Parshas Ki Savo 5775
This erev Shabbos, Parshas Ki Savo, neiros should be lit by 7:06pm, though we’ll be davening mincha at 7:00pm. Please remember to repeat kerias shema after 8:05pm.
Kiddush is sponsored (and will mostly be prepared) by Shari & Mark Bloomberg in honor of Aaron's 14th birthday, Alyssa's return home from Israel and the yertzeit of Mark's grandmother, Devora bas Yosef a"H.
Rabbi Bleicher's shiur, at 6:05pm, is entitled, "Preparing for Sukkos Following the Shemita Year."
Now that we're in September, we resume our regular mincha b'zeman on Shabbos afternoon. Mincha will begin at 6:50pm followed by shalosh seudos, during which we will begin the 7th perek of mishnayos Brachos and discuss another great question from Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein. Maariv will begin and Shabbos will end at 8:08.
Rabbi Bleicher will deliver pre-Selichos divrei hisorerus at 12:30am, followed by selichos led by Rabbi Ari Glazer at 12:55am.
If your Rosh Hashana and/or Yom Kippur plans have changed or if you have not yet submitted your seating requests, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
Mitzvah Fair - Sunday, September 6 - (To view the flyer, click here) The EHM Youth Department invites the entire community to a fantastic a Pre-Rosh Hashana Mitzvah Fair on Sunday, September 6 from 10:30am-12:30pm. The program will include hands-on experiences and arts and crafts projects to bring an array of mitzvos to life, plus an exciting chesed program and more. Adults are invited to have mezuzos and tefilin checked by Rabbi Zelig Mandel of Sofer Plus in Passaic who will also be selling mezuzos, mezuzah covers and tzitzis for your convenience. Rabbi Mandel will check mezuzos for $10 and tefilin for $85 following the conclusion of the 8am minyan, approximately 8:45am, in the youth room. (If you're interested in having your mezuzos or tefilin checked, please email us by clicking here.) Finally, as we daven for a year of life in 5776, adults over age 18 can have their cheeks swabbed to join Gift of Life's life-saving bone marrow donor registry free of charge. Please note that joining the registry does not imply any committment to donate to a potential match in the future. Children will have a great time for only $15 per child. To sponsor this incredible day of mitzvos for young and old: Apple & Honey - $36, Sukkah Supreme - $54, Mitzvah Mania - $100. To RSVP, to volunteer or for more information, please contact EHMYouth@gmail.com.
Jackie Engel Returns Next Shabbos! - September 12 at 4:15pm at EHM - (To view the flyer, click here) Shabbos, Parshas Nitzavim - Nearly 75 women raved about her following her first visit to EHM two months ago so we've invited her back by popular demand. End the last Shabbos of the year off on a high with another inspiring lecture for women by Jackie Engel, entitled, "Rosh Hashana: Unlock the Power & Create the Year of Your Dreams." Jackie is a psychologist, international speaker, former teacher at Neve Yerushalayim and currently the director of SouledNYC as well as the Jewish Student Leaders Foundation. To sponsor this wonderful learning opportunity, please click here or contact Yael Bleicher.
Pruzbol - The observance of shemita this year most directly affects those living in Israel. However, as we approach the end of 5775, there is one shemita-related item in which even we in chutz l'aretz can participate: the mitzvah of shemitas kesafim, shemita nullifying loans. Our observance of shemitas kesafim nowadays is widely understood to be a mitzvah d'rabanan; one that allows creditors to continue to collect loans by assigning them to a beis din through the instrument of pruzbol. The Vaad Harabanim of Greater Elizabeth have prepared a pruzbol form that is effective for both Ashkenazim and Sefardim and are pleased to share it with you so that you can partake in this mitzvah no later than erev Rosh Hashana, September 13. Click here to download a copy of the pruzbol for 5775 and return it to Rabbi Bleicher at your convenience.
Stop Iran! - This week several more Democrats in the Senate, including - to our deep disappointment - our own Senator Cory Booker, announced their intention to vote in favor of the proposed Iran agreement. While a majority of Congress and, according to most polls, the American people, oppose the agreement and while Congress is likely to easily pass a resolution opposing the agreement, enough Democrats in the Senate have announced their support that they can now sustain a potential veto of the bill by President Obama. In addition to our continued tefilos for the safety and security of acheinu B'nei Yisrael and the rest of the world that sits in Iran's nuclear crosshairs, we must continue to add our hishtadlus by continuing to urge even those who have stated their support for the agreement to reconsider. A strong vote of disapproval by Congress will lay a critical foundation for the policy debate yet to come in the months and years ahead. To that end, and to let Congress, the president and the world know that the leadership of the Orthodox community will not remain silent in the face of Iranian threats of nuclear destruction of the State of Israel and the United States, I will be joining over 250 rabbinic colleagues from across the country, including mori v'rabbi, Rav Hershel Schachter shlit"a, in lobbying Members of Congress and a rally in opposition to the agreement on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this Wednesday, organized by OU Advocacy, the RCA and facilitated by AIPAC.
Best wishes for a wonderful (erev) Shabbos and a כתיבה וחתימה טובה!