Category Archives: September

THE UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILY, BY RABBI CHAIM BRUK

From The Huffington Post.

The Unconventional Family

YAHRZEITS — SEPTEMBER, 2016, AV-ELUL, 5776

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Sheldon Maznek May 20, 2016 12 Iyar, 5776 Brother of Evelyn Kelman
Marion Kelman May 19, 2016 11 Iyyar, 5776 Sister-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Dr. Irving “Chick” Waltman Jan 5, 2016 24 Tevet, 5766 Father of Marjorie Feldman
Beverly Tatz Dec 8, 2015 26 Kislev, 5776 Mother of Janet Tatz
William Meyer Sep 6, 1966 21 Elul, 5726 Grandfather of Diane Sherick
Norman Nagel Sep 6, 1976 11 Elul, 5736 Father of Meriam Nagel
Harriet Renne Sep 11, 2009 22 Elul, 5769 Mother of Michael Renne
Joe Barrett Sep 14, 1993 28 Elul, 5753 Uncle of Nadyne Weissman
Paralee Poplack Shapiro Sep 20, 1999 10 Tishrei, 5760 Mother of Jeff Shapiro
Zel Lana Jenings Sep 21, 2006 28 Elul, 5766 Niece of Diane Sherick
Frances Langsam Sep 22, 1996 9 Tishrei, 5757 Mother of Helen Cherry
Alfred Maleson Sep 24, 2009 6 Tishrei, 5770 Uncle of Wendy Weissman
Nathan Rapaport Sep 27, 1925 9 Cheshvan, 5686 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Leila Rapaport Green Sep 27, 1967 23 Tishrei, 5728 Grandmother of Nadyne Weissman
William Semple Sep 29, 2010 21 Tishrei, 5771 father of Doug Semple

SHAKIN’ THE LULAV (SUKKOT SONG)

SUKKOT RECIPES

https://www.aish.com/h/su/c/

https://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/collection/holiday-sukkot/

SUKKOT — THE FESTIVAL OF SCOUT SKILLS

From the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

http://www.jewishscouting.org/sukkot-festival-scout-skills/

WHO BY FIRE? LEONARD COHEN

EDITOR’S NOTE: I know this is late for this year, but I found it to be so beautiful and meaningful that I didn’t want to wait till next year to post it.

SUKKOT 2015 5776

The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishrei 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu Z’mn Simchateinu (in Hebrew), the Season of our Rejoicing.

http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday5.htm

THE YO-YO DIET GUIDE TO THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS

  • Rosh Hashanah: Feast
  • Tzom Gedalia: Fast
  • Yom Kippur: More fasting
  • Sukkot: Feast
  • Hoshanah Rabbah: More feasting
  • Simchat Torah: Keep feasting
  • Month of Cheshvan: No feasts or fasts for a whole month. Get a grip on yourself.
  • Hanukkah: Eat potato pancakes
  • Tenth of Tevet: Do not eat potato pancakes
  • Tu B’Shevat: Feast
  • Fast of Esther: Fast
  • Purim: Eat pastry
  • Passover: Do not eat pastry
  • Shavuot: Dairy feast (cheesecake, blintzes etc.)
  • 17th of Tammuz: Fast (definitely no cheesecake or blintzes)
  • Tisha B’Av: Very strict fast (don’t even think about cheesecake or blintzes)
  • Month of Elul: End of cycle.

A NEW YEAR’S WISH FOR US FROM RABBI RUZ

To all my family and friends, I wish for you, on this Yom Kippur 5776, a kinder world. May we be inspired and infuriated enough to make the changes we know we need. Seal yourself to Life.

ASK BIG QUESTIONS

Rosh Hashanah 2015/5776

1) What Will You Do Better this Year?

Isaiah 55:6-7 You should seek God while God may be found, call upon God while God is near; Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; and let him return unto God, and God will have compassion upon him, and to our God, for God will abundantly pardon.

Do a Heshbon HaNefesh, an accounting of the soul.
(Follow this link for a great step by step, as well as an explanation of where the custom began in the 12th century: http://www.jewishmag.com/58mag/chesbon/chesbon.htm)

If your friend calls you an ass, put a saddle on your back.
If you have any shortcomings– you be the first to reveal them.
Though the wine belongs to the horse, the butler gets the praise.
A hungry dog will eat even stones.
If you will help lift the load, then I will lift also; if not, then I will not do it alone. (Found in Bava Kamma 92b)

2) What has your Jewish practice looked like in the past year? How do you want it to look in the coming one?

A Blessing
Help us to be modest in our demands of one another, but generous in our giving to each other. May we never measure how much love or encouragement we offer; may we never count the times we forgive. Rather, may we always be grateful that we have one another and that we are able to express our love in acts of kindness.

Keep us gentle in our speech. When we offer words of criticism, may they be chosen with care and spoken softly. May we waste no opportunity to speak words of sympathy, of appreciation, of praise.

Bless our family with health, happiness, and contentment. Above all, grant us the wisdom to build a joyous and peaceful home in which Your spirit will always abide. Amen. (Gates of Shabbat, p. 82)

3) What is one thing you will change in the new year, be it Jewish or otherwise?

R. Isaac…said: Four things cancel the doom of a man, namely, charity, supplication, change of name and change of conduct. (Talmud, Masechet Rosh Hashanah, 16b)

In the hour when an individual is brought before the heavenly court for judgement, the person is asked:
Did you conduct your [business] affairs honestly?
Did you set aside regular time for Torah study (learning)?
Did you work at having children (a legacy)?
Did you look forward to the world’s redemption? (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

4) What Jewish principles do you want to consciously add to your life to enhance it?

When God created Adam, God led him around the Garden of Eden and said to him: “Behold my works! See how beautiful they are, how excellent! All that I have created, for your sake did I create it. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy my world; for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you.” (Ecclesiastes Rabba 7:13)

Elana Nemitoff
Rabbinical Student – HUC-JIR, 2018
enemitoff@gmail.com
Congregation Beth aaron, Billings

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