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Torah Portion: Vayetze
Genesis 28:10 - 32:3
by Rabbi Moshe Katz
by Rabbi Doni Deutsch
by Rabbi Mordy Raizman

1. AND JACOB LOVED RACHEL ... (29:18)
'Love'.
It's a word we use a lot.
But what does it really mean?
... How about when we say 'I love ice cream'.
What I really mean is probably something like, I love myself.
And enjoy eating ice cream.
Or what about when I say that I love another person?
... Do I really love that person?
Or do I just love myself - and enjoy being with him?
In Hebrew, the word for love is Ahava.
Which really means to give.
... Which is a very powerful and important insight.
Love is about giving.
It's true of a spouse. A child. Or a close friend.
If I love someone, I think of their needs.
Their needs become my needs.
And I give of myself.
... And then an amazing thing can happen.
The more I give, the more I love.

2. RABBI ARYEH LEVINE WAS KNOWN AS THE 'TZADDIK (RIGHTEOUS ONE) OF JERUSALEM'.
A leading Torah scholar, whose life was dedicated to helping and caring for others.
Once, his wife had a terrible pain in her leg. He went with her to the doctor. Who asked what the problem was.
And the elderly Rabbi answered in his simple and sincere way:
'Her foot is hurting us'.
... Because he understood what love is.

3. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I always say to couples on their wedding day:

Filling your hearts at this moment is a wonderful desire to give pleasure and happiness to each other.

Take care my dear ones, that you strive to keep this desire always as fresh and strong as it is today.

You should know that the moment you find yourselves beginning instead to make demands upon each other, your happiness is at an end."

[Rabbi Eliyahu E. Dessler; Leading Jewish thinker and Torah scholar of pre-war Europe ("Strive for Truth")]

4. "TEN LIFE CHANGING LESSONS OF THE KABBALAH"
Mark your calendar now for Monday January 15 and join us for a very special evening with Rabbi David Aaron of Jerusalem, author of 'Endless Light' - the best selling book on kabbalah on Amazon.com.
See upcoming issues of the Shabbat Fax for complete details.

5. THE WORKSHOP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE "SYNAGOGUE CHALLENGED"
Are 'synagogue' and 'prayer' words that somehow just don't do it for you?
... Then don't miss this powerful workshop with Rabbi Moshe Katz.
Because it's a workshop that can really make a difference in your life.
A workshop about prayer.
... No. Not prayer as in synagogue.
The one you hardly go to.
Or maybe you do go. But you're lost. And uninspired.
... Instead, this Monday you'll learn about Jewish prayer that doesn't need a synagogue.
You'll even learn some specific prayers.
Prayers that take just a minute to say.
... That can inspire you. Motivate you.
And help you get through those difficult days.
Prayer that can really make a difference in your life.

'PRAYER FOR THE SYNAGOGUE CHALLENGED' - A SPECIAL WORKSHOP WITH RABBI

MOSHE KATZ

This Monday December 11, 7:00 p.m.
At 70 East Elm Street, Chicago.
Info: 773.478.0400 x 201 or rabbikatz@torahnetwork.org.


Special bonus offer: Free ArtScroll Hebrew - English Prayerbook ($15.00 value) to everyone attending this class.

6. WANT A MORE MEANINGFUL AND INSPIRING CHANUKAH?

Join Rabbi Doni Deutsch Monday evenings, and explore Talmudic, mystical and other traditional sources that will help make your Chanukah a very special, meaningful and inspiring experience.

"THE DEEPER MEANING AND MESSAGE OF CHANUKAH" WITH RABBI DONI DEUTSCH
Mondays Dec 11, & 18, 7:30 pm.
At the CTN Center, 2055 Green Bay Road, Highland Park.
Info: 773.478.0400 x 202 or email: rabbideutsch@torahnetwork.org













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