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Parshat Vayelech-Shabbat Shuva

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Lessons To Be Learned From The Jealousy Of Moshe Rabbeinu

September 22, 2012 6 Tishrei, 5772

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disciple. The Pillar of Cloud descended and spoke to Yehoshua. When the Pillar ascended, Moshe asked Yehoshua "What Word came to you?" Asking such a question for the first time in his life must have been a most humbling experience for Moshe. But even more humbling was the response that the Medrash put into Yehoshua's mouth answering Moshe: "When the Word came to you, did I know what was spoken to you?" This was a very gentle way of telling Moshe "It is none of your business. I am the Rebbe and you are the disciple now." The Medrash concludes that at that moment, Moshe began to scream "Let me die 100 times rather than suffer this one pang of jealousy that I am now feeling." There is no need to

On that last day, Moshe wrote 13 Torah scrolls, one for each tribe plus a Haftorah master copy that would Artscroll, 1204 remain in the Ark. Moshe Hertz, 891 In Parshas VaYeilech, reasoned, "since I am The Almighty informs occupying myself with Moshe of the sad Torah which is the source news that "Behold BAR MITZVAH of life, the day will pass the day of your AARON and the decree (that I am death is SHAVOLIAN to die) will be nullified." approaching" [Devari m 31:14]. I would The Medrash says that Times like to quote a Hashem instructed Moshe Candle Lighting 6:34 pm fascinating Medrash to call Yehoshua. Moshe, [Yalkut Shimoni 941] as it were, offered the Friday Mincha 6:35 pm that carries a Almighty a deal: "Let Hashkama 8:00 am powerful message in Yehoshua take over my and of itself without Parsha Shiur 8:30 am role and lead the Jewish any further people, but allow me to Main Minyan 9:00 am elaboration: live." Hashem responded: Beit Midrash 9:15 am "If so, you will have to Moshe Rabbeinu did Teen Minyan 9:30 am relate to Yehoshua as he not want to die, and related to you. He will be Mincha 6:05 pm the sun did not want the leader and you will be Drasha 6:30 pm to let him die. The his disciple." sun threatened G-d Shabbat Ends 7:41 pm that it would no According to the Medrash, Sunday Sept. 23 7:00/8:00 am longer set or rise and Moshe Rabbeinu agreed to Services begin thus Moshe's this offer. He went to with Selichot appointed time would Yehoshua's house (as Selichot, Sunday 9:00 pm never arrive. If opposed to the former Monday 6:45/7:45 am Moshe was scheduled arrangement that to die the next day Yehoshua came to him). Tuesday and the sun would From there they both (Erev Yom Kippur) never set on the went into the Tent of See page 2 for schedule prior day, Moshe Meeting - Yehoshua the Latest Times for would live forever. Rebbe and Moshe the Shema/ Shmoneh Esrei
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elaborate on this Medrash. The above quoted passage, as it stands, is mind-boggling. However, there are two insights that may be pointed out: The first insight is that Moshe Rabbeinu felt jealousy. "I will no longer have the exclusive company of the Almighty that I've enjoyed all these years. Someone else will!" He was envious of Yehoshua. The Chidushei HaRim asks how it is possible that Moshe was jealous of Yehoshua. We are taught that a person is jealous of everyone except for his son and his student [Sanhedrin 105b]. That being the case, what is the Medrash saying? The Chidushei HaRim gives a mind shattering answer. The Chidushei HaRim says that if I am a Rebbe and my son becomes a Rosh Yeshiva I will not be jealous. I will be proud of him. If he becomes far more successful than I ever was, I will take it in stride and with pride. However, not if he takes MY job! Not if I am forced into retirement, and he takes over my congregation or my yeshiva! That is hard to take, even from a disciple and even from a son. The second observation to be made on this Medrash is the following: Moshe Rabbeinu is 120 years old. He is about to die. And yet, he, himself, feels that he was being gripped with envy. He himself admits that the emotion he felt was worse than one hundred deaths. We see from here that if anyone ever claims: "I am too old to be jealous", "I am above that already" - don't believe him. We are never finished with the challenge of being jealous until we are in the grave. At least Moshe Rabbeinu recognized it and admitted it. He was sensitive enough and wise enough to feel it and to declare "I don't want any part of it!"
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That is the difference between Moshe Rabbeinu and us. We don't see it. We don't feel it. We are just overcome and consumed by it. Moshe's words, as quoted by the Medrash should become our philosophy -- death 100 times over is better than succumbing to the feeling of jealousy.

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Drop-off containers will be available at all Synagogue entrances The food will be donated to ONEG SHABBOS To help Jews in need. Please remember Dont forget!

Joseph A Levy
Topic: JEWS FROM ARAB COUNTRIES
Joseph A Levy was born in Egypt and in1958 came to the US with his family, as part of what he calls the Second Exodus from Egypt. He grew up in New Jersey and holds a Law Degree from the Brooklyn Law School. He has lived in Queens for the past 30 years. Mr. Levy is passionate about and has spoken extensively on the subject of the Jews from the Arab states. He will present a general look at Jewish History in Arab lands and why the Jews, who were well off economically and had lucrative businesses, left their homes and homelands in the 20th century. He will also focus specifically on Egypt and Egyptian Jewry; its modern history and how the current political situation and the peace with Israel affects the remaining Jewish community.

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GNS UPCOMING EVENTS
GNS TALMUD TORAH The GNS Talmud Torah is a full Jewish after school program dedicated to excellence in an engaging and respectful learning environment in which Jewish children can become proud, caring, responsible, and dedicated members of the Jewish people and American society. The Talmud Torah meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. As part of the expanded Talmud Torah program, we offer a special MATAN program for Bat-Mitzvah aged girls. The class is taught by Morah Netta Jansenson, an outstanding faculty member of NSHA, who is known for her creativity and warmth. The program will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and will begin after the Sukkot holiday in mid Oct. for 12 classes to be completed by the end of January. Please contact the Synagogue office to register your child. YOM KIPPUR APPEAL In the coming days you will be called or approached by dedicated members of our YK Appeal Committee. Please respond generously. Thank you. SHATNEZ The Scholars Kollel of Great Neck, together with The Great Neck Synagogue, are happy to announce that the following arrangement has been made with Efraims tailoring, 115 Middle Neck Road. The first 100 members of the synagogue who bring in a suit for tailoring will receive free shatnez testing. We hope that many of you will take advantage of this offer. Every mitzvah helps. SAVE THE DATE: SISTERHOOD ELECTION MEETING Please join us on Thursday evening, Sept. 20th at 8:00pm for an important Sisterhood meeting to elect a new Executive Board of Sisterhood. We look forward to welcoming you there. If you would like to nominate yourself or a friend for a position, please contact Farla Frumkin at farlafrumkin@gmail.com for information. It is very important and worthwhile to volunteer and become involved at GNS you will make great friends, have fun and help the shul. GNS MENS CLUB UPCOMING EVENTS SUN. SEPT. 23 10:00 am: Joseph A Levy speaking on "Jews from Arab Countries", highlighting Jewish history in Arab lands. Mr. Levy was born in Egypt and is a well known expert on the topic. WED. OCT 24: Co-sponsored with the GNS Sisterhood, a talk by Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg of Detroit, on "Stress Management for Adults". Rabbi Goldberg tours the country lecturing on the subject. He is also a co-founder of the "Kids Kicking Cancer" program. SUN. OCT 28: The Mens Club semi-annual Blood Drive. Thanks to Al Liederman for organizing the Blood Drives. SUN. Nov 4: Together with Dos Yiddish Vort, a bus trip to NYC to the Yiddish Theatre to see "The Golden Land", a professional musical in both English and Yiddish. A light dinner will be provided after the performance. Cost is $65 per person (includes bus, theater and dinner). Checks to GNS Mens Club. GNS ANNUAL FALL BLOOD DRIVE GNS is sponsoring its Annual Fall Blood Drive on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 8:15am-2:15 pm in the gym. Everyone who is 16 or older and weighs 110 pounds or more and who feels well and healthy can donate blood and help save the life of a friend or neighbor. If you are unable to donate, you can still help by volunteering the day of the drive or by making phone calls in advance. Donating blood or volunteering to help with calls in advance or on the day is also a great opportunity for your young folks to earn community service credit. Our goal with this years drive is 75 pints donated. Please help save three people with your donation its a wonderful Mitzvah! Please contact Al Leiderman 482-0628.

WITHIN OUR FAMILY Mazal Tov to Haifa & Dan Shavolian on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Aaron. Mazal Tov to Jane and Yosi Tuvia on the birth of a granddaughter, born to their children Keren & Guy Baron.
ANNUAL SISTERHOOD DINNER Sisterhood dinner this year will be on Wednesday night, Nov. 7th, 2012. We are so excited to present our speaker, Rachelle Weisberger, author of "Biblical Beauty" to discuss the integration of biblical and historical perspectives with practical advice. We are looking for volunteers to collect beauty-themed raffle prizes - salon gift certificates, makeup samples, spa-related items, etc. Sponsorships are available - Gold - $72, Silver - $36, bronze - $18. If you are able to help, please email Judy Lillien, syny98@gmail.com Thank you to Judy Lillien for chairing this event!
COMMUNITY UPCOMING EVENTS

MIKVAH FOR MEN The North Shore Mikvah will be open for men only on Erev Yom Kippur, Sept. 25th from 5AM-3PM. Men must bring their own towels. The cost is $30.00. Please contact Lisa Stein at 646 251 6409 or Malka Ismach at 917 373 4883.

SUKKAH DECORATING Volunteers need to decorate the Sukkah on Friday, Sept. 28. Please call the office.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR When planning a simcha, please check the community calendar as well as the Synagogue Calendar to avoid conflicts.

LOST & FOUND Raincoat with Tampa Bay Bucs hat was taken and another with Lord of the Rings hat was left behind. Please call the shul office.

Y A H R Z E I T

Saturday, 6 Tishrei Martin Hoffman for Ruth Rachel bat Yahiye Karen Wolff for Nelson Tessler Sunday, 7 Tishrei Pearl Ginsburg for Lena Ginsburg Edith Lubin for Henry Goldberg Dennis Wolf for Kurt Wolf Monday, 8 Tishrei Leon Miller for Ethel Siegel Tuesday, 9 Tishrei Philip Hanfling for Fannie Schneider Carl Rosenberg for Walter Muller Thursday, 11 Tishrei Faye Berke for Jason Berke Friday, 12 Tishrei Danny Arbusman for Moishe Arbusman Hal Beretz for Greta Beretz Morris Hodkin for Louis Hodkin Murray Honig for Max Honig George Miner for Ruth Miner Sydelle Slochowsky for Zelda Olshin