Parshas Vayeira 5769
                   November 15, 2008



With grateful thanks to Hashem Yisborach Daven With Dov announces the completion of the purchase of our minyan’s Sefer Torah


We extend a joyous mazal tov to

Yudi and Sorah Plonka (Yudi was the baal mussaf for the high holidays) on the engagement of their son, Nachum

Shelly and Arthur Laks (parents of our minyan man Aharon Laks) on the birth of their eighth child and fourth son

May we be zoche to enjoy many simchot together

                                  VOICES FROM THE EZRAS NASHIM

On Sunday, November 9, 2008 we at Daven With Dov took time to remember the horrors of Krystalnacht and the nightmare of the Shoah. We prayed for the tortured and murdered souls of our people. Together we watched “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” was written as a young adult novel by a non-Jew. The author classifies the book as a "fable.” In truth the events depicted in the book and the film could not have happened during the Shoah. As a former teacher of holocaust studies (6th grade) I have read many books and interviewed many survivors. I have visited Dachau. There are no words, stories, tales, remembrances or photos that can adequately recall the horrors of the holocaust. There is no way for someone who was not there to feel the pain, horror and fear of those in the camps. Even the survivors I have spoken to are unable to convey the true horror of their experiences. Those of us who were not there can only imagine the horror and our imagination will not stretch far enough to experience all of the agony.

Perhaps because “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” revolves around two very young boys who are sweet and innocent the film is able to make an impact in spite of its unlikeliness. As we left the theater there were no words. We could not look at each other let alone speak.

Sooner or later though we must regain our voices because it is only through remembrance and retelling that we keep the memories of those destroyed by the yemach shemoh alive. We must arm ourselves with the stories of the survivors. Soon there will be no survivors and we must be the voice for the future. Listen, remember and retell their stories. Let us make their stories our stories so that the world never forgets. Remember one name, one story, one event and speak it. The yemach shemoh sought to deprive each detainee of their individuality and humanity. We defeat the yemach shemoh when we remember and share that remembrance.

Elk’s Menu
Parshas Vayera
Friday, November 14, 2008—17 Cheshvan 5769

Whole Wheat Challah
Baked in the merit of a child for a childless couple
Call Yehudis Halberstam at 718-972-4793 for this week’s names
Seasonal Fruit Cup
Cauliflower Soup
Salmon Ratatouille en Croute
Pasta with Vegetarian Sausages
Israeli Couscous
Creamy Cheesy Kale
Arugula and Radicchio Salad with Feta and Dates
Lettuce Salad with Fine Herbs and Homemade Dressing
Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake

Saturday, November 15, 2008—17 Cheshvan 5769

Egg Salad
Tuna Salad
Gefilte Fish
Matjes Herring
Chickpea Salad

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