Sunday, August 23, 2015

Anash Directory

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

New Anash as well as those who moved recently should send their updated listing to 

Seeking Home for Boarder

Looking for a warm home north of Grandview to house a 16 year old bochur from anash going to mesivta as a boarder. 

Basement/guest area preferable. 

Please call 845-825-0442

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few weeks away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays – a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully. 

Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals. All the students, staff and administration of Cheder Chabad of Monsey wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May this year be the year of the full and complete redemption with the coming of our righteous Moshiach - NOW!

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother

Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM.

He was seen this past spring on a hot Shabbat morning in Los Angeles. He was standing at the entrance of a strip mall that I was passing, his front and back covered by identical, cumbersome cardboard signs advertising an absolutely fantabulous sale by one of the stores in the mall. He was still there a few hours later when I returned from the synagogue, several empty water bottles lying at his feet.

It got me thinking. Even if this person was being paid only minimum wage, it would almost certainly be more economical for the store owner to go to Staples and order a standard print sign. Why the need for the human advertisement?

Then again, when was the last time that a conventional sign really caught my attention? And as I looked at the busy thoroughfare, it was clear that many motorists were slowing to get a look; one even quickly turned on his blinker and entered the mall’s next entrance.

Apparently, living, breathing signs are worth the extra cost. I’m pretty sure that entrepreneurs wouldn’t be throwing out their hard-earned money on an unproven advertising gimmick.
In no less than four places, the Torah discusses the law of the “Cities of Refuge” (Exodus 21, Numbers 35, Deuteronomy 4 and 19); the safe havens established for those who were guilty of manslaughter, where they could escape the wrath of a vengeful next of kin.

Perhaps the reason why the Torah chooses to repeat this law several times is due to one of the powerful and eternal lessons this mitzvah teaches.

We are all haunted and pursued by past indiscretions, as well as unhealthy and unspiritual tendencies. But there is a “safe haven” to which we can escape and find serenity. As our sages tell us (Talmud, Makkot 10a), “The words of Torah are a refuge.” Through thoroughly immersing ourselves—“exiling” ourselves—within the teachings of the Torah, we are granted the wherewithal to successfully fend off all the impulses that hound us.

In this week’s Parshah, Shoftim (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 16:18–21:9) the Torah instructs us to “prepare the roads” that leads to the cities of refuge. The Talmud (ibid.) explains that it is imperative upon the community to ensure that the roads leading to the cities remain maintained and unobstructed, and furthermore, that every crossroads must have a prominent sign directing the person to the closest miklat (refuge).

The Rebbe explained the contemporary lesson that this detail of the law offers. It is our duty, the Rebbe says, to stand at life’s crossroads with a large arrow sign, and loudly proclaim to all: “This is the way to refuge. Here’s the Torah. Here’s how you live it. Here’s how you find peace and tranquility.”

We need to be signs. For our chance acquaintances, for our friends, for our children.
We can go to Staples and print up posters. We can buy books for our children that teach them the proper path; we can use wonderful words and homilies to persuade them of the beauty of Torah.
Or we can be living signs, by being proper role models for our children and neighbors.
Yes, it requires a deeper commitment. It could mean standing in the heat for hours.
But living signs cause heads to turn like no other means of advertisement can.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tefillin & Mezuza Checking

The Rebbe encouraged us to check tefillin and mezuzos in Elul.

We are fortunate to have two Chabad options in Monsey. 

Please avail yourself of their services.

Rabbi Sholom Kass845-262-0246


Rabbi Nota Kupperman845-652-0705
Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive
As usual, Rabbi Kupperman will stay in Monsey during Elul while there is sufficient work to keep him busy.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Missing Hat

I'm trying to locate my hat last time seen on Monday 2 Elul (at 6:30 pm) on the rack in the coat room of Tzemach Tzedek. 

It's a Borsalino cortina (purchased from primo hatters) size 7 & 1/4
It has a label with the name Sadya Davidoff in it with my phone number 323-770-3433

Please give me a call/text/whatsapp if u know where it may be. 

Seeking Ride

Looking for a ride for a girl from Monsey to Montreal on Motzei Shabbos or Sunday. Please call 845-709-0429

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Discounted Mezuzah & Tefillin Checking at the Sofer Center

Because the Kitzur Shulchon Aruch says it is important to have Mezuzos and Tefillin checked every Elul before Rosh Hashanah, we will be offering a coupon for discounted checking  all through Chodesh Elul

Due to the high volume of checking during these weeks it is recommended, though not necessary, that you call ahead and make an appointment so you can have your Mezuzos and Tefillin checked on the day you wish. 

Cheder Boys and Girls School Seforim Available at the Sofer Center

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

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

Free Delivery for orders $75 and up! Just call 845-262-0246 to place your order.

The Seforim are available online as well at

You also have the option to purchase online and pick up in store (everything will be ready and packed for you!). 

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

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

Week 7 at LDC

Friday, August 14, 2015

Seeking Ride

Two young women are looking for a ride back to Crown Heights on Motzoi Shabbos. If you can take them or know somebody who can, please contact Devorah Hayman at 845-371-2433.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Seeking Ride

A couple and baby from Crown Heights need a ride to Monsey this erev Shabbos. They will gladly pay for the gas. Please call Raizel or Tzvi at 480.334.0885.

Seeking Ride

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

East Ramapo Public Conference Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 13th, the NYS Department of Education has scheduled a Public Conference stating a special announcement for the East Ramapo School District which will hopefully resolve the current tension. 

Rabbi Horowitz, chairman of the YARC (the umbrella organization representing the many local Yeshivos) strongly believes that our representation at this Public Conference is critically needed to show that we are looking forward in resolving the tension and want to be partners in the solution.


The Public Conference will take place:

Date: Thursday, 8/13

Place: The RCC cultural art center on College Road

Time: 1:30 pm

Please make every effort to attend. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 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.

This week’s Torah portion Eikev (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25) begins with the statement "Vehaya eikev tishme'un..." The literal translation is "Because of your listening to these commandments" (you will merit the blessings which the Torah goes on to enumerate).
The word eikev can also mean "heel." The commentator Rashi explains that the verse is alluding to the "light" commandments, the seemingly less important mitzvot which people tend to "trample with their heels." The type of things which all too easily fall by the wayside. We all know about the "major" commandments, such as keeping kosher, or fasting on Yom Kippur, things like that. What about the smaller details? Are we as careful?

This idea applies across all aspects of our lives. The quietest child -- do we too easily ignore him or her precisely because s/he is quiet and shy? What about all those big multi-million dollar campaigns for this or that cause? It is very good that some causes develop such high publicity -- but what about the causes nobody hears about? The "little" things which fall by the wayside?

What about the workplace? Obviously I would never dream of embezzling from my employer. That is clearly immoral and not right. On the other hand, I need to make a quick international personal call -- surely nobody will mind. It's only a few dollars, right? Are we taking advantage of someone else, even in a small, seemingly insignificant manner?

Then there is my relationship with G-d, my behavior as a Jew, charged with maintaining high standards in all aspects of my life. Obviously I would never do anything really terrible, but what about the "small details"? Are they as important to me?

These and many other examples come to mind in our everyday lives, at home and at work, in our business, financial and personal dealings. It is all too easy to rationalize and justify a small-scale violation of our principles, much more so than a "major" violation.

Of course, a large number of small quantities add up to a much larger quantity, even if they are seemingly insignificant by themselves. But there is an additional reason why the "small details" are so important. A person has two inclinations -- the "good inclination" and the "evil inclination" (yetzer tov and yetzer hara) -- those two inner voices that clamor for our attention. The evil inclination is very smart and devious. It does not come to a person and say, "Go on, rob a bank," or a similarly large-scale misdeed. Why not? Because it knows no decent person will fall for such a suggestion. So it comes to a person and suggests a much more reasonable sounding idea -- why not add a few dollars to the expenses claim, after all you worked hard, you deserve to get paid more anyway, right? Once we fall for the lighter temptation, our resistance has been eroded and it will be much easier to become ensnared in worse and worse behavior until we find ourselves falling into large-scale violations of our principles.

This is why the seemingly little things are so important -- they must not be trampled on, allowed to fall by the wayside. By withstanding the small temptations, we avoid the slippery slope that leads to greater transgressions and remain true to our principles.

Let us not forget the little things.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mazel Tov Kahns!

Mazel tov to Dov Ber and Basia Kahn and grandparents Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the birth of a baby girl!

Tzemach Tzedek Davening Times for the Week

Davening times for the week of פ' עקב  starting 17 Av/August 2nd:

Sunday Thru Friday
Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Sunday – Thursday:
Mincha #1 - 7:00pm
Mincha # 2  - 7:55pm
Maariv #1 - 8:45pm
Maariv #2 - 9:30pm

Farbrengen לכבוד כ' אב Wednesday after the 8:45 Maariv

Week Five at Lubavitch Day Camp