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TODAY: Day of Prayer to End the Pandemic
The Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America join the call issued by Chief Rabbi David Lau – issued in consultation with Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky – for a national day of tefillah today Thursday, 8 Shevat, January 21. Individuals and shuls should make efforts to intensify their tefillot and to add appropriate prayers and Tehillim, including specifically Psalms 13, 20, 121, 130, 142. We hope and pray that our prayers will be answered and our efforts crowned with success, bringing an end to this pandemic and healing and restoration to all those who have experienced loss, illness and struggle.
The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco
A few weeks ago, Adath Israel participated together with 600 synagogues in T.E.A.M. Shabbat which seeks to educate the Jewish community about end-of-life issues. However, the topic is way too broad to be adequately addressed over just one weekend. Therefore, from time to time I think it’s important to raise different aspects pertaining to end-of-life that we need to seriously consider. For example, one of the big issues of our time for contemporary society is legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide.
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Richard & Michelle Postal in memory of Adam Tabak
Betsy Eckstein & David Heller for the yahrzeit of Betsy’s beloved father Dr. Alfred Eckstein
Barbara Eisenberg for the yahrzeit of her beloved father Hyman Manber
Polina Pasynkova in gratitude to Hashem for an accident free drive

Dr. Leonid & Ludmila Khamishon for the yahrzeit of Enya Brenner
Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz for a refuah shleima for Kevin’s beloved mother Zelda bat Sonia
Charles & Sherri Sosnick for the yahrzeit of Gedaliah Sosnick

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Parasha in a Nutshell

Exodus 10:1–13:16
The last three of the Ten Plagues are visited on Egypt: a swarm of locusts devours all the crops and greenery; a thick, palpable darkness envelops the land; and all the firstborn of Egypt are killed at the stroke of midnight of the 15th of the month of Nissan.
G‑d commands the first mitzvah to be given to the people of Israel: to establish a calendar based on the monthly rebirth of the moon. The Israelites are also instructed to bring a “Passover offering” to G‑d: a lamb or kid goat is to be slaughtered, and its blood sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of every Israelite home, so that G‑d should pass over these homes when He comes to kill the Egyptian firstborn. The roasted meat of the offering is to be eaten that night together with matzah (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs.
The death of the firstborn finally breaks Pharaoh’s resistance, and he literally drives the children of Israel from his land. So hastily do they depart that there is no time for their dough to rise, and the only provisions they take along are unleavened. Before they go, they ask their Egyptian neighbors for gold, silver and garments—fulfilling the promise made to Abraham that his descendants would leave Egypt with great wealth.
The children of Israel are commanded to consecrate all firstborn, and to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. They are also commanded to wear tefillin on the arm and head as a reminder of the Exodus and their resultant commitment to G‑d. (

Parasha Thought
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
The Master of the Universe does not say “please” often. He commands. Yet this week, in issuing one of the final charges to Moshe during the final days in Egypt he does not command Moshe to do his bidding — He beseeches him. In Exodus 11:2 Hashem asks Moshe to, “please speak in the ears of the people (of Israel): let each man ask his fellow (Egyptian) man and each woman ask her fellow (Egyptian) woman for gold and silver utensils.”
The Talmud in Tractate Brachos explains the unusual terminology — “please.” Hashem was concerned. He promised Abraham that his children would be enslaved in a foreign land and leave with great wealth. Yet so far only the first half of the promise was fulfilled. Hashem did not want the righteous one (Abraham) to say, “Enslavement you fulfilled, but you did not fulfill the promise of wealth.” Therefore, though out of character, Hashem implores Moshe “please speak in the ears of the nation that they ask the Egyptians for gold and silver.”
The questions are obvious. First, Hashem must keep His commitment because of His own promise, regardless of Abraham’s impending complaints. Second, why must G-d enrich his people by telling them to ask the Egyptians for their due? Couldn’t He have showered them with riches from the heavens as He gave them Manna?
Rav Shmuel Shtrashan of Vilna* (1819-1885) was a wealthy banker as well as a renowned Torah scholar. In addition to his commerce, he maintained a free-loan society to provide interest-free loans to the needy. One time he granted a one-year loan of 300 rubles to Reb Zalman the tailor and carefully recorded it in his ledger. One year later, to the date, with 300 rubles in an envelope, Reb Zalman knocked on the door of Rav Shmuel’s study. The Rav was in the midst a of deep Talmudic contemplation and hardly interrupted his studies while tucking the money away in one of the volumes he had been using.
A few weeks later, while reviewing his ledgers, Rav Shmuel noticed that Reb Zalman’s loan was overdue. He summoned him to his office to inquire about the payment. Of course, Reb Zalman was astonished. He had paid the loan in full on the day it was due! The Rav could not recall payment and insisted that they go together to Beis Din (Rabbinical Court).
Word in town spread rapidly, and people began to shun Reb Zalman. His business declined, and his children and wife were affronted by their peers. The only recourse the Bais Din had was to have Reb Zalman swear that he had repaid the loan. Rav Shmuel did not want to allow a Jew to swear falsely on his account and decided to forego the procedure by annulling the loan. This latest event brought even more scorn to the tailor, and eventually he felt forced to leave Vilna and establish himself elsewhere.
A year later, Rav Shmuel was analyzing a section of the Talmud and opened a volume he had used sometime in the past. He could not believe his eyes when he saw a thick envelope with Reb Zalman’s return address, containing 300 rubles. Quickly, he ran to find the hapless tailor who had been so besmirched. After unsuccessfully searching Vilna, he found that the tailor had moved. Rabbi Shtrashan traveled to Reb Zalman to beg forgiveness. The tailor, a broken man, explained that there was no way that anyone would believe the true story. They would just say that the pious scholar had shown mercy on the unscrupulous tailor. Finally, they decided that the only way to truly atone and give back the tailor his reputation was for the scholar to take Reb Zalman’s son as his son-in-law. The shocked town of Vilna rejoiced at the divine union that helped re-establish a reputation.
Hashem understood that after 210 years of hard labor there was hardly a way to give the Jews true wealth. Showering them with miraculous gifts and treasures would in no way compensate for years of degradation. Abraham would not find that reward acceptable. The only way for a slave to gain true wealth is to discard his subservient mentality, knock on his master’s door, and proclaim, “I want and deserve your gold and silver!” The Egyptians complied by showering their former captives with an abundance of wealth. The Jews walked out of Egypt with more than just gold. They left with the pride and power to demand what they deserved. They received one of the most important gifts the Jews would treasure throughout their sojourn in exile — their pride. Even Abraham was happy.

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