Hamevasser – Parashat VaEthanan

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 19:02/ 7:02pm –
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 19:00/ 7:00pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Come tonight for an evening of music and nostalgy – Woodstock’s 50th anniversary!!


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

Saturday, August 24 – Itai Merlov

Saturday, August 31 – Itai Young

Saturday, September 7 – Itai Strugo

Thursday, September 12 – Ido Mor

Saturday, September 14 – Itai Yagur

Saturday, September 21 – Gur Binder-Bendit

Saturday, September 28 – Tomer Leizer


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



Father of Dalia Pinkas (Sunday, 18 Aug)

Uncle of Warren Green – the generous donor Ya’akov Bistritzky (Wednesday, 21 Aug)

Father of Pnina Manor (Wednesday, 21 Aug)

Father of Shlomo Weitzman (Wednesday, 21 Aug)



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 VaEthanan – Shabbat Nahamu

Quickie Dvar Torah

If we compare the words of the Ten Commandments as they appear in Parshat Yitro with Parshat VaEtchanan, we find that regarding the mitzvah of Shabbat the introductory word – ‘shamor’ is written instead of “zachor”. In order to resolve this discrepancy, the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 27a) suggested  “Remember the sabbath day” and “Observe the sabbath day,” were spoken by God simultaneously in a single utterance.

This idea appears in the Piyut (liturgical poem) Lecha Dodi, where we sing “God announced to us “Shamor” and “Zachor” in a single utterance.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained: “According to the Sages, both were uttered at the same time…The idea that both were spoken simultaneously teaches that they are inseparable.”

Adopting the notion that the two terms “are inseparable”, President Ruvi Rivlin said: ‘Judaism and democracy, democracy and Judaism, said as one utterance, are combined, and continue to be so. These are not merely words. This is the beating heart of the State of Israel’.

The first Shabbat  after Tisha B’av is called  Shabbat Nahamu-the Shabbat of Consolation, after the first line of the Haftara : “Nachamu, nachamu ami” (Console, console my people…) from Isaiah 40:1-26.  It  is also the first of seven haftarot of consolation, from the book of Isaiah.

On Friday, we  will be marking Tu Ba’v (the 15th of Av) known in Israel as “Chag Ha’Ahava” (the festival of  love.)

The Mishna in Tractate Taanit 4:7 is the first to  mention  “Tu b’Av”, as a   Rabbinic  mini holiday: “There were no better days for the people of Israel than Tu B’av (the Fifteenth of Av) and Yom Kippur, since on these days the daughters of Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards. What they were saying: Young man, consider who you choose (to be your wife).” According to the Babylonian Talmud Tractate Taanit,  on this day:  the different tribes of Israel  were allowed to mingle and to intermarry; members of the excommunicated tribe of Benjamin were reintegrated into the Israelite community; we mark the end of the death of the Exodus generation in the Sinai desert, those who were not permitted to enter the Land of Israel after the “sin of the spies” incident;  King Hosea, (the last monarch of the northern Israelite kingdom) removed the barriers which once prevented  northerners making pilgrimages to Jerusalem ; and finally,  the Romans permitted the Jews to bury Bar Kochba’s supporters who had fallen at Betar.

In short, this  mini holiday symbolizes reconciliation; forgiveness; accessibility;  unity and love.


Song of the Week

Song for Tu B’Av

Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton & Rod Stewart – All You Need Is Love

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