Monday, March 31, 2008

Rashi's KinderCamp

The early bird special for Rashi's KinderCamp ends on April 1st. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this special must contact Rashi Kaplan at 845-664-0830 or Naomi Eisenberg at 718-404-4384 by the end of Tuesday, April 1st. The drawing for a free summer for one camper will be held this Friday April 4th at noon.

Music Teacher Available

Yehoshua Sussman has been playing violin and piano for 26 years. He has both a BA and MA in music, and has four years of rabbinic training in Morristown, NJ.

He has been teaching violin, viola, piano and cello for ten years and has taught music history, tutored, and lead music groups at the university level. He is well versed in both Jewish and secular music, and has developed an all-Jewish curriculum for teaching instruments for those who do not want a secular musical education for themselves or their children.

Yehoshua loves teaching and loves children. He has seen children's enthusiasm for Judaism and life in general grow as a result of making music a part of their lives.

For lessons for you or your children, please contact Yehoshua Sussman by phone at 973-525-8402 or by email at lechlecha9125@yahoo.com for more information.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mazel Tov Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the engagement of their son Shaya to Bayla Lurie of Montreal!

The l’chaim will take place next Sunday night, April 6th, at the Bais Levi Yitzchak Shul, 556 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Mazel Tov Marruss!

Mazel tov to Naftoli and Rachel Marrus on the birth of a baby boy! Mazel tov to the grandparents Pinchas and Sarah Marrus.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Birthday Farbrengen

Mayer Duvid Hanson invites all to a farbrengen in honor of his birthday this Wednesday night, April 2nd, at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek following Maariv at 9:30 PM.

Mazel Tov Reitmans

Mazal tov to Moshe & Zipora Reitman on the birth of a granddaughter to Rabbi Dov & Racheli Muchnik of Oxnard, CA.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Zisman Bris

Eli and Miriam Zisman will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Tuesday, April 1, at The Platinum Ballroom (next door to Eli’s Bagels), 56 North Myrtle Avenue in Spring Valley. Davening will be at 6:45 AM followed by the Bris at 7:30 AM.

Mazel Tov Werners!

Mazal tov to Rabbi Simcha and Chaya Werner on the birth of a grandson to Boruch and Yitty Werner of Crown Heights.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Beis Chaya Mushka Production - Thursday Night

The Beis Chaya Mushka Production "On a Golden Chain" will take place this Thursday night, March 27th, at the East Ramapo Freshman Center on Viola Road. Doors open at 6:45 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM. All women are invited!

K'hal Nusach Ari Melave Malka

Khal Nusach Ari under the leadership of Rabbi Naftoli Weinstein will be holding its annual Melave Malka this Motzai Shabbos Shmini at 9:30 PM at the shul, 485 Viola Road. All are encouraged to participate.

Hilchos Pesach Shiurim for Women

Beginning tonight Rabbi Lesches will be giving a series of four Hilchos Pesach shiurim for women at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek. All shiurim will take place from 8:00 to 8:45 PM. All are encouraged to attend.

Shiur 1 - Wednesday, March 26
Shiur 2 - Wednesday, April 2
Shiur 3 - Wednesday, April 9
Shiur 4 - Wednesday, April 16

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mazel Tov Zismans!

Mazel tov to Eli and Miriam Zisman on the birth of a baby boy! The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at their home, 14 Green Hill Lane.

Upcoming Events at Hillel at RCC

The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at SUNY Rockland Community College invites members of the public to its series of free events on campus celebrating Jewish heritage. For further details, visit www.sunyrockland.edu/go/centerforjewishlife or call Rabbi Dov Oliver at 845-574-4422.

Monday, March 31, 7:15 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3214
"Searching for G-d in a Magic Shop," by author and magician Arthur Kurzweil.
An enchanting presentation that explores the world of illusions and profound ideas of Jewish thought. This is a totally unique and entertaining magic show that is designed not to fool or trick you, but rather to teach you how to see.
Kurzweil, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, is also considered America's foremost expert in Jewish genealogy and is author of the classic, "From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History," as well as "Kabbalah for Dummies" and "On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz."

Tuesday, April 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Fieldhouse Arena
Talk, basketball clinic and night game with "The Jewish Jordan," Basketball Star, Tamir Goodman.
Dubbed "The Jewish Jordan" in 1999 by Sports Illustrated, basketball star Tamir Goodman will give a motivational talk followed by a hands-on basketball clinic during the day. In the evening, he will deliver another talk at 7:00 p.m., and then get onto the court to lead the Rockland Jewish All Stars in a basketball game vs. the RCC Hawks.
Tamir, a 6' 3" shomer Shabbos Jew who sports a kippah and tzitzit while he plays, recently returned from a multi-year stint of pro basketball in Israel to play for his hometown, the Baltimore Nighthawks.

Wednesday, April 2, 12-1:30 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3214
"Breaking through Barriers," Laughter Workshop by Esther Rachel Russell, Comedian
Esther Rachel Russell is a screenwriter, actress, producer, laughter therapist and the creator of the Comedy Improvisation Workshop, Breaking Through Barriers. Inspired by mystical Jewish teachings, this workshop of comedy and spirit is designed to break through barriers and spread joy in our lives. Laugh. Laugh. And laugh some more. Through various comedy exercises, workshop participants are infused with a dimension of joy that empowers them to lead lives of possibility, authenticity and redemption.
Esther Rachel recently starred in the acclaimed off-Broadway comedy, A Match Made in Manhattan: the Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience, and the newly released feature film, The Permeable Man.

Thursday, April 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Student Union, Rm. 3114
Traveling Matzah Bakery
In preparation for the upcoming Passover holiday, participate hands-on in the process of making your own handmade matzah, from mixing, kneading and rolling to baking…and eating! Learn the significance of matzah and other holiday traditions.
Friday, April 4, 12:30-1:30 pm, Student Union, Rm. 3114
Create Your Own Judaica: Hands-on Art Workshop
Jewish life is enhanced by beautiful objects that honor Shabbat and holidays. Create your own heirloom traditional piece of Judaica. Materials and instruction provided, just bring your creativity!

Art Exhibit
March 31 – April 16, Library Rotunda (hours: M-Th 8 am-10 pm, Fr 8-8, Su 11-6).

"Art & Soul: Joy on Canvas," by noted Jewish artist Michoel Muchnik
Through his artwork, Michoel Muchnik has taken the brush, paint, canvas and clay and implanted within them a spiritual life force. Among the foremost Jewish artists of our day, he revolutionized Chassidic art. His imaginative and joyful depiction of traditional and mystical Jewish themes brought him critical acclaim and international prominence.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mazel Tov Ganczs

Mazel tov to Rabbi Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz on the birth of a grandson to Moshe and Rivky Gancz of Crown Heights.

Purim at Tzemach Tzedek

For pictures of Purim night at Tzemach Tzedek by Reb Dovid Kaplan click here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Shalom Zachor

Shneur Zalman and Faige Rabin will be making a Shalom Zachor this Friday night for their newborn son at the home of their parents, Nachman and Chavie Bronstein, 10 Tracey Court.

Levaya

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of the aunt of Michoel Elkind, Mrs. Leah Brocha (Lenore) Gerowitz. The levaya will take place tomorrow, Thursday, Taanis Esther, at 1:45 PM at the Beth El Cenetary in Paramus, NJ. If you are able to attend and help make the minyan please call Michoel at 845-517-4425 or 845-553-5029 ASAP.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Purim at Tzemach Tzedek

Rabbi Boruch Lesches and Rabbi Gershon Grossbaum at a Mikvah Pouring in Upstate New York


Photo courtesy of shmais.com.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rebbe Saying Selichos on Taanis Esther

Purim Farbrengen

Cheapest Gas in Rockland

The cheapest gas in Rockland County can be found at Costco and no Costco membership is required. Rockland Journal News

N'Shei Bookstore Update

New Kol Menachem (Gutnick) Haggadah coming soon!
New from HaChai Publishing:
Rina's Rainy Day
A beautiful Gam Zu L'Tova story.
Fit for a Princess
The Invisible Book

Megillas Esther

And much much more... Call Mrs. Abramowitz at 845-558-8249

Monday, March 17, 2008

Five Steps to a More Joyous Marriage

By Dr. Yisroel Susskind

Negate anger, validate affection.

A Rebbe and his attendant had journeyed all day through the countryside. The Rebbe instructed his attendant, Reb Chaim, to prepare for their night's rest: "Please set up the tent near that stream, draw some water, lay out my bed clothes and the bedding, and prepare a light meal."

During the middle of the night, the Rebbe suddenly woke Reb Chaim and said, "Reb Chaim, look above you at the magnificent stars in the heaven, and tell me what do you conclude."

Reb Chaim answered, "We mortals are so insignificant in the face of G‑d's creations."

"No", responded the Rebbe, "You have missed my point. While we were sleeping, someone stole our tent."

Marriage has been compared to a tent. The Talmud (Yevamos 62B) teaches us that a man must be married if he is to have four essential components in his life: a real home; an inspiring protective moral influence; ultimate joy; and wisdom.

Click here to continue this article.

Last Chance for Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

Tonight is the deadline to order Mishloach Manos through Cheder Chabad.

Mazel Tov Hershey Spaeth!

Mazel tov to Hershey Spaeth on his engagement to Chavi Hess of Monsey! Mazel tov to Hershey’s parents, Eliezer and Sofia Spaeth and Devorah and Tom O’Brien!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Updated Tzemach Tzedek Purim Schedule

Thursday, March 20th, Adar 13 - Taanis Esther:
Alos Hashachar: 5:37 AM
Shacharis: 6:45 AM (includes selichos)
Mincha (Machatzis HaShekel): 6:30 PM (includes leining)
Maariv followed by Megilla: 7:45 PM

There will be a special Megilla reading for children downstairs at the same time. Delicious hot food and a magic show for children will immediately follow both Megilla readings.

Friday, March 21st, Adar 14 - Purim:
Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM sharp
Megilla: approximately 7:15 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Megilla: approximately 8:30 AM
Megilla for Women: 10:15 AM
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:52 PM
Chassidus Shiur followed by Maariv

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Tzav - Shushan Purim:
Chassidus Shiur: 8:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Purim Farbrengen!
Halacha Shiur: 6:00 PM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Shalosh Seudos and Maariv
Shabbos Ends: 7:55 PM

A FREILICHIN’ PURIM!

Mazel Tov Bronsteins

Mazel tov to Nachman and Chavie Bronstein on the birth of a grandson to Shneur Zalman and Faige Rabin.

Water Woes

Marrus family in the Rockland Journal News.
Photo by Angela Gaul/The Journal News

Mazel Tov Selingers and Abramowitzs

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Aleezah Selinger and Jay and Devorah Abramowitz on the birth of a granddaughter to Gershon and Simma Selinger of Crown Heights.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

Rabbi Lesches’s popular Sunday morning Halacha shiur will be on the topic of Hilchos Purim. The shiur is from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Early Shacharis Minyan on Purim

If you are interested in a minyan for Shacharis on Purim that would begin at 7:00 AM please email news@monseychabad.com or comment below.

New Time for Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 7:00 PM and will remain so throughout the spring and summer.

Save the Date - Cheder Chabad Dinner

The Cheder Chabad dinner will take place on Pesach Sheni, Sunday evening, May 18th.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Purim Schedule

Thursday, March 20th, Adar 13 - Taanis Esther:
Alos Hashachar: 5:37 AM
Shacharis: 6:45 AM (includes selichos)
Mincha (Machatzis HaShekel): 6:30 PM (includes leining)
Maariv followed by Megilla: 7:45 PM

There will be a special Megilla reading for children downstairs at the same time.

Delicious hot food and a magic show for children will immediately follow both Megilla readings.

To be a sponsor for this event, please contact Nechemia Kaplan at 845-664-5744 or nzkaplan@hotmail.com.

The following families are thus far sponsoring this event:
Yeruchem Cohen, Avrohom Hayman, Chona Larkin, Chesky Litzman, Shloime Litzman, Yehuda Schild, Itche Noach Zeiler and Eli Zisman.


Friday, March 21st, Adar 14 - Purim:
Shacharis: 8:00 AM
Megilla: approximately 8:30 AM
Megilla for Women: 10:15 AM
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:52 PM
Chassidus Shiur followed by Maariv

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Tzav:
Chassidus Shiur: 8:45 AM
Shacharis: 9:30 AM
Halacha Shiur: 6:00 PM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Shalosh Seudos and Maariv
Shabbos Ends: 7:55 PM

A FREILICHIN’ PURIM!

Puppet Show to Benefit Cheder Chabad

Monday, March 10, 2008

Shiur on Moshiach and Geulah

The monthly Moshiach and Geulah shiur by Rabbi Lesches will take place tonight at 9:45 PM and focus on the connection between Purim and Moshiach.

WalMart in Monsey Not Happening

RAMAPO - The plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter at a closed drive-in theater in Monsey have been withdrawn by the prospective developer. The National Realty and Development Corp. of Purchase faced concerns of the town and the public over the ability of existing roads and sewer lines to handle the demands of the 215,000-square-foot big-box store. "We believe the project would have been a great success and huge improvement over the existing conditions," Jerrold Bermingham, executive vice president of the company, said in a Thursday letter to the town. It had become apparent, though, that "the concerns of the township cannot be met and the project will not be approved," Bermingham wrote. Rockland Journal News

Seeking Sponsors for Cheder Chabad Projects

If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor the upcoming Cheder Chabad Puppet Show or the Cheder Mishloach Monos project in honor or in memory of a loved one or for any other occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 6:30 PM.

Move Your Clock Forward

Remember to move your clock forward one hour tonight. This is also the recommended time to change all of your smoke detector batteries.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Campus Outreach Program Holds Shabbaton in Monsey

Over 30 college students are expected for a Shabbaton this week, at the home of Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver and in the new home of Beis Menachem. For more information please call Rabbi Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388.

Beis Menachem of North Monsey Moves Into New Home

This shabbos, K'hal Beis Menachem of North Monsey will move into a new beautiful shul located at 360 Route 306 in Monsey (formerly Rabbi Kantor's shul).

Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

To use the online ordering system for the Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos campaign please go to monseychabad.com/purim.htm.

Interview With Rabbi Lesches Translated

As was previously posted, in honor of the Yarzeit of Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach z”tl, on Chof Adar, Kfar Chabad Magazine interviewed 3 Lubavitcher Rabbonim who had learned in Kol Torah including our dear Rav, Rabbi Lesches. The following is a translation of Rabbi Lesches’s interview. A tremendous yasher koach goes to Reb Amichai Weinberg for the translation.

The article in Hebrew can be found here.


“That fact is that for any student of Rav Shlomo Zalman, the transition to Chabad came quite naturally when you consider that he embodied the qualities that Chasidim always emphasized.

Firstly, like Chabad, he was an absolute man of truth who would always admit and acknowledge the truth of the matter wholeheartedly. On a few occasions when asked certain questions in a shiur, he agreed that he was incorrect if it was the case, even if it meant the whole premise of the shiur was disproved. Trying to cover up or hide mistakes was not an option for Rav Shlomo Zalman.

I remember one time when Rav Shlomo Zalman was giving his weekly general assembly shiur which was always on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 6:45. Someone questioned his understanding based on a Rashba in Baba Kama. After verifying the Rashba, he said to the students, “I apologize. I made a mistake. I don’t have anything else on which to continue”. He immediately stopped in middle of the shiur and ended it by going to daven Maariv.

Secondly, his Ahavat Yisrael, love for the Jewish people, was massive. Like Chabad, he was completely distanced from any semblance of politics. For this reason, the Rav refused membership on the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Israel to avoid any political affiliation. He only agreed to act as Posek for the Vaad HaYeshivot, in the position previously held by his Rebbe, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer.

Thirdly, like a true Chassid, he was a remarkably humble man. There were times when students would ask for his opinion regarding shidduchim. He would always say to them, “Why are you asking me these kinds of questions? If I am wrong about a shidduch, people will (hold me responsible and) call me a liar! If you ask me basic understanding of Rashi and Tosafot, I am prepared to tell you that, but you need to ask the Lubavitcher Rebbe things of this nature. It’s a fact that he knows how to answers questions like these.”

Fourth, his learning style was based in simple and straightforward reason. His shiurim were propelled by healthy logic and focused thinking which gave no place for elaborate, erroneous and lofty extrapolations. This approach is very similar to the learning approach of Chassidut in general, and to the Rebbe’s learning style specifically.

Beyond all this, it is well known that Rav Shlomo Zalman had tremendous respect and Derech Eretz for the Rebbe. I’ll only give one example. Around the time of The Six Day War, some students from overseas asked him what should they do, go home or stay in Israel. Rav Shlomo Zalman asked them for the source of the question, and they answered that their parents want them to come home. Rav Shlomo Zalman said to them, “in that case, based on the obligation to honor one’s parents these students should go home.” The students then asked, “but the Lubavitcher Rebbe says that everything will be fine in The Holy Land!”. Rav Shlomo Zalman said, “then it is not even a question. The Rebbe certainly knows what will be, and if he says that everything will be fine, he clearly sees that there is no need to worry and you may rely on him completely. Therefore if you ask me as a Rav what you should do based on Shulchan Aruch, my answer will be that there is a commandment to obey your parents. But if your question is what will happen with the war, it’s clear that everything will be fine like The Rebbe said.”

WORDS OF THE LIVING G-D

Harav Lesches does not like when people point out that in his day he was known as the prodigy of Kol Torah, nor is he prepared to reveal the uniqueness of the relationship between himself and his Rav, the Rosh Yeshiva. He reluctantly agreed to mention one anecdote from his time by Rav Shlomo Zalman.

“Shortly after I entered the Yeshiva Ketana of Kol Torah, Rav Shlomo Zalman began to take me under his wing. Most likely, in some of the tests we took, my answers were of interest to him. He would occasionally come and speak with me. One time when I was still in the beginning of the first grade, he stopped me in the hallway of the yeshiva and told me sternly, “I heard from the Mashgiach that because you are learning so intensely you are not sleeping enough hours at night.” As he said that, he took hold of his beard, showed it to me and said, “You see? I have a completely white beard even though I am not that old. When I was your age I learned under Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, and he told me that he heard that I am not sleeping enough, and he instructed me to sleep more hours. I, in fact, did not listen to him and this is the result – my beard has gone white before its time!” I said to Rav Shlomo Zalman, “as your student I must emulate you. If so, I too will not listen to your instructions and will continue doing things my way.” Rav Shlomo Zalman lovingly tapped my cheek and said to me, “Good. Continue in good health.”

Did your strong connection with him end when you went to find a new path through Chabad?

On the contrary - as I mentioned, for me learning Chassidus was simply a natural progression to everything I received from Rav Shlomo Zalman. My familiarity with him is what helped me easily absorb everything I heard in the Tanya shiurim. After learning under him, the switch to Tomchei Temimim was practically a given.

Despite all that, it’s a fact that in Kol Torah, learning Tanya was forbidden.

In all the times that there was a Tanya shiur in Kol Torah, Rav Shlomo Zalman was aware of it, and seeing as the matter was up to him, he never openly opposed it. He understood that Chassidus was important to us, and he ultimately wanted to find a middle ground, where the faculty would not really be upset, and where the students that wanted to learn Chassidus would be able to continue forth with these shiurim.

What is it that actually drew you, a (yeshiva) prodigy to learn Tanya?

The shiurim of Rav Yosef Segel - which were completely unique. He knew how to clearly explain Chassidus and he knew how to give us the wonderful feeling that we were learning Words of the Living G-d!

Specifically someone who never learned in Chabad is capable of appreciating the newness of the concepts. We would occasionally travel to Kfar Chabad and would participate in Rav Shlomo Chaim Kesselman’s farbrengens which were truly exceptional. We also saw the excellent unity in the yeshiva, both between the students and between the students and Rav Shlomo Chaim. It [this unique bond] was a phenomenon without any natural explanation. Sometimes Rav Shlomo would even reprimand a student in middle of a farbrengen without even thinking twice because he felt so at home with all the students.

Every student knew that he could get advice from Rav Shlomo Chaim without any hesitation or embarrassment. Despite the fifty year gap that existed between him and the students, everyone felt that he, more than anyone else, understood the soul of the students.

Emotional encounter before his passing

Rav Lesches would like to emphasize that aside from everyone that actively switched during his period to Tomchei Temimim, when all was said and done it was due to the Tanya Shiurim of Rav Yosef Segal - that many tens of students participated in. Amongst them were boys from families that were Gerrer Chasidim, who of course had permission from their Rebbe, the Beit Yisrael, z’tl, to participate in these shiurim.

I am gently trying to ask Rav Lesches about the ‘witch hunt’ that took place in the yeshiva against the ‘sin’ of learning Tanya, but he adamantly chooses not to discuss that matter. The single detail that he is willing to offer on this topic is the following story:

“One of the better known students on the Yeshiva faculty called me over once and told me something interesting. “I must tell you that I have a small way of explaining why such a dear student of ours would want to go to Chabad. When I arrived in the Holy Land in my youth, I was together on the boat with a special Jew, Rav Moshe Leib Shapira (who served as the Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Torah Emet). He learned with me throughout the entire time we were on the boat together, works of Chassidus, and we formed a very strong connection to each other. For me it was a completely new world, and I enjoyed it very much. But at the end, despite everything, I did not continue in any practical way in Chassidus, instead I chose the Mussar movement. Since I acted this way towards someone who put tremendous effort in order to teach me Chassidus, I was punished; the same thing happened to me, but in the opposite way.” And in truth, when we came to his house on Purim, we found not just Tanya and Likutei Torah, but even Hemshech TRS”V and more Chabad books.

And what brought you to the decision to actively switch to Tomchei Temimim?

“I had periods of different dilemmas, mainly, is what people tell me correct - that I will surely be less successful in Tomchei Temimim with progressing and growing in learning? There was even someone, a higher up at Kol Torah who told me that it’s not worth going into Tomchei Temimim because the Heads of the Yeshiva see me as one of the Gedolim of the next generation, and if I go to Tomchei Temimim, the Jewish people will lose a great leader.

I asked The Rebbe about this, and the Rebbe answered me in his holy handwriting: in response to the question (accusation): ‘the wonder is that he accepted Loshon Hara and slander, etc., and we do not cry over the past, rather focus on the now and future.’ (The intention in this part of his answer was in connection to what I wrote The Rebbe, that I was told that they do not learn properly in Kfar Chabad). In response to my question of whether or not to switch to Kfar Chabad, The Rebbe answered me, “When it becomes clear in his (your) eyes that it is good to learn in Tomchei Temimim, then go there” (The Rebbe underlined the word “then” twice for emphasis. And so it was.”

For decades, Rav Lesches served as Rosh Yeshiva of Chabad in Sydney Australia, and graduated hundreds of students with deep Torah knowledge, and recently he moved to be the Rosh Yeshiva and Rav of the Chabad community in Monsey, New York.

The following fact is told by Rav Yosef Tzvi Segal: “I heard from someone who would frequent Rav Shlomo Zalman’s house that one day he got an envelope in the mail from Sydney, Australia with a full notebook of Torah Insights (Chidushim). These were Rav Baruch Lesches’s shiurim that were learned that year in Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim in Sydney. Rav Leshes wanted Rav Shlomo Zalman to remember him (this was approximately 20 years after he left Kol Torah), and therefore he included two photographs in the parcel. One photo was of himself in yeshiva years earlier, and one photo was current. Rav Shlomo Zalman greatly enjoyed what he read, and was impressed by the depth of the Chidushim. At the time he said to those in his house, now I see that from going to learn in Chabad, he ascended many levels in learning and in his genius.

After that, did you keep in touch with Rav Shlomo Zalman?

“There’s a great story of amazing Divine Providence. In the winter of 1995, my father z’tl was not well and I came to Israel to visit him. One day I went to the Kotel, it was the night of Rosh Chodesh Shevat. When I finished davening and prepared to leave, all of a sudden I saw Rav Shlomo Zalman directly across from me accompanied by some students. He most likely came to the Kotel to daven the Yom Kippur Katan davening. I approached him and introduced myself by name, “Baruch Lesches”. He looked at me for a moment and immediately said, “You’re the one that went to Chabad thirty years ago. I am so happy to see you!” The students around him didn’t understand how he recognized me from 30 years ago. I said to them, “He has many good reasons to remember me…”

On the 20th of Adar, 1995 Rav Shlomo Zalman z’tl passed away, and my father passed away one day later. The astounding Divine Providence arranged for me to be able to reunite with Rav Shlomo Zalman, right before he left this world.”

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Cheder Chabad Mishloach Manos

The online order system for the Cheder Chabad mishloach manos campaign will be posted shortly.

Living Torah of the Week

Info To Be Menachem Avel The Berkowitz Family

The Berkowitz family: Rabbi Mottel Berkowitz - CH, Rabbi Shea Berkowitz, Rabbi Aaron Dovid Berkowitz - CA, Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz - CA, Rabbi Chaim Berkowitz, Mrs. Pearl Tennenbaum and Mrs. Leah Mezei are sitting Shiva until Shabbos after the passing of Their dear mother Mrs. Chana Berkowitz of Monsey, NY

Address: 2 Weiner drive off route 306, Monsey, New York
Phone: 845-425-9020

Rabbi Mottel Berkowitz will be sitting Shiva on Friday at 642 Eastern Parkway (between Brooklyn and New York Ave) from 1:00-4:00 Mincha will be at 3:00 pm.
Phone: 718-778-3249

Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz will be sitting in Los Angeles at 435 N. Poinsettia Place beginning with Maariv, Thursday at 10:45 PM
Friday Shacharis at 9:15 AM
Mincha at 3:00 PM

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Purim Shiur

Rabbi Nosson Gurary will be giving his annul Purim Shiur for men and women on Wednesday, March 12th at 8:15 PM, at the home of Bruce and Jill Minsky, 112 Brick Church Road. The topic of the shiur is How To Make Your Purim Even Greater Than Yom Kippur. Additional parking is available at Kehillat New Hempstead (corner of Brick Church and Union Rd.).

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - Levaya Today

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Chana Berkowitz of Monsey. Mrs. Berkowitz is the mother of Yibadlu Lechaim Tovim: Rabbi Mottel Berkowitz - CH, Rabbi Shea Berkowitz, Rabbi Aaron Dovid Berkowitz - CA, Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz - CA, Rabbi Chaim Berkowitz, Mrs. Pearl Tennenbaum and Mrs. Leah Mezei.

The Levaya will be today, Sunday, at 12:00 noon at her home at 2 Weiner Drive in Monsey.

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.