Friday, May 17
- 07:__ pm – Mincha (The communal decision to stick to standard schedule or change to early Shabbat will be announced Friday morning; mincha will be either 7:40 pm or 7:00 pm)
- 07:43 pm – Candle lighting
Saturday, May 18
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:00 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
- 10:30 am – Jr. Congregation
- 10:45 am – Toddler Group
- 11:15 am – Kiddush
- TBA – B’nos
- 04:45 pm – Ladies’ Class: Laws of Mukzteh
- 06:15 pm – Men’s Class: Nefesh HaChaim
- 07:15 pm – Mincha and Se’udah Shlishit
- 08:35 pm – Ma’ariv
- 08:52 pm – Shabbat Ends
May 19 – 24
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
- 07:45 pm – Sunday -Thursday
- 08:15 pm – Sunday -Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Insights into Parshat Naso by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
A dispute exists among Chazal concerning the proper way to celebrate festive days (yamim tovim). Some opine that either Yom Tov should be focused on study of Torah and prayer or engaging in food or drink (kulo LaShem or kulo lachem), while another view advocates combining the two (chatzi LaShem, chatzi lachem).
The Talmud states in Masechet Pesachim (68) that on the festival of Shavuot, everyone maintains that one should also engage in physical celebration as well- ba’iynan nami lachem- for you as well. The reason advanced is that this is the day that the Torah was given.
At first glance this is difficult to comprehend. The day of receiving the Torah should mandate exclusive spiritual endeavors, such as study of Torah. Why does the giving of the Torah require consuming food and drink?
The Meshech Chochma explains that precisely the giving of the Torah enables us to function in this physical world. Prior to the giving of the Torah, there were abundant angels who engaged exclusively in the world of the spirit, while human beings focused on the mundane. The concept of Torah reveals that indeed we can bring sanctity to this world- thus we serve Hashem in Torah study, prayer and in food and drink.