The BAN – Beth Aharon Newsletter

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

Shabbat Ki-Tisa Shalom from Beth Aharon:

February 23, 2019 | י”ח אדר א’ תשע"ט - Issue #5779: 24

Zəmanim & Services

Shabbat Parashat Ki-Tisa

23 February 2019 * 18 Adar I 5779

Candle Lighting - 5:20pm

Minḥa/Kabbalat-Shabbat/Arvit - 5:30pm

Shaḥarit - 8:30am * Latest Shəma - 9:24am

Kiddush - 11:25am

Parasha Limud - 4:30pm

Zohar - 4:55pm * Minḥa - 5:00pm

Shiur & Səuda Shəlishit - 5:25pm

Shəki’a - 5:40pm * Arvit - 6:20pm

Tset Hakokhavim /Havdala - 6:25pm


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: 5:35pm

Picture of the Week

CBA & The HIR Annual Guest Speaker Shabbat & Luncheon 5779

Join the BAyit on March 2, Shabbat Shekalim-Parashat Vayakhel 25 Adar I, for a Sephardi flavoured shabbat & luncheon as we explore the Syrian & the Sephardic world @ the BAyit with for Shabbat with Guest Speaker Rav Elie Abadie, MD.

Dvar Torah: Parashat Vayakhel-Shekalim - Shabbat Morning before Musaf @ 10:45am @ Beth Aharon - 2BM;

Lecture: Judaism's Fourth Denomination. A personal and historical journey of a Syrian Jew and of the Sephardic Jews - During RSVP Luncheon: $28 Adult (13+) $14 Child (4-12). Register @ 

Talk: The Syrian Edict and The Bnei Anusim: Meaning and Impact - @ 5:30pm during Seuda Shelishit @ the Social Hall after Minha. Inquiries to Looking forward to seeing you all!

This Shabbat & Beyond

Tefilat Erev Shabbat @ 5:35pm @ Tefilat Avraham & Sara.

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

Kiddush: 11:25am - Potluck Kiddush this shabbat and in memory of Judy Zalicha’s sister, Miriam Siri bat Sara z”l.

Before Minḥa @ 4:30pm - Parsha Limud: Ki-Tisa @ 2BM.

After Minḥa Mila baParasha: Understanding a word in our Parasha. This week "Kesef - כֶסֶף- What does the word mean; what is really; and can we live without it? 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.

Rəfuaa Shəlema to all the Bayit’s sick and to Israel’s injured bodies & souls. List on the back page.

Many Thanks to Almoni for sponsoring kiddush last shabbat.

 BəHatslaha to Bereshit, the first Israeli space-probe, on its mission to the moon. Bereshit was sent to orbit this Friday early morning on a launch vehicle of SpaceX and is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11.

 Happy Birthday to You and... YOU!

More news on the back.

From the Rabbis and Beyond…

רב עובדיה יוסף ז"ל - Rav Ovadia Yosef z”l


פרשת השבוע - פרשת כי תשא - "המחשבה היא האדם"

הרב זבדיה כהן שליט"א

השבת נקרא: "כי תשא את ראש בני ישראל לפקודיהם". ומסביר רבינו חיים בן עטר בפירושו על התורה, "כי תשא" מלשון "נשיאות ראש", בדומה ללשון הפסוק "ישא פרעה את ראשך", שהוא לשון מעלה. שתשא את ראש בני ישראל שראשם נמוך מחמת העבירה של מעשה העגל, ועל ידי שיתעלו במחשבתם למצוות ויתנתקו מהעבירות, הרי זו נשיאת ראש של עלייה רוחנית.

אדם מישראל שחוטא הגם שהוא הולך על שתי רגליים וראשו נטוי כלפי מעלה, מכל מקום במהותו הרוחנית הוא מושפל לגשמיות, עיניו משוטטות כלפי מטה ואינן נשואות אל על לאלוקיו.

וכבר אמרו רבותינו: "המחשבה היא האדם", ו"במקום שהאדם חושב שם הוא נמצא". אם רוצה אתה לדעת את דרגתך הרוחנית האמיתית, בדוק היכן נמצאת מחשבתך, מה מעסיק אותך כל היום - ותדע מי אתה!

לכן אחרי חטא העגל נצטווה משה רבנו לשאת את ראש בני ישראל, לזקוף את קומתם הרוחנית, לרומם את מושגיהם, ולהפכם לעובדי אלוקים כדבעי.

"כי תשא את ראש בני ישראל" – עלינו לשאת את ראשנו, ולרומם את מחשבותינו לרוחניות והתעלות, לעשות "ניקוי ראש" ממחשבות טפלות. וכפי שאנו אומרים בכל בוקר: "ומותר האדם מן בהמה אין כי הכל הבל, לבד הנשמה הטהורה".

Daf Bite  –   טעם דף

Hullin 86a-b: The Benefits of Piety

On yesterday’s daf we learned of Rabbi Ḥiyya and his sons in whose merit “there ceased to be meteors, earthquakes, storm winds, and thunder in Israel, the people’s wine did not sour, and their flax was not stricken with an infestation of moths ” once they moved from Babylonia to the Land of Israel, even though they, themselves, did not personally benefit from their piety. The Gemara on today’s daf compares this to a similar situation –

Even as Rav Yehuda said in the name of Rav: Every day a Divine Voice emerges and says, ‘The entire world is sustained with food in the merit of my son Ḥanina, and yet for my son Ḥanina one kav of carob fruit is sufficient to sustain him from one Shabbat eve to the next.’

 (Daf Yomi from

In the Beginning

The earliest shekels were a unit of weight, used as other units such as grams and troy ounces for trading before the advent of coins. Coins were used and may have been invented by the early Anatolian traders who stamped their marks to avoid weighing each time used. Early coins were money stamped with an official seal to certify their weight. Silver ingots, some with markings were issued. Later authorities decided who designed coins. Herodotus states that the first coinage was issued by Croesus, King of Lydia, spreading to the golden Daric (worth 20 sigloi or shekel), issued by the Persian Empire and the Silver Athenian obol and drachma. (wiki)

The Weekly Riddle

Which are the countries which landed a spacecraft on the Moon? In what years? Was a huperson ever walked on the moon?

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

A Moment of BAN

Q: “How can we become happy when we are not happy?”

A: “It is hard to control the way we feel, but we have control over our conscious thought, speech and actions. We can think good thoughts, speak good things, behave in joyful way - even if we don’t fully feel it inside - like, being with good friends - shopping & eating - walking in the sun, and planning ahead. Eventually, the inner joy of the soul will break through. Amen.

Rav Question - שאלת רב

May we eat a rice that a mosquito fell into it and it can not be found?

Rega’ shel Ivrit - רגע של עברית

Bereshit, the Israeli space probe is in the news. What an Israeli pride!

We all familiar with a spacecraft, a vehicle or machine designed to fly in outer space. In Hebrew we use the word ḥalalit - חָלָלִית, whereas ḥalal comes from hollow and space. 

A space-probe is slightly different machine. It is unmanned  robotic spacecraft that does not orbit Earth, but rather is carried by a launch vehicle or carrier rocket. The space-probe explores further into outer space. A space probe may approach the Moon; travel through interplanetary space; flyby, orbit, or land on other planetary bodies; or enter interstellar space. The Hebrew word for space probe is “Gashoshit - גָּשוֹשִית” from “ləgashesh - to explore.”

Good luck Bereshit!

Riddle Solved

A Moon landing is the arrival of a spacecraft or space-probe on the surface of the Moon. This includes both manned and unmanned (robotic) missions. The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2 mission, on 13 September 1959. The United States' Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969. There have been six manned U.S. landings, between 1969 and 1972, and numerous unmanned landings, with no soft landings happening from 22 August 1976 until 14 December 2013. To date, the United States is the only country to have successfully conducted manned missions to the Moon, with the last departing the lunar surface in December 1972. All manned and unmanned soft landings had taken place on the near side of the Moon, until 3 January 2019 when the Chinese Chang'e 4 spacecraft made the first landing on the far side of the Moon. On February 22, 2019 Israel launched teh space probe Bereshit to the Moon. When it lands on April 11, Israel will be the fourth country in the world to conduct a landing on the Moon. Good Luck. (wiki +)

On the Parasha & Beyond…

Mila baParasha - Shekel

The Hebrew word shekel is based on the verbal root for "weighing" (sh.q.l), cognate to the Akkadian šiqlu or siqlu. Use of the word was first attested in c. 2150 BC during the Akkadian Empire under the reign of Naram-Sin, and later in c. 1700 BC in the Code of Hammurabi. The sh.q.l root is found in the Hebrew words for "to weigh" (shaqal), "weight" (mishqal) and "consideration" (shiqqul), and is related to the t.q.l root in Aramaic and the th.q.l root in Arabic, such as in the Arabic word for "heavy", thaqil. The famous writing on the wall in the Biblical Book of Daniel includes a cryptic use of the word in Aramaic: "Mene, mene, teqel, u-farsin". The word "shekel" came in to the English language via the Hebrew Bible, where it is first used in the Book of Genesis.

The shekel was common among western Semitic peoples. Moabites, Edomites and Phoenicians used the shekel, the latter as coins and weights. Punic coinage was based on the shekel, a heritage from Canaanite ancestors.

The Aramaic tekel, similar to the Hebrew shekel, used in the writing on the wall during the feast of Belshazzar according to the Book of Daniel and defined as weighted, shares a common root with the word shekel and may even additionally attest to its original usage as a weight.

Parashat Ki-Tisa, Exodus 30:24, notes that the measures of the ingredients for the holy anointing oil were to be calculated using the Shekel of the Sanctuary (see also Exodus 38:24-26), suggesting that there were other common measures of Shekel in use, or at least that the Temple authorities defined a standard for the Shekel to be used for Temple purposes. (wiki)

Parasha – Ki Tisa: Shemot (Exodus) 30:11-34:35

Historical Context: Bnei Israel's 40-year journey continues. Location: Against Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). Creation Time: 2448 (1476 bce).

Parashort: G-d commands a census of the people and gives more commandments. Moshe goes to the top of Mount Sinai to study with G-d. While gone, the people persuade Aaron to build a Golden Calf for them. Seeing the idol, Moshe smashes the Tablets and breaks the Golden Calf. Moses prepares a new set of tablets and once more ascends the mountain. (Torah Productions)

Haftarat Ki-Tisa – Melachim Aleph (Kings 1), 18:1-39

Haftit: In this week's haftara, Elijah the Prophet demonstrates the worthlessness of the Baal, just as Moses chastised the Israelites for serving the Golden Calf, as discussed in this week's Torah reading.(

Connection to the Parasha: Parashat Ki Tisa relates Bnei Yisrael’s, the Jewish People’s, sin of worshipping the golden calf.  Similarly, the Haftarah discusses the sin of worshipping the baal idols during the reign of the evil Jewish King Ahab. (haftorahman)

Biblical Quiz - Ki-Tisa

Kids: The prophet in our haftara is Eliyahu, or Elijah. When does he appear every year? In Pesah, Purim or Hanukka?

Youth: What other 2 names does he have?

Adults: Was he a prophet in the Northern Kingdom of Israel or in the Kingdom of Judea?  * Experts: Who was his teacher?

Ktav Parasha - Ki-Tisa

At the beginning of our parasha, G-d orders to count Bnei Yisrael. In order not to have an epidemic, it is commanded that each one give an atonement for his soul of one half of the Shekel.

Moshe did not understand how a mere half shekel coin could be a "ransom of the soul"?

Rashi notes based on the midrashim: “This they shall give” - G-d showed Moshe a sort of coin of fire weighing half a shekel, and He said to him, “Like this one they shall give.” -[from Tanchuma 9; Tanchuma Buber, Naso p. 35; Pesikta d’Rav Kahana 19a; Midrash Psalms 91:1; Yerushalmi, Shekalim 1:4]

Why does G-d show Moshe a coin of fire?

Because, the nature and the source of the fire is everlasting, even if many candles are lit from it. So are the power and merit of charity and giving never diminish. The more we give the more strength we get to give. B”H.

Shabbat shel Shalom. tbs

On the Parasha - a holy anointing oil

This shall be a holy anointing oil unto Me throughout your generations (30:31)

Many miracles occurred with the anointing oil which Moses prepared in the desert.

Originally it only measured twelve log (a hin is the equivalent of 12 log, or about 4 liters). Now, consider how much the cauldron absorbed, how much the herbs absorbed and how much the fire burned, and yet it sufficed for the anointing of the Tabernacle and its vessels, and Aaron and his sons, on each of the seven days of consecration; the high priests and kings [throughout the generations] also were anointed with it. . . . And that very oil remains in reserve for the [rebuilding of the Sanctuary] in the messianic era to come, as it is written: “This shall be a holy anointing oil unto Me throughout your generations.”

(Talmud, Horiot 11b)

Speechless in the Parasha - Ki-Tisa

The Parasha mentions holidays in which Bnei Yisrael have to go to Jerusalem. Which of the 3 Reglim is not mentioned?

A Parent Question

Should we ask our kids if they smiled and/or laughed hard today, or should we just make them do that or do it with them? Should we maybe do all the above, combined?

In the Good News

- Ariel University to open first medical school in Judea and Samaria. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein lauded the decision as “a Zionist step, important and correct – a welcome addition to medicine and Israeli academia.”

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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!


Film Screening of 93Queen - Sunday, February 24th between 7-9pm. Join the Bayit for a community-wide screening, followed by Q&A with director Paula Eiselt. To register please visit  


Fill up your Shabbat and Holiday table by inviting friends and guests. Need a table? Contact us @ for help.


Sponsor the BAN Advertise your business and support Beth Aharon’s Newsletter. Place your business card for $36 per week; $252 for 17 weeks; or $576 for 52 weeks.


CSS (Community Security Service) - The best way to say “thank you” is to join the team. To volunteer and apply for a future training, inquire with one of the team members. CSS will have a Level 1 (L1) course for CSS at the Bayit on Mondays 2/25 & 3/4 at 7:30-10:00.  Anybody interested should contact me at


Film Screening of 93Queen: Sunday, February 24th at 7-9pm. After the film, director Paula Eiselt will join us for conversation and Q&A. To register please visit:


Standing against Anti-Semitism - February 27th at 6:00pm, International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) USA is co-sponsoring an event standing for freedom and solidarity and against anti-Semitism at the French Consulat General, 934 Fifth Avenue, btw. 74th and 75th street. Under the auspices of the French Consul General.


Beth Aharon & The HIR Annual Guest Speaker Shabbat & Luncheon 5779 - March 2 - See the fri=ont page and your eamil for details.


Support Group and Education Program for Early Stage Memory Changes @ the Riverdale Y Senior Center. Support Group Dates: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24; Education Program Dates: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12; Time: 10:00a-11:30a; Door-to-door transportation available. Lunch provided daily. Contact: Worker Lydia Ecker @ 800-272-3900





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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, and all the sick.

Biblical Quiz - Ki-Tisa: Answers

Kids: In Pesah. * Youth: “Eliyahu Ha-Tishbi” and “Eliyahu Ha-Giladi” * Adults: Northern Kingdom of Israel. * Experts:  Achiya Hashiloni

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.