Saturday, August 27, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Re'eh for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                         8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                       7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 7:15pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 8:05, 9:30pm

Friday, August 26, 2016

Schild Shabbos Kallah


Parshas Ekev Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Ekev:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:19pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           7:35pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  8:10pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                              8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           9:37am

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                 1:31pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                      5:30pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                              6:35pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:20pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                     8:19pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

“Man does not live by bread alone” (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 8:3) - a famous line, but what does it mean?

The verse comes from this week’s Torah portion Eikev (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25), and is a reference to the miraculous Manna, which fell from heaven daily during the Jewish people’s sojourn in the wilderness. The conclusion of the verse states “rather, by the utterance of G‑d’s mouth does man live.” Thus, it is reminding us about the true source of human sustenance.

Contrary to popular belief, it is neither our earthly toil, nor the sweat of our brow, nor all those conferences, meetings and sales seminars that ensure our success. The reality is that it is G‑d who sustains us and looks after us, just as our ancestors trekking through the desert were totally dependent on Him for their daily bread. Wealth is a G‑dly gift. At the end of the day, it is not our business acumen alone that provides our daily bread, but the blessings from Above which endow our efforts with success.

Ask anyone in sales how often their best-laid plans and pitches have come to naught, and then, out of the blue, a big order comes in with little or no effort. Of course, it’s not the rule, and we must be prepared to put in effort if we are to succeed. But when it does happen, it reminds us that there are higher forces, beyond our control, at work.

But there’s another meaning to this verse as well. Man does not live by bread alone. The human spirit is such that we crave more than bread. Human beings are never satisfied with money or materialism alone.

Money is important, but we cannot live by money exclusively. What about job satisfaction? I know a number of individuals in our community who willingly gave up lucrative positions for less rewarding ones, because they found their work unstimulating. They were making lots of cash, but there was no emotional reward.

There are many people who have it all financially, but who are nonetheless unhappy people. They are very successful—and very miserable. For satisfaction to be lasting it must be more than material; it must be spiritual. We need to know that our lives have purpose, and that somehow we have made a difference. We want to be assured that our work is productive and will have lasting value.

We have a deep-seated need to know that our life’s work is purposeful, physically and spiritually. When we understand that every good deed is attached to a complex spiritual apparatus and what we do affects the cosmos - then our lives become endowed with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.

We desperately need to know, as well, that in some way our work is helping others - that we are making a contribution to society beyond our own selfish needs. Then - we live. Then - we are happy.

Man does not live by bread alone. We simply cannot.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chof Av Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of כ' אב on Wednesday night, August 24th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:20pm Maariv.

Mazel Tov Fishers!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Levi and Brany Fisher on the birth of a baby boy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Ekev for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                         8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                       7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 7:30pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 8:20, 9:30pm

Friday, August 19, 2016

Parshas Vaeschanan Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Vaeschanan:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:30pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           7:46pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  8:15pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                            9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           9:35am

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Minchah Gedolah.                                                                                1:33pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                      5:30pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                              6:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:30pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         8:31pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned at Hebrew Sunday school.

"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how G‑d sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."

"Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?"

"Well, no, Mom. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"

One of the sacred tasks of parents and teachers is to educate the next generation and to impart to our children the knowledge and values of our Torah. We cannot be content with our own study – we have to teach the young.

This mitzvah is featured in this week's Torah portion Va’eschanan (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11) in the words of the Shema which we recite thrice daily: “…teach them to your children, to discuss them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise…”

What is intriguing is that the great codifier Maimonides, as well as R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in his Code of Jewish Law, present the laws relating to teaching Torah to our children before presenting the laws of studying Torah. It seems quite obvious that one cannot teach before studying. Why would the laws pertaining to teaching a child precede the adult’s requirement to learn? Particularly considering that the power and advantage of a developed, adult, mature mind is enhanced and magnified by the wealth of life’s experiences and challenges of one’s past, which can be shared with the younger generation.

But there is a deficiency and handicap in an adult’s approach to absorbing the words of Torah. So often, objectivity and humility are casualties of preconceived ideas. Our life’s experiences have formed calluses on our attitudes and philosophies. We begin to judge by our decisions rather than decide by our judgments.

How often are we left unmoved by a truth because we are self-consciously aware of the ramifications of accepting such truths? We fit teachings into lifestyles rather than confront the challenge of change.

The laws of studying Torah are preceded by the laws of teaching a child, to remind us how to absorb the words of G-d. The learning of a young child – so eager, so fresh and so unencumbered by life’s baggage – is like “ink written on fresh paper,” – teaching us the art of true Torah study.

May our spiritual and intellectual journeys always retain the effervescence, passion and innocence of a child. May we, this Shabbat Nachamu, ("Shabbat of Comfort" following the period of mourning of Tisha b’Av),  find comfort, optimism and belief in a world about to be redeemed, by allowing ourselves to peer through the eyes and hope of a child.

(Excerpts from  Chabad.org  - by Rabbi Dovid Hazdan)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tu B'Av Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ט"ו באב on Thursday night, August 18th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Schleifer Lechaim

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Rena Schleifer upon the engagement of their daughter, Tovi, to Simcha Kornbluth. The vort will take place at KYB, 23 Lime Kiln Road, Suffern on Sunday evening, August 21, beginning at 6 pm.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Palace Lechaim

Mr & Mrs. Moshe Palace invite all to the L’Chaim of their son Schneur to Chani Abraham, tonight August 16, at Nemes Hall, 309 New York Avenue, between Eastern Parkway and Union Street, at 8:30 pm.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vaeschanan for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                              6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am


Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 7:40pm


Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                                 8:30, 9:30pm


סיום מסכתא after 1st Maariv thru 15 Av

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tisha B'Av Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis.                    8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am (followed by Kinos)

Chatzos.                                                                                                1:01pm

Mincha (Ashrei)                                                                        2:00, 7:20pm

Shkiah                                                                                                   7:56pm

Maariv - end of fast.                                                                           8:26pm                                

Parshas Devorim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Devorim:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:40pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           7:56pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  8:30pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                            9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           9:29am

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Finish all Shiurim before Chatzos

Minchan Gedolah.                                                                                 1:35pm

Minchah                                                                                                   6:00pm

Followed by regular Shabbos meal (no eggs or ashes ch"v)

Shkiah - beginning of fast.                                                                       7:57pm

Motzoei Shabbos.                                                                                       8:42pm

After the zman of Motzoei Shabbos, say 'Boruch Hamavdil' and say the brocho of 'Borei Meorei Hoeish' over a flame

Maariv.                                                                                                        9:15pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson  in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

The Torah portion this Shabbat (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22) always comes out on the Jewish calendar immediately prior to Tisha B'Av or on the day of Tisha B’Av itself, as this year, the Jewish national day of mourning. After this Torah reading we read the famous Haftarah (section from the Prophets) of Chazon, the "Vision of Isaiah" which foretells the exile of the Jewish people. On the fast day of “Tisha B'Av” (observed on Sunday)  we will recall the destruction of our Holy Temple nearly 2,000 years ago by fasting and mourning and the other observances of the day.

They say that Napoleon was once passing through the Jewish ghetto in Paris and heard sounds of crying and wailing emanating from a synagogue. He stopped to ask what the lament was about. He was told that the Jews were remembering the destruction of their Temple. "When did it happen?" asked the Emperor. "Some 1700 years ago," was the answer he received. Whereupon Napoleon stated with conviction that a people who never forgets its past would be destined to forever have a future.

In the beginning of our Torah portion, Moses recalls how G-d had said to the Children of Israel, "You have surrounded this mountain long enough. Turn away, and take your journey..." (Deuteronomy 1:6). The mountain is Sinai, scene of the revelation of G-d’s wisdom and will to man. Yet G-d tells us, "You've been here long enough. Move on!"

We must always be prepared to move forward, to carry on to the next stage. How are we to navigate a clear path, through the confusion that is everyday life? How do we reconcile this with our past? How do we utilize our life experience, both individual and collective?

A young boy was traveling from Jerusalem to the Galilee.

He arrived at a four-way crossroads and discovered, to his horror that the crossroads sign, with its arrows pointing the way to the cities lying in the four directions, had fallen down.

Which road should he take to reach his destination?

But he knew where he was coming from - Jerusalem. By arranging the sign so that Jerusalem pointed to the path he had just come from, he was able to figure out which way to go.

This is the key. Moving forward is essential but in order to do so we must remember and understand where we are coming from. The Torah is our collective Jewish life experience. Our heritage and our history are our signposts. Using this as our starting point, knowing where we are coming from, we are able to know and get to where we need to go, on the correct path, without straying or getting lost.

Yes, progress is an inevitable (and even good) thing. Nonetheless, it must be tempered with a clear understanding and appreciation of where we started out from and how Torah is our frame of reference. In this way, we will be able to chart a clear and bright future, dealing with the challenges of the modern world head on, using progress in a positive manner and to reach our final destination, the rebuilding of the third and ultimate Temple in Jerusalem. May it happen NOW!

(Excerpts from Chabad.org)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hei Av Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ה' אב tonight, Tuesday August 9th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:40pm Maariv.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Devarim for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                        8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                              6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 7:50pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 8:40, 9:30pm

סיום מסכתא after Maariv

Friday, August 5, 2016

Parshas Matos-Masei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Chazak Parshas Matos-Masei:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:49pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           8:05pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  8:40pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                            9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           9:29am

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                      6:00pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                              7:05pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:50pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         8:52pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson  in memory of his late mothe Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Is it the money or the man, the cash or the kids? Of course, no one would ever admit to putting money ahead of their children; but is it not an all too common phenomenon? Aren't most parents, even good parents, guilty of making that mistake now and then?

In this week's Torah portion, Parshah Matos-Massei  (Bamidbor [Numbers] 30:2-36:13) the Jewish People are preparing for the conquest of Canaan and the allotment of the Promised Land amongst the twelve tribes of Israel, when the tribes of Reuben and Gad make a special request of Moses.

They had abundant herds of livestock and the land east of the Jordan River was especially suitable for grazing. They asked Moses if they could receive this land rather than land west of the Jordan. In making this request they expressed themselves thus: "Pens for the flock we shall build here for our livestock, and cities for our small children."

Immediately, Moses chastises them and corrects their mistake. "Build for yourselves cities for your small children and pens for your flock." Moses turns around their sequence, putting the children ahead of the animals.

Rashi observes that these tribes were more concerned about their money, i.e. livestock, than they were about their sons and daughters. Moses needed to give them a lesson in values and priorities. Put family first. Possessions come later.

The question is, are our own price tags correctly marked? Do we value the things in our own lives correctly? Are our priorities in order? Or do we too put the cattle and the sheep -- the car and the office -- ahead of our children?

How many workaholic husbands have told their wives, "Honey, I'm doing it all for you and the kids." But the businesses we are busy building for them actually take us away from them in the most important and formative years of their lives. Rightly has it been said, "the best thing you can spend on your kids is not money but time."

Many people become "successes" over the years. They achieve professional success, career success, business success, growing their fame and fortunes. Too many in the process have become family failures. At the end of the day, our deepest satisfaction in life comes not from our professional achievements but from our family -- the growth, stability and togetherness that we have nurtured over the years -- what our Jewish parents and grandparents simply called Yiddishe Nachas.

To paraphrase the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, "Jewish wealth is not measured in property portfolios or stocks and bonds; true Jewish wealth is being blessed with children who walk in the ways of G-d." For that, we need to be there for them and with them.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Yossy Goldman)


May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Farbrengen Sunday night

There will be a farbrengen on Sunday night in honor of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Wichnin A”H, after the 9:30 Ma’ariv, led by his son Nachman Dov Wichnin.

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Matos-Masei for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                       8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                       6:48, 8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Friday (Rosh Chodesh)                                6:45, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 8:00pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 8:45, 9:30pm

Friday, July 29, 2016

Parshas Pinchas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Pinchas:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                           7:57pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                              8:13pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                     8:45pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                      8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:26am

Shacharis                                                                                                   10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                         1:38pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                          6:00pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                   7:10pm

Minchah                                                                                                        7:55pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                              9:01pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson  in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM 

Pinchas, the hero of this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas (Bamidbor [Numbers] 25:10-30:1) was previously unheard of. Though as a grandson of Aaron he belonged to the “royal family,” he was an unseeded young man, who, with a single act of bravery was catapulted to stardom.
The Talmud (Sanhedrin 82a) tells the behind the scenes story. Zimri, a prince of the tribe of Shimon, publicly flaunts his intimate relationship with a heathen Midianite princess. Moses is momentarily stymied. Pinchas respectfully reminds Moses that he himself taught the principle that one who behaves as Zimri did may be executed by the zealous. Moses responds that since Pinchas remembered this, he, Pinchas, should be the one to actually carry it out. Pinchas duly does just that and the terrible plague that had taken the lives of thousands is stilled. G-d blesses Pinchas with His Covenant of Peace and Pinchas goes down in history as the hero who saved the day.
Now Pinchas could have thought.  Here stand Moses and Aaron, other prominent elders and leaders and they are all silent. Who, then, am I to step forward? Surely I must keep quiet and hold my peace.
But Pinchas did not say that. And thank G-d he didn’t. Had he kept his silence, the plague might not have been averted and Pinchas would have remained a non-entity.
This, says the Lubavitcher Rebbe, serves a powerful lesson to all of us. If you witnesses a situation where you feel that you can make a difference, then you must. And the fact that greater people than you seem paralyzed should not necessarily mean that you too should remain idle. Perhaps you are earmarked for greatness and G-d is opening your window of opportunity. Deny yourself this moment and you deny destiny.
Sometimes the moment is yours. Sometimes greater people may vacillate and the responsibility and opportunity rest with you and you alone. Each of us has so much unlocked potential. Rare and precious are those crossroads of life when the chance to unleash that inner calling presents itself.
Similarly we find this thought played out in the story of Purim. The Megillah records how Queen Esther is asked by Mordechai to intercede with King Achashverus on behalf of her people. She explains that she fears this may be absolutely suicidal for her. Mordechai responds with rather strong words, Relief and deliverance will come for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. What Mordechai was telling Esther was that the chance to single handedly save one’s entire nation doesn’t present itself every day. It is a unique moment and ought to be seized. If you won’t do it, someone else will; but this once in a lifetime opportunity may be lost to you forever.
Pinchas reminds us that when opportunity knocks we should open the door quickly. Do not hesitate. Destiny may be beckoning.

 (Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos 

Schedule for Ladies' Hilchos Bais HaBechira Classes Set!

Machon Chaya, the learning branch of Nshei Chabad of Monsey, is proud to again offer Hilchos Bais HaBechira for ladies in fulfillment of the Rebbe’s directive to learn these halachos during the Three Weeks. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend these informational and inspiring classes. Look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mornings - 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Monday and Wednesday Evenings - 8:15 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Rabbis Liberow, Serebryanski, Simpson and Flamer will be teaching, iy"h

All classes will be held at the home of Chaya Webb, 26 Cameo Ridge Rd, Monsey.

$5 donation per class suggested.


While a donation per class attended is suggested, we've found that monies collected aren't always sufficient to cover the expenses. Please consider sponsoring a class for $36 to $50 to help us reach our goal!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Seeking Driver

Driver wanted to drive two passengers from Crown Heights to Monsey Thursday evening, returning to Crown Heights Sunday evening or Monday morning. Please call 718 604 8927 (home). If there is no answer, please call 917 750 0908 (cell). We will provide the car.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mrs. Tzipora Reitman to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Shirley Jaffe OBM, the mother of Mrs. Tzipora Reitman.

The levaya will be held on Tuesday, July 19, at 1:00 PM at Gates of Zion Cemetery in Airmont, followed by the burial at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus.

Shiva will be at the Reitman home, 72 Southgate Drive, from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM. 

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a grand farbrengen in honor of י"ב-י"ג תמוז tonight, Sunday July 17th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 9:00pm Maariv.

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Balak for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                   8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                       6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                7:00, 8:10pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 9:00, 9:30pm

Friday, July 15, 2016

Parshas Chukas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Chukas:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                           8:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                              8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                     9:00pm

שבת קודש

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:20am

Shacharis                                                                                                   10:00am

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                          6:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                        8:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                              9:16pm

א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public? Singapore notwithstanding, surely that's over the top!

Well, was it so different for Moses, who, in this week’s Torah portion, Chukas, (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1), is punished and denied entrance to the Promised Land for the seemingly minor infraction of hitting a rock instead of speaking to it?

The people are clamoring for water in the wilderness. G-d tells Moses to speak to a certain rock (he was meant to ask nicely) and promises that, miraculously, water will flow from the rock. Commentary enlightens us as to the behind-the-scenes reasons for Moses striking the rock instead of speaking to it, but in the end the miracle happens anyway and the people's thirst is quenched.

If your average rabbi today would make a rock produce water, even if the rock needed more than mere gentle persuasion, surely it would be hailed as the greatest miracle of the century and the rabbi would win the Nobel Prize for chemistry. But for Moses it's a sin? Even if (as the Torah points out) it would have been a greater sanctification of the Divine had he only spoken to the rock, still, for such a minor infraction, such a severe penalty?

The answer, we are told, is that responsibility is commensurate with the individual. If a child messes up, it is entirely forgivable. For an adult who should know better, we are less likely to be as forgiving. Likewise, among adults, from a person of stature we expect more than from an ordinary fellow.

A blemish on a coarse garment is not nearly as bad as it is on a piece of fine material. A stain on a pair of denims is not only acceptable, it is absolutely desirable. In fact, some people pay a premium for pre-stained jeans. Put the same stain on a silk tie and it's simply unwearable.

Moses was like the finest silk and, therefore, even the smallest, subtle hint of sin was considered a serious breach of conduct and the repercussions were severe.

In one of Rabbi Dr. A. J. Twersky's early books, there is an exposition of the well-known Yiddish expression, "es past nit" -- "it is unbecoming." He writes that when he was a child and his father would admonish him for doing the something wrong, he would say "es past nit," i.e. for you, this sort of behavior is unbecoming. Not only did such a rebuke not shatter the child's self image, it reinforced it. A wise father was telling his child, "You are special, you are important; for someone like you this sort of conduct is unbecoming." There are behavior patterns that are not necessarily criminal or sinful. Yet for someone from an esteemed family background, es past nit, it is unbecoming. This was the kind of criticism that could actually build a child's self esteem.

How beautiful those words, for even in chastisement one can find validation and praise.

Moses was the greatest prophet that ever lived. For him, the standard could be no higher. Luckily for us mere mortals, we will not be held to that exalted benchmark. But we will be held to our own standard. The standard of Jews who were called upon by G-d to be "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

Transportation from Montreal after Weddings

There will IY"H be a special Heimans minibus/bus next Thursday (15 Tammuz) leaving after both weddings - the Lesches-Cohen and Ezagui-Rabinowitz - to accommodate all the guests.

To return back to Monsey/Crown Heights after either wedding please TEXT or WhatsApp 514-999-6700 all the following information:

1) Your name 2) how many seats you need 3) your contact phone number (Heimans will be calling you directly on Monday IY"H to take your payment info) 4) which wedding you are going to be at pick up time.

The price is $65 USD. If one takes a Heimans bus to Montreal in the days prior as well, the price for the round-trip is the standard Heimans price $130 USD.

There are only 25 places. First come, first served! Please reserve NOW to guarantee your place(s).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Anash of Monsey mark Gimmel Tammuz

Over 150 men and women gathered in Monsey to mark Gimmel Tammuz with guest speaker Rabbi Isser Zalmen Weisberg at Khal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch.

The Farbrengen started with Master of Ceremonies Rabbi Yossi Krasnianski welcoming all of Anash to the event and Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches Mara D'asra of Tzemach Tzedek giving over warm divrei bracha.

He was then followed by the guest speaker, Rabbi Isser Zalman Weisberg of Lakewood, NJ, who kept the crowd at the edge of their seats as he recounted his fascinating journey to Chabad from the Litvishe Torah world. Rabbi Weisberg spoke about his tremendous hakoras hatov to the Rebbe who personally guided and encouraged him on a regular basis for many years until he fully developed his learning and writing skills to present the Rebbe's Torah in prestigious Torah publications. He concluded by sharing his perspective on the Rebbe's famous directive to bring Moshiach by using oros detohu bekeilim detikkun.

One yungerman commented, it's so refreshing to come to such a down-to-earth, genuine and "real" farbrengen which combined relevant guidance with so much inspiration.

The Farbrengen would not have been made possible without the organization of Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz and R' Yona Abenson, as well as the assistance of Hirshel Rosenbluh, Mendy Glick, Mendel Sandhouse and other anonymous people that greatly assisted in putting the event together. A special thanks goes to Shmuli Niasoff for putting together the audio and visual.

And last but not least, thanks to all the donors who made this event happen, starting from all of the local Chabad Shuls participating in the Farbrengen - Tzemach Tzedek, Beis Menachem, Beis MM Lubavitch of Pomona and Anash of Airmont.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monsey Anash Directory

It's already summer time and people have been moving in and around the greater community.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is updating its database in anticipation of a new format for the "Monsey Anash Directory" this upcoming Elul!

Anash who would like to send in an edit and add cell phone and email to their existing listing should contact directory@chedermonsey.org as well as new residents who can send in addresses, phone numbers etc.