Friday, September 7, 2018

Parsha Perspective

From 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 in the fullest measure,
materially and spiritually, in the New Year.

Dear Friend,

We are now in the Hebrew month of Elul, just a few days 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 you to achieve those goals.

There is a well-known fable of a man in distress looking up to G‑d; "G‑d, You promised to walk beside me, but when I look behind me I see only one set of footprints trodden into the sands of my life?"

And a caring, compassionate voice responds, "My son, those footprints you see are Mine, carrying you as you traveled along your journey."

In our Torah portion this week, Nitzavim  (Devorim [Deuteronomy] 29:9 -30:20) we read this Shabbat how, after the foretold galut (exile) which we are currently suffering in, (and if we think we’re not suffering - that just shows how blinded to the realities of our unnatural existence we’ve become), "G‑d will return home..." Note: not "G‑d will return you home";  rather He, too, is in exile, as it were, and the future redemption will see G‑d Himself resume His rightful place, as it were, in our common homeland.

That G‑d accompanies us on every step and stage of our lives, neither abandoning nor rejecting a single Jew, is self-understood and even expected. The theology-shattering implication of the above verse is that in some way, G‑d waits and hopes for our redemption when He too will "come home."

Prisoners can’t escape without help from the outside. Someone must smuggle in the file, bribe the guards or drive the getaway car. Leaving exile is no different. We rely on G‑d to break the boundaries of our separation and remove obstacles both physical (anti-Semites, bus-bombs etc.) and psychological (greed, jealousy etc) between the way we are and the way we should be.

G‑d however, prepared the escape-route, as it were, from yet before our expulsion and exile. We are guaranteed that G‑d is prepared, willing and waiting, to redeem and rejoin us and lead us by the hand to resume our natural state--freedom to be true Jews and truly Jewish.

(Excerpts from - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum)    
May you have a meaningful and uplifting Shabbos! 
and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

The administration, teaching staff and over 520 students in Cheder Chabad of Monsey
 extend to you and your family for the New Year תשע"ט  5779 heartfelt wishes for a
כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה
בטוב הנראה והנגלה בגשמיות וברוחניות מתוך בריאות הגוף והנפש
…a year replete with goodness, prosperity and good health in every aspect, materially and spiritually.
 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.

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ראש השנה ה'תשע"ט schedule

 Rosh Hashono 5779 schedule

Sunday, Erev R”H
סליחות                                                                               6:00, 7:00am
Shachris (התרת נדרים)                                                       7:00, 8:00am
Licht Bentshen                                                                        6:57pm
מנחה  Erev Rosh Hashono                                                       7:07pm
מעריב  1st night                                                                        7:57pm
Monday, 1st Day ראש השנה
שחרית  1st day                                                                         9:00am
Sof Zman Krias Shma /סוזק"ש                                                  9:42am
תקיעת שופר                                                                  approx. 11:45am
מנחה  1st day                                                   6:30, followed by תשליך
Licht Bentshen 2nd night                                       not before 7:56pm
 מעריב  2nd night                                                                      7:56pm
Tuesday, 2nd day ראש השנה
שחרית  2nd day                                                                         9:00am
Sof Zman Krias Shma /סוזק"ש                                                  9:42am
   תקיעת שופר                                                              approx. 11:45am
מנחה  2nd day                                                                            7:00pm
Followed by סדר ניגונים וחזרת דא"ח
Motzoei Yomtov                                                                     7:54pm

בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה לשנה טובה ומתוקה

Kids Program For girls ages 3 to 10 and boys ages 3 to 7
Time: 10:30am to 11:45am. Resuming after תקיעות at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Snacks & Prizes for everyone!
Programs sponsored by the Chaikoff & Lipszyc Families

Week of Parshas וילך ה'תשע"ט

Week of Parshas וילך starting 29 Elul / Sept. 9th
(See separate schedules for Rosh Hashono and Tzom Gedalia)
סליחות                                                                              Sunday  Erev R"H 6:00, 7:00
שחרית                                                                                       Sunday  7:00, 8:00am
                                                            Thursday, Friday 6:48, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30am
מנחה                                                                                                   Thurs. 6:55 pm
מעריב                                                                                Thurs. 7:45, 8:30, 9:30pm

Wednesday Tzom Gedalia  schedule
Fast Begins                                                                                       5:10am
שחרית (selichos during Schachris)                       6:45, 6:48, 8:00, 9:30 am
מנחה                                                                                            2:00, 6:45pm
מעריב/End of Fast                                                                              7:39pm

שבת פ' נצבים ה'תשע"ח schedule

Schedule for Shabbos Parshas נצבים ה'תשע"ח 


Licht Bentchen                                                                             7:00pm
מנחה Erev Shabbos                                                                        7:10pm
Kabbolas Shabbos                                                                         7:50pm


Tehillim Shabbos Mevorchim                                                         8:30am
Sof Zman Krias Shma                                                                   9:41am
שחרית                                                                                           10:00am

Shabbos: Kids Program from 10:45am – 12:00pm
For girls ages 3 to 10 and boys ages 3 to 5. Snacks & Prizes for everyone!  Sponsored in honor of the births of Gavriel Noach & Yaakov Messing

Kiddush/Farbrengen following davening

Ladies’ Pirkei Avos Shiur       (final shiur for the year!)                    5:30pm
Rov’s הלכה shiur                                                                              6:15pm
Mincha                                                                 (Pirkei Avos 5-6)   7:00pm
Motzoei Shabbos /מעריב                                                                   7:59pm