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Ohel Yaacob Congregation

Ohel Yaacob Congregation 

Deal, New Jersey

2014 Summer - Class Schedule

Monday - Thursday Class Schedule
Time Rabbi Subject Location 
5:50am- 6:45am Rabbi Eli Mansour Daf Yomi Small Midrash
6:50am -8:00am Rabbi Isaac Yedid Daf Yomi Ballroom
7:30am-8:00am Rabbi Moshe Malka Mussar Ballroom
8:00am-9:00am Rabbi Moshe Malka Gemara Ballroom
8:00am-9:00am Rabbi Eli Mansour Musar/Parasha Small Midrash
8:40am-9:00am Rabbi Yaakov Elbaz Hok Le Yisrael Ballroom
6:35pm-6:45pm Rabbi Moshe Malka Pirke Avot Main Sanctuary
7:15pm-8:30pm- Thursday (Ladies Only) Rabbi Eli Mansour Halacha Main Sanctuary
Friday Class Schedule
Time Rabbi Subject Location 
6:50am -8:15am Rabbi Isaac Yedid Daf Yomi Ballroom
6:30am-7:30am Rabbi Eli Mansour Daf Yomi Small Midrash
7:30am -8:30am Rabbi Moshe Malka Mussar/Gemara Ballroom
8:30am-9:15am- *New Class!! Rabbi Eli Mansour Mussar/Parasha/Sefer Menorat Hamaor Small Midrash
8:40am-9:00am Rabbi Yaakov Elbaz Hok Le Yisrael Ballroom
11:30am-12:30pm (Ladies Only) Rabbi Eli Mansour Parasha/Navi Main Sanctuary
5:30pm-6:30pm Rabbi Eli Mansour Daf Yomi Small Midrash
Shabbat Morning Class Schedule
Time Rabbi Subject Location 
9:15am-10:30am  Rabbi Eli Mansour Parasha Ballroom  
9:15am-11:30am Rabbi Isaac Yedid Daf Yomi Rabbi's Office
Shabbat Afternoon Class Schedule
Time Rabbi Subject Location 
90 Minutes  Before Mincha  Rabbi Eli Mansour Parasha/Halacha Main Sanctuary
90 Minutes  Before Mincha  Rabbi Moshe Malka Navi/Parasha Large Midrash
90 Minutes  Before Mincha  Rabbi Isaac Yedid Halacha  Small Midrash
45 Minutes Before Mincha  Rabbi Yaakov Elbaz   Ballroom
1 Hour Before Mincha  Youth Class Rabbi David Mansour Parasha  Small Midrash
Seduda Shelishit Rabbi Eli Mansour Parasha  Ballroom
Sunday Class Schedule 
Time Rabbi Subject Location 
7:50am-8:50am Rabbi Eli Mansour Daf Yomi Small Midrash
7:50am-9:15am Rabbi Isaac Yedid Daf Yomi Ballroom
8:50am-9:30am Rabbi Eli Mansour Hok Le Yisrael Small Midrash
8:45am-9:45am Rabbi Moshe Malka Gemara Ballroom

Parasha Insight - from Rabbi Eli J Mansour

Parashat Shofetim: Guarding the Gates

    The opening verse of Parashat Shofetim instructs, “You shall assign judges and enforcers in all your gates, in the land the Hashem your God gives you…”  On the simplest level of interpretation, the Torah obligates the nation to establish proper, effective judicial and law-enforcement systems in each community.  The Hida (Rabbi Haim Yosef David Azulai, 1724-1806), however, suggested that this verse perhaps alludes to another, broader concept, as well.  The Torah speaks here of appointing judges in “your gates.”  Just as cities have gates through which people enter, so does the human being have “gates” through which ideas enter his soul – his eyes and his ears.  The things a person hears and sees profoundly impact his conduct, his mind and his soul.  Many people mistakenly claim that so long as they conduct themselves properly, it does not matter what kind of things they see and hear; this theory claims that it’s acceptable to watch any show or movie, and listen to any kind of music, so long as a person acts appropriately.

   According to the Hida’s reading, the Torah here teaches that this is a terrible mistake.  We must appoint guards by our “gates,” our ears and eyes, and be very discerning when it comes to the material that enters our souls through these “gates.”  The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”  This might be true, but it is also true that “you are what you see” and “you are what you hear.”  Indeed, studies have consistently shown that children with regular exposure to violent scenes on television are more prone to violent conduct.  When violence or immorality enters the soul through the eyes, it can be very destructive and ultimately affect a person’s character.  He must therefore appoint “judges” to carefully determine what he allows to enter his soul.

   Children, of course, are particularly impressionable, and parents must therefore exercise extreme care in overseeing what their children see, read and hear.  The government rating system of movies is not based upon Torah values; just because the official raters determine a film to be suitable for children, this does not necessarily make it acceptable by our strict standards.  Much of contemporary music, too, reflects values that are directly at odds with the ideals of our tradition; a parent cannot allow these conflicting messages to enter the home and the children’s souls through the airwaves.  And it goes without saying that there is so much material on the internet that can be very destructive to children.

   Thus, today more than ever, we bear the obligation to “appoint judges and enforces in all your gates,” to carefully determine what kind of material we allow into our souls and into the souls of our children.  We are fortunate to live at a time when there is plenty of Torah literature to read, and Jewish music and recorded Torah lectures to hear.  This is what we should be allowing into our minds and hearts, and to which we should be exposing our children, rather than the many harmful sights and sounds that are unfortunately so prevalent in the world around us.

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Sat, 30 August 2014 4 Elul 5774