Friday, December 19, 2014

Chanukah Avos U'Banim - Time Change

This Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Mikeitz, Shabbos Chanukah, Avos U'bonim will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM to allow for Hadlokas Ner Chanukah with the family.

Special Chanukah treats will be given out.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Torah portion of Miketz (Bereishis [Genesis] 41:1-44:17), recounts the dramatic episode of Joseph and his brothers. The young boy sold into slavery has since catapulted to prominence and is now viceroy of Egypt. The brothers come down from Canaan seeking sustenance during a famine. They encounter the viceroy face to face but do not realize that it is their own long lost brother.

"And Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him" (Genesis 42:8). Rashi explains that when they had last seen each other the brothers, being older, were mature and bearded while Joseph was still young and without a beard. Thus, it was easier for him to recognize them than vice versa.

Applying a more homiletic interpretation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe understands the brothers' lack of recognition not on the facial level but on the spiritual. The brothers were shepherds. It suited their spiritual lifestyle to be alone in the meadows, surrounded by nature and unchallenged by a society that might be hostile to their beliefs. The sheep they tended to didn't give them a hard time on religious issues. That Joseph could remain a devoted son of Jacob, faithful to his father's way of life while working in the hub of the mightiest superpower on earth was totally beyond their comprehension. They could not fathom or recognize such a thing.

All Jacob's sons were righteous men. But Joseph was the greatest. He is known as Yosef HaTzadik, Joseph the Righteous. Because it is one thing to be righteous in the fields and the forests. It is another to be righteous among men; especially men and women steeped in moral depravity, as were the Egyptians.

The viceroy of Egypt then would be roughly equivalent to the President of the United States, or at least the Secretary of State, today. Imagine that the person holding such high office is a committed, practicing Jew. He is successful in the fulfillment of his governmental duties, brings stature to the position, while at the very same time living the life of a devout Jew. Quite mind-boggling, but Joseph achieved it. And it was in this spirit that he raised his children, Ephraim and Menashe.

That's why Joseph is an important role model for our generation. Most of us find ourselves in a socially integrated society. We mix in many different circles. We live in a wall-less, even wireless community. Will we maintain our Jewishness with dignity and integrity despite the challenges thrust upon us by a wide open society? This is the question that Joseph answers. It may not be easy but it can be done. And not only to maintain our own proper level of morality and decency, but to inspire others by our example.

This links with the theme of Chanukah, which we are celebrating this week. The Talmud tells us that the Chanukah lights should be lit "at the entrance to one's house, on the outside." The Chanukah lights are intended to light up the darkness "outside." Inside, the home is holy. "Outside" suggests the opposite. In a spiritual way, the Chanukah lights transform the outside and illuminate it. We do this through their constant increase: one light the first night, two the second, and so on. This also expresses the power of the individual Jew to illuminate the world, through his or her own personal advance and example, step by step. Then, ultimately, the darkness itself will shine.

(Excerpts from and Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Mazel Tov Osinskys - Kiddush This Shabbos!

Mazel tov to Ronen and Ilanit Osinsky on the birth of a baby girl!

The Osinsky family is sponsoring a hot kiddush in honor of the baby along with a special Chanukah treat for the kids at  Anash of Airmont this Shabbos.

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

Mazel Tov Bongarts - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Shlomo and Sara Esther Bongart on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 3 Regina Road in South Monsey.

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

R' Dov Oliver Receives Award from Town of Ramapo

Rabbi Dov Oliver, director of the Center for Jewish Life / Hillel at RCC, receives an award from Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence on behalf of the Town of Ramapo for his contributions to the Rockland Jewish community at its annual Jewish Heritage Night.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Early Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek This Friday

Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek for this Friday, December 19, will take place at 3:25 PM so that people can daven Mincha and go home to light the Menorah.

Tehillim Program for Boys This Shabbos

This Shabbos, Shabbos Mevorchim Teves, there will be a special Tehillim program for boys in grades 1 through 8 at 9:00 AM at Tzemech Tzedek.

A special treat will be served to all participants.

Cheder Chabad Girls Annual Melava Malka for Grades 3 - 8

On מוצאי שבת, כ"א כסלו the girls at Cheder Chabad had a מלוה מלכה. The theme for the מלוה מלכה was מעט אור דוחה ארבע חושך.

We played games connected to the theme and heard a דבר תורה from a 7th grader, Shterny Scheaffer.

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, our guest speaker, shared with us the importance of having a מלוה מלכה and of course as is customary said a story of the בעש"ט. The מלוה מלכה was enjoyed by all.

A special thank you to our 8th graders who worked hard to prepare, set up and run the event.

Yud Tes Kislev at Cheder Chabad Girls and Preschool

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mrs. Fraida Cohen to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mrs. Fraida Cohen's father, Alter Dovid ben Aharon Leib, Mr. Arthur Tauber of Lakewood, NJ.

The levaya will take place this morning, Wednesday, in Lakewood and the kevurah will be at the Cedar Park Cemetary in Paramus, NJ this afternoon at approximately 1:15 PM.

Beginning tomorrow evening, Fraida Cohen will be sitting shiva in at her home, 5 Crestview Terrace in Monsey.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Torah & Tea Time Change

A special Chanukah edition of Torah & Tea, given by Mrs. Esti Jacobson, will take place tomorrow, Wednesday mornings at 11:30 AM (due to the Chanukah party at Cheder girls) at the Jacobson home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive (off Grandview Avenue in Forshay) in Monsey.

Come and bring a friend!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kosher Ski Day

Celebrating Siyum HaRambam Last Night at Tzemach Tzedek

Important Details About the Menorah Parade Tomorrow Night

The greater Monsey community Menorah Parade, organized by the Shluchim to Yeshiva Lubavitch of Monsey, will take place tomorrow evening, on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 16.

Parade line-up will take place at 6:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive.

All vehicles must enter through Crestview Terrace. There will be no entrance to Langeries Drive.

The parade is scheduled to depart at 6:30 PM sharp so please arrive before 6:00 PM so the parade can depart promptly.

At the end of the parade route, at approximately 7:30 PM, there will be a Grand Menorah Lighting with refreshments and music in the parking lot of the Spring Valley Marketplace!

As required by the Police Department, as a courtesy to Tzemach Tzedek's neighbors, and to ensure that the event is organized, please follow these guidelines so that this parade is a true Kiddush HaShem & Kiddush Lubavitch:
  • All vehicles should enter through Crestview Terrace only (please do NOT try to turn into Langeries Drive).
  • During line-up, please make sure that your car is pulled over to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass through.
  • During line-up, please do not block any driveways or side streets.
  • To help identify your vehicle as a parade participant, please keep your 4-way flashers (hazards) on for line-up and for the entire duration of the parade.
  • There will be a special emphasis on continuing the light of the parade, by taking the entire family on Mivtzoim. We will therefore be providing Menorah kits and guides to take on mivtzoim. Locations for Mivtzoim: Marshalls, Ac More/ Pathmark, New Stop & Shop, Walmart/ Shoprite. 
Parade Route:
  • From Langeries Drive turn left onto Route 306 (go 1.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto West Maple Avenue (go 1.8 miles);
  • Turn left onto Viola Road (go 0.2 miles);
  • Turn right onto Forshay Road (go 0.9 miles);
  • Turn right onto Grandview Avenue (go 1.5 miles);
  • Turn left onto New Hempstead Road (go 3.5 miles);
  • Turn right onto South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 1.0 miles);
  • Turn left to stay on South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 0.0 miles);
  • Turn right onto Route 304 (go 2.6 miles);
  • Take ramp onto Route 59;
  • Turn right onto Route 59 (go 1.4 miles);
  • Turn right onto New Clarkstown Road (go 0.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto Spring Valley Market Place (go 0.3 miles);
  • Drive to Target parking lot;

Chanukah Sale at The Sofer Center

In honor of Chanukah, The Sofer Center is discounting the following books*:

Children's Books:
- Five Alive
- Chanukah Story for Night Number Three
- Chanukah Guess Who
- A Touch of Chanukah
- The Macabees and Me
- Eight Chanukah Tales 
- Yossi the Dreamer 

Other Books:
- Vedibarta Bam Chanuka 
- Victory of Light - Mitzvas Ner Chanukah 5738 (CHS) 
- Eight Lights 8 Meditations for Chanukah 
- Shaarei Hamoadim Chanukah
- LeHodos ULehallel 

*While supplies lasts.

For more Information contact Rabbi Kass at 845-262-0246  or visit

We are conveniently located at 25 Main Street in Monsey directly across from Rockland Kosher.

Enjoy An Evening of Laughter While Supporting MBCM

Friday, December 12, 2014

Siyum HaRambam This Sunday Night

This Sunday night, 22 Kislev, December 14, following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek we will be celebrating the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily as well as the daily mitzvos with a Siyum HaRambam and farbrengen.

This year’s siyum is also aligned with the siyum of the 11th cycle for those who learn one chapter of Rambam each day.

We all know how much the Rebbe encouraged the learning of the daily portion of Rambam Therefore, the whole community is invited and urged to attend this very special multiple Siyum HaRambam and farbrengen.

Whether or not you are currently in any of the Rambam learning programs, please participate in this event and give kovod to the Rambam and to the Rebbe.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for 1 girl on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday.  

If you have room, please contact Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mazel Tov Roths & Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Miriam Roth on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz!

Avos U'Banim Time Change

There has been a wonderful turnout of fathers learning with their sons coming to Avos U'Banim the past few weeks. 

This motzei Shabbos the program will be from 6:45 to 7:45 PM. 

To encourage everyone to  come on time there will be a special raffle for all those boys who arrive within the first five minutes (from 6:45-6:50)!

So make sure to come with your fathers but be there on time and be part of this special raffle!

Free Business Listing in the Monsey Anash Directory

As we prepare to go to press with the Monsey Anash Directory I want to give a final opportunity for those with a business to list their business name, address and phone number in our Goods and Services Section.

There will be absolutely no charge to place this listing and it is an excellent way for potential customers or clients to look you up.

Your listing can be sent to Chaim Schild at and will be accepted through next Friday, December 19th.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Would you think that “How are you today?” can be a religious question? And that it plays an important role in a major Biblical narrative?

In this week’s Torah reading Vayeishev (Bereishis [Genesis] 37:1-40:23) we read the dramatic story of Joseph - the technicolor dream coat, the sibling rivalry in Jacob’s family, and Joseph’s descent to Egypt, sold into slavery. After being framed by his master’s wife for scorning her attempts at seduction, young Joseph finds himself incarcerated in an Egyptian jail. There he meets the Pharaoh’s butler and baker, and correctly interprets their respective dreams. Later, when Pharaoh himself will be perturbed by his own dreams, the butler will remember Joseph, and Joseph will be brought from the dungeon to the royal court. His dream analysis will satisfy the monarch, and the young Hebrew slave boy will be catapulted to prominence and named viceroy of Egypt.

How did Joseph’s salvation begin? It began with the imprisoned Joseph noticing that the butler and baker were looking somewhat depressed. “And Joseph came to them in the morning and he saw them, and behold, they were troubled. He asked Pharaoh’s officials  ‘Why do you look so bad today?’” (Genesis 40:6-7). They tell him about their disturbing dreams, he interprets the dreams correctly, and the rest is history.

But why did Joseph have to ask them anything at all? Why was it so strange to see people in prison looking sad? Surely depression is quite the norm in dungeons. Wouldn’t we expect most people in jail to look miserable?

According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the answer is that Joseph was exhibiting a higher sense of care and concern for his fellow human beings. Torn away from his father and home life, imprisoned in a foreign land, he could have been forgiven for wallowing in his own miseries. Yet, upon seeing his fellow prisoners looking particularly unsettled, he was sensitive enough to take the time to inquire about their well-being. In the end, not only did he help them, but his own salvation came about through that fateful encounter. Had he thought to himself, “Hey, I’ve got my own problems, why worry about them?” he might have languished in prison indefinitely.

Sometimes, says the Rebbe, a simple “how are you today?” can prove historic.

It’s a lesson to all of us to be a little friendlier. To greet people, perhaps even to smile more often.

When we meet someone we know and ask, “Hey, how are you doing?” do we wait for the answer? Try this experiment. Next time you are asked how you are doing, answer “Lousy!” See if the other person is listening and responds, or just carries on his merry way, oblivious to your response.

Aside from Joseph’s many outstanding qualities which we ought to try and emulate, in this rather simple passage Joseph reminds us to be genuinely interested in other people’s well-being. And that it should not be beneath our dignity, nor should we be inhibited, to make an honest and sincere inquiry as to their condition.

This forthcoming week begins the beautiful holiday of Chanukah, beginning this Tuesday eve (December 16, 2014). The Chanukah lights lend particular emphasis to this teaching. Every night of Chanukah a new light must be added, for one’s Mitzvah observance should always be in ascendancy. What may have been adequate for yesterday needs additional input and light for today! Preferably one should not observe the Mitzvah today with the same devotion as yesterday; he must increase his commitment and involvement.

Let us indeed strive to improve and enhance our interpersonal relationships. Who knows? It may not only change others' lives, but perhaps even our own!

(Excerpts from and Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Amazon Smiles and Cheder Chabad of Monsey

As you may already know, Amazon offers charitable organizations a way to earn 0.5% of all your purchases every time you place an order through Amazon Smile.  It is a very simple and hassle free way to support the Cheder at no cost to you.

And to make sure that it’s as easy as possible, we placed the link on the Cheder's website.

Or, you can click here.

While not every item on Amazon qualifies, there are over tens of millions of products that do. You will see the eligible products marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile donation" on their product detail pages.

So shop happy and please remember the Cheder every time you do. Thank you!

Thank You for Helping the Cheder Raise More than 100K

Dear Parents, Anash and Friends of Cheder Chabad,

We have reached the eve of the great and auspicious Yom Tov of Yat Kislev and the official conclusion of the Hayman Family Matching Challenge in support of Cheder Chabad. The Hayman family generously sponsored this fund raising project in the zchus of Mrs. Leah Hayman, obm, in recognition of her first Yahrzeit.

Thanks to all of you who contributed so generously, we have raised over $100,000 for our Cheder’s operating budget. The funds will be used to help us pay our hard working rebbes, moros, teachers and staff who give their all every day for the sake of our children.

Again, my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed at any level and a special thanks to our talented Cheder 8th grade girls and MBCM students who gave of their time to help us make this solicitation a complete success.

Good Yom Tov. Lishana Tovah B’Limud HaChasidus u V’Darchei HaChasidus Tikasavu V’Techatemu.

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Board of Directors

Seeking Ride

Reuven Pollock is looking for a ride to Crown Heights for the Levilev Chasana on Thursday night, any time after 4:45 PM.

Please call 914-522-0169.

Will provide minimum of one hour of entertainment and contributions towards gas and tolls.

Community Menorah Parade

Save the date. The annual Monsey Chabad community Chanukah Menorah Parade will take place on the first night of Chanukah, this Tuesday, December 16.

To hekp us orgnize the parade, please register your vehicle in the form below.

If you need any assistance with mounting your menorah, please contact the shluchim at

Line up will take place at Tzemach Tzedek at 6:00 PM. The parade will concluse with a grand menorah lighting at the Spring Valley Marketplace at 7:30 PM.

8th Day Chanukah Concert Almost One Week Away

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Osteopath Accepting Appointments in Monsey

Rabbi Shea Hecht to Farbreng for Yud Tes Kislev

Rabbi Shea Hecht will be farbrenging on Thursday night at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Tes Kislev.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Both men and women are encouraged to join.

Rabbi Shea Hecht, renowned cult deprogrammer and author of “Confessions of a Jewish Cultbuster”, hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics which have appeared in national publications, director of NCFJE and has become a major figure in the field of marriage and family counseling, hosts an all-new live relationship call-in show on Arutz Sheva- Israel National Radio. Rabbi Hecht is also Dean at Hadar Hatorah for College Youth and lectures at the Ivy League Torah Study Program.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monsey Chassidim Gather to Celebrate Yud Tes Kislev

Yud Tes Kislev has been celebrated for years by Chassidim of all circles marking the release from prison of the Alter Rebbe and the Yom Helula of the Maggid of Mezritch.

The Rockland County community celebrated with a massive farbrengen this past Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Vayishlach, organized by Heichal Menachem of Monsey. The Melava Malka was attended by local Rabbonim and drew a diverse crowd of close to one thousand people, representing the entire spectrum of Chassidim, all in their thirst and yearning for Chassidus.

The program was organized by Heichal Menachem's director, R' Dovid Oberlander, son of Rabbi Gedalia Oberlander, and was chaired by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz, Menahel Yeshiva of Morristown.

The evening was graced by dignitaries from as far away as Eretz HaKodesh, RavYosef Tzvi Segal, Rosh HaKollel Tzemach Tzedek, who was introduced by his talmid, the local Rav of the Monsey Lubavitch community, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches;  Rabbi Nachmun Yosef Tewrsky, Maggid Shiur Mesivta Oholei Torah and noted Mechanech; as well as the renowned editor in chief of Chassidus M'vueres, Rabbi Leibel Altein, each spoke passionately about the power of Chassidus and its influence in Avodas Hashem.

As in the past, hundreds flocked to buy Chassidishe seforim, especially those of the Alter Rebbe, drastically reduced for this unique occasion. All those in attendance received a tshura printed especially for this event, explaining the basics of Chassidus, written by the Chozer RebYoel Kahan (originally for The Yiddishe Heim).

Throughout the evening the masterful musician Yossi Cohen and The Kapelleenhanced the evening with a variety of Chassidishe niggunim. The inspiration was palpable and lingered on as the evening concluded in spontaneous dance.

Seeking Teacher's Assistant

The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking a Teacher's Assistant immediately for Elementary grades for Mon-Thurs from 9:30 am - 12:10 pm

Must have own transportation. Email resume with references to or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at BMML of Pomona

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen this Thursday night, December 12, at 9:00 PM at Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona.  

A full seudah will be served. 

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Chabad of South Monsey

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen at Chabad of South Monsey, 36 Park Avenue, this Wednesday night, December 10, at 9:00 PM. 

Rabbi Lesches will be farbrenging.  

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen this Thursday night, December 12, at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Comedian MODI to Perform at MBCM Dinner

World renowned comedian MODI will be performing at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Dinner. The dinner promises to be an evening that you will surely enjoy! Reserve your seats today.

Voted one of the top 10 comedians in New York City, MODI is one of the comedy circuit’s most sought after performers. Featured on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC.Comedy Central, and E! Entertainment, MODI has received rave reviews in the New York Times, Time Out NY and the New York Post.

Born in Israel, MODI moved to the United States when he was seven. After college, MODI worked as an investment banker and had no plans to become a stand up comedian. But one open mic changed everything.

MODI has appeared in several feature films and played leading roles in two: Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the LA Film Festival, and Stand Up, a feature-length film. According to Variety, MODI delivers a “naturally funny performance with a tremendous amount of energy on screen.”

MODI is a regular performer at the New York and Los Angeles comedy clubs and headlines around the country.  He has also gone on tour in the United Kingdom, Holland and Israel and performs in comedy festivals and special venues, including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The MBCM annual dinner will I"YH take place on Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas VaYechi, January 3, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

For dinner reservations and to place an ad in the Dinner Journal, please click here.