Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cheder Chabad of Monsey Matching Campaign 5779

Dear Parents and Friends,

Boruch Hashem the school year is off to a great start.

We are very happy to announce that we have entered into contract on a house next door to the girls campus, sitting on 1.4 acres, which will allow us to expand to match our past and future growth K”AH. Dedication opportunities are available.

As you know, the Cheder currently has a 70K per month deficit after tuition income (when it comes in on time) and government funding.

We owe it to our rebbies, teachers and staff to pay them on time. We all want them to feel great about our Cheder so they can educate our children effectively.

To that end, Reb Avraham and Devorah Hayman have announced a generous matching opportunity, in honor of Reb Avraham's mother’s Yahrzeit, Leah bas Shraga Feivel, z"l.

The Hayman family will double match any donation of $100 to $999 and triple match donations of $1,000 to $2,000 that are pledged between now through 22nd Mar Cheshvan (Wednesday, October 31), the day of the yahrzeit.

All pledges must be paid by the 1st of Kislev, November 9, to qualify for the matching donation.
Your gift at this time is especially meaningful as it will be doubled or even tripled but time is limited so you must act quickly!

To pledge, please call 845-356-1213 x 2104, send an email to or pay online at

We are extremely grateful to the Hayman family for their ongoing support of Cheder. May Hashem bless them with tremendous hatzlacha, good health, and nachas!

Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Yona Abenson, Co-President

Avi Weinstein, Co-President

Dov Drizin, Vice President

Tzili Ehrenreich, Treasurer

Yossi Hirsch, Secretary

Beryl Frankel

Avraham Hayman

Yossi Light

Yossi Solomon

Board of Directors

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kolt Shiva

With sadness we regretfully inform you of the Petirah of the father of Mr. Mordechai Kolt.

Mordechai will be sitting Shiva until Friday morning, Nov. 2, 2018 at the Kolt's home, 88 Southgate Drive, Spring Valley, NY.

For minyanim at the Kolt shiva home, the updated schedule through Friday morning is:

7:00 Shacharis

5:45 Mincha

6:45 Maariv

ALL minyanim need chizuk. Please come and help out.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Friday, October 26, 2018

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

And in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

"I will bring bread, and you will feast your hearts and then continue on your way.' And they said, 'Yes, we will do as you said" -- Genesis 18:5.

Our Torah portion this week (Bereishis [Genesis]18:1-22:24) begins with the famous narrative of the three angels visiting the Patriarch Abraham. Unbeknownst to him, the three nomadic passersby whom he had chased down and was now offering to feed, were angels in human disguise. Their mission was to inform Abraham and Sarah that in precisely one year's time barren and aged Sarah would miraculously give birth to a child. They had no nutritional needs and the gourmet tongue à la mustard that Abraham rushed to prepare for them was as appealing to them as sand à la mustard. Whether or not they partook of this meal would not affect the outcome of their mission one iota.

So why did they accept the invitation? Why make an elderly man recuperating from a painful circumcision run around in a pointless pursuit? They didn't even attempt a polite "no, thank you, sir"! Would it not have been wiser and more "angelic" to politely decline Abraham's kind overture?

For people who, like Abraham, are naturally chesed (kindness) oriented -- giving is much easier, and infinitely more satisfying than receiving. This preference can stem from a variety of reasons, depending on the circumstances of the gift.

The act of giving allows the benefactor to feel important, valuable and productive -- both as a person in general, and also in the context of a particular relationship. Giving is also the ultimate expression of one's humanness, the ability to transcend one's own needs and care for another. And even on a selfish level, giving earns the giver respect and admiration.
As nice as it is to be given gifts, receiving often has strings attached. The recipient may not be expected to reciprocate in kind (due to the nature of the relationship or the recipient's means) but recompense in terms of gratitude and a feeling of indebtedness is certainly expected -- and may well be the giver's primary motive. Furthermore, a gift can sometimes be construed as a subtle attack on the beneficiary's self-sufficiency.

The above does not apply only to large and valuable gifts. Even our small gifts and kind gestures provide satisfaction for us

We hesitate to allow a friend to run an errand for us -- despite her generous offer and the fact that she is already in the store. Sometimes, we are even unwilling to accept advice ("Hmmm, that's a good idea but just won't work for me because... Thanks anyways!").
The lesson we can learn from the angels is: allow others to give gifts -- even if it makes us a bit uncomfortable, even if we'd rather be on the giving end.

Take it even if you don't need it. If it makes it easier for you, consider it giving instead of taking.

(Excerpts from  - from  Rabbi Naftali Silberberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Shabbos לך-לך schedule

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

Are you ever filled with such despair that you feel like your life is hopeless? In such moments, prayer is the opportunity that G‑d offers us to communicate with Him, to turn to our Creator for comfort and salvation.

And yet, during such challenging times, as you pray, do you ever hear yourself thinking: “Now, hold on, this is too much to be asking. There’s just no way that G‑d is going to move heaven and earth to grant me this request. Maybe I should ask for something a little bit more realistic, a tad more practical.”

In the beginning of this week's Torah portion, Lech-Lecho (Bereishis [Genesis] 12:1-17:27), G‑d promises Abraham to make him “into a great nation.” Years later, after undergoing trials and tribulations, G‑d reassures Abraham and tells him, “Fear not, Abram; I am your shield; your reward is exceedingly great.”

Abraham responds, “Behold, You have given me no seed.” Of what purpose is all that You are blessing me with if I cannot have a child of my own to continue after me?

At this point, “G‑d took him outside and said, ‘Gaze now toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them!’ And G‑d said to him, ‘So shall be your offspring!’” (Genesis 15:5)

Rashi questions the need for bringing Abraham outdoors. Simply understood, G‑d was taking Abraham out of his tent to see the stars outdoors, since his children would be as numerous as them.
But on a deeper level, G‑d was implying to Abraham that he needs to step outside the natural order and rely on G‑d’s miracles.

Abraham said: “Master of the universe, I have studied my astrological pattern, and it is clear that I will not sire a son.” G‑d responded, “Go outside the sphere of the stars, because no stars control the destiny of Israel!”

Rav Yehudah said in the name of Rav: “How do we know that no star controls the destiny of Israel? From the verse “He took him outside.” (Talmud, Shabbos 156a)

Abraham realized that according to the rules of nature, neither he nor his wife Sarah were  destined to have a child. But G‑d was telling him: a Jew must go outside—he must leave the natural order, because his prayer has the power to reach his infinite G‑d, who extends beyond the sphere of this world.

Prayer can create the miraculous by elevating us beyond the natural order.
Indeed, thirteen years later, when that miraculous son is born to Abraham and Sarah, he is called Yitzchak (Isaac), which means “laughter.”

From this son of laughter descends the great nation of laughter with whom G‑d establishes His special bond.

Because the very essence of the Jew and his existence is forever a laughing, miraculous wonder—explainable only through our prayers and our deep bond with our Creator.

Let us continue to pray for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel and for a speedy recovery to all  those who are ill and infirmed.

(From – by C Weisberg)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Parsha Perspective

This week’s Parsha Perspective is dedicated

                  In memory of Elka bas Zisel OBM


                     And in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

Dealing with the Flood

There are a variety of strategies for coping with difficult situations, both in the life of an individual and also in that of the community. The story of Noah's Ark in this week’s Torah portionNoach (Bereishis [Genesis] 6:9 -11:32) helps us evaluate these. The Flood came as G‑d's response to the abyss of evil into which humanity had fallen, with every kind of violence and licentiousness. First came a Divine warning to Noah that the Flood would take place. Then he began building the Ark. The Sages tell us that for a hundred and twenty years he worked on this project. During this long time, it might be hoped, he would convince other people to change their ways. In this way, he would prevent the Flood from coming, he would save the world.

However, although Noah was dedicated to his task, he did not save anyone outside his own family. We could say that the fact that he saved his three sons and their wives was itself an achievement. And of course, his Ark was a refuge for thousands of species of animal and bird. Indeed, although many people mocked him, Noah was not deterred. However, he was not able to help the rest of humanity. We do not even see him making an attempt to do so.

The rain began to fall. According to the Sages, it began gently. If the people of his generation would have repented, the rain would have been rain of blessing. Unfortunately, they did not repent. The rain became stronger. Noah and his family went into the Ark, together with the stream of animals and birds which came to it of their own accord. The torrential rain became the Flood, destroying everything. Noah and his family were saved, and as a result, the line of humanity and of animal life continued through the millennia. But had Noah really succeeded? According to the Sages: No. He did what he was told, he saved himself and his immediate loved ones; but he did not try to save everyone else.

When there are serious problems one’s response is to build an Ark and hide oneself away in it. One takes refuge from a hostile world. This can be a very spiritual refuge; it can even be deeply holy, like Noah's Ark. This itself is an important step, and is a skill one needs to learn. The word "Ark" in Hebrew istevah which also means "word." There are beautiful words ofTorah study and of prayer. One can take refuge in them in a secluded environment and transcend all problems.

But this is not the final goal. The true aim is to change the world. To try to make sure that no Flood will come, for anyone. Or at least, to make the attempt. The Sages comment that Noah could have prayed to G‑d on behalf of everyone else, he could have communicated directly with others and sought to transform the society around him. He should not have given up. They compare him unfavorably withAbraham, who did try to change people and the world. When G‑d told him that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed, Abraham argued with G‑d on their behalf, trying to save them. He did not give up on humanity: instead he taught it Monotheism, a vital element in world civilization.

The different approaches of Noah and Abraham are relevant to our lives as the Jewish people, and as individuals. On the one hand, we have to be able to stand up for what is right, even when all around us are doing wrong, and create our own positive and healthy environment. But at the same time we need to realize that we have the power to affect others for the better, to change their direction, especially after our unique empowerment at Sinai when we received the Torah. Ultimately, every individual can change the world

 (Excerpts from – by Rabbi  Tali Loewenthal)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Shabbos פ' נח

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov to Yossie Menachem Mendel and Rivka Devorah (Becky) Miller on the birth of a baby girl, and to their grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Yosef Yitzchak and Penina Labovitch, Mrs. Susan Labovitch, Mr. Brian Miller, Mrs. Elana Miller.

Parsha Perspective

By Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman

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

And in memory of Leah bas Rochel OBM

At the end of Succot, we celebrate Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah and the conclusion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. Immediately we begin anew the cycle of weekly Parshios, with the portion of Bereishis, (Genesis 1:1- 6:8) telling of the creation of the world, Adam and Chava (Eve), the Garden of Eden, births of Cain and Abel and the development of the human race. 

It’s been told that the Chassidic master Rabbi Simchah Bunim of Pszcyscha (1767-1827) started out in life as a pharmacist, but later he became a Rebbe (Chassidic leader) and loved discussing Torah with his disciples.

One day he was talking about the snake which cajoled Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat of the forbidden fruit. The Torah relates that G-d cursed the snake, "On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat, all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:14).

“Wouldn't it be convenient if we could live on dust?”  Rabbi Bunim pondered: "Is that such a terrible curse? Dust is everywhere, so the snake's table is always full, no matter where he goes. Now look at the people in our shtetl and elsewhere: they earn their bread with difficulty, many families are poor, children go hungry and some never know where their next meal will come from. How convenient it would be for us if we could live on dust!”

"However, life as a human being," explained the Chassidic master, "means that we are constantly crying out to G-d for help: women in childbirth, hungry children, fathers without a job... So mankind has a connection, a very strong connection to G-d which the snake does not have. It needs nothing, it asks for nothing. And that is truly a curse. But we, we are like children with our father. G-d is our father, the one to whom we turn countless times a day to provide for us and protect us...

"A poor man is always aware of this blessing. The wealthy man, too, is so blessed, but it is a little more difficult for him to acknowledge this or remember this. The challenge of wealth is that one should always keep this in mind, and turn to G-d every day for help and guidance, and constantly remember the source of his blessings."

As we start now a new year, may we all be blessed with abundant prosperity, materially and spiritually, but always remember to thank and acknowledge the Source of these blessings.

 (Excerpts from - by  Shoshannah Brombacher)

May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos!

Shabbos בראשית ה'תשע"ט