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

Shabbat Ki-Tavo bəShalom from Beth Aharon @ the Riverdale Bayit:

September 21, 2019 | כ”א אלול תשע"ט - Issue #5779: 52

Zəmanim & Services

Shabbat Parashat Ki-Tavo

21 September 2019 * 21 Elul 5779

Candle Lighting - 6:39pm

Minḥa/Kabbalat-Shabbat/Arvit - 6:49pm

Shaḥarit - 8:30am * Latest Shəma - 9:45am

Zohar - 6:15pm * Minḥa - 6:20pm

Sə’uda Shəlishit / Shiur - 6:50pm

Shəki’a - 6:55pm * Arvit - 7:35pm

Tset Hakokhavim / Havdala - 7:40pm


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: 7:00 * Mon-Thu: 6:40pm

Picture of the Week

Meanwhile, the Benjamins :)

A Moment of BAN

“Heve Shalom Bimromav”  - Gantz

In the Beginning

“And it will be, when you come into the land... and you... settle in it.”

This Shabbat & Beyond

Təfilat ‘Erev Shabbat: 6:39pm

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

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

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

Dvar Torah: 10:45am with Rav Dov Lerea :)

Kiddush: 11:25am - Kiddush this shabbat is sponsored by Martin & Julie Mendelson with thanks to Beth Aharon hospitality. 

After Kiddush: Free talk about the outcome of the elections in Israel. Who’s on first, and is Israel going to 3rd elections?


Learning Service: 9:45am-10:45am, with Maharat student Livya Tinestitat the 2FL.

High Holidays Liturgy Review Workshop: 4:35pm - liturgy and melody of the most familiar seliot and piyutim of the High Holidays Maharat student Livya Tinestit at Lobby.

● The Listening Room: 4:35pm with Myra Estelle at the LBM.

Parasha Limud: 5:35pm. Book of Jonah w/ Maharat student Livya Tinestit at Lobby.

After Minḥa Mila baParasha: Understanding a word in our parasha. This week “Vənisaḥtem - וְנִסַּחְתֶּם” - What does the word mean; how does Onklus translate it; and how it is connected to the word “talya”? Basic (and love of :) Hebrew is sufficient. At the 2BM, along with Səuda Shəlishit, and Zəmirot Shabbat.

After Minḥa Daf baTalmud: Daf Yomi on 3FL. Kretut.

After Minḥa Shiur baHayim: Shiur in the main sanctuary.


Our Condolences to Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe on the passing of her sister, Geela Naiman, zikhra livrakha. ● Azkara to Celine bat Miriam z”l.

Rəfuaa Shəlema to ‘Am Yisrael wounded bodies & souls and the sick: Reuven ben Aliza, Menachem ben Yehudit, Yig’al ben Sulika, Rubin ben Abraham López & Ela, Avraham ben Avraham, Adi ben Talia, Amir ben Malka, and Naftali ben Esther.

Many Thanks to Sara-Dvora Kraus-LaMot on an insightful Dvar Torah; to the Manor-Oshinsky family, Yesha’ya-Robert Kalfus, Talia Re, mann dəhu, and mann dəha, for sponsoring kiddush last shabbat.

Kol Hakavod to the 4.5 million Israelies who went to vote for the second time this year; to all Riverdale kids on making good adjustment from summer’s freedom to school’s captivity.

Happy Birthday to Roberta Kraus-Lamot, Roebrt Wachsman, Shaul Gadasi, and... YOU!

 High Holidays 5779 @ Beth Aharon. Details on the back page and in your email.

More news on the back.

From the Rabbis and More…

Rav Ovadia Yosef z”l


שלום בבית

מכלל העוונות שעליהם עלינו לשוב בתשובה, היא פגיעה בכל אדם ואדם. ובפרט על האדם לשים לב, שלא יפגע בבני ביתו, אלו שתמיד סמוכים לשולחנו, וגם בני הבית, כל אחד ואחד צריכים להזהר שלא לפגוע איש ברעהו. וידועים דברי הריטב"א, כי עיקר אזהרת התורה "לא תונו איש את עמיתו", מכוונת כלפי האיש, שלא יפגע באשתו, כי היא חברתו ואשת בריתו.

אין לך כלי מחזיק ברכה יותר מן השלום

הזכרנו, שיש להזהר מאד שלא לפגוע בשום אדם, ובפרט בבני ביתו של כל אדם, קרוביו ובני משפחתו. ואומרים בשם הגאון החזון איש, כי עיקר הצלחת האדם בעולם, היא שיעברו עליו כל שנותיו, ולא יפגע בשום אדם שלא כדין.

ויש לדעת, כי אדם שמתנהג בחכמה ותבונה ובנימוס, בדרך כלל זוכה שגם אחרים נוהגים עמו בצורה יפה. כמאמר רבותינו, איזהו מכובד? המכבד את הבריות.

ובמסכת דרך ארץ רבה (פרק ו) מובא מעשה, שהלל הזקן הזמין אורח לבית, והיה יושב עם האורח שעה ארוכה, ואשתו של הלל, לא הגישה דבר. רק לאחר זמן הגישה לפניהם ארוחת צהרים. לאחר מכן, שאל אותה הלל, מדוע לא הגשת לפני האורח את הסעודה מיד? השיבה לו אשתו, עני אחד דפק בדלת ואמר, "היום אני נושא אשה, ואין לי סעודה בכלל"! מיד נטלתי את כל הסעודה שהכנתי לבני הבית, ונתתי אותה לו. ושוב לשתי ואפיתי עיסה אחרת, ובישלתי קדירה אחרת והנחתי לפניכם! אמר לה הלל: בתי, אף אני לא דנתי אותך אלא לכף זכות, שכל המעשים שאת עושה אינם אלא לשם שמים!


ומכאן אף למדנו שאל לנו לדון אדם, אלא עד שנגיע למקומו. ובעוונותינו הרבים אנו מביעים את דעתנו על אדם ועל מעשה, וחורצים דין ללא צדק וללא דיין, ומביישים את הקרובים לנו ומרחיקים אותם מתוכנו עד זמן סליחה, אם תבוא.

Daf Bite  –   טעם דף

Massekhet Me’ila: Introduction to the Tractate

Massekhet Me’ila is the final tractate of the Babylonian Talmud in Seder Kodashim. It is included here for two reasons:

1. The laws of me’ila (misuse of consecrated property) forbid deriving benefit from sanctified objects

2. An individual who violates this prohibition is obligated to bring a korban asham (a guilt offering).

Two simple verses contain all of the Biblical laws of me’ila. Sefer Vayikra (5:15-16) teaches:

“If anyone commits a trespass and sins through error in the sacred items of the Lord, then he shall bring his forfeit to the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, according to your valuation in silver by shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a guilt offering. And he shall make restitution for that which he has sinned in the sacred item, and shall add its fifth part and give it to the priest; and the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering, and he shall be forgiven.” (

Rav Question - שאלת רב

How can we reconcile the expectation from each person to behave modestly, while calling ləhader with the mitsvot (to do some mitsvot in a splendor manner), such as with mitsvat etrog.

The weekly Riddle

How many Israeli Rotation Governments were there; how many Israeli Unity Governments, comprised of Left and Right parties; and under which Prime Minister was the last Unity Government?

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

A Story - of is that so?

There was a teacher who lived on the edge of a small town. Whenever he came into town to help someone, everyone got out of their homes to give him gifts from their gardens, calling out to him, "Oh, Teacher, we are so fortunate to have you living nearby! You are such a wonderful person! Your presence is such a blessing!"

To all of this, the teacher would always reply, "Is that so? Is that so?"

One day a young woman came to the teacher and said, "Oh, Teacher, I'm in big trouble. I'm being blamed for speaking against the one of the townsmen, but he left the town on his travels, and only he can tell all that I did not commit any sin or performed any crime. I have nowhere else to turn and no one else to ask for help."

The teacher offered the woman to live in a cabin at his back yard until the matter is cleared.

The next time when the teacher went to the town, he was reviled. "You unholy man! Look how you have betrayed our trust! How could we have ever believed in you?” And they hurled rotten fruit at him along with their insults.

To all of this, the monk would always reply, "Is that so? Is that so?"

After a few months, just before the New Year arrived, the man returned to the town. When the townspeople approached him, he immediately cleared all the rumors and declared that the woman was innocent and honest. The townspeople send a messenger to the woman, asked for her forgiveness, and welcomed her back with open arms.

The next day when the teacher came to the town, the townsmen and the townswomen lined the road, presenting him with gifts of food and calling out, "Oh, Teacher, how could we have ever doubted you? Look at the wonderful thing you have done! We are so ashamed! Please forgive us! You are such a wise and compassionate person! We are so fortunate to have you living nearby!"

To all of this, the monk would always reply, "Is that so? Is that so?"

Time to Smile  

On the Parasha & Beyond…

Biblical Quiz: ki-Tavo

Kids: Who of the following four was a king? Siḥon, Ḥeshbon, Og, Bashan.

Teenagers: Were Siḥon and Og, neighbors, brothers or father and son?

Singles: Moshe charged the tribes to stand on two mountains facing each other. What were the names of the two mountains?

Adults: In which other parahsa do we have a Tokheḥa?

Experts: Those standing on the two mountains would hear blessings and curses. From whom did they hear them?

Parasha: Devarim (Deuteronomy) - Ki Tavo 26:1-29:8

Historical Context: Creation Time: 2487 (1437 BCE).

Bnei Israel's 40-year journey is close to an end as they encamped in the plains of Moab, across the Jordan from Jericho, on the first day of the 12th month of the 40th year.

Parashort: Moshe instructs Bnei Yisrael: When you enter the land that G-d is giving to you and you settle it, bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple, and declare your gratitude for all that G-d has done for you. Detailed instructions on how to proclaim the blessings and the curses on Mount Grizim and Mount Ebal are given. Moshe gives the blessings with which G-d will reward the people when they follow the laws of the Torah, and then gives its opposite, the Tokheha ("Rebuke")." (

Haftara: 6th of Consolation - Yesha’ayahu (Isaiah), 60:1-22

Haftit: “Kumi Uri Ki Va Orekh.” Yesha’ayahu instructing the nation of Yisrael to rise up and shine. The Jewish people will be a guiding light to the nations of the world. Peace and righteousness will prevail.” (Haftorahman)

Connection to the Parasha: There is no direct connection. The haftara is the sixth of seven haftarot known as the “Seven of Consolation” - from after Tish’aa be’Av until Shabbat Shuva, before Rosh Hashana. During this time, concentration should be on repentance, and spiritual uplifting.

Speechless in the Parasha: Ki-Tavo

Listen to the reading of the blessings in the parasha attentively. Think of 3 that your are blessed with?

Riddle Solved

The 13th Government under Eshkol (1967-1969)

The 14th Government under Golda (1969)

The 13th Government under Golda (1969-1974)

The 21st Government under Peres (1984-1986) *

The 22nd Government under Shamir (1986-1988)*

The 23rd Government under Shamir (1988-1990)

The 29th Government under Sharon (2001-2003)

The 30th Government under Sharon (2003-2006)

The 32nd Government under Netanyahu (2009-2013)

* These were also the only Rotation Governments, first Peres presided for 2 years and then Shamir for 2 years.


Ktav Torah - Ki Tavo

פרשת כי תבוא - "ושמחת בכל הטוב אשר נתן לך ה'."

אדם שמקבל מתנה מאת המלך, איננו שמח כל כך על עצם ערכו של החפץ, כפי שהוא שמח על העובדה שהמלך נתן לו מתנה.

חשיבותו של הנותן היא עיקר השמחה. לפיכך אומר הכתוב "ושמחת בכל הטוב" לא רק משום שהוא טוב, אלא בעיקר הואיל וזה הטוב "אשר נתן לך ה' אלקיך" - משום שהשמחה היא בעיקר בנותן, שהוא הקב"ה.


Parashat Ki Tavo - "And rejoicing in all the good which the Lord has given you"

A person who receives a gift from the king is happy about the value of the object that he received, but much more from the fact that the king himself gave him a gift!

The importance and the joy lays in the giver. Therefore, the Torah says, "You shall be happy in all good," not only because it is good, but mainly since it is the good "that the L-d your G-d gave you" - because the joy is mainly in the giver, Hashem.

Shabbat shel Shalom (Thanks to Avraham Fayadi)

Rega’ shel ‘Ivrit - רגע של עברית

The second Israeli elections of 2019 took place on Tuesday and left us with the same stalemate of the May elections. On the one hand, Netanyahu can not form a Right wing government while on the other hand, Gantz can not form a Left wing government. One of the options which are now considered is a Rotation Government.

The word “rotation” has many meanings. In politics, “Rotation Agreement” is a political agreement to rotate positions between state officials, as government members, prime ministers, ministers and others.

The word favored by Israelis for “rotation” is the latinized version rotatsya-רוֹטַצְיָה - while the Academy of the Hebrew Language suggests that we use sevev-סֶבֶב, from lehistovev or turning around, like the Hanuka sevivon. A rotation-agreement is therefore


What will happen if one of the two large parties will come to an agreement with other smaller parties and will form a government on their own? It that case, the party which managed to form a government, will be part of the “coalition” - refered to by Israelis as koalitsya-קוֹאָלִיצְיָה - although the academy word yahda-יַחְדָּה, from b’yahad or together, sound much much nicer.

At the same time, the party which did not get into the yahda will be part of the opposition, called by Israelis, you already guessed, opozitsya-אוֹפּוֹזִיצְיָה - and yet we have the Academy nicer word negda-נֶגְדָּה, from neged or against.

So whether you can’t form a yahda or afraid to end up being in the negda, go for the safer option: sevev.

... But remember that 2 are needed for a tango.

Biblical Quiz: Answers - Ki-Tavo

Kids: Siḥon was king of Ḥeshbon and Og was king of the Bashan.

Teenagers: They were brothers. * Singles: Gerizim and Ebal.

Adults: Beḥokotai. * Experts: The Levites.

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Beth Aharon is starting a Hospitality Committee to match guests to Riverdale and members looking for Shabbat meals with hosts in our community. In addition, we want to ensure that anyone in our congregation who requires Bikkur olim or life cycle meals is serviced by our community. If you are interested to join the Hospitality Committee, please notify Ami or Tsuri.  


Community Security Service (CSS) Thank you to all our CSS volunteers. The more volunteers we have, the fewer times each year any one person has to serve. Ready to sign up for the next training course? Questions? Please contact Tzvi Bar-Shai at


Selihot Concert with Elli Kranzler - Saturday, September 21, 2019 • 21 Elul 5779. 10:00pm - midnight @ Main Sanctuary. Concert is free. Suggested donation $20. Doors open @ 9:45pm


Elul Lectures: Exploring Radical Change w/Bayit Rabbinic Team: Tue. 10am - Sept 24; Repeated Wed 8pm - Sept 25.


City Harvest Holiday Food Drive - until October 11th more than 500,000 Jewish New Yorkers live below or only slightly above the poverty line. The Bayit is teaming up with City Harvest to feed our neighbors in need during the High Holidays. Visit for a list of needed items.


Beth Aharon Traditional Sukkot Luncheon 5780 will take place b”H on Sukkot Yom Tov 1, October 14 - Tishre 15, after tefila, around 12:30pm. RSVP only. Evite will be to be sent after Rosh Hashana.


Beth Aharon 21st Anniversary Dinner: There was Congregation Beth Aharon 20th Anniversary amazing celebrative Dinner... Next is Beth Aharon 21st Anniversary Dinner, to be celebrated with love & joy at Bayit on Sunday November 24, 2019 @ 5:00pm. Save the date and stay tuned for details. Sephardim ze Simha :)






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