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Shabbos Information
This week`s Torah chapter is Korach


Four-minute video from the Shmuz 
Parshas Korach: Questions Have Answers

 

This Friday, June 15 Mincha will be at 7 PM

Candle lighting will be at 8:09 PM

This week`s kiddush is sponsored by the friends of Slava. This week also marks the yahrzeit of the Lubavicher Rebbe, wich will also be celebrated by a lechaim.

Mincha on Shabbos, June 16 will be at 8:00 PM

Shabbos ends at 9:29 PM
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Weekly Parsha
Korach, Dasan and Aviram, and 250 of the leaders of Israel rebel against the authority of Moshe and Aharon. The rebellion results in their being swallowed up by the earth. Many people of the nation resent the death of Korach and his followers, holding Moshe responsible. HaShem`s `anger` is manifested by a plague which besets the nation, and many thousands perish.

Moshe intercedes once again for the people, instructs Aharon to make atonement for them, and the plague is halted. HaShem then commands that a staff inscribed with the name of each Tribe be placed in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. In the morning, the staff of Levi, bearing Aharon`s name, sprouts, buds, blossoms and yields ripe almonds. This provides Divine confirmation that the Tribe of Levi is selected for the Priesthood, and also verifies Aharon`s position as the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest.

The specific duties of the Levi`im and Kohanim are stated. The Kohanim were not to be landowners, but were to receive their sustenance from the tithes and other mandated gifts brought by the people. Also taught in this week`s Parashah are laws concerning the first fruits, the redemption of the firstborn and other offerings.

Shabbos Halacha

Appetite for Shabbat Dinner

Do not eat a full meal (any bread or a lot of mezonot) after halachic midday on Friday.

REASON In order to have a special appetite for Shabbat dinner.

NOTE You may eat other food after halachic midday on Friday.

Eating from Start of Shabbat until Kiddush

Once Shabbat begins for you—either at sunset or before (such as if you lit Shabbat candles)--you may not eat or drink before hearing kiddush.  

NOTE Women and girls may make kiddush anytime after lighting candles.

Source: practicalhalacha.com

This week's Torah reading

Balak

Balak, the king of the Moav, is in morbid fear of the Beney Yisrael. He summons a renowned sorcerer named Bil’am to curse them. First, HaShem appears to Bil’am and forbids him to go. But because Bil’am is so insistent, HaShem appears to him a second time and permits him to go. While en route, a malach (angel, messenger from HaShem) blocks the path of Bil’am's donkey. Unable to contain his frustration, Bil’am strikes the donkey each time it stops or wants to make a detour. Miraculously, the donkey speaks, asking Bil’am why he is hitting her. The malach instructs Bil’am what he is permitted to say and what he is forbidden to say regarding the Jewish People. When Bil’am arrives, King Balak makes elaborate preparations in the hope that Bil’am will succeed in the planned curse. Three times Bil’am attempts to curse, and three times a blessing issues instead. Balak, seeing that Bil’am has failed, sends him home in disgrace. The Beney Yisrael begin sinning with the Moavi women, and worshipping the Moavi idols, and are punished with a plague. One of the Jewish leaders brazenly brings a Midianite princess into his tent, in full view of Moshe and the people. Pinchas, a grandson of Aharon, grabs a spear and kills both evildoers. This halts the plague, but not before 24,000 have died.


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