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OZ Weekly: Vayikra 5783 - Scholar in Residence, Sephardic Minyan, Rabbi's Message, and More...

03/24/2023 11:41:38 AM



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Dear OZ family,

Rav Yaacov Emden comments on the invitation that opens the Maggid section of the Haggadah. We invite all who are hungry to come and eat, and all who need, to eat the Korban Pesach with us. Rav Emden considers that the second invitation is disingenuous. Surely by the time we are singing “Ha Lachma Anya”, it is too late to invite someone to eat the Korban Pesach. That invitation must already be tendered before the Korban Pesach is offered in the afternoon. Therefore, Rav Emden explains, we must say that we are repeating an invitation that was made earlier in the day. This dovetails very well with his explanation of the earlier invitation, for all who are hungry to come and eat.

Rav Emden explains that the invitation for all who are hungry to come and eat was also made earlier in the day and was specifically made to Gentiles. Erev Pesach is the perfect day to make a Kiddush Hashem by giving food to the Non-Jews among us. We have all this food that we need to dispossess. Wouldn’t it be better to give it to those who are hungry who are not commanded to refrain from eating Chametz on Pesach? So both invitations are made before the holiday starts.

To that end, we will have boxes in the shul lobby for food distribution before Pesach starting next week. You can leave all your Chametz in these boxes, and take part in the fulfillment of the first invitation. Regarding the second invitation, please indicate if you are will be on the West Side for Pesach and you’d like to have a guest for any of the 6 meals (2 Seders, 1 Friday night dinner and 3 lunches). Indicate also if you’d like to be hosted for any of these meals, and we’ll try to set everyone up for Yom Tov. You can contact Beverly at the office to get started.

It is a pleasure to welcome Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman for Shabbos, as our Scholar in Residence. The program is dedicated by the Weitzner family in memory of Ari’s father, Dr. Walter Weitzner, z”l. I welcome everyone to take part in all of Rabbi Berman’s lectures throughout Shabbos. The entire schedule is listed below.  

Have a wonderful Shabbos. Stay well and healthy.

Rabbi Allen Schwartz



  • The Scholar in Residence Weekend is dedicated by the Weitzner Family, in memory of Ari's father Dr. Walter Weitzner z'l
  • Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman is a professor of Tanakh at Bar-Ilan University. A graduate of Princeton University, Rabbi Berman received his semikhah from the Rabbanut HaRashit Le-Yisrael, after learning for eight years at Yeshivat Har-Etzion. He is the author of The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (Jason Arnonson, 1995), Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Oxford, 2008), a National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Scholarship, and most recently, Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism (Oxford, 2017). His articles and essays have appeared in Mosaic Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He is currently at work on his next book, Orthodoxy and the Challenge of Biblical Criticism. He, his wife and their four children reside in Bet Shemesh.


  • Prepare for Pesach with OZ - Chametz Sale forms, Maot Chittm, Supplemental Reading,  the OU Guide, the more is available in the lobby & online at

Mazel Tov

  • Helen Gross, on the birth of a great-granddaughter, born to her grandchildren Noah and Tali Kolatch
  • Todd & Anna Schwartz, on the birth of a baby girl
  • Richard & Jane Stanger, on the birth of grandson, a son born to Dovid Shlmo & Avital Berman
  • Zahava Wapner & Eiran Gordon, on their upcoming wedding

Main Kiddush 

  • The Weitzner Family, in memory of Ari's father Dr. Walter Weitzner z'l
  • Eli & Malka Spiro in honor of our OZ family for welcoming us during our time on the Upper West Side - we will miss you all!
  • Pnina Arbesfeld and David Arbesfeld, commemorating the Yarzheit of their father Rabbi Hyman Arbesfeld - HaRav Chaim ben Avraham z'l

Shalosh Seudos 

  • Debora Family, in commemoration of David's mother, Leah bas Dovid Shlomo z'l

Hashkama Kiddush 

  • Illana & George Lloyd and family, and by Shachar David, in memory of their fathers and grandfather Raphael David - Rafael Chaim Ben Saadya, Henry Lloyd -Yechiel Ben Yosef,  and great grandparents Judah & Fruma Bacharach z"l

Sephardic Minyan & Mezzeh Sponsors 

  • Ephraim Gittler    
  • David Honig    
  • Joseph Offenbacher    
  • Esther Rimokh   
  • Ilya Starobinets

Shabbat HaGadol Benefit Luncheon 

  • Give your kitchen a break before Pesach! Join the OZ Shabbat HaGadol Benefit Luncheon supporting the Kiddush Fund - $65 Adults / $36 Child— RSVP at

 Upcoming Events: 

  • Monday 8:00pm Mishmar: Tehillim of Pesach Library & Zoom
  • Tuesday 7:30pm Tuesday Night Learning Exclusively on Zoom
  • Wednesday 2:00pm Tzurba: Bedikas Chametz Library & Zoom
  • Thursday 7:00pm Bible Behind the Scenes Library
  • Friday 7:00am Men’s Daf Yomi starts Sotah Library & Conference Call
  • Friday 8:00pm 30&40 Wine & Dine Bet Medrash
  • Shabbat 11:15am Shabbat HaGadol Drasha Main Sanctuary
  • Shabbat 12:00pm Benefit Luncheon Bet Medrash
  • Sunday 10:00am R’ Schwartz’s Mitzvah Morning Kitchen & Classroom
  • Sunday 10:30am Youth Dept: Kids Crafts Bet Medrash
  • Sunday 6:00pm Annual Hagaddah Highlights Bet Medrash

Please Note 

  • Pardon our appearance while lighting work is being completed in the Main Lobby, School Passageway, Stairwells, and in the Main Sanctuary
  •  The 'Early' Plag Minyan will commence after Pesach, and will meet Mondays to Fridays throughout the summer (in addition to the 'Late' Zman Minyan)
  • The Rabbi’s Haggadah & other books are available for discount purchase - contact office


  • Parshat Vayikra 5783 / 2023

Friday, March 24 (Nisan 2)

  • 6:10am    Shacharit
  • 7:00am    Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:00am    Shacharit
  • 8:00am    Shacharit
  • 6:54pm    Candle Lighting
  • 7:05pm    Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 7:05pm    Sephardic Minyan (Social Hall)
  • 7:55pm    Friday Night Chai Dinner (RSVP): It takes a 'Start-Up Nation' to Build the Bet HaMikdash 

Shabbat, March 25 (Nisan 3)

  • 7:30am    Hashkama Minyan in Main Shul
  • 8:45am Haftorah Class in Social Hall
  • 9:15am Main Sanctuary Minyan
  • 9:30am Youth Groups in School Building
  • 11:15am Drasha: Rabbi Dr. Berman: Is it ‘History’? The Historical Accuracy of the Tanakh 
  • 5:30pm Afternoon Groups in Social Hall 
  • 5:35pm Shiur - Rabbi Dr. Berman: The Archeology of the Exodus & the Meaning of Shirat Hayam 
  • 6:35pm Mincha
  • 6:55pm Men's Daf Yomi in the Library
  • 6:55pm Shalosh Seudos w/R’ Berman: Anti-Semitism and what our response should be 
  • 7:55pm Maariv
  • 8:03pm Havdalah

Sunday, March 26 (Nisan 4)

  • 7:00am Shacharit
  • 8:00am Shacharit
  • 8:45am Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:05pm Zman Mincha Maariv

Monday, March 27 (Nisan 5)

  • 6:00am Shacharit
  • 6:50am Shacharit
  • 7:00am Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:50am Shacharit
  • 7:05pm Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 8:00pm Mishmar: Tehillim of Pesach

Tuesday, March 28 (Nisan 6)

  • 6:10am Shacharit
  • 7:00am Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:00am Shacharit
  • 8:00am Shacharit
  • 7:05pm Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 7:30pm TNLP on Zoom

Wednesday, March 29 (Nisan 7)

  • 6:10am Shacharit
  • 7:00am Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:00am Shacharit
  • 8:00am Shacharit
  • 2:00pm Tzurba: Bedikas Chametz
  • 7:05pm Zman Mincha Maariv

Thursday, March 30 (Nisan 8)

  • 6:00am Shacharit
  • 6:50am Shacharit
  • 7:00am Men's Daf Yomi
  • 7:50am Shacharit
  • 7:00pm Bible Behind The Scenes
  • 7:05pm Zman Mincha Maariv

Friday, March 31 (Nisan 9)

  • 6:10am Shacharit
  • 7:00am Men's Daf Yomi: Starts Sotah
  • 7:00am Shacharit
  • 8:00am Shacharit
  • 7:01pm Candle Lighting
  • 7:10pm Zman Mincha Maariv
  • 8:00pm 30&40 Wine & Dine (RSVP)



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