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SHABBAT MEVORCHIM PARSHAT MIKETZ December 24th, 2011 28 Kislev 5772

‫מזל טוב‬ Rabbi’s Corner ‫ מזל טוב‬to Simon Ganeles on his Bar Mitzvah! ‫מזל‬ Last week we had a very successful YISMICHU program at YIWH. I was really impressed with the ‫ טוב‬to proud parents Carolyn & Andrew; and siblings caliber of the students who came from YU. They had Elan and Gabi. ‫ מזל טוב‬and ‫ ברוכים הבאים‬to proud a lot of energy and enthusiasm and added a whole grandparents, Aaron & Regina Rand and Helene new dimension to our Shabbos experience in shul. Ganeles; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends!! They led davening, gave divrei torah, led the teen SEUDAH SHLISHIT SPONSORED BY oneg, led a children’s program during groups and got Sharon & David Goldfarb on the occasion of the to know many of us. It is an honor that we were choyahrzeit of David’s mother, Blanche Goldfarb, sen to participate in the program and I am very much Bluma bas Shimon; looking forward to having this same group of stuAnd Judy & Sam Leichtberg on the occasion of the dents back again a few more times this year. We are shloshim of Sam’s mother, Miriam Leichtberg, already planning their next Shabbos with us. Miriam bat Yaakov Aryeh. I would like to thank the host families from our shul who came forward to provide the group with ‫מזל טוב‬ sleeping and eating accommodations. Thanks to ‫ מזל טוב‬to Rabbi Mordechai & Dvorah Weiss on the Aviva Braunshweiger for setting that up. engagement of their granddaughter Miriam Weiss to This week I was able to secure two days with a Dov Lerner of Great Britain. ‫ מזל טוב‬to parents, bucket truck to do more work on the Eruv. Although Yitzie & Ruthie Weiss, and David & Barbara Lerner. much of the damage from the storm was fixed al‫ מזל טוב‬to the entire Weiss & Lerner families. ready, some had only been fixed in a temporary way and this week we were able to replace those with ‫ברוך דין האמת‬ more permanent fixes. In addition, since much of the Condolences to Jason (Mira) Dulberg on the fixing and routine maintenance has been completed I passing of Jason’s father, Meir Aaron ben Yaakov, was able to spend some time with the truck making z”l ; and beloved grandfather of Ben, Danielle, & Talia; improvements and assessing how to make it even Riva, Nave, Mor Levona & Yael Shira Cohen. May stronger and even more perfect. Altogether this exHashem comfort Jason and the entire Dulberg family cursion went well and I am happy we were able to do among the mourners of Zion & Yerushalayim. the work. As always, it amazes me how much work YIWH THIRD ANNUAL goes in to maintaining an Eruv, and, as always, I enBRING THE LIGHT TO THE NIGHT courage all of you to please call the hotline every FriChanukah 5772 day afternoon to make sure the Eruv is up since it can never be taken for granted. BETH DAVID CHANUKAH CONCERT I hope everyone is making use of the “Bring December 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM Light to the Night” learning packets that I prepared WHAT’S UP BAND & THE SHLOMONES and that you are having a nice Channuka. This ShabAdmission $10.00 per person bos we will be having the shul Channuka dinner and I "CHANUKAH AT BLUE BACK" am looking forward to seeing many of you there as Sunday, 12/25 at 4:00pm well as at the Beth David Channuka Concert tonight. chabadhartford.org for more details. If you have not yet signed up – please sign up ROSH CHODESH TEVET TEHILLIM GROUP to join us for Shabbat dinner on Friday night Jan. 6th Monday, December 26th at 8:00 PM with Scholar in Residence Rabbi Yitzchak Blau (see At the home of Eliza Katz, 24 Miamis Road p2+3 for details). Shabbat Shalom & Happy Channuka!
Editor: Judie Patel E-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.org Editors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish Trencher Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 860-233-3084 or rabbi@youngisraelwh.org Judith Hessing, Coordinator 860-233-6042 or judith.hessing@gmail.com

YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD

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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SAFETY AT YIWH: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT If you drive to shul on erev Shabbat and are in a rush Acknowledgment donations should be sent to PLEASE slow down when entering shul driveway. Better to Debbie Luger at 37 Miamis Road be a few seconds late for mincha than to endanger those Fran & Gene Wittenberg walking along the side of the driveway."

House Committee Update The House Committee has been busy and would like to update the Congregation about the following. Firstly, thank you to all for participating in our highly successful chair campaign. We exceeded our goals. The chair order has been put on temporary hold for now due to the water damage sustained in the social hall from the recent storm. We currently have a pending claim with our insurance company that may allow us to OUTREACH EVENT rethink the project downstairs and perhaps allow us to OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL look at ordering a different type of chair. Please join us on January 7th, 2012 Our outside shingle roof is showing signs of faat the home of Betty and Irv Wizenfeld, tigue. Some small leaks have developed necessitating for an old-fashioned ice cream social, repairs. The board has approved the work getting and guest speaker, Rabbi Yitzchak Blau! done. We are likewise moving forward with planning for Bring a non-member of YIWH, and receive a raffle some significant upgrades to the Sanctuary. A generous ticket for the chance to win an exciting, valuable sponsor has agreed to replace all the carpeting upprize! Only those who bring guests will be entered stairs. We are also pricing needed repairs and painting to into the raffle of an Apple ipod shuffle, so start think- our ceiling and walls. A committee is being formed that ing about who you will invite. Charge is $5 per person, will research these projects and make recommendations to the board regarding materials used and cost.. In turn all guests excluded. Feel free to contact Stacey these plans will be presented to the Congregation. We Trencher at staceytr@comcast.net, or 860-523likewise need to look into repairs for our outside front 4102 with any questions or portico which has deteriorating columns. ice cream flavor requests.... The House committee will keep the Congregation aware of these projects with periodic updates. Please feel free to contact me with any constructive, thoughts BUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP! ideas and feedback Your comments would be most welSHOP RITE, BIG Y, CROWN & STOP & SHOP come. Buy Scrip then use it like cash! Barry Gordon, House Chairman Judith Hessing is back! Committee: Contact: Judith Hessing at 860-233-6042 Judith Hessing, Sam Leichtberg, Matthew Braunshweiger 18 Grenhart Street Honorary Members: Tsion Cohen, Eugene Wittenberg

Congregation Ados Israel Couple Based Torah Study and Community Involvement Program RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU - SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE January 6th -8th, 2010 Rabbi Blau will join us for Shabbat and his wife, Noa Jeselsohn, will speak via Teleconference on Sunday morning from Alon Shevut, Israel. Rabbi Blau will speak Friday at the Dinner (see P 3); The Shabbat Morning Drasha and again Motzaei Shabbat at the Ice Cream Social.

In memory of Sam Leichtberg's mother In memory of Jason Dulberg's father

Rabbi Weinberg’s Sefer Melcahim Class continues Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM

SODA BOTTLE COLLECTION Eliza Katz is collecting bottles, cans, and glass to raise money for the Rabbi’s Fund. Please bring empties to: 24 Miamis Road; 860-680-9847

DOR L’DOR Come & learn in a Chavruta format with your child. At Chabad House Grades: 1st – 8th Next - January 7th @ 7:00 PM

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Rabbi David Silberberg www.vbm-torah.org The following is a dvar torah about the halakha mentioned in the Gemara (Shabbat 23a) requiring that one light Chanukah candles on all doorways to his home that face the public domain: Although the mitzva is, strictly speaking, fulfilled through the kindling of a candle in one entranceway, Chazal feared that pedestrians who see a doorway without candles might wrongly suspect the house's resident of neglecting this mitzva. They therefore required lighting candles by all doorways to one's home. The Rama (O.C. 671:8), as we've mentioned, ruled that this requirement does not apply nowadays, when in any event many people light Chanukah candles indoors. This concern of Chazal may perhaps be better understood in light of a comment by the Rambam in his Iggeret Ha-shemad in describing the period of Greek oppression. The Rambam tells that beyond issuing decrees forbidding Jewish practices, the Greek authorities required Jews to leave their front doors open, denying them the possibility of observing the Torah in private. The Greeks understood that Jewish tradition could potentially survive and flourish even if it is restricted to the private realm of family life. They therefore denied the Jews their private life to ensure that their traditions could not be perpetuated to the next generation. This historical account may shed some light on the theme of pirsumei nisa that is so dominant within the laws of Chanukah. We celebrate our victory over Greek oppression by fulfilling this mitzva as public ly as possible, by making every effort to publicize the survival of Torah. For this reason, perhaps, Chazal wanted to ensure that a home would not even give the appearance of neglecting this mitzva of Chanukah candles. Since the goal of this mitzva is to reverse the decree of the Greek oppressors, to celebrate our freedom to observe mitzvot openly and publicly, the Sages required that candles be lit by every entranceway, so that it is clear that mitzvot are observed in every Jewish home.

Young Israel of West Hartford presents…RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU & NOA JESELSOHN
The Congregation Ados Israel STUDY COUPLE BASED TORAH STUDY AND INVOLVEMENT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM AT YIWH

RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU & NOA JESELSOHN
RABBI YITZCHAK BLAU

Congregation Ados Israel Couple-Based Torah Study and Community Involvement Program

Scholar-in-Residence Dinner Followed by a Lecture with

is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and his articles have appeared in The Torah U-MaddaJournal, Tradition, and First Things. He currently teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Orayta Yeshiva. Rabbi Blau is also a member of the editorial board of Tradition: The Journal of the Rabbinical Council of America.
NOA JESELSOHN

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
Friday, January 6, 2012
Lecture approx. 7:45 PM

“Is Courage a Jewish Value”
$18.00/adult $8.00/child $60.00/Family Cap

RSVP by December 30, 2011 to Steven Bernstein Bernsteinstj@ccsu.edu (860) 263-7669

holds a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Tanach from Yeshiva University. She is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle as well as Nishmat’s Keren Ariel (Yoatzot Halacha). Noa has taught Tanach, Talmud and Halacha at the Frisch School, the Pelech High School, Midreshet Lindenbaum & other institutions. She has been active on Nishmat’s Golda Koschitsky Yoatzot Hotline since 2002. Rabbi Yitzchak and Noa live in Alon Shevut, Israel with their four children: Zechariah, Mordechai, Tzadok, and Tehilla. January 6th - 8th,2012
FRIDAY NIGHT ~ See flier SHABBAT DAY ~ 11:00 AM DRASHA (approx.) “The Clash between Peace & Truth” 3:15 PM ~ AFTERNOON CLASS “Ivan Karamazov Revisted: The Moral Arguments for Religious Belief” MOTZAEI SHABBAT ~ See page 2 SUNDAY~ DAVENING FOLLOWED BY BREAKFAST (8:15 AM) Lecture with Noa Jeselsohn at 9:15 AM Live from Israel on the Big Screen at YIWH

NOTE: There will be NO babysitting for young children during the dinner/lecture

YIWH Schedule of Services December 23rd - 30th, 2011 Shabbat Mevorchim Chanukah Parshat Miketz Friday, December 23rd - 4th Day CHANUKAH Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Shabbat, December 24th - MEVORCHIM/CHANUKAH Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Rabbi’s Shabbat Afternoon Class Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, December 25th - Thursday, December 29th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday - CHANUKAH Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Makot Mincha/Maariv Sunday @ YIWH Shacharit…Monday - Wednesday - CHANUKAH Monday & Tuesday - Rosh Chodesh Tevet Shacharit…Thursday Mincha/Maariv...Monday - Thursday @HHNE Late Maariv...Tuesdays @ YIWH Friday, December 30th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit! 6:45 a.m. 4:06 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:33 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 3:35 p.m. 3:50 p.m. 5:06 p.m. 6:20 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 4:10 p.m. 6:30 a.m. 6:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 4:10 p.m. 4:15p.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

1/28/12

KIDDUSH SCHEDULE Newman

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)

Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, Israel Weiss ‫ישראל בן דוד‬ Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת שמואל‬ ‫אברהם בן שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, Tzvi ben Yitzchak Meir HaCohen
‫צבי בן יצחק מאיר הכהן‬

& Gene’s father, Binyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימין בן משה‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement Donna & Barry Gordon 3.1 ‫לכּל ְמן; ְעת לכל-חפץ, תּחת השּׁמ ִם. קהלת‬ ‫ַ ַ ַ ָ ָי‬ ֶ ֵ ָ ְ ֵ‫ז ָ ו‬ ַ To honour our family and friends. Barry and Donna Gordon 5772 Candy Man Rabbi Mordechai Weiss Handy Man Steve Bernstein You-Dah-Man Judy & Sam Leichtberg Good Humor Man Debbie & Steven Luger

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YIWH Schedule of Services December 30th, 2011 - January 6th, 2012 Shabbat Parashat Vayechi Friday, December 30th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Shabbat, December 31st Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Rabbi’s Shabbat Afternoon Class Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, January 1st - Wednesday, January 4th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Makot Mincha/Maariv Sunday @ YIWH Shacharit…Monday - Wednesday Mincha/Maariv...Monday - Wednesday @HHNE Late Maariv...Tuesdays @ YIWH Thursday, January 5th - Asarah B’Tevet Alot Hashachar - Fast Begins Shacharit Chatzot - Midday Mincha/Maariv Fast Ends Friday, January 6th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, Israel Weiss ‫ישראל בן דוד‬ Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת שמואל‬ ‫אברהם בן שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬

It is easy to sponsor a Kiddush Or Seudah Shlishit! 6:45 a.m. 4:10 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:35 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 3:40 p.m. 3:55 p.m. 5:11 p.m. 6:22 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 4:15 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 4:15 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 5:49 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 11:56 a.m. 4:15 p.m. 5:16 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 4:17 p.m. 4:22 p.m. Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, Tzvi ben Yitzchak Meir HaCohen
‫צבי בן יצחק מאיר הכהן‬ 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

1/28/12

KIDDUSH SCHEDULE Newman

& Gene’s father, Binyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימין בן משה‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement Donna & Barry Gordon 3.1 ‫לכּל ְמן; ְעת לכל-חפץ, תּחת השּׁמ ִם. קהלת‬ ‫ַ ַ ַ ָ ָי‬ ֶ ֵ ָ ְ ֵ‫ז ָ ו‬ ַ To honour our family and friends. Barry and Donna Gordon 5772 Candy Man Rabbi Mordechai Weiss Handy Man Steve Bernstein You-Dah-Man Judy & Sam Leichtberg Good Humor Man Debbie & Steven Luger

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 .

YIWH Schedule of Services January 6th - 13th, 2012 Shabbat Parashat Shemot Friday, January 6th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv Shabbat, January 7th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna Brurah Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Rabbi’s Shabbat Afternoon Class Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit & Maariv Shabbat Ends Sunday, January 8th - Thursday, January 12th Earliest Tallit & Tefillin Shacharit... Sunday Followed by Rabbi Weinberg’s Gemara Shiur on Masechet Makot Mincha/Maariv Sunday @ YIWH Shacharit…Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv...Monday - Thursday @HHNE Late Maariv...Tuesdays @ YIWH Friday, January 13th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv 6:45 a.m. 4:17 p.m. 4:22 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:38 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 3:55 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 5:25 p.m. 6:22 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 4:20 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 4:20 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 6:45 a.m. 4:24 p.m. 4:29 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

1/28/12

KIDDUSH SCHEDULE Newman

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)

Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, Israel Weiss ‫ישראל בן דוד‬ Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת שמואל‬ ‫אברהם בן שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה בן צבי אלימלך‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכהן‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר בן יצחק הכהן‬

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, Tzvi ben Yitzchak Meir HaCohen
‫צבי בן יצחק מאיר הכהן‬

& Gene’s father, Binyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימין בן משה‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement Donna & Barry Gordon 3.1 ‫לכּל ְמן; ְעת לכל-חפץ, תּחת השּׁמ ִם. קהלת‬ ‫ַ ַ ַ ָ ָי‬ ֶ ֵ ָ ְ ֵ‫ז ָ ו‬ ַ To honour our family and friends. Barry and Donna Gordon 5772 Candy Man Rabbi Mordechai Weiss Handy Man Steve Bernstein You-Dah-Man Judy & Sam Leichtberg Good Humor Man Debbie & Steven Luger

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 .

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