2319 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Tel: 412-421-8855 Fax: 412-521-9938 Rabbi: 412-377-1769


Sunday & Monday - See Shavuot section
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 6:50 A.M.
Thursday - 6:35 A.M.
Rosh Chodesh - 6:20 A.M.
Daf Yomi - Shabbat - 1 hour before Mincha
Book of Iyov - Tuesday - 9:30 A.M.
Chumash Shemot - NO class Tuesday
Parsha class - Wednesday - 7:15 P.M.
Ahavat Chessed -Shabbat before Torah Reading
Halachic topics - Daily between Mincha/ Ma'ariv

Parsha: BEMIDBAR - 1:1 - 4:20
Pages 654 - 674 in The Living Torah
Haftarah: Hoshea 2:1 - 22
Pages 1182 - 1184 in The Living Torah
Pirkei Avot - Chapter 6


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Early candlighting after 7:01 P.M.
Mincha - 7:00 P.M.
Candlelighting by 8:14 P.M.
Late Mincha (Check with RDW) - 8:10 P.M.
Shacharith - two services 7:00 A.M & 8:50 A.M.
Groups B4 Groups - 9:15 A.M.
Youth Activities - 10:00 A.M.
Kiddush Following Services
Mincha - 8:15 P.M.
followed by Daf Yomi
Maariv - 9:15 P.M.

Candlelighting May 25 by 8:20 P.M.

SCHEDULE NOTE - Rabbi Wasserman's Mishna class for the next few weeks will move to Monday night after Ma'ariv and the Talmud class will be before Mincha on Monday evening. Obviously this Monday is Shavuot and the two classes will not meet.
UNITY KIDDUSH - Kiddush this week is sponsored by Creative Kosher/Deena's Dishes, Maxine and Macy Kisilinsky, and Tobi and Bryan Shuman. It is a joint "Unity Kiddush" between Congregation Poale Zedeck and Shaare Torah Congregation. The next Unity Kiddush will be held towards the end of the summer at Poale Zedeck. The Kool-Aid at the Kiddush this Shabbat is sponsored by Rabbi Wasserman in honor of the opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.

THANK YOU - The shul expresses its thanks to the following people who have contributed to the shul during the past week: Susan and Richard Finder in memory of Sheldon Gusky, Z"L; Leni and Harvey Goldsmith in memory of Sheldon Gusky, Z"L; Ilana and Itzik Levari a Siddur in memory of Zvi Shuldiner, Z"L and a Siddur in memory of Sheldon Gusky, Z"L; Peggy Maxwell (Linda's best friend) to Morah Devorah's class in honor of Linda's birthday; Pushka money from Linda's desk; Lynn and Jeff Rosenthal in memory of Sheldon Gusky, Z"L; Stefanie and Jason Small in memory of Zvi Shuldiner, Z"L and in memory of Sheldon Gusky, Z"L. Yahrtzeits: Eunice Dobkin for the yahrtzeits of Avram and Ida Dobkin, Z"L; Michael, Mimi and Ben Pasternak for the yahrtzeit of Sidney Pasternak, Z"L; Michelle Stern for the yahrtzeit of Eugene Stern, Z"L.

PARSHA IN THE PARK STARTS SHABBAT, MAY 26 - Join us at Davis Park for family fun! Enjoy a class for parents while your children play! Class to be given by Rabbi Shusterman on Shabbat at 5:45 P.M. All are welcome! If it is raining by 4:30 P.M. or later, class is cancelled.

BNEI AKIVA - Bnei Akiva will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 P.M.

KEEP THE DATE CIRCLED - That's Sunday, June 3rd, the day we honor our congregational gabbaim, Bryan Shuman, Brian Cynamon, Jay Luzer and Salomon Murciano at the Shaare Torah Banquet. Make your reservation, reserve the babysitter, check your closet for something special to wear, talk to your friends about making up a table and get ready for a very special evening.

LADIES NAVI CLASS - The Ladies Navi Class meets on Shabbat at 5:00 P.M. at the home of Tootsie Markovitz

SAVE THE DATE - Shaare Torah's Summer Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, July 8th from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. You can contact Linda in the shul office to sign up or e-mail office@shaaretorah.net Take some time and help others.
Seudah Shlishit at home
Mincha - 8:15 P.M. Followed by lecture
Ma'ariv - 9:15 P.M.
Verbal Havdallah, Candlelighting, Kiddush with formal Havdallah after 9:23 P.M.
Shavuot "Mishmar" (All-night learning) - Midnight
Sponsored by Michael & Atara Kentor in memory of their parents and grandparents.
Please be aware that on Shabbat, Erev Shavuot we will not have Seudah Shlishit in shul and one must remember to eat Seudah Shlishit at home prior to Mincha. When Erev of Yom Tov is on Shabbat it is preferable to eat Seudah Shlishit early in the afternoon. Indeed, if one wishes to do so, one may split Shabbat lunch into two meals by reciting Bircat HaMazone in the midst of the meal and then washing and reciting the HaMotzi blessing again.

On Erev Shavuot we do not start Yom Tov earlier in the day, as we often do on a summer Erev Shabbat. We have to wait until Shabbat is over, after dark, to be able to daven Ma'ariv and start the holiday of Shavuot. Obviously, we must also wait until Shabbat is completely over to even make any preparations for the Yom Tov meal and certainly to do any activities that are prohibited on Shabbat (such as candlelighting and cooking). A verbal Havdalah must be recited prior to making any preparations, cooking, or lighting candles. So at the end of Shabbat, as we go from Shabbat to the first night of Yom Tov, the language of the simple, verbal Havdalah that we recite is "Baruch HaMavdil Bane Kodesh L'Kosesh - Blessed is He Who differentiates between the different levels of holiness" (although if you said the standard "Bein Kodesh L'Chol - between the holy and the mundane", the verbal Havdalah would still be effective). The formal Havdalah is recited as part of the Yom Tov Kiddush. The Havdalah that is part of Kiddush also involves the blessing on the candle, as we do every Saturday night, and can be found in any good Siddur or Machzor. For the blessing on the candle, one may take two of the Yom Tov candles and put the flames together, being careful not to fuse the candles, and then putting them back in their place. Hence, candlelighting and any preparations for the Yom Tov meal are not until after 9:23 P.M. Candlelighting includes the blessing for Yom Tov and Shehecheyanu, and Kiddush prior to the Yom Tov meal is the Kiddush for the holiday, including Havdalah as indicated above and Shehecheyanu.

While there are no specific culinary mitzvah elements of the holiday, there are a number of derivations of a custom that involves eating dairy foods - to each according to his or her own permutation of the custom. In recent years Rabbi Wasserman has unearthed a very ancient scroll that indicates that in the Temple there would be Yom Tov marshmallow roasts whenever possible.

There is another important custom that is dear to the Jewish people. That is the custom of staying up all night on the first night of Shavuot studying Torah. (FYI - staying up and not studying Torah is not recommended and misses the point- in that instance, it would be better to get a good night's sleep). This is not the only night during the year that we study Torah or stay up late to do so. Indeed, we are directed to do so every night of the year. But on Shavuot we make a special effort to stay up all night studying. This is generally referred to as the "Shavuot Mishmar", and a compilation of recitations that many have the custom to recite all night is often referred to as the "Tikkun Leyl Shavuot". The study session stretches through the night and at the crack of dawn we have the opportunity to daven at sunrise (which is the preferred time to daven every morning) and to read the passages of the Torah relating the revelation at Sinai and the Aseret Hadibrot ("The Ten Statements", often mistranslated as The 10 Commandments). Every year, for the more than two decades that he has been in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Wasserman delivers classes throughout the night at Shaare Torah which are geared to adults and teens, men and women alike. It is a set of participatory lectures, geared to all levels in which everyone can participate, with text study (Hebrew and English texts will be available) and lively discussion. There are regular breaks throughout the night which include refreshments. There are also all-night classes and study sessions that take place every year in many of the shuls in the Orthodox community in Pittsburgh and throughout the Jewish world.
This year's Shavuot Mishmar is entitled "Bless You", a study and review of many types of B'rachot (blessings) that are part of Jewish life each and every day. The Shavuot Mishmar is sponsored once again this year by Michael and Atara Kentor in memory of their parents and grandparents, of Blessed Memory.
Shortly before 5:15 A.M., those in attendance will begin preparations for the Yom Tov Shacharit and will begin the services (sunrise is at 5:59 A.M.- the Shacharit Amida will be recited at that time). The sunrise minyan will serve in the place of our Shabbat/Yom Tov early minyan. The regular Yom Tov services will begin as usual at 8:50 A.M. in the main sanctuary.

Sunrise Shacharit - 5:15 A.M.
Regular Yom Tov Shacharit - 8:50 A.M.
GroupsB4Groups - 9:15 A.M.
Youth Activities - 10:00 A.M.
Kiddush Following Services
Daf Yomi - 7:30 P.M.
Mincha - 8:25 P.M.
followed by Lecture
Ma'ariv - 9:20 P.M.
Candlelighting after 9:24 P.M.
Torah reading on the first day of Shavuot is from Shemot 19:1 - 20:23; pages 348 - 356 in the Living Torah and 966 - 968 in the Artscroll Siddur. The Maftir reading from the second Torah is Bamidbar 28:26 - 31; page 816 in the Living Torah and 968 in the Artscroll Siddur. The Haftarah is from Yechezkel 1:1-28 plus 3-12; pages 1312 - 1316 in the Living Torah and 968 - 969 in the Artscroll Siddur.

Since on Sunday evening, as it gets dark, we are going from one day of Yom Tov to the next, we must wait for one day to finish before beginning the Maariv which heralds the next day. Therefore, after Mincha we again wait until dark to begin Ma'ariv. No preparations for the second night of Yom Tov or for the second day of Yom Tov may begin until after 9:24 P.M. This includes Yom Tov candlelighting and the lighting of Yizkor candles. When lighting the Yom Tov candles the second night, we again recite the Yom Tov blessing and Shehecheyanu.
Shacharith - two services
7:00 A.M & 8:50 A.M.
GroupsB4Groups -9:15 A.M.
Youth Activities - 10:00 A.M.
Reading of the Book of Ruth - 10:00 A.M.
Kiddush Following Services
Women's Torah Convocation - 5:45 P.M.
Daf Yomi - 7:30 P.M.
Mincha - 8:25 P.M.
followed by Lecture
Maariv - 9:20 P.M.
Havdalah after 9:25 P.M.
On the second day of Yom Tov we will have our regularly scheduled two services, the early minyan at 7:00 A.M. and the regular Yom Tov services at 8:50 A.M. Prior to reading the Torah on the second day we read Megillat Ruth, the story of the great-grandmother of King David and the continuation of the line of lineage from Peretz, son of Yehuda, through the birth of David. We read this book on Shavuot for a number of reasons including to mark the day that is traditionally held to be the birthday of King David. Yizkor is also recited on the morning of the second day of Shavuot after the reading of the Haftarah.

Torah reading on the second day of Shavuot is from Devarim 15:19 - 16:17; pages 944 - 948 in the Living Torah and 965 in the Artscroll Siddur. The Maftir reading from the second Torah is Bamidbar 28:26 - 31; page 816 in the Living Torah and 968 in the Artscroll Siddur. The Haftarah is Chabakuk 2:20 - 3:19; pages 1316 - 1320 in the Living Torah and 969 - 970 in the Artscroll Siddur.
Shaare Torah will hold the 33rd Annual Women's Torah Convocation, held in memory of Mrs. Malka Markovic, Z"L and Meredith Farrell, Z"L, and sponsored by the Greenberg-Dorsey Family in loving memory of Morah Shirley Dorsey, Sara bas Dovid. At the Torah Convocation, students from the Yeshiva and Hillel offer Divrei Torah, and the girls of the Chaverot will offer a number of beautiful vocal selections. The Torah Convocation is for women and girls only and will take place at 5:45 P.M., on the second day of Shavuot, Monday, May 21 in the newly renovated Shaare Torah Social Hall.