I hope that everyone is coping as best as possible with the current crisis that we all find ourselves in. We pray that it will come to an end as soon as possible, with as few casualties as possible. I must apologize for not responding to some of the e-mails I have received recently, in a more expeditious manner. I took my computer home from the Young Israel office, so I could work from my home. For some reason that we cannot quite figure out, now that the computer is in my home and not in the office, it will allow me to receive e-mails, but not to send out e-mails. I have spoken to a handful of miveenim, and we have not come up with a solution. So I opened up a new e-mail.account. The new one is: Burnsteinrabbi@gmail.com. If you e-mail me I will try to respond as soon as possible. As many of you know, I prefer using the old fashion method of speaking over the phone. You will get a faster response if you call me.
I would like to keep connected to all of you as best I can. I plan to reach out to all of you (over the phone), to see how you are doing. In addition, we are planning to arrange for posts of divrei torah to go out to our members each day, or as often as possible. I am hoping this will be in place by this coming Sunday. In addition, we are continuing our daily classes through Zoom, or other online services, as well as through call in numbers over the phone. Tomorrow’s Erev Sahbbos e-mail should have the information on how to connect to our daily or weekly classes. This might be a good time to join one of our classes.
Some of our local shules have arranged for people to call in and daven together over the phone. This is not considered davening with a minyan or enabling the saying of kaddish. It would allow you to answer Amen to the birchos hashacher said In the morning and to answer Amen to Baruch Sheomar and Yishtabach in the morning. If this is something that our kehillah would be interested in doing, feel free to contact me and we will attempt to put it together.
The Pesach information and information for mechiras chometz will be coming out very soon.
Stay well and connected.