Thursday, December 31, 2015

Parshas Shemos Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Shemos:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                4:20pm

Mincha                                                                                                             4:36pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 5:05pm

Kiddush not after 6:00 and not before 7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:41am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:23pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      3:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                            4:20pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               5:25pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   6:30pm 

!א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

How important is the preservation of the "ethnic" aspect of Judaism? Over the course of the centuries, Jews were always distinguishable from their fellow citizen not only by their unique beliefs and rituals, but also by their distinctly Jewish culture. For the most part they conversed in their own language; whether it was Ladino, Yiddish, or any of the other "Jewish" languages which sprouted up over time. Jews were also distinguishable by their uniquely Jewish garb and names. In whichever country they landed, the Jewish community managed to create a sub-culture which effectively separated them from their co-citizens.

Today, many minimize the importance of maintaining these external expressions of our culture. Perhaps this insularity was necessary when the Jews lived in the Dark Ages and needed to distance themselves from the rest of the population who at best were ignorant and superstitious. In a modern and enlightened society, however, there is no need to flaunt our Judaism by maintaining a Jewish sub-culture. Yiddish is for Bubby and Zaidy, and Jewish culture is fascinating...when viewed in a documentary or as a museum exhibit. Instead, Jewish beliefs and rituals should be emphasized: belief in G‑d and the Torah as His word, observing the Shabbat, prayer, and eating Kosher. Language, attire, and names are considered to be mere externalities, shallow compared to the depth of Torah and mitzvot.

"Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it." Research into Jewish life in Egypt - the first time our people were guests in a foreign land - reveals an interesting fact: our ancestors were actually very lacking in the area of Jewish observance. They largely assumed the pagan beliefs of their Egyptian taskmasters and were bare of mitzvot. What they did possess was a fierce Jewish pride and a stubborn refusal to identify themselves as Egyptians.

This week's Torah portion begins with the words "And these are the names (shemot) of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt...Reuven, Shimon..."  The Torah mentions the names of the Tribes because they played a pivotal role in the eventual redemption from Egyptian exile. The Midrash says that the Jews merited redemption from Egypt because they didn't adopt the culture of their host nation. They never changed their Jewish names, they continued conversing in the Holy Tongue, and they maintained their distinctively Jewish garb. "Reuven and Shimon went down [to Egypt], Reuven and Shimon left [Egypt], for they did not change their names."

It's no coincidence that the entire Book of Exodus, which discusses the Redemption and its immediate aftermath, is called Shemot.

Using one's Jewish name or wearing a kippah may not be as meaningful or spiritually uplifting as studying Torah or doing a mitzvah, but in a certain sense these symbols of Jewish identity are far more important. They demonstrate Jewish pride and dignity, they are symbols of our uniqueness, they are our defense against assimilation, and in their merit we will witness yet another redemption; the Final Redemption.
  
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Monsey Anash Directory

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is updating its database in anticipation of a second edition of its "Monsey Anash Directory" for our ever expanding (B"H) community!

New Anash as well as those who moved recently should send their updated listing to directory@chedermonsey.org

Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey Directory Entry Form:

Please choose and update below what you would like displayed in a printed directory listing.

Name(s):
1.
2.

Street address:

Mailing address (if not same):

Email(s):
1.
2.

Home phone:

Cell phone(s):
1.
2.

Business phone:

Would you be interested in taking out a formal ad (full page to business card) in the Chabad-Lubavitch of Monsey directory for a nominal charge?

Please copy and past the above questions and your responses and email it to directory@chedermonsey.org.

Second Basa L'Gani Shiur with R' YY Jacobson

Following the success of the first Shiur last night, the 2nd Shiur in Basi L'Gani (year 5766/1956) with Rabbi YY Jacobson will take place at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive in Wesley Hills, on Wednesday night, 18th Teves, December 30, from 8:30 to 10:00 PM sharp.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch Celebrates Hachnosas Sefer Torah

Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch, Monsey celebrated the Simcha of their new Sefer Torah Sunday. 

The ceremony was the culmination of the Avos Ubonim Shabbaton in which almost all fathers of the boys - all of which are out of towners - came to spend 48 hours of learning, Davening, Farbrenging, and inspiration. 

On Sunday, the fathers and Bochurim were joined by some of the mothers and siblings, as well as Monsey Anash for the dedication of the Sefer Torah. The Sefer Torah was a gift of the Buchman-Bullard family of Eretz Yisroel in memory of the patriarch and matriarch of the family, Yitzchak and Soro Baila Buchman. 

Shliach of the Rebbe and father of one of the Talmidim, Rabbi Raphael Benchimol, Rov of Manhattan Sephardi Congregation, opened the the ceremony with a talk about the connection between this Torah and the Talmidei HaYeshiva who who will be benefiting from it. He spoke at Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, where the procession began, followed by the Tahalucha towards the Torah's new home at Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch. 

The Simcha was multiplied by the joining of the Bochurim of Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey, as well as many local residents from other Monsey shuls.

Photos and videos available here.










Saturday, December 26, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shemos for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                    8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                                  7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           4:25pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          5:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mazel Tov Werners - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Asher Werner on his engagement to Chayale Sputz of Montreal!

The l'chaim will take place this Motzai Shabbos at Lubavitch Yeshiva, 570 Crown Street in Crown Heights. 

Parshas Vayechi Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Vayechi:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                4:14pm

Mincha                                                                                                             4:30pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 5:00pm

Kiddush not after 5:56/6:00 and not before 6:56/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:38am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:20pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      3:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                            4:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               5:20pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   6:30pm 

!א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

A title usually reflects the theme of the subject matter. "Genesis" is about the beginning of the world, "Exodus" is about the Jews leaving Egypt. Whether it is a book, film or lecture series, the title should convey some idea of the content it describes.

The title of this week's Parsha (Torah reading Vayechei (Bersishis [Genesis] 47:28 - 50:26) seems highly inappropriate. Vayechi means "And He Lived." derived from the parsha's opening line, "And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years...". The parsha, however, goes on to tell us not about Jacob's life, but rather about his death: his last will and testament to his children, his passing, his funeral, and his interment in Hebron in the Holy Land.

Why would a parsha that concentrates on a person's last days on earth, his deathbed instructions and his burial be entitled "And He Lived?"

The answer, say our sages, is that we are not discussing biological organisms, but Jews. And the test of true life for a Jew is whether he lived an authentic, consistent Jewish life -- for life. Did he falter before the finish line, or was he faithful to his value system until the end?

How do we know that Jacob did indeed live, in the fullest sense of the word? That his was a genuine, G-dly life? When we see that he remains true to those ideals until his dying day. Only then can we say with certainty that his life was truly alive; that his was a Vayechi life. The fact that Jacob died a righteous man validated his entire life-span, establishing it as a true life, alive and real from beginning to end.

There are individuals who have their eight minutes of fame, who shine briefly and impress the world only to fade away and leave us disappointedly watching so much unfulfilled potential dissipate into thin air. Others are longer lasting, but don't quite go all the way.

Complacency is dangerous. There are no guarantees. One must constantly "live" -- i.e., grow and attempt to improve oneself -- lest one falter before the finish line.

It is psychologically sound to take up a hobby, learn to play golf or develop other interests outside of work. A Jew, though, should ideally start studying Torah. Go to classes, read a stimulating book. Studying and sharpening the mind is good for the brain. Recent medical research confirms that it can even delay the onset of Alzheimer's. Most importantly, a person must have something to live for. Find new areas of stimulation. Discover, dream, aspire higher. Life must be lived with purpose and vigor.

That's why at the end of this week's parsha, which also concludes the Book of Genesis, the congregation and Torah reader will proclaim Chazak, chazak v'nischazek -- "Be strong, be strong, and we will all be strengthened." Because the tendency when we finish a book is to take a breather before we pick up the next one. Such is human nature. But a book of the Torah is not just any book. Torah is not just history or biography. Torah is our source of life, and we dare not ever take a breather from life.

"Chazak" energizes us to carry on immediately. And so we do. The very same afternoon we open the Book of Exodus and continue the learning cycle without interruption.

Truth is consistent, from beginning to end. May our lives be blessed to be truly alive - with authenticity, faithfulness and eternal fulfillment.  Amen.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Second Basa L'Gani Shiur with R' YY Jacobson

Following the success of the first Shiur last night, the 2nd Shiur in Basi L'Gani (year 5766/1956) with Rabbi YY Jacobson will take place at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive in Wesley Hills, on Wednesday night, 18th Teves, December 30, from 8:30 to 10:00 PM sharp.

Everyone is encouraged to attend.

R Yossi Chazan to Speak at Yud Shvat Community Farbrengen

Rabbi Yossi Chazan, the Rav of the Holy Law Congregation in Manchester, England, and an internationally renowned  speaker will be the guest speaker at the community Yud Shevat Farbrengen!

The community-wide farbrengen is for men and women and will take place on Wednesday evening, January 20, Yud Shevat, at the Yeshiva of Spring Valley (YSV) Girls Building, 142 Grandview Avenue in Monsey.  

Rabbi Yossi Chazan was born in New York, USA and educated at Mesifta Torah VoDaas. He is a graduate from Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim (Lubavitch) in Kfar Chabad, New Haven, Montreal and New York. 

In 1984 he was appointed Director of Education at the Jewish Cultural Leisure Centre where his reputation grew as a vibrant and challenging leader serving both the immediate North Manchester Jewish community and regionally in the North of England. 

In 1991 Rabbi Chazan accepted the offer of Rabbi of the prestigious Holy Law and South Broughton Hebrew congregation and his skilled erudition extended his widening fame within the community, interpreting with lucidity difficult and problematic portions of Torah, Talmud and Halacha. 

His weekly classes attract a broad spectrum of North Manchester Jewry, with men and women attending regularly in the hundreds.

This event is a project of Anash of Monsey - uniting all Lubavitch shuls in Monsey.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

24 Hours to Plant the Seed of Joy


Did you know that of the three times the Lubavitcher Rebbe travelled outside of New York City—after becoming Rebbe—all three were to visit Overnight Camps?

If you are wondering why, perhaps the following stories will give us a glimpse into the reason.

Aleh R. from Bend, OR came to Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos’ pilot program, “CGI B-Me” in 2013.  She attended Public School and was the only Jew in her class of evangelical Christians that were actively trying to “convert” her.  She originally came to camp for one 3-week session but stayed for two.  At the end of 6 weeks she cried that she didn’t want to go home and return to her public school.  Fast-forward two years; Aleh is now attending Hillel High in Milwaukee, WI!

Sisters Aliza & Liora S. from Maryland are both deaf and have never been to a Jewish overnight camp.  Their family—also entirely deaf—like many other deaf Jews, are not Jewishly affiliated due to the auditory nature of typical Jewish Houses of Worship.  Aliza & Liora are extremely excited to participate in our deaf division in partnership with The Jewish Deaf Foundation, the only one of its kind in the world!
    
The Lubavitcher Rebbe said: "The influence and education of a proper summer camp can be much greater even than a good school. In camp, the children spend the entire 24-hours of the day under the influence of the education.”

After successfully launching and directing CGI Running Springs in California, Gershon and Devorah Sandler returned to the east coast where they setup home base in Monsey, NY, and started their own 501(c)3 not-for-profit camp, renting space for summers 2012 and 2013. In January of 2014, CGI purchased a beautiful 83-acre campground with support from the UJA Federation of NY and the AVI CHAI Foundation. CGI’s campus is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains—which just “happens” to be located exactly 77.0 miles from 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY!

CGI in the Poconos is part of the largest network of Jewish camping in the world, but the only Gan Israel overnight camp that caters primarily to children who are not currently participating in an immersive daily Jewish experience (i.e. Jewish day school or Yeshiva.) Over the past four summers, 57 Chabad Houses located in 21 states and 5 countries have recruited campers for CGI in the Poconos.  

One of the greatest challenges Jewish camps face today is affordability. CGI in the Poconos has developed an innovative approach to addressing this challenge. A Four-Tier Pricing Program literally allows families to select from 4 tuition levels, with the 4th level being a standard scholarship request. Camp Director Gershon Sandler explains: “since we started offering families the opportunity to choose either a 10% or 20% discount at any point during the enrollment season, as opposed to just an early bird special, less families have been choosing to apply for a scholarship.” However, each summer approximately 50% of camp families still request a scholarship that averages out to $1,000 per camper.

That is why CGI in the Poconos has just launched a 24-hour CHARIDY campaign to help 200 campers attend camp by raising $200,000.

Q: HOW CAN YOU HELP?
A: Every penny you donate is QUADRUPLED! For every dollar you give, CGI in the Poconos will get $4. Every dollar will be matched by 3 generous donors to help us reach our goal of $200,000.

Remember: The campaign is ALL OR NOTHING – we must raise the full amount within 24 hours, or all donations will be returned.

$500 grows into $2,000! and sponsors 2 campers for a 4-week session
$250 grows into $1,000! and sponsors 1 camper for a 4-week session
$180 grows into $720!
$18 grows into $72!

Your support will allow us to continue to provide our campers with this impactful experience and to make sure no child is turned away due to her family’s inability to pay tuition.




Today - Help CGI in the Poconos Give Teens an Awesome Jewish Experience


CGI in the Poconos has just launched a 24-hour CHARIDY campaign to help 200 campers attend camp by raising $200,000.

Q: HOW CAN YOU HELP?

A: Every penny you donate is QUADRUPLED! For every dollar you give, CGI in the Poconos will get $4. Every dollar will be matched by 3 generous donors to help us reach our goal of $200,000.

Remember: The campaign is ALL OR NOTHING – we must raise the full amount within 24 hours, or all donations will be returned.

$500 grows into $2,000! and sponsors 2 campers for a 4-week session
$250 grows into $1,000! and sponsors 1 camper for a 4-week session
$180 grows into $720!
$18 grows into $72!

Your support will allow us to continue to provide our campers with this impactful experience and to make sure no child is turned away due to her family’s inability to pay tuition.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Weekly Shiur in Basi L'Gani in Honor of Yud Shevat

Rabbi YY Jacobson will be giving a shiur in Basi L'Gani at his house, 7 Fieldcrest Drive, tomorrow night Wednesday, 11 Teves, December 23, from 8:45pm sharp to 9:45pm.

Everyone is enocuraged to attend!

Refreshments will be served. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayechi for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                      8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Wednesday thru Friday                                               7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                                               4:20pm

Maariv - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                              5:10, 8:30, 9:30pm


Tuesday - Schedule for עשרה בטבת

Fast Begins                                                                                                           5:49am

Shacharis                                                                                                     7:00, 8:00am

Mincha                                                                                                         2:00, 4:05pm

Maariv/End of Fast                                                                                                5:02pm

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mazel Tov Wolfsons!

Mazel Tov to Yossi and Miriam Wolfson on the birth of a baby boy! 

The Shalom Zochor will be tonight at their home, 21 New County Road.

The Bris will be on Wednesday. Shacharis at 8, followed by bris at Tzemach Tzedek.

Parshas Vayigash Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Vayigash:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                4:11pm

Mincha                                                                                                             4:27pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 5:00pm

Kiddush not after 5:53/6:00 and not before 6:53/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:35am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:16pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      3:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                            4:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               5:16pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   6:30pm 

!א גוטען שבת

הַקְהֵל אֶת־הָעָם הָאֲנָשִׁים וְהַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף ... לְמַעַן יִשְׁמְעוּ וּלְמַעַן יִלְמְדוּ וְיָרְאוּ אֶת־ה' אֱלֹקֵיכֶם

Avos U'bonim this Motzoei Shabbos at 6:30 pm

This Motzoei Shabbos Avos U'bonim is back to regular time 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul.

Come with your father or older brothers and spend valuable time learning together!

Followed by exciting raffles -  great prizes, stories and treats!

Remember - boys seen learning nicely will receive raffle tickets for our bi-weekly grand prize. This week's grand raffle  - a remote car!

Also - special raffle for boys coming within the first 10 minutes (6:30-6:40 pm).

This week's program is graciously sponsored by the Meyer Zeiler family of Nachlas Har Chabad, Israel - l'iluy nishmas Mr Zeiler's sister's yahrzeit: Toyba Chava bas Elimelech -Thursday - Hey Teves.

Our thanks to last week's sponsor: the Hayman family in honor of Simcha Hayman's birthday this past week - Mazal Tov! Mazal Tov!

Our thanks as well to Rabbi and Mrs Nachman Bronstein for sponsoring the treats! Thank you!