Hamevasser – Parshat VaYigash

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 16:15/ 4:15pm
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 16:25/ 4:25pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate with the Neistein family the Bar Mitzvah of Itai. Mazsl Tov to Itai and the Neistein family


Evelyn Wolman Z”L

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our dear member and one of the founders of our congregation – Evelyn Wolman Z”L

The Funeral will take place on Wednesday, December 12, at 1:00 pm


Wanted – Kiddushim

Not every Shabbat do we have a celebration – a Bar-Mitzvah or Shabbat Hatan. We are looking for members who want to volunteer a Kiddush: to mark a personal celebration, to mark a jahrzeit – or just for the fun of it!!


We still do not have a kiddush for the following dates:

from February 23 (“Ki-Tissa”) to April 6 (Metzora)

Please contact Rav Barry to coordinate the Kiddush.


Wanted!- Haftorah readers

We are looking for men and women who want the honor of reading a haftarah when there is no bar mitzvah.
Contact Rav Barry or Yiftah to choose a date. They will be happy help you to prepare.


Bnei Mitzvah Calendar

December 15 – Parshat VaYigash – Itai Neistein

December 22 – Parshat VaYehi – Shabbat Hatan and Kallah

December 22 – Parshat VaYehi (Minchah) – Tomer El’ad

December 29 – Parshat Shemot – Raz Hen

December 29 – Parshat Shemot (Minchah) – Yaniv Kurzbard


Adult Education

Woman’s Voice Series – Join us to learn modern midrashim from the book Dirshuni – Women interpretation of the Jewish sacred texts. Every Monday at 7:00pm

This week’s lesson will take place on Wednesday, December 12th on 07:00 pm at the synagogue



Father of Amos Peled (Wednesday, Dec 19)



Members who want to recite Kaddish on the actual date of the Yahrzeit are invited to contact Rav Barry so that he can arrange a minyan.


Events in the Conservative Movemen

Study days for women


A Few Words from Rav Barry Erev Shabbat Parshat VaYigash

Quikie Dvar Torah

In this week’s parsha, we find that Yosef finally reveals his true identity to his brothers, as is written: Breisheet 45: 3 – Yosef said to his brothers, “I am Yosef. Is my father still well?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dumbfounded were they on account of him. 4 – Then Yosef said to his brothers, “Come forward to me.” And when they came forward, he said, “I am your brother Yosef, he whom you sold into Egypt. 

The Ohr HaChayim HaKadosh (Ḥayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar, 17-18th C) explained that “I am Yosef” is repeated twice, in order to emphasize that even though he had every right to hold a grudge and never forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery, he is still the same old Yosef,  the brother who deep down never stopped loving and caring for his siblings. 


Perhaps the following Hollies song from 1969 – best expresses how Yosef felt: 

“So on we go, his welfare is of my concern; No burden is he to bear; We’ll get there.

For I know, he would not encumber me; He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”    

Song of the Week

The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother



Last week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Tevet- the 10th Month,

counting from Nisan. The sign of the month is the ‘gedi’ גדי – Capricorn.

In Megilat Esther it is written: So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus,

to his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month of Tevet in the

seventh year of his reign.



Intro to the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, ‘Asarah B’Tevet’

On Tuesday, 18.12 we will be marking the Fast of theTenth of Tevet which commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem which ended with the destruction of the Temple.


II Kings 25: ‘And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth (day) of the month that Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon came, he and all his hosts, upon Jerusalem, and he encamped upon it and built forts around it….’

The Fast begins at 04:59 a.m. and ends at 16:57 p.m.



As an expression of piety, fasting goes back to antiquity. Abstinence from food and drink was also thought of to induce a susceptibility to visions and dreams in which one had direct access to the realities of the Spiritual world…Alternately, fasting could be a sign of sorrow; a person who felt alienated from God could not eat because he was so distressed. In some cases, moreover, abstinence from meat and drink was prescribed as a preparation for a sacred meal.


In biblical times, fasts were proclaimed when danger threatened and also served as a call to penitence and an opportunity for worship and prayer (see Esther 4:3, Jonah 3:5). Fasting was a sign of mourning when calamity occurred. It was also an ascetic practice, one of a series of purificatory rites.


Since there is no ascetic strain in Judaism, Jewish fasting was rather a manifestation of piety springing from a desire for meritorious living in line with the ethical emphasis of the Bible. Hence, the choice of Isaiah 58 as the Haftorah for Yom Kippur. According to the Talmud, (BT Taanit 16a) on fast days an elder would address the people, saying: My brethren, it is not sackcloth and fasts which cause forgiveness, but repentance and good deeds; for so we find with the men of Nineveh that it is not said of them that God saw their sackcloth and fasts, but God saw their work that they turned from their evil ways. [Jonah 3:10]

Judaism includes fasts of three kinds: Statutory, Public fasts, Public fasts decreed on special occasions, and Private fasts.


There are six statutory public fasts. First in importance is Yom Kippur,the most prominent, and a category by itself because it is the only fast explicitly commanded in the Torah. The other five statutory public fasts, though mentioned in the Bible, were actually ordained by thesages. [These five statutory public fasts include, the Fast of Esther; and the four fasts connected with the Destruction of the Temple and the loss of the Jewish State: the Fast of Gedalyah; the Seventeenth Day of Tammuz; the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet and Tisha B’av]


As days of national mourning, the four public fasts still serve to recallthe calamities that have befallen the Jewish nation, making each generation as it were, participate in those misfortunes (Maimonides, Laws of Fasts 5:1).

The Four Fasts are listed in Zechariah 8:19

So said the Lord of Hosts: The fast of the fourth [month], the fast of the fifth [month], the fast of the seventh [month], and the fast of the tenth [month] shall be for the house of Judah for joy and happiness and for happy holidays – but love truth and peace.

The Talmud (BT Rosh Hashanah 18b) and the codes enumerate a large number of fasts (OH 580:2), however all eventually fell into desuetude with the exception of those four mentioned in Zechariah and the Fast of Esther. The four fasts mentioned are: The Fast of  the Seventeenth Day of Tammuz = The Fast in Tammuz, the 4th month (counting from Nisan – the first month) Tisha B’av = The Fast in Av, theFifth month (counting from Nisan – the first month) The Fast of Gedalyah = The Fast in Tishrei, the Seventh month (counting from Nisan – the first month) The Fast of the 10th of Tevet = The Fast in Tevet, the tenth month (counting from Nisan – the first month) The Fast of the 10th of Tevet begins at sunrise and concludes after sunset that same day. This applies to all fasts, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’av. (OH 550:2; 564)



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