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Weekly Update - Shabbat Balak

Stanton Street Shul Weekly Newsletter
Week of July 19, 2019 / Tammuz 16, 5779

Shabbat Parashat Balak

This Week's Schedule:

Erev Shabbat, July 19 (Tammuz 16)
7:00p Mincha/Maariv
(8:05p Candle Lighting)

Shabbat, July 20: Balak (Tammuz 17)
9:30a Shacharit
12:00p Ice Cream kiddush (because it's hot)

7:55p Minchah

Followed by Rabbi Bodner's Parsha Class: "Why do we Need the Donkey Story?"

9:00p Maariv
9:11p Havdalah

Sunday, July 21: Fast of Tammuz (Tammuz 18)
4:01a Fast Begins
9:10p Fast Ends


Monday, July 22: Rabbi Bodner's Weekly Classes (Tammuz 19)

7:00p History Through Midrash - Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai
8:00p Advanced Halacha Class - Laws of Marriage  


Fast Day of Shivah Asar (Seventeenth) B'Tammuz: Sunday, July 21

The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a public fast day to commemorate the first breach of Jerusalem's walls in the First and Second Temples. It is a daytime fast in which we refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. This year it falls on Sunday, July 21, from 4:01am to 9:10pm. It is also the beginning of the mourning period known as the Three Weeks, which culminate in another fast day, Tisha b'Av (9th of Av).


There are five tragedies associated with the day:


1. In the Wilderness, Moses broke the Tablets.

2. First Temple, the Babylonians breached the walls.

3. Second Temple, The Romans breached the walls. 

4. Apostomos, a Roman general, publicly burned a Torah scroll.

5. An idol was placed in the Temple by Apostomos, or some say it was Menashe, the idol-worshipping king of Judah.


Farewell Kiddush to the Bodner Family - Shabbat, July 27th

Please join us at shul on Shabbat, July 27th as we prepare to say good-bye to the Bodner family. All are welcome to attend a special dairy kiddush following davening and share words of farewell.

Shloshim for Moshe Wilkominsky z"l, July 30th at 7:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday, July 30th at 7pm for a Shloshim to commemorate the life of Moshe Maurice Wilkominsky z"l – Moshe Sholmo ben Yitzchak.

We are requesting, if you can, to study some Torah in his memory that we can discuss when we’re together. May his memory be for a blessing. For more information, please contact Judy at

Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

Friday Night Kiddush: July 19, 26, August 2, 9

Shabbat Kiddush: July 20, 27, August 3, 10

Rabbi's Classes: July 22


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