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How do we commemorate Tisha B’Av in 5777 – update re service information

How do we commemorate Tisha B’Av in 5777? - updated version to include new service times and information about joint, (Masorti Alliance,) services  Rabbi Mijael Even David The three weeks, “Bein Hametzarim” (17th Tammuz to 9th of Av, 11th of July to 1st of August) “Bein Hametzarim” is the period of three weeks between the [...]

By | 2017-07-27T13:58:15+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Daf Hashavua for Pinchas. 15th July 2017

God bestows on Pinchas an eternal covenant of peace as a reward for his zeal on God’s behalf. The Israelite who was killed, Zimri, was the son of a chieftain from the tribe of Shimon. The woman was Cozbi, the daughter of a chieftain of the Midianites. God commands Moses and the Israelites to attack [...]

By | 2017-10-21T21:07:52+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Shabbat Balak 5777

Balak, the king of Moab, seeks to hire Balaam, a wizard of great fame, to curse the Israelites so he can defeat them in battle. When the elders offer this invitation to Balaam, he tells them to wait so he can inquire God about the whole business. God tells him not to go with the [...]

By | 2017-07-07T07:44:21+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

How do we commemorate Tisha B’Av in 5777?

Rabbi Mijael Even David The three weeks, “Bein Hametzarim” (17th Tammuz to 9th of Av, 11th of July to 1st of August) “Bein Hametzarim” is the period of three weeks between the fasts of 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av, a period of national mourning about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, [...]

By | 2017-07-07T07:40:17+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Shabbat Korach 5777

The theme uniting Parashat Korach is the question “Who is allowed to approach the altar and perform sacrifices there?” Beginning with the rebellion of Korach against Aaron’s priesthood, the Parashah establishes that only kohanim descended from Aaron may offer the sacrifices, but that when they do, other Israelites may safely participate in the worship. The [...]

By | 2017-11-29T17:58:34+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Shabbat Shelach Lecha 5777

One of the most significant sins committed by the generation in the wilderness involves the spies sent to scout out Canaan. God commands Moses to send spies, one from each of the tribes, and to report back on the land and the people there. The spies find grapes so large that a single cluster requires [...]

By | 2017-06-16T00:05:31+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Shabbat Behalotcha 5777

Once God speaks to Moses from the Holy of Holies, Moses receives the final instructions about the menorah and its operation. The Parashah then discusses the purification of the Levites, who are charged with building and dismantling the Tabernacle, but must be in a state of tohorah (purity) to do so. Those Levites older than [...]

By | 2017-10-21T21:07:52+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Parashat Behar

Parashat Behar begins with an entire chapter dealing with use and ownership of land, the rights and obligations of landowners, and the process of selling and mortgaging real state. It also contains laws both about indebtedness and becoming an indentured servant as a way of repaying debts through work. Behar also establishes the remarkable practice [...]

By | 2017-10-21T21:07:52+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Parashat Tazria Metzora

These two parashiyot detail the issues of tumah (ritual impurity) and tohorah (ritual purity). A woman who bears a son is tamei for seven days, and fourteen days for a daughter. The boy is to be ritually circumcised on the eighth day. There is a subsequent period of tumah for either boy or girl, and [...]

By | 2017-10-21T21:07:52+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments


This Parashah picks up where Trumah leaves off. Having concluded the instructions for building the Tabernacle, Tetzaveh begins with commands about providing fuel for illumination; in this case, olive oil. Aaron and his sons are to set up these lamps in the Ohel Moed, the Tent of Meeting, where they will burn from evening to [...]

By | 2017-10-21T21:07:52+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments