Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hundreds Are Inspired at Heichal Menachem's Chof Daled Teves Melava Malka Farbrengen

More than 600 people attended a large farbrengen in The Atrium Plaza ballroom this past Motzai Shabbos at an event organized by Heichal Menachem of Monsey in honor of Chof Daled Teves, marking 200 years since the Histalkus of the Alter Rebbe.

The Melava Malka farbrengen was attended by local rabbonim from Monsey and New Square and drew a diverse crowd of men and bochurim representing the entire spectrum of Yiddishkeit seeking to learn and delve into the infinite scope of Chassidus.

The program was organized by Heichal Menachem's director, R' Dovid Oberlander, son of Rav Gedalia Oberlander, and was chaired by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz.

The evening was graced by Reb Yoel Kahan, the leading Chozer of the Rebbe, who spoke passionately about the power of Chassidus and the influence of the Alter Rebbe in Pnimiyus Hatorah – Chassidus, the Tanya.

World renowned lecturer from Eretz Yisroel, HaRav Cheskel Sofer, expanded on an enlightening thought in Tanya, “Chassidus does for the Neshama that which Yetzias Mitrayim did for the Guf (Yidden).”

In addition, the participants were privileged to hear a sicha of the Rebbe as the Rebbe encouraged all to learn Chassidus with the perception “that Chassidus is Nogeah (relevant) to each and every one of us.”

Hundreds flocked to buy Chassidishe Seforim, particularly those of the Alter Rebbe, marked down especially for this auspicious occasion.

Throughout talented musician Yossi Cohen and his kappelah enhanced the evening with various Chassidishe niggunim. The inspiration was palpable and lingered on as the evening concluded and all those in attendance received a tshura, sponsored by HaRav Zushe Wilhelm and family, Menahel Ruchni of Mesivta Oholei Torah, and printed especially for this event.

Rosh Chodesh Shvat Farbrengen on Wednesday Night

There will be a farbrengen tomorrow evening, Wednesday, January 1, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Rosh Chodesh Shvat.

Yarchei Kallah Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 1

Due to the fact that many people will be off from work this Wednesday, January 1, there will be a Yarchei Kallah at Tzemach Tzedek.

The following is the schedule for the day:
  • 7:00 AM: Shacharis 1
  • 8:00 AM: Shacharis 2
  • 9:00 AM: Shacharis 3
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Shiur on the sugya of opening containers on Shabbos in Mesechtas Shabbos (amud 146A). 
  • 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: The Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch 314 on opening containers on Shabbos.
  • 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM: Chassidus shiur on Basi LaGani 5734 in preparation for Yud Shvat.
  • 4:15 PM: Mincha 
All are encouraged to participate!

Last Chance to Have Your Donation Matched

Sunday, December 29, 2013

End of Year Message from Cheder Chabad

Mrs. Malka Touger Speaking Again on Monday

Due to Overwhelming Demand

Mrs. Malka Touger
Renowned Lecturer and Teacher

Will be giving an additional lecture - One Time / Three Part

Monday morning, December 30, ’13
16 Charlotte Dr., SV.

Ø  9:30-10:45 “Is Two, One too Many?”
Ø  11:00 -12:15 “Behind Closed Doors”
Ø  12:30-1:45 “What Husbands Want Their Wives to Know”

RSVP preffered 908-692-8276
Single Session $15.00  All Sessions $35.00

Program to commence promptly at 9:30 AM due to time restaint.

Shiur for Married Women Only

Friday, December 27, 2013

Avos U'Bonim This Motzai Shabbos

Reminder - Pizza will be served following Avos U'bonim at Tzemach Tzedek this Motzai Shabbos.

This week's program is sponsored by Dr. Eli Neiman in honor of the complete recovery of his father and father in law from illness.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

“Gratitude is an attitude,” some wise man surely must have said at some time. The Bible, in this week’s Parshah, demonstrates just how far Jewish tradition teaches us to be grateful and to remember our benefactors.

Seven of the ten plagues occur in the Torah portion this week of Va’aira (Shmos [Exodus] 6:2- 9:35). Moses, messenger of G‑d, is busy bringing down these terrifying plagues on Pharaoh’s Egypt. Yet, interestingly, he calls upon his brother Aaron to be the agent for the first three plagues—blood, frogs and lice. Why did Moses not do these himself, as he would do the others?

The Midrash, quoted by Rashi, teaches us that this is because it was through the agency of the waters of the Nile River that Moses was saved as an infant when he was put in the basket. It would have been insensitive and inappropriate for him to strike those very waters in order to bring on plagues. Seeing as the blood and the frogs both came directly from the water, it was Aaron who stuck the water rather than Moses. Similarly with the third plague, that of lice. The lice came from out of the ground, and the earth, too, had helped Moses to cover the body of the Egyptian taskmaster whom he had killed defending a Jewish slave. Therefore, it would have been wrong for Moses to strike the earth, and so for this plague, too, Aaron was the agent.

What a monumental lesson to each of us on the importance of gratitude. First: Do water and earth have feelings? Would they know the difference if they were struck, and who was doing the striking? How much more so should we be considerate of human beings when they have done us a kindness. How scrupulous we ought to be not to offend people, especially those who have come to our assistance.

Second: Moses was 80 years old at the time of the plagues. These incidents with the water and earth occurred when he was a mere infant and when he was a very young man. And yet, all these years later he is still sensitive not to strike the objects that had helped him. He did not say, as so many have after him, “So what have you done for me lately?”

The story is told of the Chatam Sofer (Rabbi Moshe Schreiber, 1762–1839) that he once did an enormous favor for someone. Later, the fellow asked him, “Rabbi, what can I ever do to repay you for your kindness?” The Chatam Sofer replied, “One day, when you get upset and angry with me, please remember what I have done for you today—and, rather than pelting me with big rocks, please throw small stones instead.” Sad, but oh so true. In a similar vein, an elder Jew once said of someone, “Why does he hate me so much? I never did him any favors!”

This little story of Moses teaches us to remember the kindnesses that are bestowed upon us—when they happen, and forever. If one who has been good to us in the past does wrong and needs chastising, let someone else volunteer for the job. He may need rebuking, but you’re not the one to do it.

Once again, the Torah is teaching us not only religious ritual, but how to be better people—more sensitive, and eternally grateful human beings.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shiur Tonight - Cults, COTS and Curious Cures

Rabbi Kagan's weekly Halacha shiur will be held tonight, Thursday, at the home of the Zeilers, 22 Concord Drive, from 9:15 to 10:15 PM.

The topic of the shiur will be "Cults, COTS and Curious Cures".

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka This Motzai Shabbos

Chesed Opportunity

Looking to put together about five people to share in taking an elderly Lubavitcher Chossid (who had more than one Yechidus with the Freidicha Rebee and who has been through Shas a number of times) who needs help getting to the store once a week.

Could be day or evening.

If you can help call 845-596-1311.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Thursday, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Chof Daled Teves.

Chof Daled Teves marks the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Teves, at approximately 10:30 PM, shortly after reciting Havdalah. The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cheder Producing Community Directory - Your Information Is needed

Our Anash community has B”H expanded tremendously over the past few years to several hundred families and growing. We at Cheder Chabad of Monsey are proud and thankful that our Mossad has had the zchus of encouraging and enabling Chabad families to move to Monsey by offering a warm Lubavitcher chinuch for their children.

A majority of our Anash families have businesses that they manage on a full or part time basis. Construction contractors, plumbers, electricians, shoe retailers, insurance brokers, mortgage brokerages, title companies, caterers, bakers, graphic design, photography, videography, the list goes on and on. Given the right price and quality, we would all certainly want to give our business to those in our community but all too often we have no idea what is available or how to contact the business owners.  

The Monsey Anash Directory Project was launched to respond to the needs of our growing community. The Directory will contain an updated listing of all our Anash families as well as a goods and services directory. There will also be opportunities to place formal advertisements for a very nominal charge.

If you would like to be listed in the Directory, please copy and past the form below, complete it, and email it to directory@chedermonsey.org  Let us know if you would like to advertise in the directory and we will be in touch.


Yeruchem Cohen, Boruch Greenwald, Shloime Litzman, Michal Rimler and Chaim Schild
The Anash Directory Committee

Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey Directory Entry Form

Please choose and update below what you would like displayed in a printed directory listing.
Street address:
Mailing address (if not same):
Home phone:

Cell phone(s):
Business phone:
Would you be interested in taking out a formal ad (full page to business card) in the Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey directory for a nominal charge?

Please copy and past the above questions and your responses and email it to directory@chedermonsey.org.

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. and Mrs. Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the engagement of their son Levi Yitzchok to Peri Rappaport of Flatbush, New York!

Mrs. Malka Touger Speaking in Monsey Twice on Wednesday

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yarchei Kallah This Wednesday

Due to the fact that many people will be off from work this Wednesday, December 25, there will be a Yarchei Kallah at Tzemach Tzedek.

The following is the schedule for the day:
  • 7:00 AM: Shacharis 1
  • 8:00 AM: Shacharis 2
  • 9:00 AM: Shacharis 3
  • 10:00 to 11:00 AM: Shiur on the Sugya of Tevilas Kelim in Mesechtas Avodah Zorah (daf Ayin Hey - amud beis) by Rabbi Lesches. 
  • 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: The Rebbe’s sicha on Tevilas Kelim
  • 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM: Chassidus shiur on Tanya Perek Yud Beis, the level of a benonei.
All are encouraged to participate!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week's Torah reading, we begin the second book of the Torah Shmos (Exodus1:1-6:1) where  Moses makes his dramatic appearance on the Biblical scene. He is forced to flee to Midian and tends the flocks of his father-in-law, Yithro. Then, at the burning bush, comes his first divine revelation.

G-d calls upon this shepherd to go back to Egypt and redeem his people. The mission is nothing less than to face up to the Pharaoh himself and deliver the L-rd's famous stirring message: Let My People Go!

In characteristic humility, Moses is a most reluctant leader. At one point, he asks the Almighty, "Who shall I say sent me? What is Your name?"

The one G-d now gives Moses is puzzling and very mystical "I shall be as I shall be." Strange name for a Supreme Being !

Many commentaries expound on the possible interpretations of this most unusual name. Here is one very powerful explanation.

The significance of this name is that it is posed in the future tense. "I shall be as I shall be." Moses was asking the ultimate existential question – “How do I call You, G-d?”  "What is Your name," means how are You to be identified, known, understood? How can finite, mortal man come to know the Infinite Being?

And G-d's answer is, "I shall be as I shall be" - future tense. You want to know me, Moses? I'm afraid you'll have to wait. We cannot necessarily understand G-d by what has happened in the past. Even In the here and now, when we stare life and its ambiguities in the face, we experience tremendous difficulty in our vain attempts to grasp the Almighty's vision or perceive His vast eternal plan.

To truly understand the Infinite G-d takes infinite patience. One day, somewhere down the line, in the future, He will make Himself known to us. Only then will we come to really know Him and His inscrutable ways. "I shall be as I shall be."

Don't we all ask Moses' question at times? Why is there so much human suffering and pain; so much tzorris to contend with? The many families torn apart literally and figuratively in Israel in the Intifada? Individuals in our own communities who have experienced tragedy in their lives? Why, we cry, why?

So we are told at the very first time G-d spoke to Moses, He said to him up front, "I know you want to understand Me and My ways; but that is impossible -- for now." I shall be as I shall be. One day, you will be able to know Me. Perhaps not today or tomorrow, but one day in the future everything will make sense and everything will be understood. Ultimately, in time, all will be known.

In the meanwhile, we live with faith, trust, hope, and a great deal of patience. And we look forward with eager anticipation to that awesome day when the Almighty's great name will be known and understood, and we will see with our own eyes of flesh that G-d is good and His ways are just. May it be speedily in our day.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

R' Dovid Kaplan Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Dovid Kaplan.

Reb Dovid is sitting shiva at his home, 18 Underwood Road (entrance on the left side of the house).

The davening times are as follows:

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday:
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 4:00 PM
Maariv: At the zman

Shacharis: 9:00 AM

Please make an effort to help with the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hey Teves Orders Arrived at N'shei Bookstore

Please call Yehudis Abramowitz to arrange pick up of your orders.

 Minimized shipping charges must be paid at the time of pick-up.

 Bookstore is now located at 211A Kearsing Parkway.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Women's Gathering This Motzai Shabbos

Older Girls Group for This Shabbos

As of now there will be no older girls groups this Shabbos, Parshas Shemos, at Tzemach Tzedek.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to lead the group for this Shabbos, please email info@tzemachtzedek.com.

Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey Directory Form

Cheder Chabad of Monsey currently has a database with detailed contact information for many in the community. Please choose and update below only what you would like displayed in a printed directory listing that might also be accessible online in the future:


Street Address:

Mailing address (if not same)


Home phone:

Cell Phone(s):

Business Phone:

Would you be interested in taking out a formal ad in the Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey directory for a nominal fee?

If yes, what is the best telephone number and the best time to reach you?
Telephone #

Please send the above information to directory@chedermonsey.org.

Chof Daled Teves Melava Malka with R' Yoel Kahn in The Atrium Plaza

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mincha Today at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be two minyanim for Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek today, Asara B'Teves.  

The first will be at 2:00 PM and the second at 3:50 PM. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Open House This Sunday

House Swap - Israel & Monsey

I have family from Israel that has been spending the last few summers in Monsey swapping homes with a family in Monsey.  This year that arrangement is not available and they’re looking for new options.

They have three kids between 3 and 9. Please contact me if you know a family who is looking for a place to stay in Israel for a few weeks and wants to swap homes or might be going away during the summer and is looking to sublet their house.

They have a nice private home in Rishon Letzion with a yard and a pool.

Contact Gil Hami at rhami@monseychabad.com or 646-770-0001.

Seeking Driver

Responsible person needed to drive three adorable children to school in New Brunswick, NJ, on Monday December 30. Need to leave Monsey between 7:30 and 8 AM. Willing to pay. Please call 845-356-4473.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

House for Sale - Tracey Court

House for sale at 8 Tracey Court in Spring Valley.

House is a four bedroom, two bathroom Ranch on a cul-de-sac, closets in each room, double closets in the master, a full unfinished basement, attached two car garage, high-end appliances, fireplace and extra large patio.

In mint condition. On 0.62 acres.Asking $444,000. Won't last.

Please call the broker at 347-201-2583.

Asara B'Teves 5774 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the fast of Asara B’Teves which is this Friday, December 13:
  • Alos HaShachar – Fast Begins: 6:00 AM
  • Shacharis 1 (includes selichos): 7:00 AM
  • Shacharis 2 (includes selichos): 8:00 AM
  • Mincha 1 (includes laining): 2:00 PM 
  • Mincha 2 (includes laining): 3:50 PM SHARP*
  • Licht Benching: 4:10 PM
  • Kabalos Shabbos: 4:30 PM
  • Fast Ends (Kiddush): 5:02 PM
*Please note that the time for Mincha is for Ashrei. Please allow several minutes for הודו, פתח אליהו and קרבנות.

On the 10th of Teves of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later - on Tammuz 9, 3338 - the city walls were breached, and on the 9th of Av of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Garage Sale This Sunday

There will be a Garage Sale on Sunday, December 15,  from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

The sale will take place inside the house. Take this opportunity to say "good-bye" to the house and bring a memento of the Abramowitz family home with you!

Most items $1 or $2. Many FREE giveaways. potted plants, Fleishig, milchig and pareve kelim, serving trays, crystal vases, etc. Jewish Art, Jewish books, Cookbooks, secular books, office supplies, FREE file cabinets and letter trays, Portacrib with free linen, Kitchen Table and Chairs (seats 8);2 upholstered barrel chairs; Queen Anne sideboard; end tables; combination safe; crystal vases, tools, garden lights, tent, needlecrafts, picnic table and benches, birdbath, bric-a-brac, lots of good stuff!

Proceeds to Tzedakah.

Seeking Ride

Seeking ride for one girl on Friday from Monsey to Crown Heights. If available, please contact Chany at ckotlarsky@aol.com or 845-641-1312.

Chanukah at Chabad of Suffern

What a wonderful week of Chanukah celebrations at Chabad of Suffern!

We started off with Chanukah gift wrapping with over 200 gifts that brought smiles to children in the hospitals.

Youth zone entertained the elderly with a beautiful choir, followed by the children serving the elderly Chanukah treats.

The Friendship Circle joined together and made their very own menorahs. In addition, each Friendship Circle special friend received 3 Chanukah crafts in the mail to be done with their volunteers at home. Each volunteer and friend also received a little gift delivered to their doors in honor of Chanukah.

The Hebrew School had lots of Chanukah fun with Chanukah karaoke, Chanukah baking, games and crafts, they also had a creative menorah contest and made us proud singing at the community Thanks and Giving Menorah program.

Our teens joined over 2,000 other Jewish Teens from the Tri-State area for some Chanukah Spirit at the Nets Game!

To top it all off, Monday night over 400 community members came out to join us in the lighting of the 11 foot Thanks and Giving menorah followed by a fun Chanuakah fair, complete with Bobby and the Israelites live, rock climbing, mechanical bull, video game truck, donut making, candle making, face painting, balloon artistry, and more.

Watch this 3 minute clip to get a feel of the Chanukah fun that took place at Chabad of Suffern:

Mazel Tov Litzmans!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Ruvy and Esther Litzman of Crown Heights!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Special Bar Mitzvah package from the Sofer Center

Buy your Bar Mitzvah boys Tefillin from the Sofer Center and receive:

1) 50% off leather or velvet Tefillin bags of your choice.
2) 50% off Tefillin carry tote or plastic.
3) FREE mirror.
4) FREE Rabeinu Tam card.
5) FREE Tefillin Retzuah touch up paint or marker.
6) FREE Mini Tzedakah box.

For more information call Rabbi Kass at 845-262-0246 or email: Rabbi@SoferCenter.com or find us online www.SoferCenter.com

Office hours are:
Monday - Thursday 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
Sunday & Friday 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.
Walk-ins are welcome; there is no need to call prior to coming or to schedule an appointment.

Office location:  25 Main Street,  Monsey, NY 10952

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Babysitter Available

Yehudis Hecht is available to babysit for $8 an hour. Transportation may be necessary.

From 7 - 11 PM on weekdays.
From 11 AM - 11 PM on Sundays.

For Motzei Shabbos, other hours, or information, please call 845-262-1389 and ask for Yehudis.

Hey Teves Farbrengen on Sunday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Hey Teves on Sunday night, December 8, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The fifth day of Teves is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in the Chabad-Lubavitch community. 

On this date in 1987, U.S. Federal Court issued a decision in favor of Agudas Chassidei Chabad regarding the ownership of the priceless library of the 6th Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. 

The ruling was based on the idea that a Rebbe is not a private individual but a communal figure synonymous with the body of Chassidim. The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the occasion be marked with time devoted to study from sefarim as well as the acquisition of new Torah books.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Zos Chanuka Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Thursday, in honor of Zos Chanuka, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion of Vaigash (Berieshis [Genesis] 44:18-47:27) relates the story of Joseph's dramatic reunion with his brothers and his subsequent reunion with his father.

"But now do not be sad, and let it not trouble you that you sold me here, for it was to preserve life that G-d sent me before you... You did not send me here, but G-d, and He made me a father to Pharaoh, a lord over all his household, and a ruler over the entire land of Egypt... (Joseph to his brothers, Genesis 45:5, 8).
Needless to say, most people in a similar situation would have reacted very differently. In hindsight, G-d's hand in the events which led to Joseph being elevated to royalty is unmistakable. It is easy for us, however, to view the entire story objectively. But Joseph had suffered the agony of being sold into slavery and being alone in an alien country for over two decades because of his brothers' actions. His ability to see beyond his personal pain, and appreciate the Divine strategy which brought him to Pharaoh's palace, is a testament to Joseph's self-control and maturity of wisdom.

You can spend thousands on therapy, but a simple belief in G-d and Divine Providence may be all you really need. Tthrough the course of life, every person experiences, at some moment, the pain of being treated unjustly by others. Although sentiments of anger and vengeance are counter-productive and often destructive, they are natural reactions to such occurrences. And, unlike Joseph, we often don't get to see the positive results of the mistreatment. While many people spend much time, energy and money on various therapies, in many instances a simple belief in G-d and Divine Providence is the antidote to this problem.

G-d is good. Period. And He controls everything which happens to us throughout our lives. Many people mistakenly believe that only natural catastrophes, such as non-contagious illnesses or freak accidents, are controlled by G-d (see the section in your homeowner's insurance policy which defines "Acts of G-d"), whereas wicked acts initiated by other people – people with free choice – are not Heavenly ordained, and are simply bad. The story of Joseph demonstrates the fallacy of this idea. Yes, what the brothers did was wrong, but what happened to Joseph was all part of the Divine master plan.

At those times when we are maltreated and cannot see the benefit or purpose of the suffering, Chassidic teachings recommend a two-part therapeutic medication.

Firstly, forget about instant gratification. It can be many years before the reason for the suffering becomes apparent. Joseph was incarcerated for twelve years before Pharaoh summoned him to decipher his dream. He had twelve long years in prison to dwell on the injustice perpetrated by his brothers!

Secondly, strength of character is achieved through hardship and suffering. In order for the Jewish people to receive the Torah, they first had to endure many decades of excruciating slavery in Egypt. Only through difficulty does a person acquire sensitivity and empathy for others, and the person who is hurt by another, and chooses to forgive rather than avenge, becomes a kinder and greater person. Indeed, the suffering itself, and the ability to rise above it all, is in itself a Divine gift.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cheder Chabad Chanukah Matching Campaign Update

Volunteers have been busy over the days and evenings of Chanukah reaching out to Anash and friends of Anash inviting them to participate in the generous Avraham and Devorah Hayman Matching Campaign.

We are pleased to announce that there has been a heartwarming response - close to 100 families have responded with pledges totaling to $60,000.

The matching program will end this week. If you have not had an opportunity to join in and contribute please do not wait for us to call you. Donating now can double and even triple the value of your pledge to Cheder, so please act now.

You can contribute by mailing the Cheder your check to Cheder Chabad of Monsey, PO Box 1164, Monsey, NY  10952; donating online at www.chedermonsey.org\donate, or by calling the Cheder with your credit card information at (845) 356-1213 x 204.

Please indicate that your participation is for the “5754 Hayman Matching Campaign".

No Younger Children's Group This Shabbos

There will be no younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos due to the MBCM Shabbaton.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Missing Jacket

Missing an unlined short blue jacket that was removed from the Tzemach Tzedek coat rack with car keys inside.

Please contact Moshe at mdreitman@gmail.com.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Moving to New Location

The N'shei Chabad Bookstore is currently in the process of moving from Zabriskie Terrace to 211A Kearsing Parkway.

We will continue to take orders at 845-558-8249 throughout the transition period.

Free Shipping for Hey Teves Books from Kehos

Heh Teves sale orders may be called in to Kehos (718-778-0226) or ordered online (kehotonline.com).

Please mention that they are to be delivered to the N'shei Chabad Bookstore in Monsey and that will minimize the shipping charges for you.

When the sale is over the orders will be shipped to the bookstore for pickup. You will pay Kehos directly via credit card.

Please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 with any questions.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Special Prizes at Avos U'Banim This Week

There will be special prizes for all boys attending Avos U'banim this Motzai Shabbos in honor of Chanukah.

The program will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

This week's Avos U'banim is sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Shalom Ber Hendel in memory of Rabbi Hendel's brother, Levi ben Yisrael Yosef HaKohen, who past away in a car accident while doing Chanukah mivtzoim. His Yahrzeit is this Motzai Shabbos and Sunday.

Chanukah Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion of Miketz (Bereishis [Genesis] 41:1-44:17), invariably falls out in the week of Chanukah and therefore by association, common lessons in life can be realized and learned from both.

The Maccabees, at the time of the Chanukah campaign, were convinced of the capacity of G‑d to save, and entrusted their fate into His hands. Simultaneously, with prayers on their lips, they armed themselves for conflict, initiated guerilla tactics and created a military channel for G-d's miraculous deliverance.

Believers are often accused of forsaking all personal initiative in their passive acceptance of the vicissitudes of fate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prayer, as a weapon, is available only to those who simultaneously engage themselves in overcoming all natural impediments. Only a fool sits back with folded hands while all hell breaks loose around him. A man of faith might rely on G‑d, but he also believes that G-d helps those who help themselves.

In our Torah portion of  Mikeitz this week, Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s two dreams are realized.

After seven years of abundance and plenty, famine stalked the land. The sons of Jacob had traveled in desperation to Egypt in a quest to buy food. There, their long lost brother Joseph, masquerading as an Egyptian viceroy, staged an elaborate charade, accused the brothers of spying, threatened their lives and liberty, took one brother hostage and sent the others home to Canaan to locate proofs of their bona fides.

They returned to their father's home chastened and in a much worried mood. The second most powerful man in the world had accused them falsely, treated them harshly, and imprisoned their sibling. Even worse, they had no choice but to return.

Joseph had made it very clear that any chance they had to be allowed to purchase further stocks of food was predicated on their speedy return, accompanied, this time, by their youngest brother, Benjamin.

Jacob was understandably displeased. At his advanced age who needs the tzoris? Would he be able to cope with the threatened loss of yet another son?

Like Jewish parents throughout history, he prepared to respond to the threat. He huddled with his sons to discuss strategy, prepared an expensive bribe, and only then offered to pray on his sons' behalf.

Jacob too trusted in G‑d. He was prepared to pray to G-d to ensure his sons' safe homecoming but knew that his initial responsibility was to do all within his power to arrange the circumstances of G‑d's deliverance. And then he put forth prayer to the Al-Mighty. As the man of faith who might rely on G‑d, but also believes that G-d helps those who help themselves.

To sit and wait for the wheels of inertia to grind one down is laziness, not loyalty to G‑d. Conversely, only a believer can truly dedicate himself to the task at hand, convinced of the inevitability of his efforts; as part of the Divine plan.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and illuminating holiday of Chanukah!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

5774 Hayman Chanukah Matching Program

House Swap - Israel & Monsey

I have family from Israel that has been spending the last few summers in Monsey swapping homes with a family in Monsey.  This year that arrangement is not available and they’re looking for new options.

They have three kids between 3 and 9. Please contact me if you know a family who is looking for a place to stay in Israel for a few weeks and wants to swap homes or might be going away during the summer and is looking to sublet their house.

They have a nice private home in Rishon Letzion with a yard and a pool.

Contact Gil Hami at rhami@monseychabad.com or 646-770-0001.

Need Packing Help for N'shei Chabad Bookstore

If anyone can help pack up the N'shei Chabad Bookstore, it would be much appreciated.

We will be packing on Sunday and Monday, December 1 and 2.

Pre-teens and teenagers would be appreciated! 

Please call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or 845-352-2736 to arrange a day and time. We can accomplish a lot in even one hour!

Menorah Parade Is On for Tonight

The community Menorah Parade is on for tonight, Wednesday, notwithstanding the weather.

Please join with you family. Every vehicle and person that participates enhances the parade!

Line up is at 6:00 PM and the parade will depart at 6:30 PM from Tzemach Tzedek.

For parade details, click here.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mrs. Shulamit G. Rothstein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - Mrs. Shulamit Geulah Rothstein is sitting shiva for her mother at 32 Southgate Drive (enter through the double glass door entrance to the left of the front door) during the following times:
  • Tuesday, 11/26: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
  • Friday, 11/29: 10 am - 12 noon 
  • Sunday, 12/1: 11 am - 4 pm
Other times by appointment through Shulamit Geulah's cell phone, 845-641-0713.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch Now Seeing Clients in Monsey

Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), has worked for many years in Crown Heights and Flatbush specializing in marriage counseling, treating children with anxiety disorders and OCD, and helping families with teens at risk.

He is also the author of three book on family therapy including: Getting Closer, At Risk – Never Beyond Reach, and First Aid For Jewish Marriages.

Rabbi Schonbuch has recently started seeing clients in Monsey on Mondays (daytime and nighttime).

To learn more about his work please visit www.JewishMarriageSupport.com and www.KidsWithoutFear.com or call 646-428-4723.

Cheder Chabad Girls Celebrate Yud Tes Kislev

Cheder Chabad Girls celebrated י"ט כסלו with a התקשרות war.

There were three teams: א חסידישע ווארט, א חסידישע ניגון and א חסידשע הנהגה.

The girls made a banner, skit, song and cheer on the topic of their team. It was amazing to see how in such a short time the teams were able to achieve so much טוחן on the חסידישע themes they were assigned.

Each team also presented a gift to Cheder Chabad on their theme. What beautiful lessons of התקשרות were learned!

The judges had a hard time deciding who the winners were because each team did such a phenomenal job. The preschool had a grand Farbrengen led by Rabbi Meir Borenstein who came prepared with exciting props to share the Yud Tes Kislev story with the kinderlach.

They also said pesukim, sang nigunim and ate a yummy Shabbos party.

Mrs. Shulamit G. Rothstein to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Catherine Robertson of Los Angeles, the mother of Mrs. Shulamit Geulah Rothstein.

Shiva information will posted when it becomes available.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Jewelry Event to Benefit Kupath Ezra on Tuesday Night

Help MBCM This Small Business Saturday

Have an American Express card?

You can help MBCM raise needed funds in just one night – without spending a penny. Here’s how: American Express is holding their annual Small Business Campaign. They’re giving a $10 credit to registered cardholders for spending $10 or more at a local small business or non-profit organization.

Here is how it work:

1.    Register your American Express card by clicking here and filling out the short form.

2.    Go to www.monseybcm.com/amex to pledge $10 (or more) with your registered Amex card.
 For security reasons please leave your contact info so we can call you prior to November 29 to verify card information before charging.

3.    Pass this message on to all your friends and email contacts.

4.    On November 30 (after Shabbos) we will process your donation per the guidelines of this campaign. On or about Dec. 1st you will receive a $10 credit from Amex.

You are more than welcome to donate more than $10 as part of your year-end donations.

To read more about this offer from Amex go to www.shopsmall.com.

Details of the Menorah Parade

The greater Monsey community Menorah Parade, organized by Yeshiva Lubavitch of Monsey, will take place on the first night of Chanukah, this Wednesday, November 28.

The parade line-up will be at 6:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive.

All vehicles must enter through Crestview Terrace. There will be no entrance to Langeries Drive.

The parade is scheduled to depart at 6:30 PM sharp so please arrive before 6:00 PM so the parade can depart promptly.

At the end of the parade route, at approximately 7:30 PM, there will be a Grand Menorah Lighting with refreshments and music in the parking lot of the Spring Valley Marketplace!

As required by the Police Department, as a courtesy to Tzemach Tzedek's neighbors, and to ensure that the event is organized, please follow these guidelines so that this parade is a true Kiddush HaShem:
  • All vehicles should enter through Crestview Terrace only (please do NOT try to turn into Langeries Drive).
  • During line-up, please make sure that your car is pulled over to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass through.
  • During line-up, please do not block any driveways or side streets.
  • To help identify your vehicle as a parade participant, please keep your 4-way flashers (hazards) on for line-up and for the entire duration of the parade.
Please contact 631-413-0338 or monseyshluchim74@gmail.com to reserve your space in the parade.

A suggested $18 donation to the Yeshiva is appreciated. Please make checks to "Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey" and contact us to arrange pick-up.

We look forward to having your family participate in this year's exciting parade!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Need Help Mounting Your Car Menorah?

If you need help putting your Menorah on your car, please come to Tzemach Tzedek on Monday, November 25,  between 8:00 and 9:00 PM and the bochurim of Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey will help you mount it. 

If you can't make it then, please email monseyshluchim74@gmail.com or text 631-413-0338 before Wednesday!

Mazel Tov Isenbergs!

Mazel tov to Levi and Rochel Isenberg on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Mazel Tov Niasoffs!

Mazel tov to Shmully and Chayale Niasoff on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mazel Tov Hendels - Shalom Zachor Tonight!

Mazel Tov to Shalom Ber and Nechama Dina Hendel on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 6 Auburn Court (Route 306 to Lois Lane to Auburn Court). 

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Most children thrill to go on a swing. It is challenging to start off from the still position and slowly build up momentum. Gradually, the swing goes higher and higher. Watching the child swinging reveals an interesting point: in order to get really high on the upswing, one must develop a really strong downswing. After reaching the lowest point, at which there is the greatest momentum and energy, one swings up aloft to the highest point.

It is one of the ironies of life that in order to swing to the greatest height, it is often necessary to plunge to the lowest point. It seems to be a law of nature that there is often a “descent” in order to “rise”—a negative situation before the positive. In the Torah this principle is illustrated by the chain of events which begin in this week’s Torah reading Vayeishev (Bereishis [Genesis] 37:1-40:23): the descent of Joseph into Egypt and his subsequent rise to greatness.

In a tragic example of a breakdown of brotherly relationships, Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt. For thirteen years he suffered slavery, imprisonment and derision, but eventually ended up as the viceroy of all Egypt. From this position he was able to save his family and thousands of others from starvation during the terrible years of famine.

This pattern is the key to the twin concepts of exile and redemption. The divine promise of redemption depicts an exalted state of being and consciousness for all humanity. However, somehow, in order to achieve this, there must also be the “down” swing: the bitterness and darkness of exile.

On a comparable note,  this forthcoming weekend (Friday/Shabbos – Nov 22/23) will the 19th / 20th   of the Hebrew month Kislev – which marks the 215th anniversary of the release in 1798  of the “Alter Rebbe” (“Old Rebbe” - Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi – the founder of the Chabad – Lubavitch Chassidic movement) from Czarist prison, and his life in the balance. His release resulted not only in a personal freedom, but more importantly, in the dissemination and expansion of Chassidic teaching in an unprecedented way.

Similar to the story of the imprisonment of  Joseph and his subsequent freedom which resulted in a universal benefit to all of Egypt and the world of that time; so also the Alter Rebbe’s release brought about  what the Lubavitch movement is today- the dissemination of Judaism to all parts of the globe.  Hopefully, as this “swing” soars upwards with this re-awakening of Jewry to their roots and heritage, this will herald in the ultimate redemption of all Israel, with the arrival of our righteous Moshiach, speedily in our day.

(With excerpts from  Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal - Chabad.org)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mrs. Rachel Reissman Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr. Bernard Gershan (Beinush Shmuel ben Yitzchak Elimelech), the father of Mrs. Rachel Reissman.

Rachel is currently sitting Shiva in Baltimore and can be reached at 410-374-1867.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Save the Date - MBCM 5774 Dinner

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is pleased to announce the date and honorees of its Annual Dinner.

The dinner will be held at The Atrium Ballroom, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey, on February 1, 2014, Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas Terumah, Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon.

At this year's dinner we are delighted to honor:
  • Dr. Yehudah and Mrs. Liba Klein with the Amud Hachessed Award in conjunction with the establishment of the Zeev Zvi ben Yaakov scholarship in memory of Yehudah'a father OBM.
  • R' Nochum and Mrs. Dalia Klein with the Parents of the Year Award.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cheder Chabad Dedicates "Reuven Farber Playground"

On Sunday, 14 Kislev, Cheder Chabad of Monsey educators, parents, friends and supporters dedicated a beautiful new playground recently constructed on the Girls Campus in Airmont, NY.

The playground was a generous gift of the Litzman Family in memory of Mrs. Malka Litzman’s father, Reuven Farber, a”h. At the dedication ceremony, Mr. Mordechai Litzman spoke beautifully about his father-in-law's love of children and deep concern for Jewish values. Mr. Litzman explained that the playground captured both concepts and would have made his father-in-law very happy.

Also honored at the event were Mr. Yisroel and Rivka Schulman, long time friends and supporters of the Cheder. Mr. Schulman, one of the founders of Cheder Chabad, spent many years selflessly giving his time, money and active participation to shape the Cheder and help it to become the success it is today.

Perhaps the most animated and excited participants were the school children who had been anxiously waiting months for the new playground to open. As the Ribbon was cut by Mr. and Mrs. Litzman it was a delight to hear the laughter and cheers of the children as they poured through the gate to try out the new equipment for the first time. To add to the festive air, the children enjoyed a carnival complete with face painting, balloon artistry, fresh popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy.

A special thanks to Mr. Avraham Hayman and the Board of Directors of Lubavitch of Monsey who ensured that the Girls Campus grounds were enhanced and prepared for the new playground, to Naftali Marrus who did a wonderful job of overall project management and to Rabbi Boruch Dovid Lesches and Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman who shared their thoughts with us at the dedication.

Seeking Ride

Girl looking for ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Friday. 

Please call 845-548-3616.

Lipa Live - Get Your Tickets Before It Sells Out

Seeking Ride

Looking for ride for one person from the Ohel to Monsey on Thursday evening, Yud Tes Kislev.

Please call 718-930-2955.

Community Menorah Parade Next Wednesday Night

Women's Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen Tonight

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

More Than 50 Boys at First Avos U'Banim of the Year

The first Avos U'banim program of the new year, coordinated by Cheder Chabad of Monsey, began last Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Vayetzei.

Over 50 boys with their fathers filled Tzemach Tzedek and the sweet sounds of Torah learning filled the room!

After the learning, Rabbi Shusterman, dean of the Cheder, shared a Chassidishe story as the boys were treated to hot fresh pizza sponsored by the Rabbi and Mrs Chaim D. Kagan and family in honor of the yahrzeit of Mrs Kagan's father OBM.

After the twelve psukim were recited. the weekly raffle was drawn by Yossi Kagan.

For photos, please click here.

No Older Girls Group This Shabbos

There will be no older girls group this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek on Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen with Rabbi Sholom Jacobson in honor of Yud Tes Kislev this Thursday night, November 21, at 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Rabbi Jacobson has dedicated almost four decades at Vaad L'Hafotzas Sichos, disseminating the Likkutei Sichos of the Rebbe. He also oversees the world-wide Tanya printing project. 

Rabbi Jacobson lectures on Chassidic topics in various forums, nationally and internationally. His talks are featured in audio on several websites. 

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

The N'shei Chabad Bookstore is ready for all of your Yud Tes Kislev and Chanukah needs!

Yud Tes Kislev:
  • The Alter Rebbe (Biography) - Avtzon
  • Arrest and Liberation - Kehos
  • Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi - Kehos
  • Philosophy of Chabad - Kehos
  • Gut Yom Tov (Children) - Chassidishe Yomim Tovim
  • Chassidishe Moments CD - Chassidishe Yomim Tovim
  • Seder Nigunim DVD - NEW!
  • Vidibarta Bam - Chanukah
  • Eight Lights - Meditations for Chanukah
  • Neta Gavriel - Chanukah
  • Shaarei HaMoadim - Chanukah
  • Reshimas HaMenorah
  • Laminated Chart - Menorah Lighting
  • Miracle Lights - DVD
  • Chanukah Story for Night #3 - Children
  • Nine Spoons - Children
  • Eight Chanukah Tales - Children
  • A Touch of Chanukah - Board Book
Plus Tallesim, Tallis Katan, Pushkas, and so much more!

Please note that the bookstore will be relocating after Chanukah.

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-352-2736 or 845-558-8249 for an appointment.

Seeking Beds

Looking for one or two beds. If you are getting rid of yours, please contact Rochel Isenberg at 775-351-7077.

Moving Sale

The following items are for sale:

Beautiful Ethan Allen Period furniture - Living Room, Kitchen, Bedrooms, Office.

Upright Freezer, Refrigerator-Freezer, Sewing Machine, Artwork, Books, Tropical Plants and more.

Reasonable Prices.

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-352-2736 or 845-558-8249 for an appointment.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for Women at Heichal Menachem on Tuesday Night

Friday, November 15, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion Vayishlach (Bereishis [Genesis] 32:4-36:43), we read (in 32:29) how Jacob acquires a new name, “Israel (Yisroel),” after wrestling through the night with an angel representing the spirit of Esau. “No longer shall your name be called Jacob,” proclaims the defeated angel, “but rather Israel, for you have contended with G‑d and with men, and have prevailed.”

And yet, Jacob continues to be called “Jacob” in the Torah, though he's also called by his new name, “Israel”; from this point onward, the Torah alternates between the two names. The same applies to the Jewish people as a whole: we’re generally referred to as “Israel” or “The Children of Israel,” but there are also numerous times in the Torah when the Jewish people are collectively called “Jacob” or “The Seed of Jacob.”

The chassidic masters point out that the name Jacob is used when we’re referred to as G‑d’s “servants” (as in Isaiah 44:1: “Now, listen, My servant Jacob”), while the name Israel is employed when we're called G‑d’s “children” (as in Exodus 4:22: “My firstborn child, Israel”).

The difference between a servant and a child can be understood on many levels. A most basic distinction, however, is the motivation behind the relationship. Both a child and a servant serve the parent/master and fulfill his will. The difference is in why they do it. When a child does something for his father or mother, he does so with love, pleasure and joy. The servant, on the other hand, does these actions not because he desires to, but because he must.

This difference will affect the quality of the relationship on all levels. While the “child” and the “servant” may be doing the same actions technically, there is a tremendous difference in the nature, quality and impact of an action if it is done out of love and desire, or because one feels compelled to do it.

These prototypes—the “child” and the “servant”—exist in all relationships: in a marriage, in the family, in the workplace, etc. There can even be a child who in his feelings and actions towards his parents more resembles a servant, or a servant whose service of his master is suffused with a child-like love and desire.

In our lives as Jews and our relationship with G‑d there are also these two prototypes. Our Jewishness can be the Jewishness of a “servant”—one who has no choice in the matter and simply accepts the fact that this is what he is and these are what his duties are. Or we can be “children” of G‑d who rejoice in their role, who desire it and celebrate it and revel in it.

The “spirit of Esau” with which we all grapple is our own material self. It’s the part of us that just wants to be like everyone else—make a living and get through life with the least hassle possible. It’s the part of us that “accepts” our Jewishness as something that’s been imposed on us: we do our bit, but without the love, joy and desire that comes from doing something we truly want to do.

This is our “Jacob” personality—the self that’s still locked in the struggle with the spirit of Esau. But we each have our moments of triumph over the angel of materialism and apathy. Moments when we rise to our “Israel” self—the self that rejoices in our relationship with G‑d and our special G‑d-given role as Jews. Times when we experience a mitzvah not as a duty, but as an act of love and personal fulfillment.

But the Torah knows that it’s not simply a matter of defeating the angel and “graduating” from our Jacob personality to our Israel self. Rather, we remain both Jacob and Israel, alternating between these two modes of our Jewishness. Some of us may be Jacobs most of the time, while in others the Israel self predominates. But in truth, we each have our Israel moments, as well as the times that we regress to the Jacob mode.

That is why, even after Jacob defeats the angel and acquires the name “Israel,” the Torah continues to call him—and us—by both names. The message is twofold: firstly, that G‑d continues to value our Jacob self as well, cherishing every good deed we do, even—and perhaps especially—when we lack the joy and desire and need to force ourselves to do our duty; and secondly, that the opportunity is always there to access our inner Israel, and experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from desiring and rejoicing in who and what we are and our mission in life.

(From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:15 PM.

Yud Daled Kislev Farbrengen on Sunday Night

There will be a farbrengen this Sunday night, November 17, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Daled Kislev.

On the 14th of Kislev in 1928, the Rebbe married Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn, the middle daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the Frierdiker Rebbe. The wedding was held in Warsaw, Poland, at the Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Tomchei Temimim.

Upon Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak's passing in 1950, Rabbi Menachem Mendel succeeded his father-in-law as the Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch. 

On the 14th of Kislev of 1953, at a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) marking his 25th wedding anniversary, the Rebbe said to his Chassidim: "This is the day that bound me to you, and you to me."

Time to Finish Your Annual Mesechta

If you committed to learn a Mesechta of Gemara last Yud Tes Kislev as part of the Chalukas HaShas please remember to finish it in the next week before Yud Tes Kislev of this year which is next Friday, November 22.

If you forgot which Mesechta you committed to learn, please ask Rabbi Lesches.

Litzman Bris Tomorrow

Chesky and Rochel Litzman will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son tomorrow, Friday, following the 8:00 AM Shacharis minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Cheder Chabad New Playground Dedication This Sunday

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Welcome Isenbergs!

Welcome to Levi and Rochel Isenberg on their move to our community (Viola Road)!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pre-Chanukah Evening for Women on Sunday

Tes & Yud Kislev Farbrengen on Tuesday Night at Heichal Menachem

Lipa Live Chanukah Concert

Tes & Yud Kislev Farbrengen on Tuesday Night at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a farbrengen this Tuesday night, November 12, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Tes and Yud Kislev.

Tes Kislev is both the birthday and day of passing of the Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of the Alter Rebbe and the second Lubavitcher Rebbe.

The Mitteler Rebbe was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teaching were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by the Alter Rebbe.

Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Yud Tes Kislev of the previous year.

Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated.

The Mitteler Rebbe passed away on his 54th birthday in 1827, a day before the first anniversary of his liberation.

The date of his release, Kislev 10, is celebrated amongst Chabad Chassidim as a festival of liberation. Tachnun is omitted, farbrengens are held, and the Mitteler Rebbe’s teachings are studied.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mazel Tov Pollocks!

Mazel tov to Reuven and Tzipora Pollock on the birth of a granddaughter born to Avi and Zahava Pollock of Passaic!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mazel Tov Backmans!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shlomo & Aidel Backman on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Simcha & Shterny Backman of Glendale, California!

Mazel Tov Kaufmans

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Channah Dobka Kaufman on the birth of a baby boy!

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Mazel Tov Litzmans - Shalom Zachor Tonight

Mazel tov to Chesky and Rochel Litzman on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 8 Grosser Lane.

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Mazel Tov Groners!

Mazel tov to Aron and Dini Groner on the engagement of their daughter Ruthy to Yisroel Kugel of Crown Heights!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Malamud Wedding Tonight

Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov and Gittel Rochel Malamud invite you to the wedding of their daughter tonight at Ateres Charna.

The Kabalos Panim is at 6:30 PM followed by the Chupa at 7:30 PM.

Lipszyc Shalom Zachor

Yitzi and Adine Lipszyc will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 21 Brockton Road.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mazel Tov Abramsons!

Mazal tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the birth of a grandson born to Yisroel Meir and Shira Abramson of Crown Heights!

Seeking Ride

Couple looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights this Motzai Shabbos. (Nov. 9).

Please call 214-460-7773.

Avos U'Banim Begins This Motzai Shabbos

The new 5774 season of Avos U'Banim is beginning this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas VaYeitzei, November 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

The program is for elementary school (grades 1-8) boys and their fathers.

Pizza will be served!

Please do not send your son(s) if the father will not be there.  It causes a disturbance to the other father/sons learning together.

If you would like to sponsor an Avos Ubonim evening for a simcha, birthday, yahrzeit, etc., please call Rabbi Shusterman at 917-282-3505.

Seeking Ivrit Teacher

Chabad of Tenafly is looking for an Ivrit teacher.

The hours are Sunday 10:00am-12:30pm and Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm


Send your resume to rabbiyossi@chabadlubavitch.org

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mazel Tov Lipszycs!

Mazel tov to Yitzi and Adine Lipszyc on the birth of a baby boy!

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen on Monday Night

There will be a farbrengen this Monday evening, November 4, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev. 

No Sunday Morning Shiur This Week

There will not be a Sunday morning Halacha Shiur at Tzemach Tzedek this Sunday, November 3, due to the Kinus HaShluchim. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

  • Shabbos, Shabbos, I Love You! - Hachai Publishing
  • Benny's Mitzvah Notes - Hachai Publishing
  • The Rabbi's Companion Chabad Life Cycles Madrich
  • Likutei Dibburim Volume 6 (English) - Kehos Publications
  • Illuminated Tehillas Hashem Siddur - Kehos Publications
  • Mind Over Heart Siddur with Meforshim (R. Sterne)
  • Sefer Tehillim with Biurim from the Rebbe - Kol Menachem
  • And much, much more!

  • We are open almost all the time, but please call 845-558-8249 before coming.

    Parsha Perspective

    By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

    Our Torah portion this week Toldot (Bereishis [Genesis] 25:19-28:9) recounts the birth of the twins Yaacov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau). Growing up, the two boys developed their contrasting lifestyles - Jacob of piety and scholarship, as compared to  Esau, of violence and corruption. Towards the end of the portion, the Torah tells of Jacob receiving the blessings from his father Isaac.

    When Jacob outsmarted Esau and received his father Isaac's blessings, Esau was outraged. "He cried out a great and bitter cry, and he said to his father, 'Bless me too, O my father!'… And Esau raised his voice and wept." Esau had been anticipating these blessings for many years, and for decades long Esau had feigned religious observance because he wanted his father to believe that he was worthy of these blessings. He was utterly devastated when he realized that he, the on-the-ball, worldly hunter, had been outwitted by his religious "goody-goody" brother.

    It is remarkable that this person who was a murderer, rapist and glutton was so eager to receive the blessing of a tzaddik (righteous person). Esau wasn't out for a large inheritance; after all, Isaac was an elderly, blind person who had nothing to offer other than his blessings. Rather, as someone who was raised in the households of Abraham and Isaac, he was well aware of the value of a tzaddik's blessing. Esau was a Jew who was born to a Jewish mother, and therefore possessed a Jewish soul which imbued him with a strong belief in G-d and the super-natural. His "Jewish heart," however, did not manifest itself in his immoral lifestyle, which was contrary to all he had learned in his father's home. He knew what was right, but was unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to live an ethical, spiritual life.

    It is remarkable that this person who was a murderer, rapist and glutton was so eager to receive the blessing of a tzaddik. The Divine plan determined that Jacob, not Esau, receive the blessings. For Jacob was a Jew not only at heart, but in practice as well. With faith alone we cannot accomplish the mission of revealing G-dliness in this world, and transforming ourselves and the world around us into a Divine abode. Only through actually practicing Torah and mitzvot can this goal be achieved.

    In microcosm, many can relate to Esau's dilemma. Most people know what is proper, but oftentimes lack the strength and willpower to implement that which is proper into their daily lives. We must always remember that only the practice of Torah and mitzvot makes us a worthy receptacle for Divine blessings. Faith isn't a product of our labor; it naturally exists within every Jew due to our G-dly soul which was instilled within us. Blessings must be earned. Only the hard work of applying the faith in everyday life makes a person worthy of all of G-d's blessings.

    (Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

    May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!