Earlier this week, Rebbee Hill came down with the Flu. There is a possibility that he will not have recovered enough by tomorrow to travel up to Malden to speak at our Shabbaton; he will notify us Friday morning. If he does not come, the oneg and melave malka will be cancelled but we will still hold the luncheon. We will post an update and email it out when we have a definitive answer. In the meantime, the service times and Shabbat times will not change, so please feel free to take this bulletin for reference.
Friday, January 25
- 04:30 pm – Mincha
- 04:31 pm – Candle lighting
- 08:00 pm – Oneg Shabbat at the home of Rabbi & Rebbetzin Rabinowitz, 265 Fellsway East
Saturday, January 26
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:30 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Luncheon
- 03:30 pm – B’nos
- 04:00 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 05:30 pm – Ma’ariv
- 05:41 pm – Shabbat Ends
- 07:00 pm – Melave Malka
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.