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Announcements - Ki Teitzei

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Click here for information regarding this years membership and high holiday seats.
  • Mr. Mordechai Leaderman is sitting shiva until Thursday morning for the passing of his father Mr. Avrohom  Leaderman ob"m. Shacharis: 9 am. Mincha/Maariv: 7:05 pm. (Mincha Friday 4:30 pm) Address: 178 S Formosa Ave. Phone:(323) 868-0649. Email: svnsvnt@aol.com.  Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Teitzei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:06
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:40-9:30 sharp @ 118 S Orange Dr.
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:38 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • NO Kol Yakov Yehuda for the summer :(
  • Shiur in the Halachos of Tishrei with Rabbi Raichik: 6:05 
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapters 1-2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:09 pm
  • Weekday minyonim for Mincha this coming week will start at 7pm

Sholom Zochor

Daniel and Michal Levin
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
9 pm at 719 S Highland Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Teitzei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Chaim Burston’s mother Chaya Baila bas Reb Yaacov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Marci Kaufman’s mother Chaya Leah bas Reb Yom Tov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Ber Levine for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s mother Chaya Stera bas Reb Yisroel Boruch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zalman Roth’s mother Chaya Braina bas Reb Shlomo Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll in honor of Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Teitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Feiner for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Yisroel Feiner’s father Reb Moshe Menachem Mendel ben Reb Smaryahu ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Ki Teitzei

6:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
418 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman 

Mazal Tov To - Ki Teitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs.  Daniel Levin on the birth of their son.
  • Rabbi & Rebbetzen Shimon Raichik on the birth of their granddaughter (to Moshe and Riky Raichik.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Shloima Glabman - 16 Elul
  • Rabbi Shmuel Gurary - 16 Elul
  • Mendel Raichik - 17 Elul
  • Ben Tzion Yaakov Dovid Yachzel - 17 Elul
  • Rabbi Shmuel Stroll - 19 Elul
  • Yisroel Pinson - 19 Elul
  • Moshe Yaakov Berkowitz - 20 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Wolf - 15 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin - 15 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Langsam - 16 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin - 17 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Feiner - 17 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pesach Kornreich - 18 Elul
  • Dr. & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan - 19 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Elozor Fisch - 20 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chaya Baila bas Reb Yaacov (Rabbi Chaim Burston’s mother) - 14 Elul
  • Chaya Stera bas Reb Yisroel Boruch (Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s mother) - 15 Elul
  • Reb Yosef ben Reb Efraim Nachman (Mrs. Sima Bart’s father) - 15 Elul
  • Chaya Leah bas Reb Yom Tov (Mrs. Marci Kaufman’s mother) - 16 Elul
  • Reb Moshe Menachem Mendel ben Reb Smaryahu (Mr. Yisroel Feiner’s father) - 19 Elul
  • Leah bas Reb Shimon (Dr. Penina Rivka Watstein’s mother) - 19 Elul
  • Reb Yechezkel ben Reb Nochum Yitzchok (Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s father) - 20 Elul
  • Reb Yisroel ben Reb Zalmen (Mr. Milton Goodman’s father) - 20 Elul
  • Chaya Braina bas Reb Shlomo Mordechai (Mr. Zalman Roth’s mother) - 20 Elul

Devar Torah - Ki Teitzei

Elul: A Truly Golden Opportunity 
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

An entire two weeks of the month of Elul has almost passed. Everyone is busy with the avodah according to themes of the month as explained in Chassidus. We are aware of ‘Melech b’sadeh’, that the King is in the field and that it’s a time for a cheshban hanefesh; it’s a time for a personal accounting in preparation for the new year. 

There are three common obstacles that we often confront at this time of the year. 

First, when we learn the Maamorim of Elul, we do not necessarily feel how the Maamor relates directly to us and the impact that it will have in our particular lives and circumstances. 

Secondly, we often ask ourselves whether or not we really have the necessary strength to overcome the challenges of our ingrained natures and habits. Can we really dislodge the inherent coarseness of our yetzer hara? 

Thirdly, after a week into the month of Elul, there are times that we feel that we have made a substantial effort to change and nonetheless have come face to face, once again, as we do in most years, with our own intransience. We feel that we just won’t change. We have become set in our ways. 

These are three common obstacles that we face in the month of Elul. 

With regard to the first obstacle; why the Maamorim do not seem to speak to us and address our particular situation, we need to ask ourselves the following question; are we really paying attention? Do we accept that the Maamorim really do speak to us but we need to shake off all of our preoccupations long enough to absorb the message that Chassidus is sending? 

Consider the following example. Before the revolution in Russia there was a highly defined class system. In transportation for example there were different well defined classes. First class was for the wealthy, the aristocrats and those in power, while the lower class was for the peasants. After the revolution everyone became equals and the peasant had a right to travel in first class. On one occasion a peasant entered a first class cabin and sat next to a wealthy aristocrat, a very civilized man. Once they embarked on their journey the peasant began to make good use of his time ‘organizing’ his personal belongings. While rummaging through his suitcase he began to air out his personal unclean laundry items, which created an intolerable aroma much to the horror of the wealthy aristocrat. Faced with this most pleasant turn of events, the man turned to the peasant with a soft kind voice and said; “Comrade, perhaps this is not the best place for these items”. The peasant did not even respond! The man tried again and again, always addressing him respectfully as “Sir,” and “My Friend”, still to no avail. The peasant did not even give the courtesy to acknowledge his very presence. With no other option the man called the train’s conductor for help. The conductor directly approached the peasant and with no hesitation began screaming at the peasant without any titles or courtesy at all. He said; “Animal!” The peasant immediately turned around and said; “Do you mean me?” The conductor responded; “Of course I meant you! Look at this disgusting mess you have created! Put your dirty laundry away immediately! Do you know that you are you are in first class, you cannot behave this way here. I’ll throw you out!” The peasant responded; “I did not know!” The conductor said; “What do you mean you didn’t know, can’t you see this man is trying to talk to you? Can’t you hear?” The peasant responded that he didn’t realize the civilized man was even talking to him. He really did not notice. He had never been spoken to in such a manner, it was not just like a foreign language to him, it wasn’t even language at all. So too it is with our neshama. The neshama journeys down into this world for a purpose. It is a yerida letzorich aliya- for the purpose of a greater ascent. The neshama goes into first class. At this point, the animal soul joins the neshama and sits together in the same cabin- the body. The animal soul doesn’t see, feel or sense Elokus- G-dliness. When the neshama sees the uncivilized nature of his animal soul, he begins to talk about Elokus to the animal soul, and explain how special Hashem is. The neshama doesn’t get through to the animal soul. So the neshama goes to the Rebbe, the conductor. The Alter Rebbe explains in Perek Chof Tes of Tanya that there are times that we need to scream at our animal soul, to wake him up. Then the animal soul realizes that the neshama is talking to him. We need to speak strong to the animal soul and then he will listen. 

A Chassid once asked the Rebbe Rashab for permission to translate certain parts of the Siddur into Yiddish during davening. This was in order for the Chassid to realize that the words mean him. 

Regarding the second challenge, how will we have the strength to overcome the yetzer hara, David Hamelech said; “Achas Sha’alti m’es Hashem”. In this time of Elul, the time of the revelation of the Yud Gimmel Middos Harachamim, the neshama calls out from the depths of his heart to Hashem. The neshama says; “I want to be with You Hashem in truth, with You, and only You”. From this calling out, all our taivos fall away. It is similar to the time that we call out the Shma and Hashem Hu Elokim at Neila. When we call to Hashem from this place, the Yetzer Hara cannot do anything. The Yetzer Hara has nothing to hold onto because our prayers are directed just to Hashem, not for any reward. Only then when have accomplished this do we follow through with all the details. “Shivti b’vais Hashem- to merit to dwell in Hashem’s house all of our life and to gaze on the pleasantness of Hashem” etc. This is how we overcome all obstacles, when Hashem is our only goal. 

In the third challenge, the yetzer hara tries to push us down and tell us that we will never be a success. As we learn in the beginning of this week’s parsha “Ki Tzesei”, that when go out to confront the enemy, we have the power; we are ‘al oyvecha’, we stand above our enemy. Everything that happens in the world is b’hashgacha pratis, and is a lesson in avodas Hashem. It is now at the end of the baseball season. There is a universal sportsmanlike attitude held by all professional athletes. When you're at the bottom of the ninth inning, it doesn’t matter if you are ahead by five runs or behind by seven you never give up. You maintain your focus on the game and take all possibilities seriously until the very last moment. Even in the last few minutes of the game the teams remains united and create a strategy to win. There isn’t player or team in baseball that says; “Last year we lost so this year will be the same.” Every year they are always striving for the pennant and to win the world series. Just like this is in gashmius in baseball, so too, this is in ruchnius, in our service of Hashem. In Elul Hashem is giving us an injection, which gives us the possibility that we can overcome our obstacles and be successful, regardless of the past. Although last year I may not have been successful, it doesn’t matter because this is a new year and there is a new possibility. The game is not over until it’s over. In Elul we have the ability to change and turn everything around. We just need to strategize and make a plan. The next move is ours. Hashem is giving us the opportunity.

Bd"e: Mr. Avrohom Leaderman

With sadness we announce the passing of 
Mr. Avrohom  Leaderman ob"m 
(Avrohom ben Mordechai Halevi)
Father of Mr. Mordechai Leaderman 

The levaya will be
Friday, Elul 13/August 28, 2pm 
at Hillside Memorial 6001 W Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045

Shiva info will be posted soon

Membership/Seats 5776

Elul 13, 5775
August 28, 2015

Dear Shul Member

Greetings and Blessings:

Tishrei is now a few weeks away. Boruch Hashem, our shul continues to grow in membership and services to the community. The cost of running the Shul is enormous. Funds collected for membership and Yom Tov tickets provide the majority of the money required to operate the shul. Shul Membership dues and Yom Tov Tickets are therefore the most important contributions that you can make to keep the shul running.

Our shul is famous for its Shabbos Kiddush, chesed programs and other activities. Those items are self-funding and separate from the Shul operating budget. Keeping the mortgage current, utilities paid and managing the other expenses that go into operating our shul is up to us, the members. The Shul needs everyone’s participation and contributions to thrive. For the upcoming year 5776, the membership and Yom Tov ticket schedule remains unchanged:

Family Membership $770
Single Membership $360
Associate Membership $360
Yom Tov Tickets/Family $300 member/$500 non-member
Yom Tov Tickets/Single $100 member/$250 non-member

 

Of course, no one is turned away for Yom Tov but reserved seats will only be available if you are a member in good standing or have paid the non-member ticket fee. In order to be a member in good standing, you must be a paying member before Tishrei. The best and easiest way to pay membership is to set up recurring monthly payments via our website. Many of you have already taken advantage of the monthly payments ($65 per month for membership, $90 per month including tickets). We also thank all of you that are paying a nice round $100. If you feel that your current circumstances make such payments difficult, please contact any of the Gabboim to arrange an alternate recurring payment so that you will be counted as a member in good standing.

Payments can be made online by clicking here, by giving a check to either Levi Raichik, David Kaufman or Leib Lerner, leaving a check in the metal pushka located in the back of the Shul, or mailing a check to the shul’s PO Box - 481255 Los Angeles, CA 90048. If paying by check please make sure to indicate the purpose of the payment on the check. While most find that paying automatically on a monthly basis is easiest, full payment in advance is always welcome.

We respectfully ask that you take care of your membership and tickets right away so that you will get seating priority.

In addition, please go to www.chabadofla.com/seats ASAP to let us know how many seats you need. Please make sure to specify how many seats you need in each section. 

If you have any questions regarding membership, tickets or your current membership status, please contact us through info@chabadofla.com or speak to us in shul. We are happy to answer all of your questions and gladly encourage your suggestions and participation in helping to operate the shul.

Wishing you a kesiva v’chasima tovah, 
The Gabboim

Nichum Aveilim - Haratz

Mr. Ariel Haratz
is sitting shiva in Venezuela until Thursday morning
for the passing of his father
Eliezer ben Yosef Haratz ob"m

Email arielharatz@yahoo.com

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. 
Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Hachnosas Sefer Torah in memory of Chaya Spalter

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Announcements - Shoftim

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Bikur Cholim: Mr‎. Zev Oster is in Brotman Medical Center in Century City - 3828 Delmas Terrace, Culver City, CA 90232, and is in need of daily visitors to give him chizuk as well as help putting on Teffilin. If you can help with this chesed please contact Malkiel Gradon 323-206-0127. 
  • SUNDAY: Hachnosas Sefer Torah in memory of Chaya Spalter. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Shoftim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:14
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:40-9:30 sharp @ 118 S Orange Dr.
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:37 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • NO Kol Yakov Yehuda for the summer :(
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapter 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:17 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Shoftim

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yudi Schmukler in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. George (Asher Zelig) Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Mr. George Weiss' mother Yenta bas Elimelech ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
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