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M A Weekly - Bulletin March 23rd 2024 - VAYIKRA - ADAR II 13 5784

03/22/2024 09:20:14 AM

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SCHEDULE

SHABBAT TIMES

Friday Night, @Maghen Abraham

 

Mincha 5:30pm followed by Shir Hashirim -Kabbalat Shabbat - Arvit

 

Shabbat Candle lighting  6:52 pm

 

Saturday, @Maghen Abraham 

 

Shahrit 9:00am

 

Perasha - Vayikra

Haftara - Samuel I 15:1-34

 

Kiddush Sponsored by

Selim Sasson in memory of Joseph Moadeb z'L

 

Mincha 6:40PM followed by Arvit 

 

Havdalah:  8:02pm

 

PURIM
 

MEGUILAT ESTHER - PURIM
SATURDAY EVENING MARCH 23rd
MINHA followed by ARBIT - 6:40PM
HABDALAH - 8:02PM
MEGUILLA READING - 10 Minutes after Habdalah

 

COME IN COSTUME!!!

 

 

Gifts will be distributed to the children

 

Sunday March 17
Shahrit (with Spanish) at 8:30 am 

Including the second reading of the Megillah

No Tachanunim

 

SPY Purim Carnaval 11AM - 1PM
https://www.thespanish.org/event/Purim-2024

 

Monday March 18

Sushan Purim

No Tachanunim

 

Congregation Maghen Abraham wishes

 

HAPPY PURIM TO ALL

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

CELEBRATIONS

MABROOK!

Mark Sayegh

on his birthday!!!

 

MABROOK!

Marc Arazi

on his birthday!!!

 

HAZKAROT

HAZKARAH

Stella Mizrahi z'L

Sister of Mino Sayegh

 

 

 

NOTICES

We are all in shock with Simhat Torah massacre in Israel of brothers and sisters by the Hamas terrorist organization.

 

No words can describe our sentiment towards this horrific event.

 

Our hearts go out to all those that have lost loved ones and we pray for a safe return of those that are still in captivity.

 

We wish safety of the Israeli troops that are tasked with retrieving our brethren. 

 

AM ISRAEL CHAI

 

We also support our fellow Jewish institutions (Synagogues and Schools) that were targeted over the past week. We condem this SHAMEFUL ACT and we hope that the perpetrators are apprehended by the authorities quickly.

 

NEVER AGAIN

 

 

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NEWSLETTER

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Table of contents

 

1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua - Chazzan David Azerad - Perashat Zachor

3) Holy Jokes!

4) FOR KIDS!

 

 

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Vayikra: The Joy of Misvot

The Torah in Parashat Vayikra discusses the various kinds of sacrifices, including the sin-offering that one was required to bring after committing certain sins. In introducing this sin-offering, the Torah speaks of "Nefesh Ahat" – literally, "one soul" – who accidentally sins. The Torah then adds, "Ba’asotah Ahat Mi’kol Misvot Hashem Asher Lo Te’asena Ve’ashem" – literally, "by doing one of all the commands of G-d which must not be done, and he bears guilt" (4:27).

While the overall intent of this verse is clear – referring to a person who committed an act which G-d commands us not to commit – the formulation is unusual. Why does it refer to the individual with term "Nefesh"? And why is the sinful act described as "one of the commands of G-d which must not be done"? Once the Torah describes a person who accidentally committed a sin, why do we need this elaboration, that he committed an act which he is commanded not to do? Furthermore, why does the Torah say about such a person, "Ve’ashem" – "he bears guilt"? If the sin was committed by accident, why is the person described as "bearing guilt"?

The Mishna in Pirkeh Abot (4:2) famously teaches, "Misva Goreret Misva" – one Misva leads to another. Once a person performs a Misva, he is led to do another. Many commentators raised the question of why we do not always see people who perform a Misva being naturally led to perform others. It is not uncommon to see people who perform Misvot sporadically and inconsistently. How could this be? If one Misva naturally leads to another, then are we not all constantly doing Misvot all the time?

The answer that many have suggested is that the Mishna refers only to Misvot which we perform with genuine joy and enthusiasm. If a person performs a Misva without any feeling, simply going through the motions because he feels he has to, without any fervor or excitement over the privilege of serving G-d, then the Misva will not have the effect of drawing him to additional Misvot. This is why we are not always drawn to additional Misvot after performing one Misva. If we perform a Misva by rote, or only out of a sense of obligation, without any joy or excitement, then it will not lead us to additional Misvot.

With this in mind, we can return to the difficult verse from Parashat Vayikra which we cited earlier. The Torah here alludes to a "Nefesh," a soul that is deficient, lacking the joy and fervor that ought to characterize Misva observance. In such a case, the individual will likely perform "Ahat Mi’kol Misvot Hashem" – only one Misva, because, "Asher Lo Te’asena" – his Misva will not lead to additional Misva performance,. And then, "Ve’ashem" – he will end up being guilty of sins, because the neglect of Misvot wrought by his lack of joy will ultimately result in his violating Torah laws.

As we enter the season of Pesach, we must strive to increase our joy in the performance of Misvot. This is a very special time of year when we have so many Misvot to perform. The more joyful we are in our observance, genuinely enthusiastic about the great privilege we have to serve our Creator, the more the Misvot of Pesach will lead us to perform additional Misvot, and thus catapult us to greater heights of Abodat Hashem (service of G-d) and closeness to the Almighty.

 

 

 

Parashat Zakhor - peninei halacha

 

The Sages instituted the reading of Parashat Zakhor once a year in order to fulfill the Torah commandment to remember and not forget the evil deeds of Amalek. One is viewed as having forgotten about Amalek only if a year goes by without remembering it. Therefore, we discharge our obligation by mentioning the matter once a year. We read Parashat Zakhor on the Shabbat before Purim in order to juxtapose remembering Amalek to the destruction of his descendant Haman.

 

According to Torah law, one must express this remembrance verbally. There is no need, however, for every individual to read Parashat Zakhor from a Torah scroll; rather, everyone fulfills the mitzvah by hearing another person read the verses from the Torah.

According to some of the greatest Rishonim, the Torah commands us to read Parashat Zakhor from the Torah scroll itself. Therefore, it is proper to read it from an exceptionally beautiful Torah scroll, and the reader must try to read the passage as meticulously as possible.

 

Preferably, everyone should hear Parashat Zakhor read according to his family’s accepted traditions of cantillation and pronunciation. Technically, however, members of all Jewish communities can discharge their obligation by hearing it read according to any version accepted among the Jewish people, whether it is Sephardic, Ashkenazic, or Yemenite.

One who finds himself in a place where there is no minyan should read Parashat Zakhor from a Torah scroll without a minyan. If no Torah scroll is available, he should read it from a ĥumash or a siddur.

 

Mitzvot require kavana (focused intent); therefore, one must have in mind to fulfill the mitzvah of remembering Amalek’s deeds when reading or hearing Parashat Zakhor. It is a good practice for the gabbai or reader to announce this before commencing the reading.

 

Purim Sameach

Bevirkat Shabbat Shalom Umevorach 

David Azerad 

 

 3) HOLY JoKeS!!

 

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

 

Why did the cow refuse to be slaughtered?
BECAUSE IT’S A PAIN IN THE NECK!

 

What do kabbalas dam and baseball have in common?
THEY BOTH HAVE A PITCHER AND A CATCHER!

 

In that spirit… What do you call a korban on an airplane?
A SACRIFICE FLY!

 

Another baseball joke:
Did you hear about the baseball player that got into a car accident?
IT WAS A HIT AND RUN!

 

4) FOR KIDS

Click on the image to open the youtube video

 

 

 

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