Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Behar

Behar Bulletin in PDF format

The bringing of the Korbon Pesach Sheni is on the 14th of Iyar (this year, this Wednesday), and it was eaten on the night of the fifteenth (this year, Wednesday night). Tachanun is not said on the fourteenth of Iyar, neither by Shacharis nor by Minchah. It IS said by the Minchah of the 13th. It is also said on the 15th.

Kedushah requires preparation. In fact, the degree of kedusha usually depends on the degree of preparation.By that criterion, we will iyh be davening this Shabbos in an even MORE kadosh Beis Kenesses. May our actions ther, our deportment there, reflect that!

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Emor

Parshas Emor Bulletin in PDF format

If someone forgot to count sefirah on Thursday night, and remembers after he was mekabel Shabbos on Friday, or a woman after hadlakas neiros, he or she can count then Friday’s count without a berachah. From then on, counting can be done with a berachah. This is true even if he/she remembers after davening “early maariv”!

The first half of Parshas Emor is about kedushas Kohanim. The second half is about the kedushah found all around every one of us, throughout our lives, embedded within time.

We are all “Kohanim”.

And our Beis HaMikdash is the Shul.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Shemini

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Shemini in PDF format

A person may daven with eyes closed, or looking into the siddur, whichever enables more kavanah. But whoever looks at anything but the siddur during Shemonah Esrei, besides having done something ossur, does not merit to see the Shechinah when departing from this world. 

Once again, we read in the Torah about the greatest of people (in this case, Nadav and Avihu) who were severely punished for acting inappropriately in a mokom kodosh. A mokom kodosh demands behavior commensurate with its kedushah!

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tzav – Zachor – Purim

Shabbos Bulletin in PDF format – Parshas Tzav/Zachor/Purim

By seudah sh’lishis of this Shabbos, there is no conflict similar to that if Motzei Shabbos is Rosh Chodesh–no matter what you eat, or when, it’s retzei, not al hanissim.

It is not easy to maintain a balance between traditional Simchas Purim and between seriousness in davening and kedushas Beis HaKenesses.

Costumes during davening is an issue—I would say that the common minhag is to yes allow and/or tolerate it, as this is “Purim garb.

Similarly, there should be a certain tolerance for the ru’ach hayom— but of course only within limits, not stepping over the line.

But we should also be careful not to go to an opposite extreme:e.g., there are Shuls that do not “klop Haman” (except for the first and last),which is in direct contradiction to the Rama’s exhortation NOT to cancel or even mock any minhag Yisrael (and Rama is speaking specifically about this one! )for they were instituted with a cheshbon (690:17).

Simsach Peerum!

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra in PDF format

If someone comes to Minchah a bit late, and the tzibbur is about to begin shemoneh esrei, he should join them immediately in shemoneh esrei. Ashrei should be said after Minchah, but only as if one is reading the Torah, not because of the obligatory Minchah recitation.

Sefarim bring down the following segulah:

מפני שיבה תקום

That is, שתיקה gets you שיבה (old age).

If halachah doesn’t work, maybe a segulah will!