Friday, October 30, 2015

Parshas Vayero Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                             5:36pm

Minchah                                                                                                        5:52pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                         approx. 6:25pm

Kiddush not before 7:38/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                                  9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                10:02am

Shacharis                                                                                       approx. 10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                         1:09pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                   4:55pm

Minchah                                                                                                         5:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                            6:35pm

On Motzoei Shabbos at 2am we begin Eastern Standard Time

א גוטען שבת!

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

Thursday, October 29, 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

In the Midrash explaining our Torah portion this week Vayeira (Bereishis 18:1-22:24), the Midrash tells of how Abraham devised a unique method for sharing his monotheistic beliefs with the masses. He erected a tent in middle of the desert and any traveler who entered would be served a sumptuous meal which included bread, meat, wines and other delicacies. When the guest was satiated and was ready to continue on his journey, Abraham would ask him to thank the Creator for the food he had just eaten. If the guest couldn't formulate a blessing on his own, Abraham would teach him to say: "Blessed be the Master of the World, whose food we have eaten."

Occasionally, a recalcitrant pagan would refuse Abraham's request. At this point, the Midrash says, Abraham would provide his guest with a bill for all the food which had been served: Pita – $150. Soup de jour – $300. Entrée – $500. Beverage – $100. In response to the miserable guest's protests, Abraham would patiently explain that in a free-market society prices are determined by supply and demand. Such outrageous food prices are justified in a desert, where such provisions are extremely scarce. "However," Abraham graciously concluded, "I will happily waive all charges if you consent to thank the A-mighty for the meal!"

Even the most ardent pagan was hard pressed to refuse such a proposal...

Though this story demonstrates our Patriarch's ingenuity and is a testament to his commitment to his mission of publicizing G-d's holy name amongst the population, it begs the question: what was Abraham accomplishing through extracting "forced blessings" from reluctant idol worshippers? The enlightened world has long eschewed employing coercive tactics to obtain verbal statements - realizing that declarations made under duress are utterly worthless. Why, then, did Abraham attach any value to blessings which were obviously uttered out of desperation?

Our sages tell us that "actions affect the heart." Abraham understood that the most effective way to influence a person, to nudge him in a spiritual direction, is actually getting him to do a mitzvah. Oftentimes, a person who lives in a spiritual void needs some prodding, and when the person is persuaded to do a mitzvah, the simple beauty of submitting to the authority of a Higher Being is highly addictive. For the person who is completely engrossed in mundane activities, the moment when he/she is given the opportunity to connect with G-d is a breath of fresh air. This is something which must be experienced - no amount of explanation can replace the feeling experienced when doing a mitzvah. Undoubtedly, every person is endowed with Free Choice, and can therefore choose to ignore the effect of the mitzvah, but inducing another Jew to actually do a mitzvah is the best weapon we have in our holy mission of bringing Jews closer to their Father in Heaven.

So, you can leave the thumb-screw at home, but we should always be gently prodding other Jews - be they friends, acquaintances, or family members - to do another mitzvah.

Doing is believing!

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Avos U'bonim Announcement

ATTENTION ALL BOYS GRADES 1-7!!!

This Motzai Shabbos – Parshas Vayeira – Oct 31 – will begin the new 5776 season of Avos Ubonim, organized by Cheder Chabad of Monsey and held at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey, for all boys grades 1-7.  

All boys must come with either their father or an older brother to learn with and with the Seforim they will need!! 

This week the program will IY"H be from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. The schedule for the upcoming weeks will be announced at this session, due to the change of clocks this Motzai Shabbos. 

SPECIAL NEW WEEKLY PRIZES AND BI-WEEKLY GRAND PRIZES!                                         PIZZA!

This week's program is graciously being sponsored by the Meir Zeiler family of Nachlas Har Chabad, Israel! 

For further details or to have the z’chus of sponsoring an Avos Ubonim program -  please call Rabbi Shusterman at 845 356 1213 x 104 or 917 282 3505.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

R' Dovid Kaplan's father's Yahrtzeit

R’ Dovid Kaplan is making a Farbrengen after the 9:30 Maariv Minyan on Thursday night, October 29th, 2015 in honor of his father’s Yahrtzeit, Aryeh Leib ben Avrohom, on the 17th of Mar Cheshvan.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Shabbos Vayera for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                       8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                      7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                        5:45pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                       6:40, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Parshas Lech Lecho Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecho:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                             5:46pm

Minchah                                                                                                        6:02pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                         approx. 6:35pm


Kiddush not before 7:40/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                                  9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                  9:58am

Shacharis                                                                                       approx. 10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                         1:10pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                   5:05pm

Minchah                                                                                                         5:50pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                            6:45pm

א גוטען שבת!

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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Who hasn't spent time lamenting their lost youth? Every day we waste is an opportunity squandered; every year that goes by without growth is a graveyard of abandoned hopes and aspirations.

The only consolation is the recognition that it is never too late to climb off the carousel of abandon and to begin the process of self-reinvention. History's roll call of achievement is crowded with individuals who came to greatness only late in life. Read the biographies of the Rich 200 for instance; for every dot-com teenage billionaire, there are 100 others who achieved success only after a lifetime accumulating experience.

The spiritual plane is no exception. Great accomplishments can be realized no matter one's starting date. The Lubavitcher Rebbe became Rebbe just two months before his 49th birthday and proceeded to totally revolutionize the Jewish world. On a more modest basis, so many of our best and brightest scholars, teachers and exemplars worldwide only rediscovered their Jewish heritage in adulthood.

In this week's Torah portion, Lech-Lecho (Bereishis [Genesis] 12:1-17:27) we are introduced to the first Jew, our ancestor Abraham, with G-d's command to him to, "Leave your land, birthplace and father's home, to the land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1).

These words were directed to Abraham at the age of 75, after a lifetime spent discovering G-d and propagating the religion that was to become Judaism. Interestingly, none of his previous life experiences--his self-sacrifice, his power struggles with the entrenched hierarchies of the day, or his successes to date in spreading monotheism--were deemed important enough to be worthy of mention in the Torah. It is almost as if the lifework of this major historical figure and the progenitor of our race began only then.

Herein lies the difference between Judaism and other philosophies. Most people think that to come close to G-d you must first understand Him. Spend years studying the dogmas and theologies of faith, and then, once convinced of the rectitude of your chosen path, you may embark on a lifetime of devotion.

Not Judaism, not Abraham. G-d's first directive to Abraham that is relevant to us is "Go!" "Leave!" Abraham was commanded, "Leave your past behind; set aside logic, preconceived notions, tribal affiliations, and just go wherever I direct you and do whatever I say."

Faith is fine, logic is lovely, but a Jew serves G-d, first and foremost, by actions and deeds. Mitzvot, G-d's commandments, are our way of approaching G-d. G-d chose, for whatever reason, these specific actions to complete that connection and we, by fulfilling these Mitzvos, justify our existence.

Abraham, at the age of 75, was embarking on a new campaign. From now on he would follow G-d wherever, whenever and however he was ordered. But it was from that departure and movement of Abraham that Judaism began; the genesis of the Jewish people and everything they have contributed to the world till today and beyond.

Whatever one's age, background, or previous experiences, we, Abraham's descendants and spiritual heirs, have inherited this capacity for self-(re)creation, as our each and every action  can be so accomplishing for no other reason than because G-d wants it so.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, LMFT, joins Dr. Zelenko's practice in Monsey

Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) joins Dr. Zev Zelenko's practice to offer psychological and therapeutic services for the Monsey community at 3 College Rd., Monsey, NY.

Rabbi Schonbuch has been serving the Chabad community in Crown Heights for many years and his video series on collive.com "Marriage Matters" has attracted thousands of viewers. 

Rabbi Schonbuch, LMFT, specializes in Marriage/Intimacy counseling, Anxiety/Depression/OCD, and trauma and sexual abuse using EMDR.

For more info and to make an appointment in the Monsey office visit: www.ItWillBeGood.com or call 646 428 4723.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Shabbos Lech Lecha for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                       8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                      7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                        5:55pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                       6:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Parshas Noach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                             5:56pm

Mincha                                                                                                           6:12pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                        6:45pm


Kiddush not before 7:50/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Shiur Chassidus                                                                                  9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                  9:55am

Shacharis                                                                                       approx. 10:00am


Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Mincha Gedolah                                                                                           1:11pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                   5:15pm

Mincha                                                                                                           6:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                           6:55pm

א גוטען שבת!

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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Our Torah portion this week Noach (Bereishis 6:9 -11:32) recounts the famous story of Noach and the flood.

From a business perspective, Noach was the first stock market manipulator in history -- he floated a company while the whole world was in liquidation!

The Rebbe, however, saw Noach in a far more serious light. Noach was a survivor.

Noach was saved from the deluge of destruction that engulfed his world and his greatest contribution is that he set out to rebuild that world. We don't read about him sitting down and crying or wringing his hands in despair, although I'm sure he had his moments. The critical thing the Torah records is that after Noach emerged from his floating bunker he began the task of rebuilding a shattered world from scratch. He got busy and picked up the pieces and, slowly but surely, society was regenerated.

Only one generation ago, a great flood swept over our world. The Nazi plan was for a Final Solution. Every Jew on earth was earmarked for destruction and the Nazis were already planning their Museum of the Extinct Jewish Race. Not one Jew was meant to survive. So even those of us born after the war are also survivors. Even a Jewish child born this morning is a survivor -- because according to Hitler's plan, which tragically nearly succeeded, he or she was not meant to live.

This means that each of us, like Noach, has a moral duty to rebuild the Jewish world.

Our responsibility is to take up the burden of service, reach out to others and exert ourselves to the utmost in providing for their spiritual, emotional and financial needs. It may be difficult, we may well suffer personal damage in pursuit of our holy charge, but we dare not forsake our purpose.

The fifth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber, once attended a conference of rabbis which had been convened by the Russian government in their effort to ram through massive changes to the traditional Jewish educational system. At the risk of their lives and liberty, the rabbis worked passionately and collectively to protect our common heritage.

After the meetings broke up, Rav Chaim of Brisk came to say farewell to the Rebbe and discovered him sitting in his hotel room, overcome with tears.

“Lubavitcher Rebbe,” he exclaimed, “you needn’t weep. You did absolutely everything within your power!”

“Maybe so. But after all that, we did not succeed in foiling their plans.”

Thank G-d for His mercies that our world is, to a large degree, being rebuilt. Miraculously, the great centers of Jewish learning are flourishing today once more. But far too many of our brothers and sisters are still outside the circle. Right now there are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe and ignorant people to educate. 

Every one of us needs to participate. We are all Noachs. Let us rebuild our world.

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

R' Yehuda Klein Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of R' Yehuda Klein’s mother, Faige bas Louis.

R' Yehuda will be sitting shiva at his home, 12 Manor Drive, until Sunday morning.

The Zmanei Tefilla are:

Shacharis — Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 8:50 am

Mincha — Thursday at 6:00 pm; Friday at 1:15 pm

Maariv — Thursday at 8:15 pm


המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mazel Tov Rimlers!

Mazel Tov to Mayer and Shternie Perline on the engagement of their son, Tzvi Hirshele Rimler to Masha Mazer, of Chandler AZ. 

L'chaim is tonight, Monday night, 29 Tishrei - Oct. 12, at Lubavitch Yeshiva 570 Crown Street, entrance on Albany Ave, Brooklyn NY, from 8:30pm.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Shabbos Noach for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                       8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Thursday, Friday                                           7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Tuesday, Wednesday (Rosh Chodesh)                       6:45, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                        6:05pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                       7:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

א געזונטען ווינטער

Mazel Tov Amsels!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi and Mrs Eli Amsel on the birth of a grandson! 

The Bris IY"H will be on Sunday at Shopper Haven Hall - Shacharis at 8:30.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Parshas Bereishis Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Bereishis:

אזוי ווי מ'שטעלט זיך אוועק שבת בראשית אזוי גייט עס א גאנץ יאר

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                             6:07pm

Mincha                                                                                                          6:23pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                       6:55pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim - Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                 9:53am

Shacharis                                                                                      approx. 10:00am


Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Mincha Gedolah                                                                                          1:13pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                  5:25pm

Mincha                                                                                                          6:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                          7:05pm

א גוטען שבת - ויעקב הלך לדרכו...

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

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

At the end of Sukkos, we celebrate Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah and the conclusion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. Immediately we begin anew the cycle of weekly Parshios, with the portion of Bereishis, (Genesis 1:1- 6:8) telling of the creation of the world, Adam and Chava (Eve), the Garden of Eden, births of Cain and Abel and the development of the human race. 

It’s been told that the Chassidic master Rabbi Simchah Bunem of Pszcyscha (1767-1827) started out in life as a pharmacist, but later he became a Rebbe (Chassidic leader) and loved discussing Torah with his disciples.

One day he was talking about the snake which cajoled Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat of the forbidden fruit. The Torah relates that G-d cursed the snake, "On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat, all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:14).

“Wouldn't it be convenient if we could live on dust?”  Rabbi Bunem pondered: "Is that such a terrible curse? Dust is everywhere, so the snake's table is always full, no matter where he goes. Now look at the people in our shtetl and elsewhere: they earn their bread with difficulty, many families are poor, children go hungry and some never know where their next meal will come from. How convenient it would be for us if we could live on dust!”

"However, life as a human being," explained the Chassidic master, "means that we are constantly crying out to G-d for help: women in childbirth, hungry children, fathers without a job... So mankind has a connection, a very strong connection to G-d which the snake does not have. It needs nothing, it asks for nothing. And that is truly a curse. But we, we are like children with our father. G-d is our father, the one to whom we turn countless times a day to provide for us and protect us...

"A poor man is always aware of this blessing. The wealthy man, too, is so blessed, but it is a little more difficult for him to acknowledge this or remember this. The challenge of wealth is that one should always keep this in mind, and turn to G-d every day for help and guidance, and constantly remember the source of his blessings."

As we start now a new year, may we all be blessed with abundant prosperity, materially and spiritually, but always remember to thank and acknowledge the Source of these blessings.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Shoshannah Brombacher)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Davening Times for the week of Shabbos Bereishis for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis                                                                                       7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha                                                                                                             6:20pm

Maariv                                                                                            7:10, 8:30, 9:30pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mazel Tov Backmans and Kleins!

Mazel tov to Moshe and Malky Backman and grandparents Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the birth of a girl!

Hoshana Rabbah, Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis Sunday                                                                     8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Licht Bentchen                                                                                               6:15pm

Mincha                                                                                                           6:30pm

Maariv - Shmini Atzeres                                                                                7:15pm

Followed by Kiddush and Hakofos

Shacharis - Shmini Atzeres                                                                 after 10:00am

Mincha                                                                                                           6:25pm

Licht Bentchen 2nd night                                                                       after 7:13pm

Maariv - Simchas Torah                                                                                 7:15pm

Followed by Kiddush and Hakofos

Shacharis - Simchas Torah                                                                  after 10:00am

Mincha                                                                                                            6:25pm

Followed by Seder Niggunim and Maamer

Motzoei Yom Tov                                                                                            7:11pm

!א פרייליכען יום טוב

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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Shabbos Chol Hamoed Sukkos Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                             6:18pm

Mincha                                                                                                          6:34pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                       7:10pm

Simchas Beis Hashoeva - R' Mendel Vogel 5 Mariner Way

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                 9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                 9:49am

Shacharis                                                                                                     10:00am

Mincha Gedolah                                                                                          1:15pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                  5:30pm

Mincha                                                                                                           6:20pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                           7:17pm

!א גוטען שבת

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