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Shabbat Happenings & Rav Alex Israel on the Parsha

It’s Shabbat again, and here are some things on:

Early Shabbat davening at 5.55 or 6 in most shuls.

Earliest candle lighting time: 6:16

Regular times:

Shabbat in: 7.08.

Shabbat out: 8.23.

Things on:

Kiddush at Ohel Aaron after davening which is at 10.15. Click on here for more details

Yakar, Lamed Hey 10, kiddush after davening.

Ramban shul, women’s shiur at 4, Rav Benny Lau at 5.30. Kiddush after davening.

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am- Parsha & Halacha for Matot: A document committing oneself not to speak in shul, to sign or not to sign?” by HaRav Azarya Berzon
8:45 am- Shacharit
10:30 am- Children’s Service in the office with Ronnit Ledder
Followed by Kiddush
6:10 pm- “Pirkei Avot- Insights of Reb Chaim of Volozhin: Torah & Chesed, which comes first? with HaRav Azarya Berzon
7:10 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Hachatan Yissachar Weiss
Daf Ha’Yomi:
Hour before Shabbat out at Katamon Shteiblech in Ivrit and English.
Eretz Chemdah, Bruriya 2:

This week Rabbi Daniel Sinclair will deliver the Pre Shacharit Shiur and Drasha. 8.00 am – Shiur

“From Blood Vengeance to Judicial Execution and the Provocation Plea”

8.45 am – Shacharit  (Sof Zman Kriat Shema – 9.17 am) Drasha followed by Musaf

Kiddush – is being sponsored in honor and celebration of Millie and Arnold Levine’s new home in Yerushalayim and becoming members of Eretz Hemdah by Deena and Nesanel Feller and family.

Bet Knesset Nitzanim, Rechov Asher, Baka:
Rav Shai Finklestein gives shiur every week after mincha, which is at 7.15.
Shir Chadash:
Chopin, Learning programme for shabbat mevarachim after davening which starts at 8.15. Chose of shiurim in Ivrit and English. Excellent programme of learning.
Emek 45, davening at 9.15, kiddush at 11.15.Visiting speaker, Rabbi Elie Weinstock, from KJ in New York.
Rav Alex Israel on the Parsha:

For Matot-Masei and sharing a teaching of Rav Amital z”l on his 7th yahrzeit, here is this week’s parsha discussion:…/Mattot-Massei-Vows—The-Power-…

The concept of a vow, the topic with which our parsha opens, is quite radical. As an ordinary civilian, I can take on a new obligation, or utter a ban for myself, and by combining my commitment with God’s name this vow has real and binding legal force:

“If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath imposing an obligation on himself, he shall not break his pledge; he must carry out all that has crossed his lips.” (Bamidbar 30:2)

Our words have enormous impact. Or maybe more accurately, the power of our intention when coupled with the divine name, create a binding commitment.

But why would a person do this? Why would I want to invoke God’s name in an oath? For what purpose?

I would like to share a teaching of my teacher, Rav Yehudah Amital z”l, whose seventh yahrzeit is today. He suggests that people take vows in a moment of religious weakness, or alternatively religious passion…

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