Parshas Bamidbar
May 14 - May 15, 2021
4 Sivan, 5781
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well.

Join us this shabbos for beautiful davening and inspiring learning. 

Enjoy a super gala hot kiddush this week sponsored by members Ken & Marcie Cappell in memory of Ken’s beloved mother, Evelyn Cappell, Avigayil bas Chaim Shraga Feivel, a"h.

May her neshama enjoy a big aliyah in gan eden! Amen. 

Hot kiddush is back at Ohav Sholom!

Our beautiful outdoor venue is “authentic New York” and includes amazing cholent, kugel, meatballs, rugelach and much more. 

As usual, a hired armed New York City Police Officer will be protecting every congregant throughout kiddush and davening. 

Please join us in this important weekly social function, conducted in a covid-safe and secure fashion. 

With permission from our esteemed Covid Committee, we have re-introduced Shabbos Morning Coffee (aka SMC) at Ohav Sholom

Come early for a cup of Joe (and delicious mezonos for ladies) and some friendly schmoozing before davening.
(as heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)

במדבר סיני באהל מועד

“Hashem spoke to Moshe in the Sinai desert, in the Tent of Meeting.”

What is the importance to identify the exact geographic position where Hashem spoke to Moshe and the Jewish People? 

We must realize that each location contained unique features and these items were intended to teach the People important lessons in faith and survival. 

The emphasis of “In the Sinai desert” underscores G-d’s kindliness and interest in the Jewish People. 

A desert wilderness is a harsh and dangerous environment. Despite the life-threatening challenges, the physical needs of the Nation were met and exceeded by G-d. 

It was in the desert that a miraculous spring provided pristine, sweet drinking water for millions, and Manna, a bread-like supernatural food that sustained and nourished a generation, was provided effortlessly for decades. 

It was in the desert that our clothing miraculously repaired and replenished as fibers never frayed or became threadbare and other life-enhancing measures were administered and the Jew’s quality of life vastly improved. 

In the desert, we were subject to the largess of the Almighty and we experienced Hashem’s essence of “Kol Yochel” - His ability to provide anything, anywhere, and at any time. 

The Jewish Nation appreciated how they could survive even in a desert, under the protection of Hashem.  

And it was precisely in the desert that Hashem assured them they would enter Eretz Yisroel!

The Jewish People were expected to make an argument a fortiori that if Hashem could protect them under the harshest conditions, how much more so in Eretz Yisroel! 

The inescapable conclusion must be that G-d would of course defend and safeguard their security in the Holy Land. 

The emphasis on Ohel Moed, Tent of Meeting, was intended to convey the following. 

In truth, the very construction of the Mishkan is somewhat puzzling, a real “sticking point.” 

The original plan was to have the Jewish People enter Israel within a month’s time of the Exodus from Egypt and build a permanent Bais Hamikdash in Yerushalayim. 

So why the need to rush the construction of a Mishkan, a mere temporary Tabernacle, in the desert? 

The answer is that Hashem yearned to rest His Shechina amongst the Jewish People, and without delay. 

G-d’s love for the Jews was of such magnitude, it was critical a Mishkan is built so as to allow Hashem’s Divine Presence rest within Klal Yisroel as quickly as possible. 

These two critical lessons - that survival in the desert and a future Eretz Yisroel was solely dependent on Hashem, regardless of obstacles or difficulties, and Hashem’s burning love for the Jewish People and His desire to rest the Shechina amongst us - albeit in a hastily built and temporary Mishkan, is splendidly hinted at by the opening words of this week’s Parsha, “Hashem spoke to Moshe in the Sinai desert, in the Tent of Meeting!”

I am excited to announce the resumption of our famous all-night-learning on Shavuos 5781!

We are one of the few shuls to offer all-night learning and a neitz minyan. Sadly, there is less interest than previous years, join us to ensure we have a strong showing and solid minyan! 

This year’s topic will cover the halachic repercussions of the legalization of Marijuana in New York State and how this will impact both individuals and the broader Jewish community.  

Additionally, we will discuss the tragedy that occurred in Meron on Lag B'omer and address the lingering Halachic and Hashkafic repercussions. 

Join us for incredible cheesecake, fruit platters, and many other delicious cakes (both Dairy and Pareve) throughout the night! 
A few more sample questions:

Can one daven or perform mitzvos when “high”?

Is a person responsible for accidental damage if dina d’malchusa allows consumption of this product? 

If one includes marijuana in food products and then consumed for medical purposes, do we make a bracha on the food?

Is it a mitzvah to imbibe in these products if one feels more meditative, reflective, and spiritually connected?

Our shiur will conclude with netz minyan (in addition to the regular 9:00AM shacharis) and will feature mouth-watering cakes, cheesecake, coffee/tea, fruit and much more, available throughout the night!
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Have a wonderful shabbos!
I’ll see you in shul,

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Erev shabbos kodesh bamidbar 5781 
Shabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos
Daf Yomi 6:45 AM
Shacharis 7:25 AM
Candle Lighting 7:47 PM
Mincha / KS 7:55 PM
47th Day of the Omer

Shabbos Kodesh
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Kiddush 11:00 AM
Mincha 7:35 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv 8:54 PM/Havdala/end of Shabbos
48th Day of the Omer


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