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Bayit Email Sun 5/17/20: 9:30am (Final!) Brunch Shiur w/R' Brad, 9:30am Youth Havdalah, Shavuot Reader Submissions, 8:45pm Open Support Group and More

05/17/2020 05:31:29 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Shavua tov - a good week.  Today is the 38th day of the Omer - five weeks and three days of the Omer.    
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Sunday, May 17
2) Shavuot Reader - Submit Until Midnight!
3) Today's Way to Help
4) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
5) Covid-19 Resources Page
6) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Sunday, May 17
• 7:30am: Daf Yomi - click here (Meeting ID: 874 8420 7977, password: bayit) or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 874 8420 7977
• 8:30am: Shacharit - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
• 9:30am: Final (!) Brunch Shiur with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield (BYOBrunch) - - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656;  Meeting ID 613 613 3700#: "Answering The World’s Oldest Question: 6 Torah Characters Who Discovered the Power of Hineini, and How You Can Too"
• 9:30am: Virtual Havdalah for Bayit Youth with Bayit Youth Directors Emily Hausman & Joseph Robinson
Join us as we welcome a new week through Havdalah. This Sunday experience will allow us to start our week with the virtual embrace of friendship. Hope to see you there!
• 7:00pm: First Responders, Health Care Workers & Essential Workers Clap
• 7:55pm: Mincha/Maariv -
• 8:45pm-9:30pm: Open Process and Support Space with Dr. Michelle Jasper-Brody - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3702 
2) Shavuot Reader - Submit Until Midnight!
The Bayit will produce a "Shavuot Reader" filled with community contributions. All individuals connected with the Bayit are welcome to submit an essay, drawing, poem, photograph, short-story, memory, illustration, painting, comic about "How do you imagine the receiving of the Torah?" Written submissions should be less than 1000 words. Images should be emailed as a high quality .jpeg to  Final deadline is tonight at midnight!
3) Today's Way to Help
If you would like to suggest a way to help for the daily email, please send it to  You can find all of these ways to help collected on our Covid-19 Resources page here.
Donate Blood - Riverdale Y Blood Drive, May 27
New York Blood Center has declared a Blood Emergency and your help is needed as we are experiencing an increase in demand for blood. To help meet demand, we are asking you to please attend this blood drive coming to your area:
The Riverdale YM-YWHA Gym, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 11:00 - 5:00pm - 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
  • Due to the current public health crisis and social distancing rules, donors MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT (walk-ins will not be permitted at this time). Click here or call 1.800.933.2566 to schedule an appointment.
  • Don't forget to bring your donor ID card or know your donor ID number. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.  We look forward to seeing you. To learn more about the importance of donating during this time and to answer your questions regarding COVID-19, please visit
  • Do not donate if you have: a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days, been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days after your illness has resolved. NOTE: close contact is defined by CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a prolonged period of time.
4) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
1) Kosher Meals from Get Food NYC: The Riverdale Y is partnering with Get Food NYC to provide kosher meals for seniors in the community. If you already receive Kosher Meals on Wheels, you may not apply for this program. Beyond the Riverdale Y's capacity, they will now be able to refer your name to Get Food NYC so you can receive the kosher meals. For more info call: Lydia Ecker at the Riverdale Y - 347-913-4391.
2) Kosher Grab-and-Go Meals in Riverdale: The Kosher Grab & Go Meal site in the Bronx is at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil (660 West 236 Street, Bronx, NY 10463).  Each day, three free OU-kosher grab & go meals will be available  for anyone in need. Meals are available for children and adults Monday through Friday. Serving children and families from 7:30am-11:30am and adults from 11:30am-1:30pm.  No one will be turned away at any time; all adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. No registration, ID, or documentation required.
5) Covid-19 Resources Page
6) Closing Message
As this new week begins, and with it a new parashah – Torah portion, and a new sefer, the book of Bemidbar, I draw strength from the Ramban’s introduction to Bemidbar. He writes, והספר הזה כולו במצות שעה שנצטוו בהם בעמדם במדבר ובנסים הנעשים להם – “this book is entirely made of time-limited, short-term commandments that were commanded to them during and pertaining to their time in the wilderness, and the miracles that God did for them there.” Perhaps the Ramban is reminding us that there are chapters in our lives that are temporary, still on the way to the Promised Land, dwelling in the wilderness. Sometimes we want to forget about those chapters, we wish they were never there, and yet they are a book of our Torah, filled with unique mandates, duties, responsibilities and even miracles. As we live through these coronavirus days, may we truly feel all of its challenges. May we pray that it be indeed very time limited. And - may we embrace its unique duties and responsibilities, and its miracles.     (You can see this closing message in video format here.)
Reminder to all to take good care of ourselves and each other.  Try to do something specific today that strengthens you, and something else that strengthens someone else.
May it be a good day, and a good week,
Rav Steven, Rav Ezra, Rabbanit Bracha, Rabba Sara and Rav Avi
Richard Langer, Executive Director
Daniel Feit, President
Staff Contact Info: Richard Langer: 732-626-5902,  /  Phyllis Newsome: 201-503-4923,  /  Yael Manor-Oshinsky: 201-503-5562,  /  Shuli Boxer Rieser: 929-269-2892,
All the emails we are sending about Covid-19 are posted to our website at Coronavirus Email #52

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