Friday February 23

Parashat Tesaveh

 Candle Lighting 5:23 PM






Mr. and Mrs. Hal Sitt



This Month's

Classes are Sponsored by

Mr. and Mrs. Benji Zeitoune



Parashat Tesaveh

Erev Shabbat

5:23 PM

Candle Lighting



5:10 PM

Shir Hashirim/Minha

Main Synagogue


5:40 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat/Arbit

Main Synagogue


5:33 PM

YSLC Minyan Shir Hashirim/Minha Salem Midrash 


6:00 AM

Shaharit - First Minyan

Main Synagogue


8:15 AM

Shaharit - Main Minyan

Main Synagogue


9:00 AM

Shaharit - Young SLC

Salem Midrash


9:00 AM

Shaharit - Boys Minyan (9-12Years)

With Isaac Mallach

1st Floor Annex
  9:00 AM

Shaharit - Girls Minyan (9-12Years)

With Miriam Jemal

Basement Annex
  9:15 AM

Shaharit - Boys & Girls Minyan (4-8Years)

With Morah Lena & Morah Irit

Main Building 

Lower Level Midash


1:30 PM

Minha Gedolah

Main Synagogue


2:00 PM


Main Synagogue

  3:20 PM 


Social Hall
  4:00 PM


Main Synagogue


5:00 PM


Main Synagogue


5:35 PM Seuda Shelisheet Social Hall


5:45 PM Michtam Main Synagogue

5:55 PM

Derasha Main Synagogue


6:05 PM


Main Synagogue


6:24 PM

Shabbat Ends

Main Synagogue

Mishmara: Ephraim M. Abed ben Massouda, Mordechai Morelli ben Jamile, Aref Romano ben Jamileh, Samira Aini bat Rahel, Rebecca Alfieh bat Eisha

Seudah Shelisheet Sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Benji Zeitoune

Devar Torah, 

The Parasha starts by describing the type of oil to light the Menorah [candelabra] which was used to provide continuous lighting in the Mishkan. Not that Hashem needs any light, but just like the palace of a king is never left in the dark, the Mishkan which was the place where the Shechina [divine presence] dwelled must be lit at all times. The type of oil used was the purest of the pure from the olive; only the first drop of the olive was allowed for the Menorah. This has great significance! The Menorah is symbolic of the Torah, and just like the oil was extremely pure with no sediments in it, so the Torah must remain pure and no foreign ideas, concepts or principles can be tolerated.

The second question refers to the fact that the Passuk says for ‘continuous lighting’; the Menora was generally lit from evening to morning, but not all day, so why does it say continuous? Rashi explains: being that it was lit every evening, that can be understood as continuous; that is, being lit every evening on a regular basis. Ramban, however, says that this refers to the western lamp of the Menorah which was lit continuously. Actually this was a daily miracle; even though the same amount of oil was poured into all the cups of the Menora, the western lamp stayed lit for 24 hours even though the other six lamps became extinguished in the morning. What is the significance of this miracle? Why was it necessary?

The Hinuch says: Hashem who loves his people and wants them to improve spiritually, made a place for them which is the purest and cleanest [of sin] in order to come to it and redress their thoughts and come closer to the Creator. If a person wanted to have a charge of Taharah and Kedushah and replace his sinful thoughts with clean and pure ones, he would come to the Mikdash, witness the miracle of the western lamp and would come back closer to Hashem. Nowadays, there is no Mikdash, but the synagogue is representative of the Mikdash. We come to Shul to pray to Hashem, come closer to Him spiritually with the hope that He will respond favorably to our pleas. It’s unfortunate that the entire purpose of the synagogue has been forgotten, and many people [men & women] come to Shul to meet their friends and gossip about idle matters. This is a desecration of the holiness of the synagogue and a grave sin. Let us commit ourselves for the future to remain silent throughout the services, and concentrate on the prayers rather than on futile conversations.

Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz