Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LDC Announces Head Counselor

Given the fun, exciting and meaningful summer enjoyed by all at LDC 5773, we are pleased to announce that Mendel Dubinsky will be again returning as head counselor for summer 5774!

To register, please email LDCmonsey@gmail.com or call 845-418-5170.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

N'shei Chabad Bookstore Update

Laminated Sefiras HaOmer Chart with Dry Marker
The Counting of the Omer - Simon Jacobson
Pirkei Avos - Holtzberg Memorial Edition
Vidibarta Bam - Pirkei Avos
Beyond the Letter of the Law
Pirkei Avos with the Rebbe's Biurim (Hebrew)

Tikun Leil Shavuos
The Complete Story of Shavuos
Vidibarta Bam:  Megillas Rus and Shavuos
Shaarei Moadim - Chag HaShavuos
Hachai:  A Dozen Daisies for Raizy

Convenient hours - day and night!

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


Beis Iyar Farbrengen Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Iyar, the birthday of the Rebbe Maharash, this Thursday, May 1, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, was born in the town of Lubavitch (White Russia) on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 (1834). 

His father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (the 3rd Chabad Rebbe, known as the Tzemach Tzeddek) once remarked that Rabbi Shmuel's birthday, coinciding with the 17th day of the Omer Count, is defined by the Kabbalistic masters as Tifferet sheb'Tifferet ("Beauty of Beauty").  

Although Rabbi Shmuel was the youngest of the Tzemach Tzedek's seven sons, he was chosen to succeed his father as Rebbe and leader of Chabad in the movement's capital, Lubavitch (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad Chassidism in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine). 

In addition to leading his Chassidim, guiding and advising their spiritual and material lives and authoring many maamarim, the Rebbe Maharash raveled extensively throughout Europe, meeting with government and business leaders to exert pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

There was someone who was a victim of medical negligence. He was misdiagnosed and mistreated. His first complaint could have been easily resolved, but the doctor didn’t pick up on some obvious symptoms. By the time the scope of the problem became apparent, it was too late. The man spent years with impaired mobility and almost constant pain.

People advised him to sue. It would likely be an open and shut case; his doctor’s malpractice insurance would cover the damage, and he would be left with a comfortable nest egg to compensate for his pain and suffering. Only one person disagreed. The injured man had a longstanding relationship with a renowned Rebbe, and just before initiating the lawsuit, he asked his mentor’s advice and blessing.

“Don’t do it,” the Rebbe said. “Just drop the case and move on with your life.” In a supreme act of faith, he took the advice and dropped the suit. He put aside his anger and concentrated his energies on his family and religion. He started a successful business and became a mentor for others. He lived a full and enriching life.

No one will ever know what would have happened had he not received that timely advice; however, we can speculate about why his Rebbe advised him not to proceed with the case.

I am not criticizing those who do sue for redress from pain and suffering. Obviously there are cases where litigation is the only way to get the funds needed for recovery or loss of income. But I am absolutely convinced that in this man’s case, dropping the suit and moving on with his life was the correct decision.

People will often nurse a grudge for years, reliving the fight with their sister, replaying the moment they realized their business partner had robbed them, or railing at the way their parents ruined their childhood. These people can’t go on; they are tied to the hatred, unable to begin the healing process. Are you going to let the con-man who cheated you once, rob you of your peace of mind forever?

This week‘s Torah portion Kedoshim (Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20:27) teaches “Do not hate your brother in your heart”. It is often read as an act that one does for another. Don’t hate other people because it’s bad for them to be hated. But in fact, this Mitzvah is for you. Don’t‎ hate your brother because it’s unhealthy for you to hate.

Don’t nurse a grievance because anger is inherently destructive. Carrying the black pit of hate inside will lead only to internal ulcers. When you make the decision to abandon your rage, no matter how justified, you exercise self-control and own your own emotions.

The Torah gives us a prescription for living: concentrate on that which you can control, not on the sins of others. Don’t get mad, get G‑dly. Don’t get bogged down in the sins of the past. Pick yourself up out of the pit of anger and despair, and walk on into the light. You’ll be all the better for that.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur Starts This Shabbos

All women and older girls are invited to attend the weekly Pirkei Avos Shiurim beginning this Shabbos, Parshas Kedoshim, throughout the summer until the final Shabbos in Elul.

Rabbi Boruch Lesches will give the shiur.

The shiur will be held at 5:30 PM at the home of: Mrs. Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive Monsey.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pesach Perspective II

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Question: So it's Pesach again. Another Seder night where we meet up with distant relatives we almost forgot about, to tell a story that we aren't allowed to forget about. Is it really necessary to still commemorate our ancestors' freedom from slavery in Egypt - more than 3,300 years ago ? Can't we move on to more pressing and contemporary issues?

Answer:cMy friend, you are reading the wrong Haggada. The Seder is not just a memorial to events of the distant past - it is a dynamic process of freedom from the challenges of the present.

We are slaves. Slaves to our own inhibitions, fears, habits, cynicism and prejudices. These self-appointed pharaohs are layers of ego that prevent us from expressing our true inner self, from reaching our spiritual potential. Our souls are incarcerated in selfishness, laziness and indifference.

Pesach means "Passover." It is the season of liberation, when we pass over all these obstacles to inner freedom. On Pesach, we give our souls a chance to be expressed.

Reread the Haggada. Every time it says "Egypt" read "limitations." Replace the word "Pharaoh" with "Ego." And read it in the present tense:

"We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt" = "We are slaves to our egos, stuck in our limitations."

How do we free ourselves? By eating Matzo. After eating Matzo, the Israelites were able to run out of Egypt and follow G-d into the desert. Because Matzo represents the suspension of ego. Unlike bread, which has body and taste, Matza is flat and tasteless - the bread of surrender.

Usually, we are scared to suspend our egos, because we think that we will lose ourselves. On Pesach we eat the Matzo, we suspend our egos and find ourselves - our true selves.

This night is different from all other nights, because on this night we let ourselves go, we liberate our souls to follow G-d unashamed. We say, "I may not understand what this means, but I have a Jewish soul, and somehow that is the deepest layer of my identity."

That soul is the innocent child within us, waiting to be free.  Pesach that soul sings out : Ma Nishtana Halayla Hazeh...(Why is this night different…). May the experience of the Seder night continue to inspire us.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - by  Rabbi Aron Moss ) 

Best wishes for Kosher, Joyous and Meaningful Pesach to all!

Moshiach Seudos for Women

There will be Moshiach Seudos for women at the following homes:
  • Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz - 211A Kearsing Parkway, Monsey
  • Mrs. Bracha Meshchaninov - 32 N. Southgate Drive, New Hempstead 
The Seudos will take place at approximately 6:00 PM on Tuesday, Achron Shel Pesach.

Please bring Matza and wine or grape juice.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tzemach Tzedek Younger Children's Program Pesach Schedule

The younger children's group at Tzemach Tzedek will not be taking place the first two days of Pesach. 

It will take place at its usual 10:30 AM on Shabbos Chol Hamoed and the last two days of Pesach. 

There will be no snacks served but prizes will be distributed. 

Pesach Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A Pesach message from Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM

The festival of Passover calls for early and elaborate preparations to make the Jewish home fitting for the great festival. It is not physical preparedness alone that is required of us, but also spiritual preparedness—for in the life of the Jew the physical and spiritual are closely linked together, especially in the celebration of our Sabbath and festivals.

On Passover we celebrate the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery and, together with it, the liberation from, and negation of the ancient Egyptian system and way of life, the "abominations of Egypt." Thus we celebrate our physical liberation together with our spiritual freedom. Indeed, there cannot be one without the other; there can be no real freedom without accepting the precepts of our Torah guiding our daily life; pure and holy life eventually leads to real freedom.

It is said: "In every generation each Jew should see himself as though he personally had been liberated from Egypt." This is to say, that the lesson of Passover has always a timely message for the individual Jew. The story of Passover is the story of the special Divine Providence which alone determines the fate of our people. What is happening in the outside world need not affect us; we might be singled out for suffering, G‑d forbid, amid general prosperity, and likewise singled out for safety amid a general plague or catastrophe. The story of our enslavement and liberation of which Passover tells us, give ample illustration of this. For the fate of our people is determined by its adherence to G‑d and His Prophets.

This lesson is emphasized by the three principal symbols of the Seder, concerning which our Sages said that unless the Jew explains their significance he has not observed the Seder fittingly: Pesach [the Paschal Offering], Matzoh and Moror [bitter herbs]. Using these symbols in their chronological order and in accordance with the Haggadah explanation, we may say: the Jews avoid Moror (bitterness of life) only through Pesach (G‑d's special care 'passing over' and saving the Jewish homes even in the midst of the greatest plague), and Matzoh—then the very catastrophe and the enemies of the Jews will work for the benefit of the Jews, driving them in great haste out of "Mitzraim" [Egypt], the place of perversion and darkness, and placing them under the beam of light and holiness.

One other important thing we must remember. The celebration of the festival of freedom must be connected with the commandment "You shall relate it to your son." The formation and existence of the Jewish home, as of the Jewish people as a whole, is dependent upon the upbringing of the young generation, both boys and girls: the wise and the wicked (temporarily), the simple and the one who knows not what to ask. Just as we cannot shirk our responsibility towards our child by the excuse that "my child is a wise one; he will find his own way in life therefore no education is necessary for him"; so we must not despair by thinking "the child is a wicked one; no education will help him." For, all Jewish children, boys and girls, are "G‑d's children" and it is our sacred duty to see to it that they all live up to their above mentioned title; and this we can achieve only through a kosher Jewish education, in full adherence to G‑d's Torah.

Then we all will merit the realization of our ardent hopes: "In the next year may we be free; in the next year may we be in Jerusalem!"

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

A Kosher and Joyous Pesach to all!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Moshiach Seudah at Heichal Menachem


Mazel Tov Pollocks!

Mazel tov to Reuven and Tzipora Pollock on the engagement of their son Elie to Chaya'la Andrusier of Lauderhill, Florida!

Pesach 5774 / 2014 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek


The following is the schedule for Pesach 5774 for Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch of Monsey:

Shabbos HaGadol, Parshas Acharei, 12 Nissan, April 12:
Shabbos HaGadol Derasha for Men and Women: 6:00 PM

Sunday, 13 Nissan, April 13:
Shacharis 1: 8:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 9:00 AM
Mincha: 7:00 PM
Maariv 1: 8:15 PM
Bedikas Chometz
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Erev Pesach - Monday, 14 Nissan, April 14:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (siyum for bechorim)
Last Time to Eat Chometz: 10:43 AM
Last Time to Sell & Burn Chometz: 11:49 AM
Chometz Burning: From 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM at the
 Park & Ride on Route 59 in Monsey (near Amazing Savings) and at Memorial Park in Spring Valley.
Licht Benching and Mincha: 7:16 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Chatzos (midnight for afikomen): 12:55 AM

First Day of Pesach - Tuesday, 15 Nissan, April 15:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM (includes Tefilas Tal - begin saying מוריד הטל)
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv: (begin counting Sefiras HaOmer)
Licht Benching: After 8:18 PM

Second Day of Pesach - Wednesday, 16 Nissan, April 16:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:19 PM (begin saying ותן ברכה)

Chol HaMoed (One) - Thursday, 17 Nissan, April 17:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Mincha: 7:30 PM
Maariv: 8:30 PM
Farbrengen following Maariv in honor of 18 Nissan, the day of the Rebbe’s Bris (in 1902) and the birthday of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (in 1878).

Chol HaMoed (Two) – Friday, 18 Nissan, April 18:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:21 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv

Shabbos Chol HaMoed (Three) – Shabbos Kodesh, 19 Nissan, April 19:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kinus Torah: 6:10 PM
Mincha: 7:10 PM
Continue Kinus Torah
Maariv – Shabbos Ends: 8:23 PM

Chol HaMoed (Four) – Sunday, 20 Nissan, April 20:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 10:30 AM
Licht Benching & Mincha: 7:23 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
 
שביעי של פסח learning and farbrengen in Shul following Seudas Yom Tov

Shvi’i Shel Pesach - Monday, 21 Nissan, April 21:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Mincha 7:30 PM
Chassidus Shiur and Maariv
Licht Benching: After 8:25 PM

Acharon Shel Pesach – Tuesday, 22 Nissan, April 22:
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 6:30 PM
Moshiach Seudah (please bring matzah and wine)
Maariv – Yom Tov Ends: 8:26 PM

!חג הפסח כשר ושמח - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mazel Tov Werths!

Mazel tov to Yehoshua and Nechama Werth 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.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

This week's portion Acharei Mot (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:30) starts with a mention of Nadab and Abihu's deaths—partially a punishment for their spiritually-motivated decision to remain celibate.

G-d wants us to walk a thin tightrope. He wants us to be married, go to work, and partake of lavish Shabbat and holiday meals—and at that very moment to be at the pinnacle of spirituality and holiness. A daunting task, to say the least. How does one simultaneously dwell in two contradictory worlds—the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh?

How does one simultaneously dwell in the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh? Every mitzvah is comprised of a body and soul. The body is the physical act which we are commanded to do, or which we are instructed to avoid. The soul is the lesson the mitzvah imparts, its message which we must implement in our lives. The prohibition against consuming blood, which is also discussed in this week's Parshah, as well as the process of its removal, teaches a powerful lesson pertaining to our approach to our relationship with the world.

We are not always fortunate enough to contend with the divine, or even with "humanity." On a daily basis we also have to deal with the "animalistic," completely non-spiritual aspects of regular life. Consumption of animal flesh is a metaphor for these moments of the day. Blood represents warmth, life and passion. The Torah enjoins us to remove all the blood from our worldly activities; to be involved in the world, to partake of its flesh, but without excessive enthusiasm or excitement.

How, you ask, is this possible? Through salt. Blood is removed from meat via a thorough salting process.

The Torah describes the covenant between G-d and His nation as a "salt covenant." The commentators explain that salt never decays, it remains eternally fresh; much as our relationship with G-d never expires or even becomes slightly stale.

Interestingly, the symbol of our relationship with G-d is a food item which is independently inedible—its primary purpose is to add wonderful taste to practically all other foods. Similarly, our relationship with G-d is not an end within itself, rather it is meant to give a spiritual "flavor" and meaning to all other aspects of our life.

We have to liberally sprinkle salt on every part of our life—on our workplace, on our dinner table, on our gym, and even on our vacation destinations. When our love for G-d and our desire to serve Him with every fiber of our being is our leading motivation, then all we do is for Him. We eat and exercise so that we have the strength to serve Him; we work to have the means to serve Him, etc.

And when life is salty, there's no need to run away to alternative experiences; our lives in this corporeal world will indeed take on full meaning and value.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Hatzoloh of Rockland Text Message Alerts


Shiur Tonight On the Deeper Meaning of Pesach by R' Pinson


Clean Out Your MBCM Pushka for Pesach


As you prepare for Pesach, be sure to clean out your MBCM pushka and have the money picked up by contacting Rabbi Yossi Touger at rabbitouger@monseybcm.com, 845-430-8342 or www.monseybcm.com/pushka.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hachana L'Pesach Shiur


Help MBCM at No Cost While Pesach Shopping

As we approach Pesach please help Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka by using our Chessed dollars when shopping.

When shopping in the local stores – Rockland Kosher (including Monsey Wine & Liquor), All Fresh, Evergreen, The Grapevine, & Newday use our Chessed dollars and MBCM will receive 5% of your purchase as a donation from these stores. 

Please order the Chessed dollars from the school office@monsebcm.com or from Rabbi Kagan cdkagan@aol.com or 845-538-7484 or from Rabbi Touger at tabbitouger@monseybcm.com.

We will arrange for you to receive the dollars.

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazal tov to Moshe & Tzipora Reitman on the engagement of their daughter Bracha to Dr. Jon Sandner of Wesley Hills!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pesach 5774 Schedule for Heichal Menachem


20% Off Pesach Seforim and Haggadas at The Sofer Center

The Sofer Center is discounting 20% off the following Pesach titles and Haggadas. Sale ends Thursday Yud Nissan the 10th of April (while supplies last).

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.

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

Does every cloud really have a silver lining? Is there a blessing in disguise inside every curse? Well, admittedly, it isn’t always so easy to discern, but we most certainly do believe in the concept.

This week’s Torah reading Metzora ([Leviticus] 14:1-15:33) deals with the purification of those afflicted by the leprosy-like malady known as tzara’as (a word uncannily similar to tzores!). The Parshah recounts different types of tzara’as manifestations—on a person’s body, in his clothes or even in the walls of his house. In the latter case, if after the necessary quarantine period the stain had still not receded, the stones of the affected wall would have to be removed and replaced with new ones.
Now imagine the walls of your house being demolished. Is that a blessing or a curse? No doubt, the homeowner in question would not feel himself particularly blessed. But, according to our sages, the case was often different for the Israelites living in the Holy Land. The previous Canaanite inhabitants of the land would bury their treasures inside the very walls of their homes. The only way an Israelite would ever discover those hidden valuables was if the stones of the house would be removed. When this happened, it didn’t take long for the poor unfortunate tzara’as-afflicted homeowner to be transformed into the wealthy heir of a newfound fortune. For him, in a moment, the curse became blessing.

A woman was suffering from heart disease, and the doctors said she needed bypass surgery. But she also had other medical complications which made a heart operation too dangerous to contemplate. Her quality of life was very poor. If she went for a walk, she would have to stop and rest every few minutes. Then, one day, she suffered a heart attack. She was rushed to the hospital and the doctors said her only chance of survival was an emergency bypass operation. There was a 50/50 chance of success, but if they didn’t do it she had no chance at all. They performed the surgery and, thank G‑d, she made a full recovery, enjoying many years of greatly improved quality of life with nachas from children and grandchildren. For years she would joke, “Thank G‑d I had a heart attack. I got my bypass!” It was no joke.

It would be naïve to suggest that it always works out this way. Life isn’t so simple, and sometimes it takes much longer to see the good that is hidden in the traumas and difficulties of life. But we will continue to believe that G‑d is good, that He really does want the best for us, and that one day, with hindsight, we will see how each of our frustrations did somehow serve us well in the long term. Who knows if the wiser, more sensitive person we become is not the silver lining itself?

In general, there are two qualities which form a powerful combination to help us appreciate that there is a hidden goodness inside every misfortune: faith and patience. With faith that there is a higher, better purpose to life, and with patience to bide our time for its revelation, we will be able to persevere and weather the crises of life.

Please G‑d, may we all find our silver linings soon.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!