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M A Weekly - Bulletin Jan 8 2022 - BO - 6 SHEVAT 5782

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Per government public health,

Places of Worship are closed in order to limit the spread of the Omicron Variant


Friday Night

Minha-Arbit - Shir Hashirim - CLOSED due to Govt guidelines
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Shabbat Day
Shaharit - Minyan: CLOSED  due to Govt guidelines

Minha - Seuda Shlishit: CLOSED  due to Govt guidelines
Havdalah (end of shabbat): 5:18p



Shahrit - CLOSED due to Govt guidelines



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on his Birthday



To Elie Antebi

on his Birthday




Clement Setton z'L
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Table of contents

1) Synagogue Closure due to Government Restrictions

2) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

3) Halakhat Hashavoua - David Azerad

4) Holy Jokes!



1) Synagogue Closure due to Government Restrictions


Per government requirements in order to limit the spread of the covid omicron variant, all places of worship are to be closed.


We will keep you updated as developments progress as to when we will be able to reopen.


We hope all our members stay safe and remain healthy in this special time




Parashat Bo: The Plagues of Hail and Locusts

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Bo begins with the message that G-d commanded Moshe to bring to Pharaoh before the eighth plague, the plague of hail. In introducing this message, G-d told Moshe that Beneh Yisrael will one day relate to their children and grandchildren "Et Asher Hit’alalti Be’Misrayim" – "how I made a mockery of Egypt" (10:2).


A number of commentators raised the question of why this was said specifically in reference to the plague of locusts. Did not all the plagues "make a mockery of Egypt," by showing Pharaoh that he was powerless, and not the G-d-like figure which he claimed to be?


The Ben Ish Hai (Rav Yosef Haim of Baghdad, 1833-1909) explains the particular "mockery" that was brought about by the plague of locusts. The Torah tells (10:15) that the locusts consumed "all that the hail had left." The previous plague, the plague of hail, had destroyed all the produce in Egypt, except the wheat and "Kusemet," two staple grains which survived. As the Torah explains (9:32), these two species withstood the hailstorm because they ripen later, and they were thus still in their earlier stages of growth such that they were soft and capable of surviving harsh elements. The Egyptians ridiculed Moshe, noting that had he brought the hail just several weeks later, after these two species had ripened, the job would have been complete. They mocked Moshe for what they perceived as foolishness, bringing the plague of hail before it could destroy all their produce. G-d therefore responded with the plague of locusts, which "finished the job," so-to-speak, consuming all that had remained. And thus G-d made a true mockery of the Egyptians – they had ridiculed Him for failing to destroy the wheat and "Kusemet," yet in the end, He destroyed those, as well.


This explains an otherwise perplexing passage in the Haggadah, which tells of Rabbi Yehuda’s "Simanim" – the acrostic he made for the names of the ten plagues. After we list the plagues, we then mention that Rabbi Yehuda would refer to them as "Desach," "Adash" and "Be’ahab," forming three words out of the first letters of the plagues’ names, the first two words consisting of three letters each, and the final word consisting of four letters. Many commentators addressed the question of why Rabbi Yehuda made this acrostic, and why this is noteworthy. Seemingly, it does not take any special wisdom or creativity to form such an acrostic. One answer is that Rabbi Yehuda formed these words in this particular arrangement to show that the seventh and eighth plagues – hail and locusts – are integrally connected. The final word in his acrostic is "Be’ahab," which represents the final four plagues – "Barad" (hail), "Arbeh" (locusts), "Hoshech" (darkness) and "Bechorot" (the firstborn). Intuitively, we would have grouped the final three plagues separately from the previous plagues, because the final three plagues are related together in Parashat Bo, whereas the first seven are described in Parashat Vaera. Rabbi Yehuda therefore created his acrostic to teach that in truth, the seventh and eighth plagues – hail and locusts – are closely linked. Although we happen to read about them in two different Parashiyot, they are actually to be seen as two stages of a single process. The plague of hail ended with false hope for the Egyptians, which led them to ridicule G-d, but then plague of locusts came and proved them wrong. Together, these two plagues proved to the Egyptians the fallacy of their beliefs and made a mockery of their arrogant sense of power and invincibility.




Selected & translated by David Azerad, Hazzan Maghen Abraham


Halachot Brachot, according to the rulings of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt”l


On what new items do we say the blessing of "SheHecheyanu"?


When buying a new garment,such as a suit for example , even if he had a similar garment previously, he still has to recite the blessing of “Shehecheyanu. Although in principle the blessing should have been done at the time when purchasing the garment, it is customary to recite the blessing at the time when the garment is worn. A garment that’s of less importance, such as a robe  or shoes and socks, or a cap, we do not say the blessing of Shehecheyanu.


Do we make the blessing of Shehecheyanu on utensils or jewelry?


He purchased a new car, and he is happy with what he bought, or he bought jewelry for his wife, or any other materials ,and he was happy with what he purchased. Even though in principle he would be allowed to recite the blessing Of” Shehecheyanu ," It is customary not to recite it, but rather  to recite Shehecheyanu on a suit like mentioned above and exempt with this blessing all of the other items he bought.


Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom

David Azerad

4) HOLY JoKeS!!



Why was Pharaoh unable to get his stock broker’s license? He was involved in a pyramid scheme.


What song would arguably have been appropriate to sing to Pharaoh during the seventh plague? "Hail” to the Chief.


 What is the last thing an Egyptian likely would have ordered for breakfast during the sixth plague? A hard-’boil”ed egg.


What dessert might have been served in Egypt during the third plague? Lice cream.



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