Parshat Va’era Schedule

Shabbat Mevarchim

Shabbat Schedule

Friday, January 20

  • 06:50 am – Shacharit
  • 04:20 pm – Mincha
  • 04:24 pm – Candle lighting
  • 08:00 pm – Men’s class at the home of Rabbi & Rebbetzin Rabinowitz, 265 Fellsway East.

Saturday, January 21

  • 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:31 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
  • 11:15 am – Kiddush
  • 03:55 pm – Mincha
  • 04:25 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
  • 05:20 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 05:33 pm – Shabbat Ends

January 22 – 27


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


  • 04:30 pm – Sunday – Friday


  • 05:00 pm – Sunday – Thursday

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Weekly Words of Torah

The Secret of the Success of Moshe Rabbenu

Insights into Parshat Vayechi of Mr. Yaron Zaret of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.

The beginning of Sefer Shemot describes the horrors of Egyptian slavery. Jews were treated worse than animals. They were forced to pull ploughs. There were plenty of animals that could have pulled the ploughs, but the Egyptians viewed Jews as inferior to animals. Jewish babies were crushed into bricks and Pharoah bathed in their blood. The Egyptians were the predecessors of the Nazi slogan “Jews are vermin, the scum of the earth.” Yet, with all that Pharoah did not enslave the tribe of Levi! Why not? Did he have a soft spot when it came to the Leviim?

Rev Yonason Eibshitz answers brilliantly. Pharoah knew through his astrologers that the redeemer of Israel would come from the tribe of Levi. He, therefore, wanted there to be a disconnection between the tribe of Levi and the rest of Bnei Yisrael. Pharoah wanted the savior to be ignored by the rest of the people, “Who are you that you come to redeem us? You’ve never worked a day in your life and God sent you to take us out of Egypt! It can’t be, stay away from us.”

Pharoah’s plan would have worked perfectly were it not for Moshe’s great care for all living things. The way he risked his life when he struck down the Egyptian that was beating his brethren. How he intervened when he saw two Jews fighting. How he couldn’t see Yitro’s daughters being harassed. How Moshe chased one sheep down for fear the sheep would dehydrate and die without a shepherd. Moshe could not take it when people acted brutally to one another. However, a lot of people don’t like when people get mistreated – what made Moshe so special? It was the fact that he risked everything to help the oppressed. He didn’t just sit on the sidelines as others suffered. He actively participated in helping the oppressed even at the expense of his prestige and life. This, Pharoah did not foresee and is the reason Moshe was so successful.