Sunday, May 17, 2020

Towards Shavuot -a thought - and Torah study for wherever you are this week


BH

Passover  and Shavuot, most commonly known as the festivals that commemorate, respectively, the Exodus and the Giving of the Torah, each also have a pronounced agricultural element.

The Torah instructs that on the second day of Passover we should bring the first cutting of our barley harvest to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to G-d, and not to partake of that year's barley crop until that offering is made. 

On Shavout, we are commanded to bring the first of our wheat harvest as an offering to G-d, and not partake of that year's wheat until this is done. 

Hence, the 49-day count leading from Passover to Shavuot is called "The Counting of the Omer"--a reference to the omer (a biblical measure) of barley that was brought on the first day of the count-and Shavuot is called Yom Habikkurim, "The Day of the First-Fruits Offering."

In Biblical tradition, barley is primarily animal food. Wheat is the key and ideal human food.

The instruction that we gain from these offerings is:
In each one of us there is a human and a beast, or-in the words of the Chassidic masters-a "G-dly soul" and an "animal soul."

 As regards our animal soul, most of us would agree that a "barley offering" is in order.

 Obviously, my animalistic passions and desires need taming and binding to the divine. I must therefore offer up my physical drives and desires to control by G-d, lest they get the better of me.


I may, however, believe that all intellectual and artistic endeavor is good and safe, inasmuch as it is uniquely human and refined. The Torah teaches us: No! We must also bring an offering of the first of our "wheat"--our human endeavor-to G-d.

 If we do not bind our intellect and creativity to G-d, no matter how profound our musings and how refined our aesthetic, we risk creating and inspiring falsehood and evil. 

Not all art inspires positive behavior or attitudes; not every philosophy is helpful or even benign.

Indeed, there is nothing more destructive than bad ideas and beliefs. 

All the worst evils of the 20th century stemmed not from greed and base animal passions, but from malignant ideologies. 

Only by shining the light of G-dliness as embodied in the Torah into our souls can we distinguish between the ideas and creations that elevate humanity and those that pollute it.

Each and every one of us, always, must begin every intellectual and creative endeavor by asking: "Does this essay or work of art or music move the world closer to being a dwelling place for G-d?"

This is the eternal question asked of each of us our by obligation to bring the first fruits offering on Shavout: "Did you offer the first of your wheat-your humanity-to G-d?"

May we all merit to receive the Torah anew with joy and inner meaning.

If you would like to join us on Zoom (a far superior experience) for any of the following classes -please reply to this email please click here to email me and I will provide access information.

All classes are available on Facebook Live here
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Special class Thursday 5/21/20 eve of 28 Iyar @ 7PM

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Sunday 09:30 AM

Mastering Talmud: The Eruv

Baruch Dayan Emet - Goldie Newman


With great sadness, we report the passing of  a pillar of our community, Mrs.  Goldie Newman.

Her  family asked that we communicate the following:
Our beloved mother, Goldie Newman, passed away peacefully this morning, Sunday, May 17, (Iyar 23 5780) in her home, surrounded by love.

Goldie led a rich and active life.

She cherished her connections with family, friends, and the synagogue.

Her private funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday May 18th,  (Iyar 24, 5780) at 2 pm.

We hope to hold several zoom shiva- get-togethers during the upcoming week. We’ll send details shortly.
 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Happy Lag Ba'Omer and classes

Boruch Hashem
Dear Friends,
Happy Lag Ba'Omer!

We do not say tachanun at Mincha Monday nor all day Tuesday which is Lag Ba'Omer


Background and Customs 


Lag BaOmer is always on the 18th day of the month of Iyar.

The word “Lag” is made of of the Hebrew letters lamed (ל) and gimel (ג), which together have the numerical value of 33. “BaOmer” means “of the Omer.”

The Omer is the counting period that begins on the second day of Passover and culminates with the holiday of Shavuot, following day 49.

Hence Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Omer count, which coincides with 18 Iyar.

What happened on 18 Iyar that’s worth celebrating?



 The Talmud relates that in the weeks between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged among the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva (teacher of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai), “because they did not act respectfully towards each other.”

These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom.

On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased. Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of loving and respecting one’s fellow (ahavat Yisrael).

These weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom.

On Lag BaOmer the deaths ceased.


Thus, Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of loving and respecting one’s fellow (ahavat Yisrael).

Also, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the Common Era, was the primary author of the classic text of Kabbalah, the Zohar.

On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”

Kabbalists explain  that the final day of a righteous person’s earthly life marks the point at which all their deeds, teachings and work achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives.

Each Lag BaOmer, we celebrate Rabbi Shimon’s life.

Customary foods for the day include carob (which miraculously sustained Rabbi Shimon and his son when they were hiding from the Romans) and eggs (a sign of mourning).

Normally field-days BBq's and bonfires ae held. Alas this year Due to Covid-19 -we can't.

So try to do this at home with your shelter in place people 

 

Classes and Services for 

Tuesday and Wednesday 5/12 - 5/13


If you would like to join us on zoom rather than facebook -and for the minyan it's only on zoom,

please contact me on (
you can click here)  rabbi@bnaitorahma.org or 617.595.6437 for the link and password.

This has become necessary due to  cyberattacks on our zoom events 



Zoom "Minyan"  (Zoom only)

A sorta "Minyan" at the same time we always pray so we can stay in

"playing shape" while we wait for the delayed minyan season to begin.


Tuesday and Wednesday 7AM 


Tuesday and Wed.    830 - 9AM: Ethics of our Fathers  

https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 


Tuesday 7PM: Weekly Torah Portion

https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 


Wednesdays 6:30- 7:15 PM The Jewish Course of Why?  (Zoom only)

These classes will address common,interesting, relevant and important "why" questions that contemporary Jews ask about Judaism.

with the Rabbi of our Forest Park Minyan  - Rabbi Wolff

Friday, May 8, 2020

Shabbat Shalom from B'nai Torah - lots of important info here! Parshat Emor (5/8-9)

Dear Friends,

Shabbat Shalom!

This contains all the information you need for the coming Shabbat and  all the

classes, services, and activities taking place at B'nai Torah (Virtually) this coming Shabbat. Today (Friday 14 Iyar) is


Pesach Sheni  - see more information about it at the end of the email


If you need a siddur or your Talit andTefilin we can leave them out

for you.

We can also leave an artscroll siddur out for you -anyday - at CBT

Eunice Dr. 



Times and pre- Shabbat services for this

Shabbat, the 14th and

15th of Iyar  (5/8 -5/9)



Friday 5/8:

Pre Shabbat Service  6:45 PM on zoom (only)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84605279058


An intro to Shabbat incorporating elements of the

Shabbat service

We"ll have a short sermon also!



After a lot of thought the service evolved considerably from last week - We"ll

have an opening ark service, a short sermon and some other tefilot /prayers



Since most people have the Artscroll siddur at home we"ll use  pages from the Artscroll siddur 

Here:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84605279058


Candle Lighting is at 7:39PM

The evening Shema and the counting of the Omer  (30) should take place after 8:35 PM
 


Shabbat 5/9: Morning Shema to be recited by 9:11 AM

The Torah Portion is Emor , summary is at the end of this email

The evening Shema and the counting of the Omer (24) should take place after 8:35 PM 

We study the 4th chapter  of Pirkei Avot  (Ethics of our Fathers) in the afternoon after Mincha


Shabbat ends  and Havdala is recited after 8:46 PM

We will have our Bnai Torah Havdalah and Shavuah Tov greetings on


Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1
 

NEW!

Today, Friday 5/1 - Pre Shabbat Service  6:45 PM on zoom (only) -

Since most people have the Artscroll siddur at home we"ll use   pages from the Artscroll siddur 

Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83645909862

Here are all the wonderful things happening at CBT this week:
Classes:  Please note these classes will continue every week until further notice
 All classes  are also available on Bnai Torah's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1



 Every Sunday 09:30 AM Mastering Talmud https://us02web.zoom.us/j/458336444
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 



 Weekdays,  Tuesday -Fri   830 - 9AM: Ethics of our Fathers  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86957862272
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 



Tuesdays 7PM: Weekly Torah Portion https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82301151219
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 



The Jewish Course of Why?
These classes will address common,interesting, relevant and important "why" questions that contemporary Jews ask about Judaism.
Wednesdays 6:30- 7:15 PM - with the Rabbi of our Forest Park Minyan  - Rabbi Wolff
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82132374525



Not Just stories: Midrash on the Weekly Torah Portion 1PM Thursdays
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83705874186

also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1

 

Thursdays 7PM,starting 4/23  Gateways to Prayer - "Shaarei Tefilah"https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84345969521
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 



Zoom "Minyan"

A sorta "Minyan" at the same time we always pray so we can stay in

"playing shape" while we wait for the delayed minyan season to begin.


Every Sunday 8 AM   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87654749537
 


NEW - Wednesdays and Thursdays!


Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!

7AM  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83864052924

Friday 7AM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83864052924

Pesach Sheni
Pesach Sheni means "Second Passover [Sacrifice]." It marks the day when someone who was unable to participate in the Passover offering in the proper time would observe the mitzvah exactly one month later.

It is customary to mark this day by eating matzah—shmurah matzah, if possible—and by omitting Tachanun from the prayer services. Because the Pascal sacrifice was eaten at night, it it is also customary  to eat some Matzah tonight at the Shabbat meal  (you can also have Challah or other breads -it's a custom -not actual Passover)


History: A year after the Exodus, G‑d instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done the previous year just before they left Egypt.

“There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron . . . and they said: ‘. . . Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G‑d’s offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?’” (Numbers 9:6–7).

In response to their plea, G‑d established the 14th of Iyar as a day for the “Second Passover” (Pesach Sheni) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month.

What Pesach Sheni means to us today is that none of us in any point of our lives is  ever a ‘lost case.’”

 


Torah Portion Synopsis

The Torah section of Emor (“Speak”) begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim (“priests”), the kohen gadol (“high priest”), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness—the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a “remembrance of shofar blowing” on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival—during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the “Four Kinds”—beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the “eighth day” of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one’s fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).

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SERMON will take place at the Pre-Shabbat Zoom service

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Passing Of Rebbetzin Weisfogel, Wednesday and Thursday Schedule- New Zoom Minyan

Dear Friends,
Good evening
It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of Dr. Bella Kranzler Weisfogel, z'l, wife of the late Rabbi Alex Weisfogel, and mother of Dr. Debby Yarmush, Mrs. Rhoda Brandriss and Dr. Jerry Weisfogel.

Dr. Bella and Rabbi Alex Weisfogel z'l were married for over 64 years and served together as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Congregation Kodimoh in the Springfield, MA community, for close to a half a century, nurturing orthodox Judaism in the U.S. at a crucial time in its development. 
 
The funeral took place in Israel Tuesday morning, May 5. Her daughter, Dr. Debby Yarmush will be receiving condolence calls by phone (617 549 3016) from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm or by email at  debbydmd@gmail.com. Shiva will be observed through Sunday May 10, 2020. 
 
May Hashem console the Yarmush, Brandriss, Weisfogel, and Kranzler families among those that mourn for Zion and Jerusalem. 



Classes and Services Wednesday 5/6/2020 

 830 - 9AM: Ethics of our Fathers  
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86957862272

also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 


The Jewish Course of Why?

These classes will address common,interesting, relevant and important "why" questions

that contemporary Jews ask about Judaism.

Wednesdays 6:30- 7:15 PM - with the Rabbi of our Forest Park Minyan  - Rabbi Wolff

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82132374525

Classes and Services Thursday 5/7/2020 
Zoom Service 7:AM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83864052924

Not Just stories: Midrash on the Weekly Torah Portion 1PM Thursdays

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83705874186


also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1

Thursdays 7PM: Gateways to Prayer - "Shaarei Tefilah"

Sunday, May 3, 2020

No classes Monday also Full Tuesday Schedule

Dear Friends,
Good evening

There are no classes and services on Monday 5/4.

On Tuesday 5/5 we have a full Schedule as follows:

If you would like to pick up your Talit and Tefillin or a would like a spare 
Artscroll Siddur  for home use that we are happy to lend you, just contact Rabbi 
Yaffe 617.595.6437 or rabbi@bnaitorahma.org


Tuesday  5/5/20


1. Zoom "Minyan" 

at  7AM  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83864052924




2. 830 - 9AM: Ethics of our Fathers 

 
3. Tuesdays 7PM: Weekly Torah Portion  

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82301151219

also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1


If you would like to pick up your Talit and Tefillin or a would like a spare 
Artscroll Siddur  for home use that we are happy to lend you, just contact Rabbi 
Yaffe 617.595.6437 or rabbi@bnaitorahma.org

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Classes and Zoom services at B'nai Torah this week

Classes:  Please note these classes will continue every week until further notice
 All classes  are also available on Bnai Torah's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1


 Every Sunday 09:30 AM Mastering Talmud https://us02web.zoom.us/j/458336444
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 

 Weekdays,  Tuesday -Fri   830 - 9AM: Ethics of our Fathers  

No Class Monday May 3rd https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86957862272
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 

Tuesdays 7PM: Weekly Torah Portion https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82301151219
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1 

The Jewish Course of Why?
These classes will address common,interesting, relevant and important "why" questions that contemporary Jews ask about Judaism.
Wednesdays 6:30- 7:15 PM - with the Rabbi of our Forest Park Minyan  - Rabbi Wolff
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82132374525

Not Just stories: Midrash on the Weekly Torah Portion 1PM Thursdays
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83705874186

also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1

 


Thursdays 7PM: Gateways to Prayer - "Shaarei Tefilah"
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84345969521
also on https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1