Friday, April 12
- 07:00 pm – Mincha
- 07:04 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, April 13
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:25 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- TBA – B’nos
- 04:00 pm – Ladies’ Class: Muktzeh
- 05:45 pm – Men’s Class: Nefesh HaChaim
- 06:40 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:00 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:14 pm – Shabbat Ends
April 14 – 19
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 07:10 pm – Sunday – Friday
- 07:40 pm – Sunday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Order of Atonement
Insights into Parshat Tazria/Metzora of ram emeritus of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, Rav Moshe Ganz, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
The purification process of the metzora mandates the usage of 2 birds. One is slaughtered, with the blood being sprinkled on the recovering individual. Afterwards the other bird is sent free. The Shem MiShmuel notes that a similar halacha applies during the atonement process on Yom Kippur. 2 goats are brought- initially one is slaughtered, with the blood reaching the mizbeach. Subsequently the other goat- Sa’ir La’azael- is sent to the wilderness. To strengthen the parallel, the halacha requires that both the 2 birds and 2 goats are to resemble each other in appearance.
Normally the approach of “sur mera ve’aseh tov” is practiced. We initially strive to remove ourselves from negative behavior, and then focus on acting in a positive manner. Yet, there are times, teaches the Shem MiShmuel, when it is necessary to elevate oneself, and then remove the improper actions.
The metzora has been removed from the Jewish People- chutz lamachane. The Sair La’azazel deals with the crimes of the collective Jewish People. In these extreme cases an initial focus on the positive is called for; afterwards the negative may be fixed.
Thus, different circumstances mandate different approaches. A person may exercise an exalted practice- Hidur- which is not in synch with his present spiritual state. It may very well be that for this person, this practice will lead him back to the proper path.