Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Aseres Yemei Teshuva for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Monday thru Thursday                                      6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                    6:30pm

Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                                  7:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday Erev Yom Kippur

Alos Hashachar/Dawn                                                                                     5:29am          

Neitz/Sunrise                                                                                                    6:51am

Shacharis                                                                                   6:36, 7:00, 8:00am etc.

Malkos, Mikva followed by:

Mincha                                                                                                     2:00, 3:00pm

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                  6:23pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rosh Hashana and Shabbos Shuva 5778 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashana

Selichos                                                                                                6:00, 7:00am

Shacharis                                                                                              7:00, 8:00am

Eruv Tavshilin

Licht Bentchen                                                                                              6:38pm

Mincha Erev Rosh Hashana                                                                           6:45pm

Maariv First Night                                                                                          7:37pm

Thursday First Day of Rosh Hashana

Shacharis                                                                                                         9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                   9:46am

Tekias Shofar                                                                                    approx. 11:45am

Mincha First Day                                                          6:10pm followed by Tashlich

Licht Bentchen Second Night                                                         not before 7:36pm

Maariv Second Night                                                                                       7:36pm

Friday Second Day of Rosh Hashana

Shacharis                                                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                     9:46am

Tekias Shofar                                                                                      approx. 11:45am

Licht Bentchen Erev Shabbos                                                                           6:35pm

Mincha Second Day (begin with Posach Eliyahu)                                            6:45pm

Kabblas Shabbos                                                                                               7:25pm

Shabbos Kodesh

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                        9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                       9:46am            

Shacharis                                                                                                           10:00am

Rov's Shabbos Shuva Drosho                                                                             5:30pm                

Mincha                                                                                                                6:35pm

Followed by Ma'amer and Seder Niggunim

Motzoei Shabbos/Ma'ariv                                                                                   7:33pm

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה                        

Mrs. Chaya Levin Sitting Shiva

Mrs Chaya Levin will arrive back from the kvura of her mother in Eretz Yisroel today (Wednesday).

Shiva will take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Rosh Hashana - Parshas Ha'azinu for Tzemach Tzedek

Selichos - Monday, Tuesday                                             6:20*, 6:30, 7:30, 9:00am

Selichos - Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashana                                        6:00, 7:00*am

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                    8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Tuesday                                             6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                                      6:45pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                     7:35, 8:30, 9:30pm

* in the small Shul.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Arba Minim

Dear Anash 'שי,

For over 30 years I had the zechus of providing esrogim for the community.

Due to the increased responsibilities in communal matters, I will no longer be offering Arba Minim for sale.

Rabbi Sholom Kass of the Sofer Center will be working with Rabbi Efraim Keller and will be delighted to serve the community.

To purchase during normal business hours, please contact Rabbi Kass at rabbi@sofercenter.com or (845) 262-0246.

To purchase during evening hours, please contact Rabbi Keller at (718) 778-0804

Kesiva Vachsima Tova Shono Tova Umesuko!

Rabbi Markowitz

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Selichos Parshas Nitzavim-Valeyech:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       6:46pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          6:55pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:35pm

No Kiddush between 6:50/7:00 and 7:50/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:44am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am 


Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of Shabbos Mevorchim

Final 5777 Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                      5:00pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:45pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:45pm  

Pre-Selichos Farbrengen                                                                      12:00am

Selichos                                                                                                  1:00am

א גוטען שבת און א גוט געבענשט יאר

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leitner L'Chaim TONIGHT!

It is with praise and pleasure that we invite you to the engagement L’Chaim of our daughter Leah Devorah with Shmuel Levinson of London, on Thursday night, September 14, at The Nemes Hall, 309 New York Avenue corner Union Street, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. 

Mazal Tov, 

Refoel & Malkie Leitner

Please help the needy of our community

  

Parsha Perspective


By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s “Parsha Perspective” is dedicated in honor of  Dr Dan Carr of Boston, MA, for all his support and generosity on behalf of Cheder Chabad of Monsey. May Dr Carr and family be blessed with continued good health and prosperity, materially and spiritually, in the New Year.

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 Torah reading this week Nitzavim-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 this doesn’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 first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless his Chossid and disciple 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, but 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 Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos-
and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

The  Board of Directors, administration, principals, teaching staff and the over 500 students in
Cheder Chabad of Monsey,
extend to  you and your family  heartfelt wishes for a
כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה בטוב הנראה והנגלה
בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש
A sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year 5778 -  תשע"ח - in every aspect, materially and spiritually.

As the High Priest blessed the Jewish people on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple,
may we  all be blessed, a well, from A to Z with…Abundance, Bounty, Caring, Devotion…and
 everything good in between, until we reach… Zion.  May all Israel be redeemed in peace, speedily in our days.

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                    8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                         6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                    6:55pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                  7:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, September 8, 2017

Parshas Ki Savo Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       6:58pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:10pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:45pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:42am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am 

Grand Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of Chai Elul

Final 5777 Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                      5:00pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:10pm

Minchah                                                                                                  7:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:57pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Dear Friend,

We are currently 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 - NOW!

For most people, the vacation is well and truly over. The relaxed atmosphere of the summer has been replaced by the challenge of a new season, whether in academic study, business, or simple daily life. At this point people sometimes ask themselves: am I really happy? Wouldn't I always prefer the carefree atmosphere of the vacation, traveling, doing as I please, being free...?

Indeed there are many for whom the summer months themselves were tense and problematic, for whatever reason. How do they look towards the coming months of the autumn? With joy or with foreboding?

At this point this week's Torah portion of Ki Sovo (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 26:1-29:8) is enlightening. It reveals that joy and gloom are not, as we might suppose, a kind of thermometer of our general situation in life: if everything is alright, the person is happy; if not, he feels miserable.

The Torah suggests that joyfulness is a state of mind which we should aspire to achieve in virtually every situation, especially when things are going well, but even if unfortunately there are set-backs.

A long section of this Torah portion describes the terrible suffering which will come to the Jewish people if, when they are in the Land of Israel, they do not properly serve G-d. The Torah speaks of destruction, famine, war, illness, exile. The sins which provoke this terrible punishment seem to be those of idolatry and general rebellion against G-d's law.
Yet then comes a surprising statement. Why have these terrible things happened? "Because you did not serve G-d with joy and a happy heart, when you had everything" (Deuteronomy 28:47).

Maimonides writes that this verse shows that one must serve G-d with joy. The same comment is made by the great Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria, and this is a central theme of the Chassidic movement. Our lives as Jews should be joyful; keeping Commandments should be joyful. Even when we have done wrong, perhaps something seriously wrong, and we regret the past and attempt to mend our ways for the future -- we should at the same time be joyful that G-d grants us this possibility of change.

The Chassidic masters ask us to be joyful also when we have serious problems! Rabbi Schneur Zalman gives advice in his Tanya (chapters 26-31) how to achieve a state of joy even if, G-d forbid, a person has grave worries concerning health, children or lack of livelihood; or if one has distressing guilt feelings about the past; or if one regards oneself as a terrible person in the present. In each case he presents a path towards a balanced and joyful state of mind, despite all. That joy, he says, is the key to inner mastery. It enables the person to win as a human being and as a Jew, despite the pain.

Paradoxically, a person can experience grief and at the same time feel a sense of joy. This can only come from the realization that happiness, as well as that which seems to be distressing and uncomfortable, all emanate from G-d Al-mighty and we need only to appreciate that only goodness comes from Above, whether we understand it or not and that ultimately, it is all for our benefit !!

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Tali Loewenthal)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lesches Pidyon Haben


Seeking Ride to Ohel

Looking for a ride to Ohel Wednesday, 15 Elul.        347-457- 9408

Tes Vav Elul Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ט"ו אלול tonight, September 5th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Tefillin and Mezuzos Checking in Elul

The Rebbe encouraged us to check tefillin and mezuzos in Elul.

We are fortunate to have three Chabad options in Monsey. Please avail yourself of their services.

Rabbi Nota Kupperman, 917-615-6268
Cong. Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive

$60 pair of Teffilin
$7 per Mezuzah

Please come to the women’s shul, or call for an appointment.
Rabbi Kupperman will stay in Monsey while there is a demand for his services.

-OR-

Rabbi Sholom Kass, 845-262-0246
25 Main St. Monsey, NY, 10952

-OR-

Rabbi Shlomo Backman
520 Viola Rd.  Spring Valley
(845) 641-8434

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Ki Savo for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                    8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                      6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                    7:10pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                 8:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Dear Friend,                                                                                                                                               

We are currently 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 - NOW! 

It has been called “the world’s longest hatred.” It continues to rear its ugly head across countries and continents. Whether it manifests in the crude bigotry of the lower crass or the snide subtleties of the upper crust, anti-Semitism is a fact of life.

Of course, we all wish it would finally go away. We even had reason to hope that after Auschwitz, it really would. Who among us doesn’t want to feel accepted and appreciated? But there is a strong argument to suggest that, in a perverse sort of way, anti-Semitism has been good for the Jews. 

Without the constant reminders and threats to our existence, we Jews would have been lulled into a peaceful and passive state of national amnesia. Secure in our comfort zones, we might have lost much of our unique identity.

History records that under regimes that persecuted us, we remained steadfastly Jewish; whereas under more enlightened, liberal forms of government, we gradually embraced a welcoming but dominant culture, forfeiting much of our own.

Towards the end of this week's Torah reading of Ki Teitzei (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 21:10-25:19).we read of the commandment to remember the unprovoked attack by the nation of Amalek against the Israelites when they left Egypt. The command comes in the form of the word zachor—“Remember”—at the beginning of the section. The final words are lo tishkach—“you shall not forget.” But why the need for both expressions? And what difference is there between “remembering” and “not forgetting”? Surely one is superfluous?

Commentaries suggest that “remember” is a command to the Jewish people, while “do not forget” would seem to be a more of a prediction—i.e., they will not let you forget! Should you ever lapse into a false sense of security and forget your Jewishness, the anti-Semites of the world will be there to remind you who you are—“a people that dwells alone” (Numbers 23:9).

Everything has a purpose in creation. There is nothing superfluous in G‑d’s world. So what is the purpose of an anti-Semite? Just that—to remind Jews that they are Jewish!

But why wait for the Amalekites of this world to remind us? Do we want or need their taunting? Rather, let us be proactively Jewish, positively Jewish and Jewishly positive. You can sing the old Yiddish song one of two ways. Either it is Oy, es iz gut tzu zein a yid (“Oh, it is good to be a Jew . . .”) or Oy, es iz shver tzu zein a yid (“Oy, it is hard to be a Jew . . .”). There are a million good reasons, positive reasons, to be proudly Jewish. If seventy years ago being Jewish carried a death sentence, today it is a life sentence, promising a meaningful and blessed life. And when we decide to live proud, committed Jewish lives, we make a fascinating discovery: when we respect ourselves, the world respects us too. And that applies across the board, from the individual Jew to the collective Jewish community.

Judaism is a boon, not a burden. We should be staunch about our heritage. It is a badge of honor to wear with noble pride. If you don’t know why, go and study—but that’s for another discussion.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Friday, August 25, 2017

Parshas Shoftim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Shoftim:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:21pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:30pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:10pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:37am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am 

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:15pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                  7:20pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:21pm  

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Dear Friend,                                       
                                                                                               
We are currently 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 - NOW!

Don’t be judgmental. Unless, of course, you happen to be a judge. Then it’s your job.

This week’s Torah portion, Shoftim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 16:18-21:9), is always read on the first Shabbat of the month of Elul. As nothing is accidental, this Torah portion must contain important lessons for us to implement during this auspicious month.

The Parshah begins with the biblical command for judges to be appointed in every city and town to adjudicate and maintain a just, ordered, civil society. Interestingly, it occurs in the first week of Elul, the month in which we are to prepare in earnest for the Days of Judgment ahead, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

There are, however, some significant differences between earthly judges of flesh and blood and the heavenly judge. In the earthly court, if after a fair trial a defendant is found guilty, then there’s really not much room for clemency on the part of the judge. The law is the law and must take its course. The accused may shed rivers of tears, but no human judge can be certain if his remorse is genuine. After all, a human judge may only make a decision based on “what the eye can see.” The misdeed was seen to have been committed. The remorse, who knows? Perhaps he’s a good actor and is only acting contrite.

The Supreme Judge on High, however, does know whether the accused genuinely regrets his actions or is merely putting on an act. Therefore, He alone is able to forgive. That is why in heavenly judgments, teshuvah (repentance) is effective.

The Maharal of Prague gave another reason. Only G d is able to judge the whole person. Every one of us has good and bad to some extent. Even those who have sinned may have many other good deeds that outweigh the bad ones. Perhaps even one good deed was of such major significance that it alone could serve as a weighty counterbalance. The point is, only G d knows. Only He can judge the individual in the context of his whole life and all his deeds, good and bad.

Our goal is to emulate the heavenly court. We should try to look at the totality of the person. You think he is bad, but is he all bad? Does he have no redeeming virtues? Surely, he must have some good in him as well. Look at the whole person.

A teacher once conducted an experiment. He held up a white plate and showed it to the class. In the center of the plate was a small black spot. He then asked the class to describe what they saw. One student said he saw a black spot. Another said it must be a target for shooting practice. A third suggested that the plate was dirty or damaged. Whereupon the teacher asked, “Doesn’t anyone see a white plate?”

There may have been a small black spot, but essentially it was a white plate. Why do we only see the dirt? Let us learn to find the good in others. Nobody is perfect, not even ourselves. Let’s not be so judgmental and critical. Let’s try to see the good in others.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shoftim for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                    8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Thursday, Friday                            6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Shacharis - Tuesday, Wednesday (Rosh Chodesh)                  6:45, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 7:30pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                           8:20, 9:30pm

Friday, August 18, 2017

Goldfarb L'Chaim


Parshas Re'eh Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Re'eh:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:32pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:45pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:20pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:34am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:30pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                  7:30pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:33pm  

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Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Dear Friend,                                                                                                                                                                                   
This forthcoming week we will PG be starting 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 - NOW! 

Two friends were walking when they saw a sign saying, "Your country needs you!"

"Hey, David," said one to the other, "what are you waiting for? It says that they need you!"

The first word of this week's Torah reading, Re'eh ("See!") (Devorim  [Deuteronomy] 11:26-16:17), is in the singular form, even though Moses was speaking to the entire Jewish nation.
The commentator Ibn Ezra (famous early Biblical commentator, Rabbi Avraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra) explains that this is so that people would realize that "he's talking to me," to each and every one of us on a personal level.

A rabbi once gave a brilliant, inspirational sermon. Afterwards, one of the congregants came over and said, "Rabbi, that speech was absolutely brilliant. If that doesn't get through to them, nothing will!"

Get through to them? What about you, sir!

It is too easy to think that they are talking to the next person, not to me.

Throughout our lives, we are being spoken to by different people -- a spouse, a family member, a friend, an employer, a Rabbi, maybe even G-d -- trying to give us a message. It is so easy to fall into the trap of looking to the person next to us and thinking that he is the one being spoken to. Isn't it worth considering that maybe, just this one time, they're actually talking to me, and to take it to heart? 

Let’s start with a Mitzva that the Talmud refers to as the Mitzvah, because of its importance: charity.

We'll read in the Torah this week, Re'eh  (Devorim  [Deuteronomy] 11:26-16:17), that we have the responsibility and privilege to support the poor. Especially at this time of year (the month of Elul, which PG starts this week and which is the lead-in month before the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) it is traditional to increase our charitable donations. Does it really work? Why tzedakah (charity) more than any other mitzvah?

It is traditional to increase in charitable giving at this time of the year and that is why we always read this parshah the week Elul begins. We're committing to change, to improve. We pray that G-d accepts us favorably, but who among us can be truly comfortable with the year that was? Ill decisions made, promises broken and wrong forks taken on the road of life. Our only hope is that G-d takes us back, warts and all, without examining too closely whether we deserve it. And, to set an example to G-d, we too hand out help and Tzedoka with an open hand to all, (and perhaps a bit more than usual!) and with the hope that, please G-d, this year we are blessed with good health and prosperity and we will all receive the greatest gift of all: the final redemption, with our righteous Moshiach.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective  in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mazel Tov Lesches'!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandson, born to Mordy and Mushky Gershon.

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Re'eh for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                    8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                      6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 7:40pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                           8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, August 11, 2017

Parshas Ekev Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Ekev:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:42pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:55pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:30pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:32am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Grand Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:30pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:55pm

Minchah                                                                                                  7:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:44pm  

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