Chol HaMoed/Final Days Passover 5777 Schedule

Shabbat Schedule

Friday, April 14 – Erev Shabbat Chol HaMoed

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 07:05 pm – Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv
  • 07:06 pm – Candle lighting

Saturday, April 15 – Shabbat Chol HaMoed

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:24 am – Latest time for shema
  • Eat Seudah Shlishit at home
  • 07:00 pm – Mincha
  • 08:05 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:16 pm – Shabbat ends

Sunday, April 16 – Chol HaMoed

  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 07:08 pm – Candle lighting
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha, followed by Ma’ariv

Monday, April 17 – 7th Day Passover

  • 08:44 am – Shacharit
  • 09:22 am – Latest time for kriat Shema
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 07:50 pm – Ma’ariv
  • Candle lighting and preparations for the 8th night may not be done before 8:19 pm. Light candles from an existing flame.

Tuesday, April 18 – 8th Day Passover

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:21 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 10:45 am – Yizkor
  • 07:10 pm – Mincha
  • 08:10 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:20 pm – Yom Tov ends
  • Sold chametz may be eaten after 9:30 pm

Weekday Schedule

Shacharit

  • 06:40 am – Thursday
  • 06:50 am – Wednesday and Friday

Mincha/Ma’ariv

  • 07:15 pm/07:45 pm – Wednesday and Thursday

Parshat Tzav/Passover 5777 Schedule

Shabbat Schedule

Friday, April 7

  • 06:58 pm – Candle lighting
  • 07:00 pm – Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Ma’ariv

Saturday, April 8

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:30 am – Latest time for shema
  • 11:15 am – Luncheon
  • The Rabbi’s Shabbat HaGadol drasha will take place during the luncheon.
  • 05:00 pm – Family Seudah Shlishit
  • 06:35 pm – Mincha
  • 07:05 pm – Men’s Class
  • 07:55 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:07 pm – Shabbat ends

Weekday Schedule

Sunday, April 9

  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 07:05 pm – Mincha
  • 07:35 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:05 pm – Time for the search for chametz begins

Passover Schedule

Monday, April 10 – Erev Pesach

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit, followed by Siyum Bechorim
  • 10:05 am – Latest time for eating chametz
  • 11:25 am – Latest time for burning chametz
  • 09:30 am – 11:15 am – Chametz burning at Beth Israel
  • 04:00 pm – Latest time for eating permissible matzah products (i.e. cooked not baked)

Monday, April 10 – 1st Seder

  • 07:00 pm – Mincha
  • 07:02 pm – Candle lighting
  • 07:40 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:11 pm – Earliest time to begin Seder
  • 12:46 am – Latest time to eat the afikomen

Tuesday, April 11 – 1st Day Passover

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:28 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 04:00 pm – Latest time for eating matzah products (i.e. cooked and baked)
  • 07:00 pm – Mincha
  • 07:40 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:12 pm – Earliest Candlelighting
  • Light from an existing flame. No preparations for the second Seder should be made before 8:12 pm.
  • 12:45 am – Latest time to eat the afikomen

Wednesday, April 12 – 2nd Day Passover

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:27 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 07:00 pm – Mincha
  • 08:00 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 08:13 pm – Yom Tov ends

Thursday, April 13 – Chol Hamoed

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 07:05 pm – Mincha
  • 07:35 pm – Ma’ariv

Friday April 14 – Erev Shabbat Chol Hamoed

  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 07:05 pm – Mincha followed by Ma’ariv
  • 07:07 pm – Candle lighting

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Purim 5777 Schedule & Halachot

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Fast of Esther Schedule

Thursday, March 9

  • 04:54 am – Fast begins
  • If you will be eating food over which we make the blessing of ‘Borei Minei Mezonot” you must begin eating prior to 30 minutes before the fast begins.
  • 06:40 am – Shacharit
  • 05:15 pm – Mincha
  • 06:20 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:30 pm – Fast ends

Shabbat Zachor Schedule

Saturday, March 11

  • Full schedule TBA
  • 10:15 am – Reading of Parshat Zachor
  • Kiddush following services, followed by a 2nd reading of Parshat Zachor

Purim Schedule

Saturday, March 11 – Purim Night

  • 06:35 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:36 pm – Shabbat ends
  • 07:00 pm – Megillah Reading
  • 08:30 pm – 2nd Megillah Reading

Sunday, March 12 – Purim Day

  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 08:45 am – Megillah Reading
  • 09:45 am – Breakfast- Hamantashen and coffee
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Everyone is invited for a brunch at the Rabbi’s home, 265 Fellsway East
  • 10:15 am – 2nd Megillah Reading
  • 03:30 pm – Kids Zone
  • 04:30 pm – 3rd Megillah Reading
  • 05:30 pm – Mincha
  • All checks, cash, and pledges for matanot la’evyonim must be in by 5:30 pm.
  • There will not be a minyan for maariv earlier than 7:15 pm
  • 05:45 pm – Purim Se’udah
  • 07:15 pm – Ma’ariv

Purim Halachot

Shabbat Parshat Zachor

On the Shabbat before Purim, there is a mitzvah to hear the maftir (the eighth and final aliyah of the Torah reading) of Zachor. This is read from the end of Parshat Ki Teitzei (Deut. 25:17-19), in which the Torah commands us to remember what the ancient nation of Amalek did against the Jewish nation when they first left Egypt (as is depicted in this reading). We do this before Purim because the wicked Haman was a descendant of Amalek. Through this maftir reading, we fulfill this mitzvah.

Women should also come to hear the reading of Parshat Zachor.

Fast of Esther

The fast commemorates the Jewish custom of fasting and praying before war, which the Jews did on the 13th of Adar, as they prepared to fight against those who wished to annihilate them. Fasting is not the goal; rather it is a component of teshuva. We are reminded that when a person repents, G-d hears his cries and rescues him from danger, just as He did in the days of Purim.

This fast is observed on the day before Purim. When Purim falls out on Saturday night, as it does this year, since we do not fast on Shabbat (except for Yom Kippur) the fast is pushed back to the preceding Thursday.

Machatzit Hashekel

At mincha services on the fast of Esther, every male adult contributes machatzit hashekel (half the unit of the national currency) to charity. It is a remembrance of the Biblical tax of one half-shekel toward the daily communal sacrifices offered in the Holy Temple.

If you did not do so at mincha, you can give it anytime during Purim. The minhag is to give three half-shekels (i.e. three U.S. half-dollar coins). For $1.50, you can purchase the three coins from the synagogue. You lift them out of a collection plate as an act of acquisition and then return them to the plate as the donation. The money is distributed to charity.

Those under bar mitzvah age are exempt, but a boy’s father may contribute for him. This is the preferred minhag. Once a father has done so for his son, he must continue until his son assumes this practice himself.

The Prayers of Purim

Beginning Purim night by Ma’ariv services, we insert the paragraph of Al haNisim into the Amidah in the blessing of Modim and into the Bircat haMazon in the blessing of Nodeh. If you forget to insert Al haNisim in the Amidah and realize before saying the name of Hashem at the conclusion of the blessing of Modim, you should return to Al haNisim and continue from there. If you realize afterward, you can make the insertion at the conclusion of the Amidah after the verse of “…yeh’yu l’ratzon”.

If you forget during Bircat haMazon – and have not yet said the name of Hashem at the conclusion of the blessing of Nodeh – you should return to Al haNisim and continue from there. If you realize afterward, then after the paragraph of Ba’morom, you add the following phrase: “harachaman ya’aseh lanu nisim v’nifla’ot k’shem she’asitah la’avotenu ba’yamim ha’hem ba’zman ha’zeh” and continue with Al haNisim, starting from the words “bi’mei Mordechai”. (The first paragraph, beginning with the words Al haNisim, is omitted). Even if you were to totally forget to insert Al haNisim, you need not repeat the Amidah or Bircat haMazon.

On Purim day, during the repetition of the Amidah, insertions known as Krovetz are said. There is a special Torah reading for Purim. Tachanun, Kel Erech Apayim and Lamnatzayach are not said.

Reading of the Megillah

Men and women are obligated to hear the Megillah read twice, once by night and once by day. You should wear Shabbat clothing in honor of the Megillah reading. During the daytime Megillah reading, men should wear Tallit and Tefilin.

The reader of the Megillah must have in mind that through his reading those listening will fulfill their obligation, and those listening must have in mind to fulfill their obligation through his reading. To fulfill this mitzvah, you must hear every word in its entirety from the reader. Everyone must remain absolutely silent so they and others can hear every word.

(If you think when you whisper to your neighbor no one else hears you, you’re wrong! You should even silence sneezing or coughing as much as possible). Parents are responsible to make sure their children do not disturb, and children who are too young to remain quiet should not be brought to the Megillah reading. No one should make noise with the gragger other than when Haman’s name is mentioned (and only until the signal is given to stop).

You should not read the Megillah to yourself in a low tone, nor say aloud the words together with the reader (as some people tend to do at the end of a chapter), so as not to disturb others from hearing every word from the reader.

If you were unable to hear a word or a phrase from the reader, you can read it from the Megillah in which you are following along (even a printed one), and then continue to listen to the reader after catching up. Many people follow from a kosher Megillah scroll and read along silently to be certain they will not miss a single word. If you are following in a printed Megillah, you should not read along silently, but only the words that you miss.

Before the Megillah is read, the reader recites three Purim brachot:

1. “Al mikrah megillah”,
2. “She’asah nisim”,
3. “She’hechiyanu”.

During the daytime reading, you should have in mind that the third bracha of She’hechiyanu not only applies to the mitzvah of Megillah reading, but also to the other mitzvot of Purim day, which are: mishloach manot (sending gifts of food); matanot la’evyonim (charity to the poor); and the se’udah (the festive meal). After the Megillah is read, the reader recites the concluding blessing of “harav et ri’vainu”. At night, we recite the paragraphs of “Asher Hainee” and “Shoshanat Yaakov”. (By day, we omit “Asher Hainee”). Upon returning home at night after Megillah reading, it is proper to celebrate with food and drink.

Mishloach Manot

On Purim day, men and women are obligated in the mitzvah of sending gifts of food. With regard to a husband and wife, there should be a mishloach manot portion designated for her to send to another woman. Another option is for them to send their mishloach manot jointly just that the food portions sent should be of a size that would be respectful for two people to send together. The minimum requirement is to send two portions of food to one person. The portions should be two different kinds of food (they don’t have to be two foods that need different brachot) and should be ready to eat or drink. Mishloach manot can be sent through a messenger. It is actually preferable to have mishloach manot delivered through a third person, even if the third person merely hands the mishloach manot to the recipient. This third person can even be a child.

Note: There are businesses and organizations that offer mishloach manot deliveries anywhere in the country or Israel. If the delivery does not take place on Purim day, you do not fulfill the mitzvah through this. Also, there are those that give a donation in honor of another person in lieu of actual food gifts. This too cannot be a fulfillment of this mitzvah.

Mishloach manot should not be sent to a mourner, but can be sent instead to the mourner’s spouse and family.

Matanot L’Evyonim

On Purim day, men and women are obligated in the mitzvah of Matanot L’Evyonim (charity to the poor). The minimum requirement here is to give a gift of money to two poor people, each one receiving his own gift.

The poor must receive the money on Purim day. If there are no poor where you live, you set aside on Purim day two gifts of money to be distributed to the poor when the opportunity arises – or a messenger can be sent to deliver the charity to the poor on Purim day. To facilitate this mitzvah for our congregation, Rabbi Rabinowitz will make sure that the funds are distributed on Purim day. (Matanot la’evyonim should not be confused with ma’ot chitin, the Passover charity fund for the needy.)

Either send in your donation by mail in time to arrive on Purim, or donate the money on or before Purim at the shul. Pledges can be phoned in to the rabbi at (781) 322- 5686 x 7. Check the schedule for the time by which all cash or checks collected by the rabbi or phone pledges must be in.

The Purim Se’udah

On Purim day, men and women are obligated to partake in a se’udah, a festive meal in celebration of the Purim miracle.

The se’udah must begin before sunset. The majority of the meal should be eaten before sunset and extend into the night. On Purim, we indulge in wine in an amount more than usual.

Note: The mitzvot of mishloach manot, matanot la’evyonim, and the se’udah can only be performed on Purim day and should be done after the daytime reading of the Megillah.

You should make sure that your spouse and children above bar and bat mitzvah age fulfill all the mitzvot of Purim.

Shushan Purim

The day after Purim is called Shushan Purim. In Shacharit we do not say Tachanun, El Erech A’payim and Lamnatzayach. When Shushan Purim is on Shabbat, we omit tzidkatcha tzedek.

[UPDATED] Shabbat Chol HaMoed/Shemini Atzeret 5777 Schedule

Shabbat Schedule

Friday, October 21

  • 05:34 pm – Candle lighting
  • 05:35 pm – Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, and Ma’ariv

Saturday, October 22

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:47 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • UPDATED: Kiddush will take place at Shul following services
  • 04:15 pm – Men’s Class
  • 05:05 pm – Mincha
  • 05:35 pm – Seudah Shlishit
  • 06:30 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:40 pm – Shabbat Ends

Shemini Atzeret Schedule

Sunday, October 23 – Hoshana Rabbah

  • 06:30 am – Shacharit
  • 05:30 pm – Mincha
  • 05:31 pm – Candle lighting

Sunday Night, October 23 – Shemini Atzeret

  • 06:10 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:40 pm – Earliest Kiddush for Shemini Atzeret

Monday, October 24 – Shemini Atzeret

  • 08:45 am – Shacharit
  • 09:48 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • 10:45 am – Yizkor
  • UPDATED: Following Services, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Rabinowitz invite everyone to Kiddush in their family Sukkah, weather permitting.
  • UPDATED: 05:25 pm – Mincha
  • 06:20 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:37 pm – Candle lighting

Candle Lighting and preparation for Simchat Torah may not be lit earlier than 6:37 pm. Yom Tov candles must be lit from an existing flame.

Kiddush following services at 6:50 pm

Auction of honors approximately 07:15 pm followed by Hakafot.

Tuesday, October 25 – Simchat Torah

  • 08:00 am – Shacharit
  • 09:48 am – Latest time for Kriat Shema
  • Kiddush following shacharit, approximately 09:15 am, followed by Hakafot at 09:40 am, followed by Musaf.
  • Simchat Torah Luncheon following Musaf
  • 05:25 pm – Mincha
  • 06:25 pm – Ma’ariv
  • 06:36 pm – Yom Tov Ends

Weekday Schedule October 26 – 28

Shacharit

  • UPDATED: 06:50 am – Wednesday, Friday
  • 06:40 am – Thursday

Mincha/Ma’ariv

  • 05:30 pm/06:00 pm – Wednesday, Thursday

Kiddush Sponsorship

This week’s kiddush is sponsored by Rabbi Peretz and Sorele Goldstein in celebration of Chana Basya’s first birthday and with heartfelt appreciation to the community for their warm welcome to Malden.

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Upcoming Events/Classes

Monday, October 24

  • Cancelled – Torah Ethics Class at Salem Towers

Tuesday, October 25

  • Cancelled – Navi Class, Topic: Samuel 1

Thursday, October 27

  • TBA – Weekly Parsha Class