THE CHABAD HOUSE OF DEERPARK, PORT JERVIS & PIKE COUNTY
Located at 30 Shinhollow Road, the Chabad House of Deerpark, Port Jervis & Pike County is privileged to serve the residents of Orange, Sullivan, Pike and Sussex Counties. Under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Shaul Elkeslasi, the facility offers essential services to the Jewish community such as:
* An authentic, newly-constructed Chabad Mikva (bor al bor) - the only one of its kind between NYC and the Catskill Mountains (see below)
* Synagogue and Beis Midrash (study hall)
* Talmud Torah (Jewish school) and Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim of Deerpark
* Rabbi, shochet and mohel
Additionally, Chabad of Deerpark, Port Jervis & Pike County engages in widespread educational outreach work, among both Jews and non-Jews. The members of each sector are taught their specific role in actualizing Messiah and Redemption, as well as the G-d-given laws they are required to observe.
From Messiah Times, Special Edition for Bnei Noah, issue 54
G-D SAYS: ABORTION IS MURDER
In response to questions submitted to the editor concerning abortion, Messiah Times offers the following article written by editor-in-chief, Rabbi Shaul Elkeslasi.
Maimonides, preeminent rabbinic authority and codifier of Jewish law and the Seven Noahide Laws given by G-d to the nations of the world, writes in Mishna Torah, Laws of Kings, 9:4:
“A Ben-Noah [non-Jew] who kills a person, even a fetus in his mother’s womb, is to be executed.”
That is to say, the mother, doctor and medical staff who perform an abortion are guilty of murder.
The source of Maimonides’ ruling is the book of Genesis, ch. 9, verse 6, which states: “One who spills the blood of a person in the person, his blood will be spilled.” The words “a person in the person” refer to a fetus in his or her mother’s womb. One who spills a fetus’ blood, the Bible teaches, is a murderer in the literal sense; like all murderers, his crime is punishable by death: “...his blood will be spilled.” The prohibition against abortion begins at the moment of conception.
THE REASON WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE UNCARING ABOUT THE LIFE OF A FETUS
Some people are uncaring about the life of a fetus because the fetus can’t be seen; he can’t talk yet and can’t defend himself. And the horror and agony he undergoes - the same as any person brutally murdered - is ignored. It should be made clear that 40 days after conception, the unborn child is a fully formed human being; the baby’s organs and limbs, even his or her gender, are distinctly visible. And yes, the baby feels pain – real pain, like any human being of any age.
THE CRIME OF ABORTION: MORE SERIOUS THAN DRUNKEN DRIVING
With today’s accessibility to a variety of birth control methods, every woman has the choice not to become pregnant. To become pregnant and then abort the fetus is like getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk: It is done out of neglect and it endangers human life. But the woman who aborts commits an even more serious crime than the drunken driver: Unlike the latter, hers is a conscious, thought-out choice to kill; it is a premeditated crime committed with the intent to kill; and the outcome is always death.
If killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol carries the penalty of a long prison sentence, then it’s absurd for the act of abortion to be legal. At the very least, abortion should be denied the wide acceptability that prevails at present. As difficult a challenge as an unwanted pregnancy may be, it is unethical for any politician or political party to condone the crime of abortion and clear the mother’s conscience of guilt. Any politician who does so is selling principle for popularity as he turns the G-d-given mandate to preserve human life, upon which government is predicated, into an issue of personal preference. It’s the first step on the road to wholesale destruction of human life.
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Under the auspices of Messiah Chai Inc. the construction of a brand-new, state-of-the-art Mikva on the premises of the Deerpark-Port Jervis Chabad House has reached completion and is now open to the public. The Mikva is a welcome and much needed facility serving the Jewish residents of Orange, Sullivan, Pike and Sussex counties. To view more pictures, click on the photos to the right.
An Evening of Messiah and Redemption Under the Stars
Vacationers from Woodrige visited the Chabad House of Deerpark-Port Jervis
for Torah study, dancing and barbecuing
Rabbi Elkeslasi delivers a shiur, following Maariv (click for photos)
On 26 Menachem Av vacationers from Woodrige visited the Chabad House of Deerpark, Port Jervis & Pike County for an afternoon and evening of Torah study, dancing and barbecuing. Visitors got a chance to rub shoulders with roaming peacocks and fallow deer, or sit by the babbling brook and enjoy the serenity of nature.
One of the main attractions was the Chabad House's regular "Mishna Marathon," in which visitors took turns testing the Elkeslasi children on their memorized knowledge of the entire Shas Mishna. As always, the child prodigies did not fail to amaze.
With nightfall it was lights, cameras and action as crowds danced up a storm on the lawn, to the tunes of "We want Moshiach now" and "Yechi Adeineinu." A grand barbecue farbrengan accompanied the festivities followed by Maariv and a shiur, delivered by Rabbi Elkeslasi.
The joy and unity centered on Messiah and Redemption that marked the evening were a momento for all to take home and cherish.