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YOM KIPPUR LAST-MINUTE CHANGE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rabbi Ruz will not be with us this year for Yom Kippur services. Wendy and Devorah will lead the services, and we will live stream Kol Nidre services with Rabbi Ed Staffman from Bozeman again like we did last year, hopefully with better results this time. If someone can coordinate with Aaron Weissman to lead a mid-afternoon discussion, that would be great. Otherwise, the schedule will be the same. Thank you for your understanding. Please make it a point to attend services at the Bethel if at all possible. We all wish Rabbi Ruz a speedy recovery, and a happy and healthy New Year.

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WEEK END HOSPITALITY

Todah Robah to the following congregation members for their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko over Yom Kippur week end.

  • Friday, 09/29/2017, Airport Pickup: Marty Foxman
  • Friday Evening, 09/29/2017, Dinner Hosts: Don and Helen Cherry

Please bring a milchig (dairy) dish to share. Please let Helen or Nadyne know what you would like to bring via email, helen@aitzchaim.com nadyne@aitzchaim.com

Appetizers
Breads
Salads
Hot dishes
Fruits
Vegetables
Desserts

DEAR CHAIM

EDITOR’S NOTE: If God wrote you a letter wishing you a happy new year, what do you think it might say?

Dear Chaim…
By Rabbi Chaim
On Wednesday evening, we will usher in a New Year with Rosh Hashana 5778. During the holiday service, we read the Haftorah about the infertility of Chana and Elkanah. Chana – childless and troubled by her super-fertile sister Peninah – travels to G-d’s Tabernacle in Shiloh and breaks down in prayer, beseeching G-d for a child. She is then blessed with baby Samuel, who grows to be a prominent prophet of the Jewish people. When she returns with Shmuel to Shiloh, she thanks G-d. In her words “ For this child did I pray, and the Lord granted me my request, which I asked of Him.”

How often do we pause to simply say “thank you” to Hashem before submitting our next request? How often do we see the gifts given to us by G-d and just relish in them? How often do we recognize that Indeed Hashem has answered our prayers?

I want to publicly express my thanks to the Almighty for all that He has done for my family and me, and to apologize for not being grateful enough.

Last night, I envisioned receiving this note from G-d:

Dearest Chaim,

Thanks again for dedicating your life to sharing my Torah with Montana. I appreciate all that you do, but I need to knock some sense into you and put you in your place, so please bear with me.

I know that you, like all my creations, have “moments” but please get a grip. Next time you are struggling, next time you think your world is imploding, next time you question what I’m smoking, please remember Chana’s words “El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray.”. These heartbreaking moments of life always pass, and at the end you will see that I’ve answered your prayers in spades.

When your children are misbehaving, Chaim, giving you heartache, remind yourself:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. You wanted a family so badly and look, I’ve provided you and Chavie with just that.

When your child is struggling with a tough medical quandary, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. Yes, they have health challenges, but I’ve also gifted you and Chavie with inner strength and amazing doctors to get you through the darkness.

When you drive 400 miles just to visit one young Jew in desperate need of love, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. How fortunate are you to spend your day on the road, in order to uplift one of My children.

When a Jew increases their Mitzva observance and you’re frustrated that it isn’t more, remind yourself Chaim:
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. Yes, it may be a bit frustrating, but in My eyes, Chaim, their small step upwards has shaken the heavens and is so precious.

When you think that someone else has it easier or better than you, remind yourself Chaim,
El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray. The life I have given you is a perfect fit, tailor made for you, so cut the you-know-what and be grateful.

Do you feel me Chaim? I don’t mean to shut you up, but please take a moment, daily, to see how much you’re loved and blessed.

I bless you with a rokin New Year and wish you continued success in making Montana a place that makes Me feel at home. Please thank Chavie on My behalf, not only for putting up with you, but for being an amazing mother to her five Kinderlach and a spiritual leader of Big Sky Country.

Sincerely,

G-d

There’s nothing about my life I’d want to swap out, and neither should you. Look at your life and sing “El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti – For this child I did pray”. G-d please continue to give me what I need to be the best I can be in service of You!

Please take a moment before Rosh Hashana to enjoy this beautiful rendition of El Hanaar Hazeh Hispalalti, composed by Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles. The kids and I love it, I think you will too!

Wishing you and yours a Shabbat Shalom & Shana Tova!
Your friends @ Chabad Lubavitch,
Rabbi Chaim, Chavie, Shoshana, Chaya, Zeesy, Menny & Chana Laya

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS: ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE 09/20-21/2017, 1 TISHREI, 5778

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

  • Wednesday evening, 09/20/2017, 7:00 P.M.: Rosh Hashanah Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel. Oneg to follow.
  • Thursday morning, 09/21/2017, 10:00 A.M.: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at The Bethel.
  • Tashlich at Giant Springs to follow.
  • Congregation no-host lunch to follow, at Maple Gardens

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

The address for Giant Springs is 5401 18th Avenue North.

The address for Maple Gardens is 5401 9th Avenue South.

SEVEN STEPS TO AN EASY FAST: GIVING NEW MEANING TO THE TERM FAST FOOD, BY RABBI SHRAGA SIMMONS

SEVEN STEPS TO AN EASY FAST

ROSH HASHANNAH HOSPITALITY

Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko and to provide the oneg:

  • Wednesday, 09/20/2017: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Meriam Nagel
  • Wednesday, 09/20/2017: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Jerry and Nadyne Weissman
  • Wednesday evening, 09/20/2015: Oneg: Nadyne and Wendy weissman, Meriam Nagel

The address for the Bethel is 1009 18th Avenue Southwest. click here for map and directions.

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

Follow my Journey at: http://jewishwanderings.blogspot.com

YOM KIPPUR 2015 HOSPITALITY

Todah Robah to the following Congregation members who have offered their hospitality to Rabbi Ruz Gulko:

  • Tuesday, 09/22/2015: Airport pickup for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Marty foxman
  • Tuesday, 09/22/2015: Dinner hosts for Rabbi Ruz Gulko: Don and Helen Cherry

YOM KIPPUR SCHEDULE 2015

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Kol Nidre

Tuesday evening, 09/22/2015, 7:00 P.M.: Kol Nidre, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko, at the YWCA.

Yom Kippur day schedule

  • Wednesday, 09/23/2015, 10:00 A.M.: Yom Kippur Morning services, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko at the YWCA, followed by a break.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 3:00 P.M.: Discussion.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, After Discussion: Prepare the room for Break The Fast — set up tables, etc.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 5:00 P.M.: Yizkor
  • Wednesday afternoon, 09/23/2015, 5:30-6:15 P.M.: Neilah
  • Wednesday evening, 09/23/2015, 6:30 P.M.: Break the Fast Potluck, traditionally dairy (milchig.)
  • The space at the Bethel is temporarily unavailable due to site renovation. The address of the YWCA is 220 Second Street North.

    As is Aitz Chaim tradition, and since we are fasting, please pay it forward and bring nonperishable food items to Yom Kippur services for the Great Falls Food Bank. Helen will collect and distribute the food items. Thank you, everyone.

    Helen also has the sign-up sheet for what to bring for Break
    The Fast. You may contact her at 727-2572 or helen@aitzchaim.com or bring something without signing up. We have enough fruit/vegetables/drinks; we need salads, hot dishes, or dessert. We could also use bread/bagels/chips with spreads. This is a traditionally Milchig (dairy) meal. Thank you in advance for all you do for the Aitz Chaim community.

HOW TO HAVE AN EASY FAST

https://www.joi.org/celebrate/yomkippur/fasting.shtml