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Shabbos Bulletin
Parshas Eikev
Friday, July 30, 2021 / 21 Av 5781
Davening this Shabbos is graciously hosted by
Aaron Biston
1719 S Holt Ave.
Between 18th & Airdrome
in the backyard garden


FRIDAY, July 30
7:00--PM--Mincha, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat with Moshe Nourafchan
7:38   PM--Candle lighting
7:56   PM--Shkiah

8:30--AM -Weekly Parsha class with David Sacks
10:30 AM--Krias HaTorah & Haftorah, Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3followed by Mussaf with Sam Glaser. Davening concluded with small but yummy kiddish including chulent & herring.
8:36   PM--Shabbat ends

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

The exiled Jewish people express their concern that G‑d has abandoned them. G‑dreassures them that it is not so, comparing His love and mercy for His people to that of a mother for her children, and even greater than that, too. 

The prophet Isaiah then touchingly describes the ingathering of the exiles which will occur with the Messiah's arrival and returning to the initial subject matter of this haftorah, that of the Jewish people's complaint of being abandoned by G‑d, he reminds them of their rebellious behavior that brought about the exile and suffering. He concludes with encouraging words, reminding us of what had happened to our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah. Just as they were blessed with a child when they had all but given up hope, so too, G‑d will send us the Messiah.

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Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt"l on Parsha Eikev

(Via Stuie Wax)

There are a lot of things in life that even if I don’t do them, I’m also okay. But something is missing…something is missing.
Here I want to share something very deep with you. The truth is that the most important things in life are the things which we don’t really have to do. The most important things in Avodas Hashem, in serving G-d, are always the things which you can get by without doing them. The most important things between me, my wife, and my children are always the things I don’t have to do. If I don’t do it – it’s also okay, but gevalt are they important, gevalt are they important. Let me tell you, You can be a helige yid, you can be a zise yid, you can do everything right, but forever something will be missing.
I can be the best Father in the world, I work hard, I give my wife money, she buys food. We have a maid at home taking care of the children because I don’t have time, I said hello to my son, sometimes I even say good night to him. So there is nothing wrong, it doesn’t say anywhere in the Torah you have to say hello to your son, but gevalt is something missing.
So I want to say a gevalt Torah. It says Vehaaya Eikev Tishme’un Es Hamishpatim Ha’eile, and the greatest joy will be when finally, finally ‘Eikev’ you will mamesh understand what G-d wants of you. When do I finally understand that which the Master of the World truly wants of me? Vehaaya Eikev Tishme’un Es Hamishpatim Ha’eile, And it will be when you will finally hear THESE mitzvas’. Which mitzvahs are we talking about? Rashi says that Eikev is Mitzvas Kalos She’adam dash be’akeivav. We are talking about mitzvahs which I don’t have to do. Let me ask you something. I see a poor man and I give him ten dollars, do I have to smile at him? I don’t have to. Let me ask you something else, When I say good Shabbos to a yid, where does it say that I have to be besimcha? ( with Joy) it doesn’t say that anywhere. I see yidden saying ‘Good Shabbos’ (fast and without genuine simcha), so what can you do with it? I did everything right.

 So the Heilige Ishbitzer says the deepest depths, Vehaya Eikev. It says by the snake ‘Vehu Yeshufcha Rosh Ve'ata Teshufenu Akev’, he will bite you in your heel. What does that mean? The snake doesn’t come to you with something that has to do with your head. The snake doesn’t tell you to drive your car on Shabbos. The snake doesn’t say to you to go to eat ham. That much a snake knows, but you know what the snake does? ‘Mitzvas She'adam Dash Be'akevav’, the snake shows up when it comes to mitzvas you don't have to do. Do you know what the snake leaves you with? Mamesh, the snake got one thing through to you. There are things which are not important, you don’t have to do them, you don’t have to. Friends, I want you to know that all of yiddishkeit is basically things you don’t have to do. You can get away with everything but is that Serving G-d?
I bless you and you bless me back, that we should do the Mitzvah’s that we don’t have to do, and we should do them with Joy!

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