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AHAVATH TORAH Chalonot is Hebrew for Windows


























Welcome to the second issue of our new quarterly bulletin, Chalonot. This edition is being published during a unique period in the shul‘s 125-year history. The shul is completely closed to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and we have switched much of our programming, like so many other communities, to online venues. These are certainly unprecedented times and we are learning and adapting as we go along. I am enormously proud of our community‘s response to this epidemic. The medical professionals we assembled to guide us through these uncertain times have kept us ahead of the curve in making difficult decisions. Our lay leadership have been keenly sensitive to the needs of our members. This situation has challenged us to find new ways to collaborate and care for each other and it has shined a light on the strong foundation of chesed present in our community. True, the fact that we cannot physically congregate and conduct minyanim is a spiritual challenge and being isolated from one another makes it difficult to stay connected. Nevertheless, our situation – all of us confined to our separate homes – reminds me of a scene from the Torah. When the wicked, non-Jewish prophet Bilaam observed the Jewish people as an outsider, he couldn‘t but praise them for how their individual homes were arrayed. He declared in his famous blessing: ‫ַמה טֹ בּו‬ ‫ אֹ הָ לֶ יָך ַיעֲקֹ ב‬how good are your tents, Jacob. Here we find one of the most meaningful blessings bestowed up on the Jewish people collectively, though not when they were amassed together in one congregation. Rather, it was made when observing them all separated into their individual homes - much like we are today. Even if we can‘t be together, this 1

blessing reminds us of the beauty of the Jewish community as it is made up by individual homes. And as I was thinking about this verse, I realized that the climactic event of the Exodus from Egypt took place in a very similar layout. Hashem passed over the homes of Bnei Yisrael in Egypt during the plague of the firstborn not when the entire people was gathered together in one place. Hashem passed over each individual home that had blood over its door. We were all spread out in our individual homes during this powerful moment, just as we were when Bilaam pronounced his blessing. And just as we are right now and will most likely be the night of Pesach. We expect that this Pesach will be different than all other Pesach celebrations in recent memory. Many of us who planned to be away will find ourselves here in Englewood in their homes. Most likely, we will still be practicing social distancing. Here at the shul, we are hard at work making sure we can provide all the necessary resources and guidance for those making Pesach and the unique challenges of this particular Pesach during a pandemic. Please look through the table of contents on this page carefully to find important Pesach information in this Spring edition of Chalonot. Shoshana, our daughters, and I wish everyone a happy, healthy, kosher, and meaningful Pesach. Rabbi Poupko



navigate these challenging times. We

slaves now we

are so thankful to our medical

are free.

professionals who have selflessly

Next month, we will chant these words at our private Seders, but with the arrival of COVID19, this statement seemingly does not ring true this year. Free people can attend services at their Synagogues, visit their loved ones, shop for more than 20 minutes at a time, and don‘t


volunteered their time, Josef Schenker, Aliza Solomon, Lisa Wisotsky, Josh Hartman and Vickie Shulman. Your advice and guidance has been extremely helpful to CAT‘s executive board, facilitating our decision-making process in a way that prioritizes the safety of our members.

have an 8pm curfew. Additionally,

Thank you to our Rabbinical and office

people who are free have at least a

staff, who have adapted so well to

perceived sense of security in their

working remotely and continue to offer


support to our members, catering panel

This has been an extremely challenging time for all of us, some more than others. We continue to daven for the cholim, to pray that this insidious virus

Did you miss a weekday class at Ahavath Torah? Don’t sweat it! Now you can find all of our weekday classes online. Listen on the go and when it works for you.

and local businesses. A special thank you to Shoshana for establishing a committee to address the needs of our more vulnerable community members.

Just visit our SoundCloud homepage at soundcloud.com/ahavathtorah for all recordings. Particular playlists include... Rabbi Kuessous: Shir Hashirim Shiur for Women

ceases to spread and that a vaccine is I also want to thank Shira and Nurit for

Nach B'iyun with Rabbi Goldberg

imminent. While we are all living with providing

In-Depth Halacha with Rabbi Kuessous




restrictions that we never could have which are keeping us both heart imagined, we are still free. We have the healthy and sane. luxury of spending time, whether physically or virtually, with our families and friends, praying and learning with our Rabbis, and benefitting from the widespread talents of our members ranging in areas of expertise from medical advice to community service to

Lastly, thank you to all of our members for your outpouring of support and constructive suggestions. It is truly remarkable to see, once again, evidence of

this community‘s


generosity, kindness and resilience.

online workout classes. The array of Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a Czech programming whether educational or stadium watching a Sparta Prague

solely for entertainment purposes is hockey game. On the boards was the team‘s mission statement, truly remarkable. I am very grateful to the following individuals for all of their efforts. Thank you Rabbi Poupko for taking the initiative and forming the Medical Advisory Committee to help us


I am so thankful that so many of you have



opportunities situation.



ease we

looking the all


current enjoy


meaningful Pesach as we look forward


Eve Flechner Parsha Shiur with Rabbi Poupko Dr. Shoshana Poupko: Reflecting with the Rebbetzin


Kitchen Preparations

Any large quantities of Chametz which cannot be disposed are then put into a separate closed and marked location and completely sold to a non-Jew. Please note, one should preferably physically dispose of all actual Chametz (bread, cereal, etc.) rather than include such substances in the sale. That which cannot be disposed of, however, will be included in the sale. Any of the Rabbis can act as an intermediary in the selling of Chametz to a non-Jew for the Passover period. When this is done, the seller should remember not to eat the Chametz in question for some time after Passover is over in order to allow the Rabbi the opportunity to repurchase the products from the non-Jew. (This year such Chametz should not be eaten before 9:00pm).

Englewood Keilim Mikvah As of March 24, the Englewood Keilim Mikvah is closed. The Rabbis will be distributing alternative procedures for newly purchased utensils that require tevilah. Communal Keilim Kashering There will be no Communal Keilim Kashering. See ‗Kashering the Kitchen‘ below for written instructions. Click here (https://youtu.be/OA3P1shmhME) for video demonstrations. Pesach Kashrut Guides The Kashrut industry has produced a number of highquality, easy to follow guides. The following guide produced by the Chicago Rabbinical Council is one of the most user-friendly and most in line with our community‘s standards and practices.

To maintain social distancing, please fill out the online form available for members: click here. All forms must be received by April 7th at 12:00pm. The custom is to make a donation to the Rabbi‘s Discretionary Fund when submitting a contract. Click here to make dona- The following are the most relevant portions for prepartions. ing your home and shopping for Pesach: Maot Chitim

Kashering the Kitchen (pdf) Maot Chitim is a long-held tradition to contribute gen- or type in http://bit.ly/KasherKitchen erously towards funds that ensure that everyone who is Which Items Can Be Kashered? in need has the means to celebrate Pesach properly. Countertops Given the current economic impact of the pandemic, Tevillas Keilim the needs of many families are far greater this year. Please click here to donate to our Maot Chitim fund. Shopping Guide (pdf) Shmurah Matzah

or type in http://bit.ly/CATshopping

Ideally, one should use hand-made Shmurah Matzah to fulfill the mitzvah of eating Matzah at the Seder. Only in a case of great need, what is called in halachah a Sha‘at haDechak, can one make use of machine-made Shmurah Matzah. This year certainly qualifies as a Sha‘at haDechak since it will be far more difficult to obtain hand-made Shmurah Matzah.

Medicine and Cosmetics (pdf) or type in http://bit.ly/MedCosm Pets (pdf) or type in http://bit.ly/PesachPets Click here for the complete Guide (large pdf file) or type in http://bit.ly/CRCPesachGuide

Therefore, if one cannot find hand-made Shmurah Matzah one may use machine-made Shmurah Matzah for the Seder. It is best to use machine-made Shmurah Matzah whose wheat has been watched from the time of harvesting (k‘tzirah). If one can find only Machinemade Shmurah Matzah whose wheat has been watched from the time of grinding (t‘chinah) this is acceptable as well.




PESACH GUIDE 2020: EREV PESACH Bedikat and Biur Chametz - The home, car and any area in which Chametz has regularly been eaten should be fully cleaned during the weeks preceding Passover. All Chametz found during this cleaning must be properly disposed of. On Tuesday night, April 7, as soon as possible after 8:10 p.m., the home is carefully searched by candlelight or by flashlight for any remaining Chametz. The blessing for this search can be found in a Siddur or a Haggadah. All Chametz found during the search (which we have not sold; see below) is then burned on Wednesday morning, April 8 by 11:53am. The latest time to eat Chametz is 10:47am. There will be no Communal Biur Chametz this year. One should burn their small pieces of chametz used for the Bedikat Chametz using as much caution as possible. One can burn them in your BBQ grill. An alternative, safer method is to flush the small pieces down the toilet.


Bitul Chametz - In addition to physically destroying the Chametz of which we are aware, as an added precaution we also nullify our ownership over any Chametz which we may have missed. The formula for this nullification (Kol Chamira) is found in the siddur or Haggadah and is recited after the search at night and on Wednesday morning before 11:53am, immediately after the burning of the Chametz. As this formula deals with the legal concept of ownership, we must fully understand what we are saying and have full intent to nullify our ownership over any remaining Chametz. The English text of the Kol Chamira can be said as follows: "All Chametz and leavening that may still be in my property which I have or have not seen, which I may have or have not removed, of whose existence I have or have no knowledge, shall be considered ownerless and deemed as valueless as the dust of the earth."

PESACH DVAR TORAH dispossesses owners of holding title to such goods. Since chametz is a prohibited item on pesach, the pure principles RABBI ITAMAR ROSENSWEIG of Jewish property law imply that it is not possible to violate the Torah prohibition of owning chametz. You are haScholar in Residence lakhically dispossessed of your chametz ownership the moWe dispose of chametz in multiple ways: ment the chametz prohibition goes into effect. How then bi’ur, mekhirah, and bittul chametz. The can the chametz prohibition be violated? process of bi’ur chametz begins with house cleaning several weeks before yom tov. It culminates Ramban argues that the Torah imposes a special penalty on with bedikah on erev pesach eve and burning the chametz persons who ―desire and intend to maintain possession‖ of the next morning. Mekhirat chametz is the practice of sell- their chametz on pesach (da’ato alav ve-hu rotzeh being chametz to a gentile before yom tov. Because the Torah kiyumo). It does so by overriding the standard rules of haprohibits owning chametz, you can avoid the Torah prohi- lakhic property law by artificially assigning ownership to bition by transferring title of the chametz to a gentile. Bittul those persons who want to (and in fact do) possess chachametz is the act of renouncing of chametz before pesach. metz—solely for the purpose of holding them accountable Bittul is usually performed by reciting the kol chamira for the chametz transgression (see Pesachim 6b). Crucial for Ramban‘s theory, this penalty through assignment of statement after bedikat chametz and again after bi’ur. ownership is limited to persons who ―desire and intend‖ to How does bittul chametz work and what does it accom- possess chametz on yom tov. plish? Tosafot (Pesachim 4b s.v. mi-deoraita) argue that bittul constitutes a form of hefker, the halakhic process of Bittul chametz is a procedure for avoiding the penalty of renouncing ownership and abandoning title to an object. artificial ownership assignment. It is a formal declaration According to Tosafot, the mechanism of bittul is like that of that you neither desire nor intend to possess or benefit mekhirah. In both cases you avoid the Torah prohibition from chametz. If you genuinely do not want to benefit from through terminating your ownership. In the case of chametz or possess it over yom tov, you will not be penalmekhirah this is done through transferring the chametz to ized with artificial ownership and therefore you won‘t vioa gentile. In the case of bittul this is accomplished through late the chametz prohibition, even if you so happens to have chametz in your possession. Under Jewish property legally abandoning it. law one is automatically dispossessed of ownership of proRamban (Pesachim 4b s.v. inyan) disagrees with Tosafot‘s hibited items (such as chametz), and there is no basis for account of bittul and raises several objections. The core of penalizing someone who has no desire to possess chametz. Ramban‘s attack is that the familiar procedure of bittul Consistent with his theory, Ramban maintains that you chametz is incompatible with the rules of hefker. For exam- need not recite the bittul. What matters is your state of ple, according to one view of hefker (R. Yossi in Nedarim mind: that you have no interest in possessing or benefiting 43a), the abandoner (mafkir) doesn‘t lose title until the from chametz. item has been captured by another party. On this view, bittul would be ineffective until someone else takes possession Why do we do bedikah and bi’ur in addition to bittul? In of the chametz. (Usually, no one takes possession of it.) Se- principle, the Talmud suggests that bittul by itself would be cond, some opinions maintain (Nedarim 45a) that the act enough. But bittul is effective only if you genuinely have no of legal abandonment is valid only if it is witnessed by three desire to possess and benefit from chametz on pesach. The persons. Yet bittul chametz does not need to be witnessed Talmud is concerned that if you don‘t physically dispose of by anyone. Third, Ramban notes that whereas renouncing your chametz, you might come across a doughnut or liquor ownership through hefker is prohibited on shabbat (as a bottle in your pantry and want to either consume it or to form of property transfer), the Talmud assumes (Pesachim continue to possess it. This would undermine your bittul 7a) that you can do bittul on shabbat. These considerations (now you want your chametz!) and trigger the artificial assuggest that bittul is not grounded in the principle of signment of ownership. That‘s why the halakhah advises you to get rid of all chametz, through bedikah and bi’ur and hefker. not to rely on bittul alone. Ramban notes that this concern Ramban therefore proposes a different theory of bittul. is limited to the kind and quantity of chametz that you Ramban‘s account begins by observing that as a matter of might actually desire on pesach. For small crumbs lying halakhic property law, persons do not have the legal power around the house, bittul can do the job by itself. to own prohibited items (issurei hanaah). The halakhah



SEDER STARTERS TORAH NUGGETS AND THOUGHT QUESTIONS FROM THE CAT SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM TO INSPIRE DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION AT YOUR SEDER TABLE other than to look strange…to arouse the curiosity of the children. One novel approach suggests that it is a veiled reference to the events that initiated the entire story of Yetziyat Mitzrayim, events which are not referred to in the Haggadah at all. Karpas is also one of the colors used by Rashi to describe the Ketones Pasim, the coat of many colors dipped in blood by the brothers of Yosef to convince Yaakov that he was dead. That series of events eventually led to Bnei Yisrael coming down to Egypt. Therefore, the Karpas is dipped as well to recall the brothers‘ actions.

STRANGER THINGS AT THE SEDER RABBI CHAIM POUPKO, Senior Rabbi The Pesach Seder is designed intentionally with strange behaviors. There are a number of mitzvot and minhagim that we perform that make this night different from all other nights for very specific reasons. In fact, we pause and declare that this night is different than all other nights. Many of the things that we do that are strange, have very good reasons for them. It‘s easy to understand why we eat the bitter maror, why we break the middle matzoh, or why we have the charoset. There is one practice that we have, though, that is not just strange - we‘re not even sure why we do it. Karpas, the dipping of a vegetable into saltwater before the meal begins, is one of the most mysterious rituals of the evening. Indeed, according to some there is no deeper reason or symbolism behind it

Questions for reflection and discussion: • Do you think the Haggadah intentionally or unintentionally left out the story of the family‘s descent to Egypt? Why or why not? • Should everything we do at the Seder have a specific reason or is ―to arouse the curiosity of the children‖ reason enough? Why? • If you had to write the story of Yetziyas Mitzrayim in your own words, with what event would you start it? us in peace, joyful in the building of Your city and happy in Your worship; that we shall eat there from the offerings and from the Pesach sacrifices, the blood of which shall reach the wall of Your altar for favor, and we shall thank You with a new song upon our redemption and upon the restoration of our souls. Blessed are you, Lord, who redeemed Israel.



The Gemara in Pesachim (116b) presents a fascinating machloket between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon regarding the bracha that we recite over the second cup of wine as we con- We, of course, follow the position of Rabbi Akiva. But it is clude Maggid. According to Rabbi Tarfon the bracha should worth considering the different approaches expressed by read: these two sages. For Rabbi Tarfon, the summation of Mag,‫ אֲ שֶ ר גְּ אָ לָנּו וְּ גָאַ ל אֶ ת־אֲ בֹותֵ ינּו ִמ ִם ְּצ ַריִ ם‬,‫ בָ רּוְך אַ תָ ה ה' אֱ ֹלהֵ ינּו מֶ לְֶך הָ עֹולָם‬gid is a simple expression of gratitude. For Rabbi Akiva, on the other hand, we conclude Maggid with more than grati‫וְּ ִהגִ יעָ נּו הַ לַיְּ לָה הַ זֶה לֶאֱ כָל־בֹו מַ צָ ה ּומָ רֹור‬ tude. We conclude with a prayer for future redemption, Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who which reflects our current state of exile. redeemed us and redeemed our ancestors from Egypt, and Questions for reflection and discussion: brought us on this night to eat matsa and marror. However, according to Rabbi Akiva, the bracha must contin- • How does this machloket represent a broader tension on ue from there with the words: Seder night? • Does Rabbi Akiva‘s concluding prayer undermine the ex‫כֵן ה' אֱ ֹלהֵ ינּו וֵאֹלהֵ י אֲ בֹותֵ ינּו יַגִ יעֵ נּו לְּ מֹוע ֲִדים וְּ לִ ְּרגָלִ ים אֲ חֵ ִרים הַ בָ ִאים‬ ‫ וְּ נ ֹאכַל שָ ם ִמן‬.‫ ְּשמֵ ִחים ְּב ִבנְּ יַן עִ ֶירְך וְּ שָ ִשים בַ עֲבֹודָ תֶ ָך‬,‫ לִ קְּ ָראתֵ נּו לְּ שָ לֹום‬pression of gratitude that precedes it? ‫ וְּ נֹודֶ ה לְּ ָך ִשיר‬,‫ּומן הַ פְּ סָ ִחים אֲ שֶ ר יַגִ יעַ דָ מָ ם עַ ל קִ יר ִמזְּבַ חֲָך לְּ ָרצון‬ ִ ‫ • הַ זְּ בָ ִחים‬How can a person express deep gratitude without becoming complacent and accepting the status quo? .‫ גָאַ ל יִ ְּש ָראֵ ל‬,'‫ בָ רּוְך אַ תָ ה ה‬.‫חָ דָ ש עַ ל גְּ אֺ לָתֵ נּו וְּ עַ ל פְּ דּות נַפְּ שֵ נּו‬ • How can a person make requests of Hashem and yearn for so too, Lord our God, and God of our ancestors, bring us to a better world without displaying a lack of gratitude for all of other appointed times and holidays that will come to greet the good that God has already bestowed upon him/her? 6



presence and let‘s also remember to conduct ourselves in a way befitting the presence of our king. Q: If God was the one sitting next to you at the Seder, what would you ask him?

There is something very curious about the language in which we begin the Magid. Why would the Baal Haggadah choose to write only this paragraph in Aramaic, when the rest of the Haggadah was written in Hebrew? The Zohar offers a fascinating explanation based on a Gemara in Masechet Shabbat 12a. The Gemara there teaches that we should never pray in Aramaic because that is the only language the angels do not understand and they won't be able to deliver our prayers to God. But don‘t we want the angels to bring the tefillot of the seder up for us like all other tefillot? The answer the Zohar gives is so profound! Tonight, we don‘t need the angels to handle our prayers for us because Hashem himself comes to our seder and joins in together with us. The Baal Haggadah wanted us to know what an incredible opportunity we have so he intentionally began the Magid in Aramaic to emphasize this point. How amazing it is that on this night we have Hashem himself in our midst! Let‘s ensure we take advantage of God's

"‫ברוך "המקום‬

with come, m’makom acher, and the Maharal from Prague points out that this is an allusion to God as well. In a situation in which we would have to go to a house RABBI ANDREW ISRAELI of morning, again the word makom appears, when we TEEN DIRECTOR take leave of the mourners, and ask God to comfort the There are many words in the Hebrew mourners amongst the mourners of Tzion and language that we use to refer to the Yerushalayim. creator of the world. When we make a bracha, we use the word, ah-do-nay, Questions for reflection and discussion: implying Hashem is the master of the world. The word elo-heinu, implies that Hashem is not only our God, but  Why at these times do we refer to God as makom, the God of the entire world. ―place‖? Does it have what to do with God being omOn the night of the seder we refer to Hashem with the nipresent and omnipotent? Can we find this allusion word ―Makom‖, something to do with place, as we inelsewhere in tanach or in the Haggadah? troduce the four sons. The question that many of the commentators ask is, what is the reason that God is referred to as ―hamakom” specifically on the night of the  Why might this phrase specifically introduce the four sons? seder. We see the word hamakom refer to God in numerous other instances throughout tanach as well. In parshat vaytze, when Yaakov Avinu is running away  What role does the place in which we are having the from his brother Eisav, he falls asleep again in the maseder, play into our overall seder experience? If we kom, in the place, and Rashi comments that Yaaakov could choose a place in the world to have our seder, encountered God in prayer. Again this word appears in where would it be and why? the megillat Esther, when we are told that the salvation 7




SHABBAT Shabbat, April 3/4, Parshat Tzav, Shabbat HaGadol


7:06 pm - Shabbat Candle Lighting

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 - BEDIKAT CHAMETZ Bedikat Chametz no earlier than

9:46 am - Latest Shema


8:06 pm – Shabbat ends

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 EREV PESACH - TAANIT BECHOROT Fast begins Siyum (Zoom) Last Chametz before Destroy Chametz before Eruv Tavshilin Yom Tov Candle Lighting Daven Mincha before sunset First Seder

Shabbat, April 17/18, Parshat Shmini, Shabbat Mevarchim, 8th/9th Omer

5:02am 8:30am 10:47am 11:53am

7:20 pm Shabbat Candle Lighting 9:33 am – Latest Shema 8:23 pm – Shabbat Ends

7:11pm 7:29pm after 8:11pm

Shabbat, April 24/25, Parshat TazriaMetzora, Rosh Chodesh Iyyar, 15/16 Omer


7:28 pm – Shabbat Candle Lighting

Latest Kriyat Shema 9:41am Daven Mincha before sunset 7:30pm Yom Tov Candle Lighting & Second Seder after 8:12pm

9:28 am – Latest Shema 8:31 pm – Shabbat Ends

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 - 2ND DAY OF PESACH, 1 Omer Latest Kriyat Shema Shabbat Candle Lighting Daven Mincha before sunset

9:40am 7:13am 7:30pm


SHABBAT, APRIL 11 – CHOL HAMOED, 2 OMER Latest Kriyat Shema Daven Mincha before sunset Shabbat Ends/Havdalah

9:39am 7:32pm after 8:14pm

• Keep anything that can catch fire, for example, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, and curtains, away from heat sources such as stove burners, Hot Plates, or a Shabbat Hot Plate.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 CHOL HAMOED PESACH, EREV YOM TOV, 5 Omer Yom Tov Candle Lighting Daven Mincha before sunset

• If you are cooking, check on it regularly. Preferably, one should stay in the kitchen any time food is cooking over an open flame, or your cooking device does not have an auto-shut off.

7:17pm 7:35pm

• If using an external timer with any heat-producing device, make certain it is compatible with the device you are using. Candles • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won't tip over easily.


• Put candles on uncluttered, non-slippery surface. You can cut to size, then glue, non-slip materials, such as some drawer/ cabinet liners, to the bottom of your candle holder.

Latest Shema Daven Mincha before sunset Yom Tov Candle Lighting

• Try to avoid burning the candle all the way down if it's not absolutely necessary.

9:36am 7:36pm 8:19pm

• If a candle must burn continuously, be sure it's enclosed in a glass container, and placed in a sink, on a metal tray, or in a deep basin filled with water.

THURSDAY APRIL 16, PESACH, 7 Omer Latest Shema Daven Mincha before sunset Yom Tov Ends/Havdalah Chametz sold thru Rabbis permitted

9:35am 7:37pm 8:20pm

• Lit candles should not be placed in windows, where window blinds, curtains, or other window treatments could accidentally ignite.

after 9:00pm 9




3 apples, peeled and diced

1 horseradish root (fresh), peeled, chopped

1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped*

1 beetroot, roasted/boiled, peeled, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

(¼ cup) white vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar, or brown sugar

2 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon red wine or grape juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon honey Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until just forming a paste. Transfer paste to a small sterilized jar; and cover with a lid.

Nut allergies? Substitute walnuts with dates Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until just forming a paste.

It will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

together. We will continue doing this through various resources. During the times of King David, they had YOUTH DIRECTORS their own plague that infected the people at that time and his antidote was that each person should try to Over the last two weeks so say 100 Brachot everyday. much has changed. Just a The idea is to become more aware of the brachot we month ago, we enjoyed our 5th say and appreciate what we have more than before. and 4th grade luncheons with With this in mind, we have created a printable game over 50 kids at each luncheon! There were Divrei to play at home on Shabbos, ―Me‘ah Brachot The Torah, singing, games and of course lots of raffle Game‖. We will also have virtual raffles with prizes. Although we missed each other on Purim, we challenges that kids can complete on their own and as hope everyone is staying safe in their homes. a whole family. Additionally, if we can‘t come We had so much planned and although we couldn‘t together in groups, we will bring groups to you with gather together, we were thankful to decorate the our new ―Parsha Commotion‖ printable game. Our sanctuaries with festive balloons to feel the simcha of hope is that we can utilize our new quality time with the day. our families to reconnect with each other and rekindle the beauty of Shabbos that we haven‘t done While we are still processing our new reality, we are working hard on creating and gathering resources to before. help enhance Shabbos, even when it looks different. Have a happy and safe Pesach and we hope that we‘ll To us, Shabbos is a time where we can bring the light be able to come back together soon! of Torah to our youth, share the warm atmosphere RABBI WILLE & ESTEE BALK


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Ruth Schapiro: rschapir26@aol.com Deborah Berger: berger.deborah@gmail.com

a project of Congregation Ahavath Torah

Ellen Flamholz: eflam@nj.rr.com Esther Fruchter: estherfruchter@gmail.com

Dor L’Dor offers a variety of cultural experiences for adult members of our community.

Diane Katzenstein: omadk@verizon.net Beryl Niewood: beryl.niewood@gmail.com

•Visits to major current art exhibitions

Esther Berezin: emmaeb181@gmail.com

•Lunch and Learns


•Outstanding movies and discussions

Wednesday, May 20

•Presentations by historians and other experts.

Pre-Shavuot Virtual Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Kuessous; Sephardic menu Concert by The Choraleers

•Excursions to museums such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Trips always include transportation, lunch, docent or electronic guides, and admission

Wednesday, June 17 Trip to Wave Hill Gardens

To contact Dor L’Dor please e-mail: dorldor@ahavathtorah.org or call 201-569-4560

Tuesday, July 21 Pre-Tisha B’Av Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Daniel Goldberg; Video: ‘Names, Not Numbers’ 11

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS Dena Guttmann & David Schwartz Aliza & Gary Liebman Mindy & Joshua Sladowsky


Jenni & Ari Jacobovitz


their son Jared to Adeena Chefitz 

Nina & John Nanasi on the aufruf and forthcoming marriage of their son Marc to Miri Mauskop

December/January 

Erica & Arnaud Bensoussan on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Samuel.

Ilana & Jeff Gdanski on being honored with the Keter Shem Tov award at the Yachad Gala

Debbie & Sam Moed on the birth of a granddaughter, a baby girl born to parents Zoe & Jonathan Moed

Tanya & Darren Wolf on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Henry, celebrated in Israel during Chanukah

John & Nina Nanasi on the birth of a granddaughter, a baby girl born to parents Sarah and Pete Russell

Esther & Moshe Muschel on the engagement of their son Jeremy to Anna Siegel of New York, NY

Rene & Raphael Levy on the engagement of their son Joseph to Risa Schwartz

Pearl & Irving (ob"m) Zuckerbrot on the marriage  of her grandson Asher to Avigayil Rosensweig. Mazal tov as well to Rav Joel & Bluma Finkelstein,  Rav Michael & Smadar Rosensweig, and Rav Itamar Rosensweig Debra & Shlomo Tsadok on the birth of a granddaughter, named Noa Lev, a baby girl born to Ronit Tsadok

Emily & Eli Isak on the birth of a baby boy

Jackie & Sid Adler on the birth of a grandson, born to parents Amy & Michael Adler  Our Teen Director Rabbi Israeli and his wife, Racheli on the birth of a son 

Chana and Jordan Katz on the engagement of their  daughter, Aleeza, to Zachary Braverman of Lakewood, NJ

Ilana & Jeff Gdanski on being honored with the Keter Shem Tov award at the Yachad Gala this coming week.

Barbara & Rudy Treitel on the birth of a grandson, a baby boy born to parents Andrew & Avivit Treitel  Nicki & Mordy Katz and Marleen & Kenneth Wolf on the engagement of their grandson Andrew Katz to Ronit Langer of Teaneck

Beatrice & Chaim Rosen on the engagement of

Pam & Robert Lunzer on the engagement of their son Eli to Yosefa Heber


Howard Miller on the birth of his first grandchild, a daughter born to Kristen & Andrew Miller

Lori & Martin Schlakman on the marriage of their daughter Gabrielle Schlakman to Ahron Guttman of Houston, TX Caroline & David Kinzelberg on Nathaniel's Bar Mitzvah. Pauline & Natan Hayes on the birth of a daughter Grandparents Esther & Moshe Muschel, grandparents Jill & Daniel Wohlfarth, great grandparents Miriam & Felix Glaubach, on the birth of a grandson born to parents Lea & Justin Muschel Ilana & Stuart Goldberg, Guests of Honor, at The Frisch School's dinner Aliza & Rabbi Gideon Black on the birth of a son. Mazal tov as well to grandparents Helene & Barry Berkowitz and Mrs. Naomi Jacobs & Mr. Michael Black ...continued on page 13


MAZEL TOV TO: February (continued) 

Talya & Mark Douek on the birth of a daughter

Aura & Dr. Michael Herman on the birth of a baby boy. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Denise & Marc Setton and Sharon & Dr. Robert Herman

Cheryl & Evan Borenstein for being named Guests of Honor at the Moriah Annual Dinner

Ayelet (née Lichtiger) & Brian Rosen for being honored with the Alumni Leadership Award at the Moriah Annual Dinner


 Our Annual Dinner Honorees: Norris & Nancy Nissim - Guests of Honor, Eileen & Rabbi Norman Gorlyn - HaKarat HaTov Award, and Beth & Nat  Lipschitz - Young Leadership Award

Peggy & Philip Danishefsky on being honored by Sinai Schools at their Annual Dinner.

Deborah & Isaac Nesser on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Michael.

Merce & Richard Andron on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Kate.

Barbara & Marty Teicher on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson Yitzy Teicher, son of Elana & Ira Teicher Danielle & Joe Cohen on the birth of a son. Congratulations to grandparents Faye & Doron Cohen and Francie & Fred Brinn

Samantha & Nachi Engelhardt on the birth of twins, a son and a daughter

Roni & Yehuda Blinder on the engagement of Abigail Blinder to David Peyser from Great Neck.

 Daliah & Doran Shapiro on the birth of a son. Mazal Tov as well to grandparents Marla & Saadia Shapiro.

Sarah Bartges & Gil Ohana on the birth of a son.

Jeffrey & Eden Aronoff on the engagement of their son Joseph to Nechama Simon of Los Angeles. Mazal tov as well to Nechama's parents, Esther & Milton Simon of Santa Monica, and Joseph's grandparents, Carole & Mordy Appleton

Linda & Seth Epstein on the birth of a grand daughter, born to parents Aviva & Michael Epstein

Sandy & Alex Solomon on the Bar Mitzvah of their son Darren



December/January    

Cheryl Lasher on the loss of her mother, Mrs. Peggy Zimmerman, ob‖m The family of our member Mrs Wendy Brandell Sebrow, ob‖m on her passing Francine Aronson Dinovitzer on the passing of her mother, Barbara Aronson, ob‖m The family of Kate Tannenbaum, ob‖m

February 

The family of Mrs. Naomi Feder, ob‖m, on her passing

Leah Almo on the passing of her father, Joel Fink, ob‖m

Amy Spivak on the passing of her mother, Uschi Kugelman, ob‖m

 

MB Cohen on the passing of her mother, Evelyn Sternberg, ob‖m Dr. Shalom Mehler on the passing of his brother, Dr. David Mehler

Diane Strobel on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Irene Buchman, ob‖m



March 

Melissa Bane on the passing of her father, David Berman

Mrs. Debbie Moed and Dr. Cheryl Kramer on the passing of their mother, Mrs. Gloria Zeisel ob"m

Mrs. Cheryl Borenstein on the passing of her father, Mr.Michael Reinhard ob"m

Rabbi Shlomo Hyman on the passing of his father, Rabbi Chaim Hyman, ob"m 13


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