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Young Israel of Great Neck

President's Message

The YIGN is a Modern Orthodox synagogue that was founded by six visionary families.  They dreamed of a participatory minyan that would be welcoming to all. After multiple small temporary locations, we moved to our present, beautiful facility at 236 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, New York.  We are privileged to inhabit a newly constructed Beit Midrash and classroom building, as well as a full sized gym. Read more

Ariel Yitzchak Newman Memorial Scholar in Residence Program

The Scholar in Residence Program at YIGN has been officially re-named the Ariel Yitzchak Newman Memorial Scholar in Residence Program at YIGN

Four Scholars have been scheduled for 2015 as follows:

Shabbat Parshat Bo January 23rd-24th 
Rabbi Yerachmiel Milstein, Senior Lecturer for Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Productions / Executive Vice President of Project Chazon

Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim February 13th-14th
Rabbi Moshe Taragin, Rav at Yeshiva Gush Etzion and SKA Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz / Author of “Talmudic Methodology” internet shiur

Shabbat Parshat Pekudei March 13th – 14th
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, YU Professor of Jewish Thought / Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Shabbat Parshat Behar-Bechukotai May 15th – 16th
Rabbi Ozer Glickman, Talmud and Halacha Rebbe for YU Semicha Program; formerly taught American Legal Theory at Cardozo Law School



Mazel tov to Alison and David Kirsch and Phyllis and Arthur Kirsch on the birth of their daughter and granddaughter, Talia Rose.


Tova and Josh Marmer


Sandy Weiss would like to thank Rabbi Lerner, Rabbi Ismach and the Young Israel community for their kindness and expression of sympathy following the death of her father, Harry Jubas z"l.


Come check out Bella’s new collection of trendy and affordable hats, fascinators and other accessories. – Wednesday, March 25th from 8:00PM – 10:00PM at the home of Abigail Weiss, 22 Strathmore Road. Portion of proceeds will be donated to the Young Israel of Great Neck.


Thank you to Netti and Ari Herman for sponsoring group snacks in honor of Bella’s birthday


Got Chametz??? You Can Donate Your Chametz Instead of Throwing it Out! Tomchei Shabbos of Queens is collecting UNOPENED, non-perishable, packaged food (must be labeled with rabbinical supervision and with good expiration dates). Once again, a local collection is taking place in Great Neck from now through Tuesday, March 31st, at 12:00 noon. If you are interested in donating, please bring items to: 58 Berkshire rd. (between Baker Hill and Piccadilly rd.) A labeled bin will be located outside of front door If you have any questions, please contact: Estee Acobas (917) 538-1745

Please save the date - Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30 PM - NSHA Cherry Lane Auditorium - A "Health and Halacha Evening" featuring an informative panel discussion for women on the topic of "self-awareness".   Details to follow.

Tomchei Shabbos of Queens is looking for volunteers to help deliver food for Pesach to those in need. The deliveries will take place on Sunday, March 29 9am-12pm.  The pickup location is 33-23 Union Street at Union Plaza Health in Queens (2 blocks off Northern Blvd).  There's no need to sign up in advance.  Just show up at the Union Street address on March 29 and you will be given boxes of food and a list of addresses of where they need to be delivered.  This is a great opportunity to do a mitzvah with your family!  For additional information or to donate please visit their website at

On Friday, April 3rd at Kings Point Park on Steamboat Road, we will once again, with the permission of the Great Neck Park District and the assistance of the Alert Fire Co., have the community burning of chometz event. The hours will be from 8am to 11am. Volunteers are needed for 1or 2 hours to help direct people to parking and location of the event. Please e-mail  if you can help or call 487-6278.  Also we will be collecting donations for the volunteers of the Alert Fire Co. who give of their time to monitor the fire.


The following donations have been made to the Young Israel of Great Neck:

Romina and Oded Weiss in memory of Harry Jubas

Liane and Ira Wolff in memory of Harry Jubas

Steve Foss in honor of the birth of Carole and Charles Libby’s grandson; In honor of the engagement of Arel Golombeck and Aviya Slutzky; In honor of the birth of Ellen and Joey Tuchinsky’s granddaughter

Adele and Azriel Genachowski in honor of the birth of Ellen and Joey Tuchinsky’s granddaughter

Rabbi Lerner's Weekly Parsha Shiur


The Korban Shelomim

The first korbanos discussed in Vayikra are the korban Olah, which is completely consumed on the fire, and the Korban Minchah, which was a meal offering. The next one that is discussed is the Korban Shelomim, and this is followed by two sin offerings, Chatas and Asham.

3:1: If his offering is a feast peace-offering, if he offers it from the cattle, whether male of female, unblemished shall he offer it before Hashem. Rashi: it is called Shelomim because it has the power to bring peace to the world, as it says in the Sifra (Toras Kohanim). Other meforshim say the reason it brings peace is because it brings peace to everyone, as the Toras Kohanim says – everyone gets a portion of this korban – part goes on the Mizbeach to Hashem, part is given to the Kohen, and part the owner gets; this is different from the Olah which is completely burnt. The korban Minchah has a small portion given to the Kohen, part offered on the Mizbeach. The Olah and Minchah are the holy of holies; other korbanos are at a lighter level of holiness. The Shelamim has a significant portion given to the owner, as opposed to the other korbanos. Rashbam: Shelamim means to pay – this Korban was from a vow that he made, so this is the time that he pays up the pledge.

Rambam: To bring the Shelomim according to all of its laws is the fulfillment of a positive Mitzvah from the Torah. There are four different situations of when a Shelomim is brought. There is one that is brought by the congregation on Shevuos; along with it are breads that are waved as an offering to Hashem; it is called Shelamim there since this was given on the anniversary of the giving of the Torah – this holiday is to be split, with half of the focus on Hashem, half about our enjoying the holiday – it embodies the character of the Torah which has both of these aspects, part for Hashem, part for us – so we bring it on this holiday to represent wholesomeness, Shalemus. God wants us to take care of our families, making everyone happy, as well as showing allegiance to Him. The other types of Shelamim are brought by individuals: one is when the person comes to go Oleh Regel on Yom Tov – it is an offering brought with the pilgrimages for the three holidays – you must bring this Korban – one is not to visit God empty-handed. The second one is brought with bread – Shalmei Todah – it expresses gratitude to Hashem after passing through a dangerous time (illness, dangerous journey, etc) – we thank Hashem by bringing a korban to Yerushalayim. The third individual one is that of a Nazir upon the completion of his Nezirus, when he is re-entering society; he brings a Shelamim because he took himself out of the norm, living an ascetic existence – now that he is re-entering normal behavior of a Jew within society, he is complete once again, living the life of a complete Jew. The parsha of Nazir immediately follows that of a Sotah in parshas Naso – people were often so shaken by seeing and hearing about a Sotah, they would in response take upon themselves a period of Nezirus, of withholding themselves from the things that might make them stray. When returning to a normal life, they bring this korban Shelamim.

Ramban: Rav Icanti?: the reason for the Shelamim being either male of female, unlike other korbanos, is because it brings peace to the world; it brings the Midah of Rachamim to join with that of Justice into one – the ultimate symbol of peace is that between male and female – shalom bayis – so to represent this harmony, we can bring either. In Yeshayahu it says (44:28) Vechal Cheftzi Yashlim – that all of God’s desire is for the world to be repaired and brought back to a whole once again, to bring the pieces back together – this is certainly symbolized by bringing together a husband and wife – it brings back the preferred Midah of Hashem, that of Rachamim. God wants to be both, just and merciful – the coming together of the two sides of Hashem is the ultimate goal. We highlight God’s right arm which is the Midah of Rachamim – God’s stronger hand is that of Rachamim, it is what He would prefer to use when dealing with humans. That is why we say this at the end of Shemonah Esrei – Asei Lema’an Yeminechah. The korban Shelamim represents this reconciliation of the Midos of Hashem.

Abarbanel: Why this order of the Korbanos in this parsha? If Shelamim is so great, why not start with it? The Olah is holier – it is the holy of holies – because it is all given over to Hashem. The owner gets none of the Minchah – it is for Hashem, and a small portion for the Kohanim. They precede Shelamim because they are holier. Why then are the other two, the Chatas and Asham, following the Shelamim? Hashem is trying to show us that after beginning with the holier ones, we follow with a korban that is also not about sinning; God values those korbanos that are not involved with sin, where we have not fallen and sinned. The Shelamim is most dear to Hashem – even though not as holy as the first two, God prefers that we do not sin.

Parparos LaTorah: quotes Rav Yosef Kairo who says that many people in their Tefillos say all of the korbanos every morning, along with the Mishnayos of where the korbanos were brought. We pray for peace in our davening – internal and external peace. In all of Mishnayos, this is the only perek (other than Pirkei Avos) where there is no debate, no machlokes between Tana’im. This is the reason why it is important to say it each morning, to remind us that our ultimate goal in life is to achieve peace, as the korban Shelamim represents, and to avoid machlokes.

Oznayim LaTorah: Why this order of korbanos? Why interrupt the discussion of korbanos of the highest level of kedusha to speak of the Shelamim, which is of lesser kedusha? Chazal, in Chagigah, quote and contrast two pasukim: Mishlei 25:17: Remove your feet from the house of your friend – it means Hashem, as we say, Lema’an Achai veRayoy. Tehillim 66:13: I will enter your house with burnt offerings. This would seem to say we should not come to God’s house often, that we should diminish these visits. Rashi says that God is saying it in relation to sins – we shouldn’t sin just to be able to bring korbanos to God, to draw close to Him. God doesn’t want that; if we are planning that, He does not want us to come to His house. It is not with sin that God wants us to bring korbanos – He values our coming to His house for the right ideas.

Oznayim LaTorah: when it says Im Zevach Shelamim, the Torah is saying that Shelamim is a sacrifice. The Zohar says out of all the korbanos, none are more precious in God’s eyes than the Shelamim, which brings peace both in the upper world, and on Earth – everyone gets a portion of it.

Rav Hirsch: Shalom is that condition where no one has to miss anything at the expense of another. Shalom means everyone walks away from a deal happy and content. It is not just the absence of negative, but the internal harmonious agreement with each other. Shelamim are brought from the feeling of completion and contentment. It brings us closer to God – we are trying to climb higher when we bring this because we don’t feel close enough to God – we try to get closer by expressing our total satisfaction with life – we feel great and totally fulfilled; that nothing is lacking in our lives. The only thing missing is nearness to God. It is the statement of complete satisfaction with our lives. To enjoy the world in this manner is the best of all situations – this korban emphasizes we are whole and complete – we are not seeking God here out of need. We thank God for our lives being whole. And it is a specific Jewish offering – a non-Jew could bring Olohs, but not Shelamim. As it says in Shir HaShirim – the non-Jewish world can have some idea of approaching God during darkness, when they are in danger; we find God in sunlight, during the bright side of light. We don’t only seek out God in crisis – we also do it when everything is going right, as an expression of love and gratitude to Hashem. 

Mon, 30 March 2015 10 Nisan 5775