eShabbos / eYomTov
Parshas Bamidbar
Erev Shavuos / Shavuos
June 7 - June 10, 2019
Shabbos TimeTable
Erev Shabbos Kodesh - Parshas Bamidbar
Friday, June 7, 2019
Early Mincha/Kabbalos Shabbos 6:45 PM
Early Candle Lighting 6:52 PM
Candle lighting 8:06 PM

Shabbos Kodesh - Parshas Bamidbar
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 8:05 PM
Maariv / Candle Lighting AFTER 9:16 PM
Special Shavuos Learn-A-Thon 10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Shavuos Timetable
First Day Shavuos - Sunday, June 9, 2019
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 8:10 PM
Special Lecture - Rabbi Yitchak Gettinger
Maariv / Candle Lighting AFTER 9:17 PM

Second Day Shavuos - Monday, June 10, 2019
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Yizkor 10:30 AM
Mincha 8:10 PM
Special Lecture - Rabbi Shlomo Besser
Maariv / Yom Tov ends 9:17 PM
Shalom  and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 
Wow! What an amazing yontiv we have prepared for you! 

I am proud of our star-studded lineup throughout the chag and excited about celebrating, davening, and studying Torah together in preparation for kabbalas haTorah!

Join us for early shabbos tomorrow night and then a  sold-out 
Delicious Friday Night Pre Shavuos Communal Dinner!  Sorry if you were timed-out but we look forward to seeing you at the next mouth watering Ohav Sholom event. 
This shabbos morning come and enjoy a delicious hot kiddush with a generous helping of  daf yomi  on the side, between mincha and maariv. I am happy to announce that the shul will provide a tasty dairy kiddush  every day  on shavuos morning complete with mouthwatering cheesecakes. 
Of course, we plan on reintroducing and continuing the ever-popular  seudah shlishis on shabbos afternoon in the upcoming weeks, as the last three “experiments” were smashing successes. Last week’s gala  seuda shlishis drew close to 50 participants! 

We are busily preparing for our leil tikkun shavous , studying the halachic ramifications of Jews who have chosen an “alternative lifestyle,”  and how this impacts the Jewish community and directly affects shul protocols. 
Don’t miss this sensitive and vital shiur that has already created quite a stir (perhaps more than I bargained for!)  We anticipate a full house with few seats available so come early and often. 

During the shiur, I will be assisted by my good friends,  Professor Ari Afilalo , and  Benjamin Mizrahi, of the WSSS, who will present concurrent secular law decisions in these matters and explore a range of relevant halachic implications.

In addition, I have added two more voices to the lively discussion,  Jeremy Novich , and Justin Spiro , who will bring years of clinical psychological and advisory experience in these matters within the Orthodox Jewish community, 
As always, we are grateful to  Dr. Robert Levine , of Boston, Massachusettes, for sponsoring our delicious coffee, cheesecake, and much, much, more, for our night of shavuos learning, in memory of his dear parents (and longtime Ohav Sholom members,)  Jules and Shirley Levine . May they enjoy an aliyah in gan eden! Amen. 

Over the chag, I am excited to present two local dynamic Rabbis who will deliver special lectures both days Shavuos at Ohav Sholom,  Rabbi Shlomo Besser,  and  Rabbi Yitzchak Gettinger. 

Join Rabbi Gettinger on  Sunday afternoon between mincha and maariv, on the first-day yontiv, and Rabbi Besser on  Monday afternoon  between mincha and maariv, on the second-day yontiv. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Each lecture will be approximately forty-five minutes.  Don’t miss these wonderful speakers!

Moreover, I will be  SWAPPING SHULS  with Rabbi Gettinger and honored to serve as the guest speaker and deliver a lecture at the  Young Israel of the West Side on Sunday night, the first-day yontiv, between mincha and maariv. 

There is going to be great synergy between our shuls and I’m really excited to bring the inspirational Torah of Ohav Sholom to the broader public. 
Couldn’t make this past week’s special Tuesday Night Halacha Shiur on the Laws & Customs of Shavuos?

Don’t fret. Here is the sample question sheet. Take the quiz and see how many you know! Feel free to email me if you get stuck and I’ll be delighted to email you the answers. Enjoy!

1. Why do we delay davening maariv leil yontiv shavuos? (taz)

2. Must one delay kiddush as well? (pri m’gadim)

3. If women don’t count sefira can they make kiddush earlier? (l’horos noson)

4. In a non three-day-yontiv year, can a woman light candles earlier in the day, before nightfall? (halichos shlomo)

5. In the previous question scenario, may one “add” to the yontiv with tosafos yontiv? (chut shani)

6. What did the “chasidim h’rishonim” do on leil shavuos? (zohar)

7. What is the source for staying up all night to learn Torah on shavuos? (medrash)

8. Which “category” of people stays up all night to study? (mishna berura)

9. What amazing physical benefit is there for those who stay up to learn? (arizal)

10. How should one navigate the bircas hashachar if one stays awake all night? (mishna berura)

11. What subjects should one study throughout the night? (mikroei kodesh)

12. If one heard bircas haTorah before davening and then goes to sleep for hours, upon awakening, should he recite bircas haTorah again? (R’ Dovid Feinstein)

13. Can one deliberately daven shachris before “ neitz ,” sunrise, on shavuos morning if staying up to learn? How about krias shema? (shaar hatzion)

14. How long must one sleep (and under what circumstance) in order to make bircas haTorah? (biur halacha)

15. Why do we read megilah ruth on shavuos? State seven reasons. (yalkut ruth, others) On which day should it be read? ( mishna berura)

16. What is akdamus and why (and when) is it read on shavuos? (mishna berura)

17. Should one stand during the reading of the Ten Commandments? (responsa, Rambam, others)

18. Why is there a custom to decorate the home and shul with flowers and trees? (rama, magen avraham) Why was the Vilna Gaon against using trees? (mishna berura) Does this apply to flowers as well? (R’ Moshe Feinstein)

19. Why do we eat dairy on shavuos? How is this connected to Pesach? State two reasons. (rama, mishna berura)

20. Can one eat dairy and meat in the same meal? How is this accomplished? What ingredient should one loaf contain? What type of four should be used for both loaves? (rama, mishna berura)

Have a wonderful shabbos and a joyous yom tov!

See you in shul,

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
Erev shabbos kodesh bamidbar, yom matan Torahseinu 5779

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