Friday, March 24, 2017

Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei - Hachodesh:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        6:55pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:11pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:40pm

No Kiddush between 7:03/7:00pm - 8:03/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:55am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am                

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening 

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:33pm 

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             6:10pm

Minchah                                                                                                   6:55pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:56pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

This Shabbat is the 27th of the Hebrew month of Adar, which marks an unhappy anniversary. On this day in 1992, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, “The Rebbe,” suffered a severe stroke, which robbed him of his power of speech and led to the illness from which he never recovered. This is the date when the voice which educated, inspired and encouraged millions of Jews and gentiles was stilled.

As the Rebbe always taught us, we look to the Torah portion of the week to gain insight and perspective. Incredibly, this week’s portion offers a resoundingly clear message regarding this anniversary, as well as Chabad’s seeming state of “leaderlessness.”

This week we have a compound Torah reading - the combined portions of Vayakhel and Pekudei (Shmos [Exodus] 35:1 - 40:38). The Rebbe pointed out on many occasions that these two names convey an important message.

Vayakhel means to “gather” and “congregate.” Moses gathered the nation into a kahal, a congregation. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts; the congregation is a new entity which, like a marriage, is greater than the sum of its members. Each and every one of us is a part of this greater body, the Jewish people, unified, mixed and blended with each other.

Having said this, we proceed to Pekudei, “numbers”: the numbering and counting of each individual vessel in the Sanctuary. Yes, the total is greater than the sum of its parts, but Moses counts the individual vessels, because each individual component is independently significant. The same holds true with the Jewish nation: each Jew is endowed by the Creator with a uniquely precious personality, and is individually significant - inimitable fashion. Both Vayakhel, the congregation, and Pekudei, the individual, are absolutely essential components in the construction of a Tabernacle where G‑d’s presence will be manifest.

In 1950, the Rebbe was crowned as the seventh leader of the venerable Chabad-Lubavitch movement. At that point, Chabad possessed a prestigious history - but not much of a present, and it certainly did not seem to have a bright future. This glorious movement, which had once laid claim to hundreds of thousands of adherents throughout Eastern Europe, was almost completely decimated by the Nazi Gestapo and the Soviet KGB. The “grand” Lubavitch synagogue in Brooklyn, where the Rebbe presided, couldn’t comfortably fit more than 150 people!
             
Over the next decades, the Rebbe cultivated Chabad, building it into one of the largest Jewish movements of modern times. He did this through vayakhel - uniting all Jews; by talking to the collective Jewish soul. The Rebbe spoke the language of the soul, and souls the world over heard the call and flocked by the thousands to the doors of the Rebbe’s ever-expanding synagogue. The Rebbe then removed layers of tarnish and rust, revealing stunningly beautiful Jewish souls.

As beautiful and uplifting as all this was, in order for the divine presence to be revealed, we must now turn to pekudei mode. The next step for us is to take the Rebbe’s soulful message, and instead of using it to transcend our beings to become part of a collective whole, to allow this message to penetrate and transform our G‑d-given unique strengths and capabilities. The Rebbe’s passion and fire must now be the light which causes the millions of unique colors of our nation’s kaleidoscope to sparkle and dance.

Unbelievably, the Rebbe’s very last address was given on the Shabbat of Vayakhel then. The next week, on the Shabbat of Pekudei, the Rebbe’s voice was silent. Perhaps it can be said that now he can be heard through the voices of each and every one of his countless followers and admirers who live his message, and anxiously await the moment when they will be reunited with him with the coming of Moshiach.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Wednesday                                                              6:55pm

Maariv - Sunday, thru Wednesday                                            7:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 17, 2017

Parshas Ki Sisa Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa - Parah:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        6:47pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:03pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:35pm

No Kiddush between 7:05/7:00pm - 8:05/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           10:03am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am                 

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             6:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:45pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:48pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

A fellow wanders into an expensive gift store seeking the "perfect" gift for his mother-in-law. Perfect, as in the most impressive for the cheapest price. As he checks out the selection he can't help but overhear the boss berating a new employee who'd just smashed an extremely expensive china vase.

He approaches the owner and negotiates a very reasonable price to have the broken pieces gathered, packaged and delivered to the birthday party, with specific instructions that the klutzy employee accidentally drop the gift at the front door.

The big day arrives. So does the deliveryman. Our hero's plan executes flawlessly. Sympathy all round and assurances that "don't worry, darling, it's the thought that counts."

All would have ended perfectly if some nudnik hadn't decided to open the package to examine what the gift had looked like... You wouldn't want to be in our friend's shoes when his shvigger (Yiddish for M.I.L.) saw that the stupid worker had lovingly gift-wrapped each individual shard separately.

In this week’s Torah portion KI Sisa (Shmos [Exodus] 30:11-34:35) Moses comes down the mountain to be confronted by a shocking and perverse scene. Barely a month had passed since G-d declaimed the 10 Commandments; while the very echoes of the Sinaic revelation still reverberated around the world, a number of the Jews had rebelled and built an idol, the Golden Calf.

In a display of supreme displeasure Moses smashes the two luchos (tablets), punishes those who had sinned, and then heads right back up the mountain to beseech G-d's mercy. Eighty days later (on the day later to be known as Yom Kippur), G-d agrees to grant His nation a second chance and symbolizes this by allowing Moses to carve out a second set of tablets.

The two sets of tablets, the broken ones and their replacements, are stored together in perpetuity in the Ark of the Covenant.

But why keep the broken pieces? In what way do they differ from the gift-wrapped public-relation disaster in the above story? Aren't they just a symbol of our crime and punishment? Why stockpile a souvenir of the depravity to which the Jews sank?

Someone who has never struggled, never experienced disappointments, can never truly connect with G-d or His Torah. Self-grandeur and aggrandizement preclude one from approaching the Divine. The scars that the world has inflicted upon us, the vestiges of battles fought and temptations overcome, are the entry fees to the proper appreciation of G-dliness in the world.

Receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was an unparalleled ecstatic experience. The sense of accomplishment of being personally selected for divine revelation must have been universally felt. How then could the Jews refrain from feelings of smug self-satisfaction?

By exhibiting the broken shards of the luchot we were constantly being reminded of our imperfect past and blemished record. Displaying the evidence of our sins, and the subsequent constant mood of regret, engendered a community-wide inspiration to reunite with G-d, and determination to avoid future pitfalls, thus guaranteeing our right to not just receive but to live with G-d and his Torah.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shifrah and Puah of Monsey

Dear Anash Member,

For many years our community has provided nourishing meals for kimpeturin (mothers of newborn children). The Monsey Lubavitch community has קע״ה grown, and so have our opportunities to expand these activities.  פרשת שמות tells us of the Jewish midwives’ decision to help nurture and sustain all newborn babies. Studies have shown, and we know from practical experience that mothers, regardless of financial status, recover more quickly and happily when they have the benefit of a support system. "The Rebbe also said not to differentiate between the wealthy and the needy; otherwise the latter will be embarrassed to accept the help. If they know that even wealthy new mothers accept the same type of help, they will accept the assistance with a feeling of dignity." (Rabbi Hodakov to Rabbi Maidanchik upon the founding of Shifra U’Puah in Kfar Chabad, 1976)

Girls in grades 8 - 12 are being called upon to give home help to new mothers. Every girl who gives חסד hours will receive a gift certificate from a local business for their efforts. We are also collecting funds to give additional financial assistance to families in need of extra help. A tax-deductible donation can be made to Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. Please write “Shifra & Puah” in the memo line and send to Karen Schild, 27 Fessler Drive, Spring Valley, NY 10977. To donate by credit card contact Rochel Litzman at (845) 222-4824. For the amount of a weeknight dinner or babysitter your generosity will enable mothers recovering from birth to receive the assistance that they need.

Tizku l’mitzvos!

Karen Schild

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Ki Sisa for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                  6:50pm

Maariv - Monday, thru Thursday                                                7:35, 8:30, 9:30pm

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Purim Fabrengen/Kumzitz with Rabbi YY Jacobson

The entire community is invited to an inspiring and fiery Farbrengen with Rabbi YY, on Sunday night, March 12, after the Purim Seudah.



Hot food will be served, with drinks and live music by Ben Shimon.

The event is for men and boys. Bring your children and friends.

Women or out-of-towners can watch a live stream at www.theyeshiva.net

***

Thursday March 16, Rabbi YY will begin a NEW 4-week lecture series on the Basics of Emunah.

Time: 830 PM.

Location: Tent, 20 Forshay Road.

All men, women and teenagers are invited. Hot food will be served. You can email him all of your questions on Emunah: YYJacobson@theyeshiva.net


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Tuesday through Friday, Rabbi YY will be giving his daily early bird ​shuir. 5:30 Am: Gemarah Rosh Hashanah. 630 AM: Hilchos Shabbos. 7:00 AM: The Baal HaTanya.

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Tuesday morningMarch 14, 930 AM: Shuir for women in the tent.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Purim Day Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Sunrise                                                                                                            7:12am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                 10:09am

Shacharis                     7:30am (downstairs), 8:00 (main Shul), 9:00, 9:30. 10:00 etc

Megillah reading approx. 30 minutes following start of each Minyan

Minchah                                                                                                  3:00, 5:00pm

Shkiah                                                                                                              7:00pm

Maariv                                                           8:30 (followed by Farbrengen), 9:30pm

Parshas Tetzaveh Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Tetzavh - Zachor:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        5:39pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          5:55pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 6:25pm

No Kiddush between 6:07/6:00pm - 7:07/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:10am

Shacharis                                                                                               9:30am                 

Parshas Zachor                                                                       approx. 11:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                 12:36pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             5:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  5:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        6:40pm  

First Megillah Reading                                                                            7:45pm


SIMULTANEOUS Special Kids’ Megillah Leining & Program Downstairs

Second Megillah Reading                                                                       9:30pm


Motzoei Shabbos set your clocks FORWARD one hour to DST

א גוטען שבת און א פרייליכען פורים

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Many things that we do and experience require a combination of emotion and action. The absence of feeling can affect the sincerity of the action and minimize its effectiveness. For example, wishing a close friend “Mazel Tov” without a display of excitement has minimal meaning. Mechanically helping a friend in need without empathy and interest will result in incomplete support. Praying just by mouthing the words seems like a meaningless exercise.

But feelings don’t come automatically. We cannot just turn the happiness switch on, or suddenly feel love towards another person. So what do we do when we don’t feel happiness and empathy, or we feel totally uninspired and disinterested?

In this week's Torah portion Tetza've (Shmos [Exodus] 27:20-30:10), we learn that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) had to wear elaborate clothing when serving in the Temple. These garments had to be sewn according to a very specific design, and wearing them during service was of critical importance.

The significance of these garments, explains one of the early commentaries, is based on the principle that the heart follows the actions. This means that while indeed feelings can motivate more effective action, the opposite is also true. If someone is uninspired or disinterested, but forces himself to do what is right with maximum effort, the power of the action is so strong that it will nurture and develop feelings and strong emotion.

The Kohen Gadol had an awesome responsibility. He served in the Temple, representing the entire Jewish nation, to achieve Divine atonement and blessing. This task required a strong focus and an intense sense of devotion - one which he might not naturally have felt necessarily. However, donning beautiful garments, an action that made him “look the part,” motivated, inspired and ensured that his heart and mind were in total focus and ready to do all the services the Temple needed to be done.

So if you show up to your friend’s wedding in a bad mood, just get right into the dance circle. If you hear of someone in need but feel apathetic, force yourself to run over and ask how you can help. If you don't feel like praying, grab a siddur (prayer book) and say the words carefully. Actions with effort create strong feelings. Do a good act. The heart will follow.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Michoel Gourarie)

Shabbat this week is the eve of the joyous holiday of Purim, beginning Saturday night (March 11). Here is a link for everything you ever wanted to know about Purim and more: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and a most Joyous Purim Holiday!

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey Match-A-Thon Campaign



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WITH DEEP GRATITUDE TO OUR MATCHERS:

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Ta'anis Esther Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Alos Hashachar - fast begins                                                                      4:56am

Shacharis -                                                                                         6:45, 8:00am

Mincha -                                                                                               2:00, 5:30pm

Maariv and end of fast -                                                                                6:25pm

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tes Adar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ט' אדר tonight, March 7th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Production


Seeking Part Time Fundraiser for Cheder

Dear Parents and Friends of Cheder Chabad,

Our Cheder has seen dynamic growth with, B"H, a tremendous increase in students which has necessitated an increase in classroom space and teaching staff. Our expenses have increased accordingly and fund raising has become an even more critical component of our annual budget. We are looking for a part time administrative assistant to help us support our Cheder's fund raising projects. An individual who shares our passion for this Mossad and is dedicated to it's success in providing a superior chinuch in the light of Chassidus and the Rebbe's Horaos.

Applicant should have computer skills including Word, Excel and be able to learn our school software financial, fund raising modules and our website. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate good communication skills both oral and written. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently are important qualifications.

Job responsibilities will include:

Insuring thank you letters are sent to all donors.
Working with our board fundraisers to create and deliver donor recognitions.
Composing letters and emails announcing and advertising fund raising events.
Sending invoices and reminders to those who have pledged and following up on phone  when necessary.
Helping with arrangements for fund raising events and projects.

Please contact Rabbi Cohen at 845 216-4554 or email to yeruchem1@gmail.com.


Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Tetzaveh for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Wednesday                                                              5:40pm

Maariv - Sunday, thru Wednesday                                            6:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 3, 2017

Parshas Terumah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        5:31pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          5:47pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 6:20pm

No Kiddush between 6:08/6:00pm - 7:08/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:16am

Shacharis                                                                                               9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                 12:37pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             4:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                  5:30pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        6:32pm  

Avos U'bonim - Final Week!                                                                  7:30pm

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Special Concluding Avos U'bonim Program

Attention all elementary Cheder boys: 

This Motzoei Shabbos (Parshas Terumah) is the last session of this season's Avos Ubonim!

We are starting at 7:30 - 8:30 pm  (please note the change of time).

There will be IY"H Pizza and extra prizes being raffled!!

Boys should remember to bring their books and the attendance sheets filled in with their name and phone numbers - which will be their entry ticket for a grand raffle! 

Our thanks to Tzvi Klein and family for sponsoring this special session and to the A Hayman family as well in honor of the yahrzeit this Motzoei Shabbos of the Zaide Hayman - R' Yeshaya Hayman A"H.

See you there!! 

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Dovid Novack Shiva Times

Dovid Novack will be sitting Shiva for his mother Pesha Malka bas Ze'ev OBM at his parents' house:

13 Rolling Views Dr. Woodland Park, NJ 07424

As follows:

Thursday after Levaya until 10:00 pm

Friday: 11:00 am -2:00 pm

Motzei Shabbos: 8:00-10:00 pm

Sunday through Tuesday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm & 5:30-10:00 pm

Shiva will end Wednesday morning

May we only experience great joy and Simcha together with all Klal Yisrael!

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

This week's Torah reading, Terumah (Shmos [Exodus] 25:1-27:19) as well as a sizable portion of the book of Shmos -- is devoted to the construction of the Sanctuary (Mishkan), built by the children of Israel in the desert.

The Torah, which is usually very sparing with words, is uncharacteristically elaborate when it comes to describing the Sanctuary. All the materials used in the construction, the components and furnishings of the Sanctuary, as well as every minute detail of the actual construction - is listed and described, sometimes, numerous times.

All in all, thirteen chapters are devoted to describing how the Jewish people were to fashion this edifice and how they subsequently built it – with all its details In contrast, the Torah devotes only one chapter to the creation of the universe! Only three chapters are devoted to the description of the awe-inspiring and monumental event of the revelation of G‑d at Mt. Sinai.

Why, then, does the Torah describe the Sanctuary at such great length, while almost glossing over the creation of our world and giving a relatively short account of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? Is there perhaps a lesson for us as parents to guide us in the education of our children?

At Sinai (and certainly at the creation of the world) we were passive participants. G‑d descended in all His glory and majesty accompanied by breathtaking sounds and sights of grand thunder and lightning, while the Jewish people merely observed and heard.

In fact, because of the non-participatory nature of the Sinai experience, the impression of the holiness wasn't permanent. After the Divine presence departed from the mountain, it reverted to its former non-holy status. Similarly, soon after the spiritually inspired nation had experienced the awesome revelation of G‑d, they stooped to serve a golden calf.

Unlike the Sinai experience, the Sanctuary did not miraculously descend upon the Jewish people - they had to build it themselves, with their own materials, with their own hands and sweat. 

Everyone took part in the undertaking, men and women, rich and poor, each contributing his talents, resources and expertise.

This human participation is what caused the material objects with which we built the Sanctuary to become permeated with enduring holiness. This is also why the Torah devotes so many chapters to the building of the Sanctuary.

The overwhelming emphasis on its construction teaches us that there is something very valuable about us using our own personal resources and creativity. It might not be as earth-shattering an event as the revelation of G‑d, but its effect can, in many ways, be more valuable and enduring - precisely because it is our own 
contribution. It helps us to grow as individuals, fine-tunes our skills, and stretches our capabilities, in ways that being passive recipients cannot.

Perhaps there is a message here for us as parents. Help, guide, instruct and brainstorm with your children. But remember that the greatest learning experience comes when you help your children actualize their own abilities, to create their own edifices (even if the neighbor does all the school or project work for his / her own child!).

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Mrs. Chana Weisberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vogel - Schild Lechaim

Mazel Tov to the Vogel and Schild families on the engagement of their children, Schneur Vogel to Sarah Schild. The Lechaim will be on Thursday night, March 2nd, at Beis Levi Yitzchok, 556 Crown Street.

R' Dovid Novack Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are sorry to inform you that the mother of Dovid Novack, Pesha Malka bas Ze'ev OBM, has passed away.

The memorial will take place tomorrow, Daled Adar, at 1:00 p.m. at the Jewish Memorial Chapel 841 Allwood Rd. Clifton, NJ 07012. 

Levaya to follow at Kings Solomon Memorial Park 550 Dwasline Rd, Clifton NJ. 


Shiva will be at 13 Rolling Views Dr. Woodland Park (previously West Patterson), NJ 07424. 

Shiva times will be announced tomorrow. 

Dovid will be in Monsey for Shabbos and then go back to the Shiva house Motzei Shabbos.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

UPK at Cheder Chabad of Monsey Preschool

Our Cheder is very fortunate to have a UPK program in our school. This program has allowed us to demonstrate continuous upgrades over the past few years. We are proud to say that we have consistently been appraised by the East Ramapo UPK inspectors as being a model UPK classroom with excellent, dedicated teachers.

If you have a child eligible for UPK next year and are interested in enrolling him/her, or would like more information about our program, kindly contact Mrs Yona Lazarus (Preschool Director) on (845) 263-7990 or Mrs Shusterman (School Programs Coordinator) on (845) 304-1560 for more information.

In order to be eligible:

  • Applicants must reside within the East Ramapo School District area. 
  • The student must have turned four after December 1st 2016 or be turning four before December 2nd 2017.

The deadline for submission of application forms is Monday March 20th, 2017. As this may take time to gather the required documents together, please do not wait to apply.

Please note that the submission of forms does not constitute acceptance, nor does it constitute any commitment to the Cheder.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monsey Anash Matza Baking 5777

As the month of Adar is already upon us, arrangements for our yearly group matza baking Baking date, has been arranged. The yearly Matza baking group, supervised by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz and his son-in- law Rabbi Aaron Oster [and under the Hashgocha of the Crown Height’s Rabbonim], organized by Dovid Kaplan will take place on Wednesday, the 10th of Adar 5777/the 8th of March 2016 at 12:00 Noon. we specialize in delicious and nutritious [B’Gashmious U’V’Ruchnious] Whole Wheat Matza.

Participating in the baking is a wonderful experience, greatly heightening our Kavana and appreciation of the Sedorim and Pesach, as well as increasing our involvement in all the erev Pesach preparations. Bringing our children to the baking, brings to life what Pesach is all about, having a profound effect on their Pesach experience, creating good memories that last a lifetime.

As in past years, we rent a cargo van in order to bring the matza back to Monsey for local pickup for those that just cannot make it to the baking. Please email Dovid at dovid.kaplan@gmail.com , first come, first serve.

Although we bake mostly Whole Wheat matza [last year over 400 pounds], we can get you whatever is your preference, including Spelt and Oat if necessary, but we must know well in advance.

This year we are instituting a new condition, in order to facilitate both prompt payment to the bakery as well as to reduce the financial accounting efforts that are needed after we bake. We will be getting the bakery’s price per pound before the baking and will need to receive full payment before March 8th .

There is less than 2 weeks to our baking, so please contact Dovid as soon as possible. I apologize for this belated notice…

May our energetic involvement in the mitzvahs of Pesach bring Open and Revealed Goodness, giving actual physical reasons for our increased Joy!

Thank you,

Dovid Kaplan

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Terumah for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday (Rosh Chodesh)                                      8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                  5:35pm

Maariv - Sunday, thru Thursday                                                6:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mazel Tov Polingers!

Mazel Tov to Dr. Avraham and Yutty Polinger on the birth of twin boys!

The Shalom Zochor will be at 23 Cortland Road.

The Bris will be held at Yeshiva of Spring Valley, 121 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901 on Sunday Feburary 26 – Rosh Chodesh Adar at 1:30 PM.

Parshas Mishpotim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Mishpotim - Shekalim:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       5:23pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          5:39pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 6:10pm

No Kiddush between 6:10/6:00pm - 7:10/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:22am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am


Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                 12:37pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             4:40pm

Minchah                                                                                                  5:25pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        6:25pm  

Avos U'bonim                                                                                        7:15pm

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

This week's Torah portion—Mishpatim (Shmos [Exodus] 21:1-24:18) deals with many Mitzvot relating to social and monetary issues, between man and fellow man. Following is a beautiful story, recounted by the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, which highlights the results of one’s showing sensitivity and support to a person’s needs.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866), known as the "Tzemach Tzedek," was orphaned from his mother, Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, at the age of three, and raised by his maternal grandfather, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (founder of Chabad, 1745-1812), who devoted much time and attention to the education and upbringing of his beloved grandson. Following Rabbi Schneur Zalman's passing, the young Rabbi Menachem Mendel continued to enjoy the guidance of his grandfather and mentor, who would appear to him in his dreams and in visions during the day to answer the questions that arose in the course of his studies.

But then these visits suddenly ceased. Rabbi Menachem Mendel had accumulated a number of questions which he was unable to resolve to his satisfaction, and was growing quite eager to see his grandfather. But the Rebbe did not appear to him. This caused Rabbi Menachem Mendel great pain.

Early one morning, Rabbi Menachem Mendel was making his way to the synagogue of his uncle and father-in-law, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch (who had succeeded Rabbi Schneur Zalman as the leader of Chabad Chassidism). Rabbi Menachem Mendel's path took him through the marketplace of Lubavitch, which was just coming to life at this early hour. There he was approached by Reb Mordechai Eliyahu, a simple but G-d-fearing man who earned a meager livelihood by buying and selling in the marketplace.

"Please, Rabbi Menachem Mendel," Reb Mordechai Eliyahu was saying, "can you loan me five rubles until this evening or tomorrow morning? Today is a market day; if I had a few rubles in hand, I could hope to earn something, with G-d's help."

"Of course, Reb Mordechai Eliyahu," replied Rabbi Menachem Mendel. "Come to my home after the morning prayers, and I'll give you the money."

Rabbi Menachem Mendel arrived at the synagogue and began to prepare for his prayers. His tallit was already folded over his shoulder and he was examining its tzitzit prior to putting it on when the thought occurred to him: "Why did I tell Reb Mordechai Eliyahu that I'd give him the money after I've finished my prayers? Today is market day; surely every moment is precious to him. I should have given him the money immediately."

Removing the tallit from his shoulder, he rushed home, got the money, and went to look for Reb Mordechai Eliyahu. After a lengthy search, Rabbi Menachem Mendel located Reb Mordechai Eliyahu, gave him the loan, and returned to the synagogue.

And when Rabbi Menachem Mendel had put on his tallit and wrapped his tefillin around his arm and head, he saw his grandfather standing before him, his face radiant with joy.

Thirty years later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel related the events of that morning to his youngest child, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch. "When one helps a fellow earn 70 kopeks on the sale of a calf," concluded Rabbi Menachem Mendel, "the gates of the heavenly chambers are opened before him."

Rabbi Shmuel subsequently told this story to his son, Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch. "Do we even know," he mused, "where to find the 'gates to the heavenly chambers' that are opened to us every time we do an act of charity? But no matter. The main thing is that we extend ourselves with a complete heart and true feeling. What greater joy can there be than the joy of being privileged to help a fellow man?"

(From Chabad.org)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!!

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