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YaffeShlomo02Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe's classes on Pirke Avot, from the spring and summer of 2013:

Many thanks to Yury's Piano Shop for hosting, and to Sergey Broude for the audio recording.

2013-05-30  Pirke Avot, from 2:2 to 2:3.
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(76 minutes)

 

Jewish wisdom from the second century.

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Rabban Gamaliel the son of Rabbi Judah the Prince said:  Great is study of the Torah when combined with a worldly occupation, for toil in them both puts sin out of mind.  All study of the Torah which is not supplemented by work is destined to prove futile and causes sin.  Let all who occupy themselves with communal affairs do so for Heaven's sake, for then the merit of their fathers sustains them and their righteousness endures forever.  And as for you, God will then say:  I count you worthy of great reward as if you had done it all yourselves.

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Be careful in your relations with the government; for they draw no man close to themselves except for their own interests. They appear as friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man in his time of stress.

WeinbergRabbi-trees-event-2014On May 4, 2014, a hardy group congregated on a blustery day at our Eighth Annual Picnic with the Trees.  See the video of Rabbi Weinberg's welcome message below:

YaffeShlomo02Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe's classes on Pirke Avot, from the spring and summer of 2013:

2013-05-02  Pirke Avot, from 1:18 to 2:1.
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(55 minutes)

How do law, truth, and peace compete with each other?  Where is the right balance?  What is a beautiful life?

Jewish wisdom from the second century.

The text under discussion is as follows:

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Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel said: On three things the world is sustained: on truth, on judgment, and on peace, as it is it says (Zechariah 8:16):  "Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace."

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Rabbi Judah the Prince said:  Which is the proper course that a man should choose for himself?  That which is an honor to him and elicits honor from his fellow men.  Be as scrupulous about a light precept as of a weighty one, for you do not know the reward allotted for each precept.  Balance the loss incurred by the fulfillment of a precept against the gain and the accruing from a transgression against the loss it involves.  Reflect on three things and you will never come to sin:  Know what is above you --a seeing eye, a hearing ear, and all your deeds recorded in a book.

WeinbergRabbi-150x200As 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.

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