Shabbos information

This Shabbos

This week's Torah chapter is Tzav

This Friday, March 31 Mincha will be at 7:00 PM

Candle lighting will be at 6:56 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Regina And Arkadiy Rapoports on occasion of in honor of Rosie`s 1st birthday

Mincha on Shabbos, April 1 will be at 6:45 PM

Maariv will be at 8:07 PM

Shabbos ends at 8:17 PM

Calendar

ParshaDateNameOccasionFood
Tetzavveh, Shabbos ZochorMarch 4Sponsored anonymously in gratitude to Rabbi & Mrs. Dimarsky together with Rabbi & Mrs. Agishtein for their tireless work and dedication to the growth of our kehilla.Meat
Ki Sissa, Shabbos ParahMarch 11Muchnik Familythe Yartzeit of Sergey MuchnikMeat
Vayakhel, Pekudei, Shabbos HaCMarch 18Vladimirskiy FamilyAviva`s Bas Mitzvah
VayikraMarch 25Titievsky familythe yahrzeit of Grisha`s father Zanvel ben Shmuel LeibMeat
TzavApril 1Regina and Arkadiy Rapoportsin honor of Rosie`s 1st birthday Meat
Shabbos PesachApril 8
SheminiApril 15Goizman Family Seudas Hodaa in gratitude to Hashem for his never-ending kindnessMeat
Tazria, MetzoraApril 22
Acharei Mos, KedoshimApril 29
EmorMay 6Birman Family In Honor of Ilya Birman 50th Birthday Meat
Behar, BehukosaiMay 13
BemidbarMay 20
Shavuos IMay 26
Shavuos IIMay 27
NasoJune 3
Beha`aloschaJune 10
Shelach LechaJune 17
KorachJune 24
Chukas, BalakJuly 1
PinchasJuly 8
Matos, MasehJuly 15
Devorim, Shabbos ChazonJuly 22
Vaeschanan, Shabbos NachamuJuly 29
EikevAugust 5Goizman familyYona`s Bar MitzvahMeat
Re`ehAugust 12
ShoftimAugust 19
Ki SeitzeAugust 26
Ki SavoSeptember 2
Nitzavim, VayelechSeptember 9
Rosh Hashana ISeptember 16
Rosh Hashana IISeptember 17
Ha`azinu, Shabbos ShuvaSeptember 23
Sukkos ISeptember 30
Sukkos IIOctober 1
Shmini AtzeresOctober 7
Simchas TorahOctober 8
BereshisOctober 14
NoachOctober 21
Lech LechaOctober 28
VayeraNovember 4
Chaye SarahNovember 11
ToledosNovember 18
VayetzeNovember 25
VayishlachDecember 2
VayeshevDecember 9
MiketzDecember 16
VayigashDecember 23
VayechiDecember 30
ShemosJanuary 6
VaeraJanuary 13
BoJanuary 20
Beshalach, Shabbos ShiraJanuary 27
YisroFebruary 3
MishpotimFebruary 10
TerumahFebruary 17
TetzavvehFebruary 24
Ki SissaMarch 2
Vayakhel, Shabbos ShkolimMarch 9
PekudeiMarch 16
Vayikra, Shabbos ZochorMarch 23

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Pesach information

Customs

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is known as the "holiday of freedom." It is an 8 day holiday (in Israel, seven days) and is celebrated from the 15th through the 22nd of the month of Nisan (sundown of April 5 - nightfall of April 13, 2023).

What is the meaning of Passover?

Passover commemorates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt following 210 years of slavery. It is regarded as the "birth" of the Jewish nation, and its lessons of struggle and identity continue to form the basis of Jewish consciousness 3,300 years after the event. The name ‘Passover’ is derived from the fact that during the final plague – the slaying of the first born – God “passed over" the Jewish homes.

How to celebrate Passover

The holiday is marked by the celebration of an elaborate Seder on the first two nights (in Israel, on the first night only). The Seder is designed to give each Jew the experience of "going from slavery unto freedom." As recorded in the Haggadah, we tell the Exodus story and recount the Ten Plagues. We eat symbols of slavery and freedom, and the festive meal includes many delicious recipes for foods that people look forward to all year (think matzah balls!). We recite the Hallel prayer of praise, and end the Seder with the hope of “Next year in Jerusalem!”

The Seder is a special tie of family bonding and children are a particular focus of the night. They enjoy a variety of Passover songs like the Four Questions (Ma Nishatana), tell of the Four Sons, sing the “Dayenu” song, try to "steal" the Afikoman, and open the door for Elijah the Prophet.

Schedule

Search for chometz Tuesday, April 4 after 8:19 PM
Stop eating chometz by Wednesday, April 5, 10:21 AM
Burn chometz by Wednesday, April 5, 11:37 AM
First night of Pesach Wednesday, April 5
Last day of Pesach Thursday, April 13
Yizkor Thursday, April 13, 10:40 AM
Chometz can be eaten Thursday, April 13, starting 8:29 PM


Services

April 4, Erev Pesach Maariv (evening service) 8:05 PM
April 5, First day of Pesach Shacharis (morning service) 9:00 AM
  Mincha (afternoon service) 7:05 PM
  Maariv 8:05 PM
April 6, Second day of Pesach Shacharis 9:00 AM
  Mincha 7:10 PM
  Maariv 8:10 PM
Chol haMoed (intermediate days) Shacharis 7:00 AM
April 12, Seventh day of Pesach Shacharis 9:00 AM
  Mincha 7:15 PM
  Maariv 8:15 PM
April 13, Eight day of Pesach Shacharis 9:00 AM
  Yizkor 10:40 AM
  Mincha  7:20 PM
  Maariv 8:20 PM

Sale of chometz

During the week of Passover, Jews are forbidden to eat or possess any chametz (leavened grain). For this reason, we dispose of or sell all bread, cookies, pasta, beer, etc. – and purchase only products labeled "Kosher for Passover." To avoid any problems of residual chametz, we also have special sets of dishes and pots for Passover. 

On the evening before Passover, we conduct a careful search of the home for chametz. It is done by candlelight and is a memorable experience for the whole family. Any remaining chametz is either burned the next morning, or is sold to a non-Jew for the week of Passover. The sale must be serious and legally binding; it should be done only through the assistance of a qualified rabbi. Any food that is sold must be put in a cabinet and taped shut.

To sell your chometz download , fill out, sign and bring it or email it to the Rabbi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Yizkor

This year Yizkor will be recited on Thursday, April 13,2023 at 10:40 AM at our synagogue.

Weekly Q&A about Jewish law

Answered by Rabbi Agisthein

 

Question

My parents are not observant and every year when we visit them after Pesach we are faced with the following issue. They love hosting us and they make sure to buy us only Kosher, but most of the time its Chometz that was bought before Pesach and therefore prohibited. Is there anything we can do to avoid this issue?  


Answer

The best thing to do would be to sell their Chometz for them. Even if they continue using the Chometz during Pesach, it does not invalidate the sale; rather, they are simply buying back those particular items (אגרו”מ או”ח ח”א ס’ קמט).  This way you will be allowed to use all the food that remains after Pesach and you will be helping them avoid the prohibition of owning Chometz over Pesach.  Ideally, the sale should be done with their knowledge and consent, and they should appoint you as an agent for their sale. If, however, they refuse and say they do not allow you to sell their Chometz, you may still do so and the sale is valid (מקראי קודש ח”א ס’ עא).  This only helps for Chometz that was owned before Pesach. Chometz which was purchased on Pesach is an issue because there is no way to include it in the sale. You have to impress upon them that during the week of Pesach, they cannot buy any new Chometz or you will not be able to eat it.  If, by the time you visit, there is no way to know when the Chometz was purchased, you can eat it and assume it was purchased either before or after Pesach. 


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

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Blessing on the food



Tuesday and Thursday 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 office@russianjews.org