Parshat Yitro 2016
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Parshat Yitro
20 Shevat 5776 | January 29-30, 2016
Candle Lighting: 5:03pm
This week we ask that you kindly light an extra candle (bli neder) in honor of Daniella Moffson, a 21 year old woman tragically killed in Honduras. (See Article)
Parshat Yitro Shabbat Schedule

Friday, January 29, 2016
Candle-lighting: 5:03PM
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:10 PM

Topic: Something to Say at the Shabbos table

Shabbat, January 30, 2016

New!Mind Over Matter Shiur: 8:30 AM
Exploring the Michas Chinuch on the Parsha

Shacharit: 9:00 AM
All children's programs begins at 9:30 AM
Shabbat Drasha by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn: The New Normal

Kiddush is sponsored by the kehillah.

Mincha: 4:55pm

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by the kehilah. 

Join us every Shabbos After Mincha for Torah Gems on the Parsha from Rav Chaim Kanievesky and Rav Hershel Schacter. Delivered by Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn.

Ma'ariv: 6:00pm
Bolt of Inspiration
Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

There is no doubt that Korach is vilified when he comes to offer advice to Moshe and Aharon. However, he was not the first to file a complaint. We have a precedent with Moshe's father in law, Yisro. Yisro, an outsider, a convert and someone who hasn't experienced an iota of what the Jewish people have experienced, suddenly feels that it his place after observing Moshe for 10 minutes, to offer critique.
Yisro spares no punches - when he brings his challenge to Moshe. And he brings this challenge with some bravado as he asks "מה הדבר ×”×–×” אשר אתה עשה לעם" - "what is this thing that you do to the people?" "מדוע אתה יושב לבדך וכל העם נצב עליך מן הבקר עד ערב" - "why do you sit alone with all the people standing by you from morning to evening?"

On the surface this seems like a similar challenge to the one posed by Korach:
Why are you taking all the responsibility? "רב לכם" - it's too much for you. Pass it around? Spread the wealth? Yet Yisro is celebrated, and Korach obliterated?  
The Mishnah in Pirkei Avos contrasts arguments that are fought for "the sake of Heaven" with those that are not. The first category of machlokes that is considered ×œ×©× שמים, is exemplified by Hillel vs. Shammai. The 2nd category, which the Mishnah frowns upon, is a machlokes that is not ×œ×©× שמים, that is depicted by Korach and his disciples.
Now if there is a presumed symmetry in this Mishnah, what should it say: A machlokes for the sake of Heaven is exemplified by Hillel and in the other corner Shammai, not for the sake of Heaven is Korach and in the other corner .... Moshe, right?  But that's not what it says, rather Korach and his disciples there's nobody on the other side? I believe that the point was not that he came to improve a situation; he wasn't talking to any one, he didn't care about anyone, his machlokes was faced inward. There was no second party that he was trying to help. It was irrelevant who the parallel was, it could have been Moshe, it could have Aharon, and frankly it could have been Cinderella. It was irrelevant.     He wasn't worried about anybody else but himself. He was arguing to hear himself argue and not to achieve change.
Yisro wasn't in it for himself, he left behind a coveted life of priesthood, gave up his own honor to make a difference in this world. Yisro had nothing to gain by his suggestions, he came to help others.
Kids, young and old, sometimes cringe at their fathers' advice. We become smug and feel as though our parents don't understand or simply come from a different generation. As it turned out, Moshe was lucky to have an old-timer like Yisro who knew a thing or two about governance. Life experiences sometimes gives you a vantage point that youth tends to miss. 


Sunday: 7:30am
Monday & Thursday: 6:15am
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:25am
Latest Shema for the week of January 30: 9:29am

February 13  - Bar Mitzvah of Max Wintner


Mind Over Matter: Exploring the Minchas Chinuch on the Parsha
Series Begins This 
Shabbat Morning, January 30th, at 8:30am


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 and sponsor a Yavneh student for a day, or even a whole week of learning!  Please contact the office for more details at
Have a halachik or any other questions?  Feel free to contact Rabbi Einhorn at or call 917-647-8359. 

Condolences to Rabbi Moshe (and Sara Lea) Dear on the passing of his father, Israel Dear z”l. The funeral took place in Brooklyn on Tuesday.  Shiva will be observed in Philadelphia.  Rabbi Dear can be reached by email at or by phone at 215-725-1411. 
Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week on Jan. 30 at 4:15 180 North Las Palmas Ave.  Subject:  This Shabbat we finish studying 2 Samuel. (siyum) We will discuss with help of questions the important role David played  in the  history of the period. The text reads: "These are the last words of David. (Hashem)  gives great salvation to His King...performs kindness to His anointed...."the spirit  of Hashem spoke in me, And his word was on my tongue."

Bnei Akiva Events 
No Snif this week - Enjoy your vacation - see you next week!
Chevraya Bet (9th-12th grade) Winter Shabbaton Feb 26-28th - shabbaton, skiing & snowboarding with Bnei Akiva of Houston, Dallas, Denver & Mexico. Sign up at or contact for more info.

Moshava California - Have a blast this summer at Moshava California! Two, three, or six week sessions available - sign up today! For more info: or 855-MOSHAVA.
Chai Lifeline is happy to announce the launch of I-Shine, an after-school program for children living with a seriously ill sibling or parent, or a loss in their home. Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Chai Lifeline will be providing friendship, mentorship, recreation, homework help, and camaraderie to children.  Programs will take place in the Fairfax/La Brea area on Mondays and the Pico Robertson area on Wednesdays.  We have many fun and exciting volunteer opportunities for high school students and adults.  If you would like more information about the program or are interested in volunteering, please contact Sheva Gralnik, at or at (310) 274-6331.
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