Parshas Pinchas
July 10-11 , 2020
19 Tamuz, 5780
Shalom and hello everyone!

I eagerly look forward to seeing each and every one of you soon in person at Ohav Sholom. 

The three week period of national aveilus, mourning, referred to as,  "bein hamitzarim,"  between the straits or borders, begins Thursday, July 9, 2020, with the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz.


- The fast begins the morning of Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 3:47 am.
- Men over the age of 13 and women over 12 must fast on the 17th of Tamuz.
- Pregnant or nursing women that feel weak and find it difficult to fast are absolved from fasting.
- Elderly/sick people are permitted to eat on this fast day. As always, a competent halachic authority should be consulted.
- One may rinse with listerine/mouthwash on the fast of 17th of Tamuz.
- One is permitted to take medication preferably without water on the fast day. If water is needed, consult a competent halachic authority.
- Bathing, showering and the like are permitted on the 17th of Tamuz.


" Hamitzarim " also means difficult or painful, and references the time period between the historically tragic 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av.

This period of collective soul searching commemorates the destruction of a) both Temples in Jerusalem b) the disruption of Jewish kingship and c)  Am Yisroel's  long exile.

According to seforim, it's an appropriate time to do intensify Torah study and do teshuvah.

To help recall these events and to encourage yearning for the third bais hamikdash, our sages imposed restrictions on joyous events and limited certain pleasurable activities during this period.

These restrictions intensify over the three weeks, culminating with the fast of Tisha B'av.

The following are general rules for the three weeks. As we approach Shabbos Chazon and Tisha B'av, we will present those particular laws in a separate halachic primer.

- One may not marry during the three weeks. However, one may get "engaged" and even throw a party to celebrate his/her engagement.

- We refrain from listening to live music. According to many poskim, taped/recorded music is included in this prohibition. Small children may listen to music and a supervising parent may be present. Background music in a store or played during radio commercials are likewise permitted.

- We do not haircut or shave during this period. If one needs to haircut or shave for "livelihood" purposes, a Rabbi should be consulted. Cutting nails is permitted.

- We refrain from reciting the  shechiyanu  blessing during the three weeks on clothing or food. However, one may purchase new items and delay usage or consumption until after Tisha B'av.

- The  shechiyanu  blessing may be recited on  shabbos chazon  or rosh chodesh during the three week period.

- If a new food item will be unavailable at a later time, one may recite the  shechiyanu  and consume the food even on a weekday.

May we merit to witness the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Ingathering of the exile speedily in our day! Amen.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
The Fast of the 17th of Tamuz
Mincha 8:10PM
Maariv 9:00 PM
Fast ends 9:19 PM

Ohav Sholom is open for business and we welcome you to join our robust minyan throughout shabbos and for shacharis daily. 

Remember, you must email/WhatsApp/or text me in advance to be counted and included in our safe and secure minyan.  

We’re holding services for all three tefilos over shabbos and have the capacity to safely increase attendance, given the new 25% room capacity rule. 

We welcome new COVID Gabbaim , Dr. Jeremy Novich and Howard Zeisel, who have the full authority to ensure the safety of every member. Please adhere to their instructions.

We practice social distancing every moment in shul under the strict guidelines of our first COVID Gabbai , infectious disease specialist, Dr. Jose Fefer , so you are safe and protected. 

I am proud that Ohav Sholom has gone beyond federal and state guidelines to ensure the safety of every congregant, including wearing gloves during krias haTorah and face shields for the baal koreh, etc. (as per Dr. Jose Fefer’s recommendations).

Don’t miss out on a wonderful kiddush at Ohav Sholom. 

Join us this shabbos for a delicious OUTDOOR to go kiddush.

Please make every effort to ensure we have a strong minyan.

B”h, we haven’t missed a minyan the months of June and July, both for Shabbos and weekday, and we wish to continue b’ezras Hashem. 

We commemorate the yahrzeit today for member Felicia Gamss’s late dear father, Nachum ben Aron, z”l. 

Thank you Felicia for your beautiful donation to Ohav Sholom and may his holy neshama enjoy a big aliyah in gan eden! Amen. 
Have a wonderful Shabbos

Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman
מרא דאתרא קנג .  אוהב שׁלום
Erev shabbos kodesh pinchas 5780 
FAST & Shabbos Timetable
Thursday, Shiva Asar B'Tamuz
The Three Weeks Begin
Fast begins at 3:47 AM
Mincha/ Maariv : 8:10 PM
Fast ends at 9:19 PM

Friday, Erev Shabbos Kodesh
Shacharis: 7:25 AM
Daf Yomi 8:05 AM
Candle Lighting:  8:10 PM
Mincha / KS 8:20 PM
Early Shabbos Minyan: 7:30 PM

Shabbos Day
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Kiddush 10:45 AM
Mincha: 8:10 PM
Maariv/ Shabbos Ends/Make  Havdalah:  9:18 PM
Wednesday Night Book & Beverage of Choice Club has chosen its third book: "THE CHOICE" by Dr. Edith Eva Eger .
We will Zoom to discuss next Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm - which should give you all time to order and read the book.
Amazon info for ordering below ( on sale! ):
Discussion will be led by Etty Burk and Micah Bloomfield .
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please send a message to  events@osnyc.or g .
Zoom  Link  / Meeting ID - 555 463 2567 Password 901728
Congregation Ohav Sholom (212) 877-5850