Condolences to Chezi Michaeli on the loss of his mother.    Mazeltov to Caryn daughter of Jeff and the Late Charmaine Lipshitz on the occasion of her engagement to Mark son of Herbert and Vivienne Hamburger.    Mazeltov to Matin and Kaili Croock on the birth of a daughter and mazeltov to grandparents Denis and Roz Basserabie and Howard and Bev Croock.    Condolence on the passing of Ilana Tockar daughter of Dorothy Milner.     Condolences on the passing of Aida Mandelstam mother of Arlene Wainer     Mazeltov to Raymond and Aviva Hack on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Gary and Tammy Brower.
Dvar Torah

Dvar Torah
What is The Meaning of the Arbah Minim?

The Torah tells us in Leviticus 23:40 a special commandment for Sukkot — to take the arbah minim, the Four Species (etrog, lulav, hadassim, and aravot). We wave them in the four directions of the compass as well as up and down. The symbolism of the waving in all directions is to remind us that God is everywhere. However, why are these four species designated for the mitzvah?

Our rabbis teach that these four species are symbolic of four types of Jews: the etrog (citron) which has a fragrance and a taste represents those Jews who have both Torah wisdom and good deeds; the lulav (date palm branch) which has a taste (from the dates), but no fragrance represents those Jews who have Torah wisdom, but no good deeds; the hadassim (myrtle branches) have a fragrance, but no taste representing those Jews who have good deeds, but no Torah wisdom; and lastly, the aravot (willow branches) have neither a taste nor a smell representing those Jews who are lacking in Torah wisdom and good deeds.             

What do we do on Sukkot? We symbolically bind together and recognize every Jew as an integral and important part of the Jewish people. If even one is missing, the mitzvah is incomplete. Our People is one; we must do all we can to bind together the Jewish people and work to strengthen the Jewish future!