Friday, May 6
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 07:30 pm – Mincha
- 07:31 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, May 7
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:06 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 11:30 am – Kiddush
- 04:45 pm – Ladies’ Class
- 06:15 pm – Men’s Class in Derech Hashem
- 07:05 pm – Mincha
- 06:40 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:25 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:40 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of May 8 – 13
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 07:35 pm – Monday – Friday
- 08:05 pm – Monday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Kiddush Hashem in This World
Insights into Parshat Emor by Sgan Rosh Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Aryeh Hendler, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
Parshat Emor contains the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem- at times a person is required to sacrifice his biological life. This is classified as mesirut hanefesh. The Sfat Emet states that each individual is charged with a mission to perform in this world. When a person encounters mesirut nefesh his mission has been accomplished. All of his lifes work is focused and concentrated on that specific moment. Indeed, the term sha’ah contains two meanings: time, and desire- ratzon (“And to Kayin and his offering He did not desire”- Bereshit, 4:5). How much desire that last moment contains. With that moment the person has gained his eternal world- koneh et olamo besha’ah achat.
However, the Sfat Emet, continues, as exemplary as this is, this exalted moment transpires suddenly, with speed. What a person accomplishes on a constant basis, by denying his own whims and desires in a steady and relaxed fashion- is even on a higher level. “One moment- sha’ah achat- of teshuva and good deeds in this world is better than the entire world to come” we learn in Pirkei Avot.
Kiddush Hashem at times may require mesirut nefesh in a literal sense. The highest level of Kiddush Hashem is to live in accordance with subjugation to The Divine Will. This is a daily demand- another performance of a halacha in the Shulchan Aruch, another quarter of an hour of Torah study, another mitzvah to be performed. Such living qualifies as Kiddush Hashem.
The Rambam rules that when not compulsory, it is forbidden to forfeit one’s biological life. Mesirut nefesh to perform the Will of Hashem in this world is the requisite Kiddush Hashem at such times.