Friday, May 8, 2015

Seeking House or Apartment Rental

We are seeking a house or apartment to rent in the greater Monsey community starting this June 15 for two or two-and-a-half months. Would consider a long-term rental as well.

Please contact atbg@sbcglobal.net.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

The story is told of the rabbi who had a brother who was a doctor. One day, somebody mistakenly called the rabbi and asked if he could make an appointment with the doctor. "You must be mistaken", said the rabbi. "You probably want to speak to my brother. He practices--I preach."

The Parsha this week, Emor, (Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23) begins with the verse "Speak to the Kohanim… and say to them..." (Leviticus 21:1).

The commenter Rashi explains that the phrase is teaching us "to warn the elders concerning the younger ones." From this we understand that we have to take responsibility for the education of our children or, for that matter, others whom we come into contact with. We cannot just sit back, relax and expect education to "just happen." It takes personal effort, not just from teachers in schools or other institutions, but also from each of us as parents. Children do, of course, learn at school, but it has to be reinforced at home, by the parents and the home environment.

The word "to warn" in Hebrew (l'hazhir) in the above-quoted phrase comes from the same word as "to shine." Our efforts to educate others should have a positive effect on ourselves, as well. How is this? When we are trying to educate others, we should become conscious of our own behavior and our own character. We need to try to practice what we preach. In trying to impart good character traits and ideals to others, we find ourselves having to scrutinize and improve our own behavior so as to be a "shining example" to those we are seeking to educate and inspire; in Hebrew called a “Dugma Chaya” – a living example. Actions speak louder than words. No amount of preaching substitutes for practice, for a living example for others to follow and become inspired by.

As the Talmud tells us, Rabbi Chanina related: "I learnt much from my teachers, more from my peers, but the most from my students."

By being a shining example of the values and character traits we hold dear, we find ourselves growing, becoming more conscious of our own behavior. In our efforts to impart ideas to others, we ourselves can benefit in our own personal character development.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)

Mazel Tov Kaufmans - Shalom Zachor!

Mazel tov to Avrohom and Channah Dobka Kaufman on the birth of a baby boy!

The Shalom Zachor will take place tonight at their home, 242A Kearsing parkway.

Shifra and Puah arranges meals for mothers of newborn children in our community. If you are able to cook a meal, please sign up on MealTrain or contact Karen Schild at 845-354-4898 or karenschild@yahoo.com.

Lag B'Omer at Cheder Chabad Girls

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Preschool and Elementary Girls celebrated Lag B'Omer with a rally and a parade, followed by an afternoon of fun and activities.

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman addressed the students, pesukim were recited with chayos in the zechus of specific individuals, followed by a short video of the Rebbe.

Macaroni the Clown entertained the crowd with his tricks, juggling and uni-cycling. Then began the Great Parade. The theme for our four floats, designed and built from scratch by the 5th to 8th graders, was the number seven, tying in with shnas hashmittah The Pre-K "floats" that followed, designed and built by Pre-K Morah Chaya Rochel Shkedi, and "driven" by the students, stole the show and the hearts of the parents who came to watch.

Following the floats the students marched class by class proudly holding their banners and flags.

After lunch, the Elementary School engaged in exciting competitive team sports, and the entire school enjoyed taking turns on the moon bounce and slide and being treated to yummy cotton candy and popcorn.

A special thank you to our corporate sponsors, Monsey Shoes, Farkash Financial and the Sofer Center.

Mesibas Shabbos