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Flatbush Park Jewish Center

Mission

Flatbush Park Jewish Center is a modern Orthodox synagogue in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1952.

We are a modern Orthodox congregation committed to Torah study and its observance; daily prayer, morning and evening; strong support for the State of Israel; charitable support of worthy institutions and individuals. Our membership is a mix of young and old; of American, European and Israeli birth, all sharing a deep commitment to Jewish life and community. We strive to build and maintain a vibrant, dynamic and cohesive Jewish community in Mill Basin, Brooklyn.

Our mission is to foster among our membership and the surrounding community an abiding commitment to halacha, kashrut and mitzvot, and bring them into a personal relationship with Hashem, which represents the essential foundation of any Orthodox institution.

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Message from the Rabbi

בס''ד

Dvar Torah

"THE MATTER IS VERY CLOSE TO YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND HEART TO DO IT." (Dvorim 30:14)

 

Rabbi Chayim Shmuelevitz commented on this that the Torah tells us that regardless of how far away one is, if he is sincerely resolved to become a better person, he will be able to make an immediate transformation of himself. When you make a verbal commitment to the Almighty and to yourself to become a changed person, your very words put you into a different place than where you were before.    

Of course, if you just say that you will change without actually improving your behavior, you have not sincerely changed. However, the words you tell yourself have a major influence on your behavior. In whatever area you wish to improve, if you keep repeating over and over to yourself how you will act from now on, you will notice practical changes. Your verbal and mental suggestions are very close to you, all you need is a firm decision to make this effort. Once you have made this decision, you will be successful as long as you keep up that original resolve of yours. Keep saying to yourself I am a good father, a good spouse.

There are some people, however, who keep making pledges and resolutions to make positive changes, but do not actually carry out their plans. They have created a credibility gap for themselves. Since they have already said they would change and have not done so, they are likely not to really believe themselves. To overcome this, one needs action and consistency. Just as you should keep your word when you give it to someone else, so too should you keep your word to yourself.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Yisroel Perelson

Email - RabbiYPerelson@optonline.net

 

Fri, 24 October 2014 30 Tishrei 5775