Friday Dec. 15

Parashat Mikess

 Candle Lighting 4:12 PM





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Parashat Mikess

Erev Shabbat

4:12 PM

Candle Lighting



4:00 PM

Shir Hashirim/Minha

Main Synagogue


4:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat/Arbit

Main Synagogue


4:22 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 - High School  Minyan

With Rabbi Nimo Gindi

Upper Annex


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


1:30 PM


Main Synagogue

  2:15 PM


Social Hall


3:45 PM


Main Synagogue


4:20 PM Seuda Shelisheet Social Hall


4:30 PM Michtam Main Synagogue

4:40 PM

Derasha Main Synagogue


4:50 PM


Main Synagogue


5:11 PM

Shabbat Ends

Main Synagogue

Note: Shiur Will Be After Arbit

Mishmara: Shlomo Banbaji Maarabi Ben Miriam, Yitzhak Banbaji Maarabi ben Miriam,

Victor Haim Zeitoune ben Hanna, Stella Romano bat Rahel, Rahel Shehoah bat Tamam,

Ronit Shehoah bat Tamam 

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


Devar Torah,

When Yossef’s brothers came down to Egypt the second time to buy food, Yossef ordered to take his brothers into his own home where he served them a royal meal. Then the Torah says that Yossef gave gifts to his brothers, but for Binyamin [brother from both parents], he gave a gift that was five times as much as the others. This begs a simple question. The entire episode of the brothers getting rid of Yossef is because their father Yaacob Abinu showed favoritism to him by giving him a fine woolen tunic; this created jealousy and hatred among his brothers and prompted them to sell him as a slave. Is Yossef, the righteous man, falling into the same trap as his father by showing favoritism to Binyamin? What was the purpose of Yossef displaying preferential treatment towards Binyamin?

Actually Yoseph Hasadik had a completely different motif in his mind. Before revealing himself, he wanted to make sure that his brothers had truly made Teshuba [repentance] for selling him. Yossef wanted to be reassured that his brothers had really regretted their past jealousies and hatred; but what can he do to accomplish that? Let’s look at a quote from the Rambam in the Laws of Teshuba [second Perek]:

“What is considered complete Teshuba? It’s the case of a person who committed a sin, and the same circumstances came to him and could have sinned again, but he refrained from sinning because he wanted to make Teshuba, not because of fear or weakness.”

As an example: A person was in a far place where there is no Kosher food, and, unfortunately, he was tempted and ate, G-d forbid,  non-kosher food. True Teshuba, says the Rambam, is accomplished when that person is again in that same situation, with the same temptation, and yet he refrained from committing the sin. Perhaps this is what Yossef Hasadik had in mind: he wanted to put his brothers into the same situation as it happened for himself, by giving Binyamin a much bigger gift and see how the brothers will react. As it turned out, not one iota of jealousy was displayed, and in fact, they were very happy and ate and drank and even were intoxicated. This reassured Yossef Hasadik that his brothers made true Teshuba. There is a great lesson to learn from this Torah passage. We all have families and have children; we must make a great effort not to show favoritism for one child versus the other. The same is true for adults [Yossef’s brothers were adults]; in a synagogue, in a place of work or any other place, we have to be careful not to give special consideration for one person over the other, because it could create jealousy and hatred which we all would sorely like to avoid.

Rabbi Eliyahu Elbaz