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Parshas Vayikra

March 25, 2023 * 3 Nissan, 5783


Mincha: 6:10PM

Earliest Candle Lighting: 6:31PM

Candle Lighting: 7:30PM


Shabbos March 25th

Shacharis: 9:00AM

Kiddush Luncheon following Davening

Mincha: 7:20PM

Shalosh Seudos following Mincha

Motzei Shabbos: 8:30PM


Week of March 26th-31st

Shacharis: Sun - 8:15AM I

Monday&Thurs: 6:45AM I Tues, Wed, Fri 6:50AM

Mincha/Maariv: Sun - Thurs: 7:35PM

Dvar Torah from Rabbi Rom

The Beauty of a Broken Heart

There is a saying amongst the Chassidic Masters: “There is nothing more whole than a broken heart.” It sounds perplexing at first glance but upon closer examination, it’s an amazing statement of great depth. Let us examine three areas where this is relevant: the Korban Olah, Tefila, and Pesach.


This week’s Parsha discusses many different types of sacrifices. The only sacrifice which is “completely burned” is the Olah. Before being brought to the altar, it was first skinned and cut into small pieces.  Rav Shimon Schwab points out that the Tefillos we daven parallel the daily sacrifices brought in the temple. These daily sacrifices were Olahs and just as they required skinning and cutting, so too we require skinning and cutting before our prayers.


The Shulchan Oruch (OC 98, 1) writes that the Chassidim Rishonim, the early pious people, would prepare themselves for davening. How? “They would isolate themselves and think intently in their prayers until they would reach a skinning of the physicality and an overwhelming strength of the mind… and he shall think about things which degenerate the heart and direct him to his father in heaven ”. 


We find a similar concept regarding Pesach. We all know that one of the central themes of Pesach is eating matzah and getting rid of chametz. The Ramchal in Derech Hashem gives insight about the deeper meaning of these Mitzvos. Chometz is a process which G-d put into bread in order to make it taste good and ease digestion. Similarly, Hashem gave us an evil inclination and pleasures in this world in order for life to “taste good”.  Although throughout the year, we are meant to have both the mind and body work in harmony, on Pesach, we take a break and focus solely on the mind. 


The deeper message which emanates from these examples is that in order for us to grow, we sometimes need to skin our physical layers and cut up some of our ego and body to connect to Hashem. 


Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Yoni Rom

Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to Dotan and Shari Herszage and David and Jessica Feldan, on the recent marriage of their children

Shayna and Daniel Feldan.

Selling Chometz

Please click on the link below to view the form for selling chametz. Rabbi Zack and Rabbi Neuman have graciously agreed to sell chametz on behalf of our shul this year. However, someone will be available at Ahavas Sholom, at certain designated times, to perform the kinyan and accept the forms. More details will be forthcoming.

Selling Chametz Power of Attorney

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