Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek Younger Children's Program Pesach Schedule

The younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek will not be taking place the first two days of Pesach. 

It will take place at its usual 10:30 AM on Shabbos Chol Hamoed and the last two days of Pesach. 

There will be no snacks served but prizes will be distributed. 

Pesach Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A Pesach message from Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM

The festival of Passover calls for early and elaborate preparations to make the Jewish home fitting for the great festival. It is not physical preparedness alone that is required of us, but also spiritual preparedness—for in the life of the Jew the physical and spiritual are closely linked together, especially in the celebration of our Sabbath and festivals.

On Passover we celebrate the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery and, together with it, the liberation from, and negation of the ancient Egyptian system and way of life, the "abominations of Egypt." Thus we celebrate our physical liberation together with our spiritual freedom. Indeed, there cannot be one without the other; there can be no real freedom without accepting the precepts of our Torah guiding our daily life; pure and holy life eventually leads to real freedom.

It is said: "In every generation each Jew should see himself as though he personally had been liberated from Egypt." This is to say, that the lesson of Passover has always a timely message for the individual Jew. The story of Passover is the story of the special Divine Providence which alone determines the fate of our people. What is happening in the outside world need not affect us; we might be singled out for suffering, G‑d forbid, amid general prosperity, and likewise singled out for safety amid a general plague or catastrophe. The story of our enslavement and liberation of which Passover tells us, give ample illustration of this. For the fate of our people is determined by its adherence to G‑d and His Prophets.

This lesson is emphasized by the three principal symbols of the Seder, concerning which our Sages said that unless the Jew explains their significance he has not observed the Seder fittingly: Pesach [the Paschal Offering], Matzoh and Moror [bitter herbs]. Using these symbols in their chronological order and in accordance with the Haggadah explanation, we may say: the Jews avoid Moror (bitterness of life) only through Pesach (G‑d's special care 'passing over' and saving the Jewish homes even in the midst of the greatest plague), and Matzoh—then the very catastrophe and the enemies of the Jews will work for the benefit of the Jews, driving them in great haste out of "Mitzraim" [Egypt], the place of perversion and darkness, and placing them under the beam of light and holiness.

One other important thing we must remember. The celebration of the festival of freedom must be connected with the commandment "You shall relate it to your son." The formation and existence of the Jewish home, as of the Jewish people as a whole, is dependent upon the upbringing of the young generation, both boys and girls: the wise and the wicked (temporarily), the simple and the one who knows not what to ask. Just as we cannot shirk our responsibility towards our child by the excuse that "my child is a wise one; he will find his own way in life therefore no education is necessary for him"; so we must not despair by thinking "the child is a wicked one; no education will help him." For, all Jewish children, boys and girls, are "G‑d's children" and it is our sacred duty to see to it that they all live up to their above mentioned title; and this we can achieve only through a kosher Jewish education, in full adherence to G‑d's Torah.

Then we all will merit the realization of our ardent hopes: "In the next year may we be free; in the next year may we be in Jerusalem!"

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

A Kosher and Joyous Pesach to all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pesach 5774 / 2014 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for Pesach 5774 for Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey:

Shabbos HaGadol, Parshas Acharei, 12 Nissan, April 12:
Shabbos HaGadol Derasha for Men and Women: 6:00 PM

Sunday, 13 Nissan, April 13:
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv 1: 8:15 PM
Bedikas Chometz
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Erev Pesach - Monday, 14 Nissan, April 14:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:43 AM
Last Time to Sell & Burn Chometz: 11:49 AM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the
 Park & Ride on Route 59 in Monsey (near Amazing Savings) and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:16 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Chatzos (midnight for afikomen): 12:55 AM

First Day of Pesach - Tuesday, 15 Nissan, April 15:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal)
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv: (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Licht Benching: After 8:18 PM

Second Day of Pesach - Wednesday, 16 Nissan, April 16:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:19 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed (One) - Thursday, 17 Nissan, April 17:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:30 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of 18 Nissan, the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Chol HaMoed (Two) – Friday, 18 Nissan, April 18:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:21 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv

Shabbos Chol HaMoed (Three) – Shabbos Kodesh, 19 Nissan, April 19:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 5:45 PM
Mincha: 7:10 PM
Continue Kinus Torah
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 8:23 PM

Chol HaMoed (Four) – Sunday, 20 Nissan, April 20:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:23 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in Shul following Seudas Yom Tov

Shvi’i Shel Pesach - Monday, 21 Nissan, April 21:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha 7:15 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Licht Benching: After 8:25 PM

Acharon Shel Pesach – Tuesday, 22 Nissan, April 22:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:26 PM

!חג הפסח כשר ושמח - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח

Mazel Tov Werths!

Mazel tov to Yehoshua and Nechama Werth 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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's portion Acharei Mot (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:30) starts with a mention of Nadab and Abihu's deaths—partially a punishment for their spiritually-motivated decision to remain celibate.

G-d wants us to walk a thin tightrope. He wants us to be married, go to work, and partake of lavish Shabbat and holiday meals—and at that very moment to be at the pinnacle of spirituality and holiness. A daunting task, to say the least. How does one simultaneously dwell in two contradictory worlds—the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh?

How does one simultaneously dwell in the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh? Every mitzvah is comprised of a body and soul. The body is the physical act which we are commanded to do, or which we are instructed to avoid. The soul is the lesson the mitzvah imparts, its message which we must implement in our lives. The prohibition against consuming blood, which is also discussed in this week's Parshah, as well as the process of its removal, teaches a powerful lesson pertaining to our approach to our relationship with the world.

We are not always fortunate enough to contend with the divine, or even with "humanity." On a daily basis we also have to deal with the "animalistic," completely non-spiritual aspects of regular life. Consumption of animal flesh is a metaphor for these moments of the day. Blood represents warmth, life and passion. The Torah enjoins us to remove all the blood from our worldly activities; to be involved in the world, to partake of its flesh, but without excessive enthusiasm or excitement.

How, you ask, is this possible? Through salt. Blood is removed from meat via a thorough salting process.

The Torah describes the covenant between G-d and His nation as a "salt covenant." The commentators explain that salt never decays, it remains eternally fresh; much as our relationship with G-d never expires or even becomes slightly stale.

Interestingly, the symbol of our relationship with G-d is a food item which is independently inedible—its primary purpose is to add wonderful taste to practically all other foods. Similarly, our relationship with G-d is not an end within itself, rather it is meant to give a spiritual "flavor" and meaning to all other aspects of our life.

We have to liberally sprinkle salt on every part of our life—on our workplace, on our dinner table, on our gym, and even on our vacation destinations. When our love for G-d and our desire to serve Him with every fiber of our being is our leading motivation, then all we do is for Him. We eat and exercise so that we have the strength to serve Him; we work to have the means to serve Him, etc.

And when life is salty, there's no need to run away to alternative experiences; our lives in this corporeal world will indeed take on full meaning and value.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Hatzoloh of Rockland Text Message Alerts

Shiur Tonight On the Deeper Meaning of Pesach by R' Pinson

Clean Out Your MBCM Pushka for Pesach

As you prepare for Pesach, be sure to clean out your MBCM pushka and have the money picked up by contacting Rabbi Yossi Touger at, 845-430-8342 or

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hachana L'Pesach Shiur

Help MBCM at No Cost While Pesach Shopping

As we approach Pesach please help Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka by using our Chessed dollars when shopping.

When shopping in the local stores – Rockland Kosher (including Monsey Wine & Liquor), All Fresh, Evergreen, The Grapevine, & Newday use our Chessed dollars and MBCM will receive 5% of your purchase as a donation from these stores. 

Please order the Chessed dollars from the school or from Rabbi Kagan or 845-538-7484 or from Rabbi Touger at

We will arrange for you to receive the dollars.

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazal tov to Moshe & Tzipora Reitman on the engagement of their daughter Bracha to Dr. Jon Sandner of Wesley Hills!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pesach 5774 Schedule for Heichal Menachem

20% Off Pesach Seforim and Haggadas at The Sofer Center

The Sofer Center is discounting 20% off the following Pesach titles and Haggadas. Sale ends Thursday Yud Nissan the 10th of April (while supplies last).

  • Kol Menachem Haggadah
  • The Kehos Passover Haggadah Deluxe English
  • Haggadah Shel Pesach - Youth wise edition
  • Haggadah for Passover with Rebbes Reasons & Customs
  • At Our Rebbe Seder Table
  • Haggadah for Passover - Kleinman 
  • Ki Yishalcha Bincha - Bogomilsky
English Titles:
  • Creation and Redemtion (Chasidic Heritage Series)
  • The Spice and the Spirit Passover
  • Count Down to the Seder - Personal Pesach Planner
  • A Seder in Herlin - By Gershon Kranzler
  • A touch of Passover - A Touch and Feel book
Hebrew Titles:
  • Haggadah 2 Vol Likutei Taamim Minhagim Ubiurim
  • Shaarei Hamoadim Pesach 2 Vol.
  • Otzer Minhagei Chabad Nissan-Sivan
  • Shulchan Chag
Buy any Pesach Special and save 5% on Yarmulkas Tzitzis and Taleisim.

The Sofer Center is located at 25 Main St, Monsey, NY 10952 (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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Does every cloud really have a silver lining? Is there a blessing in disguise inside every curse? Well, admittedly, it isn’t always so easy to discern, but we most certainly do believe in the concept.

This week’s Torah reading Metzora ([Leviticus] 14:1-15:33) deals with the purification of those afflicted by the leprosy-like malady known as tzara’as (a word uncannily similar to tzores!). The Parshah recounts different types of tzara’as manifestations—on a person’s body, in his clothes or even in the walls of his house. In the latter case, if after the necessary quarantine period the stain had still not receded, the stones of the affected wall would have to be removed and replaced with new ones.
Now imagine the walls of your house being demolished. Is that a blessing or a curse? No doubt, the homeowner in question would not feel himself particularly blessed. But, according to our sages, the case was often different for the Israelites living in the Holy Land. The previous Canaanite inhabitants of the land would bury their treasures inside the very walls of their homes. The only way an Israelite would ever discover those hidden valuables was if the stones of the house would be removed. When this happened, it didn’t take long for the poor unfortunate tzara’as-afflicted homeowner to be transformed into the wealthy heir of a newfound fortune. For him, in a moment, the curse became blessing.

A woman was suffering from heart disease, and the doctors said she needed bypass surgery. But she also had other medical complications which made a heart operation too dangerous to contemplate. Her quality of life was very poor. If she went for a walk, she would have to stop and rest every few minutes. Then, one day, she suffered a heart attack. She was rushed to the hospital and the doctors said her only chance of survival was an emergency bypass operation. There was a 50/50 chance of success, but if they didn’t do it she had no chance at all. They performed the surgery and, thank G‑d, she made a full recovery, enjoying many years of greatly improved quality of life with nachas from children and grandchildren. For years she would joke, “Thank G‑d I had a heart attack. I got my bypass!” It was no joke.

It would be naïve to suggest that it always works out this way. Life isn’t so simple, and sometimes it takes much longer to see the good that is hidden in the traumas and difficulties of life. But we will continue to believe that G‑d is good, that He really does want the best for us, and that one day, with hindsight, we will see how each of our frustrations did somehow serve us well in the long term. Who knows if the wiser, more sensitive person we become is not the silver lining itself?

In general, there are two qualities which form a powerful combination to help us appreciate that there is a hidden goodness inside every misfortune: faith and patience. With faith that there is a higher, better purpose to life, and with patience to bide our time for its revelation, we will be able to persevere and weather the crises of life.

Please G‑d, may we all find our silver linings soon.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kesser Distributors Pesach Specials

Buy by the case and save!

Kesser Distributors is now offering the following Pesach specials:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: Only $2.29 per pound 
  • Minute Roast: Only $7.99 per pound 
  • Brisket: Only $9.49 per pound 
  • Salmon with Bone: Only $2.99 per pound 
  • Salmon Fillet: Only $5.99 per pound 

Our meat is high premium American beef.

2% of all profits go to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

To order, please go to or contact Chaim Holtzberg at or 914-729-0838.

Beis Nissan Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Beis Nissan Farbrengen Wednesday Night

There wil be a farbrengen foollowing the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek this Wednesday night, April 2, in honor of Beis Nissan.

The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab"), was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.

Rabbi Sholom DovBer passed away in Rostov on the 2nd of Nissan, 1920. His last words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."

Heichal Menachem Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride to Crown Heights a few times next week. Please call 347-457-9408.

Second Hilchos Pesach Shiur for Women This Wednesday

The second Hilchos Pesach shiur with Rabbi Lesches will be this Wednesday evening, April 2, at 8:00 PM in Tzemach Tzedek.

 If there are any questions you would like addressed at the shiur please email them to

Missing Coat

My men's black long winter coat was accidentally taken home by someone from Tzemach Tzedek on Friday evening after shul and I really need it back. 

Please calk 845-538-0639

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Temporary Employment Position

Opportunity for short term hasgacha work this Friday, April 4th and Sunday April 6th in Paramus NJ.  

Great opportunity for the right person as many more opportunities can likely unfold.  

Call or text Adam Goodfriend at 864-201-9521 or email

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mazel Tov Blachmans!

Mazel tov to Levi and Yehudis Blachman 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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

N'shei Chabad Bookstore for Pesach

  • Count Down to Pesach
  • Spice and Spirit of Pesach Cooking
  • Wide array of English/Hebrew Haggadahs, Youth Haggadah, Rebbe's Haggadah, etc.
  • For Children:  On This Night
  • For Toddlers: A Touch of Passover
  • Pirkei Avos - Holtzberg Edition, and more.
Please call 845-558-8249 before you come.

Free Pesach Dairy Keilim Available

One large box with dishes, flatware, pot and pan. tablecloth and more. They are here for the taking!

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

New Weekly Shiur on Chassidus & Kabbalah

The Sofer Center Pesach Sale

The Sofer Center is discounting 20% off the following Pesach titles and Haggadas

Kol Menachem Haggadah.
The Kehos Passover Haggadah Deluxe English.
Haggadah Shel Pesach - Youth wise edition.
Haggadah for Passover with Rebbes Reasons & Customs.
At Our Rebbe Seder Table.
Haggadah for Passover - Kleinman .
Ki Yishalcha Bincha - Bogomilsky.

English Titles:
Creation and Redemtion (Chasidic Heritage Series).
The Spice and the Spirit Passover.
Count Down to the Seder - Personal Pesach Planner.
A Seder in Herlin - By Gershon Kranzler.
A touch of Passover - A Touch and Feel book.

Hebrew Titles:
Haggadah 2 Vol Likutei Taamim Minhagim Ubiurim.
Shaarei Hamoadim Pesach 2 Vol.
Otzer Minhagei Chabad Nissan-Sivan.
Shulchan Chag.

Buy any Pesach Special and save 5% on Yarmulkas Tzitzis and Taleisim.

Sale ends Thursday Yud Nissan the 10th of April, while supplies last.

The Sofer Center is located at 25 Main St, Monsey, NY 10952 (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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week’s Torah reading Tazria (Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:59) we read all about the kohen examining people to determine whether they were afflicted by tzaraat, the leprous curse. It was a physical inspection which had spiritual implications. The person might be pronounced tahor (pure) or, G‑d forbid, tamei (impure), all depending on the results of the kohen‘s examination.

We don’t hesitate to go the doctor for the requisite annual medical examination, or “physical.” We go through the routine checkup—height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress tests on the treadmill and up and down the little staircase.

But have you ever thought of going for a “spiritual”?

What’s our “height”? Do we walk tall? Are we proud and upright Jews, or are we apologetically stooped and bent over by the burden of an inferiority complex?

What about our “weight”? Are we on a well-balanced diet of Torah study, the sustenance of our souls, or do we suffer from spiritual malnutrition?

And how is our heart doing? A Jewish heart doesn’t only pump blood; it pumps warmth and love. A healthy Jewish heart is the emotional center of the person and which feels the pain of another. And healthy hearts are inspired by events that point unmistakably to the hand of G‑d in the world. If we aren’t feeling what we should be, then we might be suffering from blocked spiritual arteries.

Taking one’s blood pressure immediately reflects the obvious connection—tefillin. There is the story of the simple farmer who went for his first medical checkup. When the doctor checked his pressure, he asked what that was all about. The doctor explained patiently that he was checking the heart rate. “But why are you holding my arm if you want to see how my heart is?” “When I check your hand,” replied the physician, “I know how your heart is.” The hand that gives charity, for example, indicates that it’s connected to a healthy Jewish heart.

Then came the stress test—up the stairs and down the stairs, up again and down again, and again and again. How do we handle the ups and downs of life? Are we smug and arrogant when we’re up, and dejected and depressed when we’re down? Do we trust in G‑d that everything has a purpose, and a positive one at that? Or do we become angry and bitter at life’s unkind twists of fate?

Finally, there was the treadmill. Life can be a tedious treadmill. We find ourselves running and running and getting nowhere fast. A grueling rat race, where even if you win you’re still a rat—all of it leaves us wondering what it’s all about and why we are working so hard with no meaningful, consequential reward.

Or are we involved with Torah study classes and Mitzvah activities which gives us the connection to our people, Jewish values, and a link in our eternity as a people.

So this year, in addition to going for a physical, why not go for a spiritual? Find a kohen, a Jewish spiritual teacher/healer, who can properly search your soul for its healthy characteristics as well as your necessary growth points, and prescribe a spiritual fitness program tailored for you and your neshamah. May we all be healthy, physically and spiritually

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Free Oven

Pesach standard size white enamle stove with oven available for free (gas pilot lighting, not electronic ignition). Just arrange to pick it up.

Please call 845-641-8434.