Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Our Response to Tragedy

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey
I simply don't know what to say.
I am still having a hard time trying to absorb the news myself, let alone trying to help others work through it. The reality that three mothers and fathers of Israel will never be able to hug their teenage sons again doesn't let me rest. My mind doesn't let me go near the heartbreaking thoughts of what these boys endured. My heart pounds with a fearful awareness of their suffering at the hands of cruel creatures.
We know not to ask "Why" anymore. The mysteries of Your ways are too deep for us to absorb. I cringe when I hear people explaining the unexplainable.
But "When?" we can - and must - ask. When will the tragedy and suffering stop? This is a question we ask, we pray for, we cry for. This isn't necessarily a question people ask me, it's a question we are all asking You, Almighty.
Nearly three weeks ago, three young boys Yaakov Naftali Frankel, Gilad Michoel Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped and the world united in a hopeful prayer for their safe release and return home. It was a prayer to You, a message to the world, and a vote of confidence in Your servants, the soldiers of Israel who risked their lives in pursuit of these three innocent souls, all with the assumption that we would soon see them back home again.
But today, as the world heard the horrific, resounding NO to those combined assumptions, we have no choice other than to direct the message exclusively to the one place that can now resolve this tragedy, to You, our Father in Heaven, as we cry out in pain BRING BACK OUR BOYS! Yes, you promised it to our forefathers, promoted it through our prophets, and Maimonides codified it as a fundamental principle of our faith - that there will come a time when our suffering will end and those taken from us will be brought back again.
Now is the time. We can not wait any longer. Their mothers and fathers are crying and we are all crying with them.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with them since their kidnapping, and in their death we will not part from them.
The deaths of these three kedoshim represent a profound loss to Klal Yisrael. Hashem Yikom Damam.
How long must this painful exile go on? We are shattered by their loss, but committed that it should not be in vain. Once again we must ask that Hashem avenge their blood, and may this be the last time that such a call is necessary. Please end this exile and bring Moshiach today!
As we stood united with all of world Jewry in praying for the return of our boys, we mourn with them their brutal, tragic deaths.
To the parents, families and friends of the boys, may G-d console you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Our hearts are with you.
Though I cannot understand, I do know what I can do. Our response to tragedy - especially evil tragedy - must be to add more light. Please join me in committing to do another mitzvah in the memory of these three sacred souls.

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Greenwald Shalom Zachor & Bris

R' Boruch and Leah Greenwald will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son this Friday night at their home, 24 Fessler Drive.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Shabbos, Parshas Balak, at the home of the Schild's, 27 Fessler Drive, immediately following davening at Tzemach Tzedeck.

Summer 9:15 AM Daily Shacharis Minyan at Tzemach Tzedek

Throughout the summer months there will be an additional daily Shacharis minyan on Mondays through Thursdays at Tzemach Tzedek starting at 9:15 AM with the Pioneer Program, the oldest bunk of Lubavitch Day Camp.

Matching Grant Opportunity for Tzemach Tzedek During This Auspicious Time

Mr. Avraham Hayman has announced today, specifically on Gimmel Tamuz, a day of hishkashrus to the Rebbe, that due to the financial crisis of our Shul, sadly, Tzemach Tzedek doesn't have the funds to pay the expenses and salaries of the Shul for July and August.

The Rebbe gave the initial funding to create our Shul in 1993 in Shnas Habinyan (the check can be seen in the Shul's notice board in the main lobby).

On Gimmel Tammuz it is a very appropriate time to help ensure that our shul, one of the Rebbe's institutions, should survive.

To ensure this happens, and to help encourage everyone to participate, the Hayman family is offering a triple matching program for pledges made through this Sunday:
  • Pledges from $100 to $999, will be matched dollar for dollar, allowing your tzedakah to be doubled.
  • Pledges from $1,000 to $5,000, will be double matched, allowing your tzedakah to be tripled.
All pledges need to be paid by Chai Elul to qualify for the matching grant.

Today is a most auspicious day to pledge money to our Shul, the heart of the Lubavitch community in Monsey.

To make your pledge please send an email to avrahamhayman@gmail.com or call 845-371-0380. Click here to make a PayPal donation.

Thank you in advance  for your participation!

New Morning Kollel Off to a Great Start

With thanks to Hashem, we’re happy to announce that the Monsey Yungeleit Morning Kollel at Tzemach Tzedek has gotten off to a powerful start with over 20 participants on the morning of Gimmel Tammuz.

Seeing the Shul filled with sounds of learning an hour before the main Shacharis minyan was very exciting and encouraging. A few more people have already asked to join and we’re looking forward to increased attendance. Yasher koach to all participants and thanks to Mrs. Rothstein and Mrs. Hami for the fresh baked mezonos!

To sponsor a day of learning or mezonos for the chevra learning, please email kollel@monseychabad.com.

Welcome Zelenkos!

Welcome to Dr. and Mrs. Zev and Sima Chana Zelenko and family on their move to our community (Lime Kiln Road)!