Monday, March 31, 2014

Kesser Distributors Pesach Specials

Buy by the case and save!

Kesser Distributors is now offering the following Pesach specials:
  • Chicken Leg Quarters: Only $2.29 per pound 
  • Minute Roast: Only $7.99 per pound 
  • Brisket: Only $9.49 per pound 
  • Salmon with Bone: Only $2.99 per pound 
  • Salmon Fillet: Only $5.99 per pound 

Our meat is high premium American beef.

2% of all profits go to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

To order, please go to kesserdistributors.com or contact Chaim Holtzberg at yourkesser@gmail.com or 914-729-0838.


Beis Nissan Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem



Beis Nissan Farbrengen Wednesday Night

There wil be a farbrengen foollowing the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek this Wednesday night, April 2, in honor of Beis Nissan.

The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab"), was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.

Rabbi Sholom DovBer passed away in Rostov on the 2nd of Nissan, 1920. His last words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."

Heichal Menachem Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim


Seeking Ride to CH

Seeking a ride to Crown Heights a few times next week. Please call 347-457-9408.

Second Hilchos Pesach Shiur for Women This Wednesday

The second Hilchos Pesach shiur with Rabbi Lesches will be this Wednesday evening, April 2, at 8:00 PM in Tzemach Tzedek.

 If there are any questions you would like addressed at the shiur please email them to nsheichabadmonsey@gmail.com.

Missing Coat

My men's black long winter coat was accidentally taken home by someone from Tzemach Tzedek on Friday evening after shul and I really need it back. 

Please calk 845-538-0639

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Temporary Employment Position

Opportunity for short term hasgacha work this Friday, April 4th and Sunday April 6th in Paramus NJ.  

Great opportunity for the right person as many more opportunities can likely unfold.  

Call or text Adam Goodfriend at 864-201-9521 or email adam.goodfriend@fairwaymarket.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mazel Tov Blachmans!

Mazel tov to Levi and Yehudis Blachman 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 MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

N'shei Chabad Bookstore for Pesach


  • Count Down to Pesach
  • Spice and Spirit of Pesach Cooking
  • Wide array of English/Hebrew Haggadahs, Youth Haggadah, Rebbe's Haggadah, etc.
  • For Children:  On This Night
  • For Toddlers: A Touch of Passover
  • Pirkei Avos - Holtzberg Edition, and more.
Please call 845-558-8249 before you come.

Free Pesach Dairy Keilim Available

One large box with dishes, flatware, pot and pan. tablecloth and more. They are here for the taking!

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

New Weekly Shiur on Chassidus & Kabbalah


The Sofer Center Pesach Sale

The Sofer Center is discounting 20% off the following Pesach titles and Haggadas

Haggadas:
Kol Menachem Haggadah.
The Kehos Passover Haggadah Deluxe English.
Haggadah Shel Pesach - Youth wise edition.
Haggadah for Passover with Rebbes Reasons & Customs.
At Our Rebbe Seder Table.
Haggadah for Passover - Kleinman .
Ki Yishalcha Bincha - Bogomilsky.

English Titles:
Creation and Redemtion (Chasidic Heritage Series).
The Spice and the Spirit Passover.
Count Down to the Seder - Personal Pesach Planner.
A Seder in Herlin - By Gershon Kranzler.
A touch of Passover - A Touch and Feel book.

Hebrew Titles:
Haggadah 2 Vol Likutei Taamim Minhagim Ubiurim.
Shaarei Hamoadim Pesach 2 Vol.
Otzer Minhagei Chabad Nissan-Sivan.
Shulchan Chag.

Buy any Pesach Special and save 5% on Yarmulkas Tzitzis and Taleisim.

Sale ends Thursday Yud Nissan the 10th of April, while supplies last.

The Sofer Center is located at 25 Main St, Monsey, NY 10952 (across the street from Shoppers Haven). Hours are Monday – Thursday 12pm - 7pm.  Friday 10am -2:30pm & Sunday 10am - 5pm

For additional information Call 845-262-0246 or visit www.SoferCenter.com.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

In this week’s Torah reading Tazria (Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:59) we read all about the kohen examining people to determine whether they were afflicted by tzaraat, the leprous curse. It was a physical inspection which had spiritual implications. The person might be pronounced tahor (pure) or, G‑d forbid, tamei (impure), all depending on the results of the kohen‘s examination.

We don’t hesitate to go the doctor for the requisite annual medical examination, or “physical.” We go through the routine checkup—height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress tests on the treadmill and up and down the little staircase.

But have you ever thought of going for a “spiritual”?

What’s our “height”? Do we walk tall? Are we proud and upright Jews, or are we apologetically stooped and bent over by the burden of an inferiority complex?

What about our “weight”? Are we on a well-balanced diet of Torah study, the sustenance of our souls, or do we suffer from spiritual malnutrition?

And how is our heart doing? A Jewish heart doesn’t only pump blood; it pumps warmth and love. A healthy Jewish heart is the emotional center of the person and which feels the pain of another. And healthy hearts are inspired by events that point unmistakably to the hand of G‑d in the world. If we aren’t feeling what we should be, then we might be suffering from blocked spiritual arteries.

Taking one’s blood pressure immediately reflects the obvious connection—tefillin. There is the story of the simple farmer who went for his first medical checkup. When the doctor checked his pressure, he asked what that was all about. The doctor explained patiently that he was checking the heart rate. “But why are you holding my arm if you want to see how my heart is?” “When I check your hand,” replied the physician, “I know how your heart is.” The hand that gives charity, for example, indicates that it’s connected to a healthy Jewish heart.

Then came the stress test—up the stairs and down the stairs, up again and down again, and again and again. How do we handle the ups and downs of life? Are we smug and arrogant when we’re up, and dejected and depressed when we’re down? Do we trust in G‑d that everything has a purpose, and a positive one at that? Or do we become angry and bitter at life’s unkind twists of fate?

Finally, there was the treadmill. Life can be a tedious treadmill. We find ourselves running and running and getting nowhere fast. A grueling rat race, where even if you win you’re still a rat—all of it leaves us wondering what it’s all about and why we are working so hard with no meaningful, consequential reward.

Or are we involved with Torah study classes and Mitzvah activities which gives us the connection to our people, Jewish values, and a link in our eternity as a people.

So this year, in addition to going for a physical, why not go for a spiritual? Find a kohen, a Jewish spiritual teacher/healer, who can properly search your soul for its healthy characteristics as well as your necessary growth points, and prescribe a spiritual fitness program tailored for you and your neshamah. May we all be healthy, physically and spiritually

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Free Oven

Pesach standard size white enamle stove with oven available for free (gas pilot lighting, not electronic ignition). Just arrange to pick it up.

Please call 845-641-8434.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Biurei Chassidus at Heichal Menachem


Hilchos Pesach Shiurim for Women

There will be two Hilchos Pesach shiurim for women given by Rabbi Lesches at Tzemach Tzedek:

  • Shiur 1 - Tueday March 25th at 8:30p PM
  • Shiur 2 - Wednesday April 2nd at 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lubavitch Day Camp 2014




Farbrengen in Honor of the Rebbetzin's Birthday

This Thursday, March 27, there will be a farbrengen following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the Rebbetzin's birthday on 25 Adar.

Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (1901-1988) of righteous memory, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory, was born on Shabbat, the 25th of Adar, in Babinovich, a town near the Russian city of Lubavitch, in the year 5661 from creation (1901). 

In an address delivered on the 25 of Adar of 1988 (the Rebbetzin's 87th birthday, and about a month after her passing), the Rebbe initiated an international birthday campaign, urging people to celebrate their birthdays and utilize the day as a time of introspection and making resolutions involving an increase in good deeds.

Daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek Now 7 PM

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 7:00 PM and will remain so until Rosh Hashana.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week’s Torah reading Shmeinei (Vayikra [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47) discusses the complex laws of ritual impurity and purity, tum’ah and taharah.

The Torah tells us that “every earthen vessel into which any [impure creature shall] fall. . . shall be unclean.”

There is an interesting distinction made in Jewish law between different types of utensils. If a source of impurity comes within the inside space of a vessel which is made of earthenware, even if it doesn’t touch the walls of the vessel, then the vessel becomes impure. However, if it did not enter the vessel, even if it touched the walls from the outside, the vessel remains pure.

With all other utensils (e.g. metal), the opposite is the case: having a source of impurity placed within the space of a vessel (but not touching the walls) does not make the vessel impure, whereas touching any part of the vessel, inside or outside, does render it impure.

Why is this?

The value of a utensil made of wood or metal is contained not only within its function as a container. The material that it is made of has its own intrinsic value, as well. On the other hand, a vessel made of earthenware, whose makeup is nothing more than mere earth, is of value only when used as a container; accordingly, its status of ritual purity is determined by what happens inside the vessel. The outside of the vessel, by itself, has no intrinsic value.

There is a simple yet very beautiful lesson from these complex legalities.

The Torah tells us that “G‑d formed man out of the dust of the earth, and He blew into his nostril a living soul.” We humans are earthenware vessels! Ethics of the Fathers tells us, “Do not look at the vessel, but rather at its contents.” Therefore we must remember that our worth lies not in our physical material exterior, but in the inner contents. That which is relevant to the inner self and to the soul is what defines a person, not the superficial exterior.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

In Light of Recent Tragedies, Virtual Farbrengen for Women Tonight

As the Lieberman / Minkowitz family get up from shiva we need to remind ourselves until  children will be united with their mothers and fathers we will not to be content in galus!

This Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM NY time - will be a phone farbrengen- only this time opening it up not only for our fellow shluchos but all Nshei Ubnos Chabad to storm heavens gates and bring Moshiach! (over 850 shluchos logged on last time)

We understand the timing is not the greatest for all but European shluchos really begged to be able to join too and so in the spirit of Ahavas Yisroel

The time will be @ 6PM - NY time. Everyone will be muted so feel free to put it on loud speaker as you put your children to sleep or are sitting at the diner table!!

Please Spread the Word around on your FB, WhatsApp, text so we can really all unite the true Noshim Tzidkonius!

Please call (530) 881-1212  and enter code 234-681-799. 

Only the speakers will be able to be heard, as all other callers will be put on mute. (We prepared time to figure out the system BH!)

Also available to Shluchos who may not have phone access on the web at startmeeting.com and upload to your computer.

With all our unity and koach together I know we will storm heavens and bring the geulah!!

Here is the  schedule and moderators below:

(5:50pm-6:00 - Pre-Call Seder Nigunnim for those who are able to come- all will not be muted getting to hear each other singing!!)

6:00pm –Welcome& Tzedaka - Mrs. Goldie Plotkin, markham


6:02  Rebbe  and Rebbetzin's kapital followed by words of Chizuk - Mrs. Miram Swerdlow,( aunt of Shliach Rabbi Butman-Naharia Israel)

6:10pm  -  Audio Sicha of the Rebbe -

6:13pm Sicha Overview - Mrs. Menucha Shochet, La

6:15pm – Rashi's Life Lessons -  Dena Shusterman, Launching a fund to help support the daily activities in the Minkowitz home.   Intown, GA Friend and Neighboring Shlucha of Rashi
6:21pm-   Launching Project Torah and Tea - learning with woman in our community more Torah and Chassidus Mrs. Yehudis Bluming, Chapell Hill, NC

6:26pm-   HAYOM YOM - Mrs. Leah Namdar, shetichye, Goteburg, Sweden

6:29pm-   Mikva ONE Campaign - Sara karmely  NY -  Everyone gets to find  at lease ONE lady to go to the Mikvah!
6:36pm -  L'Chaim ViLivracha – Bracha from and to all Shluchos, tichye together BiAchdus for Moshiach now! - Mrs. Leah Namdar,

6:42pm - UViChayn - Hachlatos Tovos  - Mrs. Goldie Plotkin, shetichye - HaMaaseh Hu HoIkar

6:45pm   We Want Moshaich now!!!  Sung by the Rebbe, Nigunnai Hisvaadus

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Searchers Needed for Missing Father of Seven, Peretz Sontag

The Monsey community asks all those with able bodied individuals to assist in the search for Mr. Peretz Sontag a husband and father of seven who has been missing since Friday morning.

The search and rescue command center is located in the parking lot of Sharei Tefilah, a shul just opposite the Crowne Plaza hotel on Executive Blvd in Suffern.





Machane Bnos Monsey - Summer 2014


Girls Melava Malka This Motzei Shabbos

This Motzei Shabbos, March 22,  there will be a Melava Malka for for girls ages eight & up or in 3rd grade or higher from 8:45 PM to 10 PM in the small beis medrash of Tzemach Tzedek

Milchigs will be served and there will be parve options too.

Another Cheder Matching Opportunity Tomorrow, Thursday

Dear Parents and Friends of Cheder Chabad,

I want to thank everyone again for helping to make last week's matching campaign an unprecedented success. Almost 50 individuals responded and with Avraham Hayman's double match in memory of his father, Yeshiyahu ben Avraham Nisan, a"h, the campaign has generated over $144,000 for The Cheder operating fund.

Last Shabbos Avraham Hayman donated another $18,000 to our Cheder, ב״ה, and announced that on his birthday,Thursday, י״ח אדר ב, he would give those of you who have not yet participated in this matching campaign yet another opportunity to have your donations of at least $100 double matched.

My friends, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to help our Cheder and it's dedicated Rebbes, Moros and Staff. It is an opportunity to underwrite our children's future. We have only Wednesday evening and Thursday day so please respond quickly and generously.

Your pledge can be called in or emailed directly to the Cheder or feel free to contact me or any of our board members.

Thank you,

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Chabad Board of Directors

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yeshiva Bais HaChinuch Honoring the Hirsch's - Ad Deadline Tomorrow

A Monsey Lubavitcher couple, Yossi And Rochy Hirsch, are being honored by Yeshiva Bais HaChinuch with their Keser Shem Tov Award, this Sunday March 23 from 10:45 AM to 12:30 PM at the Atrium.

The ad deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00 PM.

Yeshiva Bais HaChinuch has been a valuable asset to the Lubavitch community for students that do not fit into our mainstream chinuch infrastructure, YBH has been successful in achieving with their students true success in their learning and maximizing their utmost potential. YBH has seen many of their Lubavitcher students graduate and go into and are thriving in mainstream Lubavitcher Mesivtas.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Partnership Enables Poconos Camp for Jewish Girls to Flourish

By Menachem Posner, Chabad.org

Camp Log-N-Twig was founded in 1953 by the Neulight and Tener families, catering to Jewish children from across the northeastern United States. Nestled on 83 acres of wooded hills and lake lands in the Pocono Mountains, the camp flourished for decades and was sold to the New York UJA (United Jewish Appeal) Federation in 1998.

For the next 12 years the campsite, which boasts no less than 32 wooden buildings, was home to Camp Dina, a UJA-affiliated girls’ camp.


Sixty years after it was settled, thanks to an innovative arrangement involving the UJA Federation, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the AVI CHAI Foundation and Chabad-Lubavitch, the site will now become home to the newly renamed and expanded Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos, which grew out of Camp Gan Israel Bat-Mitzvah Experience.

“We began as a small camp just for preteen girls,” explains Gershon Sandler, who has been directing the camp since he founded it in 2012 with his wife, Devorah. “We had just four cabins on a rented property outside of Philadelphia, so we couldn’t take more than 50 girls. With our new grounds, we will have room for as many as 250 campers and are thrilled to be able to open up the camp to girls entering second through ninth grades.”

Claire Segal, from Bucks County, Pa., has been attending the Sandlers’ camp for the past two years and is excited about the changes. “The first year, I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know anyone, and there were girls from all over the world,” says Claire, now in eighth grade. “But everyone was so friendly that we all became very good friends very quickly. We still keep in touch with text messages and emails.”

The next year, Claire returned to camp with two school friends.

Some of her favorite memories, she says, include a trip to New York City; a day at Dorney Park, an amusement park in nearby Allentown, Pa.; and Shabbat celebrations that included old and new Jewish songs.


Claire’s mother, Donna, says it was an easy decision sending her daughter there. “My daughter came home from Hebrew school with a flier about the camp. I called our Chabad rebbetzin, and she highly recommended the Sandlers,” who had previously directed the Camp Gan Israel in Running Springs, Calif., says the mother of four, who immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1988. “I spoke to Rabbi Sandler over the phone, and he took the time to answer all my questions and explain his approach to Jewish camping, so I just knew it would be amazing.”

The Sandlers’ approach is based on Gershon’s diverse experience in both the private and not-for-profit Jewish camping sectors, where he has served in a variety of positions, including director of tours, sports specialist, group leader, survival specialist, and eventually, director.

“As a child, camp was the highlight of my year,” says Gershon, who grew up in what he describes as a nominally conservative Jewish household and attended public school. “It was the only time that I was surrounded primarily by Jewish children. Being part of the Jewish majority was an experience that brought me much comfort. Also, I am an experiential learner, so I just thrived in the overnight-camp setting.”
Donna Segal says that experiential learning is one of the aspects that attracted her to the camp. “The teachings are very targeted. There are literally girls there from all over the world, and the staff finds the time and creativity to reach out to every girl on her level, making sure that she is thriving, learning and having fun.”

The rabbi notes that the acquisition is a credit to the high-level cooperation of many Jewish organizations and leaders.


“When I first heard of this property, I consulted with Jeremy Fingerman, CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Camp,” he explains. “He helped me approach the UJA, who owned the campground, and introduce them to our camp and our unique vision.”

In the end, UJA Federation supported the effort, selling the property to them, thus keeping it in use as a Jewish camp. FJC also introduced the Sandlers to the AVI CHAI Foundation, which provided an interest-free loan that enabled Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos to make the down payment and to renovate the campgrounds.

“We admire Gershon Sandler’s tenacity and enthusiasm for providing more children with a positive, joyful Jewish experience,” says Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp. “We are excited to see Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos flourish in its new location and look forward its bright future.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jewish children,” says Rabbi Nissen Brenenson, director of education at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a member of the camp’s board. “Overnight camp has the amazing ability to bring out the best of children, creating a powerful experience that can last a lifetime. And the Sandlers have proven that they’ve got what it takes to make that happen—time and time again.”
The newly acquired campgrounds are outfitted with 18 camper cabins, large dining and recreation halls, a swimming pool, sports courts and fields, a health center, climbing wall, zip line and more. They sit upon woodlands with two streams converging into a freshwater lake.

With the new site, Gershon says the possibilities are endless. “We are adding heat to the cabins, so we will be able to host Chabad House retreats from early spring to late fall,” he projects. “Also, we’re hoping to be able to open a boys’ division in August of 2015, to follow the girls’ session in July. And, of course, we are excited about being able to accept so many more girls into the program.”


Which is good, because Claire and her two friends have already recruited a fourth girl to join them, most likely with more to follow.





Last Day of Sofer Center Purim Sale

1) Kol Menachem Megilas Esther (The Slager Edition) Regular price: $19.95 Sale Price: $14.95
2) Vedibarta Bam Megilas Esther, Regular price: $17.95 Sale Price: $12.95
3) The complete Story of Purim, Regular price: $6.50 Sale Price: $4.95
4) Megilas Esther English Paperback,  Regular Price: $3.75 Sale Price: $2.95
5) Shaarei Hamoadim - Purim (2 volumes), Regular Price: $31.95 Sale Price: $24.95
6) Likkutei Sichos Moadim Daled Parshios (2 volumes), Regular Price $39.95 Sale Price: $32.95

Buy any Purim Special and save 5% on the rest of your purchase of Seforim, Tzitzis, Yarmulkas and Taleisim. * While supplies last.

The Sofer Center is located at: 25 Main Street in Monsey (right across the street from Shoppers Haven).

Hours are: Monday – Thursday 12pm - 7pm.  Friday 10am -2:30pm Sunday 10am - 5pm

For additional information Call 845-262-0246 or visit www.SoferCenter.com.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Seven years old, and yet to speak. His parents would have been more worried if the doctors hadn’t reassured them that their child seemed neurologically sound, and that he fitted within all the expected parameters of normal development.

One day, at breakfast, he suddenly turned to his mother and complained, “Mom, this porridge is cold and the toast is burnt!”

Shocked, his mother responded, “If you can talk, why have you said nothing till now?”

“Till now, everything has been fine.”

How many act like the little chutzpanyak in the above story; never a word of gratitude until everything goes pear-shaped, and then, don’t we just kvetch and moan. It’s almost as if we expect and demand that the good times keep rolling without any effort on our part, while we reserve the right to blame everyone else when the music stops.

A key element in human relationships is the ability to express thanks. We also need the complimentary skill: to accept thanks graciously. The simple step of appreciating the effort made by another person helps to join hearts, and to traverse the natural barriers, such as the layers of self, which divide one individual from another.

While the concept of giving thanks is important among human beings, it is also central in our relationship with G-d. Almost all of our responses to G-d through following the path of Jewish teaching can be seen as expressions of appreciation and thanks, for the infinite bounty that G-d bestows day by day -- despite all the apparent problems and dark patches.

One of the methods of expressing thanks to G-d is described in this week's Torah portion (Tzav [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36) .This is the Thanksgiving Offering, which an individual could bring to the Temple on any weekday. It was brought as expression of thanks to G-d by someone who experienced any of four specific kinds of danger: a captive who was freed; a person who crossed the sea; one who traversed the desert, and someone who has recovered from an illness. During the offering of this sacrifice on the Altar in the Temple, the joyful Psalm 100 would be sung by the Levites. This Psalm is now part of the morning service each weekday.

Today in 5774 (2014), for us as well, this particular Torah portion immediately precedes the joyful holiday of Purim. Purim, as we know, commemorates the time when the entire world Jewish population was saved from annihilation by the decree of the wicked Haman, approx 2,500 years ago. Thanks to the intervention and leadership of Mordechai  and Esther who put the Jews back on the right track in their observance of Torah and Mitzvos  (and a few “hidden” miracles thrown in for good measure!), we celebrate this day of salvation, Purim, with feasts of thanksgiving and added measures of charity and exchange of food gifts.  This is, then, a day which becomes an expression of our thanksgiving and recognition of G-d Al-mighty’s constant Providence and concern for the Jewish people.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org )

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and joyous holiday of Purim!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mordechai HaTzadik Visits Cheder Chabad

Mordechai HaTzadik made a special trip from Shushan to visit the Cheder boys. All the boys were able to tell him many, many details about Purim.

Mordechai was extremely impressed by the first grade boys taught by their rebbes Rabbi Levi Rosenberg and Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg. He felt that they did a fantastic job and he requested that we show their picture.

He emphasized the mitzvah of Matanos L'evyonim, giving Tzedaka to two poor people. Each student was able to participate in the mitzvah, and received a treat as well!

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


Monday, March 10, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule

The following is the schedule for Purim 5774 at Tzemach Tzedek:

Taanis Esther מוקדם – Thursday, Adar 11, (March 13):
Alos HaShachar – Fast Begins: 5:59 AM
Shacharis 1: 6:55 AM (includes selichos)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (includes selichos)
Mincha 1 (Machatzis HaShekel ): 2:00 PM (includes leining)
Mincha 2 (Machatzis HaShekel ): 6:45 PM (includes leining)
Maariv: 7:30 PM
Fast Ends: 7:35 PM

Erev Shabbos Kodesh - Friday, Adar 12, (March 14):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Bentchen & Mincha: 6:43 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Kabbolas Shabbos

Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas Tzav, Parshas Zachor, Adar 13, (March 15):
Chassidus Shiur: 9:15 AM
Shachris: 10:00 AM
Parshas Zachor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Hilchos Purim Shiur: 6:00 PM
Mincha: 6:45 PM
Maariv - Shabbos Ends: 7:44 PM

Purim, Motzei Shabbos:
Megilla Laining 1: 8:45 PM SHARP
Megilla Laining 2: 10:45 PM

As in years past, there will be a special Megillah reading for children ages nine and under at Tzemach Tzedek this Purim night followed by a short rally with entertainment, the psukim and a raffle. The Megilla reading will begin at 8:45 PM downstairs and the program will end at approximately the same time as the Megillah reading upstairs.

In order to ensure that everyone listening to the Megillah downstairs fulfills their obligation to hear each and every word, this program is only for children nine and under and all children ages four and under must be supervised by adult.

Purim, Sunday, Adar 14, (March 16):
Shachris 1: 8:00 AM
Megilla Laining 1: Approximately 8:35 AM
Shachris 2: 9:00 AM
Megilla Laining 2: Approximately 9:35 AM
Shachris 3: 10:00 AM
Megilla Laining 3: Approximately 10:35 AM
Latest Krias Shma: 10:06 AM
Mincha 1: 3:00 PM
Mincha 2: 5:30 PM
Shkiah: 7:02 PM
Maariv and Farbrengen: 9:30 PM

Parents – Please be sure that your children do not bring any items that make smoke into the shul building.

!א פרייליכען פורים

Heichal Menachem Taanis Esther & Purim Schedule




Sunday, March 9, 2014

Seeking Place for Pesach

Anyone able to lend out their apartment/house for Pesach within walking distance of Blueberry Hill, please contact Mayer Perline at 845-596-5891 or Shternie Perline at 845-270-5824.  

Matching Grant for Cheder Donations - Today & Tomorrow Only

Dear Cheder Parents and Friends,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Rebbe's and Moros of our Cheder.

They have been working diligently and giving beyond expectations to educate our children and inculcate them with chassidishkeit and middos tovos. Our community's Mechanchim more than deserve to have the peace of mind of being able to provide for their families during the approaching holiday season. We all have an obligation to do everything we can to make sure that they are paid in a timely fashion especially before a yom tov.

To that end, Avraham and Devorah Hayman have announced a surprise matching opportunity, in honor of Avraham's father's Shloshim, Yeshayahu ben Avraham Nissan, z"l. The Hayman's will double match any donation pledged today, Sunday 7 Adar, through Monday evening and paid by the end of Adar. There is a minimum required donation of $100. All contributions will go to the operational account of the Cheder to underwrite our Mechanchim's payroll.

Your gift of $100 or more will mean a total donation to Cheder of triple that amount but time is limited so please respond quickly and generously. Your pledge can be called in or emailed directly to the Cheder or feel free to contact me or any of our board members.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen
845 216-4554
yeruchem1@gmail.com

First Annual Monsey Anash Yungeleit Ski Trip A Success

This year’s Yungeleit Ski Trip was a great success. The Chevra spent the night at a private Kretchma, farbrenging in a warm atmosphere of chassidim in front of the crackling fire sharing stories and connecting with each other in preparation for the following day’s challenges.

The day began with a a pre-Netz Chassidus shiur, with fresh coffee and mezonos, and after Shacharis we hit the slopes. A few first timers worked hard and saw great progress by day’s end, while others pushed themselves to new levels all the while working with each other and having a great time.

Yashar Koach to all who helped make this possible and we look forward to having more Anash participate next year. If you want to be notified with updates on the Second Annual Ski Trip next year, please send an email to ski@monseychabad.com. That trip will, Be”zH entail a flight from Yerushalyim to the slopes…

Pictures and videos here.

Soccer League Registration Now Open

Soccer 2014 will be starting on Sunday, April 27, the Sunday after Pesach, through Sunday, June 8.

We will be playing at Pomona Middle School.
  • Girls: 10:00 -11:30 AM
  • Boys (through 7th grade): 2:30 - 4:00 PM
  • Boys (8th grade through adult): 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Register today at monseysports.com. Space is limited!


Purim Shiur This Tuesday at Heichal Menachem


Shabbos Morning & Daily Mincha Time Changes

Shacharis on Shabbos morning at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 10:00 AM every Shabbos through the end of the summer.

The daily Mincha minyan is now at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

R' Zalman Lifshitz Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Mottel Lifshitz, the father of R' Zalman Lifshitz.

R' Zalman is sitting Shiva in Monsey tonight, Motzai Shabbos Parshas Vayikra, at 11 Saddle River Road # 201.

From Sunday until Wednesday morning he will be sitting at 658 Montgomery Street #1K in Crown Heights. The phone number there is 718 774- 7912.


.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

MBCM Production This Wednesday - Get Your Tickets Today


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Feel the Warmth with a Cheder Mug


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Not only animal-rights groups have difficulty with this week's Torah portion, which begins the third Book of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus - 1:1-5:26); many if not most people in our modern era have a problem with the whole concept of animal sacrifice, which is a major theme of this third book of the Torah.

But I have no wish to enter into a rationalization of biblical morality. The second verse in the book lends itself to some interesting homiletic interpretation, which makes it quite clear that the Torah’s focus on sacrifice is not so much on the animal on the altar as on the person who is offering it:

When a man (adam) will bring an offering from among you to G‑d, from the animals, from the cattle or from the flock shall you bring your offering. (Leviticus 1:2)

Now, clearly, the language here is rather strained. In fact, most translators have edited the text to read more smoothly: “When a man among you will bring an offering,” clearly an improvement in the flow of the verse.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in his classic Likkutei Torah, insists however that the Torah’s syntax is deliberate. “When a man will bring an offering”—i.e., he will want to come closer to G‑d (the Hebrew word korban has in it the root karav, “to come close”), then he must know that the offering must come “from you,” from the animal within you.

Every one of us possesses animalistic tendencies, and these must be consumed on the altar of G‑d. We are obliged to slay our inner animal, and humanize ourselves by working on developing our character traits, until the beast within us has been neutralized—and better yet, sanctified.

What exactly does this mean? The verse continues, “from the cattle or from the flock, shall you bring your offering.” An individual may behave like “cattle,” a goring bull, trampling on everyone and everything in its way. He is the proverbial bull in a china closet, stomping, aggressive, bullying, domineering, and utterly insensitive to people’s feelings.

Others might be like “the flock”—the meek little lamb that timidly follows the crowd. He has no opinion of his own; whatever the last person he spoke to said becomes his opinion for the moment. He has no backbone, no sense of self or self-respect. He stays with the flock at all costs, lest he be labeled a “black sheep.”

Still others might be moody and temperamental, changing colors and character traits from day to day. One minute they might be like the raging bull, and the next, the docile lamb.

So the Torah teaches us to be adam, a human being of human—indeed, G‑dly—character. Be a man, not an ox; a lady, not a lamb. Be a mentsch; behave like a mature, refined person, not like a vilde chayah (wild animal). Examine your own behavioral tendencies; check out your inner feelings and dispositions. Are you satisfied with yourself as a human being? Are those around you happy, or do you intimidate them with your temper tantrums? Are you mature and mild-mannered, or do you suffer from road rage?

Searching our souls and our inner psyches for unacceptable behaviors, and then doing something about it, is what we mean when we say to bring the animal up on the altar of sacrifice. It is the animal within each of us. The true and ultimate sacrifice is the sacrificing of self.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mazel Tov Goldbergs!

Mazel tov to Sruly and Tovi Goldberg on the birth of a baby girl!

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 karenschild@yahoo.com.

Final Avos U'Banim of the Year

Tzemach Tzedek, the main Bais Medrash for the Monsey Chabad Anash community, was buzzing this past past Motzeai Shabbos, Parshas Pekudei Chazak, as over 75 fathers and sons spent an hour of quality time learning together.

This program was the closing session of the 5774  winter Avos U'bonim season sponsored by Cheder Chabad of Monsey and Tzemach Tzedek.

Before wrapping  up the season's program, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, dean of the Cheder and coordinator of the program, told the children how fortunate they were to be able to have this special time with their fathers, joining 20,000 other boys across the USA every Motzeai Shabbos and 100,000 boys around the world enjoying and benefitting from this quality time with their fathers.

He also thanked all the sponsors of these weekly programs so that the boys can enjoy  weekly prizes and treats.

Extra raffle prizes were won by a number of boys and then each participant received a special prize for coming. The boys also enjoyed delicious ice cream treats.

We look forward to next year's  program in Yerushalayim with Moshiach!


 

Whole Wheat Matza Baking Opportunity

R' Dovid Kaplan is organizing his annual Matzah baking (which has been happening for 30 years) for this Monday, March 10, 8 Adar II, from 2:00 pm through 6:00 pm at the Boro Park Shmura Matza Bakery, 1285 36th Street between 13th and 12th Avenues.

Attending the baking is an automatic way to increase your Pesach experience, bringing to life our forefathers - from Mitzrayim through Russia - efforts to serve Hashem b'simcha. Taking your children to the baking creates an indelible Yiddishkeit learning experience and memories for a lifetime.

Whether you can make it, alone or with your children, to the baking or just want to order some WW matza from this baking, supervised by our own Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz as well as the Crown Heights Rabbonim, please contact Dovid ASAP at dovid.kaplan@gmail.com. He will send you directions and give you any other information you need to make your decision.

Seforim Sale at the Sofer Center

In honor of Purim The Sofer Center will be having discounts on the following Seforim:

1) Kol Menachem Megilas Esther (The Slager Edition) Regular price: $19.95 Sale Price: $14.95
2) Vedibarta Bam Megilas Esther, Regular price: $17.95 Sale Price: $12.95
3) The complete Story of Purim, Regular price: $6.50 Sale Price: $4.95
4) Megilas Esther English Paperback,  Regular Price: $3.75 Sale Price: $2.95
5) Shaarei Hamoadim - Purim (2 volumes), Regular Price: $31.95 Sale Price: $24.95
6) Likkutei Sichos Moadim Daled Parshios (2 volumes), Regular Price $39.95 Sale Price: $32.95

Buy any Purim Special and save 5% on the rest of your purchase of Seforim, Tzitzis, Yarmulkas and Taleisim.

 Sale date: Rosh Chodesh Adar (the 3rd of March) until Purim (the 16th of March).
* While supplies last.

Save year round! Looking to give a Bar Mitzvah Bochur or an Upshernish boy a gift but not sure what? At the Sofer Center we are fully stocked with all Sifrei Chabad, as well as Chassidishe Story books for children and youth.

Sofer Center Gift Certificates are available for $10 and up for 10% less than their value.
For example, an $18 Gift Certificate will only cost you $16.20!*

Come in and save today!
*Terms and conditions apply

The Sofer Center is located at: 25 Main St Monsey NY 10952 (right across the street from Shoppers Haven). Hours are: Monday – Thursday 12pm - 7pm.  Friday 10am -2:30pm Sunday 10am - 5pm

For additional information Call 845-262-0246 or visit www.SoferCenter.com.

Rabbi Lesches to Teach at New Mesivta

The new Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey is excited to announce that HaRav Boruch Dov Lesches, Rav of Kehillas Lubavitch of Monsey and renowned Poisek, will be giving periodic Shiurim in practical Halachah to the Talmidim at the new Mesivta.

The Talmidim will enjoy this wonderful opportunity of learning Halacha from a practicing Rav in addition to their high caliber regular shiurim in Nigleh and Chassidus.

Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey is under the direction of Rabbi Menachem Aizenman, Menahel Ruchni of the Yeshiva and is being organized by parents in the Monsey community who have a vested interest in assuring that their children have a mesivta of the highest caliber.

The Mesivta is now accepting applications for Shiur Aleph for the upcoming 5774/5 zman from prospective local and out of town students.

For more information and/or to apply to the Mesivta, please contact Rabbi Aizenman at 845-377-3976 or monseymesivta@gmail.com.

Final Week to Send Purim Greetings


MBCM Seeking Props

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is getting ready for another fabulous production and is in need of props.

We are looking for:
  • Wooden Dining room table
  • Armchairs
  • Small Bookshelves
  • Coffee Table
  • Nightstand
  • Old fashion lamp
  • Rugs
  • Fancy Table Cloth
  • Old vintage suitcases
To donate or lend and arrange pickup, please call 845-598-3879 and leave a message.

Thank you so much! Any way that you can help is greatly appreciated!

R' Shaom Ber Scheiner and Mrs. Baila Keller Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Leib Scheiner, the father of R' Shaom Ber Scheiner and Mrs. Baila Keller.

Shiva today, Tuesday, will be at 407 Crown Street until 9:00 PM and from Wednesday on will be in Boston, 45 Portina Road, Brighton.

The phone number in Boston is 617-254-8240.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Sunday, March 2, 2014

First Annual Monsey Yungeleit Ski Trip

A group of men will be going on a Ski Trip this Tuesday 2 Adar II
Trip leaves from Tzemach Tzedek at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and returns on Wednesday at approx 8:45pm.

Trip includes Dinner/Farbrengen in the lodge Tuesday night and full day skiing Wednesday at Stratton Mountain. VY (3.5 hour drive).

Looks like a minyan will be coming - the more the better.

If you’re interested or have questions please let us know today at the latestski@monseychabad.com


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Free Oven

Pesach standard size white enamle stove with oven available for free (gas pilot lighting, not electronic ignition). Just arrange to pick it up.

Please call 845-641-8434.