U City Shul

700 North & South Road
St. Louis, MO 63130 | 314-863-7485

Friday, August 28, 2015 

Mincha: 5:55 pm 
Candlelighting no earlier than: 6:15 pm 
Preferred by: 6:30 pm 
No later than: 7:19 pm


We welcome Mr. Stan Jacobs as new Shul president. New to the Board of Directors is Rebecca Carman Chase. We thank Jack Fishman and Bill Poe, outgoing Board members, for their years of devoted service to the Shul. Thanks to all who attended last week’s annual meeting. Everyone enjoyed the delectable brunch that followed, which was generously sponsored by Gloria Feldman.

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Michael Solomon in memory of his mother, Velma Louise Solomon.

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avi & Sherri Bloch on the upcoming marriage of their daughter Devorah on Monday in New York, as well as on the birth of a granddaughter, born to Hillel & Elisheva Anton here in St. Louis.

Mazel tov to Rabbi Ami & Izzy Rosenbloom on the birth of a grandson, born to Mattis & Ruchama Miller in Lakewood.

Tznius Fashion Swap: Back by popular demand! This Sunday, August 30, from 9am-3pm. Bring one, take one. Bring 20, take 20. Swap gently used women's and girl's clothes and accessories. Please, no stains or tears on garments. Drop-off is on Motzei Shabbos from 9-10 p.m. $5 donation appreciated but not required.

This Wednesday! Rabbi Paysach Krohn will be giving a pre-Rosh Hashana lecture on Weds, Sept. 2nd, here at U. City Shul at 7:30 pm. The topic will be "Becoming a Person of Blessing". This Program is co-sponsored by the St. Louis Kollel and U. City Shul. Cost is $10/person or $18/couple.

Calendars for the upcoming Jewish year are available in the shul lobby.

Rabbi Tendler presents a new initiative, “Parsha Points for Discussion” – see below for points to discuss at your Shabbos meal.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Rabbi Dovid & Chayka Fromowitz invite everyone to join them for dessert and dancing to celebrate the bar mitzvah of their son Aryeh Leib on Thursday night,August 27 at 8:15 pm, at Missouri Torah Institute, 1809 Clarkson Rd. in Chesterfield.

Ohr Pesia, the Women’s Torah learning program, is offering a two-week class given by Mrs. Tova Greenblatt on “The Power of Ne’ilah”. Tuesday, Sept 1 & 8 at10:00 am. Fee $10. To register, or more info, contact ohrpesia@gmail.com.

Tomchei Shabbos: Please remember to help our local families prepare for the chagim. Both food and monetary donations are greatly needed. For information on how you can help, please call Jackie at 997-6924, or Angela at 802-7710.

Women’s Sunday morning Tehillim group meets at the home of Jan Adelman, 8032 Amherst. If you cannot participate in person, please call (314) 863-5438. The number for the Tehillim hotline (names and updates) is (314) 441-6460.

UPCOMING YAHRZEITS

The following yahrzeits will be observed this week:

Lillian Horwitz.........Saturday, 8/29/2015.......Elul 14, 5775
Cecil Klamen..........Sunday, 8/30/2015.........Elul 15, 5775
Thelma Sandler......Sunday, 8/30/2015.........Elul 15, 5775
Becky Rosen...........Monday, 8/31/2015.........Elul 16, 5775
Samuel Book..........Tuesday, 9/1/2015..........Elul 17, 5775

CLASSES AT U.CITY SHUL

▪ Wednesday night men’s Bais Medrash program following Maariv: Learning with Rabbi Yaakov Pentelnik on Chumash, Rabbi Dan Morris on Nesivos Shalom/The Ways of Inner Peace, Rabbi Yonoson Goldson on Prophets, and Rabbi Menachem Tendler, for teens.

▪ Tefila class given by Rabbi Yonoson Goldson on Tuesday evenings meets at the Rush home, 861 Greenshire.

▪ The laws of making Brochos given by Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald - weekly classon Sunday nights, to men and women at Todd and Sarah Rush’s home.

▪ Chumash class for men taught by Rabbi Herber Sunday evenings one hour before mincha;

▪ Rabbi Herber teaches a Gemorra shiur for men Thursday evenings one hour before mincha;

▪ Daf Yomi shiur daily at 6:00 am, before shacharis.

▪ The Laws of Shabbos class given by Rabbi Avraham Cohen on Shabbos afternoons on Shabbos afternoons.

▪ Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Tendler 40 minutes before mincha on Shabbos afternoons.

Shabbos morning groups for children up to age 8 starting at 10:15 a.m.

SCHEDULE

Parshas Shoftim
Friday, August 21, 6 Elul
Shacharis 7:00 am
Mincha, Kabbalas Shabbos, Ma’ariv 6:00 pm
Preferred Candlelighting 6:35 pm
Candlelighting no earlier than 6:23 pm
Candlelighting no later than 7:29 pm
Sunset 7:47 pm
Repeat Kriyas Shema after 8:32 pm

Shabbos, August 22, 7 Elul
Class 8:30 am
Shacharis 8:50 am
Krias Shema
According to Magen Avraham by 8:59 am
According to the G’ra by 9:42 am
Pirkei Avos 6:35 pm
Mincha followed by family Shalosh Seudos 7:15 pm
Ma’ariv and Havdallah after 8:31 pm

Sun-Thurs, August 23-27, 8-12 Elul
Shacharis (Sunday) 8:30 am
Shacharis (Mon - Thurs) 7:00 am
Mincha/Ma’ariv 7:20 pm

Parsha Points for discussion כי תצא

(21, 11) ולקחת לך לאשה- Rashi tells us that the reason why the Torah permits a Jewish soldier to live with this non-Jewish woman, is because otherwise this soldier would have lived with her in a forbidden manner.But how is this possible? The Gemara Sotah 54a explains to us that the only soldiers that went out to battle were those that were complete Tzaddikim with absolutely no sin on their record. They never spoke Lashon Hara or even made a blessing without all the right intentions. It seems odd that for such people God needs to permit this kind of relationship.

(22, 7) שלח תשלח את האם- It is permitted to trap a bird which we wish to slaughter and eat. It is also permitted to take eggs from a nest and eat them. So why in this case must the mother be sent away?

(23, 5) על דבר אשר לא קדמו אתכם בלחם ובמים....ואשר שכר אתכם את בלאם....- An Ammonite or Moavite shall not enter the congregation of Hashem.
The first reason given is because they did not offer us bread and water on the road when we were leaving Egypt. The second reason given is because they hired Bilaam to curse us and wipe us out. How are we to understand the order in which these reasons are given? The second reason given seems to be a lot more important than the first?!


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