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Mabrook to Mr. and Mrs. Eli Abisror on the birth of a baby boy.
Mabrook to Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Elbaz and Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel Greenberg on the birth of a grandson.
Mabrook to Rabbi and Mrs. Joey Tawil on the birth of a grandson.
Mabrook to Ms. Ceryse Bibi on her marriage to Mr. Morris Sutton.
Mabrook to Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Moyal on the Bar Misvah of their son, Joseph.
Mabrook to Mr. and Mrs. Lenny Ash on the birth of a baby girl. Mabrook to the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Roditi.
Mabrook to Mr. and Mrs. Juiley Kairy on the birth of a grandson.
Mabrook to Mr. and Mrs. Ike Nesser on the birth of a baby girl. Mabrook to the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Nesser and Mr.
and Mrs. Avraham Cohen

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295 Park Ave, Long Branch NJ 07740
Phone: (732) 571-2711


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The Rabbi’s Message
"Do not erect a masebah (pillar)" (Debarim 16:22)
The simple meaning of the word 'masebah' is 'pillar'. This
pasuk is telling us that it is forbidden to erect a pillar in order to
serve Hashem. Our Rabbis offer another explanation for this verse
by pointing out the similarity of the word masebah to the word
'masab’ or 'situation'. When we read the pasuk this way, it is
telling us "don't set up a position for yourself that is rigid and
inflexible." No two situations are alike, and we must look at all the
circumstances of each situation before we take a position.
There are times when a misvah in one situation could actually
be a transgression if the circumstances are changed. A person who
acts compulsively, basing his actions totally on his unbending
ideas, will put himself in a position to make many errors. One
must have a full grasp of the Torah principles which apply in each
case, and apply them properly. The more Torah a person learns,
the more he will be equipped to react in different predicaments.
This is not to say that one should sacrifice his Torah ideals in
any situation. This only refers to a person's traits, and how he
should apply them. At times, a person must be compassionate
while at other times, he must act cruelly. Sometimes he should be
generous; sometimes he needs to be stingy. The Torah is warning
us that a person should be careful to avoid treating every situation
the same way without taking all of the factors into account. Only
in that way can he make an objective, Torah based decision.
Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Shmuel Choueka


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AUGUST 29-30, 2014 4 ELUL 5774
Friday Shir Hashirim/Minhah: 6:05, 6:35 & 7:05 pm Shaharit: 5:23, 6:45, 8:15, 8:30 & 9:00 am
Candlelighting: 7:15 pm Morning Shema by: 8:49 (MA), 9:39 (GRA)
Evening Shema after 8:13 pm Shabbat Classes: 5:15 pm
Shabbat Minhah: 6:30 pm
Shabbat Ends: 8:11 pm (R”T 8:43 pm)
Weekday Minhah: 5:55, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00 & 7:15 pm
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