KINS eBulletin - Bamidbar/Shavuot 5777

05/24/2017 12:06:44 PM


Bamidbar/Shavuot 5777

eBulletin 17:31


Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park


Dear Friends:


As I prepare this eBulletin I am very fortunate to be in Yerushalyim celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Yerushalayim. It is hard to imagine that 50 years have passed from that miraculous day. But they have, and we need to remember and be grateful for the hand of G-d that brought us not only Yerushalayim but all of Judea and Samari


The celebrations here are exciting, inspiring and overwhelming. Tens of thousands of Jews are now singing and dancing through the streets of Yerushalyim towards the Kotel, which is so filled with people that it is impossible to approach! I wish you could all be here to share this amazing day, because “זה היום עשה ה׳ נגילה ונשמחה בו”!


Chag Sameach!


Rabbi Leonard A. Matanky


Thursday 5/25

Shacharit: 6:25 and 7:15 a.m.

Mincha/Maariv: 8:00 p.m.

Late Maariv: 9:45 p.m.


Friday 5/26


Shacharit: 6:15 and 7:00 a.m.

Candle Lighting: 7:55 p.m.

Mincha.Maariv: 6:30/8:00 p.m.


Shabbat 5/27

Shacharit: 7:30, 9:00 and 9:15(BA)a

Mincha: 2:00/6:00/7:50 p.m.

Late Maariv: 9:45 p.m.


Sunday 5/28

Shacharit: 7:55 and 8:30 a.m.

Mincha/Maariv: 8:05 p.m.

Late Maariv: 9:45 p.m.


Monday 5/29

Memorial Day

Shacharit: 7:55 and 8:30 a.m.

Mincha/Maariv: 8:05 p.m.

Late Maariv: 9:45 p.m.


Tuesday 5/30

Erev Shavuot

Shacharit: 6:25 and 7:15 a.m.

Candle Lighting: 7:58

Mincha/Maariv: 8:05 p.m.


Wednesday 5/31


Shacharit: 4:45, 7:30 & 9:00 a.m.

Mincha: 2:00 p.m.

Mincha/Maariv: 6:30/8:05 p.m.

Candle Lighting: 9:09 p.m.


Thursday 6/1


Shacharit: 7:30, 9:00 & 9:15a.m.

Mincha: 2:00 p.m.

Mincha/Maariv: 8:05 p.m.


Friday 6/2

Shacharit: 6:25 and 7:15 a.m.

Candle Lighting: 8:00 p.m.

Mincha.Maariv: 6:35/8:05 p.m.







This Shabbat, the 2nd day of Sivan is called "Yom HaMiyuchas" - the "day of connection/lineage," and while the Shulchan Aruch [Orech Chaim 493:3] is clear that we do not recite Tachanun on this day, it is not clear as the reason why. Perhaps it is because on this day we received the command to serve as G-d's "priestly nation and sacred nation [Shemot 19:5-6], or perhaps it is because this date is both followed and preceded by special days (Rosh Chodesh and the Shloshet Yimei Hagbalah) and therefore its connection to those make this day "special" as well. 


To illustrate this latter point, the Rizhiner Rebbe explained it is specifically because this day has no special importance of its own except that it has special days before it and after it - that transforms this day into a day of special yichus. Consider the following parable told of a King that invited four great painters to his palace and told them to paint the walls of his palace. The workers divided the labor so that each would paint one wall. They did the work well, proper, and quickly in full color, except for one of the painters who didn’t do any work at all. Instead, he sat and thought and calculated and made measurements. The others did not understand. When the others finished their work, he came with fine, polished mirrors and hung them on the fourth wall, such that they reflected all the painted artwork of each of the other walls in splendid harmony, causing this wall to be even more beautiful than the other three. Yom Hamiyuchas, explained the Rizhiner Rebbe is like that fourth wall, because it reflects all the unique character that is before it and after it.







* to Alan and Leah Cohen on the engagement of the daughter on the engagement of their daughter, Ayala, to Sammy Aronson of Portland, Oregon.



* to Mark Cohen who is recuperating at home.




May 30, 2017 – 11:45p


with Shiurim by Rabbis Kraft, Lerner, Liss, Raccah, Reiss & Sprung and Dr. Esther Shkop, a program for High School girls with GNOL, and for 5th-8th grade boys. For a full program, click here


June 1, 2017


Help us prepare for Shavuot by learning Neviim and Mishnayot for our Siyum! To sign up to learn click here 



June 8, 2017





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The Magen Avraham [Orech Chaim 494] cites the Zohar that there is a custom to stay awake the entire night of Shavuot learning Torah. He suggests that this custom is based on a midrash that records the events of the morning of Kabbalat HaTorah. On that morning, the Jews all overslept and had to be awoken by G-d in order to accept the Torah. Therefore, to atone for this sin we stay up all night showing our tremendous love for the Torah and a genuine excitement about Kabbalat HaTorah.


Interestingly, the Magen Avraham [Orech Chaim 519 note 11] warns regarding the custom of staying up all night on Yom Kippur that if one’s lack of sleep will hinder his kavanah for the next morning’s davening he should not stay up all night. Perhaps one could argue that the same would hold true regarding the custom to stay up all night on Shavuot. Rabbi Yakov Emden [Siddur Ya’avetz Sha’ar 4:12] states even more explicitly that one who will not be able to have proper concentration during davening should sleep a little bit during the night. He suggests that this sleep should be close to morning time as we find (in the above-mentioned midrash) that the Jewish nation slept on the morning of Kabbalat HaTorah. Rav Emden does not view the fact that the Jews slept late as a negative development. To the contrary, he points out that if the Jews of that generation were not punished for sleeping at that time, we will certainly not be punished for sleeping at that time.


Many poskim emphasize the importance of learning Torah she’bal peh on the night of


Shavuot. Yeshuot Yaakov claims that the custom to stay up all night is based on the need to stress our love for the Torah she’bal peh. He cites a midrash that states that the Jewish people were only willing to accept Torah she’bichtav and had to be forced by God to accept Torah she’bal peh.


Many midrashim say that the most appropriate time for the Torah she’bal peh is during the night. Therefore, we stay up specifically at night to learn Torah she’bal peh at the most opportune time thereby demonstrating that we have come to love and appreciate this portion of Torah as well.






8:30am - Parshat HaShavua with Rabbi Myers

5:00pm - Parshat HaShavua with Wisdom of Torah Institute

6:20pm - (following the 6pm mincha) - Family Learning Program

45 minutes before Mincha – Talmud Class (Mesechet Ketubot) with Rabbi Matanky 



6:30am - Daf Yomi with Yoel Goldberg

9:00am– Sefer Yehoshua with Rabbi Matanky

9:00am – Contemporary Halacha with Rabbi Lerner

8:00pm - Chassidus Chabura with Rabbi Frankiel

8:00pm – Night Seder with YU Torah MiTzion Kollel



7:05am – Daf Yomi with Yoel Goldberg

2:00pm - Halacha and Chumash for Men with Rabbi Lerner

8:00pm - Principles of Torah Sheba'al Peh with Rabbi Sprung

8:00pm – Night Seder with YU Torah MiTzion Kollel



7:05am – Daf Yomi with Yoel Goldberg



7:05am – Daf Yomi with Yoel Goldberg




* to Trude Matanky and Kalman and Ethel Shiner on the passing of their brother, Allen Shiner. The funeral was yesterday. 

Shiva will be observed as follows:

Wednesday at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath (Shacharit at 7:00am, Mincha/Maariv at 7:45 p.m)

Thursday beginning at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath, (Shacharit at 7:00am) until 2:00pm. From 3:00pm-5:00pm and from 6:00pm-9:30pm (Mincha/Maariv at 8:00) at the Weiner Residence,1685 Berkeley Court, Deerfield,

Friday at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath, Shacharit at 7:00am, Mincha at 3:00pm

Motzaei Shabbat at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath

Sunday beginning at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath (Shacharit at 8:00am) - until 2:00pm. From 3:00pm-4:00pm and from 6:00pm-9:30pm at the Weiner Residence, 1685 Berkeley Court (Mincha at 8:30pm), Deerfield,

Monday morning at the Shiner Residence, 2727 West Jarlath, Shacharit at 8:00am



Published by Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park • 2800 West Northshore Avenue • Chicago, IL 60645

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Monday, May 29 2017 4 Sivan 5777