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Ohel Shalom Torah Center Newsletter
Parashat Vayishlach 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 
4:04 pm
Mincha 4:14 pm
Shabbat starts 4:24 pm
Shacharit 8:15 am
 Mincha 3:39 pm
Shabbat ends
5:13 pm

Regular Weekdays

7:45 am
Monday, Thursday 
6:15 am

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30 am 

Sunday- Thursday
4:11 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
BE"H Nov 24



Seuda Shlishit






Breakfast Fund

Day- $15 

Week- $75 

Month- $250 

Year - $2400  


Fish Fund

$20 month 


Hamin Fund

Monthly contribution 



Chair Sponsors

(127 sold - 133 left)

$20 each  


New Set of Artscroll Talmud Yerushalmi  

$35.00 for Talmud Yerushalmi




Siddurim Shaarim Ba'Tifilla

($15.00 each) 


Chumash w/simanim  

($20 each) 

20 New Talitot  

(4 sponsored - 16 left)

$75.00 each 


This Week at Ohel Shalom   
Kiddush Sponsorship
This week's Kiddush is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Younes in memory of his father,  Habib Younes ben Luna V'Shlomo Habib. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah. The Kehillah thanks the Younes's for their generosity.
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 - Additional Complexities". The Shiur will BE"H be THIS Motza'ai Shabbat, November 24th at 7.30 PM in the Shaare Ezra Main Sanctuary. Please join! The following Shiur will BE"H be next week, December 1st. Please see below for the full schedule of Shiurim for the season. 
Nachat on Shabbat Program 
New Time
The Nachat on Shabbat Program will now BE"H take place 45 minutes before Mincha.
Chanukah is Coming
Please see section below about our upcoming (Pre)Chanukah party on 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!
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!

For a printable version of this flyer click here.

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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 third shiur will take place BE"H this Motza'ai Shabbat, November 24th beginning at 7:30 PM. The title for this lecture is "Yaakov, Rachel and Leah - Additional 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 week of learning has been sponsored by Julien Partouche for November 19-26 in memory of his father, Nissim ben Avraham and Gamara Levana. 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  

Question: If one is in the restroom, may one speak to a friend who is outside or answer a telephone call or is this prohibited?
Answer: The Gemara in Masechet Berachot (62a) states: "The tradition we have accepted from our Sages regarding [how to act in] the restroom is to be modest and silent." Similarly, the Rama in his notation on the Shulchan Aruch (beginning of Chapter 3) rules that one may not speak in the restroom and one must act modestly there, which includes making sure to close the door behind him (even if no one is home).
This is also apparent from the words of the Rambam (Hilchot De'ot, Chapter 5) who writes that one should not talk while relieving one's self, even if there is a great need to do so, due to restrictions of modesty. Maran Ha'Chida and other well-known Poskim write that besides for the modesty issue, there is also an element of danger involved, for there are harmful spirits present in the restroom and they may cause damage to one who speaks there. Based on this reason, it would seem that one may not act leniently and speak in the restroom, even when the need to do so is great, for there is a possible danger involved.
Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt"l writes that although speaking in the restroom is prohibited without a pressing need to do so due to modesty concerns, nevertheless, if there is a pressing need to do so, one may act leniently and do so. This is based on the words of Hagaon Ya'abetz who writes in his Mor Uktzia that nowadays, demons and harmful spirits are no longer found in restrooms, as the restrooms in our times are in inhabited places and demons do not usually reside in places inhabited by human beings. In the olden times, the restrooms would be located in far-removed fields where demons and harmful spirits were more common. Additionally, the Maharshal writes regarding the evil spirit that rests upon one's hands prior to washing them in the morning that this evil spirit is no longer common nowadays, for in the times of our Sages, if one would place one's hands on one's eyes before washing them, there was a good chance this could cause blindness, whereas nowadays, clearly this is not the case. Thus, we can apply this idea to the evil spirit found in restrooms that nowadays, it is no longer common and we need not worry about it as much. Therefore, one need not be so concerned about the danger that the Mekubalim refer to; rather, one should only be concerned with the laws of modesty in the restroom.
Thus, when there is a pressing need to do so, for instance, if one receives a telephone call and by not answering, one may incur a financial loss or if a parent who is watching his/her children must tell the children something very important so that they do not get hurt and the like, one may speak in the restroom while trying to keep the conversation as short as possible.


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.  

November 24th - Third Personalities in the Bible Shiur
December 1st - Fourth Personalities in the Bible Shiur
December 2nd - Chanukah Party
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 
For a printable version of this flyer click here
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!)