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NEW to the Newsletter: Halacha Corner!

Do you have questions on the laws of Shabbos?

Rabbi Agishtein`s weekly Halacha class on the laws of Shabbos will now be centered around YOUR questions. Keep an eye on the Halacha Corner of the Newsletter to view a summary of the previous class and the questions to be discussed in the coming class. Classes are given every Sunday morning with a gourmet breakfast at 9:00 AM, following the 8:15 Shachris.
 
To send in a question, call or text Rabbi Agishtein at 973-545-6756 or email him directly at acagishtein@gmail.com.
 
See below for the first installment!
Shabbos Information
This week`s Torah chapter is Lech Lecha

This Friday, November 8 Mincha will be at 4:20 PM

Candle lighting will be at 4:17 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Vistman Family on occasion of Elliot`s birthday!

Mincha on Shabbos, November 9 will be at 4:05 PM

Maariv will be at 5:16 PM

Shabbos ends at 5:26 PM
Weekly Torah
Ten generations have passed since the time of Noach. Man has descended to lower spiritual depths. In the year 1948 after the Creation, Avram is born. Through observing the world, Avram comes to the inescapable Truth of HaShem`s existence, and thus merits that HaShem reveals Himself to him. At the beginning of this week`s Parashah, HaShem tells Avram to leave his land, his relatives and his father`s house and travel to an unknown land where HaShem will make him into a great nation. Avram leaves, taking with him his wife Sarahy, his nephew Lot, their servants, and those who he converted to faith in HaShem.

When they reach the land of Canaan, HaShem appears to Avram and tells him that this is the land that He will give to his descendants. A famine ensues and Avram is forced to relocate to Egypt to find food. Realising that his wife`s beauty would cause his death at the hand of the Egyptians, Avram tells her to say that she is his sister. Sarahy is taken to the Pharaoh, but HaShem afflicts the Pharaoh and his court with severe plagues and she is released unmolested.

Avram returns to Erets Yisrael (Canaan) with much wealth given to him by the Egyptians. After a quarrel over grazing rights breaks out between their shepherds, Lot decides to part ways with his uncle Avram. Lot chooses to live in the rich but corrupt city of Sedom in the fertile plain of the Jordan. A war breaks out between the kings of the region, and Sedom is defeated. Lot is taken captive. Together with a handful of his converts, Avram rescues Lot, miraculously overpowering vastly superior forces, but demurs from accepting any of the spoils of the battle. In a prophetic covenant, HaShem reveals to Avram that his offspring will be exiled to a strange land where they will be oppressed for 400 years, after which they will emerge with great wealth and return to Erets Yisrael, their irrevocable inheritance.

Sarahy is barren and gives Hagar, her Egyptian hand-maiden, to Avram in the hope that she will provide them with a child. Hagar becomes arrogant when she discovers that she is pregnant. Sarahy deals harshly with her, and Hagar flees. On the instruction of an angel Hagar returns to Avram and gives birth to Yishmael. The Parashah concludes with HaShem commanding Avram to circumcise himself and his offspring throughout the generations as a covenant between HaShem and his seed. HaShem changes Avram`s name to Avraham, and Sarah`s name to Sarah. HaShem promises Avraham a son, Yitschak, despite Avraham being ninety-nine years old and Sarah ninety. On that day, Avraham circumcises himself, Yishmael and all his household.

Inspirational Quote
Birthdays
Leah Stavnitser
November 8
Shayna Goykhman
November 10
Esther Mira Khodos
November 11
Menashe Elkin
November 12
Clara Leah Donskoy
November 14
Anniversaries
Ilya and Natasha Birman
November 10
Yahrzeit
Semyon Belson
Semyon ben Avraham
November 8
Klara Bolotina
Klara chaya bas Yitzchak
November 7
Arkadiy Galper
Aizik ben Tevel
November 7
Shabbos Halacha

Introduction to Havdala

Havdala is said after Shabbat, Jewish festivals, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur.  Shabbat havdala is more extensive than after Yom Kippur and Jewish festivals. 

Shabbat havdala consists of:

  • Beverage: Wine, Grape Juice, or Chamar Medina. Wine is always the preferred beverage for all havdalas because it is prestigious.
  • SpicesThe extra soul we are given on Shabbat leaves after Shabbat is over, so we sniff a pleasant odor to cover for that loss.
  • FlameThe Shabbat havdala flame commemorates that Adam HaRishon (the first man) created fire after the first Shabbat.

Rabbi Agishtein`s Halacha Corner

Last week`s question:

Non kosher vs: Transgressing Shabbos

Question: A Jewish patient is rushed to the hospital on Shabbos. Unfortunately there is no kosher food available and fasting for the duration of Shabbos would be dangerous for his health.

Should he eat non kosher food or should some one else transgress Shabbos by traveling to get him kosher food?

Answer: If the patient is an adult religious Jew then we transgress Shabbos [in a backhanded way if possible] on his behalf rather than having him eat non kosher. (M.B. 328:14; S.S.C 40:17) If there is food that is technically kosher just lacking proper supervision then that should be given before transgressing Shabbos.

Although the sin of Shabbos transgression is generally speaking more severe than that of not eating kosher and should therefore override, here it does not for two reasons.

We are concerned that the patient may be disgusted by the notion of being fed non kosher food and may therefore refrain from eating it and endanger his health.

The laws and restrictions of Shabbos were never said in a scenario where their observance would endanger someone`s life. Therefore it’s not considered an act of Shabbos transgression at all. 

Where as in regards to eating non kosher food, although it is permitted in life threatening situations it is still considered eating non kosher. The reason being, that the food will always retain its inherent status. Therefore to allow eating it would require overriding the  prohibition and that is only done when there is no other permissible option. 

 

This week`s question:

Motion sensing lights

In an effort to conserve energy, my condo association installed motion sensing lights in the room that houses the garbage shoot. Now anytime the door to the room is opened the light immediately goes on. It`s there any way I can throw out my garbage on Shabbos? 

 
To send in a question, call or text Rabbi Agishtein at 973-545-6756 or email him directly at acagishtein@gmail.com.
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Yom Kippur Yizkor will take place Wednesday, October 9, 11:00 AM

at Heritage Congregation, 2941 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago

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The ancient custom of recalling the souls of the departed and contributing to charity in their memory is rooted in the fundamental Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies, but the soul ascends to the realm of the spirit where it regularly attains higher levels of purity and holiness.

When this life is over, the soul can no longer perform good deeds; that method of attaining merit is the sole province of mortal man who must struggle with the baseness and selfishness of his animal nature. But there is a way for the disembodied soul to derive new sources of merit. History is a continuum. If we, the living, give charity or do good deeds due to the lasting influence or in memory of a departed parent or other loved one, the merit is truly that of the soul in its spiritual realm. Moreover, God in His mercy credits our deed to the departed one because he or she, too, would have done the same were it possible. Even if the departed one was too poor to have made contributions to charity, the soul benefits nonetheless, because it may be assumed that he or she would have been charitable had sufficient means been available. But mere intentions do not suffice; only accomplishment can achieve this purpose. The intention to give and the fulfillment of that intention are both necessary; consequently, the pledges to charity should be redeemed as soon as possible after Yom Kippur.

It is for all these reasons that Yizkor is one of the highlights of the Yom Kippur service. The reason is neither emotional nor sentimental- although it is undeniable that Yizkor touches the most sentimental chords in the human heart - but because of the spiritual benefits it confers, both above and below.

Ashkenazic Jewry's custom of reciting Yizkor on Pesach, Shavuos, and Shemini Atzeres is of a later origin, possibly the time of the Crusades when bloody massacres wiped out many Jewish communities and seriously hurt many others.

It is virtually a universal custom that those whose parents are still living leave the synagogue during Yizkor. This is done to avoid the “evil eye”: i.e., the resentment that might be felt by those without parents toward those whose parents are still living.

Our Synagogue has Memorial Board with plaques recording the Hebrew and English name of the deceased and the Hebrew date of death.

May God remember the soul of my father, my teacher, (name of deceased) son of (name of his father) who has gone on to his world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on his behalf.

As reward for this, may his soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name of deceased) son of (name of his father) who went on to his world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of his soul.

May his resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter him in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind his soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is his heritage, and may he repose in peace on his resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the soul of my mother, my teacher, (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who has gone on to her world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on her behalf.

As reward for this, may her soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who went on to her world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of her soul.

May her resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter her in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind her soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is her heritage, and may she repose in peace on her resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the soul of my grandmother/aunt/sister/daughter/wife (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who has gone on to her world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on her behalf.

As reward for this, may her soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name(s) of deceased) son of (name of his father) who went on to his (their) world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of his (their) soul.

May his (their) resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter him (them) in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind his (their) soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is his heritage, and may he (they) repose in peace on his (their) resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the souls of (all my relatives, both on my father’s side and on my mother’s side), the holy and pure ones who were killed, murdered, slaughtered, burned, drowned and strangled for the sanctification of the Name, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on their behalf.

As reward for this, may their souls be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen. 

May God remember the souls of the communities of the House of Israel in Europe who were set to flames in the years of the Holocaust 5699 – 5705 (1939-1945) - six million men and women, boys and girls, babies, youth and elders, who were killed and exterminated with horrible cruelty, who fell as a result of mass killing in the places where they lived (in cities, towns and villages), or were sent to concentration camps, like sheep to the slaughter, who died horrible deaths and were turned into ashes in the horrible extermination camps of Germany, Poland, Russia and other countries, at the hands of German executioners and their helpers among the other nations who plotted to kill and uproot the Jewish nation, to erase the memory of Judaism and to kill anybody who bore the name of Israel. Without making a vow, I shall give to charity on their behalf. As reward for this, may their souls be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine Presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the souls of the holy and pure ones who were killed, murdered, slaughtered, burned, drowned and strangled for the sanctification of the Name through the hands of the German oppressors and their helpers, may their name and memory be obliterated.

Without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of the souls of those holy and pure ones. May their resting place be in the Garden of Eden therefore may the Master of mercy shelter them in the shelter of His wings for eternity and may He bind their souls in the Bond of Life. Hashem is their heritage, and may they repose in peace on their resting places.

Now let us respond: Amen.

 
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If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one

please use the options below:

(suggested donation is $18 or $36 per name)

   
Make check to Heritage and mail it to
Heritage, 2826 W. Lunt Ave. Chicago IL 60645
Call Heritage office at 773-973-1800
to provide a credit card information
 
 

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This week's Torah reading

Vayera

Three days after performing Brit Milah on himself, Avraham Avinu is visited by HaShem. When three angels appear in human form, Avraham rushes to show them hospitality by bringing them into his tent, despite this being the most painful time after the operation. Sarah laughs when she hears from them that she will give birth to a son next year.


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