Hamevasser – Parashat Shmini – Shabbat Parah

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 18:36/ 6:36pm – Please note that we are on DST now !!
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 18:45/ 6:45pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we are celebrating with the Poleg family the Bar Mitzvah of Tal. Mazal Tov to Tal and the Poleg family


Celebrating Purim at Torat Hayim

We had a magnificent event – Pictures by Barbara Slater and Yiftah Shapir can be seen here



Events in the Masorti Movement

Prof. Arnold Eisen in Kehilat Yedid Nefesh

Kehilat Yedid Nefesh in Modi’in will host Prof Arnold Eisen on Sunday, Marh 31st at 8:00pm. Prof. Eien will talk about his “Conservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow” – a Hebrew edition of which was just published.



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 up to April 6 (Metzora) – except March 23rd (Sponsored by Ruth Ritterband and Yaffa Ori)

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

April 13 – Parashat Metzora (Shabbat haGadol) – Daniel Ben Or

April 22 – Hol haMo’ed Pessah – Yarden Lazar

April 27 – Parashat Aharey Mot – Tamar Nitzan


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



Mother of Tammi Okmian (Monday, Apr 1)

Father of Priscilla Ziv El (Monday, Apr 1)

Father of Arie Friedler (Thursday, Apr 4)



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.


A few words from Rabbi Barry

Erev Shabbat Parshat Shmini – Shabbat Parah

Chapter 10

1Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the Lord alien fire, which He had not enjoined upon them. 2And fire came forth from the Lord and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the Lord, ….And Aaron was silent.

In conjunction with the Masorti Movement and the “Yakir Li” Organization in memory of Dasi Rabinowitz z”l, the theme of this Shabbat is “VaYidom Aharon” “And Aaron was silent”.

On this Shabbat we will attempt to raise the awareness of the community to the pain that accompanies families whose loved ones died as a result of illness, accident, or any other way.

In this week’s parsha, Aharon HaCohen’s personal loss is described, as it is written: Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the LORD alien fire, which He had not enjoined upon them. And fire came forth from the LORD and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the LORD.

It is important to note that when Moses tells Aaron and his other sons to continue their work during the dedication of the Mishkan, he adds: “And your brethren, all the house of Israel, will weep the fire which God burned.”

Out of deep sympathy for Aharon and his sons, the people of Israel mourn the tragic loss of Nadav and Avihu. This special event teaches us the power of the community and its important place in the mourning process.

Halakhah, and Rabbinic texts, teach us not only about the obligation to mourn, and but also about the obligation to cope with loss. During Shiva, grief is manifested in a tangible way. At the end of the seven days of the mourning period, the mourner is no longer the same person he was. There is a strong desire to go on living and functioning, but this is often an insurmountable task. This is where the community can offer immeasurable help.

In order to help the mourner find strength and desire to go on living and functioning, the community should be there to offer support- making sure that he is not forgotten over time or excluded.

Poem of the week

Be Not Far, Zelda

The comforters come into the outer court

standing by the gate

that faces the valley of the shadow of death

and its terror all around.

To stand by the gate is all

the comforters can bear.

My soul, too, is thousands of leagues

from the self of the weeper.

A divine decree.

Creator of nights and wind,

is not this terrible weeping before You,

be not far –

let not millions of light years

stand as a barrier

between You and Job.

Robert Alter:…

the initial setting of the poem looks distinctly contemporary….The house, with its outer court surrounded by a gated wall, sounds like the sort one would find in Meah Shearim, the prominent ultra-Orthodox quarter in Jerusalem. The speaker of the poem, evidently standing outside and looking at the comforters, who appear to have come to the home of the bereaved in observance of the mourning practice of shivah, is herself part of [the] ..scene. In the fourth and fifth line, however, Zelda effects one of the startling shifts of perspective that characterize much of her poetry. Beyond the gate there may or may not be an actual valley, but here it becomes a mythic vista, “the valley of the shadow of death / and its terror all around.” The term for “terror,”

[‘eimah’] ,is more than mere fear, and is associated in biblical usage with the awesome might of the deity and with the panic-inducing fright of devastating defeat and death. We then return to the comforters, their hesitation in standing at the gate an expression of their incapacity to cross the chasm and enter into the anguish of the bereaved person.

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