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M A Weekly - Bulletin Apr 23 2022 - END OF PASSOVER EDITION - NISSAN 22 5782

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MAGHEN ABRAHAM would like to wish ALL it's COMMUNITY MEMBERS a HEALTHY and HAPPY PASSOVER HOLIDAY!

 

We look forward to CELEBRATING the holiday TOGETHER

SHABBAT/PASSOVER TIMES

Thursday April 21 Eruv Tavshilin @MAGHEN  

- 6:30pm Mincha followed by Arvit/  6th night of Omer 

- Candle lighting BEFORE 7:30 pm

 

Friday Night April 22 @MAGHEN

- Shacharit 9:00 am  

 - Mincha 6:15pm followed by Shir Hashirim -Kabbalat Shabbat - Arvit &  7th night of Omer 

Candle lighting  After 7:31 pm

 

Saturday April 23  -SHABBAT @MAGHEN

- 9:00am Shacharit

- Mincha 7:15 followed by Arvit  8th night of Omer 

 - Havdalah 8:39pm

 

DO NOT CONSUME HAMETZ BEFORE 9:30pm

 

Sunday April 24th - @CHEVRA

- 8:00am Shacharit

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

CELEBRATIONS

MABROOK!!!
Samuel Morabia

On his Birthday!

 

MABROOK!!!
Jimmy Khadoury

On his Birthday!

 

HAZKAROT

 

 

 

refua shelema to AHOUVA BAT MAZAL 

 

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NEWSLETTER

Bonjour / Hello [nickname_else_first_name]

 

This weekend is the End of Passover

 

With the Holiday ending this Saturday please make sure not to eat HAMETZ till after 9:30PM

 

SEFIRAT HAOMER BOOKLET

 

Isaac Darwiche has put together this years booklet for Sefirat Haomer which can be found here

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

 

Counting of the Omer (Hebrew: סְפִירַת הָעוֹמֶר, Sefirat HaOmer, sometimes abbreviated as Sefira or the Omer) is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days starting with the Wave Offering of a sheaf of ripe grain with a sacrifice immediately following the commencement (Hebrew: רֵאשִׁית‎, reishit) of the grain harvest, and the First Fruits festival celebrating the end of the grain harvest, known as Feast of Weeks/Shavuot/Pentecost in Mosaic Law (Hebrew Bible: Deuteronomy 16:9–12, Leviticus 23:10–16); or in the varying current Jewish holidays traditions, the period between the Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Shavuot. This is the second of the three annual Mosaic Law feast periods.

 

This mitzvah ("commandment") derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) for Rabbinic Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform), and after the weekly Shabbat during Passover for Karaite Jews, and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the 'fiftieth day.'

 

- Wikipedia

 

 

Table of contents

 

1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua - Halachot Sefirat Ha' Omer - Emil Kahdoury z'L

3) Holy Jokes!

 

1)PERASHAT HASHAVOUA

 

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Shevi'i Shel Pesah- Achieving True Freedom

Over the years, when running Torah learning programs for youngsters, I would occasionally receive complaints from the parents. They were concerned that I was teaching their sons too much Torah, and they were learning more than they should.

I replied with an analogy to a mother who received a prescription from the doctor for her son. The doctor told her that the son needs to take a teaspoon of the medicine each day for a certain period of time. She went to the pharmacy and filled the prescription. To her surprise, the pharmacist wrote on the bottle to give the son a tablespoon each day. The woman told the pharmacist that he must have made a mistake, because she distinctly remembers the doctor telling her to give the child only a teaspoon. The pharmacist showed her the prescription, which stated clearly that the boy needs a tablespoon.

The woman figured that the doctor must have made a mistake when he wrote the prescription, and so she gave the boy only a teaspoon each day.

The days went by, and the period prescribed by the doctor ended. The child did not get better.

The mother returned to the doctor, who asked whether she gave the child a tablespoon of medicine each day. She replied that she gave only a teaspoon, because this is what he had told her verbally.

The doctor explained, "I wrote specifically that you need to give him a tablespoon, because I know that kids spit out about half the medicine. If you give them a tablespoon, they’ll ingest a teaspoon, which is what they need. You gave him only a teaspoon, and he spit out some – so not enough medicine was ingested to cure him!"

This is true of Torah, as well.

Half of the Torah that our youngsters learn will likely be neutralized by the lures and influences of modern society. They will be left with only half of what they learn. We need to give them a higher "dose" of Torah so that enough will remain within them to have the desired impact.

The Sefirat Ha’omer period links Pesach – the celebration of our Exodus from Egypt – to Shabuot – the celebration of our receiving the Torah. These two must be linked, because otherwise, we are not truly "free." On Pesach, we were freed from our subservience to Pharaoh, but this is not enough. This freedom created a vacuum that needed to be filled by Matan Torah, by our subservience to Hashem. The value of Pesach lies in its connection to Shabuot, in our using our freedom for the purpose of serving G-d. If we had achieved freedom without then committing to G-d’s service, then the vacuum would have been filled by other, far less noble, pursuits, in which case our freedom would have lost its value.

One of the symbols of the Pesach Seder is the egg. Rabbi Yishak Mirsky (contemporary), in his Hegyoneh Halacha commentary to the Haggadah, explains that the egg symbolizes the two-stage process of our nation’s redemption. Unlike mammals, who deliver their young directly, birds produce offspring in two stages – they lay an egg, and then incubate the egg until it hatches and a new bird emerges. Similarly, our departure from Egypt was the first stage, and Matan Torah was the second. Our redemption could not be said to be complete when we were freed from Egyptian bondage – because the freedom from Egypt needs to lead to subservience to G-d, as otherwise it will lead to "subservience" to vanity and sin.

The Torah says about the pit into which Yosef was cast, "….the pit was empty; it had no water" (Bereshit 37:24). The Talmud (Shabbat 22a) famously comments, "It had no water – but it had snakes and scorpions." Later commentators noted that this description of the pit aptly describes the human mind, as well. If it is not filled with "water" – with Torah, our source of spiritual life – then it will be filled by "snakes and scorpions" – harmful spiritual forces.

True freedom does not mean being "empty," having no obligations, commitments or responsibilities – because such "freedom" quickly evolves into subservience to bad habits and sinful conduct. The vacuum will not remain. We are truly free only if we fill our time, our minds and our lives with "water," with Torah learning and Misva observance, whereby we live our lives the way they are supposed to be lived.

 

2) HALAKHAT HASHAVOUA 

 

From the Archives

 

OMER

        The Sefirat (counting) Ha-Omer  lasts  49 days (7 weeks ) .  We starts counting on  the 2nd day of Pesach till one night before Shabuot.There are
different customs during that period regarding Cutting Hair,Weddings,Music,and more.The Sephardim do not take hair cuts or in some instances shave, till the 34th day of the Omer unlike the Ashkenazim who takes hair cut & shave on the 33rd day,which is Lag Baomer.This Avelut (Mourning)period is based on the death of 24000 students of Rabbi Akiba.For ladies,it is our custom not to be Mahmir(stringent)on taking hair cuts during Sefirat Ha-Omer,they are allowed to take a hair cut.Ladies also should not make Sefirat Ha-Omer,not with or without the Berakha(blessing),as per Ben Ish Hay,he explains that according to Kabala,there is no reason for Ladies to count at all,the Kaf Hachayim and other Hakhamim come down with the same opinion.

        As per Sephadic customs also,one should not make weddings until the night of the 34th of the Omer ,the same as the hair cut rule.It is also a good custom not to go swimming , take dangerous risks, or listen to music till Lag Ba-Omer ,which is the day of the Hilulah(tribute)of Rabbi Shimeon Ben Yuhay,Z"L.So we do celebrate that day as a Holiday,because of the impact of Rabbi Shimeon,Z'L.and his Zohar.The books bring down how you are suppose to enjoy that 33rd day of the Omer,so we d listen to Kosher music Likhbod(in Honor) the Hilula of Rabi Shimeon Ben Yuhay.Z"L.

 

Bejamin Khadoury z'L
 

 

3) HOLY JoKeS!!

 

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

 

What’s your favorite Passover film?

Shawshankbone Redemption

 

Why did the matzah quit his job?

Because he didn’t get a raise

 

 

 

 

 

 

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