The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

WeinbergRabbi_200x194Dear Congregants and Friends,

Although hard to believe, three quarters of my visit is about over. Every day seems to add new inspiration and excitement.  I spent last Shabbat in Alon Shvut, where Nomi, my granddaughter, lives with her family. Alon Shvut is smaller than Efrat, but I was astonished at the huge building which is the main synagogue and its beauty.

On Friday night, we sat toward the back. Because of its huge size and noise in the lobby, it was hard to hear the cantor, so on Shabbat morning, we sat much further to the front. One of the people who received an aliya was an elderly man who had just moved to Israel. The rabbi made a special mi shebayrach for him and the whole congregation sang , “ … and the children shall return to their home.” I was assured that you can get that mi  shebayrach, too!

Did you ever get TWO Aliyot on ONE Monday morning? I did and here is how it happened. 

WeinbergRabbi-150x200Dear Congregants and Friends,

I think all will agree that last Shabbat was one which will stand out in our memories for a long time.  I refer to the morning service, accompanied by the inspirational renditions of the South African choir.  The evening program was a huge success with an extremely large congregation.  It featured the sounding of the Shofar, Torah procession, beautiful music, and a spectacular collation. 

It now becomes our responsibility, more than ever, to live up to all the declared intentions – in every detail – as our synagogue enters its second century.
matzah on Pesach Sheni / SheiniThis Sunday marks an interesting day in our calendar. It is the 14th of Iyar, exactly one month after Pesach.  It became a special day when Moses was asked by people who were tamei (spiritually impure) what they could do about offering the Paschal lamb.  People who were tamei were not allowed to perform this ceremony.  Moses inquired of G-d and was told that they, as well as those who were far away from Jerusalem on Pesach, would be given a second chance on the 14th of Iyar. 


We observe this day by not saying Tachanun; and many people eat some matza on that day.


So ……  Happy Pesach Sheini !

siegeThe Fast of Asarah B-Tevet (the Tenth of Tevet) will take place on Thursday, Jnaury 5th.  The Fast will start at 5:43 A.M. and be over at 4:58 P.M. 

This is one of the four fast days commemorating the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the two Holy Temples. On this day, the Babylonians, headed by Nebuchadnezzer, launched their attack upon Jerusalem.  Because this day was first in the events which culminated in our dispersion around the world for many centuries, it has been marked by the Rabbinate of Israel as the day of the yahrzeit for our brothers and sisters who were murdered during the Holocaust and whose dates of death are unknown to us. 

I light a Yahrzeit candle on this day and recite the Kaddish for my relatives and the others who perished for the sake of Kiddush Hashem.  If you have not already done so, you might want to consider undertaking this meaningful minhag.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday evening and with best regards.