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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




SHALVA provides the following services to domestic violence victims and their families:

24 hour crisis line

Culturally sensitive individual and group counseling

Legal information & court support

Financial assistance

Rabbinical & community advocacy & training

Information & referrals

Community prevention & educational programs

Mission Statement

SHALVA's mission is to address domestic abuse in Jewish homes and relationships through counseling and education.

Core Values

The following reflect our core values that are the never-changing definition of who we are and what we stand for. They are the underpinnings of our organizational culture.

SHALVA's philosophy and services are rooted in Jewish values.

Maintaining the strictest level of safety and confidentiality

Providing high-quality services in a supportive environment

Being physically and financially accessible to all Jewish abuse victims

Serving all clients with the utmost sensitivity to their religious observance

Helping clients regain their dignity and sense of self

Founded in 1986, SHALVA provides free domestic abuse crisis-counseling for adult women in the Chicago Jewish community.

"We believe that every Jewish woman has the right to be safe in her personal relationship with her partner."

Agency Overview

SHALVA is the oldest independent Jewish domestic abuse agency in the United States and has been instrumental in facilitating national and international dialogues on the specific needs of Jewish families experiencing domestic violence. SHALVA carries out its mission by working to create "a zero tolerance" for domestic abuse in the Jewish community.

SHALVA'S first executive director was Sherry Dimarsky. In 1986, SHALVA's first year of existence, 24 clients were served. Since then, SHALVA has worked with over 4,000 clients from every denomination of Judaism that seek assistance for domestic abuse. Over the years, SHALVA has grown to include free counseling services in the form of crisis-counseling, ongoing individual, support and educational groups.

SHALVA works in partnership with domestic abuse agencies throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to increase awareness around culturally-specific Jewish issues and to serve as a resource specializing in Chicago's Jewish population. SHALVA's community education programs reach more than 3,400 people annually throughout the Jewish community and our newsletter is sent to over 19,500 homes biannually. Since 1986, SHALVA volunteers and staff have educated thousands of individuals about violence in Jewish relationships. SHALVA staff trains Rabbis, police officers, hospital social workers, camp counselors, teachers, friends and family of victims in order to increase education and community awareness about domestic abuse, to inform the public about SHALVA's counseling and education services, and to promote advocacy around the issue of domestic abuse.


Contact Us

Tel #: 773-583-HOPE (4673)

Fax #: 847-674-0180


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 46375

Chicago, IL 60646-0375

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National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)