Friday Oct. 20th

Parashat Noah

 Candle Lighting 5:50 PM





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Mr. and Mrs. Rone Rahmani

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Parashat Noah

Erev Shabbat

5:50 PM

Candle Lighting



5:40 PM

Shir Hashirim/Minha

Main Synagogue


6:10 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat/Arbit

Main Synagogue


6:30 PM

YSLC Minyan Shir Hashirim/Minha Midrash 


6:00 AM

Shaharit - First Minyan

Main Synagogue


8:15 AM

Shaharit - Main Minyan

Main Synagogue


9:00 AM

Shaharit - Young SLC

Upper Annex


9:00 AM

Shaharit - High School  Minyan

With Rabbi Nimo Gindi

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

  3:40 PM


Social Hall

4:25 PM

Shiurim Main Synagogue


5:25 PM


Main Synagogue


6:00 PM Seuda Shelisheet Social Hall


6:10 PM Michtam Main Synagogue

6:20 PM

Derasha Main Synagogue


6:30 PM


Main Synagogue


6:49 PM

Shabbat Ends

Main Synagogue

Mishmara: Jack Alfie ben Shafiqa, Jamil Hasbani ben Esther, Amelia Hasbani bat Farida

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Devar Torah

The Torah in Parashat Emor states: “You shall dwell in Sukkot (booths) for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in Sukkot when I took them from the land of Egypt (Vayikra 42-43)”. The Festival of Sukkot commemorates the clouds of glory which Hashem provided for the B”Y for their safety and well-being. There were seven clouds: the four clouds which surrounded them; the top cloud which shielded them from the hot sun during the day and the frost at night; the bottom cloud which protected them from snakes and scorpions and leveled the ground for them; the seventh cloud which was in front of them showing them the way. Just as the clouds, in general, are temporary [after a while they disperse and disappear], so is the Sukkah, it is temporary as the Midrash says: “go out from your permanent home and go into a temporary dwelling”.

There are many lessons we learn from the holiday of Sukkot, and one of them is the temporary nature of the human life. There is a story told about the great sage, Gaon and Sadik, the Hafets Haim who lived in the town of Radin [in Poland] and who founded the famous Yeshiva of Radin. Once, a very wealthy American went to Radin to visit the great Rabbi he heard so much about. He expected to enter a beautiful home nicely decorated and worthy of such a great Sadik. Instead, he saw the Rabbi in a small room, studying over an old table with a mound of Sefarim; as he sat on the chair, a squeaking sound could be easily discerned. So, he asked the Hafets Haim: “Why do you have such old furniture”? The Hafets Haim asked him: “Do you have your luxurious limousine with you”? The American answered, no. “Do you have your beautiful furniture and wardrobe with you”? Again the American answered in the negative. “Why”? asked the Hafets Haim. The American answered: “I am here as a guest for a week, only for a temporary visit in this town”. And the Hafets Hayim remarked: “We are all guests in this world, we come here for a certain amount of time, and our permanent dwelling is in the world to come”.

Although the Sukkah is supposed to be initially built to stand firm at least through the 8 days, it is not built as a permanent dwelling. As a matter of fact, if the skach [roof made from branches or bamboo] is so thick that the rain cannot trickle through, the Sukkah is not Kosher. So, after the 30 days of Selihot in Ellul, after the 10 days of Teshuba, and the day atonement and forgiveness, Yom Kippur, we are now confident of a favorable judgment by the Al-Mighty, and we are starting a new life with a clean slate. Hashem is reminding us that just as the Sukkah is temporary, we are also temporary and as such, we should make a great effort to keep that clean slate permanently. 

Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz