January 17, 2009 - 21 Teves 5769
A SPECIAL SECTION FOR THOSE
WHO PREPARE FOR SHABBOS
AN OLD HEBREW EXPRESSION STATES: THOSE
WHO PREPARE FOR SHABBOS EAT ON SHABBOS
Voices From the Ezras Nashim
Last week this page featured an email I received as I was setting out to write this page. The email told the story of a man playing a violin in a Washington, DC Metro station. On Shabbos we discussed the story at our table and noted how true it is that we walk past the daily miracles and signs of wonder in our lives without much notice. For the first time in many years I was reminded of the musical Flower Drum Song and the very beautiful rendition of A Hundred Million Miracles Are Happening Every Day. We need eyes to see and ears to listen and a neshamah that is willing to experience and acknowledge.
During this week I have received the email about the violin player from others. While each of us recognizes that we need greater recognition of the Master of our lives no one yet has offered a way that we can awaken our senses to the daily miracles that HaShem undertakes for each of us. Is there a way to break out of the events of daily living long enough to truly appreciate those miracles? It is after all the recognition of the miracles in our lives that will lead us to true devotion in prayer and a greater sense of closeness to our creator.
On Sunday, January 11, 2009 Daven With Dov held its first fishing minyan. Since our minyan meets on Hollywood Beach and is composed of many avid fishermen it was suggested that we hold an early morning minyan followed by fishing and breakfast. By 5:45 am fishing poles and tackle were being checked and discussions focused on what might be the catch of the day. At 6:15 am, however, attention shifted to the shacharis service which was davened with kavanah. Upon completion of the service those who were fishing headed to the beach. The Abishter provided a glorious day. As the sun rose there were nine fisherman in kipot and one observer in a suit and kipah silhouetted against the rising sun. A truly lovely scene.
Although the catch was sparse and was returned to the sea the spirit of the fisherman was high and there was much camaraderie at the breakfast table. It is likely that this really was only the first of many fishing expeditions.
January 16, 2009—21 Teves 5769
Whole Wheat Challah
Baked in the merit of a child for a childless couple. To participate in this mitzvah please call Yehudis Halberstam—718-972-4793 for this week’s names.
Seasonal Fruit Cup
Honeyed Carrot Soup
Salmon en Croute with Sauteed Colored Peppers and Onions
Vegetarian Meat Loaf
Corn, Okra and Tomatoes
Roasted Baby Potatoes
Chopped Veggies in Honey Mustard
Lettuce Salad with Fine Herbs and Homemade Dressing
Heath Bar Brownies
January 17, 2009—21 Teves 5769
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