The most noticeable quality when speaking to Jenny is her warmth. Whether you are a teacher, student, friend, or family member, Jenny’s kind smile and soft spoken voice makes you feel at home.


Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Jenny made aliyah after learning at Shaalvim for Women. Jenny has been passionate about teaching since 6th grade after having a wonderful teacher and knew she wanted to go into education. She went on to study at Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women and earned her degree in education. While studying, she worked as a madricha at Tiferet where she built lasting relationships with the students. In 2009, Jenny married her husband Josh who has also became an important member of the MMY family. Jenny went on to teach English at YTA for Boys where she has taught for five years. She explains she has loved teaching at YTA because she feels it is a special opportunity to be able to encourage and help high school students who are trying to work through their aliyah process. In addition to teaching them material, she has also taught them responsibility which she knows will have a lasting impact in the process of becoming responsible adults.


Read more: Get to Know our Eim Bayit, Jenny Pittleman!


By Rabbi Eliezer Lerner

The Gemara Brachot (20b) states that the mitzvah of Kiddush is a Torah obligation derived from the pasuk: "Zachor et Yom HaShabbat L'kadsho".  However, the nature of the mitzvah ofHavdala is unclear.  The Rambam (Hilchot Shabbat 29:1) writes that Havdala is also a mitzvah from the Torah, derived from the very same pasuk.  Kiddush and Havdala are two parts of the same mitzvah.  The Maggid Mishneh comments that there are those who disagree with the Rambam and claim that Havdala is a Rabbinic obligation.

Even according to the Rambam, the Torah obligation of Kiddush and Havdala involves only the recitation of certain ideas.  The need to say these brachotover a cup of wine is mandated by Rabbinic decree.  (Hilchot Shabbat, 29:1, 6)  The Gemara Brachot (33a) relates that originally, the Sages legislated that the mitzvah of Havdala may be performed through davening.  Later when the economic status of the Jews improved, it became mandatory to recite Havdala on a cup of wine.  Much later, when there was an economic decline, Chazal legislated that Havdala should again be said during davening, but must also be said over wine.

Read more: How does one recite Havdala when Tish’a B'av occurs right after Shabbat?

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