Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week's Torah reading begins the book of Bamidbor ([Numbers] 1:1-4:20), and the portion is indeed filled with numbers. First a census is taken of the Israelites and the Torah supplies us with the number of Israelites in each tribe, in each of the four "flags," and then gives the grand totals. The Levites are then counted -- twice. The firstborns earn their very own headcount, too.

Interestingly, this Torah portion of Bamidbor is always read shortly before the holiday of Shavuos, the holiday of our receiving the Torah. This year, it is being read the eve of the holiday of Shavuos.

What is the connection between numbers and counting and the special gift our nation received on this holiday?

Counting is an equalizer. Each unit which is counted adds up to one, no more and no less.

As a nation we are far from a homogenous group. This is true in all areas -- and our service of G‑d is no exception. Depending on our unique talents, some of us serve G‑d through assiduous Torah study, others through volunteering time in public service, others through financially supporting worthy causes, and yet others through reciting Psalms with devotion and sincerity. Leaders and followers. Old and young. Men and women. Scholars and laymen. Every segment of our nation, and indeed every individual person, serves G‑d in his or her unique way.

The counting of the Jews teaches us that the service of any one person isn't more or less important than the service of another. One's service may be more attractive, flashy and attention-grabbing than another's -- but at the core we are all involved in the exact same pursuit -- serving our Creator with all our available talents and resources.

Speaking of counting, from the moment the Jews left Egypt, they began counting - counting the days,  49 days - which led up to the day of Shavuos when they would be receiving the Torah, the ultimate equalizer, on Mt. Sinai.

The essence and purpose of all of creation is G‑d's desire for a physical abode, an earthly realm which would be transformed into a hospitable habitat and where His essence could be expressed. It is the Torah that a) reveals to us this divine plan; b) contains the mitzvot, the tools with which we bring this purpose to realization; and thus c) brings harmony and equality to all of creation -- for it shows us how every one of the myriads of components in creation is essentially identical, for they all have one purpose – to make a dwelling place for G-d Al-Mighty.  .

As Shavuos approaches, let us take this message to heart. Every person counts. Every day counts. Every component of creation counts. And we should be counting our blessings that we were given the Torah -- without which nothing would count.

(Excerpts from - from Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

Shavuos with Rabbi YY Jacobson

Levaya of Mrs. Ellen Philipson A"H

ברוך דיין האמת.

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Ellen Philipson, wife of Reb Shlomo Philipson, mother of Reb Binyomin Philipson, and mother-in-law of Reb Shea Glick.

The levayah will take place today, Thursday, at 6 Ashlawn Avenue at 1:30 PM.

Shiva information will be posted when it becomes available.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Post Dinner Message from Cheder Chabad

To all the parents and members of Anash who participated in the 16th Annual Dinner of
Cheder Chabad of Monsey,

שלום וברכה!

As the files and notes of this year’s 16th Annual Dinner of Cheder Chabad of Monsey are being put away, and thoughts and strategies for next year’s dinner beginning to come into focus, we want to express, on behalf of the Dinner and Journal Committees, heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the parents and members of Anash who participated in the Dinner. It was wonderful seeing such a large turnout of the community to this special event, which created such a congenial and uplifting ambiance in the Ballroom. This was directly a result of all you who attended. Thank you all!

The evening did extend beyond the intended time schedule. The plans are already being laid, however, to keep IY”H next year’s program in a much tighter time frame, אי"ה next year’s Dinner is scheduled to be in ירושלים with משיח!

A heartfelt Yasher Ko’ach to Bentzi Ptalis and the Cheder Boys Choir who set the tone of the evening at the outset of the program, with their beautiful renditions of the Nigunim they sang.

We all congratulate Rabbi Silber, Mrs. Oster and Flamer, the honorees, and thank them for their contribution to the Cheder’s success as teachers and parents.

Yasher Ko’ach and many thanks to Rabbi YY Jacobson, our guest speaker, who gave us added insights and dimensions to our perspectives on Chinuch.

The 5775 school year is coming soon to its close . We extend a heartfelt Yasher Koach to all the principals, Rebbes, Morahs, teachers and office staff for their educational input, diligence, hard work, care and concern for all the kinderlach and students in the Cheder. May Hashem grant them all much hatzlocho in all their endeavors, in good health and prosperity.

May we all see abundant Chassidishe and Yiddishe Nachas from all our children and families in good health, happiness and abundant prosperity.

As we draw near to the beautiful Yom Tov of שבועות – may each and everyone have and experience קבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות – to receive the Torah with joy and inwardness, in the fullest measure!

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman                                           Rabbi Yeruchem Cohen

Dean                                                                             President Board of Directors

Tzemach Tzedek 5775 Shavuos Schedule

The following is the Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar and Shavuos 5775 schedule for K'hal Tzemach Tzedek:

Erev Shabbos, 4 Sivan / May 22:
Shacharis 1: 7:00 AM
Shacharis 2: 8:00 AM
Licht Bentshen: 7:56 PM
Mincha: 8:05 PM
Kabbolas Shabbos: 8:45 PM

Shabbos, 5 Sivan / May 23:
Chassidus Shiur: 9:00 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Rav's Halacha Shiur: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:00 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 9:04 PM
Maariv: 9:05 PM
Tikun Leil Shavuos - After Seudos Yom Tov all are encouraged to come to shul. There will be shiurim in the small shul, and coffee and refreshments will be served.

First Day of Shavuos, Sunday, 6 Sivan / May 24:
Alos HaShachar (Mikvah): 3:48 AM / 4:18 AM
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Aseres Hadibros: Approximately 11:45 AM
Kinus Torah: 7:00 PM
Mincha: 8:10 PM
Licht Bentshen: After 9:05 PM
Maariv: 9:05 PM

Second Day of Shavuos, Monday, 7 Sivan / May 25: 
Sof Zman Krias Shma: 9:12 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Yizkor: Approximately 12:00 PM
Mincha: 8:10 PM
Seder Niggunim
Maariv & Yom Tov Ends: 9:05 PM
Kiddush Levana

!בברכת לקבלת התורה בשמחה ובפנימיות