Thursday, February 28, 2013

Machane Bnos Monsey Early Bird Specials

Machane Bnos Monsey is proud to open registration and announce our now location for this summer's day camp.

We will be located at Hempstead Elementary School on the corner of Brick Church Road & Union Road. With a 7.5 acre campus, full playground, and central location we look forward to an unforgettable summer filled with ruchniyus and gashmiyus!

Earlybird specials include $75.00 off of kiddie camp and $125.00 off of regular division if registration is completed before Pesach. We will be announcing our amazing staff shortly. Please check out our new website at www.mbmonsey.com for staff updates, pictures and online enrollment.


Kosher Ski Day


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Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A fellow wanders into an expensive gift store seeking the "perfect" gift for his mother-in-law. Perfect, as in the most impressive for the cheapest price. As he checks out the selection he can't help but overhear the boss berating a new employee who'd just smashed an extremely expensive china vase.

He approaches the owner and negotiates a very reasonable price to have the broken pieces gathered, packaged and delivered to the birthday party, with specific instructions that the klutzy employee accidentally drop the gift at the front door.

The big day arrives. So does the deliveryman. Our hero's plan executes flawlessly. Sympathy all round and assurances that "don't worry, darling, it's the thought that counts."

All would have ended perfectly if some nudnik hadn't decided to open the package to examine what the gift had looked like... You wouldn't want to be in our friend's shoes when his shvigger (Yiddish for M.I.L.) saw that the stupid worker had lovingly gift-wrapped each individual shard separately.

In this weeks Torah portion KI Sisa (Shmos [Exodus] 30:11-34:35) Moses comes down the mountain to be confronted by a shocking and perverse scene. Barely a month had passed since G-d declaimed the 10 Commandments; while the very echoes of the Sinaic revelation still reverberated around the world, a number of the Jews had rebelled and built an idol, the Golden Calf.

In a display of supreme displeasure Moses smashes the two luchos (tablets), punishes those who had sinned, and then heads right back up the mountain to beseech G-d's mercy. Eighty days later (on the day later to be known as Yom Kippur), G-d agrees to grant His nation a second chance and symbolizes this by allowing Moses to carve out a second set of tablets.

The two sets of tablets, the broken ones and their replacements, are stored together in perpetuity in the Ark of the Covenant.

But why keep the broken pieces? In what way do they differ from the gift-wrapped public-relation disaster in the above story? Aren't they just a symbol of our crime and punishment? Why stockpile a souvenir of the depravity to which the Jews sank?

Someone who has never struggled, never experienced disappointments, can never truly connect with G-d or His Torah. Self-grandeur and aggrandizement preclude one from approaching the Divine. The scars that the world has inflicted upon us, the vestiges of battles fought and temptations overcome, are the entry fees to the Kingdom of G-d.

Receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai was an unparalleled ecstatic experience. The sense of accomplishment of being personally selected for divine revelation must have been universally felt. How then could the Jews refrain from feelings of smug self-satisfaction?

By exhibiting the broken shards of the luchot we were constantly being reminded of our imperfect past and blemished record. Displaying the evidence of our sins, and the subsequent constant mood of regret, engendered a community-wide inspiration to reunite with G-d, and determination to avoid future pitfalls, thus guaranteeing our right to not just receive but to live with G-d and his Torah.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Prize for Every Child at Final Avos U'Banim

In addition to delicious hot pizza and a raffle ticket for amazing prizes, every child who attends the final Avos U'Banim of the year this Motzai Shabbos will receive a prize!

Cheder Wine & Matzah Sale

Visit www.chedermonsey.org/winematzah to place your order.

Daily Mincha Minyan Time Change

Beginning this Sunday, 21 Adar, March 3 (until after the clock is changed the following week), the daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 5:30 PM.

Matzah Baking This Sunday

Reb Shimon Kroll is organizing a group for baking matzah at the Crown Heights Matzah Bakery for this Sunday, 21 Adar, March 3.

If you would like to join the group, please contact Shimon at 914-419-5436.

Mordechai HaTzadik Visits Cheder Chabad & MBCM

Mordechai HaTzadik came all the way from Shushan to visit the boys and girls in Cheder Chabad to emphasize the mitzvah of Matanot LaEvyonim, giving Tzedaka to two poor people.

Each student was able to participate in the mitzvah and received a treat as well.

Mordechai also visited the girls of MBCM to wish them a freilechin Purim.

A special yasher koach to Mr. Bloch, pictured in the background, for hosting Mordechai HaTzadik for Purim once again.