MINCHA, SHABBOS & MA’ARIV
19 October 2019 - 20 Tishrei 5780 PARASHA SHACHARIS
MINCHA & MA’ARIV
Shacharis 8:30 am - No breakfast Shiur this morning
EREV SHEMINI ATZERES
Yom Tov begins at 5:42 pm at which time the candles should be lit - Mincha followed by Ma'ariv at that time.
Shacharis - Yiskor 9:15 am
Mincha 5:45 pm
Second day candles should not be lit before 6:46 pm
Ma'ariv followed by Hakkafot 6:46 pm
Shacharis with Hakkafot 9:00 am
Communal buffet lunch
Mincha followed by Ma'ariv 5:45 pm
Yom Tov 6:44 pm
Shacharis 7:20 am
Shacharis 7:10 am
Torah Portion and Weekly Dvar
With our thanks to Aish
TORAH PORTION Ha'azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:51
The Torah portion is a song, a poem taught to the Jewish people by Moshe. It recounts the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people during the 40 years in the desert. Jewish consciousness, until the present generation, was to teach every Jewish child to memorize Ha'azinu. In this manner we internalized the lessons of our history, especially the futility of rebelling against the Almighty.
The portion ends with Moshe being told to ascend Mount Nevo to see the Promised Land before he dies and is "gathered to his people". By the way, this is one of the allusions to an afterlife in the Torah. Moshe died alone and no one knows where he is buried. Therefore, "gathered to his people" has a higher meaning!
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What is The Meaning of the Arbah Minim?
The Torah tells us in Leviticus 23:40 a special commandments for Sukkot -- to take the arbah minim, the Four Species (etrog, lulav, hadassim, and aravot). We wave them in the four directions of the compass as well as up and down. The symbolism of the waving in all directions is to remind us that God is everywhere. However, why are these four species designated for the mitzvah?
Our rabbis teach that these four species are symbolic of four types of Jews: the etrog (citron) which has a fragrance and a taste represents those Jews who have both Torah wisdom and good deeds; the lulav (date palm branch) which has a taste (from the dates), but no fragrance represents those Jews who have Torah wisdom, but no good deeds; the hadassim (myrtle branches) have a fragrance, but no taste representing those Jews who have good deeds, but no Torah wisdom; and lastly, the aravot (willow branches) have neither a taste nor a smell representing those Jews who are lacking in Torah wisdom and good deeds.
What do we do on Sukkot? We symbolically bind together and recognize every Jew as an integral and important part of the Jewish people. If even one is missing, the mitzvah is incomplete. Our People is one; we must do all we can to bind together the Jewish people and work to strengthen the Jewish future!