Parshat Nitzavim

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Parshat Nitzavim
28 Elul 5775
Sep 11-12, 2015

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Parshat Nitzavim

FRIDAY, Sept 11, 2015
Candle-lighting: 6:47PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:45 PM
Topic: Something to Say at the Shabbos Table

SHABBAT, Sep 12, 2015
Co-sponsored by Dr. Bernard & Temi Monderer in dedication to their parents and in memory of Dr. Monderer's brother, Dovid ben Yechezkel, and by Buddy & Susie Salzberg in memory of Jack and Sima Salzberg & Jack Samuels and their lifetime devotion to Jewish Education.

Shacharit: 9:00 AM
All children programs begins at 9:30 AM

Shabbat Drasha by Rabbi Einhorn
Topic: Don't Mess Up

Kiddush is sponsored by Ashley and Zoey Botnick in honor of welcoming the Maimonides Bat Ami, Osnat and Yuval to Yavneh this Shabbat. Bruchim HaBaim!

Pre- Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Einhorn: 6:05 PM
Topic: "A Pre Rosh Hashanah Sicha that will change your Davening"

Mincha: 6:40 PM

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Jerry and Ahuva Jacobs in commemoration of the Yahrzeit of Jerry's father, Zriel Jacobs (Azriel ben Yosef Yehuda z'l). May his neshama receive an immediate aliyah.

Rabbi Einhorn's Topic: The 50 Greatest Chassidic Rebbes: Rav Yisroel of Rhizin part 3/3

Ma'ariv: 7:40 PM


Bolt of Inspiration - Blink of an Eye
A Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - R' Shlomo Einhorn 

We always look for the quick solution. Time is money. In Malcome Gladwell’s book – Blink – he argues that most of our decisions could successfully be made in a blink, or a split second. Gladwell claims that we have the ability to read people in practically no time. Blink begins to get a little confusing near the end of the book where Gladwell notes that some actions that take place in a blink are disastrous; for example, a police officer might shoot an innocent civilian because the decision to fire was made too soon.  So which is it – especially since Rosh Hashanah is around the corner and we are going to make decisions about our own personal growth – should we expect change to come in a blink – or must we wait our time and move at a more watchful pace? Well, like all good things in life, it depends. The 1st Belzer Rebbe asks a thought provoking question on the pre-Rosh Hashanah davening. Somewhere around ten minutes before Rosh Hashanah we begin to pray Mincha. The Mincha looks exactly the same as it does all year round. We recite the identical Shemonah Esrei that we say every day three times a day. One of the blessings that we say in the Shemonah Esrei is: “baruch aleynu es Hashanah hazos” – G-d bless this year. The Belzer Rebbe makes a daring suggestion; maybe we should remove that blessing from this final Shemonah Esrei of the year. How can we ask G-d to bless this year when there’s only 7 minutes left of it? What kind of blessed year is that? The Belzer Rebbe says something that will knock you off your feet in just four words: Yeshuas Hashem K’heref Ayin. G-d saves in the Blink of an Eye. Wow! G-d doesn’t need 10 months to make it a year of blessing, G-d doesn’t need 8 weeks to change our lives, G-d doesn’t even need 4 hours. Hashem could change everything in the Blink of an Eye. But that is only half the story. The Shulchan Aruch (O”C, 25:1) notes that after we don our tallis in the morning, we then put on the tefillin. This is the correct order because of the principle of “ma’alin bekodesh” – we move upwards in sanctity. The Nodeh B’yehudah is puzzled by this consideration. If the tefillin are holier, they should come first based on another principle – “kol hamekudash m’chaveiro kodesm es chaveiro” – that which is holier comes first? One of the great minds of the last century, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, solves the problem by stressing that there are two types of commandments – there are commandments that one does which are external to their body and there are commandments which one fulfills with their body (e.g. tallis and tefillin). When it comes to a mitzvah on the body – we follow the principle of ma’alin bekodesh – we move upwards in sanctity. Why? When it comes to the human being he or she must move level by level.  When it comes to G-d, He could change everything in our world in a split second. Years of struggle and conflict, if G-d so chooses, can all be settled in 5 minutes. Years searching for the right partner in life could successfully come to an end by a chance encounter orchestrated by G-d. Yeshuas Hashem K’heref Ayin. But as Rav Isser Zalmen Meltzer teaches us – when it comes to the work that we must do, it means moving step by step. G-d may work in the blink of an eye but we don’t. As the Mishnah in Pirkei Avos teaches us: Havey Mesunim B’din – Be deliberate in judgment. Human beings work better in steps, gradually, with deliberateness. 
My blessing as we approach this Yom Tov season is that we have the courage and patience to make little changes, gradual changes. And at the same time – may G-d change our personal struggles and the struggles of the world in the Blink of an Eye.


Yavneh Announcements

We are excited to announce the release of Rabbi Einhorn's book, "Judaism Alive"!
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Yavneh Presents a Shabbat Shuva Lecture
Life After the Iran Deal-- Can we Find Meaning in a Wild World?
Shabbat, September 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM

5-STAR Elegant Yom Tov Dinner for Sukkot
Monday Dinner, September 28th, 2015
Call: 323-931-5808 or email: for more information

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Margaritaville BBQ-- Sukkot Yom Tov Lunch
Tuesday Lunch, September 29th, 2015
Call: 323-931-5808 or email: for more information

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Are you celebrating a birthday, anniversary, simcha, or possibly commemorating a yahrzeit?  Did you know that besides Kiddush and Seudah Shlishit, Yavneh now offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities; Children's table at kiddush, teen minyan, daf yomi, sponsor a Yavneh student for a week, or even a whole day of learning!  Please contact the office for more details at

Have any halachik or any other questions? Feel free to contact Rabbi Einhorn at or call (917) 647-8359. 

Save the Date

Sept 13-15 - Rosh Hashana
Sept 16 - Fast of Gedaliah
Sept 23 - Yom Kippur

Sept 26 - Kiddush sponsored by the Blaich Family
Sept 27-30 - 1st Days Sukkot
Oct 4-6 - Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Community Announcements

If you live in the district zip code 90036, 90004, or 90020, please call Congressman Ted Lieu to VOTE NO on NUCLEAR IRAN DEAL. Phone: (323) 651-1040

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will break over the Yomim tovim. The shiur will resume on October 17th, 2015 at 5 PM. Looking forward to seeing you then. All are welcome.

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