Parshat Pinchas-- Birkat HaChodesh

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Parshat Pinchas
Birkat HaChodesh
24 Tammuz 5775
July 10-11, 2015

              Be sure to RSVP for our annual dinner! 
Hi there! I hope that you are all well. 
The Kehilah dinner is coming up and your reservations are pouring in. 
Make sure to sign up as the venue has limited seating. This is going to be a wonderful evening as we experience the newest Los Angeles restaurant - O Wok's a Japanese / French fusion experience. One thing I will guarantee - YOU WILL NOT be bored. 

Ever wonder how we come up with our themed ideas? 
Click HERE for a behind the scenes look at how we come up with stuff at Yavneh Family Services.

I'd like to welcome Rabbi Reuben Ebrahimoff AKA Haftarah Man who will be joining the kehilla and myself for Shabbos.

I look forward to seeing you soon, 

Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

Parshat Pinchas
Birkat HaChodesh

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015
Candle-lighting: 7:49 PM

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

We'd like to welcome our guest Rabbi Reuben Ebrahimoff, also known as "Haftorah Man"!  

SHABBAT, July 11, 2015

Pre-Shacharit Shiur: 8:30 AM
Topic: The Biblical Origins of the Jewish Holidays

Shacharit: 9:00 AM
All children programs begins at 9:30 AM
Shabbat Drasha: Haftorah Man

Kiddush is co-sponsored by:

  • Candice and Marty Gurfinkel in honor of their newborn grandson, Nechemiah Tzvi, born to Miriam and Aron Rosenblatt. Mazal Tov! 
  • Ahuva and Jerry Jacobs in memory of Jerry's mother, Tova bat Yaakov Moshe a’h. May her neshama receive an immediate aliyah.
  • Murielle and Steve Uretsky in memory of Murielle’s aunt, Diamantina Andrea Hassan bas Yosef a'h. May her neshama receive an immediate aliyah.

Pre-Mincha Shiur: 6:50 PM  
The 10 Things You Need to Know About the Book of Tehillim

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

Mincha: 7:40PM

Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by Marlene and Gerard Einhorn in memory of the Shloshim of Marlene’s brother, Moshe Grun, Moshe Shlomo ben Michoel z"l

Seudah Shlishit Topic: Shloshim

Ma'ariv: 8:45 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 July 12, 2015: 9:24 AM

Bolt of Inspiration - 3 Weeks the Kozhnitzer Way
A Weekly D'var Torah from the Dean and Rav of Yavneh - R' Shlomo Einhorn 

We are well into the 3 Weeks. These 3 Weeks mark an intensification of mourning as expressed through this period, carrying onward in the 9 days and culminating with Tisha B’av, the 9th of Av. Are these  3  Weeks  -  days  of  pure  bitterness  or  is  there  some  joy,  some  positive  motif  being  developed during  this  interim?  One  of  the  primary  pupils  of  the  Mezritcher  Maggid  (who  was  the  preeminent student  of  the  Baal  Shem  Tov)  was  the  Kozhnitzer  Rebbe.  His  work  entitled “Avodas  Yisrael”  – represents  a  distinct  way  of  approaching  tragedy  in  Jewish  thought.  While  other  thinkers  view  the  3 Weeks as a period of somber reflection, the Kozhnitzer Rebbe approaches these days with the optimisticvision of one ready for a challenge. Our challenge is to find the light in all the darkness, the kindness in all the destruction, and the humanity in all the chaos. While other mystics grew weaker as Tisha B’av progressed, the Kozhnitzer Rebbe grew stronger. 

What is the source for this novel approach of the Kozhnitzer Rebbe? Perhaps it is based upon the Gemara in Yoma 54b that reports that when our enemies entered the Holy Chambers they saw the two Cherubs above the ark embracing one another. This seems strange for the Gemara in Bava Basra 99a explains that when the Jewish people were doing the Will of G-d then the Cherubs turned towards each other and embraced, and when the Jewish people were not doing the Will of G-d, then the Cherubs turned  their  backs  on  each  other.  Surely  the  destruction  of  the  Temple  was  a  time  when  the  Jewish people were not doing the Will of G-d, so why then were the Cherubs embracing? This is precisely the view of the Kozhnitzer Rebbe – in the darkness there is light, in moments of hate and spite there is love to be found.

In our post 9/11 world of fear, panic, and more tragedy – maybe what the Jewish people need is not the standard Tisha B’av. Perhaps we all need a Kozhnitzer Tisha B’av. Please G-d, let us find strength and meaning in the upcoming days. 

Yavneh Announcements

Yavneh gets first crack at new Los Angeles Japanese Cuisine

Special Tisha B'Av Program at Yavneh - Motzei Shabbat, July 25th through Sunday, July 26th

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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

July 18 - Kiddush sponsored by the Botnick Family
July 26 - Tisha B'Av - Special Program at Yavneh
July 28 - Annual Gala Dinner for our Kehilla
Aug 8 - Seudah Shlishit sponsored by the Schwartz/Menlo Families


Community Announcements

Dr. Leila Bronner's weekly shiur will continue this week, July 11th at 5:00 PM at her home, 180 N. Las Palmas Ave. SUBJECT; Abigail, woman of brains and beauty, averts danger leading to marriage with David. While Saul, in deep depression, seeks help from the witch of Endor, a necromancer; one who, with magic powers, could raise the dead to tell him what will happen to him in the war against the Philistines. Will he live or die? 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

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