Friday, May 30, 2014

טועמיה Club Update

We got off to a great start today with twelve boys!

We listened to critique some boys layning, but they were perfect!

We heard why the ברכות of ברכת כהנים have to be brought down through the כהנים and not directly from the Aibishter. Then we worked out how there can be a person who is half כהן and half ישראל – try that for a challenge. Can such a person eat תרומה? Can he do ברכת כהנים?

We learned that ברכת כהנים is a מצוה of the כהן each and every day, and that ישראלים have the מצוה to be bentched by the כהנים . Is that a מצוה for ladies, or only for men?

And last but not least, we lived up to our name by enjoying potato kugel and farfel.

Looking forward to next week (אסרו חג שבועות) at 1:30 PM at Bais Menachem.

Kovetz Limud for Gimmel Tammuz Coming to Your Mailbox

There is no better way to strengthen one's Yiddishkeit and hiskashrus than by learning Torah. As such, a special Kovetz Limud has been prepared and mailed to every Anash family in Rockland County.

There is both Nigleh and Chassidus and Hebrew and English material included and it was specifically designed so that men, women and children can prepare for Gimmel Tammuz.

You can choose to participate by attending a shiur, learning with your family, Chavrusa, students or by yourself.

The Kovetz was generously sponsored by  Dr. and Mrs. Avrohom and Yutty Polinger and family l'iluy nishmas Rabbi Leibel Bistritzki OBM who's yarzeit is this Monday, daled Sivan.

A special thanks to Rabbi Dovid Oberlander, Director of Heichal Menachem of Monsey, for his help in compiling and printing this Kovetz.

Seeking Ride

We are looking for a ride this Sunday (anytime) for two to Brooklyn (can be Flatbush, Borough Park or Crown Heights).

Please call Liba Andrusier at 518-894-1088.

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur Location Change

This week’s Shabbos afternoon Pirkei Avos shiur for ladies with Rabbi Lesches will IY”H be held in Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive, at its usual time of 5:45 PM.

Next week’s shiur will IY”H again be at the home of the Hayman’s.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe”. (Albert Einstein)

In the holy city of Safed, next to the old cemetery, sits a humble structure, known as the “Arizal’s mikvah.” The small building houses a ritual bath which, according to tradition, was used by the master kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534–1572, known as the “Arizal”), who would immerse himself in its waters before praying and studying.

This particular mikvah (ritual pool) is actually an underground stream; its waters are ice cold. But considering this  mikvah’s  illustrious history, many consider it a special privilege to brave the cold. In fact, tradition has it that anyone who dips in its waters will certainly repent before passing on.

So, the story is told of a father who takes his son before his bar mitzvah to dip in the frigid waters. The son enters the water and screams, “Oy! This is cold.”

He quickly immerses and jumps out, straight into the warm towel his father is holding in his extended hands. “Aaaah!” said the boy, “this feels good!”

Said the father to his about-to-become-a-man son: “May this be a lesson for the rest of your life. Whenever you do something, and the ‘ay’ comes before the ‘ah,’ you know that it is a good thing that you’ve done. When the ‘ah,’ however, comes before the ‘ay,’ then you know that you have done something wrong. . .”

This story comes to mind when reading this week‘s Torah Portion of Nasso (Bamidbor (Numbers) 4:21-7:89), in the section there  (5:12-31) that discusses the woman suspected of having been unfaithful to her husband—the sotah. The word the Torah chooses (5:12) to describe her alleged disloyalty is tisteh, [a woman who has] “gone astray.”

Tisteh can also translate as “becomes foolish.” Hence the Talmudic axiom: “A person does not sin unless overcome by a spirit of folly.”

Sin is foolish. We all know it. No one ever feels good after a sin but no one feels bad after doing a mitzvah!

But we sin anyway. Then we feel guilty, even stupid, knowing the valueless outcome and result of it. But then we sin again, then we go to the synagogue on Yom Kippur and promise to better ourselves. Then we fall prey  again to our lusts.

Until Moshiach comes, when evil will be eradicated from the world for good, we will continue to be tempted by our evil inclination. Just another reason to ask G‑d to send Moshiach NOW !.

But maybe, just maybe, if we take the story of the mikvah to heart, and next time we are about to say “ah” before the “oy,” we think ahead—we might refrain from temptation that one more  time. Or, as our sages succinctly put it: “Who is a wise one? One who foresees the outcome [of his actions].”

That is a very big deal. Especially this forthcoming week, as we prepare to again re-experience the “Giving of the Torah” with the holiday of Shavuos, it would do us well to remember and know that we have the ability to appreciate the true “ah”s  of Torah and live Judaism to the fullest.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org  - by  Rabbi Levi Avtzon)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and a joyous and fulfilling Shavuos !

New Acapella Music Video Filmed in Tzemach Tzedek

Save the Date - Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen with Rabbi Shmuel Lew


Shavuos Shiur by Rabbi Piekarski


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Celebrates 15 Years of “Dedication to Education”

Several hundred fathers, mothers, teachers, staff, Anash and community members came together on Monday evening, May 26, for Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s 15th annual dinner celebrating “ Dedication to Education”.

The event, which was held at the new Yeshivah of Spring Valley boys building ballroom, celebrated the robust growth and expansion of the greater Monsey Chabad community, which has grown over the past decade to over three hundred and fifty families, kain eyin harah.

Guests were greeted by a smorgasbord as the event got underway. Cheder board Vice President Chaim E. Cohen took to the podium to officially welcome the crowd. Rabbi Boruch Lesches, mara d’asra of the Monsey Chabad community, next delivered the event’s central dear Torah. An uplifting acappella musical performance by the Cheder Chabad Boys Choir, under the direction of the talented Bentzion Ptalis, followed Rabbi Lesches, with parents taking pride in the professionalism of the performance.

While enjoying an elegant dinner, the guest speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, the internationally renowned educator, delivered the keynote address. Rabbi Rietti’s inspiring talk, on the art of parenting, focused on presenting a positive face to children in all our interactions with them—supporting them emotionally. He stressed the importance of approach in regard to imparting to our children a real love for and appreciation of Yiddishkeit.

Awards were then presented to three veteran teachers, Rabbi Levi Rosenberg, Mrs. Rochel Baron, and Ms. Mariasha Greenberg, honoring them with the school’s Dedication to Education Award.

Board President Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen ended the event with acknowledging the many individuals who helped make this year’s event a tremendous success.

Beis Menachem Announces "טועמיה Club" for Boys

Beis Menachem is happy to announce a טועמיה Club for boys entering 7th , 8th  or 9th (shiur aleph Mesivta) grades next year.

The טועמיה Club will meet on ערב שבת at 1:30 PM at Beis Menachem for one hour; challenge our minds with a little extra-curricular learning connected to the week’s פרשה (no pressure) ; do a little ‘layning’ practice, and be מקיים the minhag  of טועמיה חיים זכו – tasting some שבת  food before שבת!

Please encourage your son to come and help him find a way to and from Beis Menachem.


Please email cdkagan@aol.com if your son will be coming – we would like to begin this week – ערב שבת קודש פרשת נשא.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Special Deal on Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch Set

New sets of the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch in hebrew and english are now available for sale is Monsey for a special Monsey rate of $105.

To order, please contact Rabbi Yossi Touger at jbtouger@aol.com or 845-430-8342.


Rosh Chodesh Sivan Farbrengen on Thursday night

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, May 29, following the 9:30 PM Maaruiv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Rosh Chodesh Sivan.
 

Chabad House Seeks Employee

Looking for a girl to run programs part time in the coming year in Fair Lawn, NJ.

 Good pay great benefits. 

Please send resume to office@jewishfairlawn.org.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shavuos Shiur for Women


Local Chabad Bookstores Merge

Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz of N’shei Chabad of Rockland and  Rabbi Sholom Kass of The Sofer Center are pleased to announce the merging of their bookstores into one large store.

The location of the expanded store is 25 Main Street in Monsey.  The new combined store will feature a large selection of Sifrei Chassidus in addition to all related Judaica items including, talesim, tzitzis, gartlach, kittels, etc.

All Gift Certificates from the N’shei Chabad Bookstore will be honored at the new location.

In honor of the merge, we will be celebrating with a Pre-Shavuos Sale, now through  ד' סיון – Monday, June 2. 20% off on selected items, while supplies last.
  • Pirkei Avos Memorial Edition - Kehos
  • Pirkei Avos with the Rebbe's Biurim (Hebrew)
  • Vidibarta Bam:  Pirkei Avos
  • Vidibarta Bam:  Megillas Rus and Shavuos
  • The Complete Story of Shavuos
  • Tikun Leil Shavuos (Hebrew)
  • Shaarei Moadim - Chag HaShavuos
Hours:
Monday through Thursday 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information, please contact The Sofer Center at 845-262-0246, rabbi@sofercenter.com or online at www.sofercenter.com.

Cheder Chabad Dinner Tonight - Your Presence Matters!

It is not too late to sign up for Cheder Chabad  of Monsey's 15th Annual Dinner that is taking place tonight, Monday evening, May 26

Please R.S.V.P. to banquet@chedermonsey.org.

Your presence at the Dinner shows our dedicated teachers and staff that you care. 

Your presence at the Dinner shows your children that their school is a priority in your life.

When: 
Tonight - Monday, May 26, 2014

Where: 
Yeshiva of Spring Valley Ballroom, 121 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901

Times:
6:00 PM - Hors D’oevres
7:00 PM -  Dinner
9:30 PM - Ma’ariv

Couvert:
$180.00 per person

We look forward to greeting you in person!



Friday, May 23, 2014

Join Friends & Neighbors at Cheder Chabad Dinner This Monday Night


JOIN OVER 200 OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AT THE EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Please join us in saluting our Cheder, our dedicated teachers and staff as well as this year’s honorees at Cheder Chabad’s 15th Annual Dinner

Celebrating Dedication to Education

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet and dinner in a beautiful venue while hearing from Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, an educator of world renown.  

Listen to a special presentation of our very own Cheder Chabad of Monsey Boy’s Choir led by the very talented Bentzy Ptalis and enjoy special slide and video presentations  featuring the Cheder and our very special children.

When: This Monday, May 26, 2014
Where: Yeshiva of Spring Valley Ballroom
121 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901
6:00 PM - Hors D’oevres
7:00 PM -  Dinner
9:30 PM - Ma’ariv
Couvert $180.00

Please R.S.V.P. to banquet@chedermonsey.org

Looking forward to greeting you!

Cheder Chabad Dinner Committee

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

It is that time of year again. We will be beginning the Book of Numbers, as this week's Torah reading begins the book of Bamidbor ([Numbers] 1:1-4:20), and during this week’s Torah reading we will hear verse after verse of numbers: 46,500 for the tribe of Reuben, 59,300 for the tribe of Simeon, and so on. Why the detailed counts of the Israelites? What value is there in knowing exactly how many Reubenites there were at a specific time in our history? How is this even remotely relevant to anyone of us?

G‑d loves us dearly—each and every one of us. So He counts us, like one who counts precious diamonds. The numbers may not be terribly relevant to you or me, but they are very important to Him. After all, each number accumulated represents one of His beloved children. And every year, as we read these numbers in the synagogue, He listens again with delight.

Now that is relevant.

As usual, the mystics add sparkle. There's a spiritual science to counting, they teach.

When counting members of a group, no one individual counts more than the next. Thus, the act of counting cuts through the externals and differences, touching the part in us all which is one, called the soul.

And here, as well, only a Moses can qualify to count, and make count.

For only a special leader of Israel – who sees the pristine soul in every individual and the good within every human being, who chooses to define things by the good in them, rendering the bad in them external and superficial, like dust on a precious stone – only he can be trusted to polish G‑d's diamonds.

From Moses we learn to change the way we view others: not as stones, but as diamonds.

From G‑d we learn not just to love, but to express our love, and "[Because they are precious to Him, He counts them] all the time."

And for no reason at all.

Why wait to tell the people you love that you do? Until sometimes it's too late.

I remember listening to a moving talk given by a well-known Australian rabbi who had recently lost his wife due to tragic and sudden circumstances.

His message was simple but powerful: "Go home and tell your families how much you love them!" His voice broke as he said: "If only I had the ability to do that…"

The next day, my mother called from the States and suspiciously asked, "To what do I owe the honor of receiving such a lovely phone message from you in middle of the night?"

"To the passing of an Australian rebbetzin," I thought.

"Must it be owed to anything at all?" I said.

In addition to expressing our love, we must encourage our children to express theirs, and show them appreciation when they do.

A young girl once wrote to the Rebbe:

"Dear Rebbe, I love you very much. Chasia Rivkah Kahan."

The Rebbe responded:

"Miss Chasia Rivkah Kahan

Blessings and Greetings,

I was pleased to receive your letter, and I thank you very much for letting me know how you feel…"

One Sunday, a young child passed by the Rebbe and said, "Rebbe, I love you." The Rebbe's face lit up and, as he gave her an extra dollar, he said, "This is for the love."

(Excerpts from Chabad.org)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride to Crown Heights for one person after noon today, Thursday. 

If you can assist, please call 347-692-7045

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Be Entered to Win $10,000 While Supporting Local Mivtzoim

Be entered to win $10,000 or two tickets to Israel while supporting mivtzoim locally at Rockland Community College (RCC) and for college-aged youth and alumni throughout Rockland by Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver.

Tickets can be purchased now by clicking here.

For a glimpse into the work taking place, please watch this short video:

Monday, May 19, 2014

Heidings Bris

Yonah and Devorah Heidings will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son this Wednesday morning at Chabad of Chestnut Ridge, 6 Whitefield Road in Chestnut Ridge.

Shacharis will be at 8:00 AM followed by the Bris at 9:00 AM.

Paradigm Shift Course Trailer - Sign Up Today

In honor of Gimmel Tammuz the new Paradigm Shift course is being released by the popular Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). 

The course, which was developed with the input of over 40 prominent Shluchim, Mashpiim, and secretaries of the Rebbe, presents the Rebbe’s Torah and revolutionary outlook on life allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.

 

We are delighted to bring a portion of this course to the Monsey community as a way to learn the Rebbe’s Torah in preparation for Gimmel Tammuz.

The first two classes will be taught prior to Gimmel Tammuz by the co-author of the course, Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, a renowned teacher and lecturer and co-director of JLI’s Curriculum Department.

The two classes for men will take place on:

  • Sunday, 17 Sivan, June 15, at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM

The subsidized cost for both classes, which includes a workbook, is $36. The location of the classes will be announced to those who register closer to the time.

Sign up today at www.tzemachtzedek.com/jli.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact jli@monseychabad.com.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Tzipora Reitman on the birth of a grandson born to Rabbi Dov and Racheli Muchnik of Oxnard, CA!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lag B'Omer Farbrengen

There will be a farbrenegen in honor of Lag B'Omer this Sunday night, May 18, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek. 

No Halacha Shiur Sunday Morning

Due to The Great Parade there will be no 9:00 AM Halacha shiur at Tzemach Tzedek this Sunday morning, Lag B'Omer, May 18. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Message to Cheder Parents Regarding the Dinner

Even though you have already paid the dinner fee along with your registration, please understand that while we want to accommodate everyone, we will only be ordering dinners and setting table places for those individuals who respond.

Please respond as soon as possible and no later than this Monday, May 20, so that we can let our caterer know how many guests will attend.

There are a number of ways to respond:
Looking forward to greeting you personally at the dinner.


Rabbi Jonathan Rietti to Speak at Cheder Dinner

The featured speaker for the upcoming Cheder Chabad dinner taking place at the new YSV hall on Monday, May 26, will be the noted educator Rabbi Jonathan Rietti.

In addition, everyone will enjoy a presentation by our own Cheder Chabad Boys Choir as well as a slide presentation featuring the Cheder and our dear children.

Rabbi Jonathan Rietti is an English-born Orthodox rabbi, educator and prominent speaker.

Rietti was born in England, the son of Italian actor and director, Robert Rietti. Rietti received his ordination from the Gateshead Talmudical College, and was then involved in establishing a growing kollel in Gibraltar. 

He served as a senior lecturer for 11 years at the Jewish Renaissance Center. Rietti possesses a Master's degree in education and has been an educational consultant since 1986, offering guidance to parents of gifted and ADD children.



Monsey Sections at The Great Parade

The Cheder Chabad / Monsey community sections at The Great Parade this Sunday are:

Women & Girls:
  • Entrance 1 (on Eastern Parkway near Brooklyn Avenue)
  • Seating Section - Red 41
Men & Boys:
  • Entrance 6 (on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue)
  • Seating Section - Orange 32


7 AM Shacharis This Sunday


Due to people having to travel to Crown Heights for The Great Parade there will be an additional 7:00 AM Shacharis at Tzemach Tzedek this Sunday, Lag B'Omer, May 18.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monsey Community Preparing for 20th Anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz

ב"ה
With the 20th anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz approaching, Anash communities around the world are preparing to mark this auspicious day and strengthen their hiskashrus with the Rebbe.

On behalf of all the Lubavitch shuls and Chabad mosdos in the greater Monsey community, we are happy to announce that our community, in a tremendous spirit of achdus, is getting ready as well with the following exciting, meaningful projects and events.

JLI Paradigm Shift Course 
Transformational Life Teachings of the Rebbe


In honor of Gimmel Tammuz a new course called Paradigm Shift is being released by the popular Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).

The course, which was developed with the input of over 40 prominent Shluchim, Mashpiim, and secretaries of the Rebbe, presents the Rebbe’s Torah and revolutionary outlook on life into six lessons allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.

We are delighted to bring a portion of this course to the Monsey community as a way to learn the Rebbe’s Torah in preparation for Gimmel Tammuz. The first two classes will be taught prior to Gimmel Tammuz by the co-author of the course, Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, a renowned teacher and lecturer and co-director of JLI’s Curriculum Department.

The two classes for men will take place on:
  • Sunday, 17 Sivan, June 15, at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM
The subsidized cost for both classes, which includes a workbook, is $36. The location of the classes will be announced to those who register closer to the time.

Sign up today at www.tzemachtzedek.com/jli.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact jli@monseychabad.com.

Kovetz / Compilation of Torah Learning


There is no better way to strengthen ones Yiddishkeit and hiskashrus than by learning Torah. As such, a kovetz (compilation) with a variety of Niglah and Chassidus, was put together to be studied in preparation for Gimmel Tammuz.

There is both Hebrew and English material included and it was specifically designed so that men, women and children can be a part of this project. You can choose to participate by attending a shiur, learning with your family, Chavrusa, students or by yourself.

A special thanks to Rabbi Dovid Oberlander, Director of Heichal Menachem of Monsey, for his help in compiling and printing this Kovetz.

Community Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen


Men and women are invited to join in a community farbrengen in honor of Gimmel Tammuz. We are honored to have Rabbi Shmuel Lew of London, England farbreng with our community. The farbrengen will take place on Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 29, at 8:00 PM in the main shul (upstairs) in Tzemach Tzedek.

In a letter from the Rebbe before Yud Shvat the Rebbe writes "מסוגל הוא היום הזה להתקשר לעץ החיים". This is an auspicious day to connect to the tree of life. Let us unite together to uplift ourselves, our families and the entire community and connect with the Rebbe.

May we be Zoche to greet the Rebbe very soon with the coming of Moshiach תיכף ומיד ממש.

Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz
Project Director

Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches, Mora D’Asra
Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch 

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan
Beis Menachem

Rabbi Gedalia Oberlander
Heichal Menachem 

Rabbi Ben-Tzion Saloff
Chabad of South Monsey

Rabbi Binyomin Simpson
Chabad of Airmont (Cheder Minyan)

Rabbi Pinchas Dovid Weber
Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona

Rabbi Naftali HaKohen Weinstein
Nusach Ari

Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur Time Change

The women's Pirkei Avos shiur on Shabbos afternoon will take place at 5:45 PM at the home of Mrs. Devorah Hayman, 10 Langeries Drive.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Anyone can curse, but cursing can also be raised to an art form. The alte Poilishe yiddenes, the older Jewish women of Poland, when the aggravations of the marketplace bubbled over, would fume at each other: "You should have a court case -- and win!" "You should catch all the horrible diseases -- and be cured!"

In this week’s Torah reading of Bechukosai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34) the Al-mighty Himself pours forth his wrath with a writer's attention to original detail that makes the stomach turn and a poet's turn of phrase that makes the head swell, if the Jewish people do not fulfill the Torah and its Mitzvos.

There is nothing in our history not written and accounted for in these passages, not the cannibalism of the Roman conquest, not the kapos of Poland and Germany.

Now picture this: A courtroom. A judge calls in the defendant and reads off the charges. The defendant took his victim, drugged him, called in several of his assistants and methodically, with forethought, cut the man's stomach open, removed organs, put in foreign substances, and drugged him some more. Luckily, the victim made it out of this ordeal alive and made it safely home.

Then the judge reads the very last line: The defendant is a surgeon who did surgery in a hospital, with the patient duly under anesthesia, and the operation was successful.

Things change with the last line. Until the last line we get increasingly dizzy with assaulting details; the last line flips everything into perspective.

Some people instinctively relate to life through the last line. We call them tzaddkim. There is a story of a young boy of ten, the son of a tzaddik. His father, the tzaddik, always read the Torah, including the Tochacha -- these vivid curses.

One year, the tzaddik was away and not present to read the Tochacha. Someone else read the Torah in his place. The little boy heard the Tochacha being read, and he fainted. For months he was bedridden. Finally, after he recovered, they asked him why the Tochacha affected him so deeply - didn't he hear it every year?

"Every year, my father reads the Tochacha, and when my father reads the Tochacha, I hear only blessings." (Needless to say, the little boy was soon recognized as a tzaddik in his own right.)

The Rebbe once wrote that ever since he was a small boy he was drawn, magnet-like, to the concept of Moshiach. He described it as a time that would give meaning to our long and bitter Jewish history. That would be the last line.

The trouble is that when you're in the middle of the story you cannot fathom that there is a last line, and the very mention of it is aggravating. "The people would not hear him for their shortness of breath" -- the Jews in Egypt could not endure Moses' talk of redemption. They were too overcome by the reality and hard labor around them to fathom that there could be a last-line ending.

I am relieved that there are giants who are high enough to see the last line. And see it not as a distant vision, but as rock-solid reality.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org  - by Rabbi Shimon Posner) 

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Mazel Tov Heidings - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Yonah and Devorah Heidings on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at their home, 21 Fawn Hill Drive in Airmont.

יה״ר שתזכו להכניסו בבריתו של אברהם אבינו בעתו ובזמנו
!ולגדלו לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר מיט אסאך חסידישע נחת

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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mazel Tov Rosenbluhs!

Mazel tov to R' Hershel and Mrs. Chaya Rosenbluh on the birth of a baby girl!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר
 און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת!

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.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pesach Sheni Farbrengen on Wednesday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Pesach Sheni this Wednesday night, May 14, following the 9:30 PM maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

A year after the Exodus, Hashem instructed the Jewish people to bring the Pesach offering on the afternoon of Nissan 14, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt.

"There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron ... and they said: '...Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G-d's offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?'" (Numbers 9). 

In response to their plea, G-d established the 14th of Iyar as a "second Passover" (pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month. The day thus represents the "second chance" achieved by teshuvah the power of repentance and "return." 

In the words of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, "The Second Passover means that it's never a 'lost case.'"

Mazel Tov Spaeths!

Mazel tov to Eliezer and Sofia Spaeth and Devorah and Tuvia O'Brien on the birth of a grandson born to Hershey and Chavi Spaeth of Eretz Yisroel!

Lag BaOmer Bonfire & SoulFarm Concert

The annual Lag BaOmer bonfire and concert in Willow Tree Parkon Willow Tree Road in Wesley Hills will take place this Sunday, May 18, from 6 to 10 PM.

There is no charge for this event. Bring snack and a chair or a blanket. Music by SoulFarm.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seeking Mother's Helper

Looking for a mothers helper for the summer to help with 4 kids for 6 hours a day in south Monsey next to Cheder Chabad.

Starting when Cheder Chabad ends. 300$/month.

Playing with kids, watching them outside, help with taking them to the pool, library etc.

Please contact Devorah Heidings at 201-230-6775.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Overnight Camp for Everyone

By YQ Media

Elyse Jarard made the choice to send her daughter Rachel to a frum overnight camp with much trepidation. She worried that Rachel would be the only non-religious girl, or that she’d come home wearing only skirts.

But Camp Gan Israel of the Poconos is not like any other frum overnight experience. Its atmosphere is one of inclusion and acceptance; Rachel returned home after three weeks raving about how much fun she had. She was also inspired—by a renewed sense of Jewish identity and feeling connected to a larger Jewish community.

What Rachel attended was a pilot program that is now officially opening after two years of research and development. This summer, Camp Gan Israel Bat Mitzvah Experience (CGI B-ME) will be redubbed Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos.

The camp will welcome girls attending public or secular private schools, who will enjoy all the benefits of the classic Gan Izzy camp: dedicated directors, enthusiastic counselors, and Jewish learning integrated into activities and trips.

Because an overnight camp is such an immersive environment, “we hope to create a really strong Jewish experience for every camper,” says Gershon Sandler, who is co-directing the camp along with his wife, Devorah.

She adds, “We want each girl to grow spiritually under our care.” The couple feels guided by the famous words of the Rebbe on Jewish camps, where "the children spend 24 hours a day under the influence of its education" (Parshas Shemini, 29 Nissan 5741).

The girls will benefit from over 15 years of experience that Gershon and his wife have in the world of summer camps. Gershon spent many years as a camper and then as a staff member at Indian Head Camp, the Pocono’s premiere private overnight experience. Since becoming a baal teshuvah, it has been his dream to bring Torah to youth through summer camp. Using their experience in launching and directing CGI Running Springs of California, the couple is confident about their camp’s opening.

In a strategic move that encapsulates their long-term vision, the Sandlers have replaced their rented property in the Poconos with a beautiful 83-acre campus, which can house up to 320 campers and staff. The purchase was made possible with the help of the AVI CHAI Foundation, UJA Federation of NY, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp—all organizations that believe in summer camp's value in terms of Jewish education.

To enable more girls to benefit from the camp, $1,000 grants will be awarded to eligible first-time campers, and the directors will work directly with shluchim to ensure that no Jewish girl be without this experience due to financial reasons.

In addition to the overnight camp, which will run from July 1st through the 28th, the CGI in the Poconos campus will be available for retreats and shabbatons in the fall and spring.

To learn more about the camp and for registration, visit www.CGIPoconos.org or contact Gershon and Devorah Sandler at Info@CGIPoconos.org and 845-425-0903.

Local Teaching Positions Available

Early Elementary Teacher
The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking an experienced Early Elementary Limudei Kodesh teacher for the new school year 2014-15.  Must be experienced, computer literate and be a team player. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Preschool Teacher 
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate teacher for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15. Degree in education preferred. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume to info@thehebrewacademy.orgor fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.

Teacher Assistant 
The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, creative, computer literate Teacher’s Assistant for Preschool for the new school year 2014-15. Mon- Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume with references to info@thehebrewacademy.org or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.


Save the Date - Cheder Chabad's 15th Anniversary Banquet



Mazel Tov Haymans!

Mazel tov to Baruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel tov to the grandparents Avraham and Devorah Hayman and Haim and Bina Mishli!

יה״ר שתזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים מתוך בריאות והרחבה בגו״ר
 און האבן אסאך חסידישע נחת!


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.

Pirkei Avos Available at Heichal Menachem


Blachman Bris This Sunday

Levi and Yehudis Blachman will I"YH be making a Bris for their newborn son this Sunday, 11 Iyar, May 11, at the Stolin Hall, 52 Main Street in Monsey.

Shachris is at 9:30 AM followed by the Bris at 10:15 AM.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Tehillim

Please say Tehillim for Chaim Asher ben Chava today, a 22 year old bochur who is having serious surgery.

Please say kapital chof and chof gimmel between now and 8:00 PM.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mazel Tov Abramsons - Shalom Zachor!

Mazal tov to Shmuel and Yehudis Abramson on the birth of a grandson born to Michel and Leba Abramson! 

The Shalom Zochor will take place this Friday night at 11 Robert Road in Monsey.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The Parsha this week, Emor, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23) begins "G‑d said to Moses, speak to the priests... and tell them."  Struck by the redundancy, speak and tell, our Sages explain that "tell them" was part of the instruction. "Tell the elders to warn the younger ones."
Curious as to why our Sages employed the unusual term "warn" them rather than the more usual term "teach" them, the Chassidic Masters explain that the Hebrew word for "warn them," lehazhir, also connotes illumination. In other words, don't just rebuke or admonish them; illuminate their souls by highlighting their strengths.

To explain how this can be done, we must first introduce the doctrine of The Great Test.

The question is asked why G‑d tests certain people more severely than others. There are those who are born with strong predilections for greed or theft. There are others who are extremely vulnerable to anger or jealousy, and yet others, to insecurity and fear. Then there are those who are not inclined by nature to any of the above. Living a moral lifestyle is relatively easy for this class. Why did they luck out, and why are the others so severely tested?

On the principle that G‑d does not test us in ways we cannot overcome, the Talmud posits, "He who is greater … is burdened with a stronger [evil] inclination."  Before He endows us with our genetic inclinations, G‑d endows us with the ability to overcome those very inclinations. The reason some are only mildly tempted is because their capacity for overcoming temptation is limited. Those who are sorely tempted are endowed with a greater capacity for overcoming temptation. The greater the capacity, the greater the temptation. The greater the temptation, the greater the ability to overcome. In this way, the playing field is even. No one is given a greater test than the other; we are each tested in accordance with our abilities.

Regardless of genetic disposition, our decisions to behave in particular ways are products of free choice. Regardless of how heavily we are inclined toward sin, we have the capacity to battle those inclinations and overcome them. To succumb is to choose to not live up to our full capacity.

We now return to the notion of rebuking by illumination. When we watch a fellow committing a sin, what are we seeing? Do we take note of the sin and unleash a scathing, but utterly ineffective, rebuke, or do we take note of the terrible temptation that led up to the sin?

Acknowledging our fellow's terrible temptation highlights his strengths. As explained earlier, if someone wasn't particularly strong in this area, he would not have been so sorely tested. Thus, our second option leads not to stinging rebuke, but to admiration and praise. Of course, we don't praise the sin, but our fellow's natural, G‑d-given, ability to overcome it.

Imagine responding to your neighbor's sin with a string of compliments about his incredible spiritual strengths. Tell him his soul is greater than yours, as indicated by the intensity of his temptations. Tell him how jealous you are of his soul, and how much you would give to be born with his natural abilities. Rather than drive a wedge between your neighbor and yourself, you would lay the groundwork for a wonderful relationship.

Such words of praise will also, incidentally, achieve the very objective that you seek but cannot easily achieve; they will inspire your neighbor to improve his ways. When we human beings receive praise, we naturally respond with a desire to live up to the praise. Offering praise highlights the other's natural abilities and brings out the best in him; it empowers him to overcome future temptation. Admonishment, by contrast, is not particularly inspiring or empowering; it highlights the other's failures and reminds him of his worst moments.

It is counterintuitive to respond with praise for a sinner. Those moved to mentor and guide others back to the path of morality are usually inclined to point out the negative behavioral trends that their fellow must reverse. This is the more direct way, but it is also the least effective way. When a room is dark, we simply turn on a light. When a person is filled with the darkness of sin, there is no use trying to fight the darkness. It is much more effective to simply turn on a light.

Shine the light on their strengths; their wish to live up to the praise will naturally follow.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Pollock Vort This Sunday

Reuven & Tzipora Pollock invite you to the vort of their son Elie to Chayale Andrusier of Lauderhill, Florida this Sunday, May 4th from 4-8 pm at our daughter and son-in-law's home,  16 White Birch Drive in Pomona.