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"Rabbi, I have to meet you urgently."

As a Rabbi, I am used to receiving all kinds of urgent phone calls, all of those calls are coming in times of pain and need.

I always try to listen, understand, help and advise to the best of my abilities.

But I am still dreaming of the day when someone will call me with an urgent request to meet because of... something amazing that happened to them. Maybe they won the lottery, or signed a significant business deal, or some other positive surprise in their life.

To be fair, in my relationship with Hashem, am pretty much doing the same. When things go wrong, I pray and beseech for His blessings. But when everything is going great… Do I always remember to say thank you? Or do I often ascribe success to my own actions?

This is why the story of Joseph is so impressive.

After spending years as a slave and then a prisoner, Joseph finally has some reasons to be hopeful. He was taunted as a great dream interpreter, and Pharaoh, who is disturbed by a series of dreams, is calling for his services.

Our Parsha tells the story of that meeting.

“I heard you know how to interpret dreams” Pharaoh says.

That’s it! This is his moment. All he needs to do is confirm the "rumor". He can say that indeed he had remarkable success in interpreting dreams, and his road to freedom is guaranteed.

Joseph’s reply is extraordinary.

“No, it’s not me,” he says. “It’s Hashem. And if he will give me the answer, I will relay it to you”.

What makes Joseph's reaction so powerful is that it is so natural to remember Hashem only in moments of pain and fear. At those moments, we feel vulnerable and we know that we can’t do it alone.

When we are strong and successful, it's easy to forget Hashem.

Just like Joseph, the Maccabees have experienced similar success.

A small group of fighters, untrained and unequipped, dared to declare a war against the mighty Greek Assyrian army. They earned a decisive victory and took back the land of Israel.

You would expect them to have a military parade, show their weapons they captured in the war, and celebrate their success. Instead, they rushed to the holy temple to light the Menorah and show their gratitude by serving Hashem.

So how do we apply these lessons to our lives?

One way to do this is to introduce two powerful words into our vocabulary.

Those words are “thank G-d”.

How are you? I am doing great, thank G-d.

How do you feel? Thank G-d, I feel much better.

How did the meeting go? It was very successful, thank G-d.

How is your job? Thank G-d, I just got a promotion.

May G-d grant all of us many reasons to feel successful, happy, and healthy; and may we always remember to attribute it to His blessings and kindness.

Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov (Rosh Chodesh is tomorrow!) and Happy 6th Chanukah!
Light candles at 4:03 pm, Shabbat ends 5:08 pm

Rabbi Yossi and Leah Rubin

P.S. You get to shine your light!! From now until December 10th... stay tuned!
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Rabbi, I have to meet you urgently.

As a Rabbi, I am used to receiving all kinds of urgent phone calls, all of those calls are coming in times of pain and need.  

I always try to listen, understand, help and advise to the best of my abilities.

But I am still dreaming of the day when someone will call me with an urgent request to meet because of... something amazing that happened to them. Maybe they won the lottery, or signed a significant business deal, or some other positive surprise in their life.

To be fair, in my relationship with Hashem, am pretty much doing the same. When things go wrong, I pray and beseech for His blessings. But when everything is going great… Do I always remember to say thank you? Or do I often ascribe success to my own actions?

This is why the story of Joseph is so impressive.

After spending years as a slave and then a prisoner, Joseph finally has some reasons to be hopeful. He was taunted as a great dream interpreter, and Pharaoh, who is disturbed by a series of dreams, is calling for his services.

Our Parsha tells the story of that meeting.

“I heard you know how to interpret dreams” Pharaoh says.

That’s it! This is his moment. All he needs to do is confirm the rumor. He can say that indeed he had remarkable success in interpreting dreams, and his road to freedom is guaranteed.

Joseph’s reply is extraordinary.

“No, it’s not me,” he says. “It’s Hashem. And if he will give me the answer, I will relay it to you”.

What makes Josephs reaction so powerful is that it is so natural to remember Hashem only in moments of pain and fear. At those moments, we feel vulnerable and we know that we can’t do it alone.

When we are strong and successful, its easy to forget Hashem.

Just like Joseph, the Maccabees have experienced similar success.

A small group of fighters, untrained and unequipped, dared to declare a war against the mighty Greek Assyrian army. They earned a decisive victory and took back the land of Israel.

You would expect them to have a military parade, show their weapons they captured in the war, and celebrate their success. Instead, they rushed to the holy temple to light the Menorah and show their gratitude by serving Hashem.

So how do we apply these lessons to our lives?

One way to do this is to introduce two powerful words into our vocabulary.

Those words are “thank G-d”.

How are you? I am doing great, thank G-d.

How do you feel? Thank G-d, I feel much better.

How did the meeting go? It was very successful, thank G-d.

How is your job? Thank G-d, I just got a promotion.

May G-d grant all of us many reasons to feel successful, happy, and healthy; and may we always remember to attribute it to His blessings and kindness. 

Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov (Rosh Chodesh is tomorrow!) and Happy 6th Chanukah!
Light candles at 4:03 pm, Shabbat ends 5:08 pm

Rabbi Yossi and Leah Rubin

P.S. You get to shine your light!! From now until December 10th... stay tuned!Image attachmentImage attachment

Chanukah treats for our senior friends! Wishing you a year filled with ❤️ love, 🔥 light and 🍷life! ... See MoreSee Less

Chanukah treats for our senior friends! Wishing you a year filled with ❤️ love, 🔥 light and 🍷life!

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Thank you Rabbi and friends, for all the delicious treats for all of us at Coburg Village, it is much appreciated. Happy Chanukah to all of you.

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Last night was just awesome!! After such a display of jewish pride, I know we will dispel the darkness!! More photos coming soon! Thank you Supervisor Barrett and Pete for helping to spread the message of light! ... See MoreSee Less

Last night was just awesome!! After such a display of jewish pride, I know we will dispel the darkness!! More photos coming soon! Thank you Supervisor Barrett and Pete for helping to spread the message of light!
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