Friday, May 31, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week’s Torah portion (Bamidbor [Numbers] 13:1-15:41) we read how the spies sent to explore the Land of Canaan reported that “there we saw the giants . . . and we were in our own eyes as locusts, and so we were in their eyes.” (Numbers 13:33).

Effectiveness in life is predicated on believing in oneself, and then actually getting up and out, and doing what needs to be done.

And that's where the spies fell down on the job: a lack of self-confidence. “…We were in our own eyes as locusts—and thus, “so we were in their eyes.”  How another person sees us depends on how we see ourselves.

Obviously, the spies own low self-esteem led the Canaanites to have equally poor estimation of the Jews' ability. When we act strong, with an expectation of success, others tend to be awed by our aura, and victory is inevitable. Conversely, when we walk small, conscious of our (perceived or real) immaturity and incompetence, then other's opinions automatically accord with our expectations.

My job is to do the right thing, irrespective of anyone else’s approval. We're on a mission from G‑d, and can't afford the time or trouble to even worry what the spectators will do or say. From this take on the story, the sin of the spies didn't begin when they refused to scale the heights, but started long before when they allowed themselves to be distracted from their mission by wondering what the natives were thinking about them.

True self-belief is self-referential. An absolute certainty that I'm doing the right thing and I will continue fighting till the job is done. It might take courage to head off on a journey of conquest without even a small look back over your shoulder, but that is the only way to guarantee that you'll arrive safely in the Promised Land.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kass Bris Tomorrow

Sholom and Mushky Kass will be making a Bris tomorrow, Thursday, at Tzemach Tzedek.

Shacharis will be at 8:00 AM followed by the Bris at 9:00 AM.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Backyard Camp

Backyard Camp run by fun and responsible high school girls including Davening, Weekly Parsha, Aleph Bais, Baking, Arts 'n' Crafts, and much more!

Who: 4-5 year olds
When: June 20 - July 19th

Limited slots available. Please call either Raizy Leitner at 845-356 5488 or Fraidy Kagan at 845-354 0456 for more details and to apply!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mazel Tov Drews!

Mazel tov to Eliezer and Devorah Drew on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Teaching Positions Available

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.

Cheder Fourth Graders Learn Mishnayis

In the zchus of  the yahrzeit of Leah Miriam bas Leib Pesach today, Yud Daled Sivan, the boys of Cheder Chabad's 4th grade reviewed Mishnayos.

In total 13 boys spent one hour collectively learning 175 perakim from mesechtas Yuma, Rosh Hashana, Megilla, and Tannis.

May her neshama have an aliya.



 

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah portion Beha’aloscha (Bamidbor (Numbers)8:1 -12:16) tells the story of a group of men who were unable to bring the Passover offering on its appointed time, and approached Moses with a sincere request: "Why should we lose out?" It so happened that these individuals had been occupied with a good deed--according to some it was nothing less than carrying the remains of Joseph from Egypt en route to his final resting place in Shechem in the Holy Land--and because of their contact with the dead, they were "ritually impure" and thus unfit to bring the offering.

Moses consulted G-d and was told that, in fact, the men were quite right. Henceforth, those who were ritually impure or far away at the time the Passover offering was brought on the 14th of Nissan would be given a second chance exactly one month later, on the 14th of Iyar to make good their lost opportunity.

There are many important lessons from this law, known as Pesach Sheini ("the Second Passover"), such as "It's never too late." There are second chances in life for all of us. Or, that G-d sometimes waits to see if we really want something badly enough to demand it and only then does He give it to us.

What those men in Moses' day did was actually quite inspiring. You see, they didn't really have to come and plead with Moses for a second chance. After all, they had the perfect alibi. They could have simply said, "Sorry, we were busy with another mitzvah." They were spiritually unable to participate. They had no reason to feel guilty. They couldn't be faulted.

Yet, it did bother them. They felt left out and genuinely desired to be together with their brethren in the observance of another mitzvah, the Passover offering. People who had every opportunity to be free of obligation and willfully choose to actively seek obligation are indeed deserving of honorable mention. It is right that they should be singled out in the Torah for their sincerity and devotion.

We're all very good at making excuses: It's too cold, too hot, too expensive, too difficult etc, etc. Too many of us take the path of least resistance. "The difference between a success and a failure is that a failure makes excuses and a success makes a plan."

Let's not look for excuses. Don't opt for the easy way out. Let us learn from the men in the wilderness who could have had every excuse in the book and yet happily chose to look for a new mitzvah and to share in the good deed of their community.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Kass Shalom Zachor

Sholom and Mushky Kass will be making a Shalom Zachor this Friday night at 12 Jeffrey Place (entrance is on the right side of the house) after 10:00 PM.

Felberbaum & Drew L'chaim This Sunday Night

The l'chaim of Gershon Felberbaum and Dvorah Leah Drew will take place this Sunday night, May 26, at Chovevei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights at 9:00 PM. .

LDC Announces Head Counselor for this Summer


Lubavitch Day Camp is happy to announce that Mendy Dubinsky from Morristown, NJ will be our head counselor for summer 5773!

Mendy is a valued returning staff member of LDC who pioneered the oldest bunk in our first summer. Currently Mendy is on Shlichus in Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon Chabad in California.

We are confident that he will bring a strong sense of leadership and enthusiasm to our campers in a meaningful way.

To register please contact 845-418-5170 or ldcmonsey@gmail.com.

Mazel Tov Kass Family!

Mazel tov to Sholom and Mushky Kass on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Shmuel and Miriam Klein!

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Seeking Boarders

A warm and loving chassidish family has room available for two boarders.

We live close to the MBCM high school dorm and will provide a wonderful environment for our boarders.

Please call or email. nechamat@gmail.com or 347-409-1796.



Tutor Available

An experienced tutor with a degree in education is available to tutor your child this summer. Have experience teaching kriah and all elementary school ages.

Please contact nechamat@gmail.com or 347-409-1796.

Kahn Bris on Thursday Morning

Dov Ber and Basia Kahn will be making the Bris for their newborn son this Thursday at Heichal Menachem, 51 Park Lane.

Shacharis is at 7:00 AM followed by the Bris at 8:00 AM.

Seeking Ride to Manhattan

If anyone is traveling to Manhattan on Wednesday morning (anytime until 11:00 AM) and can take two women and a wheelchair, please call Mrs. Bobroff at 845-270-0219.

Mazel Tov Markowitz's - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the engagement of their son Moshe Elya to Chaya Mushka Hertz of Chicago!

The L’chaim will take place tonight, Tuesday, May 21, at Lubavitch Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street (entrance on Albany Avenue) in Crown Heights.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Multitasking Position Available in Chestnut Ridge

Full time office position available immediately.

Starting pay 15/hour.

Please email your resume to apply@cnscommerce.com.



Gartel Gmach Missing Gartels

Over Shavuos many gartels were borrowed from Rabbi Shusterman's gmach in Tzemach Tzedek but unfortunately most were not returned.

If you borrowed a gartel, please return it so that it will be there for the next time you need it. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Special Education Tutor Available

A Special Education Teacher, trained in both Orton Gillingham and Multisensory Kriah instruction, is available to tutor your child this summer in reading / kriah.

For more information, please contact 347-992-0035 or emzisman@gmail.com.

Mazel Tov Abramowitzs!

Mazel tov to Ari and Rochel Shira Abramowitz on the birth of a baby boy! 

Mazel tov to the grandparents Jay and Devorah Abramowitz!

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.

This Wednesday - A Pastor's Journey to Judaism


Mazel Tov Selingers!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Aleezah Selinger on the birth of a grandson born to Bracha and Shua Goldberger of Boro Park!

Cheder in Need of Window AC Unit

Cheder Chabad is in need of a loan or donation of an 18K BTU or higher window air conditioner for Rabbi Rosenberg's first grade boys class.

If you have one, please call Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen at 845-216-4554.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mazel Tov Kahns - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Dov Ber and Basia Kahn on the birth of a baby boy on the second day of Shavuos!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Shmuel and Miriam Klein!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Tashnat Shul, 2 Howard Drive, near corner of Ellish Parkway, after 10:00 PM.  

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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Minyan Needed for Mes Mitzvah Today, Erev Shavuos, at 4 PM

There will be a levaya and kevura today, Erev Shavuos, Tuesday, at the cemetery on the corner of Brick Church Road and Route 306 at 4:00 PM.

Eight men are needed to make sure there is a minyan for kaddish and enough to participate in the kvurah to bring this Yid to proper Kever Yisroel.

If you can make it, please contact Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich at 914-393-3152 or chabadjec@aol.com.

Backyard Camp

Backyard Camp run by fun and responsible high school girls including Davening, Weekly Parsha, Aleph Bais, Baking, Arts 'n' Crafts, and much more!

Who: 4-5 year olds
When: June 20 - July 19th

Limited slots available. Please call either Raizy Leitner at 845-356 5488 or Fraidy Kagan at 845-354 0456 for more details and to apply!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson in Monsey for Shavuos


Shavuos Night Learning for Women

If you feel like taking a midnight stroll over to the Abramowitz residence at 6 Zabriskie Terrace after your Yom Tov Seudah on Tuesday night, a group of women will be learning Megillas Rus.

You may join us for the entire class, or for just a few pesukim.

It will be informal, inspiring and low calorie.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tzemach Tzedek Shavuos 5773 Schedule

The following is the Shavuos 5773 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek:

Erev Shavuos, Tuesday, 5/6 Sivan (May 14)
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Bentshen: 7:48 PM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 8:55 PM
After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul for Tikun Leil Shavuos. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

First Day of Shavuos, Wednesday, 6 Sivan (May 15):
Alos HaShachar (Mikvah): 3:58 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:15 AM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Maariv: 8:55 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 8:54 PM

Second Day of Shavuos, Thursday, 7 Sivan (May 16): 
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv - Yom Tov Ends: 8:55 PM
Kiddush Levana (if possible)

The younger children's program will take place on both days of Shavuos beginning at 10:30 AM.

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות


Friday, May 10, 2013

Heichal Menachem Shavuos 5773 Schedule

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's Torah reading begins the book of Bamidbor ([Numbers] 1:1-4:20), and the portion is indeed filled with numbers. First a census is taken of the Israelites, and the Torah supplies us with the number of Israelites in each tribe, in each of the four "flags," and then gives the grand totals. The Levites are then counted -- twice. The firstborns earn their very own headcount, too.

Interestingly, this Torah portion of Bamidbor is always read shortly before the holiday of Shavuos, the holiday of our receiving the Torah. Usually it is read the Shabbos immediately preceding the holiday.

What is the connection between numbers and counting and the special gift our nation received on this holiday?

Counting is an equalizer. Each unit which is counted adds up to one, no more and no less.

As a nation we are far from a homogenous group. This is true in all areas -- and our service of G‑d is no exception. Depending on our unique talents, some of us serve G‑d through assiduous Torah study, others through volunteering time in public service, others through financially supporting worthy causes, and yet others through reciting Psalms with devotion and sincerity. Leaders and followers. Old and young. Men and women. Scholars and laymen. Every segment of our nation, and indeed every individual person, serves G‑d in his or her unique way.

The counting of the Jews teaches us that the service of any one person isn't more or less important than the service of another. One's service may be more attractive, flashy and attention-grabbing than another's -- but at the core we are all involved in the exact same pursuit -- serving our Creator with all our available talents and resources.

All these countings lead to Shavuos, the day when we were given the Torah, the ultimate equalizer.

The essence and purpose of all of creation is G‑d's desire for a physical abode, an earthly realm which would be transformed into a hospitable habitat where His essence could be expressed. It is the Torah that a) reveals to us this divine plan; b) contains the mitzvot, the tools with which we bring this purpose to realization; and thus c) brings harmony and equality to all of creation -- for it shows us how every one of its myriads of components is essentially identical, for they all have one purpose.

As Shavuos approaches, let us take this message to heart. Every person counts. Every day counts. Every component of creation counts. And we should be counting our blessings that we were given the Torah -- without which nothing would count.

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

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and inspiring holiday of Shavuos!

Cheder Chabad Science Fair

On Wednesday night, the 5th to 8th grade Cheder Chabad of Monsey students participated in an amazing Science Fair. Using their talents and knowledge the boys all made beautiful projects. Each of them a work of art!

Parents and families came and shept nachas seeing their children's artistic work. At the end of the night our volunteer judges announced the best projects as the winners of the night. The volunteer judges were: Mr. Moshe Reitman, Mrs. Tzipora Reitman, Mr. Zvi Webb, Mrs. Chaya Webb, Mr. Reuven Pollack, Rabbi Gil Hami, Mrs. Daliah Klein and Mr. Tzadok Leib Messing. ישר כח for volunteering and taking this assignment so seriously.

The fair was organized by our hardworking Mr. Bloch, who does so much for our Cheder each and every day. Our lucky winners were:

  • First Place: Ezriel Litvintchouk and Menachem Mendel Schaeffer 
  • Second Place: Menachem Mendel Schild and Avrohom Mordechai Silverstein 
  • Third Place: Yossi Kagan, Zalmy Hirsch and Duvy Burston 
They all won a trip to Six Flags! A special thank you to all the kids who participated in this project. You all outdid yourselves!

 

Shiur on Preparing for Matan Torah at Heichal Menachem


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking ride for a bochur from Monsey to Crown Heights on Friday after 10 AM. If available, please call 845-671-9979.

Early Sunday Morning Minyan

If you would be interested in a 7:00 AM minyan on Sunday mornings at Tzemach Tzedek, please call R' Shimon Kroll at 845-362-1477.



Rabbi Markowitz and Rabbi Lazar in Moscow This Past Motzai Shabbos


Tzvi Jacobs Book Now on Kindle

Tzvi Jacobs book of inspiring stories, from the Heavens to the Heart, is now available as a Kindle Edition on Amazon.

To purchase it, click here.

Seeking Loan Processor

Mortgage Bank located near Monsey is looking for a full time Loan Processor. Experience is a plus.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 9-5 PM, Fridays until 2 PM.

Benefits include medical and dental insurance.

Please email bankjobopening@gmail.com.

Preschool & Elementary School Teaching Positions Available

Cheder Chabad of Monsey's Preschool, Boys and Girls Elementary divisions have positions available for the upcoming 5774 - 2013/14 school year.

Kodesh, General Studies teaching and assistant positions.

Salaries based on qualifications and experience.

Please send grade preference, resume and references to hr@chedermonsey.org or fax to 845-290-9616.

No Children's Program This Shabbos

The younger children's program at Tzemach Tzedek will not be taking place this Shabbos, Parshas Bamidbar, due to the MBCM Shabbaton.

It will take place on both days of Shavuous.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

David Nesenoff to Speak at Chabad JEC Dinner

David Nesenoff's interview with Helen Thomas at a Jewish Heritage Celebration on the White House lawn, lead to her retiring from her position as a senior White House Press Corps member and correspondant.

David Nesenoff, an entertaining Rabbi, Filmmaker and Blogger will recount his experience with Helen Thomas and share his view of the antidote to anti-Semitism at the Inaugural Gala of Chabad JEC on Monday, June 10, 2013 at The View on the Hudson in Piermont.

Reservations can now be made and Journal ads placed at our GALA website: www.ChabadJEC.org/Gala or by calling 845-356-6686.

Cheder Chabad Sixth Grade Boys Featured in Hachayol Magazine


Seforim for Shavuos Available at Heichal Menachem


Monday, May 6, 2013

Pesach Klein Aufruf

Pesach Klein, son of Shmuel and Miriam Klein, will have his aufruf at Heichel Menachem this Shabbos, Parshas Bamidbar.

Chassidus is at 9:00 AM and Shacharis is at 10 AM. Kiddush following Davening.


Mazel tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Sholom & Sara'le Lesches of Montreal!

Mazel Tov Gershon Felberbaum!

Mazel tov to Tzvi Gershon Felberbaum on his engagement to Dvorah Leah Drew of Long Beach, CA/ Crown Heights!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

First Daily Maariv Minyan Time Change

The first daily Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 8:45 PM.

The second minyan remains at 9:30 PM.


Seeking Babysitter

A Monsey family is seeking a part-time babysitter. Hours: 3 to 6 PM Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 3:30 on Friday. Childrens’ ages: 4, 7 and 9. (one add’l child of 13 is home on Friday afternoons).

Must have drivers’ license and be willing to pick up 2 children from their after-school drop-off points. Must be warm, energetic and patient. References required.

Salary: $15 / hour (may be negotiable).

Please respond to Mrs. Klein at 845-323-2490. Leave message if no answer.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey 14th Anniversary Banquet

For more information, please see www.chedermonsey.org/banquet or call 845-356-1213 ext. 204.

Cheder Chabad Boys Science Fair This Wednesday


Shavuos Shiur for Women

In preparation for Shavuos there will be a shiur for women by Rabbi Lesches on Monday evening  May 6th at 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Open House This Sunday

New Listing!

There will be an Open House this Sunday, May 5, 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 $459,000.

Please call the broker at 347-201-2583.



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Among the many laws of social conduct, the Torah includes guidelines on the treatment of indentured servants. A pattern that emerges from these instructions is to place great importance on preserving the respect and dignity of the worker.

One of the laws regulating the treatment of such servants is detailed in our Torah portion this week (Vayikra [Leviticus] 25:1-27:34) in the verse (25:43): "Do not subjugate him with hard labor." In defining "hard labor," the commentator Rashi explains, quoting the Talmud, that the employer is not permitted to say to his servant, "Warm up this cup for me" when he (the master) does not really need it. Even if the servant is unaware that the drink is not needed, it is still considered an instruction which is demeaning and disrespectful.

Often we feel that we have a license to behave as we wish, as long as we don't hurt anyone else. But isn't this case a little extreme? It is perfectly legitimate for a servant to make his master a cup of tea. Why then if unbeknown to the worker that the employer doesn't really want the cup, is it considered such an insult and an affront to his dignity?

The answer is linked to the very purpose and definition of generous, moral and ethical behavior, which the Torah is teaching us here. Often we feel that we have a license to behave as we wish, as long as we don't hurt anyone else. But this is a great error, because the purpose and benefit of appropriate behavior is as much for us as it is for others. We have a responsibility not only to help others and protect their dignity, but also to ensure that we refine and develop a sensitive, compassionate and respectful identity for ourselves. When we ask a worker to do a senseless task, he might not be hurt—but we will damage our own character. It will plant seeds of insensitivity and cruelty within our own personality.

Being careful how we treat others helps them and also strengthens ourselves, making us better and more refined human beings.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Michoel Gourarie)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Seeking Part-Time Teacher

Looking for a very part-time teacher for Jewish studies (Chumash, Ivrit, and Yahadut) beginning next school year, very small class of students ages 6-9.

Hours are flexible.

Please call 845.425.0895.

Chabad JEC Inaugural Gala Celebrating 12 Years

To take out an ad in the Dinner Journal and/or reserve seats at the dinner, please click here.



JEM Here's My Story by Rabbi Michoel Hazan