Thursday, February 26, 2009

NCFJE Birchas Hanehenen Series Update

This last Monday night was the first session of the Birchos Hanehenin shiur with Rabbi Cohen. The class was very informative and comprehensive dealing with very practical and common questions such as those below. If you are interested in participating, it is not too late to join and qualify for the certificate and $200 stipend. The shiur takes place at 4 Phyllis Terrace (side entrance), every Monday night from 8:15 to 9:25 PM followed by Maariv. For questions call 845-356-3850 or email

Some of the questions discussed were:

1. What is the halacha if one makes a HoAdomo on a fruit, when it is sufficient, and when not?
2. When is in question as to the correct brocho for lack of learning, is one permitted to make a Shehakol? When is this allowed, and when not?
3. On foods made out of wheat, when does one make Mezonos and when HoAdomo (e.g. wheat cakes)?
4. What is the brocho on rice? (This is a particularly complicated Din).
5. If one ate grapes and wine, and then made the after brocho Al HaGefen - Is this sufficient?
6 If one eats food that needs and after brocho before washing, in which case would he be required to make an after brocho before beginning his meal?
7. If one eats a food that needs and after brocho and forgets to make it, then begins a meal with Hamotzie, does he need to make the after brocho in the middle of the meal? If he did not, does Bentching cover the food eaten before the meal?

Next perek will deal with issues that come up concerning cakes and other breads, and their classification.

Hillel Happenings

Town of Ramapo Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence with a group of RCC students following his giving a class as a guest lecturer of Rabbi Dov Oliver's Contemporary Jewish Issues class.
A group of SUNY RCC students, SUNY New Paltz students and West Point Military Academy cadets following their joint Shabbaton last Shabbos at Chabad of New Paltz.

The Veiled Mural

The veiled mural in the lobby of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek to Unveil Original Muchnik Mural

This Motzai Shabbos, at 8:30 PM, coinciding with the Art Show benefitting Hillel of Rockland, K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey will be unveiling an original 10' x 18’ mural that artist Michoel Muchnik created specifically for the lobby of the Shul. This piece of art will be part of the Shul’s newly installed Building Fund Wall of Honor. All are encouraged to participate in this beautiful event for the Shul.

The image is the Muchnik mural that is displayed in the Jewish Children's Museum.

Deadline for Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

Please submit your Order Form for the Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos campaign no later than this Monday, March 2 to ensure that you are included on the Scroll of Donors. If you have not received an Order Form please call the school office at 845-356-1213.

This Motzai Shabbos - Art Show and Sale

Art & Soul, an art show featuring the works of renown artist Michoel Muchnik, will take place this Motzai Shabbos Terumah, February 28, at 8:30 PM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Proceeds from all art sales will benefit the outreach work of Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver at Rockland Community College.

The artist will make a presentation describing how he creates his masterpieces at about 9:15 PM.

There is no charge to attend this wine and cheese event and Muchnik’s art (posters, lithographs, giclees, mosaics and originals) will be available for purchase.

All (adults) are cordially invited to what promises to be a truly elegant event!

Month of Good Mazel

Seeking Counselors

Rashi's KinderCamp is hiring staff. If you or someone you know, who lives locally or has where to live locally, and would be a fabulous counselor please call Naomi at 718-404-4384. Local counselors will be compensated generously and all counselors will participate in a grand trip at the end of the summer!