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.

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