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Parshas Bo


Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

Vol. LXIV No. 3                                               5773
NYC Candle Lighting Time
January 18, 2013 – 7 Shevat 5773
4:37 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: 5:47 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Bo
Weekly Haftara: Hadavar Asher Dibber (Jeremiah 46:13-28)
Daf Yomi: Shabbos 107
Mishna Yomit: Gitin 9:2-3
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 179:1-3
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Eydus  chap. 2-4
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:18 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:41 a.m. NYC E.S.T.

About the Author: Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.


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