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Parsha ideas and Shabbat Happenings

Shabbat Times: In 4.08, Out at 5.24pm.

Shabbat Happenings:

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim
8:00 am – “Parsha & Hashkafa for Shemot: Moshe Rabeinu, the Sneh and the ‘Master of Prophets'”
with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain
Kiddush this week is sponsored in honor of the Sheva Brachot of
Beto & and Hannah Shiver
שתיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל
and by Shmuel & Shelley Bornstein in honor of
Shmuel’s 10th Aliyah Anniversary!
(The kiddush will be Israeli themed, including pita and falafel – you may like to wash and make it into a Seudat Shabbat)

SHABBAT AFTERNOON
3:15 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:05 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Dr. Ira Michaels

Eretz Chemdah-2 Rechov Bruriya, shiur and drasha with
Rabbi Gedalia Gurfin

Yakar, Lamed Hey, Parsha and Kiddush at 9.30.

Ramban shul. Women’s shiur at 3pm ,Rav Benny Lau at 4.35pm.

Nitzanim shul, Rechov Asher, Rav Shai Finklestein at 4.10.

Shir Chadash:

Emek 43, davening at 9.15, followed by kiddush.

Ohel Nechama, parsha at 8,followed by davening at 8.45.

Daf HaYomi – hour before Shabbat out at Katamon Shteiblech.

Parsha:

From Brendan Stern:

Shemot – Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

The Torah says that the Egyptians made the Jewish people work with “back breaking labour [befarech]” (Shemot 1:14). The Gemara (Sotah 11b) explains that the meaning of the word “befarech” is that the Egyptians would exchange the responsibilities of men and women, giving men’s work to women and women’s work to men, requiring everyone to do work to which they were unaccustomed.

We can understand why women working a man’s job was considered “back breaking” due to the women being unaccustomed to the physically draining nature of the work. But why was it considered “back breaking” for the men to fulfil the women’s role?

(Perhaps we can suggest from here that taking care of the home is harder than being out at work!)

Rav Soloveitchik explained that when a person has the potential to accomplish a certain amount, yet they only accomplish less, then despite their accomplishments it is considered a failure to a certain extent. If one can achieve a huge amount but ultimately only achieves a lesser amount, the ultimate achievement is somewhat stained by the absence and opportunity cost of what could have been.

Unfortunately in our generation we are conditioned to an attitudinal belief that “good enough is good enough”. We are satisfied and suffice with pass marks in our spiritual pursuits. Our souls, however, are hardwired to succeed and success only comes when you live up to your potential! The Torah approach is that “good enough is NOT good enough”!

This, says Rav Soloveitchik, is what was “back breaking” for the men in that they felt unfulfilled and unaccomplished vis-à-vis their capacity to properly utilise their skills. If this is the case in the physical realm, how much more so in the spiritual. Don’t settle for mediocrity and any less than what you can become!

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