Thursday, February 28, 2013

Machane Bnos Monsey Early Bird Specials

Machane Bnos Monsey is proud to open registration and announce our now location for this summer's day camp.

We will be located at Hempstead Elementary School on the corner of Brick Church Road & Union Road. With a 7.5 acre campus, full playground, and central location we look forward to an unforgettable summer filled with ruchniyus and gashmiyus!

Earlybird specials include $75.00 off of kiddie camp and $125.00 off of regular division if registration is completed before Pesach. We will be announcing our amazing staff shortly. Please check out our new website at for staff updates, pictures and online enrollment.

Kosher Ski Day

Buy tickets here.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A fellow wanders into an expensive gift store seeking the "perfect" gift for his mother-in-law. Perfect, as in the most impressive for the cheapest price. As he checks out the selection he can't help but overhear the boss berating a new employee who'd just smashed an extremely expensive china vase.

He approaches the owner and negotiates a very reasonable price to have the broken pieces gathered, packaged and delivered to the birthday party, with specific instructions that the klutzy employee accidentally drop the gift at the front door.

The big day arrives. So does the deliveryman. Our hero's plan executes flawlessly. Sympathy all round and assurances that "don't worry, darling, it's the thought that counts."

All would have ended perfectly if some nudnik hadn't decided to open the package to examine what the gift had looked like... You wouldn't want to be in our friend's shoes when his shvigger (Yiddish for M.I.L.) saw that the stupid worker had lovingly gift-wrapped each individual shard separately.

In this weeks Torah portion KI Sisa (Shmos [Exodus] 30:11-34:35) Moses comes down the mountain to be confronted by a shocking and perverse scene. Barely a month had passed since G-d declaimed the 10 Commandments; while the very echoes of the Sinaic revelation still reverberated around the world, a number of the Jews had rebelled and built an idol, the Golden Calf.

In a display of supreme displeasure Moses smashes the two luchos (tablets), punishes those who had sinned, and then heads right back up the mountain to beseech G-d's mercy. Eighty days later (on the day later to be known as Yom Kippur), G-d agrees to grant His nation a second chance and symbolizes this by allowing Moses to carve out a second set of tablets.

The two sets of tablets, the broken ones and their replacements, are stored together in perpetuity in the Ark of the Covenant.

But why keep the broken pieces? In what way do they differ from the gift-wrapped public-relation disaster in the above story? Aren't they just a symbol of our crime and punishment? Why stockpile a souvenir of the depravity to which the Jews sank?

Someone who has never struggled, never experienced disappointments, can never truly connect with G-d or His Torah. Self-grandeur and aggrandizement preclude one from approaching the Divine. The scars that the world has inflicted upon us, the vestiges of battles fought and temptations overcome, are the entry fees to the Kingdom of G-d.

Receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was an unparalleled ecstatic experience. The sense of accomplishment of being personally selected for divine revelation must have been universally felt. How then could the Jews refrain from feelings of smug self-satisfaction?

By exhibiting the broken shards of the luchot we were constantly being reminded of our imperfect past and blemished record. Displaying the evidence of our sins, and the subsequent constant mood of regret, engendered a community-wide inspiration to reunite with G-d, and determination to avoid future pitfalls, thus guaranteeing our right to not just receive but to live with G-d and his Torah.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Prize for Every Child at Final Avos U'Banim

In addition to delicious hot pizza and a raffle ticket for amazing prizes, every child who attends the final Avos U'Banim of the year this Motzai Shabbos will receive a prize!

Cheder Wine & Matzah Sale

Visit to place your order.

Daily Mincha Minyan Time Change

Beginning this Sunday, 21 Adar, March 3 (until after the clock is changed the following week), the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 5:30 PM.

Matzah Baking This Sunday

Reb Shimon Kroll is organizing a group for baking matzah at the Crown Heights Matzah Bakery for this Sunday, 21 Adar, March 3.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Shimon at 914-419-5436.

Mordechai HaTzadik Visits Cheder Chabad & MBCM

Mordechai HaTzadik came all the way from Shushan to visit the boys and girls in Cheder Chabad to emphasize the mitzvah of Matanot LaEvyonim, giving Tzedaka to two poor people.

Each student was able to participate in the mitzvah and received a treat as well.

Mordechai also visited the girls of MBCM to wish them a freilechin Purim.

A special yasher koach to Mr. Bloch, pictured in the background, for hosting Mordechai HaTzadik for Purim once again.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Matzoh Baking Letter from Rabbi Simcha Werner

Dear Anash, (Sheyichyu)

As we approach the Yom Tov of Pesach I would like to discuss several matters regarding Matzah.
As everyone knows Chassidim are especially careful when it comes to Pesach. The most crucial aspect is the baking of the Matzos. That’s why it is very common that many members of Anash organize special groups for Matzah baking. People who are involved understand the tremendous difference there is between a group baking than with a standard baking.

The baking will IY”H take place Friday March 1st (YudTes Adar) at 8:00am. Your invited to join in our baking. We are the first group of the day, which is after the oven goes through a total overnight Koshering.

In previous years we have spent thousands of dollars on extra Hiddurim. The Chumras we take upon ourselves on Pesach affects our spiritual level and brings new heights of Emunah and Betachon to our lives and the lives of our family members.

Just to give you an idea, below is a list of some of the special Hiddurim we do that are not done at a routine baking.
  • We purchase last year  140 new long sticks so that when the Matzos are placed into the oven they rest upon brand new sticks
  • Hundreds of new rolling sticks
  • Before use, the sticks are kept outside so that they are cold 
  • Any long sticks with dough stuck to them, are thrown out and not reused
  • Every kneading bowl is cleaned immediately not allowing the remaining dough to become Chomitz
  • Someone is in charge to see to it that the Matzos are delivered into the oven immediately after rolling. 
  • We try to stand over the women that they constantly work on the dough without any waiting
  • We try to stand over the men that they constantly knead the dough
  • All Matzos are whole wheat
The price per Lb. is $28.00, $5.00 over the regular Matzah bakery price which is $23.00 for whole wheat Matzah. To join us at the bakery or to order Matzos please call 845-356-3850 or email

PS: The Rebbe said it is very important that every Jew have Shmura Matzah at the Seder. Last year NCFJE of Rockland gave out over two thousand Matzos. If you need Matzah to distribute, email or call us at the number above.

Rabbi Simcha Werner

Sunday Funday This Sunday

Pizza at the Last Avos U'Banim of the Year

In honor of the last Avos U'bBanim session of  this year, which is taking place this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Ki Sisa, pizza will be served!

Please make sure to come and bring your attendance cards with you. Anyone who attended at least 10 times will to go into a big special raffle for wonderful prizes.

Avos U'Banim will take place this Motzoai Shabbos from 7:30 to 8:30  PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Free Copier Available

Free Panasonic DP-2000 copier (good for organization) available for pickup. Needs toner. For information, email

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seeking Ride to CH Tonight

Looking for a ride for 2 or 3 people from Monsey to Crown Heights tonight, Tuesday. If you are going and have space, please call Hadassah at 845-659-7731.

Beis Menachem Purim Party in Photos

Photos: Michal Rimler

Meals for the Siegel Family

If you are able to cook a meal for Avrohom and Aimee Siegel who recently had a baby boy, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

LDC Early Bird Special Ends This Friday

Only three days left for the Lubavitch Day Camp early bird special!

Sign up by this Friday, March 1, and receive $100 off.

For more information and to receive a registration packet, please contact or 845-418-5170.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey Bochurim Spread Purim Joy

Rabbi Silverstein & His Friend on Purim

Video: Yonah Heidings

180 Mark 'Happiest Day' of Purim

By Alex Taylor, The Journal News

SUFFERN — “One more turn! One more turn!” Rabbi Shmuel Gancz shouted as the festively dressed crowd clapped to klezmer music and cranked their noisemakers, known as groggers, in raucous response.

About 180 people gathered at the Chabad of Suffern on Sunday for the annual Purim festival to celebrate an ancient deliverance and modern day ties of family, friends and the Jewish faith.

The Jewish holiday, which started Saturday night and ended Sunday, celebrates the biblical story of Queen Esther saving the Jewish people from a plot to kill them by Haman, an adviser to the Persian king. Scholars date the story to around 2,500 years ago.

During the celebration, the Book of Esther, known as the Megillah, is read as participants drown out any mention of Haman’s name.

Because the events described in the Megillah deal with mistaken identity, it’s customary to observe the holiday with decorative costumes, copious amounts of food and drink, dancing and playful pranks.

Celebrants traditionally give monetary donations to the needy and send food to friends.

“It’s the happiest day of the year,” Gancz explained. “We celebrate it by twisting and spinning things around to bring laughter.”

The Purim festival has been held at the Chabad of Suffern for five years, organizers said. Past Purim festivals have been set in the Wild West and China; the theme this year was “Purim in Italy.”

Rabbi Gancz, for instance, was dressed as an Italian chef, complete with a chef’s white jacket and tall toque, while youngsters sampled pizza and Italian ices in addition to hamantaschen, traditional filled, triangular pastry.

Tori Savoy, 7, Viola Elementary School student, came dressed as Queen Esther herself in a red princess dress.

“I like to celebrate every year,” she said. “It’s just fun.”

Kids weren’t the only ones having fun.

Some parents watched their children make masks and sit for a caricaturist, while others enjoyed a wine tasting.

“Purim is a victory,” said Melissa Myer, 46, a human resources manager who lives in Suffern.

Photos and video by Seth Harrison / The Journal News

Coat Accidentally Swapped

A black Utex down coat belonging to Zvi Webb was accidentally switched on Purim night at Tzemach Tzedek. A size 42 black Utex coat was left in its place.

If you mistakenly took the wrong coat, please call Zvi at 845-598-2051.

Taanis Esther & Purim 5773 Schedules for Local Chabad Shuls

This post will remain at the top of the page until after Purim. See below for new posts.

The following are links to the Taanis Esther and Purim 5773 schedules for the local Chabad shuls:

!א פרייליכען פורים

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wishing You A Very Freilichin Purim!

Purim Farbrengen for Yungeleit on Motzai Shabbos

There will be a Purim farbrengen for Yungeleit this Motzai Shabbos at 10:00 PM at the home of Naftoli Marrus, 12A Fairway Oval.

Heichal Menachem Purim Farbrengen

Beis Menachem Purim Schedule

The following is the Purim schedule for Beis Menachem:

Purim - Motzai Shabbos:
  • Maariv: 6:27 PM
  • Megillah Laining for Adults (upstairs): 7:15 PM
  • Megillah Laining for Children (downstairs): 7:15 PM
  • Purim Party (see flyer below): 8:00 PM

Purim- Sunday:
  • Shacharis: 8:00 AM
  • Megilla Laining: Approximately 8:30 AM
  • Mincha: 4:00 PM

Siegel Shalom Zachor Tonight in Teaneck

Avrohom and Aimee Siegel are making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at 696 Suffern Road in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Bais Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona Purim Schedule

The following is the Purim schedule for Bais Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona :

Motzei Shabbos - Purim:
  • Maariv: 7:10 PM
  • Megillah: 7:30 PM
  • Megillah at the home of the Friedmans, 14 White Birch Drive: 9:00 PM

Sunday - Purim:
  • Shachris: 8:00 AM
  • Megillah: 8:45 AM
  • Megillah at the home of the Friedmans, 14 White Birch Drive: 10:30 AM
  • Farbrengen at the home of the Webers: 8:30 PM

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shiur in Honor of Meir Dovid Hanson's Yahrtzeit

In honor of the yahrtzeit of Reb Meir Dovid Hanson A"H there will be a shiur this Wednesday night, February 27, at 9:00 PM at the Hanson home, 38 South Monsey Road.

Maariv will follow the shiur. Additional parking is available on Regina Road.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The famous joke of Golda Meir that the Jewish people had managed, after forty years of wandering, to end up in the only country in the Middle East with no oil, was only partially correct. Although the Holy Land has not produced the stuff that brings in the gold, it has historically been a rich source of olive oil. The Talmud relates how a merchant from the town of Lydia in Asia Minor once traveled to Gush Chalav in the Galilee to buy olive oil. He spent a million silver coins on the oil and borrowed every camel and mule in the region to transport it home!

Olive oil features in our weekly portion too - Tetza've (Shmos [Exodus] 27:20-30:10). In the middle of the commandments regarding the construction of the Tabernacle and the making of priestly clothes, G‑d instructs Moses about the production of pure olive oil for use in the Menorah.

In Temple times, the oil was doubly graded. The first grade referred to the quality of the olive from which the oil was produced—based on the olive's position on the tree: high (ripest), middle or bottom. The oil itself was then graded according to its purity; the first drop squeezed, other oil extracted by pressing the olives, and the oil that came from crushing the olives.

Naturally, one would expect that the two rankings worked together—the first drop of oil from an olive at the bottom of a tree would not be as good as oil produced from a pressed olive from the top of the tree. The Talmud, however, says this is not the case: no matter where the olive came from, for practical purposes, its gradation was based only on how the oil was extracted. A first drop from a bottom olive could be used for the Menorah, a drop from a crushed top olive could not.

The lesson is clear. As the Chassidic Rebbe Reb Zushe of Anipoli once remarked, he did not worry that when he passed away and went before the Heavenly Tribunal they would ask him why he was not as great as Moses. He was worried, however, what he would reply when they asked him why he was not as great as Zushe could have been. Why had he not achieved his full potential?

It is irrelevant where on the tree we feel we may come from, what is important is that we give our best – our first drops – to be a Menorah for G‑d with the flame of Mitzvot and light of Torah.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Eli Pink)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Suffern Mayor Packs Mishloach Manos at Chabad

Mayor Dagan Lacorte of Suffern joined Rabbi Shmuel and Devorah Gancz and a group of volunteers packing Mishloach Manos at Chabad of Suffern tonight.

Shiur on the Maamar "Zachor"

Nusach Ari Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule

The following is the schedule for K'hal Nusach Ari for Taanis Esther and Purim:
  • Taanis Esther Mincha - 5:00 PM

  • Motzai Shabbos Megilla Laining - 7:30 PM

  • Sunday Morning Shacharis - 8:00 AM
  • Sunday Morning Megilla Laining - Approximately 8:30 AM

Meals for Gottliebs

If you are able to cook a dish or a meal for the Gottlieb family who are sitting Shiva, please call Mrs. Rochie Liberow at 845-517-9034.

Chabad of South Monsey Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule

Mazel Tov Weinsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Naftoli and Sherry Weinstein on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Aryeh and Rosie Weinstein of Newtown, Pennsylvania!

Mazel Tov Kleins - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to R' Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the engagement of their son Pesach to Simone Green of Coral Springs, Florida!

The l'chaim will take place at 8:00 PM tonight, Tuesday, at the Klein home, 22 Jeffrey Place.

Seeking Someone to Lain Megillah

Looking for someone to read the Megilah on Motzai Shabbos, February 23, at 8:00 PM in New Jersey approximately a half hour from Monsey.

Will pay.

Please contact Rabbi Zaltzman at

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shiva Information for Mrs. Sosha Gottlieb

The Levaya for Selma Wilenchik, the mother of Sosha Gottlieb, will take place on Tuesday, February 19, at 2:00 PM at the Farband Cemetery in Morris, Connecticut.

Sosha will be sitting Shiva at her home, 678 Union Road.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Tzemach Tzedek Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule

The following is the schedule for Taanis Esther and Purim at Tzemach Tzedek:

Taanis Esther Mukdam – Thursday, 11 Adar, February 21
  • Fast Begins: 5:30 AM

  • Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM (includes selichos)
  • Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (includes selichos)

  • Machatzis HaShekel & Mincha 1: 2:00 PM (includes leining)
  • Machatzis HaShekel & Mincha 2: 5:15 PM (includes leining)

  • Maariv: 6:05 PM
  • Fast Ends: 6:09 PM

Purim - Motzai Shabbos, 14 Adar, February 23
  • Maariv - Shabbos Ends: 6:21 PM
  • Megilla Laining 1: 7:30 PM Sharp
  • Megilla Laining for children under nine: 7:30 PM Sharp downstairs
  • Megilla Laining 2: 10:00 PM

Purim - Sunday, 14 Adar, February 24
  • Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
  • Megilla Laining 1: Approximately 8:30 AM

  • Shacharis 2: 8:30 AM
  • Megilla Laining 2: Approximately 9:00 AM

  • Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
  • Megilla Laining 3: Approximately 9:30 AM

  • Shacharis 4: 9:30 AM
  • Megilla Laining 4: Approximately 10:00 AM

  • Shacharis 5: 10:00 AM
  • Megilla Laining 5: Approximately 10:30 AM

  • Latest Krias Shma: 9:23 AM

  • Mincha 1: 3:00 PM
  • Mincha 2: 4:30 PM

  • Shkiah: 5:41 PM
  • Maariv and Farbrengen: 8:30 PM

!א פרייליכען פורים

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

  • Megillas Esther: Kol Menachem H/E
  • Megillas Esther: VedibartaBam (Bogomilsky)
  • Megillas Esther: Soft Cover with Rebbe's Biurim
  • The Complete Story of Purim
  • The Queen of Persia (Book)
  • The Queen of Persis (DVD)
  • Purim Guess Who? (Ages 3-5)
  • A Very Special Gift  (Ages 5-9)   
  • On This Night (Pesach) -- Coming Soon!!                     
  • Tehillas Hashem Siddur for Pesach
  • Hilchos Leil Seder
  • Count Down to Passover
  • Haggadahs for Adults and Children 
  • Pesach Seder for Children (CD)
  • Out of Egypt (DVD)
  • Sefiras HaOmer - Simon Jacobson
  • A Touch of Passover (Ages 2-3)

Please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or visit 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Heichal Menachem Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule

Shabbos Parshas Zachor in South Monsey

This Shabbos, Parshas Zachor, Rabbi Markowitz will be joining Chabad of South Monsey for some learning and inspiration.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9:15 - Chassidus (a Purim Maamer) 
  • 10:00 - Shacharis (after Krias Hatorah there will be divrei Torah on inyonei purim)
  • 12:40 - Mincha
All are invited to participate!

Cheder Raffle Early Bird Special

Anyone who purchases a $100 ticket for the Cheder Chabad $100,000 Raffle by February 19 (until 9 PM) will be entered into an additional Early Bird raffle for a chance to win a beautiful hand written 12” Megilas Esther with a stunning 14” leather and wooden case.

If you would like to participate in this Early Bird special please go to and click on the "$100,000 Raffle" box and buy as many $100 tickets as you desire.

Mazel Tov Siegels!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Aimee Siegel on the birth of a baby boy!

Mrs. Sosha Gottlieb to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of Mrs. Sosha Gottlieb.

Levaya and Shiva information will be posted shortly.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Positions Available in Crown Heights

A vibrant international mosad based in Crown Heights is seeking qualified people to join our team for the following positions:
  • Project Manager - plan and execute all aspects of projects.
  • Development Assistant - work on donor cultivation, research, scheduling, data management and correspondence. 
  • Communications Manager - support day-to-day communications including maintaining websites and social media and writing blog posts, email campaigns and newsletters. Strong writing skills required. 
Candidates must be efficient, organized and reliable with a pleasant personality and previous office experience.

Please email resume and references to

Yarchei Kallah at Tzemach Tzedek on President's Day

This Monday, President’s Day, a Yarchei Kallah learning program will be held at Tzemach Tzedek.

The following is the schedule:

Morning Schedule: 

  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM - Aggadata of Megillas Esther (Gemorah Megillah, Daf Yud-Beis) 
  • 10:45 – 11:45 AM - Sicha of the Rebbe on Simchas Purim 
Afternoon Schedule:
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM - Ma’amar of the Rebbe on Purim 
  • 5:00 Mincha 

Alternately, bring a friend and learn with a chavrusa, or come yourself and find a chavrusah or come and learn yourself.

The Shul will be open all day for learning.

Mazel Tov Borensteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yaakov and Hindy Borenstein on the birth of a grandson born to Shmuel Sholom and Faige Rivka Serebryanski of New Windsor, New York!

Help Families From Our Community Make Purim & Pesach

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cheder Mishloach Manos Deadline Sunday at Midnight

Yes, we can!

Yes, Cheder Chabad can deliver your personal Purim Greetings on our special Purim Greeting Scroll to our Cheder Chabad families, rebbes, morahs, teachers, staff, and Monsey Anash - but only if you participate in the program.

Therdeadline to send your greetings is this Sunday, February 17, 2013 at midnight.

For more information please go to, or contact us at or 845-356-1213 ext 230.

Mazel Tov Plotkins!

Mazel tov to R' Moshe and Bracha Plotkin of New Paltz on the birth of a daughter!

Mazel Tov Jacobs!

Mazel tov to R' Tzvi and Esther Jacobs on the engagement of their daughter Mariasha to Hershy Davidoff of London!

Mazel Tov Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Yosef Yitzchak and Mushky Gluckowsky of Yerushalayim!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's Torah reading, Terumah (Shmos [Exodus] 25:1-27:19) as well as a sizable portion of the book of Shmos --is devoted to the construction of the Sanctuary (Mishkan), built by the children of Israel in the desert.

The Torah, which is usually very sparing with words, is uncharacteristically elaborate when it comes to describing the Sanctuary. All the materials used in the construction, the components and furnishings of the Sanctuary, as well as every minute detail of the actual construction—is listed and described, sometimes, numerous times.

All in all, thirteen chapters are devoted to describing how the Jewish people were to fashion this edifice and how they subsequently built it – with all its details In contrast, the Torah devotes only one chapter to the creation of the universe! Only three chapters are devoted to the description of the awe-inspiring and monumental event of the revelation of G‑d at Mt. Sinai.

Why, then, does the Torah describe the Sanctuary at such great length, while almost glossing over the creation of our world and giving a relatively short account of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai? Is there perhaps a lesson for us as parents to guide us in the education of our children?

At Sinai (and certainly at the creation of the world) we were passive participants. G‑d descended in all His glory and majesty accompanied by breathtaking sounds and sights of grand thunder and lightning, while the Jewish people merely observed and heard.

In fact, because of the non-participatory nature of the Sinai experience, the impression of the holiness wasn't permanent. After the Divine presence departed from the mountain, it reverted to its former non-holy status. Similarly, soon after the spiritually inspired nation had experienced the awesome revelation of G‑d, they stooped to serve a golden calf.

Unlike the Sinai experience, the Sanctuary did not miraculously descend upon the Jewish people—they had to build it themselves, with their own materials, with their own hands and sweat. Everyone took part in the undertaking, men and women, rich and poor, each contributing his talents, resources and expertise.

This human participation is what caused the material objects with which we built the Sanctuary to become permeated with enduring holiness. This is also why the Torah devotes so many chapters to the building of the Sanctuary.

The overwhelming emphasis on its construction teaches us that there is something very valuable about us using our own personal resources and creativity. It might not be as earth-shattering an event as the revelation of G‑d,, but its effect can, in many ways, be more valuable and enduring--precisely because it is our own contribution. It helps us to grow as individuals, fine-tunes our skills, and stretches our capabilities, in ways that being passive recipients cannot.

Perhaps there is a message here for us as parents. Help, guide, instruct and brainstorm with your children. But remember that the greatest learning experience comes when you help your children actualize their own abilities, to create their own edifices (even if the neighbor next door does all the school or project work for his / her own child !) .

(Excerpts from - from Mrs.  Chana Weisberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Avos U'Banim Update

  • Starting this Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Teruma, Avos U'Banim will take place from 7:15 to 8:15 PM.
  • All boys should remember to bring their punched attendance cards as all boys who have attended at least 10 times will be entered into a raffle for special prizes to be announced at the last Avos U'Banim session (Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Ki Sisa, March 2 ).
  • There will be no Avos U'Banim next Motzai Shabbos because it is Purim.

Seeking Ride to CH

If you are able to take one passenger from Monsey to Crown Heights this Motzoi Shabbos, please call Rabbi Silverstein at 347-374-1978.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

K'hal Nusach Ari Melava Malka This Motzai Shabbos

Lubavitch Day Camp 5773 Early Bird Discount

Message from Cheder President, R' Yeruchem Cohen

Yud Gimel Ikarim Through the Lens of Chassidus

Sunday Funday Concert

Save the date - the second Cheder Chabad Playground Fundraiser will be a Sunday Funday with Morah Music and Fudge the Clown on March 3. Contact the Cheder office for a special price for advance ticket purchases for Cheder Parents.

Congratulations to Ezriel Litvintchouk for bowling the highest score at our Bowling Fundraiser and winning $40 to Chai Pizza and to the Sterna Levine and Frumie Bronstein for winning the $20 Chai Pizza raffle!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chupa Warms Crowd in -40 Degree Weather

By Devorah Caytak

On the morning of our daughter Esther's wedding, to Ruvy Litzman of Monsey, we got an emergency phone call from a friend.

"Your wedding is tonight, it is going to be -40 degrees, you need to rent heaters for the outdoor Chuppah ceremony."

We immediately called all the party rentals in Ottawa, Canada, but to no avail. Nobody had any. But, we realized that it was so cold that it would not have made any difference.

We received many more phone calls from our friends...."You are not having the Chuppah outside, are you?"

"We sure are...rain, snow, sleet or hail...just like the Post Office. And we have a Chassidic tradition to have the ceremony under the stars."

People were incredulous that we were going to do the ceremony outside.

Over 300 guests came from all over the world, including Sydney, Australia, Florida, Minnesota, Monsey, Phoenix, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Jerusalem and more.

The brave ones donned hats, scarves, mitts and boots for the Chuppah ceremony. And the most miraculous thing happened, most everyone was warm!

Rabbi Lesches, Rav of the Lubavitch community in Monsey, was the Mesader Kiddushin. Rabbi Markowitz (from Monsey) read the Kesubah. Cantor Moshe Kraus (Ottawa) sang Mi Adir. The simcha and the Chassidic warmth of the people warmed the crowd.

The wedding was extremely freilach, and it certainly helped that the Freilach Band from NYC came in to play. They wowed the crowd, and especially the Ottawans.The musicians and singer are exceptionally talented, having played at the HASC concert in NY recently. The music was amazing and kept everyone dancing till late into the evening.

Yudi Chein, the Ottawa caterer did an exceptional job in keeping everyone warm with soup during the kabbalas panim and a delicious meal during the wedding.

Many commented what a wonderful, simchadik, fabulous wedding this was, especially in cold, little Ottawa, Canada.

A true treat for all those who attended and celebrated with Mordechai and Malka Litzman and family and Dr. Yosef and Devora Caytak and family.

Mazel tov...and all the brachos...binyan adei ad.

Friday, February 8, 2013

RCC Students Enjoy "Nosh for the Soul"

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The intimate Jewish relationship with G‑d is expressed in the idea that G‑d Himself keeps the laws of the Torah. The Sages tell us they are called "G‑d's laws" because not only do they come from G‑d, but they are also observed by G‑d. The Zohar states: "G‑d, the Jewish people and the Torah are one.". Knowing  that, so to speak, both we and G‑d keep the very same laws of the Torah, helps us understand how we are closely and truly bonded together with the Divine at every step and  moment of our lives.

This week's Torah portion—Mishpatim (Shmos [Exodus] 21:1-24:18). presents us with many laws, most of them concerning relationships with other people. One of these laws teaches about lending money to the poor. "If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you..." (22:24). The Sages of theTalmud comment that the word 'If' is not to be taken literally. It is not optional. There is a duty and a requirement to lend money to the needy person.

This has become  the underlying motivation why in many Jewish communities today, there are interest-free loan funds, which help an individual or a family deal with the constant pressures of life.

How does G‑d Himself keep this law? He 'lends' each of us everything we have. Our physical bodies, our skills and talents, our minds and intelligence, our homes and our possessions. This is a Divine loan which we are able to enjoy – yet we also have to repay it.

And how do we pay back the loan? By using all that G‑d has given us in order to fulfill His objective - to make this world into a dwelling for the Divine, through keeping the laws of the Torah.

There are two types of loan. If you borrow someone's watch, you have to give the same watch back to its owner. The borrower never truly possesses the watch. However, if you borrow money, you do not have to give back the same banknotes, just the equivalent amount. The original banknotes fully become the property of the borrower.

G‑d's loan to us is of the second type. Everything that G‑d gives becomes ours: our physical selves, our skills, our minds and our possessions. Yet - ideally - we should use all of this, in every aspect of our lives, for a sacred purpose, guided by the teachings of the Torah. In this way we try, to the best of our ability, to repay the Divine loan,

Someone might ask: "How much does one owe?" Answer:"Everything!"

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chabad CLE Program Begins Tonight

Rockland Jewish Legal Society, a program of the three Chabad Centers of Rockland County, is having a six week CLE course for attorneys.

The first class in the series is taking place tonight, Thursday, February 7, at Clarkstown Town Hall, 10 Maple Avenue in New City.

The course, entitled "Living with Integrity", provides nine New York State approved CLE credits, including 7.5 ethics credits.

The course will be taught by area judges and Shluchim, Rabbi Avremel Kotlarsky, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich and Rabbi Shmuel Gancz.

To register for the entire course or for individual classes, visit or call 845-368-1889.

A special thank you to Mr. Yisroel Schulman and NYLAG for providing the CLE credits.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mazel Tov Grays!

Mazel tov to R' Chaim and Chana Gray on the engagement of their daughter Dvora to Shimon Wrightman of Toronto!

Melava Malka for Older Girls Program This Motzai Shabbos

There will be a Melave Malka in honor of Rosh Chodesh Adar for the Tzemach Tzedek older girls' program this Motzai Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Mishpatim,  February 9, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at 20 Grosser Lane.

Milchigs will be served. Please note that girls under the age of 8 or under 3rd grade will not be allowed to attend even if they have older sisters attending.

Yasher Koach to Mrs. Devorah Hayman for generously sponsoring this event in the zechus of her parents, Avraham Leib ben Fayga Raizel and Yehudis bas Helen. May they have a refuah sheleima and be blessed with many more happy, healthy years.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to or 845-356-3884. Limited spots are available.

Know Someone Eligible for Birthright?

If you know of anyone Jewish aged 18-26 who has not been to Eretz Yisroel on an organized trip please put them in touch with Dov Oliver at to go on Birthright this summer.

Birthright is a free trip 10 day trip that can really build the Jewish pride, knowledge and connection of anyone who is lucky enough to attend. This particular trip is intended and geared towards those who are unaffiliated or have little Jewish knowledge.

Registration begins in a week and a half and does not stay open long. There are many, many applicants for not that many spots so please get this info to anyone eligible ASAP.

Seeking Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Lubavitch on the Palisades School is looking for a female Limudei Kodesh teacher for lower elementary grades.

Great hours, excellent pay and warm environment.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Orite at 646-262-3856 or

Emuna in Moshiach Through the Lens of Chassidus

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cheder Chabad's Purim Greetings 5773

You are invited to join the Cheder Chabad of Monsey family in its annual Purim project - Purim Greetings 5773!

You can send personal Purim Greetings to be delivered on our special Purim Greeting Scroll to our Cheder Chabad families, rebbes, morahs, teachers, staff, and Monsey Anash.

In addition, this year we offer a new option for you to add families!

For more information please go to or contact us at or 845-356-1213 ext 230.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Seeking Ride to CH

Girl visiting from Chicago is in need of a ride to Crown Heights either today, Sunday, or tomorrow, Monday,  in the morning. Please call the Schaeffer's at 845-290-1967.

Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazel tov to R' Zvi and Chaya Webb on the birth of a granddaughter born to Rabbi Sender and Chami Engel of Long Beach, California!

Dr. Yehuda Klein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Dr. Yehuda Klein.

Reb Yehuda is sitting Shiva through this Thursday morning at his home, 12 Manor Drive.

The davening time are:
  • Shacharis: 9:00 AM
  • Mincha: 2:00 PM
  • Maariv: 6:00 PM
The phone number at the house is 845-352-7307.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Mazel Tov Hotts!

Mazel tov to Yosef and Tovah Hott on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kesser Distributors Weekly Specials

The Kesser Distributors specials for this week are:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: $2.39 per pound
  • Flanken: $9.49 per pound 
  • Pepper Steak: $8.99 per pound

Buy by the case and save!

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

Donate to a Mosad Named After the Rebbetzin Today

The 25th yahrzeit of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka ע"ה ז"ל is this Shabbos and as always each of us wishes to do something to honor her memory and perpetuate her legacy. 

As Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is the only Mosad in Monsey named after the Rebbetzin, we respectfully encourage and entreat you to donate in memory of the Rebbetzin, as the Rebbe said in the Sicha quoted below.

To donate to Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls in honor of Chof Beis Shvat, please click here.

Quote from a Sicha of the Rebbe onשבת פרשת יתרו - כ"ב שבט תש"נ:
"והמעשה הוא העיקר"
ובפרט בקשר מיט יארצייט - כמנהג ישראל אז מ'פארבינדט דאס מיט הוספות אין ענינים של מעשה בפועל לעילוי הנשמה [ וואס דורך דעם איז מען ממשיך עילוי הנשמה דא למטה]...  ...ובנוגע לפועל: ס'איז כדאי ונכון צו פארבינדן דעם יארצייט מיט מוסיף ומרבה זיין אין אויפשטעלן מוסדות לעילוי הנשמה ( בהוספה אויף די מוסדות וואס מ'האט ביז איצטער אויפגעשטעלט), כולל ובמיוחד - מוסדות געווידמעט צו די ג' מצוות הנ"ל.
אזוי אויך - איז כדאי מוסיף ומרבה זיין בצדקה בקשר מיט דעם יארצייט, ומה טוב - אין א מספר פון ע"ת (470) די גימטריא פון שם הנפטרת...און מ'וועט זוכה זיין צו מאכן "שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה"... 
“And as far as real action, it is worthwhile and correct to connect the Yahrzeit with adding and increasing in setting up institutions liluy nishmosoh. It would also be appropriate to increase the amount one gives for Tzedakah in connection with the e Yahrzeit. Best of all, if this were done in the sum of 470, the numerical equivalent of her (The Rebbetzin’s) name” 
“Whoever increases in all the above is even more praiseworthy not only giving 470 small coins … but 470 in larger currency.”

To donate to Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School for Girls today, Chof Beis Shvat, please click here.

Mazel Tov Weisbergs!

Mazel tov to Miss Ruchy Weisberg, secretary in Cheder Chabad Boy's school, on her engagement to Naftali Miller!

Melava Malka for Women in Crown Heights

There will be a Melava Malka for women in honor of the 25th hilulo of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka this Motzoi Shabbos, 23 Shvat, at 8:00 PM at Razag Ballroom 739 East New York Avenue in Crown Heights.

Speakers include Mrs. Sara Morozov, Mrs. Chaya Posner (Rancho Mirage, CA) and Mrs. Rivky Brikman (Seagate, NY).