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Announcements - Balak

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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!!!
  • SUNDAYS: Rabbi Yosef Bukiet will be giving his yearly class to the women about the Beis Hamikdosh in the KYY room from 10 to 11 am for 3 consecutive Sundays starting Sunday, 18 Tammuz/July 24. 
  • MONDAY: The 8 am daily gemoro shiur will begin to learn Maseches Tomid, and will continue throughout the three weeks. GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FINISH A MASEHTA AND MAKE A SIYUM DURING THE NINE DAYS. 
  • REMINDER: Daily early mincha minyan in shul at 2 pm.
  • SAVE THE DATE : Sunday, 23 Tammuz/July 31: Annual Yarchei Kallah at YOEC. Click here for the flyer. 

Shabbos Schedule - Balak

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:42
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:28 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Hakhel - Mesibas Shabbos for girls in Shul: 4:30 pm 
  • Rabbi Raichik's Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm - Avos Perek 65
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:45 pm

Sunday, 18 Tammuz/July 24
Deferred (Nidche) Fast of Sheva Asar B’Tammuz

  • Fast Begins: 4:33 am
  • Minchah: 2:00 & 7:30 pm
  • Fast Ends: 8:35 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Balak

  • Mrs. Dorothy Grossman for the yahrtzeit of her mother Genendel bas Reb Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Elazar Plotke for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Shoshana Brocha Plotke’s father Reb Yechiel ben Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomos 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 neshomos have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Balak

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the siyum hakadish of Esther bas Shlomo Shimon ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Women's Hakhel Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Balak

6:30 pm at the home of: Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista St.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Balak

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathenson on the birth of their grandson (to Shlomo & Rivki Nathanson.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Sanowicz on the birth of their grandchild.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky on the birth of their grandchild. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Shmuel Dovid Raichik - 17 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Yrachmiel Wolowik - 18 Tammuz
  • Mr. Joseph Gertz - 20 Tammuz
  • Yossi Plotke - 20 Tammuz
  • Eliyahu Ratner - 20 Tammuz
  • Mr. Moshe Sufrin - 21 Tammuz
  • Menachem Asher Ratner - 21 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gertz - 18 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Zlota Zelda bas Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Shoshana Plotkin’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Esther Fruma bas Reb Sholom (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Reb Tzemach ben Reb Yitzchok (Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s father) - 18 Tammuz
  • Priva bas Yisroel Reb 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
  • Reb Shlomo Binyomin ben Reb Dovid Leib Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Fine’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Yechiel ben Reb Yisroel Yitzchok (Mr. Dennis Blauner’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Genendel bas Reb Noach (Mrs. Dorothy Grossman’s mother) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Schneur Zalman ben Reb Yitzchok Elchonon (Rabbi Yosef Shagalov’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Yehoshua ben Reb Tzvi Elimelch (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfather) - 22 Tammuz
  • Reb Boruch ben Reb Eliyahu (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

Devar Torah - Balak

When we Reveal our Truest Essence
we Bring the Geula
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This last week we commemorated Yud-Beis and Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, the release and redemption of the Previous Rebbe from prison in Soviet Russia. During a Yud-Beis Tammuz fabrengen in 5717-1957 the Rebbe said the maamar “Hashem Li B'ozri”.  The maamar explains the difference between two categories of mitzvos; chukim and mishpatim. Chukim are the mitzvos that we do for no other reason than that Hashem told us to, such as the mitzvah of Parah Adumah, the Red Heifer. Mishpatim are the mitzvos that we understand the reason such as honoring one’s Father and Mother. In the fifth chapter of the maamar the Rebbe applies these two types of mitzvos into our daily lifestyle by explaining that they represent two approaches, the general and the specific, in all our activities.

Our connection to Hashem and our dedication to do His will is immutable and unchanging. Our service of Hashem is without qualification; we serve our higher purpose without question. This way of living is represented in the category of chukim, mitzvos not based on reason.

 We are also encouraged to constantly ask ourselves the following question; “Is what I am about to do appropriate or is it not appropriate (Es past; yah or nisht)? The second point is represented in the other category of mitzvos, mishpatim; mitzvos based upon reason. On one hand we follow the will of Hashem without qualification. The will of Hashem is also that we should understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. All of this is part and parcel of our unwavering commitment to Hashem and His mitzvos. We extend ourselves even further into the realm of understanding, to infuse our intellectual and emotive qualities with kedusha, not just our higher qualities of will and self-sacrifice.

 All day every day we have these two elements resonating within our lives. Remembering that we are serving with a higher purpose and that we carry ourselves as if in an army prepared to do all that we can, is our general mindset and is like chukim. When we render judgment on our particular thoughts speech or actions by asking if the next act or word or thought facilitates and furthers our overall commitment of being connected to Hashem and being a Jew we address the particulars, similar to mishpatim. At this stage our concern is real, to avoid doing things that weaken our enthusiasm or our dedication to fulfilling the fine details of a custom today or down the road. If it does we pull away from that activity entirely even if it might actually be permitted. Although we can't pinpoint a sin, since we are dedicated to instilling our attitudes with strength, confidence and enthusiasm to do the will of Hashem, and this doesn’t help, we pick something else to do, focus on or speak about.

Our reluctance might extend into avoiding becoming an expert on sports statistics, summaries of the latest novels, nuanced understanding of the latest cultural events or what is considered stylish clothes or designer eyewear. By going numb to these things we open up a world of connectivity to Hashem and the preciousness of a mitzvah. Whether it’s the latest iPhone or the latest social media, we can see where it brings us down the road and we act accordingly.

 Therefore, when we venture out into new environments and new experiences that are not forbidden, just things that previous generations would not have engaged in we pause to consider why. It’s because they saw what it leads to in the long run. So precious to them is to have a feeling of closeness to Hashem, develop a willingness of the heart and a sense for Chassidus, take joy in a warm chassidishe word at a fabrengen and to have real pleasure in helping another Jew, that they were more than willing to redirect themselves when confronted with such opportunities that lead to the opposite; even later.

What seems today to be the innocent questions of the past; if our mind is in the wall-to-wall carpet or in our rain shoes (‘de kop ligt in de kelashen’) pale in comparison to the present day world with its dizzying array of variety and complicated involvements; but the question remains the same. If our excitement revolves around these things then our connection with Hashem becomes dry, the essentials become ethereal and remote. The transient and the unimportant overtake center stage.

 There is a story about Rav Avraham Drizin (Meor) who while being driven from New York to Toronto to lead a fabrengen was stopped at the border. The driver of his car gave his own passport for review to the officer while Rav Avraham was in the back seat absorbed in learning a maamar. The driver did not speak Yiddish and Rav Avraham didn’t speak English. The driver tried to explain to Rav Avraham that the officer wanted to see his birth certificate. Not knowing Yiddish or the word for a birth certificate he said in both English and Yiddish; "He wants your ‘mahus’", meaning to say your identity, your birth certificate. Rav Avraham lifted his eyes off the page of the maamar and said; “He wants my mahus (meaning, my essence)? He lifted the maamar into the air and exclaimed; “This is my mahus!” When the officer saw this interaction he just looked at them and told them they could go. A lesson of the story is that our truest essence is a maamar.

 By preserving and expanding our truest essence we go forward with resolve to complete the mission of our times to be released and redeemed from the prison of exile and go to greet Moshiach now!

 A Good Shabbos

Bd"e: Reb Dovid Richler ob"m

Rabbi Hertzie Richler
is sitting shiva in Toronto until Shabbos
on the passing of his father Reb Dovid Richler ob"m 

Phone: 323-344-2726

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Farbengen for men with Rabbi Yossi Bukiet

Farbrengen for men!!!

In honor of Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz

8:45 pm in shul.

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Yossi Bukiet

Announcements - Chukas

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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 a Community Kashrus update.
  • SUNDAY: for MEN: Annual Yarchei Kallah at YOEC for 2 Sundays, 11 & 25 Tammuz/July 17 & 31. Click here for the flyer. 
  • SUNDAY: 11 Tammuz/July 11 8:45 pm in Shul, The Chassidus Initiative - Seven Chiddushim of Chassidus on Hashgocha Protis - Presented by Rabbi Sholom Kesselman. 
  • MONDAY: Farbrengen for men in shul 8:45 pm in honor of Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz. 

Shabbos Schedule - Chukas

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:46
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:26 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Hakhel - Mesibas Shabbos for girls in Shul: 4:30 pm 
  • Rabbi Raichik's Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm - Avos Perek 5
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:49 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Chukas

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze’ev Rav-Noy in honor of Dr. Ze’ev Rav-Noy’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of a miracle that happened to Dr. Ze’ev Rav-Noy on 12 Tammuz. May Hashem continue to shower him and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomsky for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s father Reb Noson Kalmen ben Reb Tzvi Meir ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch for the yahrtzeits of Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s mother Esther bas Reb Mordechai and brother Reb Avrohom ben Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel for a Refua Shleima for Mrs. Tzirel Frankel’s mother Matil bas Shima. May she have a speedy recovery and arichus yomin veshonim tovos.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Chukas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ami Meyers in honor of the birth of their daughter Miriam. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi Simcha Levenberg & Rabbi Dov Yona Korn in honor of the ufruf of Seth Staszower. May he be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.

Mazal Tov To - Chukas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman on the marriage of their daughter Rochie to Yitzi Zakon.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Shagalov on the birth of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Dovber Cherman - 10 Tammuz
  • Yosef Chaim Kaufman - 11 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Tuvia Helfen - 12 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Novack - 12 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Nachman Kreiman - 13 Tammuz
  • Sholom Dovber Raeburn - 13 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Moshe Raichik - 14 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Plotke - 14 Tammuz
  • Mr. David Milner - 15 Tammuz
  • Zev Yisroel Cherman - 16 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Eliezer Yaakov Kahan - 10 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman - 12 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Asher Habibian - 13 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Diamand - 14 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Rachel bas Reb Aharon (Ms. Ofra Shipman’s mother) - 10 Tammuz
  • 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

Devar Torah - Chukas

Reflections on Gimmel Tammuz
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

As I stood by the Ohel this last Sunday in the corner ripping up the pidyonos brought from Los Angeles  (They allow a little extra time. I don't read the personal requests in pidyonos only my own and those I write with special requests for others) I watched three different groups of people coming and going making their requests, each in their own way.

After completing the process I stood there kind of staring at the Rebbe's matzevah while lost in thought and whispering some words, as if in another world. I said to the Rebbe; “I'm here, I want to be connected, I want to fulfill my shlichus, the way you want it to be.” It’s at moments such as these that one can feel as if they are standing in front of the Rebbe. It's not just going through the motions of the reading of the Mayna Lashon, lighting the candle and tearing up the pan, it's much more; it’s about how we are connected. If we take the time and prepare, we are transported to a place that is beyond time and place.

To really feel that connection begins with the preparation of going to the mikvah, saying Mayna Lashon, writing the pan and giving tzedaka. Sometimes we really can feel and be moved at that moment other times it's quiet.

On another occasion, this last Lag B’Omer I was by 770 and the Ohel. In 770 they took out the Moshiach Sefer Torah. Erev Shabbos, the ninth of Shevat 5730-1970 in honor of the 20th Hilula of the Previous Rebbe the Sefer Torah of Moshiach was completed The Previous Rebbe said that we will go to great Moshiach with that Sefer Torah. At the moment when I kissed the Sefer Torah I had a flash back to 1970 at the fabrengen. There it was in front of my very eyes, the connection, now as then, it was real, it was there. The question is; will we live it or will we just  leave it to memory.

Back at the Ohel I saw young people, people who were not by the Rebbe. They were not there, but they were nevertheless very connected with a strong and powerful connection. The reason they can be connected is because the connection is and always was something that is beyond time and place.

Rabbi Elimelech Tamarkin was from the Chassidim that the Rebbe instructed to remain in Russia to keep the flickering flame of Torah and Yiddishkeit alive behind the Iron Curtain. During the 1980’s during a trip to the Soviet Union, Rabbi Berel Levy O.H. took a video of Rabbi Elimelech speaking to the Rebbe in Yiddish. He faced the Rebbe with a profound heartfelt request. He asked that since his circumstances have not afforded an opportunity to enter into yechidus he's asking the Rebbe to give him something in it’s place, that should be considered as if he entered into yechidus. He even recommended that it be a nigun.  When Rabbi Berel Levy went into yechidus he showed the Rebbe the video. The Rebbe asked him to replay it again. When he replayed the video the Rebbe burst out in tears. The Rebbe said to Reb Berel to tell Reb Elimelech that when he would sing the Daled Bavos nigun that it would be in the place of yechidus.

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