Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkot 5769
               October 18, 2008

                          WHO PREPARE FOR SHABBOS


Daven With Dov celebrated its first Sukkot in a new Sukkah built on the edge of the sand at Hollywood Beach. The Sukkah was designed and built by Dov with amazing help from Yehoshua Blitzer, Dani Dratler, Eli Dratler and Aharon Laks. The east side of the Sukkah has a see through sunscreen which protected us from the rather fierce winds of the holiday. The camaraderie and joy in the Sukkah was unbounded. Passersby on the Broadwalk stopped to chat and in one case joined us for a festive lunch. Sunday, October 19, 2008 from 2-4 PM we will host a cholov Yisrael pizza party

Voices from the Ezras Nashim

As we approach the holiday of Simchas Torah it seems appropriate to tell the tale of Daven With Dov’s Torah. Although given by HaShem to Moshe, I have always thought of the Torah as feminine. When I discussed this with several Rabbaim they informed me that the Torah is spoken of in the feminine and so proceeds the tale of the Torah scroll.

Many years ago, approximately 80, I was written by an unknown scribe in an unknown city. Most of my early history is unknown. Some years ago, however, I was purchased by a wonderful Rabbi who lives in Monsey, New York. His sons had a beautiful mantle made for me and dedicated me in honor of their father. My role in the community was unique. I was part of a Gemach. A Gemach is a free loan society and so I was sent out on missions to bring Torah into homes where the inhabitants were unable to attend synagogue usually due to illness. The Rabbi who owned me knew that I was loved by those who used me, but for much of the time I resided in the Aron Kodesh unused. A Torah scroll is meant to be read not to sit in the Aron Kodesh. He worried and pondered. Then one day he received a call from Hollywood, Florida. A man named Dov was looking for a Torah Scroll to begin a new minyan. The very same day I was wrapped in a talit and taken to a store to be carefully boxed in bubble wrap and little styrofoam peanuts. Two boxes were placed over me and securely taped. It was late on a Thursday evening and I was concerned. It would not be pleasant to spend Shabbos in a box. To my surprise Friday morning found me being unboxed in Florida. I was carried to a new Aron Kodesh that had been prepared for me while I was traveling. Shabbos morning I was read for the first time in my new location. I was happy. People not only read from me they commented on the clarity and brightness of my letters. They examined me to make sure that I was kosher. They questioned each other for remnants of my history. They loved me. But I did not belong to them. My home was still in the Gemach in Monsey. One day Dov received a call from the Gemach. There was someone else who wanted me. Dov and my Rabbi spoke. My Rabbi wanted me to be read regularly and if I was sent back to Monsey I would once again go out on loan only when needed. My Rabbi really wanted more tefillin because there was a big call for these through the Gemach. The tefillin would be used regularly while I would go back to being in the Aron Kodesh. Dov and my Rabbi agreed. Dov would purchase me for the new minyan (Anshei Chesed V’Emes d/b/a Daven With Dov). Now I am used regularly and those who read me continue to comment on my beauty and clarity. Now that is nice because I really like being considered beautiful to look at, but what is really nice is to hear the Torah discussions about my words and messages. Soon I hope that there will be a Hachnassas Sefer Torah where all in the community can come and celebrate. In the meantime I am content knowing that my message and purpose are being fulfilled.

Elk’s Menu for Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkot
October 17, 2008—19 Tishrei 5769

Whole Wheat Challah with Raisins baked in the merit of a child for a childless couple
Call Yedhudis Halberstam at 718-972-4793 for the name of the week
Seasonal Fruit Cup
Vegetable Soup
Salmon en Croute with Mushrooms
Vegetarian Chili
Buttered Noodles
Spinach Souffle
Carrot and Raisin Salad
Lettuce Salad with Herbs and Homemade Dressing Marblecake
Date Nut Squares

Kiddush Menu October 18, 2008—19 Tishrei 5769

Egg Salad
Tuna Salad
Gefilte Fish
Matjes Herring
Chickpea Salad

 Menu for Shemini Atzeret
October 21, 2008 - 22 Tishrei 5769

Whole Wheat Challah with Raisins baked in the merit of a child for a childless couple
Call Yedhudis Halberstam at 718-972-4793 for the name of the week
Chilled Carrot and Honey Soup
Italian Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Yerushalmi Kugel
Broccoli Souffle
Potato Salad with Mint and Peas
Lettuce Salad with Fine Herbs and Homemade Dressing
Fudge Mousse Cake

Menu for Simchat Torah
October 22, 2008—23 Tishrei 5769

Whole Wheat Challah with Raisins baked in the merit of a child for a childless couple
call Yedhudis Halberstam at 718-972-4793 for the name of the week
Seasonal Fruit Soup
Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce
Pasta with Vegetables and Soy Meat
Byaldi (This is the ratatouille made by the rat at the end of the movie Ratatouille)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Hearts of Palm and Tomato Salad
Lettuce Salad with Fine Herbs and Homemade Dressing
Coconut Brownies
Blond Brownies

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