Boruch Dayan HaEmes - We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rebbetzin Sterna Lesches' father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Marozov. The levaya will be on Thursday, January 18th. It will be passing 770 at 1:00pm, and at the Ohel around 2:00pm. Shiva details to follow.
More than 400 Rockland County residents gathered last Wednesday at a dinner launching Cheder Chabad of Monsey’s $17 million “We, The Builders” campaign. The ambitious project is to build Campus Shnei Ohr on grounds spanning 13 acres slated to open its doors in 2020. Rockland County houses the fastest growing Chabad community in North America today, with blooming communities in Pomona, Spring Valley, Airmont and other neighborhoods. The school is in dire need of a new home with adequate space and facilities to accommodate the more than 1,100 students projected to be enrolled by 5785 - 2025 more than double the current enrollment of 515 children, up from the 18 students enrolled when the Cheder opened in 5759 - 1999. Campus Shnei Ohr will also house the growing local Mesivta. On the campus, children will enjoy sports facilities, sprawling fields, playgrounds, large classrooms and more. The goal is to provide children with every resource and tool to help enhance their Yiddishe, Chassidishe, academic and personal growth. “It is heartwarming to be a part of this incredible initiative,” said Rabbi YY Jacobson, a Cheder Chabad parent and a new member of the Vaad HaChinuch. “Campus Shnei Ohr will enable us to give our children every opportunity to succeed in all areas of their chinuch.”
“The excitement at the dinner was palpable, “said Aliza Abel, mother of four Cheder Chabad children. “There was a strong feeling of unity, as the entire community is coming together to make the dream a reality.” In addition to philanthropists who have undertaken to cover significant portions of the project, everyone in the community is playing a meaningful part with contributions of all sizes. Nachshon Society members have “taken the plunge” and pledged $54,000 towards the campaign, while other parents and supporters have contributed $50-$150 per month towards the three-year campaign. Many community members have joined committees overseeing various portions of the project, including fundraising, building, and a women’s committee. “It’s been unbelievable to see the enthusiasm and eagerness to help from the community,” said Rabbis Tzili Ehrenreich and Yona Abenson, Directors of Philanthropy. “It is a real joint project; people want to know what they can do to help and how to become part of the team.” This passionate energy filled the Woodcliff Lake Hilton Ballroom at the Cheder’s 19th annual dinner. While parents and supporters looked back at numerous achievements, the blueprints and construction-site themed room helped galvanize the crowd to plan ahead. “Everyone needs to pick up an oar!” said Rabbi Mendel Duchman, the dinner emcee. “We can’t watch a few individuals row the boat. Everyone needs to jump in and row. For some, that means giving money, for others it means networking to help connect potential donors with the school for this game-changing opportunity.”
“The Rebbe taught us the importance of proper aesthetics for a school,” said Rabbi Dov Drizin, a Shliach in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and a Cheder Chabad parent and board member. “Like a work of art that needs the the right frame to shine, the new campus will be the frame to let our children’s neshamos shine.” To find out more about how you can join the campaign, please visit shneiohr.org today.
Boruch Dayan HaEmes
- We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Leah Metal's father. Mrs. Metal will
be sitting Shiva at her home, 18 Tara Drive in
Pomona, this Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to
4:00 PM and evenings from 8.30 PM to 10:00 PM.
This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated in memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM
Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM
In this week's Torah reading, we begin the second book of the Torah Shmos (Exodus1:1-6:1) where Moses makes his dramatic appearance on the Biblical scene. He is forced to flee to Midian and tends the flocks of his father-in-law, Yitro. Then, at the burning bush, comes his first divine revelation.
G-d calls upon this shepherd to go back to Egypt and redeem his people. The mission is nothing less than to face up to the Pharaoh himself and deliver the L-rd's famous stirring message:Let My People Go!
In characteristic humility, Moses is a most reluctant leader. At one point, he asks the Almighty, "Who shall I say sent me? What is Your name?"
The one G-d now gives Moses is puzzling and very mystical "I shall be as I shall be." Strange name for a Supreme Being !
Many commentaries expound on the possible interpretations of this most unusual name. Here is one very powerful explanation.
The significance of this name is that it is posed in the future tense. "I shall be as I shall be."Moses was asking the ultimate existential question – “How do I call You, G-d?” "What is Your name," means how are You to be identified, known, understood? How can finite, mortal man come to know the Infinite Being?
And G-d's answer is, "I shall be as I shall be" - future tense. You want to know me, Moses? I'm afraid you'll have to wait. We cannot necessarily understand G-d by what has happened in the past. Even In the here and now, when we stare life and its ambiguities in the face, we experience tremendous difficulty in our vain attempts to grasp the Almighty's vision or perceive His vast eternal plan.
To truly understand the Infinite G-d takes infinite patience. One day, somewhere down the line, in the future, He will make Himself known to us. Only then will we come to really know Him and His inscrutable ways. "I shall be as I shall be."
Don't we all ask Moses' question at times? Why is there so much human suffering and pain; so much tzorris to contend with? The many families torn apart literally and figuratively in Israelin the Intifada? Individuals in our own communities who have experienced tragedy in their lives? Why, we cry, why?
So we are told at the very first time G-d spoke to Moses, He said to him up front, "I know you want to understand Me and My ways; but that is impossible -- for now."I shall be as I shall be. One day, you will be able to know Me. Perhaps not today or tomorrow, but one day in the future everything will make sense and everything will be understood. Ultimately, in time, all will be known.
In the meanwhile, we live with faith, trust, hope, and a great deal of patience. And we look forward with eager anticipation to that awesome day when the Almighty's great name will be known and understood, and we will see with our own eyes of flesh that G-d is good and His ways are just. May it be speedily in our day.
(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Yossy Goldman)
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!
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