Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Blessings and curses. The great prophet Moshe, in this week’s Torah portion Re’eh (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:26- 16:17) again reminds the Jews that living a life of goodness will bring them blessings while ignoring the Divine call must inexorably lead to a cursed existence.
Moshe prefaces his admonition with the Hebrew word Re'eh, "See." See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. But why "see"? Did he show them anything at all? The Torah does not use flowery language just because it has a nice ring to it and sounds poetic. What was there to behold? Why Re'eh?
One answer is that how we look will, in itself, determine whether our lives will be blessed or cursed. How do we look at others, at ourselves? Our perspective, how we behold and see things, will result in our own lives being blessed or, G-d forbid, the opposite.
The saintly Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev once chanced upon a strong, young man who was brazenly eating on Yom Kippur. The Rabbi suggested that perhaps he was feeling ill. The fellow insisted he was in the best of health. Perhaps he had forgotten that today was the holy day of fasting? "Who doesn't know that today is Yom Kippur?" responded the young man. Perhaps he was never taught that Jews do not eat on this day? "Every child knows that Yom Kippur is a fast day, Rabbi!" Whereupon Rabbi Levi Yitzchak raised his eyes heavenward and said, "Master of the Universe, see how wonderful Your people are! Here is a Jew who, despite everything, refuses to tell a lie!" The Berditchever was always able to look at others with a compassionate, understanding and benevolent eye.
How do we view the good fortune enjoyed by others? Are we happy for them, or do we look at them with begrudging envy? How do we look at ourselves and our own shortcomings? Are we objectively truthful or subjectively slanted? "She is a bore of bores, anti-social. Me? I just happen to enjoy staying at home." "He is as stubborn as an ox! Me? I am a determined person."
Clearly, the manner in which we look at our world will have a major impact on the way life will treat us. Quite justifiably, Moshe says, "See." For how we see things in life will undoubtedly affect life's outcomes.
The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950), once told how when he was a young child he asked his father: "Why does a person have two eyes?" "The right eye," his father replied, "is to be used lovingly, when looking at a fellow Jew; the left eye is to be used discerningly, when looking at sweets or other objects that are not that important in the grand scheme of things."
The Parshah that is entitled Re'eh, "See," is a perennial reminder to all of us that even our vision can bring virtue or vice. Let us look at the world correctly and invite the blessings of G-d into our lives.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Levana who is a well known chef and restaurateur demonstrated the preparation of a gourmet five course dinner from scratch using the healthiest of ingredients. She spent an intensive two hours sharing her secrets and techniques with the ladies and called upon a few fortunate ones to assist under her guidance. The end result was a delicious meal served buffet style to all in attendance.
The men participated in a lively discussion of the halachos regarding the use of sherry wine casks in the production of Scotch whiskey lead by HaRav Chaim Dovid Kagan, Hanhalla of Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka High School and the spiritual leader of Cong. Bais Menachem. The shiur was accompanied
by a tasting of fine bourbon whiskies and a lecture on how bourbon is produced.
During dinner, Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President of the Cheder Board of Directors, gave a Dvar Torah and then reviewed the progress Cheder Chabad has made during the past year. Rabbi Cohen stressed the importants of both supporting the mosad financially as well as becoming involved in helping the school achieve it's mission to provide a superior education for each talmid.
Special thanks to our Event Committee: Chaim and Chana Grey who graciously allowed the use of
their magnificent home, Mrs. Devorah Hayman, Rabbi Elchonon and Chani Cohen, Mr. Yehoshua Werth, who organized the bourbon tasting and to Levana Kirschenbaum who entertained all with her wit, humor and knowledge.
All in all it was a very pleasant evening with plenty of food for body and soul, as well as a very successful fund raiser for the Cheder Chabad of Monsey.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Last night a white bald heavy set male driving a dark colored jeep approached a male teenager (app 16 years old) walking home from shul on Judith Lane and asked for directions to Orchard Hill Park. After directions were given the driver then attempted to convince the teenager to come into the car with him after explaining that he would have a hard time finding the park (which was around the corner) and offering to drive him home afterwards. The teenager fortunately ran off and the cops were called although the driver was not found. The community is urged to be on the lookout and remind all children even older teenagers to never get into a car with a stranger and to report any suspicious behavior.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Cheder Chabad can use the items listed below.
If are able to donate any of them, please contact the Cheder Office 845-356-1213 ext. 109 and we will make arrangements to pick it up.
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• Refrigerator - in good working condition.
Monday, July 22, 2013
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Sunday, July 21, 2013
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Friday, July 19, 2013
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Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned at Hebrew Sunday school.
"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how G‑d sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."
"Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?"
"Well, no, Mom. But if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"
One of the sacred tasks of parents and teachers is to educate the next generation and to impart to our children the knowledge and values of our Torah. We cannot be content with our own study – we have to teach the young.
This mitzvah is featured in this week's Torah portion Va’eschanan (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11) in the words of the Shema which we recite thrice daily: “…teach them to your children, to discuss them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise…”
What is intriguing is that the great codifier Maimonides, as well as R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in his Code of Jewish Law, present the laws relating to teaching Torah to our children before presenting the laws of studying Torah. It seems quite obvious that one cannot teach before studying. Why would the laws pertaining to teaching a child precede the adult’s requirement to learn? Particularly considering that the power and advantage of a developed, adult, mature mind is enhanced and magnified by the wealth of life’s experiences and challenges of one’s past, which can be shared with the younger generation.
But there is a deficiency and handicap in an adult’s approach to absorbing the words of Torah. So often, objectivity and humility are casualties of preconceived ideas. Our life’s experiences have formed calluses on our attitudes and philosophies. We begin to judge by our decisions rather than decide by our judgments.
How often are we left unmoved by a truth because we are self-consciously aware of the ramifications of accepting such truths? We fit teachings into lifestyles rather than confront the challenge of change.
The laws of studying Torah are preceded by the laws of teaching a child, to remind us how to absorb the words of G-d. The learning of a young child – so eager, so fresh and so unencumbered by life’s baggage – is like “ink written on fresh paper,” – teaching us the art of true Torah study.
May our spiritual and intellectual journeys always retain the effervescence, passion and innocence of a child. May we, this Shabbat Nachamu,("Shabbat of Comfort" following the period of mourning of Tisha b’Av), find comfort, optimism and belief in a world about to be redeemed, by allowing ourselves to peer through the eyes and hope of a child.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Dovid Hazdan)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos !
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Monday, July 15, 2013
The following is the schedule for mincha and the afternoon video presentations:
Mincha 1 (Ashrei at 2:00 PM)
NEW - A Tale of Two Jerusalems: The Mystical & Political Story of the Liberation of Holy City
By Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (60 minutes)
The Bar Kochva Revolt - the Rise and Fall of a Moshiach (from 5772)
The Bar Kochva Revolt - the Rise and Fall of a Moshiach
(Repeat from 3:30 PM)
A Tale of Two Jerusalems: The Mystical & Political Story of the Liberation of Holy City
By Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (60 minutes, Repeat from 2:30 PM)
Mincha 2 (Ashrei at 8:00 PM)
Rabbi Dov Oliver will give a brief introduction.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Monday, Erev Tisha B’Av, 8 Av (July 15):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Fast Begins: 8:27 PM
Marriv followed by Eicha: 9:15 PM
Tuesday, Tisha B'Av, 9 Av (July 16):
Shacharis 1 followed by Kinnos: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2 followed by Kinnos: 8:30 AM
Shacharis 3 followed by Kinnos: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:20 AM
Shacharis 4 followed by Kinnos: 9:30 AM
Shacharis 5 followed by Kinnos: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 6 followed by Kinnos: 11:00 AM
Chatzos: 1:02 PM
Mincha 1 (with Tefillin): 1:45 PM (Ashrei at 2 PM)
Mincha 2 (with Tefillin): 7:45 PM (Ashrei at 8 PM)
Siyum: 8:30 PM
Maariv & Siyum: 9:05 PM
Kiddush Levana (weather permitting)
Fast Ends: 9:07 PM
For the schedule of Tisha B'Av video presentations, click here.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
At the Chabad JEC Inaugural Gala last month, a new fund and initiative at Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center was announced. What follows is a part of a speech by Shlucha, Mrs. Chaya Ehrenreich:
Tonight is bittersweet for me as it is only a week since the passing of my dearest brother, Zevi, who would have turned 32 this week. Zevi valiantly fought to prolong his life and have more time with his young children throughout his ordeal with a terrible illness.
For as long as I can remember my little brother Zevi was a most positive upbeat person, this continued to be his motto: full of faith and full of optimism until his very last day. Zevi was an extremely caring son, brother, husband and father who always had a kind word for another and showed his appreciation to all those around him.
Tonight it is my honor to dedicate The Zevi Silver Caring Fund, at Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center in memory of Zevi – Binyamin Zev A”H ben R’ Avraham Yosef Sheyichye.
This will fund Chabad’s new program, Linking Hearts. Linking Hearts brings warmth, companionship, love and smiles to the faces and hearts of senior citizens who live alone or in assisted living facilities. This program partners local teens with seniors allowing both to benefit from this ongoing relationship. Linking hearts also includes hospital visitation, sharing hope, optimism and courage which will allow for all members of the community to be a part of it.
Zevi was the Chaplain at a senior assisted residence in his hometown of Mequon, WI. More recently, during his lengthy hospital stays, Zevi always went to great lengths to show and express his appreciation to all who cared for him and all of those who took the time to visit with him. In his final months, he planned a blood drive in his community to give back to the community that gave so much to him. The Linking Hearts program is something Zevi would be proud to have his name on.
Thank you to all have already participated in this meaningful endeavor.
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This Shabbat is the Shabbat prior to Tisha B'Av, (9th of Av - this forthcoming Monday eve -Tuesday, July 15-16, 2013) the Jewish national day of mourning, On Tishah B'Av itself, we will recall the destruction of our Holy Temples – approximately 2,000 years ago - by fasting and mourning and the other observances of the day.
They say that Napoleon was once passing through the Jewish ghetto in Paris and heard sounds of crying and wailing emanating from a synagogue. He stopped to ask what the lament was about. He was told that the Jews were remembering the destruction of their Temple. "When did it happen?" asked the Emperor. "Some 1700 years ago," was the answer he received. Whereupon Napoleon stated with conviction that a people who never forgets its past would be destined to forever have a future.
In the beginning of our Torah portion (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22) Moses recalls how G-d had said to the Children of Israel, "You have surrounded this mountain long enough. Turn away, and take your journey..." (Deuteronomy 1:6). The mountain is Sinai, scene of the revelation of G-d’s wisdom and will to man. Yet G-d tells us, "You've been here long enough. Move on!"
We must always be prepared to move forward, to carry on to the next stage. How are we to navigate a clear path, through the confusion that is everyday life? How do we reconcile this with our past? How do we utilize our life experience, both individual and collective?
A young boy was traveling from Jerusalem to the Galilee.
He arrived at a four-way crossroads and discovered, to his horror, that the crossroads sign, with its arrows pointing the way to the cities lying in the four directions, had fallen down.
Which road should he take to reach his destination?
But he knew where he was coming from - Jerusalem. By arranging the sign so that Jerusalem pointed to the path he had just come from, he was able to figure out which way to go.
This is the key. Moving forward is essential but in order to do so we must remember and understand where we are coming from. The Torah is our collective life experience. Our heritage and our history are our signposts. Using this as our starting point, knowing where we are coming from, we are able to get to where we are going, on the correct path, without straying or getting lost.
Yes, progress is an inevitable (and even good) thing. Nonetheless, it must be tempered with a clear understanding and appreciation of where we started out from and how Torah is our frame of reference. In this way, we will be able to chart a clear and bright future, dealing with the challenges of the modern world head on, using progress in a positive manner and to reach our final destination, the rebuilding of the third and ultimate Temple in Jerusalem. May it happen NOW!
(Excerpts from Chabad.org)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
The following people are scheduled to make a siyum (names will be added as they are confirmed):
- Sunday night, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av: Rabbi Chaim D. Kagan
- Monday night: Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman
- Shabbos: Dr. Chaim Schild
- Tisha B'Av: Dr. Chaim Schild
Please note that the prevailing Chabad custom is not to eat meat or drink wine during The Nine Days even if you participated in a siyum.
Friday, July 5, 2013
- Adventures in 3-D (8-12 years)
- Let's Meet Community Helpers (2-4 years)
- Tzivos Hashem Siddur with Explanations
- Shimmy the Youngest (4-6 years) Back in Print
- What Did Pinny Do? (2-3 years) Upsherenish
- New Illuminated Siddur with Explanations
- New Tehillim with Biurim of the Rebbe
- New Sefer Hamitzvos (Eng) Volume 1
- New The Letter and The Spirit volume 2 (English Letters)
DVD: VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BAIS HAMIKDASH
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Thursday, July 4, 2013
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All children who were signed up to Tzivos Hashem for the 5772- 2011/12 school year are owed a Siddur.
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Is it the money or the man, the cash or the kids? Of course, no one would ever admit to putting money ahead of their children; but is it not an all too common phenomenon? Aren't most parents, even good parents, guilty of making that mistake now and then?
In this week's Torah portion, Parshah Matos-Massei (Bamidbor [Numbers] 30:2-36:13) the Jewish People are preparing for the conquest of Canaan and the allotment of the Promised Land amongst the twelve tribes of Israel, when the tribes of Reuben and Gad make a special request of Moses.
They had abundant herds of livestock and the land east of the Jordan River was especially suitable for grazing. They asked Moses if they could receive this land rather than land west of the Jordan. In making this request they expressed themselves thus: "Pens for the flock we shall build here for our livestock, and cities for our small children."
Immediately, Moses chastises them and corrects their mistake. "Build for yourselves cities for your small children and pens for your flock." Moses turns around their sequence, putting the children ahead of the animals.
Rashi observes that these tribes were more concerned about their money, i.e. livestock, than they were about their sons and daughters. Moses needed to give them a lesson in values and priorities. Put family first. Possessions come later.
The question is, are our own price tags correctly marked? Do we value the things in our own lives correctly? Are our priorities in order? Or do we too put the cattle and the sheep -- the car and the office -- ahead of our children?
How many workaholic husbands have told their wives, "Honey, I'm doing it all for you and the kids." But the businesses we are busy building for them actually take us away from them in the most important and formative years of their lives. Rightly has it been said, "the best thing you can spend on your kids is not money but time."
Many people become "successes" over the years. They achieve professional success, career success, business success, growing their fame and fortunes. Too many in the process have become family failures. At the end of the day, our deepest satisfaction in life comes not from our professional achievements but from our family -- the growth, stability and togetherness that we have nurtured over the years -- what our Jewish parents and grandparents simply called Yiddishe Nachas.
To paraphrase the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, "Jewish wealth is not measured in property portfolios or stocks and bonds; true Jewish wealth is being blessed with children who walk in the ways of G-d." For that, we need to be there for them and with them.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Yossy Goldman)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thank G-d last week I returned from leading my eleventh Birthright group and it was a very special trip indeed.
Apart from the incredible daily emotions of being on Birthright, apart from those participants who:
- laid Tefillin for the first time
- lit candles for the first time
- celebrated Shabbos for the first time
- belatedly celebrated their "Bar or Bat Mitzvahs" and finally chose a Jewish name
- extended their trip to volunteer or study Torah
- fell in love with Israel and saw their Jewish pride and identity come alive
...apart from all of them was Eric, who, twenty years later than intended, joined with the millions of his ancestors, friends and family going back as far as Avraham Avinu in a very special chain. Early one morning, with a panoramic view overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Eric had his Bris and received the name Yehudah.
Beyond the "belated" bris described above, I was blessed during this trip to dance at the wedding and even sign the Kesubah of one of our RCC Hillel alumni.
Weeks before, I had the joy of officiating at the wedding of one of our star students, and just today, one of our alumni couples had a baby boy, so next week it'll be another bris, this one right on time!
Some of our most gratifying moments are not around a simcha. Unfortunately, before the trip, the mother of one of our alumni passed away. While it was sad to eulogize her at the funeral, it was a huge relief that after hours of discussion, we succeeded in talking the family out of cremating their loved one.
As you likely know, we had decided months ago to move back to Australia, but our plans were waylaid due to immigration issues. Those have been resolved - in fact I recently became an American citizen - so there is no longer any obstacle to leaving. However, we have decided to stay, and we are very glad about that decision. As you can see from the paragraphs above, there is simply too much work to do and too many students and alumni to work with.
We appreciate your support in whatever format it comes in, whether it is through yearly or monthly donations, "Scroll" dedications, or calendar ads. Having been here six years, I can proudly say that Hillel is in great shape. We just finished a great semester, have many summer plans such as Shabbatons and social engagements and are planning a great fall semester.
But financially the squeeze is on as it has never been in my six years here.
In order for us to continue our impactful work, please consider a meaningful participation in this year's calendar (see attached file for details), and may you and your family be blessed with a safe and enjoyable summer.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Dov and Shevy
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Rabbi Dovid Wichnin A"H was the founding Rav of K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, New Jersey until his untimely passing in 1995.
Rabbi Wichnin, an exceptional Talmid Chochom, was a beloved leader and a father figure to many and earned the respect of many of the Rabbonim and Admorim in Monsey and beyond.
Summer is here and we are all looking forward to enjoying the nice weather, outdoor family activities and sending the children off to day camp. At this time, we must also remember our Partners who work selflessly during the school year to educate the children in our community.
The Rebbe’s and Morahs of Cheder Chabad of Monsey have just completed another year of quality Chinuch, with unparalleled devotion to our children. They are already working to prepare for an even more superb new school year, which begins in just two short months.
Our community’s Mechanchim more than deserve to have the peace of mind of being able to pay for their children’s day camp and other ongoing expenses. It is our communal responsibility to see to it that they get paid during this financially difficult period when no school tuition fees are due over the summer months.
To that end, at the recent Cheder Dinner, Avraham Hayman, a longtime supporter of the Cheder in particular and our Kehillah in general, has offered a generous matching grant to raise the necessary funds to pay our devoted teachers.
Every dollar that you pledge between $100 & $999 by Thursday, July 4th and pay by July 31, will be matched by Mr. Hayman – YOUR $100 BECOMES $200, YOUR $500 BECOMES $1,000!
Every donation of $1,000 + will be tripled – YOUR $1,000 BECOMES $3,000!
There was a $36,000 cap to this matching fund, many people have been very generous in their response and we are close, but we have not yet reached our goal. It would be a pity not to get the maximum benefit for our school. Only YOU can help attain our goal.
On behalf of the Rebbe’s and Morah’s I want to thank those of you who have already participated and strongly encourage everyone to partner with us in attaining the goal. It is our opportunity to show hakaras hatov to the very special individuals who are helping us to raise the next generation to Torah, Yiras Shomayim and Chassidishkeit.
Please act now – as time is running out! Contact the Cheder Office, Mr. Avraham Hayman or myself with your pledge as soon as possible.
Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Chabad Board of Directors