Friday, October 4, 2002

End of Sukkot-O-Gram, Oct. 5, 2002 and Tishre 29, 5763

  End of Sukkot-O-Gram, Oct. 5, 2002 and Tishre 29, 5763

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford, Connecticut



Previous Shabbat-O-Grams can now be accessed directly from our web site (, or more directly at -- and our Web site now also has High Holy Day sermon postings and great Sukkah photos.



JUST THE FACTS: Services and Such (note – 7:30 Friday evening!)

Friday Night: Candles: 6:25 PM, Services at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary

Shabbat: Torah Portion: Bereisheet       Service begins at 9:30 AM, with children’s services at 10:30.

Read the Masorti commentary at JTS commentary is at: USCJ Torah Sparks can be found at UAHC Shabbat Table Talk discussions are at Other divrei Torah via the Torahnet home page: Test your Parasha I.Q.: CLAL's Torah commentary archive:  Nehama Liebowitz archives of parsha commentaries:  For a more Kabbalistic/Zionist perspective from Rav Kook, first Chief Rabbi of Israel, go to

Morning Minyan: Daily at 7:30


Spiritual Journey on the Web 






Required Reading and Action Items


NPR’s series on the roots of the Arab Israeli conflict – transcripts:

Israel Faxx – a great selection of links Israel Insider Online Magazine Israel Support Group: News, History, Documentaries, good news links

Other Useful Websites
Israel Goverment Gateway
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israel Defense Forces
Jewish Agency for Israel
N.Y. Consulate
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israeli News Sources
Jerusalem Post
Kol-Israel Radio

Media Monitoring Sites
Honest Reporting
Palestinian Media Watch

A Great Site devoted to Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe.  Lots of documentary photos and slide shows: “Sweets of Solidarity,” Send holiday gift packages to terror victim families, Israeli soldiers, or someone in your own family.

A wealth of information that I post here comes from the Daily Alert of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, in association with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.  To subscribe directly to the Daily Alert, please send a blank email message to:

This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations. This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.


In case you missed them last week: Some great sites to see on Sukkot:

Sukkot Through the Ages -

Beliefnet section on Sukkot -

UAHC Jewish Parent Page (family education on Sukkot) -

Mish-Mash – Lots of Sukkot Links

Virtual Jerusalem lulav sitehttp://

Sukkot family and educational activities -

OU Sukkot Site (basic and “advanced” information)

Rabbi Schneierman’s Sukkot Page (with a link to the award winning MIT Sukkah)

JTS Sukkot Site -- Great new Web site devoted to Jewish learning. Check it out.




  Quotes of the Week: 

“…Before being assaulted one of us was able to have a brief conversation with a demonstrator who was yelling ‘Free Palestine.’ Howard told him I agree, there should be a free Palestine alongside a free Israel. ‘Oh no,’ he replied—‘only Palestine, not Israel.’…[F]or him Mr. Netanyahu was not the issue…The ‘provocation’ is Israel’s existence itself…We do not just look at this as a Jewish issue. We were attacked by a group that apparently does not accept the basic values and social contract of our society and now plagues Montreal, Quebec and Canada. They claim…provocation and justification to violence from any idea or event that is not to their liking…Their arrogance knows no limits and they are willing to disrupt our society and its institutions, interrupting the lives of students and citizens alike.”—Dr. Norma Joseph, associate professor in the Dept. of Religion at Concordia University and Dr. Howard Joseph, Rabbi of Montreal’s Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue and adjunct professor in the Dept. of Religion at Concordia University, offering their first-hand accounts of the 9 September riots which prevented former P.M. Netanyahu from speaking at Concordia.

“One reason for the military’s caution about entering Gaza may be concern about Hamas’ support from Syria and Iran; a strike on the political or religious leaders of Hamas, could invite a counterstrike from Iran, which might take the form of a terrorist attack against Israeli interests abroad…In this crazy war, there are some rules.”—Yediot Aharonot columnist Nahum Barnea (Int’l. Her. Trib., Sept. 25)



Adult Education


"The Prayer-Which Project" -- Building our own Friday night Siddur

with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Begins Thursday, October 3rd

8:00 p.m.

“Jewish Holidays 101” with Barb Moskow

Begins Thursday, October 3rd

7:00 p.m.


Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults

with Shirley Fish

Sunday, October 6th

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Library

Cost:  $50 for 10 week session


Israeli Movie Night & Nosh

with Barb Moskow

Begins Sunday, October 13th  6:00 p.m.


“Latte and Learn” at Borders Book Store

October 22 & November 26

7:30 p.m. (October’s topic: the Akeda – chapter 22 of Genesis)

with Rabbi Joshua Hammerman


A Celebration of Rosh Chodesh
Held monthly with Barb Moskow & friends

Begins Monday, October 7th

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Youth Lounge


Shabbat Morning Learner's Minyan

with Barb Moskow

Begins November 16th

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.





Youth Programs…


KADIMA (6-8)


September 29th

following services 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



KESHER (3-5)

Sunday, October 6th

Visits Jones Farm

Hayrides, pumpkins, crafts & games


USY (9-12) & KADIMA (6-8)

Friday night dinner, service & discussion

Friday, October 11th

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


ATID (K-2)

Goes to Silverman’s Farm

Sunday, October 13th

Petting zoo, pumpkins, hayrides, apples



Sunday, October 13th

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the boat!


KADIMA (6-8)


Sunday, October 20th

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In cooperation with the JCC


Jr. Choir Meets

Sundays, from 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Starting October 13, 2002

Details to follow...




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