Parashat Matot-Masei
24 Tammuz 5781 (July 4, 2021)

On Shabbat we will begin a month of complete opposites known as Menachem Av (the Comforting Father). As the month begins we feel the intensity of the sun and the negativity of the first two weeks. It is a time to feel your own brokenness, to feel the brokenness of the world. You may even feel moved to tears because of experiencing this brokenness. It is ok to cry, tears are a part of healing and purification. On the 9th of Av (Tisha B'Av) we will come to the climax of this negative period, a day of fasting and next to Yom Kippur the most important fast day of the year. As we approach the 15th of Av (Tu B'Av), things will dramatically change and very quickly. Tu B'Av is the day where the sun's energy is the most powerful, and according to the Kabbalists, it is the most joyous day of the year because harmony exists in the entire universe between all vessels and the Creator's Light. As we begin this new month, let us find joy in all facets of the journey. When you feel like crying, then cry and be thankful to experience this part of life. When you feel happiness and bliss, cry and be thankful to experience this aspect of life as well and know that Hashem will be there to comfort you.

Shavua v'chodesh tov,

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The New Month of Av
The new month of Av (Leo) begins on Shabbat, July 9, 2021. We will have a special service for Rosh Chodesh on Thursday, July 7, 2020 at 8:30 PM EDT, followed by a study about the new month of Av. Click Here to join us. For more information about the Month of Av, please visit our ROSH CHODESH page.

Daily Minchah For Bein HaMetzarim
We invite you to join us for Minchah Service during the Three Weeks on Sunday-Thursday afternoons @ 6:30 PM EDT. Go to our EVENTS page to join us. Y'mei Bein HaMetzarim are the three most negative weeks of the year. During this time we should keep in mind the idea of restricting our ego nature. We fast from red meat and wine (except on Shabbat) and we make a point of making extra time for meditation. During this time the Minchah service is especially important.

The Kabbalah of Prayer
We invite you to join us each Thursday as we explore the Kabbalistic meanings behind prayer, the arrangement of prayer in the Siddur, and the significance of the various services in our liturgy. Thursdays @ 3 PM EDT. CLICK HERE to join us.

Zoom After-Study Gathering
We are now hosting a weekly after-study Zoom gathering for questions and to talk more about the studies of the week. This gathering takes place on Thursdays @ 9:40 PM EDT. Email Us if you wish to join us.

Estudios de Cabala en Español
Nuestro amigo Ramon ben Abraham ahora ofrece un grupo de estudio cabalístico en español. Haga clic aquí para unirse al grupo de Facebook.

Your Hebrew Name
At the end of the Amidah, we whisper a verse from the Tanach which is associated with our Hebrew name. Would you like to know your Hebrew name and the verse that corresponds to your name? Or would you like us to help you choose a Hebrew name and even have a certificate with your Hebrew name and verse? Email Us for more information.

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