Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Need Package from Crown Heights

If anyone knows somebody coming in from Crown Heights this Thursday and could bring in a bag with the "Chasidisha Parsha" to Monsey, please contact Shmuel Abramson at 845-598-8833.

Monsey Apartment for Rent

Monsey apartment that is a 10-minute walk to Tzemach Tzedek is available for rent in Blueberry Hill (#150 C).

Two bedroom ample living room area, eat-in kitchen, fleishig dishwasher and washer/dryer in basement.

Rent is $1,620 per month. Available immediately pending credit approval by Blueberry Hill management.  If you are approved and move in by 8/15, we will pay 20% of the first month and a half rent ($500).

For information, please contact 845-642-2572 or beedove@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tisha B'Av Appeal at Tzemach Tzedek

Before reading Eicha at Tzemach Tzedek last night, the Shul's annual Tisha B'Av appeal was conducted by Rabbi Markowitz and Hershel Rosenbluh.

Due to the very low balance of the Shul's bank account, the Hayman family offered matching money for the appeal.

Anyone who donates $180 or more will be matched dollar for dollar. Anyone who donates $500 will be matched two dollars per dollar for another $1,000 to the Shul.

On Tisha B'Av night, 32 families responded to the appeal. If you haven't yet pledged, the matching appeal is open through Tu B'Av.

To pledge, please send an email to avrahamhayman@gmail.com.

Anyone attending the Shul or consulting with Rav Lesches, is encouraged to give to the Shul's annual appeal.

Week Five at LDC

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Parsha Perspective

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

What does it mean to be visionary, to have a vision for your life and pursuits?

In a basic sense, this means conceptualizing goals and objectives; it means considering future potential and focusing on

a target for growth. It means recognizing that “now” isn’t all that there is.

“Now”—disconnected from the future and its possibilities—can be stale and aimless.

“Now” is our reality; but vision can breathe commitment, animation and hope into that reality.

Vision brings optimism and direction; it is the North Star which guides the efforts that actually bring our dream to life.

The problem is that with the passage of time it becomes more difficult for the realistic person to continue dreaming. Disappointments eventually take their toll on the human psyche.

Which raises the question: When does one learn to adjust one’s expectations and recognize that, that dreams are. . . just dreams?


While we should always be acutely aware of reality, warts and all, we can never stop believing in—and working toward—a brighter


Consider this: Our Holy Temple, along with our entire Jewish commonwealth, was destroyed by the Romans almost two thousand years ago.

It’s been rough ever since, and we’re fully aware of our reality. Every year, on Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, our national day of mourning, we remember the destruction and recognize the pain of our own times.

Yet, interestingly, the preceding Shabbat is always observed as a “Shabbat of Vision.” The Shabbat’s reading from the Prophets begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the eighteenth-century legendary chassidic master, taught a deeper reason for the moniker “Shabbat of Vision.” Every year, he explained, on the Shabbat before our collective day of mourning, G‑d shows us a Vision of the Future. We are shown a vision of a rebuilt Temple, a reconstituted people and a better world.

G‑d equips us for the mourning by ensuring that hope—the Vision—never dies; this Shabbat ensures that our sobering recognition of “now” doesn’t smother our hope for the future.

I can’t see this divinely granted vision with my physical eyes; but if G‑d is showing it to me, it must be resonating somewhere in my soul.

So this Shabbos I’ll prepare to tackle reality on Tisha B’Av by first searching myself to find G‑d’s vision of a beautiful future.

Will you join me?

(Excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi  Mendy Herson)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If  you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org. 

Mazel Tov Abramowitz's!

Mazel tov to Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great grandson born to Menachem and Avigayil Warburg of Beit Shemesh, Eretz Yisroel!

Video Shiurim to be Shown at Tzemach Tzedek on Tisha B'Av

This Sunday, Tisha B'Av, two video shiurim given by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will be shown on large screens downstairs in Tzemach Tzedek for men and women.

These videos are otherwise not available online.

The following is the schedule for the videos:
  • 1:03 PM (Chatzos): The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes)
  • 2:30 PM: The History of the Book of Eicha  by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson  (50 minutes)
  • 3:30 PM (repeat): The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach  by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes)
Mincha is at 2:00 PM and at 7:30 PM.
For the complete Tisha B'Av schedule for Tzemach Tzedek, please click here.

Heichal Menachem Tisha B'Av Schedule

Werth Upshernish

With gratitude to Hashem we invite you to celebrate the Upshernish of our son Yakov Tzemach Werth on Monday, July 30th at 6:30 PM  in our home at 120 Edison Court, #D (corner building on Jill and Kearsing).

Cutting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Please join us for dessert, l'chaim, and to cut the beautiful hair!

Yehoshua and Nechama Werth

Glasses to Montreal

If you are going from Monsey to Montreal in the near future and are able to bring me a new pair of glasses, please contact me at szrabin@yahoo.com.

Discounted Taleisim For Sale

Light wool Taleisim with Tzitis are available for sale at a closeout price of only $70.

There are only 20 available all in size 70.

 To purchase, please text 845-459-5772.

Rabbi Oster Makes Siyum on Shas

In a beautiful Kiddish Hashem, Rabbi Leibel Oster, a Lubavitcher Chosid from Monsey, made a siyum last night on the entire Shas at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.
Photo and Video: R' Naftoli Marrus

Beis Menachem Seeks Junior Minyan Leader

Beis Menachem looking for bachurim to lead junior minyan and boys program on Shabbos mornings. For more information, please contact emzisman@gmail.com.

Children's Program Canceled This Shabbos

The younger children's program at Tzemach Tzedek is canceled for this Shabbos, Parshas Devarim.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tzemach Tzedek Tisha B'Av 5772 Schedule

If chas v'shalom Moshiach does not come before then, the following is the schedule for Tisha B'Av 5772 at Tzemach Tzedek:

Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devorim (July 27 & 28):
Licht Benching: 7:59 PM
Shabbos Kodesh:
Chassidus Shiur: 9:15 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Seudas HaMafsekes at home (full meal with washing but no egg & ashes)
Fast Begins: 8:17 PM
Shabbos Ends: 9:04 PM
Say "Baruch haMavdil ben kodesh leChol"
No Havdala but make a bracha on fire (no bsamim)
Switch to non-leather shoes
Maariv & Eicha: 9:30 PM

Sunday, Tisha B'Av (July 29):
Shacharis 1 & Kinus: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2 & Kinus: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shema: 9:26 AM
Shacharis 3 & Kinus: 9:30 AM
Shacharis 4 & Kinus: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5 & Kinus: 10:30 AM
Chatzos: 1:03 PM
Video Shiur - The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes): 1:03 PM 
Mincha 1 (with Tefillin): 2:00 PM
Video Shiur - The History of the Book of Eicha by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (50 minutes): 2:30 PM 
Video Shiur (repeat): The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes): 3:30 PM 
Mincha 2 (with Tefillin): 7:30 PM
Maariv: 8:45 PM
Kiddush Levana (weather permitting)
Fast Ends: 8:55 PM
Havdala without bsamim and fire

ונזכה שיהפכו ימים אלה לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים
 !בביאת משיח צדקנו תיכף ומיד ממש 

Please only park on the same side of the street as the shul. When there are cars parked on both sides of the street it creates a dangerous traffic condition.

This photo is of the Rebbe reading the haftora at his home on 10 Menachem Av 5748 (nidche), July 24, 1988.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Seeking Ride

Seeking a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights for this Shabbos. Please call 718-757-9149.

Rabbi Oster to Make a Siyum on Shas

Rabbi Leibel Oster will be making a siyum on the entire Shas tomorrow, Thursday, 7 Av (July 26), following the 7:00 PM Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The siyum will be followed by a farbrengen to celebrate this beautiful accomplishment. Please come and join in this Kiddush Hashem.

Seeking Mother's Helper

Mothers helper needed in te Blueberry Hill area for Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.

Hourly rate negotiable.  Please call 201-230-6775.

The Hebrew Academy Seeking Teachers

The Hebrew Academy, a division of Chabad of New City, has the following two teaching positions available for the upcoming school year:
Third Grade Teacher: 
Seeking at third grade Limudei Kodesh  teacher for elementary grades. Must be experienced, computer literate and be a team player. Monday through Friday. Must have own transportation.

Preschool Teacher:
Seeking a warm, experienced, computer literate teacher for preschool. Degree in education preferred. Monday through Friday. Must have own transportation.

Please mail resumes to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax to 845-634-7704 and/or  call 845-634-0951.

Hatzolah Number Down

UPDATE - The regular number is now working.

The normal Hatzolah of Rockland emergency phone number (845-425-1600) has been reported to be temporarily out of service.

If you can't get through, please call 646-438-6563.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Daf Yomi Shiur at Tzemach Tzedek

“A person's eyes, ears and heart must [always] be directed to [absorb] divrei Torah" (Rashi, Devorim 32:46).

In an exciting development, for the first time a daily Daf Yomi shiur will begin at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey!

The first shiur will take place next Thursday evening, August 2, in conjunction with the beginning of the new cycle of learning Daf Yomi.

The shiur will take place on Sunday through Thursday evenings following the 9:30 PM maariv minyan in the main Beis Midrash of Tzemach Tzedek. The times for the Friday and Shabbos shiurim will be determined by the group when they first meet.

The Daf Yomi shiurim will be given by Rabbi Dr. Meir Levin and Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen respectively and will include a multimedia aspect utilizing the new digital application that Artscroll will be releasing next week.

If you have ever thought about adding Gemara learning to your daily schedule then please consider joining this shiur (even if only for a short time) and join tens of thousands of Yidden from around the world in the study of the same daf of gemara each day.

There is no question that increasing your Torah study will only bring good things to you and your family.

For more information about the shiur, please contact Rabbi Cohen at 845-216-4554 or Dr. Levin at 845-406-2783.

Week Four at LDC

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kesser Nine Days Special

The Kesser Distributors special for the Nine Days are:

Salmon Fillet for $6.49 per pound

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

Women's Hilchos Beis Habechirah Shiur

Parsha Perspective

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

In the  closing Torah portions of Bamidbor [Numbers 30:2-36:13] - which we will be reading this Shabbos - are the words: "These are the journeys of the children of Israel…"

Forty-two encampments of the Israelite camp are then enumerated, documenting their travels from Egypt to the banks of the Jordan.

But why are these forty-two pit stops referred to as "journeys," rather than "encampments"? Didn't they serve primarily as places of rest, not just points of departure? And weren't each of these destinations milestones reached, not just locations left behind?

Herein lies one of Judaism's revolutionary teachings.

It's not the milestones we reach, but the stones we encounter along the mile, that define us, and make us who we are.

In other words: The journey itself is part of the destination.

Ironically, it's often the achievements placed under our belts that squeeze the air of progress out of us. And it's the honorary medals that hang around our necks that choke and stifle our growth.

Rather than define us, accomplishment can confine us.

A principal who was active in growing his Hebrew school's enrollment once wrote a very proud letter to the Rebbe  listing all of his successes.

The Rebbe responded. Between his blessings and remarks, he also added in one word: "Success?"

The principal was stunned! A short while later found him in the Rebbe's room for a private audience.

"What was the comment on my letter supposed to mean?" he asked the Rebbe.

The Rebbe gently asked him to define success. The Rebbe then asked him whether one can herald as a success having a few dozen children enrolled in a school—when there are so many more children who still are receiving no Jewish education.

"But I tripled the enrollment," the individual protested, "is that not considered success?"

The Rebbe explained to him, "Success means exerting effort and consists of the continued struggle to do what is right…"

Milestones often act as tombstones; both (can) bury away a life of vitality.

Success shouldn't be measured by how far we get in life, but by the depth of life we get.

 (Excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson )

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org.

House for Rent in Airmont

A beautiful High Ranch house ready to move into is available for rent on Fawn Hill Drive in South Monsey / Airmont located just around the corner from the new Chabad girls school building.

Rent is $2,300 plus utilities per month. Please call 845-323-5909.

Seeking Kiddush Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor or co-sponsor the farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek for this Shabbos Chazak, please contact avrahamhayman@gmail.com or 845-269-1787.

Farbrengen for AriZal's Yahrzeit

There will be a farbrengen this Monday night, July 20, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the AriZal's Yarzeit on the 5th day of Av.

Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, known as Ari HaKadosh ("The Holy Lion") passed away on the 5th of Av of the year 5332 from creation (1572 CE). 

Born in Jerusalem in 1534, he spent many years in secluded study near Cairo, Egypt. In 1570 he settled in Sefad, where he lived for two years until his passing at age 38. During that brief period, the Ari revolutionized the study of Kabbalah, and came to be universally regarded as one of the most important figures in Jewish mysticism. It was he who proclaimed, "In these times, we are allowed and duty-bound to reveal this wisdom," opening the door to the integration of the teachings of Kabbalah - until then the province of a select few in each generation - into "mainstream" Judaism.  - Source: Chabad.org

For more on the AriZal click here.

Seeking Teacher in Teaneck

Chabad of Teaneck is seeking an excellent teacher for a 3-year-old class. Small class size, small student-teacher ratio. Bachelor's Degree required. Experience preferred. Please send resume to Director@TeaneckChabadPreschool.com.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Menachem Av Siyumim Schedule

As per the Rebbe’s instructions, there will be a siyum every night following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek beginning this Thursday night, Rosh Chodesh Av through Tu B’Av.

The following people are scheduled to make a siyum (names will be added as they are confirmed):

  • Thursday night, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av - HaTomim Mendy Baruch
  • Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Matos-Masei - Dr. Chaim Schild 
  • Motzai Shabbos Matos-Masei - Lefkowitz
  • Sunday night, July 22 - Rabbi Eliezer Drew
  • Monday night, July 23 - Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman
  • Tuesday night, July 24 - Rabbi Levi Marmulszteyn
  • Wednesday night, July 25 - Rabbi Leibel Oster
  • Thursday night, July 26 - R' Yoel Bernstein
  • Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Devarim -  Rabbi Levi Marmulszteyn
  • Sunday afternoon, Tisha B'Av - R' Gershon Felberbaum
  • Sunday night, Motzai Tish B'Av - Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches
  • Wednesday night, August 1 -  Dr. Chaim Schild 
If you would like to make a siyum please contact Rabbi Lesches.

Please note that the prevailing Chabad custom is not to eat meat or drink wine during The Nine Days even if you participated in a siyum.

Licht Benching Magnets On the Way

Magnets with the weekly candle lighting times for the Monsey area were recently ordered and will be mailed to the Monsey Chabad community in August.

Heichal Menachem Shiur on "The Three Weeks"

Seeking Ride to Ohel

A Monsey woman is looking for a ride to the Ohel and back this Sunday. Will share expenses. Please call 845-300-9909.

Monsey Mechanchim Join Kinus

140 Chabad Torah educators from across North America, including Monsey, convened at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Danbury, Connecticut, last week for a Kinus HaMeChanchim to work on improving their yeshivas and maximizing their programs.

Centerpieces & Math Tutoring

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tutor Available

For all your tutoring needs, please contact Mushky Raskin (BA in Liberal Arts and Science) at 845-521-9059.

Girls Building Driveway Getting Ready for Paving

Photo: R' Zalman Goldstein

Seeking First Grade Teacher

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boys Division is seeking an experienced General Studies Teacher for our first grade.

The hours are Monday through Thursday from 2:15 PM to 4:15PM.

The salary is competitive. For more information and to submit your resume, please contact D. Kandel at dkandel@chedermonsey.org.

Siyumim for The Nine Days

As per the Rebbe’s instructions, there will be a siyum every night following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek beginning this Thursday night, Rosh Chodesh Av through Tu B’Av.

The following people are scheduled to make a siyum (names will be added as they are confirmed):

  • Thursday Night, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av - HaTomim Mendy Baruch
  • Shabbos Afternoon, Parshas Matos-Masei - Dr. Chaim Schild 
  • Sunday Night, July 22 - Rabbi Eliezer Drew
If you would like to make a siyum please contact Rabbi Lesches.

Please note that the prevailing Chabad custom is not to eat meat or drink wine during The Nine Days even if you participated in a siyum.


Please say Tehillim and perform additional Mitzvos in the merit of Shneur Chaim Yitzchok Alexander ben Nechama Dina, a teenager who is in need of an immediate Refuah Shlaima.

Rabbi Wichnin's Yahrzeit

R' Nachman Dov Wichnin making a siyum last night at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of his father's Yahrzeit.

Photo: R' Naftoli Marrus

Seeking 3rd Grade Morah

Lubavitch on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ is looking for a Limudei Kodesh Morah for 3rd grade.

Our growing elementary school offers a progressive academic curriculum, coupled with a warm and nurturing environment. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Please email resumes and all inquiries to orite@chabadlubavitch.org.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Week Three at LDC

Rabbi Binyomin Simpson Joins Cheder Chabad

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is pleased to announce that Rabbi Binyomin Simpson has joined the Cheder faculty as the 6th grade rebbi.

We wish him much hatzlacha in his new position!

CGI Bat-Mitzvah Experience (B-ME) Visits Crown Heights

Last week, camp CGI Bat-Mitzvah Experience (B-ME), directed by Gershon and Devorah Sandler, spent a whirlwind weekend in  Crown Heights where they toured a slew of local attractions and significant locations including the Rebbe's home and shul.

According to ten year-old Edan Green, the Shabbaton presented an immersive Shabbat in a deeply Chassidic community.

"I personally love theatre, so my only thoughts of New York were Broadway," explains Green, who lives in Valley Village, CA.

"Yet after seeing the Lubavitcher Rebbe's shul, even Broadway was set aside. While we davened there, I thought, 'I have my whole career planned -- actress, writer and director. But then a giant change hit me: 'What if I want to be a religious Jew?'"

"In large part, our campers attend public schools, so the Shabbaton was an eye-opener into Jewish life," said Rabbi Gershon & Devorah Sandler, directors of the overnight summer program that gives Bat-Mitzvah age girls the opportunity to "Be Me."

The camp is situated on 10 acres of magnificent woodlands in Montgomery County, PA, and is geared for girls with Public School backgrounds, and recruits campers from all over the country, including some from abroad.

During the Crown Heights visit, the girls learned about Jewish fundamentals like Sefer Torahs and Mezuzahs at a scribe's office, visited an art gallery featuring photos of the Rebbe at Farbrengens and made the pilgrimage to the Rebbe's Ohel in Queens, NY.

Inspired by their experiences in an environment set deeply in the meaningful values and practices of Jewish life, campers purchased Mezuzahs, negel vasser and basins at local Judaica Stores.

"During our visit," says Elisheva Drillich, 10, "I was inspired by the people of Crown Heights to always kiss the mezuzah; I feel more Jewish every time I kiss the Mezuzah."

Indeed, for campers at CGI B-ME, the inspiration they will draw from the Shabbaton and throughout a fun-filled summer camping experience set in a Jewish context will make for a meaningful takeaway in their lives after the summer.

Green agrees.

"My life after this summer will never be the same," she beams

B-ME's 2nd Session begins this Tuesday, on Chof Zayin Tammuz. For more information about CGI B-ME call 845.425.0903, email info@CGIBME.org, visit CGIBME.org

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Seeking Ride to New Haven

If you or someone you know is going to New Haven for Shabbos, please call 718-757-9149.

R' Kagan's Shiur Tonight

The weekly Thursday night shiur by Rabbi Kagan will take place tonight, at 9:00 PM at the home of Eliezer Drew, 17 Ashlawn Avenue, and will be followed by Maariv at 10:00 PM.

The subject of this week's shiur is the halachic and hashkafic matters pertaining to the summer months.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

17th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H

There will be a Siyum and Farbrengen this Monday evening, July 16, following the 7:00 PM  Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the 17th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H on the 26th of Tammuz.

Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H was the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey until his untimely passing in 1995.

Rabbi Wichnin, an exceptional Talmid Chochom, was a beloved leader and a father figure to many and earned the respect of many of the Rabbonim and Admorim in Monsey and beyond.

Rabbi Wichnin at a Hachnosas Sefer Torah in 770 in 5751.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Our day is comprised of a mesh of constants and variables. Getting out of bed every day: a constant. What time we get up: a variable.

We eat constantly (if only we didn't!), but what we eat varies. Most of us surf the net daily, but how long our eyes are glued to the screen depends on our level of boredom.

In Judaism, as well, we have the constants: daily prayer and study, ethical behavior, kosher, and boring speeches. And we have the variables: holidays, ceremonies, Yom Kippur, a guest speaker.

Isn't change preferable over the predictable? Can we all agree with the teenage motto, "Normal is boring"?

So who needs constants? Why don't we have a holiday every day?

Our Torah portion this week Pinchos (Bamidbor [Numbers] 25:10-30:1) discusses the various communal daily and holiday sacrifices brought in the Temple. (These were besides the personal sacrifices people brought, discussed elsewhere in the Torah).

Throughout the day, animals, flour, oil and fowl would be offered on the altar. No two days were the same; one day someone brought an atonement offering, the next day a wealthy tycoon came with a thousand animal donation, followed by a beggar who came with a meager handful of flour. Unpredictable.

Amid all the change was a pillar of stability: the Tamid sacrifice. Tamid actually means constant, and every morning the Tamid (part one) would inaugurate the Temple service, and the Tamid (part two) would wrap up the hectic day. Nothing was offered before the morning Tamid or after its evening counterpart.

We each have a Holy Temple inside of us. We each need our Tamids, our constants.

Change is great, but only within the framework of stability. There has to be certain aspects of life that are etched in stone. Your commitment to your marriage, children, ethics, G‑d, your health, the world.

Once you have stability as your bedrock, then, by all means, shake the applecart, take a vacation, do something abnormal (like calling up a friend from high school), buy an unusually beautiful pair of tefillin. Live it up.

After all, having no variables in life can lead you to count the pieces of cereal in your bowl, living as an automaton in a human laboratory. Thank G-d for the holidays.

(excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi Levi Avtzon )

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org.

Shiurim on "The Three Weeks" at Heichal Menachem

Monday, July 9, 2012

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New Releases:
  • Chumash Vayikra - Kehos - Final volume of the set is available! 
  • Hayom Yom - Sichos in English - Rabbi Touger's Commentaries Full Size and Compact Size Available 
  • Tehillas Hashem Siddurim - Old Format with new clear printing Full Size and Medium Size Available
  • The Tzemach Tzedek - Rabbi Yonah Avtzon - Biography 
  • The Illustrated Family Tehillim - Hachai Publishing 
  • Spice and Spirit of Kosher Cooking - LWO 
  • Back in Print - Miracles and Amazing Stories of the Rebbe - Yehudis Engel 
From July 10 through July 31, please call Mrs. Chaya Schaeffer at 845-290-1967 to arrange a time to visit the bookstore or place an order. Remember Gift Certificates are available and every size Tallis Katan and Tallis Gadol. And more.

Seeking A Ride

Looking for a ride for two people this Friday, July 13th, from Crown Heights to Monsey. If you know of someone, please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Chabad Hebrew School of Suffern is looking for teachers for the upcoming school year. There is no traveling involved, great pay, and a great way to get involved in the Rebbe's Shlichus.

Hebrew School is on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. We are looking for teachers for grades 2 to 5. There is also a Wednesday option for a 6 and 7th grade from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Please call Devorah for more details at 845-368-1889 or email Devorah@JewishSuffern.com.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sachs Bris

Dan and Estee Sachs will be making the Bris for their newborn son this Tuesday morning, 20 Tammuz, July 10, at their home, 3 Baker Lane in Wesley Hills.

Davening will be at 7:00 AM followed by the Bris at 8:00 AM.

Mazel Tov Spaeths!

Mazel tov to Hershey and Chavi Spaeth on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Eliezer and Sofia Spaeth and Devorah and Tuvia O'Brien!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fast Day Schedule

The schedule for tomorrow's fast at Tzemach Tzedek is as follows:

Shacharis 1 (with selichos): 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2 (with selichos): 9:00 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:15 PM
Maariv & Fast Ends: 9:07 PM

Friday, July 6, 2012

Week Two at LDC

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Moshe (Moses) was having a bad day. He was about to wage war against Og, king of the Bashanites, and he was afraid. After all, Og had long ago done a favor for Abraham, informing him of his nephew Lot's kidnapping, and Moshe was afraid that this good deed would stand Og in good stead and turn the tide of victory against the Jewish people.

Although afraid "in his heart," Moshe put on a brave face. "Righteous people are in control of their hearts", the Midrash tells us. There was nothing to gain by sharing his worries with the people, so he kept them to himself.

The result: the Jewish people were calm and relaxed, and indeed, were victorious in battle.

On the flip side:
This week’s Torash portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) tells us about Balak, king of Moab, who was having a bad day. The Moab State Department had just sent him a memo that the two mighty kings in the region, Og, king of Bashan and Sichon, king of Emori, had been totally defeated by the invading Hebrews. "And Balak saw all that the Jews have done to the Emorites etc."

Consumed with panic, he called a press conference. With a pale face and broken voice, he broke the news of the invasion to all the citizens of Moab, hyping them up about the "Jewish problem." The heart was in control of the mind.

The result: "And [the nation of] Moab was afraid."

What was there to gain by terrifying the people? Nada. The people of Moab didn't take up arms or send messengers of peace. They just sat at home biting their nails.

Although Balak and his advisors did summon the prophet Bilam to curse the Jews, that had nothing to do with the rest of the citizens of Moab! So why did Balak frighten his nation? "Wicked people are in the control of their hearts."

Our emotions are who we are. They can either turn molehills into mountains, causing us to lose control and creating unhealthy emotions such as hate and jealousy - Balak.

Or, when controlled by the mind, they can fill us with healthy emotions such as love and devotion to G‑d, family, community and endangered dolphins - Moshe.

Let's be a Moshe.

(excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi Levi Avtzon )

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

No Children's Program This Shabbos

There will be no younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Seeking Ride

If you are going from Monsey to Crown Heights tomorrow, Friday, or if you are going from Crown Heights to Monsey on Sunday and have room for a passenger, please call 718-757-9149.

LDC Campers Learn About Safety

Thanks to Fishel Litzman for coming to Lubavitch Day Camp to teach the younger bunks about safety.

Meshchaninov Bar Mitzvah This Shabbos

Eli and Bracha Meshchaninov invite you to a seudah this Shabbos following davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Shimon Yisroel.

Reminder - Shacharis at Tzemach Tzedek on Shabbos morning is at 10:00 AM (until Rosh Hashana).
The Chassidus shiur will be at 9:00 AM.
Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim will be at 8:30 AM followed by Shacharis at 10:00 AM.
The children's programs will begin at 10:30 AM.

Moving Sale

Sachs Shalom Zachor

Dan and Estee Sachs wil be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 3 Baker Lane in Wesley Hills.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hamis Express Appreciation

We want to thank all who took part in the Simcha of our son's Bar Mitzvah this last week.

It was our first Bar Mitzvah and we are very grateful to have had so many of you celebrate with us and make it such a joyous occasion.

We had many family and friends who came from around the world and from different types of backgrounds.  They were made to feel very comfortable with our Kehilla.  Everyone greeted them warmly and the entire event was a tremendous Kiddush Hashem and Kiddush Lubavitch.

Thank you for all this and may Hashem bentch all of you and may we all celebrate many more Simchas together.

Gil and Shoshana Hami

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz at LDC

In honor of Yud Bais and Yud Gimmel Tammuz, Rabbi Lesches came to farbreng with the campers of Lubavitch Day Camp.

Cheder Welcomes New Preschool Director

Cheder Chabad of Monsey would like to welcome our new Preschool director, Mrs. Yona Lazarus!

Mrs. Lazarus comes with almost 30 years of teaching experience, six of which she served as a director of her respective department, including extensive experience in teaching, educational administration, teacher training and community leadership.

She has Masters degrees in early childhood development, specialized education, and education in curriculum and instruction.

We admire her previous accomplishments and anticipate even better things to come. Her enthusiasm and expertise make a very complete package that is difficult to beat.

Mrs Lazarus looks forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential.

We are excited that she will be joining our school family and our Anash community.

Mazel Tov Sachs!

Mazel tov to Dan and Estee Sachs on the birth of a baby boy!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com or 845-354-4898.

Sowing The Seeds Of Education

By Sandy Eller, VIN News 

Suffern NY - A new initiative introduced recently at one Monsey elementary school will turn science, math, nutrition and halacha into a hands on experience, by using a recently launched school garden to grow food, do a mitzvah and also function as a teaching tool.

Yeshiva Darchei Noam is the first yeshiva to sign up as part of Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension School Garden Network in Rockland County, with a project that began this past spring.  Boys in all grades were given seeds to start in their classroom, with an official Garden Replanting Day held in mid-June, where students, parents and staff members spent a busy Sunday afternoon transplanting the plants into plots, divided by grade.

“How wonderful that our boys are involved in a hands-on activity, teaching them life skills, patience and perseverance,” Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder and dean of the yeshiva, told VIN News.  “It gives the kids a sense of fulfillment and it is an invaluable lesson for them to learn that food doesn’t come in a bag.”

Rabbi Horowitz, who is both a noted educator and lecturer and is considered to be an authority on child raising, hopes to be incorporating the garden into next year’s curriculum in a variety of different ways.

“Aside from the obvious science lessons, we hope to use the school garden in lessons on the lamed tes melachos as well as the environment and recycling,” said Rabbi Horowitz.

The school garden is located on a property located three miles away from the school and currently contains a variety of plantings including zucchini, peppers, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, eggplant, strawberries, corn and flowers.  The plots are fenced in to prevent them from being destroyed by deer, groundhogs and other animals.

“We have a rotation of families volunteering weekly to care for the garden over the summer months,” explained parent Miriam Zisman, one of the co-directors of the school’s gardening project.  “By joining with the Cornell Cooperative Extension School Garden network, we have the ability to attend workshops and get advice and support. We are hoping to do a periodical gardening newsletter which will include healthy eating ideas, health awareness, tips and recipes for in season fruits and vegetables. ”

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Abramovs Going on Shlichus to California

Cheder Chabad of Monsey sixth grade teacher Rabbi Yosef Abramov and his wife Rivkah and family will be moving from Monsey this summer on Shlichus to Agoura Hills, California.

Rabbi Abramov will serve as the new Youth Director of Chabad of the Conejo, which will include teaching at the Conejo Jewish Day School, serving as Director of Camp Gan Israel and instituting many new youth programs and activities throughout the greater Conejo Valley region.

The new Shluchim were appointed by Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski, executive director of Chabad of the Conejo.

We wish them much hatzlacha in their new Shlichus!

Rabbi Lesches Addresses Merkos Shluchim

Rabbi Lesches gave the 400 bochurim who are heading out on Merkos Shlichus this summer practical Halachic guidance on many pertinent halachos including keeping Shabbos in modern day hotels. 

The students are embarking on journeys that will take them to all corners of the globeseeking out Jews of all shades and stripes, offering the opportunity to connect to their heritage.

A number of speakers addressed the volunteers at the Jewish children's Museum in Crown Heights impressing upon them the importance of the mission at hand and offering practical tips and tracks to ensure success.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Recycling This Wednesday

All Residents of Unincorporated Ramapo will have their recycling pick-up on Wednesday, July 4th.

Despite the holiday, there will be no change in the Wednesday recycling pick-up schedule.

For further information, contact the Supervisor's office at 845-357-5100 Ext. 201

Tzemach Tzedek to Make a Dinner on Chai Ellul

Mark your calendar - K'hal Tzemach Tzedek will be holding a fundraising dinner on Chai Elul (September 5) in conjunction with the just published biography the Tzemach Tzedek authored by Rabbi Shalom Ber Avtzon who will be the guest speaker at the dinner.  

All families attending the dinner will receive a copy of the new 500 page book. 
Due to dedications by a number of our members, there is an inscription on the back cover of the book as follows: "This book is dedicated in honor of THE TZEMACH TZEDEK by Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, Monsey, NY". 

Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen Tonight

Tonight, Monday, there will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Beis and Yud Gimmel Tammuz.

Mincha will be at 8:15 PM followed by the farbrengen.

The twelfth of Tammuz is the birthday the Frierdiker Rebbe, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950). This is also the day on which the Frierdiker Rebbe was officially granted release from his sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia.

Tzemach Tzedek Shabbos Shacharis Time Change

A two thirds majority of the membership of Tzemach Tzedek voted last night to change the starting time for Shacharis on Shabbos mornings from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM from Pesach to Rosh Hoshana effective beginning this Shabbos, Parshas Balak.

Shacharis will remain at 10:00 AM on Shabbos Mevorchim as well.

The Chassidus shiur before Shacharis on Shabbos will be from 9:00 to 9:45 AM.

The children programs will start at 10:30 AM (in the winter they will start at 10:00 AM).

Tzemach Tzedek Elects Board of Directors

Last night, elections were held at Tzemach Tzedek for the new Board of Directors and the following people were elected:
  • Avraham Hayman, President 
  • Moshe Reitman, Vice President 
  • Eli Cohen, Recording Secretary 
  • Baruch Akiva Hayman, Corresponding Secretary 
  • Tzadok Leib Messing, Treasurer 
  • Mordechai Litzman, Corresponding Treasurer 
  • Hershel Rosenbluh, Gabbiai Rishon 
  • Shimon Kroll, Gabbai Sheni 
  • Doniel Goldfarb, Trustee
  • Zalman Goldstein, Trustee
  • Avraham Polinger, Trustee
  • Zvi Webb, Trustee
We wish the board members much hatzlacha!