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Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt
Torah Reader: Joseph Marciano
Dvar Torah - Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, z’l, Bais Hamussar
After makkas bechoros, Hashem commanded Bnei
Yisrael regarding their firstborn. “Sanctify for Me every firstborn
of Bnei Yisrael, of man and animal, they are Mine” (Shemos
13:2). Rashi explains that the firstborn “belonged” to Hashem
for He acquired them when he smote the Egyptian firstborn.
What does the killing of the firstborn Egyptians have to do with
the Jewish Nation?
Rav Wolbe (Shiurei Chumash, Shemos 13:2) explains
that in truth it has everything to do with the Jews. The
Novardakers would say that when one reads an obituary in the
paper, he tends to think to himself that there is a segment of
“people who die,” but he himself is in no way connected to them.
It is simply a quirk that they pass away and he himself is not
destined for such a fate. It does not dawn upon him that indeed
it has very much to do with him for he is surely destined to join
that group sometime in the (hopefully distant) future.
The Baal Shem Tov would say that the world is like a
mirror. Everything a person sees has something to do with him.
If Heaven ordained that he perceive those things then they must
in some way be connected to him. Like everything else, the
smiting of the Egyptian firstborn was a lesson for all those who
witnessed the phenomenon. Hashem was revealing to Bnei
Yisrael that He acquired all firstborn and He specifically chose
to kill the Egyptians and spare the Jewish firstborn. Therefore
Bnei Yisrael were commanded to heed the lesson and be
mikadesh the Jewish firstborn.
January 24, 5775
Bo
Torah Reading pg.340
Haftorah pg.1151
Mincha 4:25 pm
Havdalah 5:45 pm
Shabbat Classes
will resume when Day
Light Savings time
begins again March 7,
2015
Shabbat Youth
Programming
10:30 am Story:
Auerhahn Youth Lounge
2nd Floor
10:45 am Groups:
4-5 yrs - Balcony room,
6-8 yrs - Library (upstairs)
8 yrs. and older Auerhahn Youth Lounge
11:15 am Kiddush:
Auerhahn Youth Lounge
Weekly Services
Jan. 25 -Jan. 29
M 4:45 pm
Friday, Jan.30
M 4:45 pm
Cl 4:47 pm
Dvar Torah
What is kedusha? Kedusha is that very same
ability to take that which one perceives and make
it pertinent to himself. Rashi on the pasuk, “For
you are a holy people to Hashem” (Devarim
14:21), cites the Sifrei which explains the pasuk
as a directive: “Make yourself holy with regard
to those things that are permissible to you. If
others prohibit something, you should not
permit it in front of them.” From the fact that the
Sifrei defines such conduct as kedusha, it is
clear that it is not merely an act of consideration
for the feelings of others. Rather the Torah is
instructing us to take heed of what you see
around you. If you find yourself amongst people
who are more meticulous in a specific area, you
should apply that which you see to yourself. Try
to emulate their deeds for at least as long as
you find yourself in their company.
We might have graduated school, but
we are always under Hashem’s tutelage. He is
constantly instructing us by way of the
numerous occurrences that we witness
throughout the day. Let us not fall asleep
during His class. There is so much that we
could learn and accomplish if we would apply
that which we see to ourselves. If we witness
someone’s mistake we should realize that we
are susceptible to such behavior and take the
necessary precautions to prevent ourselves
from wavering in that area. If we happen to
hear about a person who is single who is
looking for his bashert it might be a heavenly
message that we have the ability to help them.
An awareness of this concept allows one to
look out a glass window and nevertheless see
a reflection of himself.
Member Announcements
A warm welcome to everyone who is
visiting us this Shabbat.
Our heartfelt condolences to Sheryl
Davis Kahn and Arnold Davis on the
loss of their mother, Fay Davis, z’l.
Our condolences, as well, to her
siblings, to her son -in law, Saul
Kahn and grandchildren Josh and
Rachel Kahn. May her memory be
for a blessing.
Our heartfelt to Peter Cooperberg
and family on the loss of his mother,
Miriam Cooperberg, z’l.
Our heartfelt condolences to Dalia
Bressler and family on the loss of
her grandparents, Lily and Shlomo
Lawy, z’l.
Mazel Tov to Phil and Shirley Swartz
on the occasion of their 60th
wedding anniversary.
Todah Rabah
Our thanks to Barend Zack for
sponsoring Premier Scotch at the
Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Oneg.
Our thanks to Richa andYona Dwor
who are sponsoring the Sunday am
breakfast in loving memory of their
grandmother, Libby Dwor, z’l.
Upcoming Programming
Weekly Classes
A Bat Mitzvah
Challah Bake and Pizza Party
For Grade 6 Girls
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Please join Moselle Levy and
Kyla Charach
RSVP - 604-805-9946
Mondays, 7 - 9 pm
TORAH TALKS!
Rabbi Rosenblatt - 7 pm
Rabbi Hillel Brody - 8 pm
Men’s Talmud Class
Beit Midrash (Small Chapel)
Dr. Rothstein’s class will not
be held Monday, March 26
NCSY Shabbaton Edmonton
February 6 - 8 Grades 8 - 12
Register at vancouver.ncsy.org
or Contact Rabbi Ross
[email protected]
Cost $449.
Women’s Megillah Reading
March 5, 2015
If you are interested in
participating in the Women’s
Megillah Reading this year, please
contact Shelley Karrel, in the
synagogue office by January 30th.
The Centre for
Women’s Learning presents
Yaffa Epstein
Saturday, January 31
Beit Midrash (Small Chapel)
(Immediately after Kiddush)
(Rabbi Berger’s 20:20 Class will
resume the following week)
Topic:
The Torah is So Great Even the Angels Want It.
Wednesdays
WOMEN’S TALMUD CLASS
Rabbi Rosenblatt 9:30 - 10:30 am
Beit Midrash (Small Chapel)
LUNCH & LEARN
Wednesdays, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Offices of Kornfeld, LLP
505 Burrard
Thursdays
The Book of Jeremiah (In Hebrew)
Rabbi Rosenblatt 9:00 – 10:00 am
Offices of Raber, Mattuck
North Mall, Oakridge Centre
Shabbat
20:20 with Rabbi Berger
Twenty minutes after Kiddush
Sunday AM
Parsha of the Week
Rabbi Don Pacht - 9:15 am
Beit Midrash
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