Friday, December 30
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 04:00 pm – Mincha
- 04:02 pm – Candle lighting
- 08:00 pm – Men’s class at the home of Harold and Shoshana Zazula, 57 Glenwood Street.
Saturday, December 31
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:30 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- 03:30 pm – Mincha
- 04:00 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 05:00 pm – Ma’ariv
- 05:11 pm – Shabbat Ends
January 1 – 6
- 08:00 am – Sunday, Monday (federal holiday)
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 04:05 pm – Sunday – Wednesday, and Friday
- 04:35 pm – Sunday – Wednesday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Insights into Parshat Vayigash of Mr. David Dachoh of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
Let us go back in time to where Yosef was royal viceroy of Egypt; a time where a terrible famine was taking place amongst all of Egypt and its surroundings. Yaakov and his family unable to withstand the famine any longer sent Yehuda and the brothers to go down to Egypt and bring back some food for the second time (the first time the ten brothers left without Binyamin and during this second trip they brought Binyamin with them and the silver goblet of Yosef was found in his pouch and therefore he was imprisoned).
Now that we have the storyline set let’s delve into this weeks Parshat Vayigash. The Parsha begins with Yehuda approaching Yosef entreating him to release Binyamin. The first question that arises is why is it that only Yehuda is fighting on behalf of his brother? Rashi on 44:32 answers that Yehuda took responsibility of his brother and said that if I don’t bring him back “I will have sinned to my father for all time.” Yehuda was going to be removed not only from this world but from the world to come as well. Why did Yehuda take such responsibility? The Sforno simply answers that had he not taken responsibility Yaakov would have not let Binyamin go.
What Yosef does next is truly remarkable: Yosef asks every Egyptian in the vicinity to leave so that he can make himself known to his brothers without shaming them (Rashi 45:1). However one can look at this in another perspective that not only did he not want to embarrass them he didn’t want to strengthen himself over them which is the way Onkelos reads this pasuk (brought down in the Ramban).
One of the effects that TV has on our generation is that the character that always has that quick sly remark to put him on top is emphasized by the media as “the man”. However is this really what Klal Yisrael emphasizes as a positive quality? Of course not, and this is what Parshat Vayigash comes to tell us that this sense of empowerment over others or lack of humility thereof is something one should avoid. Yosef in addition had an opportunity to get his brothers back for what they did; yet he felt that it was wrong. How much more so when one doesn’t have such an excuse, that one should refrain from this trait.