Monday, December 31, 2012

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen this Sunday Night

This Sunday night, January 6, there will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the 200th year since the histalkus of the Alter Rebbe on Chof Daled Teves.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

The Alter Rebbe and founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Teves, at approximately 10:30 pm, shortly after reciting the Havdalah prayer marking the end of the Shabbat. 

The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Stardom 101: Lipa Goes To College

By Sandy Eller, The Jewish Press

He is a singer, an entertainer, a performer, a composer, a lyricist and perhaps the most revolutionary force to ever hit the Jewish music world. But for the last two years, Lipa Schmeltzer has donned another guise, trading his microphones for textbooks and the concert stage for the classroom, as the colorful artist has headed to school in pursuit of a college degree.

Schmeltzer's dream of obtaining a higher education began approximately two years ago as he drove past the local community college and began to contemplate the possibility of earning a college degree. Stopping off at the registrar's office, Schmeltzer inquired as to the enrollment requirements and was told he needed a high school diploma.

"I never got an education other than biblical stuff," reported Schmeltzer. "I called up someone in New Square and he got me a paper saying I had graduated high school."

Not surprisingly, the registrar at Rockland Community College, a two-year school which is part of the State University of New York system, informed Schmeltzer that the paper he was holding was of little value. As English is actually Schmeltzer's second language, he spent eighteen months working towards his high school equivalency diploma, taking classes at the Rockland County Board of Cooperative Educational Services as well as studying with private tutor Chaim Glovinsky in order to pass the series of five tests which would award him a General Equivalency Diploma and allow him to enroll in college.

In fact, Schmeltzer views his time at RCC as an opportunity not only for his personal growth but that of other Jewish students as well. Rabbi Dov Oliver, director of the RCC Hillel, which also doubles as a Chabad House, had nothing but praise for the college's most well known musical personality.

"From his first days at RCC, Lipa has been here offering to do whatever he could," reported Rabbi Oliver. "He has helped me put tefillin on kids and he brought his entire family for our annual Shabbat dinner. He made kiddush, sang zemiros, did badchanus and literally made his way to every single table in the room, making everyone feel good. Once, at our weekly parsha shmooze, Lipa spoke about his life, how unlikely it was that he would have ended up in college, explaining that you never have to accept your circumstances as the end game, you can control your own destiny and work towards what you believe. He made a very powerful impression on the students."

Apartment for Rent

A one bedroom condo is available for rent in Blueberry Hill.  Walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek. Available with basement or without.  Please call 646-770-0001.

Help Cheder Chabad Avoid Its Fiscal Cliff Today

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Parenting Session with Rabbi Chaim Drizin on Monday Night

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is pleased to announce that Rabbi Chaim Itche Drizin, guest speaker at the MBCM annual dinner, will be giving a parenting session this Monday night, December 31, at 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek (downstairs) on "Leading our Children to the Life we Value - How to Transform our Children to be Successful in their Yiddishkeit".

The parenting session is open to all men and women. Suggested donation is $20.

Rabbi Chaim Itche Drizin, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist living in Aventura, Florida.

He combines Narrative Terapy with ancient Torah wisdom and Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought with his family practice. As an educational consultant for numerous private schools, he has helped hundreds of people learn how to communicate with their children and spouses in a more successful and productive way.

Formerly, Rabbi Drizin was a pioneering Shliach on Campus, at the University of California - Berkeley.

MBCM Dinner Tonight

It is not too late to register for the MBCM dinner that is taking place this evening at Your participation will make a big difference!

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

For directions to the hotel, please click here.

Please note that the dinner will be dairy / parve.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tonight's Ladies Event Postponed

Due to the inclement weather, the Welcoming Event for Ladies that was scheduled for tonight, Motzai Shabbos, has been postponed.

The new date will be posted soon.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Show Your Support to MBCM This Sunday

Please show support and express your appreciation of our local high school -Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka and its honorees this year, Zvi & Chaya Webb, and Dror & Shlomit Frommer, by coming to our Fifth Annual Dinner this Sunday.

For details and reservations, please go to ASAP.

Daily Mincha Time Change

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

Maariv remains at 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

Heichal Menachem Seforim Sale

Mazel Tov Bruks - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Avrohom and Sarah Bruk on the engagement of their daughter Mushky to Chanoch Alperovitz!

The l'chaim will take place this Thursday night, January 3, at 274 Kingston Avenue (between Eastern and Lincoln) in Crown Heights.

This Motzai Shabbos - Welcoming Event for Ladies

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wolowik Kiddush This Shabbos

Rabbi Avrohom and Baily Wolowik invite the community to a kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Vayichi, in honor of the recent birth of their daughter, Chana.

The kiddush will take place following davening at Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306. Davening at Bais Menachem is at 9:30 AM.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Why does this week's Torah reading (Bersishis [Genesis]  47:28 - 50:26) - which describes the end of Jacob’s life, his death and his funeral -- carry the title Vayechi, "And He Lived"?

Let me be faithful to Jewish tradition and try to answer one question with another question. Interestingly, the Torah never actually states that Jacob died. It simply says that "he expired and was gathered unto his people”. This prompted one of the Talmudic sages to expound that "our father Jacob never died."  Whereupon his colleagues challenged him and asked, "Did they then bury Jacob for no reason? Did they eulogize him in vain?" To which the Talmud answers: "As his descendants live, so does he live."

Life does not end with the grave. The soul never dies and the good work men and women do on earth continues to live on long after their physical passing. More particularly, if there is regeneration, if children emulate the example of their forbears, then their parents and teachers live on through them.

When Jacob was about to breathe his last, he called his children to gather round his bedside. Our Parshah recounts what he told each of them. But the Midrash gives us a behind-the-scenes account. Apparently, Jacob was anxious to know whether all his offspring were keeping the faith and he put this concern to them at that time. They replied, Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad--"Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One." They were saying that the G-d of Israel, their father, would always be their G-d, too. Jacob was comforted and responded, Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'olam Va'ed--"Blessed be the Name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever"3 (or in plain English, Baruch Hashem! Thank G-d!)

When all of Jacob's children remained faithful to his tradition, that was not only a tribute to Jacob's memory but the ultimate gift of eternal life bestowed upon him. His spirit lives on, his life's work continues to flourish and he is still present in this world as his soul lives on in the next.

In following his path, Jacob's children immortalized him. Such a Parshah is aptly entitled Vayechi, "And he lived." Ultimately, our children make us immortal. And so do our students, our spiritual children. May we each be privileged to raise families and disciples who will be true children of Israel, faithful to our father Jacob and the G-d of Israel.

(Excerpts from   - 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

Cheder Fourth Grade Boys Learn About Art

Thank you Mrs. Deitsch for coming to the Cheder Chabad Boys fourth grade and teaching the boys all about art!

The boys really enjoyed both learning how art is a talent and how it can be used to express their feelings. Mrs Deitsch also shared with us a Sicha from the Rebbe where the Rebbe spoke about art and how its so important for one to use their talents from Hashem in a positive way.

Every boy made their own beautiful art design on canvas!

Thank you from Rabbi Wiener and the fourth grade!   

Scheiner & Kohn Wedding Invitation

With joy and gratitude to Hashem,
we take great pleasure in
inviting you to join us
in celebrating our marriage

Tikva  ‘שתחי
Sholom Dovber   ‘ שיחי

Sunday, the twenty fourth
 of Teves, 5773,
the sixth of January, 2013;
Reception at two  o’clock
in the afternoon,
Chupah at three thirty;
7 Pinewood Dr., Monsey, NY  10952

Sholom DovBer Scheiner and Tikvah J. Kohn

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka Marking 200 Years Since the Histalkus of the Alter Rebbe

Monsey Siyum HaTorah This Motzai Shabbos

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MBCM Dinner Only Four Days Away

The Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Fifth Annual Dinner will take place in only four days on this Sunday, 17 Teves, December 30, at the Regency Banquet and Conference Center located within the Comfort Inn and Suites, 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet.

Mr. and Mrs. Tzvi and Chaya Webb are being awarded the Avodas HaKodesh (Community Service) Award and will be announcing The Dr. Gertrude Webb Scholarship Fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Dror and Shlomit Frommer are being awarded the Parents of the Year Award.

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

To reserve your seats and/or take out an ad in honor the honorees or the school, please go to

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Seeking Ride to CH

If you are going to Crown Heights between today, Tuesday, and Shabbos and have room for one person please call 347-661-9100.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Welcoming Event for Ladies This Motzai Shabbos

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MBCM Looking for Props for Production

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is getting ready for another fabulous production and is in need of props.

If you have any of the items on the list below that you would like to get rid of, please contact or 845.304.4996.

  • 2 rotary dial phones or old fashioned looking phones
  • 2 wooden office desks
  • 2 wooden office chairs
  • fake trees
  • Up to 6 wooden classroom chairs
  • Up to 6 wooden classroom desks
  • Standing chalkboard
  • Desk globe
  • 2 mechanical typewriters
  • One or two small bedside tables
  • Two wooden bedframes
  • One or two wooden bookshelves
  • Dining room table
  • Dining room chairs
  • Old glass soda bottles
  • Glass cups/bowls 

Thank you so much! Any way that you can help is greatly appreciated!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Avos U'Banim at 6:45 PM

Avos U'Banim is back to its regular schedule for this Motzai Shabbos from 6:45 to 7:45 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Mazel Tov Shandlings!

Mazel tov to R' Yosef and Dina Shandling on the birth of a granddaughter born to Mendel and Kaila Feldman of Crown Heights!

Asara B’Teves Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for Tzemach Tzedek for the fast of Asara B’Teves which is this Sunday, December 23:
  • Fast Begins: 6:07 AM (some hold 5:50 AM)
  • Shacharis 1 (includes selichos): 8:00 AM
  • Shacharis 2 (includes selichos): 9:00 AM
  • Mincha 1 (includes laining): 2:00 PM 
  • Mincha 2 (includes laining): 4:10 PM
  • Maariv: 5:05 PM
  • Fast Ends: 5:06 PM

On the 10th of Teves of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later - on Tammuz 9, 3338 - the city walls were breached, and on the 9th of Av of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Mazel Tov Wolowiks!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avremel and Baily Wolowik on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Mazel Tov Flamers!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Reuven and Pirhia Flamer on the engagement of their daughter Sara Rochel to Yoni Sarue of Los Angeles!

Photos: Bentzi Sasson
For more photos, please click here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week’s Torah portion of Vaigash (Berieshis [Genesis] 44:18-47:27) the reunion of Jacob and Joseph, after a separation of 22 years, finally happens. However, Jacob did not kiss him then; he was saying the Shema... a jaw-dropping breach of human emotion! And what was Jacob teaching his son, Joseph, then?

A story.  Naphtali – "Tolchik," to his friends -  and his wife raised their children under the Soviets and managed to maintain their Judaism intact.  By the early 1950s, the entire family had managed to escape, most of them with false passports. Except for their grown son, Meir, and his growing family.

Their other son, Berel, had escaped together with Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe's mother, posing as her son. Upon arrival in New York, Berel became a diamond cutter, Tolchik and his wife, together with their daughter, settled in Montreal. Their other son Dovid was in Antwerp. Tolchik was happy, except for Meir's being held by the Soviets.

There is a custom to receive matzah from one's Rebbe before Passover. Naturally, Berel would be doing so.

"When you receive matzah from the Rebbe," Tolchik told his son Berel, "mention to him your brother Meir."

"But do not ask for just a brachah, a blessing," continued Tolchik. "Ask for a havtachah – an assurance – that my Meir will make it out alive."

The Rebbe handed matzah to Berel. Berel mentioned his brother Meir and the Rebbe gave his brachah. "My father requests your assurance that Meir will come out," Berel responded.

The Rebbe's face grew dark and his hand shook. "Shlep mir nisht beim tzung(Don't wrench words out of me that I cannot say)!" the Rebbe answered with rare sting, and added, "My father-in-law [the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe] accomplished greater things than this."

Berel saw tears begin to fall from the Rebbe's eyes. The Rebbe gave Berel another piece of matzah. "You will give this to your brother."

"My brother Dovid in Belgium?" Berel asked.

"No. Meir. Not necessarily in America, but somewhere close by."

A few years later, the family got word that Meir had plans to spirit his family across the border with forged passports. He failed. More years passed. Berel held the matzah for his brother. Eighteen years he held onto that matzah. Matzah, which the Kabbalah calls the "Bread of Faith."

Then they heard the news. Meir is free! With his wife! With his sons! With his daughter! They received visas to Canada ("not necessarily America, but close by...") and Berel went to Montreal just as fast as he could. Berel hadn't seen his brother in over twenty years. He ran towards his brother. His brother ran towards him. He gave his brother that piece of matzah. And then - they fell into each other's arms.

Berel's story explains our patriarch’s Jacob behavior. He finally saw Joseph – a miracle! – but Jacob did not kiss him; he was saying the Shema... the statement of faith and belief of the Jew,  Berel showed, with that piece of matzah, and so our father, Jacob, that a moment of faith reflects not separation between long-lost loves. It holds them together.

(Excerpts from   - from Rabbi Shimon Posner)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Seeking Apartment Near Tzemach Tzedek

After living in Wesley Hills for five years, Mayer and Shternie Perline are looking to move closer to Tzemach Tzedek. We will consider any size apartment (1-3 bedrooms) within about a mile of the shul. We are a responsible, mature couple who currently do not have any children living at home (though some come home for the Yom Tovim). Please contact 845-596-5891 or

MBCM Dinner Only One Week Away

Reminder - The Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Fifth Annual Dinner will take place next Sunday, 17 Teves, December 30, at the Regency Banquet and Conference Center located within the Comfort Inn and Suites, 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet.

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

To reserve your seats and/or take out an ad, please click here.

Seeking Ride From CH

Looking for a ride for a girl from Crown Heights to Monsey on Erev Shabbos. If you have a spot or know someone coming, please call 845-659-2388.

Altman Birthday Farbrengen

Dovid Altman invites all men to his home, 24 South Parker, for a farbrengen in honor of his birthday on Friday night after the meal.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Forgotten Coats at Tzemach Tzedek

About 50 coats have been moved from the coat racks in Tzemach Tzedek to a table outside the kitchen in the simcha hall.

If you are missing a coat within the last year, please check on the table before they will be given away.

Tehillim for Mrs. Bobroff

Please have in mind Mrs. Miriam Bobroff, מרים בת העניא פריידא, when you daven and say Tehillim. She is having surgery today, Wednesday.

Seeking Ride to CH

Looking for a ride for my mother early tomorrow, Thursday, morning from Monsey to Crown Heights. Please call 845 430 3313.

Leah's Crib

Machane Bnos Monsey Hiring Staff

Machane Bnos Monsey is looking for Chassidish and energetic staff to fill the following positions:

  • Two Head counselors for the regular division
  • One Head counselor for the Bas Mitzvah program
  • Eight Counselors

Experience and references required. Fun and enjoyable Lubavitch atmosphere. Only one hour from Brooklyn.

If you would like to have a fantastic summer in Monsey, please email

Mazel Tov Saloffs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Ben-Tzion and Ruthie Saloff on the birth of a grandson born to Rivka and Ariel Baror of Ramat Beit Shemesh!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free Bunkbed

A brand new or slightly used bunk bed (not including mattresses) is available at no cost.

Anyone interested please call 845-368-1889 or email for more information.

Pickup will be your responsibility.

The picture isn't the exact bed being given away. It is a picture of the same model.

Special Guests from Eretz Yisroel to Speak at Chof Daled Teves Melava Malka

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monsey 5773 Menorah Parade in Pictures

Photos: Nechemia and Dovid Kaplan

Hey Teves Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Hey Teves this Tuesday night, December 18, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The fifth day of Teves is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in the Chabad-Lubavitch community because on this date in 1987, U.S. Federal Court issued a decision in favor of Agudas Chassidei Chabad regarding the ownership of the priceless library of the 6th Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. 

The ruling was based on the idea that a Rebbe is not a private individual but a communal figure synonymous with the body of Chassidim. 

The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak's son-in-law and successor) urged that the occasion be marked with time devoted to study from sefarim as well as the acquisition of new Torah books.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chabad JEC Dreidel House a Big Success

For the first time, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi and Chaya Ehrenreich of Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge opened a Dreidel House and Chanukah Gift Boutique in a storefront on Main Street in Nyack.

Over the course of Chanukah hundreds of people enjoyed Chanukah crafts, activities, games, videos, story-time, candle making, doughnut frying, an olive oil press workshop and much more! 

Aliya Moving Sale

We are making Aliyah to Efrat this month and after sending our lift we still have many home goods left over for sale at great prices! A lot of the items are new, unused and in their original packing. Items are pick up only.

Items include:
  • Salad Bowls
  • Cupcake Platter
  • Crystal Cake Platter
  • Large glass Vases
  • Diningroom table and chairs
  • Dressers
  • Baby Changing table
  • Misc Books
  • Silver cake server
  • Nook Color with cover
  • Printer
For photos of all items and their prices, please click here.

Please contact with any questions or to make a purchase.

Flamer L'chaim This Tuesday Night

Rabbi Reuven and Pirhia Flamer will be making a L'chaim for the engagement of their daughter Sara Rochel to Yoni Sarue of Los Angeles this Tuesday night, December 18, at 8:00 PM at Eishel, 272 Kingston Avenue (between Eastern Parkway and Lincoln Place), in Crown Heights.

All are invited!

Save on Shipping for Hey Teves Book Sales

The Monsey Anash community can take advantage of the big Hey Teves sales at Kehot (up to 50% off) and Kol Menachem (up to 70% off) by indicating that your order will be picked up
by the N’shei Chabad Of Rockland  Bookstore.

If you choose this option your order will be brought to Monsey on or about Yud Shvat (January 20, 2013) and you will save on the shipping and handling fees.

The Kehot sale will take place from today through Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Order can be made at or 718-778-0226.

The Kol Menachem sale will take place from today through Sunday, December 22. Orders can be made at or 1-888-580-1900.

Hashovas Aveida - Missing Coat

My rain-coat with a grey scarf in the sleeve was misplaced in Tzemach Tzedek. Please contact 347-554-1686 if you have it.

Chabad Lights up Piermont

Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Ehrenreich at the Chabad JEC Menorah lighting in Piermont which was lit by Mayor Chris Sanders and Mr. Barry Lewis.

MBCM Open House This Thursday

Seeking Preschool Teacher for Six Weeks

Looking for a pre-school teacher to take over a four year old class for a six week maternity leave beginning in early January. If interested, please call 570-328-1920.

Chabad JEC Brings Gifts & Joy to Hospitalized Children

Area children decorated Chanukah cards and wrapped Chanukah gifts for hospitalized children at Nyack Hospital’s Pediatric Unit at Chabad JEC's Dreidel House in Nyack last week. The children then delivered the gifts as a group at the hospital where they were met by the nurses and directors of the Pediatric unit, who accepted the gifts on behalf of the hospitalized children.

Chabad JEC has been coordinating this effort for a number of years.

 “It started when our daughter, Chana Ehrenreich, was hospitalized during Chanukah 10 years ago.”, said Chaya Ehrenreich, co-director of Chabad JEC (Jewish Enrichment Center).

“My husband met a toy store owner who wanted to donate Chanukah gifts for children who needed some extra cheer. We distributed the gifts that Chanukah to all of the children at Nyack Hospital and have been doing it ever since.”

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Suffern Chabad Celebrates Chanukah with 9-Foot Ice Menorah and Other Festivities

By Diana Bierman, Rockland County Times

What’s nine feet tall and carved out of a 500-pound block of ice? The menorah lit at the Chabad Jewish Center of Suffern’s annual Chanukah celebration!

The event, held on December 10 at the Suffern Community Center gazebo and led by Rabbi Shmuel Gancz, featured lighting of the unusually tall ice menorah. The children’s choir of Chabad’s Hebrew school sang prayers and songs as it was lit.

Following the lighting, around 20 different Chanukah-themed booths were set up for the kids inside the community center. From candle- and- donut making to creating edible menorahs to a station designated for spinning dreidels, children (and adults) rejoiced in the Jewish holiday.

There aren’t many local Chanukah events, Rabbi Gancz explained, and in honor of the growing Jewish community, he enjoys doing something special to celebrate the holiday each season.

“It’s a time to spread joy,” he said. And indeed, the rabbi did spread joy as he walked around the community center handing out one-dollar bills to all of the children in attendance. Giving money, or “gelt,” on Chanukah is a long-time tradition dating back to the 17th century.

“People think of gelt as chocolate, but the custom really comes from money,” explained Rabbi Gancz’s wife, Devorah.

Two main sponsors of the celebration were David and Sharon Stern, who have been happy supporters of similar events for a number of years. “It’s a great way to bring the Jewish community together,” David said. “You can just see it, everyone has a smile on his or her face.”

“Everyone works so hard to put the event together,” Sharon added.

Echoing that feeling was Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte. “It’s truly a wonderful event,” he said. “I feel so privileged to be a part of it.”

Adding to the holiday spirit, Bobby and the Israelites, a six-piece band, gave a rousing performance of Chanukah-themed music.

Last year, Chabad held a similar event, but constructed the menorah out of kosher, nondairy chocolate instead of ice. Around 400-500 people come out to join in the fun this year and last.

A Chanukah menorah is a candelabrum with eight candleholders in a row, including a ninth in the middle, which holds the candle that lights the other candles. One candle is lit with that candle, called the Shammash, the first night, two the second, and so on, until the final night when all the candles are lit.

Chanukah, or the “Festival of Lights,” which began at sundown on Dec. 8 and will conclude on Dec. 16 this year, features candle-lighting, latkes (potato pancakes) and gift-giving. It commemorates the miracle of one day’s worth of oil that burned for eight days when the Maccabees rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem after their victory over the Syrian-Greeks.
(Maccabee) Rabbi Weiner, Rabbi Gancz and Devorah Gancz

Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte lighting the 9-foot tall, ice-sculpted menorah

Bais Menachem Chanukah 5773 Family Fun Night

Photos: Michal Rimler

Menorah Parade Lights Up Night Sky

By Hema Easley, The Journal News 

MONSEY — Men, women and children packed dozens of cars fitted with menorahs and wound through Monsey and Spring Valley to mark Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration of light.

The 9th annual Hanukkah parade organized by Congregation Tzemach Tzedek of Langeries Drive was held despite a steady drizzle. The parade lit up the village and brought holiday cheer, before ending at the Spring Valley Marketplace for more festivities.

Earlier in the evening, families gathered at the synagogue where children participated in an arts-and-crafts program, making menorahs out of candy and decorating paper menorahs with sparkly colored powders.

“It’s important to remember that good overcomes evil and to remember the victory from thousands of years ago and the miracles that happened,” said Devorah Drew, 32, whose two daughters, Rivka, 7, and Sara, 3, took part in the craft program.

Jews across the world celebrate Hanukkah, which marks the triumphs of light over darkness, freedom over oppression, and good over evil.

It commemorates a victory ancient Jews had over the Syrian-Greek army, which was trying to rule them.

When the Jews won and rededicated their temple, a one-day oil supply lasted eight days. That is observed with the lighting of the menorah on each night of the holiday.

Sunday night, paradegoers gathered in the parking lot the Spring Valley Marketplace where organizers had put together a holiday spread of doughnuts and latkes for the celebrants. Jewish holiday music played on loudspeakers and teens and coupleschatted and cracked jokes.

“It’s a joyful holiday for us to dance and sing songs and enjoy ourselves,” said Dovid Werdy, 15, a student at the synagogue who was attending the celebration with his friends.

Later, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmine, greeted the public and talked about the importance of Hanukkah.

Ramapo council member Daniel Friedman lit a giant menorah.

Photos: Hema Easley/The Journal News

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chabad of Suffern Ice Menorah Makes the News

Hirsch Kiddush This Shabbos

Yossi and Rochy Hirsch invite the community to a Kiddush this Shabbos Chanukah after davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the recent birth of their daughter, Chana.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Early Mincha on Friday

As per our minhag to light the menorah after davening Mincha, both Tzemach Tzedek and Bais Menachem will have an early Mincha minyan at 3:15 PM this Friday.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In our Torah portion of Mikeitz this week (Bereishis [Genesis] 41:1-44:17) Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s two dreams are realized.

After seven years of abundance and plenty, famine stalked the land. The sons of Jacob had traveled in desperation to Egypt in a quest to buy food. There, their long lost brother Joseph, masquerading as an Egyptian viceroy, staged an elaborate charade, accused the brothers of spying, threatened their lives and liberty, took one brother hostage and sent the others home to Canaan to locate proofs of their bona fides.

They returned to their father's home chastened and in a much worried mood. The second most powerful man in the world had accused them falsely, treated them harshly, and imprisoned their sibling. Even worse, they had no choice but to return.

Joseph had made it very clear that any chance they had to be allowed to purchase further stocks of food was predicated on their speedy return, accompanied this time by their youngest brother,  Benjamin.

Jacob was understandably displeased. At his advanced age who needs the tzoris? Would he be able to cope with the threatened loss of yet another son?

Like Jewish parents throughout history he prepared his response to the threat. He huddled with his sons to discuss strategy, prepared an elaborate bribe, and only then offered to pray on his sons' behalf.

Believers are often accused of forsaking all personal initiative in their passive acceptance of the vicissitudes of fate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prayer, as a weapon, is available only to those who simultaneously engage themselves and prepare to overcome all natural impediments. Only a fool sits back with folded hands while all hell breaks loose around him. A man of faith might rely on G‑d, but he also believes that G-d helps those who help themselves.

The Maccabees, at the time of the Chanukah campaign, were convinced of the capacity of G‑d to save, and entrusted their fate into His hands. Simultaneously, however, they armed themselves for conflict, initiated guerilla tactics and created a military channel for G-d's miraculous deliverance.

Jacob too trusted in G‑d. He was prepared to pray to G-d to ensure his sons' safe homecoming but knew that his initial responsibility was to do all within his power to arrange the circumstances and scenario of G-d’s deliverance.

To sit back and wait for the wheels of inertia to make things happen, is laziness, not loyalty to G‑d. Conversely, only a believer can truly dedicate himself to the task at hand, convinced of the inevitability of his efforts, as part of the Divine plan.

(Excerpts from   - from  Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

K'hal Nusach Ari Hachnosas Sefer Torah

K'hal Nusach Ari, under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Naftoli Weinstein, recently had a beautiful Hachnosas Sefer Torah attended by numerous local Rabbonim.


Cheder Boys Farbreng in 770 for Yud Tes Kislev

Last week, Cheder Chabad of Monsey 7th and 8th graders join talmidim from Lubavitch Yeshiva on Crown Street, Lubavitch Yeshiva on Ocean Parkway, Darchei Menachem, Ohr Menachem, Oholei Torah and Cheder Lubavitch Morristown for a special Yud Tes Farbrengen in 770.

As part of the program the boys chazered part of a maamer.

Photos: Yossi Vorovich

Cheder Fourth Graders Finish Mesechta Yoma

In honor of completing מסכת יומא the 4th grade of Cheder Chabad boys had a סיום yesterday, the 3rd day of חנוכה. They reviewed the entire מסכת almost 10 times so far!

For a חנוכה סיום they made donuts, had a pizza lunch, and watched a video which was all about the בית המקדש. They were tested on the מסכת and all the boys were able to translate and explain each משנה exceptionally well!

Save the Date - Bonei Olam Dinner in Monsey

Mazel Tov Goldsteins!

Mazel tov to Hershel and Chaya Mushka Goldstein on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mazel Tov Marruss Family!

Mazel tov to R' Pinchas and Sarah Marrus on the birth of a granddaughter born to Levi and Devorah Leah Marrus of Columbia, South Carolina!

Mazel Tov Flamers!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Reuven and Pirhia Flamer on the engagement of their daughter Sara Rochel to Yoni Sarue of Los Angeles!

Avos U'Banim Time Change

Avos U'Banim for this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Mikeitz, will take place at Tzemach Tzedek from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Next week the time will resume to 6:45 to 7:45 PM.

Mazel Tov Rubashkins - L'Chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Sholom Mordechai and Leah Rubashkin on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Yehuda Zaltzman of Toronto!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Monday, at Chovevei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

Heichal Menachem Chof Daled Teves Melava Malka