Parshas Emor
May 13-14, 2022
13 Iyyar, 5782
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well.
Join me this shabbos for excellent davening, great learning and a delicious gala kiddush!
As always, coffee and cake are available shabbos morning before davening. 
Join me next Tuesday evening, at 7:15 PM, for our regular Tuesday night parsha/halacha shiur on the subject of Lag B’omer! 
Our lively shiur, with includes a full complimentary dinner, will explore both the historic value and halachic implications of Lag B’omer, and the many misconceptions people entertain about the festive day. Join me! 
I am delighted to announce that my chaver Rabbi Naftoli Citron, of the Carlebach Shul, will be our guest speaker next shabbos, parshas Behar, on the topic of Lag B’omer.  
Lag B’omer is next Thursday, May 19, 2022. 
Don’t miss this shabbos morning drasha on the deep significance and mystical dimensions of Lag B’omer. 
I am pleased to announce that Congregation Ohav Sholom has hired a Brand New Chazzan.  
We welcome Ari Mandelbaum as our newest member of the team - and boy are we excited! 
Ari will bring his fantastic vocals, love of Jewish music, and years of Yeshiva University’s Y-Studs a cappella leadership to Ohav Sholom twice a month, including shabbos mevorchim. 
Please join me in welcoming Ari to Ohav Sholom for his inaugural shabbos debut on Shabbos Parshas Bechukosai, on May 27-28, 2022, - as we usher in a new era of dynamic zemer and interactive tefilah!  

Don’t miss this Shabbos. To celebrate, a super gala sponsored washing kiddush will be served. 
Join OS Friday Night
Communal Dinner May 27
Outreach Singles Dinner
The shul’s popular monthly Friday-night-communal-seudah - open to all ages and members and non members alike, will iy”h be held on May 27, 2022, parshas B’chukosai, erev shavuos!

Stay tuned for details. 

Congregation Ohav Sholom in collaboration with Alan Miller, Kiruv extraordinaire on the Upper West Side, will feature a special singles Friday night dinner on June 3, 2022, for singles 25 - 40.

We will sing, I will speak (and tell jokes) and good times for all.
By Reservation only

Click here to Register
A Torah Thought From the Chumash Shiur of
Rav Dovid Feinstein zt"l.
(As heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)
לֹֽא־יִטַּמָּ֖א בְּעַמָּֽיו - Do not defile yourself for any dead person amongst your relatives  

In this week’s parsha we learn of a unique set of laws as they apply to Jewish priests, Kohanim

Kohanim must distance themselves from the dead and dying. They are to refrain from becoming ritually unclean and must take every precaution to prevent the defilement of their holy order. 

Why are there restrictions for the Kohanim-class in regards to purity and ritual uncleanliness? 

Why are they burdened with extra rules and regulations? 

How are Kohanim different from the rest of the general Jewish population - who are absolutely free of these rules? 

To understand this we must appreciate how a Kohen is tasked to promote the physical well being and spiritual purity of the Jewish People. This is his job! 

Under no circumstances should he be involved in matters of death or tumah, ritual impurity. 

By becoming entangled in tumah, the Kohen is abdicating his unique role in the sacred service to the Jewish People. 

In this vein we note the halacha that a Jewish person who accidentally killed another Jew must seek safe harbor from the victim’s vengeful relatives by taking shelter in a designated Ir Miklat, city of refuge. 

The hapless murderer is essentially trapped in a strange and unfamiliar city and must learn to survive in exile and under stressful circumstances, for the rest of his life.  

If and when, however, the Kohen Gadol, High Priest, passes away, the murderer goes free and returns to his original home and regular life. 

This is the only opportunity for freedom offered to the murderer-refugee. 

The gemara explains this improbable connection and why the Kohen Gadol is held “responsible” for the killer’s imposed exile - since the High Priest should've prayed that no fatal accidents occur among the Jewish People!   

As the Kohen Gadol commands a leadership role in his capacity to further life, it represented a personal massive failure and professional abdication of duty by not davening to avoid an even accidental death. 

We observe how the Kohen’s focus should be on the living and not the dead. 

Kohanim played a vital role in providing spiritual succor and they inadvertently extended a new lease on life for some unfortunate souls as well. They truly were a force of life and living for the entire nation. 


Please join me at Ohav Sholom’s annual dinner and the completion of Dr. Jerry Gross’s brand new Sefer Torah on Sunday, June 26, 2022. 

Write a letter in Jerry’s Torah and exquisitely dine at a white glove seudas mitzvah (at the Bromley) to honor Jerry, the Sefer written in his memory, and to celebrate the accomplishments of our shul and wider community.
I am honored that member Josh Blacher will serve as Dinner Chairman and master of ceremonies throughout the evening. 
In these difficult times, please consider becoming a Sarei Eleph Donor, l’kavod and l’zechus our good friend Jerry - and to vitally assist the beloved shul he called home, for over two decades. 
A dinner ticket includes the writing of a sacred letter in the new Torah. The purchase of an individual letter is $72 (four times chai
Please reserve today at
Thank you in advance for your strong support - and tiskel l’mitzvos!
Have a wonderful shabbos, 
I’ll see you in shul!
Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
eShabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos
Candle Lighting: 7:46 PM
Mincha/KS: 7:55 PM

Shabbos Kodesh - Parshas Emor
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Kiddush: 11:15 AM
Mincha: 7:40 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv/Shabbos Ends: 8:53 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
Congregation Ohav Sholom (212) 877-5850