Parshas Beha'aloscha
June 17-18, 2022
18 Sivan, 5782
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 
Join me this shabbos for inspirational davening, a delicious hot kiddush and great Torah learning! 
Let’s welcome back member David Sack as our guest baal koreh this shabbos! David is a world class Torah reader and the congregation enjoys him immensely. Yasher Koach.  
We started “early shabbos” last week and we need your help to ensure a stable and strong minyan. 
The early shabbos minyan strives to daven mincha before the “plag” and kabbalos shabbos/maariv after the plag. 
Picking an arbitrary time to daven both mincha and maariv - in quick succession, throughout the summer months is considered tarti d’sasri, and assur, strictly forbidden according to halacha. 
This week, mincha (followed by KS/Maariv) on Friday afternoon is 6:45 PM. Please join me!

I am delighted to inform you that Ohav Sholom’s annual dinner plans are moving along nicely and we expect a beautiful evening of music, great food and celebration. 
The venue, caterer, musician, photographer and Sofer are ready. 
Are you? 
Please reserve your place today! Go online to and click to join me at our shul’s annual dinner and the opportunity to write a letter in “Jerry’s Torah.” 
Thank you and tiskel l’mitzvos in advance! 

Ohav Sholom salutes our own Tehillah Blech Harris upon receiving the Keter Torah Award this shabbos at The Jewish Center, recognizing her leadership and commitment to furthering causes of the Jewish People. 
May Tehillah continue to do good works for many years to come! Amen. 
I am excited to announce that my colleague and good friend, Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz, will serve as Ohav Shlom’s rabbi-in-residence while I am away during the summer break. 
During the summer weeks, I proudly serve as Rav of a new shul in Tannersville, NY, Spring Street Minyan, a vibrant minyan consisting of young families from Brooklyn, Monsey, Montreal, and beyond. 
R’ Eliyahu is a scion of a great rabbinic family and his own pastoral and educational background is a wonderful addition to our shul. His scholarship and oratorical skills will enlighten and delight you. 
R’ Eliyahu will attend all minyanim and deliver my daily morning and shabbos afternnon daf yomi shiur and teach our Tuesday night Halacha/Parsha class for men and women. Enjoy! 
A Torah Thought From the Chumash Shiur of
Rav Dovid Feinstein zt"l.
(As heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)
THE PLENITUDE OF TORAH -  בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹ֔ת
In this week’s parsha we describe the construct and lighting specifics of the menorah, the seven branched candelabrum. 
There were seven lamps and the six wicks from the side branches were angled towards the central lamp, which was stationary and upright. 
The unusual arrangement of the lights served as a subliminal message and eternal lesson that the Jewish People should be united as one force, working together as one beacon for our common good!
We are also given to understand there are seven broad branches of knowledge in the world. 
The seven avenues of human knowledge were alluded to in the seven branched menorah. The menorah represents the Torah and it is through Torah alone that one validates these disciplines. 
Indeed, the intricacies of the commandments and the proper execution of the mitzvos incorporate these seven branches of wisdom. 
If one wishes to “mount the lamps,” to elevate the seven branches of human wisdom, look solely to the application of these disciplines as it relates to observing the mitzvos.  
For example, we need mathematics to understand the various measurements enumerated in the Torah and help us observe the mitzvah of Sukkah, Eruvin, etc., etc..   
We require the sciences and a thorough understanding of biology and medicine and all its subdivisions, to observe v’nishmartem m’od l’nafshoseichem, the primacy of maintaining physical and spiritual health, and many more mitzvos as well. 
This is what the Torah suggests: By using the wisdom of the world in relation to Torah and mitzvos, you personally will experience an aliyah, spiritual growth and ascension, and also trigger a ‘raising up,’ ie., validation, of the ‘lamps of human knowledge,’ in the process. 
Other than for the study and fulfillment of Torah, of what intrinsic value are these branches of knowledge? 
‘Sod Hashem li'y'reiav,’ Hashem bequeathed the secrets of science, both natural and supernatural, and delivered the vast plenitude of human wisdom to those who fear Him and faithfully observe His mitzvos. 
We now appreciate why the Torah commands us to sculpt and construct the menorah from one solid mass of gold. 
As it says in Avos (5:22), in regards to the Torah, “Turn it over, turn it over - it is all contained there!” 
You don’t have to bring the sciences to Torah - it’s already integrated, amalgamated and connected at the source. 
It isn’t necessary to ‘layer on’ or fuse assorted disciplines of knowledge or wisdom, because Torah is complete and self contained - on the contrary, it is Torah that justifies and gives purpose to all the chochma in the world! 
With this explanation we appreciate the etymology of the words in the posuk, “Now this is how the lamp was made.”  
The posuk is signaling we have permission granted to go forth and study the vast channels of human knowledge - as a vital tool to unravel the secrets of Torah and observance of the mitvos! 
Have a wonderful shabbos,
I’ll see you in shul,
Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
Erev shabbos kodesh Parshas Beha'aloscha 5782
eShabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos
Early Candle Lighting: Not before 6:55 PM
Mincha/KS: 6:45 PM
(Regular) Candle Lighting: 8:11 PM

Shabbos Day
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Kiddush: 11:15 AM
Mincha: 8:05 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv/Shabbos Ends: 9:21 PM
CURRENT COVID PROTOCOLS (Updated February 2022)
 With the expiration of the New York State mandate for public spaces to either “mask or screen”, vaccinated people attending davening will no longer be required to wear a mask. 

  • Non-vaccinated attendees must wear masks and should to the best of their ability maintain social distances
  • Masks are optional for vaccinated people, but we do encourage them, especially for anyone at elevated risk
  • Due to the tight quarters at Kiddush and the impossibility to mask while eating, only vaccinated people or those ineligible for vaccination will be allowed
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