13 Sivan, 5783

June 2, 2023

Parshat Nasso

In Parshat נשא, the Kohanim are ordered to bless Bnei Yisrael using the bracha that is called “the triple blessing.”

יברכך ה' וישמרך

יאר ה' פניו אליך ויחונך

ישא ה' פניו אליך וישם לך שלום

We can see that the bracha includes three parts and is written in three different pesukim, which is why it is called the triple blessing –

הברכה המשולשת.

The Malbim says that the meaning of triple in this instance is not merely technical in nature, but it comes to teach us that these are the three types of blessings that we need.

The first bracha includes the material things that are visible and tangible. The second bracha refers to the spiritual matters of the soul, while the third bracha includes internal peace and the kindness and love by God and human beings.

This blessing is said by the Kohanim every day in Eretz Yisrael, but only during Musaf on Yom Tov outside of Israel. In some families, it is also part of the bracha that parents give their children every Friday night and on Erev Yom Kippur.

There is an interesting pasuk after the triple blessing that says:

ושמו את שמי על בני ישראל ואני אברכם

Thus they shall link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them.

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June 4 - Sunday Morning Tefillah in the Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash at 9:00 AM

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 Student-Led 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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There are two meanings to this pasuk. The first is that although the Kohanim are the ones seemingly giving us the blessing, the actual bracha is essentially being transferred through the Kohanim and God is the one that is truly bestowing the blessing upon us. The second explanation is that while the Kohanim are blessing Bnei Yisrael, God is blessing the Kohanim.

May we merit to be the recipients of many brachot from God, and may God protect us, deal kindly with us, and grant us peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Talia Gringlik

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News from Kohelet Yeshiva

Our middle school students enjoyed a wonderful musical performance by some of their peers. It was an incredible display of talent, determination, and hard work by all of our KYMS musicians!

Our high school had its annual Awards Luncheon, where we had the opportunity to celebrate students for their achievements in athletics, activities, and academics. It was truly a wonderful time to recognize our students for all that they were able to accomplish this year. Mazal Tov to all of the award recipients!

Mazal Tov to our Kindergarten and First Grade students who ecstatically celebrated their amazing Chumash accomplishments this year at their Chagigat Chumash!

Several of our KYHS musicians traveled to Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy this week to participate in the Battle of the Bands. Congratulations to Elad Daniel (vocals) and Ezra Steinerman (drums), who were part of the band that won first place with an incredible rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama" that brought the house down.

Congratulations as well to the Kohelet band that featured Gavriel Sokolic (vocals and piano), Nili Obstfeld (saxophone), Tiki Brody (guitar), Akiva Krumbein (bass), and Yanna Alksnis (drums), which also placed in the top few bands at the event. Nili also got a special shout-out from the judges for her impeccable saxophone playing, and the Kohelet band brought the audience to its feet, wildly dancing and singing along to "YMCA."

Thank you to KYHS and KYMS music teacher Sheridan Seyfried for his tireless efforts to help our students improve their musical skills and for his willingness to always be available to work with our students in our music room with a smile, sage advice, and an encouraging word.

We had a blast at the KYMS Barbecue! Thank you to the Wilensky family for hosting the boys and to the Stein family for hosting the girls!

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In loving memory of their uncle, Elia Fischer

אליה הלוי ז"ל בן ר' יוסף

who passed away yesterday, ג' סיון 

May his wife, children, siblings, father, and extended family and friends be comforted in their grief.

בלע המות לנצח, ומחה ה' א-להים דמעה מעל כל-פנים (ישעיהו כה:ח)

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces (Isaiah 25:8)

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