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Announcements - Shoftim

  • 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.
  • Please say tehillim for Liat Adi Chaya bas Devorah Orly. 

Shabbos Schedule - Shoftim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:04
  • 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: 9:39 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • NO Mesibas Shabbos For Girls this week!!!
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:00 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:07 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Shoftim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart for the Bar-Mitzvah of their son Levi Yitzchok. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Sender Munitz’s father Reb Yisroel Meir ben Reb Alexsender Sender ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shoftim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zali Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Zali Munitz’s grandfather Reb Yisroel Meir ben Reb Alexsender Sender ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Raigorodsky in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Rubashkin in honor of Rabbi Shalom Rubashkin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Shoftim

6:00 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy
428 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schustermna

Mazal Tov To - Shoftim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart on the bar-mitzvah of their son Levi Yitzchok. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler on the marriage of their granddaughter Mushki Kantor to Gabi Kaltmann.  
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler on the marriage of their son Meir to Chana Shneur. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yechiel Dovid Yonah Friedman - 5 Elul
  • Yisroel Berkowitz - 5 Elul
  • Rabbi Benyomin Hoffman - 6 Elul
  • Rabbi Shalom Rubashkin - 8 Elul
  • Moshe Dov Ber Stark - 8 Elul
  • Sholom Dov Ber Polityko - 8 Elul
  • Levi Gurary - 9 Elul
  • Rabbi Levi Zirkind - 9 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Rosenbloom - 4 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff - 5 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski - 5 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Raigorodsky - 6 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler - 7 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman - 8 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yehudah Schmukler - 9 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson - 10 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman - 10 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Yisroel Meir ben Reb Alexsender Sender (Rabbi Sender Munitz’s father) - 4 Elul
  • Channah bas Reb Mordechai (Mr. Yosef Avraham Targum’s grandmother) - 5 Elul
  • Yehudis bas Reb Shalom (Mr. Moshe Kaszirer’s mother) - 6 Elul
  • Reb Amiram ben Reb Avraham (Mrs. Ilanit Gluckowsky’s father) - 8 Elul

Devar Torah - Shoftim

The Art of Educating in Today’s World
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

My father sent my brother Abby to the yeshiva at Bedford and Dean when he was 10 years old. In September/October 5722/1961 after completing his first year in yeshiva it became clear that he wasn’t happy. My father spoke to the Rebbe in yechidus after Tishrei. The Rebbe offered the following advice: Check into his friends and his roommates and make changes for the better.

When Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Segal spoke here in Los Angeles he told a story about his father being a teacher in Torah vDaas. In the yeshiva there was a particular student that always came late to the shiur. It didn’t seem to matter which day it was or what the reason was for, he still showed up late. One day this student walked in late. Rav Segal called the student over and gave him a note and told him to take it to the cook. The note read: Today we are learning the sugiya of “yeush shelo m’daas” in the gemara. Please feed this student so he will have the strength to learn.

I recently heard a story about a bachor who attended a large yeshiva. For whatever reason, the hanhala always seemed to be on his case, catching him with minor infractions. After some time one of his friends approached the hanhala and asked; do you know how much this bachor sacrificed to be here? His family is against him going to yeshiva and constantly discourages him and yet he perseveres. If you knew about him you would support him in any way possible.

The first pasuk of this week’s parsha reads:

You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities that the Lord, your God, is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people [with] righteous judgment.

We learn from this pasuk that the judges make the laws and then police enforce those laws. The main mitzva is to have laws decided upon by the judges to live by while law enforcement is there to support that those laws are properly implemented.

When Moshiach comes we will no longer have law enforcement because it will no longer be necessary as we see in a pasuk in Yeshaya HaNavi (1:26) and we say three times a day in Shmonah Esrei: And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning.

In the year 5751/1991 at the last fabrengen we heard from the Rebbe for Shabbos parshas Shoftim, the Rebbe spoke about the difference between law enforcement and advisors or counselors. Since the advisor is focused on the good of the person he is helping he doesn’t try to force rather work together to help him realize the goal of the judge. In our life we learn halacha and then we arouse our emotions and uplift ourselves in the best possible way to fulfill the halacha and through it be connected to Hashem.

As parents and educators we need to stop policing Yiddishkeit. Some parents handle their homes like boot camp with a lot of kabbolas ohl, while others only want to be their child’s best friend. Either approach alone won’t work; we need a combination of the two. First we listen to the judge, we learn about what the Torah wants from us and we arouse a desire to fulfill in the best way possible. At the same time we remain open to explain and offer support, understanding and guidance as they go through all of their stages of development. It’s an honor not a burden and we aren’t the police. It’s our merit that we are able to accompany our child along their way.

This is especially true in our schools today. Every student needs to feel that they are understood by all of their educators and they are there for one purpose only, to help, to guide and to encourage. Once the student knows this, you have them, and then we progress together. There is one teacher who goes to the homes of his students to visit them before the school year begins. He gets a feel for the whole child not just his life as a student. He sees how the interacts with his parents and siblings and he becomes more aware of his as person and therefore more sensitive and capable to guide, advise and inspire him in class and in life. This is the difference between a mashpia and a mashgiach. In Lubavitcher yeshivos we use the term mashpia, to give and inspire instead of the term mashgiach used by others, which denotes oversight.

The Rebbe had a similar approach when addressing global issues. When the Rebbe spoke about not giving away territory in Eretz Yisroel he always based it on halacha. At the same time he explained the clear and present danger of not following the halacha. Along with the halacha he incorporated insight understanding and guidance of both the spiritual and the physical as one. This is true as well for all aspects of life. The Rebbeim did not only take care of our spiritual needs but also helped and guided us in our physical needs. Having the judge and the advisor together as one brings the whole solution into focus.

A Good Shabbos

Announcements: Re'eh

  • 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.
  • Nichum Aveilim: Mrs. Chana Weiss is sitting shiva for her father until Monday morning at her home 411 N Martel Ave. Tzvi Rauh is sitting shiva for his mother until Wednesday morning at his home 439 N Poinsettia Pl. Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Betoch Shaar Aveilei Tzion VeYerushalaim. Vehokitzu veranenu shochnei ofor....vehem besocham. 
  • Thursday: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - parenting workshop and video presentation by Rabbi Avrohom Segal. The lecture is entitled "Communication is the Key". Click here for a preview of the video. Thursday, Elul 2/August 28, at Moshe Ganz Hall: 356 N. La Brea Ave. 7:45 pm - Maariv, 8:00 pm - Video presentation and Lecture.  
  • Bikur Cholim: Betzalel Fleischman is in Cedar Sinai Hospital (South Tower 6915). Please say Tehilim for Pesach Betzalel ben Parel and/or consider visiting him. 

Shabbos Schedule: Re'eh

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:13
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:15 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:37 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos for men with Rabbi Raichik: 6:10 pm
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:16 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Elul: Monday, Av 29/August 25, 7:34 pm (and 14 chalokim).
  • Rosh Chodesh Elul: Tuesday & Wednesday, August 26 & 27.

Kiddush Sponsors: Re'eh

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky in honor of Rabbi Mendel Dubinsky’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s mother Ratza Liba bas Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s father Reb Moshe Yaakov ben Reb Aron ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s mother Esther Leah bas Reb Shmuel Tuvia ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Chaim Lerner’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s brother Reb Refoel ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Debbie Tibor for the yahrtzeit of her mother Musa bas Reb Yehoshua Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur: Re'eh

6:00 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista St.
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To: Re'eh

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Mendel and Sara Fishman).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Mendel Dubinsky - 27 Av
  • Eliezer Meir Tzvi Winograd - 29 Av
  • Mr. Pinchas Hirsch - 29 Av
  • Menachem Mendel Thaler - 29 Av
  • Menachem Mendel Rubashkin - 29 Av
  • Zakkai Hanania Shusterman - 1 Elul
  • Mr. Yossi Palace - 1 Elul
  • Rabbi Chaim Drizin - 1 Elul
  • Menachem Mendel Davidson - 1 Elul
  • Yisrael Shusterman - 1 Elul
  • Yona Israeli - 3 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Levi Nagel - 29 Av
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yoel Edelson - 30 Av
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Avrahom Mentz - 1 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Benyomin Hoffman - 3 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Ratza Liba bas Reb Chaim (Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s mother) - 28 Av
  • Esther Leah bas Reb Shmuel Tuvia (Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s mother) - 29 Av
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Chaim (Mr. Chaim Lerner’s father) - 30 Av
  • Musa bas Reb Yehoshua Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Tibor’s mother) - 30 Av
  • Reb Refoel ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s brother) - 1 Elul
  • Reb Moshe Yaakov ben Reb Aron (Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s father) - 1 Elul
  • Sima Baila bas Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Yoel Edelson’s mother) - 3 Elul

Devar Torah: Re'eh

Buying Chabad Shechita is not enough!
Chinuch in Chabad Schools is not enough!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Last week when I was in Florida I heard that Anash there found out for the first time that certain kosher restaurants that serve Shor Habor Shechita were serving it on bread that wasn’t pas Yisroel. They complained to the owners; how is this possible? You go out of your way to get Shor Babor meat but you can’t serve it on pas Yisroel buns? Their answer was that they serve pas buns, but you need to ask for it. Just take a look, it’s printed on the sign on the wall. You don’t have a complaint to us because we never claimed that we only served pas products.

We can learn a valuable lesson from this story. We cannot operate under the false notion that everyone has the same concerns that I do and therefore has my back; ‘He should have understood’. It’s not necessarily the case. Look and see what gets by underneath those assumptions.

The very same thing holds true for chinuch, be it cheder, the girls schools, seminaries or yeshivos. We pay and then we assume, we don’t always ask to be sure that our assumptions are correct. Do we ask these basic questions?  Who are the teachers? How does the curriculum fit my child’s needs? What is the curriculum? What are the influences there; what kind of friends and roommates does he or she have? Does the teacher, maggid shiur and rosh yeshiva know my child?

As parents we need to take the time to understand the teachers. The teachers need to understand the needs of the parents as well. Teachers should be appreciated for all that they do for our children. So too the teachers should point out to parents the positive accomplishments of their children. Only by working together in cooperation can we be successful in giving our children what they deserve.

When our children go out of town to learn we need to stay engaged to know what is happening with them. We need to take time off of work and go and see for ourselves where they live. We need to get a sense of how the Beis Midrash is, who their roommates and chavrusas are etc. And then, even after we leave we need to stay in touch with the menahel and the teachers. We don’t need to be a nudge, we just need to be involved, and it makes a difference. How would you feel if you found out that your child went the entire year without a chavrusa or with a difficult roommate and if you would have paid attention you could have made all the difference? It’s not that the mechanchim don’t care, chas v’Shalom! It’s just that sometimes there are large classes etc., and in the shuffle things can get overlooked. At the end of the day it’s your child. You can volley back and forth, blame this reason or that for an outcome, but in the end it’s your child, and his or her success comes from cooperation and involvement; and that’s the bottom line. And then after all is said and done, we need to say a lot of Tehillim that everything should go well.

After World War II R Avraham Cohen opened a seminary for girls in Gateshead England. The Rebbe expressed on a number of occasions admiration of his good work. Once there was a meeting held about certain student in the seminary. She had done something unacceptable and there was concern about her staying there. Everyone reached the decision that she needed to be sent home. After reaching their decision R Avraham Cohen turned to them and said: “We didn’t open a seminary to send them out, we opened it to work with them and help them.” Later they were able to correct the problem, they took responsibility for her and things got better.

Once when I was in Melbourne Australia I remember that a certain student had to sent away from the yeshiva. He was an improper influence on the other students. Rabbi Groner A’H didn’t sleep for weeks; he felt the responsibility for this child. What will be with him? We are playing with neshamos.

In 5726-1966 my father, as was his custom, was by the Rebbe for Purim. That year my father felt that the Rebbe wanted him to go back to Los Angeles right away. He went in after Purim for his birthday yechidus then planned on leaving. While in yechidus which was usually brief, the Rebbe told my father to go to Montreal. My brother Abba, who was 16 years old at the time, had gone there for yeshiva. The Rebbe said that my father should visit Abba and see how he is doing. One could have assumed the visit unnecessary. After all, all of my father’s good friends were in Montreal; Rabbis Hendel, Garlitsky, Greenglass and Kramer. They were his friends that he was together with in Otwosk and later in Shanghai, surely they would take good care of Abba. Nevertheless, even with the very best mechanchim that can be, nothing is the same as the involvement of a parent, and this is what the Rebbe wanted.

Our personal involvement helps in two fundamental ways. First, by visiting our child he or she realizes how much we love them and care about their chinuch. Secondly when the hanhala sees the effort we make, they think differently about our child. They see him or her more as an individual. Sometimes the yeshivos and seminaries can be like a factory, 40 to 60 bachurim in a class, the individual can get lost in the shuffle.

Just like it is in the restaurant, so too it is in yeshiva, we need to stay on top of what is happening and not make assumptions. By following in the ways of the Rebbe, may Hashem give everyone a lot of nachas from all of our children and grandchildren.

By helping each other may we merit to prepared to greet Moshiach now all together as one. Kasiva vChasima Tovah l’ShanaTovah u’Mesuka

A Good Shabbos  

Announcements: Eikev

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • This Shabbos - Chof Menachem Av - marks the 70th Yartzeit of R. Levi Yitzchok - Father of the Rebbe. On Shabbos Chof Menachem Av 5744 (at the 40th Yartzeit) the Rebbe requested to make farbrengens and to learn his Torah from Likutei Levi Ytchak. Let’s all try to make this Shabbos a special one. Click here for more info. 
  • 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. 
  • New Kiddie Camp in our area for boys and girls ages 3-5. 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.

Shabbos Schedule: Eikev

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:21
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Yisroel Noach Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:36 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz: 6:20 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:20 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 5
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:24 pm
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