Monday, June 30, 2014

JLI Paradigm Shift Lectures to Continue

Due to the popularity of the first two JLI lectures given at Tzemach Tzedek about the uniqueness of the Rebbe's approach to various concepts, it was decided to continue the series for men and women on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM.

The next lecture will take place this Sunday night, July 6.

In order to allow everyone to come free of charge, we are looking for weekly sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a week, please contact Rabbi Markowitz rabbizmarkowitz@gmail.com.

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen on Tuesday Night

Rabbi Lesches will farbreng for men and women in honor of Gimmel Tammuz on Tuesday night following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan.

Rebbe Videos Showing at Heichal Menachem


Tehillim Rally on Tuesday

With the very tragic news that was just announced about the three bochurim in Eretz Yisroel, the Bialestock family will be hosting a rally in their backyard tomorrow, Tuesday, Gimmel Tammuz, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM for families to join together to say Tehillim, give Tzedaka and say the Pesukim.


4 Essential Chinuch Principles I Learned from the Rebbe

The latest issue of Compass Magazine, a publication produced by Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch for Shluchim, includes an article called "4 Essential Chinuch Principles I Learned from the Rebbe" by Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz.



Tonight - Women's Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

N'shei Chabad will be hosting an interactive panel discussion reflecting on "The Tremendous Impact of the Rebbe on the World: Mine,Yours and Ours" with  Hindy Borenstein, Leah Gurary and Leah Rubashkin.

The farbrengen will take place this Monday, June 30 at 8:00 PM at the home of Bracha Meshchaninov, 32 N. Southgate Drive in New Hempstead.

We look forward to greeting you for an interactive and personal evening, with your participation welcome!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Seeking Hebrew School teachers

Valley Chabad Hebrew School is looking for Hebrew School teachers.

Sundays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Excellent pay. Exciting program. Supportive and positive environment to work in. Only 20 minute drive from Monsey.

Please email hindy@valleychabad.org for more information.

New Morning Kollel Starting on Gimmel Tammuz

We are very excited to announce a new endeavor Lekovod Gimmel Tammuz.

This Tuesday, Gimmel Tammuz, IY”H, a morning Kollel in Tzemach Tzedek will be starting.  It’s a work in progress and will certainly evolve and adapt as time goes on to improve based on feedback and results.

This is a paid Kollel, so if you are interested in being part of it, you are expected to keep the commitment, and attendance will be taken.  There may be other people that would like to take your spot so if you’re not committed, we do encourage you to come learn anytime you’re able to, but you do not need to be enrolled as an active member in the Kollel.  By agreeing to join, you are committing to do the best you can to keep the Seder.

In brief, the Seder will be as follows:

  • Learning will be in the main Beis Medrash of Tzemach Tzedek
  • The Kollel will run 6-7am, Sunday- Friday.  (Sundays 7-8am).  With required attendance at least 5 days a week
  • Learning can be done individually  but it is encouraged to have a chavrusa.  If you need help finding a chavrusa once the program begins please let it be known to the organizers and we’ll try to make arrangements.
  • Pay will be $150, paid at the end of each month

If you are interested in joining or have any further questions, please send an email to rabbihami@monseychabad.com.


Mazel Tov Kotlarskys!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Avremel and Chany Kotlarsky on the engagement of their son Chaim to Mushky Groner of Johannesburg, South Africa!

Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs - L'chaim Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac & Roizy Lefkowitz on the engagement of their son Shmueli to Draizy Wilansky of Portland, Oregon!

The l'chaim will take place tonight, Sunday, at the Rubashkin home, 1349 President Street in Crown Heights.

Mazel Tov Greenwalds!

Mazel tov to R' Boruch and Leah Greenwald 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.

Tonight - Community Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen with R' Shmuel Lew


Friday, June 27, 2014

Reminder - Sunday Night 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 this Sunday night, 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.

Niasoff Kiddush This Shabbos

Shmuly and Chayale Niasoff invite you to a kiddush and farbrengen following davening at Tzemach Tzedek this Shabbos in honor of Gimmel Tamuz and in the zechus of their new baby daughter, Rivka שתח׳.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Heichal Menachem Seforim Sale


Save the Date - An Educational Evening for Parents


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public? Singapore notwithstanding, surely that's over the top!

Well, was it so different for Moses, who, in this week’s Torah portion, Chukas, (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1), is punished and denied entrance to the Promised Land for the seemingly minor infraction of hitting a rock instead of speaking to it?

The people are clamoring for water in the wilderness. G-d tells Moses to speak to a certain rock (he was meant to ask nicely) and promises that, miraculously, water will flow from the rock. Commentary enlightens us as to the behind-the-scenes reasons for Moses striking the rock instead of speaking to it, but in the end the miracle happens anyway and the people's thirst is quenched.

If your average rabbi today would make a rock produce water, even if the rock needed more than mere gentle persuasion, surely it would be hailed as the greatest miracle of the century and the rabbi would win the Nobel Prize for chemistry. But for Moses it's a sin? Even if (as the Torah points out) it would have been a greater sanctification of the Divine had he only spoken to the rock, still, for such a minor infraction, such a severe penalty?

The answer, we are told, is that responsibility is commensurate with the individual. If a child messes up, it is entirely forgivable. For an adult who should know better, we are less likely to be as forgiving. Likewise, among adults, from a person of stature we expect more than from an ordinary fellow.

A blemish on a coarse garment is not nearly as bad as it is on a piece of fine material. A stain on a pair of denims is not only acceptable, it is absolutely desirable. In fact, some people pay a premium for pre-stained jeans. Put the same stain on a silk tie and it's simply unwearable.

Moses was like the finest silk and, therefore, even the smallest, subtle hint of sin was considered a serious breach of conduct and the repercussions were severe.

In one of Rabbi Dr. A. J. Twersky's early books, there is an exposition of the well-known Yiddish expression, "es past nit" -- "it is unbecoming." He writes that when he was a child and his father would admonish him for doing the something wrong, he would say "es past nit," i.e. for you, this sort of behavior is unbecoming. Not only did such a rebuke not shatter the child's self image, it reinforced it. A wise father was telling his child, "You are special, you are important; for someone like you this sort of conduct is unbecoming." There are behavior patterns that are not necessarily criminal or sinful. Yet for someone from an esteemed family background, es past nit, it is unbecoming. This was the kind of criticism that could actually build a child's self esteem.

How beautiful those even in chastisement one can find validation and praise.

Moses was the greatest prophet that ever lived. For him, the standard could be no higher. Luckily for us mere mortals, we will not be held to that exalted benchmark. But we will be held to our own standard. The standard of Jews who were called upon by G-d to be "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mazel Tov Kinds - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to R' Yaakov and Shulamis Kind on the engagement of their daughter Nechama Gila to Shneur Zalman Kornblit!

The l'chaim will take place this Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, at 8:00 PM at their home, 6 Lancaster Lane in Monsey. 

Munitz L'chaim

R' Shalom Ber and Devorah Munitz are making a l'chaim for their daughter Yehudis to Shimon Douek this Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Tamuz, at 8:30 PM at United Lubavitcher Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Women's Trip to the Ohel on Gimmel Tammuz

On Tuesday, July 1, a group of women will travel together to visit the Ohel, leaving from Bracha Meshchaninov's home 32 N. Southgate Drive at 5:30 PM.

Please contact Bracha at brachame@gmail.com or Tzipora Reitman at zreitman@gmail.com to reserve your spot or to volunteer to drive. Depending on the response, additional drivers may be needed.

N'shei Chabad Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

N'shei Chabad will be hosting an interactive panel discussion reflecting on "The Tremendous Impact of the Rebbe on the World: Mine,Yours and Ours" with  Hindy Borenstein, Leah Gurary and Leah Rubashkin.

The farbrengen will take place this Monday, June 30 at 8:00 PM at the home of Bracha Meshchaninov, 32 N. Southgate Drive in New Hempstead.

We look forward to greeting you for an interactive and personal evening, with your participation welcome!

Extra Lainings This Shabbos

As per the custom that everyone should have an aliya on the Shabbos prior to Gimmel Tammuz, there will be extra lainings this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek beginning at 8:30 AM in the backroom of the shul and then multiple lainings during the regular laining time.

Tonight - Dan's Deals Seminar Benefitting Cheder

Reminder - The event featuring Daniel Eleff of Dan’s Deals is taking place tonight, Wednesday, at 8:00 PM at YSV Boys, 121 College Road.

All proceeds from the event will be dedicated to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

For more information, and to reserve your tickets, go to www.eventbee.com/v/ddsmonsey.

Please note: These events sell out very quickly and the only way to purchase your reservation is on the eventbee.com link above. Be sure to reserve ASAP.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CH Gimmel Tammuz Events

As Gimmul Tammuz quickly approaches, Vaad Talmidei HaTmimim would like to share with you the full schedule of events that they have prepared for Anash which will ke place in Crown Heights and the Ohel beginning on Sunday Rosh Chodesh Tammuz in the morning, until Tuesday (Gimmul Tammuz) evening.

We have prepared a host of Shiurim, Panel Discussions and Farbrengens in English, Hebrew and Yiddish for both men and women. We hope this will help you to spend your time by the Rebbe in a uplifting and inspiring atmosphere, and that we will all gain in our Hiskashrus to the Rebbe, through learning and Farbrenging together.

To access this schedule online visit bit.ly/3-tammuz. In the next few days a mobile version of this schedule will be available as well. Please share this information with family and friends so that they can benefit from this information as well.

It is our hope that all of these preparations prove unnecessary, as we'll be reunited with the Rebbe with the coming of Moshiach now!


Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride to the Ohel this Thursday. Please call 347-457-9408.

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Seeking for Hebrew School teachers for the upcoming school year for Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Great pay.  Experience teaching a must.

Please send your references to hinda@chabadrt.org.

CGI Rockland Seeking Married Male Counselor

Camp Gan Israel of Rockland, located in New City, is seeking a capable married young man to be a counselor of a boys bunk.

Dates (single session an option):
Session I:    June 30 - July 25
Session II:   July 28 - August 21
Hours:  Mon-Thurs 9-4, Friday 9-3

Good pay!
 
Please contact Rabbi Simcha Morgenstern at 845-393-1190 or rabbimorgenstern@cgirockland.org.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Short Daily Dvar Torah From the Rebbe


Beware of Phone Scam Regarding Taxes

The Ramapo Police Department has received numerous complaints from residents about a phone scam going around the area.

Potential victims get a phone call from a party claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The party tells the person that they owe back taxes and if they don’t go to the store right away and send them a Green Dot money order the local police will come and arrest them.

The Ramapo Police are asking residents not to engage these callers or meet their demands.

Source

Second JLI Paradigm Shift Class Tonight


Following the success of the first class, the second JLI Paradigm Shift course will take place at Tzemach Tzedek tonight, Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM.

There is no cost for the class.

The class is open to men and women and will be taught by the co-author of the course, Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, a renowned teacher and lecturer and co-director of JLI’s Curriculum Department.

Paradigm Shift, 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 allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

The argument of Korach, the mutineer in this week’s Torah portion, Korach  (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1- 18:32) , smacks of such inane political correctness. Korach accuses Moses and Aaron of nepotism, of grabbing positions of power for themselves. In doing so, he insists that "The entire community is holy. Why do you exalt yourselves over the congregation of G-d?"

In fact, the very same argument could be used against Jews in general. "Who do you think you are? Chosen People! Aren't all men created equal?"

The fact is that Jews are different. Ask any anti-Semite and he'll confirm it. The blatant hypocrisy of the nations of the world and the international media in constantly holding Israel to a higher standard of morality than it does its Arab neighbors only reaffirms that Jews generally do adhere to a value system that is distinctive and unique.

Indeed, we do.

The Chosen People concept means greater responsibility, not privilege. Rather from making them pompous and condescending about it, it has molded Jews into the most sensitive, humane nation on earth. And that is precisely why if we do occasionally veer from those principles, it is such an aberration that it is considered front page news.

Our belief in and respect of the inherent worth of every human being does not contradict our conviction that Judaism is unique. Does not every single religion maintain that its path is the correct one? Almost all, besides Judaism, actively evangelize to graciously save the lost souls of other faiths. We Jews do not seek converts because we believe that "the righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come" and they don't need to become Jews to get a slice of paradise.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, whose 20th yahrtzeit will be observed 3 Tammuz (July 1) next week, thus explained the midrashic account of Korach's rebellion. Korach gathered his men and they donned garments made of the t'chelet (blue wool) used for the tzitzit, the fringes a Jew is commanded to tie on the corners of a four-cornered garment. "Does a garment made wholly of t'chelet still require tzitzit?" they challenged Moses. Moses answered in the affirmative and they laughed and mocked him. "If one strand of t'chelet exempts an entire garment, does not a whole garment of t'chelet exempt itself?"

Said the Rebbe, this was precisely the argument of Korach. The entire "garment," i.e. the entire congregation, is holy. We are all t'chelet, holy wool. There is no need for distinctions between us. Why do you, Moses and Aaron, appoint yourselves leaders and exalt yourselves over us?

The fact is, however, that distinctions are a necessary reality of life. While we don't look to create divisions between people, not everybody is a doctor. Imagine if every fellow who felt like playing physician would hang up a sign outside his house and start dispensing medicine! We'd have a very sick society.

The Rebbe was a great humanitarian. He was concerned about every nation and every single individual -- Jew or Gentile -- and tried to make a difference to the broader society, as evidenced by his efforts for a sacred "moment of silence" in American public schools and his emphasis on education for all. Simultaneously, he was adamant that Israel needs to be uncompromising in its territorial strategy to safeguard the security of its citizens.

Within our own people, some are "Kohanim," others "Levites" while most of us belong to the rest of the tribes of Israel. There are doctors and lawyers, priests and prophets. The challenge of those who hold legitimate, genuine high office is to keep the distinctions from disintegrating into divisiveness.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek This Shabbos

There will be a kiddush and farbrengen this Shabbos, parshas Korach, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the Liberow and Zeiler Bar Mitzvahs.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chabad Overnight Camp Welcomes the Non-Observant

Jewish Exponent | Eric Berger

Growing up, Gershon Sandler was not interested in attending Jewish overnight camps.

“I was very turned off by Judaism,” he said, recalling how he’d encountered people at his Conservative synagogue’s Hebrew school in northern New Jersey who preached about things they weren’t doing themselves.

Instead, he spent 14 summers as a camper and staff member at the secular, for-profit Indian Head Camp in Honesdale, Pa.

Sandler, 40, has since become observant and has experienced quite the range of Judaism through his experience working at summer camps: Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, which is affiliated with the Conservative movement; the modern Orthodox Camp Nesher at Lake Como, Pa.; and Camp Gan Israel, which is connected to Chabad, in the New York Catskill Mountains.

Now he’s starting his own Gan Israel overnight camp, aiming  to reach kids who might have some things in common with the younger Sandler. About 80 percent of the 60 expected campers at  the new Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos do not come from observant families and attend public school, said Sandler.

And rather than preaching to the campers, who range in age from second through ninth grade, he said, his approach is to “show them why you keep Shabbat, why you keep kosher, why you like to pray, and then they’re intrigued and want to learn more.”

Sandler said the largest contingent of campers will come from the Philadelphia area. Gan Israel also operates day camps around the country, including several local ones. The first summer will be girls only, though Sandler said he expects to start separate sessions for boys and girls next year.

The 83 acres that the Gan Israel organization purchased for the camp has been, like Sandler, converted from a private camp. The site of Camp Log-N-Twig became a religious nonprofit Camp Dina, an Orthodox girls camp affiliated with UJA-Federation of New York that moved to another site, before Gan Israel took over. The organization received support from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Avi Chai Foundation to purchase the $1 million property and invest an additional $500,000 in upgrades and renovations.

The new camp will absorb and build on a Camp Gan Israel Bat Mitzvah Experience pilot project that Sandler started two summers ago in Collegeville, intending to create a place where Judaism was the focus rather than “just the style, the flavor.”

He jokes about the increased emphasis in the Jewish community on creating speciality camps by saying, “We’re a Jewish speciality camp, specializing in making Judaism relevant.”

While the new Gan Israel camp has the usual fun activities — a climbing wall, a zip line and a newly renovated swimming pool — Sandler emphasized his goal of making sure they get the basics right.
“At some camps, food is a downer, a bummer because it’s hard to cook tasty food on a large scale,” he said. “But we have a caterer” that “makes absolutely amazing food, so for them to come to camp and eat totally kosher that tastes good, is really huge.”

Sandler said he first became more interested in becoming an observant Jew while in Israel on OTZMA, a post-college program. He and friends traveled for Shabbat from the kibbutz where they were working to Tzfat, where, he recalled, “for the first time in my life I experienced real simcha, real happiness.”

He went on to work at various Jewish camps and study at an Orthodox seminary, the Rabbinical College of America, though he did not pursue ordination. Now married and a father of four living in Monsey, N.Y., Sandler said his motivation is reaching people who “feel that Judaism is archaic, that it’s not relevant to them.”

Donna Segal is among those parents who send their children to public schools but were interested in the Chabad-affiliated camp. The Bucks County family — Segal is married with three children — eats only kosher food, but they don’t have a kosher kitchen; they celebrate Shabbat but also drive on the day of rest to attend services at the Chabad of Newtown.

Her daughter, Claire, started attending Sandler’s Bat Mitvah program two summers ago.

“She became more aware of the roots of her ancestors and wanted to know more about Judaism after the experience that she had there,” said Segal, who immigrated here from Ukraine 25 years ago.

Since that first summer, Claire moved from a Richboro public school to Abrams Hebrew Academy, an Orthodox school in Yardley. The family is now deciding whether to send her to Kohelet Yeshiva High School or a public school for her freshman year. In the meantime, she’s heading back to camp and is bringing several friends from public school with her.

“It’s the attention” Sandler and his wife “provide to them,” Segal said.  “And how much they themselves connect to the kids.”

Dan's Deals Seminar in Monsey

The Cheder Board of Directors is bringing you yet another opportunity for a terrific evening and an opportunity to lend your support to our Mosad.

Daniel Eleff of Dan’s Deals fame has kindly agreed to present one of his nationally acclaimed workshops here in Monsey on behalf of our Cheder.  Learn how to leverage credit card and airline mileage points like a pro and you’ll be privy to a number of techniques that Dan cannot publish on his well known website.

All proceeds from the event will be dedicated to Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Date:   June 25th
Place: YSV Boys Building, 121 College Rd., Suffern, NY
Time:   8:00 PM

For more information and to reserve your tickets, go to www.eventbee.com/v/ddsmonsey.

Please note: These events sell out very quickly and the only way to purchase your reservation is on the eventbee.com link above. Be sure to reserve ASAP.

Final Small Children's Group This Shabbos

This Shabbos will be the final small children's group of the season at Tzemach Tzedek.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Second JLI Paradigm Shift Class This Sunday Night


Following the success of the first class, the second JLI Paradigm Shift course will take place at Tzemach Tzedek on this Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM.

There is no cost for the class.

The class is open to men and women and will be taught by the co-author of the course, Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, a renowned teacher and lecturer and co-director of JLI’s Curriculum Department.

Paradigm Shift, 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 allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.



Prayer Gathering for Three Kidnapped Boys on Thursday Night



Monday, June 16, 2014

Cheder Sixth Grader Wins at Chidon

Mazel tov to Cheder Chabad of Monsey sixth grader Mendel Teitelbaum on winning 3rd place in the grand international Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos held in Crown Heights!




Paradigm Shift Class Inspires Many

More than fifty people gathered in Tzemach Tzedek last night for the first of two classes of the new Jewish Learning Institute course, Paradigm Shift.

The class focused on the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing positive approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general and included numerous fascinating video clips.

The class was taught by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, the co-author of Paradigm Shift and a renowned teacher and lecturer and co-director of JLI’s Curriculum Department.

The second class is open for men and women and will focus on the Rebbe's view of the neshama of a Yid. The class will take place this Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek. All are encouraged to participate and get inspired!





Friday, June 13, 2014

Pre Gimmel Tammuz Events for Anash in Crown Heights



Mazel Tov Fishers - Shalom Zachor Tonight!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Levi and Brany Fisher on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Rosenberg home, 14 Phyllis Terrace in Monsey.

Yeshiva Night in Pomona

Numerous yungeleit gathered to learn at the weekly Yeshiva Night held every Wednesday evening at Beis Menachem Lubavitch of Pomona.

The Yeshiva Night program was initiated as a preparation for Gimmul Tammuz.



Mazel Tov Webbs!

Mazel tov to R' Zvi and Chaya Webb on the birth of a grandson born to Avi and Bryna Webb of Crown Heights!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Perspective: what a difference it can make. How we look, where we look and the way we look at things always colors our impressions.

In this week’s Torah portion (Bamidbor [Numbers] 13:1-15:41), the word ur'eetem--"and you shall see"--occurs twice. The first is at the beginning of the Parshah (13:18), in the story of the spies sent by Moses to investigate the Promised Land; and the second time is at the very end (15:39), in the chapter on the mitzvah of tzitzit. In the first verse, Moses instructs the spies "And you shall see the land, what is it... are the people strong or weak... is the land fertile or lean... are the cities open or fortified?" In the second verse, we are commanded to place tzitzit--fringes--on the corners of our garments and told: "And you shall look upon it and remember all the commandments of G-d, and fulfill them."

The same word, ur'eetem, is used both times; yet look at the stark contrast between these two chapters. The first time, with the spies, it turned tragic. Their negative report of the land caused the people to reject the Divine promise; their cries of fear and despair caused G-d to decree that that day would become a time of "weeping for generations." Indeed, that day was Tisha B'Av, and the resulting 40-year delay in entering Israel was to be the first of many national calamities to befall our people on that same day.

On the other hand, the second instance of the word ur'eetem in our Parsha is a positive one: looking at the fringes is a way to remember all G-d's commandments and to observe a G-dly life.

It all depends on how we look at things. To see the land as the Spies saw it is to see earthiness, a materialistic perspective. To see the tzitzit is to gaze at a mitzvah of G-d, a heavenly perspective.

Chassidic thought discusses the difference between a human being and an animal. The animal was created in a horizontal line. The cow, naturally, looks downward, at the grass. Munching grass is its full-time occupation. All a cow thinks about all day is its food. Ever see a cow looking up at the sky and pondering the meaning of life? Human beings, however, were created in a vertical orientation. It is much easier for humans to look upward, to contemplate that which is higher and more meaningful.

To be people of vision we must look upward. There is a higher purpose to life. There is a deeper meaning to what meets the eye. The whole of Kabbalah and mysticism is based on the principle of the metaphysical. This fundamental principle is that there is not only the self-evident body but also the invisible soul; not only the universe but also a cosmic plan and a profound reason for every experience in life, whether it be obvious to us or not.

If we only look at the land, at that which is earthly and material, the world is often crass, helter-skelter and hollow. But when we raise our sights and lift our heads heavenward, we see so much more. When we utilize our unique human mind power and spiritual potential, we can better discern the wood from the trees, the lofty from the low. The Sages of the Talmud noted that by looking at the tzitzit, we not only see the commandments of G-d but we discover G-d Himself.

Where you look will determine what you find.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos.

Kiddush at Tzemach Tzedek This Shabbos

Please join us for an enhanced kiddush & farbrengen this Shabbos at Tzemach Tzedek following musaf.

The Kiddush sponsors are:
  • Yeruchem Cohen in honor of the yahrzeit of his father 
  • Moshe & Illia Meshchaninov in honor of the yahrzeit of their father 
  • Baruch Akiva, Shalom & Simcha Hayman in honor of the yahrzeit of their mother


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

East Ramapo Formula Change Petition

As a result of our unique public/nonpublic student ratio, the State aid formula is not equitable for East Ramapo.

The formula is faulty in that it does not take into account East Ramapo's 23,000 nonpublic school students for whom the District must provide numerous mandated services, such as transportation, textbooks, computer hardware and software, special education services, etc.

We are appealing to our legislators and Governor to enact legislation to change the formula to include our nonpublic school students in our student count so that East Ramapo gets its fair share of State aid.

Please help us in this effort by signing the petition which is located in the website below. Please forward the website to others as we want to get as many signatures as possible. I appreciate your support.

Website: East Ramapo Formula Change Petition

Sincerely,

Joel M. Klein
Superintendent of Schools
East Ramapo Central School District

First JLI Paradigm Shift Class This Sunday


Due to popular demand, the two-class JLI Paradigm Shift course will take place at Tzemach Tzedek on this Sunday, 17 Sivan, June 15, at 8:00 PM and on the following Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM.

There will be no cost for the classes. The course workbook will be sold at the classes for $6.

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

Paradigm Shift, 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 allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.

In order for us to prepare properly, please RSVP to jli@monseychabad.com in advance.

Seeking Hebrew School Teachers

Seeking Hebrew school teachers for the upcoming 2014-2015 year. 

Hours are 10:00 AM to 12:45 PM on Sundays only.

Must have at least one year of teaching experience and references. Good pay. Half hour drive from the Monsey area.


Serious inquiries only, female teachers preferred. 

Please contact 973-493-7842 or chanig@optonline.net.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Seeking Counselors

Due to high enrollment, CGI of Tenafly is looking for more counselors who are in 9th grade and up.

Great pay. Great environment. Transportation provided to and from Monsey.

Please contact Rishi at cgitenafly@gmail.com or 865-386-9039.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Community Gimmel Tammuz Preparation Update

As the 20th anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz draws closer, please find the following update on the three initiatives that the greater Monsey Chabad Anash community is doing together to prepare for this auspicious day:

JLI Paradigm Shift Classes:
Due to popular demand, this two-class course will take place at Tzemach Tzedek on this Sunday, 17 Sivan, June 15, at 8:00 PM and on the following Sunday, 24 Sivan, June 22, at 8:00 PM. There will be no cost for the classes. The course workbook will be sold at the classes for $6.

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

Paradigm Shift, 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 allowing students to gain a comprehensive grasp of the Rebbe’s unique and refreshing position and approach to Torah, Yidishkeit and life in general.

In order for us to prepare properly, please RSVP to jli@monseychabad.com in advance.

Kovetz:
By now, everyone should have received the Gimmel Tammuz Kovetz in the mail.

Numerous shiurim have already been organized in some of the Shuls to learn the content contained in the Kovetz!

Please take some time to learn the material by attending a shiur, learning with your family, a chavrusa, your students or by yourself.

If you did not receive the Kovetz, please contact Rabbi Markowitz at rabbimarkowitz@monseychabad.com for a copy.

Gimmel Tammuz Community Farbrengen:
Men and women are invited to join in a community farbrengen in honor of Gimmel Tammuz with Rabbi Shmuel Lew of London, England.

In addition, a few members of the community will briefly share their personal experiences of how the Rebbe deeply impacted their lives.

There will also be an  A capella choir that will lead some of the nigunim.

The farbrengen will take place on Sunday, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June 29, at 8:00 PM in the main shul (upstairs) in Tzemach Tzedek.

If you would like the zechus of co-sponsoring this special evening, please contact rabbimarkowitz@monseychabad.com.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

When the Ghetto Walls Crumbled

Once upon a time, you told a kid what to do, and the kid did exactly as told. The transmission of Judaism and Jewish practice from generation to generation was a simple process: Parents told their child, "This is what we do and this is what we don't do," and the child obediently complied.

Our ancestors lived in a physical ghetto, there was nowhere to go, and in a psychological ghetto, there were no other real options to choose from.

Education was a simple process.

Then the Jew was emancipated; the ghetto walls crumbled. And Jewish education changed forever. No longer was the child ignorant of the world around him. His options were endless—conforming to his ancestors' ancient ways was only one of them. The education of "do so because I said so" could no longer endure.

If this was a challenge in the age of horse and buggies and then mailmen, how much more so in the 21st century, when the outside world is at our doorstep, or better yet, in our bedroom.

A Chassidic Rebbe once said, "The sights that my Chassidim in America see on one train ride, is more than what my Chassidim in the shtetl saw in a lifetime."

How do we deal with education in the age of www and 3D?

Let's see what the Torah has to say.

In this week’s Torah portion Beha’aloscha (Bamidbor (Numbers) 8:1 -12:16) G‑d spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him, "When you raise ("beha'alotecha") the lamps [of the Tabernacle's candelabra]…" (Numbers 8:1-2).

Beha'alotecha, commonly translated as "when you kindle," literally translates as "when you raise up" What's the connection between "raising up" and lighting a menorah? The commentator Rashi explains that the priest must light the lamps in the menorah until they burn – rise upwards – on their own.

Spiritually speaking, the menorah represents the soul. To light a menorah means to ignite a soul.

The Torah is teaching us that when we ignite the soul of our children or protégés, we must educate them so that they can stand on their own two feet. Don't give them fish; teach them how to fish. Don't teach them dependence, teach them independence. Make them knowledgeable about and proud of their faith, rather than clueless and subdued.

We must build strong immune systems that can stay strong in the face of the “junk” thrown its way; so that their spirit and dedication to Judaism is not intimidated or weakened by the so-called world cultures around them.

This immune system is not hereditary, it doesn't come naturally. It is up to us to "raise the lamps."

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

George Washington Bridge Delays

A message from the Port Authority of NY & NJ:

Attention Motorists Using the George Washington Bridge (GWB) During the Overnight Hours:

Beginning Monday, June 16, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will resume a steel deck improvement project on the upper level of the GWB that may cause significant overnight delays.

Three of four upper level bridge lanes will be closed in either the eastbound or westbound direction during the hours below:
  •      Monday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning
  •      Friday night from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday morning
  •     The work will also require several 10-15 minutes traffic holds during the hours above
NOTE: Closure hours will be adjusted to accommodate Yankee games and Meadowlands events.

Passenger vehicles should use the GWB lower level (which will be fully open to cash and E-ZPass) to minimize their delay OR consider seeking an alternate route. Trucks are required to use the upper level at all times. Highway message signs, 511 and traffic reports will advise motorists in advance which direction will be under construction (on any given night). Visit our website for the most up-to-date closure schedule and project details.

For regional traffic conditions, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org. For real-time traffic updates at the GWB and other Port Authority crossings, register for Bridge & Tunnel Alerts.


Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey today for one boy.

Please call Yaacov Shusterman at 973-723-6868.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Shavuos Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

There’s some confusion here. We are about to celebrate Shavuot and I’m told it is the "Season of the Giving of the Torah." But isn’t there another holiday when we celebrate with the Torah? Simchat Torah, right? So why are we celebrating twice? Why two festivals to remember the same thing?

The answer is that on Simchat Torah we conclude our annual reading of the Torah. We end the Book of Deuteronomy and immediately begin anew the Book of Genesis. We have reason to rejoice at the achievements of the year gone by, so we celebrate.

And how do we celebrate? We dance with the Torah. Is the Torah scroll on the bimah (reading table)? No. It is in the aisles. Is it open? No, it is closed and covered. Why? Because on Simchat Torah we are reminded that even if a Jew has, G-d forbid, not opened the Torah all year long, he still has a spiritual place in the Torah. Even if, for him, the Torah has been a closed book, nevertheless, every Jew has a deep-rooted, innate connection to Torah. As we read on Simchat Torah, "The Torah that Moses commanded us is the heritage of the entire Congregation of Jacob." Each and every single Jew, the entire congregation, has an intrinsic relationship with Torah. Torah is not the private property of the intellectual elite. Scholars or simple folk, academics or the unlettered, Torah belongs to one and all.

But there comes a time when you have to open the book! We don’t dance with the Torah wrapped in its mantle all year long. That is for Simchat Torah. But we also have to open, read, study, ask, learn and become more familiar with our heritage. We need to get to know Torah from the inside, to understand the Torah as a textbook too.

That time is every day. But the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah is Shavuot. That is when we celebrate the Torah as a book of wisdom, as a moral code, an ethical system, and a guiding light in our lives. Shavuot reminds us that the Torah is not only a beautiful, cherished ceremonial ornament to revere and dance with on Simchat Torah, but the source of all our wisdom, knowledge and understanding about life and how we are to live it.

I was present some years ago at a celebration to welcome a new Torah Scroll into a neighboring congregation. The guest speaker was Rabbi Volpo from Rishon L’Tzion, Israel. Let me share with you a very apt analogy he used in his remarks there. He told a story.

There were two sisters. One married a rich man; the other’s husband was poor. Yet, ironically, it was the wealthy sister who was the unhappy one. Her sister couldn’t understand why she should be so miserable. “He supports you handsomely. He buys you beautiful clothes, expensive jewelry. Just look at your diamonds. Why are you so unhappy?”

The wealthy sister replied. “Actually, I am jealous of you, my sister. You have a wonderful, loving relationship with your husband. Yes, my husband does buy me expensive things. It is true that he does spend money on me. But your husband spends time with you and mine does not.”

So while it may be true that we adorn our Torahs with exquisite velvet mantles, precious silver crowns, breastplates, bells and pointers, all the expensive ornaments don’t come close to spending time with the Torah. And the Torah is unhappy and cries out, “Thanks for the silver, thanks for the décor, but what I really want is you! I want your time, your mind. I want you.”

It is surely one of the sad ironies of contemporary Jewish life that this most educated generation should be so ignorant of its own heritage. How is it that we have produced the most successful people in the professions, in commerce - titans of industry - and yet knowledge of our priceless Jewish wisdom is at an all-time low? Why is it that our most brilliant legal minds have never even read a single page of the Talmud? Why should our most sophisticated computer whiz kids not know which way to hold a prayer book? Why should Ivy League professors be content with the Jewish education of a 12 year old, and otherwise intelligent, mature adults satisfy themselves with the Jewish syllabus of a nursery school?

So on Shavuot we are reminded that we need to open the book and spend some quality time, meaningful study time with the Torah.

Practically speaking, this is the season to commit oneself to a regular time for Torah study. In every community there are so many options to choose from. Wherever we are in our Jewish education, it must be ongoing. We must have fixed times for learning Torah and those times should be non-negotiable.

And because this is the Season of the Giving of the Torah, we are assured that the Torah will indeed be given to us once again if we but make the sincere effort to acquire it. Hopefully, this Shavuot will be for us not only the Season of the Giving of the Torah – that is G-d’s job - but the Season of Receiving the Torah – that is our job.                      

(Reprinted from Chabad.org)

May you have a joyful and uplifting holiday of Shavuos!

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Yungeleit Shacharis Minyan Starting on Shavuos

Boruch Hashem over the last few years the greater Monsey Chabad community has enjoyed tremendous growth.

To facilitate this growth, Tzemach Tzedek, under the leadership of the Rav, Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches, the President, Mr. Avraham Hayman, and the Board are excited to announce a new minyan for Shacharis on Shabbos and Yom Tov.

The minyan is being created in a spirit of achdus to meet the needs of the many Yungeleit who are seeking an additional serious and efficient place to daven and grow with like-minded friends. The kiddush/farbrengens after davening will be together with the existing Tzemach Tzedek minyan.

The Yungeleit minyan will be starting this Shavuos at 10:15 AM in the simcha room downstairs in Tzemach Tzedek. It will then continue every Shabbos at the same time.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson Lecturing in Monsey on Shavuos


Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Release "Turning Judaism Outward" Available Locally


Heichal Menachem Shavuos 5774 Schedule



Tzemach Tzedek Shavuos 5774 Schedule

The following is the Shavuos 5774 schedule for Tzemach Tzedek:

Erev Shavuos, Tuesday, 5/6 Sivan (June 3):
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Bentshen: 8:05 PM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Chassidus Shiur
Maariv: 9:15 PM
After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul for Tikun Leil Shavuos. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

First Day of Shavuos, Wednesday, 6 Sivan (June 4):
Alos HaShachar (Mikvah): 3:37 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:30 AM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: 9:15 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 9:14 PM

Second Day of Shavuos, Thursday, 7 Sivan (June 5): 
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:05 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv - Yom Tov Ends: 9:15 PM
Kiddush Levana (if possible)

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות

One Week Only - Registration Fee for Paradigm Shift Classes Waived

Due to the generosity of a local sponsor, for one week only the $36 registration fee will be waived for anyone who signs up for the Paradigm Shift classes prior to next Sunday, June 8.

Please email your name and that you intend to participate in both Paradigm Shift classes to jli@monseychabad.com.

Only those that register in advance will receive the updates as to where the classes will be taking place.


Erev Shavuos Farbrengen on Monday Night


Small Package to CH

If anyone can take a small package from Monsey to Crown Heights, please call Leah Poltorak at 914-584-6902.

Shavuos Night Learning for Women

Women are invited to learn on the first night of Shavuos following your yom tov seudah at the home of Mrs. Yehudis Abramowitz, 211A Kearsing Parkway.

Stay for a few minutes, an hour, or join us until dawn.

Learning will include Minhagim of Shavuos; Rebbe Sicha; Megillas Rus; Sefer HaMitzvos, Inspiring Stories, etc.

Mazel Tov Rabbi & Rebbetzin Lesches

Mazal tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandson born to Yossi and Chanie Lesches of Crown Heights!