DEVARIM; SHABBAT CHAZON; Tisha B’Av Laws; IMA & ME; Mazel Tov to…

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May you raise him to a life of Torah, Chuppah & Maasim Tovim!



Friday July 24, 2015
6:30 pm Mincha  SHARP
7:42 pm Candle Lighting

6:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat

7:00 pm Drasha

7:10 pm Arvit 


Parasha Devarim, SHABBAT CHAZON

Saturday July 25, 2015  


8:45 am Shacharit

8:46 am (9:29 am GRA) Latest time for shema    

10:00 am Torah Reading

11:00 Drasha by Rabbi Yisraeli

11:15 am Mussaf


11:30 am We would like to thank Efraim Shore for partaking in sponsoring the lunch. We are still looking for another 11 sponsors.    


1:35 pm Mincha at our kenissa  

8:50 pm Why we still mourn  

 9:15 pm Arvit  followed by Eichah (The Book of Lamentations)




Sunday July 26, 2015

8:30 am Shacharit  followed by Eichah and Kinot
1:00 pm chatzot( permissible again to sit on a regular chairs)


3:45 pm The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Presents  

              “The Power to Yield” with Rav Reisman, Dayan Abraham,        Rabbi Shapiro, Rabbi Wallerstein, Rabbi Mansour & Dr. Lieberman”   


7:20 pm Mincha with sisit & Tefillin 

8:00 pm closing thoughts
8:25 Arvit followed by Birkat halevana
8:44 end of fast
Birkat halevana







IMA and ME at Westwood Bet Knesset has begun!!!

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The Place To Be For Mom and Me!

We are excited to announce that our very first “Ima and Me” program led by Rebetzin Shira Yisraeli was successfully held on Wednesday morning!

Mothers learned about baby nutrition, shared helpful mommy hood insight and gathered in a circle for Davening & Torah Songs! Children enjoyed freshly made healthy smoothies and moms discussed how to be patient and how to nourish our babies with love and affection. 

Our routine will include instrumental music including violin and guitar, and upbeat music the children will love! Through learning time, puppets, games and interactive jewish songs a morning of joy and enrichment is enjoyed by all! Jewish Holidays and Shabbat all come alive with stories and songs.

While the children enjoy story and snack, Moms enjoy their parenting secrets, learning and discussion circle. Exciting topic schedule to be posted!

Classes are for children ages 4 months – 24 months. Please contact us if you are interested in joining!

Tisha B’Av Laws summarized 

Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning and repentance on which we recall the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and other tragic events in  Jewish history  that took place on this day. By carefully observing the laws and customs instituted by our Sages, we are able to feel the full impact of what we have lost. We also come to contemplate the individual and national shortcomings, which have prolonged our exile, and renew our personal and collective effort to merit the building of the Third Temple.


When Shabbat is the Day Before Tisha B’Av is Observed

One may eat normal Shabbat meals but must end the third meal before sunset. Eating with company other than one’s family should be avoided, but a mezumen is said. Tzidkatcha is not said at mincha. Some restrict Torah learning to Tisha B’av and mourning topics, but many are lenient because of Shabbat. Normally one waits at home until nightfall, says baruch hamavdil, changes from Shabbat clothing and then goes to synagogue. Since customs and situations vary, it is advisable to consult a local rabbi. Attah Chonantanu is recited as usual in the evening prayer. However, the customary Havdallah is not said. Rather, the blessing over seeing candlelight is recited after the evening prayer and before reading Lamentations. After Tisha B’Av, Havdallah is recited over a cup of wine ( grape juice) but no spices are used.


Eating and Drinking

All eating and drinking is forbidden. This includes rinsing the mouth and brushing teeth, except in a case of great distress. Rinsing with mouthwash or brushing teeth without water is questionable.Swallowing capsules or bitter tablets or liquid medicine without water is permitted. This year that Tisha B’av is postponded to Sunday, the ill or elderly as well as pregnant and nursing women should consult a competent Rav weather they are obligated to fast .Boys up to twelve years old and girls up to eleven are not required to fast the entire day. There are various opinions as to whether they should fast part of the day.Those not required to fast should eat only what is needed to preserve their health.


Bathing and Washing

All bathing for pleasure is prohibited even in cold water including the hands, face and feet.Ritual washing upon waking, after using the bathroom, touching covered parts of the body or before praying is permitted, but only up to the knuckles.One may wash dirty or sullied portions of the body (including cleaning the eyes of glutinous material), and if necessary may use soap or warm water to remove the dirt or odor.Washing for cooking or for medical reasons is permitted.A woman may not immerse on Tisha B’Av since relations are prohibited. Washing to commence the clean days is permitted.



Anointing for pleasure is prohibited including oil, alcohol, cream, ointment, perfume, etc.Anointing for medical reasons is permitted, as well as using deodorant to remove bad odor.


Marital Relations

Since cohabitation is prohibited, a husband and wife should not come in contact during the night of Tisha B’Av.


Wearing Leather Shoes

Even shoes made partially of leather are prohibited. Shoes made of cloth, rubber or plastic are permitted.One need not incur ridicule of non-Jews because of this prohibition. Therefore if a permitted substitute not were found, one may wear leather shoes. He should deprive himself of comfort by placing sand in the shoes and must remove them when they are no longer needed.Wearing leather shoes is permitted for medical reasons.


Learning Torah

Since the heart rejoices in study of Torah, it is prohibited to learn topics other than those relevant to Tisha B’Av or mourning. For details please ask a Rav.


Additional Restrictions

One should deprive himself of some comfort in sleep. Some reduce the number of pillows, some sleep on the floor. Pregnant women, the elderly and the ill are exempt.Sitting on a normal chair is forbidden until midday. One may sit on a low bench or chair, or on a cushion on the floor.Greeting someone with “good morning” and the like is prohibited. One who is greeted should answer softly and, if possible, inform the person of the prohibition.One should not give a gift except to the needy.Things that divert one from mourning such as idle talk, reading the newspaper, taking a walk for pleasure, etc. are prohibited. The custom is to refrain until midday from any time-consuming work that diverts one from mourning. In a case of financial loss, consult a competent rabbi.



Some Sefaradim (according to the kabbalah and the minhag in Jerusalem) wear the tallit and tefillin at Shacharit as usual. Others wear tefillin publicly only during Mincha. When in doubt, one should consult a Rav. In all the prayers Nachem and Anenu are added to the Shmonah Ester during the blessing “Bone Yerushalayim” and “Shma Kolenu” respectively. If one forgot them and completed that bracha, he need not repeat the prayer.

This year that Tisha B’Av is postponed to Sunday the 10th, haircuts, laundering and bathing are permitted Sunday night, the 11th of Av. However,  it’s better if meat and wine are not consumed until Monday morning.The custom is to sanctify the new moon the night after Tisha B’Av, preferably after having eaten something.

In the merit of mourning properly over Jerusalem, may we be rewarded to rejoice in its rebuilding!

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