e-Newsletter Shabbos Mevorchim Cheshvan - Bereishis

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Shabbos Mevorchim - Blessing the New Month

This Shabbat is  Shabbat Mevarchim (“the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of the upcoming month of Mar-cheshvan, which falls on Sunday and Monday of next week.

It is customary to announce the time that the molad (birth of the new moon) occurs in Jerusalem, so that it can be kept in mind while saying the blessing.

Traditionally, the time is announced in hours, minutes and chalakim — e.g., "The molad will occur Sunday evening, eight minutes and seven chalakim after seven o'clock." A chelek is one 1080th part of an hour, or 3.33 seconds. 

The molad for the upcoming month of Mar-Cheshvan will be Shabbos, September 17th at 2:38 PM and 17 chalakim

It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrengens (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat.

The blessing for the new month can be found on pg. 231 in the gray box.

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When Rosh Chodesh falls out on a Sunday the Haftoro for the preceding Shabbos preceding pre-empted and replaced with the special Haftoro of Machar Chodesh. Click here to print the full text before Shabbos.

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A thought for the week

Less than a week after celebrating the conclusion of the entire Torah and starting over again, this Shabbat we read the portion of Bereishit, the first of 53 Torah portions.

The word “bereishit” means “in the beginning,” and refers to G-d creating the world. But in a sense it is also the beginning of the year. Although the year really started on Rosh Hashanah, it is not until this week that things really begin.

The holidays have kept us busy for the first few weeks of the year, and we may not have had a chance to settle into the new year and all that it entails. Finally, this week, with all the holidays behind us, as we settle back into routine, we are able to really start fresh.

May this be the beginning of many good things for all of us, with blessings and health for our community and our families.

Shabbat shalom!

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Shabbat Candle Lighting (Bereishis):
Friday, Oct. 16
6:00 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Oct. 17
7:01 pm
Torah Portion: Bereishis
Shabbos Mevorchim Mar-Cheshvan

Rosh Chodesh Mar-Cheshvan
Sun/Mon Oct. 18/19
Shabbat Schedule

Friday Evening at Shul
Mincha - 6:10 pm
Followed immediately by
Kabbolas Shabbos & Maariv

Shabbat Morning at Home
Tehilim 7:30 am

Shabbat Morning at Shul
Latest Shema - 9:48 am
Shachris - 9:00 am

Shabbat Afternoon at Shul
Mincha - 6:10 pm
Maariv - 7:01 pm

Weekly Schedule

Shachris at Chabad of Encino
Sunday - 8:00 am
Monday - Friday - 7:00 am

Mincha at Chabad of Tarzana
Sunday - Thursday - 6:10 pm

Quote of the Day
And if you shall say: What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we do not plant, nor gather our crops? But I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years . . .
— Leviticus 25:20–21

Parshat Bereishit

G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing the “upper waters” from the “lower waters.” On the third day He sets the boundaries of land and sea, and calls forth trees and greenery from the earth. On the fourth day He fixes the position of the sun, moon and stars as timekeepers and illuminators of the earth. Fish, birds and reptiles are created on the fifth day; land animals, and then the human being, on the sixth. G‑d ceases work on the seventh day, and sanctifies it as a day of rest.

G‑d forms the human body from the dust of the earth, and blows into his nostrils a “ living soul.” Originally Man is a single person, but deciding that “it is not good that man be alone,” G‑d takes a "side" from the man, forms it into a woman, and marries them to each other.

Adam and Eve are placed in the Garden of Eden, and commanded not to eat from the “ Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The serpent persuades Eve to violate the command, and she shares the forbidden fruit with her husband. Because of their sin, it is decreed that man will experience death, returning to the soil from which he was formed, and that all gain will come only through struggle and hardship. Man is banished from the Garden.

Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain quarrels with Abel and murders him, and becomes a rootless wanderer. A third son, Seth, is born to Adam; Seth’s eighth-generation descendant, Noah, is the only righteous man in a corrupt world.