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'Walk with Israel event', Traffic Restrictions and Security Enhancements, for this Sun. June 9th.
'Walk with Israel event', Traffic Restrictions and Security Enhancements, for this Sun. June 9th.

The Toronto Police Service is making the public aware of traffic restrictions and security enhancements for the upcoming 'Walk with Israel' event.

The annual event is taking place on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To ensure the safe flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, a number of road restrictions will be in effect along Bathurst Street, between Lawrence Avenue West and Finch Avenue West. There will also be pre-event restrictions.

Vehicular access along Bathurst Street will be restricted and local traffic will be permitted along side streets.

There will be traffic disruptions for the duration of the event.

The Toronto Police Service is encouraging motorists to avoid the area.

The public may also notice other enhanced security measures in the surrounding area, including an increased police presence.

For more information about security enhancements around this event, please see video remarks by Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue.


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Finkelstein / Keslassy daughter/granddaughter
Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. CJ and Nava Finklestein on the birth of a baby girl. Mazel Tov to the grandparents, Mrs. Dina Finkelstein and Mr. & Mrs. Aaron & Evelyn Keslassy


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Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Sivan will be Be’ezrat hashem Friday
The Molad will be Friday 12.25 am and 9 Chalakim


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Cybersem classes
Cybersem has an "Intro to Chumash" online summer class for female high school students coming from the public school system.


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Mrs. Alegria Igelman A"H Levaya and Shiva
Message from Petah Tikva Congregation: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear longtime member and friend Mrs. Alegria Igelman z"l.

The funeral will take place Friday May 10th  at 10:00 am at Steeles Memorial Chapel followed by the burial at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Petah Tikva Section.

Services Tefillah at 7:15 am and Minha and Arvit at 8:15 pm will take place at 148 Arnold Ave., Thornhill.

Shiva will be held at 148 Arnold Ave., Thornhill.
Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday - Wednesday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Our most sincere condolences go out to her children Mr. Marvin Igelman, Mr. Alex Igelman, Mrs. Dinah Akierman and to her siblings Mr. Armando Cohen, Mr. Salomon Cohen and Mrs. Sol Pinto.


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Rosh Chodesh Iyar
Rosh Chodesh Iyar will be this Wednesday and Thursday
The Molad will be Wednesday 11.41am and 8 Chalakim


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#4949 Use the Back Door?
Q. Dear Rabbi. In the building I live, in your neighborhood there has been many detrimental changes lately. We have a number of very unfriendly youngster Muslim neighbors, as I recently asked you about the moving inside the mezuza.
My question now is about if one can recite Shfoch Hamatcha in the Hagada during the Seder, without opening the door, or should one not recite it at all?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that one can be standing by the door and expecting the arrival of Eliahu Hanavi, even when not actually opening it.

Rabbi A. Bartfeld as revised by Horav Dovid Pam, Horav Aharon Miller, Horav Chanoch Ehrentreu and Horav Kalman Ochs Shlit'a.


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Halachos on Storing Chometz on Pesach:
Halachos on Storing Chometz on Pesach:
It is forbidden to have chometz (even if it was sold to the goy) in a place where one may come to eat the chometz. Therefore, a mechitza/barrier of 10 tefachim (30 inches or 40 inches) should be placed in front of the chometz. This applies only to chometz. Kitniyos however, although Ashkenazim do not eat kitniyos, it does not need to be put away.

If the chometz is in a closet or cabinet one must lock the door or tape it shut so that one can’t open it easily by pulling the door to avoid someone inadvertently opening the cabinet. Even a glass see through cabinet is considered a proper mechitza.

Placing the chometz in a closed bag in the refrigerator or in a cupboard even on its own shelf does not suffice.

Chometzdike dishes and cutlery as well must be locked away for Pesach. A proper mechitza is not necessary for dishes, but it must be locked in a place that one can’t open easily.

Halachos on Non-Food Chometz Products:
Playdough should be put away for Pesach as children may put it in their mouth.

Non-edible products containing chometz that are used topically (ie shampoo, soap) even when they are nifsal me’achilas, the minhag is not to use them on Pesach based on the principle called sicha ke’shesiyah. In a case of need one can be lenient and use these products. Regardless, these products do not have to be locked away.

Products that contain liquid alcohol that is chometz should not be used on Pesach and should be locked away.

Halachos on Chometz that belongs to a goy:
One may not eat kosher l’Pesach food on a table with someone who is eating chometz (ie at work or in a park). However, being that the chometz is in the goy’s possession, one does not require a mechitza for the chometz.

Likewise, if a goy enters one’s home on Pesach (ie cleaning lady or a plumber), if possible, it is preferable to have he/she refrain from bringing chometz inside.

If the goy does bring chometz inside, it does not require a mechitza in front of the chometz, as the goy is present with his/her chometz. When he/she leave, one must insure that the goy cleans up and remove all his/her chometz.

If the goy does not remove his/her chometz, one should have in mind not to aquire the chometz. Additionally, one should clean up and remove the chometz kelachar yad indirectly and without touching the chometz (ie, with a broom and dustpan).

Halachos on Chometz and Chol Hamoed Trips:
On Pesach one may not derive any hana’a (benefit) from chometz. Feeding animals chometz, even if they are not his own animals, is considered hana’a and is forbidden on Pesach. One may derive hana’a from kitniyos, and therefore, one may feed kitniyos to animals.

As animal feed at a zoo or farm may contain chometz, one should not feed it to the animals (even if one does not purchase the chometz feed).

If one takes a hotel room on chol hamoed, one should check the room for chometz with a flashlight (bedikas chometz) and not recite a bracha.

Many hotels have a snack bar and/or a mini bar in the refrigerator of every room, and the hotel charges when one uses an item. The chometz in the bar presents two issues: firstly, one is required to put away chometz in a closed area. Secondly, one may be considered responsible for the chometz in the hotel room ie, if it is missing from the bar. This responsibility is forbidden on Pesach. Therefore, one should ask the management to remove the chometz or lock it up.

SSCM Pesach Hotline:
Under the guidance of Harav Yacov Felder
Monitored by Rav Yehoshua Felder.

Call, text, or WhatsApp- 437-215-3011 or questions@sscm.ca
For time sensitive questions, kindly send a text message or email as they are chekced more frequently than WhatsApp messages.







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Halachos on Matzah on Erev Pesach:
On Erev Pesach, matzah may not be eaten the entire day. A child who is old enough to be part of the seder should as well, not be given matzah to eat on Erev Pesach.

Halachikly, this restriction begins the morning of Erev Pesach, however, many have a custom not to eat matzah from Rosh Chodesh, and others from Purim.

The restriction not to eat matzah does not include matzah that is unfit for the seder. Therefore, "egg matzah" may be eaten on Erev Pesach. (Please note that for Ashknazim, "egg matzah" is only permitted to be eaten on Pesach, and Erev Pesach after the sof zman for eating chametz, by cholim and the elderly.)
Likewise, matzah that is cooked (e.g. kneidlach) may be eaten on Erev Pesach (for those who eat g'brochts).

However, matzah that tastes as regular seder matzah may not be eaten (even if one may not use it for the seder). Therefore, non shmurah matzah and even year-round "chometz matzah" may not be eaten Erev Pesach. Likewise, g'brochts cake (made from matzah meal) may not be eaten on Erev Pesach.

All mezonos (e.g. kneidlach) should not be eaten after "sha’ah asiris", 4:44 p.m., as this can diminish one's appetite for the seder matzah. Fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat may be eaten in small quantities.

Halachos on Melachos on Erev Pesach:
On Erev Pesach after chatzos, one may not do melachos that are forbidden on Chol Hamoed.

Therefore, nail cutting, haircuts, sewing, mending, and washing clothing should all be done prior to chatzos.

However, there are numerous leniencies that apply on Erev Pesach as will be detailed.

Ironing and polishing shoes are permissible all day.

If one didn't cut one's nails prior to chatzos, one may still do so all day. Minor mending and sewing buttons may be done all day.

All melachos are permitted through a goy. Therefore, haircuts and washing clothing that where not done prior to chatzos, may be done all day through a goy.

SSCM Pesach Hotline:
Under the guidance of Harav Yacov Felder
Monitored by Rav Yehoshua Felder.

Call, text, or WhatsApp- 437-215-3011 or questions@sscm.ca
For time sensitive questions, kindly send a text message or email as they are checked more frequently than WhatsApp messages.







Posted 4/19/2024 12:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Message Board | Comments (0)


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BURNING OF CHOMETZ
South:
Available in the parking lot, northeast side, Monday, April 22, 8:00-10:30 AM exactly. Please ensure that there are no plastic bags or plastic items in your chametz
packages.

North:
The City of Vaughan will once again be providing a
special bin for the burning of chometz at the BAYT on Monday, April 22. The Vaughan Fire Department will be present to supervise the ceremony. The bin will be available from 6:30 AM - 12:15 PM.


Posted 4/19/2024 12:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Message Board | Comments (0)


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GARBAGE DISPOSAL
South:
A Garbage Bin will be available on Sunday, April 21 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Monday, April 22, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Shaarei Shomayim parking lot. It is $5/bag for non-members.

North:
The City of Vaughan is providing a special Passover waste and recycling depot at the Garnet Community Centre. It will be available from Monday, April 15 at 9:00 AM until Monday, April 22 at 5:00 PM in the community center parking lot. Residents may dispose of their waste there from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM each day during this period.


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Halachos of the Seder
Halachos of the Seder

Men, women, and children who have reached the age of chinuch are required to drink the daled kosos.
One can fulfill their obligation l'chatchila by using wine or grape juice.
There is a preference for men to use wine, as it has the aspect of simchas Yom Tov.
It is preferable to use red wine/grape juice. If one finds white wine to be superior, the white wine could be used, preferably, by adding a small amount of red wine for colour. To avoid the concern of "tzvia b'ochlin" the red wine should poured into the cup first, followed by the white wine.

Preferably, one should not eat or drink during Magid; from when the second kos is poured prior to Ma Nishtana until one drinks that second cup. Drinking a cup of coffee with reciting a bracha of shehakol, even prior to magid, can present an issue of "mosif al hakosos" as coffee is "chamar medinah". Therefore the following can be done to avoid this problem. One should have in mind during the "borei pro hagafen" of kiddush to drink after kiddush, thereby eliminating the need for an independent bracha of shehakol on the coffee.

Although the common practice is that women do not recline on Leil Seder, however, while eating the matzoh and drinking the daled kosos they should be sitting down and not standing or walking around.

Under the guidance of Harav Yacov Felder
Monitored by Rav Yehoshua Felder.





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COR Community Kashering for Pesach
COR Community Kashering for Pesach - ONE location only this year
BYES 15 Saranac Blvd
Sunday Aril 14
3-7 pm
All items must be clean nd not used for 24 hours.
No Teflon


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Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Rosh Chodesh Nissan is on Monday night/Tuesday April 9th

The molad will be Monday 10:57pm and 7 Chalakim


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SHAIMOS COLLECTION
The Vaad Hagnizah is pleased to announce that the city wide שמות (Shaimos) collection will take place before Pesach at TWO Drop-off Locations:
North: Parking Lot of BAYT - 613 Clark Ave.
Sunday April 14, 12pm-5pm
South: Parking Lot of Shaarei Shomayim - 470 Glencairn Ave
Monday, April 15 12-5pm
Tuesday, April 16 12-5pm
Please do not come outside of the above hours
$20 fee per mid-size shopping bag

COR - Shaimos Guidelines: Discarding Holy Objects

Items, known colloquially as shaimos, must be discarded in the respectful manner that is outlined in halachah. Many cities have an organization that deals with shaimos burial. People collect their personal shaimos materials and place them either in a designated bin, or, as is the practice in Toronto, wait for a city wide shaimos collection. Just as it is important to clarify which items belong in shaimos, it is also important to know what is not considered shaimos, since there are times that it is considered disrespectful to bury non-shaimos with regular shaimos.

The following are special status shaimos and should be wrapped in plastic before being placed in shaimos:

♦ Tefillin, mezuzot, and megilot.

The following are considered shaimos and should not be discarded into the regular garbage or the recycling bin:

♦ Chumashim, siddurim, benchers, mishnayot, gemara, Torah commentaries, Shulchan Aruch and Halacha seforim etc.
♦ Covers of the seforim mentioned above.
♦ Mezuza covers, tefillin straps, boxes and bags.
♦ ​Paper that contains Hashem’s name.

The following should be placed in shaimos or when difficult it should be discarded respectfully by wrapping them before placing them in the recycling bin:

♦ Printed material which by their nature are not intended to be saved, i.e. weekly Divrei Torah flyers, Torah articles printed in newspapers and magazines. (The rest of the newspaper or magazine is not shaimos, and should not be placed in shaimos.)
♦ Children’s Lemudai kodesh homework and parsha sheets.
♦ Invitations that contain additional pesukim (verses) besides the standard Od Yeshama.

The following should be discarded respectfully by wrapping them before placing them in the recycling bin (if not accepted in the recycling bin then place them wrapped into the regular garbage):

♦ Tzitzis, tzitzis strings, and talleisim.
♦ Kippot.
♦ Lulav, esrog, schach.
♦ Tallis bags, tallis and tefillin plastics.

The following are not shaimos and should preferably be discarded in the recycling bin (if not accepted in the recycling bin then place them into the regular garbage):

♦ CDs, DVDs, tapes, computer disks that contain Torah shiurim.
♦ Torah-themed projects and pictures – provided that no pesukim (verses) are displayed.
♦ Invitations that contain only the standard Od Yeshama and no additional pesukim (verses).


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BURNING OF CHOMETZ - NORTH
The City of Vaughan will once again be providing a special bin for the burning of chometz at the BAYT on Monday, April 22. The Vaughan Fire Department will be present to supervise the ceremony. Please note the following details:
· The bin will be located in the BAYT parking lot
· The bin will be available from 6:30 AM - 12:15 PM.
· Only Chometz in paper bags is accepted and permissible. Plastic bags are not permitted because they are a pollutant. BAYT will have paper bags available to transfer your chametz from plastic if needed


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PESACH GARBAGE DEPOT - NORTH
The City of Vaughan is providing a special Passover waste and recycling depot at the Garnet A. Williams Community Centre later this month to help the Jewish community prepare for Passover. This service is open to all residents. It will be available from Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m. until Monday, April 22 at 5 p.m. in the community centre parking lot. Residents may dispose of their waste there from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day during this period. Additionally, there will be double-up days for garbage the weeks of April 9 or
April 16.


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