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)

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 


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


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 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:

 Every Sunday 09:30 AM Mastering Talmud
also on 

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

Tuesdays 7PM: Weekly Torah Portion
also on 

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:

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

also on


Thursdays 7PM,starting 4/23  Gateways to Prayer - "Shaarei Tefilah"
also on 

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

NEW - Wednesdays and Thursdays!

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!


Friday 7AM

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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