Sunday, March 27, 2016

Photos from behind the scenes of Yeshiva Promo Video for Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch Monsey

Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch Monsey, in preparation for the new incoming class of 5777, is putting together a professionally created promotional video about the unique program being provided to so many of today’s Bochurim looking for traditional Tomchei Tmimim values and atmosphere, while offering  the opportunity to gain knowledge and essential skills in general studies.

Photos can be downloaded here.

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shemini for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           7:05pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:55, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 25, 2016

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

One of the opening passages of this week's Torah portion (Tzav [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36) tells us, "[The priest] shall remove his garments and don other garments; and he shall then take the ashes to a pure place, outside of the camp" (Leviticus 6:4). The commentaries explain: since the removal of ash will most likely soil his vestments, the Torah recommends that he change his clothing for this particular task. Thus the Torah teaches common courtesy - "it is unseemly to wear the same attire in the kitchen as when pouring wine for a master."

The Torah is teaching the need of changing 'garments' for different functions.

It Once Happened...

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch often spent hours receiving visitors in private. During this time he would perspire profusely and on occasion even excused himself in the middle of an interview to change his garments. When asked for the reason he explained, "When I receive a visitor I am wearing my own 'garments.' But to understand his comments from his perspective I must remove my garments and don his. At this point I must consider the problem from my own perspective and for that I must don my own garments. Having developed a suitable response I must dress my advice in words suitable to my visitor's ears, and for that I must once again don his garments. Going through this procedure of this constant change of 'garments', are you surprised that I perspire so much?" Such is the art of listening.

Every counselor is advised to listen to his patient or client without forming judgment. This means, to virtually crawl into the patient's mind and hear their troubles from their perspective. Sometimes a friend or client simply requires the compassion and empathy that a listening ear provides.

The next time someone pours his heart out to you, look into his eyes and listen quietly and 'actively' with full focus, without assumptions. Often we jump to conclusions without really hearing the whole 'story'. In fact, the Rambam (Maimonides) teaches that before a rabbi or Dayan (Rabbinical court judge) can decide a Halacha or pass a court decision, the Rabbi needs to repeat the story or case back to the litigant or one presenting the question, in the Rabbi’s own words, so that it will be realized that the Rabbi properly heard the case and did not jump to conclusions. You may then find that your perhaps 'bright' solutions are unwanted, misdirected, and even unnecessary.  Properly directed compassion can solve problems, our empathy can sooth fears, even our silence, when used wisely and appropriately, can often calm a raging mind.

From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yanki Tauber

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mivtzoyim Opportunity

If you have non-religious neighbors and you would like to drop off some Purim cheer, Chabad of Suffern has boxes of hamantashen that you can come take to deliver.
 
Pickup address is 56 Mayer Drive, Montebello NY 1090

Purim Farbrengen with Rabbi YY Jacobson

There will be NO shiur tonight due to Purim, however there will be a Farbrengen Thursday night after the Purim Seudah at the home of Rabbi YY Jacobson, 7 Fieldcrest Drive.

All men and boys are invited to a special Purim Hakhel farbrengen with Rabbi YY Jacobson, with music by Benshimon.

Time: Thursday night, after the Seudah, 9:30 PM.


This Purim, get your soul on fire.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Taanis Esther and Purim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Taanis Esther and Purim:

Taanis Esther - תענית אסתר (Wednesday)

Fast begins                                                                                                       5:31am

Shacharis (includes Selichos)                                                              6:45, 8:00am

Mincha Taanis Esther & Machatzis Hashekel                                   2:00, 6:45pm

Maariv followed by Krias HaMegillah                                                          7:40pm

Additional Megillah Leining                                                                           9:30pm

Purim Day - יום הפורים (Thursday)

Shacharis                                                       7:00, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am

ALL MEGILLAH LEININGS BEGIN APPROX. 30 MIN. AFTER START OF SHACHARIS

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                    10:02am

Yeshivas Mordechai HaTzaddik                                                         12:30pm - 1:30pm

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                             1:34pm
  
Minchah                                                                                                   3:00, 5:00pm

Shkiah                                                                                                                 7:13pm

Maariv                                                                                                       8:30, 9:30pm


Farbrengen following 9:30 Maariv

!!!א פרייליכען פורים

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

Mazel Tov Glicks!

Mazel tov to the Glick family on the birth of a baby girl!  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Tzav for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                      8:00, 9:00am

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                                             7:00pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                            7:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Parshas Vayikra-Zachor Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Vayikra - Parshas Zachor:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                6:48pm

Mincha                                                                                                             7:04pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 7:35pm


Kiddush not after 7:00/7:04 and not before 8:00/8:04pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                    10:02am

Shacharis - NOTE NEW TIME!!!                                                                   10:00am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                            1:34pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      6:05pm

Minchah                                                                                                            6:50pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               7:49pm 


!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

Amnesia is a frightening illness. Imagine forgetting who you are - suddenly you have no family, no history, and no identity. It can happen to an individual and it can happen to a people. There have been times in our history when we seemed to forget who we were and where we came from. And all too often, we seem uncertain about where we are going.

In this week's Torah portion, which begins the third Book of the Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus - 1:1-5:26) we read the expression Nefesh ki techeta - "when a person will sin." The Torah goes on to describe the various atonement offerings necessary to absolve one from their trespasses. The Kabbalistic classic, Zohar, renders this phrase both literally and spiritually. Nefesh is interpreted as not merely a person but a soul, and the verse is punctuated by a question mark. In other words, the Torah is asking Nefesh ki techeta? Shall a soul sin? Can a Jewish soul, a yiddishe neshamah, a spark of divinity, really and truly stoop to commit a lowly sin? How is that possible?

Indeed, the only way it can happen is when we forget who we are, when we are no longer in touch with our true spiritual identity, when we start to suffer from spiritual amnesia.

Sadly, it does happen. In fact, it's not really that difficult. After all, we live in a secular society. The old ghetto walls are no longer there to insulate us. We are exposed to the big wide world with all its seemingly tantalizing diversions. Even if we do marry within the faith, we become culturally assimilated. Slowly but surely, then, even a nefesh, a Jewish soul, starts forgetting who she is and can fall into the web of sin.

Remember the "wise man" from Chelm and his problem? He worried that when he went to the public bathhouse where everyone is unclothed he wouldn't know who he was. Without his own personal set of clothing to distinguish him from others, he might suffer an identity crisis. So he devised a plan. He tied a red string around his big toe so that even in the bathhouse he would stand out from everyone else. Sadly, when he was in the shower, the water and soapsuds loosened the red string, and it slipped off his big toe. To make matters worse, the red string floated along to the next cubicle and twirled around the big toe of the fellow under the next shower.

Suddenly, our Chelmer genius discovered that his string was gone. He started panicking. This was a serious identity crisis. Then he saw that the fellow next door was sporting his red string. Whereupon, he ran over to him and shouted, "I know who you are, but who am I?"

Who are you? You are a Jew! You are a son of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a daughter of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. You are a member of the "kingdom of priests and holy nation." You were freed from Egypt and stood at Sinai. You have survived countless attempts on your life and your faith. You emerged from the ashes of Auschwitz only to live again. And you ask "Who am I?" This is a serious case of national amnesia.

So the holy Zohar reminds us that we are not only "a person who may sin." We are a soul, and shall a soul sin? A soul is by definition part and parcel of the Divine. And for the G‑dly soul within us, distancing ourselves from our very source is absolutely unthinkable.

How else can we explain the phenomenon that after 70 years of Communist atheism, Jews in the Former Soviet Union are today fervently embracing the faith of their forefathers? Or that after decades of apathy, American Jews of all ages are desperately seeking spirituality? Or that the renaissance of Jewish life has become a reality around the globe? Yes, there are good people out there igniting sparks and fanning them into a fiery faith. But the sparks would not take if there was not a burning ember inside every Jewish soul, an ember that remains inextinguishable no matter what.

So if you ever have doubts about who you are, remember the Zohar. You are a soul. And a soul never dies.

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos !

Father and Son learning on Purim


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MBCM Production - One Moment of Peace


Shiur on Hadran with Rabbi YY Jacobson Part 4

There will be a shiur tonight with Rabbi YY Jacobson in the Rebbe's Hadran on Rambam 5735. It will take place at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Dr, from 8:30pm - 10pm sharp. Followed by Maariv.

Sponsorship still open for Refreshments + Sushi, if interested please text 718-759-8848.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Teacher Positions

Lubavitch on the Palisades School in Tenafly, New Jersey is looking for a Second Grade Limudei Kodesh Teacher for the upcoming school year (September 2016 - July 2017).


Preschool head teacher and assistant teacher position also available.

If interested in any of these positions please contact Orite on 646 262 3856 or orite@chabadlubavitch.org.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pesach Deliveries from Crown Heights

Efrayim Keller is offering to deliver the following to Monsey for Pesach: 

Crown Heights matza
Meat from House of Glatt or Crown Meats
Fish from Raskins or Shabbos Fish 

Pricing for Crown heights matza 2 Lb.  increments:
Fresh matza baked on Sunday after Purim - $27 per pound.  
Regular - $23 per pound.   
Broken - $17 per pound.  

Only prepaid orders will be delivered.

Call (917) 345-1912 for delivery price. 

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayikra for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           6:50pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:35, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, March 11, 2016

Parshas Pekudei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                 5:41pm

Mincha                                                                                                              5:57pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 6:30pm


Kiddush not after 6:00/6:06 and not before 7:00/7:06pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                     9:10am

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:30am


Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:36pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      4:55pm

Minchah                                                                                                            5:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               6:42pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   7:30pm 


!א גוטען שבת

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

Avos U’bonim closing session - Pizza



Reminder: This Motzai Shabbos Parshas Pekudai the Avos Ubonim will be from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Tzemach  Tzedek Shul. This is the final closing session for the official program of Avos U'bonim this winter season of 5776 - so come and take advantage of this beautiful program.

Please remember to bring your weekly attendance cards!!  There will be PIZZA I”YH!

This week’s closing program is sponsored by Tzvi Yaacov Klein in honor of his son Yosef Yitzchok’s birthday this month of Adar.  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.

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

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

A great endeavor comes to a successful conclusion in this week's Torah reading, Pikudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38). The Sanctuary is completed by Moses and the Children of Israel.

This beautiful prototype of the Temple was built by everyone. The leading artist, craftsman and architect was Betzalel, but everyone else helped. The Torah mentions the men and the women, with special emphasis on the skill and artistry of the women; the Sages add that also the children took part.

Let us look at this from the eyes of each individual. Each person felt that through the fact the he or she was taking part in the construction of the Sanctuary, whatever his or her individual contribution, the entire structure was built. It is true that without all the other hundreds of thousands of people also taking part, the Sanctuary could not have been completed. Nonetheless, each person felt that he had succeeded in the task to bring the entire Sanctuary into being.

The Sages tell us that at the end of the work Moses gave a blessing: "May G‑d grant that His Divine Presence will dwell in the work of your hands." The Sanctuary is called "the work of your hands," applying to the entire nation collectively and also to each person individually.

How does an individual feel this sense of achievement not just in the tiny part he or she actually created, but in the whole? The Lubavitcher Rebbe suggests: When one's participation is to the maximum of one's ability to fulfill the Divine expectation. You do your utmost, however much or little that is, then you can justly feel that the entire sacred structure is the product of your efforts.

This idea about the role of the individual applies not only in the building of the Sanctuary thousands of years ago, but in all our collective endeavors today as the Jewish people. There are great tasks which face us. Not only do we need to "preserve" Judaism; we, the Jewish people acting together, have to bring ourselves and the world into the next stage of history.

This is a task which involves all of us. Yet following the logic applied to the Sanctuary, if each of us gives our "all," we can each feel that the total task is our particular, individual achievement. It is in our hands!

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – by Rabbi Tali Loewenthal)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos !

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rabbi YY Jacobson Begins Daily Early Bird Shuir

We are thrilled to announce a new daily early bird-shuir with Rabbi YY Jacobson.

There is nothing as powerful, inspiring and transformative as waking up before sunrise, owning your day, and saturating your mornings with two hours of learning!

Time: Monday-Friday. 530 AM: Gemarah (around an amud a day, more in depth). 630 AM: Halacha. 700 AM: Chassidus. Folllowed by shacharis (nusach ari) at 730 AM

Location: 20 Forshay downstairs.

Join one, two or all three of the shuirim.
​ Get your soul on fire!​

The early bird shuir begins this coming Monday 4 adar II, March 14 2016


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rosh Chodesh Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ראש חודש אדר שני on Thursday night, March 10th, at Tzemach Tzedek, after 8:30 Maariv.

Shiur on Hadran with Rabbi YY Jacobson Part 3

There will be a shiur tomorrow tonight (Wednesday night) with Rabbi YY Jacobson in the Rebbe's Hadran on Rambam 5735. It will take place at his home, 7 Fieldcrest Dr, from 8:30pm - 10pm sharp. Followed by Maariv.

Sushi will be served - sponsored by Shlomie Litzman, LZ"N his father in law Rabbi Zirkind of Montreal.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Pekudei for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                                                     8:00, 9:00am

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

Shacharis - Thursday and Friday (Rosh Chodesh)                            6:45, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                                           5:45pm

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

Parshas Vayakhel Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevarchim Parshas Vayakhel - Sh'kolim :

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                                5:33pm

Mincha                                                                                                             5:49pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                            approx. 6:20pm

Kiddush not after 6:00/6:08 and not before 7:00/7:08pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim - Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                     8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                      9:15am

Shacharis                                                                                          approx. 10:00am

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                          12:37pm
  
Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                                      4:50pm

Minchah                                                                                                            5:35pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                               6:34pm

Avos U'bonim                                                                                                   7:30pm 
!א גוטען שבת

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