Friday, September 19, 2014

Shiur on Getting Ready for Rosh Hashana

Heichal Menachem Tishrei Schedule

Seeking Sukkah for Mivtzoim

Chabad JEC is in need of an easy-to-assemble Sukkah for a street fair in Nyack for Sunday, Chol Hamoed .

Size needed is 6'x 8' or 8'x10.

If you have one to donate or lend, please contact Rabbi Tzili Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152  or

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

I call today upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

In the double Torah reading this week Nitzavim and Vayelech (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -31:30),
we find the above verse instructing the Jews to “choose life”. Do we really need the Torah to tell us to choose life? Which person of sound mind would choose death?

An important answer here is that the Torah is emphasizing here that one must make a conscious decision to live and not just vegetate. And I don’t mean to live it up by living life in the fast lane. To “choose life” means to choose to live a meaningful life, a life committed to values and a higher purpose. Did it make any difference at all in that I inhabited planet Earth for so many years? Will anyone really know the difference if I’m gone? Is my life productive, worthwhile?

It is told that when the fist Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless Reb Yekutiel Liepler with wealth, he declined the offer, saying that he was afraid it would distract him from more spiritual pursuits. When the Rebbe then offered to bless him with longevity, Reb Yekutiel stipulated that it should not be “peasant’s years, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, where one neither sees nor senses G‑dliness.”

Reb Yekutiel was rather fussy, it seems. The holy Rebbe is offering him an amazing blessing, and he is making conditions! Yes, he chose life, and he chose to live a life that would be purposeful and productive, and that really would make a tangible difference. He wasn’t interested in a long life if, essentially, it would amount to an empty life.

As we stand just before Rosh Hashanah, let us resolve to choose life. Let us live lives of Torah values and noble deeds. And may we all be blessed with a good, healthy, prosperous and sweet new year.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mazel Tov Kleins - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Shmuel and Miriam Klien on the engagement of their daughter Malky to Moshe Backman of Albany!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Wednesday, at 8:00 PM at their home, 22 Jeffrey Place.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pre Yom Tov & Shmitta Shiur for Women

Rabbi Lesches will be giving a pre Yom Tov Shiur for women this Wednesday evening, September 17,  at 8:15 PM.

The shiur will take place in Tzemach Tzedek.

In addition to the halachos of Yom Tov, Rabbi Lesches will discuss the laws of Shmitta and how they pertain to us.

Tzemach Tzedek Celebrates Chai Ellul & Building Anniversary

More than 100 people attended the Tzemach Tzedek dinner celebrating Chai Elul and the tenth year since the rebuilding of the Shul this past Sunday evening.

The keynote speaker, Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson was welcomed to our community by Yisroel Schulman. Rabbi Jacobson gave a very engaging and powerful speech in preparation for the Yomim Noraim.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ramapo Police Charge Bus Driver

On September 7, 2014 Ramapo Police were notified by a a few parents that a few students, ages 6 through 9, from the Cheder Chabad Boy’s School on 246 N. Main St., Spring Valley, were dropped off on September 5, 2014 after school approximately 30 minutes later then their designated time – and at a location approximately one mile from their designated stop. The parents also reported that the students appeared dehydrated and scared.

Upon further investigation the Ramapo Police Department charged the bus driver of the East Ramapo Central School District Bus Co., Floyd James, age 53, of Chestnut Ridge, NY, with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

James was arraigned before Judge Simon in the Town of Ramapo Justice Court and released on recognizance for a future court appearance on October 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

By YWN Monsey Newsroom

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mazel Tov Raskins!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Mushky Raskin on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Yisroel and Sarah Feige Shusterman! 

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

Tzivos Hashem Registration Now Open

Registration for Tzivos Hashem is open for the year 5775!

Register by Tuesday, September 15, and get the early bird special of $45.00.

Parents can register online. Please go to and follow the step-by-step setup guide. You can also register by bringing check or cash to the Cheder office. Please write clearly what it's for.

For those that are not in the Cheder and would like the oppurtunity to be part of Tzivos Hashem please contact the email below to sign up.

If you have any questions or comments on how to register please email

Chai Elul Dinner Tonight

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mazel Tov Leitners - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Refoel and Malkie Leitner on the engagement of their son Dovid Mordechai to Chava Leah Mahony of Worcester, MA / Pittsburgh, PA!

The l'chaim will take place this Sunday night, September 14, at 5:00 PM at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

It stands out very prominently in this week's Torah reading in this week’s portion Ki Sovo (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 26:1-29:8): fifty-five consecutive verses of nightmarish misery and torture, all destined to befall the Jewish people when they will be exiled from their land because of their sins. Many of the curses are so appalling that they are difficult to read. Indeed, the Baal Koreh (public reader of the Torah in the synagogue) is expected to read these verses quickly and in a quieter voice than usual.

Astoundingly, these maledictions are included in Moses' parting words to the nation he loved so much, whom he lovingly shepherded for forty difficult years.

Some questions don't need to be asked – they jump out at you. Even if G‑d intended to bring all these punishments on His people, what is the purpose in describing them in the Torah in such gruesome detail? Furthermore, why does Moses use only fourteen verses to describe the rewards and blessings which G‑d will shower upon us when we will obey His commandments – less than a third of the verses used to describe the maledictions?!

What is the purpose in describing the curses in such gruesome detail?Sadly, every one of these dreadful prophecies has come to pass. Indeed, if these verses wouldn't be part of the Torah, they could be mistaken for a Holocaust memoir written by a concentration camp survivor: "You will serve your enemies, whom the L-rd will send against you, [when you are] in famine, thirst, destitution, and lacking everything... And your life will hang in suspense before you. You will be in fear night and day, and you will not believe in your life. In the morning, you will say, 'If only it were evening!' and in the evening, you will say, 'If only it were morning!'…"

After experiencing such horrors it is only natural to ask, "Where was G‑d?" and, "If there really is a G‑d, how could He allow the inhumanity and cruelty of the Holocaust?" No one questions the source of our blessings, but after enduring excruciating pain, people begin to have doubts. Perhaps this is why all the suffering is so vividly portrayed in the Torah. How can the Holocaust be used to deny G‑d's existence when G‑d Himself informed us that this event will occur? This is not to say that we can possibly understand the reasons for our nation's tormented history, but we do know that it is all from G‑d – and therefore ultimately for our good.

In truth, Moses is doing much more than informing us of the troubles which we will experience; he is telling us not to lose our faith because of them. Reading this week's Torah portion and seeing how it has actually all come to pass offers us a measure of hope. It strengthens our belief that we will also certainly see the realization of the conclusion of this prophecy (in next week's Torah portion): "The L-rd, your G‑d, will bring back your exiles, and He will have mercy upon you… Even if your exiles are at the end of the heavens, the L-rd, your G‑d, will gather you from there…And the L-rd, your G‑d, will place all these curses upon your enemies and upon your adversaries who pursue you."

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Part Time Position Available

Non Profit Organization in Monsey looking for mature female who is computer proficient (Word/Excel/Outlook), with marketing, writing, organizational skills, phone skills, and can ensure that all details of multiple projects/fundraisers are carried out in a timely and efficient manner.

Must have car and be a Monsey resident.

Please send resumes to with cover letter.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Khal Nusach Ari Melava Malka This Motzei Shabbos

Community Simchas Beis Hashoeiva

Save the date.

Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona will be sponsoring a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva for the entire community featuring a live band, singer Beri Weber, and a children's program.

The event will take place on Chol HaMoed, Sunday evening, October 12, in the parking lot of the Wesley Kosher shopping center.

More details will be posted when they become available.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

East Ramapo Parents Report 'Scary' School Bus Glitches

By Mareesa Nicosia, The Journal News 

Transportation glitches during the first week of school are expected, but some East Ramapo parents said their experiences were downright scary.

Back-to-school week in the East Ramapo district began with more than the usual anxiety-inducing transportation and communication glitches, leaving some parents scrambling to track down their children, they said.

Neighbors Eli Cohen and Michal Rimler of Spring Valley said their children, students at Cheder Chabad of Monsey, were dropped off at the corner of Route 306 and Brick Church Road on Friday after a bus driver reportedly refused to deliver the boys to their regular stops in front of their homes.

"Essentially, the kids were all getting antsy and, supposedly, they told the bus driver to stop, so the driver pulled over and the kids got off the bus," Cohen said.

His 7-year-old then walked almost a half-mile along Route 306 in the blazing heat.

Rimler, whose children were on the same bus, began to panic after waiting nearly an hour for her 6- and 7-year-old sons to return home Friday afternoon.

She couldn't get through to the East Ramapo transportation office on the phone, so she drove to the building on New Hempstead Road to ask for help. Instead, her concerns were met with indifference, she said.

In the meantime, a friend driving on Route 306 recognized her children walking and ferried them safely home.

"You know, the first few days, there's always bumps. That's normal," Rimler said. "But like this — letting kids off in the wrong places, on the main streets — this is something else."

Rimler said she managed to speak to the the district's new director of transportation, Sandra Owens, who apologized. The transportation office phone line was not in service Friday afternoon and a message left for Owens at the superintendent's office wasn't returned.

A woman who answered the phone at Student Bus Company, one of several transportation contractors East Ramapo uses, told The Journal News they had some snafus and late arrivals Thursday, the first day of school, but that Friday went better.

The woman, who identified herself only as Dawn, said the company "just got all new routes (Thursday) afternoon from East Ramapo," which likely added to the chaos.

Spring Valley resident Jenica Franklin, who cares for her 9-year-old autistic brother, also reported an unnerving experience.

When the boy, a fourth-grader at Eldorado Elementary School, failed to appear at the bus stop where she was expecting him Thursday, Franklin began a frantic search, driving around town and calling the district from her cell phone.

She was able to track the boy to a school bus, but it was not the one to which he had been assigned, she said.

"(For the district) to not even contact a parent, it was scary," she said. "There's no sort of order. There's no sort of compassion."

A message left at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, the contractor Franklin said transports her brother, was not returned.

East Ramapo has about 20 fewer bus drivers this year and has taken several older vehicles off the road, cost-cutting measures the school board approved in the spring.

Each year, the district lays out the money for transporting more than 30,000 students — about 9,000 from public schools, the rest from private schools — and is reimbursed by the state for about 72 percent of the cost, officials have said. About 12.5 percent of the district's $210 million budget will go to transportation this school year.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Washing Machine For Sale

Selling a Whirlpool Cabrio Washer WTW5500X that is 2 years old for $325 (listed today on for $649).

Used gently by an older couple with no kids in house. It's in excellent condition.

Please email

Tefillin and Mezuza Checking During Elul

The Rebbe encouraged us to check tefillin and mezuzos in Elul. We are fortunate to have two Chabad sofrim in Monsey.  Please avail yourself of their services.

Rabbi Sholom Kass
25 Main Street in Monsey


Rabbi Nota Kupperman
Tzemach Tedek, 2 Langeries Drive in Monsey
Rabbi Kupperman will return to our Shul Sunday morning, but will only stay while he has work to do in our community.

RSVP Deadline for Chai Elul Dinner is This Sunday

Only nine days left until the Tzemach Tzedek dinner to commemorate both Chai Ellul and the tenth anniversary of the rebuilding of our Shul.

The special guest speaker for the night is Rabbi YY Jacobson. Pricing is $120 per shul member, and a discounted $180 per shul couple (i.e. only $60 extra).

The RSVP date is this Sunday. If you plan to attend, please send an email ASAP to

No Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur This Week

The 9:00 AM Sunday morning Halacha shiur by Rabbi Lesches will not take place this Sunday, September 7 since he is out of town.

Wednesday Night Farbrengen in Honor of the Founding of Tomchei Tmimim

There will be a farbrengen following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan this Wednesday night, September 10, in honor of the founding of "Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch", the first Yeshiva to integrate studying the revealed part of Torah (Gemara and Halachah) together with the esoteric teachings of Chassidus in a formal study program, by the Rebbe Rashab on 15 Ellul in 1897.

House for Sale or Rent Near Beis Menachem

An 1,800 square foot house with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths located at 6 Earl Court in Monsey, which is walking distance to Beis Menachem, is available for rent or sale.

  • Lot: 0.45 acres
  • Single Family High-Ranch
  • Built in 1976
  • Price/sqft: $216
  • 2013 Real Estate Taxes: $8550
  • Finished basement with office, 552 sqft
  • Parking: Garage - Attached, 2 spaces (one with automated door)
  • Close to Wesley Kosher Plaza
  • 4 spacious bedrooms
  • New light fixtures in each room
  • 2.5 bathrooms (all have new toilets and vanities, two bathrooms are new)
  • New wooden railing with top and bottom gates
  • New stainless steel gas oven and dishwasher
  • New Formica counters, new kitchen linoleum flooring
  • Great location- cul-de-sac at the end of a no-outlet road; big safe area for kids to play in
  • Large, screened in porch right off kitchen
Asking $2,500 per month OR $389,000.

For more information, please contact, 845-356-0199 or 845-662-7861 (accepts texts).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few weeks away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays – a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals. All the students, staff and administration of Cheder Chabad of Monsey wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May this year be the year of the full and complete redemption with the coming of our righteous Moshiach - Nnow!

"When you go out to war on your enemies and G-d will place him in your hands..." No, that's not a typo. The sentence you just read is a direct translation of Deuteronomy 21:10, the opening verse of this week's Torah reading of Ki Teitzei (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 21:10-25:19).

The wording of the Written Torah is extremely precise. When a grammatical anomaly appears--such as plural "enemies" who turn mid-sentence into a singular "him"- the Midrashim and commentaries will immediately step in to unearth the story behind the story and reveal the hidden lesson.

The Egyptians, the Amalekites, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Church, the Almohades, the Nazis, the Soviets...and now, the militant Islamists, who just want us dead;  we've had no shortage of enemies in our 4,000-year history. Generally speaking, they can be divided into two groups: spiritual enemies and physical enemies.

Yet these two enemies of Israel are intrinsically one. Time and again, Jewish history tells the story of how the weakening of our spiritual identity invariably leads to physical decline. An enemy of the Jewish soul is an enemy of the Jewish body, just as an enemy of the Jewish body is obviously an enemy of the Jewish soul.

This is the lesson implicit in the opening verse of our parshah: Our first line of defense in the war for Jewish survival is the realization that our plural "enemies" are, in truth, a singular "him." That the physical and spiritual fate of our people are inexorably intertwined. We must regard each physical attack against a Jew as an attack against the eternal spirit of Israel, and treat every spiritual danger as a threat to our physical survival.

What must we do to win the war? How is the battle to be waged so that "G-d will place him in your hands"? The answer lies enfolded in another grammatical curio in Ki Teitzei's opening verse:

"When you go to war on your enemies..."

We focus now on the word "on" in this line -- al in the Hebrew. The Hebrew word al, like its English equivalent, can mean, in this context, "against." In the simple meaning of the verse, going to war "on your enemies" means going to war against your enemies. But the word can also be understood in the sense of "above": don't go to war against them, go to war above them.

We have seen this so often in our experience as a people that we really shouldn't need a grammatical twist of a Torah verse to inform us of it. When we went to war above our enemies, confident of our moral and spiritual superiority and unapologetic of the righteousness of our cause, we always triumphed in the end, no matter how outnumbered we might have been in quantity of men and arms. But when we begin to doubt our own goodness, when we begin to regard decadent murderers as our moral equals, we are doomed to lose ground, even when, on the physical plane, we hold the military and strategic advantage.

A lesson as simple as it is profound: When you go out to war on your enemies, G-d will place him in your hands.

(From - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To'amehoh Club for Boys Resumes

The To'amehoh Club for all boys in 7th and 8th grade, will resume this Friday, Erev Shabbos Parshas Ki Seitzei, at the new time of 2:30 PM at Bais Menachem 360 Route 306.

Seeking Girls to Run Children's Program

Beis Menachem is seeking girls (high school and older) to lead the weekly Shabbos Children's Program.

For more information, please email Miriam Zisman at

First Day at New Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey

The new Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey opened its doors on yesterday, 7 Elul, to parents and talmidim of Shiur Alef. Families had the opportunity to meet with the Hanhola and teachers of the Yeshiva, become familiar with all aspects of the Yeshiva, and help their sons move into to the Yeshiva’s comfortable and newly updated dormitory.

The Menahel, Rabbi Landa, gave beautiful opening remarks, stressing the connection of the new Yeshiva to the establishment of Tomchei Tmimim which will be noted this coming week on 15 Elul.

The Bochurim, which include local Monsey boys, as well as families from out of town, jumped right into the new Zman with seder Hayeshiva beginning right after Mincha.

Welcome Jacobsons!

Welcome to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok and Esti Jacobson on their move to our community (Fieldcrest Street)!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Special Older Girls Group This Shabbos

There will be a special activity at the older girls group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos, Parshas Ki Setzei, in honor of the end of summer and start of school.

Zev Goldstein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Zev Goldstein

Zev is sitting shiva at 2 White Oak Lane, Albany, NY 12208 until Sunday.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Dr. Reuven Bekermus Sitting Shiva

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

Dr. Bekermus is sitting shiva at his home, 16 Louis Avenue (off College Road), until Friday afternoon.

Shacharis is at 7:45 AM and Mincha is at 7:30 PM.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Four or five Hebrew School teachers are needed in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Just a half-hour drive from Monsey. Fun exciting program, excellent experience, great pay.