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Vol. LXVIII No. 9 5777
New York City
March 3, 2017–5 Adar, 5777
5:31 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

Sabbath Ends: 6:32 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 7:03 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Teruma
Weekly Haftara: Ve’Hashem Nasan (I Kings 5:26-6:13)
Daf Yomi: Bava Basra 40
Mishna Yomit: Shabbos 3:4-5
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 128:37-39
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Ma’aser, chap. 4-6
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin, 5:36 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunrise: 6:26 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:17 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 5:49 p.m. NYC E.S.T.



This coming Motza’ei Shabbos and Sunday (March 5th) is Zayyin Adar, the yahrzeit of Moshe Rabbenu; we do not say tachanun.

This coming Thursday (March 9) is Ta’anis Esther (Purim starts Motza’ei Shabbos, March 11): the fast begins at dawn, 5:04 a.m. NYC E.S.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 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.

Fast ends: Rav Tukaccisky at 6:27 p.m. E.S.T (NYC); Rav Moshe Feinstein 6:30 p.m. E.S.T. (NYC), one who experiences no difficulty fasting is advised to wait until 6:37 p.m. E.S.T. (NYC).

For Purim see next week’s luach.


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Rabbi Yaakov Klass is Rav of K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush; Torah Editor of The Jewish Press; and Presidium Chairman, Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim.