Pesah - Important announcement concerning selling of Hametz
Since it is impossible to predict what will happen between now and the holiday of Pesah, MSC advises that all sales of Hametz be redirected to online websites that have the capability & ease to handle & process hametz forms. One such website is:
FOR THIS YEAR, PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN YOUR HAMETZ FORMS TO MSC.
25 ADAR - MARCH 21
Friday, March 20
|6:50 PM||Candle lighting|
|Shabbat, March 21|
Latest time to read the Shema (Shabbat)
Magen Avraham (9:19 AM) Tanya (9:59 AM)
|7:51 PM||Shabbat ends|
Rosh Hodesh Nissan begins Wednesday night March 25 & ends Thursday evening March 26.
23 Adar, 5780
Dear MSC Congregants:
In a previous email we spoke about the importance and the powerful effects of Torah study.
The Midrash states: Torah brings healing to the world, as it is written (Proverbs 16:24), “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
The virus hates heat. Torah is fire, as it is written (Deuteronomy 33:2), “… from His right hand was a fiery Law for them.”
Torah represents life, as it is written (Proverbs 3:1-2, 18), “My son, forget not My instruction, and may your heart keep My commandments; for they shall add length of days and years of life and peace to you … It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and those who draw near it are fortunate.”
Consider also these two statements taken from “Hayom Yom.”
“Man's life is dependent on the air around him. Without air he cannot live and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life. In a G-dless environment life is diseased, and one is constantly threatened with the possibility of being stricken with contagious maladies. The first general step in healing is to purify the atmosphere. Purification of the air is the task of every person familiar with Torah and Torah-literature, and is effected through the letters of Torah. When reciting words of Torah while in the store or walking in the street or riding the subway, one cleans the air. Everyone knowledgeable in Torah must have some Torah memorized - Chumash, Tehillim, Mishna, Tanya, etc., so that at all times and in all places he will be able to think and utter the holy letters of Torah.”
“The world is in need of a purified atmosphere. Purified air comes only through words of Torah. Words of Torah offer protection in general and for each individual in particular. The division of the Six Orders of Mishna for memorization is intended for "when you walk on the road." The Mishna or two recited from memory wherever one may be, in whatever sort of place he may be, will illuminate the bond between Israel and G-d. The letters MiSHNaH are the same as NeSHaMaH (soul). It is extremely difficult to find the words to express the tremendous benefit, with G-d's help, in the general and individual protection that constant repetition of Mishna will bring. And there are no words to describe the tremendous gratification one thereby gives the Creator, may He be blessed.”
HaYom Yom ... (“From Day to Day”) – An anthology of aphorisms and customs, arranged according to the days of the year, assembled from the talks and letters of the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitz?ak (ben R. Shalom DovBer) Schneersohn of Lubavitch (Rebbe Rayatz – 1880–1950), compiled and arranged by the Rebbe, Rabbi Mena?em Mendel (ben R. Levi Yitz?ak) Schneerson of Lubavitch (1902–1994)
In light of the above, please join our weekday Talmud class (Monday-Friday 9am) and our Monday night Class 7:30 pm – via video conference
We are using the freeconferencecall.com app for the classes.
Please go to the App Store or Google Play Store and download FreeConferenceCall app.
Enter Online meeting ID: mscclasses. Choose Internet for the connection type. Please use headphones :)
Browse to join.freeconferencecall.com/mscclasses
Please try to use Google Chrome, best user experience can be achieved with Chrome browser.
Click Join the Meeting. You will be prompted to enter your name and email. Please enter this information.
When you log-in, please click on the phone icon in order to hear everyone. Then choose Mic & Speakers. Your browser may ask for access. Click allow at this point, you’ll be dialed in.
If you prefer to hear the conference call over the phone please dial +1 (425) 436-6348 and enter the access code 428193# .
Our children Hebrew After school program is thriving online via Zoom conference:
If you would like your child to be added to this Wednesday program, please email Rabbi Mendel Benzecry at [email protected]
As always, we will continue to send you Torah thoughts via email.
Additional Torah resources:
Mishnah – Pirkei Avot
Daily Study, including Parashat Hashavua
More food for thought:
I received the following text:
“This Shabbat, March 21, 2020, will be the first time in the 71 year history of the State of Israel which will not have transportation, theaters, sports, restaurants, beaches, and malls open on the holy Shabbat. Everything is shut.
What is the first topic of this week’s parashah (Vayakhel Pekudei – Exodus 35:1-3)? “Moses called the whole community of the children of Israel to assemble, and he said to them … Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have sanctity, a day of complete rest to G-d … You shall not kindle fire in any of your dwelling places on the Sabbath day."
This Shabbat, all Jews around the world have a great opportunity to observe the holy Shabbat at home, among family and in accordance with halacha. Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai said (Talmud, Shabbat 118b) that the Jewish people are redeemed in the merit of observing the Shabbat.
Ladies, please light Shabbat candles by 6:50 pm
Shabbat ends 7:51 pm
Shabbat Shalom everyone. Please stay safe (and stay home)!
Manhattan Sephardic Congregation
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