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Announcements - Toldos

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for the KYY update.
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!

Shabbos Schedule - Toldos

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:28
  • Late Minayan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:15 pm 
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Simcha Bart
  • Thillim Club: 9:15 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:05 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:31 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Kislev: Shabbos, Mar-Cheshvan 29/November 22, 9:46 am (and 17 chalokim).
  • Rosh Chodesh Kislev: Sunday, November 23.
  • FATHER AND SON LEARNING: 7:00-8:00 

Kiddush Sponsors - Toldos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s grandfather Reb Yisroel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson’s father Reb Shmuel Gronim ben Reb Yitzchok Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Toldos

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier in honor of Mr. Yirmiyahu Andrusier’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yerachmiel Kuzecki in honor of Mr. Yerachmiel Kuzecki’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Berl Sroka’s mother Miriam bas Reb Pesach Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Wachtel in honor of their son Michoel Gavriel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Toldos

4:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Zalman Munitz

Mazal Tov To - Toldos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Tzemach Rosenfeld on the engagement of his son Isaac to Mima Vanounou.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky on the birth of their grandson (to Yitzy & Esther Malka Kleinman). 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Yerachmiel Kuzecki - 29 Cheshvan 
  • Rabbi Munish Weiss - 1 Kislev
  • Rabbi Naftoli Fishman - 1 Kislev
  • Rabbi Tzvi Ferszt - 1 Kislev
  • Boruch Shalom Allison - 1 Kislev
  • Yecheskel Pinson - 3 Kislev
  • Rabbi Eli Feiner - 3 Kislev
  • Michoel Gavriel Wachtel - 4 Kislev
  • Dr. Sholem Gimpel - 4 Kislev
  • Menachem Mendel Levenberg - 4 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Plotke - 5 Kislev
  • Mr. Mordy Gluckowsky - 5 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yerachmiel Helfant - 5 Kislev
  • Mr. Tzvika Grossman - 6 Kislev
  • Avremi Raichik - 6 Kislev
  • Mr. Yirmiyahu Andrusier - 6 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman - 1 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Goldman - 1 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Rafael Gutierrez - 3 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz - 4 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Shmuel Gronim ben Reb Yitzchok Meir (Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson’s father) - 1 Kislev
  • Miriam bas Reb Pesach Halevi (Mr. Berl Sroka’s mother) - 3 Kislev
  • Chaya bas Reb Sendor (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s mother) - 6 Kislev
  • Reb Levi ben Reb Zalman Yudah (Mrs. Rochel Eisenberg’s brother) - 6 Kislev
  • Reb Yisroel (Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s grandfather) - 6 Kislev

Devar Torah - Toldos

Children of the Rabbeim Only Get Stronger in Difficult Times
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

It’s very hard to express the feelings that most of us are feeling and thinking about what occurred in Eretz Yisroel this week. The horrors that these inhumane creatures carried out in their cruel and evil way is unspeakable.  These are terrorist vultures that cannot be reasoned with. They are just like Hitler y”sh. They want everything and they want to throw us into the sea. We see the world standing by and watching in silence as they, with Jewish blood on their hands celebrate the death and the killing with dancing and singing. They also celebrated the death of 3000 innocents on 9/11. The American government is blind. They push forward without any rational another round of peace initiatives and finger pointing at Israel. If the world would have stood up and fought for the Eretz Yisroel all these years and taken a strong hand against terrorism would the world be facing the likes of ISIS in 2014? I doubt it. 

We also need to take a look at ourselves. In Eretz Yisroel the definition of a Jew and the purpose of a Jew has been breached. It began both spiritually and tangibly when the Rebbe waged the battle over the wording of the famous legislation known as  “Mihu Yehudi- Who is a Jew” in Israel’s Knesset. The Rebbe fought that the wording of the law should read that a conversion should be according to Halacha, “giur h’halacha”. We are still in the midst of this battle as the law has not yet been amended and the government in Israel is stalling with a half a million Russian immigrants whose status is still undefined. All of this has trickled down into the physical as well and our borders are not secure. The Rebbe said this concept clearly the 13th of Tishrei 5734-1973 in the middle of the Yom Kippur War.

What we can learn from this is that it takes time to get lost in the forest. We see from that what has happened in Israel didn’t occur overnight.

So too today we see the rise of radical Islam. It all began with President Carter forcing the Shah out of power in Iran back in the 1970’s. The lesson for us today is not to compromise. We shouldn’t collapse to pressure by saying I can’t keep this minhag or I must compromise on this or that negative influence in the home. Our animal soul is just that, an animal. It wants everything and will never give in to partial compromises.

Moses Mendelsohn, the founder of the Reform Movement was a religious Jew. He put on Tefillin every day. Since he veered, even if it was a little at first, we see what came in the end. The students of the Baal Shem Tov were well aware of this danger and knew how to stay away from the trap of compromises. They could see beyond the allure of compromise and instead waged battle against Mendelsohn’s ideology through the inspiration found in chassidus. The Rebbe Rashab was standing strong by founding Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim 20 years in advance of the Russian Revolution and it’s consequences; “ikvus meshichecha”. The Rebbe saw what lay ahead in our generation and forged forward with Mivtzoyim, Chabad Houses and Ufaratzta.

By being connected, the Rebbe gives us the power to continue the struggle over Mihu Yehudi and to repair the breach in our borders in Eretz Yisroel. We need to safeguard every word in the Torah that it remains complete without compromise in thought, speech and action. We are Chayolei Bais David and we do not compromise. This is the way that we will win the galus and bring the geula Now!

Announcements - Chayei Sarah

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for the KYY update.
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!

Shabbos Schedule - Chayei Sarah

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:31
  • Shiur in Sichos by Rabbi Raichik following kabolas shabbos 
  • Late Minayan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:15 pm
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:40-9:30 sharp @ 118 S. Orange Dr. 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:01 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:30 pm 
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:34 pm

Sholom Zochor

Baruch & Esther Perel Kreiman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 6002 W 3rd St.
(In Park La Brea. Enter on 3rd)

Kiddush Sponsors - Chayei Sarah

  • Anonymous in honor of Chof Cheshvan. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Raichik for all they do for the community. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Grunfeld in honor of Chof Cheshvan. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Hayman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Daniel Hayman’s mother Leah bas Shraga Feivel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. David Kaufman’s grandfather Reb Zelig ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Novack in honor Rabbi and Rebbitzen Raichik for all they do for the anash. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll in honor of the birth of their grandson Yosef ben Levi Yitzchak Goldstein. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Chayei Sarah

  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Zaghi in honor of the birth of their son Moshe Natan. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Chayei Sarah

4:30 pm - At the home of Mrs. Chana Weiss 
411 N Martel Pl.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Chayei Sarah

  • Mr. & Mrs. Baruch Kreiman on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Shmuel Eiferman - 22 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Tzvi Kravitz - 24 Cheshvan
  • Dovid Yehudah Brooker - 24 Cheshvan
  • Yisroel Dovid Tsikman - 24 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Zalman Friedman - 26 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Moishe Kasowitz - 26 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Eli Kagan - 27 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Simcha Kagan - 27 Cheshvan
  • Hershel Tsikman - 27 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Sholom Ber Kesselman - 28 Cheshvan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Tzvi Kravitz - 24 Cheshvan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pinchas Hirsch - 26 Cheshvan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Zelig ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. David Kaufman’s grandfather) - 22 Cheshvan
  • Leah bas Reb Shraga (Mr. Daniel Hayman’s mother) - 24 Cheshvan
  • Yosef ben Reb Nachman Ber Kreiman - 28 Cheshvan

Devar Torah - Chayei Sarah

Removing The Wool from Our Eyes
(The ONLY Way to Accomplish Our Purpose is By Speaking the Truth!)
Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week’s parsha of Chayei Sarah we read about how Avraham Avinu bought Mahras HaMachpelah. On this Shabbos every year the city of Chevron welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world. They come to show solidarity and as a result are saying that Mahras HaMachpelah is the undisputed acquisition of Avraham Avinu and the inheritance of the Jewish people along with the entire city of Chevron; the first capitol of David HaMelech.

The city of Chevron had a continuous Jewish community throughout the millennia up until the 1920’s. In 1929 there was a massacre carried out by the local Arab population. As a result the community was temporarily disbanded. Notwithstanding the history, for some reason the Israeli government has decided to give the city of our forefathers  away to the grandchildren of the murderers that carried out that massacre. Why did they and how could they do such a terrible thing? Shouldn’t they have rather rebuild the Jewish community of Chevron with Mahras HaMachpelah at its center? There is no dispute that Mahras HaMachpelah is the  possession of Avraham Avinu, the acquisition itself clearly written and recorded in the Torah. Also, why has the Israeli government given almost exclusive use of the tomb of Yizchok to the Arabs and disbar access to Jews who are his heirs? They aren’t even related to Yitzchok! Also, after all the terrorism and broken promises why does the Israeli government even consider the self destructive possibly of two states (living side by side in terror!)?

On Yom Tov we say in the Musaf prayer: “Mipnei chataeinu galinu m’artzeinu; Because of our sins we were exiled from our land”. This prayer is the same for every Jew whether he lives outside or inside Eretz Yisroel. The reason is because the galus isn’t just physical and only for those living outside of Eretz Yisroel but is also spiritual and relevant to everyone, even those living inside Eretz Yisroel.

The Jewish people have developed a style of appeasement and compromise throughout our long and bitter galus. We have paid exaggerated taxes, come up with exorbitant ransoms, and have been disbarred and exiled from living in many locations around the globe in ways too inhumane to mention. Unfortunately it is easy to see that our galus habits and styles are alive and well today in Eretz Yisroel. We continue with our appeasements and we still pay our ransoms, as if attached to a ball and chain (the ball and chain of galus) and are endangering lives and then passing it’s consequences on to our children and future generations.

Each one of us in our personal lives have similar challenges. We try to strike a balance between living a Jewish life and having a Chassidishe home while being successful in the outside world. We often seek compromises and appeasements as a way of keeping it all together.

Just like Avraham never changed the mind of Og the King of Bashan, so too we will never appease world opinion by giving in and we will never achieve peace through compromise, everyone knows it. So when will this madness stop??

The Rebbe was the only leader who foresaw where all the consequences of our decisions lead and was the only one to courageously speak out about them. The Rebbe clearly said that only by being outspoken in a straightforward and honest way about our beliefs and positions would we be successful in accomplishing the right outcome. Why was the Rebbe the only one to speak out? Where were all the other leaders? It’s because the Rebbe is the Nasi. The word Nasi is an acronym in hebrew for Nitzus Shel Yaakov Avinu, a spark of Yaakov Avinu. The Rebbe is like a ceder tree that Yaakov planted that can see beyond the horizon. He is tall like a date palm, as it says in Tehillim that the tzaddik is like a tall date palm tree. There are special neshamos that come down into every generation that are part of the geula. They see above and beyond the galus. Their goal is to stop the suffering of those that are effected by the galus and bring geula to the world. They are here to guide us.

Therefore, the Rebbe is telling us to remove the galus cataracts from our eyes and look at our situation from a geula perspective. We have a strong connection with Hashem that gets stronger every day as we learn more Torah, especially Chassidus the neshama of the Torah, and do more mitzvos. Through our strong, and only getting stronger connection to Hashem and to the Rebbe we have more than enough strength and courage to stand up and tell the world that Eretz Yisroel is ours, as it says in the Torah and we will settle the entire land, where we want and when we want.

So too in our daily lives, we never give up on ahavas Yisroel. With ahavas Yisroel and with Chassidus we can turn the tide in our homes, communities and with our youth. It does not come from making compromises and appeasements saying things like; what can I do, today we don’t live in the generation of the Alter Rebbe or in the shtetel. We need to remove the cataracts from our eyes and our galus perspective of weakness and though hiskashrus, our connection to Hashem and to the Rebbe  transform the world with strength and with resolve. It's time to stop being politically correct and say the truth in Eretz Yisroel that Mahras HaMachpelah belongs to the Jews and not Yishmael. So too in our homes we need to speak without compromise, with warmth and ahavas Yisroel To be continued…

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