Parshat Ekev-- Birchat HaChodesh

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Parshat Ekev - Birchat HaChodesh
23 Av 5775
Aug 7-8, 2015

  Look Out for High Holiday Reservation this Week    
Hi there! I hope that you are all well. 
This Shabbos we bench the new month of Elul. Elul is ripe with wonderful new opportunities. The seating reservations for the High Holidays are going to be released in the next few days. Please take the time to review all of your information and make sure you will be joining us for another great Yomim Noraim here at Yavneh. If you would like to assist us and play a role in the many activities taking place over Elul and Tishrei - please let me know.

I look forward to seeing you soon, 

Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

Parshat Ekev
Birchat HaChodesh

FRIDAY, Aug 7, 2015
Candle-lighting: 7:30 PM

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

SHABBAT, Aug 8, 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: The Best Good that you can do

Kiddush is co-sponsored by

  • Candice and Marty Gurfinkel in honor of the marriage of their daughter, Tova, to their newest son, Shloimie Aron.  Mazel tov to the Gurfinkel, Aron, and Geretz families.
  • Miriam and Joseph Lifschutz in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Lipman Chaim Lifschutz a'h, Joseph's father and Rachel Mandelbaum's grandfather.  May his neshama have immediate aliyah.

New Pre- Mincha Shiur Series-- 6:30PM

Hilchos Jonathan Pollard

Starting this Shabbat: August 8th
*Pidyon Shevuim

*Spying on a Country
*One for the Sake of Many

Sponsored by Ira & Ruchie Smedra in memory of Ira's father, HaRav Mordechai Zev Ben Shraga Feivel

Mincha: 7:10 PM

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by the Schwartz and Menlo Families in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Vera Menlo’s mother and Frank Menlo’s mother, Sarah Esther bat Avraham, and Judy and Frankie Schwartz’s grandfather, Yoel Tzvi ben Bentzion. May their neshamas have immediate aliyahs.

Seudah Shlishit Series: 50 Greatest Chassidic Rebbes-- Rebbe #14- Rav Yisroel of Rizhin

Ma'ariv: 8:15 PM

Times of Davening During the Week
Followed by daily Daf Yomi with Rabbi Einhorn
Daily Daf Yomi Sponsored by Esthie & Walter Feinblum
Sundays:  7:30 AM
Mondays & Thursdays: 6:25 AM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 6:25 AM
Latest Shema: Week of August 9, 2015: 9:34 AM

Bolt of Inspiration - Identifying the Enjoyment
A Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - R' Shlomo Einhorn 

"Ekev 8:10 “V’achalta V’savata”
The Vilna Gaon has withstood the test of time as one of the greatest defenders of the Talmud. Here is a fabulous case in point: The Gemara in Brachos (35a) seeks to identify the source for making a blessing before eating. After a lengthy back and forth, the Talmud concludes that it is learned from a kal v’chomer with the benching (blessings) after we eat. Just as we make a blessing when we are “savata”, satiated, how much more so should we make the blessing before the meal when we are hungry. The Gemara in Brachos (21a) seems to use reverse logic when it comes to making a bracha by Torah study (or being called up to the Torah). We learn the post bracha from the fact that there is a bracha at the beginning.
The Vilna Gaon is bothered by the inconsistent logic. How come when it comes to making a blessing on food, the appearance of a bracha at the end of the meal is indicative of a bracha at the beginning, while when it comes to Torah study it is the opposite? The Gaon answers that there is a fundamental distinction between the two categories. The pleasure of eating is maximized at the beginning when one is hungry. The pleasure of Torah study is maximized at the end, when one has already learned.
This analysis of the Vilna Gaon underscores the essential difference between physical pleasure and spiritual pleasure. Physical pleasure starts off strong but wanes with time. Spiritual enjoyment only grows as time goes on. Ironic, but herein lies a strong hedonist argument for pursuing the spiritual – why not focus our attention on pleasures that last. 

Yavneh Announcements

Hilchos Jonathan Pollard
Dates: Aug 8, 15, and 22
Shabbat Afternoon Before Mincha

If you would like to purchase Rabbi Einhorn's new album "Judaism Alive" go to ITUNES:

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

Aug 15 - Kiddush sponsored by the Klaven family
Aug 22 - Kiddush sponsored by the Botnick family

Aug 24-25 - First Days o School
Sep 4-5 - Rabbi Frand Scholar-in-Residence

Community Announcements

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week, Aug 8th, at 5:00 PM at her home, 180 N. Las Palmas Ave. SUBJECT; The Death of Saul: The Sages say, "Ayn Mukodom Umuchar Batorah". There is no strict chronological historical order in the biblical narrative. We studied the death of Saul, which appears more than once! Why? What role does David play in Saul's final Story? Looking forward to seeing you. All are welcome.

Left|Brain Productions announces their production of “FLARE PATH” (Thursday, July 30th thru Sunday, August 9th, 2015) at the Pico Playhouse. The residents’ lounge of a hotel frequented by the pilots and crew of a nearby RAF station is a place where lips are worn stiff and tension is relieved by alcohol and banter, as a group of British airmen leave on a night bombing mission over Germany. Who returns, and who doesn’t, keeps the anxiety level elevated as we witness the human capacity for valor and bravery. For tickets or information please go to or call 213.712.1000

If you observe any suspicious activity call the SHOMRIM HOTLINE (424) 294-8273. LAPD Non-Emergency (877) 275-5273, To report a threat (877) 284-7328.

Bnei Akiva: Applications now being accepted for Madrichim and Manhigut for Fall 2015 - for more information call: Eyal 310-220-1459 or Avi 818-442-8608Moshava Malibu: Only TEN DAYS until camp starts- so excited to welcome all our campers to our new home at the Dovid Oved Retreat Center!

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