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Apr 1 Update: Shabbat HaGadol Derasha, Halacha FAQ, and more

04/01/2020 10:40:51 AM


Good Monday Morning, DAT Minyan Community!

Here are today's update:

  1. MA’OT CHITIM DEADLINE: The deadline to make contributions to the needy I our community for Pesach is THIS FRIDAY at 2:00 pm. I want to be able to distribute the funds on Sunday, so we must close out the link on the website.
  1. HALACHA FAQ PART 2: I am sharing some choice Halachic Q & A from from Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg, Av Beit Din of the Denver Beit Din and Rav of Congregation Zera Abraham:

When saying Kiddush Levana alone (this Sat night) should I say “Sholom Aleichem”?

Yes, and if one person is with you, you can say Sholom Aleichem to him three times.


May I use hand sanitizer on Shabbos?

Yes, with the understanding that it quickly evaporates and leaves no coating upon the skin.


May I use liquid hand soap on Shabbos?

If it is thick, add some water in the hand before lathering so that it will not create a coating upon the skin.


What should I do if I forget to make an Eruv Tavshilin on Erev Pesach?

Don’t forget.


But what if I do?

If you remember on Thursday, then you can make an Eruv Tavshilin without a bracha, and state that you are only placing the Eruv Tavshilin in consideration that Friday is Yom Tov.


On Erev Pesach, it is better to light before Shkiah or after nightfall on Yom Tov?

Either is fine, but there is an advantage to light on Yom Tov in order to recite the “SheHecheyanu” Bracha during the time that the Mitzvot of Matzah and Marror apply. In any case, one who recites “SheHecheynu” when lighting candles does not repeat the “SheHecheyanu” Bracha at Kiddush. One who lit prior to nighttime should try at Kiddush to answer Amen to the “SheHecheyanu” made by another, having in mind the Mitzvot of the Yom Tov.


  1. OU DAILY TEHILLIM: Join the Orthodox Union community for the recitation of Tehillim (chapters 20, 27 and 130) at 11:00 am Mountain Time. Today’s Words of Inspiration come from Rabbi Lenny Matanky of Cong K.I.N.S. in West Rodgers Park, IL. To participate, please dial 773-377-9170.
    1. Today: The last of our Pesach series, “Thoughts to share at the Seder/General Q&A” will take place at 7:45 pm. Log in at
    2. Thursday: Our “Biographies of Tanaim and Amoraim” series continues at 4:45 pm. We will discuss the “Five Rabbis of the Seder.” Access the class at:
  1. SHABBAT HAGADOL DERASHA: Every year, on Shabbat HaGadol, I give a shiur in the afternoon on Pesach issues. This year, the topic is: “The Four Children and Future of Modern Orthodoxy.” I will deliver it on Zoom Thursday evening at 8:00 pm. To log in, go to It will be recorded, and the link posted on our Facebook page the next day.
  1. OU SERIES: Over this next week, the OU is presenting four programs to support community members (men/women) navigating this unfolding crisis.
    1. Wednesday April 1, 2020: 8 pm EDT - Navigating Loneliness, Anxiety and a Very Different Sort of Pesach (Singles)
      1. PRESENTER: Rachel Levine, PhD
    2. Thursday April 2, 2020 8 pm EDT - Facing Challenges Without A Partner: Tapping into Our Inner Strengths (Widow-Widowers)
      1. PRESENTER: Chana Gelb, PhD
    3. Sunday April 5, 2020 8 pm EDT - Individuals Alone With Kids - Alone Without Kids - Coping with Unique Family Situations (Divorced Families)
      1. PRESENTER: Malka Ismach, PhD
  1. DAILY VIRTUAL (NON)MINYAN: Join us at our regularly scheduled times for Shacharit and Mincha/Maariv by logging in at: or calling in at either 253-215-8782 or 301 -715-8592, using Meeting ID: 637 344 5618. YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT ON THE VIDEO IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SEEN!

Have an awesome day!

Rabbi Joseph Friedman



Sun, November 29 2020 13 Kislev 5781