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President's Message 4.21.22

Dear friends,

While it’s still Pesach, I’m going to share a brief insight about the holiday. (I’m giving credit to my brother who shared it with me but any errors in this are entirely on me.) 
 
If you’ve noticed, the first day of Pesach is always the same day as Tishah B’Av. On the surface, the holidays could not be more different: one teaches us about the miracle of the Exodus from Egypt, while the other has us remember the destruction of both Temples. What is the uniting factor?  We have to go back to the origins. 
 
We are taught that the destruction of the Temple was ultimately caused by Sinat Chinam, "groundless hatred." Jew hating Jew. If we trace back the path of how the Jewish people got to Egypt, we eventually get to the story of Joseph and his brothers. Sinat Chinam caused Joseph to find himself in Egypt after being thrown in the pit, and Joseph’s rise to power eventually brought Jacob and his family to Egypt. Sinat Chinam is the cause of so much of our misfortune, and our continuing exile. May we be able to identify it in our own lives and thereby conquer it and bring about a brighter future for all. 
 
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Speaking about bright futures, the Seudat Moshiach is this Shabbat after Minchah, at 7:25 pm. All are welcome and it’s free but please RSVP to ravraskin@gmail.com ​​​​​
 
Right after the Chag, the board will pick up again on plans for the Annual Dinner and the items it started tackling last month: the Ritual Committee, kiddushes, safety and security, job descriptions and the hiring of staff to help with the running of the building and programming.  
 
We have also been thinking of some guest speakers and I’m still pushing for a Rosh Chodesh BBQ event. We’ll see what we can get off the ground and will alert everyone when things are finalized. 
 
Keep an eye out for the 2022 dues invoices, which will finally be sent out next week, and please pay them promptly.

Daily Shacharit Minyan attendees: on Rosh Chodesh and Chol Chamoed, please be present and ready to start right at 7:45 am. On days with a Torah reading + Hallel the service is longer than usual and needs to be concluded before people walk into their offices. Your efforts on this front are much appreciated.
 
Continued thanks to everyone who has given me ideas and input. All ideas and constructive criticism are welcome. You can email or text or WhatsApp me anytime:president.bnaiavraham@gmail.com or 917-620-8762.

Wishing everyone a Chag kasher v’sameach and Good Shabbos,

Steven Inker

Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyyar 5782