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
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!
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!
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 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!