Tuesday, August 29, 2006

MAZAL TOV TO THE MITTEL & LIGHT FAMILIES

Mazal Tov to Ruth Mittel on the birth of a great granddaughter.
Mazal Tov to Harold & Judith Mittel on the birth of a granddaughter.
Mazal Tov to the parents Noach & Michal Light.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Bnouncements Shoftim

Mazal Tov to Mrs. Senta Ermann on the birth of a great-granddaughter. Mazal Tov to Elliot & Phyllis Katten on the birth of a granddaughter. Mazal Tov to the parents Yehuda and Tziporah in Israel.

Mazal Tov to Steve & Linda Brizel on the upcoming marriage of their daughter Shani to Ari Sendic.

Mazal Tov to Jay & Kaila Aron on the marriage of their daughter Sura Mindel to Moshe Gold.

Mazal to Bob and Suzy Garber on the birth of a granddaughter. Mazal Tov to the parents Yehuda and Rivka.

Welcome back to the Rav and Rebbetzin who have returned from their summer vacation.

The Congregation Ahavas Yisroel Woman's League will present a shiur this Shabbos, Parshas Shoftim at 5:00 P.M. at the home of Sunni Pearl, 141-12 72nd Drive. Rabbi Hershel Solnica will speak on, "Parshas Shoftim: Reflections on Eretz Yisroel."

The next AY Women's League Navi Shiur for Women given by Rabbi Zvi Lew on "Topics in Sefer Shoftim” will take place at 7:45 on Monday evening August 28. Please Bring a Mikraos Gedolos Sefer Shoftim.

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

The shul has five extra benches (pews) that will be discarded to make room for the new Gan class. Anyone who knows of a congregation that might want these benches, please contact Leon.



Z’manim:

Erev Shabbos Plag Minchah: 6:00
Candle Lighting for 1st Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Mincha & not before.
Erev Shabbos Second Plag Minchah: 6:55
Candle Lighting for 2nd Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Minchah
Candle Lighting: 7:20
Hashkama Minyan: 7:15
Daf Yomi: 7:25
Shacharis: 8:30
Rav Welcher’s Shiur in Pesachim: 5:00
Shabbos Minchah: 6:00
Maariv: 8:28

Have a good Shabbos!


Visit the AY Blog http://caykgh.blogspot.com/ for late-breaking shul news.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

MAZAL TO JAY & KAILA ARON

Mazal Tov to Jay & Kaila Aron on the marriage of their daughter Sura Mindel to Moshe Gold.

MAZAL TOV TO ELLIOT & PHYLLIS KATTEN

Mazal Tov to Elliot & Phyllis Katten on the birth of a granddaughter in Israel. Mazal Tov to the parents Yehuda and Tziporah.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

PRAY FOR WOUNDED & MISSING SOLDIERS updated 15.8.06

>
>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:
>singingsandy2004@yahoo..com
>
>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

Bnouncements Eikev

Mazal Tov to Avi & Shira Rubin on the birth of a daughter. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Harvey & Judy Blitz. Mazal Tov to the great-grandmother Mrs. Sadie Klavan.

Mazal Tov to Izzy & Ruchi Sherman on the engagement of their daughter Esther to Mordechai Mendlowitz.

Next week Rabbi Yisrael Herczeg will be our scholar-in-Residence. Rabbi Herczeg is an author and Torah educator. He is best known for translating and annotating the Sapirstein Rashi, published by ArtScroll. He has specialized in the study of Rashi, and his Patterns in Rashi has been published by Targum Press. Rabbi Herzeg will speak Friday night, Shabbos morning at at Shalosh seudos.


The next AY Women's League Navi Shiur for Women given by Rabbi Zvi Lew on "Topics in Sefer Shoftim” will take place at 7:45 on Monday evening August 14. Please Bring a Mikraos Gedolos Sefer Shoftim.

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

Z’manim:
Erev Shabbos Plag Minchah: 6:12
Candle Lighting for 1st Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Mincha & not before
Erev Shabbos Second Plag Minchah: 7:10
Candle Lighting for 2nd Plag Minyan 20 minutes after Minchah
Candle Lighting: 7:40
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' Yaakov Finestone 8:15
Maariv: 8:48
Have a good Shabbos!

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
between
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
pressure.

Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your
co-workers.
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

MAZAL TOV TO THE RUBIN'S & BLITZ'S& MRS. KLAVAN

Mazal Tov to Avi & Shira Rubin on the birth of a daughter.
Mazal Tov to the grandparents Harvey & Judy Blitz.
Mazal Tov to the great-grandmother Mrs. Sadie Klavan.

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.


PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:

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.

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We pray that our united efforts be rewarded with peace.

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Associate Director

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Ph. (212) 272-4339

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

MAZAL TOV TO IZZY & RUCHI SHERMAN

Mazal Tov to Izzy & Ruchi Sherman on the engagement of their daughter Esther to Mordechai Mendlowitz.

Monday, August 07, 2006

On the way to the Front

By Avraham Berkowitz
>
>This morning as the sun rose over Jerusalem, my wife Leah gave birth to
>a beautiful baby girl at the Hadassah Medical center. A few hours later
>I drove to the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi where my wife's
>parents live.
>
>After packing several personal items that my wife will need for her
>hospital stay, I set out to drive back to Jerusalem. As I passed the
>central bus station in Kiryat Malachi, I saw an Israeli soldier waiting
>to get a ride. I rolled down the window and asked him where he needed
>to go. He said his base is near Jericho, but if I can take him to
>Jerusalem that would be great help.
>
>I was in a particularly upbeat mood today--after all, we were blessed
>with our fourth child and third daughter--but the reality around me in
>the holy land is down and worrisome. Israel is being attacked by its
>neighbors and we are fighting a war to defend ourselves.
>
>As fighter jets from the nearby air force base roared overhead, we
>cruised down the highway, and I get acquainted with Shachaf Raviv of
>Beer Sheva. His story gives a face to and direct association with the
>soldiers fighting for our land and people today.
>
>Shachaf, 21 years old, is a medic in the IDF. He tells me that
>yesterday his senior officer sent him home for one night to spend with
>his family because today he and his unit will be leaving their base
>near Jericho and heading up north to the battlefield on the border of
>Lebanon to be part of a team of doctors and medics who will be giving
>critical first aid to the wounded soldiers and civilians.
>
>His officer said he will not have any weekend breaks for a while and
>therefore sent him to bid farewell to his family.
>
>Shachaf told me of the feeling in his house last night, "no one slept,
>they surrounded me with love and care for hours. My father immigrated
>to Israel from Portugal in the late sixties and fought in the Yom
>Kippur War and my mother came from Tunisia to the promised land around
>the same time. They spoke of their dreams for themselves and our
>future.
>
>"I am the third of four children and currently the only son in the
>army. My parents named me Shachaf which means "seagull" in Hebrew but
>this morning when my mother said goodbye she held me for a long time
>and was crying, she kept calling me Rachamim--the Jewish name they gave
>me at my Brit ceremony, which in Hebrew means 'mercy' and 'compassion.'
>She cried and said 'Rachamim today you will need G-d's compassion and
>protection--We all need G-d's rachamim.'"
>
>As we continued to drive I encouraged Shachaf and spoke to him about
>the great role he has in protecting the land of Israel and the Jewish
>people in Israel and ultimately Jews all over the world.
>
>At 12:00 PM I turned on the radio to the headline news.
>"Eight troops from Golani's 51st Battalion," the announcer said, "lost
>their lives on Wednesday during heavy fighting with Hezbollah
>terrorists in the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbail. Another
>officer was killed in a clash at Maron a-Ras. Over twenty soldiers are
>wounded..."
>
>Shachaf asked me to turn the radio off and give him spiritual
>inspiration instead before he heads to the front lines.
>
>I shared with him thoughts that I heard and learned from my Rebbe and
>teacher, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of
>righteous memory. During past conflicts in the Land of Israel, and
>during times of danger for the Jewish people, the Rebbe made practical
>suggestions of good deeds, mitzvot, that would elicit G-d's blessings
>and protection. I quoted him from the Torah that speaks of G-d
>protecting the land and we discussed the need for us to understand the
>deeper truths as to why we have our permanent homeland specifically in
>Israel, as promised to us in the Torah.
>
>Shachaf was very grateful to hear how Jews and non Jews all over the
>world are praying for them and thinking of them every day now and
>wishing for their success and G-d's protection.
>
>When we came to Jerusalem I opened my briefcase. I had a new Mezuzuah
>in a plastic case and I gave it to Shachaf. I told him, "I am giving
>this to you for protection, but you must return it to me when you come
>back and I will go to Beer Sheva and put it up in your bedroom."
>
>Shachaf liked the idea. I said, "It says in the Torah 'Emissaries of a
>good deeds are not harmed.' You have a Mezuza--it will protect you."
>Shachaf put the mezuza in his front left pocket and promised me he
>would leave it there until he comes back, he will also tell the story
>of our meeting to his fellow medic soldiers and tell them they have
>added protection.
>
>I then pulled out an envelope with $500 that a member of my community
>gave me yesterday to give to distressed Jews in the north, and asked
>Shachaf to be my personal emissary to distribute these funds to wounded
>soldiers and civilians.
>
>At first he refused to take it, but after we exchanged e-mail addresses
>and cell phone numbers he agreed and promised to report to me exactly
>how he gave the funds to people who really need it.
>
>We only met an hour before, but we suddenly were deeply connected to
>each other. We embraced, the Mezuzah protruding from his pocket and his
>rifle strapped across his chest. I looked at him with tears in my eyes
>and said, "Rachamim, thank you for your protection"; and he looked me
>back in the eye while placing his hand over the mezuzah I gave him, and
>said "Avraham, thank you for your protection."
>
>I am writing this article on my laptop while sitting in the room at
>Hadassah Hospital while my wife rests. I look at the beautiful face of
>our little newborn daughter and thank G-d for His blessings and pray
>for His protection for my child and all the rest of His children.
>
>As the Jewish world will pray this Shabbat for the protection of the
>soldiers of Israel, I will have in mind Rachamim Raviv. Please think of
>him and thousands of more like him who need G-d's rachamim, mercy, and
>full protection.
>
>
>
>Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz is the Executive
>Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS
>

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

Wednesday

8:00 PM Fast Begins

8:52 PM Maariv and Eichah

Thursday

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.