Friday November 24, 2017

4:27 pm Candle Lighting

4:30 pm Mincha followed by Drasha & Arvit

Black Friday DOORBUSTER!!! 
FREE sushi and whisky @ WBK after Arvit.
Good while supplies last.

Parasha Vayetze


Saturday November 25, 2017  

8:29 am (9:08 am GRA) Latest time for shema  
8:45 am Baruch Shamar
9:30 am Torah 
10:15 am Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli  

10:45 am Kiddush has been sponsored by Westwood Bet Knesset. 


4:05 pm Mincha at our Kenisa 

4:30 pm Seudah Shilishit   
5:15 pm Arvit

5:30 pm Shabbat Ends 

6:30 pm Avuot U'banim   

8:15 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast    


Monday & Thursday
6:30 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast   
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 

6:45 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast  



Weekly Mincha & Arvit will be at 4:30   



1st Aliya: Yaakov experiences the famed prophecy of "Jacob's Ladder". 

2nd Aliya: Yaakov arrives in Charan, encounters Rachel, and contracts with Lavan for her hand in marriage.
3rd Aliya: Lavan switches Leah for Rachel forcing Yaakov to negotiate another 7 years of service for Rachel. Leah gives birth to Reuven, Shimon, Levi, and Yehudah. Rachel marries off Bilhah to Yaakov who gives birth to Dan and Naftali. Leah marries off Zilpah to Yaakov, and she gives birth to Gad and Asher.
4th Aliya: Rachel contracts with Leah for Reuven's mandrakes, after which Leah gives birth to Yisachar and Zevulen. Rachel finally gives birth to Yoseph, and Yaakov approaches Lavan to negotiate a proper salary for continued service.
5th Aliya: Yaakov's uses his vast knowledge of nature and husbandry to amass a fortune in sheep and cattle. After 6 years he decides with Rachel and Leah to flee from Lavan.
6th Aliya: They flee and Lavan catches them. Hashem (G-d) intervenes and Yaakov, while confronting Lavan for his years of duplicity, unwittingly curses Rachel.
7th Aliya: Yaakov and Lavan separate and Yaakov arrives at the border of Canaan in 2205.


The Haftarah for Parshat Vayetzeh is from Hoshea 12:13-14:10. Following the death of Shlomo Hamelech, the kingdom was divided between his son Rechavam, and Yarovam ben Nevat from the tribe of Ephrayim. Yarovam was a man of extraordinary potential who had it within his power to join with Rechavam, unite the two kingdoms, and bring Mashiach. Instead, he enacted legislature that earned him the title Chote U'machati – one who sins and causes others to sin. This is why he Talmud relished him among those individuals who have lost their portion in Olam Habaah – the World To Come. His greatest sin was erecting two golden calves, one in the north of Israel and one in the south of Israel, where the people were encouraged to serve the idols rather than go to the Bet Hamikdash. The prophet cried out against this terrible defection from Hashem and prophesied the destruction and exile of the 10 Tribes that followed Yarovam and the tribe of Ephrayim.
The relationship to our Parasha is obvious from the first Pasuk (verse) of the Haftarah that describes Yaakov's journey to Aram in search of a wife. However, the connection is much more profound. As free willed creations, our decisions force Hashem to adjust events so that destiny is best accomplished. The end result will always be as Hashem intended, but the events leading to that moment can be more circuitous and convoluted than necessary. In the case of Yaakov vs. Esav and Yarovam vs. Rechavam, the actions of men forced Hashem to make accommodations. In each instance, a partnership could have been forged that would have strengthened the leadership of the nation and ushered in the Messianic era. Instead, Esav and Yarovam refused to serve Hashem and distanced themselves and their generation from redemption.
The last Pasuk states clearly that there are many ways for destiny to be accomplished. Man's way, devoid of G-d, leads to pain, sorrow, and destruction. Hashem's way, which is righteous, proper, wise, and direct, leads to healing, love, and prosperity. The ways of Hashem are pleasant, loving, caring, and respectful. Imagine how different history would have been, and how wonderful the future should be!





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