Monday, April 30, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mazel Tov Kleins!

Mazel Tov to Shmuel and Miriam Klein on the birth of a grandson to Pesach and Simone Klein of Coral Springs.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

Dedicated in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

There was someone who was a victim of medical negligence. He was misdiagnosed and mistreated. His first complaint could have been easily resolved, but the doctor didn’t pick up on some obvious symptoms. By the time the scope of the problem became apparent, it was too late. The man spent years with impaired mobility and almost constant pain.

People advised him to sue. It would likely be an open and shut case; his doctor’s malpractice insurance would cover the damage, and he would be left with a comfortable nest egg to compensate for his pain and suffering. Only one person disagreed. The injured man had a longstanding relationship with a renowned Rebbe, and just before initiating the lawsuit, he asked his mentor’s advice and blessing.

“Don’t do it,” the Rebbe said. “Just drop the case and move on with your life.” In a supreme act of faith, he took the advice and dropped the suit. He put aside his anger and concentrated his energies on his family and religion. He started a successful business and became a mentor for others. He lived a full and enriching life.

No one will ever know what would have happened had he not received that timely advice; however, we can speculate about why his Rebbe advised him not to proceed with the case.

I am not criticizing those who do sue for redress from pain and suffering. Obviously there are cases where litigation is the only way to get the funds needed for recovery or loss of income. But I am absolutely convinced that in this man’s case, dropping the suit and moving on with his life was the correct decision.

People will often nurse a grudge for years, reliving the fight with their sister, replaying the moment they realized their business partner had robbed them, or railing at the way their parents ruined their childhood. These people can’t go on; they are tied to the past, to the  hatred, unable to begin the healing process. Are you going to let the con-man who cheated you once, rob you of your peace of mind forever?

This week we read a double Torah portion: Acharei Mot - Kedoshim (Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-20:27). There it  teaches “Do not hate your brother in your heart”. It is often read as an act that one does for another. Don’t hate other people because it’s bad for them to be hated. But in fact, this Mitzvah is for you. Don’t‎ hate your brother because it’s unhealthy for you to hate.

Don’t nurse a grievance because anger is inherently destructive. Carrying the black pit of hate inside will lead only to internal ulcers. When you make the decision to abandon your rage, no matter how justified, you exercise self-control and own your own emotions.

The Torah gives us a prescription for living: concentrate on that which you can control, not on the sins of others. Don’t get mad, get G‑dly. Don’t get bogged down in the sins of the past. Pick yourself up out of the pit of anger and despair, and walk on into the light. You’ll be all the better for that.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)

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, April 24, 2018

Moshiach Shiur Restarting

Good News!!!

The 10 year running, now  defunct Weekly Moshiach Shiur [based on our Rebbe’s often suggested advice to learn about Moshiach & Geulah in order to hasten the complete unfolding of the Geulah Sholaima with Moshiach’s Open & Revealed arrival] is restarting Boruch Hashem!

Place: Tzemach Tzedek Shul of Monsey (either in the small Shul room or the Vaiber Shul).

Time: Every Tuesday night right after the 8:30 pm Maariv (with the 1st Shiur, tonight, Tuesday night, the 9th  of Iyar,/Apr 24th [we hope to discuss the day and time, trying to find the best schedule for the majority of attendees].

The new esteemed Maggid Shiur is Rabbi Dovid Volfman.

We will start by learning the sefer “HaTekufa V’Ha’Geulah”. The Shiur will  start at 8:30pm, run for about 30 - 45 minutes until 9:15, so that attendees, that want, can participate in the 9:30pm Maariv.

I am suggesting that the Monsey Anash Men and Bochurim encourage themselves to participate and our Monsey Anash Women participate in their own ongoing M & G Shiurim and encourage their men to fulfill the Rebbe's request to speed the Geulah Shlaima!

Dovid Kaplan

Light refreshments will be served (tonight sponsored by Mordecai Litzman & dovid kaplan for their Yahrtzeits)



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Davening schedule for the week of Acharei-Kedoshim

Week of Parshas אח"ק  starting 7 Iyar / Apr. 22nd
שחרית                                                           Sunday  8:00, 9:00, 10:00am
                                             Monday thru Fri. 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                Sun. thru Thurs. 7:00, 7:30 pm
מעריב                                                     Sun. - Thurs. 8:20, 8:30, 9:30

Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Did you know that it is possible for a person to be murdered and not even know about it, even carrying on life as usual?

How can this be? This week’s Torah reading (Tazria-Metzora(Leviticus) 12:1-15:33) speaks of the affliction known as tzara’at. The commentators explain thattzara’at (a word uncannily similar to tzores!) was a punishment for the transgression of speakinglashon hara. Lashon hara, translated literally, means “the evil tongue” or “evil speech,” which includes slander, gossip and rumors, among other things.

As the old British wartime adage goes, “Careless talk costs lives.” The Talmud relates in the name of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nachmani: “Why is the evil tongue called a thrice-slaying tongue? Because it kills three people: the person speaking, the person spoken to, and the person being spoken about.” It may not kill them physically, but it is character assassination.

Maimonides adds a further dimension: sometimes a person may say something that is not quite slander or gossip. Yet, as his statement passes from person to person, it eventually does cause harm, trouble, fright or hurt to the party being spoken about.

For example, even praising a person, if done in front of that person’s enemy who is liable to react negatively, could come under the category of slander or gossip.

Orchot Tzadikim (“Ways of the Righteous” an anonymous book on Jewish ethics written inGermany in the 15th century) comments: “Before you speak, you are the master of your words. After you speak, your words master you.” How often we feel imprisoned by our own words after we have said something that we wish we hadn’t or know we shouldn’t have.

The Midrash relates that RabbiShimon ben Gamliel asked his servant, Tavi, to buy him something good from the market. The servant returned with some tongue. Rabbi Shimon then asked his servant to buy something bad from the market. The servant returned with more tongue. “How can this be? I asked you to buy something good, you bought tongue; I asked you to buy something bad, you also bought tongue?” Replied Tavi, “It has good and bad. When it is good, it has a lot of goodness. When it is bad, it is very bad.”

We speak thousands of words every day. Words have enormous power. May we merit to use them only for good purposes.

(Excerpts from Chabad.org - from 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

Shabbos Parshas תזריע-מצורע schedule

Friday – ערש"ק

Licht Bentchen 7:23pm

מנחה Erev Shabbos 7:33pm

Kabbolas Shabbos 8:10pm

No Kiddush between 6:55-7:55pm (7:00-8:00pm)

שבת קודש

Rov's Chassidus Shiur
9:00 am

Sof Zman Krias Shma  9:31:41am

Schachris 10:00 am

Mincha Gedola 1:29 pm

Ladies’ Pirkei Avos Shiur 5:15pm

Rov ’s הלכה Shiur 6:30pm

Mincha 7:25pm (Pirkei Avos Perek Beis)

Motzoei Shabbos   8:27pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week of Tazria-Metzora Davening schedule


Week of Parshas  תזו"מ starting 30 Nissan / Apr. 15th
שחרית                                                           Sunday  8:00, 9:00, 10:00am
Monday ראש חודש 6:45, 6:48* 8:00, 9:30am
                                             Tuesday thru Fri. 6:48, 7:00*, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                Sun. thru Thurs. 7:00, 7:25 pm
מעריב                                                                   8:15, 8:30, 9:30pm

Farbrengen לכבוד ב' אייר Tuesday after the 8:30 Maariv

Friday, April 13, 2018

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

How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, we need not go into major psychological dissertations but  perhaps we can find some insight in this week's Parshah, (Shmini [Leviticus] 9:1-11:47).

Everything was set for the inauguration of the sacred service in the Sanctuary. The week-long preparations had been completed. Now it was Aaron's turn to approach the Altar and begin the service. But Aaron was reluctant. He still felt a sense of shame for his part in the Golden Calf episode. So Moses calls out to Aaron, "Approach the altar and perform the services." (Leviticus 9:7). Aaron did so and completed all the required tasks correctly. But what exactly did Moses say to Aaron to assuage his fears? All he said was "Come and do your thing." He never actually dealt with his issues. How did he address his concerns, his feelings of inadequacy?

Perhaps, Moses was saying: Come and do, and all your fears will be stilled. You lack confidence? Start performing the services and you will see that it fits you like a glove. You were born to be a High Priest and that's where you belong.

Moses was telling Aaron that if he would begin performing his chosen role, the rest would follow. As they say in Yiddish,Apetit kumt mit'n essen (the appetite comes with the eating) Even if you're not hungry, if you start eating, your appetite will follow. I suspect that’s why the first course in a meal is called an "appetizer." (Trust Jews when it comes to food!)

“Dr” Moses was dispensing sound psychological advice. The surest way of developing confidence is to begin doing that which you fear. Throwing kids in the deep end to teach them how to swim may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it usually works. Some of the finest public speakers were microphone-shy, even neurotic, at first. When we lack self-assurance, confronting our fears and phobias can be the best therapy. We discover that it really wasn't all that bad after all and we actually manage better than we ever imagined. And from there our self-belief grows until we become quite relaxed about the whole thing.

"Come and do" said Moses to his humble and hesitant brother. Aaron came and did - and the rest is history.

(From Chabad.org - 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

Schedule for שבת מברכים חודש אייר, פ' שמיני ה'תשע"ח

Friday – ערש"ק

Licht Bentchen 7:16pm

מנחה Erev Shabbos 7:26pm

Kabbolas Shabbos 8:05pm

No Kiddush between 6:55-7:55pm (7:00-8:00pm)

שבת קודש

Tehillim 8:30 am

Sof Zman Krias Shma  9:37:47am

Schachris 10:00 am

Kiddush Farbrengen following Davening

Mincha Gedola 1:30 pm

Ladies’ Pirkei Avos Shiur 5:15pm

Rov ’s הלכה Shiur 6:30pm

Mincha 7:15pm (Pirkei Avos Perek Alef)

Motzoei Shabbos   8:18pm

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Parshas Shemini Schedule


Week of Parshas שמיני, starting 23 Nissan/April 8th

שחרית                                                                     Sunday  8:00, 9:00, 10:00am etc.
                                                          Monday thru Friday 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                                                 Wed., Thurs. 7:00, 7:20pm
מעריב                                                                       Wed., Thurs. 8:05, 8:30, 9:30pm

Last Days Of Pesach Schedule

סדר הזמנים לימים האחרונים של חג הפסח – ה'תשע"ח
Final days of Pesach 5778 schedule

Thursday – ערב יו"ט – (Eruv Tavshillin – (עירוב תבשילין

Schachris 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00am וכו'

Licht Bentchen 7:07pm

Mincha 7:20 pm

Maariv 8:08 pm

Alos HaShachar – עלות השחר (earliest) 4:45am

Misheyakir 5:33  am

שביעי של פסח - Friday

Sof Zman Krias Shma /  9:45am

Schachris 10:00 am

Licht Bentchen 7:08pm

Mincha 7:15 pm


אחרון של פסח - Shabbos

Sof Zman Krias Shma /  9:44am

Schachris 10:00 am

Yizkor – יזכור approx. 11:45am

Mincha – מנחה followed by Moshiach’s Seudah 6:00pm

Motzoei YomTov – 8:10  pm


Please consider bringing your Seudas Moshiach paraphernalia to shul before YomTov    

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Farbrengen Tonight!

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There will be a farbrengen tonight after the 8:30 Maariv in K'hal Tzemach Tzedek לכבוד ח"י ניסן, the birthday of Rav Levi Yitzchok, the Rebbe's father, in 5638, as well as the Rebbe's Yom HaBris in 5662.

Please join us.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Community Gathering today at 5pm!

There will be an urgent gathering today for MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN l'zchus l'refuah sheleimah for Rabbi Aron Oster, son of Rabbi Leibel Oster and son-in-law of Rabbi AD Gancz, who fell ill before Yom tov and is in need of a refuah.

Please take the time to join is for Torah, Tefillah and Tzedokoh, beginning with Mincha at 5:00pm, at K'hal Tzemach Tzedek, 2 Langeries Dr., Monsey.

Please daven and say tehillim for Aharon ben Chanah