March 25, 2017
It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for babies through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.
Moshe called upon the people to assist in the construction of the mishkan, the tabernacle. The skills needed for this job included weaving, sewing and building. Despite this, the Jewish people seemed to have no problem in fulfilling their tasks. The backbreaking labor to which the people had been subjected in Egypt did not develop these skills. Where did they acquire the skills necessary?
Deep inside every person there are hidden talents which can be tapped into when one has a real desire to achieve something. The people who stepped forward to work in the mishkan did not know that they had such skills. However, as a result of their burning desire to be of assistance, they found untapped talents and hidden abilities that were used to fulfill their tasks.
Rashi's daughter came home one night crying. Her 7-year-old son asked her, "Mommy, why are you crying?" She replied, "The light of the world just went out; your grandfather Rashi passed away."
The little boy thought for a moment and said, "Mommy, I'm going to re-ignite that light!" This little boy grew up to become known as Rabbeinu Tam, the most famous of the Tosafists!
Sometime a person may feel that he is inadequate, thinking, "I am just not cut out for this," or "I don't have the brains..." He may well be lacking something else - the desire to succeed. If someone has a strong will to accomplish something, he will achieve it. We have the ability to break beyond our limits and achieve the seemingly impossible - if there is a will.
Age Specific Topic to Discuss at your Shabbat / Chag Tables:
1. Who was in charge of the Menorah and why?
2. What three items (Kalim) were in the Kodesh?
3. Why does the Torah repeat these two Parshiot if they were just discussed two and three weeks ago?*(Double nekudot question!)
4. How many items (Kalim) were in the Kodesh Kodashim?
5. What do we say when we finish the last Parsha of a given book of the Torah?*(Double nekudot question!!)
Please come to Rabbi Jeiger and get 2 nekudot (or 4 for the bonus question) if you can tell us about your family discussion of any of these questions or the d’var torah.
March 2017 – Theme of the Month: Chessed: Looking for Opportunities
If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishna and Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me at email@example.com
If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit http://youth.cas-stamford.org/giving for all of our sponsorship opportunities.
Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger