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Yamim Noraim Survey – Update

Dear Members and Guests,

Thank you for participating in our survey! We are examining the results and planning our services for the High Holy Days. Please stay tuned to the website and your email box for more details.

Good Shabbos!


Updates (Chometz, Firstborns, Tzedaka, Chesed, Torah)

Hello my friends, Chodesh Tov / A gutn Chodesh
I hope you are all doing as well as you can be.I plan to write some longer emails in the near future. But for now, as the month of Nissan begins, I want to give you a few pieces of news that will hopefully settle your nerves.

First of all, I will be arranging for the sale of your Chometz. We won’t be able to do it in person. But it can still be done.  I will be sending out an email with instructions, and it will be taken care of.  So please don’t worry about it. Even though we are all used to doing that thing where you pick up my tie, I assure you that the tie is not necessary in order to appoint me to be your agent to sell your chometz. Have no fear. Details will follow in another email well before Pesach.

Secondly, for the firstborn males out there, there are two (three) options available to you.  I will also be learning a masechta (Horayos) and I welcome you to learn it with me, starting today. This is not necessary for me, as our Mishnayos shiur is on the cusp of finishing Shas Mishnayos, as we were about to do at the kiddush that was postponed two weeks ago.  However, I am looking to push myself in learning more Torah during this time, and I invite you to join me. 

The shiurim will be available on You can follow the text online here:  For those of you who won’t be able to join me in the learning, we will be having a siyum accessible to you by phone and online on Erev Pesach morning.  Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZT”L paskened that one may be considered a participant in a siyum if joining by phone.  While we wouldn’t like to make use of this psak in normal times, the current circumstances warrant it.

If you are not present at a siyum and will only be joining one on the phone or online, then I recommend you also follow the Psak of Rav Henkin ZT”L and “redeem” your fast by donating a significant amount of money to Tzedaka on Erev Pesach morning.  I recommend  

Thirdly, Maos Chittim, the mitzvah of helping others in their Pesach expenses, is still a Mitzvah. So please donate to now, even before Erev Pesach, and even if you’re not a firstborn. 

Fourthly, Chesed is different when you can’t be in the same room as others. But if you know anyone who does not use the internet or email, then please give them a call. We have a list of some shul members and friends of the shul who would appreciate a call. Let me or Rob know if you would like to help out in this manner. 

And last but not least certainly, we have to learn Torah. I am most available on facebook, through their Facebook Live videos, which are recorded, so you don’t have to watch them live.  You don’t even have to have a facebook account to watch the videos.  Simply go to and all the videos are there.  I try to add at least one shiur a day. 

That’s all for now. Please email me or text me any shailos. Stay safe. Stay at home. I miss you all.

Have a joyous Nissan.
Rabbi Davidovich

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Shavuos Night Learning at HJC

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let you know about our program at HJC this Shavuos.
The Tikun Leil Shavuos will start at approximately 12:30am.

The topics will be all about the Chain of the Mesorah, from Moshe Rabbeinu till today.

This will all be based on the Rambam’s introduction to the Mishneh Torah, copies of said introduction which will be provided. This short work covers many topics, such as the nature of Torah she’baal Peh, Jewish history, rabbinic authority, among other issues.

If you prefer to think of the night in the language of what sefer we’ll be learning, it’s the Rambam’s introduction to Mishneh Torah.
If you prefer to think of the night in terms of a series classes, I’ve written an approximate series of titles below.
The schedule listed here is somewhat approximate.

12:30am-2am: Part One: Torah and Talmud in the days of Moshe and Tanach.
2am-3am: Torah Law during Bais Sheini until the compiling of the Mishna.
3am-4am: The Mishna and Talmud and related Seforim
4am-5am: Halacha and Torah thought after the final editing of the Talmud Bavli.

There will be breaks between each class, and coffee and snacks available throughout the night.
Shacharis will begin at 5:20am. Sunrise is at 5:53am.
There will be another Shacharis at 9am. Sof Zman Krias Shema is 9:39am.

Wishing you all a Good Shabbos and a Good YomTov
Rabbi Davidovich


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HJC Times – Remaining days of Pesach and next week

Thursday, April 25, Chol Hamoed – Erev Yom-Tov EIRUV TAVSHILIN
Medrash Shiur 6:15 AM
Shacharis 6:30 AM
Mincha 7:05 PM
Early Candle-Lighting 7:24 PM
Latest Candle-Lighting 7:59 PM
Friday, April 26, Shevii shel Pesach
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 7:05 PM
Early Candle-Lighting 7:25 PM
Late Candle-Lighting 8:00 PM
Shabbos, April 27, Acharon shel Pesach
Shacharis 9:00 AM
Mincha 7:45 PM
Followed by Shalosh Seudos. Bring your own food.
Maariv 9:10 PM
Don’t eat sold Chometz before 10:15 PM
Sunday through Thursday, April 28-May 2
Shacharis on Sunday 8:00 AM
Medrash Shiur Monday through Friday 6:15 AM
Shacharis, Monday through Friday 6:45 AM
Mishna Shiur, Sunday through Thursday 7:40 PM
Mincha-Maariv, Sunday through Thursday 8:10 PM
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Vaccine Clinic at CVS – This Thursday

A vaccine clinic for the MMR vaccine will be held this Thursday, 4/18 at the local MinuteClinic inside CVS located at 14440 Cedar Rd., Cleveland, OH 44121 (corner of Cedar and Green).

Date: Thursday, 4/18
Times: 9:00-12:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm

Location: MinuteClinic inside CVS, located at 14440 Cedar Rd., Cleveland, OH 44121 (corner of Cedar and Green)

Please bring your insurance cards and photo IDs.

MinuteClinic is only able to administer vaccines to patients 18 months and older with most major insurances and to patients 19 years and older with Caresource and other state Medicaid plans. Patients 18 years or younger with Caresource or Medicaid will need to receive the vaccine at their health care providers’ office or at the local Health Department.

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Sandra Mandel A”H

We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Sandra Mandel, mother of Barbara Seltzer; grandmother of Hillel (Zehava) Seltzer.
The funeral will take place tomorrow, Monday, March 25, 2019 at Berkowitz Kumin Bookatz at 11AM; burial will follow at Ridge Road Cemetery.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Regina and Barry Cik, 2544 S. Green Road in University Heights.

A google doc has been set up for anyone interested in contributing to shiva meals :

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HJC Taanis Esther and Purim Schedule

Wednesday, March 20 (Taanis Esther)
Fast Begins 6:18 AM

Medrash Shiur 6:15 AM

Shacharis 6:30 AM

Mincha 7:10 PM (Machatzis HaShekel)

Maariv 8:10 PM

Fast Ends 8:24 PM

Megilla Reading 8:24 PM

Thursday, March 21 (Purim)
Shacharis 8:00 AM,
Megillah ~8:35 AM

Second Megillah Reading 10:00 AM

Mincha 4:00 PM

Friday, March 22 (Shushan Purim)
Medrash Shiur 6:15 am, maybe

Shacharis 6:45 am

Candle-Lighting 7:22 pm

Mincha 7:25 pm

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