Monday, July 31, 2017

Tishah B'Av Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Monday

Minchah                                                                                                   6:00, 7:00pm

Sunset - Fast begins                                                                                           8:13pm

Maariv followed by Eichah                                                                                8:50pm

Tuesday

Shacharis                                     8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am (followed by Kinos)

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                       9:27am

Chatzos                                                                                                                1:02pm

Minchah                                                                                                      2:00, 7:30pm

Starting time for Minchah is for Ashrei - Tallis and Tefillin, Shir Shel Yom, Kavei, Tehillim are said before

Sunset                                                                                                                   8:12pm

Maariv - Fast ends (followed by very short Siyum)                                            8:44pm

Netillas Yadayim after Maariv, followed by Kiddush Levanah (weather permitting)

ויה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Va'eschanan for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday                                            7:00, 8:00pm

Maariv - Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday                                             8:50, 9:30pm

There will be a Siyum every night after the first Maariv, through the 15th of Av

Friday, July 28, 2017

Parshas Devorim Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Chazon Parshas Devorim:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       7:58pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:10pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:50pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:25am

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                                                                             7:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:03pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, July 27, 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 

A lady overheard two other ladies in the local supermarket lamenting the behavior of a certain teenage girl. As the lady overheard more and more of the conversation, she became increasingly irritated by the bad behavior she was hearing about and found herself wondering what kind of parents could be so insensitive and irresponsible as to allow the situation she was hearing about continue. Subsequently, one of the ladies mentioned the name of the girl in question and she realized, to her horror, that they were discussing her own daughter! Of course at that point, she realized how differently she would have judged the situation. After all, when it comes to ourselves and "our own" we always see things differently!

The Torah portion this Shabbat (Devarim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22) begins the fifth book of the Torah.

In the opening lines of the portion, the Torah tells us that "These are the words which Moses spoke to all of Israel..." The Torah then relates how Moses (in a very subtle and non-offensive manner) reminded the Jewish people of their various failings throughout the years in the desert. The Torah specifically relates that he spoke of these failings to all of Israel. When Moses spoke to G-d, however, he related only the positive traits and virtues of the Jewish people. He argued on their behalf, no matter what they did wrong. He always sought to justify their actions, however difficult it was to do so.

We can learn a lot about good character traits from these events. Often we find ourselves in a situation of hearing something about somebody else and being in a position to say something that might change things for the better. However it is all too easy to remain silent. 

Moses teaches us that this should not be so. If absolutely necessary, we may find an appropriate moment to mention something that we feel needs attention to a close friend or acquaintance. This only applies to our relationship with that person and to our private communications with that person. When speaking to others about that person, or hearing that person discussed by others, we must always seek to give the benefit of the doubt, to advocate on their behalf however unlikely the scenario.

Taking this one step further, the ideal would be for us to advocate on that person's behalf in our own mind and not just with other people. Just as I will always have a good excuse and justification when it comes to my own actions and inadequacies, if I truly cherish and respect my colleague, I will apply the same generosity when it comes to their apparent failings.

Chassidic tradition takes this idea yet further and teaches that when it comes to myself I should be very critical, always looking to improve my behavior and never being satisfied with weak excuses. When it comes to somebody else, I should go to the opposite extreme and seek to ascribe positive motives or good justifications to their actions, however far-fetched this may seem.

The Torah portion this Shabbat always comes out on the Jewish calendar immediately prior to Tisha B'Av, the Jewish national day of mourning; this year 5777, it will be PG this forthcoming Tuesday. On Tishah B'Av itself, we will recall the destruction of both Temples nearly 2,000 years ago, by fasting and mourning and observing the other traditions of the day.

The Second Temple was destroyed as a result of "baseless hatred" between Jews. The only antidote to baseless hatred is unconditional love. A good start is to give them the benefit of the doubt and to always judge favorably.

May all of us find favor with each other and with G d and may we merit peace and harmony in our days.

(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


Hei Av Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ה' מנחם אב tonight, July 27th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:55pm Maariv.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Seeking Ride to Ohel

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Davening Times for the week of Parshas Devorim for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Shacharis - Monday (Rosh Chodesh)                                        6:45, 8:00, 9:30am

Shacharis - Tuesday thru Friday                                       6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 8:05pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          8:55, 9:30pm

Friday, July 21, 2017

Parshas Matos-Masei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Matos-Masei:

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:04pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:15pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 8:55pm

שבת קודש

Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:22am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

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

Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                                        5:45pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             7:15pm

Minchah                                                                                                  8:05pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:11pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, July 20, 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

In the closing Torah portions of Bamidbor - Matos Masei [Numbers 30:2-36:13] - which we will be reading this Shabbos - are the words: "These are the journeys of the children of Israel…"

Forty-two encampments of the Israelite camp are then enumerated, documenting their travels from Egypt to the banks of the Jordan.

But why are these forty-two pit stops referred to as "journeys," rather than "encampments"? 

Didn't they serve primarily as places of rest, not just points of departure? And weren't each of these destinations milestones reached, not just locations left behind?

Herein lies one of Judaism's revolutionary teachings.

It's not the milestones we reach, but the stones we encounter along the mile, that define us, and make us who we are.

In other words: The journey itself is part of the destination.

Ironically, it's often the achievements placed under our belts that squeeze the air of progress out of us. And it's the honorary medals that hang around our necks that choke and stifle our growth.

Rather than define us, accomplishment can confine us.

A principal who was active in growing his Hebrew school's enrollment once wrote a very proud letter to the Rebbe listing all of his successes.

The Rebbe responded. Between his blessings and remarks, he also added in one word: "Success?"

The principal was stunned! A short while later found him in the Rebbe's room for a private audience.

"What was the comment on my letter supposed to mean?" he asked the Rebbe.

The Rebbe gently asked him to define success. The Rebbe then asked him whether one can herald as a success having a few dozen children enrolled in a school - when there are so many more children who still are receiving no Jewish education.

"But I tripled the enrollment," the individual protested, "is that not considered success?"

The Rebbe explained to him, "Success means exerting effort and consists of the continued struggle to do what is right…"

Milestones often act as tombstones; both (can) bury away a life of vitality.

Success shouldn't be measured by how far we get in life, but by the depth of life we get.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson)

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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mazel Tov Landas - Bris!

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Menachem Mendel and Rifka Landa on the birth of a boy! 

The Bris will IY"H take place at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul, on Tuesday, 24th Tammuz/July 18th, at 4:00pm.

Yehudah Moshe Chaim-Rubin Sitting Shiva

Shiva info for Yehudah Moshe Chaim-Rubin

2 Sylvan Rd (in the back of the house by the deck)

7:00am Shacharis
8:15pm Mincha followed by Maariv

Getting up Tuesday morning



המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Matos-Masei for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Thursday                                                          7:00, 8:10pm

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Parshas Pinchas Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:09pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:20pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:00pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:19am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am  

Kiddush/Farbrengen following Davening

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                                                                                                  8:10pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        9:17pm  

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

Pinchas, the hero of this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas (Bamidbor [Numbers] 25:10-30:1) was previously unheard of. Though as a grandson of Aaron he belonged to the “royal family,” he was an unseeded young man, who, with a single act of bravery was catapulted to stardom.The Talmud (Sanhedrin 82a) tells the behind the scenes story. Zimri, a prince of the tribe of Shimon, publicly flaunts his intimate relationship with a heathen Midianite princess. Moses is momentarily stymied. Pinchas respectfully reminds Moses that he himself taught the principle that one who behaves as Zimri did may be executed by the zealous. Moses responds that since Pinchas remembered this, he, Pinchas, should be the one to actually carry it out. Pinchas duly does just that and the terrible plague that had taken the lives of thousands is stilled. G-d blesses Pinchas with His Covenant of Peace and Pinchas goes down in history as the hero who saved the day.

Now Pinchas could have thought: Here stand Moses and Aaron, other prominent elders and leaders and they are all silent. Who, then, am I to step forward? Surely I must keep quiet and hold my peace.

But Pinchas did not say that. And thank G-d he didn’t. Had he kept his silence, the plague might not have been averted and Pinchas would have remained a non-entity.

This, says the Lubavitcher Rebbe, serves a powerful lesson to all of us. If you witnesses a situation where you feel that you can make a difference, then you must. And the fact that greater people than you seem paralyzed should not necessarily mean that you too should remain idle. Perhaps you are earmarked for greatness and G-d is opening your window of opportunity. Deny yourself this moment and you deny destiny.

Sometimes the moment is yours. Sometimes greater people may vacillate and the responsibility and opportunity rest with you and you alone. Each of us has so much unlocked potential. Rare and precious are those crossroads of life when the chance to unleash that inner calling presents itself.

Similarly we find this thought played out in the story of Purim. The Megillah records how Queen Esther is asked by Mordechai to intercede with King Achashverus on behalf of her people. She explains that she fears this may be absolutely suicidal for her. Mordechai responds with rather strong words, Relief and deliverance will come for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. What Mordechai was telling Esther was that the chance to single handedly save one’s entire nation doesn’t present itself every day. It is a unique moment and ought to be seized. If you won’t do it, someone else will; but this once in a lifetime opportunity may be lost to you forever.

Pinchas reminds us that when opportunity knocks we should open the door quickly. Do not hesitate. Destiny may be beckoning.

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

Mazel Tov Schilds - Sholom Zochor and Bris!

Please join our simcha in welcoming our first, new grandson!

The Shalom Zachor will be at our home, 19 N. Southgate Drive, Spring Valley this Friday evening.

The Bris will IY"H be at the Garden Paradise Hall upstairs in Shopper's Haven, 27 Orchard Street, Monsey at 10:30 AM this Sunday.

Chaim Schild and Family

Mazel Tov Lesches'!

Mazel tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lesches on the birth of a grandson, born to Bentzi and Esty Lesches.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Alos Hashachar - fast begins                                                                        3:47am

Shacharis                                                                            6:45, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am

Mincha                                                                                                 2:00, 8:00pm

Maariv - end of fast                                                                                       9:03pm

ויה"ר שיהפכו ימים אלו לששון ולשמחה ולמועדים טובים

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Pinchas for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

Mincha - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                              7:00, 8:15pm

Maariv - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday                              9:05, 9:30pm

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Parshas Balak Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Friday - ערב ש"ק

Licht Bentchen                                                                                       8:13pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          8:25pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 9:02pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:16am

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                                                                        9:21pm  

א גוטען שבת

Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of י"ב-י"ג תמוז tonight, July 6th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 9:10pm Maariv. The farbrengen will be held downstairs in the Simcha hall.

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

At the end of last week’s Parsha, we find Moshe (Moses) having an anxious day. He was about to wage war against Og, king of the Bashanites, and he was afraid. After all, Og had long ago done a favor for Abraham, informing him of his nephew Lot's kidnapping, and Moshe was afraid that this good deed would stand Og in good stead and turn the tide of victory against the Jewish people.

Although afraid "in his heart," Moshe put on a brave face. "Righteous people are in control of their hearts", the Midrash tells us. There was nothing to gain by sharing his worries with the people, so he kept them to himself.

The result: the Jewish people were calm and relaxed, and indeed, were victorious in battle.

On the flip side:

This week’s Torah portion Balak (Bamidbor [Numbers] 22:2-25:9) tells us about Balak, king of Moab, who was having a bad day. The Moab State Department had just sent him a memo that the two mighty kings in the region, Og, king of Bashan and Sichon, king of Emori, had been totally defeated by the invading Hebrews. "And Balak saw all that the Jews have done to the Emorites etc."

Consumed with panic, he called a press conference. With a pale face and broken voice, he broke the news of the invasion to all the citizens of Moab, hyping them up about the "Jewish problem." The heart was in control of the mind.

The result: "And [the nation of] Moab was afraid."

What was there to gain by terrifying the people? Nada. The people of Moab didn't take up arms or send messengers of peace. They just sat at home biting their nails.

Although Balak and his advisors did summon the prophet Bilam to curse the Jews, that had nothing to do with the rest of the citizens of Moab! So why did Balak frighten his nation? 

"Wicked people are in the control of their hearts."

Our emotions are who we are. They can either turn molehills into mountains, causing us to lose control and creating unhealthy emotions such as hate and jealousy - Balak.

Or, when controlled by the mind, they can fill us with healthy emotions such as love and devotion to G‑d, family, community - Moshe.

Let's be a Moshe. As the expression goes - Think Good (and) It Will Be Good טראכט גוט, וועט זיין גוט!  

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - Rabbi Levi Avtzon)

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