Saturday, January 31, 2015

R' Levi Marmulszteyn to Sit Shiva

.ברוך דיין האמת

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Shmuel Dov HaCohen Marmulszteyn OBM, the father of R' Levi Marmulszteyn. 

The levaya will take place on Sunday, leaving from Shomrei Hadas Chapels on 14th Avenue at 11:30 AM and will be passing 770 Eastern Parkway at around 12:15 PM. He will be interred at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. 

Levi will be sitting shiva at 431 Sterling Street, Brooklyn NY 11225.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Avos U'Banim Appreciation

This week Avos U'Banim continues on Motzai Shabbos from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek .

 Avos U'Banim says thank you to Mr. and Mrs.  Shmuel Amram for sponsoring the annual pre Yud Shvat Melave Malka, in honor of their children

 Thank you to Hershel Rosenbluh and Rafael Leitner for helping clean up afterwards.

Yasher Koach to the sponsors so far of this year's Avos U'Banim program Rabbi and Mrs Chaim D. Kagan, Mark Grunstein, Meyer Zeiler, Eliezer Drew, Moshe Liberow, and Avraham Hayman.

Children learning Torah is very powerful energy and a special zchus to support. What better way to celebrate or honor a special occasion than by sponsoring a Avos U'Banim evening. Contact or email Rabbi Shusterman for details.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

R' YY Jacobson Shabbos Morning Shiur

R' YY Jacobson Sunday Morning Shiur

Date of Second Annual Monsey Yungeleit Ski Trip

The date has been set! We will be going up on Tuesday, February 3, and skiing Wednesday the 4th!

We will leave Tzemach Tzedek at 4:00 PM and arrive at Stratton VT at approximately 8:00 PM. Dinner and farbrengen in the lodge. Next morning Chassidus and Shacharis at the lodge followed by full day of skiing. Return to Monsey that evening.

Reservations are required by this Motzai Shabbos B'Shalach.

To be added to the email list for information, please email or call Boruch Greenwald at 218-722-3517.

Mazel Tov Markowitzs!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the birth of a granddaughter born to Moshe Elya and Chaya Mushka Markowitz of Crown Heights!

Local Yud Shvat Farbrengens Tonight

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rabbi Lesches's Shiurim Resume

Rabbi Lesches has returned from his travels and all of his shiurim are back on schedule beginning with the Samach Vov shiur tonight (Wednesday). 

Yud Shvat Tele-Farbrengen

Global Yud Shvat Tele-Farbrengen for Women Today

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This Friday (Jan. 30) is the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (Yud Shvat in Hebrew) - a most significant date on the Chabad Chassidic calendar. It is the anniversary of the passing (Yahrzeit) of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880–1950), of righteous memory. It is also the day when, in 1951, his son-in-law, the seventh Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994), of righteous memory, formally accepted the leadership of Chabad. In honor of this, we present here a story, one of thousands, which reflects the Rebbe far-reaching involvement with Jews around  the  world, followed  by a thought on the weekly Parsha

 “I first met the Rebbe during the lifetime of his father-in-law and predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch,” related Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Hershberg, the former chief rabbi of Mexico. “I asked the previous Rebbe about a rabbinic position I was offered in Chicago. He told me to consult his son-in-law.

“I spent nearly an entire night with the Rebbe. Our discussion covered tractate after tractate of the Talmud, and the scope of the Rebbe’s knowledge and his genius totally amazed me. From that night onward, I maintained a relationship with the Rebbe, and I consulted with him regarding numerous personal and public matters.”

In 1980, during the Iranian occupation of the American embassy there, Rabbi Hershberg was scheduled to travel to Iran for a public service project. Because of the tense atmosphere at the time, many tried to persuade him to postpone his trip. The Rebbe, by contrast, encouraged him. “Go with blessing,” he answered. “You are certain to light the Chanukah menorah in Iran.”

Rabbi Hershberg was puzzled by the Rebbe’s closing words. He was not necessarily planning to stay in Iran for Chanukah. But if he would, there was no question that he would light a menorah. He did not understand the Rebbe’s reference, nor the emphatic tone in his words.

Afterwards, it became clear. His mission in Iran took longer than expected, during which time he developed a relationship with some Iranian officials. He knew that there were six Jews among the hostages in the American embassy, and he asked permission to light the menorah with them. “Just as we have granted permission for a priest to meet with the Christian hostages on their holiday,” the Iranians replied, “we will allow you entry as well.”

And so it was. In the barricaded American embassy in Iran Rabbi Hershberg lit the Chanukah menorah that year, as the Rebbe had indeed advised him.
Two Loaves of Manna

Every Shabbat table boasts a goblet of wine and two loaves of the special Shabbos bread -- challah. Why do we have two loaves? The Torah portion this week Beshalach (Shmos [Exodus] 13:17-17:16) teaches that, in the desert, G-d gave our ancestors a daily portion of manna. On Friday, He gave them two portions, one for Friday and the other for Shabbat. We mark this miracle by placing two loaves of bread on our Shabbat table.

There were three unique qualities of the Manna:

Everyone came home with the standard measurement of Manna regardless of how much or little he gathered in the field.

All Manna that was left uneaten by sundown would spoil.

There was, however, one exception: the portion left over after sundown, on Friday. That remained fresh to be eaten on Shabbat.

Everything in Torah carries a moral lesson that is eternal. Eternal lessons are as relevant today as they were on the day that they were first taught. What is the relevant moral lesson to be derived from the Manna's three qualities?

Our lot is determined in heaven, and we all receive our share. Working overtime will not increase our allotment, and neither will working under-time decrease it either.

All money not utilized by the end of our lifetime -- our "sundown" -- will go to waste, because we cannot take it along.

There is, however, one exception: money that is saved for the Shabbat meal -- i.e. used for the purpose of a Mitzvah. That money, as any money used for a Mitzvah, will never go to waste, and will earn its owner eternal reward in the World to Come.

 (Excerpts from – by Rabbi Lazer Gurkow)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Making Aliya - Honda Accord Must Go

Making Aliyah!
Must sell by Sunday, February 1!

2009 Honda Accord
4 Door Sedan
Black Exterior, Tan Interior
110,000 miles and many more to go!
one owner!
new tires!
new low price!

845-558-8249 Yehudis
845-642-5337 Yitzchok

Chassidim Don't Say Goodbye

By Yitzchok and Yehudis Abramowitz

We have spent twenty seven good years in Monsey!  Being part of the Monsey Anash Community has been an amazing experience for both of us!  As we move on to the next chapter of our lives, we wish to express our appreciation to each of you for the beautiful Tzayschem L’Shalom Farbrengens that you have organized for us and the sentiments that you shared.  We will now try to express our heartfelt feelings at this time of transition.

More than we have given of ourselves, we have received from others.  You, Anash, have provided a myriad of wonderful friendships, an awesome array of inspired teachers and the finest of chassidishe role models for us to try to emulate.  The Rabbis who have led our community have indelibly impacted our neshamos.  We cannot imagine another community that could have encouraged us to grow in our Yiddishkeit and Chassidishkeit the way that Monsey Anash has!

We wish to express our Hakaras Hatov to each and every one of you. Each of you has touched our lives in a very deep and meaningful way.

Chassidim never say good-bye, so, instead, we will leave you with an open invitation to be our guests in our new home in Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh!  You will surely be welcomed with a smile and a cup of tea!  And from our mirpeset (terrace) overlooking the Old City, Ir HaAtika, may we greet Moshiach Tzidkenu together, MAMASH!

N'shei Chabad Yud Shvat Melava Malka Farbrengen


Do you have a son in Yeshiva? Do you wish you could learn with him, but he is so far and learns so much?

A new project is being launched Yeshivos worldwide, in liaison with the Va’ad Talmidei Hat’mimim, for parents of Mesivta/Yeshiva Gedola age talmidim to enable parents everywhere to keep in touch with their sons' gemora learning.

'Velimadtem' is launching with maseches Gittin, which is currently being studied b’iyun by Lubavitcher yeshivos around the globe.

Members will receive each week an email with the following articles:
-  A short overview of the gemara (perfect if you don’t have time to learn inside)
-  A collection of some basic Meforshim on the same section

The papers are both in לה"ק and English.

Your family always finds inspiration in your actions. When you learn at home, you imbue the environment with a sense of torah and hasmadah. When, after a full day of work, you devote even a little bit of your evening time to learning, they learn to value the importance of לימוד התורה.

More importantly, when you express interest and discuss torah with your children, you show them that what they are learning is important to you, too. There is no better way for father and son to interact and grow closer than by koching together in the subjects the son is learning in yeshiva, if only for a few moments on the phone.

The cost of this project is the nominal fee of $59 per year.

Log on to for a sample weekly paper, and registration. Or email

Monday, January 26, 2015

Storm Update from Town Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence

As many of you know, there is a major winter storm forecasted for our area, which will include significant snowfall and strong winds. It is anticipated that there will be light snow showers falling intermittently throughout the daylight hours today, with the storm picking up in intensity later this afternoon. The snowfall is expected increase drastically this evening and during the overnight hours, with the possibility of several inches of snow falling each hour until the storm tapers off on Tuesday night. The forecast is calling for a total of 1-2 feet of snow.

The Town of Ramapo Highway Department is duly prepared to handle the oncoming storm, and will be out in force with their equipment to salt our town roads and plow our streets to ensure safe passage of emergency vehicles that may have to venture out into the storm in order to respond to emergencies. That being said, I urge all of our residents to stay off of the roads unless it is absolutely necessary. With blizzard-like conditions expected, all non-essential travel should be avoided and our residents should ideally stay at home and avoid driving.

I encourage everyone to make certain that they are prepared for possible power outages due to the forecast of strong winds and heavy snow, which could potentially pull down trees and power lines.

In addition, I urge all of our residents to think about an elderly neighbor or relative who may be impacted by the storm and to take steps to check on them and offer assistance if necessary.

Ramapo Town Hall is open today during regular business hours and will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, as well. In addition, the Ramapo Police Department can always be contacted in the event of an emergency at 845-357-2400 or by dialing 911.

Due to the severe weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow, Interstate Waste is not going to be collecting garbage tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27 in unincorporated Ramapo. They will resume recycling collection on Wednesday, January 27. The regular Monday/Thursday garbage collection in unincorporated Ramapo will not be affected this week, but the regular Tuesday/Friday garbage collection will only be picked up on Friday, January 30.

Further, due to the inclement weather, the Ramapo Town Board workshop meeting originally scheduled for 8:00 this evening is postponed until 7:00 PM on Wednesday to be followed by the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting at 8:00 PM.

All sessions of the Ramapo Justice Court are canceled tonight, Monday, January 26, and all day tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27. All matters scheduled for tonight have been rescheduled to Monday night, February 2, 2015. Matters scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 have been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

I encourage all of our residents to stay safe during the storm. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 845-357-5100 if we can be of any assistance.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yud Shvat Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Messing L'chaim Postponed

Due to the severe inclement weather that is predicted for the coming days, the l'chaim of  Jessica (Yaakova) Messing and Yossi Gershovitz has been postponed to this Monday, February 2, at 8:30 PM at the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights.

Missing Jacket

A boy's GAP jacket in black with orange trim is missing from Tzemach Tzedek at the Avos U'Banim program.  

The tag has the name Klein on it.  

If you mistakenly took it, please call 845-304-9923.

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha minyan at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 5:00 PM. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

R YY Jacobson Sunday Morning Shiur

Mazel Tov Lefkowitzs - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Isaac & Roizy Lefkowitz on the birth of a grandson born to Dovi and Yachy Reich!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Lefkowitz home, 2 Cedar Lane in Monsey.

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 4

To download the fourth part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered in Monsey, please click here.

Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mazel Tov Messings - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Tzadok Leib and Gwen Messing on the engagement of their daughter Jessica (Yaakova) to Yossi Gershovitz of Crown Heights!

The l'chaim will take place this Tuesday, January 27, at 8:30 PM at the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

In the Torah portion this week  Bo (Shmos [Exodus] 10:1- 13:16) we read of the great Exodus from Egypt. Let my people go that they may serve Me was the Divine call transmitted by Moses to Pharaoh. Now, if the purpose of leaving Egypt and Pharaoh's whip was to be able to serve G-d, so where is the freedom? We are still slaves, only now we are servants of the Almighty!

Many Jews today argue similarly. Mitzvahs cramp my style. Keeping kosher is a serious inconvenience. Shabbat really gets in the way of my weekend. And Passover has got to be the biggest headache of the year.

Long ago, the sages of the Talmud said it was actually the other way around. There is no one as free as he who is occupied with the study of Torah. But how can this possibly be true? Torah is filled with rules of law, ethics and even expectations and exhortations that we take the high road and behave beyond the call of duty. How could they say that Torah makes us free? Surely it is inhibiting rather than liberating?

The editor of a famous satirical British magazine, in his later years, became religious. An interviewer was questioning him how he could make such a radical transformation and become religious? How could he stifle such a magnificent free spirit as his?

His answer was a classic. He said he had a friend who was a famous yachtsman, an accomplished navigator of the high seas. A lesson he once gave him in sailing would provide the answer to the reporter's question. The yachtsman taught him that if you want to enjoy the freedom of the high seas, you must first become a slave to the compass.

A young novice might challenge the experienced professional's advice. But why should I follow that little gadget? Why can't I go where I please? It's my yacht! But every intelligent person understands that without the navigational fix provided by the compass we will flounder and sail in circles. If you want to enjoy the freedom of the high seas you must first become a slave to the compass.

The Torah is the compass of life. It provides our navigational fix so we know where to go and how to get there. Without the Torah's guidance and direction we would be lost in the often stormy seas of confusion. Without a spiritual guidance system we flounder about, wandering aimlessly through life. Just look at our kids when they're on vacation from school and are "free" from the disciplines of the educational system. Unless they have a program of some kind to keep them busy – like a summer camp – they become very frustrated in their "freedom."

Within the Torah lifestyle there is still ample room for spontaneity and freedom of expression. Not all rabbis are clones. To the untrained eye every yeshiva bochur looks identical – a black hat, glasses and a beard. The truth is that everyone is distinctively different; an individual with his very own tastes, attitudes, personality and preferences. They may look the same but they are each unique.

We can be committed to the compass and still be free spirits. Indeed, there are none as free as they who are occupied with Torah.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Yud Shvat Farbrengen at Ohr Chaim

Goldstein Chanukas Habayis

Hershel Goldstien is making a Chanukas Habayis this Motzsai Shabbos from 10 to 11 PM at 2 A Iroquois Trail in Airmont. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Special Yud Shvat Avos U'Banim Melava Malka

The annual Avos U'Banim special Melave Malka in honor of Yud Shvat will be held this Motzai Shabbos after the regular weekly Avos U'Banim program. 

This year's Melave Malka is again being sponsored by Reb Shmuel and Mrs. Amram in honor of their children.

Please note that this week's program  will be starting at 7:00 PM as  Shabbos is finishing later. The program will end approx 8:15 PM after the  Melave Malka. 

All elementary school boys and their fathers are invited to join the program held at Tzemach Tzedek with raffles, prizes and Chassidishe maases. 

The Melave Malka will be pareve. 

Babysitter Available

Yehudis Hecht is available to babysit in Monsey. Please call 845-262-1389.

Yud Shvat Farbrengens at Tzemach Tzedek

Tzemach Tzedek is organizing special farbrengens and what is sure to be an unforgettable Yud Shvat weekend of renewed התקשרות to the Rebbe.

Guest speaker, Rabbi Mendel Feller, shliach of the Rebbe to the Twin Cities, Minnesota, will learn and farbreng on Thursday night, Or L’ י' שבט (January 29), beginning with Maariv at 8:00 PM, followed by the farbrengen.

Both men and women are encouraged to attend. Rabbi Feller will also be the guest speaker at the kiddush/farbrengen on Shabbos Beshalach, Yud-Alef Shevat (January 31).

If you would like the zechus of honoring the Rebbe on these auspicious days by sponsoring these farbrengens and kiddush, please contact Avraham Hayman or 845-269-1787.

Rabbi Feller, a native Minnesotan and a second generation shliach, served as principal of the  Lubavitch Cheder Day School of  Minnesota. He is a renowned Chassidic history buff, researcher and consultant. He serves as the spiritual leader of Lubavitch House in the Twin Cities.  Rabbi Feller shares knowledge, wit and wisdom - with a bit of humor - as he lectures worldwide to audiences of all backgrounds, sharing his love for Chassidus, Lubavitch, the Rebbe and the mission with warmth.

Farewell Kiddush for the Abramowitzs This Shabbos

Tzemach Tzedek will be honoring Yehudis and Yitzchok Abramowitz with a farwell kiddush and fabrengen this Shabbos Parshas Bo, January 24, 2015.

Please come and join us for this special occasion as the Abramowitz family moves to Yerushalayim after living in Monsey for 27 years.

Anyone interested in co-sponsoring this kiddush in honor of the Abramowitz family, please contact Avraham Hayman or 845-269-1787.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hundreds Participate in Siyum HaRambam Melava Malka

Several hundred men and women attended a Siyum Harambam for the greater Monsey community at the Atrium Plaza.

On Motzei Shabbos Shemos, January 10, a diverse crowd from different communities all around Monsey came to join in the celebration of the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily and Sefer Hamitzvos. In addition, this year’s Siyum is aligned with the Siyum of the 11th cycle for those who learn one chapter of Rambam each day.

The event was arranged by Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona under the leadership of Rabbi Dovid Weber, in conjunction with NCFJE of Rockland under the leadership of Shliach Rabbi Simcha Werner.

The Siyum was scheduled to take place on the Yahrtzeit of the Rambam and on the week of the Alter Rebbe's Yahrtzeit.

After the recital of the Rebbe's Kapital by Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman of Cheder Chabad Monsey, Divrei Brocha was presented by several local Rabbonim including Rabbi Boruch D. Lesches of congregation Tzemach Tzedek Lubavtich, Rabbi Dr. Chaim Dovid Kagan of congregation Bais Menachem Lubavtich, , Rabbi Aaron Lankry of congregation Ohr Hachaim Monsey and Rabbi Mordechai Berg of Congregation Ateres Rosh Monsey. The Siyum was recited by Rabbi Dovid Weber and the Hascholas Harambam by Rabbi Simcha Werner.  Special guest speakers Rabbi Bentzion Twerski of Milwaukee, WI, and Rabbi Dovid Dubov, Shliach in Princeton, NJ addressed the crowd. Master of Ceremonies was Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky, Shliach in Monroe, NJ.
A special video presentation of the Rebbe talking about the study of Rambam was shown. Singing sensation Benny Freidman along with the Nesher Orchestra enhanced the event with both his heart warming and joyous singing.

Thanks to all the sponsors including Mark Nussbaum,  Eliezer Scheiner, Yaakov Speath, Steve Sklarz, Baruch Schwartz, Avraham Hayman, Dr. Avrohom Strauss, Eli Zisman, Uri Koenig, Efraim Shteif, Shaul Kopelwitz, the Werner Brothers of KMR,  Cong. Tzemach Tzedek, and Anash of Airmont

Special thanks to those who helped in arranging the event, including Rabbi Yona Abenson with the assistance of Rabbi Yisroel Friedman, Rabbi Mendel Sandhous, Shmuly Zeigler, Yitzy Brody,  and Yehuda Flohr.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

R' Zalmen Leib Markowitz to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Rabbi Zalmen Leib Markowitz.

The levaya is taking place tonight, Motzai Shabbos, in Willamsburg.

Rabbi Markowitz will be sitting Shiva at 70 Clymer Street, Apartment 3B in Williamsburg. Please note that the building says 74 on it. 

Any updated information will be posted when it becomes available.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, January 16, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

A basic ideal in contemporary thinking is not only the rights of the individual but also the power of the individual. If there is an issue which you really care about, then through the democratic process, the power of lobbying, getting the media involved to raise public interest and affect opinion -- you can actually do something about it. In some sense, each person can change the world.

In spiritual terms, this is an ancient Jewish idea. More than eight centuries ago Maimonides wrote that each person should consider themselves equally balanced between good and bad, and the world as a whole as equally balanced between good and bad. This means, says Maimonides, one's next step can change the balance for oneself and for the whole world. One good deed, or even, comments the Lubavitcher Rebbe, one good thought, can bring tip the balance of existence to the side of good, and bring healing to the world.

This means that each person is highly significant. His or her perception of life can be a crucial factor not only for their own well being, but for the world as a whole.

Our perception of life is in fact a key theme in the Torah portion of this week of Va’aira (Shmos [Exodus] 6:2- 9:35), which tells of the plagues which G-d sent against the Egyptians.

What was the purpose of the plagues?

Well, one answer is, to force the Egyptians, particularly Pharaoh, to let the Jews go free. They can also be seen as a punishment for their cruelty towards their Jewish slaves. But, if we look carefully at the Torah text, we see that this was not just a matter of a show force nor of causing pain. The goal was more subtle.

G-d explains that the purpose of the miracles in Egypt is so that "Egypt will know that I am G-d."

When Pharaoh first confronted Moses, who was asking that the Jews should be given their freedom, Pharaoh responded: "Who is G-d that I should listen to Him and let the Jews go free? I do not know G-d." This means that the purpose of the plagues was to make Pharaoh recognize G-d. Only then would he let the Jews leave Egypt.

In fact, however, this too is not the final goal of the plagues, G-d gives a further explanation to Moses. The plagues come so that the Jewish people will tell their children and grandchildren about what happened, and they "will know that I am G-d."

The purpose of the plagues was to change our perception of life, so that, through the generations, we recognize G-d and the significance of His teachings. For ancient Pharaoh, the plagues meant that he eventually obeyed G-d and let the Jewish people free. For us they mean that we recognize G-d's power in our lives, and therefore make the right step which will bring goodness and healing to the world.

(Excerpts from – by Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

Seeing Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey and Monsey to Crown Heights both on this Motzei Shabbos. If anyone is doing one way and can bring two extra people, please call 845-659-7731.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 3

To download the third part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered in Monsey, please click here.

Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

Dr. Yehuda Schild Shiva Davening Times

Dr. Yehuda Schild will be sitting shiva at his home, 27 Fessler Drive, from this Friday morning, January 16, through Monday morning, January 19.

The following are the davening times:

Shacharis: 7:30 AM

Shacharis: 7:30 AM
Mincha & Maariv: 4:45 PM

Shacharis: 7:30 AM

Please help make the minyanim.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coat Switched at Tzemach Tzedek

If you mistakenly took a London Fog coat with the name "Bentzi Lesches" from Tzemach Tzedek this past Shabbos, please return it to the coat rack or call 845-425-2556.

No Samach Vov Shiur Tonight {Wednesday}

Due to the Markowitz l'chaim, there will be no Samach Vov shiur tonight, Wednesday, at Tzemach Tzedek.

Second Annual Monsey Yungeleit Ski Trip

Plans are underway for this year’s ski trip. Preliminary info as follows:

  • We will be going to ski in Stratton, VT sometime during the week of Shvat 13- 16 (February 2-5). 
  • Exact date will be set the week prior based on weather forecast and snow conditions.
  • We will leave Tzemach Tzedek 4pm on day of departure, arrive at the Alpen Rose Lodge in Stratton at approximately 8pm.  Dinner and Farbrengen in the lodge.  Next morning Chassidus and Shacharis at the lodge followed by full day of skiing. Return to Monsey that evening.
  • Reservations are required. 

To be added to the email list for info please email, or call Boruch Greenwald at 218-722-3517.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Monsey to Crown Heights on Thursday or Friday for 1 person. I lf you have room or know someone, please call or text Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you.

Hatzoloh Text Alerts

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mazel Tov Tilsons!

Mazel tov to Dovid and Sari Tilson on the birth of a baby boy!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Mazel Tov Hotts!

Mazel tov to Yosef and Tovah Hott on the birth of a baby boy!

Shifra and Puah arranges homemade meals from people in the community for mothers of newborn children from our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or

Farewell Kiddush for the Abramowitzs Next Shabbos

Tzemach Tzedek will be honoring Yehudis and Yitzchok Abramowitz with a farwell kiddush and fabrengen on Shabbos Parshas Bo, January 24, 2015.

Please come and join us for this special occasion as the Abramowitz family moves to Yerushalayim after living in Monsey for 27 years.

Anyone interested in co-sponsoring this kiddush in honor of the Abramowitz family, please contact Avraham Hayman or 845-269-1787.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek

There will be a farbrengen this Thursday night, January 15, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Chof Daled Teves.

Chof Daled Teves marks the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Teves, at approximately 10:30 PM, shortly after reciting Havdalah. The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Mazel Tov Markowitzs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmen Leib and Esther Markowitz on the engagement of their son Menachem Mendel to Esther Edelman of Brunoy, France!

The l'chaim will take place this Wednesday night, January 14, at 8:00 PM at the Bais Rivka hall, 310 Crown Street in Crown Heights.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen for Women

House for Rent

Long term home for rent on Skylark Drive in Wesley Hills near Bais Menachem. $2,495/month. 4 BR, 3 BR (negotiable, no broker fees).  Great neighborhood, Amazing Shuls and beautiful property.

Email for more information.

Short term also available for $2,850/month (min 3 months).

Mazel Tov Steinmetzs - L'chaim!

Mazel tov to Binyomin & Adina Steinmetz on the engagement of their daughter Tova Lea to Rafi Stein!

The l'chaim will take place this Wednesday evening, January 14, at 8:30 PM at Chovovei Torah, 885 Eastern Parkway (between Albany & Troy) in Crown Heights.

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

RSVP for Women's Goodbye Dinner for Mrs. Abramowitz

Please join us for a tzayschem l'shalom honoring
Yehudis Abramowitz
 as we
farbreng and share thoughts.

When: Monday evening, January 19, 2015 - 28 Teves 5775

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Party Room at the Purple Pear Restaurant

All You Can Eat Buffet: $20 per person at the door

Please RSVP to Chaya Webb at or call 
(The restaurant would like a head count, so please RSVP at your
earliest convenience!)

The evening is being organized by Cheder Chabad, N'Shei Chabad and
the Tzemach Tzedek Shul

Everyone is invited to write a paragraph expressing feelings or to
reminisce about experiences with Yehudis!

Please email your submissions to
Chaya Schaeffer at
Iy"H we would like to have them compiled and presented in a book for
Yehudis to take with her.

Deadline: Friday, January 16th

Sunday, January 11, 2015

R' Kagan's Weekly Shiur Moved to Sunday Nights

To accommodate those participants who would like to attend Rabbi Jacobson's Thursday night Chassidus shiur, Rabbi Kagan's weekly shiur will be permanently rescheduled from Thursday evening to Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM at the Zeiler home, 22 Concord Drive.

The topic for tonight is the Halachik view of not yet observant Jews today. Who is considered an apikorus?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Schild to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Dr. Yehuda Schild.

The levaya will take place in California this Tuesday.

Yehuda will be sitting shiva at his home, 27 Fessler Drive, from Friday morning, January 16, through Monday morning, January 19.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 2

To download the second part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered this past Thursday night, please click here.

 Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Avos U'Banim

This Motzai Shabbos, Parshas Shmos, Avos U'Banim at Tzemach Tzedek will take place from 6:45 to 7:45 PM. 

This will allow time for the fathers to attend the Siyum HaRambam  at the Atrium at 8:30 PM. 

Avos U'Banim is open to all elementary school boys with their fathers. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seeking Hebrew Teacher & Rebbi

LPS is a growing and thriving Orthodox day school in Tenafly, NJ.

For September 2015/2016 we are looking for:
  • An Israeli Hebrew Immersion teacher. Prior classroom experience of five years is a must.
  • A Rebbe to teach 5th and 6th grade Gemarah and Mishna in the late afternoon beginning at 3:00/3:30 pm.  Prior teaching experience is a must. 
All those interested, please email:

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

We never really know why things happen. Do we always deserve everything life throws at us, good or bad? Allow me to share a message from this week's Parshah which may shed a little light on the mysteries of life and our higher destinies.

In this week's Torah reading, we begin the second book of the Torah Shmos (Exodus1:1-6:1). This is the Parshah that describes the beginning of bondage for the Jewish people in Egypt. Moses experiences his first official Divine revelation at the Burning Bush. There he is charged with the formidable mission to confront the Pharaoh and demand that he "Let My people go." Moses is full of questions and repeatedly seeks G-d's reassurances.

It was not necessarily for what they had done in the past that G-d would redeem the Jewish people, but for what He anticipated for them in the future... In one exchange at the Bush, Moses asks, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should take the Children of Israel out of Egypt? Rashi interprets the first part of the question as Moses doubting his own qualifications to suddenly become a player in the king's court. In his typical humble way Moses didn't see himself worthy of challenging the mighty monarch of Egypt. The second part of the verse is explained by Rashi to be questioning the worthiness of the Jewish People. What have they actually done to deserve such a miraculous redemption?

To which the Almighty answers, firstly, have no fear and have no doubts, I will be with you. And secondly, this is your sign that I have sent you: when you take the people out of Egypt, you will serve G-d on this mountain.

Now it's very nice to know that this mountain was, in fact, Mount Sinai and that the Burning Bush encounter occurred on that very same mountain. But wherein lies G-d's answer to Moses' second question? He asked "who am I?" so G-d replied to the point and said don't worry "I will be with you." But to the question of by what merit did Israel deserve redemption we don't see any answer. That they "will serve G-d on this mountain" doesn't seem relevant to the discussion at all.

Here it is that we find a fascinating insight into the intriguingly infinite ways of Providence. G-d was saying that it was not necessarily for what they had done in the past that he was ready to redeem the Jewish people, but for what He anticipated for them in the future. On this very mountain they would receive His Torah; they would become His chosen messengers to be a light unto the nations; they would be the moral standard bearers for the entire world. Never mind what they did or didn't do in the past. G-d had big plans for this nation and it would all begin with the impending Exodus.

What a powerful message for all of us. Sometimes, the kindness G-d does for us is not because of what we've been but rather what it would enable us to become. It's not for what we have already done but for what we still will do.

So should any of us be the beneficiaries of a special blessing from Above, instead of patting ourselves on the back and concluding that we must have done something wonderful to be thus rewarded, let us rather ask ourselves what G-d might be expecting us to do with this particular blessing in the future. How can we use it to further His work on earth? Special blessings carry with them special responsibilities.

May each of us successfully develop all the potential G-d sees in us and use it for our own moral development and to  better the world around us.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Kosher Ski Day

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gartel Gmach

The Tzemach Tzedek Gartel Gmach reminds whoever borrowed a gartel recently to please return it to Rabbi Shusterman's shtender so others can borrow as well. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

R' Dovid Kaplan Introduces the Chassidus Audio CD Sharing Project

The Areyeh Leib ben Avrohom & Dubba bas Avrohom Yitzchok Kaplan
Free Weekly Parsha Chassidus Audio Cd Sharing Project
Audio CDs Created from the Online Shiurim given through TheYeshiva.Net
Available through Dovid Kaplan

By Dovid Kaplan

In 2010, after a stroke, forced retirement, and home-bound situation, I started watching and listening to new live streaming online shiurim. The shiurim started with a weekly Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson chidush on the Parsha shiur. It soon blossomed into the website, TheYeshiva.Net, overseen by Rabbi Jacobson. Soon the shiurim went from just a once a week shiur to  shiurim given every weekday,

From just Rabbi Jacobson to the inclusion of Chassidus shiurim given by Rabbi Yossi Paltiel, Sichos Shiurim by Rabbi Levi Galelik, and a combination of others in most aspects of Torah, Talmud, Halacha,Yom Tovim, etc.

I always liked to share with others things that I like myself, like my matted nature prints. I appreciated these online shiurim so much, and because of my computer literacy and commodity of time, not having to run off to work away from home, it was natural for me to use the audio CD technology to share the gems of Torah that I was experiencing.

In 2010 I rarely could make it to Shul, but I started  burning audio CDs and giving them to Anash whenever I did make it to Tzemach Tzedek. I started with about 10 CDs per week and the feedback was tremendously positive. My “customers” welcomed this new ability to easily listen to shiurim while in their cars instead of having to listen to radio.

To the Monsey Anash’s compliment and praise, the 10 per week quickly grew to 50 per week.

During the Shiva for my mother, Dubba bas Avrohom Yitzchok, my oldest grand-daughter, Oshrat, gave me the idea of dedicating this CD shiurim endeavor in my mother’s honor and zechus. My father, Areyeh Leib ben Avrohom, passed away just weeks after my stroke. I was so out of it, I hardly remember shiva and know that I did not even make it to Shul once to say Kaddish. With my mother’s death, I developed a connection to my father’s death, the emotional trauma, that I missed in 2003. It therefore made sense to dedicate the already established project of sharing the TheYeshiva.Net shiurim in the zechus of both of my parents.

I started keeping track of my blank CD purchases. I now buy 1,000 at a time in order to get the absolute least expensive price.

To the Monsey Anash’s compliment and praise, the 10 per week has grown steadily to about 100 per week now, especially with the advances of the offerings online, which now include live farbrengens and shiurim that span multiple weeks, often necessitating double CDs per shiur.

This amazing increase in the Monsey Anash’s Torah learning, approximately 100 hours instead of radio listening, called to my mind Moshiach’s promise to the Baal Shem Tov’s question of “when are you coming” and Moshiach’s answer, “when your Torah is spread far and wide”. Look how our Monsey Anash are clamoring and appreciating the Baal Shem Tov’s Torah disseminated through TheYeshiva.Net and this Audio CD shiurim project.

With my mother’s first yahrtzeit on January 5, 2015 / 14th Teves 5775, in her honor, I will be creating a used CD receptacle, a CD index by shiur Rabbi, that will be placed in Tzemach Tzedek at a convenient location, allowing Anash to return CDs if they wish, so that anyone can help themselves to this supply.

It is my pleasure and honor to have fallen into this uforatzta project. I welcome emails or phone calls requesting any shiur, farbrengen or series. Please don’t hesitate and deny me and my parents from this zechus.  With the constantly improving technology, I am using this 1st yarhrtzeit occasion to upgrade the shiurim sharing project. If Anash would prefer, I will share the mp3 audio files via Google drive, sending an email to the shiurim normally burned on CDs, so that users can easily download the files to the own devices, allowing them to still listen to the shiurim in their cars as well as listen to them anywhere and anytime. To accomplish this, please send me an email to requesting the mp3 file shares.

Also please help yourselves to the existing used Audio Shiurim in the new CD box in Tzemach Tzedek.

Thank you! May we all be listening to the Torah of Moshiach live in Yerushalayim in the immediate future!

RSVP for Siyum HaRambam This Motzai Shabbos

The Siyum HaRambam this Motzai Shabbos is filling up close to capacity. To ensure that you and your family have seats. please respond ASAP to (please indicate how many seats needed for men and women).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Torah & Tea Class Break

Mrs. Esti Jacobson's Wednesday morning Torah & Tea class is canceled for the next two weeks. It will resume iy"h on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015.

Recording of R' YY Jacobson's Basa Legani Shiur Part 1

To download the first part of the shiur by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson on Basa Legani that he delivered this past Thursday night in Monsey, please click here.

Thanks to Rabbi Naftali Marrus for arranging the recording.

MBCM Wants Your Feedback About the Dinner

We at MBCM would like to thank each one of you for attending our dinner this past Motzai Shabbos. Thank you for strengthening our community by supporting Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka.

We would really appreciate if you can give us your feedback on the dinner to enable us to continue making our dinner enjoyable to all.

Please take a few moments and submit your feedback at

Please note your feedback through this form will remain anonymous.

R' Meir Steinhauser Sitting Shiva in Monsey Today

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of R' Chaim Steinhauser, the brother of R' Meir Steinhauser.

R' Meir will be sitting shiva at his home, 19 Algonquin Circle in South Monsey, today, Monday, from 5:00 to 10:30 PM.

From Tuesday morning until Thursday morning he will be sitting at 1719 President Street in Crown Heights. Shacharis will take place at 7:30 AM, Mincha at 4:30 PM and Maariv at 9:00 PM.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Making Aliyah - Cars Must Go

For Sale:
2009 Honda Accord, 4 door sedan, 110,000 miles, original owner, asking $8,950 (Below Book Value)

Take Over Lease:
2012 Subaru Forester, 19,000 miles, 10 months to go (11/30/2015), $250/month

Call Yehudis Abramowitz at 845-558-8249.

Ronen Osinsky Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - Ronen Osinsky will be sitting shiva at his home, 11 Patriot Drive, for his father Ernest Osinsky (Aaron ben Yitzchak HaLevi).

The davening times are as follows:

Mincha 4:20 PM followed by Maariv

Monday through Thursday Morning:
Shacharis 7:00 AM
Mincha 1:15 PM
Maariv 7:00 PM

Visiting hours are between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Daily Mincha Time Change

The daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek is now at 4:30 PM. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Monsey Chabad Community Directory

Mrs. Mimi Goldsmith has put together a thorough Directory for the Monsey Chabad community. Feel free to print and use it and share it with others especially newcomers to our community.

The directory PDF can be downloaded at

It will be posted on the sidebar of this blog as well for future reference.

Tzeischem L'Shalom Gathering for Mrs. Yehudis Abramwitz

Yitzchak and Yehudis Abramowitz will be leaving our community on February 1, 2015 to realize their dream of making aliyah.

Their warmth, enthusiasm,energy, chesed and tzedakah have been at the forefront of much of the spiritual growth in our community.

The Abramowitz's were there at the founding of the Tzemach Tzedek shul. The Chabad Cheder started in their house. The N'shei Chabad Bookstore was also in their home, with Yehudis both acquiring the stock and selling it. The Abramowitz "hotel" is legendary. We will not enumerate all their chassadim here, especially since many were done quietly.

While there will be a gathering to honor Yitzchak and Yehudis as a couple before they depart, (please keep an eye out for the email), the women in the community will meet separately to express their hakaros hatov to Yehudis.

Please join us for a tzayschem l'shalom honoring Yehudis as we
farbreng and share thoughts.

WhenMonday evening, January 19, 2015 - 28 Teves 5775

Time6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Party Room at the Purple Pear Restaurant

All You Can Eat Buffet: $20 per person at the door

Please RSVP to Chaya Webb at or call 
(The restaurant would like a head count, so please RSVP at your
earliest convenience!)

The evening is being organized by Cheder Chabad, N'Shei Chabad and
the Tzemach Tzedek Shul

Everyone is invited to write a paragraph expressing feelings or to
reminisce about experiences with Yehudis!

Please email your submissions to Chaya Schaeffer at
Iy"H we would like to have them compiled and presented in a book for

Yehudis to take with her.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Topic of This Week's Shiur by R' YY Jacobson

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

"Knowledge is power," goes the knowing cliché. Like most clichés, this is true. If you knew what your bargaining partner's fallback position was; if you knew whether or not she really loves you; you'd be more in control, more the master of your fate.

But only up to a point. Imagine that you knew everything. Imagine that you knew exactly when and exactly how you will die. That you knew, in advance the details of every twist and turn in your marriage -- the cause of every quarrel and the timing of every reconciliation. Imagine that all the actions you will take in the course of your lifetime were listed like entries in a giant captain's log, with the results of each action noted at its side.

Would you feel that you were in control of your life? Or would you feel like a pawn being walked through the steps? Knowledge may bring power, but absolute knowledge brings utter powerlessness.

In this week's Torah reading Vayechei (Bersishis [Genesis] 47:28 - 50:26) we read (49:1) how Jacob, before his passing, summoned his sons to his bedside, promising to reveal "that which will happen to you in the end of the days." When they gather round, he blesses them and assigns to each his role as the progenitor of a tribe within the people of Israel. Nothing, however, about what will happen in the end of the days.
Our sages explain that Jacob intended to reveal to them the time of the coming of Moshiach (the Messiah). But at that moment, "the Divine Presence departed from him." Jacob understood that he's not supposed to tell.

So life's most urgent question remains a mystery. We know that the world will one day come to reflect the infinite goodness and perfection of its Creator. We know that our every positive deed is a step toward that goal, a brick in that glorious edifice. But when will it happen? Why can't we see the finish-line approaching, why can't we behold the rising edifice?

Some would say that this is G-d's way of keeping us under His thumb, so to speak. Perhaps if we knew too much, if we saw exactly how our every action and choice fitted in the master plan, we might take too many liberties, developing our own assessments of the goal and our own ideas on how to get there. So better keep man in the dark, so that he plod on toward his destiny in oblivion.

The truth, however, is the very opposite. It is precisely because G-d desired a creative, independent-minded partner to His endeavor that He made life the mystery that it is. If we were consciously aware of the ultimate significance of our every action, our actions would be lifeless and mechanical -- rehearsed lines recited by rote in a play whose script has already been read by every member of the audience.

It is only because each of our deeds, choices and decisions stands out in stark relief against the background of our lives, its train of causes and effects trailing off into the darkness of an unknown future, that our choices are truly ours, our decisions a true exercise of will, and our every deed is a meaningful contribution to our partnership with G-d in creation.

(Excerpts from - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

Avos U'Banim This Motzai Shabbos

This Motzai Shabbos Avos U'banim will again take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM to allow parents to attend the Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka dinner afterwards.

Thanks to Rabbi Nachman Bronstein for organizing the delicious mezonos treats and Rabbi Zalman Goldstein for the CD's and the story book prizes.

There will again be a special raffle for the early birds arriving before 6:35 PM.

Heichal Menachem Asara B'Teves 5775 Schedule