Post 342: Pre Tisha B’av Shir for Woman this Shabbos Ms. Raizi Chechik 12 Tips for an easy fast: 22nd Annual Tisha BeAv Walk Motzaei Shabbat August 13th, Last Monday’s Trip Itinery, Fascinating Meeting with member of Susya community, that is situated smack in the middle of an major archeological dig

 Pre Tisha B’av Shir for Woman this Shabbos

Ms. Raizi Chechik

esteemed lecturer and Principal In SKA girls High  School in NY

 “Mother Mystic and Martyr: A Medieval Elegy”

In preparation for Tisha b’Av, this shiur will reflect upon a beautiful, poignant poem written by the Rokeach in the 12th century as a tribute to his martyred wife Dulcea, exploring themes of motherhood, family, and faith in times of tragedy. The text will be provided in both Hebrew and English.

Beit Knesset Hanassi (Ussishkin 24)
4.30 PM

Top 12 Tips for an Easier Fast, Alan Freishat

 August 9, 2016
When I speak with my clients about fasting, I often hear, “I get so sick when I have to fast” or “I start out fine but I get a terrible headache”, and very common “I am fine during the fast, but after I break the fast, I can’t function for hours and I feel awful.” I know that many years ago, prior to learning how to prepare and break a fast, there were times I could have said all of the above. For the vast majority of people, if you prepare for and break the fast according to our tips, you will be just fine. Yes, you could get hungry and thirsty, but that is normal.

Here are some simple tips to help you along.


  1. Begin drinking on a consistent basis 36 hours beforehand. Increase your fluids by 25% or 30%.

  2. Eat more fruit; particularly fruit that is dense in fluid, melon and watermelon are particularly good. Fruits help retain the liquid you are consuming.

  3. If you are a coffee or caffeinated tea drinker or a chocoholic, it’s imperative that you begin weaning yourself from these and other caffeinated foods or drinks 72 hours before the fast begins.  Failure to do so may bring on headaches during the fast.

  4. At the meal before the fast, stick with complex carbohydrates with a normal amount of lean protein—DO NOT go high protein at this meal. Whole Grains, vegetables, fruits, and baked potatoes or preferably sweet potatoes are great.

  5. Keep drinking non-caffeinated beverages and remember that water and some fruit juices are best.


  1. Begin with 4-5 glasses of water.

  2. Have a light meal, a bowl of soup a small amount of whole grains (a slice of bread or a portion of brown rice are examples)  and fresh cut salad is perfect. Keep proteins light and lean.

  3. Finish with a fruit or two.  Stop there!!!

  4. Leave the table and go for a short walk and do your stretching.

  5. If you are really still hungry after that, have a small snack and some more water or tea.

  6. Don’t eat late at night and the next day you should wake up feeling hungry and healthy.

  7. Don’t end up eating an entire days worth of calories in one meal.  Over eating after the fast can cause great gastric discomfort!

Link to 22nd Annual Tisha BeAv walk:

22nd Annual Tisha BeAv Walk Motzaei Shabbat August 13th

9:30 pm Eicha reading at Independence Park Agron street

10:15 pm the Walk starts

11:00pm (approx.) Speeches at Lion’s Gate by

Minister Zeev Elkin, minister of religious affairs and environment

  • Rabbi Ben Dahan , dep. Defense minister

  • MK Yehuda Glick

  • Dov Kalmanovitz dep. Mayor of Jerusalem

  • Prof. Arieh Eldad former MK

  • Rina Ariel mother of Hallel Yaffa hy”d

  • Arieh Klein

For Transportation From Bet Shemesh Debbie 052-8909524

From Kiryat Arba Hevron and Gush Etzion Renee 052-3294194

Link to flyer

Please spread to all by email and facebook

Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 and Nadia Matar 050-5500834

I apologize  this post  photo’s were added after editing and not in the original post.

I visited Chavat HaAfarsimonim  ( Gilead’s Balsam Farm) – where biblical herbs are grown to provide medical benefits. Their place in the Bible, and their ancient secret production methods were described. It was an excruciatingly hot day. I suggested that a tour of this kind should begin at 4AM in the morning and return at 12 PM. No-one seemed interested.wp-1471182069521.jpeg


 Guy Erlich, Founder, The Balsamon Company, Ancient secrets, modern science, Bahn of Gilead farm Agriculture and Technology. e-mail:

Kibutz Almog, DN Arvot HaYarden

Then on to visit the collection of amazing mosaic floors from the Byzantine Period , brought here from all over Israel, displayed beautifully both inside

and outside the Good Samaritan Museum. The site includes Second Temple- period remains such as dwelling caves and cisterns from different periods.


 Below the Latin script is visible in the mosaic



Beit Sila, Khirbet


Khirbet Beit Sila is located north of Jerusalem, c. 3 km northwest of Giv‘at Ze’ev and c. 2 km south of Ramallah, at c. 650 m above sea level. The site’s ruins include two main centers, 350 m apart. The one in the eastern part of the site is larger and contains the remains of numerous buildings, including a Byzantine church, agricultural installations, and mikvehs. wp-1471181969293.jpegThe other center, situated on the slope, 0.5 km west of the site, includes a cemetery and a number of early structures. The total area of the remains is some 6 a.

In the 1920s, A. T. Richardson proposed identifying the ruins of Beit Sila with biblical Shiloh because of the phonetic similarity between the two names. W. F. Albright, on the other hand, identified Khirbet Sailun, north of Ophrah, as biblical Shilo, on the basis of his excavations.

This area is identified with the biblical Ma’ale Adumim, which was located at the junction between the lands of the tribes of Benjamin and of Judah

VIP briefing of current political situation given by Herb Keinon, the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Correspondent.

After lunch we  visited Midreshet Ein Prat to be briefed on their institution, by Rabbi Daniel SegalRav Midrasha.

A founding member, Dani is Ein Prat’s Rav Midrasha and the rabbi of the community of Alon where Ein Prat’s year-round campus is located. Dani teaches Talmud, Bible and rabbinic sources to Ein Prat’s students and in myriad institutions around Israel including Kolot. He also founded a center for premarital counseling and coaches hundreds of young couples a year. Dani earned a BA in Hebrew Literature from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. I was impressed by the rich array of programming that serves the network on a weekly basis in activity hubs around the country. One such informal meeting places Shatile is right on Rechove Hillel, where I have been for shiurim,


FROM Chana Tovah Sokel: As an Introduction

A speaker can express herself and we hear only words. Occasionally the speaker’s self is expressed in the words, and we feel that Ha Kodesh Baruch Hu is present.

Our speaker this past Thursday was of the second variety.  The ladies who came were really so amazed at the speaker and her sweet way and wonderful energy for Israel, our Holy Land.

August 25th 8 to 9p.m. will be a second opportunity.

Natalie Sopinsky will again speak and we sure hope to have many many people come.

Included will be Natalie speaking as well as a large screen video presentation and good food like LAST THURSDAY.

Please make all the effort you can to 1. come  2. get many people to come    3. put it in an interesting way in emails to friends.

The connecting of one Israeli with another like tonight was really what life is all about.  Caring to hear about others in security areas that Arabs are to say the least unfriendly, hearing the good Torah lives of the families in Susya which is near Chevron, was part of what we heard by the speaker.  Seeing a family lives this life because it is affordable and full of community friendships!  30 mikvaot were uncovered and are in the ancient town of Susya, which is a remarkable archeological dig.   But another thing we all heard was how families have friendship in the community of Susya, how the Shabbat there is 100 percent packed with children and parents praying and enjoying one another in the Judean Hills. the high school is regional with 800 students.  There is also a superior yeshiva with a special study for biology studies.   It is why and what about life in Israel that Natalie Sopinsky spoke of and her years in Israel inspired us all.  Cannot wait to hear her speak further August 25th also by my place: 41/18 Hakablan, Har Nof.

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