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Announcements - Tazria/Metzora

  • Attention all parents --- Click here  for all KYY bar mitzvah info.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • 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!!!
  • THURSDAY: Bikur Cholim Ateres Avigail 37th Annual Reception. Click here for more info. 
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast.. Early bird special is available for a THREE more days. Click here for more info.  

Shabbos Schedule - Tazria/Metzora

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:13
  • 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: 9:30 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:10 
  • Sota Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapter 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:16 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria/Metzora

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman in honor of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik together with the Blank, Gansburg, Rabisky and Tzfasman families for the yahrtzeit’s of Rebbitzen Chana Leeba Raichik’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel and mother Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria/Metzora

  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka for the yahrtzeit’s of Mr. Berl Sroka's father Reb Leibish Ephraim ben Reb Aaron and Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. Steve Zipp, Rabbi Mushi Fogelman and Rabbi Levi Raichik for the yahrtzeit of Aba ben Moshe Noach (Al Singer) ob"m who lived larger than life and loved his fellow Jew from the depth of his heart. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Tazria/Metzora

6:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy
428 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Tazria/Metzora

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Bukiet on the bar mitzvah of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson (to Sruly & Mushky Karasik.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yisroel Aryeh Leib Habibian - 6 Iyar
  • Avrohom Menachem Arnold - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Avrohom Plotkin - 8 Iyar
  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz - 9 Iyar
  • Mr. Dovid Kagan - 9 Iyar 
  • Mr. Yitzchok Michael - 11 Iyar
  • Shmuel Dovid Yehoshua Perl - 11 Iyar
  • Chaim Dovid Sroka - 12 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy (Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Henya Chasha bas Reb Zusman (Rabbi Gershon Schusterman’s mother) - 7 Iyar
  • Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok (Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother) - 8 Iyar
  • Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 8 Iyar
  • Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s mother) - 9 Iyar
  • Reb Ber ben Reb Isroel (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandfather) - 11 Iyar


Devar Torah - Tazria/Metzora

It’s Up to Us
to turn the Dream of Moshiach into a Reality
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week’s parsha, Tazriah begins with the pasukim: “And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying. Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male…” The Rebbe explained based upon the explanation of the Ohr HaChayim HaKadosh that the woman this verse refers to all the souls of the Jewish people. Conception refers to how each soul fulfills the purpose and mission that we have once in a physical body. Our mission is to make this world into a dwelling place for Hashem through learning the Torah doing mitzvos and acts of goodness and kindness. Giving birth to a male refers to the coming of Moshiach and the complete and everlasting redemption of the world, which is what is accomplished through our service.

The connection between this week’s parsha and the 28th of Nisan the day that the Rebbe announced that he has placed the responsibility upon us to bring Moshiach is clear. Therefore, THE question that each and every one us is asking, or should be asking beginning today is; what am I doing today to bring Moshiach??

As we know the Rebbe visited Gan Yisroel in upstate New York three times. The camp was open to everyone so there were many children that attended from non-Lubavitch homes. On visiting day a child from a non-Lubavitch home told his father with great enthusiasm and excitement all about the Rebbe’s visit to camp. The father asked him what the Rebbe spoke about. He answered that the Rebbe spoke about Moshiach. The father replied that he didn’t understand. He also spoke with him at home about Moshiach therefore he already knew about Moshiach. So why was it that now, he so uniquely enthusiastic having heard about this from the Rebbe. The son answered him; yes I had already heard about it before, but the Rebbe is really serious and he really means it!

The Rebbe once described Moshiach’s arrival. The day Moshiach will arrive will be a regular day, the shoe maker will be busy repairing shoes, the tailor will be making suits, the baker will be working by his oven, and then Moshiach will arrive. Just like that, in the middle of a day, this is how Moshiach will arrive. In the later years the Rebbe would say that Moshiach will arrive before we daven Mincha, or Maariv. For the Rebbe Moshiach wasn’t an abstract dream or an idea, it was a reality.

To some Moshiach’s coming is like a nice dream or an inspiration, similar to the dream that Martin Luther King spoke about in Selma, Alabama lehavdil. If we think of Moshiach like this than we live a life apart where we carry on with whatever we want and Moshiach remains a distant dream or inspirational idea. When we think of Moshiach in practical terms then life is different. We don’t have a minute to spare because every moment is precious and makes a big difference. Then we only speak good words to and about our friends. We will consider everyone our true friend and partner in bringing Moshiach. We will be activists doing what we can to fulfill the mission of bringing Moshiach now in practical terms. As Chassidim we feel that at every moment the Rebbe’s is here (whatever our what have you done, what have you accomplished to bring Moshiach today? I gave it over to you. At any moment we will need to make that accounting..

So how do we live with Moshiach? Once a bachor asked Reb Nissan if it’s even possible to think that a person could be a benoni in today’s world. Reb Nissan answered that yes, it is possible. He then asked him if he was able to stop indulging in the pleasures of this world for an entire hour. The bachor answered that he didn’t think he could be above worldly concerns for an entire hour. Reb Nissan pressed him; how about a half an hour? He said; no. For 15 minutes? Again no. Finally the bachor agreed that he could stand above the pleasures of this world and remained focused on Elokus-G-dliness for one entire minute. Ok then, replied Reb Nissan, then do it for one minute, and then another, and then another…  Another time Reb Nissan told me the answer HaRav Yechezkel Fegin gave to bachurim who asked him for a practical measuring stick, a standard or ideal by which they could strive for or hold themselves to in avodah. He told them to set aside one day. For that entire day they should do their very best in avodah without compromise. From then on he said, you have a focal point, a level to hold yourself to by which to measure your progress.

We too can do the same as HaRav Yechezkel Fegin suggests with regard to living with Moshiach today. The Rebbe wanted that everyone should learn Inyanei Geula uMoshiach. The learning of Inyanei Geula uMoshiach gives us a picture of what to strive for to the utmost, each one according to their individual level and situation. We can take the time to envision what a day of doing all we can to bring Moshiach could be like and then go on to live a day that way. Then we have an ideal to strive for, remembering to be careful that the Rebbe is watching, and that Moshiach is waiting to finally greet us at any moment.

A Good Shabbos 

Tehilim Request

Please say tehilim for 
Yitzchok Michael (Yitzchok ben Chaya Reisa)
who is having a full knee replacement surgery on Wednesday 3 Iyar/April 22.
Kapitel 20 & ??.

Thanks and may we always share only good news! 

Shidduch Network - Event


The Shidduch Network invites men & women
to attend an informative talk by Labish Bergovoy regarding Shidduchim.

Tonight, 8 pm at the shul Kollel

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Beis Iyar Farbrengen

Farbrengen for men
In honor of Beis Iyar - birthday of the Rebbe Maharash
and for a refuah shelimoh bekarov mamash for
Yosef Yitzchok ben bracha Horwitz

Tuesday, 2 Iyar/April 21,
after Maariv - around 8 pm
in shul

Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow - Shliach in London, Ontario

Pledge Reminder!!!

Thank you to all who made generous Tzedakah pledges over Pesach!!

It is because of your generosity that we continue to grow and build our community!!

May Hashem repay you (at least) thousand fold!!

Please pay your pledges here or send in a check as soon as possible.

With warm wishes for a good and healthy summer!

Major Mivtzoim Today! Mit a shturem!

Biezras Hashem, today between 1 and 5,
there will be thousands of Yidden today at Pan Pacific Park,
for Yom Hashoah.

Chabad will have a table at the Beverly Entrance beH.

Men and boys please come and bring your Tefilin.
Ladies and girls, pls join mivtzo Neshek
(pls come to the table to pick up supplies.)

The program is scheduled from 2-4.
The primary time to do Mitzvoim is
before and after the program: 1-2, and 4-5.

May we be zoche  to bring the Rebbe ‎much Nachas -
and may we merit the coming of ‎Moshiach Bikorov Mamosh!

Devar Torah - Shemini

Breaking Through the Final Barriers

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This Shabbos is influenced by the past week in which we completed the Yom Tov of Pesach. It is also 24th year since yesterday the 28th of Nissan when the Rebbe made the declaration that he has given over to us the task of bringing Moshiach. Therefore it’s an important time to reflect about how we should find any way possible to break out of the boundaries of galus.

Just as by Krias Yam Suf there were four groups who faced the formidable waters of the ocean with four different approaches so too today there are different schools of thought about our situation and how to break out of the final boundaries of galus.

The first group is the warriors of our time. These are the folks that are constantly engaged in battles with others. They cry foul about others not doing their job or not doing it the way the Rebbe wants. Being that they consider themselves a Chosid and they feel their intentions are for the sake of Heaven they engage in their disputes in a very open and public manner. They say that it is because they act for the ‘sake of Hashem’ and for the Rebbe’s honor. Everyone needs to know how they feel because they are out make a Kiddush Hashem and a Kiddush Shem Lubavitch.

The next group is the compromisers. Their strategy is to go backwards. They will agree that surely the Rebbe struggled and fought during the 1950’s and 1960’s to be 100 percent authentic and not to compromise, and that was a good idea. But today is different. They claim to be smarter and more practically minded. They claim that we need to accommodate our standards in order to accomplish anything today. Be it with the youth, our communities our parnasa or with the world at large. Their mindset requires that we adopt the ways of the world. They say its ok to compromise our standards to accommodate and entertain the young professionals for example, even if it’s questionable entertainment, otherwise we’ll loose them.

The third group is those who choose to withdraw and become insular to the world. Their point is that they need to protect the family the community and themselves. They say that they prefer to stay below the radar. They will invest solely in davening and learning and they will focus on chinuch but they will not and they cannot get involved in the world. Hashem will bring Moshiach when He decides. There is simply nothing else to be done in a world filled with such formidable odds, a world that’s gone crazy. Helping other Jews with doing mitzvos? That’s for bachurim. I’ll stick to my davening and learning and leave the mivtzoyim for them.

The fourth group is the principled passives. They will tell you that they looked for a Rav or a Mashpia but they never found one. Instead when they asked around and read all the stories on the internet they found that the people who  are supposed to be the examples and models for behavior are people with plenty of problems and faults of their own. They say that they’ll do what they can and ask to be left alone.

I heard a story during Chol HaMoed from Rabbi Moshe Perman. It took place in 1978-1979. Rabbi Yaakov Yehudah Hecht headed an operation to take a group of children out of Iran with the help of others including my brother Yossie and Shalom Ber Hecht. On Erev Pesach Rabbi Hecht received a phone call from the Rebbe’ secretary Rabbi Binyomin Kline.  He asked if he had prepared rice for he children for Pesach. “Rice?” he asked. “I don’t believe you. The Rebbe wants us to make rice? That’s not out minhag!” Rabbi Kline told him that he was just telling him what the Rebbe asked and it was up to him to decide what to do. Rabbi Hecht ran to 770 and saw the Rebbe coming out from Mincha. When the Rebbe saw him he gave him a big smile. From this he understood that this is what the Rebbe wanted so that’s what they did. Yossie remembered standing in the kitchen cooking the rice on Erev Pesach that year. The Rebbe felt the needs of the children who were away from their parents on their own. Rice was their custom and the Rebbe wanted them to have according to their custom even if it didn’t fit with our hidurim. Even though we cannot eat it they can and it’s well worth it to go out of our way to accommodate their needs.

This story is a lesson to each one of us to do our best to accomplish and break out of our personal boundaries. It teaches the first group of warriors that fighting isn’t always the best way. We learn from this story that instead of arguing and insisting on the highest standard it was better to work together and reach everyone’s best benefit each according to his or her level.

On the other hand they did not compromise their own standards and hidurim one iota. This is a message to the second group of compromisers to follow the Rebbe’s example to constantly strive to provide for others while not compromising the authentic good of keeping our own observance on the highest level.

This story also is a message to the third group not to retreat or be insular rather flexible and to go out of our way to reach out to others.

To the fourth group who wants to be passive this story teaches us that knowing the failings of others should never get in the way of progress. The Rebbe knows our failings more than we realize. We are fools if we think otherwise. The Rebbe saw beyond our failings and looked toward the positive that can get done. So too we need to take a lesson today about our Rabbonim and Mashpiim. We need to remember that not everyone is the benoni of the Tanya. Surely you can find someone who knows better than you and that can teach you and guide you. This is what the Rebbe meant by making for yourself a Rav. If you seek this, surely you will find someone to be your Rav or your Mashpia. In this story the people involved did not see the potential nevertheless the Rebbe saw the potential and with a smile used the opportunity to help the children.

Each one of us can now ask ourselves: to which group do I belong? What is standing in my way? Is it a real barrier or should I ignore it as I break though the barriers and act now to do my irreplaceable part in bringing the revelation of Moshiach today?

A Good Shabbos and a Good Chodesh

Announcements - Shemini

  • 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 or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Click here for info regrading purchasing chametz after pesach
  • SUNDAY: Mivztoim opirtunity - Yom HaShoah event in Pan Pacific Park, 1-5 pm. Chabad will have a table at Beverly entrance. ‎Men/boys please come and bring Tefilin. Women/girls please come Neshek will be available at table beH. Let's give the Rebbe nachas! 
  • THURSDAY: The Shidduch Network invites men & women to attend this informative talk by Labish Bergovoy regarding Shidduchim. Thursday 4 Iyar/April 23, 8 pm at the shul Kollel. Click here for more details

Shabbos Schedule - Shemini

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:07 pm
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:35 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:05 
  • Sota Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:10 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Iyar: Sunday, Nisan 30/April 19, 1:27 am and 4 Chalokim..
  • Rosh Chodesh Iyar: Sunday & Monday, April 19 & 20.
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