Vol. LXXII No. 9                                        5781
New York City
February 26, 2021 – 14 Adar, 5781
5:26 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

Sabbath Ends: 6:27 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 6:58 p.m. NYC E.S.T.
Weekly Reading: Tetzaveh
Weekly Haftara: Koh Amar Hashem (Ezekiel 43:10:27)
Daf Yomi:  Pesachim 97 
Mishna Yomit: Negaim 3:1-2
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 47:2-4
Rambam Yomi: Hilcho Kelim chap. 9-11
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:25 a.m. NYC E.S.T. 
Sunrise: 6:15 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:10 a.m. NYC E.S.T.
Sunset: 5:57 p.m. NYC E.S.T.

            Today is Purim, Friday morning, Shacharis – As at night, we add Al Hanissim in the Shemoneh Esreh. In the repetition some say Krovetz le’Purim, no Tachanun, half- Kaddish. We take out a Torah scroll from the Ark and we call up three aliyos. We read from “Vayavo Amalek” in Parashas BeShalach (Shemos 17:8-16) until the end of the Parasha, followed by half-Kaddish. After returning the Torah scroll to the Ark we again take out the Megillah and the Ba’al Keriah recites the same three blessings he said at Maariv. It is also customary to announce that all should have in mind, during the recitation of Shehecheyanu, the other mitzvos of Purim – mishlo’ach manos and Se’udas Purim. (See Mishna Berura, Orach Chayyim 692:1.) We read the Megillah (we do not remove the tefillin until we conclude the entire Tefilla). At the conclusion of the reading, the Ba’al Keriah says “Harav es rivenu” and the congregation then says Shoshanas Yaakov. We send mishlo’ach manos – two portions to at least one person (preferably readily edible foods). We give matanos la’evyonim – a minimum of one gift to each of two poor people, but one who gives more is praised. Being that it is Erev Shabbos we eat the Se’udas Purim in the morning. We set a festive table with fish, meat and wine. As with any meal of which we partake on Purim, we say Al Hanissim in Birkas Hamazon.

              At Mincha we also add Al Hanissim.

              Shabbos is Shushan Purim, we do not say Av Harachamim, Keil Maleh nor Tziodkoscha at Mincha.

    The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. – Y.K.