Friday, September 14, 2012

Mazel Tov Ganczs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shmuel Z. and Devorah Gancz on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals 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 845-354-4898 or

Community Kapparos

The annual Kapporos for the Lubavitch community will take place on Sunday, 7 Tishrei, September 23, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the parking lot of the Puppa girls school, 246 North Main Street in Spring Valley (Route 45).

for more information, please contact Rabbi Yossi Touger at 845-430-8342.

Cheder Phones & Email Down

UPDATE - Phones and internet are back up. 

Cheder Chabad of Monsey's phone and internet service is not working at the moment.

If you need to contact the Cheder, you can send an email to

If you have an urgent issue, you can:

For boys - Text Rabbi Wolowik at 914-960-2888. You can leave a message as well, but texting will get through sooner.

For girls and preschool - text Mrs. Rosenbluh at 917-755-4298. You can leave a message as well, but texting will get through sooner.

Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah Repairs

You may have noticed the past few days that the Tzemach Tzedek Mikvah water has not been as crystal clear as usual.

There is a leak in the filter and we have not been able to clean the water as efficiently.

Due to the weekend and Yom Tov, necessary parts for replacement will only be installed on Tzom Gedalyah, IY"H.

The water will likely be less than optimal on Shabbos and the second day of Rosh Hashana - but 100% kosher and mehudar.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Parsha Perspectve

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few days  before Rosh Hashana and the High Holidays –  a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully.

Towards the end of our Torah portion this week (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -30:20)

I call today upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life, so that you and your children may live .(Deuteronomy 30:19)

Do we really need the Torah to tell us to choose life?  Which person of sound mind would choose death?

One answer is that one must make a conscious decision to live and not just vegetate. And I don’t mean to live it up by living life in the fast lane. To “choose life” means to choose to live a meaningful life, a life committed to values and a higher purpose. Did it make any difference at all in that I inhabited planet Earth for so many years? Will anyone really know the difference if I’m gone? Is my life productive, worthwhile?

It is told that when the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless his Chossid and disciple Reb Yekutiel Liepler with wealth, he declined the offer, saying that he was afraid it would distract him from more spiritual pursuits. When the Rebbe then offered to bless him with longevity, Reb Yekutiel stipulated that it should not be “peasant’s years”, with “eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear; where one neither sees nor senses G‑dliness.”

This Reb Yekutiel was rather fussy, it seems. The holy Rebbe is offering him an amazing blessing, and he is making conditions! Yes, he chose life, and he chose to live a life that would be purposeful and productive, and that really would make a tangible difference. He wasn’t interested in a long life if, essentially, it would amount to an empty life.

As we stand just before Rosh Hashanah, let us resolve to choose life. Let us live lives of Torah values and noble deeds.

(Excerpts from   - from  Rabbi Yossi Goldman)

The administration, teaching staff and over 320 students in Cheder Chabad of Monsey extend to  you and your family  heartfelt wishes for a sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year in every aspect, materially and spiritually!

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Light Shalom Zachor

Yossi and Chaya Light will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at their home, 3 Lois Lane.