Friday, April 20, 2012

R' Zalman Goldstein Talks About his Apps

No Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

Due to a Bris, there will be no 9:00 AM Sunday morning Halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek this Sunday, April 22.

Shabbos Afternoon Halacha Shiur

The Shabbos afternoon Halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek will take place at 6:45 PM tomorrow.

Soble Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Yossi and Sara Gita Soble will be making a Shalom Zachor tonight in honor of the birth of their newborn son at their home, 81A Kearsing Parkway.

Beis Iyar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Iyar, the birthday of the Maharash, this Monday night, April 23, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn (1834-1882), the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe and known by the acrynom Maharash, was born in the town of Lubavitch in White Russia on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 from creation (1834). 

His father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzeddek) once remarked that Rabbi Shmuel's birthday, coinciding with the 17th day of the Omer Count, is defined by the Kabbalistic masters as Tifferes sheb'Tifferes ("Beauty of Beauty").

Although Rabbi Shmuel was the youngest of Rabbi Menachem Mendel's seven sons, he was chosen to succeed his father as Rebbe and leader of Chabad in the movement's capital, Lubavitch (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad Chassidism in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine). 

In addition to leading his Chassidim, guiding and advising their spiritual and material lives and authoring many maamarim, Rabbi Shmuel traveled extensively throughout Europe, meeting with government and business leaders to exert pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. Rabbi Shmuel passed away at age 48 on the 13th of Tishrei, 5643 (1882).

Machane Bnos Monsey

New Books at N'shei Chabad Bookstore

  • Geulah Kinder #1 - Yiddish/English with CD in Yiddish and English
  • Food Blessings for Toddlers (Cardboard Book) - Special Price for Teachers
  • Miracles: Amazing Stories in Our Times - Yehudis Engel
  • Who's Gonna Save the World? Tzvi Jacobs
  • Moshiach Workbook for Children

  • N'shei Chabad Bookstore, 6 Zabriskie Terrace

    Seeking Ride from Crown Heights

    I am looking for a ride to Monsey from Crown Heights this Sunday night. If you or someone you know has space, please call 610-301-5253.

    Parsha Perspective

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

    Towards the end of this week’s Torah portion, the Torah discusses the laws of Kashrut and the various anatomical “signs” which indicate which animals and fish are kosher.

    Two characteristics render aquatic creatures fit for consumption “This may you eat from everything that is in the water: everything that has fins and scales.”

    Beyond its meaning as a literal commandment, this verse is laden with symbolism. The Torah here outlines two fundamental guidelines for kosher Torah interpretation and Jewish innovation.

    Scales primarily serve to protect fish from the elements, to keep their bones and bodies intact. The function of fins, on the other hand, is to facilitate marine travel. They allow fish to lift, thrust, and steer themselves through water, to advance beyond their current station.

    The same is true regarding the navigation of Torah’s waters. A kosher Torah scholar and commentator is one with both fins (creativity) and scales (integrity). Without either one, his or her work is unfit for consumption. This applies as well to editors of the myriad Jewish-content magazines, websites, and pod-casts. They must think out-of-the-box but within the books, and be careful to lose nothing in translation.

    And the same is true of the Jewish community’s innovators, activists, and policy-makers. They must recognize the need for fresh and forward thinking and at the same time be deeply committed to the integrity of Jewish tradition. They must break ground without breaking bounds; be all the rage but not New Age. They must be protective and progressive—and in that order. Only then can we benefit from the wisdom and direction that they offer.

    For as our turbulent history demonstrates, the key to Jewish survival in the oceans of time has been our ability to be both traditional and modern, classic and current, conservative and liberal; fashioned from the old, but not old-fashioned.

    The Jewish home, as well, needs to maintain this constant balance of integrity and keeping proper adherence to Jewish tradition and values and yet allow for adaptation to modern-day developments and technological advancements. Just by way of example – before succumbing to having internet at home, one must ascertain that the proper safeguards are in place so that the internet and what it offers will not impose in any way on proper Jewish values or compromise Jewish moral integrities.

    Without a doubt, it is our Jewish “fins” and “scales” that have kept us fresh and kosher to this very day.

    Based on the Rebbe’s diary entry of 19th Elul 5701

    (excerpts  from -  Rabbi  Mendel Kalmenson)

    Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!