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Friday Night  - 21st night of Omer @MAGHEN

 - Mincha 6:30pm followed by Shir Hashirim -Kabbalat Shabbat - Arvit 

- Candle lighting   7:49 pm


Saturday - 21st Day of Omer - @MAGHEN

Perasha - KEDOSHIM

Haftara - Ezekiel Chapter 20

- 9:00am Shacharit - 


- Mincha 7:30Pm @CHEVRA followed by Arvit  22nd night of Omer 

 - Havdalah 9pm


Sunday - 22nd Day of Omer @CHEVRA

- 8:00am Shacharit



Maurice Bijo

On his Birthday!


Jacques Antebi

On his Birthday!


Joseph Pisarevsky

On his Birthday!


Olga Cohen

On her Birthday!


Meir Azerad

On his Birthday







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




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 - Hazzan David Azerad

3) Holy Jokes!




 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Kedoshim: The Right Way to Criticize

One of the commands that we read in Parashat Kedoshim is the obligation of "Hochi’ah Tochi’ah Et Amitecha" – to "rebuke" those who act improperly (19:17). The Torah does not subscribe to the belief that what other people do is not our concern. The Jewish Nation consists of millions of individuals, but we all comprise a single entity, and we are thus all responsible for one another. Hence, if we observe somebody acting inappropriately and violating the Torah, we are commanded to approach the person to correct his behavior.

However, the Torah immediately adds after introducing this command, "Ve’lo Tisa Alav Het" – "Do not bear a sin on his account." This means that we must not commit a sin by criticizing our fellow for a sin he committed. We are not allowed to humiliate a fellow Jew in the course of criticizing him, or to lead him to commit worse sins. Criticism is permitted only if we are able to give it in a proper and effective manner. It does not give us license to embarrass somebody or to make him angry, which will only have the effect of leading him to additional sins.

There is a famous story told about the Hafetz Haim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933) that exemplifies the proper approach that we must have to this Misva. A Rabbi in the United States was once giving a speech in which he mentioned an incident that took place in the Hafetz Haim’s yeshiva, when a student was found smoking a cigarette on Shabbat. The Hafetz Haim heard about what happened and called the boy into his office. The boy arrived, spoke with the Rabbi for a few moments, and then left, completely changed. He never again even dreamed of smoking on Shabbat, and he grew to become a fully observant and devoted Jew. After telling this story, the Rabbi lamented the fact that we do not know what the Hafetz Haim said to this student. If we did know, we would perhaps have the key to effectively influencing today’s young people to embrace Torah observance.

After the Rabbi finished his talk, an elderly man approached him.

"I am that boy," he told the Rabbi. "I was the student in the Hafetz Haim’s yeshiva who was caught smoking."

The Rabbi excitedly asked the man, "So what did he tell you? How did the Hafetz Haim convince you to stop violating Shabbat?"

The man’s response stunned the Rabbi. "As soon as I walked in," the man told, "the Hafetz Haim took my hand and held it tightly. With tears streaming down his face, he looked lovingly into my eyes and said, ‘Shabbos. Shabbos. Shabbos.’ That was all. He did not shout at me, he was not angry at me, and he did not lecture me. He just said, ‘Shabbos. Shabbos. Shabbos.’ I saw his sincerity and his pain, and I felt the hot tears fall from his face onto my hand, and I could never bring myself to smoke on Shabbat again."

This story has since become quite well-known, and it must inform the way we approach the delicate subject of criticism. The way to effectively encourage a change of behavior is not through anger and harsh criticism. This will, most likely, result in hostility and resentment, which will lead the person to go further in the opposite direction. The proper way is through love and sincerity. This is particularly true in our generation, when people are especially sensitive and emotionally fragile, and are so easily hurt and offended. If we want to promote change, we must follow the inspiring example of the Hafetz Haim, the example of showing love and concern for all our fellow Jews, regardless of their level of observance, and displaying our passion for Torah and Misvot and their centrality in our lives. This approach will, please G-d, gradually have the effect of bringing our fellow Jews back to Torah observance, so that we will be worthy of our long-awaited final redemption, speedily and in our days, Amen.




Selected & translated by David Azerad, Hazzan Maghen Abraham  


Hilchot Sefirat HaOmer, according to the rulings of Maran Harav Obadiah Yosef z”tl


Does one have to count on his own, or can he accomplish the Mitzvah by simply listening to someone else or just thinking about it?


It is a mitzvah for each and every one to count the Omer himself, as it is written in the verse   

"וספרתם לכם" count for yourselves in plural, that every person should count on his own. In any case, if a person intended to be exempt with the count of the Hazan, and the Hazan also had him in his mind that is considered that he did the Mitzvah of the Omer it’s called שומע כעונה.


The counting of the Omer should be verbalized in speech, actually saying it.If  a person only pondered, he could do the  blessing  later, and count the Omer in speech.


Why do we read Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers) during the period of the Omer?


There is a beautiful custom in some communities that during the period of the Omer between Mincha and Arvit to read or study a few chapters of Pirkey Avot, with a Talmid Cha’am, until it’s time for Arvit and to be able to count the Omer in the appropriate time. By this way one Mitzvah is leading to do another Mitzvah מצווה גוררת מצווה .


Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach

David Azerad 


3) HOLY JoKeS!!


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


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