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Perpetuating a Legacy

Friday, 15 March, 2013 - 12:10 am

Dear Friends,

One the preparations that the Jewish people were required to undergo before the Exodus was circumcising the males in their families. This week our community had the opportunity to celebrate with Rabbi and Mrs. Yossie Nemes as they brought their newborn son into the covenant of Avraham.

It is the custom in many Jewish circles to name a child after a relative (the Ashkenazi custom is to name for a deceased relative while the prevailing Sefardic custom is also to name for a living relative). The Nemeses named the baby Yitzchak, after Rabbi Nemes’s father. This is a powerful opportunity to honor a father even after he has passed on. By perpetuating his name the hope is that his legacy will also be perpetuated.

Reb Yitzchak Nemes left a very big legacy to perpetuate. He was an individual who experienced many wondrous encounters. The impact he had on many people around the world was really appreciated only after he passed away and those people came forward to relate how he had touched their lives.

I will share the story that Rabbi Nemes told at the Bris this. One Sukkot Reb Yitzchak was visiting New Orleans and instead of a vacation or relaxation he told his son that he wants to go to the hospital to find Jewish patients with who to perform the Mitzvah of Lulav and Etorg. They went across the street to EJ and asked for the Jewish patient list. After very little success, Rabbi Nemes was ready to give up and go home. Reb Yitzchak insisted on reviewing the patient list to find Jewish sounding names even if they hadn’t declared their religion to the hospital. In one room they found a very Jewish but unaffiliated Mr. Weinberg who was thrilled to meet them and to do the Mitzvah. After chatting with him and his son for a good while they wished them well and departed. A year or two later, Rabbi Nemes received a phone call from Mr. Weinberg’s son informing him that his father had passed away. But before he died he instructed his son that he call Rabbi Nemes so that arrangements for a complete Jewish burial could be made. In the merit of Reb Yitzcahk’s persistence a Jew who may never have had a Jewish burial was given a tahara and a burial as a Jew should.

I am sure that you all join me in wishing little Yitzchak Nemes that he should merit to live up to his namesake and give his family nachas for many healthy and happy years.

Mazel Tov to Mery and Stephen Blitz upon the birth of their son. They should continue to have much joy and pleasure in raising their son in good health to be a proud Jew.

Mazel Tov to Josh Gertler and Carli Schwartz upon the engagement. Warm wishes to his parents, our good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Gertler.

For information on Chabad Metairie’s communal Seder call 504-454-2910 or go towww.jewishlouisiana.com.

Chabad Uptown is moving back to 7037 Freret St. for good this week. The first morning Minyan will be held at the new Shul on Tuesday morning.

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Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

 

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