Shemos Mevorchim Shevat
January 8-9 2021
25 Teves, 5781
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 
Join me this shabbos as we begin reading sefer Shemos and open a new chapter in Jewish history. 

This week is Shabbos Mevorchim Shevat (Rosh Chodesh is next Thursday; shacharis 7:00 AM) so join us for special tefilos in honor of this auspicious day. 

The word Shevat connotes blossoming and growth (e.g. Tu B’shevat) and we pray that Hashem grants us the health and strength we so desperately need to develop and thrive on every level in the coming month and year! Amen. 

I anticipate great tefilos and enlightening Torah throughout the shabbos at Ohav Sholom so don’t miss out! As always, we will serve a delicious kiddush with fresh-baked items and also something new in honor of this special Shabbos.

A big yasher koach to my son in law, Yedid Herskovitz, for delivering last week’s shabbos morning sermon at Ohav Sholom while I was away at (member) Emanuel Morris Schwartz’s marvelous Bar Mitzvah celebration. 

Despite a bewildering and challenging topic, Yedid managed to pull off a spectacular victory and deliver a timely and inspiring message on the subject of the Mayans and the Apocalypse. 

See the photo above depicting Yedid dressed as an ancient Mayan snow-warrior. 

I’m just happy I wasn’t there.  
Join us for uplifting davening and inspiring divrei Torah.

Enjoy our signature delicious outdoor kiddush featuring fresh baked goods from Boro Park and more.   
Ohav Sholom kiddush sponsorship is back!

Take advantage of our reduced rates and pandemic-friendly food selection to honor your loved ones or celebrate a life cycle event. Please contact the shul office today.
Look to your email for exciting new programming and outstanding guest speakers (via zoom) at Ohav Sholom in the coming weeks. Hope to see you there!
A hearty mazel tov and congratulations to my talented and outstanding niece, Esther Mehlman, of Brooklyn, (daughter of my dear twin, Moshe - who isn’t that talented) upon her engagement this week to Dovi Levin, of Los Angeles. 

May the young couple bring much nachas to their parents and together build a true bayis ne’eman b’yisroel! Amen. 
(as heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)

וְאֵ֗לֶּה שְׁמוֹת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל הַבָּאִ֖ים מִצְרָ֑יְמָה אֵ֣ת יַעֲקֹ֔ב אִ֥ישׁ וּבֵית֖וֹ בָּֽאוּ

 “And these are the names…” The word V’ela, And these, connect sefer shemos to the narrative of sefer beraishes.

We may ask, what new information is offered here?

Shemos simply lists the names of those who’ve descended to Egypt but in truth, the shevatim were already listed in parshas vayigash when describing their actual descent to mitzrayim! 

Where is the novelty in repeating the names in shemos and what is this elusive connection to sefer beraishes? 

The Torah wishes to emphasize how the Jewish names of klal yisroel were preserved throughout the Egyptian exile, as the Gemara teaches, “They didn’t change their names!”

It’s a given that the shevatim themselves used their Hebrew names and didn’t “evolve” in mitzrayim, so in vayigash we are taught how the first generation of Jews maintained their Hebrew names and identity. 

But what about the next generation and the one that followed? 

Shemos informs us that this mesorah continued throughout the galus. 

V’ela, And these too were the names of the generations - they followed the precedent of the shevatim! 

This is one important connection to earlier doros and sefer beraishes.

Moreover, the Torah teaches that not only the first generation but subsequent generations adopted a mind-set of “Haba’aim,” they considered themselves mere travelers and passersby in a foreign country. 

In their hearts, they were yearning to return to their true home, Eretz Yisroel. During their years in mitzrayim, they lived out of suitcases! 

This is how Torah Yidden live throughout any galus. 

Generations past and present connect through a vivid dream of yishuv to ancestral land and share a deep, profound bond of eternal Jewish identity. 

Have a great Shabbos Mevorchim!

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Erev shabbos kodesh parshas shemos mevorchim Shevat 5781 
Shabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos Kodesh
Daf Yomi 6:45 AM
Shacharis 7:25 AM
Shabbos Candle Lighting 4:27 PM
Mincha/KS 4:30 PM

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Shemos
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Kiddush 10:45 AM
Mincha 4:25 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv/Shabbos Ends/Havdala 5:32 PM

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