Parshat Zachor/Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 18
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 06:35 pm – Mincha
- 06:35 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, March 19
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:51 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 11:30 am – Kiddush
- 05:10 pm – Men’s Class in Derech Hashem
- 06:10 pm – Mincha
- 06:40 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 07:30 pm – Ma’ariv
- 07:45 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of March 20 – 25
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 06:40 pm – Monday – Friday
- 07:10 pm – Monday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Giving Thanks to Hashem
Insights into Parshat Tzav by Rav Yechezkel Yakobson, Rosh Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
In Parshat Tzav we learn of the sacrifice brought to Hashem upon deliverance from dangerous situations (Karban Toda). The laws governing the Karban Toda are unique- it must be consumed within a day and a night (while a regular Karban Shelamim has a time limit of 2 days with a night in between). Large quantities of bread are consumed as well. The Netziv comments that this is to encourage the individual to invite others to assist in the consumption of the Karban Toda. During the meal the individual will publicly thank Hashem for the miracle of his deliverance. Thus, the concept of publicizing a miracle- pirsumei nisa- is of a Biblical origin (with specific rabbinic obligations, such as the reading of the Megillah and the kindling of lights on Chanukah).
The gemara in Masechet Sanhedrin states that King Chizkiyahu had the potential to become the Messiah. However, his failure to praise and thank Hashem following the removal of the threat from the army of Sancheriv prevented this from happening.
How could such a righteous king- who advanced Torah study & knowledge on a massive scale- have refrained from such a basic obligation?
The answer is apparent in the question. Precisely the righteousness of Chizkiyahu led him to downplay the salvation occurred in his time. At times, people of the spirit are not impressed by what transpires in the physical realm. They are primarily focused on spiritual matters. In addition, they may not be moved by anything that falls short of a complete redemption. Thus King Chizkiyahu refrained from reciting a complete praise- Hallel- of Hashem following the fall of Sancheriv.
May we thank Hashem for all the miracles that He performs. May this lead us to meit the complete redemption.