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Shabbat Happenings and Parsha by Brendan

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It’s Shabbat soon!

Shabbat Times:

In: 4.08.

Out: 5.21.

Events and Shiurim:

ELC – 64 Emek Refaim-
8:00 am – “Parsha and Hashkafa for Toldos: How to raise children”
with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain
Followed by Kiddush.
This weeks kiddush is being sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs Berzon on the birth of their granddaughter Avital Chaya, to Nachi and Raya Felman. שתיזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים

3:25 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:10 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Menachem Schonberg

Start the Week with Torah: Join us for ONLY 10 MINUTES after Havdalah for some insights of the Maharal. Sponsored by
Avraham Ellinson in honor of his mother ורדה שמחה בת שמעון ורחל ז”ל
Printable Weekly Schedule

Eretz Chemdah, 2 Bruriya:

Welcome back to Rabbi Daniel Sinclair will give the pre Shacharit shiur and Drasha. 8.00 am – Shiur “Birthright Barter?”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. Torah Reader: Dany Okun. 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.

Toldot – The Clothed Blessing

In this week’s parsha we find that Yitzchak, in his old age and approaching the end of his life, decides that the time has come to bless his oldest son Esav. He summons Esav and directs him to prepare for the blessings. Rivka, knowing the truth about Esav’s unruly behaviour, devises a plan for Yaakov to disguise himself as Esav and receive the blessings Yitzchak had in store for Esav. Yaakov follows Rivka’s instructions and the plan pans out as envisaged.

If Rivka knew the truth about Esav and how he was unfitting to be the recipient of Yitzchak’s blessings, why did she go through the trouble of devising a plan to have Yaakov receive the blessings through the trickery of disguising himself as Esav rather than just tell her husband Yitzchak the truth directly? Surely it would have been simpler to open up Yitzchak’s eyes, so to speak, to the reality of who Esav was?

The Chiddushei HaRim explained that Rivka foresaw an epoch where the children of Yaakov would metaphorically look like Esav. After the thousands of years of exile and torment there would come a time where many Jews will wear the clothing of Esav rather than that of Yaakov. They would be submerged in the culture of Esav.

Had Yaakov received the blessings when approaching his father in his regular appearance, argued Rivka, there was a risk that Yitzchak’s holy blessings would be limited to the children of Yaakov who look and act like Yaakov.

Hence by ensuring Yaakov received the blessings whilst dressed as Esav, Rivka was able to highlight that the blessings were not limited to those who are outwardly like Yaakov but that they apply equally to all Jews no matter their external appearance and what state they may find themselves in!

(L’iluy Nishmat R’ Avrohom Shimon Eisenmann OBM who always looked beyond the clothing and focused on the inner essence of all who had the privilege to be in his presence)


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