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Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Eikev

This Friday, August 23 Mincha will be at 7:00 PM

Candle lighting will be at 7:19 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Lena and Misha Goizman on occasion of Eitan`s Bar Mitzvah!!

Note: kiddush this week will take place at 2855 W. Touhy (corner of Touhy and Francisco).

Mincha on Shabbos, August 24 will be at 7:10 PM

Maariv will be at 8:28 PM

Shabbos ends at 8:38 PM

Weekly Torah

If the Beney Yisrael are careful to observe even those `minor` mitsvot that are usually `trampled` underfoot, Moshe promises them that they will be the most blessed of the nations of the Earth. Moshe tells Beney Yisrael that they will conquer Erets Kena’an little by little, so that the land will not be overrun by wild animals in the hiatus before the Beney Yisrael are able to organize and settle the whole land. After again warning the Beney Yisrael to burn all carved idols of Canaanite gods, Moshe stresses that The Torah is indivisible and not open to partial observance. Moshe describes the Land of Israel as a land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates, a land of oil-yielding olives and date-honey. Moshe cautions the Beney Yisrael not to become haughty and think that what they will have in Erets Yisrael is a result of their own powers or vigour; rather they must always remember that it was HaShem who gave them wealth and success. Nor did HaShem drive out the Canaanites because of the righteousness of the Beney Yisrael, but rather because of the sins of the Canaanites; for the road from Sinay has been a catalogue of large and small sins and rebellions against HaShem and Moshe. Moshe details the events after HaShem spoke the Ten Commandments at Sinay, culminating in his bringing down the second set of Tablets on Yom Kipur. Aharon`s passing is recorded together with the elevation of the Levites to minister to HaShem. Moshe points out that the 70 souls that went down into Egypt have now become like the stars of the heaven for abundance. After specifying the great virtues of the Land of Israel, Moshe speaks the second paragraph of the Shema, which conceptualizes reward for keeping the mitsvot and penalty for not keeping them.

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Sarah Michelle Tokarskiy
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August 25
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August 25
Yitsi Kilshteyn
August 25
Dovid Freydin
August 26
Anniversaries
Mordechai and Olga Kilshteyn
August 22
Gershon and Natasha Vladimirskiy
August 26
Dan and Anya Alkhovsky
August 26
Shabbos Halacha

Shabbat Ends at Dark

You may not end Shabbat before dark (appearance of three medium-size stars--tzeit ha`kochavim).

When Is Dark

Shabbat (and Jewish festivals) ends at “dark”: when three medium-sized stars are visible overhead.

NOTE To find medium-sized stars, look for stars to appear in the west—those will be large stars. When large stars appear in the west, medium-sized stars should be visible overhead.

If you are in a place where the sun sets but the sky will not get dark any time that evening, ask a rabbi what to do.

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This week's Torah reading

Re'eh

Moshe presents to the nation the blessing of a spiritually oriented life and the curse of becoming disconnected from HaShem. When the nation enters Erets Yisrael they must burn down any trees that had been used for idol- worship, and destroy all idolatrous statues. HaShem will choose only one place where the Divine Presence will dwell. Offerings may be brought only there; not to a private altar. Moshe repeatedly warns against eating animal blood. In the desert, all meat was slaughtered in the Mishkan, but in Erets Yisrael meat may be slaughtered anywhere. The categories of foods that may only be eaten in Jerusalem are listed by Moshe. He warns the nation against copying ways of the other nations. Since the Torah is complete and perfect, nothing may be added or subtracted from it. If a false prophet tells the people to permanently abandon a Torah law or indulge in idol worship, he is to be put to death. One who entices others to worship idols is to be put to death. A city of idolatry must be razed. It is prohibited to show excessive signs of mourning, such as marking the skin or making a bald spot between the eyes. Moshe reiterates the classifications of kosher and non-kosher food and the prohibition of cooking meat and milk. Produce of the second tithe must be eaten in Jerusalem, and if the amount is too large to carry, it may be exchanged for money with which food is bought in Jerusalem. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor. Beney Yisrael are instructed to always be open- hearted, and in the seventh year any loans must be discounted -- HaShem will bless the person in all ways. A Jewish bondsman is released after six years, and must be sent away with generous provisions. If he refuses to leave, his ear is pierced with an awl at the door post, and he remains a bondsman until the Jubilee year. The Parashah ends with a description of the three pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukot.


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