Kehillat Ohr Tzion

Rabbi Ori Bergman

Shabbat Acharei Mot

President Cheryl Stein

26 Nisan 5784

Davening Schedule

Friday, May 3

Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm

Earliest Candle Lighting: 6:50 pm

Candle Lighting: 8:01 pm

Sunset: 8:19 pm

Saturday, May 4

Shacharit: 9:00 am (sharp)

Kiddush is sponsored by David Hayman and Mike Stekloff in honor of the Kentucky Derby.

Pirkei Avot Class: 7:20 pm 

Mincha: 7:50 pm

Havdala: 8:41 pm

Sunday, May 5

Shacharit: 8:30 am

Thursday, May 9

Shacharit: 6:45 am


In appreciation for the honor of Maftir on Pesach VII and Pesach VIII

By Joseph Enis

Please remember to drop off your Dash's receipts in the bag in the shul foyer.


President: Cheryl Stein

Rabbi: Ori Bergman

Newsletter: Joseph Enis

Chesed: Mireille Schapiro

Fun/Fund: Beth Weiss


Publicity: Phyllis Steinberg


Social Action: Phyllis Steinberg


Web Site: TBD


Kiddush Sponsorships: Cheryl Stein

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From the President:

It's hard to believe that Pesach is over. Every year it seems to go by quicker and quicker. Hope all of you have found the time to put your kitchen back to the way it was prior to Pesach. 

At KOT, it's time to think about Lag B'Omer (May 26) and Shavuot (June 11-12). As we always do, we will be having a barbeque for Lag B'Omer and our night of learning with a dairy dinner for Shavuot on June 10. I'm always looking for volunteers to help shop and prepare, so please see me if interested in helping out. 

We have also restarted our learning, so please try to make it Sunday night for the KOT Beit Midrash. We will continue delving into Shabbat. There have been wonderful discussions and it is a great way to learn. Tuesday is our parsha class, and it's enriching to learn something new about the parsha. I strongly recommend one of these two learning opportunities, if not both. 

Have you ever wanted to write a President's Message? If so, please let me know as I will be away for the next two weeks and would be happy to delegate this to someone else. 

It's the first Shabbat in May and that means it's Kentucky Derby Day. Luckily for KOT, there will be a sponsored kiddush featuring mint juleps. 

Shabbat Shalom,


From the Rabbi:

The Ashkenazi custom for Parashat Acharei Mot is to read the haftara from Amos 9:7-15 (you'll note the discussion of what is the proper haftara at page 1173 of the Artscroll Chumah. And yes, it is that short). 


At the beginning of the haftara, Amos chastises the nation and tells them that they have become strangers to God and that they will be punished. However, the last five verses end on a positive note.


On that day, I will raise up the fallen sukka (booth) of David (note: we reference this in the addition to bentching on Sukkot); I will repair the breaches and raise up its ruins, and I will build it up as in days of old, so that they upon whom My Name is called may inherit the remnant of Edom and all the nations- the word of God, who shall do this (Amos 9:11-12).


Targum Yonatan explains that the entire nation will be united under the Kingdom of David and will no longer be divided (a theme of the haftara from the last day of Passover). 


Da’at Mikra explains that the only way that we can defeat our enemies and expand our borders is if we as a nation are united.


These verses especially speak to us today. Before October 7, Israelis were divided and in order to succeed in war we needed to put our differences aside and become united. As well, the destruction took place right after the holiday of Sukkot.


Amos continues his prophecy (verse 13):


Behold, days are coming- the word of God- when the plowman will meet the reaper, and the treader of grapes will meet the one who carries the seed; the mountains will drip juice and all the hills will melt.


This is the fulfillment of the blessing in Parshat Bechukotai:


Your threshing will last until the vintage and the vintage will last until the sowing; you will eat your bread to satiety and you will dwell securely in your land (Vayikra 26:5).


According to Radak, this prophecy shows that there will be so much produce that before the harvest is finished it will again be time to till the soil and before the grapes have been sufficiently trodden to squeeze out their wine it will already be necessary to replant their seeds for the next year’s growth.


In verse 14 we see that God will return the captives:


I will return the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will cultivate gardens and eat their fruits.


We see a similar statement in Parashat Nitzavim:


HaShem, your God will bring back your captivity and have mercy upon you…(Dvarim 30:3). 


Metzudat David on Amos 9:14 explains that God will settle in peace the members of Israel who were in captivity. They will rebuild the cities that lay desolate and never again be banished from them. They will plant vineyards and cultivate gardens whose fruits they themselves will enjoy. No foreign nation will take their produce away from them.


The last verse of the prophecy (verse 15) states:


I will plant them in their land and they will never again be uprooted from their land that I have given them, said HaShem, your God.


As the gardens and the vineyards will be sown, the Jewish people will be planted firmly in their land, never to be removed again.


The Jewish people have begun to rebuild and plant after October 7. Volunteers from all over the world (including Buffalo) have flocked to Israel to help out any way that they can, especially in the field of agriculture.


Now we are waiting for the fulfillment of the promise that the hostages will return from their captivity, where they can be settled peacefully back in Israel never having to worry about the atrocities of October 7 repeating themselves again. May it be now, speedily and soon!


Shabbat Shalom!

Classes This Week

  • Shabbat at 7:20 PM - Pirkei Avot
  • Sunday at 7:30 PM - KOT Beit Midrash - A Deep Dive Into Shabbat
  • Tuesday at 12:30 PM - Parsha Conversations

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