Energetic families and friends of the broader Queens Jewish community joined the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills and its newly-installed rav and rebbetzin on Thursday evening, October 13, for a joyful simchas beis hashoeva held in the shul’s simchah hall due to inclement weather. The festivities included activities and inspiration for the children, as well as a scrumptious Chinese buffet dinner for all. Upbeat, lively energy was provided by Shaya Lloyd, a local resident and prodigy of the kehillah. (Lloyd is available to enhance the spirit and style of your simchah with the full package as a keyboardist, deejay, and singer/chazzan.)
“When it rains on Sukkos, it is a simon klal; a bad omen,” related Rabbi Daniel Rosenfelt in the name of the Chasam Sofer. “However, this is only when we have the attitude that we do not have to eat, or sleep in a sukkah, and express an iota of relief that we are exempt from performing mitzvos in the outdoor dwelling.” The mara d’asra then added, “Yet, it is a simon brachah if our outlook and mannerisms are of being sad and upset, even being physically disturbed that we are unable to do the mitzvos of Sukkos properly.”
As the attendees listened, they took this unique perspective to heighten the significance of eating and doing arts and crafts in the shul’s ballroom as the downpour continued outside.
By Shabsie Saphirstein