Parshas Vayera
January 15-16 2021
3 Shevat, 5781
Shalom and hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. 
I wish you a chodesh shevat tov and may this month usher in a period of prosperity and health for Klal Yisroel and the entire world! 

We are excited to share the COVID-19 vaccination information with you below

It is our hope and prayer that this heaven-inspired miracle refuah will assist in the immediate gashmius and ruchnius success of our kehillah and every member and friend of Congregation Ohav Sholom. 

Some wonderful members have volunteered (see below) to assist those who need a helping hand in obtaining appointments for the vaccine. If it will help you in any way, please take advantage of this program!   

We are pleased to announce the Vaccine Appointment Assistance Team, a group of "eager beavers" who want to help those struggling to secure vaccination appointments within the 5 boroughs of the great NYC.

If you know someone who is eligible to be vaccinated and is struggling to make a vaccination appointment because of the extremely fast-paced online environment, please direct and help them complete this form. We'll take it from there!

VAAT is also looking for fast typing, quick clicking, and tech savvy people to volunteer as part of the team.
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.

In two weeks is Tu b’Shevat! We are planning a special Tu b’Shevat (zoom) program complete with delicious fruits and incredible music! Look to your emails for this event and more upcoming programs.
Join us this shabbos for spirited davening and illuminating learning! 

We are making great progress in mesechta pesachim and I invite you to spend your shabbos afternoon between mincha and maariv in quality learning with myself and our outstanding Daf Yomi chaburah participants. 
New OS Minyan Signup Program!
(as heard and adapted by Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)
לָמָ֤ה הֲרֵעֹ֙תָה֙ לָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה לָ֥מָּה זֶּ֖ה שְׁלַחְתָּֽנִי....  וְהַצֵּ֥ל לֹא־הִצַּ֖לְתָּ אֶת־עַמֶּֽךָ

Moshe Rabbeinu appeared surprised when Pharaoh refused to allow Klal Yisroel to escape their bondage and leave Mitzrayim.

We may ask, why the disbelief? 

From the beginning, Hashem informed Moshe He would ‘harden Pharaoh’s heart’ in order to rain down plagues on Egypt. 

If this master plan was previously shared with Moshe, why did he express astonishment when Hashem’s will was realized?

Moshe was undoubtedly aware of Hashem’s intentions, however, when Pharoah worsened the living conditions of the Jews, Moshe protested and felt this wasn’t what he bargained for; he didn’t volunteer for this! 

Moshe expected delays in the exodus but did not anticipate the added pain and suffering of his brethren so when he observed Egypt’s stifling new decrees and intensified Jewish misery, he expressed rightful indignation and regret.  

וְאֵיךְ֙ יִשְׁמָעֵ֣נִי פַרְעֹ֔ה וַאֲנִ֖י עֲרַ֥ל שְׂפָתָֽיִם…. וְאַהֲרֹ֤ן אָחִ֙יךָ֙ יְדַבֵּ֣ר אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֔ה

What was Moshe Rabbeinu trying to tell Hashem? What was he insinuating? 

Was it was not apparent to Moshe that the spectacular plagues came directly from Hashem and no intermediary was necessary? Why would a speech impediment derail the Almighty’s objectives? 

Of course, Moshe understood the implementation of the plagues did not require his intervention. 

However, the requisite accompanying divine warnings and cautionary advice to Pharoah did necessitate sound messaging and clear articulation. And for this, he wasn’t qualified! 

When Hashem appointed Aharon to be Moshe’s spokesperson, He was signaling to Moshe the reality that even the most eloquent orator wouldn’t sway the wickedness of the regime or have a meaningful influence on the depravity and immorality of Pharaoh’s failure to see the Hand of G-d. 

Chodesh Tov and have a wonderful shabbos, 

I’ll see you in shul!

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman 
מרא דאתרא קנג. אוהב שׁלום

Rosh Chodesh Shevat, erev shabbos kodesh parshas vayera 5781 
Shabbos Timetable
Friday, Erev Shabbos Kodesh
Daf Yomi 6:45 AM
Shacharis 7:25 AM
Shabbos Candle Lighting 4:35 PM
Mincha/KS 4:45 PM

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Vayera
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Kiddush 10:45 AM
Mincha 4:35 PM
Daf Yomi
Maariv/Shabbos Ends/Havdala 5:39 PM

Due to the unfortunate continued uptick in COVID cases, Ohav Sholom is now re-requiring registration for all minyanim going forward. 

You can email/text /WhatsApp the number of attendees and we will confirm your attendance: or 
Your health and the health of others are of the utmost importance at Ohav Sholom.

Thank you for your compliance and strict adherence to the rules.   

Do not come to services if:
1.) you are sick or feel unwell, 
2.) you are required by New York to quarantine or self-isolate, or 
3.) you have had COVID within the past 14 days.

Also, if you have determined that you developed or tested positive for COVID within 5 days of attending services at Ohav Sholom, you must notify Rabbi Mehlman of that fact and of the services at Ohav Sholom which you attendedThank you.
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