Friday, April 9, 2021

The other half of the Talmud, Aggadah!-Yoma 69A

Schedule for Friday, Shabbat and Sunday 4/9- 4/11

 

Schedule for Friday, Shabbat and Sunday 4/9- 4/11

Please help with the minyanim!

Friday  4/9/21
 

7AM Live and Zoom Shacharit 

8:30-9 AM: The other side of the Talmud on Zoom

1230 -1245PM Quick Lunch N' learn - living with the times /Parshah on Zoom


7PM Mincha /Maariv Kabbalat Shabbat

Candlelighting 7:05PM

 


Shabbat 4/10
9AM: Shabbat Mevarchim Shacharit

6:55 PM Mincha /Pirkei Avot Study (Ladies and Gentlemen invited) & Ma'ariv

Shabbat ends 8:11 PM

 


Sunday 4/11
Live and Zoom morning Minyan 8AM
"Halachic Man" 9:30AM by Zoom
Live Mincha / maariv 7PM

 


Zoom link for All services and classes :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
By Phone: 646 558 8656 US Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365

 


REMEMBER TO COUNT THE OMER EACH NIGHT
 


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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Haftarah -Shmini: Disaster & Dancing

Live services are back! Schedule for 4/6 -4/8/21

 Schedule for  4/6 -4/8/21 - Zoom link for all sessions below


Tuesday 4/6/21
7 PM Live Mincha Maariv
7:45 PM  Haftarah class will take place by Zoom 


Wednesday  4/7/21 

7AM Live and Zoom Shacharit 

No Classes Wednesday 

7PM Mincha: Live at Synagogue
 


Thursday  4/8/21 
7AM Live and Zoom Shacharit 

No Classes Thursday

7PM Mincha: Live at Synagogue
 


Zoom link for All services and classes :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
By Phone: 646 558 8656 US Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365


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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Schedule for Last days of Passover and more 4/1 -4/5/21

 Schedule for  4/1 -4/5/21 



Zoom Information
All previous zoom links are canceled. Instead there will be ONE Zoom link for all Services, and all Classes. For security reasons we will change it often.
The Zoom   link for all CBT activities:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
Dial In Information: 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365
 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqCuLEy7YNljzEfBtPVEwhA
Also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1

Thursday 4/1/21
 Live Mincha Maariv 6:55PM


Friday 4/2/21 
7AM Live and Zoom Shacharit
6:30 - 6:50 PM Zoom Yizkor (For those who will not be in Synagogue on the last day of Passover)
6:50  PM Mincha/ Kabbalat Shabbat/ Maariv
Shabbat Candle Lighting no later than 6:57PM


Shabbat 4/3/21 - 7th day of Passover
9 AM - Shacharit
Please recite all prayers  (except Baruch She'amar)  until Mizmor Shir l'yom Hashabbat before arriving at Synagogue . We begin with Baruch She'amar and Mizmor Shir
6:45PM Mincha /Maariv
Candlelighting not before 8:01PM


Sunday 4/4/21 - 8th day of Passover
Shacharit 9AM
Please recite all prayers  (except Baruch She'amar)  until Mizmor Shir l'yom Hashabbat before arriving at Synagogue . We begin with Baruch She'amar and Mizmor Shir
Yizkor 10:15AM
Mincha / Maariv 7PM
Havdalah - Yom Tov ends 8:04PM
You may eat your sold Chametz (leaven) after 9:15PM


Monday 4/5/21 -Isru Chag of Pesach
7AM - Morning Services - Live and by Zoom
7PM Mincha - Live
No classes Monday


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wed evening / Thursday

 Good Evening:


Tonight and  Thursday:  Mincha 6:55 PM Live large synagogue

Thursday and FridayShacharit 7:00AM Live and by Zoom

No morning Class or Lunch Class this week 

Zoom link for All:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
By Phone: 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872
Passcode: 248365

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Live Services! Schedule Tuesday evening through Friday 3/30 - 4/2 -Chol Hamoed Pesach

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  Mincha 6:55 PM Live

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Shacharit 7:00AM Live and by Zoom

No morning Class or Lunch Class this week 

Tonight: Haftarah class will take place at 7:30 PM by Zoom-
We will explore Shir Hashirim - Song of Songs -read on the 7th day of Passover

Zoom link for All:
By Phone: 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872
Passcode: 248365

Friday, March 26, 2021

Schedule for the next three days -Shabbat and the 1st 2 days of Passover - Eruv is UP!

 Eruv is UP !


Shabbat March 27th: Morning Early Service: 8AM -9:15 AM.
Chametz may be eaten until 10:47 AM. Dispose of Chametz in a Shabbat  permitted manner by 11:50 AM
Mincha/Maariv /Torah Study: 6:40 PM
Candle Lighting and Seder 7:53 PM.
SEDER AND PREPARATIONS FOR SEDER MAY NOT BEGIN BEFORE 7:53PM


Sunday March 28 First Day of Passover:
Morning services at CBT 9AM

Special Shabbat Hagadol Study 5:45PM
Mincha Maariv 645PM
Sunday March 28 First Day of Passover eve of 2nd daySeder or Preparations for Seder may not begin before 7:55 PM
We begin counting the Omer tonight after 7:55 PM


Monday 4/29 
Shacharit 9AM
Mincha Maariv 645PM  
Count Omer 2
Havdalah 7:57 PM Sunday

Information for the rest of Passover goes out late Monday night after Yom Tov

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Important Schedule items

 Important Schedule items


 Sunday March 21, 11AM -1PM: Koshering vessels for Passover in B’nai Torah Kitchen. Only boiling – no blowtorching this year


Sunday March 21, 1PM -2PM Shemurah Matzah pickup @ CBT Eunice drive
If you need Shemurah Matzah we still have some

 Monday March 22: Sale of Chametz forms should all be in -drop off, mail or email.

Here is the link to the form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wSeUR7n3I5b9TSnP1eOvFhCJo9Yjtptc/view?usp=sharing


Anyone who needs help with Passover expenses please contact Rabbi Yaffe:

Thanks to generosity of our synagogue members we have ample funds for this purpose. It's been a hard year, no shame in asking 


Anyone who needs a already- made seder plate please contact Rabbi Yaffe.

Anyone who needs Shmurah Matzah (special hand-made Matzah that ideally should be used at Seder) please contact Rabbi Yaffe.

Anyone who needs to immerse kitchen items in the Mikvah before Passover -there are slots available -please contact Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky of LYA.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Eruv is still down / Crucial Passover Information/ Schedule for this Shabbat and of 3/20 - 3/26.

I. Eruv is Still down.
Due to the fact that the issue is on property belonging to the electric utility we have to work with them. They have been forthcoming in their help. We are G-d willing on target to have the Eruv fixed by Erev Pesach (3/26)


NEW Zoom Information and this week's schedule:
All previous zoom links are canceled. Instead there will be ONE Zoom link for all Services, and all Classes. For security reasons we will change it each week 
One Link To Rule Them All (Sorry Mr. Tolkien): 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
Dial In Information: 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365
 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqCuLEy7YNljzEfBtPVEwhA
Also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1


II. Crucial Passover Information: See the end of the email for full laws and customs
 

Please read carefully!

Anyone who needs help with Passover expenses please contact Rabbi Yaffe: Thanks to generosity of our synagogue members we have ample funds for this purpose. It's been a hard year, no shame in asking 

Anyone who needs a already- made seder plate please contact Rabbi Yaffe.

Anyone who needs Shmurah Matzah (special hand-made Matzah that ideally should be used at Seder) please contact Rabbi Yaffe.

Anyone who needs to immerse kitchen items in the Mikvah before Passover -there are slots available -please contact Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky of LYA.

4. Important Schedule items re: Passover -
 Sunday March 21, 11AM -1PM: Koshering vessels for Passover in B’nai Torah Kitchen. Only boiling – no blowtorching this year


Sunday March 21, 1PM -2PM Shemurah Matzah pickup @ CBT Eunice drive

 Monday March 22: Sale of Chametz form should all be in

 Thursday March 25,  7AM: Live and Zoom Minyan and Siyum Bechorot

After Sundown: Bedikat Chametz

Friday March 26: Burn all Chametz not saved for Shabbat by 11:51 AM NO PUBLIC BURNING THIS YEAR - DO IT AT HOME

Candle Lighting 6:50 PM Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 6:45 PM
 
Shabbat March 27th: Morning Early Service: 8AM -9:15 AM.

Chametz may be eaten until 10:47 AM. Dispose of Chametz in a Shabbat  permitted manner by 11:50 AM

Mincha/Maariv /Torah Study: 6:40 PM

Candle Lighting and Seder 7:53 PM.

SEDER AND PREPARATIONS FOR SEDER MAY NOT BERGIN BEFORE 7:53PM

Sunday March 28 First Day of Passover eve of 2nd day: Seder or Preparations for Seder may not begin before 7:55 PM
We begin counting the Omer tonight after 7:55 PM
 
Sunday April 4th Passover ends at 8:04 p.m.
Sold Chametz may be consumed after 9:15 PM


Schedule for Shabbat 3/19 -3/20
Mincha 635PM
Candle-lighting 6:42PM
Shacharit 9AM
Mincha 6:40PM
Shabbat ends /Havdalah 746PM
Zoom Havdalah Extended Sermon 8:15PM

 



Schedule Sunday 3/21 
If your physician says you can come -do come!  We need a minyan right at the beginning of the service 
8AM Live and Zoom service
NO Halachic Man Class


Monday  3/22
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 


Tuesday  3/23
 7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
No Mrs Yaffe's Yiddish Class
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 


Wednesday  3/24

7AM Zoom Minyan -No  Classes


Thursday  3/25
Thursday March 25,  7AM: Live! and Zoom Minyan and Siyum Bechorot (If you are a first-born don't want to fast)
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 
 


IV. Friday 3/26 Erev Shabbat Tzav/ Shabbat Hagadol /Shabbat is Erev Pesach 
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
No Lunch N 'Learn burn Chomnetz by 1151AM
Candle Lighting 6:50 PM Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat 6:45 PM


Shabbat 3/27
 Early Service: 8AM -9:15 AM. (There is no other service)
Chametz may be eaten until 10:47 AM. Dispose of Chametz in a Shabbat  permitted manner by 11:50 AM

Mincha/Maariv /Torah Study: 6:40 PM

Candle Lighting and Seder 7:53 PM.


SEDER AND PREPARATIONS FOR SEDER MAY NOT BEGIN BEFORE 7:53PM


B”H    B’nai Torah Passover Laws, Customs and Seder Guide 5781 / 2021
This is a difficult year if you have trouble with any aspect of Passover please contact Rabbi Yaffe ASAP
 
Passover is a holiday on which, aside from the regular holiday obligations, we are also commanded (Exodus 13:3–7): “No Chametz shall be eaten . . . For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread . . .  and no leaven shall be seen of yours [in your possession].” We accomplish this by cleaning and inspecting our homes well before Passover, and eliminating chametz from the home and Jewish institutional buildings
 

  •   (also spelled "hametz" or "chometz") is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.” In practice, just about anything made from these grains—other than Passover matzah, which is carefully controlled to avoid leavening—is to be considered chametz. This includes flour (even before it is mixed with water), cake, cookies, pasta, breads, and items that have chametz as an ingredient, like malt.

 
According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to eat chametz after the fourth halachic hour (in Greater Springfield, MA, for 2020, that is 10:47 AM on 14 Nissan Shabbat 4/27 , the morning before Passover).
 
Approximately once every nine years, Passover begins on Saturday night. This means that erev Pesach, the day before Passover 2021, coincides with Shabbat, bringing with it a number of unique laws and guidelines. Let’s address them chronologically.

Fast of the Firstborn

It is an ancient tradition for the firstborns to fast on the day before Passover. Since we (generally) do not fast on Shabbat, which is a day of feasting, or on Friday which may interfere with our Shabbat joy, this fast is observed on Thursday, 4/25  - 12 Nissan. The widespread custom is for firstborns to participate in a siyum or another celebratory event that overrides the fast and allows them to eat for the remainder of the day. This, too, is done on Thursday.

Search for Chametz

On the night before Passover we search for chametz (which we are forbidden to own or eat on Passover) by candlelight. Since this cannot be done on Friday night, which is Shabbat, we do it after nightfall on Thursday 4/25. The custom is to conduct the search using a candle, feather, wooden spoon and a (paper) bag for collecting any chametz found. Have someone place 10 pieces of bread throughout the house to be found during the search.
Following the search for chametz, we recite a “nullification statement” renouncing all ownership of any chametz that, unbeknownst to us, may still be in our possession. The nullification statement should be said in a language that you understand, in English it as follows: All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, which I have neither seen nor removed, and about which I am unaware, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.  Through nullifying our chametz, we consider it as no more than dust and thus ownerless, thereby fulfilling the mitzvah of removing chametz from our possession.
 

Destroying Chametz

The last bits of chametz must be burned the day before Passover, before the fifth halachic hour of the day. Since this cannot be done on Shabbat, the burning of the chametz takes place at the same time on Friday, 4/26 by 11:51 AM even though we keep just enough chametz to eat at the Friday night and Shabbat morning meals.

The Sale of Chametz

All chametz that we wish to save for use after Passover must be sold to a non-Jew and then repurchased after the holiday has passed. This sale typically takes place on the morning before Passover. Since buying and selling are forbidden on Shabbat, the sale is transacted (by the community rabbi on behalf of his community) on Friday. Please return the document to Rabbi Yaffe by 4/22/21

Eating Chametz on Shabbat

Since the house cannot be cleaned on Shabbat, all the cleaning must be finished on Friday. Yet it is a mitzvah to eat bread at the Friday night and Shabbat morning meals.
It is also forbidden to eat matzah at this time, in order that we enjoy it on Passover eve with relish.
In practice, we retain a small quantity of chametz, carefully kept away from our food and utensils, all of which are strictly kosher for Passover by this time.
On Shabbat morning, services are held early so that the Shabbat meal, which requires two challah loaves (which are chametz), can be concluded before the deadline.
On a practical note, it is advisable to prepare small rolls, one per meal for each participant, which can be distributed and eaten without the use of a knife.
Make sure that you eat all the chametz that has been left for Shabbat before the deadline 10:47 AM 4/27/21, as chametz cannot be sold, burned, or taken out to the street on Shabbat. Any remaining challah pieces and crumbs should be flushed down the toilet. At this point, we say the second Kol Chamira declaration, disowning any leftover chametz.

Shabbat Hagadol

The Shabbat before Passover is known, “the Great Shabbat”

Preparing for the Seder

Shabbat is a day of rest, and we may not start preparing on Shabbat for after Shabbat. As such, setting the table, cooking, and preparing can only be done once night has fallen on Saturday night. Before these tasks may be commenced, one should say bah-rookh hah-mahv-deel bayn koh-desh leh-koh-desh, “Blessed is He Who divides between the sacred (Shabbat) and the sacred (holiday).”
Even though cooking is allowed on yom tov (with certain caveats), it is forbidden to kindle a fire from scratch. So if you wish to have your oven and/or stove on over yom tov, be sure to make sure the fire is on before Shabbat, even though no cooking is allowed on Shabbat itself.

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Please note that Chametz in your garbage cans is owned by you and presumed edible, so all Chametz refuse must be off your property by 11:50AM on Shabbat /Saturday 4/27/21
Why does the prohibition start before Passover begins? The Torah states: “You shall slaughter the Passover sacrifice to the L‑rd, your G‑d. . . . You shall not eat leaven with it.”Tradition interprets this to mean that the prohibition of chametz starts from the time when the Passover sacrifice could be offered: from midday of the 14th of Nissan.
Getting rid of Chametz: Long before Passover begins, we clean our homes, offices, and any other place that belongs to us to rid our homes of chametz. Although it’s praiseworthy to be stringent on Passover, keep in mind that dust isn’t chametz. The main purpose of cleaning and searching for chametz is to remove any chametz that one may come to inadvertently eat or derive benefit from during Passover. This obligation of getting rid of chametz does not extend to inedible chametz or tiny crumbs or particles of chametz that are soiled or spoiled. So the key areas to focus on are things that may come in contact with food, since we are forbidden to eat anything with even a trace of chametz.
The kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned, and all surfaces should be covered or koshered. Additionally, if you’re using your regular utensils or appliances for Passover, they will need to be koshered. Some non-food items, such as vitamins and cosmetics, may contain chametz and will need to be disposed of or sold (see below). Please consult the OU Passover Guide for a list of permissible and prohibited items.You can download an online, printable guide here:
 
Sale of Chametz:  Chametz Food and Utensils used for chametz (and chametz itself that you are reluctant to dispose of) may be sold to a person who is not Jewish for the duration of Passover. The sold chametz and utensils should be set aside in a designated place (e.g., closet or cabinet), which is rented to the non-Jewish buyer until after Passover. This storage place should be clearly marked, so no one can take anything from there through force of habit. The sale of chametz to the non-Jew is not a symbolic sale, but a legally binding transaction, and must therefore be conducted by a competent rabbi.  After writing a bill of sale, one may leave the chametz in his home without transgressing the prohibitions of not seeing or having chametz, since the chametz no longer belongs to him.
The Burning:THIS YEAR DUE TO THE COVID THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC BURNING OF THE CHAMETZ AT CBT -USE YOUR OWN BBQAT HO,ME ETC OR FLUSH IT AWAY. On the 13th of Nissan, (Due to Shabbat)  before the sixth hour of the day, we burn any chametz that we still have. This includes the bag of chametz from our search the previous night. After the chametz is burned, we again recite a nullification statement. However, this nullification statement has a slightly different wording than what was said at night after the search for chametz. The statement recited at night includes only chametz that was missed in the search but doesn’t include chametz set aside to be sold or eaten in the morning. When we burn the chametz, the statement includes all chametz that may still be in our possession and serves as a final “safety measure” for a chametz-less Passover.  In English it reads as follows: All leaven or anything leavened which is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.
Kitniyot: Due to the gravity of the prohibition of chametz, the medieval Ashkenazic rabbis also forbade the consumption of any kitniyot (very loosely translated as “legumes”) on Passover, since they can be confused with the forbidden grains, and because they are similar in texture to chametz—even bread can be made out of their flour—so people might assume that if, for example, cornbread can be eaten on Passover, wheat or rye bread can be eaten too. This is not binding on Sefardic, Yemenite. Maghrebi and Mizrachi Jews. There are varying customs about this in these communities, do ask. If an Ashkenazi Jew visits a member of another community, she, he must still avoid kitniyot. The prohibition extends only to the consumption of kitniyot; there is no obligation to destroy or sell kitniyot products before Passover, and we can derive benefit from kitniyot products (e.g., pet food) during Passover.
Post Passover Chametz?  Due to the severity of the prohibition of owning chametz on Passover, the rabbis of the Talmud established an after-the-fact penalty for owning any chametz products during Pesach. This prohibition is known as chametz she’avar alav haPesach. One may not consume or even derive benefit from such chametz, and if chametz is found either on or after Passover that was owned by a Jew during Passover, it needs to be destroyed. So, what does that mean on a practical level? When you’re purchasing chametz products after Passover from a Jewish-owned store, the owner cannot have owned that chametz during Passover. If he did, you’ll need to refrain from purchasing any chametz products there until it is deemed that a sufficient amount of time has passed for all of those chametz products to have been sold. This is a significant issue with breweries and distilleries. This prohibition does not apply to kitniyot, since one is permitted to own it on Passover.
 
Eradication of Chametz: Any area where one can reasonably suspect that chametz might have been brought throughout the year must be thoroughly cleaned. This includes the home, office, cars, garage, etc. Check carefully to ensure that no crumb is left behind: check and clean desks, drawers, closets, clothing pockets (especially the children’s), pocketbooks, briefcases and attache cases, beds, dining and living room furniture, bookcases, etc.  Preparing the Kitchen: Every part of our homes is cleaned for Passover, but we pay special attention to the kitchen, because (a) that’s where most of our chametz hangs out during the year, and (b) we will be using our kitchens to prepare our Passover food.
 
Today, most Passover-savvy homes have a special set of dishes, silverware, pots, pans and other utensils for Passover use only. If necessary, certain year-round utensils can be used—provided they are koshered for Passover. This gets rather complex—you’ll need to consult a competent rabbi about your particular utensils.
 

  • : Thoroughly clean and scour every part of the stove. Heat the oven to the highest temperature possible for 1–2 hours. Heat the grates and the iron parts of the stove (and the elements, if electric) until they are red-hot. It is suggested that the oven and the stove top should be covered with aluminum foil afterwards for the duration of Passover.

 
Microwave Ovens: Clean the oven thoroughly. Fill a completely clean container, that was not used for 24 hours, with water. Turn on the microwave and let it steam heavily. Turn it off and wipe out the inside. To use the microwave during Passover, use a flat, thick, microwave-safe object as a separation between the bottom of the oven and the cooking dish. When cooking or warming, the food should be covered on all sides.
 

  • For 24 hours before koshering the sink, do not pour hot water from chametz pots into it. Meticulously clean the sink, boil water in a clean pot which was not used for 24 hours, and pour three times onto every part of the sink, including the drain stopper. Then line the sink with foil or liner.

 
Refrigerator, Freezer, Cupboards, Closets, Tables, and Counters: Thoroughly clean and scrub them to remove any crumbs and residue. Afterwards, place a heavy covering over those surfaces that come into contact with hot food or utensils.
Tablecloths and Napkins: Launder without starch.
 
Cars, Garages, etc.: Vacuum your car or van; thoroughly clean your basement, garage, or any property you own. Special care should be taken with items you will be using, or rooms you will be accessing, during Passover.
 
Passover Shopping: While shopping for Passover we must be careful that the foods we buy are not only kosher, but are also kosher for Passover—that is, chametz-free. Starting “From Scratch”: All fruits and vegetables, as well as all kosher cuts of meat and kosher fish, are kosher for Passover, provided they have been prepared in accordance with Jewish law and have not come into contact with chametz or chametz utensils. Commercially Prepared Products: Today there are many kosher-for-Passover packaged foods available. However, care must be used to purchase only those packaged foods that have reliable rabbinical supervision which is valid for Passover. Obviously, all leavened foods made from—or that contain among their ingredients—wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt are actual chametz and are prohibited on Passover. Examples are bread, cake, cereal, spaghetti, beer and whiskey. Check That Medicine Cabinet! Many medicines, sprays, and cosmetics contain chametz. Consult a competent rabbi as to which ones may be used on Passover. The same applies to pet food. SEE THE OU GUIDE, Please allow time  after Passover ends to use Chametz we sold,  to give the Rabbi time to buy it back e.g. no earlier than 9:30PM
The Seder This year as per health advice concerning COVID19 -you should only share the Seder with those who are part of your household who you are in regular contact with anyway:  1. Seder Ingredients: Matzah, the “Food of Faith When our forefathers left Egypt, they were in such a hurry that there was no time to wait for the dough to rise. They therefore ate matzah, unleavened bread. With only this food (but with great faith), our ancestors relied on the Almighty to provide sustenance for the entire Jewish nation—men, women and children. Each year, to remember this, we eat matzah on the first two nights of Pesach, thereby fulfilling the Torah’s commandment, “Matzot shall you eat . . .” Matzah symbolizes faith. In contrast to leavened bread, matzah is not enriched with oil, honey or other substances. It consists only of flour and water, and is not allowed to rise. Similarly, the only “ingredients” for faith are humility and submission to G‑d, which come from recognizing our “nothingness” when compared with the infinite wisdom of the Creator.
One of the holiday’s primary obligations is to eat matzah during the Seder. It is preferable to use shmurah matzah to fulfill this commandment. Shmurah means “watched,” and it is an apt description of this matzah, the ingredients of which (the flour and water) are watched from the moment of harvesting and drawing. Also in the bakery itself, shmurah matzot are under strict supervision to avoid any possibility of leavening during the baking process. This intensive process and careful guarding gives the shmurah matzah an added infusion of faith and sanctity—in fact, as the matzah is being made, all those involved constantly repeat, “L’shem matzot mitzvah”—“We are doing this for the sake of the mitzvah of matzah.”Shmurah matzot are round, kneaded and shaped by hand, and are similar to the matzot that were baked by the Children of Israel as they left Egypt. It is thus fitting to use shmurah matzah on each of the two Seder nights for the matzot of the Seder plate. Please contact Rabbi Yaffe if you would like to order Shmurah through the Synagogue.
 
Matzah is eaten three times during the Seder:
After telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt (Maggid), washing our hands for bread (Rachtzah) and reciting the blessings (Motzi Matzah), 1¾ ounces of matzah are eaten. If this is difficult an ounce can be eaten.
For the sandwich (Korech), ¾ of an ounce of matzah is eaten.
For the afikoman at the end of the meal (Tzafun), a minimum of ¾ of an ounce (and ideally 1½ ounces) of matzah are eaten. In each instance, the matzah should be eaten within 7 minutes, 9 minutes if difficult. How much is one ounce of Matzah? Half a piece of shmurah matzah is generally one ounce.  If store-bought matzot are used, the weight of the box of matzot divided by the number of pieces shows how much matzah is the equivalent of one ounce.
Wine for the 4 cups: For each of the four cups at the Seder, it is preferable to use undiluted wine. However, if needed, the wine may be diluted with grape juice. (One who cannot drink wine may use grape juice alone.) It is preferable to drink the entire cup each time. However, it is sufficient to drink only the majority of each cup. How large a cup should be used? One that contains at least 3½ fluid ounces. We drink the wine:
At the conclusion of kiddush.
After telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt, before eating the matzah of Motzi Matzah.
At the conclusion of the Grace After Meals. After Hallel

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Important session tonight and more Passover info

 

Important  events and times in preparation for Pesach

Tonight: 7:30 -8:30 PM Special session: Everything you need to know about this Passover. This Passover is more even complex than usual because the Eve of Passover is on Shabbat. Join Us for a discussion about navigating Passover this year. Last 20 minutes reserved for Q & A 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
Dial In Information: 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365
 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqCuLEy7YNljzEfBtPVEwhA
Also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1


Sunday March 21, 11AM -1PMKoshering vessels for Passover in B’nai Torah Kitchen. Only boiling – no blowtorching this year
 
Monday March 22
Sale of Chametz form should all be in

Friday, March 12, 2021

Eruv is still down & Schedule for this Shabbat and week of 3/13 -3/19

 Eruv is Still down.

Due to the fact that the issue is on property belonging to the electric utility we have to work with them. They have been forthcoming in their help. We are G-d willing on target to have the Eruv fixed by Erev Pesach (3/26)
Shabbat HaChodesh, Mevarchim, Erev Rosh Chodesh schedule:  
Friday 3/12 
Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat 5:25PM 
 Candle Lighting 5:34PM

Shabbat 3/13
Morning Services 9AM
Mincha/ Torah Study /Maariv 5:20PM
Shabbat ends 638PM
Zoom Havdalah and extended sermon 7:05PM

NEW Zoom Information and this week's schedule:
All previous zoom links are canceled. Instead there will be ONE Zoom link for all Services, and all Classes. For security reasons we will change it each week 
One Link To Rule Them All (Sorry Mr. Tolkien): 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89200471872?pwd=RXFlODBtVXpVZnkvRGx3aTg5ck4rZz09
Dial In Information: 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 892 0047 1872 Passcode: 248365
 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqCuLEy7YNljzEfBtPVEwhA
Also on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/bnai.torah.1

Schedule Sunday 3/14 -Rosh Chodesh 
If your physician says you can come -do come!  We need a minyan right at the beginning of the service 
8AM Live and Zoom service
10 AM Halachic Man discussion group -Note Time Change due to Rosh Chodesh service 
Monday  3/15
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 

Tuesday  3/16
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 

 11:15AM Mrs Yaffe's Yiddish Class
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 

 


Wednesday  3/17
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. 
Please Note Schedule Changes

7:30 PM Special Class: Everything you need to know about this PassoverThis Passover is more even complex than usual because the Eve of Passover is on Shabbat. Join Us for a discussion about navigating Passover this year. Last 20 minutes reserved for Q & A 
Please Note Schedule Changes


Thursday  3/18
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
No other classes Thursday
Please Note Schedule Changes


Friday 3/19 -Erev Shabbat Vayikra
7:00AM Morning Services on Zoom
8:30 -9AM Amazing Aggadah - The Non-Legends of the Talmud 
12:45pm Fast 15 -Minute  Lunch N Learn 
We'll look at a section of the weekly Torah portion or an upcoming holiday and grab 15 minutes of spiritual invigoration in the middle of the day. Mincha /Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:35PM
Candle Lighting 6:42PM


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