Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Special Older Girls Group This Shabbos

There will be a special activity at the older girls group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Parshas Ki Setzei, in honor of the end of summer and start of school.

Zev Goldstein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Zev Goldstein

Zev is sitting shiva at 2 White Oak Lane, Albany, NY 12208 until Sunday.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Dr. Reuven Bekermus Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Dr. Reuven Bekermus.

Dr. Bekermus is sitting shiva at his home, 16 Louis Avenue (off College Road), until Friday afternoon.

Shacharis is at 7:45 AM and Mincha is at 7:30 PM.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Four or five Hebrew School teachers are needed in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Just a half-hour drive from Monsey. Fun exciting program, excellent experience, great pay.

Contact office@jewishfairlawn.org.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey                                                                                                                                                                         

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few weeks away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays – a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully. 

Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals. All the students, staff and administration of Cheder Chabad of Monsey wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May this year be the year of the full and complete redemption with the coming of our righteous Moshiach - now!

What makes a hero?

In this week’s Parshah, Shoftim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 16:18–21:9),the Torah discusses the laws of war and some of the moral imperatives that apply even under fire. Specifically, we read of the exemptions that entitled a soldier to leave the battlefront. One of these was "the man who is fearful and fainthearted." The Torah rules that "he should go and return to his home" and join the civil service, lest his cowardice "melt the hearts" of his comrades in arms and demoralize them (Deuteronomy 20:8).

Interestingly, Maimonides rules that this exemption only applied to wars which were optional for political or territorial reasons (milchemet ho'reshut), but not to obligatory wars where the Torah itself mandates that we go to battle (milchemet mitzvah), such as a war of self defense or the wars to conquer the Promised Land.

But what is the logic here? Why the distinction? If the problem is that the coward's fear will have a negative effect on his fellow combatants, then that is a psychological fact of life. What difference does it make if the war is mandated by G-d or by Jewish leadership of the day? Surely a coward is a coward whatever the war!

But Maimonides is sharing with us a striking analysis of human nature. Fear and anxiety are magnified when there is more than one option open to us. When we have the choice of fighting or not, when war is not strictly commanded by G-d and it's a government decision, then I may very well choose to retreat. But when there is no choice, when it is a non-negotiable mitzvah from G-d that this war be fought, then even cowards become heroes.

That famous American philosopher, John Wayne once said, "True courage is not the absence of fear. True courage is being really scared and saddling up anyway." Now that's a wise cowboy. The fearless few who heedlessly plunge into every offered challenge are indeed strange exceptions to our race. Most normal people experience fear in scary situations. Those of good courage face up to the fear and confront it.

When something just has to happen, we find a way to make it happen. We pluck up the courage and act valiantly.

There are religious Jews, used to be, or still are, chain smokers. But it is amazing to see that the same person who would never be without a cigarette between his fingers six days a week was able to go cold turkey every Shabbat. For six days he couldn't wait two minutes, but once a week he waited for 25 hours! How? The answer is that keeping Shabbat for him was simply a non-negotiable commitment, so he had no option and persevered. As soon as Shabbat was over, though, he and his fellow Shabbat-observant smokers would make a mad dash for the nearest pack.

It applies to life, to marriage, to business, to everything. If something is so important to us that to lose it would be unthinkable, we discover that we really can find a way, after all. In our Jewish lives, too, when we accept that a particular mitzvah is a sacred principle and inviolate, we will observe it no matter what the challenge.

So, cowards of the world, unite! Let us do what we know must be done. That's how ordinary people become heroes.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jordan Vach Nacht & Bris

Doniel and Chaya Jordan will IY”H be having a Vach Nacht for their newborn son this Motzai Shabbos at their home, 7 Slevin Court.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Sunday morning at Tzemach Tzedek.

Davening will take place at 8:00 AM followed by the Bris at approximately 8:40 AM.

Shlichus Opportunity in Fairlawn

Looking to fill a position of Assistant Hebrew School Director, PR, Marketing and Media Director and to run programs.

Great working environment, decent pay and transportation.

Just a half -hour drive from Monsey. Please send resume to office@jewishfairlawn.org.

Seeking Apartment Rental for September

Seeking a 1 bedroom furnished apartment rental in Monsey near Tzemach Tzedek and/or Bais Menachem for the month of September.

Please contact Rivka Schochet at 248-763-6097 or prschochet@gmail.com.

Seeking Home for Boarder

Room and board needed for a 17 year old bochur for the upcoming school year.

Please contact mendelbraz@gmail.com.

Chai Elul Dinner & Farbrengen

Mazel Tov Cohens - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Eli and Chani Cohen on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Yeruchem and Fraida Cohen!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Cohen home, 31 Fessler Drive.

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.

Mazel Tov Jordans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Doniel and Chaya Jordan on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Jordan home, 7 Slevin Court. 

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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mazel Tov Cohens!

Mazel tov to R' Yeruchem and Fraida Cohen in the birth of a granddaughter born to Ariel and Shternie Mangami of Crown Heights!

Cheder Seeking Parents to Help Paint Girls Building

Attention Cheder Parents -  We are pleased to announce that we will be painting the girls building and hope to get the work finished in time for the start of school a week from next Wednesday

We will be painting during day and evening hours throughout the coming week and would like to get as many parents involved as possible. It is a great opportunity to help the Cheder and earn eCredits at the same time.

Interested parents may contact Yitzy Goldsmith who will be managing the project. Yitzy may be contacted at 845-499-3248 or yitzygoldsmith@yahoo.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

School Seforim Available at the Sofer Center

For your convenience, The Sofer Center has stocked all of the seforim your children, both boys and girls, will need for the coming school year.

You will only have to make one stop to purchase all the seforim you need!

The Seforim are available online as well at http://www.thesofercenter.com/store/c24/School_Seforim.html.

You have the option to either purchase online and pick up in store (everything will be ready and packed  for you!). Use Coupon Code PICKUP to waive the shipping charge.

Or you can use Coupon Code TZEMACHTZEDEK and have your order delivered to shul the morning of your choice for the 8:00 AM shacharis minyan.

The Sofer Center is located at 25 Main St Monsey, NY 10952 (across from Rockland Kosher).

For more information call Rabbi Kass at 845-262-0246 or visit www.TheSoferCenter.com.

Tzemach Tzedek Elections to be Held on September 7

Save the date.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek and elections for the Board of Directors (BOD) will take place Sunday evening, September 7, at 8:00 PM.  All members are invited to come to the meeting, however only members in good financial standing may vote.  You may contact our treasurer, Tzadok Leib Messing, at treasurer@tzemachtzedek.com to confirm your voting eligibility.

If you would like to run for a position on the BOD, please email the shul president, Avraham Hayman, at avrahamhayman@gmail.com by Sunday, August 31, 2014.  A member of the BOD is expected to contribute eight hours per month to the shul.

Positions on the BOD are: President, Vice President, Gabbai Rishon, Gabbi Sheini, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and four trustees.

If you are not a member of our shul and you become a member now, we will begin your yearly membership at the AGM instead of the regular start date on Rosh Hashana.  This will allow you to attend the AGM, vote in the elections and run for a position on the BOD, besides helping to pay for the costs to financially maintain our shul.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Ever heard a little kid bargaining with G-d? "G-d, if I pass this test/get a Barbie doll/don't get into trouble, I'll brush my teeth every night/walk around the block sixteen times without stepping on a crack/hold my breath and count to 100..."

Ridiculous? Small-minded? Immature? Well, are our desires any more mature, our deals any more intelligent? So you promised to stay in shul for the entire service/read a Jewish book/say something nice to your mother-in-law. Are you any more likely to be guaranteed a positive answer to your hopes and aspirations?

There is one "bribe" however that G-d doesn't refuse: charity.

We'll read in the Torah this week, Re'eh  (Devorim  [Deuteronomy] 11:26-16:17), that we have the responsibility and privilege to support the poor. It is traditional to increase our charitable donations especially at this time of year (the month of Elul, which PG starts this week and which is the lead-in month before the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). However, isn't this just a particularly blatant attempt to bribe G-d?  Does it really work? Why tzedakah (charity) more than any other mitzvah?

A wealthy Jew had been a long time financial supporter of the famous Rebbe Zushe. He used to provide the Rebbe's household running expenses and was content to receive regular blessings and advice in return. Once he showed up in Annipoli, Reb Zushe's hometown, only to find Reb Zushe's wife home alone.
"Where is the Rebbe?"

"He's gone to visit his Rebbe."

"My Rebbe has a Rebbe?"

The rich man was no fool. "If my Rebbe has a Rebbe, why am I wasting time with the disciple? I've been doing so well by receiving the blessings of Reb Zushe, imagine the jackpot that awaits me were I to transfer my support to his Rebbe..."

He abandoned Reb Zushe and became a follower of Rabbi DovBer of Mezritch, Reb Zushe's Rebbe.

A few months later, after a series of calamitous business failures, he was back in Annipoli, totally bankrupt.

"I accept that my business failure is punishment for deserting you," he cried to Reb Zushe, "but why? What was wrong with my logic?"

"There was nothing wrong with your logic per se," Reb Zushe answered, "just in the application. Till now, when you gave tzedakah without assessing the worthiness of the recipient, G-d responded in kind, looking after you, irrespective of whether you truly deserved it. Once you started cost-benefit analyzing where you could get the best value for the money, G-d had a good look at how deserving you are, and you obviously came up short."

I submit that this is why it is traditional to increase in charitable giving at this time of the year and that is why we always read this parshah the week Elul begins. We're committing to change, to improve. We pray that G-d accepts us favorably, but who among us can be truly comfortable with the year that was? Ill decisions made, promises broken and wrong forks taken on the road of life. Our only hope is that G-d takes us back, warts and all, without examining too closely whether we deserve it. And, to set an example to G-d, we too hand out help with an open hand to all, (and perhaps a bit more than usual!) and with the hope that, please G-d, this year we will all receive the greatest gift of all: the final redemption, with our righteous Moshiach.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Rimler & Amram Kiddush This Shabbos

The Rimler and Amram families would like to invite the entire community to a joint kiddush and farbrengen this Shabbos Mevorchim, Parshas Re'eh, at Bais Menachem following davening in honor of the Bar Mitzva and aliyah of Imanuel Rimler and the recent birth of Rivka Amram.

Davening begins at 10:00 AM.

Lubavitch Day Camp of Monsey Concludes Another Amazing Summer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaching Positions Available

Pre-School Teacher
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate teacher for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15. Degree in education preferred.
Must have own transportation.

Teacher Assistant
Mon- Thurs. 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm.
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, creative, computer literate Teacher's Assistant for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15.
Must have own transportation.

Email resume with references to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.

New Class for Women

We are pleased to announce a new evening class for women, beginning this week, in preparation for the month of Elul.

The class will take place on Wednesdays from 8:00 - 9:00 PM by Rabbi Binyomin Simpson who will be teaching a series of three classes on the Alter Rebbe's Ma'amor: "Ani L'Dodi ..." at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz,  211A Kearsing Parkway, Monsey.

Rabbi Weber Returns from Eretz Yisroel

Rabbi Dovid Weber, spiritual leader of Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona, has returned from an amazing trip to Eretz Yisroel.

Rabbi Weber visited with injured chayalim as well as those on the front lines in the defense of Eretz Yisroel and Klal Yisroel.

Rabbi Weber distributed 40 pairs of Tefilin that were donated to the chayalim by the members and friends of Beis Menchaem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tefillin and Mezuza Checking

Each year, for the past 17 years, during the month of Elul, N'shei Chabad of Rockland has invited Rabbi Nota Kuperman to check mezuzos and tefillin, as the Rebbe has instructed us.

Rabbi Kuperman has several decades of experience and was trained by Rabbi Eliezer Zirkind, a"h. Current sha'alos in Monsey will be referred to Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Morah D'Asra of the Lubavitch community here. Rabbi Kuperman will be working from the Ezras Nashim of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, from Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 26) and throughout the month of Elul.

See below flyer for dates and times.

Hilchos Brochos Shiur

Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazel tov to R' Zvi and Chaya Webb on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Asher and Doba Webb of Crown Heights!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Seeking Junior Loan Processor

A financial services entry level position is available at a local mortgage company.

The position title is Junior Loan Processor. Mortgage experience a plus. The individual must be detail oriented, capable of multi-tasking and have excellent communication skills. Computer knowledge a must.

Full time hours. Looking to hire immediately.

Please forward resumes to Levi Bialestock at lbialestock@fmm.com.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Much has been said and written about the galut mentality, the subservience felt by generations of Jews living in the Diaspora. As second-class citizens for so many generations in Eastern Europe and in the Arab countries, Jews, allegedly, came to lose their self-esteem. Finally, in our own time, the old ghetto Jew would be replaced with a proud, strong, independent Israeli. No more would Moshke the Jew cower before his poretz, the country squire. Jews would now walk tall.

In this week’s Torah portion Eikev (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25) Moses reminds his people never to forget that it was G-d who took them out of Egypt and who led them through the wilderness into the Promised Land. And he describes the wilderness as "that great and awesome desert." (8:14-15) The wilderness before we reach the Promised Land represents the state of exile. And the problem with this wilderness is that we are impressed with it. In our eyes it is "great." The big, wide world out there is great, powerful, and all too overwhelming to the Jew.

We forget that the real galut mentality is not confined to those living in an eighteenth-century ghetto. The real exile is the exile within our own heads and hearts - the exile in considering the non-Jewish world to be so great. When we attach so much significance to the outside world, then we are still living in a state of exile and with a galut mindset, no matter where we may be geographically.

And once we start attaching greatness to this wilderness, our sense of self-worth is further eroded and we begin considering this wilderness not only "great" but also "awesome," even terrifying.

But why? The new Israel was supposed to be different. No more weakness, no more cowardice, gone with the old world syndromes. So why do we still care what they say? If we are convinced that justice and morality are with us, then it shouldn't bother us what others may say. If they have a problem with an Israel that can defend itself and stand up and fight its own battles, then that's their problem, not ours. We will do what we need to do.

Why should I respect a world that has so lost its moral bearings that genocide in Darfur goes unnoticed and the most "immoral" country on the globe is an Israel that defends its civilian population from rocket attacks? Why do we suffer anxiety attacks every time the United Nations condemns us?

The answer is because the big, wide world is the wilderness we live in. And that wilderness is perceived by us as "great and awesome." And as long as a corrupt, hypocritical, morally bankrupt world impresses us we will continue to be demoralized by its negative opinion of us.

The Torah is telling us: Know, Jew, that there is nothing whatsoever to be impressed with - that this world is nothing but a wilderness, and a moral wilderness at that.  The princes of the wilderness society are paupers of the spirit. Anti-Semitism is a fact of life and the sooner we accept that reality, the healthier and saner we will all be. By all means, wage the diplomatic war; do battle with media bias. But don't fret if you fail to turn around public opinion.

Remember that the first step in leaving the exile is to stop being impressed or intimidated by it. In order to redeem our land and our people, we must first redeem our own souls and our own self-respect. May we never forget where our true strength lies. When we remember who took us out of Egypt and led us through the wilderness, and who the great and awesome Being of Beings is and that He is our strength  Then we will be able to truly walk tall and stand proud, forever.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Robin's Nest Presents a New Listing in New Hemsptead

An Open House will take place this Sunday, August 17, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at 18 Brockton Road in New Hempstead.

This home is within walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek.

This is a unique colonial, first time on the market. Features include a 16 x 21 Kitchen with stainless appliances (2 of everything), granite counters, large island, loads of cabinets; a 12 X 21 formal Dining Room, 2 1/2 new bathrooms, finished basement, large bedrooms, skylights, all new windows and garage doors. Sit outside on the slate patio and enjoy the colorful plantings in the private garden.

Asking $629,000 Private showings available.

Please contact Robin Luchins, Associate Broker, Realty Teams, at 845-304-3788 or     Robin@RobinLuchins.com.

For other listings, please visit www.RobinLuchins.com.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Support Mivtzoim for Local Students with a Calendar Ad

Shlichus Opportunity for Girls

We are looking for two capable and inspired girls to join us in inspiring the hearts of Jews in our community this coming year.

The job will include a combination of programs and office work. We will provide a car and reasonable pay. Just a half hour drive from Monsey.

Please email resume to office@jewishfairlawn.org.