Thursday, November 16, 2017

Seeking Ride to Ohel

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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

It has been said that the difference between a healthy person and an unhealthy person is that the former is working on his issues, while the latter is resigned to them.

Our Torah portion this week Toldot (Bereishis [Genesis] 25:19-28:9) recounts the birth of the twins Yaacov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau). Growing up, the two boys developed their contrasting lifestyles - Jacob of piety and scholarship, as compared to  Esau, of violence and corruption. How did Jacob and Esau end up so different? Same parents, same upbringing, same mother's milk, and yet so drastically different from each other that they become the paradigm of all of literature's accounts of "the evil twin."

In fact, they provide a metaphor for the endless struggle within each of us: the G‑dly Jacob and his desire for transcendence vs. the instinctual Esau, with his insatiable drive for self-satisfaction.

A look at their lives. Esau is born red and as hairy as an adult, and so he remains: Edom—red, intense, driven, violent. From the day of his birth, he sees himself as a static creation; that's who he is, and that is who he will be until he dies. He sees no reason to work things out with his brother, to address the "other side." He is simply Esau.

Jacob is born with his issues as well. Timid, a bookworm, Mama's boy. Yet he is willing to acknowledge and confront Esau. He dresses up in Esau's garb and tells his father he will hunt meat. Jacob stares Esau in the eye.

It's scary. Can one dress up like Esau and not become Esau?

Jacob succeeds, impressing his father enough to secure the blessing, and then is left alone to deal with his newfound self, to bring it into the rough world outside the tent, where Esau is comfortable. He spends years as a shepherd in Laban's house. He thrives, despite the bumps along the way. Eventually, he is sufficiently empowered to meet the brother he once feared.

We all have our issues, our places we'd rather not go. The easiest way is to let sleeping dogs lie, to just let them be. Uncovering wounds only seems to evoke painful feelings. Yet if we don't address our issues, we simply drift along. If we don't tackle Esau, we become Esau.

That was the difference between them. Jacob and Esau each had their "other side"; Jacob was willing to acknowledge his and deal with it, while Esau chose to ignore it.

We are given the choice. As Shem told Rebecca when she was pregnant with the twins, "Two ruling forces are within you; when one rises the other falls" (Rashi's commentary, Genesis 25:23). If we choose to rock the boat, we can mature through our struggles, emerge stronger. If we sweep the opposing forces within us under the rug, they will pile up until we trip over them.

We've all been there—something is said, and there is an awkward silence. We have a choice: We can address it, like Jacob, or we can resign ourselves to it, like Esau.

When we go where we fear most to tread, we come out the other side as "Israel"—we have struggled and we have succeeded. As the defeated angel tells Jacob (ibid., 32:29): "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have commanding power with [an angel of] G‑d and with men, and you have prevailed."

Let's be Jacob, not Esau.

(Excerpts from   - by Rabbi Baruch Epstein)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Toldos for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:25 pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                          5:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sholom Zochor at Kushnirs

There will be a Sholom Zochor tonight at the Kushnir residence, 12 Bartlett Road, in honor of their grandson.

Parshas Chayei-Sara Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Isaac was forbidden to leave the Holy Land, because he was consecrated to G‑d when Abraham offered him as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Abraham, however, wasn’t willing to consider a Canaanite girl for Isaac, so he sent his faithful servant Eliezer to his own hometown of Aram Naharaim (modern-day northern Syria) to find a suitable girl for Isaac. Eliezer successfully discharged this mission and returned to Canaan with Rebecca.

This week's Parshah Chaye Sarah (Bereishis [Genesis] 23:1-25:18) relates the entire account of Eliezer’s mission in great detail, repeating entire segments of the story several times. Generally speaking, the Torah is “stingy” with words; many laws of the Torah are derived from a seemingly superfluous word, or even an extra letter. The Midrash therefore concludes that “beautiful are the words of the servants of the Patriarchs more than the Torah of their children.”

What is so special about the “words of the servants of the Patriarchs”? What is the lesson the Torah wants us to derive from Eliezer’s mission?

One characteristic of Eliezer’s mission which is quite blatant is his tremendous focus. When he arrived in Aram Naharaim, he didn’t first go around town to see the local attractions. In fact, he didn’t even check in to the local Hilton to rest from his journey. Instead, he went straight to work, immediately starting the search for Isaac’s future wife. Even after he found Rebecca and deemed her worthy for his master’s son, he still didn’t allow himself to relax. When he was invited to Rebecca’s home, and the entire family sat down to eat, he proclaimed, “I will not eat until I have spoken my words. . . I am Abraham’s servant. . .”

Because he was so focused on his duty, constantly aware that he was merely an envoy of Abraham, he realized that he had all of Abraham’s miraculous powers at his disposal. Therefore, instead of hiring a private investigator to find the best and most virtuous girl in town, he went to the well and beseeched G‑d for a sign from heaven which would identify the right maiden. And he succeeded. When Rebecca’s family requested that she be given several months to prepare herself for marriage—a seemingly reasonable demand—Eliezer responded: “Do not delay me. . . Send me away, and I will go to my master.” And he got his way. He didn’t feel compelled to comply with societal norms or standards; he knew that his mission would succeed even if he were asking for the (seemingly) impossible.

We, too, are emissaries. We were sent to this world by the Almighty to create a marriage, to bring together two opposites—Creator and creation. We can and will accomplish this task, because we go not with our own powers, but with the G‑dly powers which G‑d invested within us in order to accomplish this feat. We can transform ourselves, our families and acquaintances, and indeed all of creation into spiritual entities, suitable to be G‑d’s bride. We must, however, always remain focused on the mission. We must always have proper priorities, always remembering what is really important in life.

This is the lesson we learn from Eliezer, a lesson the Torah deems worthy of repeating several times.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chof Mar-Cheshvan Farbrengen

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There will be a farbrengen in honor of כ' מר-חשון tomorrow night, November 9th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mazel Tov Tougers!

Mazel Tov to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek trustee Rabbi Yossi Touger & family on the birth of a baby girl! Also, a special mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. CD Kagan, and Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Touger.

תזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעש"ט מתוך הרחבה

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dina and Tzvi Wegh on the birth of a baby boy, and to the proud grandparents Dr Shimon and Lynne Kushnir.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Chayei Sara for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:30pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                          5:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, November 3, 2017

Avos U'bonim

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IY"H This Motzoai Shabbos Parshas VeYeira - 7:30 - 8:30 PM the new series of   Avos U'Bonim  for this year will be starting for all boys Grade 1 and up - at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul.

This year a very beautiful program of teaching the 39 Melochos of Shabbos will be incorporated into the  Avos U'Bonim program!

Don't  stay outside !             Come in and participate !

*************  PRIZES    *********  REFRESHMENTS ********* RAFFLES ******** AMAZING LEARNING PROGRAM ******************

All boys must be accompanied by either a parent or older brother - with whom he will be responsible to learn  or to be kept constructively busy- not to disturb other children learning!!

If anyone wants to sponsor an evening of this very special learning in honor of a birthday, yahrzeit, anniversary etc --- please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman - 917 282 3505 or email

Parshas Vayera Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

In our Torah portion this week Vayeira (Bereishis [Genesis] 18:1-22:24) it says: And G-d said: "...Abraham shall be a great people... Because I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him that they shall keep the way of G-d, to do Tzedoka and justice" (Genesis 18:17-19)

Jews don't believe in charity.

Instead of charity, the Jew givestzedakah, which means "righteousness" and "justice." When the Jew contributes his money, time and resources to the needy, he is not being benevolent, generous or "charitable." He is doing what is right and just.

The story is told of a wealthy chassid who once received a letter from his rebbe, Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, requesting him to give 200 rubles to save a fellow chassid from financial ruin. The wealthy chassid regularly contributed to his rebbe's charitable activities, but this particular letter arrived at a financially inconvenient time and contained a request for an exceptionally large sum; after some deliberation, the chassid decided not to respond to the Rebbe's request.

Shortly thereafter, the chassid's fortunes began to fall. One business venture failed badly, and then another; before long he had lost everything.

"Rebbe," he cried, when he had gained admittance to Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua's room, "I know why this has happened to me. But was my sin so terrible to deserve so severe a punishment? And is it right to punish without warning? If you would have told me how important it was to give those 200 rubles, I would have carried out your instructions to the letter!"

"But you haven't been punished in any way," replied the Rebbe.

"What do you mean? All my wealth has been taken from me!"

"Nothing that was yours was taken from you," said the Rebbe. "You see, when my soul came down to earth, a certain amount of material resources were allotted to me for use in my work. However, my days and nights are taken up with prayer, the study and teaching of Torah, and counseling those who come to me for guidance; leaving no time for the task of managing all that money. So these resources were placed in the trust of a number of "bankers" -- people who would recognize their duty to support my work. When you failed to carry out your role, my account with you was transferred to another banker."

The Jew believes that material wealth is not a crime, but a blessing from G-d. One who has so been blessed should regard himself as G-d's "banker" -- one who is privileged to have been entrusted by the Creator with the role of dispensing the resources of His creation to others.

G-d could have allotted equal portions of His world to all its inhabitants. But then the world would have been nothing more than a showpiece of G-d's creative powers, predictable as a computer game and static as a museum display. G-d wanted a dynamic world -- a world in which man, too, is a creator and provider. A world in which the controls have, to a certain extent, been handed over to beings who have the power to choose between fulfilling or reneging on their role.

Thus Jewish law requires every individual to give tzedakah, even one who is himself sustained by the tzedakah of others. If the purpose of tzedakah were merely to rectify the unequal distribution of wealth between rich and poor, this law would make no sense.Tzedakah, however, is much more than that: it is the opportunity granted to every person to become a "partner with G-d in creation."

Giving tzedakah is, above all, a humbling experience. Before us stands a human being less fortunate than ourselves. We know that G-d could have just as easily provided him with everything he requires, instead of sending him to us for his needs. Here is a person who is suffering poverty in order to provide us with the opportunity to do a G-dly deed!

By the same token, if divine individual providence places us on the receiving end of a charitable act, we need not be demoralized by the experience. For we know that G-d could have just as easily provided us with all that we need Himself, and that our need for human aid is merely in order to grant another person the ability to do a G-dly deed. Our "benefactor" is giving us money or some other resource; we are giving him something far greater - the opportunity to become a partner with G-d in creation.

In the words of our sages: "More than the rich man does for the pauper, the pauper does for the rich man."

(From - Rabbi  Yanki Tauber)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

New! K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Monthly Calendar

12 Cheshvan -12 Kislev 5778 (November 2017)

Click on the image to see the entire monthly schedule, including davening times and farbrengens. Comments? We hope to continue bringing you this service.  Questions? Please email

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas וירא for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

מנחה - Monday thru Thursday                                                            5:40pm

מעריב - Monday thru Thursday                                          6:30, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Parshah 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

A common theme in Jewish life is the "rags to riches" story. A person is born and brought up in modest surroundings, with simple parents. The story then might continue in a number of ways. One is that he leaves school at sixteen, becomes a newspaper boy on the street and some years later is the chairman of a large business corporation. Another is that from his local school he wins a scholarship to M.I.T. and eventually becomes a famous scientist.

Although not restricted to Jews, it is often the Jewish story. Perhaps this is because this same pattern is seen in the life of first Jew, Abraham, the hero of this week's Torah portion, Lech-Lecho (Bereishis[Genesis] 12:1-17:27). G-d tells him "Go for yourself, from your land, from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you."

The Sages explain that this is really the basis of life for the Jewish people as a whole, the descendants of Abraham and Sarah. Of course, economic advance is only one example. In more general terms, we move out of our past, step by step, into a new and unbounded future, defined only as "the Land which I - meaning G-d Himself - will show you."

What did Abraham leave behind? Three different aspects of his origin. The first was his "land." The Sages explain this does not mean simply a geographical area. The term "land" suggests also the basic, earthly grounding of one's character. In order to advance, this basic nature often has to be transcended, especially if one is seeking spiritual goals.

The second term, "your birthplace," suggests all the limitations of one's environment. We Jews are undeniably affected by the cultures in which we live. Sometimes the typical rags to riches story describes a person becoming thoroughly a part of that culture in a very successful way: from newspaper boy to the House of Lords. Yet, at this point, there is the challenge to transcend the limitations of prevailing culture and to be able to be oneself, as a Jewish man or woman, maintaining Jewish values and Jewish observance. As many people have achieved - to be able to eat kosher food with “Royalty”.

The third phrase is "your father's house"- which can be understood quite literally; home background and early education. This is yet more obvious when considered in spiritual terms. The path of Jewish discovery leads to exciting new territories of the spirit, quite different from anything one has experienced before; for example, the joy of Torah study.

Thus each one of us is an Abraham or Sarah, leaving our natural limitations behind and advancing to the Land which G-d Himself will show us. This may mean the physical Land of Israel, but also every kind of new domain to which G-d leads us, wherever Divine Individual Providence will lead us. There we can truly discover the untold wealth of what it means to be a Jew.

(Excerpts from – by Rabbi Tali Loewenthal)

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Lech Lecha for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                 5:50pm

Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                              6:40, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, October 20, 2017

Parshas Noach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Our Torah portion this week Noach (Bereishis [Genesis] 6:9 -11:32) recounts the famous story of Noach and the flood.

Noach was saved from the deluge of destruction that engulfed his world and his greatest contribution is that he set out to rebuild that world. We don't read about him sitting down and crying or wringing his hands in despair, although I'm sure he had his moments. The critical thing the Torah records is that after Noach emerged from his floating bunker he began the task of rebuilding a shattered world from scratch. He got busy and picked up the pieces and, slowly but surely, society was regenerated.

Only one generation ago, a great flood swept over our world. The Nazi plan was for a Final Solution. Every Jew on earth was earmarked for destruction and the Nazis were already planning their Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race. Not one Jew was meant to survive. So even those of us born after the war are also survivors. Even a Jewish child born this morning is a survivor -- because according to Hitler's plan, which tragically nearly succeeded, he or she was not meant to live.

This means that each of us, like Noach, has a moral duty to rebuild the Jewish world
Our responsibility is to take up the burden of service, reach out to others and exert ourselves to the utmost in providing for their spiritual, emotional and financial needs. It may be difficult, we may well suffer personal damage in pursuit of our holy charge, but we dare not forsake our purpose.

The fifth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber, once attended a conference of rabbis which had been convened by the Russian government in their effort to ram through massive changes to the traditional Jewish educational system. At the risk of their lives and liberty, the rabbis worked passionately and collectively to protect our common heritage.
After the meetings broke up, Rav Chaim of Brisk came to say farewell to the Rebbe and discovered him sitting in his hotel room, overcome with tears.

“Lubavitcher Rebbe,” he exclaimed, “you needn’t weep. You did absolutely everything within your power!”

“Maybe so. But after all that, we did not succeed in foiling the plans of the Russian government!”

Thank G-d for His mercies that our world is, to a large degree, being rebuilt. Miraculously, the great centers of Jewish learning are flourishing today once more. But far too many of our brothers and sisters are still outside the circle. Right now there are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe and ignorant people to educate. 

Every one of us needs to participate. We are all Noachs. Let us rebuild our world.

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas No'ach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                 6:05pm

Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                              6:50, 8:30, 9:30pm

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shmini Atzeres, Simchas Torah and Shabbos Bereishis Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Wednesday - ערב יו"ט

Eruv Tavshilin

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                6:03pm

Mincha                                                                                                             6:15pm

Ma'ariv - Shmini Atzeres                                                                               7:02pm

Followed by Kiddush - הקפות at approx. 8:00pm

Thursday - שמיני עצרת

Shacharis                                                                                              after 10:00am

Mincha - Shmini Atzeres                                                                                6:10pm

Licht Bentshen second night                                                               after 7:01pm

Ma'ariv - Simchas Torah                                                                                7:01pm

Followed by Kiddush - הקפות at approx. 8:45pm

Friday - שמחת תורה

Shacharis                                                                                              after 10:15am

Followed by Kiddush - הקפות at approx. 12:30pm

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                   6:00pm

Mincha - Simchas Torah (begin with Pasach Eliyahu)                                 6:00pm

Kabbalas Shabbos                                                                                             6:50pm

No Kiddush between 7:00 and 8:00

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                         8:30am

Shacharis                                                                                                          10:00am

Followed by Grand Kiddush Farbrengen לכבוד שבת בראשית

Rov's Halacha Shiur                                                                                         5:30pm

Mincha                                                                                                              6:00pm

Followed by Seder Niggunim and חזרת דא"ח

Motzoei Shabbos                                                                                              6:58pm

!א פרייליכן יו"ט

!ויעקב הלך לדרכו

"ווי מ'שטעלט זיך אוועק שבת בראשית אזוי גייט אוועק אויף דעם גאנצן יאר"

Monday, October 9, 2017

Simchas Beis HaShoeva Farbrengen Tonight!

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There will be a Simchas Beis HaShoeva farbrengen tonight At the Sukkah of Reb Moshe Gourarie, 11 Mohawk Lane, Pomona. With special guest HaRav Leibel Kaplan, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, Montreal.  - at 9:00pm.

Heichel Menachem SIMCHAS BEIS HASHOEVA Tonight!


 Inside Heichal Menachem 

 51 Park Lane, Monsey, NY 10952 

8-10PM (Before Farbrengen.) 

 For MEN WOMEN & CHILDREN (Come & bring your friends)

הערב: כינוס תורה

לאור קריאת כ"ק אדמו"ר לערוך כינוסי תורה בימי ובהמשך לימי השלש רגלים: קהל אנ"ש והתמימים שי' מוזמן לכינוס תורה הערב מיד אחרי מנחה
מנחה בשעה 6:20
:ישאו דברים 

הרב ר' ברוך דוב שי' לשס - מד"א
הרב ר' חיים דוד שי' קאגאן - רב דקהל בית מנחם
הרב ר' אהרן דוד שי' גאנץ - ר"מ בישיבת תו"ת מאריסטאון
הרב ר' משה אלי' גורארי' - סגן עורך חסידות מבוארת  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

זמני התפלות לימי חוה"מ סוכות ה'תשע"ח

Chol HaMoed Sukkos 5778 davening times

 שחרית Sunday 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am etc.

 Mon.-Wed. 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am etc.

מנחה Sun. - Tues. 6:20pm*

מעריב Sun. – Tues. 7:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

Tehillim Tuesday Night ליל הושענא רבה 1:00

 Wednesday Hoshana Rabbah remember עירוב תבשילין

*Monday evening כינוס תורה immediately following Mincha.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sukkot Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This Sukkot Perspective is dedicated  in memory of Mrs Elka bas Zisel OBM
Homelessness is one of the saddest social phenomena. No matter how destitute a person may be, home always provides a needed sense of security and belonging. In fact, the need for a home is so great that the Talmud says that “one who does not have a home isn’t a person.” Physically, perhaps one can survive without a home, but emotionally speaking, a home is the most basic human need.

Needless to say, homelessness isn’t about where you may find yourself at a given moment. You can be at work, visiting with friends, stuck in traffic, or on vacation thousands of miles from home—it’s not about where you are, but it's the knowledge that there’s a little corner of the world you can call your own that gives you the peace of mind a home provides. (As the well-worn aphorism: “Home is the place that has to let you in when no one else will . . .”) A place where you can let your guard down and act as you wish.

This, the Rebbe explains, is what is so special about the mitzvah of sukkah. Normally, we are connected to a particular mitzvah (and through the mitzvah, to the One who commanded the mitzvah) so long as we are actually involved in its observance. 
But sukkah is an exception. For seven days we are commanded to dwell in a sukkah; for seven days the holy shelter of the sukkah becomes our home. And as explained above, one’s association to his or her home isn’t restricted to the time spent therein. It is an ever-present connection.

For seven days we are intimately involved with a mitzvah, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. And it isn’t a peripheral involvement - just as our relationship with our home is never peripheral, it is so basic to our identity.

Perhaps we can take the lesson of the sukkah a step further.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are just behind us. The theme of these holidays, as well as the preparatory month of Elul that preceded them, is teshuvah - usually translated as “repentance,” but whose literal meaning is “return.” After a year of wandering and drifting, we return. To our Father’s embrace, to our truest home, to the place where we always belonged. To our core Judaism.

One thing I have requested of G‑d, this I seek: That I may sit in the house of G‑d all the days of my life, to behold the pleasantness of G‑d . . .  - King David, Psalms 27:4

But another year now beckons us. Once again, we will be forced to leave “home” for an extended trip. A daunting prospect, a depressing thought for the individual who is now savoring his brief stay at home.

Enter the message of the sukkah. Once we’ve established where our true home is, we never lose our attachment to home, no matter where we are.

Come what may during this new year, no matter how far from home life’s journey may take us, our internal GPS will always have its arrow pointing homeward. And that knowledge will provide us with serenity and security.

And we don’t have to wait until the next Rosh Hashanah to return. Make some time to escape back home every day - whether it’s morning prayers in the synagogue, or even the few seconds it takes to recite a blessing on an apple you are about to bite into.

If that is the reassuring lesson we take from the holiday of Sukkot, no wonder it is the most joyous of holidays! Is there anything more uplifting than the knowledge that you are never homeless?

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

 May you have a joyous, meaningful and uplifting Sukkot and Shabbat!!

 If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha/Holiday  Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Monday, October 2, 2017

Yud Gimmel Tishrei Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of י"ג תשרי tonight, October 2nd, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Davening Times for the week of Sukkos for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                                      6:30pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                    7:10, 8:30, 9:30pm

Wednesday Erev Sukkos - עירוב תבשילין