Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vaeira

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The Sheli’ach tzibur (chazan) should say the main lines of kedusha  (kadosh, baruch, and yimloch) out loud, for the sake of those still davening shemoneh esrei, for they are supposed to stop and  listen to the sheli’ach tzibbur say those words, and to a degree it is considered as if they participated in the saying of kedusha. 

Moshe Rabbeinu tells Par’o :”When I leave the city, I will spread out my hands(and daven to HaShem)”(Shemos 9:29).Moshe would not daven in a city filled with idols (Rashi,from Midrash).Where you daven is special , and is rendered a mokom kadosh.The  paradigm is the Bais HaMikdash,built for Tefillah (see Shlomo Hamelech’s prayer at its opening–Melachim I ,Perek 8).And our Shuls are thus known as Mikdash Me’ahtt(a miniature Bais HaMikdash).

Are you still shmoozzing in Shul?

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Shemos

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If you are in the middle of Shemoneh Esrei, and you hear Borchu while davening, you should stop, listen to the person saying Borchu and to the response (Baruch HaShem….), and should bow together with the responders UNLESS you are at the beginning or end of a berachah (excepting the first one, and modim).

HaShem’s first statement to Moshe Rabbeinu was–to behave appropriately in a mokom kodosh!!(Shemos 3:5). And you are still not careful about talking in Shul?

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayechi

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A reminder that anyone fasting may not eat until tzeis hakochavim–even on a Friday fast.

And then Kiddush must be made–Vayechulu and both berachos.

And then one must wash–or at least eat mezonos.

Someone cooking for Shabbos may taste the food (only a little bit) and then spit it out.

One may take a hot shower today, since it is erev Shabbos.

One who eats by mistake must continue fasting.

One who forgot that it is a fast day, and made a berachah, took the food item, and then remembered–this is a major shaylah.

Halachah lemaaseh—eat a minimal amount.

One should not spend a fast day waiting for it to be over,but must use it for inspiration and contemplation.Asara B’Teves is a perfect time to be mekabel on oneself not to talk in Shul–talking desecrates the kedusha of the Shul or Beis Medrash–our Mikdash Me’at.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayigash

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Tefillah Halachah For Assara B’Teves: If someone is not planning to fast the whole day, but is still fasting when davening Minchah, that person may say ‘aneinu’ in Sh’ma koleinu, with the regular nussach. If the person ate before Minchah, he or she may say ‘aneinu,’ but instead of saying “b’yom tzom ta’aniseinu,” he or she should say “b’yom tzom hata’anis hazeh” The Poskim teach us that talking in a Shul leads (chas veshalom) to its eventual destruction. If that is the case, then it seems logical that the equivalent of the events of Assara B’Teves (that Nevuchadnetzar surrounded Yerushalayim and laid siege to it , which eventually led to the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, would be when people congregrate in Shul in groups–surrounding a center of attention. This will surely eventually lead to full-scale talking, and thus although seemingly innocuous, should NOT BE DONE .

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Mikeitz

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If possible, one should daven Minchah on Friday erev Shabbos Chanukah before  lighting Chanukah lights.

  1. Because the afternoon tamid was brought in the Beis HaMikdash before the Menorah was lit..and
  2. Davening Minchah after the lights are lit appears contradictory, as Minchah says “it’s Friday” and Chanukah lights says “it’s Shabbos”.

But certainly if it is a question of davening Minchah without a minyan, it is better to light first and then daven Minchah with a minyan, rather than davening alone first.

There is an old minhag to light the Chanukah neiros in Shul in the morning as well. Some suggest that this took hold as reminiscent of the Rambam’s opinion, that the Menorah was lit in the Beis HaMikdash in the morning as well. And so the miracle was evident in the morning as well – and we remember this in the Mikdash Me’at (see last week’s attachment). This is also answer number 13,456 to the Beis Yosef’s Chanukah question – think about it!