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 This week parsha podcast from Rabbi Agishtein is available here:

Kiddush is sponsored by Innessa and Igor Donskoy in Gratitude to Hashem and our incredibly supportive community for the Refua Shleima of Aaron Nechemia Ben Faiga

Father and Son learning at 5:00 PM. This week father and son learning is sponsored by Kilstein family. 

Selichos Schedule: Motzai Shabbos - Speech 12:30 AM and Selichos 12:45 AM

Rosh Chodesh Tishrei Lecture for women - Sunday, October 2 at 8:30 PM:
Speaker: Mrs. Mindy Reiss
The topic is "The 10 Days of Teshuva and taking ourselves to a new level"
More details to follow

Please let Heritage office know at if you would like to be a storyteller or to sponsor future Father and Son learning and Thursday Night Mishmor. Cost is 0. 

Rabbi Agishtein`s Halacha Corner


Why is it that on the first night of Selichos, this Motzai Shabbos, we wait up until Chatzos whereas on all the subsequent days we just say them in the morning? 


The Shulchan Aruch (תקפא:א) writes that Selichos should be said at the end of the night right before dawn. The Magen Avraham explains that this is because at the end of the night, Hashem`s presence is very strong in this world and it is an עת רצון. Therefore we recite our Selichos which are a request for forgiveness, at that opportune time.

Already in the times of the Aruch Hashulchun (1829–1908), this was no longer practical for most people, and the custom became to recite Selichos before Shachris instead. He writes that it seems that we rely on the fact that the month of  Elul as a whole is an עת רצון and that even waking up a bit earlier than usual is a merit for our Selichos to be accepted. 

For the first night of Selichos, however, most people have a custom of waiting up till Chatzos and saying Selichos then. The reason for this is because Chatzos is known in Kabbalah as being an עת רצון and for at least the first night we try to do the best we can. Additionally

Saying Selichos at night before Chatzos, however, is extremely problematic. Not only is the beginning of the night, not an עת רצון, but it is also in fact a time when מידת הדין (The Attribute of Judgment) is present. The Magen Avraham (תקסה:ה) writes that one should never recite the יג’ מידות הרחמים (Thirteen Attributes of Mercy) the primary component of Selichos, at that time. Therefore one should definitely not join such a Minyan for Selichos.

To send in a question, call or text Rabbi Agishtein at 973-545-6756 or email him directly at 

Weekly Torah

When the Beney Yisrael dwell in the Land of Israel, its first fruits are to be taken to the Temple and given to the Kohen in a ceremony which expresses recognition that it is HaShem who guides the history of the Jewish People throughout all the ages. This passage forms one of the central parts of the Hagadah that we read at the Seder. On the last day of Pesach of the fourth and the seventh years of the seven-year cycle of tithes, a person must recite a confession that he has indeed distributed the tithes to the appropriate people in the prescribed manner. With this mitsvah Moshe concludes the commandments that HaShem has told him to give to The Jewish People. Moshe exhorts them to walk in HaShem`s ways, because they are set aside as a treasured people to HaShem. When the Beney Yisrael cross the Jordan River they are to make a New Commitment to the Torah. Huge stones are to be erected and the Torah written on them in the seventy primary languages of the world, after which they are to be covered over with a thin layer of plaster. Half the tribes will stand on Mount Gerizim and half on Mount Eval and the Levi’im will stand in a valley between the two mountains and recite twelve commandments and all the people will answer `Amen` to the blessings and the curses. Moshe then details the blessings that will be bestowed on the Beney Yisrael. These blessings are both physical and spiritual. However if the Jewish People do not keep the Torah, Moshe details a chilling picture of destruction, resulting in exile and wandering among the nations.

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Raizel bas Hershel
September 15
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Mariya bas Moisey
September 15


Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Ki Savo

This Friday, September 16

Mincha will be at 6:45 PM

Candle lighting will be at 6:38 PM

Shabbos, September 17

Shabbos Morning class by Rabbi Agishtein and Rabbi Zaslavsky will be at 8:30 AM

Shachris will be at 9:00 AM

Heritage kids program will be from 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Kiddush is sponsored by Innessa and Igor Donskoy in Gratitude to Hashem and our incredibly supportive community for the Refua Shleima of Aaron Nechemia Ben Faiga

sponsor Kiddush

Father and Son learning will be at 5:00 PM

Shabbos Class of Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Zusis will meet at 5:30 PM 

Mincha will be at 6:25 PM

sponsor Seuda Shlishis

Maariv will be at 7:47 PM

Shabbos ends at 7:57 PM

Weekly Schedule


Sunday Selichos followed by Shachris - 8:15 AM

Monday - Friday - Selichos 6:40 AM followed by Shachris


Wed & Thu only - 9 PM

Rachel Golda Maslovsky
September 18
David Stesel
September 18
Ester Meyerson
September 20
Levi Mendel Khvilovsky
September 20
Yakov Yosef and Chana Gutkin
September 17
Eliezer and Adina Dimarsky
September 18
Michael and Angela Khvilovsky
September 18


Sunday, October 2, 11 AM at Sunset Memorial Lawns, 3100 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062

If you are unable to attend, you can submit the names by using This form

If you would like to send donation in memory of your loved ones use this button: Donate

Memorial Service will be broadcasted live on Facebook:

To submit the name to be read during Yizkor service in our synagogue use this form: Form

Yizkor service will be in our synaogue on Yom Kippur, Wednesday October 5, 11:00 AM. The ancient custom of recalling the souls of the departed and contributing to charity in their memory is rooted in the fundamental Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. When physical life ends, only the body dies, but the soul ascends to the realm of the spirit where it regularly attains higher levels of purity and holiness.

To submit the name to be read during Yizkor service in our synagogue use this form: Form


This week's Torah reading


On this, the last day of his life, Moshe goes from tent to tent throughout the camp, bidding farewell to his beloved people, encouraging them to 'keep the faith'. Moshe tells them that whether he is among them or not, HaShem is with them, and will vanquish their enemies. Then he summons Yehoshua, and in front of all the people, exhorts him to be strong and courageous as the leader of the Jewish People. In this manner, he strengthens Yehoshua's status as the new leader. Moshe teaches them the mitsvah of Hakhel: that every seven years on the first day of the intermediate days of Sukot the entire nation, including small children, is to gather together at the Temple to hear the King read from the Book of Devarim. The sections that he reads deal with faithfulness to HaShem, the covenant, and reward and punishment. HaShem tells Moshe that his end is near, and he should therefore summon Yehoshua to stand with him in the Mishkan, where HaShem will teach Yehoshua. HaShem then tells Moshe and Yehoshua that after entering the Land the people will be unfaithful to Him and begin to worship other gods. HaShem will then completely 'hide his face', so that it will seem that the Jewish People are at the mercy of fate, and that they will be hunted by all. HaShem instructs Moshe and Yehoshua to write down a song - Ha'azinu -- which will serve as a 'witness' against the Jewish People when they sin. Moshe records the song in writing and teaches it to Beney Yisrael. Moshe completes his transcription of the Torah and instructs the Levi'im to place it to the side of the Aron (Holy Ark), so that no one will ever write a new Torah Scroll that is different from the original -- for there will always be a reference copy.

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