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Vol. LXVIII No. 4                                 5777



New York City
January 27, 2017 – 29 Teves 5777
4:50 p.m. NYC E.S.T.


Sabbath Ends: 5:53 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 6:22 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Va’era
Weekly Haftara: Hashamayim Kisi (Isaiah 66:1-24)
Daf Yomi: Bava Basra 5
Mishna Yomit: Orlah 2:17-3:1
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 110:8 – 111:2
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Ma’achalos Asuros chap.8-10
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:17 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunrise: 7:09 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:39 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 5:08 p.m. NYC E.S.T.


This Shabbos is Rosh Chodesh Shevat (one day).

Friday evening: Kabbalas Shabbos and the usual Maariv tefillah with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh. If one forgot to say Ya’aleh VeYavo – at Maariv only one does not repeat. (The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 422:1, based on Berachos 30b, explains this as due to the fact that we do not sanctify the new month at night – and this rule applies even when Rosh Chodesh is two days.)

Shabbos morning: Shacharis is usual Shabbos tefillah with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh as well as in the chazzan’s repetition, followed by half-Hallel, Kaddish Tiskabbel. We remove two Torah scrolls from the Ark and in the first we read the weekly portion of Va’era and call seven Aliyos. We then call the Maftir and read from the second Sefer Torah in Parashas Pinchas (Bamidbar 28:9-15). We then read the Haftara, Hashamayim Kis’i (Isaiah 66:1-24). We say Yekum Purkan, we do not say Av HaRachamim, nor is there Hazkaras Neshamos, but we continue with Ashrei. We return the scrolls to the Ark and the chazzan says half-Kaddish.

Mussaf: Instead of Tikkanta Shabbos we substitute Ata Yatzarta and in the Korbanos (sacrifices) we mention both Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh; after chazzan’s repetition, Kaddish Tiskabbel followed by Ein K’Elokeinu, Aleinu, Shir Shel Yom and Borchi Nafshi and their respective Kaddish recitals (for mourners). Nusach Sefarad say Shir Shel Yom and Borchi Nafshi after Shacharis.

Mincha is usual Shabbos tefillah. We include Ya’aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh. We do not say Tzidkas’cha. Maariv is the usual Motza’ei Shabbos tefillah.

Birkas Hamazon: In the Grace after Meals we add Ya’aleh VeYavo as well as mention of Rosh Chodesh in Beracha Acharona (Me’ein Shalosh) at all times.


The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. – Y.K.