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New program: Rabbi Agishtein invites all boys in 3rd grade and up to a special Mishnayos shiur in the Shul during the kiddush. All boys who attend will receive a prize.

Heritage is excited to announce that Rabbi Falik, our amazing Yomim Naoraim Chazzan has joined our phenomenal morning Kollel staff and is available to learn with people from 6:15 - 7 AM on Mon - Fri. 

If you would like to learn with him or to join any of our other morning Kollel Shiurim please reach out to Rabbi Agishtein. 


There will be no Shabbos kids program for children under 5 years old this Shabbos

The boys Shabbos program will be from 9:30 AM to 11 AM as usual


Kiddush is sponsored by Gershon Bolotin on occasion of his father Efraim ben Genach yahrzeit


Shabbos Class of Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis will be at 3:30 PM this week. Rabbi Zusis kindly asks only Covid symptom free individuals to attend. Thank you 


Father and Son learning will be Motzei Shabbos at 6:30 PM. The PIZZA will be served after the learning

This week Father and Son learning sponsorship is available. 

Please let Heritage office know at if you would like to be a storyteller or to sponsor future Father and Son learning. Cost is 0. 

Rabbi Agishtein`s Halacha Corner


Can I make a snowball or a snowman on Shabbos? 




Making a snowball or a snowman is forbidden on Shabbos because of the Melocho of Boneh - building (שש”כ טז:מה).




Can I write my name in the snow on Shabbos? 




Although the writing is not permanent it is still considered Koseiv - writing on Rabbinic level and is therefore prohibited. The same prohibition applies to writing with your finger on a frosted window (מ”ב שמ:כ). 


Many shoes have words embossed on the bottom of the sole and when one walks in the snow in them they leave an imprint in the snow. Although by walking in the snow with such shoes one is also technically writing in the snow, it is still permitted. 


This is based on a combination of factors - a) the writing is being done unintentionally b) in a backhanded manner c) the person derives no benefit from it and d) the writing is not permanent. Therefore in this case it is permitted  (לט` מלכות 957). 


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


Weekly Torah
HaShem tells Moshe that He is hardening Pharaoh`s heart so that through miraculous plagues the world will know for all time that He is the one true G-d. Pharaoh is warned about the plague of locusts and is told how severe it will be. Pharaoh agrees to release only the men, but Moshe insists that everyone must go.

During the plague, Pharaoh calls for Moshe and Aharon to remove the locusts, and he admits that he has sinned. HaShem ends the plague but hardens Pharaoh`s heart and again Pharaoh fails to free the Beney Yisrael. The country, except for the Jewish People, is then engulfed in a palpable darkness.

Pharaoh calls for Moshe, and tells him to take all the Jews out of Egypt, and to leave their flocks behind. Moshe tells him not only will they take their own flocks, but Pharaoh must add his own too. Moshe tells Pharaoh that HaShem is going to bring one more plague, the death of the firstborn, and then the Children of Yisrael will leave Egypt.

HaShem again hardens Pharaoh`s heart, and Pharaoh warns Moshe that if he sees him again he will be put to death. HaShem tells Moshe that the month of Nisan will be the first month in the calendar year. The Beney Yisrael are commanded to take a sheep on the tenth of the month, and guard it until the fourteenth. The sheep is then to be slaughtered as a Pesach sacrifice, its blood put on their door-posts, and its roasted meat to be eaten. The blood on the door-post will be a sign to HaShem to pass-over their homes when He strikes the firstborn of Egypt. The Jewish People are told to memorialize this day as the Exodus from Egypt by never eating chamets on Pesach. Moshe relays HaShem`s commands, and the Jewish People perform them flawlessly. HaShem sends the final plague, killing the firstborn, and Pharaoh sends the Jews out of Egypt. HaShem tells Moshe and Aharon the laws concerning the Pesach sacrifice, pidyon haben (the redemption of the firstborn son), and tefillin.


Eliana Khvilovsky
January 6
Yosef Ber Sofovich
January 10
Aron Stesel
January 11
Moshe and Avigail Bass
January 6
Alex and Gabi Turik
January 9
Avraham and Michelle Dimarsky
January 12

Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Bo

This Friday, January 7

Mincha will be at 4:25 PM

Candle lighting will be at 4:18 PM


Shabbos, January 8

Shabbos Morning class by Rabbi Agishtein and Rabbi Zaslavsky will be at 8:30 AM

Shachris will be at 9:00 AM

Heritage kids program will be from 9:30 AM to 11 AM (for boys over 5 only)

Kiddush is sponsored by Gershon Bolotin on occasion of his father  Efraim ben Genach yahrzeit

 sponsor Kiddush

Shabbos Class of Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis will be at 3:30 PM this week


Mincha on Shabbos will be at 4:10 PM

sponsor Seuda Shlishis


Maariv will be at 5:19 PM

Shabbos ends at 5:29 PM


Father and Son learning will be at 6:30 PM


Weekly Schedule



Sunday 8:15 AM
Mon-Friday 7:00 AM



Vladimir Kelrikh
Velvel ben Moshe
January 8

Beba Avrutina
Beba bas Volf
January 9
Yevgeniy Nirshberg
Gena ben Naum
January 11



Chicago Chesed Fund

“Kindness” is our middle name – literally.

We call ourselves the Chicago Chesed Fund because Chesed is the Hebrew word for kindness, and that’s what we are all about.

For 25 years, we’ve remained committed to helping Jewish families in crisis throughout metropolitan Chicago by providing immediate assistance.  

We opened our doors in 1987 with food distribution and financial assistance programs to 35 families. 

Today, our more than 20 programs and services provide vital assistance to over 3,000 individuals a year. Our original budget of $100,000 has since grown to over $4 million.

shoesOur 44,000-square-foot “warehouse of kindness” in Lincolnwood has served as our headquarters since 2005. We offer a wide array of programs and services, aimed at battling hunger, preventing eviction and homelessness, and providing needy families with basics such as furniture and clothing. Our flagship program is our food pantry, which has helped us become one of the largest food distribution centers in northern Cook county. 

We aren’t just another social services organization. 

Our response is immediate, coming only hours after a request for assistance is made. 

We realize the importance of maintaining our clients’ dignity, and offer assistance with sensitivity and discretion.  

We are dedicated to addressing the specific cultural needs of the Chicago Jewish community – such as the need for kosher food, a Jewish education, and access to culturally appropriate care and resources.

Today, the Chicago Chesed Fund serves Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago, primarily in the Rogers Park, Peterson Park, and Albany Park neighborhoods, and some northern suburbs. 

Over the last quarter of a century, we’ve made a real difference in the lives of hundreds of Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago. We’ve helped them put food on the table, clothe their children and pay their mortgage – and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. 

In short, we’ve helped strengthen the very fabric of our Jewish community.

Yet, in recent years, the economic climate has led to a significant increase in demand for our services.  Even as we continue to expand to meet this need, we remain true to the vision of our founders – to offer personalized, immediate assistance to those in need.

To learn more about our services or to volunteer please visit our website:

Call our main number 847-679-7799

Car donations

General donations

Food Pantry

Food Porch Family G'mach – Clothing, Books, Toys, Baby Equipment


Interest-Free Loans  


Simcha Link Matchmaking Service

For other services, please call these direct numbers:

Eviction Prevention (Arevim) 

773-242-9318 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Link  

773-866-1111 /

Linen (Bed, Bath and Chesed)  


Medical Supplies (Routberg Memorial)  


Bridal Gowns & Headpieces (Ateres Chaya)  


Bridal Showers (Ginot Shoshana)  


Centerpieces (Prop-A-Party)  


Chair & Table Lend (Simcha Lend)  


Crinoline G'mach  


Gowns Rentals for Immediate Family (Jane Webster Simcha Boutique)  


Maternity Gown G'mach  


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