Friday, April 21, 2017

כינוס תורה א' דחוה"מ פסח - Kinus Torah, 1st day of Chol Hamoed Pesach

A large crowd of תמימים  and אנ"ש attended the Kinus Torah this past Thursday, the first day of Chol HaMoed, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek of Monsey. The kinus was opened by the Rov, HaRav Boruch D. Lesches, followed by HaRav Chaim D. Kagan; Rov of Beis Menachem in Monsey, as well as HaRav Aron Oster; Maggid Shiur in Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey. HaTomim Mendel Rosenbluh represented the בחורי הישיבות in Monsey. 

A big Yasher Koach to haTomim Gedalia Rosenbluh for organizing the event.










Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Sept. 11, 1941:
In Arlington, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Defense starts construction on its new headquarters, the Pentagon.

On the same day, a new immigrant to the U.S., Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, later known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, writes in his private journal concerning two traits that make a moral and productive human being: “fins” and “scales.”

A few days later, the German army captures Kiev, capital of the Ukraine, and massacres 100,000 people in a ravine named Babi Yar.

Sept. 11, 2001:
The world is shocked when passenger airliners crash into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, killing thousands.

In this week's Torah portion (Shmeinei  [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47) is the passage:  “This may you eat of all that is in the waters: everything that has fins and scales, you may eat. But anything that has no fins and scales, you may not eat.”(11:9-10)

Kabbalah teaches that the physical attributes of fish, and of all animals, reflect their psychological and spiritual qualities. Therefore, when one eats the flesh of a particular creature, the “personality” of that creature affects the person in some way.

On September 11, 1941, the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote in his journal:

As the armor that protects the body of the fish, scales represent the quality of integrity, which protects us from the many pitfalls that life presents. A man of integrity will not deceive his customers, in spite of the financial profits involved. He will not lie to a friend, despite the short-term gain from doing so. He will not cheat on his wife, in the face of tremendous temptation. Integrity means that one has absolute standards of right and wrong and is committed to a morality that transcends one’s moods and desires.

Fins, the wing-like organs that propel fish forward, represent ambition. A healthy sense of ambition, knowing one’s strengths and wanting to utilize them in full, to maximize his or her G‑d-given potential. It propels us to fulfill our dreams and leave our unique imprint on the world.

Which of these two qualities is more important to cultivate in life -fins or scales? What ought to be the main function of education? Should we concentrate primarily on providing our children with the confidence and skills necessary for them to become accomplished human beings? Or ought we to focus more on raising children with principles, teaching them that it is more important to do right than it is to do well? Are the two equally significant?

The Talmud teaches that all fish that have scales also have fins, but that there are fish that have fins but no scales, and that such fish are not kosher. Symbolically, this means that a human being who possesses ambition but lacks integrity is “unkosher.” Such a person may be full of confidence, driven to make an impact on society. Yet educating ambitious and confident children does not guarantee their moral health.

On the other hand, the Talmud tells us that all fish with scales have fins. While integrity is fundamental, ambition is also important. By mentioning fins as one of the signs of a kosher fish, the Torah teaches us that it is not enough to maintain our own integrity; we must also have a positive effect on the world. The lesson of the Talmud is that if we teach our children to approach life with awe before truth, with an unyielding commitment to serve a transcendent, moral G‑d, they will certainly succeed and develop “fins” as well. Regardless of their other abilities, they will find the drive to improve themselves and to make the world a better place.

The events of September 2001, like those of September 1941, dramatically altered our view of the world. They demonstrated the destructiveness of people with fierce ambition and zeal whose morality is corrupt. In his diary entry of September 11, 1941, the Rebbe was emphasizing that if we don’t want evil to triumph, we must stand up with great determination against human fish who possess fins but lack scales.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – By Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

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

Special Chof Ches Nissan Farbrengen

Please join us for a special Farbrengen in honor of כ"ח ניסן with special guest

Rabbi Leibel Groner 'שי
the Rebbe’s מזכיר

on Sunday, April 23rd, after the 8:30 Maariv.

For men and women.

Parshas Shemini Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Shemini:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:24pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:40pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:10pm

No Kiddush between 6:55/7:00pm - 7:55/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:30am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am      

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:29pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                         5:30pm

Rov's Halacha Shiur                                                                               6:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:25pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:28pm  

א גוטען שבת

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shmini for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Wednesday through Friday                           6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Wednesday, Thursday                                                         7:00, 7:30pm

Maariv - Wednesday, Thursday                                                 8:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Last Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the last days of Pesach:


Sunday - ערב יו"ט

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:19pm

Minchah Erev Yom Tov                                                                           7:35pm

Maariv                                                                                                     8:21pm

Alos Hashachar (earliest)                                                                        4:23am

Misheyakir                                                                                               5:21am

Monday - שביעי של פסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:35am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am               
Minchah                                                                                                    7:30pm

Licht Bentchen (not before) /Maariv                                                          8:22pm


Tuesday - אחרון של פסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:34am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am

Yizkor                                                                                         approx. 12:00pm
   
Minchah - followed by Seudas Moshiach                                                  6:00pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                           8:23pm  

א גוטען יו"ט

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Davening Times for Chol Hamoed Pesach for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Thursday, Friday, Sunday                      7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am etc.

Mincha - Thursday                                                                              7:00, 7:20pm

Followed by Kinus Torah

Maariv - Thursday                                                                               8:30, 9:30pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

First Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the first days of Pesach:


Monday - ערב יו"ט

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:13pm

Minchah Erev Yom Tov                                                                           7:29pm

Maariv                                                                                         approx. 8:13pm

Chatzos                                                                                                  12:57am

Tuesday - יום א' דחג הפסח - תפילת טל

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:40am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am               
Minchah                                                                                                    7:25pm

Licht Bentchen/Maariv                                                                              8:15pm

Chatzos                                                                                                  12:57am


Wednesday - יום ב' דחג הפסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:39am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am
   
Minchah                                                                                                    7:25pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                           8:16pm  

גוט יו"ט - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Davening Times for today and Erev Pesach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday (Erev Pesach)                 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am etc.

Mincha - Sunday                                                                                 7:00, 7:20pm

Maariv - Sunday                                                                                           8:05pm

End time for eating Chametz - 10:46am

End time for burning Chametz - 11:52am

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parshas Tzav Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos HaGodol Parshas Tzav:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:55pm

No Kiddush between 6:59/7:00pm - 7:59/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:44am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am      

Rov's Shabbos HaGodol Derashah                                                        6:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:12pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Oftentimes, a small lesson can bring about a major paradigm shift.

At this week's Torah portion Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi shared one such lesson he learned from his master, Rabbi Dovber,  the saintly Maggid of Mezeritch, based on the verse in this week’s Torah portion Tzav(Vayikra  [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36), “A constant fire shall be kept burning on the altar; it shall not be extinguished.” (Vayikra [Leviticus] 6:6)

To bring an offering on the altar is insufficient, taught the Maggid. One needs to kindle a fire under the offering. And this fire will extinguish negativity. Lo tichbeh, which literally means “it shall not be extinguished,” was interpreted by the Maggid to read: “shall extinguish (tichbeh) the ‘no’ (lo),” the negative.

Kabbalistic thought explains that every person has a microcosmic altar upon which they make sacrifices for G d. But sacrifice itself is insufficient without fire. Discipline and commitment to self-growth, but without love and warmth, is inert. Therefore, the Torah advises us to keep a fire constantly burning on the altar.

The fire fueling the altar is so potent that it will raze any element that may stand in its way. Passion has a way of dissolving problems.

This concept reminds of the story where the wind and the sun once competed to make the lonely traveler take off his jacket. The wind blew fiercely, but the man only clung to his jacket with more intensity. Then the sun began to project its warmth, and the man naturally removed his jacket.

Keep a constant fire burning on your altar, and lo tichbeh—the “no” will be extinguished. This became a vital paradigm shift, which was popularized by the Chassidic masters.
There are two ways to deal with our inner demons and dysfunctions. The first, and most natural, would be to fight back; to criticize ourselves for our inadequacies and mistakes. But sometimes this head-on approach can work to our disadvantage and the frustration that we invest in criticizing our character flaw will only aggravate it.

The second approach works by first generating a passion: With passionate energy circulating, there’s less energy to be had for dysfunctional tendencies, and less focus put on them. A teenager whose vivacity is channeled through noble pursuits may not fight to break rules.

When you love your spouse, you are less likely to be enraged by his or her flaws. At times, words of affection can be a more effective catalyst for change than scrutinizing the problems in a relationship. And so also, a passion for G-dliness will mitigate physical inconveniences.

Lo tichbeh—the negative becomes extinguished. Sometimes it’s about working smarter, not harder. Turn up your fire, says the Maggid, and your inner demons may just sizzle away.

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and A Kosher and Joyous Holiday of Pesach to all!

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Leah Poltorak Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are sorry to inform you that the mother of Leah Poltorak has passed away.

The Levaya was held yesterday.

Leah will be sitting Shiva at 128 W. Maple Ave until Sunday morning. Visiting times are between 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9pm.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Tzav for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                        6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday - Two Minyanim                                7:00. 7:15pm

Maariv - Sunday, thru Thursday                                                   8:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 31, 2017

Rabbi Lesches Available to Sell Chometz

Rabbi Lesches will be available to arrange the sale of your chometz both before and after all weekday tefillos at Tzemach Tzedek starting this Sunday.  The Rav can also be reached at 845-659-1060.

Parshas Vayikrah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:02pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:18pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:50pm

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

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:49am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am                

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             6:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:04pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

In the Hebrew text of the Torah scroll, thousands of years of tradition dictate how each letter is to be written. Certain words, such as the first word of this week's Parsha, are exceptional in some way.

The opening words of this week's Parshah, which begin the third Book of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus - 1:1-5:26) are:  "Vayikra  el Moshe -- "And G-d called to Moses."..."

The first word in this phrase ends with a letter Aleph. What is unusual is the fact that this Aleph is very small compared with the size of the other letters. The scribe has to write very carefully a tiny Aleph. This has been a feature of every Torah scroll since the first one, written by Moses. What does the small Aleph signify?

The small Aleph alludes to Moshe's humility even in the face of such Divine attention. Conversely, we find in the book of Chronicles (1 Chronicles 1:1)  that Adam's name is spelled with a large Aleph, symbolizing his greatness -- and his awareness of it. Awareness of one's good qualities is all well and good, but it must not go to the head. With Adam, it did. Moshe rectified this error. He recognized his greatness but more importantly, he recognized where it came from.

Humility does not mean self-delusion, but rather an awareness of one's talents, tempered by acknowledgement of where they come from. Moshe was aware of his qualities but he did not take any credit for it. In fact, he said: "Were somebody else to be granted these qualities, they would surely accomplish more, even better."

If we feel inadequate, it is time to remember that we are Adams, with a big Aleph. We are formed by G-d, empowered by Him to care for His Creation. However we must draw upon the spark of Moshe within us to avoid over-confidence and self-aggrandizement, but to remember from Whom everything comes

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Seeking Early Childhood Director

Cheder Chabad of Monsey, a growing school in a rapidly expanding Chabad community, is looking for an experienced, dedicated and qualified Early Childhood Director.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, possess strong oral and written communication skills, be organized and maintain a consistently calm and positive learning environment.

Kindly submit your resume to ​hr@chedermonsey.org

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Cheder Chabad of Monsey
PO Box 1164
Monsey NY 10952

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For further information please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman – 917 282 3505

Summer Camp Division Heads Needed - Half Hour from Monsey

These summer jobs will pay nicely, treat you well, give you training and experience and a fun time.

Fair Lawn Jewish Day Camp already has over 350 children enrolled and is looking for qualified people to fill a number of different positions:

Division Heads, Camp EMT, Camp Office Manager, CIT coordinator.

We also have a potential position for a young couple

Apply online http://www.fairlawncamp.com/#!staff/c12kn

You may contact Office@FairLawnCamp.com with questions.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lesches LeChaim

Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the engagement of their son, Yisroel Dovid to Ruthy Nacca from Argentina. The Lechaim will be on Tuesday night, March 28th, at Eshel, 272 Kingston Avenue.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayikrah for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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


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

Mincha - Sunday thru Wednesday                                                              7:05pm

Maariv - Sunday, thru Wednesday                                            7:50, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 24, 2017

Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        6:55pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:11pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:40pm

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

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:55am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am                

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening 

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:33pm 

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             6:10pm

Minchah                                                                                                   6:55pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:56pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Wednesday                                                              6:55pm

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Parshas Ki Sisa Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        6:47pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:03pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:35pm

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

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           10:03am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am                 

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             6:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:45pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:48pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shifrah and Puah of Monsey

Dear Anash Member,

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

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

Tizku l’mitzvos!

Karen Schild

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

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

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                  6:50pm

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Purim Fabrengen/Kumzitz with Rabbi YY Jacobson

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



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

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

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

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

Time: 830 PM.

Location: Tent, 20 Forshay Road.

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


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

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