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[Jul 16, 2018] Hilchos Tisha BAv 5778 from Rabbi Weber

Please review the following brief summary of this year’s Erev Shabbos specific Hilchos Tisha B’Av.

Shabbos Chazon, July 21st, we daven Mincha at 5:50 p.m. The early
Minchah allows enough time to return home for  S'udah Sh'lishis before the fast. No classic pre-Tisha B’Av rules (i.e., eating on the floor, eggs, ashes et al) apply to this meal. The meal may include all foods, including meat and wine[1]. Finish eating before sunset (8:52), when eating becomes prohibited[2]. Other aspects of Tisha B’Av (low chair, non-leather shoes et al) are not, according to contemporary custom, applicable until after the Borchu of Maariv[3].

Motza’ei Shabbos is at 9:42. Wait until 9:42 and say Baruch Ha-Mavdil Bein Kodesh L'Chol before doing work or making any preparations for Motzaei Shabbos. Our shul delays Maariv (followed by Eichah) until 9:55 to allow people to drive to Shul after Shabbos.

If you begin to walk to Shul for Maariv before Motzaei Shabbos (9:42), then wear your Shabbos clothes and shoes. In that case, bring Tisha B’Av shoes to Shul before Shabbos, (bringing them on Shabbos for Motzaei Shabbos use is forbidden) so that you can slip into them right after the Sh'liach Tzibbur says the Borchu of Motzaei Shabbos Maariv. Those who say Baruch Ha-Mavdil Bein Kodesh L'Chol after 9:42 and then leave their homes, switch into Tisha B’Av shoes at home, although having regular shoes in shul allows you to switch back into appropriate shoes for Kiddush L'vanah on Motzaei Tisha B’Av[4].

We do not make a Motzaei Shabbos Havdalah, but the Aish-fire B'rachah is said, all by itself, on Motzaei Shabbos.  This B'rachah will be said in Shul after Maariv for those who will not be saying it at home. The rest of Havdalah (without the introductory Hineih) is said on Motzaei Tisha B’Av, Sunday night, without fire (done the prior night) or B'samim (the B'samim B'rachah is not said at all)[5]. Because Havdalah is a
Mitzvah, we use grape juice/wine for this Havdalah, even though the meat/wine restrictions still apply that night[6]. Ill people, who eat on the fast, and make Havdalah on Tisha B’Av, should use Chamar M'dina (beer) rather than grape juice/wine for Havdalah. If need be, coffee or tea may be used. Cool the coffee/tea, so you can drink it within the short time span required by Halachah[7]. Although the ill person says Havdalah and the Aish B'rachah on Tisha B'Av, he omits the introductory Hineih passage and the B'samim B'rachah.


May the Beis Ha-Mikdash be rebuilt speedily in our days.


[1] SA, OC, 552, 10

[2] Rema, OC, 552, 10

[3] Shemiras Shabbos ke’Hilchasah, 62, footnote 88

[4] As per Shemiras Shabbos ke’Hilchasah, 62, footnote 88

[5] SA, OC, 556

[6] Mishnah Berurah, 556, 3, although see Arukh ha’Shulchan, 556, 2

[7] See Mikra’ei Kodesh, Pesach, 2, 47

[Jul 13, 2018] Zeliger Grandson (Mazel Tov)

Mazal Tov to Yaakov & Elana Zeliger on the birth of a son.
Mazal Tov to grandparents Stan & Janet Zeliger and David & Shari Vodianoi.
Shalom Zachar at 120 Regina Ave.

May the boy be brought Libris Bizmano and be a source of Nachas to his family and all K'lal Yisrael.

[Jul 13, 2018] Very Good News Israel
  • An Israeli model of the immune system is a major medical breakthrough.
  • Israeli technology helps locate boys missing in Thailand caves.
  • Israeli education project doubles the number of advanced math students.
  • An Israeli company boosts the world’s three fastest supercomputers.
  • Three multinationals select Israeli self-driving car technologies.
  • Israel enjoys a good helping of American Pie, care of Don McLean.
  • The first ever blue whale to visit the modern Jewish State.
[Jul 12, 2018] Shields Engagement
Mazal Tov to Renee & Moshe Shields on the engagements of their daughter Atara to Noah Tile, son of Rose  and Gary Tile.
Mazal Tov to the grandparents Dr. Yehudi & Ruth Shields, Mrs. Yona Schreiber, and Dr. Marvin and Esther Tile. 

May the wedding take place בשעה טובה ומוצלחת and may Atara and Noah be זוכה to build a בית נאמן בישראל.

[Jul 6, 2018] Hashavas Aveidah

- Starbucks card
- bag (non-velvet) with T'fillin
- leather Pesach Machzor.
- binder of Hockey cards.
- pair of new T'fillin in a distinctive needlepoint bag.
- a Medeco key with blue top was found by the front door of the shul

[Jul 5, 2018] TCN 2018-2019 Schedule

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