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This Week's Learning Opportunities

Monday-Thursday
8:25 pm
Mishna Berura Daf Hayomi with Rabbi Mammon
 
Sunday
9:30 am
Kollel Torat Zev
 
Monday
7:30 pm
Gemara Shiur with Rabbi Baruch Davidowitz
 
7:30 pm – 9 pm
Kollel Yitzchak Community Bet Midrash
Weekly Parsha with Rabbi Michoel Abrahamson
One on one learning with Rabbi Lagunov and Dovid Merzel
 
8:30 pm
Midreshet Leah for Women with Mrs. Chaya Roness
 
Tuesday
7:30 pm
Gemara Shiur with Rabbi Baruch Davidowitz
 
7:30 pm – 9 pm
Kollel Yitzchak Community Bet Midrash
Wednesday
7:30 pm
Gemara Shiur with Rabbi Baruch Davidowitz
7:30 pm – 9 pm
Kollel Yitzchak Community Bet Midrash
Weekly Parsha with Rabbi Michoel Abrahamson
One on one learning with Rabbi Lagunov
 
Thursday
7:30 pm
Gemara Shiur with Rabbi Baruch Davidowitz
 
7:30 pm – 9 pm
Kollel Yitzchak Community Bet Midrash

8 pm – 9 pm
Class for 8th grade boys with Rabbi Chastain
8:10 pm
Halacha Shiur with Hot fleishig chulent
 
Shabbat
1/2 hour before Mincha
Class with Rabbi Mammon
 
1 hour before Mincha
Open learning

Rabbi's Message

Elul

Elul – the month preceding Rosh Hashanah – begins a period of intensive introspection, of clarifying life’s goals, and of coming closer to God. It is a time for realizing purpose in life – rather than perfunctorily going through the motions of living by amassing money and seeking gratification. It is a time when we step back and look at ourselves critically and honestly, as Jews have from time immemorial, with the intention of improving.

The four Hebrew letters of the word Elul (aleph-lamed-vav-lamed) are the first letters of the four words Ani l’dodi v’dodi lee – “I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me” (Song of Songs 6:3). These words sum up the relationship between God and His people. In other words, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah is a time when God reaches out to us, in an effort to create a more spiritually – inspiring atmosphere, one that stimulates teshuva.

The most important aspect of Elul is to make a plan for your life. Because when the Big Day comes, and each individual stands before the Almighty to ask for another year, we’ll want to know what we’re asking for!

Rewind 3,000 years to the Sinai Desert. God has spoken the Ten Commandments, and the Jews have built the Golden Calf. Moses desperately pleads with God to spare the nation.
On the first day of Elul, Moses ascends Mount Sinai, and 40 days later – on the seminal Yom Kippur – he returned to the people, with a new, second set of stone tablets in hand.

For us as well, the month of Elul begins a 40-day period that culminates in the year’s holiest day, Yom Kippur.

Why 40? Forty is a number of cleansing and purification. Noah’s Flood rains lasted 40 days, and the mikveh – the ritual purification bath – contains 40 measures of water.

Elul is an enormous opportunity. During this time, many people increase their study of Torah and performance of good deeds. And many also do a daily cheshbon – an accounting of spiritual profit and loss.

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Schedule, September 2019

 

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