Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

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PIZZA THIS MOTZOAI SHABBOS AT אבות ובנים

AT K'HAL TZEMACH TZEDEK

2 Langeries Drive,  Monsey

 7:00 -8:00 pm

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

  All elementary boys with their fathers invited !!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mrs. Chana Lazaroff to sit Shiva

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

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

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

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

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

 4 Zabriskie Terrace, Monsey, NY 10952

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

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

ומחה ה"א דמעה מעל כל פנים ונאמר אמן

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tes-Yud Kislev Farbrengen

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

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayishlach for Tzemach Tzedek

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


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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:20pm

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

Parshas Vayeitzei Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 (Excerpts from 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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Vayeitzei for Tzemach Tzedek

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


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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:20pm

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Seeking Ride to Ohel

Looking for a ride to Ohel - 347-457-9408

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's be Jacob, not Esau.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org   - by Rabbi Baruch Epstein)

 May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
  

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Toldos for Tzemach Tzedek

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


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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:25 pm

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sholom Zochor at Kushnirs

There will be a Sholom Zochor tonight at the Kushnir residence, 12 Bartlett Road, in honor of their grandson.

Parshas Chayei-Sara Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Isaac was forbidden to leave the Holy Land, because he was consecrated to G‑d when Abraham offered him as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Abraham, however, wasn’t willing to consider a Canaanite girl for Isaac, so he sent his faithful servant Eliezer to his own hometown of Aram Naharaim (modern-day northern Syria) to find a suitable girl for Isaac. Eliezer successfully discharged this mission and returned to Canaan with Rebecca.

This week's Parshah Chaye Sarah (Bereishis [Genesis] 23:1-25:18) relates the entire account of Eliezer’s mission in great detail, repeating entire segments of the story several times. Generally speaking, the Torah is “stingy” with words; many laws of the Torah are derived from a seemingly superfluous word, or even an extra letter. The Midrash therefore concludes that “beautiful are the words of the servants of the Patriarchs more than the Torah of their children.”

What is so special about the “words of the servants of the Patriarchs”? What is the lesson the Torah wants us to derive from Eliezer’s mission?

One characteristic of Eliezer’s mission which is quite blatant is his tremendous focus. When he arrived in Aram Naharaim, he didn’t first go around town to see the local attractions. In fact, he didn’t even check in to the local Hilton to rest from his journey. Instead, he went straight to work, immediately starting the search for Isaac’s future wife. Even after he found Rebecca and deemed her worthy for his master’s son, he still didn’t allow himself to relax. When he was invited to Rebecca’s home, and the entire family sat down to eat, he proclaimed, “I will not eat until I have spoken my words. . . I am Abraham’s servant. . .”

Because he was so focused on his duty, constantly aware that he was merely an envoy of Abraham, he realized that he had all of Abraham’s miraculous powers at his disposal. Therefore, instead of hiring a private investigator to find the best and most virtuous girl in town, he went to the well and beseeched G‑d for a sign from heaven which would identify the right maiden. And he succeeded. When Rebecca’s family requested that she be given several months to prepare herself for marriage—a seemingly reasonable demand—Eliezer responded: “Do not delay me. . . Send me away, and I will go to my master.” And he got his way. He didn’t feel compelled to comply with societal norms or standards; he knew that his mission would succeed even if he were asking for the (seemingly) impossible.

We, too, are emissaries. We were sent to this world by the Almighty to create a marriage, to bring together two opposites—Creator and creation. We can and will accomplish this task, because we go not with our own powers, but with the G‑dly powers which G‑d invested within us in order to accomplish this feat. We can transform ourselves, our families and acquaintances, and indeed all of creation into spiritual entities, suitable to be G‑d’s bride. We must, however, always remain focused on the mission. We must always have proper priorities, always remembering what is really important in life.

This is the lesson we learn from Eliezer, a lesson the Torah deems worthy of repeating several times.

(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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chof Mar-Cheshvan Farbrengen

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There will be a farbrengen in honor of כ' מר-חשון tomorrow night, November 9th, at Tzemach Tzedek shul, after the 8:30pm Maariv.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mazel Tov Tougers!

Mazel Tov to K'hal Tzemach Tzedek trustee Rabbi Yossi Touger & family on the birth of a baby girl! Also, a special mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. CD Kagan, and Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Touger.

תזכו לגדלה לתורה לחופה ולמעש"ט מתוך הרחבה

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mazel Tov Kushnirs!

Mazel tov to Dina and Tzvi Wegh on the birth of a baby boy, and to the proud grandparents Dr Shimon and Lynne Kushnir.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Davening Times for the week of Parshas Chayei Sara for Tzemach Tzedek

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

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

מנחה - Sunday thru Thursday                                                            4:30pm

מעריב - Sunday thru Thursday                                          5:20, 8:30, 9:30pm

Friday, November 3, 2017

Avos U'bonim

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IY"H This Motzoai Shabbos Parshas VeYeira - 7:30 - 8:30 PM the new series of   Avos U'Bonim  for this year will be starting for all boys Grade 1 and up - at the Tzemach Tzedek Shul.

This year a very beautiful program of teaching the 39 Melochos of Shabbos will be incorporated into the  Avos U'Bonim program!

Don't  stay outside !             Come in and participate !

*************  PRIZES    *********  REFRESHMENTS ********* RAFFLES ******** AMAZING LEARNING PROGRAM ******************


All boys must be accompanied by either a parent or older brother - with whom he will be responsible to learn  or to be kept constructively busy- not to disturb other children learning!!


If anyone wants to sponsor an evening of this very special learning in honor of a birthday, yahrzeit, anniversary etc --- please contact Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman - 917 282 3505 or email ryscheder@gmail.com

Parshas Vayera Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek


Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

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Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

In our Torah portion this week Vayeira (Bereishis [Genesis] 18:1-22:24) it says: And G-d said: "...Abraham shall be a great people... Because I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him that they shall keep the way of G-d, to do Tzedoka and justice" (Genesis 18:17-19)

Jews don't believe in charity.

Instead of charity, the Jew givestzedakah, which means "righteousness" and "justice." When the Jew contributes his money, time and resources to the needy, he is not being benevolent, generous or "charitable." He is doing what is right and just.

The story is told of a wealthy chassid who once received a letter from his rebbe, Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apt, requesting him to give 200 rubles to save a fellow chassid from financial ruin. The wealthy chassid regularly contributed to his rebbe's charitable activities, but this particular letter arrived at a financially inconvenient time and contained a request for an exceptionally large sum; after some deliberation, the chassid decided not to respond to the Rebbe's request.

Shortly thereafter, the chassid's fortunes began to fall. One business venture failed badly, and then another; before long he had lost everything.

"Rebbe," he cried, when he had gained admittance to Rabbi Abraham Yehoshua's room, "I know why this has happened to me. But was my sin so terrible to deserve so severe a punishment? And is it right to punish without warning? If you would have told me how important it was to give those 200 rubles, I would have carried out your instructions to the letter!"

"But you haven't been punished in any way," replied the Rebbe.

"What do you mean? All my wealth has been taken from me!"

"Nothing that was yours was taken from you," said the Rebbe. "You see, when my soul came down to earth, a certain amount of material resources were allotted to me for use in my work. However, my days and nights are taken up with prayer, the study and teaching of Torah, and counseling those who come to me for guidance; leaving no time for the task of managing all that money. So these resources were placed in the trust of a number of "bankers" -- people who would recognize their duty to support my work. When you failed to carry out your role, my account with you was transferred to another banker."

The Jew believes that material wealth is not a crime, but a blessing from G-d. One who has so been blessed should regard himself as G-d's "banker" -- one who is privileged to have been entrusted by the Creator with the role of dispensing the resources of His creation to others.

G-d could have allotted equal portions of His world to all its inhabitants. But then the world would have been nothing more than a showpiece of G-d's creative powers, predictable as a computer game and static as a museum display. G-d wanted a dynamic world -- a world in which man, too, is a creator and provider. A world in which the controls have, to a certain extent, been handed over to beings who have the power to choose between fulfilling or reneging on their role.

Thus Jewish law requires every individual to give tzedakah, even one who is himself sustained by the tzedakah of others. If the purpose of tzedakah were merely to rectify the unequal distribution of wealth between rich and poor, this law would make no sense.Tzedakah, however, is much more than that: it is the opportunity granted to every person to become a "partner with G-d in creation."

Giving tzedakah is, above all, a humbling experience. Before us stands a human being less fortunate than ourselves. We know that G-d could have just as easily provided him with everything he requires, instead of sending him to us for his needs. Here is a person who is suffering poverty in order to provide us with the opportunity to do a G-dly deed!

By the same token, if divine individual providence places us on the receiving end of a charitable act, we need not be demoralized by the experience. For we know that G-d could have just as easily provided us with all that we need Himself, and that our need for human aid is merely in order to grant another person the ability to do a G-dly deed. Our "benefactor" is giving us money or some other resource; we are giving him something far greater - the opportunity to become a partner with G-d in creation.

In the words of our sages: "More than the rich man does for the pauper, the pauper does for the rich man."

(From chabad.org. - Rabbi  Yanki Tauber)

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New! K'hal Tzemach Tzedek Monthly Calendar

12 Cheshvan -12 Kislev 5778 (November 2017)

Click on the image to see the entire monthly schedule, including davening times and farbrengens. Comments? We hope to continue bringing you this service.  Questions? Please email hrosenbluh@gmail.com.