Shabbat Parshat Ki Sisa – News & What’s On

What’s been going on?

Another busy summer week comes to a close. We are in full swing preparing for an amazing school year ahead, and Hebrew School will return for the first week back on Sunday 6th March. Registration forms for the new school year have been sent out, so please make sure to return them at your earliest convenience, or get in touch, if you wish to register your child for the new school year 2022.

Programming for this years CTEEN is underway with our CTEEN presidents Lee Berman and Alon Brokensha. Watch this space!

The pool facilities are open for community members to use on certain evenings – see times and days below.

Delicious, fresh challahs are available for pickup on Fridays 3:00PM and onwards as always!

 

Shabbat Parshat Ki Sisa

“Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet from it.” (Shemot 30:19)

Each morning, before the daily service, the Kohanim serving in the Mishkan would wash their hands and feet. Emulating this practice, we too wash our hands every morning upon awakening, to sanctify ourselves for a new day in the service of G-d.

Strangely, however, the Rambam writes that before the morning prayers, one must wash not only his hands (and feet), but also his face – something which was not even required before the daily service in the Mishkan! This implies that our daily prayers, which replace the service in the Temple, require even more preparation than was necessary for the service in the Mishkan and Beis Hamikdash.

This additional preparation reflects the unique challenges that a Jew faces in exile, in marked contrast to those faced by the Jews of Temple times.

Hands and feet serve as the body’s primary means of physical activity. The face, in contrast, is home to our higher faculties and senses, such as sight, speech, etc. The face thus represents the things that we are involved in not only technically, but also mentally and emotionally.

In the times of the Mishkan and Beis Hamikdash, the Jewish people, particularly the Kohanim, were in an ideal spiritual state: they occupied their hearts and minds almost exclusively with holy pursuits. Their limited involvement with the mundane, material world (in order to sustain themselves physically) was only in deed, not in spirit. The Kohanim therefore needed only to rinse their hands and feet, metaphorically removing themselves from their mundane activities, and then they were ready to devote themselves to the sacred service in the Temple.

Under the stresses and confusion of exile, however, it is not uncommon that material concerns occupy a Jew’s innermost thoughts and feelings. The preparations for prayer today therefore require washing even the face, according to the Rambam, in order to metaphorically wash away our internal engrossment in the material world and ready ourselves for focused service of G-d.

-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 31, p. 189)

To read more about this week’s parsha click here

 

SHUL THIS SHABBOS

7:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner. RSVP ONLY

10:00 AM Shacharit followed by lunch. RSVP ONLY

 

COVID GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

  • Please wear a mask in shul
  • Shul and all events are RSVP ONLY. Please RSVP via email or via the website. Otherwise you may not be on the list.
  • Please email your vaccine pass to us if you wish to attend something. Once we have it on file there is no need to resend it every time you attend.

 

Shabbat Times for This Week

Candle Lighting 7:57 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:54 PM

 

Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits

Happy Birthday to Godfrey Chaimowitz on the occasion of his birthday!

Happy Birthday to Ellen Selkon on the occasion of her birthday!

 

Weekday Minyanim

Sunday: 9:00 AM Shacharit – followed by fresh bagel breakfast

 

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Mendel and Esther Hecht