Sunday, December 31, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Baruch Dayan Emes

We regret to inform you of the passing of Melvin Steinig
father of Rabbi Sholom Steinig.

Levaya will take place Thursday, December 28, 11:00 AM
at Goldstein's, 6410 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, (215) 927-5800.

Rabbi Steinig will be sitting shiva through Erev Shabbos, December 29 at the home of his sister,
Ann Greenberg, 269 Wiltshire Ave, Wynnewood, PA, 19096, (610) 649-4580

From Motzai Shabbos December 30 through Wednesday morning January 3, Shiva will be observed at 76-06 Vleigh Place.
Schedule for davening will be advised soon.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on "Al Hanisim - Understanding the Emphasis on the Military Victory" - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Al Hanisim - Understanding the Emphasis on the Military Victory" can be downloaded here.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Burying a Meis With Tzitzis"

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Burying a Meis With Tzitzsis" can be downloaded here

R' Yakov Haber on "Chanukah Thoughts"

R' Yakov Haber on "Chanukah Thoughts" can be downloaded here

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thank you and Yasher Koach to Yosef Salzbank

Thank you and Yasher Koach to Yosef Salzbank for testing and updating the defibrillator and emergency equipment.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Rabbi Welcher Onoas Devorim - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Onoas Devorim" can be downloaded here.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

R' Yakov Haber on Nes and Teva and the Second Brocha of the Shomoneh Esrai

R' Yakov Haber on "Nes and Teva and the Second Brocha of the Shomoneh Esrai" can be downloaded here

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Rabbi Welcher Kibud Av V'Eim - Halachos - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Kibud Av V'Eim - Halachos" can be downloaded here.

R' Yakov Haber on Techias HaMasim and the Second Brocha of the Shomoneh Esrai - mp3

R' Yakov Haber on "Techias HaMasim and the Second Brocha of the Shomoneh Esrai" can be downloaded here

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Loeg LaRosh According to the Rambam" - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Loeg LaRosh According to the Rambam" can be downloaded here

Monday, December 04, 2006

Alternate Side Parking Rules Holiday Suspension

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended on Friday, December 8 for holiday observance. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Kibud Av V'Eim from the Sefer HaChinuch"

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Kibud Av V'Eim from the Sefer HaChinuch" can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Tashlumim for Havdalah, Kevurah & Being Gabbai - Taz vs Shach?"

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Tashlumim on Havdalah, Kevurah & Being Gabbai - Taz vs Shach?" can be downloaded here

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Bentching - Sefer HaChinuch - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Bentching from the Sefer HaChinuch" can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Can You Do Tashlumim When Onus or Patur?" - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Can You Do TashlumiM When Onus or Patur?" can be downloaded here

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Friday after Thanksgiving

The Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24, is not a holiday, and alternate side parking regulations and all her parking regulations will be in effect.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Meaning of a Beracha - Sefer HaChinuch - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Meaning of a Beracha - Sefer HaChinuch" can be downloaded here.

Thanks to Mr. Martin Goldschmiedt

Thank you and Yasher Kochacha to Martin Goldschmiedt for quickly and expertly mending the plastic that covers the Shulchan. He took a ripped piece of plastic and made into a beautiful Shulchan covering.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Kiddush - Minchas Chinuch Part 2 - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Kiddush - Minchas Chinuch Part 1" can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Onein or Aval - What Starts When?" - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Onein or Aval - What Starts When?" can be downloaded here

Alternate side parking

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended on Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, for holiday observance. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Urgent Petition Request

From: Rabbi Eli Mansour
To: All Concerned Community Members
Re: Stop Jerusalem Gay Pride Demonstration

Date: November 5, 2006

Dear Community Members,

Few issues have upset and disturbed so many of our people as the plans for a demonstration & parade for gay pride in Jerusalem this coming Tuesday.

This planned march in the holiest of holy cities, Jerusalem, is an outrage and travesty, which desecrates and shames the Jewish people, the Nation of Israel, its government officials, and its history.

These devious plans, and the unwisely granted permits to carry them out by the Jerusalem city officials, constitutes a previously unparalleled glorification of sin in the city that is considered Hashem's living room.

All of us need to be deeply concerned about the inevitable and untold future consequences of this mockery and provocation, and stand in unity with the 250,000 Orthodox religious residents of Jerusalem in demanding a complete and immediate retraction, revocation, and cancellation of the licenses and permits that the demonstrators have been issued.

Please join our effort to petition 39 local Jerusalem City Officials and the Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert, and other key government figures, in an urgent and immediate demand to end this abomination and atrocity before it starts.

Time is of the essence, please sign the petition immediately at

Thank you for your continued confidence, loyalty, and support in helping to preserve safety and decency in our lives and our children's lives.


Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

Brooklyn, New York

November 5, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Found in AY

The following Seforim were found in Cong. Ahavas Yisroel:

Selichos with the name Zvi Berger
Gemara with the name Chaim Yosef Blumenthal
Machzor with the name Waxman. (found in women's section)

To claim, please call Leon at 718-575-0801 or e-mail to

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Message from Yaakov Serle

On behalf of my entire family I would like to thank the entire congregation of Ahavas Yisroel for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy concerning the loss of my father Joseph Serle a'h. This included providing Yom Tov Meals, attending the funeral , and menachem avelim.

Yaakov Serle, Ron Serle, Anita Naider, and Belle Serle

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Kiddush - Minchas Chinuch Part 1 - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Rabbi Welcher on Kiddush - Minchas Chinuch Part 1" can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Women’s League of Cong. Ahavas Yisroel will again be collecting used clothing to ship to Israel. The shipment will go to Kiryat Sefer and the distribution will be overseen by Bracha (Pearl) Silberstein.
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Place: Congregation Ahavas Yisroel,
corner 73rd Avenue & 147th Street
The shipping is done in egg boxes and the cost is approximately $18/box.
1. Clothing for infants & toddlers
2. Shabbos and everyday clothing (in very good condition) for children 5-12
Boys: Long pants / shorts - dark colors
Polo shirts with buttons
Shirts - white / plaids / stripes
Girls: Dresses, skirts and jumpers
Blouses with appropriate sleeves
3. Shabbos clothing for teens
Donations towards shipping costs would be greatly appreciated.
Checks can be made out to Congregation Ahavas Yisroel Women’s League.

For information, or to volunteer to sort, pack or drive,
please contact Sunni Pearl, 718 544-9206.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Shiva for R' Avraham Shechter

Shivah is being observed at 147-20 72 Drive, Kew Gardens Hills, until Thursday morning, November 2.

Shacharis 7:45

Minchah 2:45

Maariv 6:30

Friday, October 27, 2006

Shiur Schedule

Shabbos – Parshas Noach - October 28, 2006 - 3:50 PM
Shiur for Women By Rabbi Yaakov Finestone
“Can We Fix the Spiritual Ozone Layer?”
At the Home of Rochel Graubard 136-84 71st Road

Sunday Morning Learning Program
R' Yakov Haber will be giving his weekly shiur at 8:45 AM on a topic related to Rosh Hashanah. R' Yechezkel Rosenberg will be leading the Chavrusa program at 9:30 AM.

Tuesday 10/31 at 8:30 - Rabbi Welcher will be giving a Shiur on Mitzvah of Kiddush: Hashkafa, Halacha & Lomdus from Sefer Minchas Chinuch

Second Daily Shacharis Minyan will resume on Monday, October 30th at 7:35 AM - Monday thru Friday.

Monday 10/30 at 7:30 - JBFCS Program in the Shul
Motivating Our Children: Understanding Their Individual Learning Styles Dr David Pelcovitz and Dr Marsha Winokur

Wednesday 11/1 at 8:30
Worldwide Video for Women on the Yahrzeit of Rachel Imeinu
The Power of Our Compassion: How Can We Make a Difference. Rebbetzin Tehila Jaeger and Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rabbi Welcher will be giving a shiur on "Insights into Hoshana Rabah” - Thursday – October 12, 2006, 9:45 PM

Rabbi Welcher will be giving a shiur on "Insights into Hoshana Rabah”
Thursday – October 12, 2006, 9:45 PM –After Maariv

Bais Yaakov D'Rav Meir's Production of "The Lost Song" 10/11/2006, at 8:00 PM at AY

On Chol Hamoed, Wednesday 10/11/2006, at 8:00 PM at AY, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation will present "The Lost Song", an audio visual production of the highly acclaimed Bais Yaakov D'Rav Meir.

The event is for women only. The charge for women is $12 and for students is $10.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Learn How To Lain Megilas Esther

If there is enough interest, Ruby Ginsberg has offered to teach the laining for Megilas Esther in the shul between Mincha and Maariv on Shabbos afternoon. Those interested please contact Ruby or Leon. The class would begin Shabbos B’reishis, October 21.

Monday, September 25, 2006

A Daily Dose of KindnessMonday, September 25, 2006

A Daily Dose of KindnessMonday, September 25, 2006---------------------------------------
* We flew to Israel on El Al a few weeks ago for the Holidays. My sister and I had been separated. We saw an observant woman sitting alone and we asked if she wouldn't mind trading, and she said, "my pleasure" and moved to my seat, which was a window and she was glad to have the window she said. Someone then asked if she would trade so two friends can sit together. She cheerfully did so, although she gave up a window for another aisle. Then a husband and wife had been separated, and they asked if she would change so they could sit together. Smiling, she did so. The passengers all began to laugh when another couple approached her! She gathered her belongings and moved yet again!!!This woman kept gathering her belongings and moving, always with a smile. Most of us would have been very aggravated, but her calm demeanor made us all feel good.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Tekias Shofar on Shabbos - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on "Tekias Shofar on Shabbos" can be downloaded here.


The scheduled visit to New York of the Iranian President – a man who
has described the Holocaust as "a myth" and called for Israel to be
wiped off the map," a man who pursues destructive nuclear capacity in
defiance of the entire world community, a man who sponsors terror and
mayhem in the Middle East and beyond – should fill every civilized
heart with revulsion.

And it should fill every Jewish heart with something more.
The arrival of this would-be heir to Hitler should remind all Jews how
little has truly changed since millions of Jews were last targeted for
destruction, r"l. And it should remind us, no less, of the uniquely
vulnerable position of Yisroel bein ho'amim, Jewry among the nations,
and of the fact that ein lonu al mi lehishoein ela al Avinu
She'baShomayim – We can depend on no one but Our Father in Heaven.
Therefore, at this critical time, and during this season of
introspection and repentance, we call upon all Jews to return to our
sacred heritage, with tefillah and renewed allegiance to Torah, our
eternal wellspring of life, the source of our strength to withstand all
our enemies.
Along with our supplications, we feel it is our duty as well to express
to the world our deep anguish over the presence in our midst of a
vicious ruler who threatens genocide against Jews.
A number of Jewish groups are planning to gather outside the United
Nations headquarters, at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (2nd Avenue and 47th Street in Manhattan)
to present a collective Jewish expression of outrage at the General
Assembly's hosting of the Iranian leader, of support for Israel's
security and soldiers, and of solidarity in the fight against the
global scourge of terrorism.
Whatever differences may separate us from some of those groups, we
stand united here with all Jews.
Therefore, after consultation with the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and following the precedent of the previous generation's Gedolim in similar circumstances, we urge all who are able to do so to participate in the planned gathering. We have been assured that a special section will be made available for men and women to gather in separate areas, and we will lift our voices in tefillah to Hashem, secure in the knowledge that
Bechol dor vodor omdim aleinu lechaloseinu veHakodosh Boruch Hu
matzileinu miyodom.

In every generation, there are those who stand against us to annihilate
us, but Hashem saves us from their hand.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Rally Reminder

Just a reminder regarding the major national Israel Solidarity Rally in New York City on Wednesday, September 20th at 12 noon organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Please note that the gathering point will be in front of the United Nations in the presence of world leaders who will hear our unified message that we stand with Israel, we stand against global terrorism and its state sponsors, and we demand the release of the Israeli hostages Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev. We urge you to encourage your membership to attend this rally.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

R' Moshe Schwerd on "How Can We Survive the Year Without the Shofar?

R' Moshe Schwerd on "How Can We Survive the Year Without the Shofar? can be downloaded here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Funeral & Shiva Notice

We are saddened to report the passing of Malka Benedek, mother of Yisroel Benedek. The funeral will take place on Friday, September 15 and 10:15 AM at Sinai Chapel. The burial will take place at Beth David cemetery in Elmont.
Shiva will be observed at 138-43 77Th Avenue.

Minyan Schedule:

Sunday: 8:00AM
Mon. & Thurs.: 5:55 AM (Selichos followed by Shacharis)
Tues. & Weds.: 6:05 AM (Selichos followed by Shacharis)

Minchah: 6:45 PM

Those who can attend Minyan, please contact Yossi Orbach at

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on Tekias Shofar - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on Tekias Shofar can be downloaded here.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Can an Onein Do Mitzvos - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Can an Onein Do Mitzvos " can be downloaded here

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


>Pray for the safe return of all our soldiers and pilots who are
>still in southern Lebanon and Gaza. 10 katushya rockets were fired
>on our soldiers yesterday in south Lebanon, in spite of the cease
>fire, but our soldiers did not respond as none of the katushyas
>reached Israel.
>Please pray for all the wounded soldiers. Obviously many of them
>are not on this list. 22 soldiers are in very serious condition.
>Two soldiers are critical and their lives are in danger.
>If anyone has names of more wounded soldiers or knows mothers'
>names, or knows name of young soldier who lost both legs, and said
>from his hospital bed, that if somehow he managed to help his
>country, then he didn't regret losing both of his legs- Please send
>them to me and we'll ad them to this list:
>HaShem Yerachem (May G-d have mercy)
>First of all we want to thank G-d:
>for the miraculous recovery of Shabitai Maoz who was critically
>wounded (enosh) in Lebanon, and is now recovered.
>Miraculous recovery of Tomer Bochadana who was very seriously
>injured. He regained consciousness on Shabbat but still couldn't
>speak. He is now able to speak.
>Wounded soldiers:
>Yitzhak ben Rivka seriously wounded Tyre.
>One of the navy commandos seriously wounded in the incursion into
>Tzur (Tyre), Lebanon, is still in serious condition.
>Assaf ben Lillian –survived an anti-tank missile attack and is in
>very serious condition
>Idan ben Yonah – very seriously injured
>Amit ben Nava- very critically wounded
>Netanel Mordechai ben Hinda Fayga- paratrooper with 3 kids & another
>on the way
>Nadav ben Esther Malka
>Yiftach Bezalel ben Leah
>Yonatan ben Rachel
>Yoav ben Yehudit
>Dror ben Esther
>Eran Perry – has lost a leg and needs months of rehabilitation Arik
>Dayan has lost leg & needs months of rehabilitation Ron Naveh
>Carmel ben Sarah Harrari
>Dimitri Kalman
>Jacques bar Lev
>Nimrud Salbin
>Shai Shem Tov
>Tsafrir Goldberg
>Shai ben Bat Sheva
>Moshe ben Hana
>Aviv Saroussi
>Naftali Boaz Mordechai ben Menucha Chana
>Ariel ben [son of] JanetteSha'ul ben Shulamit
>Gal ben Shoshana
>Yuval ben Yehudit
>Guy Yosef ben Ela
>Amichai ben Orah
>Gideon ben Yehudit
>Elro'i Rafael ben Galia Glynis
>Tzur Pinchas ben Sarit Sara Rivka
>Yogev Menashe ben Bruriah
>Please keep up your prayers for our missing soldiers especially in
>light of fact that our government accepted UN agreement that didn't
>call for their unconditional release:
>Gilad ben Aviva (Shalit), captured just outside Gaza on June 25 of
>this year;
>Ehud ben Malka (Goldwasser) and Eldad ben Tova (Regev), captured on the
>Israeli-Lebanese border July 12 of this year;
>Israel has 5 other missing soldiers:
>Guy ben Rina (Hever), disappeared near the Syrian-Israeli border in the
>Golan Heights in August 1997;
>Ron ben Batya (Arad), captured when his plane was downed over Lebanon
>in Oct. 1986;
>and Tzvi ben Pninah (Feldman), Yekutiel Yehuda Nachman ben Sarah
>(Katz), and Zecharia Shlomo ben Miriam (Baumel), all captured at the
>Sultan Yaaqub battle in Lebanon on June 11, 1982.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Rabbi Yisrael Herczeg - Scholar In Residence - Parshas Re'eh

All Men and Women in the Community are Invited to a

Scholar-in-Residence Program - Parshas Re’eh

Rabbi Yisrael Herczeg
Translator, Annotator, and Elucidator of Art Scroll’s Saperstein Edition of the Chumash with Rashi

“Eizehu Chochom HaRoeh es HaNolad: Focusing Our Thoughts”
Friday Night, August 18, 2006 - 9:30 PM

“HaRotzeh BiSeshuvah:
No Time Like the Present”
Shabbos Morning Drasha

“Kedushas HaBechor:
The Sanctity of the Firstborn”
Shalosh Seudos - Mincha at 6:00 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel 147-02 73rd Avenue

Friday, August 11, 2006

Frightening News from France

Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported
as it should.

To give you an idea of what's going on in France where there are now
5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an email that
came from a Jew living in France. Please read! Will the world say
nothing - again - as it did in Hitler's time?

He writes, "I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on
all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing." Nowhere have
the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France:

In Lyon, a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire. In
Montpellier, the Jewish religious center was firebombed; so were
synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles; so was a Jewish school in
Creteil - all recently.

A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails,
and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris , the words "Dirty Jew"
were painted.
In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish footbal team with sticks
and metal bars. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in
Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.

According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12
anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days. Walls in Jewish
neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming "Jews to the
gas chambers" and "Death to the Jews."

A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the
butcher) in Toulouse, France; a Jewish couple in their 20s were beaten
up by five men in Villeurbanne, France. The woman was pregnant; a Jewish
school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles, France. This was
just in the past week.

So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a
person with the capacity and desire to distinguish dece ncy from
depravity, to do, at least, these three simple things:

First, care enough to stay informed. Don't ever let yourself become
deluded into thinking that this is not your fight. I remind you of what
Pastor Neimoller said in World War II: "First they came for the
Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then
they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a
Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me".

Second, boycott France and French products. Only the Arab countries are
more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than
just oil and hatred. So boycott their wines and their perfumes. Boycott
their clothes and their foodstuffs. Boycott their movies. Definitely
boycott their shores. If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure
and, whatever else we may know about the French, we most certainly know
that they are like a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well directed

Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your
Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them
know that you and the people that you care about need their help.

The number one best selling book in France is "September 11: The
Frightening Fraud," which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Computer Virus alert

Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!

If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured"
or "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment.
This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly in the US and Israel.
Be considerate & send this warning to whomever you know.


Help Israel with matching funds

On behalf of the Mincha Minyan at 320 Park Avenue:

Please take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to triple the value of your support for our brethren in Israel, with donations to the vital organizations below.

Subject: From Zev Wolfson : Israel Humanitarian Emergency Challenge Grant

We are all aware of the unfolding human crisis facing the reported million people displaced in Northern Israel. Their terror, anguish and grief cause within us an indescribable soul-searing pain. We cannot be silent as blood spills and despair rages on. We cannot feel the comfort of our environs when over one million Israelis live the lives of refugees- in their own land.

Act we must: and act we will.

This is not a solicitation, but rather our effort to share with our friends the channels we have developed in responding to the massive relief effort required to address this unfolding tragedy, and to offer you the opportunity to leverage your contribution by our providing a dollar for dollar match.

We have focused our efforts on the three immediate areas of need--- in short, what we would need were we refugees:

a) Shelter b) Food c) Sustenance of Life: Clothing and Emergency Funds

Through the years, we have marveled at the ability of two Israeli based social service organizations that have mastered the challenge of caring for those in critical need.

American Friends of Migdal Ohr has relocated away from harm's way almost six thousand refugees, mostly women and children. With our help, they will double that number immediately.

In His Image, working in conjunction with several humanitarian organizations, renown for financing all requisite needs of the neediest among us, has established makeshift kitchens offering thousands of meals to the local refugees and the many soldiers passing through the North.
Furthermore, there is an immediate humanitarian need of an additional 10,000 families; some with needs as basic as baby formula.

We have committed to match all contributions made in response to this letter to a maximum of five million dollars. Inasmuch as these charities have identified additional matching opportunities from other sources, our matching program, will, to a great extent, create a triple leverage of your contribution.

In short your $100,000 contribution will have the sustaining impact of a $300,000 contribution.

These are tragic yet historic times for the people of Israel and the civilized world. History will reflect upon how we in the United States responded to this human tragedy created by forces that aim to destroy our way of life. Many of us were drawn to aid those impacted by the tragedies of 9/11, the wrath of Katrina and the human devastation of the tsunami. The world appreciated that the country of impact needed universal support. Relative to the size of the State of Israel, the human impact of this crisis is far too great for the country to bear alone.

Feel free to pass this offer along to your friends and associates.

We pray that our united efforts be rewarded with peace.

Zev Wolfson

Please make your check(s) payable to American Friends of Migdal Ohr and/or In His Image and mail to:

Zev Wolfson
Wolfson Group
1 State Street Plaza
29th Floor
New York, New York 10004

Yosef Nussbaum, Esq.

Associate Director

Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

320 Park Ave

New York, New York 10022

Ph. (212) 272-4339

Fax (917) 849-2230

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Rabbi Welcher's Tisha B'Av Shiur

Rabbi Welcher's Tisha B'Av shiur can be downloaded here.

R' Moshe Schwerd - Rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash – Rebuilding Ourselves - Mp3

R' Moshe Schwerd - Rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash – Rebuilding Ourselves can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

CAY - TIsha B'Av Schedule Including Rabbi Welcher, R' Moshe Schwerd, CCHF Videos, Girls Program

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
Tisha B'Av, 5766
Thursday August 3rd, 2006


8:00 PM Fast Begins

8:52 PM Maariv and Eichah


8:30 AM Shacharis and Kinos

1:01 PM Chatzos

1:40 PM Mincha

2:00 PM Child Appropriate Holocaust Related Videos for Girls
At the Home of Shari and Steven Weiss - 75-17 141st Place
4:00 PM "Project Yiboneh Hamikdash" for Girls ($5 Admission)
At the Home of Shari and Steven Weiss - 75-17 141st Place

2:30 PM Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation ($5 Admission)
"Project Yiboneh Hamikdash" (For boys & girls 7-13)
Rabbi Fishel Schachter

4:00 PM Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation ($15 Admission, $10 Students)
"Do You Know the Way Home?"
Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer, Rabbi Paysach Krohn
(Note: This will be a sell out - so come early!)

6:00 PM R' Moshe Schwerd
"Rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash - Rebuilding Ourselves"

7:40 PM Second Mincha

8:05 PM Rabbi Welcher - Tisha B'Av Shiur

8:35 PM Maariv

8:51 PM Fast Ends

Rabbi Yakov Haber on Living in Eretz Yisroel - mp3

Rabbi Haber's shiur on Living in Eretz Yisroel can be downloaded here.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Talmud Torah B'Rabbim & Tehillim - R' Haber - The Mitzvah of Yishuv & Visiting Eretz Yisroel - Even in Dangerous Times - Tuesday 8:00PM at CAY

Talmud Torah B'Rabbim & Tehillim
For Our Brethen in Eretz Yisroel

R' Yakov Haber
The Mitzvah of Yishuv & Visiting Eretz Yisroel - Even in Dangerous Times

Followed by Tehillim & Maariv

Tuesday August 1st-8:00 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue

Friday, July 28, 2006

Help Israeli Refugees

Thousands of Israeli families are fleeing rockets, missiles, war and terror in the North and South of Israel. The scenes are staggeringly reminiscent of the Katrina refugee crisis in the US as hundreds seek temporary refuge in public buildings. But with a vacuum of government money, major funds are required to feed and shelter the growing number families from Naharia, Haifa, Zefat and Tiberias desperate to escape cowering in crowded, sweltering and dangerous bomb-shelters.

In response Beit Shemesh is the first Israeli town to open its public facilities and has absorbed the largest number of Israeli refugees. Lema'an Achai and Deputy Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Shalom Lerner, have been mandated to raise the funds for this massive humanitarian effort. There are currently no Government Funds available (there's a war going on) and so the money either has to be raised privately, or the refugees will have to be sent back to the rockets and terror. Meanwhile, the phone is constantly ringing with pleas from families, indeed whole communities, now seeking refuge in Beit Shemesh.

500 people are currently sheltering in Beit Shemesh and up to 1000 people are expected to pass through the temporary accommodation in local schools as the conflict intensifies. Immense pressure is on a community-wide alliance to cover costs of meals and shelter.

Lema'an Achai,, the largest charitable welfare organization in Beit Shemesh, with over 400 qualified professional volunteers, has agreed to cover expenses to feed the families seeking shelter. Existing funds have now depleted during this past week. Urgent funding is now required to provide food (three meals a day) and all basic social needs. The cost is $10 a day per person, which means $5000 is needed every single day. Nobody knows how long the war will last - but the plan is to accommodate 1000 refugees, for a period of a month. A $300,000 humanitarian operation.

In this War, Israel's friends and supporters are not being asked to put their lives on the line. But they are being asked to help, to the utmost of their ability, with meeting the costs of this humanitarian crisis in Israel.

We ask you to donate generously to the dedicated Lema'an Achai "Refugee Relief Fund", all of which is specifically to meet these emergency needs.

In the (happy!) event that any funds raised are not required for Refugee Relief (the War finishes, the families go home...) they will be used for other critical charitable services.

US Tax Deductible Donations:
Checks payable to: "US Friends of Lema'an Achai"
Memo line - "Refugee Relief"
PO Box 532, Oceanside, NY 11572-0532

UK Tax Deductible Donations:
Cheques payable to "Jewish Aid Committee"
c/o Refugee Relief Fund - Lema'an Achai,
40/7 Nachal Lachish,
Ramat Beit Shemesh,
99093, Israel.

Canadian Tax Deductible Donations:
Checks payable to: "Shaarei Tefilah Charity Fund" -
Memo Line: Refugee Relief Fund - Lema'an Achai
C/O Murray Shore, 31 Marwill Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3L2

Israel Tax Deductible Donations:
Checks Payable to "Lema'an Achai - Refugee Relief Fund"
40/7 Nachal Lachish,
Ramat Beit Shemesh,
99093, Israel.

24 Hour Credit Card Service in Israel - +972 (0)2. 99.999.33

Any questions - feel free to contact me , or call me on +972-2-9997107.

Thank you for your most generous support.

"Rak Besorot Tovot" - We should hear only good news.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tehillim For Our Brethen in Eretz Yisroel - Sunday 7/23 at 2:00 PM

Tehillim For Our Brethen in Eretz Yisroel

Tehillim Gathering

Followed By Mincha

Sunday July 23
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue

Saturday, July 22, 2006

OU Israel Emergency Fund


Severe food shortages
Lack of clothing, medicine and basic necessities
Need for toys and games for children who have to spend their days in underground bomb shelters.
This is the assessment given to the Orthodox Union by Seymour J. Abrams OU World Center in Jerusalem Director Rabbi Avi Berman, after visiting communities in Northern Israel.

In response, the OU has set up the Israel Emergency Fund. The Orthodox Union will be collecting funds which will be distributed through the OU World Center in Jerusalem to all affected areas in the North and wherever else help is needed.

At this important and critical time in Israel, we appeal to you to stand with your Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel. Please find it in your heart to give generously.

You can donate online here (go to OU site)
Or by check made out to:
Orthodox Union with "Israel Emergency Fund" in the memo of the check

Mail to:
OU Israel Emergency Fund
11 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004

For more information, please call 212-613-8329 or email

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On Sunday, July 23, at 2:00 PM, Tehillim will be recited in the shul on behalf of Eretz Yisroel. Minchah will follow Tehillim.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Letter from Barry Katz's Sister

Dear Barry,
This is to let you know what our yishuv is doing to help the
families being bombed in northern Israel. Do you think your
community would be able to join our efforts. I am attaching
some pictures of the families at the guest house.

While the fighting goes on in the North of Israel, our hearts
and prayers are with our brave soldiers and with the
residents of the cities, towns, moshavim and kibbutzim who
are under attack. We have opened our community to the people
who are unable to remain in their homes and are forced to sit
in cramped and dismal bomb shelters, while rockets land all
around them.
As of now there are twenty families who have come to the
relative safety of Shadmot Mechola, our yishuv in the north
Jordan Valley, and we plan to host another ten families by
this Shabbat. This is the second summer in a row that
families in Israel are forced to leave their homes and we all
have the obligation to surround them with our love and concern .
The Shadmot Neriya Hesder Yeshiva and adjacent Guest House
have offered thirty rooms to these unexpected guests for as
long as it will be necessary. Each air-conditioned room has
up to six beds, sheets and towels included, and a kitchenette
equipped with a refrigerator. The dining hall is open twenty
four hour a day for snacks- hot and cold drinks and cake. The
families have unlimited access to the swimming pool, TV room
and recreation center on the moshav. Each person, over the
age of three, pays $6.50 per day to help cover the cost. We
are also able to provide three meals a day in the yeshiva
dining hall for only $20 a day. Of course this is subsidized
and not the realistic, full price. We would like to be able
to increase the subsidy for full board by another $5.00 per
We are also arranging activities for these unfortunate
families, whose routine of life have been disrupted. Today
we ordered a bus to take the parents and children to visit
the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem, and in the evenings we will
organize special activities for all of the adults.
We would like you to join us in providing a comfortable, safe
and relatively secure stay for the families from the northern
cities of Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, Haifa, Tzfat and Tiberius
etc., who were forced to leave their homes.
$50.00 will help subsidize three meals a day for ten people. $100.00 will help us host a family for Shabbat. $500.00 will cover the cost of a bus trip or other organized
G-d willing, this time we will show the Hizbollah and Hamas
terrorists that we are not the passive victims of their
murderous attacks and the world will see how in the time of
need, Clal Yisrael is strong and united.

Please have contributions
sent to:
Jordan Valley Development Fund – Emergency Campaign
C/o Geller and Company
800 3rd Avenue
NY 10022
Att: Lauren Ruskin –


Jordan Valley Development Fund
Shulamit Kaminsky
Shadmot Mechola
Israel 10932

Summer Navi Shiur For Women - By Rabbi Zvi Lew

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel Women’s League
Presents a Summer Navi Shiur For Women

Rabbi Zvi Lew

“Topics in Sefer Shoftim”

Monday Evenings
July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
In the Shul
Please Bring a Mikraos Gedolos Sefer Shoftim

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel - 147-02 73rd Avenue

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Rabbi Haber's Divrei Hisorerus - MP3

Rabbi Haber's Divrei Hisorerus from last night's Tehillim gathering can be downloaded here.

Here is a summary.

We Must Feel That We Outside of Eretz Yisroel are at War

Rabbi Herschel Schachter points out that, according to halacha, Jews from all over can be drafted to fight a war, no matter where they live. The only reason we are not drafted is that it’s not practical. Nonetheless, we have to realize that we are all at war and subject to the draft. Even though we’re not actually fighting we have to feel the urgency that those of us outside of Eretz Yisroel are also at war. If we don’t feel that urgency, we have to do soul searching and make sure that we don’t feel separate from the Tzibur, which according to the Rambam would brand us as apikorsim. We have to truly feel that we are at war and are sharing in the battle.

If We Are Not Actually Fighting, We Need to Support the Soldiers with The Spiritual Merit of Tefillah and Torah Study

The Rambam writes that if somebody does not go to war because he is faint hearted, then the blood of those who perish in battle is on his hands. Perhaps this does not apply only to those who are actually fighting, but also to those who are fighting in different ways. We know that when Yaakov battled Esau he prepared for war, tried political appeasement and also davened. We see that in the time of Yehoshua there was also an obligation to learn Torah, when not fighting. Certainly, If we are not actually fighting, we should engage in more Torah study and Tefillah for the merit of those that are actually fighting. Rambam writes that in times of danger, a soldier should sense an obligation to fight courageously, because if he doesn’t more causalities will be suffered. We need to have the same attitude and think that if we don’t daven or learn properly, we will G-d forbid, cause more causalties to be suffered.

Tehillim Requires Higher Levels of Kavannah to Be Effective
Both the Meshech Chochmah and the Brisker Rav say that in the incident of Shechem, Yaakov was davening for the brother’s success. And the Torah uses the terms sword and bow to describe his prayer. They explain that a sword can cause damage if you just swing it without the greatest precision, but a bow and arrow, on the other hand, requires skill and application in order to be effective. So too our davening. Our fixed Shemoneh Esrai is like a sword. It has tremendous power even without the highest level of kavannah. This is because of the power invested in the Shmoneh Esrai by the Men of the Great Assembly. But the extra prayers and Tehillim we say are like a bow and arrow, if we don’t have the proper kavannah when saying them, they won’t be effective. Included in the extra Tefillos is the Vehu Rachum portion of Tachunun that we say on Monday and Thursday. Vehu Rachum is a tremendous opportunity to daven and beseech Hashem. As long as the Beis Hamikdash is not rebuilt, we need to take advantage of this Tefillah and not rush it our be happy on days in which it is not said.

Saying Vehu Rachum With Kavannah
We need to understand the meaning of the words we are saying in Tehillim and our extra Tefillos )(like Vehu Rachum). For the bow and arrow of these prayers to be effective, we need kavannah, which requires that we understand the words. In order for this type of davening to be effective we should take the time to learn the meaning of the words. Since most of us are not masters of the Hebrew language, we need to daven slowly in order to understand what we are saying. As the Shulchan Orach says, “Better a liitle with Kavannah, rather that a lot without”. Instead of rushing Vehu Rachum, perhaps we should say one paragraph slowly with kavannah. Since this is an extra prayer in the davening with a different level of obligation than the other parts, we need not say the whole thing if saying less will increase our kavannah.

Hashem’s Salvation and His Granting Us Success
In Hallel, we ask Hashem to both save us and to make us successful. Saving us refers to when we are not making efforts, like in the Gulf War where America insisted that Israel not even fire one missile. And Hashem did save us from the tens of incoming Scud missiles, with only one death. It’s easier to turn to Hashem when that is our only course of action. There are no atheists in a foxhole because there are no alternatives but to turn to Hashem. But when we are making efforts, like in the current war, we need to turn to Hashem in the same way. We need to have Bitachon and realize that it is all in His hands, even with the military might of Israel. Hashem alone is the Master of War.

Words of Consolation
In these times of danger, we should also add to our deeds of lovingkindness. We need to focus our Tefillos, our additional Tefillos, our Torah study and acts of lovingkindess for them to be effective. We don’t want the responsibility of not doing our part and, G-d forbid, causing any extra casualties. We should keep in mind that ultimately we will be successful in beating our enemies and rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash. But our Torah, Tefillah and Gemilas Chasadim will determine how much pain we will endure in the process. In a hesped delivered for a fallen soldier, Effie Eitan cited the prophecy of Bilaam that all the haters of Israel will perish and those who suffered will be resurrected in the time of Moshiach so that they will be able to see, with their own eyes, the victory of the Jewish People. Hashem should accept our Tefillos and the intense service of our soldiers to bring us to true peace, which will only occur with the building of the Beis Hamikdash. And we should remember that it is only our distance from Hashem that prevents this salvation from occuring.

Tehillim with Divrei Hisorerus - Tonight 7/19 - 9:00 PM Sharp at CAY

Tehillim with Divrei Hisorerus
For Our Brethen in Eretz Yisroel

9:00 PM Sharp

Divrei Hisorerus
R’ Yakov Haber

Followed By Maariv

Wednesday July 19th-9:00 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Shul Tehillim Gathering Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 PM

The Shul will be gathering to say Tehillim on Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 PM.

Rabbi Eliyashav Requests That We Say Tehillim 13, 70, 83, 125, 128, 130, 142

Rabbi Eliyashav requests that we say Tehillim 13, 70, 83, 125, 128, 130, 142.

Rabbi Welcher strongly encourages us to heed this request.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Seven Ways You Can Help Israel

by Danny Verbov
Israel needs your help. Here's what you can do.

A plane is about to land, and the pilot suddenly has a heart attack. The co-pilot takes over, but can't take the pressure and faints. With no time to spare, one of the hostesses grabs the microphone and screams "Can anyone fly a plane?"

A man gets up from Row 6 and says, "I can't fly a plane, but I'm willing to follow instructions from the control tower."

He rushes into the cabin, links up with the control tower, lands the plane safely and saves everyone on board. He becomes an international hero.

Airline pilots are not heroes. It's their job to land planes safely, but sometimes, in emergencies, they need the help of the simple passenger.

In Israel today, the army and the Government are doing their jobs. They're doing all they can.

But there is no guarantee they will land the plane safely.

They need your help...

Because every single Jew is on that plane called Israel...

Follow the Instructions

Our control tower instructions are very straightforward.

They have been proven for almost 4,000 years:

1. Pray.
2. Cry.
3. Study Torah.
4. Believe.
5. Repent.
6. Do good.

Not as complicated as landing a plane, but immeasurably more effective.

It's Your Responsibility

Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman, one of the greatest Torah leaders in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust said this before he was murdered by the Nazis: "In times of trouble, anyone who can strengthen themselves and doesn't transgresses the command of "standing by while your neighbor's blood is being spilt." Literally. Because every effort by every single Jew has the power to prevent bloodshed and save the Jewish people. And if someone has the capability and doesn't do anything, he's an accomplice to destruction, preventing the preservation and salvation of the Jewish people with his own hands."

Strong words indeed, but it was the actions of one man who saved that plane... and it was the actions of one man, Pinchas, who saved the Jewish people from a terrible plague in the Torah portion we read just yesterday.

Just Do It!

Fellow Jews! Now is the time to follow instructions... (choose one, two, or however many you want -- they all work if done from the heart!)

1. Pray

Pray like you've never prayed before. Think of those poor soldiers caught in the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists...

Think of their mothers and fathers... yes, stop reading this now and think...imagine yourself in that position...

Think of the children and families shaking from fear in shelters in Sefad, in Haifa, in Nahariya... These are people like you and me, whose only 'crime' is being Jewish...

2. Cry

Yes cry! There's nothing wrong with crying... and genuine tears can reach the Throne of Heaven!

When we cry, we attach our hearts to the hearts of other Jews... we become one... we become stronger...

3. Study Torah

If you don't study, decide to start, for the sake of the kidnapped soldiers, for the sake of the people of Israel. Read one chapter a day, one verse... something!

And if you do, then dedicate your learning to Israel, take on something new every day, vow to focus more... something!

4. Repent

Make no mistake...

When Jews are attacked, when Jews are being killed, the entire Jewish people is under threat. Our history is full of it. When we stray from God we suffer and when we return to Him our fate improves. It's that simple.

Make God real in your life... Do what's right.

5. Believe

Who's gonna get us out of this?

The Israeli Army?

The Israeli Government?



The U.N.?

Every Jew must surely realize we only have the Almighty to rely on... He's proven His belief in us for thousands of years... after all, the Jewish people are still here... He believes in you -- all you have to do is believe in Him...

6. Kindness.

Give, give, give... money, clothes, food for the soldiers... helping unfortunate families in your community... donating 10% of your income to a good cause... just do it!

Oh, and there's the seventh way you can help...

Get on a plane today...

Saturday, July 15, 2006

We currently stand between Shiva Asar B’Tamuz and Tisha B’Av, bein haMetzarim, an historically bleak time for the people of Israel going back to their travels in the desert. This year, again, the safety and security of our brethren in all regions of the Land of Israel are in peril as they face incessant attacks from their terrorist neighbors. While Israel’s defense forces are doing all they can to protect its citizens and free its captured soldiers as soon as possible, we know that these events affect the lives of all klal Yisrael, all the people of Israel, and mandate a response from each and every Jew.

It is imperative that we in the American Jewish community do our utmost to show our strong support and solidarity with our besieged brethren in Israel.

Below are seven suggestions of what you and your congregation can do today in this time of pain. Please share this with your synagogue's leadership and members.

A sincere spiritual response from each and every Jew

Prayers for the Hostages and Civilians (with names)

Thank President Bush for his steadfast support

Contact your elected officials

Organize and attend rallies in your community

Contact your local media outlets

Counter media bias

Support Magen David Adom

See more at

Friday, July 14, 2006

Please Pray for 4 Children Critically Injured in Tsfat

The public is asked to pray for 4 children, some unconscience, critically injured in Tsfat:

Michal bat Revital
Bat-tzion bat Revital
Avraham Natan bat Revital
Odel Hannah bat Revital

Friday, July 07, 2006

"Why Did moshe Hit the Rock"

If you want a very interesting shiur on why Moshe hit the rock go to

Why did Moshe hit the rock? The ideas of the Maharal as explained by Rav Hutner and the Ideas of Rav Shimon Schwab

If you have questions or comments for Esther Wein please send them to:


There will be a Kiddush after davening in honor of Bernardo & Risa Grajower and family who will go on Aliyah this summer.

Renee Levy lost a gold & diamond necklace in the shul. If you found it or know of someone who found an item like this, please contact the Levy's at 718-793-1584.

There will be a shipment of children's clothes to Kiryat Sefer, going out the second week of August. Details will be forthcoming.

R' Yakov Haber will be giving his weekly shiur at 8:45.
R' Yechezkel Rosenberg will not be leading the Chavrusa program at 9:30 AM


Erev Shabbos Plag Minchah : 6:35

Candle Lighting for 1st Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Mincha & not before

Erev Shabbos Second Plag Minchah: 7:30

Candle Lighting for 2nd Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Minchah

Candle Lighting: 8:11

Hashkama Minyan: 7:15

Daf Yomi: 7:25

Shacharis: 8:30

Rav Welcher’s Shiur in Pesachim: 5:00

Shabbos Minchah: 6:00

Pirkei Avos by R’ Shaul Gross 8:50

Maariv: 9:19

Have a good Shabbos!

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rabbi Welcher on the Kinnah of R' Meir M'Rotenberg and Thoughts on the 3 Weeks

Rabbi Welcher on the Kinnah of R' Meir M'Rotenberg and Thoughts on the 3 Weeks can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "R' Moshe's Teshuva on Not Participating in a Zimun at a Wedding - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "R' Moshe's Teshuva on Not Participating in a Zimun at a Wedding" can be donwloaded here

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Gold & Diamond Necklace Lost

Renee Levy lost a gold & diamond necklace last Shabbos. If you found it or know of someone who found an item like this, please contact the Levy's at 718-793-1584.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Why 3 from 3 Can Join but 2 Separate Groups Can't"

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on "Why 3 from 3 Can Join but 2 Separate Groups Can't" can be donwloaded here

Thursday, June 15, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on the Sugya of 3 Leaving Groups of 3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on the sugya of 3 Leaving Groups of 3, part 1 here and part 2 here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Condolences to Izzy Sherman

Our condolences to Izzy Sherman on the passing of his father. The levaya took place this morning Wednesday June 14 at Rabbi Oelbaum's Shul 141-39 73rd Avenue.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Rabbi Welcher will not be Giving a Shiur this Tuesday

Rabbi Welcher will not be Giving a Shiur this Tuesday, June 6th.

New Calendar for Bar Mitzvah and Auf Ruf

The Gabbaim now have a calendar for Bar Mitzvah and Auf Rufs.
If anyone wants to "reserve" the shul for a simcha
they can now see if the date is clear and available.
This will help avoid any confusion and double booking.
This calendar is only for the shul and not the simcha room
and is only effective if everyone contacts the gabbai to have the date reserved
For more information contact Michael Salzbank at

Monday, May 29, 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006

Blessing for children for Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan

It's that time of year again when we get an opportunity to bless our children. This link will take you to the text for Tefilla Ha'Sheloh.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rav Daniel Feldman RY of REITs to Speak at CAY on 5/29/2006 at 10:AM

The Vaad L'Chizuk Hatorah will be sponsoring a shiur
by Rav Daniel Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan
on Monday May 29th at 10:00 AM
at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Condolences to Steve Reisbaum

We offer our profound condolences to Steve Reisbaum on the passing of his father, Yehoshua. Steve will be sitting shiva at his home. May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalyim.

The address is: 138-32 76th Avenue
(Directions: From Main Street and 73rd Terrace go West one small block to 141st Place. Then make a left and go down 141st Place until it starts to curve. On left side.)

Minyanim: Shacharis: Thursday 6:20 AM
Friday 6:30 AM
Sunday & Monday 8:00 AM
Tuesday 6:30 AM

Mincha and Maariv: Everyday 7:55 PM

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Breaking into Smaller Groups for Benching - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Breaking into Smaller Groups for Benching can be downloaded here.

Alternate Side Parking Rules Holiday Suspension

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended on Thursday, May 25, for holiday observance. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

The 2006 Alternate Side Parking Regulations Suspension Calendar is available on the DOT Web site, along with other alternate side parking information, at

Shul Elections

Shul elections will be held on Motzaei Shabbos, June 10 at 10:25.
The slate proposed by the nominating committee is as follows:

Leon Stern - President

Ronnie Schlanger - Vice President

Elliott Friedman - Treasurer

Chaim Pearl - Secretary

Michael Salzbank - Gabbai
Barry Simanowitz - Gabbai

Board of Directors

Yisroel Benedek*

Harvey Blitz

Mark Frankel

Danny Goldschmiedt

Alan Hochster

Geoffrey Landau

Cynthia Levin

Yechezkel Rosenberg

Simcha Shapiro

*immediate past president

Sunday, May 21, 2006


PM Olmert has publicly stated that he is ready to divide Jerusalem as well as expel up to 70,000 Jews from their homes.

NOW IS THE TIME to Stand up for our Brothers & Sisters living on Jewish Land.

Tuesday May 23rd, 12:00 Noon
Washington D.C. Taft Park at The Capitol Building

Buses will be going from Queens.
They will be leaving from Chavurat Yisroel
108-11 69th Road Forest Hills at 6 AM Tuesday morning

You MUST call to reserve a place
The phone number is 718 261-5500.That is the Chavurat Yisroel's shul number. However, since there is no on Sunday, we are giving a different number, namely:
Call Mrs. Jacobs at 718 830-0388 or email her at
Alternatively, if they cannot get through, they can Lori Waxman call me at 718 575-4048.
The shul staff will be in tomorrow morning, in case people cannot get through to us.

The cost is $40.00

Organizations that are Joining:
B'Nai Elim, Young Israel, AFSI, Chabad, Manhigut Yehudit, Mattot Arim, Women in Green, and Synagogues

Bus Coordinators in NY, NJ, CT
Rafael V. Rabinovich
Cell phone (718) 514-4328

For Information and Coordination Across the United States: Jonathan Silverman
(718) 304- 3193

For those who were involved in the fight for Gush Katif, congratulations on seeing past the lies and delusions that knocked out so many other Jews from fighting. Congratulations on not buying in to the claim that "Disengagement" will make Jews safer in Israel. Congratulations on not falling for the delusion that a pull-out like what happened in Gaza is a one-time thing. Which now brings us to the gut-wrenching present day...
The Israeli government is handing victory after victory to Hamas and their ilk. They withdraw, rewarding terrorists for their efforts; not just psychologically, but materially as well, as the historically Jewish land is given to them.This is a government that uses riot police, border police, and the army to evict and beat its own citizens from their homes with great fanfare, casting notions of rights and justice aside. And now, the Prime Minister seeks to secure the approval of President Bush to carry out more Jewish expulsions and giving over of land to Hamas (a Tehran-sponsored terrorist group), actions that totally undermine America's war on terror.
"All it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing." We cannot afford to remain silent!
Therefore, there will be a huge rally held in DC to protest Olmert's policy of expulsions ("unilateral withdrawals"), at the same time the Israeli Prime Minister is meeting with President Bush at the White House -- 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 23rd. Our demonstration will accomplish three important goals:
1) Get our cause into mainstream American media;
2) Give strength to the brave Jewish fighters resisting the expulsions in Israel;
3) Show that the voice of American Jewry will not be hijacked by leftist organizations who claim to speak in our name.
Please bring your banners and posters with you.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Music for Lag B'Omer

If you have a radio with a good FM connection, check out the LPFM (no, I don't know what the "LP" stand for) radio station at 87.5FM. We discovered it quite by accident. You'll find non-stop Jewish music and there's never any talking. No clue who's doing these broadcasts, but enjoy! And at work, don't forget and for 24/6 audio streams.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ronnie & Miriam Schlanger to be Honored

Ronnie & Miriam Schlanger will be honored by Mesivta Chofetz Chaim at their annual dinner that will take place Sunday, June 11 at the White Shul. The minimum suggested donation to join the group ad will be $25. Of course, more will be appreciated by the Yeshiva. Those interested in being included in the shul ad either e-mail me at or call me.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wanted: Apartment in Yerushalayim

If anyone knows of an apartment for rent in Yerushalayim, please contact: We are looking for an apartment to rent that has
at least 2 bedrooms from September 19- October 19, 2006.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Shul Elections

The election committee chaired by Mark Kutner was formed a few weeks ago. Elections will be held before Shavous.

Dinner Pictures

Pictures from the dinner taken by David Levin are available via e-mail. Those interested in receiving the 3 MB e-mai please e-mail me at

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Recognizing Chesed and Din in the Blessings on Torah and Food - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Recognizing Chesed and Din in the Blessings on Torah and Food can be downloaded here.

Found: Set of Keys

A set of keys was found in front of the shul on Wednesday morning. To claim, contact Leon.

5/14 OU Kashrut in the Workplace Symposium in Kew Gardens Hills


Part of the Harry H. Beren ASK OU Community Lecture Series

Sunday, May 14, 2006 • 9:30 am
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
Fabian Schonfeld, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Assistant Rabbi, Allen Herman, President
150-05 70th Road Kew Gardens Hills, NY

In conjunction with Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, Congregation Machane Chodosh, Congregation Shaare Tovah, Congregation Toras Emes, Havurat Yisrael, Jewish Community Center of Queens, Kew Gardens Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Queens Jewish Center, Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Torah Center of Hillcrest, Young Israel of Forest Hills, Young Israel of Hillcrest, Young Israel of Holliswood, Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, and Young Israel of Queens Valley

Featuring Presentations from
Rabbi Dov Schreier
Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashrut
Rabbi Seth Mandel
Rabbinic Coordinator, OU Kashrut
• How do I use the office microwave?
• How do I attend a meeting in a non-kosher restaurant?
• How do I eat at the office party?
• And many more...
Please submit all questions for the presentations before the symposium by email to

To register, or for more information,
call 212.613.8329, email,
or visit

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dinner Tonight

We hope to see you all at tonight's dinner. The dinner will take place at the Young Israel of Forest Hills , 7100 Yellowstone Blvd.The schedule is as follows:

Smorgasbord at 6:15
Minchah at 7:15
Maariv 9:30

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Anyone interesting in contributing towards a shul sposorship the the L'chaim Run/Walk please contact Danny Goldschmiedt or myself. For more information about the event, please go to the

Friday, May 05, 2006

Thank You from The Gewanters

Rich and Batya Gewanter would like to thank everyone who participated in the Priority-1 parlor meeting. Please contact them for more information about the organization, or to make a contribution.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

R ' Yechezkel Rosenberg on the Quantities for a Brocha Achrona on Food and Drinks

Daf Yomi is learning Arvei Pesachim, which deals with issues of Brochos and whether you have to say a new brocha when you change from one place to another. R' Moshe Schwerd asked the following classic halachic question, "Can a Jew walk and check gum at the same time?".

Here's the explanation. The halacha is that if you change to a different location for eating, you have to say a new brocha rishonah (before brocha), if you are eating food for which you don't have to go back to the place you ate for the brocha achronah (after beracha). This would be the case for all foods over which the brocha achronah is Borei Nefeshos (ie, fruits, vegetables, gum).

So if you say a beracha and begin eating an apple in your house and then go to the park and continue eating the apple, you would have to say a new brocha. But how about foods that you continually eat, like sucking candies and gum? In that case if you said the brocha in your house on the gum and continued chewing it, you would not need to say a new brocha if you walked outside.

If you are staying inside, why not spend some time learning Torah. Here are two relatively short mp3's (20 minutes each) given by R' Yechezkel Rosenberg, on the sugya of what is the quantity of food for which we have to make an after Brocha on foods and drinks. The source is the gemorra in Berachos on page 49b and R' Rosenberg surveys the major Rishonic opinions on this issue. Download part 1 here and part 2 here.

(Cross posted on

Saturday, April 29, 2006


Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe will be holding its 49th annual Dinner at 6:00 PM on Sunday May 14th at the Eden Palace
Our honorees this year are:
Shmuel & Hildy Wolf Guests of Honor
Mr. Milton Respler Le Zecher Nishmas
Councilman James Gennaro Community Service Award
Rabbi Yisroel Pollack Rebbe of the Year
Mrs Rivka Katz Educator of the Year

The Dinner Journal is being dedicated in tribute to Danny Schwartz
Please help to support this worthy institution.
To place an ad or for more information, please contact Rabbi Chaim Schauder at 718 846 - 7300
The deadline for journal adds is May 4th

Friday, April 28, 2006

Many ways to send AY Dinner Ads

There are many ways to send your dinner ads:

1- email to
2- fax to 516-213-8369
3- bring them to shul Sunday morning and give them to me.

Snail mail is passe for ads; however, it does work for checks.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pirkei Avos - Rabbi Welcher - Shabbos - April 29, 2006 - 8:10 PM

Pirkei Avos

Rabbi Welcher

Parshas Tazria-Metzora
Shabbos - April 29, 2006 - 8:10 PM

Shiur for Women - Shira Rubin - "Rosh Chodesh:A Time for Renewal” - April 29, 2006 - 5:00 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel Women’s League
Presents a Shiur for Women

Shira Rubin

"Rosh Chodesh:
A Time for Renewal”

Shabbos – Parshas Tazria-Metzora
April 29, 2006 - 5:00 PM

At the Home of Linda Brizel
144-38 69th Road

Priority -1 Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend a parlor meeting to benefit the vital work ofPriority-1
Featuring a special presentation:
Why are So Many of OurChildren FallingThrough the Cracks?by Rabbi Shaya Cohen, Dean of Priority-1
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 8:00 pm at the home of Richard and Batya Gewanter 147-08 78th Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills
Informational literature will be available at the reception.

Priority-1 is a multifaceted educational movement that addresses the needs of youths who risk being lost to the world of Jewish life and learning.
PRIORITY-1 has dedicated itself to battling the crisis of "at-risk" youth by providing an alternative Yeshiva high school and training and guiding educators and parents on how to effectively deal with these issues.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Hilchos Ribbis Shiur

Join the
bekius halacha shiur.

A Shiur to Catch your “Interest”
The laws of lending,
Led by R’ Chaim Wasserman.
Monday and Thursday Nights,
Maariv 9:50 PM, Shiur right after.

Yeshiva Kesser Torah, Vleigh Place.
starting May 1.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tuesday evening, April 11 – B’dikas Chametz
בדיקת חמץ

Wed., April 12 – Erev Pesach / Taanis B’khorim
ערב פסח \ תענית בכורים
Shacharis and Siyum
שחרית וסיום
6:10 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:39 AM
Last Time for Eating Chametz
סוף זמן אכילת חמץ
preferably by:
10:21 AM
if necessary, by:
10:45 AM
Dispose of All Chametz
ביעור חמץ
preferably by:
11:39 AM
if necessary, by:
11:51 AM
Eiruv Tavshilin
עירוב תבשילין

Light Candles for Yom Tov
להדליק נר של יו"ט
7:13 PM
7:20 PM
Maariv (1st night of Pesach)
מעריב ליל ראשון
7:50 PM
Begin Seder
סדר פסח
after 8:22 PM
Chatzos HaLaila
חצות הלילה
12:56 AM

Thursday, April 13 – 1st day of Pesach

א' דפסח
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:55 AM
9:00 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:38 AM
T’filas Tal
תפלת טל

7:15 PM
Shiur B’Inyana D’Yoma
שעור בענינא דיומא
after Minchah
Maariv (S’firas HaOmer begins)
מעריב + ספירת העמר
8:23 PM
Light Candles for Yom Tov
להדליק נר של יו"ט
not before 8:23 PM

Friday, April 14 – 2nd day of Pesach

ב' דפסח
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:55 AM
9:00 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:37 AM
Light Candles for Shabbos
להדליק נר של שבת
7:15 PM
7:20 PM
Shiur HaRav B’Inyana D’Yoma
שעור הרב בענינא דיומא
after Minchah
Maariv (Shabbas Chol HaMoed
8:05 PM

Shabbos, April 15 – Shabbas Chol HaMoed
שבת חול המועד
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:25 AM
8:30 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:36 AM
Shir HaShirim
שיר השירים

Shiur HaRav
שעור הרב
5:00 PM
6:00 PM
8:25 PM

Sunday, April 16 – 2nd day of Chol HaMoed

חול המועד
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:00 AM
8:00 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:35 AM
9:30 PM

Monday, April 17 – 3rd day of Chol HaMoed

חול המועד
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
5:30 AM
6:10 and 8:00 AM
9:30 PM

Tuesday, April 18 – 4th day of Chol HaMoed / Erev Yom Tov
ערב יום טוב
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
5:30 AM
6:10 and 8:00 AM
Light Candles for Yom Tov
להדליק נר של יו"ט
7:19 PM
7:25 PM
8:05 PM

Wednesday, April 19 – 7th day of Pesach

ז' דפסח
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:25 AM
8:30 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:33 AM
7:20 PM
Shiur B’Inyana D’Yoma
שעור בענינא דיומא
after Minchah
8:29 PM
Light Candles for Yom Tov
להדליק נר של יו"ט
not before 8:29 PM

Thursday, April 20 – 8th day of Pesach
אחרון של פסח
Daf Yomi
דף יומי
7:25 AM
8:30 AM
Sof Z’man K’rias Sh’ma
סוף זמן קריאת שמע
9:32 AM
not before 10:00 AM
7:20 PM
Shiur B’Inyana D’Yoma
שעור בענינא דיומא
after Minchah
Maariv: Motza’ei Yom Tov
מעריב: מוצאי יום טוב
8:30 PM


is organizing a Bridal Shower after Pesach to raise money and gifts for Kallahs getting married between Sivan and Av.
Help Participate in this important Mitzvah
Please donate generously - either with gifts or checks.
While packing, Please add: set of sheets/ towels/ table cloth/ cutlery/ platters etc. to be given to Gush-Katif Kallahs.

(For US tax deductions please make checks out to “American Friends of Yad Eliezer". Please add note earmarking your donation to Har-Nof Branch of Gush-Katif Hachnasas Kallah).

For further information call or e-mail:
(American number in Israel - please be considerate)
Rita Fuchs 1-646-201-5294,
Lisa Goldenhersch 1-773-4094091
(additional committee members: Monica Paz, Bethsheva Goldenhersh, Nancy Chernovsky,Chaya Werfel, Rickel Shama, Kayla Friedman, Barbara Goldin, D'vora Grossbaum, Gusti Levin, Popsy Leibler, Nancy Jacob, Zahava Gross, Esther Resnick, Rosie Einhorn, Chumie Ornstein ,Leah Rubin,Rickel Shama,
Orie Charlop)

Please e-mail or call us in Israel
and we will be happy to pick up your gift.
Rita Fuchs- (02) 6520125
Lisa Goldenhersh (02) 6511097
Monica Paz- (02) 6518458

Have a safe trip and a Happy and Kosher Pesach!

Pre Pesach Checklist

You may find this to be a very helpful checklist.
Hopefully it will ease some of the last minute anxiety.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Please Be Understanding

With Yom Tov just around the corner our shul will be filled.
Many of the boys, who have been away all year, are back
not to mention all the family and guests spending Pesach with us.
As gabbaim we are well aware of how nice it is to offer an aliyah or
some form of a kibud to your family and and guests. Unfortunately,
there are a limited number and we will try to be as accommodating as
possible. Please we ask you, in advance, for your forebearance and undersatnding.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Shiva For Gertrude Galler

Sadly, we inform you of the passing of our member, Gertrude Galler, mother of Cindy Levin. Shiva will be observed at the Levin home at 144-39 73rd Avenue. Shiva will end on Tuesday morning.

Weekday Shacharis: 7:30 (new time)
Sunday Shacharis: 8:00
Minchah & Maariv 7:10

May the mourners be comforted among the mourners of Zion & Yerushalyim.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Monday, April 03, 2006

Pesach Humor

We all can use a little humor during these stressful pre Yom Tov times.
Husbands (sons as well) make sure to do all you can to help and assist.
The whole family will gain and have a much more meaningful and enjoyable Pesach.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Saturday, April 01, 2006


On Sunday April 9 between 9:00 and 12:30, Tomchei Shabbos needs YOU to deliver Pesach packages. The pick-up location is 33-23 Union St., downtown Flushing.
Directions: Van Wyck to Northern Blvd exit then go east. Continue on Northern Blvd. 3 blocks to Union St. and make a left onto Union Street. Continue 2 1/2 blocks. The building is on the right between 34th and 35th street.
For more information go to

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006

3/26 N'Shei Tiferes Bnei Torah - Shiur in Hilchos Muktzah

The N'Shei of Tiferes Bnei Torah of Queens would like to invite all women to the 2nd part in a 3 part series on Hilchos Muktzah (Attendance at the first part is not mandatory to attend the 2nd part).

The shiur will be given by Rabbi Laibel Rockove.

It will take place on Sunday, March 26 at 8:30pm at the home of Mrs. Miriam Kessler, 144-30 Gravett Road (1 block past Melbourne Avenue off of Main Street). For more information, please call 718-261-0394.

We look forward to greeting you at the shiur.

New Misheberach for Cholim List

The Misheberach for Cholim List will be discarded on Rosh Chodesh Nissan.
If you wish to insert a new name or have us continue
with names that are on the current list, please email your request to
Please be advised that only names of family
and close relatives are to be included.
May the new month of Nissan bring the Geulah
and a Refuash Shleima L'Chol Cholei Yisroel.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Rabbi Welcher's Pre-Pesach Preparation Shiur 3/28 at 8:00 PM

Rabbi Welcher's Pre-Pesach Preparation Shiur for men and women will be given on Tuesday 3/28 at 8:00 PM at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel.


“Golden Treasures”, the Chinese Auction to benefit Kollel Ner Dovid of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, will take place on Saturday night April 1st at 8:30 pm, at the Queens College Student Union on Kissena Blvd. There are many spectacular prizes, a hot buffet, live music and free on-campus parking. Ner Dovid is the oldest Kollel in New York City, and since relocating to Kew Gardens Hills it has brought almost 200 young families into our community, along with many community learning programs.

3/26 Shiur by Rabbi Paysach Krohn

Chickens for Shabbos (Oif L'Shabbos)
cordially invites the entire community to a shiur by the world reknowned Mohel and lecturer

Rabbi Paysach Krohn

on the topic of "The Haggadah"

The shiur will take place on Sunday evening, March 26 at 8:00pm at:
The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
150-05 70th Road
Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367

Refreshments will be available following the shiur.
All donations are welcomed.

Chickens for Shabbos (Oif L'Shabbos) is a tzedakah under the auspices of Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, Mara D'Asra of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills and Rabbi Doniel Lander, Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. Chickens for Shabbos (Of L'Shabbos) is an organization that helps alleviate the terrible financial woes of so many families in the poverty-stricken communities of Israel whose economic distress is difficult to describe.

In America, two of the most active participants in this truly great effort and, indeed, the driving force behind it are Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld Sh'lita, Rabbi of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, and Mr. Robert Neuman t"yhka. In Israel the main activists are two young wonderful men by the name of Shlomo Zalman Ellinson from England and Chaim Puretz from Flatbush, both studying at the Yeshiva in Brisk.

Sometime ago they became aware of the terrible plight of hundreds of families living inYerushalayim who literally find it impossible to put food on the table. Some of these unfortunate families have a large number of children and grandchildren whose average Shabbos meals consist of tuna fish and cottage cheese.

Please note that not a single individual is being compensated nor does anyone derive any personal gain from this great Pikuach Nefesh activity. Every penny that you contribute literally puts food on a family's table. If you wish to help with this tremendous effort you may mail your tax deductible check to:

Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills Tzedakah Fund
c/o Of L*Shabbos
150-05 70th Road
Flushing, NY 11367

(copied w/o permission from

Sunday, March 19, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha - Return to the Beginning (of what?) - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha - Return to the Beginning (of what?) can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Compensations in the Third Brocha of Benching - Why They Need Boruch - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Compensations in the Third Brocha - Why They Need Boruch can be downloaded here.


The articles of clothing left in the shul lobby will be discarded in two weeks. If you have clothing in the lobby, please remove it before it is discarded.


A necklace has been found in the shul. To claim, please call me at 718-575-0801 or e-mail to

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Any UNOPENED,PACKAGED food,fruit or beverages with proper Rabbinic supervision (no home baked goods)can be dropped off on Sunday March 19 between 9:00 AM and noon at the garage behind Rabbi Bergman's shul. (75-13 137 st.)

Saturday, March 11, 2006


The deadline for Matanos L'evyonim is quickly approaching. Please give your donation to The Rav, or Moshe Bilitzky or Leon Stern. The check should be made payable to AY Tzedakah Fund.

Friday, March 10, 2006

CAYKGH Blog Removed From Google/Blogger Spam Blog Cherem

Earlier this week we received the following message when we tried to post on the blog:

This blog has been locked by Blogger's spam-prevention robots. You will not be able to publish your posts, but you will be able to save them as drafts.

Imagine that, an upright organization like AY accused of being a front for spammers, being accused of being a splog. We appealed to the humans of Google to release us from this cherem and thankfully today we received the following reply:

From: Blogger Support <>
Date: Mar 9, 2006 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [#411965] Non-spam review and verification request:
To: " {U 5602461 B 9407663}" <>


Your blog has been reviewed, verified, and whitelisted so that it will no longer appear as potential spam. If you sign out of Blogger and sign back in again, you should be able to post as normal. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Blogger Support

We are assuming that Google the owners of blogger have done teshuva and we full-heartedly accept their apology.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Shlach Manos Packing

This Motza'ei Shabbos at 8:00 PM the women's league will be packing Shlach Manos. If you have time please come and help!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Post Megillah Reading Chagigah

Join us for a post Megillah Reading Chagigah on Monday night. Plenty of food, friends, music and fun. See you there.

Download Rabbi Welcher's shiur on Megillas Esther

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on “Megillas Esther” can be downloaded here.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Storage Space Needed

The shul is looking for storage space for the two large cartons that are currently sitting near the elevator. Please let us know if you can store the se items until August.


Come join us for an afternoon filled with fun!

Projects! Music! Games! Pizza!

For children aged 3-6
Date: Sunday March 12th
Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm


For more information, e-mail:

Caro Shiva Information

Condolences to Jeffrey Caro on the passing of his mother. Jeffrey will sit Shivah at the Goldberger’s home at 147-26 72 Drive until 8 PM Motzai Shabbos. .

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Levaya of Jeffrey Caro's Mother

We regret to inform you of the passing of Jeffrey Caro' s mother.

The levaya will be held at 10:30 AM at Hirsch & Sons in the Bronx.

Rabbi Rietti, Rabbi Spero - Attitude of Gratitude - March 4 - 8:30 PM

Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation
Attidude of Gratitude

Rabbi Jonathon Rietti
Rabbi Yechiel Spero

Moetza'ei Shabbos - March 4th - 8:30 PM

Admission $10-Adults $8-Students

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


The women's Tehillim group that meets in shul every Tuesday night at 9:30 is looking for more participants. Come and Join!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha of Benching - Going Back to the Beginning (of What?) - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha of Benching - Going Back to the Beginning (of What?) can be downloaded here.

R' Yakov Haber on Taamei HaMitzvos - Kashrus Part 1 - Mp3

R' Yakov Haber on Taamei HaMitzvos - Kashrus Part 1 can be downloaded here.
Thanks to Avrumie Kahn for sending the following link regarding the safety of air freshners

It gets people all the time. This is a great website for urban legends and stories. I find it pretty reliable. Be well, it's better to err on the side of caution anyway.

Glade PlugIns Fire Hazard

Claim: Glade PlugIns brand air fresheners pose a greater-than-usual fire hazard.

Status: False.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

2/23 Special Meeting Regarding New Yeshiva on 73rd Avenue

The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association will hold a special meeting on Thursday evening, February 23 at 7:30PM at Shevach HS, 75-09 Main Street regarding plans by Tiffereth Moshe to build a new school at 147-22 73 Avenue.

Community Board 8 will hold a public hearing regarding the school's application for a variance on Monday March 6 at the Rabbinical Seminary, 76-01 147 Street at 7:30. You may reserve time to speak at the hearing by calling CB 8 at 264-7895.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Save $$$

Phone companies (residential and cell) are charging
$1.00 or more to use their 411 Info lines.

When you need to use the 411 option, simply dial 1 800 FREE 411 (1 800 373 3411) without incurring a 411 charge at all.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel shlit”a Will Give a Shiur at YIKGH

Rabbi Menachem Nissel shlit”a the Reknown Lecturer and Author,
Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivat Torat Shraga and Rabbi in various Seminaries,
Author of the upcoming release of the Hebrew edition of the highly acclaimed
"Rigshei Lev - Women and Tefillah"

“Count Your Blessings”

Will give a shiur dedicated in memory of our son and brother
Yaeer Netzer Nissanian Z”L at Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills
150-02 70th Road on March 7, 2006, Tuesday

Separate Sitting for Men and Women

Rabbi Avraham and Siporah Nissanian

Safety Tip

This was received from a friend in the property insurance business. It is well worth reading. This is one of those e-mails that if you didn't send it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer for not reading it. The original message was written by a lady whose brother and his wife learned a hard lesson this past week.
Their house burned down...nothing left but ashes. They have good insurance so the house will be replaced and most of the contents. That is the good news. However, they were sick when they found out the cause of the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for several hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom. He asked her sister-in-law what she had plugged in the bathroom. She listed the normal things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her, "No, this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures". Then her sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-In in the bathroom. The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He said that was the cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires started with the plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the plastic they are made from is THIN plastic. He also said that in every case there was nothing left to prove that it even existed. When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in there.
Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out. She would walk in to the bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a warning sign. The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many places that have been
burned down due to them.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Married Life: It Doesn't Have to be an Oxymoron

The Queens Jewish Community Council has scheduled a lecture to be presented at Lander College on Saturday, February 25. The topic will be "Married Life: It Doesn't Have to be an Oxymoron". Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, LCSW,noted psychotherapist, author and lecturer will be the speaker.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Shiur for women this Sunday night February,19

There will be a Shiur for women this Sunday night February,19 at 7 P.M. at Cong. Degel Israel, Main St. & 68 Drive,.
The speaker will be Geulah Twersky. This is an annual Tu B'shvat Yahrzeit shiur that is sponsored by Evelyn Ocken together with Rivkie Leiman and Pearl Markovitz in memory of their mothers. It was supposed to be last Sunday but was postponed because of the snowstorm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tuition tax credit petition

Dear All: Rabbi Eli Mansour is leading an effort to get critical legislation passed to provide tuition tax credits. He prepared this on-line petition to allow those who could not make today's rally in Albany to have their voices heard. please click on this link, sign the petition, AND PASS ALONG. Respectfully, Rabbi Yakov HorowitzMenahel, Yeshiva Darchei Noam of MonseyDirector, Agudath Israel's Project Y.E.S. ----------------------------------------------------This is the full text of his letter: An Urgent Message to all of our Community Members, from Rabbi Eli Mansour.
Dear Friends,
There is an effort to pass a dollar for dollar tax credit, supported by our own Governor George Pataki, Republican Martin Golden, and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the newly elected Chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, that would provide massive financial relief to parents with children in private schools, parents who spend money having their children tutored, and parents who enroll their children in summer camps.
Needless to say, private school tuition costs are one of, if not the largest monetary burden facing our families. If this bill, which is coming before the New York State Legislature next month, were to pass, - the strain on many of our community?s organizations, including; the Sephardic Bikur Holim, the Sephardic Angel Fund, the Sephardic Food Fund, and even Sephardic SAFE, will be greatly reduced. Even our Yeshiva?s will be less pressured, as the need to provide student scholarships and discounted tuition costs will be sharply reduced.
My speech this past Saturday detailed my concern for this issue of enormous importance to our people, and their way of life. As of today, Monday, February 13, 2006, I am officially declaring the need for a full-scale campaign to strongly indicate the New York Jewish Community?s full support of this legislation. All of you are being asked to please take a moment to sign the attached petition letter and submit it to Governor Pataki, Senator Golden, and Assemblyman Lopez.
To show the strength of our numbers, please have each household member sign individually, and it is also suggested that we reach out to our friends, business contacts, etc., in the Ashkenaz communities for their additional support and camaraderie. Also, our schools are urged to join in this effort and develop immediate coordinated approaches for allowing our voices to be heard.
Again, the passing of this bill could provide the biggest boost to the economy of our communi ty members in many decades. Please act now on this important issue, and help us express appreciation and support for the Governor, Senator Golden, and Assemblyman Lopez, and for this groundbreaking legislation.
Warmest Regards,
Rabbi Eli Mansour

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Safety Tips

The safety tips below were forwarded to me. Although the topic is not pleasant I think the information is important. I apologize in advance for making any one uncomfortable.

Message from Shannon LaForge
Courtroom Deputy to Judge Robert Junell

Because of these recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.

After reading these 9 crucial tips,forward them to someone you care about.

1.Tip from Tae Kwon Do:The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2.Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back taillights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a phone call ,etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a.If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wreckingthe car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.
5.A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.)Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat
B.)If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.)Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
6.ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.RUN, Preferably ! in a zig -zag pattern!
8.As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP.It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was agood-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies ofunsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked"for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9.Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whateveryou do, DO NOT open the door.
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window,and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over.The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life.