Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zisman Bris

Eli and Miriam Zisman will be making the Bris for their son this Thursday, June 30th, at Congregation Knesses Yisroel, 698 Union Road.

Davening will be at 6:15am, followed by the bris at 7:00am.

Found at Hakhel Event

A flip cell phone and a pair of girls’ earrings were found after the Hakhel program this past Sunday. Please call Mrs. Shusterman at 845 304 1560 to retrieve them.

Dr. Chaim Schild Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of  Mrs. Rachel Schild, OBM, the mother of Dr. Chaim Schild. 

The Levaya will take place on Wednesday morning at 10:30 AM
at Beth Israel in Woodbridge, NJ.

Reb Chaim will be sitting Shiva his home, 19 North Southgate Drive. 

The davening times are as follows:

Shacharis - 6:50 AM (Sunday - 8:30 AM) 
Mincha - 8:20 PM (Friday - 5:00 PM)
Maariv - 9:10 PM

Please help with the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Monday, June 27, 2016

Monsey Anash Directory 5777

Does Anash know about your company or services?

Do you have a company or product which you would like the Monsey Anash and Cheder parent body to know about?

The new, updated and revised Cheder Chabad of Monsey “Monsey Anash Directory" for the new year 5777, is soon to be released. In it will be the updated Anash community directory as well as local community ads and services, which would be the perfect medium to advertise your company or product to our Anash community.

Please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at 917 282 3505 for information about advertising rates and details. As well, please contact Dr Chaim Schild, who is compiling and updating the Anash community directory, for any changes in addresses or contact information, at hgschild@yahoo.com.  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the birth of a granddaughter to Adam & Joy Kushnir!

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shelach for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                          8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                              6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                       7:00, 8:20pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                        9:10, 9:30pm

Friday, June 24, 2016

Parshas Beha'aloscha Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Beha'aloscha:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                               8:14pm

Mincha                                                                                            8:30pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                         9:00pm

שבת קודש


Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                    9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                   9:12am

Shacharis                                                                                      10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                            1:37pm

Womens' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                             6:00pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                      7:20pm

Minchah                                                                                           8:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                 9:24pm

!א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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 Beha’aloscha (Bamidbor (Numbers)8:1 -12:16) tells the story of a group of men who were unable to bring the Passover offering on its appointed time, and approached Moses with a sincere request: "Why should we lose out?" It so happened that these individuals had been occupied with a good deed - according to some it was nothing less than carrying the remains of Joseph from Egypt en route to his final resting place in Shechem in the Holy Land - and because of their contact with the dead, they were "ritually impure" and thus unfit to bring the offering.

Moses consulted G-d and was told that, in fact, the men were quite right. Henceforth, those who were ritually impure or far away at the time the Passover offering was brought on the 14th of Nissan would be given a second chance exactly one month later, on the 14th of Iyar to make good their lost opportunity.

There are many important lessons from this law, known as Pesach Sheini ("the Second Passover"), such as "It's never too late." There are second chances in life for all of us. Or, that G-d sometimes waits to see if we really want something badly enough to demand it and only then does He give it to us.

What those men in Moses' day did was actually quite inspiring. You see, they didn't really have to come and plead with Moses for a second chance. After all, they had the perfect alibi. They could have simply said, "Sorry, we were busy with another mitzvah." They were spiritually unable to participate. They had no reason to feel guilty. They couldn't be faulted.

Yet, it did bother them. They felt left out and genuinely desired to be together with their brethren in the observance of another mitzvah, the Passover offering. People who had every opportunity to be free of obligation and willfully choose to actively seek obligation are indeed deserving of honorable mention. It is right that they should be singled out in the Torah for their sincerity and devotion.

We're all very good at making excuses: It's too cold, too hot, too expensive, too difficult etc, etc. Too many of us take the path of least resistance. "The difference between a success and a failure is that a failure makes excuses and a success makes a plan."

Let's not look for excuses. Don't opt for the easy way out. Let us learn from the men in the wilderness who could have had every excuse in the book and yet happily chose to look for a new mitzvah and to share in the good deed of their community.

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


May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mega Hakhel Event in Monsey this Sunday

This Sunday, June 26, 2016 (20 Sivan 5776) our Monsey Anash community will IY"be joining Anash communities across the United States and Canada in a live interactive Mega Hakhel event. In Monsey, this event will take place from 1:45 – 3:15 pm at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Drive for all men, women and children.

The Monsey Anash community is privileged to be hosting Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia, who will be broadcasting live from Tzemach Tzedek in Monsey during this Hakhel special event!

This broadcasted program will feature music by Bentzi Marcus of the famous 8th Day Band, as well as a children’s boy choir of Pittsburgh. The twelve P’sukim will be recited by children from around the country.

A special video presentation will also be shown.

The Rebbe always encouraged, very emphatically, to have Hakhel events in the Hakhel year. The entire Monsey Anash community is therefore strongly urged to join in this mega Hakhel event, in a beautiful showing of Achdus of all the Chabad Anash in the greater Monsey area!

We thank all the sponsors of this program. To become a sponsor of this event or for further information, please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at 917 282 3505.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lesches L'chaim

Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches invite all to the L'Chaim of their daughter Mushky and Mordy Gershon from Chicago, tonight, in Beis Levi Yitzchak, 556 Crown Street (corner Albany Ave), at 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Moshiach & Geulah Shiur

The weekly “Moshiach & Geulah” Shiur based on our Rebbe’s request that we learn the inyonim of Moshiach & Geulah, preferably with a Minyan or more, is starting something new and meaningful tonight, Tuesday evening June 21st, 2016.

Our Maggid Shiur, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Landa is hitting the [refresh] button, sparking new life, by re-starting learning from the very interesting, informative, and inspirational sefer,”HaTekufa V’HaGeulah”. 

Check it out, and at the same time fulfill our Rebbe’s advice to us, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, at 8:30 (till about 9:15pm), at Tzaddok Leib & Gwenn Messing’s home, 3 Mariner way. [We provide the seforim and light refreshments].

Dovid Kaplan

Ms. Tovah Pacht Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Ms.Tovah Pacht, last Friday.

Shiva will be observed through Thursday morning, June 23, at 31 Fletcher Drive, Monsey (Regency Village).


You may call Tovah at 845-521-4218 .

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Your Friends Are Signing Up, Did You?


Please note that all costs of this event have been covered and therefore 100% of your contribution will go to help the Scholarship Fund and can be counted as Maaser. 




Sunday, June 19, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Beha'aloscha for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                  8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                      6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                               7:00, 8:20pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                9:10, 9:30pm

Friday, June 17, 2016

Parshas Naso Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                              8:13pm

Mincha                                                                                                           8:28pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                        9:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                    9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                   9:10am

Shacharis                                                                                                      10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Mincha Gedolah                                                                                            1:35pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                          6:15pm

Kinus Torah                                                                                                    7:30pm

Mincha                                                                                                            8:15pm

Continuation of Kinus Torah after Mincha IY"H

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                            9:23pm

!א גוטען שבת 

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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

"He is a self-made man who worships his creator." Who said it? About whom? It doesn't really matter as long as we make sure the description doesn't fit us.

This week's Torah portion Naso (Bamidbor [Numbers] 4:21-7:89) details the offerings of the princes (nessi'im) of the twelve tribes at the time the Mishkan, the portable Sanctuary in the wilderness, was completed. Previously, towards the end of the Book of Exodus, we had read that Moses blessed the people when they finished building this Mishkan. What blessing did he give them? Our sages relate that he blessed them: May it be G-d's will that the Shechinah, the Divine Presence, should come to rest upon the work of your hands. He also blessed them with the phrase that would become part of Psalm 90, May the pleasantness of the L-rd, our G-d, be upon us…May He establish for us the work of our hands.

Why pray now? Surely the time for prayer was before the sanctuary was built. Then it might have been needed to inspire the people to bring in their offerings and contributions, to execute the huge amount of work that was required to create this new sacred structure. But now the work is done, everything is in place. Why pray now?

The answer is that Moses understood that building G-d's sanctuary is not in our hands alone. Sure, we can erect a structure. That's the easy part. The question is: will G-d see fit to live there, to make it His home? For this, a special prayer was called for. We needed a blessing upon the work our hands.

How often people imagine that they do it themselves - all by themselves? How many boast that they are "self-made men"? So anyone who didn't have a rich father before him is a self-made man? Do you really believe that your success is all your own doing? Your hard work, your business acumen, your clever trading technique - these are the secrets of your success?

And where did all that wisdom and ability come from? The skills and talents we possess are G-d-given gifts we should acknowledge and be grateful for. And that's not humility. It's reality. You were born with that natural talent and flair. Give credit to your Creator.

A friend was once laid up with a bad back. What happened? He picked up a little bicycle for his 5-year old. A tiny nonsense but it left him flat on his back for weeks.

To get sick takes a minute, to get well can take weeks and months. We all need to remember our frailties and limitations. No matter how strong, clever or talented we may be, we are all subject to higher forces. Nobody can do it alone. There is no such thing as a self-made man.

And so Moses reminds us all that even when our work is done, we still need that blessing from Above. Even when we work hard or concoct the most intricate business schemes, ultimately our success needs a prayer. We need to recognize the hand of G-d in our lives and, hopefully, in our success. Let us do our work as best as we can and then let us not forget to ask Him to bless the work of our hands.

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


May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

Gartel G'mach

The thin gartels division of the Gartel G'mach is depleted due to people not returning borrowed gartels. Please check your jacket and pants pockets for any gartels that are not your own and return them to the Gartel office in Rabbi Shusterman's shtender in the Tzemach Tzedek shul.

Thank you on behalf of all those who need and borrow gartels (including yourself!)

A Guten Shabbos!


Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Schild LeChaim

Mr & Mrs. Chaim Schild invite all to the L’Chaim of their daughter Tzipporah Esther, this Sunday night, June 19, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva 570 Crown Street, at 8:30 pm.

Monsey Anash Directory

It's summer time and people are moving in and around the greater community.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is updating its database in anticipation of a new format for the "Monsey Anash Directory" this Elul!

Anash who would like to send in an edit and add cell phone and email to their existing listing should contact directory@chedermonsey.org as well as new residents.

Seeking Apartment

Simcha Abramowitz is looking to rent a small apartment with cooking facilities for approximately 6 months in the Monsey area. Call or text: 845-263-5104. Email: yehudisabramowitz@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lefkowitz LeChaim

Rabbi & Mrs. Isaac Lefkowitz invite all to the LeChaim, Wednesday night in Beis Chaya Mushka, 1505 Carroll Street corner Troy Ave, at 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Naso for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Tuesday thru Friday                                                      6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Tuesday thru Thursday                                                              7:00, 8:20pm

Maariv - Tuesday thru Thursday                                                               9:10, 9:30pm

Friday, June 10, 2016

Parshas Bamidbar and Shavuos Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar and Shavuos:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                 8:10pm

Mincha                                                                                                              8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                           9:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                       9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                      9:09am

Shacharis                                                                                                         10:00am

Mincha Gedolah                                                                                               1:34pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                             6:15pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                       7:20pm

Mincha                                                                                                               8:10pm

חג השבועות

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv 1st night Yom Tov                                               9:20pm

תיקון ליל שבועות - please join us!

Alos Hashachar                                                                                         3:33/4:11am

Shacharis 1st day                                                                                              10:00am

Aseres Hadibros                                                                                                11:30am

Mincha 1st day                                                                                                    8:20pm

Maariv 2nd night                                                                                                9:20pm

Shacharis 2nd day                                                                                             10:00am

Yizkor                                                                                                                   11:45am

Mincha 2nd day                                                                                                   8:00pm

Followed by Seder Nigunim and Maamer

Maariv/Motzoei YomTov                                                                                    9:21pm

"א גוטען שבת און א גוט יום טוב! בברכת "קבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

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

It is that time of year again. We will be beginning the Book of Numbers, as this week's Torah reading begins the book of Bamidbar ([Numbers] 1:1-4:20), and during this week’s Torah reading we will hear verse after verse of numbers: 46,500 for the tribe of Reuven, 59,300 for the tribe of Shimon, and so on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and inspiring holiday of Shavuot!

KravMaga - Women's Self Defense


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hashgacha Work Available

Hashgacha work available in North Jersey twenty minutes from Monsey. Part and Full time positions six days a week. Great opportunity to learn and grow in hashgacha and food industry. Please call or text 864-201-9521.

Pre-Shavous Shiur with Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi Jacobson will give a special pre-shavuos sicha shiur tonight, Wednesday June 8th, at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Rd, at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Rosh Chodesh Sivan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ראש חודש סיון tonight, June 7th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 9:05 Maariv.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Bamidbar for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                 8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Wednesday thru Friday                                 6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                               7:00, 8:15pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                9:05, 9:30pm

Friday, June 3, 2016

Parshas Bechukosai Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim-Chazak Parshas Bechukosai:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:06pm

Mincha                                                                                                    8:20pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:55pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           9:09am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                    1:32pm

Womens' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                    6:00pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             7:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                   8:05pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         9:16pm

!א גוטען שבת

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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

In this week’s Torah reading of Bechukosai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) there is a section known as the “Tochacha” (Rebuke). It is an ominous warning of the troubles that will befall Israel should they stray from the G‑dly path. The mystics teach that even those frightening punishments are, in reality, hidden blessings that cannot be perceived at face value.

There is an interesting analogy on this theme from the well-known author Rabbi Dr A.J. Twerski. A mother takes her toddler to the doctor. The doctor prepares to give the child a vaccination by injection. The child isn't stupid. He sees trouble coming, so he doesn't make it easy for the doctor. In fact, Mom must hold the child down while the doctor administers the injection, and throughout, the kid is screaming and shouting. Not a minute later the child is suddenly burying his face in Mom's shoulder, desperately seeking solace in his mother's embrace. And the question is “Why?” Wasn’t Mom not an accomplice to the crime when she held him down while the doctor attacked him? Why is this child suddenly finding comfort on Mom’s shoulder? She is the enemy!

The answer is that every child knows intuitively that his mother loves him and wants only the best for her child. Even if there seems to be a momentary lapse, he knows it will be short-lived. After the fleeting test of faith, the innate and essential bond of love between mother and child is quickly re-established.

And so it is with our Father in Heaven. Sometimes we may feel angry from what we see happening or are experiencing. Why does He allow all these terrible misfortunes to befall us? And yet, we know that He really and truly does love us. After all is said and done, we are His children. Does the mother in the clinic hate her child? Is she punishing him? G‑d forbid. Does the doctor want to hurt the child? Of course not! So, just as a child is comforted by his mother, so is the Jew comforted by the knowledge and conviction that G‑d loves us.

To us it may remain a mystery but to G‑d there is a cosmic, eternal plan. The child doesn't understand or appreciate an injection and neither can we fathom the divine "vaccinations" we must put up with from time to time. Nevertheless, we need to accept in good faith that somehow there is a reason - and even a good reason - behind all our problems. Possibly, it may not be revealed to us in this world, only in the next. So we do need a fair amount of patience. But surely the wait is worth the end result and benefits.

In our moments of misery and days of distress, let us remember that our loving Father in Heaven is surely no less caring than the mother in the doctor's office.

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

A  Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Bechukosai for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                  8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                      6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                               7:00, 8:10pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                9:00, 9:30pm

Friday, May 27, 2016

Parshas Behar Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:01pm

Mincha                                                                                                    8:15pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                    approx. 8:45pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                          9:11am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                    1:31pm

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                     6:00pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                              7:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                   8:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                         9:10pm

!א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

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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

What is Judaism’s economic system? Is there one? Perhaps one might describe it as “capitalism with a conscience.” In promoting free enterprise, the Torah is clearly capitalistic. But it is a conditional capitalism, and certainly a compassionate capitalism.

Our Parshah this week, Behar, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1-26:2) gives us a classic example.

Shemittah, the Sabbatical year, was designed, the Torah says, to allow the land to rest and regenerate. Six years the land would be worked, but in the seventh year it would rest and lie fallow. The agricultural cycle in the Holy Land imposed strict rules and regulations on the owner of the land. No planting, no pruning, no agricultural work whatsoever in the seventh year - and whatever grew by itself would be “ownerless” and there for the taking for all. The owner could take some, but so could his workers, friends and neighbors. The landowner, in his own land, would have no more right than the stranger. For six years you own the property, but in the seventh you enjoy no special claims.

This is but one of many examples of Judaism’s “capitalism with a conscience.”  There are many other legislated obligations to the poor - not optional extras, not even pious recommendations, but clear mandatory contributions to the less fortunate. The ten percent tithes, as well as the obligation to leave to the poor the unharvested corners of one’s field, the gleanings, and the forgotten sheaves are all part of the system of compassionate capitalism.

Judaism introduced an open market system, where the sharing of blessings was not left to chance or wishful thinking, but was made mandatory. Judaism thus presents an economic system which boasts the best of both worlds - the advantages of an unfettered free market, allowing personal expression and success relative to hard work, without the drawbacks of corporate greed. If the land belongs to G‑d, then we have no exclusive ownership over it. G‑d bestows His blessings upon us, but clearly, the deal is that we must share.

Without Torah law, capitalism fails. Unbridled ambition and the lust for money and power lead to monopolies and conglomerates that leave no room for the next guy and widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Sabbatical year is one of many checks and balances that keep our capitalism kosher and kind.

Retain the traditional Jewish characteristics of kindness, compassion, tzedakah and chesed, generosity of spirit, heart - and pocket. May you make lots of money, and encourage G‑d to keep showering you with His blessings by sharing it generously with others.

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

A Meaningful and Uplifting Shabbos to all!