Keeping Focus on God in the Synagogue

Did you ever ask yourself WHY?

In traditional orthodox Jewish synagogues men and women sit separately.  This practice allows the men and women to keep their focus on God and the prayers and not the opposite sex.  

On a more spiritual level men and women have different souls, from complementary but opposite sources.  When praying Jewish people aim for being with one’s true self, to communicate with their soul.  Men and women need space from each other to help them become intuned to their higher selves.  Sitting separately allows for this freedom. (commentary by Aron Moss;) 

Shabbat Shalom

Psalm 25:4-7

Make me know your ways, o Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth, and teach me;
for you are the God who saves me,
my hope is in you all day long.
Remember your compassion and grace, o Lord;
for these are ages old.
Don’t remember my youthful sins or transgressions;
but remember me according to your grace
for the sake of your goodness, o Lord.

Shabbat Shalom from Putti Village

Happy Hanukkah to one and all!

“We hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah this year, the Puttis certainly did”

Spread the Light!

Hanukkah, the History, the Celebration, the Lessons

During the time of the second Temple, the Holy Land was ruled by an oppressive regime.
The ruling dictators, supported by the Greek empire, suppressed the Jewish religion, persecuted the faithful, and even set up idols in the holy temple in Jerusalem…!

It was Mattityahu the Maccabee and his five sons, from the priestly tribe, who rose up and drove the dictators from the land.  Each year, the Hanukka lights remind us of the great miracle that a small band of Jews defeated a mighty army.

Another miracle that is remembered annually is the miracle of the oil.
According to legend, all the sacred oil, necessary to light the Menorah (the candelabrum) in the temple, had been made impure.  Only one jar was found which contained just enough oil for one day. The Maccabean liberators nonetheless lit the Menorah but low and behold, it lasted for eight days! Thus the eight days of Hanukkah!

Hanukkah reminds us that, even though darkness often seems to prevail in this world, and it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is always hope and life is filled with miracles, breakthroughs that happen at all odds.  Nowadays, is not a celebration of a military victory, but a time to rejoice in the delicate little lamps and candles that shine in the darkness, sparks that we can light to chase away the darkness.   We eat and get together with friends or family, we give presents and share with others.  And that’s when we experience that happiness, joy and faith have the power to overcome negativity.

By adding an additional candle each night for eight days, as with each night our light becomes stronger, we charge ourselves, and we learn to see God’s miracles, then and now.

With best regards,

Sjimon R. den Hollander

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah (Chanukah) means “rededication” and is one of the most important and significant periods in the Jewish calendar. This Festival is often known as the Festival of Lights.

This year, Hanukkah started on the evening of Sunday December 6th. During this Festival, it is traditional to give gifts to one another. Putti Village Assistance Org. (PVAO) thought, what better way to start the Festival, than to give each family living in the Putti Jewish Community, a life saving mosquito net. These nets will undoubtedly help the Community to combat the unseasonable current malaria outbreak which is affecting every family in Putti. Children and the elderly in particular, are at most risk. We need to buy many more nets so we can ensure everyone is given one. No-one needs to die, nor fall seriously ill – mosquito nets will hopefully ensure that does not happen. For every $10 donated, we can buy a specially coated net for maximum protection. Our goal is to raise $750 by the end of the year.

Please help us by donating to this cause. Click the donate button to make a donation with paypal.

Happy Hanukkah to one and all!




Take a Stand Against Malaria in Putti Village.

CAN YOU HELP?

As the U. S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a high risk of contacting malaria in Uganda, it is not surprising that Putti Village recently experienced a rampant increase of malaria cases. Accordingly, PVAO has set malaria prevention and case management as a high priority.  

The World Health Organization considers mosquito nets coated with Permethrin–one of the world’s safest insect control products–to be the gold standard for malaria control. Mosquito nets are prone to develop small holes. Untreated nets thus become useless in a few months and must be replaced. Treated nets remain effective for several years.

Accompanying pictures in this article show Putti villagers receiving their first distribution of lifesaving treated nets funded by PVAO. The need is great for additional nets to protect all families in the village. Can you help?

Please consider donating to the PVAO’s Medical Fund. Money goes to buy treated nets which prevent the spread of malaria and to buy medicines for those village members who have malaria and have received prescriptions from the local clinic.

As we light the Menorah this Chanukah holiday, let’s consider a gift to lighten the load malaria has brought to so many village families. Your gift for treated nets helps to save lives. 

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Shabbat Shalom

Zechariah 4:6

 Then he answered me, “This is the word of Adonai to Z’rubavel: ‘Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot

Shabbat Shalom

A sucessful trip to Israel

Joel Beatti visits Israel

Joel Beattie and Rabbi Riskin in Israel

Joel Beattie and Rabbi Riskin in Israel

Just wanted to report on a successful and safe trip to Israel. The tour that I was on kept us busy non-stop for 12-14 hours every day. There was little to no free time while I was in the land. I had a fantastic phone conversation with Ari Greenspan, and also Menachem. I also received voice messages from Ari Zivotofsky, but was unable to meet with them. Interestingly enough, one evening at the hotel in Jerusalem, our tour had scheduled a guest speaker, and unknown to me, ended up being Rabbi Riskin. Afterwards, I was able to put 2 and 2 together, and introduced myself. We were able to spend a few precious minutes conversing and getting to know each other. We felt as though it was a divine appointment. And I was thoroughly blessed. Not to mention, he gave a fantastic lecture on the meaning of Sukkot along with the connection between creator and creation. This was the first time to Israel, and the trip was extremely impactful. As the saying goes, “Next year in Jerusalem”

Chag Sameach!

 

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