Friday, August 24
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 07:00 pm – Mincha
- 07:12 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, August 25
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:24 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:15 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- 04:30 pm – Ladies’ Torah class
- 06:00 pm – Men’s Derech Hashem class
- 06:45 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:05 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:19 pm – Shabbat Ends
August 26 – 31
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 07:05 pm – Sunday – Thursday
- 07:00 pm – Friday
- 07:35 pm – Sunday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
For Our Good
Insights into Parshat Re’eh by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Yeshivat Sha’alvim.
The Torah forbids the planting of trees in the vicinity of the Bet HaMikdash, even if not intended for idolatrous purposes. What message is the Torah conveying to us? Would not the aesthetic planting of trees increase our Divine Worship?
One may think that by performing Divine Service (especially in the Bet HaMikdash) we are “doing Hashem a favor”, as if, G-d forbid, He benefits from our worshipping of Him. WRONG!
Hashem has no body, is perfect and does not need our worship of Him. Rather, all of Torah and Mitzvot – including bringing sacrifices in the Bet HaMikdash – are designed for our well-being and spiritual growth. As the Torah states, the mitzvot are for own good- latov lanu (Ramban).
Explains the Meshech Chochma, trees grow and planting them in the vicinity of the Bet HaMikdash would send the wrong message. Rather, the prevalent natural element in the Beit Hamikdash is stone, which does not grow by itself. This inculcates us with the message that we aren’t G-d forbid “adding” to Hashem. He is One, is Perfect and enables us to serve Him for our benefit.
May we merit to serve Hashem with the proper attitude.