21 Iyar, 5783

May 12, 2023

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

The beginning of Parshat Behar introduces us to Shemitah. Every seventh year in Israel Jews are obligated to refrain from farming the land, allowing it to rest. This rest, as the pesukim emphasize, is for Hashem. Commenting on “Shabbat LaHashem,” Rashi draws a comparison between Shemitah and Shabbat, “For the sake of Hashem, just as is stated of the Sabbath of Creation.” However, Rashi remains slightly ambiguous as to the nature of the similarity between the two.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains the inner meaning behind the comparison and also where Shabbat and Shemitah ultimately diverge. Both our time and our land, and by extension all of our possessions, are meant to be consecrated for Hashem’s sake. However, the Rebbe points out an important difference between the kedusha of Shabbat on the one hand and the kedusha of Shemitah on the other. Shabbat is a time when we are lifted up above the normal and mundane activities of life: we refrain from the 39 melachot, we daven for longer, we sing zemirot, etc. Our mindset is one of disengaging from the material and focusing on the spiritual.

However, during Shemitah the kedusha is expressed in a different manner. Unlike Shabbat, the 39 melachot are permitted during the Shemitah year. In addition, the very produce of the Shemitah year is imbued with kedusha and consequently unique guidelines that must be followed in how we treat Shemitah produce. The pasuk relates that Shemitah is a time during which “Shavta HaAretz.” Literally, this means the land shall rest. However, more broadly this means to make one’s earthly and mundane matters more “shabbosdik,” to bring a little bit of the Shabbat holiness into mundane life.

Although in the diaspora we do not observe Shemitah, its message is extremely pertinent. While Shabbat is a time during which we are uplifted by spiritual experiences, the Shemitah year teaches us to bring the kedusha into our mundane experiences. May we all find ways of observing Shemitah in this sense by infusing our otherwise ordinary activities with kedusha.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Avi Berman

Upcoming Events:

May 14 - Sunday Morning Tefillah in the Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash at 9:00 AM

May 15-16 - HS Junior Trip

May 17 - Kohelet Yeshiva Annual Gala

May 18 - HS Night of Learning Program

May 19 - Yom Yerushalayim

May 21 - K/1 Chagigat Chumash

May 23 - HS Kohelet Cafe

May 25 - Erev Shavuot, Early Dismissal (Grades 6-12: 1:20 PM Dismissal; Grades K-5: 1:30 PM Dismissal)

May 26-27 - Shavuot

May 29 - Memorial Day, No School

May 30 - June 1 - HS Senior Trip

June 4 - Celebrate Israel Parade

June 6 - HS Graduation at 7:00 PM

June 9 - HS Last Day of Classes

June 9 - LS and MS StudentLed Conferences (In Person), No School for LS and MS

June 12 - MS End of Year Trip

June 12-13 - 8th Grade Trip

June 14 - 8th Grade Graduation at 7:00 PM

June 15 - K-8 Last Day of School, Dismissal for K-8: 1:30 PM

June 20 - PTSO End of Year Event at the Phillies Game

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News from Kohelet Yeshiva

Our KYLS and KYMS students had an awesome time last Sunday at the Kohelet Yeshiva 5K Run at the Cynwyd Heritage Trail! Everyone from our school’s running club did an amazing job and worked so hard to be able to participate in this fun event. Thanks to Nurse Jessica Rose and Julia Buonagurio (KYHS Director of Student Affairs & Science and Math Teacher) for taking the lead on our 5K Run! Thanks as well to Israela Friedman - Realtor for sponsoring the delicious and refreshing water ice that we enjoyed at the end of the run!

All three of our divisions had an amazing (and really fun!) Lag Ba'Omer at school! We celebrated with special trips, s’mores, relay races, pizza, a visit to the park, and lots more!

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Parnas HaYom

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Thank you to this past week's Parnas HaYom sponsors!

May 9th

Becky and Nachi Troodler

L'iluy Nishmat

Donny Morris, z"l

(Nachman Daniel ben Aryeh Tzvi)

who devastatingly perished

in the Mt. Meron tragedy on Lag B'Omer 5781.

יהי זכרו ברוך

May his memory be for a blessing.


May 10th

Morah Shira's 1st Grade General Studies Class

In honor of collecting, sorting, counting, and rolling tzedakah as part of their Money Unit.

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