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OZ Weekly - VaEtchanon 5780 - Nachamu

07/31/2020 11:19:52 AM


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Rabbi Schwartz Class Update

  • Monday Night Course has concluded for the season
  • Take 5 for Tefillah will continue on Tuesdays on WhatsApp

Minyan Update

  • Minyanim have resumed under the guidelines of the CDC, DOH, and OU/RCA. Limited minyanim are operating at partial capacity.
  • Visitors to the building must wear a mask on premises and sanitize hands. Violators will be asked to leave or temporarily forfeit the ability to participate.
  • Weekday Minyanim currently meet in the Bet Medrash and max out at 30 men and 5 women.
  • Shabbat & Sunday Minyanim meet in the Main Sanctuary with 1 Person / Family per row alternating between window and aisle seat designations.
  • In the Main Sanctuary, Individuals and Families should sit in the BLUE marked seats
  • Shacharit will now start at Brachot
  • 6:40pm Plag Minyan has concluded for the Summer, now that Zman Mincha/Maariv will be starting earlier than 8pm. 
  • Rabbi Schwartz is emphatic that absolutely no one should feel any pressure to participate at this point.

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Parshat Va'Etchanan 5780

Friday Night

  • 6:40pm - Plag Minyan

  • 6:43pm - Plag HaMincha

  • 7:54pm - Candle Lighting

  • 8:05pm - Zman Minyan

  • 8:12pm - Shkiah (Sunset)

  • 9:02pm - Tzeit HaKochavim (Night Fall)

Shabbat Nachamu

  • 5:53am - Netz HaChama
  • 7:30am - Hashkama Minyan

  • 9:15am - Minyan

  • 9:27am - Latest Shema

  • 1:02pm - Chatzot

  • 7:50pm - Minyan

  • 8:11pm - Shkiah

  • 8:50pm - Maariv

  • 9:01pm - Havdalah / Tzeit HaKochavim

Weekday Minyanim 

  • Sunday: 8:00am & 7:55pm
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00am, 7:00am & 8:00am, 7:55pm Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 6:40pm Plag Early Mincha/Maariv has concluded for the season
  • Shacharit now starts at Brachot


Rabbi's Blanchard's Parsha Reflection

“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."

Sometimes, as we experience the cosmos, we are awestruck. For moderns, it is often the above classic quote from Immanuel Kant that expresses the source of this feeling. I think we have somewhat the same dichotomy in some traditional Jewish sources. On the one hand, the created order of nature and the miracles that reveal a God who is greater than nature. On the other, the moral order and the God who institutes and, at the limit, enforces it.  Although we are not very clear on the relationship between the moral and natural orders, our experience  of their compelling power is often the source of a spiritual consciousness.  As I study these sources, I too find my mind filled with ever new and increasing admiration and awe. 



Sun, January 17 2021 4 Shevat 5781