Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bris Today

R' Shmuel Lefkowitz, son of R' Issac Lefkowitz, is making a Bris today, Sunday, at 7:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tzemach Tzedek Shabbos Parshas בלק Schedule

The following is the schedule for Shabbos Parshas בלק at Tzemach Tzedek:

Friday ערב ש"ק:
 Licht Bentchen: 8:14 PM
Mincha: 8:25 PM
Kabbolas Shabbos: 9:00 PM

שבת קודש פ' בלק:
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:14 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur: 5:30 PM
Rov’s Halacha Shiur: 7:30 PM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: 9:23 PM

!א גוטען שבת

Tzemach Tzedek Schedule for the Week

The following are the davening times for the week of פ' פנחס  starting 18 Tammuz, July 5, for Tzemach Tzedek:

Shacharis: 
Sunday - 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 AM
Monday Through Friday: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 AM

Fast of שבעה עשר בתמוז:
Fast Begins 3:40 / 4:17 AM
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 AM
Latest Shema: 9:15 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:00 PM
Maariv / Fast Ends: 9:05 PM

Mincha (Monday – Thursday):
Mincha 1: 7:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:20 PM

Maariv (Monday – Thursday):
Maariv 1: 9:10 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

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.

Following are the reactions of two leaders, one referred to in this week’s Torah portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) and one in the previous week’s portion, Chukas, who faced a similar enemy: Fear.

One was gripped and stripped by it. This was the reaction of Balak, King of Moab, upon learning of the (purported) advance of the Israelite army—the same army that had just recently defeated Sichon and Og, mighty monarchs just to his north.
Worse than his reaction is what he chose to do with it. He doled out large portions of terror to his unlucky citizens.

Cries of "The Jews are coming!" overtook the Moabite kingdom. Rumors about the size and strength of the Israelites spread faster than the speed of gossip, leaving fear-marks in their wake.
"Moab was very frightened of the [Jewish] people…" So frightened that they "were disgusted 'with their own lives'!"1

We can detect the naked and feverish fear in their voices. "Moab said to the elders of Midian: "Now the [Jewish] congregation will chew up our entire surroundings, as an ox chews up the greenery of the field!"

They were clearly scared stiff. And all because of one man – their king, no less! – who couldn't keep his fear to himself.

Balak wasn't a leader but a follower, who meekly took commands from his uncontrollable heart.

But in the Israelite camp, a different mood prevailed.

Not long before, in the previous Torah portion, Moses also experienced a reason for fear, as the Torah describes: "Og, king of Bashan, went out against [the Jews], him and his entire people, to do battle…" Og was then the superpower of the world, king of that ancient jungle.

What potentially threatened Moses' cool was Og's merit, not his might.

"Moses was afraid to wage war lest the merit of Abraham stand on Og's behalf" the Midrash says.

Og had been the one to inform Abraham that his nephew Lot had been captured, which allowed him to launch a successful rescue operation. Perhaps, Moses feared, this merit would stand Og in good stead, and bring him victory…

Yet instead of pouring his fear out and onto his people, Moses bottled it tightly, and froze it away. He then strapped on a face of calm and fortitude, and went around spreading confidence and sowing the composure that helped his people win the war.That's the story of Moses: king of his heart and king of Israel.

 Leaders have the great but daunting responsibility of putting the people they lead, before themselves, whatever the circumstance.

For better or worse, the look in the eyes of a nation reflects the look in the eyes of its leader. His or her tone is their tone.

The same holds true for parents, teachers, mentors, and friends, who shape the futures and features of those in their care, who like sparkling-clean mirrors reflect the sight, light, and might that is shown and shone into them.

On a similar note:

We live in difficult economic times. That doesn't mean our children have to.

It didn't dawn on a particular friend of mine that his blissful childhood was set in abject poverty until he was a grown man. How many others are unfortunately too aware? (Some of whom, incidentally, come from financially better-off homes than my friend…)

The ramifications and sometimes long-term effects can be huge. Take this story for example:

A young girl from a very poor family was having terrifying dreams. Her parents consulted a rabbi about this problem. He said: "The Sages say that we dream at night what we think about during the day. Ask your daughter what she is afraid of."
When they asked her, she replied: "I often see how you both sit and worry over the poverty we live in. Of everything, I am most afraid of your fear…"

So fake it, in order for your child (or spouse or friend) to make it.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Women's Thee Weeks Shiurim

N’Shei Chabad and Machon Chaya invite you to a special series of learning for THE THREE WEEKS - HILCHOS BEIS HABECHIRAH starting this Sunday, July 5 through Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 am

The classes will take place at the home of Mrs. Chaya Webb, 26 Cameo Ridge Road, Monsey, NY

For more information, please call Chaya Webb at 845-356-4473 or 845-596-2859



(Should Moshiach arrive during this time, classes will continue in Yerushalyim)

Job Fair This Monday


Award for House in Crown Heights

We are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the purchase of a home in the Crown Heights area for a dedicated and worthy Anash family urgently needs an affordable home in the Rebbe’s Shechuna.

 The cost could range between $450,000 and $580,000 for a single family or a multi-family home. The reward will be payable at closing.

Please provide information to jshandl@outlook.com or call 845-352 1645.

Girls Mesibas Shabbos

Mesibas Shabbos for girls will take place this Shabbos, Parshas Balak, at the Litzman home, 8 Grosser Lane (shortcut opposite Ohr Sameach on Route 306) from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Girls of all ages welcome. Bring your friends!

If any girls age 12+ would like to help out, please call Rochel Litzman at 845-222-4824.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen for Women

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRING EVENT

YUD BEIS TAMMUZ: 
A DAY OF PERSONAL LIBERATION

Tuesday evening, June 30th

8:15 PM
at the home of 
Mrs. Devorah Hayman
10 Langeries Drive

Farbrengen lead by Rebbetzin Hindy Borenstein

All are welcome to share and participate!
Bring a friend!

FOR WOMEN ONLY. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 845-290-1967


"Not only did Hashem redeem me on Beis Tammuz, but all of those who love our Holy Torah...and even one who "calls" (nicknames) himself a Jew.." from a letter of the Frierdiker Rebbe

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Yud Beis and Yud Gimmel Tammuz on Monday night following the 9:10 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem


Box Top Give-A-Way


Shidduch Group Meeting Tonight

We are very happy to announce the upcoming Shidduch Group meeting which will take place on Sunday, June 28, at 7:30 pm

Come and decorate the plate that you will break (soon IY"H) at your child's l'chaim!

Graciously hosted by  Esther Jacobs, 16 Glenbrook Road in Wesley Hills

Remember - the power is in the meetings!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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 heard of Reb Mendel? He smuggled Jews out of the Soviet Union at the end of World War Two. 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 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, metal-to-magnet 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 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.

We have mitzvahs that we like. 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. 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 begins, Chukas, (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1).

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - by Rabbi Shimon Posner) 

Monsey Melamed Trains CGI NY Staff

As the Camp Gan Yisroel New York staff arrived on the campgrounds in Parksville they participated in workshops on providing a physically and emotionally safe summer for their campers.

Rabbi Moshe Wiener, a melamed in Cheder Chabad of Monsey, gave an animated presentation on "Children's Behaviors - Where they come from and how to respond".

Over the few hours spent together, more then 50 counselors were able to learn from his many years of experience as both a melamed and camp director. They are looking forward to a meaningful and positive summer experience for all.


Mesibas Shabbos for Girls

Mesibas Shabbos for girls will take place this Shabbos, Parshas Chukas, at the Litzman home. 8 Grosser Lane (shortcut opposite Ohr Sameach on  Route 306) from 5:00-6:00 PM. 

Girls of all ages welcome. Bring your friends!

If any girls age 12+ would like to help out,  please call Rochel Litzman at 845-222-4824

Yard Sale to Benefit Cheder Chabad

This Sunday, June 28, (with a rain date of July 5) there will be a yard sale in front of the Wesley Hills Village Hall. 
If you have an item to donate, we will split the proceeds with you. What an incredible way to help the Cheder and clean your home. It's a win win! 
Please contact Aliza Abel with what you can donate - 917-833-8962

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Daily Shiur

Rabbi Soble is beginning a new daily shiur on Pirush Hamilos of Davening Pshat and Chassidus from 7:15 to 7:45 AM at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Camp Scholarships

If you are unable to send your child to sleep-away camp this summer due to the lack of funds, please contact Rabbi Simcha Werner at 845-641-4475 or ncfjersw@gmail.com regarding his summer sleep-away camp scholarships. 

Those who may be experiencing similar challenges in regards to sending their children to day-camp should also contact Rabbi Werner about his day-camp scholarship funds. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tutor Available

Tutor available for Limudei Kodesh. References available. Please call Rabbi Mordechai Helberg at 646-772-8560


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shabbos Gimmel Tammuz at Tzemach Tzedek

Aliyos:
To enable everyone to get an aliyah on Gimel Tammuz, there will be multiple krias beginning at 8:30 AM on Shabbos morning.  Shacharis will begin at 10:00 AM.

There will be an auction for the aliyos before davening Kabbalas Shabbos for the Shabbos morning main minyan (besides Levi and Maftir).

Farbrengen:
Special guest Rabbi Aaron Dovid Ganz will be farbrenging after musaf. 

To have the zechus in making this special Gimmel Tammuz Shabbos farbrengen possible, please contact Avraham Hayman for co-sponsorships at 845-269-1787 or avrahamhayman@gmail.com.


Monsey Anash Uniting for Gimmel Tammuz

Dear Anash Family,

We are standing a few of days before Gimmel Tammuz.

People the world over, from all different backgrounds and even many outside of Anash, are preparing in their own way to make the most out of this auspicious day marking the 21st Hillula Kadisha of the Rebbe.

As we all know our community has been continuously growing and spreading in all directions. We already have quite a few shuls and it is continuing to grow with more shuls in the process of forming.

It is self understood that each shul is unique and has its owns style and activities.  However, we are after all, one family.

In the last few months I have been working together with representatives from each of the local Chabad shuls to brainstorm on activities that we can develop to help unite and strengthen us as a community b’gashmiyus u’veruchniyus.

In this spirit, all shuls together have organized an event that is taking place this Sunday which is geared to all of the men, women, and children of our community.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to participate and join together with the greater international Anash community to mark this special day.

As a result of our achdus may we be zoche to celebrate Gimmel Tammuz in Yerushalayim!

Zalmen L. Markowitz

For all of the details of the event taking place this Sunday, please click here.

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.

In this week's Parshah Korach  (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1- 18:32) we read how Korach, a member of the Levitic tribe, challenged Moses' authority and appointed himself to the high priesthood. The Torah teaches that Korach was punished for his insubordination when the earth "opened up its mouth" and swallowed him up.

Let's analyze what Korach did. He gave expression to his soul's awesome and unbridled yearning for the spiritual sublimation of high priesthood. Was that wrong? Every soul is suffused with divine passion. Was Korach meant to restrain his passion for G-d?

The Answer Is: Yes

Yes, even the most sublime strivings of the spirit must be restrained when its passion drives a wedge between ourselves and others.

We know our passion is misdirected when it prompts us to look down on others who have achieved less than us or begrudge those who have achieved more.

We know our passion has led us astray when in our zeal to reach the synagogue we fail to notice the person begging for alms on the road.

We know our passion is toxic when our enthusiasm for Torah prevents us from befriending those who have yet to embrace it themselves.

True love for G-d should not drive us from each other; G-d loves others as much as he loves us.1

Now we understand where Korach went wrong. Korach's zeal for the high priesthood led him to a rebellion that was bitterly divisive. This was the first indicator that his passion for G-d was misguided; his love was not true and his beauty was not pristine. Korach was toxic and had to be stopped.

Spiritual energy that brings us closer to G-d and to others is sacred and must never be stifled. It must radiate through everything we do.

This brand of soul energy is graced with beauty. Every deed, every prayer, every devotion must be infused with it.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow)

Fantastic Gimmel Tammuz Program This Sunday


Gimmel Tamuz with Rabbi YY Jacobson in Monsey

The following are the schedule of programs with Rabbi YY Jacobson for Gimmel Tammuz.

All programs are for men and women.

Shabbos Gimmel Tamuz at Or Chaim (22 Forshay Road):
Shabbos morning Chassidus: 9:00 AM

Shacharis: 10:00 AM sharp

Sermon: 11:30 AM

Kiddush and Farbrengen: 12:15 PM

Lecture on "What I Learnt from the Lubavitcher Rebbe" for the entire community (20 Forshay Road): 6:30 PM

Grand Sholosh Seudos with Nigunim and Maamar by Rabbi Jacobson: 8:00 PM

Sunday Daled Tammuz:
Sunday morning Shuir on the topic of "The Real Story Behind Hitting the Rock" (at Ohr Chaim):  9:30 AM

Learning the Rebbe's Torah with Rabbi Jacobson simultaneous with children rally (at Tzemach Tzedek): 2:00 to 4:00 PM

All are warmly invited and encouraged to participate in all of the above programs and bring friends.



Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac & Roizy Lefkowitz on the engagement of their daughter Fraidy to Saadia Liberow of London!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Thursday, at Rubashkin, 1349 President Street in Crown Heights.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Million For the Shluchim’s Children

Dear Friend,

One of the “Lubavitch wonders” that has captured the Jewish world’s respect and awe is how the Rebbe’s vision is translated and practiced in the lives of an entire global community: in their warm, inviting homes; in their unconditional love and acceptance; in their exceptional generosity; and in their embrace and support of the Rebbe’s shluchim.

Indeed, many affluent members of the Lubavitch community have “adopted” a family of shluchim from around the world – oftentimes a sibling, relative or classmate – with their generous support and unwavering friendship, a living example of the Torah’s Yassachar-Zevulun partnership.
Tomorrow, each of us will have the unique opportunity to do the same in a way where every dollar will count, supporting this single greatest need and concern to each and every chossid - their children.

Tomorrow, we are launching A Million For the Shluchim’s Children, a million-dollar Charidy campaign to support and expand the services we offer to these precious children.

For more information on A Million For The Shluchim’s Children, please click here.

As partners in the Rebbe’s vision, we would like to ask for your help.  

·         Tomorrow, please contribute whatever you can at charidy.com/shluchim. Every dollar you donate will be quadrupled!
·         Ask at least TWO others to join you in giving!
·         Please share the news about our campaign as often and as widely as you can.  If you have a personal story of your relationship with a shliach, please include it!

Help us continue the Rebbe's directive: meeting the needs of Shluchim, Shluchos and their children.

In this merit maybe you merit to share in the true nachas from all of your children and the means to educate and raise them metoch harchava, materially and spiritually.

The Shluchim Office

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Chof Ches Sivan Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Monday, following the 9:10 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Chof Ches Sivan.

After escaping Nazi-occupied Paris, and many perilous months in Vichy France, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah (1901-1988), boarded the SS Serpa Pinto in Lisbon, Portugal. On Monday, June 23--Sivan 28 on the Jewish calendar--at 10:30 A.M., they arrived in New York.


Shortly after his arrival, the Rebbe's father-in-law, the then Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak Schneersohn (who had been rescued from Nazi-occupied Warsaw in 1940), appointed him to head the social and educational outreach programs of Chabad-Lubavitch. Thus the Rebbe began his decades-long revolutionary work to revitalize Jewish life in the Western Hemisphere, which spread, by means of the emissaries ("shluchim") he dispatched from his New York headquarters, to every part of the world.


Monsey Job Fair


Seeking Ride

Looking for ride from Monsey to the Ohel or 5 Towns this Monday night and Tuesday. 

Please call 347-457-9408.