Thursday, August 12, 2010

Press Release: Derech Eretz in the Merit of Rachel Imeinu

Press Release: Derech Eretz in the Merit of Rachel Imeinu:
by Evelyn Haies, Pres. RCRF and Bnei Rachel Corp
Summer sessions presented by Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation 054-224-2649
60 West End Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235,,
at Beit Bnei Rachel, Rachel’s Tomb Complex.

As the Chofetz Chaim has Loshen Hora seminars around the world for a cure-all, Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation has initiated talks emanating from our Loving Matriarch, Ima Rachel. RCRF has adopted the theme of Derech Eretz as an ongoing effort to develop the midos of Bnei Rachel and bring Torah, truth, unity, empathy and love to the world. We know Laban had other plans for Yaakov and Rachel who waited seven years to actualize their love. We know that both sisters were terrified of being betrothed to Esau, who lusted, terrorized and killed. We know both sisters were part of Hashem’s plan for creation. And in unity, the four wives of Yaakov created the 12 tribes of Israel and were mothers of the nation of Israel. We know that Yosef’s brothers were off the derech in their actions against him. But, it was G-d’s plan for survival. We believe survival will be achieved more pleasantly with Derech Eretz. Rachel Imeinu was buried “on the way” to keep Bnei Rachel on the derech to merit Eretz Hachodesh.
Our teacher on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, HaRav Mayer Horowitz, the Bostoner Rebbe of HaNof, was the MC when RCRF dedicated a Sefer Torah on the wide open streets of Beis Lechem in 1998 which is housed in Kever Rachel until this day. As we read our 2nd Sefer Torah dedicated through the Sefer Torah Recycling Network by the Caplan family 12 years later in Beit Bnei Rachel, HaRav Mayer Horowitz lit candles remembering his esteemed parents, explained that Rosh Chodesh was a festival for women today because of men's sin with the golden calf. Women should not sew nor do heavy work on Rosh Chodesh. In the end of days it would be a festival for both men and women when all come to worship the L-rd. The Kavod shown for his parents and Torah are preliminaries of Derech Eretz. Another teacher, Rebbitzen Tziporah Heller spoke on “Derech Eretz, Personal Refinement”. As the world suffers from “me-ism”, "ani achad", Rebbitzen Heller explained that mitzvahs make a difference, that control limits and, thus, refines in eating, what one wears, how one speaks and acts. Ha Rav Benjamin Levene, grandson of “A Tzaddik in our Time” remembered a time when we could not come to Kever Rachel as well as when we reclaimed it in 1967. He also remembered when his grandfather Reb Aryeh Levin a”h walked to visit the woman prisoners in Beis Lechem during the time of the British occupation. Geula Cohen wrote that although he couldn’t take us out of prison he brought freedom to us. One of his greatest traits was respect for people in need even with weaker ways of observance. He never belittled them; he saw greatness in their little acts and influenced them by moving them in the right derech. He saw Rochel Imeinu as a role model of caring, kindness and a big heart. She was true Derech Eretz.
On Tuesday, August 17, the great storyteller and author of numerous books, Rabbi Hanoch Teller will speak at 11AM. Besides taking the 10am Egged Bus #163 to Rachel’s Tomb cars can bring you right to the free parking lot. His topic will be “Derech Eretz – Honorable Mentschen”. Men and Women are invited. There is a Mechitza.
On Thursday, August 26, via the 10am Egged Bus #163 to Rachel’s Tomb, you will meet RCRF at the entrance. Rabbi Yehonason Alpren highly respected lecturer will speak on "Thoughts on Derech Eretz: Rochel Imeinu and her Meaning for her Jewish Generations Today."
It's Elul. Learning in Beit Bnei Rachel will prepare you for Rosh Hoshana.
ONGOING: EVERY WEDNESDAY- WOMEN ONLY – English, Hebrew on Request VIA 10:00AM Egged #163 Bus
Classes begin at 11:am Learn from 11 -1:30. Time for Tehillim; Return 12:30 or 2:30pm. Speakers are Atara Gur, Rachel Imeinu Scholar and Nechama Sarah G. Nadborny, Author of"The Twelve Dimensions of Israel". There are now hourly buses.
RCRF is again sponsoring a Writing Contest: Submit Rachel stories, poems, artwork .
Volunteers can enhance and translate English to Hebrew in our RCRF “Museum of Jewish Aliyah” ©
SAVE THE DATE Monday, October 18, 2010, 11 Marcheshvan 5771 to commemorate our 16th RCRF Yahrzeit in the Memory of Rachel Imeinu and Jewish Mother’s Day.

links: Live interview with Evelyn Haies.

Elul - The Concept of Avos & Imahos and the Attributes of Rachel Imenu
Rabbi Leff: Special shiur given at the Israel Center - a reapeat of a shiur given for "Rachel's Children" in the home of Evelyn Haies at Kever Rochel on Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5769

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