Parshas Ki Sisa
Shabbos Parah
March 5-6, 2021
22 Adar, 5781

Shalom and hello! I hope you are doing well.

This Shabbos is Parshas Parah. It is the third in a series of four special Torah readings. 

On Shabbos morning, we will read from two Sifrei Torah!

After we conclude the Parsha Hashavuah, we read of the mitzvah Parah Adumah, the ceremony of the Red Heifer. 

In Temple times and before Pesach, the ritually unclean (those who came in contact with a corpse) were sprinkled with a specially prepared ash compound produced from a perfectly red heifer, to allow those contaminated to offer the Korban Pesach on the 14th of Nisan in a state of ritual purity. 

According to some poskim, parshas parah is D’oraisah, biblical in its obligation. Although we Paskin Parshas Zachor alone is biblical, we are cautious of the aforementioned opinion. 

Therefore, every man, woman, and child should make an extra effort to hear this special Torah reading. 

We anticipate reading Parshas Parah at approximately 10:15 AM. Please join us! 

Please join our two generous gala Kiddush sponsors this shabbos! 

Rabbi Alan G. Ciner is observing the yahrtzeit of his beloved mother, Mrs. Faye Ciner, Feygah Chaya bas Shmuel Mordechai and Sara Beila, a”h. 

Matt Bobman is observing the yahrtzeit of his beloved mother, Mrs. Florence Bobman, Fraidah bas Yisroel, a”h. 

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

Once again, we will enjoy this deluxe hot kiddush (complete with cholent, kugel, chicken, and much more!) in the outdoor heated and comfy dining area at our friendly neighborhood treif restaurant, Maison Pickles

As heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 


כִּ֣י תִשָּׂ֞א אֶת־רֹ֥אשׁ בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל

When you take a census of the Jewish People

The word תִשָּׂ֞א can also be translated as raising or lifting up. So the posuk can be understood to mean, “If you want to elevate the Jewish People...” 

לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם֒, according to their number. 

But what is the benefit of counting the Jewish People and ascertaining their exact amount? It’s like counting an ant farm! What possible good will come from it? 

The answer is that in one’s spiritual life, a person must sincerely believe he has fallen short of Hashem’s expectations. 

No one can claim, “I have fulfilled my purpose and accomplished everything I was created for!” 

Like digits in a number sequence, we have achieved only a fraction of the whole, a mere tiny part of what was anticipated from us. 

Therefore, the machsis hashekel was donated to the Mishkan as a כֹּ֧פֶר נַפְשׁ֛וֹ לַיהוָ֖ה, ransom to G-d, to signal that we’ve fallen short of what He had hoped.

Despite the prodigious gifts and skill sets Hashem bequeathed us to succeed in this world, we’ve accomplished not even half the job. 

A person finishes Shas and thinks, “I’m done!” But this is a huge mistake. 

The Mishkan, its equipment, and utensils were built from these half-shekels to reinforce the truth that we are fundamentally deficient in our Avodah and we could accomplish even greater amounts. 

To realize our full potential and attain shelaimus, perfection, we must get motivated to strive for excellence and maximize our inherent greatness. 

We could do more, much more! 
Have a wonderful shabbos!

I'll see you in shul,

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Erev shabbos kodesh Ki Sisa/Parah 5781 
Shabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos
Daf Yomi 6:45 AM
Shacharis 7:25 AM
Shabbos Candle Lighting 5:33 PM
Mincha/KS 5:45 PM

Saturday, Shabbos Kodesh
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Kiddush 11:00 AM
Mincha 5:30 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv/Shabbos Ends/Havdala 6:34 PM

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