A.M. Online April 3, 2020


April 3 – 17 2020 9 – 23 Nissan 5780
Rabbi: Alan M. Abramson


Do to the COVID-19 virus, our shul remains temporarily closed until further notice as per the CDC guidelines. When you daven, please try to do so at our published times so we can all daven as a unit. All other shul functions are suspended.
The virus was discovered in our community so please take appropriate steps and follow all the safety guidelines to protect you and not to allow the spread of this virus.

See special Pesach halachos regarding all necessary preparations and laws special to this year.

Candle Lighting time
Fri April 3, 7:00
Wed April 8 7:04
Thurs April 9 8:07
Fri April 10 7:07
Tue April 14 7:11
Wed April 15 8:14

Schedule of Davening:

FRIDAY April 3rd

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:00
CLT 7:00

Shabbos Schedule

SHABBOS April 4th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Class 6:15
Mincha 7:00

Maariv 8:00

SUNDAY April 5th

Shacharis 8:00

Mincha 7:00

Maariv 7:30

MONDAY April 6th

Shacharis 6:45/8:30

Mincha 7:00

Maariv 7:30

TUESDAY April 7th

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:00

Maariv 7:30


Shacharis 7:00/8:30
Taanis Bechor
Chametz until 10:17
Biur before 11:35
See procedures below

Mincha 7:00
CLT 7:04
Eruv Tavshilin

Yom Tov Schedule
1st Seder

THURSDAY April 9th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:00

Maariv 7:45
CLT 8:07
2nd Seder
Count Sfira 1

FRIDAY April 10th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:15
CLT 7:07

Shabbos Schedule
Count Sfira 2

SHABBOS April 11th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:15

Maariv 8:10
Count Sfira 3

SUNDAY April 12th

Shacharis 8:00

Mincha 7:15

Maariv 7:45
Count Sfira 4

MONDAY April 13th

Shacharis 6:45/8:30

Mincha 7:15

Maariv 7:45
Count Sfira 5

TUESDAY April 14th

Shacharis 6:30/8:30

Mincha 7:15
CLT 7:11

Yom Tov Schedule
Count Sfira 6

WEDNESDAY April 15th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:15

Maariv 8:00
CLT 8:14
Count Sfira 7

THURSDAY April 16th

Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:15

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 8
No Chametz till 9:30

FRIDAY April 17th

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:15
CLT 7:15

Shabbos Schedule
Count Sfira 9

Halachic Guidelines for Pesach 5780
Agudath Israel, Chicago Rabbinical Council

Dear Chicago Jewish Community,
The current situation demands of us to make several changes to our annual Pre-Pesach routine and rely upon available leniencies for extenuating circumstances such as these. Despite the current challenge and the modifications and limitations that are in place, we can rise as a community to have a meaningful and uplifting Pesach.

Please be advised of the following guidelines for our community-

Tevillas Keilim
At this time the keilim mikvahs are closed. For those buying new untensils for Pesach, the following options are available to be exempt from tevilla-
1. Sell the utensils to a Non-Jew and then borrow them to be used on Pesach. For those that won’t need to use the keilim until Erev Pesach, this can be included in the contract for Mechiras Chametz.
2. Make the utensils hefker in front of three people over the phone, or video conferencing. (The CRC has a service to help with this) Under these circunstances, when possible, it is praiseworth to use disposables or new utensils that don’t need tevilla. When the situation improves and it is deemed safe to use the keilim mikvah again, one should re-acquire the keilim and do tevillas keilim at that time with a bracha.

Biur Chametz
To prevent the gathering of people, there will be no public Biur Chameta this year. Additionally, for safety reasons, it is not advisable for individuals to make their own fires. The best approach under these circumstances is to simply throw excess chametz into the garbage and fulfill the mitzvah of biur chametz by taking 10 pieces of bread from bedikas chametz, crumble them into small pieces and flush them away during the time of Biur (prior to the end of the fifth hour of the day), followed by the declaration of Bitul.

Sellin Chametz Gamur
Individuals that ordinarilly do not sell chametz gamur should consider doing so this year. This will minimize the amount of store visits necessary and will help avoid potetial food shortages. Individuals that in the past did not sell chamez gamur may do so this year even without hatars nedarim (as long as they intend to continue their stringency in future years; otherwise hataras nedarim would be necessary).

Kashering and Cleaning for Pesach
All kashering should be done following the regular procedure of all other years. Individuals making Pesach for the first time should contact their Rav for guidance. Cleaning should be done well, but wit the extra pressures this year, we would like to remind the community what is halachically expected of them when cleaning.This is not a year that one should be unnecessarily machmir while Pesach cleaning-
Areas with no food contact (e.g. bedrooms, basement, living room etc) These areas only need to be cleaned to remove significant pieces of chametz. Technically, small crumbs do not need to be looked for.
Areas with food contact (e.g. kitchen, dining room, pantry) These areas need to be cleaned thoroughly. Any area that cannot be reached or well cleaned can be sprayed with a cleaning agent that will render any remaining chametz completely inedible.
Areas that are too difficult to clean should simply be locked up and included in the mechira.

Garbage Pickup
Due to the circumstances, the city will not be providing a special garbage pickup on Erev Pesach this year. Please not, however, that in Chicago the bins belong to the city and it is sufficient to just place all garbage into the bins before the zman issur. In neighborhoods where the bins are property of the homeowner, the garbage bins should be included in the Meciras Chametz. In both scenarios the bins should ideally be moved off the homeowner’s property.

Taanis Bechorim
Bechorim should ideally make their own siyum on Erev Pesach. A minyan is not needed for the siyum. Otherwise, this year it is acceptable to join a siyum via the phone or videoconfferencing and then something should be eaten in honor of the simcha. Check if your shul is providing a Siyum, alternatiely Agudath Israel will be providing siyumim. If one misses all the siyumim, he should not fast this year as it is important to maintain one’s strength.

Maos Chitim
Please remember to give generously to Maos Chitim. There are unfortunately more families than ever that can use the assistance. Thank You

With wishes for a healthy Chag Kasher V’sameach

Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst
Rabbi Yona Reiss
Rabbi Dovid Zucker
Rabbi Shmuel Y. Levin
Rabbi Zev Cohen
Rabbi Leonard Matanky
Rabbi Baruch Hertz

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Members Corner:

Happy Birthday to: Nathan Bernstein, April 1
Happy Anniversary to: Alan and Brenda Halpert, April 2
Happy Birthday to: Laura Smerling, April 4
Happy Birthday to: Sophia Matten, April 5
Happy Birthday to: Noreene Fleischer, April 9
Happy Birthday to: Max Castle, April 13

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Proxy Authorization for the Sale of Chametz Pesach, 5780

I (we), the undersigned, empower and permit Rabbi Alan M. Abramson to act in my (our) place and stead, and in my (our) behalf to sell all Chametz (leaven) and all products containing even the smallest percentage of Chametz possessed by me (us) knowingly or unknowingly as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic law, and to lease all places wherein the above mentioned products owned by me (us) may be found, especially in premises located at:

of Individual or Family

Exact location of Chametz
(street address, apartment or suite, city, state, zip, country, or specific location within an address)

Time Zone:
Eastern, Central, Pacific, Israel or Other: (Specify)

Chametz at Home

Chametz at Work

Other Chamtez

Other Chametz

Your location when Pesach begins:

Your location when Pesach ends:

Rabbi Alan M. Abramson has the full right to sell and to lease the above items by such transactions, as he deems fit and proper, for such time as he chooses. The authority that is hereby given is meant to be in conformity with Jewish Law and Regulations, and also to be in accordance with the Laws of the State of Illinois and of the United States of America.

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