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Bayit Email Mon 5/18/20: 9:30am Megillat Rut Class, Daily Way to Help and More

05/18/2020 05:31:47 AM


Dear Bayit Family,
Today is the 39th day of the Omer - five weeks and four days of the Omer.    
1) Today's Schedule and Links - Monday, May 18
2) Today's Way to Help
3) Free Kosher Food Distribution in Our Community - Two Opportunities
4) Covid-19 Resources Page
5) Closing Message

1) Today's Schedule and Links - Monday, May 18
• 6:45am: Shacharit - 
• 7:30am: Daf Yomi - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3702
• 7:50am: Shacharit - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 613 613 3700
• 9:30am: Pre-Shavuot Megillat Rut *in Hebrew* with Rabbanit Bracha or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
In honor of Shavuot: a "barefoot reading" of Megilat Ruth; once through the eyes of Ruth and once through the eyes of Naomi. Please bring a copy of the Megillah text with you to class.
• 10:30am - Intermediate Talmud - Avodah Zarah with Rav Ezra - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 11:30am - Halacha Chaburah with Burt Nusbacher - or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 470 341 910.
• 1:00pm-1:45pm: Breath-Body-Mind with Shira Gordon - not meeting today

• 7:00pm: First Responders, Health Care Workers & Essential Workers Clap
• 7:55pm: Mincha/Maariv -
• 8:30pm-9:30pm: Rav Jeff Fox's Advanced Talmud Shiur - Mesechet Yevamot (Special Link:​​​​​.

• 8:45pm-9:30pm: Open Support and Process Space or dial-in audio at +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 373 071 966
2) 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.
CovidWatcher  - Help NYC Understand COVID-19's Impact
Columbia University  has rolled out a  new research tool called  CovidWatcher  which will track COVID-19’s impact on New York City neighborhoods in real time, filling in critical gaps in knowledge of the virus to better understand the needs across New York. Your data leads to more insights, updated daily. The link is It should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is intended for everyone to fill out, regardless of symptoms or concerns about exposure.  

3) 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.
4) Covid-19 Resources Page
5) Closing Message
As we measure our journey through this coronavirus with graphs and trendlines, piling up people as bars and statistics, our parashah, Bemidbar, directs us - even as it, too, mandates counting people - to focus on the individual. What's amazing is the two terms for that individual. שְׂאוּ אֶת רֹאשׁ כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל - “lift up the head of every individual in the assembly of Israel.” That same pasuk ends by mandating that we be counted לְגֻלְגְּלֹתָם - "by each skull". Listening to this verse this week, I'm thinking about these two visions of a person: our rosh/ראש - our lofty hopes and dreams, our deepest thoughts, emotions and psyches; and our skull/גלגלת – our deeply physical, embodied selves. May it be a week in which we focus on the welfare of both of those parts: psychological / spiritual / emotional / intellectual along with the physical, of ourselves and all others.     (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 #53

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