Thursday, August 21, 2014

School Seforim Available at the Sofer Center

For your convenience, The Sofer Center has stocked all of the seforim your children, both boys and girls, will need for the coming school year.

You will only have to make one stop to purchase all the seforim you need!

The Seforim are available online as well at

You have the option to either purchase online and pick up in store (everything will be ready and packed  for you!). Use Coupon Code PICKUP to waive the shipping charge.

Or you can use Coupon Code TZEMACHTZEDEK and have your order delivered to shul the morning of your choice for the 8:00 AM shacharis minyan.

The Sofer Center is located at 25 Main St Monsey, NY 10952 (across from Rockland Kosher).

For more information call Rabbi Kass at 845-262-0246 or visit

Tzemach Tzedek Elections to be Held on September 7

Save the date.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek and elections for the Board of Directors (BOD) will take place Sunday evening, September 7, at 8:00 PM.  All members are invited to come to the meeting, however only members in good financial standing may vote.  You may contact our treasurer, Tzadok Leib Messing, at to confirm your voting eligibility.

If you would like to run for a position on the BOD, please email the shul president, Avraham Hayman, at by Sunday, August 31, 2014.  A member of the BOD is expected to contribute eight hours per month to the shul.

Positions on the BOD are: President, Vice President, Gabbai Rishon, Gabbi Sheini, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and four trustees.

If you are not a member of our shul and you become a member now, we will begin your yearly membership at the AGM instead of the regular start date on Rosh Hashana.  This will allow you to attend the AGM, vote in the elections and run for a position on the BOD, besides helping to pay for the costs to financially maintain our shul.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman, Dean, Cheder Chabad of Monsey

Ever heard a little kid bargaining with G-d? "G-d, if I pass this test/get a Barbie doll/don't get into trouble, I'll brush my teeth every night/walk around the block sixteen times without stepping on a crack/hold my breath and count to 100..."

Ridiculous? Small-minded? Immature? Well, are our desires any more mature, our deals any more intelligent? So you promised to stay in shul for the entire service/read a Jewish book/say something nice to your mother-in-law. Are you any more likely to be guaranteed a positive answer to your hopes and aspirations?

There is one "bribe" however that G-d doesn't refuse: charity.

We'll read in the Torah this week, Re'eh  (Devorim  [Deuteronomy] 11:26-16:17), that we have the responsibility and privilege to support the poor. It is traditional to increase our charitable donations especially at this time of year (the month of Elul, which PG starts this week and which is the lead-in month before the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). However, isn't this just a particularly blatant attempt to bribe G-d?  Does it really work? Why tzedakah (charity) more than any other mitzvah?

A wealthy Jew had been a long time financial supporter of the famous Rebbe Zushe. He used to provide the Rebbe's household running expenses and was content to receive regular blessings and advice in return. Once he showed up in Annipoli, Reb Zushe's hometown, only to find Reb Zushe's wife home alone.
"Where is the Rebbe?"

"He's gone to visit his Rebbe."

"My Rebbe has a Rebbe?"

The rich man was no fool. "If my Rebbe has a Rebbe, why am I wasting time with the disciple? I've been doing so well by receiving the blessings of Reb Zushe, imagine the jackpot that awaits me were I to transfer my support to his Rebbe..."

He abandoned Reb Zushe and became a follower of Rabbi DovBer of Mezritch, Reb Zushe's Rebbe.

A few months later, after a series of calamitous business failures, he was back in Annipoli, totally bankrupt.

"I accept that my business failure is punishment for deserting you," he cried to Reb Zushe, "but why? What was wrong with my logic?"

"There was nothing wrong with your logic per se," Reb Zushe answered, "just in the application. Till now, when you gave tzedakah without assessing the worthiness of the recipient, G-d responded in kind, looking after you, irrespective of whether you truly deserved it. Once you started cost-benefit analyzing where you could get the best value for the money, G-d had a good look at how deserving you are, and you obviously came up short."

I submit that this is why it is traditional to increase in charitable giving at this time of the year and that is why we always read this parshah the week Elul begins. We're committing to change, to improve. We pray that G-d accepts us favorably, but who among us can be truly comfortable with the year that was? Ill decisions made, promises broken and wrong forks taken on the road of life. Our only hope is that G-d takes us back, warts and all, without examining too closely whether we deserve it. And, to set an example to G-d, we too hand out help with an open hand to all, (and perhaps a bit more than usual!) and with the hope that, please G-d, this year we will all receive the greatest gift of all: the final redemption, with our righteous Moshiach.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Rimler & Amram Kiddush This Shabbos

The Rimler and Amram families would like to invite the entire community to a joint kiddush and farbrengen this Shabbos Mevorchim, Parshas Re'eh, at Bais Menachem following davening in honor of the Bar Mitzva and aliyah of Imanuel Rimler and the recent birth of Rivka Amram.

Davening begins at 10:00 AM.

Lubavitch Day Camp of Monsey Concludes Another Amazing Summer