to them: 'Not so. Make the main thing primary and the subordinate thing secondary. First build cities for your children, and only then, folds for your flocks.' The midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 22: 9) makes the same point through a dazzling interpretation of the line in Ecclesiastes: The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. (Ecclesiastes 10:2) The midrash identifies 'right' with Torah and life: "He brought the fire of a religion to them from his right hand (Deut. 33:2). 'Left' refers to worldly goods: Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour. (Proverbs 3: 16) The men of Reuben and Gad put 'riches and honour' before faith and posterity. Moses hints to them that their priorities are wrong. The midrash continues: The Holy One, blessed be He, said to them: "Seeing that you have shown greater love for your cattle than for human souls, by your life, there will be no blessing in it." One of the most consistent patterns of Jewish history is the way communities through the ages put children and their education first. Already in the first century Josephus was able to write: "The result of our thorough education in our laws, from the very dawn of intelligence, is that they are, as it were, engraved on our souls." In twelfth century France a Christian scholar noted: "A Jew, however poor, if he has ten sons, will put them all to letters, not for gain as the Christians do, but for the understanding of G-d's law - and not only his sons but his daughters too." In 1432, at the height of Christian persecution of Jews in Spain, a synod was convened at Valladolid to institute a system of taxation to fund Jewish education for all. In 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years' War, the first
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 YIWH Schedule of Services  July 9th - 16th, 2010 Shabbat Mevorchim Parashat Pinchas

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit! 6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:10 p.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:10 a.m. 7:55 p.m. 9:09 p.m. 4:22 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 8:10 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:06 p.m. Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 Kiddush Schedule

Friday July 9th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting Shabbat, July 10th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, July 11th - Thursday, July 15th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Shacharit…Monday Rosh Chodesh Av Shacharit…Tuesday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH Friday, July 16th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting

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 Evelyn & David Hessing In Memory of their Grandmothers Sarah Schwimmer
‫שרה רבקה בת חנוך היינך ודבורה‬ And

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Betty & Irving Wizenfeld Betty Wizenfeld in memory of her Parents Tobias & Esther Spira Irv Wizenfeld in memory of his father Sam Wizenfeld
‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬ ‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬

Chava Bat Bahiya
‫חוה בת בהיה‬

Kiddush Supplement Rabbi Brahm & Elana Weinberg In honor of their parents Morrie & Lynn Weinberg Dr. Howard & Miriam Rosenblum Seudah Shlishit Supplement
12:14 ‫קהלת‬

Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Judy Leichtberg & Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their father and grandfather, Israel Weiss
‫ישראל בן דוד‬

and their mother & grandmother Frida Weiss
‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬

5770 Candy Man: Bernard Kesler in memory of his father Sender ben Avraham Zelig
‫סנדר בן אברהם זליג‬

‫”סוף דבר הכל נשמע‬ ‫את האלקים ירא‬ ‫ואת מצותיו שמור‬ “‫כי זה כל האדם‬ Anonymous

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 YIWH Schedule of Services  July 16th - 23rd, 2010 Shabbat Chazon Parashat Devarim

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit! 6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:06 p.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:13 a.m. 7:05 p.m. 7:50 p.m. 9:06 p.m. 4:29 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 8:05 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 8:05 p.m. 8:07 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:45 p.m. Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 Kiddush Schedule

Friday July 16th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting Shabbat, July 17th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Shiur On Mesilat Yesharim Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, July 18th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Chulin Perek 8 Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH Monday, July 19th Shacharit…Monday Mincha Fast Begins Maariv Reading of Megillat Eicha/Kinot Tuesday, July 20th - Tisha B’Av Alot Hashachar Shacharit…First Minyan with Kinot Shacharit…Second Minyan with Kinot Chatzot Mincha (With Tallit & Tefillin) Fast Ends Wednesday, July 21st & Thursday, July 22nd Shacharit…Wednesday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH Friday, July 23rd Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting

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4:20 a.m. 6:15 a.m. 8:45 am.. 12:57 pm.. 8:05 p.m. 9:04 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 8:05 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:01 p.m.

Check out the Weekly Schedule on the Shul Website: http://www.youngisraelwh.org/ Times from: http://www.ou.org/holidays/calendar

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 YIWH Schedule of Services  July 23rd - 30th, 2010 Shabbat Nachamu Parashat Vaetchanan

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit! Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 Kiddush Schedule

Friday July 23rd Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting Shabbat, July 24th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Shiur On Mesilat Yesharim Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, July 25th - Thursday, July 29th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Chulin Perek 8 Shacharit…Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH Friday, July 30th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting

6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 8:01 p.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:16 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 4:36 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:55 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 Evelyn & David Hessing In Memory of their Grandmothers Sarah Schwimmer
‫שרה רבקה בת חנוך היינך ודבורה‬ And

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Betty & Irving Wizenfeld Betty Wizenfeld in memory of her Parents Tobias & Esther Spira Irv Wizenfeld in memory of his father Sam Wizenfeld
‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬ ‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬

Chava Bat Bahiya
‫חוה בת בהיה‬

Kiddush Supplement Rabbi Brahm & Elana Weinberg In honor of their parents Morrie & Lynn Weinberg Dr. Howard & Miriam Rosenblum Seudah Shlishit Supplement
12:14 ‫קהלת‬

Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Judy Leichtberg & Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their father and grandfather, Israel Weiss
‫ישראל בן דוד‬

and their mother & grandmother Frida Weiss
‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬

5770 Candy Man: Bernard Kesler in memory of his father Sender ben Avraham Zelig
‫סנדר בן אברהם זליג‬

‫”סוף דבר הכל נשמע‬ ‫את האלקים ירא‬ ‫ואת מצותיו שמור‬ “‫כי זה כל האדם‬ Anonymous

Want to join the Listserve? If you are interested in subscribing to the yiwhevents listserve, send an e-mail to webmaster@youngisraelwh.org and he will add your name. If you are a member of the group, you can send an e-mail to the entire group by addressing your e-mail to yiwhevents@yahoogroups.com .