Carlebach Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, August 19
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 07:00 pm – Mincha
- 07:21 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, August 20
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:21 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Junior Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- Cancelled – Ladies’ Class in Brachot
- 06:00 pm – Men’s Class in Derech Hashem
- 06:55 pm – Mincha
- 07:25 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:15 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:28 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of August 21 – 26
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
- 07:15 pm – Sunday – Thursday
- 07:00 pm – Friday
- 07:45 pm – Sunday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
The Essence of the Land
Insights into Parshat Ekev by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
“For the Land that you are coming to inherit is not like the land of Egypt that you have left, where you planted the seeds and watered with your feet similar to a vegetable garden. The land that you are coming to inherit is a land of hills and valleys; you will drink in accordance with the rainfall. It is a land that Hashem your G-d supervises , the eyes of Hashem your G-d are upon it from the beginning of the year until the end of the year” (Sefer Devarim 11:10-12).
While Rashi comments that the above verses describe the agricultural superiority of The Land of Israel in relation to Egypt (the former is less taxing physically than the latter), the Ramban understands the verses otherwise. Prior to our entering The Land, we must comprehend the essence of this sacred territory. The Land of Israel is dependent upon rain; if we G-d forbid do not adhere to the Will of Hashem, and He does not bequeath the rain, The Land is quite negative- nothing will grow. The Torah stresses this lesson in the second paragraph of the Kriat Shema- in the case of disobedience, the heavens will be closed and we will not be able to remain in The Land.
Of course Hashem can dry up Egypt as well. However, in the natural course of events, an ill individual is in need of greater need of merit and prayer than a healthy person. Thus, The Land of Israel is especially dependent upon rain- which falls in synch with our spiritual level.
Hashem is bringing the Jewish People to a Land that will not allow them to forget upon Whom they are dependent. The Land of Israel forces a person to feel at all times and in every action that Hashem is in charge. This leads us to turn towards Him in prayer and in self-improvement in serving Him- in order to merit His blessings.
The words of the Ramban present to us a new perspective today in the Land of Israel and the State of Israel. In contemporary society agriculture no longer is a primary source of income, due to high tech and industry. Agriculture itself has become more modern and is less dependent upon rain. This does not alter the message of the Ramban- dwelling in The Land forces us to recognize that we are dependent upon The Will of Hashem. Today, no less than other times.
This lesson is experienced in many areas, especially in military and diplomatic fields. From our return to The Land- and especially since the establishment of The State- we are surrounded by enemies who plot our destruction. We are isolated diplomatically from many countries. Each attempt to change this generates a more complicated situation. When being honest with ourselves, we acknowledge that neither the right nor the left possesses an all-encompassing solution to the substantial problems that we face.
The question arises: Why is this the case?!
The answer: We are privileged to dwell in The Land of Israel. Therefore in concert with our physical activity in military matters and diplomacy, we must constantly pray to Hashem and strive to be worthy of receiving His assistance. Indeed, this is the praise of The Land!