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Shabbos Information
This week`s Torah chapter is Ki Seitze

This Friday, September 13 Mincha will be at 7:00 PM

Candle lighting will be at 6:44 PM

Kidush is sponsored by the Gorelik Family on the occasion of the Kids` birthdays!

Mincha on Shabbos, September 14 will be at 6:30 PM

Maariv will be at 7:52 PM

Shabbos ends at 8:02 PM
Weekly Torah

The Torah describes the only permissible way that a woman captured in battle may be married. In a case where a man is married to two wives, one of whom he hates, and she gives birth to the firstborn son, this son`s right to inherit a double portion is protected against the father`s desire to give this to the children of the favoured wife. The penalty for a wayward and rebellious son who will inevitably degenerate into a monstrous human being is death by stoning. The body of a hanged man must not be left on the gallows overnight -- as it was the dwelling place of the soul which is holy, it too has become holy. A person finding lost property has a responsibility to track down the owner and return it. Men are forbidden from wearing women`s clothing and vice versa. A mother bird may not be taken together with her eggs; rather the mother must be sent away first. A fence must be built around the roof of a house to prevent people from falling. It is forbidden to plant a field with a mixture of seeds; or to plow using an ox and a donkey together; or to combine wool and linen in a garment. A four-cornered garment must have twisted threads (tsitsit) on its corners.

Laws and penalties in regard to sexual offenses are detailed. When Israel goes to war, the camp must be governed by rules of spiritual purity. If, as a result of the battle, a slave escapes, he must be freed and not returned to his master. Promiscuity is prohibited to men and women alike. Taking any kind of interest for loaning money to a Jew is forbidden. Beney Yisrael are not to make vows even in a good cause. A worker may eat of the fruit he is harvesting, but not take it home with him. Divorce and re-marriage are legislated. A new husband is exempted from the army and stays at home the first year to make his wife happy until the relationship is cemented. Collateral on a loan may not include tools of labor for this may prevent the debtor from earning a living. The penalty for kidnapping for profit is death. Removal of the signs of the disease of Tsara`at is forbidden. Even if a loan is overdue, the creditor must return the debtor`s collateral every day if the debtor needs it. Workers must be paid immediately. The guilty may not be subjugated by punishing an innocent relative. Because of their vulnerability, proselytes and orphans have special rights of protection. The poor are to have a portion of the harvest. A court has the right to impose the punishment of lashes. An ox must not be muzzled in its threshing, but be allowed to eat while it works. It is a mitsvah for a man to marry his brother`s widow if there were no children from that marriage. Weights and measures must be honest. The Parashah concludes with the mitsvah to wipe out the name of Amalek, for in spite of knowing all that happened in Egypt, they ambushed the Jewish People after the Exodus.

Birthdays
Mordechai Kilshteyn
September 14
David Stesel
September 18
Rachel Golda Maslovsky
September 18
Dovid Hillel Elkin
September 19
Ester Meyerson
September 20
Levi Mendel Khvilovsky
September 20
Anniversaries
Yakov Yosef and Chana Gutkin
September 17
Eliezer and Adina Dimarsky
September 18
Michael and Angela Khvilovsky
September 18
Yahrzeit
Yakov Khvalabov
Yakov ben Binyomin
September 20
Semen Kostovetsky
Semen ben Isaak
September 14
Moshe Peisin
Moshe ben Miriam Kuna
September 19
Roza Sherman
Raizel bas Hershel
September 19
Mariya Tsirulnik
Mariya bas Moisey
September 19
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On Sunday, October 6 at 11:00 AM, Rabbi Dimarsky will conduct a Memorial Service at Sunset Memorial Lawns in front of the Wall of Remembrance.

If you would like to have the names of your relatives mention at the service, please write on the paper and bring the First, Father's and Last name of the person.

 

 

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Yom Kippur Yizkor will take place Wednesday, October 9, 11:00 AM

at Heritage Congregation, 2941 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago

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The ancient custom of recalling the souls of the departed and contributing to charity in their memory is rooted in the fundamental Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies, but the soul ascends to the realm of the spirit where it regularly attains higher levels of purity and holiness.

When this life is over, the soul can no longer perform good deeds; that method of attaining merit is the sole province of mortal man who must struggle with the baseness and selfishness of his animal nature. But there is a way for the disembodied soul to derive new sources of merit. History is a continuum. If we, the living, give charity or do good deeds due to the lasting influence or in memory of a departed parent or other loved one, the merit is truly that of the soul in its spiritual realm. Moreover, God in His mercy credits our deed to the departed one because he or she, too, would have done the same were it possible. Even if the departed one was too poor to have made contributions to charity, the soul benefits nonetheless, because it may be assumed that he or she would have been charitable had sufficient means been available. But mere intentions do not suffice; only accomplishment can achieve this purpose. The intention to give and the fulfillment of that intention are both necessary; consequently, the pledges to charity should be redeemed as soon as possible after Yom Kippur.

It is for all these reasons that Yizkor is one of the highlights of the Yom Kippur service. The reason is neither emotional nor sentimental- although it is undeniable that Yizkor touches the most sentimental chords in the human heart - but because of the spiritual benefits it confers, both above and below.

Ashkenazic Jewry's custom of reciting Yizkor on Pesach, Shavuos, and Shemini Atzeres is of a later origin, possibly the time of the Crusades when bloody massacres wiped out many Jewish communities and seriously hurt many others.

It is virtually a universal custom that those whose parents are still living leave the synagogue during Yizkor. This is done to avoid the “evil eye”: i.e., the resentment that might be felt by those without parents toward those whose parents are still living.

Our Synagogue has Memorial Board with plaques recording the Hebrew and English name of the deceased and the Hebrew date of death.

May God remember the soul of my father, my teacher, (name of deceased) son of (name of his father) who has gone on to his world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on his behalf.

As reward for this, may his soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name of deceased) son of (name of his father) who went on to his world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of his soul.

May his resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter him in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind his soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is his heritage, and may he repose in peace on his resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the soul of my mother, my teacher, (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who has gone on to her world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on her behalf.

As reward for this, may her soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who went on to her world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of her soul.

May her resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter her in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind her soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is her heritage, and may she repose in peace on her resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the soul of my grandmother/aunt/sister/daughter/wife (name of deceased) daughter of (name of her father) who has gone on to her world, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on her behalf.

As reward for this, may her soul be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the soul of (name(s) of deceased) son of (name of his father) who went on to his (their) world, because, without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of his (their) soul.

May his (their) resting place be in the Garden of Eden - therefore may the Master of mercy shelter him (them) in the shelter of His wings for eternity; and may He bind his (their) soul in the Bond of Life. Hashem is his heritage, and may he (they) repose in peace on his (their) resting place.

Now let us respond: Amen.

May God remember the souls of (all my relatives, both on my father’s side and on my mother’s side), the holy and pure ones who were killed, murdered, slaughtered, burned, drowned and strangled for the sanctification of the Name, because, without making a vow, I shall give to charity on their behalf.

As reward for this, may their souls be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen. 

May God remember the souls of the communities of the House of Israel in Europe who were set to flames in the years of the Holocaust 5699 – 5705 (1939-1945) - six million men and women, boys and girls, babies, youth and elders, who were killed and exterminated with horrible cruelty, who fell as a result of mass killing in the places where they lived (in cities, towns and villages), or were sent to concentration camps, like sheep to the slaughter, who died horrible deaths and were turned into ashes in the horrible extermination camps of Germany, Poland, Russia and other countries, at the hands of German executioners and their helpers among the other nations who plotted to kill and uproot the Jewish nation, to erase the memory of Judaism and to kill anybody who bore the name of Israel. Without making a vow, I shall give to charity on their behalf. As reward for this, may their souls be bound in the Bond of Life, together with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah; and together with the other righteous men and women in the Garden of Eden.

Now let us respond: Amen.

O God, full of mercy who dwells on high, grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine Presence in the lofty levels of the holy and the pure ones, who shine like the glow of the firmament for the souls of the holy and pure ones who were killed, murdered, slaughtered, burned, drowned and strangled for the sanctification of the Name through the hands of the German oppressors and their helpers, may their name and memory be obliterated.

Without making a vow, I will contribute to charity in remembrance of the souls of those holy and pure ones. May their resting place be in the Garden of Eden therefore may the Master of mercy shelter them in the shelter of His wings for eternity and may He bind their souls in the Bond of Life. Hashem is their heritage, and may they repose in peace on their resting places.

Now let us respond: Amen.

 
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Last NameHebrew Name
GnesinMark ben Alex
ShafranovichBunya bas Khaim Mikhel
AbramovichIssac ben Moisha
ShafranovichYakha bas Meyer
FonbergSabina bas Yakov
FonbergVladimir ben Ignat

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