April 5, 2012 Shemini
S.T.A.R. News & Events
Here are S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:
April 28, 2013
Community Lag BaOmer at The Somis Ranch!
June 18-July 9
Magen Israel Trip for Teens age 16. 3 Weeks of Exploration and fun.
Shabbat Parashat: Shemini
Candle Lighting: 6:59pm
Shabbat Ends: 7:57pm
The Right Man For The Job
"Moshe said to Aharon, â€˜Come near to the Altar’…" (9:7)
Bungee-jumping, hang-gliding, free-fall parachuting, and riding over Niagara Fallsin a beer barrel all share one thing in common. You have to be absolutely meshuga to do them.
There’s a big difference between being fearless and being foolhardy.
However, there are times when even being afraid is an advantage. The Chafetz Chaim once decided that a particular talmid should take a vacant post as the Rabbi in distant community. Thetalmid was reluctant to go. He told the Chafetz Chaim he was afraid of the responsibility of being the only halachic authority for an entire community. The Chafetz Chaim replied to him, "Should I send someone who’s not afraid?"
Sometimes being afraid doesn’t disqualify someone from being the right man or woman for the job. Sometimes it’s the essential quality.
Moshe had to tell Aharon to "Come near to the altar". Rashi says that Aaron was embarrassed and afraid to approach the altar. Moshe told him not to be afraid, for it was precisely Aaron’s quality of awe which qualified him to be the Kohen Gadol.
When we want to become closer to Gâ€‘d and serve Him with more conviction and faithfulness, we could be embarrassed by our inadequacies. We might feel afraid, incapable of such a task. "Who am I to serve G-d?" we can think to ourselves. It is precisely that quality of self-effacement, of fear, which is the pre-requisite to be â€˜the right man for the job".
Rabbi M. Weiss Rabbi Y. Sakhai
Em Habanim Congregation
Weekly Parashat Hashavua class with Rabbi Joshua Bittan on Wednesdays at 8:30pm for more info. visit www.emhabanim.com
Avot Ubanim Program has started for fathers and their kids of ages 4 and up every Saturday night from 7:30pm – 8:30pm, Lots of prizes and great Pizza every week!
Em Habanim Sephardic Congregation is pleased to make available its elegant venue for your celebration. Excellent location with easy access to freeways. For more info. visit emhabanim.com