Friday May 5, 2017

7:22 pm Candle Lighting

6:30 pm  Mincha followed by Drasha & Arvit

Parasha Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 


Saturday May 6, 2017

8:43 am (9:24 am GRA) Latest time for shema 

8:45 am   Shaharit at our Kenisa

10:00 am Torah Reading

11:00 am Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli

11:30 am Kiddush sponsorship is available. 

5:30 pm Mishnayot at Rabbi Yisraeli's home for boys ages 8-18 years old.  

7:05 pm Mincha at Westwood Kehilla 
7:25 pm Seudah Shlishit
8:26 pm Shabbat Ends


It's back! 5 days a week @ 8:00 am Shaharit followed by breakfast.

8:15 am Shaharit followed by breakfast and shiur  

Monday & Thursday  

6:30 am Shaharit followed by breakfast and shiur

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 
6:45 am Shaharit followed by breakfast and shiur

Pesach Sheni is Wednesday, May 10th.


1st Aliya: The service of Yom Kippur that was performed by the Kohen Gadol in the Bet Hamikdash is described. The Kohen Gadol may only enter into the Holy of Holies wearing his plain linen garments requiring that he change his garments five times and immerse in the Mikveh five times. The selection of the he-goats for the primary Teshuva process is described. This portion of the Torah makes up the "Avodah" that is the lengthy Musaf service on Yom Kippur.

2nd Aliya: Following the description of the remaining services for Yom Kippur, the Torah discusses the prohibition of offering a Korban outside of the Mishkan or the Bet Hamikdash. The only offerings allowed were those that were brought to the Temple. The "Bamah", as an outside altar is called, was among the most prevalent sins for which the Jews were guilty.
3rd Aliya: The prohibition against eating blood is repeated. The end of Acharei Mot is devoted to a presentation of the fifteen prohibited sexual relationships. There is no doubt that G-d considers physical intimacy between a male and female as singularly important. Therefore, it is essential that there be a framework of controls for satisfying the physical.
4th Aliya: Homosexuality and bestiality are prohibited. Verses 18: 24-29 clearly state the unique relationship that the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael have to the land and the consequences for defiling her sanctity. The beginning of Kedoshim states that holiness is realized through keeping Shabbos, being in awe of one's parents, and not worshipping idols. Laws of charity, honesty, and paying wages on time are stated.
5th Aliya: Showing any deference while administering justice is forbidden as well as our responsibility to properly reprimand each other. The prohibitions against wearing shatnez – any mixture of wool and linen, cutting sideburns (payot) tattooing, premarital sex, and the use of the occult are stated.
6th and 7th Aliya: Proper and equal treatment for the convert, honesty in business, and the prohibition against worshiping the Molech are stated. The remainder of Kedoshim states the specific punishments that Bait Din would administer for engaging in any of the fifteen sexual relationships listed at the end of Acharei Mot.

The very end of Kedoshim (20: 22-26) explains the concept of holiness as the means for being separate from the other nations. Three basic formats for Kedusha exist: Time, place, and person. Acharei Mot began by presenting the ultimate integration of the three in the person of the Kohen Gadol entering the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur. The end of Kedoshim states that Eretz Yisrael (place) the Bnei Yisrael (person) and time in general are intended to reflect the integration of holiness into the daily lives of individuals and nations. To the extent that we realize our mission as the kingdom of priests and a holy nation will be the degree to which we retain the right to dwell in the land of Israel.


This week's Haftarah is from Amos chapter 9, and is the Haftarah for Acharei Mos. The basic theme of the two Parshiot is the responsibility of the Jews to maintain a life style of Kedusha – holiness that sets them apart from all the other nations and grants them the right to live in Eretz Yisrael. Amos the Navi began by chastising the Bnei Yisrael for being no better than the Pilishtim or the Arameans. They too were saved from oppression and enslavement but did not cherish the opportunity that G-d had granted to them.
Amos began his prophesies in 3115 – 646 b.c.e. when Yeravam ll extended the boundaries of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and under whose reign the kingdom of Israel flourished. Yeravam attempted to banish Amos from the kingdom because of his prophecy that Yeravam's kingdom would not last. Amos criticized the kingdom for persecuting the poor and immersing themselves in materialism and luxury.

Amos told the Jews that primary destruction would be directed against the leaders of the kingdom while the populace would be driven into exile. His presentation painted the exile of Israel as an act of preservation and kindness on G-d's part. Verse 9:11 is the verse that we add to the grace after meals during Succos that prophesies the rebuilding of the Davidic dynasty. The final words of Amos prophesy the coming of Mashiach and the return to Eretz Yisroel.

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