Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Lech Lecha

Parshsas Lech Lecha Bulletin in PDF format

If you forgot to say ‘vesein tal u’matar’:

  • If you didn’t yet say HaShem’s name at the beracha’s conclusion, go back to vesein tal u’matar and continue from there.
  • If you did say HaShem’s name, continue as regular and say vesein tal u’matar livrachah in shema koleinu
  • If you forgot to insert it there, and said HaShem’s name at the end of the beracha, say lamdeinee chukecho, then say vesein….., and then continue:ki atta shome’a….
  • if you concluded the beracha already, say vesein tal u’matar ..and continue with retzei
  • if you began retzei already, go back to bareich aleinu, and continue from there….
  • if you concluded shemoneh esrei (i.e, you said yihyu leratzon), repeat shemoneh esrei.

Besides all the other reasons to attend Monday night’s shiur in Hilchos Entering Har HaBayis, it will also hopefully give you an idea of how we should be conducting ourselves in our mikdash me’aht.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Noach

Parshas Noach Bulletin in PDF format

If one forgets to say yaaleh veyavo on Rosh Chodesh in bentching, one does NOT bentch over, because one does not have to eat a seudah on Rosh Chodesh–thus, “yaaleh veyavo in bentching” is not really obligatory. This is true even if Rosh Chodesh is Shabbos(and one IS OBLIGATED to eat a seudah), and the person said retzei but forgot yaaleh vayavo. Of course, if one forgot both, or just retzei, then when repeating bentching, one should say both.

It is hard to know where No’ach “went wrong” in his taking to wine in the aftermath of the mabul.Maybe –just maybe—he was feeling a bit too comfortable, a bit too good about himself, and acted inappropriately, with ‘kaloos rosh’.One should serve HaShem with joy and cheer, and with delight and optimism–but not with lightheadedness.

Like–in Shul???

Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos Bulletin

Sukkos/Bereishis Bulletin in PDF format

When walking around the bima for hoshanos , it is preferable to hold the lulav in one hand and the esrog in the other, as that is the preferred way to fulfill the mitzva of the 4 minim, and thus one  will be fulfilling the mitzva during the hoshanos. So balance the siddur somewhere; get one of those billfold-style hoshanos; be creative (write the hoshanos on a fellow’s shirt – back, and march  behind him each day of Sukkos ); but keep the hands free for the lulav and esrog. 

The Sukah  has a special sanctity. According to many, this is derived from a passuk. Therefore, behavior inside a Sukah must be somewhat dignified.

Imagine how much more so inside your Shul!

Rosh Hashanah Bulletin

Rosh Hashanah / Haazinu Bulletin

We eat the simanim on Rosh HaShana night, and daven and ask HaShem for whatever that particular siman is  about. It is worthwhile to read the words of the Mishnah Berurah in 583:5, “Now, we do all these things for a siman tov, therefore, it is self-understood that a person should be very, very careful during these days (of Rosh HaShana [ed. note-possibly all of asseress yemei teshuvah]) not to get angry, not to lose one’s temper–besides the prohibition itself of that bad middah, we are looking for simanim tovim, and a person should therefore practice being cheerful, calm, and in a good mood.”

The buying of kibbudim on Yomim Noraim is a time-honored tradition, and is a great zechus for those who “buy” one. Nevertheless, one should certainly be careful to maintain the atmosphere befitting a Beis K’nesses, and the prohibition  of “kaloos rosh” (levity and lightheadedness) certainly still applies.