Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Night Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Maariv will be at 6:30pm and 9:30pm until power is restored to Congreation Tzemach Tzedek.

The Samech Vav shiur tonight (Wednesday) will take place at 8:45pm in the home of Avraham Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive. There is generator, light and heat in the home.

Dry Ice Distribution Today

Orange & Rockland will be distributing dry ice today from 2pm to 5pm at the Provident Bank Park in Pomona. Be sure to go early.

Report Your Power Outage

Orange & Rockland may prioritize their power restorations based on the number of reported incidents in each given area.

If you have not called or submitted your address as being without power, please do so ASAP to increase their response time and get our power restored.

Dial 1-877-434-4100 or visit  https://apps2.coned.com/oronline/outage/electricoutage.aspx

Need a Car for a Week?

All I need is a ride to Newark Airport tomorrow, Thursday morning, November 1, and then to be picked up from the same airport on Thursday, November 8.

If interested, please call Yossi at 410-905-8567.

First Session of Avos U'Banim for This Season

A new season of Avos U'Bonim learning for fathers and sons begins this Motzai Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Vayeira, November 3, from 7:45 to 8:45 PM at Tzemach Tzedek provided that the power in the Shul is back on. Check back here on Friday afternoon or Motzai Shabbos for confirmation. 

All children must come with a parent or adult sibling.

If you would like the zchus of sponsoring the pizza and prizes for the first evening or any Avos U’Bonim program, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org or 845-356-1213 x 104.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cheder Chabad Closed Wednesday

All divisions of Cheder Chabad of Monsey will be closed on Wednesday, October 31.

Town of Ramapo Hurricane Sandy Update 4

We have weathered Hurricane Sandy.

Our Police and Highway crews are out working to maintain public safety and clear our roads. We continue to urge our residents to stay off the streets and stay indoors as much as possible.

Town Hall is open for business.

Dry ice will be distributed today, Tuesday, October 30, from 1pm to 3pm at the Provident Bank Ballpark, Pomona, NY.

O&R estimates that power will be restored to the majority of customers within 10-15 days. At present about 300 O&R crews are out doing damage assessment, tree trimming, and working on overhead lines.

O&R reports the following outages in Ramapo:
Airmont - 2,275 customers
Chestnut Ridge - 2,878
Kaser - 293
Hillburn - 184
Montebello - 1,641
New Hempstead - 1,325
New Square - 479
Pomona (Ramapo) - 145
Sloatsburg - 230
Spring Valley - 7,274
Suffern - 3,251
Wesley Hills - 1,372

We will continue to bring you updates as we get them.

Monday, October 29, 2012

No Maariv at Tzemach Tzedek

Due to the power outage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the 8:30pm and 9:30pm Maariv minyanim have been cancelled.

Please note that Rockland County Executive has issued a Local Order restricting non-essential vehicles throughout Rockland County between the hours of 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Cheder Chabad Closed Tuesday

Due to the weather conditions, all divisions of Cheder Chabad of Monsey will be closed on Tuesday, October 30.

Tanya Mistake in This Week's Chayenu

Message from Chaynu:

Dear Chayenu Learner,

We apologize for the error in this week, Parshas Vayeira's, Tanya section (which is for a future week). Please visit chayenu.org/tanya where you can download and print the correct Tanya file for this week.

Kehot Publishing has granted us permission to distribute this electronically for our subscribers personal use only. Please do not reproduce in any other form.

Thank you,

The Chayenu Team!

Town of Ramapo Hurricane Sandy Update 3

Town of Ramapo Town Hall will be open Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30.
 
Ramapo Police Department will respond to all emergencies.  Please only use 911 for Police, Fire or medical emergencies.  Please call 845-357-2400 to report non-emergencies.

Orange & Rockland will not be repairing power outages until the wind speed drops below 40mph which may not be until Wednesday, October 31. Please report all electrical emergencies to 845-434-4100 or www.oru.com/trouble.

Rockland County has opened an emergency shelter at Rockland Community College in the Field House.  Please enter the site via the main entrance on the upper level.

Ramapo Parks facilities are closed to the public until further notice.

Ramapo Justice Court will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30.

There are no significant changes to forecast and impacts.  The National Weather Service expects the brunt of the storm winds to come later today and last overnight into mid-morning Tuesday.

We urge all our residents to stay indoors and off the streets.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cheder Chabad Closed Monday

Due to the pending weather conditions, all divisions of Cheder Chabad of Monsey will be closed on Monday, October 29.

Town of Ramapo Hurricane Sandy Update 2

Hurricane Sandy is expected to have an unprecedented impact on the Town of Ramapo starting Sunday, October 28, and continuing for possibly 3 to 4 days thereafter.

The brunt of the storm is expected to be from 6am Monday to 6pm Tuesday. Our area could experience sustained winds of 40-60mph for 24-36 hours; with wind gusts of up to 80mph.

Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services will only respond to emergencies during this event. Please refrain from calling for non-emergencies during this time.

Orange & Rockland will not be able to perform repairs until the wind falls below 40mph - which may not be until Wednesday, October 31. Residents could be without power for 4-7 days.

We advise our residents to stay home and hunker down.

New Motzai Shabbos Tanya Shiur

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Welcome Lapidus Family!

Welcome to Sholom and Nechama Lapidus on their move to our community (Kentor Lane)!

Town of Ramapo Hurricane Sandy Update 1

The National Weather Service is predicting that our area will be impacted by the storm starting late Sunday afternoon.  The height of the storm is expected from Monday into Tuesday, with effects lingering into late Wednesday.   Rain will be heavy, with a northeast wind 23 to 29 mph, and gusts as high as 43 mph.

We expect flooding, fallen trees, and downed wires.  Please stay indoors if possible.

Power Outages:
All power outages must be reported. To report an outage, downed wire, or other electric service emergency, please call Orange & Rockland's 24-hour toll free customer service number 1-877-434-4100 or go to www.oru.com/trouble.

Emergencies:
We would like to remind our residents to call 911 only for police, fire or medical emergencies.  Please call the Ramapo Police Department at 845-357-2400 for non-emergencies.

Highway Department:
The Town of Ramapo Highway Department can be reached at 845-357-0903.

Track the Storm & Updates:
To track the storm, please visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.  You can sign up for emergency alerts on this storm and other events at www.nyalert.gov. We will also be posting alerts on our website www.ramapo.org and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/townoframapo.

Sandbags:
Sandbags are available for Town of Ramapo residents at the Ramapo Highway Department, 26 Pioneer Avenue, today, Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 12 noon.  Supplies are Limited.

Water:
United Water customer service phone number is 845-623-1500.

Please take all necessary precautions.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kesser Weekly Specials

The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: $2.39 per pound
  • Chicken Breast Fillet: $4.69 per pound 
  • Regular Ground Beef: $5.99 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.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Our Torah portion this week (Bereishis [Genesis]12:1-17:27) begins with “Lech Lecho” (“Go for yourself” ) - G-d Al-mighty telling Abraham at the age of 75, “Go” ! And Abraham went. He picked up his bags and started a journey that will never end—the Jewish story.

By the time he was 75 years old, Abraham had quite a lot to show for himself. He was the first out-of-the-box kid who, at age of three (!), started questioning the dogma that his pagan community had been stuffing down his throat.

Not only was he open minded, he was the first person who actually stood up for his beliefs. He wasn't a "scholar in residence"; he was a believer on the road. He held up signs, gave people food, and once they had a stomach-full he gave them an ear full.

He and his wife were the instigators of outreach. They were the first shluchim (emissaries) of G‑d to teach every human being about G‑d and His ways. They built quite a following.

After smashing his father's idols, he was thrown into a fiery furnace. Could you imagine? His own dad handed him over to die! Miraculously he walked out alive. What a day…

He found happiness in his marriage to Sarah. But then the pain of childlessness entered the door, remaining there for a long time.

So now he's 75, you'd think that now is the time for him to start writing his autobiography, buy a fishing rod, sun glasses and bathing suit, and reminisce about the world that was. Why, he had quite a lot to show for himself, truly a movie-material life.

What did G‑d ask the "father of all religions" to do,  to celebrate 75? He asked him to move.

No, not to Florida. But to the land of Canaan—where a famine was in the making, and whose sophistication and morality were – to put it mildly – not "Abraham's style."

It was there that he took his revolution to a whole new level. It was there that he and G‑d made an eternal covenant One with another. It was there that at the age of 99 (!) he had a circumcision. It was there that he with his tiny army battled with the greatest kings of the time to save the life of his no-good’nik nephew Lot. And it was there that he has a son, Isaac, who would continue the revolution.

Quite a portfolio for a retiree! Look what a 75-year-old can do!

(Oh, and by the way, did you know at what age Moses became the leader of the Jewish people? 80!)

In summary: Think twice before considering retirement at 65 – the Jewish story commenced because a 75-year-old understood that life had barely just begun!

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Melava Malka & Chinuch Talk This Motzai Shabbos

There will be a Melava Malka for Yungeleit this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Lech Lcha, at 9:30 PM at Bais Menachem.

The guest speaker will be Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz who will speak on the topic of "Your Children and Shul" and will address questions such as:
  • What age to bring your child to shul? 
  • When to insist your child stays inside? 
  • What to do if your child does not want/ enjoy davening? 
  • How to teach your younger children to respect shul and its atmosphere, etc.
Suggested donation is $10.

All men in the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Seeking Ride From CH

If you know of a ride for one girl this Motzai Shabbos from Crown Heights to Monsey, please contact Chany at ckotlarsky@aol.com or 845-641-1312.

Shiur at Kollel Ohel Menachem

Mazel Tov Marrus Family!

Mazel tov to R' Pinchos and Sarah Marrus on the birth of a grandson born to Dovid and Mushkie Nacca of Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Help Cheder Chabad Win a New Playground

You can help Cheder Chabad of Monsey win new a new playground  for our dear children to enjoy! It is easy and costs you only a few seconds of your time*.

Together Counts Healthy Playground Sweepstakes is having a drawing. The prize is a $30,000 grant for playground equipment. Anyone can add an entry for Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

You can enter again and again - once a day until March 15, 2013.

Since this is a random drawing, the more entries we have, the greater the chances of being selected.  If you have multiple email addresses, you can enter again for each one, every day! Please spread the word to friends and relatives.

Follow this link to enter: http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-your-school/healthy-playground-makeover

Please fill in the correct school information:
  • Zip Code: 10952
  • City: Monsey
  • State: New York, 
  • School Name: Cheder Chabad of Monsey,  
  • School Address:  PO Box 1164
If you would like Cheder Chabad to email you a daily reminder, please send an email to messages@chedermonsey.org and type "YES" in the subject line.

The complete contest rules can be found here (PDF).

*The 1st time you enter may take a little longer to enter your information, but when you come back it takes just a few seconds   

MBCM Dorms Legal

In response to those who are asking, the Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka dormitories have been inspected by the Rockland Department of Health and the Building Inspector of Wesley Hills and are deemed perfectly legal.

In a written letter the Building Inspector wrote  "After observing the property and conversing with Rockland County Dept. Of Health Inspector, David Basnight, who did an internal inspection, I find this residence with its occupants and use meet the requirements as defined in the Wesley Hills Zoning Code."

If you have any further questions, please contact Rabbi Dr. Kagan at rabbikagan@monseybcm.com.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kiddush at Heichal Menachem This Shabbos

Rabbi Moshe and Nechama Dina Wiener will be sponsoring Kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Lech Lcha, in honor of the birth of their daughter at Heichal Menachem, 51 Park Lane.

Shacharis is at 10:00 AM.

Cheder Seeking Handyman (E-Credit Opportunity)

Cheder Chabad is in need of some work done in the girl's building. Basic carpentry/handyman skills are needed. This is e-credit eligible. Please contact dklein@chedermonsey.org.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mazel Tov Smiths!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Moshe and Sorah Smith on the birth of a grandson born to Dovi and Miriam Smith of Melbourne, Australia!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Monsey Boy HaMesivta "Student of the Month"

Meir Kolt, 14, of Monsey, was awarded “Student of the Month” at the monthly Rosh Chodesh gathering at HaMesivta.

Bais Menachem Melava Malka for Yungeleit

Bais Menachem will be having a Melava Malka for Yungeleit this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Lech Lcha, at 9:30 PM at Bais Menachem.

The guest speaker will be Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz who will speak on the topic of "Your Children and Shul" and will address questions such as: What age to bring your child to shul? When to insist your child stays inside? What to do if your child does not want/ enjoy davening? How to teach your younger children to respect shul and its atmosphere, etc.

Suggested donation is $10.

All men in the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

House for Rent in New Hempstead

Lovely Hi-Ranch for rent in New Hempstead beginning January 2013.

Great Lubavitch neighborhood, very convenient to Chabad shuls.

Four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, excellent condition, beautiful large flat yard surrounded by trees. New kitchen appliances.

Interested parties please call 914-406-0818.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mazel Tov Cohens!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yeruchem and Fraida Cohen on the birth of a granddaughter born to Eli and Dini Goldman of Los Angeles!

Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Isaac and Roizy Lefkowitz on the birth of granddaughter born to Yitzy and Perri Klein of Crown Heights!

Holocaust Museum & Study Center Honors Shluchim

By Steve Lieberman, The Journal News

The Holocaust Museum & Study Center will honor six people on Sunday for their contributions to the Spring Valley educational institution.

The center will present awards to New City businessman Steve Gold and his wife, Helene Gold, Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz of Chabad Jewish Center in Suffern and Rockland residents Linda Suss and Brian Bassuk.

The awards will be presented at a fundraising brunch at 11 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Montebello.

Steve Gold, president of a poultry business, recently lead JCC Rockland’s efforts to convince the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute of silence at the start of the games in Great Britain this summer in memory of the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The effort came as Gold chaired the opening and closing ceremonies of this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games.

The Golds garnered unwanted attention last month when someone spray-painted a swastika on the street in front of their New City home of 20 years. Steve Gold’s parents and other family members survived the Holocaust. He said the leadership award given by the Holocaust Museum & Study Center is a tribute to all the people killed during the Holocaust.

“At the age I asked my father why he had a tattoo on his arm it was the first time I was exposed to the atrocities my father, mother, aunt and uncle endured,” Gold said. “What I came away with was the importance to my father of making people sure they never forget. He made me promise right there and then that I must continue teaching whoever would listen to make sure we never forget.”

Helene Gold is a national account manager for Premiere Networks, affiliated with Clear Channel Communications. She coached at the JCC Maccabi Games and was assistant delegation co-chair.

The keynote speaker Sunday will be David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee since 1990.

Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz are the directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of Suffern. Rabbi Gancz, born in Rockland, and his Chicago-born wife Devorah, have partnered with the museum for Holocaust educational events such as Beyond Never Again, a six-week-long adult education class.

Suss, a longtime Rockland resident, has worked as a teacher, mentor and professional developer in the New York City school system. She volunteers as an educator at the Holocaust Center.

Bassuk, a 45-year Rockland resident, taught special education, including serving as director of the White Plains school district. He volunteers for Meals On Wheels, the Rockland Jewish Family Service, and as an educator at the Holocaust Center.

Save The Date - MBCM Dinner

Mark your calendar. The Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka annual dinner will take place on Sunday, 17 Teves 5773, December 30, 2012.

More details to follow soon.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Oftentimes, we feel as if life is one extended hurricane. We are constantly battling the waves which the sea of life sends our way.  One wave after another threatens to capsize us and we need to skillfully navigate our way over its raging crest. Indeed, the daily financial pressures and business worries which life presents us with are dubbed by King Solomon as the "mighty waters" which threaten to drown us. They primarily imperil our spiritual side, desensitizing us to that which is really important in life through causing us to be constantly focused on making another buck. They constantly occupy our minds, rendering it like a vessel filled to the brim with murky waters which won't allow the radiance of the sun to let it sparkle.

Our Torah portion this week Noach (Bereishis [Genesis] 6:9 -11:32) speaks of the great Flood that washed away all of civilization. Only Noah and his family survived the Flood by entering the Ark which protected them from the pelting rain from above and the churning waters which rose from the depths.

Our eternal Torah isn't merely telling us a fascinating tale. If we look a bit deeper, at the story behind the story, we can also unravel the secret behind surviving all floods -- even the ones which the meteorologists don't forecast: the ominous floods of life.

G-d commanded Noah to enter an Ark. The Chassidic master, Baal Shem Tov, points out that the Hebrew word for "ark," teivah, also means "word." We all can survive the floods, which wish to engulf our lives, through engrossing ourselves in the holy "words" of Torah and prayer. The person who wakes up in the morning and devotes his first hours to earnest prayer and some short words of Torah study, before running off to work, effectively insulates himself against life's storms. Starting the day with prayer and Torah serves as our daily reminder that G-d is in control, and though we must strive to earn a livelihood, we must never let ourselves become overly perturbed by business pressures -- because ultimately everything is from G-d, and G-d is always good.

One who meets life's storms while in the safe sanctuary of the "Ark" will find that the storm waters which seem to be so destructive are actually purifying waters. G-d purified the world through the flood (which lasted forty days, similar to a mikvah [ritual pool] which must contain forty sa’ah [a Biblical liquid measure] of rain water), and He purifies us by sending challenges in our direction. If we are properly prepared for these storms, they bring out our highest and most noble qualities, elevating us to spiritual heights we could never attain without the help of these hurricanes.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - from  Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Birchas HaShachar Shiur

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:30 PM.

Mazel Tov Wieners!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Moshe and Nechama Dina Wiener on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal(s), please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

New Weekly Shiur at Heichal Menachem

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chabad JEC at Nyack Street Fair

Chabad JEC, under the leadership of Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, had a Sukkah at the Nyack Street Fair on Hoshana Rabba. Over 100 fellow Yidden had the opportunity to make the bracha on the Lulav and Esrog and many made a bracha in the Sukkah.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for a girl from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday and back to Crown Heights on Motzai Shabbos.

If you have room either way, please contact Chany at ckotlarsky@aol.com or 845-641-1312.

R' Yosef Shandling to Bike for Masbia

This Sunday, October 21, R' Yosef Shandling will be riding his bicycle in support of Masbia , a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Masbia provides hot, nutritious meals daily for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food, and every week hands out hundreds of weekend take-home packages of groceries.

Yosef will be riding from the Prospect Park area of Brooklyn, through Manhattan, across the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey, and back. The round trip will total 40 miles.

On the occasion of his ride, Yosef is inviting people to join him in supporting this great organization. In order to do so, please go to www.crowdrise.com/josephshandling then click on the “Donate” button and follow the remaining prompts to make an online donation.

Any amount will be greatly appreciated. If you prefer to write a check, you can make it out to “Masbia” and send it to Yosef at 29 North Rigaud, Spring Valley, N.Y. 10977.

Larkin Bris

Shaya and Ariella Larkin will be making the Bris for their newborn son this Thursday morning, October 18, at 8:00 AM at the home of R' Chona and Shulamis Larkin, 8 Timothy Court.

Order Roses for Shabbos

Shabbos special!

A dozen roses delivered to your door for only $20. Your choice of red, pink or white.

10% of all sales will be donated to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Please call Dovid Denberg at 845- 200-1326 or 845-213-8420 to place your order by tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Tzipora Reitman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Moishe and Avralema Muchnik of Crown Heights!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Daily Mincha & Maariv Time Changes

The current times of the daily Mincha and Maariv minyanim at Tzemach Tzedek are:
  • Mincha: 6:00 PM
  • Maariv 1: 8:30 PM
  • Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Mazel Tov Abels!

Mazel tov to Michoel and Aliza Abel on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal(s), please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

N'shei Bookstore Update

Back in stock:
  • Luach Colel Chabad 
  • Lessons in Tanya 
  • Family Illustrated Tehillim 
Chana Jacobs's unique drawing of the Rebbe is framed and ready for hanging! All you need do is find the right spot in your home! Proceeds to tzedakah.

From October 15 to November 5 please call Rochel Leah Rotbard at 845-709-1376 for your bookstore needs.

MBCM Production Date

Save the date!

The Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka High School for Girls annual production will be taking place on Sunday, Beis Shvat, January 13, 2013.

Details to follow soon.

Seeking Ride to Ohel or CH

If anyone is going to Crown Heights or the Ohel from Monsey before shabbos and has place for two bochurim, please call 845-368-1889.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Seeking Ride from Brooklyn

Looking for a ride tomorrow afternoon, Friday, from Brooklyn to Monsey preferably after 2:00 PM. Please call or text 617-676-7564.

Larkin Shalom Zachor

Shaya and Ariella Larkin will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 14 Buena Vista Road.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Our Torah portion this week, (Bereishis  [Genesis]1:1-6:8) recounts "And G-d said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light" (Bereishis 1:3).

Light has always been the most favored metaphor for all forms of revelation. We speak of "G-dly light," "Divine light," the "new light" of the Redemption We use expressions such as, "Do you still walk in darkness or have you seen the light?"

As physical light brightens our path so we don't stumble over obstacles, so the light of G-dliness, our spiritual awareness, helps us avoid the pitfalls on the journey of life. Light represents truth, eternal values, the spiritual which transcends the mundane and the temporal.

The story is told of a wealthy man who had three sons. As he was uncertain as to which son he should entrust with the management of his business, he devised a test. He took his three sons to a room which was absolutely empty and he said to each of them, "Fill this room as best as you are able."

The first son got to work immediately. He called in earth-moving equipment, workmen with shovels and wheelbarrows and they got busy. By the end of the day the room was filled, floor to ceiling, with earth.

The room was cleared and the second son was given his chance. He was more of an accountant type, so he had no shortage of paper: boxes, files, archives and records accumulating dust for years suddenly found a new purpose. It didn't take long and the room was absolutely filled floor to ceiling, with paper.
Again the room was cleared and the third son was given his turn. He seemed very relaxed and didn't appear to be gathering or collecting anything at all with which to fill the room. He waited until nightfall and then invited his father and the family to join him at the room. Slowly, he opened the door. The room was absolutely pitch black, engulfed in darkness. He took something out of his pocket. It was a candle. He lit the candle and suddenly the room was filled with light.

He got the job.

Some people fill their homes with earthiness -- physical objects and possessions which clutter their closets but leave their homes empty. Our cars and clothes, all lose their attractiveness with time. If all we seek satisfaction from, is the material, we are left with a gaping void in our lives.

Others are into paper -- money, stocks, bonds, and share portfolios -- but there is little in the way of real relationships. Family doesn't exist or is relegated to third place at best. On paper, he might be a multi-millionaire, but is he happy? Is his life rich or poor? Is it filled with family and friends or is it a lonely life, bereft of true joy and contentment?

The truly wise son understands how to fill a vacuum. The intelligent man knows that the emptiness of life needs light. Torah is light. Shabbat candles illuminate and make Jewish homes radiant with light. G-dly truths and the eternal values of our heritage fill our homes and families with the guiding light to help us to our destinations safely and securely.

As we begin a new Jewish year, may we all be blessed to take the candle of G-d and with it fill our lives and illuminate our homes with that which is good, kind, holy and honorable.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mazel Tov Larkins!

Mazel tov to Shaya and Ariella Larkin on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents R' Chona and Shulamis Larkin!

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 6:15 PM.

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Yair and Lainy Weinstein of Far Rockaway!

Only One Spot Left

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hoshana Rabba Mivtzoim Opportunity

Chabad JEC will have a Sukkah at the Nyack Street Fair today, Sunday Hoshana Rabba, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

There will be over 1,000 yidden at the fair!

To participate in Mivtza Lulav, please contact Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152 or rabbi@chabadjec.org.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Hat Mistakenly Exchanged

Someone mistakenly took the wrong hat from Tzemech Tzedek shul on the first day of Succos.

The initials inside my Black Borsolino hat are MLS, the size is 57. The initials in the hat I now have in my possession are THG, size 56.

If you have my hat, I would appreciate hearing from you on 845 406 3960.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bais Menachem Schedule for the Second Days of Sukkos 5773

The following is the schedule for K'hal Bais Menachem for the second days of Sukkos 5773.

A tremendous effort was made to create a schedule that will help everyone - men, women and children - enjoy a very simchadike Yom Tov!

Sunday, October 7: Erev Yom Tov (Tishrei 21):
6:09p Candle Lighting
6:20p Mincha
7:08p Maariv
7:20p Kiddush (in Sukkah)
8:00p Ato Horeyso (in Shul) Approx.
8:30p Hakofos
9:10p 7th Hakofoh with extended Dancing

Monday, October 8: Shmini Azeres (Tishrei 22):
9:30a Shacharis
9:51a Sof Zeman Krias Shema (Alter Rebbe)
11:00a Krias Hatorah
11:40a Yizkor
12:00p Tefilas Geshem
12:10p Birkas Kohanim
6:10p Mincha

7:07p Maariv (Candle lighting and preperations after 7:07p only)
7:20p Kiddush
8:00p Ato Horeyso (Approx.)
8:30p Hakofos
9:10p 7th Hakofoh with extended Dancing

Tuesday, October 9: Simchas Torah (Tishrei 23):
9:30a Shacharis
9:52a Sof Zeman Krias Shema (Alter Rebbe)
10:20a Birchas Kohanim
10:45a Kiddush
11:45a Ato Horeiso – Hakofos
12:15p Krias Hatorah (Everyone receives Aliyah)
12:40p Kol Haneorim, Chosson Torah, Chosson Bereishis, Maftir
1:30p Mussaf
6:00p Mincha
6:15p Farbrengen, Niggunim
7:00p Maariv

Best wishes for a freilichin' Yom Tov!

Seeking Preschool Teacher’s Assistant

The Hebrew Academy Early Childhood Center in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, creative, computer literate Teacher’s Assistant for Preschool.

The hours are Monday through Thursday from  2:00 to 4:30 PM. Must have own transportation.

Please email resume with references to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax to 845-634-7704 and/or call 845-634-0951.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

R' Pinye Korf Farbrenging Tonight at K'hal Nusach Ari

Sukkos at RCC

Throughout Sukkos, the Center for Jewish Life at RCC has been full of Sukkos buzz.

Bochurim joined Rabbi Dov Oliver in shaking Lulav and Esrog with many students and faculty and today was RCC's annual Sukkah party coordinated by CJL. There was a great turnout despite the rain as music played while sushi, pizza and other treats were served. Many students then made their own edible Sukkah to enjoy.

Special thanks to Eli and Meir Zisman for spending considerable time putting up the large RCC Sukkah!

Seeking Ride to CH

Looking for a ride to Crown Heights today, Thursday Chol Hamoed, please call 845-709-0429.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The cycle has come to an end. In the past year, as every year, we read and were inspired by the Torah—the story of our nation.

We were awed by Adam (how awesome to be created by G‑d and have the world for yourself), sympathized with Noah (poor guy, saw the whole world go down), were impressed with Abraham (first thrown into the furnace, then almost sacrificed his son), were caught up in the sibling rivalry between Joseph and his brothers, and held our breaths at the breathtaking saga of the Exodus.

And then, from when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai until his final departure on Mount Nebo, we experienced the tumultuous forty-year journey through the desert. Laws, mistakes, complaints, smashing of the tablets, spies, plagues and the entire gamut of the nail-biting drama which our drama-addicted ancestors lived through on their historic trek from the pyramids to the land of Israel. The Torah reading every Shabbat morning was quite an entertaining and educational experience.

And as we start all over again, we hold our breath, aware of the journey to come. What lessons, insights, and inspiration will we derive from our patriarchs and matriarchs next time around?
But before we roll back the Torah from the Jordan River to 2,500 years earlier, let us reflect for a moment on Moses' final words (read in the final Torah portion, V’zos HaBracha, [Devorim (Deuteronomy) 33:1-34:12] on the last day of Succot this forthcoming Tues) uttered just before he went up to the mountain and was buried by G‑d. Let his last words linger in our hearts:
"Fortunate are you, O Israel…"

What wonderful parting words. Moses was proclaiming to the Jew of Israel and of Babylonia, the Jew of Tunisia and Spain, of France, Poland, and America:
"My beloved nation and my fellow Jews, how lucky, how fortunate you are. How wonderful it is to be a Jew."

No, it's not hard to be a Jew; nor is it a burden you must carry.

No, secularism, assimilation, and self-hate are not the way for a Jew.

Rather…

Yes, you are lucky to be Jewish!

Yes, although you may live through hell on earth for the next three millennia, you should – and will – always hold your head high!

Yes, being Jewish is a gift, a cause for joy, a piece of heaven.

Yes, Torah and Mitzvos are a blessing. They connect us to our Creator, and transform this world into a better place for all mankind.

Dear friend, as the month of Tishrei comes to a close and we look back on the most powerful month of the year – accepting G‑d's sovereignty on Rosh Hashanah, being forgiven on Yom Kippur, uniting with G‑d and our fellow Jews on Sukkos, dancing our souls and soles out on Simchas Torah – it is now the time to declare our pride in our Jewishness.

I am a Jew and I'm proud.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and Succos!

Tzemach Tzedek Community Simchas Beis Hashoeiva 5773

Photos: R' Dovid and Nechemia Kaplan

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Community SBH Tonight

Mazel Tov Sandlers!

Mazel tov to Gershon and Devorah Sandler on the birth of a baby girl!

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.