Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah/ Parshat Bereshit Schedule

Wednesday, October 19 (Hoshana Rabba)

  • 06:30 am – Shacharit
  • Remember to make Eruv Tavshilin
  • 05:38 pm – Candle Lighting
  • 05:40 pm – Mincha
  • 06:20 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:50 pm – Earliest Kiddush for Shemini Atzeret

Thursday, October 20 (Shemini Atzeret)

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:45 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 10:45 am – Yizkor
  • 11:30 am – Kiddush
  • TBA – Torah Tours Teen Girls’ Class
  • 05:35 pm – Mincha, followed by Torah Tours sermon
  • 06:25 pm – Ma’ariv, followed by Kiddush
  • 06:45 pm – Earliest candle lighting and preparations for Simchat Torah. Light candles from an existing flame.
  • Auction of Honors approx. 7:15 pm followed by Hakafot

Friday, October 21 (Simchat Torah)

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 09:00 am – Kiddush
  • 09:30 am – Hakafot and Mussaf
  • 09:46 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 12:00 pm – Simchat Torah Luncheon with Torah Tours sermon
  • 05:35 pm – Mincha followed by Ma’ariv for Shabbat
  • 05:35 pm – Candle lighting for Shabbat

Shabbat Parshat Bereshit/Shabbat Mevarchim

Saturday, October 22

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:46 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 11:15 am – Kiddush
  • TBA – Torah Tours Teen Girls’ Class
  • 05:05 pm – Mincha, followed by Se’udah Shlishit with Torah Tours sermon
  • 06:35 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:45 pm – Shabbat Ends

October 23 – 28


  • 08:00 am – Sunday
  • 06:40 am – Monday, Thursday and Friday (Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan)
  • 06:50 am – Tuesday and Wednesday


  • 05:30 pm – Sunday – Thursday
  • 05:25 pm – Friday


  • 06:00 pm – Sunday – Thursday

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Weekly Words of Torah

For the Sake of…

Insights into Parshat Bereshit of Rosh Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Yechezkel Yakobson, originally from the Asicha, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
“In the beginning- Bereshit- G-d created the heavens and the earth” (Sefer Bereshit 1:1).
If the intention of the Torah is to write of the chronological order of creation, the Torah should have initially recorded the creation of light- which preceded the creation of the heavens and the earth. Therefore Rashi comments that the message conveyed by the Torah is that “Reshit” connotes the Torah and the Jewish People. The world was created for the sake of the Torah to be fulfilled by the Jewish People.
Prior to the account of the creation, the Torah conveys to us the goal of the world- the performance of the Torah via the Jewish People. For this reason, Chazal convey to us that the existence of the world is contingent upon the Jewish People accepting the Torah (Masechet Shabbat 88a). The Midrash (Bereshit Raba 1:4) comments that in the merit of the mitzvoth of Chalah, tithes- Ma’asrot, and the first fruits- Bikkurim, the world was created as these items are referrred to as “Reshit”.
What signifies these items as reasons for the creation of the world? Many challenges confront people who strive to live spiritual lives in this physical world. The mere existence in a world where sanctity is hidden fosters difficulty in maintaining a life of spiritual elevation.
How can we attain our goal of living a life for the purposes of Reshit (Torah fulfilled by the Jewish People)? Via Reshit! By consecrating the beginning of our time and earnings we set the tone for the remainder- even if then we are involved in secular pursuits. The Bikkurim- the first fruits- are dedicated to Hashem. This indicates that all of our subsequent endeavors are focused towards Divine Worship. Thus, the world was created for the sake of Reshit- the Torah. Who studies and fulfills the Torah? The Reshit- the Jewish People. How do we succeed in this undertaking? By sanctifying the Reshit, our initial labors and efforts.