October 12, 2012 Bereshit

S.T.A.R. News & Events

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

October 27, 2012

STAR Teens are going to have a BLAST at Knott’s Scary Farm!!!!

This Shabbat

Shabbat Parashat: Bereshit

Candle Lighting: 6:04pm
Shabbat Ends: 6:59pm

Torah Message

Life’s Rear View Mirror

"And G-d saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good." (1:31)

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we had eyes in the back of our heads?

No need for rear-view mirrors in our cars! No need to worry when walking down dark alleys at night that someone is going to jump you from behind! For teachers, the highly dangerous practice of writing on the blackboard would lose its trepidation!

Come to think of it, wouldn’t life be much easier if we had three feet? Think how much more comfortable standing in shul on Yom Kippur would be! People would be able to shift from one foot to the other – and to the other. Shoe and sock manufactures would be able to make a better living!

Another thing. Why is it that only the chosen few of us can walk on our hands, and that only with some difficulty? If we could walk on our hands we would be able to see the world from an entirely different perspective! We could revitalize the cerebral cortex with all the blood flowing to the brain! We could do Yoga and aerobics at the same time!

And what about if we had four kidneys, we could donate two of them to people in need with much less problem! And why not two hearts?

While we’re on the subject, I really don’t understand why aren’t our faces coated with plastic so we don’t need to use soap? Just a damp cloth would do the trick!

"And G-d saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good."

When G-d created the world He consulted with His Heavenly court. G-d premeditated the creation of every organ. The evidence of G-d’s wisdom shines from every creature. If you assembled all the greatest Nobel Prize winners throughout history and gave them unlimited funds and time, they still wouldn’t be able to put life into the tiniest insect.

And even if we can admit that G-d knew exactly what He was doing with the physical creation, sometimes we question His wisdom in other areas. For example, "Why does this guy have so much money? If G-d had given it to me, I’d use it much better." Or, "Why did G-d give this person such talent, such a mind? It’s wasted on him. I’d have put that talent to much better usage."

Just as G-d created the physical world with perfection, and we need neither eyes in the back of our heads, nor hands on which we can walk, nor a third leg, so similarly, each one of us is uniquely and perfectly equipped to fulfil our mission in creation.

  • Sources: Midrash Hagadol 1:26, Bereishet Rabba 39:21


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 www.emhabanim.com


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 

Get Well Soon

We urge the whole community and all the jews around the world to pray for two 16 year old boys that were in a tragic accident. May hashem grant them a full Refuah Shelema and may he grant their families patience and nachat, Amen.

Ariel Menachem Chayim ben Miryam & Daniel ben Sara

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 Sara Chaya Bat Ronit,
Donna Devora bat Sara 

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