The second, renewed Torah has arrived back to Teleki.
We met our sofer from Jerusalem at the Vienna airport, and with
active help from the Bostoner Rebbe we finished the correction of the
scroll, (on top of a check in desk,) and celebrated it at the airport.
Here are a few pictures of the happening:
First, ceremonial reading from the scroll will happen on 9am, 5 May 2012, at the shul, during Shabbat shacharit.
He turned 3, so came the scissors!
photos: Andr!s Mayer
… and we had fun again!
This time a professional DJ made sure, we had dancing music, and the Hurwitz boys tuned it up with their “gangtsa rap” :)
Some of the pictures were made by the kids, the rest by And!s Mayer
08-Mar-2012 00:00, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 1.8, 30.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 1600
08-Mar-2012 17:36, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 2.8, 18.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
08-Mar-2012 19:25, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 1.8, 85.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 1250
“Among the garbage and the flowers” is a line from Leonard Cohen’s Susan which I think emphasize the time we spent with you in Budapest. You took us to see a neighborhood in Budapest which I don’t think many tourists encounter with and off course the most exciting part of it was the shul that you and your brother maintain and renovate.
For me it was like a tour back in time into the 19th century.
I wanted to thank you for all the wide knowledge of yours that you share with us and for all your patience to our questions during the whole day.
Shana Tova Andris and I hope there won’t be even a single seat left in your shul during the Rosh Hashana and Yom Hakipurim prayers.
Ron, Erez and Zehavit (Anat’s Friends)
Shavuos is approaching and we are all getting excited for an another explosion of Torah excitement. Tuesday evening we gather for dinner and learning, where we all pull together and prepare something interesting and thought provoking.
For a brief synopsis of last year’s session;
Andras Mayer spoke about the pitfalls of art in the forms of sculptures and pictures,
Gabor Mayer spoke about copyright in Jewish law
Laci Horovic spoke about Shavuos and its’ customs
Michael Miller spoke about the Amida prayer
Sanyi Feldmájer spoke about the Kabbala
I spoke about the halachic process of dialogue
Each class was thought provoking; questions took us to the abyss of suspense with solutions that thrilled.
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I am looking forward to a repeat of last years thrills.
On Sunday 4:30 p.m. 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (20th of March) I went on another great trek with my children through the streets of Budapest. Once again, there was a buzz of excitement for the children, in the journey, full of youthful expectations. You see, we were going to one of the hotspots in the local Jewish scene; and we were going to celebrate Purim with Mordechai, Esther and co., together with our wonderful community in Teleki ter synagogue. Once again, our community celebrated in style!
Purim has always been a favourite, carnivalesque festival but when we celebrate, party takes on new meaning. For when we celebrate, we blend a variety of disparate “simcha” genres; the historic with the new, the religious with the secular and the holy with the profane. People of different ages and religious convictions join together and partake in the pure experience of the day, and when that day is Purim … (See Glossary for Purim)
But this year’s Purim was special. Why is this so, you may ask. Well, allow me to digress.
As you may have noticed, our synagogue is in the midst of exciting times. We are experiencing a true rebirth, a genuine renaissance in all aspects of the word. This rebirth, was slow in starting a few years back, but has skyrocketed in the last couple of years.
In the earlier years, we celebrated our major festivals in my home. The celebrations were nice, of course, but it did not have the same flavour of a Shul event as it does when actually celebrated in shul.
Approximately one year ago we renovated a room in the shul which now functions as a miniature community hall, where we are able to host events. In this newly renovated room, we were able to host festivals in the synagogue itself.
The first event that we hosted, since the renovation of the room, was Purim. Therefore, this Purim fest, was the first event that we celebrated for the second year running. This year’s Purim would be the test of our past Purim, in terms of attraction and growth. Attraction – how many people were inspired to come and to bring their friends on the basis of last year’s Purim. Growth– what did we learn and how have we grown spiritually as a community since last year’s Purim?
Thus it was natural that I went to Shul full of anticipation. But, after all said and done, what can I say was the result of the Purim festival? Well for one, in the attraction department, attendance was over double of the year before, and in contrast to our humble beginnings, the shul was full with wonderful little children of all ages, shapes and sizes.
But success should not be measured in mere numbers. We need to take into account quality as well – i.e. we need to take the spiritual growth factor into account and in this aspect as well we can hold our heads up with pride. The day began with prayer (Mincha) and Megilla reading followed by dancing to live music drinking and merriment. This year no one did chair/sky diving, nor did anyone want to introduce his head to the floor, and although we still knew that Mordechai was the hero, and Haman the villain (see glossary), nonetheless the merriment continued unabated throughout the event.
Special thanks to R. Yehoshua Witt for reading the Megillah and for performing spiritual entertainment with song and soul. And thanks to all who contributed towards making the festival truly wonderful.
Shul – Synagogue
Megilla – scroll (in this article referring to Megillas Esther – the scroll of Esther read on Purim)
Simcha – Joy
Purim – a festival (14th of Adar) celebrated by eating and drinking, sending gifts (which often come with receiving gifts), giving money to the poor and hearing the Purim story in the scroll of Esther. The villain attempted to annihilate the Jewish people, but thanks to G-d and the hero’s of the story the Jews were spared. As a result of this, we have the unique requirement not just to be jolly on Purim, but we are expected to drink and get inebriated. In fact we are required to celebrate with drinking, until we no longer can distinguish between how “blessed is Mordechai” and how Cursed is Haman”.
Mordechay and Esther – the protagonists/hero’s of the Purim story
Haman – the villain of the Purim story who attempted to annihilate the Jewish People.
On the Purim
Digging through the papers in the benches Sanyi Feldmájer found a bigger paper, with Hebrew text, so he took it to be framed. We just had a better look, when he took it back.
It turned out to be the statues of the Mishna Society established in 1927 partly in hebrew and partly in German. The final translation was made by Michael Miller.
Our ancestors could see the world very optimisticly about in 1927…
So the text itself:
With the help of God, first day of the parsha “Lesader va’hakimoti et-briti itkhem” (sic!) in the year 5687 [i.e. 1927]
These are the statutes for the Mishna Society:
At today’s meeting, we have founded a Mishna Society with these statutes:
- Mishna will be learned every night. Whoever does not have time every night must come to learn at least twice a week.
- On the Yarzeit of our parents, the names of our parents will be remembered through Mishna learning
- After 120 years, Mishna will be learned for the member, kaddish will be said and Yarzeit will be held.
- We oblige ourselves to pay 10 Heller weekly for the purpose of buying religious books.
And we have provisionally elected a presidium, namely:
Treasurer: R. Yisrael Isaac Friedman
Controller: R. Eleazar Schechter
Committee: R. Zvi Frost Ha-Kohen, R. Shalom Nagler, R. Zvi Pilot, R. Avraham Isaac Ha-levi Kupfer
The repertoire of Teleki shul extended with this years celebration of Tu Bishvat.
There are many reasons, why this event was special.
One important aspect is that this was the first one in many years.
Another important aspect is that this was the birthday party of Rabbi Shalom Hurwitz. It was a surprise for him, and he was surprised indeed, when he heard “Yom, Yom hudelet” sung on his entrance. For his birthday he received a major English-Hungarian, Hungarian-English dictionary from the community for replacement of the old worn out, as well as many other things from friends and disciples.
Among the programs hide one, that hold a big importance in the life of the shul, and that was the tombola. The purpose of the fundraising tombola was collecting money for an oven as part of the kosher kitchen expansion project. Form the tickets sold, about 70 000 Ft (~350USD) was gathered, which is enough for a simple electric oven. The tombloa prizes were fruit bowls in different colors, where among the fruits, other gifts, delights, bijou or cosmetics were planted.
Pictures taken at the event finally arrived, thanx to or very own And!s Mayer
I would like to wish Johanna and family a hearty mazal tov on the event of her Bat Mitzvah.
Johanna or Chanele as her zeide so charmingly says it, or being that she is no longer a child, perhaps Chana neni, had spent half a year preparing for the occasion. Studying texts that would allow her to know what Judaism is about and analysing the significance of being Jewish in the Modern world.
Finally after a gruelling half year course with Rebbetzin Devorah Leah Hurwitz, learning to read ancient texts backwards, trekking through major Biblical events, festivals, laws and customs; she was able to truly celebrate her Bat Mitzvah with genuine Simchah.
“Simchah” the Hebrew word for joy, should not be confused with fun. Joy and fun may seem synonymous but they are very different in deed. Fun momentary and flighty, it comes and goes, and is quickly forgotten. The experience is neither deep nor particularly meaningful. Joy on the other hand is an experience that touches the core being of the individual and is of lasting significance.
It is not for naught that her Bat Mitzvah occurred on a week dedicated to the building of the Mishkan. The message is clear; now that she is a Bat (daughter) of Mitzvah (the Divine imperative), she has the merit and the wonderful opportunity to be a mishkan – a home for the Divine in the world.
The Mishkan’s message is not merely the notion that there is the possibility for the Infinite to dwell among the finite, rather it is a message that we have the ability to partake in this process and partner with G-d in achieving this lofty goal. Chanela’s entrance into Bat Mitzvah is thus a promotion – becoming a senior partner in this Divine drama.
On this note, I wish her family a lot of true Nachas and that their precious Chanele will be a true Jewish Menorah for the entire Jewish People.
Her Bat Mitzvah was in most likelihood the first ever Bat Mitzvah being celebrated in our Synagogue and as such I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of myself, my family and our whole community, in wishing her a hearty Mazal Tov and a big Yashar Koach for celebrating this momentous occasion with us.