Week at a glance

Shabbos information

This Shabbos

This week's Torah chapter is Vayishlach

This Friday, December 1 Mincha will be at 4:05 PM

Candle lighting will be at 4:02 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Avraham And Michelle Dimarsky on occasion of Thanking hashem for the miracles in normal life

Mincha on Shabbos, December 2 will be at 3:50 PM

Maariv will be at 5:01 PM

Shabbos ends at 5:11 PM

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Weekly Q&A about Jewish law

Answered by Rabbi Agisthein

    Dosh / Threshing - Part 2 We spoke last week about the Melocho of Dosh / Threshing which means that one is prohibited on Shabbos from removing any earth-grown food from its natural shell or stalk.  Included in this Prohibition is the act of Mefarek, squeezing fruits for their juice, or any solid to extract a liquid being stored inside it. Since one is viewing the liquid as a separate entity then the solid, extracting it from the solid is synonymous with extracting food from its shell.  Biblically this applies only to squeezing grapes for their juice or olives for their oil because oil and wine are universally viewed as their own entity. On a Rabbinic level, any fruit that is commonly squeezed for its juice is included in this prohibition.  Common scenarios:  Squeezing lemon into a tea would be prohibited Rabbincally because of Mefarek. Simply putting a slice of lemon into a glass of tea and letting the juice seep out on its own (not by pressing against it with a spoon) would be permitted, provided the tea is in a Kli Shlishi.  Squeezing a lemon onto a salad or piece of fish, however, is permitted. Since one is ultimately using the juice as a solid (i.e. as part of the salad) and not as a separate entity, squeezing the lemon is viewed as simply removing a piece of it and putting it in the salad, not the removal of one entity from inside the other.  One cannot use a wet cloth to clean a surface on Shabbos because they will be squeezing water out of the cloth in the process. Similarly, when wiping up a spill with a dry cloth one is not allowed to squeeze out the water that was absorbed while wiping up the spill, instead, the cloth should be left to dry on its own. The permissibility of using baby wipes on Shabbos is a complex topic, please speak to your LOR for more details.   Sponges that are soft and absorbent cannot be used on Shabbos to wash dishes. Scrubbers made from hard plastic bristles or netting that do not retain any water are permitted to be used on Shabbos. 

To send in a question, call or text Rabbi Agishtein at 973-545-6756 or email him directly at

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Blessing on the food

Monday and Wednesday nights at Heritage

We say different brochos (blessings) on different types of food we eat.
The class is taught on a beginner and advanced level (including original halachic sources).

Learn the proper blessing and become an expert in praising Hashem!

Thursday night Mishmar

Pre-Shabbos night of learning and socializing

Come to enjoy hot cholent (Jewish traditional food) and other delicacies while getting deeper knowledge in weekly Torah portion, page of Talmud or Hebrew language.

There is a separate Mishmar Junior program for teenage boys led by Rabbi Zuckerman

Rosh Chodesh Event

Monthly gathering for women

For women, Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new month, is considered a mini-holiday as a reward for not having been willing to participate in the sin of the Golden Calf.

Women had the ability to see beyond the very frightening situation the Jewish people experienced after Moses went up to receive the Torah and tarried on his way back.

Like the moon, becoming brighter and bigger only after it disappears completely into darkness, they knew that better times were on the way. It was impossible to them that God would leave them stranded after having just received the Torah 40 days earlier. They were willing to believe in the power of renewal and trust God no matter how difficult things seemed.

This event is organized in the beginning of every Jewish month. It is held in different locations and has different guest speakers.

For the upcoming event contact our office at

Tuesday parenting

As baalei teshuva, our parenting journey holds unique challenges.

"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen" is a terrific book. But as Jewish parents, we're not value-neutral. We have a specific, beautiful heritage that we want to pass on to our kids. We want to raise children who are deeply committed Jews, with a genuine love for Yiddishkeit.

Finding a blueprint for this task is tough. We often can't rely on our own parents' methods.  And we can't simply mirror our friends. They themselves might be on similar journeys.

We crave a clear, practical roadmap to raise balanced, well-adjusted children, continually inspired by their Yiddishkeit.

That's where "Spare the Child'' by Rabbi Yechiel Yaakovson comes in. This book distills Rabbi Yaakovson's decades of chinuch experience into a structured approach for raising children who find their own motivation in Yiddishkeit. It's not just about day-to-day instructions, but shaping the mindset and character of a Jewish parent.

This class meets Tuesdays, 8:45 PM