Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shifra & Puah New Webpage

Shifrah & Puah, which arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community, now has its own webpage on Meal Train where all of the projects are listed in one place.

Please go to or click on the Meal Train logo on the right side of the blog at any time to see how you can help a mother who has just given birth.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

At the end of Succot, we celebrate Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah and the conclusion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. Immediately we begin anew the cycle of weekly Parshios, with the portion of Bereishis, (Genesis 1:1- 6:8) telling of the creation of the world, Adam and Chava (Eve), the Garden of Eden, births of Cain and Abel and the development of the human race.

It’s been told that the Chassidic master Rabbi Simchah Bunim of Pszcyscha (1767-1827) started out in life as a pharmacist, but later he became a Rebbe (Chassidic leader) and loved discussing Torah with his disciples.

One day he was talking about the snake which cajoled Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat of the forbidden fruit. The Torah relates that G-d cursed the snake, "On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat, all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:14).

“Wouldn't it be convenient if we could live on dust?”  Rabbi Bunem pondered: "Is that such a terrible curse? Dust is everywhere, so the snake's table is always full, no matter where he goes. Now look at the people in our shtetl and elsewhere: they earn their bread with difficulty, many families are poor, children go hungry and some never know where their next meal will come from. How convenient it would be for us if we could live on dust!”

"However, life as a human being," explained the Chassidic master, "means that we are constantly crying out to G-d for help: women in childbirth, hungry children, fathers without a job... So mankind has a connection, a very strong connection to G-d which the snake does not have. It needs nothing, it asks for nothing. And that is truly a curse. But we, we are like children with our father. G-d is our father, the one to whom we turn countless times a day to provide for us and protect us...

"A poor man is always aware of this blessing. The wealthy man, too, is so blessed, but it is a little more difficult for him to acknowledge this or remember this. The challenge of wealth is that one should always keep this in mind, and turn to G-d every day for help and guidance, and constantly remember the source of his blessings."

(Excerpts from - by  Shoshannah Brombacher)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

N'shei Chabad Annual Welcoming Event

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mazel Tov Polingers!

Mazel tov to Dr. Avraham and Yutty Polinger on the birth of a baby girl!

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

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mazel Tov Saloffs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Ben-Tzion and Ruth Saloff on the engagement of their son Aaron Daniel to Sarah Greenberg of North Miami Beach, Florida!

The l'chaim will take place this Tuesday evening, on Chol HaMoed, in North Miami Beach.

Seeking Ride

Looking for ride to Crown Heights for one person on Erev Sukkos.

Please call 845-517-5791.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tzemach Tzedek Simchas Beis Hashoeiva on Sunday Night

Tzemach Tzedek will be hosting a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva for the community this Sunday night, September 22, in the shul.

There will be a children's show at 7:30 PM featuring magician The Great Benjilini followed by live music and dancing for the remainder of the night!

All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends!

Heichal Menachem Simchas Beis Hashoeivos

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sukkah Mobiles Coming to Monsey's Streets

This Sukkos, the Monsey Lubavitch community will have Sukkah Mobiles going out to spread the Mitzvah of Sukkah and Lulav to every Jew.

A project like this needs the participation from you to make this happen. You can have a big part in the mivtzoim by supporting it.

To donate, please contact Sruly Kagen in Tzemach Tzedek at davening times. If you know someone who needs to be visited for the Mitzvah of Lulav please email  If you have bamboo mats or sticks that can be donated or lent, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. Shimon and Lynne Kushnir on the birth of a grandson born to Adam and Joy Kushnir in La Jolla, California!

Seeking Ride

If you know of anyone going to Crown Heights or Brooklyn on Motzai Yom Tov September 21, and have room for two people, please call Chana at 508-878-3964.

Sukos Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

An ongoing debate in many Western societies today revolves around the value of multiculturalism versus the importance of assimilating the various groups and segments which constitute a society into a homogeneous entity. As is the case with the majority of widely debated issues, both sides of this particular polemic bring valid points and convincing arguments to the discussion table.

The Jewish nation is also demographically diverse: Ashkenazim, Sephardim, chassidim, observant, not so observant, scholars, laymen, men, women, etc. We, too, struggle with the issue of forging a multicultural population into a singular nation. Sociologists attempting to resolve the Melting Pot issue would perhaps be well-advised to examine the Torah's perspective on e pluribus unum.

We are now ushering in the holiday of Sukkot. The two primary mitzvot of this holiday are dwelling in the sukkah and the taking of the Four Kinds [Lulov (palm), Esrog, (citron), Hadassim (myrtle) Aravot (willow)]. Jewish unity is one of the primary themes of this holiday, and these two mitzvot are symbolic of two approaches to Jewish unity; the sukkah champions the cause of Jewish nationalism and focuses on our nation as a homogeneous unit, while the Four Kinds symbolize the importance of "Jewish multiculturalism."

We sit in a sukkah in commemoration of the Clouds of Glory which miraculously encircled the Jewish people while they traveled in the desert. The clouds did not differentiate between one Jew and another -- all were equal beneficiaries of their shade and protection. We, too, sit together in a sukkah as a symbol of our unity. We focus on that what unites us -- our common values, mission, and souls -- rather than that which divides us. We leave behind our differences and unite behind one flag.

The Four Kinds, however, tell a different story. According to the Midrash, the four different species represent different sorts of Jews, spanning the spectrum from the most observant and scholarly to the simplest of our people. Nevertheless, we take the Four Kinds and hold them together, because we are one people despite the differences. But as opposed to the sukkah, this mitzvah doesn't attempt to achieve unity by ignoring our differences; rather it points out the differences, embraces them, and secures our unity in spite of them.

Unity achieved at the expense of disregarding our unique personalities and strengths is a flawed unity. It means that the unity is very limited; limited to our shared goals and souls. Our daily lives which are so colored by our unique personalities remain unaffected by the sukkah-style unity.

But without the type of unity advocated by the sukkah, the multicultural approach of the Four Kinds would not succeed. For without an underlying unifying factor, diverse people have nothing to rally around. The Four Kinds is an endeavor to build on the unity of the sukkah by injecting our individual personalities with our pervading unity; by devoting our assorted strengths, talents, and natures to perpetuating the ideals that unite us; by recognizing that the different pieces of the puzzle may look dissimilar, but are all there to complete one picture

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May  you have a meaningful and uplifting Sukkos!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Daily Mincha Time Change

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

Community Simchas Beis Hashoeiva 5774 Schedule

The following is the community Simchas Beis Hashoeiva 5774 schedule:

Wednesday, First Night of Sukkos, (September 18):
In the Sukkah of R' Dovid Kaplan, 18 Underwood Road

Thursday, Second Night of Sukkos (September 19):
In the Sukkah of Gavriel Siklos, 15 Green Hill Lane
In the Sukkah of Rebbetzin Wichnin, 119 West Maple Avenue

Motzai Shabbos Kodesh, Chol HaMoed (September 21):
At 9:30 PM in the Sukkah of Yossi Wolfson, 21 New County Road 

Sunday Night, Chol Hamoed (September 22):
Community SBH at Tzemach Tzedek, Children's program at 7:30 PM followed by live music and dancing

Sukkos 5774 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Sukkos 5774 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek:

Wednesday, Erev Sukkos, 14 Tishrei (September 18):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Eruv Tavshilin
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:44 PM

Thursday, First Day of Sukkos, 15 Tishrei (September 19):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Licht Bentching: After 7:41 PM

Friday, Second Day of Sukkos, 16 Tishrei (September 20):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Licht Benching: 6:40 PM

Shabbos Kodesh, Chol Hamoed 1, 17 Tishrei (September 21):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 5:30 PM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Kinus Torah Continues
Maariv & Shabbos Ends: 7:37 PM

Sunday, Chol Hamoed 2, 18 Tishrei (September 22):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Maariv 1: 7:45 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Monday, Chol Hamoed 3, 19 Tishrei (September 23 ):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Maariv 1: 7:45 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Tuesday, Chol Hamoed 4, 20 Tishrei  (September 24):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM    
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Maariv 1: 7:45 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Tuesday Night / Wednesday Morning, Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei (September 24 / 25):
Mishne Torah:  12:00 AM
Tehillim: 1:00 AM

Wednesday, Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei (September 25):     
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Shacharis 5: 10:30 AM
Eruv Tavshilin
Licht Bentching and Mincha: 6:32 PM
Maariv: 7:30 PM

Thursday, Shmini Azteres, 22 Tishrei (September 26):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Tefilas Geshem
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Licht Bentching: After 7:29 PM
Maariv: 7:30 PM

Friday, Simchas Torah, 23 Tishrei (September 27):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Licht Benching and Mincha: 6:28 PM
Seder Nigunim

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Bereishis, 24 Tishrei (September 28):
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 7:25 PM

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvon will take place on Friday & Shabbos Kodesh, October 4 & 5.

!ויעקב הלך לדרכו

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Over a Three-Day Yom Tov

The following is from an email going around...

This past Shabbos morning (the third day of the “three day Yomtov”) I was awakened by the sound of the carbon monoxide alarm announcing high levels.

We immediately cleared everyone out of the house and summoned the fire department. When they arrived, they informed me that the cause of the high carbon monoxide levels was due to leaving the stove and oven on over Yomtov and Shabbos.

The buildup of these dangerous fumes was not due to a faulty gas line or leaking appliances, but rather to the lack of adequate ventilation. The constant burning of the gas range and oven - even on a low flame, will over time emit unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide. I was told that the fire department was tending to many such call over the last few days.

The firemen implored me to please tell the Rabbis and announce to the community that if people need to leave on the stove or oven over the holidays, then must ensure that the area is properly ventilated. Turning on an exhaust fan or even opening the kitchen window a bit is enough to prevent terrible danger.

 I would also like to stress the importance of a carbon monoxide detector. They are not expensive and often come together with the smoke alarm. I would not want to think what our Shabbos would have been like had we not had the alarm- especially since the gas travels upward and the levels upstairs where everyone was sleeping were much higher.

I have been told that in some communities there are public announcements to alert people to take the necessary precautions.

Yom Kippur Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The Yom Kippur Machzor (prayer book) translated into English and the variety of English expressions it incorporates, sometimes resembles a graceful bird of flight, an albatross, clumsily waddling along the ground or a ballerina in an astronaut's suit, on Jupiter! All the more amazing, then, is that there is one word, a key word, that the English language got right. Not just right, but exquisitely right. One could say, even better than the original. And that is "atonement". For this is certainly what Yom Kippur is about in its very essence: A day of "at one-ment."

The Torah speaks about Yom Kippur as a day "once in the year". Of course, that could simply mean it is a unique day, distinct from every other day in all regards. But in a deeper sense, at the core of Yom Kippur lies a theme of "onement" and our act of being there - at that “onement”.

No, you'll tell me, you’ve got it all wrong. "Atonement" is simply the translation of the Hebrew Kaparah -- any act that effects forgiveness, cleanses our soul of the stains it has acquired over the year and allows us and G-d to make up and get on with things. What has that to do with "oneness" or "onement"?

Everything.  First of all, because atonement achieves at-onement. When the inner soul of man below and the Essence of Being above, forgive and make up, they are at one, once again.

At-onement achieves atonement. But we must first arrive at “onement”.

The rest of the year we are not at “onement”. Why? Because of the way we see things.

Looks are deceiving. With our fleshly eyes we see ourselves as aliens living in a universe, harshly cold and silent to the drama of emotions and desires, agony and ecstasy, aspirations, failures and achievements that make us human beings. And we don’t see the true essential reality of the world.

But a deeper sense tells us that, deep within this reality and entirely transcendent of it is an essence that resonates with the stirring of our inner hearts. If we have a heart, a mind, a soul, must not the universe also have such? "The One who formed the ear, does He not hear?"

We call that Essence, "G-d." And so, we pray.

All year round we live apart from feeling this Essence. Yes, we have a conscience driving us not to fall out of harmony with it in a sort of pas de deux. We would rather do "this", but there is that other “voice” inside us which says and encourages that we should do "that", which might not be as 100% correct or kosher as ought to be. We fall out of sync.

But on Yom Kippur we embrace and become one with that Essence - within and beyond. And we say to one another, "The dance may be faulty, but the hearts are one and together." All is forgiven. At “onement”.

(Excerpts from   - by  Tzvi Freeman) 

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Yom Kippur!

Letter from Rabbi Werner

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seeking Teacher's Assistant

The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, Teacher's Assistant for Preschool for the new school year 2013-14.

Mon- Thurs. 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Must have own transportation.

Email resume with references to or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Teaching Positions Available at Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Cheder Chabad Boys School has 7th and 8th Grade ELA teaching positions available for the upcoming 5774 - 2013/14 school year.  Monday-Thursday 3:25-5:25.

Salaries based on qualifications and experience.

Please send resume and references to or fax to 845-290-9616.

Mazel Tov Shechters - Bris!

Mazel tov to Yehuda and Miriam Shechter on the birth of a baby boy!

The Bris will take place on the Sunday after Yom Kippur, September 15, at Ateres Rosh Simcha Hall, 16 Charllote Drive in Wesley Hills. Shacharis will be at  9:15 AM followed by the Bris.

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hashovas Aveida - Missing Hat

A Borsalino hat with multiple name labels was removed from the main Tzemach Tzedek hat rack during over Rosh Hashana.

Please return to Moshe Reitman at 917-301-5537.

Seeking Van Driver

Looking to hire a van to drive a group of kids to and from Tarrytown to Monsey daily for school.

Know someone? Please email us at

Yom Kippur & Sukkos Shiur for Women at Heichal Menachem

Tzitzis and Taleisim Sale Extended at The Sofer Center

Save 10% on all Tzitzis and Taleisim until Yom Kippur.

We have in stock both children and adult sizes in cotton and wool Tzitzis as well as the traditional (cotton or silk lining) Taleisim, and the new Keter nonslip lightweight Talis.

Office location: 25 Main St Second floor (right across the street from Rockland Kosher). Parking in the back.

Office hours:
Sunday 10am until 2:30 pm
Monday - Thursday 12pm until 7pm
Friday 10am until 3pm

There is no need to call prior to coming to schedule an appointment.

Credit Cards accepted.

For more information call 845-262-0246.

Frum Cycling Club Formed

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wesley Hills Cycling Club (or Wesley Wheelers as we will be called), please email


Please say tehillim for Shayna Chaya bas Rochel Leah for an immediate refuah shleima.

Local Chol HaMoed Concert

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

New DVD: Nigunim of the Rebbeim
Yom Kippur Machzorim - Large Selection
Children's Machzorim
Shulchan Aruch HaRav - Hebrew/English (Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur, Sukkos and Lulav)
Pinson: The Four Species - Halachic Guide and the Deeper Meaning of the Mitzvah
Boys'/Men's All Sizes: Tallis Katan/Tallis Gadol

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

Yom Kippur 5774 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Yom Kippur 5774 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek:

Friday, Erev Yom Kippur, 9 Tishrei  (September 13):
Kapparos in the early morning
Shacharis 1 (lekach after davening): 6:30 AM
Shacharis 2 (lekach after davening): 7:00 AM
Shacharis 3 (lekach after davening): 8:00 AM
Mincha (lekach after davening): 3:00 PM
Seudah HaMafsekes
Licht Bentching – Fast Begins: 6:52 PM
Kol Nidre: 7:00 PM

Shabbos Kodesh, Yom Kippur, 10 Tishrei  (September 14):
Shacharis: 9:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 12:15 PM
Mincha followed by Neila: 5:15 PM
Yom Kippur & Fast Ends: 7:50 PM

Best wishes for a
!גמר חתימה טובה

Monday, September 9, 2013

Seforim Missing from Tzemach Tzedek

If you have seforim, siddurim, etc. from Tzemach Tzedek in your possession,  please return them to the shul as soon as possible as people are would like to learn and daven from them!

Thank you.

Vov Tishrei Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen tonight, Tuesday, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan in honor of Vov Tishrei, the yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chana, the Rebbe's mother. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hosting a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva?

If you plan on hosting a Simchas Beis Hashoeiva this Sukkos and would like for it to be included in the community schedule please send the day, address and any other relevant information to news at before this Friday, Erev Yom Kippur. 

Keller Esrog Center Hours

Keller Esrog Center, located at 7 Earl Court, will be open every weeknight from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM until Sukkos. 

On Motzai Yom Kippur the hours are from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM. 

For more information, please call Efrayim Keller at 718-778-0804 or 845-362-1510.

R' Markowitz Esrogim Sale

As in the past, Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz will be providing a convenient service to the community by selling esrogim locally at reduced prices.

Esrogim can be purchased at his home, 24 Briarcliff Drive (downstairs entrance), after Rosh Hashana during the following times:
  • Sunday, Tzom Gedaliah, September 8: 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Monday through Thursday, September 9 - 12: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Sunday, September 15: 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Monday, September 16: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Or by appointment by calling 914-906-6878.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tzemach Tzedek Children's Groups Schedule for Tishrei

The following are the Tzemach Tzedek children's group times and policies for the upcoming Yomim Tovim:

Little Groups for Girls Ages 3-9 and Boys Ages 3-7
Rosh Hashana Day 1 & 2: 9:45 AM to 12:00 PM (shofar-blowing time)
Shabbos after Rosh Hashana: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Yom Kippur: No Groups
First Days of Sukkos:  10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Shabbos Chol HaMoed: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Note: These groups are held in the little Bais Midrash.  No men or bochurim should be in the room at these times. Parents must make a point of introducing themselves to the group leader before dropping
their children off.  Furthermore, parents must cooperate with the group policy if making sure your child stays at groups for the whole program.  Please reinforce this concept with your child and make sure he/she understands. This is for the safety of your children.

Big Groups for Girls Over the Age of Nine
Rosh Hashana Day 1 & 2: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (shofar-blowing time)
Shabbos after Rosh Hashana: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Yom Kippur: No Groups
First Days of Sukkos:  10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Shabbos Chol HaMoed: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Shemini Atzeres:  10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Simchas Torah:  No Groups

Note: These groups are held downstairs in the kiddush room.  No men or bochurim should be in the room at these times. Furthermore, if your children are prone to running hefker during zman tefilla, please instruct them not to play in and run through the kiddush room.   It is distruptive to the groups.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Updated Heichal Menachem Tishrei Schedule

Monsey Group by the Rebbe Before Rosh Hashana

Seeking Ride

If you know of anyone going from Crown Heights to Monsey on Wednesday, September 4th and has room for 2 people, please call Dini at 845-406-3960.

Help MBCM While Shopping for Yom Tov

Help Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka at no extra cost while shopping for Yom Tov.

Use MBCM dollars and the school receives 5% of the purchase.

MBCM "dollars" can be used at Rockland Kosher, Evergreen, and All Fresh.

Please email to order or go to

Monday, September 2, 2013

Mrs. Chana Levy Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Leah Block OBM of London, Ontario, the sister of Mrs. Chana Levy.

Mrs. Levy is sitting shiva in Crown Heights until Wednesday, Erev Rosh Hashana, when she will be sitting at her home in Monsey,  7 Cloverdale Lane, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Ride to / from Pittsburgh

Looking for a ride from Pittsburgh to Monsey on erev Rosh Hashanah and ride back to Pittsburgh after Rosh Hashanah. Please contact Chana Jacobs at 845-893-9975.

Seeking Hebrew School Teacher

Looking for a Hebrew School teacher on Sunday mornings in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Please email elke@jewishfairlawn.

Welcome Cohens!

Welcome to Chaim and Devorah Chaya Cohen on their move to our community (Edison Court)!