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Darkness and Light

Rabbi Abraham Kellner makes an insightful point when discussing Jewish history in general. Whenever we are lulled into thinking that everything is marvelous for us, the Jewish community is often beset by crisis; and whenever we have gotten to a point of despair, certain realities have emerged to give us rays of hope.

When Constantine and Byzantine society put limits on Jewish life and prosperity some 1500 years ago, Charlemagne’s Central Europe, in the early Middle Ages, opened doors of opportunity for Jewish communities in France and Germany. When Isabelle and Ferdinand exiled the Jewish communities of Spain in 1492, in the very same year, Columbus discovered a land that would one day welcome Jewish communities to populate and succeed in it. Crusades and pogroms ravaged the Rhine in the days of the Crusades 750 years ago– a time of great darkness–while Poland’s dukes allowed whole Jewish communities safe harbor into the principalities of Feudal Poland. Jewish communities suffered the restrictions and pogroms in the Pale of Settlement of Eastern Europe, while Central Europe–France and Germany–were enlightened societies that encouraged the enfranchisement and success of its Jewish communities, supporting their greater profile in commercial, civic, and political life. When the dark days of Holocaust enveloped much of Europe, the new Yishuv of Eretz Israel and the great Jewish community of the United States began to find its stride and its potency.

When the door seemed to be shut and darkness was all about, a crack in the doorframe appeared, leading to the light of day. Rabbi Kellner finds a basis for his theory in the scriptural verse that describes how God accompanied the Israelites out of Egypt. Two pillars went before them–Amud HeAnan ba Yom, ve Amud He Esh liela–a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. Indeed, whenever it’s bright out and the sun is shining, it seems that clouds amass and dim the light, but in the midst of darkness, when all seems lost, sparks of light, followed by light, and then a torch of light overtakes the darkness. This seems the historical journey of our people.

At Chanukah we might dwell on this. At Chanukah, we remember of time of darkness of the cruel hand of Antiochus, who sought to extinguish not the Jewish people per se, but the Jewish religion. He sought to suffocate the light of Torah–the uniqueness that the Jewish people brought to the world. He was fine with Jews living. He even had the “light of Hellenism” to offer in its place. But some Jews were insightful enough to realize that a Jewish Peoplehood had a limited shelf life without its faith and its laws, customs and values. At Chanukah we must take stock. When the door is closed on Jewish practice, Jewish ritual, Jewish law and custom, it is not just dark. Eventually the oxygen leaves the room. Without Judaism, a Jew flounders and then founders. Without Torah and Mitzvah, without synagogue and academy, without a sense of Jewish uniqueness and distinctive destiny, there is soon no meaning in Jewish existence. Jewish existence to what end? And that was precisely Antiochus’s plan. May we never be duped into such offers of “daylight.” Such offers are at best a night light, that only help put our people to sleep.  

In recent times, darkness has once again descended, with anti-Semitism becoming more common, expressed on both the right and the left. Israel is being demonized, and in some places Jewish students are being shunned and harassed for their courageous support and pro-Israel views. The work ahead of us is daunting, to stem a tide of intolerance, both in academia and in the political realm, for the nation state of the Jewish People. There are far too many who want to undo the right of the Jewish people to live as a sovereign nation on their historic homeland. Such an outcome would plunge our people back into the darkness of exile and dependence. This Chanukah, as we light our hanukiah, let's kindle 9 lights...the light of mitzvah; the light of tenacity and faith; the light of pride and self-respect; the light of prayer and learning. May we kindle the light of involvement in our small but vibrant Kehila; the light of generosity, funding organizations that take a stand against intolerance and anti-Semitism. As Chanukah approaches, let's kindle the light of connection to the State of Israel; the light of Jewish self preservation; and the light of family observance and synagogue activism. At Chanukah we sing, banu choshesh legaresh… " We have come to chase away the darkness." With each of us kindling these small lights, we shall drive away the darkness and our little flames become a great torch. We cannot always foresee the clouds, nor anticipate where little rays of light will emerge. But together, with God’s help, I believe that we can drive away, at least in large part, the darkness and new light shall illumine, transforming darkness into day.

The Passover Hagadda asserts,“Karev Yom asher… tair ohr yom heshkat Laila,” a day will come in which all darkness shall be transformed to light. May this Passover wish begin with our energy and resolve at Chanukah as we kindle our little candles. With each of our energies and our commitments, daylight is on the way!

 Chag muar ve sameach… Happy and healthy and luminous Chanukah, from Rabbi, Beth, Marc and Alan

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  • Ian Silverman, Rabbi
  • Steven Walvick, Hazzan
  • Frank Brecher, ENJC President

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Very soon we will be celebrating the festival of Shavuoth, the holiday of matan ve Kaballat HaTorah, the giving and the receiving of the Torah. Our sages ask why the name of Shavuoth–Holiday of Weeks, and Yom Bikurim–the Holiday of First Fruits, are the only names given for it in the Torah itself. Why does it not mention that it’s the holiday of the giving of the Torah as does the Talmud? Because, they answer, the Torah is teaching us a lesson in humility. Humility is needed to absorb Torah, and therefore it loses no time in teaching it. And because, says another sage, God gives the Torah from the beginning of creation! It was always given from the beginning of time. It is simply that there were no people willing to receive it…that is until Israel stood willing at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

The festival of Shavuoth has fewer concrete mitzvoth than its companion festivals, Pesach and Sukkoth. Still, it is a holiday that seeks to recreate, in a visceral way, the experience of receiving the Torah. Just like at Passover, when we must consider that we were the slaves that exited Egypt, there are observances at Shavuoth that seek to place us at Sinai. A midrash asks why the Torah tell us that God addresses the Israelites as “you who are standing here today and you who are not standing here today.” To teach us that every Jewish soul–past, present and future–stood at Sinai when the Torah was received. We eat a dairy meal to remember how we refrained from meat at the time of the reception of the Torah. The word milk, halav equals in number value 40, reminding us of the forty days in which Moses spent day and night receiving Torah. And we also eat it, says yet another sage, to remind us of the argument that Moses gave the angels when they would not surrender it from their guardianship. “You angels, don’t you remember how you were eating milk along with meat when Abraham served it to you? You obviously were not taking this Torah seriously! You don’t deserve it!” (Midrashic humor). Sadly, this year, we cannot stand in our pews as we hear from the Torah about the Torah being given, like we do every other Shavuot. But with this in mind, at least as we listen to the YouTube Supplemental beforehand, we relive the Jewish people’s receptiveness and selection to receive it.

More intensively, at the time of Shavuoth, we seek to become vehicles of Torah learning. Just as the Jews that stood at Sinai had minds and souls fully probed with Torah insights and knowledge, so too, we, their childrens’ children, seek to study the Bible in a macroscopic way. The effect of such an intense learning is to feel an even deeper kinship with the first Israelites, who were infused with the spiritual and the intellectual content of Judaism at Mt. Sinai. I hope, therefore, that you will join with me in advance of sunset Thursday for a Zoom Tikkun Leil Shavuot, in which we will look at some sources on revelation, and in honor of this year, on the subject of triage in the case of a response to the pandemic.

Your presence and your attendance at this year’s Siyum is most coveted. We hope you will join us for this special installment on Thursday, May 28th.  We will begin our short Mincha service at 5:45pm, followed by a study session. Then we will do a “Maariv” service with Yizkor and a sermon at 7:00 pm. Normally, we wait until starlight–until the very end of the 49th day in its entirety. But since this year is not normal, we will begin early enough to stream before sundown. Our study session, complete with cheese blintzes, cheesecake, coffee and tea, will end around 8:00 pm. Of course, you will have the option of providing your cheese blintzes and the coffee you prepare for the occasion😊

The Berdichever Rabbi once asked why is it that when Moshe counts the people in the book of numbers, it says, “as God commanded Moses, he counted them at Mt. Sinai” (Numbers 1:19). Usually, the phrase is reversed: “Moses counted… as God commanded.” The Berdichever teaches something additional: “that which God commanded (the Torah) is numbered like the Israelites. That is, there are 600,000 letters in the Torah just as there are 600,000 Israelites. That which God instructed is the number of the Jewish people.” From this idea, our rabbis said that every Jew is like a letter in the torah scroll. If he or she is vibrant, the letter is clear. If he or she is muted in their faith and practice, the letter can become faded, thus making the entire scroll, the entire Jewish people, unfit. All of us must be counted and all of us must play our parts clearly and energetically. Summer beckons–but so does your heritage, your Jewish religion–always. And when we stand up and be counted, as we did, all of us at Sinai, fantastic things can happen.

Hag Sameach in advance, and I hope very much to see you at our Siyyum! You’ll like the virtual blintzes and you’ll like the lessons learned– I guarantee it!

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With Pesah coming up, it's never too early to start thinking about seders. So I've been asked to offer up my chicken soup recipe, but the truth is that I can't give it to you–and not because it's top secret–but rather, I don't exactly use a recipe. Sure the ingredients are mostly the same: water, chicken, vegetables, spices, etc. But the truth is it varies: sometimes I use chicken thighs, sometimes I use gizzards. In fact, sometimes I've even used turkey necks for my "chicken" soup. I always try to use celery, carrots, onion and dill, but often I try to add parsley or parsnips, occasionally a turnip. This time, on Mary's suggestion, I added thyme, a lovely addition. But there are still some key tips and tricks I can give you to improve your chicken soup, no matter which recipe you use:

1. Don't cook the soup the same day you serve it. Soup is ALWAYS better a day later, when the ingredients have had an opportunity to mix and mingle. Waiting a day or even two can make all the difference between a good soup and a GREAT soup.

2. Brown the chicken before putting it in the soup. Sure, if you're in a rush, you can toss the chicken in a pot of water, but by browning the chicken in the pot before adding the water, you add an immense amount of aroma and browning flavors that will intensify your soup and bring it to the next level.

3. Sauté the vegetables as well, while you're at it. While not quite as impactful as cooking the chicken, you can make the vegetable flavors stand out more. Often I will do the chicken first, then remove the chicken and cook some of the vegetables in the chicken fat, and then add back in the chicken and the vegetables.

4. Skim the soup to eliminate extra fat, etc. Especially when using chicken wings, you often have to deal with feathers, and those things don't dissolve in the soup but float to the top, so you can skim that off along with any extra fat.

5. Know your audience. Some people prefer clear soups, and so you might want to wrap ingredients in cheesecloth, while others don't mind "stuff" in their soup. Some actually prefer it! Some people like throwing in thin egg noodles, or making kneidels/matzoh balls. But if you want to know about how to make those, you'll have to ask Libby, the Kneidel Maidel herself. She even as a song about it!

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Last month was very busy at the ENJC, with numerous activities for all. The turnout at all our events was outstanding, starting off with our second annual SOUPER SHABBAT!

Our Shabbat service was enjoyed by all, and was highlighted by the soups that over 85 congregants tasted while celebrating Shabbat together. A very special thank you to our chef’s – Steve Alberti, Beth Schlesinger, Ilene Glatman, Karen and Jason Tyll, Allan and Donna Berman and Hazzan Walvick. Look for their recipes in this month's Bulletin. I enjoyed all the soups I tried and my only regret was that I did not get a chance to try them all. Thank you as well to Robin Kain, the salad maker. YASHER KOACH to all that helped make it a very special Shabbat.

On Sunday morning, February 2nd, it was time for East Northport’s participation in the World Wide Wrap. The Daled and Hay students made their presence felt with a large turnout. Steve Krantz and the Men’s Club provided hot sliced bagels. Over 40 people got up early on Super Bowl Sunday to attend!

The following Shabbat was another busy weekend! Our Friday night Service was followed by 35 congregants enjoying our annual Tu B’Shevat Seder. It is one of my favorite nights of the year, as my 23-year-old daughter Amanda joins me in participating in the Seder. She was happy to attend and both Rabbi Silverman and Hazzan Walvick made it enjoyable and memorable.

The Engage Program is involving many ENJC members in the many activities offered. Mah Jongg Sundays have started up, and on February 23rd we were treated to some insights from Yossie Mermelstein about the War on Entebbe. Yossie was a pilot with the Israeli Air Force at that time and when he spoke, we all felt that we were there too.

February is ending with our participation in Shabbat Across America, highlighted by a Mexican Dinner. I’m sure it will be MUY BUENO!

Purim is next – SEE YOU IN SHUL!

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Week of Monday, June 1

Monday-Thursday, June 1- 4
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service

Friday, June 5
Kabbalat Shabbat Supplemtal Video (see link below)
6:00 Kabbbalat Shabbat Zoom Service

Sunday, May 29
9:00 am – Minyan - Zoom Service
8:15 pm – Minyan - Zoom Service

 

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