This Saturday is the Shabbat before Purim and it is known as Shabbat Zachor (the Sabbath of Remembrance). The special reading from the second Torah describes the unprovoked attack upon us when we were leaving Egyptian bondage. Amalek attacked the rear of the camp where the women and children were encamped. Haman, of Purim infamy, was a direct descendant of Amalek.
Please be aware that hearing this chapter from the Torah is one of the 613 commandments for which every Jew is responsible. Please arrange to be in the synagogue (no later than 9:30 A.M.) to observe this mitzvah.
Contingent upon hearing this reading is the need for our constant awareness and resolve to fight and destroy Amalek. We have an abundance of them today. Let us stand with Israel which is in the forefront of this battle and never waver until all vestiges of Amalek are destroyed and all men and women will live in peace and harmony as G-d has intended for us.
Shalom .... Rabbi and Susan Weinberg"
As I was about to take my leave from Israel, the very sad news of the passing on of our member and dear friend, Saul Aronow, reached me. It gave me the opportunity of reciting a memorial prayer for him in Jerusalem.
Saul had the distinction of being the most senior member of our congregation. But his membership was not merely a card-carrying one. For many decades, his help and know-how were crucial to the growth of the shul. He was a constant member of our Board of Directors and he was a past Treasurer. But perhaps his greatest contribution was his chairmanship of the Facilities Committee. He knew where all the wires, nuts and bolts, locks and screws were situated. In his quiet and amiable way, he sorted out all the physical problems which assailed our older building.
Modesty was the hallmark of his life. Everything he did was with a sense of love for the shul and his faith. There was always a smile of tolerance, understanding and light humor on his face. I always felt a sense of goodness when I was in his presence.