Parshat Acharei Mot Schedule

Shabbat HaGadol

The Rabbi’s Shabbat HaGadol drasha will be delivered at Salem Towers before Mussaf, and at Beth Israel West during the luncheon.

Shabbat Schedule

Friday, April 15

  • 06:50 am – Shacharit
  • 07:05 pm – Mincha
  • 07:07 pm – Candle Lighting
  • 08:15 pm – Shabbat HaGadol dinner

Saturday, April 16

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:23 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
  • 11:30 am – Shabbat HaGadol Luncheon
  • 05:50 pm – Family Se’udah Shlishit
  • 07:00 pm – Mincha
  • 08:05 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:17 pm – Shabbat Ends

Sunday, April 17

  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 07:40 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:12 pm – Search for Chametz begins

Monday, April 18 – Erev Pesach

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit

Siyum Bechorim following Shacharit

  • 10:04 am – Latest time to eat chametz
  • 11:24 am – Latest time to burn chametz
  • 09:30 am-11:15 am – Chametz burning (Dexter Street)
  • 04:07 pm – Latest time to eat permissible matzah products (ie. cooked not baked)

Passover Schedule

Monday Evening, April 18 – First Seder

  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 07:11 pm – Candlelighting
  • 07:45 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:20 pm – Earliest time to begin the Seder
  • 12:44 am – Latest time to eat the Afikomen

Tuesday, April 19 – Passover, First Day

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:20 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 04:07 pm – Latest time for eating permissible matzah products (ie. cooked not baked)
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 07:45 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:20 pm – Earliest Candlelighting

Light from an existing flame. No preparations for the second Seder should be made before 8:20 p.m.

  • 12:44 am – Latest time to eat the Afikomen

Wednesday, April 20 – Passover, Second Day

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:19 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 08:10 pm – Maariv
  • 08:21 pm – Yom Tov ends

Thursday April 21, Chol Hamoed

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 07:15 pm – Mincha
  • 07:45 pm – Maariv

Friday April 22, Chol Hamoed

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 07:15 pm – Candle lighting
  • 07:15 pm – Mincha

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Weekly Words of Torah

Our True State

Insights into Parshat Acharei Mot by Rosh Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Yechezkel Yakobson, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.

When the Beit HaMikdash exists, the sending of the goat to the wilderness- Sa’ir HaMishtaleach- constituted a fundamental component of the worship on Yom Kippur. Together with teshuva (repentance) and vidui (admission of guilt) the sending of this goat to the wilderness atoned for the sins- even serious ones- of the Jewish People.

The Sair HaMishtaleach is classified as a chok- a decree from Hashem that is difficult for us to comprehend. The Ramban- in the footsteps of the Ibn Ezra- advances a thesis, which for many of us causes even more difficulty. We will advance another path to understand this mitzvah.

Every parent and educator encounters children who misbehave. Some children are quite rambunctious and frequently must be cautioned, and at times, punished. Indeed, the child may do bad things, but does this warrant classifying the child as being bad?

G-d forbid! Perhaps he has perpetrated evil deeds, but by no means does this determine the child as being evil. One of the greatest mistakes that a parent or educator can make is to say to a child “you are a bad child!”. This would stigmatize the child with a negative self-image; there is nothing more destructive than this. The child would believe that he is forced to act in a negative fashion and will not be able to improve his behavior. We all know that children are inherently pure; they are merely children who fell prey to mischievous instincts… Rather, when rebuking children we should say “You did a naughty thing (but you yourself remain a good child..)”.

This concept applies to the Jewish People as well. When a person G-d forbid sins, he has become defiled from the sin, and distanced from The Master of the World. Yet- this does not affect the deepest recesses of our soul. This remains pure. A kernel of goodness and purity remains. Even if our actions are negative, we remain positive people. As the Midrash in Shir Hashirim Raba (6:26) states, we are likened to a nut that has fallen to a non-clean location. It can be washed and fit for consumption; likewise the Jewish People can be cleansed on Yom Kippur.

The Sa’ir HaMishtaleach represents this concept. We are able to rid ourselves of sins. Yes, we may have committed wrongdoings, yet this does not classify us as sinners. The collective Jewish People is holy- indeed holy of holies-and thus the absolute reality of sin does not pertain to us. Therefore we are able to cast off this negative state from ourselves. Our true location is in the realm of holiness; sins belong far away from us in the wilderness.

As we cast away the sins we return to our true state “The neshama that You have placed in me is pure!”