Friday, January 23, 2015

R YY Jacobson Sunday Morning Shiur


Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac & Roizy Lefkowitz on the birth of a grandson born to Dovi and Yachy Reich!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Lefkowitz home, 2 Cedar Lane in Monsey.


Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 4

To download the fourth part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered in Monsey, please click here.

Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mazel Tov Messings - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Tzadok Leib and Gwen Messing on the engagement of their daughter Jessica (Yaakova) to Yossi Gershovitz of Crown Heights!

The l'chaim will take place this Tuesday, January 27, at 8:30 PM at the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

In the Torah portion this week  Bo (Shmos [Exodus] 10:1- 13:16) we read of the great Exodus from Egypt. Let my people go that they may serve Me was the Divine call transmitted by Moses to Pharaoh. Now, if the purpose of leaving Egypt and Pharaoh's whip was to be able to serve G-d, so where is the freedom? We are still slaves, only now we are servants of the Almighty!

Many Jews today argue similarly. Mitzvahs cramp my style. Keeping kosher is a serious inconvenience. Shabbat really gets in the way of my weekend. And Passover has got to be the biggest headache of the year.

Long ago, the sages of the Talmud said it was actually the other way around. There is no one as free as he who is occupied with the study of Torah. But how can this possibly be true? Torah is filled with rules of law, ethics and even expectations and exhortations that we take the high road and behave beyond the call of duty. How could they say that Torah makes us free? Surely it is inhibiting rather than liberating?

The editor of a famous satirical British magazine, in his later years, became religious. An interviewer was questioning him how he could make such a radical transformation and become religious? How could he stifle such a magnificent free spirit as his?

His answer was a classic. He said he had a friend who was a famous yachtsman, an accomplished navigator of the high seas. A lesson he once gave him in sailing would provide the answer to the reporter's question. The yachtsman taught him that if you want to enjoy the freedom of the high seas, you must first become a slave to the compass.

A young novice might challenge the experienced professional's advice. But why should I follow that little gadget? Why can't I go where I please? It's my yacht! But every intelligent person understands that without the navigational fix provided by the compass we will flounder and sail in circles. If you want to enjoy the freedom of the high seas you must first become a slave to the compass.

The Torah is the compass of life. It provides our navigational fix so we know where to go and how to get there. Without the Torah's guidance and direction we would be lost in the often stormy seas of confusion. Without a spiritual guidance system we flounder about, wandering aimlessly through life. Just look at our kids when they're on vacation from school and are "free" from the disciplines of the educational system. Unless they have a program of some kind to keep them busy – like a summer camp – they become very frustrated in their "freedom."

Within the Torah lifestyle there is still ample room for spontaneity and freedom of expression. Not all rabbis are clones. To the untrained eye every yeshiva bochur looks identical – a black hat, glasses and a beard. The truth is that everyone is distinctively different; an individual with his very own tastes, attitudes, personality and preferences. They may look the same but they are each unique.

We can be committed to the compass and still be free spirits. Indeed, there are none as free as they who are occupied with Torah.

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

Yud Shvat Farbrengen at Ohr Chaim


Goldstein Chanukas Habayis

Hershel Goldstien is making a Chanukas Habayis this Motzsai Shabbos from 10 to 11 PM at 2 A Iroquois Trail in Airmont. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Special Yud Shvat Avos U'Banim Melava Malka

The annual Avos U'Banim special Melave Malka in honor of Yud Shvat will be held this Motzai Shabbos after the regular weekly Avos U'Banim program. 

This year's Melave Malka is again being sponsored by Reb Shmuel and Mrs. Amram in honor of their children.

Please note that this week's program  will be starting at 7:00 PM as  Shabbos is finishing later. The program will end approx 8:15 PM after the  Melave Malka. 

All elementary school boys and their fathers are invited to join the program held at Tzemach Tzedek with raffles, prizes and Chassidishe maases. 

The Melave Malka will be pareve. 


Babysitter Available

Yehudis Hecht is available to babysit in Monsey. Please call 845-262-1389.

Yud Shvat Farbrengens at Tzemach Tzedek

Tzemach Tzedek is organizing special farbrengens and what is sure to be an unforgettable Yud Shvat weekend of renewed התקשרות to the Rebbe.

Guest speaker, Rabbi Mendel Feller, shliach of the Rebbe to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, will learn and farbreng on Thursday night, Or L’ י' שבט (January 29), beginning with Maariv at 8:00 PM, followed by the farbrengen.

Both men and women are encouraged to attend. Rabbi Feller will also be the guest speaker at the kiddush/farbrengen on Shabbos Beshalach, Yud-Alef Shevat (January 31).

If you would like the zechus of honoring the Rebbe on these auspicious days by sponsoring these farbrengens and kiddush, please contact Avraham Hayman avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-269-1787.

Rabbi Feller, a native Minnesotan and a second generation shliach, served as principal of the  Lubavitch Cheder Day School of  Minnesota. He is a renowned Chassidic history buff, researcher and consultant. He serves as the spiritual leader of Lubavitch House in the Twin Cities.  Rabbi Feller shares knowledge, wit and wisdom - with a bit of humor - as he lectures worldwide to audiences of all backgrounds, sharing his love for Chassidus, Lubavitch, the Rebbe and the mission with warmth.


Farewell Kiddush for the Abramowitzs This Shabbos

Tzemach Tzedek will be honoring Yehudis and Yitzchok Abramowitz with a farwell kiddush and fabrengen this Shabbos Parshas Bo, January 24, 2015.

Please come and join us for this special occasion as the Abramowitz family moves to Yerushalayim after living in Monsey for 27 years.

Anyone interested in co-sponsoring this kiddush in honor of the Abramowitz family, please contact Avraham Hayman avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-269-1787.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hundreds Participate in Siyum HaRambam Melava Malka

Several hundred men and women attended a Siyum Harambam for the greater Monsey community at the Atrium Plaza.

On Motzei Shabbos Shemos, January 10, a diverse crowd from different communities all around Monsey came to join in the celebration of the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily and Sefer Hamitzvos. In addition, this year’s Siyum is aligned with the Siyum of the 11th cycle for those who learn one chapter of Rambam each day.

The event was arranged by Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona under the leadership of Rabbi Dovid Weber, in conjunction with NCFJE of Rockland under the leadership of Shliach Rabbi Simcha Werner.

The Siyum was scheduled to take place on the Yahrtzeit of the Rambam and on the week of the Alter Rebbe's Yahrtzeit.

After the recital of the Rebbe's Kapital by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman of Cheder Chabad Monsey, Divrei Brocha was presented by several local Rabbonim including Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches of congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavtich, Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan of congregation Bais Menachem Lubavtich, , Rabbi Aaron Lankry of congregation Ohr Hachaim Monsey and Rabbi Mordechai Berg of Congregation Ateres Rosh Monsey. The Siyum was recited by Rabbi Dovid Weber and the Hascholas Harambam by Rabbi Simcha Werner.  Special guest speakers Rabbi Bentzion Twerski of Milwaukee, WI, and Rabbi Dovid Dubov, Shliach in Princeton, NJ addressed the crowd. Master of Ceremonies was Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky, Shliach in Monroe, NJ.
A special video presentation of the Rebbe talking about the study of Rambam was shown. Singing sensation Benny Freidman along with the Nesher Orchestra enhanced the event with both his heart warming and joyous singing.

Thanks to all the sponsors including Mark Nussbaum,  Eliezer Scheiner, Yaakov Speath, Steve Sklarz, Baruch Schwartz, Avraham Hayman, Dr. Avrohom Strauss, Eli Zisman, Uri Koenig, Efraim Shteif, Shaul Kopelwitz, the Werner Brothers of KMR,  Cong. Tzemach Tzedek, and Anash of Airmont

Special thanks to those who helped in arranging the event, including Rabbi Yona Abenson with the assistance of Rabbi Yisroel Friedman, Rabbi Mendel Sandhous, Shmuly Zeigler, Yitzy Brody,  and Yehuda Flohr.






















Saturday, January 17, 2015

R' Zalmen Leib Markowitz to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz.

The levaya is taking place tonight, Motzai Shabbos, in Willamsburg.

Rabbi Markowitz will be sitting Shiva at 70 Clymer Street, Apartment 3B in Williamsburg. Please note that the building says 74 on it. 

Any updated information will be posted when it becomes available.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, January 16, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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 well being, 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 Torah text, 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 Chabad.org – by Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

Seeing Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey and Monsey to Crown Heights both on this Motzei Shabbos. If anyone is doing one way and can bring two extra people, please call 845-659-7731.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 3

To download the third part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered in Monsey, please click here.

Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

Dr. Yehuda Schild Shiva Davening Times

Dr. Yehuda Schild will be sitting shiva at his home, 27 Fessler Drive, from this Friday morning, January 16, through Monday morning, January 19.

The following are the davening times:

Friday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM

Sunday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM
Mincha & Maariv: 4:45 PM

Monday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM

Please help make the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coat Switched at Tzemach Tzedek

If you mistakenly took a London Fog coat with the name "Bentzi Lesches" from Tzemach Tzedek this past Shabbos, please return it to the coat rack or call 845-425-2556.

No Samach Vov Shiur Tonight {Wednesday}

Due to the Markowitz l'chaim, there will be no Samach Vov shiur tonight, Wednesday, at Tzemach Tzedek.

Second Annual Monsey Yungeleit Ski Trip

Plans are underway for this year’s ski trip. Preliminary info as follows:

  • We will be going to ski in Stratton, VT sometime during the week of Shvat 13- 16 (February 2-5). 
  • Exact date will be set the week prior based on weather forecast and snow conditions.
  • We will leave Tzemach Tzedek 4pm on day of departure, arrive at the Alpen Rose Lodge in Stratton at approximately 8pm.  Dinner and Farbrengen in the lodge.  Next morning Chassidus and Shacharis at the lodge followed by full day of skiing. Return to Monsey that evening.
  • Reservations are required. 

To be added to the email list for info please email ski@monseychabad.com, or call Boruch Greenwald at 218-722-3517.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights on Thursday or Friday for 1 person. I lf you have room or know someone, please call or text Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Hatzoloh Text Alerts


Monday, January 12, 2015

Mazel Tov Tilsons!

Mazel tov to Dovid and Sari Tilson on the birth of a baby boy!

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 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Mazel Tov Hotts!

Mazel tov to Yosef and Tovah Hott on the birth of a baby boy!

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 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Farewell Kiddush for the Abramowitzs Next Shabbos

Tzemach Tzedek will be honoring Yehudis and Yitzchok Abramowitz with a farwell kiddush and fabrengen on Shabbos Parshas Bo, January 24, 2015.

Please come and join us for this special occasion as the Abramowitz family moves to Yerushalayim after living in Monsey for 27 years.

Anyone interested in co-sponsoring this kiddush in honor of the Abramowitz family, please contact Avraham Hayman avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-269-1787.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, January 15, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Chof Daled Teves.

Chof Daled Teves marks the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Teves, at approximately 10:30 PM, shortly after reciting Havdalah. The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Mazel Tov Markowitzs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the engagement of their son Menachem Mendel to Esther Edelman of Brunoy, France!

The l'chaim will take place this Wednesday night, January 14, at 8:00 PM at the Bais Rivka hall, 310 Crown Street in Crown Heights.


Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen for Women


House for Rent

Long term home for rent on Skylark Drive in Wesley Hills near Bais Menachem. $2,495/month. 4 BR, 3 BR (negotiable, no broker fees).  Great neighborhood, Amazing Shuls and beautiful property.

Email levibla@gmail.com for more information.

Short term also available for $2,850/month (min 3 months).

Mazel Tov Steinmetzs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Binyomin & Adina Steinmetz on the engagement of their daughter Tova Lea to Rafi Stein!

The l'chaim will take place this Wednesday evening, January 14, at 8:30 PM at Chovovei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway (between Albany & Troy) in Crown Heights.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem


RSVP for Women's Goodbye Dinner for Mrs. Abramowitz

Please join us for a tzayschem l'shalom honoring
Yehudis Abramowitz
 as we
farbreng and share thoughts.

When: Monday evening, January 19, 2015 - 28 Teves 5775

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Party Room at the Purple Pear Restaurant

All You Can Eat Buffet: $20 per person at the door

Please RSVP to Chaya Webb at chayawebb@gmail.com or call 
(The restaurant would like a head count, so please RSVP at your
earliest convenience!)

The evening is being organized by Cheder Chabad, N'Shei Chabad and
the Tzemach Tzedek Shul

***SHARE YOUR MEMORIES & GOOD WISHES!***
Everyone is invited to write a paragraph expressing feelings or to
reminisce about experiences with Yehudis!

Please email your submissions to
Chaya Schaeffer at moshiachmom@gmail.com
Iy"H we would like to have them compiled and presented in a book for
Yehudis to take with her.

Deadline: Friday, January 16th

Sunday, January 11, 2015

R' Kagan's Weekly Shiur Moved to Sunday Nights

To accommodate those participants who would like to attend Rabbi Jacobson's Thursday night Chassidus shiur, Rabbi Kagan's weekly shiur will be permanently rescheduled from Thursday evening to Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM at the Zeiler home, 22 Concord Drive.

The topic for tonight is the Halachik view of not yet observant Jews today. Who is considered an apikorus?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Schild to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Dr. Yehuda Schild.

The levaya will take place in California this Tuesday.

Yehuda will be sitting shiva at his home, 27 Fessler Drive, from Friday morning, January 16, through Monday morning, January 19.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 2

To download the second part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered this past Thursday night, please click here.

 Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.