Friday, May 4
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 07:00 pm – Mincha
- 07:29 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, May 5
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:07 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- 04:45 pm – Ladies’ class: My carrots are from Israel, what do I do now?
- 06:15 pm – Men’s class on Derech Hashem
- 07:05 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:25 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:39 pm – Shabbat Ends
May 6 – 11
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 07:35 pm – Sunday – Thursday
- 07:00 pm – Friday
- 08:05 pm – Sunday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Sanctity & The Land
Insights into Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
“For all of these abominations were committed by your predecessors in The Land, and The Land was defiled. And The Land shall not vomit you due to defiling her, as she vomited out the nation before you. For anyone who commits any of these abominations will be cut off from their nation” (Sefer Vaykira 18: 27-29).
The above refers to the consequences of sexual misconduct (Giluy Arayot). Both exile from The Land of Israel and being cut off from the Jewish People (Karet) are mentioned. The Netziv (Rav Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin, rav and Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin) comments that the plain meaning of the verses (pshat) is that for individuals, exile does not suffice as punishment- the offenders are subject to Karet (if they have not repented- teshuva).
However, Chazal (Masechet Shabbat 33a) derive from this verse that for the sin of Giluy Arayot, the People of Israel are exiled from The Land. The Netziv posits that both approaches complement each other. Nations are exiled for decadent laws in regards to Giluy Arayot; individuals receive Karet for succumbing to base temptations.
The founding Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Meir Schlesinger, comments that on a national sphere, the exile of The Jewish People from The Land of Israel parallels the Karet of an individual.
May we merit to serve Hashem in The Land with sanctity!