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Shabbat Times

Parashat Yitro

Shabbat - 25-26 January 2019
4.21pm - Candle lighting
4.20pm -  Mincha


8:45am - Kabbalah on the Parsha
9.00am - Shacharit
10:30am - Kesher Kids' Klub Hangout

11.30am - Kiddush followed by D'var Torah 

4.00pm - Mincha, followed by seuda shlishit 

5.33pm - Ma'ariv and Shabbat ends
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This year we have (just about) 20 weeks from the international Shabbat Project (26-27 October 2018) until Shabbat UK (1-2 March 2019).

As a community, we would like to harness the energy surrounding the worldwide Shabbat Project and to use these weeks to upgrade and enhance our Shabbat experience. We want to ‘work on Shabbat’.  And we need your help. Click here to continue reading.

This week’s Working on Shabbos idea

Learn a paragraph of the Laws of Shabbat at each meal

The Chofetz Chaim wrote Mishnah Berurah, an authoritative source for halakhic guidance which remains indispensable until today (110 years after its publication). In the Introduction to the Laws of Shabbat, he quotes the 18th-century sage Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschutz to the effect that one who endeavours to observe Shabbat fully and correctly will nevertheless struggle to do so without error week by week unless s/he studies and reviews the (sometimes complex) laws thoroughly. Since “Rome was not built in a day,” a practical and accessible strategy is to learn a small section of these laws every week. And what better setting than at the Shabbat table at every meal? Choose a suitable text, such as Rabbi JJ Neuwirth’s (English version in 3 vols.) Shemirath Shabbath, or another, perhaps simpler or even more specialised book, your Shabbat expertise will grow week by week.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Ask the Rabbi: Easy as א-ב-ג?
Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you fasted well yesterday.
Thank you for the insights into the Kinnot, making them easier to understand.
In the afternoon, I was listening to a shiur on Eichah on Torahanytime.  As an aside, the speaker mentioned that the 1st perek of Eichah is the source for the order of the alef bet as we know it.  Other chapters also follow the alef bet chronology but with ayin en peh interchanged.
He quoted Rabbi Shimon Schwab as his source.
Although he did not elaborate on this, surely Sefer Tehillim predates Megillat Eichah by centuries.  Several psalms are written in the alef bet order (e.g.
psalm 119).
Can you please clarify?
Thank you & best wishes.
PhilippeHi Philippe
TY for your sophisticated Q.
I have also heard that the question of the sequence of samekh and 'ayin is subject to dispute. It seems that there are indications that in Paleo-Hebrew the order is reversed from what we know. It is alleged that chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Eichah (chapter 5 is not alphabetical) reflect the original order. Of course, as you say, ch 1 conforms to the order with which we are family.
You are right that Tehillim predates Eichah, however a critic can claim that the order was redacted to bring it in line with the accepted/preferred sequence. This is particularly true for ch. 119, where each of the 8 vv per letter are their own group, and each set of 8 vv. can easily be repositioned. The question is in Ps. 34 or 145, if the internal logic of the passage sheds light on the correct sequence. In Ps. 34, some claim that the v. starting with the letter peh makes more sense to follow the verse starting with samekh (due to the common appearance of the word ra'). I am not convinced that this argument is compelling.
I will stick with the mesorah, that 'ayin belongs before peh. Best to look before speaking.
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