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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

Birthdays
Rachel Bronya Khodos
May 13
Avigdor Turetsky
May 13
Miriam Birman
May 16
Josh Rapoport
May 18

 

Yahrzeit
Riva Belsky
Rivka bas Gershon
May 17
Yakov Polishchuk
Yakov ben Efraim
May 18

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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: www.chicagochesedfund.org

Call our main number 847-679-7799
for:

Car donations

General donations

Food Pantry

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

Housewares

Interest-Free Loans  

Furniture

Simcha Link Matchmaking Service www.simchalink.org

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 /www.joblinkchicago.org

Linen (Bed, Bath and Chesed)  

847-675-2154 

Medical Supplies (Routberg Memorial)  

773-761-4624

Bridal Gowns & Headpieces (Ateres Chaya)  

773-267-7174

Bridal Showers (Ginot Shoshana)  

847-982-0562

Centerpieces (Prop-A-Party)  

773-778-7205

Chair & Table Lend (Simcha Lend)  

773-539-5991

Crinoline G'mach  

773-262-0799

Gowns Rentals for Immediate Family (Jane Webster Simcha Boutique)  

773-539-1069

Maternity Gown G'mach  

773-338-6361 

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