A.M. Online May 8, 2020


May 8 – 15 2020 14 – 21 Iyar 5780
Rabbi: Alan M. Abramson


Do to the COVID-19 virus, our shul remains temporarily closed until further notice as per the CDC guidelines. Our stay at home orders were extended to May 31 and we hope to be together again as soon as possible.
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.

Candle Lighting time
Fri May 8, 7:38

Schedule of Davening:

FRIDAY May 8th

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:45
CLT 7:38

Shabbos Schedule
Count Sfira 30


Shacharis 7:00/8:45

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:40
Count Sfira 31

SUNDAY May 10th

Shacharis 8:00

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 32

MONDAY May 11th

Shacharis 6:45/8:30

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 33

TUESDAY May 12th

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 34


Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 35


Shacharis 6:45/8:30

Mincha 7:45

Maariv 8:15
Count Sfira 36

FRIDAY May 15th

Shacharis 7:00/8:30

Mincha 7:45
CLT 7:45

Shabbos Schedule
Count Sfira 37


Shabbos’ Women’s Tehillim: Please join together “virtually” this Shabbos afternoon, 6:00 to recite Tehillim. It is more important now than ever that our community comes together for this all important service. May HKB”H answer our tefillos speedily.

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¨From the Rabbi’s Study¨

Lag b’Omer

This coming week we celebrate Lag BOmer. Jews around the world commemorate it with parades, bonfires, haircuts for their three year old boys in Meron, and of course we refrain from reciting Tachnun during the tefilot of the day. The origins and the meaning of the day is quite relevant; for it was on this day, as recorded in the Talmud,, that the terrible plague that decimated thousands of students of Rabbi Akiva ceased on that very day. While we mourn during the entire period ofthe sefirat h’omer, Lag B’Omer has become the great respite from the dark mourning we observe. Yet another reason for Lag B’Omer ‘s semi holiday status is because we observe the yahrtziet of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai, the star pupil of Rabbi Akiva and the author of the Zohar.

Perhaps this year even though we are isolated in our homes and unable to participate in any public celebrations, we are able to identify with the day itself. We pray first of all for the current plague to cease. In addition, we take great pride in Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who lived in a cave for 14 years while hiding from the Roman persecutions. He and his son learned Torah throughout that period with great intensity and with utmost concentration. What might be more relevant a lesson than that as we welcome Lag B’Omer this year with the hope and prayer that soon we will resume a life filled with good health live and breathe the teachings of Rabbi Akiva and the passion of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai.

Good Shabbos and Happy Lag B’Omer
Rabbi A. M. Abramson

To all those who are not well as well as those worldwide with this virus. We mention their names at each Torah reading and think about them in our private tefillos. Let Hashem hear our tefillos on their behalves, and all have a speedy recovery. If there is a choleh that needs a misheberach, please email their name to anshemotele@sbcglobal.net .
Since we are not at shul with Torah readings, in your private shmone esrai, you can include in the “Refaeinu” paragraph a special tefilla for the cholim that you have in mind.

Members Corner:

Happy Birthday to: Shuli Popel May 8
Happy Birthday to: Shmuel Romorowsky May 11
Happy Birthday to: Rabbi Abramson May 12
Happy Anniversary: Marshall and Mirel Castle May 11


CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Please link to our MAY calendars right here.

Chicago Rabbinical Council: http://www.crcweb.org/
Orthodox Union http://oukosher.org
Link to Likutei Pshatim http://www.htc.edu/services/likutei-peshatim.html
Shabbat Shalom

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