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Month: May 2007

HJC Schedule Parshas Naso and the week ahead

Friday evening, May 25       

    Early candle lighting    7:15 PM
    Regular candle lighting    8:30 PM
    Mincha-Kabalas Shabbos    7:05 PM

Saturday, May 26 (Naso)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Latest Shema    9:41 AM
    Navi class    7:50 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    8:20 PM
    Shabbos ends    9:39 PM

Sunday, May 27       

    Daf Yomi catch-up    7:15 AM
    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    No Daf Yomi Class this Sunday
    Mincha-Ma’ariv    8:35 PM

Monday-Thursday, May 28-31       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM (No Gemara Class this Monday)
    Shacharis    6:55 AM
    Daf Yomi    7:50 PM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv    8:35 PM

Friday, June 1       

    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:55 AM

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HJC Shavuos Schedule – Important Announcement

According to many poskim, whose names are available upon request, the custom of waiting until dark on the night of Shavuos only applies to making Kiddush, not davening Maariv.  Accordingly, we will be davening Maariv right after sunset (8:45pm) tonight.  People can then head home and choose to make kiddush after dark, beginning their meal then.  Men should remember to repeat Krias Shema after dark.
Tuesday, May 22 (Erev Shavuos)       
    Candle lighting                                         8:27 PM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv                                      8:30 PM
    Tzeis Hakochavim (50 minutes)              9:35PM
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unintended consequences
Imagine trying to do something nice for some birds and as a result 800,000 people die every year!
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Patent Law, or reinventing the wheel

If I was interested in spending tens or thousands of dollars to create a new thing, I would want to make sure that the thing did not already exist.  Why bother spending millions to invent a wheel, or develop a bread-slicing machine when I could purchase one for a couple hundred dollars? 

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announcements from HJC and schedule from HJC

Hello everybody,
The upcoming week’s schedule is below the announcements.
Gut Shabbos,
Rabbi Davidovich
-Rosh Chodesh Sivan is Friday.

Panim Chadashos – New Facets
‘Shavuos is “His wedding day”‘: medrash rabba
The celebration of a wedding requires panim chadashos, a new face at every new gathering.
Join us Shavuos Night at midnight as we explore different and new facets of some supposedly well-known parts of the Torah.
Midnight:  Krias Shema – Halachic Facets
12:45am:  Krias Shema – Political Facets
1:30am:    Krias Shema – Spiritual Facets
2:15am:    Krias Shema – The War of the Worlds:  Analyzing the war between the first and second paragraphs of the Shema 
3am:  Aseres Hadibros – Halachic Facets
3:45am: Aseres Hadibros – Historical Facets
4:30am:  Themes in the Aseres Hadibros


Friday evening, May 11       

    Early candle lighting    7:04 PM
    Regular candle lighting    8:16 PM
    Mincha-Kabalas Shabbos    6:55 PM

Saturday, May 12 (Behar-Bechukosai)       

    Parsha class    8:30 AM
    Shacharis    9:00 AM
    Latest Shema    9:47 AM
    Navi class    7:40 PM
    Mincha-Shalosh Seudos-Ma’ariv    8:10 PM
    Shabbos ends    9:25 PM

Sunday, May 13        
    Daf Yomi catch-up    7:15 AM
    Shacharis    8:00 AM
    Daf Yomi    7:35 PM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv    8:20 PM
Monday-Thursday, May 14-17        
    Gemara class    6:15 AM
    Shacharis    6:55 AM
    Daf Yomi    7:35 PM
    Mincha-Ma’ariv    8:20 PM
Friday, May 18 (Rosh Chodesh)   
    Gemara class    6:00 AM
    Shacharis    6:40 AM
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Music etc.

We had a family over at our house this past Friday night.  They have a married son who stopped by.  The family is very musically inclined, and those of you who know me know that this means very much to me.  I had my own me’ein olam haba able to sing rare niggunim with them, and hear rare niggunim I hadn’t heard of.
Anyway, there is a Bobov version of Y-ah Ribon that has mesmerized me for years.  But I was never able to commit it to memory. Not only did the son know it, he told me he has a CD with that very tune, and other Chassidish favorites on it as well.  I just started listening.  I am so happy right now.  Maybe tonight I have a neshama yeseira since it’s shtei p’amim chai la’omer!
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Daf Yomi – why Yevamos first?

Why does Seder Nashim begin with Yevamos?  A person needs to get married before his wife becomes a widow in need of Yibum or Chalitzah!
Various rishonim, most notably the Rambam in his Peirush on Mishnayos, offer different thematically based reasons for the order of masechtos within a Seder of Mishnayos. 
However, Rav Reuven Margolios in his small-in-size but high- in-content sefer Yesod Hamishna Va’arichasa, suggests that Masechtos were arranged in order of size.  Masechtos with more chapters were placed at the beginning of each order while those with the fewest chapters are at the end.  He then deals with all the exceptions that are found throughout Shas.  For example, he deals with the fact that the Three Bavas of ten chapters each precede the eleven-chapter Sanhedrin by pointing out that the three Bavas were previously seen as one large Masechta Mezikin, which was followed by the original Sanhedrin which comprised Makkos as well, totaling fourteen chapters. 
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