Hamevasser – Pessah

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arvit Service

Candle lighting- 18:50/ 6:50pm –
Mincha and Erev Pessah Service – 18:30/ 6:30pm

Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bat Mitzvah

This coming Thursday we are celebrating with the Lazar family the Bar Mitzvah of Yarden. Mazal Tov to Yarden and the Lazar family

Pessah Timetable

Thursday – Shacharit at 08:30. Bar Mitzvah of Yarden Lazar

Friday – Shacharit at 07:30 and Siyyum

Friday – Eating Hametz until – 10:03 am

Friday – Burning the Hametz until 11:22 am

Friday – Candle lighting – 06:50 pm

Friday – Minchah and Erev Pessah service – 06:30 pm

Saturday – Shacharit – 08:45

Saturday – Shabbat ends at 7:52pm – Begin counting the Omer

Thurdsay – Erev Shvi’i shel Pessah – Candle lighting at 6:55 pm. Don’t forget to prepare Eruv Tavshilin

Thursday – Service at 6:45 pm

Friday – Shacharit (including Yizkor) – 08:45

Friday – Candle lighting at 6:55pm

Friday – Minchah and Kabbalat Shabbat – 6:45pm

Saturday – Shacharit at 08:45 am

Saturday – Shabbat ends at 7:57 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!!

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

May 05 – Parashat Kedoshim – 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



Grandfather of Ed Freedman (Saturday, Apr 20)

Father of Cyril Solk (Tuesday, Apr 23)

Father of Peter Kariv (Thursday, Apr 25)



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 Pessah

BT Rosh HaShana 10b- “We were redeemed from Egypt in Nisan, and we are destined to be redeemed in Nisan.”

Quickie Dvar Torah:

From Midrash Rabbah 18:11

“And it was at the end of four hundred and thirty years, etc” (Ibid. 41) – from the time that the decree was decreed; as they only spent two hundred and ten years in Egypt.

And on the day that they went down to Egypt, on that same day did they go out.

And on that day Yosef went out from jail.

Hence, this night is a joyful occasion for all of Israel, as it is written (Ibid. 42), “It is a night of watchings for the Lord.” In this world, he made a miracle for them at night, since it was a temporary miracle, but in the future to come, this night will become a day, as it is stated (Isaiah 30:26), “And the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun and the light of the sun will be seven times, etc.” – like the light that the Holy One, blessed be He, created at first and hid in the Garden of Eden.

The message: it will get better- just have a little faith!

Friday , April 19 (MORNING) : Shacharit at 7:30 AM and Siyyum

FAST OF THE FIRSTBORN (individual fast – begins at Dawn)

A firstborn male and some include first born females of a mother or a father observes this daytime fast on the eve of Pesach, recognizing that in Egypt, the firstborn of Israel was saved, while the first born Egyptians died in the tenth plague.

If the firstborn child is a minor, the parent fasts in his/her place.

In order to avoid fasting the entire day, a Siyyum (the festive completion of study of a text of rabbinic literature) is conducted followed by a Se’udat Mitzva (the festive meal celebrating the performance of a mitzva.)

We are all invited, on this coming Friday to Shacharit at 7:30 am, after which Yiftah will conduct a Siyyum – to mark finishing the study of Tractate Hulin.


Chametz Timetable:

Thursday, April 18-Search for Chametz in the evening.

Friday, April 19-Latest time to eat Chametz ♦ 10:03 a.m.

Burning of Chametz ♦ Before 11:22 a.m 

Don’t forget to sell your Chametz by  Thursday morning

From Rabbi Isaac Klein’s 

“Guide to Jewish Religious Practice.”

We begin counting the Omer- Motzaei Shabbat,

20.4 night after Maariv

The period between Pesach and Shavuot is called Sefirah (counting). The name is derived from the practice of counting the ‘Omer’, which is observed from the night of the second Seder of Pesach until the eve of Shavuot.

The Sefirah period is a time of sadness. According to the Talmud, this is because twelve thousand of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples died one year between Pesach and Shavuot (B, Yeb. 62b; Otsar Hage’onim Yebamot, p. 141).

The rabbis explain that this massacre took place because the disciples did not respect each other. Historians connect the event with the Hadrianic persecution, which followed the Bar Kokhba revolt in which Rabbi Akiva was involved (Wahrman, Nagel Yisra’el Urndadaw, p. 166).

Some associate the somberness of these days with an even earlier period of Jewish history. The fruits of the field ripen during the time encompassed by Sefirah, and it is, therefore, a period of uncertainty – of hope and prayer that our physical sustenance will be continued in abundance (Abudraham Hashalem, p. 241; B. R. H. 16a). 

A contemporary scholar has suggested that this uncertainty was due, in particular, to the fact that in Israel, the hot winds, which are so harmful to the crops, blow between Pesach and Shavuot (Wahrman, Hagei Yisra’el Umo’adaw, p. 171).

The  ‘Omer’  could no longer be brought to the Temple of Jerusalem after the destruction. The counting was continued, however, as a  Zekher Lemikdash(Remembrance of the Temple) – hence another reason for sadness (B. Men. 66a; Kol Bo, chap. 55; Maimonides, Hil. Sefirat HaOmer). It was easy to superimpose other sorrowful memories on such a period, and the Hadrianic persecution was the most prominent of these.

The Crusades added another reason for sorrow, especially for the Jews of Germany, since the massacres perpetrated by the Crusaders also took place at this time of the year (0.H. 493:2 in M.D. 2).

Another reason for sadness was added in modern times. While the crematoria and gas chambers of the Nazis operated all year round, some notable tragic events took place in the Sefirah period. The last great deportation to the gas chambers of the Jews of Hungary took place during the Sefirah period. The Parliament of Israel fixed the twenty-seventh of Nisan as Yom HaShoah – the Memorial Day for those slaughtered by the Nazis during World War II. In addition, the day before Israel Independence Day is called Yom HaZikaron – Memorial Day for those who died in Israel’s wars and because of acts of Terror.

These sad events are memorialized by our refraining from participation in joyous events during this period. No weddings should take place, and it is customary not to have the hair cut (0.H. 493:2). No event involving music and dancing should be scheduled during Sefirah (0.H. 493:1 in M.A. 1). Nowadays, many observe the mourning customs until Lag B’Omer (0.H. 493:1 in Rama).

Song of the Week

V’hi SheAmda- melody by Yonatan Razel

Performed by Shwekey & Shlomi Shabat

Pesach Kasher V’sameach!

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