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Weekday Minyanim

Weekday Minyanim

Shaharit #1 6:45am
Shaharit #2 7:30am
Shaharit #3 8:15am
Minha/Arbit 6:45pm & 7:30pm

Friday Minha

Friday Minha

Shir Ha’Shirim 6:30 & 7:15pm
Minha 6:45 & 7:30pm
Candle Lighting 7:31pm

Shabbat Shaharit

Shabbat Shaharit

First Minyan - Rabbi Setton - New Sanctuary 7:00am
Main Minyan - Rabbi Kassin - Main Sanctuary 8:15am
PAC Minyan - Max Sutton - Midrash 9:00am
HS/Post HS Minyan - Rabbi Dana - Social Center 9:15am
Rabbi Kassin’s Halacha Class - Library 11:15am
Rabbi Setton’s Class for PAC Minyan Kids 11:15am

Shabbat Minha

Pre-Minha Classes 6:05pm
Shabbat Minha - Main Sanctuary 7:05pm
Shabbat Ends 8:30pm

Rosh Hodesh Av

By Rabbi Ezra Labaton ZS”L

Although Rosh Hodesh is viewed as a holiday in all other contexts, Rosh Hodesh Av is viewed very differently. It introduces us to a period of intense mourning. Most of us are fully aware of the implications when Rosh Hodesh Av is announced. In a word, we prepare ourselves for a week of historical reflection, personal introspection and mourning.

Yet not everybody is aware that on Rosh Hodesh Av, we commemorate as well the passing of Aaron, brother of Moshe Rabenu. Additionally, not everybody is aware that our commemoration of Tisha B’Av is rooted in the biblical verse, Zecharia 8:19. Here, the navi notes that the fast of the fifth month though a day of sadness now, shall eventually be observed as a holiday. Further, not everyone is aware that this day of mourning commemorates the fall of Bar Kokhva’s fortress at Betar and the expulsion of Jews from Spain.

Yet, despite all of the above, Av is also a month to rejoice. The fifteenth day of Av was a popular holiday known as Hamisha Asar b’Av, where Jewish marriage was celebrated. The young Jewish women would dress in white (signifying purity) and invite the young men into a mutual relationship of love. Interestingly, the very month of destruction, encourage and celebrates Jewish renewal and the rebirth of our nation. We take comfort in knowing, that despite the tragedies that have overwhelmed us, we still survive and flourish as a Jewish Nation. May this year’s Hamisha Asar b’Av give birth to many weddings.