Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Hebrew Academy

N'shei Chabad Bookstore is Ready for Purim

Are you?
  • Kol Menachem Megillas Esther (Hebrew/English) 
  • Kehos Megillas Esther with Rebbe's Biurim (Hebrew) 
  • Kehos Megillas Esther (Paperback - Hebrew/English) 
  • Vidibarta Bam Megillas Esther (Hebrew/English) 
  • Holiday Maamorim (includes Purim) 
  • Chassidic Perspectives (includes Purim) 
  • Queen of Persia (Book) and Queen of Persia (DVD) 
  • A Very Special Gift (Hachai) 
  • The Complete Story of Purim 
  • Mendy's Music and Movement CD (Morah Music) 
  •  Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvos - New Study Schedule
Contact Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or 845-352-2736.

Parsha Perspective

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

Many things that we do and experience require a combination of emotion and action. The absence of feeling can affect the sincerity of the action and minimize its effectiveness. For example, wishing a close friend “Mazel Tov” without display of excitement has minimal meaning. Mechanically helping a friend in need without empathy and interest will result in incomplete support. Praying just by mouthing the words seems like a meaningless exercise.

But feelings don’t come automatically. We cannot just turn the happiness switch on, or suddenly feel love towards another person. So what do we do when we don’t feel happiness and empathy, or we feel totally uninspired and disinterested?

In this week’s Torah portion we learn that the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) had to wear elaborate clothing when serving in the Temple. These garments had to be sewn according to a very specific design, and wearing them during service was of critical importance.

The significance of these garments is explained by one of the early commentaries, based on the principle that the heart follows the actions. This means that while indeed feelings can motivate more effective action, the opposite is also true. If someone is uninspired or disinterested, but forces himself to do what is right with maximum effort, the power of the action is so strong that it will nurture and develop feelings and strong emotion.

The Kohen Gadol had an awesome responsibility. He served in the Temple, representing the entire Jewish nation, to achieve Divine atonement and blessing. This task required a strong focus and an intense sense of devotion - one which he might not naturally have felt. However, donning beautiful garments, an action that made him “look the part,” ensured that his heart and mind were in total focus.

So if you show up to your friend’s wedding in a bad mood, just get right into the dance circle. If you hear of someone in need but feel apathetic, force yourself to run over and ask how you can help. If you don't feel like praying, grab a siddur (prayerbook) and say the words carefully. Actions with effort create strong feelings. Do a good act. The heart will follow.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

(excerpts from chabad.org - Rabbi Michoel Gourarie)

Last Avos U'Bonim of the Year

This Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Tetzaveh, will be the last session of Avos U'bonim for this season. The program will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 PM at Tzemach Tzedek followed by a Siyum HaRambam.

In honor of it being the last session pizza will be served after the learning .

All elementary school boys are encouraged to bring their Tatties to this closing session.

We want to thank Mordechai Litzman and family for sponsoring this week's program as well as the following families who have sponsored Avos U'Bonim programs throughout this past winter: Yitchok Abramowitz Shmuel Amram, Rabbi Moshe Liberow, Dr. Baruch Silverstein, Avraham Hayman, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kagan Y. Marrus, Gershon Felberbaum and Eli Zisman (we apologize if any names were omitted by accident)!

MBCM Card Program

In the spirit of the days of purim, celebration, giving and receiving we at Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka would like to ask you to please join our “card” program.

Simple Sign up, receive the card, load it, and you are ready to go.

Please note that there is no cost for applying or an annual fee.

Please take a moment and go to www.monseybcm.com/card to sign up and for more information.

South Monsey Playgroup

Havdala Workshop at Cheder Chabad Boys

In honor of Purim, when we read ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר, the Cheder boys were treated to a special workshop on הבדלה presented by R’ Moshe Grossbaum of the Living Legacy Program.

While learning all about הבדלה, each child got a chance to create their very own הבדלה candle that their family can use when they make הבדלה.

Siyum HaRambam at Heichal Menachem