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M A Weekly - Bulletin Sept 3 2021 - NITZAVIM / ROSH HASHANA - 27 ELUL 5781

09/03/2021 11:07:09 AM



SHABBAT TIMES                   THIS WEEK

Friday Night
Candle Lighting: 7:22p


Shabbat Day
Shaharit - Minyan: 9am @ Spanish

Minha - Seuda Shlishit: 7:15 @ Chevra
Havdalah (end of shabbat): 8:39p


Sunday Morning
Shaharit - 8AM @ Chevra






on his HEBREW Birthday


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Table of contents

1) Holiday wishes from MAGHEN ABRAHAM

2) HIGH HOLIDAYS IN THE TENT @ HAMPSTEAD!!! (Rosh Hashana & Kippour)

3) Lebansese Traditions on Rosh Hashana (Archives: David Hasson)

4) Thoughts on Why we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hahana (Mayer Sasson)

5) Parashat Hashavoua (Archives: Rabbi Yehuda Cohen)
6) Halakhat Hashavoua (Archives: EMil Khdoury z'L)


1) Holiday wishes from MAGHEN ABRAHAM


We would like to wish YOU and your Families a HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH full of HEALTH, HAPPINESS and SUCCESS. May we all be inscribed in the book of life.


We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you in the upcoming year!



2) HIGH HOLIDAYS IN THE TENT!!! (Rosh Hashana & Kippour)  - 


The Board is plased to annouce that this year's services will be held OUTDOORS in a LARGE TENT at HAMPSTEAD PARK. 

Monday September 6th
                                           Candle lighting 7:05pm
                                           Mincha 6:30pm followed by Arvit 

Tuesday September 7th
                                           Shacharit 8:30am
                                           Mincha 6:30pm followed by

                                           Tashlich and Arvit Candle lighting after 8:06 pm

Wednesday September 8th
                                           Shacharit 8:30am
                                           Mincha 7:00pm followed by Arvit
                                           Havdalah 8:06pm


Fast of Gedalia


Thursday SEPTEMBER 9th, / Jeudi le 9 Septembre, Jeûne de Gedalia
                                           Starts at 5:08 AM (Début)
                                           Ends   at  7:39 PM (Fin)


2) Lebansese Traditions on Rosh Hashana (Archives: David Hasson)



  1. Pommettes  trempées dans le miel ou en confiture

  2. Poireaux (bouillis) ou en omelette

  3. Blettes (Selek) (bouillis) ou en omelette

  4. Dattes

  5. Courge (en confiture)

  6. Roubia (Loubié msallat)

  7. Grenade

  8. Tête de bélier

Mêmes  Seders les 2 soirs de la fête


4) Thoughts on Why we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hahana (Mayer Sasson - Published in S&P Bulletin)


Concerning shofar blowing the Kisei Rachamim asks – Why do we blow Tkia- Shvarim- Trua- Tkia - תשר''ת – Because it comes from the word תשורה - -gift – that one brings to a king in order to appease him.


We must know that the Angel appointed over Tkia is Pastam, the Angel appointed over Shvarim is Yehuel and the Angel appointed over Trua is Shamshiel. The Angel appointed over all of them is called Enkatam and he stands before the Heavenly Throne to bring the sounds of the shofar before Him. In the merit of the sounds of the shofar the Honorable King sitting on the Heavenly Throne will come to save His children, the Children of Israel, from prosecutors that surround us on Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment.


The Kisei Rachamim adds that we have to be very careful that, G-d forbid, there be no jealousy, hatred and competition in the synagogue. Everyone must remove the jealousy and hatred that he has towards others; we therefore make the blessing before the blowing of the shofar – "…. Who Has commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar"  -"לשמוע קול שופר" . The initials of these words is "לקש" -  - להרחיק קנאה שנאה to distance jealousy and hatred.


Every person is to love one another sincerely and honestly. If all of Israel will do that, we will come to -"אז ימלא שחוק פינו ולשננו רינה" with the initials of the word shofar שופר – and then we will hear the shofar of Mashiach who will come to redeem us, speedily in our days, Amen.


5) PERASHAT HASHAVOUA is from the archives


By/Par : Rabbi YL Cohen

He is a Lebanese Jewish Rabbi living in Australia


NITZABBIM - VAYYELECH -Date 25 Elul 5767 / 8 September  2007


On the day of his death, Moshe assembled every man, woman and child of Israel in order to bring them into the Covenant of Hashem. The Covenant confirmed Israel as Hashem’s Chosen Nation . That applied not only to those present on that day but to all future Jewish generations. A warning was issued to anyone who rejects Hashem e.g. against idolatry .


Perashat Nitzabim is always read before Rosh Hashannah / the Jewish New Year  either by itself or together with Perashat Vayyelech. It is the Shabbat before the Jewish New Year . For that, it is a fitting time to call for repentance which befits the month of Elul . Our daily Selihot are part of this process of repentance in order to be subscribed and sealed in the New Year’s  ‘Book of Life’. For that, it is the time of the year when everybody aspires to greater spiritual level . Everybody has a strong desire to improve its current life .Everybody wants to be a better father or mother , a better husband or wife , a better friend or in general a better person. But unfortunately, our current circumstances may make all such resolutions difficult to attain or to keep. We ask ourselves the question : “ If not now, then when ? ” If we do not change our habits and improve ourselves now then when will we do it?


In fact, after the fearsome warnings of what will befall Israel when it is disloyal to Hashem , the Torah promises the eventual benevolence that Hashem will shower upon His people when they repent (Debarim/Deuteronomy 29:1-10). While the commandment to repent is phrased in the future tense, it shows that Hashem understands how difficult it is to repent but sooner or later , the Jew will repent and he will be redeemed as only real teshubah/ repentance brings redemption. Twice , the Torah commanded Repentance :


In the first expression , the Torah states "you will return aad/ up to   G-d," using the Hebrew word ‘aad / up to’  .

In the second expression , the Torah states "you shall return el / to Hashem," using the preposition  ‘el / to’.

Is there a purpose to this repetition? What is the difference between aad and el?   


A careful reading reveals a slight discrepancy between the two phrases:


The first expression ‘ aad / up to ’ denotes the first or initial stage of Repentance -the desire to repent . It refers to our resolution to repent by getting closer to Hashem but it is still a way full of obstacles e.g. The Yetzer Haraa/the Evil Inclination is still strong and we can not overcome it .
The Second expression’ el / to ’ In order to reach Hashem/ to do full repentance which is the second and final stage ,we need Hashem’s assistance as it is said   “ …(Hashem)will remove the barriers from your hearts."  Once all obstacles are removed , we will  reach all the way el / to Hashem, as it is said "with all your heart and soul." 

"Return (Teshubah), O backsliding Israel, says the Lord, and I will not cause My anger to fall upon you; For I am merciful, says the Lord, and I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your sin, that you have transgressed against the Lord your G-d...and you have not obeyed my voice...Return (Teshubah), O backsliding children, says the Lord, for I am betrothed to you...and I will bring you to Zion..." (Jeremiah 3:12-15)


Haftarah: (Isaiah 61:10-63:9 ” Soss assiss…”)  This is the last of the Seven Haftarot of consolation . Isaiah speaks of the ecstatic time of the redemption and also of the years of exile .Hashem says :” For Zion ‘s sake, I will not be silent…”Targum Yonathan explains that as long as the Children of Israel are in exile , it will be no tranquility in the world. The Haftarah ends with the message that that in all their (the Children of Israel) troubles, He (Hashem) was troubled. Hashem is watching over us and is preventing the assassins from carrying out their wicked  intentions. Hashem is preparing the way of the Messianic Era.

Halachah Corner:


During Birkat /the blessing of  the Kohanim/Priests , everybody must  stand either to the side or in front of the Kohanim. Those standing  to the sides should turn their faces towards the Priests / Kohanim as they recite the Berachah/the blessing (The Shulhan Aaruch Orah Hayyim 128).


Quiz of the last week: Which people would benefit by the tithes? Answer:Levis, the stranger, the widow, and the orphan.  


 Quiz of the week: In Nitzabbim,  Moshe call together to enter the covenant with Hashem. What did the covenant include?


Joke of the week:

There was this atheist and he was in the woods. And suddenly he heard some leaves cracking. He looked behind and there was a huge bear behind him. He started running and running and soon the bear was right on top of him and his paw was on top of him like he was going to swat him . He cried for Hashem’s assistance. But suddenly he saw this big light appear and said; "For all these years you have despised me and now you call for My help." The atheist said, "I'm sorry G-d. If you can't help me, can't you at least turn the bear into a Christian? Then the light disappeared. Then the bear knelt down and said, "Bless me Lord for this meal I'm about to receive!"



6) HALAKHAT HASHAVOUA is from the archives 


By/Par : Emil-Benyamin Khadoury z'L (2010)


Posted  WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18th 2006


Rosh Hashana


        Rosh Hashana is the day on which G-D created man,Adam,G-d's most precious creation,it is the birthday of mankind.we proclaim G-D's kingship over the world and our one and true king.We reaffirm our desire to serve him every moment of our lives.On this day G-D reviews the status of his creation and determines if he or she merits another year in this world.


        We greet each other after the  prayers by saying"May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year"because on Rosh Hashana ,everyone is judged by G-D based on his or her actions during the previous year.The resulting judgement is inscribed by G-D and a person's future is determined for the following year.Though that judgement is inscribed ,it is not sealed and can still be changed for another 10 days ,that we called " Asereth Yeme Teshuba " untill Yom Kippur,that G-D wait to seal the book for the year.


        During these 10 days ,a person can change his judgement for the better,by doing Teshuba( repentance)with true regret for the bad  past and better commitment for the future ,A person can erase his misdeeds and hence improve his judgement before it is sealed on Yom Kippur.Similiary,by Praying with greater concentration before G-D ,and by giving charity with the proper spirit. G-D looks specially at these area that can removed the bad decree.


        May you all be inscribed and sealed for a good year.


Va-alekhem Tabo Birkat Hatob
Emil(Benyamin) Khadoury



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