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Shabbat Məvarekhim et Pinas l’Shalom from Beth Aharon @ the Riverdale Bayit:

July 27, 2019 | כ”ד תמוז תשע"ט - Issue #5779: 44

Zəmanim & Services

Shabbat Məvarkhim

Parashat Pinas

27 July 2019 * 24 Tamuz 5779

Candle Lighting - 8:00pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 6:47pm Minḥa/Kabbalat-Shabbat/Arvit - 7:00pm

Shaḥarit - 8:30am * Latest Shəma - 9:23am

Kiddush - 11:25am

Parasha Limud - 6:50pm

Zohar - 7:35pm * Minḥa - 7:45pm

Se’uda Shelishit / Shiur - 8:25pm

Shəki’a - 8:18pm * Arvit - 8:57pm

Tset Hakokhavim / Havdala - 9:02pm


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: 8:00pm

Picture of the Week

David Ben-Gurion דָּוִד בֶּן-גּוּרִיּוֹן - born David Grün (1886-1973)

In the Beginning

A 3,000-year-old Egyptian scarab used as an ancient seal was recently discovered at the excavation sites in ancient Shiloh in the Binyamin region. Previously, an altar beam dating to the Iron Age was found in Shiloh. This findings among many others relates to the biblical testimony of Bne Yisarel who settled in the area after the Exodus from Egypt.

Shiloh - שִׁלוֹ ,שִׁילֹה ,שִׁלֹה, and שִׁילוֹ variably - was an ancient city in the Shomron. It has been positively identified with modern Khirbet Seilun, a tell or archaeological mound, called Tel Shiloh. It is located near the modern town of Shilo, a home to 4,500 Israelis.

This Shabbat & Beyond

Shabbat Məvarkhim Rosh odesh Av. Rosh odesh Av will be B”H this coming Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd, starting Thursday night August 1st after sunset. odesh tov to all!

Təfilat ‘Erev Shabbat @7:00pm

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

Shəma‘ Yisrael: 9:15am - 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 Avraham Abe Unger

Potluck Kiddush this shabbat - All processed foods must store sealed marked kosher. Remember tutim, gezer, vaflot, bamba, and tsimukim.  

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

Congratulations to PM Binyamin Netanyahu on breaking the record of Israel’s first PM David Ben-Gurion of being the longest presiding PM of Israel. Ben-Gurion served cumulatively 4875 days which is 13 years ad 128 days. On last Shabbat, July 19, Netanyahu matched Ben-Gurion’s record, and now has the lead.   

Many Thanks to the potluckers on supporting kiddush last shabbat; to Ariel Freidenberg on Dvar Torah.

Happy Birthday to Ann & James Lapin, and... YOU!


Listening Room: 6:15pm with Myra Estelle at the LBM.

Parasha Limud: 6:50pm - Balaq. At the main lobby with Livya.

After Minḥa Mila baParasha: Understanding a word in our parasha. This week “Pinḥas - פִּנְחָס” - What does the word mean; is it related to naḥash, a snake; was he Eliyahu; and who gave a “covenant of peace” to him? Basic (and love of) Hebrew is sufficient. At the 2BM.

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

After Minḥa Shiur baHayim: Shiur in the main sanctuary.

More news on the back.

From the Rabbis and Beyond…

Rav Ovadia Yosef z”l  


דין תספורת בימי בין המצרים – שנת תשע"ט

מנהג איסור תספורת

מרוב תוקף האבלות בימי בין המצרים, נהגו האשכנזים שלא להסתפר ולהתגלח, מיום שבעה עשר בתמוז ועד יום עשירי באב.

מנהג הספרדים

אולם הספרדים ובני עדות המזרח לא נהגו להחמיר בזה, אלא מנהגינו כעיקר תקנת רבותינו התנאים, שגזרו אחר חורבן בית המקדש, שבשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב אסור מלספר ולכבס, וכן פסקו הרמב"ם ומרן השלחן ערוך. ושבוע שחל בו תשעה באב, פירושו, השבוע שבתוכו חלה תענית תשעה באב, מיום ראשון ואילך. ולדוגמא, אם יחול יום תשעה באב ביום רביעי, הרי שמיום ראשון שלפניו, נוהגים כל מנהגי האבלות השייכים לשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב.

שבוע שחל בו תשעה באב, שנת התשע"ט

בשנה זו, שבת התשע"ט, יחול יום תשעה באב בשבת. ולכן התענית נדחית ליום ראשון שלאחר מכן. ולפיכך, אין לנו השנה "שבוע שחל בו תשעה באב", וכמו שפסק מרן רבינו עובדיה יוסף זצ"ל בספרו חזון עובדיה (עמוד רכג) וכפי שעוד נבאר בעזרת ה'. וכל המנהגים המיוחדים לשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב, ובכללם איסור תספורת, אינם נוהגים בשנה זו, חוץ מיום תשעה באב בעצמו, שבודאי שאסור להסתפר בו.

תספורת לנשים

לענין תספורת לנשים בשבוע שחל בו למנהג הספרדים, או בכל ימי בין המצרים למנהג האשכזים, נחלקו הפוסקים כיצד יש לנהוג. ובאמת שהדבר תלוי במחלוקת אחרת, וכפי שנבאר:

נחלקו הפוסקים, לענין אשה שאבלה על אחד משבעת קרוביה (אב ואם, אח ואחות, בן ובת, ובעל), האם אסור לה להסתפר, כשם שלאנשים אסור להסתפר, או שאיסור זה אינו נוהג באשה.

ולהלכה, מרן השלחן ערוך, אשר הספרדים וכל בני עדות המזרח הולכים לאורו, פסק שאין איסור תספורת נוהג באשה. ועל כן תיכף אחר שבעת ימי האבל, מותר לאשה להסתפר. אבל הרמ"א, שלפי הוראותיו הולכים האשכזים היוצאים ביד רמ"א, פסק שאיסור תספורת נוהג גם בנשים.

ולפי זה נראה, שלדעת מרן השלחן ערוך, ולמנהג הספרדים, אין איסור תספורת נוהג בנשים גם בשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב. אבל למנהג האשכנזים היוצאים ביד רמ"א, אף הנשים בכלל איסור זה. וכן פסק הגאון רבי משה פיינשטיין זצ"ל, ועוד מגדולי הפוסקים.

ומכל מקום יש מרבני האשכנזים שכתבו, שאף על פי שבאבלות ממש, מנהגם  הוא שגם הנשים אינן מסתפרות, מכל מקום בבין המצרים רשאיות הנשים להקל בזה, כי אין תוקף מנהג האבלות חמור כל כך מצד הדין, רק בתורת מנהג, כמו שביארנו. אבל בשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב, שאז איסור התספורת הוא מתקנת  חכמי המשנה ממש, ולא רק מחמת המנהג, אין לחלק בין אנשים לנשים.

ולמעשה בשנה זו למנהג הספרדים איסור תספורת אינו נוהג כלל, מלבד ביום תענית תשעה באב עצמו. אבל למנהג האשכנזים, לדעת כמה מגדולי הפוסקים יש להחמיר אפילו לנשים שלא להסתפר.

Rav Question - שאלת רב

Which is harder to switch: a political party or a favorite sports team?

A Moment of BAN

“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

- David Ben-Gurion

During The 3 Weeks

It is customary to abstain from reciting the “Shehecheyanu” blessing during the three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av on a new fruit or a new garment. One should leave the new fruit or garment for after Tisha Be’av rather than to eat the fruit or wear the garment without reciting “Shehecheyanu.”

The source for this custom can be found in the Sefer Chassidim who writes that they would not eat a new fruit during the “Three Weeks,” for how can one recite the blessing of “Who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this time,” during such a tragic period? Maran Ha’Shulchan Aruch likewise writes that it is preferable to abstain from reciting the “Shehecheyanu” blessing on a new fruit or garment during the “Three Weeks.” Rabbeinu Ha’Ari z”l rules likewise, as do the consensus of the Acharonim. (Chazon Ovadia-Arba Ta’aniyot, page 129)

One may purchase new clothing during the “Three Weeks” until Rosh Chodesh Av; nevertheless, customarily the garments will not be worn until after Tisha Be’av.

On Shabbatot that fall out during the “Three Weeks,” it is customary to recite “Shehecheyanu” on a new fruit or garment.

A pregnant woman who sees a new fruit during the “Three Weeks” and craves it, customarily may recite “Shehecheyanu” and eat this fruit during this time. ( -)

The weekly Riddle 1

Who was the first man to ever walk on the moon; Who was the second; How many in total walked on the Moon; And what are the 5 Hebrew words from Psalms which then Israel President’s Zalman Shazar gave the Apollo 11 team to leave on the Moon as a message of peace?

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

The weekly Riddle 2

Who is the third longest serving Israeli PM after Binyamin Netanyahu and David Ben Gorion; Who is ahead of Netanyahu in the OECD; Who was the longest reigning King of Judea; Which USA president had the longest tenure; and who is the longest serving monarch in our times? How many years each of the above served in office?

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

The Weekly Riddle 3

In which 5 years did the USA have brought in the largest number of legal permanent residents?

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

Daf Bite  –   טעם דף

Massekhet Temura: Introduction to the Tractate

Massekhet Temura deals with all aspects of substitution of sacrifices, of which the central aspect is the prohibition against attempting to remove the sanctity of a sacrificial animal by exchanging it with an ordinary animal that will be sacrificed in its place. All these laws are derived from two short passages in Sefer Vayikra (27:10), which state that someone who tries to exchange a sanctified animal will result in both animals becoming sanctified.

On the Parasha & Beyond…

Parasha: Pinḥas - Bamidbar (Numbers) 25:10-30:1

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.

Parashort: Aharon's grandson, Pinḥas, is rewarded for his act of zealotry in killing the Shimonite prince Zimri and the Midianite princess: G-d grants him a covenant of peace and the priesthood. A census of the people counts 601,730 men between the ages of 20 and 60. Moses is instructed on how the Land is to be divided by lottery among the tribes and families of Israel. The five daughters of Tslofḥad petition Moshe that they be granted the portion of the land belonging to their father, who died without sons; G-d accepts their claim and incorporates it into the Torah's laws of inheritance. Moshe empowers Yehoshua to succeed him and lead Bnei Israel into the Promised Land. A detailed list is given of the daily offerings, and the additional offerings brought on shabbat, rosh ḥodesh, and holidays. (chabad)

Haftara: 3 Weeks (1) - Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3

Haftara in Short: Introduction of the prophet Yirmiyahu the son of Ḥilkiyahu, a Cohen that lived in the priestly city of Anatot, in the region of Binyamin (north of Jerusalem). Yirmiyahu had a prophetic experience during the reigns of the Judah kings: Yoshiyahu ben Amon and Yehoyakim ben Yoshiyahu. While still in his mother’s womb, Yirmiyahu was approached by G-d and told that “from the time he leaves his mothers womb, he will be a prophet of the people”. Yirmiyahu declined the position and G-d told Yirmiyahu that he would let the necessary words flow from his mouth. G-d spoke to Yirmiyahu in a vision and asked him “What do you see?” Yirmiyahu replied “I see an almond tree’s branch”. This prophecy was symbolic of the rapid surrounding and destroying of the first Temple. G-d spoke to Yirmiyahu again, asking Yirmiyahu what he sees. Yirmiyahu replied that “he sees a boiling pot with its contents spoiling over from south to north”. This vision was symbolic of the outpouring of the enemy nation of Babylon. This is the prediction that the Babylonians will overcome the Jews in their own land. G-d gives Yirmiyahu an encouragement not to be afraid of the visions. Yirmiyahu’s first message to the Jewish people is to do teshuvah, repentance. (haftoraman)

Connection to the Parasha: The Haftara is the first of three Haftarot that we read before Tisha Be’av. They are about the Temple's destruction and the exile of the Jewish people.

Biblical Quiz: Pinḥas

Kids: How many daughters did Tslofḥad have?

Teenagers: What are their names?

Adults: Were the Levites counted the same as the other tribes?

Experts: How many more women are mentioned in our parasha? What are their names?

Rabbis: What did Moshe ask when G-d told him that he would only get to see the Promised Land?

Speechless in the Parasha: Pinḥas

How many daughters did Tsəlofḥad have? Look at their names: Can you find a common thread? What is it? Do you know anyone with this name?

A Parasha Bite - Pinḥas

This shabbat’s parasha, Pinḥas, accounts for 4 types of leadership. First is Zimri ben Salu, a president in the tribe of Shim’on who publicly participates in a promiscuous activity with the daughters of Moav. Second is Pinḥas ben Ela’azar Hakohen who acts zealously and takes the law into his hands in killing Zimri. On him the sages said “halakha, but we don’t instruct as such.”  Third is Moshe ben Amram who shows responsibility nominating Joshua as his successor and does not leave a leadership void. Last are the 5 Daughters of Telofhad who had no brother to carry on their father’s land and name, and therefore take the initiative and raise the voice of women in a patriarchal society, ask for and achieve justice and the continuation of the name their father’s household. Hazak U’varukh!  tbs.

Riddle Solved 1

The first man to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission.

Total 12 astronauts, all Americans, walked on the Moon, all as part of the Apollo program, between July 1969 and December 1972.

The 5 Psalms words inscripted on a pinhead in both Hebrew and English are: “ וְרֹב שָׁלוֹם עַד בְּלִי יָרֵחַ - and may it be abundance of peace, till the moon is no more (meaning, forever).

The full verse is:

יִפְרַח בְּיָמָיו צַדִּיק וְרֹב שָׁלוֹם עַד בְּלִי יָרֵחַ. (תהלים עב ז)

In his days may the righteous flourish, and may be an abundance of peace, till the moon is no more (= forever). (Psalms 72:7)

Riddle Solved 2

- Yitshak Shamir, Israel’s 7th prime minister, served for 2432 days, which is 6 years and 242 days. Shamir is the 3rd longest serving Israeli PM after David Ben-Gurion, who served cumulatively 4875 days which is 13 years ad 128 days, and Binyamin Netanyahu who took the lead from Ben-Gurion last Shabbat 19 July.

- In the current OECD countries, Netanyahu holds the 3rd place of cumulatively longest term in office, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who assumed office in 14 March 2003, over 16 years in power, and of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who assumed office in 22 November 2005, almost 14 years in office.

- USA’s 32nd president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) served for 4,422 days from 4 March 1933 until 12 April 1945, serving over 12 years, slightly into his 4th term.

- Manashe the 7th century BCE king of the Kingdom of Judah was the longest reigning king in either Judea and Israel. Menashe became king at the age of 12 and reigned for 55 years

- The longest reigning modern monarch, still in office, is Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom who assumed office in 6 February 1952, and has been serving over 67 years. We wish her until 120!

Riddle Solved 3

1991- 1,826,595 - President George H. W. Bush (R)

1990 - 1,535,872 - President George H. W. Bush (R)

1907- 1,285,349 - President Theodore Roosevelt (R)

2006 - 1,266,129 - President George W. Bush (R)

1913 - 1,197,892 - President William Howard Taft (R) and President Woodrow Wilson (D)

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Beth Aharon AḤVA Membership Campaign – 5779 שנת אחוה

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Important Security Note - Since the tragic events in Pittsburgh, the Bayit hires security guards each week for Friday night and Shabbat morning. This is a substantial increase in the shul’s expenses. Please consider an additional gift to the shul to help cover the costs.  Donate online at


Food Collection for Thish’a b’Av Hesed Project - we will be preparing jars with hearty soup mix for the BJCC food pantry. We are collecting donations of different ingredients for this chesed project until July 31st . Please drop-off at the Bayit's coat room the following items: non MSG soup mix, lentils, split peas, barley, and small elbow pasta. Questions? Contact Yael Oshinsky, program associate or 718-796-4730 x116.

Biblical Quiz - Answers: Pinḥas

Kids: Tslofḥad had five daughters.  Teenagers: Maḥla, Noah, Ḥogla, Milka, and Tirtsa.  Adults: The tribes were counted from twenty years old and upwards, all that are fit to go out to war. The Levites counted every male from a month old and upward.

Experts: Three more: Seraḥ, Yokheved, Myriam.

Rabbis: Moshe asked G-d to choose the next leader of Bnei Israel.

Prayer for wellness

To Israel in captivity and Israel’s wounded bodies & souls; Reuven ben Aliza, Menachem ben Yehudit, Yig’al ben Sulika, Rubin ben Abraham López & Ela, Avraham ben Avraham, Adi ben Talia, Yosef Shelomo ben Ester & Yitshak Rofe, Naftali ben Esther.

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In the Good News

- The USA celebrated 50 years to the historic American man landing on the Moon, while setting a goal to re-land by 2024.    

- Israel’s basketball under-20-year-old-team won the Gold medal in FIBA U20 European Championship, beating Spain 92-84 and becoming Europe's champion a second year in a row.

- Israel’s GDP passed the $400 billion level, up from 105 billion in 2003, placing it among the world's 30 largest economies.  

- ‘Aliya to Israel is on the rise, estimated to reach 40,000 ‘olim in 2019, a 33% increase from 2018’s 30,124 ‘olim and 2017’s 28,192 ‘olim.

- Israel’s economy grew by 5% in the first quarter of 2019, comparing with Germany 0.4%, Italy 0.1%, Turkey 1.3%, Britain 0.2%, and China 6.2%

 - Ursula von der Leyen, of the German centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and a close friend of Israel, was elected to be the President of the European Commission, another victory for the USA-Israel global patriotic movement.

- Mohamad Saud, a pro-Israel Hebrew-speaker Saudi blogger, along with other bloggers from Arab countries, visited Israel as an offical guest of Israel’s Foreign Minsitry.