The Lisker Shul has undergone quite a few incarnations since its inception almost thirty years ago.
We began as the premier “kiruv” shul before any other institution tried to OUTREACH and touch someone. The Lisker Rebbe, Rav Shlomo, ZT"L, accrued a coterie of young and middle-aged men who were disenchanted with religion and their lives in general and infused them with an appreciation for their Creator and the world at large. Slowly, we metamorphosed into a family-style “shul” while pursuing our goals of outreach and, after the Rebbe’s passing, shifted ourfocus to the singles scene. Today, we are probably a conglomeration of all three and cater to a panoply of young and old, Chassidic and Modern, single and married.
Through all these transformations, nevertheless, our main focus has
been the hospital community, inpatients and outpatients and their friends
and family members. We have labored to make our house guests comfortable,
to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs and to visit their
loved ones in the hospital and offer some positive reinforcement.
Now we turn to you – our congregants, members, friends and readers – and ask, “what are you doing to make the world a better place?” It is so easy to get lost in your own reflection and fail to use any peripheral vision. But when you hold a mirror up to your inner soul, can you truly say, “I’m being the best me I can be?”
Rosh Hashanah comes around every year to remind us to widen our lens and look beyond ourselves to how we can contribute to “tikun olam,” repairing the world. Yes, we are required to do penance for our own shortcomings, but not get lost in “self.” We have to use our repentance as a tool to help us elevate ourselves so that we can see farther, and our sins as stepping stones to a greater sense of purpose.
So now we can ask, “what are you going to change?” We have a few suggestions. Join us for our Bikur Cholim rounds on Shabbos, volunteer your time for our hospital parties, host a “kiruv” Shabbos or singles’ event, or just send in a donation towards our good works. We are sure you can think up a few good ideas on your on and we hope this has spurred the imagination.
In the merit of your charitable endeavors, may you have a New Year blessed with all good things and may Israel secure a peaceful existence.
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