Weekly Youth Blast




                    


It is the mission of Congregation Agudath Sholom Youth Department to provide innovative religious and recreational activities for infants through senior teens, which infuse core Torah values and a general menschlichkeit into the daily lives of our youth.



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Parsha Pointers 
-If the Jewish people keep all of Hashem's commandments they will be blessed 
-Moshe tells the people to not be scared of their enemies because Hashem will help them win
-Moshe tells them to destroy all the idols that they will find in Canaan
-Moshe goes through their journey in the desert and all the tests and miracles that happened to them
-Moshe describes all the beautiful and amazing things about Israel
-The Jewish people are given the mitzvah of Birkat HaMazon, to bless Hashem after they eat and are "sated"
-Moshe warns the people to not stray from Hashem once they get the wealth of Israel
-He tells them that they are getting the land because of the promise Hashem made to the avot: Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov
-Moshe says it is not because of their merit due to the many times they angered Hashem, specifically with the Golden Calf
-He reminds them how he had to replace the first set of luchot (tablets) which he had shattered
-At that time Hashem made the Leviim His special workers because they did not participate in the sin of the Golden Calf
-Moshe tells the Jewish people to love, fear, and serve Hashem
-Moshe talks about how great Hashem is and how lucky the Jewish people are to be His nation
-He tells them that the land depends on Hashem for the rain and Hashem is always watching over
-We read the second paragraph of Shema where we are told to keep the mitzvot. If we keep them Hashem will bring a lot of rain and good harvests
-If we don't keep the mitzvot it could lead to exile
-We are told we should daven, wear tefillin, mezuzah, and to teach Torah to our children
-Moshe tells the Jewish people that if they listen to Hashem and "cleave to Him, they will live peacefully in the land


Parsha Story by Nesanel Safran

The Torah tells us that after the Jewish people had been wandering in the wilderness, God informed them that all the ups and downs they had experienced during that time were "... to test you and to know what is in your heart."

This sums up the meaning of a "test."

A test at school shows very clearly what we do and do not know. It lets us and others know where we stand. But there are other types of tests that have nothing to do with school. Any situation that challenges us to see if we are going to act according to our true values or not, is a test. Our lives are full of such "life tests."

Sometimes the test comes in the form of difficulties to see whether we will remain positive, with faith in God and pleasantness toward other people. Sometimes the test comes in the form of good fortune, to see if we will remain humble and appreciative of all the good that we have. When we keep this in mind we won't get carried away by the good times in our lives, nor will we get bowled over by the hard times. We'll feel able to take things in stride and to accept whatever comes our way, and do our best to "pass the test."

                                                          In our story a boy teaches his brother about how to handle life's tests.

 Brad Ungar's family was on their annual camping vacation. This year they had set out for the clean air and majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. It was a long ride but they knew that the breathtaking scenery and relaxing quiet of nature would make the trip worthwhile.

      Mr. Ungar pulled their camper into the spot that the family had reserved -- by gleaming Silver Lake. Brad and his brothers piled out and headed straight for the beckoning waters.

      After a fun filled day of swimming, canoeing and trail-blazing, everyone settled in for a well-deserved good night's sleep. While their mom and dad opted to sleep in the comfort of the camper, the kids chose to set up a tent and sleep under the stars.

      The night was quiet and still, but that peace didn't last too long, because almost as soon as their heads hit their pillows, the boys were greeted to a chorus of loud, raucous cries: "Whaaaa ... Whaaa ..."

      It seemed that the camper parked in the next spot was inhabited by a couple with a young baby that just wouldn't stop screaming. In their home in the city the boys probably wouldn't have even noticed the noise, but here in the quiet mountains the baby's screams sounded like a fire engine's sirens.

      The Ungar kids started to grumble among themselves. "How do we turn him off?" muttered one. "What a bummer!" sighed another. The only one who seemed undisturbed was Brad. He just quietly lay there looking totally calm. From the look on his face you could have thought that the piercing screams coming from the nearby camper made a beautiful symphony.

      His brother Steve noticed this and tapped Brad on the shoulder. "Hey, doesn't that screaming baby bother you?" he asked.

      Brad looked up. "Well I guess I was annoyed at first," he admitted. "But then I kept telling myself 'it's only a test' and I felt okay."

      "Only a what?!" exclaimed Steve.

      Brad smiled and explained, "Well, I like to think of myself as a patient, understanding person. So now God is giving me a chance to prove it. This screaming baby in the middle of nowhere is my test not to lose my cool. I even started to feel sorry for the kid, who must be pretty uncomfortable, and, especially for his parents, who have to deal with him all night."

      "Hmm, I hadn't thought of that," said Steve as he rolled over in his sleeping bag and tried to go to sleep. The next morning the boys awoke and discovered to their delight that the camper next to them had already pulled out and left. At least, they would get a little peace and quiet for the rest of their trip!

      As the kids were rinsing out their breakfast dishes in the lake, Steve elbowed his brother and said, "Well Brad, it looks like the 'test' is over, huh?"

      But Brad shook his head. "Nope," he said. "It only changed."

      Steve nearly dropped his plate and looked at his brother who went on: "Now the test is to see if we really appreciate the peace and quiet that we have. And if we make the most of it and really relax."

      Steve smiled and shook his head and said, "Wait until I tell my teachers that I spent my whole vacation taking tests!"

Parsha Projects

Coloring Pages: http://www.challahcrumbs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/devora-EKEV.pdf 

Rain Cloud Craft: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/rain-cloud-paper-craft/


                                                              Links to Shabbat Groups Sign Up:

Mini Minyan & Tot Shabbat: https://signup.com/go/LCAjXsr
Junior Congregation: https://signup.com/go/oyzoUvX
Bnai Mitzvah Club:https://signup.com/go/PyYdCOR  
 Social distancing and mask usage is required as per CT guidelines

If there is over a 50% chance of rain we will have to cancel groups. In order to keep everyone safe, we will need you to abide by the

following protocols:


1.  There must be social distancing at all times. 

2.  Only one parent per family can attend

3.  Everyone will HAVE to wear masks

4.  During groups you will have to make sure your children are following the rules

5.  Please bring your own blanket to sit on

6.  We please ask that when the group is over, you promptly leave with your children. 

 

If you can agree to follow all these guidelines we are so excited for you to join us and

recreate a fun and meaningful Shabbat experience for your kids!  However, safety is of

upmost importance and if rules are not being upheld and safety becomes a concern

because of certain behaviors, one’s ability to participate in groups will have to be

reconsidered and re-evaluated. We are looking forward to seeing you on shabbat!



Summer 2020

Groups

  • Tot Shabbat
  • Mini Minyan
  • Junior Congregation
  • Bnai Mitzvah Club


If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush," please email Yolly at ydratch@gmail.com or Yaakov at yfaratci@gmail.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! 

Yolly and Yaakov Faratci