Friday, October 23, 2020

What we do after the Great Flood? See below: Also - this week's schedule

 If you want to join a Zoom event  please contact Rabbi Yaffe

Shabbat Noach

Dear All,

What we do after the Great Flood? See below:

After the article,  I will be listing all events, services, and classes day by day in this weeks email, so just scroll down to find anything you need for a given day

Thoughts on the a Post-Flood  Program for Today
By (Rabbi)Shlomo Yaffe

All the Torah speaks to us as new and relevant in every moment and every situation

In this week’s Torah portion Noah -upon emerging from the ark into a world that would need to learn to transcend the errors of the Antediluvian Epoch  is instructed upon the fundamental ethical laws that apply to all Human beings -given by G-d – the Noahide Laws

Maimonides writes “Moreover, by Divine ordinance, Moshe, our teacher, commanded us to sway all human beings to accept the commandments enjoined upon the descendants of Noach. “

This means that every Jew is responsible to encourage all denizens of the world to act in accordance with the Seven Noachide Commandments and their associated values. In the olden days there was great potential danger involved in this type of activity -- for it could be misconstrued as an attempt to proselytize. In our generation, however, there is no danger in this respect

As Jews we must be concerned with the welfare of all peoples, for the world was "formed to be a place where all can live in felicity “–rather than anarchy
As Isaiah states (45:18)
יח  כִּי כֹה אָמַר-ה בּוֹרֵא הַשָּׁמַיִם הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים, יֹצֵר הָאָרֶץ וְעֹשָׂהּ הוּא כוֹנְנָהּ--לֹא-תֹהוּ בְרָאָהּ, לָשֶׁבֶת יְצָרָהּ; אֲנִי ה, וְאֵין עוֹד.               
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens, He is God; that formed the earth and made it, He established it, He created it not a waste, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is none else.

The foundation and basis of the Seven Noachide Laws -- is love and brotherhood. Even the word Noach indicates - pleasantness and friendliness. And when all humankind observes the Seven Noachide Laws they are called "pious (righteous), which indicates kindness and love.

In reaching out to encourage the observance of the Seven Noachide Laws we must also show kindness and emphasize the goodness and pleasantness which their observance will bring to the world and society. This is especially true in the United States of America, and after the 20th Century horrors perpetuated by Fascism and Communism (and those horrors continue today in States influenced by these ideas)

The only durable morality is that based on a Divine Lawgiver. Any set of ethics derived from human intellect is subject to argument and refutation.

Indeed, one of the core premises of the American experiment is that there must be complete freedom of religion and government should not in any way be involved in favoring one religion over another “The Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
However, the premise that morality must flow from G-d is deeply rooted in our Nation and its Constitution.

To quote the landmark Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Zorach Vs. Clauson (1952)

“We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. We guarantee the freedom to worship as one chooses”
In other words – because G-d is so crucial to the American ethos – we must be free to relate to G-d as we see fit. However -it is equally understood that our Institutions and society stand and are successful based upon “The presupposition of a Supreme Being”

The Noahide Laws represent universal values that transcends Creed, Race or Nationality.

It is our job the help realize their vision in each and ever society we live in. Not for the sake of the Jewish people but for the sake of All, bar none.
We are challenged today to bring the harmony that emerges from shared basic values.

These Noahide values that do not diminish the great variety of Human expression and experience, but rather,  enhance our ability to be free to do so in a nation and planet that become a  “safe space” by virtue of those values. We must find ways to help all of us get there - together.

Schedule for Week of  10/23 - /10/30 

Friday/ Shabbat  10/23

Candle Lighting for Shabbat Noach - no  later than 5:37 PM

Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat  in Social Hall 5:35 PM
Shabbat Noach  10/24
1. Morning Services 9 AM 
Please recite all prayers (except Baruch She'amar)  before Mizmor Shir l'yom Hashabbat before arriving at Synagogue . We begin with Baruch She'amar and Mizmor Shir
Torah Reading: Bereishit - Genesis 6:1 -11;32  (Hertz pg. 26 / Artscroll pg. 30) 
Haftarah Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5  (Hertz pg 41 /Artscroll pg 1131)
2.  Mincha 5:25  PM

3. Motzei Shabbat- Shabbat ends 6:37PM

Sunday  10/25
1. Sunday Zoom Shacharit service  @ 8AM

SUNDAY TALMUD CLASS  Mastering Talmud Class 9:30 AM 

Also on Facebook Live

Monday 10/26 
Morning services @ 7AM by Zoom:

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class:  Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud

Tuesday 10/27 
Morning services by Zoom:

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: 
Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
8:30 - 9AM

Also on Facebook Live:

New Class! Explore The Haftarot!
Haftarah -in Depth  7:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Also on Facebook Live

Wednesday 10/28
Morning services by Zoom:

No Morning Class

Thursday 10/29
Morning services by Zoom:

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: 
Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
8:30 - 9AM

Also on Facebook Live

The Real News!
Torah for Now: Thursday  1PM  
Explore the real current events - pertinent insights the Torah we read this week....
Also on Facebook Live:
The Big Idea  Thursday  7:30 PM EDT
Chosen By Whom For What?

Also on Facebook Live:

Friday  10/23
Morning services by Zoom:

Call in information: +1 646 558 8656  Meeting ID: 838 6405 2924  Password: 248365 

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: 
Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
8:30 - 9AM

Also on Facebook Live


Shabbat Lech Lecha  Eve:

Candle Lighting: 5:28PM

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat : 5:25 PM

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Zoom class and service didn't happen

Due to a series of related events, the Zoom class did not happen last night or the Zoom minyan this morning. Everything is OK and we resume with our regular schedule Thursday morning. On a related note, Chani and I are happy to report that - Thank G-d! - our son Moshe (with some drama) is off to Israel to study at Yeshivat Beit David in Qiryat Gat. Please note that there is no Thursday afternoon class this week, it resumes next week G-d willing.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Schedule for Shabbat Breishit /Shabbat Mevarchim Cheshvan and the whole week

Please Contact Rabbi Yaffe for Zoom log-in information:


Shabbat Breishit /Shabbat Mevarchim Cheshvan 
Dear All,

We know enter the test of how reral we can make the inspiration of these holidays we have just ended. See below:
After the article,  I will be listing all events, services, and classes day by day in this weeks email, so just scroll down to find anything you need for a given day

Question: Which is the most important week  of this year?
Answer: This week, the week after all the Holidays
Before you run to choose in which of the 86 Jewish calendars you have received from various worthy charities you want to look this day up, relax — I'll tell you which holiday falls on week . None. This week -  the week after a packed, 23-day flood of special days is also the most important week of this year
Picture the launch of a space vehicle being sent to explore some distant reach of the universe on a journey never before attempted. The countdown is over, a button is pressed, and — hopefully — away it goes, to where silicon has never gone before. Countless thousands of top-quality man-hours have been invested in this project by people who are, indeed, rocket scientists. Yet, if when the button is pressed, the rocket explodes or otherwise malfunctions, all that genius is for naught.

The button does not require an engineer to press it — it is such a simple task even a politician can do it. Yet, that very pressing of the button is the purpose of all those expert hours. If that single event does not occur as it should, then something has gone very wrong in all those preparations, and the mission is a failure.
Spiritually speaking, during the Tishrei festivals we are in the position of the "rocket scientist"; a savant of Jewish life. We focus on our soul-life more than any other time of year. We find ourselves praying more intensely and more often. We are more careful in the way we treat others and more generous in our charitable donations. The Shofar inspires us, Yom Kippur uplifts us, and we find meaningful joy in our families and communities on Sukkot. We are on a high level and doing great things.
However, after the holidays are over, we go back to our ordinary workaday world. When we get up that morning, is the spirit of closeness to G‑d we experienced during the High Holidays in our prayers? Do we rise to a high standard of integrity, a standard easily imagined in the synagogue but challenged by the prevailing norms as we get back to our careers? When we leave the "laboratory" of the Holy Days, do our resolutions work on the "launch pad" — in the real world where our commitments are challenged at every turn?
If we did our equations properly in this laboratory, they will work in the real world. But if we do not live our workaday lives differently, then all the drama of the holidays is impressive, but they miss their entire goal: that we lead our everyday lives as a journey to G‑dliness and integrity that takes us this year to places we have never been before.

In the Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) for the morning of Yom Kippur the Prophet Isaiah challenges us to do precisely this — that we "launch" our holy days into the real world:
Is such the fast that I have chosen? The day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to G‑d?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the fetters of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When you see the naked, that you cover him, and that thou hide not yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of G‑d shall be your rearward.

Then your shall call, and G‑d will answer; you shall cry, and He will say: 'Here I am.' If you take away from your midst the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking wickedness.

And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in darkness, and your gloom be as the noon-day;

And G‑d will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make strong your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:5-11)

By Shlomo Yaffe

Schedule for Week of  10/16 - /10/23

Friday 10/16
1. Morning Services in main sanctuary @ 7AM by Zoom

2. Candle Lighting for Shabbat Breishit /Shabbat Mevarchim Cheshvan . No later than 5:48 PM

Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat  in Social Hall 5:45 PM
Shabbat Breishit /Shabbat Mevarchim Cheshvan 10/17 
1. Morning Services 9 AM 
Please recite all prayers (except Baruch She'amar)  before Mizmor Shir l'yom Hashabbat before arriving at Synagogue . We begin with Baruch She'amar and Mizmor Shir
Torah Reading: Bereishit - Genesis 1:1 - 6:8 (Hertz pg. 2 / Artscroll pg. 2) 
Special Haftara for the Eve of Rosh Chodesh: "Machar Chodesh" Samuel 1 20:18-42 (Hertz pg 948 /Artscroll pg 1207)
2.  Mincha 5:35  PM

3. Motzei Shabbat- Shabbat ends 6:48PM

Sunday  10/18/20 Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Day 1 
1. Sunday Zoom Shacharit service  @ 8AM

SUNDAY TALMUD CLASS  Mastering Talmud Class 9:30 AM  zoom

Also on Facebook Live


Monday 10/19 Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Day 2
Morning services @ 7AM by Zoom:


No Morning Aggadah Class due to Rosh Chodesh

Tuesday 10/20 - We Resume Tachanun
Morning services by Zoom:

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud zoom

8:30 - 9AM

Also on Facebook Live:
New Class! Explore The Haftarot!
Haftarah -in Depth  7:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) by Zoom

Also on Facebook Live

Wednesday 10/21
Morning services by Zoom:


Thursday 10/22
Morning services by Zoom:

New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud

8:30 - 9AM Zoom

Also on Facebook Live:

The Big Idea  Thursday 10/22  7:30 PM EDT
The Wrong Apple - A Deeper Dive into Eden, Eatin', and Excuses

Also on Facebook Live:

Friday  10/23
Morning services by Zoom:


New Jewish Ethics and Thought Class: Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud

8:30 - 9AM Zoom

Shabbat Noach Eve:
Candle Lighting: 5:35PM
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat : 5:45 PM

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A Bespoke Hebrew School Tutoring Program for Your Child at Bnai Torah  - Open to All

We offer Hebrew reading and Language, Judaism, Holidays and Judaic Ethics

We will study with your children individually and develop a curriculum for each of them tailored to each child.

We abide by all necessary COVID-19 Precautions. We will be meeting outdoors, weather permitting - with masks.

As it gets colder, or in inclement weather, we will begin socially distanced indoor study with each family separately -in appropriate spaces in the Bnai Torah building. Our building is sanitized regularly.

We meet one-on-one once or twice a week for 30-minute sessions

Fees: Members of Bnai Torah:  Weekly: $15 for one session a week, $25 for two sessions a week

                             Non-Members: Weekly: $25 for one session a week $40 for two sessions a week

Please contact Chana Yaffe via email  at or call /text on 857.230.8826 for more information and to register

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Important Correction! Havdalah time and zoom Service times

 Important Correction!

Havdalah / End of YomTov

on Sunday, 10/11 - Simchat

Torah is at no earlier than: 

6:56 PM

(Not! 5:56 PM)

Also - Zoom Shacharit services are at 7:00AM all week 

Saturday, September 26, 2020


Updated Erev Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur  Schedule 

For Zoom Information Contact Rabbi Yaffe

It has come to our attention that many people who are unable to come to shul this year will want to have a Yizkor service on Zoom.  We will have a Yizkor service at Mincha services on September 27 at 1:45pm. Please see schedule below.

9/27 Shacharit  on  Zoom 8AM


Mincha (Zoom) 1:30 PM
          Yizkor  (Zoom)  1:45 PM

9/27 Kol Nidrei (Also Zoom – JUST KOL NIDREI) 5:50 PM Zoom Shuts Off 6:20 PM -then Maariv


Candle lighting no later than 6:19PM

9/28 Regular Service  -8:30 AM -1 PM Yizkor 10:15 AM

9/28 User Friendly Service (Also Yizkor) 2:30 -3:45 PM 

9/28 Mincha -Neilah  5PM

9/28 Fast Ends 7:18 PM

Zoom Havdalah and Shofar Sounding 7:35PM
Since Shofar after Yom Kippur is a custom and not obligatory -we can do it by zoom (Unlike Rosh Hashanah which is a mandatory Mitzvah)

    If you don't join our classes and services on the computer with Zoom, I am now providing a dial-in number  for each class and service, so you can use any phone to call in and participate in the class or service  

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Message and Schedule September 17-21 - Including Rosh Hashanah

 Message and Schedule September 17-21 - Including Rosh Hashanah: 

Dear Friends,

5780 had proved to be a very challenging year due to the pandemic. We at Bnai Torah have done our best to stay connected and provide you with your Judaic and other needs. Please let us know what else we can do to be of assistance. 

A Rosh Hashanah Thought: The Heart of the  Matter

1. Without the circulation of the life-giving blood through it, a body is just a collection of lifeless parts.

Our heart makes it possible for the blood to constantly renew the life of the body, pushing the blood through the lungs to oxygenate it, and then throughout the body to vitalize it.

The "body" of creation can be described with two appellations: time and space.

The Creator transcends time and space-–but is constantly bringing them into being.

Our mission is to live in a way that draws down and reveals the vitalizing presence of the Almighty in time and space.

To do this we need a "heart". There is a "heart" of time –the High Holidays.

It is the special strength of this time of year that our prayer, repentance and mitzvot "pump" G‑d's blessing and sustaining life-force for the entire coming year.

This year has been a difficult period in time for us the whole world has been in the grip of a pandemic and other types of malaise 

We pray this year that new life be pumped though the globe giving us a healthy and peaceful year.

2. There is also a "heart" to space –the Land of Israel.

All of the life G‑d gives the world flows through and out of the Land of Israel, the physical place closest to the spiritual realms that are the source of the life-force of existence.

There is a "heart" of time and a "heart" of space

When our brothers and sisters in Israel are free of conflict and trouble they can focus their energy on their good deeds which sustain and circulate the presence of G‑d’s creative power throughout all the cosmos.

We have had good news just now, on this front, that as they have stood strong  and loyal to G-d's gift of our Land, their erstwhile enemies are seeking peace.

 Israel and ourselves in the United States and indeed throughout the world,  remain threatened by this terrible Pandemic.

May G-d send healing to all who need it and we pray that this year we shall be freed from this challenge 

May G‑d’s blessings fill all our moments of the coming year, and all the earth, with holiness, goodness and peace.

3. Chani and I would like to take his opportunity to wish you a Shana tova  -may you be inscribed and sealed for a wonderful , healthy prosperous, uplifting New Year of better times and much Judaic growth. aslo much "naches" from all your family and descendants.

There are many ways to participate in the high Holidays this year -please peruse them carefully and let us know how we can help

Shlomo and Chana Yaffe, your Rabbi and Rebbetzin

Please note that we have Outdoor Tashlich, Mini Service and Shofar at Laurel Park (Laurel Street Entrance)  at 6PM Sunday 9/20.

If you cannot make it to either of CBT's locations or Laurel Park,  we will come to your home to sound the Shofar if you are within walking distance from  2 Eunice Drive 01106 (please don't assume you are not walking distance -call first ). Please contact Rabbi Yaffe on 617.595.6437 -or-  ASAP to arrange this 

High Holiday Schedule for Congregation B'nai Torah 5781
(9/18 -9/21) 
Rosh Hashanah  Schedule:

All services in Synagogue and Social Hall opened up into one huge space. We are following all state regulations and the advice of our medical team.

Friday  9/18 Eve of Rosh Hashanah 
9/18 Eve of Rosh Hashanah Morning: 6:30 AM Selichot Shacharit and Hatarat Nedarim Annulment of Vows:  A Minyan for this is important
IN SYNAGOGUE Service in Social Hall,
also Zoom 

9/18 Eve of Rosh Hashanah Mincha / Kabbalat Shabbat : 6:35 PM

Shabbat 9/19
9/19 20 Rosh Hashanah Conventional Shacharit 8:30 – 11:30 AM

9/19 Rosh Hashanah Learners / User Friendly Service 1:30PM -2:30PM

9/19 Mincha/ Maariv 6:35 PM

Sunday 9/20
9/20 Rosh Hashanah Conventional Shacharit 8:30 – 11:45 AM (Shofar)

9/20 Rosh Hashanah 1:45PM – 3:00PM (Shofar)

9/20 Mincha 5:15 PM

9/20 Tashlich / Outdoor Shofar / Laurel Park  6PM
Holiday ends / Havdalah 7:33 PM

Monday 9/21 Tzom / fast of Gedalia: Selichot and Shacharit -645 AM on Zoom 

Mincha Torah /Haftarah reading Live In Social Hall 6:15PM

For those who are praying at home this year due to the pandemic, please
know that we have Machzors for you to borrow for the holiday.

 Please call or email the office to reserve a book and schedule a time to pick it up.   413-567-0036