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M A Weekly - Bulletin Jan 29 2022 - MISHPATIM - 27 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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Rosh Hodesh Adar Aleph (1)



To RIta and Victor Guindi 

on the Bar Mitsvah of their Grandson

Jack Posman (Son of Adam Posman and Tania Guindi-Posman)



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on his Birthday



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Father of Raymonde Dana



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Mother of Claude Helwani


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Wife of Jack Gaiptman



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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 Mishpatim - The Elixir of Life

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour


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.





Selected & translated by David Azerad, Hazzan Maghen Abraham


Laws of honoring our elders according to the rulings of Maran Obadiah Yosef ZT’L

It is written in the book of Vayikra Chapter 19 Verse 32

The duty to stand before the Talmid Chacham is when they enter within 2 feet from where we are sitting. We should be standing completely, not just moving slightly from our chair.


Is it obligatory to stand in front of our parents when they enter the room?


When the father or mother enters the house, the child must stand in their honor every time they enter, even a hundred times a day. And there are some Ashkenazi customs who tend to lighten the Halacha and stand only twice a day.


A child who stands and knows that his parents are about to enter his home, it is good if he sat down to oblige himself in the Mitzvah to stand when his parents enter.


Anyone who sees his parents even at a great distance, should stand before them.


Again the obligation is to fully stand up on your feet, and not like those who move slightly from their place. The child should remain standing until his father and mother sit down, or until they give him permission to sit.


Parents who insist that the child should not stand up for them every time they enter the room and put aside their dignity {Kavod} nonetheless the child should make some gesture of getting up.


Even if the child is a Talmid Chacham and the father is not, the child must stand before him.


Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach

David Azerad 


4) HOLY JoKeS!!


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


There’s an old joke about a plumber who was called to a doctor’s home to fix leaking faucet that had kept the surgeon awake late at night. After a two-minute job the plumber demanded $150. The surgeon exclaimed, ‘I don’t charge this amount even though I am a surgeon.” The plumber replied, “I agree, you are right. I too, didn’t either, when I was a surgeon. That’s why I switched to plumbing!”






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