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Ahavat Yisrael of Wesley Hills Announcements

Bamidbar

Jun 7 – Jun 20

1 Sivan – 14 Sivan

 

Kiddush Shavuot: We are having a dairy kiddush on the 1st day of Shavuot.  We will be having pastas, salads desserts and spirits. We look forward to everyone joining!  If you would like to co-sponsor the event, please contact Michael Chasen.  Contribution is $18 per family email: michaelchasen@verizon.net. Please pay online or drop off a check at shul.  Thank you to all the sponsors.

 

SCHEDULE

 

FRIDAY (6/7)

Mincha: 7:00 PM

Candle lighting not after: 8:08 PM

 

SHABBOS (6/8)

Shacharis : 9:00 AM

Latest time for shma: 9:09 AM

Parsha Shiur: 7:10 PM

Mincha: 7:55 PM

Shabbos Ends/Tehillim: 9:12 PM

Maariv: 9:18 PM

 

SUNDAY (6/9)

Shacharis: 8:00 AM

Rabbi’s Gemara Shiur at shul and zoom: 8:45 AM  https://zoom.us/j/3812539596

Mincha/Maariv: 8:15 PM

 

MONDAY (6/10)

Mincha/Maariv: 8:15 PM

 

TUESDAY EREV SHAVUOS (6/11)

Candle Lighting/Mincha: 8:11 PM

Learning: 11:45 PM shiur “Halachic dilemmas and lessons from the Book of Ruth”

 

WEDNESDAY SHAVUOS 1 (6/12)

Shacharis : 9:00 AM

Latest time for shma: 9:09 AM

Mincha: 8:10 PM

Learning until Maariv

Maariv: 9:14 PM

Candles and preparations for second night not before: 9:14 PM

 

THURSDAY SHAVUOS 2 (6/13)

Shacharis: 9:00 AM

Yizkor

Latest time for shma: 9:09 AM

Mincha: 8:10 PM

Learning until Maariv

Yom Tov ends: 9:14 PM

Maariv: 9:20 PM

 

FRIDAY (6/14)

Mincha: 7:00 PM

Candle lighting not after: 8:12 PM

 

SHABBOS (6/15)

Shacharis : 9:00 AM

Latest time for shma: 9:10 AM

Parsha Shiur: 7:10 PM

Mincha: 7:55 PM

Shabbos Ends/Tehillim: 9:15 PM

Maariv: 9:21 PM

 

SUNDAY (6/16)

Shacharis: 8:00 AM

Rabbi’s Gemara Shiur at shul and zoom: 8:45 AM  https://zoom.us/j/3812539596

Mincha/Maariv: 8:15 PM

 

MONDAY – THURSDAY (6/17-6/20)

Either mincha/maariv 8:15 or Tehillim 850/Maariv 9 TBD

Wednesday: Parsha Previews https://zoom.us/j/3812539596

Timing of Parsha previews on zoom will depend on minyan time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dvar Torah & Thoughts on Bemidbar & Shavuos

Rabbi Asher Bush

The connection between Bemidbar and the upcoming Chag of Shavuos is often noted by the fact that we were given the Torah in the wilderness, not encumbered by our material possessions, responsibilities, and other distractions. It is also noted that the fact that it was given “in the middle of no place” reminds us that the obligation and ability to do the Mitzvos is not limited in place (aside from those Mitzvos that only apply in Israel, the rest apply everywhere).

But there is a further connection not often realized, that doesn’t just connect the location, but the entire Sefer of Bemidbar to our bond to the Torah that was established at Sinai. The Book of Bemidbar is full of challenges, even sins, generally related to the complaints and dissatisfaction of the Jewish people during that time. If we look at these complaints there are causes, fear and anxiety of the unknown, frustration with not having reached Israel in a timely manner, malaise, a limited menu, power struggles, even rebellion against the roles of Moshe and Aharon.

They complained and resisted so many things, but there is one complaint that is never heard, namely, about the Torah and its laws. At no point in the text of the Torah is it ever recorded that they complained about or resented the obligations, not Shabbos, kashrus, or any of the other laws and regulations that now bound their lives. In fact, the only time we do hear a comment regarding the observance of Mitzvos is when the Korban Pesach is brought, and those who could not join in since they had attended a funeral complained that they too wanted to participate; so rather than reject it, they only wanted to do it!

So, if reading through Bemidbar can give us cause to wonder, after all, they experienced so many miracles, yet they complained and even sinned so often, what hope is there for us. The answer is likely a pleasant surprise. They, and we, may fall short when dealing with many of the challenges of life, the real ones and the imagined ones, the critical ones, and the frivolous ones, but at our core the commitment to the Torah is solid. Yes, we may stray, err, and even fail on occasion, but that is not due to a lack of commitment, but to the application of Torah and real life. I can think of no bigger  לימוד זכות/way to accentuate the positive about our life mission. This is something so important as a well meaning sincere person might feel a sense of despair, after all, I just don’t measure up! We are in a far better spiritual place than we may realize. What an important reminder as we approach זמן מתן תורתינו.  

The Sages discussed how to best balance the spiritual and physical on the Chagim. While different approaches are suggested, all agree that on Shavuos it is critical to have both the physical enjoyment (nice meals etc.), as well as the serious spiritual engagement befitting the day on which we received the Torah. Shavuos is about applying the Torah to real life, our lives! It is not so much about creating commitment, but about living the committed life. Living with the Torah in real life is not like learning it in the Beis Midrash, it has a whole different set of challenges, the ones we may plan for and expect, and the ones we did not plan for and could never have expected, the large and the small, the consequential and the frivolous, each of them challenge us, but each of them provide us with the chance for greatness, that greatness being to take that Torah we learn and cherish so much and to make it real, challenges notwithstanding. 

 

Fri, June 21 2024 15 Sivan 5784