Ellington Shul: Services this week, Shabbos Nachamu

Hello all;
Tisha B'Av has started and I'd like to wish you all an easy fast.
We will be having services this Shabbos at 9am.
I myself will be attending a Shabbos Nachamu Singles weekend in Rye Town NY, so I won't see you all.
I'm attaching an email I got from Artscroll with free downloads for some of the proper studies for Tisha B'Av. I realize it's a marketing ploy, but as most of us already have Artscroll siddurim, I don't mind sending this out as a public service, as they call it!
I wish everyone to have not only an easy, but also an enlightening fast and a good Shabbos.
Elias Friedman, Co-President
Congregation Knesseth Israel

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Tishah B'Av begins tonight (Wednesday August 2nd, 2006).

May we merit to see the rebuilding of Jerusalem and Shalom Al Yisrael speedily in our days!



The destruction of the Six Million is our stark connection to the eternal Tishah B'Av. Two great and inspiring spiritual leaders of our time, The Bobover Rebbe and Rav Shimon Schwab composed Kinnos lamenting and memorializing the unspeakable tragedy. In recent years, many congregations have adopted the practice of reciting these Kinnos on the evening or morning of Tishah B'Av. We present these Kinnos, with our translation, as a public service.
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The classic Torah study for Tishah B'Av study is the series of Talmudic narratives about the destruction of the Second Temple. Included are narratives of the internal struggle between the leaders of the nation and the instigators of war.
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Ellington Shul: No Services This Shabbos Devarim 5766

Hello Everyone;
I've been AWOL for a few weeks, but I'm back now.
We do NOT have Shabbos services this weekend. Our next scheduled services are next Shabbos, the 5th of August.
I have three Rabbis/Cantors who have expressed interest in leading our High Holiday services. More news as this develops.
I have updated the shul's website, www.ellingtonshul.org.
  • There's a whole section on the front page with links to charities to help out Israel in this time of need.
  • There's a section with links explaining about the Three Weeks that we are in right now.
  • I've improved the Calendar page using Google Calendar- it's easier to read and you can subscribe to it if you use Google Calendar yourself. (Ask me for a GMail invitation, if you want it)
  • Also, in the scheduled services section, I've added links that take you to an aliyah by aliyah summary of that week's parsha.
Please enjoy the Shabbat Shalom message I have attached to this email.
Have a Good Shabbos!

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From: Elias Friedman
Devarim 5766: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/shalomweekly/Devarim_5766.asp

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Devarim Insights into life, ideas for personal growth

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GOOD MORNING! We are all concerned about the situation in Israel and wondering what we can do to help. It is not coincidental that the war broke out at the beginning of the Three Weeks - the time between the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av - historically a time of danger and destruction to the Jewish people ... from the transgression of the Golden Calf to the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temples. It is a time of reflection, self-improvement and rededication to learning Torah which provide the spiritual strength of the Jewish people and merit our success and ultimate redemption.

In the Yom Kippur prayers we are told that "Three things remove an evil decree - Teshuva (correcting our deeds), Tefilla (prayer) and Tzedakah (giving charity)." The best way to help the situation in Israel is to do more mitzvot, particularly learning Torah. Praying, saying Tehillim (Psalms) helps tremendously. Psalms 83,121, 130 are especially appropriate. And we can give Tzedakah. May our collective efforts help Israel!

On a lighter note, a wit recently commented, "The solution to the present situation is for Israel to rename all of its tactical strategic weapons 'RESTRAINT'; then when the European Union and the United Nations call upon Israel to use restraint, they can unequivocally respond, 'YES!' " And now, about Tisha B'Av...

What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it is the death of one of his closest relatives - father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or spouse. What if the person felt no sadness over the passing of his closest relatives? Then he should definitely feel sad over his lack of appreciation and his inability to feel this appropriate emotion.

August 2nd, Wednesday evening starting at sunset through Thursday night, is Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av. It is the saddest day in the Jewish year. What should a person do if he has no feeling for Tisha B'Av? If a person is Jewish and identifies with being Jewish, then it behooves him to find out why we as a people mourn on this day - what have we lost? What did it mean to us? What should we be doing to regain that which we have lost? At the very minimum, we should mourn that we don't feel the pain.

In 1967, Israeli paratroopers captured the Old City and made their way to the Wall. Many of the religious soldiers were overcome with emotion and leaned against the Wall, praying and crying. Far back from the Wall stood a non-religious soldier who was also crying. His friends asked him, "Why are you crying? What does the Wall mean to you?" The soldier responded, "I am crying because I don't know why I should be crying."

Tisha B'Av is observed to mourn the loss of the Temples in Jerusalem. What was the great loss from the destruction of the Temples? It is the loss of feeling God's presence. The Temple was a place of prayer, spirituality, holiness, open miracles. It was the focal point for the Jewish people, the focal point of our Jewish identity. Three times a year (Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot) every Jew would ascend to the Temple. Its presence pervaded every aspect of Jewish life - planning the year, where one faced while praying, where one would go for justice or to learn Torah, where one would bring certain tithes.

On this same day throughout history many tragedies befell the Jewish people, including:

  1. The incident of the spies slandering the land of Israel with the subsequent decree to wander the desert for 40 years.
  2. The destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem by Nevuchadnetzar, King of Babylon.
  3. The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE.
  4. The fall of Betar and the end of the Bar Kochba revolt against the Romans 65 years later, 135 CE.
  5. The Jews of England expelled in 1290.
  6. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities obliterated.
  7. The Jews of Spain were expelled in 1492.
  8. World War I broke out on Tisha B'Av in 1914 when Russia declared war on Germany. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
  9. On Tisha B'Av, deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Tisha B'Av is a fast day (like Yom Kippur, from sunset one evening until the stars come out the next evening) which culminates a three week mourning period by the Jewish people. One is forbidden to eat or drink, bathe, use moisturizing creams or oils, wear leather shoes or have marital relations. The idea is to minimize pleasure and to let the body feel the distress the soul should feel over these tragedies. Like all fast days, the object is introspection, making a spiritual accounting and correcting our ways -what in Hebrew is called 'Teshuva,' returning, to the path of good and righteousness - to the ways of the Torah.

Teshuva is a four part process: (1) We must recognize what we have done wrong and regret it. (2) We must stop doing the transgression and correct whatever damage that we can. (3) We must accept upon ourselves not to do it again. (4) We must verbally ask the Almighty to forgive us.

On the night of Tisha B'Av we read in the synagogue Eicha, the book of Lamentations, written by the prophet Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah). We also say Kinot, special poems recounting the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. With the lights dimmed, we sit on low stools in synagogue as a sign of mourning.

Learning Torah is the heart, soul and lifeblood of the Jewish people. It is the secret of our survival. Learning leads to understanding and understanding leads to doing. One cannot love what he does not know. Learning Torah gives a great joy of understanding life. On Tisha B'Av we are forbidden to learn Torah except those parts dealing with the calamities which the Jewish people have suffered. We must stop, reflect, change ourselves and only then will we be able to make a better world.

The Complete Tisha B'Av Service by Rabbis Avrohom Chaim Feuer and Avie Gold is helpful to understand the day and the service. Available at your local Jewish bookstore, at judaicaenterprises.com or by calling toll-free 877-758-3242. If you wish to delve deeper, I recommend going to Aish.com . There are articles to help understand Tisha B'av -http://www.aish.com/holidays/tisha_bav_and_the_3_weeks/default.asp and check out ShabbatShalomAudio.com!

To repeat the story I shared a couple of weeks ago, Napoleon was walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'Av. As his entourage passed a synagogue he heard wailing and crying coming from within; he sent an aide to inquire as to what had happened. The aide returned and told Napoleon that the Jews were in mourning over the loss of their Temple. Napoleon was indignant! "Why wasn't I informed? When did this happen? Which Temple?" The aide responded, "They lost their Temple in Jerusalem on this date 1,700 years ago." Napoleon stood in silence and then said, "Certainly a people which has mourned the loss of their Temple for so long will survive to see it rebuilt!" May we all merit that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days!

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Torah Portion of the Week

This week we begin the last of the Five Books of Moses, Deuteronomy (which is the Greek name for the book of Devarim, "Words" - as it is called in the original Hebrew). The Book is the oration of Moses (Moshe) before he died. It is the preparation of the Jewish people for entering and living in the Land of Israel. Moshe reviews the history of the 40 years of wandering the desert and gives rebuke so that the Jewish people will learn from their mistakes. It is always good to give reproof right before one dies. People are more inclined to pay attention and to take it to heart.

Moshe recalls what happened at Mt. Sinai, the appointment of judges and administrators, the story of the spies, the prohibition to attack Edom and Moav, the defeat of the Kings Sichon and Og, and how the land of Gilad was given to the tribes of Reuven, Gad and half of the tribe of Menashe.

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During DUI arrest, Mel Gibson has Anti-Semetic Rant. Cover-up alleged.

According to TMZ.com , when Actor/Director Mel Gibson was arrested for alleged drunk driving in Malibu CA on Friday, he launched into a crazed rant.
In addition to threatening the arresting officer with, "You motherf***er, I'm going to f*** you!", and that he "Owned Malibu" and that he would use all his money to get even; Gibson allegedly made strongly anti-Semitic remarks.
According to the original report written by the arresting deputy, Gibson went into an anti-Semitic tirade, "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
After being very belligerent with the deputy's supervisor and co-workers, Gibson continued to be difficult and abusive while in the jail, the report said.
TMZ.com reported that sources said that after writing his eight page report, the arresting deputy was told by his superiors to write an expurgated version without the anti-Semitic remarks, because Gibson's comments would incite a lot of "Jewish hatred," that the situation in Israel was "way too inflammatory." It was mentioned several times that Gibson, who wrote, directed, and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," had incited "anti-Jewish sentiment" and "For a drunk driving arrest, is this really worth all that?"

Hattip to TMZ.com , where you can read the full story and there's a link to the arresting deputy's original report.

Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P