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Friday, January 11, 2019

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
BoJanuary 12, 20196 Sh'vat 5779
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Candle Lighting4:27 PM
Mincha4:32 PM
Shacharit6:50 AM/8:00 AM/9:00 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Coffee And Commentary8:45 AM
Teen Minyan9:30 AM
Latest Shema9:40 AM
Latest Shacharit10:28 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat/Mini Minyan/Jr. Cong10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:35 PM
Code of Jewish Law3:35 PM
Mincha4:25 PM
Maariv5:24 PM
Shabbat Ends5:29 PM
Shabbat Shalom
Grapple with the Parsha

We know the story of the Exodus. The Jews were freed. Yet, every year, we read the Torah anew not simply for review but as an opportunity to glean new insights and grapple with the text. One of my Rabbis, Rabbi Abba Bronspigel, would say that sometimes the questions are better than the answers. What bothers you?

Periodically, during Torah reading on Shabbat, I will introduce a question for thought during the coming aliyah. I urge you to also explore your own questions. We will be starting a new section in the bulletin with a congregant question of the week. Please send them to me by Tuesday eve 9 PM. To get you started for this week, explore the top 20 questions in this week's Parsha of Bo courtesy of Ohr Sameach. (at the end of this email)

Study and embrace the Torah. It is truly a refreshing and tree of life for those of who hold it tight.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

New benefit for CAS members:  Beginning January 10th and weekly thereafter, on Thursdays from 11:00 am -1:00pm, a clinical social worker/counselor from Schoke Jewish Family Service will be available to discuss issues affecting congregants at the synagogue. Topics such as parenting or marital concerns, bereavement, grief, and the demands (emotional and practical) of caregiving can be discussed with the therapist. You may also make inquiries about family support services (food pantry, emergency assistance, camp scholarship, home companion services). All conversations will be strictly confidential. To make an appointment to meet with the social worker, please contact Amanda Geffner, LCSW, at 203-921-4161 or email at

Thank you 
  • to Chana Rosa Bogart for leading our recent artist seminar.
  • to Joyce and Larry Haber for sponsoring the educational evening with Rabbi Gedalya Jaffe
  • to Daniel Schilowitz and the chairs of the 93 Queen movie event on Saturday night. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Mitzvah Opportunity Join Rabbi Cohen and Peretz and Kate Cik at Atria Residences on Friday, January 18th from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM to share the spirit of the Shabbat with the seniors. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen

Please note  the meeting with Michael Berl for the Heritage Poland Trip will be Tuesday, January 15th at 1 PM at CAS. Rabbi Cohen will facilitate a Skype meeting with Michael who is in Israel.

Service Notes 
  • Beginning in February, Rabbi Cohen will deliver his sermon before Musaf in the main sanctuary
  • Next Sephardic Minyan will be Shabbat Perashat Yitro, January 26, 2019. Sign up to be a Hazan or read from the Torah click here

Michael Feldstein News  Article About CAS
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Dvar TorahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Torah Before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Coffee and Commentary Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Library shiurRabbi Elisha Paul: If Hashem took away Paroh's free will, why was he punished?
Code of Jewish LawAri Lieberman
ShacharitLevi Dulitz
MusafRabbi Daniel Cohen
SermonRabbi Daniel Cohen
Torah ReaderSam Sroka
Daf YomiMark Wagshul
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel Cohen in memory of his mother on her Yaarzeit, Sandra Cohen, Sara Malka bat Aharon Avraham Halevi
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesHoward & Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel
Library Kiddush
Chapel KiddushMikhael Guy and Tatiana Kunik on the occasion of the Yahrzeit of his mother, Yulya Bas Leib
Sanctuary KiddushScott and Beth Berger in memory of Scott's mother, Betty Berger
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen in memory of his mother, Sandra Cohen
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Friday 4:35 PM
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
Candles Friday4:35 PM
  • to Shana Yakubovich and her family on the loss of her grandfather Bernard Engel
  • to the Munk family on the passing of Louis Weinstein
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Harvey and Lynn Berman on the birth of a granddaughter, Chana, born to Rabbi Shmulie and Mushkie Berman
  • to Ron Ashkenas on the recent publication of his book, The Harvard Business Review Leader's Handbook: Make an Impact, Inspire Your Organization, and Get to the Next Level
  • to Rosalie and Gary Stone on the engagement of their daughter Samantha to David Schwab. Also to Grandmother Guta Fischel
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here


Last chance before we pack up for construction!
January 13th from 10:00AM-Noon!

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

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CAS Adult Education Presents Movie Night
Shabbat, January 12 - 7:30 PM
Womens Book Club
Tuesday, January 15 - 8:00 PM
Tu BShevat Prep Party
Sunday, January 20 - 9:30 AM
CAS Blood Drive
Sunday, January 27 - 9:00 AM
CAS Young Families
  • MOMMY AND ME GROUP Monday, January 21, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Mom Group is a great and easy way to form meaningful connections with other moms in your neighborhood. Join us for a weekly playdate with your little one and an opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions you need help with, gather resources, or just connect with other women.
  • YOUNG FAMILIES COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU The next organizational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 16 at 8 PM. If you would like to join, please contact Jessica Furmansky at The Young Families and Youth Committee serves CAS children and their families from birth through the early years of elementary school as they are introduced to our vibrant Jewish community. We strive to create a welcoming environment for embracing both children and parents through family and young couples programming. Our activities are social and educational and include such as Shabbat Onegs, Potluck events, Toddler Time, Shalom Bayit chavura and nights out for couples. We also work, develop and support vibrant youth programming for children from two years old through high school. The committee works in conjunction with the Rabbi, Youth Directors, and Teen Leader.
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office HoursOpen Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Tuesday, January 15, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Friday, January 18, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Starbucks, 2139 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06904
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, January 16, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Thursday, January 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Mitzvah Opportunity
Temple Beth El - 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford.
(The age group for the drive is 18-44). Lisa Mannheim, a beloved English teacher at HOMMOCKS Middle School, is hosting a bone marrow drive. Her 10 year old son Emmet has a rare blood marrow disorder. So far, his treatments have been unsuccessful and he may have to undergo a bone marrow transplant. ** PLEASE NOTE: you do not need to attend the drive to register as a donor. You can simply register online at You will be sent a swab kit that you need to send back to them. Chances are 1 in 430 that you would be called to donate your bone marrow, and if you are, it is a safe and easy process.
CAS Classes
Week of January 13
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayBob Abrams: The Tanach Club - Psalms of Hallel - 10:15 AM
Bob Abrams: Reading Hebrew - Learning Friday Night's Prayers - 7:30 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Depth of Genesis - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Purim Revelations: In Talmud, Law and Life - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives and Paradigms - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Halakhic Man - 9:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:15 PM
FridayRabbi Daniel Cohen: The Pre-Shabbos Torah Taste - 8:15 AM
Review our full list of classes
Halacha Corner
Yaarzeit Date in a Leap Year
Rabbi Cohen,
I am perplexed. My father died in Adar of a regular year. When would I observe his Yaarzeit when there is Adar 1 and Adar 2?
Many thanks,
A devoted Agudath Sholom member
PS - How often do we have leap years? Once every 7 years?
Dear friend,
The halacha states that if someone passed away in a non leap year, as is the case with your father, you observe the yaazreit on Adar 1 in a leap year. Unlike with Purim, which is celebrated on Adar 2 due to concept of connecting redemption of Purim to Passover, the custom is to observe yaazreit on first Adar as it is first opportunity to do the mitzvah. This is the "real' yaarzeit. For this reason, the shul sends notices to people to observe the yaarzeit in Adar 1. However, some people choose to observe both Yaarzeits (Adar 1 and Adar 2) as a stringency but the main yaarzeit is Adar 1. Let me know if you have more questions or we can talk on the phone. May your father's memory be for a blessing and may we share semachot together soon.
Rabbi Cohen

PS - The leap year occurs 7 times every 19 years
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CAS Announcements
  • HALACHA LIVING WILLS A couple of weeks ago, we partnered with Rabbi Elchanan Zohn to join in Team Shabbos focusing on end of life issues, Here is a link to the website with many resources and a link to a Halacha Living Will. If you would like to meet to discuss any of these issues, please contact Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zwei.
  • CHESED MITZVAH OPPORTUNITY JFS Kosher Meals on Wheels. Jill Knopff at JFS is spearheading a new kosher Meals on Wheels program that will hopefully be starting over the next few weeks. She is currently looking for volunteers to drop off meals to clients and perhaps visit with them for a few moments. If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact Jill at 203-921-4161 ext 109 or
  • YOUNG FAMILIES SHALOM BAYIT SERIES with Rabbi Daniel Cohen Saturday night, January 19th @ 8 PM. Space is limited so RSVP at your earliest convenience to Rachel Maryles at Rabbi Cohen explores timely themes in Romance, Marriage and Parenting.
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • AIPAC SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT & CONGREGATION AGUDATH SHOLOM INVITE YOU TO A COMMUNITY SHABBATON: Beyond the Jewish Community: African Americans in the pro-Israel movement. February 2. Services at 9:00am • Talk at 11:00am • Q & A following Kiddush. Conversation following Seudah Slishit at 5:00pm. With Darius Jones, AIPAC National African American Constituency Director. Darius Jones is responsible for expanding AIPAC's work in the African American community by identifying and engaging existing and emerging African American leaders on the U.S.-Israel relationship. He develops strong relationships with top African American political, business and community leaders who have become important members of the pro-Israel community. Prior to joining AIPAC, Darius founded Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG), a leadership development academy for top minority students at Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College in Atlanta. At VLG, Darius dedicated himself to the holistic preparation of a new generation of leaders who will carry the torch forward in the Black community. This event is free and open to the community. It is off the record and closed to the press. For more information, please contact Lila Greenberg at or (203) 448-7385.
  • TEEN ISRAEL ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY In key cities around the USA and Canada, StandWithUs is setting up Teen Leadership Councils. The StandWithUs Teen Leadership Council is a professional development opportunity and participating in it will prepare students for Israel on campus and allow them to connect with other teens in your region with similar goals and aspirations. If you would like more information about this special opportunity, please be in touch with Rabbi Cohen in the weeks ahead.
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
Community Announcements
  • BELLA'S HAT POP UP SHOP is coming to Stamford! Come join us on Jaunary 27th from 11am-1pm for a large selection of Hats, fascinators, headbands and more! Located at the Adelman's 26 Brighton Pl. Feel free to contact Adina Adelman, or Miriam Sperber,, with any questions.
  • NURTURING CHILDREN'S MINDS, BODIES AND SOULS SYMPOSIUM FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN BIRTH - 8 YEARS OLD. The JCC Sara Walker Nursery School will be hosting a Symposium on Thursday, February 7, 7:00-9:30pm. Guest lecturers will explore topics such as sports, bedtime routines, spirituality, anxiety, nutrition, and the effects of technology on children. Attendees will choose 2 workshops to attend. This Symposium is sponsored by the Karp Foundation. JCC members $8/Community $10 by January 23. For more information please contact Sandi Waldstreicher at, call (203) 322-6541 or Click here to register online and to find our more.
  • YESHIVA UNIVERSITY ISRAEL OPPORTUNITY FOR 12TH GRADERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS Target audience: College students or graduating twelfth graders with limited background who have not had a chance to study in Israel. Cost: $1500 total!!! (including airfare, room and board, trips, classes etc.). When: July 4 - July 24. July in Jerusalem - The Gerald and Mary Swartz Introductory Summer Program (a division of Yeshiva University's Mechina/Basic Jewish Studies Program) invites you... to experience the inspiration and excitement that studying in and touring Israel offers: Spend your mornings in a relaxed informal learning environment at our Jerusalem's Yeshiva University campus. Studies include Hebrew Ulpan, Bible, Jewish Philosophy and Law. Spend your afternoons: volunteering at an orphanage, picking vegetables for the poor, serving in a soup kitchen, providing relief to families of terror victims...Experience the Land of Israel hands on: Kayak down the Jordan river, crawl through ancient caves, hike up mountains and rivers, experience the magic of Shabbat in Jerusalem's Old city.For more information, contact Rabbi Cohen or Elisheva Cohen at
  • PLEASE JOIN JNFUTURE AT OUR YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MID-WINTER RECEPTION on Saturday evening, January 26 at 613 Restaurant, 7:30-9:30pm. The event will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and guest speaker Lt. Col. Tiran Attia. $20 couvert. RSVP by January 22 at JNFuture is a large and growing network of young professional Israel supporters, ages 22-40. Come discover the wide variety of social, travel and networking opportunities available to this group. For more information about JNFuture or this event, please contact Sharon Lewis, Director, Westchester County & Southern CT or 212.879.9305 x510.
  • BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS, BUILDING COMMUNITIES: CARMEL ACADEMY HOSTS SEL PROGRAM FEATURING RENOWNED PEDIATRIC NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST Carmel Academy welcomes pediatric neuropsychologist Dr. Michelle Dunn for a community program exploring social-emotional learning on Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm at the school's campus, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich. Building Friendships, Building Communities will explore how parents and professionals can use social-emotional learning (SEL) to create strong and diverse friendships among children, which will help them become empathic, thoughtful and responsible adults. Dr. Dunn is a professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also the Director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Autism and Communication Disorders. She is the creator and developer of the SOS: Social Skills In Our Schools curriculum, and has provided SEL staff training to many school districts. She is also the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters about children in the field of pediatric neurology. The program, which includes an audience Q&A, is open to the community at no cost. Registration is required:
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd from 9 am - 5 pm. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • CONFRONTING ANTI-SEMITISM & BULLYING IN 2019 January 13 at 11 am. Congregation Beth El-Norwalk, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk. ADL Directors Steve Ginsburg (Connecticut region) and Evan Bernstein (New York Metro region) will give a regional and national outlook on the rise of Anti-Semitism and bullying as we head toward a new decade. Questions from the audience are welcome and may be submitted in advance. Free and open to the community. Refreshments to follow.
  • JFS BRAIN FITNESS GROUP PROGRAM-SESSION #1 : Mondays, 10:30 AM -12:00 pm, January 7-Problem Solving; January 14-Memory Retention; January 28-Attention at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? Sessions will focus on specific areas of concentration. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. All three sessions: $20 for JCC members/ $25 for community. To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • LIVING WITH LOSS: SCHOKE JFS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP - Mondays, 1:45 - 3:30 pm at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport and Fridays, 12:30 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Find the healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through. Learn how Jewish ritual, prayer and tradition can support the grieving process. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Psychotherapist, at 203-921-4161 or email
  • EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE TRANSITIONS SUPPORT GROUP , Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month, 3:00 pm at Stamford office of Schoke JFS. Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203-921-4161 or email
  • DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP -Wednesdays, 6:45 pm at the Stamford offices of Schoke JFS. The group will explore, look, listen, learn and love about the topic of separation, divorce and parenting. For more information, please contact Lois Meyer, LMSW at 203-921-4161 or email at
  • LET'S TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield AvenueContact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, bimonthly, 10:30 am, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky for exact dates at 203-921-4161 or Thursdays, 1:00 pm at Westport Senior Center Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203-921-4161 or
  • ANNUAL STAMFORD CHEVRA KADISHA DINNER Tuesday February 12, 5:30pm. Temple Beth El. Honoring the memory of Penny Block a"h. Guest Speaker: Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Senior Rabbi, Boca Raton Synagogue. Topic: "Learning to be Selfless in the Age of the Selfie" $54/person. Sponsorship at $180 entitles an individual to two seats at the dinner
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Ari ben Naama
  • Avraham Nachum ben Baila
  • Batya bat Sasha
  • Ben Tzion Shimon ben Golda Mirel
  • Beryl ben Sarah
  • Chaim Hakohen ben Chaya Sara
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Dovid Simcha Moshe ben Nechama
  • Ephraim ben Sara-Rivka
  • Fraidel bat Esther
  • Meir ben Chana Rachel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Olya bat Zina
  • Raisal bat Deborah
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Rivkah Chana bat Yehudit Yocheved
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shimon ben Sarah
  • Shoshana bat Aryeh Lev and Chava
  • Sima gesha bat Dora
  • Tamara bat Yenka
  • Yehuda Ariyeh ben Braha
  • Yitzchak Osher ben Chana Shayva Chaya
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
  • מאשא מלה bat הינדא רוא
CAS Israel Advocacy Update
Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
  • KOSHER ALERTS The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here
  • KOSHER ADVISORY Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
Siyum Celebration
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Torah is the Pause that Refreshes!
A Project of Congregation Agudath Sholom
Complete Tractate Brachot (Blessings) in Mishna or Talmud this year and celebrate on Shavuot, June 9-10, 2019
Each Shabbat in shul, we will highlight two mishnayot and two folios of the Talmud. Study at home, in shul, on your own, or with a friend.
To learn more about the Talmud, download for free Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud
The Calendar of Goals (below) will be updated monthly.
For questions and more info, contact Rabbi Daniel Cohen at or Rabbi Oran Zweiter at
Shabbat Parshat Bo Mishnayot Chapter 4:2-3 Dapim 22-23
Shabbat Parshat Beshalach Chapter 4:4-5 Dapim 24-25
Shabbat Parshat Yitro Chapter 4:6-7 Dapim 26-27
Rabbi Message
20 Questions
  1. What was Pharaoh's excuse for not releasing the Jewish children?
  2. How did the locusts in the time of Moshe differ from those in the days of Yoel?
  3. How did the first three days of darkness differ from the last three?
  4. When the Jews asked the Egyptians for gold and silver vessels, the Egyptians were unable to deny ownership of such vessels. Why?
  5. Makat bechorot took place at exactly midnight. Why did Moshe say it would take place at approximately midnight?
  6. Why did the firstborn of the animals die?
  7. How did Moshe show respect to Pharaoh when he warned him about the aftermath of the plague of the firstborn?
  8. Hashem told Moshe "so that my wonders will be multiplied" (11:9). What three wonders was Hashem referring to?
  9. Why did Hashem command the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh to Aharon, and not only to Moshe?
  10. Up to what age is an animal fit to be a Pesach offering?
  11. Prior to the Exodus from Egypt, what two mitzvot involving blood did Hashem give to the Jewish People?
  12. Rashi gives two explanations of the word "Pasachti." What are they?
  13. Why were the Jews told to stay indoors during makat bechorot?
  14. What was Pharaoh screaming as he ran from door to door the night of makat bechorot?
  15. Why did Pharaoh ask Moshe to bless him?
  16. Why did the Jewish People carry their matzah on their shoulders rather than have their animals carry it?Who comprised the erev rav (mixed multitude)?
  17. What three historical events occurred on the 15th of Nissan, prior to the event of the Exodus from Egypt?What is the source of the "milk and honey" found in Eretz Yisrael?
  18. The only non-kosher animal whose firstborn is redeemed is the donkey. What did the donkeys do to "earn" this distinction?
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