Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeilech – Yom Kippur 5779

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayeilech – Yom Kippur 5779

How can we confess—in viduiy—to sins which we are quite sure we haven’t committed?

The Rambam answers this: Every aveirah listed is only a category which includes offshoots and derivatives. For example, “immorality” would include improper thoughts: inappropriate reading; improper viewing; over-familiarity with the opposite gender. Stealing includes any form of dishonesty, especially monetary. Chillul Shabbos would include anything done not in the Shabbos spirit (and many times this is even technically assur).

Also, many times we have been negligent in influencing others to the good; we are then held somewhat responsible for their sins—they are ours as well.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Nitzavim 5778 – Rosh Hashanah 5779

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Nitzavim 5778 – Rosh Hashanah 5779

It is customary [for men] to be toivel in a kosher mikvah on Erev Rosh Hashana, regardless if they are impure or not, in order to spiritually purify themselves in preparation for the holy day. (Rama Siman 581:4)

The accepted custom is to immerse in the mikvah three times to signify the 3 times it says the word “Tahara” (purity) in the pasuk (Yechezkael 36:25): “V’Zarakti Aleichem Mayim Tehorim U’Tehartem MiKol Tumoseichem U’Mikol Giluleichem A’Taher Eschem” (“[Hashem says] I will sprinkle purified water upon you, and purify you from all your impurities; and from all your filthiness I will purify you”) (See Mateh Ephraim Siman 581:53 )

There are other minhagim regarding how many times to immerse; if you don’t have an established personal custom regarding this, do it three times.

The earliest time for going to the Mikvah is an hour before chatzos (Chatzos is approximately 12:37pm this year). (Mishna Berura Siman 581:26)

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Savo 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Savo 5778

It is important to say the pesukim preceding each
selicha, as they were chosen b’ruach hakodesh and they form
the basis for the selicha which follows.

If a person cannot keep pace with the minyan with
which he is saying selichos, he should say the selichos at his
own pace, and join the minyan for the “13 middos”, and then
simply continue from where he left off. The minyan should also be
joined for shema koleinu and viduy.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Seitzei 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Seitzei 5778

Maseches Sofrim brings an old Yerushalayim minhag to take a bar-mitzvah boy around to various chachomim and zekeinim to bless him and empower him; and so that they should daven for him to grow in Torah and mitzvohs.

We all do so today for Hillel Yitzchak (Hilly) Gherman!

מסכתות קטנות מסכת סופרים פרק יח הלכה ז
ואחר כך סובלו ומקרבו לפני כל זקן וזקן, כדי לברכו ולחזקו ולהתפלל עליו שיזכה בתורה ובמעשים טובים

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Shoftim 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Shoftim 5778

There are many who seem to think that the more kaddeishim, the merrier. This is wrong; to say unnecessary kaddeishim is a degradation of its holiness.

ערוך השולחן אורח חיים סימן נה סעיף ג
יש מהמון בנ”י שסוברים שמצוה להרבות בקדישים וכמה טועים הם וקורא אני עליהם תשתפכנה אבני קדש וגו’ [איכה ד, א] ואין משתמשין בשרביטו של מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא רק כפי מה שהרשה אותנו והמרבה בהם מזלזל בהדרת קדש וכבר כתב אחד מגדולי הפוסקים בסי’ זה דכשם שטוב למעט בברכות כמו כן טוב למעט בקדישים [כנה”ג] ואחד מיוחד מגדולי החסידים צעק מרה על זה [החסיד דבר שמואל בתשו’ סי’ קפ”ג הובא בבאה”ט סק”א] וז”ל המרבים באמירת הקדישים כו’ ומתישים כח קדושת ה’ הגדול והנורא וכו’ עכ”ל ולכן נבאר כמה קדישים י”ל בתפלות ופירושו של קדיש יתבאר בסי’ נ”ו בס”ד: