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Bialystoker Synagogue Shabbos Announcements
Shabbos Parshas Chukas
June 22nd - 29th 2018
Tammuz 9 - 16 5778
Candles: 8:12 PM
Mincha: 6:45 & 8:22 PM

*The Miller family invites you to the Shalom Zachor of their son & grandson at the shul at 10 PM*

Shabbos Day
Shacharis: 7 & 9 AM
Mincha: 1:30, 6 & 8 PM
Rabbi Romm's Shabbos Shiur in Sefer Yechezkel: 7 PM
Daf Yomi: 7 PM
Maariv & Shabbos Ends: 9:21 PM


1st Minyan: Joey & Jennifer Warren in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of his father Menahem Dovid ben Rav Yosef

2nd Minyan: Shaindel Schreiber in commemoration of the yahrtzeits of her parents Leib ben Mayer Nussin and Chava bas Leibir, and her husband Leizer ben Noach

Shalosh Seudos: Shlomo & Suri Hagler in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of his mother Liba bas Isser
Rav's Message

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see our young men running the Shul last week for our annual Youth Shabbos. Yasher Koach to James Warren (Brachos), Jack Warren (Pesukei D'Zimra, Shacharis, and leining), Shmuel Adler (leining and gabbaus), Moshe Peretz (Maftir, gabbaus, and Musaf), Moshe Romm (announcements), and Zev Reich (Adon Olam) for all their participation. A special Yasher Koach to Zev Goldman for delivering a wonderful Drasha, which is attached. Thank you as always to Joey Warren for organizing such a special event. May we have nachas from all our neighborhood children!

With wishes for a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Zvi Romm

Good Shabbos. I am Rabbi Zev Goldman.

Isn’t it ironic that the Shabbos the youth take over Bialystoker falls out on Parshas Korach?

But all kidding aside.

In this week’s parsha, Korach and 250 leaders approach Moshe and Aaron and they say “It is too much for you!”

At the end of this episode, Korach and the 250 leaders were swallowed up by earth or killed by a flame of fire from Hashem. In addition, nearly 15,000 were killed by the plague.

But there is something curious here. Let’s contrast this to some parshas back, back to parshas Yisro.

Yisro, as you likely recall, said to his son-in-law Moshe Rabanu “What is this thing that you do to the people? The thing that you do is not good.”

Doesn’t that sounds similar to the language of Korach?

Yisro then proposes to set up thousands of new leaders: leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifty and even leaders of ten.

Yisro was looking for more leaders - new control - yet the ground didn’t open up below Yisro, no fire from Hashem consumed anyone and there was no plague. In fact, Yisro’s suggestions were welcomed and appears to have been fully implemented.

What was the difference between Korach saying “It’s to much for you” to Moshe and Yisro saying “What is this thing that you do to the people?”

The answer, I respectfully suggest, comes down to intention.

Korach wanted power and control. Korach was not merely giving suggestions to make a better system. He was not providing constructive criticism or giving friendly advice. His feedback had an agenda.

Yisro actions couldn’t have been more opposite. Yisro suggested a system for Moshe to rule and judge the people that had no ulterior motive.

What does this contrast between Yisro and Korach mean to our youth and to our graduates?

What lessons can we learn?:

1 - that all leaders are not created equally.

2 - that we should look at the motives of our leaders. Are they trying to enhance and help, or are they trying to knock down and take away? And leaders come in many forms. It could be a friend, a parent, a child, an employer, employee, or even a journalist (can you say “fake news”?).

3 - the most important lesson is for you to be a good leader, a good parent, friend, or teacher.

It is really important to choose our leaders wisely and be discriminating in what we hear and believe.

In last week’s parsha, Shelach, we see first-hand the damage bad leaders can cause. Ten of the 12 spies gave a harsh and unmerited report about the land of Canaan. And the people believed them. And the consequences were fatal. The belief in these leaders caused the entire generation to die in the wilderness and not enter the Promised land.

In conclusion, remember to appoint and believe in good leaders, remember to question leaders as the are only human. And of course support those leaders that need your support and backing. And most of all, my fellow graduates, be the best leaders, role models, mentors, and Jews you can be.

Good Shabbos.

Weekday Davening Times

Sunday : 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30 & 9:15 AM
Monday : 6, 6:50, 7:45 & 8:30 AM
Tuesday : 6:15, 7, 7:45 & 8:30 AM
Wednesday : 6:15, 7, 7:45 & 8:30 AM
Thursday : 6, 6:50, 7:45 & 8:30 AM
Friday : 6:15, 7, 7:45 & 8:30 AM

Earliest Tefilin: 4:28 AM
Latest Shema: 9:12 AM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: 9:00 PM

Weekly Shiurim

  1. Rav Singer Chevra Mishnayos Shiur: Daily between Mincha & Maariv.
  2. Mishna Berura Yomis: Daily after Maariv.
  3. Daf Yomi by Rabbi Fishelis: Sun - Thu at 8:00 PM.
  4. Daf Yomi by Rabbi Yechezkel Rosenbaum: Sun 6:45 AM, Mon-Fri 6:00 AM.
  5. Medrash Koheles: Sunday morning 7:45 AM Cancelled This Week
  6. Women's Shiur: Sunday morning will resume after the summer
  7. Rabbi Romm's Maharal on the Parsha Shiur: Wednesday after Mincha
  8. Gemara Shiur for men: WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
  9. Sefer HaMitzvos for men & women: WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
  10. Halacha Shiur, based on Mishna Berura for men & women: WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
  11. Haggada Shiur for men and women: WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
  12. Weekly Parsha Shiur men & women: WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
Torah Fund:
A contribution of $54 to the Torah Fund enables you to sponsor a daily shiur in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion. This past week donations to the Torah Fund were made by:

~Simcha & Aviva Mermelstein in honor of the graduation of their children Ari from Landers College and Yehoshua from MTJ 8th grade
~Aaron Hauptman & Betty Umlas in memory of his mother Chana Hauptman, Chana bas Yitzchok Issac
~Benny & Marion Tuchman in memory of his father Shlomo Yechezkel ben Ben-zion
Mazal Tovs:

~Jonathan & Liz Miller on the birth of their son
~Ira Miller on the birth of his grandson, a son to Jonathan & Liz Miller

Shabbos Youth Groups

Children ages 3-12 are invited to join us for stories, snacks and davening:
  1. Ages 3-6 from 10:00 AM until Shul is over.
  2. Boys ages 7-12 from 10:00 AM until Shul is over.
  3. Girls ages 7-12 from 10:30 until Shul is over.
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, July 1st, 7 PM: Shiva Asar B'Tamuz Program. The program will have Shiurim given by Rabbi Chaim Eisenstein, Maggid Shiur at Gruss Kollel, RIETS, YU Israel and conclude with Maariv at 9 PM. Program is co-sponsored by East Side Torah Center and The Bialystoker Synagogue.

Sunday, October 7th : Save The Date - Hatzolah of The Lower East Side Annual BBQ

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Good Shabbos,

Zvi David Romm, Rabbi
Yosef Peretz, President