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Parshas VaEs’chanan


Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

Vol. LXIII No. 31 5772

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
August 3, 2012 – 15 Av 5772
7:48 p.m. NYC E.D.T.

Sabbath Ends: 8:58 NYC E.D.T.
Weekly Reading: VaEs’chanan
Weekly Haftara: Nachamu, Nachamu (Isaiah 40:1-26)
Daf Yomi: Berachos 2
Mishna Yomit: Chullin 3:7-4:1
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 94:4-6
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Bias Mikdash chap. 2-4
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 4:52 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:28 a.m. NYC E.D.T. Pirkei Avos: 3

This Friday, Erev Shabbos, is Chamisha Asar B’Av – the 15th of Av – which our Talmud (Ta’anis 26b) refers to as a special festival that was celebrated when our holy Temple existed in Jerusalem. We do not say Tachanun. This Shabbos, is referred to as Shabbos Nachamu as we read the Haftara Nachamu Nachamu.

All tefillos as ususal, except that we do not say Av Harachamim or Hazkaras Neshamos before Musaf, or Tzidkas’cha following Mincha. We resume the study of Pirkei Avos (chap. 3).

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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