Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tzaria/Metzora 5778

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tzaria/Metzora 5778

It’s that Shabbos with the vexing problem again: What to say in bentching of Seudah Shlishis on Shabbos Erev Rosh Chodesh?

  1. Best Option: Don’t eat “pas” (challah, bread, cake) after sheki’ah, and only say “retzei”.
  2. Next Option: If you did eat “pas”, but not past 20 minutes after sheki’ah, only say “retzei”.
  3. If you did eat “pas” past 20 minutes, you have a problem. Aruch HaShulchan says to say only “retzei”, MB says to say only “ya’aleh veyavoh”, or maybe both. So don’t do this. Exercise that self-control muscle that the Chovohs HaLevavohs is always talking about.

As a public service, we will be shortening Minchah by not saying “Tzidkosscho tzedek,” thus enabling everyone to start their seudah shlishis that much earlier.

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tazria/Metzora 5777

Shabbos Bulletin Parshas Tazria/Metzora 5777

Tefilla Halacha

Ashrei is the most important part of pesukei d’zimrah. Chazal say that whoever recited ashrei every day with kavana, is assured of his or her place in olom haba. This is because:

  • Every passuk starts with a different letter of the aleph bais, and
  • This alludes to the supreme mitzvah of learning Torah, and
  • It contains the all-important passuk: “possei’ach ess yadechoh…” which describes HaShem’s kindness in providing sustenance for every living creature. (It is essential to recite this passuk with special kavana).