Hamevasser – Parashat Nitzavim

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Kabalat Shabbat

Candle lighting- 18:09/ 6:09pm –
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat- 18:20/ 6:20pm
Shacharit services- 8:45 am


Events in our congregation

Bar Mitzvah

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


On Motza’ey Shabbat we began reciting the Selihot with our guest cantor Avshalom Yaffe. Before the Selihot we heard a concert by Nehama Talpaz’s best students

For pictures from the event click here

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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, October 17 – Leon Kalevansky – Demsky

Saturday, October 19 – Nadav Kleiner

Saturday, November 2 – Ofek Primor

Satuday, November 2 (Minchah) – Dor Peltz

Saturday, November 9 – Omer Shmayovich

Thursday, November 14 – Shahar Pinhas Ashi

Saturday, November 16 – Ben Yaakov Fuchs

Saturday, November 23 – Lior Carmel

Friday, November 29 (Rosh Hodesh) – Shahar Urstein

Saturday, November 30 – Alon Faszczyk


Adult Education

There will be no classes this week



Wife of Cyril Solk (Monday, Sep 30)

Mother in law of Sally Izakov (Tuesday, Oct 1)

Father of Dalia Pinkas (Thursday, Oct 3)

Father of Abigail Caspi (Friday, Oct 4)

Kehilat Torat Hayim remebers its former president Tzvi Meron z”l (Thursday, Oct 3)

Kehilat Torat Hayim remembers the generous donor Eric Ross z”l (Sunday Sep 29)



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 Nitzavim 5779

Quickie Dvar Torah

It is very appropriate to read Parshat Nitzavim on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashana and the Aseret Ymei Teshuva- the Ten Days of Repentance.

The root of the word “teshuvah” is mentioned in various ways in chapter 30 of Deuteronomy, for example- “You shall return to the Lord”. “And you shall return and hear the voice of the Lord.”

A Rabbinic Teaching for Parshat Nitzavim:

In our parsha (Devarim 30:12) it is written: It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?”

The Gemara in Tractate Eiruvin (55a) a number of Rabbis explain how they understand the phrase “It is not in heaven”:

Avdimi bar Ḥama bar Dosa said: What is the meaning of that which is written: “It is not in heaven…nor is it beyond the sea” (Deuteronomy 30:12–13)? “It is not in heaven” indicates that if it were in heaven, you would have to ascend after it, and if it were beyond the sea, you would have to cross after it, as one must expend whatever effort is necessary in order to study Torah.

Expounding the verse differently, Rava said: “It is not in heaven” means that Torah is not to be found in someone who raises his mind over it, like the heavens, i.e., he thinks his mind is above the Torah and he does not need a teacher; nor is it to be found in someone who expands his mind over it, like the sea, i.e., he thinks he knows everything there is to know about the topic he has learned.

Rabbi Yoḥanan said: “It is not in heaven” means that Torah is not to be found in the haughty, those who raise their self-image as though they were in heaven. …

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Umetuka,

Ktiva V’Chatima Tova!


Song of the Week to Prepare us for the Days of Awe- listen and be inspired:

Avinu Malkeinu- by the Choir of the Fathers, conducted by the Chazan of Tzahal



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