60 West End Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235 718-648-2610,
Beit Bnei Rachel, Rachel Tomb Complex, Beis Lechem
*Sunday, March 20, 2011, 11am* Megillah Reading. PURIM SEUDA
Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher
"Mother Rachel and Queen Esther,
Most Beloved Heroines in Jewish History"
Register ASAP , 70nis, seuda, costumes
Purim Katan Celebrated in Beit Bnei Rachel.
By Evelyn Haies
Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation hosted refreshments including hamentashen at Beit Bnei Rachel, the RCRF majority owned Jewish property within the Rachel Tomb Walled Complex in Beis Lechem. Evelyn Haies, founder and president of RCRF and Bnei Rachel Corp spoke of her seventeen year mission to present Rachel Imeinu as the Jewish Mother par excellence who is a role model to make Bnei Rachel proud, reclaim her midos and their identity and also be role models for derech eretz. She named the street in front of her houses Derech Chaya Rachel because keeping the ways of our Matriarch Rachel is a life force. The roots of the past are the foundation of the future.
Rabbi Dr. Joseph C. Klausner emphasized Purim Katan as a small holiday which occurs early in Adar Aleph this being a leap year. It is explained as a lesson in concealing and revealing. Redemption is a spiraling process of praying, revealing the cover ups, taking off the masks that conceal truth, reestablishing Jewish identity, reacting in unity to the dangers and acting together for survival of the community, recognizing the anti-Semitic set ups and trusting in the chesed of Hashem, restoring the connection to Hashem, thanking Hashem.
RCRF will be hosting a Purim Shiur and Sueda on Sunday, March 20, in their large Reception Center in Beis Lechem, where Rachel Imeinu died “on the way” giving birth to Benjamin, ancestor of Mordechai and Esther. Please make your reservations early and be part of the simcha when our confusion leads to clarity, when what is behind the masks is revealed and we are on the derech, the pathways for blessings and simcha. Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher will be speaking on “Rachel Imeinu and Esther HaMalkah, Most Beloved Heroines in Jewish History”. This is the place to celebrate our becoming a nation, surviving and redeeming the promises with joy.
V’Shavu Banim l’gvulum.