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Chapters 20, 46, 83, 121, 130, 142 and 100


Message from Rabbi Blumstein:

Dear Friends

Israel is at war.  She desperately needs our prayers.
HaShem is using our brave, dedicated soldiers to help bring p
eace and salvation to our land. They are doing their job. Let's do ours. Please consider joining us for t'filah at our minyanim. It's the least we can do at this important time.

 From Nathaniel & Marion Lazan’s Grandson;

A Soldier in the Kfir Brigade:

The Kfir brigade is the biggest infantry unit in the IDF, specializes in urban warfare, and was built specially for routine security in the West Bank. Due to the Kfir brigade's expertise at urban warfare, it is taking part in operation Protective Edge, in an effort of stopping the nonstop terror attacks and rockets being aimed at Israel from the Gaza strip, led by Hamas terrorist organization. Kfir was also the most significant force in operation 'Brothers' Keeper', the op. led by the IDF in order to bring back the 3 boys. The operation was led by our unit, Shimshon 92nd battalion.

We ask you, the kind supporters of the IDF and the State of Israel, to join our cause - maximizing the protection of our nation. Your kind support will help us upgrade our equipment, in order to maximize our efficiency in the complex battle for the State of Israel. We, Kfir's 92 Operative Company, thank you from the depth of our souls, on behalf of the State of Israel. - See more at:


Tuesday, August 5th

First DVD, presented by: Rabbi Zev Leff & Rabbi Paysach Krohn
Second DVD, presented by: Rabbi Jonathan Rietti & Mr. Charlie Harary  
Admission: suggested donation to Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation of $5.

 More details to follow…

A Summary of Halachos of the Nine Days  

During the period from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tishah B'Av (some restrictions continue until chatzos of the tenth of Av), we conduct ourselves in increased mourning for the destruction of Yerushalayim and the Beis HaMikdash. This mourning is manifested primarily through various restrictions instituted by Chazal and Poskim. The purpose of the restrictions is to focus our attention on the great tragedy of the churban, from which we suffer to this day. There are several categories of restrictions.
Acquiring Objects of Simchah:
One may not acquire items that give one joy, such as silver items, jewelry, a nice watch, furnishings that are not necessities-such as a sofa or a recliner. (One may purchase beds or chairs if needed.) One should not purchase a new car if the purpose is solely for pleasure, and not for utility. One should not purchase a new computer if the purpose is solely for recreation. One should not purchase items in preparation for a wedding. One should not even order such items for delivery after Tishah B'Av.
Construction Involving Simchah:
One may not do construction or any home improvement whose purpose is not a "dwelling" purpose. One may not paint or paper walls, install a new carpet, build a deck, remodel one's kitchen or scrape floors. One may do any improvement that enhances the "dwelling" function of the house if necessary. For example, one may construct a new bedroom if necessary; one may replace any broken fixture and plaster any wall that needs repair. If one hired a contractor to do work that falls under the prohibition of "simchah" construction and the work is not yet completed by Rosh Chodesh, the work may be completed during the Nine Days. It is preferable, however, if possible, to ask the contractor to suspend the work until after Tishah B'Av, even if it entails paying him a small sum to have him agree.
Garden-work Involving Simchah:
One may not plant trees, shrubbery and flowers during the Nine Days. All normal lawn care is permitted: one need not cancel one's lawn service for the duration of these days.
Laundering and Dry-cleaning:
One may not wash (launder, dry-clean, press or iron) any clothing during the Nine Days, or even wash clothing for use after Tishah B'Av. Also, one may not give clothing to a non-Jewish cleaners during these days, even if one instructs them to wash the clothing after Tishah B'Av. In a case of necessity, one should consult a Rav. One may give clothing to a non-Jewish cleaners before Rosh Chodesh even if he will clean them before during the Nine Days.
A sheitel is considered a garment, not hair. Thus, it may be cut, washed and set professionally during the Three Weeks, but not during the Nine Days.
One may freely wash the clothing of infants, who constantly soil or wet their clothing. Similarly, one may wash, as needed, clothing of all children who constantly dirty their clothing. Some Poskim maintain that this applies even to clothing of an eight or nine year old.
When washing children's clothing in a washing machine, one may not add clothing of adults.
All clothing should be washed before Rosh Chodesh to provide ample changes of clothing during the Nine Days. Nevertheless, one who has dirtied all of his clothing, or a family that used all of its towels, may wash as needed (and use the fresh ones-see below) until the actual week of Tishah B'Av.
One need not purchase additional clothing before Rosh Chodesh to avoid the necessity of washing clothing and towels. However, if one could make good use of extra clothing and towels, it is better to purchase additional ones-even during the Nine Days-than to wash the dirty ones.
Donning Fresh Clothing:
One may not don fresh clothing or change linen during the Nine Days. One who is receiving guests may provide them with fresh linen upon their arrival.
If one's clothing became dirty and unfit to wear, one may change into fresh clothing. Similarly, one may change underwear and socks on hot, humid days when necessary. One who wishes to change one's shirt freely during the Nine Days may-before Rosh Chodesh-put on several shirts at one time and wear them for approximately 30 minutes. (By doing such, the shirts are no longer considered fresh and may be worn freely.) If one forgot to do so during the week, he may change his shirt for Shabbos, change again for Shabbos morning, and again for Shabbos afternoon, and then wear those shirts during the week.
On Erev Shabbos, one may don freshly laundered clothing and Shabbos garments lekovod Shabbos. However, one should not don new clothing that had not been worn previously. One may place a fresh tablecloth on the table, but not change bed linens. One may polish shoes lekovod Shabbos.
Purchasing and Altering New Clothing:
One may not purchase any new clothing during the Nine Days, even underwear and socks, even for use after Tishah B'Av, unless there is an unusual and significant sale. One may not make any alterations to new clothing even if they had been purchased before Rosh Chodesh. One may repair previously worn clothes; e.g. replace a button, sew a tear, fix a hem, resole shoes. If one forgot to purchase Tishah B'Av shoes before the Nine Days and one has no substitute, one may purchase such during the Nine Days and even wear them for the first time on Tishah B'Av.
Eating Meat & Drinking Wine:
One may not eat any meat, even fowl, or drink any wine, even grape juice, during weekdays of the Nine Days. It is customary not to eat any food that was cooked with meat. For example, one should not eat even the beans and potatoes of leftover chulent. One may cook food in a clean meat pot-even if ben-yomo-and eat it. A nursing woman (or a person who is ill) who must eat meat may do so. Many Poskim permit children under the age of 6 to eat meat. A woman cooking for Shabbos may taste-without swallowing-the meat foods to ensure that they are seasoned well. However, those who have the commendable custom of to'ameha-tasting all the Shabbos foods before Shabbos-may not taste the meat foods this week. One who makes Shabbos early may eat the regular Shabbos meat meal even though it is still day. Children who usually eat their Shabbos meal before Shabbos due of the late hour of the onset of Shabbos, may do so this week as well.
One who mistakenly recited a bracha over meat or wine should taste a bit to avoid a bracha levatalah. One may use wine vinegar during the Nine Days.
One should not give children ices made from real grape juice.
For havdalah: If there is a child present between the ages of 6 and 9 who can drink the wine or grape juice, the child should drink the wine. If a child of this age is not present, the mevareich should drink the wine himself. One should not use beer or other chamar medinah to avoid drinking wine, since havdalah over wine is preferred.
During the Nine Days, one may not bathe or shower one's entire body even in cold water. One may wash one's hands, face & feet using cool water, but not warm water. During hot, humid weather, one who must shower may wash only those parts of the body that need to be washed, with soap and cold or lukewarm water.
Infants (less than three years old) may be washed in the usual manner. Other children (up to 6-perhaps even up to 9-years old) may wash in lukewarm water as needed.
On Erev Shabbos, some have the custom to shower or bathe regularly lekovod Shabbos. According to the Mishnah B'rurah, one should shower in the manner described in the previous paragraph, but with one leniency: one may wash one's hair, face & hands with warm or hot water.
One who goes to the mikvah every week lekovod Shabbos may do so this week as well.
One may trim one's nails until the actual week of Tishah B'Av. A woman may trim her nails even during the week of Tishah B'Av for purposes of tevillah.
Chazal assure us that whoever properly observes the customs of mourning over Yerushalayim will merit witnessing the joy of its reconstruction. May we soon merit witnessing the rebuilding of the Bais HaMikdash.


Sisterhood/Shul Garage Sale!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Will take place in YIH Parking lot
Thu, 31 July 2014 4 Av 5774