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Shabbat Hoody Happenings & Parsha from Brendan Stern

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What’s on over Shabbat in the Hoody?

Shabbat Times:

Early Shabbat in most shuls – 5.50pm.

Can’t like candles before 6.02.

Regular Times –

Hadlakat Neyrot: 6.51.

Out at: 8.05.

Things on:

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am- “Parsha and Halacha for Parshat Eikev: When to eat and drink WITHOUT a beracha” by HaRav Azarya Berzon
8:45 am- Shacharit
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Gershon Weissman in loving memory of his mother Miriam bat Shimshon‘s 20th yartzheit
and Daniela, Vera and Jacky Zippel in honor of the 40th yartzheit of their father Avrohom ben Yaakov Meir Zippel
and Joe and Theda Zuckerman in honor of the 35th Yahrtzeit of Joe’s mother, Pearl Zuckerman (Perel Bas Zhev)
6:00 pm- “Pirkei Avos – perek ה
with Rabbi Yehoshua Wechsler
6:50 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Yehuda Hirsch

Shir Chadash:

Chopin, Parsha at 8am, kiddush at 11.15. 9.30 minyan for young professionals is on.

Emek Refaim, Davening at 9.15, kiddush at 11.15.

Ramban, Rechov Amatsia:

Women’s shiur at 4, regular shiur at 5.30.

Nitzanim, Rechov Asher:

Shiur after mincha which is at 7.10.

Bet Hanassi, 24 Ussishkin. Click on here.

Katamon Shteiblech, top floor, Davening at 8.30 followed by kiddush.

Daf Ha’Yomi:

Hour before Shabbat out in Ivrit and English at Katamon Shteiblech.

Parsha from Brendan Stern:

A Personal Relationship

In this weeks parsha we find the mitzvah of Birchat Hamazon. In this first paragraph of Birchat Hamazon we speak about Hashem in the third person, e.g. “the one who provides sustenance”… “He gives food to all flesh…” “He provides nourishment and sustenance for all…” etc. In this second paragraph we speak of Hashem in the second person, e.g. “we thank you…” “you gave us a precious, good and spacious land…” Why is there a switch in the narrative form from third person to second person?

Rav Soloveitchik points out that the first paragraph of Birchat Hamazon was written by Moshe Rabbeinu – who was outside of the Land of Israel. In this paragraph there is no mention of Eretz Yisrael. The second paragraph was written by Yehoshua bin Nun who was the one who conquered the Land of Israel. In this paragraph we thank Hashem for giving us the Land.

Says Rav Soloveitchik, outside of Israel Hashem only relates to the Jewish people indirectly, in third person, so to speak. It is only in the Land of Israel that Hashem relates to us directly and personally – in the second person. As the Torah says in this weeks parsha, the Land of Israel is “the Land that Hashem looks after and keeps His eyes on from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

The Gemara (Avoda Zara 8a) says that Jews who live in chutz la’aretz “worship idolatry in purity”. What does this mean? Based on the above we can suggest that outside of Israel one’s relationship with Hashem is impersonal and the distance is a form of idolatry (albeit “in purity”). It is only in Israel where Hashem Himself “keeps his eyes” that we can truly serve Him as He wants!



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