Friday, November 28, 2008

"Behemshech Habinyan Tinacheimu"


Translator's note: The following is a free translation of a story that appeared in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot on Iyar 4, 5717 (May 5, 1957). We have left the article basically as it was written, wishing to convey the "outsider's" perspective of the Israeli reporter and his impression of the people and the events he describes.

"Yediot Achronot," May 5, 1957

On the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) last year, as the bonfires were being raised on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the lights were burning also in Tzafrir (Kfar Chabad), the Chabad-Lubavitcher village in the Lod Valley.

For four days the village had been in deep mourning and grievous anguish, the likes of which the Lubavitcher chassidim had not known in many years. On that black and bitter night, a band of fedayeen entered the village. They made their way to the synagogue of the local agricultural school, where the school's young students were in the midst of the evening maariv prayers, and raked the room with fire from their Karl-Gustav rifles. They reaped a cruel blood-harvest: five children and one teacher were killed and another ten children wounded; their pure, holy blood soaking the siddurim that fell from their hands and splattering the synagogue's white-washed walls.

The village chassidim, brawny, broad-shouldered Russian Jews with thick black beards and bushy brows, stood dumbfounded before the terrible scene that met their eyes. A pogrom in Israel! A pogrom in Chabad! they whispered, and bit their lips in rage. The women stood there too, hefty, handsome Russian matrons, wringing their hands and murmuring to themselves in Russian and Hebrew, their eyes emitting an endless stream of tears.

This was not a common scene for the Lubavitchers. These Chassidim, who had survived the pogroms in Czar Nikolai's Russia and whom the Red Army could not intimidate, who had been banished to the frozen plains of Siberia, whose backs decades in Stalin's prisons and camps could not bow, now stood stooped and despairing. Now, that the blow had hit home in the heart of the Jewish state.

In the center of the village stood Rabbi Avraham Maayor who had been a high-ranking officer in the Russian Army. Avraham Maayor, of whom legend told that he calmly stood and sang chassidic melodies as a band of soldiers beat him with the butts of their rifles, now stood crying out at the heavens: "Master of the Universe, Why?! How have the children sinned?!"

Despair and dejection pervaded the village, and began to eat away at its foundations. There were some who saw what happened as a sign that their dream of a peaceful life in the Holy Land was premature. Perhaps we should disband, seek refuge in safer havens? The village was slowly dying.

The Village Waits
But it was clear to all that before any decisive move would be made, the Rebbe had to be consulted. Nothing would be done without his knowledge and consent. All awaited the telegram from "there," from New York, but the telegram was inexplicably not forthcoming. Four days had passed since the terror had struck. A lengthy telegram had immediately been dispatched informing the Rebbe of all the details of the tragedy, and an answer was expected that very night. But the Rebbe was silent. What happened, many wondered, why doesn't he respond? Has he not a word of comfort for his stricken followers?

A telegram from the Rebbe, it should be clarified, is an integral part of Chabad-Chassidic life across the globe. Every problem, every decision pertaining to the communal or private life of the Lubavitcher chassid is referred to the Rebbe's headquarters in Brooklyn, and whatever the reply, that is what is done. And the answer is always forthcoming, whether by regular post, express mail, or emergency telegram-depending upon the urgency of the matter-and always short, succinct, and to the point.

Why, then, is the Rebbe's answer on such a fateful matter tarrying? The village elders had no explanation, and, as the hours and days went by, the question continued to plague their tormented souls, and their anguish and despair weighed increasingly heavier on their hearts.

The Telegram
And then, four days after the tragedy, the telegram arrived. The news spread throughout the village: A telegram from the Rebbe! The telegram has arrived! The entire village, men, women and children, assembled in the village square to hear the Rebbe's reply.

And the Rebbe was characteristically succinct. The telegram contained a single sentence-three Hebrew words-but these three words sufficed to save the village from disintegration and its inhabitants from despair. Behemshech habinyan tinacheimu, wrote the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. "By your continued building will you be comforted."

The Chassidim of Kfar Chabad now had a firm grasp on their future: they knew what they had to do. They must build! The Rebbe said to build! And that by their continued building they will be comforted! That very night the village elders held a meeting to discuss how the Rebbe's directive might be implemented. After a short discussion, a decision was reached: a vocational school will be built where children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be taught the printing trade. On the very spot where the blood was spilled, the building will be raised.

The Rebbe Knew
The next morning, all residents of the village gathered at the empty lot adjoining the agricultural school and began clearing and leveling the land in preparation for the building. The joy was back in their eyes.

In the weeks that followed, letters arriving from relatives and friends in New York described what had transpired there in those four endless days in which the village had awaited the Rebbe's reply.

For the entire month of Nissan, the month of the redemption, it is the Rebbe's custom to devote himself entirely to the service of the Creator, reducing his contact with his Chassidim to a minimum. Rare is the individual who is granted an audience with the Rebbe in this period, and all but the most urgent correspondence is postponed until the close of the auspicious month.

When the month of Nissan ends, a festive farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) is held at the Rebbe's headquarters on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, marking the Rebbe's resumption of his involvement with his thousands of followers across the globe. The Rebbe speaks for hours, his talks interspersed with bouts of song and l'chaims, often until the wee hours of the morning.

That year, the farbrengen marking the close of Nissan was also held. The tragic news from the Holy Land had arrived in New York moments before the farbrengen was scheduled to begin, but the Rebbe's secretaries decided to withhold the news from him until after the gathering. But what his assistants did not tell him, his heart seems to have told him. That night, the Rebbe spoke of Jewish self-sacrifice and martyrdom al kiddush Hashem (for the sanctification of G-d's name), about the rebuilding of the Holy Land, and the redemption of Israel. Tears flowed from his eyes as he spoke. All night he spoke and wept, sang and wept, and wept still more.

Why is the Rebbe weeping? Only a few of those present could guess-those who knew about the telegram from Kfar Chabad.

The farbrengen ended. The chassidim dispersed to their homes, and the Rebbe retired to his room. With great trepidation, two of the Rebbe's closest chassidim knocked on the Rebbe's door and handed him the telegram from Israel. The Rebbe sank into his chair. He locked his door and did not open it for three days. After three days of utter seclusion, he called his secretary and dictated his reply: Behemshech habinyan tinacheimu. By your continued building you will be comforted.

The chassidim of Kfar Chabad have fulfilled their Rebbe's request. Without the aid of philanthropists or foundations, they have raised 50,000 Israeli pounds, and today, one year after the tragedy, the new building of the vocational school is completed.

Tomorrow, as the citizens of Israel celebrate their eighth Independence Day, the chassidim of Kfar Chabad will hold a farbrengen and relate, again and again, the story of the three-word telegram that saved the village.

Letter from Agudas Chassidei Chabad

Erev Shabbos Kodesh, “The voice is the voice of Yaakov, etc.” (Bereishis, 27:22 ) ,
Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5769
(Nov. 28, 2008)

To our dear brethren, each and every member of Anash, Temimim and Shluchim, soldiers in the Rebbe’s holy Army

Greetings and Blessings!

What can we say! “It is a moment of affliction for Yaakov” (Yirmiahu, 30:7) and we stand humbled and heartbroken by the great tragedy that has befallen all of us, having our holy brother and sister, hatomim Gavriel Noach and Rivkah Holtzberg, hy”d, taken from us in such a brutal way, their souls ascending to heaven in a fiery chariot while fulfilling their holy mission.

Our deepest expression of condolence to the dear parents and our most heartfelt prayers to our merciful father in heaven who heals the brokenhearted, that He heal their pain through realizing the promise of “they will rise and rejoice…” (Yeshayahu, 26:19) in the immediate future.

The clear guidance that the Rebbe has given in cases such as this is that we dare not attempt to understand and explain the ways of G-d, because they are hidden, and therefore our response is “and Aharon was silent” (Vayikra, 10:3).

The Rebbe also taught us that we dare not stumble and succumb to fear and discouragement, but rather to be strong and respond to the challenge that we, all of us, are faced with at this moment.

As a result of this massacre and the events leading up to it, many millions the world over were exposed to the Rebbe’s army in an unprecedented way. We have the responsibility to continue to strengthen their contact even more to the Tree of Life.

Agudas Chasidei Chabad was charged by the Rebbe to be the “address” to turn to in times of need. In our next letter, G-d willing, we will share more details.

The call of the hour is to unite all together and strengthen one another.

With tearful prayers, confident in the fulfillment of the Rebbe’s promise that we will succeed in fulfilling our mission to bring the world to the days of Mashiach and the true and complete redemption.

Agudas Chasidei Chabad

Avrohom I. Shemtov

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chosson Classes by Rabbi Lesches

In response to many recent requests, the Lubavitch community of Monsey is happy to announce that chassanim have the opportunity to attend the chosson classes given by our Rav, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches.

The program is unique and personalized and room and board can be included.

For pricing and additional information please call Rabbi Yossi Soble at 917-975-7707.

Beis Menachem Hachnosas Sefer Torah

To purchase a letter(s) in the Sefer Torah for $36 each please contact

Monthly Moshiach & Geulah Shiur

The monthly Moshiach and Geulah shiur by Rabbi Lesches will take place this Monday night, December 1, following Maariv at 9:30 PM, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Tehillim Minyan at 3:45 PM Today for Shluchim & Yidden in India

There will be a minyan to say Tehillim today, Thursday, at 3:45 PM at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek for the Shluchim and all Yidden in India.

Mincha will follow at 4:15 PM.

If you are in Monsey, please participate.

Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazal Tov to Zvi and Chaya Webb on the birth of a granddaughter born to Sender and Chumi Engel of California!

Nigun Uforatzta

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Please Say Tehillim for the Shluchim in Mumbai, India Who Are Being Held Hostage

Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma

Rivka bas Yehudis

May we hear good news soon.

Marazow Shalom Zachor & Bris

Pinchus and Chaya Morozow will be making a Shalom Zachor this Friday night at the Abaramowitz home, 479 Viola Road.

The Bris will take place this Shabbos at 12:30 PM at the above address.

Fire Yesterday at Bardichiv Shul on Rita Avenue

The Bardichiver Shul building on Rita Avenue, which hosted K'hal Tzemach Tzedek after its own fire, had a fire yesterday. Boruch Hashem there were no injuries.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pidyon Shevuim

Click here to help Sholom Rubashkin.

Click here to help Jonathan Pollard get pardoned by President Bush.

Town of Ramapo Ranked Safest Place to Live in the United States

By Jenna Carlesso, The Journal News

A national analysis based on annual FBI crime statistics rated Ramapo the safest community in the United States for 2008-2009.

The "City Crime Rankings" study, published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly, Inc., was based on the FBI's Sept. 15 crime statistics report.

The report examined 397 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, robbery, rape, burglary, aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft.

Monday, November 24, 2008

2 Apartments Near Tzemach Tzedek for Rent

A large, 3 bedroom, completely renovated apartment with a private entrance that is close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is currently available for rent. Apartment has large living room/playroom, separate dining room, new kitchen, 2 ½ baths, a laundry room with washer and dryer and lots of closet space. If you are interested please contact 845-222-1179 or

A newly renovated three bedroom apartment in great condition is available for rent in the Tzemach Tzedeck area from January 1st. For more information please call Chaim Folger at 371-2047.
Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz, on Friday, speaking to the Shluchim from the Former Soviet Union.

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:15 PM.

Mazel Tov Morozows!

Mazel tov to Pinchus and Chaya Morozow on the birth of their firstborn son!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Yosef (Jay) and Devorah Abramowitz.

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Thursday, November 20, 2008

House for Sale Near Tzemach Tzedek

House for sale near K’hal Tzemach Tzedek. House is a 3,000 square foot high ranch with a Mikva. For more information, please call Shlomo Philipson at 845-659-8979.

Sheitel Offer

Special sheitel sale for N’shei Chabad of Monsey. Dark brown to black sheitels for only $650. Please call Chana Kurinsky at 718-221-9221. Mention this ad for this discounted rate.

Raffle Drawing for N'shei Chabad Convention

The raffle for the N’shei Chabad Convention in Colorado will be held this Wednesday November 26th following the women’s hilchos shabbos shiur. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $25 and can be purchased through Naomi Eisenberg at 718-404-4384 or by dropping your check off at the Cheder Chabad office (please mark your envelope N’shei Chabad raffle).

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek on Thursday night, November 27, following Maariv, in honor of Rosh Chodesh & Aleph Kislev.

The 1st of Kislev commemorates the recovery, in 1977, of the Rebbe, from a severe heart attack he suffered on Shemini Atzeret of that year.

Chinuch Class for Women

The second class in Rabbi Markowitz's Chinuch Lecture Series for women will take place this Tuesday night, November 25, at 8:30 PM at the home of Adine Lipszyc, 21 Brockton Road.

Please email any Chinuch questions you may have, in advance of the class, to

To Be Near, Move Far

Fundraising expert Mr. Shimon Pepper of Monsey speaking today to a large group of Shluchim at the Kinus HaShluchim in Crown Heights.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MBCM Open House

Community Sefer Torah Update

The writing of the new Achdus Sefer Torah, that was commissioned by the Anash community of Monsey, was started a few weeks ago. Below is the sofer, Rabbi Shimon Sonnenfeld from Kiryat Malachi, Eretz Yisroel, writing the Sefer today, when visited by Yisroel Schulman.

Pidyon Shevuim

The Rubashkin family is asking one and all - especially children - to please say Tehillim today, Wednesday, at 3:00 PM EST, for Sholom Mordechai HaLevi ben Rivka. This is the time of his hearing. The hearing will decide if he can get out tomorrow or if ch’v he has to stay until the trial which could be months.

Click here to contribute to the special fund.

For more inforomation or if you can help in any way please email

Seeking Baal Koreh

Chabad of Suffern is looking to hire a Baal Koreh for this shabbos. If you or anyone you know is able to assist it would be greatly appreciated! It would require you to walk to the Chabad House. Please call 845-746-1927 or email

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Eisenberg Shiva

The Eisenberg family are all sitting Shiva at the Eisenberg home, 184 Grandview Avenue (it is the 3rd house after Forshay Road and is set back from the road) until Monday.

Shacharis will be at 7:00 AM and Mincha & Maariv at 4:15 PM.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Women's Shiur Tonight

Beginning tonight, Tuesday, Rabbi Markowitz's shiur will take place at the Abramowitz home, 6 Zabriskie Terrace, at 8:00 PM, for the next few weeks.

Tonight's program will include a shiur and farbrengen, in honor of the birthday of the Rebbe Rashab and Rabbi Markowitz's return from a speaking engagement in Russia.

Levaya Today

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the untimely passing of Michael (Moshe Michoel Binyamin) Eisenberg A"H.

Michael, a long time resident of Monsey and a well known baal chesed and baal tzedaka, is the brother of Shmuel Yosef (a member of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek) and Akiva (a neighbor of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek) Eisenberg.

The Levaya will take place today, Tuesday, at 1:00 PM at Rabbi Rottenberg's shul, 49 Forshay Road in Monsey.

Shiva information will follow shortly.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Open House & Parent Teacher Conference

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka will be having an open house on Tuesday, December 2, at 8:00 PM at the school, 315 North Main Street in New City. If you know of any prospective parents of eighth grade students who are interested in learning more about the school, please pass on this information.

The Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Parent Teacher Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM in the school building.

Discounted Wine

I, Mayer Perline, work in a wine store which gives a 15% discount for 18 or more bottles of wine. If you would like the discount but don't want to buy 18 bottles please let me know which wines you would be interested in ordering and I will try to combine your order. I can be reached at 845-354-1114.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Yarzeit Candle

The following article about the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey, Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H, was published in last week's The Jewish Press newspaper:

By Name Withheld By Request

It was the 26th of Tammuz. The sun was slowly sinking behind the clouds over the Old Montefiore Cemetery, the burial place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt"l. I had come to commemorate the yahrzeit of my high school teacher, Rabbi Dovid Wichnin, zt"l.

I stood alone amid the rows of white, grey and black gravestones. Some stood upright, and some bent towards neighboring stones, as if seeking solace there. Silhouetted against the horizon stood the lone black outlines of isolated trees, seeming to mourn for the deceased, and beseech the Heavens for the living.

Thirty years before, I had been a sad high school girl, beset by existential turmoil and loneliness. I never forgot the only teacher that had reached out to me. He saw my vulnerability and deep pain, and showed caring and concern. He made time to speak to me and to answer my philosophical questions, which must have seemed naïve to him.

Rabbi Wichnin taught my class Shulchan Aruch. And he himself was a Shulchan Aruch of kavod ha'brios − treating people with respect and dignity.

I learned later that he himself had suffered greatly in his life. He was born in White Russia in 1938, and his family had to flee the Nazis. In the winter of 1941, his mother and sister died of starvation in Samarkand.

Rabbi Wichnin became renowned in the Torah world, where he served for 18 years as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey. Prior to that, he was a teacher at Yeshiva University High School for Girls, and principal of the New England Hebrew Day Academy in Boston.

And now, so many years later, his kindness continued to touch my heart. I traveled two hours to be at his gravesite for his yahrzeit. I took out my pocket Tehillim and said a few kapitlach and a Keil Malei Rachamim. I read the Mishnayos for a yahrzeit. I asked Hashem to remember his kindness, and to raise his neshamah to the highest illumination of the Holy Throne in the merit of the Torah he had taught me, and hundreds of others. And then, I took out the candle I had hidden in my pocket and prepared to light it.

At that moment, I realized that I had forgotten to bring matches. There was no time to run back to the main building, as the sun was quickly setting. I had only 10 minutes until the yahrzeit would be over.

As I stood in silent, tense prayer, a thin, tall girl materialized on the path alongside me. She silently passed me towards a row of graves ahead of mine, took out siddur, and started to daven.

I ran after her, with my unlit candle in hand, and anxiously asked, "Do you have any matches? I want to light this candle in honor of Rabbi Wichnin's yahrzeit."

In the midst of her prayers, she silently motioned to a square aluminum box on the ground. I opened the box, and inside was a group of candles lighting up the gleaming interior. The box was filled with lighters and matchboxes.

I lit my candle and made my way back to Rabbi Wichnin's grave, carefully shielding the flame from the wind. I had to make this trip a number of times until I was successful.

A few moments later, the mysterious girl closed her siddur and silently passed me, leaving me once more alone in the growing gloom.

What had brought this girl here? I went to look for clues at the gravesite where she had been praying. Could she have been visiting a close relative that had recently passed away? No, it was the resting place of a woman who had passed away a decade before. Could it have been the deceased woman's yahrzeit? No, she had passed way in a different season.

Was this small miracle in honor of my esteemed teacher? A nechamah (solace) for myself?

Who can understand the reasons for our experiences? We know that Hashem's Presence, permeating and surrounding us, is unseen and unfelt. In rare moments, He reveals His Presence, behind the concealing cloud.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ride to Ten Yad Auction

Looking for a ride both ways to the Ten Yad Auction on Sunday, November 30, please call 845-425-2556.

Shabbos Kallah

The Shabbos Kallah for Faigie Meshchaninov will take place this Shabbos afternoon, parshas Vayeira, at 3:30 PM at the home of Mrs. Suri Lichter, 3 Fessler Drive. All women and girls are invited!

Mazel Tov Borbelys!

Menashe and Ilanit Borbely cordially invite you to a Kiddush-Farbrengen in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their dear son Yitzchak Gedalya, this Shabbos, at K’hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Boarder Opportunity

A bochur who attends Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch is in need of room and board that is walking distance to the Yeshiva. If you are able to help, please call Mrs. Tanya Kogan at 908-963-6823.

Large Condo Near Tzemach Tzedek for Rent

A large, 3 bedroom, completely renovated condo with a private entrance that is close to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is currently available for rent.

Condo has large living room/playroom, separate dining room, new kitchen, 2 ½ baths, a laundry room with washer and dryer and lots of closet space. If you are interested or know someone who is please contact 845-222-1179 or

Win a Trip to the N'shei Chabad Convention

To purchase a $10 raffle ticket(s) to win a trip to the N’shei Ubnos Chabad Winter Convention, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado please call Naomi Eisenberg at 718-404-4384. For your convenience you can drop off a check at the Cheder Chabad office.
Remember to put your name on the envelope and write N’shei Raffle. We are looking forward to seeing who this year’s winner will be!

Rides Needed

Looking for a ride for one person from Crown Heights to Monsey and back on Sunday November 16th. Please call me at 718-554-1843 if you know of anyone that is driving in either direction.

Looking for a ride to Monsey today (Friday) from Flatbush or Crown Heights
and/or on Motzai Shabbos from Monsey to Flatbush or Crown Heights. Please call 845-709-7876.
Our very own Moshe Reitman riding his bike in the Negev desert in Israel yesterday during the Wheels of Love charity bike ride to raise funds for Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

For the next 5 weeks the N’shei Chabad Bookstore’s hours will be greatly expanded.

New Kehos Chumash Sefer Breishis has arrived.
New Compact Shulchan Aruch in stock.
Large selection of Siddurim, Chumashim, Tanya, etc.

Gift certificates are available. If possible, please call 845-558-8249 before you come.

G-d Beleives in Israel

RCC Group was Largest at Chabad on Campus Shabbaton

This past weekend The Center for Jewish Life/Hillel based at RCC took a record 34 students to the Chabad on Campus International Collegiate Shabbaton in Crown Heights. It was the largest group from any one college that made up the approximately 800 participants. The Rockland students were kindly hosted by members of the Crown Heights community. On Friday night they Davened in 770, had a lively and inspiring group meal at the home of the Muchniks and then headed to the program's main location, Ohelei Torah for a long night of meaningful Farbrengening. On Shabbos the students enjoyed lunch together with their peers from all over the USA and Canada before attending a series of lectures and discussion groups from a group of outstanding presenters. This was followed by a musical Havdalla and then a Melava Malka with the very popular Yood band.

Some of the students stayed on for Sunday's activities which included a tour of Crown Heights and the Jewish Childeren's Museum and a visit to the Ohel.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Levaya & Shiva

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Rabbi Shmuel Abramson.

The funeral will take place this Wednesday, October 12, at 11:00 AM at Platt Funeral Home, 2001 Berlin Road in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Reb Shmuel will be sitting Shiva in at his home in Monsey, 11 Roberts Road, beginning Thursday afternoon. The davening times are as follows:

Mincha: 1:45 PM
Maariv: 9:30 PM

Shacharis: 7:30 AM
Mincha: 1:45 PM

Sunday & Monday:
Shacharis: 7:30 AM
Mincha: 1:45 PM
Maariv: 9:30 PM

Shacharis: 7:30 AM

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

Vote Today!

The deadline is tonight at 2:59 AM (EST) to vote for Leah Larson, 17 year old creator and editor of the popular YALDAH magazine for girls worldwide, who was chosen as a semifinalist in the 'Someday Stories' contest by Wells Fargo Bank. Chosen, along with four others, from 10,000 applicants, Leah received $10,000 for her magazine.

But the story doesn't end there. Wells Fargo posted video entries from each of the five finalists on their website, to be voted on by the public. The contestant receiving the most votes will win $100,000 for their venture. With just a moment of your time, you can help a Jewish cause and make a big kiddush Hashem and kiddush Lubavitch!

Just click here and vote for Evelyn Krieger/ Leah Larson. The deadline is Monday November 10th, 2008 at 11:59 pm PST (2:59 AM EST).

Winning the grand prize would give YALDAH the push forward that it needs in order to take the magazine to the next level. YALDAH connects Jewish girls from all Jewish backgrounds and brings them closer to Torah and Yiddishkeit.

Chof Cheshvon Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Lesches in honor of Chof Cheshvon, on Tuesday night, November 18, following Maariv at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Chof Cheshvon is the birth date of the Rebbe Rashab in 1860.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cheder Chabad Father & Son Learning Program

Blog Update

For your convenience a number of features have been added to this website in the recent past:
New links added to the navigation on the right side of the page.

Sign-up form for the email updates. This form can also be used to change your email address or unsubscribe.

Search function to find phone numbers and addresses for Monsey Anash. Thanks to Boruch Akiva Hayman for developing this.

Map of all Chabad community Mosdos. This is especially helpful for people looking to move to Monsey.

If you have any ideas that would enhance this site please email

Taking Tashlich to a New Level

This morning, a motorist lost control of a car on Kearsing Parkway in Monsey and drove it into the lake. No one was trapped in the car.

Leaving Paris

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mazel Tov Kleinmans!

Mazel tov to Yechiel and Malke Kleinman on the engagement of their daughter Chanie to Uri Silverman of Brooklyn!

Seeking Pre-School Teacher

Chabad Preschool of Dobbs Ferry is looking to hire a pre-school teacher immediately. We are located in Dobbs Ferry which is the first exit after the Tappan Zee Bridge, a 25 minute drive from Monsey. For more information please contact Chevee Hein at 914-693-6100 or 973-216-5943.

N'shei Chabad Event

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek

If you would like to sponsor the kiddush this Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek please contact Yisroel Schulman at

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rabb Gancz Chinuch Lecture

Rabbi Aaron D. Gancz of Monsey, Mashgiach of the Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch Yeshiva in Morristown, gave a lecture on the topic of Raising a Chassidishe Child on Solid Foundations of Yiras Shomayim to an overflowing crowd of over 500 last night in Oholei Torah’s Grand Ballroom.

Vote Today!

Be sure to vote today. For information on voting in Rockland click here.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hats for Israeli Soldiers

If you would like to volunteer and knit hats for Israeli soldiers for the winter please contact or 914-588-6140. Patterns will be provided and shipping to Israel will be taken care of.

Rabbi Lesches at Heichal Menachem Hachnosas Sefer Torah

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha minyan at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:30 PM.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Welcome Sandlers!

Welcome to Gershon and Devorah Sandler on their move to our community (Kearsing Parkway)!