Saturday, February 27, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayakhel for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                         6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           5:35pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          6:25, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Parshas Ki Sisa Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                5:25pm

Mincha                                                                                                              5:41pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 6:15pm

Kiddush not after 6:00/6:09 and not before 7:00/7:09pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:21am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:37pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      4:40pm

Minchah                                                                                                            5:25pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               6:26pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   7:30pm 

!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

This week’s Torah portion Ki Sisa (Shmos [Exodus] 30:11-34:35) tells the story of the Golden Calf, the worst national sin in the history of the Jewish people. Frankly, if I were the editor of the Bible I'd have left that part out. How humiliating to the Jews! Just weeks after the greatest revelation of all time, the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai, when they saw and heard G-d up front and personal, they go and bow down to a cow?! How fickle can you get? But the Torah is unflinchingly honest and records this most unflattering moment of ours in all its gory detail.

Why?

Perhaps the very important lessons we need to draw from this embarrassing episode are, firstly, that people do sin, human beings do make mistakes, and even inspired Jews who saw the divine with their own eyes can mess up - badly. And, secondly, that even afterwards there is still hope, no matter what.

In the very same Torah portion we read how G-d tells Moses to carve a second set of tablets, to replace the first set he smashed when he came down the mountain and was shocked by what the Jews were up to. (Sort of "You broke them, you fix them" - like the fellow who fell asleep during the rabbi's sermon and the rabbi tells the shamash to go and wake the fellow up. The shamash responds, "Rabbi, you put him to sleep, you wake him up!") The Torah does not intend to diminish our respect for that generation, but rather to help us understand human frailty, our moral weakness and the reality of relationships, spiritual or otherwise.

G-d gave us a perfect Torah. The tablets were hand-made by G-d, pure and sacred, and then we messed up. So is it all over? After all, what could possibly be worse than idolatry? We broke the first two commandments and the tablets were shattered into smithereens because we were no longer worthy to have them. It was the ultimate infidelity.

So Torah teaches that all is not lost. As bad as it was - and it was bad - it is possible for man to repair the damage. Moses will make new tablets. They won't be quite the same as G-d's, but there will be Tablets nonetheless. We can pick up the pieces.

It’s been said about the significance of breaking the glass under the chupah (wedding canopy). Besides never forgetting Jerusalem and praying for her full restoration, this ceremony teaches a very important lesson about life to a bride and groom who are about to embark on their own new path in life. What happens immediately after the groom breaks the glass? Everyone shouts "Mazel Tov!" The message is clear. Something broke? Nu, it's not the end of the world. We can even laugh about it and still be happy. Nisht geferlich. Lo nora. This too shall pass. A very practical, peace-keeping tip for the new couple.

It is possible to pick up the pieces in life. Whether it's our relationships with G-d, our marriage partners, our kids or our colleagues, we can make amends and repair the damage.

If the Jews could recover from the Golden Calf, our own challenges are small indeed.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

Save the Date - MBCM Production

Attention women and girls:

Please save the date, Sunday, April 3, for
Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka's annual production with a special Hakhel theme in honor of Shnas Hakhel!

Details will follow soon IYH. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Purim Katan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of פורים קטן on Tuesday night, February 23rd, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 9:30 Maariv.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey Raises 130K



WE DID IT! 

B"H, we are so touched to have not only reached the Match-A-Thon campaign goal of $120,000, but to have also surpassed that and gone above our over time goal of $130,000!!  We're tremendously humbled by the outpouring of support!   Knowing that you are eager to further the learning and studies of our students at Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey and beyond, is inspiring and empowering.
Thank you to all of our donors listed online!!

THANK YOU TO OUR MATCHERS:

Avraham and Devorah Hayman
NCFJE of Rockland 
In memory of R’ Aharon Gershon Ben R’ Yekusiel
Zev and Sima Chana Zelenko ~  Friends of Lubavitch, Monsey, NY
Friends of Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey ~ Levi and Yehudice Bialestock
Baruch Akiva and Rochel Hayman ~ Chezky and Rochel Litzman

AND OVER TIME MATCHERS:
Members of the Yeshiva Alumni

Together WE DID IT!!!


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Rabbi Moshe Liberow, Director
Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Ki Sisa for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                         6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           5:30pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          6:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Avos U'bonim - Starting at 7:30

This Motzoei Shabbos, the Avos U'bonim will be from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey. 

There are only a couple of weeks left for the official program of Avos U'bonim this winter season of 5776 - so come and take advantage of this beautiful program.

IY"H this new starting time will remain until the end of this year's Avos U'bonim season.

Please remember to bring your weekly attendance cards!!  

This week's program is sponsored by someone who asked to remain anonymous. May they enjoy much Chassidishe Nachas in good health and prosperity from all their children! 

Come with your father or older brothers and spend valuable time learning together! Followed by exciting raffles - great prizes, stories and treats.

Remember - boys seen learning nicely will receive raffle tickets for our bi-weekly grand prize. This grand raffle  - a big remote helicopter!

Also - as always - there will be a special raffle for boys coming within the first 10 minutes (7:30 - 7:40 pm).

If anyone would like the Z'chus of sponsoring an Avos U'bonim program - please call or speak to Rabbi Shusterman at: 917 282 3505.

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

The name of Moses does not appear in this week's Torah portion Tetzave (Shmos [Exodus] 27:20 - 30:10), even though he is alluded to. The reason for this is that Moses had requested of G-d, when the Children of Israel made the Golden Calf, that if He was not prepared to forgive the Children of Israel, then He should erase Moses’ name "from Your book..." Although the Jewish people were forgiven, the words of a righteous individual (tzaddik) are powerful and Moses' decree was realized through his name being left out from this one Parsha.

The commentators point out, however, that while Moses' actual name does not appear, Moses himself is very much present. The entire portion consists of G-d's words to Moses! Indeed, the first word is "and you [shall command...]" - the you being Moses.

A person's name does not reflect that person's essential self. A name, or a descriptive word applied to a person, is used by others to refer to that person. The essential self, the essence of the person, however, is beyond description and limitation.

The word "you" at the beginning of the portion connotes its subject's very self, in contrast to a person's name which is a mere "handle" on his personality. This means that although his name does not appear, Moses is, in essence, more present in our portion than if he would be mentioned by name, limited to the description that a name implies.

Because Moses was prepared to forgo mention of his name in the Torah for the sake of his people, he merited that his quintessential self - that level of self that cannot be captured by any name or designation - be included in the Torah. It is this level of Moses' self that is expressed by his "nameless" presence in this week's Torah portion.

We all have a tendency to label ourselves, and each other. So-and-so is a this-ist or a that-ist. A name provides only a limited window into what a person really is. There is a fundamental essence which we each possess and which transcends limitation. When we stop trying to label each other and focus on what is deep inside, on the essence, we realize that we are not really so different than our Jewish neighbors  and acquaintances, and in fact, it becomes much easier to get along with them.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

Monsey Anash Directory - Placing Ads

Cheder Chabad of Monsey is updating its database in anticipation of a second edition of its "Monsey Anash Directory" for our ever expanding (B"H) community!

Anash who would like to add cell phone and email to their existing listing should contact directory@chedermonsey.org to edit their information. Please also alert new families!

Additionally, suggestions are being solicited for the "helpful" community phone numbers to make this directory the one-stop for assistance.

In addition to the "white pages" which will have the contact information for all members of our local and extended Anash community, the Directory will also have ads for local services and products.

If anyone wants to advertise or knows someone who would like to advertise, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at: 845 356 1213 ext 104 for details.

Thank you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Zayin Adar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ז' אדר ראשון, tonight, February 16th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 9:30 Maariv.

Shiur on Hadran with Rabbi YY Jacobson

A new series will be starting this week with Rabbi YY Jacobson on Wednesday night, at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive in Wesley Hills, from 8:30 to 10:00pm sharp. We will be learning the Rebbe's Hadran on the Rambam from 5735/1975 in depth. An unbelievable and amazing sicha !!

Sushi will be served - sponsored by Mark Meisner.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mazel Tov Larkins!

Mazel tov to R' Chona and Shulamis Larkin on the birth of a grandson born to Shaina and Eliezer Braun of Far Rockaway!

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Tetzaveh for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                                         6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           5:20pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          6:10, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Parshas Terumah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                5:08pm

Mincha                                                                                                              5:24pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 5:55pm


Kiddush not after 6:00/6:11 and not before 7:00/7:11pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:32am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:37pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      4:25pm

Minchah                                                                                                            5:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               6:08pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   7:00pm 

!א גוטען שבת

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

Avos U'bonim - Pizza this week IY"H

This Motzoei Shabbos, Avos U'bonim will start at 7:00 pm at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey.

PIZZA this week IY”H!!  This week's program is sponsored by Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid Farkash in honor of their son Zalman Leib's birthday this month. May they enjoy much Chassidishe Nachas in good health and prosperity from all their children! 

The program will end at approx. 8:00pm.

Come with your father or older brothers and spend valuable time learning together! Followed by exciting raffles - great prizes, stories and treats! 

Remember - boys seen learning nicely will receive raffle tickets for our bi-weekly grand prize! 

Also - as always - special raffle for boys coming within the first 10 minutes (7:00 - 7:10 pm).

If anyone would like the Z'chus of sponsoring or co-sponsoring an upcoming Avos U'bonim - please speak to or call Rabbi Shusterman 917 282 3505.

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

The very first United Jewish Appeal was launched this week. This week's Torah reading, Terumah (Shmos [Exodus] 25:1-27:19) deals with the first fundraising campaign in history. Moses initiated it in order to build the Sanctuary in the wilderness as well as to acquire all the materials needed for the special utensils required for the sacred services. This is, therefore, a good time to talk about the art of giving.

The holy Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin said that while some people claim that "If you give you are a fool and if you take you are clever," Jewish tradition teaches us that those who give and think they are only giving are, in fact, the fools. But those who give and understand that they are also receiving, at the same time, are truly wise.

The truth is that in giving, we actually receive more than we give. And not only a slice of heaven in far-away paradise, but even in the here and now. Certainly, in our relationships - whether family, business or social - our generosity is often reciprocated and we find the other party responding in kind. But it goes beyond giving in order to get back. The very fact that we have done something good, that which is right and noble, gives us a sense of satisfaction. "The takers of the world may eat better. But the givers of the world sleep better."

This explains the unusual expression in G-d's words to Moses in our Parshah: v'yikchu li terumah - "and they shall take for me a contribution." Why take? Surely, give would be the more correct term. But because in giving we are also receiving, the word take is also appropriate. For the same reason we find that the Hebrew expression for "acts of loving kindness" ("gemilut chassadim") is always in the plural form. Because every time someone performs a single act of kindness, at least two people are benefiting - the receiver and also the giver.

I have seen people over the years who were good people, giving people, who shared and cared for others. Then, after years of being givers, they stopped. Why? They became frustrated at the lack of appreciation for all their hard work. After all they had done for others, they never even received a simple "Thank You." So they were disappointed, disillusioned, and in some instances, even bitter. They resigned from public life and from whatever community services they were involved in.

How sad that they didn't realize that even if human beings are notoriously unappreciative, G-d Almighty takes note of every act of kindness we perform. And He responds with infinite blessings in his own way. Our sages taught that if we express regret over the good that we have done, we might well forfeit all the merits we would have otherwise deserved.

So whenever you think you're a big deal because you did something for a good cause, remember; you are receiving much more than you are giving. Let us all be givers and be blessed for it.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos

UPK Enrollment

Attention all parents of prospective UPK students at Cheder Chabad of Monsey Preschool, residing in the East Ramapo School District area:

Our Cheder is very fortunate to have a UPK program in our school. This program has allowed us to demonstrate continuous upgrades over the past few years. We are proud to say that we have consistently been appraised by the East Ramapo UPK inspectors as being a model UPK classroom with excellent, dedicated teachers.  If you have a child eligible for UPK next year and are interested in enrolling him/her, or would like more information about our program, kindly contact Mrs Yona Lazarus (Preschool Director) on (845) 263-7990 or Mrs Sara Feiga Shusterman (School Programs Coordinator) on (845) 304-1560 for more information. 

In order to be eligible: 

Applicants must reside within the East Ramapo School District area. 

The student must have turned four after December 1st 2015 or be turning four before December 2nd 2016.

The deadline for submission of application forms is March 21st, 2016. As space is limited and as it may take time to gather the required documents together, please do not wait to apply.

Please note that the submission of forms does not constitute acceptance, nor does it constitute any commitment to the Cheder.

Rose Bris

With tremendous gratitude to Hashem, Chana and Levi Rose, and grandparents Alex and Leah Poltorak, would like to announce that the bris of their baby boy will IY"H be tomorrow, Friday morning, at the Besht Center, 563a Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights.

Shacharis is at 8:30, Bris at 9:30.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Large Yud Shevat Farbrengen Unites Monsey

Anash of Monsey came together to celebrate Yud Shevat at Yeshiva Spring Valley hall. The Farbrengen started with Master of Ceremonies Rabbi Yossi Krasnianski welcoming all of Anash to this event which was organized by Anash of Monsey and then a short video of the Rebbe was played - starting with audio from the First Yud Shevat Farbrengen in 5711/1951. Then Rabbi Lesches, Mara D'asra of Tzemach Tzedek, gave over warm Divrei Brocho.

He was then followed by the guest speaker, Rabbi Yossi Chazan of Manchester, England, who spoke eloquently about what Yud Shevat means to us now, and how the Rebbe continues to be with us. Interspersing his message with numerous unheard-of stories about the Rebbe, Rabbi Chazan mesmerized the large crowd of over 200 men and women that came together to be inspired on Yud Shevat.

The event was streamed live on collive.com which allowed participants from Monsey and beyond who could not physically attend to join in the Farbrengen. One yungerman commented, "It's beautiful to come to such a large inspiring event, which combined a beautiful event and wonderful guest speaker."

The beautiful Farbrengen with Farbeisen Kyad Hamelech was organized by Anash of Monsey, headed by Rabbi Zalmen L. Markowitz and Yona Abenson.

The Farbrengen would not have been made possible without the assistance of Hirshel Rosenbluh, Mendy Glick, Mendy Sandhouse and other anonymous people that greatly assisted in putting the event together.

A special thanks goes to Shmuli Niasoff for putting together the audio and visual, including streaming it live. And a big thank you to Nechemia Kaplan for taking such beautiful pictures! 

And last but not least, to all the donors who made this event happen, starting from all of the local Chabad Shuls participating in the Farbrengen: Tzemach Tzedek, Beis Menachem, Beis MM Lubavitch of Pomona and Anash of Airmont. 









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Shiur tonight with Rabbi YY Jacobson

Next week - starting a new Maamer / Topic 

Final Shiur in Basi L'Gani with Rabbi YY Jacobson to take place at his home 7 Fieldcrest tonight 8:30pm - 10pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rosh Chodesh Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ראש חודש אדר ראשון, tonight, February 9th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 9:30 Maariv.

Seeking Megilla Lainers

Lubavitch Youth Organization is looking for 2 people (must be over 21 years of age) to read the Megillah in Woodbourne & in Sullivan correctional facilities, on Purim evening, at the earliest Z’man.  

If you are able to do this mitzvah, please call Rabbi Kastel at 718-953-1000 ext. 117.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Updated Times for Davening at R' Chaim Bloch Shiva

Shacharis for Rosh Chodesh - Tuesday and Wednesday - will be at 7:00am.

Shacharis on Thursday will be at 9:00am.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mr. Chaim Bloch Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mr. Chaim Bloch's mother.

R' Chaim will be sitting shiva at 16 Park Avenue, Monsey, NY.

The Zmanei Tefilla are:

Shacharis - Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 am

Mincha/Maariv - Sunday to Wednesday: 5:00 pm

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Terumah for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                    8:00, 9:00am

Shacharis - Monday, Thursday and Friday                                        6:50, 7:00, 8:00am

Shacharis - Tuesday and Wednesday (Rosh Chodesh)                    6:45, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           5:10pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          6:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, February 5, 2016

Parshas Mishpatim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Mishpatim:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                4:59pm

Mincha                                                                                                             5:15pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 5:45pm

Kiddush not after 6:00/6:10 and not before 7:00/7:10pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim - Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                     8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                      9:36am

Shacharis                                                                                          approx. 10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:36pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      4:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                            5:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               6:02pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   7:00pm 
!א גוטען שבת

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Avos U'bonim - Change of Time

Change of time: This Motzoei Shabbos, Avos U'bonim will start at  7:00 pm at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey, and end at approx. 8:00 pm.

Come with your father or older brothers and spend valuable time learning together!

Followed by exciting raffles - great prizes, stories and treats!

Also - as always - special raffle for boys coming within the first 10 minutes (7:00 - 7:10 pm).

If anyone would like the Z'chus of sponsoring or co-sponsoring an upcoming Avos U'bonim - please speak to or call Rabbi Shusterman 917 282 3505.

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

This week's Torah portion - Mishpatim (Shmos [Exodus] 21:1-24:18) teaches: "If you see your enemy's donkey lying under its load, you might want to refrain from helping him; [however], you must surely help with him." (Shmos (Exodus) 23:5)

Before Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe, became the first leader of Chabad, he once traveled to raise money for an important charity. Coming to the home of a wealthy man, he was offered to stay and teach his children in return for the entire sum he hoped to raise.

After a short stay, he informed his host that he was leaving because he could not tolerate the conduct of the people of the city. His host asked him why and Rabbi Shneur Zalman replied, "You torture the poor." The host thought that he was referring to a recent meeting discussing how to raise the money for a government tax. It was decided that first the poor should give as much as possible, and the rich would make up the difference. He realized that Rabbi Shneur Zalman was right: the poor should not be bothered at all. The rich should give as much as they can, and the poor shouldn't give anything. Immediately he arranged a second meeting, and it was decided that the rich should give first what they could afford.

A few days later, Rabbi Shneur Zalman again said that he was leaving, claiming, "You torture the poor." Amazed, the host told his guest of the second meeting and that the poor would not be bothered at all. Rabbi Shneur Zalman told him that he was referring to an entirely different matter:

In the human body there are "rich" organs and "poor" organs. The "rich" organs are the mind and the heart, and a "poor" organ is the stomach. "In this city," he explained, "instead of putting emphasis on the rich organs and engaging them in the study of Torah and concentrating on prayer, the approach is to constantly abstain from food and fast. Thus, the 'poor' organ, the stomach, is deprived and made to suffer for the person's iniquities. I cannot tolerate this approach!"

This new philosophy was very intriguing to the host, and he asked Rabbi Shneur Zalman its source. He told him of the Baal Shem Tov and his teachings, which accentuate working with the mind and heart and not punishing the body.

"The Baal Shem Tov," he continued, "bases his approach on a verse in the Torah portion of Mishpatim and interprets the phrases as follows: 'If you see' -- when you will realize that -- 'chamor' -- (usually translated “donkey” but can refer also to the physical matter of the body -- as the Hebrew word chomer - “physical substance), is 'your enemy' -- because he is engaged in material pleasures, and thus hates the soul which is striving for G-dliness and a higher spiritual level -- and the body is -- 'lying under his burden' not wanting to serve G-d -- 'you might want to refrain from helping him' – i.e. you may think that you will deny him the food and sustenance it needs. Be advised that this is a wrong approach. Instead, 'you must surely help with him' -- give him his bodily needs and attune your mind and soul to worship G-d. Eventually, your body will become purified and cooperate in your Divine service."

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky)

                      May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sixth Basi L'Gani Shiur with Rabbi YY Jacobson

The 6th shiur in Basi L'Gani (year 5766/1956) with Rabbi YY Jacobson will take place Wednesday night, 24th Shevat / February 3rd at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Drive in Wesley Hills, from 8:30 to 10:00pm sharp.

Sushi will be served! Sponsored by Shmuel Amram in honor of his birthday!

The series of Shiurim in Basi L'Gani will continue until we finish the Ma'amer and then we will continue with a new topic in Chassidus.