Hamevasser – Parshat BeShalah

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 16:39/ 4:39pm
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 16:50/ 4:50pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

40th Anniversary celebration

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we will celebrate with the Rachbuch family the Bar Mitzvah of Yogev. Mazal Tov to Yogev and the Rachbuch family.

Bar Mitavah

This coming Shabbat we will hold a Minchah service at 4:00pm. During the service we will celebrate with the Avitzur family the Bar Mitzvah of Noam. Mazal Tov to Noam and the Avitzur 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

January 26 – Parashat Yitro – Ro’i Shalom Levi

February 2 – Parashat Mishpatim (Minchah) – Sa’ar Grossman

February 9 – Parashat Terumah – Guy Eisenbaum

February 16 – Parasat Tetzaveh – Itamar Offek


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

Lectures by Dr Adolfo Roitman

The management of the “Torah Lishmah” program decided to open to the general public the series of lectures by Dr. Adolfo Roitman. Dr. Roitman is the curator of the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem and he will lecture on the apocrypha – the books that did not make it into the canon.

The lectures will take place ot the following Wednesdays at 6:00 pm:

January 16th, January 26th

They will take place in Neve Schechter, 42 Shlush st. Tel Aviv

Admission is free but requires pre-notification by phone (074-7800712) or by e-mail ( rabschool@schechter.org.il )



Father of Yona Ashwell (Sunday Jan 20)

Relative of Peter Kariv (Saturday, Jan 19)

Father of Elon Goitein (Monday, Jan 21)

Grandfather of Gerald Fraser (Monday, Jan 21)


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

Women’s Study day



A few words from Rabbi Barry

Erev Shabbat Parshat BeShalah

A Few Words from Rav Barry

Erev Shabbat Shira – Parshat BeShalach 

Quickie Dvar Torah

Many books of Jewish Law and Custom write that it is customary to feed the birds on Shabbat Shira, the day when Shirat Hayam (the song of the sea) is read as part of Parshat Beshalach.

I’d like to suggest two reasons for this Minhag: 

The Song of the Sea begins with “Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord.” (Shmot 15.1) Since it written “then Moses.”, we ask what happened prior to singing the song of praise and thanksgiving to God? It has been suggested that at the time of the crossing of the Sea, the Israelites heard the stimulating and inspiring sounds of chirping birds; and “then”, they sang Shirat Hayam. As a reward for encouraging the Israelites to sing, we feed the birds davka (especially) on Shabbat Shira.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov (Book of the Jewish Heritage, volume 1: 327) wrote: “Beshalach” contains the account of the manna which sustained the Israelites in the desert.  They gathered the manna daily and on Friday, erev Shabbat, they were instructed to gather a double portion, since no manna would fall on Shabbat. In Shmot 16:27, it is written: “And behold on the seventh day some of the people went out to gather [manna] and did not find any”: Why does it say “and did not find any”? Because Datan and Aviram (Moses’ nemeses) went out on Friday night outside the camp and spread some manna, in order to make Moshe a liar, since he said there would be no manna on Shabbat. They then said to the people: go out and see that there is manna in the fields! Therefore, some people went out to gather, but found nothing because the birds had eaten the manna which Datan and Aviram had strewn about. We give them their reward on Shabbat Shirah since we also read the story of the manna on that day.

Intro to Tu Bishvat   

From  “The Observant Jew”published , 2012: Pages 193-194:

While most Jews associate the beginning of a new year with Rosh Hashana the following Misha informs us that there are actually four New Years: “There are four New Year days: The first of Nissan, the New Year for kings and the festivals; The first of Elul, the New Year for the tithing of animals; The first of Tishrei, the New Year for the counting of years, the shemittah (sabbatical year), the yovel (jubilee year), planting and vegetation; and the first of Shevat (according to Shammai) or the fifteenth of Shevat (according to Hillel, by whose ruling we abide), the New Year for trees. Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 1:1).  

The fifteenth of the month of Sh’vat (called Tu Bi-sh’vat in Hebrew) was, at least according to the view of the school of Hil­lel, the New Year for agricultural purposes, and specifically for paying the an­nual tithes due on fruit. (The Talmud, at BT Rosh Ha-shanah 14a, explains that, as the majority of the winter season’s rainfall has already fallen by this date, fruit trees that only blossom later on are considered part of the following year’s crop.) Also, the law that prohibits eating the fruit of trees for the first three years they produce fruit requires a specific date after which the fruit may be eaten in the fourth year, and that too was the fifteenth of Sh’vat (Leviticus 19:23-25; cf. MT Hilkhot T’rumot 5:11 and Hilkhot Ma’aseir Sheini V’neta Reva.i 9:9-10).

Later, when the original meaning of  Tu Bi-sh’vat  became less important to Jews in the Diaspora, it became customary to enjoy fruit from the Land of Israel on Tu Bi-sh’vat, as a way of strengthening the bond between a people scattered around the globe and the Holy Land. One of the most popular of these fruits was (and is) the fruit of the carob tree, called ‘bokser’ in Yiddish and also occasionally referred to in English as St. John’s bread. In the six­teenth century, the mystics of Safed found especially profound meaning in Tu Bi-sh’vat  and created an elaborate liturgy for this day modeled on the Passover seder. With the founding of the modern State of Israel, there has been a revival of interest in Tu Bi-sh’vat. In Israel, for example, it is customary for school­children to go out on that day to plant saplings, thus transforming the day into a kind of Jewish Arbor Day. Many contemporary synagogues have revived the Tu Bi-sh’vat seder as well, as a means both of deepening the spiritual con­nection between the Jews of the Diaspora and the Land of Israel. Also, Tu Bi­sh’vat has been given an environmental spin in some circles in recent years. When viewed in this light, Tu Bi-sh’vat can serve to remind us that the world is God’s sacred gift to humanity, a precious legacy entrusted to our care. 

Below is a Tu Bishvat Golden Oldie:

Check out the video on YouTube by clicking on the link below: 

The Almond Tree Is Blooming – Tu Bishvat is here!

The almond tree is blooming

and the golden sun is shining,

birds atop each roof

brush (bless) the arrival of the festival.

Tu bishvat has arrived

(it’s) the festival of trees.

Tu bishvat has arrived

(it’s) the festival of trees.

The land is crying out

the time of planting has arrived

each person shall take a tree

we’ll stride out with spades.

Tu bishvat has arrived…

The sun is shining

and it’s very hot today

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