Hamevasser – Parashat Shoftim

| September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 18:37/ 6:37pm –
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 18:45/ 4:55pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

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


General Assembly

Save the Date

The Annual General Meeting of the Kehillat Torat Hayyim Amuta will take place on Thursday night, September 19, 2019, at 20:00

Agenda :

Tefillat Arvit

Dvar Torah- Rav Barry

2018 Audited Financial Report

Audit Committee Report

Appointment of Accountant and Audit Committee for 2019

“Haramat Kosit “- in honor of the new year


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, 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

Thursday, October 17 – Leon Kalevansky – Demsky

Saturday, October 19 – Nadav Kleiner


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 Ariela Ben Avraham and Yonatan Gershon (Monday, Sep 8)

Father of Ruth Ritterband (Tuesday, Sep 9)



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 Shoftim

Quickie Dvar Torah

From Living Each Week, by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski-

“Judges and enforcing officers shall you give unto yourself.” The words “you” and “yourself” in the Hebrew text are in the singular. This is therefore not only a communal mitzvah, i.e., to establish a judicial system, but also an order to each individual to develop a “judge” and an “enforcing officer” within himself. Every person has the obligation to sit in judgment on his own actions. 

On Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Elul, a small group of us went to the Kotel in Jerusalem to daven with the Women of Wall (WOW).

Women of the Wall, (Neshot Hakotel/ הכותל  נשותin Hebrew) is a group of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist women who have been  praying together for the past 30 years at the Kotel, on Rosh Chodesh.

(According to tradition Rosh Chodesh is a women’s holiday.)

We went there to pray and show our support for the women who come monthly to daven joyfully and with great devotion.

Unfortunately, some of the other men and women who also came to daven at the Kotel were extremely distressed and annoyed by WOW’s presence.  We men took the brunt of their insults and aggressive behaviour.    

To say that the encounter was unpleasant is an understatement.

In Parshat Shofim it is written: ” then proclaim peace unto it.” Unfortunately, the remnant of the Temple that we possess is often not a place where peace is proclaimed, but a place for insults, name calling and intolerance,

I, like many others, came to the conclusion that the only solution is to implement the Western Wall Compromise Agreement. The Jerusalem Post reported that in 2016 the Cabinet approved a resolution whereby a state-recognized egalitarian prayer section would be created at the southern end of the Western Wall.  That section would share an entrance with the main plaza and would be run by a committee that included representatives from the Reform and Conservative movements and the Women of the Wall.  

Today there is no peace and quiet at the Wall on Rosh Chodesh. The place has become the focus of insults and hate speech from those who maintain that the Women of the Western Wall and their supporters have the no right to pray there at all.

When you go to vote, remember this issue!

Remember that a solution which promotes peace at the Kotel exists.

It is up to you to elect officials who are committed to implementing the Western Wall Compromise Agreement.


Song of the Week


PERFORMED BY Yehoram Gaon-

Composed By Dovi Zeltzer, Lyrics By Chaim Chafer



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