Friday, July 27, 2012

Parsha Perspective

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

What does it mean to be visionary, to have a vision for your life and pursuits?

In a basic sense, this means conceptualizing goals and objectives; it means considering future potential and focusing on

a target for growth. It means recognizing that “now” isn’t all that there is.

“Now”—disconnected from the future and its possibilities—can be stale and aimless.

“Now” is our reality; but vision can breathe commitment, animation and hope into that reality.

Vision brings optimism and direction; it is the North Star which guides the efforts that actually bring our dream to life.

The problem is that with the passage of time it becomes more difficult for the realistic person to continue dreaming. Disappointments eventually take their toll on the human psyche.

Which raises the question: When does one learn to adjust one’s expectations and recognize that, that dreams are. . . just dreams?


While we should always be acutely aware of reality, warts and all, we can never stop believing in—and working toward—a brighter


Consider this: Our Holy Temple, along with our entire Jewish commonwealth, was destroyed by the Romans almost two thousand years ago.

It’s been rough ever since, and we’re fully aware of our reality. Every year, on Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, our national day of mourning, we remember the destruction and recognize the pain of our own times.

Yet, interestingly, the preceding Shabbat is always observed as a “Shabbat of Vision.” The Shabbat’s reading from the Prophets begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the eighteenth-century legendary chassidic master, taught a deeper reason for the moniker “Shabbat of Vision.” Every year, he explained, on the Shabbat before our collective day of mourning, G‑d shows us a Vision of the Future. We are shown a vision of a rebuilt Temple, a reconstituted people and a better world.

G‑d equips us for the mourning by ensuring that hope—the Vision—never dies; this Shabbat ensures that our sobering recognition of “now” doesn’t smother our hope for the future.

I can’t see this divinely granted vision with my physical eyes; but if G‑d is showing it to me, it must be resonating somewhere in my soul.

So this Shabbos I’ll prepare to tackle reality on Tisha B’Av by first searching myself to find G‑d’s vision of a beautiful future.

Will you join me?

(Excerpts from by Rabbi  Mendy Herson)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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Mazel Tov Abramowitz's!

Mazel tov to Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great grandson born to Menachem and Avigayil Warburg of Beit Shemesh, Eretz Yisroel!

Video Shiurim to be Shown at Tzemach Tzedek on Tisha B'Av

This Sunday, Tisha B'Av, two video shiurim given by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will be shown on large screens downstairs in Tzemach Tzedek for men and women.

These videos are otherwise not available online.

The following is the schedule for the videos:
  • 1:03 PM (Chatzos): The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes)
  • 2:30 PM: The History of the Book of Eicha  by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson  (50 minutes)
  • 3:30 PM (repeat): The Bar Kochva Revolt -- The Rise & Fall of a Moshiach  by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (55 minutes)
Mincha is at 2:00 PM and at 7:30 PM.
For the complete Tisha B'Av schedule for Tzemach Tzedek, please click here.

Heichal Menachem Tisha B'Av Schedule

Werth Upshernish

With gratitude to Hashem we invite you to celebrate the Upshernish of our son Yakov Tzemach Werth on Monday, July 30th at 6:30 PM  in our home at 120 Edison Court, #D (corner building on Jill and Kearsing).

Cutting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Please join us for dessert, l'chaim, and to cut the beautiful hair!

Yehoshua and Nechama Werth

Glasses to Montreal

If you are going from Monsey to Montreal in the near future and are able to bring me a new pair of glasses, please contact me at

Discounted Taleisim For Sale

Light wool Taleisim with Tzitis are available for sale at a closeout price of only $70.

There are only 20 available all in size 70.

 To purchase, please text 845-459-5772.

Rabbi Oster Makes Siyum on Shas

In a beautiful Kiddish Hashem, Rabbi Leibel Oster, a Lubavitcher Chosid from Monsey, made a siyum last night on the entire Shas at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey.
Photo and Video: R' Naftoli Marrus

Beis Menachem Seeks Junior Minyan Leader

Beis Menachem looking for bachurim to lead junior minyan and boys program on Shabbos mornings. For more information, please contact

Children's Program Canceled This Shabbos

The younger children's program at Tzemach Tzedek is canceled for this Shabbos, Parshas Devarim.