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M A Weekly - Bulletin May 18th 2024 - EMOR - 10 IYYAR 5784

05/16/2024 07:34:23 PM

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PESAH SHENI - May 22nd

Pesach Sheni (Hebrewפסח שניtrans. Second Passover) occurs every year on 14 Iyar. This is exactly one month after 14 Nisan, the day before Passover, which was the day prescribed for bringing the Korban Pesach ("Paschal offering", i.e. Passover lamb) in anticipation of that holiday.[1] As described in the source text for this mitzvah (Numbers 9:1–14), the Israelites were about to celebrate Passover one year after leaving Egypt.

The offering of the Korban Pesach was at the core of that celebration. However "certain men"[2] were ritually impure from contact with human corpses, and were therefore ineligible to participate in the Korban Pesach. Faced with the conflict of the requirement to participate in the Korban Pesach and their ineligibility due to impurity, they approached Moses and Aaron for instructions, which resulted in the communication of the law of Pesach Sheni.[3]

-Wikipedia

 

UPCOMING THIS WEEK

CELEBRATIONS

MABROOK!!!

Isaac Zeitoune

on his birthday

 

MABROOK!!!

Mino Sayegh

on his birthday

 

HAZKAROT

HAZKARAH

ESTRELLA ISRAEL NEE LANCRY BAT SARAH z'L
Mother of Saadia Israel

 

NOTICES


REFUA SHELEMA TO MoUSSA SAAD
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refua shelema to AHOUVA BAT MAZAL
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REFUA SHELEMA TO Shlomo Ben Linda

NEWSLETTER

Bonjour / Hello [nickname_else_first_name],

 

SEFIRAT HAOMER BOOKLET

 

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Table of contents

 

1) Perashat Hashavoua - Rabbi Eli Mansour

2) Halakhat Hashavoua (Halakhot related to day to day life) By Hazzan David Azerad  -

The One Who Is Called Up and the Torah Blessings -peninei halacha

3) Holy Jokes!

4) For KIDS

 

 

 This Week's Parasha Insight with Rabbi Eli Mansour

Parashat Emor: Preparing for Matan Torah

One of the topics discussed in Parashat Emor is the Misva which we observe each night during this period between Pesach and Shabuot – the Misva of Sefirat Ha’omer, to count the forty-nine days from the 16th of Nissan until Shabuot.

The meaning of this Misva can be understood by considering the name of the Yom Tob it leads to – "Shabuot." Rather than refer to this Yom Tob as "Zeman Matan Toratenu" ("the time of the giving of the Torah"), as we refer to Shabuot in our prayers, the Torah instead refers to this holiday as "the holiday of weeks." Why?

The answer is that we need to prepare for this Yom Tob during the weeks leading to the event of Matan Torah.

The Jewish holidays do not merely commemorate historical events. Their role is not simply to help us remember what happened. Rather, the spiritual forces that were at play at the time these events transpired resurface each year at the time we commemorate those events. This means that on Shabuot, we not only recall the event of Matan Torah, but we experience it anew. Each year, it as though we return to Sinai and once again accept upon ourselves the Torah.

And this is why the weeks leading up to Shabuot are so crucial. If the celebration was only commemorative, there wouldn’t be much to prepare for. But since Shabuot is about reexperiencing the event of Matan Torah, we need to prepare for it. Just as our ancestors needed to undergo a growth process after leaving Egypt to prepare for Matan Torah, we must likewise prepare ourselves during these weeks after Pesach so we will be ready to properly accept the Torah anew on Shabuot.

The Mishna in Pirkeh Abot (6:6) teaches that "the Torah is acquired through forty-eight things." There are forty-eight indispensable attributes that we must master in order to properly "acquire" the Torah, and the Mishna proceeds to list all forty-eight. It has been suggested that the forty-eight days of the Omer correspond to these forty-eight attributes, as on each day of the Omer we should try to focus on one attribute so we can properly prepare for Matan Torah. The forty-ninth and final day of the Omer, the day before Shabuot, is when we are to try to review all that we’ve learned and gained the previous forty-eight days, so we enter Shabuot fully prepared to accept the Torah.

We obviously cannot go through all forty-eight in this context, so we will simply point out two: "Ema" and "Yir’a" – reverence and fear.

Torah, unlike all other disciplines, must be studied with a certain aura of reverence. When it comes to all other fields, it makes no difference what one wears while he studies, in what kind of environment he studies, and what his mood is as he studies. Torah, however, must be learned with a degree of fear, with a feeling of reverence.

The reason can be understood from the Talmud’s statement that since the destruction of the Bet Ha’mikdash, G-d is present wherever Torah is studied. The Shechina (divine presence) used to rest in the Bet Ha’mikdash, and now rests wherever a Jew studies Torah. If we approach Torah learning with this awareness, we will naturally study with "Ema" and "Yir’a." When the Kohen Gadol completed the special Yom Kippur service, during which he entered the holiest chamber of the Bet Ha’mikdash, he would make a special feast, celebrating his having survived this experience. This is the level of fear evoked by being in Hashem’s presence in the Bet Ha’mikdash – and this is how we should approach Torah learning, as well. We need to realize that as we study Torah, we are like Kohanim serving G-d in the Bet Ha’mikdash.

How fortunate we are to have received such a precious gift – the Torah, through which we are able to live in G-d’s presence. May we always cherish this great privilege and commit ourselves to take full advantage the opportunity we have to draw close to the Creator through the study of His Torah.


 

 

Halachot this week are selected and Translated by Hazzan David Azerad

 

The One Who Is Called Up and the Torah Blessings -peninei halacha 

Although every person recites Birkot HaTorah in the morning, the Chachamim established that those called up to the Torah recite the blessings again before and after the reading, so as to instill a feeling of Divine reverence and awe in the heart of the one who is called up, and in the hearts of the listeners.

 

Originally, the minhag was such that only the first and last people called up to the Torah recited the blessings. The first person called up would recite the first blessing before the Torah reading, and the others called up would not make a blessing. The last person called up would recite the final blessing after the conclusion of the reading.

 

Subsequently, the Chachamim established that each and every person called up to the Torah would recite the blessings before and after their portion is read.

 

The Chachamim were concerned that perhaps someone would enter the synagogue in the middle of Torah reading and would not have heard the berachah recited by the first person called up, and  would think that no berachah is recited before Torah reading. Therefore, they established that each person called would make a blessing before his reading. Furthermore, they were concerned that perhaps a person would leave in the middle of Torah reading. Since he would not hear the last person recite a blessing, he would think that there is no berachah after the reading. Therefore, they established that every person called up would recite the blessing at the end of his individual reading (Megillah 21b). The fact that the Chachamim instituted blessings before and after each reading, demonstrates the importance of Birkot HaTorah.

 

During the reading, the person who is called up must read each and every word quietly along with the Torah reader. Since he is the one who recited the blessing on the Torah, if he does not read it himself, there is concern that his blessings will have been recited in vain (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:2).

 

In extenuating circumstances, even a person who does not know how to read, or a person who is blind, can be called up to the Torah, despite the fact that it is the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch (139:3) not to call up a person who is incapable of reading the written words along with the Torah reader. Nevertheless, the Rama rules like the lenient opinion, and even in Sephardic congregations it has been customary in extenuating circumstances to act leniently regarding this matter (see Kaf HaChaim 135:16; Yalkut Yosef, part 3, 139:4).

 

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) FOR KIDS

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