Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mazel Tov Drizins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Dov and Hindy Drizin on the birth of a baby boy!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com.

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Morning Kollel Going Strong

The Tzemach Tzedek Morning Kollel has now completed its first month and, Baruch Hashem, is still growing. There are currently 31 participants and it is a mechaye to see the vibrant learning every morning.

The Rav’s mention of the Kollel in this week’s drasha was very powerful and more interest in the Kehilla has been generated based on that. To celebrate/mechazek the participants to continue, there will be a farbrengen this Tuesday evening, 2 Menachem Av at 8:00 PM, combined with Reb Zecharya Lipitz’s birthday Farbrengen at the Lipitz residence.

The farbrengen will also include a Siyum by a fellow Kollel member, Reb Shmuel Klein, as the Rebbe requested for the nine days.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nine Days Nightly Siyumim at Tzemach Tzedek

As per the Rebbe’s instructions, there will be a siyum every night following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek beginning tonight, Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Av through Tu B’Av.

The following people are scheduled to make a siyum (names will be added as they are confirmed):
  • Sunday night, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av: Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman 
  • Monday night: Rabbi Meir Steinhauser
  • Tuesday night: Dr. Yehuda Klein
  • Wednesday night: Rabbi Dr. Chaim D. Kagan
  • Thursday night: Rabbi Michoel Hazan
If you would like to make a siyum please contact Rabbi Lesches.

Please note that the prevailing Chabad custom is not to eat meat or drink wine during The Nine Days even if you participated in a siyum.

Mazel Tov Amrams!

Mazal tov to Shmuel and Devorah Amram 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 karenschild@yahoo.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cheder Chabad Raffle - Win $10,000

Cheder Chabad has joined a group of other Chabad Moisdos for a $10,000 raffle plus other great prizes.

Ticket sales has been opened up to the our local Chabad community for a discounted price of $100 per ticket. The odds of winning are great as there are only 2000 tickets to be sold. The draw is this Sunday, July 27, and tickets can be purchased until  at 12:00 noon that Sunday.

All proceeds from these ticket sales go to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Now, during the Three Weeks and particularly with the situation in Eretz Yisroel, the Rebbe constantly emphasized the value and importance of Tzedaka, especially to an institution of Torah and where Torah is taught to children.

Please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman at 917-282-3505 or yshusterman@chedermonsey.org to purchase your tickets.

Time  is short and only a handful of tickets are left!

Thruway Repaving in Rockland Gets Underway

By Khurram Saeed, The Journal News 

One or two lanes on the Thruway will be closed nightly as paving work begins on the southbound Thruway in Rockland, starting Tuesday.

The two-month project will cover a 10-mile stretch between Exit 16 in Orange County and Exit 14B in Ramapo, the state Thruway Authority said.

Aside from paving, the $28.8 million project will include drainage improvements in flood-prone areas, safety upgrades and bridge repairs.

Lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Thruway Authority said no lane closures will take place before 7 p.m. when work shifts to the northbound lanes.

All lanes will be re-opened no later than 6 a.m.

In May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would give New York $3.8 million to raise four sections of the Thruway between exits 15 and 16 that were underwater last year when the Ramapo River flooded.

The roadway will be raised 1.7 feet at two locations and 2.5 feet at the other two.

ECCO III Enterprises, the project contractor, may postpone the work in case of bad weather.

Electronic signs and Highway Advisory Radio 530 AM will carry information about the lane closures.

Rockland drivers using the Palisades Interstate Parkway should also be aware that a major paving project on the New Jersey portion is also underway.

Letters in a Sefer Torah for Israeli Soldiers

On the second night of Chanuka in the year 5742 the Rebbe spoke about how important it is that the soldiers of צה״ל should each have a letter in the Sefer Torah Haklali.

The Rebbe explained that this places a fear upon the enemy who faces the soldier, because he sees in each soldier how he is coming with 304,805 soldiers (there are 304,805 letters in a sefer Torah). The Rebbe also spoke about the great זכות of those who sign up soldiers in the sefer Torah Haklali.

Everybody's asked to do whatever they can to reach as many soldiers as possible. Letters can be purchased at www.sefertorahklali.com.


Summer Shechita Course

Become fully halachically certified (minhogei Chabad) for Shchitas Oifos this summer.

The Shchita course will run from the 3 Av to 26 Av (July 30-August 22) and will include comprehensive Hilchos Shchita, knife preparation and handling and hands-on supervised practice.

Harav Chaim Berger, musmach under Gedolei HaRabonim with 15 years active experience, will be teaching the course.

Please contact Rabbi Yossi Soble at 646-280-8071 or monseyshchita@gmail.com for the cost, availability and for any other inquiries.

Welcome Pollocks!

Welcome to Elie and Chayale Pollock on their move to our community (Mcnamara Road)!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kiddush This Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek in Honor of R Wichnin's Yahrzeit

This Shabbos, Parshas Massei, the Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek is being sponsored by Mrs. Mala Wichnin in honor of the 18th yarzeit of her late husband and founding Rav of Tzemach Tzedek, Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A”H.

The shul invites the community to join in honoring the memory of Rabbi Wichnin by co-sponsoring the Kiddush.

If you are interested, please contact Avraham Hayman as soon as possible at avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-269-1787.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek Children’s Shabbos Program Dedicated and Expanded

Tzemach Tzedek is excited to announce that in honor of Rabbi Wichnin’s 18th yarzeit, the Children’s Shabbos program will be expanded and named the Rabbi Dovid Wichnin Children’s Shabbos Program.

Plans are in the works as to how it will be expanded.

Those who knew Rabbi Wichnin, those who have, had or will have children in the program, or anyone who would like to honor Rabbi Wichnin’s memory and join this wonderful peula are invited and encouraged to partner with us.

To make your donation or discuss how you would like to get involved, please contact Avraham Hayman at 845-269-1787 or avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

Farbrengen in Honor of 18th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Wichnin A"H

There will be a Siyum and Farbrengen this Thursday night, 26 Tammuz, July 24, following the 7:00 PM Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the 18th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H.

Rabbi Wichnin's son, Rabbi Nachman Dov Wichnin, will be making a siyum.

Rabbi Wichnin A"H was the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey until his untimely passing in 1996. Rabbi Wichnin, an exceptional Talmid Chochom, was a beloved leader and a father figure to many and earned the respect of many of the Rabbonim and Admorim in Monsey and beyond.

Palisades Parkway Paving Project

Today, Monday July 21st 2014, the Palisades Interstate Parkway will begin the much needed resurfacing project in the New Jersey section.

This project will span several months and include overnight road work as well as closures of ramps, lookouts, and potentially sections of highway. 

Prominent signage and detour notices are posted throughout the Palisades Interstate Parkway and approaching areas. They are designed to make your commute easier and safer.

Bookmark Palisades Interstate Parkway Police webpage, the official Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department Twitter feed (@ParkwayPolice), and 511NJ.org for up to date traffic information regarding the resurfacing project as well as other ongoing traffic awareness.

Welcome Lehrs!

Welcome to Avraham and Deena Lehr on their move to our community!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Heichal Menachem Erev Shabbos Hours

Seeking Home for Counselors

Seeking a home where two female counselors at CGI of Rockland can stay during the week over the summer. Please contact Levi Osdoba at 718-474-2557.

Women's Daily Hilchos Bais HaBechirah Shiur

Particularly in view of the events happening in Eretz Yisroel, join us to learn Hilchos Bais HaBechirah and build the Bais HaMikdash! Every weekday morning 10:00 - 11:00 am from now until and including Erev Tisha B'Av.

Shmira Project

The Shmira Project is an ongoing, grassroots program that pairs IDF combat soldiers with Jews around the world who do acts of kindness, prayer or Torah learning to increase the soldier’s spiritual merit and protection.

Get matched with an individual Israeli Soldier. Then do one of three things in their merit and protection:

1.Do acts of kindness
2. Pray
3. Learn Torah

It's guard duty for the rest of us. Sign up today www.shmiraproject.com.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week's Torah portion, Parshah Matos (Bamidbor [Numbers]30:2-32:42) we read  that the tribes of Reuben and Gad (later joined by half of the tribe of Manasseh) ask for the lands east of the Jordan River, these being  prime pastureland for their cattle. Moses is initially angered by the request, concerned that they are not willing to help their brethren in the battle to conquer the Land of Israel. In response, Reuben and Gad propose that they first join, and be the advance troops, in Israel’s conquest of the lands west of the Jordan. “…We will build sheepfolds for our livestock here, and cities for our children. We will then arm ourselves quickly [and go] before the children of Israel . . . We shall not return to our homes until each of the children of Israel has taken possession of his inheritance. “(Numbers 32:16–18)

They assumed that their ability to care for their children was predicated on how many sheep they owned.

Moses then responds in agreement, but changes the order of their projected construction project: “…Build yourselves cities for your children and enclosures for your sheep, and what has proceeded from your mouth you shall do.” (Ibid. 32:24)

They were more concerned about their possessions than about their sons and daughters, since they mentioned their livestock before their children. Moses said to them, “Not so! Treat the fundamental as a fundamental, and the secondary as secondary. First build cities for your children, and afterwards enclosures for your sheep.” (Rashi’s commentary on this verse)

The tribes had put sheep first, then children. But can it then be that that they actually loved their sheep more than their children?

Rather, they made the assumption that their ability to care for their children was predicated on how many sheep they owned—their financial situation. Hence they were always putting their economic involvement first. To this Moses responded: “Worry about your children first; the ‘sheep’ come last.” Ultimately it is G‑d who provides sustenance. We have to work, and work hard, but we are only creating a vessel, and then G‑d fills the vessel we create with our toil with His blessings.

The implication is obvious. Very often, there are so many things we do not do with our children because of the scheduling demands of our professions and  businesses. To this Moses responds: “First things first! Devote yourself to the needs of your children—in particular, their spiritual needs—and the ‘sheep’ will happen. To bring children into the world and care for them—that is your mission. For your work to bear fruit, that’s G‑d’s job.” (This is after we actually toil and make the “vessel”; no “thumb-twiddling” is being advocated here!!)

We must first—in the sense of priority—as mothers and fathers, see what our children need of us physically and spiritually, their educational and developmental needs, and only then should we turn to our “sheep”—our economic lives.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Early Maariv Minyan Time Change

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 9:00 PM.

The regular minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

North Airmont Road Closure

All motorists are advised that North Airmont Rd, between Route 59 & New York State Thruway(Exit 14B) will be closed from Friday July 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M until Sunday July 20, 2014 at 4:00 P.M.

This closure will expedite the upgrade of the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks on North Airmont Rd.

Please note: Local traffic and businesses will have full access to the roadway up to the work zone. Full access to the New York State Thruway via detour will be available. Detour routes in the immediate vicinity will be provided.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seeking Experienced Bookkeeper

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is seeking an experienced bookkeeper.

Principal Accountabilities:
  • Purchase supplies and equipment as authorized by management
  • Monitor office supply levels and reorder as necessary
  • Tag and monitor fixed assets
  • Pay supplier invoices in a timely manner
  • Take all reasonable discounts on supplier invoices
  • Pay any debt as it comes due for payment
  • Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants
  • Issue invoices 
  • Ensure that receivables are collected promptly
  • Record cash receipts and make bank deposits
  • Conduct a monthly reconciliation of every bank account
  • Conduct periodic reconciliations of all accounts to ensure their accuracy
  • Maintain the petty cash fund
  • Provide information to the external accountant who creates the company’s financial statements
  • Assemble information for external auditors for the annual audit
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
  • Maintain the chart of accounts
  • Assist in maintaining the annual budget
  • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management
  • Process payroll in a timely manner
  • Provide clerical and administrative support to management as requested
Desired Qualifications: The bookkeeper candidate should have an Associate's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience, as well as a knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of the QuickBooks accounting software package.

Please send your resume to ygutner@chedermonsey.org.

Route 306 Closure Next Week

Due to a culvert replacement, Route 306 will be closed in both directions at Kentor Lane (just south of Village Hall) from Monday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 23 (subject to change due to weather).

A detour will be setup using Grandview Avenue, Forshay Road and Willow Tree Road.

You may want to avoid the area.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek Shiva Asar B'Tammuz 5774 Schedule

The following is the schedule at Tzemach Tzedek for the fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz this Tuesday, July 15:

Fast Begins: 3:36 AM
Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:00 PM
Maariv: 9:00 PM
Fast Ends: 9:04 PM

The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day, devoted to mourning the breaching of Yerushalayim's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on this day and repenting and rectifying their causes. We refrain from all food and drink from daybreak until nightfall.

Hazan L'chaim Tonight

Rabbi Michoel and Esther Hazan wil be making a l'chaim for the engagement of their son Dovid to Mushky Greenwald of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel tonight, Monday, July 14, at Chovevei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway, in Crown Heights.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mazel Tov Hazans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Michoel and Esther Hazan on the engagement of their son Dovid to Mushky Greenwald of Rechovot, Eretz Yisroel!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Touger Kiddush

Rabbi Yossi and Sara Michal Touger invite you to a kiddush and farbrengen following davening tomorrow, Shabbos Parshas Pinchas, at their new home, 40 Brockton Road, in honor of moving into their new home and the birth of their daughter Chana.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's Torah portion, Pinchas (Bamidbor [Numbers] 25:10-30:1) begins with the reward which Pinchas received for his act of bravery—meting out punishment to Zimri ben Salu who was openly contemptuous of Moses and was cohabiting with a Midianite woman. Zimri was the chieftain of the Tribe of Shimon, who were staunchly loyal to their leader. Thus Pinchas's act was fraught with danger. The Talmud speaks of the various miracles which occurred on that day which allowed Pinchas to emerge unscathed from Zimri's tent.

Pinchas’s act wasn't too rational. He was the proverbial man in Tiananmen Square standing in front of the approaching column of tanks. His chances of success were minimal, but he was merely following the example of the very first Jew. Abraham was a young man in Ur, living amongst a pagan society, when he started preaching a philosophy of monotheism. The dictatorial tyrant Nimrod was decidedly displeased with the nuisance Abraham was creating. In fact, Abraham was called the "Ivri" (Hebrew), which means "from the other side," because the entire world was on one side while he, with his monotheistic beliefs, was on the other side. But Abraham didn't flinch because he knew that he was doing the right thing.

The story of Abraham and Pinchas has repeated itself like a broken record throughout our difficult but glorious history. Our nation would not exist today if not for the many heroic, odds-defying acts performed by courageous individuals and groups. Two examples: The holiday of Chanukah celebrates the bravery of a small group of people who refused to reconcile themselves with the spiritual pollution of Hellenism and battled a Greek army which was many times larger and stronger than they.

As well, this week's Torah portion always falls in proximity to the 12th of Tammuz, the day when Chabad Chassidim celebrate the miraculous release of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Chabad Rebbe, OBM, from Stalinist-communist prison in 1927. This happened after he was sentenced to be executed by a firing squad. At a time when teaching Torah meant almost certain death or Siberian slave labor, the Rebbe did not despair. He defied the Soviet regime, and encouraged his followers to do the same. He established underground yeshivas, mikvahs, kosher slaughter-houses, etc., and he personally oversaw and arranged for the financing of this underground network of Jewish defiance.

The end result of all these stories was victory. Abraham's opponents are relegated to the annals of history, whereas millions of his descendants still follow the path which he paved. [Actually, his legacy includes not only the Jews, but also most of the population of the world today that follow religions which are ostensibly monotheistic – and all of them find their roots in Abraham.] Pinchas was rewarded for his deed, and to this very day his offspring serve as Kohanim (priests) who bless the Jewish people and will resume their service in the Holy Temple with the coming of the Moshiach. The Greeks were banished from the Holy Land; Torah-true Judaism continued to flourish; and we were given another few days every year to celebrate, eat, and be merry… Jewish education continued behind the Iron Curtain until the day when it was shattered. They are gone, and the Torah is still here and there in Russia.

Even when the odds are against us, we must put up a fight for that which is right. We must do what is incumbent upon us, and G‑d will take care of the rest.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mazel Tov Vidrins!

Mazel tov to R' Dovid and Chana Vidrin 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 karenschild@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bus to CGI Montreal for Visiting Day

Heineman's Bus Company is having a bus depart this Motzai Shabbos at 1:30 AM from the Walmart parking lot in Suffern to Camp Gan Yisroel Montreal for visiting day.

For more information or to reserve seats, please call Heineman's at 514-271-6627.

Yud Beis Tammuz Shiur for Women

This Thursday morning, Yud Bais Tammuz, from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, we will mark the birthday and Yom HaGeulah of the Frierdiker Rebbe.

Mrs. Hindy Borenstein will farbreng with us. All women and older girls are welcome. (Toddlers can play with the toys.)

It will take place at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 211A Kearsing Parkway.

Hashovas Aveida - Cash

I dropped a $100.00 and a $20.00 dollar bill from my pocket yesterday at Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek.

If you found it, please contact mdreitman@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of New Building

Save the date - On 19 Elul, September 14, there will be a special evening celebrating the tenth year of the shul moving into the new Tzemach Tzedek building.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will be the guest speaker.

More details will follow shortly.