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#ShabbatProject: Shabbat Happenings and Parsha

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Yes, it’s the “Shabbat Project” or as some say the “Shabbos Project” this Shabbat throughout the world.

Shabbat Times: In: 5.20, Out: 6.31.

Shabbat Project Events – Shabbat Project Website. Click on here to find out what’s on from the Shabbat Project website.

Events & Shiurim:

Nitzanim Shul, Rav Shai Finklestein, shiur after mincha which is at 5.20.

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am – “Parsha & Hashkafa for Vayeira: Can Hachnasas Orchim be even greater than קבלת פני השכינה?”
with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Gershon and Sheva Weissman in loving memory of Sheva’s mother, Tzirel bat Ben Zion. May her neshama have an aliyah.

5:00 pm – Mincha at ELC
5:30 pm – Seudat Shlishit in honor of the Shabbat Project on the Goat Park Lawn, opposite ELC

Ramban, Rechov Amatsia Women’s shiur at 3.45, Rav Benny Lau at 5.45pm.

Eretz Chemdah, Bruriya 2:

We are delighted to welcome back Rabbi Simcha Krauss who will be giving the pre Shacharit shiur at 8 and Drasha this Shabbat.

Yakar, kiddush and shiur at 9.30.

Shir Chadash:

On Emek – Shacharit at 915 and then kiddush.

By Ohel Nechama – shiur at 8, then Shacharit at 8.45, followed by kiddush.

Parsha from Brendan Stern: Don’t Look Back

An angel instructs Lot and his family to flee from Sedom without looking back in order to be spared from its destruction (Bereishit 19:17). Somewhere along the way Lot’s wife looks behind her and turns into a pillar of salt.

Two questions stand to be asked:

1. What would be so wrong in looking back? Surely one could learn a valuable lesson from seeing the destruction that befalls such a negative society as Sedom?

2. Why did Lot’s wife specifically turn into a pillar of salt?

Rabbi Norman Lamm proposes that it wasn’t so much a “measure for measure” punishment for being stingy with the salt (see Rashi 19:26), but more due to her being a ‘reactionary’. The culture in Sedom was one of refusal to perform acts of kindness to others. Lot’s wife’s problem was in her insistence to follow the cultural norms blindly, without an open and keen eye towards societal development and progress.

This is why she was punished for “turning around”, for being too obsessed with looking ‘backwards’ – with following the status quo and customs of the time.

She was therefore specifically punishment with salt, not only due to her refusal to lend salt, but rather for what it represents. Salt helps preserve food and adds to the taste, but only in small amounts; too much salt and the food spoils (see Berachot 34a).

What the Torah is portraying is that one should never be too fixated with what has been up until now. You can’t change the past and clinging to that which was can be a hindrance to creating that which could and ought to be. We must rather constantly maintain an alert eye towards the future.

Sprinkle that salt but don’t let is spoil the individual that you – and only you – can become!




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