Thursday, July 30, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Judaism's most famous prayer comes from this week’s Torah portion Va’Eschanan – (Devorim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11) . Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. "Hear O Israel, G-d is our G-d, G-d is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4). "And you shall love the L-rd your G-d," the verse continues, “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your me’od."
Rashi, the great Biblical commentator, explains this last phrase based on the Talmud-- "with all your me’od" -- to mean "with all your resources," i.e. your money. This, of course begs the question: if we have already been commanded to love G-d "with all your soul" -- which the commentaries understand to mean that we should be prepared to give our very life for G-d-- then why the rather mundane command about money? Surely, if we are prepared to give our life for G-d, then sharing our money is a small thing to ask?

Rashi explains that in fact there are individuals who value their money more than their lives. Such people need to be told to love G-d with all their money.

So the Torah insists that we must love G-d with all our heart, soul, life and resources -- whatever it is that we value and cherish most, we should be prepared to dedicate in love to G-d.

One finds a similar concept at Pidyon Haben ("Redemption of the First Born") ceremonies, where a very strange dialogue transpires between the father and the Kohen. By Torah law, every first born belongs to G-d, or to G-d's designated representative, the Kohen. The Kohen therefore asks the father of the newborn child, "Which do you prefer: your first born son, or the five silver shekels you are obligated to give me for his redemption?"

Now what kind of absurd question is that? Is this "The Money or the Box"? Which normal father is going to give away his son when he can keep him for the small price of five silver coins? No one is waiting in breathless suspense for the father's answer.

In truth, however, it is a very serious question. The Kohen asks the father of this child: In your newborn son's future life, what will be of primary significance? Will it be the child or the shekel? Will you place high importance on finance or on family time? Will you raise this child with an emphasis on materialism or on more meaningful things? This is really a very important question after all -- one which parents need to consider soberly before responding to.

How many workaholics do we know who are so busy making a living that they forget to live. Remember, no one was ever heard lamenting on their deathbed, "Oy, if only I'd spent more time at the office!"

So the Shma reminds us that whatever our core values may be, they should be directed to G-d and His service.

Even for those who aren't overly thrifty, money is an issue. The reality is that it's not cheap to be Jewish, certainly not to live Jewishly. Whether it's the higher price of kosher food and Jewish schooling, or the additional expenses of preparing for Passover, building a Sukkah, or acquiring tefillin and mezuzahs, all these things require a commitment from us financially. When we make that commitment with love and don't complain about the high cost of being Jewish, then we are observing the mitzvah of loving G-d with all our "me’od" -- our money and resources.

But don't worry. G-d loves us too.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Light Kiddush This Shabbos

With many thanks to Hashem, Chaya and Yossi Light invite you to a kiddush that they will be making this Shabbos, Shabbos Nachamu, Parsha Vaeschanan, in Bais Menachem, 360 Route 306, to celebrate the recent birth of their daughter Leah.

Davening begins at 10:00 AM. The Kiddush will follow davening.

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for 3 bochurim from the Ohel to Monsey this afternoon at around 2:00 pm.

 Please call Yaacov Shusterman at 973-723-6868.

Seeking Apartment for This Shabbos

Seeking an apartment rental within a 15-minute walk of Tzemach Tzedek for this Shabbos Nachamu for a couple. Please call 914-406-0818.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seeking Ride

If anyone knows of a ride from Crown Heights to Monsey this Friday, please call  845-352-6482.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tisha B'Av Lectures by Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson will be lecturing twice on Sunday at 18 Forshay Road, Monsey, NY, for men and women.

3:30 PM: The History of the Creation of Israel.

6:30 PM: The Story of Jerusalem's Liberation.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kushnir Shalom Zachor

Dr. and Mrs. Shimon Kushnir will be making a Shalom Zachor for their grandson, born to Lee and Michael Lewittes, tonight at their home, 12 Bartlett Road.

Some Halachic Points About Tisha B'Av from Rabbi Lesches

Dear Anash,

Following a request from a number of Anash to provide a reminder of some of the points to remember with regard to the upcoming fast of Tisha B’av:

1) The “Seudah Hamafsekes”, the last meal before the fast, does not have any restrictions – there are no ashes and no eggs, just a fancy Shabbos meal which includes fish and meat, but -

2) The Seudah has to be finished by the Shkiah.

3) When it becomes Motzei Shabbos, one should say ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול and then change their shoes into Tisha B’av shoes, and sit on a low chair.

4) One does not recite Havdalah on Motzei Shabbos. Before performing מלאכה one should say ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול.

5) On Sunday night, after the fast, one should say or hear Havdalah before eating, but one does not say the Berachos on either fire or Besamim.

6) On Sunday night, all of the restrictions of the nine days are lifted, for example, listening to music, taking a haircut, doing laundry, showering etc. besides for drinking wine and eating meat, which has to wait until Monday morning.

Wishing everyone a Good Shabbos and that we should all be זוכה to theגאולה האמיתית והשלימה,

Rabbi Lesches

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mazel Tov Litzmans - Shalom Zochor & Bris!

Mazel tov to Fishel and Miriam Litzman on the birth of a baby boy! 

Mazel tov to the grandparents Reb Mordechai and Malka Litzman!

The Shalom Zachor will take place this Friday night at the Litzman home, 57 East Concord Drive.

The Bris will I"YH take place this Monday morning at the Ohel. Shacharis will be at 10:30 AM followed by the Bris.

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.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

A lady overheard two other ladies in the local supermarket lamenting the behavior of a certain teenage girl. As the lady overheard more and more of the conversation, she became increasingly irritated by the bad behavior she was hearing about and found herself wondering what kind of parents could be so bad and irresponsible as to allow the situation she was hearing about continue. Subsequently, one of the ladies mentioned the name of the girl in question and she realized, to her horror, that they were discussing her own daughter! Of course at that point, she realized how differently she would have judged the situation. After all, when it comes to ourselves and "our own" we always see things differently!

The Torah portion this Shabbat (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22) begins the fifth book of the Torah.
In the opening lines of the portion, the Torah tells us that "These are the words which Moses spoke to all of Israel..." The Torah then relates how Moses (in a very subtle and non-offensive manner) reminded the Jewish people of their various failings throughout the years in the desert. The Torah specifically relates that he spoke of these failings to all of Israel. When Moses spoke to G-d, however, he related only the positive traits and virtues of the Jewish people. He argued on their behalf, no matter what they did wrong. He always sought to justify their actions, however difficult it was to do so.

We can learn a lot about good character traits from these events. Often we find ourselves in a situation of hearing something about somebody else and being in a position to say something that might change things for the better. However it is all too easy to remain silent. Moses teaches us that this is not so. If absolutely necessary, we may find an appropriate moment to mention something that we feel needs attention to a close friend or acquaintance. This only applies to our relationship with that person and to our private communications with that person. When speaking to others about that person, or hearing that person discussed by others, we must always seek to give the benefit of the doubt, to advocate on their behalf however unlikely the scenario.

Taking this one step further, the ideal would be for us to advocate on that person's behalf in our own mind and not just with other people. Just as I will always have a good excuse and justification when it comes to my own actions and inadequacies, if I truly cherish and respect my colleague, I will apply the same generosity when it comes to their apparent failings.

Chassidic tradition takes this idea even further and teaches that when it comes to myself I should be very critical, always looking to improve my behavior and never being satisfied with weak excuses. When it comes to somebody else, I should go to the opposite extreme and seek to ascribe positive motives or good justifications to their actions, however far-fetched this may seem.

We are currently in a time of the Jewish calendar which mourns the destruction of both Temples. The Second Temple was destroyed as a result of "baseless hatred" between Jews. The only antidote to baseless hatred is unconditional love. A good start is to give them the benefit of the doubt and to always judge favorably.

May all of us find favor with each other and with G d and may we merit peace and harmony in our days.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tzmach Tzedek Davening Times for Tisha B'Av 5775 & the Week

The following are the davening times at Tzemach Tzedek for the week of פ' ואתחנן starting 10 Av, July 26:

Tisha B’Av (נדחה) Schedule - Motzai Shabbos:
Maariv Motzoei Shabbos: 9:30pm followed by איכה
Make the brochoh בורא מאורי האש over a flame

Tisha B’Av (נדחה) Schedule - Sunday:
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am each followed by קינות
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:24am
Chatzos: 1:02pm
Mincha 1:  2:00pm (אשרי)
Mincha 2: 7:45pm (אשרי)
Maariv & End of Fast: 8:51pm

!יה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים

Monday Through Friday:
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am
Mincha 1: 7:00pm
Mincha 2: 8:05pm
Maariv 1: 9:10pm
Followed by siyum mesechta בעז"ה
Maariv 2: 9:30pm

Note: The first Maariv will remain at 9:10pm for this week to allow those attending the second Maariv to participate in the siyum mesechta.

Shabbos Chazon - Parshas Devarim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devarim:

ערב ש"ק:
Licht Bentchen: 8:02pm
Mincha: 8:15pm
Kabbolas Shabbos: 8:50pm

שבת קודש פ' דברים 
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur: 9:00am
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:24am
Shacharis: 10:00am
Chatzos: 1:02pm
Minchah: 6:15pm
Seudah HaMafsekes at home after Minchah
Wash for bread and have regular meal (no egg or ashes)
Shkiah and fast begins: 8:20pm
Motzoei Shabbos: 9:08pm (say "ברוך המבדיל בין קודש לחול" and remove leather shoes)
Maariv: 9:30pm followed by איכה
Make the brochoh בורא מאורי האש over a flame

  !א גוטען שבת ויה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים

Heichal Menachem Tisha B'Av 5775 Schedule

Deals at The Sofer Center

This 3D Beis Hamikdash puzzle is a very relevant project for kids by virtually building the temple with your very own hands.

Great activity to keep the children busy during the fast!

Price $12.00 limited quantity.

Available for purchase at The Sofer Center. Call 845-262-0246.

As per the teaching of the Rebbe (17 Tammuz 5751-1991) "That the study of building the temple must be permeated with the awareness and full recognition that this study is not merely an academic exercise, but it is relevant for practical use for the very next moment."

The Sofer Center is having a discount on the following children and adult titles:

What will the World be Like

The Best Call of All

Highlights of Moshiach by Rabbi Abraham Stone

I Await His Coming Every Day (Analytical studies by the Lubacitcher Rebbe of the Rambam's rulings on Mashiach)

Seek Out the Welfare of Jerusalem (Analytical studies by the Lubacitcher Rebbe of the Rambam's rulings concerning the construction and design of the Beis Hamikdash.) 

From Exile To Redemption (Chassidic Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.)

Anticipating the Redemption (Maamarim the Lubavitcher Rebbe concerning the Era of Redemption.) 

Sound of the Great Shofer (Essays on The imminence of the redemption)  

To Live and the Live again (An overview of Techiyas Hameisim based on the classical sources and on the teachings of Chabad Chassidism.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Limudei Kodesh & Secretary School Positions Available


The Hebrew Academy in New City is seeking an experienced  Limudei Kodesh  teachers (elementary and middle school grades) for the new school year 2015-16.  Must be experienced, open to using different approaches to maximize student learning, comfortable with using technology in the classroom, and be a team player. Mon – Fri , beginning at 8:45 amand ending anywhere from 11:40am to 1:30pm, depending on the position. Must have own transportation. Email resume to or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.


The Hebrew Academy in New City seeking a secretary either part-time or full-time. Computer experience and typing skills required. Must be organized, have good phone and people skills, and have own means of transportation. Email resume to or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 and/or call (845) 634-0951.

Chayal El Chayal Event on Thursday Night

Please note the address is 14 White Birch Drive in Pomona. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dr. and Mrs. Shimon Kushnir on the birth of a grandson born to Lee and Michael Lewittes!

Cheder Registration

Dear Cheder Parents,

When I visited the Cheder office today our administrator, Mrs. Gutner, expressed some concern that a number of families had still not submitted their registration for the coming year. I want to let you all know that B”H we have had a large influx of new families and our classes especially in the Preschool are filling up quickly. We want to be able to accommodate everyone so please help us and yourselves by sending in your registrations as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen, President
Cheder Board of Directors

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cheder Matching Campaign for One Week

Dear Parents and Friends of Cheder Chabad,

I hope you are all having an enjoyable and productive summer. Our cheder's teachers have also been using the summer as an opportunity to plan for the coming school year. Many of them are working to improve your children's experience in the coming school year by taking courses, attending workshops and working with colleagues to improve coordination across classes. 

July is Cheder's most challenging month financially. We do not have the benefit of incoming tuition or government funding and we still have to meet payroll for our teachers. Unfortunately, we were not able to make the July payroll and at this time we are turning to all of you in the community and launching an intensive  nine day drive to help us pay our teachers during this very difficult period.

I am very pleased and grateful to Avraham Hayman who has once again agreed to match your donations. He will match all donations from $100 to $999 dollar for dollar and will contribute an additional $1500 for every donation of $1000 or more. To qualify for matching, your pledges must be made during the period ending with Sunday the 10th of Av (Tisha B' Av observed) and paid by Chai Ellul (Sept. 2nd).

Our teachers do their utmost to ensure that our children and einiglach receive the best possible chassidishe Chinuch and we have to do everything we can to help them support their families. Please help!

Donations can be made on The Cheder website\Donate or feel free to call 845-356-1213 x 227.

Thank you,

Rabbi Y Cohen

Shiur by R' Eliyahu Touger This Shabbos

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

A fellow was boasting about what a good citizen he was and what a refined, disciplined lifestyle he led. "I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't gamble,  I am early to bed and early to rise, and I work hard all day and attend religious services faithfully." Very impressive, right? Then he added, "I've been like this for the last five years, but just you wait until they let me out of this place!"

Although prisons were not really part of the Jewish judicial system, there were occasions when individuals would have their freedom of movement curtailed. One such example was the City of Refuge, discussed in this week's Torah portion, Parshah Matos-Massei  (Bamidbor [Numbers] 30:2-36:13).  If a person was guilty of manslaughter (i.e., unintentional murder) the perpetrator would flee to one of the specially designated Cities of Refuge throughout Biblical Israel where he was given safe haven from the wrath of a would-be avenging relative of the victim.
The Torah tells us that his term of exile would end with the death of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest. The Talmud tells of an interesting practice that developed. The mother of the Kohen Gadol at the time would make a point of bringing gifts of food to those exiled so that they should not pray for the early demise of her son, to which their own freedom was linked.

Now this is very strange. Here is a man who, though not a murderer, is not entirely innocent of any negligence either. The rabbis teach that G-d does not allow misfortune to befall the righteous. If this person caused a loss of life, we can safely assume that he is less than righteous. Opposite him stands the High Priest of Israel, noble, aristocratic and, arguably, the holiest Jew alive. Of the entire nation, he alone had the awesome responsibility and privilege of entering the inner sanctum of the Holy Temple, the "Holy of Holies," on the holy day of Yom Kippur. Do we really have reason to fear that the prayers of this morally tainted prisoner will have such a negative effect on the revered and exalted High Priest, to the extent that the Kohen Gadol may die? And his poor mother has to go and shlep food parcels to distant cities to soften up the prisoner so he should go easy in his prayers so that her holy son may live? Does this make sense?

But such is the power of prayer--the prayer of any individual, noble or ordinary, righteous or even sinful.

Of course, there are no guarantees. Otherwise synagogues  around the world would be overflowing daily. But we do believe fervently in the power of prayer. And though, ideally, we pray in Hebrew and with a congregation, the most important ingredient for our prayers to be successful is sincerity. "G-d wants the heart," say the sages. The language and the setting are secondary to the genuineness of our prayers. Nothing can be more genuine than a tear shed in prayer.

By all means, learn the language of our Siddur, the prayer book. Improve your Hebrew reading so you can follow the services and daven with fluency. But remember, most important of all is our sincerity. May all our prayers be answered.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

Tzemach Tzedek Shabbos Parshas מטות-מסעי Schedule

The following is the schedule for Tzemach Tzedek for Shabbos Parshas מטות-מסעי:

Friday ערב ש"ק:
Licht Bentchen: 8:08pm
Mincha: 8:20pm
Kabbolas Shabbos: 8:55pm

שבת קודש פ' פנחס:
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur: 9:00am
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:20am
Shacharis: 10:00am
Ladies Pirkei Avos Shiur: 5:30pm
Rov’s Halacha Shiur: 7:25pm
Mincha: 8:10pm
Shiur in RamBam Hilchos Beis Habechirah by Rabbi Eliyohu Touger
Maariv: 9:15pm

!א גוטען שבת

Tzemach Tzedek Weekly Nine Days Schedule

The following are the davening times for Tzemach Tzedek for the week of פ' דברים starting 3 Av, July 19:

Friday Rosh Chodesh Av: 6:45 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM
Monday through Friday: 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM

Mincha 1: 7:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:10 PM

Maariv 1: 9:10 PM
Siyum Mesechta
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Seeking Ride

Seeking a ride to the Ohel this Wednesday night or Thursday. Please call or text 347-457-9408.

Wednesday Women's Hilchos Beis Habechira ShiurTime Change

The Wednesday Hilchos Beis Habechira shiur for women will now be in the evening to enable more ladies to participate and fulfill the Rebbe’s directive to learn these halachos during the Three Weeks.

The rest of the classes will continue to be held at the same time at the home of Chaya Webb,  26 Cameo Ridge Road.

Sunday – Friday (except Wednesday): 10:30 -11:30 AM
Wednesday: 8:15 – 9:15 PM

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Car Hit in Tzemach Tzedek Parking Lot

Someone accidently backed into my car in the Tzemach Tzesek parking lot sometime during or after the farbrengen last night. 

There is damage done to the
front of my car. 

Please contact Zvi Webb 845-598-2051.

Mrs. Shternie Litzmam Shiva Times

Mrs. Shternie Litzman is currently sitting shiva in Montreal for her father  and can be reached at 917-407-8838 or

Shternie will be sitting shiva at her home in Spring Valley, 6 Kakiat Lane, on Thursday from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM and on Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Week Two at LDC

LDC Staff on Their Spare Time

LDC staff spend their Monday nights learning at Chabad of Franklin Lakes with members of the Chabad House.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Reb Eli Litvenchouk Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of the father of Reb Eli Litvenchouk. 

Eli is sitting shivah at 369 Clinton Avenue in Cedarhurst. 

Shacharis is at 7:00 AM and Mincha is at 8:00 PM. 

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Mrs. Shternie Litzman to Sit Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Simcha Zirkind OBM of Montreal, the father of Mrs. Shternie Litzman.

The levaya will leave today, Sunday morning, at 7:00 AM from the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Montreal. It will pass by Lubavitch Headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, at approximately 2:30 PM followed by the burial at the Old Montefiore Cemetary in Queens, NY.

Shiva information will be posted when it becomes available. 

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tzemach Tzedek Weekly Schedule

The following are the davening times for the week of פ' מטות-מסעי  starting 25 Tammuz, July 12, for Tzemach Tzedek:

Sunday - 8:009:0010:00 AM
Monday Through Friday7:008:009:00 AM

Mincha (Sunday – Thursday):
Mincha 1: 7:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:15 PM

Maariv (Sunday – Thursday):
Maariv 1: 9:05 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Tzemach Tzedek Shabbos Parshas פנחס Schedule

The following is the schedule for Shabbos Parshas פנחס at Tzemach Tzedek:

Friday ערב ש"ק:
Licht Bentchen: 8:12 PM
Mincha: 8:25 PM
Kabbolas Shabbos: 9:00 PM

שבת קודש פ' פנחס:
Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim 8:30 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:17 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur: 5:30 PM
Rov’s Halacha Shiur: 7:30 PM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: 9:20 PM

!א גוטען שבת

Event to Benefit Our Place Tonight

Seeking a Carpool

If anyone is going to bring their YSP son home to Monsey on visiting day and would like to carpool please contact Chana Gray at 845-354-0194.  

Seeking a Carpool

Looking for a carpool to Crown Heights camp bus or to actual camp for either a boy going to Camp Gan Israel in Parksville or a girl going to Camp Emunah, both starting second session.


Please contact 845 202-1025.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Cheder Chabad Art Calendar

First Week at LDC

Seeking Secretary & Pre-School Teacher

The Hebrew Academy in New City seeking secretary from 8:45 am – 4:00 pm Mon - Thurs and 8:30 am - 1:30 pm on Friday. Computer experience and typing skills required. Must be organized. Good phone and people skills required. Must have own means of transportation. Please call (845) 634-0951, fax resume to (845) 634-7704 or email

The Hebrew Academy Preschool in New City is seeking a warm and caring, experienced, computer literate teacher for Preschool for the new school year 2015-16. Mon – Fri. Must have own transportation. Email resume to or fax resume to (845) 634-7704 ATTENTION: Mrs. Perline and/or call (845) 634-0951 ext. 109.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bris Today

R' Shmuel Lefkowitz, son of R' Issac Lefkowitz, is making a Bris today, Sunday, at 7:00 PM at Tzemach Tzedek. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Tzemach Tzedek Shabbos Parshas בלק Schedule

The following is the schedule for Shabbos Parshas בלק at Tzemach Tzedek:

Friday ערב ש"ק:
 Licht Bentchen: 8:14 PM
Mincha: 8:25 PM
Kabbolas Shabbos: 9:00 PM

שבת קודש פ' בלק:
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:14 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Women's Pirkei Avos Shiur: 5:30 PM
Rov’s Halacha Shiur: 7:30 PM
Mincha: 8:15 PM
Maariv: 9:23 PM

!א גוטען שבת

Tzemach Tzedek Schedule for the Week

The following are the davening times for the week of פ' פנחס  starting 18 Tammuz, July 5, for Tzemach Tzedek:

Sunday - 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 AM
Monday Through Friday: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 AM

Fast of שבעה עשר בתמוז:
Fast Begins 3:40 / 4:17 AM
Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 AM
Latest Shema: 9:15 AM
Mincha 1: 2:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:00 PM
Maariv / Fast Ends: 9:05 PM

Mincha (Monday – Thursday):
Mincha 1: 7:00 PM
Mincha 2: 8:20 PM

Maariv (Monday – Thursday):
Maariv 1: 9:10 PM
Maariv 2: 9:30 PM

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Following are the reactions of two leaders, one referred to in this week’s Torah portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) and one in the previous week’s portion, Chukas, who faced a similar enemy: Fear.

One was gripped and stripped by it. This was the reaction of Balak, King of Moab, upon learning of the (purported) advance of the Israelite army—the same army that had just recently defeated Sichon and Og, mighty monarchs just to his north.
Worse than his reaction is what he chose to do with it. He doled out large portions of terror to his unlucky citizens.

Cries of "The Jews are coming!" overtook the Moabite kingdom. Rumors about the size and strength of the Israelites spread faster than the speed of gossip, leaving fear-marks in their wake.
"Moab was very frightened of the [Jewish] people…" So frightened that they "were disgusted 'with their own lives'!"1

We can detect the naked and feverish fear in their voices. "Moab said to the elders of Midian: "Now the [Jewish] congregation will chew up our entire surroundings, as an ox chews up the greenery of the field!"

They were clearly scared stiff. And all because of one man – their king, no less! – who couldn't keep his fear to himself.

Balak wasn't a leader but a follower, who meekly took commands from his uncontrollable heart.

But in the Israelite camp, a different mood prevailed.

Not long before, in the previous Torah portion, Moses also experienced a reason for fear, as the Torah describes: "Og, king of Bashan, went out against [the Jews], him and his entire people, to do battle…" Og was then the superpower of the world, king of that ancient jungle.

What potentially threatened Moses' cool was Og's merit, not his might.

"Moses was afraid to wage war lest the merit of Abraham stand on Og's behalf" the Midrash says.

Og had been the one to inform Abraham that his nephew Lot had been captured, which allowed him to launch a successful rescue operation. Perhaps, Moses feared, this merit would stand Og in good stead, and bring him victory…

Yet instead of pouring his fear out and onto his people, Moses bottled it tightly, and froze it away. He then strapped on a face of calm and fortitude, and went around spreading confidence and sowing the composure that helped his people win the war.That's the story of Moses: king of his heart and king of Israel.

 Leaders have the great but daunting responsibility of putting the people they lead, before themselves, whatever the circumstance.

For better or worse, the look in the eyes of a nation reflects the look in the eyes of its leader. His or her tone is their tone.

The same holds true for parents, teachers, mentors, and friends, who shape the futures and features of those in their care, who like sparkling-clean mirrors reflect the sight, light, and might that is shown and shone into them.

On a similar note:

We live in difficult economic times. That doesn't mean our children have to.

It didn't dawn on a particular friend of mine that his blissful childhood was set in abject poverty until he was a grown man. How many others are unfortunately too aware? (Some of whom, incidentally, come from financially better-off homes than my friend…)

The ramifications and sometimes long-term effects can be huge. Take this story for example:

A young girl from a very poor family was having terrifying dreams. Her parents consulted a rabbi about this problem. He said: "The Sages say that we dream at night what we think about during the day. Ask your daughter what she is afraid of."
When they asked her, she replied: "I often see how you both sit and worry over the poverty we live in. Of everything, I am most afraid of your fear…"

So fake it, in order for your child (or spouse or friend) to make it.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Women's Thee Weeks Shiurim

N’Shei Chabad and Machon Chaya invite you to a special series of learning for THE THREE WEEKS - HILCHOS BEIS HABECHIRAH starting this Sunday, July 5 through Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 am

The classes will take place at the home of Mrs. Chaya Webb, 26 Cameo Ridge Road, Monsey, NY

For more information, please call Chaya Webb at 845-356-4473 or 845-596-2859

(Should Moshiach arrive during this time, classes will continue in Yerushalyim)

Job Fair This Monday

Award for House in Crown Heights

We are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the purchase of a home in the Crown Heights area for a dedicated and worthy Anash family urgently needs an affordable home in the Rebbe’s Shechuna.

 The cost could range between $450,000 and $580,000 for a single family or a multi-family home. The reward will be payable at closing.

Please provide information to or call 845-352 1645.

Girls Mesibas Shabbos

Mesibas Shabbos for girls will take place this Shabbos, Parshas Balak, at the Litzman home, 8 Grosser Lane (shortcut opposite Ohr Sameach on Route 306) from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Girls of all ages welcome. Bring your friends!

If any girls age 12+ would like to help out, please call Rochel Litzman at 845-222-4824.