Parshat Behar- Bechukotai (Birchat Hachodesh)

Parshat Behar- Bechukotai
(Birchat Hachodesh)

27 Iyar 5775
May 15-16, 2015


Hi there! I hope that you are all well. 

We are only 3 days away from the annual Yavneh Gala Dinner honoring Mrs. Moselle Hendeles. I hope that you had a chance to RSVP to the evening. It's going to take place at Sinai Temple on Yom Yerushalayim. 
May we share in many more simchos together. 
Speaking of simchos we have a very special kiddush this Shabbos given by Zahava and Daniel Uretsky. This kiddush is a special opportunity to recognize Hashem's nissim in bringing Emunah Chayah, their newest addition, into the world and making sure that she continues to grow toward Torah, Chupah, U'Maysim Tovim.   

I look forward to seeing you soon, 

Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

Parshat Behar- Bechukotai
(Birchat Hachodesh)


FRIDAY, May 15, 2015
Candle-lighting: 7:29 PM

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

SHABBAT, May 16, 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
Rabbi Einhorn's Sermon: The Hubris of Knowledge

Kiddush is sponsored by the Uretsky Family in honor of the birth of their daughter, Emunah Chaya, to share in the simcha and in hakaras hatov of all the support from the community.

Oneg Shabbat- Pirkei Avot Shiur for boys in grades 5th - 7th at the Einhorn residence
515 N. Highland: 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Mincha: 7:20PM

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Vera and Sam Menlo in memory of Sam’s parents, Malka bat Shimon a’h and Tzvi Dov ben Mordechai Yosef a’h.  May their neshamot have an immediate aliya.
Topic: What's hot in the Religious World

Ma'ariv: 8:25 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 May 17, 2015: 9:20 AM

Bolt of Inspiration - The Memory of the Milkman
A Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - R' Shlomo Einhorn 

Some mitzvos are significant for their clear and present purpose – think השבת אבידה, returning a lost object. Some mitzvos are significant for a reason that we cannot comprehend – think פרה אדומה, the red heifer. And yet other mitzvos are critical for what they commemorate. The challenging mitzvah, stressed in this weeks’ reading (Behar-Bechukosai), Shemitah, is purely commemorative in our time. The obligation to observe its’ parameters is only miderabanan as we are missing one of the fundamental requirements "רוב יושביה עליה". Only when the majority of Jews in the world live in the land of Israel does it become obligated by the Torah. The rabbinic practice is seemingly in place to allow us to commemorate the mitzvah of trusting in G-d and letting our land lie fallow. The Israeli mystic, known as the Milk Man, R. Chaim Cohen argues that that the commemorative element of Shemitah in our time, actually runs deeper. Shemitah is there to remind us of a time when we truly lived as one people on one land. Yes we commemorate our trust in G-d that the land will still sustain us when let it ‘do its thing’, but more powerfully we are remembering what it was like to celebrate such a beautiful agricultural mitzvah as one people.
It is with this insight of the Milk Man that we march into Yom Yerushalayim Yom Yerushalyim acknowledges the powerful miracles that Hashem performed for us in 1967, but our celebrations are bittersweet as we also remember a city in which so many turned their prayers toward. We celebrate Jerusalem and we also remember how many Jews would come bring their offerings and their holiday gifts to the Beis HaMikdash. Some mitzvos help us remember certain practices. Other mitzvos help us remember certain practices we all did, in our home, together.   

Yavneh Announcements

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week, May 16th at 5:00 PM at her home, 180 N. Las Palmas Ave. The topic will be "Beginning with Samuel, Saul, and David these charismatic leaders of the Jewish People fashioned the unique spiritual image of the people of Israel." All are welcome.

Join us on Shavuot Night (Saturday, May 23rd) for 7 Shiurim given by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn followed by Shacharit at 5:20 AM

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2015 Annual Scholarship Banquet Honoring Moselle Hendeles for her lifelong dedication to Yavneh.  And our faculty honoree Lisette Ohana.
Sunday May 17th, 4:30 PM 

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Take a look and get ready to bid on Sunday! If you will not be joining us for whatever reason on Sunday, don't worry -- you can still participate in the auction.

To place ticket orders, or your maximum silent auction bids before the event, please email by 12:00pm on Sunday May 17, with the following information:
  • How many tickets you'd like to order and in what packages you'd like them placed
  • Your maximum bids for the silent auction items and we'll take care of your bidding for those items as well

Join us at YULA Girls School on May 31st at 9:30 AM for a morning of reflection and learning in memory of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein z"l




Did you know that Yavneh has a mobile app for your phone?  You can listen to Shiurim, view our weekly bulletins, and lots more!  Click HERE to view the video and to find out how you can get the Yavneh mobile app on your phone today!

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

Save the Date

May 17 - Yavneh Scholarship Banquet at Sinai Temple
May 23-24 - Shavuot
June 6 - Kiddush sponsored by the Rubin Family


Community Announcements

Community Wide Pre-Shavuos Bake Sale to Benefit the Yad Eliezer Baby Formula Fund: Thursday, May 21 at 10:00am -1pm, Beth Jacob Congregation 9030 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90211. To volunteer to bake call/text Dena Bess at 323-823-4849 Check us out on Facebook @ Yad Eliezer Baby Formula Bake Sale


2 Upcoming Shaarei Tefila Trips: June 4th @ 6 PM: The King and I; June 25th @ 6 PM: Train to Zakopane. For reservations call Bernice Gelman @ (323)938-7147

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B'Nei Akiva: THIS SUNDAY! Join Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles as we celebrate Israel's 67th Independence Day at the CELEBRATE ISRAEL FESTIVAL May 17th, 2015 at Rancho Park-Cheviot Hills Recreation Center Doors open at 11:00 am 
To purchase your tickets, please click here.

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