Shabbos Bulletin
Parshas Ki Teitzei
Friday, August 28, 2020 / 8 Elul 5780
Shabbos Times

Friday, August 28
Garden Minyan (For those who registered and have been confirmed) 6:15PM
Light Shabbat Candles at 7:06 PM-
Shkiah (Sunset) 7:24-PM

Saturday, August 29
Latest Shema 9:37 AM
Shabbat ends 8:01-PM--
(Transition out of Shabbos with Torah meditation! 9:00PM, see online schedule below)
Keeping You Informed

Baruch HaShem, our Garden Minyan will be full tonight! Thank you to all who pre-registered. The registration form for next Shabbos will be sent out on Sunday.

We are gearing up for the High Holidays and we can't wait. Tickets for outdoor, socially distanced Rosh Hashana services will be available soon. Seats will be limited due to restrictions set forth by the Los Angeles Department of health. However, reserved seats are included in the 5781 membership. If you plan on praying with us, please renew your membership today. https://happyminyan.org/membership/
YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED!
Please pray whole heartedly for a refuah Shelema for:
Avraham Etz Chaim ben Devora (Adam Silver)
Shifra Frudel bas Raizel (Shifra Hastings)
Eden Melody Bas Aviva Batsheva (Newborn grand daughter of Chaya & Gary Kamisher)
This Shabbat, Elul 9, is the Hebrew Birthday of Reb Yedidyah Blantons, z"l, and next day is his Yahrzeit, on Elul 10. In honor of the joy and Torah he brought to our community, please enjoy this beautiful article he wrote in The Happy Minyan Newsletter for Rosh HaShaba 5764. (Thank you to Shira Solomon for inputting the article.) May his memory be a blessing!


BEYOND WORDS
By Reb Yedidyah
 Based on the teaching of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, ZTZ”L

There is a teshuva which is beyond words. Before the Creation there were no words. The highest songs we sing have no words. The deepest and most profound experiences we have cannot be adequately expressed in words. The teshuva which is simply saying that we’re sorry for our sins and we’ll change our ways, that teshuva is returning home, returning to holiness, returning to our pure souls, returning to
G-d. That returning with intense love, that teshuva is beyond words.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov advises us to not speak on the first day of Rosh Hashana. We can pray, we can praise, but there should be no conversation. Every word we say on Rosh Hashana has such extraordinary importance that it is better for us not to speak at all. We must not say anything negative because that will create negativity for us during the coming year. If we speak at all, it should be to bless each other, encourage each other, praise each other, and bring out the good. Then that is what we ourselves will experience in the coming year. Rosh Hashana is a new beginning. We should be silent as we become new again, as we begin, as we re-Jew-venate. It is not a time for idle chatter or, G-d forbid, for any remarks which can hurt us in the New Year.

The chief commandment for Rosh Hashana is hearing the Shofar blown. It is a wordless act. The blowing of the Shofar is beyond words. The sounds of the Shofar penetrate to the deepest areas of our souls, they actually blow a new soul into us for the New Year. The experience of hearing the Shofar is beyond words; it is trans-verbal. The sounds of the Shofar are our wake-up call, our arousal from sleep, from illusion, to the joyous reality of oneness with G-d. The Shofar is a cry from the unconscious. It is both crying and exultation. When we hear the Shofar, our souls become like they were before we were born into this world, fresh and pure and holy. It is a new beginning, a Rosh Hashana, a time for shinui harosh, a changing of the head, an expansion of consciousness, a new perspective. 

The Shofar heralds the coming of the New Year, the coming of Moshiach, and the redemption from slavery, imprisonment and exile. The sounds of the Shofar lift us out of the narrow existence in which we find ourselves, and remind us that we inhabit a vast universe. The Shofar itself begins with a narrow opening, into which we blow, and then curves outward to a wide opening. If you blow from the wide opening to the narrow, you do not fulfill the mitzvah. We must go from the narrow to the wide, from the pit to the broad expanse, from restricted consciousness to a worldview that sees the Divine source and unity of everything and everyone.

Rosh Hashana is the rectification for the eating of the Tree of Knowledge by Adam and Eve because we no longer see the world in broken pieces, divided into good and bad. On Rosh Hashana, Joseph was released from prison in Egypt, and Abraham sacrificed the ram instead of Isaac. Growing from being small to being large, beginning again, a new start, is the essence of Rosh Hashana. Such an experience is beyond words. And it is signaled by the Shofar, by sounds without words, which connect and lift us to the highest heavens.

Oy! Oy! Oy! 

May we all be blessed in the New Year with peace and joy and health and wisdom and livelihood and loving friends and families! And a closeness with G-d which is inexpressible in words!
Amen!
Ki Teitzei Aliyah Summary

General Overview: This week's reading, Ki Teitzei, contains 74 commandments, more mitzvot than any other Torah portion. Some of the commandments discussed: the law of the rebellious son, the obligation to bury the dead without undue delay, the requirement to return a found object, the prohibition against causing pain to any living creature, the prohibition against prostitution, the laws of marriage and divorce, the procedure of the Levirate marriage, and the obligation to eradicate the memory of Amalek.

First Aliyah: This section begins with a discussion regarding female captives of war, and lays down the conditions under which a soldier may marry a captive. The right of a firstborn son to a double portion of his father's inheritance is then detailed. The section concludes with the procedure for dealing with an aberrantly rebellious child.

Second Aliyah: Commandments discussed in this section: Speedy burial of the deceased, returning a lost object to its owner, aiding a neighbor when his animal has fallen because of its burden, the prohibition against cross-dressing, and the obligation to send away a mother bird before taking its chicks or eggs.

Third Aliyah: Some commandments discussed in this section: Building a safety fence around a flat roof; the prohibitions against sowing mixtures of seeds, plowing with a mixed pair of animals, or wearing a garment which contains a mixture of wool and linen (shatnez); wearing tzitzit; the penalty for a husband who defames his wife; the punishment for adultery; the penalty for rape; and certain prohibited marriages.

Fourth Aliyah: Some commandments discussed in this section: maintaining pure and hygienic army encampments, impurity resulting from seminal emissions, prohibition

Fifth Aliyah: This section details the right of field workers to eat from the produce they are harvesting. The Torah then briefly discusses marriage and the bill of divorce. A divorced couple cannot remarry if the woman has been remarried to another man (and divorced again or widowed) in the interim.

Sixth Aliyah: More mitzvot: A newlywed man is exempt from military service for a full year. It is forbidden to accept utensils used to prepare food as loan security or to forcibly take a debtor's possessions as collateral, and a poor man's security must be temporarily returned to him on a daily basis. Kidnapping is a capital offense. We are commanded to always remember that Miriam was afflicted with tzara'at (Biblical leprosy) for speaking badly about Moses. 

Seventh Aliyah: We are forbidden to withhold or delay a worker's wages. Relatives' testimony is inadmissible in a court of law. Various mandatory gifts for the poor are discussed. The procedure for corporal punishment is outlined. The mitzvah of Levirate marriage (yibum) is introduced: if a married childless man dies, his brother is obligated to marry the widow. If the brother refuses to marry the widow, he and she go through a chalitzah ceremony, which frees her to marry whomever she wishes. We are instructed to maintain accurate weights and measures. The reading ends with the mitzvah to remember Amalek's evil deed, ambushing the Israelites on their way from Egypt.



Haftorah - Isaiah 54:1-10.

This week's haftorah is the fifth of a series of seven "Haftarot of Consolation." These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b'Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

Forsaken Jerusalem is likened to a barren woman devoid of children. G‑d enjoins her to rejoice, for the time will soon come when the Jewish nation will return and proliferate, repopulating Israel's once desolate cities. The prophet assures the Jewish people that G‑d has not forsaken them.

Although He has momentarily hid His countenance from them, He will gather them from their exiles with great mercy. The haftorah compares the final Redemption to the pact G‑d made with Noah. Just as G‑d promised to never bring a flood over the entire earth, so too He will never again be angry at the Jewish people.

"For the mountains may move and the hills might collapse, but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace collapse."

The month of Elul

Elul, the last month of the Jewish year, is a time to review the past and look at where you’ve come in life. It’s a preparation for the upcoming “Days of Awe”—Rosh Hashanahand Yom Kippur—when we resolve to do better this year than last.

The theme of Elul is return to your essential self—a.k.a. teshuvah—helped along by prayer and charity. “The King is in the field,” they say, meaning that the G‑dly spark within you is much more accessible, as long as you search for it.

Some key customs for the month of Elul:
  • Each day (excepting Shabbat), a ram’s horn (called a shofar) is blown after the morning services. It’s a wakeup call to spiritually prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

  • When writing a letter, we sign off, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

  • We add chapter 27 of Psalms to the morning and afternoon daily prayers.

  • The Baal Shem Tov began a custom of saying three additional chapters of Psalms, sequentially, each day from the first of Elul until Yom Kippur—when the remainder of Psalms is completed.

  • This is a good time to have your tefillin and mezuzot inspected by a scribe to ensure that they are still in good condition.
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Saturday, August 29

Musical Havdallah with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Daat's The Way: A Motzei Shabbat Meditation with Yehuda Masjedi
9:00 PM
Meeting ID: 828 0946 7763
Password: 016022


Sunday, August 30

David Sacks’ Spiritual Tools For An Outrageous World 
10:00 AM
Meeting ID: 851 7809 1969
Password:  985725

Yud Elul Farbrengen - Celebrating Rav Sholom Brodt's Z"L Third Yahrzeit
10:30AM Los Angeles (8PM in Israel)
Register here - https://bit.ly/32lwH0Z


Monday, August 31

Shulchan Aruch Study Group with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein 
MON-THUR 9:30AM 
Meeting ID: 817 225 0896
Password: torah

Kabbalah-infused Morning Meditation with Marcus Freed



Wednesday, September 2

Weekly Seasons of Joy with Sam Glaser
7:30PM, Every Wednesday
Meeting ID: 71646005392

Parsha Insights with Rebbetzen Oliva Schwartz
8:00PM - Live on Facebook, and recorded to view at any time

How to Approach Rosh Hashana with Joy, Bentzion Simmonds
4 Part series every Wednesday at 6:00PM
Class 3 of 4: "The Reframe Game"
Password: 722912

(class 2 of 4 can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2FBmXIBsT8&t=12s)


Thursday, September 3

Sing Your Way Into Shabbos - with Yehuda Solomon (now on Thursdays!)
7:00, weekly
Meeting ID: 831 2638 4540


Soular Powered Dating with Benson Simmonds & Layla Book
7:30 PM - Register at soulardating.eventbrite.com