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Hello, my name is Dalia Mitzner and I am eleven years old. I currently attend the Laurel School of Princeton. On September 2, 2018, I will celebrating my bat mitzvah.
As part of my preparation for my bat mitzvah, I wanted to do a very meaningful project. That is why I decided to choose Sharsheret for my chesed project. A chesed project is pre-bat mitzvah volunteer project where the person volunteers in order to perform tikkun olam, which means repair the world.
Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization that supports women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer. The word sharsheret in Hebrew means chain.
Breast Cancer is a very serious disease and one of the main causes of death for women. In addition to knowing people in my own community who are affected by it, I also had a cousin who passed from the disease.
I first found out about Sharsheret a year ago when my old school, Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (RPRY) held a Pink Day. A Pink Day is where people are encouraged to wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness. I was serving on the student council at the time and was helping out with selling some Sharsheret merchandise to raise money for the organization. I came away from the experience very impressed with Sharsheret and appreciative of all their work to help fight this horrible disease.
The money donated will support the free program and resources Sharsheret provides to thousands nationwide who contact them as well enhance their efforts to educate others about their cancer genetic history and preventative measures. In order for you to learn more about all the great things Sharsheret does, I have also included a link to their website.
As part of my fundraising goal, I am hoping to raise a lot of money so I can help a lot of different families. My goal is to raise $1,000. With your donation, you will receive a Sharsheret giveaway!
Please go to my fund raising page and donate. Tizku l’mitzvot (may you merit to do more good deeds)!
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This year the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat, therefore the fast is pushed to Sunday. Shabbat, Shabbat Chazon, has no restrictions whatsoever for sefaradim.
Procedure Starting from Shabbat Afternoon
This year there is no seudat hamafseket before the fast since the fast starts at the end of Shabbat. Instead the minha prayer (Tsidkatecha will not be mentioned by mincha), will be held earlier on in the day in order to leave enough time to eat a proper seuda shelishit as usually done on a normal Shabbat. We must be finished with eating or drinking by 6.23 pm.
After 9.05 pm, recite Baruch hamavdil ben kodesh lechol before doing any melacha and change into weekday clothing which had previously been worn, and change into non-leather shoes.
In arvit of motsaei shabat we must say ata honantanu. Havdalah this week will only be recited on Sunday night. In synagogue, on motsaei Shabbat the berachah– boreh me’oreh ha’esh will be recited for the congregants before reading Echa. A woman who doesn’t hear it in synagogue should make it at home, her husband can say it for her before going to arvit. On Sunday night before one breaks the fast havdalah must be recited only on a cup of wine without besamim or fire.
This year because Tisha be’Av is postponed, a sick or elderly individual who will not be fasting or a pregnant or nursing woman must make havdalah on a cup preferably of grape juice and not wine, on fire, and not on besamim. A sick or otherwise exempt woman's husband may say Havdalah for her, she must drink the cup and in this case the husband will not need to say havdalah on Sunday night.
Laws for Sunday
From 9.05 pm on Motzaei Shabbat until 1.04 pm Sunday we sit on the floor like mourners. After 1.04 pm we can sit on chairs and start preparing for the breaking of the fast.
All the laws of mourning pertain to this year even though the fast is postponed. This includes the 5 inuyim of: no eating or drinking; no ointment or makeup; no leather shoes; not washing the body – only wash up to the knuckles when doing netilat yadayim; laws of separation between spouses; and the rest of the laws.
There is no tachanun on Tisha be’Av because of the fact that when the Bet Hamikdash will be rebuilt (speedily in our days! Amen,) this day will turn into a festival. “Anenu” is recited in the amidah of all three prayers: arvit, shaharit, and minha.
One shouldn’t go to the market place, shopping malls, or take strolls because it might make a person lose focus on the Churban, and even worse, possibly even to be light-headed, and behave in a manner inappropriate to the sadness of the day. A person definitely should refrain from shopping on Tisha BeAv.
The Fast ends at 9.04 pm
Birkat Halevana should be recited on motza’eh Tisha be’Av (Sunday night) preferably with one’s normal shoes.
Meat and wine can be eaten starting from motza’eh Tisha be’Av. This is an exception to this year because it is postponed (The Ashkenazi minhag is that meat and wine should not be eaten until Monday morning.
We mustn’t forget to ask ourselves WHY we are mourning. We must remind ourselves that we are in exile and so is the Divine Presence. We are crying,for the Bet Hamikdash to be rebuilt and to be able to experience Hashem in full glory. This way we will have the opportunity to become close to Him more than ever.
יהי רצון שנזכה לביאת גואל צדק ושיבנה בית המקדש במהרה בימינו אמן
Etz Ahaim works with HP/Edison Connects to welcome new members of our community. HP/Edison Connects provides welcome baskets to new families and individuals, and gives them information about the schools and synagogues.
HP/Edison Connect also sets up families and individuals with Shabbat meals from members of the various synagogues in our area to help new community members meet new friends and establish a connection to the community itself.
If you would like to help host new families for Shabbat meals, please fill out the following form, and our HP/Edison Connect coordinator will get in contact with you.
The purpose of this memo is to offer a transparent presentation of the process followed by the Vaad when a new establishment applies for our kosher certification, and to share Vaad policies which are unknown or misunderstood by much of the general community.
Since its inception 34 years ago, the Vaad has recognized that Jewish communities flourish when there is a wide range of local kosher stores, and our community is well served by the presence and continued growth of kosher food establishments. For this reason, the Vaad has invested countless hours meeting with individuals who expressed an interest in operating local kosher eateries. We have endeavored to accommodate every new proposal for a kosher establishment as well as encourage new establishments to open. Some of these ventures turned into reality, but most were abandoned by the potential proprietors. Our community is relatively small. Many establishments have not survived for long periods of time, and new businesses are often not willing to risk the significant investment of capital associated with opening a new store.
Some are under the misimpression that the Vaad will not accept a new application from a store that will compete with an existing kosher establishment under our supervision. Nothing is further from the truth. The Vaad never grants exclusivity to any store under its supervision. It is our belief that it is not the role of the Vaad to decide which businesses should be allowed to benefit our community. We have made this policy known to all new applicants, as well as to store owners under our supervision. If multiple pizza shops, bakeries, butcher shops, restaurants, etc. would apply for Vaad supervision, all such stores would be certified, if appropriate kosher criteria are met.
That said, Halacha affords a store owner a limited form of redress from competition which could possibly threaten the viability of his business. This Halachic principle is known as Hasagas G’vul (knownin secular law as encroachment). The laws of Hasagas G’vul are complex and take into account many variables and considerations. If a store owner believes that another establishment will unduly infringe on his business, he has the right to summons his perceived competitor to a Din Torah.
Members of the Vaad do not participate in a Din Torah between local stores because we generally know one or both litigants and cannot serve as impartial judges. If there is a request for a Din Torah, the Vaad will refer the matter to a Beis Din for adjudication. If the Beis Din decides in favor of the currently supervised establishment, the Vaad will not grant supervision to the new store. If not, the Vaad will grant the new store supervision, so long as it is in compliance with the Vaad’s kosher criteria. As part of its rules of supervision, the Vaad expects store owners to respond to appropriate requests for a Din Torah and to abide by the decisions of the Beis Din. The Vaad will not grant supervision to any store that ignores the Beis Din process.
Over the years, there have been a number of Dinei Torah between our local establishments and those who proposed to open in our community. To date, to the best of the Vaad’s knowledge, a Beis Din has not ruled that a new store may not open in our community because of Hasagas G’vul, though at times the Beis Din has restricted the proposed store from offering certain menu items that an established store has on its menu, in order to limit direct competition.
The Vaad strongly encourages the community to support our local establishments. Some people shop in other neighborhoods or contract caterers from outside the community, for a variety of reasons. However, such a practice makes it more difficult for our local establishments to maintain profitability and it reinforces the perception that it is not easy for a new business to thrive in our community. It istherefore in everyone’s best interest to patronize our local stores whenever possible. Such allegiance also strengthens the achdus and harmony within our community.
The Vaad continues to make every effort to support the growth of our wonderful community. If you have questions about these matters, please feel free to contact any member of the Vaad.
Rosh Chodesh Av is Friday, July 13, 2018. The Talmud (Ta'anit 26b) teaches that from the onset of the month of Av joyfulness should be lessened, and one who has a court-case with a non-Jew should postpone it until after the tenth of Av.
Many mourning customs evolved through time starting the Seventeenth of Tamuz leading to Tish'ah B'Av. These customs are part of our Jewish identity and it is important that each person keep his custom.
- Sepharadim do not perform weddings from Rosh Chodesh (the new month) to the Ninth of Av.
- Negotiations for and acquisitions of items for joyous purposes, such as marriages, are postponed until after the Ninth of Av. However, they are permitted if the items would not be available later, or if they would then be more costly.
- Even though the Mishnah (Ta'anit 26b) restricts eating meat and drinking only during the Seudah Hamafseket, the last meal before the fast starts, many of the Rishonim rule that the prohibition starts from Rosh Chodesh Av until the tenth of Av midday since the Beth Hamikdash continued burning on the tenth of Av as well.
The Sephardic custom is to eat meat and drink wine on the day of Rosh Chodesh and Ashkenazim do not. The Yemenite custom is to eat meat until the Seudah Hamafseket as the Talmud rules. According to most opinions, meat and wine may be consumed on Shabbat since we do not mourn on Shabbat.
- An Ashkenazi custom is not to bathe. However, according to many contemporary opinions, bathing in our day and age is part of daily hygiene and therefore is permitted. However, in order to fulfill the custom of mourning, bathing should be done in a different way (i.e. to shower with warm water instead of hot water).
- According to many opinions, the blessing of Sheheheyanu should not be recited during this period of time since it is not an auspicious time. According to most opinions, the blessing may be recited on Shabbat since there is no mourning on Shabbat.
- One should not listen to music.
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