Divrei Torah: Vaeschanan

Chaplaincy Commision Update

From the desk of Rabbi Leonard (Yehuda) Blank, MS, BCC
Director of Programming, Chaplaincy Commission and External Affairs
Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud Harabbonim
917- 446-2126    rablenblank@gmail.com
July 22,2021

Personal reflections

It is summertime, with the Three Weeks, the Nine Days, and Tisha B Av behind us, but not wanting to be a “party pooper”, only three weeks until the month of Elul. So, what is so special about that? Well, we start thinking more seriously about the forthcoming Selichos, and then Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkos. Gee whiz, where did the days of summer relaxation go to? I guess it depends on how and what one thinks about in relationship to one’s spirituality, current events, where am I going in life and so on and so forth. For me, life has been a matter of fact- different in many ways. I have shared in some of my articles what life has been for me and some of my personal thoughts. So why now again to revisit personal reflections. Perhaps, because of the goodness still being shared by others for their concern for me. I could just say out of curiosity what is new for me? Has anything changed? How am I doing? Any new relationships?  I have found those who know me genuinely care about my welfare. So even now, I am asked how am I doing? My responses have been, I look forward to attending simchos, writing my articles, creating, facilitating, presentations, webinars, and new programs I am working on. I attend conferences and continuing educational programs. My desire to help others, to utilize whatever creativity the Aibershta gives me I am grateful for.  I am mispallel for life to be meaningful with joy and happiness. I am not a recluse and enjoy being with other wonderful people. Late at night, there is much time to dwell upon the future. Aside from “speaking” to the Aibershata, there is no one else to discuss and ponder about. Is that loneliness? No, that is reality. I have received very warm responses with lots of praises for my positive attitude, a source of comfort and inspiration.  [...Click headline above for more...] 

The Rabbinical Alliance of America Condemns Ben & Jerry’s Decision on Ending Sales to Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — condemns Ben & Jerry’s decision to end sales to Judea and Samaria. Ben & Jerry’s announced on July 19, 2021, that it was going to stop selling its ice cream in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem, saying that sales in those parts of Israel are “inconsistent with [their] values.” This announcement discriminates against Jews living in their homeland. [...Click headline above for more...] 

Upcoming Events

Please mark your calendars:

  • Membership renewal and membership drive
  • 8oth Annual Pre Yomim Nora’im High Holiday Chomer LiDrush Homiletics in conjunction with Chazaq, Rosh Chodesh Elul, Sunday, August 8, 2021, 7PM to be live streamed
  • 33rd Annual Chai Elul Siyum HaShas, Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Sephardic Lebanese Congregation
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    JP Luach Devarim-Tisha B’Av 5781

    Vol. LXXII No. 29, 5781
    New York City
    CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
    July 16, 2021 – 7 Av 5781
    8:06 p.m. NYC E.D.T.

    Sabbath Ends: 9:13 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 9:36 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Weekly Reading: Devarim
    Weekly Haftara: Chazon Yeshayahu (Isaiah 1:1-27)
    Daf Yomi: Zevachim 98
    Mishna Yomit:  Nazir 3:3-4
    Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 334:18-20
    Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Malveh v’Loveh chap. 7- 9 
    Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 4:38 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Sunrise: 5:38 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Latest Kerias Shema: 9:20 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Plag Hamincha: 6:52 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
    Sunset: 8:22 p.m. NYC E.D.T. [...Click headline above for more...]