Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker’s – Audio Link

BH, Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker’s shiur was a big success on motzei Shabbos, with over 100 ladies in attendance.  R’ Schoonmaker treated us to an in-depth analysis of the middah of ayin tovah – particularly how it relates to “fargenin” a fellow jew’s success by overcoming our competitive tendencies and working to view all of am yisroel as part of “our team.”  Her shiur can be found at the following link:

IyH, Shai will be travelling (with his mother) to the children’s hospital in Philadelphia later this month (for a planned follow-up visit) and will undergo some critical tests.  Please keep up your learning (in the Positive Word Power sefer) and tefillos for zechus of the refuah shleimah of Yeshaya Shalom ben Malka Gittel.


Shemittah Kennes

Hundreds of men and women from a wide range of community kehillot came together this week to hear from the giants of Hilchos Shemittah, from Mechon HaTorah VeHa’aretz. The kennes was arranged to provide an understanding of how Shemittah can be kept on a stringent level of Halacha, while at the same time confronting and solving the issues at hand.

The kennes, completely in Hebrew, was simultaneously translated into English, with assistance from Best Market.

You can now download and listen to the Hebrew sichot and English translation from the kennes at Right click and choose “Save As” to save on your computer. The Hebrew sichot are in separate files, whereas the English is one long file.

We are very grateful to Best Market for assisting with the funding for the English translation. If you appreciate it, tell Effi when you see him! Also, with thanks to Mrs. Shlomit Erlich and her partner for providing the wonderful translation.



Friday Walk in Jerusalem

This past Friday, we were treated to a tiyul of some of the first Jerusalem neighborhoods outside of the Old City walls. As the guide promised, we’ve walked the area tens of times, and never even knew these places existed:
Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Yemin Moshe, Nachalat Shiva, Beit HaRav Kook, and much more!
We even got a chance to stop in to the famous King David Hotel, where visiting presidents stay when the Luz Guest Suite isn’t available.
Those of us who attended had a great time, and Rabbi Cytrin, our guide, was delightful.