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Parshas Vayikra

Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

Vol. LXV No. 10                          5774

New York City
CANDLE LIGHTING TIME
March 7, 2014–5 Adar II, 5774
5:33 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

Sabbath Ends: 6:36 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 7:08 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Vayikra
Weekly Haftara: Am Zu Yatzarti (Isaiah 43:21-44:23)
Daf Yomi: Sukka 32
Mishna Yomit: Zevachim 13:5-6
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 340:2-4
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Shofar v’Sukkah v’Lulav chap. 3-5
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:31 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunrise: 6:20 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:13 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 5:53 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

 

This Motza’ei Shabbos (Sunday 2:00 a.m.) we move the clock forward, 1 hour, as we resume daylight savings time.

This coming Motza’ei Shabbos and Sunday (March 9th) is Zayyin Adar, the yahrzeit of Moshe Rabbenu; we do not say tachanun.

This coming Thursday (March 13) is Ta’anis Esther (Purim starts Motza’ei Shabbos, March 15): the fast begins at dawn, 5:59 a.m. NYC E.D.T. For those who experience any problem when fasting, see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 686:2, Rema, for leniencies in this regard. Nevertheless, it is always preferable to ask a competent Orthodox rabbi for a ruling.

Shacharis as usual with the following exceptions: In the Shemoneh Esreh repetition the chazzan adds Anenu (between Go’el Yisrael and Rofeh Yisrael). Following the repetition we say special Selichos for Ta’anis Esther,  Avinu Malkenu which is recited by many cogregations, VeHu Rachum, Tachanun and half Kaddish. We take out a Sefer Torah and call up three to read in Parashas Ki Tissa (32:11-14; 34:1-10 – Vayechal) and half Kaddish. We do say Yehi Ratzon and the Shacharis Tefilla then concludes as usual.

At Mincha: Ashrei, then half Kaddish. We take out the Torah scroll and we read again in Ki Tissa (VaYechal), calling up three people; the third aliya also serves as the Maftir, who reads the Haftara from Yeshayahu 55:6-56:9, Dirshu Hashem be’himatz’o. In the Shemoneh Esreh all say Anenu in Shema Kolenu, and in the repetition the chazzan says Anenu between Go’el Yisrael and Rofeh Yisrael (as in Shacharis), followed by “Birkas Kohanim” and Sim Shalom. Avinu Malkenu, Tachanun, Kaddish Tiskabbel, Aleinu, Kaddish Yasom.

It is customary prior to Mincha for each individual to give three coins, each valued at half the monetary unit of the local currency. These are called “machatzis,” in remembrance of the Machatzis Hashekel in the Temple. The fast ends according to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein at 7:41 p.m. E.D.T. (NYC), however one who experiences difficulty may eat at 7:34 p.m. E.D.T. (NYC). According to Rabbi Tukaccinsky (Gesher HaChaim) the fast ends at 7:31 p.m. E.D.T. (NYC)

For Purim see next week’s luach.

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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