Sunday, December 31, 2017

Davening Times for the Week of Parshas שמות starting 13 Teves / Dec. 31st

שחרית                                          Sunday  8:00, 9:00, 10:00am
                                             Mon., thru Fri. 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                              Sun. thru Thurs. 4:25 pm
מעריב                                           Sunday thru Thursday 5:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, December 29, 2017

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Why does this week's Torah reading (Genesis 47:28 - 50:26) - which describes the end of Jacob’s life, his death and his funeral -- carry the title Vayechi, "And He Lived"?

Let me be faithful to Jewish tradition and try to answer one question with another question. Interestingly, the Torah never actually states that Jacob died. It simply says that "he expired and was gathered unto his people”. This prompted one of the Talmudic sages to expound that "our father Jacob never died."  Whereupon his colleagues challenged him and asked, "Did they then bury Jacob for no reason? Did they eulogize him in vain?" To which the Talmud answers: "As his descendants live, so does he live."

Life does not end with the grave. The soul never dies and the good work men and women do on earth continues to live on long after their physical passing. More particularly, if there is regeneration, if children emulate the example of their forbears, then their parents and teachers live on through them.

When Jacob was about to breathe his last, he called his children to gather round his bedside. Our Parshah recounts what he told each of them. But the Midrash gives us a behind-the-scenes account. Apparently, Jacob was anxious to know whether all his offspring were keeping the faith and he put this concern to them at that time. They replied, Shma Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad--"Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One." They were saying that the G-d of Israel their father would always be their G-d, too. Jacob was comforted and responded, Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuto L'olam Vaed--"Blessed be the Name of the glory of His Kingdom forever and ever"3 (or in plain English, Baruch Hashem! Thank G-d!)

When all of Jacob's children remained faithful to his tradition, that was not only a tribute to Jacob's memory but the ultimate gift of eternal life bestowed upon him. His spirit lives on, his life's work continues to flourish and he is still present in this world as his soul lives on in the next.

In following his path, Jacob's children immortalized him. Such a Parshah is aptly entitled Vayechi, "And he lived." Ultimately, our children make us immortal. And so do our students, our spiritual children. May we each be privileged to raise families and disciples who will be true children of Israel, faithful to our father Jacob and the G-d of Israel. 

(Excerpts from   - from  Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Schedule for שבת פ' ויחי - חזק

Friday – ערש"ק
Licht Bentchen                                                                       4:18pm
מנחה Erev Shabbos                                                                  4:28pm
קבלת שבת                                                                                 5:05pm
No Kiddush between 5:59-6:59pm (6:00-7:00pm)

שבת קודש 
Rov’s Chassidus Shiur                                                            8:45am
Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                      9:40:05am
שחרית                                                                                      9:30am
Kiddush Farbrengen following Davening
Mincha Gedola                                                                       12:29pm
Rov’s הלכה shiur                                                                     3:45pm
מנחה                                                                                        4:20pm
Motzoei Shabbos /מעריב                                                             5:23pm
אבות ובנים                                                                                7:00pm

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Annual Dinner is only 3+ days away! Reserve your seats today!

You're invited to the Annual Cheder Dinner! This great tzedakah opportunity is a way to support a foundational component of our Chabad community. Please RSVP today at!

Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch Acquires New Campus

On Yud Tes Kislev this last week, Mesivta Lev Tmimim Lubavitch, Monsey signed on the purchase of a new campus in Monsey for their growing Yeshiva. For the last three years, MLTL has been running out of a local Shul and rented homes in the area and has successfully grown from 15 Bochurim the first year, to nearly 40 Bochurim and a Simcha program this year. The unique approach of the Yeshiva - providing a strong Chassidishe atmosphere without compromising on traditional values while offering a strong Limudei Chol program, based on a curriculum designed to develop leadership, responsibility, and integrity - has attracted many families from across the country and overseas forcing the new school to rapidly expand to meet the growing demand. For the coming year, MLTL is adding an 8th grade program - a Mesivta Mechina class - to accommodate out of town families in places where there is no Chabad school for Bar Mitzvah boys. The new campus, located in the heart of Monsey, is a three acre campus which will include Zal, classrooms, and sports and extra curricular facilities, as well as a dorm and staff housing on the same campus. It is centrally located in a safe Frum neighborhood near kosher venues and surrounded by a vibrant Frum community. For more information, or to inquire regarding the Mechina Program, Shiur Alef, and Simcha applications, please visit

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Grand Hey Teves Farbrengen This Motzoei Shabbos with Special Guest Rabbi Leiv'ke Kaplan!

Please join us for a Grand Melava Malka and Farbrengen this Motzoei Shabbos לכבוד ה' טבת at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, with special Guest Rabbi Levi (Leiv'ke) Kaplan, a shliach and an inspiration to many in Crown Heights. If you're looking to sponsor this event please e-mail

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Early Mincha Tomorrow Erev Shabbos Chanukah

Please note: There is no scheduled later minyan Mincha

Scenes from the Annual Chanukah Menorah Parade and Rally at the Palisades Mall

The pre-lighting rally

Lighting the Menorah

 Singing הנרות הללו....

..... with help from the Bochurim and kinderlach
Hundreds were in attendance
And the kinderlach were entertained by a nice juggling act

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Avos Ubonim Special Chanukah Schedule

In order to give time for everyone to go home and light the Chanukah Licht and wait near the licht the necessary time etc. Avos Ubonim this week will be from 7:30-8:30 pm. Special treats in honor of Chanukah will be handed out after the learning session .

Thank you to all our weekly sponsors .Yasher Ko'ach and thanks to the Kagan family for sponsoring last weeks Avos Ubonim in honor of Mrs Kagan father's yahrzeit 1st day Chanukah.

Also thanks to the Vogal family sponsoring this weeks program in honor of Yaakov Tzvi's  birthday end of Chanukah.

Anyone wanting the zchus to  sponsor an Avos uBonim evening - please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman 917 282 3505.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Parshas Vayeshev Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Most children thrill to go on a swing. It is challenging to start off from the still position and slowly build up momentum. Gradually, the swing goes higher and higher. Watching the child swinging reveals an interesting point: in order to get really high on the upswing, one must develop a really strong downswing. After reaching the lowest point, at which there is the greatest momentum and energy, one swings up aloft to the highest point.

It is one of the ironies of life that in order to swing to the greatest height, it is often necessary to plunge to the lowest point. It seems to be a law of nature that there is often a “descent” in order to “rise”—a negative situation before the positive. In the Torah this principle is illustrated by the chain of events which begin in this week’s Torah readingVayeishev (Bereishis [Genesis] 37:1-40:23): the descent of Joseph into Egypt and his subsequent rise to greatness.

In a tragic example of a breakdown of brotherly relationships, Joseph was sold as a slave into Egypt. For thirteen years he suffered slavery, imprisonment and derision, but eventually ended up as the viceroy of all Egypt. From this position he was able to save his family and thousands of others from starvation during the terrible years of famine.

This pattern is the key to the twin concepts of exile and redemption. The divine promise of redemption depicts an exalted state of being and consciousness for all humanity. However, somehow, in order to achieve this, there must also be the “down” swing: the bitterness and darkness of exile.

On a comparable note,yesterday and the day before (Thursday/Friday - Dec. 7/8) was the 19th / 20th   of the Hebrew month Kislev –marks the 220th anniversary of the release in 1798  of the “Alter Rebbe” (“Old Rebbe” - Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi – the founder of the Chabad – Lubavitch Chassidic movement) from Czarist prison, and his life in the balance. His release resulted not only in a personal freedom, but more importantly, in the dissemination and expansion of Chassidic teaching from that point - in an unprecedented way.

Similar to the story of the imprisonment of  Joseph and his subsequent freedom which resulted in a universal benefit to all of Egypt and the world of that time; so also the Alter Rebbe’s release brought about what the Lubavitch movement is today- the dissemination of Judaism to all parts of the globe.
 Hopefully, as this “swing” soars upwards withthis re-awakening of Jewry to their roots and heritage, this will herald in the ultimate redemption of all Israel, with the arrival of our righteous Moshiach, speedily in our day.

 (Excerpts from – by Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Looking for Office Manager

Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn is a thriving Shul and community serving the Jewish Russian community of Northern New Jersey with regular synagogue services, holiday and social programs, a Hebrew School, and summer day camp.  We are looking for an office manager (full time and part time options available) for our office conveniently located in Fair Lawn, NJ. Just a half hour drive from Monsey, using Saddle River Rd no traffic at all.

Responsibilities include customer engagement over the phone and in person, database management, cash and credit deposits, website management, and drafting correspondence and documents.

A successful candidate will have experience in customer relations, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher), with writing and proofreading documents.  A friendly demeanor and interest and ability to learn quickly are necessary.  Ability to work full time during the summer is a requirement.

Please email resume to

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mr. Yehuda Wise to sit Shiva

Mr. Yehuda Wise is sitting shiva for his mother ע"ה at the home of Rabbi Zalman L. Markowitz, 24 Briarcliff Drive. He will be there today, Monday (12/4) from 6:00pm till 9:45pm, Tuesday thru Thursday from 10:30am to 4pm and 6pm till 10pm, Friday 10am till noon. Shiva will end on Sunday morning.

NOTE: Please use the "walk-in" entrance.

בשורות טובות

Friday, December 1, 2017

Grand Community-Wide י"ט כסלו Farbrengen (for men) this Thursday Night

Maariv at 8:30, followed by Farbrengen.
Sponsorship available. email

Siyum Masechta Reminder

As Yud-Tes Kislev is coming up, this is a reminder to all to finish learning the Masechta that was chosen last year. If someone is not sure what Masechta he chose, he can send an email to to clarify.

Rabbi Lesches

Parshas Vayishlach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Which is the greater test of faith, affluence or poverty? Is it harder to be a good Jew when you're rich or when you're poor, when you're successful or when you're struggling? No doubt, we would all much rather accept upon ourselves the test of affluence, wouldn't we?
But let's not be subjective about it. Let us rather take an objective historical approach.

This forthcoming week, Thursday, is the 19th of Kislev (Dec 7), on the Jewish calendar. In 1798, on the 19th day of Kislev, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Chassidism, was miraculously released from incarceration in S. Petersburg, on trumped up charges of anti-government activity.

There is a story about Rabbi Schneur Zalman, which happened immediately after this miraculous event. Back in the early 19th century, Napoleon was conquering Europe and promising liberty and equality for all. When he squared up against Russia, many Jewish leaders sided with him, hoping he would finally bring an end to Czarist persecution and enable Russian Jewry to enjoy full civil rights. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, thought differently. He actively opposed Napoleon and even had his Chassidim assist in intelligence gathering for the Russian army.

When his colleagues challenged him and questioned his apparent lack of concern for the well-being of his own people, he argued that while Napoleon might be good for the Jews materially, his victory would result in spiritual disaster. History proved him correct. Without the Little Emperor, Russian Jews remained staunchly Jewish, while French Jewry virtually vanished. How many Jewish Rothschilds are left in the world? G‑d knows we could have used them. Most of French Jewry today hails from North Africa. The originals are few and far between.

There is a fascinating Midrashic interpretation in this week’s Torah portion Vayishlach (Bereishis [Genesis] 32:4-36:43), about the dramatic encounter between Jacob and Esau. The Torah says, "And Esau ran towards him (Jacob) and embraced him… and he kissed him." The Hebrew word for "and he kissed him" is vayishakayhu. In the Torah, this word is written with a line of dots above it. Says the Midrash Yalkut Shimoni: these dots are there to indicate that the word should be read it differently; not vayishakayhu, he kissed him, but rather vayishachayhu, he bit him!

How can we understand a Midrash which seems to change the entire meaning of the word? A kiss is an expression of love and a bite is the opposite! Says the Sfat Emet (Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter, 1847-1905, the second Rebbe of the Chassidic dynasty of Ger), "When Esau kisses (materialism) , Jacob is bitten (spirituality)!"

The American experience confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that freedom, democracy and equal rights, while a wonderful blessing for Jews for which we should be eternally grateful, also present a profound challenge to our Jewish identity and way of life. In the melting pot of the United States, Jews have integrated so successfully that they are virtually disappearing in certain areas! Success and affluence are wonderful gifts of opportunity, but we don't seem to be passing the test of faith with flying colors.

May we never again face the test of poverty or persecution. Please G‑d, we should be proud and knowledgeable Jews, successfully meeting the spiritual challenges of the good life.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

N'shei Chabad Yud-Tes Kislev Farbrengen!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Special Avos U'Bonim לכבוד י"ד כסלו and י"ט כסלו this week!




2 Langeries Drive,  Monsey

 7:00 -8:00 pm

sponsored by The Challah Ferry for a ישועה for Michoel ben Esther Malka Chaya.

  All elementary boys with their fathers invited !!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mrs. Chana Lazaroff to sit Shiva

We regret to inform you of the passing of Mr. Yitzchok Shlomo HaCohen Aronoff ע"ה, father of תבלחט"א Mrs. Chana Lazaroff.

The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, at Sol Levinson's in Baltimore at 9:30am.

Mrs. Lazaroff will be sitting shiva in Baltimore at
10936 Baskerville Rd.
Reisterstown, MD 21136 

from tomorrow, Wednesday, 2 pm - 5pm,
Thursday 11am - 4pm and 7-10pm
Friday 10am - 1pm.

In Monsey on Sunday & Monday from 10am - 10pm at:

 4 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, NY 10952

She can be reached on her cell at (410) 209-7754

Shiva will end on Tuesday Morning. (12/5-17 Kislev)

ומחה ה"א דמעה מעל כל פנים ונאמר אמן

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tes-Yud Kislev Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ט'-י' כסלו Monday night, November 27th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayishlach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

שחרית - Monday thru Friday                                    6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:20pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                         5:05, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, November 24, 2017

Parshas Vayeitzei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Philosophers have long struggled with the great question of our freedom of choice on the one hand, and our belief in a higher destiny on the other. Is life determined by fate, or do we enjoy genuine freedom?

Generally, Judaism would seem to subscribe to a personal freedom in matters of morality, faith and the ethical choices we make in life. But when it comes to things like life and death, and even health and wealth, much as we would like to think we are in the driver’s seat, we do seem to be subject to forces beyond our control. Where we live, how long we will live, how comfortably we will live—these are all in G‑d’s hands. Where we can and must choose is what kind of life we will lead. Whether it will be a G‑dly, righteous, upstanding, decent and honest life—this is up to us, and us alone. G‑d steps back to grant us the freedom to determine how good, how kind and how Jewish we will, or will not, be.

In this week’s Torah portion of Vayeitzei (Bereishis [Genesis] 28:10-32:3), we read a passage And Jacob lifted his feet and went on his way (Genesis 29:1). This verse tells of Jacob’s journey in his escape from the wrath of Esau. He was en route to Haran, where he would eventually establish his family and lay the foundations for the Jewish people. But why the curious language, “And Jacob lifted his feet”? Does the Torah really need to tell us that in order to move, we have to first lift our feet? Was he stuck in a swamp or quagmire?

So many of us look at our circumstances and shrug our shoulders, “Nu, what can you do?” If we were born into poverty or raised in a less-than-privileged environment, we resign ourselves to being doomed to failure. So many people have told me that they were part of the “lost generation” of Jews who had no Jewish education or upbringing. Their immigrant parents were so busy surviving in a new world that they had no time or headspace to raise their children with the Jewish value system they themselves had back in Europe. Tragically, these individuals felt that, Jewishly, they were lost forever.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom) tells the story of how, as a young philosophy student at Cambridge, he traveled the world visiting great leaders. When he came to see the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe asked him what he was doing for the Jewish students at Cambridge. He began by saying, “In the circumstances I currently find myself . . .” whereupon the Rebbe interrupted him and said, “No one ‘finds himself’ in circumstances. We create our own circumstances.”

Of course, there are times when we will find ourselves in circumstances beyond our control; but throughout life, we will find ample scope and opportunities to improve our own circumstances. G‑d gives each of us our own unique qualities, talents and potential, and it is up to us to use and develop these gifts. Life is full of inspiring examples of individuals who have overcome disabilities and disadvantages of one kind or another. In the Jewish world, many have risen to prominence from the humblest beginnings. The Torah is the birthright of every Jew. We just have to go out and claim it.

The words of our Parsha are quite deliberate and well-chosen after all. “Jacob lifted his feet and went on his way.” Some people follow their feet wherever they will take them. No matter the direction, they simply coast along, allowing their feet to lead them.

Not so Jacob. He was master of his feet and master of his circumstances. He set his feet on the right road, and became master of his destiny.

May we all be inspired to lift ourselves beyond our circumstances and move on and up in our lives.

 (Excerpts from - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Monday, November 20, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayeitzei for Tzemach Tzedek

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

שחרית - Monday thru Friday                                    6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:20pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                         5:10, 8:30, 9:30pm

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

It has been said that the difference between a healthy person and an unhealthy person is that the former is working on his issues, while the latter is resigned to them.

Our Torah portion this week Toldot (Bereishis [Genesis] 25:19-28:9) recounts the birth of the twins Yaacov (Jacob) and Eisav (Esau). Growing up, the two boys developed their contrasting lifestyles - Jacob of piety and scholarship, as compared to  Esau, of violence and corruption. How did Jacob and Esau end up so different? Same parents, same upbringing, same mother's milk, and yet so drastically different from each other that they become the paradigm of all of literature's accounts of "the evil twin."

In fact, they provide a metaphor for the endless struggle within each of us: the G‑dly Jacob and his desire for transcendence vs. the instinctual Esau, with his insatiable drive for self-satisfaction.

A look at their lives. Esau is born red and as hairy as an adult, and so he remains: Edom—red, intense, driven, violent. From the day of his birth, he sees himself as a static creation; that's who he is, and that is who he will be until he dies. He sees no reason to work things out with his brother, to address the "other side." He is simply Esau.

Jacob is born with his issues as well. Timid, a bookworm, Mama's boy. Yet he is willing to acknowledge and confront Esau. He dresses up in Esau's garb and tells his father he will hunt meat. Jacob stares Esau in the eye.

It's scary. Can one dress up like Esau and not become Esau?

Jacob succeeds, impressing his father enough to secure the blessing, and then is left alone to deal with his newfound self, to bring it into the rough world outside the tent, where Esau is comfortable. He spends years as a shepherd in Laban's house. He thrives, despite the bumps along the way. Eventually, he is sufficiently empowered to meet the brother he once feared.

We all have our issues, our places we'd rather not go. The easiest way is to let sleeping dogs lie, to just let them be. Uncovering wounds only seems to evoke painful feelings. Yet if we don't address our issues, we simply drift along. If we don't tackle Esau, we become Esau.

That was the difference between them. Jacob and Esau each had their "other side"; Jacob was willing to acknowledge his and deal with it, while Esau chose to ignore it.

We are given the choice. As Shem told Rebecca when she was pregnant with the twins, "Two ruling forces are within you; when one rises the other falls" (Rashi's commentary, Genesis 25:23). If we choose to rock the boat, we can mature through our struggles, emerge stronger. If we sweep the opposing forces within us under the rug, they will pile up until we trip over them.

We've all been there—something is said, and there is an awkward silence. We have a choice: We can address it, like Jacob, or we can resign ourselves to it, like Esau.

When we go where we fear most to tread, we come out the other side as "Israel"—we have struggled and we have succeeded. As the defeated angel tells Jacob (ibid., 32:29): "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have commanding power with [an angel of] G‑d and with men, and you have prevailed."

Let's be Jacob, not Esau.

(Excerpts from   - by Rabbi Baruch Epstein)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

If you would like to dedicate the weekly Parsha Perspective in honor or memory of a person or occasion, please contact Rabbi Shusterman at

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Toldos for Tzemach Tzedek

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

שחרית - Monday thru Friday                                  6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:25 pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                          5:15, 8:30, 9:30pm