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Parashat Emor
9 / 10 Iyar 5784
17 / 18 May 2024
  • Extract from “Covenant and Conversation” Family Edition By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

    Parashat Emor

    Emor focuses on two kinds of holiness: that of people and that of time. Chapter 21 relates to holy people: priests and above them, the high priest. Because the priests serve in the Mishkan (the portable Temple), there are certain things they are forbidden from doing. For example, they are not allowed to come into contact with a dead body, and they cannot marry whomever they like.

    Chapter 22 reminds us of similar laws relating to ordinary Israelites when they wish to enter the Mishkan, and then lists which imperfections would prevent an animal from being offered as a sacrifice.

    Chapter 23 is all about holy time, and discusses the festivals of the year, including the three pilgrimage festivals (the shalosh ragalim) of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.

    Chapter 24 speaks about the Menora, which was lit every day, and the show bead, which was renewed every week. The parasha ends with a story – one of the only two stories of the book of Vaykra – about a man who cursed during a fight.

    There is something very strange about the festival of Sukkot, of which our parasha is the main source. On the one hand, it is the hag most connected with joy. It is the only hag in our parasha that even mentions rejoicing: “And you shall rejoice before the Lord you G-d for seven days” (Vaiykra 23:40). In the Torah as a whole, joy is not mentioned at all in relation to Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, or Pesach, only once in connection with Shavuot, and three times in connection with Sukkot. Hence its name: zeman simhatenu, the festival of our joy.

    Yet the sukka actually replicates one of the more challenging aspects of the wilderness years: “You shall live in booths for seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, so that future generations may know that I made the Israelites live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I the Lord your G-d” (Vayikra 23:42-43).

    For forty years, the Israelites lived without permanent homes, often on the move. They were out in the wilderness, in no-man’s-land, where it is hard to know what to expect and what dangers lie in wait along the way. To be sure, the people lived under divine protection. But they could never be certain in advance whether it would be forthcoming and what form this protection might take. They were experiencing a prolonged period of insecurity.

    How then are we to understand the fact that Sukkot, of all festivals, is called zeman simhatenu, the festival of our joy? It would have made sense to call Pesach- freedom’s birthday – the festival of joy. It would have made sense to call Shavuot – the days of revelation at Sinai – the festival of joy. Why do we give that title to a festival that commemorates forty years of exposure to the heat, cold, wind, and rain? Remembering all that, why should we feel joy?

    The sukka symbolises living with unpredictability. Sukkot teaches us that faith is not certainty. Faith is the courage to live with uncertainty. And despite the uncertainty, we can still rejoice!



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    Shabbat | Emor

    Earliest Candle Lighting 16:48
    Latest Candle Lighting 17:34
    Mincha |Kabalat Shabbat 17:45
    Shachrit 08:45
    Latest time for morning Shema 10:08
    Pre Mincha Daf Yomi
    Shabbat Afternoon Mincha followed by Seudah Shlishit 17:00
    Shabbat Ends 18:27
  • Weekday Davening Schedule
    Shacharit | Monday and Thursday 06:40
    Shacharit | Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 06:50
    Shacharit| Sunday and Public Holidays 08:00
    Shacharit| Rosh Chodesh, Fast Days and Chol HaMoed 06:40
    Mincha | Sunday – Thursday 17:30
  • Weekly Learning






    Sunday & Thursday

    After Shacharit

    20/25 Minute Parsha

    Rabbi Dani Brett


    Sunday- Thursday

    Pre Mincha

    30 Minute Halacha/ Gemara

    Rabbi Dani Brett




    Shiur after Brocha

    Rabbi Sam Thurgood



    Seudah Shlishit

    D’var Torah & Quiz

    Rabbi Sam Thurgood


  • Yahrzeits


    Please take note: The Yahrzeit begins the evening before the date listed below

    Lucille Melamed Husband Friday 17 May
    Selwyn Furman Father Saturday 18 May
    Rosalind Goldman Grandson Saturday 18 May
    Diana Henning Mother Saturday 18 May
    Matthew Labe Father Saturday 18 May
    Roy Bermeister Brother Sunday 19 May
    Matty Saus Father Sunday 19 May
    Michael Bachmann Grandmother Tuesday 21 May
    Selwyn Levin Father Tuesday 21 May
    Noreen Olshewsky Mother Wednesday 22 May
    Muriel Levin Husband Wednesday 22 May



  • Anniversaries



  • Birthdays


    Saul Mayers Friday 17 May
    Zac Rubin Saturday 18 May
    Evan Samuels Saturday 18 May
    Darien Gillis Tuesday 21 May
    Sidney Lazarus Tuesday 21 May
    Shelley Segal Wednesday 22 May
    Ethel Widan Wednesday 22 May
    Penny Said Thursday 23 May
    Mark Yankelowitz Thursday 23 May
    Ayelet Smolowitz Friday 24 May


  • Announcements | Emor

    Announcements | Emor

    The Executive and Committee wish you a Shabbat Shalom.

    Rabbi Dani Brett will officiate on Friday night and will lein on Shabbat morning. Rabbi Sam Thurgood will officiate on Shabbat Day.

    We remind you BMM Annual General Meeting takes place this coming Thursday 23 May at 19:30.

    Morasha Shavuot Youth Track Casting Call

    The youth track is back! Last year we launched a new concept and had the best Shavuot learning track ever!

    10 shiurs by the kids for the kids, no adults allowed, and snacks provided! This is the official signup for the shiurs. Please encourage your teens and kids to put their name forward, it’s a great opportunity and a lot of fun!

    To feature this year as a panellist, or to find out more, please WhatsApp Dalya Blecher: 082 840 7744

    NOTE: Weekday Mincha changes to 17:30 from Sunday

     Junie Punie” children’s service (ages 1-6) takes place at 10.15.

    Dream Team” takes place every Shabbat at 10:15. The service runs for about 45 mins.

    Toddler Time” takes place on Shabbat at 16:20pm. Please bring your kids and have some fun!!


    NOTE: PARENTS are requested to please supervise their children on the Shul premises.

    NOTE: The play equipment is for children up to 10 years of age.



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