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    ?D?var Chizuk The story is told of an old Rov who was starting to feel worn down after many years of faithful service to his community. ommunity He lamented to his wife that he was torn by the dilemma of, on one hand, the need to serve his kehilla and, on the other hand, the need to take care of his health. After much thought, he and his wife decided that he should retire and move to a smaller community, which would allow him an easier work load; however, they would fi rst seek permission from his loyal followers before pursuing this move. May 28, 2009 Vol. 1 Issue 1 With a heavy h heart, the Rov gathered his people to present his hi idea. The community, which had benefi ted from the Rov?s R years of dedicated service, of course understood his plight and granted his request. It was the least th they could do for their beloved Rov and Rebbetzin. be in Th The Rov then returned home to his wife with the bittersweet news of the positive result of the meeting. After months of searching, the Rov found a part-time, and relatively undemanding, position in a small town. The Rov and the Rebbetzin packed up their belongings and planned for the emotional day of their departure. Their followers also prepared for the departure of Continued on page 7 Talmudical Academy of Baltimore Page 1 www.talmudicalacademy.org

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    shavuos zmanim Netz HaChama: 5:43 AM Erev Shavuos Candle Lighting: 8:06 PM Candle Lighting (2nd Night): 8:07 PM M?Sheyakir: 4:43 AM A fundamental difference between Yom Tov observance and Shabbos observance is the allowance of ochel nefesh, food preparation on Yom Tov. ?Ach Asher Yei?achel L?Chol Nefesh Hu Levado Yei?aseh Lachem...? The Torah permits us to cook, bake, and prepare food on Yom Tov proper, in order to eat the prepared food on that day of Yom Tov. One is not permitted to prepare from one day of Yom Tov for the second day of Yom Tov or for after Yom Tov. This prohibition of hachana, of preparing from one day of Yom Tov to the next, presents a problem when the second day of Yom Tov falls out on Shabbos, as it does this year, or when Shabbos follows a two day sequence of Yomim Tovim. Can one halachically prepare food on Yom Tov for the Shabbos Yom Tov or for Shabbos? To deal with this issue our Rabbis instituted a procedure known as eruv tavshilin. The process of eruv tavshilin works in the following manner: On Erev Yom Tov, the head of the household, or his designee, should set aside a baked item such as bread or matzoh, and a cooked Eruv Tavshilin Shabbos / Yom Tov Ends: 9:12 Rabeinu Tam: 9:39 item such as meat, fi sh, or eggs (i.e. a food that is eaten along with bread). Each item should be at least the size of one kezayis, preferably the size of one beitzah. He or she should then recite the blessing of ?Baruch...Al Mitzvas Eruv? and the proclamation, both found in the Siddur. This proclamation states that the cooked and baked items should permit us to continue baking, cooking, lighting a fl ame from an existing fi re and do all the necessary preparations from Yom Tov proper to Shabbos. It is now viewed as though meal preparations for Shabbos have already begun before Yom Tov and Shabbos meal preparations may continue on Friday Yom Tov, Erev Shabbos. Once done, the eruv covers all household members and guests. The foods set aside for the eruv should be saved and may be eaten on Shabbos. If one forgot to make an eruv tavshilin one should consult a competent Rabbinical authority for further instructions. Source: Star-K Kosher Certifi cation www.talmudicalacademy.org Page 3

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    Dear Friends ?????, ? ????? ??????? ???? ? I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the TA Times Online Edition. I encourage you to enjoy the many sections in this publication including the Dvar Chizuk by our Mesivta Menahel, Rabbi Fuchs, the handy Zmanim for the upcoming Shavuos Yom Tov, the comprehensive Dvar Halacha with many interesting Halachos of Shavuos, the weekly school update with a brief synopsis of the ongoing activities at our Yeshiva as well as some pictures ?hot off the press?. You will likely notice that this publication has many unique attributes, including ?live? links, ?page-corner peel?, and an interactive Table of Contents, to name a few. In addition, we encourage you to take advantage of the ?Send to a Friend? feature to let your friends and family know what is going on in our Yeshiva and the Print feature is available as well if you so choose. This is the first of two Preview Issues - a second Preview Issue will be ?published? towards the end of the school year in June. Starting next school year, we anticipate publishing this new format on a bi-monthly basis as well as before select Yomim Tovim, with a total of 24 issues over the course of the next school year. In addition, we would like to thank the many sponsors who have facilitated this project. Many of our sponsors have their ads displayed throughout the publication; please patronize these merchants and don?t forget to mention that you saw them in this publication. Best Wishes for a Good Yom Tov, Joel Pleeter Chairman of the Board www.talmudicalacademy.org Page 5

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    Continued from page 1 their Rov and the Rebbetzin. After holding a glorious dinner in honor of the Rav and Rebbetzin, the entire town escorted the elderly couple to their wagon. With much fanfare, the procession began but, after a few blocks, the wagon came to a halt. A few anxious moments passed and the Rov asked his driver what was causing the delay. The driver responded that there was a road block. The Rov got out of his wagon and found a large group of his followers who told him that they had changed their minds and that he should not leave. The Rov reminded his followers that they had agreed to let him resign and asked them to let him leave, telling them that this was best for everyone. The followers agreed to let the wagon pass but, after a few more blocks, the same event repeated itself. This pattern continued until the wagon came to the edge of the city, where the entire community stood to block the Rov?s passage. Frustrated, the Rov got out of the wagon and asked the community leaders, ?Why are you doing this? If you think that I should stay, just say so and I will return to my post as your leader.? With love, his people answered him, ?We know that it is the best thing for you to leave, but we are trying to send a message to your new community. We want them to realize what a jewel they are receiving and that they should cherish you and appreciate you. We know that they will hear about this incident and they will look upon you and your Rebbetzin with awe.? With those words, the community cleared the wagon?s path and allowed the Rov and Rebbetzin to leave, knowing that they would never return. This story allows us to comprehend why malachim did not want the Torah to be released into the hands of Moshe and Klal Yisroel. Of course they understood that the words and laws written within were designed for mankind and not for angels but, by putting up a fuss in shamayim, they were sending us a message that we were receiving a gem that we should treat with awe and care, for it is truly a precious gift. With a few hours left before the Yom Tov of Shavuos, we should be excited and be preparing ourselves for Matan Torah. May we all be zoche to the wonderful Birchos HaTorah. www.talmudicalacademy.org Page 7 Gut Yom Tov and Gut Shabbos, Rabbi Yisroel Fuchs, Mesivta Menahel

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    Reprinted with permission from: DailyHalacha@aol.com In honor of All of the Wonderful Rebbeim of Talmudical Academy - By: Anonymous Hilchos Shavuos Even for those who keep the second minhag of Sefi rah and therefore do not take a haircut after Lag Ba?omer; one is permitted to take a haircut during the ?Shloshes Yimay Hagbalah? - the three days before Shavuos beginning from the morning of the 3rd of Sivan (i.e. the fi rst of the 3 days). Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 493:3 MB15 From Rosh Chodesh Sivan until the 8th of Sivan (Isru Chag) we do not say Tachanun. Some do not say Tachanun until the 12th of Sivan, and in the Diaspora until the 13th of Sivan. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3, Piskei Tshuvos 494:9 ???????????? ? ??? ??? ????? ????????????????????????? ??????????????? ??????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????? On Shavuos at night the minhag is to wait until it is night (Tzeis Hakochavim) to daven Maariv in order to have 49 complete days. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:1 Likewise, it is preferable for women to wait until it is night to light candles and say Shehechiyanu on Shavuos night (Note: If one is lighting candles after Shkiah on Shavuos one may only light using a fl ame that was left lit from before Shkiah.) Luach R? Yechiel Michel Tukatchinsky, Piskei Tshuvos 494:2 There is a minhag (brought in The Zohar) to stay up the night of Shavuos and learn Torah. This is based on the Midrash which says that Klal Yisroel overslept the night before Matan Torah and Hashem had to awaken them to receive the Torah. Therefore we stay up all night to rectify their oversight. Shulchan Aruch with Mishnah Brurah 494:1 The Ari?zal writes that one who does not sleep the night of Shavuos and toils in Torah is assured to live out the year and no harm will occur to him. Shulchan Aruch with Mishnah Brurah 494:1 There is a compilation of Torah learning known as ?Tikkun Lay?l Shavuos? which has The Zohar and the writings of The Ari?zal as its source, and many have the minhag to say/learn this on Shavuos night. Kaf Hachaim 106:7, Lev Dovid L?Hachidah One who stayed awake all night of Shavuos should immediately, at Alos Hashachar wash one?s hands for Netilas Yadayim without a beracha, and listen to Birchas Hatorah from someone who slept before one continues to learn. Shulchan Aruch 4:14, 47:12MB28 Before Shachris one should use the restroom, wash his hands and then make the berachos of ?al netilas yadayim? Continued on page 10 Page 8 Talmudical Academy Of Baltimore

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    D'var Chizuk Parshas Noach We have just completed a very intense and meaningful part of the Jewish Year. The Yemei Ratzon, the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur, and the ensuing chagim October 19, 2012 Vol. 5 Issue 1 that culminate with Simchas Torah, are a testimony to Hashem's endless love for us, His people. Hashem watches us and guides us through every step of our day, ceaselessly showering his chesed and ahavah upon us. In this week's parsha, Rashi points out in Bereishis Continued on page 4 Talmudical Academy of Baltimore Page 1 www.talmudicalacademy.org

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    Continued from page 8 and ?asher yotzar?. Shulchan Aruch w/MB 594:1 One who stayed awake all night should not make a beracha on his tzitzis. Rather, he should make the beracha on his Tallis Gadol and have in mind to be yotze for his tzitzis with the same beracha. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:1 One who stayed awake all night should listen to the berachos of ?Elokai Neshama? and ?Hamaveir Shayna Mayeinoi? from someone who slept during the night. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 46:MB24 One who goes to sleep after Alos Hashachar does not say the beracha of Hamapil. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 239:1MB8, Piskei Tshuvos 494:5 There is a well known minhag to bring fl owers into the shul and home as a remembrance that on Shavuos we are judged on ?Peiros Ha?ilon? - fruits. However, one should not cut off branches from fruit bearing trees for this purpose inasmuch as some poskim do not permit this because of the Torah prohibition of ?Ba?al Tashchis?. Shulchan Aruch w/ Mishnah Brurah 494:3, Piskei Tshuvos 494:10 Those who follow the minhag of the Gr?a (Vilna Gaon) do not place fl owers in the shul. The Gr?a ended the minhag because it had become the custom of non-jews to decorate their places of worship with fl owers. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3, Piskei Tshuvos 494:10 There is a not so well known minhag to bring good smelling grasses into shul to be passed around for people to make a beracha and smell the grass in remembrance of the Simcha of Mattan Torah where Har Sinai was surrounded by grass. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3 When practicing this minhag one should not pass the grass during davening between Boruch She?amar and kaddish after Sh?mona Esrei because one is not permitted to interrupt davening at that time to make the beracha. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3 Many have the minhag to eat a milchige meal (and milk and honey) on Shavuos. Some eat milchig at night and fl eishig at the day meal, while others eat milchig, bentch, and then wash again, and eat fl eishig to be yotze Simchas Yom Tov with meat. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3 If one eats milchig but not ?hard cheese? (which requires one to wait six hours before eating meat) one need not bentch and wash again. However, one should wash his / her mouth well, eat something hard like bread and the tablecloth should be changed. (Other poskim require one to bentch). Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3, Piskei Tshuvos 494:12 One should be careful not to use leftover challah from a milchig meal at a fl eishig meal. (This is applicable all year as well). Rather, one should use new challahs for each meal. This also fulfi lls the minhag of rememberance of the Shtei Halachem (Two Loaves) brought on Shavuos in the Beis Hamikdash. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3 From Rosh Chodesh Sivan until the 8th of Sivan (Isru Chag) we do not say Tachnun. Some do not say Tachnun until the 12th of Sivan (inclusive), and in the Diaspora until the 13th of Sivan (inclusive). Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:3, Piskei Tshuvos 494:9 We read Megillas Rus on Shavuos because it was written to document the yichus of Dovid Hamelech and Dovid Hamelech was born and niftar on Shavuos. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 490:9, see also Shaarei Tshuvah 494:3 The Ollelos Ephraim says that one who dedicates a new Sefer Torah to a shul on Shavuos is considered as if he ?brought a Korbon Mincha to Hashem in its right time?. Shaarei Tshuvah 494:3 When Yom Tov falls on a Friday (as it does this Shavuos), Chazal permitted one to prepare (cook and bake) for Shabbos on Friday - Yom Tov if one made an Eruv Tavshilin before the start of Yom Tov consisting of one baked item (usually a Challah or Matzah), and one cooked (or boiled, roasted, pickled, or smoked) item (usually a boiled egg or piece of chicken or fi sh). Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 527:1,2 Having placed the Eruv Tavshilin before Yom Tov one has (symbolically) begun cooking for Shabbos already, and is only completing the cooking on Yom Tov for the next day, Shabbos. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 527:1,2 Page 10 Talmudical Academy Of Baltimore

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