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Transitions Are Tough- But So Are You!

Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS          

Let me explain. We get to a point where we feel comfortable, finally, in a certain setting or at a certain stage. In fact, we are even feeling a little haughty. For example -school seniors. You've finally made it. You are running things. You are it! Everyone's looking up to you and you are calling the shots. Then boom, crash, smash. You’re a freshy again. Disoriented, powerless and bottom of the totem pole.  

Think of moving to a new neighborhood. You had your friends, your shul, your set up, your routine. You mattered to a group. Someone cared if you failed to show up on Shabbas. Then you move. Bam! You've got to start all over again. Fitting in. Mattering to someone. Anyone?! 

More complicated - You have a boyfriend/ girlfriend. It took time to be a couple, to feel you were somewhat right for one another, to build some history. Then you think this just isn't "thee one". Oh man you've got to disconnect. Stop seeing each other. Start ALL over again. Ouch not an easy one.  

Here's one that's kind of comically sad, but true. You've gotten use to your body. You don't like it but you've got it.   It's a part of you, an unwelcome part, but it's so pleasurable to put in the excess weight… the chocolate, the cookies, the pizza, the freedom. But then one day you finally admit you don't like it.  Painful transition here we come.... - the yogurt, the salads, the no carbs!! 

We can't just freeze in our comfort zone. Appealing? But we’d never move forward.  How do we make transitions less painful?  

Transitions are difficult!  Yet there is a point somewhere into the change where we say, ok I'm getting the hang of this. I've finally embraced the future and let go of some of the past. But when does that happen? And how do we survive till we get there? Honestly ...different situations call for different measures and require different lengths of time.  

With a diet it's the 2 week rule. If you can distract yourself, discipline yourself; perhaps wire your jaw shut, anything!!... for two weeks then you've made it. Your body will relinquish its urges. But good luck to you getting through those first 2 weeks! It may feel like a life time. But then it's worth it.  

With school- that's tricky. For some it can take a day. They're the enthusiasts. Don't you just want to shoot them! They embrace new friends, new teachers, new opportunities to learn. La la la, miss goody two shoes or confident Kate. But for the general population it can take more time. Then one day you realize it's not that bad and the climb up the ladder to senior begins all over again. 

Now here's a complicated one -getting over someone. There's no particular time period but here's some helpful moves you can make. One might be to China! And I mean send the other person there! Alternatively, a helpful starting point is believe this is how it was meant to be! Not easy to embrace, but definitely helpful. Then distraction, keeping busy, being with or talking with people, can all give you some strength through this transition. Of course meeting someone else is a sure fire way to get over someone! But the moment when your head is clear of the other person, well, there’s no telling when it comes. It's kind of one day, when you least expect it, a passing thought makes you realize the person’s only a passing thought, and the pain is gone. It's a different time for everyone, but I guarantee it does come! 

 What about moving to a new neighborhood. Sometimes it's about your stage in life. If a group showed up in the neighborhood at the same time, it’s so much easier.  You all adjust together. When you show up alone it's a big hurdle.  What usually saves the transition is -One Amazing Menshe, who pulls you in. That can happen quickly or slowly. But the best thought I can share is not to give up hope or get too sad. Because that Menshe is there somewhere, and when you least expect it they can crawl out from under some rock.  

In the meantime, remember the saying all beginnings are hard. And we can begin again at any age. Hopefully, as you get older you have the wisdom of prior experiences to tell you things change, if not; I'm telling you they DO! Keep busy, try your best, but don't be too hard on yourself, because unfortunately some things need the passing of time as a component! 

 What's the bottom line? No one is out there having these easy transitions. At least not consistently. But many can tell you, from experience, eventually there is accommodation and comfort with the new situation. That's the good news! 

But guess what? Then there's usually another transition to get use to!  And that's 'not' the bad news - that, my friend, is life!

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or<


Questions to Spark Your Seder 
6 questions that give us a deeper understanding of Passover.


The Passover Seder implants faith within the next generation, creating a link in an unbroken chain back to those who first experienced the miracles of Exodus.

Here are 6 questions that give us a deeper understanding of Passover.

1. Why must we first search for and get rid of every morsel of chametz?

The night before Passover begins we search every nook and cranny for ‘leaven’-chametz. The next morning we burn the leaven. ‘Chametz’ is compared to the ego of a person. Flat matzah alludes to humility. The ‘leaven’ we rid ourselves of represents the negative character traits we should be searching for. It is not just our physical homes we must clean. It is time, too, for a spiritual cleaning. Just as leaven and breads rise, so too does a person’s pride. Arrogance does not allow relationships to flourish. An arrogant person cannot teach, learn, or truly love. He cannot make space for God; his heart is filled with self-love.

Before sitting down to Seder, take steps to search within our hearts and souls. Take a few moments and think about how we have been treating others, reacting to those we live with, and which words we have been using. Only then can we genuinely harness the energy of this incredible night of freedom.

2. Why do we recite the 15 steps of the Seder’s order before we begin?

The word ‘seder’ means ‘order’. Life requires thought; we shouldn’t live randomly. Whenever we take action it’s good to think beforehand. Every word we speak, each text we send should be considered carefully. These 15 steps are the ultimate mindfulness plan. Living purposefully requires setting goals.

The very first step of the Seder is “Kadesh” –reciting Kiddush, sanctification. Exodus was our gift of sanctification and spiritual transformation. From that moment until today we were given the ability to soar. But spiritual connection does not just happen. We must also take a step towards God. Seder night is our time to take that step. It begins with the knowledge that we are sanctified. No Jew should ever give up on himself. We are never beyond hope. Just as God took care of us the night of Exodus, so too, does He take care of us until today. This is what faith is all about.

3. Why ‘Karpas,’ a vegetable dipped in saltwater?

The Seder leader dips a vegetable into saltwater and distributes portions to all. There is a deeper meaning to this seemingly simple act. Vegetables come from the dirt. Seeds are put within the dark ground and one wonders if it will ever sprout. So too, from the depths of slavery and a land of idolatry did our nation flourish. Sometimes we may wonder if the spark within is still alive. We may feel as if we are living in darkness. Our nation seems to be floundering. Never grow despondent. Look at this vegetable that began from a tiny seed in the earth and then burst forth and grew. This is a message to each of us as we begin the Seder night. We will flourish. Each soul has a life source within that can pierce the darkness. Never despair.

4. Why 3 matzahs and 4 cups of wine?

As we harness the miracles of the night it is crucial to establish our roots. We transmit to all who sit at our table that we are a nation who possesses great spiritual DNA. Seven is the number of our original forefathers and mothers. Our three patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as our four matriarchs – Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – walked before us. They created a path for us, overcame tremendous life challenges and tests so that we would have the fortitude to continue their great legacy. It is only when one knows where they’ve come from that they will be able to know where they are going.

At the Seder take a few moments to speak about the strengths of each of these great ‘zaydies’ and ‘bubbies’ of ours. We are here today because they endowed us with the traits of resilience, compassion, spirituality, collective responsibility, unshakable faith and love of God, desire to learn, and the stamina to never give up despite the odds that speak against us.

5. Why invite hungry people to join us once we are already seated?

Passover is the night of redemption and redemption arrives when we start caring for those who are around us. There are times in life that we don’t realize that we have been kind to the world but those closest to us feel ignored and disparaged. I’ve spoken with husbands, wives and children who live with family members of great community leaders, but when it comes to their very own spouses and kids the silence has been deafening. As we sit together at Seder take a look around the table. “Let all who are hungry come and eat”- let those who are emotionally hungry, anyone who is starving for a kind word, a loving gesture, a moment of listening-this is the time to start showing our sensitivity. Satiate the needs of those who are sitting beside you. Show that you are truly a part of this nation who cherishes kindness, tzedakah and love for family.

6. Why these 4 sons?

The Hagaddah speaks of 4 sons: the wise, the wicked, the simple, and the one who does not know how to ask. If you think about it, the righteous son is missing. The message is clear. Each of these children presents unique challenges. (Even the wise son may not fit in with peers, dislike the conformity of school and question constantly thinking he knows better). Seder night teaches us that we may not overlook any child. We have been given each soul with the understanding that we will do our best to guide, teach and inspire. Look at a child’s nature and figure out the best response custom-made for that personality. The Hagaddah instructs us to reply to each child’s question with an individual response. Usually we think about teaching the ‘righteous’ or ‘good’ child while other children may be ignored. When transmitting faith we cannot afford to take this approach. Every single child is to be loved and cherished. Each deserves to be engaged.

May we all tap into the power of this great opportunity. Chag Sameach.

Read more inspiring Passover articles here.



 Help- I'm A Flour Girl

Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS

Are you looking for me?  

Well if you want to find me come looking at 229 Juniper Circle South. 

 I'll be there steeped in chocolate and frosting drizzled with caramel and crumble. Or I may be in a vat of soup or dressings. 

I'll be busy working on a bake sale with Purim treats, misloach manos, appetizers and dishes to eat, all for an organization I know and love. Its whole concept is inspiring and revitalizing the next generation so they'll stay connected to their Judaism and keep us from dying out. So if it takes getting myself a little full of yummy treats and expanding my waist line a bittttttt what can I do - I'm in.   

But, I'm beseeching all of you to come help spread the wealth so to speak. Because anything that's left I'll have to buy and eat. Honestly, you do need to break your fast or make a seudah don't you? So you can help others out while you help yourself out! It's basically a win win! (No, I can't say a thin thin-though there will be some nut free and gluten free items so that might be helpful). BUT- hey consider this- Purim is VINAHAPICHU, the more you eat the thinner you'll get!!!  Good time to buy our richest delights and you’ll be emaciated at the end of the day. Lucky you! 

Now I'm not stopping you from donating items if you'd like, in fact we'd love it. That is, as long as you tell your kids, husbands, and friends to come buy them back. But if you want to just make your Purim easier, then we've already done the work for you.  

Of course, if you want to get my autograph on one of my witty weekly articles I'll throw that in, for nothing, if you come by. I'll even take a photo with you that you can discard with all your other junk mail, if it gets you to come. My point is I can't do this alone. As they say "it takes a village". And who better to appeal to then this generous, caring, chessedik community, to fetch me out of a barrel of cheesecake and pecan pies, lasagnas and spicy cigars. You know what, stay home and leave me to my demise!!!!!  

Or come share the mitzvah. March 22 and 23, located in Lawrence. You won't need waize to get you there -just follow your noses!!! Looking forward to seeing all of you, --- Oh and I could use  an invite to a Seudah - Because I'll be there 24 /4 setting up, preparing , cooking, baking and Collecting from some of the best cooks in town. And you won't need to cook for my family or the 24 other keeruv families I've invited -cause we've taken care of that for you!  

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or<


5 Common Mistakes in Marriage

By: Slovie Wolff







Marriage can be the greatest source of joy or it can make you feel as if you are the ‘walking dead’. Here are some common marriage mistakes to avoid and solutions to implement.

1. Putting Your Marriage on the Back-Burner

As life gets complicated, so too, do our priorities. Work, children, parents, friendships, and communal responsibilities all call out for our time. It’s easy to assume that our spouses will understand as we tend to the needs of others. We wake up too late and realize that we are strangers sitting across the breakfast table.

Husbands and wives who neglect their relationship forget to make marriage their number one priority. They bring work home and grow distracted, are busy running with the kids ‘no matter what’, putting others first and their marriage last. The emotional connection between the couple weakens.

Our physical connection, too, cannot be ignored. Avoiding, giving up intimacy or using a relationship as a weapon during disagreements all take a heavy toll. Time together cannot be spent simply living as roommates or co-parents. Marriage means friendship, trust, laughter, sharing pain, and forging a love like no other. This becomes possible only when we nourish the relationship with all that we have.

Solution: Stop saying yes to everyone but your spouse. Make time for your partner. Be sure to stay connected both physically and emotionally. Don’t neglect your appearance; show your spouse that you take attraction seriously. Keep check of the direction your relationship is going so that when you notice a distance growing you can pay attention to the problem before it gets out of hand.

2. Unrealistic Expectations

Many men and women have false expectations of marriage. There will not always be flowers, candles and romantic dinners out. Some days will be hard. We will be called upon to sacrifice our time, our likes, and our emotions. Compromise is not always easy to swallow. Life together will be bumpy. That does not mean that we give up.

Some have trouble accepting their spouse and dream of changing them. “If he’d only be a little more ambitious….If she’d only be a little more put together.” Failure to accept our spouse breeds frustration and resentment. Our partner becomes angry, thinking that he’s just never good enough. No one wants to be someone else’s DIY project.

Realizing that our spouse is not perfect does not mean that our relationship is wrong. No one is perfect. The sooner we understand this, the faster we let go of unrealistic fantasies.

Solution: Don’t believe that you will transform your spouse. The only one you can change is yourself. Stop expecting perfection. Focus instead on you trying to be the best person that you can possibly be. Think of your spouse’s positive qualities instead of the negative and watch your love grow.

3. Taking Your Spouse for Granted

The honeymoon high fizzles. We get too comfortable and begin to lose the ‘awe’.

Soon, respect goes out the window. Those things we had appreciated all seem normal now. We forget to be thankful. Gratitude is rarely expressed. Over the years we tend to forget our spouse’s feelings and volunteer their time and services without asking.

Solution: Marriage requires gratitude. We must stop taking our spouse for granted. Take time each day to express at least one of the 3 A’s: Appreciation, Adoration and Admiration. And be careful not to take the privacy of your spouse for granted. Confidentiality breeds trust. When you gossip about your spouse or divulge intimate details to friends you are displaying a lack of loyalty. Maintain the feeling that you value this person in your life. Cherish your partner.

4. Negativity Overcomes the Relationship

All couples have disagreements. The key is being able to find resolution in a positive manner. When we allow negativity to overcome the moment, we get lost in the dark sea of conflict. Sometimes we can’t even remember what we were discussing. Words were said, threats were made, and the situation blew up before our eyes.

Here are some examples of negative behaviors to avoid:

Over criticizing, insulting, name calling, labeling, slamming doors, threatening to leave, saying you want a divorce, questioning the marriage, yelling, cursing, eye rolling, mocking, being sarcastic, blaming, hanging up the phone, sending nasty texts, accusing and condemning. (Of course abusive behavior both physical and emotional is not acceptable ever.)

Some people don’t know how to apologize. While saying “I’m sorry,” they add, “but…” and completely negate their apology. Continuous conflict and disrespectful communication makes it difficult to live together.

Solution: When you are upset, collect yourself before responding. Remember, you can always say this tomorrow, but once said, it becomes difficult to take your words back. Identify your triggers. Which behaviors must you work on? How can you master better self-control? Decide upon positive communication rules that you will live by which will bring you to feel more empowered and wiser.

5. Forgetting How to Love One Another

Happiness in marriage cannot be born from a selfish love. Constantly asking “what did you do for me lately?” or comparing others with our spouse is a self-centered love that will not flourish and grow. Our definition of love is wrong.

Solution: Joy arrives when we realize that we are able to give beyond ourselves. It is not anymore about “me.” It is all about “we.” Recognize that it is not your spouse’s job to make you happy or rescue you from disappointments. Ask not what he can do for you but what you can do for him. Invest in your love by actively expressing your love each day.


How to Respond to Arab Lies and Canards Against Israel

Alex Grobman, Ph.D.

One of the greatest concerns of the Jewish people is how to counter the attempts to delegitimize the state of Israel. The goal of these attacks is to isolate Israel from the West, criminalize her actions and expose her as an international war criminal, an occupier of Arab lands and a rightwing religious theocracy. They want to deny her the fundamental rights of self- defense and security in an asymmetric war, and gradually erode her stature, and turn her into a pariah state through demonization, lies, disinformation and double standards.  To succeed in undermining the legal, political and moral justification for the Jewish state, Israel must be seen as the impediment to peace, and an oppressive government with no historic or legitimate claim to the land of Israel or to Jerusalem her capital.

Her enemies employ a number of strategies designed to ensure her demise. On July 9, 2005,  the Palestinian Arabs issued a call for an international campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), which will continue “until it [Israel] complies with international law and Palestinian rights by:  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and; 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”

Manipulating language to describe Israel’s alleged sins has enabled the Palestinian Arabs to frame the way Israel is perceived. This technique, introduced by the Soviets, which is called "reversal of culpability," imposes a false historical analogy on the present. Thus, Goliath becomes David, and David becomes Goliath. The most prevalent use of this practice is the charge of "genocide," which conveys the fallacious claim that "Israel is doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews."

The Soviets created a political language that connected the former Soviet-styled antisemitism to that of the present. By defining the political vocabulary about Israel and the Jewish people, the Soviets produced the cultural foundations for a new type of political antisemitism that has become part of mainstream culture. The danger, historian Joel Fishman notes, is that these criticisms ultimately obscure the distinctions between what is right and wrong and undermines the foundations of Judeo-Christian morality. In this environment of moral confusion, terror and violence have become acceptable and even justifiable.

How do we counter BDS, and the malicious falsehoods leveled at Israel? One approach is fight the cultural, academic, sports and economic boycotts in the courts.  Shurat HaDin, Israel Law Center, based in Tel Aviv, and directed by Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, and the Lawfare Project, led by Brooke Goldstein, a New York City-based human rights attorney, continue to challenge and win cases against those seeking to delegitimize the Jewish State.

We must also arm ourselves, our children and our non-Jewish allies with information to expose the myths, lies and distortions that have led to a “corruption of language and thought,” and deny Israel’s right to exist.

To refute the most common fabrications about BDS, I have written a number of books that provide the weapons needed. We cannot change or temper the passion of those who viscerally despise Israel and are bent on hastening her demise. We can provide information to those interested in understanding the nature of the conflict, why the solutions advanced thus far have failed and why this dispute will continue to remain intractable.   

 BDS: The Movement to Destroy Israel, which explains the history and ideology of the movement, who supports this campaign, how the Jewish community responds to BDS, and the effectiveness of these attempts.

Erosion: Undermining Israel Through Lies and Deception Is all criticism of Israel antisemitic? When does criticism of her actions cross the line and become unacceptable? What are the criteria that make such condemnation antisemitic?

 * The lack of sufficient water resources in the Middle East has become a source of tension which the Palestinian Arabs have exploited as a weapon against Israel. She is accused of not sharing scarce water resources and developing an effective waste management system.

* Homicide bombings are designed to terrorize, demoralize and crush the spirit of the Israeli civilian population. Understanding the nature of jihad and martyrdom is the first step in appreciating the nature of the danger and the physical threat they pose.

* How does a government respond to the constant risk of homicide bombings? To thwart these attacks, Israel initiated targeted killings of Palestinian Arab terrorists, built a security fence and established checkpoints.

* Denouncing Israel as apartheid state is calculated to erode Israel’s legitimacy.

Cultivating Canaan: Who Owns The Holy Land?

By design, Israel’s enemies have created confusion about her right to exist as a Jewish State. Among the many lies fostered are:

 *Jews have no legal, moral or historical right to the land of Israel;

 *Jews have no right to national self-determination;

 *Jews have no historical or religious connection to the Holy Land;

 *Jews either stole Arab land or purchased property at very low prices;

* The Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are an impediment to peace and are illegal;

 * Israel is Jewish, but not democratic.

We cannot change those who want to destroy Israel. We can expose the malicious lies that undermine and delegitimize Israel to those interested in understanding the essence of the conflict and provide them with answers to these outrageous and destructive fabrications.     

License to Murder: The Enduring Threat of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion 

This study examines the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the most deceitful, dangerous and pernicious of the libels ever used to incite hatred and violence against the Jewish people. They shape the way Jews, Israel and the West are viewed by the rest of the world.

The Protocols continues to be published in practically every language, in hundreds of editions, in hundreds of millions of copies, and in very compelling videos on the Internet. It is particularly disconcerting that this is embraced even today by leaders of the Arab-Muslim world, where the Protocols continues to be published in vast quantities, and cited in the writings of mainstream academics, who lend credibility and legitimacy to this utter falsehood.

Hebrew University trained historian Alex Grobman has written extensively on the Holocaust and on Zionism. He has served as Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, founded the Holocaust Center in St. Louis and is a former director of the America-Israel Friendship League, where is now a consultant.




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The Shiur will begin 5:15 p.m. at the homes of:


May 7/29 Nissan Achrei – Bernie and Judy Wolberg, 525 Arbuckle Ave., Cedarhurst

May 14/6 Iyar - Kedoshim – Alan & Shaindy Hammer, 704 Carlyle Ave., Cedarhurst

May 21/13 Iyar - Emor- Drs. Steve & Alisa Kadish, 743 Bryant St., Woodmere

May 28/20 Iyar – Behar-Zevi & Evy Guttman 588 Park Ave., Cedarhurst

June 4/27 Iyar – Bechukotai –Nelson and Marcia Behar, 460 Barnard Ave., Cedarhurst

June 11/5 Sivan - Bamidbar- Erev Shavuos no Shiur

June 18/12 Sivan – Nasso - Aryeh and Brocha Blumenthal, 50 Maple Ave.,Cedarhurst

June 25/19 Sivan - Behaalotechah – Mindy Schwartzblatt, 466 Oceanpoint Ave., Ced

July 2/26 Sivan - Shelach- Stuie and Tzippy Nussbaum, 508 Redwood Dr., Cedarhurst

July 9/3 Tammuz – Korach- David & Karen Portal, 138 Elm St., Woodmere

July 16/10 Tammuz - Chukat- Chaim and Michelle Grosser, 386 Barnard Ave., Cedarhurst

July 23/17 Tammuz - Balak- Ephraim & Susan Weingarten 332 Derby Ave., Woodmere

July 30/24 Tammuz – Pinchas-Drs. Mordechai and Debbie Schuss, 448 Arlington Rd, Cedarhurst

Aug 6/2 Av Matos - Massei-Matos - Tuli & Rachel Tepfer 376 Rugby Rd., Cedarhurst

Aug 13/9 Erev Tisha B’Av - Devarim NO SHIUR –

Aug 20/16 Av - Va’etchanan - Danny & Raizy Taubenfeld 412 W Broadway, Cedarhurst

Aug 27/23 Av – Eikev – Stuie and Chani Vaiselberg, 222 Avery Pl., Cedarhurst   

Sept 3/30 Av Rosh Chodesh Elul - Re’eh Ronnie & Devorah Borochov 433 Arbuckle, Ced

Sept 10/7 Elul-Shoftim - Richard & Cheryl Friedman 22 Cedar Lane, Cedarhurst

Sept 17/14 Elul - KiTeitze – Ahron and Riki Fishbein, 735 Central Ave., Woodmere

Sept 24/21 Elul - Ki Tavo- Phil and Phyllis Kornbluth, 402 Rugby Rd., Cedarhurst


L’shana Tova 5777


in memory of Malka Feiga bat Nosson 

Inspired by Tzipora Harris


 “Please G-d, let me partner with You and go beyond my constrictions to a place of expansiveness. Everything that happens is part of Your perfect training & development program for me. Help me respond in the most noble way- help me judge favorably, have compassion, let go of having to be in control and give it over to You, G-d. Please bless me with an amazing year of walking with YOU.”

1.      G-D, You have an incredible vision for all of humanity and for me. I want to fulfill Your vision of greatness for me more and more. Please show me what I most need to see gently.

2. I want to recognize the gifts in my life and see the totality of the life You gave me, the blessings and the challenges, as an expression of Your love. Please fill my heart with gratitude.

3. I want to transcend my greatest obstacles to fulfill Your vision for me. Please help me partner with You and go from a place of constraints to a place of expansiveness.

4. Please bless me with all the resources I need to fulfill Your vision for me. (health, clarity, relationships,  a job, place to live etc.)

5. I want to make You King by living myself more according to Your Definition of reality and Your instructions for living. Please guide me.

6. I resolve that I want to be connected to You, G-D, as the source of my wellbeing in life. And not rely on ANYTHING or ANYONE else. Please help me remember that no one else has power.

7. I resolve that this moment is the dawn of a new era in my life.

I stand before You, the Creator of the Universe, my loving Father, I look at the Rosh Hashanah prayer and of course I want to be connected to You as the source of all life, and be the beautiful person You created me to be; I definitely don’t want any of the mistaken choices of the past to stand in the way.  Please help me repair whatever needs fixing.  I want this year to be greater than any year I’ve ever had and I want to be a bigger person than I’ve ever been. Not just for my own sake but for the Jewish people and humanity. Please help me ask for the right things and help me understand Your loving answers.

I want today to be the dawn of a new era in my life.

G-d, You know what I’m facing inside and outside, please help me. “ 

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Ohel Sara Amen Group in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
The "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
This week's shiurim and chabura schedule:
The "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
in memory of Sarit Marton a'h
cordially invites all women to attend our
2 Forest Lane
Lawrence, NY
Entrance on Broadway
There is no admission charge to attend any of our programs or shiurim





Esti Stahler

Parshat Tzav

Parshat Vayishlach

Parshat Lech Lichah

Parshat Noach 2012 


Parshat Breishit 2012, Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelech  Parshat Naso Parshat Behaalotchah Parshat Shlach



Rabbi Eytan Feiner
Rav Meir Goldvicht'halotcha.mp3'halotcha.pdf
Shira Smiles -massey-the-grand-scheme.mp3
Past Shiurim at Ohel Sara Amen Group
Second Anniversary Program 2007
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger on Sarit Marton's Yahrtzeit Dedication:
Midos, December 4, 2007

Rabbi Nissel on Tefilah, November 2007 Topic
Rebbetzin Shira Smiles, December 2007 Topic
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 15, 2007
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 22, 2007
Debbie Greenblatt, Michtav M'Eliyahu: Midat Harachamim, October 31, 2007
Esther Wein and Rachel Baron: Chahashemesh L'Yaakov, July 31, 2006
Esther Wein Musaf Rosh Hashanah September 6, 2006
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky September 2006
Rabbi Mordechai Sitorsky on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 26, 2006
Rebbetzin Sara Meisels Rosh Chodesh Elul Divrei Bracha 2006
Rebbetzin Abbey Lerner Rosh Chodesh Iyar 2006
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger on thefirst of Chanukah 2007presenting the Sefer Middos
2nd Anniversary of the "Ohel Sara" Amen Group
Rebbetzin Judy Young a'h speaking at a Rosh Chodesh Elulprogram in Great Neck

Mitzvah Blessings

Sundays only at 8:15am at 386 Felter Avenue, Hewlett.
Women gather to recite and hear at least 100 morning blessings so as to fulfill the mitzvah of doing so. If you know of someone who is ill, please feel free to call and provide the group with the Hebrew name, so that those who are present may pray for him or her. Haidee Blumenthal (516)295-5431

Beryl Wein
Beryl Wein - Click here for this Week's Parshah
Local Mikvehs
Congregation Mikveh of South Shore, 1156 Peninsula Boulevard, Hewlett (516)569-5514
Hebrew Community Service Mikvah, 1121 Sage Street, Far Rockaway (718)327-9727
For Jewish Holidays Only: Aish Kodesh Mikvah. Woodmere Boulevard in Woodmere. Speak with Sandy Polansky to make a reservation. (516)459-2298
Congregation Bais Medrash. 504 West Broadway, Cedarhurst. Speak with Rebbetzin Spiegel(516)569-1971
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Hewlett Woodmere Library - 1125 Broadway, Hewlett 516-374-1967
Peninsula Public Library - 280 Central Avenue, Lawrence 516-239-3262 l
Children's Movies: Sunday at 2:00pm
Story Time: Mondays at 4:15 pm (3-5 Year Olds) - a half hour program of stories and a short film.
Book Discussions: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Grades 4 - 7)
Registration - January 12
Program: February 10
The Theif Lord By: Cornelia Funke
Registration - February 9
Program: March 24
To Be Announced
Toddler Time: Thursdays at 10:30am (24 - 35 months) - A lively half-hour of songs, stories, fingerplays, movement and a short film for a child accompanied by an adult.
Mother Goose: Fridays at 10:00 am (12-23 months) - Programs of songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes and board books for very young readers accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Parent-Child Workshop: Thursdays at 10:00-11:15 (12-35 months)
A special program that encourages parents to play, sing and do finger plays with their children. Specialists in the fields of Speech and Hearing, Behavior and Development, Nutrition, and Dance/Movement are available at various sessions. Registration is required and is being accepted in the children's room.
Book Talking with Arnold Rosenbaum: Wednesdays at 1:00pm
The Defining Moment - FDR's First Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter. January 31
Economic Problems Facing the Middle Class .Mr. Rosenbaum will present his thoughts on the socioeconomic problems facing the American middle class. March 14
If Music Be The Food of Love...Shakespeare In Love: Sunday, January 7 at 2:30pm. New York jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin celebrates the beauty and power of William Shakespeare's poetry and presents it in lively, sometimes haunting, jazz arrangements. The songs are direct quotations from Shakespeare's plays. Tickets required.
Picasso and American Art: Monday, January 8 at 1:00 pm. Picasso is acknowledged by many as the central figure of the modern movement. Art historian Mary Vahey will examine the sometimes worshipful, sometimes testy relationship between American artists and the Picasso, the immensely inventive Spaniard.
A Rockette Remembers: Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00pm. Corliss Whitney, the honorary historian of the Rockette Alumnae, shares poignant stories about her years as a Rockette during the 40's and 50's.
Laugh Your Way to Health - Humor Therapy: Wednesday, January 24 at 1:00pm. A presentation that will focus on the latest studies that scientifically prove and explain how and why laughter IS the best medicine.
Berman Does Merman: Sunday February 4 at 2:30pm. Songs and stories celebrating Ethel Mermans brilliant career will be brought to PPL by vocalist Lisa Berman. Tickets required.
India...Exotic and Ancient Land of Contrasts: Thursday, February 8 at 1:00pm. Through lecture and slides, Sally Wendkos Olds will guide you on a journey to another world of exotic beauty and ancient splendor.
Great Lyricists and/or Poets: Wednesday, February 14 at 1:00pm. Arnie Rosenbaum will share the poetic lyrics of Ira Gershwin, Alan J. Lerner and Larry Hart. You decide if the great lyricists of the 20th century really were master poets.
Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall - An Artists Country Estate: Monday, March 19 at 1:00pm. Ines Powell, Metropolitan Museum of Art educator, will present an illustrated lecture which will bring together many of the architectural elements and design features of Tiffany's extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay.