Thursday, January 31, 2013

No Younger Group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos

Due to the mid-winter vacation coinciding with Chof Beis Shevat, there is no younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos.

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:00 PM.

Siyum HaRambam Monday Night

There will be a Siyum HaRambam this Monday night, February 4, at Tzemach Tzedek marking the completion of the Rambam learning cycle.

Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the Siyum and a farbrengen.

All are invited and encouraged to participate!

Chof Beis Shvat Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Shabbos, Parshas Yisro, in honor of Chof Beis Shvat, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek.

Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988).

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Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah reading, Yitro (Shmos [Exodus] 18:1–20:23), records the momentous event of the Jewish people camping at Mount Sinai and receiving the Torah.

In the Dayenu hymn in the Passover Haggadah, we list all the wonders that G‑d did for us when we left Egypt. After each of the fifteen stanzas of this hymn we say, "dayenu"—"it would have sufficed us.", as the hymn begins "If He had brought us out from Egypt, and had not carried out judgments against them—dayenu, (it would have sufficed us!" ) etc.

One of the stanzas reads: "If He had brought us to Mount Sinai, but not given us theTorah—dayenu!" Now this seems puzzling. What in the world would be the point of going to Mount Sinai if not to receive the Torah? What other point is there in being there? After all, at this particular mountain there is neither food, water or skiing.

But actually, something very special happened at Sinai even before G‑d appeared to the Jewish people. The Torah tells us that "Vayichan sham Yisrael neged hahar," "Israel camped there opposite the mountain." The biblical commentator Rashi points out that the word the Torah uses, וַיִחַן (vayichan), is in the singular tense—"He camped" rather than "they camped." This, Rashi explains, denotes that the entire nation encamped there as one man with one heart.

The Dayenu tells us that if all that was accomplished with the Jews arriving at Mount Sinai was the Jewish people standing united for one moment- this itself is an accomplishment of amazing worth. Coming together as one and putting aside all our differences for a greater purpose is one of the greatest mitzvot we can do. It stands on its own, and was a moment of closeness to G‑d that carried intense significance, even if the Torah had not been given.

The lesson for us today is obvious. If we but  restrain ourselves from any action, comment or even a thought that may cause dissention and instead do, say, or  think something which would promote harmony amoungst our people, then we have paralleled that greatest moment in Jewish history and all that it accomplished, the revelation of G-d at Sinai.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi  Shlomo Yaffe)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Seeking Preschool Teacher

The Hebrew Academy Early Childhood Center in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced teacher for Preschool for the current school year 2012-13.

The hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Must have own transportation.

Please email your resume to or fax to 845-634-7704.

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazel tov to R' Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the marriage of their granddaughter Devorah Warburg to Naftali Lewenstein, both of Eretz Yisroel!

N'shei Chof Beis Shvat Event Tonight

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Seeking House for Rent

Seeking a house to rent in Monsey. Any and all leads appreciated. Please contact

Monday, January 28, 2013

Seeking Ride to CH on Friday

Looking for a ride for my daughter to Crown Heights on Friday after noon. Please call Isaac at 845-445-8680.

Seeking Ride to CH

High school girl looking for ride from Monsey to the Chof Beis Shevat convention in Crown Heights this Thursday and returning Sunday evening after the dinner. Please call 845-354-6173.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cheder Boys Visit Stony Brook for Shabbaton

By Menachem Mendel Schaeffer

Last week, to prepare for Yud Shvat, Rabbi Soble took the 8th grade and his gemara class on a Shabbaton to Rabbi Adam Stein’s Chabad House in Stony Brook, New York.

The whole Shabbos was filled with niggunim and chassidishe farbrengens.

Thank you to Rabbi Soble for arranging the Shabbaton and Mr. Schaeffer for being the chaperon. Thank you Rabbi Stein for hosting us.

For a video of the group, click here.

Younger Children's Shabbos Program

If there is steady snow (or flurry) at 9:30 AM on Shabbos morning, the Younger Children's Shabbos Program at Tzemach Tzedek will be cancelled.

Mazel Tov Rubashkins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Sholom Mordechai and Leah Rubashkin on the marriage of their daughter Mushka to Yehuda Zaltzman of Toronto! The wedding took place last night in Crown Heights.

For more photos, please click here.

Cheder Bay

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kagan L'chaim

The l'chaim of Mushky Kagan and Shloimie Deren of Pittsburgh, PA took place this past Sunday night at the Empire Shteibel in Crown Heights. Mazel tov!

For more photos, click here.

N'shei Chof Beis Shvat Event

Hirsch Birthday Farbrengen

Yossi Hirsch is making a farbrengen in honor of his birthday this Friday night, the 14th of Shvat, after the meal at his home, 26 Fessler Drive.

All are invited to attend.

Mazel Tov Labovitchs!

Mazel tov to Yitzchak and Penina Labovitch on the birth of a grandson born to Sarah and Rafi Nathan of Yerushalayim!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

At the stroke of midnight, the plague of the firstborn struck Egypt. Pharaoh rushed into the night, frantically looking for Moses and Aaron. He pleaded with them to take their people and depart Egypt immediately.

But Moses refused to hurry. The people would need time to pack and prepare. They would need provisions for their journey. Perhaps the Egyptians would be so kind as to supply them with vessels and garments?

The Egyptians opened their storehouses and bestowed all kinds of gifts upon their former slaves. Jews spent the night racing to and fro, amassing wealth. The poorest Jew was to leave Egypt with ninety donkeys loaded with gold and silver

It was not only material wealth that the Jews were garnering. Embedded within the gold and silver of Egypt were the "sparks of holiness" that eagerly awaited redemption. These redeemed sparks would constitute the spiritual harvest of the Egyptian exile, in fulfillment of the divine promise to Abraham that his children of would depart Egypt with "great wealth."

One man, however, did not join the frenzy.

Moses was looking for Joseph and his burial plot. .

One hundred and thirty-nine years earlier, Joseph had predicted the coming redemption. He had asked his people to swear that when the time came, they would gather his remains and carry them to the Land of Israel for burial.

The children of Israel, busy divesting Egypt of its treasure, all but forgot their sacred oath. Moses remembered and set out in search of Joseph's grave. He visited the venerable Serach, daughter of Asher, one of the few people alive who could remember Joseph's final hours.4

The senior “bobba” Serach informed Moses that Joseph had been placed in a metal casket, which had been dropped into the Nile. She led him to the Nile and pointed out the very spot. Moses threw a stone into the river at that spot and called out to Joseph:

"The time of which you prophesied has finally arrived. G-d has fulfilled his promise, and your children are now redeemed. We are all ready to leave. Please arise to the surface and we will commence our exodus."  Whereupon Joseph's coffin rose to the surface.

Commenting on this story, the Midrash declares that King Solomon spoke of Moses when he said, "The wise of heart shall choose the mitzvah."

The night was filled with opportunity. The righteous alongside the wicked, the wise alongside the foolish, and the leaders alongside the lay people -- all were running about collecting Egyptian valuables and the spiritual rewards they embodied. The only truly wise man was Moses. He forfeited the opportunity to amass physical and spiritual treasures, and went to fulfill a special, once-in-a-lifetime mitzvah.

The Midrash concludes: Jacob was honored that Joseph, the most powerful man in Egypt, personally took care of his funeral and burial. Joseph was rewarded in kind, when Moses, the greatest Jew in history, assumed the task of caring for Joseph's remains. And who buried Moses? G-d himself.

For all the wealth of earth and for all the rewards of heaven, there is nothing greater than a mitzvah to be observed..

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi By Lazer Gurkow)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the birth of a grandson born to Lee and Michael Lewittes!

Free Crib & Changing Table

Update - This is no longer available.

Beautiful crib and changing table available immediately for free. First come first serve. Please call 718-757-9149 if interested. Must be picked up asap.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seeking Shadow for Six Year Old

Shadow needed for a bright, adorable six year-old boy in first grade. Please contact 845-558-5402 and leave message if no answer.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Yud Shvat Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Yud Shvat tonight, Monday, at Tzemach Tzedek.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Shabbos morning Yud Shvat 5710 (1950) is the day on which the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, known as the Frierdiker Rebbe, passed away.

At a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of his passing, the Frierdiker Rebbe's son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, delivered the maamar Basi L'Gani signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

From January 22 through February 11, Shoshana will be taking care of the N'shei Chabad bookstore.

Please contact her at 845-300-9909 or and she will attempt to accommodate your needs as best she can.

There is a lovely book for young children appropriate for Tu B'Shvat called "Dear Tree." And after that, think Purim!

Seeking Ride to Rubashkin Wedding

Girl looking for ride to and from Rubashkin wedding on Thursday night. If you have room, please call or text 845-467-9425.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mazel Tov Kagans - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Shlomo Zvi Deren of Pittsburgh!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Sunday, at 9:00 PM at the Empire Shtiebel, 489 Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yud Shevat Learning for Women

In accordance with the Rebbe’s instructions to learn one chapter of the maamar Basi L’Gani on the day of Yud Shevat, we have organized a shiur for women which will take place on Monday, January 21, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Ezras Nashim of Tzemach Tzedek.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kesser Distributors Specials for This Week

The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:
  • Whole Broiler Cut in four or eight: $2.29 per pound
  • Chicken Breast Fillet: $4.99 per pound 
  • Stew Meat: $7.69 per pound

Buy by the case and save!

To order, please go to or contact Chaim Holtzberg at or 914-729-0838.

N'shei Yud Shvat Farbrengen Sunday Night

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A new nation is created, and now it's time for its founder to deliver his first speech to the newbies.

The Founder will not be speaking directly to the people today; instead He has sent His chief-of-staff to pass on the first order of business.

"Umm… Mmmm… Today we are going to discuss the lunar cycle. We need to teach the courts of law how to establish months of a lunar year. Here it is: if two witnesses see the crescent moon on the…"


Imagine the scene. The Torah portion  this week Bo (Shmos [Exodus] 10:1- 13:16) tells of the final moments of the Jewish people’s enslavement in Egypt. Now for the very first time ever they will hear a Torah lesson. And it's about the moon.

The moon?!  Is that what's on the agenda?

Are the moon and galaxies the most crucial topic to discuss with a newly formed nation?

Wouldn’t  the  Ten Commandments be more appropriate for the opening address, or better yet, a general introduction to the Jewish mission. But astronomy?  The explanation is powerful.

When the Jewish court (the Bet Din) declares on a new month, based on the testimony of two witnesses who claim to have seen the new moon, they cause the whole universe to follow their lead.

For example, the mystics explain that on every Rosh Hashanah a new and unprecedented divine energy and light, which keeps the universe in existence, enters the world. But who decides when Rosh Hashanah is? The bet din! - based on whose testimony? Two simple Jews testifying in Bet Din that they saw the new moon which will then result in the fixing of the months in the Jewish calendar with all of its holidays !   Because of  you and I, as witnesses to the sighting of a new moon, Judaism with all its holidays and thereby, the entire creation, revolves!

In this premier lesson, G‑d revealed to us the biggest secret and most vital piece of knowledge:

My dear friend, you have the power and what you say has the power, to change and influence the entire world. Your actions have an effect on the universe and the entire cosmos!

(Excerpts from  - from Rabbi By Levi Avtzon)

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

This Sunday - The Twin is Back

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Maamer Basi L'Gani Chazara on Yud Shvat

The maamer Basi L'Gani will be chazered at Tzemach Tzedek on Yud Shvat, Sunday night following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan and on Monday morning following the Shacharis and Mincha minyanim.

Yud Shvat Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcoming Event for Ladies This Motzai Shabbos

Yungeleit Yud Shvat Melava Malka

There will be a Melave Malka for Yungeleit in honor of Yud Shvat this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Bo, at 9:00 PM at the home of Dr. Avrohom Polinger, 10 West Fessler Drive.

Rabbi Aaron Slonim, Shliach to Binghamton University, will farbreng.

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs & Selingers!

Mazel tov to Jay and Devorah Abramowitz and Shmuel and Aleezah Selinger on the birth of a grandson born to Gershon and Simmie Selinger of Crown Heights!

Special Pre Yud Shvat Avos U'Banim

This Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Bo, the Avos Ubonim program will have its annual pre Yud Shvat special Melave Malka!

The program will begin at 7:00 PM with learning followed by the Melava Malka with sushi which will end at approximately 8:15 PM.

All elementary school boys and their fathers are invited and encouraged to participate!

Thanks to the Amram family for sponsoring this special Melava Malka in honor of Menachem Amram's birthday on Yud Beis Shvat. We wish him a shnas hatzalcha!

Rockland Bonei Olam Dinner This Motzai Shabbos

To reserve a seat and/or take out an ad, please click here.

Yud Shvat Farbrengen Monday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Yud Shvat this Monday night, January 21, at Tzemach Tzedek.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Shabbos morning Yud Shvat 5710 (1950) is the day on which the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, known as the Frierdiker Rebbe, passed away.

At a gathering of Chassidim marking the first anniversary of his passing, the Frierdiker Rebbe's son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, delivered the maamar Basi L'Gani signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Looking to Rent or Swap Home for Pesach

Looking to rent a large house, 7 bedrooms or more, in the Monsey or upstate New York areas for this Pesach.

We would also consider swapping our house in Los Angeles for your house.

Terms negotiable. Please call 323-244-6213 if you are interested.

Save Up to 30% at The Sofer Center

First time The Sofer Center customers can now save 30% on all services and 15% on select items!

Need your Mezuzos or Tefillin checked? Need a new Talis or pair of Tzitizis? Now is the time to save!

Shipping is available and credit cards are accepted.

Like our Facebook page and you will be entered into a raffle to have up to 20 Mezuzos checked for free (a $200 value)!

Promotion is for a limited time only. Raffle will be held on Purim.

The Sofer Center is owned by Rabbi Sholom Kass, a local Lubavitcher Sofer.

Check for more information.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New releases from Eretz Yisroel:
  • Daven Chabad - Rabbi David Sterne
  • Nusach Ari Shacharis Davening with Elucidations
  • Love, Like Fire and Water - Rabbi David Sterne
  • Kuntres Avodah with Translation and Commentary
For children:
  • Purim Guess Who?
  • Queen of Persia: Book and DVD
  • The Two Yaakovs
  • Dollars and Sense
  • Red is My Rimon
  • Sidduri Chassidi (Boy/Girl)
  • Once Upon a Chossid (Back in Print)
  • Memoirs (Back in Print)
  • Lessons in Tanya (Back in Print)
  • Tallesiim, Tzitzis, DVD's and much, much more!
Please contact Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or 845-352-2736.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sirota Bris

Rabbi Yossel and Devorah Leah Sirota will be making a bris for their son on Monday morning, January 14, at Chabad of South Monsey, 36 Park Avenue.

Shacharis will be at 10:00 AM followed by the bris.

MBCM Production Tonight

Friday, January 11, 2013

Seeking Babysitter

I am looking to hire a babysitter to watch my newborn baby at the school I work at, Chabad of Tenafly New Jersey, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Position starts on January 28 and will follow the school's calendar ending in June.

If interested, please contact 347-683-9240 or

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

As Chasidim we try following a very important and fundamental dictate of the Baal Sem Tov - that everything we observe, every person we encounter and in every situation we find ourselves in, there is a lesson to be learned and a purpose to be discovered in our service to G-d Al-Mighty.

Every moment contains a message, and to walk blindly through life untouched by one's experiences, would be to squander one's time; the equivalent of a lifetime spent turning over every page in the library without reading or understanding a single word.

We also believe that the Jewish people have a historical mission. For us, the purpose of existence, G-d's ambition and compulsion to create, is for us to reveal the concealed G-dliness implicit in creation and render the world a stage for Him to headline on.

From this, admittedly biased, Judeo-centric perspective, the shades of world events take on a distinctively Judaic-tinted hue. Every politician is judged by his attitude to Israel; every editorial is scanned for instances of latent or blatant anti-Semitism, and the vagaries of modern life are weighed on the scales of "is it good or bad for the Jews?"

In the Torah portion this week of Va’aira (Shmos [Exodus] 6:2- 9:35) we read this week of the plagues inflicted on the Egyptians in the effort to persuade them to "Let my people go” Fine, The "Shock and Awe" campaign (to use contemporary terminology) was certainly persuasive and absolutely guaranteed to impose the requisite knowledge and fear of G-d on all the Egyptians. This, however, was not the main purpose of the plagues. Rather, it was "So that you [the Jews] will tell your children … and you will know that I am G-d”

G-d went to the trouble of punishing the Egyptians so that the Jews would learn a lesson? Reminds me of the old joke about the suburban Jewish mother who, on first day of school, is explaining to the teacher how her pampered darling is never to be subjected to corporal punishment, as the trauma might inflict long term damage to his delicate psyche. "If my bubele is naughty, pick up the kid at the next desk and spank him, and I promise you, my son will get the message." G-d spanked the Egyptians so that those few Jews not yet persuaded would get the message!

If indeed we're so important; if the deeds and creeds of every single Jew make such a difference to G-d that He's prepared to cause such cataclysmic changes just to get our attention, imagine how every positive action we do has the capacity to affect the world !

If one has the ability to influence self or others to adopt a new observance or undertake a mitzvah--do it. It matters and will make a world of difference. And we’ve seen the amazing results that happen !

(Excerpts from - from Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Seeking Ride from CH

Two females looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday. Please call 845-826-0378.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Date for Welcoming Event for Ladies

Mrs. Nechama Kantor Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rav Avrohom Hecht, OBM, the father of Mrs. Mrs. Nechama Kantor (wife of Rabbi Matis Kantor) who used to live and was an active Rebbetzin in Monsey and still teaches at Bais Yaakov of Monsey.

Mrs. Kantor is sitting shiva at 866 Eastern Parkway, Apt. 3E, in Crown Heights.

Rabbi Hecht was one of the Talmidim send by the Frierdiker Rebbe to Otwock, Poland and served as the Rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zion in Brooklyn for over 50 years. He was also President of the Rabbinical Alliance of America - Igud HaRabanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

The Twin is Back

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

MBCM Production "Circle of Sisters" This Sunday

Double Stroller & New Computer Desk Available

A used Instep Safari Double Jogging Stroller and a new small computer desk still in the box are available for free. Please call 845-659-2388.

Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek Tonight to Include Showing of New Video

Tonight, Sunday, there will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Chof Daled Teves.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

The farbrengen will include a showing of the newly released 45-minute video, The Alter Rebbe, produced by JEM in honor of his 200th yahrzeit.

Chabad of South Monsey Farbrengen Tonight

Chabad of South Monsey will be having a farbrengen in honor of Chof Daled Teves tonight, Sunday, at 8:00 PM at their Shul, 36 Park Avenue.

Thanks to Avraham Segal and Zelig Tabak for sponsoring the farbrengen in honor of their respective birthdays.

Mazel Tov Ganczs - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Aaron Dovid and Baila Gancz on the engagement of their son Boruch to Itty Brikman of Crown Heights!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Sunday, at Bais Rivkah, 310 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cheder Fourth Graders Create Birchas Yaakov Project

Cheder Chabad fourth grade boys made a beautiful Birchas Yaakov project. Each boy got a Shevet and designed a poster board based on their Shevet and is working on memorizing Birchas Yaakov by heart!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Celebrating the 200th Yahrzeit by Learning the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch

This Sunday, 24 Teves (January 6), marks the 200th yahrzeit of the Alter Rebbe who passed away on Motzai Shabbos Chof Daled Teves 5573 (like this year).

Fifty years ago, in honor of  the 150th yahrzeit, the Rebbe strongly urged Chassidim to mark this auspicious year by increasing their study of the Alter Rebbe's holy teachings (see Chof Daled Teves Sicha in Toras Menachem 5723).

Rabbi Markowitz is offering a program of learning the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch, including a study guide and self tests, for those who may be interested.

Participants will be provided with the material and at the conclusion of each segment there will be a multiple choice test that they can take to be sure that they have learned the segment thoroughly.

Those participating in this program can learn at home, in shul or while traveling, with a chavruash or by themselves, for the first time or as chazarah.

This program of learning is a unique way of celebrating this auspicious year as those who participate will have a chance to master a substantial part of the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch.

To participate in this program and/or if you would like to be partnered with a chavrusah, please contact Rabbi Markowitz at

Cheder Fifth Grade Boys Make 24 Teves Carnival

Items Needed for MBCM Production

There are a few things that MBCM is still in need of for their annual production, Circle of Sisters.

If you have any of the following items please email

  • Two old, black rotary dial phones
  • Medium sized dark wooden bookshelf
  • Two wooden (no wheels) office chairs
  • Wooden desk
  • Wooden dresser
  • Chalkboard
  • Wooden folding chairs
Everything is very much appreciated!

Tzeischem L'Shalom Melava Malka This Motzai Shabbos for the Olivers

Bais Menachem will be hosting a Tzeischem L'Shalom Melava Malka for Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver and their children in honor of their relocation to Australia where they will be directing Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia (RARA).

The dairy Melava Malka is for men and women will take place this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Shemos, at 8:30 PM at Bais Menachem 360 Route 306.

The suggested contribution per couple is $18.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka & Seforim Sale This Motzai Shabbos

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week we commence learning the second book of the Torah with the portion of Shmos (Exodus1:1-6:1) which begins with the verse "These are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt:  Reuben,Shimon..." (Exodus 1:1…).

The famed commentary, Rashi, writes: "Although G-d already enumerated them by name when they were living, He enumerates them again at their death to express G-d's love for them, for they are compared to the stars which He brings out and brings in by number and by name, as it is said "He brings out their hosts by number, He calls them all by name."

Israel is compared to the stars.

Every star has two distinct aspects. There is the quality common to all stars -- the importance and greatness of each star as a star. This merits that they be mentioned by number, because precious and important things are carefully counted. Bringing out the stars "by number" shows the preciousness of all stars, but does not express the individual characteristics of each particular star. These find expression in the star's name: the qualities that distinguish one star from another, the properties possessed by each star that are unique to it alone, the particular influence it exerts in the cosmos different from that of any other star — all these merit that each be called by its own name, as the prophet declares, G-d  "...calls them all by name."

It is evident then that "name" and "number", though they both indicate importance, express two separate — almost contradictory - aspects of the object enumerated and named. Number expresses that aspect common to all the enumerated things. If several items are counted together it is because of the common element they all share (items sharing no common factor would not be counted together). On the other hand, name expresses that quality in which the item is distinct, separate and different from another object, which is why each has a different name.

Israel is compared to the stars.

Israel, too, possess the two aspects: there is the essence of the Jew, the "part of G-d above"2 possessed by every Jew as Jew; the Al-mighty makes this endearment known by mentioning the sons of Jacob by number. G-d's enumerating the Jews by name, on the other hand, expresses His love of each individual as a separate, distinct, unique soul, with qualities shared by no other.

Our task: To emulate the ways of G-d Al-mighty and to appreciate the preciousness of all Jews as a whole. Yet, each Jew has to realize that he/she has unique individual qualities and a contribution to share with the world around us.

(Excerpts from  - from Rabbi Yitschak Meir Kagan)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Seeking Ride to Monsey

Single female looking for a ride today, Wednesday, from Brooklyn or Manhattan to Monsey. Please call 845-826-0378.

Pizaa for Avos U'Banim This Motzai Shabbos

This Motzai Shabbos, in honor of 200 years since the histalkus of the Alter Rebbe, hot pizza will be served at the Avos U'Banim learning program at Tzemach Tzedek from 6:45 to 7:45 PM.

All elementary boys, no matter the school they attend, are invited and encouraged to attend with their fathers!

Yom Iyun for Chof Daled Teves This Sunday

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mrs. Rochel Yoffe Sitting Shiva

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Esther Shain (אסתר בת אברהם יצחק), mother of Cheder Chabad Boys 4th Grade General Studies teacher Mrs. Rochel Yoffe.

Mrs. Yoffe will be sitting shiva until Friday morning at 72 Blauvelt Road.

.המקום ינחם אותה בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים

Collecting Seforim

Jay Abramowitz is collecting sefarim for a 22 year old woman in Turkey.

This can be children books, chumashim, tehillim, anything but it has to be very simple.

Please call Jay Abramowitz at 917-887-5965.

Thank you for your help.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride to Crown Heights on Friday and for a ride back to Monsey on Motzai Shabbos for one girl. Please call 845-354-6173.

Mazel Tov Tougers!

Mazel tov to R' Yossi and Sara Michal Touger on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi and Rebbetzin Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan!

Shifra and Puah arranges 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

Mazel Tov Rimlers!

Mazel tov to R' Shmuel and Michal Rimler on the birth of a baby girl!

Shifra and Puah arranges 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