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

Web Site: www.youngisraelwh.org

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YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD

Welcome to our visiting Torah Tours Emissaries, Jackie Benayoun, Shayna Nordlicht, Dahlia Pasik, and Ilana Schwartz! KOL HANIARIM LEGACY TALLIS Simchat Torah is here and we are excited to display our Kol Haniarim legacy tallis once again. We have many new additions this year so thank you for all who have participated so far! Also take a look at our tree of life downstairs and see how it's grown! For further information Contact Aviva Braunshweiger : 860-231-1808 or abraunshweiger@yahoo.com

SHMINI ATZERET & SIMCHAT TORAH October 20th, 2011 22 Tishrei 5772 Kiddush on Simchat Torah Is Sponsored by Judy & Sam Leichtberg In memory of Judy’s father Israel Weiss; And Aviva & Matthew Braunshweiger Rachel & David Cohen Shayne & Stuart Kesler Patti & Lou Kornreich Irina & Lenny Margulis Ann & Jeremy Pava Barbara & Norman Spector Kiddush this Shabbat Is Sponsored by Judy & Lauren Daman in memory of Michelle Daman Wasserman
(Who’s Yahrzeit was 1s day of Sukkot 15 Tishrei)

& Lauren’s Brother Dr. Harlan R. Daman
(Who’s Yahrzeit will be 28 Tishrei) MANY THANKS Thanks to all the hosts of our Torah Tours Team!
‫ברו די האמת‬
Solomon Alexander Hart (British, 1806-1881) The Feast of the Rejoicing of the Law at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Italy,1850

!‫חג שמח‬
Editor: Judie Patel E-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.org Editors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish Trencher

We regret to inform you of the passing of Jack Slomovic, beloved husband of Rena; beloved step-father of Vivian (Ted) Zablotsky; beloved grandfather of Kenny, Alex, Brian & Amy. May Hashem comfort Rena, Vivian, and their entire family among the mourners of Zion & Yerushalayim.
Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 860-233-3084 or rabbi@youngisraelwh.org Judith Hessing, Coordinator 860-233-6042 or judith.hessing@gmail.com

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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Rabbi’s Corner We have a very exciting weekend of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah planned. We have the pleasure of having 3 Stern College students join us as part of Torah Tours and we are certain they will enhance the overall spirit of the holiday. Thanks to all their hosts! Please reach out to them and welcome them to our community. I would like to outline the proceedings for yom tov so you know what is in store: Notes about Tefilla Times: Davening both days of yom tov will be at 8:45am Please refer to bulletin for the rest of davening times. Shmini Atzeret: As always I urge everyone (even those not reciting yizkor) to remain inside when we say the e-l maleh for the Holocaust and Israel and for the YIWH and Ados Israel then if you wish to do so you may excuse yourself for the personal yizkor. We will then proceed with mussaf including tefillat geshem and birkat kohanim. Simchat Torah: At night, I will be giving a dvar torah after mincha and then we will daven maariv and proceed with the bidding, the “ata hareta” pesukim, taking out the torahs and hakafot. The first hakafa will be upstairs and then we will proceed downstairs for the rest. During the first hakafa in the main shul there will be space available for women to dance in the back of the women’s section and then we will have space for men’s and for women’s dancing downstairs. Women’s dancing will take place without a sefer torah in the women’s circle. If you would like to discuss this aspect of the holiday with me I would encourage you to approach me privately. During the day we will be repeating these procedures for hakafot except that the last hakafa will be outside (if raining it will be upstairs in main shul). The women from the Torah Tours group will give a shiur in the main shul during the FIFTH AND SIXTH hakafa for those men and women who wish to join. If you are not attending the shiur PLEASE do not congregate/talk in the main shul during the shiur. Hakafot will be followed by leining at three stations – one upstairs and two downstairs. We will have a kiddush for you to enjoy! We will try to finish a little earlier than in past years to give you ample time to get home, have lunch, and prepare for shabbos. I would like to remind everyone that if you will be consuming alcohol in shul over Simchat Torah please do so responsibly and in keeping with the spirit of yom tov. Please make sure not to allow under-age children to participate in the alcoholic beverages. Chag Sameach! Rabbi Weinberg

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Cycles of Torah Rabbi Jay Kelman The holiday of Simchat Torah is of post-Talmudic (not to mention post-Biblical) origin. The cyclical reading of the Torah was instituted initially by Moshe Rabbeinu himself. In his capacity as the leading rabbinical sage of the time, Moshe issued a rabbinical decree that one must read from the Torah on the mornings of Shabbat, Monday, and Thursday lest three days pass without public reading of the Torah; three days was considered the longest one could survive without physical and/or spiritual sustenance. Ezra (sixth century BCE), who was responsible for guiding the Jews during the aftermath of the Babylonian exile, added the reading for Shabbat afternoon and decided on many of the actual details of our public reading of the Torah. The Torah was originally divided into a tri-annual cycle of readings, and was read both in the original Hebrew and as a verse-by-verse translation in Aramaic (the spoken language of the day). This custom of Aramaic reading persisted in some communities as late as the thirteenth century. It appears that during the Geonic period (7th-11th centuries), our present custom of an annual cycle of Torah reading culminating in Simchat Torah became well established. What we must understand is why the rabbis chose the holiday of Sukkoth, or more specifically,Shmini Atzeret (as the eighth day of Sukkoth is called in the Torah), to conclude and restart the reading of the Torah. Would not Shavuot, the anniversary of our receiving the Torah, have been more appropriate? Historically, while we received the Torah on Shavuot, that Torah was short-lived. Our covenantal relationship with G-d was in doubt in the aftermath of the sin of the golden calf. The Torah we have today was received on Yom Kippur, which our Sages have thus declared to be the happiest day of the year. "The orders of Hashem are upright, gladdening the heart" (Psalms 19:9). The study and implementation of Torah brings us much joy. Thus, a mourner is forbidden to study Torah. Sukkoth, the festival known as z'man simchateinu, the time of our joy, is thus the perfect time to celebrate our receiving of the Torah. On Sukkoth the four species, which remind us of the blessings of the harvest and the Sukkah which remind us of our dependence on G-d, help bring us great joy. But Shmini Atzeret has no rituals to prompt us in the service of G-d. It is natural joy, the joy of a newly married couple who rejoice in each other. It is the pure joy of Torah. Agriculturally, the Sukkoth season marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of the new planting season (in Israel , anyway). Linking the spiritual and the physical worlds, we reap the fruit of a year of Torah study and begin studying our precious Torah once again. The conclusion of Sukkoth brings with it slight feelings of melancholy. The festival season, which began on Pesach, is over. The days are rapidly getting shorter as we prepare for the long cold winter ahead. It was just this reason that our Sages cite for the holiday of Shmini Atzeret, which has no real historical or agricultural significance. "Let's just spend another day together", G-d declares before the long winter season. As we study the Torah, we realize that we must harness nature to make this world a better place in both a physical and spiritual sense. Much of nature may be dormant, but it is getting ready to regenerate. In the meantime, let us focus our energies in regenerating ourselves in the study of Torah. May we merit rejoicing in the study of Torah.

YIWH Schedule of Services October 19 - 28th, 2011 Hoshanah Rabba, Shmini Atzeret, Simchat Torah & Shabbat Mevorchim Bereishit Wednesday, October 19th - Hoshanah Rabba Shacharit Make an Eruv Tavshilin Before Candle Lighting Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Thursday, October 20th - Shmini Atzeret Shacharit Yizkor (approx.) Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting After… Simchat Torah Auction & Hakafot Friday, October 21st - Simchat Torah Shacharit Hakafot, Torah Reading, Kiddush, and Shiur for those not dancing, and Mussaf Candle Lighting Before… Mincha/Maariv Shabbat, October 22nd - Mevorchim Parshat Bereishit Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, October 23rd - Thursday, October 27th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Shacharit…Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv Friday, October 28th - Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv 6:00 a.m. 5:47 p.m. 5:51 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 5:50 p.m. 6:47 p.m. Approx. 7:00 p.m. 8:45 a.m.

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit!
Making an Eruv Tavshilin On Erev Yom Tov, the head of the household, or his designee, should set aside a baked item such as bread or matzoh, and a cooked item such as meat, fish, or eggs (i.e. food that is eaten along with bread). He or she should then recite the blessing of “Baruch ...Al Mitvas Eruv” and the proclamation, both found in the Artscroll Siddur p. 654. Once done, the eruv covers all household members and guests. The food set aside for the eruv should be saved and eaten on Shabbat.

5:44 p.m. 5:50 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:52 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 5 :30 p.m. 6:43 p.m. 6:20 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:30 a.m. 5:34 p.m. 5:39 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 & call Fran Wittenberg 860-232-2320 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 10/29 Moss

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YIWH Schedule of Services October 28th - November 4th, 2011 Shabbat Parshat Noach Friday, October 28th - Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Shabbat, October 29th - Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Class on Melachim I Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, October 30th - Thursday, November 3rd Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Makot Shacharit…Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv Friday, November 4th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv 6:30 a.m. 5:34 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:56 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:33 p.m. 6:27 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 6:30 a.m. 5:25 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

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 & call Fran Wittenberg 860-232-2320 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
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Check out the weekly Schedule on the YIWH Website http://go.youngisraelwh.org/timesTimes from: www.ou.org/holidays/calendar For Eruv Information: http://twitter.com/WHartfordEruv or http://youngisraelwh.org/index.php/en/home/the-eruv
(Hotline - 860-232-6417)

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