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Edmond J. Safra Synagogue & Joseph S. Jemal Synagogue

 

Shabbat Vayigash

Deal & Turnberry Village Prayer & Class Schedule

 

Shabbat Vayigash

Friday December 14th                      Deal                      Turnberry Village

Shir Hashirim & Minha                   4:10 pm                      5:00 pm

Candle Lighting                            4:12 pm                      5:13 pm

 

Shabbat December 15th

Shahrit                                           8:15 am                      7:45 am

Rabbi’s Class                         After Habdalah                   4:00 pm

Minha followed by Seuda Shelisheet 3:50 pm                 4:50 pm

Arbit                                             4:50 pm                      5:50 pm

Shabbat Ends                            5:12 pm                      6:13 pm

 

Chanelling Emotions

Yosef harnessed his chariot and went up to meet Yisrael his father in Goshen. He appeared before him, fell on his neck, and he wept on his neck excessively. (Beresheet. 46:29)

Yaakob was informed that his long-lost son, whom he had not seen for 22 years, was alive and well and ruling Egypt. Overjoyed he headed down to Egypt to see him. Yosef went out to greet his father, falling on his neck weeping. Yaakob, however, did not fall on Yosef's neck, nor did he kiss him. Why not? The Midrash reveals that Yaakob was reciting Shema. Of all the times to say the Shema, he had to say it now - when he was finally re-united with his long lost son!? Couldn't he have had better itinerary planning? And if it was now the halachic time to say Shema, why didn't Yosef say it as well?

Emotions can be channeled in different ways. An actor who feels anxious and tense before a play can channel those feelings into high-powered energy and produce an incredible performance. The same is true for channeling our emotions to the service of G-d. When Yaakob saw Yosef after a long and painful separation, he experienced an outpouring of love and joy. He felt that instead of focusing purely on the joy of seeing his son, he should channel this love towards G-d, and so he immediately recited Shema.

Character traits can also be redirected to better serve G-d. We find that both King David and Esav were born with a tendency towards bloodshed. David utilized it for the good - he killed only in accordance with the rulings of the Sanhedrin, thus fulfilling G-d's will. Esav, on the other hand, would kill whenever the mood moved him, and became the eternal symbol of cruelty and evil.

G-d created man with the ability to experience many emotions, and He wants us to use them to get closer to Him.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Isaac Farhi

 

 

Sun, December 16 2018 8 Tevet 5779