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Friday, 2 January, 2009 - 12:59 pm



Chabad Center of Sudbury
Chabad Center of Sudbury   Email: SudburyChabad@aol.com   Voice: 978-443-0110www.ChabadSudbury.com  
  We stand with Israel
During these difficult and trying moments for Israel we urge everyone to say an extra prayer for the IDF and the residents of Southern Israel.
We have a special section on our website where you can read more about the ongoing crisis, updates from the frontline, and helpful ideas what you can do to help the situation.
To the right I have posted the note that we sent out earlier in the week regarding the situation in Israel
With blessings for true peace in Israel
Shabbat Shalom
Yisroel Freeman
New local teen Project to help children in Southern Israel and the IDF

Are you a teen who wants to join? Or do you want to donate supplies, resources, or your letters of support?

This coming Thursday evening local teens will be getting together in Sudbury to create dozens of packages filled with little toys, candies, and letters from Sudbury residents and children which will be sent to communities in Southern Israel to be distributed to children who are living in the missile zones and who are having to run to bomb shelters several times a day.

Additionally in several weeks the teens will be putting together Purim packages for troops who are in combat zones and dealing with terror on a daily basis.

Are you a teen? Or do you know a teen who wants to join? Please let us know?

We will be purchasing some of the supplies and would like to get some items donated too. Do you have supplies or resources that you could help this project out with? Let us know. 

  Shabbat Services this Saturday Jan 3rd

Join us tomorrow morning at 10am for Shabbat morning services and special prayers for Israel.

Services are held at the Chabad Center of Sudbury, 22 Union Ave #9 and end at 12pm. Following the services there will be a light Kiddush.

  Friday Night Live next Friday evening Jan 9th

Have you thought of joining a light and enjoyable Shabbat Service?


Friday Night Live! 
A unique Shabbat Experience for beginners, traditional, non-traditional, atheists, agnostics, and yourself!

Have you thought of participating in an enjoyable and easy Shabbat experience? Well here it is! Our new monthly Friday Night Live is where you will experience a combination of a joyful, meaningful, and upbeat Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by a Shabbat Kiddush & Buffet.

The melodious tunes of the traditional but contemporary Kabbalat Shabbat combined with the tastes of the delicacies of Shabbat will leave you energized, uplifted and ready to take on a new week. No prior knowledge, affiliation, or membership is necessary. No charge but donations to our center are welcome.

The next few Friday Night Live's will take place on Friday January 9th, Friday February 6th, and Friday March 6th. They begin at 6:30pm for a 45 minute service followed by a generous Friday Night Kiddush and Cocktails. They are held at the Chabad Center of Sudbury 22 Union Ave #9 Sudbury, MA 01776.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more info please contact us via email or phone at 978-443-0110


  Next JLI Course Announced / other classes / Women's Night Out

You be the Judge, Begins in February

Check out the next great course from the JLI of Sudbury "You Be The Judge". An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law

Click here to read more about this great course

Next week we will be making additional announcements for more adult ed classes and the next Women's Night Out




This Week @ www.ChabadSudbury.com
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=800554 Israel  
Front Line Blog  IDF Paratrooper Yared Ben Caro is taking some time each day to text us updates from the field of operations.
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=788008 Spirituality  
What is the Jewish View on Martyrdom?  I know that there are religions in which it's a great thing to die for your faith, and doing so makes you a saint or gets you a ticket to paradise. What is the Jewish view? Is a person supposed to die for his beliefs?
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=798329 Parshah  
Joseph: A Pictorial  A series of drawings by Dutch artist Shoshannah Brombacher, based on the Biblical stories about Joseph, the son of the patriarch Jacob
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=797136 Multimedia  
Secrets of the Letter Tet  Who would have expected that the least used letter of the alefbet could contain one of the greatest secrets of the universe? And who wouldn't have known that Rabbi Infinity could explain even that secret to a four-year old?

Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=802303 ISRAEL  
Rockets Continue Falling as Israel Presses Ahead With Attacks on Gaza  Some of the largest rocket barrages of the past week rained down on Israel Wednesday and Thursday as the country continued its offensive against Hamas targets in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip.
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=802104 ISRAEL  
Memorial Ceremony Concludes Month of Mourning for Mumbai Victims  More than 5,000 people gathered in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood for a moving ceremony marking the conclusion of the first 30 days since the burial of the victims pulled from Mumbai, India’s central Chabad-Lubavitch center.
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=801323 ISRAEL  
Desert City Joins List of Targeted Israeli Locales, but Residents Cope  The desert city of Be’er Sheva joined the list of Israeli towns struck by ever-improving Palestinian rockets Tuesday night, but in the midst of the chaos, at least one function continued as if the country’s latest offensive against the Gaza Strip had not landed smack dab on its doorstep.
http://www.chabadsudbury.com/article.asp?aid=800851 ISRAEL  
Israeli Military Families and Frightened Citizens Adjust After Days of Warfare  Countless loved ones across the country are grappling with the unknown as their sons, brothers and husbands wait for the order that will start the ground war in Gaza.

The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Tevet 6 | January 2
  Shabbat Tevet 7 | January 3
  Sunday Tevet 8 | January 4
Torah translated into Greek(246 BCE)
  Monday Tevet 9 | January 5
Passing of Ezra(313 BCE)
  Tuesday Tevet 10 | January 6
Fast of Tevet 10
Siege of Jerusalem(425 BCE)
Fast Day
  Wednesday Tevet 11 | January 7
Jews expelled from Austria(1668)
  Thursday Tevet 12 | January 8
  Friday Tevet 13 | January 9
  Shabbat Tevet 14 | January 10
Purim Hebron
Candle Lighting Times for
Sudbury, MA [Based on Zip Code 01776]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jan. 2
4:06 PM
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jan. 3
5:12 PM
Torah Portion: Vayigash
In this issue
Upcoming Events
Hebrew School  Jan. 04, 2009 - 9:30 am  
Hebrew School  
Friday Eve Service & Cocktail  Jan. 09, 2009 - 6:30 pm  
Friday Eve Service & Cocktail

A light and enjoyable Friday evening service which includes the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers, songs, and and lasts for less than 40 minutes. Following the services participants are invited to partake in a Kiddush / Cocktail
Shabbat Morning Services  Jan. 10, 2009 - 10:00 am  
Join us for Shabbat Morning Services which include the weekly reading & discussion of the Torah portion and the Shabbat morning prayers. Our services are enjoyable and enriching as they are traditional with a contemporary message. The duration of the entire service is about 2 hours which is followed by a Kiddush.  
Hebrew School  Jan. 11, 2009 - 9:30 am  
Hebrew School  
Hebrew School  Jan. 18, 2009 - 9:30 am  
Hebrew School  
Shabbat Morning Services  Jan. 24, 2009 - 10:00 am  
Join us for Shabbat Morning Services which include the weekly reading & discussion of the Torah portion and the Shabbat morning prayers. Our services are enjoyable and enriching as they are traditional with a contemporary message. The duration of the entire service is about 2 hours which is followed by a Kiddush.  
Hebrew School  Jan. 25, 2009 - 9:30 am  
Hebrew School  
Hebrew School  Feb. 01, 2009 - 9:30 am  
Hebrew School
  A word from the Rabbi
War in Gaza
Dear Friend,
Over the last few days Israel has been locked in a tough battle with Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip following years of terror and intense rocket attacks on Southern Israel. Close to a million residents of Israel are facing massive barrages of rockets on a daily basis and are being forced to run to bomb shelters multiple times a day. Several people have lost their lives from these missile attacks and many others have been injured by shrapnel or from shock.
During difficult times like these it may seem as if their is little that we can do living out here in small towns near Boston besides just listening to the constant and often biased news reports of the situation. Nevertheless there are certain ways that we can help Israel, such as in the media, moral and financial support for frontline communities and many other ways.
From a spiritual perspective it is important to remember that our prayers, actions & Mitzvahs make a big difference for the people on the front lines and help bring peace to the region. Therefore we have included some links where you can say a prayer, take on a good resolution, add in a Mitzvah, read more about the conflict, and much more. Please click on the link below to read about all of this stuff.
During these times it is also important to remember and not be deterred from our moral high ground and right to defend ourselves. There is absolutely no moral equation or equal cycle of violence going on here. This is a battle between terrorists who are shooting directly into civilian population centers with the express purpose of harming civilians and the IDF who are targeting terrorists alone.  We mourn the loss of every innocent life including the Palestinian civilians who are getting caught up in the crossfire and are suffering as a result of the conflict, but it is important to remember that if the terrorists weren't in charge of Gaza and constantly focused on harming Jews then the Palestinian residents of Gaza would be able to enjoy a much better and more secure life. Border crossings would be able to open and function normally and people would be able to lead normal lives.
It is my personal feeling that the moral equation that the media give to the two sides of the conflict incites and legitimizes the terrorist forces and allows them to continue to target civilians. Being nice for too long has allowed this problem to grow into a terrible threat to southern Israel and yielding to terror in the short term will only deepen the problem for the long term.
May G-d protect the people of Israel and all innocent people from all who seek to harm them, and may we merit to come to a time when all nations of the world will be able to reside together in true peace, harmony, and prosperity.
Yours Truly
Yisroel Freeman
Indeed, you intended evil against me, but G-d designed it for good
— Joseph to his brothers, Genesis 50:20

Parshat Vayigash

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin's stead. Upon witnessing his brothers' loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. "I am Joseph," he declares. "Is my father still alive?"

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. "It was not you who sent me here," he says to them, "but G-d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine."

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families -- seventy souls in all -- and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the Divine promise: "Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again."

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob's family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.


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