Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Asara B'Teves 5775 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the fast of Asara B’Teves which is this Thursday, January 1:

Davening Times:
Alos HaShachar – Fast Begins: 5:53 AM
Shacharis 1 (includes selichos): 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2 (includes selichos): 8:00 AM
Shacharis 3 (includes selichos): 9:00 AM
Mincha 1 (includes laining): 12:20 PM*
Mincha 2 (includes laining): 2:00 PM*
Mincha 3 (includes laining): 4:15 PM*
Maariv 1: 5:10 PM
Fast Ends: 5:15 PM
Maariv 2: 8:30 PM

Yarchei Kallah:
There will be Yarchei Kallah from 9:15 AM to 12:15 PM learning the sugya of Taanis (Gemorah Rosh Hashanah 18B).

*Please note that the time for Mincha is for Ashrei. Please allow several minutes for קרבנות.

On the 10th of Teves of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later - on Tammuz 9, 3338 - the city walls were breached, and on the 9th of Av of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Siyum HaRambam Melava Malka

CGI of Rockland Early Bird Discount

Camp Gan Israel of Rockland has opened registration and is offering Extended Early Bird rates until Jan 5th.

For more information, please contact camp director, Rabbi Simcha Morgenstern at 845-634-0951.

New Weekly In-Depth Chassidus Shiur with R' YY Jacobson

A new weekly Chassidus shiur given by Rabbi YY Jacobson will begin this week for all men who want to seriously learn and apply Chassidus.

The shiur will focus on the Maamar Basi Legani of 5715.

The in-depth text-based shirr will begin this Thursday, January 1, from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM at the home of Duddi Farkash,13 Golar Drive.

Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Message From Rabbi Lesches Regarding Shemitta

Since it is now a Shemitta year in Eretz Yisroel, and in this season there will be quite a few retailers selling produce from Israel (e.g. peppers, eggplants, cucumbers etc.), which may be problematic with the laws of שביעית, therefore, it is very strongly recommended to only buy produce that originates from other countries.

The same will be applicable to mandarins, clementines, oranges and lemons.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

R' Meir Zeiler & Siblings Sitting Shiva

R' Meir Zeiler (father of Mendel and Yitzchok Noach Zeiler), Solly Zeiler, and Vicki Davis will be sitting shiva for their sister at 18 Zabriksie Terrace on Monday and Tuesday.

Shacharis will be at 8:00 AM, Mincha at 4:00 PM and Maariv at 5:30 PM. 

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

MBCM Dinner Ad Deadline This Tuesday

The MBCM annual dinner will I"YH take place this Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas VaYechi, January 3, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

Comedian MODI will be entertaining. Take your spouse out for an evening you will surely enjoy while supporting one of our community's important educational mosdos.

For dinner reservations and to place an ad in the Dinner Journal, please go to before this Tuesday, December 30.

N'shei Bookstore Gift Certificates

The Sofer Center and N'shei Chabad Bookstore are happy to continue to redeem N'shei Chabad Bookstore Gift Certificates through Rosh Chodesh Shevat, January 21, 2015.

Please visit The Sofer Center at 25 Main Street (above Kohn's Fish) or call Rabbi Sholom Kass at 845-262-0246.

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Weekly Shiur by R' YY Jacobson Open to the Public

Each Sunday morning, Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will be giving a shuir for men and women of the broader Monsey community at 9:30 AM at the Or Chaim Shul, 18 Forshay Road.

The topics will include timely subjects, the parsha, holidays or general themes.

The shuir will be accompanied by a lavish breakfast and will follow minyanim for shacharis at 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. 

Hey Teves Sale at The Sofer Center

Blood Drive

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Anash Worldwide to Unite on Call for Hei Teves

Attorney Nat Lewin will join a global call for all anash in honor of Hei Teves with Rabbis Yossi Groner of North Carolina, Yoske Greenberg of Alaska, Chaim Shaul Brook of Lahak, and Manis Friedman of S. Paul, MN.

Thursday, Ohr L’daled Teves, Dec. 25, from 9:00 to 9:45 PM EST.

To join the call, dial (518) 530-1840, Meeting ID 246-134-752

Chassidim world-wide anticipate with great enthusiasm the Yom Tov of Hei Teves. Please join a Global Phone Farbrengen for all of Anash worldwide.

Hei Teves 5775 marks 30 years since the onset of the battle regarding the ownership of the priceless library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and the living legacy of Chabad.

Hei Teves is a treasured day amongst Chassidim as it celebrates the victory for the Rebbe and Chassidim. It highlights the idea that the Rebbe is not a private individual, rather a Rebbe belongs to his Chassidim. It also highlights the uniqueness and eternity of Dor Hashvii.

Thank you to the Vaad of Or Vechom Hahiskashrus for their assistance.

For more information, email

Avos U'Banim Times

Avos U'bonim for all elementary school boys (and fathers) is now back to the 6:30 to 7:30 PM schedule.

As always there will be raffles, treats and a chassidishe maaseh as well as a special raffle for those boys arriving within the first 5 minutes (6:30-6:35) of the program.

The program will end with ample time for the fathers to return for the special Melave Malka in honor of Hey Teves at Bais Menachem.

Considering the special Sichos Kodesh of the Rebbe to the children during the time period of the court case please make an extra effort to participate this week. IYH at the Avos U'bonim we will farbreng with the children as well about this special day!

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

King Solomon, the wisest of men, said there is a time to weep, which implies that there will be occasions when weeping is inappropriate. Though King Solomon's exact words were there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, obviously there are times when other responses are called for. Clearly, life is not simply about crying or laughing.

This week’s Torah portion of Vaigash (Berieshis [Genesis] 44:18-47:27 relates the story of Joseph's dramatic reunion with his brothers. Though he embraces them all, he reserves his deepest emotions for his only full brother, Benjamin. Joseph was separated from his brothers when Benjamin was a mere child, and Benjamin was the only one who was not involved in the plot against Joseph. Theirs was, therefore, an exceptional embrace:

And he (Joseph) fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and cried, and Benjamin cried on his neck (Genesis 45:14).

Rashi, quoting the Talmud, explains that for both brothers, their cries were, beyond the powerful feelings of the moment, nothing short of prophetic. Joseph wept over the two Temples of Jerusalem, destined for destruction, which were in the land apportioned to the tribe of Benjamin. And Benjamin cried over the Sanctuary at Shilo, located in the land apportioned to the tribe of Joseph, which would also be destroyed.

The question is why: are they each crying over the other's churban (destruction)? Why did they not cry over their own destructions?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that when it comes to someone else's problem, we may be able to help but we cannot solve other people's problems. Even good friends can only do so much. We can offer generous assistance, support and the best advice in the world, but the rest is up to him or her. No matter how strenuous our efforts, there can be no guarantee that they will be successful. As hard as we may try to help, the individual alone holds the key to sort out his or her own situation.

So, if we are convinced that we have done our absolute best for the other person and have still failed to bring about a satisfactory resolution, the only thing we can do is shed a tear. We can pray for them, we can be sympathetic. Beyond that, there is really nothing else we can do. When we have tried and failed, all we can do is cry.

But when it comes to our own problems and challenges, our own churban, there we dare not settle for a good cry. We cannot afford the luxury of giving up and weeping. If it is our problem, then it is our duty to confront it again and again until we make it right. For others we can cry; but for ourselves we must act.

The Jewish leaders after the Holocaust cried bitter tears for their fallen comrades, but for themselves they did not sit and weep. They set about the task of rebuilding -- and succeeded in the most inspiring, miraculous way.

When we have problems (and who doesn't?), so many of us simply moan and sigh and heave a good old-fashioned yiddishe krechtz (Jewish groan). How many times have we sighed, What can I do? And what does that leave us with? -- with the moaning and groaning and nothing else. In the words of the fifth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch, One good deed is worth more than a thousand sighs.

Leave the krechtzing for others. If it's your problem, confront it, deal with it, work at it. You'll be surprised by the results.

(Excerpts from  - by  Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Children Enjoy Educational and Uproarious Chanukah Rally

Boys and girls under bar and bas mitzvah age were treated to a fun-packed afternoon at a Chanukah Rally at Tzemach Tzedek on Monday, the 6th day of Chanukah, Rosh Chodesh Teves.

It was literally standing-room only as Dr. Schnitzel (aka Rabbi Michoel Goldin, Shliach from Teaneck, NJ) entertained the crowd of nearly 150 children and parents with his Wacky Science Show - a fun-filled and educational hour of exciting, interactive science experiments, highlighted by Dr. Schnitzel’s outrageous humor and quirky antics that kept smiles plastered on the faces of kids and adults alike.

Laughter and the sound of children shouting with glee and excitement filled the room as Dr. Shnitzel, with the help of audience volunteers, conducted a series of crowd-pleasing and educational experiments with a Chanukah twist, such as a multi-colored oil and water menorah, as well as a few don't-try-these-at-home-unless-you-want-mommy-to-hit-the-roof tricks like melting a styrofoam shaitel head with acetone (!) and creating flying toilet paper streamers!

Dr. Schnitzel delighted the crowd when he demonstrated the power of air velocity by launching giant flying "smoke" rings through the air with a special blower. The kids also learned about recycling and other valuable and practical concepts.

Of course the rally featured Torah, Tefilla and Tzedkah led by Dr. Schnitzel himself with the children saying and singing the 12 Pesukim, making brochas and giving tzedakah. Kids earned tickets throughout the afternoon for a raffle of four great prizes at the end of the rally.

Kids of every age had a blast and got fully into the action, and it was clear from the audience's reaction that parents had as much fun as their children.

"This was so entertaining," one mother commented. "I usually just drop my kids off at the rallies and pick up when it's over, but this one looked like so much fun. I had a great time and I'm so happy I stayed."

The event was organized by Tzemach Tzedek and Beis Menachem.

Thank you to those who generously helped sponsor the Chanukah rally:
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dan and Miriam Pine –  L’Ilyui Nishmas Rivka bas Chaim
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe and Tzipora Reitman – L’Ilyui Nishmas Mordechai ben Yehuda Ber
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mordechai and Malka Litzman -  L’Ilyui Nishmas Reuven ben Shmuel Yosef
  • Mr. & Mrs.  Yeruchem and Frayda Cohen –  L’Ilyui Nishmas Alter Dovid ben Aharon Leib

Making Aliya Sale

Ethan Allen Cherry Wood Armoire; 2 Cherry Wood Chests; Maple Bookcase; 60" Oak Desk; lateral file cabinets; laser printers; fax machine; office supplies; mini-fridge' folding bookcases; 9x12 oriental rug; rolling tea carts; 2 wing chairs; antique apothecary jars; 7 foot sofa; barrel chair; upholstered side chair; half-wing chair; assorted electrical items; potted plants and indoor trees; picture frames; telephone system; Pesach Ka'arah; Pesach trays; original oil paintings and other framed art; and much more!

Very reasonable prices; Open door sale thisSunday, January 4, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at 211A Kearsing Parkway (Blueberry Hill) or call 845-558-8249 for appointment. Proceeds to Tzedakah.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson Speaking This Shabbos for Hey Teves

Bais Menachem is pleased to announce that Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will speak in honor of Hey Teves this Shabbos Parshas Vayigash at the farbrengen following davening.

Men and women are invited.

For purposes of families planning their meals and guests, Rabbi Jacobson will speak from approximately 12:15 until 1:00 PM.

A children's program will run during that time upstairs for the benefit of all parents and to ensure a conducive environment for the farbrengen.

Davening at Beis Menachem begins at 9:30 AM at 360 Route 306.

All are warmly invited and encouraged to join!

Community Hey Teves Farbrengen Featuring R Avrohom Strenberg This Motzei Shabbos

Hey Teves Farbrengens This Friday Night & Shabbos Day

Save the Date - Grand Siyum HaRambam

Mark your calendar - A grand Siyum HaRambam is being planned in celebration of the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily and the 11th cycle of learning one chapter daily.

The Siyum will take place on the yahrzeit of the Rambam, Motzei Shabbos Parshas Shmos,  20 Teves 5775, January 10, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

The event will feature Jewish singing sensation Benny Friedman, live music, and  special guest speakers. A fully catered  Melave Malka will be served.

To reserve a seat, please email Suggested donation is $10.

Please call  718-759-8848  or 845-596-1784 if you would like to sponsor this event.

Current Sponsors:
  • Mark J. Nussbaum, Attorney at Law - 212-344-8000
  • Jada Construction  
  • R' Avraham Hayman in memory of his father  - Yishayahu ben Avraham Nissan
  • Steve Sklarz - the Sadkhin Complex - Safe & Effective Weight Loss - 845-213-1036
This event is a project of Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona & NCFJE.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for 1 girl on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning from Monsey to Crown Heights.

If you have room or know of someone, please contact Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Bongart Bris

Shlomo and Sara Esther Bongart will be making a Bris for their newborn son this Wednesday morning, 2 Teves, at 10:30 AM at Tzemach Tzedek.

There will be a Shacharis minyan at 9:30 AM.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chanukah Avos U'Banim - Time Change

This Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Mikeitz, Shabbos Chanukah, Avos U'bonim will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM to allow for Hadlokas Ner Chanukah with the family.

Special Chanukah treats will be given out.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Torah portion of Miketz (Bereishis [Genesis] 41:1-44:17), recounts the dramatic episode of Joseph and his brothers. The young boy sold into slavery has since catapulted to prominence and is now viceroy of Egypt. The brothers come down from Canaan seeking sustenance during a famine. They encounter the viceroy face to face but do not realize that it is their own long lost brother.

"And Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him" (Genesis 42:8). Rashi explains that when they had last seen each other the brothers, being older, were mature and bearded while Joseph was still young and without a beard. Thus, it was easier for him to recognize them than vice versa.

Applying a more homiletic interpretation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe understands the brothers' lack of recognition not on the facial level but on the spiritual. The brothers were shepherds. It suited their spiritual lifestyle to be alone in the meadows, surrounded by nature and unchallenged by a society that might be hostile to their beliefs. The sheep they tended to didn't give them a hard time on religious issues. That Joseph could remain a devoted son of Jacob, faithful to his father's way of life while working in the hub of the mightiest superpower on earth was totally beyond their comprehension. They could not fathom or recognize such a thing.

All Jacob's sons were righteous men. But Joseph was the greatest. He is known as Yosef HaTzadik, Joseph the Righteous. Because it is one thing to be righteous in the fields and the forests. It is another to be righteous among men; especially men and women steeped in moral depravity, as were the Egyptians.

The viceroy of Egypt then would be roughly equivalent to the President of the United States, or at least the Secretary of State, today. Imagine that the person holding such high office is a committed, practicing Jew. He is successful in the fulfillment of his governmental duties, brings stature to the position, while at the very same time living the life of a devout Jew. Quite mind-boggling, but Joseph achieved it. And it was in this spirit that he raised his children, Ephraim and Menashe.

That's why Joseph is an important role model for our generation. Most of us find ourselves in a socially integrated society. We mix in many different circles. We live in a wall-less, even wireless community. Will we maintain our Jewishness with dignity and integrity despite the challenges thrust upon us by a wide open society? This is the question that Joseph answers. It may not be easy but it can be done. And not only to maintain our own proper level of morality and decency, but to inspire others by our example.

This links with the theme of Chanukah, which we are celebrating this week. The Talmud tells us that the Chanukah lights should be lit "at the entrance to one's house, on the outside." The Chanukah lights are intended to light up the darkness "outside." Inside, the home is holy. "Outside" suggests the opposite. In a spiritual way, the Chanukah lights transform the outside and illuminate it. We do this through their constant increase: one light the first night, two the second, and so on. This also expresses the power of the individual Jew to illuminate the world, through his or her own personal advance and example, step by step. Then, ultimately, the darkness itself will shine.

(Excerpts from and Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Mazel Tov Osinskys - Kiddush This Shabbos!

Mazel tov to Ronen and Ilanit Osinsky on the birth of a baby girl!

The Osinsky family is sponsoring a hot kiddush in honor of the baby along with a special Chanukah treat for the kids at  Anash of Airmont this Shabbos.

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

Mazel Tov Bongarts - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Shlomo and Sara Esther Bongart on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 3 Regina Road in South Monsey.

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

R' Dov Oliver Receives Award from Town of Ramapo

Rabbi Dov Oliver, director of the Center for Jewish Life / Hillel at RCC, receives an award from Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence on behalf of the Town of Ramapo for his contributions to the Rockland Jewish community at its annual Jewish Heritage Night.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Early Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek This Friday

Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek for this Friday, December 19, will take place at 3:25 PM so that people can daven Mincha and go home to light the Menorah.

Tehillim Program for Boys This Shabbos

This Shabbos, Shabbos Mevorchim Teves, there will be a special Tehillim program for boys in grades 1 through 8 at 9:00 AM at Tzemech Tzedek.

A special treat will be served to all participants.

Cheder Chabad Girls Annual Melava Malka for Grades 3 - 8

On מוצאי שבת, כ"א כסלו the girls at Cheder Chabad had a מלוה מלכה. The theme for the מלוה מלכה was מעט אור דוחה ארבע חושך.

We played games connected to the theme and heard a דבר תורה from a 7th grader, Shterny Scheaffer.

Mrs. Leah Rubashkin, our guest speaker, shared with us the importance of having a מלוה מלכה and of course as is customary said a story of the בעש"ט. The מלוה מלכה was enjoyed by all.

A special thank you to our 8th graders who worked hard to prepare, set up and run the event.

Yud Tes Kislev at Cheder Chabad Girls and Preschool

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mrs. Fraida Cohen to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mrs. Fraida Cohen's father, Alter Dovid ben Aharon Leib, Mr. Arthur Tauber of Lakewood, NJ.

The levaya will take place this morning, Wednesday, in Lakewood and the kevurah will be at the Cedar Park Cemetary in Paramus, NJ this afternoon at approximately 1:15 PM.

Beginning tomorrow evening, Fraida Cohen will be sitting shiva in at her home, 5 Crestview Terrace in Monsey.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Torah & Tea Time Change

A special Chanukah edition of Torah & Tea, given by Mrs. Esti Jacobson, will take place tomorrow, Wednesday mornings at 11:30 AM (due to the Chanukah party at Cheder girls) at the Jacobson home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive (off Grandview Avenue in Forshay) in Monsey.

Come and bring a friend!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Kosher Ski Day

Celebrating Siyum HaRambam Last Night at Tzemach Tzedek

Important Details About the Menorah Parade Tomorrow Night

The greater Monsey community Menorah Parade, organized by the Shluchim to Yeshiva Lubavitch of Monsey, will take place tomorrow evening, on the first night of Chanukah, Tuesday, December 16.

Parade line-up will take place at 6:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive.

All vehicles must enter through Crestview Terrace. There will be no entrance to Langeries Drive.

The parade is scheduled to depart at 6:30 PM sharp so please arrive before 6:00 PM so the parade can depart promptly.

At the end of the parade route, at approximately 7:30 PM, there will be a Grand Menorah Lighting with refreshments and music in the parking lot of the Spring Valley Marketplace!

As required by the Police Department, as a courtesy to Tzemach Tzedek's neighbors, and to ensure that the event is organized, please follow these guidelines so that this parade is a true Kiddush HaShem & Kiddush Lubavitch:
  • All vehicles should enter through Crestview Terrace only (please do NOT try to turn into Langeries Drive).
  • During line-up, please make sure that your car is pulled over to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass through.
  • During line-up, please do not block any driveways or side streets.
  • To help identify your vehicle as a parade participant, please keep your 4-way flashers (hazards) on for line-up and for the entire duration of the parade.
  • There will be a special emphasis on continuing the light of the parade, by taking the entire family on Mivtzoim. We will therefore be providing Menorah kits and guides to take on mivtzoim. Locations for Mivtzoim: Marshalls, Ac More/ Pathmark, New Stop & Shop, Walmart/ Shoprite. 
Parade Route:
  • From Langeries Drive turn left onto Route 306 (go 1.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto West Maple Avenue (go 1.8 miles);
  • Turn left onto Viola Road (go 0.2 miles);
  • Turn right onto Forshay Road (go 0.9 miles);
  • Turn right onto Grandview Avenue (go 1.5 miles);
  • Turn left onto New Hempstead Road (go 3.5 miles);
  • Turn right onto South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 1.0 miles);
  • Turn left to stay on South Main Street/ Old Route 304 (go 0.0 miles);
  • Turn right onto Route 304 (go 2.6 miles);
  • Take ramp onto Route 59;
  • Turn right onto Route 59 (go 1.4 miles);
  • Turn right onto New Clarkstown Road (go 0.1 miles);
  • Turn right onto Spring Valley Market Place (go 0.3 miles);
  • Drive to Target parking lot;

Chanukah Sale at The Sofer Center

In honor of Chanukah, The Sofer Center is discounting the following books*:

Children's Books:
- Five Alive
- Chanukah Story for Night Number Three
- Chanukah Guess Who
- A Touch of Chanukah
- The Macabees and Me
- Eight Chanukah Tales 
- Yossi the Dreamer 

Other Books:
- Vedibarta Bam Chanuka 
- Victory of Light - Mitzvas Ner Chanukah 5738 (CHS) 
- Eight Lights 8 Meditations for Chanukah 
- Shaarei Hamoadim Chanukah
- LeHodos ULehallel 

*While supplies lasts.

For more Information contact Rabbi Kass at 845-262-0246  or visit

We are conveniently located at 25 Main Street in Monsey directly across from Rockland Kosher.

Enjoy An Evening of Laughter While Supporting MBCM

Friday, December 12, 2014

Siyum HaRambam This Sunday Night

This Sunday night, 22 Kislev, December 14, following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek we will be celebrating the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily as well as the daily mitzvos with a Siyum HaRambam and farbrengen.

This year’s siyum is also aligned with the siyum of the 11th cycle for those who learn one chapter of Rambam each day.

We all know how much the Rebbe encouraged the learning of the daily portion of Rambam Therefore, the whole community is invited and urged to attend this very special multiple Siyum HaRambam and farbrengen.

Whether or not you are currently in any of the Rambam learning programs, please participate in this event and give kovod to the Rambam and to the Rebbe.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for 1 girl on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday.  

If you have room, please contact Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mazel Tov Roths & Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Miriam Roth on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz!

Avos U'Banim Time Change

There has been a wonderful turnout of fathers learning with their sons coming to Avos U'Banim the past few weeks. 

This motzei Shabbos the program will be from 6:45 to 7:45 PM. 

To encourage everyone to  come on time there will be a special raffle for all those boys who arrive within the first five minutes (from 6:45-6:50)!

So make sure to come with your fathers but be there on time and be part of this special raffle!

Free Business Listing in the Monsey Anash Directory

As we prepare to go to press with the Monsey Anash Directory I want to give a final opportunity for those with a business to list their business name, address and phone number in our Goods and Services Section.

There will be absolutely no charge to place this listing and it is an excellent way for potential customers or clients to look you up.

Your listing can be sent to Chaim Schild at and will be accepted through next Friday, December 19th.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Would you think that “How are you today?” can be a religious question? And that it plays an important role in a major Biblical narrative?

In this week’s Torah reading Vayeishev (Bereishis [Genesis] 37:1-40:23) we read the dramatic story of Joseph - the technicolor dream coat, the sibling rivalry in Jacob’s family, and Joseph’s descent to Egypt, sold into slavery. After being framed by his master’s wife for scorning her attempts at seduction, young Joseph finds himself incarcerated in an Egyptian jail. There he meets the Pharaoh’s butler and baker, and correctly interprets their respective dreams. Later, when Pharaoh himself will be perturbed by his own dreams, the butler will remember Joseph, and Joseph will be brought from the dungeon to the royal court. His dream analysis will satisfy the monarch, and the young Hebrew slave boy will be catapulted to prominence and named viceroy of Egypt.

How did Joseph’s salvation begin? It began with the imprisoned Joseph noticing that the butler and baker were looking somewhat depressed. “And Joseph came to them in the morning and he saw them, and behold, they were troubled. He asked Pharaoh’s officials  ‘Why do you look so bad today?’” (Genesis 40:6-7). They tell him about their disturbing dreams, he interprets the dreams correctly, and the rest is history.

But why did Joseph have to ask them anything at all? Why was it so strange to see people in prison looking sad? Surely depression is quite the norm in dungeons. Wouldn’t we expect most people in jail to look miserable?

According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the answer is that Joseph was exhibiting a higher sense of care and concern for his fellow human beings. Torn away from his father and home life, imprisoned in a foreign land, he could have been forgiven for wallowing in his own miseries. Yet, upon seeing his fellow prisoners looking particularly unsettled, he was sensitive enough to take the time to inquire about their well-being. In the end, not only did he help them, but his own salvation came about through that fateful encounter. Had he thought to himself, “Hey, I’ve got my own problems, why worry about them?” he might have languished in prison indefinitely.

Sometimes, says the Rebbe, a simple “how are you today?” can prove historic.

It’s a lesson to all of us to be a little friendlier. To greet people, perhaps even to smile more often.

When we meet someone we know and ask, “Hey, how are you doing?” do we wait for the answer? Try this experiment. Next time you are asked how you are doing, answer “Lousy!” See if the other person is listening and responds, or just carries on his merry way, oblivious to your response.

Aside from Joseph’s many outstanding qualities which we ought to try and emulate, in this rather simple passage Joseph reminds us to be genuinely interested in other people’s well-being. And that it should not be beneath our dignity, nor should we be inhibited, to make an honest and sincere inquiry as to their condition.

This forthcoming week begins the beautiful holiday of Chanukah, beginning this Tuesday eve (December 16, 2014). The Chanukah lights lend particular emphasis to this teaching. Every night of Chanukah a new light must be added, for one’s Mitzvah observance should always be in ascendancy. What may have been adequate for yesterday needs additional input and light for today! Preferably one should not observe the Mitzvah today with the same devotion as yesterday; he must increase his commitment and involvement.

Let us indeed strive to improve and enhance our interpersonal relationships. Who knows? It may not only change others' lives, but perhaps even our own!

(Excerpts from and Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Amazon Smiles and Cheder Chabad of Monsey

As you may already know, Amazon offers charitable organizations a way to earn 0.5% of all your purchases every time you place an order through Amazon Smile.  It is a very simple and hassle free way to support the Cheder at no cost to you.

And to make sure that it’s as easy as possible, we placed the link on the Cheder's website.

Or, you can click here.

While not every item on Amazon qualifies, there are over tens of millions of products that do. You will see the eligible products marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile donation" on their product detail pages.

So shop happy and please remember the Cheder every time you do. Thank you!

Thank You for Helping the Cheder Raise More than 100K

Dear Parents, Anash and Friends of Cheder Chabad,

We have reached the eve of the great and auspicious Yom Tov of Yat Kislev and the official conclusion of the Hayman Family Matching Challenge in support of Cheder Chabad. The Hayman family generously sponsored this fund raising project in the zchus of Mrs. Leah Hayman, obm, in recognition of her first Yahrzeit.

Thanks to all of you who contributed so generously, we have raised over $100,000 for our Cheder’s operating budget. The funds will be used to help us pay our hard working rebbes, moros, teachers and staff who give their all every day for the sake of our children.

Again, my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed at any level and a special thanks to our talented Cheder 8th grade girls and MBCM students who gave of their time to help us make this solicitation a complete success.

Good Yom Tov. Lishana Tovah B’Limud HaChasidus u V’Darchei HaChasidus Tikasavu V’Techatemu.

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Board of Directors

Seeking Ride

Reuven Pollock is looking for a ride to Crown Heights for the Levilev Chasana on Thursday night, any time after 4:45 PM.

Please call 914-522-0169.

Will provide minimum of one hour of entertainment and contributions towards gas and tolls.

Community Menorah Parade

Save the date. The annual Monsey Chabad community Chanukah Menorah Parade will take place on the first night of Chanukah, this Tuesday, December 16.

To hekp us orgnize the parade, please register your vehicle in the form below.

If you need any assistance with mounting your menorah, please contact the shluchim at

Line up will take place at Tzemach Tzedek at 6:00 PM. The parade will concluse with a grand menorah lighting at the Spring Valley Marketplace at 7:30 PM.

8th Day Chanukah Concert Almost One Week Away

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Osteopath Accepting Appointments in Monsey

Rabbi Shea Hecht to Farbreng for Yud Tes Kislev

Rabbi Shea Hecht will be farbrenging on Thursday night at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Tes Kislev.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Both men and women are encouraged to join.

Rabbi Shea Hecht, renowned cult deprogrammer and author of “Confessions of a Jewish Cultbuster”, hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics which have appeared in national publications, director of NCFJE and has become a major figure in the field of marriage and family counseling, hosts an all-new live relationship call-in show on Arutz Sheva- Israel National Radio. Rabbi Hecht is also Dean at Hadar Hatorah for College Youth and lectures at the Ivy League Torah Study Program.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monsey Chassidim Gather to Celebrate Yud Tes Kislev

Yud Tes Kislev has been celebrated for years by Chassidim of all circles marking the release from prison of the Alter Rebbe and the Yom Helula of the Maggid of Mezritch.

The Rockland County community celebrated with a massive farbrengen this past Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Vayishlach, organized by Heichal Menachem of Monsey. The Melava Malka was attended by local Rabbonim and drew a diverse crowd of close to one thousand people, representing the entire spectrum of Chassidim, all in their thirst and yearning for Chassidus.

The program was organized by Heichal Menachem's director, R' Dovid Oberlander, son of Rabbi Gedalia Oberlander, and was chaired by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz, Menahel Yeshiva of Morristown.

The evening was graced by dignitaries from as far away as Eretz HaKodesh, RavYosef Tzvi Segal, Rosh HaKollel Tzemach Tzedek, who was introduced by his talmid, the local Rav of the Monsey Lubavitch community, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches;  Rabbi Nachmun Yosef Tewrsky, Maggid Shiur Mesivta Oholei Torah and noted Mechanech; as well as the renowned editor in chief of Chassidus M'vueres, Rabbi Leibel Altein, each spoke passionately about the power of Chassidus and its influence in Avodas Hashem.

As in the past, hundreds flocked to buy Chassidishe seforim, especially those of the Alter Rebbe, drastically reduced for this unique occasion. All those in attendance received a tshura printed especially for this event, explaining the basics of Chassidus, written by the Chozer RebYoel Kahan (originally for The Yiddishe Heim).

Throughout the evening the masterful musician Yossi Cohen and The Kapelleenhanced the evening with a variety of Chassidishe niggunim. The inspiration was palpable and lingered on as the evening concluded in spontaneous dance.

Seeking Teacher's Assistant

The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking a Teacher's Assistant immediately for Elementary grades for Mon-Thurs from 9:30 am - 12:10 pm

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

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at BMML of Pomona

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen this Thursday night, December 12, at 9:00 PM at Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona.  

A full seudah will be served. 

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Chabad of South Monsey

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen at Chabad of South Monsey, 36 Park Avenue, this Wednesday night, December 10, at 9:00 PM. 

Rabbi Lesches will be farbrenging.  

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen this Thursday night, December 12, at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Comedian MODI to Perform at MBCM Dinner

World renowned comedian MODI will be performing at the upcoming Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka Dinner. The dinner promises to be an evening that you will surely enjoy! Reserve your seats today.

Voted one of the top 10 comedians in New York City, MODI is one of the comedy circuit’s most sought after performers. Featured on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC.Comedy Central, and E! Entertainment, MODI has received rave reviews in the New York Times, Time Out NY and the New York Post.

Born in Israel, MODI moved to the United States when he was seven. After college, MODI worked as an investment banker and had no plans to become a stand up comedian. But one open mic changed everything.

MODI has appeared in several feature films and played leading roles in two: Waiting for Woody Allen, which won the LA Film Festival, and Stand Up, a feature-length film. According to Variety, MODI delivers a “naturally funny performance with a tremendous amount of energy on screen.”

MODI is a regular performer at the New York and Los Angeles comedy clubs and headlines around the country.  He has also gone on tour in the United Kingdom, Holland and Israel and performs in comedy festivals and special venues, including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The MBCM annual dinner will I"YH take place on Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas VaYechi, January 3, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

For dinner reservations and to place an ad in the Dinner Journal, please click here.

Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

N'shei Chabad Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mazel Tov Shandlings!

Mazel tov to R' Yosef and Dina Shandling on the birth of a granddaughter born to Kaila and Mendel Feldman of Crown Heights!

Mazel Tov Cheins - Shalom Zachor Tonight!

Mazel tov to Aroni and Esty Chein on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Chein home, 5 Auburn Court in Monsey.

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Seeking Mashgiach / Kitchen Worker

Seeking Kitchen Worker / Mashgiach for position in North Jersey. 

Full time position six days a week. 

Great opportunity to learn and grow in food industry.  

Please call or text 718-610-9715.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Which is the greater test of faith, affluence or poverty? Is it harder to be a good Jew when you're rich or when you're poor, when you're successful or when you're struggling? No doubt, we would all much rather accept upon ourselves the test of affluence, wouldn't we? But let's not be subjective about it. Let us rather take an objective historical approach.

This forthcoming week, Thursday, is the 19th of Kislev (Dec 11), on the Jewish calendar. In 1798, on the 19th day of Kislev, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Chassidism, was miraculously released from incarceration in S. Petersburg, on trumped up charges of anti-government activity.

There is a story about Rabbi Schneur Zalman, which happened immediately after this miraculous event. Back in the early 19th century, Napoleon was conquering Europe and promising liberty and equality for all. When he squared up against Russia, many Jewish leaders sided with him, hoping he would finally bring an end to Czarist persecution and enable Russian Jewry to enjoy full civil rights. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad, thought differently. He actively opposed Napoleon and even had his Chassidim assist in intelligence gathering for the Russian army.

When his colleagues challenged him and questioned his apparent lack of concern for the well-being of his own people, he argued that while Napoleon might be good for the Jews materially, his victory would result in spiritual disaster. History proved him correct. Without the Little Emperor, Russian Jews remained staunchly Jewish, while French Jewry virtually vanished. How many Jewish Rothschilds are left in the world? G‑d knows we could have used them. Most of French Jewry today hails from North Africa. The originals are few and far between.

There is a fascinating Midrashic interpretation in this week’s Torah portion Vayishlach (Bereishis [Genesis] 32:4-36:43), about the dramatic encounter between Jacob and Esau. The Torah says, "And Esau ran towards him (Jacob) and embraced him… and he kissed him." The Hebrew word for "and he kissed him" is vayishakayhu. In the Torah, this word is written with a line of dots above it. Says the Midrash Yalkut Shimoni: these dots are there to indicate that the word should be read it differently; not vayishakayhu, he kissed him, but rather vayishachayhu, he bit him!

How can we understand a Midrash which seems to change the entire meaning of the word? A kiss is an expression of love and a bite is the opposite! Says the Sfat Emet (Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter, 1847-1905, the second Rebbe of the Chassidic dynasty of Ger), "When Esau kisses (materialism) , Jacob is bitten (spirituality)!"

The American experience confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that freedom, democracy and equal rights, while a wonderful blessing for Jews for which we should be eternally grateful, also present a profound challenge to our Jewish identity and way of life. In the melting pot of the United States, Jews have integrated so successfully that they are virtually disappearing! Success and affluence are wonderful gifts of opportunity, but we don't seem to be passing the test of faith with flying colors.

May we never again face the test of poverty or persecution. Please G‑d, we should be proud and knowledgeable Jews, successfully meeting the spiritual challenges of the good life.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Thursday around 4/5 PM and/or Monsey to Crown Heights on Friday at 7/8 AM.

Please call 845-826-0378.

Monsey Job Fair Today

Mazel Tov Weisses!

Mazel tov to Shloimi and Bella Weiss on the birth of a baby boy!

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 this form or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

RCCS Meeting for Women This Sunday Night

Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society will be having a meeting for women this Sunday night, December 7, at 8:00 PM at the home of Karen Schild, 27 Fessler Frive, to help raise money for health insurance.

Unfortunately, this past year there has been a 30% increase in Monsey patients alone.

We hope to see you on Sunday night to help support this very worthy cause.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chanukah Concert Tickets Selling Fast - Get Yours Today

MBCM Announces Honorees for Upcoming Dinner

Monsey Bis Chaya Mushka is proud to announce that Mr. Chaim and Mrs. Chana Gray will be receiving the Avodas Hakodesh (Community Service) Award and Rabbi Pinchos Dovid and Mrs. Esther Weber will be receiving the Parents of the Year Award at the upcoming MBCM dinner!

The MBCM annual dinner will I"YH take place on Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas VaYechi, January 3, 2015 at The Atrium, 401 West Route 59 in Monsey.

For dinner reservations and to place an ad in the Dinner Journal, please click here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Rebbe on Tes & Yud Kislev

From the Rebbe’s Farbrengen Shabbos Yud Kislev 5711:

In a letter, my saintly father-in-law, the previous Rebbe, explains the importance of observing the Yahrzeit of a Tzaddik with learning and Farbrengens. He tells of the Yahrzeit of the Mitteler Rebbe on Tes Kislev, when the Rebbe Rashab said a Ma’amar and then said that the learning and Farbrengen we do on a Yahrzeit is a Pidyon Nefesh we give the departed.

It is easy to assume that if it were possible to see the Mitteler Rebbe now and give him a Pidyon Nefesh, everyone would rush to do so. In addition, it is indeed possible to do that on this Yahrzeit, at this Farbrengen, as well as by studying the teachings of the Rebbe.

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka This Motzei Shabbos

Friday, November 28, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Philosophers have long struggled with the great question of our freedom of choice on the one hand, and our belief in a higher destiny on the other. Is life determined by fate, or do we enjoy genuine freedom?

Generally, Judaism would seem to subscribe to a personal freedom in matters of morality, faith and the ethical choices we make in life. But when it comes to things like life and death, and even health and wealth, much as we would like to think we are in the driver’s seat, we do seem to be subject to forces beyond our control. Where we live, how long we will live, how comfortably we will live—these are all in G‑d’s hands. Where we can and must choose is what kind of life we will lead. Whether it will be a G‑dly, righteous, upstanding, decent and honest life—this is up to us, and us alone. G‑d steps back to grant us the freedom to determine how good, how kind and how Jewish we will, or will not, be.

In this week’s Torah portion of Vayeitzei (Bereishis [Genesis] 28:10-32:3), we read a passage  And Jacob lifted his feet and went on his way (Genesis 29:1). This verse tells of Jacob’s journey in his escape from the wrath of Esau. He was en route to Haran, where he would eventually establish his family and lay the foundations for the Jewish people. But why the curious language, “And Jacob lifted his feet”? Does the Torah really need to tell us that in order to move, we have to first lift our feet? Was he stuck in a swamp or something?

So many of us look at our circumstances and shrug our shoulders, “Nu, what can you do?” If we were born into poverty or raised in a less-than-privileged environment, we resign ourselves to being doomed to failure. So many people have told me that they were part of the “lost generation” of Jews who had no Jewish education or upbringing. Their immigrant parents were so busy surviving in a new world that they had no time or headspace to raise their children with the Jewish value system they themselves had back in Europe. Tragically, these individuals felt that, Jewishly, they were lost forever.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom) tells the story of how, as a young philosophy student at Cambridge, he traveled the world visiting great leaders. When he came to see the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe asked him what he was doing for the Jewish students at Cambridge. He began by saying, “In the circumstances I currently find myself . . .” whereupon the Rebbe interrupted him and said, “No one ‘finds himself’ in circumstances. We create our own circumstances.”

Of course, there are times when we will find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control; but throughout life, we will find ample scope and opportunities to improve our own circumstances. G‑d gives each of us our own unique qualities, talents and potential, and it is up to us to use and develop these gifts. Life is full of inspiring examples of individuals who have overcome disabilities and disadvantages of one kind or another. In the Jewish world, many have risen to prominence from the humblest beginnings. The Torah is the birthright of every Jew. We just have to go out and claim it.

The words of our Parsha are quite deliberate and well-chosen after all. “Jacob lifted his feet and went on his way.” Some people follow their feet wherever they will take them. No matter the direction, they simply coast along, allowing their feet to lead them.

Not so Jacob. He was master of his feet and master of his circumstances. He set his feet on the right road, and became master of his destiny.

May we all be inspired to lift ourselves beyond our circumstances and move on and up in our lives.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tes & Yud Kislev Farbrengen This Tuesday Night After 8:30 Maariv

There will be a farbrengen this Tuesday night, December 2, following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Tes and Yud Kislev.

Tes Kislev is both the birthday and day of passing of the Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of the Alter Rebbe and the second Lubavitcher Rebbe.

The Mitteler Rebbe was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teaching were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by the Alter Rebbe.

Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Yud Tes Kislev of the previous year.

Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated.

The Mitteler Rebbe passed away on his 54th birthday in 1827, a day before the first anniversary of his liberation.

The date of his release, Kislev 10, is celebrated amongst Chabad Chassidim as a festival of liberation. Tachnun is omitted, farbrengens are held, and the Mitteler Rebbe’s teachings are studied.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Moshiach & Geulah Shiur Participants Make Siyum

The participants of the weekly Moshiach & Geulah shiur, held on Tuesday nights from 8:15 to 9:15 PM at the Messing home, made a siyum on the sefer “HaTekufa V’HaGeulah”.

The shiur is open to all. Tzaddok Leib HaKohen and family provide the welcoming atmosphere and light refreshments to accompany Rabby Landa’s clear presentation. The picture below was taken this past Tuesday night before all the attendees arrived.

We sometimes daven Maariv after the Shiur when there is a minyan of people. Rabbi Mendy Landa, the Menahel of the Monsey Mesifta, gives the shiur with great enthusiasm.