Here we go again! Our 3rd annual Shavuot all night learning with great lectures & classes. Refreshments, sushi, drinks … Raffles


Here we go again! Our 3rd annual Shavuot all night learning with great lectures & classes.
Refreshments, sushi, drinks … Raffles






Friday May 26, 2017

7:37 pm Candle Lighting


6:30 pm  Mincha followed by Drasha & Arvit


Parasha Bamidbar 



Saturday May 27, 2017
8:00 am Class with Rabbi Yisraeli


8:33 am (9:17 am GRA) Latest time for shema

8:45 am   Shaharit

10:00 am Torah Reading  


11:00 am Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli




11:30 am Kiddush has been sponsored by Golcheh family


Leilouy Nishmat David Ben Abraham A”H brother of Nahid Khanom. Also co-sponsored by Mr. Pourati Leilouy Nishmat  Toran bat Agajan ben Mola Avraham A”H, Mr. Pourati’s Mother A”H






5:45 pm Mishnayot at Rabbi Yisraeli’s home for boys ages 8-18 years old.  



6:30 pm Pre- Mincha Shiur at Westwood Kehilla
7:20 pm Mincha at Westwood Kehilla
7:40 pm Seudah Shlishit
8:41 pm Shabbat Ends





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




Sunday & Monday
8:15 am Shaharit followed by special breakfast prepared by         Babak Refoua and class by Rabbi Yisraeli
“Electricity & Lights on Shabbat & Yom Tov!”


Tuesday & Friday

6:45 am Shaharit followed by breakfast and shiur

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





10:00 pm All Night Learning Programs with refreshments, Sushi… Raffles and very interactive programs for all ages.
We need 10 sponsors @ $180 for these programs.
Also dedication of each Shiurim/learning could be sponsored for Neshama of beloved ones; Refua shelema & prosperity.     
Please reply to this email if you would like to sponsor any of this programs.









Tuesday May 30, 2017







7:40 pm Candle Lighting
7:30 pm Mincha
Short Drasha
8:15 pm Arvit  



10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Tikkun Leil Shavuot  led by Rabbi Yisraeli

11:00 pm- 12:00 am Rabbi Yisraeli – WHY DO WE READ MEGILAT רות


Roy Rayn –   WHO NEEDS FAITH   

12:00 am – -1:00 am Rabbi Yisraeli: THE AUTHENTICITY OF TORAH AND JUDAISM, HOW DO WE KNOW? (followed by Q&A and open discussion)

1:00 am  SUSHI BREAK!!! 










4:30 am -5:15 am Roy Rayn –  I WANNA BE A MILLIONAIRE – NOW WHAT?





Wednesday May 31, 2017
5:15 am Shacharit

7:30 am Kiddush sponsorship is available.

9:30 am 2nd Minyan if we get 10 confirmations.


6:15 pm Mincha
6:45 pm Arvit
8:44 pm Candle Lighting 
For the once who do early Arvit by us Kiddush should be said before 8:00pm  
Thursday June 1, 2017 


8:45 am Shacharit


8:32 am (9:17 am GRA) Latest time for shema
10:00 am Torah Reading
11:00 Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli
11:15 am Mussaf
11:30 am Kiddush sponsorship is available.
7:15 pm Mincha
7:35 pm Ne’ilas HaChag-Singing and D’Var Torah  
8:35 pm Arvit
8:44 pm Holiday Ends  








1st & 2nd Aliyot: Moshe counts all males over the age of 20, and registers them according to their paternal ancestry. The total, not including Shevet Levi, was 603,550. The total number of Jews was around 3 million.
3rd Aliya: The tribes are each assigned their position within the camp, and in the order of the traveling.
4th Aliya: In preparation for separating the tribe of Levi, the Torah establishes Aharon’s genealogy. Although the Kohanim were also from the Tribe of Levi, they were counted by themselves.
5th Aliya: Moshe counts the Leviyim according to their three basic families: Gershon, Kehat, and Mirarri. Their individual responsibilities in transporting the Mishkan is stated, and their total was 22,000.
6th Aliya: Being that the Leviyim were to be in direct exchange for the first born, Moshe counts all the first born in the rest of the nation. Their total was 22,273. The extra 273 first born are instructed to redeem themselves from Aharon the Kohen for 5 silver shekels.
7th Aliya: The Parasha concludes with detailed instructions for the family of Kehat. Their primary responsibility was to transport the vessels of the Mishkan. Only Aharon and his sons were allowed to cover the vessels in preparation for transport. Once covered, the family of Kehat did the actual carrying.










This week’s Haftarah is from Hoshea. Hoshea’s prophecy is a seemingly contradictory presentation of the relationship between the Jews and G-d. On the one hand Hoshea compares the Jews to a Harlot who betrays her husband and can not in good conscience claim that her husband has fathered her children. On the other hand, Hoshea concludes his prophecy with G-d’s promise that he will never abandon the Jews and that despite the nations betrayal and disloyalty, the children are still His.


In order to understand this prophecy, a little background is in order. G-d had stated to Hoshea that the Jews had sinned. Hoshea responded by suggesting to Hashem that He exchange the Jews for another nation. As a Prophet, it was Hoshea’s responsibility to follow Moshe’s example and fight on behalf of the nation, not reaffirm their guilt and sins. In essence, Hoshea had spoken Lashon Harah about the Jews.


As a part of Hoshea’s training, Hashem instructed him to marry a woman who was a prostitute. He fathers three children whom he gives unusual names reflecting his personal frustration with the Jews. His oldest is named Yizre’el – The G-d Who plants. His second child, a daughter, he names Lo Ruchamah – One who does not deserve mercy. His third child, a boy, he named Lo Ami – Not My nation.


Hashem then told him to send away his wife and children. Hoshea begged G-d to rescind His order because he loved his family and did not want to be apart from them. G-d then says to him, “Isn’t your wife a prostitute, and don’t even know if your children are yours? Yet you love them! So too is my relationship with the Jews. No matter how they betray me I still love them and do not want to be apart from them!”


Hoshea understood the lesson and changed his entire attitude toward the Jews. Instead of presenting the angry demeanor of harshness and judgment, Hoshea prophesied some of the most beautiful and optimistic prophecies that we have.


The final words of the Haftarah capture the eternity of G-d’s love for His Chosen People. “I shall marry you to Me forever…”



The Custom to Learn Throughout the Night on Shavuot

The Arizal writes:

“Know that whoever does not sleep at all on this night and is involved in learning Torah, he is promised that he will complete the year and that no harm will befall him.”

Mishneh Berurah 494:1

*    The Midrash says that the Jewish People slept on the night before Matan Torah, and it was necessary for Hashem to wake them up in the morning.
*    Why did they all sleep on the eve of this most important day? They knew that at the giving of the Torah, Hashem was going to speak to them. Previously, prophets received prophesy while asleep: Avraham slept during the bris ben habetarim, Yaacov slept as he envisioned the ladder, and Yosef’s prophecies occurred to him in a dream. Thus, by going to sleep, they were preparing for Matan Torah. However, this was wrong.
*    In order to “rectify” this, we now stay awake all night in anticipation of our own Kabbalat HaTorah.
*    Hashem sa“I will sprinkle upon you pure water and you will be pure” (Yechezkel 36:25) – “Water”ys  here means Torah. In order to accept the Torah we need to prepare ourselves through purifying our hearts. How do we do that? By bathing in the ‘purifying waters’ of the Torah.
*    Our Sages say, “If you listen to the old, you will listen to the new” (Succah 46b). By reviewing Torah that we have learned already, we become receptive to learn more Torah.
*    The Torah is dear and precious to us. Studying Torah with the utmost of our ability highlights this dearness.
*    “He gives wisdom to the wise” (Daniel 2:21). A rich man obtains a loan more easily than a poor man: So, too, a wise person gains wisdom more easily than a fool. When we delve into the wisdom of Torah, Hashem responds by giving us more wisdom.

Laws of Shavuot

1.    Mo’ed – Interrupt our active life to contemplate truths at foundation of existence. Gather strength for activities of life.
2.    Prohibition of Melacha applies – i.e., transformation and improvement of material world must stop.
3.    But where Yom-Tov requires activity for the Yom Tov, to become a time of Simcha- happiness – then certain activities are permitted.
4.    Activity which directly produces “natural enjoyment” for celebration of Yom Tov is permitted. Natural, usual and general gratification of the senses are covered by term “consumed by the soul” because gratification of senses should be elevated and sanctified by Yom Tov, but must be done in a way that conforms with ideas of Festival. Therefore, Ochel Nefesh (the Biblical term “consumed by the soul”), refers almost exclusively to sense of taste. No work is permitted just to gratify smell, sight, hearing etc., as this is either just a refinement or artificial gratification.

5.    Therefore, prohibition of work does not apply to:
1.    Preparation of food that could not be done on previous day.
2.    If quality of food is improved by preparation on Yom Tov.
3.    All food preparation that result in use of food for that day only.
6.    Prohibition does not apply to slaughtering, breading, baking, roasting, cooking, grinding spices (that would otherwise lose flavor), kindling and burning, carrying, extinguishing if indispensable in preparation of food.
7.    Activities forbidden – the rest of 39 Melachot of Shabbat: e.g., plowing, sowing, trapping, building and fashioning utensils, making cheese and butter.
8.    Rabbinic prohibitions:
1.    Things similar to Melachah – e.g., sharpening knives, producing fire.
2.    Things that might lead to Melachah – e.g., feeding animals not yet caught.
9.    Yom Tov Sheni – Second day of Yom Tov in the Diaspora. Where observed, it is the same as the first day.
1.    Tourists in Israel
2.    Israelis in Diaspora
3.    Six months in each – like inhabitant during each stay
 Laws of Eruv Tavshillin for when Yom Tov falls on Friday (or Thursday & Friday):
Baked and boiled food put away on eve of Yom Tov, blessing. declaration (not prayer, therefore say in a language that you understand). To cook for Shabbat (not for weekday). Eat Eruv Tavshilin food on Shabbat.
Hallel: Praise of G-d for miracles.
Kiddush: To sanctify the Festival with words, as on Shabbat.
After Yom Tov: Havdalah. No spices, no candle.


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