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Important Information

As we are sure you are aware, 

the annual Parklife music festival returns to 

Heaton Park THIS coming weekend 

(Friday, Shabbat & Sunday).

As usual, Parklife attracts around 80,000 attendees per day, 

who come from all over the country. 

Obviously, this many visitors to the area raises the potential for incidents to occur 

and this is one of the reasons the organisers arrange for so many security personnel 

in the area over the two/ three days of the festival.

Therefore we kindly ask the kahal to be vigilant and ensure the usual security steps are taken

whilst tefillot, avot ubanim or learning is taking place

 i.e. ensure all doors to the building are properly closed.

Please remember to report any antisemitic incidents, or incidents of suspicious behaviour immediately, 

to the police on 999 and to CST on 0800 032 3263.

Alternatively, the police will have their mobile police unit parked on Kings Road throughout the weekend. 

You can report incidents directly to them there OR you can report incidents to the officers at the 

Gatehouse at the Sedgley Police College.

Finally, you can contact the Parklife Community Impact Team before, 

during and after the event to report issues. During the event they are based at the 

Maccabi Centre on 0161 883 1962 or via email on 

or you are also free to go there in person from 11:00 – 21:00 during the event.

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Moor Lane Women’s Nach Group
New programme for the Summer Season!

‘Ahab, Elijah and Jezebel’ _Kings 1_
Good and Evil, Truth and Lies, Murder and Miracles – 

join us as we delve into this fascinating chapter in the history of the Kings of Israel. 
Every Shabbat @ 6.15-7.15pm in the hall. 

Never tried learning Nach with us before? We all have different skill levels and we don’t judge. 
We believe EVERYONE can add something unique that benefits us all. 
Come along and give it a go, we’re very friendly!

For more information, contact 
Dina Shalom: 07840043734
Looking forward to learning together!

לוח זמני תפלה לקיץ תשפ״ג

Summer Timetable 5783 – 2023

מוצאי שבת



סוף זמן קראת שמע

זמן שבת

פלג מנחה (תה״ד)

פלג מנחה (לבוש)

מנחה וקבלת שבת


שבת פרשת




Shema to be read before

Candles to be
lit by


Earliest Candle lighting

Minha & Kabbalat Shabbat*



















9/10 June


For those not in the Bet Hakeneset, but wishing to bring in Shabbat with the Kahal, candles should be lit about 30 minutes after the time listed for Minha and Kabbalat Shabbat, unless the time listed in the ‘latest candle lighting’ column is earlier, when candles MUST be lit by that time, in all cases.

Shabbat Afternoon 
Avot Ubanim 5:00 pm
Mincha 6:00 pm
Q & A on Parashat Behaalotecha
  1. Toward which direction did the wicks of the Menorah burn, and why?
    8:2 – They leaned toward the middle wick so people wouldn't say that the Menorah was lit for its light.
  2. From what material and in what manner was the Menorah made?
    8:4 – It was made from one solid piece of hammered gold.
  3. Moshe was commanded to cleanse the levi'im by sprinkling on them “mei chatat.” What is “mei chatat”?
    8:7 – Water containing ashes of the para aduma.
  4. Which three “t'nufot” (wavings) are in the parsha?
    8:11 – The wavings of Kehat, Gershon and Merari.
  5. Why did G-d claim the first-born of the Jewish People as His possession?
    8:17 – Because in Egypt He spared them during makat bechorot.
  6. Why are the words “Bnei Yisrael” repeated five times in verse 8:19?
    8:19 – To show G-d's love for them.
  7. When a levi reaches age 50, which functions may he still perform?
    8:25 – Closing the courtyard gates of the Mishkan and Beit Hamikdash; singing during the avoda; loading the wagons to transport the Mishkan.
  8. Why was the mitzvah of Pesach Sheini not commanded directly to Moshe?
    9:7 – The people who asked about it were rewarded by being the catalyst for the teaching of this mitzvah.
  9. What similarity is there between the Menorah and the trumpets?
    8:4, 10:2 – They were each made from a single, solid block.
  10. What three purposes did trumpet signals serve?
    10:2-7 – Announcement of the gathering of Bnei Yisrael, the gathering of the nesi'im, and the beginning of a move of the encampment.
  11. How many tribes marched between the Gershon-Merari detachment and that of Kehat? How was the time differential used?
    10:17-21 – Three: Reuven, Shimon and Gad. In the meantime Gershon and Merari set up the Mishkan.
  12. The tribe of Dan, who traveled last, was called “the gatherer of all the camps.” What did they gather?
    10:25 – They gathered and returned things lost by the other tribes.
  13. When the Jewish People entered the Land, who took temporary possession of Jericho?
    10:32 – The children of Yitro.
  14. Which aron is referred to in verse 10:33?
    10:33 – The aron which held the broken pieces of the first tablets, that was taken to the battlefront.
  15. Which two topics are out of chronological order in the parsha?
    9:1, 10:35,36 – The Pesach sacrifice, and the traveling of the aron.
  16. Which tastes did the manna not offer, and why not?
    11:5 – Cucumbers, melons, leeks, onion and garlic – these are harmful to nursing women.
  17. Moshe was commanded to choose 70 elders to help him lead the Jewish People. What happened to the elders who led the Jewish People in Egypt?
    11:16 – They were consumed in the fire at Taverah (11:3).
  18. Whom did Moshe choose as elders?
    11:16 – People who were supervisors in Egypt and had pity on Bnei Yisrael at risk to themselves.
  19. What was the prophecy of Eldad and Medad?
    11:28 – “Moshe will die and Yehoshua will lead the Jewish People into the Land.”
  20. Why did Miriam merit to have the people wait for her?
    12:15 – Because she waited for Moshe when he was cast into the river.

Halachot from Hacham Ovadia Yosef זצק״ל

הוספת תבלין לתבשיל בשבת

שאלה: האם מותר להוסיף תבלין, כגון פלפל שחור, לתבשיל בשבת, כדי לשפר את טעמו. וכן האם מותר להוסיף כורכום לתבשיל, כדי לצבוע אותו בצהוב, או שיש בזה איסור משום “צובע” או משום “בישול ?

תשובה: בהלכה בעבר, ביארנו באופן כללי את איסור צביעה בשבת, שמלאכת הצובע היא אחת משלשים ותשע המלאכות האסורות בשבת מן התורה.

צביעה באוכלין
בספר שבלי הלקט (לרבינו צדקיה בן רבי אברהם הרופא, שחי לפני כשמונה מאות שנה בעיר רומא שבאיטליה), כתב, צריך לעיין, לגבי נתינת הכרכום במאכל בשבת, אם יש בזה משום איסור צובע, ולפי דברי בעל היראים שאמר שאין דרך צביעה באוכלין, מותר. עד כאן.

ומבואר מדבריו, שבספר היראים כתב, שאין איסור לצבוע מאכלים בשבת, משום שאין זו דרך צביעה שאסרה התורה. שלא אסרה תורה אלא צביעה ממש, כגון צביעת בדים וכדומה, אבל מאכל, שאחרי צביעתו בדבר מאכל אוכלים אותו, אין זה בכלל צביעה שאסרה התורה. ולפי זה מותר יהיה לשים בשבת כורכום במאכל, בשביל לצבוע אותו בצהוב. וכן פסק מרן השלחן ערוך (סוף סימן שכ), שאין דין צביעה באוכלין בשבת.

ורבינו הרמ”א ז”ל גם כן כתב להקל בצביעה בשבת במיני מאכל, שהרי כתב שמותר לערב בשבת יין לבן יחד עם יין אדום, ואין לחוש לצביעה, והביא ראייה לדבריו, שהרי מותר לערב בשבת ביצה עם חרדל, ואף על פי שהעירוב נעשה רק על מנת לתת צבע נאה בביצה, מותר, ואין לחוש לזה משום צובע. משמע שהרמ”א גם כן סובר שאין איסור צביעה בשבת במיני מאכל.

בישול תבלין בכלי ראשון
אולם העיר על כך מרן רבינו עובדיה יוסף זצ”ל, שהדבר פשוט, שאין להקל בהוספת כרכום וכדומה, אלא בכלי שני דוקא, כלומר, אסור להוסיף תבלין לתבשיל, אלא לאחר שהוציאו את התבשיל מן הכלי שנתבשל בו, לכלי אחר, אבל בכלי ראשון, שהוא הסיר שבו התבשל התבשיל, אסור בהחלט להוסיף תבלין, שהרי יש בזה איסור משום בישול התבלין בשבת, שמרוב רתיחת התבשיל, מתבשל גם התבלין. (חזון עובדיה שבת, חלק חמישי עמוד לב).

לכן לסיכום: אין איסור צביעה באוכלין בשבת, ומותר להוסיף כורכום למאכל בשבת בכדי לצבעו, כל שהוא ראוי לאכלו מיד אחר כך. (אבל אין להוסיף תבלין, אלא בכלי שני, אבל לא בכלי הראשון שבו נתבשל התבשיל, וכפי שהסברנו).

Adding Spices to a Dish on Shabbat

Question: Is one permitted to add a spice, such as black pepper, to a dish on Shabbat in order to improve its taste? Additionally, may one add turmeric to a dish on Shabbat in order to color it yellow or does this constitute the prohibition of coloring or cooking on Shabbat?

Answer: In a past Halacha we have explained the general points of the prohibition of coloring/dyeing on Shabbat and that this is one of the thirty-nine works forbidden by Torah law on Shabbat.

Coloring Foods
The Sefer Shiboleh Ha’Leket (authored by Rabbeinu Tzidkiyah ben Rabbi Avraham Ha’Rofeh, who lived approximately eight-hundred years ago in Rome, Italy) writes that it is questionable whether one may place turmeric into a dish on Shabbat as this may constitute the prohibition of coloring; however, according to the words of the Sefer Yere’im who rules that the prohibition of coloring does not apply to food, it is indeed permissible to do so.

We see from these words that according to the Sefer Yere’im that there is no prohibition to color foods on Shabbat, for this is not the usual method of coloring which the Torah prohibited. The Torah only prohibits actual coloring or dyeing, such as dyeing fabric and the like; however, regarding food which is eaten after being colored, this is not included in the Torah prohibition of coloring. According to this, it will indeed be permissible to add turmeric to a dish on Shabbat in order to color it yellow. Maran Ha’Shulchan Aruch (Chapter 320) indeed rules that coloring on Shabbat does not apply to food items.

The Rama rules likewise based on his ruling that one may mix white wine and red wine on Shabbat and there is no concern of coloring. The Rama proceeds to support this based on the fact that one may mix eggs and mustard on Shabbat and although this is only done in order to enhance the egg’s appearance, it is nevertheless permissible and there is no concern of coloring on Shabbat. We can certainly infer that the Rama agrees that the prohibition of coloring on Shabbat does not apply to food items.

Cooking Spices in a “Keli Rishon
Nevertheless, Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l points out that one may only add turmeric and other spices to dishes in a “Keli Sheni,” meaning that one may only add spices after the food has been transferred from the pot or vessel it was cooked in to another vessel. However, one may absolutely not add spices into a “Keli Rishon,” i.e. the pot where the dish was cooked, for this constitutes the prohibition of cooking the spices on Shabbat and as a result of the boiling temperatures of the dish, the spices are cooked along with it. (Chazon Ovadia-Shabbat, Volume 5, page 32)

Summary: The prohibition of coloring on Shabbat does not apply to food items and it is thus permissible to add turmeric to a dish on Shabbat in order to color it yellow, as long as it is ready to be eaten immediately thereafter. (However, one may only add spices to a “Keli Sheni” and not into the pot where the food was cooked, as we have explained.)