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.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Teruma

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The meaning  of baruch shem kevod malchuso l’olom va’ed  is a prayer that the glory of  HaShem’s sovereignty should be revealed (to the entire world) forever. If one did not think about the meaning, and has not yet started the possuk following it, one should repeat baruch shem with the proper kavana.

Shemos 25:8–Parshas Teruma: ‘And they shall make a Mikdash for me,and I will dwell among them.’
The bayis we build in which we worship HaShem is a mokom shechinah. There should be no need to state the respect a Mikdash Me’at should engender.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Mishpatim

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In general,the rule by davening is that it is better to say less with more concentration than more (davening) with less (concentration). In practical terms, a man should find a Shul in which he can daven everything without rushing. A woman davening at home should remember this rule, and follow it.

BTYA has prepared a short guide for women that outlines the order of priority for Tefilla when time is short. You can download it from the link on the right side of www.btya.org.

Nadav, Avihu, and other leaders of K’llal Yisrael were deserving of punishment at mattan Torah for behaving disrespectfully at the place of the Shechinah (see Shemos 24:11,with Rashi).

And you are still talking in Shul?