Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shulchan Aruch Shiur

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

Tu B'Shvat Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Tu B'Shvat following the 9:30 Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek this Wednesday night, February 8.

R' Herson to Farbreng This Motzai Shabbos

Rabbi Moshe Herson, head Shliach of New Jersey and dean of the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, will be farbrenging in Monsey at Beis Menachem next Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Bshalach, February 4, at 8:30 PM in honor of Yud Shvat.

A Parsha thought

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Every Shabbat table boasts a goblet of wine and two loaves of the special Shabbos bread - challah. Why do we have two loaves? Our Parshah teaches that, in the desert, G-d gave our ancestors a daily portion of manna. On Friday, He gave them two portions, one for Friday and the other for Shabbat. We mark this miracle by placing two loaves of bread on our Shabbat table.

Everyone came home with the standard measurement of Manna regardless of how much or little he gathered in the field. All Manna that was left uneaten by sundown would spoil. There was, however, one exception: the portion left over after sundown, on Friday. That remained fresh to be eaten on Shabbat. 

Everything in Torah carries a moral lesson that is eternal. Eternal lessons are as relevant today as they were on the day that they were written. What is the relevant moral lesson to be derived from the Manna's three qualities? Our lot is determined in heaven, and we all receive our share. Working overtime will not increase our allotment, and working under-time will not decrease it either. All money not utilized by the end of our lifetime - our "sundown" - will go to waste, because we cannot take it along.

There is, however, one exception: money that is saved for the Shabbat meal -- i.e. used for the purpose of a Mitzvah. That money, as any money used for a Mitzva, will never go to waste, and will earn its owner eternal reward in the World to Come.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Avos U'Bonim Yud Shvat Melava Malka

The annual Avos U'Bonim Melave Malka in honor of Yud Shvat will be held this Motzai Shabbos after the regular learning program at Tzemach Tzedek.

This special pareve Melave Malka is being hosted by the Amram family in honor of Menachem Mendel's birthday on Sunday (12 Shvat).

All elementary age boys are encouraged to come with their fathers to enjoy this quality time together with a beautiful Melave Malka to follow!

If you would like to sponsor any other Avos U'Bonim programs, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at 845-356-1213 ext. 104.

Gershon & Devorah Sandler Opening New Camp

Daily Mincha Time Change

Beginning this Sunday, the daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 5:00 PM.

Tzvi Jacobs Releases New Book

Monsey's very own Reb Tzvi Jacobs has just released a new book entitled "Who's Gonna Save the World? - Journeys of a Southern Jewish Boy".

Tzvi, who has previously authored "From the Heavens to the Heart", is an accomplished writer and captivating storyteller.

To purchase the book, please contact tzvijacobs@msn.com.