Friday, June 30, 2017

Dr. Gavriel Tenembaum Sitting Shiva

Boruch Dayan HaEmes - It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of the mother of Dr. Gavriel Tenembaum, Myriam Bas Moshe OBM. 

Shiva will be observed at 33 Mariner Way beginning Friday, June 30th. 

Weekday Davening :

Shacharis 8:00am

Mincha 7:45pm

Maariv to follow.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Parshas Chukas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:14pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:02pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:13am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:30pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:24pm  

א גוטען שבת

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

Have you ever heard of Reb Mendel? He smuggled Jews out of the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. The Communists gave him fifteen years in the Siberian gulags.

Ever heard of Mumeh Sorah? She did the same, but they never bothered sending her away. For decades her family never knew her yahrtzeit; they still don’t know where, if anywhere, the Communists buried her.

Heard of the mother who backed out of the driveway and pinned her toddler under the rear wheel?  She lifted the car by herself and saved her son.

When we ask heroes from where they had the strength to do incredible things, they give weak answers. Inevitably, their answer is “I had to do it,” or to put it differently, they couldn’t not do it. It’s not just modesty that makes them squirm when looking for answers; it is the almost-awkward simplicity. For, regardless of their level of articulation, they cannot come up with any good reason for why they did what they did.

Reasons are powerful motives for doing things. Logic is compelling. But logic is in the head, not the guts. So logic compels our minds to move. A mother’s love is not in the head; therefore all of her moves, even parts of her she never knew she had, move her to free her baby from danger. She can’t put it into words, because there are no words in the gut. There is a place so profound that it cannot be made shallow with talk.

And there, right there where the deepest (no, you can’t really even subjugate them to the word) emotions reside, there the Jew has nothing but a visceral connection to G‑d. Not a staid, progressive, links-in-a-chain connection, but a reflexive, instinctive, magnet-to-metal connection. You can’t feel it, and you could live a life without ever knowing it was inside of you. Because like heroes, it doesn’t look to present itself. But if the moment calls for it, the response is automatic and Jewish. (Think of sworn (Jewish) atheists who, when it came down to it, gave their lives rather than surrender their identity, or the Jew-in-name-only who, when things were counting on him, came through.) Why? I just couldn’t do anything else.

There are mitzvot which are socially compelling, e.g. not to steal or murder, property laws, torts, etc. which are referred to as Mishpatim. And then we have mitzvahs that we like, including commemorative mitzvot, called Eidus. Family Seders with favorite recipes; Chanukah songs and latkes; Purim plays and Sukkah parties. A melody that lifts you to your feet, a Talmudic insight that dazzles in its elegant simplicity, a Chassidic story that soothes with its empathy. They each relate to a different aspect of our personality and strengthen it Jewishly. But all these precious experiences, for all the growth they give us, do not touch our kishkes and guts. 

Only the aspect of a Mitzvah which is beyond our intellectual grasp and not within our emotional embrace, can resonate so deeply. These mitzvahs are called chukim, and it is with these mitzvahs that this week’s Torah portion, Chukas, (Bamidbor [Numbers] 19:1-22:1) begins.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Shimon Posner) 
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, June 28, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen


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

This week’s Torah portion Korach (Bamidbor [Numbers] 16:1-18:32) tells of the mutiny led by Korach, a cousin of Moses, who challenged Moses’ authority. In the end, Korach and his henchmen were swallowed by the earth in a divine display of rather unearthly justice.

The Midrash reveals some of the behind-the-scenes dialogue between these men. 

Remember, Korach was no pushover. Besides being of noble lineage, he was clever, wealthy and quite charismatic. One of the questions Korach put to Moses was this: Does a house full of holy books still require a mezuzah? Moses answered that it did. Korach scoffed at the idea, ridiculing Moses. The little mezuzah contains the Shema—but two chapters of Torah. A whole houseful of books with the entire Torah won’t do the trick, and a little mezuzah will? It doesn’t make any sense, argued Korach.

Why was Moses’ answer correct? What indeed is the significance of a small parchment on the doorpost in relation to a library inside? The Lubavitcher Rebbe, whose 23rd  Yahrtzeit is observed this week (Tuesday, 3 Tammuz  / June 27), explained that it all depends on location. The books are inside. The mezuzah is outside. When there are Jewish texts inside our study and living rooms, this indicates that the home is a Jewish home. This is good, and as it should be. But what happens when we leave the comfortable confines of our home? Do we cease to be Jewish?

The mezuzah is at the threshold of our homes, at the juncture between our inner lives and outer lives. As we make the transition from private person to public citizen, we need to be reminded of who we are, and that we take our identity with us wherever we may go. There is only One G‑d, says the little scroll, whether in our private domain or in the big, wide world.

Being Jewish “Inside” is relatively easy. It’s when we hit the “Outside” that we encounter temptation and turmoil. The challenge every Jew must face is to remain proudly Jewish even in the face of conflicting cultures, curious looks, and often, hostile attitudes. The Nazis did not distinguish between Jews who looked Jewish or those who had removed any visible identifying marks.

Today, traditional dress reflecting a national character is common, accepted and respected—from Scottish kilts to Arab kaffiyehs. Is it too much, then,  to expect a Jew to assert his Jewishness in unfamiliar corporate territory, or to keep the kipah on his head even when he walks out of shul?

Moses rejected Korach’s argument, with good reason. The mezuzah does not replace the need for Jewish libraries, but it serves as a perennial reminder on our doorways. As we step out of our home to enter the outside world, it beckons us to take our G‑d, the Shma and our Torah, our values and our traditions, along with us.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - 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 yshusterman@chedermonsey.org

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rabbi Moshe Feller to spend this Shabbos at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek

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K'hal Tzemach Tzedek is happy to announce that Rabbi Moshe Feller, head shliach to the State of Minnesota, will be spending this Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, with us. He will be teaching and farbrenging after davening. Please check back for further updates regarding his visit. There also will be additional minyanim for leining before Shachris, starting at approximately 8:15 am, to allow people to have aliyos before Gimmel Tammuz.

Chof Ches Sivan Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of כ"ח סיון on Thursday night, June 22nd, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 9:10pm Maariv.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Korach for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                       6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:15am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 8:20pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          9:10, 9:30pm

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Parshas Sh'lach Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Sh'lach:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:13pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:01pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:10am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening 

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:36pm

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:15pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:23pm  

א גוטען שבת

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated by Mr. Arnie Warmbrand in memory of his late father and mother: Mr. Ben (Berel Ben Chaim) and Mrs. Miriam (Malka Bas Chaim) Warmbrand OBM

A Chossid and follower of the Rebbe suffered tremendous back pains, and after unsuccessfully trying many medications and treatments, all the specialists he visited advised him that surgery was the only way to be cured. When the Rebbe was asked for advice, he implied that surgery was not necessary; there must be a cream on the market which could solve the problem! But the doctors insisted that they know of no alternative to surgery.

Finally, this chossid visited Dr. Avrohom Seligson (the Rebbe's personal doctor and a devoted Chassid). Dr. Seligson, who was not a back specialist, checked the Chossid  and prescribed an ointment for his back. Indeed, until his passing more than twenty years later, this Chossid never suffered any back pains.

When Dr. Seligson was asked how he knew to prescribe the particular cream, when all the specialists thought that surgery was the only option, he responded: "The results of the check-up indicated that he needed surgery - but the Rebbe said that this wasn't the case. I realized that the Rebbe merely wanted a 'vessel' and ‘conduit’ through which a miracle could be manifest, so I prescribed the simplest and cheapest cream available on the market!"

In this week’s Torah portion Shlach (Bamidbor [Numbers] 13:1-15:41), the Torah tells of the spies Moses sent to Israel, in advance of the Jews entering the Land of Israel. The spies' reconnaissance mission to Canaan was intended to gather intelligence information about the enemy. They were told to scout the lay of the land, as well as its natural and man-made fortifications. They were to report on the enemy's strengths and weaknesses, and the natural resources they could rely on during times of battle. This information would be used to formulate an appropriate combat strategy for the impending battle to conquer the Holy Land.

The spies – all of whom were upright and pious people with unquestionable integrity – faithfully went about their task, but what they saw concerned them greatly: the Canaanites were a powerful nation, gargantuan people with awesome strength. There was no way, the spies concluded, for the Israelites to achieve a natural victory against the formidable Canaanite foe. "We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we," they declared!

Yet this honest conclusion had disastrous results. G‑d was highly displeased with their report, the reaction it engendered and it caused the premature demise of the entire generation which left Egypt. Where did the spies go wrong?

The Rebbe explains that the spies erred in assuming that they had to reach a conclusion. They were told to go to Canaan and bring back dry facts: the nature of the land and its population etc. They were not asked to render a decision regarding the feasibility of conquering the land. G‑d had promised the Jews a military victory against the Canaanites, and therefore that was not a debatable issue. The question wasn't if it could be done, but rather how it would be done.

The same is true with our personal lives. We all are "sent on a mission" to this world, to illuminate our surroundings with the radiance of Torah and mitzvot. Often the opposition seems to be too formidable; the obstacles to observing Torah and His Mitzvot appear to be insurmountable. When these thoughts enter our minds we must remember that if G‑d charged us with the mission it certainly can be carried out. Our job is only to figure out how to do it.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Parshas Beha'aloscha Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Beha'aloscha:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:20pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:00pm

שבת קודש

Chassidus Shiur                                                                                     9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:09am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening 

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:33pm

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade @ 8 Grosser Lane)           5:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:20pm  

א גוטען שבת

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Beha'aloscha for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday thru Friday                                6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:15am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 8:15pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          9:05, 9:30pm

Friday, June 2, 2017

Schild Shabbos Kallah


Parshas Naso Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:05pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:15pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:55pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:09am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am   

Minchah Gedolah                                                                                   1:32pm

Mesibas Shabbos (for boys up to 5th grade) @ 8 Grosser Ln.               5:00pm

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                         5:30pm

Kinnus Torah                                                                                           7:15pm

Minchah (Kinnus Torah continues after Minchah)                                   8:05pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:15pm  

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
This week's Torah portion Naso (Bamidbor [Numbers] 4:21-7:89) tells of twelve sets of gifts brought as offerings by each of the twelve tribes in honor of the dedication of the Tabernacle . Although the Torah does not waste words, and although each tribe seemingly brought the same gift, the Torah repeats word for word the exact order of their donation - "Reuben gave...,Shimon gave..., etc.", rather than simply saying "Reuben, Shimon,... and Benjamin each gave..."

Each of the items symbolized different things to different tribes, relating to that tribe's role. In this sense, each tribe brought a different flavor to their gifts.
All of the tribes conform to the same divine guidelines, all follow the same Torah, yet each one carries out those very same deeds with their own personal approach.

We often see tension between conformity and creativity, between tradition and innovation. People ask why Judaism has to be so rigid and conforming. Where is creativity? On the one hand we need the foundation stones of our Jewish tradition; on the other, we need an outlet for our creativity, to personalize, to nurture our own individual talents.

This Torah tells us that this is not a contradiction. The entire nation, including individuals of every conceivable character and calling, can do the very same deed, down to every last detail, yet each person provides a unique flavor. Two people may do exactly the same thing in a very different manner.

In the same manner, we can live in a civilized society, governed by ethical and moral precepts, yet still thrive as individuals. We can follow Torah and carry out its commandments, yet still remain true to our sense of individuality. No matter how conformist Judaism (or society, for that matter) may seem, there is always room for personal expression. It does not, however, have to involve rebellion or non-conformity. On the contrary, the greatest personal expression comes from different individuals who are following the same framework yet show diversity and individuality within that framework.

We were blessed with the framework of Torah, of Jewish teachings and practices. Let us endeavor to enjoy and celebrate our Judaism, in the traditions of our predecessors, yet with our own individual flavor - to keep it going for the next generation.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg)
  
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