Mattot - Mas'eh

Friday, July 21  8:03 PM





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ראש חדש אב 

Monday, July 24

Parashat Mattot -Mas'eh

Erev Shabbat

8:03 PM

Candle Lighting



6:45 PM

Shir Hashirim/Minha

Main Synagogue


7:15 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat/Arbit

Main Synagogue


6:30 PM

YSLC Minyan Shir Hashirim/Minha Midrash 


8:05 PM

Late Minyan Annex Midrash


5:45 AM

Shaharit - First Minyan

Main Synagogue


8:15 AM

Shaharit - Main Minyan

Main Synagogue


9:00 AM

Shaharit - Young SLC

Salem Midrash


9:15 AM

Shaharit - Kids Minyan

Annex Midrash


1:30 PM

Minha Gedolah

Main Synagogue


3:00 PM


Main Synagogue


6:00 PM

Mishmara Social Hall

6:35 PM

Shiurim Main Synagogue


7:35 PM


Main Synagogue


8:10 PM Seuda Shelisheet Social Hall


8:35 PM Michtam Main Synagogue


8:40 PM


Main Synagogue


9:02 PM

Shabbat Ends

Main Synagogue

Mishmara: Aouni Faks ben Rahel / Rebbeca Saad bat Paulina 

Devar Torah:

When an individual takes upon himself to perform a certain deed, he has an obligation to keep his word. This rule applies for both forms of commitment, positive and negative.


Hachamim teach us that a vow can be cancelled in two possible ways: Hatara and Hafara. Hatarat Nedarim is the process of release/forgiveness of a vow. The latter is performed by consulting with a Talmid Hacham (sage) who may then release the person’s vow. The second method is nullifying the undertake through the uprooting of the vow from the outset. This process, known as “Hafarat Nedarim” is only applicable when a man needs to reverse his wife or daughter’s vow.


The Gemara in Nazir (23a) relates an interesting case where a woman vows to never eat meat again but her husband nullifies her vow without her knowledge. Subsequently, the above-mentioned lady consumes meat thinking that she is breaking her promise. Hence, the question is raised on whether the woman’s action should be considered a penal sin.


The Gemara brings proof from our Parahsa to conclude that the above-mentioned woman is acquitted from punishment thanks to her husband’s doing. Indeed, by uprooting the vow, her husband technically rendered the meat permissible for consumption and therefore, no actual sin was committed. Yet, because the woman thought she was in transgression, she needs atonement for her actions.


From this incident, Rabbi Akiva uses the fortiori theory to teach us an important lesson. If a person needs forgiveness for thinking that he was eating pig when he consumed beef, how much more so if he ingested pig…


The Ben Ish Hai develops Rabbi Akiva’s teaching and relates that the pig is the only animal in the Torah that externally displays itself as a kosher animal. Indeed, a pig has split hooves which may fool us into thinking that it is permissible for consumption; however, it does not display the internal prerequisite for Kosher animals- rumination. On the outside, the pig appears to be kosher while on the inside, it is completely Taref!


Similarly, the Yesser Harah tries to trick us into breaking our promises by restlessly looking for loopholes and excuses to make things appear “kosher”. Our job is to always stay alert and beware of the Yesser’s technique so we can differentiate between the right and the wrong. Technically, the woman’s actions in the aforementioned Gemara were permissible. Ethically, however, her actions were wrong which in turn required atonement. May Hashem always give us the wisdom to differentiate the right and wrong so our Avodat Hashem can be clean and candid. Amen!

Rabbi Abraham Hayoun