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Last Shabbat, Larry King, an American media icon, passed away due to COVID-19. Unbeknownst to many his real name was Leibel Zeiger. Despite the fact that he didn’t live a traditional lifestyle, he became very involved in helping Aish HaTorah connect Jews to Judaism. He personally reconnected to his own Orthodox roots as well. How did this happen? That’s the topic of my first blogpost, written by the person who made it happen, R. Irwin Katsof. Speaking of Aish HaTorah, this week is the yahrzeit of Aish’s legendary founder Rav Noah Weinberg. Therefore, in my second blogpost, I share with you insights from R. Yaakov Salomon, one Rav Noah’s primer students, about what would Rav Noah say regarding what’s going on in the world today. 
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Shabbat Beshalach
Friday, January 29 - Saturday, January 30
Friday, January 29
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Shabbat, January 30
Shema must be concluded by 9:49am
9:30am     Shacharit followed by
6:13pm     Havdalah
6:35pm     Ma'ariv

Sunday, January 31
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Al & Sharon Hampel in memory of Adam Tabak
Betsy Eckstein & David Heller for the yahrzeit of Betsy’s beloved mother Iren
Drs. Jonathan Esensten & Raquel Gardner in memory of Adam Tabak
Michael Spaizman in memory of Adam Tabak
Jolana Hollander for the yahrzeit of Helen Hollander
Jolana Hollander for the yahrzeit of Pepi Kreisman

Minyan Sponsorship
Thank you the Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky for sponsoring this week’s minyan

Thank You
To Ava Brand for her tremendous help with our virtual community Tu B’shvat celebration 

Mishloach Manot Community Builder & Fund Raiser
Based on the current medical forecast, our Purim programming will be limited due to the pandemic. Therefore, this year’s Mishloach Manot are going to be exceptional. How so? Since Purim falls on Friday (2/26) it is customary to eat the Purim Seuda earlier in the day and therefore we will be providing our community members with everything they need for a Purim Seuda brunch. The Mishloach Manot will include: Izzy’s Bagels, lox, cream cheese, jam, Nutella, oatmeal, O.J., coffee, tea, sweeteners and a cake from the Rebbitzen. For those members who would like, there will be a Zoom Seuda around 12:30pm. 
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Parasha in a Nutshell

Exodus 13:17–17:16
Soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. G‑d tells Moses to raise his staff over the water; the sea splits to allow the Israelites to pass through, and then closes over the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and the children of Israel sing a song of praise and gratitude to G‑d.
In the desert the people suffer thirst and hunger, and repeatedly complain to Moses and Aaron. G‑d miraculously sweetens the bitter waters of Marah, and later has Moses bring forth water from a rock by striking it with his staff. He causes manna to rain down from the heavens before dawn each morning, and quails to appear in the Israelite camp each evening.
The children of Israel are instructed to gather a double portion of manna on Friday, as none will descend on Shabbat, the divinely decreed day of rest. Some disobey and go to gather manna on the seventh day, but find nothing. Aaron preserves a small quantity of manna in a jar, as a testimony for future generations. In Rephidim, the people are attacked by the Amalekites, who are defeated by Moses’ prayers and an army raised by Joshua. (

Parasha Thought
By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
In this week’s portion, the Egyptians did not walk they ran right into trouble. Despite ten plagues which proved that Hashem had absolute control over the forces of nature, and the flawless exodus from Egypt of 2 million Jewish men, women, and children, the Egyptians irrationally thought they had a chance to save face.
In a Divine stratagem Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: “Speak to the Children of Israel and let them turn back and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal-Zephon; you shall encamp opposite it, by the sea.” (Exodus 14:2)
Understanding Pharaoh’s arrogance, Hashem knew that there would be no chance that Pharaoh would see this as a ploy, rather he would immediately say of the Children of Israel, ‘They are locked in the land, the Wilderness has locked them in.” (Exodus 14:3)
So once again, pride and emotion overrode common sense, and denying Hashem’s unmistakable hand in the fugitive nation’s meandering, Pharaoh pursues them and runs into disaster.
But that is not the only time that Pharaoh runs into collapse. The Torah tells us that after the Sea of Reeds split and the Jews passed through walls of water in miraculous triumph, the Egyptians followed in pursuit. They must have felt for some reason, that the same miraculous treatment would be meted to them.
But the walls of water began to cave in trapping the helpless Egyptian army.
Any rational person’s first reaction would be to flee away from the falling waters, but the Torah tells us that, the water went back to its power as the Egyptians were fleeing toward it” (Exodus 14:27)
Why would they flee toward the waters? Wouldn’t logic dictate that they run away from the waters?
Frank had a frustrating day at the office. His work was not up to par and his boss came down hard on him for a variety of misdemeanors. Making up for incomplete work, Frank left the office at 7:00 PM. Late as he was, he figured a trip to the corner pub wouldn’t hurt his spirits.
From his cell phone he called his wife to tell her he just left the office and would be home within the hour.
After a few drinks he got into his car and headed for the parkway. His judgement impaired by a mean combination of frustration and alcohol, he headed home in the southbound lane. Unfortunately, his car was pointed north! In his rush to get home he began dodging the oncoming cars.
Suddenly his cell phone rang. “Frank,” his wife shouted to him in a panic. “Please be careful! The radio just reported that there is a madman on the parkway driving a car in the wrong direction!”
“One madman with a car going in the wrong direction?” asked Frank incredulously. “There are hundreds of them!”
When one establishes arrogant infallibility, he sees no failure in his actions and will not allow himself to turn back and rethink his corrupt tracks. Instead, he forges ahead, plowing himself into more pain and misery, all the while denying his blunder. He feels that he is travelling in the right path. Everyone else is headed in the wrong direction.
The Egyptians felt it was the Jews who were lost in the dessert. They could not fathom that it was their direction and their judgement that was skewed.
Their arrogance in chasing the Jews into the Red Sea was compounded when the walls of water began to fall before them in a tumultuous torrent of tragedy. But instead of fleeing and back-peddling on the malady of their ways they ran toward the water. And their arrogance together with their idolatrous aplomb was simply washed away.
When travelling on the high-speed lane of life. It is important to view oncoming traffic with retrospect. If the waters are too deep; if traffic is heading in the opposite direction, perhaps it is time to make sure that you are in the right lane?

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