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