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Announcements - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

  • Click here for an update from Kol Yakov Yehuda. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Please arrange for your Rosh Hashana seats and membership right away! Click here.
  • If you want to send a PA”N with Rabbi Raichik to the Ohel, please bring it to the Rabbi by Sunday night.
  • Parking: The city has relaxed some of its rules due to the yomim tovim. Click here for more details. 

Shabbos Schedule - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:35 pm
  • Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Tehillim Club: 9:15 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:42 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • KYY: 10:30 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 5:35 pm
  • Mincha: 6:35 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perokim 5-6
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:38 pm
  • Selichos Motzei Shabbos: 1:00 am

Selichos followed by Shachris Monday - Tuesday

  • 1st Selichos Minyan: 6:05 am
  • 2nd Selichos Minyan: 6:30 am
  • 3rd Selichos Minyan: 7:00 am 
  • 4th Selichos Minyan: 7:45 am 

Kiddush Sponsors - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Noteh Berger for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Note Berger’s father Harav Mordechai Yosef Shimon ben Reb Yerachmiel Menachem ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Tzirel Goldman’s father Reb Yisroel Isser ben Reb Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Raichik Family for the yahrtzeit of their brother Yossi Raichik - Reb Yosef Yitzchok ben Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Zalman Schmukler’s father Harav Meir Eliezer ben Reb Chaim Yehuda ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s father Reb Yehuda ben Reb Tzvi Hirsch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Goldman in honor of Rabbi Levi Goldman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp in honor of their son Josh’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

5:30 pm - At Maayon Yisroel
140 N La Brea Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Reuven Wolf

Mazal Tov To - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

  • Mr. & Mrs. Sholom Fine on the engagement of their son Dov to Leah Rosner.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Perl on the birth of a their granddaughter (to  Moshe and Shternie Niasoff).  

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Michael Mordechai Cohen - 25 Elul
  • Mr. Josh Zipp - 26 Elul
  • Yosef Yitzchok Raeburn - 26 Elul
  • Mendel Rav~Noy - 26 Elul
  • Rabbi Levi Goldman - 27 Elul
  • Mr. Richard Rosenbloom - 27 Elul
  • Mr. Ezra Sarue - 28 Elul
  • Chaim Morris - 28 Elul
  • Rabbi Yecheskel Raeburn - 29 Elul
  • Menachem Cohen - 29 Elul
  • Mendel Arnold - 29 Elul
  • Mr. Yonason Allison - 2 Tishrei
  • Mr. Yerachmiel Altman - 2 Tishrei

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik - 26 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Mordechai Leib ben Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Yoel Edelson’s father) - 26 Elul
  • Harav Meir Eliezer ben Reb Chaim Yehuda (Rabbi Schneur Zalman Schmukler’s father) - 27 Elul
  • Harav Mordechai Yosef Shimon ben Reb Yerachmiel Menachem (Rabbi Mordechai Berger) - 27 Elul
  • Reb Yehuda ben Reb Tzvi Hirsch (Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s father) - 27 Elul
  • Reb Sholom Dovid ben Reb Yoisef (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s father) - 28 Elul
  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Menachem Mendel Hilel (Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg’s father) - 2 Tishrei

Devar Torah - Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Getting Ready to Coronate Hashem as King
and be Written and Sealed for a Good Sweet Year!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Every year before Rosh Hashana there is a custom to write a letter called a “Pan” (an acronym for the words Pidyon Nefesh) to the Rebbe. We write our name and our mother’s name and we ask the Rebbe to awaken mercy for us on high. This is similar to the custom found in Shulchan Aruch to go to kivrei Tzaddikim to ask for their assistance before Rosh Hashana.

The first time I wrote a Pan to the Rebbe was when I was 13 ½ years old. I sat with my father upstairs in the small shul in 770. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do so my father helped me start writing the Pan. He had me write three things to ask the Rebbe for help in accomplishing. 1. To be mekabel, to accept the yoke of Hashem’s Kingship. 2. To become aroused with a true spirit of teshuvah. 3. To have a kesiva v’chasima tova l’shana tovah u’meshuka. That was it, just those requests and nothing more, other than to sign my name.

Later on when I started learning chassidus I realized that these three requests encompass the entire Rosh Hashana.

The entire davening in the machzor has one theme with a clear focus; the coronation of Hashem as King over the entire world in general and us in particular. The theme of receiving Hashem as King is the purpose of the pasukim of Malchios, Zichronos and Shofros.

The goal is to be able to be a servant of Hashem and be ready to do whatever He needs. It doesn’t just mean to do one thing here and another there rather to fully accept the responsibility of the yoke of His kingship in everything we do, 24/7 with great simcha. This is reflected in the all the Tefillos of Rosh Hashana.

In order to get into this avodah of accepting Hashem’s Kingship properly we need to first do teshuva. In order to awaken our neshama to do teshuva, to desire to be truly close to Hashem and to feel Elokus, we need the avodah of the Shofar. This is the crying out of the neshama, calling Father Father!, I am returning to You. I want to be close to You, You are our King.

Then we ask for the good outcome that we can see, that we should be written and sealed in the physical as well as the spiritual for a shana tovah u’mesukah. We pray not only that Hashem should bless us with our physical needs but that it should be sweet as well. What does this mean? Everything that comes from Hashem is already good; no evil comes from above. What a sweet year means is that we should experience that good, that it should also be good and sweet from our perspective as well. I later realized that these three lines that my father taught me in writing the Pan encompass the entire avodah and the tefillos of Rosh Hashana.

In the Avinu Malkeinu prayer that we sing on Rosh Hashana we tell Hashem that He is our one and only King. We pray to accept Hashem’s Kingship with the full and complete revelation of Moshiach when Hashem will be accepted as King by everyone over the entire world.

A Good Shabbos. A Kesiva vChasima Tova L’Shana Tova uMesuka

Rosh Hashanah Schedule

For all the laws and customs please see the Chabad Chodesh

Erev Rosh Hashanah  
Wednesday, Elul 29/September 24

  • Selichos: 5:45, 6:15 and 6:50 am and 7:30 am
  • Hatoras nedarim - Annulment of Vows following Shacharis
  • Remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin
  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:28 pm

First Day Rosh Hashanah 
Thursday, Tishrei 1/September 25

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am  
    Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Tehillim: 5:00 pm
  • Minchah/Tashlich: 6:10 pm
  • Light Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame after 7:30 pm

Second Day Rosh Hashanah  
Friday, Tishrei 2/September 26

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am  
    Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Minchah/Farbrengen DOWNSTAIRS: 6:00 pm
  • Light Shabbos candles from a pre-existing flame at 6:25 pm

Shabbos Parshas Ha'azinu/Shabbos Shuva  
Tishrei 3/ September 27

  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:45 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Minchah/Farbrengen: 6:15 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:28 pm

Tzom Gedaliah (Nidche)  
Sunday, Tishrei 4/ September 28

  • Fast Begins: 5:31 am
  • Minchah: 6:20 pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:16 pm

Announcements - Ki Savo

  • Click here for an update from Kol Yakov Yehuda. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Operation Protective Edge: Join hundreds in uniting for the protection of Eretz Yisroel and Jews worldwide by encouraging another Jew to put up a mezuzah in their home or office for just $5. Click here for more info. 
  • N’shei Chabad of Los Angeles has launched 'Operation Shabbat Dome'- Please take two tea lights put them in a bag and distribute to all Jewish women and girls before Shabbos. For more info click here.
  • Motzei Shabbos: Special even in Maayan Yisroel. For more info click here.  

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Savo

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:45
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:45-9:30 sharp @ 118 S. Orange Dr. 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Simcha Bart: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:40 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY Inaugural Shabbos! - for MUSAF and a special KIDDUSH.
  • In honor of Chai elul, Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz will be farbrengen at this wekks kiddush. 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Levi Kramer: 5:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perokim 3-4
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:48 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Savo

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Milton Goodman’s father Reb Yisroel ben Reb Zalmen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also for the great mirical that Hashem has performed for Mr. Goodman on Sep 11 2001. May Hashem continue to shower him and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Tzvi Burston in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuvein & Caplan in honor of Razel bas Hanna. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky for the yahrtzeit of their son Reb Dovid Yonah ben Reb Menachem Mendel Hokohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Heshy Mishulovin in honor of the birth of their daughter Chaya Mushka. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Dr. Nochum Pinson for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s father Reb Yechezkel ben Reb Nochum Yitzchok ob”m and Dr. Bassya Pinson’s mother Ita bas Reb Aharon ob"m. May the neshomos 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. Shmuel Stroll in honor of Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Savo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmy Fogelman for in honor of a seudas hadoah for their son Yitzchok Dovid. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Vcherashansky in honor of the birth of their daughter Nava. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Vcherashansky in honor of the birth of their daughter Bluma Leah. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steav Zipp in honor of Mrs. Barbara Zipp’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their grandson Dovid Moshe Klein’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Ki Savo

5:45 pm - At the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Ki Savo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Baruch Braude on the birth of their granddaughter (to Pinchos & Dini Vorst).
  • Double Mazal tov to Mr. & Mrs. Benyomin Hoffman on the birth of TWIN grandsons (to Sholom Ber & Elie Estrin).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Heshy Mishulovin on the birth of their daughter Chaya Mushka. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler on the marriage of their granddaughter Leah Shanowitz to Yakov Kaplan.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky on the birth of their granddaughter (to Moshe & Batsheva Vcherashansky.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Shmuel Stroll - 19 Elul
  • Yisroel Pinson - 19 Elul
  • Moshe Yaakov Berkowitz - 20 Elul
  • Rabbi Noach Vogel - 20 Elul
  • Rabbi Tzvi Burston - 21 Elul
  • Rabbi Moshe Hackner - 21 Elul
  • Shmuel Rotenberg - 22 Elul
  • Yeshayahu Gansburg - 22 Elul
  • Dovid Moshe Klein - 23 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Pesach Kornreich - 18 Elul
  • Dr. & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan - 19 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Elozor Fisch - 20 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Pollard - 21 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner - 21 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ben Tzion Novack - 21 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mottel Polityko - 24 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • 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
  • Reb Yosef Yitzchok ben Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi (Rabbi Yossi Raichik) - 21 Elul 
  • Ita bas Reb Aharon (Dr. Bassya Pinson’s mother) - 21 Elul
  • Reb Dovid Yonah ben Reb Menachem Mendel Hokohen (Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky’s son) - 22 Elul
  • Reb Avraham Zelig ben Reb Tzvi Hersh (Mr. Isser Goldstein’s brother) - 24 Elul

Devar Torah - Ki Savo

 Absorbing Chassidus is not like drinking Milk:
We cannot pick between “whole, half and skim”  
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This Shabbos is parshas Ki Savo and also Chai Elul the birthdays of the two great luminaries the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe. The Rebbe asked what the connection is between the parsha of Ki Savo and the day of Chai Elul. The Previous Rebbe says that the day of Chai Elul brings life into the avodah of Elul.

Chassidus does not come to add to the Torah and mitzvos rather to bring life into the Torah and mitzvos we do. Adding life isn’t like adding a limb to the body rather it makes what’s there more alive; the life and the thing (the Torah and mitvos) are not two separate things but are all part of one thing. It’s not like a machine that you fill up with fuel, it’s a neshama, as we say in the bracha; You return souls into dead bodies. The neshama comes into (like the word savo, to enter in the name Ki Savo) the body and unites with it as one. The same is true for learning chassidus, when we learn chassidus it brings life into our entire being. It’s brings feeling and sensitivity into our performance of Torah and mitzvos.  Just as a mikva is only kosher when the entire body is covered by it’s waters with not even one hair outside, so too we want to be completely effected and within the waters of the Torah.

The problem that we face today is that people want to live on both sides of the fence. Some say; it’s no longer the 1850’s and we don’t have a shtetl to live in anymore. We have seen the development of a “modern chassidic” approach, which tries to have it both ways. What happens then is that we aren’t fully in it. We become partial participants depending on how we balance our priorities. If we are half way into the mikva it doesn’t make purity, we have to be completely inside the waters.

One year after the entire Tishrei the Rebbe said that there are people here who haven’t yet arrived. They were physically there the whole time but they weren’t really involved. Where is our life?

We also fool ourselves about where we stand. We participate in this double dance between the modern and the chassidic and then we look back and ask; how did I end up here? There is a story of a chosid businessman who was a chosid of the Rebbe Maharash. When he would visit the Rebbe he wore a kapote, and when he was among his fellow business associates he wore business attire. At some point the basic contradiction in his behavior bothered him so much that he decided to always dress either one way of the other. The next time he visited the Rebbe he wore his business attire. Later on in yechidus the Rebbe expressed his disappointment. The chosid said; you knew already, why are you upset now? The Rebbe replied; until now I thought that you were fooling the world that you were like Yaakov wearing the clothes of Eisav. Now I see that it’s the opposite.

When we fully participate and put ourselves entirely into serving Hashem with simcha and a good heart then we are in the land. The word land also means our will, our desire. This is the meaning of Ki Savo coming into the land.  When a chosid lives with emunah in general and uses his Chabad, his intellect in all the details then he lives entirely connected. This is the message of Chai Elul. And then we go in, inherit, and settle the land today together with Moshiach.

A Good Shabbos

 

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