OU Shabbaton this Shabbat at Yavneh


Parshat Vayeshev
21 Kislev 5775
December, 2014



Hi there! I hope that you are all well.

I remember my first day moving into Rav Schachter's Talmud Shiur at Yeshiva University. It was intimidating and daunting. Here is the top shiur with a Rabbi whose teachings may be over my head. On top of that, I wondered how I was going to sit and listen for two hours. I took my seat, opened my Gemara and new notebook. In walked the Rebbe. Thus began a journey that changed the way I approached learning and my Judaism forever. 
THIS IS OUR GUEST THIS SHABBOS. HaRav Hershel Schachter Shlit"a. 
Come daven with him Shabbos night, hear his wonderful stories of meeting great gedolim at a tish at Michael and Sasha Parker's house, join us for divrei chizuk Saturday morning, enjoy a luncheon with a talk on the power of prayer and close out the Shabbos with Rav Schachter's final version of The Last Lecture series. 
The Shabbaton continues on Saturday night with Rav Weinberger's talk at 7:15pm on "Raising frum Children. The gadlus continues Sunday morning after the 7:30am as we hear a special lecture delivered by Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman. Each of these speakers are dynamic and engaging. 
I'd also like to draw your attention to a new feature on our Yavneh Website. Do you ever find yourself scrambling for the schedule: what time is Maariv? What time is the luncheon? Who is speaking next Shabbos? We added a link called "Shabbat Yavneh" on the top of the
www.yha.org home screen. See the screen shot below.


(For those checking on their Mobile Device click on the "Home" scroll down menu for the Shabbat@Yavneh option")

See you there!
Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn


Parshat Vayeshev
Yavneh Welcomes Rav Schachter

FRIDAY, December 12, 2014
Candle-lighting: 4:26 PM
Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:30 PM
Something to Say at the Shabbos Table

Oneg Shabbat with Rav Schachter-- 8:15PM
At the home of Sasha and Michael Parker, 124 S. Highland Ave.
Topic: "My Time with the Rav and Other Gedolim"

SHABBAT, December 13, 2014
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
Sermon by Rav Schachter
All children programs begins at 9:30 AM

Gala Kiddish in the Yavneh lunchroom with a special presentation by Rav Schachter
Topic: "How to Daven Better"

Kiddish co-sponsored by:

  • Diane and Leslie Botnick in memory of Diane's father, Maurice Swergold a'h (Mordechai Tzvi Yehuda  ben Aharon Tuvya). May his neshama have an immediate aliyah.
  • Helena and Steven Usdan in memory of Helena's grandfather, Yissachar Dov Mordechai Kornwasser a'h. May his neshama have an immediate aliyah.

B'nei Akiva at Yavneh this Shabbat:  4:00 PM
Mincha: 4:15 PM

Seudah Shlishit sponsored by Lauren and David Lunzer in honor of welcoming Rabbi & Rebbetzin Schachter to our Yavneh this Shabbat.
"If You Had One Last Sermon to Give, What Would You Say?"
Ma'ariv: 5:20 PM

MOTZEI SHABBAT, December 13, 2014
3 simultaneous opportunities to learn!

Boys: learning in the lunchroom (ages 6 & up) with pizza
Girls: learning in the library (ages 6 & up) with funnel cakes
7:15pm Adults: Join Rav Moshe Weinberger in the Beit Midrash 
"How to Raise Frum Children"

SUNDAY MORNING, December 14, 2014
7:00am Daf Yomi with Rabbi Einhorn
7:30am Shacharit
Breakfast and Dialogue with Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman in the June Perfit Courtyard
Topic: "TMZ, Jewish Press, and the Relevance of Lashon Hara" 

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Times of Davening During the Week
Followed by daily Daf Yomi with Rabbi Einhorn
Daf Yomi Sponsored by Walter and Esthie Feinblum
Sundays:  7:30 AM
Mondays & Thursdays: 6:15 AM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 6:25 AM
Latest Shema: Week of December 15, 2014: 9:19 AM 

Bolt of Inspiration - How Many Angels?

Chanukah is the time when we celebrate our victory over Hellenization as manifested by both the Greeks and the Hellenized Jews. On a simple level we view the victory as one of spirituality over physicality. The spiritual way of G-d conquered the way of the gymnasium, worship of the human body. Jews were now free to ascend pious ladders of asceticism. I believe this view of our triumph to be overly simplified and perhaps even incorrect.
Plato believed that the self is a combination of two components: body and soul. The purpose of life, for Plato, is freeing the mind from bodily attachments and living the life of the soul. According to Lucreitius, who was a materialist, the purpose of life was getting past our illusionary spiritual sentiments and enjoying the physical. Both of these models were satisfactory modes of existence in Hellenized Greece. By taking a side in this war, one was showing their firm commitment to a philosophical school. The religious Jew, by contrast, chose both. The Talmud teaches us that the Greeks tried to rid the Jews of Sabbath observance, circumcision, and religious recognition of the new month.  Why? Each of these expressed Judaism’s sophisticated credo: spirituality and physicality can coexist as a holy chimera. Sabbath is a day where we connect to G-d and can do so through eating, sleeping, singing and other pleasures. Circumcision is about acknowledging that the flesh can be made holy. The celebration of the new month identifies the functional calendar as providing new opportunities for religious growth. 
Judaism is not the escape nor is it the indulgence. Judaism is the eternal dance between both sides of our being. 

Yavneh Announcements

The Los Angeles Community Eruv is scheduled to shut down next month because they do not have the financial needs to continue operating. They need $90,000. To make a donation, you can go online at LAERUV.com.
To make a year-end contribution to Yavneh, please contact the business office.  Yavneh accepts all forms of gifts including credit card, check, cash, stock and property.

Be Part of the Teen Minyan!
Take active participation and make great friendships! Led by Rabbi Dov Block
Click HERE for the flyer for details

Come to our All -Star Youth Groups every Shabbat!
Earn Torah Dollars for Davening, Parsha and more and trade them in for awesome prizes!
Click HERE for flyer for details.

If You Had One Last Sermon to Give, What Would You Say??
Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Shlomo Goldner in memory of Pinchas Elimelech A'H ben Shlomo Asher Halevi
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Co-sponsored by Dr. Bernard & Temi Monderer in dedication to their parents and in memory of Dr. Monderer's brother, Dovid ben Yechezkel, & by Buddy & Susie Salzberg in memory of Jack and Sima Salzberg & Jack Samuels and their lifetime devotion to Jewish Education
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Yavneh's OU MEGA SHABBATON this Shabbat!
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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 esoussana@yha.org.

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

Save the Date:

Dec 15 – 1st Chanukah light (in the evening)
Dec 19-22 – Chanukah Vacation – No School
Dec 20 – Kiddush Sponsored by Nathalie Bistro
Dec 27 – Kiddush Sponsored by the Botnick Family.

Community Announcements

The Shabbat Shuir by Dr. Leila Bronner continues on December 13th at 4:30pm at 180 N. Las Palmas Ave. Subect: The days of the beloved judge Gideon is coming to an end, The people of Israel respected and showed their love for Gideon by begging him: "Rule over us both you and your son... Gideon refused to accept the kingship. However the story led many to many sad stories about the great Gideon and his family.
All are welcome!

Join Rabbi Einhorn at the AIPAC POLICY CONFERENCE! Policy Conference admission is $599 for non-club members and $499 for club members, register today.


Shaarei Tefila presents- Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin - A Musical Story of America. Sunday, December 14 at the Gefen Playhouse. Bus leaves from Shaarei Tefila at 1 PM and returns at 5 PM. $49, includes priority seating and bus transportation. For reservations, call Bernice Gelman at 323-938-7147.

If you observe any suspicious activity call the SHOMRIM HOTLINE (424) 294-8273. LAPD Non-Emergency (877) 275-5273, To report a threat (877) 284-7328.

B'Nei Akiva Events:
Bnei Akiva Events: Shabbat Afternoon SNIF ProgramTHIS WEEK Sat. Dec. 13th 4:00pm SNIF Shluchot at Beth Jacob. Walking group LEAVES at 3:30pm from Circle Park.3:45pm  SNIF Saad at Yeshivat Yavneh.  4:00pm SNIF Tirat Tzvi at Shaarey Zedek.  Also 4:00pm Snif V'Za'Ch-City at Beth Jacob.  SUN. Dec. 14th 11:15am  Manhigut –2nd Session at Rancho Park. 9th Graders can still join!  Sat. Dec. 20th  V'Za'Ch Chanukah Scavenger Hunt  at S.M. Pier. Sun. Dec. 21st Chev. Alef Valley-Counselor Hunt at Topenga Mall! Sat. Dec 27th Chevraya Bet Scavenger Hunt at SM Pier!   Sun. Dec 28th 9:30-11:30am  Chev Alef-City Counselor Hunt at Century City Mall For more Bnei Akiva info call: Eyal 310-220-1459 or Avi 818-442-8608. Shabbat Shalom!

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