Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kesser Weekly Specials

The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:
  • Chicken Breast Fillet - $4.49 per pound 
  • Chuck Steak - $7.49 per pound 
  • Turkey Breast Netted - $5.49 per pound
Order by the case and save!

To order, please go to kesserdistributors.com or contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.


We all have lots of treasures around our house.

Drop them off at the Cheder Chabad Girls building and we will sell them on eBay and turn them into to cash.

Anything you think is of value and in good condition can be donated. Some suggestions include toys in like new condition, Jewish books in good condition, gifts you received that you don't need, brand name clothes  in like new condition, anything new that was never used.

Is there something you have in your house you want to sell and don't have time? We will sell it for you and split the profits 50% for you and 50% for Cheder Chabad. You get a mitzvah and some extra cash with absolutely no effort on your part.

Please contact Rivkie at eBay@chedermonsey.org or call 845-356-1213 ext. 228.

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Cheder 5th Grade Boys Hold Parsha Fair

In honor of Cheder Chabad's 5th grade finishing Parshas Bo, the entire school was treated to a project fair where the talmidim of Kita Hey presented the storyline and the Mitzvos in the Parsha through 3-D projects, posters, tri-folds and dioramas.

"When the talmidim finish a parsha, it can be difficult to have them review the parsha before continuing on," says their teacher, Rabbi Zelig Silber,  "Through the boys presenting their projects and their oral presentations filled with Medroshim and Meforshim, not only did we as class benefit but the entire school was invited to join in the fun as well."

Another teacher who was present remarked, "it's amazing to see the boys talent's surfacing during the fair, some have talents in creating the physical projects, while others have strength in their oratory skills. It really is a great opportunity for each child to shine."

Yud Shvat Farbrengen for Women

Monday, January 30, 2012

Litzman Bris

Chesky and Rochel Litzman will be making a Bris for their newborn son tomorrow, Tuesday, morning at Tzemach Tzedek following the 7:00 AM Shacharis minyan.

Third Daily Maariv Minyan

A new third daily Maariv minyan is now being held at Tzemach Tzedek at 5:45 PM this week and will change with the zman.

The other daily Maariv minyanim remain at 8:30 PM and at 9:30 PM.

Toll Hike for 5 Mid-Hudson Valley Bridges

AP - Motorists who travel over the five Hudson River bridges operated by the New York State Bridge Authority will have to fork over more money for tolls starting today, Monday.

The agency is reminding motorists that the basic passenger car toll will increase from $1 to $1.25 for E-ZPass customers and $1.50 for cash customers as of 12:01 a.m. Monday. Bridge Authority officials say E-ZPass customers get a break because it costs less to collect tolls electronically.

The agency announced in October that it planned to raise tolls in early 2012. Officials say tolls need to be increased to pay for more than $100 million in capital projects.

The authority operates the Mid-Hudson, Newburgh-Beacon, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Rip Van Winkle and Bear Mountain bridges.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Monsey Bochur Meets Newt

Eli Hazan of Wesley Hills meeting Newt Gingrich at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida, where Eli is learning at Machon Menachem - Boca Raton Rabbinical College.

Miracles for Bounty Available This Tuesday

By Dr. Yisroel Susskind, Rockland Jewish Reporter

Are you interested in taking a chance on a miracle that could increase the material, spiritual and emotional bounty in your life? Miracles do happen. For example, I view the survival of the State of Israel in 1948 as an open miracle. Are you aware that in 1948 the vast majority of political and military pundits worldwide reasoned that the new state would not survive one week?

According to Jewish tradition, this coming Tuesday, Jan. 31, will be a miraculous, opportune time to receive blessings for plenty in our lives. I first learned of this concept four years ago, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2008.

A colleague told me that there is a kaballah (orally transmitted tradition) reaching back to the Chassidic Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rymanov that one can receive a blessing for livelihood on the Tuesday of the week of parshat Beshalach. This year, Tuesday, Jan. 31, is such a Tuesday. We will read Beshalach on Saturday, Feb. 4. How do you “apply” for this miracle? Parshat Beshalach includes a description of the mannah, that fell from the heavens and sustained the Israelites during their 40 years in the desert. All you need to do is to read verses in Exodus 16:4-36, referred to as Parshah ha-Mon, which includes a discussion of the mannah. I thought that the story was a nice sweet Jewish tale, but decided to not take it seriously.

But only three minutes after I heard the story, I received a phone call from a client, a man in his 50s who had been out of work for many months. I had been concerned about the strain he was under. He announced that this week he had gotten an excellent position and felt that he had to call me today to share the good news. Whoa! That got my attention. Coincidence? I felt drawn, for reasons that were unclear to me, to pursue more information about Parshas ha-Mon. From my colleague I next learned that this custom had been popularized by “a revered rabbi in Brooklyn,” who said that it came down as an oral tradition from Reb Menachem Mendel of Rymanov (1755-1815) via the Shinever Rov, Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam (1813-1898).

“Whoa #2”! The Shinever Rov served for 7 years as the Rabbi of the town from which my ancestors came, Stropkov, Slovakia. I am a psychologist. Later that day, I met with a Chassidic client of mine and mentioned to him the issue of Parshas ha-Mon. He told me that his grandfather had arrived in the U.S. as a penniless, Holocaust survivor and ultimately became a very wealthy man. His grandfather attributed his financial success to the fact that he began every day by reading a small portion of a book about the mannah by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rymanov. Many people read Parshat ha-Mon on a daily basis, so you can draw on its benefits for livelihood any day of the year. However, its powers to bring down blessings are particularly strong on the Tuesday of parshat Beshalach each year.

The Rymanover explains that spiritual, and not merely material, blessings come from reading about the mannah. It represents HaShem’s helping us to connect with Him through our limited intellectual powers of thought and speech; just as the mannah is a gift from HaShem that we did not earn, so too is HaShem's helping to understand him through our intellect. My client told to me that the “revered rabbi in Brooklyn” who popularized the custom in the U.S. was the Paya Rov, Rabbi Moshe Dov Weinberger.

“Whoa” #3! I am a Weinberger; both of my grandmothers were Weinbergers.

“Whoa” #4! I believe that I am a distant cousin to the Paya Rov.

At 6 p.m., I called the Paya Rov’s household, who confirmed that he had heard of the tradition from his father who had heard it from Rabbi Avraham Sholom Halberstam (the son of the Shinever Rov), who said that his father had related the tradition in the name of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rymanov. I next spoke with the current Stropkover Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Sholom Yissachar Dov Halberstam of Jerusalem, who confirmed that there is a kaballah in his family, which the Shinever passed down in the name of the Rymanover, that saying Parshat ha-Mon on the Tuesday of Parshat Beshalach is an auspicious act for receiving blessings of livelihood.

At this point, I decided to write up the story and emailed it to my list of friends. One rabbi replied that the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote that reading Parshat ha-Mon strengthens two qualities: one’s faith (emunah) that all that we have comes from Hashem; and one’s confidence (bitachon) in difficult times that Hashem will provide our needs. The act of experiencing that faith and confidence is a vessel that brings down blessings. I have learned about three aspects of bounty. One, materially, is that Pashas ha-Mon offers a blessing for livelihood, especially, but not only, on the Tuesday of Parshat Beshalach. Second, spiritually, saying Parshat ha-Mon can strengthen our faith and confidence. Third, emotionally, there is benefit in following what stirs you emotionally.

When this story began, I did not know that this story would lead me to connections in my family’s personal history. I just felt a passionate stirring that I chose to value. So, go for it. Read Parshat ha-Mon. There is no guarantee that everyone who reads it will see a miracle. But, “you gotta play to win.” May it be that our spiritual and emotional connections to Torah and its precious words create a vessel for the ultimate bounty, with God’s ushering in the Messianic era.

Dr. Yisroel Susskind is a clinical psychologist who practices in Monsey, New York, and internationally over the telephone. Email him at eysusskind@aol.com.

Thousands of Women Gather in Support of R' Sholom M. Rubashkin

Around 2,000 women from all walks of life gathered this past Tuesday evening in support of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. Ateres Charna was filled to near capacity as women gathered together in unity.

Mrs. Chayale Gourarie, sister of Sholom Mordechai, MC'd the evening and her words were inspiring to all.

Mrs. Suri Gluck sang emotional and heartwarming songs.

There was not a dry eye in the crowd as Mrs. Roza Weiss, daughter of Sholom Mordechai, described her fathers arrest and imprisonment.

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, who is a pillar of strength giving chizzuk to all, captivated the crowd with her inspirational stories and the telling of the core of her amazing inner strength through Alef, Bais Gimmel.

The evening was capped with Alyza Lewin, Esq., one of Sholom Mordechai's attorneys, who, despite the late hour, held the crowd captivated with the story of the injustice done to Sholom Mordechai.

Mrs. Chani Lipschutz was honored for her endless support to the Rubashkin family.

Finally, the evening concluded with joyous dancing.

A stunning $7,000 diamond necklace (photo below), will be raffled off on April 3rd. A $36 donation toward Rubashkin's legal defense will get you one ticket $100 donation five tickets and $180 donation ten tickets.

You can mail your donation to:
Klal Yisroel Fund
53 Olympia Lane
Monsey, NY 10952
Please write "necklace raffle" in the memo.

Dovid Poltorak Brings Kosher to Capital Hill

By Emma Dumain, Roll Call

A former intern’s crusade to bring kosher food back to the Senate bore fruit Monday with the beginning of a trial run at the Dirksen Senate Office Building’s cafeteria. Prepackaged sandwiches and salads “Made with Love” from Kosher caterer Bubbie’s Gourmet were stacked alongside standard fare. Options included a “Tuscan salad” of chickpeas, bow tie pasta and green beans, along with a balsamic chicken sandwich on flatbread. If all goes well, selections from Bubbie’s Gourmet could become fixtures of dining services offered all across the Senate side of the Capitol.

David Poltorak, an Orthodox Jew and recent Georgetown law school graduate who was then interning for freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), began his quest for kosher last autumn. On his first day, he recalled going downstairs to one of the several cafeterias and carry-outs scattered throughout Senate office buildings. “Where’s the kosher food?” he asked. The answer: There was none. Nowhere on the Capitol campus could observant Jews find a premade meal.

Poltorak was told by Restaurant Associates, the private company that runs the Senate food services, that there was no kosher food because there was no demand. “I couldn’t believe there was no demand,” Poltorak said. “My first day here, I had, like, 10 kosher friends here working in Congress as staffers, and they said they wanted kosher food but had just never bothered to ask … they brought food from home or subsided on potato chips or peanuts.” Poltorak got by on peanuts, Diet Cokes and Mike and Ike candy during the course of his internship. “It’s not my style,” he said, to bring his lunch from home to avoid a kosher junk food diet.

To continue reading this article, please click here.

Tzivos Hashem Kiosk Comes to Cheder Chabad Boys Building

The boys who participate in Tzivos Hashem of Monsey have much to be excited about!

Thanks to Yosef Hott and family a new kiosk machine was donated to MonseYouth and will be stationed in the Cheder Chabad Boys building.

Each child who signs up to Tzivos Hashem of Monsey receives an identification card with a bar code. With the new kiosk in place, the boys are now able to scan their achievement cards, check on what medals they earned, put in tickets for the auction and much more.

The kiosk has a scanner and a touch screen to enable children and teachers alike to benefit even more from the Tzivos Hashem program.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Litzman Shalom Zachor Tonight

Chesky and Rochel Litzman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at their home, 8 Grosser Lane.

Room for Rent Available

A spacious (17x11) newly built room, on ground level, with a private entrance is available for rent. Perfect for professional office or dorm. Airy and bright. Shared bath, kitchen, laundry facilities, large driveway, located in Wesley Hills, near Grandview Avenue and Route 306.

Please call 845-709-1376.

Seeking Apartment to Rent

Seeking an apartment that is walking distance to Tzemach Tzedek that is airy with a private entrance, preferably 2 rooms with kitchen, for mature, responsible single woman.

Please call 845-499-0213.

Yud Shvat Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a special farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek this Thursday night, February 2, in honor of Yud Shvat.

Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Yud Shvat marks the histalkus of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, on Shabbos morning, the 10th of Shevat, of the year 5710 from creation (1950). One year later, at a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of histalkus, the Frierdiker Rebbe's son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, delivered a maamar entitled Basi L'Gani ("I Came into My Garden"), signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Free Mulch

Untreated mulch is available for pick-up by Town of Ramapo residents free of charge.

Residents may pick-up as much as they need. Private landscapers are not eligible to participate.

Residents may pick up mulch at the Spook Rock Swimming Pool parking lot on Spook Rock Road, Suffern from 7:30 AM-5:30 PM daily (Monday-Sunday) starting immediately.

For safety and security reasons, after hours pick-up is strictly forbidden - violators will be prosecuted.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rabbi Moshe Herson to Farbreng for Yud Shvat

Rabbi Moshe Herson, head Shliach of New Jersey and dean of the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, will be farbrenging in Monsey at Beis Menachem next Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Bshalach, February 4, at 8:30 PM in honor of Yud Shvat.

Yud Shvat marks the histalkus of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, on Shabbos morning, the 10th of Shevat, of the year 5710 from creation (1950). One year later, at a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of histalkus, the Frierdiker Rebbe's son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, delivered a maamar entitled Basi L'Gani ("I Came into My Garden"), signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The Rebbe often emphasized that the review of the weekly Parsha, read weekly by Jews the world over, is not only for the sake of reminding ourselves of our long history and what happened to our great grandparents in days long bygone. Rather, the weekly Torah portion is for the sake of educating and instilling within us a more profound appreciation of our heritage and thereby enhancing our observance of Torah and Mitzvos today.

The ten plagues, discussed in these current Torah readings, which were inflicted upon the ancient Egyptians leading up to the Exodus from Egypt , have a message for us today. Let us take the Ninth plague, Darkness, which is in our current Torah reading this week. The Torah tells us that there were three days of "thick darkness." According to the Midrash, the Egyptians could not see, nor even move.

However, for the Jewish people it was different: they had light wherever they lived. The Sages discuss this idea. Does it mean that the darkness did not affect the specific area where the Jewish people dwelt, the Land of Goshen? Or the other hand, does it mean, more mysteriously and mystically, that for a Jew, even in the Egyptian areas, there was light in during this period of darkness?

As explained by the Rebbe, these two opinions relate to our view of the world. One view is that there is a deep separation between the holy (the Jewish area) and the unholy (the idols of Egypt). In the holy realm, it was light; in the unholy realm, it was dark. The second view is that the Jew in Egypt had the power to bring light to the realm of the unholy. Even in the Egyptian areas, where there was frighteningly thick darkness, the Jew could see. This relates to our role in the world. The Jew enters a realm of spiritual darkness, yet he or she has the power to bring light even into that darkness, to illuminate the homes of the "Egyptians," of the apparently secular and materialistic world. This freedom is not just for ourselves. We have the power of light in the darkness of Egypt so that we can bring light to the whole world –the light of Redemption.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Extra Lainings This Shabbos

As per the custom that everyone should have an aliya on the Shabbos prior to Yud Shvat, there will be extra lainings this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek beginning at 8:30 AM in the backroom of the shul and then multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Beis Menachem will have multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Warming the Soul

By Sean Rugys, Rockland Jewish Reporter 

The Fountain of Youth has eluded searching eyes for centuries. The reason this treasure has evaded so many for so long is simple: people have yet to check my grandmother’s soup pot!

As nearly all Jews will tell you, nothing in the world remedies the winter doldrums or an aching body like a big bowl of grandma’s chicken soup. Yet, what fix exists for the non-physical ailment - an aching heart? As a new college student and Jew long out of touch with his heritage, I learned that there exists no better remedy for a longing Jewish soul than the Center for Jewish Life at Rockland Community College, run by Hillel of Rockland.

As the carrots, sweet onion, and succulent chicken of a soup come together to give it its medicinal properties, so too does the Jewish culture, Torah knowledge, and sense of community that Hillel provides make it a haven for the Jewish student body.

Coming from a non-observant home in Upper Nyack, New York, I arrived at RCC with very little knowledge of Israel or Jewish culture. Like any kid growing up in a mildly religious home, my repertoire was limited to the basics: latkes, dreidels, and yarmulkes.

That is, until I met Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver. As the moving force behind Hillel, Rabbi Dov and Shevy used their worldly knowledge and extensive insight to bring the flair and essence of Israel to RCC. One of the Hillel activities that made the greatest impression on me was a campus-wide Israel Fair, providing students with a glimpse into historical Israeli landmarks. Walking from exhibit to exhibit, falafel in hand, my classmates and I witnessed the significance and spirituality of such sites as the Kotel, the holy city of Tzfat, the burial sites of Tiberias and the shores of Eilat. Hillel not only brings Jewish culture to the campus, but also delivers substantive Torah knowledge, with the intent of heightening our moral awareness and responsibilities as Jewish members of humanity.

Rabbi Oliver serves as a spiritual guide and teacher of Torah through such programs as “Nosh for the Soul,” expounding upon ideas in the weekly Torah parshah. Through such spiritual sustenance, I have gained a tremendous insight into the lives of our matriarchs and patriarchs, the historical lineage that precedes me. I have also developed many friendships through my involvement with Hillel.

The foremost defining feature of Hillel is the way it generates a sense of family and togetherness among people of different backgrounds through activities like concerts, lectures, workshops and Shabbat meals. My experience with Hillel was pivotal in contributing to my decision to dedicate all of next year to studying in Israel.

Sean Rugys of Upper Nyack is a sophomore in the Mentor/Talented Student Honors Program at Rockland Community College.

Thursday Women's Tanya Shiur Canceled

This morning's Tanya shiur for women has been canceled.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mes Mitzvah Opportunity

A Jew who has very few relatives will have a Levaya tomorrow, Thursday, at 11:00 AM at Gates of Zion cemetery on Saddle River Road.

Eight men are needed to make sure there is a minyan for kaddish and enough to participate in the kvurah to bring this Yid to proper Kever Yisroel.

If you can make it, please contact Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152 or chabadjec@aol.com.

Litzman Shalom Zachor

Chesky and Rochel Litzman will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 8 Grosser Lane.

Twelfth Siyum HaShas

Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

If you would like to co-sponsor the Kiddush & Farbrengen this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek, the Shabbos before Yud Shvat, please contact Moshe Reitman at 917-501-5537 or mdreitman@gmail.com.

Shiur at Heichal Menachem

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to Chesky and Rochel Litzman on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to Mendy and Dani Litzman of Sydney, Australia, on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

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 sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Colonial for Sale in New Hempstead

A spacious 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial is available for sale in New Hemsptead on a beautiful wooded .93 acre property.

The home includes a full wall brick fireplace, huge basement and many improvements.

Motivated seller. Immediate occupancy. Reduced thousands. Asking $465,000.

For more information, please contact Esther Ingber Realty at 845-354-6060.

Machane Bnos Monsey Meet & Greet

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hebrew Academy of Morris County Shabbaton

Last Shabbos, Parshas Shmos, the Monsey Chabad community hosted the 6th grade boys of the Hebrew Academy of Morris County. The class came for a second time to spend Shabbos with their teacher Rabbi Hami and the Monsey Chabad Kehilla.

This was an exciting experience for the boys that left them enthusiastic and excited about Shabbos and Yiddishkeit. The boys were especially moved by the amazing ruach of the boys of Kehilas Kol HaNearim davening Shabbos morning so much so, that even back in school the following week they were still taking about the energy in that minyan.

They also enjoyed participating in their first Shlaom Zachor in honor of Rabbi Blotner's newborn son and the diveri Torah that Rav Lesches shared at the occasion. Finally, the Shabbaton experience was topped of with a Melave Malka with a special guest. Reb Leib Schaeffer, First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, came to farbreng with the boys and inspire them with stories from his military experience and the lessons in leadership and success that can be learned from them.

This was the boys' second Shabbos in Monsey. After having come two years ago in 4th grade, they demanded another opportunity to come and we look forward to hosting them again very soon.

Thank you to all of the Monsey Chabad Kehilla for making them feel welcome!

Mazel Tov Litkowskis!

Mazel tov to Yisroel and Elana Litkowski on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Nachum and Chaya Litkowski!

Matzah Baking

Matzah baking with Rabbi Yisroel Fried's group at the Crown Heights Bakery will take place on Sunday, January 29 (5 Shvat). There are two shifts - from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (or you can stay for the entire 4 hour shift).

As always, the matzahs are the highest level of hiddur. The utensils and keilim will be all new and every chumrah done in Chabad for Matzah baking will be implemented. Prices are unavailable at this point.

You can order Matzos without baking or bake without ordering.

If you would like to bake or order please contact Rabbi Fried at ryf@chabadwestside.org or 212-864-5010, or Doniel Goldfarb at dgoldfarb770@gmail.com.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Two Rabbis - One Shul 

Sound like double trouble? Over-employment? Our people started out that way. Moshe could not, would not, lead alone; Aaron had to be there. Moshe's older brother never was quite his associate rabbi. Aaron was vastly more popular. He was the nice guy: arbitrator in congregants' business disputes, mediator in spousal clashes, peacemaker in sisterly spats, and conciliator for anyone with a teenager at home. Moshe was more the patrician than the paternal. The teacher, not the counselor; the lawgiver, not the therapist. Moshe embodied truth; Aaron embraced peace.

Truth demands integrity; peace requires compromise. Torah insists on both, hence a team was needed for the making of a people -- not an individual. Moshe rarely enjoyed public support; his method, leadership qualifications, and integrity were regularly challenged, and accusations of nepotism drained him. Aaron was rarely taken to task, and then only because of his association with you-know-who.

The brothers' dichotomy did not abate with their deaths; the turnout at Aaron's funeral nearly doubled Moses's. Not surprisingly, it was only upon Moshe's passing that despair threatened the people. But while Aaron's popularity earned him a larger funeral, Moshe's instruction earned him the role of leader. Aaron's passing evoked mourning; Moshe's passing created a terrifying void.

Leadership, like money, is appreciated when you don't have it. We need our Aarons and we need our Moshes . One without the other is unbalanced. If we favor the peace over truth because peace does not demand of us and truth does, we will get neither.

Throughout our Torah Parsha this week, we watch their interplay and interdependence. Such a harmonious balance, endures.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

(excerpts from chabad.org - Rabbi Shimon Posner)

Leiser Bris

Dovid and Jessica Leiser will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Sunday, January 22, at Ashar, 70 Highview Road.

Davening will take place at 8:30 AM followed by the Bris at 9:30 AM.

Directory for Shluchim & Shluchos

By collive.com

A directory of resources and programs that will benefit Shluchim and Shluchos is being compiled by two Shluchos and will be distributed in the near future. The list will include creative ideas that are useful in Chabad Centers, for daily use or special events and programs. Ideas range from technology, education, entertainers, gifts for baalei batim, Holiday concepts, and more.

"Shluchim spend so much time researching their ideas, only to find out later it is already available," Mrs. Hadassah Geisinsky, Shlucha in the Five Towns, told COLlive. "And the people who have spent time and money to arrange for these items are always looking for ways to get the word out."

The Shluchos working to compile the directory welcome any and all ideas/businesses that can benefit Chabad Houses and Shluchim, at no cost to the business or Shluchim. The only thing the vendor must agree to is offer a shliach 10 percent off his first purchase with mention of the directory.

"It's a win-win situation for both parties involved," says Geisinsky.

To be included in this list please email your name, business, a paragraph describing what you offer, phone number, email address and website as soon as possible to hadassah@chabad5towns.com or yya.nbb@gmail.com.

We look forward to being able to assist Shluchim in the Rebbe's work while helping your business flourish.

Rosh Chodesh Shvat Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Rosh Chodesh Shvat this Tuesday night, January 24, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Shabbos Halacha Shiur

This week's Shabbos afternoon Shulchan Aruch shiur will take place at 4:15 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

YMMLM Bochurim Farbreng

The Bochurim of Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey farbrenged last night with Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz at the home of Yeshiva benefactor Reb Avraham Hayman.

Mazel Tov Kagans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan on the birth of a grandson born to Mendy and Chana Rochel Zwiebel of Chico, California!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hundreds Enjoy Chanale Concert

More than  400 women and girls attended the Chanale concert that was organized by the Cheder Chabad PTA last night.

The evening was MCd with beautiful and inspiring words from Mrs. Leah Rubashkin who introduced the Kol Isha Choir. After their melodious and very beautiful singing, the dynamic Esther Freeman took the stage and enthralled the audience. Her lyrics were thoughtful, original and she was very charismatic.

Following an intermission, the star of the evening, Chanale Fellig, sang with great poise and professionalism. Her powerful songs were moving in more ways than one as she actually managed to get most of the audience out of their chairs and dancing!

At the end of the evening there was a raffle draw which produced some very happy and satisfied winners.

The PTA would like to thank all those who helped and all those who came and supported the evening.

Father & Son Learning Motzai Shabbos Shmos

It is to beautiful to see so many fathers and their sons sitting together learning on Motzai Shabbos at the father & son learning program sponsored by Cheder Chabad. The learning is followed by the Psukim being recited and a raffle for a pocket set of Mishnayos.

 This past Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Shmos, in honor of the Yahrzeit of the Rambam all of the boys enjoyed pizza after their learning along with a beautiful story about the Rambam.

All elementary-school age boys are invited to attend father -son learning this Motzai Shabbos with their fathers.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mazel Tov Polters - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel and Dina Polter on the engagement of their daughter Liba Sheva to Tzvi Hirsh Sputz (ben R' Aaron) of Crown Heights!

The l'chaim will take place this Tuesday night, January 17, at Lubavitch Yeshiva in Crown Heights.

Mazel Tov Leisers!

Mazel tov to Dovid and Jessica Leiser on the birth of a baby boy!

Chanale Concert Tonight - Help Support the Cheder!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Seeking Ride to the Ohel

If you are going from Monsey to the Ohel tomorrow, Sunday, and have room for a passenger please call Michoel at 845-517-4425.

N.J. Hate Crimes Worry Local Jewish Residents

By Jane Lerner, The Journal News 

The vandalism of synagogues and firebombing of a rabbi’s house in nearby Bergen County, N.J., have people in Rockland’s large Jewish community on edge. Rockland authorities have been in contact with a task force formed last week to investigate the spate of hate crimes over the past month aimed at Jewish institutions in Bergen County.

There is no indication that the crimes have any connection to this area, said Capt. Brad Weidel of the Ramapo police. Still, the department is conducting stepped-up patrols and urging extra vigilance throughout the community, which borders Bergen County. He urges anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911. Local religious leaders are aware of the New Jersey attacks.

“It’s not just an attack on four synagogues in Bergen County,” said Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, who leads a Chabad synagogue in Chestnut Ridge. “It’s a violent attack on every institution and every American.” Members of his community are on edge. “People are very concerned,” he said. “But we have a lot of faith in the Ramapo Police Department.”

The Bergen County prosecutor, John Molinelli, has formed a task force with local investigators as well as the ATF and FBI. New Jersey officials have met with local community leaders about the attacks. They are increasing patrols after four incidents involving fires and vandalism at several temples.

The most serious incident occurred Wednesday when a firebomb was thrown into the residence of a synagogue in Rutherford, N.J. The rabbi and his family escaped without injury. It was the fourth incident involving a synagogue in Bergen County since Dec. 10.

“It’s a matter of concern for the entire community,” said Maureen Parenta, Molinelli’s spokeswoman.

David Kirschtel, executive director of the JCC Rockland in West Nyack, which houses numerous Jewish groups, said he was aware of the New Jersey attacks.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Get Fit!

Shabbos Afternoon Shiur

The Shabbos afternoon Shulchan Aruch shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 4:00 PM this Shabbos.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen for men in honor of Chof Daled Teves this Wednesday night, January 18, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey 

This week’s Torah Parsha introduces us to Moshe, who is forced to flee Egypt and becomes a shepherd of the flocks of his father-in-law, Yisro. Then, at the burning bush, comes his first divine revelation. G-d calls upon this shepherd to go back to Egypt and redeem his people. The mission is nothing less than go the Pharaoh himself and deliver the L-rd's famous stirring message: Let My People Go! At one point in that dialogue, he asks the Almighty, "Who shall I say sent me? What is Your name?" Unlike the familiar names we know, the one G-d now gives Moshe is enigmatic and mystical "I shall be as I shall be." Strange name for a Supreme Being.

Many commentaries discuss this most unusual name. Here is one very powerful explanation. Unique to this name is that it is posed in the future tense. "I shall be as I shall be." Moshe was asking the ultimate existential question. "What is Your name," means how are You to be identified and understood? How can mortal man come to know the Infinite Being? G-d's answer is, "I shall be as I shall be" -- future tense. You want to know me, Moshe? I'm afraid you'll have to wait. We cannot understand G-d by what has happened in the past. Nor in the present. In the here and now, when we stare life and its ambiguities in the face, we experience tremendous difficulty in our attempts to grasp the Almighty's vast eternal plan. To truly understand the Infinite G-d takes infinite patience. One day, in the future, He will make Himself known to us. Only then will we come to really know Him and His inscrutable ways. "I shall be as I shall be."

Don't we all ask Moshe’s question at times? Why is there tragedy in the world? Why is there so much human pain, so much tzorris to contend with? How many individuals do we each know in our own communities who have experienced tragedy in their lives? Why, we cry, why? So we are told that right at the genesis of Jewish history, the very first time G-d spoke to Moshe He said to him up front, "I know you want to be able to understand Me and My ways; but please accept that it is impossible -- for now." I shall be as I shall be. One day, you will be able to know Me. Not today or tomorrow, but one day in the future everything will make sense and everything will be understood. In the meanwhile, we must live with faith, hope, and a great deal of patience as we see destiny unfolding.

We look forward with eager anticipation to that awesome day when the Almighty's great name will be known and understood, and we will realize that G-d is good and His ways are just. May it be speedily in our day.

 Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

(with excerpts from chabad.org – Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

The Twins From France Coming to Monsey

Werth Kiddush

Yehoshua and Nechama Werth invite you to a Kiddush in honor of the recent birth of their daughter Tiferes Basha this Shabbos, Parshas Shmos, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek.

Blotner Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Yehuda and Bluma Blotner will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tomorrow night at their home, 25 Dr. Frank Road.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

First Section of New Building

The first section of the new Lubavitch of Monsey girl’s building came off of the production line this morning.

And the House Fell Down...

Demolition has begun in preparation for the foundation to be laid at the site of the new Cheder & MBCM building.

Video & Photos: R' Zalman Goldstein

Pizza at Avos U'Banim This Week

As was announced this past Motzai Shabbos, this  Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Shmos, there will be pizza after the father and son learning session.

The program is from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

If you would like to have the merit of sponsoring the beautiful Kol Torah of children learning with their fathers this week, please call Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213 ext 104.

Mazel Tov Blotners!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yehuda and Bluma Blotner on the birth of twins - a boy and a girl!

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 sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

6th Grade Cheder Boys Get Farhered

You could almost touch the air in the Cheder Chabad boys 6th grade classroom as Rabbi Lesches walked into the room and the boys stood up with respect and readiness to answer any questions on מסכת פסחים.

This special farher is the culmination of hours of learning and review of each משנה in the long and intricate mesechta. The boys are now eager to not forget the משניות and do חזרה on it.

Video of 8th Day Chanukah Concert

The following are a series of videos from the Chanukah concert at RCC benefiting the Center for Jewish Life at RCC.

The show featured the Shiru Lo Boys Choir under the direction of Rabbi Chaim Block of Shalsheles fame, Moshe Hecht and 8th Day. Video: Rabbi Mendel Shagalov

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mazel Tov Greenwalds!

Mazel tov to Baruch and Leah Greenwald on the birth of a baby girl!

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 sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Parsha Thought

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The Rebbe, in his diary “Hayom Yom”, tells the story of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, the “Tzemach Tzedek”, who, as a child, asked his grandfather, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the Alter Rebbe, a question based on what he had just learned in his Cheder class.  His teacher had said, quoting commentaries, that the opening passage in this week’s Torah portion, “Vayechi Yaacov B’eretz Mitzrayim..” (“And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt...”) teaches that our patriarch Jacob fully enjoyed and appreciated life particularly during the seventeen-year period that he lived in Egypt, 

This astounded the little boy, having learned as well, that Egypt, at that time, was the most base and morally corrupt country. How can Jacob, so pure and holy, find comfort and ease in such an environment!

His grandfather responded, that as Jacob had immediately prior to his descent to Egypt, sent  Judah to establish a Yeshiva and a campus of Torah study, where one can be close to the Al-mighty, then even in Egypt Jacob can feel comfortable and “live”!  

It is the spiritual quality of life that Jacob, the saintliest of our forefathers, came to appreciate. How was Jacob able to appreciate spiritual life in a place of such absolute moral depravity? The answer lies in the Yeshiva (Torah academy) that he established while he was in Egypt.

Even in such an unseemly place of spiritual impurity, Jacob developed a center of light, a source of spiritual energy that produced an environment of holiness.

Every Jew has inherited from Jacob the ability to transcend the limitations of one's own personal environment, the ability to transform a personal Egypt into a personal Jerusalem, by creating an oasis of happiness and G-dliness.

We can uncover spiritual life, even when friends, neighbors and acquaintances are not as spiritually in tune as we would want to be. Furthermore, it is possible to even positively influence those very friends, that they can  fashion for themselves a life of Torah, Judaism and holiness.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Daily Mincha Time Change

Beginning this Sunday, 13 Teves, January 8, the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 4:30 PM.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mincha & Maariv Today

The following are the davening times for today, Asara B'Teves, for Mincha and Maariv at Tzemach Tzedek:
  • Mincha: 4:15 PM
  • Maariv: 5:15 PM

Kol HaNeorim Boys Minyan is Back

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cheder Chabad Launches Annual 100K Auction

Cheder Chabad has launched its annual raffle for a grand prize of $100,000 and other great prizes! Last year one of the Cheder Chabad ticket holders won the fourth prize ($1,500 cash) with the grand prize of $100,000 going to a Rebbe in Pittsburgh.

The early-bird draw is still open for just a few days for anyone purchasing a $100 ticket!

To buy tickets online, please click here.

For any other information, please call Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213 ext 104.

Cheder Chabad 5772 Chinese Auction

Please save the date of Sunday, 21 Iyar, May 13, for the annual Cheder Chabad Chinese Auction.

Plans are underway for our best Chinese Auction yet.  At present, we are soliciting prizes and sponsorships. We are in need of brand new electronics, household appliances and goods, baby equipment, and gift cards.

If you would like to donate or sponsor a prize, please contact Rochy at 845-364-5603.

Cheder Chabad Preschool Celebrates Yud Tes Kislev

The preschool of Cheder Chabad had a chassidishe farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev and made a l'chaim with grape juice.

The children acted out the story of the arrest and liberation of the Alter Rebbe. It was adorable and the children got a clear picture of why the Alter Rebbe was arrested and released. The children learned that in addition to celebrating the release of the Alter Rebbe, the chassidim were aslo overjoyed that Toras HaChassidus would continue to be spread.

MiddosCard Program Begins in Cheder Chabad

A new middos program was launched for the Cheder Chabad boys focusing on the middah of derech eretz – showing respect.

Each boy filled out an application to receive a “MiddosCard” credit card. Each grade went to the 4th grade classroom to hand in their applications and wait for approval. After everyone received their cards, Rabbi Wolowik spoke to each class about different ways to improve in having respect for others.

The program will focus on speaking respectfully to others, i.e. saying please and thank you, and the proper way to speak or ask a question to a teacher, principal, or other staff member.

When the children excel in their derech eretz, both to their teachers and amongst each other, they can earn Middos Money. For every ten dollars of Middos Money they earn, they can cash in their dollars and receive a special punch on their MiddosCard. At the end of the program, the boys will be able to purchase prizes using their credit card.

MEF Student Gives Back

The Menachem Education Foundation (MEF) headed by Rabbi Zalman Shneur reached another milestone this past Thursday night. Rabbi Zelig Silber, a student in the first year of the program (2008) came back to the classroom, but this time as a presenter. Rabbi Levi Eisenberg, the program coordinator of the workshops, contacted Rabbi Silber a while back and related that the staff at MEF wanted to bring their own trainees back to teach what they had learned as educators themselves. This would not only prove that the courses had indeed been effective, but it would be a chance for both presenters and trainees to collaborate and discuss which methods were in fact successful.

Since his introduction to professional teaching development at MEF in 2008, Rabbi Silber has since had the opportunity to further his learning in the field of education. Rabbi Silber, graduating with a Masters in Education and now in his fourth year at Cheder Chabad of Monsey, has since been appointed as a Teacher Mentor for new teachers in the Cheder. Trained by the Jewish New Teacher Program (JNTP) last year, Rabbi Silber works with teachers in various schools to facilitate engaging lessons, student participation and an effective environment in the classrooms.

"I was honored to be asked to come back to MEF and share some of my methods and experiences with the new teachers," said Rabbi Silber. "The topic I presented on was, 'Connecting the text with the Talmid.' I feel that a focal point in the classroom is engaging our students through the seforim in front of them."

The crowd at the presentation was largely satisfied with the workshop. One trainee was quoted saying, "This is what I was waiting to learn. I really liked the activities that the presenter weaved through his presentation. I had to implement what I had just learned right away."

Rabbi Silber can be reached at 773-805-2770 or kitahey5772@gmail.com.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Centerpieces for Rent

Centerpieces (mostly sets of 24) to enhance any simcha available for rent at minimal cost. Call 845-354-6173.

MBCM DInner Speeches

Rabbi Rony Greenberg

 Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Rabbi Dr. Chaim D. Kagan 

Videos: BSDFilms.com

Tuesday Women's Shiur Resumes

The Tuesday women's shiur by Rabbi Lesches Shiur will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, at 2:00 PM in Tzemach Tzedek.

Landa Bris

Rabbi Mendy and Rivkah Rochel Landa will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Wednesday morning, January 4, at 11:00 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Land Cleared for School Building

The signed plans and village board resolution for the new Cheder & MBCM building have been released from the Village of Airmont last week, propelling the building into construction phase.

No time was lost as the site is being prepped for the foundation.

Cheder Melamdim Farbreng

Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz farbrenging with the melamdim of Cheder Chabad last night at the home of Rabbi Yossel Sirota.