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Early Shabbos!
Tune in to  CLTC's Facebook page at 4p today where Rabbi Shmotkin will go live with the weekly replacement sermon.

Dear Friend,

It’s ‘after Pesach’. 

I, and I am sure many others, have been putting off a lot of things for ‘after Pesach’. Lots of hopes and dreams were relegated to ‘after Pesach’.

For one, I was hoping that the shul would open ‘after Pesach’.

I field calls from anxious people who miss the minyan at shul, “when can we resume Davening? (albeit with necessary precautions).”

But as painful as it is, I have to answer, no. We cannot open yet. Hopefully soon things will change for the better and we can resume our minyan. 

(I cannot even imagine the unfathomable pain and anguish of so many who has lost loved ones and are not even able to say kaddish or receive Shiva visits in person. Even the comforting rituals that bring solace and healing have been suspended during these troubled times).

Even kids are hoping that schools would be re-opening.

And everyone is hoping that businesses would resume so that the economies could start up again. 

All of us are praying and hopeful that a cure would be found.

Or… infinitely better yet, Moshiach would have come.

Alas, as I emerged from the euphoric cloud of the last meal of Pesach,  Seudat Mashiach, the headlines didn’t announce any miraculous turnaround.

Actually, the news I got was pretty sad. The list of those who have passed away has grown tragically longer over this Pesach.

That doesn’t sound like the way to go into Shabbat.

Shabbat is supposed to be a day of peace, delight, and joy.

Then I remembered, there is another way to look at life - not only at the things that aren’t going right. Instead, how about focusing on the things that ARE going right!

Breathing for example. While some people are suffering horribly requiring the aid of oxygen or even worse, G‑d forbid, ventilators, the vast majority of humanity is breathing effortlessly. 

Fifteen breaths per minute. That’s the average for an adult. Nine hundred breaths per hour. Twenty one thousand, six hundred breaths per day.

With the innumerable precautions we are taking to outwit the killer microbe, generally speaking the microbe community is on our side.

The average human has over 100 trillion microbes in and on their body.

Obviously, all it takes is one malfunctioning, or hijacked microbe, to wreak havoc, pain, and unprecedented destruction on our planet.

But isn’t it amazing that the other 100 trillion microbes running around our body all function so cohesively?

THANK YOU HASHEM!!!!

For every breath. 

For the labyrinth of veins, the blood cells, the functioning organs, the healthy limbs and the myriads of harmoniously interacting microbes.

And perhaps, once we recognize G‑d’s immeasurable kindnesses to us by providing us with our smoothly functioning bodies, we should do our best to stay healthy.

Healthy physically. Eat well. Exercise periodically and stay sequestered at home if that is what it takes to maintain our health or our very lives.

We must also become a bit more mature than just thinking about our flesh.

Our SOULS need to be kept in good health as well.

G‑d, the master designer of our universe has a detailed remedy for the good health of His people. If you are Jewish, G‑d instructs you to eat only certain things while staying away from others.

It is called the laws of  Kosher food. Outlined in this week's Parsha.

Its preventive medicine.

For a Jew, eating only kosher food is CRITICAL for their health.

Can it be proven in a laboratory?

No. Because I am speaking of spiritual health.

Whether or not non-kosher food is healthy does not make a difference. “Healthy non-kosher food” does not change the rules of kosher one iota. It is still non-kosher for a Jew. Because it says so in the Torah.

It’s not about physical health. It’s all about spiritual health.

Perhaps a few months ago some would have been more skeptical to listen to instructions that don’t seem to make a difference to the naked eye. Instructions that provide ‘health’ to the soul.

However, we now know how every single invisible-to-the-naked-eye microbe is so critical to our overall health.

It’s time we get even more sensitive and realize how important it is to have a healthy soul.

Next time you reach for something in the supermarket aisle, think about the importance of keeping our bodies and souls balanced and  choose to eat kosher!

It could make all the difference in the world for your soul. 

Your soul is the G‑dly energy source of your body. 

Healthy soul, healthy body.  Healthy body, healthy soul.

Let’s try to stay healthy, body and soul. By eating kosher food, and following the instructions of our medical professionals.

A healthy dose of prayer is always good as well!

Now that the synagogue is closed, your house is a synagogue. Study up about  prayer. Even if you don’t have a prayer book you can print out a  prayer and incorporate it into your daily schedule. By doing that, the air in your home will become spiritually purified.

With blessings for a Shabbat Shalom,

And for AMAZINGLY good news!!!!

Rabbi Mendel Shmotkin

 

Early Shabbos!
Tune in to  CLTC's Facebook page at 4p today where Rabbi Shmotkin will go live with the weekly replacement sermon.

How to Daven
Unsure of the how, what, when or where of daveneing while you are home alone on Shabbat? Click Here for the 10 Commandments for davening alone on Shabbat.

On-line Learning Opportunities
In the ongoing effort to safeguard the health, safety, and wellbeing of our families and community, we have gone virtual with Jewish Learning. Click here for the many resources available to you.

Kiddush
This weeks kiddush was going to be sponsored by the Korens, in honor of Mike's mother, Batsheva Bat Avraham Yitzchok's yahartzeit. Let's all raise a l'chaim in her honor.

Chabad CARE's - Community Assistance and Relief Efforts -COVID 19 Help
Lubavitch of Wisconsin is taking protective measures to provide our community with support. We will be available to deliver food and supplies and make welfare checks for those in need. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please fill out this form to get help, if you would like to volunteer to help, click here.

 

 
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IN THIS WEEK'S TORAH PORTION:


Parshat Shemini

 

On the  eighth day, following the seven days of their inauguration, Aaron and his sons begin to officiate as kohanim (priests); a  fire issues forth from G‑d to consume the offerings on the altar, and the  divine presence comes to dwell in the Sanctuary.

Aaron’s two elder sons,  Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire before G‑d, which He commanded them not” and die before G‑d. Aaron is  silent in face of his tragedy. Moses and Aaron subsequently disagree as to a point of law regarding the offerings, but  Moses concedes to Aaron that Aaron is in the right.

G‑d commands the  kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption. Land animals may be eaten only if they have  split hooves and also  chew their cud; fish must have  fins and scales; a list of non-kosher birds is given, and a list of kosher insects (four types of locusts).

Also in Shemini are some of the laws of  ritual purity, including the purifying power of the  mikvah (a pool of water meeting specified qualifications) and the  wellspring. Thus the people of Israel are enjoined to “ differentiate between the impure and the pure.”

 

 

 

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