25 Tammuz 5782 (July 24, 2022)

On Friday 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,

Parashat Masei | פרשת מסעי
Torah Portion: Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:1-36:13
Haftarah: Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 2:4-28; 4:1-2

Parashat Masei

Haftarat Masei

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The New Month of Av
The new month of Av (Leo) begins on Friday, July 29, 2022. We will offer two studies for Rosh Chodesh via Zoom: during our Living Torah Class on Wednesday, July 27 @ 9:30 PM EDT and during our Kabbalah Class on Thursday @ 4:30 PM EDT. We will also have two services for Rosh Chodesh: Arvit will be on Thursday, July 28 @ 8:30 PM EDT and Shacharit will be on Friday, July 29 @ 9 AM EDT. Click Here to join us. For more information about the Month of Av, please visit our ROSH CHODESH page.

This Coming Shabbat!
Please note that on Shabbat, July 30, 2022 our Shacharit (Morning) Service will be at 7 AM EDT rather than the usual time.

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
We have added a few classes to our schedule. Below you will see our weekly schedule of classes. Please note that all classes are conducted via Zoom.

Weekly Classes (via Zoom):
Mondays @ 9 PM - KBLH Study: Sefer Yetzirah
Mondays @ 10 PM - Estudios en Español: Sefer Yetzirah
Tuesdays @ 4:30 PM EDT - Hebrew Class (UK & European Time Zones)
Wednesdays @ 4:30 PM - Kabbalah: Sefer Yetzirah (UK & European Time Zones)
Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM EDT - Living Torah Class
Thursdays @ 9 PM EDT - Hebrew Class

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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.

The word צדקה "tzedakah" in Hebrew often is translated as charity, but it actually comes from the root צדק "tzedek" which means righteousness. The addition of the letter ה "Hei" connects righteousness to Malchut. Many people say "giving" tzedakah, but the more appropriate phrase is "doing" tzedakah. Tzedakah is in many ways an exchange of energy and is a visible expression of gratitude in this world for that which we have received, especially when we receive it from an organization that helps us to grow spiritually. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Click Here to make a donation.

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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