Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Siyum HaRambam on Motzai Shabbos

This Friday, the 8th of Adar, we will בעזהי"ת complete the 30th cycle of daily לימוד הרמב"ם as per the Rebbe’s הוראה.

It is important to mark this milestone with a סיום and החלטה טובה ברוב עם הדרת מלך as the Rebbe would like.

As such, where will be a Siyum HaRambam this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Tetzaveh, March 3, at 8:30 PM immediately following the Avos U'Banim learning program at Tzemach Tzedek.

All men and children are encouraged to participate!

Zayin Adar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Zayin Adar following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek tomorrow, Thursday, night, March 1.

Zayin Adar is the day on which Moshe Rabeinu was born in Mitzrayim in the 2,368th year from creation (1393 BCE) and passed away on his 120th birthday on Zayin Adar 2,488 (1273 BCE).

Matzah Baking Group

Reb Shimon Kroll is organizing a group for baking matzah at the Crown Heights Matzah Bakery for the Sunday after Purim, 17 Adar, March 11.

There will be two shifts - from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Reb Shimon at 845-362-1477.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weinstein Bris

Avi and Naomi Weinstein will I"YH be making a Bris tomorrow, Tuesday, morning at the Stolin Hall, 52 Main Street. Shacharis will be at 7:00 AM followed by the Bris at 7:45 AM.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

LDC Raffle Winners

Tonight, Sunday, Itche Noach Zeiler picked the winning tickets of the Lubavitch Day Camp for boys raffle! Thank you very much to the Zeiler family for their continuous support to all MonseYouth and Lubavitch day camp projects!

And the winners are…

1. Grand prize - Camp scholarship or $1,000: The Sirota family

2. iPad : The Bronstein family

3. Surprise Package –Electronics Package: The Lipszyc family

4. $100 gift certificate at The Purple Pear: The Kushner family

5. Music by Shmuli: Music that will make you dance: The Mordechai Litzman family

Thank you to dailysteals.com for sponsoring the grand prize and the iPad and electronic package.
Thank you to the Niasoff family for sponsoring “Music by Shmuli!”- Music that will make you dance!

A big thank you to both the local Monsey community and friends and family from outside of our community who participated in this raffle! Through your generous support Lubavitch Day Camp has secured funds for an even better summer in 5772!

In the zechus of Tzedakah may we be Zocheh to Somech Geulah L’geulah B’bias Moshiach NOW!

Looking forward to an amazing summer!

Mazel Tov Gottliebs!

Mazel Tov to Sosha Gottlieb and to Simcha Gottlieb on the birth of a grandson born to Tzivi and Yoni Frommer of Monsey!

Cheder Mishloach Manos Deadline

Daily Maariv Minyanim

Please note that the first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 6:25 PM.

The second minyan remains at 8:30 PM and the third minyan remains at 9:30 PM.

MBCM Production Tonight


The auditorium at RCC may be difficult to find, therefore, please be aware that once you turn into RCC from the traffic light at College Road, you will reach a stop sign. You will need to go straight up the road that curves a little to the left at that stop sign. Before reaching the parking lot, there will be glass doors on your right. That is the entrance to the auditorium.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Parsha Perspective

Compiled by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

 The Menorah and the Shulchan (Showbread Table) stood opposite each other in the outer chamber of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and later in the Bais Hamikdosh (Temple) in Jerusalem; the menorah standing against the southern wall, and the Table against the northern wall.

The Menorah was kindled every afternoon and remained lit throughout the night. The lights of the menorah symbolize the illumination provided by Torah and Mitzvot; "For a mitzvah is a candle, and the Torah is light." The spiritual illumination supplied by studying Torah and observing G-d's commandments light up the darkest and coldest nights. As Isaiah said, "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth... and the L-rd shall shine upon you."

Both our spiritual and physical needs are provided by G-d, and both come to us via the Temple. Every Shabbat, twelve loaves of bread were placed on the Table, where they remained until the following Shabbat. Bread is the staff of life, and a metaphor for all forms of nourishment. Thus the Table symbolizes all our material needs.

The Temple serves as the portal to Heaven. As Jacob said regarding the Temple Mount: "This is none other than the house of G-d, and this is the gate of Heaven." This gateway serves a dual purpose: it is the path through which our prayers ascend to Heaven, and it is the conduit through which we receive all beneficence from Above. Both our spiritual and physical needs are provided by G-d, and both come to us via the Temple -- the spiritual needs are channeled through the Menorah, and material largess through the Table.

The Biblical commentator Rabbi Shmuel ben Meir (Rashbam) (grandson of Rashi 1085-1174); explains that the Menorah’s practical purpose was to provide light for the Table. After all, the royal table needs to be illuminated by a royal candelabrum!

The message is quite clear. Our Torah and Mitzvot must "illuminate" all our physical pursuits. We cannot relegate the spiritual to the synagogue or to the hour or two of the day which we dedicate to Torah study, prayer and good deeds. Our connection with G-d must be apparent even while involved in a business meeting, or when sitting down to eat.

A home whose "Table" is illuminated by its " Menorah " is truly worthy of being a sanctuary wherein G-d willingly dwells.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Lesches Bar Mitzvah This Shabbos

The Bar Mitzvah of Meir Lesches, son of Yossi and Channi Lesches and grandson of the Rav and Rebbetzin, will take place this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek. All are invited to the Kiddush-Farbrengen following davening!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Daily Mincha Time

Beginning this Sunday, 3 Adar, the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 5:30 PM

Weinstein Shalom Zachor

Avi and Naomi Weinstein will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 13 Ashlawn Avenue.

YMMLM Dinner Invitation

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

R' Leib Schaeffer Farbrengs with Public School Students

Reb Leib Schaeffer, First Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and a member of the Chabad Monsey Anash, joined Rabbi Gil Hami for a Tu B'Shvat farbrengen at the Hebrew Academy of Morris County's Post Graduate Learning Program (PGLP).

Mr. Schaeffer talked with the kids, alumni of the HAMC, about his life story.  Through inspiring stories, humorous anecdotes, and recollections of his adventures, he described his journey through life, and how a typical unaffiliated Jewish American kid ended up in the US Marines and eventually a Chassidic Jew.

From college football to the grueling challenges of marine training and boot camp, to Law school and Yeshiva life, Reb Leib highlighted episodes from which he learned important life lessons. He shared with the teens thoughts about leadership, Jewish pride, determination, and courage.  The lessons inspired the students to work hard to achieve their goals, as well as to look deeper into their Jewish identity and proudly express it.

The students really connected with what he said and stayed longer to ask more questions.  One student later told Rabbi Hami that "I'm sure my mother set this gathering up to teach me to be responsible for myself and get moving with my life…".

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Seeking a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Thursday, March 1, after 5 PM or Friday, March 2, in the morning or early afternoon. Please call 845-406-3409.

Large Attendance at First Chabad CLE Class

Close to 100 attorneys attended the first session of "Money Matters" a NYS CLE approved course offered by JLI and sponsored locally by the Chabad Centers of Rockland County.

The unique six-week course, which is open to attorneys and the public takes place at the Clarkstown Hall. The first class was held on Thursday, February 16th. The continuing sessions take place on Thursdays, February 23, March 1, 15, 22, 29. Each session is independent of the others and is eligible for 1.5 CLE credits.

The first lecture was given by Judge Robert Berliner and Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich - the topic: Insider Trading in secular American law as compared to Jewish Talmudic law.

The next lecture will be given by, Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz and Judge Alan Scheinkman, administrative Judge of the 9th Judicial District.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.JewishLegalSociety.org.

The CLE credits are provided by New York Legal Assistance Group. Thank you to Mr. Yisroel Shulman for all of his help organizing this great endeavor!

Mazel Tov Perlines - L'chaim!

The Perline family would like to invite the community to join them in celebrating the engagement of their daughter Chaya Bracha to Aryeh Sturm this Motzai Shabbos, February 25 at 8:30 PM, in their home at 80 Wilder Road in Wesley Hills (please park across from their driveway on Wildwood Drive).

Machane Bnos Monsey Preparing for a Great Summer

Tonight's Samach Vov Shiur Canceled

There will be no Samach Vov shiur tonight at Tzemach Tzedek since Rabbi Lesches will be away.

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazel tov to Reb Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great grandson born to Nosson Tzvi and Bracha Brejt of Yerushalayim!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

YMMLM Dinner Honorees

Yeshiva Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey will be honoring Shimon and Devorah Kroll with the Eitz Chaim Award and Boruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman with the Amud HaChesed Award at its upcoming second dinner to be held on March 11, 17 Adar.

Please contact ymmlofmonsey@gmail.com or 212-613-5077 to make your dinner reservation and take out a journal ad.

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Avi and Naomi Weinstein on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Naftoli and Sherri Weinstein!

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.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mazel Tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandaughter born to Shaya and Bayla Lesches of New York, NY!

Bikur Cholim

Dovid Hanson is in Florida for the winter and is not feeling well. Calls to him at 914-830-7200 would be much appreciated.

Meshchaninov L'chaim

The Meshchaninov family would like to invite the community to join them in celebrating the engagement of their daughter Elisheva to Berel Shwartz at the L'Chaim this Thursday evening, February 23, at 7:30 PM at their home, 32 South Gate Drive.

Over Fifty Farbrengen This Motzai Shabbos

There will be a farbrengen for the over fifty crowd this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Terumah, at the home of Rabbi Naftoli Weinstein, 485 Viola Road.

Rabbi Shusterman will be co-sponsoring the farbrengen in commemoration of his father's yahrzeit.

Shiurim at Heichal Menachem

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.

Mazel Tov Meshchaninovs!

Mazel tov to Eliyahu and Bracha Meshchaninov on the engagement of their daughter Elisheva to Berel Schwartz of Los Angeles, California!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Megilla for Sale

Megila that is 19.5 inches written by a Chabad sofer is available for sale for $1,500. Please call 845-731-1553.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shabbos & Sunday Halacha Shiurim

The Shabbos afternoon Shulchan Aruch shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 4:45 PM followed by Mincha at 5:15 PM.

The 9:00 AM Sunday morning Halacha shiur will be on the topic of Avoda Zara Part 2.

Ride Available to Crown Heights

Ride available into Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos. Please call or text 845-222-1077.

MBCM Production 1 Week Away

To purchase a journal ad or tickets to the production, please contact the MBCM office at office@monseybcm.com or 845-634-7400 or click here.
 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Parsha Thought

Compiled by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion teaches  "If you see your enemy's donkey lying under its load, you might want to refrain from helping him; [however], you must surely help with him." (Shmos (Exodus) 23:5)

Before Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe, became the first leader of Chabad, he once traveled to raise money for an important charity. Coming to the home of a wealthy man, he was offered to stay and teach his children in return for the entire sum he hoped to raise.

After a short stay, he informed his host that he was leaving because he could not tolerate the conduct of the people of the city. His host asked him why and Rabbi Shneur Zalman replied, "You torture the poor." The host thought that he was referring to a recent meeting discussing  how to raise the money for a government tax. It was decided that first the poor should give as much as possible, and the rich would make up the difference. He realized that Rabbi Shneur Zalman was right: the poor should not be bothered at all. The rich should give as much as they can, and the poor shouldn't give anything. Immediately he arranged a second meeting, and it was decided that the rich should give first what they could afford.

A few days later, Rabbi Shneur Zalman again said that he was leaving, claiming, "You torture the poor." Amazed, the host told his guest of the second meeting and that the poor would not be bothered at all. Rabbi Shneur Zalman told him that he was referring to an entirely different matter:

In the human body there are "rich" organs and "poor" organs. The "rich" organs are the mind and the heart, and a "poor" organ is the stomach. "In this city," he explained, "instead of putting emphasis on the rich organs and engaging them in the study of Torah and concentrating on prayer, the approach is to constantly abstain from food and fast. Thus, the 'poor' organ, the stomach, is deprived and made to suffer for the person's iniquities. I cannot tolerate this approach!"

This new philosophy was very intriguing to the host, and he asked Rabbi Shneur Zalman its source. He told him of the Baal Shem Tov and his teachings, which accentuate working with the mind and heart and not punishing the body.

"The Baal Shem Tov," he continued, "bases his approach on a verse in the Torah portion of Mishpatim and interprets the phrases as follows: 'If you see' -- when you will realize that -- 'chamor' – (usually translated “donkey” but can refer also to the physical matter of the body – as the Hebrew word chomer- “physical substance”), is 'your enemy' -- because he is engaged in material pleasures, and thus hates the soul which is striving for G-dliness and a higher spiritual level -- and the body is -- 'lying under his burden' not wanting to serve G-d -- 'you might want to refrain from helping him' – i.e. you may think that you will deny him the food and sustenance it needs. Be advised that this is a wrong approach. Instead, 'you must surely help with him' -- give him his bodily needs and attune your mind and soul to worship G-d. Eventually, your body will become purified and cooperate in your Divine service."

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

(excerpts from chabad.org - Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky)

Rabbi Groner to be Guest Speaker at YMMLM Dinner

Monseychabad.com has learned that Rabbi Leibel Groner, Mazkir of the Rebbe, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Monsey dinner that is being held on Sunday evening, 17 Adar, March 11, at Garden Paradise hall.

Shabbos Mevorchim Boys Tehillim Program

The monseyouth Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim program for boys will take place this Shabbos at 9:00 AM at Tzemach Tzedek followed by Shachris.

An Educational Evening

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

No Younger Children's Group This Shabbos

There will be no younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos since the MBCM girls will be in Crown Heights for Shabbos.

Chof Beis Shvat at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad Girls had an inspiring כ"ב שבט today. The day began with a visit from a group of Russian women who are in New York for כ"ב שבט. We invited them to our כ"ב שבט rally. The girls said the י"ב פסוקים with such חיות that the visitors where very inspired. כתה ד' sang ברוכים הבאים with cute motions to welcome our guests and כתה ג' sang a beautiful song about רעבעצין ח' מושקא. 

We then watched a video (below) that all the Chaya Mushkas at Cheder Chabad made speaking about their special name and their hope to emulate the legacy of Rebetzin Chaya Mushka.

The women were very impressed with our beautiful students. They gave out 2 special treats that they brought specially for us from Russia.

The girls went back to their classrooms and they learned בחברותה about Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. It was a real נחת to see the older students learning with younger ones with such אהבת ישראל.

After that the girls made arts and crafts connected to the name מושקא. מושקא means “good smell.” The younger grades made a בשמים arts and crafts and the older grades made a beautiful potpourri hanger to use in their closets.

Thank you Mrs. Rosenbluh for organizing this beautiful event.

R' Michoel Muchnik Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr. Yaakov Muchnik A"H, father of R' Michoel Muchnik and grandfather of Mrs. Shevy Oliver.

Reb Michoel is sitting Shiva at 1406 Carroll Street in Crown Heights through Monday.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Teenage girl looking for ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Friday morning to arrive before noon. Please call 845-548-1499.

Donating to a Mosad Named After the Rebbetzin Today

In honor of כב שבט here is a quote from a Sicha of the Rebbe onשבת פרשת יתרו - כ"ב שבט תש"נ:
"והמעשה הוא העיקר

ובפרט בקשר מיט יארצייט - כמנהג ישראל אז מ'פארבינדט דאס מיט הוספות אין ענינים של מעשה בפועל לעילוי הנשמה [ וואס דורך דעם איז מען ממשיך עילוי הנשמה דא למטה]...  

...ובנוגע לפועל: ס'איז כדאי ונכון צו פארבינדן דעם יארצייט מיט מוסיף ומרבה זיין אין אויפשטעלן מוסדות לעילוי הנשמה ( בהוספה אויף די מוסדות וואס מ'האט ביז איצטער אויפגעשטעלט), כולל ובמיוחד - מוסדות געווידמעט צו די ג' מצוות הנ"ל

אזוי אויך - איז כדאי מוסיף ומרבה זיין בצדקה בקשר מיט דעם יארצייט, ומה טוב - אין א מספר פון ע"ת (470) די גימטריא פון שם הנפטרת
...און מ'וועט זוכה זיין צו מאכן "שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה"...

To donate to Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls today, Chof Beis Shvat, please click here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lubavitch Day Camps Registration Opens

R' Elie Winsbacher Sitting Shiva

Baruch Dayan HaEmes- We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of R' Dovid Winsbacher A"H, the father of R' Elie Winsbacher.

Elie is sitting Shiva in Strasbourg, France until Monday morning and can be reached at 845-520-0502. Please keep in mind that the time in France is 6 hours ahead of New York.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Ashar to Buy Reuben Gittelman Building

By Hema Easley, The Journal News 

The Town of Clarkstown, which had been in negotiations with Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School to buy its building once it closes at the end of summer, says it has lost the race to a school in Monsey that was also looking to buy the property.

According to an announcement by the town, the 61,000-square-foot Reuben Gittelman property on New Hempstead Road in New City will be purchased by the Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland County.

Both ASHAR and Reuben Gittelman couldn’t be immediately reached for comment. Rueben Gittelman announced last month that it would be closing at the end of the current school year because of falling enrollment and ensuing financial problems.

Amy Mele, town attorney for Clarkstown, said the town had made an offer to Rueben Gittelman, which informed Clarkstown that they already had an offer from another entity.

Mele said the board of Rueben Gittelman voted to sell the property to ASHAR Monday night at a closed-door meeting. The Town Board was informed of the decision Tuesday morning.

Hashovas Aveida - Lost Coat

Someone accidentally took my coat this past Shabbos morning from Tzemach Tzedek. It's size small, medium length, grey with both button and and a zipper and was taken with a grey scarf. Please call 707-776-6739.

Donating to a Mosad Named After the Rebbetzin on 22 Shvat

In honor of כב שבט here is a quote from a Sicha of the Rebbe onשבת פרשת יתרו - כ"ב שבט תש"נ:
"והמעשה הוא העיקר

ובפרט בקשר מיט יארצייט - כמנהג ישראל אז מ'פארבינדט דאס מיט הוספות אין ענינים של מעשה בפועל לעילוי הנשמה [ וואס דורך דעם איז מען ממשיך עילוי הנשמה דא למטה]...  

...ובנוגע לפועל: ס'איז כדאי ונכון צו פארבינדן דעם יארצייט מיט מוסיף ומרבה זיין אין אויפשטעלן מוסדות לעילוי הנשמה ( בהוספה אויף די מוסדות וואס מ'האט ביז איצטער אויפגעשטעלט), כולל ובמיוחד - מוסדות געווידמעט צו די ג' מצוות הנ"ל
אזוי אויך - איז כדאי מוסיף ומרבה זיין בצדקה בקשר מיט דעם יארצייט, ומה טוב - אין א מספר פון ע"ת (470) די גימטריא פון שם הנפטרת
...און מ'וועט זוכה זיין צו מאכן "שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה"...

To donate to Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls on this Chof Beis Shvat, tomorrow, Wednesday, please click here.

Gender Determination in the Talmud by Dr. Leah Poltorak


Mrs. Leah Rubashkin Speaks About Bitachon

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin addressed a women’s evening of unity at Bais Yaakov of Toronto this week.

R' Dov Oliver Eulogizes Student

By S.P. Sullivan, NJ.com

Jacob Halle was remembered as a hardworking student with a passion for politics at a Ramapo College memorial service Monday.

Halle, 22, of New City, NY, died Feb. 1 from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Rt. 202 in Mahwah, not far from the campus where he was enrolled as a second-semester junior studying political science.

"Jacob possessed a tenacious nature," his mother, Marla Halle, said at the gathering. "If something was difficult, he kept working at it until he achieved his goal."

Halle, who was active in the Ramapo College Hillel organization and the Rockland County Young Republicans, was remembered by his friend and fellow Ramapo student Marni Sucher as someone who was "sensitive and treated people kindly," but also had a lot of conviction and "trusted his own ideas."

"He taught me to value my own opinions without being swayed by the majority," said Sucher, who became good friends with Halle after they met at an orientation program for new students.

The service was presided over by Rabbi Ely Allen of the Ramapo Hillel, where Halle was an active member, and Allen recited a prayer in his memory. Rabbi Dov Oliver, who knew Jacob from his time enrolled at SUNY Rockland Community College, also addressed the crowd, urging those in attendance to do good in Halle's memory.

He said later that while the details of the accident are unclear — the case is still under investigation, but police have said they do not believe excessive speed was a factor — he has urged his students to heed his death as a warning.

"Jacob was tragically killed in a car accident, exactly what happened I'm not sure," Oliver said. "We'll probably never know. But I think that if we can strengthen ourselves to realize that every time we get in a car, that's a responsibility."

Halle's car drifted across traffic on Rt. 202 on Jan. 30, where it struck an oncoming SUV. Halle was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. The other driver, Oakland resident Kerri Ende, was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and released.

Halle is survived by his parents and younger brother. The Rockland County Young Republicans are establishing an award in Halle's name, and Ramapo College will plant a tree in his memory.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Melava Malka for Girls

There will be a Melave Malka for girls in 3rd grade through 6th grade (no girls below 3rd grade due to the nature of the activities) this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Mispotim, from 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM at the Goldfarb home, 20 Grosser Lane.

Milchigs will be served.

There are a limited number of spaces available so, please RSVP by this Wednesday, February 15, by contacting srgoldfarb1@gmail.com or 845-356-3884. Please be sure to RSVP to ensure there are enough activity supplies and food.

YMML Prepares for Yud Shvat

In the month preceding Yud Shvat, the Shluchim of the Mesivta arranged a Mivtza to help prepare the Bochurim for the special day. The Mivtza comprised of two parts:
  • Learning and reviewing the Rebbe's first Ma’amer of Basi Legani 5711 by heart. 
  • Strengthening the Hiskashrus to the Rebbe by completing a daily duch listing several things that are essential to the life of a Tomim such as Limud HaRambam, participating in Seder Sichos and attending the weekly Inyonei Geulah U'Moshiach Shiur given by Rabbi Liberow. 
Boruch Hashem, the Mivtza was an overwhelming success with the intense involvement of the vast majority of the Bochurim in Mesivta. Outside the seder hours it was a familiar sight to see many bochurim learning the Maamer in zal with the Shluchim.

Building Health Awareness at Cheder Chabad

This past Sunday, the PTA of Cheder Chabad boys held their monthly Sunday program. In conjunction with Tu B’Shvat and in an effort to promote healthy eating habits, the program was designed to demonstrate to the children how healthy and nutritious food can taste good and be fun and exciting to create.

Each student had the opportunity to create and custom design their own gourmet popcorn and make smoothies according to their own tastes and fancies. With an impressive array of spices, berries, cocoa powder, vanilla essence , nuts and other seasonings the boys first designed their own bag with a logo and brand name for their individual popcorn flavors. An array of fresh fruits let the boys design their own distinctive smoothie flavor.

While half of the school was involved in the popcorn production and seasonings the other half was busy discovering just how delicious milk can be when mixed with fresh and healthy fruits!

Using the recently purchased Magic Bullets smoothie makers, the boys discovered the subtle differences and tastes of smoothies using bananas, strawberries, apples, nectarines and blueberries.

The PTA are very excited about the prospect of having a smoothie day on a regular basis, whereby the boys will be empowered to make their own fresh fruit concoctions which will be healthy, nutritious and delicious! Thank you to all the moms involved, particularly Mrs. Karen Schild, Mrs. Michal Silverstein (who worked behind the scenes), Mrs. Bassie Friedman, Mrs Chaya Niasoff and Mrs Bracha Meshchaninov.

Special thanks to the 7th grade boys for helping the younger grades cut the fruit and blend the smoothies.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mazel Tov Kaufmans!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Channah Dobka Kaufman 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.

K'hal Nusach Ari Melava Malka

A Strange Estate Transaction

By Zalman Goldstein

It was a sunny February Friday morning in Monsey, NY. A friend invited me to attend an Estate Sale. I’ve never been to an Estate sale, and am not even sure what they are. For some reason I decided to join along. Perhaps because he said it was just a few minutes’ drive from where we were and it wouldn’t take much time.

“Here’s to new experiences,” I thought, and hopped into his car.

We arrived at the advertised address --- a small attached home. We parked in front and went inside.

The house was small and cozy. People were milling about picking up knick-knacks asking for prices, a dollar fifty for this, four dollars for that, said a good natured middle-aged man.

Turns out the owner is an elderly woman and her daughter and son were handling the logistics of the sale, haggling and making small talk with the slow moving crowed filing through the house.

Deeper in the house I saw a dining room table stacked with all kinds of effects for sale. In the middle was a ceramic Matzah dish and two brass candlesticks. I didn’t pay much attention to them at the time. Not really interested, I thought.

Being my first Estate sale experience, I noticed I was feeling some sadness seeing one’s 50-60 years of memories laid out bare, with people buying bits and pieces of that life. Yet the family seemed cheerful enough which helped me feel better about the whole thing.

At the end we both found something to buy costing just a few dollars, if just to make the owners happy.
On the way out, the older woman, their mother, said to us “Good Shabbos.” We replied same and left.

Driving away, the image of the candlesticks for sale on that dining room table stayed in my mind like a super-imposed image that doesn’t fade easily.

Why am I still thinking about them? I thought. Soon I felt more clarity -- they had a mission I was to do for them and I completely missed the opportunity.

It was close to noon, time to pick up the kids from school. On the way, the candlesticks spoke louder. I felt I understood their plan. I wasn’t going to let them down this time.

I stopped by a bakery and picked up a fresh Challa, the plan becoming more alive, then, after collecting the kids from school and clueing them on our mission, I stopped off at home to pick up two candles and the accompanying glass holders that sit atop candlesticks, and a Shabbat Table Companion book.

We wound our way back to the woman’s house all the while hoping the candlesticks weren’t sold in the meantime.

The plan was now in full motion. I was excited. As were the kids.

We parked in the same spot, piled out of the van and filed inside.

Yup, the candlesticks were still there!

I searched out the older woman and asked her if the candlesticks were for sale.
“Yes,” she replied, going to search for her son to give us a price.
“Eight dollars for the pair,” he said.
“Deal,” I said while pulling out my wallet and giving him the money.

The mother went to the table, took the candlesticks and put them in my hands.
“Here!”

I held them, my kids watching my every move. I then looked her softly in the eye and spoke.

“You know why I came all the way back and bought these candlesticks?”
“No. Not particularly.”

“I came back together with my children to buy them from you so we can gift them back to you, in order so that these candlesticks can stay in your dining room, continuing to illuminate your home every Friday and Holiday night.”

Tears sprung and welled up in her eyes.

Mine soon followed.

Our daughter Hindy gave her the baggie with the candles and glass holders.
Moishy gave her the Challa.
Chana gave her the Shabbat Table Companion.

Silence fell in the home.

Her son came over to see what’s transpiring, the daughter following close behind.
Mom told them what we’ve done, choking up and unsuccessfully fighting her tears.
It was a very emotionally laden moment.

There were hugs and tears between them. Even the eyes of the strangers rummaging through the estate items ---Jewish and non--- stopped to stare as if overcome by the outpouring of G-dly light radiating from the Jewish souls of this beautiful family.

The mother finally spoke and told us her Hebrew name is Tziporah, she went to Talmud Torah as a child but not much followed.
She said she warmly accepts our gift and “already knows the Brochos (blessings)…”.

On our way out her son said to me, “Just as you offered mom a gift, we want to give you a gift -- here, take the eight dollars back as our gift to you.”
I politely declined and asked instead that they share a part of the mitzvah of lighting Shabbat and Holiday candles to the merit of our own family.
“Agreed!” he said, mom and daughter also nodding their heads.

We left as we came, the way back traveling on spiritual clouds -- that sense of being part of something bigger. Something raw and deep connecting our Jewish souls so quickly, so deeply and so profoundly. It was this feeling that kept us warm on the winter day as we prepared to accept Shabbos.

Above and over everything else, I am glad our children got to experience our unique “transaction.” I hope the experience planted the seeds to have “Mivtzoyim Eyes” -- seeing an opportunity where there isn’t one apparent at first glance.

This trues story happened in 2012. Zalman Goldstein is the founder of The Jewish Learning Group, publisher of the popular SHABBAT TABLE COMPANION, GOING KOSHER IN 30 DAYS, and nearly a dozen outreach books used by Chabad Houses around the world; he is also the man behind the iconic CHABAD CLASSICS music series. He can be reached at Zalman@ZalmanGoldstein.com.

My Mivtzoyim Pals (L-R Hindy, Moishy, and Chana).
The wares displayed on the table.
Tziporah with her rededicated Shabbos candlesticks, and the Goldstein kids.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Office Positions Available in CH

Vibrant international mosad based in Crown Heights is seeking qualified applicants to join our team. Seeking someone efficient, organized and reliable with a pleasant personality. Must be a quick learner.

Available Positions:
  • Executive assistant, to maintain office operations, provide customer service and assist with special projects. 
  • Executive assistant, to assist with development and related projects 
Necessary skills Must be a people person with previous office experience. Must have basic writing skills. Applicant should be proficient in Microsoft Office and the web and be a quick learner.

Priority will be given to those with extensive experience and long-term commitment.

If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity please email nationalmosad@gmail.com.

A Parsha Thought

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey 

During his initial bid for the presidency, Bill Clinton paid a visit to the heavily Jewish community of Boro Park. Speaking at a private dinner, on a dais filled with gray bearded rabbis, Mr. Clinton posited that the difference between himself and then president George Bush came down to this:

"Do you want a president who has Rachmonis (pity), or do you want a president who is a Rachmonis?"

The audience roared. Any successful speaker will tell you that you have to know your audience.

"When in Finland," the saying goes, "start with Finish."

This week’s Torah portion tells of the giving of the Aseres HaDibros (Ten Commandments) at Mount Sinai. G-d, the Torah and the Jewish people are formally joined. In a moment of unprecedented revelation, G-d addresses the Jewish people directly, saying, "I am the Lord your G-d." Surprisingly, the very first word G-d utters, Anochi -- "I" – is, in fact, an Egyptian term.

What does G-d mean by this and why did G-d use a foreign language at that most sacred moment? As the Jewish people receive the Torah at Mount Sinai, they earned the identity of "People of the Book." With G-d's first word at Mount Sinai, uttered in a foreign tongue, He hints to the Jewish people what their most urgent task will be in this new role … translating the Book and bringing its message to the world! G-d does not want Judaism to function as a private culture club, where the holy can mingle with the holy and grow holier. Rather, as G-d entrusts his sacred Torah to his chosen people, He intends for them to carry the torch of G-dliness to the darkest corners of the universe.

This is the message G-d seeks to convey to the Jewish people as He opens His Sinai dialogue in a foreign dialect. When we encounter one whose values are not yet in sync with the Torah or even stands in opposition to the teachings of the Torah,we mustn't despair of bringing him near. Often, it just might take a few soothing words of Torah uttered in a familiar diction, in a common language and at the level of understanding and comprehension of the listener, that will help bring him around to his heritage!

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Local Chabad Centers to Offer CLE Course

The Chabad Centers of Rockland County are hosting a unique six-week course for attorneys and the public at the Clarkstown Hall, starting Thursday, February 16th.

The course authored by the Jewish Learning Institute is entitled “Money Matters – Jewish Business Ethics”.

Each session provides 1.5 NYS approved CLE credits, for a total of 9 credits over the duration of the course.

The lectures will given by area shluchim, Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich and Rabbi Shmuel Gancz, alongside a number of esteemed NYS Supreme Court & Rockland County Judges.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.JewishLegalSociety.org.

The CLE credits are provided by New York Legal Assistance Group. Thank you to Mr. Yisroel Shulman for all of his help organizing this great endeavor!

YMMLM Welcomes New Staff

Yeshivas Menachem Mendel Lubaviych of Monsey got an additional boost of chayus in learning this week with the arrival of Shmuely Rothstein and Ari Abramowitz.

Shmuely and Ari are alumni of the Yeshiva who keep coming back. Last year they were phenomenal madrichim whose positivity and devotion impacted countless bochurim. After completing their Smicha in 770, they have returned to inspire the bochurim once again.

Only a short time after their arrival one can already sense the effects of their presence in the Yeshiva.

LDC Raffle

Purchase raffle tickets and be entered to win great prizes while supporting Lubavitch Day Camp!

To purchase tickets, please click here.

No Kol HaNeorim Minyan This Shabbos

There will be no Kol Hanearim boys minyan this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek.

We look forward to having the boys bring their chayos in davening into the main Shul.

We will resume next Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim.

Avos U'Banim Time Change

Beginning this Motzai Shabbos Avos U'Banim will take place from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM due to Shabbos ending later.

Chof Beis Shvat Farbrenegn

There will be a farbrengen for men in honor of Chof Beis Shvat this Wednesday night, February 15, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.


Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988).

Shabbos Halacha Shiur

The Shabbos afternoon Shulchan Aruch shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 4:30 PM this week.

Meisner - Larkin Bris Tomorrow

Reb Chona and Shulamis Larkin and Rivka and Naftoli Meisner will be making a Bris for their newborn grandson and son tomorrow, Friday, at Tzemach Tzedek at 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Rebbe on Tu B'Shvat

Hate Crime, Robbery Against Bochur In Monsey

Living Museum of Chabad History at Cheder Chabad Girls

Chabad history came to life at “The Living Museum of our Rich Chabad History” created by the talented students and teachers of Cheder Chabad Girls School of Monsey.

A walk through the museum took you through the historic Chabad towns of Liozna, Lubavitch, Rostov and later, New York, and specifically Crown Heights.

In each town the presence of the רבי or רביים who lived there was felt through the different drama presentations, slide shows, מאמרי חז"ל, or artifacts that were displayed. From town to town our travelers walked along dirt roads lit only by lanterns, with many trees lining the side of the road, as well as ducks and other animals.

The first town one visited was Liozna, where the fourth graders painted a wall with the yeshivah of the אלטער רבי, known as the "חדרים," with חדר Aleph, Beis and Gimmel. Another wall depicted different facts about the life of the אלטער רבי. The town of Liozna was divided into different stations with displays made by different girls in the class. The first station was a diorama, the second a Power-Point presentation and the third a story told through pictures. The last was a market place where a children's book about the אלטער רבי in full color was "sold."

From Liozna we traveled to the town of ליובאוויטש, home of 3 Chabad רביים. Our eighth graders had a lifelike shtetel complete with a working well, a pond with fish swimming around, as well as chickens and geese. Here too presentations were made representing the רביים who lived in Lubavitch, as well a museum of artifacts and a slide presentation. Next, we traveled onto Rostov, where the רבי רש"ב lived for the last few years of his life. In this room one met ר' חאניע מאראזאוו, הי"ד, a famous and devoted חסיד of the רבי רש"ב, and learned about the life of the רבי רש"ב with the help of the "Rostov tour guide," one of our seventh graders.

The sixth graders very artistically presented the life of the פריערדיקער רבי which began in Russia and ended in America. The display came complete with a boat that brought him to these shores. The message that one walked out with from there was the lifelong message of the פריערדיקער רבי, that "אמעריקא איז ניט אנדערש." America is no different than the Old Country in Europe.

Lastly, our fifth graders created a lifelike scene of Kingston Avenue leading to 770, home of our רבי, where on יו"ד שבט the רבי took on the נשיאות and taught our דור, giving us the teachings and tools to prepare for משיח. May we be זוכה to greet him now!
 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gartel Gmach Missing Gartels

If you borrowed a gartel from Rabbi Shusterman's gartel gmach and forgot to return it, please do so. The gmach has lost 6 gartels in the last few weeks and needs them back for people who need to borrow them.

Ramapo Police Arrest 3 for Attacking Jews

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

MONSEY — Two Ramapo teenagers and a Brooklyn man who claimed to be going after Jews were charged with a hate crime after assaulting a man walking near Grove Street in Monsey, Ramapo police said today.

Stanley R. Joseph, 18, of Suffern and Jennifer C. St. Amand, 20, of Airmont were charged with the enhanced hate crime designation after they told officers “that they were specifically targeting Jewish community members,” Sgt. Sal Matos said in a news release.

Qwesi Williams, 19, of Brooklyn also was arrested after the other two. Police did not immediately have the specific charges against him but said they weree along the same lines as Joseph and St. Amand. Adding the designation of hate crime raises the seriousness of the criminal charge.

A man told police he was attacked at 11:49 p.m Monday while walking near 16 Grove St. He was struck from behind with an unknown object, with officers speculating the object might have been a “stick or other long thin object,” Matos said. After a description was broadcast of the attackers, one officer saw a man running from the scene and police vehicles. The officers ran after the man and apprehended him in the area of Route 306 and Maple Avenue.

Area residents gave police a license plate number for the car, leading officers to a home in Airmont where they took St. Amand in for questioning. Police charged Joseph with second-degree robbery and second-degree assault, both as a hate crime, felonies. Police charged St. Amand with second-degree robbery as a hate crime and making a false written statement, a misdemeanor.

All three were being held in the Ramapo police lockup for arraignment in Ramapo Justice Court.

Chof Beis Shvat Farbrengen for Women

Cheder Chabad Matzah Sale

MBCM Production Tickets for Sale

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls is pleased to inform you of our upcoming production which has proven to be a great highlight of the year for both our students and its audience.

Our students have been working in preparation of this production with much effort and excitement. We are sure you will enjoy each moment and be inspired as well.

Please contact our school office at 845-634-7400 or office@monseybcm.com to purchase tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mazel Tov Poltoraks!

Mazel tov to R' Alex and Leah Poltorak on the wedding of their son Dovid to Chaya Edelkopf which took place in Yerushalayim!

For more photos, please click here.

R' Yaakov Parisi to Farbreng Tuesday Night

Reb Yaakov Parisi, who eent from being an evangelical Christian pastor to a Lubavitcher Chasid, will be farbrenging for men tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 7, at 8:00 PM at the home of Dovid Altman, 24 South Parker Drive.

All are invited!

MBCM Seeks Play Props

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is preparing for their upcoming production "Out of the Depths". We are looking for donations of armchairs, chairs, couches and rugs to be used as props. To donate and arrange pickup, please call Chaya at 845-598-7120 and leave a message.

Shiur at Heichal Menachem