Sunday, August 23, 2015

Anash Directory

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is updating its database in anticipation of a new edition of its "Monsey Anash Directory" for our ever expanding (B"H) community.

New Anash as well as those who moved recently should send their updated listing to 

Seeking Home for Boarder

Looking for a warm home north of Grandview to house a 16 year old bochur from anash going to mesivta as a boarder. 

Basement/guest area preferable. 

Please call 845-825-0442

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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!

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother

Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM.

He was seen this past spring on a hot Shabbat morning in Los Angeles. He was standing at the entrance of a strip mall that I was passing, his front and back covered by identical, cumbersome cardboard signs advertising an absolutely fantabulous sale by one of the stores in the mall. He was still there a few hours later when I returned from the synagogue, several empty water bottles lying at his feet.

It got me thinking. Even if this person was being paid only minimum wage, it would almost certainly be more economical for the store owner to go to Staples and order a standard print sign. Why the need for the human advertisement?

Then again, when was the last time that a conventional sign really caught my attention? And as I looked at the busy thoroughfare, it was clear that many motorists were slowing to get a look; one even quickly turned on his blinker and entered the mall’s next entrance.

Apparently, living, breathing signs are worth the extra cost. I’m pretty sure that entrepreneurs wouldn’t be throwing out their hard-earned money on an unproven advertising gimmick.
In no less than four places, the Torah discusses the law of the “Cities of Refuge” (Exodus 21, Numbers 35, Deuteronomy 4 and 19); the safe havens established for those who were guilty of manslaughter, where they could escape the wrath of a vengeful next of kin.

Perhaps the reason why the Torah chooses to repeat this law several times is due to one of the powerful and eternal lessons this mitzvah teaches.

We are all haunted and pursued by past indiscretions, as well as unhealthy and unspiritual tendencies. But there is a “safe haven” to which we can escape and find serenity. As our sages tell us (Talmud, Makkot 10a), “The words of Torah are a refuge.” Through thoroughly immersing ourselves—“exiling” ourselves—within the teachings of the Torah, we are granted the wherewithal to successfully fend off all the impulses that hound us.

In this week’s Parshah, Shoftim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 16:18–21:9) the Torah instructs us to “prepare the roads” that leads to the cities of refuge. The Talmud (ibid.) explains that it is imperative upon the community to ensure that the roads leading to the cities remain maintained and unobstructed, and furthermore, that every crossroads must have a prominent sign directing the person to the closest miklat (refuge).

The Rebbe explained the contemporary lesson that this detail of the law offers. It is our duty, the Rebbe says, to stand at life’s crossroads with a large arrow sign, and loudly proclaim to all: “This is the way to refuge. Here’s the Torah. Here’s how you live it. Here’s how you find peace and tranquility.”

We need to be signs. For our chance acquaintances, for our friends, for our children.
We can go to Staples and print up posters. We can buy books for our children that teach them the proper path; we can use wonderful words and homilies to persuade them of the beauty of Torah.
Or we can be living signs, by being proper role models for our children and neighbors.
Yes, it requires a deeper commitment. It could mean standing in the heat for hours.
But living signs cause heads to turn like no other means of advertisement can.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tefillin & Mezuza Checking

The Rebbe encouraged us to check tefillin and mezuzos in Elul.

We are fortunate to have two Chabad options in Monsey. 

Please avail yourself of their services.

Rabbi Sholom Kass845-262-0246


Rabbi Nota Kupperman845-652-0705
Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive
As usual, Rabbi Kupperman will stay in Monsey during Elul while there is sufficient work to keep him busy.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Missing Hat

I'm trying to locate my hat last time seen on Monday 2 Elul (at 6:30 pm) on the rack in the coat room of Tzemach Tzedek. 

It's a Borsalino cortina (purchased from primo hatters) size 7 & 1/4
It has a label with the name Sadya Davidoff in it with my phone number 323-770-3433

Please give me a call/text/whatsapp if u know where it may be. 

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for a girl from Monsey to Montreal on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday. Please call 845-709-0429

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Discounted Mezuzah & Tefillin Checking at the Sofer Center

Because the Kitzur Shulchon Aruch says it is important to have Mezuzos and Tefillin checked every Elul before Rosh Hashanah, we will be offering a coupon for discounted checking  all through Chodesh Elul

Due to the high volume of checking during these weeks it is recommended, though not necessary, that you call ahead and make an appointment so you can have your Mezuzos and Tefillin checked on the day you wish. 

Cheder Boys and Girls 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!

Free Delivery for orders $75 and up! Just call 845-262-0246 to place your order.

The Seforim are available online as well at

You also have the option to purchase online and pick up in store (everything will be ready and packed for you!). 

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

Week 7 at LDC

Friday, August 14, 2015

Seeking Ride

Two young women are looking for a ride back to Crown Heights on Motzoi Shabbos. If you can take them or know somebody who can, please contact Devorah Hayman at 845-371-2433.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Seeking Ride

A couple and baby from Crown Heights need a ride to Monsey this erev Shabbos. They will gladly pay for the gas. Please call Raizel or Tzvi at 480.334.0885.

Seeking Ride

Seeking a ride to the Ohel this Wednesday or Thursday night. Please call 347-457-9408

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

East Ramapo Public Conference Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 13th, the NYS Department of Education has scheduled a Public Conference stating a special announcement for the East Ramapo School District which will hopefully resolve the current tension. 

Rabbi Horowitz, chairman of the YARC (the umbrella organization representing the many local Yeshivos) strongly believes that our representation at this Public Conference is critically needed to show that we are looking forward in resolving the tension and want to be partners in the solution.


The Public Conference will take place:

Date: Thursday, 8/13

Place: The RCC cultural art center on College Road

Time: 1:30 pm

Please make every effort to attend. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 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.

This week’s Torah portion Eikev (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25) begins with the statement "Vehaya eikev tishme'un..." The literal translation is "Because of your listening to these commandments" (you will merit the blessings which the Torah goes on to enumerate).
The word eikev can also mean "heel." The commentator Rashi explains that the verse is alluding to the "light" commandments, the seemingly less important mitzvot which people tend to "trample with their heels." The type of things which all too easily fall by the wayside. We all know about the "major" commandments, such as keeping kosher, or fasting on Yom Kippur, things like that. What about the smaller details? Are we as careful?

This idea applies across all aspects of our lives. The quietest child -- do we too easily ignore him or her precisely because s/he is quiet and shy? What about all those big multi-million dollar campaigns for this or that cause? It is very good that some causes develop such high publicity -- but what about the causes nobody hears about? The "little" things which fall by the wayside?

What about the workplace? Obviously I would never dream of embezzling from my employer. That is clearly immoral and not right. On the other hand, I need to make a quick international personal call -- surely nobody will mind. It's only a few dollars, right? Are we taking advantage of someone else, even in a small, seemingly insignificant manner?

Then there is my relationship with G-d, my behavior as a Jew, charged with maintaining high standards in all aspects of my life. Obviously I would never do anything really terrible, but what about the "small details"? Are they as important to me?

These and many other examples come to mind in our everyday lives, at home and at work, in our business, financial and personal dealings. It is all too easy to rationalize and justify a small-scale violation of our principles, much more so than a "major" violation.

Of course, a large number of small quantities add up to a much larger quantity, even if they are seemingly insignificant by themselves. But there is an additional reason why the "small details" are so important. A person has two inclinations -- the "good inclination" and the "evil inclination" (yetzer tov and yetzer hara) -- those two inner voices that clamor for our attention. The evil inclination is very smart and devious. It does not come to a person and say, "Go on, rob a bank," or a similarly large-scale misdeed. Why not? Because it knows no decent person will fall for such a suggestion. So it comes to a person and suggests a much more reasonable sounding idea -- why not add a few dollars to the expenses claim, after all you worked hard, you deserve to get paid more anyway, right? Once we fall for the lighter temptation, our resistance has been eroded and it will be much easier to become ensnared in worse and worse behavior until we find ourselves falling into large-scale violations of our principles.

This is why the seemingly little things are so important -- they must not be trampled on, allowed to fall by the wayside. By withstanding the small temptations, we avoid the slippery slope that leads to greater transgressions and remain true to our principles.

Let us not forget the little things.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mazel Tov Kahns!

Mazel tov to Dov Ber and Basia Kahn and grandparents Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the birth of a baby girl!

Tzemach Tzedek Davening Times for the Week

Davening times for the week of פ' עקב  starting 17 Av/August 2nd:

Sunday Thru Friday
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Sunday – Thursday:
Mincha #1 - 7:00pm
Mincha # 2  - 7:55pm
Maariv #1 - 8:45pm
Maariv #2 - 9:30pm

Farbrengen לכבוד כ' אב Wednesday after the 8:45 Maariv

Week Five at Lubavitch Day Camp

Thursday, July 30, 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.

Judaism's most famous prayer comes from this week’s Torah portion Va’Eschanan – (Devorim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11) . Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. "Hear O Israel, G-d is our G-d, G-d is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4). "And you shall love the L-rd your G-d," the verse continues, “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your me’od."
Rashi, the great Biblical commentator, explains this last phrase based on the Talmud-- "with all your me’od" -- to mean "with all your resources," i.e. your money. This, of course begs the question: if we have already been commanded to love G-d "with all your soul" -- which the commentaries understand to mean that we should be prepared to give our very life for G-d-- then why the rather mundane command about money? Surely, if we are prepared to give our life for G-d, then sharing our money is a small thing to ask?

Rashi explains that in fact there are individuals who value their money more than their lives. Such people need to be told to love G-d with all their money.

So the Torah insists that we must love G-d with all our heart, soul, life and resources -- whatever it is that we value and cherish most, we should be prepared to dedicate in love to G-d.

One finds a similar concept at Pidyon Haben ("Redemption of the First Born") ceremonies, where a very strange dialogue transpires between the father and the Kohen. By Torah law, every first born belongs to G-d, or to G-d's designated representative, the Kohen. The Kohen therefore asks the father of the newborn child, "Which do you prefer: your first born son, or the five silver shekels you are obligated to give me for his redemption?"

Now what kind of absurd question is that? Is this "The Money or the Box"? Which normal father is going to give away his son when he can keep him for the small price of five silver coins? No one is waiting in breathless suspense for the father's answer.

In truth, however, it is a very serious question. The Kohen asks the father of this child: In your newborn son's future life, what will be of primary significance? Will it be the child or the shekel? Will you place high importance on finance or on family time? Will you raise this child with an emphasis on materialism or on more meaningful things? This is really a very important question after all -- one which parents need to consider soberly before responding to.

How many workaholics do we know who are so busy making a living that they forget to live. Remember, no one was ever heard lamenting on their deathbed, "Oy, if only I'd spent more time at the office!"

So the Shma reminds us that whatever our core values may be, they should be directed to G-d and His service.

Even for those who aren't overly thrifty, money is an issue. The reality is that it's not cheap to be Jewish, certainly not to live Jewishly. Whether it's the higher price of kosher food and Jewish schooling, or the additional expenses of preparing for Passover, building a Sukkah, or acquiring tefillin and mezuzahs, all these things require a commitment from us financially. When we make that commitment with love and don't complain about the high cost of being Jewish, then we are observing the mitzvah of loving G-d with all our "me’od" -- our money and resources.

But don't worry. G-d loves us too.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Light Kiddush This Shabbos

With many thanks to Hashem, Chaya and Yossi Light invite you to a kiddush that they will be making this Shabbos, Shabbos Nachamu, Parsha Vaeschanan, in Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306, to celebrate the recent birth of their daughter Leah.

Davening begins at 10:00 AM. The Kiddush will follow davening.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for 3 bochurim from the Ohel to Monsey this afternoon at around 2:00 pm.

 Please call Yaacov Shusterman at 973-723-6868.

Seeking Apartment for This Shabbos

Seeking an apartment rental within a 15-minute walk of Tzemach Tzedek for this Shabbos Nachamu for a couple. Please call 914-406-0818.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seeking Ride

If anyone knows of a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday, please call  845-352-6482.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tisha B'Av Lectures by Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson will be lecturing twice on Sunday at 18 Forshay Road, Monsey, NY, for men and women.

3:30 PM: The History of the Creation of Israel.

6:30 PM: The Story of Jerusalem's Liberation.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kushnir Shalom Zachor

Dr. and Mrs. Shimon Kushnir will be making a Shalom Zachor for their grandson, born to Lee and Michael Lewittes, tonight at their home, 12 Bartlett Road.

Some Halachic Points About Tisha B'Av from Rabbi Lesches

Dear Anash,

Following a request from a number of Anash to provide a reminder of some of the points to remember with regard to the upcoming fast of Tisha B’av:

1) The “Seudah Hamafsekes”, the last meal before the fast, does not have any restrictions – there are no ashes and no eggs, just a fancy Shabbos meal which includes fish and meat, but -

2) The Seudah has to be finished by the Shkiah.

3) When it becomes Motzei Shabbos, one should say ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול and then change their shoes into Tisha B’av shoes, and sit on a low chair.

4) One does not recite Havdalah on Motzei Shabbos. Before performing מלאכה one should say ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול.

5) On Sunday night, after the fast, one should say or hear Havdalah before eating, but one does not say the Berachos on either fire or Besamim.

6) On Sunday night, all of the restrictions of the nine days are lifted, for example, listening to music, taking a haircut, doing laundry, showering etc. besides for drinking wine and eating meat, which has to wait until Monday morning.

Wishing everyone a Good Shabbos and that we should all be זוכה to theגאולה האמיתית והשלימה,

Rabbi Lesches

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mazel Tov Litzmans - Shalom Zochor & Bris!

Mazel tov to Fishel and Miriam Litzman on the birth of a baby boy! 

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Litzman home, 57 East Concord Drive.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Monday morning at the Ohel. Shacharis will be at 10:30 AM followed by the Bris.

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

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.

A lady overheard two other ladies in the local supermarket lamenting the behavior of a certain teenage girl. As the lady overheard more and more of the conversation, she became increasingly irritated by the bad behavior she was hearing about and found herself wondering what kind of parents could be so bad and irresponsible as to allow the situation she was hearing about continue. Subsequently, one of the ladies mentioned the name of the girl in question and she realized, to her horror, that they were discussing her own daughter! Of course at that point, she realized how differently she would have judged the situation. After all, when it comes to ourselves and "our own" we always see things differently!

The Torah portion this Shabbat (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22) begins the fifth book of the Torah.
In the opening lines of the portion, the Torah tells us that "These are the words which Moses spoke to all of Israel..." The Torah then relates how Moses (in a very subtle and non-offensive manner) reminded the Jewish people of their various failings throughout the years in the desert. The Torah specifically relates that he spoke of these failings to all of Israel. When Moses spoke to G-d, however, he related only the positive traits and virtues of the Jewish people. He argued on their behalf, no matter what they did wrong. He always sought to justify their actions, however difficult it was to do so.

We can learn a lot about good character traits from these events. Often we find ourselves in a situation of hearing something about somebody else and being in a position to say something that might change things for the better. However it is all too easy to remain silent. Moses teaches us that this is not so. If absolutely necessary, we may find an appropriate moment to mention something that we feel needs attention to a close friend or acquaintance. This only applies to our relationship with that person and to our private communications with that person. When speaking to others about that person, or hearing that person discussed by others, we must always seek to give the benefit of the doubt, to advocate on their behalf however unlikely the scenario.

Taking this one step further, the ideal would be for us to advocate on that person's behalf in our own mind and not just with other people. Just as I will always have a good excuse and justification when it comes to my own actions and inadequacies, if I truly cherish and respect my colleague, I will apply the same generosity when it comes to their apparent failings.

Chassidic tradition takes this idea even further and teaches that when it comes to myself I should be very critical, always looking to improve my behavior and never being satisfied with weak excuses. When it comes to somebody else, I should go to the opposite extreme and seek to ascribe positive motives or good justifications to their actions, however far-fetched this may seem.

We are currently in a time of the Jewish calendar which mourns the destruction of both Temples. The Second Temple was destroyed as a result of "baseless hatred" between Jews. The only antidote to baseless hatred is unconditional love. A good start is to give them the benefit of the doubt and to always judge favorably.

May all of us find favor with each other and with G d and may we merit peace and harmony in our days.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tzmach Tzedek Davening Times for Tisha B'Av 5775 & the Week

The following are the davening times at Tzemach Tzedek for the week of פ' ואתחנן starting 10 Av, July 26:

Tisha B’Av (נדחה) Schedule - Motzai Shabbos:
Maariv Motzoei Shabbos: 9:30pm followed by איכה
Make the brochoh בורא מאורי האש over a flame

Tisha B’Av (נדחה) Schedule - Sunday:
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am each followed by קינות
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:24am
Chatzos: 1:02pm
Mincha 1:  2:00pm (אשרי)
Mincha 2: 7:45pm (אשרי)
Maariv & End of Fast: 8:51pm

!יה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים

Monday Through Friday:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am
Mincha 1: 7:00pm
Mincha 2: 8:05pm
Maariv 1: 9:10pm
Followed by siyum mesechta בעז"ה
Maariv 2: 9:30pm

Note: The first Maariv will remain at 9:10pm for this week to allow those attending the second Maariv to participate in the siyum mesechta.

Shabbos Chazon - Parshas Devarim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devarim:

ערב ש"ק:
Licht Bentchen: 8:02pm
Mincha: 8:15pm
Kabbolas Shabbos: 8:50pm

שבת קודש פ' דברים 
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur: 9:00am
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:24am
Shacharis: 10:00am
Chatzos: 1:02pm
Minchah: 6:15pm
Seudah HaMafsekes at home after Minchah
Wash for bread and have regular meal (no egg or ashes)
Shkiah and fast begins: 8:20pm
Motzoei Shabbos: 9:08pm (say "ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול" and remove leather shoes)
Maariv: 9:30pm followed by איכה
Make the brochoh בורא מאורי האש over a flame

  !א גוטען שבת ויה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים