Parshat Shoftim

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Parshat Shoftim
7 Elul 5775
Aug 21-22, 2015

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Hi there! I hope that you are all well. 

The Elul work has begun. 2 Shabbosim ago I spoke about the need for us to make a cheshbon and think about "the most good that we can do." This past Shabbos we spoke about being more sophisticated and mature in our approach to religious life. Our progression of self-reflection and growth continues this Shabbos as we conclude our Hilchos Pollard series and share the legacy of Reb Yisroel of Rizhin. 

We look forward to seeing you soon, 

Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

Parshat Shoftim

FRIDAY, Aug 21, 2015
Candle-lighting: 7:15 PM

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

SHABBAT, Aug 22, 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 Royal Word

Kiddush is co-sponsored by Diane & Leslie Botnick and Millie & Richard Nickowitz in honor of Harris and Betty Nickowitz’s marriage. Mazal Tov!

Pre- Mincha Shiur Series-- 6:30PM

Hilchos Jonathan Pollard

Concluding this Shabbat:
August 22nd
*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: 7:05 PM

Seudah Shlishit is co- sponsored by:

  • Rabbi & Dr. Bronner in commemoration of the yahrtzeit of Rav Isaac Amsel a’h, HaRa Yitzchak ben Eliezer, Dr. Bronner’s father. Joining the Bronner’s in sharing is this commemoration are the Monderer’s and the Feinblum’s as well as the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May his neshama have immediate aliyah.
  • Brenda and Isaac Gozdzik in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Fred Hendeles, Shraga Feivel ben Moshe z"l, Brenda's father. May his neshama have an immediate aliyah.
  • Ilana and Simon Benhaim in commemoration of the yahrzeit of Simon's father, Yaakov ben Eliyahu a’h, Yaakov Benhaim. May his neshama have an immedaite aliyah.

Rabbi Einhorn's Topic: 50 Greatest Chassidic Rebbes : Rav Yisroel of Rizhin, Part II

Ma'ariv: 8:05 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: 6:15 AM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 6:25 AM
Latest Shema: Week of August 23, 2015: 9:38 AM

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

In Poetry and in the Classics, ‘summer’ refers to the youth of one’s life, the years of most vigor and playfulness. Ironically, as our summer comes to a close, we then begin the youth of our Spiritual lives with the onset of Elul. Self-help guru Anthony Robbins notes that young and old are not ages or stages in one’s life. “Getting old is not a matter of age, it’s a lack of movement.” If you see children walking along the sidewalks after a rain, and there’s a puddle in front of them, what are they going to do when they get to that puddle? They’re going to jump in! This is the way in which we approach Elul, not with a krechts but with a gust of energy. This joviality is a motif which makes its way throughout the month of Elul and up until the last minute of Sukkot. The Shofar blasts sounded each and every morning in Elul, tell us “Uru Yesheinim Mi’shinatchem” “Awake you sleepers from your slumber”. These awesome sounds awaken us for a month of life and energy. On Rosh Hashanah we recite the prayer “Hayom Harat Olam”- “Today is the Birthday of the World”. Celebration amidst the power. A brief moment of spring-like recourse on  a day of judgment. Rosh Hashanah is followed by Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, the mystics teach us, is Yom Ki-purim – A day like Purim. Purim is noted for its joy and overt manifestation of merriment. The holiday season then continues with Sukkot. The Torah teaches us “Vesamachta Bechagecha”, “And you shall rejoice on your festival”. Sukkot is a time of excitement and pride as we march to shul with our heads held high holding our beautiful lulavim and etrogim. The culmination of two months of partying takes full form with Simchat Torah, where we lose ourselves in the ecstasy of Torah study. At the end of the Torah reading on Simchat Torah, we call up all the children for Kol HaNaarim (All the Children). What a way to end this period – having the children themselves teach us the lesson of vibrancy and movement in approaching spirituality.
As the New Year approaches may we bring to our community and congregation this youthful joy and make this year the “summer of our lives”. 

Yavneh Announcements

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

Thank you to all the sponsors and guests that attended our annual dinner!  Click HERE to enjoy some pics of the night.
Hilchos Jonathan Pollard
Dates: Aug 15 and 22
Shabbat Afternoon Before Mincha

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 22 - Kiddush sponsored by the Botnick family
Aug 24-25 - First Days of School
Sep 4-5 - Rabbi Frand Scholar-in-Residence

Community Announcements

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week, Aug 22nd, at 5:00 PM at her home, 180 N. Las Palmas Ave. SUBJECT; In the last chapters we dealt with Saul's Death. His life was the story of a hero in the classical sense. He was defeated by an inner conflict which he could not resolve. Even his pursuit of David was at half-hearted. Saul's reign was short but he had some excellent qualities for the high position to which he was anointed, but for a man whose task was to create a new kingdom, he was not able to rise to the call. There was a tragic nobility to his life which is captured by David in his eulogy, "The beauty of Israel is slain on thy high places, how have the mighty fallen." Looking forward to seeing you. All are welcome.

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