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פרשת משפטים


שבת שקלים


שבת ראש חודש



Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim

Shabbat Shekalim

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh


1st of Adar, 5781

February 12th-13th, 2021

Candle lighting: 5:08 PM

Havdalah:  6:10 PM

 

The Kehilah of Riverdale

will, BE"H, be davening Shabbat Morning



LOCATION:
The back patio of the home of: 
Jessica and Chad Haller
4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

Click here to sign up for Shabbat Morning
Parshat Mishpatim/Shabbat Shekalim/Rosh Chodesh Adar
February 13th at 9:00 am

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Given the cold temperatures, The Kehilah will be meeting for approximately an hour, from 9:00am - 10:00 am
We will begin at Nishmat.

If you have any questions or require any further clarification, please feel free to contact Rabbi Dina Najman at info@thekehilah.org.



Please note the following details:

The service:

  • The Kehilah will be davening in our satellite location (where we have our sukkah). 
    Located in the back patio of the home of: 

    Jessica and Chad Haller
    4503 Fieldston Rd., Bronx, NY 10471

  • The ba’al Tefilah and ba’al Koreh will be more than 12 ft. away, wearing a mask.

  • The gabaim will call aliyot from their seats.

  • The aliyot will be done, taken one step forward, looking at the Torah and then reciting a Bracha.  Each person called up will ensure that they are at a safe 12 ft. distance from the ba’al korei after taking a step forward.

  • Hagbah and Gelilah will be performed by the ba’al korei.

  • The ba’alei kriyah and ba’alei tefilah who hold the Torah, will do so with gloves on.

 

Protocols in place for those attending davening:

  • We will be limiting attendance to 12 men and 12 women above the age of bar/bat mitzvah.

  • We request that anyone who is healthy and has not had known exposure to someone with Covid-19 feel comfortable coming.

  • Anyone can sign up regardless of membership.

  • Those who feel that they can sit or stand in a designated place or section are encouraged to sign up.

  • Chairs will be provided and will be wiped down prior to davening.

  • All attendees must wear masks (including Ba’al tefilah and Ba’al Kriyah)

  • We ask that everyone bring their own siddur and chumash.  If you don't own a siddur or chumash, please let us know and we can loan you one of the shul's for the time being.

  • Please bring your own Tallis.

  • Please bring a warm coat and hat if needed.

  • Please bring your own water bottle or container of a hot beverage.

  • Please make sure to use the bathroom before davening.

  • There will be one bathroom available for emergency only.

  • After Tefilah, there will be no kiddush and no congregating.

  • The davening is weather dependent.  If it is raining, snow, ice or the temperature drops to a dangerous level, please plan on joining us the following week.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. As we have expressed before, we will continue to reevaluate the situation on a regular basis; we hope to be back to regular davening as soon as possible.

 

Looking forward to our davening together in a safe and meaningful way.

 

Kol tuv,

R’ Dina Najman, Rabbi

Jonathan Konovitch, President

THE KEHILAH WILL CONTINUE TO DAVEN MINCHA/MAARIV WITH COMMUNAL KADDISH ON ZOOM:

Mincha/Maariv: February 14th - February 18th


Davening at 5:10 pm

We will daven privately and have a minyan for those who are saying Kaddish.


Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/429455694
           
Password:  113089


ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US
JOIN US FOR PARSHAT HASHAVUA WTH R' JONAH
MONDAY EVENING at 7:30 PM



Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/429455694
           
Password:  113089



THIS WEEK:  Parshat Terumah 


If you would like to watch the video from this past week's shiur, Parshat Mishpatim, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Yitro, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Beshalach, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Bo, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vaera please click here

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Shemot, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayechi, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayigash, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeshev, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayishlach please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayeitzei, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Toldot, please click here.


If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Chayei Sarah, please click here.

If you would like to watch the video from Parshat Vayera, please click here.


Please join us in welcoming R' Jonah to the Kehilah and in making the time to learn Torah from him.

 

COVID VACCINE UPDATE


Dear Kehilah,
As New York State has entered into Phase 1b of its vaccine distribution, many in our community are now qualified for receiving vaccinations, including those 75 years of age and educators. 
To see if you are eligible, please refer to the list
here.

To make an appointment by phone, please call: 877-829-4692, ;
Phone lines open at 8am. Call early, additional appointments are available daily.

Online resources: 
Below are vaccination booking sites where you can make an appointment. New slots are to open regularly, so keep checking if there are no slots currently available. You may need to keep trying and try different sites.  Please note, you must be in an 
eligible category and you must make an appointment.

Vaccine Finder NYC 
https://vaccinepod.nyc.gov/  
NYC Health and Hospitals
Mt. Sinai
 (7 locations, including St. Luke's at 114th and Amsterdam) 
Go Health (including West 69th Street and Amsterdam location)
Affiliated Physicians

Once you have made an appointment:

  • You will need to complete this forhttps://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine
  • Reschedule if not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
  • Wear a mask to your appointment.
  • Bring a government issued ID to your appointment and proof of eligibility (e.g. employee ID card).
  • Be prepared for the possibility of a long wait at the site; appointments made earlier in the day may have a shorter wait.
  • Once vaccinated you still need to obey all COVID-19 prevention steps: stay home if  sick, wash your hands, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • You will be given a card for your records after your first dose. Do not misplace it and we recommend taking a photo of the front and back.
  • You will need to schedule an appointment to receive your second dose 21-28 days later.
 
When getting a shot, one may make the following declaration from Brachot 60a, followed by the bracha "HaTov v'HaMeitiv"
 
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״יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה׳ אֱלֹקי שֶׁיְּהֵא עֵסֶק זֶה לִי לִרְפוּאָה, וּתְרַפְּאֵנִי. כִּי אֵל רוֹפֵא נֶאֱמָן אָתָּה וּרְפוּאָתְךָ אֱמֶת, לְפִי שֶׁאֵין דַּרְכָּן שֶׁל בְּנֵי אָדָם לְרַפּאוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁנָּהֲגוּ״.

May it be Your will, O Lord my God,
that this enterprise be for healing and that You should heal me.
As You are a faithful God of healing and Your healing is truth.
Because it is not the way of people to heal, but they have become accustomed.

Bracha:
ברוך אתה ה׳, הטוב והמטיב

Blessed are You, oh Lord, our God, King of the universe, Who is good and bestows good.

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If you have concerns or need assistance making an appointment, please email us at info@thekehilah.org and we will assist you in any way we can.

Thank you to our medical advisor, Dr. Josh Milner and to the Riverdale community for continued assistance surrounding COVID-19 concerns, questions and advice.

May we all hear b'surot tovot,
Rabbi Dina Najman and The Kehilah Board of Trustees
Become a Kehilah Member or Donate to The Kehilah

Your support is genuinely crucial to our growth and we thank you for it.  If you have yet to become a member or make a donation, please feel free to contribute through one of the following methods:
 
To donate though Paypal use this button



Or-

If you would like to send a personal check or go through a charitable foundation or charitable fund, please 
Send a check made out to "The Kehilah" to:
 
The Kehilah
P.O. Box 78
Bronx, NY 10471
 
Or –
 
Go to our website at: 
 www.thekehilah.org and click on the
Membership tab.

The Kehilah, Inc. is a congregation incorporated under Article 10 of the New York State Religious Corporations Law. Under federal tax code, a contribution to a synagogue which complies with 501(c)(3) requirements is automatically exempt.

 
 
משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה






PURIM AT THE KEHILAH, 5781

SAVE THE DATE:
THURSDAY EVENING,
FEBRUARY 25TH,2021/14TH OF ADAR


6:15 PM Maariv followed by reading of Megilat Esther
(men and women will be leining the megilah)

Followed by... Break-fast/Purim Treats to Go 

Location:
Outdoor Patio of The Riverdale Y *
5625 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY  10471

* Parking Available at the Riverdale Y*


Given Social Distancing and limited seating, please reserve your place for megilah reading by clicking here.

MACHATZIT HASHEKEL:
There will be opportunity to perform Machatzit haShekel

MATANOT L'EVYONIM:
There will be the opportunity to donate to two separate places to fulfill Matanot l'Evyonim
(monies will be distributed on Purim day).


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THE 7TH ANNUAL KEHILAH MISHLOACH MANOT



SPONSOR MISHLOACH MANOT @ THE KEHILAH
 
Question:  How to I Sponsor Mishloach Manot?

Answer:  By Going to our Website: www.thekehilah.org
or by clicking here



For $36, send a gift to the entire Kehilah Community.

Purim Mishloach Manot Sponsorship Options:

 

Hatach:  $36
Charvona:  $50
Mordechai:  $75
Esther:  $100


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***Special thanks to
Sarah Braum and Molly Palefski
for co-chairing the Purim event

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Everyone who comes to the Kehilah on Purim evening will receive a Mishloach Manot package


Mishloah Manot pickup will be available immediately after Erev Purim Megilah reading.

If you will not be there but would still like to receive your gift, please email: info@thekehilah.org to make other arrangements.


If you are interested in helping deliver Mishloach Manot, please contact us at info@thekehilah.org

WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING TOGETHER!

!חג פורים שמח
UPDATED MIKVEH HOURS
 
 
To schedule an appointment at the Riverdale Mikvah, please click here.

Please keep in mind that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to a person in their home who is not feeling well are asked to refrain from MIkvah use.
 
The Kehilah Book Club:
 

The next Kehilah Book Club will meet on

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021

at 10:30 am on Zoom.

 
The ZOOM Information is:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/429455694
            Password:  113089

We will discuss “Concealed ”
By: Esther Amini

 


Ruth Licht will be our facilitator.
 
Esther Amini’s Concealed , is an emotional  memoir of a Jewish Iranian daughter caught between the  chador and America in the 1960’s. It’s a journey across time, culture, and Jewish values. She grew up in a Persian Jewish household in Queens, the daughter of tradition bound parents from Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city. Her parents had to practice Judaism “underground", while maintaining the appearance of being Muslims. 
She explores the little known history of Mashad’s underground Jews and the incident that pushed her parents to leave. She traces her family’s arduous journey to America as well as the conflict she feels between her indebtedness to her parents and her desire for more self-determination than their traditions allow. Amini weaves the themes of concealment and visibility in this moving view of culture and family.

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Looking forward to seeing you on Feb. 21, 2021 for our next exciting Kehilah Book Club.
   
   
R.S.V.P.
Ruth Licht-

ruth.licht@outlook.com
or
Sherry Najman

sherrell.najman@gmail.com
 
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Save the date:
On April 11, 2021, we will be discussing
“Orphan in History” by Paul Cowen.

Vort for Shabbos:

The Arba Parshiyot:

This Shabbos begins the period in which Jews around the world have been reading the Arbah parshiyot – the four special passages known as Shekalim, Zachor, Parah and HaChodesh.  These parshiyot, read as the Maftir, after the weekly Torah portion, prepare us for Pesach by expressing the values of communal commitment and involvement, integral to the holiday.
 
How do these specific parshiyot remind us and therefore motivate us in our communal responsibilities?
 
Parshat Shekalim speaks of the census taken while the Jewish people were in the desert.  In order to count b’nei yisrael, a half-shekel, silver coin was donated by each person over twenty years old.  The Torah explicitly states that the amount must be the same for everyone whether rich or poor. While this money served to provide for the upkeep of the Mishkan, the coins themselves were used to count the members of Bnai Yisrael.
 
Of course this demonstrates the significance of contribution to the mishkan and Jewish establishments.  But it also emphasizes the importance of the individual within the community by acknowledging their individuality and underscoring that each person must be treated with equal respect and dignity.  Each individual is an important member of Klal Yisrael. 
           
In Parshat Zachor we read from the passage in Devarim which speaks about our obligation to blot out the memory of Amalek.  For Am Yisrael, Amalek is the nation who preys upon the weak, who acts without justice, who hates without reason.  Chazal even teach us that if Amalek were to adopt any principle moral ethics, they would cease being Amalek, proving for us that Amalek is the nation that lacks morality.  They are the opposite of what we as a nation aim to be and sustain.  Namely, a nation which respects and has compassion for the elderly, the weak and the needy.  A people striving for fairness.  And a nation united in purpose in our fundamental belief of God in his omniscience and omnipotence.
 
Parshat Parah, which takes place on the Shabbat following Purim, marks the beginning of our formal preparation for Pesach.  This reading from Bamidbar discusses the purification of the nation through a red heifer, the parah adumah, from the ritual impurity which comes from contact with the dead.  In what seems to be a contradiction, the person who performs this ritual becomes temporarily impure in the process of purifying the other.  It is this individual’s sacrifice which enables every member of the entire nation to come to the Beit HaMikdash Tahor, and offer the korban Pesach.  The people are once again able to relive the redemption experience and reclaim their nationhood with the Karban Pesach.

Parshat HaChodesh, taken from Shmot, Parshat Bo, discusses the first mitzvah given to the nation which was to set the months of the year and establish the Hebrew calendar.  This arrangement endeavors to allow the holidays to occur in their proper time.  Here, Hashem enters into a partnership with us, empowering his people to set the calendar and develop this unified voice to determine when the chaggim, will occur.  We establish Nissan, the first month of the year -  The month when the creation of the nation begins with Yitziyat Mitzraim.

The Arbah Parshiyot serve to highlight the values of chesed, yirat Shamayim, commitment to halakha and dedication to the nation coming together united in purpose and belief.
In fact, this time starting with the Arbah Parshiyot through Pesach is often referred to as Bein Geula l’Geula, the time between redemption and redemption.   
But, what does that mean?  Wouldn’t you think it should be galut to geula?  Trying to recover from the terror of exile under Babylonian and then Persian rule and trying to find our way back to Israel? 
 
The Gemara in Megilla 6b helps us with this difficulty.  The Gemara raises a question:  When there is an established leap year in the Hebrew calendar and the extra month of Adar Bet is added, when should we fulfill the various obligations of Purim and when should we read the Arbah Parshiyot? – In Adar Aleph or Adar Bet?
There are varying opinions, but I will present the Gemara’s two opposing opinions.  One, Rav Eliezer bar Rav Yose says we observe Purim and all its obligations, along with the Arbah Parshiyot in the first month, Adar Aleph.
However, Rav Shimon ben Gamliel opines that every observance must be executed during the second month of Adar.
The Gemara understands one reason for this disagreement is that according to Rav Eliezer bar Rav Yose, he is interested in the concept of “Ain Maavirin al Hamitzvot” – we don’t pass up the opportunity to do mitzvot.  When the month of Sh’vat passes and we immediately go into Adar, we should not miss out on the chance to perform mitzvot on the very first month. 
However, Rav Shimon ben Gamliel reasons that there is a concept of simuch geula l’geula.  That there is an important message linking the redemption commemorated in Adar to the redemption that we observe in Nissan. 
Where we see this is in the “kimu  v’kiblu” phrase in Megillat Esther.  The kimu v’kiblu, statement unconditionally expresses our commitment to Hashem’s Torah and dedication to our people, commemorated on Purim - this is the first step in redemption.   Then, with our people and commitment to Torah and mitzvot in tact, we are able, to embark on the next stage of redemption.  We proceed to the next phase of geula, the ultimate geula of the nation - forging ahead as a cohesive unit and dedicated to the observance of the Torah in Eretz Israel.
This time of year is therefore viewed as the quintessential time for members of community to recommit to each other, to strengthen our sense of purpose and to work as a community to express our values through action. 

When a kehilah unites, they facilitate the final geula that we yearn for and look forward to, particularly during these months.  May Hashem grant us the strength to achieve our goals and overcome obstacles that may challenge us to contribute what we can, to bring the ultimate geula we hope for on Pesach. 

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov.

 

An Environmental Message
 

SAVE WATER TO SAVE MONEY

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
  • Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
  • Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.
For more information, go to:
http://ehs.columbia.edu/ReduceReuseRecycle.html
COMMUNITY NEWS:

Sarah Lily Adoption Fund
Please share this with anyone who's adopting: The Sarah Lily Fund provides two $5,000 grants annually to help defray some of the many costs of forming Jewish families in this vital way. For additional information, as well as the application form, please visit 
www.RiverdaleY.org/sarahlily.
 
Hebrew Language Course:
A six-week course beginning in March, beginners or advanced. Our beginners course helps introduce the basics of the Hebrew language while our advanced course will focus on improving speaking and comprehension skills. For the class syllabus and registration info, please 
click here.

Early Childhood Center
The Riverdale Y Early Childhood Center is accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 school year for our full day nursery school program, including Pre-K for All. The early bird deadline is February 15. For more information and to schedule a tour, please visit 
www.RiverdaleY.org/ecc.

Sunday Market Selections
The Riverdale Y Sunday Market is organizing a preorder/pickup service for our customers. We understand that people want fresh food throughout the year, and we appreciate that you want to continue buying that food from your favorite vendors at the Market. For a full list of vendors and information on the pre-order process, please visit 
www.RiverdaleY.org/sundaymarket.

Enrichment Activities
Join us for fun enrichment programs to get moving and active. Sign up for activities like swim, basketball, theater, dance, or music at 
www.RiverdaleY.org/enrichment.

Senior Meals
Our community’s seniors need your support! The Riverdale Y is preparing and delivering free, hot, kosher meals to seniors in our community! Please visit
www.RiverdaleY.org/seniormeals and donate generously. If you'd like to donate your time, you can help volunteer by reaching out to volunteers@riverdaley.org.
 
SAR HIgh School: Community-Wide Candidate Town Hall
On February 17, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm, SAR High School’s non-partisan EPG (Elections, Politics, and Governance) Club will be hosting a community-wide candidate town hall for the NYC Council District 11 special election to replace former councilman Andrew Cohen who was elected as a judge in November. The candidates in this race who will be attending are; Eric Dinowitz, Jessica Haller, Mino Lora, Kevin Pazmino, and Dan Padernacht. We ask that community members please submit all their questions and indicate their interest using this form.  Please email esaenger22@sarhighschool.org with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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