November 18, 2011 Chaye Sara

S.T.A.R. News & Events

Here are S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:

November 20th:

Happy Feet 3D!!! For Kids Ages 7-12 ( Tikva & Aviv) We will have a fantastic time at the theaters followed by a special surprise for the kids. Click here for more information.

December 25th:

STAR kid’s Chanukah party!!!

Join the STAR Gang as we journey back in time at Golf and Stuff. Unlimited games and rides for all, plus a special Chanukah presentation followed by Chanukah gifts!!!

January 15th:


Let”s go to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland!!! To top it all off, you will be with the happiest people on earth, the STAR Group!


This Shabbat


Shabbat Parashat: Chaye Sara

Candle Lighting: 4:29pm
Shabbat Ends: 5:32pm

Torah Message


Wasted On The Young

"…the years of the life of Sarah." (23:1)

Those of us who are old enough to have trouble recalling large areas of their youth will at least have no trouble remembering some standout moments of total irresponsibility. Like hitching a ride with a lunatic German motorcyclist careening his BMW 900 down the autobahn at 100 miles-an-hour through torrential rain in the dead of night. Or going for a walk by yourself in New York City and suddenly realizing that you’re in the middle of Harlem.

"Youth is wasted on the young" runs the old adage. As our hair thins and our waistlines thicken, we try and shed the immaturity of youth and improve our characters, and our actions.

It comes out, then, that what we really can call our ‘life’ – our arriving at some kind of perfection in this world – happens pretty close to our departure from this world. Viewed in this way, our ‘lives’ are even shorter than we thought, and even without the help of lunatic escapades and motorcycle madness.

All the above is true of the average person. However, there are those special people whose entire lives are focused and directed to their ultimate goal. Such were "the years of the life of Sarah." As Rashi says "all of them were equal in their goodness." None of them were wasted or misspent. And even though, of course, Sarah’s stature grew in old age, this was the dividend of a holy life spend in doing mitzvot and good deeds, rather than the necessity to forsake the foolishness of youth – for "all of them were equal in their goodness."

  • Source: Based on the Sfat Emet

Rabbi M. Weiss                                                  Rabbi Y. Sakhai

Community News


Em Habanim Congregation

Weekly Parashat Hashavua class with Rabbi Joshua Bittan on Wednesdays at 8:30pm for more info. visit

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Get Well Soon


We wish a speedy recovery for all the Jews that may need it where ever they may be and especially for:

Em Habanim:

Max Barchichat From Sephardic Temple: Al Azus,Buena Angel,
Elaine Leon,Itzchak Rachmanony

From S.T.A.R.:

Mordechai Chaim Ben Chana, Chaim Ben Buena,
Meshulam Dov Ben Chana Sarah
Bracha Eliza Bat Ehteram, Bracha Sara Chaya Bat Ronit

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