Services 9:30 AM
Followed by a delicious Kiddush
102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck NY 12572
July 28th at 9:30 PM at the RJC
Shema Yisroel Radio Show
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Every Sunday Morning
9:30 AM- 10:00 AM
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Journey into the Weekly Torah Portion
Every Monday in July, 7:30 PM at the RJC
Study the weekly Parsha with Rabbi Hanoch Hecht
Our monthly Women’s Brunch
Dates: July 15th, August 19th and August 23rd
For the first time ever, Cantor Yaron Levy of Sydney, Australia will lead us into an uplifting and beautiful Shabbat.
Friday August 3rd at 7:30 PM
Saturday August 4th at 9:30 AM
Please join us for Minyan on Shabbat at 9:30 AM.
As Tish’a B’av falls out on Shabbat this year, we will fast on Sunday (Beginning Shabbat at sundown). Please join us for Eicha Services on Saturday July 28th at 9:30 PM at the RJC.
Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht
As part of our mourning for the destruction of the Temple and the exile of Israel, we abstain from many pleasurable activities on the night and day of Av 9-starting with sundown on the eve of the day before, and concluding with the following nightfall (click here for the exact times in your location).
Specifically, we don’t:
- We abstain from many pleasurable activities on the night and day of Av 9Eat or drink. All adults – even pregnant and nursing women – fast on this day. One who is ill, or a pregnant woman who feels excessive weakness, should consult with a rabbi. An ill person who is not fasting should refrain from eating delicacies and should eat only that which is absolutely necessary for his physical wellbeing.
- Wear leather footwear, or footwear that contains any leather (even if it is only a leather sole).
- Sit on a normal-height chair until midday. (“Halachic” midday is the halfway point between sunrise and sunset; (click here for the exact times in your location.)
- Bathe or wash oneself-“even to insert a finger in cold water.”
One who becomes soiled may rinse the affected area with cold water.
It is permitted to wash up after using the restroom.
When preparing food – for children, or for the post-fast meal – one may wash the food, even if it also, incidentally, washes the hands.
When ritually washing the hands in the morning, the water should be poured on the fingers only until the knuckle joints.
- Apply ointment, lotions or creams.
It is permissible, however, to bathe a baby and apply ointments to his skin.
- Engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy.
- Send gifts, or even greet another with the customary “hello” or “how are you doing?”
- Engage in outings, trips or similar pleasurable activities.
- Wear fine festive clothing.
- “One who mourns Jerusalem will merit to see her happiness”Study Torah, because “the commandments of G-d are upright, causing the heart to rejoice” (Psalms 19:9). It is, however, permitted – and encouraged – to study sections of the Torah which discuss the laws of mourning, the destruction of the Temples, and the tragedies which befell the Jewish people throughout our history. This prohibition actually begins at midday of the day before Tisha b’Av.
“One who mourns Jerusalem will merit to see her happiness, as the verse (Isaiah 66:10) promises: ‘Rejoice with her greatly, all who mourn for her'”- Talmud Taanit 30b.
Sam goes to the doctor for his yearly checkup. “Everything is fine”, said the doctor, “You’re doing OK for your age.” “For my age?” questioned Sam, “I’m only 75, do you think I’ll make it to 80? “Well” said the doctor, “do you drink or smoke?” “No” Sam replied. “Do you eat fatty meat or sweets?” “No” said Sam “I am very careful about what I eat.” “How about your activities? Do you engage in thrilling behaviors like speeding or skiing? “No” said Sam taken aback, “I would never engage in dangerous activities.” “Well,” said the doctor, “then why in the world would you want to live to be 80?”
Moshiach and the future Redemption
Today we discover that humanity has bought into our dream. That the pieces are neatly falling in place. That rays of a new dawn have already begun to shine.