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Rabbi Agishtein`s Halacha Corner

Question:

At what age should I start explaining to my child that they cannot listen to music during Sefirah? 

  Answer:

 Until a child is at least 6 or 7 years old, they can’t really grasp the concept of mourning. Therefore, the obligation of Chinuch in regards to this Minhag does not apply to them and they are allowed to listen to music. 

Once a child is above that age, however, the obligation of Chinuch does apply and they should not listen to music during Sefira (קו”ה ט:כ).  

It is important to note, however, that children above the age of Chinuch are allowed to listen to audiobooks or other forms of entertainment even if they contain musical interludes, songs, or background music. The restriction only applies to scenarios where the music is the primary focus (שם כא).  

To send in a question, call or text Rabbi Agishtein at 973-545-6756 or email him directly at acagishtein@gmail.com. 

 

Weekly Torah
The Kohanim are commanded to avoid contact with corpses in order to maintain a high standard of ritual purity. They are permitted to attend the funeral of only their seven closest relatives: father, mother, wife, son, daughter, brother and unmarried sister. The Kohen Gadol may not attend the funeral even of his closest relatives. Certain marital restrictions are placed on the Kohanim. The nation is required to honour the Kohanim.

The physical defects that invalidate a Kohen from serving in the Temple are listed. Terumah, a produce tithe given to the Kohanim, may be eaten only by Kohanim and their household. An animal may be sacrificed in the Temple after it is eight days old and is free from any physical defects. The nation is commanded to `sanctify HaShem` (Kidush HaShem), by insuring that one`s behavior is always exemplary and by being prepared to surrender one`s life rather than murder, engage in licentious relations or worship idols. The special characteristics of the holidays are described, and the nation is reminded not to do certain Melachah - creative work - during them.

New grain (`Chadash`) may not be used until after the second day of Pesach, when the Omer of barley is offered when there is a Temple. The Parashah explains the laws of preparing the oil for the Menorah and baking the Lechem HaPanim (the show-bread) in the Temple. A man blasphemes HaShem and is executed as prescribed in the Torah.

Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Emor

This Friday, May 13

Mincha will be at 7:00 PM

Candle lighting will be at 7:44 PM

Shabbos, May 14

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

Kiddush is sponsored by the group of Proud Parents on occasion of The Boys Mishnayos group finishing their first Perek!

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Father and Son learning will be at 6:00 PM

Shabbos Class of Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis will meet at 6:30 PM

Mincha will be at 7:35 PM

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Maariv will be at 8:55 PM

Shabbos ends at 9:05 PM

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May 13
Avigdor Turetsky
May 13
Miriam Birman
May 16
Josh Rapoport
May 18

 

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May 17
Yakov Polishchuk
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May 18

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