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|Jehovah’s Witnesses getting new building.|
There is a single wall standing on a large concrete pad at a site on Franklin 48, between Pleasant Ridge and Tharptown.
That will be the case until workers gather at the site on Thursday, June 5.
More than 700 workers are expected to be in the area next week to help build a new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses worship center.
Workers from across Alabama, Georgia and other states will take part in a quick-build by a regional building committee.
“Everyone will know their specific job when they get here and they will do it,” said congregation member Donnie Tharpe. “Nobody takes anything lightly.”
The congregation outgrew their old sanctuary just up the road and sold that building earlier this year.
Site work on the 21-acre tract of land where the new building is being constructed began more than a month ago.
A large parking lot and concrete pad is on place and ready for crews to begin work next week.
“We will have a working kitchen going all day to take care of everyone,” said congregation member Sheila Harvey.
Church members expect to cook between 6,000 and 7,000 meals over the course of four days. Church members are also opening their homes to provide places for the workers to stay.
“This project is financed by voluntary workers,” Harvey said. “Nobody gets a salary, we don’t take up a collection, and it’s all voluntary.”
The church pays for the materials, but volunteers provide all the labor, she said.
The congregation began to see a need for a new facility after a steady growth in Hispanic attendance. The church has two services each Sunday, with one being in Spanish.
“The Spanish service is growing so fast we need a bigger building,” said Ottie Sandusky, a church member who has been volunteering his time to work at the site.
The old church seated about 130 people, whereas the new facility will hold about 200, he said.
Tharpe said many people find it hard to believe that a building constructed in only four days can be well built.
“It’s built as good as one that takes six months to build,” he said. “When 600 or 700 people come together with certain assignments and the same goal in mind, it’s amazing what can be done.”
Jerusalem is the center of Jewish hopes, of Jewish dreams.
Jerusalem is a place to wake up to peace, an inner peace.
 Psalms: 137:6
 Psalms: 137:5
Trying to understand God is like explaining a three-dimensional reality with the help of a flat surface.
I will continue to speak to Him, argue with Him, observe His commandments, knowing that my wisdom is inferior to dust.
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…one who occupies (”osek”) himself with Torah
-Ethics of the Fathers, 6:2
The term most often used by our sages to describe our involvement with Torah is not study, learn, practice, observe or the like, but osek (”occupy oneself”)–a verb usually associated with the act of doing business. Indeed, a life devoted to the study of Torah and implementation of its ideals much resembles a businessman’s occupation with his enterprise.
Consider this attitude: “I know that a crucial need exists for my product, and that my proposition constitutes the best value. I’ll be more than happy to deal with anyone who feels likewise and manages to get a hold of me.”
Sounds like a nice guy, but not much of a businessman.
Concern for one’s fellow man is usually seen as something to be enlisted or, at the very least, appreciated. If someone needs and wants to be helped, lend a hand. Otherwise, what can be done?
But Torah insists that you relate to all your positive endeavors as a business. Your knowledge, your values, your talents–do not line your coffers with them (what businessman keeps his capital in a savings account?) or offer them only to those who seek them from you or at least recognize their worth. Instead, as any self-respecting businessman would, do everything within your power to convince your fellow that he stands to benefit from what you have to offer.
Another area in which business mirrors life is the importance of mobility.
To succeed in business, one must be on the move. Thus, when Moses blessed the Jewish people before his passing, Zebulun, a tribe of merchants, was given seaports in the land of Israel and blessed with the gift of mobility – a property as vital to the merchant of 3,000 years ago as it is to the businessman of today.
Stagnation is anathema to business. Despite the tremendous advances in the communications technologies, the 20th-century businessman still commutes, traveling to a place situated and equipped for business’s specific needs. From the office, he further ventures out to pursue business opportunities wherever they may present themselves.
In philosophy and temperament, the businessman must also be mobile and forward-looking. A person successful in business is a one who has learned to continuously progress and develop, to constantly finding new and innovative ways to optimally apply his talents and resources.
This is why commerce is a solely human endeavor. Of all G-d’s creatures, man alone has been blessed with the capacity for progress. Man alone strives upwards, forever seeking to improve upon his inborn traits, forever seeking to perfect himself and his world.
One who “occupy himself” with Torah, is one who applies this mobility to his moral and spiritual endeavors. To be osek with Torah is to commit oneself to the business of life.
Edited by Shmuel Greennbaum
Printed with Permission of http://www.PartnersInKindness.org
I was sleeping at my mother in law’s house while I was on vacation in Egypt. One night at two o’clock in the morning, I heard a scream and then a member of the family woke me up and told me that my mother-in-law was dead.
I went to her bedroom and found her laying flat on the floor, not breathing, with several panicked family members surrounding her, even my husband was crying because he thought she was dead.
At that moment, I remembered a television show I saw where someone was administrating CPR. I got my strength, and I started doing what I saw. To everybody’s surprise, she started breathing. When the doctor came, he said without what I did she would have died before he arrived.
After that incident, I decided to learn CPR, so I could save peoples’ lives. So far, I have taken two classes for CPR and I have taught it to people in my mosque.
One my former students came to me some time after taking the class and told me that her son had swallowed an object one day. She tried in vain to remove it, until she did what I showed her in my class and she was able to save her son’s life.
I thank G-d for this knowledge that I was able to teach people to save the lives of others.
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