Friday, May 25, 2012

Local Shluchim Join Regional Kinus

Local Shluchim joined 180 of their colleagues at a regional Kinus for Shluchim serving the greater New York and New England area which was held in Port Washington, New York, this past Sunday.

Rabbi Lesches gave a Halacha session and Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, Dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, gave a session on "The Chinuch of Our Children".

Rare Opportunity to Dedicate a Classroom in New Girls Building

If you haven’t driven through South Monsey lately, the new building for the girls’ Cheder and MBCM high school has Baruch Hashem appeared before our very eyes.

There is still work to be done, and with your help, the building will open in time for the new school year this coming fall, IY”H.

In conjunction with the Cheder's upcoming dinner on Sunday, Sivan 20 - June 10, and as an incentive to dedicate classrooms to the Cheder, the Hayman family will sponsor part of your donation for each new classroom dedication.

While all donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated, this offer only applies to classroom dedications ($18,000 - please see dedication list below).

If you commit now and agree to pay at least fifty percent by September 1, 2012, the Hayman family will contribute $1,800 towards your commitment. In addition, the Hayman family will also pay $1,800 on your behalf for a journal ad (Gold Dedication Level) for the dinner which includes reservations for up to 4 people.

If you are interested or want more information, please contact Dovid Novack, the Administrative Director of the Cheder at 845-356-1213, ext. 202, by June 3rd.

This offer is being made in Memory of Leah Miriam Hayman whose yahrzeit is on 14 Sivan.

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Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's Torah reading is called Bamidbar, "in the desert" and is always read before holiday of Shavuot. The connection is obvious—after all, Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah, an event that transpired in the Sinai Desert.

In the desert there are no towns or neighborhoods--you'd be neither on the right nor on the wrong side of the tracks. There aren't any department stores or grocery stores-- which is why, say our sages, G-d gave us the Torah in the desert.

Had He given it to us on Wall Street, He would have had to decide whom to appoint to the board and who should retain a controlling interest. Had He given it to us in the Holy Land, He'd have had to decide if He wants it in religious Jerusalem, mystical Sefad or hi-tech Tel Aviv. Or perhaps He'd have preferred a Marxist kibbutz or even a neo-Zionist settlement?

G-d wanted no shareholders in his Torah, no corporate structure, no social or political context. In fact, no context whatsoever. Just us and the Torah.

Wouldn't it have been great to stay in the desert?

But as soon as G-d was sure that we'd gotten the message--that we understood that the Torah is not the product of any particular age, environment or cultural milieu, and that it belongs, absolutely and unequivocally, to each and every one of us--he sent us to the cities and the towns of His world, to its farms and marketplaces, to its universities and office complexes. He told us that now that He's done His part, it's up to us to make His Torah relevant in all these places and in all these contexts.

G‑d gave us the Torah there to teach us that our job is to transform a world which is a spiritual desert, lacking morals, ethics and humility, into a world of Torah and peace.

And more personally speaking: At times we find ourselves in a moral Sinai, when our life seems empty and dull, uninspiring, depressing and barren. There, specifically there, the Torah must enter and push us out of the rut.

Torah is not only for the synagogue. It is for the desert as well.

May the literal title of our parshah of Bamidbar and the many lessons it conveys serve as a fitting prelude for the beautiful festival of Shavuot. May we receive the Torah with joy and earnestness so that this important festival will be both meaningful and memorable.

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and a joyous Shavuos!

(excerpts from chabad.org) 

No Kol Hanorim Minyan, Yes Mesibas Shabbos

There will not be a Kol Hanorim children's minyan this Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar and on Shavuos.

There will be a Mesibas Shabbos this Shabbos for boys in grades 1 through 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Tzemach Tzedek.

Mazel Tov Silversteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yisroel and Mushkie Silverstein on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community 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 karenschild@yahoo.com or 845-354-4898.

Pidyon Shvuyim - Jacob Ostreicher

Jacob Ostreicher is a frum Jew from Borough Park who  has been sitting in prison in Bolivia for many months although he has not been charged.

Please take a moment and sign a petition and help this husband, father and grandfather come home.

To sign the petition, click here.