Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ron Goldblatt Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Mr. Ron Goldblatt.

Ron will be sitting shiva from Motzai Yom Tov through Monday morning at 7 Dalewood Drive in Suffern (off Highview Road).

The following are the davening times:

Shacharis - 7:00 AM
Mincha & Maariv - 7:10 PM

Please help make the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Moshiach Seudah at Heichal Menachem

Seeking Ride to CH Today

Seeking a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights today, Sunday, Erev Yom Tov.

Please call 347-675-4452.

Moshiach Seudos for Women

There will be a Moshiach Seudos for women at the following homes on Tuesday, Acharon Shel Pesach:

  • Yehudis Abramowitz - 6 Zabriskie Terrace
  • Bracha Meshchaninov - 32 N. Southgate Drive
  • Roizy Lefkowitz - 2 Cedar Lane
  • Chaya Light - 3 Lois Lane

All Seudahs will take place at approximately 6:00 PM.

Please bring Matza and wine/grape juice.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tzemach Tzedek Children's Program Pesach Schedule

There will be no younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek over the first days of Pesach.

There will be groups on Shabbos Chol HaMoed and over the second days of Pesach.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pesach Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

We open the Pesach Seder eve  with the traditional: Mah nishtanah halailah hazeh... "Why is this night different from all other nights?" which our children ask us. Because, we answer, we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and G-d set us free.

Free? Are you free?

Can a person with a mortgage be free? Can a person with a mother-in-law be free? Can a person with a job be free? Can a person without a job be free?

Freedom! Is there anything more desired yet more elusive? Is there a need more basic to our souls, yet so beyond our reach? How, indeed, do we achieve freedom from the demands, cares and burdens of daily living?

But look at your child. Observe her at play, immersed in a book, asleep and smiling at her dreams. Assured that father and mother will feed him, protect him and worry about all that needs worrying about, the child is free. Free to revel in her inner self, free to grow and develop, open to the joys and possibilities of life.

This is why Passover, the festival of freedom, is so much the festival of the child. For it is the child who evokes in us the realization that we, too, are children of G-d, and are thus inherently and eternally free. It is the child who opens our eyes to the ultimate significance of Passover: that in taking us out of Egypt to make us His chosen people, G-d has liberated us of all enslavement and subjugation for all time.

The child is the most important participant at the Passover Seder. The entire Seder is constructed around the goal to mystify the child, to stimulate his curiosity, to compel him to ask: Why is this night different from all other nights?

The child asks, and we answer. But there is another dialogue taking place -- a dialogue in which we ask, and the child explains.

Take a good look at your child this Passover. Pay her close attention -- enter her mind, view reality from his perspective. The child feels freedom due to his /her absolute sense of trust and security in her parents. So we, the parent and adult, must have that same of sense of trust and security in our “parent” – our Father in Heaven!

For how else might we taste freedom?

A Kosher and Joyous Holiday of Pesach to all!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Daily Mincha Time Change

The time for the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 7:00 PM and will remain at that time until Rosh Hashana.

Pesach 5773 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek


The following is the schedule for Pesach 5773 for Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey:

Shabbos HaGadol, Parshas Tzav, 12 Nissan, March 23:
Shabbos HaGadol Derasha for Men and Women: 5:30 PM

Sunday, 13 Nissan, March 24:
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv 1: 7:50 PM
Bedikas Chometz
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Erev Pesach - Monday, 14 Nissan, March 25:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:58 AM
Last Time to Sell & Burn Chometz: 12:00 PM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the Park & Ride on Route 59 in Monsey (near Amazing Savings) and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:55 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Chatzot (midnight): 1:01 AM

First Day of Pesach - Tuesday, 15 Nissan, March 26:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal)
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv: (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Licht Benching: After 7:55 PM

Second Day of Pesach - Wednesday, 16 Nissan, March 27:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 7:56 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed (One) - Thursday, 17 Nissan, March 28:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv: 8:00 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of 18 Nissan, the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Chol HaMoed (Two) – Friday, 18 Nissan, March 29:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 6:59 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv

Shabbos Chol HaMoed (Three) – Shabbos Kodesh, 19 Nissan, March 30:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 5:30 PM
Mincha: 6:50 PM
Continue Kinos Torah
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 8:00 PM

Chol HaMoed (Four) – Sunday, 20 Nissan, March 31:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:01 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in Shul following Seudas Yom Tov

Shvi’i Shel Pesach - Monday, 21 Nissan, April 1:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha 7:00 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Licht Benching: After 8:02 PM

Acharon Shel Pesach – Tuesday, 22 Nissan, April 2:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 6:00 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:03 PM

!חג הפסח כשר ושמח - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח

Local Bochurim Make Mitzvah Tank Parade in Honor of Yud Aleph Nissan

You may have noticed the two Mitzvah Tanks parked outside Tzemach Tzedek this week. In addition to the wonderful Bein Hazmanim learning that our bochurim have been doing in the Shul, on Thursday, erev Yud Aleph Nissan, after Seder, they hit the streets in search of Yidden.

With Matzos, Pesach guides, Tefillin and Shabbos candles in hand, the bochurim spread across the streets of Nyack and New City providing hundreds of Jews the opportunity to do an extra Mitzvah in honor of the Rebbe's 111th birthday and Pesach.

A special thank you to Yisroel Kagan for organizing the entire program. Thank you also to Shmuly Lefkowitz, Mr. Reitman, Rabbi Blotner, Rabbi Liberow, Rabbi Hami, Rabbi Rimler, Shlomo Aharon Bronstein, Yossi Light and to the Montreal and LA Mitzvah Tank offices.

Funds are still needed to help cover costs of the Mitzvah Tank rentals. If you would like to be a partial sponsor or just contribute any amount, please contact Yisroel Kagan.



Photos: Rabbi Gil Hami

Cheder Chabad Announces Raffle Winners

The winners of the Cheder Chabad of Monsey $100,000 raffle are listed below including number ten, our very own Mendel Bronstein, who won a $2,000 gift certificate for Chamoula Jewelers!

Cheder Chabad thanks you for your participation and for your support helping the Cheder educate the next generation to become knowledgeable and upright members of the Jewish community.


List of Winners:
  1. State of the Art Laptop Computer – Rabbi Appelbaum, Thornhill, Ontario
  2. Leather Bound Shas donated by Moznaim Publising- Enid Purow, Staten Island
  3. Fur Cape donated by Furs by Kurt – Rochel Ginsberg 
  4. Custom Sheitel  donated by Kiki’s Wigs – Memum Abraham 
  5. Trip for four to Israel or $5,000 Cash – Mr. and Mrs. Ira Davidson
  6. Bugaboo Stroller – Mr. Katz of RITTS High School, Cincinanti, Ohio
  7. $2,000 Gift Certificate at Focus Electronics – Jacobovits Family
  8. $2,000 Gift Certificate at Brachs Linens – Bezalel Field, Highland Park, NJ
  9. Chosson Watch valued at $2,500 donated by Gevril Watches – Elka Ryba, Brooklyn, NY
  10. $2,000 gift certificate at Chamoula Jewelers - Menachem Bronstein
  11. $2,000 shopping spree at Toys R Us, Costco or Macys – Yossi and Devora Stern, Far Rockaway
  12. Grand Prize - $100,000 – Morris and Belkis Nasser 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey
One of the opening pasages of this week's Torah portion (Tzav [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36) tells us, "[The priest] shall remove his garments,and don other garments; and he shall then take the ashes to a pure place, outside of the camp" (Leviticus 6:4). The commentaries explain: since the removal of ash will likely soil his vestments, the Torah recommends that he change his clothing for this particular task. Thus the Torah teaches common courtesy -- "it is unseemly to wear the same attire in the kitchen as when pouring wine for a master."

The Torah is teaching the need of changing 'garments' for different functions.

It Once Happened...

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch often spent hours receiving visitors in private. During this time he would perspire profusely and on occasion even excused himself in the middle of an interview to change his garments. When asked for the reason he explained, "When I receive a visitor I am wearing my own 'garments.' But to understand his comments from his perspective I must remove my garments and don his. At this point I must consider the problem from my own perspective and for that I must don my own garments. Having developed a suitable response I must dress my advice in words suitable to my visitor's ears, and for that I must once again don his garments. Going through this procedure of this constant change of 'garments', are you surprised that I perspire so much?" Such is the art of listening.

Every counselor is advised to listen to his patient without forming judgment. This means, to virtually crawl into the patient's mind and hear their troubles from their perspective. Sometimes a friend or client simply requires the compassion and empathy that a listening ear provides.

Silence Is Golden

The next time someone pours his heart out to you, look into his eyes and listen quietly and 'actively' with full focus, without assumptions. Often we jump to conclusions without really hearing the whole 'story'. You may find that your perhaps 'bright' solutions are unwanted and even unnecessary.  Our compassion can solve problems, our empathy can sooth fears, even our silence can often calm the raging mind. In the words of our wise sages, "Silence is the greatest quality."

From Chabad.org - Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Free Bunk-Bed Available

A solid wood bunk-bed in excellent condition is available for free (mattresses not included).

If interested, please call 914-522-0169.


Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Thursday, March 21, in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the birthday of the Rebbe in 1902.

The farbrengen will take place following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seeking Ride to Baltimore

If anyone is going to Baltimore for the first days of Pesach and has room for a very cute little boy, please contact the Webbs at 845-356-4473.

Seeking Bochurim for Sedarim

Looking or several bochurim to help a campus Shliach with the sedarim.

If interested, please contact Chaya Webb at chayawebb@gmail.com or 845-356-4473 or 845-596-2859.

Monday, March 18, 2013

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

The book you've been waiting for - Sefer HaMitzvos - English Volume 1

Large assortment of Haggadahs

New Illustrated Youth Haggadah

Treat yourself to a newTallis Gadol

Wool/Cotton/T-shirt Tzitzis in all sizes

Spice and Spirit Passover Cookbook

Counting the Omer

And lots more...

Please contact Yehudis Abramowitz at
845-558-8249.

Mitzvah Tank Parade This Thursday

There will be a Mitzvah Tank Parade in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe's birthday, this Thursday, March 21, leaving from Tzemach Tzedek at 12:00 PM.


Free Bookcase Available

Giving away a free bookcase. Please contact Devorah at 914-714-3958 or devorahkroll@yahoo.com.


N'shei Chabad Offers Matzah for Mivtzoim

N'shei Chabad of Rockland will have matzos available for mivtzoim
beginning Wednesday, March 20.

Please contact Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 to arrange pick-up.

Mazel Tov Sears!

Mazel tov to R' Yonah and Simmy Sears on the engagement of their son Yehuda Leib (Leiby) to Sarah Gittel Kreizel of Monsey!

Yeshiva Bein Hazmanim in Full Swing

Bein Hazmanim is not vacation for Monsey bochurim. Learning began with chassidus at 8:30 this morning and was followed by breakfast, shacharis and chavrusa learning until 12:30.

Yashar Koach to the bochurim who arranged this. If you have any bochurim at home this week, please encourage them to come tomorrow.



ישיבת בין הזמנים

הננו שמחים להודיע שבעזה"י תתקיים ישיבת בין הזמנים מיום ב' ז' ניסן עד יום ה' י' ניסן בבית 
הכנסת צמח צדק

:זמנים
 סדר חסידות: 8:30
 שחרית: 9:30              
שיעור בענינא דיומא: 12:30 

ארוחת הבוקר לכל המשתתפים

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mazel Tov Litvintchouks!

Mazel tov to Elimelech and Miriam Litvintchouk 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 karenschild@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazel tov to R' Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz on the birth of a great grandson born to Tzvi and Esty Warburg of Beit Shemesh!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In the Hebrew text of the Torah scroll, thousands of years of tradition dictate how each letter is to be written. Certain words, such as the first word of this week's Parsha, are exceptional in some way.

The opening words of this week's Parshah, which begin the third Book of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus - 1:1-5:26) are:"Vayikra  el Moshe -- "And G-d called to Moses."..."

The first word in this phrase ends with a letter Aleph. What is unusual is the fact that this Aleph is very small compared with the size of the other letters. The scribe has to write very carefully a tiny Aleph. This has been a feature of every Torah scroll since the first one, written by Moses. What does the small Aleph signify?

The small Aleph alludes to Moshe's humility even in the face of such Divine attention. Conversely, we find in the book of Chronicles (1 Chronicles 1:1)  that Adam's name is spelt with a large Aleph, symbolizing his greatness -- and his awareness of it. Awareness of one's good qualities is all well and good, but it must not go to the head. With Adam, it did. Moshe rectified this error. He recognized his greatness but more importantly, he recognized where it came from.

Humility does not mean self-delusion, but rather an awareness of one's talents, tempered by acknowledgement of where they come from. Moshe was aware of his qualities but he did not take any credit for it. In fact, he said: "Were somebody else to be granted these qualities, they would surely do even better."

If we feel inadequate, it is time to remember that we are Adams, with a big Aleph. We are formed by G-d, empowered by Him to care for His Creation. However we must draw upon the spark of Moshe within us to avoid over-confidence and self-aggrandizement, but to remember from Whom everything comes

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi  Mordechai Wollenberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mrs. Laurie Peretsky Sitting Shiva

Baruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Bernard Zabinsky, the father of Mrs. Laurie Peretsky.

Laurie will be sitting Shiva at her home, 13 Darby Road, beginning this Sunday through Tuesday.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Shmurah Matzah for Mivtzoyim Available from NCFJE

This year again, we are happy to help the community fulfill the very important Mivtzah Matzah.  As we all know, this Mivtzah is something that the Rebbe encourages very much and has asked that we help every single Jew have the opportunity to eat Shmurah Matzah.

Emunah is every Yid's connection with Hashem and Matzah feeds this emunah.  NCFJE of Rockland will have free Shmurah Matzah available to distribute for Mivtzoyim.  Please see Rabbi Gil Hami after Minchah in Tzemach Tzedek later this week and next week to pick up Matzos and Pesach Guides.

Remember your coworkers, neighbors on your block, family members and other Yidden who you may be seeing over the next couple of weeks.

May we be zoche to eat the Matzah with Maror and Korban Pesach in Yerushalayim this year with Moshiach Tzidkeinu!

Message from R' Zalman Goldstein

Dear Friends,

Thank you all for making the Minyanim possible during the Shiva and for your comforting words. May we all only know of Simchas.

Here is an article about my father יוסף בן משה יהודה ע״ה and his early years in 770 - The Life of Uncle Yossi. May his memory be an inspiration and serve as a blessing for us all.

Zalman Goldstein


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights/Manhattan to Monsey this Thursday night between 4 and 6 PM.

Pleas call 845-826-0378.

Free Untreated Mulch Available

The Town of Ramapo is offering free, untreated root mulch to the public.

The mulch is available for pick-up by Ramapo Residents at Provident Bank Park (west side of the parking lot) starting Tuesday, March 12 through Sunday, March 17 from 9:00 AM to dusk, while supply lasts.

Home Office Furniture Available

An office chair, credenza, L shaped desk and table-top cabinet are available. These items are used and worn but work are in complete working condition.

If interested, please contact rhami@monseychabad.com or 646-770-0001.


Seeking Office Help

Seeking a capable young woman with a drivers license to work at the Chabad Center of Passaic County in  Wayne, NJ (about 30 minutes from Monsey).

Job would entail assisting in program coordination of The Friendship Circle of Passaic County.

Effective immediatly through June 2013 and then resuming again mid August 2013. Six hours per day. Hours and days flexible. No Fridays.

Computer knowledge and office experience necessary. Car and gas allowance provided. Please be prepared to provide 2 written references.  Serious inquiries only.

Please contact Chani at 973-493-7842 or chanig@optonline.net.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Help the Minyanim at Goldstein Shiva

Please help with the minyanim at Zalman Goldstein, 6 Tokay, around back and down the steps.

Shachris - 7:00 am
Mincha - 6:45
Maariv Bizmana - approx 7:00

Shiva hours: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Last day shiva minyan is Thursday morning Shachris at 7:00 AM.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Second Hilchos Pesach Shiur for Women on Monday Night

Rabbi Lesches will be giving the second Hilchos Pesach shiur on Monday evening, March 11, at 8:00 PM in Tzemach Tzedek.

If there are any topics you would like the Rav to address, or if you have any questions to ask the Rav, you can email them to nsheichabadmonsey@gmail.com.

Small Package to Israel

If anyone is going to Israel for Pesach and can bring a small package for Yaakov and Chaya Esther Ort in Yerushalayim, please contact Binyamin Bauman at beebauman@gmail.com.

Seeking Ride Today

A woman is looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights any time today, Sunday.

Please call 347-407-1785.

Seeking Ride on Tuesday

A Shlucha from Australia and her nine year old daughter are looking for a ride on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, from Crown Heights to Monsey and/or ride back in the evening or following morning.

Please call Rivka on 310-945-6599 if you can help.

Beis Nissan Farbrengen this Tuesday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Nissan this Tuesday evening, March 12, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Beis Nissan is the day on which the Rebbe Rashab, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn passed away in Rostov in 1920. His last words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."

The Rebbe Rashab was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. 

In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.

Tuesday Rosh Chodesh Shacharis Times

The first Shacharis minyan at Tzemach Tzedek this Tuesday morning, Rosh Chodesh Nissan, will be at 7:00 AM and not at 6:45 AM (it is too early to daven then).

The second minyan will begun at 8:00 AM.

Rabbi Lesches Available to Sell Your Chometz

Rabbi Lesches is now available to arrange the sale of your chometz following weekday and Sunday tefilos at Tzemach Tzedek.

Daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek Now 6:30 PM

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Updated Shiva & Davening Times for R' Zalman Goldstein

The following are the updated shiva and davening times for Rabbi Zalman Goldstein, who is sitting shiva for his father at his home, 6 Tokay Lane (in the basement simcha room), from Monday morning through Thursday:

Davening Times:
  • Shacharis - 7:00 AM
  • Mincha - 6:30 PM
  • Maariv - 7:30 PM
Shiva Times:
  • Morning hours - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Evening hours - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Please help make the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, March 8, 2013

Tutor Available

I am available to tutor your child in English and Hebrew subjects during the school year and summer months.

I am a certified and experienced teacher and have my Masters Degree in regular education as well as special education.

For more information feel free to contact me 718-915-7151 or shainagurkov@gmail.com.

Mazel Tov Kinds - L'chaim on Motzai Shabbos!

Mazel tov to Reb Yaakov and Shulamis Kind on the engagement of their daughter Rochel to Dov Freundlich of Lakewood!

The l'chaim will  take place this Motzai Shabbos, March 9, at 9:00 PM at the Kind home, 6 Lancaster Lane.

Free Bunk Bed Available

A solid wood bunk bed is available for immediate pick up. Can be used as bunk bed or two separate beds. 

Mattresses not included.

Please contact 646-770-0001 or rhami@monseychabad.com.

 

Cheder Matzah, Wine, Meat & Poultry Ordering


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

There is a famous response to the comment, "Money is the world's curse", which goes "May the Lord smite me with it," Indeed, money is the source of humanity's greatest friction. Most marital disputes revolve around money. Most disagreements brought before the world's courts are about financial matters.

Money, however, is neither a curse nor a blessing. It is our attitude that determines the outcome. When we view money as an agent that provides our needs, comforts and luxuries, it inspires greed. And when others take an inordinately large slice, our own greed is triggered and we want more. But when others use money to spread happiness, blessing and goodwill, our entire perspective changes; their example inspires us to overcome our greed and to join them in their beneficence.

This is perhaps why, in this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei (Shmos [Exodus] 35:1-40:38). Moses called for the entire nation to congregate before the Tabernacle was built. Having experienced an incredible moment at Sinai, where the nation melded into a single entity with total unity of purpose, Moses wanted to replicate this unique singularity in the Tabernacle. Moses knew that the single most potent barrier to unity is money and therefore addressed this barrier before all others.

Before announcing the fundraising campaign to build the Tabernacle, Moses shared a law, "You shall not kindle a fire in all your dwellings on the day of Shabbat." Though this law is seems irrelevant to the construction of the Tabernacle discussed later in the Parsha, it is most relevant to the unity of purpose that must precede it.

Fire is a metaphor for passion. Our passion on Shabbat must not be kindled by matters such as the beauty or security of our dwelling places. Rather, Shabbat allows us to tune to something more  lofty. From Shabbat this ethic must spill over into the rest of the week. Money should not be viewed as an agent that provides the needs, comforts and luxuries of our homes. Rather it is meant to be a vehicle through which holiness and goodwill are delivered. Our sages taught that gold was created to be used in the Tabernacle. Though we are entitled to utilize the extra gold for ourselves, its primary purpose is not for pouring into our residences, but to be used in the service of the Divine cause.

Fire carries an additional connotation. It serves as a metaphor for anger and divisiveness. When we recognize that money is a vehicle that serves the Divine cause in spreading holiness and goodwill, it ceases to be a source of friction between people and families.

When our ancestors embraced this truth and were inspired to the heights of unity and collective generosity, Moses initiated the construction of the Tabernacle. The fundraising campaign was so successful that in the end donors were begged to stop contributing! Once they were taught the true import of money they stopped trying to hoard it and worked with their neighbors to distribute it.

May Hashem bless everyone with all the sustenance that is needed, used and shared wisely !

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Lazer Gurkow)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mushky Kagan Shabbos Kallah

Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Dovid and Miriam Kagan invite women and girls to the Shabbos Kallah for Mushky Kagan at their home, 5 West Fessler Drive this Shabbos afternoon from 4:30 PM.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

R' Zalman Goldstein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Yosef Goldstein, otherwise known as "Uncle Yossi", the father of Rabbi Zalman Goldstein.

Zalman will be sitting shiva at his home, 6 Tokay Lane, starting this Monday morning.

The following are the shiva and davening times starting Monday through Thursday:

Davening Times:
Shacharis - 7:00 AM
Mincha - 6:30 PM
Maariv - 7:30 PM

Shiva Times:
Morning hours - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Evening hours - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Please help make the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Preschool Teacher / Teacher Assistant

The Hebrew Academy Early Childhood Center in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate Teacher/Teacher Assistant for Preschool immediately.

Degree in education preferred.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Must have own transportation. $55 per day.

Email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax to 845-634-7704 and/or call 845-634-0951 ext. 109.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Two Pesach Shiurim for Women

Rabbi Lesches will be giving two shiurim for women on Hilchos Pesach.

The first one will take place this Wednesday, March 6th, and the second on Monday, March 11th.

Both shiurim will take place in Tzemach Tzedek at 8:00 PM.


Greater Monsey Sports Group

The Greater Monsey Sports Group offers the following leagues:

  • All-girls flag football league 
  • All-girls soccer league 
  • Boys junior soccer league 
  • Boys teenage & adult soccer league 

Dates: Sundays from April 7th through May 19th
Where: Pomona Middle School
Costs: $100 before March 15th and $115 afterwards
Limited slots available

For additional information, please visit monseysports.com or contact Uriel Ash at 845-596-5512 or uriel@nathanash.com.

Open Your Heart

Close relatives of someone from our community is going through some really difficult challenges.

First it was loss of employment, then severe damage to their home from Hurricane Sandy at the same time as a serious medical issue with one of the children, and now the wife and loving mother of four beautiful children has been diagnosed with ALS (Rachmana Litzlan).

You can read the full story in her own words here.

A campaign has been started online to help the family renovate their home from the damage of the hurricane as well as make it handicap accessible. Please express your Ahavas Yisroel and give whatever you can to help this family.

You can donate now here - http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/3660

In the merit of you opening your heart, may Hashem bless you and your family with an overflow of revealed blessings in all areas of your life!

Please also daven, say Tehilim, bake challah, etc. for a refuah shlaima for Devorah Rochel bas Miriam Chava.

Seeking Education Supervisor for Infant/Toddler Program


  • Minimum of 10 years teaching and supervisory experience
  • Must have BA in Early Childhood (MA preferred)
  • Full time (five days a week), 12 months a year, not off for summer
  • Yiddish language fluency


  • Please fax resume to 845-354-4178.

    N'shei Chabad Bookstore is Stocked for Pesach

    Pesach Items:
    • Large assortment of Haggadahs
    • Hilchos Leil HaSeder
    • Chagenu (Laws of Pesach)
    • Spice and Spirit of Passover Cooking
    • Countdown to the Seder
    • A Touch of Passover (toddlers)
    • On This Night (pre-schoolers)
    • Pesach Seder for Children (CD)
    • Out of Egypt (DVD)
    • Sefiras HaOmer (Counting the Omer)
    • Tehillas Hashem Pesach Siddur
    General Items:
    • New - T-Shirt Talis Katan under Chabad Hashgacha
    • Talis Katan for boys and men (cotton and wool)
    • Talis Gadol (all sizes)
    And lots more!

    Please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

    Shells & Skirts

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    Stroller to CH

    If anyone is going from Monsey to Crown Heights and and can take a stroller, please contact 845-517-2004 or dnbogo@aol.com.


    Mazel Tov Perlines - L'chaim!

    Mazel tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the engagement of their daughter Shayna to Avraham Rachimov of Denver, Colorado!

    Please join us at the l'chaim this Sunday, March 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, at 80 Wilder Road (please park on Wildwood Drive, directly across the street from the driveway).


    Friday, March 1, 2013

    Wine Tasting to Benefit Beis Menachem this Monday Night

    There will be a wine tasting this Monday evening, March 4, from 8:20 to 10:00 PM at the Ash residence, 96 E. Willow Tree Road.

    Yehoshua Werth of The Grapevine Wines will be pouring from a large selection of different wines. Tap into his knowledge of wine and enjoy!

    There is no entrance fee or minimum purchase required for this event. Light refreshments will be served.

    As a bonus, a bottle of Hevron Heights Makhpelah Cabernet-Merlot 2009 (a $65+ value) will be raffled off!

    Bais Menachem will receive 10% of all wine sales at this event made by Shul members.

    If you have any questions, please email uriel@nathanash.com.