Rabbi Avram Banon
As we find ourselves in the month of Elul, leading up to the powerful month of Tishrei, we must use this time to reflect and rejuvenate both our spiritual and physical self. We need to take lessons from the year 5778 and use them to make 5779 an even better and bigger year. It’s not an easy task to succeed at, but with a strong connection
to the Torah, to our Shul, to our traditions, and to our community, we will be able to see a beautiful New Year for us all! We tend to wonder why Tishrei is the lucky
month to have so many important and great Holidays. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Couldn’t the Yomim Tovim have been spread out a bit more evenly? Cheshvan follows Tishrei, and has not one Holiday.
Couldn’t it have been given something?
Tishrei would be more calm, more relaxing, less cooking, less Shul going, and a lot more enjoyable. Each Yom Tov would have more significance and more meaning if we didn’t have to jump to the next Holiday within days. We would be able to bask in the glow of Rosh Hashanah, without worrying about fasting on Yom Kippur. We would be able to concentrate on the greatest prayer of Kol Nidrei, without worrying about when we will build our Sukkah. And wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy our meals in the Sukkah without having concerns about the Simchat Torah dancing and Kiddush. Slow it down, relax, what’s the rush?
But in truth, the month of Tishrei is not only the first month
of the Jewish year. It is also the head of the year, as can be seen by rearranging the Hebrew letters of Tishrei, Tet,
Shin, Reish, and Yud to spell the word Reishit – the beginning and head.
As we know, the head of the body is the command center; it controls the five senses and allows us to enjoy the world around us. The head is the regulator for all bodily functions, and when healthy, it allows us to lead a beautiful happy life.
Tishrei is our spiritual “command center”. It needs to accumulate and stockpile enough spiritual energy to last for another eleven months. Tishrei needs to gather the
awe from Rosh Hashanah, the repentance of Yom Kippur, the joy and festivities of Sukkot, and the dedication to the Torah from Simchat Torah, in order to have a meaningful and fulfilling year. We must pack our bags for the journey ahead.
Yes, Cheshvan doesn’t have any Holidays, but it is then when the call to action happens. We take all that we‘ve accumulated and now have to utilize it to add all the lessons of Tishrei into our daily lives. We can’t just leave the spiritual high from Tishrei behind. We need to incorporate it into every second of our being.
Let us all, the members of the Young Israel of Chomedey family, ensure that Tishrei 5779 gives us all the spirit and energy to last through the year, until Tishrei 5780!
Rochel, Eli, Chana Leah, Esther, and Messoda join me in wishing you a Happy and Healthy sweet New Year with health and Mazal to all.
Rabbi Avram Banon
Dear Young Israel of Chomedey Members,
A few days after receiving this Rosh Hashana bulletin, once again our members will be standing in our beautiful sanctuary, and in front of our Creator ushering in the New Year 5779. How time flies! And what is time? From a letter written in 1947, the Lubavitcher Rebbe discusses the essential quality of time; he discusses time as movement. Generally, when time is discussed in philosophy or in science – including the works of classical Jewish philosophers – it is understood as movement, or change.
The movement of the planets, the ticking of a clock – as long as these things occur, there is time. If they cease, time also ceases. In other words, time is no more than the occurrence of physical events.
This past year has seen many physical events occur – in Israel and Worldwide. Naturally, while we are concerned and quite often dismayed at with happens in far flung countries, we are nevertheless most concerned with what happens, for me at least, in both Canada, our native or adopted land – and in Israel, our Eternal Homeland. Born in Montreal and educated here these things occur, there is time. If they cease, time also ceases.
In other words, time is no more than the occurrence of physical events. This past year has seen many physical events occur – in Israel and Worldwide. Naturally, while we are concerned and quite often dismayed at with happens in far flung countries, we are nevertheless most concerned with what happens, for me at least, in both Canada, our native or adopted land – and in Israel, our Eternal Homeland. Born in Montreal and educated here these things occur, there is time. If they cease, time also ceases.
In other words, time is no more than the occurrence of physical events.
This past year has seen many physical events occur – in Israel and Worldwide. Naturally, while we are concerned and quite often dismayed at with happens in far flung countries, we are nevertheless most concerned with what happens, for me at least, in both Canada, our native or adopted land – and in Israel, our Eternal Homeland. Born in Montreal and educated here in the Lubavitch school system, I am proud of being a Canadian. We have freedoms here that most countries of the world can only aspire to. We are free to travel, to learn, to speak up, to work at our preferred vocations, to take part in the various democratic processes afforded us at all levels of Government and most important, as Jews – we are
free to practice our faith, free from any hindrances whatsoever. And of course, for all of us, there is Israel. I am lucky, as many of our members are, of also being an Israeli citizen, and I am immensely proud of that as well. Together as Jews, we are deeply concerned at what is taking in place in Israel today. While we all have our differing political views, nevertheless, when it comes to the safety of our Homeland, we all stand together, we are all concerned, we all say Sha’alu Shalom Yerushalayim – Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. The high point in Israel this year surely was the 70th Anniversary of Israel Statehood. Together with my wife Zila, I was fortunate in being there during the entire month of May, when the second high point of the year was the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Two other countries followed suit, with B”H more to come. Most Jews, and certainly all Zionists around the world rejoiced. But the events occurring in the South, along the Gaza Strip, have left us all wondering what the next year or two brings; more than ever, we pray to Hashem for peace and tranquility in this small corner of the world.
I am amazed at how resilient a People we are, and as I reviewed many of the Saturday night bulletins I wrote over the past year, I am also amazed at how resilient our own Young Israel of Chomedey members are, when faced with the loss of a loved one, of medical problems, of the “joys” of ageing, and so on. Nevertheless, we show up every day, mornings and evenings for Minyanim, on Shabbat and Holidays to come together as a family to pray, to comfort and console each other when needed, and to
celebrate in each other’s simchas and good fortune. This is the essence of a community, and the Young Israel of Chomedey can be proud of it’s community. Last year, we celebrated our first High Holidays in our new sanctuary, and most of us were amazed at what was accomplished in so short a time. A year later, as we look around our sanctuary and see what has been done in our second year, we are moved to say “What Hath G-D Wrought?”
(Numbers 23:23) What Hashem has helped us accomplish over the past year is nothing short of a miracle.
Our members, as we all know are no youngsters. Yet over this past year, in spite of various physical difficulties, ailments of one type or another, we are proud of what we have done. As President, I am especially indebted to
Dave Green and Fred Rudy, for the deep commitment they have shown to our shul, nothing happens without their input; to Carl Wooden our treasurer, who has put in countless hours in bringing our financials completely up to date and on time for the first time in many many years; to Stan Plant who is there whenever we need him for whatever we ask of him; to Bobby Bergson, who is still our go-to-guy when it comes to the workings of our administration; to Norm Fogel, editor of this bulletin and to his amazing team, to our Gabbaim and to our Office Manager, and all who have given of their time and effort I say YASHIR KOACH and thank you.
Last, but certainly not least, my thanks to our amazing Rabbi Avram Banon, who is always there for each and every one of us.
His words of wisdom, his understanding, and his compassion have helped me personally through some of the trials and tribulations, in addition to the joys and satisfaction of serving as your President, an honour accorded me by you the membership.
We are also fortunate once again, in having Rabbi Stieffel from Florida with us for the Yomim Noroim; and together with Rabbi Banon and the lay clergy, we are guaranteed a wonderful Holiday experience.
In closing, once again, on behalf of my dear wife Zila and myself, and on behalf of our entire executive, I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones, a Shana Tova U’Metuka – a Gut Zis and Gezint Yor in the coming year 5779 and – with Hashem’s help – for the year to be Healthy, Happy and Prosperous for us all, and for our brethren all over the world, and especially in Eretz Yisrael, may it be a Year of Peace for all. Amen!
Isidore (Issie) Baum
Our New Home
The History Of The ShulThe History Of The Shul In the News The history of the Young Israel of Chomedey began in 1959, in a house on Romiti Street, in Chomedey, where Rabbi Solomon J. Spiro lead as spiritual leader. It was just the beginning of what would become the foundation of our Jewish Community