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Parshas VaYechi

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

Vol. LXIV No. 50                            5774
New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
December 13, 2013 – 10 Teves 5774
4:09 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

 

Sabbath Ends: 5:15 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 5:42 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: VaYechi
Weekly Haftara: VaYikrevu Yemei Dovid (I Kings 2:1-12)
Daf Yomi: Yoma 35
Mishna Yomit: Avos 3:13-14
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 320:3-5
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Nachalos chap. 9-11
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 6:16 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunrise: 7:11 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:30 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 4:29 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Today is the fast of Asara BeTeves. The fast starts at 5:59 a.m., N.Y.C., E.S.T. At Shacharis the chazzan in his repetition adds Anenu (between Go’el and Rofeh). We say the Selichos for Asara BeTeves. We read from the Torah in Parashas KiTissa-Va’yechal. We call three aliyos to the Torah.

Mincha: we say Ashrei, half Kaddish. We take out the Torah and call three aliyos to the Torah as we did at Shacharis and we again read from Va’yechal. The third aliya serves as Maftir and also reads the Haftara (Isaiah 55), Dirshu Hashem. We all say Anenu in the Shemoneh Esreh in Shema Kolenu. The chazzan in his repetition, however, says Anenu as in the morning, following Go’el Yisrael. At Mincha, no Avinu Malkeinu nor Tachachanun. Fast concludes at 5:15 p.m., N.Y.C. E.S.T. We wait to eat after Friday night Kiddush at the Seudas Shabbos.

Kiddush Levana until Tuesday evening, 15th of Teves.

 

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

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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