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Parsha and Shabbat Hoody Happenings

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It’s Shabbat soon!

Shabbat Times:

In: 4.04.

Out: 5.18.

Events and Shiurim:

ELC – 64 Emek Refaim-

SHABBAT MORNING
KRIYAT SHEMA MUST BE SAID BEFORE 8:46 am
8:00 am – “Tefillat Arvit in Halacha & Hashkafa”
with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain
Followed by Kiddush

SHABBAT AFTERNOON
3:20 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:05 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Dr. Alan Kermaier

Eretz Chemdah, 2 Bruriya:

Welcome back to Rabbi Daniel Sinclair will give the pre Shacharit shiur and Drasha. 8.00 am.8.45 am – Shacharit (Sof Zman Kriat Shema 8.42 am)Drasha before Musaf

Yakar – Lamed Hey. Parsha and Kiddush at 9.30,

Shir Chadash:

Chopin: Shacharit 8:45 AM. Late Minyan 9:30 AM Kid’s Service 10:15 AM Kiddush 11:00 AM

Emek Refaim, 43: Davening at 9.15, Kiddush at 11.

Shteiblech – Top floor at 8.30, followed by kiddush.

Ramban – Women’s shiur at 3, Rav Benny Lau at 4.35

Daf Ha’Yomi – Hour before Shabbat out at the Katamon Shteiblech.

Parsha from Brendan Stern – Vayeitzei: Spiritual Sensitivity

We see at the beginning of the parsha that Hashem appears to Yaakov in a dream, promising him a future as the progenitor of a flourishing Am Yisrael with ownership over the Land of Israel, and that Hashem would be with him and his descendants for all eternity (Bereishit 28:10-17). Seemingly Yaakov hit the jackpot with this dream!

However upon awaking from his sleep Yaakov realises that he must be on holy territory. Rashi (28:16) explains that had Yaakov known where he was and the significance of the location, he would not have slept in such a holy place.

Why would Yaakov say that had he known where he was he would never have gone to sleep there? Hashem has just promised Yaakov and his future descendants the most incredible brachot during this “sleep”! How could Yaakov then turn around and say that had he known where he was he would not have slept there, effectively forgoing these brachot willy-nilly?!

Says the Alter of Slabodka (R’ Nosson Tzvi Finkel), you see from here that even more important than all the brachot – even the greatest brachot directly from Hashem – is to be a mensch, to be sensitive to the place where you find yourself, and even more so to be sensitive of and show respect to people!

How often do we see people double-park and drive recklessly in order to make it to the minyan on time, push people out of the way to be at the front of the line to buy their lulav and etrog etc.?

The message from Yaakov’s actions is the importance of being spiritually sensitive to others – whether place or people – and to be a mensch and treat places and people with the respect they deserve even at the expense of our own spiritual blessings!

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