• Is it a Mitzvah to Make Shidduchim for Non-Frum Jews and Goyim?

    Posted: Fri, 08/29/2008
    When: Sunday August 31, 10 a.m.
    Where: Ballroom
    Rav Eisenman's Sunday Morning Contemporary Halacha Shiur will be on the topic of, “Is it a Mitzvah to Make Shidduchim for Non-Frum Jews and Goyim?” This Sunday morning, August 31st / 30 Av. Breakfast at 10 a.m., shiur at 10:15 in the ballroom. Men and women are invited. Sponsorship is available. Last week’s shiur is available on CD in the Beis Medrash or by calling the shul office.
  • Mazal Tov

    Posted: Fri, 08/29/2008
    Mazal Tov to Rivkie Lichstein upon her engagement to Michael Stall of Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Torah-Jewry and Zionism: Conflicting or Complimentary?

    Posted: Fri, 08/22/2008
    Continuing from last week. Rav Eisenman’s new weekly history lecture series this Sunday evening, August 24th at 8:30 in the ballroom, and continuing every Sunday.
  • Weddings in Shuls and in Conservative and Reform Temples, Part 1

    Posted: Fri, 08/22/2008
    Shiur is available on CD in the Beis Medrash or by calling the shul office.
  • Weddings in Shuls and in Conservative and Reform Temples, Part 2

    Posted: Fri, 08/22/2008
    When: Sunday 8/24
    Where: Ballroom
    Sunday Morning Contemporary Halacha Shiur, August 24th / 23 Av. Breakfast at 10 a.m., shiur at 10:15 in the ballroom. Men and women are invited. Sponsorship is available.
  • Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Yehudah Kaplan

    Posted: Fri, 08/22/2008
    On the birth of a granddaughter to their son Dovid and Gila Kaplan. May the family only celebrate Simchos.
  • Important Community Announcement Regarding November Elections

    Posted: Thu, 08/21/2008
    This November, in addition to the presidential and senate election, registered voters in Passaic will choose a Mayor and one of seven Council Members on the City Council. This is a highly significant election. It will have a lasting impact on our quality of lives and the taxes we pay. If you have not yet registered to vote, or if you have recently changed your address within the community, please do so as soon as possible. Voter Registration Applications (for Passaic County Residents) are available here: Or feel free to reply to this message () and we can email or postal mail it to you. Any child who has recently turned 18 should also be registered to vote. Completing the registration form will take less than three minutes; it will have a vital impact on issues confronting the community. Just a few years ago, one candidate lost his election by only 11 votes. Your vote could be the one to make the difference on behalf of issues vital to your friends, neighbors and the community. The ability to affect government locally and statewide is the direct result of voting. The success of our political leaders is the result of the community’s commitment to vote.
  • Mazel Tov!!

    Posted: Fri, 08/15/2008
    Mazal Tov to Yochanan and Lori Berkowitz on their marriage.
  • Advanced shiur for Women

    Posted: Fri, 08/15/2008
    When: Monday, August 18 at 8:30
    Rabbi Elchanan Adler will be beginning a new advanced text-based shiur for women this Monday evening, August 18th at 8:30, and continue for the next three Monday nights, 8/18-8/25-9/1, on the topic of Appreciating the Symphony of Haazinu: Lessons in Nechama. Intermediate-Advanced Hebrew background required. This class is by reservation only, which can be made at the first class. Please see flyer in the lobby for more information.
  • New History Lecture

    Posted: Fri, 08/15/2008
    When: Sunday night's, 8:30
    Where: Ballroom
    Rav Eisenman is beginning a new weekly history lecture series this Sunday night, August 17th at 8:30 in the ballroom, and continuing every Sunday. This week's topic will be, "Torah-Jewry and Zionism: Conflicting or Complimentary?"
  • Sunday Night Siur

    Posted: Fri, 08/15/2008
    When: Sunday 8/17, 8:30 pm
    Where: Shul ballroom
    Jewish History- The Story of Religous Zionism Open to Men and Women. Given by Rabbi Eisenman.
  • Contemporary Halacha Shiur

    Posted: Fri, 08/15/2008
    When: Sunday 8/17, 10:15 am
    Where: Shul ballroom
    Subject: Weddings in Shuls and in Conservative and Reform Temples Breakfast at 10 a.m., shiur at 10:15 in the ballroom. Men and women are invited. Sponsorship is available. Open to Men and Women. Given by Rabbi Eisenman.
  • Tisch!!

    Posted: Tue, 08/12/2008
    When: Friday August 15, 2008, 9:45 - 10:45 PM
    Did I hear you correctly? Did you say the word 'Tisch'? In the Summer? Yes, it is true!!!!! This Friday night at 9:45 pm there will be a Tisch in honor of Tu B'Av (don't know what that is? Come to the Tisch and find out) and Shabbos Nachamu (don't know what that is? Come to the Tisch and find out) !!! No need to go to the 'Mountains' for fun- we have it all here in the Ahavas!!!! Tisch- This Friday night at 9:45 to 10:45 pm Mezonos, Nosh, Potato Kugel, and Ruach and Great Stories !!!! Men and Women and Children Invited!!!
  • Tisha Bav Schedule

    Posted: Fri, 08/08/2008
    When: Sunday August 10th
    On Tisha B'Av, this Sunday August 10th, there will be two Minyanim for Shacharis: first Minyan at 6 AM - Kinos without explanation, second Minyan at 8 AM - Kinos with explanation.
    Mincha: 1:37, after the 8:00 Shacharis, 3:00, 6:00, & 7:20.
    Maariv: 8:40 & 9:14 only.
    Fast ends 8:52.

    The break-fast is being sponsored by Jeff Ringer in memory of Raizel bas Eliezer Yakov HaCohen.
  • Tisha Bav Halachos

    Posted: Fri, 08/08/2008
    When: Sunday April 10, 2008
    Halachos That Apply Before Shabbos

    a.. Bring your 'Tisha Bav' non-leather shoes to Shul before Shabbos.

    b.. Some Shuls (Ahavas Israel included) will be davening on Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night)later than usual (we will be davening at 9:15 pm which is 72 minutes after sunset, therefore, according to many poskim Shabbos has already ended by 8:58 pm; (unless you are machmir to wait 72 minutes), and therefore Shabbos will already have ended. Therefore, one should say after 8:58 pm: "HaMavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol" and then change to Tisha Bav shoes and then thy may drive to Shul.

    Shabbos Kodesh

    a.. Please note, Shabbos is Shabbos! None of the Halachos of Aveilos (mourning) apply!

    b.. The Shabbos meals should be regular with the following differences:

    1.. No food may be consumed after 7:59 pm!!!
    2.. Therefore- there will not be Shalosh Seudas (The Third Meal) in Shul this Shabbos.
    3.. The final Mincha in Ahavas Israel this Shabbos is 6:15 pm.
    4.. However, with the exception of not eating or drinking, none of the other halachos of Tisha Bav apply.
    5.. One may not change into their Tisha Bav shoes prior to 8:58 pm and after reciting HaMavdil Bein Kodesh L'chol.
    6.. One should not sit on the floor until after 8:58 and reciting HaMavdil.

    Shalosh Seudas and the Seudas HaMefsekes THIS IS THE MOST MIS-UNDERSTOOD!

    • This year we DO NOT eat the egg and the ashes!
    • The last meal you will eat before the fast is Shalosh Seudas and it is a regular Shalosh Seudas!
    • Perhaps one should not have guests and make a big party; however, the menu can even be meat!
    • It is a regular Shabbos Shalosh Seudas. There is no eggs and ashes this Shabbos!!!
    • All eating and drinking must stop by 7:59 pm on Shabbos day!


    • We will recite the Brocha: Borei Meorei HaEish in Shul on a multi-wicked Havdalah candle prior to the reading of Eichah on Saturday night.
    • You can also recite the Brocha at home after 8:58 pm on a multi-wicked Havdalah candle for your entire family and then proceed to Shul.
    • The remainder of Havdalah (the Brocha of HaMavdil) will be recited on Sunday night after the fast.
    • Havdalah on Sunday night will consist of a cup of wine or grape juice (even though it is after Tisha Bav- wine and/or grape juice is permitted for Havdalah) and the Brocha of HaMavdil. The Brocha on the besamim (spices) is omitted this year as are the pesukim of Hinei Kel...
    • If you have a psak to eat on Tisha Bav, (women included) you must make Havdalah prior to eating.
    • If you are making Havdalah on Tisha Bav itself- either on Saturday night or on Sunday day- you may make Havdalah on wine and/or grape juice.

    The Fast Itself

    • Tisha Bav is forbidden in five restrictions
    1. eating, drinking (counted as one);
    2. wearing leather shoes (leather belts are no problem);
    3. anointing (deodorants are allowed (and recommended if you are coming to Shul);
    4. bathing (we wash up to end of the fingers for 'nagel vasser' in the morning and if one's hands become soiled such as after changing a baby etc. one may wash to rid oneself of the dirt);
    5. Family togetherness (couples should treat the day as they do when family togetherness restrictions apply.

    • We do not learn Torah on Tisha Bav;
    • We do not say 'hello' the entire day.
    • All of these restrictions begin at 7:59 pm on Shabbos August 9th and continue until 8:52 on Sunday August 10th.
    • We also sit on chairs or cushions which are within 12 inches of the ground on Tisha Bav at night and the day of Tisha Bav until halachik noon.
    • At 1:02 pm on Sunday August 10th one may sit on a regular high chair.
    • This is the only restriction which is relaxed at 'Chatzos' (halachik noon), everything else continues until 8:52 on Sunday night.

    Sunday Night - After the Fast

    • The fast ends on Sunday night at 8:52 pm.
    • After the fast Havdalah will be recited as mentioned above.
    • Sunday night, with the exception of Havdalah, one may not drink wine, eat meat, do laundry, listen to music, shave or get a haircut, bathe or swim until 1:02 pm on Monday, August 11th.

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