B’nai Shalom Bulletin Parshas Noach/October 25, 2014/1 Cheshvan 5775

B’nai Shalom Bulletin
B’nai Shalom
135 Roseland Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06710
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Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein
Parshas Noach/October 25, 2014/1 Cheshvan 5775
Shabbos Schedule
Parshas Noach
October 25 (Rosh Chodesh):
5:39 pm
8:00/9:00 am
Latest Shema
9:19/9:55 am
The Ladies’ Shiur will be given
by Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky at the
Shapiros, 118 Farmington, at 3:45.
The Navi Shiur will resume next
week. The Rav will be on retreat
this Shabbos, the first weekend
after Yamim Tovim.
5:15 pm
6:46 pm
Weekday Schedule
October 26-31:
Sunday Shacharis: 8:00/9:00 am
Mon-Friday Shacharis
7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv begins 15 minutes
before shkia (sunset).
Mincha times recede from 5:39 on
Sunday to 5:34 on Thursday.
Wednesday Ladies’ Shiur
8:30 pm
‫בעקבות הפרשה‬
‫ יש‬.)‫ י‬,‫ומי המבול היו על הארץ (ז‬
‫ הלא‬,‫להבין מהי הכוונה בלשון הזה‬
‫הול"ל ויבואו מי המבול או לשון דומה‬
‫ ולמה נאמר כאילו שמעצמם היו‬.‫לזה‬
‫שם בלי שהקב"ה צוה להביאם? וי"ל‬
,‫עפימש"כ המהר"ל בח"א רפ"ב דנדה‬
‫דשם ביאר המהר"ל שהמבול בא ע"י‬
‫שהפסיק הקב"ה את המאמר "יקוו‬
‫ אלא‬,‫ נמצא שלא הביא מבול‬."‫המים‬
‫ ובזה‬.‫הפסיק לעצור את המבול‬
‫מדוקדק לשון הפסוק שמי המבול היו‬
‫ דמיד בהפסק המאמר כבר‬,‫על הארץ‬
.‫היו מי המבול על הארץ‬
Musings from the Rav
With its icy breath and dark demeanor, winter has been marching on
Waterbury. The days are getting colder as they get shorter. We can almost
hear a collective shiver as we gather our energy and brace ourselves for
another Waterbury Winter.
Traveling away from the joyous days of Sukkos into the seemingly barren
landscape of Cheshvan, we feel like one who is driving away from a
brightly lit home into the dark night, noticing the home that he is leaving
as it vanishes in the rearview mirror.
In the days of the Beis Hamikdash, the Jewish people would travel to the
Mikdash in anticipation of the Yamim Tovim, in order to spend the holy
days in the presence of Hashem. The Torah tells us that upon taking leave
of the Beis Hamikdash, )‫ ז‬,‫ופנית בבקר והלכת לאהלך (ראה י"ז‬, “and you shall
turn in the morning and go to your tents.” This pasuk is perplexing. Firstly,
why is it necessary to tell the Jewish People to return home after the
holidays? Isn’t it obvious that when the festivals end, it is time to return
home? Also, what is the purpose of telling us to “turn” in the morning?
Isn’t “turning” a natural part of traveling home? Finally, why does it say to
go to your tents, and not to return to your tents?
The Torah is teaching us the correct way to take leave of a Yom Tov. After
absorbing the greatness of a Yom Tov, we focus (“turn”) our attention
inward and bring the Yom Tov with us to our homes. We don’t “return”
home the same people that we were previously; rather, we “go” home with
a fresh determination and renewed inner resources.
Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch ztz”l wrote:
The solemn, yet joyous month of festivals is past, and you now
enter the placid and quiet month of Cheshvan; but your heart
carries a wealth of reverberating echoes into this quietness, and
this month is, therefore, a suitable period for surveying the
splendor which lies in Jewish still-life. What a significant month
Cheshvan can be if you have been fully imbued with the spirit of
Tishrei! School and home, business and communal life, now
commence the tranquil half-year of their winter activity with all
its strivings and enjoyments…
Instead of considering the winter a darker and colder time of year, we
can look at winter as the time of year when, instead of receiving light and
warmth from Hashem, we provide the light and warmth on our own.
During the weeks of beautiful weather, Hashem exposed us to his majesty
and we filled ourselves with that exquisite combination of awe and joy that
only a servant of Hashem can understand. Now it’s our turn. Now, in the
quiet months of the winter, we focus on our children, our spouses, and
ourselves, inculcating and applying the lessons learned during the warm
and sunny days of summer.
!‫מים רבים לא יוכלו לכבות את האהבה ונהרות לא ישטפוה‬
Shul News
The “9:00” Kiddush is sponsored by the Federation of
Western Conn. in honor of the Shabbos Project.
Please come and help us take down the sukkah this
Sunday at 10:30 am. Come with a fully charged drill.
Please contact the office or a board member to find out
how you can get involved in helping out at the shul.
Beginning next week, Mincha will be followed by
Shalosh Seudos. Sponsorships are encouraged.
Below is a photo taken on Hoshana Raba.
Shabbos is the yahrtzeit of Herman Dykerman (Chaim
Tzvi ben Avraham haLevi), observed by sister Rosalind
Okun; and of Anna Leah Goldstein (Chana Leah bas
Tzvi Hirsch haLevi), observed by nephew Wm. Goldstein.
Sunday is the yahrtzeit of Burton H. Kosloff (Dov Ber
ben Tzvi), observed by his wife Elaine and son Stephen;
and of Wolf B. Zelinger (Zev Dov ben Chaim Simcha),
observed by his son Robert and his daughter Susan Wise.
Wolf B. Zelinger was born in Olkusz,
Poland, on January 12, 1923, son of Chaim
and Esther (Kupchik) Zelinger. He emigrated
from Sweden in 1956 and settled in
Waterbury. In 2009, after his wife’s death,
he moved to New Haven.
Mr. Zelinger worked many years as a
pattern cutter with various companies in
the Waterbury and New Haven areas.
He was a Holocaust survivor, one of only
two members of his extended family to
survive. A longtime member of Bnai Shalom,
he regularly attended its minyan and served
on its board of directors.
Monday is the yahrtzeit of Nathan Luria (Nachman ben
Shneur Zalman Dov haLevi), father of our first president,
Dr. Sidney Luria, observed by his daughter-in-law Irene
Luria and his granddaughter Adrienne Goldberg; and of
Malka Rosenbaum Schuster (Malka bas Meir and
Rosa), observed by her granddaughter Felice Poupko.
Monday is also the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Harold Shuster
(Avraham Yehoshua ben Meir haKohen), observed by his
sister Felice Poupko.
Rabbi Harold Shuster grew up in the town
of Ellingen, Bavaria, where his father was
rabbi. Upon fleeing Germany, he learned in
Yeshiva Eitz Chaim in Jerusalem for several
years, and then settled in Philadelphia. He
moved to Waterbury in 1975.
Rabbi Shuster took over as gabbai sheini
at Bnai Shalom after the passing of Bernard
J. Litsky in 1987. After the passing of
Reuben Sachs in 1996, Rabbi Shuster took
over as gabbai rishon. A great-grandnephew
of the Alter of Kelm, Rabbi Shuster gave
mussar shiurim at Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel,
which were attended by the Rosh Yeshiva,
rebbeim, and bachurim.
Wednesday is the yahrtzeit of Joshua Solomon,
observed by his wife Miriam Solomon; and of Ida
Margolis (Chaya Sara bas Yeshayahu), whose name is
inscribed upon a stained glass window in the Potoff
Sanctuary rotunda.
Thursday is the yahrtzeit of Frieda Goldsmith (Frieda
bas Avraham Yehoshua), observed by niece Felice Poupko.
Thursday is also the yahrtzeit of Louis Goldstein
(Eliezer ben Tzvi Hirsch haLevi), observed by his son
William Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein was also father of Israel
Goldstein, longtime vice-president of Bnai Shalom and
head of the cantors’ fund. Mr. Goldstein’s name is inscribed
upon a window in the Potoff Sanctuary rotunda.
Friday is the yahrtzeit of Morris Pollack (Moshe ben
Yitzchak), observed by the Paletsky family.
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