Thursday, April 23, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

G‑d spoke to Moses, saying: “A woman who shall conceive and give birth . . .” (Leviticus 12:1–2) So begins this week’s Torah reading (Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus) 12:1-15:33).

It happens 250 times a minute, almost 15,000 times every hour. It happens after years of effort and anticipation, or “by accident.” It occurs on every socioeconomic level, in every country and village in the world. But no matter how frequently it transpires, no matter how commonplace an event it is, we always stand back in awe and say: a miracle.

That one being should give birth to, should create, another. If there is any area in which a creature emulates its Creator—if there is any act by which we express the spark of divinity at our core—it is the miracle of birth.

Yet it is this, the most G‑dly of our achievements, that most reveals the limitations of our individuality. Feeding, sleeping, thinking, producing a work of art or building a house—virtually everything we do, we can do on our own. But giving birth to a child is something we can do only together with another person. To give birth, we must cease to be an entity unto ourselves and become a part, a component, of a community of three, man, woman and G-d Al-mighty, who  provides the neshoma (soul).

Because if we are only what we are, we are most decidedly not divine. As beings unto ourselves, we are finite and self-absorbed things, manufacturers rather than creators. To create, we must rise above our individuality. To actualize our divine essence, we must transcend the bounds of self.

It is the woman, not the man, who gives birth. It is the woman who is most fulfilled in parenthood, and who most acutely feels the lack when parenthood is denied her. It is the woman who continues to mother her child long after the man has fathered it. It is the woman, according to Torah law, who exclusively determines the spiritual identity of her child.

Because it is the woman who most surrenders her selfhood to create life. She is the passive and receptive element in the procreation process. For nine months, her very body ceases to be hers alone as it bears and
nurtures another life. So it is the woman, rather than the man, who “conceives and gives birth,” and to whom motherhood is a state of being, rather than an “achievement” or “experience.”

Yet everyone can become a “mother.” What comes naturally to the female part of creation can be learned and assimilated by all, and not only in giving birth to children but in every one of life’s endeavors. We all have the power to recognize that there is more to our existence than the narrow confines of individual identity.

A mother, with birthing, adds another life to the world who will PG impact the world in a positive way. Likewise, we all have the power to become more than we are and to do more than we can, impact  and add “life” to the world  - by becoming more receptive to the divine essence that underlies the self and pervades the whole of existence. This happens particularly as we increase our level of Jewish knowledge and intensify our Jewish awareness in the observance of the Mitzvos –both personally and helping others to become knowledgeable of this, as well.  This will cause a ripple effect throughout the world, as the world becomes a more proper and receptive venue for G-dliness!

(From - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

Additional Daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek

Due to popular demand, there will be an additional daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek starting this Sunday, April 26, 7 Iyar.

The Mincha times for this week will be 7:00 PM and 7:40 PM with Maariv at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

Please watch this website and see the shul calendar at for davening times in the following weeks.

JCW Event Held in Monsey

By Aliza BasMenachem

At the Jewish Community Watch meeting that was held this past Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Iyar, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monsey, Rabbi YY Jacobson apologized. He apologized for being uninformed, undereducated, and lacking know how. In the past, when people reached out to him, he was not aware of the plague of child abuse. And with his apology came the unconditional, unwavering commitment to stand by victims and help them change darkness to light. He declared a new dawn is coming. No longer will the community be deaf to cries and silent cries. We need to bring light to every soul. For the child who has seen darkness, we will double our efforts.

Rabbi Jacobson quoted the Chumash, “They believed in Hashem and Moshe His servant.” The Tizkas Hatzadik (ch. 154) explains that Moshe represents every Jew, we must believe in every Jew. When we believe in our children – they will believe in themselves. We can connect with our inner Moshe – and split the sea. Hashem will be with us as we transform abuse – and the innocence of our children will shine.  

There were hundreds of people in the audience. I was one of them. I attended was because I realized my own ignorance in this field. I left feeling much more informed - and aware that there is still so much to learn. I took home a copy of their handout entitled, “Raising Safe Kids – A Parents Guide.” It is an excellent resource. There are so many questions to be answered. So many cries to be heard. So many hearts to be comforted. So many personalities to build and re-build.

A Trauma Psychologist who works with JCW, Dr. Norman Goldwasser came from Miami to speak at this event. He opened his presentation by sincerely thanking everyone for attending. Then he went on to explain how trauma halts the normal flow of processing information and an incident can remain strong in a child’s memory loaded with emotion. Even one incident can damage a child for life. But more often the abuse goes on for years. Abuse results in tampering with a child’s self-identity. They feel isolated, alone, depressed. They lose their perception of self-worth. Victims feel guilty thinking that they have caused their own loss of innocence. They suffer from self-degradation for not being about to speak about it. Abuse ruins a child’s chance for healthy, meaningful, relationships. It can generate a fear that refuses to subside, creating flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety disorders.

Local police officer, Omar Olayan, addressed the audience. He gave a brief summary of the process when a crime of this sort is reported. I think it would take the frightening edge off of this part of the process when you know a little of what you are facing. The officer instructed the audience not to coach the child on what to say. The people who interview the children can tell right away if the child was told to remember to say something or if the child is answering by themselves.

There were other speakers as well. Including moving words from the prominent, globally recognized, Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald, who has been active for decades protecting children.

One Mitzvah brings another. Surely the message to make our communities safe for children will be taken up by more and more people as the JCW message reaches further and deeper.

Seeking Ride

Looking for ride from Crown Heights to Monsey for two girls this Friday and/or  ride to CH on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday. Please call 347-693-9291

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bronstein & Palace L'chaim

The l'chaim of Shlomo Aaron Bronstein and Chaya Mushka Palace will I"YH take place this Monday night, April 27, at 8:30 PM at Lubavitch Yeshiva on Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mazel Tov Cohens!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Dalya Cohen on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents, R' Pinchas and Sarah Marrus!

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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mesibas Shabbos

Private Tutoring Available

Rabbi Rony Greenberg of Morristown offers private tutoring to children, teenagers and adults in all limudei kodesh (Jewish) subjects and in numerous limudei chol (general studies) subjects, including all Bar Mitzvah prep. 

Long experience teaching at all levels. 

If you know anyone who would be interested please call 973-449-1234 or email for more details.

Women's Weekly Pirkei Avos Shiur Begins this Shabbis

The weekly Pirkei Avos Shabbos shiur for women with Rabbi Lesches will begin this Shabbos at the home of Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries 5:15 pm, and will continue every Shabbos until Rosh Hashana. 

Times will adjust as Shabbos gets later, so please check each week to confirm the time.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Towards the end of this week’s Torah portion (Shmeinei  [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47), the Torah discusses the laws of Kashrut and the various anatomical “signs” which indicate which animals and fish are kosher.

Two characteristics render aquatic creatures fit for consumption “This may you eat from everything that is in the water: everything that has fins and scales.”

Beyond its meaning as a literal commandment, this verse is laden with symbolism. The Torah here outlines two fundamental guidelines for kosher Torah interpretation and Jewish innovation.

Scales primarily serve to protect fish from the elements, to keep their bones and bodies intact. The function of fins, on the other hand, is to facilitate marine travel. They allow fish to lift, thrust, and steer themselves through water, to advance beyond their current station.

The same is true regarding the navigation of Torah’s waters. A kosher Torah scholar and commentator is one with both fins (creativity) and scales (integrity). Without either one, his or her work is unfit for consumption. This applies as well to editors of the myriad Jewish-content magazines, websites, and pod-casts. They must think out-of-the-box but within the books, and be careful to lose nothing in translation.

And the same is true of the Jewish community’s innovators, activists, and policy-makers. They must recognize the need for fresh and forward thinking and at the same time be deeply committed to the integrity of Jewish tradition. They must break ground without breaking bounds; be all the rage but not New Age. They must be protective and progressive—and in that order. Only then can we benefit from the wisdom and direction that they offer.

The Jewish home, as well, needs to maintain this constant balance of integrity and keeping proper adherence to Jewish tradition and values and yet allow for adaptation to modern-day developments and technological advancements. Just by way of example – before succumbing to having internet at home, one must ascertain that the proper safeguards are in place so that the internet and what it offers will not impose in any way on proper Jewish values or compromise Jewish moral integrities.

For as our turbulent history demonstrates, the key to Jewish survival in the oceans of time has

 been our ability to be both traditional and modern, classic and current, conservative and liberal; fashioned from the old, but not old-fashioned.

Without a doubt, it is our Jewish “fins” and “scales” that have kept us fresh and kosher to this very day.

(Excerpts from  -  by Rabbi  Mendel Kalmenson)

Seeking Ride

Seeking ride for a bachur to Crown Heights this Friday afternoon. Please call or text 864-201-9521 or email adamgoodfriend18@gmail. Thank you!

Kamp 4 Kids

Seeking Secretary

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is seeking a part time secretary. 

Must be organized, energetic, self motivated, computer savvy, proficient in Microsoft Office and detail oriented. 

Must have excellent phone skills and be able to multi-task in a fast paced environment. 

Please send resume and references

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mazel Tov Blotners!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yehuda and Bluma Blotner on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mazel Tov Bronsteins & Palaces!

Mazal tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Bronstein on the engagement of their son Shlomo Aaron to Chaya Mushka Palace, daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Palace!

Seeking Ride from JFK

A married woman travelling to the US from Israel is seeking a ride from JFK to Monsey on Tuesday, April 14,  arriving on El Al flight #1 at 5:50 am

Will share expenses of car service or other transportation. 

Please reply to before 5pm (Israel timeMonday, April 13.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Package From CH to Monsey

Looking for a package to be brought from Crown Heights to Monsey today. 

If anyone can help that would be amazing! Please call 347-683-7170

Bring Moshiach Seuda Matzah & Wine Before Shabbos

Since the Moshiach Seuda will be taking place on Shabbos, please remember to bring your matzah, wine, etc. to shul today or tomorrow before Shabbos.

Remember To Do Eruv Tavshilin Today

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mazal Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazal tov to R' Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great grandson, Yosef Refael Warburg, to Tzvi Baruch and Esty Warburg of Ramat Beit Shemesh!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mazel Tov Blochs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Chaim and Devorah Bloch in the engagement of their daughter Malka to Sharshi Borisute of Crown Heights!

The l'chaim will take place this Sunday, April 12, 24 Nissan, at 8:30 PM at Chovevei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. 

Kinus Torah Tonight

ע"פ הוראת כ"ק אדמו"ר לערוך כינוסי תורה בימי השלש רגלים
 קהל אנ"ש והתמימים מוזמן להשתתף ב

כינוס תורה

בביהמ"ד קהל צמח צדק ליובאוויטש
2 Langeries Dr. Monsey, NY

יום ב' דחוה"מ פסח י"ח ניסן התשע"ה

מנחה בשעה 7:00
(ותיכף אחרי' התחלת הכינוס)

:ישאו דברים
 הגה"ח ר' ברוך דוב לשס שליט"א, מרא דאתרא
 הגה"ח ר' גדלי' אבערלענדער שליט"א, רב ביהמ"ד היכל מנחם
 ובעמח"ס 'פדיון הבן כהלכתו' ו'מנהג אבותינו בידינו'
ועוד כמה תמימים, יונגעלייט ואורחים שיחיו


Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazel tov to R' Zvi and Chaya Webb on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Sender and Chami Engel of Long Beach, California!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pesach Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Philosophers and physicists are both bothered by the past (though for different reasons). We know that every action produces a reaction and every event becomes a cause for numerous subsequent events. Simply stated, the present -- what I'm going to do and what's going to happen to me at this very moment -- is the sum and product of all that I did and all that happened to me up to now.

Philosophers are bothered by this because thinking man tends to think of himself as a creature endowed with choice. Physicists have a problem with it because their microscopes and particle accelerators reveal a random universe. As for the rest of us, we wake each morning to a new day, but soon feel the familiar weight of our yesterdays pressing us into the grooves of habit and necessity. Nevertheless, we continue to believe that we are "in control," that with a sufficient amount of determined effort we can, and will, break free.

The Jewish calendar reserves eight days each year to celebrate that faith. The eight days of Pesach (Passover), "our season of freedom", embody the conviction that, in any given moment, we have the power to step out -- in the words of the Hagaddah -- "from slavery to freedom, from sorrow to joy, from mourning to festivity, from darkness to great light, from bondage to redemption."

Thus our sages decreed that the Exodus from Egypt is an event that should recur in each generation of our history, and in every day of our lives. For what else is an "Exodus" if not the power of a people to step out of their past, to wrench free of their circumstances, to give birth to a new self that is independent of the womb from which it emerged?

Therein lies the deeper meaning of the name of the festival. Commonly translated "Passover," the Hebrew word Pesach literally means to "jump over."

"Walking" or "running" implies a change of place, yet this is a change that derives from and is predicated upon your prior position. One foot leaves the ground, but the other remains planted there to provide the forward impetus. The movement may be small or great, slow or swift; but in all cases, each step derives from the one before it.

A "jump," in which both feet leave the ground, implies a break from the past -- a quantum leap rather than an incremental step, a rebirth rather than a maturing.

Yet the purpose of the jump is not to leap to heaven and stay there. If you do that, you missed the whole point. The idea is to return to the ground, not only one or two or many strides ahead, but also as a different person from the one who crouched down there to leap. To return to your past not as prisoner bound by its laws, but as a master descending upon it from above to use it and mold it to his higher ends as he advances in his journey. Until the next jump.

(Excerpts from by Rabbi Yanki Tauber  based on the teachings of the Rebbe)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Save the Date - Cheder Chabad Dinner

Please mark your calender - Cheder Chabad of Monsey will be having its gala dinner celebrating its sixteenth year on Sunday, 21 Iyar, 5775, May 10, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

The honorees are Rabbi Levi and Mrs. Sarah Shemtov, Directors of Chabad Lubavitch of Riverdale, and continuing our tradition of recognizing our dedicated teaching staff representing the Preschool and Elementary School Divisions.

For more information and/or to receive a formal invitation or journal ad blank, please contact the Cheder Chabad of Monsey office at 845-356-1213 x 204 or or visit

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. Shimon and Elisheva Kushnir on birth of a granddaughter born to Levi Yitzchok and Peri Kushnir!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pesach 5775 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for Pesach 5775 for Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey:

Thursday, 13 Nissan, April 2:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv 1: 8:00 PM
Bedikas Chometz - בדיקת חמץ
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

ערב פסח - Friday, 14 Nissan, April 3:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:52 AM
Last Time to Sell & Burn Chometz: 11:55 AM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the Park & Ride on Route 59 in Monsey (near Amazing Savings) and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:05 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Chatzos (midnight for afikomen): 12:59 AM

First Day of Pesach - Shabbos Kodesh, 15 Nissan, April 4:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal - begin saying מוריד הטל)
Mincha: 7:15 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv: (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Motzoei Shabbos and Licht Benching: After 8:06 PM

Second Day of Pesach - Sunday, 16 Nissan, April 5:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:07 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed (One) - Monday, 17 Nissan, April 6:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:30 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of 18 Nissan, the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).
Maariv 2 9:30 PM

Chol HaMoed (Two) - Tuesday, 18 Nissan, April 7:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:30 PM, 9:30 PM

Chol HaMoed (Three) - Wednesday, 19 Nissan, April 8:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:30 PM, 9:30 PM

Chol HaMoed (Four) – Thursday, 20 Nissan, April 9:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:11 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in Shul following Seudas Yom Tov

שביעי של פסח - Friday, 21 Nissan, April 10:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha 7:15 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Licht Benching: After 8:14 PM

אחרון של פסח – Shabbos Kodesh, 22 Nissan, April 11:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:45 AM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:14 PM

!חג הפסח כשר ושמח - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pesach 5775 Schedule for Heichal Menachem

Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos Shavous Program

Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos is very excited to announce Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos' Shavous program with our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Shavous in the Poconos  will take place from May 22 - May 26 / 4 Sivan - 8 Sivan,   Friday - Tuesday (5 Days & 4 Nights).

Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and offers a beautiful setting for an inspiring family getaway.

Very conveniently located just 77.0 miles from 770, our newly refurbished facility includes heated cabins, dining hall with top-of-the-line glatt Kosher kitchens, swimming pool, private lake, sport fields & courts, recreation hall, game room, hiking trails, and campfire ring.

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law in New York, NY, and Director of the Institute for Judaic Knowledge, based in Newton, MA.  Rabbi Yaffe has lectured, led seminars and taught continuing legal education programs, in person and online, throughout North America, as well as in Mexico, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and Europe. A particular focus of Rabbi Yaffe's work has been the intersection of the concerns created by  contemporary issues and the values presented in three and a half millennia of Judaic law and thought. Rabbi Yaffe has authored a broad range of articles for, other online forums, and was lead author for the Jewish Learning Institute's "Living with Integrity" course. Rabbi Yaffe is a past scholar-in-residence to Chabad at Harvard, where he served the greater Harvard and MIT communities, and has been a visiting scholar in various communities.

Program Highlights:
Beautiful davening inspired by the scenic surroundings.
Learning with our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.
Fully catered sumptuous meals.
Daily Children's Program

Dingmans Ferry, PA located between Milford and Bushkill only;
1 hour from Morristown
1.5 hours from NYC
2 hours from Philadelphia
4 hours from Boston

Accommodations are available on a first come, first served basis;
1 Presidential Suite (5 rooms, kitchenette, sleeps up to 10 people),
2 Platinum Suites (4 rooms, kitchenette, sleeps up to 8 people),
4 Gold Suites (3 rooms, sleeps up to 6 people),
2 Silver Suites (2 rooms, sleeps up to 5 people),
5 Silver Cabins (2 rooms, sleeps up to 14 people),
12 Bronze Cabins (1 room, sleeps up to 12 people),

Rates are based on an occupancy of 2 adults and up to 3 children and includes all meals.
Presidential = $1,540
Platinum = $1,220
Gold = $920
Silver = $820
Bronze = $620
Each additional adult (13 yrs and older) cost $120 and a child (3-12 yrs old) cost $60.  Children under 3 are free.

Early Bird Discount register and pay in full before;
April 10 and get 20% off,
April 24 and get 10% off.
Space is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Local Attractions:
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Raymondskill Falls
Dingmans Falls
Hackers Falls
George W. Childs Park
For a complete listing, click here.

1. Email with the following information;  
Accommodation Preference: "Presidential Suite", "Platinum Suite", "Gold Suite", "Silver Suite", "Silver Cabin" or "Bronze Cabin",
Family name,
Family member's first names and ages of all children and young adults.

2. Make payment via PayPal (click here) or send check to;
Gan Israel Retreat
10 Hidden Glen Ln
Airmont, NY 10952

Questions? Please call 845.425.0903 or email

Children's Yud Aleph Nissan Rally

Workshop on Safety Education