Discover Jewish Malden Shabbaton
Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat/Shabbat Chazak
Friday, May 20
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 07:00 pm – Mincha/Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat
- 07:45 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, May 21
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 08:59 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 10:15 am – Junior Congregation
- 11:15 am – Luncheon, followed by Community Tour
- 02:15 pm – Dessert at the home of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Rabinowitz, 265 Fellsway East
- 05:00 pm – Family Se’udah Shlishit
- 06:30 pm – Board Games
- 07:40 pm – Mincha
- 08:10 pm – Rabbi’s Class
- 08:40 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:55 pm – Shabbat Ends
- 09:30 pm – Movie
Week of May 22 – 26
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 07:50 pm – Monday – Friday
- 08:20 pm – Monday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Walking in the Chukim
Insights into Parshat Bechukotai by Assistant Rosh Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Aryeh Hendler, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
“If you walk in my Chukim”.
A “chok” refers to a mitzvah whose reason is not comprehended by human logic. We are required to perform all mitzvot – those whose reasons we understand, and those that we don’t understand- the chukim. At first glance, it appears that the chukim are less “user-friendly” than other mitzvot – as we must take a leap of faith to perform them, while lacking comprehension of their essence.
To the contrary! The word “chok” emanates from the essence (shoresh) cha-ka-k- to engrave. Whereas writing consists of placing a foreign object (ink) onto a surface, engraving entails carving out a message from the object itself. Chakika represents an internal, natural message.
“Logical” mitzvot represent a person accepting the G-dly message via the intellect – similar to writing. However, the chukim represent natural messages that do not require comprehension. Indeed – a normal individual does not justify the reason for his existence. He lives – that is sufficient. The law of gravity works – there is no need to go into the how and why.
“And a righteous person will live in his faith” (Chabakuk 2:4). In Olat Ra’ayah, Rav Kook explains that faith – emunah – is similar to life. Life is an objective reality; it need not be explained. Likewise, emunah is real, and is not in need of explanations. Elsewhere Rav Kook states “Searching for emunah in philosophic works is similar to seeking life in a cemetery” (Ma’amrei Ra’ayah).
Our belief in Hashem – and performance of His Mitzvoth – are real. To the degree that an item is a chok – engraved and intrinsic – the less need for rational analysis is required.