Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monsey Community Preparing for 20th Anniversary of Gimmel Tammuz

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

If you have any questions about the course, please contact

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  - 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