Friday, November 30, 2012

Free Couch & Table

Chabad of Suffern is looking to give away a small dining room table and an L-shaped leather couch that are being donated by one of their supporters.

If interested, please contact: or 845-357-1889 and we can send you photos.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rabbi Levi Garelik to Farbreng for 19 Kislev

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev, Chabad of South Monsey, Bais Menachem and Tzemach Tzedek are sponsoring a community Farbrengen for men and women this Monday night, December 3, at Tzemach Tzedek (in the main Shul).

Renowned speaker Rabbi Levi Garelik will farbreng on the topic of "Yud Tes Kislev 200 Years Later - Rediscovering the Joy of Being a Chossid".

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

About Rabbi Garelik:
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Garelik was born and raised in Milan, Italy, where his parents were sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1958. He served as spiritual leader of Lubavitch Congregation in Boston and as a Rabbinic coordinator for OK Kosher. Currently, Rabbi Garelik serves as spiritual leader of the European Synagogue, right across the EU, in Brussels, and lectures extensively around the world.

Rabbi Garelik has edited many halachik works, including the highly acclaimed "Kitzur Dinei Tahara," and his “Guide” vol.1 (lifecycles) and “Guide” vol. 2 (Aveilus).

About Yud Tes Kislev:
On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - a leading disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch and the founder of Chabad Chassidism - was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar.

More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the inner soul of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as "The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism."

No Younger Children's Program This Shabbos

The younger children's program at Tzemach Tzedek will not take place this Shabbos.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week's  Torah portion of Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43), the dreaded encounter between Jacob and Esau finally materializes. After decades of separation, the twin brothers, who are anything but identical, square up. Jacob, who fled the wrath of Esau 34 years earlier, is returning home with a large family and much wealth. Esau is fast approaching with four hundred desperados armed to the teeth. Will it be all out war or will they make peace? Jacob prepares for all eventualities and also sends a message to his hostile brother:"Im Lavan garti," Jacob declares, "I have sojourned with Laban."

Rashi interprets Jacob's message to mean that though he lived with a notorious trickster for more than 20 years, he "did not learn from his evil ways" and remained a righteous Jew committed to the G-dly way of life. This is indicated by the gematria (numerology) of the Hebrew word garti ("sojourned") which equals 613 -- the number of mitzvot in the Torah.

But wasn't this rather boastful of Jacob? The same man who will soon be praying for deliverance and claiming that, "kotonti" ("I have been humbled") by all G-d's kindnesses to him, now seems to be pointing proudly to his piety, telling Esau how religious he has been?

The Chofetz Chaim (Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan, 1838-1933) offers a novel interpretation. He explains that Jacob's words should not be understood as a boast but rather as a lament. "I sojourned with Laban, but did not learn from his evil ways" means that Jacob is bemoaning the fact that he did not learn from the way Laban did evil. How did Laban do evil? Enthusiastically! With vim and vigor. His wicked ways were embarked on with a passion and energy, and Jacob regrets that his own good deeds were not performed as passionately as Laban's evil deeds.

Nikita Khrushchev (of United Nations shoe-banging fame) was once addressing a large public meeting in Russia during the anti-Stalinist period. He was blasting Stalin's cruel and unforgivable atrocities, when a voice in the crowd suddenly spoke up and asked, "If Stalin was such a villain, why didn't you do anything about it then?"

"Who said that?!" thundered Khrushchev. There was absolute silence in the hall. Not a sound, not a movement. People froze in fear.

"Now you understand why I didn't do anything," was Khrushchev's convincing answer.

This interesting interpretation of Jacob's lament reminds us that the voice of morality must be at least as loud as the voice of evil. Too often the voice of justice is soft and still while the voice of corruption and degeneracy is loud and bombastic.

Who will amplify the sweet, silent sound of goodness?

Let us strive to become as passionate and assertive for the cause of G-dliness and goodness as the other side is for evil and injustice. The world will be better balanced, much nicer and a lot safer.

(Excerpts from   - from  Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mazel Tov Hirschs!

Mazel tov to Yossi and Rochy Hirsch on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Menorah Parade - Sunday, December 9

Save the date!

The annual community Menorah Parade will take place on Sunday evening, December 9.

More details will be posted shortly.

N'shei Chabad Yud Tes Kislev Event

8th Day Concert Selling Out Fast

All of the $18 and $25 tickets for the Chanukah 8th Day concert at RCC have sold out.

If you are planning on coming to the concert, be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible at or at the Feldheim outlet near Wesley Kosher  before the concert is completely sold out.

Last year the concert was sold out ten days before the show and there were no tickets available at the door.

Yud Daled Kislev Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Wednesday, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan in honor of Yud Daled Kislev.

On the 14th of Kislev in 1928, the Rebbe married Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn, the middle daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the Frierdiker Rebbe. The wedding was held in Warsaw, Poland, at the Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Tomchei Temimim.

Upon Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak's passing in 1950, Rabbi Menachem Mendel succeeded his father-in-law as the Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. 

On the 14th of Kislev of 1953, at a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) marking his 25th wedding anniversary, the Rebbe said to his Chassidim: "This is the day that bound me to you, and you to me."

Monday, November 26, 2012

Reb Shlomo HaDarshan to Entertain MBCM Dinner

The Master of Ceremonies at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Fifth Annual Dinner will be the famous comedian and badchan, Reb Shlomo HaDarshan.

The dinner is taking place on Sunday, 17 Teves, December 30, at the Regency Banquet and Conference Center located within the Comfort Inn and Suites, 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet.

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

N'Shei Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

Mark your calendar!

There will be a N'shei Chabad Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for women this Sunday, December 2, at 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

The guest speaker will be Mrs. Joannie Tansky of Montreal.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mazel Tov Osters!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Leibl and Chana Oster on the engagement of their grandson Ephraim (Effi) Oster to Maryashi Caplan, both of Crown Heights!

For more photos of the l'chaim, please click here.

Time to Finish Your Mesechta

If you committed to learn a Mesechta of Gemara last Yud Tes Kislev as part of the Chalukas HaShas please remember to finish it in the next week before Yud Tes Kislev of this year which is next Monday, December 3.

If you forgot which Mesechta you committed to learn, please ask Rabbi Lesches.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Seeking Ride to N'shei Chabad Convention

Seeking ride for one to and from the N'Shei Chabad Convention in Connecticut. Please call 773-930-6335.

Car Menorahs for Sale

I have a car menorah that lights up, in used condition, for sale for $50 (some bulbs need to be replaced).

I also have two other of the same kind that need to be repaired (wiring needs to be redone). If you want to repair them, you can take them for free.

Please email me if you are interested at

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week’s Torah portion of Vayeitzei (Bereishis [Genesis] 28:10-32:3), we read the story of Jacob's dream and the famous ladder with its feet on the ground and head in the heavens. "And behold the angels of G-d were ascending and descending on it."

Let me ask you what they might call in Yiddish, a klotz kashe (simplistic question). Do angels need a ladder? Everyone knows angels have wings, not feet. So, if you have wings, why would you need a ladder?

There is a beautiful message here.

In climbing heavenward one does not necessarily need wings. Dispense with the dramatic. There is a ladder, a spiritual route clearly mapped out for us; a route that needs to be traversed step-by-step, one rung at a time. The pathway to Heaven is gradual, methodical and eminently manageable.

Many people are discouraged from even beginning a spiritual journey because they think it needs that huge leap of faith. They cannot see themselves reaching a degree of religious commitment which to them seems otherworldly. And yet, with the gradual step-by-step approach, one finds that the journey can be embarked upon and that the destination aspired to is actually not in outer space.

A fellow walks into a rabbi’s office, saying, "Rabbi, I want to become 'frum' (fully observant), - now tell me what I must do?” -  Now, isn’t that a rabbi’s dream come true for a congregant? Never!

Why not? Because a commitment like that is often here today and gone tomorrow. Like the popular saying, "Easy come, easy go." The correct and most successful method of achieving our Jewish objectives is the slow and steady approach. Gradual, yet consistent. As soon as one has become comfortable with one mitzvah, it is time to start on the next, and so on and so forth.

A teacher once asked the following question: "If two people are on a ladder, one at the top and one on the bottom, who is higher?" The class thought it was a pretty dumb question -- until the wise teacher explained that they were not really capable of judging who was higher or lower until they first ascertained in which direction each was headed.

If the fellow on top was going down, but the guy on the bottom was going up, then conceptually, the one on the bottom was actually higher.

And so my friends, it doesn't really matter what your starting point is or where you are at on the ladder of religious life. As long as you are moving in the right direction, as long as you are going up, you will, please G-d, succeed in climbing the heavenly heights.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Cutting Costs, New York Jewish Day School Goes Modular

By Mendy Rimler,

Early last May, a truck arrived at a leafy construction site in, Airmont, NY bearing an entire classroom wrapped in Tyvek. Just seven weeks later, and after many more trucks rolled in carrying similar loads, a two story, 24,000 square foot school building had completely risen from its concrete foundation.

The new school is the new home of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, a Jewish day school catering to a broad swath of Jewish communities in the Tri-state area and Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka Girls High School, which is run by Rabbi Dr. Chaim D Kagan. To build the state-of-the-art facility, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean of Cheder Chabad says the school followed a modular building plan.

“After we outgrew our previous location, we began working on zoning permits while the contractor was busy building this structure in the factory,” says Rabbi Shusterman. Construction time is dramatically cut down with modular manufacturing which translates the architectural design into components that are built in a factory, and then assembled on site.

But aside for time savings, modular construction can shave up to 25 percent off construction costs. In this case, the school saved $1 million in construction.

For a school that opened its doors in 2000 with 15 children in a nursery class , the new building marks an inflection point for some 300 young girls who will enjoy the benefits of a brand new home. Over the course of 12 years, says Rabbi Shusterman, “we moved from place to place as our school continued to evolve and grow. Now, we’ll have space for every child in our new building.”

This is no flimsy, poorly built structure. According to Tom Hardiman, Executive Director at industry trade group Modular Building Institute, “modular construction is as aesthetically pleasing and reliable as conventional construction.”

In fact, Hardiman says that it “may be more dependable because the modules are built in a factory-controlled environment, and when the modules are placed together, it creates a very strong structure.” Factories also don’t need to wait on setbacks that plague traditional construction, like weather delays and zoning permits. Plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen bring all the pieces together simultaneously, which results in a high quality designed and built building.

The current trend in the construction industry reflects growing interest in modular for commercial building, according to Modular Building Institute, so this campus is ahead of the curve in an industry that is poised to gain market share.

Adine Lipszyc, special education teacher at HASC and a mother of two girls in Cheder Chabad of Monsey says the larger premises is a blessing for a “new school that is growing very quickly.” Today, Cheder Chabad attracts boarding students from in the US and abroad, including Poughkeepsie and Westchester in upstate New York, Long Island NY, San Antonio, Texas, and even Prague in the Czech Republic. Inside the facility there are 30 classrooms, spacious multipurpose rooms, computer and science labs and administrative offices.

Mrs. Lipszyc is grateful for the new developments. “It’s beautiful, it’s airy and bright. It’s a huge step up,” she says. She has discerned in her children a strong sense of Jewish identity and tradition.

“I see that my older daughter wants to daven [pray], dress modestly and make the blessings before eating; she doesn’t roll her eyes at these things, she loves doing them.”

“That has a lot do with the school,” she says.

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the engagement of their son Ruvy to Esther Caytak of Ottawa, Canada!

For more photos of the l'chaim, please click here.

Rabbi Meilach Zwiebel to Farbreng Tonight

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NYLAG Offers Storm Help

Yisroel Schulman, Esq., President of the New York Legal Assistance Group, announces the establishment of the Storm Response Unit.

This new initiative, generously funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Robinhood Foundation, can help individuals as well as religious, charitable and educational institutions impacted by the Superstorm navigate the complex government assistance and insurance programs available to them.

For free legal help, call 212-584-3365 or email

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mrs. Hindy Borenstein Sitting Shiva in Monsey Today

Mrs. Hindy Borenstein will be sitting Shiva today, Tuesday, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM at 36 Pleasant Ridge Road. She can also be contacted at 845-463-5801 or 917-468-5801.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hachnosas Sefer Torah This Sunday

Avos U'Banim Off to a Good Start

More than 40 children and their fathers spent quality time learning together at the Avos U'bonim program at Tzemach Tzedek organized by Cheder Chabad of Monsey on Motzai Shabbos.

Thanks to our sponsors so far this year - R' Dovid Kaplan (Parshas VaYeira), R' Eliezer Spaeth (Parshas Chayei Sarah) and R' Shmuel Selinger ( Parshas Toldos)!

Anyone who wants to sponsor such a wonderful program in honor of a simcha, birthday , yahrzeit, etc. please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for my 10 year old daughter this Thursday, Nov. 22, afternoon. She is at Cheder Chabad of Monsey and needs a ride over the Tappan Zee or GWB. I am in Riverdale in the Bronx and could meet the driver at almost any point along the Route down the 87. If they are going straight to Crown Heights and are able to take her all the way there, that would work as well. If someone is going in that direction and is able to help, please contact Sorah or Levi Shemtov at 347-524-7389 or 718-549-2118.

Cheder Chabad Board Update

Hurricane Sandy Emergency Appeal

Rabbi Chaim Itche Drizin to Address Fifth Annual MBCM Dinner

The keynote address at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Fifth Annual Dinner will be delivered by renowned therapist and educational consultant, Rabbi Chaim Itche Drizin, MA, LMFT.

Rabbi Drizin is a licensed marriage and family therapist living in Aventura, Florida.

He combines Narrative Terapy with ancient Torah wisdom and Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought with his family practice. As an educational consultant for numerous private schools, he has helped hundreds of people learn how to communicate with their children and spouses in a more successful and productive way.

Formerly, Rabbi Drizin was a pioneering Shliach on Campus, at the University of California - Berkeley.

The dinner will be taking place on Sunday, 17 Teves, December 30, at the Regency Banquet and Conference Center located within the Comfort Inn and Suites, 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet.

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hashovas Aveida - Coat Swap

Someone mistakenly wore home my son's size 10 silver Gap winter coat
with gloves and earmuffs in the pocket from Bais Menachem this Shabbos.

We have your size 8.

Please call Chana at 508-878-3964 to arrange a switch back.

Mrs. Hindy Borenstein to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of  the passing of Yitzchok Isaac ben Ovadiah Sokol, father of Mrs. Hindy Borenstein of Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Levaya will take place this morning, Sunday, at Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park, at 11:00 AM. At approximately 12:30 PM, they will pass by 770 Eastern Parkway.

Shiva will be observed at 1271 51st Street in Brooklyn. You may also contact Mrs. Borenstein at 917-468-6131 or 718-633-2925 or

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Tonight - Cheder Chabad Chinese Auction

Friday, November 16, 2012

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:15 PM.

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazel tov R' Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the engagement of their granddaughter Devorah Warburg of TelzStone to Naftali Levenstein of Yerushalayim!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Our Torah portion this week Toldot (Bereishis [Genesis] 25:19-28:9) recounts the birth of the twins Yaacov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau). Growing up, the two boys developed their contrasting lifestyles - Jacob of piety and scholarship, as compared to  Esau, of violence and corruption. Towards the end of the portion, the Torah tells of Jacob receiving the blessings from his father Isaac.

Isaac asked Esau to prepare a dinner of venison for him, after which he would bless his son.  On Rebecca's advice, Jacob waited till Esau had left the house to go hunting for his father’s meal. Rebecca then cooked up a meal of goat meat – to taste like the venison that Esau was sure to bring – and then sheared the goats' skins so Jacob could wrap them around his arms to simulate hairiness, and even asked Jacob to don his brother's clothes

Isaac was blind, so when Jacob finally managed to creep into the room he had to imitate his brother's tone of voice and disposition, and then he prevaricated and stretched the truth a bit so that his aging father would not catch on.

Even after successfully receiving the blessings, for decades to come, he lived in fear of Esau's revenge.

Isn’t  it a bit curious why Rebecca and Jacob went through all that fuss and bother to surreptitiously engineer that Isaac's blessings go to Jacob and not his older brother Esau? Why didn't he and his mother just march openly into Isaac's room, bring proof of Esau's wickedness and convince Isaac that Jacob was the more worthy candidate in the first place?

When I visit people in the hospital, I often hear variations on a common theme: "Rabbi, I'm praying, but I don't really know if I deserve a miracle, after all, I'm not very religious…" Others are even less sanguine; they just assume that their lack of Jewish knowledge or observance to date precludes them from ever receiving G‑d's favor.

Perhaps it was to dispel this attitude that Rebecca forced Jacob to go through the whole charade. Sure, he could have walked identifiably into his father's study, dressed all in white, exuding nobility and religiosity, and claimed his rightful blessings. But the unmistakable message for the future would be that only the Jacobs among us deserve to be blessed.

But that's not good enough for a true Yiddishe mama (Jewish mother). Rebecca wanted to ensure merit for all Jews, for all generations. By deliberately going down-market and dressing Jacob in Esau's clothing, she demonstrated that every one of us, even those who currently look and act like Esau, are equally deserving of our Father's blessings.

(Excerpts from  - from  Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have an meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mini-Women's Farbrengen for Rosh Chodesh Kislev

Not to let the special day of Rosh Chodesh Kislev pass without acknowledging its importance, we will incorporate a mini-farbrengen within the structure of our "Wake Up to Tanya" class on Thursday morning, Rosh Chodesh Kislev, at10:00 AM at 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Hindy Borenstein will farbreng. All women and older girls are welcome.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights on Friday for one girl and for a ride back to Crown Heights on Motzai Shabbos. Please call 845-548-1499.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New Releases and Back in Print:  
Lessons in Tanya (Full Size and Compact Size)
Yalkut Bar Mitzvah:  Hebrew/English/Yiddish
Stories that the Rebbe Told Us (Vol. 1, 2)
From Where I Stand (Life Messages from the Parsha)
I Believe (Leibel Zisman)
Pray As G-d Would Pray (SIE) - Maamar
The King in the Field (SIE) - Maamar
Words of the Living G-d - Torah Or Selections

New Books for Children
Chanukah Guess Who?
Purim Guess Who?
Red is My Rimon
Dollars and Sense
Geulah Kinder (English/Yiddish) with CD

Getting Ready for Chanukah?
Vidibarta Bam: Chanukah
Nitai Gavriel:  Hilchos Chanukah
Shaarei Moadim:  Yimai Chanukah

For Children:
A Touch of Chanukah
Chanukah Guess Who?
A Chanukah Story for Night Number Three
Gut Yom Tov (Chabad Chassidishe Yomim Tovim)
Hidden Treasures (Find the Hidden Pictures)

Tallesim Katanim, Tallesim Gadolim, CD's, DVD's, Pushkas, Rebbe Photos, Siddurim, Chitasim, Tehillim and much, much more!

Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249. We try to be available whenever you are!

Seeking Ride on Wednesday

Looking for a ride this Wednesday, November 14, leaving from Monsey to Crown Heights for a single girl between 12 - 4 and leaving CH returning to Monsey approx 10pm. Text or call 347-760-1030.

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev this Thursday night following the 9:30 PM maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

For the first time since suffering a major heart attack five weeks earlier, on the eve of Shemini Atzeres, the Rebbe left his office in 770  and returned to his home, signaling his recovery. 

Chassidim all over rejoiced at the good news.

From that day on, the Rebbe redoubled his efforts on behalf of the Jewish nation and all of humanity, and for the dissemination of Torah and chassidism. From then on, the first of Kislev is celebrated as a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing.

No Samach Vov Shiur Wednesday Night

There will be no Samach Vov shiur this Wednesday night, November 14, due to the Litzman l'chaim.


Please say Tehillim for Yitzchok Isaac ben Hinda who is having a surgical procedure today.

Hashavos Aveida - Missing Coat

A shabbos size L Shabbos coat was mistakenly taken from Tzemach Tzedek on parshas Vayeira. It was a coat from one of the out-of-town bochrim in the mesivta. If you have it, please call 845-517-9034.

Monday, November 12, 2012

8Th Day Chanukah Concert

Mazel Tov Litzmans - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the engagement of their son Ruvy to Esther Caytak of Ottawa, Canada!

All are invited to the l'chaim this Wednesday night, November 14, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights.

MBCM Announces Dinner Honorees

Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka High School for Girls is proud to announce its honorees for this year's dinner!

Mr. and Mrs. Tzvi and Chaya Webb are being awarded the Avodas HaKodesh (Community Service) Award and will be announcing The Dr. Gertrude Webb Scholarship Fund.

Mr. and Mrs. Dror and Shlomit Frommer are being awarded the Parents of the Year Award.

The dinner will be taking place on Sunday, 17 Teves, December 30, at the Regency Banquet and Conference Center located within the Comfort Inn and Suites, 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet.

Cocktails will be at 6:00 PM followed by the dinner at 7:30 PM.

Information about the guest speaker and entertainment will be announced follow.

R' Marktowitz and R' Dr. Twerski at the Kinus

Lovely New Hempstead 48' Hi Ranch for Rent

A four bedroom, three bathroom single family home is available for rent in the wonderful frum family-friendly neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge in New Hempstead that is popular with Lubavitch families.

Home features new appliances; hardwood floors; new windows, double garage; central AC upstairs and downstairs; large flat yard surrounded by trees; updated bathrooms and fresh paint.

Several shuls are nearby including Beis Menachem Chabad which is a two-minute walk and Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch which is one mile away.

Available beginning January 2013. Asking $2,600 per month.

Please call 914-406-0818.

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

Two girls looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Friday, November 16. If available, please call 845-826-0378

Cheder Auction Early Bird Ends Tonight

The early bird special pricing for the upcoming Cheder Chabad of Monsey Chinese Auction ends at midnight tonight, Monday.

Be sure to buy your tickets now and help support our community school!

Mazel Tov Lehrers!

Mazel tov to Avraham and Rosie Lehrer 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(s), please sign up on Meal Train or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mazel Tov Spaeths!

Mazel tov to R' Eliezer and Sofia Spaeth on the birth of a granddaughter born to Daniel and Tzipora Israel of Pomona!

Generator & Shabbos

If you still do not have power and would like to borrow a generator and/or would like to spend Shabbos in a warm home, please contact Shmuel Amram at 845-590-5721.

Seeking Ride from Crown Heights Today

Looking for a ride to Monsey from Crown Heights for one or two children this afternoon. Please call 347-683-7170.

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim Program

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim for boys in grades 1-8 will take place at Tzemach Tzedek from 9:00-9:45 AM tomorrow morning.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Help Cheder Chabad's Shacharis Minyan

The morning minyan at Cheder Chabad needs help with completing our minyan for Grades 6-8. Even if you cannot make it every day, your participation will be very helpful whenever possible.

The davening times are Monday through Friday: Hodu at 7:45 AM

For more information, please contact Rabbi Wolowik at 845-356-1213 ext. 201 or

Lubavitch on the Palisades School Open House

Seeking Substitute Teacher

Lubavitch on the Palisades School has a substitute teaching position available for toddlers (18 months -24 months) to fill a maternity leave from the end of November for six weeks.

Hours are 8:30am-3:30pm.

Please contact Orite Rubenstein at 201-871-1152 ext 506 or

Displaced Family Seeks Temporary Housing

There is a family from the Far Rockaway area who lost everything in hurricane Sandy and need a home for the next few weeks to 2 months. They are wiling to come to Monsey.

They have 6 children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years.

If anyone can offer their home, please call Mrs. Sussie Brecher at 845-352-0357 or 516-410-8159.

Face Painting to Benefit Families Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Mrs. Yocheved Rappoport will be face painting this Sunday, November 11, at her home 12 Woodwind Lane, between 12 noon and 4:00 PM.

100% of the proceeds will go to assist families in the Bayswater and Far Rockaway communities who were devastated by hurricane Sandy.

The cost is $10 per child and $36 for four children. Checks can be made out to "YIWB Hurricane Relief Fund".

Your child will also have the opportunity to decorate a "Thinking of you" card that will be brought to children from Far Rockaway.

Please contact Yocheved at 347-420-0687 or to reserve a spot!

Suburban Bench Seat For Sale

We are selling a Little Seats extra 3rd or 4th bench seat for a Chevrolet Suburban for $500.

This bench was purchased brand new in 2008 and has three lap belts and is used for installing into the trunk of a Suburban to increase seats from 8 to 11.

This is safe and legal when installed properly. Can be installed rear or front facing.It is a tan covered seat. No rips or tears, everything works properly. The mounting gear is for a 1999 Suburban, if it does not fit yours, then you can order new mounting gear from This seat was purchased new for almost $800.00 and is meant for children to be used with no booster seat. It is designed for smaller children. (The suburban itself is for sale too - as parts so if you are interested let me know!)

Please contact 570-328-1921.

Power Returns to Cheder Girls Building

Beginning tomorrow, Friday, there will be normal school hours and bussing at Cheder Chabad boys and girls!

Seeking Ride From Brooklyn

Seeking ride tomorrow Friday, November 8, from Crown Heights or Brooklyn area to Monsey.

Please call or text Dvora at 617-676-7564.

Amsel Aufruf

Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Amsel invite you to the Aufruf of their son Chanina this Shabbos Mevorchim, Parshas Chayei Sarah, following davening at Yeshivas Ohr Sameach, 244 Route 306.

Davening begins at 9:00 AM followed by a joyous Kiddush.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Save the Date - Hachnosas Sefer Torah

New Chabad Sofer in Town

Rabbi Sholom Kass is a Sofer who has recently moved from Crown Heights to Monsey. His office is located at 25 Main Street (across from Rockland Kosher).

The office hours are: Monday - Thursday from 12pm until 7pm, and Sunday and Friday from 10am until 2pm. Walk-ins are welcome; there is no need to call prior to coming or to schedule an appointment.

Rabbi Kass is available to assist you with all your safrus needs; He both checks and sells Mezuzos, Teffilin, Megillos, and Sifrei Torah.

He also sells, Gartles, Chabad Wool Tzitzis with sizes ranging from 8-28, and Chabad Taleisim (in both the regular weave and the new Keter Chabad Light).

He offers quality products, stellar customer service, and prompt attention to your needs. To schedule a house call to have your Mezuzos checked, or for additional information, he can be reached at 845-262-0246. or visit

New Time for Avos U'Banim

Beginning this Motzai Shabbos, Avos U'Banim will take place from 6:45 to 7:45 PM.

Snow Plowing

For all of your snow plowing needs, please contact our own Eli Zisman at 347-7ELZEE7 (347-735-9337).

Reliable service guaranteed!

Released Time Program Beginning in Monsey

If you know any Jewish families whose children attend one of the local public schools, then Released Time may be a good idea for them.

Released time is a program that, under state and federal law, allows children in public schools to be released from regular classes one hour a week to attend religious classes.  Since 1941 thousands of children in the greater NYC area have benefited from classes where local shluchim and bochurim have provided exciting Jewish programming and enriched their Jewish identity.

A released time program is currently in the process of being formed in Rockland County.  If you know of any families with children in local public schools please mention this to them and please email Rabbi Gil Hami at he can be in touch with them.

If you are interested in being involved either by teaching a weekly class or supporting financially, please contact Rabbi Hami, as well.

More information on Released Time can be found at

Hashovas Aveida

I left a black Nautica coat in Tzemach Tzedek on Shabbos Parshas Vayeira and a Polo black sweater lying nearby. If found, please call 347-486-2628.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

"G-d helps those who help themselves"

Is this statement heresy? Does it deny the hand of G-d in our successes?

But indeed, "G-d helps those who help themselves" is a perfectly religious statement. What it means is absolutely consistent with traditional Jewish thinking. G-d does indeed help us to accomplish things, but He requires us to help ourselves first. If we just sit back and wait for miracles to happen, we may be disappointed.

"G-d will bless you in all that you do," (Deuteronomy 15, 18) makes it very clear. Our blessings come from G-d, but we must do. Of course, we believe in miracles--but we mustn't rely on them. The combination of our own hard work and efforts coupled with G-d's blessing is the ideal road to success. This is the meaning of the concept “Hishtadlut” – attempt and involvement.

The classic analogy is the farmer. He can plough and plant, sow and shvitz from today until tomorrow but if the rains don't come nothing will grow. Conversely, all the rains in the world will not cause anything to grow if the farmer hasn't planted first. After the farmer has done his work and the rains come from above, there will be a plentiful crop. And it's the same story whether we are farmers or shopkeepers, professionals or artisans, employers or employees.

This week's Parshah Chaye Sarah (Bereishis [Genesis] 23:1-25:18) tells of Isaac taking Rebecca as his wife. "And Isaac brought her to the tent of Sarah his mother." Rashi, quoting the Midrash, explains this to mean more than the obvious. When she entered the tent, it was as if she was Sarah, Isaac's mother. Because Sarah was of such saintly character, she was granted three special miracles. Her Shabbat candles burned the entire week, her dough was particularly blessed, and a heavenly cloud attached itself to her tent. When Sarah died, these blessings disappeared. When Rebecca arrived on the scene, they resumed immediately. In fact, this was a clear sign to Isaac that Rebecca was indeed his soul mate and that the shidduch was made in Heaven.

Each of those three miracles, however, required some form of human input first. A candle and fire had to be found, the dough had to be prepared and a tent had to be pitched before G-d would intervene and make those miracles happen. In other words, He does help us but we must help ourselves first.

Perhaps  like the fellow who would make a fervent prayer to G-d every week that he win the lottery, but no luck. In anguished disappointment, he vented his frustration with the Almighty. "Oh, G-d!  For months I've been praying to you. Why haven't you helped me win the lottery?" Whereupon a heavenly voice was heard saying, "Because you haven't bought a ticket, dummy!"

I wish it were that simple to win lotteries. But the fact is that it is the same in all our endeavors. G-d helps those who help themselves. May we all do our part.  Please G-d, He will do His.

(Excerpts from  - from  Rabbi  Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Cheder Chabad Outage Makes the News

By Randi Weiner, The Journal News

Little by little, the area’s schools are coming back to life from their “hurrication” — though in at least one city, an official has lost patience with the rate of progress.

Rye school board member Edward Fox complained Tuesday about what he called an “absurd” situation that has left Osborn School still dark. It is just one of a few schools in Westchester and Rockland that have yet to reopen.

Two utility poles in the Osborn School parking lot came down in the storm, taking wires with them. Consolidated Edison workers came to look over the situation Friday, put up cones, then asked the school Sunday to sign a work order to pay for the repairs since the poles are on school property. They promised the school would be back on line by Monday, Fox said.

Con Ed changed course Monday, saying the poles belonged to the school and the school would have to get a contractor to fix them, Fox said.

Fox said he’s spent hours on the phone with Con Ed staff, the governor’s office, the state Education Department, the Public Service Commission and anybody else he could think of to get the poles fixed and electricity back on so the 600 students could get back to class — to no avail.

Eventually, the school hired a contractor, got two poles from Con Ed and the work is progressing, with no guarantee the power would be back in time for school today, Fox said.

Con Ed spokeswoman Sara Banda said crews were on site Tuesday to oversee the work, and reported the problem fixed before 6:30 p.m. Schools Superintendent Frank Alvarez tweeted about 6:45 p.m. that school would reopen today.

“We helped them with the poles ... and did the best that we could to assist them,” she said. The company decided not to do the work because the poles belonged to the school, not the utility company, she said. She said crews have been working to resolve the situation.

All Putnam schools opened Monday. Seven Rockland schools were still dark as of Tuesday: Chedar Chabad of Monsey in Airmont, East Ramapo’s Eldorado Elementary in Chestnut Ridge, Yeshiva Viznitz in Monsey, Prime Time for Kids in New City, St. Margaret’s School in Pearl River, Bais Midresh of Rockland in Spring Valley and Rockland Country Day in Congers were without power as of 3 p.m., with most of them scheduled to be back on line by 11 p.m. today except for Prime Time for Kids. Orange & Rockland Utilities has estimated the business will be back on line Saturday.

Only two schools remained dark in Westchester as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and both were in Dobbs Ferry. Con Ed crews were waiting on word from the district that debris was cleared so they could finish the work, Banda said.

Though most schools were in session Tuesday, the first day back didn’t go as smoothly as hoped at Scarsdale Middle School. About 8:40 a.m., a ceiling pipe in a counselor’s office burst, setting off the fire alarm. The more than 1,000 students and staff evacuated the building, standing outside for about 20 minutes before the fire department gave the all-clear. The custodial staff was credited for quick and expert work in stemming the water, which damaged the rug, ceiling tiles, wallboard and papers on the desk. The school was not being used as a polling place.

Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cheder Auction Early Bird Special This Monday

The Cheder Chabad Auction is almost here and promises to be a fun filled evening of entertainment and laughter!

Hurricane Sandy has gotten into the act and has delayed the printing and mailing of the auction brochure.

In the meantime, you can get more information, view the prizes, and buy tickets online on our website.

The early bird discounted pricing deadline is this Monday, November 12th.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Vote Today!

Polls will be open from 6:00am - 9:00pm on Tuesday, November 6.

Rockland County Voters should be advised that every polling place will be open Tuesday, November 6th 2012 with one exception shown below. The districts that would normally vote at the Woodglen Elementary School at 121 Phillips Hill Rd are being relocated to the New City Elementary School at 60 Crestwood Dr. in New City.

The Election districts affected are Clarkstown 40, 53, 60 and 69.

Also be advised that we do not need electricity to vote or conduct the election. You as a voter will merely sign the poll book, be given a paper ballot to fill in your choice of candidates (fill in the ovals), and place you ballot in the Emergency Ballot box/slot to be counted later in a bipartisan manner. The ballots will be scanned through the system later when electricity is available should this occur. In other words this is the same manner of voting as always utilized if there is a machine breakdown and the machine cannot be fixed immediately. Some voters feel uncomfortable with this process but everything is done in a bipartisan manner and the ballots are secured at all times.

We have received generators from State and Local Emergency operations for sites without power.

For more voting information, please visit the Rockland County Board of Elections.

Help the Communities of Far Rockaway & The Five Towns

There are a group of people who are going to assist the families in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway who were hit very badly by Hurricane Sandy.  They are in need of the items below plus many others. If you are able to assist, please get in touch with the point person below. The items are:

  • If you are able to relocate families and minor possessions in conjunction with Achiezer, please call Motti Neiman at 917-804-3643.
  • If you are able to physically move possessions from their house to the street to assist in the clean-up process in conjunction with Achiezer please call Motti Neiman at 917-804-3643.
  • If you are able to donate clothing, food, toys and money. Drop offs are at:

New Clothing Only  - Yeshiva Darchei Noam, 259 Grandview Avenue from 8:30 a.m. Monday morning until 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and again from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

New and Used Clothing or Material, Canned Food - Berkowitz Family, 20 Sherri Lane, Wesley Hills

Generators, Gas Canisters, Clothing, Cleaning Supplies, Canned Food -  39 Pennington Way, New Hempstead or call Ezra Bennet at 845-558-8239 (please note that there are specific laws with transporting gas and generators as they are classified as HAZMAT material).
  • To donate funds to Achiezer, please contact Rabbi Horowitz at or donate online at
  • If you are able to host families for Shabbos coordinated by Yeshiva Shaar Yosheiv please contact Mimi Seif at 845-216-2238 or

Sandy Collection Today

A collection of clothes , jackets, toys and other essentials is taking place in Monsey today, Monday, for communities in Far Rockaway, the Five Towns & Seagate.

Please drop off whatever you can at 11 Voyager Court. Just leave it at the front door.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mesivta Bochurim Learn in the Dark

Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey bochurim learning in the dark before Tzemach Tzedek got its power back.

Cheder Chabad Schedule for Monday & Tuesday

There will be no bussing on Monday, November 5, and Tuesday, November 6. The following are the locations and schedule for this Monday and Tuesday:

All grades in Boys Elementary school will begin at 9:15 AM.
Minyan for Grades 6-8 will also begin at 9:15 AM.
Regular dismissal times for all grades.Grades 1-4 at 4:15 PM. Grades 5-8 at 5:25 PM.

Power has not yet been restored to the girls building. All grades besides Pre1A Boys and Girls should bring lunch. Everyone should bring snack and drinks.
  • Nursery and UPK Girls – 9:30 AM – 2:45 PM at the Meshchaninov home - 32 N. Southgate Drive, New Hempstead NY 10977.
  • UPK Boys – 9:30am – 2:45 PM at the Goldstein home – 6 Tokay Lane, Monsey NY 10952
  • Pre 1 A Boys and Girls 9:15 AM – 2:45 PM at Cheder Chabad Boys - 15 Widman Courtt, Spring Valley NY 10977
  • Grades 1-5 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek Shul - 2 Langeries Drive Monsey NY 10952
  • Grade 6 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Polinger home – 10 W. Fessler Drive Monsey NY 10952
  • Grade 7 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Klein home – 12 Kakiat Ln Spring Valley NY 10977
  • Grade 8 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Zeiler home – 22 Concord Drive Monsey NY 10952
The elementary grades should bring as many of the following supplies as possible:
Grade 1 – Siddur
Grade 2 – Siddur, Chumash Bereshis
Grade 3 – Siddur, Chumash Bereshis and Chumash binder
Grade 4 – Siddur, Chumash Bereshis and chumash booklet
Grade 5 – Siddur, Chumash Shemos
Grade 6 – Siddur, Chumash Shmos, Chumash booklet, Chitas
Grade 7 – Siddur, Chumash Bamidbar, Chitas
Grade 8 – Siddur Chumash Bamidbar, Chitas

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:30 PM.

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

Gas Availability

If you know of a gas station that has gas available for sale, please use the comments section of this post to let others know about it.

Please include gas station name, location and approximate wait time.

Generators Needed

As more homes get their electricity back let's keep those who haven't in mind.

If you have a generator that you can lend, rent or sell, please let people know in the comments section of this post.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Two Jobs Available in Kingston

A business owner in Kingston, NY, is presently looking to hire two people for his company. If you are interested please email

Immediate opening for an experienced individual with proven ability to manage our real estate development and property management accounting department. Responsibilities will include preparing budgets, financial statements, job costing, financial reporting and compliance to lending institutions, employee benefits administration and payroll.

Candidate must be well versed in NYS Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) and Section 42 compliance. There is a strong emphasis placed on software skills in YARDI, QuickBooks, and Master Builder applications.

Please submit salary/work history with 3 verifiable current job related references to apply.

Full charge through GL, construction/ cost accounting/ analysis, bank reconciliations, and payroll with software experience in Yardi, Quick Books and Masterßuilder or Timberline.

Reply with a work/salary history and job related references.


Please daven for Elisheva Rochel bas Gitel Malka and Shoshana Bas Dvora for a Refuah Shlaima.

Seeking Ride to CH on Sunday

If you or someone you know is going from Monsey to Crown Heights this Sunday (19 Cheshvan) and can take a Bochur along, please email

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Seeking Ride to CH

Looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights tomorrow, Friday, for two students who need to get to the Chabad in Campus Shabbaton.

Please call Dov Oliver at 845-659-2388.

Sandy Hachnosas Orchim

There are people in the community who still don't have power and would love a warm place for Shabbos and there are people who have power and would be happy to host a family for Shabbos.

Please use the comments section of this post to communicate!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

"I will bring bread, and you will feast your hearts and then continue on your way.' And they said, 'Yes, we will do as you said" -- Genesis 18:5.

Our Torah portion this week (Bereishis [Genesis]18:1-22:24) begins with the famous narrative of the three angels visiting the Patriarch Abraham. Unbeknownst to him, the three nomadic passersby whom he had chased down and was now offering to feed, were angels in human disguise. Their mission was to inform Abraham and Sarah that in precisely one year's time barren and aged Sarah would miraculously give birth to a child. They had no nutritional needs and the gourmet tongue à la mustard that Abraham rushed to prepare for them was as appealing to them as sand à la mustard. Whether or not they partook of this meal would not affect the outcome of their mission one iota.

So why did they accept the invitation? Why make an elderly man recuperating from a painful circumcision run around in a pointless pursuit? They didn't even attempt a polite "no, thank you, sir"! Would it not have been wiser and more "angelic" to politely decline Abraham's kind overture?

For people who, like Abraham, are naturally chesed (kindness) oriented -- giving is much easier, and infinitely more satisfying than receiving. This preference can stem from a variety of reasons, depending on the circumstances of the gift.

The act of giving allows the benefactor to feel important, valuable and productive -- both as a person in general, and also in the context of a particular relationship. Giving is also the ultimate expression of one's humanness, the ability to transcend one's own needs and care for another. And even on a selfish level, giving earns the giver respect and admiration.

As nice as it is to be given gifts, receiving often has strings attached. The recipient may not be expected to reciprocate in kind (due to the nature of the relationship or the recipient's means) but recompense in terms of gratitude and a feeling of indebtedness is certainly expected -- and may well be the giver's primary motive. Furthermore, a gift can sometimes be construed as a subtle attack on the beneficiary's self-sufficiency.

The above does not apply only to large and valuable gifts. Even our small gifts and kind gestures provide satisfaction for us

We hesitate to allow a friend to run an errand for us -- despite her generous offer and the fact that she is already in the store. Sometimes, we are even unwilling to accept advice ("Hmmm, that's a good idea but just won't work for me because... Thanks anyways!").

The lesson we can learn from the angels is: allow others to give gifts -- even if it makes us a bit uncomfortable, even if we'd rather be on the giving end.

Take it even if you don't need it. If it makes it easier for you, consider it giving instead of taking.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!


Please daven for a refuah for Chana Menucha bas Stessia.

Learning Torah Never Ends

Cheder Chabad of Monsey boys learning and davening at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek and at the Chabad shul in South Monsey today.

Filling Your Generator on Shabbos

Due to numerous requests, Rabbi Lesches has announced that one is allowed to ask a Gentile to put gasoline in a generator on Shabbos if:
  • There are babies or young children in the home.
  • There are adults who are afraid they will get sick from the cold in the home. 
If you have a specific question, please call the Rav at 845-659-1060.

Best wishes for a warm and lichtige Shabbos Kodesh!

R' Dovid Kaplan Farbrengen Tonight

Reb Dovid Kaplan will be making a farbengen tonight, Thursday, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the yahrzeit of his father.

All attendees will receive an audio CD with a beautiful shiur on the parsha.

Avos U'Banim Is On

Since the power is back on at Tzemach Tzedek, the first session of Avos U'Banim will take place this Motzai Shabbos.