Friday, December 9, 2016

Mazel Tov Reitmans!

Mazel tov to Moshe & Tzipora Reitman on the birth of a grandson, born to Dr. Jon & Bracha Sandner.

Parshas Vayetzei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                         4:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                           4:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 5:00pm

No Kiddush between 5:48/6:00pm - 6:49/7:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           8:45am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:30am

Shacharis                                                                                               9:30am

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                 12:12pm

Rov's Halochoh Shiur                                                                             3:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                  4:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        5:14pm  

Avos U'bonim                                                                                        6:45pm

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

In memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Do we need security and comfort to do well in life? Do we achieve more when we are relaxed and comfortable or when we are challenged and provoked?

This week's Parsha Vayeitzei (Bereishis [Genesis] 28:10-32:3), begins "And Yaacov left Beer-Sheva and went to Charan (Genesis 28:10)." Beer-Sheva represented peace and tranquility. Charan stood for violence and immorality - it was the hub of tumult and turmoil, home of Lavan, swindler and sheep-thief of note. Yet, ironically, it was there, in Charan, where Yaacov raised his family and where the twelve tribes of Israel were founded.

Avraham had a wonderful son named Yitzchok, but he also fathered Yishmael. Yitzchok bore the pious Yaacov but also had a ruffian named Esav. Only Yaacov is described as "select of the forefathers" because his children were all righteous, his "progeny was perfect."

Asks the Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM: Would not Beer-Sheva have made a better place for Jacob to have raised his children? Would not Beer-Sheva have been the ideal hot house for the future Jewish people to be conceived and nurtured? Why, of all places, in Charan?

Says the Rebbe, the olive yields its best oil when pulverized. To produce gold we need a fiery furnace where the intense heat on the raw metal leaves it purified and precious. Jacob did not have an easy life, but it made him a better man and it made his children better children.

Life isn't always smooth sailing. But it appears that the Creator in his vast eternal plan intended for us to experience difficulties in life. Evidently, we grow from our discomfort and challenges to emerge better, stronger, wiser and more productive people. There is always a purpose to pain. As our physiotherapists tell us (with such “compassionate” smirks on their faces!) No pain, no gain. It would seem that, like the olive, we too yield our very best when we are under pressure. The simple fact is that we produce best under pressure.

One of the reasons we use a hardboiled egg on the Seder Plate on Passover is to remind us of the festival offering brought in the Holy Temple. But the truth is, that any cooked food would do, so why an egg?

One of the famous answers given is that Jews are likened to eggs. The more they boil us, the harder we get. We have been punished and persecuted through the centuries but it has only strengthened us, given us courage, faith and hope. At every point in our history we have always emerged from the tzores of the time stronger, more tenacious and more determined than ever.

Yaacov raised a beautiful family in less than ideal conditions. Please G-d, we should emulate his example. Wherever we may be living and in whatever circumstances, may we rise to the challenge and live successful lives and raise happy, healthy Jewish children who will build the future tribes of Israel.

I end with a little poem that a good friend and colleague, Rabbi Yossi Goldman of Johannesburg S.A., shared many years ago:

The tragedy of pain
is we overlook its aim
of leaving us humble and wise

Oh how shallow
of man to wallow
in misery and never realize

That gold, so pure, is in fire proved
and oil from olive by crushing removed
'tis so with all things of worth

So differ from the rest
be strong in life's test
and make of ordeal, rebirth.

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!!

A Thank You From Dovid Kaplan

To my dear Family and Friends (that are family),

Thank You Sincerely

To celebrate one’s Yom Haledes ,especially a decade, is not unusual, but to have such an outpouring of Love and compassion is worthy to take note of and to comment on. From my own agenda of downplaying any limelight, Daled Kislev, the anniversary of my birth in 5707/1946, is just another ‘day in the life’, yet due to my family and friends, getting together to mark the event, with many of you speaking from your heart, has had a profound effect on accentuating the positive impact we each have on the other. 

I have extreme sensitivities, some of you privy to how they are strongly expressed. My innate propensity to reach out to others, ends up exaggerating my discomfort in being needy, disabled (forcing me to be on the receiving end of the relationship), so that every, even slight, enabling help to me [e.g. holding me as I walk in snow and ice, putting my Sidur away after Davening (saving me a few steps), etc] touch me deeply, creating an almost constant feeling of thanks to all my helpers and gratitude to Hashem for creating Yidden in general and Monsey Anash, Lubavitchers in particular. 

Most definitely, even more important than physical help, is the emotional input, support that you give me with your enabling focus and compassion. The entire 70th celebration, from the beautiful Melava Malka Motzei Shabbos night to our ‘All the children and grandchildren’ celebration during the day, has left me reeling, in Nachas, and contemplative, re-thinking about those things people mentioned, that I never thought about. 

I take absolutely no credit for anything, that others see, as positive in my persona. It is clear to me that those things are a yerusha, an inheritance from my parents and grandparents, right back to Avrohom Aveinu and Sora Imeinu, a fabric of my DNA. That said, all the compliments and praiseworthy comments only increase my desire and effort to praise these relatives by increasing in Torah & Mitzvahs, putting your import into my 70th year to the best possible use and Blessing you all in return. 

I thank you SO much, for this special memorable day and for all your energies flowing in my direction. May we All be together in Yerushalayim with our Holy Rebbe’s cry , that “we are the last generation of golus and the first generation of Geulah”

P.S. If anyone was smart enough or lucky enough[to have the Z’chus] of audio or video recording the words spoken by Rabbi Jacobson, please contact me[my own recording ran out of memory, and I wanted to share it with others that could not attend]. Since I forgot to
say out loud, in public a Chachlota/a personal committment, based on our Rebbe’s, suggestion for a Yom Haledes Farbrengen, “ I intend to continue with renewed strength/conviction my practice of learning Chitas and one perek Rambam specifically during my work day hours, even if I have already attended Shiurim
that cover the same material.

Dovid Kaplan