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Parshas Terumah

February 17, 2024, Adar I 8, 5784


Mincha: 5:50 PM

Candle Lighting: 5:51 PM


Shabbos February 17th

Shacharis: 9:00AM

Kiddush following davening

Mincha: 5:40PM

Shalosh Seudos following Mincha

Motzei Shabbos: 6:51PM


Week of February 18 - 24

Shacharis: Sun: 8:15AM I Mon & Thurs: 6:45AM

Tues, Wed, & Fri: 6:50AM

Mincha/Maariv: Sun - Thur: 5:55PM

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Ahavas Sholom - Kollel Shabbaton in 2 weeks!

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Gabay

Dear Friends,


A little over a year ago, new technology like ChatGPT and image creation using artificial intelligence (AI) took the tech world by storm, showcasing AI with conversational abilities far beyond anything we've seen before. The lighting speed with which AI is advancing, like Google's latest next-gen chatbot, Gemini, just recently unveiled in December, is astonishing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says artificial intelligence will impact the world more than some of the most ubiquitous innovations in history.


Many articles online highlight that artificial intelligence will advance significantly in the next two decades and replace many current workforces. This isn't limited to factory workers. Chatbots and other technologies can replace many "white collar" positions. This may sound like science fiction, but the reality is that many young people choosing a career now have to think about whether their career is "robot-proof."


Throughout the next several parshiyot dealing with the construction of the Mishkan (tabernacle), its vessels, and the bigdei kehuna (the priestly garments), we find the term "Chacham lev" a wise-hearted person or something similar. What qualifies as a "Chacham lev?"


Ramban (Shemot 31:2) comments that the young multi-talented Betzalel chosen for the General Tabernacle Contractor role required much more than artistic abilities and kabbalistic wisdom. Betzalel would have to manage a team of artisans and construction workers who had, likely, never worked side-by-side. Perhaps even more astounding is that a nation of enslaved people, subject to occasional hysteria while struggling to form a national identity, was able to pull off a most remarkable construction project, the building of the Mishkan with all the intricate details within six months! The "Chachmei lev" who helped Betzalel with the construction came from the same background. They had no prior training working with a vast range of delicate materials. Yet, they could quickly learn and complete these tasks through their Chochma and Siyata Dishmaya (wisdom and divine assistance).


The Chofetz Chaim suggests that the Chochma (wisdom) that Ramban refers to is not only the ability to learn new tasks but the willingness to do so. When selecting who would qualify as a "chacham lev," they had to weed out those who took the "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" attitude. Someone who felt that he spent his whole life building pyramids or other structures and couldn't learn something new would not have qualified. To be a "Chacham lev," one had to be ready and eager to learn something new.


Predicting what things will look like ten or more years from now is hard. One thing we do know, however, is that those who are adaptable, willing, and eager to learn new skills are most likely to succeed. This trait is not only helpful in our physical pursuits but essential in our spiritual pursuits as well. If we take the attitude that I am too old to begin learning, whether it's Chumash, Mussar, Talmud, or whatever is beyond our comfort level, we are giving up on an opportunity to become a "Chacham lev."


Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Shlomo Gabay

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Thank you to the Ahavas Sholom Sisterhood for co-sponsoring and setting up this week's kiddush!

Shalosh Seudos

Sponsored by:

Debbie & David Grashin and

Josh & Debbie Grashin & Family 

In memory David’s brother and Josh’s uncle, Jerry Grashin (Gershon Wolf Ben Mayer) A”H, on his Shaloshim which ended this past Thursday.

May his Neshama have an Aliyah.

If you are interested in sponsoring shalosh seudos, please contact Yitz Gold at

Avos Ubanim @ Ahavas!

This week is the last regular week of Avos U'banim.

The grand finale melave malkah will be NEXT WEEK, February 24th.

If you are interested in sponsoring Avos U'banim, please contact Rabbi Yachnes at

Cholent Cookoff 2024

Thank you to Shelley Aframian, Avi Benmoshe, Leslie Chase and Karan Tannenbaum for doing a fantastic job with the overall kitchen cleanup!


Congratulations to the Cholent and Salad cookoff 2024 winners!

No. 1 Cholent - Josh Grashin

No. 1 Salad - Yael Levy 

Purim 5784

Purim Baskets

The forms have been mailed. If you did not receive one and want to send Purim baskets, please email Peretz Tannenbaum:


Please return the instruction letter filled out along with your order.

All orders must be RECEIVED by Tomorrow, February 16.


Reciprocate explained- this allows you to make your list of who you want to send to, and then if someone who is not on your list is sending a partial basket to you, you can send them back a partial basket. Please mark this on page 2 of the letter that you are sending back with your forms.


Can you help build baskets? - a fun evening. Please mark it on the letter that you are sending back with your order.


Can you help deliver? - we need your help to deliver- please mark this on the letter.

Will you be out of town? - Please let us know so that we can hold your basket until you return.


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Columbus Torah Academy

Columbus Torah Academy will hold Kindergarten Preview Day on Tuesday, February 27 from 1-3 pm. The day is a chance for your incoming kindergarten child to visit the school and get excited for Fall 2024! If you haven't visited yet or signed up for this program, contact Shari Herszage.

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