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20 Kislev 5766 - December 21, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Mikeitz, 5766

Sunday, 24 Kislev - Shabbos, 30 Kislev 5766 (Dec. 25-31, 2005)

Eruvin 81-87
Pe'ah, 15-21

Eruvin 10:14 - Pesochim 2:5

Orach Chaim 481:2-489:8

Chanukah starts on the eve of 25 Kislev (Dec. 26) and ends on Monday, 2 Teves (Jan. 2). We must be on the alert to fire safety and not light the neiros near inflammables. Small children should not be left alone near the neiros.

Rosh Chodesh Teves falls on Shabbos, Dec. 31 and on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006.

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Vayeishev
4:06 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
4:19 P.M.

3:38 P.M.
6:15 P.M.
8:27 P.M.

Parshas Mikeitz
4:10 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
4:24 P.M.

3:44 P.M.
6:15 P.M.
8:29 P.M.



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