Monday, March 30, 2015

Pesach 5775 Schedule for Heichal Menachem

Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos Shavous Program

Camp Gan Israel in the Poconos is very excited to announce Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos' Shavous program with our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.

Shavous in the Poconos  will take place from May 22 - May 26 / 4 Sivan - 8 Sivan,   Friday - Tuesday (5 Days & 4 Nights).

Gan Israel Retreat in the Poconos is nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and offers a beautiful setting for an inspiring family getaway.

Very conveniently located just 77.0 miles from 770, our newly refurbished facility includes heated cabins, dining hall with top-of-the-line glatt Kosher kitchens, swimming pool, private lake, sport fields & courts, recreation hall, game room, hiking trails, and campfire ring.

Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law in New York, NY, and Director of the Institute for Judaic Knowledge, based in Newton, MA.  Rabbi Yaffe has lectured, led seminars and taught continuing legal education programs, in person and online, throughout North America, as well as in Mexico, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and Europe. A particular focus of Rabbi Yaffe's work has been the intersection of the concerns created by  contemporary issues and the values presented in three and a half millennia of Judaic law and thought. Rabbi Yaffe has authored a broad range of articles for, other online forums, and was lead author for the Jewish Learning Institute's "Living with Integrity" course. Rabbi Yaffe is a past scholar-in-residence to Chabad at Harvard, where he served the greater Harvard and MIT communities, and has been a visiting scholar in various communities.

Program Highlights:
Beautiful davening inspired by the scenic surroundings.
Learning with our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe.
Fully catered sumptuous meals.
Daily Children's Program

Dingmans Ferry, PA located between Milford and Bushkill only;
1 hour from Morristown
1.5 hours from NYC
2 hours from Philadelphia
4 hours from Boston

Accommodations are available on a first come, first served basis;
1 Presidential Suite (5 rooms, kitchenette, sleeps up to 10 people),
2 Platinum Suites (4 rooms, kitchenette, sleeps up to 8 people),
4 Gold Suites (3 rooms, sleeps up to 6 people),
2 Silver Suites (2 rooms, sleeps up to 5 people),
5 Silver Cabins (2 rooms, sleeps up to 14 people),
12 Bronze Cabins (1 room, sleeps up to 12 people),

Rates are based on an occupancy of 2 adults and up to 3 children and includes all meals.
Presidential = $1,540
Platinum = $1,220
Gold = $920
Silver = $820
Bronze = $620
Each additional adult (13 yrs and older) cost $120 and a child (3-12 yrs old) cost $60.  Children under 3 are free.

Early Bird Discount register and pay in full before;
April 10 and get 20% off,
April 24 and get 10% off.
Space is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Local Attractions:
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Raymondskill Falls
Dingmans Falls
Hackers Falls
George W. Childs Park
For a complete listing, click here.

1. Email with the following information;  
Accommodation Preference: "Presidential Suite", "Platinum Suite", "Gold Suite", "Silver Suite", "Silver Cabin" or "Bronze Cabin",
Family name,
Family member's first names and ages of all children and young adults.

2. Make payment via PayPal (click here) or send check to;
Gan Israel Retreat
10 Hidden Glen Ln
Airmont, NY 10952

Questions? Please call 845.425.0903 or email

Children's Yud Aleph Nissan Rally

Workshop on Safety Education

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shabbos HaGadol Drasha at Tzemach Tzedek

Rabbi Lesches will be delivering a Shabbos HaGadol Derasha for men and women this Shabbos afternoon, Parshas Tzav, at 6:15 PM. Mincha will take place at 7:00 PM. 

Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Monday night, March 30, at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday in 1902.

Maariv will be at 8:30 PM followed by the farbrengen.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Over the last few weeks the Torah was detailing the different types of service performed in the Temple. Unlike a contemporary Synagogue service, which chiefly consists of private prayer interspersed with occasional tribal chanting and some stand up/sit down for exercise, the Temple rites were much more exciting. Animal sacrifice, incense burning, multicolored clothing, ritualized musical accompaniment and choral performance were all part of the daily spectacle.

After the sacrifices had been offered and burnt on the altar, this week's Torah portion (Tzav [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36) tells us how the ashes were collected. The Cohen assigned to clear the accumulated ashes and transport them to the tip was commanded; and he shall take off his clothes (which had been worn while serving in the Temple) and put on other clothes, and remove the ashes outside the camp (Leviticus 6:4).
Ever been down in the bowels of a professional kitchen? The scenes of controlled panic and chaos bear no resemblance to the decorum which rules in the restaurant. Similarly, the grubby outfits and utilitarian work-wear that the bus boys and dishwashers are garbed in is far outshone by the formal attire that the waiters don. Makes sense; after all, the waiters are engaged in formal service, face to face with the patron, while the others' role, though vital, is really just preparing plates for use on the morrow.

The Cohen did not just change clothing out of fear of dirtying his clothes. Rather, when engaged in the actual service of G-d in the Temple, he would dress up to the nines as an act of homage to the Deity in whose service he was engaged. When occupied with the more prosaic task of removing the ashes, vital though it may have been, he changed out of his formal attire and slipped into something more functional.

However, unlike the distinction between the Maitre 'd and the lowly laborer, each with his own clearly delineated role, in G-d's home the same Cohen fulfilled both functions.

In Judaism there is no disconnect between the 'upper class' and the 'honest battlers.' Not for us any petty caste systems where some dwell in the fields of academia and others labor, unseen and under-appreciated, at less appealing tasks. The same priest who offered the sacrifices would shortly thereafter embark on the far less glamorous, companion role.

This week Jews around the world are busy preparing for the upcoming beautiful holiday of Pesach. Everyone enjoys the Seder; the glamour moment of Judaism. Resplendent in our finery and reclining in freedom we all thrill to participate. Less enjoyable, though equally vital, is helping to prepare the home in the weeks leading up to Passover. It is imperative to keep in mind, while scrubbing and scouring, that the same G-d who commanded us to have a Seder is equally served by our exertions now.

When working for G-d, it is important to "change your clothes." Go out to the public and put on a happy face. Demonstrate that the Judaism you love and live is functional and comfortable. But don't stay wrapped up in your cocoon of formality.  Relax and show that every single task G-d sets us is simultaneously a privilege and a pleasure.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

Global Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen This Monday Night

Beis Nissan & Hanochos Tefillin at Mesivta

This year the Hilulah of the Rebbe Rashab, founder of Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimin, on Beis Nissan was marked in its Monsey branch by special festivities.  A breakfast and farbrengen were celebrated at Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey in honor of the Honochos Tefilin of Avrumy Leitner, sponsored by his parents and long-time Monsey Chabad residents, Refoel and Malkie Leitner.

Before the davening, Rabbi Leitner discussed the various approaches to the kesher of the tefilah shel yad for a lefty, identifying the prevailing Lubavitcher custom.  Rabbi Mendy Landa, Menahel of the Mesivta, led the morning davening with a tangible fervor reflective of the intensity of the red letter day.  After davening, the Beis HaMedrash was setup for the breakfast and farbrengen.

The gala was graced by the attendance of Rabbi Ari Jacobson, Mara D’Asra of Young Israel of Monsey and Wesley Hills which hosts the Mesvita, who inspired the assemblage by recounting the story of Tefilin Sheh-B’Rosh.  Rabbi Jacobson went on to quote the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch concerning the Chabad shita in Hesech HaDaas from which he extracted a potent lesson that this halacha implies.

Following the hochonoh niggun, Avrumy recited the first chapter of the maamar Issa B’Midrash Tilim in Yiddish, demonstrating a clear understanding of the subject matter.  After the maamar, Rabbi Landa eloquently explained the connection between Honochos Tefilin, the Nasi of the Day for Beis Nissan, and the Baal HaHilulah of Beis Nissan.  From this, he derived an instructive message for everyone present to take with them and work on.

An abundance of good food and drink served to augment the joyous spirit of the occasion.  The entire program of thought provoking ideas made a noticeable impact on the participants towards a personal change for the better.  It seems the morning’s proceedings struck a positive chord with the tomimim of the Mesivta as they witnessed the induction of a new tomim in the context of a meaningful and tasty event.

Pre Pesach Employment Opportunity

We have a pre Pesach employment opportunity less than thirty minutes from Monsey. Good pay. Flexible hours. Long term possibility. Interested? Contact or 347-956-0282.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Seeking Camp Staff

This summer, join an awesome team of people working hard to make kids happy. Apply now if you think you are a good fit to join this strong team who go the extra mile to devoting themselves to their mission in camp.

We are a half an hour drive from Monsey, with daily transportation provided.

It is the mission of FLJDC to provide the children and parents of the Jewish community a safe, fun and educational summer experience, in a non judgmental environment, through the demonstration of excellence and attention to detail in all aspects of camp and practicing a Kids First philosophy.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Central Yud Aleph Nissan Farbrengen

New Menahel of Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey Meets Parents

On Thursday evening כ"א אדר, parents of current and prospective talmidim had the opportunity to meet with the new Menahel of Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey, Rabbi Sender Lustig.

The evening began with Rabbi Moshe Liberow welcoming the parents and introducing Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz.

Rabbi Markowitz spoke about his interactions with Rabbi and Mrs. Lustig in the past and the confidence he has in Rabbi Lustig building up the Mesivta לשם ולתפארת.

Rabbi Markowitz also spoke about the importance and benefits of keeping Mesivta age bochurim close to home and how with the current growth and status of our community, this would be an opportune time to invest in this venture.

Rabbi Markowitz then introduced Rabbi Lustig to present his vision for a successful Mesivta in Monsey.

Rabbi Lustig drew on פרשת פרה where we see that Mitzvos are generally divided in 2 categories; those that we can understand (משפטים and עדות) and those that we can't comprehend (חוקים). During the elementary years, children are more susceptible to perform even if they don't understand exactly why they are doing certain things. Once they reach the age of Yeshiva Gedola they require more of an understanding and emotional buy in. The function of a Mesivta is to assure this transition of bochurim in a healthy and productive manner, nurturing their social and emotional development, while at the same time motivating and challenging them.

Rabbi Lustig then took questions from parents and clarified the structure of the Mesivta and some details concerning the curriculum.

He hopes to not only attract the best local students, but also talmidim of high-caliber from out-of-town.

The feedback from the evening has been BH overwhelmingly positive.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Summer 5775 at Machane Bnos Monsey

Machane Bnos Monsey is proud to open registration for the 2015/5775 summer. We are looking forward to our best summer ever.

Register now and take advantage of the early bird discount valid until April 17th.

Looking forward to a great summer!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pre Pesach Camp

Color Erases, Color Paints - Growing up mixed race in Monsey, N.Y.

By Isaiah Rothstein, Tablet Magazine

I often relate to my peer group that both my maternal and paternal ancestors were slaves: As Hebrews in the desert hills of Egypt, and as Africans on the southern plantations of Alabama.

“And he (Moses) called his (son’s) name Gershom, because he was a stranger in a strange land.” (Exodus 2:22)

I grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community of Monsey, N.Y. With my peyot until I was 10 years old and my father’s unwavering affiliation with the Chabad Lubavitch movement, I think it would be safe to say I was raised in what one would call the Haredi community. But our Thanksgiving family reunions revealed a whole other aspect of my family tree, and from a young age I was forced to consider what my own identity would be and what I would make my legacy.

Once Tanya Maria Robertson, my mother split her own sea and converted to Judaism as an adult, becoming Shulamit Geulah Rothstein. As when her mother, who is of German, Scotch, and Dutch ancestry, married her father, who is black, two worlds came together, creating another dimension of civil rights and Jewish unity: the Rothstein family. But with such realities came great complexity.

With a mother who converted to Judaism after being raised Methodist and a Chabad father living in Monsey, I had a lot to think about while growing up.

When my parents joined their histories together, it rendered a chasm in creation, and redeemed a fragment of an erased story. This same chasm whispers to me and you alike, “While the world has tried to erase your heritages for thousands of years, I’ll let your glory shine through.” Together, as Jews of Color, we shall create a masterpiece that will survive and thrive, that will sing and laugh, that will cry and yearn; that will stand for Jewish values, Judaism, and justice for all.

I have come to know that people who are color-blind deny that there is a difference in how a person of color is treated. There is a difference, but there shouldn’t be. I have also learned that my family has been given an opportunity to paint a grand canvas and rectify many chapters of our American and Jewish history.

Color erases and color paints. But when colors mix together they can repaint the grayness with a blue sky.

Color erases. Color erases because just four generations ago, Charles and Rachel Mcgruder, my grandfather’s grandparents, were born enslaved in Alabama.

Color erases, because my cousin, Carole Robertson, was murdered along with three other girls in the Birmingham Church bombing of 1963.

Color erases because I have a history that can never be told. Not because it was lost, but because, like so many, it was erased by corrupt spirits.

Color erases because no matter the laws that are passed, or the marches that are held, racism still exists. And the heart of our people’s humanity still breaks.

But indeed, color also paints. Color paints privilege—when it is the right color, that is. Color paints the meadows of West Virginia, a horse for each child, and a sense of security that can build the voice within.

Color paints the Methodist minister, my great-grandfather, who preached God’s word to hundreds, uniting communities with tradition.

Color paints British royalty who conquered the Americas with power and were later fought for independence—as my mother and grandmother are Daughters of the American Revolution.

Color paints because my grandmother can sing her grandchildren lullabies that have been sung by her family for centuries, and we know them all.

Both sides of my family have been victimized because of the color of their skin and what they believe in, and so, both sides have made it their life’s purpose to stand for the other, and to advocate for civil liberties and justice for all. Beyond the threading of colors and convergence of different faiths, both sides of my family know all too well that there is still a Pharaoh lurking in unfriendly places with every evil intention to harm, cast away, and degrade others based on their color or religion (Exodus 5:4). Indeed, you only know racism exists if you experience it.

As an advocate for cultural competence and acceptance in the Jewish community, as a rabbi and social worker, my story has led me toward the hope that we can unite to defend that divine command to protect the stranger, not only because we were once strangers in a foreign place, but because by doing so, we elevate our generation along with our ancestors.

“Mankind must be scattered, must distribute itself among all the different regions of earth in order that the most divergent and contrary faculties of the human mind may find in nature the needed opportunities of development, in order that experience become full and complete…”

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, The Nineteen Letters.”

Though my family story is a unique one, its message of overcoming adversity to develop identity and moral conviction is really a story for the masses—now more than ever.

Isaiah Rothstein is a JOC raised in a Lubavitch family in Monsey, N.Y. He is expecting to finish his rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University in the coming school year and works full-time as the Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual and Experiential Educator) at Carmel Academy of Greenwich in Greenwich, CT.

Rabbi Lesches Available to Sell Chometz

Rabbi Lesches will be available to arrange the sale of your chometz following all weekday tefilos at Tzemach Tzedek starting with Maariv tonight.  The Rav can also be reached at 845-659-1060.

Beis Nissan Farbrengen Tonight

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Beis Nissan tonight, Sunday, March 22, following the 8:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Beis Nissan is the day on which the Rebbe Rashab, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn passed away in Rostov in 1920. His last words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."

The Rebbe Rashab was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. 

In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride to Crown Heights for two adults and a baby on Motzai Shabbos or Sunday morning.

Please call Leah Poltorak at 914-584-6902

Seeking House Rental for Reunion

Looking to rent a house for a family reunion (around 20 people) during a week in the summer. Please contact

Help MBCM as You Clean & Shop for Pesach

As you prepare for Pesach, be sure to clean out your MBCM pushka and have the money picked up by contacting Rabbi Yossi Touger at, 845-430-8342 or

Please also help Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka by using our Chessed dollars when shopping for Pesach by:

1) Using MBCM dollars. Order by calling or emailing Rabbi Kagan at 845 538-7484.  MBCM dollars can be used at Rockland Kosher, Evergreen, All Fresh and Newday. \

2) Use the school account # 845-634 7400 when shopping at All Fresh or Rockland Kosher. Please mention 634-7400 to the cashier when paying as the phone number on the account so that Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka gets a percentage. You then pay using the method that you normally would. There is no need for MBCM Dollars (MBCM gets the store credit).   If you are having your order delivered, please make sure to note your home address for delivery so that it is not delivered to MBCM
Thank you!

Seeking Ride

Seeking a ride this Sunday for one female from Monsey to Crown Heights. Please call 845-709-7876.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

The first chapters this week's Torah portion, which begins the third Book of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus - 1:1-5:26); describe the offerings that Jews brought to the Sanctuary. It sums it all up with the statement: “Offer the best of everything to G‑d.” This phrase serves as the basis for a beautiful concept in Jewish teaching.
A building that serves as a synagogue or as a center of Jewish learning should be more beautiful than the personal homes of the community members. The furniture donated to a synagogue should be more comfortable and more luxurious than those in its members’ personal homes.

When we offer food to a starving poor person, the food should be of better quality than the food that we eat ourselves. The clothing donated to the poor should be nicer than those we wear ourselves.

A similar thought is expressed in a verse that the Jews sang when they crossed the Red Sea: “This is my G‑d, and I will do beautiful things for Him.” TheTalmud interprets this to mean that one should strive to acquire the most beautiful etrog and lulav, a beautiful sukkah, tallit and tefillin, a neatly writtenTorah scroll, and so on.

These verses convey a teaching that is contrary to contemporary practice. People tend to donate things only when they no longer need them. Old, rickety furniture and used clothing are the typical stuff for donations. The Torah, however, teaches us to do a mitzvah with heart and soul, utilizing our best energies and materials.

If we treat the poor with empathy, we would not give them things of lesser quality than we want for ourselves. But the Torah goes beyond that, and says that we should give the poor even better than what we ourselves have. This is because we put all our energy and resources into the things that we truly love. Tzedakah(charity) is a mitzvah, and when a person loves doing mitzvot, he will invest more in the mitzvah than in his ordinary needs.

A person who thinks of his religious obligations as a burden and nuisance will do the bare minimum that is required by Jewish law. Once he is “off the hook,” he will no longer exert any effort in doing more. But the Jew who appreciates how Judaism enriches his life with depth and meaning does mitzvot with love. And when a mitzvah is done out of love, it is done with care and beauty.

The extent of how much effort a person puts into mitzvot is a pretty good barometer to measure his attitude towards Judaism.

When given an opportunity to earn more dollars, few people will say, “Why bother? I can manage with the bare necessities.” Why would the spiritual quality of life be any less important? A Jew with a healthy attitude towards Judaism will “go the extra mile” and strive to do mitzvot in the very best way possible.

The mitzvah itself is only half its value. The same mitzvah that is done with a good attitude has double the value.

(Excerpts from – Rabbi  Avrohom Altein)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pesach Sale at The Sofer Center

R Yosef Y Jacobson to Speak & Farbreng at Beis Menachem This Shabbos

Bais Menachem is pleased to announce that Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson will speak and farbreng this Shabbos Parshas Vaykira, Rosh Chodesh Nisan, at the farbrengen following davening.

The topic will be "How To Truly Set Yourself Free" in preparation for Pesach.

Men and women are invited.

Rabbi Jacobson will speak at approximately 12:15 PM.

A children's program will run during that time upstairs for the benefit of all parents and to ensure a conducive environment for the farbrengen.

Davening at Beis Menachem begins at 9:30 AM at 360 Route 306.

 All are warmly invited and encouraged to join!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Yeshiva Bein Hazmanim at Heichal Menachem

Pesach Wine Sale Benefiting Cheder Chabad

The Cheder is pleased to announce that we partnered with Mr. Yehoshua Werth of the Grapevine to offer you a selection of over 300 wines to enhance your Seder table. 

And why should you place your order through the Cheder?
·  Your entire order will be tax free. Please note you cannot receive a tax receipt for this.
·  Select wines will be offered at discounted prices
·  Your purchase will help support the Cheder.

Here are instructions of how to order:
1.       Click here to download the wine list in excel format. 
2.       Fill out your name, phone number, and credit card information.
3.       Fill out the quantity in the rows associated with the wine(s) of your choice.
4.       Save the excel file and email it to
5.       You will receive a confirmation email that we proccessed your credit card.
6.       You will receive a phone call from Mr. Werth informing you when your order will be available for pickup at the Grapevine. The Grapevine is located at 455 Route 306, Monsey, NY 10952.

All orders must be in by Sunday, March 22nd.

If you any questions regarding wines and prices please contact Mr. Werth at: (845) 364-9463.

If you have any questions regarding billing please contact Mrs. Breier at: (845) 356-1213 ext. 204

Thank you in advance for your support.

Beis Nissan Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Important Letter from Tzemach Tzedek President

Dear Member of the Monsey Community,

I am writing to you about a pressing communal concern. I have just been informed that at the beginning of this week, Congregation Tzemach Tzedek only had ONE week left of funds in our bank accounts to pay all Shul related expenses.  We are now in an emergency situation where we are unable to pay for our mortgage, salary to our Rav, cleaning costs, mikveh expenses, utilities etc.

To help remedy this urgent situation, I am launching two campaigns in an effort to help our Shul and community.

First, accompanying this letter is your statement from the Shul with transactions through 01/31/2015. I have just paid my outstanding balance to the Shul, and I am asking you to pay as much of your outstanding balance as possible so that our Shul will be able to continue and thrive. Please click here to pay online. (A statement will not be generated if there is no activity as of 1/1/2014.)

As an incentive, for any outstanding amounts you pay up to Yud-Alef Nissan, I will contribute an additional 20 per cent reducing your personal Shul balance. For example, if you pay $200 towards your $500 Shul balance, I will pay an additional $40 towards your Shul balance, etc. I am not placing any dollar limit on this so feel free to pay 80 per cent of your outstanding Shul balance and I will pay the rest.

Second, to raise new funds for the Shul, I will double any new pledges which are paid prior to Yud-Alef Nissan in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday. So, if you donate $1,000 to the Shul, I will also donate $1,000, bringing the total donation to $2,000. 

Our Tzemach Tzedek Shul is the cornerstone of Chabad in Monsey. In addition to weekday and Shabbos services, the Shul operates the Men's Mikveh, offers daily and weekly shirum, Fabrengens for all chassidishe yomim tovim, and provides the services of our Rav, Rabbi Lesches. Maintaining the Shul is the responsibility of all of us, so please be as a generous as you possibly can.

If you have any questions about these campaigns or about the Shul, or if you would like to make a pledge, please contact me. 

Thank you. 

Avraham Hayman
President, Congregation Tzemach Tzedek


Monday, March 16, 2015

Seeking Used Car

I am actively seeking a used automobile  in good to excellent condition at a  reasonable price.   

I prefer a compact  to mid-size sedan.  I am looking for a sale price of between $5,000 and $10,000, preferably closer to $5,000. The price should be commensurate with blue book values for sale from a private individual to a private individual .   

The car must be in reliable mechanical condition and must be available for inspection by my mechanic, located in Spring Valley, New York.

Please e-mail me  at or call at 845 352 1645  if you have a vehicle  or know of a vehicle for sale meeting the above conditions.

Save the Date - Child Safety Workshop

Mark your calendar - A parenting workshop concerning child safety is being organized by Cheder Chabad and will take place on Sunday, April 26, Iyar 7 at 7:45 PM.

Additional details will follow.

Help JEM Raise One Million Dollars



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Your gift will help us continue providing videos of the Rebbe that you've come to rely on for inspiration and connection, extend their reach to the larger world, and increase the amount of content we produce and release.

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Jacobson Bris

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok and Esti Jacobson will be making the Bris for their newborn son this Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM in the tent of the Ohr Chaim Shul, 18 Forshay Road. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Avos U'Banim Grand Prize Winner

Mazel tov to Shaul Zelig Bronstein who won the grand raffle for all boys who attended the majority of Avos U'Banim sessions at the closing session of Avos U'Banim for the 5775 season this past Motzei Shabbos.

Thanks to Amazing Savings for sponsoring the amazing prizes and to Shloimie Litzman and family who sponsored the evening's pizza!

Help JEM Leap on Monday at 12 PM

What’s your favorite JEM project? Is it the Living Torah video that you see in Shul, the weekly Here’s My Story, or a full-length Farbrengen? Did you find a photo of yourself on the Living Archive website, or come across a great video on YouTube?

Demand for high-quality content of the Rebbe has been growing dramatically – and with it, the pace of our output. In order for us to meet the strong demand we’ve needed to stretch ourselves way beyond capacity. A group of generous partners has decided to help us take a giant leap by laying down a $1,000,000. G-d wiling, if we raise $1 million within 24-hours, we get the full amount toward our work. But here’s the catch: If we don’t, we get nothing.

Help us take this giant leap! 

As someone who has been inspired by these videos, you know the far-reaching effect they have on you, your children, and your friends. Please help us share this precious gift with an even larger audience, and with a world which needs it now more than ever.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Jacobson Shalom Zachor

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok and Esti Jacobson will be making a Shalom Zachor for their newborn son tonight at their home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive.

Cheder Chabad Pesach Wine Sale

A list of wines for this year's Cheder Chabad pesach wine sale is being mailed this week and will be available at the Wine Tasting on March 22 at Tzemach Tzedek.

Please make all checks payable to "Cheder Chabad of Monsey".

Pick-up will be at The Grapevine Wines & Spirits 1.5 weeks before Pesach.

10% of all sales go to the Cheder.

For all questions, please call Yehoshua Werth, Manager The Grapevine Wines & Spirits, at 845-364-9463.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

The 27th of the Hebrew month of Adar marks an unhappy anniversary (this year March 18, 2015). On this day in 1992, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch,  “The Rebbe,” suffered a severe stroke, which robbed him of his power of speech and led to the illness from which he never recovered. This is the date when the voice which educated, inspired and encouraged millions of Jews and gentiles was stilled.

As the Rebbe always taught us, we look to the Torah portion of the week to gain insight and perspective. Incredibly, this week’s portion offers a resoundingly clear message regarding this anniversary, as well as Chabad’s seeming state of “leaderlessness.”

This week we have a compound Torah reading—the combined portions of Vayakhel and Pekudei (Shmos [Exodus] 35:1 - 40:38). The Rebbe pointed out on many occasions that these two names convey an important message.

Vayakhel means to “gather” and “congregate.” Moses gathered the nation into a kahal, a congregation. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts; the congregation is a new entity which, like a marriage, is greater than the sum of its members. Each and every one of us is a part of this greater body, the Jewish people, unified, mixed and blended with each other.

Having said this, we proceed to Pekudei, “numbers”: the numbering and counting of each individual vessel in the Sanctuary. Yes, the total is greater than the sum of its parts, but Moses counts the individual vessels, because each individual component is independently significant. The same holds true with the Jewish nation: each Jew is endowed by the Creator with a uniquely precious personality, and is individually significant—not just as part of the total. Every Jew serves G‑d in a unique and inimitable fashion. Both vayakhel, the congregation, and pekudei, the individual, are absolutely essential components in the construction of a Tabernacle where G‑d’s presence will be manifest.

In 1950, the Rebbe was crowned as the seventh leader of the venerable Chabad-Lubavitch movement. At that point, Chabad possessed a prestigious history—but not much of a present, and it certainly did not seem to have a bright future. This glorious movement, which had once laid claim to hundreds of thousands of adherents throughout Eastern Europe, was almost completely decimated by the Nazi Gestapo and the Soviet KGB. The “grand” Lubavitch synagogue in Brooklyn, where the Rebbe presided, couldn’t comfortably fit more than 150 people!
Over the next decades, the Rebbe cultivated Chabad, building it into one of the largest Jewish movements of modern times. He did this through vayakhel—uniting all Jews; by talking to the collective Jewish soul. The Rebbe spoke the language of the soul, and souls the world over heard the call and flocked by the thousands to the doors of the Rebbe’s ever-expanding synagogue. The Rebbe then removed layers of tarnish and rust, revealing stunningly beautiful Jewish souls.

As beautiful and uplifting as all this was, in order for the divine presence to be revealed, we must now turn to pekudei mode. The next step for us is to take the Rebbe’s soulful message, and instead of using it to transcend our beings to become part of a collective whole, to allow this message to penetrate and transform our G‑d-given unique strengths and capabilities. The Rebbe’s passion and fire must now be the light which causes the millions of unique colors of our nation’s kaleidoscope to sparkle and dance.

Unbelievably, the Rebbe’s very last address was given on the Shabbat of Vayakhel. The next week, on the Shabbat of Pekudei, the Rebbe’s voice was silent. Perhaps it can be said that now he can be heard through the voices of each and every one of his countless followers and admirers who live his message, and anxiously await the moment when they will be reunited with him with the coming of Moshiach.

 (Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Help JEM Help Us

Our greater Monsey community has been blessed with the means to learn from and be inspired by the Rebbe, through watching videos on a regular basis both in our homes in our shuls and schools.

JEM, the organization producing these videos, is launching a 24-hour fundraising campaign this Monday, 25 Adar - March 16.

Each of us benefits so much from these videos, please help them take this leap! More info at

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tzemach Tzedek Gartel Gmach

The Gartel Gmach at Tzemach Tzedek is out of gartels.

Please return any gartels you may have borrowed to Rabbi Shusterman's shtender at the front right of the shul so others can borrow a gartel when in need.

Thank you!

Purim 5775 at Beis Menachem

Thanks to R' Shmuel and Michal Rimler for the photos.

Last Kosher Ski Day of the Season

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mincha Time Change

Beginning this Sunday the daily Mincha at Tzemach Tzedek will be at 7:00 PM. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lubavitch Day Camp is Back

Registration is now open for Lubavitch Day Camp for boys for this upcoming summer.

Please visit or call 845-418-5170 to register with the early bird special.

Mazel Tov Jacobsons!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok and Esti Jacobson on the birth of a baby boy!

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

Monday, March 9, 2015

Watch Found

A stylish men's watch was found in the shul. 

Please call 845-222-0988 and leave a message.

Matzos Available from R' Shimon Kroll's Baking Group

Reb Shimon Kroll and his group baked matzah at the Crown Heights Matzah Bakery this past Sunday and they have matzah available for sale and can deliver it.

If you would like to order matzohs, please call or text Shimon at 914-419-5436.

MBCM Production This Tuesday Night - Special Price for Cheder Students

Reminder - The Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka production is taking place this Tuesday night.

Enjoy a night out with friends and see your  neighbors, babysitters and friends perform on stage.

Buy your tickets now to avoid waiting on line. There is a $15 ticket special only for cheder students! 

The tickets must be prepaid for before Tuesday, March 10. Please call the school office at 845-634-7400 or email Chaya Leah at

We are looking forward to seeing you at another amazing MBCM production! 

Shabbos Shacharis Time Change at Tzemach Tzedek

Shabbos Schacharis at Tzemach Tzedek will now start at 10:00 AM until daylight savings ends on November 1st.

Please note that this week being Shabbos Mevarchim Nissan, shacharis is preceded by Tehillim at 8:30 AM.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mazel Tov Litzmans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to R' Mordechai and Malka Litzman on the birth of a grandson born to Ruvy and Esther Litzman!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at the Litzman home, 58 West Maple Avenue. 

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Many topics appear in this week’s Torah portion  Ki Sisa (Shmos [Exodus] 30:11-34:35). There is the story of making the Golden Calf, and of how Moses pleaded with G-d for forgiveness on behalf of his people. But before these major events there is a passage we might overlook which tells us something about the way the Torah sees the Jewish community.
This concerns the preparation of the beautiful aromatic incense that was burned on the small golden altar in the Sanctuary, and later in the Temple, every day of the year.

As explained by the Sages, there are altogether eleven ingredients in the incense. However, when we look closely at these, there is something puzzling. One would expect the fragrance of each of the ingredients to be of the best. So it was, with one exception. Called chelbona (galbanum) this in fact had a rather unpleasant odor.

Why would such an ingredient be included in the incense for the Temple? The Torah makes it clear that each one is essential and if any one ingredient were to be missing, the whole mixture would be invalid.

From this we learn a powerful lesson. The Sages tell us that the different ingredients of the incense represent the different types of Jew. The poor smelling spice represents the person whose deeds are less than perfect. He may even be in various ways a transgressor, a person whose life is unfortunately at variance with Torah teaching. The incense tells us that he is as much part of the Jewish people as anyone else. In fact, if he is missing, if we let him feel remote and excluded, then we are not functioning properly as a people.

This relates also to the theme later in the Parshah: asking G-d for forgiveness. The Rabbis state that on a fast day, when we are all pleading to G-d for mercy, the "transgressors" must also be present. At the beginning of the Kol Nidrei service we announce this. We are one people together, and only by being one can we come closer to G-d.

From the point of view of G-d, everyone belongs.

(Excerpts from – by Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Final Avos U'Banim of the Season

This Motzai Shabbos is the last session of Avos U'Banim for this season.

There will be extra special exciting  raffle prizes (compliments of Amazing Savings) plus a special raffle for all those boys who had been attending most of the Avos U'Banim sessions this season.

We will be finishing off the evening with pizza  compliments of Shloimie Litzman and family.

It is important that you make sure to bring your attendance cards to this session. These cards will also go into a national Avos U'Banim raffle for some more prizes!

Thanks all the sponsors this season for helping make Avos U'Banim possible. Also Yasher Koach to the Tzemach Tzedek shul for hosting us every week. Most importantly, yasher koach to all the boys and fathers who came and spent quality time together learning!

Purim Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

(Note: In honor of Purim, following is a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe (OBM) discussing the relevance of Purim to today)

The Jewish Nation: Self Preservation
By Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The Lubavitcher Rebbe

By the Grace of G-d
19 Adar Sheni, 5711 [1951]
Brooklyn, New York

…Persia, in the days of Ahasuerus, was the mightiest empire in the world. It also boasted the most advanced civilization of those days. On the other hand, the Jewish people at that time were in despair. The Holy Land and the Beth Hamikdosh [Holy Temple] lay in ruins. The opinion was widely circulated that G-d had abandoned His people. This was supported by miscalculations purporting to show that the period of seventy years' exile prophesied by our prophets was at an end, yet the promised liberation had not come. This, in fact, was one of the reasons why Ahasuerus made that pompous feast and dared to profane the holy vessels.

Under the circumstances, when the head of the mightiest world empire and civilization arranged the royal feast, inviting to it representatives of all nations, the Jews among them, many Jews could not resist the temptation. They were not deterred by the fact that this banquet was to mark the beginning of a new "era" of complete assimilation and were deluded by the friendly slogan of "no compulsion." Thus, they became a party to the profanation of the holy vessels.

Symbolically, the profanation of the holy vessels of the Beth Hamikdosh marked also the desecration of the Divine soul which forms the sanctuary of every Jew and Jewess. The purpose and mission of this Divine spark is to light up one's immediate environment and one's share in the world at large with the light of the highest Divine ideals. Far from fulfilling their soul's mission upon this earth, those weak Jews lent aid and comfort to the forces of assimilation and darkness. By partaking from the "food" of Ahasuerus they contaminated both their bodies and souls.

Purim, therefore, reminds us not to be carried away by the outer sparkle of foreign civilizations or cultures, and not to be misled into assimilation by the notion that it appears to be in no conflict with our spiritual heritage.

We are a unique people, as started in the Megillah: "There is one people (although) scattered and spread among the peoples of the world, (yet) their laws are different from those of other peoples." We have preserved our unity and uniqueness despite our being dispersed in the world, because we have preserved our laws. It is by preserving our Torah and Mitzvoth that we Jews in general, and our youth in particular, can best contribute towards the enlightenment of the world at large and bring real happiness to ourselves, our people, and humanity as a whole…

[Signed: Menachem Scheerson]

R' Yona Edelkopf Sitting Shiva

.ברוך דיין האמת

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the mother of R' Yona Edelkopf.

Yona is sitting shiva in Eretz Yisroel and can be reached at

 .המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Seeking Camp Staff

Machane Bnos Monsey Lubavitch Girls Day camp is looking for staff.

Staff positions available:
On Site Camp Director
Office Manager
Head Counselor

If you would like to join our fun and energetic staff, please contact

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey on Thursday night or Friday for 1 girl. 

lf you have room or know someone, please call or text Chany at 845-641-1312. Thank you. 

Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey Hires New Menahel

The new Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey which opened at the beginning of this year is continuing to grow and is pleased to announce the hiring of a  new Menahel.

The Mesivta currently is comprised of a Shiur Alef and will add a Shiur Beis
next year to meet the demands of the local Chabad community in Monsey,
as well as the need for another quality Mesivta for out-of-town bochurim.

In addition to its present staff - Rabbi Mendel Landa (mashpia/maggid
shiur), Rabbi Zalman Heller (maggid shiur), and Rabbi Yosef Soble
(mashpia) - after much research and extensive interviews the Mesivta has
 now hired Rabbi Sender Lustig to take on the role of Menahel Ruchni (principal).

Rabbi Lustig hails from a family of noted mechanchim and is himself an accomplished mechanech, having taught for the past six years at both the Mesivta and elementary levels. He is currently completing a three year program in the Lubavitch Kolel in Atlanta, where in addition to teaching in the local Chabad day school, he learned Dayanus, and taught adult education.

Rabbi Lustig is passionate about now taking the Mesivta to the next level; to become a Mosad from which the Rebbe would derive nachas, and be a beacon of Torah, Yiras Shamayim and Chassidus in the Monsey community and the Lubavitch landscape at large. His job will be to create a focused learning curriculum, implement successful teaching methodologies, assess the progress of the bochurim, and ensure their emotional and social well-being.

The Lustig family will be relocating from Atlanta to Monsey in the near future. Rabbi Lustig, his wife Rochel, and their three children will be a great asset to our community.

For more information and to request an application form for next year, parents can reach Rabbi Lustig at

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Purim Party at Beis Menachem

Purim Shiur at Heichal Menachem

Purim Farbrengen at Heichal Menachem

Earrings Found

A pair of earrings was found in the women's section of Tzemach Tzedek. Please call Mrs. Shusterman at 845-304-1560.

Megillah Found

A megilla was found in the Tzemach Tzedek shul. Please contact Avraham Hayman or Mordechai Litzman.

Tzemach Tzedek Purim 5775 Schedule

Taanis Esther – Wednesday, Adar 13, March 4:
עלות השחר – Fast Begins: 5:05 AM
Shacharis 1: 6:45 AM (includes selichos)
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM (includes selichos)
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM - מחצית השקל - (includes laining)
Mincha 2: 5:15 PM - מחצית השקל - (includes laining)
Maariv: 6:20 PM
Megilla Laining 1: 6:35 PM
Megilla Laining 2: 9:30 PM

As in years past, there will be a special Megillah laining for children ages nine and under followed by a short rally. The Megilla laining will begin at 6:35 PM downstairs. In order to ensure that everyone listening to the Megillah downstairs fulfills their obligation to hear each and every word, this program is only for children nine and under and all children ages four and under must be supervised by adult.

פורים – Thursday, Adar 14, March 5:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Megilla Laining 1: Approximately 7:30 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Megilla Laining 2: Approximately 8:30 AM
Shacharis 3: 9:00 AM
Megilla Laining 3: Approximately 9:30 AM
Shacharis 4: 10:00 AM
Megilla Laining 4: Approximately 10:30 AM
9:16am :סוף זמן קריאת שמע
Mincha 1: 3:00 PM
Mincha 2: 4:30 PM
Shkiah: 5:51 PM
Maariv and Farbrengen: 9:00 PM

Parents – Please be sure that your children do not bring any items that make smoke into the shul building.

Purim Specials at The Sofer Center

In honor of Purim, The Sofer Center will be having discounts on the following Seforim:

1) Kol Menachem Megilas Esther (The Slager Edition) Regular price: $22.99, Sale Price: $19.99
2) Vedibarta Bam Megilas Esther, Regular price: $17.99, Sale Price: $15.99
3) The complete Story of Purim, Regular price: $6.50, Sale Price: $5.99
4) Megilas Esther English Paperback,  Regular Price: $3.75, Sale Price: $2.99
5) Shaarei Hamoadim - Purim (2 volumes), Regular Price: $31.99, Sale Price: $27.99
6) Likkutei Sichos Moadim Daled Parshios (2 volumes), Regular Price $39.99, Sale Price: $35.99
7) Purim Guess Who? Regular Price $8.99, Sale Price $6.99

Buy any Purim Special and save 5% on the rest of your purchase of Seforim, Tzitzis, Yarmulkas and Taleisim.

While supplies last.

Looking to give a Bar Mitzvah Bochur or an Upshernish boy a gift but not sure what? At The Sofer Center we are fully stocked with all Sifrei Chabad, as well as Chassidishe Story books for children and youth.

Sofer Center Gift Certificates are available for $10 and up.

The Sofer Center is located at: 25 Main St Monsey NY 10952 (right across the street from Shoppers Haven). Hours are: Monday – Thursday 12pm - 7pm, Friday 10am -2:30pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

For additional information Call 845-262-0246 or visit