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Shabbat: Times, Parsha and Happenings

Shabbat Times: In at 4.19, out at 5.35.


ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am – ” Parsha & Hashkafa for Bo: Yosef, Efrayim, Yetziat Mitzrayim and Mshiach! with Rabbi Azarya Berzon
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain
Kiddush this week is sponsored by David Pollack in honor of the yartzheit of his father, Nachum ben Yaakov Yisrael
and by
Elliot & Dafna Prince in honor of the yartzheit of Dafna’s mother
Chava Nechama bat HaRav Menachem Mendel

3:30 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:20 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from David Comins

Eretz Chemdah: Rabbi James Kennard will give the pre-shacharit shiur and drasha.

Ramban: Hillel Maali: 4.45pm, Women’s shiur at 3.

Yakar: Parsha and Kiddush at 9.30.

Shir Chadash:

Emek Refaim, 43, Davening at 9.15 followed by kiddush.

By Ohel Nechama on Chopin, Davening at 8.45 followed by kiddush.

Parsha from Brendan Stern: Seeing Your Brother

Regarding the plague of darkness the Torah says (Shemot 10:22-23): “…Thick darkness descended upon Egypt for three days. People could not see one another, and for three days nobody could get up from where he was (ולא קמו איש מתחתיו); but all the Israelites enjoyed light in their dwellings”.

The simple translation of “ולא קמו איש מתחתיו” is “no one could get up from where he was”. However HaKtav VeHaKabbalah translates the root of “תחת” in this context as referring to “teichat” fear (see inside for proof texts he brings). Why was the fear of the plague of darkness greater than any of the other plagues to the extent that nobody could move for three days? Furthermore, why does it interrupt the darkness and the fear thereof with mentioning that nobody could see one another?

Rav Aryeh Lebowitz explains that the fear was not due to the plague of darkness per se, but rather due to the fact that the Egyptians could not see one another. When people go through suffering together with others, or when they feel that others are there with them during their tough times, it makes it exponentially easier to get through the hard times. The reason why the plague of darkness was so much tougher for the Egyptians to handle was specifically due to the fact that “they did not see one another” – each Egyptian felt that he was suffering alone.

We can learn two lessons from this: Firstly of the importance of being there for people during their suffering and feeling their pain. Secondly that if this is the case when people suffer – that the burden of the suffering is lightened when others are there with the sufferer – how much more so should we share the good times with others!

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