March 8, 2013 Vayakhel-Pekudei

S.T.A.R. News & Events

Here are S.T.A.R.’s upcoming exciting events:

April 28, 2013

Community Lag BaOmer at The Somis Ranch!

June 18-July 9

Magen Israel Trip for Teens age 16. 3 Weeks of Exploration and fun.  

This Shabbat

Shabbat Parashat: Vayakhel-Pekudei

Candle Lighting: 5:37pm
Shabbat Ends: 6:34pm

Torah Message

The Ultimate Labor Saver

"Six days shall labor be done, and the seventh day will be for you holy…" (35:2)

For as long as I can remember, one of society’s most cherished dreams has been a robot that gets all your work done for you.

In the late fifties we were regaled with fanciful concoctions of tin cans that looked like Tin-Man-rejects from "The Wizard of Oz", complete with the apron and a happy mechanical smile. In the sixties, wacky inventors produced little motorized "home-puppies" that scooted around cleaning the carpet and swept the floors. Nowadays robotics has reached amazing levels. Watching a car being assembled today is an eerie experience with nary a human in sight. (Except of course to execute the mandatory strike for shorter hours and better working conditions.)

I want to let you into a secret. The "Ultimate Labor Savor" has been in existence for over three thousand years. The trouble is that many people don’t know how to operate it.

"Six days shall labor be done, and the seventh day will be for you holy…"

The grammar of this verse is unusual. The Torah doesn’t say you can do labor for six days, rather it expresses itself in the passive, "labor shall be done."

When we keep Shabbat, G-d’s blessings rest on all our workday efforts. If you’re a creative writer for an ad agency, suddenly you’ll find a brilliant new concept that just wafts into your consciousness from out of nowhere on Tuesday morning. If you’re a cabinetmaker, all the mortises that you cut are a perfect fit. If you’re a pilot, you’ll find that there’s a break in the weather allowing you a landing-window at your destination, avoiding a three-hour delay and a few hundred irate passengers. The list is as endless as the activities of man. When we keep Shabbat properly, even if you don’t overly exert ourselves, we will find that things just seem to get done, that little bit quicker and better.

Shabbat is the Ultimate Labor Saver.


Rabbi M. Weiss                                                  Rabbi Y. Sakhai

Community News

Em Habanim Congregation

Weekly Parashat Hashavua class with Rabbi Joshua Bittan on Wednesdays at 8:30pm for more info. visit

Avot Ubanim Program has started for fathers and their kids of ages 4 and up every Saturday night from 7:30pm – 8:30pm, Lots of prizes and great Pizza every week!


Em Habanim Sephardic Congregation is pleased to make available its elegant venue for your celebration. Excellent location with easy access to freeways. For more info. visit 


Get Well Soon

Ariel Menachem Chayim ben Miryam & Daniel ben Sara

We wish a speedy recovery for all the Jews that may need it where ever they may be and especially for:

Em Habanim:

Max Barchichat From Sephardic Temple: Al Azus,Buena Angel,
Elaine Leon,Itzchak Rachmanony

From S.T.A.R.:

Mordechai Chaim Ben Chana, Chaim Ben Buena,
Meshulam Dov Ben Chana Sarah

 Bracha Sara Chaya Bat Ronit,
Donna Devora bat Sara 

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