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Shul Bulletin

PURIM Schedule

Ta’anis Esther
Wednesday, Adar 13/March 20

Purim Day
Thursday, Adar 14/March 21

  • Sunrise: 6:56 am
  • 1st Minyan: 6:40 (in Shul)- Megillah: 7:00
  • 2nd Minyan: 7:00 (in Kollel) - Megillah: 7:30
  • 3rd Minyan: 8:00 (in Shul) - Megillah: 8:30
  • 4th Minyan: 8:30 (in Kollel)- Megillah: 9:00
  • 5th Minyan: 9:00 (in KYY)- Megillah: 9:30
  • 6th Minyan: 9:30 (in Shul) - Megillah: 10:00
  • Late Megilla Reading: 2:00 pm at 343 N Formosa Ave. 
  • Mincha: 2:00 & 5:00 pm
  • Sunset: 7:06 pm
  • Maariv: 9:00 pm

Announcements - Vayikra

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!
  • MOTZEI SHABBOS: Davidoff Lechaim. Click here for more info.
  • SUNDAY: Siyum & Hachnosas Sefer Torah. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayikra

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:42 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 10:02 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am 
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am 
  • Mincha: 6:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:45 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayikra

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Roth’s father Reb Meshulam Zalman ben Reb Volf Hersh Hakohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Vayikra

5:45 at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Vayikra

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff on the engagement of their daughter Tzippy to Laivy Mochkin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner on the birth of their first grandson (to Mendel & Miriam Lerner.) Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner. 
  • Mrs. Suzy Nassy on the birth of her grandson (to Yossi & Chaya Nassy).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Nochum Labkowsky - 10 Adar II
  • Rabbi Mendel Pinson - 12 Adar II
  • Rabbi Laizer Labkowsky - 12 Adar II
  • Yaakov Moshe Friedman - 13 Adar II
  • Mr. Reuven Kasten - 13 Adar II
  • Mr. Shimon Benarroch - 13 Adar II
  • Chaim Yehuda Leib Perl - 15 Adar II
  • Dovid Raigorodsky - 15 Adar II

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz - 9 Adar II
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 11 Adar II
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson - 12 Adar II

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Mordechai ben Reb Abraham (Mrs. Ester Gutierrez’s grandfather) - 11 Adar II 

Devar Torah - Vayikra

Chill out, or Wipe out Amalek; Remember, it’s Our Choice 
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week is parshas Zachor. In parsahas Zachor we review the mitzvah to remember Amalek and to wipe out Amalek. The reason we read it this week, the week leading into Purim is because Haman came from Amalek. Why is this practice of remembering and wiping out reserved for Amalek and no other nation?

The only time that we actually carry out the mitzvah of physically wiping out Amalek is when there is a King.

Since right now we cannot carry out the mitzvah to wipe him out, why today do we need to know who he is by remembering, and what are we accomplishing?

As we know, this all began on our way out of Mitzrayim. Amalek was the first to start up with the Jewish nation. All the other nations were too petrified to get in our way after hearing of all the miracles of our exodus and of Krias Yam Suf. Although we didn’t do anything to harm Amalek and Amalek was not at risk, Amalek was the only one to brazenly, and at great personal risk jump in just to slow our momentum, even if a little bit, just to cool us off. Rashi brings the example of a burning hot tub of water that no one would enter. One person jumped in, got burned but cooled off the tub and then made it cooler for others to enter. So too, the actions of Amalek led other nations to attack us as well.

In our lives Amalek represents an irrational motivation to cool us off and cover over our excitement and inspiration for G-dliness. This then has a pervasive effect on our ability and power to act, and creates new adversaries in revealing G-dliness in this world.  In general, our good inclination wants to use our love and fear in the service of Hashem. Our bad inclination tries to trick us into subverting our love and fear into worldly and petty pursuits. When we fall and make mistakes, we have a voice that calms us down and tells us that we are ok, and that we are good Jews even if we do things that are wrong. We quietly compare ourselves to others, and take solace thinking; “I’m better than you”. 

Other times we convince our selves that no one will know. It’s not true! The next day it shows up in our behavior in the way that we walk, talk and act. We can’t really cover up 100 percent. People pick it up in the nuances of our behavior. When it reaches a certain point, a person realizes and regrets, then he wants to do teshuva. It becomes an auspicious time to come closer to Hashem and make changes for the good.

Amalek had a very different mindset and therefore went about in a different way. He knew he couldn’t get away with it but he still tried. Any calculation or consideration was irrelevant to him. It says that Amalek knew his master and intended to rebel. The spiritual Amalek knows what to do, he learned and understands and just flat out refuses to comply. It’s just as it was on the way out of Mitzrayim.

This attitude can show up in many different ways. Someone can see a miracle; something where the hashgacha is so clear and overwhelming that saying that it’s just by chance is silly. Nevertheless he will through a wrench in, just because. If the miracle is in health, he’ll give the doctor credit. If it’s in business he’ll say it’s the accountant.

There is another who will not deny the miracle at all but will nevertheless infuse the event with coolness. It can be the exodus or the splitting of the sea or a person that was saved. He will say; “Who did it? Hashem! For Hashem that’s not a big deal, He is capable of doing anything”

The point is, is that no matter what, Amalek has no scruples! He doesn’t care what it is. That’s immaterial; what matters to him is only to cool down the situation and to minimize anything and everything.

Who is the most vulnerable to fall prey to this attitude? It’s the one who went through the system without internalizing what he learned; it was just information. The greatest way to prevent Amalek from entering comes from internalizing and living what we learn into the way that we do mitzvos daven and act. (See last weeks article). 

We become amazed and inspired by stories of tzaddikim and the wonders that they bring about. These fellows say: Sure, that’s what tzaddikim are, why are you so excited. They have the same attitude for a hidur mitzvah or mivtzoyim or etc.

If we fall prey to regular desires there is room for discussion. We can convince ourselves as well as others to abandon them for something better. For Amalek, there’s no one to talk to and there’s nothing to talk about. Just remember. Remember that it’s there, and it needs to be irradiated, and that’s it. That’s the mitzvah of parshas Zachor for each person in his or her way.

The essential point here is that Amalek is against G-dliness. The Medresh says that if we remember Amalek and if we deal with it then we are from the children of Avraham Avinu. What is the connection between wiping out Amalek and being children of Avraham?  Because wiping out Amalek requires humility. Avraham had humility, he said, “I am ashes and dust" To wipe out Amalek requires acknowledging miracles, not just in the past, but nowadays as well. It also requires admitting that I have this attitude within. When we remember and confront the Amalek within, we can then set out to do our job, the purpose for our being in this world, to do the work of Avraham Avinu to reveal G-dliness in everything. By eradicating the Haman/Amalek of 5774-2014, we will merit the immediate revelation of Moshiach Now!

MOTZEI SHABBOS: Davidoff Lechaim

Everyone is cordially invited to a L’Chaim
to celebrate Tzippy Davidoff and Laivy Mochkin’s engagement

Motzei Shabbos, March 16th, 9:30 PM
at the Davidoff residence, 126 S Orange

May we only share in simchos 

SUNDAY: Siyum & Hachnosas Sefer Torah

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Announcements - Pekudei

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!
  • Message from Rabbi Yitzi: Dear Brothers, This Shabbos will be my birthday. I would love to celebrate with you-my family and the ones who keep me afloat. Please join us in a Melave Malka at 8:30. With love and gratitude, Yitzi. 

Shabbos Schedule - Pekudei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:37 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:07 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am 
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am 
  • Mincha: 5:35 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:40 pm
  • Motzei Shabbos: Move clocks one hour ahead!!!

Kiddush Sponsors - Pekudei

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zev Haller in honor of the birth of their daughter Simcha Devora. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim. 
  • Mr. David Milner for the shloshim of his father Reb Ariel Leib ben Reb Chaim Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yachzel for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Joel Yachzel's father Reb Chaim ben Reb Yehoshua Zelig Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Pekudei

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Friends of Rabbi Yitzy Hurwitz in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlacha bgu"r may he blessed with a refuah shleima and may we merit to celebrate his birthday with all of klal yisroel with moshiach now
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark in honor of Mr. Allan Stark’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Pekudei

5 pm at the home of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy
428 N Martel
Speaker: Mrs. Chani Pinson

Mazal Tov To - Pekudei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shlomo Arnold on the marriage of their son Moishe to Chana Friedman. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yoske Mishulovin on the engagement of their son Aron Leizer Mishulovin to Chaya Simon.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Chaim Lerner - 2 Adar II
  • Mr. Shimon Zeifman - 2 Adar II
  • Rabbi Sruly Yusevitch - 3 Adar II
  • Rabbi Baruch Kreiman - 3 Adar II
  • Mr. Danny Weiss - 4 Adar II
  • Moshe Simacha Burston - 5 Adar II
  • Yoav Antian - 5 Adar II
  • Mr. Allan Stark - 7 Adar II
  • Mr. Jack Soussana - 7 Adar II

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chaya bas Aharon (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandmother) - 8 Adar II
  • Reb Chaim ben Reb Yehoshua Zelig Halevi (Mr. Joel Yachzel's father) - 9 Adar 
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