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M A Weekly - Bulletin February 17th 2024 - TERUMAH - ADAR I 8 5784

02/15/2024 10:16:34 PM

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UPCOMING THIS WEEK

CELEBRATIONS

MABROOK!

Laurie Tobianah

on her English and Hebrew birthday!!!

 

MABROOK!

Ezea Cohen

on his birthday!!!

 

MABROOK!

Beverly Sasson

on her birthday!!!

 

MABROOK!

Nina Saad

on her birthday!!!

 

MABROOK!

David Mann

on his birthday!!!

 

HAZKAROT

HAZKARA

Alegra Shems Matalon z'L

Mother of Ester Diwan

 

HAZKARA

Elie Diwan z'L

Mother of Ester Diwan

 

 

 

NOTICES

We are all in shock with Simhat Torah massacre in Israel of brothers and sisters by the Hamas terrorist organization.

 

No words can describe our sentiment towards this horrific event.

 

Our hearts go out to all those that have lost loved ones and we pray for a safe return of those that are still in captivity.

 

We wish safety of the Israeli troops that are tasked with retrieving our brethren. 

 

AM ISRAEL CHAI

 

We also support our fellow Jewish institutions (Synagogues and Schools) that were targeted over the past week. We condem this SHAMEFUL ACT and we hope that the perpetrators are apprehended by the authorities quickly.

 

NEVER AGAIN

 

 

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NEWSLETTER

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Table of contents

 

1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua (Halakhot related to day to day life) - Hazzan David Azerad 

The One Who Is Called Up and the Torah Blessings -Peninei Halacha

3) Holy Jokes!

4) FOR KIDS!

 

Second Purim (Hebrew: פורים שני, romanizedPurim Sheni), also called Purim Katan (Hebrew: פורים קטן, lit.'Minor Purim'),[1][2][3] is a celebratory day uniquely observed by a Jewish community or individual family to commemorate the anniversary of its deliverance from destruction, catastrophe, or an antisemitic ruler or threat. Similar to the observance of the Jewish holiday of Purim, Second Purims were typically commemorated with the reading of The Megillah about the events that led to the salvation, specially-composed prayers, a festive meal, and the giving of charity. In some cases, a fast day was held the day before. Second Purims were established by hundreds of communities in the Jewish diaspora and in the Land of Israel under foreign rule.[1] Most Second Purims are no longer observed.[1]

A Second Purim did not replace the regular Purim observed on 14 Adar (or 15 Adar, in Jerusalem and a few other cities), which all Jews are required by rabbinic law to observe.

 

-Wikipedia

 

 

 

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Teruma- Perpetuating the Influence of Sinai



Parashat Teruma tells of G-d’s instructions to Beneh Yisrael regarding the construction of the Mishkan, the sanctuary that served as the temporary Bet Ha’mikdash until Beneh Yisrael entered the Land of Israel and were able to build the permanent Bet Ha’mikdash in Jerusalem.

The Midrash makes a seemingly peculiar remark to the beginning of this Parasha, commenting that this Parasha is connected to G-d’s proclamation through the prophet Malachi (1:2-3), "Va’ohab Et Yaakob Ve’et Esav Saneti" – "I loved Yaakob, and I despised Esav." Somehow, the command to build a Mishkan is associated with this pronouncement, where G-d affirms that He loves Am Yisrael and dislikes the wicked nation of Esav. How?

The Kerem Shelomo (Rav Shlomo Halberstam of Bobov, 1907-2000) offers an explanation based on a teaching of the Or Ha’haim (Rav Haim Ben-Attar, 1696-1743) regarding G-d’s special love for Beneh Yisrael. The Talmud famously relates that before G-d offered the Torah to Beneh Yisrael, He first offered it to the other nations, each of whom rejected it upon hearing what it entails. The Or Ha’haim commented that G-d, in His infinite love for Beneh Yisrael, always intended for us to receive the precious Torah, and not the other nations. And therefore, before offering Beneh Yisrael the Torah, He brought them to Mount Sinai, a place with inherent Kedusha (sanctity) which would, undoubtedly, influence them to accept the Torah. When offering the Torah to the other nations, G-d went to them in their lands, which were places of impurity. This influence all but guaranteed that these nations would reject the Torah. Hashem then brought Beneh Yisrael to Mount Sinai, where they came under the influence of the special sanctity of this location. This Kedusha impacted them, and inspired them to proclaim, "Na’aseh Ve’nishma" – "We will do and we will hear" – wholeheartedly and lovingly embracing Hashem’s Torah.

On this basis, the Kerem Shlomo suggests an explanation of the Midrash’s perplexing remark. Due to Hashem’s great love for Beneh Yisrael, He brought them to Mount Sinai so they would accept the Torah – and out of this same love, He commanded them to build a Mishkan. He wanted them to perpetuate the special influence of Mount Sinai, to have in their midst a place of Kedusha similar to the special Kedusha of Mount Sinai, which would influence them to make the right decisions and live the right way. This is the connection between the prophet’s proclamation – "I have loved Yaakob" – and the command to build a Mishkan. It was because of G-d’s special love for Beneh Yisrael that He issued this command – because He wanted them to always be under the influence of Kedusha.

Living in a society with a foreign culture and foreign values, we do not even realize how much we are influenced by those values and by society’s lifestyle. The society around us has values and beliefs that are completely at odds with ours, and encourages a lifestyle that is, in many ways, diametrically opposed to the way the Torah wants us to live. Whether we recognize it or not, we are influenced by this spiritually hostile culture. We might think we are protected, but we’re not.

Hashem, in His infinite mercy, gave us the Mishkan so we can come under the positive influence of Kedusha, the influence of Sinai. Today, of course, we don’t actually have a Mishkan, but instead, we have our synagogues, yeshivot, and Torah classes. It is imperative for all of us to ensure we come under this influence to counter the influence of general society. We need to involve ourselves as much as possible in Kedusha so we can live under the sacred influence of Sinai, and thus live the way we are supposed to live even while living in a society whose values and beliefs encourage us not to.

 

 

 

When Adar Arrives We Increase Our Joy -Peninei halacha 

The Sages said, “When Av arrives we curtail [our] joy, and when Adar arrives we increase [our] joy” (Ta’anit 29a). In saying this, the Sages teach us that nothing happens by chance and that every season has its own character and nature. If both Temples were destroyed on the ninth of Av, it is a sign that the beginning of Av is naturally predisposed to calamity. And if the miracle of Purim occurred in the middle of Adar, it is a sign that this month has the capacity to transform bad into good. We feel ordinary joy over the good that exists in the world, but our joy is not complete, because there is still evil and pain in the world.

 

However, when even the bad turns into good, our joy increases and becomes complete. This is what happened on Purim: God turned the bad into good and saved His people, Israel. This teaches us that everything that happens in the world – even the bad – will eventually become good. The greater our faith and our commitment to Torah, the closer we bring the ultimate redemption, when all evil will turn into good, and when joy will abound in the world. Since the month of Adar has the unique character of transforming bad into good, “when Adar arrives we increase [our] joy.”

 

The Sages further recommend (ibid. 29b) that a Jew who has a legal dispute or business deal to settle with a non-Jew should avoid him during the month of Av, because that month portends misfortune. Instead, he should try to make himself available for litigation or a business deal during Adar, when the Jewish people experience good fortune.

 

Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach

David Azerad 

 

 3) HOLY JoKeS!!

 

Selection of funny snippets, loosely related to this weeks parashah or current events, to brighten your day 

 

In the past two weeks’ Torah portions, we read about the Jews accepting the Torah. In this week’s Torah portion, the Jews have left Mt. Sinai and begin their journey through the desert. Let’s imagine, for a moment, if we would be traveling through the desert with the Jews. We would certainly be traveling by car. After all, if you can take a car, why go by horse or by foot?

What type of car do you think we would take? Someone proposed the following answer.

It would have to be an SUV, 4-wheel drive. Nobody wants to drive in the desert with a SEDAN; it would just get stuck in the sand. With that in mind, here are some possibilities:

1. Our Sages tell us that the Jewish people were the first slaves to ever leave Egypt in history. That would call for a Chevy TRAILBLAZER.

2. We began traveling in the desert Passover time. That would call for a NISSAN PATHFINDER.

3. Along our travels, we’ll be discovering many new places. That would call for a Ford EXPLORER.

However, I think that this answer is a terrible mistake. There would be absolutely no problem driving a small car in the desert. Why not? Because our Sages tell us that the Clouds of Glory accompanied the Jewish people for all the years that they were in the desert. The Clouds of Glory were above them and surrounded them on all four sides. More than that, the Clouds of Glory went underneath them, smoothing the ground for them. Can you imagine how the Jews felt? LIKE THEY WERE ON TOP OF THE CLOUDS!

 

 

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M A Weekly - Bulletin February 10th 2024 - SHABBAT ROSH HODESH - MISHPATIM - ADAR I 1 5784

02/08/2024 09:43:17 PM

Feb8

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Saturday, @Maghen Abraham 

 

Shahrit 9:00am

 

Perasha - MISHPATIM

Haftara - Haftarah: YISHAYAHU 66 ( Isaiah 66:1-24; Isaiah 66:23

 

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Mincha 4:40PM followed by Arvit 

 

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ROSH HODESH ADAR I

 

Begins Thursday evening Feb 8th, ends Saturday Evening Feb 10th - No Tachanun during this period

 

 

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

CELEBRATIONS

MABROOK!

To Maurice and Muriel Bijo

on the BIRTH of a Baby Boy

"Yaacov Eliezer "

Proud Grandparents 
Jacob and Nathalie Assor
Raphael and Frida Bijo

 

MABROOK!

Haim Sadi 

on his birthday!!!

 

 

HAZKAROT

HAZKARA

Camille Helwani z'L

Mother of Claude Helwani

 

HAZKARA

 Mireille Gaiptman z'L

Wife of Jack Gaiptman

 

HAZKARA

Adele Khadoury z'L

Mother of Morris Khadoury and

Benjamin Khadoury z'L

 

HAZKARA

Mazal Fortunée Bat Nazira z'L

Mother of Zion Totah

 

HAZKARA

Mazal Battat z'L

Grandmother of Dany, Mike, Joe Battat & Noni Zeitouni 

 

HAZKARA

Rosie Bari z'L

Sister of Salim Chahine

 

HAZKARA

Joseph Helwani z'L

Brother of Claude Helwani

 

HAZKARA

Morris Shama z'L

Father of Nathalie Serero

 

NOTICES

We are all in shock with Simhat Torah massacre in Israel of brothers and sisters by the Hamas terrorist organization.

 

No words can describe our sentiment towards this horrific event.

 

Our hearts go out to all those that have lost loved ones and we pray for a safe return of those that are still in captivity.

 

We wish safety of the Israeli troops that are tasked with retrieving our brethren. 

 

AM ISRAEL CHAI

 

We also support our fellow Jewish institutions (Synagogues and Schools) that were targeted over the past week. We condem this SHAMEFUL ACT and we hope that the perpetrators are apprehended by the authorities quickly.

 

NEVER AGAIN

 

 

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Bonjour / Hello [nickname_else_first_name],

Table of contents

 

1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua (Halakhot related to day to day life) - Hazzan David Azerad 

The One Who Is Called Up and the Torah Blessings -Peninei Halacha

3) Holy Jokes!

4) FOR KIDS!

 

 

 

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Mishpatim- The Elixir of Life

One of the topics discussed in Parashat Mishpatim is liability for physical injury which one causes to another person. The Torah requires the person responsible for another’s physical injury to make several compensation payments, including "Ve’rapo Yerapeh" – paying for his medical expenses (21:19).

There is a deeper meaning of this phrase, "Ve’rapo Yerapeh," which is based on the teachings of the Arizal (Rav Yishak Luria of Safed, 1534-1572). In Kabbalistic thought, the letter "Yod" is associated with "Hochma," wisdom. The Arizal taught that when a person is attached to Torah wisdom, then he is attached to the source of life. As we say in our Arbit prayer service, "Ki Hem Hayenu Ve’orech Yamenu" – the words of Torah are our source of life and longevity. Likewise, the Sages interpret the verse, "Ve’zot Ha’Torah Asher Sam Moshe" ("This is the Torah which Moshe placed" – Debarim 4:44) as alluding to the fact that Torah is "Sam Hayim" – an "elixir of life." When we cling to Torah, which is associated with the letter "Yod," we sustain our lives and maintain our physical wellbeing. The Arizal explains on this basis the verse in Tehillim (41:4), "Hashem Yis’adenu Al Eres Davai" ("Gd shall support him on his bed of illness"). The word "Davai" has the same letters as "Yod," and the word "Eres" has the same letters as the word "Eser" – ten, the numerical value of the letter Yod. A person falls ill when he loses his connection to the wisdom of Torah, which is associated with the letter "Yod," which results in this letter, which should serve as the person’s source of life and strength, being transformed into "Eres Davai" – a condition of illness, Heaven forbid.

This concept sheds new light on the phrase, "Ve’rapo Yerapeh." The word "Yerapeh" is the word "Rapo" ("heal") with the letter "Yod" added to it. This alludes to the fact that a person is healed when he connects to the letter "Yod," to the wisdom of Torah, which is the source of life and wellbeing.

This notion is also expressed in the Misva of Mahasit Ha’shekel – the half-shekel donation which every member of Beneh Yisrael was required to make each year to the Bet Ha’mikdash. The annual collection of the Mahasit Ha’shekel began on Rosh Hodesh Adar, and we therefore commemorate this Misva by reading the Torah’s command of Mahasit Ha’shekel on the Shabbat before Rosh Hodesh Adar, a special Shabbat which we call "Shabbat Shekalim." The Torah (Shemot 30:13) writes that the "Shekel" consisted of twenty "Gera" (a certain unit of weight), and thus the half-shekel donation consisted of ten "Gera." The Talmud Yerushalmi, in Masechet Shekalim, explains that G-d commanded Beneh Yisrael to donate ten "Gera" to atone for the sin of the golden calf, which entailed a breach of all Ten Commandments. The ten "Gera" of the Mahasit Ha’shekel corresponds to the Ten Commandments, all of which were transgressed at the time of the golden calf, a sin for which the Mahasit Ha’shekel comes to atone.

The Ten Commandments, as Rav Saadia Gaon famously remarked, encapsulate the entire Torah. They are the blueprint, or the skeleton, of all 613 of the Torah’s commands. When Beneh Yisrael worshipped the golden calf, they violated the entire foundation of the Torah, and were thus considered in violation the entire Torah. In so doing, they broke their connection to "Yod," to the wisdom of Torah. And for this reason, as our Sages teach, they lost the gift of eternal life which they received at the time of Matan Torah. The Angel of Death became powerless when Beneh Yisrael received the Torah, and they were thus to have lived forever, but they became again susceptible to death when they worshipped the golden calf. As the wisdom of Torah is what sustains our lives – "Ki Hem Hayenu" – Beneh Yisrael lost their protection from death when they broke their connection to Torah by worshipping the calf.

This is why the Mahasit Ha’shekel donation consists of ten "Gera." This donation is intended to rebuild our connection to "Yod" – the letter associated with the number 10, and which represents the wisdom of Torah. By reinforcing this connection, we reverse the disastrous consequences of the golden calf, and become once again worthy of life, health and joy.

The Misva of Mahasit Ha’shekel, then, reminds us of the vital importance of staying connected to Torah. We must always remember that the wisdom of Torah is the "elixir of life," it is what sustains us both physically and spiritually, and thus the intensive study of Torah must be a priority for us each and every day.

 

 

 

The One Who Is Called Up and the Torah Blessings -Peninei Halacha

Although every person recites Birkot HaTorah in the morning, the Chachamim established that those called up to the Torah recite the blessings again before and after the reading, so as to instill a feeling of Divine reverence and awe in the heart of the one who is called up, and in the hearts of the listeners.

 

Originally, the minhag was such that only the first and last people called up to the Torah recited the blessings. The first person called up would recite the first blessing before the Torah reading, and the others called up would not make a blessing. The last person called up would recite the final blessing after the conclusion of the reading.

 

Subsequently, the Chachamim established that each and every person called up to the Torah would recite the blessings before and after their portion is read.

 

The Chachamim were concerned that perhaps someone would enter the synagogue in the middle of Torah reading and would not have heard the berachah recited by the first person called up, and  would think that no berachah is recited before Torah reading. Therefore, they established that each person called would make a blessing before his reading. Furthermore, they were concerned that perhaps a person would leave in the middle of Torah reading. Since he would not hear the last person recite a blessing, he would think that there is no berachah after the reading. Therefore, they established that every person called up would recite the blessing at the end of his individual reading (Megillah 21b). The fact that the Chachamim instituted blessings before and after each reading, demonstrates the importance of Birkot HaTorah.

 

During the reading, the person who is called up must read each and every word quietly along with the Torah reader. Since he is the one who recited the blessing on the Torah, if he does not read it himself, there is concern that his blessings will have been recited in vain (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:2).

 

In extenuating circumstances, even a person who does not know how to read, or a person who is blind, can be called up to the Torah, despite the fact that it is the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch (139:3) not to call up a person who is incapable of reading the written words along with the Torah reader. Nevertheless, the Rama rules like the lenient opinion, and even in Sephardic congregations it has been customary in extenuating circumstances to act leniently regarding this matter (see Kaf HaChaim 135:16; Yalkut Yosef, part 3, 139:4).

 

Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach 

David Azerad 

 

 3) HOLY JoKeS!!

 

Selection of funny snippets, loosely related to this weeks parashah or current events, to brighten your day 

 

 

ARE YOU GOLDBERG?

In this week’s Torah portion, we come across a very special mitzvah, to track down and kill all practitioners of witchcraft. Let’s imagine for a moment what this may have looked like.

Our opening scene takes us to the king’s palace. The king is talking to his general.

KING: We must kill out all the witches in this land. A witch may be a man or a woman, young or old, skinny or fat-

GENERAL: (interrupts king) Your Majesty. If a witch can be any type of person, how do we know if a person is a witch?

KING: We have a list of all witches in the country. Basically, we went around the country and any person found holding a broom was assumed to be a witch.

GENERAL: Your Majesty, don’t you think that you are jumping to conclusions? Just because someone is holding a broom, that’s not proof that he is a witch!

KING: Well, it’s called a WITCH HUNT for a reason!

GENERAL: You are right. The problem of witchcraft has been going on for years and for too long we have been sweeping it under the rug.

The general takes the list from the king and begins to knock on doors.

GENERAL: Is this the Goldberg family?

PERSON: Yes, it is.

GENERAL: Are you the Goldberg I am looking for?

PERSON: Which Goldberg are you looking for?

GENERAL: HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS LOOKING FOR WITCH GOLDBERG? YOU MUST BE A WITCH!!

 

 

4) FOR KIDS

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LIFECYCLE EVENTS

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CONGREGATION MAGHEN ABRAHAM

 

Contact Us

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Thu, February 22 2024 13 Adar I 5784