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Shabbat Shalom L’aye Sara from Beth Aharon @ the Riverdale Bayit: November 23, 2019 | כ”ה חשון תש"ף - Issue #5780:8

Zəmanim & Services

 Shabbat Məvarkhim

Parashat Ḥaye Sarah

 23 November 2019 * 25 eshvan 5780

Candle Lighting - 4:14pm

Minḥa/Kabbalat-Shabbat/Arvit - 4:24pm

Shaḥarit - 8:30am * Latest Shəma - 9:16am

Zohar - 3:50pm * Minḥa - 3:55pm

Sə’uda Shəlishit / Shiur - 4:00pm

Shəki’a - 4:32pm * Arvit - 5:12pm

Tset Hakokhavim / Havdala - 5:17pm


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: 4:15pm

Picture of the Week

A Moment of BAN

“During my 21 years of playing cricket, I have never been approached by anyone or offered a bribe.” -Imran Khan

... try soccer... or politics :)

Happy Beth Aharon  Anniversary!

This Shabbat - Parashat aye Sarah - 5769-5780

"וְהִתְנַחַלְתֶּם אֹתָם... לָרֶשֶׁת אֲחֻזָּה לְעֹלָם"

This Shabbat & Beyond

~ Məvarkhim Rosh Ḥodesh Kislew - R”H Kislew will be b”H this coming Thu & Fri, Nov 28 & 29, Starting on Wed night, Nov 27 ~


Təfilat ‘Erev Shabbat @ 2BM @ 4:24pm

Shaḥarit: 8:30am ● First Kaddish: 8:55am

Shəma‘ Yisrael: 9:15am - all kids participate! ● Youth Groups: See the Bayit Bulletin for all programs ● Teen Tefila - it can happen only with you, teens!

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

Dvar Torah: 10:45am by Rav Dov Lerea

Kiddush: 11:25am - Kiddush is sponsored by the Sigal-Molinas family in celebration of the birthdays of Sandra & Sam and their 30th Anniversary. ‘Ad 120.


Learning Service: 9:45am-11:00am with Livya Tinestit at the 2FL.

After Minḥa Mila baParasha: Understanding a word in our parasha. This week “Yishma’el - יִשְׁמָעֵאל”: What’s the meaning of the name; what makes Yishma’el special to get the name of G-d in his name, like Yisra’el. Basic (and love of) Hebrew is sufficient. At 2BM.

After Minḥa The Listening Room with Myra Estelle at the LBM.

After Minḥa Daf baTalmud: Daf yomi with the Dafers @ the 3FL.

After Minḥa Shiur baayim: Shiur in the main sanctuary.


Rəfuaa Shəlema to ‘Am Yisrael wounded bodies & souls and the sick: Reuven ben Aliza, Menachem ben Yehudit, Yig’al ben Sulika, Ruben ben Avraham López & Ela, Amir ben Malka, Daniela Ester bat Mona, Yonit bat Yehudit, Ilana bat Victoria, and Michal Haya bat Tamar.

Many Thanks to last week kiddush sponsors: the Lupkin-Unger, the Donnard, and the Friedenberg families.

Kol Hakavod to the USA State Department on declaring the Israeli settlements in Judea & Samaria as not inconsistent with the International law.

 ● Happy Birthday to Congregation Beth Aharon, Merav Bissor, Rav Aharon exler, and... YOU!

From the Rabbis and More…

ovadia.jpg  רבי זבדיה הכהן שליט"א

פרשת השבוע - פרשת חיי שרה

השבת נקרא, על אברהם אבינו ששלח את אליעזר להביא כלה ליצחק, לכל אורך הדרך אנו רואים כי הנקודה שהנחתה את אברהם ואליעזר, היא האמונה בקדוש ברוך הוא, אשר כל עניין מציאת האשה תלוי בו ובברכתו לדבר. את זאת אנו רואים בדברי אברהם לאליעזר: "ה' אלוהי השמים וכו' ישלח מלאכו לפניך ולקחת אשה לבני ליצחק". גם אליעזר, בבואו לבאר המים, מתפלל לה' ואומר: "ה' אלוהי אדוני אברהם, הקרא נא לפני היום ועשה חסד עם אדוני אברהם". ובהמשך, "והאיש משתאה לה, מחריש לדעת ההצליח ה' דרכו". וכשאליעזר בא לבית לבן הוא אומר, "ואקוד ואשתחווה לה' ואברך את ה' אלוהי אדוני אברהם אשר הנחני בדרך אמת". ואפילו לבן ובתואל אומרים לאליעזר, "מה' יצא הדבר לא נוכל דבר אליך רע או טוב". מכל זה אנו למדים, כי בכל חיי האדם בכלל, ובתקופה שבא אדם עומד לבנות את ביתו ומחפש את בת זוגו, יסוד ההצלחה לדבר הוא האמונה והתפילה לה' כי יצליח דרכו, וכל שאר הדברים שאנו חושבים שהם העיקר, הרי הם טפלים לאמונה ולתפילה לה' יתברך לקבל את ברכתו לבנין עדי עד.

נזכור תמיד כי סוד ההצלחה הוא אך ורק בברכת ה' ובתפילה אליו מעומק הלב לכל אורך הדרך וכמאמר הפסוק " על פי ה' יחנו ועל פי ה' יסעו".

Ktav Torah - Ḥayei Sara -

"וְאַבְרָ-הָ֣ם זָקֵ֔ן בָּ֖א בַּיָּמִ֑ים וַֽה’ בֵּרַ֥ךְ אֶת-אַבְרָ-הָ֖ם בַּכֹּֽל" - "And Abraham was old, and Hashem blessed Abraham with all." - Bereshit 24:1

What is “bakol?”

Bakol, “with all,” means with everything. And since it’s a blessing it’s must be a positive whole.

But what kind of good whole which comes from G-d is it?

One of G-d’s names is “Shalom.” In English it is translated as peace. But, it literally means wholeness - “shelemut” - the opposite of incompleteness.

G-d is blessing Abraham to merit the degree of "all", which means that he will be in shelemut, in wholeness with all the people of the world. Just as G-d created the world and then we read “Vayekhulu Hashamayim v’Ha’arets” - the heaven and the earth and the world was completed into one whole.

May we merit to learn from G-d's name and from Avraham's path and that wholeness and peace will always prevail between us, families, communities, Congress, Kəneset, and peoples alike.

Shabbat shel Shalom. tbs

Daf Bite  –   טעם דף

Nidda 26a-b: When Only a Placenta is Born

As we have learned, according to the Torah when a woman gives birth she is rendered ritually unclean with tum’at leida – the impurity of birth (see Vayikra 12:1-5). The Torah teaches that there are different rules for a woman who gives birth to a boy and one who gives birth to a girl.

  • When a boy is born the mother is ritually unclean for seven days, and then has 33 days during which time any vaginal bleeding does not render her impure;
  • When a girl is born the mother is ritually unclean for 14 days, and then has 66 days during which time any vaginal bleeding does not render her impure.

These laws remain in effect even if the baby is stillborn or if the woman miscarries.


In the Beginning

 “If a Jew comes, however, and gives a special reward, the custodian of the cave opens unto him a gate of iron, which was constructed by our forefathers, and then he is able to descend below by means of steps, holding a lighted candle in his hand. He then reaches a cave, in which nothing is to be found, and a cave beyond, which is likewise empty, but when he reaches the third cave behold there are six sepulchres, those of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, respectively facing those of Sarah, Rebekah and Leah, upon which the names of the three Patriarchs and their wives are inscribed in Hebrew characters.”

- Benjamin of Tudela describes the Cave of Makhpela in 1170, when Eretz Yisrael was under the Christian rule of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Makom baParasha - Ḥaran & Avraham’s Servant Journey

Ḥarran was a major ancient city in Upper Mesopotamia whose site is near the modern village of Altınbaşak, Turkey, in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border.

A few kilometers from Altınbaşak are the archaeological remains of ancient Harran, a major commercial, cultural, and religious center first inhabited in the Early Bronze Age III (3rd millennium BCE) period.

It was known as Ḫarrānu in the Assyrian period; Ḫaran (חָרָן‎) in the Hebrew Bible; Carrhae (Κάρραι in Greek) under the Roman and Byzantine empires; Hellenopolis (Ἑλληνόπολις 'Greek city') in the Early Christian period; and Ḥarrān (حرّان) in the Islamic period.

Ḥarran is famous for its traditional "beehive" adobe houses, in the picture above, constructed entirely without wood. The design of these makes them cool inside, suiting the climatic needs of the region, and is thought to have been unchanged for at least 3,000 years.

Ḥaran is the town that Avrahm left to come to Kəna’an, in Lekh-Lekha, and to which he sends his servant, in our parasha Ḥaye Sarah, to look for a bride to Yitsḥak. (wiki +)

On the Parasha & Beyond…

Parasha: aye Sara -  Bereshit: (Genesis) 23:1-25:18

Historical Context: Location: Eretz Canaan - from Kiryat Arbaa to Aram Naharayim and back to the Negev. Creation Time: Beginning of the third millennium. Approx. 1700 bce.

Parashort: Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Makhpela Cave in Hebron, which Avraham purchased from Ephron the Hittite. Avraham's servant, Eliezer, is sent with gifts to Haran to find a wife for Yitshak. At the village well, Eliezer asks G-d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well, shall be the one destined for his master's son. Rivka, the daughter of Avraham's nephew Betu’el, appears at the well and passes the "test". Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day's events. Rivka returns with Eliezer to the land of Kenaan and married Yitshak. Avraham takes a new wife, Kətura and fathers six additional sons. Avraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Yitshak and Yishma’el. (

Haftara: aye Sara - Melakhim Aleph (Kings 1) 1:1-31

Haftit: The Haftara begins with the story of King David whose given a beautiful woman named Avishag in order to warm him in his elder years. She came from the city of Shunem. Even though it is not his place, King David's eldest sons, Adoniyahu, was trying to seize the throne away from his younger brother Shlomo. One of the wives of King David, Batsheva, Shlomo‘s mother and the Prophet Natan, confer regarding Adoniyahu’s will to become king. They decide to bring it to King David's attention. Natan confirms to David the news that Batsheva has told him regarding Adoniyahu’s ambition. Batsheva’ pleads with David to fulfill his promise of her son Shlomo being heir to the throne. Kind David promises Batsheva to rectify the situation. He takes action by anointing Shlomo as the next King of Israel. Connection to the Parasha: In Haye Sara, we are told of Avraham's old age and the Haftara speaks of King David's last years. (haftorahman)

Biblical Quiz - aye Sara

Kids: What did Rivka give to Avraham’s servant, Eliezer, and to his camels?

Teenagers: How many camels did Avraham’s servant take with him to Haran?

Adults: How many times does the name “Avraham” appear in the parasha? The name “Rivka”? The name of “Eliezer” - Avraham’s servant?

Rabbis: What is the name of the mother of Adoniahu, David’s son?

Speechless in the Parasha - aye Sara

What is the most special thing you notice in Rivka, our very special mother.

Rav Question - שאלת רב

We know that Yishma’el & Yitsak buried Avraham.

Was Yishma’el also at the burial of Sarah?

The Weekly Riddle

How many camels are in the world; and which country has the largest population of wild camels?  

(Guess before you take a peek. The answer is on the back page.)

A Story - of Aharon

"To this day I have vivid memories of Harry Aharon Dweck of blessed memory, sitting with his young children right next to me in the synagogue...

On many occasions we would steer our conversation to the idea that maybe we should organize a Sephardic Minyan...

And so the years went by... until the premature passing of Aharon Dweck z”l on 22 Iyar 1998, at a young age.

About six months later, on the month of eshvan 1998 Parshat Ḥaye Sarah the Dweck family took the first step towards laying the foundation for the Sephardic Minyan of Riverdale....


- From the memoir of a founder of Beth Aharon, Aharon Shalomoff

In the Good News

- Breaking record: the longest ala (challa) in the world, reaching almost 10 meters in length was made and baked in Australia last week. The Grandma Moses Bakery in Sydney, Australia, broke the Guinness record for the world's longest ala. For its preparation, more than 68 kg of flour and ten hours of baking in the oven were required. The ala  easily broke the previous record for the world's longest ala set in Brooklyn in 2015. Then the bakers managed to get a 6-foot-long ala under their hands.

Time to Smile  

David: “Mom can you help me with my Hebrew homework, please?”

Mom: “Again David?! Okay, let’s see. You have to write in your own words this pasuk form Bereshit.”

David: “That’s not too hard for us, right mom?!”

Rega’ shel Ivrit - רגע של עברית

The political arena in both the USA and Israel is agitated with impeachment and trial. One of the new introduced words is “Quid pro quo” which means in Latin "something for something." In English it is used to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; "a favor for a favor".

So what shall we say in Hebrew? We can say “kvid prro kvo - קויד פרו קוו” - with the Israeli accent or use one nice word “təmura - תְמוּרָה” which literally means “exchange”.

Phrases with similar meanings include: “keep for me and I will keep for you - שמור לי ואשמור לך”, "give and take - קח ותן", "tit for tat - עין תחת עין", "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours - תגרד לי את הגב, ואגרד לך" and "one hand washes the other - יד רוחצת יד".

Either way, let’s remember the iron rule of “innocent till proven guilty,” pray for the wellness of our governments, and for justice to come to light.

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Beth Aharon AḤUZA Membership Campaign: 5780 - תש”ף

In tribute to BA’s upcoming 21 Year Anniversary (Gematria: AḤUZA=possession/holding-unto=אֲחֻזָּה), we are encouraging the community to join our 5780 Membership Campaign. Each person in our congregation brings with them a unique and special legacy of Jewish history that collectively makes us a diverse and multicultural community. Beth Aharon is our Auza - possession of the past, and we are ne'eazim, holding unto it, to build the future for our children. Demonstrate your communal spirit and support us by becoming a member. This year we are looking to raise funds for a new Aron Kodesh. This follows last year’s successful campaign acquiring comfortable blue chairs for everyone. Your presence and membership greatly enhances our Bet-Kneset and b’Ezrat Hashem our Tefilot. Shana Tova.


Support Beth Aharon! Thank you for joining Beth Aharon tefilot on Shabbatot & Hagim. Please support Beth Aharon. Mail donations, pledges, High Holidays 5780 and membership dues to: Congregation Beth Aharon/HIR, 3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10463. Check our website/blog to donate online and for daily updates: us via email: Tizku Leshanim Rabot V’tovot!


Kiddush Sponsorship is needed, welcome, and available

Every Shabbat after Musaf we have a welcoming kiddush for our congregants. Please join in eating and sponsoring for both celebrative or commemorative occasions. Any budget works!

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Motsae Shabbat B'Yaad - Nov 23rd, 5-7pm: Inviting all children ages 3-8 and their parents for a Musical Havdala after shabbat with Rav Joseph Robinson followed by a Breath, Body, Mind workshop for children with Shira Gordon. Feel free to wear your pajamas! Questions? Emily Hausman at


The Bayit Thanksgiving Dinner - Thurs, 28 Nov • 30 Heshvan

12:30pm - Open Thanksgiving Prayer Service * 1:00pm - Free Thanksgiving Dinner followed by songs from Broadway and Patriotic Americana performed by soprano Sigal Chen and pianist Jonathan Dzik * Volunteers Needed: Contact Ellie & Hal Weinstein: 917-859-6373 or


Beth Aharon Hanuka Party 5780 will take place b"H on Motsash, Saturday night, Ner Sheviei shel Hanuka – 1 Tevet, December 28 @ 6:30pm @ the Bayit's social hall.

Stay tuned for details. Volunteers needed.





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Riddle Solved

There are around 15 million camels alive in the world today, with 90% being dromedaries (one-hump). Most of the dromedaries alive today are domesticated animals, mostly living in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Maghreb, Middle East and South Asia.

The largest population of camels in the wild, estimated in 2013 at 300,000 individuals increasing at roughly 10% per year, is found in neither Arabia nor Mongolia, the traditional homelands of genuinely wild camels, but instead in the Australian desert. From the 1840s until the early 1900s, camels were imported into Australia principally for transportation purposes in the country’s hot, arid deserts. As technology advanced, however, the camels were no longer needed as much and, consequently, many were released or escaped into the desert, where they bred and thrived in a feral state.

Biblical Quiz - Answers: aye Sara

Kids: Water * Teenagers: Ten * Adults: Avraham -14, Rivka - 13, Eliezer - 0. * Rabbis: agit

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.