Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Final Avos U'Banim of the Season

This Motzai Shabbos is the last session of Avos U'Banim for this season.

There will be extra special exciting  raffle prizes (compliments of Amazing Savings) plus a special raffle for all those boys who had been attending most of the Avos U'Banim sessions this season.

We will be finishing off the evening with pizza  compliments of Shloimie Litzman and family.

It is important that you make sure to bring your attendance cards to this session. These cards will also go into a national Avos U'Banim raffle for some more prizes!

Thanks all the sponsors this season for helping make Avos U'Banim possible. Also Yasher Koach to the Tzemach Tzedek shul for hosting us every week. Most importantly, yasher koach to all the boys and fathers who came and spent quality time together learning!

Purim Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

(Note: In honor of Purim, following is a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe (OBM) discussing the relevance of Purim to today)

The Jewish Nation: Self Preservation
By Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe

By the Grace of G-d
19 Adar Sheni, 5711 [1951]
Brooklyn, New York

…Persia, in the days of Ahasuerus, was the mightiest empire in the world. It also boasted the most advanced civilization of those days. On the other hand, the Jewish people at that time were in despair. The Holy Land and the Beth Hamikdosh [Holy Temple] lay in ruins. The opinion was widely circulated that G-d had abandoned His people. This was supported by miscalculations purporting to show that the period of seventy years' exile prophesied by our prophets was at an end, yet the promised liberation had not come. This, in fact, was one of the reasons why Ahasuerus made that pompous feast and dared to profane the holy vessels.

Under the circumstances, when the head of the mightiest world empire and civilization arranged the royal feast, inviting to it representatives of all nations, the Jews among them, many Jews could not resist the temptation. They were not deterred by the fact that this banquet was to mark the beginning of a new "era" of complete assimilation and were deluded by the friendly slogan of "no compulsion." Thus, they became a party to the profanation of the holy vessels.

Symbolically, the profanation of the holy vessels of the Beth Hamikdosh marked also the desecration of the Divine soul which forms the sanctuary of every Jew and Jewess. The purpose and mission of this Divine spark is to light up one's immediate environment and one's share in the world at large with the light of the highest Divine ideals. Far from fulfilling their soul's mission upon this earth, those weak Jews lent aid and comfort to the forces of assimilation and darkness. By partaking from the "food" of Ahasuerus they contaminated both their bodies and souls.

Purim, therefore, reminds us not to be carried away by the outer sparkle of foreign civilizations or cultures, and not to be misled into assimilation by the notion that it appears to be in no conflict with our spiritual heritage.

We are a unique people, as started in the Megillah: "There is one people (although) scattered and spread among the peoples of the world, (yet) their laws are different from those of other peoples." We have preserved our unity and uniqueness despite our being dispersed in the world, because we have preserved our laws. It is by preserving our Torah and Mitzvoth that we Jews in general, and our youth in particular, can best contribute towards the enlightenment of the world at large and bring real happiness to ourselves, our people, and humanity as a whole…

[Signed: Menachem Scheerson]

R' Yona Edelkopf Sitting Shiva

.ברוך דיין האמת

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Yona Edelkopf.

Yona is sitting shiva in Eretz Yisroel and can be reached at yonaedelkopf@yahoo.com.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Camp Staff

Machane Bnos Monsey Lubavitch Girls Day camp is looking for staff.

Staff positions available:
On Site Camp Director
Office Manager
Head Counselor

If you would like to join our fun and energetic staff, please contact chayalight1234@gmail.com


Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Thursday night or Friday for 1 girl. 

lf you have room or know someone, please call or text Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you. 

Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey Hires New Menahel

The new Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey which opened at the beginning of this year is continuing to grow and is pleased to announce the hiring of a  new Menahel.

The Mesivta currently is comprised of a Shiur Alef and will add a Shiur Beis
next year to meet the demands of the local Chabad community in Monsey,
as well as the need for another quality Mesivta for out-of-town bochurim.

In addition to its present staff - Rabbi Mendel Landa (mashpia/maggid
shiur), Rabbi Zalman Heller (maggid shiur), and Rabbi Yosef Soble
(mashpia) - after much research and extensive interviews the Mesivta has
 now hired Rabbi Sender Lustig to take on the role of Menahel Ruchni (principal).

Rabbi Lustig hails from a family of noted mechanchim and is himself an accomplished mechanech, having taught for the past six years at both the Mesivta and elementary levels. He is currently completing a three year program in the Lubavitch Kolel in Atlanta, where in addition to teaching in the local Chabad day school, he learned Dayanus, and taught adult education.

Rabbi Lustig is passionate about now taking the Mesivta to the next level; to become a Mosad from which the Rebbe would derive nachas, and be a beacon of Torah, Yiras Shamayim and Chassidus in the Monsey community and the Lubavitch landscape at large. His job will be to create a focused learning curriculum, implement successful teaching methodologies, assess the progress of the bochurim, and ensure their emotional and social well-being.

The Lustig family will be relocating from Atlanta to Monsey in the near future. Rabbi Lustig, his wife Rochel, and their three children will be a great asset to our community.

For more information and to request an application form for next year, parents can reach Rabbi Lustig at mesivtalubavitchofmonsey@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Purim Party at Beis Menachem


Purim Shiur at Heichal Menachem


Purim Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem




Earrings Found

A pair of earrings was found in the women's section of Tzemach Tzedek. Please call Mrs. Shusterman at 845-304-1560.

Megillah Found

A megilla was found in the Tzemach Tzedek shul. Please contact Avraham Hayman or Mordechai Litzman.

Tzemach Tzedek Purim 5775 Schedule

Taanis Esther – Wednesday, Adar 13, March 4:
עלות השחר – Fast Begins: 5:05 AM
Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM (includes selichos)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (includes selichos)
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM - מחצית השקל - (includes laining)
Mincha 2: 5:15 PM - מחצית השקל - (includes laining)
Maariv: 6:20 PM
Megilla Laining 1: 6:35 PM
Megilla Laining 2: 9:30 PM

As in years past, there will be a special Megillah laining for children ages nine and under followed by a short rally. The Megilla laining will begin at 6:35 PM downstairs. In order to ensure that everyone listening to the Megillah downstairs fulfills their obligation to hear each and every word, this program is only for children nine and under and all children ages four and under must be supervised by adult.

פורים – Thursday, Adar 14, March 5:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Megilla Laining 1: Approximately 7:30 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Megilla Laining 2: Approximately 8:30 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Megilla Laining 3: Approximately 9:30 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Megilla Laining 4: Approximately 10:30 AM
9:16am :סוף זמן קריאת שמע
Mincha 1: 3:00 PM
Mincha 2: 4:30 PM
Shkiah: 5:51 PM
Maariv and Farbrengen: 9:00 PM

Parents – Please be sure that your children do not bring any items that make smoke into the shul building.

Purim Specials at The Sofer Center

In honor of Purim, The Sofer Center will be having discounts on the following Seforim:

1) Kol Menachem Megilas Esther (The Slager Edition) Regular price: $22.99, Sale Price: $19.99
2) Vedibarta Bam Megilas Esther, Regular price: $17.99, Sale Price: $15.99
3) The complete Story of Purim, Regular price: $6.50, Sale Price: $5.99
4) Megilas Esther English Paperback,  Regular Price: $3.75, Sale Price: $2.99
5) Shaarei Hamoadim - Purim (2 volumes), Regular Price: $31.99, Sale Price: $27.99
6) Likkutei Sichos Moadim Daled Parshios (2 volumes), Regular Price $39.99, Sale Price: $35.99
7) Purim Guess Who? Regular Price $8.99, Sale Price $6.99

Buy any Purim Special and save 5% on the rest of your purchase of Seforim, Tzitzis, Yarmulkas and Taleisim.

While supplies last.

Looking to give a Bar Mitzvah Bochur or an Upshernish boy a gift but not sure what? At The Sofer Center we are fully stocked with all Sifrei Chabad, as well as Chassidishe Story books for children and youth.

Sofer Center Gift Certificates are available for $10 and up.

The Sofer Center is located at: 25 Main St Monsey NY 10952 (right across the street from Shoppers Haven). Hours are: Monday – Thursday 12pm - 7pm, Friday 10am -2:30pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

For additional information Call 845-262-0246 or visit www.TheSoferCenter.com.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Cheder UPK a Registration for East Ramapo Residents

Attention all parents interested in the UPK program at Cheder Chabad Preschool for the upcoming school year 2015/16 - Registration is now open for students living in the East Ramapo School District area who turn 4 before December 1st 2015

Cheder Chabad's dedicated staff create a warm and nurturing environment in which our students can thrive. Our UPK program offers a comprehensive curriculum aimed at developing the child's knowledge and love of Torah and Chassidus, as well as developing the necessary motor, perceptual, language, cognitive, social and emotionally skills for successful learning and growth as an individual.

The New York State Education department offers us a limited number of grants for eligible applicants. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity or wish to apply, please contact Yona Lazarus, our Preschool Director, at (845)263-7990 ext 111

The deadline for applications for the UPK grants is March 23rd 2015.


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Many things that we do and experience require a combination of emotion and action. The absence of feeling can affect the sincerity of the action and minimize its effectiveness. For example, wishing a close friend “Mazel Tov” without a display of excitement has minimal meaning. Mechanically helping a friend in need without empathy and interest will result in incomplete support. Praying just by mouthing the words seems like a meaningless exercise.
But feelings don’t come automatically. We cannot just turn the happiness switch on, or suddenly feel love towards another person. So what do we do when we don’t feel happiness and empathy, or we feel totally uninspired and disinterested?

In this week's Torah portion Tetza've (Shmos [Exodus] 27:20-30:10), we learn that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) had to wear elaborate clothing when serving in the Temple. These garments had to be sewn according to a very specific design, and wearing them during service was of critical importance.
The significance of these garments, explains one of the early commentaries, is based on the principle that the heart follows the actions. This means that while indeed feelings can motivate more effective action, the opposite is also true. If someone is uninspired or disinterested, but forces himself to do what is right with maximum effort, the power of the action is so strong that it will nurture and develop feelings and strong emotion.

The Kohen Gadol had an awesome responsibility. He served in the Temple, representing the entire Jewish nation, to achieve Divine atonement and blessing. This task required a strong focus and an intense sense of devotion—one which he might not naturally have felt necessarily. However, donning beautiful garments, an action that made him “look the part,” motivated, inspired and ensured that his heart and mind were in total focus and ready to do all the services the Temple needed to be done.

So if you show up to your friend’s wedding in a bad mood, just get right into the dance circle. If you hear of someone in need but feel apathetic, force yourself to run over and ask how you can help. If you don't feel like praying, grab a siddur (prayer book) and say the words carefully. Actions with effort create strong feelings. Do a good act. The heart will follow.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Michoel Gourarie)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seeking Props for MBCM Production

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is getting ready for another fabulous production and is in need of props.

We are looking for:
  • Long dining room table
  • Side table
  • Two dining room chairs
  • Wood or ceramic decor items such as vases, pitchers or kitchen utensils.
To donate or lend and arrange pickup, please call 845-598-3879.

Buy your tickets today here.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mrs. Chana Levy Sitting Shiva

.ברוך דיין האמת

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Shaina Rivka (Shirley) Lerner of Washington Heights, the sister of Mrs. Chana (Israel) Levy.

Chana is sitting shiva at her home on 7 Cloverdale Lane in Monsey on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kamp 4 Kids


Matzoh Baking with R' Shimon Kroll's Group

Reb Shimon Kroll is organizing his annual group for baking matzah at the Crown Heights Matzah Bakery for Sunday, 17 Adar, March 8. 

If you would like to join the group or place an order of matzohs, please contact Shimon at 845-362-1477.

Zayin Adar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Zayin Adar, the birthday and yahrzeit of Moshe Rabeinu, this Wednesday night, February 25, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Moshe Rabeinu was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation. According to one opinion the year of Moshe Rabeinu’s birth was a leap year and he was born in the first Adar. Moshe Rabeinu passed away on his 120th birthday on Adar 7, 2488.

Monsey Anash Matza Baking 5775

As the month of Adar rolls around, arrangements for rolling matza follows in its wake. The yearly Matza baking group, supervised by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz and Rabbi Aaron Oster (and under the Hashgocha of the Crown Heights Rabbonim), organized by Dovid Kaplan will take place on Tuesday, the 12th of Adar 5775, the 3rd of March 2015 at 2:00 PM.

We specialize in delicious and nutritious Whole Wheat Matza. Participating in the baking is a wonderful experience, greatly heightening our kavana and appreciation of the sedorim and Pesach, as well as increasing our involvement in all the erev Pesach preparations. Bringing our children to the baking, brings to life what Pesach is all about, having a profound effect on their Pesach experience, creating good memories that last a lifetime.

As in past years, we will rent a cargo van in order to bring the matza back to Monsey for local pickup for those that just cannot make it to the baking.

Please email Dovid at dovid.kaplan@gmail.com first come, first serve. Although we bake mostly Whole Wheat matza (last year close to 400 pounds!), we can get you whatever is your preference, including Spelt and Oat if necessary, but we must know well in advance.

There is just a little more than one week before the baking, so please contact Dovid as soon as possible.

May our energetic involvement in the mitzvahs of Pesach bring open and revealed goodness, giving actual physical reasons for our increased joy!


Only Six Days Left for Cheder Purim Campaign

Below is a great way to have a really פרייליכען פורים, feel great about צדקה, give משלוח מנות, and help the Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Purim is so much fun, with so many easy-to-perform Mitzvos as well! Two parts of the Yom Tov are giving Tzedaka (Matanos L’evyonim) and Mishloach Manos.  Cheder Chabad of Monsey is offering two ways to complete these Mitzvos, making it easier to fulfil.

For Matanos L’evyonim, we’re offering a donation card. Each family you select will receive one, to let them know that you have honored them with a contribution to Cheder Chabad.

Here’s how it works: 
The more names you select, the lower the average cost. The first 24 names is at $4 each; for 25 names or more, the fee is $72, (about $3.00 per name); and for the whole (ganze!) list, the fee is $360.
An email will be sent to you shortly which contains the username and password that will enable you to log on to  www.purimproject.com . If you do not receive it by Wednesday the 11th, please let us know by emailing purim@chedermonsey.org or by calling  845.356.1213 ext 227.

Mishloach Manos
For the first time ever, Cheder Chabad of Monsey is offering Mishloach Manos baskets. There are four beautifully designed and assembled Purim baskets, ready for you to pick up. Scrumptious and stylish, they will make both you and your recipient proud. Not only will they will reflect your good taste, but you will also be commended for the contribution you made to the Cheder.

And did we mention that the bustle of dreaming up the presentation, plus doing all the purchasing and assembly will also be ours, so you will be free to look to Purim with a light heart? That’s a bonus in and of itself!

Interested? Click here to see choices and begin to order your Freilichen Purim in advance!

Or you can place a phone order by calling 845.356.1213 ext 227. Please leave a message and we will get back to as soon as possible.

Question? Email us at purim@chedermonsey.org.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

A mother's musings relating to this week's Torah portion:

My daughter is always complaining that “all the other mothers” always do their children’s projects and homework for them”. I will help her with the research, explain to her anything she doesn't understand, share ideas and generally guide her along; but I like the actual work to be her own. How else will she learn to express her own thoughts and creativity?

Am I being a rotten parent in not catering to her, or are these other parents missing the point?

This week’s Torah portion, Terumah (Exodus 25:1–27:19)—as well as a sizable portion of the book of Exodus—is devoted to the construction of the Sanctuary (Mishkan) built by the children of Israel in the desert.

The Torah, which is usually very sparing with words, is uncharacteristically elaborate when it comes to describing the Sanctuary. All the materials used in the construction, the components and furnishings of the Sanctuary, as well as every minute detail of the actual construction—are listed and described, sometimes numerous times.

All in all, thirteen chapters are devoted to describing how the Jewish people were to fashion this edifice. In contrast, the Torah devotes only one chapter to the creation of the universe! Only three chapters are devoted to the description of the awe-inspiring and monumental event of the revelation of G‑d at Mt. Sinai.

Moreover, the Sanctuary was only a “tent,” a temporary dwelling serving as the religious focal point in the desert. Once the Jewish people entered the Land of Israel, the Sanctuary was replaced by the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Why, then, does the Torah describe the Sanctuary at such great length, while almost glossing over the creation of our world and giving a relatively short account of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? Is there perhaps a lesson for us as parents to guide us in the education of our children?

At Sinai (and certainly at the creation of the world), we were passive participants. G‑d descended in all His glory and majesty, accompanied by breathtaking sounds and sights of grand thunder and lightening, while the Jewish people merely observed and heard.

In fact, because of the non-participatory nature of the Sinai experience, the impression of the holiness wasn’t permanent. After the Divine Presence departed from the mountain, it reverted to its former non-holy status. Similarly, soon after the spiritually inspired nation had experienced the awesome revelation of G‑d, they stooped to serve a golden calf.

Unlike the Sinai experience, the Sanctuary did not miraculously descend upon the Jewish people—they had to build it themselves, with their own materials, with their own hands and sweat. Everyone took part in the undertaking, men and women, rich and poor, each contributing his or her talents, resources and expertise.

This human participation is what caused the material objects with which we built the Sanctuary to become permeated with enduring holiness. This is also why the Torah devotes so many chapters to the building of the Sanctuary.

The overwhelming emphasis on its construction teaches us that there is something very valuable about us using our own personal resources and creativity. It might not be as earth-shattering an event as the revelation of G‑d, and the end product might not be as “polished” or overwhelming, but its effect can, in many ways, be more valuable and enduring—precisely because it is our own contribution.

The challenge and achievement of actualizing our own abilities and creating something with our own talents results in something that is far more cherished than something that is presented to us on a golden platter. It helps us to grow as individuals, fine-tunes our skills and stretches our capabilities in ways that being passive recipients cannot. .

Perhaps there is a message here for us as parents. Help, guide, instruct and brainstorm with your children. But remember that the greatest learning experience comes when you help your children actualize their own abilities, to create their own edifices, even if our help would have perfected it a bit more.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - By Mrs. Chana Weisberg)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Raices Bris

Moshe Chaim and Fraidy Raices will be making the Bris for their newborn son on Wednesday morning at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Shacharis will be at 9:00 AM followed by the Bris at 10:00 AM. 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mazel Tov Hazans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Michoel Hazan on the birth of a grandson born to Yochanan and Chani Gordon of Cedarhurst, New York!

Lev Banim Holds First Chinuch Workshop in Monsey

This last Monday, mothers, fathers, and teachers gathered to participate in a powerful presentation by Rabbi A.M. Segal of Machon Kivunim in Eretz Yisroel. Despite difficult weather conditions, participants braved the snow and ice, for the sake of their children, to join this event which was graciously hosted by Beis Medrash Ohr Chaim.

Rabbi Segal presented on communicating with children and provided powerful insights on the importance of listening to children and practical guidance on how to achieve this.  It was a very powerful presentation which included a moving video of a child and his experiences at home, in school and with his peers. Rabbi Segal analyzed the video and used the various scenes to point out correct and incorrect approaches and behaviors.

The evening was sponsored by Lev Banim.
הנה אנכי שולח לכם את אליה הנביא לפני בוא יום ה' הגדול והנורא. והשיב לב אבות על בנים ולב בנים על אבותם. The Novi tells us that Eliyahu Hanovi will come and bring peace between the parents and their children.  Apparently, certain rifts will take Eliyahu Hanovi himself to repair.  On the other hand, the Rebbe says that through working to connect parents with their children we can help hasten the coming of Eliyahu, and hence Moshiach.  Also, the Rebbe has tasked us with living with Moshiach already now.  So if we can find ways to bridge the gap, as the Rebbe writes, we can do both.

Lev Banim is an organization whose goal is to promote communication and connection between parents and children. One thing that Rabbi Segal mentioned is that we are living in a generation of connection with no communication.  Lev Banim’s vision is to help hasten the fulfillment of the Nevua of והשיב לב אבות על בנים ולב בנים על אבותם.

We feel that, as as stressed at the workshop, the most powerful way to do that is to listen and hear what is going on in the hearts of our children – Lev Banim.  Lev Banim will, IY”H, be working to provide resources to parents to help facilitate building and strengthening our relationships with our children, through workshops like this, activities for parents and children, and counseling.  Information on future events and a website will forthcoming, IY”H.

For more information, please email rhami@monseychabad.com.






Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos Baskets


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week's Torah portion—Mishpatim (Shmos [Exodus] 21:1-24:18) deals with many Mitzvot relating to social and monetary issues, between man and fellowman. Following is a beautiful story, recounted by the previous Rebbe,  Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, which highlights the results of one’s showing sensitivity and support to a person’s needs.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866), known as the "Tzemach Tzedek," was orphaned from his mother, Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, at the age of three, and raised by his maternal grandfather, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (founder of Chabad, 1745-1812), who devoted much time and attention to the education and upbringing of his beloved grandson. Following Rabbi Schneur Zalman's passing, the young Rabbi Menachem Mendel continued to enjoy the guidance of his grandfather and mentor, who would appear to him in his dreams and in visions during the day to answer the questions that arose in the course of his studies.

But then these visits suddenly ceased. Rabbi Menachem Mendel had accumulated a number of questions which he was unable to resolve to his satisfaction, and was growing quite eager to see his grandfather. But the Rebbe did not appear to him. This caused Rabbi Menachem Mendel great pain.

Early one morning, Rabbi Menachem Mendel was making his way to the synagogue of his uncle and father-in-law, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch (who had succeeded Rabbi Schneur Zalman as the leader of Chabad Chassidism). Rabbi Menachem Mendel's path took him through the marketplace of Lubavitch, which was just coming to life at this early hour. There he was approached by Reb Mordechai Eliyahu, a simple but G-d-fearing man who earned a meager livelihood by buying and selling in the marketplace.

"Please, Rabbi Menachem Mendel," Reb Mordechai Eliyahu was saying, "can you loan me five rubles until this evening or tomorrow morning? Today is a market day; if I had a few rubles in hand, I could hope to earn something, with G-d's help."

"Of course, Reb Mordechai Eliyahu," replied Rabbi Menachem Mendel. "Come to my home after the morning prayers, and I'll give you the money."

Rabbi Menachem Mendel arrived at the synagogue and began to prepare for his prayers. His tallit was already folded over his shoulder and he was examining its tzitzit prior to putting it on when the thought occurred to him: "Why did I tell Reb Mordechai Eliyahu that I'd give him the money after I've finished my prayers? Today is market day; surely every moment is precious to him. I should have given him the money immediately."

Removing the tallit from his shoulder, he rushed home, got the money, and went to look for Reb Mordechai Eliyahu. After a lengthy search, Rabbi Menachem Mendel located Reb Mordechai Eliyahu, gave him the loan, and returned to the synagogue.

And when Rabbi Menachem Mendel had put on his tallit and wrapped his tefillin around his arm and head, he saw his grandfather standing before him, his face radiant with joy.

Thirty years later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel related the events of that morning to his youngest child, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch. "When one helps a fellow earn 70 kopeks on the sale of a calf," concluded Rabbi Menachem Mendel, "the gates of the heavenly chambers are opened before him."

Rabbi Shmuel subsequently told this story to his son, Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch. "Do we even know," he mused, "where to find the 'gates to the heavenly chambers' that are opened to us every time we do an act of charity? But no matter. The main thing is that we extend ourselves with a complete heart and true feeling. What greater joy can there be than the joy of being privileged to help a fellow man?"

(From Chabad.org)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Raices Shalom Zachor

Moshe Chaim and Fraidy Raices will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at the Bronstein home, 10 Tracey Court. 

Last Few Weeks of Avos U'Banim

There are only four more weeks left to take advantage of the special Avos U'Banim program where  fathers and their sons spend such wonderful quality time together.

Even if you haven't yet participated in this unique program, please come and see what it's like!

As Shabbos is coming out later each week the starting time is moved forward and for these last four weeks the program will be from 7:30  to 8:30 PM.

Special raffle for those boys arriving within the first 6 minutes (until 7:36 PM).

Special yasher koach to Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Bronstein for providing the mezonos and chocolate-coin treats numerous times during this winter's season of Avos U'Banim.

These last weeks are last opportunities to have the zchus of sponsoring this powerful program! Please contact Rabbi Shusterman (917 282 3505) for details.

Seeking Substitute Teacher

The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking a substitute teacher for Judaic Studies for the 6/7th grade, Mon-Fri 9:30am - 11:40am from end of February through March, 2015.

Please call (845) 634-0951 and/or fax resume to (845) 634-7704.

Mazel Tov Raices & Bronsteins!

Mazel tov to Moshe Chaim and Fraidy Raices on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Nachman Bronstein!

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.