Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seeking Ride to Ohel for Shabbos

Looking for a ride for one bochur from Monsey to the Ohel for this Shabbos. Please call or text 845-445-8155 if you have room.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Moshe (Moses) was exceedingly distressed, and he said to the L-rd, "Do not accept the offering [of Korach and his cohorts]. I have not taken a donkey from a single one of them, and I have not harmed a single one of them." – Bamidbor [Numbers ]16:15

Humility was one of  Moshe ' most outstanding qualities. In fact, the Torah affirms that " Moshe  was exceedingly humble, more so than any person on the face of the earth." Yet, in this week’s Torah portion, Korach  (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1- 18:32) when his leadership was contested by his scholarly and prodigious cousin Korach,  Moshe  responds with seemingly uncharacteristic righteous indignation. One would have expected  Moshe  to turn to G‑d and say, "A-lmighty, perhaps You should consider allowing Korach to assume my position—he is far more qualified than me! I am more than happy to abdicate my position to the worthier candidate!"

A proper understanding of how the Torah views humility will explain how Moses' reaction to Korach's uprising wasn't inconsistent with his exceptional humbleness.

True humility is not a result of an undervaluation of one's talents and accomplishments. Such is a false humility, for it is built on a false foundation. Rather, the truly humble individual is keenly aware of all his strengths and qualities—but simultaneously recognizes that all these talents are G‑d-given, and therefore do not constitute a reason to feel superior to another whom G‑d has not bequeathed such talents. "Perhaps," the humble person thinks, "if that person had been blessed with the same gifts, he would have accomplished the same as me—or perhaps even more!"

Moshe recognized that G‑d had endowed him with tremendous leadership qualities, and he therefore absolutely rejected the notion of relinquishing his position to anyone. This cognizance, however, did not interfere with his genuine humility and respect for every Jew.

On a deeper level, the person who is entirely devoted to fulfilling the will of his Creator is naturally egoless, because he has no personal ambition—his goal is only to further G‑d's "agenda" on this world. While arrogance is a sense of self-importance, dedication to G‑d means realizing that life isn't about the individual or what he wants, it's about serving a higher purpose. Moses, despite all his greatness, of which he was keenly aware, was a dedicated servant of G‑d. And when Korach sought to impede his fulfillment of his divinely ordained mission in life – shepherding the Jewish Nation – Moses responded by firing on all cylinders.

Many confuse humility with meekness. In truth, the humble person is very driven and will not stomach any opposition. But he is not driven by his own ego; he is driven by a desire to implement the Divine plan.

(excerpts from by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

If anyone would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective please contact Rabbi Shusterman

Have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

General Studies Teaching Positions Available

Cheder Chabad of Monsey's Boys and Girls divisions have general studies teaching positions available for the upcoming 5773 - 2012/13 school year.

Salaries based on qualifications and experience.

 Please send resume and references to or fax to 845-290-9616.

Seeking Ride to Crown Heights

Looking for ride for one person from Monsey to Crown Heights for Shabbos. Please call Rivka at 845-608-4204.

Shabbos Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen & Sheva Brachos

Rabbi Lesches will farbreng this Shabbos Gimmel Tammuz following davening at Tzemach Tzedek. 

The farbrengen will be sponsored by the Meshchaninov family in honor of the wedding of Elisheva to Berel Shwartz and will include Sheva Brachos.

Mazel Tov Bronsteins - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Nachman and Chavie Bronstein on the engagement of their daughter Fraidy to Moshe Chaim Raices of Postville, Iowa!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Thursday, at 8:30 PM at Yeshiva Chovovei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen This Sunday Night

There will be a community achdus farbrengen for men and women with Rabbi Yossi Paltiel in honor of Gimmel Tammuz this Sunday night, June 24, at 8:00 PM in the main shul of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek.

Rabbi Paltiel is a popular teacher and mentor with a gift for communicating his passion for Torah and Judaism. His classes weave together classic commentaries, Jewish Law, history and philosophy, personal stories, and a deep knowledge of Chassidus and Kabbala into a whole that's both intellectually challenging and heartwarming.

Rabbi Paltiel currently teaches at Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Chovevei Torah (United Lubavitcher Yeshiva), Machon Chana Women's Institute and at the Beis Midrash L'Nashim in Crown Heights. He is also the co-founder of Inside Chassidus, an online resource for the study of Chassidus.

Cheder Registration Opens for Upcoming School Year

Registration for the upcoming 5773 (2012-2013) school year for Cheder Chabad of Monsey opened today.

If you are new to Cheder Chabad, please submit the new family form to begin the registration process -

You will receive a user ID and password to login to the online registration system at