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Tiferes Menachem Shul News
Shabbos Parshas Balak – 5775 שבת פרשת בלק
This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Kalman Rothman in honor of his Mother-in-law’s yartzeit and by Mrs. Cunin in honor of her husband’s yartzeit Reb Pinchas Cunin a”h. We wish them Arichus Yomim.
Pirkei Avos Perek 6.
Happening this week
Shabbos Yud Zayin Tammuz
Fast Day Postponed
To mourn the breaching of Jerusalem’s walls and the other tragic events that occurred on this day and repent and rectify their causes, Tammuz 17 was instituted as a fast day. This year, however, the actual fast is held Sunday, due to the holiness of Shabbat
“Three Weeks” Begin
The 17th of Tammuz also marks the beginning of The Three Weeks period of mourning which culminates on the 9th of Av, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.
Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), “Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity”), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple.
Sunday Yud Ches Tammuz
Because of the holiness of Shabbat, the fast of Tammuz 17 is this year postponed to today, Tammuz 18. We refrain from all food and drink from “daybreak” (about an hour before sunrise, depending on location) until nightfall. Special prayers and Torah readings are added to the day’s services.
In Brooklyn the fast begins at 3:44 AM and ends at 9:03 PM.
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