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Unfortunately, more and more great people recently are transitioning from this world to the next. Among the many notable people who have passed away in the last week or so is Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski. For me, Rabbi Twerski has always been an example of what I believe G-d wants from the Jewish people as a whole. G-d wants us to be serious and devout Jews, which is something that is not limited only to our ritual life but to every part of our life. In addition, G-d wants us to pursue a livelihood that can make a consequential contribution to society. Although R. Twerski has set a very high bar for most people to reach, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t see him as an inspiration for us to strive to be the best we can be. Therefore, in my first blogpost I share with you a brief overview of who R. Twerski was by noted author Sara Yoheved Rigler. At the end of the post, you’ll see a picture of a smiling R. Twerski. That is a lead in to my second blogpost written by my colleague from Boca Raton R. Efrem Goldberg who addresses the importance of smiling even when masked.  
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Shabbat Yitro
Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6
Z'manim:
Friday, February 5
7:45am    Shacharit 
5:20pm    Candlelighting
5:20pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv

Shabbat, February 6
Yitro
Shema must be concluded by 9:46am
9:30am     Shacharit followed by
                 Mincha
6:20pm     Havdalah
6:40pm     Ma'ariv

Sunday, February 7
8:00am    Shacharit 
5:20pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
Monday- Thursday, Feb 8-11
7:45am    Shacharit
7:00pm    Ma'ariv


Davening Zoom Links
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Neal Wohlmuth in memory of Adam Tabak
Joey Eckstein for the yahrzeit of his beloved father Carl
Gloria Eckstein in memory of her beloved husband Carl
Polina Pasynkova and Anna Kelenson for a refuah shleima for Dudu Habib
Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz in honor of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Landau's new grandson
Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz in memory of Claude Ganz, sympathy to the family.
Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz in memory of Sybel Klein, sympathy to the family.
 
Esther & Bob Berger for the yahrzeit of Esther’s beloved mother Tosia Szames
Tommy & Genie Tabak in memory of their beloved son Adam
Janice & Richard for the yahrzeit of Frieda Steiner
Alla & Lev Mudriyan for the yahrzeit of Simcha Mudriyan

Minyan Sponsorship
Thank you to the family of Bella Feldman for sponsoring this week’s minyan in her memory    
 
Mazal Tov
To Rabbi & Johni Landau on the birth of a new grandson to Barak & Tehilla Landau of Borough Park, Brooklyn 

Baruch Dayan HaEmet
We are sorry to inform you of the passing of our longtime member Sybel Klein at the age of 91. We extend our sincere condolences to her siblings Rae-Sal and Fred Schalit and her niece Chana Thaler. Please be in touch with the Rabbi if you’d their contact information.  

Rindenow Memorial Book
The family of R. Mordechai Rindenow z”l is putting together a memorial book in his memory. They request that people please write a personal story about or some experience/s they had with their father and email them to: abentov13@gmail.com 
Mishloach Manot Community Builder & Fund Raiser
Based on the current medical forecast, our Purim programming will be limited due to the pandemic. Therefore, this year’s Mishloach Manot are going to be exceptional. How so? Since Purim falls on Friday (2/26) it is customary to eat the Purim Seuda earlier in the day and therefore we will be providing our community members with everything they need for a Purim Seuda brunch. The Mishloach Manot will include Izzy’s Bagels, lox, cream cheese, jam, Nutella, oatmeal, O.J., coffee, tea, sweeteners and a cake from the Rebbitzen. For those members who would like, there will be a Zoom Seuda around 12:30pm. 

Mishloach Manot Participants
Marc & Fleur Attia, Esther & Bob Berger, Anatoly & Tali Besedin, Ava Brand, Velvel & Irina Brodsky, Miriam & Jerry Butrimovitz, Betsy Eckstein & David Heller, Drs. Jonathan Esensten & Raquel Gardner, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Amy & Barry Greenberg,  Al & Sharon Hampel, Zahava & Meir Holland, Jolana Hollander and Family, Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky, Anna & Keva Kelenson, Vicki Keyak, Alex and Baruch Kilunov, Morrey and Jeff Klein, Emil Knopf, Rabbi & Johni Landau, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Shep Levine, Michael Lorincz, Renee & Kevin Mahan, Claire Manber, Bina Mitchell, Josh & Lynne Muller, Abe Newman, Patty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov, Heddy Pilpel and David Pilpel, Jack & Dora Piotrkowski, Norman Reid, Ian & Jessica Ozeri Reynolds, Raviv & Wendy Rubin, Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz, Dr. David Schiff, Alvin D. Sered, Max Slepnyov, Marty & Goldie Sosnick, Patrick & Sabrina Thillard, Corinne & Elad Vaknin, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Sally Weiss, Tauba Weiss, Neal Wohlmuth, Michael & Sofia Zakharevich, Phylis Kurzbard, Seth & Sheila Skootsky, Roni Silverberg, Marina & Avi Riskin
Kashrut Alert!
Some peppers from Trader Joe’s have a label that reads “Produce of Israel.” Please be aware that before eating produce from Israel it needs to first be tithed. Contact the Rabbi and he will instruct you what to do.
Enjoy Adath Israel's Kosher Kitchen Offerings:
Metropolitan Catering
Neshama Foods
Parasha in a Nutshell

Exodus 18:1-20:23
Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people. The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”
On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai for the Giving of the Torah. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.
G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them. (Chabad.org)


Parasha Thought
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
Though the marquee event of this week’s portion surrounds the epic event of Matan Torah, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, there are still many lessons to be learned from every pasuk of the parsha, even the seemingly innocuous ones. Rabbi Mordechai Rogov , of blessed memory, points out a fascinating insight from the following verses that discuss the naming of Moshe’s children.
“Yisro, the father-in-law of Moses, took Zipporah, the wife of Moses, after she had been sent away, and her two sons – of whom the name of one was Gershom, for he had said, ‘I was a sojourner in a strange land.’ And the name of the other was Eliezer, for ‘the God of my father came to my aid, and He saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.'” (Exodus 18:2-4).
After Moshe killed the Egyptian taskmaster who had hit the Hebrew slave, Pharaoh put a price on Moshe’s head. The Medrash tells us that Moshe’s head was actually on the chopping block but he was miraculously saved. He immediately fled from Egypt to Midian. In Midian, he met his wife Zipporah and there had two sons.
The question posed is simple and straightforward: Moshe was first saved from Pharaoh and only then did he flee to Midian and become a “sojourner in a strange land.” Why did he name his first child after the events in exile his second son in honor of the miraculous salvation from Pharaoh’s sword?
Rav Rogov points out a certain human nature about how events, even the most notable ones, are viewed and appreciated through the prospect of time.
Chris Matthews in his classic book Hardball, An Inside Look at How Politics is Played by one who knows the Game, tells how Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky, who would later serve as Harry Truman’s vice president, related a story that is reflective of human nature and memory. In 1938, Barkley had been challenged for reelection to the Senate by Governor A. B. ‘Happy” Chandler, who later made his name as Commissioner of Baseball.
During that campaign, Barkley liked to tell the story of a certain rural constituent on whom he had called in the weeks before the election, only to discover that he was thinking of voting for Governor Chandler. Barkley reminded the man of the many things he had done for him as a prosecuting attorney, as a county judge, and as a congressman and as a senator.
“I recalled how I had helped get an access road built to his farm, how I had visited him in a military hospital in France when he was wounded in World War I, how I had assisted him in securing his veteran’s benefits, how I had arranged his loan from the Farm Credit Administration, and how l had got him a disaster loan when the flood destroyed his home.”
“How can you think of voting for Happy?” Barkley cried. “Surely you remember all these things I have done for you!”
“Sure,” the fellow said, “I remember. But what in the world have you done for me lately?”
Though this story in no way reflects upon the great personage of Moshe, the lessons we can garner from it as well as they apply to all of us.
Rabbi Rogov explains that though the Moshe’s fleeing Pharaoh was notably miraculous it was still an event of the past. Now he was in Midian. The pressure of exile from his parents, his immediate family, his brother Ahron and sister Miriam, and his people, was a constant test of faith. Therefore, the name of Moshe’s first son commemorated his current crisis as opposed to his prior, albeit more miraculous and traumatic one.
Sometimes appreciating the minor issues of life take precedence over even the most eventful – if that is what is currently sitting on the table.

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