Friday, December 3
- 06:40 am – Shacharit
- 03:50 pm – Mincha
- 03:53 pm – Candle Lighting
- 08:00 pm – Men’s Class on Derech Hashem
Saturday, December 4
This week’s kiddush is sponsored by Harold and Shoshana Zazula in honor of Devorah’s birthday,
and by Richard Garcia and the Goldberg Family in honor of Leah’s birthday,
and by Sam Goldberg in honor of Ellen’s birthday.
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:15 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 11:30 am – Kiddush
- 03:30 pm – Mincha
- 04:00 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 04:50 pm – Ma’ariv
- 05:02 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of December 5 – 10
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Chanukah)
- 06:50 am – Friday
- 03:55 pm – Sunday – Thursday
- 03:50 pm – Friday
- 04:25 pm – Sunday – Thursday
Weekly Words of Torah
It’s All From Hashem
Insights into Parshat Miketz by Mr. Evan Rottenstreich of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
The Bet Yosef asks a famous question: why do we light the menorah for eight days? There was enough oil for one day, so the miracle was only really for seven days! R’ Asher Weiss in the Minchat Asher on Mo’adim brings an answer. The Ramban at the end of Parshat Bo explains the importance to zechirat yetziat miztrayim (remembering the Exodus from Egypt). He says that by acknowledging the great and open miracles of Hashem we will come to recognize the hidden miracles which are the basis of the whole Torah. There is really no such thing of nature in the world. We see this similarly in the first of Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith. He notes that these people saying this idea are two of the greatest thinkers we have ever had! We need to acknowledge that Hashem does everything! We are lighting the menorah for eight days. Seven of those days are to commemorate the miracle that Hashem performed for us. However, that eighth day might be the most important. Here we are acknowledging that really everything that Hashem does for is a miracle and everything is from Hashem. The day that the oil was “supposed” to light for was no smaller of a miracle than the other seven days!
We can see a proof from a gemara. The daughter of Rabi Chaninah ben Dosa complained to her father that they didn’t have oil to light the menorah. He responded, why does it matter? Hashem made oil able to light, he can also make vinegar light! Clearly Rabi Chanina was expressing this point. Everything is from Hashem.
We see this idea in this week’s Parsha as well. The Parsha starts off telling us that Yosef was in jail for two more years. Why was he in jail? Because he relied on the Sar Hamashkim (Chief Wine Steward) to tell Pharoah about him and he failed to have proper trust in Hashem. He didn’t see that everything is from Hashem. However, Yosef learned his lesson. When Pharoah is asking Yosef to interpret his dreams Yosef responds “Hashem will answer you”…. Again and again throughout the interpretations Yosef repeats that everything here that he is able to do is from Hashem. Even in next week’s Parsha when the brothers and Yosef have their long awaited reunion Yosef says how can I be mad at you? Hashem wanted you to sell me! Yosef learned from his mistake and also clearly saw that everything is from Hashem.