Hamevasser – Parashat VaEthanan

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 18:54/ 6:54pm –
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 Merlov family the Bar Mitzvah of Itai. Mazal Tov to Itai and the Merlov family

Walter Freedman Z”l

Kehilat torat Hayim sends its condolences to our member Ed Freedman whose father Walter passed away.

המקום ינחם אותך בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Shiv’ah will be observed in New York.


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


The Masorti movement is organizing a Hackathon which will take place on the night of September 12-13, beginning at 6:00 pm. The event will take place in Kehilat Hod Vehadar in Kefar Sava.

If you don’t know what a Hackathon is please look it up here (as I just did…)


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 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 Yiftah Shapir (Sunday, Aug 25)

Brother of Neta Kushmaro (Friday, Aug 30)



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 Eikev

Quickie Dvar Torah

One of the major themes in this week’s Parsha is “gratitude”.

In Parshat Eikev, it is written: “When you eat and are satisfied, you must bless the Lord your God…” (Deut. 8:10). This verses teaches us that after eating we “Bench” and express our gratitude to God for our physical nourishment.

Regarding “gratitude” and expressing thanks, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote:

Gratitude also lies behind a fascinating feature of the Amidah. When the leader of prayer repeats the Amidah aloud, we are silent other than for the responses of Kedushah, and saying Amen after each blessing, with one exception. When the leader says the words Modim anachnu lakh, “We give thanks to You,” the congregation says the a parallel passage known as Modim de-Rabbanan. For every other blessing of the Amidah, it is sufficient to assent to the words of the leader by saying Amen. The one exception is Modim, “We give thanks.” Rabbi Elijah Spira (1660–1712) in his work Eliyahu Rabbah, explains that when it comes to saying thank you, we cannot delegate this away to someone else to do it on our behalf. Thanks has to come directly from us.


Song of the Week

Toda- lyrics- Uzi Chitman z”l

Melody – Stavros Kouyioumtzis, ( Σταύρος Κουγιουμτζής )

Performed by Chaim Moshe

Those of you who love Greek music can hear the original “Ola Kala” (“Everything is fine” ) performed by Giorgos Dalaras ( Γιώργος Νταλάρας )

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