Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mrs. Devorah Hayman Sitting Shiva

.ברוך דיין האמת

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Avraham Leib ben Yakov Gralnik O"BM, the father of Mrs. Devorah Hayman.

Devorah is currently sitting Shiva in Torrance, California and can be reached at 845-283-7318 or devorahhayman@gmail.com.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים


Mini Tots


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teacher / Tutor Available

An experienced teacher is available to learn with you or your son during the summer months (Tammuz, Av & Elul).

Please call 845-596-7699.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week's Torah reading begins the book of Bamidbor ([Numbers] 1:1-4:20), and the portion is indeed filled with numbers. First a census is taken of the Israelites and the Torah supplies us with the number of Israelites in each tribe, in each of the four "flags," and then gives the grand totals. The Levites are then counted -- twice. The firstborns earn their very own headcount, too.

Interestingly, this Torah portion of Bamidbor is always read shortly before the holiday of Shavuos, the holiday of our receiving the Torah. This year, it is being read the eve of the holiday of Shavuos.

What is the connection between numbers and counting and the special gift our nation received on this holiday?

Counting is an equalizer. Each unit which is counted adds up to one, no more and no less.

As a nation we are far from a homogenous group. This is true in all areas -- and our service of G‑d is no exception. Depending on our unique talents, some of us serve G‑d through assiduous Torah study, others through volunteering time in public service, others through financially supporting worthy causes, and yet others through reciting Psalms with devotion and sincerity. Leaders and followers. Old and young. Men and women. Scholars and laymen. Every segment of our nation, and indeed every individual person, serves G‑d in his or her unique way.

The counting of the Jews teaches us that the service of any one person isn't more or less important than the service of another. One's service may be more attractive, flashy and attention-grabbing than another's -- but at the core we are all involved in the exact same pursuit -- serving our Creator with all our available talents and resources.

Speaking of counting, from the moment the Jews left Egypt, they began counting - counting the days,  49 days - which led up to the day of Shavuos when they would be receiving the Torah, the ultimate equalizer, on Mt. Sinai.

The essence and purpose of all of creation is G‑d's desire for a physical abode, an earthly realm which would be transformed into a hospitable habitat and where His essence could be expressed. It is the Torah that a) reveals to us this divine plan; b) contains the mitzvot, the tools with which we bring this purpose to realization; and thus c) brings harmony and equality to all of creation -- for it shows us how every one of the myriads of components in creation is essentially identical, for they all have one purpose – to make a dwelling place for G-d Al-Mighty.  .

As Shavuos approaches, let us take this message to heart. Every person counts. Every day counts. Every component of creation counts. And we should be counting our blessings that we were given the Torah -- without which nothing would count.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Shavuos with Rabbi YY Jacobson


Levaya of Mrs. Ellen Philipson A"H

ברוך דיין האמת.

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Ellen Philipson, wife of Reb Shlomo Philipson, mother of Reb Binyomin Philipson, and mother-in-law of Reb Shea Glick.

The levayah will take place today, Thursday, at 6 Ashlawn Avenue at 1:30 PM.

Shiva information will be posted when it becomes available.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Post Dinner Message from Cheder Chabad

To all the parents and members of Anash who participated in the 16th Annual Dinner of
Cheder Chabad of Monsey,

שלום וברכה!

As the files and notes of this year’s 16th Annual Dinner of Cheder Chabad of Monsey are being put away, and thoughts and strategies for next year’s dinner beginning to come into focus, we want to express, on behalf of the Dinner and Journal Committees, heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the parents and members of Anash who participated in the Dinner. It was wonderful seeing such a large turnout of the community to this special event, which created such a congenial and uplifting ambiance in the Ballroom. This was directly a result of all you who attended. Thank you all!

The evening did extend beyond the intended time schedule. The plans are already being laid, however, to keep IY”H next year’s program in a much tighter time frame, אי"ה next year’s Dinner is scheduled to be in ירושלים with משיח!

A heartfelt Yasher Ko’ach to Bentzi Ptalis and the Cheder Boys Choir who set the tone of the evening at the outset of the program, with their beautiful renditions of the Nigunim they sang.

We all congratulate Rabbi Silber, Mrs. Oster and Flamer, the honorees, and thank them for their contribution to the Cheder’s success as teachers and parents.

Yasher Ko’ach and many thanks to Rabbi YY Jacobson, our guest speaker, who gave us added insights and dimensions to our perspectives on Chinuch.

The 5775 school year is coming soon to its close . We extend a heartfelt Yasher Koach to all the principals, Rebbes, Morahs, teachers and office staff for their educational input, diligence, hard work, care and concern for all the kinderlach and students in the Cheder. May Hashem grant them all much hatzlocho in all their endeavors, in good health and prosperity.

May we all see abundant Chassidishe and Yiddishe Nachas from all our children and families in good health, happiness and abundant prosperity.

As we draw near to the beautiful Yom Tov of שבועות – may each and everyone have and experience קבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות – to receive the Torah with joy and inwardness, in the fullest measure!

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman                                           Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Dean                                                                             President Board of Directors

Tzemach Tzedek 5775 Shavuos Schedule

The following is the Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar and Shavuos 5775 schedule for K'hal Tzemach Tzedek:

Erev Shabbos, 4 Sivan / May 22:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Bentshen: 7:56 PM
Mincha: 8:05 PM
Kabbolas Shabbos: 8:45 PM

Shabbos, 5 Sivan / May 23:
Chassidus Shiur: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Rav's Halacha Shiur: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 9:04 PM
Maariv: 9:05 PM
Tikun Leil Shavuos - After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul. There will be shiurim in the small shul, and coffee and refreshments will be served.

First Day of Shavuos, Sunday, 6 Sivan / May 24:
Alos HaShachar (Mikvah): 3:48 AM / 4:18 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:10 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 9:05 PM
Maariv: 9:05 PM

Second Day of Shavuos, Monday, 7 Sivan / May 25: 
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 12:00 PM
Mincha: 8:10 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv & Yom Tov Ends: 9:05 PM
Kiddush Levana

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cheder Chabad 8th Grade Graduation Auction



Seeking Rides

Looking for a ride from Monsey area to Crown Heights on Thursday afternoon/early evening for my daughter.

Also looking for a ride for 3 girls on Thursday night from Crown Heights to Monsey area.

If you know of anyone, please call or text Chany at 845-641-1312.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Women's Rosh Chodesh Sivan Event

There will be a Rosh Chodesh Sivan gathering 
at the home of Chaya Schaeffer, 8 Dunhill Lane
Tuesday evening
 May 19th
at 7:30 p.m.

All women are welcome!

Hindy Borenstein will be speaking and inspiring us as we prepare for Shavuos.

Come and be enlightened by words of Torah & Chassidus 
as we focus on achdus and ahavas yisroel.

Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend!


Hope to see you!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Heichal Menachem Shavuos Schedule


Private Tutoring

Rabbi Rony Greenberg of Morristown, offers private tutoring to children, teenagers and adults in all limudei kodesh (Jewish) subjects and in numerous limudei chol (general studies including Hebrew) subjects, including all Bar Mitzvah prep. 

Long experience teaching at all levels. 

If you know anyone who would be interested please call 973-449-1234 or email ronygreenberg@gmail.com for more details.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Monsey to the Ohel on Monday, Erev Rosh Chodesh.

Please call Zalman at 347- 457-9408.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Holds 16th Annual Banquet

Last Sunday evening, Cheder Chabad of Monsey held it's 16th Anniversary Dinner. Close to 350 parents, educators, staff and community members filled the elegant Atrium ballroom to express their gratitude to the evening's award recipients, which included Parents of the Year Rabbi Levi and Sorah Shemtov, as well as Dedication to Chinuch Award recipients Rabbi Zelig Silber, Mrs Libby Oster and Mrs. Pirchia Flamer. Renowned speaker and Dean of the Yeshiva.net, Rabbi Yossi Jacobson, inspired the crowd as keynote speaker with his wisdom and insight into Chassidishe chinuch. Entertainment was provided by the fabulous Cheder Boys Choir led by Mr. Bentzion Ptalis.

"The dinner was the most-well attended event in the school’s history," said the Cheder Boys' Limudei Kodesh Principal Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik. "The support on the part of the parents is indicative of the positive relationship that the hanhala has with the families, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to continuing to cultivate that relationship and improve upon it as Monsey Anash grows," he added. "Our Pre-School, as well as the Girls' Division, increases it's student population each year, Boruch Hashem, and we hope that the Boys' Cheder will be housed in a new facility in the not-too-distant future."

The evening began with a lovely parve and milchig cocktail hour, after which attendees were seated and received stunning platters of pasta and fish for the first course. The main offerings included a choice of fresh and tender fillet of sole or salmon fillet, each of which was plattered with savory basmati rice and freshly steamed green vegetables. Finally, for dessert, a lavish milchig Viennese table concluded the evening's regal fare.

MC Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich of Chabad of Chestnut Ridge introduced the various speakers, beginning with Rabbi Lesches who delivered a dvar Torah, followed by Rabbi Wolowik who led the room in the saying of the Rebbe's kapitel. A PowerPoint presentation which included Cheder activities and events was shown on each side of the room for the parents' enjoyment.

One of the evening's highlights was an extraordinary performance by the Cheder Chabad Boys Choir, led by maestro Bentzi Ptalis. The boys ranged in ages from grades Two through Seven, and performed both moving and leibidike versions of Ufarazta, Kali Atah and Hoshia es Amecha, to name a few selections.

After an update on the Cheder Excellence Project, which was introduced by Cheder President Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen and given by Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz, the program continued with the awards presentation. Honored for their Dedication to Chinuch, were: Rabbi Zelig Silber, 5th grade rebbe; Mrs. Libby Oster, Second Grade teacher; and Mrs. Pirchia Flamer, Pre-School aid and teacher.

In addition, the illustrious Parents of the Year Award was bestowed upon Rabbi Levi and Mrs. Sorah Shemtov, shluchim of Chabad of Riverdale. Rabbi Shemtov delivered a moving and inspirational acceptance speech on both his and his wife's behalf.

The evening concluded with Rabbi Yossi Jacobson engaging everyone with his wit and oratory abilities, as he not only entertained with Yiddishe anecdotes, but enlightened with emesdike insights on the Chassidishe philosophy of successful chinuch.

A huge yasher koach goes to the planning committee for the evening.

Im yirtzeh Hashem, in the zechus of our efforts on behalf of our children's chinuch, next year's dinner will be held in Yerushalayim with the Rebbe.

Summer Jobs Available in Fair Lawn, NJ

Fair Lawn Jewish Day Camp already has over 300 children enrolled and is looking for qualified people to fill a number of different positions: Division Heads, Camp EMT, Camp Office Manager, CIT coordinator.

We also have a potential position for a young couple: Rabbi can run the older boys division and Rebbetzin can choose between older girls division, office, or kiddie camp head teacher.

These summer jobs will pay nicely, treat you well, give you training and experience and a fun time.

Please apply online at www.fairlawncamp.com/#!staff/c12kn.

You may contact office@fairlawncamp.com with questions.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s double Torah reading – B’Har-B’Chukosai  (Vayikra [Leviticus] 25:1-27:34) talks of the prohibition against performing agricultural work during the Shemittah (seventh year ,which is the Sabbatical) year.
(In fact, this Hebrew calendar year, 5775, is a Shmittah year.)

The Torah passage reads: “And if you shall say, “What will we eat in the seventh year? Behold, we will not sow, nor gather in our produce!” I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield produce for three years. You will sow in the eighth year, while [still] eating from the old crops until the ninth year; until the arrival of its crop, you will eat from the old [crop].”

Very few people can financially survive taking an unpaid leave of absence from work for an entire year. We can only imagine what a country would look like of entire segments of its population decided to take a year of vacation; it would take years for the economy to lift itself out of the ensuing shambles. Just think: strikes by small groups which last for mere days cause billions of dollars of damage to nations’ economies.

Yet it actually happened.  Regularly. Citizens of an agrarian nation dropped their plows and sickles and “sabbaticaled” every seventh year, survived and flourished! We speak often of miracles such as the splitting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, of the ten plagues and Elijah’s wonders, but we neglect to mention this awesome miracle which occurred in the Land of Israel every seventh year! For centuries, every sixth year the crop would be so abundant that it lasted for three years for those who were committed to abstain from work on the seventh. Perhaps it can be posited that greater than the miracle of the abundant crops is the trust the Jews demonstrated in G‑d.

If society today is any indicator, people have a strong tendency to relegate G‑d to the synagogue. Those who are more pious allow G‑d into their personal lives as well. But fewer indeed are those who welcome Him into their businesses and pocketbooks. “I’ll pray to G‑d, I’ll study Torah and do His mitzvot, but business is business . . ." The biblical law requiring ten percent of earnings to be given to charity and the prohibitions against lending with interest, cheating, deception, and working on Shabbat and holy days are swept under the rug in the interest of making ends meet.

Shemittah teaches us that we are not intrinsically weak; we do have the ability to trust in G‑d. And He, in turn, has the ability to provide for those who do so. G‑d pleads, “Is My hand too short to redeem, or do I have no strength to save? Behold, with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make rivers into a desert.”  Yes, the same G‑d who split the Red Sea can even provide us and our families with a steady income.

This concept is as true today as it was in the Land of Israel millennia ago. Follow this link to read a beautiful story which illustrates this point.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Tehillim Club

Mesibas Shabbos



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Day of Achdus & Hiskashrus in Honor of Gimmel Tammuz

Save the Date!

Anash of Monsey is organizing a day of Achdus and Hiskashrus in honor of Gimmel Tammuz on Sunday, 4 Tammuz, June 21.

An exciting program for men, women and children is being planned that will include lectures and panel discussions on contemporary issues, a rally for children, and an insipring farbrengen.

To date, Rabbi Leibel Shapiro, Rabbi Sholom Moshe Paltiel and Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson are confirmed to participate. 

More details will be announced shortly.

If you would like to take part in sponsoring this project, please contact R' Yona Abenson or Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mazel Tov Lapidus's!

Mazel tov to Sholom and Nechama Lapidus on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifts and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mazel Tov Lights!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Chaya Light on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifts and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com

Friday, May 8, 2015

Seeking House or Apartment Rental

We are seeking a house or apartment to rent in the greater Monsey community starting this June 15 for two or two-and-a-half months. Would consider a long-term rental as well.

Please contact atbg@sbcglobal.net.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

The story is told of the rabbi who had a brother who was a doctor. One day, somebody mistakenly called the rabbi and asked if he could make an appointment with the doctor. "You must be mistaken", said the rabbi. "You probably want to speak to my brother. He practices--I preach."

The Parsha this week, Emor, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23) begins with the verse "Speak to the Kohanim… and say to them..." (Leviticus 21:1).

The commenter Rashi explains that the phrase is teaching us "to warn the elders concerning the younger ones." From this we understand that we have to take responsibility for the education of our children or, for that matter, others whom we come into contact with. We cannot just sit back, relax and expect education to "just happen." It takes personal effort, not just from teachers in schools or other institutions, but also from each of us as parents. Children do, of course, learn at school, but it has to be reinforced at home, by the parents and the home environment.

The word "to warn" in Hebrew (l'hazhir) in the above-quoted phrase comes from the same word as "to shine." Our efforts to educate others should have a positive effect on ourselves, as well. How is this? When we are trying to educate others, we should become conscious of our own behavior and our own character. We need to try to practice what we preach. In trying to impart good character traits and ideals to others, we find ourselves having to scrutinize and improve our own behavior so as to be a "shining example" to those we are seeking to educate and inspire; in Hebrew called a “Dugma Chaya” – a living example. Actions speak louder than words. No amount of preaching substitutes for practice, for a living example for others to follow and become inspired by.

As the Talmud tells us, Rabbi Chanina related: "I learnt much from my teachers, more from my peers, but the most from my students."

By being a shining example of the values and character traits we hold dear, we find ourselves growing, becoming more conscious of our own behavior. In our efforts to impart ideas to others, we ourselves can benefit in our own personal character development.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

Mazel Tov Kaufmans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Channah Dobka Kaufman on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 242A Kearsing parkway.

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Lag B'Omer at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Preschool and Elementary Girls celebrated Lag B'Omer with a rally and a parade, followed by an afternoon of fun and activities.

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman addressed the students, pesukim were recited with chayos in the zechus of specific individuals, followed by a short video of the Rebbe.

Macaroni the Clown entertained the crowd with his tricks, juggling and uni-cycling. Then began the Great Parade. The theme for our four floats, designed and built from scratch by the 5th to 8th graders, was the number seven, tying in with shnas hashmittah The Pre-K "floats" that followed, designed and built by Pre-K Morah Chaya Rochel Shkedi, and "driven" by the students, stole the show and the hearts of the parents who came to watch.

Following the floats the students marched class by class proudly holding their banners and flags.

After lunch, the Elementary School engaged in exciting competitive team sports, and the entire school enjoyed taking turns on the moon bounce and slide and being treated to yummy cotton candy and popcorn.

A special thank you to our corporate sponsors, Monsey Shoes, Farkash Financial and the Sofer Center.

Mesibas Shabbos



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cheder Dinner Reservations Top 300 - Please RSVP Today

The Cheder Dinner attendance has topped over 300 - a 30% increase over prior years! Please don’t miss your chance to spend a spectacular evening with hundreds of your Monsey Anash neighbors gathering at the Atrium Ballroom. You will enjoy the delectable fare of the much noted Table One Caterers, be entertained by the Cheder Chabad Boys Choir, learn from Rabbi YY Jacobson, and join in honoring three superb educators and the shluchim from Riverdale as our Parents of the Year.

Please join us and support a mosad that provides a wonderful chassidiche chinuch for children across the tristate area.

OUR RESERVATION DEADLINE IS TODAY.

We need to make sure that our caterer is prepared for all who attend and therefore please contact us ASAP and reserve your place. Reservations may be placed by:
  • Phone: 845 356-1213
  • Email : Banquet@chedermonsey.org
  • online: www.Chedermonsey.org/banquet
Hoping to see you this Sunday evening!

Seeking Rental

Looking for place to rent in the greater Monsey community for one month, from June 25 to July 28, for a family of 4.

Please contact me with any options at ellysigal@gmail.com.

Lag B'Omer Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Lag B'Omer following the 8:35 PM Maariv minyan tonight at Tzemach Tzedek.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

RCC Students at Friendship Circle Walk

RCC Hillel students together with Dr. Cliff Wood, president of RCC, at the Chabad of Suffern Friendship Circle walk this past Sunday. 






Monday, May 4, 2015

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazel tov to Moshe & Tzipora Reitman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Yosef & Shira Muchnik of Camarillo, CA!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Seeking House or Apartment Rental

We are seeking a house or apartment to rent in the greater Monsey community starting this June 15 for two or two-and-a-half months. Would consider a long-term rental as well.

Please contact atbg@sbcglobal.net.

Cheder Dinner Invitations Lost in the Mail

Dear Anash and Parents שי',

Invitations to the Cheder’s 16th Annual Dinner were sent out quite a while ago, but evidently many anash and parents did not yet receive their invitation.

Therefore, as the Dinner is Sunday, May 10, 2015, at the Atrium Ballroom on Route 59, if you have not yet received your hard-copy invitation, please accept this email edition of the invitation as a personal invitation to you.

We would appreciate if you would please advise the Cheder office 845 356 1213 x 104 as soon as possible or submit on line your dinner reservation, by clicking here www.chedermonsey.org/banquet to the Cheder website.

As well, please submit on line your ad or greeting for the Journal being produced for the Dinner.

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you at the Dinner!

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman                                      Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Dean                                                                       President, Board of Directors