Friday, January 25
- 04:30 pm – Mincha
- 04:31 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, January 26
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:30 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Luncheon
- TBA – B’nos
- 04:00 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 05:30 pm – Ma’ariv
- 05:41 pm – Shabbat Ends
January 27 – February 1
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 04:35 pm/05:05 pm – Sunday
- 09:00 pm – Monday – Thursday. To confirm for any given day, please contact the shul.
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Weekly Words of Torah
Two Levels of Unity
Insights into Parshat Beshalach by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
The Torah (Sefer Shmot 14:10) writes that the Egyptian nation pursued the Jewish People in the singular form (“nosea” as opposed to “nosim”). Rashi comments that the Egyptians acted with one heart as one person- “be’lev echad ke’ish echad”.
The Jewish People also experienced a moment of great unity while camping at the base of Mt. Sinai prior to receiving the Torah (“vayichan”, as opposed to “vayachanu”- Sefer Shmot 19:2). Rashi comments that we resembled one person with one heart- “ke’ish echad be’lev echad”.
The comments of Rashi appear the same- but they are NOT! In regards to the Egyptians the heart precedes the person; the converse in relation to the Jewish People.
What motivates this difference?
Rav Yitzchak Hutner, of blessed memory, advances the following explanation. There is unity… and there is unity. A business partnership is predicated upon unity. In order to make a profit the partners are required to act in concert for the success of their venture. The desire to attain financial success motivates their unified activity.
A different form of unity transpires while a person is eating. It is incorrect to state that a mouth eats and the toes and nose do not. A human being is one entity and all of him/her is involved in the act of consumption.
The nations of the world- in this case the Egyptians- may act in unity in order to achieve a specific desired goal. Thus, the heart (=desire) precedes the person himself. Be’lev echad ke’ish echad.
The Jewish People merit a superior level of unity. As representatives of Hashem, we exemplify (albeit on a lower form) the Higher Unity. Thus, we resemble one person- consequently we desire the same things. Ke’ish echad be’lev echad.