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Ohel Shalom Torah Center Newsletter
Parashat Vayeshev-Mivarchim Tevet 5779

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In This Issue
This Week at Ohel Shalom
Chanukah Party 2018
Personalities in the Bible Shiur Schedule
Amazon Smile
Eruv Check- In
Kollel Korner
Davening Times
Candle lighting 
4:01 pm
Shiur HaShirim 3:56pm
Mincha 4:11 pm
Shabbat starts 4:21 pm
Shacharit 8:15 am
 Mincha 3:36 pm
Shabbat ends
5:10 pm

Regular Weekdays

7:45 am
Monday, Thursday 
6:15 am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30 am 

Sunday- Thursday
4:09 pm 
Late Arvit following Kollel 
10:00 pm

Regular Shiurim  

 Open Seder  
Rabbi Olstein
Parasha Shiur
Wed 8:30pm (Hebrew)
Thurs 8:00pm (English)
Rabbi Moshe Miller
Tomer Devorah
Sundays after Mincha/Arvit  
Father and Son  
Torah and Chamin
Thursday 8 pm  
Rabbi Yosef Asayag
Monetary Issues in Halacha
 Shabbat Afternoon
45 min. before Mincha (Hebrew) 
Ateret Chaya 
Simcha Hall  

 Nachat on Shabbat
Boy's learning program
45 min. before Mincha  
Men and Women

Ner Foundation 
Rabbi Raccah   

Parashat HaShavu'a
Wednesdays at 8:30pm 
Personalities in the Bible
Motza'ai Shabbat during the winter
Next Shiur
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This Week at Ohel Shalom 
With Sorrow

We mark in mourning the passing of the Telsher Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Avraham Chaim Levin ZT"L. For more than 58 years, Rav Levin devoted himself not only to Yeshivat Telz - Chicago that was founded here, but to the entire community. Our Kehilla benefited from his support, both publicly and privately. He took pride in our growth and achievements. He advised and encouraged us at crucial junctures in our history. Much was said in the Hespedim, and much more will be said in the future, about his greatness and contributions. Our Kehilla can certainly express our gratitude to him for his many kindnesses to us and will sorely miss his support, wisdom, warmth, integrity, guidance, greatness, and so much more.

תהיה נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים

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Mazal Tov! BiSiman Tov! 
Mazal and Biracha to  David and Sarah Ruth Dulin  on the birth of a baby boy!! Mazal Tov to siblings Shimon Eliyahu, Chana Yael, Daniel Moshe and Gavriel Yosef! Mazal Tov to grandparents, Michael and Miriam Dulin!
Click here  to take them a meal!
We wish the entire family a big Mazal Tov! May he grow to Torah, Chuppah and Ma'asim Tovim.
Shiur HaShirim on Friday Nights
Last week the Kehillah began recitation of Shir HaShirim. This will BE"H take place every Friday afternoon, 15 minutes before Mincha of Erev ShabbatPlease join us!
Start Saying the Barech Alaynu in Amida 
Tuesday Night 
BE"H starting with Arvit of this coming Tuesday night, December 4th, we will begin to say the longer Barech Alaynu in the Amida. We BE"H continue saying this form of the blessing until Pesach.

Next Personalities in the Bible Shiur 
THIS Motza'ai Shabbat 

The Ner Foundation and Ohel Shalom Torah Center are pleased to announce the next lecture of Rabbi Daniel J. Raccah's Personalities in the Bible series for this season titled: " Yaakov, Rachel and Leah - Understanding Complexities".  The Shiur will BE"H be THIS Motza'ai Shabbat, December 1st at 7.30 PM in the Shaare Ezra Main Sanctuary. Please join! The following Shiur will BE"H be December 22nd. Please see below for the full schedule of Shiurim for the season. 
Please see section below about our upcoming (Pre)Chanukah party THIS  Sunday, December 2nd. This year, we will be making it during the daytime so that more children can participate. We will have the famous Rabbi's Question this year as well. The rules about the question are also posted below. Hope to see you there!
 Rosh Chodesh Tevet
This Shabbat we will announce the new month of Tevet which will begin on  Friday night, December 7th through Sunday evening, December 9th . Chodesh Tov! 

New Shiur Series with Rabbi Kalman Worch 
BE"H Continues

The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies and the Sephardic Community Kollel are happy to announce the next class in the new series of monthly classes for men with Rabbi Kalman Worch. The Shiur will take place BE"H on February 5th.  Topic and more details to come.

Chanukah Party! 

Get ready for our fabulous Chanukah Party. BE"H this year, the Rabbi's Question is back again, so make sure to have the children prepare! Please note earlier time! This Sunday, see you there!!!

For a printable version of this flyer click here.

For a printable version of this flyer  click here

Personalities in the Bible Shiur Schedule
During the winter, in conjunction with the Ner Foundation, Rabbi Raccah delivers a series of Shiurim on Personalities in the Bible. BA"H this winter is the 21st season. The Shiurim are thought provoking. Unless otherwise announced, the Shiurim begin at 7:30pm. The schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check back here. 

The fourth shiur will take place BE"H this Motza'ai Shabbat, December 1st beginning at 7:30 PM. The title for this lecture is "Yaakov, Rachel and Leah - Understanding Complexities."
1. October 27 וירא       Beginning at 8 PM
2. November 17 ויצא    Beginning at 7:30 PM
3. November 24 וישלח
4. December 1 וישב
5. December 22 ויחי
6. January 5 וארא
7. January 19 בשלח     Beginning at 7:45 PM
8. January 26 יתרו       Beginning at 7;45 PM
9. February 2 משפטים   Beginning at 7:45 PM

Amazon Smile

Do you purchase items from Amazon? If so, you are in a perfect position to provide the Kehilla with much needed financial support with zero cost or additional effort from you, beyond following a few easy steps just one time.

Amazon has a philanthropic branch called Amazon Smile. All you need to do is sign up (no cost) and select our Kehilla as your charity of choice and Amazon will give the Kehilla 0.5% of all your eligible purchases! There are millions of eligible items.

Please take advantage of this opportunity
and sign up immediately.

Click here to select Sephardic Community Shaare Mizrah as your charity.

The Geshem Fund

It has been very busy for the Geshem Fund. Significant sums of money have been distributed to dozens of people to help with rent, utilities, food and many other purposes. This has depleted the fund. Please help us help those in need.

Please open your hearts and your wallets and make checks out to the order of GESHEM FUND and give to Rabbi Raccah or put in the mailbox of the office or the shul and Ayelet will give it to Rabbi Raccah.  As you thank Hashem for all that He has blessed you with, remember the less fortunate who are struggling and in desperate need of assistance. Thank you.
Eruv Check-In
Is the Chicago Eruv up and operational for Shabbat? If you utilize the Eruv, it is your responsibility to check each week before Shabbat if it is up. There are now some new and easy ways to do this.

The Chicago Eruv has set up a website with this information, as well as other pertinent halachot and information about the eruv. The web address is

You can call the hotline on Erev Shabbat after 2pm and listen to the recorded message or sign up to receive a weekly e-mail update on the status of the eruv.

Click here to sign up to have the eruv weekly email update sent directly to you! 
To Determine if the Eruv is Operational either click on the phone number link here, or call 1-773-74-ERUV-2 (743-7882) after 2pm every Friday afternoon or every Erev Yom Tov.

Kollel Korner of the Sephardic Community Kollel
Sephardic Community Kollel
Come learn with the Sephardic Community Kollel from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday. Please contact the Kollel Coordinator, Rabbi Yosef Olstein to arrange a learning partner or to receive information about the Kollel and its programs. Rabbi Olstein can be reached at 773-338-8046 or by email at Sephardic Community Kollel.   
Donations to the Kollel
Donations to the Kollel can also be made via credit card. Please call the shul at 773-465-5274 or email the Kollel for details.
Sponsor Learning in the Kollel
Our Rabbis tell us the great power and merit associated with supporting Torah learning. To that end, consider sponsoring a week or a month of learning in the Kollel.

Examples of sponsorship purposes include: in memory of a deceased loved one for their Azkarah, to merit a Rifuah Shilamah, or to honor a loved one or friend. In addition to the great merit of supporting Torah in our community, your sponsorship will be marked with printed pages noting the intent of your support that are placed in stands on the tables in the Beit HaMidrash for the duration of your sponsorship period. 
Here are the costs for the various sponsorships:
A night of learning -  $52
A week of learning -  $100
A month of learning - $400
The Kollel appreciates the following sponsors of learning: 
A month of learning has been sponsored by Mrs. Elana Moalem for November 5 - December 5 for the Zechut of a Refuah Shelemah for Chana bat Elka. May she merit a full recovery.

A month of learning has been sponsored by Mr. Joseph Younes for November 15-December 15 in memory of his father, Habib Younes ben Luna V'Shlomo Habib. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah.
A week of learning has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Alvayor for December 2-9 in memory of his father, Yitzchak ben Eliyahu and Tzafira. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah. 
A week of learning has been sponsored by Larissa Abramov for November 21-28 in memory of her father, Zevulun ben Yechiel Tzvi and Sarah. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah.

A month of learning has been sponsored anonymously for the month of November. The Kollel thanks the patrons for their generosity.

    Halacha of the Week       

The Obligation of Women Regarding Chanukah Candles

Although women are generally exempt from all positive, time-bound Mitzvot, such as the Mitzvah of Shofar on Rosh Hashanah and Sukkah and Lulav on Sukkot, they are nevertheless obligated to light Chanukah candles, for they were also included in the miraculous salvation of the Jewish nation on the holiday of Chanukah. Therefore, even if a woman is married and her husband is unable to light the candles at home, for instance, because he has to travel overseas, it is preferable that the husband appoint his wife as his agent to light the Chanukah candles on his behalf at home. In this way, the husband fulfills his obligation even though he is not present at the time of the lighting. Similarly, if a woman lives alone, she is likewise obligated to light Chanukah candles just like a man.

An Individual who Plans on Returning Home Late at Night
Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt"l writes that even if a husband knows that he will be returning home that same night but at a late hour, it is better for him to appoint his wife as his agent to light the candles at the proper time, which is approximately fifteen minutes after sunset, rather than light on his own at the later time. Even though there is a rule by all Mitzvot that "it is preferable for one to fulfill the Mitzvah on his own rather than through an agent," in this situation it is preferable for the husband to appoint his wife as his agent since in this way, the Mitzvah will be fulfilled at the proper time our Sages established for it. Additionally, even when one's wife lights on his behalf, since halachically "one's wife is like one's self" (meaning they are considered to be one entity), it is considered as if the husband has lit the Chanukah candles on his own.

Nevertheless, according to the Ashkenazi custom that each member of the household lights for himself, even if the husband has traveled abroad, if he finds himself in a place where he can light, it is preferable that he light in his current location without a blessing and his wife should light at home with a blessing. If at all possible though, the husband should try to hear the blessings on the lighting from another person.

Although women are obligated to light the Chanukah candles, when the head of the household lights at home, his wife and daughters should not light on their own. This would apply even according to the custom of the Ashkenazim that each member of the household lights; even so, one's wife and daughters should not light. Only if a woman is home alone, for instance if she is still unmarried or even if she is married but her husband is not home at the appropriate candle-lighting time, should she light Chanukah candles.

If One was not Present During the Candle-Lighting on the First Night of Chanukah    
An additional issue must still be discussed. We mentioned above that when a husband sees that he will only arrive home late, he should appoint his wife to light on his behalf and he will consequently fulfill his obligation. However, if this was the situation on the first night of Chanukah, the husband will not have recited the "Shehecheyanu" blessing customarily recited on the first night. Thus, if the individual is home on the second night and will be lighting the Chanukah candles himself, he must consequently recite the "Shehecheyanu" blessing since this is his first actual lighting of the Chanukah candles.


If you have a Simcha occurring within the next few months that you would like to have added to the calendar, please call the off ice at 773-465-5274 or email the office with the link provided in the sidebar at the top of the email.  

December 1st - Fourth Personalities in the Bible Shiur
December 2nd - Chanukah Party
December 22nd - Fifth Personalities in the Bible Shiur
Community Section
Important Information about the Measles and Vaccinations
For a printable version of this letter click here. 
Nefesh B"Nefesh Aliyah Talk and Fair
Join Nefesh B'Nefesh for the NBN Aliyah Talks and Fair in Chicago on Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30-10:00pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Chicago North Shore - Skokie, 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie. This is your chance to have all your Aliyah questions answered under one roof!  Six short, TED-like talks on the Israeli Healthcare system, Insurance in Israel, Your Taxes in Israel, Financial Planning for Aliyah, Finding Your Home in Israel and Shipping will be given along with an Aliyah Fair with Israeli vendors and service providers.   For more information and to register please visit  WWW.NBN.ORG.IL/Chicago 
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Maot Chitim is proud to tell you about another Volunteer Opportunity

Momma Chef's Soup Kitchen at Congregation K.I.N.S. has opened their doors to feed meals to those in need.

Once a week on Tuesday evenings they will provide a four-course homemade hot dinner, as well as bagged lunches to-go, at no costs to their guests.
Please help to spread the word.. whether it be to volunteer or to invite someone who may be in need of food and a friendly face... 
All food served is Kosher and prepared in a supervised kitchen.

Click Here to volunteer or email for more information.

Gift of Life
Please consider registering to be tested to see if you could be Roni's bone marrow donor. She is from a Yeminite, Moroccan and North African family and only people with Yeminite or combined Yeminite-North African Heritage will likely be the match she needs. A bone marrow transplant is her only cure! Joining the registry is as easy as a simple swab of your cheek. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18 - 45 and in good general health. Please join the registry today!   Please share this message with others.  
(Even if you aren't Yeminite and don't match Roni, you may be able to save someone else! Everyone should be on the registry!)