Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Lech Lecha 5779
L’kovod habachur haBar-Mitzvah Yitzchok Brodt:
The Aruch HaShulchan is mechadesh that the reason for saying “Baruch shem k’vod malchuso…” after the berachah on the tefillin shel rosh is because the berachah is a birkas hashevach, thanking HaShem for this amazing mitzvah which binds us—conceptually—to HaShem. The ultimate kesher is actually the passuk “Shema Yisrael HaShem Elokeinu HaShem Echad”, and thus we say “Baruch shem…” as we do after saying “Shema Yisrael…” (Aruch HaShulchan O.C. 25 : 12,13)
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Noach 5779
There is a time-honored minhag to say “barchi nafshi” and the 15 shir hamaalos after Minchah on Shabbos afternoon in the winter.
Barchi nafshi describes the wonders of creation, and so we start saying it on Shabbos Bereishis and say it every Shabbos (since every Shabbos commemorates the Creation). On Shabbos HaGadol we say the hagadah instead; and then pirkei avos is said until the next Shabbos Bereishis.
The 15 chapters in Tehillim (120-134) which open with the words “shir hamaalos” (with Ch 121 starting with shir la’ma’alos) also have a connection to the maintenance of the b’ri’ah. When Dovid HaMelech dug the foundations for the Bais HaMikdash, the subterranean waters burst forth, threatening to flood the Earth. Dovid HaMelech succeeded in subduing the waters; he then recited the 15 chapters of shir hama’alos (a song of Ascents) to raise the waters many hundreds of amos, bringing them nearer to the surface of the earth, where they would be beneficial for vegetation.
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Bereishis 5779
When bowing at “Barchu ess HaShem…” or at answering “Baruch HaShem hamevorach…” one should straighten up before saying HaShem’s Name.
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Haazinu – Sukkos 5779
Havdalah must be said in the Sukkah, but what about the berachah of “layshayv baSukkah”?
- Some make a berachah, either before or after Havdalah.
- Some do not make a berachah.
The best is to eat a k’beitza of cake, and make the berachah of “layshayv” over the food (after the berachah of “mezonos”, unless your minhag is to always make it before)
If you are afraid Aryeh S. might catch you, then hang around the Sukkah after havdalah, learn, shmooze—and then according to Rav Malinowitz, make the berachah of “layshayv baSukkah” before you start havdalah.