Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Rebbe on Tes & Yud Kislev

From the Rebbe’s Farbrengen Shabbos Yud Kislev 5711:

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

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

Heichal Menachem Melava Malka This Motzei Shabbos

Friday, November 28, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Moshiach & Geulah Shiur Participants Make Siyum

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Community Calendar - Use It!

As a result of numerous scheduling conflicts that have resulted between mosdos who scheduled events for the same day and time, a new Community Calendar has been created on which anyone can create an event. 

When scheduling communal events and personal simchas, please check the new Community Calendar  to see if anything else is already scheduled for the same day.

Please be sure to also enter your event or simcha so that others don't create an event that may conflict with yours.

Simply click on the number of the secular date (i.e. November 26 - click on "26") of your event or simcha and add your information.

The Community Calendar can be found on the right sidebar of this website or at

Tes & Yud Kislev Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Time to Finish Your Annual Mesechta

If you committed to learn a Mesechta of Gemara last Yud Tes Kislev as part of the Chalukas HaShas please remember to finish it in the next week before Yud Tes Kislev of this year which is on Thursday, December 11.

If you forgot which Mesechta you committed to learn, please ask Rabbi Lesches.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Heichal Menachem Advertises Melava Malka Around Town

Help MBCM This Small Business Saturday

Have an American Express card?

You can help MBCM raise needed funds in just one night – without spending a penny. Here’s how: American Express is holding their annual Small Business Campaign. They’re giving a $10 credit to registered cardholders for spending $10 or more at a local small business or non-profit organization.

Here is how it work:

1.    Register your American Express card by clicking here and filling out the short form.

2.    Go to to pledge $10 (or more) with your registered Amex card.
 For security reasons please leave your contact info so we can call you prior to November 29 to verify card information before charging.

3.    Pass this message on to all your friends and email contacts.

4.    On November 30 (after Shabbos) we will process your donation per the guidelines of this campaign. On or about Dec. 1st you will receive a $10 credit from Amex.

You are more than welcome to donate more than $10 as part of your year-end donations.

To read more about this offer from Amex go to

Heichal Menachem Yud Tes Kislev Melava Malka

MBCM Parlor Meeting Updated Date

Please note that the date for the MBCM Parlor Meeting has been updated to December 14. Please mark your calendar.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Izzy Izagui Speaking on Tuesday at RCC

Weekly Women's Class on Wednesday Mornings

Please note that Esti Jacobson's ​weekly Torah & Tea will take place from now on each week on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM at her home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive​ ​(off of Grandview near Forshay).

Baruch Hashem, the class has taken off to a great start with close to twenty women attending, from all types of backgrounds. Please come and bring a friend.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev tonight, Sunday, November 23, at Tzemach Tzedek following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan.

On Rosh Chodesh Kislev, five weeks after Shmini Atzeres when the Rebbe suffered a major heart attack, the Rebbe left his office in 770 Eastern Parkway and returned to his home, signaling his recovery. From then on, the first of Kislev is celebrated by Chassidim as a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing.

For more on Rosh Chodesh Kislev click here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cheder Girls Run a Tanya-Thon

Cheder Chabad Girls started a new program, a Tanya-Thon, in memory of Mr. Avraham Hayman's mother Leah bas Shraga Feivel A"H.

The girls all learned Tanya baal peh with a tremendous chayos. We are very proud of them!

Help MBCM This Small Business Saturday

Have an American Express card?

You can help MBCM raise needed funds in just one night – without spending a penny. Here’s how: American Express is holding their annual Small Business Campaign. They’re giving a $10 credit to registered cardholders for spending $10 or more at a local small business or non-profit organization.

Here is how it work:

1.    Register your American Express card by clicking here and filling out the short form.

2.    Go to to pledge $10 (or more) with your registered Amex card.
 For security reasons please leave your contact info so we can call you prior to November 29 to verify card information before charging.

3.    Pass this message on to all your friends and email contacts.

4.    On November 30 (after Shabbos) we will process your donation per the guidelines of this campaign. On or about Dec. 1st you will receive a $10 credit from Amex.

You are more than welcome to donate more than $10 as part of your year-end donations.

To read more about this offer from Amex go to

A Shabbos Request from the Families of the Four Slain Rabbis

The widows and orphans of the four rabbis who were slain in the Jerusalem synagogue massacre this week issued a letter calling for national solidarity and unity:

With broken hearts, drenched in tears shed over the spilt blood of holy men – the heads of our families.

We call on our brethren wherever they are – let us come together so that we may merit mercy from Heaven, and let’s accept upon ourselves to increase love and camaraderie, between each individual and each community.

We ask that every person accept upon himself on this Sabbath Eve (Parshat Toldot, November 21-22, 2014), to set aside the day of Shabbat as a day of unconditional love, a day during which we will refrain from words of disagreement and division, from words of gossip and slander.

May this serve to elevate the souls of our husbands and fathers who were slaughtered while sanctifying God’s name.

God will look down from the heavens, see our suffering, wipe away our tears and put an end to our tribulations.

May we merit seeing the coming of our Moshiach speedily in our days. Amen.

Signed with a torn heart,

Mrs. Chaya Levin and family

Mrs. Bryna Goldberg and family

Mrs. Yaacova Kupensky and family

Mrs. Bashy Twersky and family

Avos U'Banim 5775 Off to a Great Start

The new season of Avos U'Banim is off to a great start with nearly 100 fathers and sons participating already. The program is organized by Cheder Chabad of Monsey and held at Tzemach Tzedek every Motzai Shabbos of the winter months.

"This is a beautiful sight to behold and to hear the Kol Torah permeating the Shul." said Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, dean of Cheder Chabad and founder of the Monsey Chabad Avos U'Banim program approximately 12 years ago.

"Due the hectic schedules of most fathers, they do not have the time to sit and review their sons' learning with them. The hour at Avos U'Banim provides a calm environment for fathers to spend quality time with their sons, to learn together or review their Cheder material. In fact, one of the early participants in our program years ago , has now begun an Avos U'Banim program in another city, using our Monsey format of the program."

After the learning, some of the 12 psukim are recited, raffles for prizes and seforim are held and a Chassidishe story is told. Each of the participants is then given a treat - often hot pizza!

The program is open to all elementary school boys, with their fathers.

N'shei Annual Welcoming Event

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kupath Ezra Emergency Campaign

Pre-Ticket Sale for 8th Day Chanukah Concert

There is a pre-ticket sale for the Chanukah 8th Day concert at RCC until this Thursday night at which point tickets will go on sale to the general public.

There are not many $25 tickets so you may want to get yours before they sell out.

The seats will be given in the order they are bought. So for example those buying $36 tickets in the pre-sale will get the first row of that price category.

Rimler Vach Nacht & Bris

Shmuly and Michal Rimler will be making a Vach Nacht for their newborn son tonight, Wednesday, November 19, from  6:30 to 7:00 PM at their home, 1 Spring Rock Place.

The bris will IY"H take place on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM at the same location.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

The Voice and the Hands

A response to the terror attack in Jerusalem.

Our Torah portion this week Toldot (Bereishis [Genesis] 25:19-28:9) recounts the birth of the twins Yaacov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau). Growing up, the two boys developed their contrasting lifestyles - Jacob of piety and scholarship, as compared to  Esau, of violence and corruption. The choices they made affected four millennia of mankind.

This week we witnessed—yet again—this cosmic divergence. Evil terrorists slaughtered and butchered innocent Jews as they stood in prayer talking to their Creator. The contrast between the perpetrators and victims has never been more poignant.

One of the striking moments in this Torah portion is when Jacob, upon advice from his mother Rebecca, chooses to trick his blind father, Isaac.

Why does Jacob do such a thing? Because his father plans on giving awesome and historical blessings over to Esau. Rebecca, who knows what Esau is really up to, decides that she must do whatever it takes to reroute the blessings to Jacob.

How does he do it? He dresses up in Esau’s clothes, takes some delicious food prepared by his mother, and walks into his father’s chamber.

“My father!” he says.

Isaac responds: “I’m here. Who are you, my son?”

Jacob plays the part: “I am Esau your firstborn. I did what you told me [to get food for you]. Please come, sit and eat some of my hunting, so that your soul will bless me.”

So far, so good.

But then he slips. When his father asks him, “How did you manage to get the food I asked you for so quickly?” he responds, “Because G‑d, your G‑d, helped me.”

Something doesn’t smell right anymore. Esau isn’t the kind of kid who mentions and thanks G‑d. Maybe . . . Hmmm . . . Isaac is getting suspicious.

“Come over here, son. I want to touch you and see if you are my son Esau or not.”

Without much of a choice, Jacob approaches his father. His father touches him, and says the immortal words: “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”

(It ends well. He blesses Jacob with the most beautiful blessings. Later on, when the real Esau insists that his father bless him with something, his father tells him: “You will live by your sword.”)

The “voice” and the “hands.” Jacob took the sweet voice of prayer and study, while his twin grabbed the hands—and the knife.

The hands seem to have played the greater role in the history of humanity and its failings. Bloodshed, conquest, genocide, terrorisms, pogroms and all the synonyms of hatred. The hands seem more popular than the voice. Action films are more exciting than prayer services.

There will come a day, however, when G‑d will show us His version and interpretation of history, and we will then see a different graph, a surprising tale. We will watch how a Bubby with a book of Tehillim took down a dictator and saved a country. We will read of the voices of study and prayer that pierce through Iron Curtains and guns of steel. We will gasp at how an act of forgiveness between two feuding siblings brought the world one giant step closer to messianic utopia.

Regardless, we should use our voices now to say a prayer for those dedicated military and security Isreali forces who watch over our Holy Land with their hands of Jacob in Esau’s clothing. For we are truly proud of those righteous souls who, beneath the costume, are as pure and pious as their patriarch who lived so long ago in an ancient land called Israel.

Yes, there are times when we still need to use our hands. But our strength is our voice, the voice of Jacob. The voice of discussion, the voice of monotheism and study of Torah, the voice of parents singing lullabies of love to their children, the voice of silent strength. Because it makes all the difference.

(Excerpts from - by  Rabbi Levi Avtzon)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cheder Matching Grant for One Week

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

To that end, Avraham and Devorah Hayman have announced a surprise matching opportunity, in honor of Avraham's mother’s first Yahrzeit, Leah bas Shraga Feivel, z"l. The Hayman's will double match any donation of $100 to $999 and triple match donations of $1,000 to $2,000 that are pledged this week through next Sunday evening, 11/23.

In addition the Hayman’s will contribute and additional 20% of all donations of $1,000 or more and 10% of donations less than $1000 to a special fund designed to help Families in Financial Crises.

All pledges must be paid by Yud Tes Kislev, 12/11. All contributions will go to support the Cheder’s daily operations insuring that our mechanchim will be paid on a timely basis.

Your gift at this time is especially meaningful as it will be doubled or even tripled but time is limited so you must act quickly!

To pledge:
  • Please call 845-356-1213 x227
  • Or send an email to
  • Or pledge online at\Donate
Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. & Mrs. Kushnir on the birth of a grandson to Dina and Tzvi Wegh!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time Change for New Women's Class

Please note that Esti Jacobson's ​weekly Torah & Tea will take place this week, on Tuesday, at 11:00 AM at her home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive​ ​(off of Grandview in Forshay).

Baruch Hashem, the class has taken off to a great start with close to twenty women attending from all types of backgrounds. Please come and bring a friend.

Mazel Tov Bronsteins!

Mazel tov to Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Bronstein on the birth of a granddaughter born to Schneur  Zalman & Faige Rabin of Montreal!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson Farbrengs with Bochurim on Chof Cheshvan

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson joined the bochurim of Yeshiva Lubavitch of Monsey for a Chof Cheshvan farbrengen this past Thursday night.

In addition to many stories and horaos from the Rebbe Rashab, Rabbi Jacobson inspired the bochurim with insights into the differences between a chitzon and a pnimi. He discussed at length, in his eloquent and lucid style, the significance of being a pnimi for a tomim.

The bochurim were encouraged to try to be “mushlam” as the Rebbe defines shleimus - for every individual to fully utilize the koichos given to them to the best of their own abilities.

Lubavitch Shidduch Network Monsey Meeting

Daily Mincha

The daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:15 PM.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rimler Shalom Zachor

R' Shmuly and Michal Rimler will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at their home, 1 Spring Rock Place. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Isaac was forbidden to leave the Holy Land, because he was consecrated to G‑d when Abraham offered him as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Abraham, however, wasn’t willing to consider a Canaanite girl for Isaac, so he sent his faithful servant Eliezer to his own hometown of Aram Naharaim (modern-day northern Syria) to find a suitable girl for Isaac. Eliezer successfully discharged this mission and returned to Canaan with Rebecca.

This week's Parshah Chaye Sarah (Bereishis [Genesis] 23:1-25:18) relates the entire account of Eliezer’s mission in great detail, repeating entire segments of the story several times. Generally speaking, the Torah is “stingy” with words; many laws of the Torah are derived from a seemingly superfluous word, or even an extra letter. The Midrash therefore concludes that “beautiful are the words of the servants of the Patriarchs more than the Torah of their children.”

What is so special about the “words of the servants of the Patriarchs”? What is the lesson the Torah wants us to derive from Eliezer’s mission?

One characteristic of Eliezer’s mission which is quite blatant is his tremendous focus. When he arrived in Aram Naharaim, he didn’t first go around town to see the local attractions. In fact, he didn’t even check in to the local Hilton to rest from his journey. Instead, he went straight to work, immediately starting the search for Isaac’s future wife. Even after he found Rebecca and deemed her worthy for his master’s son, he still didn’t allow himself to relax. When he was invited to Rebecca’s home, and the entire family sat down to eat, he proclaimed, “I will not eat until I have spoken my words . . . I am Abraham’s servant . . .”

Because he was so focused on his duty, constantly aware that he was merely an envoy of Abraham, he realized that he had all of Abraham’s miraculous powers at his disposal. Therefore, instead of hiring a private investigator to find the best and most virtuous girl in town, he went to the well and beseeched G‑d for a sign from heaven which would identify the right maiden. And he succeeded. When Rebecca’s family requested that she be given several months to prepare herself for marriage—a seemingly reasonable demand—Eliezer responded: “Do not delay me. . . Send me away, and I will go to my master.” And he got his way. He didn’t feel compelled to comply with societal norms or standards; he knew that his mission would succeed even if he were asking for the (seemingly) impossible.

We, too, are emissaries. We were sent to this world by the Al-mighty to create a marriage, to bring together two opposites - Creator and creation. We can and will accomplish this task, because we go not with our own powers, but with the G‑dly powers which G‑d invested within us in order to accomplish this feat. We can transform ourselves, our families and acquaintances, and indeed all of creation into spiritual entities, suitable to be G‑d’s bride. We must, however, always remain focused on the mission. We must always have proper priorities, always remembering what is really important in life.

This is the lesson we learn from Eliezer, a lesson the Torah deems worthy of repeating several times.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Save the Dates - MBCM Dinner & Parlor Meeting

Please save the dates:

MBCM Dinner:
Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka is pleased to announce that its Annual Dinner will I"YH take place on Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas VaYechi, January 3, 2015, 12 Teves 5775. Watch this space for more Information.

MBCM Parlor Meeting:
MBCM will be holding a Parlor Meeting on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 15 Kislev 5775.

Community Alert

The Ramapo Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on November 10th, where a 15 year old girl was approached by a man at 5:45pm while walking home from a school bus stop at the corner of 306 and Kentor Lane.

A man driving a small white pickup truck with a large dent over the passenger side wheel well reportedly motioned and asked the girl to get into the vehicle.  The girl did not and is safe.  The man is described as clean shaven, Hispanic, very thin hair (almost bald), and with an average build.

Please keep your children safe and warn them about these types of dangers.

If you have any information that could help the Ramapo Police identify the driver, please call 845-357-2400.

House for Sale in Pomona

New on the market! Prime property for sale in Pomona on a private cul-de-sac.

This home is located in a great location with 3,000 square feet of living space and a full finished basement.

6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, fenced backyard with over sized deck. Immaculate condition with soaring cathedral ceilings and much more!

A must see! This house won’t last! Asking price $629,000.

Click here to view the full listing.

Call your local Realtor Sima Abenson to schedule a viewing.  For other listings and general questions, please call 718-877-8745 or email

Mazel Tov Rimlers!

Mazel tov to Shmuel and Michal Rimler 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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chof Cheshvan Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Chof Cheshvon, the birthday of the Rebbe Rashab, this Wednesday night, November 12, following 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneerson (known by the acronym "Rashab"), was born on the 20th of Cheshvan of the year 5621 from creation (1860).

After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, in 1882, Rabbi Sholom DovBer assumed the leadership of the movement. Over the next 38 years, he wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) including the famed hemshechim (serialized discourses) which contain his profound analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism. 

In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah in Lubavitch, the first institution of Jewish learning to integrate the "body" (Talmudic and legal studies) and "soul" (philosophic and mystical) of Torah into a cohesive, living whole; it was this unique form of education and Torah study that produced the "Temimim" -- the army of learned, inspired and devoted torchbearers who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915 Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and settled in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. In his final years, he began the heroic battle -- carried on under the leadership of his son and successor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson -- against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith. 

Rabbi Sholom DovBer passed away in Rostov in 1920.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Apartment for Rent

Beautiful 3-bedroom duplex apartment with private entrance, sukkah porch,
a/c, washer/dryer, large rooms, good neighbors. 

Gas and Water included. $2300/month by private owner.  Available on February 1

Seeking Ride

Woman seeking a ride from Morristown to Monsey on Motzai Shabbos or Sunday morning

Please call Chana Rus at 845-825-4106

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

In our Torah portion this week Vayeira (Bereishis [Genesis] 18:1-22:24) it says: And G-d said: "...Abraham shall be a great people... Because I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him that they shall keep the way of G-d, to do Tzedoka and justice" (Genesis 18:17-19)

Jews don't believe in charity.

Don't be misled by their legendary philanthropy, by their saturation of social and humanitarian movements, by their invention of the pushkah, the meshulach and the UJA. Jews do not practice charity, and the concept is virtually non-existent in Jewish tradition.

Instead of charity, the Jew gives tzedakah, which means "righteousness" and "justice." When the Jew contributes his money, time and resources to the needy, he is not being benevolent, generous or "charitable." He is doing what is right and just.

The story is told of a wealthy chassid who once received a letter from his rebbe, Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, requesting him to give 200 rubles to save a fellow chassid from financial ruin. The wealthy chassid regularly contributed to his rebbe's charitable activities, but this particular letter arrived at a financially inconvenient time and contained a request for an exceptionally large sum; after some deliberation, the chassid decided not to respond to the Rebbe's request.

Shortly thereafter, the chassid's fortunes began to fall. One business venture failed badly, and then another; before long he had lost everything.

"Rebbe," he cried, when he had gained admittance to Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua's room, "I know why this has happened to me. But was my sin so terrible to deserve so severe a punishment? And is it right to punish without warning? If you would have told me how important it was to give those 200 rubles, I would have carried out your instructions to the letter!"

"But you haven't been punished in any way," replied the Rebbe.

"What do you mean? All my wealth has been taken from me!"

"Nothing that was yours was taken from you," said the Rebbe. "You see, when my soul came down to earth, a certain amount of material resources were allotted to me for use in my work. However, my days and nights are taken up with prayer, the study and teaching of Torah, and counseling those who come to me for guidance; leaving no time for the task of managing all that money. So these resources were placed in the trust of a number of "bankers" -- people who would recognize their duty to support my work. When you failed to carry out your role, my account with you was transferred to another banker."

The Jew believes that material wealth is not a crime, but a blessing from G-d. One who has so been blessed should regard himself as G-d's "banker" -- one who is privileged to have been entrusted by the Creator with the role of dispensing the resources of His creation to others.

G-d could have allotted equal portions of His world to all its inhabitants. But then the world would have been nothing more than a showpiece of G-d's creative powers, predictable as a computer game and static as a museum display. G-d wanted a dynamic world -- a world in which man, too, is a creator and provider. A world in which the controls have, to a certain extent, been handed over to beings who have the power to choose between fulfilling or reneging on their role.

Thus Jewish law requires every individual to give tzedakah, even one who is himself sustained by the tzedakah of others. If the purpose of tzedakah were merely to rectify the unequal distribution of wealth between rich and poor, this law would make no sense. Tzedakah, however, is much more than that: it is the opportunity granted to every person to become a "partner with G-d in creation."

Giving tzedakah is, above all, a humbling experience. Before us stands a human being less fortunate than ourselves. We know that G-d could have just as easily provided him with everything he requires, instead of sending him to us for his needs. Here is a person who is suffering poverty in order to provide us with the opportunity to do a G-dly deed!

By the same token, if divine  individual providence places us on the receiving end of a charitable act, we need not be demoralized by the experience. For we know that G-d could have just as easily provided us with all that we need Himself, and that our need for human aid is merely in order to grant another person the ability to do a G-dly deed. Our "benefactor" is giving us money or some other resource; we are giving him something far greater - the opportunity to become a partner with G-d in creation.

In the words of our sages: "More than the rich man does for the pauper, the pauper does for the rich man."

(From - Rabbi  Yanki Tauber)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seeking Ride

If anyone is coming from Crown Heights to Monsey on Friday November 7th and has room for one person, please  let me know 845-406-3960

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Weekly Class for Women - Torah & Tea

A new weekly class for women, Torah & Tea, given by Mrs. Esti Jacobson will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 AM at the Jacobson home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive (off Grandview Avenue in Forshay) in Monsey.

The first class will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, 12 Cheshvan, November 5.

Esti Jacobson has been teaching life tools according to Torah and Chassidus for many years. She​ ​is now beginning this weekly class in Monsey. It is a class that will add serenity, joy and depth to your life​.

All are invited to come learn and share as we gain strength from each other. Come and bring a friend!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

No Sunday Morning Halacha Shiur

There will be no Sunday morning Halacha shiur at Tzemzch Tzedek this Sunday, November 2, since Rabbi Lesches will be at the Bris of his grandson.