Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Sofer Center

Shavuos in Crown Heights?

Would you like to spend Shavuos in Crown Heights? We'd like to switch apartments with someone living in Monsey.

Our beautiful one-bedroom is located on Montgomery and Troy, two flights up. Just call 347-526-8709.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New Books For Children:
  • Uncle Yossi's Big Book of Stories
  • What Did Pinny Do?
  • Parsha Leidelach far Kinderlach (Yiddish)
  • A Dozen Daisies for Raizy
  • When the World Was Quiet
  • The Complete Story of Shavuos
  • Please Tell Me What the Rebbe Said
  • Special End of Year Gifts for Students
  • For Adults:
  • Pirkei Avos - Holtsberg Edition and more
  • Counting the Omer
  • Tikun Leil Shavuos
  • Shaarei HaMoadim - Shavuos
  • Vedibarta Bam - Shavuos - Megillas Rus
  • Miracles - Amazing Stories in Our Times
  • Memoirs
  • My Prayer
  • Lag B'Omer Parade DVD
  • And much, much more!
Please call Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249 or visit 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

Important Message from the Rubashkin Children

Dear extended family,

This has been a tremendous nisayon for our entire family, every single day. We are so grateful to all of you for all you have done and what we have accomplished in this fight for our father's life.

There is one last legal mechanism that can free our beloved father and reunite our family. It is called a habeas corpus petition in which one argues any constitutional rights that were denied; it's also known as a "2255".

We have been researching and interviewing many lawyers and thank G-d we have a great legal team in place that's ready to take this to the finish line, with G-d's help. They have won an impressive amount of habeas petitions and we feel very confident that they are our emissaries from G-d to bring about the ultimate great news we are all so desperately waiting for.

The deadline to file this petition is in 5 months and we have barely started yet (there is a massive amount of work) because we don’t have funds to move forward. We desperately need to raise the funds to pay for this legal team as we’re running out of time.

We know everyone has already helped out so much but this is basically our last chance in the legal arena. If every person reading this email can help out with $18 (or any number you can) together we can make this a reality.

To make a donation you can:

1) Goto www.justiceforsholom.org/donate
2) Email your pledge to pr@justiceforsholom.org with a phone number to call you back
3) Call or text 615-378-7461 and someone from our team will call you back to receive the credit card info
4) Mail check to Klal Yisroel Fund, 53 Olympia Lane, Monsey, NY 10952

Please pass this on to your contacts!

May this unprecedented unity and Ahavas Yisroel bring about the ultimate and final redemption for us all!

With deep gratitude,

Roza Hindy, Getzel, Shmuly, Meir Simcha, Mushka, Yossi, Moshe, Mendel, Menucha Rochel and Uziel Rubashkin

Here is more information on this effort:

Legal Team Assembled for Next Stage in Sholom Rubashkin’s Fight for Justice 

Sentenced to a draconian 27 years behind bars, Sholom Rubashkin’s case, which began in 2008, has had international support from hundreds of former Department of Justice officials, federal judges, law professors, congressmen, and senators, as well as tens of thousands of citizens across the country.  He now faces one last chance to fight for justice and freedom from the US Courts by filing a post-conviction motion, known as a Section 2255.

The clock is ticking for Sholom Rubashkin whose mandatory filing deadline for the Section 2255 is October 1, 2013. Jim Wyrsch and J.R. Hobbs of the prestigious Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian law firm in Kansas City will be spearheading this effort. Together, Wyrsch and Hobbs have successfully litigated numerous post-conviction cases in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, including Section 2255 motions.  They will be assisted by sentencing guru Professor Douglas Berman who is a nationally recognized authority on criminal law and sentencing.

Regarding Rubashkin’s case, Professor Doug Berman said, "2255 actions are not only the only way, but often the very best way, to unearth and document flaws in the prosecution and sentencing of a defendant in a high-profile case. The best lawyers have a terrific track record of getting death sentences reversed through habeas appeals and Mr. Rubashkin is serving a functional death sentence."

Leah Rubashkin, Sholom’s wife, says, “I am hopeful that the funds can be pulled together to retain this incredible power team as soon as possible, especially considering the quickly approaching deadline.  Today is Sholom Rubashkin’s 1336th day in prison. Our entire family is davening heart and soul, along with so many of Klal Yisroel, to be reunited with Sholom Mordechai right away!”

For more information on Sholom Rubashkin's case, please visit www.justiceforsholom.org.

Cheder Chabad Registration for Four Year Olds

Seeking Volunteer to Put Tefilin on Elderly Man

Need a volunteer to help an older man put on Tefillin and say Shema every day near Hilltop Place and Highview Road in Monsey.

If you are able to do this yourself or coordinate shifts to do it, please contact Rabbi Ephraim Simon at rabbiSimon@aol.com.

It shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes each day.

Shabbos Mevorchim Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mazel Tov Briers!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Leah Breier (secretary in Cheder financial-administration office) upon the birth of a baby boy.

Lag B'Omer Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a Farbrengen in honor of Lag B'Omer tonight, Sunday, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Mashpia to Join Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey

Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey is proud to welcome Rabbi Mendel Landa as the Shiur Gimmel Mashpia and Mashpia Klali of the Mesivta.

Rabbi Landa is a sought-after Mashpia by many Bochurim for his clarity in his shiurim and his ability to make Chassidus practical for each Bochur. In addition to his teaching, Rabbi Landa is known for his concern and care for the bochurim, which adds a tremendous benefit to the atmosphere of Yeshiva. Besides for his shiurim in Chassidus, Rabbi Landa will also be giving shiurim in Halacha and Novi.

Working alongside Rabbi Landa in the Mesivta will be Rabbi Aryeh Hoffman as the Mashpia and Maggid Shiur L'Iyun for Shiur Aleph. Rabbi Hoffman, a naturally gifted teacher currently teaching young bochurim in Crown Heights is an alumnus of the Menachem Education Foundation.

Rabbi Moshe Liberow who serves as a Maggid Shiur L'Iyun, will also be giving shiurim in Girsa and Yemei Chabad. In addition, Rabbi Liberow will continue to give his renowned, weekly Geula & Moshiach Shiur to the Bochurim.

The Mesivta is also happy to announce the addition of a Shiur Klali in Halacha which will be given by Rabbi Yossi Soble, teacher and Maggid Shiur for the 8th grade in Cheder Chabad of Monsey. Rabbi Soble has a reputation for his charismatic method of teaching interactively with his students, bringing practical and stimulating material to each lesson.

LYM is excited to inform all of the continuation of the popular Halacha Shiurim, presented in the form of Question & Answer, given by Rabbi Boruch Leches, the Morah D’asra of the Monsey community. The shiurim will be stemming mainly from the many daily issues being dealt with in Halacha and Hashkafa.

Registration for Shiur’s Aleph, Beis and Gimmel for the upcoming 5774 school year is now open. For applications or more information, please contact Rabbi Shmuel Rothstein at ylmonsey@gmail.com or 443-525-4212.

Save the Date - Cheder Chabad 14th Anniversary Banquet

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Great Parade Map and Instructions

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

I was planning to procrastinate, but I never got around to it.

Whether you consider the above quotation wise, witty or silly, it can actually be quite a sobering thought. How many of us can truly say we don't put off important things we know we should have done yesterday? Don't you just go green with envy when you meet those super-efficient amazons who are so punctual, organized and always put together? Don't they infuriate you…with yourself?

You might be surprised to learn that effective time management is not only a professional value but also a religious imperative.

This week's Torah portion Emor (Vayikra [Leviticus] 21:1-24:23) details the Jewish Festivals, in the context of which we read about the Counting of the Omer during the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Just as the Israelites counted the days after the Exodus in eager anticipation to receive the Torah, so do we count these 49 days annually.

But why count time? Time marches on inexorably, whether we take note of it or not. What value is there in counting the days? The answer is that we count these 49 days to make us conscious of the preciousness of every single day. To make us more sensitive to the value of a day, an hour, a moment. As Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch once said, "A summer's day and a winter's night is a year."

I heard a classic analogy on this theme in the name of the saintly Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838-1933). Life is like a picture postcard, he said. We start writing with a large scrawl and then think of new things to say and before we know it we're at the end of the card and there's no more room. So what do we do? We start writing smaller and then when we're out of space we start winding our words around the edges of the card to get it all in. Before we know it, we're turning the card upside down to squeeze in the last few vital words in our message.

Isn't life like that? We start off young and reckless without a worry in the world and as we get older we realize that life is short. So we start cramming and trying to squeeze in all those important things we never got around to. Sometimes our attempts are quite desperate, even pathetic, as we seek to put some meaning into our lives before it's too late. (Maybe that's what a mid-life crisis is all about.)

So the Torah tells us to count our days – because they are, in fact, numbered. We each have an allotted number of days and years in which to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Hopefully, by counting time we will appreciate it better. So, whatever it is that is important for each of us to get done, please G‑d, we will all get around to it.

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

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Heichal Menachem Lag B'Omer Farbrengen

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Save the Date - Cheder Chabad Boys Science Fair

Parade Information for Monsey Group

T-shirts and wristbands for those who signed up online will be sent home with  children who attend the Cheder on Friday.

Non-Cheder families should please pick up your orders from the Cheder Boy's building at 15 Widman Court (right side entrance) on Friday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

As a security precaution the New York Police Department will not be allowing any backpacks on Eastern Parkway. Small bags like lunch bags are most likely to be searched.

Each seat at the parade will include a show bag with a brownie bar and one bottle of water. If you feel that you will need more water or food please bring some along.

The map of the parade with seating information will be ready on Thursday and will be posted as soon we can.

Please remember to either supervise your children during the program or arrange for someone to do so.

Time Line:

  • Program begins: 10:00 SHARP AM
  • 12 Pesukim and Video of the Rebbe: 10:30 AM
  • Themed Parade: 11:00 AM
  • General March: 11:30 AM
  • Fair: 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Seeking Ride to CH

If anyone is going into Crown Heights this Friday, April 26, and has room for one person, please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mazel Tov Edelkopfs!

Mazel tov to Yossi Edelkopf on his engagement to Mushky Tenenbaum of North Miami Beach!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Monday, April 22, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Kesser Lag B'Omer Specials

The following are the Lag B'Omer specials from Kesser Distributors for this week:
  • Chicken Leg Fillet: Only $5.39 per pound 
  • Ground Beef: Only $6.39 per pound 
Buy by the case and save!

To order, please go to kesserdistributors.com or contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.

Friday, April 19, 2013

R' Refoel Leitner to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr. Binyomin Leitner, the father of Reb Refoel Leitner.

The funeral will take place this Sunday, April 21, at 11:00 AM at the New Montefiore Cemetery, 1180 Wellwood Avenue in West Babylon, New York.

Refoel will be sitting Shiva at his home, 76 Regina Road. beginning Sunday evening.

The davening times are as follows:

Mincha 7:30 PM
Maariv 8:15 PM

Monday through Thursday:
Shacharis 7:00 AM
Mincha 7:30 PM 
Maariv  8:15 PM

Shacharis: 7:00 AM 
Mincha 1:40 PM

Please help make the minyanim. 

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Special Sale Price for Big Book of Stories

Purchase Uncle Yossi's Big Book of Stories for the special discounted price of $12 from Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

House for Sale

New Listing!

There will be an Open House this Sunday, April 21, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at 8 Tracey Court in Spring Valley.

Home is a four bedroom, two bathroom Ranch with a full basement, two car garage, high-end appliances, fireplace and patio.

In mint condition. On 0.62 acres.Asking $449,000.

Please call the broker at 347-201-2583.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week we read a double Torah portion: Acharei Mot (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16-18) and Kedoshim (Vayikra (Leviticus) 19-20).

The Torah there  exhorts us to "be holy" and the reason given is "for I (G-d) am holy." The Midrash adds that although we are encouraged to reach for G-d's holiness, it will always remain beyond us.

What did the Midrash seek to accomplish by this statement? Try to reach Me but know that you really will not. What a disheartening thought!

In teaching his child to walk, a father will place the child on the floor and stand a little distance away. He will then reach out to the child, encourage him to take his first step and thus reach his father. Encouraged by the thought, the child happily takes the step. Seeing this, the father now takes two steps back, hoping the child will follow suit.

A mature child may stop and wonder: why would his father foster an allusion of nearness only to later retreat? Why does he ask me to take a step forward only to become elusive once again? The father is looking to teach his son the true objective of life: it is not important to reach your father, it is important to walk on your own. This simple yet incredible piece of information will enable the child to take a lifetime of forward steps.

Our Father in heaven interacts in the same way. He places us under the illusion that we can indeed reach him. However, the more we learn, the more we discover how humble and insignificant we truly are. The more we know, the more we learn how much we truly don't know. We may wonder in exasperation: why he would appear to be so close only to hide himself once again.

The wise Jew remembers that the goal is not to reach Him but to learn to take forward steps. Indeed a lifetime of forward steps.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Jewish Women's Study Retreat in the Berkshire Mountains

If freedom is learning something that changes the way you look at life, here's the freedom you've been looking for.
  • Stimulating discussion and lots of laughter with women from around the world and across the Jewish spectrum. 
  • Delicious, super-healthy kosher meals someone else prepares, serves and cleans up. 
  • Brilliant teachers who'll expand your thinking and challenge your assumptions. 
  • Thought-provoking subject matter drawn from classic Jewish texts that will resonate long after you go home. 
  • Just a few days away and you'll have more clarity about the things that matter most to you. 
  • Featuring Rabbi Manis Friedman, Sarah Raskin, Nomi Freeman and others.
Just a few hours drive from Monsey. The dates are May 26-29, 2013. Register by April 26 for a 10% discount. Ask about group rates.

Please contact info@baischana.org or 800-473-4801.

Storage Space Needed

Chabad JEC of Chestnut Ridge is seeking storage space for our Chanukah supplies, menorahs and props. We need 4ft x 4ft, 7ft tall.

If you have space to donate, please contact Rabbi Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152 or rabbi@chabadjec.org.

Mazel Tov Lazarus Family!

Mazel tov to R' Velvel and Yona Lazarus on the engagement of their son Yossie to Kim Melamed of Johannesburg, South Africa!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hebrew School Teacher/Director Position Available

Chabad JEC located in Chestnut Ridge is seeking a Hebrew School Director for a small Hebrew School being reinvigorated for the new school year.

Responsibilities include coordinating curriculum with Shlucha and teaching in Hebrew School.

Candidate is a motivated, responsible, energetic and creative person with some teaching experience.

For more info contact chaya@chabadjec.org.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Seforim for Sale at Heichal Menachem

Teaching Positions Available at Hebrew Academy of New City

The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking to fill the following positions:

Preschool Teacher Position Available
Seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate teacher for Preschool for the new school year 2013-14. Degree in education preferred. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation.

Teacher Assistant Positions
The Hebrew Academy Early Childhood Center in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, creative, computer literate Teacher’s Assistant for Preschool for the new school year 2013-14. Mon- Fri. Must have own transportation.

Judaic Studies Teacher Position Available
The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking an experienced Limudei Kodesh teacher for the new school year 2013-14.  Must be experienced, computer literate and be a team player. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation.

Lashon Teacher Position Available
The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking an experienced Lashon teacher for the new school year 2013-14.  Must be experienced, computer literate and be a team player. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation.

If interested in any of the above positions, please email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Meals for Mrs. Mushky Kass

If you are able to cook a meal for Mushky Kass who has been placed on bed rest, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Preschool and Elementary School Teacher Positions Available

Lubavitch on the Palisades is a rapidly growing Preschool and Elementary school located in Tenafly, NJ. Our school offers a warm, nurturing atmosphere coupled with a progressive, challenging academic curriculum. 

For the school year of September 2013 we have the following positions open: Second Grade Limudei Kodesh Female Teacher, a Fourth grade General Studies Teacher, Head teachers for Toddler and Nursery classes.

Three years of experience as a Head Teacher is required.

All interested applicants are asked to please email their resume and contact information to orite@chabadlubavitch.org.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Reserve Your Seats in the Monsey Section at The Great Parade

House for Sale in Concord

Just listed!

A large Concord home, close to Tzemach Tzedek, with 5+ bedrooms, 4 full baths, Pesach Kitchen, 2 family rooms, legal office and much more is available for sale

Call or email Robin Luchin of Realty Teams at 845-304-3788 or robin@robinluchins.com for a private showing!


Rabbi Kagan Discusses Halachos of the Dateline at Weekly Beis Menachem Shiur

Photo: Dov Oliver

Mesibas Shabbos for Boys

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Did you know that it is possible for a person to be murdered and not even know about it, even carrying on life as usual?

How can this be? This week’s Torah reading (Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus) 12:1-15:33) speaks of the affliction known as tzara’at. The commentators explain that tzara’at (a word uncannily similar to tzores!) was a punishment for the transgression of speaking lashon hara. Lashon hara, which translated literally, means “the evil tongue” or “evil speech,” includes slander, gossip and rumors, among other things.

As the old British wartime adage goes, “Careless talk costs lives.” The Talmud relates in the name of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani: “Why is the evil tongue called a thrice-slaying tongue? Because it kills three people: the person speaking, the person spoken to, and the person being spoken about.” It may not kill them physically, but it is character assassination.

Maimonides adds a further dimension: sometimes a person may say something that is not quite slander or gossip. Yet, as his statement passes from person to person, it eventually does cause harm, trouble, fright or hurt to the party being spoken about.

For example, even praising a person, if done in front of that person’s enemy who is liable to react negatively, could come under the category of slander or gossip.

Orchot Tzadikim (“Ways of the Righteous” an anonymous book on Jewish ethics written in Germany in the 15th century) comments: “Before you speak, you are the master of your words. After you speak, your words master you.” How often we feel imprisoned by our own words after we have said something that we wish we hadn’t or know we shouldn’t have.

The Midrash relates that Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel asked his servant, Tavi, to buy him something good from the market. The servant returned with some tongue. Rabbi Shimon then asked his servant to buy something bad from the market. The servant returned with more tongue. “How can this be? I asked you to buy something good, you bought tongue; I asked you to buy something bad, you also bought tongue?” Replied Tavi, “It has good and bad. When it is good, it has a lot of goodness. When it is bad, it is very bad.”

We speak thousands of words every day. Words have enormous power. May we merit to use them only for good purposes.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Heichal Menachem Summer Hours for Shabbos

Weekly Likutei Torah Shiur at Heichal Menachem

Bookcases Needed

As you may know Cheder Chabad has a beautiful library full of books for the enjoyment of our students. Now that we are organizing it, we are in need of nice bookcases.

 This can be a great opportunity for you to donate.

 If you are interested please contact the Cheder office at 845-356-1213 ext 200. Thank you!

Schwartz & Meshchaninov Shalom Zachor

Ilya and Bracha Meshchaninov will be hosting the Shalom Zachor for their grandson born to Elisheva and Dov Ber Schwartz this Friday night at their home, 32 Southgate Drive.

Office or Store Space for Rent

A 2,000 square foot finished basement is available for rent in Pomona in close proximity to Route. 202. Ideal for store or office use. Please contact Dini at dnbogo@aol.com or 845-517-2004.

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

  • New from Hachai Publishing: What Did Pinny Do? (An Upsherin Book)
  • Shay L'Moreh Chumash
  • Chassidic Heritage Series: For the Sake of Heaven, Knowledge and Faith
  • Sefer HaMitzvos Volume 1 - English
  • Tallesim; Tzitzis; all sizes; new lightweight wool available.
  • And lots more!

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

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Seeking Room Rental

    Very nice and mature male student from Israel in his mid-twenties seeks to rent a room, apartment or basement with a Jewish family. Please contact Rabbi Dov Oliver for reference and details at 845-659-2388.

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Seeking Ride to CH

    Looking for ride to CH from Monsey on Tuesday. If going, please email srulikgn@gmail.com.

    Rabbi YY Jacobson Speaking in Passaic This Thursday Night

    Niasoff Shiva Information

    Shmully Niasoff is sitting Shiva for his father at 1371 43rd Street in Borough Park.

    The davening times are:
    • Shacharis: 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM
    • Mincha: 6:30 PM 
    • Maariv: 8:00 PM

    .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    Mazel Tov Meshchaninovs!

    Mazel tov to Ilya and Bracha Meshchaninov on the birth of a grandson born to Elisheva and Dov Ber Schwartz!

    The bris will I"YH be this coming Sunday, April 14 (4 Iyar), in their home, 32 Southgate Drive. Shacharis will be at 10:00 AM followed by the Bris at 11.00 AM.

    Sunday, April 7, 2013

    R' Shmully Niasoff to Sit Shiva

    Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Eliyahu Tzion Niasoff OBM, the father of Rabbi Shmully Niasoff.

    The levaya will be held today, Sunday, at 2 :00 PM at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Borough Park and will pass by 770 at approximately 3:15 PM.

    The Shiva information will be posted when it becomes available.

    For more on Rabbi Eliyahu T. Niasoff, please click here

    .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Shabbos Shacharis at Tzemach Tzedek Now 10 AM for the Summer

    Shacharis on Shabbos morning at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 10:00 AM every Shabbos until Rosh Hashana.

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    Beis Iyar Farbrengen on Thursday Night

    There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Iyar, the birthday of the Rebbe Maharash, on Thursday, April 11, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

    The Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, was born in the town of Lubavitch (White Russia) on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 (1834). 

    His father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the 3rd Chabad Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzeddek) once remarked that Rabbi Shmuel's birthday, coinciding with the 17th day of the Omer Count, is defined by the Kabbalistic masters as Tifferet sheb'Tifferet ("Beauty of Beauty").  

    Although Rabbi Shmuel was the youngest of the Tzemach Tzedek's seven sons, he was chosen to succeed his father as Rebbe and leader of Chabad in the movement's capital, Lubavitch (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad Chassidism in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine). 

    In addition to leading his Chassidim, guiding and advising their spiritual and material lives and authoring many maamarim, the Rebbe Maharash raveled extensively throughout Europe, meeting with government and business leaders to exert pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. 

    The Rebbe Maharash passed away at age 48 on the 13th of Tishrei, 5643 (1882).

    Seeking Part Time Handy Assistant

    "The Chairman" is looking for a helper a few days a week for a few hours a day. Any time of day. Must be handy. Please call Moshe Reitman at 917-301-5537.

    Women's Shabbos Afternoon Pirkei Avos Shiur

    Beginning this Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Shemini, the Pirkei Avos Shiur for women given by Rabbi Lesches will resume at 5:30 PM at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 6 Zabriskie Terrace.

    All women and older girls are welcome!

    The shiur will continue throughout the spring and summer until the Shabbos before Rosh Hashanah.

    Parsha Perspective

    By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

    How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, without going into major psychological dissertations (which I'm not qualified to do in the first place), perhaps we can find some insight in this week's Parshah, (Shmeinei  [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47)

    Everything was set for the inauguration of the sacred service in the Sanctuary. The week-long preparations had been completed. Now it was Aaron's turn to approach the Altar and begin the service. But Aaron was reluctant. He still felt a sense of shame for his part in the Golden Calf episode. So Moses calls out to Aaron, "Approach the altar and perform the services." (Leviticus 9:7). Aaron did so and completed all the required tasks correctly. But what exactly did Moses say to Aaron to assuage his fears? All he said was "Come and do your thing." He never actually dealt with his issues. How did he address his concerns, his feelings of inadequacy?

    Perhaps, Moses was saying: Come and do, and all your fears will be stilled. You lack confidence? Start performing the services and you will see that it fits you like a glove. You were born to be a High Priest and that's where you belong.

    Moses was telling Aaron that if he would begin performing his chosen role, the rest would follow. As they say in Yiddish, Apetit kumt mit'n essen (the appetite comes with the eating) Even if you're not hungry, if you start eating, your appetite will follow. I suspect that’s why the first course in a meal is called an "appetizer." (Trust Jews when it comes to food!)

    “Dr” Moses was dispensing sound psychological advice. The surest way of developing confidence is to begin doing that which you fear. Throwing kids in the deep end to teach them how to swim may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it usually works. Some of the finest public speakers were microphone-shy, even neurotic, at first. When we lack self-assurance, confronting our fears and phobias can be the best therapy. We discover that it really wasn't all that bad after all and we actually manage better than we ever imagined. And from there our self-belief grows until we become quite relaxed about the whole thing.

    "Come and do" said Moses to his humble and hesitant brother. Aaron came and did - and the rest is history.

    (From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

    May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

    Lecture in CH: How Do I give My Children a Chassidishe Chinuch?

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    New Shiur Aleph Magid Shiur for Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey

    Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey is excited to announce the appointment of Rabbi Aryeh Hoffman as the new Magid Shiur for Shiur Aleph Mesivta for the upcoming year.

     Rabbi Hoffman, a naturally gifted teacher currently teaches in Yeshivas Darchei Menachem of Crown Heights, has semichah from Menachem L’horaah Semichah program in Morristown and is an alumnus of the Menachem Education Foundation.

    A big believer in individualized attention, Rabbi Hoffman’s teaching style is one of connecting with the students also on a personal level.

    “Working with our young bochurim is working with the future Chassidim of Lubavitch, both in helping them become true mentchen and as aspiring chasidim of our Rebbe,” says Rabbi Hoffman. “I see Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey as the place that can make this dream come alive.”

    This year the Mesivta is running with a full curriculum including special periodical Shiurim given by Rabbi Boruch Lesches, Mora D’asra of the Lubavitch Monsey Community, in Halacha. A favorite Shiur of the Bochurim is a Shalos U’Teshuvos Shiur where the Bochurim are encouraged to ask Shalos in all Inyanim of Halacha and Hashkafa.

    For the upcoming year there will be three Shiurim open in Mesivta for Shiur’s Aleph, Beis, and Gimmel.

    Registration for the coming year for Lubavitch Yeshiva of Monsey is now open.Ffor more information, please contact ylmonsey@gmail.com or 443-525-4212.

    Dolly Return

    If you borrowed a red dolly to move a piano upstate from Moshe Reitman, please call him at 917-301-5537 to arrange its immediate return.

    Amram Shalom Zachor

    Shmuel and Devorah Amram will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 17 Sandy Brook Drive

    Machane Bnos Monsey Early-Bird Discount Ends in One Week

    The early-bird discount for Machane Bnos Monsey is only available for one more week until Rosh Chodesh Iyar, April 10.

    Mazel Tov Amrams!

    Mazel tov to Shmuel and Devorah Amram on the birth of a baby boy!

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

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013