Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayikra

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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
שתיקה
יפה
בבית
הכנסת

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

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

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Pekudei

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IT’S THAT SHABBOS WITH THE VEXING PROBLEM AGAIN—WHAT TO SAY IN BENTCHING OF SEUDAH SHLISHIS ON SHABBOS EREV ROSH CHODESH:

  1. Don’t eat “pahs” (challah, bread, cake) after  sheki’ah–and only say retzei.
  2. If you did, but not past 20 minutes after sheki’ah, only say retzei.
  3. If you did eat “pahs” past 20 minutes, you have a problem. Aruch haShulchan says only retzei, MB says only ya’aleh veyavoh or maybe both. So don’t do this. Control yourself!

To accommodate everyone, we will be shortening Minchah by not saying “Tzidkosscho tzedek“,thus enabling everyone to start their seudah shlishis that much earlier.

“And the Cloud covered the Ohel Mo’ed, and HaShem’s Glory filled the Mishkan. And Moshe could not enter the Ohel Moed, since the Cloud rested upon it, and HaShem’s Glory filled the Mishkan.

We can, and do, enter our Mikdash Me’aht any time we want to. We must ever be careful not to let that familiarity create a lessening of our kovod and morah (awe) for kedushas Beis K’nesses or Beis Medrash.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Vayakhel

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE RAV TO WOMEN

To The Women Of Beis Tefillah Yonah Avraham:

I would like to have the opportunity to speak with you about a most important matter (NOT tzeni’us or internet use). I would like everyone to attend, as it is relevant to everyone.

The time is 11:45 AM this coming Tuesday, in the ulam of Beis Tefillah. We will be finished 25-30 minutes after we start.

For working women who cannnot make it, the Rav will speak that night (Tuesday night) in the vasikin room, at 8:45 PM

Children are welcome; there will be toys, and place for the children to run around.

Please make all necessary arrangements now, so that you will be able to make the extra effort to come to this  important meeting.

Thank you

Rav C Z Malinowitz


According to  some Poskim, and  I have not seen this disputed, if you start mizmor l’sodah by mistake on Shabbos or Yom tov–you  should conclude it, rather than stopping in the middle.

Orach Cham 151:9–There is a specific mitzvah to beautify a Shul and to keep it clean.It is, therefore, clear how severe a prohibition it is to throw things on the floor of a Shul, and to dirty it in any way, thus ruining any work done to beautify it!

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Ki Sisa

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Happy P urim Kotton 

The Rema rules to make a seudah today, Purim Kotton, to be yotzei the opinions that one has to. Being that it is Friday, if one is making an unusually large seudah (as large as a, say, sheva berachos, or some people’s Bar-Mitzvah) it preferably should be done in the morning (before chatzos). If a regular meal, it should be started before 2:40. Some say there should be something added to the regular Shabbos seudah, as Shabbos is Shushan Purim Kotton.

Hilchos Tefilah: If you said  the ‘al hanissim’ for Purim by mistake,you do NOT have to repeat Shemonah Essrai. It is considered mai’ain hame’ora (it is the subject of the day)

The exciting and enlivening  melava malka/Purim Kotton Chagigah/Concert was at one point going to take place in the Shul. The reason it would be muttar?

Melava Malka is a seudas mitzvah, and there is a special inyan to have music by a m.m. Besides, the music and singing of Shlomo Katz is known to be inspiring and edifying.

At the end, though, it worked out that we will be in Ramat Shalom, where the plans are to build and move into a permanent Bais Knesses/Medrash, making where the mm/concert will be, a temporary Shu ; thus, the shaylos are much less severe, if they exist at all.

Look how careful one has to be with kedushas Bais HaK’nesses and Bais HaMedrash!!

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tetzaveh

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While saying the first paragraph of k’ri’as sh’ma, one may not motion to another, give tzedaka, or stand up for a rav or elderly person. If a child is making noise and disturbing, one may quiet the child (without speaking). 

The Rambam counts the Kohanim ‘dressing up’ in their special bigdei Kehunah as a mitzvah in and of itself.

According to others, it is just a necessary step to be fit to do the avodah, but the Rambam holds it is a specific mitzvah for those performing the service in the Bais HaMikdash to wear special begadim, which create an aura of dignity and grandeur. This is reflected in there being halachos governing how we dress when we daven (siman 91 in Shulchan Aruch). 

It goes without saying that this concept extends to our conduct and behavior in a Mikdash Me’aht.