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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Behaalotecha

Courtesy of Chabad.org

Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary.

Second Passover is instituted in response to the petition “Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the Passover offering in its appointed time because they were ritually impure. G‑d instructs Moses on the procedures for Israel’s journeys and encampments in the desert, and the people journey in formation from Mount Sinai, where they had been camped for nearly a year.

The people are dissatisfied with their “bread from heaven” (the manna), and demand that Moses supply them with meat. Moses appoints 70 elders, to whom he imparts of his spirit, to assist him in the burden of governing the people. Miriam speaks negatively of Moses, and is punished with leprosy; Moses prays for her healing, and the entire community waits seven days for her recovery.

Newtown Shul Weekly Friday Night Dinner

The Shabbat Dinner is the traditional focal point of every Jew’s week. We at Newtown Shul, extend a warm welcome to all people to join us for a traditional Friday Night Dinner.

The Shabbat Dinner is held in the hall beside the Synagogue immediately after the 6:30pm Shabbat service.

The Shabbat Dinner is a joint project of Newtown Synagogue and Young Adult Chabad and operates by virtue of the generosity of donors and volunteers.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person. To make a tax-deductible donation for the Shabbat dinners, please click here.

All of the food served at the dinner is prepared ‘by the people for the people’ with love. 

Cooking at Newtown Shul is fun, friendly and needs you! You don’t need to know how to cook and you don’t need to come every week! Just a willing pair of hands whenever you are available and a smile as great as the ones in this picture!

Torah Studies Class

Rabbi Eli Feldman gives a weekly Torah Studies class Live on Facebook every Thursday night at 8:30pm.

You can participate in the class while it is broadcasting and ask questions in real-time. The broadcast is at www.facebook.com/rabbielifeldman

Alternatively, you can watch the replay of this week’s class below:

Torah Studies Topic: Achieving Spiritual IndependenceFeel free to ask questions in the comments section during the broadcast and I will endeavor to answer them during the class! 😊

Posted by Rabbi Eli Feldman on Thursday, 20 June 2019

Shabbat Schedule


Friday Night Candle Lighting Time 4:36 PM

Pre-service L’chaim in the Hall 5:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service  in the Synagogue 6:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner book online here 7:00 PM


Shabbat Morning Kabbalah Class in the Hall 9:00 AM

Shabbat morning service in the Synagogue 9:30 AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Children’s Service in the Hall 11:00 AM

Rabbi’s Sermon and Choir 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Lunch in the Hall 12:30 PM

Shabbat Ends 5:35 PM

Thought for the Week

Miriam’s Courage

By Yitschak Meir Kagan (Courtesy of Chabad.org)

At the conclusion of the parshah of Behaalotecha we read how when Miriam had to live outside of Israel’s desert encampment for seven days, “…the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again” (Numbers 12:15).

Two million people, with all their leaders, their prophets, judges, elders and sages delayed their scheduled journeying to wait for one individual! For they remembered; they remembered how she had waited at the banks of the Nile to guard her baby brother Moses floating in the reed box in the river; they remembered how Miriam, a little girl, had molded Israel’s destiny and changed the course of history…

Amram, father of Aaron and Miriam, was the leader of the generation prior to the exodus from Egypt. When Pharaoh decreed “Every son that is born you shall throw into the river” (Exodus 1:22) Amram declared that it was useless to continue bearing children, and he divorced his wife Jochebed. All the Jews followed his example and divorced their wives. Then Miriam spoke up. Only six years old at the time, and well aware that her father was righteous and the leader of the nation, she courageously voiced her conviction: “Your decree is worse than Pharaoh’s! For Pharaoh only decreed against the boys; but you decree against boys and girls. Pharaoh is an evil man, and his decree may or may not be effective; but you are a righteous person and your decree will be effective.”

Miriam declared that one must follow G‑d’s commands, including the precept to “…be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 9:1) without regard to “logic” or “rationale” and without regard to the consequences. Amram recognized the truth and sincerity of his little daughter’s words. He immediately remarried Jochebed, and all Israel, inspired by his example, followed suit.

What was the result of Miriam’s actions? Moses was born; and as soon as his mother placed him in the river, Pharaoh’s astrologers declared, “Their deliverer has already been thrown into the water” and the decree (to drown all male children) was revoked.

The undaunted courage of a six-year-old girl, to “tell it like it is” even to the leader of the generation, effected the annulment of the evil decree while still in the exile of Egypt, and eventually brought deliverance, through Moses, not only for herself, for her parents and for her family, but for all Israel.

Shabbos Chuckle

While making the rounds at Hadassah Hospital, Dr. Cohen points out an X-Ray to a group of medical students.

“As you can see,” he says, “the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Chaim Yankel, what would you do in a case like this?”

Chaim Yankel ponders for a second and answers, “I guess I’d limp, too.”

Issued June 20th, 2019