Week at a glance

Shabbos information

This Shabbos

This week's Torah chapter is Vayeshev

This Friday, December 8 Mincha will be at 4:05 PM

Candle lighting will be at 4:00 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Gershon And Galina Bolotin on occasion of Galinas mother yearziet (Hanah bas Girsh)

Mincha on Shabbos, December 9 will be at 3:50 PM

Maariv will be at 5:00 PM

Shabbos ends at 5:10 PM

Kiddush reservation


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Weekly Q&A about Jewish law

Answered by Rabbi Agisthein

    Zoreh/Winnowing  The basic form of the Melocho of Zoreh is to use the wind to separate the chaff and waste from the grain kernel. Therefore on Shabbos, we are prohibited from using the wind as a tool to perform any kind of sorting or sifting.  One may not blow upon a mixture of peanuts and their thin coverings to disperse the shells from the peanuts.  Dispersing without separating:  The Ram’a (או”ח שיט:יז’) writes that one who pours water into the wind on Shabbos and the wind disperses it, although no sorting was done since ultimately it was dispersed by the wind, one is liable for Zoreh.  According to this opinion, it would be prohibited to shake out a tablecloth full of crumbs into the wind or to add water to a cold mist humidifier on Shabbos since you are using the wind to disperse something.  The Mishna Berurah, however, brings many Poskim who disagree with the Ram”a and maintain that the Melocho of Zoreh is only applicable when one is using the wind to sort between two items, not merely disperse a single item. Therefore the accepted custom is to permit shaking out a tablecloth etc.  When adding water to a humidifier on Shabbos, however, one must make sure it's not a warm air humidifier. Those humidifiers boil the water and therefore one is not allowed to add water to them on Shabbos. Additionally, even the cold mist ones can sometimes have an automatic shutoff system and one must make sure the humidifier is on when adding water.

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Blessing on the food

Monday and Wednesday nights at Heritage

We say different brochos (blessings) on different types of food we eat.
The class is taught on a beginner and advanced level (including original halachic sources).

Learn the proper blessing and become an expert in praising Hashem!

Thursday night Mishmar

Pre-Shabbos night of learning and socializing

Come to enjoy hot cholent (Jewish traditional food) and other delicacies while getting deeper knowledge in weekly Torah portion, page of Talmud or Hebrew language.

There is a separate Mishmar Junior program for teenage boys led by Rabbi Zuckerman

Rosh Chodesh Event

Monthly gathering for women

For women, Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the new month, is considered a mini-holiday as a reward for not having been willing to participate in the sin of the Golden Calf.

Women had the ability to see beyond the very frightening situation the Jewish people experienced after Moses went up to receive the Torah and tarried on his way back.

Like the moon, becoming brighter and bigger only after it disappears completely into darkness, they knew that better times were on the way. It was impossible to them that God would leave them stranded after having just received the Torah 40 days earlier. They were willing to believe in the power of renewal and trust God no matter how difficult things seemed.

This event is organized in the beginning of every Jewish month. It is held in different locations and has different guest speakers.

For the upcoming event contact our office at

Tuesday parenting

As baalei teshuva, our parenting journey holds unique challenges.

"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen" is a terrific book. But as Jewish parents, we're not value-neutral. We have a specific, beautiful heritage that we want to pass on to our kids. We want to raise children who are deeply committed Jews, with a genuine love for Yiddishkeit.

Finding a blueprint for this task is tough. We often can't rely on our own parents' methods.  And we can't simply mirror our friends. They themselves might be on similar journeys.

We crave a clear, practical roadmap to raise balanced, well-adjusted children, continually inspired by their Yiddishkeit.

That's where "Spare the Child'' by Rabbi Yechiel Yaakovson comes in. This book distills Rabbi Yaakovson's decades of chinuch experience into a structured approach for raising children who find their own motivation in Yiddishkeit. It's not just about day-to-day instructions, but shaping the mindset and character of a Jewish parent.

This class meets Tuesdays, 8:45 PM