Sunday, October 30, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Noach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                              5:40pm

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Parshas Bereishis Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Bereishis:

אזוי ווי מ'שטעלט זיך אוועק שבת בראשית אזוי גייט עס אגאנץ יאר

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        5:38pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           5:53pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  6:25pm

No Kiddush between 6:38/7:00pm - 7:38/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                           10:02am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Grand Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             5:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  5:40pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        6:38pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

Our Torah portion this week, (Bereishis [Genesis] 1:1-6:8) recounts "And G-d said, 'Let there be light.' And there was light" (Bereishis 1:3)

Light has always been the most favored metaphor for all forms of revelation. We speak of "G-dly light," "Divine light," the "new light" of the Redemption We use expressions such as, "Do you still walk in darkness or have you seen the light?"

As physical light brightens our path so that we don't stumble over obstacles, so the light of G-dliness, our spiritual awareness, helps us avoid the pitfalls on the journey of life. Light represents truth, eternal values, the spiritual which transcends the mundane and the temporal.

The story is told of a wealthy man who had three sons. As he was uncertain as to which son he should entrust with the management of his business, he devised a test. He took his three sons to a room which was absolutely empty and he said to each of them, "Fill this room as best as you are able."

The first son got to work immediately. He called in earth-moving equipment, workmen with shovels and wheelbarrows and they got busy. By the end of the day the room was filled, floor to ceiling, with earth.

The room was cleared and the second son was given his chance. He was more of an accountant type, so he had no shortage of paper: boxes, files, archives and records accumulating dust for years suddenly found a new purpose. It didn't take long and the room was absolutely filled floor to ceiling, with paper.

Again the room was cleared and the third son was given his turn. He seemed very relaxed and didn't appear to be gathering or collecting anything at all with which to fill the room. He waited until nightfall and then invited his father and the family to join him at the room. Slowly, he opened the door. The room was absolutely pitch black, engulfed in darkness. He took something out of his pocket. It was a candle. He lit the candle and suddenly the room was filled with light.

He got the job.

Some people fill their homes with earthiness -- physical objects and possessions which clutter their closets but leave their homes empty. Our cars and clothes, all lose their attractiveness with time. If all we seek satisfaction from, is the material, we are left with a gaping void in our lives.

Others are into paper -- money, stocks, bonds, and share portfolios -- but there is little in the way of real relationships. Family doesn't exist or is relegated to third place at best. On paper, he might be a multi-millionaire, but is he happy? Is his life rich or poor? Is it filled with family and friends or is it a lonely life, bereft of true joy and contentment?

The truly wise son understands how to fill a vacuum. The intelligent man knows that the emptiness of life needs light. Torah is light. Shabbat candles illuminate and make Jewish homes radiant with light. G-dly truths and the eternal values of our heritage fill our homes and families with the guiding light to help us achieve our destinations safely and securely.

As we begin a new Jewish year, may we all be blessed to take the candle of G-d – “the candle of G-d is the soul of man” (Proverbs 20:27) and with it fill our lives and illuminate our homes with that which is good, kind, holy and honorable. 

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

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Bereishis for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Wednesday thru Friday                                           7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Wednesday and Thursday                                                             5:50pm

Maariv - Wednesday and Thursday                                            6:30, 8:30, 9:30pm

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah:


Sunday - הושענא רבה


Tehillim                                                                                                   1:00am

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

Licht Bentshen                                                                                        5:45pm

Mincha                                                                                                    6:00pm

Maariv Shemini Atzeres                                                                          6:45pm

Followed by Kiddush
Hakafos at approx. 7:45pm

Monday - שמיני עצרת

Shacharis                                                                                      after 10:00am

Minchah                                                                                                   5:55pm

Licht Bentshen 2nd Night                                                                after 6:43pm 

Maariv Simchas Torah                                                                             6:45pm

Followed by Kiddush
Hakafos at approx. 8:30pm

Tuesday - שמחת תורה

Shacharis                                                                                       after 10:15am

Followed by Kiddush
Hakafos at approx. 1:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                   5:50pm

Followed by Seder Niggunim and Ma'amer

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                          6:42pm

א פרייליכען יו"ט

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Chol Hamoed Sukkos for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Wednesday thru Friday                                 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

Mincha - Wednesday and Thursday                                                             6:00pm

Maariv - Wednesday and Thursday                                            6:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Simchas Beis Hashoeiva Schedule

Sunday Night - R’ Dovid Kaplan 18 Underwood Dr. Also sponsored by Rebbetzin M. Wichnin 'תחי

Monday Night - R’ Yitzy Lipszyc 21 Brockton Rd., Spring Valley

Tuesday Night - R’ Yossi Wolfson 10 Klingher Ct., Pomona.

Wednesday Night - Community-wide SBH @ Wesley Kosher Plaza [sponsored by Beis Menachem Mendel of Pomona and the NCFJE of Rockland -] 7:00pm (kids program at 6:00pm)

Thursday night - R' Gil Hami 17 Blueberry Hill Road (after Kinus Torah)

Friday Night at the home of R’ Mendel Vogel 5 Mariner Way, Monsey

Simchas Beis Hashoeiva - Heichal Menachem


Some Important Halachah Points About Sukkos

By Rabbi Simcha Werner

Candle Lighting
You should have enough Tea Lights/Candle holders for both nights, since it is questionable if you may clean out the wax on the second day of Yom Tov when you light candles. It is forbidden to melt the wax of a candle on Yom Tov to make it stick. When lighting candles on the second day of Yom Tov, make sure that the fire comes from an existing flame. 

Regarding the Lulov and Esrog
The Daled Minim must belong to you the first two days. The same Halachos which are in regard to children before Bar and Bas Mitzvah the first day, pertain to them the second day. Therefore, just like you cannot give them to your child on the first day, unless you hold the Lulov and Esrog with him, so it does not become his, the same pertains on the second day. When all the adults are through benching Lulov and Esrog the second day, then you may give it to your child.

Very Important
There are three Mitzvos of the Torah, Tefillin, Tzitzis and Sukkah which has a Torah obligation to have in mind the reason of the Mitzvah. One who doesn’t, even though he fulfils the Mitzvah, it is not being done properly. It's missing the effect that the Mitzvah has to have on him. “A person has to have in mind when he sits in the Sukkah, that he is sitting there in order to fulfil the Mitzvah of Hashem, that He commanded us to sit in a Sukkah, a remembrance that he took us out of Mitzrayim.” This is a free translation of the Alter Rebbe’s words. This Kavanah is a must. Before eating something in the Sukkah, especially the Challah on the first and second night, we should have in mind that Hashem commands us to make a Sukkah in order to remember the Clouds of Glory (Ananey Hakavod) that surrounded us when He took us out of Egypt so that we remember His wonders and awesome actions.

Wine on Yomtov
During the meal on Yom Tov men over Bar Mitzvah should drink a Revi’is of wine for Simchas Yom Tov. On Chol Hamoed, during the day one must drink a Revi’is of wine. 

Children in The Sukkah
Boys who are not dependent on their mothers should eat in the Sukkah. This is usually from age six or if he is smart and mature, it could be even younger.

Chol Hamoed
A common activity for Chol Hamoed is fruit picking. One may only collect that being used for Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov.

Sukkot Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This Sukkot Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Binyomin Philipson in memory of his late mother Mrs. Ellen (Elka bas Zisel) Philipson OBM

One Friday night a neighborhood experienced a blackout. As people made their way home from the synagogue, there was speculation on how much of the neighborhood was affected, when the lights would come back on and how best to serve undercooked, lukewarm cholent. One in the group commented on the serenity of the moment, and said with a wistful sigh: "This is how it used to be, just the soft moonlight." Which prompted a reply, "We didn't like it the way it used to be, that's why we invented lights!"

Judaism is forward thinking, eager to embrace innovation and fresh perspective. We are single minded in our focus to improve the world, shepherd it to its destination. We check the rear view mirror for guidance, but never dwell on "what used to be." Even our remembrances are designed to provide us with perspective on how to deal with the present and the future. So how does the concept of Sukkot - abandoning our homes and living in thatched huts, as we did 3,300 years ago, jive with this idea?

When the Torah commands us to live in sukkot (temporary huts) to commemorate our experience in the wilderness, it seems to suggest that we recreate that existence. Yet dwelling in those huts was not a destination, but merely a temporary situation, on our way to the Holy Land. So why reenact it?

But perhaps the holiday of Sukkot is not about returning to "simpler, more primitive times." Maybe Sukkot is in fact the ultimate progression, a leap forward to somewhere one otherwise would never have reached. When we stay right where we are, in the groove of a (healthy) routine, we face the danger of stagnation.

The Sukkah compels us to move on, to get off the hammock and onto the journey of making this world a more G‑dly place. Bereft of the security of our homes we are faced with our responsibility to accomplish more. The temporal sukkah reminds us of the temporal nature of material things. A sad lesson of hurricanes, wildfires and 9/11 is that castles made of stone vanish. The comfort our homes provide should never be confused with invincibility – and that is a good thing. For invincibility has a cousin named laziness, which spends his whole day thinking about what he won't be doing. The sukkah reminds us of our obligation to move on, to get out there and enrich the world around us.

Sitting in the vulnerability of the sukkah, we have the opportunity to experience the security only G‑d can offer, something that brick and mortar can't provide. This is progress, a leap we would never embark upon without compulsion--and could never attain without the message of thesukkah.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – By Rabbi Baruch Epstein)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gartel Gmach

Over Yom Tov many gartels were borrowed from the Gartel Gmach - which is wonderful because that is the purpose of this Gmach.

However, in order to have a gartel for you the next you need it - the borrowed gartelach need to be returned, particularly the thin gartelach which slip easily and effortlessly into a jacket or pants pocket without realizing it!

Please check your pockets - and any gartel you find, which you don't remember ever buying for yourself - and please return to the Gartel Gmach in the Tzemach Tzedek Shul (in Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman's shtender).

A Guten Yom Tov !

Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

First Days of Sukkos Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the first days of Sukkos:

Sunday - ערב סוכות

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

Licht Bentshen                                                                                        5:55pm

Mincha Erev Sukkos                                                                               6:10pm

Maariv 1st Night                                                                                      6:55pm

Monday - 'סוכות יום א

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Minchah                                                                                                   6:05pm

Licht Bentshen 2nd Night                                                                after 6:53pm 

Maariv 2nd Night                                                                                     6:55pm

Tuesday - 'סוכות יום ב

Shacharis                                                                                               10:00am

Minchah                                                                                                   6:05pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                          6:51pm

א פרייליכן יו"ט

Parshas Haazinu Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        5:58pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           6:13pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  6:45pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:55am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             5:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        6:56pm  

א גוטען שבת

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

 “Listen heavens and I shall speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.”

This week’s Torah reading of Ha'azinu (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 32: 1-52) begins with the song that Moshe recited to his people on the day of his passing.

The song is poetic, powerful and poignant. After a few introductory verses, there is a description of G‑d’s kindness to the Jewish people:

He found them in a desert land … He encompassed them and bestowed understanding upon them; He protected them as the pupil of His eye…

The song continues with the prediction that the Jews would eventually turn away from G‑d:

… You began to serve idols that are new; they are not [recognizable] as My children whom I have reared…

What follows is a story as sad as Jewish history:

I will link evils upon them. … From outside, the sword will bereave, and terror from within; young men and maidens, suckling babes with venerable elders…

The song closes on a positive note, however, predicting that ultimately, “The nations will cause His [G‑d’s] nation to rejoice, for He will avenge the blood of His servants ... and He will atone His land, His nation.”

This song was sung quite often in the Holy Temple. Every day, while the priests would offer the daily offerings, the Levites would accompany the service with music and songs of praise from King David’s book of Psalms. All of the songs sung were joyous, and were meant to imbue the service with a spirit of joy, in fulfillment of the commandment to “serve the L-rd with joy.” Why these somber words of  Ha'azinu as well? The answer is, when the Levites sang the bitter parts of this song, they were teaching us how to overcome the tragic stanzas of our lives. The Levites were teaching us to be patient as we allow the song to unfold.

We should not expect to wake up each and every day of our lives and hear a joyous song playing in our ears. There will be days when we hear no song, when all we can hear is lamentation. Ultimately, we will persist, and we will find the joy. We will then realize that the difficult part of the road is just that, a road to a deeper and more meaningful joy.

The Torah portion of Haazinu is always read in the month of the holidays, in the month that contains both the days of awe, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as the days of joy, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In the beginning of the month we face the pain created by our weakness. We think about the pain of separation from G‑d and from the people we sinned against. In the days of awe, we overcome the pain, we return, we reconnect. And then we realize that our relationship with G‑d is deeper and stronger than we imagined; our bond with G‑d is unbreakable. That no matter how much pain we caused, no matter how far we tried to run, He has been waiting for us - waiting for us to return and to embrace us.

We discover that the intense joy of Sukkot and Simchat Torah is possible only after we experience the days of awe. We discover that all parts of the journey are integral to the intense joy. We discover that they are all part of the same song.

No matter what life brings us, we remember that we are in the middle of a song. If we keep singing, keep playing the notes, we will discover the music. We will discover that there was music all along.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Menachem Feldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Forgiving Others Before Yom Kippur


Yom Kippur Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This “Yom Kippur Perspective” is dedicated by Dr. Dan Carr of Boston, MA, in honor of the Board of Directors, administration, teaching staff and almost 500 students in Cheder Chabad of Monsey.

Dear Friend,

As we all stand now on the threshold and eve of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, allow me to share a thought and a moment to ponder with you. We extend our heartfelt wishes to you and all your loved ones - to have a meaningful Yom Kippur and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 

A Chicago businessman, on his first trip to Israel, headed directly to the Kotel (the Western Wall) in Jerusalem, the remaining outer wall of the Temple Mount. Though it was an ordinary weekday, he was anxious to pray at this holiest of sites.

He arrived, removed his prayer book from his pocket and readied himself for what was sure to be an extra special afternoon prayer. Reflexively, the visitor looked around for a native to inquire "Which way is east?" — when he suddenly realized "this IS east!"

“All Jews face the Temple Mount when praying, but now I am here!”

Every day is unique, an opportunity to reveal G‑d's infinite majesty, that will never   return. Yom Kippur is yet more unique. The Torah calls it "achat bashanah" a singular and matchless day, a once-only annual special chance.

A Yom Kippur machzor (prayerbook) is a one-day tool; unlike the standard siddur or Rosh Hashanah machzor, there is no second day use for this prayer book. So as Yom Kippur progresses, pause before turning each page, and ask yourself: "Am I finished with this page; am I ready to pack it away until next year? Have I exhausted it for all its richness and depth?" Stop and think, contemplate, immerse yourself in the page. 

Don't worry if you fall behind in the prayers and page of the congregation, there's no rush (where is there to go?). Let the chazzan (cantor) sing and let yourself become lost in the words, the nuance, of Yom Kippur. During the rest of the year you can be a conformist, always on the right page; today, however, savor your personal relationship with G‑d. The day is special; you can make it extra special.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day, just as the Western Wall is the holiest site. You are there. There's no holier point to turn to or to wait for. Exhaust it for all its bounty!

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Yom Kippur!

Cheder Chabad of Monsey
extend to you and your family heartfelt wishes for a
חתימה וגמר חתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה בטוב הנראה והנגלה
 בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש
A sweet, healthy and prosperous New Yearתשע"ז - 5777, 
in every aspect, materially and spiritually.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Erev Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Erev Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur:

Tuesday - ערב יום כיפור

Shacharis                                                                                      6:30*, 7:00, 8:00am

* Sunrise on Erev Yom Kippur is 7:04am. Some may want to daven Shmone Esrei at that time. If so, start Hodu 15-18 minutes before that time (from the Gabbai).

Followed by distribution of Lekach - חלוקת לעקאח

Mincha Erev Yom Kippur (preceded by Malkos and then Mikvah)          2:00, 3:00pm

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                  6:03pm

Kol Nidrei                                                                                                          6:15pm

Wednesday - יום כיפור

Shacharis                                                                                                          9:00am

Yizkor                                                                                                 approx. 12:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                            4:30pm

Neilah                                                                                                   approx. 5:30pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                                   7:00pm

בברכת חתימה וגמר חתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Haazinu for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Sunday                                                         8:00, 9:00, 10:00am

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

Mincha - Sunday, Monday and Thursday                                             6:10pm

Maariv - Sunday, Monday and Thursday                            6:55, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, October 7, 2016

Shabbos Shuvah Sermon by Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson will be giving a Shabbos Shuvah Drosho this coming Shabbos, 6 Tishrei, October 8, in the large tent of Ohr Chaim, 18 Forshay Road, Monsey, NY at 4:45 PM.

For men, women and children.

Rabbi Jacobson will daven on Yom Kippur at 20 Forshay Road, and speak after Kol Nidrei, before Yizkor, during the break, and before Neilah. He will also offer some insights during the davening.

Parshas Vayeilech Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Shuvah Parshas Vayeilech:


Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        6:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           6:24pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                  6:55pm


שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:52am

Shacharis                                                                                              10:00am


Followed by Kiddush/Farbrengen

Shabbos Shuva Drosho                                                                         5:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:07pm  


א גמר חתימה טובה און 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

Dear Friend,        

We have now ushered in a new Jewish year, having taken on new resolutions and goals with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully. Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals.

The entire Cheder Chabad of Monsey family, wish you and your dear ones a year replete with goodness, prosperity and good health. As the High Priest blessed the Jewish people on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple, may we too all be blessed from A to Z with…Abundance, Bounty, Caring, Devotion…and everything good in between, until we reach… Zion, May all Israel be redeemed in peace, speedily in our days.

One of the famous Chassidic Jews of our generation was a Russian Chosid named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain, and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and labor camps for his “crime” of teaching Torah. While in the Siberian gulag, he interacted with other prisoners - some Jewish, some not. Among these prisoners was a circus performer with an incredible skill as a tightrope walker.

Having never been to a circus, Reb Mendel was totally baffled by the man’s profession. How could a person risk his life walking on a rope several stories above ground? (This was in the days before safety nets were standard practice.)

“To just go out there and walk on a rope?” Reb Mendel challenged incredulously, being both skeptical yet intrigued.

Opportunity arose for him to display his skill to Reb Mendel, when the prison guards allowed for an “in-house” circus, where this tightrope walker would perform.  To the bated breath of the audience below, he climbed the tall pole to the suspended rope he had set up. He virtually glided across the rope to the pole at the other end, and then, in a flash, made a fast turn, reversed his direction and proceeded back to the other side. Along the way, he performed several stunts. The crowd went wild.

Later, when Reb Mendel asked him how he did it, the performer explained, “When you see your destination in front of you and you don’t take your eyes off of it, then your feet go where they need to go, and you don’t fall.”

“Most difficult was the turn, to change direction. During that split second, when you lose sight of that first pole, and the other pole has not yet come into view, there is some real danger there. But . . . if you don’t allow yourself to get confused and distracted during that transition, your eyes will find that pole, and your balance will be there.”

This week’s Torah reading (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 31:1-30), in which we learn about the last day of Moses’ life, is called  Vayeilech (Moshe) (“And Moses went”). The commentaries point out that even on the last day of his life, Moses was on the move - walking forward, achieving, growing - making the most of every precious moment of life.

Moses’ message to us is that so long as we have a breath of life, there needs to be vayeilech - explorations of new horizons, journeys to new frontiers, with direction and purpose.

How do we walk this tightrope called “life” without stumbling? The answer is: by establishing clear and proper goals, and remaining focused on those goals The Torah provides us with a roadmap to a meaningful and fulfilling way of life. It sets down goals, and defines purpose.

It is also noteworthy that this Torah reading is often read on the special Shabbat, as this year, that serves as the bridge between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, called “Shabbat Shuvah.” On this Shabbat we also read a haftorah in which we hear the words of the prophets exhorting us, pleading with us, beckoning us to improve the quality of our lives; to even change direction, if need be.

When you know what your purpose and destination is, and you do not take your eyes off that “pole”, then you know where to put your feet. Even when conditions turn, and we momentarily lose sight of the pole, we need not despair. Shabbat Shuvah teaches us that a change of direction ought not to send us plummeting. On the contrary, we can and should shift  with changes of circumstances, catch our balance, and let the next pole come into view.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from  Rabbi Moshe Bryski)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos, and an inspiring Yom Kippur!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Erev Yom Kippur Mikvah for Ladies

It is Minhag Chabad for women to immerse in a mikvah on the night prior to Yom Kippur.

As is our custom, N’Shei Chabad of Rockland is scheduling tevilah at the Mikvah of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive, Monsey, on Monday night, October 10, 2016, from 10:00 pm until 1:30 am.

Tevilah will be scheduled at 10 minute intervals.

A $15 fee will be donated to Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. Cash or checks are acceptable.

Please bring your own towel and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled tevilah.

Please call Esther Lefkowitz-Gruen at 773-332- 2414 to schedule an appointment.

Wishing you all of you and your families a G'mar Chasimah Tova!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayeilech for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Thursday and Friday                                                   7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Thursday                                                                                    6:15pm

Maariv - Thursday                                                                 7:00, 8:30, 9:30pm

Tzom Gedalyah Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Fast Begins (Alos Hashachar)                                                   5:36am

Shacharis (Selichos in Davening)                                       6:45, 8:00am

Minchah                                                                                   2:00, 6:00pm

Maariv/end of fast                                                                           7:00pm