Matot
18 Tammuz 5782 (July 17, 2022)

On Sunday (Saturday night), we begin the three most negative weeks of the year known as Y'mei Bein HaMetzarim or literally "between the straits." Perhaps you have noticed that the past few days have been heavier than normal. Emotions have run higher or maybe stress has seem magnified? This is part of the energy of this month of Tammuz and it's also because we are very close to the Three Negative Weeks. Usually after the full moon the month's energy like the moon begins to wane, however this is not true for Tammuz because of these Three Negative Weeks. Yet our Sages teach us that these weeks are negative because we do not know how to deal with the intense flow of Light that is flowing into our world during this time. We restrict ourselves in order to rise above the seemingly negative and connect to the positive. Some of the things we restrict are the consumption of red meat (it connects us to Gevurah-Judgement), wine, and music. We do this not because we are sacrificing something, but rather because it should be a time of intense introspection. Please note that these restricitions should never be observed on Shabbat as they would interfere with the holiness that is unique to the Seventh Day. Restriction should cause us to connect to the Upper Worlds and to the Creator's Light and also foster within us a spirit of compassion and love of neighbor. May these weeks be a time of intense connection and growth and may we be blessed to turn darkness into Light.

Shavua tov,


Parashat Matot | פרשת מטות
Torah Portion: Bamidbar (Numbers) 30:2-31:42
Haftarah: Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3

Parashat Matot

Haftarat Matot


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17th of Tammuz
The Bein Ham'tzarim begins with the 17th of Tammuz, however when the 17th occurs on Shabbat, it begins on the following day. This year the Three Weeks will begin on the 18th (Sunday, July 17, 2022). These Three Weeks are a time of introspection and mourning for the loss of the Temples. 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. For the 17th of Tammuz we will have full services of Arvit, Shacharit, and Minchah as it is considered one of the major "Days of Opportunity". We invite you to join us for the Three Weeks. Simply CLICK HERE to go to our Calendar page to see all events.

Classes Added To Schedule
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No Classes During The First Week of Av
The Shulchan Aruch says: "From the onset of the month of Av, joy and happiness is minimized." It is a time that we should spend in contemplation and teshuvah. For this reason, we will not have any classes, either as a community or in private, during the first week of Av. Minchah will continue @ 6:30 PM EDT during that week.

Tzedakah
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