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Monday Morning Minyan

Torah Connections

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27

Mincha + Lunch & Learn

“Shabbos Secrets” with Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss

Family Kabbalat Shabbat

Shabbat UK at Kesher

Dessert Tisch

Cholent Chalenge

Vayakhel/Parshat Shekalim

Shabbat UK at Kesher

3

Monday Morning Minyan

Torah Connections

5
6

1 Rosh Hodesh Adar II

Mincha + Lunch & Learn

2 Rosh Hodesh Adar II

Friday Evening

Cholent Chalenge

Pekudei

10

Monday Morning Minyan

Torah Connections

12

Behind the Scenes in the Megillah

Mincha + Lunch & Learn

Friday Evening

Cholent Chalenge

Vayikra/Parshat Zachor

17

Monday Morning Minyan

Torah Connections

19

Fast of Esther/Purim

Purim

Friday Evening

Shushan Purim

Tzav

24

Monday Morning Minyan

Torah Connections

26
27

Mincha + Lunch & Learn

Friday Evening

Shemini/Parshat Parah

31
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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
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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.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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