Friday, May 27, 2016

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from and to Crown Heights for a 10 year old boy. Please call Leah Poltorak 914-584-6902. Thank you.

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

What is Judaism’s economic system? Is there one? Perhaps one might describe it as “capitalism with a conscience.” In promoting free enterprise, the Torah is clearly capitalistic. But it is a conditional capitalism, and certainly a compassionate capitalism.

Our Parshah this week, Behar, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1-26:2) gives us a classic example.

Shemittah, the Sabbatical year, was designed, the Torah says, to allow the land to rest and regenerate. Six years the land would be worked, but in the seventh year it would rest and lie fallow. The agricultural cycle in the Holy Land imposed strict rules and regulations on the owner of the land. No planting, no pruning, no agricultural work whatsoever in the seventh year - and whatever grew by itself would be “ownerless” and there for the taking for all. The owner could take some, but so could his workers, friends and neighbors. The landowner, in his own land, would have no more right than the stranger. For six years you own the property, but in the seventh you enjoy no special claims.

This is but one of many examples of Judaism’s “capitalism with a conscience.”  There are many other legislated obligations to the poor - not optional extras, not even pious recommendations, but clear mandatory contributions to the less fortunate. The ten percent tithes, as well as the obligation to leave to the poor the unharvested corners of one’s field, the gleanings, and the forgotten sheaves are all part of the system of compassionate capitalism.

Judaism introduced an open market system, where the sharing of blessings was not left to chance or wishful thinking, but was made mandatory. Judaism thus presents an economic system which boasts the best of both worlds - the advantages of an unfettered free market, allowing personal expression and success relative to hard work, without the drawbacks of corporate greed. If the land belongs to G‑d, then we have no exclusive ownership over it. G‑d bestows His blessings upon us, but clearly, the deal is that we must share.

Without Torah law, capitalism fails. Unbridled ambition and the lust for money and power lead to monopolies and conglomerates that leave no room for the next guy and widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Sabbatical year is one of many checks and balances that keep our capitalism kosher and kind.

Retain the traditional Jewish characteristics of kindness, compassion, tzedakah and chesed, generosity of spirit, heart - and pocket. May you make lots of money, and encourage G‑d to keep showering you with His blessings by sharing it generously with others.

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

A Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Monday, May 23, 2016

R' Yehuda Wise Sitting Shiva

R' Yehuda Wise will be sitting shiva for his sister at 6 Yale drive - left-hand side entrance - at the back (first steps). There will not be minyanim at this location. 

Hours to be menachem ovel are 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday to Wednesday.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Behar 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, 8:05pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                8:50, 9:30pm

Friday, May 20, 2016

Parshas Emor Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:54pm

Mincha                                                                                                    8:10pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                    approx. 8:40pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                          9:12am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                    1:30pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                     6:00pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                 approx. 7:05pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:55pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         9:03pm

!א גוטען שבת

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

Levayah today at Cong. Tzemach Tzedek

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are sorry to inform you that the sister of Yehudah Wise has passed away.

The levayah will take place at Cong. Tzemach Tzedek TODAY at noon (sharp).
If you are able to come to the levaya to ensure that there is a minyan it would be greatly appreciated.

The burial will take place following the levayah at:

Chesed Shel Emes Cemetary
83 Old Turnpike Rd
Woodridge, NY

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Kiddush honoring Bar Mitzvah of Shlomo Jacobs

Please come and celebrate with us the Bar Mitzvah of our son, Shlomo Yaakov, this Shabbos Parshas Emor, at Congregation Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306.

Shacharis begins at 10:00am, Kiddush at around 12:30pm.  

Tzvi and Esther Jacobs

Seeking Bike Transport

If you are able to bring a used children's bike (approx. 18 inch) from Monsey to Montreal, please let me know, szrabin@gmail.com. Thank you.

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

There was a time when Jewish people's faith in the one G-d of Israel was challenged on a regular basis. During the Crusades, for example, many thousands of Jews were forced to choose between the cross and the sword: to either deny their Judaism and embrace the dominant faith, or die. Countless Jews gave their lives al kiddush Hashem -- "in sanctification of the name of G-d." They became martyrs for their faith and heroes for eternity.

Thankfully, today it doesn't often happen that we have to make that choice. Tragically, we still have far too many martyrs nowadays; Jews who are blown apart by maniacal suicide bombers for no other reason than that they are Jewish. But they weren't asked to make a choice. They didn't choose martyrdom. It was forced upon them.

The Parsha this week, Emor, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23) discusses the commandments to sanctify the name of Gd and never to desecrate it (Leviticus 22:32). Generally, today, the concept of kiddush Hashem, sanctifying the name of Gd, is observed not by dying as Jews but by living as Jews.

How does a Jew give Gd a good name?  When he or she behaves as a good Jew should. When other people see a Jew behaving honestly and uprightly, that gives Jews and Judaism a good reputation. And ultimately it all goes back to Torah, the word of Gd.  Gd Himself gets the credit for the noble behavior of His people.

Some classic scenarios would be returning money if you were given incorrect change in your favor or calling attention to the fact that a client overpaid you. Although it is only right to do these things, the fact is that others might have kept quiet about it. When a Jew acts with honor he brings honor to his faith and his Gd.

Sadly, it also works in the reverse. Jewish people accused of being slumlords do not give Jews, or the Gd of Israel, a good name - especially when there may be some grounds for the accusation.

Albert Einstein is reputed to have once stated, "If my theories prove correct, the Germans will claim me as a German, the French will say I am theirs and the Americans will call me their own. If my theories are incorrect, they will all say I am a Jew."

How proud are we when one of our own does something especially noteworthy like winning a Nobel Prize or performing a valiant humanitarian act. Conversely, how ashamed are we if there is a moral or financial scandal involving one of our own.

I once protested to the general manager of a radio station in our community because I felt he was giving far too much exposure to Jews and Judaism in relation to our numbers and, unfortunately, the publicity wasn't always flattering. At first he denied it. But when I presented him with statistical proof, his plain and honest answer was "Jews are news."

Fair or not, the fact of life is that Jews are scrutinized far more carefully than others. Like it or not, every Jew is representing his faith, his people and his Gd. Ultimately, how we act will bring fame or infamy upon all of us. May we all be proper and successful ambassadors.

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

A  Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Emor 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, 7:55pm

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

Friday, May 13, 2016

Note to Community

Dear Parents and Community,

On Tuesday, May 17th , there will be an extremely important election for East Ramapo Central School Board.  We urge every single registered voter to take a few minutes and go out and vote. There are many areas that the school district effects each individual’s well being in our community as well as our own Mosdos in particular.  It is very important that we show up at the polls and vote.

Our Mosdos rely on the school district for services such as Bus transportation, Pre-kindergarten, Remedial services, text books and computers, school nursing, special education and other vital services.

Our voices MUST be heard loud and clear.

Please mark your calendar and exercise your right.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Parshas Kedoshim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:48pm

Mincha                                                                                                    8:00pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:35pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                          9:15am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                    1:29pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                     5:30pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                              7:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:50pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         8:55pm

!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

Have you ever felt like losing your temper but at the last moment you managed to restrain yourself? These types of inner battles often happen when encountered by a traffic officer or similar representatives of officialdom. But this conflict can happen just as well on the domestic front.....and the same restraint is needed!

The Parshah of Kedoshim (Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20:27), begins with the concept that we should be holy. What exactly does this mean? The commenter Rashi explains that the term "holy" implies self-restraint. There are many temptations in life. To be holy means to have the ability to control one's immediate impulses.

Another commentator, Nachmanides, makes the point that this self-restraint may sometimes take a person to a point beyond the simple letter of the law. Jewish law permits a person to eat kosher food: but should one be an out-and-out glutton? According to this view, even if the food is as kosher as could be, restraint is power; it shows that one is truly free as an individual, rather than just being just a slave of one's appetite.

Do you remember the story of Jacob and Esau and the plate of lentils? One way of understanding that story is that Esau was ready to sell his birthright, the most precious thing in his life, for a plate of food. One response might be: "How pathetic!" Others might feel sympathy with someone who is sometimes a slave to his senses. They might say that after all, this is our human situation. Nonetheless, one should expect a person to aspire to be master of his or her own being. A human being, yes. An animal -- no.

Much of the Parshah is devoted to giving guidelines about this kind of self-mastery, in a number of different areas of life. The keynote to all these is the famous teaching "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). Rabbi Akiva taught that this is the great principle of the Torah and it relates to all other aspects of Jewish thought and all areas of personal relationships. This includes, as well, the instruction not to take revenge, nor even to bear a grudge. This certainly needs self-control: in our actions, our words and even our thoughts.

Imagine such a person! Does he or she actually exist?

We can imagine this behavior happening with a very simple, naive or even inspired kind of person, who never sees bad in anyone. Or we can imagine a person of power, who has acquired genuine inner self-mastery. But us, for ourselves as well? Can we exercise such self-restraint? But if the Torah instructs us to do so, then we have that ability!

What is power? Throughout history people thought that it means mastery over others. Now we realize, it is mastery over oneself.

Daily life presents us with many instances of personal battles and confrontations, as suggested and implied in our Parshah. This would include our relationships with our parents, in business dealings, dealing with giving charity, in the borders and involvements between men and women, and also regarding our behavior when we are genuinely in power over others, e.g. as judges - to be fair in all areas of judgment to both rich and poor.

This Torah portion poses the challenge for man to exercise the power of restraint, in order to build a world of goodness for the future. Man has that ability to restrain himself when and where needed, which will help bring about an entire world filled with holiness.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Tali Loewenthal)

A Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride erev Shabbos from Crown Heights and Motzoi shabbos or Sunday from Monsey to Crown Heights for a 9 year old girl. Please text to Leah Poltorak 914-584-6902 if you can help. Thank you. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mesibas Shabbos

Mesibas Shabbos for girls will take place weekly on Shabbos afternoon at the Litzman home, 8 Grosser Lane (shortcut opposite Ohr Sameach on Route 306) from 5:00-6:00 PM.  Healthy snacks will be provided.

Girls ages 4 and up welcome. Bring your friends!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Kedoshim for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday (Rosh Chodesh)                                                       8:00, 9:00am

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

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

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

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                8:35, 9:30pm

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Parshas Acharei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Acharei

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                7:41pm

Mincha                                                                                                             7:55pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                          8:30pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim - Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                      8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:19am

Shacharis                                                                                                         10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                            1:29pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                            5:30pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      6:55pm

Minchah                                                                                                            7:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               8:47pm

!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

Do we love too much?

Apparently we do. Many marriages fail for a dearth of love; an equal number are suffocated by an overabundance of the same.

So desirous are we for connection, so hungry for communion with another human being, that we forget that for love to endure it must be complemented with an equal measure of restraint. So eager are we to give of ourselves to the one we love - be it a spouse, a child or a friend - that we often give without consideration of the needs and desires of the recipient of our love.

When passion is mitigated with a degree of inhibition, when intimacy is tempered with a modicum of reserve, love flourishes. But when all limits are betrayed, love burns out.

This week's portion Acharei Mot (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:30) opens with a review of the tragic death of Aaron's two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu.

After many months of labor and anticipation, the Sanctuary had finally been set up in the Israelite camp, and the Divine Presence came to rest within it. Amidst the joyous dedication ceremonies, “Nadav and Avihu each took his censer, and put fire in it, and put ketoret (incense) on it, and offered a strange fire before G-d, which He commanded them not. A fire went out from G-d, and consumed them, and they died before Gd” (Leviticus 10:1–2).

In his commentary on the Torah, the great sage and mystic Rabbi Chaim ben Moses ibn Attar (1696-1743) explains that Nadav and Avihu died from an overdose of love.

Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the high priest would enter the innermost chamber of the Sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, to offer ketoret to G-d. This occasion - on which the most spiritual human being performed the most sacred service in the holiest place in the world on the holiest day of the year - was the point of utmost intimacy with G-d attained by man. Nadav and Avihu were priests, but not high priests (though they would have been, had they lived to succeed their father in that office); it was a very special occasion, marked by special offerings to G-d, but it was not Yom Kippur. But their thirst for intimacy with G-d could not be satisfied by anything less than the ultimate. They wanted to get closer yet, though “He commanded them not.”

Human life is a love affair between the soul and her G-d. Our passion for life is a craving for the “spark of G-dliness” implicit within every one of G-d’s creations; ultimately, everything we do is motivated by our soul’s desire to draw closer to our Source. So powerful is this desire that it can lead us to do things that are contrary to G-d’s will - things that violate the bounds of our love and destroy it.

For our marriage to live and thrive we must feed our passion for life; but we must also know when to hold back. As in every truly loving relationship, we must learn to love in the manner that our beloved needs and desires to be loved.

(From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

A  Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Educational Evening - Raising A Mensch


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chof Ches Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of כ"ח ניסן on Thursday night, May 5th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 8:30 Maariv.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mrs. Rachel Reissman Sitting Shiva

ברוך דיין האמת.

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Naomi Gershan OBM, the mother of Mrs. Rachel Reissman. 

The following is the Shiva schedule for Rachel Reissman and her brother Yoni Gershan:

SUNDAY 5/1: 86 Elmwood Avenue in Passaic, NJ 
Davening times:  Shacharis: 8:00 am, Mincha/Maariv: 7:50 pm
Visiting hours: 10-12 am3-6 pm8-10 pm

MONDAY MORNING 5/2: 86 Elmwood Avenue in Passaic, NJ 
Davening times: Shacharis: 7:00 am
Visiting hours: 10-12 am

SHIVA MOVES TO MONSEY ON MONDAY AFTERNOON

MONDAY 5/2: Monsey, 13 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, NY
Davening times: Mincha/Maariv: 7:50 pm
Visiting hours: 3-6 pm8-9:30 pm

TUESDAY 5/3: Monsey, 13 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, NY
Davening times: Shacharis: 7:00 am, Mincha/Maariv 7:50 pm
Visiting hours: 10-12 am3-6 pm8-9:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 5/4: Monsey, 13 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, NY
Davening times: Shacharis: 7:00 am, Mincha/Maariv 7:50 pm
Visiting hours: 10-12 am3-6 pm8-9:30 pm

THURSDAY 5/5:
Rachel Reissman will continue sitting in Monsey (no minyanim). 

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Acharei for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                              8:00, 9:00am etc.

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                6:50, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                  7:00, 7:45pm

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Final Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the last days of Pesach:

Thursday - ערב יו"ט

עירוב תבשילין

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                 7:32pm

Mincha                                                                                                              7:45pm

Maariv                                                                                                               8:35pm

Alos Hashachar                                                                                       4:18/4:44am

Friday - שביעי של פסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                      9:22am

Shacharis                                                                                                          10:00am

Please bring your Matzoh and wine for Moshiach's Seudah before Shabbos

Licht Bentchen (Shabbos)                                                                               7:33pm

Mincha (Ashrei)                                                                                                7:45pm


Shabbos - אחרון של פסח

Shacharis                                                                                                          10:00am

Yizkor                                                                                                  approx. 12:00pm

Mincha - followed by Moshiach's Seudah                                                     6:00pm

Motzoei YomTov                                                                                                 8:35pm

!א גוטען יום טוב

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

Pesach Perspective (2)

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

Is it possible to be spiritual and selfish at the same time? Let us have a look at the words of the Torah that shed important light on this question.

The Torah reading for the seventh day of Pesach (Shmos (Exodus) 13:17-15:26) tells of the “Splitting of the Yam Suf (Sea of Reeds)”  which the Jews experienced a week after their exodus from Egypt.

Vayasa Moshe et ha-am—“Moses made the people journey from the sea.” (15:22) The great miracle had happened. The sea had split and the Egyptian army was no more. The word vayasa - “he made [them] journey” - implies that Moses had to force his people to move on. But why was this necessary? Why wouldn’t they move on their own?

According to Rashi, the enemy was so confident of victory against the Israelites that they bedecked their horses and chariots with gold, silver and precious jewels. These treasures were now being washed up on the seashore, and the Jews were collecting the riches. So they were in no mood to move on. But Moses said they had a date with G‑d at Mount Sinai. As the nation’s leader, he had to compel them to carry on their journey.

The Zohar gives a more spiritual explanation. We are taught that the divine revelation at the splitting of the sea was quite an extraordinary experience. In the words of our sages, “What a simple maidservant saw at the sea, even the great prophets were not privileged to see.” According to this mystical view, it was not the material wealth they were obsessed with, but rather the incredible spiritual delights they were experiencing.

Either way, it was up to Moses to move them along to their appointment with destiny. And the question is this: If it was gold and silver that was delaying their journey to Sinai, we can well understand the need for Moses to hurry them on. But if it was the spiritual experience of inspired revelation, why move on? Why not stay there as long as possible? Surely, the more G‑dly revelation the better!

The answer is that G‑d was calling. Sinai was beckoning. The entire purpose of the Exodus and all the miracles in Egypt and at the sea was nothing more than to receive the Torah at Sinai. That was the revelation that would give the Jewish people its unique way of life and its very raison d’être. Sinai represents our mission, our mandate. Sinai made us G‑d’s messengers on earth. However we may understand the concept of a chosen people, it was the Sinaitic experience that made us that. Any detours or distractions from the journey to Sinai are therefore out of the question - no matter how lofty or spiritual they might be.

It comes as no great shock to learn that gold and silver are not as important as Sinai. But that spirituality, too, must take second place to Sinai - this is indeed big news. And what exactly is Sinai? Torah. And what is Torah? The will of G‑d. In other words, the bottom line is: what does G‑d want? How does He want us to act, to live our lives? So, the big news story here is that even the most amazing spiritual experience, the most extraordinary revelation, is not as important as doing what G‑d wants us to do.

It is a very important message that emerges from this one word, vayasa. It’s not what we want that counts, but what G‑d wants. If we want money and diamonds, and He wants to give us His Torah, then we leave the loot and we go to Sinai. And even if it is a spiritual experience we seek, and G‑d says “Go to Sinai,” we still go to Sinai and we leave the spiritual inspiration for another time.

The following is a true story. It once happened back in the old country that late one night, a wagon driver ran into a yeshivah and cried out to the students to come out and help him. It was urgent, he said. His wagon had overturned, and his horse was stuck in a ditch and was in danger of dying. He needed help to get the wagon upright. It was late at night, and there was no one else he could turn to, so he appealed to the yeshivah students to come to his assistance.

At this point the students’ Talmudic training kicked in, and a long halachic debate ensued. Was it right to leave their Torah study for the sake of a horse? After all, is not Torah study equal to all the other mitzvot combined? On the other hand, the horse provided this Jew’s livelihood. Which takes precedence? The debate raged on and on - and when they finally did decide to go out and help the poor man, it was too late. The horse had died.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own spirituality that we become quite selfish. Spiritually selfish, of course, but selfish nonetheless. At the end of the day, it’s not whether we are into materialism or monotheism, money or metaphysics. The ultimate question - and, in fact, the only question - is: what does G‑d want of me at this moment in time? Where should I be and what should I be doing right now?

So, if you find yourself in a quandary or on the horns of a difficult dilemma, ask yourself this very question: What would G‑d want? Yes, sometimes it might be helping a horse out of a ditch. But if that is the call of the hour, then so be it. It might not be very spiritual, but it is the right thing to do.

And if it’s the right thing to do, that makes it very G‑dly.

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

A Kosher and Joyous Pesach Holiday
and Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chai Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ח"י ניסן on Tuesday night, April 26th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 8:30 Maariv.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Davening Times for Chol Hamoed Pesach for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Monday thru Thursday                                   6:50, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am, etc.

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

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

Kinus Torah on Monday, after 7:00 Mincha.

Friday, April 22, 2016

First Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the first days of Pesach:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                 7:26pm

Mincha                                                                                                              7:40pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                             approx. 8:10pm

Chatzos                                                                                                            12:55am

שבת קודש - א' דחג הפסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                      9:29am

Shacharis                                                                                                          10:00am

Mincha                                                                                                               7:25pm

Licht Bentchen/Maariv                                                                                   8:30pm

Chatzos                                                                                                            12:55am

Sunday - א' דחג הפסח

Shacharis                                                                                                          10:00am

Mincha                                                                                                                7:40pm

Motzoei YomTov/Maariv                                                                                  8:30pm

!א גוט יום טוב! א כשר'ן פרייליכען פסח

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