Hamevasser – Parashat Balak

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 19:27/ 7:27pm –
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 19:00/ 7:00pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

This coming Shabbat we are celebrating with the Popper family the Bar Mitzvah of Boaz. Mazal Tov to Boaz and the Ben Popper 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!!

Please contact Rav Barry to coordinate the Kiddush.


Events in the Masorti Movement

Kabbalat Shabbat near the Kotel

The Masorti movement is happy to announce the launching of a new program – Egalitarian, Halachic Kabalat Shabbat in the “Families’ Kotel” – Every friday at 18:00

For details see https://www.ezratisrael.com/kabbalatshabbat


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

Thursday, July 18 – Gal Kfir

Saturday, July 20 – Eitan Yitzhaki


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 Eli Hartal (Tuesday, 16 Jul)

Kehilat Torat Hayyim remebers its member Rhoda Dash z”l (Thursday, 18 Jul)



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 Parashat Balak

Quickie Dvar Torah

In Tractate Sanhedrin, Chazal teach that from the Balaam’s blessing , “you can ascertain what was really in his heart. God transformed the curses that he planned into blessings. He sought to say that they should not have synagogues and study halls, and he said instead:

מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

“How goodly are your tents, Jacob” (Numbers 24:5), In essence this was a blessing that the people should establish many synagogues and schools.

Regrettably, there is an organization called “Hazon” (vision)that has chosen to adopt Balaam’s original plan and curse the people of Israel that they shouldn’t have many diverse synagogues and study halls.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Hazon, is a movement dedicated to “returning the Jewish character to the national agenda in Israel. “Hazon” initiated an “aggressive social media, digital, and paper-media effort” declaring that the prayers of the Women of the Wall (WOW) on Rosh Chodesh and the tfillot without gender separation at Robinson’s Arch, are aberrations and contrary to the “Jewish Character” of Israel.

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Hazon invests lots of money to mobilize impressionable young people to come to the Kotel and disturb the Tfillot of WOW and of families who come from Israel and abroad to celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvas without a “Mechitza”.

We Masorti Jews have to present our own “Hazon” of acceptance , pluralism and respect for others. We have to make sure that the politicians running in the next election hear our voices so that it will always be said of Israel “How goodly are your tents, Jacob; Your dwellings, O Israel!”


Song of the Week for Parshat Balak

Ma Tovu

performed by Shoshana Damari

Lyrics- Yaakov Orland

Melody- Mordecai Ze’ira

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