Monday, October 16, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Tuesday Morning

Please say Tehillim for the daughter of an Aneinu member, Malka bas Nechama Shira, who is having surgery tomorrow, Tuesday, in the late morning. Please daven that it should go smoothly and she should have a quick recovery.

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Tonight(Monday)

Please daven for a Chicagoan, Mordechai Rasha HaCohen ben Chasha who is having surgery tonight.

Aneinu Please Daven for Good Test Resullts

Please daven for Hadassah bas Sara that her test results will come back with good news/besoros tovos

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven

From an Aneinu member: Please daven for my granddaughter, eliana avigail bas rivka, who is having tubes put back in her ears tomorrow morning.  Thanks 

Aneinu Please Daven Now

Can everyone who has a few minutes tonight say Tehillim for Moshe Dovid ben Gittel Leah who is having a scan repeated tonight at 9:30 pm. Thank you and have a good Yom Tov!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for a Chicagoan who has leukemia and is in hospice. Yehudit Bas Sara.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Aneinu Tefillos Requested

From an Aneinu member:   Please include in your prayers & Tehillim, an 89 y.o. great grandmother, mother of my brother's wife, who has led a life of chesed and health and is currently hospitalized, dependent on a respirator and needs a refuah shleima.  Her name is Malka bas Duba.  Thank you for your prayers. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Exclusive Partnership Between the OU and Offers New Video Series to Answer Kashrut FAQs By OU News

CAN YOU BUY COFFEE AT STARBUCKS? DOES YOUR MEDICATION NEED KOSHER CERTIFICATION? EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE OU & KOSHER.COM OFFERS NEW SERIES “OU & YOU” THAT ANSWERS THESE FAQ’S AND MORE OU Kosher COO Rabbi Moshe Elefant is Among the Authorities Featured, Addressing Kashrut and Jewish Law NYC, NY, October 3, 2017 – If you’ve ever wondered if your sukkah is built to code or if your Slurpee is permissible, you may find the answer in the new series “OU & You,” a partnership between the Orthodox Union (OU) and, the premier kosher food and Jewish lifestyle website.

What If…on Yamim Tovim IS AT KESHER STAM

You love it at your Shabbos table. Now you can enjoy What If? on all the Jewish holidays! It is Rosh Hashanah. A man holding a shofar is going to blow for a sick friend. A car pulls up and the driver says, “I'm Jewish. Would you mind blowing that shofar for me?Should he blow the shofar while yom tov is clearly being desecrated Boaz built a huge succah for his restaurant - and now patrons of other kosher eateries are using it, and his own customers have to wait. Can he ask the others to leave? A pre-Pesach food drive is hurting local groceries. Can the merchants demand that the food distribution be stopped? The bestselling and beloved What If? series has become a welcome staple at our Shabbos tables. Based on the popular Hebrew-language series Chashukei Chemed, written by noted rav and posek Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita, and translated and arranged by Rabbi Moshe Sherrow, every volume in the What If? series includes hundreds of real-life halachic questions, each accompanied by a brief, practical scenario to illustrate the case, and an answer that is understandable and easy to follow. Make your holiday table extra-special with the great conversation starter, What If on Yamim Tovim.

Or HaChaim Bereishis/Genesis Vol. 1: Bereishis – Chayei Sarah - Yaakov and Ilana Melohn Edition IS AT KESHER STAM

OrHaChaim's commentary is so rich, so profound, so wide-ranging, so broad and deep -- it has been one of the foremost, most revered commentaries on Chumash for nearly three centuries. The uniqueness of Or HaChaim: Points out every nuance of the Chumash text Blends the plain meaning with the interpretations of the Sages Weaves Kabbalistic concepts into the commentary Explains basic principles of our faith The multi-layered commentary speaks to everyone Elucidates all the elements of the commentary seamlessly Created by an extraordinary team of talmidei chachamim, this is the finest elucidation of Or HaChaim in any language. It includes Text of the Chumash, Targum, and Rashi Accurate, well researched, vowelized Or HaChaim text Flowing Interpretive translation of Or HaChaim, following the famed pattern of the ArtScroll Talmud, Rashi, and Ramban Introductions of concepts Remarkably clear explanatory notes Bottom line? This is an absolute masterpiece! For anyone who wants to understand the Torah as only Or HaChaim explains it - this edition is a is a must!

What's the Halachah? Relevant halachos arranged according to the month of the year. IS AT KESHER STAM

Overview May an ebay seller set his auction to conclude on Shabbos? May one rent advertising space on his website to others for an entire week, including Shabbos? Should a person worry about ayin hara? What are the most effective defenses against ayin hara? May one who will be on an airplane for an entire night of Chanukah use a flashlight for ner Chanukah? If it is difficult for someone to make it to shul, may he hear krias haTorah or Megillas Esther read over the telephone? * Rav Zev Smith is a popular maggid shiur and much sought-after speaker on halachic issues who has thousands of recorded shiurim in circulation on a wide range of interesting and relevant, day-to-day topics. His unique blend of halachah and hashkafah, and his knack for explaining difficult concepts in a down-to-earth, practical way, draw both scholars and laymen who seek a thorough grasp of halachah topics. In this fascinating book, he and Rabbi Dovid Kaiser, a previously published author of Torah works as well as a maggid shiur in halachah, have adapted some of the best of Rav Smith's halachah shiurim into written form. Arranged according to the months of the year, What's the Halachah? follows a specific, reader-friendly format. Each chapter begins with a set of intriguing questions on a topic in halachah, which is followed by a broad discussion of the halachic issues the topic involves. The chapter concludes with an application of the information discussed to the initial queries. What's the Halachah? is a book that will do more than just teach you halachah; it will open before you the vastness and the beauty of the world of halachah. By: Rav Zev Smith and Rabbi Dovid Kaiser

V'Higadeta-Bereishis Insights, stories, and teachings on THE WEEKLY PARASHAH from the treasure-trove of the maggid Harav Yaakov Galinsky zt"lIS AT KESHER STAM

Overview Every Shabbos the Steipler Gaon made time for "oneg Shabbos" he would read from Rav Yaakov Galinsky's V'Higadeta series. Here were sefarim that you could read at the Shabbos table. And not just because they were books on the parashah. Once, a bachur who had learned with the Mir Yeshivah in Shanghai got engaged. The rosh yeshivah, Rav Dovid Povarsky, zt"l, and the mashgiach, Rav Yechezkel Levenstein, zt"l, both attended the vort, the engagement celebration. The rosh yeshivah asked the mashgiach to speak, but he declined. He turned to Rav Galinsky to do the honors. Rav Galinsky stood up and said, "I'll explain why the mashgiach isn't speaking. Bnei Yisrael complained about the mann in the desert (Bamidbar21:5). But what did they have to complain about? The mann could taste like any food in the world! But the mann was also 'k'zera gad-like a coriander seed' (Shemos 16:31). The word gad can mean to 'relate' something. The mann 'related' the sins of Klal Yisrael. If someone among them sinned, the next day he would be forced to wander around to find his portion of mann (Yoma75a). "So the Jewish people pleaded: "We'll hear a mussar shmuess if we must, but please, not during the meal!" This is the secret to Rav Yaakov Galinsky's derashosand lessons, and the secret to V'Higadeta's popularity. V'Higadeta on the weekly parashah certainly contains mussar lessons to learn from, but it isn't a heavy tome that a person has to struggle to wade through. The lessons are imparted with captivating stories and insightful ideas that will make you nod and laugh. Rav Galinsky delivered thousands of derashosin the halls of yeshivos and batei midrash, and before huge audiences, both religious and nonreligious. He is responsible for bringing so many people closer to Hashem. Now, finally, his derashos are accessible in print to the English-speaking audience. In his unique, penetrating style-with stories and parables, lessons and maxims, pesukim and ma'amarei Chazal-he brings the weekly parashah alive. As you unearth this magnificent treasure of stories and real-life lessons, Rav Galinsky's derashos will transform you and your Shabbos table(Get all your yom tov and parsha needs b/c Kesher Stam is closed on Chol Hamoed).

OU TORAH NAALEH.COM YU TORAH Yaakov’s Yerusha By Shira Smiles

As we leave the Days of Awe with the close of Yom Kippur and begin our preparations for Sukkot, we are left to ponder the deeper significance of the holiday and the central command to dwell in sukkot for seven days. Is there a connection between Yom Kippur and Sukkot that Sukkot follows so closely after Yom Kippur? Are there other connections we need to explore?


All of us sense a feeling of spiritual deflation immediately after the exalted atmosphere of Yom Kippur. To have to plunge immediately and directly into the icy waters of everyday life is much too challenging a task. We have just been given an entire day to nurture our souls and to exist as angels without the necessity of fulfilling the requirements of our bodies. So the Lord, so to speak, allows us a more gradual descent into our physical, everyday lives. We are asked to forego the comforts and solidness of our homes for a period of time, to dwell in a succah, exposed to the heavens and to the natural world.

OU TORAH Sukkot: From Fear to Festivities Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Fear and trembling. Those have been our primary religious emotions during the past several weeks. Although Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are referred to nowadays as the High Holidays, traditionally they were known as the Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim. Frightful days, fearful days. During this recent time none of us escaped a sense of insecurity. Recognizing that these days are days of divine judgment, we could not help but wonder as to how we were being judged. We felt vulnerable, insecure, and anxious about what the coming year has in store for us. And this was as it should be. After all, the central theme of the prayers has been fear and trembling. We actually have asked of the Almighty that he “cast His fear over all of His handiwork, and His awe over all of His creatures.”

OU TORAH Sukkot For Our Time Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

A thought for Sukkot from the Koren Sacks mahzor Of all the festivals, Sukkot is surely the one that speaks most powerfully to our time. Kohelet could almost have been written in the twenty first century. Here is the ultimate success, the man who has it all – the houses, the cars, the clothes, the adoring women, the envy of all men – who has pursued everything this world can offer from pleasure to possessions to power to wisdom and yet who, surveying the totality of his life, can only say, in effect, “Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless.” Kohelet’s failure to find meaning is directly related to his obsession with the “I” and the “Me”: “I built for myself. I gathered for myself. I acquired for myself.” The more he pursues his desires, the emptier his life becomes. There is no more powerful critique of the consumer society, whose idol is the self, whose icon is the “selfie” and whose moral code is “Whatever works for you.” This is the society that achieved unprecedented affluence, giving people more choices than they have ever known, and yet at same time saw an unprecedented rise in alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, stress related syndromes, depression, attempted suicide and actual suicide. A society of tourists, not pilgrims, is not one that will yield the sense of a life worth living. Of all things people have chosen to worship, the self is the least fulfilling. A culture of narcissism quickly gives way to loneliness and despair.

RAV KOOK ON Succoth: Completing the Days of Awe

We rejoice on all of the holidays, but Succoth contains an exceptional measure of joy. In fact, this is the most prominent aspect of the holiday. Succoth is identified in the prayers as z'man simchateinu, “the Season of our Joy.” Why does this holiday of rejoicing immediately follow the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — a solemn period of introspection and penitence?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven Hospital

Please daven for Leah Rochel bas Hinda Blima who was taken to the hospital.

Aneinu Please Daven Critical

I received the following request: My friend's husband is in life threatening danger in the hospital if people could say some tehillim I am sure it would be helpful. tizku limitzvos Dovid Reuvain ben Tzivia also, my cousin is having heart surgery 8am london time I think that is late tonight USA time. Her name is Feigel bas Fradel. Tizku limitzvos and good yom tov


Aneinu Please Daven Now

Please say prayers for Perry Baver - Nechemya Aryeh Laib Peretz ben Esther Rochel - who is having brain tumor surgery now

Hurricane Maria Update: Nachum Checked in with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi (Chabad, San Juan)

The impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico is still leaving many in dire straits. Nachum checked in with Rabbi Mendel Zarchi, Executive Director of the Chabad in San Juan, Puerto Rico on this morning’s JM in the AM for an update on the very difficult situation the Jewish community and the wider community are going through. Please donate for the relief efforts HERE.

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Teusday Morning

Please daven for Nechemya Aryeh Laib Peretz ben Esther Rochel who is having surgery at 7:30 am Tuesday morning.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Aneinu Cancer Survivor Shot in Las Vegas

Click hereNatalie Grumet, a cancer survivor and member of Chabad in California, was struck in the face during the Las Vegas Strip massacre. By COLlive reporter Natalie Grumet, a regular at Chabad of Laguna Niguel in California, was one of the people injured in the Las Vegas Strip shooting on Sunday night. Grumet and her husband Jason Grumet were present when a lone gunman opened fire on the audience of a music festival, killing over 50 people and injuring close to 500 others. Natalie, who is a cancer survivor and works as a beauty guide, was struck in the face by the gunfire. "Her jaw was shattered, and she will need many future reconstructive surgeries," a friend told "She was taken to a hospital in the Las Vegas area and a team is working to potentially have Natalie flown to a trauma center in Orange County, California," her sister-in-law Heather Flores updated. Unite In Tehilim For Young Shliach

Click here sign up for mitzvos.Monday, thousands around the world will unite in Tehillim in the merit of the speedy recovery of 9-year-old Chaim Schneur Zalman Hakohen ben Chana Mala, who is in urgent need of a Refuah Shelaima. Monday, Yud Bais Tishrei, right after Shacharis thousands of people around the world will unite to storm the Heavens for a young Shliach, 9 year old Chaim Schneur Zalman Hakohen ben Chana Mala sheyichye.  On Monday, his 9th birthday he is in need of a complete Refuah Shleima. Join us Monday, Yud- Beis Tishrei, right after Shacharis, take the time to join thousands of Chayolim to unite with children around the world, to give tzedoka in Zchus of Refuah Shleimah for Chaim Schneur Zalman Hakohen ben Chana Mala. On his birthday let’s daven for a complete refuah! Please say kapital yud, chof and give tzedoka at this time.

Aneinu Jewish Girl Injured in Las Vegas Massacre

Please daven for Chana Rochel bas Sara who is among the victims in the Las Vegas massacre. She was shot in the face and is awaiting surgery. May she have a refuah shelaima b’zoch kol cholei yisroel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nachum Got a United Hatzalah Update and Concert Preview with Eli Beer

Nachum welcomed Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah of Israel back to JM in the AM this morning to discuss the vital work of United Hatzalah. and to invite everyone to their historic Succos concert featuring, for the first time ever, Avraham Fried, 8th Day, Benny Friedman, Eli Marcus and Simcha Friedman. From the United Hatzalah website: “Our mission is to support the lifesaving efforts of United Hatzalah of Israel. United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Services organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion or national origin.”

Nachum Hosted OHAD Live at JM in the AM

Nachum welcomed Jewish music superstar OHAD to the studio during this morning’s JM in the AM to preview the upcoming Jerusalem in New York concert starring OHAD, Itzik Dadya and More. They were joined by Yossi Green for a great conversation about OHAD’s music and this historic Chol Hamoed performance taking place on October 9. To watch the interview on the NSN Facebook page click HERE.

OU TORAH The Most Personal of Festivals By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

A thought for Yom Kippur from the Koren Sacks machzor The day is intense. The process of preparation and prayer began forty days ago on Rosh Chodesh Ellul with the blowing of shofar and the saying of Psalm 27 [L’David Hashem Ori]. It gathered pace with the saying of Selichot. It became a courtroom drama on Rosh Hashanah with the shofar proclaiming that the heavenly court is in session and we are on trial for our lives. The case for the defence has been made. We have neither denied nor made excuses for our sins. We have confessed our guilt, individual and collective, and we have appealed for mercy and forgiveness. The trial is now in its final hours. The court is about to rise. The verdict, signed, will soon be sealed.

Aneinu Please Daven Surgery Thursday

Please daven for the husband of an Aneinu member, Avraham Yitzchok ben Miriam, who will be having surgery tomorrow, Thursday.

Zera Shimshon: The Sefer. The Stories. The Segulah With selections from Sefer Zera Shimshon, the classic sefer by the 18th-century Rav, Rabbi Shimshon Chaim Nachmani By Rabbi Nachman Seltzer IS AT KESHER STAM

The Segulah of the Zera Shimshon: "...and you [who learn the Torah of the Zera Shimshon] will see children, and children’s children, like olive shoots around your tables, wise and discerning, and homes filled with everything good, and wealth and honor...." ” From the Introduction to Sefer Zera Shimshon Rabbi Nachman Seltzer brings us a unique book - and a rare opportunity. Zera Shimshon: The Sefer. The Stories. The Segulah combines three elements: The Sefer: Written by the brilliant 18th century Italian Talmudic sage, Rabbi Shimshon Chaim Nachmani, Sefer Zera Shimshon brings insightful and compelling explanations of the Chumash. This volume features selections from the sefer, several short and compelling pieces on every parashah, to give the reader a taste of the spiritual delights of Zera Shimshon. The Stories: The Zera Shimshon's commentary on each parashah is followed by a true story, told in Rabbi Nachman Seltzer's inimitable style, which enhance our understanding of the Zera Shimshon's teachings, plus stories about the segulah’s power – more than 80 stories altogether! The Segulah: In his introduction, Rav Nachmani promises great blessings to those who learn his work - and in the past decades, we've seen that promise come true! Hundreds have found their deepest requests answered after learning the Torah of Zera Shimshon perhaps yours will be too!

OU TORAH NAALEH.COM and YU TORAH Victorious Vision By Shira Smiles

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Yom Kippur 5778

Toronto Torah for Yom Kippur 5778 features articles on the role of Yonah on Yom Kippur, the mitzvot of the day, the Yom Kippur War, Kapparot, and more.


The sublime holiness of the day of Yom Kippur is ushered in by the declaration of the annulmemment of vows in the Kol Nidrei service. Obviously we do not want to appear before the Heavenly court with outstanding unfulfilled commitments. But attempting to discharge one’s committed, seriously undertaken commitments by cancelling those obligations unilaterally seems, at first glance, to be a slippery way of escaping one’s responsibilities.


There are two approaches to understanding much of the prophecy contained in the grand poem of Moshe that constitutes this week’s Torah reading. Rashi in fact develops both themes thoroughly in his commentary. One view is that the Jewish people and their future are the subjects of Moshe’s Divine words.

OU TORAH Yom Kippur: Of Porgies, Flounder, and the Whale By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

It was a magical summer, the kind that many of us experienced when we were very young and remember fondly for the rest of our lives. I spent that summer, as I did most of my childhood summers, with my family in the Rockaways, a beach resort in the outer borough of Queens, in New York City. It was a full year before my bar mitzvah, so I was spared the burden of preparing for that milestone. Instead, I spent the summer fishing in the company of my friend, Milton.

OU TORAH Ha’azinu: Two Songs, Two Singers By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

How does the poet get started on the process of writing a poem, or the songwriter as he sets about composing a song? Does he or she look at the environment, at what is going on in the world and seek inspiration from things external? Or does the creative artist look within, using introspection as a tool to uncover emotions out of which the poem or song can be fashioned? These questions can be asked about all creative processes, not just writing. They can be asked of the graphic artist, of the composer of music, of the sculptor.

OU TORAH Moses the Man By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

hat very day the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people …For you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.”

RAV KOOK ON Ha'azinu Part 2: The Diversity of Israel

An anecdote relates how a certain Jew was stranded for many years on a deserted island. When he was finally rescued, he boasted of his many accomplishments on the island, including the construction of two synagogues. ‘Very impressive,’ responded his rescuers. ‘But why two synagogues?’ ‘This is the synagogue that I attend,’ explained the man, pointing at one structure. ‘The other one is the synagogue I refuse to step foot in.’ The joke would not be humorous if it did not contain a kernel of truth. The Jewish people often seem to be ‘blessed’ with an overabundance of infighting. Why is there so much division and conflict?

RAV KOOK ON Ha'azinu Part 1: How Do We Serve God?

“When I proclaim God’s name, ascribe greatness to our God” (Deut. 32:3). How does one go about ‘ascribing greatness to God’?

RAV KOOK ON Yom Kippur Part 2: Healing the Universe

he Sages made a surprising claim about the power of teshuvah: “Great is repentance, for it brings healing to the world... When an individual repents, he is forgiven, and the entire world with him.” (Yoma 86b) We understand that one who repents should be forgiven — but why should the entire world also be forgiven? In what way does teshuvah bring healing to the world?

RAV KOOK ON YOM Kippur Part 1 Complete Teshuvah

The focus of the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is teshuvah — return or repentance. We recite the Avinu Malkeinu prayer during this period, requesting: “Our Father our King! Return us in complete teshuvah before You.” When is teshuvah full and complete?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for a Skokie boy, Yisroel Yehuda ben Dena Sarah that there be should be good news regarding his treatment.

CHABAD.ORG Mazal tov to Jews everywhere!

Mazal Tov to Jews everywhere for completing the Rambam study cycle! B"H Mazal Tov! Today, hundreds of thousands of Jews will complete the entirety of Torah law, following a special study cycle initiated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. A portion of Mishneh Torah—the 14-volume compendium on Jewish law by Maimonides (Rambam)—is studied every day. Today, we conclude the 36th annual cycle. Each year, more people join in this extraordinary experience of Jewish scholarship, which unites Jews of all walks of life in learning this unique work that encompasses all 613 mitzvot of the Torah. The new cycle begins tomorrow. This is the perfect time to start learning Rambam every day. There are three tracks to this study schedule, enabling everyone to join at their own pace: Those capable follow a three-chapter-per-day schedule, which completes the Mishneh Torah in slightly less than one year. For those unable to study three chapters every day, the Rebbe suggested a parallel track at a more modest pace of one chapter daily, which lasts nearly three years. For those who find even that too difficult, the Rebbe instituted yet a third track. Paralleling the three-chapter-per-day regimen by learning daily about the same commandments being studied there in detail, this one explores Maimonides’ significantly shorter Sefer Hamitzvot (“Book of Commandments”), concluding all 613 mitzvahs each year. Resources to Aid Rambam Study Hebrew texts, English translations, audio classes, video lectures and more are all available on the Daily Study page. Here is some of what you can find: Moznaim Publisher’s landmark translation of the entire Mishneh Torah in English by Rabbi Eli Touger is displayed neatly alongside Hebrew texts. Video classes on Mishneh Torah by the late Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon and on Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Mendel Kaplan are both popular. Sefer Hamitzvot is available in versions geared for both kids and adults. You can receive Rambam and Sefer Hamitzvot via email. If you an app person, the “Hayom” app has daily Rambam, along with other components of the daily study regimen and other handy information. You may also enjoy using the “Rabbi Gordon” app. And if you are a consumer of audio, especially podcasts, rest assured that we’ve got you covered. In addition to Hebrew and English texts, you can also study via audio, video podcasts and even sign up to receive daily emails. Find out more about this special study and celebration, and to join the new cycle (which begins Wednesday!):

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Aneinu Tehillim Gathering Tonight at Mikor Hachaim

Tehillim Gathering Tonight  There will be a Tehillim Gathering TONIGHT  for men and women as a zechus for Shimona bas Daniella and all the cholim in Chicago and Klal Yisroel at Beis Medrash Mikor Hachaim (2849 W. Chase) at 6:45 PM. Mincha- 6:10 PM Maariv- 7:09 PM Fast Ends- 7:34 PM       Beis Medrash Mikor HaChaim - 2849 West Chase Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Aneinu Please Daven

Please daven for a refuah shlema for a young Chicago woman, Shimona bas Daniella.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[Aneinu] Additional Segulah for Rosh Hashana

From Rabbi Zwecker it's a known Segulah to say and have in mind the zechus of Rav Levi Yitzchak Ben Sora Sosha( Berditchver Rebbe Kedushas Levei)while blowing and listening to the Shofer.

[Aneinu] Segulos for Rosh Hasahana

/2017, 10:38:24: Batsheva Haim: 馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂SPECIAL SEGULOS FOR ROSH HASHANAH, AS TOLD BYREBBITZIN YAMIMAUV MIZRACHI:It’s vital everyday not to get angry, but in particular on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, this is the day the Jewish people are judged, the gentiles are judged on the second day. On this day there is strict judgment in Shamayim and it is amust not to get angry at all, not even to think in an angry way. Don’t invite guests that you know will ‘push your buttons’ that you will not be able to control, wait to host on the second day. Don’t get stuck in worry, anger and definitely not in sadness. The way the year begins, is the way it will flow the coming year. Don’t allow yourself to speak badly. Before sitting down at the Seder look at everyone’s eyes and bless them each individually, feel forgiveness for everyone around you. Allow love and peace to enter your heart. Everyone should say a ‘L’Chaim’ out loud and bless each other with complete simcha. The Rosh Hashanah table should be filled with abundance of colors, different types of foods. Apples and honey: use red apples, it is a segula for a zivug, to find one’s soul mate/shalom bayit and for getting pregnant. It is an eis ratzon,special holy time, before eating the apple, smell the apple and ask for whatever you want. It was at this time that Ya’akov received the blessing from his father Yitzchak. When he smelled Ya’akov he smelled the fragrance of Gan Eden, of the apple, and even though he was undeserving of the bracha, due to the fact that it was supposed to go to Esav, he still received it. Ask for anything you wish. Pomegranate and rubia: ask Hashem to bring out your potential. We all have never ending potential, do we use it all? Ask Hashem for help.. just like it’s hard to take apart the seeds, please Hashem help us realize our potential and be who we are meant to be. Leeks, beets, dates: ask Hashem to take away any feelings of resentment, anger, bitterness towards anyone. Ask Hashem to help us throw these feelings away from ourselves and remove them from our heart. Ask Hashem to enable you to be able to rebuild your feelings and relationship with these people. Fish head: ask Hashem that you should lead your household and not anyone else (like our children who tend to control us…) when looking at the fish, ask Hashem to protect you from the evil eye. All throughout the seder, ask Hashem to make your home a palace: you the queen and your husband the king, your children the prince/princesses. Ask Hashem to make you all children of the King, this requires us to act like children of the King, meaning again: DO NOT GET ANGRY, WORRIED, DISTRESSED, be royal. Get up early on Rosh Hashanah; this blesses the coming year with ease. A year that your wishes will be fulfilled quickly. Try to postpone your afternoon rest until after 1:00 pm. It is vital to daven for parnassah on Rosh Hashanah, according to Rav Dessler ztk’l. This proclaims that we trust in Hashem and know that everything is from Him. Ask to be a giver of tzadakah. Very important to dress festively, even wear white and be HAPPY Before hearing the shofar accept upon yourself: v’Ahavta L’Reiacha Kamocha (Love your neighbour as you love yourself). If you hold a grudge towards someone in the shul, the shofar will not be able to ascend and sweeten the judgments. During the shofar: think of the following: resurrection of the dead, that Hashem can revive anything that has ‘died out’ in you be it physically and spiritually. Don’t talk during the shofar blowing. Think about all that you want to be. We are being reborn! Very important to shed a tear during the shofar and to wipe the tear over your forehead (to wipe away transgressions {AriZal zt’l}). This serves as a shield for the entire year against any bad things i.e. illness. Whoever is able to shed a tear then can be rest assured that she is being judged at that moment and if she comes back to teshuvah at that point, she will be blessed with a good year. During the first blow of shofar, take one particular transgression that you did and ask for forgiveness. During the second blows of the shofar, the shevarim, hurt/cry for those who are in pain and in sorrow, i.e. the families of terror victims, the families that lost their loved ones, those who are ill…. During the next set of blows accept upon yourself a new mitzvah: tznius, tefillah, tzedakah… The intention should be in your heart without uttering a word. During Mussaf prayer when the chazzan says the word: ayeh, you can ask for one of three things, whisper to yourself: 1) Parnassah 2) Ruach Hakodesh 3) Righteous Children Once we hear the shofar on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the judgments are lessened and sweetened and there is less stringency in Shamayim. Don’t eat anything sour or spicy on Rosh Hashanah, only sweet foods. Everything that you do makes an impact on the entire year. Don’t use walnuts or black grapes. OTHER SEGULOS: 1) Prepare the seder table early in the afternoon, it is a segula that no troubles will come upon you the entire year, B’H. 2) Try to do ta’anit dibur, not to speak, the morning of Rosh Hashanah (speak only words of Torah). If possible fast as well; this way 1/3 of your transgressions will be wiped away. This comes out on Wednesday morning. 3) Candles for Rosh Hashanah: before lighting give 18 of ‘something (coins, bills) to tzedakah: 18 cents, 18 dollars, etc.. This serves as a pidyon nefesh. Ask Hashem that if something bad c’v is supposed to happen, let the tzedakah stand as a protector against it. 4) Buy a new knife and use it on Rosh Hashanah eve to cut open the challah and apple. It is a segula for a long life and for parnassah. 5) Bake challahs: bake it in the shapes of a circle. 6) Bircat Hamazon: the first one said on Erev Rosh Hashanah say it with enthusiasm and joy, it is a segula for an abundance of parnassah. 7) Recite the following perakim of TehillimAlef, Beit, Gimmel and Daled before sleeping on both nights to prevent bad dreams. 8) Buy a new dress/clothing for Rosh Hashanah. Intend on this new article when reciting the bracha of She’hechiyanu DO NOT FORGET ERUV TAVSHILIM THIS YEAR…. ALSO IT IS THE YAHRZEIT OF SARAH IMEINU ON THE FIRST DAY OF ROSH HASHANAH, LIGHT A CANDLE AND DAVEN IN HER ZECHUT THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE ZOCHE TO BE WONDERFUL WIVES AND MOTHERS AS SHE WAS A TRUE TZADEKES…讜讬讛讬 专爪讜谉 诪诇驻谞讬 讗讚讜谉 讻诇讛谞砖诪讜转 专讬讘讜谉 讻诇 讛诪注砖讬诐 砖转转讞讚砖 讘讞住讚 讜讘专讞诪讬诐 讘专讻转 专讘讬 讬砖诪注讗诇 讘谉 讗诇讬砖注讻讛谉 讙讚讜诇 :讬讛讬 专爪讜谉 诪诇驻谞讬讱 砖讬讻讘砖讜专讞诪讬讱 讗转 讻注住讱 讜讬讙讜诇讜专讞诪讬讱 注诇 诪讬讚讜转讬讱 讜转转谞讛讙注诪谞讜 诇驻谞讬诐 诪砖讜专转 讛讚讬谉HAVE A WONDERFUL CHAG ANDGEULAH BEKAROV TO AHM YISRAEL!! 馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂馃崕馃嵂

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From an Aneinu member: Please say Tehillim for my uncle. Its matter of time now. The Dr. can't do anything. John Yochanan ben Leah Lulu.


So join Rabbi Eric Levy and Rabbi Jack Abramowitz for Daniel today.

New Music Alert! Nachum and Avraham Fried Debut “Kama Tov Shenifgashnu”

n celebration of the release of his new Israeli CD, Nachum welcomed the legendary Avraham Fried to this morning’s JM in the AM for the official debut of “Kama Tov Shenifgashnu.” They discussed the CD and played several of the new songs. They also talked about the exciting Chol Hamoed Succot concert benefiting United Hatzalah of Israel that will star Avraham Fried, 8th Day, Benny Friedman, Eli Marcus and Simcha Friedman. You can watch the interview on the NSN Facebook page HERE.

OU TORAH YU TORAH NAALEH.COM Assessment and Accountability By Shira Smiles

The mishna says we pass before Hashem (in judgement) like “bnei maron.” The Gemara gives three explanations of this phrase. Why do we need three different metaphors to explain the same idea? Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein One of the most striking images in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy is a line in the Nesaneh Tokef borrowed from Mesechet Rosh Hashanah: “And all mankind will pass before You kivnei maron, like a shepherd pasturing his flock, making sheep pass under his staff…” What does kivnei maron mean? The simplest and most obvious translation is, as ArtScroll translates, “Like members of the flock.” Rabbi Leff in Festivals of Life explains this phrase as each sheep being counted separately. But he continues to cite two additional metaphors the Gemarrah uses for this phrase. There was a narrow pass up to Beis Maron through which people could ascend only in single file. Perhaps this was what the phrase refers to. Finally, perhaps the phrase refers to the soldiers in King David’s army who would pass before him for inspection individually. How does each of these metaphors add understanding to kivnei maron? While the metaphors strongly suggest individual assessment, they also allude to communal responsibility. How can these metaphors together help us in our search for teshuvah, for return to our root purpose, the theme of the Day of Rosh Hashanah?

OU TORAH YU TORAH NAALEH.COM Glorious Gathering By Shira Smiles

Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein One of the most awe inspiring events of Jewish ritual must have been the mitzvah of Hakhel. Once every seven years, at the end of theshemitta/Sabbatical cycle, during the Succot festival, “When all Israel comes to appear before Hashem, your God, … you shall read this Torah before all Israel… Gather together the people – the men, women, small children, and the stranger who is in your cities – so that they will hear… and learn… and fear Hashem. And their children who do not know – they shall hear…”

OU TORAH Selichos 5777 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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OU TORAH NItzavim Vayelech 5777 By Rabbi Shalom Rosner

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YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Haazinu 5778

oronto Torah for Haazinu 5778 is a mini-edition, with articles on the parshah, Rosh HaShanah, and Rabbi Aharon Soloveichik on the role of secular Zionists.

YU TORAH Toronto Torah: Netzavim-Vayelech 5777

Toronto Torah for Parshiyot Netzavim and Vayelech 5777 includes articles on the parshah, Ahad ha'Am, the Hurva synagogue, Rabbi Soloveitchik on studying Torah at night and more.

YU TORAH Rosh Hashanah By Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik

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Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a reflective period in the Jewish calendar year. At one and the same time we look back at the accomplishments and failures of the past year and we also look forward to our lives and hoped for achievements in the coming good year now dawning upon us. The prayers of Rosh Hashanah represent this duality of outlook.


Ah! The covenant once more. The basis of the relationship between the Jewish people and their Creator is the covenant that exists between them. The covenant is central to the story of the Jewish people. Our father Avraham entered into and created the terms of this eternal covenant. The covenant was embodied in his flesh itself and sanctified by the sense of sacrifice that the historical narrative of Avraham and Yitzchak reinforced.


he custom of reciting selichot – penitential prayers – preceding Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is an ancient one dating back to the period of the Geonim in Babylonia if not even to Talmudic times. There are different customs as to when to begin reciting these prayers. Most Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jewish congregations begin the recitation of selichot at the beginning of the month of Elul while European Jewish communities begin their recitation the week preceding Rosh Hashanah itself.

This Season’s Leitmotif: Return! By Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

We have all been brought up to believe in the importance of progress. For the past several centuries, the goal of philosophy, religion, culture, and certainly science has been to develop ideas and practices which advance humankind beyond its present state.

Why Be Jewish? By Britain's Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

In the last days of his life Moses renews the covenant between God and Israel. The entire book of Devarim has been an account of the covenant – how it came about, what its terms and conditions are, why it is the core of Israel’s identity as an am kadosh, a holy people, and so on. Now comes the moment of renewal itself, a kind of national referendum as it were.

RAV KOOK ON Rosh Hashanah: Blasts That Penetrate the Heart

“Fortunate is the nation that knows the teruah-blast” (Psalms 89:16). What is so special about recognizing the sound of the shofar? Rav Kook explained that in the shofar-blasts, one may hear the inner call of teshuvah. This idea is illustrated in the following story:

RAV KOOK ON VaYeilech: The Song of Torah

Near the end of his life, Moses commanded the people: “Now write for yourselves this song and teach it to the Israelites” (Deut. 31:19). This verse is the source-text for the obligation of each Jew to write a Torah scroll.1 But why did Moses refer to the Torah as a ’song’? In what way should we relate to the Torah as song?