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!