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Shabbat times, happenings ,Parsha and ELC Motsei Shabbat – Tu Bshvat Event.

Shabbat times: In at 4.25, Out at 5.40.

Things on:

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am – ” Parsha & Hashkafa for Beshalach: Galut & Geulah!” with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Matt & Dori Brenner in honor of Elisha Brenner’s 6th birthday!

3:35 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:25 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Aron Goldberg

Eretz Chemdah, 2 Rechov Bruriya:

Nitzanim, Rechov Asher – Rav Shai Finklestein’s shiur after mincha with is at 4.25.

Shir Chadash – By Ohel Nechama: Parsha at 8, followed by Shacharit at 8.45 and kiddush at 11.15. On 43 Emek Refaim: Shacharit at 9.15 followed by kiddush.

Ramban: 3- Women’s shiur, 4.50 -Rav Benny Lau.

Daf Hayomi – Katamon Shteiblech: hour before Shabbat out in Ivrit and English.

ELC Event for Motsei Shabbat – Melaveh Malka and siyum for Tu Bishvat:

Parsha by Brendan Stern:

Beshalach – Future Tense

“Then Moshe and Bnei Yisrael sang this song to Hashem (Az Yashir)” – Shemot 15:1

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 91b) brings this pasuk as an allusion to “Techiyat HaMeitim” (i.e. Moshiach) in the Torah since it starts in the past tense “Az” (then) and continues in the future tense “Yashir” (will sing). Rashi notes, however, there are many other instances in the Torah where the future and past tenses are interchanged. Why then is this pasuk specifically the proof source of the notion of the eschatological era?

Furthermore, the Midrash says that when the Jewish people left Egypt only Yitro sang praise to Hashem. In contrast, when the sea split the entire nation sang the great song of praise. Why was this so? Were the miracles of Egypt of lesser stature than that at the sea?!

Rav Soloveitchik explains that holiness is commensurate with human involvement. This is why Mt. Sinai’s holiness was only temporary whereas Mt. Moriah’s holiness is eternal – since Mt. Sinai was a passive experience for Am Yisrael whereas Mt. Moriah was an active experience where man ascended to G-d.

Similarly, the miracles in Egypt were produced exclusively by Hashem with no human involvement whatsoever. At the sea, on the other hand, the sea would never have split had Am Yisrael not taken the initiative and jumped in the water. Hence the greater song of praise is due to the greater holiness brought by man’s involvement!

This is why Moshiach is alluded to specifically through this song as it is through our transformation from passive bystanders to active participants in the unfolding of the Jewish narrative that we merit redemption. Just as holiness is only eternal when man-made and the sea only split when man jumped into it, so too our actions are the harbinger that will bring Moshiach!

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