Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seeking Ride to Ohel

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Davening Times for the week of Parshas Devorim for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday (Rosh Chodesh)                                        6:45, 8:00, 9:30am

Shacharis - Tuesday thru Friday                                       6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 8:05pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          8:55, 9:30pm

Friday, July 21, 2017

Parshas Matos-Masei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:04pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:15pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:55pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:22am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:05pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:11pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

In the closing Torah portions of Bamidbor - Matos Masei [Numbers 30:2-36:13] - which we will be reading this Shabbos - are the words: "These are the journeys of the children of Israel…"

Forty-two encampments of the Israelite camp are then enumerated, documenting their travels from Egypt to the banks of the Jordan.

But why are these forty-two pit stops referred to as "journeys," rather than "encampments"? 

Didn't they serve primarily as places of rest, not just points of departure? And weren't each of these destinations milestones reached, not just locations left behind?

Herein lies one of Judaism's revolutionary teachings.

It's not the milestones we reach, but the stones we encounter along the mile, that define us, and make us who we are.

In other words: The journey itself is part of the destination.

Ironically, it's often the achievements placed under our belts that squeeze the air of progress out of us. And it's the honorary medals that hang around our necks that choke and stifle our growth.

Rather than define us, accomplishment can confine us.

A principal who was active in growing his Hebrew school's enrollment once wrote a very proud letter to the Rebbe listing all of his successes.

The Rebbe responded. Between his blessings and remarks, he also added in one word: "Success?"

The principal was stunned! A short while later found him in the Rebbe's room for a private audience.

"What was the comment on my letter supposed to mean?" he asked the Rebbe.

The Rebbe gently asked him to define success. The Rebbe then asked him whether one can herald as a success having a few dozen children enrolled in a school - when there are so many more children who still are receiving no Jewish education.

"But I tripled the enrollment," the individual protested, "is that not considered success?"

The Rebbe explained to him, "Success means exerting effort and consists of the continued struggle to do what is right…"

Milestones often act as tombstones; both (can) bury away a life of vitality.

Success shouldn't be measured by how far we get in life, but by the depth of life we get.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mazel Tov Landas - Bris!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Menachem Mendel and Rifka Landa on the birth of a boy! 

The Bris will IY"H take place at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, on Tuesday, 24th Tammuz/July 18th, at 4:00pm.

Yehudah Moshe Chaim-Rubin Sitting Shiva

Shiva info for Yehudah Moshe Chaim-Rubin

2 Sylvan Rd (in the back of the house by the deck)

7:00am Shacharis
8:15pm Mincha followed by Maariv

Getting up Tuesday morning



המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

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, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

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

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Parshas Pinchas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:20pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:19am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:17pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel 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 !

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Mazel Tov Schilds - Sholom Zochor and Bris!

Please join our simcha in welcoming our first, new grandson!

The Shalom Zachor will be at our home, 19 N. Southgate Drive, Spring Valley this Friday evening.

The Bris will IY"H be at the Garden Paradise Hall upstairs in Shopper's Haven, 27 Orchard Street, Monsey at 10:30 AM this Sunday.

Chaim Schild and Family

Mazel Tov Lesches'!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandson, born to Bentzi and Esty Lesches.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Alos Hashachar - fast begins                                                                        3:47am

Shacharis                                                                            6:45, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha                                                                                                 2:00, 8:00pm

Maariv - end of fast                                                                                       9:03pm

ויה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Pinchas for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                               6:48, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                              7:00, 8:15pm

Maariv - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                              9:05, 9:30pm

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Parshas Balak Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:13pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:02pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:16am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:21pm  

א גוטען שבת

Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of י"ב-י"ג תמוז tonight, July 6th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 9:10pm Maariv. The farbrengen will be held downstairs in the Simcha hall.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

At the end of last week’s Parsha, we find Moshe (Moses) having an anxious day. He was about to wage war against Og, king of the Bashanites, and he was afraid. After all, Og had long ago done a favor for Abraham, informing him of his nephew Lot's kidnapping, and Moshe was afraid that this good deed would stand Og in good stead and turn the tide of victory against the Jewish people.

Although afraid "in his heart," Moshe put on a brave face. "Righteous people are in control of their hearts", the Midrash tells us. There was nothing to gain by sharing his worries with the people, so he kept them to himself.

The result: the Jewish people were calm and relaxed, and indeed, were victorious in battle.

On the flip side:

This week’s Torah portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) tells us about Balak, king of Moab, who was having a bad day. The Moab State Department had just sent him a memo that the two mighty kings in the region, Og, king of Bashan and Sichon, king of Emori, had been totally defeated by the invading Hebrews. "And Balak saw all that the Jews have done to the Emorites etc."

Consumed with panic, he called a press conference. With a pale face and broken voice, he broke the news of the invasion to all the citizens of Moab, hyping them up about the "Jewish problem." The heart was in control of the mind.

The result: "And [the nation of] Moab was afraid."

What was there to gain by terrifying the people? Nada. The people of Moab didn't take up arms or send messengers of peace. They just sat at home biting their nails.

Although Balak and his advisors did summon the prophet Bilam to curse the Jews, that had nothing to do with the rest of the citizens of Moab! So why did Balak frighten his nation? 

"Wicked people are in the control of their hearts."

Our emotions are who we are. They can either turn molehills into mountains, causing us to lose control and creating unhealthy emotions such as hate and jealousy - Balak.

Or, when controlled by the mind, they can fill us with healthy emotions such as love and devotion to G‑d, family, community - Moshe.

Let's be a Moshe. As the expression goes - Think Good (and) It Will Be Good טראכט גוט, וועט זיין גוט!  

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - Rabbi Levi Avtzon)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org


Friday, June 30, 2017

Dr. Gavriel Tenembaum Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of the mother of Dr. Gavriel Tenembaum, Myriam Bas Moshe OBM. 

Shiva will be observed at 33 Mariner Way beginning Friday, June 30th. 

Weekday Davening :

Shacharis 8:00am

Mincha 7:45pm

Maariv to follow.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Parshas Chukas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:14pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:02pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:13am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:24pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Have you ever heard of Reb Mendel? He smuggled Jews out of the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The Communists gave him fifteen years in the Siberian gulags.

Ever heard of Mumeh Sorah? She did the same, but they never bothered sending her away. For decades her family never knew her yahrtzeit; they still don’t know where, if anywhere, the Communists buried her.

Heard of the mother who backed out of the driveway and pinned her toddler under the rear wheel?  She lifted the car by herself and saved her son.

When we ask heroes from where they had the strength to do incredible things, they give weak answers. Inevitably, their answer is “I had to do it,” or to put it differently, they couldn’t not do it. It’s not just modesty that makes them squirm when looking for answers; it is the almost-awkward simplicity. For, regardless of their level of articulation, they cannot come up with any good reason for why they did what they did.

Reasons are powerful motives for doing things. Logic is compelling. But logic is in the head, not the guts. So logic compels our minds to move. A mother’s love is not in the head; therefore all of her moves, even parts of her she never knew she had, move her to free her baby from danger. She can’t put it into words, because there are no words in the gut. There is a place so profound that it cannot be made shallow with talk.

And there, right there where the deepest (no, you can’t really even subjugate them to the word) emotions reside, there the Jew has nothing but a visceral connection to G‑d. Not a staid, progressive, links-in-a-chain connection, but a reflexive, instinctive, magnet-to-metal connection. You can’t feel it, and you could live a life without ever knowing it was inside of you. Because like heroes, it doesn’t look to present itself. But if the moment calls for it, the response is automatic and Jewish. (Think of sworn (Jewish) atheists who, when it came down to it, gave their lives rather than surrender their identity, or the Jew-in-name-only who, when things were counting on him, came through.) Why? I just couldn’t do anything else.

There are mitzvot which are socially compelling, e.g. not to steal or murder, property laws, torts, etc. which are referred to as Mishpatim. And then we have mitzvahs that we like, including commemorative mitzvot, called Eidus. Family Seders with favorite recipes; Chanukah songs and latkes; Purim plays and Sukkah parties. A melody that lifts you to your feet, a Talmudic insight that dazzles in its elegant simplicity, a Chassidic story that soothes with its empathy. They each relate to a different aspect of our personality and strengthen it Jewishly. But all these precious experiences, for all the growth they give us, do not touch our kishkes and guts. 

Only the aspect of a Mitzvah which is beyond our intellectual grasp and not within our emotional embrace, can resonate so deeply. These mitzvahs are called chukim, and it is with these mitzvahs that this week’s Torah portion, Chukas, (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1) begins.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Shimon Posner) 
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Seeking Ride to Ohel

Need ride to Ohel any time today.     Call (no txt. This phone has no txt) 845-327-0764 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

This week’s Torah portion Korach (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1-18:32) tells of the mutiny led by Korach, a cousin of Moses, who challenged Moses’ authority. In the end, Korach and his henchmen were swallowed by the earth in a divine display of rather unearthly justice.

The Midrash reveals some of the behind-the-scenes dialogue between these men. 

Remember, Korach was no pushover. Besides being of noble lineage, he was clever, wealthy and quite charismatic. One of the questions Korach put to Moses was this: Does a house full of holy books still require a mezuzah? Moses answered that it did. Korach scoffed at the idea, ridiculing Moses. The little mezuzah contains the Shema—but two chapters of Torah. A whole houseful of books with the entire Torah won’t do the trick, and a little mezuzah will? It doesn’t make any sense, argued Korach.

Why was Moses’ answer correct? What indeed is the significance of a small parchment on the doorpost in relation to a library inside? The Lubavitcher Rebbe, whose 23rd  Yahrtzeit is observed this week (Tuesday, 3 Tammuz  / June 27), explained that it all depends on location. The books are inside. The mezuzah is outside. When there are Jewish texts inside our study and living rooms, this indicates that the home is a Jewish home. This is good, and as it should be. But what happens when we leave the comfortable confines of our home? Do we cease to be Jewish?

The mezuzah is at the threshold of our homes, at the juncture between our inner lives and outer lives. As we make the transition from private person to public citizen, we need to be reminded of who we are, and that we take our identity with us wherever we may go. There is only One G‑d, says the little scroll, whether in our private domain or in the big, wide world.

Being Jewish “Inside” is relatively easy. It’s when we hit the “Outside” that we encounter temptation and turmoil. The challenge every Jew must face is to remain proudly Jewish even in the face of conflicting cultures, curious looks, and often, hostile attitudes. The Nazis did not distinguish between Jews who looked Jewish or those who had removed any visible identifying marks.

Today, traditional dress reflecting a national character is common, accepted and respected—from Scottish kilts to Arab kaffiyehs. Is it too much, then,  to expect a Jew to assert his Jewishness in unfamiliar corporate territory, or to keep the kipah on his head even when he walks out of shul?

Moses rejected Korach’s argument, with good reason. The mezuzah does not replace the need for Jewish libraries, but it serves as a perennial reminder on our doorways. As we step out of our home to enter the outside world, it beckons us to take our G‑d, the Shma and our Torah, our values and our traditions, along with us.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rabbi Moshe Feller to spend this Shabbos at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

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K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is happy to announce that Rabbi Moshe Feller, head shliach to the State of Minnesota, will be spending this Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, with us. He will be teaching and farbrenging after davening. Please check back for further updates regarding his visit. There also will be additional minyanim for leining before Shachris, starting at approximately 8:15 am, to allow people to have aliyos before Gimmel Tammuz.