29 cheshvan 5775 • november 21-22, 2014 parshat

Shaul Robinson
Rabbi
Sherwood Goffin
Senior Cantor
Yanky Lemmer
Cantor
Lloyd Epstein
President
Ben Keil
Executive Director
ECHOD
29 CHESHVAN 5775 • NOVEMBER 21-22, 2014
PARSHAT TOLDOT • SHABBAT MEVARCHIM
CANDLE LIGHTING: 4:21PM
Friday Evening
Mazal Tov to our Members
4:16pm: Candle Lighting
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4:20pm: Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat in the Nathaniel Richman
Cohen Sanctuary led by Chazzan Sherwood Goffin
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Shabbat Morning
7:45am: Hashkama Minyanin the Belfer Beit Midrash followed
by Kiddush and shiur with Rabbi Moshe Sokolow
8:30am: The Siddur In Depth with Rabbi Ben Elton in the Nathaniel Richman Cohen Sanctuary: blessing over light
in Havdalah
9:00am: Services in the Nathaniel Richman Cohen Sanctuary
led by Chazzan Sherwood Goffin
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Mazal Tov to Rabbi Jonah Kupietzky on the celebration of his 80th
Birthday today.
Mazal Tov to Belda and Marcel Lindenbaum on the Bar Mitzvah of
their grandson Moshe Tambor, son of their children Abigail and
Shai Tambor.
Mazal Tov to Phyllis and Stanley Getzler on the Bat Mitzvah of
their granddaughter JessieJean Newman-Getzler, daughter of
their children Amanda Newman and Joshua Getzler
Mazal Tov to Gail Rappaport and Matt Eilers on the bat mitzvah of
their daughter Morgen Eilers. Mazal tov to grandmother Judith
Rappaport.
Mazal Tov to Marion and Maurice Spanbock on their 60th
wedding anniversary.
Thank you to our Sponsors
9:15am: Latest Shema
9:15am: Beginners Service led by Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald in
room LL201 (Lower Level)
9:45am: Rabbi Herschel Cohen Memorial Minyan in the Belfer
ShabbatBeit
Afternoon
Midrash
2:45pm: Beginners Mishna Chavura with Moshe Sheinwexler
in the Belfer Beit Midrash
Hashkama Kiddush
Sponsored by the Fund.
Main Kiddush
Sponsored by Gail Rappaport and Matt Eilers in celebration of the bat
mitzvah of their daughter, Morgan.
Beginners Service Kiddush
3:00pm: Herb Weiss Bikur Cholim Society meets in front of LSS. Sponsored by Lou and Ilene Vynerib in commemoration of the yahrtzeits
of Lou's father, Morris Vynerib, z"l, and Ilene's mother, Sylvia
New volunteers are needed.
Friedman, a"h, and in celebration of the birthday of their
3:15pm: Bible Classin room 211 with Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald granddaughter, Malka Sima Adler.
3:15pm: Louis Lazar Memorial Pre-Mincha Shiur led by Rabbi
Rabbi Herschel Cohen Memorial Kiddush
Josh Rosenfeld: "City of God": Understanding the
Sponsored by Edina and Ian Silver in honor of Thanksgiving and family
Holiness of Yerushalayim
visiting from England.
4:00pm: Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit
Seudah Sh'lishit
5:16pm: Ma'ariv/Shabbat Ends
Sponsored by Vivien and Muk Eisenmann in commemoration of the
yahrtzeit of Muk's father, Samuel Eisenman, z"l.
The molad for the month of Kislev will be Saturday morning 49
Sponsored by Gary Miller in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of his
minutes and 17 chalakim after 9 AM. Rosh Chodesh Kislev will be on
father, Nathan Miller, z"l.
Sunday
**NEW MA’ARIV MINYAN MONDAYS-THURSDAYS AT 8:15PM!
Beginning Monday, November 24th (Not meeting on Thanksgiving )
Weekday Prayer Schedule
Sunday, Nov 23rd - Friday, Nov 28th
Mincha/Ma’ariv: Sun - Thurs at 4:20pm
**Late Ma’ariv Mon – Wed: 8:15pm
Sunday (RC Kislev)
Mon
Thurs (Thanksgiving) Tues , Wed & Fri
Shacharit: 7:00am Daf Yomi: 6:15am Shacharit: 7:00am
Daf Yomi: 7:45am Shacharit: 7:00am Daf Yomi: 7:45am
Shacharit: 8:30am Shacharit: 7:50am Shacharit: 8:30am
Daf Yomi: 6:20am
Shacharit: 7:10am
Shacharit: 7:50am
SAVE THE DATE
Chanukah Dinner & Music Festival
Motza’ei Shabbat- December 20th, 2014
For more details and to sign
up, visit lss.org/MusicFestival
‫לשיש ישלש ש ש גשושושלשוש ש ישרשלש ש ש‬
Lincoln Square Synagogue • 180 Amsterdam Ave. at W 68th Street New York, NY 10023 • 212-874-6100 • lss.org
Welcome to the Newest Members of
Our LSS community
Dr. Gretchen and Mr. Benjamin Cann
Mr. and Mrs. David and Frank Kalish
Mr. and Mrs. Jared and Candice Orkin
Mr. Russel Siegel
Mr. and Mrs. BJ Rosen and Sara Turken
Youth Announcements - lss.org/youth
Math Circle is in session- Monday nights from 68pm in room 208. Open to children in 4th grade
and up. Contact [email protected]
Youth Groups Schedule
Pre-k: Room 206 at 10:00am
k-1: Room 207 at 10:00am
2-4 grade girls: Room 208- 10 am
2-4 grade boys: Room 210- 10 am
Youth Breakfast @ 9:30am in room 206
Upcoming Events - lss.org/events
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Rally for an Agunah • Sunday, November 23rd • 11am • 75 West End Ave (63rd between West End & Riverside)
Join us in protesting the get-refusal of Ephraim Ohana, who failed to issue his ex-wife an unconditional get for over 11 years.
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Book Club Meeting: "Love and Treasure" by Ayelet Waldman • Monday, December 1st • 7:30pm
Jack Wolkenfeld will be leading the discussion which will take place at the home of Gale and Jim Kaufman, 316 West 79th St.
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Child Safety Class: Managing Emergencies • Wednesday, December 3rd • 7:30pm
This class for parents and childcare providers will be led by Hatzalah veteran and LSS member Dr. James Nussbaum. We will learn CPR
and other life saving techniques valuable for anyone who spends time with children. $40/person.
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Chanukah Dinner and Music Festival • Motza’ei Shabbat, December 20th
Chanukah dinner at 7pm; Concert Followed by Dessert reception at 8:30pm
Featuring singer and songwriter Eitan Katz, LSS chazzan Yanky Lemmer, with guest appearance by LSS senior chazzan Sherwood
Goffin. Dinner, Concert & Dessert: $75; Dinner Only: $38; Concert & Dessert Only: $56; Children's Party with movie and magician:
$10, family $25; Sponsorship packages available. Sponsored by the UJA Federation of New York
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Film Screening: Hamorah Irena • Motza’ei Shabbat, January 3rd • 8:00pm
In the toughest neighborhood in Jerusalem, where children quickly learn not to expect too much—stands one uncompromising third-grade Russian teacher. With rare empathy, determination and occasionally controversial teaching
methods, Hamorah Irena refuses to let her students give up on themselves. $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Sign up in advance for our events at lss.org/events
Beginners Announcements
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You may still register for Rabbi Buchwald’s Introduction to Bible (Began Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30-8:00pm). This course,
which meets for another 3 weeks provides a general overview of the content and style of the Bible. We will review basic
literary and theological approaches to Bible study, traditional and modern, through the analysis of the Biblical text.
The next session of the Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I will meet on Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm, and
continue for 1 more week. The classes meet for 1 1/2 hours, and are free and open to all. Register at
www.lss.org/beginners.
The next sessions of the Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II will meet Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 6:30pm, and
continue for 2 more weeks. The classes meet for 1 1/2 hours, and are free and open to all. Register at
www.lss.org/beginners.
The FINAL session of the Jewish Living Workshop led by Dassa and Bill Greenbaum will meet THIS Monday, November
24th, 7:30pm-8:30pm. The Jewish Living Workshop, a 10 sessions series, is a “hands-on” experience. We learn by doing.
The workshop is free, a few sessions will require a modest fee for materials; register
at [email protected] or www.lss.org. Topic: Chanukah.
Save the date! Friday and Saturday, December 12th-13th for the Beginners Chanukah Shabbaton. $40 includes three
meals. Payment and reservations must be received by Monday, December 8th. Register online at www.lss.org/beginners.
Save the date! Monday, December 22nd, 7:00 pm for the Beginners Annual Chanukah Bash. Live music by Jerry
Greenberg. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Register online at www.lss.org/beginners. Sorry, no phone reservations.
Weekly Learning Opportunities
WEDNESDAY
MONDAY
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The Jewish Living Workshop • 7:30-8:30pm
See flyer for more details
 Mini-mester with Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld • 7:15pm
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Shattered Vessels: Judaism’s Encounter with the Post
Modern. The class will meet Nov. 24th, Dec. 1st. & Dec. 8th
TUESDAY
 Parsha Class w/ Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 10:30am (Not meeting next 2 weeks)
 Intro to Bible w/ Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald • 6:30-8pm
 Tuesday Beit Midrash Night • 7:30-9:15pm
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Tanach Survey: The Books of Samuel and Kings
Facilitated by Marcy Zwecker and Robyn Mitchnick
Politics and Kingship: The Book of Samuel
Facilitated by Ron Platzer
Wednesday Beit Midrash Night • 8:15-9:15pm
The Subversive Religious Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
Facilitated by Sara Brzowsky
Talmudic Logic w/ Rabbi Dennis Weiss • 7:30pm
(Not Meeting This Week)
An in-depth look at a single Talmudic subject matter, starting from
the relevant biblical texts and delving into the logic system of the
Gemara. This year's topic will be "Misappropriation & Trespass”
 Nach B’Iyun: The Second Book of Shmuel • 7:15pm
w/ Rabbi Hayyim Angel
The cost is $125 for the entire 8-session series or $20 per class. Cosponsored by The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals
(Jewishideas.org).
Sign up at lss.org/RabbiAngel
(Not Meeting This Week)
Faith and Prayer Class w/ Rabbi Ben Elton • 8:30pm
Consider the central texts of our liturgy and discuss openly
what they mean to us and how we respond to them.
THURSDAY
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Next Class Topic: The Shema
ISRAEL CORNER
Parsha Class with Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 7:00pm
(not meeting next 2 weeks)
‫פינת ישראל‬
TZETCHEM L'SHALOM
Rabbi Robinson will be leading the Solidarity Mission to Southern Israel this coming week. Accompanying him are: Ann Crane,
Margy & Perry Davis, Ken, Judy and Sheri Goldman (Teaneck), Reva & Irv Kaufman (Highland Park), Joel Pelofsky, Ruth & Bernie Simon, and Nathan Vogel. We look forward to sharing our experiences and encounters from the mission in future editions of
the Israel Corner.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The Israel Committee is looking for new members to join our ranks and help plan future activities. Of course, we are looking for
members who have a passion for Medinat Israel and would like to engage in activities to support her. Equally important, we need
people with professional skills, whether inadvertising, marketing, communications, social media, or project management.
Other qualifications include the ability to work well with others, as well as the ability to take ownership of a project and run with it.
Possible projects could range from arranging for an Israeli speaker, to planning the Yom Ha'Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalaim celebrations, and anything in between. Creativity in coming up with actionable ideas for future activities and for ways to execute them
is a huge plus (did we mention that we have no budget?). A sense of humor is essential.
If you would like to join the Israel Committee and be invited to upcoming planning meetings, please email Ann Crane
(chair) [email protected]
The Lea Segre Tomchei Shabbos Fund discreetly
distributes thousands of dollars to our own community members to defray the costs of Shabbat
and Yom Tov meals and clothing. Help yourself
and your neighbors by sending your contributions,
earmarked for LSTSF to the LSS office. If you are
aware of any LSS community member (including
yourself) who could benefit from a Shabbat meal,
please let us know by contacting the LSS office or
by confidential email to [email protected]
LSS Security Update
Please enter and exit the shul only through the main doors.
We must make sure no door is left ajar nor unguarded.
Given the deadly terrorist massacre in Israel this week by people known to that shul you now understand why we search
bags of people we know. Please address questions to Ian Silver
at [email protected]
D’var Echod B’lev Echod
Insights into the weekly Parsha and other matters at the heart of the LSS community
29 CHESHVAN 5775 •-NOVEMBER 21-22, 2014
PARSHAT TOLDOT
By: Rabbi Michael Levy
A passage at the end of this week's Torah portion (Genesis, Chapter 28, Verses 8-9) describes a very disturbing wedding. Isaac's son Esau marries Ishmael's daughter Machalat. Some portray this match as an unholy union, combining
the murderous instincts of Ishmael with the cunning of Esau.
In the almost week-to-week power positioning in the Middle East, today's Ishmaels shift allegiances, create and destroy pacts, and (depending on whom they are fighting) receive support from the "character descendants" of Esau.
Only one thing remains constant and predictable: both the Esaus and Ishmaels on the world stage portray Israel and
by extension Jews as evil. While Holocaust survivors are still among us, we find our Jewish nation yet again isolated
and solitary. .
Surviving the Isolation
Has it been ordained that the Jewish people shall never find tranquilityamong the nations? It can't just be by chance
that Israel is the only nation whose very right to exist is debated.
What can we do, when the world concocts falsehoods to condemn us? While lobbying has its place, it doesn't seem
to have changed things much for the better.
Turning to God
With the Yam Suf (See of Reeds) in front of them and the Egyptian army
behind them, our ancestors implored God to save them. While one cannot rely
on miracles, our people have stormed the gates of Heaven with supplications
for thousands of years. We remain; those who oppress us vanish from
history.
Turning to Each Other
To put it in a Chasidic way, our Father In Heaven gets great pleasure from seeing His children supporting and caring
for each other. King Ahab, who encouraged idol worship, was nevertheless victorious in battle because no subject in
his kingdom maligned another Israelite. Queen Esther's first instruction to Mordecai "Go, gather (and unify) all the
Jews" was an essential precursor to the miracle of Purim.
Our wonderful Kiruv organizations do not exempt us as individuals from casting wide nets of kindness and support.
Great worldwide Shabbat celebrations have their place, but so do myriads of ongoing gentle acts of Chesed
(kindness.)
The world looks on as evil men storm a Jerusalem synagogue and slaughter its worshippers. The world accords
recognition and sometimes honor to aquasi-government which, as it seeks statehood, does nothing to lessen the
likelihood of such attacks in the future.
We may or may not win battles in Congress and on the world stage. Therefore, it is time to escalate the use of the
"weapons" of prayer and unity which have sustained us for over 3,000 years.