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Someone else will donate the half-shekel (up to $5000)… if you act right now!

When the Temple was standing in Jerusalem, there was an annual Mitzvah to give a half-shekel coin, in order to support the Temple work over the coming year. While people were free to give larger amounts in other ways, in this particular donation everyone was identical. The emphasis was upon joining with all the other members of the Congregation of Israel, rather than upon acknowledging G-d’s unique gift of financial wealth to an individual.

On the Eve of Purim, the custom still exists to give a donation to charity in memory of the half-shekel.

Today, we have our own unique opportunity – for a one dollar donation to be given to Project Genesis on your behalf. But you must act immediately to take advantage!

There is an online service called iGive. The basic concept is “shop for charity.” From their website, you can access eBay, buy.com , Marriot and Sheraton hotels, and literally hundreds of other stores. You pay the same price as you always would, and they give us a very modest donation.

But if you sign up and visit a store before 1 PM EST on Thursday, they will give Project Genesis 1 dollar, just because you did. Please remember BOTH steps – sign up for iGive , AND visit a store using your brand-new membership. [Fine print… you should also visit the site a couple times a month, and use it to buy something eventually.]

It seems tiny – but then again, so does a half-shekel. Yet the combination of all those half-shekel donations supported the daily sacrifices in the Temple for the entire year. So please act now !

Of course, we have also recently read the Torah portion of Terumah, which encouraged everyone to give in accordance with the generous spirit in their hearts. And needless to say, we invite you to do so as well, through our secure online donation system or by sending your check to:

Project Genesis – Torah.org
122 Slade Ave.
Suite 250
Baltimore MD, 21208

Thank you for your generous support!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Yaakov Menken
Director, Project Genesis – Torah.org
menken -at- torah.org

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Reflections

 
5th Adar, 5770

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

Who is rich? One who is happy with his situation.
Pirke Abot

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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A Little bit of Knowledge

 
3rd Adar, 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

If the Sheliah Siboor – the cantor – started the repetition of the Shemoneh Esre – Amidah – while there were ten men present and then people left leaving less than a quorum of ten in the room – he continues the recitation of the blessings until he completes the entire Amidah.

However, in situations where the Kohanim would bless the people in the middle of the Amidah’s repetition – ten must be present when the Kohanim start the blessings. Should some of the people who were present when the Sheliah Siboor began the repetition of the Amidah leave he may complete the Amidah but the Kohanim do not bless.

Once they do begin the blessings with a quorum of ten they may complete the blessings even if people leave and there are less than ten left in the room.
Source: Shulhan Arukh, O’H 128:1, with Mishnah Berurah and Biur Halakha loc. cit.

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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Reflections

 
3rd Adar, 5770

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

Through suffering we discover the great power of brotherly love. At no time are we as capable of giving love and receiving it as when suffering knocks on our door.
Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Carlebach

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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A Little bit of Knowledge

 
2nd Adar, 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

One who is reciting the Keriyat Shema may not signal with his eyes, or mouth out words with his lips, or indicate with his fingers during the first paragraph, which, is the essential portion of acceptance of the yoke of Heaven. These activities belittle the Shema which, to the contrary, must be an established firm commitment not a casual one.
[Source: Shulhan Arukh, O’H, Siman 63:6]

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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Reflections

 
2nd Adar, 5770

CONSIDER THIS FOR A MINUTE

For every breath we take, we ought to thank Hashem.
Beresheet Rabbah 14:11

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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A Little bit of Knowledge 27th Shevat 5770

DID YOU KNOW THAT

There is a custom to eat dairy foods on Shabuot. The customs vary.

Some eat only dairy foods.

Others eat dairy foods before the standard holiday meat meal.

There are those that eat dairy foods as part of the meal. These people must eat a parve food, then drink and wash their hands before eating meat.

SOURCE: Rabbi Raymond Beyda’s Reflections at Torah.org

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