Thursday, September 28, 2017

Yom Kippur Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Friday Erev Yom Kippur

Alos Hashachar/Dawn                                                                                     5:29am          

Neitz/Sunrise                                                                                                6:51:08am

Shacharis                                                                                       6:36*, 7:00, 8:00am

Followed by Lekach


Mincha (preceded by Malkos and then Mikva)                                       2:00, 3:00pm

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                  6:23pm

Kol Nidrei                                                                                                         6:35pm

Shabbos - Yom Kippur

Shacharis                                                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                                  9:48:57am

Yizkor                                                                                                 approx. 12:15pm

Mincha                                                                                                               4:50pm

Ne'ilah                                                                                                   approx. 5:50pm

Motzoei Yom Tov                                                                                              7:21pm

בברכת חתימה וגמר חתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

*6:36 Shacharis time is to have Shmona Esrei begin at sunrise

Yom Kippur Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Dear Friend,        

We have now ushered in a new Jewish year, having taken on new resolutions and goals with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully. Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals.

The entire Cheder Chabad of Monsey family, wish you and your dear ones a year replete with goodness, prosperity and good health. As the High Priest blessed the Jewish people on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple, may we too all be blessed from A to Z with…Abundance, Bounty, Caring, Devotion…and everything good in between, until we reach… Zion, May all Israel be redeemed in peace, speedily in our days.

After Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, comes to a close, we bid farewell to the special day which guarantees us atonement. We recite the evening prayers; the Shema, with its blessings before and after, and then the Amidah (silent prayer), as we do every evening. After a day immersed in prayer and repentance, we recite this daily prayer with a completely clean slate. We pray with a new lease on life and devoid of sin.

Yet, six blessings into the Amidah, we recite the blessing of Selach lanu, wherein we ask G‑d to "forgive us for we have sinned," and we call G‑d, "He who pardons abundantly."
We were just confirmed "sinless" moments prior. Why do we recite this blessing?

We pray with a new lease on life and devoid of sin. The "halachists" among us would argue that we recite this blessing because we, as a rule, do not change the liturgy, even in a case where it may not be as applicable.

The idealists among us may propose that the prayer of Selach lanu, as most prayers, is written in the plural. "Forgive us, for we have sinned." Perhaps we are unsoiled with sin, but there may be, Heaven forbid, Jews who did not come to synagogue and participate in the spiritual cleansing process; we therefore recite it for them.

The "cynics" among us would opine that we actually do need to beg for forgiveness; due to our hunger, we are not praying with true kavanah (focus and concentration) and are counting down the minutes rather than counting our blessings.

The more reflective among us may appreciate the retort that a true servant of G‑d performs teshuvah (repentance) every day, and constantly strives to be better and better.
Those of us who love parables would find meaning in the following explanation.

The story is told in the name of the famous Chassidic Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorki, who shared a story about a peasant who insulted the king. The king in a demonstration of compassion ordered that the peasant not be punished, since his error was inadvertent; it was due to his lack of knowledge and appreciation of the homage due to the Sovereign. He opted to educate the peasant, and his orders were followed. His plan was successful. After his make-over, the peasant was brought before the king. Upon realizing what he did, now fully understanding the implications of his transgression, he summarily fainted.

Rabbi Yitzchak's story teaches us that Yom Kippur provides an education for us – a spiritual bath if you will – which can only be appreciated afterwards.

The final response to this question, the "chassidic answer," speaks the loudest. It is found in the writing of the first Gerer Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter. Why do we pound our chest and say Selach lanu minutes after the Gates of Heaven closed with an affirmative verdict?

"It seems that the reason is because the Children of Israel must believe that Yom Kippur truly atones. If, G‑d forbid, one has even a slight doubt if he was forgiven, he has sinned. We therefore pray at the end of Yom Kippur because perhaps we did not have full faith that Yom Kippur atones."

The Gerer Rebbe teaches us such a valuable lesson! We have to believe in the power of Yom Kippur and teshuvah, the beautiful music of the sound of disappearing sin. We have transgressed if we did not fully believe that G‑d wipes clean our transgressions on Yom Kippur, and that we emerge cleansed.

What a powerful notion!

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elly Krimsky)
גמר חתימה טובה!
May you have a meaningful and Inspiring Yom Kippur !

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, September 27, 2017

Mazel Tov Goldsteins!

Mazel Tov to Guy and Chanie Goldstein on the birth of a baby boy! Mazel Tov to the grandparents, Sosha Gottlieb -Monsey and Simcha Gottlieb of North Miami Beach, Fl.

Erev Yom Kippur Mikvah for Ladies - Time Change to 8:30 - 12:30

The times for tevilah for ladies at the Mikvah of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, will be from 8:30pm - 12:30am.

Tevilah will be scheduled in 10 minute intervals.

A $15 fee will be donated to Congregation Tzemach Tzedek.  Cash or checks are acceptable.

Please call Esther Lefkowitz-Gruen at 773-332-2414 to schedule an appointment.

Wishing you and your families a Gmar Chasima Tova.

Erev Yom Kippur Mikvah for Ladies

It is the minhag Chabad to for women to immerse in the mikvah on the night prior to Yom Kippur.

As is our custom,N'shei Chabad of Rockland is scheduling tevilah at the Mikvah of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langries Drive, Monsey, on Thursday night, September 28, 2017, from 10:00pm - 1:30am.

Tevilah will be scheduled in 10 minute intervals.

A $15 fee will be donated to Congregation Tzemach Tzedek.  Cash or checks are acceptable.

Please bring your own towel and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled tevilah.

Please call Esther Lefkowitz-Gruen at 773-332-2414 to schedule an appointment.

Wishing you and your families a Gmar Chasima Tova.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Aseres Yemei Teshuva for Tzemach Tzedek

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

Mincha - Monday thru Thursday                                                                    6:30pm

Maariv - Monday thru Thursday                                                  7:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday Erev Yom Kippur

Alos Hashachar/Dawn                                                                                     5:29am          

Neitz/Sunrise                                                                                                    6:51am

Shacharis                                                                                   6:36, 7:00, 8:00am etc.

Malkos, Mikva followed by:

Mincha                                                                                                     2:00, 3:00pm

Licht Bentshen                                                                                                  6:23pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rosh Hashana and Shabbos Shuva 5778 Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashana

Selichos                                                                                                6:00, 7:00am

Shacharis                                                                                              7:00, 8:00am

Eruv Tavshilin

Licht Bentchen                                                                                              6:38pm

Mincha Erev Rosh Hashana                                                                           6:45pm

Maariv First Night                                                                                          7:37pm

Thursday First Day of Rosh Hashana

Shacharis                                                                                                         9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                   9:46am

Tekias Shofar                                                                                    approx. 11:45am

Mincha First Day                                                          6:10pm followed by Tashlich

Licht Bentchen Second Night                                                         not before 7:36pm

Maariv Second Night                                                                                       7:36pm

Friday Second Day of Rosh Hashana

Shacharis                                                                                                          9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                     9:46am

Tekias Shofar                                                                                      approx. 11:45am

Licht Bentchen Erev Shabbos                                                                           6:35pm

Mincha Second Day (begin with Posach Eliyahu)                                            6:45pm

Kabblas Shabbos                                                                                               7:25pm

Shabbos Kodesh

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                                        9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shema                                                                                       9:46am            

Shacharis                                                                                                           10:00am

Rov's Shabbos Shuva Drosho                                                                             5:30pm                

Mincha                                                                                                                6:35pm

Followed by Ma'amer and Seder Niggunim

Motzoei Shabbos/Ma'ariv                                                                                   7:33pm

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה                        

Mrs. Chaya Levin Sitting Shiva

Mrs Chaya Levin will arrive back from the kvura of her mother in Eretz Yisroel today (Wednesday).

Shiva will take place from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Rosh Hashana - Parshas Ha'azinu for Tzemach Tzedek

Selichos - Monday, Tuesday                                             6:20*, 6:30, 7:30, 9:00am

Selichos - Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashana                                        6:00, 7:00*am

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

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

Mincha - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                                      6:45pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Tuesday                                                     7:35, 8:30, 9:30pm

* in the small Shul.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Arba Minim

Dear Anash 'שי,

For over 30 years I had the zechus of providing esrogim for the community.

Due to the increased responsibilities in communal matters, I will no longer be offering Arba Minim for sale.

Rabbi Sholom Kass of the Sofer Center will be working with Rabbi Efraim Keller and will be delighted to serve the community.

To purchase during normal business hours, please contact Rabbi Kass at rabbi@sofercenter.com or (845) 262-0246.

To purchase during evening hours, please contact Rabbi Keller at (718) 778-0804

Kesiva Vachsima Tova Shono Tova Umesuko!

Rabbi Markowitz

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Selichos Parshas Nitzavim-Valeyech:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       6:46pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          6:55pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:35pm

No Kiddush between 6:50/7:00 and 7:50/8:00pm

שבת קודש

Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim                                                                 8:30am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:44am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am 


Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of Shabbos Mevorchim

Final 5777 Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                      5:00pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:00pm

Minchah                                                                                                  6:45pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:45pm  

Pre-Selichos Farbrengen                                                                      12:00am

Selichos                                                                                                  1:00am

א גוטען שבת און א גוט געבענשט יאר

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leitner L'Chaim TONIGHT!

It is with praise and pleasure that we invite you to the engagement L’Chaim of our daughter Leah Devorah with Shmuel Levinson of London, on Thursday night, September 14, at The Nemes Hall, 309 New York Avenue corner Union Street, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. 

Mazal Tov, 

Refoel & Malkie Leitner

Please help the needy of our community

  

Parsha Perspective


By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

This week’s “Parsha Perspective” is dedicated in honor of  Dr Dan Carr of Boston, MA, for all his support and generosity on behalf of Cheder Chabad of Monsey. May Dr Carr and family be blessed with continued good health and prosperity, materially and spiritually, in the New Year.

I call today upon heaven and earth as witnesses for you. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. And you shall choose life, so that you and your children may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
In the Torah reading this week Nitzavim-VaYelech (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -31:30), we find the above verse instructing the Jews to “choose life”. Do we really need the Torah to tell us to choose life? Which person of sound mind would choose death?
 An important answer here is that the Torah is emphasizing here that one must make a conscious decision to live and not just vegetate. And this doesn’t mean to live it up by living life in the fast lane. To “choose life” means to choose to live a meaningful life, a life committed to values and a higher purpose. Did it make any difference at all in that I inhabited planet Earth for so many years? Will anyone really know the difference if I’m gone? Is my life productive, worthwhile?
It is told that when the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, wanted to bless his Chossid and disciple Reb Yekutiel Liepler with wealth, he declined the offer, saying that he was afraid it would distract him from more spiritual pursuits. When the Rebbe then offered to bless him with longevity, Reb Yekutiel stipulated that it should not be “peasant’s years, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, where one neither sees nor senses G‑dliness.”
Reb Yekutiel was rather fussy, it seems. The holy Rebbe is offering him an amazing blessing, and he is making conditions!
Yes, he chose life, but he chose to live a life that would be purposeful and productive, and that really would make a tangible difference. He wasn’t interested in a long life if, essentially, it would amount to an empty life.
As we stand just before Rosh Hashanah, let us resolve to choose life. Let us live lives of Torah values and noble deeds. And may we all be blessed with a good, healthy, prosperous and sweet new year.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos-
and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

The  Board of Directors, administration, principals, teaching staff and the over 500 students in
Cheder Chabad of Monsey,
extend to  you and your family  heartfelt wishes for a
כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה בטוב הנראה והנגלה
בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש
A sweet, healthy and prosperous New Year 5778 -  תשע"ח - in every aspect, materially and spiritually.

As the High Priest blessed the Jewish people on Yom Kippur in the Holy Temple,
may we  all be blessed, a well, from A to Z with…Abundance, Bounty, Caring, Devotion…and
 everything good in between, until we reach… Zion.  May all Israel be redeemed in peace, speedily in our days.

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, September 10, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Nitzavim-Vayelech 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                                                                    6:55pm

Maariv - Sunday thru Thursday                                                  7:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, September 8, 2017

Parshas Ki Savo Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the Tzemach Tzedek schedule for Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo:

Friday - ערב ש"ק


Licht Bentchen                                                                                       6:58pm

Minchah Erev Shabbos                                                                          7:10pm

Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                                 7:45pm

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur                                                                           9:00am

Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                            9:42am

Shacharis                                                                                             10:00am 

Grand Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of Chai Elul

Final 5777 Ladies' Pirkei Avos Shiur                                                      5:00pm

Rov's Halachah Shiur                                                                             6:10pm

Minchah                                                                                                  7:00pm

Motzoei Shabbos/Maariv                                                                        7:57pm  

א גוטען שבת

Thursday, September 7, 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

Dear Friend,

We are currently in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few weeks away from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays – a time of reflection, introspection and taking on new resolutions with which to enhance our lives, spiritually and meaningfully.

Cheder Chabad of Monsey hopes that these weekly Torah thoughts will help inspire to achieve those goals. All the students, staff and administration of Cheder Chabad of Monsey wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May this year be the year of the full and complete redemption with the coming of our righteous Moshiach - NOW!

For most people, the vacation is well and truly over. The relaxed atmosphere of the summer has been replaced by the challenge of a new season, whether in academic study, business, or simple daily life. At this point people sometimes ask themselves: am I really happy? Wouldn't I always prefer the carefree atmosphere of the vacation, traveling, doing as I please, being free...?

Indeed there are many for whom the summer months themselves were tense and problematic, for whatever reason. How do they look towards the coming months of the autumn? With joy or with foreboding?

At this point this week's Torah portion of Ki Sovo (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 26:1-29:8) is enlightening. It reveals that joy and gloom are not, as we might suppose, a kind of thermometer of our general situation in life: if everything is alright, the person is happy; if not, he feels miserable.

The Torah suggests that joyfulness is a state of mind which we should aspire to achieve in virtually every situation, especially when things are going well, but even if unfortunately there are set-backs.

A long section of this Torah portion describes the terrible suffering which will come to the Jewish people if, when they are in the Land of Israel, they do not properly serve G-d. The Torah speaks of destruction, famine, war, illness, exile. The sins which provoke this terrible punishment seem to be those of idolatry and general rebellion against G-d's law.
Yet then comes a surprising statement. Why have these terrible things happened? "Because you did not serve G-d with joy and a happy heart, when you had everything" (Deuteronomy 28:47).

Maimonides writes that this verse shows that one must serve G-d with joy. The same comment is made by the great Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Luria, and this is a central theme of the Chassidic movement. Our lives as Jews should be joyful; keeping Commandments should be joyful. Even when we have done wrong, perhaps something seriously wrong, and we regret the past and attempt to mend our ways for the future -- we should at the same time be joyful that G-d grants us this possibility of change.

The Chassidic masters ask us to be joyful also when we have serious problems! Rabbi Schneur Zalman gives advice in his Tanya (chapters 26-31) how to achieve a state of joy even if, G-d forbid, a person has grave worries concerning health, children or lack of livelihood; or if one has distressing guilt feelings about the past; or if one regards oneself as a terrible person in the present. In each case he presents a path towards a balanced and joyful state of mind, despite all. That joy, he says, is the key to inner mastery. It enables the person to win as a human being and as a Jew, despite the pain.

Paradoxically, a person can experience grief and at the same time feel a sense of joy. This can only come from the realization that happiness, as well as that which seems to be distressing and uncomfortable, all emanate from G-d Al-mighty and we need only to appreciate that only goodness comes from Above, whether we understand it or not and that ultimately, it is all for our benefit !!

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lesches Pidyon Haben


Seeking Ride to Ohel

Looking for a ride to Ohel Wednesday, 15 Elul.        347-457- 9408

Tes Vav Elul Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen in honor of ט"ו אלול tonight, September 5th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Tefillin and Mezuzos Checking in Elul

The Rebbe encouraged us to check tefillin and mezuzos in Elul.

We are fortunate to have three Chabad options in Monsey. Please avail yourself of their services.

Rabbi Nota Kupperman, 917-615-6268
Cong. Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Drive

$60 pair of Teffilin
$7 per Mezuzah

Please come to the women’s shul, or call for an appointment.
Rabbi Kupperman will stay in Monsey while there is a demand for his services.

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Rabbi Sholom Kass, 845-262-0246
25 Main St. Monsey, NY, 10952

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Rabbi Shlomo Backman
520 Viola Rd.  Spring Valley
(845) 641-8434

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Ki Savo 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                                                                    7:10pm

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