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Month: September 2012

HJC News – Haazinu through the end of Yom Tov

The Yomim Noraim were beautiful. A big thank you to Simcha Mann, Hillel Seltzer and our Gabboyim Corey Adler and Phil Setnik for making it so special. We look forward to a similarly beautiful and joyous Succos with all of you.

We will have a luncheon on Simchas Torah following davening. Call the office to make your reservations.

The Shul is making a Wine Order, which will be delivered after Succos. Please call the office for more information.

Good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov,

Rabbi Davidovich


Davening Times

Friday, September 28
  Shacharis   6:45 AM  
  Candle Lighting    6:57 PM
  Mincha              7:00 PM

Saturday,  September 29  (Haazinu)
  Parsha Shiur   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Navi Shiur  6:10 PM
  Mincha       6:40 PM
  Shabbos ends    8:00 PM  

Sunday, September 30 (Erev Succos)
  Shacharis  8:00 AM
  Candle lighting   6:50 PM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   6:55 PM

Monday, October 1 (First Day Succos)

  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Mincha       6:50 PM
  Maariv        7:52 PM
  Candle lighting, from an existing flame   7:57 PM

Tuesday, October 2 (Second Day Succos)
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Mincha       6:50 PM
  Yom Tov Ends   7:55 PM    

Wednesday-Thursday October 3-4 (Chol Hamoed)

  Shacharis   6:30 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   6:50 PM
Friday, October 5 (Chol Hamoed)
  Shacharis    6:30 AM
  Candle Lighting  6:42 PM
  Mincha  6:45  PM

Saturday,  October 6  (Shabbos Chol Hamoed)

  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Open Succah at Rabbi’s home 14385 Washington  3:00 PM
  Mincha    6:30 PM
  No Shalosh Seudos at Shul
  Shabbos ends   7:48 PM

Sunday, October 7  (Hoshana Rabba)

  Shacharis  8:00 AM
  Candle lighting   6:39 PM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   6:40 PM

Monday, October 8 (Shemini Atzeres)

  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Mincha       6:30 PM
   followed by Rabbi’s Party
  Maariv        7:40 PM
  Candle lighting, from an existing flame   7:45 PM

Tuesday, October 9 (Simchas Torah)

  Shacharis   8:30 AM
  Mincha       6:35 PM
  Yom Tov Ends   7:43 PM  

Wednesday-Thursday October 10-11
  Shacharis   6:45 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   6:40 PM  

Friday, October 12

 Shacharis    6:45 AM
 Candle Lighting  6:31 PM
 Mincha  6:35  PM

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HJC News – Nitzavim and Rosh Hashana through Yom Kippur

A new Simcha Tree, donated by Gershon and Mary Ireland, is now ready to accept leaves.  You may purchase a leaf to commemorate a joyous event, such as a birth, marriage, bar/bas mitzvah, etc.  Each leaf is $54.  Please contact the office for more information.

Anyone needing a home visit to hear the Shofar on Rosh Hashana, or anyone who would like to volunteer his time to blow Shofar on Rosh Hashana for people in their homes should contact Fred Bolotin by email at or by phone 291-1265. 

We will have a luncheon on Simchas Torah following davening.  More information to come, but please save the date.


The Shul will be making a Wine Order, which will be delivered after Succos. Please call the office for more information.

Good Shabbos

Rabbi Davidovich


Davening and Shiur Times
Friday, September 14
  Candle Lighting    7:18 PM

  Mincha              7:20 PM

Saturday,  September 15  (Nitzavim)
  Parsha Shiur   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Navi Shiur  6:35 PM
  Mincha       7:05 PM
  Shabbos ends    8:24 PM  

Sunday, September 16 (Erev Rosh Hashana)
  Selichos-Shacharis  7:15 AM
   Followed by Hataras Nedarim  
  Candle lighting   7:14 PM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   7:15 PM
Monday, September 17 (First Day Rosh Hashana)
  Shacharis   8:00 AM
  Hamelech   8:45 AM  
  Shofar        10:30 AM
  Mincha       6:30 PM followed by Tashlich at the Perkels 4325 Groveland
  Maariv        8:15 PM
  Candle lighting, from an existing flame   8:21 PM
Tuesday, September 18 (Second Day Rosh Hashana)
  Shacharis   8:00 AM
  Hamelech   8:45 AM
  Shofar       10:25 AM
  Mincha       7:00 PM
  Yom Tov Ends   8:19 PM     
Wednesday September 19 (Tzom Gedaliah)
  Fast begins   5:59 AM
  Selichos-Shacharis   6:10 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   6:55 PM
  Fast ends   8:12 PM
Thursday September 20
  Selichos-Shacharis   6:10 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   7:10 PM
Friday, September 21
 Selichos-Shacharis   6:10 AM
 Candle Lighting  7:06 PM
 Mincha  7:10 PM
Saturday,  September 22  (Vayeilech / Shabbos Shuva)
  Parsha class   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Shabbos Shuva Drasha   6:00 PM
  Mincha-Shalosh Seudos   6:55 PM
  Shabbos ends   8:12 PM
Sunday,  September 23  
  Selichos-Shacharis   7:25 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   7:05 PM
Monday, September 24
  Selichos-Shacharis   6:10 AM
  Mincha-Ma’ariv   7:05 PM
Tuesday,  September 25  (Erev Yom Kippur)
  Selichos-Shacharis   6:30 AM
  Early Mincha    3:00 PM  
  Late Mincha       6:40  PM
  Candle lighting    6:59 PM
  Kol Nidre          7:00  PM
Wednesday September 26 (Yom Kippur)  
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Yizkor after   11:30 PM
  Mincha   5:00 PM
  N’eila   6:30 PM
  Fast ends   8:05 PM

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J’accuse, by Alan Dershowitz

here’s Alan Dershowitz:

Why do countries with long histories of anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry seem to care more about the so-called rights of young children not to be circumcised than do other countries in the world with far better histories of concern for human rights? The same rhetorical question can be asked of countries, such as Norway, that care so much about the rights of animals not to be slaughtered according to Jewish ritual. These questions are entirely rhetorical because every thinking person knows the answer. It’s not because Germans or Norwegians are better people and care more about children and animals than do Americans. It is because they care less about Jews. Or more precisely they care a lot about Jews. They just don’t like them very much and don’t care if they are forced to leave the country because they cannot practice their religions there.

So let no one praise a nation that murdered a million Jewish babies and children for shedding crocodile tears over the plight of the poor little baby boy who, following a many thousand year old tradition, is circumcised a week after birth. Every good person should condemn Germany for what really lies at the heart of efforts to ban circumcision—old-fashioned anti-Semitism, a term coined by Germans for Germans and against Jews.

History is not irrelevant in assessing current policies. The history of Germany (and Norway) in prohibiting Jews from practicing their traditional rituals goes back to a time when overt anti-Semitism was not only acceptable, it was de rigueur. Today, new words replace discredited old ones. Anti-Zionism instead of anti-Semitism. The welfare of children instead of the banning of religious rituals. But it’s all the same. Anyone who falls for the new pseudo scientific nonsense about the evils of circumcision or ritual slaughter is as naïve or bigoted as those who fell for the old pseudo scientific racial claims of Nazism.

Indeed, there is an ugly whiff of “racial superiority” in the implicit assumption underlying these bigoted laws: Namely, that Germans and Norwegians are somehow morally (if not racially) superior to other countries that permit such “barbaric” practices.

So let’s call a spade a spade and let’s call anti-Semitism by its true name.

How then should reasonable people respond to these unreasonable efforts to make it difficult to practice traditional Judaism? Some have called for a legal response. Perhaps. But fighting these bigoted practices in court plays into the hands of those who are proposing it. In Nazi Germany, respected jurists were able to use the law to justify the most primitive forms of racism. Indeed Nazism operated through the Nuremburg laws and other such anti-Semitic legal enactments, which were declared entirely lawful by the German courts. Efforts to use the law against these manifestations of racism backfired, by legitimating the Nazi’s legalistic undertakings. So let those who seek to challenge these laws do so but not without understanding the downside of such action.

Some may suggest that the alleged science purporting to support these bans be challenged on the basis of scientific truth. Perhaps. But that too may play into the hands of those who would argue that even acknowledging a possible scientific basis for these bigoted proposals lends some legitimacy to them. “Science” too was used to support Nazi racial studies. Should German scientists now conduct “twin studies” on circumcised and uncircumcised siblings? Why is Germany not willing to accept the conclusion reached by the American Academy of Pediatrics following a five year review of the best research, that “the health benefits” of circumcision – including reduction of HIV and papillomavirus transmission – “out weight the risks?”

The best response is to shame the Germans into rejecting this new form of left wing anti-Semitism, by showing them how similar it was to the Nazism they now claim to abhor. This approach will not work in Norway, because Norwegians have forgotten their history and still believe they were victims of Nazism rather than collaborators. Norway’s anti-Semitic laws preventing Kosher slaughter of animals date back to the pre Nazi period and have remained in force since that time. Norway seems to have no shame nor is it capable of being shamed. Many Germans, on the other hand, seem willing to remember the past—at least up to a point. They must confront that past and look into the historical mirror before they once again go down the road of treating their Jewish citizens as second class or worse.

Shame on those Germans who would ban circumcision. Shame on those Germans who do not care enough to rise up in anger against the pseudo scientific bigots who falsely claim to be interested in the sensitivities of children. Praise for those Germans who do stand against the bigotry of their countrymen.

Let other countries with cleaner hands take the lead in conducting real scientific research and in seeking to protect the rights of children and animals. The dirty hands and filthy past of Germany forever disqualifies that country from leading the effort to ban Jewish rituals. For shame!

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HJC News – Parshas Ki Savo


Kiddush this Shabbos is provided by Jerusalem Grill.

Rosh Hashana is approaching. Please contact the office to reserve your seats and to have names included in the Shul’s Yizkor Booklet.  
The Office will be open this Sunday morning.
The shul is auctioning off the Aliyos for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Please contact Martin Lipman to place your bid for the tremendous merit of getting an Aliya during those Holy Days.

Please join the Community-Wide Cemetery Preservation Project, this Sunday, September 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Lansing Cemetery.  All congregants are encouraged to help with the clean up project. Lansing is owned mostly by Heights Jewish Center. 

Selichos begins Motzoei Shabbos.  This week starting Monday, there will be no Gemara Shiur.   Selichos will begin at 6:20 AM.  

Deena will be giving a special pre-Rosh Hashana class for women on Monday September 10 at 9:30am at the Romanoff home in Cleveland Heights. All women are invited to attend.

The Rabbi will be giving a pre-Rosh Hashana class for men and women entitled “Rosh Hashana: Strategies for the Shul and the Home” on Monday September 10 at 8pm.
Davening and Shiur Times
Friday, September 7
  Candle Lighting    from 6:29 PM till 7:30 PM

  Mincha              7:30 PM

Saturday,  September 8  (Ki Savo)
  Parsha Shiur   8:30 AM
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Navi Shiur  6:50 PM
  Mincha       7:20 PM
  Shabbos ends    8:37 PM  
Special Selichos Program Saturday Night
  Refreshments  11:00 PM
  Pre-Selichos Talk “Melaveh Malka and Teshuva” 11:30 PM
  Selichos  12:00 AM 

The Week of September 9 through 14



Shacharis    8:00 AM   

        Chumash-Rashi Shiur  8:45 AM
  Monday through Friday    

Selichos-Shacharis     6:20 AM  

        Chumash-Rashi Shiur      7:30 AM
  Sunday through Thursday
Mishnayos Shiur  7:00 PM (not Sunday) 
Mincha-Maariv   7:30 PM
  Next Friday
       Candle Lighting 7:18 PM
       Mincha    7:20 PM 

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HJC News – Ki Seitzei

Davening and Shiur Times
Friday, August 31
  Candle Lighting   from 6:38 PM till 7:42 PM

  Mincha              7:30 PM

Saturday,  September 1  (Ki Seitzei)
  Parsha Shiur   cancelled
  Shacharis   9:00 AM
  Navi Shiur  cancelled
  Mincha       7:30 PM
  Shabbos ends    8:48 PM  

The Week of September 2 through 7



Shacharis    8:00 AM   

        Chumash-Rashi Shiur   cancelled
  Monday (Labor Day)

Shacharis    8:00 AM   

        Chumash-Rashi Shiur   cancelled

  Tuesday through Friday    

Gemara  Shiur      6:15 AM  

        Shacharis        6:45 AM
        Chumash-Rashi Shiur      7:30 AM
  Sunday through Thursday

Mishnayos Shiur  7:10 PM (not Sunday) 
Mincha-Maariv   7:40 PM
  Next Friday
       Candle Lighting from 6:29 PM till 7:30 PM
       Mincha    7:30 PM 
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