Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim
13 Iyar 5775
May 1-2, 2015


Hi there! I hope that you are all well. 

From the streets of Baltimore to the hills of Nepal, the world is in crisis. My remarks this Shabbos day are a reflection on the "State of the International Union". I hope that you can be there and share your comments with me at Kiddush. 
Our Shavuos schedule is up and online. It's going to be action packed. See our Shavuos Map and Schedule. If you would like to be one of the sponsors on our midnight BBQ, please let me know. 
Yeshivat Yavneh is honoring Mrs. Moselle Hendeles. Mrs. Hendeles and her family have been one of the cornerstones of Yavneh. Join us in paying tribute on Sunday, May 18, Yom Yerushalayim @ Sinai Temple. 

Look forward to seeing you soon, 

Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015
Candle-lighting: 7:19 PM
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:45 PM
Topic: Something to Say at the Shabbos Table

SHABBAT, May 2, 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 Drasha: The End of the World Cometh- Nepal and Baltimore

Kiddush is sponsored by the Kehilla

TEEN Pirkei Avot Shiur given by Alexander Apfel:  
5:30 PM at Rabbi Block's house.

CHILDREN (grades 5th-7th) Pikei Avot Shiur:
6:15 PM at the Fish residence: 305 S. June St.

Pre- Mincha Shiur with Rabbi Einhorn: 6:15 PM 
Pirkei Avot Series Continues!

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

Mincha: 7:10PM

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Steve Weiss with a siyum on massechet Megilla, in memory of his beloved father R' Moishe ben Yoinah, A"H. May his neshama have an immediate aliyah.

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 May 3, 2015: 9:26 AM

Bolt of Inspiration - Jackie Robinson and the Process of Jewish History
A Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - R' Shlomo Einhorn 

Achrei Mos/Kedoshim picks up in the aftermath of the death of Nadav and Avihu. The restatement of their passing as a header to our reading challenges us to find a link between the content of the parsha and the meaning that we are supposed to glean behind their untimely death. Finding meaning in tragedy is a mercurial road to go down. If that road is not traveled, if we do not attempt to find some message in the wake of loss then we have squandered some level of significance to the lives of those we remember. But on the other hand, if we do develop a lesson in response to darkness we run the risk of projecting a lack of sensitivity and humility in our judgment of G-d’s plan. So we tread carefully.
Jackie Robinson once said that “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”. This could be a reflection of the rabbinic dictum "לא נברא אדם יחידי" – “man was not created alone”. We were not created alone because the central pillar of our existence lies in what we can give to others. Or as the Holy Piasetzna Rebbe said it “the greatest thing in the world is to do another person a favor”.
What is the impact that the Nadav and Avihu story has had on us? The bulk of Achrei Mos deals with the Yom Kippur service in the Temple. That service, on the surface, focuses upon a rigorous and detailed ritual with animals, clothing, and purification. The effectiveness of the service, however, is held back until we have asked those that we have hurt for forgiveness. As the Gemara in Yoma phrases it – אין יום כפור מכפר עד שירצה בו חבירו – Yom Kippur does not atone until one appeases their friend. According to Rashi Nadav and Avihu asked themselves “when will these two old one’s (Moshe and Aaaron) pass on so that you and I will lead the generation?”. They may have had the techniques and shortcuts and “apps” needed for the new generation but they missed something fundamental about the development of Jewish History – Judaism does not progress in the right direction, holiness is not achieved unless it comes from a place of kindness. 
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Yavneh Announcements

Alexander Apfel will be delivering a Pirkei Avot Shiur for teens at Rabbi Block's house this shabbat afternoon, May 2nd at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Rabbi Block at
There will be a Pirkei Avot Shiur for children (5th-7th grade) at the Fish Residence-- 305 S. June St: this Shabbat, May 2nd @6:15 PM. 

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week, May 2nd 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.

Check out the latest news from Yavneh:

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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The Bullet Factory!—Find out what really took place at the clandestine munitions plant in the period leading up to Israel’s independence during a special evening with the Producer and Director of “Ayalon: The Secret Beneath the Hill). 
Two nights to choose from—please RSVP early as space is limited:
Yavneh May 3, 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Private Home May 4, 2015 7:30-9:30pm
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Have any halachik or any other questions? Feel free to contact Rabbi Einhorn at or call (917) 647-8359. 

Save the Date

May 9 - Pittsburgher Rebbe visiting Yavneh for Shabbat
May 9 - Kiddush sponsored by the Blaich Family
May 16 - Kiddush sponsored by the Uretsky Family
May 17 - Yavneh Scholarship Banquet at Sinai Temple
May 23-24 - Shavuot

Community Announcements

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

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B'Nei Akiva:
 Shabbat May 2nd: CitySnif Shluchot meets at 6:30pm at Beth Jacob (walking groups LEAVE Circle Park at 6:00). ValleySnif Lavi meets at 6:34pm at the Rodan home, 5015 Otis Ave, Tarzana. Upcoming: May 17th - Celebrate Israel Festival in Rancho Park. For more Bnei Akiva info call: Eyal 310-220-1459 or Avi 818-442-8608
Moshava Malibu: This Sunday May 3rd: MOSHAVA MALIBU PRE-CAMP MEETUP!  Calling all enrolled and prospective campers in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.  Meet your campmates & camp staff for tie-dying, activities & snacks! Sunday, May 3rd - 2:30-3:30 pm at La Cienega Park-- meet at the picnic tables.  Bring a friend - FREE to all enrolled and prospective campers! To RSVP and for more info: 855-MOSHAVA or

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