Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra (HaChodesh) 5778
Although we start our calendar year in Tishrei, we count months starting Nissan, which is counted as the first month; Iyar is the second month, and so on. This is because of Yetzi’as Mitzrayim—and the subsequent geeluiy of HaShem and His sovereignty over the world.
ערוך השולחן אורח חיים סימן תכט סעיף א
ומה הוא גדולתו של חדש ניסן מפני שבו היתה יציאת מצרים שבזה נגלה השגחת השי”ת על ברואיו ואותותיו ונפלאותיו ושמשלם רע לרשע כרשעתו ומשלם טוב לאוהביו כמו שהכה לפרעה ולמצרים וגאל את ישראל:
By counting the months from Nissan, we are constantly reminded of the gratitude we must feel–always—over Yetzi’as Mitzrayim and its miracles.
The names we have for the months (instead of numbering them) developed in Bavel, and are Persian names; using those names serves as a reminder of that ge’ulah—i.e, the return to Eretz Yisrael after galus Bavel.
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayakhel/Pekudei (Parah) 5778
If a person comes a bit late to Minchah, and the tzibbur is about to begin shemoneh esrei, he should join them immediately in saying “shemoneh esrei.” After Minchah, he should say “ashrei,” but only as reciting pesukim, not as “the obligatory” ashrei.
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Sisa 5778
The dvar Halacha for this week is that ohsek b’mitzvah parttur min hamitzvah, and seudas Purim with its accompanying festivities are eee efshar la’asohs ahl yedei acheirim!!
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tetzaveh 5778
The point of reading Parshas Zachor is to remind ourselves of Amalek being evil incarnate, and to develop and maintain a hatred of him (the Nation) to the degree that we would unhesitatingly kill an Amalaikee.
(This is even if you know one, and you think he is a fine fellow—a gentleman, a scholar, a patron of the arts. Not easy, especially not for the Western mentality.)
Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Terumah 5778
It’s time for that special Friday Minchah again:
If one forgets to say ya’aleh v’yavo at Minchah Friday Rosh Chodesh, and doesn’t remember to repeat shemoneh essrei before it is already too late, and Shabbos is NOT Rosh Chodesh, it is a major shayloh if one can daven ma’ariv twice. Such a case (where you will not be saying yaaleh veyavo at the make-up tefillah) is a general shayloh even if it occurs during weekdays, and the aytzah given is to daven the “repeat” Tefilla as a nedava – but this cannot be done on Shabbos!
Mishnah B’rurah says: Only one shemoneh essrei by Ma’ariv. No aytzah, sorry.
Aruch HaShulchan is noteh: Two amidahs by ma’ariv– the Halacha is to treat the Minchah simply as a missed Tefillah, and it doesn’t matter if you will not be saying ya’aleh v’yavo at the makeup Tefillah.
Rav Malinowitz says: DON’T FORGET YA’ALEH V’YAVO AT MINCHA!! (and if you do, remember that you forgot before sheki’ah – or before you are mekabel Shabbos – and daven Minchah again.)