Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wolowik Kiddush This Shabbos

Rabbi Avrohom and Baily Wolowik invite the community to a kiddush this Shabbos, Parshas Vayichi, in honor of the recent birth of their daughter, Chana.

The kiddush will take place following davening at Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306. Davening at Bais Menachem is at 9:30 AM.


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Why does this week's Torah reading (Bersishis [Genesis]  47:28 - 50:26) - which describes the end of Jacob’s life, his death and his funeral -- carry the title Vayechi, "And He Lived"?

Let me be faithful to Jewish tradition and try to answer one question with another question. Interestingly, the Torah never actually states that Jacob died. It simply says that "he expired and was gathered unto his people”. This prompted one of the Talmudic sages to expound that "our father Jacob never died."  Whereupon his colleagues challenged him and asked, "Did they then bury Jacob for no reason? Did they eulogize him in vain?" To which the Talmud answers: "As his descendants live, so does he live."

Life does not end with the grave. The soul never dies and the good work men and women do on earth continues to live on long after their physical passing. More particularly, if there is regeneration, if children emulate the example of their forbears, then their parents and teachers live on through them.

When Jacob was about to breathe his last, he called his children to gather round his bedside. Our Parshah recounts what he told each of them. But the Midrash gives us a behind-the-scenes account. Apparently, Jacob was anxious to know whether all his offspring were keeping the faith and he put this concern to them at that time. They replied, Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad--"Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One." They were saying that the G-d of Israel, their father, would always be their G-d, too. Jacob was comforted and responded, Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso L'olam Va'ed--"Blessed be the Name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever"3 (or in plain English, Baruch Hashem! Thank G-d!)

When all of Jacob's children remained faithful to his tradition, that was not only a tribute to Jacob's memory but the ultimate gift of eternal life bestowed upon him. His spirit lives on, his life's work continues to flourish and he is still present in this world as his soul lives on in the next.

In following his path, Jacob's children immortalized him. Such a Parshah is aptly entitled Vayechi, "And he lived." Ultimately, our children make us immortal. And so do our students, our spiritual children. May we each be privileged to raise families and disciples who will be true children of Israel, faithful to our father Jacob and the G-d of Israel.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - from  Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion,
please contact Rabbi Shusterman at yshusterman@chedermonsey.org.

Cheder Fourth Grade Boys Learn About Art

Thank you Mrs. Deitsch for coming to the Cheder Chabad Boys fourth grade and teaching the boys all about art!

The boys really enjoyed both learning how art is a talent and how it can be used to express their feelings. Mrs Deitsch also shared with us a Sicha from the Rebbe where the Rebbe spoke about art and how its so important for one to use their talents from Hashem in a positive way.

Every boy made their own beautiful art design on canvas!

Thank you from Rabbi Wiener and the fourth grade!   

Scheiner & Kohn Wedding Invitation

With joy and gratitude to Hashem,
we take great pleasure in
inviting you to join us
in celebrating our marriage

Tikva  ‘שתחי
and
Sholom Dovber   ‘ שיחי

Sunday, the twenty fourth
 of Teves, 5773,
the sixth of January, 2013;
Reception at two  o’clock
in the afternoon,
Chupah at three thirty;
7 Pinewood Dr., Monsey, NY  10952

Sholom DovBer Scheiner and Tikvah J. Kohn

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka Marking 200 Years Since the Histalkus of the Alter Rebbe

Monsey Siyum HaTorah This Motzai Shabbos