September 12, 2003 and Elul 16, 5763
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El, Stamford, Connecticut
Previous Shabbat-O-Grams can be accessed directly from our web site (www.tbe.org).
A special Happy Birthday to Eileen Rosner!
The Highest Level of Tzedakkah*
It has been suggested that I begin moonlighting in career counseling. But in fact I’m only the messenger here. What we have is a congregation (i.e. YOU) who is a) comfortable enough to seek solace and help from one another and 2) caring enough to provide it. I cannot overstate how proud I am of that. So here are two possibilities that have come this week that I gladly post, from Shelley Berman at the Jewish Home and from Barbara Brafman.
Would you please pass along The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield has the following 2 positions open, both fairly recently announced. 360 Skilled Nursing beds, 500+ employees Beautiful 15 acre campus, and a Kosher cafeteria and Coffee Shop.
Vice President, Finance & CFO,
and another position: Business Systems Analyst
I am now a receptionist for Coldwell Banker at their corporate office on High Ridge Rd., I will be moving up to an HR type position, but need to find my replacement at the front desk. This is a great job for some one who is returning to the work force or for some one who is scaling down as I was when I took the job. Some Microsoft excel and word skills are required, but this is a straight 9 -5, Mon thru Fri job, in a very nice office with nice people and good location.
See you soon,
* To see all 8 levels of tzedakkah according to Maimonides, go to http://myjewishlearning.com/daily_life/Tzedakah/TO_Tzedakah_H_and_D/Tzedakah_J_Trad/Maimonides_Eight_Degrees.htm for a contemporary commentary, check out http://myjewishlearning.com/daily_life/Tzedakah/TO_Tzedakah_H_and_D/Tzedakah_J_Trad/Jeff_on_Maimo_8_levels.htm
“Get the Scoop on Temple Beth El”
THREE MORE FABULOUS OPPORTUNITES TO INTRODUCE YOUR FRIENDS TO THE WONDERS OF TBE (INCLUDING TOMORROW MORNING!!). THESE “OPEN HOUSE” EVENTS DEMONSTRATE THE DIVERSITY OF OUR PROGRAMMING AND OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY, WARM, ENRICHING JEWISH EXPERIENCES FOR ALL AGES…. (BRING YOUR FELLOW BETH EL’ers TOO)
Saturday, September 13, at 9:30 AM – Open House Shabbat Morning, with an extended Kiddush
Saturday, September 20, at 6:30 PM – “Havdalah at the Beach,” at Cove Island Park – loads of fun for all ages
Sunday, September 21, at 9:30 AM – Spectacular Family Education program preparing us all for the High Holy Days
JUST THE FACTS…
NOTE THE 6:15 OUTDOOR START TIME AND THIS WEEK WE ALSO BEGIN OUR “TINY TOT SHABBAT” SERIES WITH NURIT, AT 4 PM ON THE SECOND WEEK FO EACH MONTH!!!
Candles: 6:51 PM
TINY Tot Shabbat 4:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service: 6:15 PM, (outdoors, weather permitting – casual dress)
Service: 9:30 AM
Children’s services: 10:30 AM
Torah Portion – Ki Tavo
Read the Masorti commentary at http://www.masorti.org/mason/torah/index.asp. JTS commentary is at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/parashah/. USCJ Torah Sparks can be found at http://uscj.org/item20_467.html. UAHC Shabbat Table Talk discussions are at http://uahc.org/torah/exodus.shtml. Other divrei Torah via the Torahnet home page: http://uahcweb.org/torahnet/. Test your Parasha I.Q.: http://www.ou.org/jewishiq/parsha/default.htm. CLAL’s Torah commentary archive: http://click.topica.com/maaaiRtaaRvQhbV2AtLb/. Nehama Liebowitz archives of parsha commentaries: http://www.torahcc.org/nechama/gilayonarchives.htm. For a more Kabbalistic/Zionist/Orthodox perspective from Rav Kook, first Chief Rabbi of Israel, go to http://www.geocities.com/m_yericho/ravkook/index.html. For some probing questions and meditations on key verses of the portion, with a liberal kabbalistic bent, go to http://www.jewishealing.com/learning.html. To see the weekly commentary from Hillel, geared to college students and others, go to http://www.hillel.org/hillel/NewHille.nsf/FCB8259CA861AE57852567D30043BA26/DF7D129F15B3DF0885256AB80058E9C3?OpenDocument. For a Jewish Renewal and feminist approach go to http://rabbishefagold.hypermart.net/Torah1.html or to http://www.reclaimingjudaism.org/TakingTorahPersonally.htm
Mazal Tov to Alex Plutzer and his grandmother Ethel Sieman on becoming joint B’nai Mitzvah this Shabbat morning.
Thanks to Sue and Rich Plutzer for the extended Kiddush that will follow the service, and to them and to the Membership committee for all the work that went into preparing for Get the Scoop on Beth El Open House Shabbat.
Morning Minyan: Daily at 7:30 AM, Sundays at 9:00 AM in the chapel PLEASE SUPPORT OUR MINYAN AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN!
Welcome to the Women’s League, who will be having a regional meeting here on Sunday morning.
Our Annual Cemetery Service will be held on Sunday morning at 11:30
FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS….
From www.Jewishfamily.com, A Thriving Diaspora: "As the High Holidays approach, and we reflect on all that is wrong in Israel and beyond," writes acclaimed author Larry Tye, "it is critical that we heed and take hope from what is going right." Also, check out Making T'Shuva Count: One of the major themes of the High Holidays is that of t'shuva, or repentance. And if we are to truly get a fresh start in this new year, says Rachel Kadish, then it is our responsibility to do t'shuva correctly.
The Elul Journal, by Rabbi Rami Shapiro (on PDF), an excellent resource for self-reflection, meditation and preparation: http://www.simplyjewish.com/PDFs/Elul_PDF.pdf
http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/diduknow/jrpguide/12_part2.shtml, http://learn.jtsa.edu/topics/diduknow/jrpguide/12_part3.shtml -- Rabbi Isaac Klein’s (Conservative) Guide to Jewish Practice – on Elul and teshuvah
http://www.ou.org/chagim/elul/default.htm -- from the Orthodox Union
http://www.inner.org/times/elul/elul.htm -- a Kabbalistic approach
http://www.franion.com/StarElul_pages/week1.html -- material (excellent) from a STAR project on Elul, in which our synagogue participated
http://www.ritualwell.org/Rituals/search.html -- Creative new rituals and meditations for the holidays.
CLAL Holy Days: Rosh Ha'Shanah
"On Rosh Ha'Shanah, Jews proclaim that God is creator and ruler of the universe. But while Rosh Ha'Shanah celebrates cosmic Creation, its central message is addressed to the individual: You are not fixed by your past. Through Creation, the world came into being; it has a beginning and an end. The individual also has a beginning and an end. In the dramatic imagery of the High Holy Days, each person is on trial for his/her life in this period. "On Rosh Ha'Shanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur, it is sealed; who shall live, and who shall die?" Facing death, would you live your life the same way? Or would you be more considerate and loving, more ethical, more adventurous, more creative?"
The Big Question of the Day: Should Yasser be Expelled??
U.S. Blocks Cabinet Move to Exile Arafat - Aluf Benn and Arnon Regular
The U.S. Thursday blocked Israel from immediately expelling Arafat from the territories. The Americans contacted Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Mofaz on Wednesday night to demand that they not expel Arafat. In return, they promised to insist that new Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei should fulfill the PA's obligation under the road map peace plan to fight terrorism rather than making do with temporary cease-fires. (See text of Israeli Cabinet Decision below.) (Ha'aretz)
Once more, the White House intervened and demanded that Israel give a chance to the new Ahmed Qurei government and lay off Arafat. In return, the Americans have promised not to restrict Israel's actions against Hamas and will insist that the new Palestinian government carry out a real war against terrorism.
The cabinet's decision faces Qurei with an ultimatum: If you fight terror, we'll talk with you, and if you don't, you'll be faced with the responsibility for the expulsion of your leader. Sharon does not reject the new Palestinian prime minister, with whom he has conversed on a number of occasions. But he has also made clear that Israel will not take any steps to reinforce his position, the way he did with his predecessor Mahmoud Abbas. (Ha'aretz)
Israeli Cabinet: Israel Will Work to Remove Arafat
(Prime Minister's Media Adviser/IMRA)
- On Thursday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon instructed the security forces to act relentlessly, continuously, and determinedly to eliminate the terrorist organizations and take all appropriate measures against their leaders, commanders, and operatives until their criminal activity is halted.
- This activity will continue until the Israeli government is satisfied that the PA is taking tangible steps to dismantle and eliminate the terrorist organizations.
- Events of recent days have reiterated and proven again that Yasser Arafat is a complete obstacle to any process of reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel will work to remove this obstacle in a manner, and at a time, of its choosing.
- Israel will negotiate only with a Palestinian prime minister who acts immediately to dismantle and remove the terrorist organizations, implements and carries out full reforms of the PA, and fully upholds the other commitments that the PA has taken upon itself according to the roadmap, as it has been adopted by the Israeli government.
- The Israeli government rejects any idea of a ceasefire as a way of dealing with terror; terror will stop only after the terrorist organizations have been dismantled and liquidated. This is the obligation of the PA and it will be judged solely by its actions and results.
- The Cabinet has decided to accelerate the construction of the security fence.
Mofaz to Kurtzer: Israel Should Have Exiled Arafat Earlier - Aluf Benn and Gideon Alon
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer on Friday that Israel's failure to exile Arafat earlier was a historic mistake. Mofaz told the envoy that Israel views Arafat as an obstacle to making progress in any diplomatic process, Israel Radio reported. Mofaz also said Israel remains committed to the road map and to the vision of President Bush. Political sources told Army Radio on Friday that Arafat would not be expelled without American agreement. (Ha'aretz)
National Jewish Population Survey (United Jewish Communities) The core Jewish population of the U.S. is 5.2 million, according to the just released National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01.
http://jcpa.org/jl/vp503.htm TEN YEARS SINCE OSLO: THE PLO'S "PEOPLE'S WAR" STRATEGY AND ISRAEL'S INADEQUATE RESPONSE
U.S. Pressure Changes Fence Route in Northern Jordan Valley - Felix Frisch
In response to American pressure, Israel has changed the route of the security fence in the Gilboa region that was to have included the northern Jordan Valley, to a route much closer to the "green line." In addition, senior security sources promised that a decision would be made in the coming days on the route of the western fence from Elkana to northern Jerusalem. (Yediot Ahronot-Hebrew)
PA Minister Calls Arafat "the Most Incompetent Revolutionary Leader in History" - Khaled Abu Toameh
Arafat stormed out of a meeting of the Fatah Central Council in Ramallah on Thursday after a bitter confrontation with Gen. Nasser Youssef, nominated to be interior minister in the new cabinet led by Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala). According to well-informed sources in Ramallah, an enraged Arafat left the meeting after Youssef described him as "the most incompetent revolutionary leader in history." Qurei's attempt to form an emergency cabinet was strongly opposed by many PA, PLO, and Fatah officials, forcing Qurei to back off from his intention. Hundreds of Palestinians converged on Arafat's compound Thursday night, vowing to foil any attempt to expel him. Flashing a V for victory sign, a smiling Arafat walked out to the crowd, shouting through a loudspeaker that he prefers to die rather than be expelled. (Jerusalem Post)
Some good news (which we need!!) Israelis Develop West Nile Vaccine - Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli microbiologists have developed the first passive vaccine, effective for six weeks, against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, which has killed thousands and infected many more around the world. The vaccine, reported on in the July issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, is about to undergo clinical trials at a number of American hospitals.
www.nextbook.org - A Gateway to Jewish Culture Online – a superb new site
In Need of a New Abbas - Charles Krauthammer
The fall of moderate Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas - systematically destroyed by Yasser Arafat - represents a spectacularly missed opportunity. Abbas wanted to end the terror and cash in on the American promise of an independent Palestinian state. Arafat, whose unswerving objective is a Palestinian state built on the ruins of Israel and who will not put down the gun until he gets it, undermined Abbas from the very beginning. He now has chosen a puppet as his new prime minister. Abbas's fall is only the latest chapter in the tragic story of the Palestinians' repeated decision to refuse the dignity of independence if it meant accepting Israel. Every peace plan, every road map, every truce is bound to fail until the Palestinians make a historic collective decision to accept half a loaf and build their state within it.
The administration should reconsider its puzzling opposition to the Israeli security fence. The fence not only will save lives by preventing suicide attacks, it will change the strategic equation by neutralizing the terror weapon. If the fence is built, yes, some Palestinians will be cut off from their fields. On the other hand, if the fence is not built, innocent people on the other side will be blown to bits. Which of these two misfortunes is the more morally compelling? (Washington Post)
Israel Weighs Deporting Arafat - Aluf Benn
Following talks held by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's bureau chief, Dov Weisglass, at the White House last Thursday, officials in the Prime Minister's Office believe there has been a significant turnaround in the U.S. position on the matter of Arafat's deportation. Weisglass did not explicitly ask for U.S. consent for the deportation, but the matter did come up for serious discussion, and the Americans did not reject the idea outright as they have in the past. The U.S. has insisted that the White House be consulted before any decision to harm or deport Arafat.
When the Americans went to war in Iraq, they explained that the ousting of Saddam Hussein would be a blow to the extremists throughout the region and would make it easier to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. No one took the opposite view - that American entanglement in Iraq would cause a collapse of the peace process due to U.S. attention being diverted, and with elections just around the corner. (Ha'aretz)
Israel Weighs Support for Qurei - Ze'ev Schiff
Israel will support a Palestinian Authority headed by Ahmed Qurei if it makes a serious effort to dismantle the terror infrastructure, brings all security organizations under its control, and is prepared to implement the road map peace plan. So long as the PA does not take these steps, Israel will continue its all-out war against Hamas leaders and terror operatives. (Ha'aretz)
What Iraqis Really Think - Karl Zinsmeister
Working with Zogby International survey researchers, The American Enterprise magazine conducted the first scientific poll of the Iraqi public in August. The results show that the Iraqi public is more sensible, stable, and moderate than commonly portrayed, and that Iraq is not so fanatical, or resentful of the U.S., after all. Five out of 10 said democracy is Western and won't work in Iraq, 1 in 10 wasn't sure, and 4 out of 10 said democracy can work in Iraq. Only 33% want an Islamic government; a solid 60% say no. Except in the Sunni triangle, negative views of bin Laden are quite lopsided in all parts of the country. And those opinions were collected before Iraqi police announced it was al-Qaeda members who killed worshipers with a truck bomb in Najaf. When asked, "Should Baath Party leaders who committed crimes in the past be punished, or should past actions be put behind us?" a thoroughly unforgiving Iraqi public stated by 74% to 18% that Saddam's h! enchmen should be punished. (Wall Street Journal)
Gaining Support for Action on Iran's Nuclear Program - Patrick Clawson (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
- Iran's current story is that it imported key parts for its centrifuges, blaming the presence of highly enriched (weapons-grade) uranium at the Natanz centrifuge plant on contaminated foreign (i.e., Pakistani) equipment.
- But the story may be a cover-up: it is not clear that Iran could actually obtain key Pakistani nuclear equipment, given that Pakistani-Iranian relations have not been close and that Pakistan has many reasons to be cautious about exporting such material.
- The true story may be the older Iranian account, according to which Iran developed the centrifuge technology on its own, using Pakistani blueprints.
- This scenario would be at least as troubling, because the presence of highly enriched uranium would mean that Iran has already begun to enrich uranium up to weapons grade.
Bush Urges Crackdown on Palestinian Militants
President Bush Wednesday called for an aggressive crackdown on Palestinian militant groups, saying the dismantlement of those groups is "probably the most important condition for peace to prevail." Bush's remarks suggested the administration will not publicly try to dissuade Israel from targeting groups or individuals responsible for a recent wave of suicide bombings. The job of the newly appointed Palestinian prime minister "is to consolidate power within his administration, to get the security forces under control - all security forces - and then to unleash those security forces against killers," Bush said.
Administration officials are deeply frustrated by Arafat's ability to thwart gains in the U.S.-sanctioned peace process, even after the administration has cut off contact with Arafat and attempted to marginalize him. But they have also privately warned Israeli officials not to act on the growing sentiment in Israel to exile Arafat, believing that would unleash anger across the Arab world that would complicate U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq. (Washington Post)
From the ADL:
- Coping with 9/11
* Lessons for a Lifetime: Remembering September 11
* Holocaust Survivors Reflect on September 11
Anti-Semitism and 9/11
* Conspiracy Theories Cause Dangerous Mutations in Global Anti-Semitism
* Newspapers in Arab World Blame Jews and America for Attacks
Exploring Truth, Faith and Doubt in Religion: Two Aspen Forums
"In August, CLAL Vice President Rabbi Brad Hirschfield was in Aspen for a compelling program on religion, faith, and doubt in the world today. The event addressed many of the fundamental questions on the future of religion and identity in America. Participants discussed Judaism's belief in oneness and how that has shaped our construct of community. Part of the two-day program included a (public) hike and text study linking the mind, body and spirit. The event concluded with a screening of Rabbi Hirschfield's interview on Nightline UpClose (ABC-TV) discussing the dark side of religion as a launch for conversation on how religion has been used as both a force for good and evil...."
War on U.S. Didn't Begin on 9/11 - Jeff Jacoby
The war we are in began 22 ago on Nov. 4, 1979, when Islamist radicals stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and, with the support of the Ayatollah Khomeini, proceeded to hold 52 Americans hostage for the next 15 months. Americans living in Lebanon were abducted - and some of them tortured and killed - by Iranian- and Syrian-backed terrorists between 1982 and 1991. A massive car bomb at the U.S. embassy in Beirut murdered 63 people in April 1983, and another attack in Lebanon in October killed 241 Marines in their barracks. And so it went when TWA Flight 847 was hijacked in 1985. When Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Scotland. When the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993. When two U.S. military compounds in Saudi Arabia were destroyed in 1996. When al-Qaeda blew up the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. When the USS Cole was attacked in 2000. Atrocity followed atrocity, but the fury of the United States was never aroused.
What happened on 9/11 is that America began fighting back. And the counterattack was launched not from Washington but from the skies over southeastern Pennsylvania, when the heroic passengers of United Flight 93 rose against the terrorists, and aborted the fourth attack. American eyes have opened to the threat from Islamofascism, the totalitarian ideology that has succeeded Nazism and communism as the foremost menace to the norms of civilization.
We have taken the fight to the terrorists, but we have not yet taken on the states that are their mainstay and refuge: Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. The governments of those three countries, more than any other, were responsible for Sept. 11 and the 22 years of terrorism that preceded it. Until they are toppled or transformed, the war against us will go on. We are in a fight to the death. Either America will destroy the terror masters or the terror masters will keep destroying Americans. Let us strive to be like the heroes of Flight 93 - to have the moral clarity to see what must be done, and the strength of will to do it. (Boston Globe)
Film, Discussion and Service (with coffee)
“Trembling Before God”
Saturday, Sept. 20 @ 8:30
In the chapel
Join us as we see and discuss one of the most talked-about documentaries in years. “Trembling Before God” speaks of the inner crises faced by gay and lesbian Jews within traditional communities. It has a lot to do with all our communities, and with the High Holiday themes of reconciliation and return. Join us for a viewing of the video, followed by a discussion and then an inspiring (and brief) Selichot service.
GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT
On Wednesday, September 24, Westport resident Ann S. Katz, certified Svaroopa Yogaä teacher, will lead a 90-minute class to prepare students for the High Holy Days. Designed for both men and women, the Wednesday morning program will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 am at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT.
This class in spiritual Judaism integrates Jewish philosophy with yoga postures, meditative prayer and conscious breathing. Using the “breath of life” participants learn how to access the “One” in their bodies; using the yoga postures they access the “Union” of body, mind and soul, and using Hebrew prayer and chanting they access the “Spirit” of renewal.
The breathing for relaxation, gentle stretching for release of muscle tension, readings from Jewish texts, and reflection make for a unique, spiritual experience uncommon in today’s busy world. Ann’s session is a distinctive, new experience for those who have participated in other, more traditional yoga classes.
Ann, who describes herself as both “a student and practitioner of Judaism, yoga and meditation,” brings a spirit of compassion, integrity, wisdom, and love to her yoga classes supplemented by her many years of human relations experience within the academic, profit and not-for-profit communities. Her unique approach touches the divinity within each participant. It truly puts the “spirit” back into Judaism.
To register, please email Temple Beth El at email@example.com. If you need personal assistance the telephone number is 203-322-6901. The cost is $10 for the class.
To contact Ann, her website is www.annkatzyoga.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-226-2701. Please contact her for additional information regarding her workshops, classes, individual instruction in meditation, yoga therapy, Embodymentä and cancer support.
Coming this October!!!!
TGIS (Thank God it’s Shabbat)
A rotating series of Friday night experiences
For all tastes and all ages
At 6:30 PM
Week 1 --- in the chapel, a traditional Beth El Service
Week 2 --- in the Sanctuary, Family Friday
Week 3 --- in the lobby: a creative Theme services
(on October 17, we will be welcoming Young Couples and the theme will be nature)
Week 4 --- a Carlebach-style service, featuring Hasidic nigunim and joyous meditation.
Plus our ongoing Tot Shabbat series (weeks 1 and 3 at 6:45, and Tiny Tot Shabbat on week 2 at 4)
Lunch and Learn Series
Led by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
Judaism, Business and Ethics for Our Time –
Using rabbinic sources, the group will explore the ethics of the marketplace, including deceptive advertising, employer-employee relations, consumer rights (and wrongs) and insider trading.
Please RSVP to email@example.com so that sufficient materials can be ordered
Meets Monthly, beginning Wed. Oct 1, 12:30 -1:30
At Benjamin and Gold, P.C., 350 Bedford Street 4th floor
Parking in rear of building (at corner of Pedigree Ski Shop), or metered parking on the street in front of building and also behind Baby and Toy Superstore, across the street.
(many thanks to Dan Benjamin for providing the space)
WE ARE STARTING ANOTHER ADULT BAR/BAT MITZVAH CLASS!!!!
THE CLASS WILL BE TAUGHT BY RABBI HAMMERMAN, CANTOR JACOBSON AND BARB MOSKOW,
COVERING ALL THE BASICS: SYNAGOGUE SKILLS AND PRAYER, JEWISH TRADITIONS, LITERATURE AND HISTORY.
THE CLASS WILL ORGANIZE THIS SPRING, CONTINUE IN THE FALL AND CULMINATE IN
A B’NAI MITZVAH SERVICE IN NOVEMBER OF 2004.
PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS ARE WELCOME
PLEASE RSVP IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, TO OUR EDUCATION OFFICE, 322-6901 X306
Temple Beth El is having an art auction on November 15 at 7 pm. We are going to have a variety of artwork and can request specific artists and works. We are serving finger foods, wine, beverages and dessert. Admission is $10 pp/$18 per couple by November 7. At the door, the admission is $15 pp/$25 per
It's an easy way to support TBE. There's free babysitting, with sign up by November 7. There's a registration form and more information at www.tbe.org. It's listed under "upcoming events" on the right hand side of the page.
This promises to be a wonderful evening.
E-mail from the Front”
Go to http://www.tbe.org/sog/Emailfromthefront.htm and scroll down to the most recent entries.
Time for a Joke…
Moses on His Walkie Talkie
Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned at Sunday school.
"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
"When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.
"Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."
"Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked.
"Well, no. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A SHABBAT-O-GRAM IN HONOR OF YOUR FAMILY’S SIMCHA AND HELP OUR CONGREGATION AT THE SAME TIME – SIMPLY SEND A CHECK FOR $100 TO THE TEMPLE OFFICE, INDICATING THAT IT’S TO SPONSOR A SHABBAT-O-GRAM, LET US KNOW WHO IT IS HONORING, AND WE’LL DO THE REST! YOUR SIMCHA WILL BE SHARED WITH THE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO ARE ON OUR MAILING LIST OR WHO HAPPEN BY OUR WEB SITE.