Lag B'omer
Parshas Emor
April 30 - May 1, 2021
18-19 Iyar, 5781
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well.

We are dumbfounded and horrified by the events that occurred yesterday in Israel and mourn for the fallen victims of this national tragedy. 

Together with all Klal Yisroel, let us immediately daven for the hundreds of young boys and men who are injured and hospitalized, for a speedy refua shlaimah gemura. 

An ancient plague that annihilated thousands of students of the legendary Rabbi Akiva ceased today, on Lag B’omer, and therefore, it is a day of celebration. 

Other significant historical events occurred on this festive day. 

The Rama in Shulchan Aruch instructs us to “increase our Simcha” on Lag B’omer. 

Since Lag B’omer merges into shabbos, it is an especially joyous period. 

How appropriate then, to celebrate this shabbos with a Bar Mitzvah and a Guest Chazan!

Please join Rebbetzin Ayelet and me as we celebrate Shlomo’s Bar Mitzvah in Ohav Sholom this shabbos!

Join us for herring, chopped liver, cholent, assorted kugels, meatballs, grilled and fried chicken, rugelach, cookies and pastries!  

Co-sponsoring this week’s Super Gala kiddush is member Toby Weinberger, commemorating the yahrtzeits of her beloved parents, Yosef Shmuel ben Moshe Yehuda, z”l, and Yeruchama bas Avraham HaKohen, a”h.  

I also dedicate this week’s kiddush to my dear father, Solomon Mehlman, Shlomo ben Yeshayahu, z”l, (Shlomo’s namesake) whose yahrtzeit is also this week.  

May all the neshamos enjoy a big aliyah in gan eden! Amen. 

Please join me in welcoming the great Rabbi Benzion Scheinfeld as our guest baal tefilah, in honor of Shlomo Mehlman’s Bar Mitzvah. 
Benzion knows how to rock the house! A talented singer, musician, and professional skier, Benzion is famous for his inspiring pre-shabbos Ohav Sholom concerts during the early days of Covid, attracting many viewers on our ZOOM platform, including California and Israel.  
Rabbi Scheinfeld will daven throughout the shabbos. You don’t want to miss any tefilah!

Hot kiddush is back at Ohav Sholom! Our beautiful outdoor venue is “authentic New York” (think riots and protests) 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. In case you were wondering, yes, we will have cholov yisroel milk.  
(as heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman) 

אמור אל הכהנים - Glory and Duty 

“Hashem said to Moshe, Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aaron, and tell them…” 

The Torah records three variants of the word Emor, speak, emphasizing the unique quality of the message and also communicating the nobility and grandeur associated with the Priesthood. 

The Kehuna must be considered a great privilege and the Parsha’s opening posuk with repeating proclamations suggest great news on tap for the children of Aaron. 

The numerous rules and regulations contained in the forthcoming directive to the Kohanim should be understood in the context of aristocracy and royalty. 

We observe even today how famous people have less freedom than their fellow man and many distinguished and prominent people are confined to their gilded cages. 

The President of the United States, for example, the most powerful political leader in the free world, has constraints on his freedoms as evidenced by ever-present armed soldiers, secret service, advisers and handlers, and over the course of his entire life. 

It appears as if the President is a prisoner in jail!

Ultimately, we observe what is considered true Greatness by the Jewish People: public servants tasked with solemn responsibilities who live lives dedicated to the welfare of others. 
Indeed, we might argue that a person without achrayus, accountability, answerable to no one, and devoid of any public responsibilities, is essentially a non-entity and his existence is more like a slave.  
In light of the above, we appreciate the Parsha’s distinct choice of language since we find in the Gemara a similar use of the word Emor - that describes strength, nobility, and Malchus!  
Tikkun leil Shavuos is back!
Join me live for Ohav Sholom’s famous all-night in-person learning on the topic of:
Marijuana, Is It Kosher?  
Stay tuned for more details about our in-depth text-based shiur and the delicious food to be served up throughout the night, including mouth-watering cheesecake and much, much, more. 
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Have a wonderful shabbos,
I’ll see you in shul and for the Bar Mitzvah!

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Lag b'omer - erev shabbos kodesh emor 5781 
Shabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos / Lag B'omer
Candle Lighting 7:33 PM
Mincha / KS 7:40 PM
33 Day of the Omer

Shabbos Kodesh
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Kiddush 11:00 AM
Mincha 7:20 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv 8:38 PM/Havdala/end of Shabbos
34 Day of the Omer

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