Shabbos Mevarchim Parshat Shekalim – News & What’s On

What’s been going on?

Sunday Cheder is due to 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. We’ll be back with a launch event on Sunday 13th March at 2PM for all our CTEENers, welcoming everyone age 13-18! More details to come!

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 Vayak’hel

“He made the copper washbasin and its copper base from the mirrors of the legions of women.” (Shemot 38:8)

The Talmud contrasts Moshe with all the other prophets in history, saying, “All the prophets looked into a dim glass, but Moshe looked through an illuminated glass.” Chassidus explains that Moshe’s perception of the Divine was comparable to a person looking through “an illuminated glass” – an instrument such as a telescope that enables us to see distances beyond the scope of the naked eye. In contrast, the other prophets’ perception of the Divine was through a “dim glass”, alluding to a mirror – a coated glass that expands our range of view to include angles that we could not view directly. Whereas through a telescope we see the distant objects themselves, in a mirror we see only the objects’ reflections. Analogously, what the other prophets perceived was a reflection of the Divine, but Moshe was given a glimpse of Divinity itself.

This explains why when the women offered their personal mirrors as a contribution to the Mishkan, Moshe hesitated to accept them because he viewed mirrors as instruments of lust and temptation. G-d, however, told Moshe to accept them, saying, “These are more precious to Me than all else, because through them the women produced the legions (they gave birth to) in Egypt.

The mirrors epitomised finding G-d in His reflection and shadow – discovering that even things that seem to be at odds with holiness can actually reflect the Divine. The women in Egypt “redirected” the mirrors from simple instruments of lust to agents of G-dly purpose, by utilising them to bring about the birth of another generation of Jews in the most dire of times.

Moshe, however, hoped for the Mishkan to be a place where G-d’s presence was perceived in the manner to which he was accustomed – manifestly and directly. Why blur the revelation in the Mishkan by incorporating in it aspects of life in which G-dliness – though present – is somewhat concealed?

Nevertheless, G-d told Moshe to accept the mirrors. For the unearthing of G-d’s presence even where He is normally “out of sight” is the ultimate fulfilment of G-d’s desire to dwell in he lowest elements of this world. Though the G-dly revelation therein is somewhat indirect, the Divine pleasure elicited by the challenge inherent in that discovery is “more precious to Me than all else.”

-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 6, p. 197-199)

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 7:48 PM

Shabbat Ends 8:44 PM

 

Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits

We wish long life to Levi and Hillel Du Plessis on the yartzeit of their dear mother, Hannah Du Plessis a”h

Happy Birthday to Mike Locketz on the occasion of his birthday!

Happy Birthday to Kim Sarkin on the occasion of his birthday!

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

Happy Birthday to Victoria Portugal 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