Friday December 29, 2017

4:34 pm Candle Lighting

4:30 pm Mincha followed by Drasha & Arvit

Parasha Vayechi


Saturday December 30, 2017  

8:47 am (9:27 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 sponsorship is available 

3:55 pm Mincha at Westwood Kehilla

4:15 pm Seudah Shilishit   

5:38 pm Shabbat Ends 

7:00 am Learning with Rabbi Yisraeli
8:15 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast   


Monday & Thursday
6:00 am Personal Growth Studies 
6:30 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast   
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday  
6:00 am Personal Growth Studies 

6:45 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast  


Weekly Mincha & Arvit will be at 4:30    






1st Aliya: In the year 2255, Yaakov was 147 years old and Yoseph was 56. Yaakov had been living in Mitzrayim for 17 years. (Note that Yoseph was 17 years old when he was sold into slavery and that the numerical value of the word "Vayichi" is 34.) Yaakov summoned Yoseph to his bed-side. Yoseph came with his 2 sons. Yaakov greeted them and appointed Menashe and Ephrayim to the status of "Tribe". Yaakov then insisted that Yoseph "swear" that he would bury him in Canaan, and not in the land of Mitzrayim.

2nd Aliya: The parasha relates the famous scene of Yaakov crossing his arms in order to place his right hand on the head of Ephrayim (who was standing to Yaakov's left) and his left hand on the head of Menashe. Yaakov blessed his grandchildren with the renown blessing of Hamalach Hagoel. (48:16)
3rd Aliya: Yoseph attempted to straighten Yaakov's hands. Yaakov resisted and told Yoseph that, although Menashe was destined for greatness, Ephrayim would be even greater. The classic blessing of a father to his son is stated. (48:20)
4th & 5th Aliyot: Yaakov summoned his twelve sons and blessed each one.


6th Aliya: Yaakov instructed all of his sons to bury him in Canaan, next to his wife Leah, and then passed away. Mitzrayim mourned Yaakov for 70 days. Yoseph arranged with Pharaoh to bury Yaakov in Canaan. After sitting Shiva (50:10) and the burial, the 12 sons returned to Egypt. Following Yaakov's death, the brothers expressed their concern to Yoseph that he would now take revenge against them for having sold him into slavery. Yoseph cried as he heard their concerns and assured them that he bore no grudges against them.
7th Aliya: Yoseph ruled over Egypt for another 54 years. He made his brothers promise that at the time of their exodus from Egypt his bones would be transported for re-burial in Canaan. Yoseph died in the year 2309 at the age of 110. 


The Talmud in Bava Matzia 87a tells us that Yaakov Avinu [our father] was the first person to "get weak" prior to dying. In fact, he asked Hashem for this "gift" so that he would have the time to put his affairs in order. This week's Haftarah is from Kings I Chap. 2 which relates David Hamelech's final instructions to Shlomo prior to his death. Just as Yaakov arranged his final affairs with his children, so too David finalized his personal affairs with his son.
David's unfinished business dealt with situations of personal loyalty and treachery. In order for the succession of the throne to be secure and peaceful, David identifies two key individuals who had betrayed him during his 40 years as King – King David's General, Yoav ben Tzeruyah, and Shlomo's own Rebbi, the great scholar Shimi ben Gera. In addition, he set apart the family of Barzillai the Gileadite for special royal consideration and reward.
David Hamelech was not interested in revenge. David, the father of Mashiach, was not consumed with anger. David, the sensitive poet and magnificent singer, was interested in justice and the future well being of his nation. It was essential that he teach the young Shlomo the meaning of strong leadership and how to care for a problem, before it becomes a crisis.
Undoubtedly, it would have been easy for David Hamelech to forgive those who had betrayed him, especially at the very end of his life; but that isn't the quality of leadership, which brings eventual redemption, and the building of the Bet Hamikdash. As the King, David and Shlomo had to be devoted to Hashem's Torah, social justice, and the eternity of the nation.





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