Flatbush Park Jewish Center
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
Message from the Rabbi:
Dvar Torah: When you suffer focus on how you can use this experience to help others.
"AND THE ALMIGHTY SAID TO AVRAM, GO FROM YOUR LAND, AND FROM YOUR BIRTHPLACE,
AND FROM THE HOUSE OF YOUR FATHER TO THE LAND WHICH I WILL SHOW YOU." (Braishis 12:1)
Rabbi Nachum of Tzernoble devoted much time and effort to redeeming Jews who were put into prisons by anti-semitic regimes. He traveled from place to place gathering funds to make the payments necessary to free those imprisoned. Once, when he was in Zhitomer, some people fabricated a libel against him and he was put into prison.
A righteous person came to him in prison and said to him, "Our forefather Avraham was outstanding in his kindness to wayfarers. He took in people who were traveling and expended great efforts to make his guests comfortable. He always wanted to know what more he could possibly do to help his guests. The Almighty told him to leave his father's home, his birthplace, and his land. Only now, when he personally experienced being a stranger in a foreign place, would he know firsthand what it was like. This would give him a greater appreciation of what he could do to help his guests."
"Similarly with you," the righteous visitor told him. "You are completely devoted to freeing prisoners. From Heaven they are giving you a chance to experience what it’s like to be held captive by enemies of our people. This will give you a deeper0 appreciation of the necessity of doing all you can to free other people in the future with all possible speed."
Whenever you personally suffer any kind of pain or sorrow, remember carefully every aspect of your experience. When other people are in similar situations, you will know with greater depth what they are experiencing. This will help you to help them with greater sensitivity and kindness. Moreover, it will make your own suffering easier to cope with. You will view it as a meaningful learning experience that will assist you in becoming more effective in helping others.
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