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 Bircas Ha-Ilanos and a Chessed Opportunity

04/28/2022 05:54:54 AM


1. Based on the Gemara in Berachos (43b), the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 226:1) rules that during the month of Nissan, when, for the first time that Spring season, one sees a fruit tree beginning to blossom, one recites a special berachah known as the Bircas Ha-Ilanos, the exact text of which may be found in most Siddurim. Our esteemed Shul members, Rabbi and Mrs. Yale Butler, have informed me that they now have a blossoming fruit tree in their yard, which is immediately adjacent to our Shul, and they happily invite anyone who wishes to do so to stop over and recite this once a year berachah. The address is 258 West Englewood Avenue; it is the house in between our Shul and the southwest corner of West Englewood Avenue and Windsor Road.
Please note that although many Poskim permit one to recite this berachah even after the month of Nissan concludes, it is certainly preferable to recite it during Nissan itself; one who can should thus visit the Butler's yard (or find another blossoming tree elsewhere) in the next couple of days. 
2. I was asked to publicize the following Chessed opportunity:
The Chessed organization that two young Yeshiva high school students from Teaneck, Eitan and Elad Shushan, started a few months ago is in need of more volunteers who can drive people who receive dialysis. This is not a commitment but simply something you can do when you have the time or opportunity once a week, once in a while, anything!

Please consider signing up and/or spreading the word to those who can assist. Unfortunately, we have another patient who is now in need of this Chessed. Thank you so much, and Tizku l’mitzvos!
Use this link to sign up and for more information:

By'didus Rabbah,
M. Taubes
Sun, July 3 2022 4 Tammuz 5782