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Announcements - Vayeitzei

  • 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!!!
  • Ainyah's Boutique will be opening motzei shabbos for the shop small business American Express event. Click here for more details. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Community wide Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen for men and women, Thursday night, Kislev 19/December 11.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayeitzei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:26
  • 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: 9:09 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: 4:25 pm 
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:29 pm
  • FATHER AND SON LEARNING: 7:00-8:00 pm 

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayeitzei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Jonathan Glabman’s mother Shulamis bas Reb Tzvi Hirsh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Dorothy Grossman, Rabbi Fischel and Rabbi Boruch Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Reb Nota Moshe ben Reb Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Hadassah Weiss’s father Reb Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben Reb Menachem Monish ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayeitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Noteh Berger in honor of Mr. Noteh Berger’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their son Shmuel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • The Labkowsky Family for the yahrtzeit of Harav Menachem Mendel ben Nochum Labkowsky ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Munitz in honor of Rabbi Yisroel Munitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayeitzei

4:30 pm - At the home of Mrs. Yocheved Lezak 
423 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Vayeitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Niasoff on the engagement of their daughter Shterny to Chili Baron. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Schwartz on the birth of their grandson (to Yossi & Hindel Swerdlov).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Nota Berger - 7 Kislev
  • Shmuel Berger - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yosef  Y. Shusterman - 8 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yisroel Munitz - 8 Kislev
  • Rabbi Sholom Raichik - 9 Kislev
  • Shmuel Thaler - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Simcha Frankel - 10 Kislev
  • Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg - 10 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Arnold - 10 Kislev
  • Nesanel Chananya Soussana - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Moshe Levin - 11 Kislev
  • Yehoshua Moshe - 11 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss - 7 Kislev
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yrachmiel Wolowik - 8 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sruly Yusevitch - 10 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Nota Moshe ben Reb Tzvi (Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s father) - 7 Kislev
  • Reb Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben Reb Menachem Monish (Mrs. Hadassah Weiss’s father) - 9 Kislev
  • Roza bas Reb Chaim (Mrs. Chana Ganzburg’s mother) - 9 Kislev
  • Harav Menachem Mendel ben Nochum Labkowsky - 10 Kislev
  • Shulamis bas Reb Tzvi Hirsh (Rabbi Jonathan Glabman’s mother) - 12 Kislev
  • Reb Leib ben Julius (Mrs. Vickie Elson’s father) - 13 Kislev

Devar Torah - Vayeitzei

Have the Courage to Keep Asking Good Questions
until You Find their Answers
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Last week at the Kinus HaShluchim Rabbi Mordecai Avraham Segal of Machon Segal told the following story. The story is about a child named Moshe (a fictitious name) who while in the fifth grade seemed unable to participate in class, he was completely shut down. He had a dedicated and concerned teacher who was touched by this child’s difficulty and made great efforts to warm him up and get him involved in class. Eventually somewhere in the middle of the year Moshe finally asked a question. The teacher, overwhelmed by the change warmly received his question and showered him with compliments about what a good and important question he asked.

The next year his teacher was older man who had survived many difficulties in the Holocaust. When they learned the Gemara in Avodah Zara (3b) about what Hashem does each hour of the day the boy raised his hand. He asked what the Gemara meant when it says that Hashem plays with the Leviathan in the fourth part of each day. The teacher got visibly upset by his question and started lecturing him in front of the entire class about how wrong it is to ask certain questions because it can be considered apikorses, heresy. He explained that even though his generation had been through the Holocaust they still never asked, they simply accepted what was stated without question. He went on, and by the time he finished Moshe was crushed. From that point on he shut down and didn’t reemerge. Later after finishing the Day School system, when Moshe’s parents brought up the subject of which mesivta he should attend the following year, Moshe told them that there would be no mesivta; he was going to public school. Moshe left Judaism.

Moshe threw himself into his studies and became a prominent doctor in Boston. Later on he moved his practice to Brooklyn near Prospect Park. Although he had become a famous doctor that excelled in his field nevertheless he felt empty and frustrated inside. Often he would spend time in Prospect Park reading the newspaper and calming down before returning to work. One day while in the park he read about a young girl who got lost in the forest. The search had grown to 10-15,000 people combing the forest in Massachusetts to find the girl. He was taken by the story and his heart was moved. He prayed to Hashem and said if the girl will be found then he will return to Judaism. She was found and Moshe slowly started becoming a Baal Teshuva.

One day there was a frum Jew from Chicago who needed a specialist in the area that Moshe’s was an expert. He made and appointment with him in Brooklyn and also with another professor in Manhattan the same day. When he arrived for the appointment he said that his custom was to say a Dvar Torah before beginning an appointment. Moshe agreed and immediately asked him what the Gemara meant when it said the Hashem plays with the Leviathan in the fourth part of each day. The man was surprised and asked if he had learned in Yeshiva. He told him about his background and how this question has always bothered him. The man replied that he didn’t have an answer but that when he gets back to Chicago he would bring it up with his Rav and if he had an answer he would be back in contact.

Afterwards this man went to Manhattan for his second appointment. The professor’s office was in a large skyscraper. He arrived at the building a little more than 15 minutes before the appointment and found that the elevator was broken. With no other choice he began climbing up the stairs. After 15 minutes and around 17 flights of stairs he got a call from the professor’s office. He explained what happened and they told him not to worry just to continue on his way. By the 20th floor he stopped for a rest. Finally the elevator got fixed and he got to the floor of the office. He sat down for a minute to catch his breath and fell asleep.

Twenty minutes later at 3 o’clock he suddenly woke up to the sound of coughing. He saw two frum Jews sitting across from him. He told them that he has an appointment that he’s late for but has a custom to first hear a Dvar Torah before hand. One of them answered; “I’ll tell you a Dvar Torah” and began to tell over something he heard from the Rebbe about why Hashem plays with the Leviathan in the forth part of each day. He quoted the paskuk in Breishis (1:21) about the taninim, the great fish that Hashem created*. Rashi explains that this was the Leviathan and his mate. Hashem killed the female and salted her to preserve her for the Tzaddikim in the future. The reason for killing the female Leviathan was to preserve the world that could not be sustained if they would propagate. Because of this the Leviathan no longer had his mate he was very lonely and sad. While it is true that it was necessary to kill the female to protect the world nevertheless he was still sad and alone. This is the reason that ever since then until today, every day Hashem spends the forth part of each day playing with the Leviathan to make him happy because he is alone, and Hashem created him and needs to take care of him. The man then said that the Rebbe told him that this is a lesson that is important for education and will be of use to him in the future. When the man from Chicago heard this he thanked him and then called Moshe the doctor. Moshe found deep meaning in this explanation and became very inspired by what he heard. Soon thereafter Moshe became a wholehearted Baal Teshuva.

From this story we learn important lessons. First, that every word we say to another person can make or break them. Another lesson is that everything in the Gemara has an important lesson for us in life including the aggada. Even if we don’t know what the message is we should ask those that do understand and know. When we look into the Rebbe’s Sichos, Maamarim and Letters we will find answers and guidance. From this story we learn the importance of having sensitivity towards others especially our fellow Jew.

We are now in the month of Kislev. This month we increase in the study of Chassidus. When we learn Chassidus we see in depth how every aspect of the Torah relates and connects to avodas Hashem and answers our deepest questions. We need just open the sefer and learn! If we don’t find the answer we need to ask.

A Good Shabbos

(*We speak about the Leviathan every Rosh Chodesh in Barchi Nafshi. See Rebbe’s Maamar: “Leviathan Zeh Yitzarta l’Sachek Bo” 5712-1952)

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!!!
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