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The Rabbi's Desk

04/05/2019 01:14:40 PM


Inside: (see below)
•  Yesh Tikva Infertility Awareness Shabbat 2019 
•  Ezer Mizion
•  AIPAC Policy Conference
•  Rabbi's March of 1943
•  For This, Hashem Made the Internet

This Shabbat in the Straus Main Sanctuary
will feature a special presentation from the annual

Englewood Chailifeline Girl's Shabbaton
Click here for the full Chailifeline Shabbat Program

Yesh Tikva Infertility Awareness Shabbat 2019

This Shabbat, our shul proudly joins the Yesh Tikva organization and over 100 other shuls in dedicating this Shabbat to raise awareness and sensitivity towards infertility in our community. Couples struggling to conceive face a wide array of emotional and physical stresses, far beyond what can be captured in these few words. Couples in our communities, though, face the added challenge of being constantly exposed to a Jewish experience and practice that places great emphasis on children. There are so many moments and traditions we maintain that can be painful triggers for couples dealing with infertility. The very first, small step we can take as a community towards fostering a more supportive environment for our friends struggling with infertility is to become more aware and sensitive to their experience.

As part of this first step, please note the following items:

Ezer Mizion
We enjoyed a phenomenal Ezer Mizion Shabbaton last Shabbat with Chazan Isaac Meir Helfgot and Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. The Straus Main Sanctuary had a special energy brought by this all-star lineup. The havdalah event with Simcha Leiner was deeply moving. Getting to know IDF soldiers and families whose lives have been saved through Ezer Mizion was an experience we will never forget.

Click here for a video from the Havdalah event which contains the deeply moving moment a bone marrow recepient met his donor for the first time.

AIPAC Policy Conference
I was deeply privileged to lead our largest delegation ever to the AIPAC Policy Conference the other week. Many thanks to Moish Muschel and Fred Horowitz for their tireless efforts in coordinating our delegation. We got much EngleNachas from seeing Rabbi Goldberg on the main stage. Click here for video of his presentation. 

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Rabbi's March of 1943

I recently posted on Facebook about the contrast I felt being at the AIPAC Policy Conference and how my great-grandfather participated in the Rabbi's March of 1943.

1943: My great-grandfather, Rabbi Eliezer Poupko z"l, (3rd from the right) joined hundreds of Rabbis who marched on Washington to beg for help for the Jews of Europe being marched into gas chambers...only to be ignored.
2019: His great-grandson joins fellow Rabbis and Jews (18,000 strong) to support the continued close relationship between the US and Israel.

For This, Hashem Made the Internet we can find a heavy metal version of one of the most famous Niggunim of the Tzemach Tzedek. To learn more about the Tzemach Tzedek, the 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe, click here.




Mon, December 6 2021 2 Tevet 5782