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18 Sivan 5766 - June 14, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Shelach (Parshas Korach in Eretz Yisroel), 5766

Sunday, 22 Sivan - Shabbos, 28 Sivan 5766 (June 18-24, 2006)

Yoma 11-17
Terumos 44-50

Ta'anis 2:10-4:4

Orach Chaim 568:11-575:2

Ovos: 4

Molad: Monday 5:25 A.M.

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Behaalosecho (Parshas Shelach in Eretz Yisroel)

7:12 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:27 P.M.

9:04 P.M.
5:06 P.M.
4:52 P.M.

Parshas Shelach (Parshas Korach in Eretz Yisroel)

7:13 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:28 P.M.

9:06 P.M.
5:07 P.M.
4:53 P.M.



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Additional Luach Information

According to the Ramo (494:3) we do not say tachanun from Rosh Chodesh Sivan until after Isru Chag (there are other minhogim that do not say tachanun until after the seven days of hashlomoh that follow Shavuos).

On Rosh Chodesh Sivan we do not say tachanun as we do on every Rosh Chodesh. The second of Sivan is called Yom HaMeyuchas since after yetzias Mitzrayim Hashem commanded Moshe to say to bnei Yisroel: "Now therefore if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own treasure from among all peoples" (Shemos 19:5) to prepare them for Torah. Afterwards, the third, forth, and fifth of Sivan are the Sheloshes Yemei Hagboloh when bnei Yisroel waited for kabolas HaTorah (Mishnah Berurah 494:8, and see Shabbos 86-88).

Shavuos falls on Friday, 6 Sivan (June 2) and in Chutz La'aretz also on Shabbos, 7 Sivan (June 3). An eruv Tavshilin must be made on erev Shavuos, Thursday, in order to be permitted to cook on the first day of Shavuos, Friday, for Shabbos.

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