Friday August 18, 2017

7:18 pm Candle Lighting

6:30 pm SHARP Mincha followed by Drasha & Arvit

Parasha Re'eh


Saturday August 19, 2017
8:57 am (9:37 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 sponsorship is available.  


7:00 pm Mincha at Westwood Kehila 

7:20 pm Seudah Shilishit

8:20 pm Shabbat Ends 



8:15 am Shaharit followed by shiur and breakfast prepared by
               Babak Refoua.

Weekdays Mincha & Arvit will be at 7:00

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

6:30 am Shaharit followed by breakfast and shiur   

Thursday & Friday  

6:15 am Selichot followed by Shaharit and breakfast with shiur

Please join our daily Minyan at 8:30 am Monday to Friday

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1st and 2nd Aliyot: Moshe instructs the Chosen People to eradicate any remnant of idolatry and strengthen all aspects of service to G-d. All offerings must be brought to the "Chosen" place, the Beit Hamikdash, so that worship is an act of humility and selflessness, rather than a self-indulging "need". An even greater danger to our uniqueness is the innate desire to compromise and assimilate Torah values with other forms of worship. (the Chanukah bush syndrome)
3rd and 4th Aliyot: Moshe forewarned the Jews against incorporating any pagan practices, and against the false prophet, idolatrous missionaries, and the Ir Hanidachat – the Apostate City. These must be destroyed along with their material belongings. When using the world in accordance with the wishes of the Creator, we declare the existence of a Creator who has a divine purpose for creating the material world. When we misuse the physical in the service of "gods who are not G-d", we negate the Creator's purpose for creating the universe. Therefore, they and all their belongings must be destroyed.
5th, 6th, and 7th Aliyot: The remainder of the Parasha, details those Mitzvot that set us apart from all other nations: Kashrut; Maasrot – Tithes; the Sh'mitah – sabbatical year; the laws regarding lending money; the Eved Ivri – a Jew who is a slave; the consecration of the first born animal, and a review of the main Yamim Tovim – holidays: Pesach, Shavout, and Succoth.
Rav S.R. Hirsch points out that Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are not reviewed in Sefer Devarim because there were no changes in the practices of those Yamim Tovim when living in the desert or living in Eretz Yisrael. (Intro. to Divarim)



Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5

This week's Haftarah is the third Haftarah of Consolation. Yishayuhu Hanavi described the utopian times of Mashiach when the veiling values of societal assumptions and norm will be lifted and the reality of our absolute dependency on Hashem will be realized and accepted. Money and other assumed values and goals will be replaced by the currency of Avodat Hashem and Yirat Shamayim. G-d will be recognized by all as the ony Provider of sustanance in contrast to our present assumed self-sufficiency and independence. The words of Yishyuhu offer us hope in knowing that closeness to Hashem and the end of Galut is up to us. All we have to do is trust the beginning words of the Parasha: "The Blessing: that you should listen to the commandments of Hashem…" 


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