Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Behaaloscha

Behaaloscha Bulletin in PDF Format

If you followed the priority order in pesukei d’zimrah in order to daven shemonah esrei with the minyan, and it is now before you’ve said yishtabach, and you now see you have more time, you may go back and say additional sections, even though they are now being said out of order.

If you go into a Shul to speak to someone (something muttar to speak in a shul, obviously), or to call someone out , or to meet someone, you must learn something first in the Shul, or say at least a possuk, or a Halachah, or a Mishnah, and then do so; just sitting down for a few seconds is only an option if you are unable to do any of the above.

Shavuos Bulletin

Shavuos 5771 bulletin in PDF format

Virtually all Poskim agree that after learning all night, one can continue learning after alos hashachar, even though one has not yet heard birchos haTorah that (new) day.
So if you are not going to sleep at alos (and waking up for the 8:20 AM davening), get back to your learning—you still have about an hour to go!!

During the time period that Har Sinai was sanctified with the Shechinah, it was not to be treated as a “regular” Mountain–see the relevant pesukim surrounding Matan Torah.
Nu , what does that teach us about the fixed kedushah residing in a Beis Kenesses/Medrash ?

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Bamidbar

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Bamidbar

If someone is called to the Torah when he is in the middle of pesukei d’zimra, he should go up, make both berachos, and also read from the Torah along with the ba’al korai (as he is always supposed to do). He should try to finish the paragraph he is saying before he makes the first berachah.

Attention Gaba’im: Lechatchilah he should not receive an aliyah, unless he is the only Kohen or Levi.

The very best place to daven is in a Beis Medrash where the kol Torah is constantly heard. Next is a Shul where that is not the case: I.e, it is reserved for only davening. It is also preferable to daven with more people, in fulfillment of b’rov ahm hadras melech.

Of course, the speed of the Tefillah must play a role as well.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Bechukosai

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Bechukosai
This Motzei Shabbos, tomorrow night, after sheki’ah, be careful not to say “today is Lag Ba’Omer,” until you actually count. If you did, you should be yotzaiy the berachah by listening to someone else’s berachah (like the shaliach tzibbur, for example) and then you can count by yourself.

If in a casual conversation you say something like—“let’s get going, ’cause it’s LaG  Ba’Omer” (where it is more clear and inherently obvious that you are using Lag Ba’Omer as a name), then you can make the berachah yourself when you later count.

There is a story in the Zohar how one day Rabbi Shimon bar Yochaiy made a lavish se’udah, and invited all the Sages. They asked him, “What is the reason for this seudah today, with all these precious vessels and fancy food and drinks?”
Rabbi Shimon replied: “It is the day of the bar-mitzvah of my son, Elazar, and a new, exalted, sanctified soul has entered him today.”

And so we wish Tzvi Gherman and his wife and the entire family (including the bar-mitzvah boy, Yaakov Baruch) a huge mazel tov!
What does this have to do with the motif of this section of the bulletin-e-mail, devoted ostensibly to kedushas Beis HaKenesses inyanim?
Because R’ Tzvi has done perhaps more than anyone else to insist that we, as a Shul, insist on insisting on that kedushah!
Yeyasher ko’ach! And mazel tov!

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!