Congregation Beth El El--Atereth Israel Parshas Chayei Sarah Stone Chumash p 106 Haftarah p 1136 Shema by 9:02 am Mincha 4:00 pm Seudah Shlishis Shabbos ends: 5:07 pm November 15, 2014 22 Cheshvan 5775 Kehillah Konnections Beth El Briefings Mazel Tov— to Claire & David Fisher on the bar mitzvah of their son, Benjamin. Mazel tov also to Benjamin’s grandparents, Ruth & Hans Fisher and Sydney & Shiu-Lam Fung. Thank you— to Claire and David Fisher for sponsoring kiddush in honor of their son Benjamin’s bar mitzvah. At the end of kiddush we will be returning back to the sanctuary for family speeches. Please proceed expeditiously to the sanctuary when the announcement is made. Bnei Akiva Snif— will take place this Shabbat at 3:30 p.m. at Beth El. AIPAC Policy Conference--Discount Deadline Approaching— Join the Beth El delegation for this year's AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C. March 1-3, 2015. It is a wonderful opportunity for our community to join with other synagogue delegations throughout the country in support of Israel. If you have any questions please contact Jone Dalezman at [email protected] Middle School Musaf Minyan (M&M Minyan)— there will be no M&M Minyan next Shabbat, November 22. The M&M Minyan will resume on Shabbat, November 30. Bat Mitzvah Program— Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel and Ma’ayan will once again be co-sponsoring a bat mitzvah program which will be led by our own Oranit Saadia. The program will take place on Sundays, November 9—February 8. For more information and to register go to http://maayan.org/BatMitzvah.php Shloshim Program— there will be a shloshim program at the shul this Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in memory of Rabbi Shloimy Halpern’s father Yosef Halpern, z”l. Rabbi Shloimy Halpern is one of the rabbis that lead the Father & Son Learning program that is co-sponsored by Beth El and the Kollel. Thursday Morning Class— Rabbi Segal’s Thursday morning class will take place at 11:00 am in the library. The class will cover various topics on the Parshat Hashavua. Beit Midrash and Rabbi Segal’s Shiur—will not take place this Tuesday, November 18 as not to conflict with the meeting at city hall for Beit Sasson’s permit approval. The Beit Midrash program and Rabbi Segal’s Shiur will resume again on Tuesday evening, November 25. For information regarding the meeting at city hall, see the recent email sent to the congregation. Father/Son Learning— This popular program for boys in grades 1-8, co-sponsored by Congregation Beth ElAtereth Israel and Boston Kollel, will continue this Motzei Shabbat, November 15th from 6:30-7:30pm. Rabbi Segal leads middle school learning (6th, 7th and 8th grades) with weekly sports related prizes (Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski jerseys) and a grand raffle at the end of the program in February for Celtics tickets. Thank you to Dena and Mark Salzberg for contributing the prizes for the Middle School program and to Barbara and Arnie Andler for the Celtics tickets. Family Table— The upcoming food distribution for Family Table will be on December 14. Pickup from Beth El will be on Thursday, December 11th. We are collecting canned salmon and healthy (no sugar added) canned fruit (no carmine for food coloring). Please contribute to the Greater Boston area's only kosher food bank. Place your food items in the wooden bin in the hall or contact Jane [email protected] with the amount of your contribution. Also, the JF&CS Family Table is sponsoring a kosher turkey drive for Thanksgiving. This annual appeal helps us provide a kosher turkey to all Family Table clients. If you'd like to contribute, please email Jane Hanser and indicate this specific drive. Thanks to all of you who have contributed and in advance to all who will. REGULAR CLASSES Mishnah Brurah Rabbi Segal Sunday: 1/2 hour before Shacharit (8:00 am) Halacha Yomi Rabbi Segal Daily, after Shacharit and between Mincha and Maariv Gemorah Mesechet Chullin Rabbi Segal Tuesday, 8:45pm Parshat Hashvuah Topics Related to Weekly Portion Rabbi Segal Thursday: 11:00 am Mishnayot: Seder Nezikin Rabbi Asher Shabbat morning Leeder 8:30 am Rabbi Leeder’s home Ambassador Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, spoke at Congregation Beth El on Sunday, November 9, 2014. Shabbat Morning Groups Youth Groups Toddlers-2nd grade 10:00am-end of Shul • Toddlers—1st Lower Level Classroom • Pre K– K—2nd Lower Level Classroom • 1st-2nd Grades—3rd Lower Level Classroom Youth Minyan 3rd-5th Grades 10:15-11:00am Chapel (in the basement) M&M Minyan 6th-8th Grades 10:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m. First Upstairs Classroom Interested in sponsoring a Youth Kiddush? Contact Shari Lederman at: Please remember to remove all your trash from the Sanctuary! If you have any life cycle events that should be published in the Kishrei, please inform the shul office. Office Hours Monday-Thursday-9am-1pm Friday: 9:30am-1:30pm Donation Cards Would you like to acknowledge someone’s good deed, honor a birthday or special occasion or send condolences and at the same time benefit Beth El? You can! Call the Shul office and we will acknowledge your donation with a beautiful card. Donations can be made to the various Shul funds: Chesed, Youth, General or Tzedakah. For more information call the office, 617-244-7233. Want to Help the Shul? When shopping at THE BUTCHERIE, BUTCHERIE ask the cashier to stamp your receipt. When shopping at ROSENFELD’S BAGELS just ask for a receipt before you are rung up. Then turn your receipts into the shul By Rabbi Avraham Fischer. A publication of the Orthodox Union in cooperation with the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center Parshat Haye Sarah 22 Heshvan 5775—November 15, 2014 The Torah pays tribute to our matriarch Sarah at the end of her life: And the years of the life of Sarah were one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is Chevron, in the land of Canaan. And Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to cry for her (Bereishit 23:1-2). Here, Sarah’s name is mentioned specifically four times. However, as soon as Avraham completes this stage of his mourning, and begins negotiations with the Hittite “local council” to purchase the cave of Machpelah from Efron, Sarah’s name ceases to be mentioned. Instead, every reference to her uses the impersonal noun MEIT, “dead”: And Avraham arose from before his dead and he spoke to the children of Cheit, saying “. . . and let me bury my dead from before me.” And the children of Cheit answered Avraham “. . . In the choicest of our graves bury your dead; not one of us would withhold his grave from you to bury your dead. . . .” And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your desire to bury my dead from before me . . .” And Efron the Hittite answered Avraham “ . . . bury your dead.” ... And he spoke to Efron, “ . . . and I will bury my dead there.” . . . And Efron answered Avraham, saying to him, “. . . and your dead, bury” (vs. 315). In every statement throughout the parley, reference is made to Avraham’s wife. Yet, eight times, Sarah is not referred to as “Sarah,” nor even “wife,” but only “dead.” Of course, this highlights the fact that only the body dies. The soul, Sarah’s true essence, is eternal. This is implied in Ibn Ezra’s comment on verse 3: before his dead: A reference to the body. And yet, Avraham realized that Hashem’s promise did not come easily. Our Sages (Sanhedrin 111a; Bava Batra 16a) explain that this episode is considered one of Avraham’s trials, demonstrating his outstanding steadfastness. Says Hashem: However, the closing section of this pas- I said to Avraham, “Arise, walk about in the land, along its length and breadth, sage — after Avraham weighs out the four hundred shekels of silver in the pres- for to you will I give it” (Bereishit 13:17). Nevertheless, when Avraham sought a ence of all the inhabitants of the city to place to bury Sarah he did not find one purchase the cave and the surrounding until he paid four hundred shekels of silfield — poses a problem: And afterwards Avraham buried Sarah ver, yet he did not suspect My integrity. his wife in the cave of the field of Mach- Maharsha explains (on Bava Batra pelah before Mamre, which is Chevron, in 100a) furthermore, that based on this same verse, when Avraham traverses the the land of Canaan. And the field, as well as the cave in it, became established land he is laying claim to it, thus making it easier for his descendants to possess it. for Avraham as a burial plot, from the They will be inheritors of Avraham, not children of Cheit (vs.19-20). conquerors. If it is only the body that is buried, why is Sarah mentioned once again by name, Out of all Hashem’s promises to Avraincluding the rather tender appellation ham, “Arise, walk about in the land” “his wife,” at the time of her burial? posed the greatest challenge: While others might refer to Avraham’s descenA number of commentaries take note of dants, this verse enables Avraham himself the fact that verses 19-20 say the cave to lay claim to the land by walking and field of Machpelah “became estabthrough it. The challenge to Avraham’s lished for Avraham as a burial plot” afloyalty, therefore, is that he must pay so ter having said the same idea in verses dearly for land that is already his! Or, 17-18. Ramban says the Torah wishes to rather, it should have been his. However, emphasize that this became a legitimate when he pays the price of the cave and and universally recognized (from the chilfield of Machpelah in the presence of the dren of Cheit) possession of Avraham Hittites, the potential of “Arise, walk and his family. Moreover, it is, without about in the land” is realized. question, “in the land of Canaan,” and not in the land of the Pelishtim, where Sarah has been Avraham’s lifelong partAvraham lived heretofore (see Bereishit ner in teaching the world about Hashem: 21:34). Malbim adds that at first Mach“Avraham would convert the men and pelah became known as the family’s burSarah would convert the As the mother of ial place, and then “the field” was desigYitzchak, she is Avraham’s partner in benated as burial grounds, not to be used ginning the creation of the nation of Isfor planting. rael, thus fulfilling Hashem’s promise And I will make you into a great nation As a result of this purchase, Avraham had an uncontested holding in the land of (Bereishit 12:2). Israel, fulfilling Hashem’s many promises to give him the land. 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Beth El-Ateret h Is rael 561 Ward Street Newton Centre, MA 02459 cave of Machpelah, Sarah is again Avraham’s partner in realizing another of Hashem’s promises: Arise, walk about in the land, along its length and breadth, for to you will I give it. This is the meaning of the Midrash (Tanchuma Chayei Sarah 4) that sees in Eshet Chayil (Mishlei 31:10-31) a précis of Sarah’s life. On the verse (16): She plans a field and acquires it the Midrash says: She planned and acquired the field of Machpelah and she was buried there, as it says, “And afterwards Avraham buried Sarah.” In fulfilling Hashem’s promise, Sarah can be called — even after death — by name, as well as Avraham’s wife. Her soul, her values, live on. It is through the union of Avraham and Sarah that the land of Israel becomes the rightful possession of the people of Israel.
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