פרשת מקץ

שבת חנוכה/ראש החודש

Shabbat Chanukah

Rosh Chodesh

Parshat Miketz

30th of Kislev, 5780

December 27th - 28th, 2019

Candle lighting: 4:16 PM     Havdalah: 5:17 PM
Laws of lighting the menorah for
Shabbat Chanukah: 

On Friday, the chanukia is lit before the shabbat candles. Since the candles must remain burning until at least 5:49 pm (one half hour after nightfall), one should use a greater amount of oil or larger than usual candles. For this reason, many people use the large wax shabbat type candles to serve as Chanukah candles for Friday night. In case these candles are too large to be placed into the menorah, one can simply line them up next to each other, without using a menorah. One may light as early as 3:36 pm (“Plag Ha’Mincha”) if necessary, as long as the candles will burn until at least 5:49 pm. 

Safety Tip: 
If one is leaving the house unattended on Friday night, such as to go to shul or to a Friday night dinner outside the home, and there is a concern about leaving the candles at home unattended; then it is permissible to light only one Chanukah candle for Friday night, and to leave it in the sink, or at some other safe and contained space within the home. The basic mitzvah is still fulfilled in this manner, and it’s permissible to be lenient in this way for concerns of safety.  

On Motzei Shabbat:
Havdala is made first, followed by the lighting of the Chanukah candles.

הכרת הטוב

Thank you to all those who worked tirelessly on the 6th annual Pre-Chanukah Shabbat Luncheon...

Sarah Braum
Atara Douglas 
Beverly Wolfer Nerenberg 
Molly Palefski
Nahum Palefski
Luncheon Chairs

Laura Michaeli
Decoration Chair

Jonathan Konovitch
Jessica Zmood

Thank you to SAR Academy for enabling us to meet  this Shabbat.

Thank you to...
our Chanukah Luncheon Sponsors...

Kathleen Gabor
Howard & Carolyn Graybow
Chad & Jessica Haller and Family
James & R' Dina Najman-Licht and Family
Seryl Ritter & Buddy Skydell
Beverly Wolfer Nerenberg & John Nerenberg and Family


The Kehilah would also like to thank...
***Rabbi Daniel Wolf for the shiur he gave our Kehilah entitled:  "Menorah in the Mikdash"

***SAR Academy for enabling us to meet  this Shabbat.


Kol HaKavod and Chag Urim Sameach!!!

Rosh Chodesh Tevet, 5780

Rosh Chodesh will be:
This coming Shabbat evening through Sunday day,
December 27th at night through December 29th daytime.


On Friday evening, 30th of Kislev:
In Maariv:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Al haNissim in Amidah l'Shabbat

On Shabbat Day, 30th of Kislev:
In Shacharit:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Al haNissim in Amidah l'Shabbat
-Full Hallel after Shacharit Shemoneh Esreh (Since it is Chanukah)
-Musaf for Rosh Chodesh 
-Barchi Nafshi
-Mizmor Shir Chanukat haBayit l'David

In Mincha: 
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Yaaleh v'Yavo in Mincha Shemoneh Esreh
-No Tzidkatcha

On Saturday evening, 1st of Tevet:
In Maariv:
-Ata Chonantanu, Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Al haNissim in Shmoneh Esrei

On Sunday, 1st of Tevet:
In Shacharit:
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Al haNissim in your Shemoneh Esreh
-Full Hallel after Shacharit Shemoneh Esreh (Since it is Chanukah)
- No Tachanun
- No Lam'natzaiach
-Musaf for Rosh Chodesh with Al haNissim
-Barchi Nafshi
-Mizmor Shir Chanukat haBayit l'David

In Mincha: 
-Ya'aleh v'Yavo and Al haNissim in Mincha Shemoneh Esreh
-No Tachanun

Shabbat Shalom, Chag Urim Sameach & Chodesh Tov!
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Wishes a Happy Birthday to...

Laura Cohen Brem

Amy Jonas

Gloria Perelman Schneider

May they have good health, success and joy ad me'ah v'esrim shana in good health.

Have a birthday, anniversary, mazal tov, announcement...let us know!!!
Sunday-Thursday night
7:00 - 10:00pm

Friday night   
40 minutes after candle lighting.
No appointment necessary

Saturday night 
7:00 - 10:00pm

Keilim Mikveh open during daylight hours only

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

The Kehilah offers condolences to David Charytan (and Shoshana Jacobs) on the loss of David's mother, Margaret Charytan, z"l.  Our hearts go out to grandchildren Natan, Amalya and Tamir Charytan.


Shiva Information:
Shiva is taking place through Sunday morning at the home of
Chaim Charytan
85 Verdun Avenue,
New Rochelle, NY 10804

Remaining Minyan Time:
Sunday (12/29): 8 am

Please:  No Visitors past 10 pm

May the Charytan family experience the support and strength of the community who care so deeply about them.  

May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

An Environmental Message

On the Holiday of Lights...
Light Up Your Life with Less Energy


Ever since George W. Bush signed the 
Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 which boosted efficiency standards for lighting, consumers have seen a surge in light bulb choices, from halogen incandescent bulbs and LEDs, to CFLs

As the law is implemented over the next few years, prices for energy efficient bulbs are dropping. Here are some tips for lighting up your life with less energy:

  • Find the right fit. Use this fun interactive website from Energy Star to see which bulbs can be used in which fixture types, including 3-way and dimmable options. This handy comparison chart from bulbrite also allows you to pick the right replacement for your existing bulbs.
  • Halogen Incandescent? LED? CFL? From an efficiency standpoint, LEDs are the best option. They also achieve full brightness instantly and work well with dimmers. Although the sticker price is still well above other options, prices are going down and they can last over twice as long as CFLs. Read this field test of LEDs to choose the best option. 
  • Check for the Energy Star label. Without the Energy Star label, manufacturer’s claims aren’t verified. Be sure you see the blue star label on bulbs you purchase.
  • Meet Lumens. With efficient bulbs, the amount of energy it takes to light a room is less important than the amount of light it produces. “Lumens” is a measure of this light and is labeled on new bulbs. To learn how to decipher a bulb’s lumens rating, watch this video.
  • Recycle CFLs. Because of their mercury content, many jurisdictions require you to recycle CFLs. Use this guide from the Environmental Protection Agency to find a facility near you. Many retailers like Home Depot and Ace Hardware also offer CFL recycling on-site.   
  • Light the future. New lightning technology is working seamlessly with smartphone apps to let you control your LEDs from your phone or tablet.
  • Bust some lighting myths. Incandescent bulbs being banned? Not so. Visit the Lumen Collation website to bust this and other common myths around new light bulb standards. 
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A Short Vort for Shabbos:
Parshat Miketz

In Parshat Miketz, after his rise to power in Egypt, we see Yosef beginning to form his own family.  When his son Menashe is born, Yosef speaks about the reason he gives his son this name.  In Perek מא, pasuk נא, the Torah says:

וַיִּקְרָא יוֹסֵף אֶת-שֵׁם הַבְּכוֹר, מְנַשֶּׁה:  כִּי-נַשַּׁנִי אֱלֹקים אֶת-כָּל-עֲמָלִי, וְאֵת כָּל-בֵּית אָבִי


And Yoseph called the name of the first-born Menashe: 'for Hashem has made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house.'

Many Torah commentators have attempted to justify this description upon the birth of Yosef's eldest son.  It appears as if Yosef would like to forget his place of origin, his home.  He named his son after the word "Nashani," meaning, "has made me forget." This is truly an odd formulation.  Yosef is in a sense expressing appreciation to Hashem for having helped him forget his family.  The questions and concerns which arise are:  How could Yosef, while expressing gratitude to Hashem, at the same time, ask to forget his family.  Has Yosef given up on his family and now desiring to root himself in Egypt? 

Rav Saadia Gaon finds a positive interpretation that Yet, there are those who still maintain that Nashani,, means "made me forget".  Rav Saadia Gaon explains that the word nashani modifies the clause את כל עמלי ואת כל בית אבי - my parental home.  Therefore, Hashem made me forget the hardships of my parental home, But, I never forgot my home.  Yosef did not forget his past, He did, however, forget the troubles and difficulties suffered on account of the friction between him and his brothers. He expresses his appreciation for being able to forget the troubles of the past, though clearly retaining his emotional bond to his past in general.

However, Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch disagrees.  He explains that the word Nashani, is not "has made me forget." Rather, Nashani,comes from the word creditor or "Nosheh."  Yosef is acknowledging, therefore, that his troubles and difficult childhood, which seemed so tragic at the time, actually played a critical role in his ultimate good fortune. As a result, Yosef owes a debt of gratitude to his past for laying the foundation for his prosperous present.  According to Rav Hirsch, Nashani, is the opposite of forgetting, it is the memory and appreciation of what one has experienced which allowed him to reach this place in his life - when he is blessed with his first born child.
This message of hakarat haTov, of appreciation, is necessary.  We often offer our gratitude when our instant gratification has been satisfied.  After emerging from struggle with success and gain, however, we may feel "magiah li" - I deserve it.  Perhaps one can offer thanks for the positives in one's life.  Yet, it is prudent that we understand that what makes the person and facilitates his or her success and fulfillment involves his or her entire narrative from that past as well as the present.  This  appreciation serves a person well and enables him or her to truly journey forward.  
This week, as we have been celebrating Chanukah, we read the "al Hanissim" - this is an additional recitation recalling the difficulties we needed to overcome in order to rise to the victory we experienced.  We do not forget the harsh treatment and oppression of the Greeks towards the Jewish people. While there is no doubt that the miracles from Hashem allowed our success, the strength and conviction of our people catapulted us forward despite the oppressive conditions.  We have a debt of gratitude to HaKadosh Baruch Hu for our reaching the place we have in the life of the Jewish people.  May we continue to rise up against all our challenges, recall where we came from, offer the hakarat haTov that we emerged stronger and never lose sight of the possibilities for productivity and future successes.  As we continue to light our Chanukah menorah, adding a candle each night, may we continue to ascend in our learning, commitment to Hashem and mitzvot and in our relationships with each other.  This will allow us to be "maalin baKodesh" - ascend higher and higher each day while recalling where we emerged from.


Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov and Chag Urim Sameach!

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