Hamevasser – Parshat VaYehi

| December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 16:18/ 4:18pm
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 16:30/ 4:30pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Shabbat Hattan and Kallah

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate with the Bräuer and Ben Natan families the wedding of Arbel and Ori. The Bräuer and Ben Natan families are sponsoring the Kiddush in honour of their Simchah. Mazal Tov to the bride, the bridegroom and the families.


Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will hold a Minchah service at 3:45pm. During the service we will celebrate with the El’ad family the Bar Mitzvah of Tomer. Mazsl Tov to Tomer and the El’ad family


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 29 – Parshat Shemot – Raz Hen

December 29 – Parshat Shemot (Minchah) – Yaniv Kurzbard

January 5 – Parshat VaEra – Alon Seltzman

January 19 – Parshat BeShalah – Yogev Rachbuch

January 19 – Parshat BeShalah (Minchah) – Noam Avitzur


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



Sister of Yehuda Tamir (Tuesday, Dec 25)

Mother of Sharyn Weitzman (Tuesday, Dec 25)

Mother of Amiel Gurt (Wednesday, Dec 26)

Grandfather of Yiftah Shapir (Wednesday, Dec 26)

We also remember our dear member of many years, Tzvi Linberg

And we remember, with the rest of the people of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (Wednesday, Dec 26)



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 Movement

Annual General assembly

the Annual General Assembly of the Masorti movement will take place on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 in the Schchter Institute in Jerusalem. A study day will begin at 3:00 pm

to participate you should register online in this link


Women’s Study day

see details in this link


A Few Words from Rav Barry – Erev Shabbat Parshat VaYechi

Quickie Dvar Torah

In this week’s parsha it is written (Breisheet 49:102)  And Jacob called his sons and said, “Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come. Assemble and hearken, O sons of Jacob;”

Yaakov wanted to reveal to his children what would happen in the future, but he failed. Rabbi Lord Jonathan sacks commented, “this is no minor detail. It is a fundamental feature of Jewish spirituality.  We believe that we cannot predict the future when it comes to human beings. We make the future by our  choices . The script has not yet been written. The future is radically open…. When Yaakov wanted to tell his children what would happen in the future, the Divine spirit was taken away from him.”  By doing this, God was telling Yaakov, the worried and concerned parent, that his children will indeed turn into a great nation. But, first they must develop  and pave their own ways into the future  by experiencing life’s demands and challenges and learning  to achieve common goals by making good, responsible choices. 


Why do we proclaim “Chazak Chazak Vinitchazek” (“Be strong and let us strengthen ourselves.”) at the completion of one of the Five Books of the Torah? 

(Based on Rite and Reason, by Shmuel Pinchas Gelbard: ) This is in accord with the verses from Joshua 1:8,9:  ‘This book of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall contemplate it day and night, in order to observe, all that is  written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous, and then you shall succeed…. In truth I commanded you, ‘Strengthen yourself’.

Hence the custom arose to declare upon completing the reading of an entire Book of the Torah: ‘Be Strong” (And don’t stop!  Continue reading the next Book with the same enthusiasm.)

In addition to this, the BT Brachot 32b teaches: Four things require “Chizuk”- (reinforcement and ‘strengthening’): Torah (reading and study); good deeds; prayer and Derech Eretz (behaving like a Mensch).


Song of the week

Avraham Fried Singing ‘Chazak’ ‘Chazak’


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