Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wishing You a Very Freilichin' Yom Tov!

For the Tzemach Tzedek Sukkos Schedule and the community Simchas Beis Hoshoeiva schedule, please click here.

Heichal Menachem Chol HaMoed Schedule

SBH / Farbrengen for Mesivta Bochurim

There will be a Simchas Bais Hashoaivah / Farbrengen for Mesivta age bochurim with Rabbi Mendel Polter this Tuesday night, Motzai Yom Tom Rishon, at 9:30 PM at the Sukkah of the Rosenbluh family, 39 Fessler Drive.

Daf Yomi Shiur to Start New Mesechta

The Daf Yomi shiur at Tzemach Tzedek has completed mesechta Brachos and will be starting mesechta Shabbos this Thursday evening, October 4, after the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Everyone is invited to start attending the shiur. A special sefer on the mesechta Shabbos will be presented to everyone who attends this Thursday night's shiur.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride for two boys (ages 10 & 4) from Monsey to Crown Heights on Motzai Shabbos or Sunday. Please call Reitman at 914-406-0818.

Chinuch Lulav & Esrog Sets

If you did not yet pick up your lulav and esrog or chinuch set from Rabbi Markowitz, please do so today, Friday, or this Motzai Shabbos until 1:00 AM.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

According to a popular saying,  major Jewish experiences are  somehow connected to food. If  I may add, where there is food, there is song... Thus, every Jewish experience is full of song.

From the High Holiday cantorial pieces to the  zemirot sung at the Shabbat table, from the teary-eyed wedding chupah music to the energetic dancing music that follows, from the Mah Nishtanah at the Passover Seder to night-time lullabies, the Jewish year is indeed a musical one.

Why is song such a major player in the Jewish arena?

Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the first Chabad Rebbe and founder of Chabad Chassidus, once commented,  “Melody is the pen of the soul”. It expresses to ourselves and to others the deepest parts of our hearts and souls, that which cannot be expressed through the medium of finite syllables.

Song brings emotion and depth wherever it enters. It is a journey inward, to one's self, bringing our truest self to the forefront of our consciousness. It's the marriage between who we are and who we ought to be.
You don't have to be musically wired to appreciate the power of a melody. You don't have to hold the title of a singer in order to sing. All you need is a heart.

The greater part of this week’s  Torah reading of Ha'azinu (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 32: 1-52) consists of a 70-line "song" delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Why is Moses singing on the last day of his life? Why was the longest piece of poetry in the Torah chanted on one of the seemingly saddest days of Jewish history, the day that this greatest Jewish leader of all time passed on?

Moses wanted to leave us with the power of song. He was leaving his flock, and until the end of times there wouldn't be anyone like him to guide the nation. So he gave us a tool that would allow us to find G‑d within ourselves, to create leadership even in the absence of true leaders. He taught us how to maintain the flame of Judaism whether in the gas chambers – where Jews sang the Ani Ma'amin ("I believe!") on the way to their deaths – or sitting at the Shabbat table with family and friends.

On his last day of leadership, Moses gave us the means to persevere: with song.

How appropriate, as well, that this Parsha is always read just before the holidays of Succot and Simchat Torah, referred to in our prayers as Z’man Simchoseinu – the Season of our Joy! What better way is there to express our joy and happiness of being a Jew than through song !

And very soon, when Moshiach comes, we will merit to hear the greatest song of all, when we will sing and dance with G‑d Himself in the most magnificent dance of all time.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from  Rabbi Levi  Avtzon)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and a joyful Sukkos!

Yud Gimmel Tishrei Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Shabbos, Parshas Haazinu, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Gimmel Tishrei, the yahrtzeit of the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, known as the Maharash.

Rabbi Shmuel was born in the town of Lubavitch on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 from creation (1834). His father was Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866). 

Though the youngest of Rabbi Menachem Mendel's seven sons, Rabbi Shmuel was chosen to succeed his father as the leader of Chabad Chassidism in the movement's capitol, Lubavitch, at the latter's passing in 1866 (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine).

In addition to authoring and delivering more than 1,000 maamarim of Chassidic teaching, Rabbi Shmuel was extensively involved in Jewish communal affairs and traveled throughout Europe in order to generate pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. 

Rabbi Shmuel passed away at the age of 48 on Tishrei 13, 5643 (1882).

Sukkos Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek & SBH Schedule for Community

The following is the Sukkos 5573 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek and the SBH schedule for the community:

Sunday, Erev Sukkos, 14 Tishrei  (September 30):
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:22 PM
Shiur and Maariv
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva hosted by Dovid Kaplan at the home of Ben Kaplan, 2 Tokay Lane.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of R' Shalom Mordechai and Leah Rubashkin, 96 Southgate Drive. 
Monday, First Day of Sukkos, 15 Tishrei  (October 1):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Licht Bentching: Not before 7:19 PM
Shiur and Maariv
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Doniel Goldfarb, 20 Grosser Lane.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Yitzy Lipszyc, 21 Brockton Road.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Dovid Friedman, 33 Regina Road.
Tuesday, Second Day of Sukkos, 16 Tishrei (October 2):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 7:17 PM
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Yossi Wolfson, 21 New County Road.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva for Mesivta Bochurim with R' Mendel Polter at 9:30 PM at the Rosenbluh home, 39 Fessler Drive.
Wednesday, Chol Hamoed 1, 17 Tishrei  (October 3):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Kinus Torah
Maariv 1: 7:15 PM
Maariv 2: 8:30 PM
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at Tzemach Tzedek - children's program at 7:00 PM followed by dancing at 8:00 PM.
Thursday, Chol Hamoed 2, 18 Tishrei  (October 4):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Maariv 1: 7:15 PM
Maariv 2: 8:30 PM
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva with R' Pinye Korf at K'hal Nusach Ari, 485 Viola Road.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Yonah Heidings, 21 Fawn Hill Drive.
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva for women at the home of Mrs. Bracha Meschaninov, 32 South Gate Drive.         
Friday, Chol Hamoed 3, 19 Tishrei  (October 5):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Licht Benching & Mincha: 6:13 PM
Shiur and Maariv
  • Simchas Beis Hashoeiva at the home of Gavriel Siklos, 15 Green Hill Lane.
Shabbos Kodesh, Chol Hamoed 4, 20 Tishrei  (October 6):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 5:30 PM
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Kinus Torah continued:
Maariv - Shabbos Ends: 7:10 PM

Motzai Shabbos Kodesh, Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei (October 6/7):
Mishne Torah:  12:00 AM (Motzai Shabbos / Sunday morning)        
Tehillim: 1:00 AM (Motzai Shabbos / Sunday morning)

Sunday, Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei (October 7):    
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:10 PM
Maariv: 7:10 PM
Kiddush and Hakafos!

Monday, Shmini Azteres, 22 Tishrei (October 8):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Tefilas Geshem
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Licht Bentching: Not before 7:07 PM
Maariv: 7:10 PM
Kiddush and Hakafos!

Tuesday, Simchas Torah, 23 Tishrei (October 9):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kiddush and Hakafos!
Musaf
Mincha: 6:15 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 7:06 PM

Children's Programs:
  • Both the younger and older children's groups will take place on the first two days of Yom Tov, Shabbos Chol HaMoed and on Shmini Atzeres. 
  • Neither group will have a program on Simchas Torah.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Seeking Ride From CH

Looking for a ride for two sisters from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday. If available please call 845-213-8420.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tzemach Tzedek Community Simchas Beis Hashoeiva

Yom Kippur & Sukkos Letter From Rabbi Werner

Dear Anash, She’yichyu

I would like to mention several Halachos that sometimes are overlooked.

1. Candle lighting Erev Yom Kippur
2. Havdalah Motzei Yom Kippur
3. Giving the Lulov to your child on Yom Tov

1. Candle lighting on Erev Yom Kippur – One should not light the Yom Tov candles in Shul, as it is questionable whether or not one can be Yotze Neiros Yom Tov there.  Rather it must be done at home.

It is most proper to be Mekabel Shabbos when you light the candles. In the event you are not able to be Mekabel Shabbos when lighting the candles, (though, one must be Mekabel Shabbos within ten minutes of candle lighting) you should not recite the Shehechiyanu then but rather in Shul together with the Chazan.

Either way, in the event that when you go to shul there is no person over the age of Ben or Bas Mitzva left in your home who will derive enjoyment from the light of the candles; the candles should be sufficiently large that when you come home, they will still be burning and you will be able to derive some pleasure from them.

2.  Havdalah Motzei Yom Kippur - The Bracha Borei Meorie Ha’eish must be made on a flame that was burning on Yom Kipper for the purpose of radiating light. Therefore one should light a flame before Yom Kippur for none other than the function of its light. An extra Yahrtzeit lamp may be used for this, so long it’s not being used for a Ner Neshamah.

If this is not possible; you should kindle a candle - before Havdalah - from the already lit Yahrtzeit light and place both the new candle and the Yahrtzeit light next to each other and make the Borie Meorei Haeish on both of them.

3. Regarding the Lulov and Esrog – They must belong to you, both the first and second days.  The same Halochos that apply on the first day, regarding children before Ben and Bar Mitzvah age, pertain to them the second day as well.  Therefore, just like you cannot hand them over to your child on the first day unless you hold the Lulov and Esrog with him/her, so not to cause the child to become the owner of them, the same pertains to the second day.  Only after all the adults have completed Bentching Lulov and Esrog on the second day, may you give it to your child.

Wishing you a G'mar Chasima Tova and a Freilichen Succos.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Simcha Werner

Mechila

Monday, September 24, 2012

R' Pinye Korf to Farbreng at K'hal Nusach Ari Simchas Beis Hosheiva

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights tomorrow, Erev Yom Kippur, afternoon. Please call 845-426-7321.

Seeking Secretary

Chabad of Suffern is looking for a secretary to take over for a six week maternity leave after Sukkos. If you are interested, please contact Chabad of Suffern at 845-368-1889.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kesser Tishrei Sale Extended

While poultry and meat prices have generally recently been on a sharp increase, Kesser Distributors has been making a tremendous effort to maintain their great deals.

Kesser is now offering Shor HaBor products at their lowest prices ever!

The following are some of the deals in honor of Tishrei:
  • Chicken Breast Fillet: Only $4.39 per pound 
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: Only $2.49 per pound 
  • Chicken Quarter Broiler: Only $2.39 per pound 
  • London Broil Roast: Only $9.49 per pound 
  • Regular Ground Beef: Only $6.19 per pound 
  • Fancy Salmon Fillet: Only $6.49 per pound 
  • Sea Bass (w/bone): Only $8.49 per pound 
  • Sea Bass Fillet: Only $13.99 per pound
Buy by the case and save!

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

Bais Menachem Elects Gabboim

Following four years of dedicated service, Rabbi Dov Oliver has stepped down as Gabbai of Bais Menachem.

At the Shul's annual meeting tonight Rabbi Yechiel Rapoport was elected as Gabbai Rishon and Rabbi Efrayim Keller was elected as Gabbai Sheni.

We wish the new Gabboim much hatzlacha!

Welcome Metals!

Welcome to Shuie and Leah Metal on their move to our community!

House for Sale in South Monsey

Rabbi and Mrs. Ben-Tzion Saloff are putting their house up for sale, initially for Anash, for $749,000.

The house is 3,500 square feet with six bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, huge rear deck, almost an acre of property,  double sized dining room, family room, living room, etc.

We're not in a rush, and we're not planning on selling unless we get our price range.

Anyone who is interested in the house (with Chabad Shabbos Shul in basement), please email rabbi@yichudim.com.

New Lubavitcher Sofer in Town

Rabbi Sholom Kass is a Sofer who has recently moved from Crown Heights to Monsey.

My office is located at 25 Main Street (across from Rockland Kosher) on the second floor and parking is available in the back.

I am available to assist you with all your safrus needs; I both check and sell Mezuzos, Teffilin, Megillos, and Sifrei Torah. In addition to Ksav Arizal, Beis Yosef and Sefardi, I carry the Alter Rebbe’s Ksav.

I am experience and have been both writing and checking for many years. Moreover, I am certified by the Vaad Mishmeres Stam.

I offer quality products, stellar customer service, and prompt attention to your needs. I can be reached at 845-262-0246. For additional information, please visit my website at www.SoferCenter.com.

7th Graders Say Tehillim

After hearing words of encouragement from their Rebbi, Rabbi Blotner, Kitah Zayin of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, were very eager to use out the auspicious days of Rosh Hashana in a befitting manner.

The boys used out their time before and after shul and in between meals (and courses) saying Tehillim.

The number of kappitlach said by the top four Tehillim Zogers in the class tallied up to more than 1,000 kappitlach of Tehillim.

Yom Kippur Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Yom Kippur 5773 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek:

Tuesday, Erev Yom Kippur, 9 Tishrei  (September 25):
Kapparos in the early morning
Shacharis 1 (lekach after davening): 6:30 AM
Shacharis 2 (lekach after davening): 7:00 AM
Shacharis 3 (lekach after davening): 8:00 AM
Mincha (lekach after davening): 3:00 PM
Seudah HaMafsekes
Licht Bentching – Fast Begins: 6:29 PM
Kol Nidre: 6:40 PM
Tehillim and Maariv

Wednesday, Yom Kippur, 10 Tishrei  (September 26):
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 12:00 Noon
Mincha followed by Neila: 5:00 PM
Yom Kippur & Fast Ends: 7:27 PM

Children's Program:
There will be no children's groups on Yom Kippur.

Best wishes for a 
 !גמר חתימה טובה

Friday, September 21, 2012

Free Appliances

I have an electric dryer, a gas dryer and a fridge available for free for any member of the community who can haul them away on their own.

All appliances are in solid working condition. 

First come, first served.

For more information, please call Zev Henig at 845-418-5298.
Rabbi Lesches at the recent Vail and Greenberg wedding that took place in Monsey.

Monsey Lubavitch Shidduch Group

Yisroel Schulman Receives Award from New York Bar

At a sold-out dinner in Albany attended by over 400 attorneys and judges, attorney Yisroel Schulman received the prestigious Denison Ray Award from the New York State Bar.

Mr. Schulman received the award in recognition of his innovative contributions to improving access to the justice system, including the newly launched Mobile Legal Help Center, a state-of- the-art 41 foot mobile legal office and courtroom, which serves low-income communities such as Crown Heights in Brooklyn.

Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, delivered the keynote address at the dinner.  In his speech, he stated, "Nothing could be more important to me, as Chief Judge, than civil legal services for the poor, the working poor, and low-income New Yorkers."

Last year, Mr. Schulman, via the organization he co-founded, the New York Legal Assistance Group, provided free legal assistance to over 50,000 vulnerable individuals.

Pictured above (L to R): Attorney Yisroel Schulman; NYSBA President Seymour W. James, Jr; Chief Judge of the State of New York, Jonathan Lippman; NYSBA President-Elect, David M. Schrager.

Kesser Tishrei Specials - Order By Sunday at 11 AM

While poultry and meat prices have generally recently been on a sharp increase, Kesser Distributors has been making a tremendous effort to maintain their great deals.

Kesser is now offering Shor HaBor products at their lowest prices ever!

The following are some of the deals in honor of Tishrei:
  • Chicken Breast Fillet: Only $4.39 per pound 
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: Only $2.49 per pound 
  • Chicken Quarter Broiler: Only $2.39 per pound 
  • London Broil Roast: Only $9.49 per pound 
  • Regular Ground Beef: Only $6.19 per pound 
  • Fancy Salmon Fillet: Only $6.49 per pound 
  • Sea Bass (w/bone): Only $8.49 per pound 
  • Sea Bass Fillet: Only $13.99 per pound 
All order must be made by this Sunday, 7 Tishrei, September 23, at 11:00 AM for the above pricing.

Buy by the case and save!

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

R' Nosson Gurary Speaks at Groundbreaking

Rabbi Nosson Gurary speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Ostroh Bes Midrash.

Monsey Schach

Once again a member of our community is selling evergreen schach. There are limited quantities available. Please call Monsey Schach at 845-290-1225.

Seeking Special Ed Teacher

Chabad of Tenafly is seeking a Special Education teacher for Sunday Hebrew School to assist a high functioning class.

Hours are Sundays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

For additional information, please contact Rabbi Yossi Katz at 347 342 8362.

R' Markowitz Giving Shabbos Shuva Shiur in South Monsey

Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz will be giving a Shabbos Shuva shiur at Chabad of South Monsey this Shabbos afternoon at 5:45 PM.

The shiur will be on Hilchos Teshuvah Al Pi Nigleh and Chassidus).

Mincha will be at 6:40 PM followed by Seder Niggunim and a Maamor on the subject of Yom Kippur.

Kapparos This Sunday

The annual Kapporos for the Lubavitch community will take place this Sunday, 7 Tishrei, September 23, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the parking lot of the Puppa girls school, 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley (Route 45).

The cost is $8.50 per chicken and $8.00 per chicken when purchasing five or more.

There will be no shchita on site. Reservations are not necessary.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Yossi Touger at 845-430-8342 or jbtouger@aol.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Seeking a Sukkah

If you or someone you know has a Sukkah that is not being used this year or a Sukkah which is no longer needed, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at 917-282-3505.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shabbos Shuva Drasha at Tzemach Tzedek

Rabbi Lesches will give a Shabbos Shuva Drasha for men and women this Shabbos afternoon at Tzemach Tzedek at 5:30 PM.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

One of the famous Chassidic Jews of our generation was a Russian Chosid named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain, and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and labor camps for his “crime” of teaching Torah. While in the Siberian gulag, he interacted with other prisoners—some Jewish, some not. Among these prisoners was a circus performer with an incredible skill as a tightrope walker.

Having never been to a circus, Reb Mendel was totally baffled by the man’s profession. How could a person risk his life walking on a rope several stories above ground? (This was in the days before safety nets were standard practice.)

“To just go out there and walk on a rope?” Reb Mendel challenged incredulously, being both skeptical yet intrigued.

Opportunity arose for him to display his skill to Reb Mendel, when the prison guards allowed for an “in-house” circus, where this tightrope walker would perform.  To the bated breath of the audience below, he climbed the tall pole to the suspended rope he had set up. He virtually glided across the rope to the pole at the other end, and then, in a flash, made a fast turn, reversed his direction and proceeded back to the other side. Along the way, he performed several stunts. The crowd went wild.

Later, when Reb Mendel asked him how he did it, the performer explained, “When you see your destination in front of you and you don’t take your eyes off of it, then your feet go where they need to go, and you don’t fall.”

“Most difficult was the turn, to change direction. During that split second, when you lose sight of that first pole, and the other pole has not yet come into view, there is some real danger there. But . . . if you don’t allow yourself to get confused and distracted during that transition, your eyes will find that pole, and your balance will be there.”

This week’s Torah reading (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 31:1-30), in which we learn about the last day of Moses’ life, is called  Vayeilech (Moshe) (“And Moses went”). The commentaries point out that even on the last day of his life, Moses was on the move—walking forward, achieving, growing—making the most of every precious moment of life.

Moses’ message to us is that so long as we have a breath of life, there needs to be vayeilech - explorations of new horizons, journeys to new frontiers, with direction and purpose..

How do we walk this tightrope called “life” without stumbling? The answer is: by establishing clear and proper goals, and remaining focused on those goals The Torah provides us with a roadmap to a meaningful and fulfilling way of life. It sets down goals, and defines purpose.

It is also noteworthy that this Torah reading is often read on the special Shabbat, as this year, that serves as the bridge between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, called “Shabbat Shuvah.” On this Shabbat we also read a haftorah in which we hear the words of the prophets exhorting us, pleading with us, beckoning us to improve the quality of our lives; to even change direction, if need be.

When you know what your purpose and destination is, and you do not take your eyes off that “pole”, then you know where to put your feet. Even when conditions turn, and we momentarily lose sight of the pole, we need not despair. Shabbat Shuvah teaches us that a change of direction ought not to send us plummeting. On the contrary, we can and should shift  with changes of circumstances, catch our balance, and let the next pole come into view.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org  - from  Rabbi  Moshe Bryski)

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.

Unjustified: The Unchecked Power of America's Justice System

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 6:30 PM.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Seeking one more Hebrew School teacher for Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM.

We are located approximately 30 minutes from Monsey in Goshen, NY, and offer great pay!

Please call Meir at 845-664-5141 for more information or to apply.

Mazel Tov Hechts!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yitzchok and Leah Hecht of Kingston, NY, on the birth of a baby boy!

Light Bris

Yossi and Chaya Light will be mkaing the Bris for their newborn son I"YH tomorrow, Thursday, morning following the 8:00 AM minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

They would also like to thank everyone for providing delicious Yom Tov meals over Rosh Hashanah.

Yom Kippur Seating at Tzemach Tzedek

If your seating requirements are different for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please send an email to avrahamhayman@gmail.com to confirm your change.

The Yom Kippur seating charts will be posted in both the men and women lobbies by Shabbos. Please check your seats to ensure that they are correctly assigned.

Local Shluchim Being Honored by Holocaust Museum and Study Center

The Rockland Holocaust Museum and Study Center will be honoring the Shluchim to Suffern, Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz, with the Bridge Builder Award at their Annual Benefit Brunch on Sunday, 5 Cheshvan, October 21, at 11:00 AM at the Crown Plaza, 3 Executive Boulevard in Suffern.

To take out an ad in their honor, please contact 845-356-2700 or museum@holocauststudies.org.

R' Markowitz Esrogim Sale

As in the past, Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be providing a convenient service to the community by selling esrogim locally at reduced prices.

Esrogim can be purchased this week at his home, 24 Briarcliff Drive (downstairs entrance), during the following hours
  • On every weekday evening from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • On Friday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • On Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM 
  • Or by appointment by calling 914-906-6878

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazal tov to R' Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Moshe and Naomi Chaya Naiditch of Yerushalayim!

Keller Esrog Center Hours

Keller Esrog Center, located at 7 Earl Court, will be open for business every night from Motzai Rosh Hashana until Erev Sukkos from 9:00 PM until 12:30 AM.

For more information, please call Efrayim Keller at 718-778-0804 or 845-362-1510.


Thanks,
Avi

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mazel Tov Ganczs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shmuel Z. and Devorah Gancz on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals 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.

Community Kapparos

The annual Kapporos for the Lubavitch community will take place on Sunday, 7 Tishrei, September 23, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the parking lot of the Puppa girls school, 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley (Route 45).

for more information, please contact Rabbi Yossi Touger at 845-430-8342.

Cheder Phones & Email Down

UPDATE - Phones and internet are back up. 

Cheder Chabad of Monsey's phone and internet service is not working at the moment.

If you need to contact the Cheder, you can send an email to adminoffice@chedermonsey.org.

If you have an urgent issue, you can:

For boys - Text Rabbi Wolowik at 914-960-2888. You can leave a message as well, but texting will get through sooner.

For girls and preschool - text Mrs. Rosenbluh at 917-755-4298. You can leave a message as well, but texting will get through sooner.

Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah Repairs

You may have noticed the past few days that the Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah water has not been as crystal clear as usual.

There is a leak in the filter and we have not been able to clean the water as efficiently.

Due to the weekend and Yom Tov, necessary parts for replacement will only be installed on Tzom Gedalyah, IY"H.

The water will likely be less than optimal on Shabbos and the second day of Rosh Hashana - but 100% kosher and mehudar.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Parsha Perspectve

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few days  before Rosh Hashana and the High Holidays –  a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully.

Towards the end of our Torah portion this week (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -30:20)

I call today upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life, so that you and your children may live .(Deuteronomy 30:19)

Do we really need the Torah to tell us to choose life?  Which person of sound mind would choose death?

One answer is that one must make a conscious decision to live and not just vegetate. And I don’t mean to live it up by living life in the fast lane. To “choose life” means to choose to live a meaningful life, a life committed to values and a higher purpose. Did it make any difference at all in that I inhabited planet Earth for so many years? Will anyone really know the difference if I’m gone? Is my life productive, worthwhile?

It is told that when the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless his Chossid and disciple Reb Yekutiel Liepler with wealth, he declined the offer, saying that he was afraid it would distract him from more spiritual pursuits. When the Rebbe then offered to bless him with longevity, Reb Yekutiel stipulated that it should not be “peasant’s years”, with “eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear; where one neither sees nor senses G‑dliness.”

This Reb Yekutiel was rather fussy, it seems. The holy Rebbe is offering him an amazing blessing, and he is making conditions! Yes, he chose life, and he chose to live a life that would be purposeful and productive, and that really would make a tangible difference. He wasn’t interested in a long life if, essentially, it would amount to an empty life.

As we stand just before Rosh Hashanah, let us resolve to choose life. Let us live lives of Torah values and noble deeds.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - from  Rabbi Yossi Goldman)

The administration, teaching staff and over 320 students in Cheder Chabad of Monsey extend to  you and your family  heartfelt wishes for a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year in every aspect, materially and spiritually!

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Light Shalom Zachor

Yossi and Chaya Light will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at their home, 3 Lois Lane.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rosh Hashana & Tzom Gedalya Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for Rosh Hashana and Tzom Gedelya 5773 at Tzemach Tzedek:

Sunday, Erev Rosh Hashana, 29 Ellul, (September 16):
Selichos 1: 6:00 AM
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Selichos 2: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Selichos 3: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Hataras Nedarim
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:45 PM
Tehillim and Maariv

Monday, First Day of Rosh Hashana, 1 Tishrei  (September  17):
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Tekias Shofar: Approximately 11:45 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Tashlich at Kearsing Parkway
Licht Bentching: Not before 7:43 PM
Tehillim and Maariv

Tuesday, Second Day of Rosh Hashana, 2 Tishrei (September 18):                            
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Tekias Shofar: Approximately 11:45 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Maamer & Seder Nigunim
Maariv – Motzai Yom Tov: 7:41 PM

Children's Programs:
  • The younger children's group will take place on both days of Rosh Hashana from 10:15 AM until after the haftara reading.
  • There will be no older girls group on Rosh Hashana.
Wednesday, Tzom Gedalya, 3 Tishrei (September 19):
Alos HaShachar – Fast Begins: 5:29 AM
Shacharis 1 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 6:45 AM
Shacharis 2 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 7:45 AM
Shacharis 3 (Selichos after shmona esrei): 8:45 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 6:30 PM
Maariv: 7:25 PM
Fast Ends: 7:28 PM

 Best wishes for a 
!כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

Seeking Girls For Rosh Hashana

Chabad in New City is seeking 1-4 girls to run our children's program for Rosh Hashana for small group of children. The program is all planned. Please contact Chany Kotlarsky at 845-641-1312 or ckotlarsky@aol.com.

Mazel Tov Lights!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Chaya Light on the birth of a baby boy!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals 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, September 11, 2012

A Poshiter Shofar Blowing

Rabbi Dov Oliver blowing Shofar at SUNY RCC today.

Seeking Bochurim

Seeking responsible bochurim wanted to work at the Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah on Erev Shabbos, Erev Yom Tov and some weekday mornings. Please contact Doniel Goldfarb at 845-558-4614.

Monsey Chabad Shidduch Group

Please hold the date - On Sunday, October 14th, there will be the first inaugural meeting of the Monsey Chapter of the International Chabad Shidduch Group.

Special guest speaker Elana Bergovoy, co-founder of the successful Chicago Shidduch Group.

More information to follow.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Hebrew Day School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. is in urgent need of a Hebrew School teacher for Sunday mornings. Small, great group of kids that are eager to learn. Heimish environment. Need girl or woman with good chassidishe values, dedicated, loves children, responsible and warm with good teaching skills. Must have access to vehicle. One hour and 10 minutes from Monsey. Great pay. Driving time and all expenses included. Please contact Hindy Borenstein at 463-5801 or chabadmidhudsonvly@prodigy.net.

Chabad Holds Pre RH Funday at Library

Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge, directed by Rabbi Chaim Zvi and Chaya Ehrenreich, held a Pre High Holiday Funday at the Nyack Library Community Room this past Sunday.

Children made their own Shofar, Shana Tova cards and many other Rosh Hashanah themed crafts.

Thank you to the following girls from MBCM for helping with the crafts and setup: Mushka Eidelman , Liba Rimler, Miri Schild & Menucha Schochat.

For more photos, please click here.

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Looking for seasoned Hebrew School teachers in Wayne, NJ Chabad Center which is a 30 minute drive from Mosney. Good salary and nice classes. Must have at least one year teaching experience. Call Chani at 973-493-7842.

Seeking Girls for Rosh Hashana

Looking for two 11-12th grade girls to come to our Chabad Center for Rosh Hashanah. You would be responsible for children's programming for two hours each day. This is a paid job and you must be creative, outgoing, and friendly. Call Chani at 973-493-7842.

Seeking Small Sukkah for Hoshana Rabba

Chabad JEC is in need of a Sukkah that is easy to assemble and transport for Hoshana Rabba (Sunday, October 14) for use at a street fair in Nyack.

The best size is 8’x8’ but a little smaller can work as well.

If you can lend a Sukkah for that day, please contact Rabbi Ehrenreich at rabbi@chabadjec.org or 845-356-6686.

Gartel Gmach Missing Gartels

Please return any gartlech you may have borrowed and inadvertently forgot to return from Rabbi Shusterman's Gartel Gmach in his shtender in Tzemach Tzedek.

Mazl Tov Kinds - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Yaakov and Shulamis Kind on the engagement of their daughter Miriam to Chaim Benoliel!

The l'chaim will take place this Thursday night, September 13, at 7:00 PM at the Kind home, 6 Lancaster Lane in South Monsey.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

R' Lesches Addresses Mid-Atlantic Region Kinus

Rabbi Lesches addressed some 65 Shluchim at the recent Kinus HaShluchim of the Mid-Atlantic Region in Baltimore, Maryland.

Seeking Girls for Rosh Hashana

Chabad of New City is seeking girls (1-4) to lead our Junior Congregation for Rosh Hashana.

We have a fantastic program.

If interested, please contact Chany Kotlarsky at 845-641-1312 or ckotlarsky@aol.com.

Sofer This Week

Rabbi Kuperman will continue to check tefillin and mezuzos this week, beginning Tuesday, September 11, 24 Elul, in the Ezras Nashim of Tzemach Tzedek.

Please put your items in a ziploc bag with your name and cell phone number clearly visible.

Please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz with any questions at 845-558-8249 or Rabbi Kuperman at 917-873-2360.

RH & YK Seats at Tzemach Tzedek

Today, Sunday, is the last day to reserve the same seats you had last year for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at Tzemach Tzedek.

To reserve, please see Avraham Hayman after any of Sunday's davenings, or send an email to avrahamhayman@gmail.com or call 845-371-0380.

From Monday if you need additional seats, or did not have a seat reserved last year, please contact Avraham Hayman for your requirements.

After a reservation is taken, you need to finalize your reservation within 3 days by filling in a reservation form and supplying either credit card details or checks. Multiple payments are acceptable.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Photos of Girls Building Ribbon Cutting

Photos: Nechemia and Dovid Kaplan

Seeking Ride to CH

Please contact Yehuda Klein at yehudaklein@verizon.net if you can take our granddaughter to Crown Heights on Thursday, September 13, after school (4:00 PM or later).

Simchas Beis Hosheiva

If you would like to host a Simchas Beis Hosheiva at your home or shul over Sukkos and would like to to be included in the Sukkos schedule, please email news@monseychabad.com with the date, address, guest speaker (if applicable) and if it is for men or women.

Prepare for Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pomona Shul RH & YK Schedule

Heichal Menachem Tishrei Schedule

Selichos Schedule at Tzemach Tzedek

Motzai Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo (September 8): 
  • Farbrengen: 12:00 AM
  • Selichos: 1:00 AM
Monday through Friday, 23-27 Elul (September 10-14):
  • Selichos 1: 6:30 AM
  • Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM 
  • Selichos 2: 7:30 AM 
  • Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM 
Best wishes to you for a
!כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rabbi Avtzon Inspires for Chai Elul

More than 130 people joined a Chai Elul farbrengen and dinner last night at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.

Rabbi Shalom Ber Avtzon, author of the recently released biography "The Tzemach Tzedek", inspired the crowd.

All attendees received a complimentary copy of the new book.  

Photos: R' Avraham Hayman

Babysitter Available

Babysitter available Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please call Esther Fern at 845-548-8654.

Seeking High Schoolers

Beis Menachem is looking for High School age girls to lead the Shabbos Children's Program.

For more info please contact Yehudice Bialestock at yehudice@gmail.com or Miriam Zisman at emzisman@gmail.com.

First Day at Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey

Portrait of the Rebbe by Local Talent

Hand sketched portrait of the Rebbe by our own Chana Jacobs available for sale.

All proceeds go to Tzohar Seminary - Lubavitch Seminary for the Arts.

Available at the N'shei Chabad Bookstore (845-558-8249).  Limited prints available.

Seeking Volunteers for Mivtzoim

Chabad JEC is seeking volunteers to take shifts at a mivtzoim booth at the Nyack Street Fair this Sunday, September 9.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the fair, among them many Jews.

If you are able to participate, please contact Rabbi Ehrenreich at rabbi@chabadjec.org.

Heartwarming Stories Emerge from Camp B-ME

This past summer, 34 girls gathered from 12 states and 3 continents for the Camp Gan Israel Bat-Mitzvah Experience (B-ME) directed by Rabbi Gershon and Devorah Sandler of Monsey.

As the girls return home, amazing stories are emerging.

A camper from Cleveland, Ohio that attended a public middle-school arrived at B-ME with a weak Jewish identity and returned home determined to find a Jewish High School to attend.

A camper from Boise, Idaho decided she wants to walk to shul, instead of take the car, and when she grows up she wants to be like her counselors and become a teacher and live in New York.

A camper from Budapest, Hungary expressed that she learned at B-Me how to be a proud Jew!

Two sisters from Panama made such good friends at B-ME that they decided to extended their visit to US and stayed at the home of a new camp friend in New Jersey.

The positive feedback and stories keep coming in from all directions, and the common theme is an extremely strong feeling of Jewish Pride that the campers developed during their 3 weeks in B-ME.

B-ME is an overnight summer program that gives Bat-Mitzvah age girls the opportunity to “Be Me.” B-ME is geared for girls with Public School backgrounds, and recruits campers from all over the country as well as from abroad. The camp is situated on 10 acres of magnificent woodlands in Montgomery County, PA.

For more photos, please click here.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just days away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays
– a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey would like to help with a meaningful weekly Torah thought.

A woman once complained to a marriage counselor that her husband never says that he loves her. The therapist turned to the husband for his perspective. “I told her thirty years ago that I love her,” he explained, “and if anything changes, I’ll let her know.”

This weeks Torah portion Ki Savo (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 26:1–29:8) teaches the Mitzvah called Bikkurim (first fruits). In the land of Israel, during the Temple era, every farmer would take the first fruits of a tree to Jerusalem and give it to the priest, the kohen, standing next to the altar. This was an expression of gratitude to G‑d for the abundant produce and the opportunity to live in the land of Israel.

But, in addition to handing the fruit to the priest, the farmer was obligated to make a verbal declaration. This statement was a short summary of Jewish history from the times of Jacob until the conquest of the land of Israel. The declaration emphasizes G‑d’s kindness and the miracles that affected our destiny.

While it is true that actions speak louder than words, there is an element of appreciation that is expressed more by our words than our deeds. Actions express dedication and commitment, but cannot convey warmth and emotion. When you give a gift to a friend as thanks for a favor, a well-written card strengthens the connection and generates more closeness than the gift itself.

As parents, spouses or friends, it is not sufficient to just do things for another person. Our love and care must be articulated with warmth and affection. We cannot appreciate a kindness done to us in our hearts only; we must express it with words of acknowledgement and thanks. Strong communication fuels the relationship and keeps the spark alive.

Tell those close to you how much you appreciate them every day. Set aside a few minutes to pray and thank G‑d for all of His blessings. We need to consider the words that we offer, so that it paints a full picture of our sincere appreciation for what we have been given. And considering that woman’s husband, tell your wife that you love her. She knows it already, but she needs to hear it. She deserves to hear it.

(excerpts from Chabad.org   - from  Rabbi Michoel Gourarie)

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.

Monsey Keller Esrog Center

I would like to announce that this year, I will be exclusively selling Esrogim, Lulavim, Hadassim and Aravois, for Keller Esrog Center.

In Italy this year I only cut one thousand esrogim versus the two thousand I cut last year and therefore have a limited amount of esrogim for sale this year. For best choice and selection, please come to my home at 7 Earl Court on this Motzoei Shabbos between the hours of 9:00 PM and 12:15 AM.

The following Motzaei Shabbos I will also be open. However there is a limited amount of Esrogim so first come first serve. Hadassim and Lulavim will be available Motzai Shabbos Shuva. For Aravois you go to your locals.

For more information, please call me at 718-778-0804.

R' Markowitz Esrogim Sale

As in the past, Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be providing a convenient service to the community by selling esrogim locally at reduced prices.

Esrogim can be purchased at his home, 24 Briarcliff Drive (downstairs entrance), after Rosh Hashana:
  • On every weekday evening from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • On Friday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • On Sunday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM 
  • Or by appointment by calling 914-906-6878

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Girls Building

Lubavitch of Monsey, Cheder Chabad of Monsey and Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls held an exciting ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday afternoon for their brand new 24,000 square foot four million dollar building just in time for school which begins today!
 
Video: Bracha Siklos /BSD Films 

Photos: R' Zalman Goldstein