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Announcements - Matos

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • The Shul would like to thank Mr. Michael Zaghi for buying the shul a new fridge. May he and his family be blessed with kol tuv seela. 
  • Sunday: Yarchei Kallah is taking place this year on Sunday, 22 Tammuz/July 20. Click here for more information. 
  • Sundays: Rabbi Yosef Bukiet will be giving Shiurim to the women about the Beis Hamikdosh in the KYY room from 10 to 11 am for 3 consecutive Sundays starting this Sunday, 22 Tammuz/July 20. Rabbi Bukiet’s shiur will be followed by a half-hour shiur by Rabbi Bart on Kuntres Ahavas Yisroel at 11:10 am (in memory of Mrs. Bracha Finkelstein a"h). We will end-off with 20 minutes of Tehillim to daven for the success of the troops and the safety of the Yidden in Eretz Yisroel. We will finish b'ezras Hashem at 12 pm.
  • Sunday: The Los Angeles community unites for Eretz Yisroel. Women and girls join together with torah, tefillah, tzedakah, this Sunday, Tammuz 22/July 20, 8:00 pm at Moshe Ganz Hall - 360 N La Brea Ave. Guest speakers: Mrs. Carol Bess & Mrs. Devorie Kreiman. In memory of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaer 7 Eyal Yifrach hy"d. With prayer for the safety of Eretz Yisroel and the Geula Shlema. Please bring a Tehillim. 
  • Tuesday: Shloshim for Reb Meir Abitan a"h. Tuesday, 24 Tammuz/22 July, 7 pm at Bais Menachem - 9126 Pico Blvd.
  • Thursday: Mrs. Fradel Bukiet invites all women to a lunch and learn in honor of her mother's yahrzheit on Thursday, 26 Tammuz/July 24, from 11 am at her home 343 N Formosa Ave.
  • Please say Tehilim for Zavita bas Esther.

Shabbos Schedule - Matos

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:45
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:27 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:48 pm

Sholom Zochor

 Boruch & Yaffa Stroll
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
At 360 N Detroit St.

Kiddush Sponsors - Matos

  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s parents Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yitzchak Elimelech and Yocheved bas Reb Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • The Bastomski family for the yahrtzeit of their grandfather Reb Yacov Volf ben Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Elharrar, Goldman & Hecht families for the yahrtzeit of Simcha Chaya bas Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Dorothy Grossman for the yahrtzeit of her mother Genendel bas Reb Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht for the yahrtzeits of both of Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfathers - Reb Yehoshua ben Reb Tzvi Elimelch Hecht and Reb Boruch ben Reb Eliyahu Greenhut ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s father Reb Dovid ben Reb Feivel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Shagalov for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shagalov’s father Reb Schneur Zalman ben Reb Yitzchok Elchonon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Matos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Lesches in honor of Rabbi Levi Lesches’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • The Sufrin Family in honor of Moshe Sufrin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem Munish Weiss in honor of Mrs. Rikki Weiss’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of the birthdays of their children Leah & Bentzi. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Matos

6:30 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N Fuller Ave. 
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Levine (Shliach in Agoura Hills)

Mazal Tov To - Matos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef & Pessy Niasoff on the engagement of their son Shmuly Goldman to Tovah Noury.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler on the engagement of their granddaughter Mushka to Gabi Kaltmann. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Baruch Stroll on the birth of their son. Mazal tov the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Vcherashansky on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky & Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Binyomin Fogelman.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Nochum Zalman Gorelik - 24 Tammuz
  • Moshe Dov Berger - 26 Tammuz
  • Gavriel Abraham Gutierrez - 26 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Levi Lesches - 26 Tammuz
  • Bentzi Weiss - 26 Tammuz 
  • Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy - 27 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp - 26 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Genendel bas Reb Noach (Mrs. Dorothy Grossman’s mother) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Shlomo Binyomin ben Reb Dovid Leib Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Fine’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Schneur Zalman ben Reb Yitzchok Elchonon (Rabbi Yosef Shagalov’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Yechiel ben Reb Yisroel Yitzchok (Mr. Dennis Blauner’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Boruch ben Reb Eliyahu (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfather) - 22 Tammuz
  • Reb Yehoshua ben Reb Tzvi Elimelch (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfather) - 22 Tammuz
  • Simcha Chaya bas Reb Yosef (Mrs. Milka Elharrar’s mother) - 23 Tammuz
  • Yocheved bas Reb Mordechai (Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s mother) - 23 Tammuz
  • Reb Yacov Volf ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Freida Bastomski’s father) - 24 Tammuz
  • Reb Dovid ben Reb Feivel (Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s father) - 25 Tammuz
  • Batyah bas Reb Shlomo Halevi (Mrs. Miryam Koch’s mother) - 25 Tammuz
  • Sara Relka bas Reb Nochum (Mrs. Fradel Bukiet’s mother) - 26 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Matos

Occupy 770!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In the aftermath of the fabrengen and activities for Gimmel Tammuz in Los Angeles, as I flew to the Ohel on Tuesday Gimmel Tammuz, I was thinking back on what happened in here LA. Baruch Hashem many people attended the fabrengen etc., but my heart was aching for those who, for whatever reason didn’t make it. Also, there were some who made it, but they ½ showed up, sort of like some do for a Bar Mitzvah for a few minutes, ‘too be seen’ just so he can say he was there. After all it’s, insert whatever day it is; Yud Tes Kislev, Yud Beis Tammuz etc., and I’m a Lubavitcher, so I’d better show up. Some of the fellows tell me why they aren’t putting themselves into the big events. They want a fabrengen that’s more tailored to their own group or age, with their personal friends. Otherwise they will be ‘yotzi’ by showing up for a while. They’re right, we do need fabrengens in small groups also and we need the different shteiblach that have popped up etc., it’s a good thing. Still something essential is missing with this kind of thinking.

Recently there has been a group of about 20 Yungeleit who have decided that they specifically do not want their own shteibel in Crown Heights (imagine that!). They call themselves “Occupy 770”. They have decided that this (770) is the Rebbe’s shul and this is where we should spend our time and where we should learn, daven and fabreng. We will be with our friends but we will also be with everyone.

In 1966 on the 13th of Nissan, the 100th year from the histalkus of the Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek the Rebbe made a special farbrengen and spoke about mesirus nefesh. In 1843, the Russian government called upon the Tzemach Tzedek to attend a rabbinical conference to discuss possible changes in Jewish education and Jewish observances. During that conference the Tzemach Tzedek was arrested twenty two times because he spoke strongly and boldly how we must resist any compromises to Judaism or changes to chinuch al taharas haKodesh. The Russian authority asked him if what he was saying was not in essence treason against the government. The Rebbe replied with his iconic statement; “What is worse, treason against this worldly government (kingship) or treason against the Almighty’s Kingship?”  The Rebbe said that he saw no purpose in eventually sitting in Gan Eden without Jews down here in this world that are able to fulfill the Torah and it’s mitzvos. After the conference he was asked by one of the great rabbonim of the time if the Rebbe had thought about what will become of his chassidim if he will go ahead with his mesirus nefesh. To this he gave two answers. First, my children will take over and secondly the unity of chassidim will keep us until Moshiach’s arrival. Today, in 2014, the second answer, the unity of chassidim is what we have.

To be continued.. A Guten Shabbos.

Announcements - Pinchas

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • If you did not have a chance yet to fill out the Hachloto card and send it in to the Rebbe, please do so by clicking here

Shabbos Schedule - Pinchas

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:48
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:24 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:51 pm
Tuesday, 17 Tammuz/July 15 
Fast of Sheva Asar B’Tammuz
  • Fast Begins: 4:24 am
  • Minchah: 7:30 pm
  • Fast Ends: 8:40 pm

For all laws and customs of the fast day and the three weeks
Please see the “Chabad Chodesh”. 

Kiddush Sponsors - Pinchas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s father Reb Noson Kalmen ben Reb Tzvi Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s father Reb Tzemach ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel for all the kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela. Also in the zechus of the Yidden in Eretz Hakodesh. May Hashem continue to protect them mikol tzoro.
  • Yankee O in honor of Mr. David Milner’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Shoshana Brocha Plotke’s father Reb Yechiel ben Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Pinchas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Finck in honor of the birth of their daughter Tova Aidel Bas Chaya Mushka. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold for all the kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Pinchas

6:30 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Yocheved Lezak
423 N Fuller Ave. 
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Pinchas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston on the bar mitzvah of their grandson (Reuven Greenberg). 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner on the bar mitzvah of their grandson (Nissan Andrusier).
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalmen Roth on the engagement of their daughter Itta to Moishe Simons. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. David Milner - 14 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Moshe Raichik - 14 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Plotke - 14 Tammuz
  • Zev Yisroel Cherman - 16 Tammuz
  • Shmuel Dovid Raichik - 17 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Yrachmiel Wolowik - 18 Tammuz
  • Mr. Joseph Gertz - 20 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Plotke - 20 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Diamand - 14 Tammuz
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gertz - 18 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Leima ben Reb Avrohom Yaakov Halevi (Mrs. Chani Rotenberg’s brother) - 14 Tammuz
  • Reb Yaakov Naftoli ben Reb Shlomo Zalmen (Rabbi Danny Rotenberg’s father) - 14 Tammuz
  • Reb Noson Kalmen ben Reb Tzvi Meir (Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s father) - 15 Tammuz
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Chana Ganzburg’s father) - 16 Tammuz
  • Zlota Zelda bas Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Shoshana Plotkin’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Reb Tzemach ben Reb Yitzchok (Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s father) - 18 Tammuz
  • Esther Fruma bas Reb Sholom (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Mrs. Bracha Finkelstein - Bracha Leah Chava bas Reb Shmuel  - 18 Tammuz
  • Priva bas Reb Yisroel Dovid (Rabbi Dovid Thaler’s mother) - 19 Tammuz
  • Reb Yechiel ben Reb Chaim (Mrs. Shoshana Brocha Plotke’s father) - 19 Tammuz
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yitzchak Elimelech (Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s father) - 19 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Pinchas

Ready for Battle
By Shimon Raichik

Coming from the days of Yud Beis and Yud Gimmel Tammuz with the difficult situation in Eretz Yisroel today reminds me of the many times the Rebbe spoke about Eretz Yisroel and how he responded differently to each issue. Whether it was the cease fire by the Suez Canal or the Camp David accords or various concessions that lead to a weakening of security which have brought us to where we are today; we look back through the Sichos and see how clearly the Rebbe could see all the way to the end and spoke on behalf of our collective welfare.

This week I was going through the JEM video “My Encounter” where Yitzchok Rabin was speaking about his visit with the Rebbe in 1972 while he was serving as Israel’s Ambassador to Washington. Rabin had been asked by President Shazar to bring the Rebbe birthday wishes on behalf of Israel. The Rebbe asked Rabin what it was like to be representing a nation that is all alone. He replied that that it wasn’t comfortable. The Rebbe then encouraged him to realize that it’s a good thing and it’s our power. We are alone because we are connected to Hashem with our emunah, and this sets us apart. The Rebbe was explaining to him that the pasuk; Am l’vadad yishkon, A nation that dwells alone, is a blessing and what keeps the Jewish nation alive. He also told him that the problems we face from the nations around us actually strengthen the Am l’vadad yishkon, our connection to Hashem.

Later, when Rabin came to sign the Oslo I Accord with Clinton and Arafat in September 1993 on the White House lawn he said; we are no longer a nation that dwells alone; it seems he did not grasp the Rebbe’s message. The Rebbe was expressing the positive, yet the government was running after the accords. The Rebbe told the government that they are receiving help from above that is causing the Arabs to not believe us and not accept our offers, and yet we continue to run after them. He didn’t realize the how far the Rebbe’s vision reaches, all the way to the end, to where we find ourselves today.

When Menachem Begin came to the US to sign the Camp David Accord the Rebbe said that it is asur al pi halacha to sign the accord. He based his statement on Shulchan Aruch Hilchos Shabbos 328, that states that even if your neighbors come to your borders just about transactions about straw and stubble you are allowed to go out even on Shabbos and make a preventive strike. Others, even Rabbonim were saying that we’ve finally reached peace. The Rebbe was saying that right now you have the Sinai which serves as a buffer zone, and because of it’s strategic importance must be annexed, not to mention it’s precious oil resources. The Rebbe screamed that it’s against the Torah, and no one, even the Rabbonim agreed. It’s recorded, no one can claim otherwise.

The Previous Rebbe mentioned that Yud Beis and Yud Gimmel Tammuz is a time for “Chizuk HaTorah and hafrbatzas haYahadus bkol makom, to strengthen the Torah and spread Judaism in every place”. It is understood that spreading Judaism in every place is connected with Yud Beis Tammuz because the imprisonment stopped the Rebbe from spreading Judaism and we celebrate the liberation by redoubling the efforts to spread Judaism. But why is strengthening the Torah mentioned before spreading Judaism? It’s already implied in spreading Judaism; learning the Torah is part of Judaism.  The reason its mentioned first is because Torah teaches us what it means to be a Jew. It guides us and teaches us how to act in every situation and what needs to be accomplished.  The Rebbe did not compromise. How lucky we are; ahsreinu mah tov chelkeinu! We aren’t affected by politics, we don’t bend to get funding for our Yeshivos or stop firing for temporary quiet.

What does all of this teach to each one of us in our daily lives? We need to realize that we too live under a spiritual seize from our environment. We may not realize it. The yetzer hara tells that we are too weak to demand that we maintain standards and positions about chinuch and minhagim that have been the norm until now, especially after Gimmel Tammuz. Should we compromise? No we shouldn’t, instead we should strengthen in the Torah. We should review and study more in both quantity and quality until it is clear, resolved and alive within us to uphold all of our ‘positions’ with even greater hidur than before! If we do not strengthen ourselves in the Torah and hold clear ‘borders’ than we will suffer from ‘missile attacks’ in the form of a barrage of strange thoughts from the yetzer hara which will only confuse us further and cause us to make even greater concessions. If we have fallen into this situation, we now need to realize that we have been bribed with things to make us satisfied with the status quo and we need to reverse course.

It is Hashem that protects Israel, and we are best protected when we are an; ‘Am lvadad yishkon’. The days of Yud Beis and Yud Gimmel Tammuz the days of the liberation of the Previous Rebbe, the Nasi Hador from imprisonment gives every Jew the power to redeem themselves from the exile and to break the shackles of the yetzer hara and free the neshama to serve Hashem. This is a geula protis, a personal redemption.  Let us pray that the Israeli government will allow the army to do its job and complete its mission. If we continue on the path of compromise and continue to give away land and allow Hamas to get away with it’s aggression and have any presence at all in Gaza, then no one is safe. It’s one halacha in Shulchan Aruch, the Rebbe told us, he saw all the way to the end, it’s recorded. Ashreinu Mah Tov Chelkeinu. May we be victorious with the greatest battle of all, the battle to end the galus, and receive geula klalais the countenance of Moshiach now! A good Shabbos

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