Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Mikeitz 5778

Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Mikeitz 5778

You can sponsor an issue of the Ahavas Shalom Newsletter—Contact Lev Seltzer for details

Reminders:

    • Mincha Erev Shabbos at 12:30, 16:23
  • EXTRA MINCHA erev Shabbos at 13:30
  • Shabbos Shiurim:
    • The Rav’s shiur on Beis Elokim written by the Mabit takes place this and every Shabbos at about 07:50
    • The Rav’s shiur on Pele Yoetz has resumed, and will take place in the new room 15 minutes before the last Shabbos Mincha (15:40 this week). It is open to men and women.
  • Oneg Shabbos With Rav Zacharish שליט”א Friday Night 16-Dec-17
    Parshas Mikeitz · Shabbos Chanukah. Men and women are invited to join the Rav and Rebbetzin for sufganios, drinks, and zemiros in a relaxed atmosphere. From 20.15 until 21:45 at The Katz Family home, Nachal Ayalon 9, Apt 6
  • The Rav’s shiurim on Sunday and Tuesday (last night of Chanukah) continue this week as normal.Several changes in davening for Chanukah continue this week. See schedule below ioror in newsletter.
  • Chanukah Bakeoff on Tuesday 19-Dec 19:00-20:30 in the new room. For Women and daughters (sons until age 7).
    • LOOKING FOR TEENAGE GIRLS to VOLUNTEER for this event. Please call Shuli Harris 0583295812 if you can volunteer.
  • Chanukah Shiur for Women, Given by Rebbitzen Esther Teichtal. Monday December 18, 20:00-21:00 in the Ahavas Shalom New Room.
  • Annual Melaveh Malkah is January 6th honoring Yisroel and Shuli Harris. Journal ad forms are on the bima.
  • American Friends of Ahavas Shalom Inc. (a 501c3 Corporation in New York State) is now up and running. Donations are deductible as per the USA Tax Law. See www.ahavasshalom.com for details about donations.
  • Contact Aryeh Beer to pay your membership dues or make a donation to the Kehilla. The Kehilla is now recognized under Section 46 of the Israeli Tax Code, so all donations are tax deductible!

Good Shabbos!

Shabbos Schedule Parshas Mikeitz

לוח שבת פרשת מקץ

Erev Shabbos   ערב שבת
Mincha 1 12:30 מנחה א׳
Mincha 2 13:30 מנחה ב׳
Candle Lighting 16:01/16:21 הדלקת נרות
Mincha 3 16:23 מנחה ג׳
Shekiyah 16:41 שקיעה
Shabbos Day יום השבת
Brachos 8:00 ברכות
Shochein Ad 8:30 שוכן עד
Latest Shema – M. A. 8:16 סוף זמן ק”ש למג”א
Latest Shema – G’ra 9:04 סוף זמן ק”ש לגר”א
Mincha 1 13:00 מנחה א׳
Pele Yoetz 15:40 פלא יועץ
Mincha 3 15:55 מנחה ג׳
Shekiyah 16:41 שקיעה
Ma’ariv 1 17:18 מעריב א׳
Ma’ariv 2 Cancelled מעריב ב׳

 

זמנים לימי חול עד שבת פרשת ויגש יום (Sun)א׳ (Mon)ב׳ (Tue)ג׳ (Wed)ד׳ (Thu)ה׳ (Fri)ו׳ Weekday times until Shabbos Parshas Vayigash
שחרית 6:12, 7:15, 8:05 6:13, 7:15, 8:05 6:13, 7:15, 8:05 6:14, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:15
מנחה 12:45, 15:15, 16:21 12:45, 15:15, 16:22 12:45, 15:15, 16:22 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:30, 16:26
מעריב 17:02, 19:00, 21:00 17:02, 19:00, 21:00 17:02, 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00  

 

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Find the Light

The question has been asked by many commentators “Why do we not find discussions in the Mishna about the mitzvah of neiros Chanukah?” It is only mentioned in passing regarding the liability of a storekeeper who kept a fire lit outside his store, which subsequently ignited the load of a passerby. The halacha tells us that if it was lit for the mitzvah of Chanukah, the storekeeper would be exempt because he was permitted to keep that type of fire outside his store. To me it seems strange for this to be the place to mention Chanukah, even in passing (even if the halacha may be true). There must be some lesson that Chazal are trying to teach us by mentioning Chanukah specifically in this regard.

The Avodas Yisroel discusses our question of why Chanukah is not mentioned in the Mishna. He compares and contrasts it with Purim: Though there is an entire Mesechta called “Megillah”, much of this mesechta has nothing to do with Purim. The mishnayos of “Megillah” only discuss the reading of the megillah and not the other mitzvos of Purim such as mishloach manos and metanyos le’evyonim. He answers our question by explaining that these two Yomim Tovim d’Rabbonan correspond to auxiliary aspects of Yiddishkeit. Therefore they would not necessarily be part of the classical “Torah sheb’aal peh.” However, reading the megillah is different because there is an aspect of limud hatorah in performing this mitzvah d’rabbonon, upgrading it to a part of torah sheb’aal peh.”

I would like to give some interpretation to this by explaining the idea of mishteh v’simcha, which the Shulachan Aruch deems as optional on Chanukah. The Shulchan Aruch goes on to tell us how one can turn a meal into a seudas mitzvah. On other holidays the meals themselves are part of the celebration of the day and feature very prominently in the observance of the holidays. Why on Chanukah are the meals lowered in their importance, and in fact are almost superfluous?

As Jews struggle during their 2000 year galus, it is not against the gentiles that we fight. Rather, it is against ourselves. We struggle to bring holiness and purity into all our actions no matter how mundane they are. Possibly the symbolism of the storekeeper with his Chanukah lights outside his store symbolizes that when a person goes to work he also must remember that he is working in the service of Hashem. If it were to be a direct commandment to go to work, we would not have the opportunity to upgrade this mundane action into a mitzvah – it would already be a mitzvah! Thus, during Chanukah in particular, the mitzvah is only alluded to in the Mishna and we have to struggle, via the Gemora, to bring it to the forefront of our lives.

I can only guess that many of the Hellenists actually performed the cultural mitzvas of the Jews—not as something holy but as something that was warming to the heart. They then passed down these “wonderful traditions” from generation to generationt. That is not our job – to take the holy and make it mundane. We must do the reverse and upgrade the mundane to holy. Even when the Shulchan Aruch discusses the lighting of the Chanukah candles, it does not begin with the standard (and mundane) way to light one candle for one home, but instead begins at the highest level – mehadrin min hamehadrin—making the holy even better. Out of all our holidays, possibly Chanukah has the must cultural symbolism to it. Our job is to bring out the hidden light.

 

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להוציא את האור הגנוז

יש שאלה שנשאלת על ידי מפרשים רבים, “מדוע אנו לא מוצאים את מצוות הדלקת נרות חנוכה במשנה?” רק במקום אחד בענין נזיקין, כאשר אש שנדלקת מחוץ לחנות שרפה את מטענו של עובר אורח. המשנה אומרת שאם האש הגיעה מנר חנוכה, בעל החנות פטור מלשלם על הנזק, כי מותר לו להדליק נרות חנוכה מחוץ לחנותו. לי זה נראה מוזר שזה המקום היחיד המזכיר את חנוכה, “אגב אורחא” (גם אם ההלכה אולי נכונה). צריך להיות איזה לקח שחז”ל רוצים ללמד אותנו על ידי הזכרת חנוכה במיוחד בעניין זה.

מחבר ספר עבודת ישראל דן בשאלה שלנו מדוע חנוכה לא מוזכר במשנה. הוא מציין כי לגבי פורים, אם כי יש מסכתא שלמה בשם “מגילה”, ברוב המסכתא אין שום קשר לפורים, והמשניות הקשורות רק דנות על קריאת המגילה ולא על שאר מצוות פורים, כגון משלוח מנות ו”מתנות לאביונים”. הוא עונה על השאלה שלנו ומסביר לנו כי שני חגים האלו, הם ימים טובים מדרבנן, אשר תואמים את ההיבטים של יידישקייט, ולא בהכרח שהם חלק מ”התורה שבעל פה” הקלאסי, (אם כי מצוות קריאת מגילה היא קצת שונה כי יש צד של לימוד התורה במצווה דרבנן זו).

ברצוני לתת הסבר אחר לענין הרעיון של משתה ושמחה בחנוכה. בשולחן ערוך נחשבת סעודת חנוכה כרשות, והשולחן ערוך ממשיך להסביר לנו איך אפשר להפוך את המשתה לסעודת מצווה. בחגים האחרים, הסעודות עצמן הן חלק בסיסי מחגיגת היום טוב, והן מאוד חשובות לענין שמירת החגים כראוי. אם כן, למה בחנוכה הסעודות פחות חשובות, ולמעשה הן כמעט מיותרות.

המאבק שהיהודים נאבקים איתו במהלך אלפיים שנות הגלות, הוא לא נגד הגויים שאנחנו נלחמים. אלא, זהו מאבק פנימי, אנו נאבקים להכניס קדושה וטהרה בכל מעשינו, לא משנה כמה חולין הם. אולי, הרעיון של המשנה המדבר על החנווני עם נרות החנוכה שלו מחוץ לחנותו, מסמל כי אפילו כאשר יהודי הולך לעסקים שלו, הוא צריך לזכור כי גם במצב הזה הוא עבד ה’. אם להיות מועסקים היה מצווה, לא היתה לנו הזדמנות לשדרג את פעולת החול למצווה – זו כבר היתה מצווה! לכן, בחנוכה במיוחד, המצווה רק נרמזת במשנה ואנחנו צריכים לעמול, באמצעות הגמרא, להביא אותה למקום משמעותי בחיינו.

אני מתאר לעצמי שרבים מן ההלניסטים אכן ביצעו את המצוות התרבותיות של היהודים. אבל לא כמעשה קדוש, אלא כדבר שמחמם את הלב – מסורה נהדרת שהועברה מדור לדור. אבל זה לא התפקיד שלנו בקיום המצוות – לקחת את הקודש ולהפוך אותו לחול, אלא אנחנו חייבים לעשות את ההפך ולשדרג את החול לקודש. גם כאשר השולחן ערוך מדבר על נרות החנוכה, הוא לא מתחיל מהרמה הפשוטה המינימלית שזה להדליק נר אחד לבית אחד, אלא מתחיל ברמה הגבוהה ביותר – מהדרין מן מהדרין. מתוך כל החגים שלנו, אולי לחנוכה יש את הסימבוליות התרבותית היותר מכולם. התפקיד שלנו הוא להוציא את האור הגנוז שבתוכו.

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Oneg Shabbos with the Rav

Oneg Shabbos

With Rav Zacharish שליט”א

Friday Night 16-Dec-17
Parshas Mikeitz – Shabbos Chanukah

Men and women are invited to join the Rav and Rebbetzin for sufganios, drinks, and zemiros in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Time: from 20.15 until 21:45
  • Location: The Katz Family home, Nachal Ayalon 9, Apt 6
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Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Vayeishev 5778

Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Vayeishev 5778

You can sponsor an issue of the Ahavas Shalom Newsletter—Contact Lev Seltzer for details

Reminders:

    • Mincha Erev Shabbos at 12:30, 16:21
    • Bet Zvi Shabbaton! Three drashos/shiurim from Rabbis at our own Kollel Bet Zvi
      • Friday night drasha from Rabbi Moshe Dovid Cohen
      • Shabbos Day drasha from Rabbi Yosef Richards
      • Shabbos afternoon shiur (15:30) from Rabbi Akiva Teichtal. Refreshments will be served. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, Rabbi Teichtal’s shiur is open only to adults.
      • All Shiurim/Drashos are in English and open to men and women.
    • The Rav’s shiurim on Sunday and Tuesday (first night of Chanukah) continue this week as normal.
    • Chanukah schedule starts on Tuesday night.
      • First Shacharis at 06:10
      • Extra Mincha at 20 minutes to sunset
      • Extra Maariv at 20 minutes after sunset
  • Annual Melaveh Malkah is January 6th honoring Yisroel and Shuli Harris. Journal ad forms are on the bima.
  • American Friends of Ahavas Shalom Inc. (a 501c3 Corporation in New York State) is now up and running. Donations are deductible as per the USA Tax Law. See www.ahavasshalom.com for details about donations.
  • Contact Aryeh Beer to pay your membership dues or make a donation to the Kehilla. The Kehilla is now recognized under Section 46 of the Israeli Tax Code, so all donations are tax deductible!

Good Shabbos!

Shabbos Schedule Parshas Vayeishev

לוח שבת פרשת וישב

Erev Shabbos   ערב שבת
Mincha 1 12:30 מנחה א׳
Candle Lighting 15:59/16:19 הדלקת נרות
Mincha 2 16:21 מנחה ב׳
Shekiyah 16:39 שקיעה
Shabbos Day יום השבת
Brachos 8:00 ברכות
Shochein Ad 8:30 שוכן עד
Latest Shema – M. A. 8:13 סוף זמן ק”ש למג”א
Latest Shema – G’ra 9:00 סוף זמן ק”ש לגר”א
Mincha 1 13:00 מנחה א׳
Bet Zvi Shiur 15:30 בית צבי
Mincha 3 15:55 מנחה ג׳
Shekiyah 16:39 שקיעה
Ma’ariv 1 17:16 מעריב א׳
Ma’ariv 2 17:39 מעריב ב׳

 

זמנים לימי חול עד שבת פרשת מקץ יום  (Sun)א׳  (Mon)ב׳  (Tue)ג׳  (Wed)ד׳  (Thu)ה׳  (Fri)ו׳ Weekday times until Shabbos Parshas Mikeitz
שחרית 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:10, 7:15, 8:05 6:10, 7:15, 8:05 6:11, 7:15, 8:15
מנחה 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15, 16:20 12:45, 15:15, 16:20 12:45, 15:15, 16:20 12:30, 13:30, 16:23
מעריב 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00 17:00, 19:00, 21:00 17:01, 19:00, 21:00 17:01, 19:00, 21:00  

 

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Vaad Meeting – Date: 3-Dec-2017 4 Kislev 5778

Date: 3-Dec-2017    4 Kislev 5778
Location: Ahavas Shalom
Attending:  Lev Seltzer, Aryeh Beer, Yonah Kaufman, Brad Rubenstein, Hananiah Lasker, Yosef Richards, Micha Kushner
Guest: Naftali Kaplan
Absent: None
Summary by Micha Kushner

Vaad Elections

  • Ten people ran for the Vaad.
  • There were 46 votes. This was the highest attendance for an election in the Shul in the past ten years.
  • Voting committee: Kevin Unger, Yosef Malamud, Peretz Dissen
  • New Vaad: Lev Seltzer, Aryeh Beer, Yonah Kaufman, Brad Rubenstein, Hananiah Lasker, Yosef Richards, Micha Kushner

Vaad Positions

  • Each Vaad member will have a specifically defined responsibility: Amuta, Membership, Building, Public Relations, etc.
  • The Vaad decided that Lev Seltzer will be Rosh Vaad (RV).
  • The Vaad decided that there will be an Assistant Rosh Vaad (ARV).
  • The Vaad decided that Yosef Richards will be ARV.
  • These will be the Vaad members’ responsibilities:
Vaad Member Responsibility
Lev Seltzer Chairman, Shul Bulletin
Rabbi Yosef Richards Vice Chairman, Public Relations
Aryeh Beer Treasurer
Micha Kushner Secretary, Avos Ubanim, Amuta issues
Yonah Kaufman Municipal issues, Learning programs
Hananiah Lasker House Maintenance
Brad Rubenstein Social Activities and Membership

 

  • Each person is responsible for advancing his area of responsibility (including with other non-Vaad people as needed or desired) and keeping the Vaad informed.

Melave Malka

  • Several specific suggestions were made to enhance the ambience of the Melava Malka. The Vaad accepted these suggestions.
  • There will be a Split the Pot raffle.
  • There will be a special couple price of 160NIS.
  • There will be some type of gift for women.
  • The Vaad decided on the caterer and type of meal and hopefully will finalize this week.

 

Secretarial Services

  • It was proposed to pay for secretarial services.
  • The secretary will:
    • Remind members about overdue payments or commitments (e.g. Aliyot)
    • Send thank you letters for donations
    • Call members about various issues (e.g. the Melave Malka)
  • The Vaad approved moving ahead for a trial period. Brad Rubenstein will manage.
  • Because there is no “office” in the Shul, the secretary will work from home.

Events

  • Friday night Oneg Shabboses will be starting.
  • There will be several events for women in the next few weeks (Chanukah time). Rabbi Richards will organize an evening for women to express their opinions and ideas about activities in the Shul.
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If it Doesn’t Work it Could be Groundwork

The Medrash (Medrash Raba 85:1) tells us about Hashem’s reaction to some of the thoughts of our leaders. In this parsha, the Shevatim were thinking about the sale of Yosef (that they did the wrong thing); Yosef was doing teshuva; Reuven was involved with teshuva; Yehuda was involved in finding a wife for himself; and Hashem was involved in creating the light of Mashiach. The Medrash concludes that Hashem’s actions were an outgrowth of Yehuda’s endeavor.

This Medrash is definitely puzzling, as it seems to say that Yehuda was praised for his thoughts – even though he was busy thinking about himself and not doing any introspection; whereas the others were in the wrong place with their thoughts.

It is explained that many times people find themselves in situations in which they are lost. At that point, many times, people fall into despair and are frozen into inaction. Others get so involved with perfecting themselves that they can end up becoming self-centered. This idea that “everything is lost for me” could actually do the opposite and become a catalyst for great things. The Shem M’Shmuel gives an example of this: The tzaddikim who preceded Avraham Avinu were trying to perfect themselves, whereas Avraham was concerned with forming a nation of people dedicated to the service of Hashem. When it seems impossible to succeed, in a sense, it sets the stage for us to lay the groundwork for future successes.

I once heard from my Rosh Yeshiva in America that if one looks at Tehillim he will find that every single human emotion is addressed and directed to the service of Hashem, from the thrill of triumph to the fear of being pursued. When The Jewish people find themselves in various situations, they cradle the Tehillim in their hands and are able to connect to Hashem because of the groundwork that Dovid Hamelech established. The atmosphere of feeling useless and dejected is what caused the shevatim to be paralyzed, while it was the same atmosphere that caused Yehuda
to kindle the fire of the next generation. Yehuda realized that adversity was not a cause to stop his life’s mission to build Klal Yisrael.

As Chanukah approaches and we marvel at the courage of the Maccabees, we wonder to ourselves “From where did those few grab the impetus to fight so many?” I would like to suggest a new twist for an answer: They were aware that even if they did not succeed, they would at least be laying the groundwork for the success of future generations, by showing what is worth fighting for. The miracle that happened was that they themselves were also successful.

Many times in our own lives we find ourselves paralyzed with uncertainties and dejection, feeling forlorn and lost. It is part of our national character that at those trying times in particular, we grab the Tehillim of Dovid Hamelech and latch on to words of hope and prayer, if not for ourselves, then for others. We do this not only as a solace, but to catapult us towards future success.

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כשאין סיכוי אז יש סיכוי

המדרש (מדרש רבא פח:א) מספר לנו על התגובות של ה’ על חלק מהמחשבות של המנהיגים שלנו. בפרשה זו,  השבטים חשבו על מכירת יוסף (שהתחרטו על מה שעשו), יוסף היה עושה תשובה, ראובן היה עסוק בתשובה, ויהודה היה עסוק במציאת אשה לעצמו, וה’ היה עסוק בבריאת אורו של משיח. המדרש מסכם כי מעשיו של ה’ היו כתוצאה של המאמץ של יהודה.

המדרש הזה הוא בהחלט תמוה, שכן נראה ממנו שיהודה קיבל שבחים על מחשבותיו – למרות שהוא היה עסוק במחשבות על עצמו ולא בשום התבוננות פנימית או רוחנית, בעוד שהאחרים שהיו עסוקים בתשובה כנראה לא היו במקום הנכון עם המחשבות שלהם.

כדי להסביר הענין, נניח שיש תקופות שאנשים מוצאים את עצמם במצבים בהם הם אבודים. בשלבים האלו, פעמים רבות, אנשים נופלים ליאוש והם קפואים בתוך חוסר המעש. אחרים, כל כך עסוקים לשפר את עצמם, עד כי הם יכולים בסופו של דבר להיות אנוכיים. אבל המחשבה ש”הכול אבוד בשבילי” אכן יכולה להשיג את הופכה ולזרז לדברים גדולים. השם משמואל נותן דוגמה לכך: הצדיקים בדורות שקדמו לאברהם אבינו ניסו לשפר את עצמם ולא הועילו כל כך, ואילו אברהם שהיה דואג לקרב אנשים לעבודת ה’ הצליח להקים עם. למרות שנראה לנו שאי אפשר להצליח, במובן מסוים, זה מכין אותנו על ידי הנחת היסודות להצלחות עתידיות.

שמעתי פעם מראש הישיבה שלי באמריקה, שאם קוראים בתהילים מוצאים כי דוד המלך כיוון כל רגש אנושי לעבודת ה ‘, מההתרגשות של ניצחון עד הפחד של רדיפה. כאשר בני ישראל מוצאים את עצמם במצבים שונים, הם מחזיקים תהילים בידיהם והם מסוגלים להתחבר עם ה’, רק בגלל ההכנות שדוד המלך עשה. האווירה של הרגשת חוסר תועלת ודכדוך, היא שגרמה לשבטים להיות משותקים, אבל זו היתה אותה אווירה שגרמה ליהודה להדליק את האש של הדור הבא. יהודה הבין כי מצב של מצוקה אינו סיבה לעצור את המשימה של חייו, לבנות את כלל ישראל.

כאשר חנוכה מתקרב ואנו מתפעלים מאומץ המכבים, אנו שואלים את עצמנו “מאיפה המעטים קיבלו את האומץ להילחם ברבים?” אני רוצה להציע רעיון חדש כתשובה: הם הבינו שגם אם הם לא יצליחו, לפחות הם היו מכינים הצלחת הדורות הבאים, על ידי הוכחתם לנו עבור מה ראוי להילחם. הנס היה שהם בעצמם הצליחו.

לעתים קרובות, בחיים שלנו, אנו מוצאים את עצמנו משותקים עם אי ודאות ודכדוך, מרגישים אבודים וגלמודים. זה חלק מהאופי הלאומי שלנו, שבאותם זמנים הקשים במיוחד אנחנו לוקחים את ספר תהילים של דוד המלך וקוראים בדברי תקווה ותפילה, אם לא לעצמנו, אז לאחרים. אנו עושים זאת לא רק כנחמה, אלא כדי לשגר אותנו לקראת הצלחות עתידיות.

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Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Vayishlach 5778

Shabbos Newsletter Parshas Vayishlach 5778

You can sponsor an issue of the Ahavas Shalom Newsletter—Contact Lev Seltzer for details

Reminders:

    • Mincha Erev Shabbos at 12:30, 16:19
    • Shabbos Shiurim:
      • The Rav’s shiur on Beis Elokim written by the Mabit takes place this and every Shabbos at about 07:50
      • The Rav’s shiur on Pele Yoetz has resumed, and will take place in the new room 15 minutes before the last Shabbos Mincha (15:40 this week). It is open to men and women.
  • The Rav’s shiurim on Sunday and Tuesday continue this week as normal.
  • Elections are Motza’ei Shabbos starting at 20:00. See the attached document for more about each candidate. Members can vote for up to 7 of the following candidates:
    • Bentzi Back
    • Aryeh Beer
    • Donniel Karl
    • Yonah Kaufman
    • Micha Kushner
    • Hananiah Lasker
    • Alan Lindsey
    • Yosef Richards
    • Bradley Rubenstein
    • Lev Seltzer
  • Annual Melaveh Malkah is January 6th honoring Yisroel and Shuli Harris. Journal ad forms are on the bima.
  • American Friends of Ahavas Shalom Inc. (a 501c3 Corporation in New York State) is now up and running. Donations are deductible as per the USA Tax Law. See www.ahavasshalom.com for details about donations.
  • Contact Aryeh Beer to pay your membership dues or make a donation to the Kehilla. The Kehilla is now recognized under Section 46 of the Israeli Tax Code, so all donations are tax deductible!

Good Shabbos!

 

Shabbos Schedule Parshas Vayishlach

לוח שבת פרשת וישלח

Erev Shabbos   ערב שבת
Mincha 1 12:30 מנחה א׳
Candle Lighting 15:59/16:19 הדלקת נרות
Mincha 2 16:21 מנחה ב׳
Shekiyah 16:39 שקיעה
Shabbos Day יום השבת
Brachos 8:00 ברכות
Shochein Ad 8:30 שוכן עד
Latest Shema – M. A. 8:09 סוף זמן ק”ש למג”א
Latest Shema – G’ra 8:56 סוף זמן ק”ש לגר”א
Mincha 1 13:00 מנחה א׳
Pele Yoetz 15:40 פלא יועץ
Mincha 3 15:55 מנחה ג׳
Shekiyah 16:39 שקיעה
Ma’ariv 1 17:16 מעריב א׳
Ma’ariv 2 17:39 מעריב ב׳

 

 

זמנים לימי חול עד שבת פרשת וישב יום (Sun)א׳ (Mon)ב׳ (Tue)ג׳ (Wed)ד׳ (Thu)ה׳ (Fri)ו׳ Weekday times until Shabbos Parshas Vayeishev
שחרית 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:05 6:20, 7:15, 8:15
מנחה 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:45, 15:15 12:30, 16:21
מעריב 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00 19:00, 21:00  

 

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What comes after Success?

…and he encamped before the city. (Bereishis 33:18)

The Medrash tells us that Yaakov came to the city at twilight, and he made boundaries (“techumim”) for Shabbos.

What is the idea that Chazal are teaching us through Yaakov’s actions? If he had reason to travel outside the normal boundaries, what is its relevance to us?

Yaakov Avinu understood that he had a job cut out for himself in his avodas Hashem, and in order to be successful he needed to have coordinates from which to navigate. We would understand this idea in a person who finds himself in a world void of Torah and kedusha. However, why would there be a need for such boundaries in Eretz Yisrael (a location infused with kedusha) on Shabbos Kodesh (a day that is totally spiritual)? Shouldn’t all actions naturally fall into their proper place.

Yaakov Avinu is teaching us, through example, that this is not true. Even within the confines of everything spiritual, one needs to have structure in order to succeed.

Once I heard a speaker relate that while visiting the U.S. he saw someone who had a t-shirt imprinted with the words “The person that dies with the most toys wins!” His comment was “Wins what?”. Just to have these possessions and not to utilize them obviously would be futile.

We too find ourselves here in Eretz Yisrael in a community that supports and offers us growth in Torah and Mitzvahs. We therefore sometimes may make the mistake and assume that that growth will happen automatically (we will win). Yaakov Avinu is teaching us that this is not so. Our boundaries must be set and reset on an ongoing basis. Erev Shabbos is traditionally known as a time for cheshbon hanefesh (introspection). Rav Elya Lapian was known to have taken out a notebook on every erev Shabbos and to have reviewed his activities of the past week to ascertain where he was holding. This enabled him to always move forward, which is especially important on Shabbos. I think that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are far enough behind us that it is time for us too to make a general re-evaluation: Are we on the track and in the place that we set for ourselves on the yomim nora’im.

Yaakov Avinu just finished besting his adversaries, Lavan and Esav, and was successful in returning to Eretz Yisrael. He is teaching us that after success we must reset our goals, in order to move on to the next level. Not only does success demand of us the next success, but we must also choose carefully where to go, taking into consideration where we are right now.

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