Saranac Synagogue News: Shabbos Bamidbar and Shavuos (June 3-7, 2022 / 4-8 Sivan, 5782)

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David Kunkel

Jun 3, 2022, 8:16:41 PMJun 3
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Saranac Synagogue News: Shabbos Bamidbar and Shavuos (June 3-7, 2022 / 4-8 Sivan, 5782)

Shalom Aleichem!



·         The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) urges people “regardless of vaccination status”, to “wear a well-fitting mask indoors in … indoor community settings).” Exercise judgment and we recommend physical distancing.

NOTE: Make sure you have a long-burning candle or existing flame ready before Shabbos begins that can last three days.

Friday: Candle lighting: 8:32 PM, Shabbos begins: 8:49 PM. Count 49 of the Omer. YAY! Yaasher koach to all who counted.

Saturday: Davening starts at 9:30, Shacharis starts at 10 AM.

Zeman Shema: before 9:25 AM;   Zeman Tefilah: before 10:42 AM. 

Kiddush in Shul: after davening.

Chatzos: 1:14 PM, Mincha Gedolah, 1:52 PM. Mincha Ketana, 5:41 PM, Plag Hamincha, 7:15 PM. . We do NOT say “Tzidkascha Tsedek.”  Pirkei Avos chapter 6.

Sunset is 8:50 PM. Shabbos ends/holiday begins: Shul tradition, 60 min.: 9:50 PM. Some hold 72 min.: 10:02 PM.

The Parshah in a Nutshell


Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

In the Sinai Desert, Gd says to conduct a census of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses counts 603,550 men of draftable age (20 to 60 years); the tribe of Levi, numbering 22,300 males age one month and older, is counted separately. The Levites are to serve in the Sanctuary. They replace the firstborn, whose number they approximated, since they were disqualified when they participated in the worshipping of the Golden Calf. The 273 firstborn who lacked a Levite to replace them had to pay a five-shekel “ransom” to redeem themselves.

When the people broke camp, the three Levite clans dismantled and transported the Sanctuary, and reassembled it at the center of the next encampment. They then erected their own tents around it: the Kohathites, who carried the Sanctuary’s vessels (the Ark, menorah, etc.) in their specially designed coverings on their shoulders, camped to its south; the Gershonites, in charge of its tapestries and roof coverings, to its west; and the families of Merari, who transported its wall panels and pillars, to its north. Before the Sanctuary’s entranceway, to its east, were the tents of Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons.

Beyond the Levite circle, the twelve tribes camped in four groups of three tribes each. To the east were Judah (pop. 74,600), Issachar (54,400) and Zebulun (57,400); to the south, Reuben (46,500), Simeon (59,300) and Gad (45,650); to the west, Ephraim (40,500), Manasseh (32,200) and Benjamin (35,400); and to the north, Dan (62,700), Asher (41,500) and Naphtali (53,400). This formation was kept also while traveling. Each tribe had its own nassi (prince or leader), and its own flag with its tribal color and emblem.

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~~~ Shavuos~~~

Saturday Night, June 4: Erev Shavuos

Candle lighting/Holiday begins: 9:50 PM at the earliest. Some light as early as 9:43 (Starin), others after 10:02 PM (72 mins).
Say, “Lehadlik ner shel yom tov” and “Shehecheyanu.”

All-night Study will be held at 500 Starin.


Sunday Morning, June 5: Shavuos, Day 1 – Shul closed

Shacharis at Starin, 10 AM. Torah Reading 11 AM.

Zeman Shema: before 9:25 AM;   Zeman Tefilah: before 10:41 AM. Dairy luncheon after Shacharis: about 12:45 AM.

Chatzos 1:15 PM, Mincha Gedolah, 1:53 PM. Mincha Ketana, 5:41 PM, Plag Hamincha, 7:16 PM.

~~~ Shavuos cont.~~~

Sunday Evening, June 5: Erev Shavuos Day 2

Holiday begins at Holiday begins: 9:51 PM at the earliest. Some light as early as 9:44 (Starin), others after 10:03 PM (72 mins).  Holiday candles are customarily lit before the holiday meal.
Light candles (and cook meals) with fire from a pre-existing source of flame.

Monday, June 6: Shavuos, Day 2

Shacharis at Starin, 10:00 AM. Zeman Shema: before 9:26 AM;   Zeman Tefilah: before 10:42 AM.

Yizkor Service after Torah reading, approx.11:10 AM. Chatzos 1:15 PM, Mincha Gedolah, 1:53 PM. Mincha Ketana, 5:41 PM, Plag Hamincha, 7:17 PM.

Holiday ends: Shul tradition, 60 min.: 9:51 PM.   42 min.: 9:34 PM.  72 min.: 10:04 PM.


The Story of Shavuot
Isaac Jacobs

On the first of Sivan, the first day of the third month after the exodus from Egypt, the children of Israel reached the desert of Sinai and camped near the mountain.

During the few weeks of traveling in the desert under Divine protection, with daily miracles, such as the manna and the quail, the miraculous sweetening of the water, the defeat of Amalek, and the crossing of the Red Sea, the Jewish people had become more and more conscious of G-d.

Their faith grew more intense daily, until they attained a standard of holiness, solidarity and unity, never achieved before or after by any other nation.

Moses ascended Mount Sinai, and G-d spoke to him the following words: "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 'You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto Myself. Now, therefore, if you will hearken unto My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine. You shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.'"

Moses returned from Sinai and called for the elders of the people and put all these words of G-d before them. Unanimously, with one voice and one mind, the people answered: Naaseh Venishma, "Everything G-d has said, we shall do and understand."

Thus they accepted the Torah outright, with all its precepts, not even asking for a detailed enumeration of the obligations and duties it involved.

When Israel had voiced its eagerness to receive the Torah, G-d spoke to Moses again: "Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments, and be ready for the third day; for on the third day the L-rd will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai. And you shalt set bounds unto the people round about saying: Take heed to yourselves, that you go not up onto the Mount, or touch the border of it; whatsoever touches the Mount shall surely die."

The dawn of the third day broke amid thunder and lightning that filled the air. Heavy clouds hung over the mountain, and the steadily growing sounds of the Shofar made the people shake and tremble with fear. Moses led the children of Israel out of the camp and placed them at the foot of Mount Sinai, which was all covered by smoke and was quaking, for G-d had descended upon it in fire.

The sound of the Shofar grew louder, but suddenly all sounds ceased, and an absolute silence ensued; and then G-d proclaimed the Ten Commandments.

The entire people heard the words of G-d, and they became frightened.

They begged Moses to be the intermediary between G-d and them, for if G-d Himself would continue to give them the entire Torah, they would surely die. Moses told them not to be afraid, for G-d had revealed Himself to them so that they would fear Him and not sin.

Then G-d asked Moses to ascend the mountain; for he alone was able to stand in the presence of G-d. There Moses was to receive the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments and the entire Torah, to teach it to the children of Israel.

Moses went up the mountain and stayed there forty days and forty nights, without food or sleep, for he had become like an angel. During this time, G-d revealed to Moses the entire Torah, with all its laws and the interpretations thereof.

Finally, G-d gave Moses the two stone Tables of Testimony, containing the Ten Commandments, written by G-d Himself.


David Kunkel, Media Coordinator / Webmaster / Gabbai, for
Shmuel Rashkin, President   •   Bob Alt, Vice President

The Saranac Synagogue

Congregation Achei Tmimim   •   85 Saranac Ave   •   Buffalo, NY 14216   •


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