19 January 2011

Men's Shiur News

Go-Coast Men -

Well, if you weren't there, you missed a good one. And for everyone who came out in the rain "yeshakoyach".

We discussed at length the “manna” that we ate while traveling in the wilderness:
 In some prayer books the biblical verses that pertain to manna are recited every day. 
On Shabbat if you are in a place where you do not know which Torah portion should be read, you read those verses which deal with manna.
 On Shabbat the two loaves of Challah that are covered before you make the Kiddush represent the double portion of manna that was collected on that Friday. This is because the Challah would be insulted since the blessing is made over the wine (everyone knows that).  However if you do not have wine, you can make Kiddush over the Challah (everyone knows that also).  The question is, if you do not have wine, and you make the Kiddush over the Challah, do you still have to cover them.  Why cover them; they are not going to be insulted; there is no wine.
The answer is that you still cover them because in the wilderness the manna was covered by dew.  
All this is all part of our tradition, remembering where we came from, and that is central to the concept of manna.
This week's Torah portion shiur in English, Parshat Yithro, will take place on Sunday evening at 7PM.  
It will be held at the Chabad shul located at HaGil'ad and Chanah Senesh.
We will review Parshah Yithro.  Rabbi Butman will conduct the shiur.

See you there,


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10 January 2011

New Shiur in Nahariya

Nahariya Men's Weekly Torah Shiur in English  (By Mick Jaron)

On Sunday evening at 7 P.M. we kicked off a men's Torah shiur on the weekly parshah.  Rabbi Butman presented the shiur, and hands-down he was great.  The man knows his stuff; he was well-prepared, articulate and engaged the attendees, some of whom were beginners and some of whom were more advanced.  And there was one thoughtful soul who brought a six-pack of Goldstar, humming "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down..."

The shiur centered around that portion of Parshah Bo where the Israelites leave Egypt with gold and silver given to them by their Egyptian neighbors.  Rabbi Butman began with a story about a man who was blessed with the choice of either being the richest man in town or the smartest man in town.  After some deliberation the man announced to the assembled townspeople that he chose to be the smartest man in town.  Everyone applauded.  The man then announced that now being the smartest man in town, he realized that he had made a mistake in his choice.

Rabbi Butman brought out that the declaration that the Jews would leave with great wealth occurs three times in the Torah:  way back, when G-d speaks to Abraham, again when G-d speaks to Moses at the burning bush, and a third time when G-d pleads with Moses to have the Jews ask their neighbors for gold and silver.  I was taken aback regarding G-d having to beseech Moses, but there it was in 11:2

ב  דַּבֶּר-נָא, בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם; וְיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ מֵאֵת רֵעֵהוּ, וְאִשָּׁה מֵאֵת רְעוּתָהּ, כְּלֵי-כֶסֶף, וּכְלֵי זָהָב.

I won't attempt to summarize the shiur, but it came down to not how much money you have, but what you do with it.  I am looking forward to next Sunday when we discuss Parshat Beshallach.

09 January 2011

Assistance at Misrad haKlitah, Now Available in English

I only recently learned that the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption has an English-speaking social worker in the north.  Her name is Kseniya Kirilin-Suissa and she covers Ako to the border.  Since she covers a large area, it is a good idea to call her to arrange in advance for her services.

Kseniya can help you find the right place to go for the service you need, and can provide instruction about social topics.  She can also translate between olim and their MOIA Caseworker.  Another part of her job is supporting community work with immigrants at the municipal level, with a focus on children and youth at risk.  She told me, "I will be glad to meet everybody who is interested in my service. You can make an appointment with me to my cell phone 050.621.4631." 

Again, her info is: Kseniya Kirilin- Suissa,
Social Worker of Northern area

Living in Israel is Rewarding

By Mick Jaron, Nahariya

During the past few weeks my wife  I did a lot of touring: the Old City's tunnels, the Old City's walls,  the Moslem Quarter, Rachel's Tomb, Hevron and Kiryat Arba, and day trips to Tzefat, Rosh Hanikra and Kesariya.  In the Moslem Quarter we saw 3 yeshivas, one with 180 students, and we also saw a Young Israel synagogue.  This is the last place I expected to see anything Jewish and it was inspiring. 

The trip to Hevron was the most emotional.  Hevron has a population of 130,000 Arabs and about 500 Jews.  There is ongoing violence, but for the IDF there would be no Jews at all.  Without going into detail, it has been that way for quite a while. The most poignant stop in Hevron was a visit to the Shalhevet Pass synagogue.  Shalhevet Pass was a 10 month old toddler who was shot by a sniper while she was in her stroller.  That was enough to put tears in your eyes.  

But get this, immediately after visiting the synagogue I saw a bunch of little kids playing together.  I took their picture which is attached.  Their presence took away some of the sadness, and more importantly said something about the resiliency of our people.  This is not a religious thing; it is a people thing.  There is an Israeli writer; his name is A. B. Yehoshua who comments about the risks that are taken here – something to the effect that Israelis live on the brink of the abyss, and know how to do it.  I would agree.  It is good to be here; without getting over dramatic, living in Israel is rewarding; it is purposeful.

07 January 2011

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06 January 2011

Minimum Wage Increase

Thanks to Sylvia for posting this info on the Karmiel Go North user group.  Sylvia also provided this link to the full story.   Full Story(Haaretz)

The minimum wage will increase 12 percent to NIS 4,300 a month, according to an agreement signed by the Histadrut labor federation and the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations.

Under the agreement, the minimum wage will be increased gradually, in two phases. The first increase will take effect in July 2011, when the minimum wage goes up 250 NIS to 4,100 NIS a month; the second phase will take effect in October 2012, when the minimum wage goes up another 200 NIS.

The agreement applies to tens of thousands of workers employed by companies that belong to the Federation's Coordinating Office. If Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer decides to issue an expansion order, it will be extended to close to half a million other workers, particularly in sectors like food services, security and cleaning. Today, some 470,000 workers in Israel earn salaries that are equivalent to, or close to, the minimum wage.