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The fast of the Seventeenth of Tamuz is on Sunday July 5th.
This marks the start of the three week period between The Seventeenth of Tamuz and Tisha B’Ab. During this time we refrain from having parties with music.

Shabbat Candle Lighting

Friday, July 3rd 2015

Deal, NJ - 8:11pm
Brooklyn, NY - 8:12pm
Aventura, FL - 7:58pm

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Summer 5775 Weekday Schedule

  • Shaharit
  • Sunday
  • 1st Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 7:00am
  • 2nd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 8:00am
  • 3rd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 9:00am
  • 4th Minyan - E.J. Safra Syn. - 9:30am

  • Monday & Thursday
  • 1st Minyan - E.J. Safra Syn. - 6:10am
  • 2nd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 6:50am
  • 3rd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 8:00am

  • Tues. Wed. & Fri
  • 1st Minyan - E.J. Safra Syn. - 6:20am
  • 2nd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 7:00am
  • 3rd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 8:00am
  • Hok L'Yisrael Class & Breakfast following prayers.

  • Minha & Arbit
  • Sunday - Thursday
  • 1st Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 6:45pm
  • 2nd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 7:15pm
  • 3rd Minyan - J.S. Jemal Syn. - 7:45pm
Ladies Class by Mrs. Violet Chkouri – Monday mornings - 11:00 am J.S. Jemal building

Shabbat Hukat Prayer & Class Schedule Deal NJ

  • Erev Shabbat - Friday - July 3rd
  • J.S. Jemal Synagogue: Minha & Arbit
  • 1st Minyan - 6:30pm
  • 2nd Minyan - 7:30pm
  • E.J. Safra Synagogue: Minha & Arbit
  • 1st Minyan - 6:45pm
  • 2nd Minyan - 8:00pm
  • Candelighting: 8:11pm

  • Shabbat - Saturday - July 4th
  • Shahrit
  • Early Minyan E.J. Safra Syn. - 6:30am
  • First Minyan J.S. Jemal Syn. - 6:45am
  • Main Minyan E.J. Safra Syn. - 8:00am
  • Youth Minyan E.J. Safra Syn. - 9:00am
  • Teens Minyan J.S. Jemal Syn. - 9:10am
  • Kiddush & Learning after the early morning minyan

  • Minha Gedola - 1:45pm
  • Classes - 5:40pm & 6:40pm
  • Minha - 7:40pm
  • Followed by Seuda Shelisheet
  • Arbit - 8:50pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 9:09pm

Please join us for our inspiring learning program with Rabbi David Ashear, Rabbi Leon Hazan & Rabbi Nathan Escava
Younger children's group with stories & Shabbat morning activities.
And as always our amazing Kids minyan & Girls group Prizes and treats for everyone! Afternoon class as well!

Parashat Balak

When in Doubt, Don't Shout

The donkey said to Bilaam, "Am I not your donkey that you have ridden all your life until this day? Have I been accustomed to do such a thing to you?" (Bamidbar. 22:30)

Imagine you're on the way home from a wedding late at night. You've been traveling many hours and you're wiped out. All you can think of is crawling into bed. You are nearing your house when suddenly you spot your neighbor's car blocking your driveway. You become enraged. "How could he do something like that, he knows I need to park my car!!" You circle the block for 10 minutes until you find parking, while thinking about how to retaliate against your neighbor.

You then remember that the Torah says to judge others favorably and give them the benefit of the doubt. But you think, "How is it possible to give him the benefit of the doubt - he knows I need to park my car and nevertheless he blocked the driveway?!"

Bilaam was riding his donkey on the way to curse the Jews when the donkey stopped moving, refusing to budge. Bilaam struck it. The donkey, suddenly able to speak, asked in bewilderment, "Hey, what was that for?!" Bilaam said, "You're lucky I don't have my sword on me, otherwise I would have killed you!"

The donkey replied, "Bilaam, have I ever betrayed you? Have I been accustomed to do such a thing to you? Why in the world would you think that I'm trying to hurt you and prevent you from going?!"

The donkey was telling Bilaam to focus on the one doing the apparent "evil" and not to zoom in on the isolated incident. If the perpetrator is not accustomed to betraying you then it's more rational to assume that some far-out scenario must be taking place. In the case of the donkey, Bilaam should have realized that there was something unusual going on. In fact there was an angel blocking the path which prevented the donkey from proceeding.

The same logic applies to your neighbor blocking the driveway. Since this action is not in character with your neighbor, it is more rational to assume that some emergency came up than to assume that he just did not care about you and prevented you from parking your car.

By giving people the benefit of the doubt, our lives, relationships and daily interactions will become more positive and successful - making the world a better place.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Isaac Farhi

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