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Riverdale’s Sephardic Congregation @ The Riverdale Bayit - 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx NY 10463

Shabbat Tsav: “Shalom!” From Beth Aharon @ the Riverdale Bayit:

March 23, 2019 | ט”ז אדר ב’ תשע"ט - Issue #5779: 28

Zəmanim & Services

Shabbat Parashat Tsav

23 March 2019 * 16 Adar II 5779

Candle Lighting - 6:52pm

Minḥa/Kabbalat-Shabbat/Arvit - 7:00pm

Shaḥarit - 8:30am * Latest Shəma - 9:58am

Kiddush - 11:25am

Parasha Limud - 6:00pm

Zohar - 6:30pm * Minḥa - 6:35pm

Shi’ur & Sə’uda Shəlishit - 7:05pm

Shəki’a - 7:11pm * Arvit - 7:51pm

Tset Hakokhavim /Havdala - 7:56pm


Regular Week Prayers (Tefilat Avraham)

Shaḥarit: Sun: 8:30am *  Mon/Thu: 6:40, 8:00am * Tue/Wed/Fri: 6:45, 8:00am

Minḥa/Arvit: Sun-Thu: 7:00pm

Picture of the Week

“Butterflies” - in the good news.

A Moment of BAN

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

- Virginia Woolf.

(Instead of “by” try also ‘when you are’ or ‘as long as you are’)

In the Beginning

During the Second Temple, the Jewish calendar had many more holidays than it does now. These are listed in Megillat Ta’anit. During the Rabbinic Period or shortly thereafter, these holidays - with the exception of Purim and Hanuka - were cancelled and are now forgotten. One was Nicanor Day יום נקנור which celebrated Judah Maccabee’s defeat of a Nicanor the Elephantarch, meaning “master of elephants” - a Syrian-Greek military officer who fought the Jews after the Hanuka story and the dedication of the Temple. During the Geonic period a custom developed of fasting on the 13 of Adar known as Ta’anit Esther, the Fast of Esther.

This Shabbat & Beyond

Tefilat Erev Shabbat @7:00pm ● Shaḥarit @ 8:30am

First Kadish: 8:55am ● Shəma‘ Yisrael: 9:10am - all kids participate!

Youth Groups: See the Bayit Bulletin for all programs.

Parasha: 9:45am ● Yimlokh: 10:40am - All kids are welcome to join!

Dvar Torah: 10:45am - Rav Dov Lerea


Our Deep Condolences to the families of Israeli soldier Gal Keidan z”l and Rav Achiad Ettinger z”l. ● Rəfuaa Shəlema to all the Bayit’s sick and to Israel’s injured bodies & souls. List on the back page.

Many Thanks to all potluckers for all contributions to last shabbat kiddush.

 ● Kol hakavod and many thanks to Yael, Kathy, MJ, Rina, Eric, Jolio, and more for a beautiful decoration of the Main Sanctuary and the 2BM in the spirit of New York City; To Rav Dov, Sandra, Corner Cafe, Hamakolet, Pizza Plus for helping with spirituality, gift purchasing, and good eats; To Bryan & the Bayit team for an-always tremendous help; To the judges: Cyril, Veronique, Thea, Sandra, and Rav Avraham Unger; To all BAnners & Friends who joined us last night for Megila Reading & Purim Celebration; To the devoted dozen who came on Thursday morning at 6:00am for Tefilat Shahrit and a second Megila reading; To the Baal Kore, Yaron Babayof, for a beautiful Megila reading - for over a decade - and to his wife Irit and son who joined us; For all your donations to Matanot La’evyonim, Ma’atsit Hashekel and beyond!

Mazal tov to Talia Re on her son Anthony’s graduation of the USA National Guards basic training.

 ● Congratulations to Hungary for opening a diplomatic trade office in Jerusalem; To the State of Israel for the President’s recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel.  

Happy Birthday to Rena Wachsman :) and... YOU!


Kiddush: Kiddush is sponsored by Joseph Mahgerefteh in memory of his mother Monir bat Aharon z”l, niftera Adar 20.

Parasha Limud - 6:00pm

After Minḥa Mila baParasha: Understanding a word in our Parasha. This week "Korban - קורבן” - What does the word mean; what’s the purpose of korbanot; and are sacrifices mandatory or optional? Basic (and love of) Hebrew is sufficient. At 2BM.

After Minḥa Daf baTalmud: Daf Yomi with Eli Oberstein on 3FL. Hullin.

After Minḥa Shiur baHayim: Shiur at the main sanctuary. More news on the back.

Purim @ Beth Aharon and Beyond…

A Story & Time to Smile

of a president ...

 ... and a huuuuge wall!

Shabbat shel Smile & Shalom :)

In the Good News

- Israel blanketed by millions of butterflies:  Thanks to unusually large migration from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, more than 10 million butterflies cross Israel on their way to Europe.

As children across Israel dressed up for Purim, the country also took on a festive look with millions of butterflies blanketing parks and nature reserves.

An annual migration of butterflies was unusually big this year, with some 10 million Vanessa Cardui (also known as the Cosmopolitan or the Painted Lady) crossing into Israel this week. The source of this unusually large migration is from the desert areas of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which had an unusual rainy winter and lots of growth, which allowed the caterpillars to eat and prosper. The butterflies won’t survive to return to Israel, but their offspring will be back.


Kol hakavod to all Winners of Beth Aharon Purim Costume Contest

The winners are: Lotem Haimovich as Pipi Longstockings (Bilbi for Israelis); Segev Pri-Paz as Indiana Jones; Tali Michaeli as a Yemenite Bride; Roberta Krauss-Lamot as a Night Angel; Tsuri Gadasi as Donald Trump; Yael & Ari Oshinsky as Dominos; and the Elisheva & Yehuda Cohen Family as Garbage Monster.

On the Parasha & Beyond…

Mila NOT baParasha - Tsav  / צב

The largest living turtle (chelonian) is the leatherback sea turtle

(Dermochelys coriacea - in the picture), which reaches a shell length of 200 cm (6.6 ft) and can reach a weight of over 900 kg (2,000 lb). Freshwater turtles are generally smaller, but with the largest species, the Asian softshell turtle Pelochelys cantorii , a few individuals have been reported up to 200 cm (6.6 ft). This dwarfs even the better ­known alligator snapping turtle, the largest chelonian in North America, which attains a shell length of up to 80 cm (2.6 ft) and weighs as much as 113.4 kg (250 lb). (wiki)


The Mila/word in the parasha which sounds closer is Tsaw - צו, meaning “to give ‘order!’” But if you pronounce “ו” in the Sephardic/Biblical way as “waw” instead of the Ashkenazi/Israeli way as “ vav” then there is a clear difference between צב (turtle) and צו (to order).

Parasha: Vayikra (Leviticus) – Tsav 6:1­8:36

Historical Context: Bnei Israel's 40­ year journey continues. Location: Midbar Sinai. Creation Time: 2448 (approx. 1476 bce). Parashort: The priests were given instructions as to their function in the Tabernacle and more about the sacrifices they were to supervise or bring. Dedication ceremonies for the new Tabernacle were begun. (

Haftara:  Tsav - Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah), 7:21-8:3; 9:22-9:23

Haftit: The Haftara discusses how Hashem will not accept the sacrifices from the Jews who do not obey him. Hashem is also angered because Jeremiah had repeatedly warned the Jewish people to stop their collective self-deception, only to be ignored.

The Haftara never ends on a sad note; it always has a happy ending with a glimmer of hope for the Jews.  The Haftara concludes with two verses conveying a happier message from God. “Let no man glory in his own achievements or in his own riches, but let him rejoice in his earnest devotion to me. For I the Lord act with Chesed, kindness, Mishpat, judgment, and Tzedakah, charity, in the world; for in these I delight, declares the Lord.”

Connection to the Parsha: Parshat Tzav deals with laws pertaining to Korbanot, Animal Sacrifices. This Haftara discusses the opposite. We hear how Hashem will not accept sacrifices in place of obeying His will. (

Speechless in the Parasha - Tsav

The parasha continues with the description of various sacrifices which include animals as well as grain products, such as bread, matsa, crackers, etc. Can you identify in the text any vegetables or fruits which may be used with the sacrifices?

Ktav Torah - Tsav

Parashat Tsav: “V’herim et hadeshen - והרים את הדשן - And he shall lift out the ashes.”

Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa says: The Torah feared that the High Priest in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur would deal only with the lofty spiritual matters, and would forget to pray for the "simple," physical matters, the livelihood of Israel and their "simple" needs. Therefore, the High Priest was commanded that when he entered the Holy of Holies he would replace the priestly garments with simple clothes and begin with the simplest and most basic task of removing the ashes from the alter.

May we always remember that the most lofty and complex tasks start with doing first basic and simple actions.

Shabbat shel Shalom.

- By Avraham Fayadi. Translated from Hebrew. tbs.

Rav Question - שאלת רב

What are the elements of mitsva in wearing costume on Purim? How important and how strong they are?

The Weekly Riddle

 (You may guess as many times as you want before you take a peek, because the answer is NOT on the back page.)

Parasha Quiz: Tsav

Kids: Were all sacrifices animals?

Teenagers: What items made up the meal offering?

Adults: Bnei Yisrael were commanded to eat no fat from three animals. Which were they?

Experts: What is the meaning of the word Tzaw? What about Tzav?

Community Board

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Things That Matter

Beth Aharon AḤVA Membership Campaign – 5779 שנת אחוה

In tribute to BA’s 20 Year Anniversary (Gematria: AḤVA=Friendship=אַחְוָה), we are inviting the community to join our 5779 Membership Campaign.  Demonstrate your “friendship” and support us by being a member. This year we are looking to raise funds for a new Aron Kodesh and comfortable blue chairs for the entire Kehila.  Your presence and membership greatly enhances our Beit Knesset and b’Ezrat Hashem our Tefillot. Shana Tova.


Support Congregation Beth Aharon! Thank you for joining tefilot @ Beth Aharon. Please support Beth Aharon. Mail donations, pledges, High Holidays 5779 and membership fees to: Beth Aharon/HIR, 3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10463.

Check our blog to donate online and for daily updates: Email:; Phone: 917-885-4714. Tizku Leshanim Rabot V’tovot!


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Help Leav to help the Afya Foundation in providing disaster relief for those who are struggling. Leav Michaeli opened a webpage to raise money and supplies to support the efforts of the Afya Foundation in locations like Puerto Rico as well as spread awareness of the difficulty that is still being faced there even 2 years after Hurricane Maria. To read more check this webpage link: or email Leav Michaeli @

Thank you!


Pesach is coming: Planning to Sale your Hamets? What about buying less in the next few weeks, eating the hamets you have, and donating the rest before Pesah. Leave the sale for businesses who deal with large inventory while making a good deed by donating food. Pesah Kasher to all!  





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Prayer for wellness

To Israel in captivity and Israel’s wounded bodies & souls; Reuven ben Aliza, Leah Channa bat Shifra, Yisrael Yair ben Yehudit Tzvia, Menachem ben Yehudit, Alisa bat Tsipora Malka, Yig’al ben Sulika, Rubin ben Abraham López and Ela, Adi ben Talia, Ya’akov ben Monavar, Shlomo ben Esther, Avraham Yair ben Alissa Sharon & Shmuel Dov, Naftali Yesha’ie Asheo ben Adina and Yosef Hayim, Sima bat Sionit and Sion, Shlomo ben Adina, Dov Yehuda ben Lea, Fortunee bat Na’ima Annette, Annela bat Elka, Yaniv Ben Sarah, and all the sick.

Parasha Quiz - Answers: Tsav

Kids: No. Some were made from... see the next answer.

Teenagers: The meal offering was made up of fine flour, oil, and frankincense - לבונה - a type of perfume made from a plant.

Adults: Bnei Yisrael could not eat fat from oxen, sheep, or goats (7:23).

Experts: Tzaw = to command and Tzav = turtle. See “Mila NOT baParasha” for details.

Congregation Beth Aharon is Riverdale’s Sephardic Orthodox Congregation, located at the Riverdale Bayit (HIR) Bronx, NY. We welcome all worshipers regardless of eda or level of observance. Our congregants take an active-leading role in Tefila and Kria’at haTorah.