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Shabbat Times, Happenings and Parsha

Shabbat times: In at 4.12pm , Out at 5.28pm.


Nitzanim – shiur with Rav Shai after mincha at 4.10.

Ramban – Women’s shiur 3, men’s shiur – 4.40.

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am – “Parsha & Hashkafa for Va’era: G-d’s Names, His Essence, now and after Mashiach arrives'”
with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Jeremy & RD Rubin in honor of
Yoni & Ari’s 9th Birthday!

3:15 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:15 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Rabbi Adam Winston

5:29 pm

Start the Week with Torah: Join us for ONLY 10 MINUTES after Havdalah for some insights of the Maharal.

Yakar – parsha and kiddush at 9.30.

Eretz Chemdah – 2 Bruriya, Rabbi Prof Daniel Sinclair giving 8am Parsha and then drasha before Musaf.

Daf Ha’Yomi – Hour before Shabbat out at the Katamon Shteiblech in Ivrit and English.

Parsha from Brendan Stern: Vaeira – Freedom From the Slave Mentality

At the commencement of this week’s Parsha, Hashem renews His promise to redeem the Jewish people from Egyptian bondage. Twice during these expressions of redemption, the term “sivlot Mitzrayim” appears (Shemot 6:6-7). The classic translation of this term is “the suffering of Egypt”, based on the word “sevel” meaning suffering.

However, the Chiddushei HaRim offers a novel interpretation.

“The first [stage of] redemption is despising the exile, and as long as the exile is tolerated, it is impossible for the redemption to come… ‘I will extract from you the desire to tolerate Egypt and I will make the exile abhorrent in your eyes, to the extent that you will no longer be able to tolerate it'” (Chiddushei HaRim on the Torah).

The Hebrew word “sevel” means both “suffering” and “tolerance” (as in the Modern Hebrew word “savlanut”). According to the Chiddushei HaRim, Hashem’s first promise of redemption was not to take us out from “the suffering of Egypt”, but to take us out from “the tolerance of Egypt”. The Jewish people had become so accustomed to their slavery and inferior lifestyle that their exile mentality and over-tolerance of Egypt became a barrier to their redemption. Beyond taking the Jews out of Egypt, Egypt needed to be taken out of the Jews!

We are privileged to be living at a time when Jews can easily return home after two thousand years of exile. Why is it then that despite praying for our return to our homeland three times a day for millennia, so many Jews worldwide have no real aspirations to fulfill this dream, failing to take up such a historical and significant opportunity? It is because we don’t see ourselves as being in exile.

We need to rid the exile from within us in order to rid ourselves from the exile!

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