Sunday, April 30, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday through Friday                                            6:48, 7:00, 8:00am

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 7:40pm

Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                                           8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cheder Chabad PTA Auction


Parshas Tazria-Metzora Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:32pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:45pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:20pm

No Kiddush between 6:54/7:00pm - 7:54/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:25am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am      

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:29pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                         5:30pm

Rov's Halacha Shiur                                                                               6:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:30pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:37pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beis Iyar Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ב' אייר tonight, April 27th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

G‑d spoke to Moses, saying: “A woman who shall conceive and give birth . . .” (Leviticus 12:1–2) So begins this week’s Torah reading (Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus) 12:1-15:33).

It happens 250 times a minute, almost 15,000 times every hour. It happens after years of effort and anticipation, or “by accident.” It occurs on every socioeconomic level, in every country and village in the world. But no matter how frequently it transpires, no matter how commonplace an event it is, we always stand back in awe and say: a miracle.

That one being should give birth to, should create, another. If there is any area in which a creature emulates its Creator—if there is any act by which we express the spark of divinity at our core—it is the miracle of birth.

Yet it is this, the most G‑dly of our achievements, that most reveals the limitations of our individuality. Feeding, sleeping, thinking, producing a work of art or building a house—virtually everything we do, we can do on our own. But giving birth to a child is something we can do only together with another person. To give birth, we must cease to be an entity unto ourselves and become a part, a component, of a community of three: man, woman and G-d Al-mighty, who  provides the neshoma (soul).

Because if we are only what we are, we are most decidedly not divine. As beings unto ourselves, we are finite and self-absorbed things, manufacturers rather than creators. To create, we must rise above our individuality. To actualize our divine essence, we must transcend the bounds of self.

It is the woman, not the man, who gives birth. It is the woman who is most fulfilled in parenthood, and who most acutely feels the lack when parenthood is denied her. It is the woman who continues to mother her child long after the man has fathered it. It is the woman, according to Torah law, who exclusively determines the spiritual identity of her child.

Because it is the woman who most surrenders her selfhood to create life as she is the passive and receptive element in the procreation process. For nine months, her very body ceases to be hers alone as it bears and nurtures another life. So it is the woman, rather than the man, who “conceives and gives birth,” and to whom motherhood is a state of being, rather than an “achievement” or “experience.”

Yet everyone can become a “mother.” What comes naturally to the female part of creation can be learned and assimilated by all, and not only in giving birth to children but in every aspect of life’s endeavors. We all have the power to recognize that there is more to our existence than the narrow confines of individual identity.

A mother, with birthing, adds another life to the world who will PG impact the world in a positive way. Likewise, we all have the power to become more than we are and to do more than we can, impact  and add “life” to the world  - by becoming more receptive to the divine essence that underlies the self and pervades the whole of existence. This happens particularly as we increase our level of Jewish knowledge and intensify our Jewish awareness in the observance of the Mitzvos –both personally and helping others to become knowledgeable of this, as well.  This will cause a ripple effect throughout the world, as the world becomes a more proper and receptive venue for G-dliness!

(From Chabad.org - Rabbi Yanki Tauber)

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 yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Last day for Birchas HaIllanos

A reminder that today, by sunset, is the last time that one can say this Bracha with Hashem's name.

Rabbi Lesches

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

כינוס תורה א' דחוה"מ פסח - Kinus Torah, 1st day of Chol Hamoed Pesach

A large crowd of תמימים  and אנ"ש attended the Kinus Torah this past Thursday, the first day of Chol HaMoed, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek of Monsey. The kinus was opened by the Rov, HaRav Boruch D. Lesches, followed by HaRav Chaim D. Kagan; Rov of Beis Menachem in Monsey, as well as HaRav Aron Oster; Maggid Shiur in Mesivta Lubavitch of Monsey. HaTomim Mendel Rosenbluh represented the בחורי הישיבות in Monsey. 

A big Yasher Koach to haTomim Gedalia Rosenbluh for organizing the event.










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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Sept. 11, 1941:
In Arlington, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Defense starts construction on its new headquarters, the Pentagon.

On the same day, a new immigrant to the U.S., Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, later known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, writes in his private journal concerning two traits that make a moral and productive human being: “fins” and “scales.”

A few days later, the German army captures Kiev, capital of the Ukraine, and massacres 100,000 people in a ravine named Babi Yar.

Sept. 11, 2001:
The world is shocked when passenger airliners crash into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, killing thousands.

In this week's Torah portion (Shmeinei  [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47) is the passage:  “This may you eat of all that is in the waters: everything that has fins and scales, you may eat. But anything that has no fins and scales, you may not eat.”(11:9-10)

Kabbalah teaches that the physical attributes of fish, and of all animals, reflect their psychological and spiritual qualities. Therefore, when one eats the flesh of a particular creature, the “personality” of that creature affects the person in some way.

On September 11, 1941, the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote in his journal:

As the armor that protects the body of the fish, scales represent the quality of integrity, which protects us from the many pitfalls that life presents. A man of integrity will not deceive his customers, in spite of the financial profits involved. He will not lie to a friend, despite the short-term gain from doing so. He will not cheat on his wife, in the face of tremendous temptation. Integrity means that one has absolute standards of right and wrong and is committed to a morality that transcends one’s moods and desires.

Fins, the wing-like organs that propel fish forward, represent ambition. A healthy sense of ambition, knowing one’s strengths and wanting to utilize them in full, to maximize his or her G‑d-given potential. It propels us to fulfill our dreams and leave our unique imprint on the world.

Which of these two qualities is more important to cultivate in life -fins or scales? What ought to be the main function of education? Should we concentrate primarily on providing our children with the confidence and skills necessary for them to become accomplished human beings? Or ought we to focus more on raising children with principles, teaching them that it is more important to do right than it is to do well? Are the two equally significant?

The Talmud teaches that all fish that have scales also have fins, but that there are fish that have fins but no scales, and that such fish are not kosher. Symbolically, this means that a human being who possesses ambition but lacks integrity is “unkosher.” Such a person may be full of confidence, driven to make an impact on society. Yet educating ambitious and confident children does not guarantee their moral health.

On the other hand, the Talmud tells us that all fish with scales have fins. While integrity is fundamental, ambition is also important. By mentioning fins as one of the signs of a kosher fish, the Torah teaches us that it is not enough to maintain our own integrity; we must also have a positive effect on the world. The lesson of the Talmud is that if we teach our children to approach life with awe before truth, with an unyielding commitment to serve a transcendent, moral G‑d, they will certainly succeed and develop “fins” as well. Regardless of their other abilities, they will find the drive to improve themselves and to make the world a better place.

The events of September 2001, like those of September 1941, dramatically altered our view of the world. They demonstrated the destructiveness of people with fierce ambition and zeal whose morality is corrupt. In his diary entry of September 11, 1941, the Rebbe was emphasizing that if we don’t want evil to triumph, we must stand up with great determination against human fish who possess fins but lack scales.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org – By Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson)

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 yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Special Chof Ches Nissan Farbrengen

Please join us for a special Farbrengen in honor of כ"ח ניסן with special guest

Rabbi Leibel Groner 'שי
the Rebbe’s מזכיר

on Sunday, April 23rd, after the 8:30 Maariv.

For men and women.

Parshas Shemini Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:24pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:40pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:10pm

No Kiddush between 6:55/7:00pm - 7:55/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                  8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:30am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am      

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:29pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                         5:30pm

Rov's Halacha Shiur                                                                               6:45pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:25pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:28pm  

א גוטען שבת

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Shmini for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Wednesday through Friday                           6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00am

Mincha - Wednesday, Thursday                                                         7:00, 7:30pm

Maariv - Wednesday, Thursday                                                 8:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Last Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for the last days of Pesach:


Sunday - ערב יו"ט

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:19pm

Minchah Erev Yom Tov                                                                           7:35pm

Maariv                                                                                                     8:21pm

Alos Hashachar (earliest)                                                                        4:23am

Misheyakir                                                                                               5:21am

Monday - שביעי של פסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:35am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am               
Minchah                                                                                                    7:30pm

Licht Bentchen (not before) /Maariv                                                          8:22pm


Tuesday - אחרון של פסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:34am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am

Yizkor                                                                                         approx. 12:00pm
   
Minchah - followed by Seudas Moshiach                                                  6:00pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                           8:23pm  

א גוטען יו"ט

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Davening Times for Chol Hamoed Pesach for Tzemach Tzedek

Shacharis - Thursday, Friday, Sunday                      7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am etc.

Mincha - Thursday                                                                              7:00, 7:20pm

Followed by Kinus Torah

Maariv - Thursday                                                                               8:30, 9:30pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

First Days of Pesach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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


Monday - ערב יו"ט

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:13pm

Minchah Erev Yom Tov                                                                           7:29pm

Maariv                                                                                         approx. 8:13pm

Chatzos                                                                                                  12:57am

Tuesday - יום א' דחג הפסח - תפילת טל

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:40am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am               
Minchah                                                                                                    7:25pm

Licht Bentchen/Maariv                                                                              8:15pm

Chatzos                                                                                                  12:57am


Wednesday - יום ב' דחג הפסח

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                              9:39am

Shacharis                                                                                                10:00am
   
Minchah                                                                                                    7:25pm

Motzoei Yom Tov/Maariv                                                                           8:16pm  

גוט יו"ט - א כשר'ן און פרייליכן פסח

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Davening Times for today and Erev Pesach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday (Erev Pesach)                 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00am etc.

Mincha - Sunday                                                                                 7:00, 7:20pm

Maariv - Sunday                                                                                           8:05pm

End time for eating Chametz - 10:46am

End time for burning Chametz - 11:52am

Friday, April 7, 2017

Parshas Tzav Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos HaGodol Parshas Tzav:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                        7:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:55pm

No Kiddush between 6:59/7:00pm - 7:59/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:44am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am      

Rov's Shabbos HaGodol Derashah                                                        6:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                   7:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        8:12pm  

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Oftentimes, a small lesson can bring about a major paradigm shift.

At this week's Torah portion Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi shared one such lesson he learned from his master, Rabbi Dovber,  the saintly Maggid of Mezeritch, based on the verse in this week’s Torah portion Tzav(Vayikra  [Leviticus] 6:1-8:36), “A constant fire shall be kept burning on the altar; it shall not be extinguished.” (Vayikra [Leviticus] 6:6)

To bring an offering on the altar is insufficient, taught the Maggid. One needs to kindle a fire under the offering. And this fire will extinguish negativity. Lo tichbeh, which literally means “it shall not be extinguished,” was interpreted by the Maggid to read: “shall extinguish (tichbeh) the ‘no’ (lo),” the negative.

Kabbalistic thought explains that every person has a microcosmic altar upon which they make sacrifices for G d. But sacrifice itself is insufficient without fire. Discipline and commitment to self-growth, but without love and warmth, is inert. Therefore, the Torah advises us to keep a fire constantly burning on the altar.

The fire fueling the altar is so potent that it will raze any element that may stand in its way. Passion has a way of dissolving problems.

This concept reminds of the story where the wind and the sun once competed to make the lonely traveler take off his jacket. The wind blew fiercely, but the man only clung to his jacket with more intensity. Then the sun began to project its warmth, and the man naturally removed his jacket.

Keep a constant fire burning on your altar, and lo tichbeh—the “no” will be extinguished. This became a vital paradigm shift, which was popularized by the Chassidic masters.
There are two ways to deal with our inner demons and dysfunctions. The first, and most natural, would be to fight back; to criticize ourselves for our inadequacies and mistakes. But sometimes this head-on approach can work to our disadvantage and the frustration that we invest in criticizing our character flaw will only aggravate it.

The second approach works by first generating a passion: With passionate energy circulating, there’s less energy to be had for dysfunctional tendencies, and less focus put on them. A teenager whose vivacity is channeled through noble pursuits may not fight to break rules.

When you love your spouse, you are less likely to be enraged by his or her flaws. At times, words of affection can be a more effective catalyst for change than scrutinizing the problems in a relationship. And so also, a passion for G-dliness will mitigate physical inconveniences.

Lo tichbeh—the negative becomes extinguished. Sometimes it’s about working smarter, not harder. Turn up your fire, says the Maggid, and your inner demons may just sizzle away.

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos and A Kosher and Joyous Holiday of Pesach to all!

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Leah Poltorak Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are sorry to inform you that the mother of Leah Poltorak has passed away.

The Levaya was held yesterday.

Leah will be sitting Shiva at 128 W. Maple Ave until Sunday morning. Visiting times are between 12pm - 2pm and 7pm - 9pm.

.המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Tzav for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday - Two Minyanim                                7:00. 7:15pm

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