Friday, January 11, 2019

Parsha Perspective

The Rebbe often  emphasized that the review of the weekly Parsha,  read  weekly by Jews the world over, is not only for the sake of reminding ourselves of our long history and what happened to our great grandparents in days long bygone.  Rather, the weekly Torah portion is for the sake of educating and instilling within us a more profound appreciation of our heritage and thereby enhancing our observance of Torah and Mitzvos today. 
The ten plagues, discussed in these current Torah readings, which were inflicted upon the ancient Egyptians leading up to the Exodus from Egypt , have a message for us today. Let us take the Ninth plague, Darkness, which is in our current Torah reading this week.
The Torah tells us that there were three days of "thick darkness." According to the Midrash, the Egyptians could not see, nor even move. However, for the Jewish people it was different: they had light wherever they lived.
The Sages discuss this idea. Does it mean that the darkness did not affect the specific area where the Jewish people dwelt, the Land of Goshen? Or the other hand, does it mean, more mysteriously and mystically, that for a Jew, even in the Egyptian areas, there was light in during this period of darkness?
As explained by the Rebbe, these two opinions relate to our view of the world. One view is that there is a deep separation between the holy (the Jewish area) and the unholy (the idols of Egypt). In the holy realm, it was light; in the unholy realm, it was dark.
The second view is that the Jew in Egypt had the power to bring light to the realm of the unholy. Even in the Egyptian areas, where there was frighteningly thick darkness, the Jew could see.
This relates to our role in the world. The Jew enters a realm of spiritual darkness, yet he or she has the power to bring light even into that darkness, to illuminate the homes of the "Egyptians," of the apparently secular and materialistic world. This freedom is not just for ourselves. We have the power of light in the darkness of Egypt so that we can bring light to the whole world –the light of Redemption.
This forthcoming Wednesday (January 16, 2019) in the Jewish calendar is 10 Shvat, marking the 69th anniversary of the passing of the Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM (in 1950) and the ascent to leadership of Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, OBM. Throughout the years of their leadership, particularly here in America, this was a key theme – to teach and inspire all Jews that true freedom must have with it a life of spiritual purpose dedicated to G‑d’s service, in order to realize our destiny, achieve our goal and indeed be a “light unto the nations”.
Excerpts from   by  Dr. Tali Loewenthal                                                                                                                      
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Parsha Perspective

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated
                  In memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM
                     And in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Perception and Power 
A basic ideal in contemporary thinking is not only the rights of the individual but also the power of the individual. If there is an issue which you really care about, then through the democratic process, the power of lobbying, getting the media involved to raise public interest and affect opinion -- you can actually do something about it. In some sense, each person can change the world.
In spiritual terms, this is an ancient Jewish idea. More than eight centuries ago Maimonides wrote that each person should consider themselves equally balanced between good and bad, and the world as a whole as equally balanced between good and bad. This means, says Maimonides, one's next step can change the balance for oneself and for the whole world. One good deed, or even, comments the Lubavitcher Rebbe, one good thought, can bring tip the balance of existence to the side of good, and bring healing to the world. 
This means that each person is highly significant. His or her perception of life can be a crucial factor not only for their own wellbeing, but for the world as a whole.
Our perception of life is in fact a key theme in the Torah portion of this week of Va’aira (Shmos [Exodus] 6:2- 9:35), which tells of the plagues which G-d sent against the Egyptians.

What was the purpose of the plagues?

Well, one answer is, to force the Egyptians, particularly Pharaoh, to let the Jews go free. They can also be seen as a punishment for their cruelty towards their Jewish slaves. But, if we look carefully at the Torahtext, we see that this was not just a matter of a show force nor of causing pain. The goal was more subtle.

G-d explains that the purpose of the miracles in Egypt is so that "Egypt will know that I am G-d." 

When Pharaoh first confronted Moses, who was asking that the Jews should be given their freedom, Pharaoh responded: "Who is G-d that I should listen to Him and let the Jews go free? I do not know G-d." This means that the purpose of the plagues was to make Pharaoh recognize G-d. Only then would he let the Jews leave Egypt.

In fact, however, this too is not the final goal of the plagues, G-d gives a further explanation to Moses. The plagues come so that the Jewish people will tell their children and grandchildren about what happened, and they "will know that I am G-d." 

The purpose of the plagues was to change our perception of life, so that, through the generations, we recognize G-d and the significance of His teachings. For ancient Pharaoh, the plagues meant that he eventually obeyed G-d and let the Jewish people free. For us they mean that we recognize G-d's power in our lives, and therefore make the right step which will bring goodness and healing to the world.

 (Excerpts from – by Rabbi Tali Loewenthal)                                                                                                                                     
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

Shabbos וארא and Week of בא Schedules (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Mendy Hecht sitting shiva ל"ע

 ברוך דיין האמת

R' Mendy Hecht is sitting shiva for his brother at 4 Boxwood Lane, Monsey

Davening Times:

Shachris  8:30
Mincha 4:00
Maariv 5:00

Family requests, Please no visitors between 1-3pm

Visiting hours till 10:30PM

Mazel Tov! Rothstein l"chaim

You are cordially invited to the engagement party (vort) for our dear son, Rabbi Yeshaya Yosef (Isaiah) Rothstein and Ms. Leah Gottfried of Passaic, NJ.  It will be be"H Rosh Chodesh Shvat (January 6, 2019), 6 PM, at West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street, NYC.
Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov!

Yaakov and Shulamit Geulah Rothstein

Saturday, December 22, 2018

week of Parshas שמות

Week of Parshas שמות starting
15 Teves/December 23rd
Sunday                                    8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am                                                Mon. – Fri.
6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

מנחה                                                                Sun. - Thurs. 4:20pm

מעריב                                           Sun. - Thurs. 5:10,  8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, December 21, 2018

Shabbos Chazak Parshas ויחי

Schedule for    שבת חזק פ' ויחי

Friday ערש"ק

Licht Bentchen              4:12pm                                                                             
מנחה                   4:25pm                                                         
קבלת שבת                    5:00pm                                                                          
No Kiddush between 5:54/6:00pm – 6:54/7:00 pm

שבת קודש 
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur   8:45am                                                                           
Latest Shma        9:36am                                                                        
         שחרית                         9:30am
קידוש לכבוד שבת חזק follows
       Mincha Gedola        12:25pm                                                                          
Rov’s הלכה Shiur            3:45pm                                                                            
מנחה                               4:15pm                                                                       
Motzoei Shabbos/מעריב 5:18pm
Avos U'Bonim                 7:00pm

Kids Program
from 10:00am – 11:30pm
For girls ages 3 to 10 and boys ages 3 to 5.
Snacks & Prizes for everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

פ' ויחי

Week of Parshas  ויחי starting 8 Teves/December 16th
(see separate schedule for Tuesday עשרה בטבת )
שחרית                                                   Sunday  8:00, 9:00,  9:30, 10:00am
                                                Mon.,Wed. – Fri.   6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                                Mon., Wed., Thurs. 4:15pm
מעריב                                            Mon. Wed., Thurs. 5:05,  8:30, 9:30pm
Tuesday עשרה בטבת - יהפך לששון ולשמחה
Fast begins                                                                                          5:47am
שחרית                                                                    6:45, 6:48, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                                                         2:00, 4:00pm
מעריב  and end of fast                                                                    5:01pm

Friday, December 14, 2018

Shabbos Vayigash schedule

Schedule for Shabbos Parshas Vayigash 5779

Licht Bentchen                                                                        4:10pm
מנחה                                                                           4:25pm
קבלת שבת                                                                             5:00pm
No Kiddush between 5:51/6:00pm – 6:51/7:00 pm

שבת קודש
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur                                                              8:45am
Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                              9:32am
שחרית                                                                                       9:30am   
Kiddush following davening      
Mincha Gedola                                                                        12:21pm                                                                                          
Rov’s הלכה Shiur                                                                    3:45pm
מנחה                                                                                       4:10pm
Motzoei Shabbos/מעריב                                                      5:15pm
ובנים                                                                           אבות 7:00pm  

Levin Vort this Sunday

Dr. and Mrs. Meir Levin are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Chana Beyla to Shmuel Ansel of Monsey. Everyone is invited to the Vort that will take place in Ohr Somayach Shvidler Hall on Sunday December 16, 5-8 PM. May we merit to share only simchos.
M. Levin

Klein Engagement. Lechaim This Sunday!

Mazel Tov to Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the engagement of their son Moshe Klein to Henny Chein of Crown Heights. The Lechaim will be this Sunday imy"H  in Crown heights at the Nemes Hall
309 New York Ave. at 7:30pm and on.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

      Week of Parshas ויגש  starting ר"ח טבת / December 10th

שחרית                              Sunday 8:00, 9:00,  9:30, 10:00am
                       Monday thru Friday 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
 מנחה                 Sunday ONLY 4:10 Mon. - Thurs4:15pm
מעריב                   Sunday ONLY 6:00, Mon.-Thurs. 5:05pm

Farbengenלכבוד ה' טבת   Thursday after the 8:30 Maariv

Friday, December 7, 2018

Shabbos Chanukah/Rosh Chodesh Teves/Parshas Mikeitz schedule

Schedule for שבת חנוכה ר"ח טבת פ' מקץ


מנחה ערב שבת חנוכה EARLY TIME                                  3:20pm 
Licht Bentchen                                                                   4:09pm
Kabbolas Shabbos                                                             5:00 pm

No Kiddush between 5:48/6:00pm – 6:48/7:00 pm

שבת קודש 

Chassidus Shiur                                                                8:45am
Sof Zman Krias Shma                                             9:28am
שחרית                                                                                  9:30am
Mincha Gedola                                                              12:18pm
Rov’s הלכה שיעור                                                                 3:45pm
מנחה                                                                                      4:10pm
Motzoei Shabbos/מעריב                                                  5:14pm
אבות ובנים                                                                             7:30pm

Special אבות ובנים this Motzoei Shabbos at 7:30pm


A special AVOS UBONIM session in honor of Shabbos Chanukah, Parshas Mikeitz, will be happening IY"H at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Dr, Monsey, this Motzoai Shabbos, starting at 7:30 pm.

 Every family participating in this program will be receiving a very special Chanukah gift, compliments of Dr. Avrohom Polinger and family. This will be in addition to the regular weekly prizes, raffles, treats and story which wraps up every AVOS UBONIM session. Please spread the word for all elementary school boys to come WITH THEIR FATHERS. (All boys must come either with their father or older brother to learn with.) The evening is being sponsored by Mrs Miriam Kagan in honor of her father’s yahrzeit, 25 Kislev. Please note: This AVOS UBONIM program will IY"H begin at 7:30 pm to allow for the Chanukah home Menorah Lighting after Shabbos.

 Anyone who would like to sponsor an AVOS UBONIM program should please contact Rabbi Shusterman Yisroel Shusterman 917 282 3505 or Especially in this Yom Tov of “Light”, all boys should be encouraged to come and put in extra time in the “Light” of Torah ! What an amazing sight it is to see the Shul full of fathers and sons learning together!!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mivtzoim Help Needed

We are looking for volunteers who can help Rabbi Werner with lighting the public Chanukah Menoroas. Offering compensation.

Please contact via email or call 845 356 3850