THE BETH HAMEDROSH HAGODOL KESSER MAARIV ANSHE LUKNIK NEWSLETTER NISSAN/ IYAR 5774 APRIL / MAY 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES TO REMEMBER áñØã 5th. In Israel they will observe it on Tuesday May 6. Please Daily Mincha-Maariv Has Resumed With the return of daylight savings time we have resumed show the world our love for Eretz Yisrael, the place where daily Mincha-Maariv. Mincha is about 10-15 minutes the Divine presence rests. before sunset. Shacharit continues to be at 6:00 am Graduation Kiddush Monday through Friday, and at 8:00 am on Sunday. We will be celebrating the graduations of many of our Kesser Maariv students with a Kiddush in June. If you REMEMBER TO SELL YOUR CHAMETZ !!! have a graduate, please contact the office. Pesach begins on the night of April 14th. For those of you waiting to sell your chametz, your wait is over. The time E-mail List We occasionally send e-mails with important information. to sell is now. Any chametz not sold before Passover will To join our list, please email We have to be disposed of in a proper manner even after are happy to have more than one e-mail address per family. Passover. While it is preferable to sell your chametz in person, in response to those who have requested a written Cards All-Occasion Cards are available for purchase from the authorization because of their inability to come in, a form office for $1.50 each or 13 cards for $18. If you would like has been included elsewhere in this newsletter. The form us to send a card for you for $2, please contact Wendy must be received by the Rabbi no later than Wednesday, th Hartz at (708) 205-5109. April 9 . For more Passover information and Chametz Rent the Shul for Your Simcha form, please see later in this newsletter. For information regarding renting the Social Hall for your Pre-Pesach Shiurim at Kesser Maariv event, please call Ben Zion Lazovsky at the Shul office at Once again we are extremely fortunate that HaRav Hagaon (847) 679-9800. Moshe Soloveichik S"hlita will be delivering his inspiring Haggadah lecture on Sunday morning, April 6th at 8:00 pm. Misheberach List If you have names for a misheberach, please send them to This shiur has won acclaim from attendees and participants the shul office or e-mail to as well as those that have listened to tapes of past lectures. Rabbi Meyer Juzint Books It will add so much to your seder. Rabbi Louis Lazovsky Rabbi Juzint’s Holocaust memoir Chain of Miracles is will deliver his Shabbat Hagadol shiur on April 12 at 5:30 available for purchase at the shul, at, and pm. All these classes are open to men and women. at Rosenblum’s and Kesher Stam. Haggadah Shiur - Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik Weekly Gemara Shiur Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 pm. Rabbi Benzie’s Talmud Class meets every Wednesday night Original Explanations and Themes of the Haggadah after Maariv. Soon after Pesach we will adjust the start time Shabbat Hagodol Drasha - Rabbi Louis Lazovsky to before Mincha. Shabbat, April 12 at 5:30 pm Parsha Podcasts Pesach in Halacha and Hashkafa Rabbi Louis Lazovsky's morning Vorts on the Parsha are In addition, three of Rabbi Ben Zion’s previous classes are now available as podcasts online at available from the office (just email us) and on (a link is on our homepage, On the Mitzvot of the Seder Night: Podomatic page you can subscribe via iTunes. Reciting the Haggadah; Matza; Maror; Four Cups; PAST EVENTS Reclining; Hallel and Preparing for Pesach: Bedikat ARK Food Drive – thank you for participating in this Chametz; How to Kasher your home; Selling Chametz; year’s drive. Yasher Koach to Larry Weinger for How Matza is Made. Thoughts on the Hagaddah. coordinating it... Purim – Yasher Koach to Rabbi Ben Zion Yom Hashoah Lazovsky for reading the Megilla three times. The Seudah Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, this year was a lot of fun. We were entertained by improv corresponding to Sunday, April 27, is the day that we comedians Cynthia Kmak and Grant Collins. Thanks to remember and pay tribute to those sacred Kedoshim who Judy & Larry Weinger for chairing and running the went to their eternal rest sanctifying the name of the Seudah... JUF Reception – Our Annual JUF event on Almighty in the ultimate act of Kiddush Hashem. May behalf of the 2014 Jewish United Fund saw our best their memory forever be a blessing. Hashem Yikom attendance ever! Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the son of a Damam. German WWII tank commander who was also a Nazi, Yom Ha’atzmaut - Israel Independence Day spoke about his journey after discovering his father’s past This year, Yom Ha’atzmaut, 5 Iyar, falls on Monday, May and his decision to convert to Judaism... Thanks to Cookie

Goldrich, Carmella Bega, Larry PASSOVER DATES TO REMEMBER Rosen and Larry Weinger for Shabbat Hagodol Drasha Shabbat Afternoon April 12 at 5:05 pm serving dinner at Café ARK. Search for Chametz Bedikat Chametz Sunday night, April 13 Adele Goldblum Women’s Fast of the First Born-Taanit Bechorim (Siyum after minyan) Monday, April 14 Council – Upcoming Events Prohibition of eating Chametz begins at 10:14 am Monday, April 14 We will tentatively have our first Burning of Chametz before 11:33 am (8255 Central Park) Monday, April 14 Women’s Shalashudos of “the Sedarim Monday evening April 14 & Tuesday evening April 15 season” on Shabbat, May 3. Eat the Afikomen no later than 12:51 am April 14 & April 15 Details to follow. First two days of Yom Tov Tuesday April 15 & Wednesday April 16 Ne w W om e n’ s Le ar ni ng Chol Hamoed (Intermediate Days) Thursday April 17-Sunday April 20 Opportunity – A class in Megillat Ruth will begin on Monday night Last Days of Yom Tov Sunday evening April 20 - Tuesday evening April 22 April 28th at 7:30 pm. No charge. Call Saretta at (847) 204-0556 for Hagalas Kaylim - Purification of Vessels for Passover the schedule of Monday night classes. "Kashering" those vessels that can be made kosher for Knitting – For emergency help with fiber entanglements or Passover use can be done at the cRc Pesach fair (see above) slipped stitches, call Wendy Hartz at 708-205-5109. or at Telshe Yeshiva, 3535 W. Foster in Chicago on Past Events Tuesday April 8 from 7:30-9:00 pm, and on Wednesday Megillat Esther classes taught by Sarah Kramer were very April 9 from 8:00-9:00pm. For appointments, information well-attended. on how to properly clean utensils before Kashering or for GOOD & WELFARE big Hagala jobs, please call (773) 727-5241. Mazel Tov to: Gilda Allswang on the marriage of her Proper Disposal of Shamos – For those families with granddaughter Chani Allswang of Har Nof, Jerusalem. Jewish works that require burial (as pages accidentally torn Hope You Are Feeling Better: Mrs. Jean Goldrich. out of a chumash or siddur), you can drop off your Shamos Thank you to our recent Kiddush Sponsors: Vicki Ross; the (for a small fee based on volume) at 7532 St. Louis, Lazovsky Family; and anonymous sponsors. Skokie, on Sunday, April 6th from 1-5 pm. Questions? Call Thank you to our recent Seudat Shlisheet Sponsors: 773-588-5078. Shamos should not be brought to Kesser Jeff & Eleanor Greenspan; Arkady & Ellen Kats; Herbert Maariv. Note: Likutei Pshatim (and similar publications) & Rita Lowenstein; Kay & David Max Lowenstein; Mike may be double-bagged and placed with the regular Wishner; and anonymous sponsors. garbage pickup. To sponsor a Kiddush or Seudat Shlisheet, please contact Selected Laws for Passover 5774 the office, or Judy Whisler at Preparing for Passover is always difficult. I will attempt to MAOT CHITTIM briefly cover 6 areas but urge you to either review the laws Passover is a time of the year when we remember those from the original source materials, attend any of the many who are not as fortunate as others. The "Shulchan Aruch classes being offered by competent rabbinic authorities, Code of the Jewish Law" reminds us of our obligation to including at Kesser Maariv, or call me with any questions. help all Jews celebrate Passover, our festival of freedom. 1) We Search for Chametz on Sunday night, April 13 after Please give generously to those in need so that they too can sundown. We follow all of the procedures and customs have Matzos, Wine, Maror and all other basic Passover including reciting the blessing as well as Kol Chamira needs. The Shul distributes Maot Chittim to people who (renunciation of ownership) upon conclusion of the search; need it. Donations may be sent to the office or given to 2) The Fast of the First Born is on Monday morning April Rabbis Louis, Ben Zion or Eli, and they will be distributed. 14. Fathers fast for their first born son under Bar Mitzvah. "Kol Dichfien Yasay V'yaichal - Whoever is needy, let them A Siyum can be attended if fasting is difficult. Our shul come and celebrate Passover with us." -Haggadah will hold a siyum on Monday morning after our 6:00 am Don’t miss Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik’s Haggadah minyan; Shiur on Sunday, April 6 at 8:00 pm! 3) We Burn Chametz on Monday morning April 14. Burning of the Chametz will be available that day, from PRE-PASSOVER PREPARATIONS 8:00 am until 11:30 am, at 8255 Central Park in Skokie cRc Pesach Fair (ICJA property), enter from Oakton or Main St. We On Sunday, April 6th, from 2 PM to 6 PM, the cRc is proud perform Bitul Chametz and recite the Kol Chamira at this to present their annual Pesach Fair at Hebrew Theological time; College, 7135 N. Carpenter in Skokie, with several booths 4) The Prohibition of Eating Chametz begins at 10:14 am to help the community prepare for Pesach, including a on Monday morning April 14; Romaine lettuce checking demonstration, knife sharpening, 5) The Seder - We cannot begin the seder until after hagalas keilim, and the opportunity to ask your Pesach nightfall. In each and every generation we must feel as if questions to a cRc rabbi. Many of these booths will be we are re-experiencing the exodus from Egypt. available at no charge. No appointments neccessary.

Accordingly, we must delve into the Haggadah to remember the suffering of our ancestors and to learn of the greatness of Hashem. We must involve our children in this process and realize that each part of the Passover Seder has great meaning and significance. In addition to reciting the Hagaddah, special mitzvot of the night include drinking four cups of wine or grape juice, eating Matza, and eating Maror. We must eat the Afikomen by 12:51 am both nights; 6) Second Seder - We cannot begin to make preparations or begin the second seder until after candle lighting on Tuesday evening April 15, which is not before 8:14 pm. Please call me at home (847) 676-0556 or at the synagogue (847) 679-9800 if you have any questions about these or other issues, including how to “kasher” appliances and utensils for Pesach (Contact the office for a copy of Rabbi Ben Zion’s shiur on this topic, or go to A Chag Kasher V'samayach, and on this Pesach, may we merit the ultimate redemption.

Shabbat Hagodol - April 12 is Shabbat Hagodol. It always takes place the Shabbat before Passover. The message of this Shabbat is the maturity of the Jewish people in their slaughtering a sheep, the primary Egyptian deity, as the Korban Pesach, which led to their deliverance. The Omer, or period of counting 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, is a solemn period when twenty four thousand students of Rabbi Akiva, all rabbis and leaders of Israel, passed away. We being counting (“Sfira”) the night of April 15th. One should count after sunset. If one forgot to count at night, count the next day without reciting the blessing. If one forgot the entire day, the blessing may not be recited for the rest of the Omer, even if one counts at night. During this time we refrain from celebrating weddings, having haircuts, purchasing new clothing and hearing live music. On the 33rd day of the counting, known as Lag B’Omer, this year corresponding to Sunday, May 18, the students did not die. As a result, it is a day of joy and celebration. Marriages, which are ordinarily prohibited during the sefira period, are permitted on Lag B’Omer, and field trips and outings take place. In Israel, the day is marked by the bonfires and pilgrimages are made to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose Yahrzeit is on Lag B’Omer. Shavuot begins on Tuesday evening June 3 and ends on Thursday evening June 5.

Brief Laws of Kashering Your Kitchen for Pesach by Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky Kashering your kitchen for Pesach is never easy. Below are some main points on Kashering. Please ask any Rabbi Lazovsky for more details or even to see if your situation differs from what is listed below. We are always happy to help people understand what they need to do to Kasher their kitchen. Ovens: Run a self clean with the oven racks inside. If it is not self-clean it is Kasherable, but ask me for instructions. Rangetops Gas: Burners should be on for one hour with the grates in their normal position. The grates must also be covered with foil. Electric ranges need to be red-hot for at least 45 minutes. Often you must but a brick on the burner for it to turn red-hot. Glass top ranges have slightly different details; please ask me. Dishwashers: Most dishwashers may not be kashered for Pesach. Sinks: Stainless steel sinks may be kashered with hagala (pouring scalding water on them). Sinks must be clean and with no rust spots. Boil water in a container until there is a rolling boil, and carefully pour the water on all parts of the sink and faucet. Cast-iron sinks cannot be kashered. Still, one must pour boiling water on the cast-iron sink as described above, and additionally one must cover the surface of the sink. One possibility is to buy a dishpan that fits in your sink and drill a hole in it to drain (but be careful the sink should not back up into the dishpan). Silverware: Can be kashered if they are rust free with Hagala. You can drop them into a pot of boiling water one at a time, or go to the cRc Pesach Fair (see above). Pots: Pots that are usually used for cooking liquids may be kashered by Hagala, provided they are clean and have no crevices. For details, see one of the Rabbis Lazovsky, or bring it to the cRc Pesach Fair. Frying pans and roasting pans cannot be kashered. Dishes: Cannot be kashered. Countertops: The cRc Passover Guide has an extensive list of countertop materials and if they may be kashered. Even if your contertop cannot be kashered, clean it well and cover it – some people cover it with boards, some use Contact paper with light adhesive and some use aluminum foil. Whatever you use, cover it well so that food will not touch the countertop. Refrigerators: Must be thoroughly cleaned with soapy water. Small appliances like coffee makers, blenders and food processors cannot be kashered for Pesach. For any other items, please ask me - email A Happy and Kosher Pesach to one and all!!!

Date Tazria - Hachodesh Metzora Acharei-Mot - Hagadol 1st Day Pesach 2nd Day Pesach Shabbat Chol Hamoed 7th Day Pesach 8th Day Pesach Kedoshim Emor Behar Bechukotai Bamidbar Naso 3/28-3/29 4/4-4/5 4/11-4/12 4/14-4/15 4/15-4/16 4/18-4/19 4/20-4/21 4/21-4/22 4/25-4/26 5/2-5/3 5/9-5/10 5/16-5/17 5/23-5/24 5/30-5/31 Candle Lighting 6:52 pm 7:00 pm 7:08 pm 7:11 pm 8:14 pm 7:16 pm 7:18 pm 8:21 pm 7:23 pm 7:31 pm 7:39 pm 7:46 pm 7:53 pm 7:59 pm Erev Mincha 6:55 pm 7:00 pm 7:10 pm 7:15 pm 7:15 pm 7:20 pm 7:20 pm 7:25 pm 7:25 pm 7:35 pm 7:40 pm 7:50 pm 7:55 pm 8:00 pm Shacharit 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am Yizkor 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am 8:45 am Shiur 5:45 pm 5:50 pm 5:30 pm Drasha no shiur no shiur no shiur no shiur no shiur 6:15 pm 6:20 pm 6:30 pm 6:35 pm 6:45 pm 6:50 pm Mincha 6:45 pm 6:50 pm 7:00 pm 7:15 pm 7:15 pm 7:20 pm 7:25 pm 7:25 pm 7:15 pm 7:20 pm 7:30 pm 7:35 pm 7:45 pm 7:50 pm

If you have a chiyuv - obligation to daven or require an Aliya, please inform Rabbi Lazovsky before Shabbat. To sponsor a kiddush or shalashudos, please call Judy Whisler at (847) 677-2281. WEEKDAY SCHEDULE Classes • Sunday Mornings at 9:45 am: Parsha Class in Minyanim meet in the Kaufman Bais Midrash the Weekly Sedra. Given by Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik • Wednesday nights after Maariv: “Gemara Shacharit Sunday: 8:00 am, Brachos.” Given by Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky. Monday-Friday: 6:00 am • Sha b ba t a ft ern o on s one hour before Mincha: Abarbanel on Parsha. Given by Rabbi Louis Lazovsky. Mincha-Maariv Sunday-Thursday: 10 minutes before sundown • For more learning opportunities, contact Rabbis B. or E. Lazovsky Minyan Times Malamud Reference Library – Come and Learn from any of the hundreds of titles in our library. Lending Library – Members may borrow books from our Lending Library, located on the south side of the Social Hall Tape Lending Library – We have tapes and digital audio files on many topics including Chumash, Talmud and Mussar. Brief Committee Contact Information Bricks Saretta Lazovsky (847) 204-0556 Chesed Fund Anne Elovic (847) 673-2904 Endowment Michael Hartz (708) 366-7662 Happy Day Cards Wendy Hartz (708) 205-5109 Kiddush & Seudat Shlisheet Judy Whisler (847) 677-2281 or Membership Bob Greenstein (847) 967-7408 and Judy Whisler (847) 677-2281 Donate Books & Siddurim; Social Hall Rental; Tree of Life ; Yahrzeit Plaques: Office at (847) 679-9800 or

SELLING THE CHAMETZ - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!!! Any "Chametz" which an individual desires to use after Passover must not only be stored in a separate place in the home where it is not seen during the holiday, but it must also be considered as not belonging to the individual for that period. This is effected by authorizing the Rabbi to sell the "Chametz" and the place where the “Chametz” is found to a non-Jew. Rabbi Lazovsky is available to sell the Chametz at his home, at the shul or by special appointment. Please call (847) 6760556 to make the necessary arrangements. While it is preferable to do this in person, in response to those who have requested a written authorization because of their inability to do this in person, the following form may be used. The form must be received by the Rabbi no later than Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Fill in the date, your name, home and business addresses, and sign the form. ` ` Detach & Return` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` IF YOU WILL NOT BE IN THE CHICAGO METRO AREA FOR PASSOVER PLEASE INDICATE THE CITY AND TIME ZONE (hours ahead/behind Chicago) WHERE YOU WILL BE: ___________________TIME ZONE:________ Date: ____________________ I ____________________________________ hereby authorize Rabbi Louis Lazovsky as my agent with the power of attorney to sell all foods and items of Chametz in accordance with the requirements of Jewish Law, including leasing all the area(s) in my possession where there is Chametz. This sale includes, but is not limited to, Chametz found at the following addresses: ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

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`````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` PASSOVER YIZKOR MEMORIAL SERVICES Yizkor is always recited on the last day of Passover. This year, Yizkor will be recited on Tuesday, April 22. The congregation will continue to observe Yizkor for all who have a plaque. For those that do not have a plaque who want Yizkor recited, please make certain that we properly remember the names of our departed loved ones. In order to do this, we request that you fill in the HEBREW first name of your departed loved one, as well as the HEBREW first name of their father in the space provided below. You can submit as many names as you need, just make extra copies of the form, or write all of the names on a separate piece of paper and return them to the rabbi in the enclosed envelope. Please remember that in the Yizkor prayer we recite that the soul of the departed should rest in eternal paradise on the merit of charity given in their name. Please write the Hebrew Name of the Deceased and the Hebrew name of the deceased’s father. _________________________________ BEN/BAT _________________________________ _________________________________ BEN/BAT _________________________________ _________________________________ BEN/BAT _________________________________ _________________________________ BEN/BAT _________________________________

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