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Volume 21 Number 40 Tammuz 18, 5780 | July 10, 2020

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Volume 21 Number 40 Tammuz 18, 5780 | July 10, 2020

This week’s Torah portion is named for Pinchas, grandson of Aaron the High Priest, who earned the honor as a result of his bravery described in last week’s Torah portion.

The Midrash identifies Pinchas and Elijah the Prophet as the same person. Although Elijah lived many years later, he apparently lived a very long life. In fact, he never died; his body was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot, and he returns to earth once in a while to fulfill various missions — the final one being to announce the imminent arrival of the Moshiach. Elijah will come a day before Moshiach to inform and prepare us for the big day.

For 2,000 years the Jewish people have waited for Moshiach. The Jewish calendar is marked by days commemorating tragedies that have befallen us during our dark years of exile, including the 17th of Tammuz, this Thursday, when we mourn the breach of the walls of Jerusalem, which led to the destruction of the Temple three weeks later, on Tisha B’av.

But even as we mourn and cry, we hold firm to our belief that Elijah will herald in the era of Redemption, speedily in our days!

Shabbat shalom.

Shul is Paused – No Services this week - we will reopen next week

NO Services this Week

Please note that we are pausing shul this week. G-d willing we will be up and running again next week. We want to be absolutely sure that the current spike is under control before resuming weekly services, so, for the time being, this will be a week by week decision. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Weekly Sermon Friday @ 5pm on Facebook Live

Join Rabbi Eilfort this afternoon at 5pm as he gives his weekly sermon as a Facebook Live event. If you have not already done so, please send Rabbi Eilfort (Yeruchem Eilfort) a Friend Request on Facebook!

Easy Fundraising Opportunity

First, let us take this opportunity to thank all of those who have had Facebook Birthday Fundraisers for Chabad at La Costa! I cannot tell you how much Nechama & I appreciate it! The money we have received through these fundraisers has helped our shul continue with programming, delivering soup and challah as well as other activities. 

Do you have a birthday coming up? We would be honored if you would consider making our shul the recipient of your birthday fundraiser.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate your birthday and do a wonderful Mitzvah at the same time? Thank you for your consideration and Happy Birthday!  

Chicken Soup, Challah Available

Those who live near Chabad at La Costa are welcome to let us know if you want some delicious Challah and/or Chicken Soup delivered to you on Friday to help you celebrate Shabbat in the most delicious way possible.

Please note that all food is prepared and delivered using recommended safeguards.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

We are most appreciative of those who are generously stepping forward to help us with our dedication opportunities for our weekly Soup, Challah, and Torah Classes!

Specifically we would like to acknowledge Channah Hale who has been tremendously generous! 

This week's Loaves of Love is sponsored by Channah Hale.

This week's Chicken Soup is sponsored by Jon and Julie Rozansky. 

We are still looking for a sponsor for this week's Torah Classes. 

If you would like to sponsor an upcoming week please respond to this message or simply donate securely online by following one of the links found below. 

Ways to Give

We would be nowhere without the generous support of our community. Please know that your support is profoundly appreciated!

There are many ways to donate besides for checks and cash. Following please find a list of the various other ‘platforms’ that are available for secure donations that go directly and entirely into the synagogue account.

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A Word of Torah -  Living with the Times

Parshat Pinchas

By: Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort

This week’s Torah portion is named after a decisive, passionate, and exceedingly brave man, Pinchas the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron the (High) Priest. Last week’s portion concluded with the horrific sin carried out by a leader of the Tribe of Shimon whose name was Zimri. He publicly sinned with a Midianite Princess, Cozbi. When Pinchas saw the debauchery he followed the letter of the law and killed the sinners. He did so at great personal risk, as Zimri’s fellow tribesmen felt outraged that Pinchas would take the law into his own hands. Despite the imminent danger posed to his person Pinchas plunged forward and did what needed to be done.

Zimri was not the only person to sin with the Midianites, in fact a large number of people, particularly from the Tribe of Shimon participated. Due to their audacious sinfulness a terrible plague broke out and many thousands died. Pinchas’ quick actions lessened the extent of the plague and actually saved the lives of many people. It is for this reason that Pinchas was blessed with being made a Kohen (Priest) despite the fact that he had not been born one.

If we take a step back and review the story of the Jewish people after leaving Egypt we find several uplifting events, but we also see several failures. Some of the failures were quite dramatic and had far-reaching consequences for not only that generation, but for the future of the entire Jewish people in perpetuity. It can be argued that some of their decisions then impact us until today.

This week when thinking about these catastrophes I couldn’t help but think about the triumph of one particular segment of the Jewish people; Jewish women. The major failures that come to mind include the story of the Golden Calf, the Spies, the Rebellion of Korach and his cohorts, and consorting with the Midianites. The lack of participation by the Jewish women is in stark contrast to their Jewish brethren. Time and again the men failed – to the extent that the generation that left Egypt was destined to die in the desert rather than enter the Holy Land. We see disastrous plagues pummel the Jewish people. In fact during their 40-year sojourn in the desert their numbers decreased! But through it all the woman stayed strong and true, always remaining loyal adherents to the Torah.

In the portion of Pinchas we are reintroduced to the five daughters of Tzalafchad. Their father had died previously due to a sin. The rabbis discuss which specific sin he committed; it was either gathering wood on Shabbat or trying to conquer the land after G-d had already said not to – due to the sin of the spies. Tzalafchad had no sons, only daughters. When the laws of inheritance were first shared no provision was made for daughters who were in a family where there were no sons. That is until the daughters of Tzalafchad spoke up.

They firmly but respectfully pointed out a seeming inconsistency in the Torah regarding the status of a widowed woman who has no sons, only daughters, and the fact that no levirate marriage applies to her. If daughters count to negate levirate marriage, why should they not count to inherit land? Moshe was stumped by their question. He was also moved by it, so he presented the question to Almighty G-d, and prayed that G-d would respond positively. Indeed that is exactly what happened. In the merit of the Daughters of Tzalafchad the laws of inheritance were amended.

Strong women is a hallmark of Judaism. Jews have always been fiercely insistent on the need to give women the best Jewish educational opportunities. When contemporaries of the early Hebrews were treating their women as possessions, Jewish law made sure that the Jewish woman would be treated with the dignity and respect she deserves. And the Torah clearly spells out who remained righteous during the most difficult times and by whose merit we continue to exist till this very day.

It is for these very reasons that I cringe when people say that traditional Judaism treats women as second class citizens. It is absolutely ignorant and patently false to claim so.

May our righteous Jewish women lead us to the speedy arrival of the righteous Moshiach!  

Wishing everyone an uplifting, joyous, and HEALTHY Shabbos!

Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort is Director of Coastal Chabads and Chabad at La Costa. Rabbi Eilfort welcomes readers’ comments and questions and may be reached at


Haftarah Thought


I Kings 18:46-19:21.

The prophet Elijah is the main protagonist of this week's haftorah. According to tradition, Elijah shared the same soul as Pinchas, the hero of this week's Torah portion. They also both zealously fought on G‑d's behalf, while disregarding the dangers involved.

Following the showdown with the Baal prophets at Mount Carmel, which led to the execution of the Baal priests, the evil Queen Jezebel issued a death sentence for Elijah. Elijah fled to the Judean desert and asked G‑d to take his life. While he slept, an angel awoke him and provided him with food and drink. Reenergized, Elijah went for forty days until he arrived at Mount Horeb (Sinai), and he slept in a cave on the mountain. And the word of G‑d came to him and asked him for the purpose of his visit. "And [Elijah] said: 'I have been zealous for G‑d, the Lord of Hosts, for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant. They have torn down Your altars and they have killed Your prophets by the sword, and I have remained alone, and they seek my life to take it."

Elijah was instructed to leave the cave and stand on the mountain: "Behold! G‑d's Presence will pass." There was a great and strong wind splitting mountains and shattering boulders, but Elijah realized that G‑d was not in the wind. Then came an earthquake followed by fire, but again Elijah understood that not in the earthquake nor the fire was G‑d. After the fire there was a subtle silent voice, and Elijah realized that the Divine Presence had appeared.

G‑d asked Elijah again for the purpose of his visit, and Elijah repeated his earlier response. G‑d instructed Elijah to go to Damascus and anoint Hazael as king of Aram and Jehu as king of Israel and to anoint Elisha as a prophet in his stead. These three would continue Elijah's battle against the Baal.

Elijah followed the instructions and he immediately found Elisha and recruited him as his aide and eventual successor.



OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES are extended to the families of the victims of the coronavirus! We pray for the day when the Almighty will remove death and suffering from humanity. May it come speedily in our day!

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes are extended from all of those who are suffering from the coronavirus. May you be granted a complete and speedy recovery! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes go out to Rusty Rack, Cheryl Ahlzadeh, Cindy Mintz, Gillie Klipper, and all of those celebrating their birthdays this week!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes go out to  all of those celebrating their anniversaries this week!

WE REMEMBER  Jacques Van Dam, Len Sekela, Sol Katz, Rina Aivas, Marcus Mintz, Herman Barnett, Abraham Seigal, and all of those who have Yarzeit this week.

May Channah Hale, Sheila Lebovitz, Camille Stern, and Roz Mintz be blessed with a speedy and complete recovery!

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We have an ever-expanding menu of online learning opportunities for everyone. Below please find an overview of our current classes and a schedule of when you can join in on Facebook Live. If you miss the live class you can watch the recorded version, either on Facebook or on YouTube (our channel is called the Chabad Virtual Academy).

If you cannot get the classes online please email us at and we will work out a different arrangement.

Rabbi Eilfort Published Weekly by the San Diego Jewish World

Our own Rabbi Eilfort is submitting weekly columns on the Torah Portion of the Week and other subjects, which are published by the San Diego Jewish World (

Rabbi Eilfort always enjoy hearing feedback about his articles, so please don’t be shy!

Please check the shul’s Facebook page for information on live broadcasts.

Coastal Chabads are here for YOU

Belonging to a Jewish Community is not only gratifying and fulfilling it is also extremely important, for within the community one finds a place to connect with G-d and one’s soul, a place of learning and spiritual enrichment, a great source of friends, a place to bestow one’s Jewish legacy upon his or her child/ren, and so much more. Check out to learn more. 

The beauty of OUR Jewish Community is that we offer so many different options that everyone is sure to find something enriching and meaningful. Below please find a partial list of some of our current offerings. If you have never come by before pick an item or two and try it out. If you have already tried an item or two find another one that sounds interesting and give it a whirl. “Connection” – that is the name of the game and that is precisely what you will find here! 

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If you need a Minyan to say Kaddish please give the office at least a few days’ notice. We are happy to provide this important service, but it takes time to arrange enough participants to assure the quorum is present. Please email your request.

Shabbat Services with Meaning & Joy

Every Saturday we get together to celebrate the holy Shabbat in song and prayer. Our services are both traditional and user-friendly, as we fully recognize that not everyone has experience ‘Davening’ (praying) in a traditional setting. What those who have joined have found is that the atmosphere in our synagogue is conducive to meaningful meditation. A knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to participate. In fact, the only thing that is needed is the desire to learn and to connect to the Almighty. It is an enriching experience not to be missed! Shabbat services begin at 10am and conclude at approximately 12:30pm and are followed by a wonderful community lunch. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed.

Hebrew School & C-Kids

Give your children the Jewish education that they deserve! Our Sunday Hebrew School offers lots of hands-on activities and positive reinforcement. Students learn Hebrew language skills, Jewish living and observance, Jewish history, and so much more! We include arts & crafts, field trips, and holiday programming to make their experience even more enjoyable. Your child will have fun as he or she gains an appreciation for the ‘why’s and ‘how’s of Judaism. Currently Distance Learning with Zoom! Our students want to be here!

Please contact our Hebrew School Director, Morah Chaya Eilfort for info at

Omni La Costa Resort Welcomes Chabad at La Costa Guests

We are pleased that our world-famous neighbor, the Omni La Costa Resort, has extended a special program offering all sorts of perks to those who book using the ‘Chabad’ code when booking. The special terms include the lowest room rate available, a reduced resort fee of $15.00 (normally $28.00) and complimentary self-parking (savings of $18.00 per car per day).  The resort’s deposit requirement is waived for Chabad guests as well as the three-day cancellation policy.  Chadad guests may cancel until 6pm on the day of arrival to avoid a charge of one night’s room and tax.

To book your room at the special Chabad rate, call toll-free 800-854-5000 or book online at  Or you can find more information or book through our website: Follow the link for Visitor Information.

More than 500 people use the Chabad code each year ! Many people have expressed gratitude at having such world-class facilities in such close and convenient proximity to our Shul, and the joy at being to stay at the Omni and walk to Chabad for Shabbat services.


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We have been blessed with life! Yet, we know that no one lives forever. This begs the question, “What will  your legacy be?” Most of us have children, and they certainly should figure prominently into our plans. But our children are only a part of what we leave behind. Just as we endeavor to give Tzedakah generously, so as to selflessly make the world a better place while we are alive, so too we need to make sure that we leave a percentage of our estates for the benefit of others. Judaism tells us that it is incumbent upon us to leave the world better than when we found it. We do this by giving Tzedakah.

We can help.

Many people do not prepare appropriately for the inevitable. They do not leave a will, or even if they do it is not consistent with Jewish Law. If one wants his body to be handled with the respect and care mandated by Jewish Law or if one wants the funeral service conducted according to Jewish Law, it must be arranged in advance. Don’t leave these critical details to luck!

Contact Rabbi Eilfort for a private appointment so these important matters can be handled how you want. Send a personal email to to schedule an appointment today. Click here for a Declaration of Intent and more information.


Memorial Plaques & Tree of Life Plaques Available

Our beautiful Memorial Boards have been installed. We specifically designed our custom-built bookcases to ‘frame’ each of the boards. The first Memorial Board was dedicated by the Brunelle Family and the new Board was dedicated by the Alter Family.

We are currently offering Memorial Plaques to those who wish to perpetually honor the memory of a loved one in a most dignified and permanent manner. Those who dedicate Memorial Plaques will also receive yearly reminders of the Yarzeit and the light on the Board will be illuminated each year on the Yarzeit.

We also have a gorgeous Tree of Life dedicated by the Lieberman Family that has been ‘growing’. The purpose of the plaques on the Tree of Life is to commemorate joyous occasions (like Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversaries, special birthdays, weddings etc.).

The donation is only $500 per plaque for the Memorial Board or $180 for the Tree of Life. Those who wish to participate should send an email to, or call Rabbi Eilfort at 760-943-8891.

Shul Etiquette

Those who join us regularly for Shabbat services will agree that we have something very special going. The family-friendly atmosphere is unique and most inviting. We welcome everyone as though he/she is a long time member of the family.

At the same time it is important to remember that we are a synagogue. Our sanctuary is meant to be a place where it is conducive to finding inner peace and tranquility. That is why the Rabbis have many laws concerning the decorum of a shul.

It is appropriate to dress modestly and to dress somewhat formally in shul. Men should wear button down shirts, slacks (no jeans or shorts), with jackets and even ties when possible. Of course the head is to be kept covered at all times. Women should wear skirts that go past the knees and blouses with high neck lines and sleeves that cover the elbows. Married women should wear hats and the like.

Children must be supervised at all times by the parents except during Junior Congregation (11:30am). While we want the children to have a great time together it is also important that they do not become so wild and/or boisterous that they disturb those of us who are participating in the services.

We must remember that we should walk to shul and never park in the parking lot if there already eight cars parked. Finally, and we fully realize this goes against Jewish DNA, it is appropriate to come to shul ON TIME. While we know everyone is vying to be counted as the 10th, we are equally sure Hashem will give extra credit to those who come ON TIME at 10am (not to be confused with 11:30). We look forward to seeing you here!

Cell Phones & Chatting During Services

Needless to say the sanctuary on Shabbat or holidays is a place that must be conducive to reflective prayers and serenity. To help keep it this way, please refrain from engaging in any conversations during services and please do not bring in your cell phone. Thank you for your cooperation.

Critical Maintenance Issue – Your Cooperation Needed

PLEASE NOTE: The ONLY thing that may be flushed is toilet paper – NO EXCEPTIONS. This means tissue, baby wipes, paper towels, or any other product may NEVER be flushed, but instead must be disposed of in the provided trash receptacles.

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