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New Kovetz From Rabbi Raichik

Click here
to download the latest kovetz from Rabbi Raichik
Minhogei Chabad
Excerpts from sichos
about the importance of minhagim and their profound effect on our lives.

The pamphlet is being presented in honor of Yud Alef Nisan, the birthday of the Rebbe. This year is the 113th birthday of the Rebbe. On Yud Alef Nisan we begin saying the 114th chapter of Tehillim which mentions Yetzias Mitzrayim and Krias Yam Suf and how the Jewish people were elevated by the exodus and how nature was overwhelmed by Hashem's intervention.

The redemption took place in the merit of the Jewish people's not changing their names, their dress or their language. By this they continued in the ways of our forefathers and stayed connected.

So too in our times. Through our careful observance of Chabad minhagim and upholding Chabad standards we continue in their ways and strengthen our connection to the Rabbeim, our forefathers.

We present to you this pamphlet which contains articles about Chabad customs and Chabad standards. Appropriate to this time, it is being given out on the eve of the festival of Pesach, days filled with special customs.

We also know that the Rebbe spoke often about minhagim and encouraged their careful observance. He placed great emphasis on publishing and publicizing Chabad minhagim.

By continuing in their ways may we all merit the exodus from this last and final galus and the splitting of the Jordan River immediately, with the revelation of Moshiach Now!

A Kasher and Freilichen Pesach
Rabbi Shimon Raichik

 

Public Seder

Bs"d

Dear Fellow Chassidim,

We all know how dear it is to the Rebbe that every single yid be present at a Seder. All the sichos about the fifth child....,

Be'ezras HASHEM this year, CLY, in conjunction with Chabad of Hancock Park and Chabad of Larchmont will be hosting a seder at Yeshiva-Ohr-Elchonon-Chabad for ANY yid who needs a place.

While there is a suggested donation of 36/per person, it is just that: a suggested amount, which many will not be paying.

In honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, please reach out to neighbors, business associates, yidden you've once met and encourage them to join! Please send them to our link jewishhp.org/seder or ask them to call 323-886-0770 or email seder@jewishhp.com 

The cost for the meal, matzah and wine and other supplies (including renting fridges etc), totals approx 36 per Person per night. Since there are many Yidden who cannot afford to pay, pls consider sponsoring one or more Yidden to participate, so we can accommodate the large demand. Please reply to this email or send an email to seder@jewishhp.com with any amount of Yidden you are willing to sponsor to join this seder. 

To donate online please go to
chabadofla.com/donate
mention "public seder" in the purpose box.

As you begin your seder, you will know that you enabled yet another yid to partake in a seder.

Let's hope we can bring much Nachas to our beloved Rebbe, and that we can be Zocheh to spend Pesach in Yerushalyim with Moshiach!

Announcements - Tzav

  • 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!!!
  • SUNDAY, Nisan 10/March 30, 8 pm in shul, farbrengen for men in honor of 11 Nisan with rabbi Yecheskel Kornfeld of Seattle WA. Click here for more info.
  • SUNDAY: Jewish Fire Safety Symposium. Sunday 9 Nisan/March 29, 4 pm at 8906 W Pico Blvd. Click here for more info. 
  • As Yud Alef Nissan is rapidly approaching, once again a group of Anash and bochrim have been organizing the 4th annual “Mitzvah Tank Parade” in honor of the Rebbe’s 113th birthday, as a community present to the Rebbe.  Click here for more info. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS SUNDAY. 
  • Nichum Aveilim:
    Mrs. Judy Kagan is sitting shiva in NY until Sunday for the passing of her mother Mrs. Rechtche Rappaport ob"m. Phone: 323-864-2641. Email: ataralosangeles@yahoo.com. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehe besochom!
    Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin is sitting shiva in NY until Wednesday for the passing of her father Reb Chaim Serebryanski ob"m. Phone: (323) 363-7973. Email: dmvths@yahoo.com. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Announcements - Pesach

For details regarding the laws of preparations for Pesach
(including kashring kitchen etc).
Please see the “Chabad Chodesh” by clicking here. 

  • Ads: The Shul has a web page for members to advertise their goods or services leading up to Pesach. If you want to be featured, please email us your flyer or announcement. Attachments must be in pdf or jpeg format. Note: The shul reserves the right to reject and/or modify any submission for any reason. Click here to see the page.  
  • Maos Chitim: Those who would like to give money for Maos Chitim please go to www.chabadofla.com/Donate, or give a check to Rabbi Raichik.
  • Koshering Keilim: Hag’olas Keilim will be done next door to the shul in the parking lot of Beis Yehudah, Tue. Wed. & Thurs, 12 - 5 pm.
  • Selling Chometz: Rabbi Raichik will be available in the Shul to sell your Chometz from 9 to 10 am, and for a half hour after Maariv, or by appointment. 
  • If you are leaving out of state, there is a special mechiras chometz form for a sale that will be done earlier. Rabbi Raichik will accept these forms until Thursday 11 AM.
  • Shaimos: Please DO NOT bring your shaimos to shul. There are shaimos services that will pick up for a small fee. The Yeshiva also has a shaimos depository. Shaimos left in the shul ends up in the garbage.
  • Lockers & Personal Items: Please remember to clean out your lockers of any chometz and remove all personal items from any public areas. ANYTHING LEFT WILL BE THROWN AWAY.
  • Matzah: As every year the Shul will help people buy Matzah, for themselves or for Mivtzoim. Please call and order, let us know what you need and when you will be picking it up. (We will provide envelopes and brochures). 

Shabbos Schedule - Tzav

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:51
  • Shiur in the Rebbe's Sichos by Rabbi Raichik following Maariv.
  • 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: 9:52 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Shiur in Hilchos Pesach: 5:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:50 pm
  • After Mincha we say the Hagodah.
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:54 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Tzav

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Milton Goodman Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother Reb Avrohom ben Reb ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandmother Rosa Rochel bas Yitzchok Alter ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tzav

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Raigorodsky in honor of Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman in honor of Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Tzav

6:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Tzav

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler on the marriage of their grandson Ephraim Paltiel to Chaya Chazan.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler on the birth of their granddaughter (to Zalmi & Shoshi Thaler.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Winograd - 8 Nisan
  • Mr. Gidon Fine - 9 Nisan
  • Mr. Gaby Silver - 11 Nisan
  • Rabbi Shmuel Raigorodsky - 12 Nisan
  • Rabbi Berel Schusterman - 13 Nisan
  • Mr. Boruch Greenbaum - 13 Nisan
  • Mr. Chaim Chodorow - 13 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark - 8 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum - 11 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sara Rivka bas Reb Elkana Halevi (Mr. Pesach Kornreich’s mother) - 8 Nisan
  • Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Mordechai (Mr. Yanky Bloch’s father) - 8 Nisan
  • Rosa Rochel bas Yitzchok Alter (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandmother) - 10 Nisan 
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yisroel (Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother) - 10 Nisan
  • Reb Chaim Yosef ben Harav Yehuda Tzvi (Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s brother) - 12 Nisan

Devar Torah - Tzav

What does Yud Aleph Nissan or Pesach mean to me Today?
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This coming Tuesday will be Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday. In a Chai Elul Sicha (5703-1943) the Previous Rebbe quoted the words of the Tzemach Tzedek. He explained to his son Reb Baruch Shalom what occurs in the higher worlds on the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe and how powerfully it affects us. The same holds true for Yud Aleph Nissan. The best things for us to do on this auspicious day is to strengthen our connection by saying Tehillim, writing a pan, going on mivtzoyim, and preparing for Pesach.

When we ask others what the Lubavitcher Rebbe represents, we get differing answers. One will say that he is best understood by his Ahavas Yisroel; how he thinks about every Jew wherever he is and worried to do as much as possible to help each person according to his or her needs. We see during his distribution of dollars where he listened and cared for each person on an individual basis. By the Rebbe there was no such thing as a Jew being left behind. Others will point to the teachings of the Rebbe, the depths of his Sichos, explanations of Rashi and Rambam and his Maamorim. Others will point to the Rebbe’s leadership and innovation that has changed and continues to change the world in a lasting way. (See Letter from the Rebbe the 3rd of Tammuz 5710-1950, which explains that a Rebbe is even more than all of the above) 

In a sicha on Yud Shevat 5730-1970 the 20th year after Yud Shevat 5710, the Rebbe spoke about chinuch and the upcoming generation. He quoted the pasuk; “Ki yishalcha bincha machar- When your child will ask you tomorrow what are these laws etc.” He then quoted Rashi on the word machar-tomorrow who gives two definitions. One is a literal definition, meaning tomorrow. The second definition of tomorrow means; further in the future, or at a distance. The Rebbe explains that there are two different types of children that will ask this question. One child understands and has a feeling for what his father is saying because although he is in a different generation they share a common language and therefore this child is asking from the vantage point of tomorrow, close by, meaning literally the very next day. The second son feels out of touch and because he doesn’t speak a common language finds the previous generation irrelevant to him. This is because he is not able to appreciate the Torah’s message and then translate it properly properly. For this son tomorrow is far off in the distance. The Torah tells us not to worry, that the Torah has a vital and relevant message for him as well.

As it was in 5730-1970, 20 years after Yud Shevat 5710, so too today we approach 20 years since Gimmel Tammuz, and today also there are also two sons. There is one that lives in today’s generation but remains connected and shares a common language. He is able to see the vital relevance of the message of the Torah and Chassidus in the same way as in the past if not more. Sure there are challenges, and sure there are questions. Nevertheless they stay strongly connected and therefore are a directly involved. Their questions are like questions asked the very next day, from close up. There are others who have not been able, for whatever reason to maintain a strong connection between what they were taught yesterday and integrate it into their lifestyle today. The greater the distance the greater their challenge to connect to what it really means to be a Chabad Chosid today. They will start with terms of indifference, saying to the older generation; you saw the Rebbe, you experienced the fabrengens etc., what do you expect from me?

Another place we see this in a less obvious way is in how we view the mitzvah of ahavas Yisroel. In this age of moral relativism, to some it means to be open to everyone no matter what and not to criticize anyone. On one hand while that is a very beautiful thing, on the other hand something essential is missing. Sometimes we know others that are living a harmful lifestyle, and it’s as if they are calling out for help. They need a friend, a parent or mashpia to pay attention, to get involved and express their concern. We owe it to our friend our child and our student. To be able to sit down and explain why his situation is wanting and how he can improve is real ahavas Yisroel. Where is the ahavas Yisroel if we just to look the other way? He needs our help! Have we forgotten these basics? Is the tomorrow of today become too distant and out of touch? We need to reconnect and relearn what we have been taught.

In this generation of ours some think that Chabad has become an umbrella organization. Chabad is not a rainbow coalition made up of the Ultra Chassidic, Regular Chassidic, Modern Chassidic and Chabad Lite. It is not a Chabad thing to look the other way and just love everyone. The Rebbe taught us by example over and again the exact opposite. We need to get involved, to reach out and share chassidus and pay attention to our friend, child and our student and point out his situation and how it compares. We can then suggest ways to improve. It’s not politically incorrect, it’s our responsibility to teach, show and live the life of a Lubavitcher Chosid as taught in the Rebbe’s Sichos and letters. 

Throughout the 12 days of reciting the Nasi, the day of Yud Aleph Nissan and throughout Pesach we are given the power to break free of our habits.  So as we sit by the Seder, 3 ½ thousand years after the exodus we we remind ourselves that we have one Hashem, one Torah, one Chassidus and one Moshe Rabbenu. Our job is to open the channel of connection and tap into the power of the Nasiim, Yud Aleph Nissan and Pesach by doing all of the mitzvos and observing all of the minhagim. The effect is powerful. A kosher and freilichen Pesach.

New Masechta starting tonight

Rabbi Bukiet's nightly gemoro shiur will be starting mesechta Moed Koton tonight.

It's a great chance to join a great shiur.
Every night between mincha and maariv.

See you soon!

Bd"e - Mrs. Rechtche Rappaport ob"m

Mrs. Judy Kagan
is sitting shiva in NY until Sunday for the passing of her mother
Mrs. Rechtche Rappaport ob"m

Phone: 323-864-2641
Email: ataralosangeles@yahoo.com

Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. 
Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehe besochom! 

Tank Parade

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Jewish Fire Safety Symposium

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Shiur for young women

Please join us in hearing Mrs Dina Hurwitz speak
about the very timely topic of  Emunah and positive thinking.

Thursday, Nisan 6/March 26, 8:30 pm
At the home of the Rubashkins, 118 S Orange Dr.

Markowitz Bris

The Markowitz Bris 
Will iy"h take place Wednesday, 5 Nisan/March 25
Mincha 1:30 pm, followed by Bris and Seudas Mitzvah
At 6399 Wilshire Blvd. Suite PH1
(corner Wilshire and La Jolla)

Mazal Tov and may we share only good news.

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Sandberg Bris

The Sandberg Bris 
Will iy"h take place Wednesday, 5 Nisan/March 25
Shacharis - 9:20 am. Bris - 10:30 am 
At Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad - 7215 Waring Ave.

Mazal Tov and may we share only good news.

Chayainu Update

Reminder

Chayinu's for this week are now available on the the porch.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A guten Tomid

Pesach Gift

Our very own Meir Ashkenazie is hosting a jewerly show

TODAY, Nisan 2, 12-4 pm
at Maayon Yisorel 140 N La Brea Ave.

Buy your wife, daughter a gift for Yom Tov
or a gift certificate for someone you care about!!! 

 

TODAY!!!! Annual Pesach Products Shiur

Annual Pesach Products Shiur

for men and women,

TODAY (Nisan 2), 10 am in the kolel

with Rabbis Nathanson and Raichik.

Chayainu

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This next week's chayainu (tzav) did not arrive.

If you know anyone coming to Los Angeles this Sunday please contact us

thank you good Shabbos and good Chodesh 

Chabad Chodesh - Nissan

The New issue of the "Chabad Chodesh
is now available online by 
clicking here

Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Announcements - Vayikra

  • 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!!!
  • Sunday: Annual Pesach Products Shiur, for men and women, Sunday, Nisan 2/March 22, 10 am in the kolel, with Rabbi Nathanson and Rabbi Raichik.
  • Sunday: Our very own Meir Ashkenazie is hosting a jewerly show Sunday, Nisan 2/March 22, 12-4 pm at Maayon Yisorel 140 N La Brea Ave. Buy your wife, daughter a gift for Yom Tov or a gift certificate for someone you care about!!! Click here for more info. 
  • Save The Date: Sunday, Nisan 10/March 30, 8 pm in shul, farbrengen for men in honor of 11 Nisan with rabbi Yecheskel Kornfeld of Seattle WA.
  • As Yud Alef Nissan is rapidly approaching, once again a group of Anash and bochrim have been organizing the 4th annual “Mitzvah Tank Parade” in honor of the Rebbe’s 113th birthday, as a community present to the Rebbe.  Click here to find our how YOU can help.
  • Ads: The Shul has a web page for members to advertise their goods or services leading up to Pesach. If you want to be featured, please email us your flyer or announcement. Attachments must be in pdf or jpeg format. Note: The shul reserves the right to reject and/or modify any submission for any reason. Click here to see the page.   

Shabbos Schedule - Vayikra

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:46
  • Shiur in the Rebbe's Sichos by Rabbi Raichik following Maariv.
  • 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: 9:59 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Shiur in Hilchos Pesach: 5:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm 
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:49 pm

TWO Sholom Zochor's

Ari and Rivky Markowitz
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 438 N Spaulding Ave.

Tzvi & Bluma Sandberg
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at 543 N Martel.

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayikra

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pinchas Hirsch for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Pinchas Hirsch’s father Avrohom Reb ben Reb Avrohom Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik for the yahrtzeits of Mrs. Rivky Raichik’s grandfathers Reb Lipman ben Reb Nochum Shapiro ob”m and Reb Dovid ben Reb Meir Yechiel Yehuda ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayikra

  • Yerucham Cohen in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Hoch in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi David Hoch’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Munitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman for the Bas-Mitzvah of their daughter Rochel Leah. May she give them much nachas and may she grow to be worthy of the name a daughter of Chabad as was the will of our rabeiim. Also for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s mother Rochel Leah bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Munish Weiss in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayikra

5:45 pm - At the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
418 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Mrs Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Vayikra

  • Mrs. Miriam Gluck on the marriage of her granddaughter Shulie Shur to Avremel Vogel.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Markowitz on the birth of their son.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yoske Mishulovin on the birth of their grandson (to Chaim & Simi Mishulovin.) 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tzvi Sandberg on the birth of their son. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Munish Weiss on the upsherenish of their son Dovi. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yona Mordechai Weiss.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Plotkin - 1 Nisan
  • Rabbi Levi Eisenberg - 1 Nisan
  • Avrohom Eliezer Goldman - 3 Nisan
  • Rabbi David Hoch - 3 Nisan
  • Mr. Berel Wilhelm - 4 Nisan
  • Yehoshua Eliyahu Plotke - 5 Nisan
  • Meir Reichman - 6 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mordechai Cohen - 1 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Hoch - 1 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth - 2 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Munitz - 2 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Greenbaum - 2 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Eisenberg - 5 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moishe Kasowitz - 5 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gaby Silver - 6 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Esther Rivka bas Reb (Rabbi Moshe Aaron Kagan’s mother) - 2 Nisan
  • Avrohom Reb ben Reb Avrohom Halevi (Mr. Pinchas Hirsch’s father) - 3 Nisan
  • Rochel Leah bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya (Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s mother) - 4 Nisan
  • Rochel bas Reb Yaakov Moshe (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s mother) - 6 Nisan

Devar Torah - Vayikra

Redemption Against All Odds
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week wherever I went and to whomever I spoke, people were happy that Bibi Netanyahu won the election in Israel. It was reported in the news that the Administration in Washington was involved in trying to get Netanyahu removed by sending advisors to the Left leaning parties in Israel and by spending millions of dollars in campaign contributions along with other countries. Still, this was all to no avail and Netanyahu’s pro Jewish, pro security government was re elected.

What lesson does this teach each one of us as we enter the month of Nissan and as we begin our preparations for Pesach? Chassidus teaches that the yetzer tov is located on the right side of the heart, as it says in a pasuk; Hashem stands at the right side of the distressed in order to save him from those that would bring him harm.

The yetzer hara stands on the left side and is looking for a good fight. The yetzer hara cannot just tell a person outright to do an aveira. Instead he begins the battle by asking for compromises. Compromises are where he begins because compromises sound so reasonable. On the surface all he seems to be asking for is cooperation and all he is doing is just creating ways to live together with harmony in our shared environment. At the end of this battle however, after having made one compromise after another, there is nothing left to compromise about, because slowly, and step by step it was all given away. To stay above this struggle and not fall into the trap of the yetzer hara is our constant challenge, it’s what we wake up to in the morning… every morning.  As we know from the Tanya, every day the benoni is asked to bend and to compromise, and every day the benoni must fight, and with Hashem’s help, (the one who stands on our right side) we stay strong from the enticements of the yetzer hara on the left, and we overcome whatever challenge that day brings.

When the late Yitzchok Rabin signed the peace accord with Arafat and President Clinton on the White House lawn he declared that the Jewish people were no longer an “Am levadad yishkon- A nation that dwells alone.” What he said was perhaps wishful thinking to some but it was not true and it will never be. We, the Jewish people are a nation that dwells alone, and must dwell alone. But how is it that we stand alone?

In the Megilla Haman said; “Yeshna am echod- there is one nation”; we are a nation that stands with the one and only Hashem. So when we say that we are a nation that dwells alone we don’t mean all alone, we mean all alone with Hashem. We do not look toward or rely upon other sources for help and our salvation. Sure we cooperate with others, we are a friendly and helpful nation to all that are decent, but we look only to Hashem for our help and for our guidance.  

We compromised the Sinai and it’s oil resources, we compromised areas in Yehuda and Shomron, and then we compromised in Gaza, we gave in to the pressure. In the end all we received in return were bullets, bombs, and missiles. The Rebbe said that according to the Torah if we have a strong border, and remain strong resolute and outspoken about our beliefs then we will be safe.

This is true for each one of us as individuals and for our communities in general. All compromises in Judaism, whether with our beards, tznius, or kashrus, in the end all the compromises are nothing more then one big trap. All they lead in one direction to more and more compromises and further and further from Hashem. Eventually we look around and ask ourselves; where am I? How did I get here and what if anything is left to compromise?

The point of Pesach is that we were taken out of bondage. We were sprung from the trap of galus and we came close again to Hashem. We need to remember this essential message. We must always return to who we are; alone, or “all-one” with Hashem. He took us out of bondage and out of slavery and drew us close to Him and made us into a nation.

This is the reason why we keep all our minhagim and all of our hidurim on Pesach. We do it all in order to break our bondage, our servitude to the mundane and to the physical. Throughout the year we make many assumptions about what we need. We feel that we need this or that and consider it our basic necessities and our basic rights. When we prepare for Pesach, and then on Pesach then our assumptions about what we need needs to bend to Pesach. And then we learn and show ourselves that many of the things that we thought were necessary really were not. We break out of the bondage and servitude to the habits and assumptions about necessities and become servants to Hashem. This gives us the strength throughout the rest of the year to break out of our constraints and remain strong servants of Hashem in all areas.  From the positive we can understand that buckling to pressure and making a compromises only leads to more comprmises  and the end result is unfortunate. It all begins by preparing and observing Pesach.

Just like the Prime Minister should remain strong, resolved and clear, so too should we remain clear strong and with resolve to remove the ‘sour dough’ within ourselves and our communities, and rid ourselves of all of chametz, and thereby break out of any bondage and return to who we are; a nation that dwells at one with Hashem with confidence and security in all of it’s land with the coming of Moshiach now!

A Good Shabbos, A Good Chodesh

Gathering for Anash - Men and Women

Bs"d

These past few months there have been terrible tragedies that befell anash worldwide.

Let us gather together in unity and daven for good health and long life for all anash and their families, B'soch Klal Yisroel. 
Men and womenh, let us gather for

Torah, Tefillah and Tzedokah

TONIGHT, 27 Adar March 18
After Maariv - 7:45 pm in shul

May Hashem bring an end to this golus and the Geula of Purim should lead to the final Geulah with Moshiach Now!

Rabbi Shimon Raichik

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Raeburn Bris

The Raeburn Bris
Will iy"h take place Monday, 25 Adar/March 16
Shacharis - 7:25 am. Bris - 8 am
At Congregation Levi Yitzchok 356 N La Brea Ave.

Mazal Tov and may we share only good news.

Announcements - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • 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!!!
  • If you are ordering Moztos from Rabbi Raichik, please do so by this Wednesday! 
  • Nichum Aveilim: The Piperno Family is sitting shiva until Wednesday morning for the passing of Mr. Oscar Piperno ob"m at 9315 Alcott St. #101. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Shabbos Schedule - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:41 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: 10:03 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
  • Shoalin Vedorshin...Shloshim Yom Kodem Hachag: Annual shiur in hilchos pesach with Rabbi Raichik - Starting this shabbos at 5:45 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:44 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Nisan: Friday, Adar29/March 20, 12:43 pm and 3 chalokim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Nisan: Shabbos, March 21.

TWO Sholom Zochor's

Chaim and Mushki Perman 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at 601 N Citrus Ave.

Yecheskel & Nachama Raeburn 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at  451 N Poinsettia Pl.

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s mother Bracha Gittel bas Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch for the yahrtzeits of Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s father Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yosef ob"m and brother Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Berkowitz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s mother Chana bas Reb Yeshaye ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman in honor of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandfather Reb Tzvi ben Reb Naftoli Elimelech ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. David Kaufman’s father Reb Gedalya Boruch ben Reb Velvel HaLevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother Leah bas Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Malka Stroll’s father Reb Gedaliah Chanoch ben Reb Pinchus ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman in honor of Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their son Levi Yitzchok’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yitzchok Wiener in honor of Mr. Yitzchok Wiener’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - BeshalachVayakheil-Pekudei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian in honor of Mrs. Rochel Antian’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Mr. Yosef Goldberger in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman in honor of Mr. Ari Kaufman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother Leah bas Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Pinson in honor of Rabbi Yossi Pinson’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayakheil-Pekudei

5:45 pm - At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine on the birth of their great-grandson (to Leibel and Chana Stery Kahanov.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Oster on the birth of their granddaughter (to Shloime & Mushka Kagan.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Perman on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler. Mazal tov to the great-grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nochum Pinson on the birth of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Gedaliah Chanoch Stroll - 24 Adar
  • Mr. Yosef Goldberger - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Ezra Binyomin Schochet - 24 Adar
  • Levi Yitzchok Tsikman - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Mendel Duchman - 25 Adar
  • Yaakov Yehoshuah Klein - 25 Adar
  • Mr. Ari Kaufman - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi Velvel Tsikman - 26 Adar
  • Levi Yitzchak Freeman - 26 Adar
  • Rabbi Yossi Pinson - 27 Adar
  • Yosef Yitzchak Meyer - 27 Adar
  • Mr. Yaakov Mark - 28 Adar
  • Dov Ber Burston - 29 Adar
  • Mr. Yitzchok Wiener - 29 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Tennenbaum - 24 Adar 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Morris - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Gurary - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski - 26 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leibel Lipsker - 26 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Gurary - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eliyahu Newman - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Danny Rotenberg - 28 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mindel bas Reb Nachum (Dr. Sholom Fine’s mother) - 23 Adar
  • Reb Gedaliah Chanoch ben Reb Pinchus (Mrs. Malka Stroll’s father) - 24 Adar
  • Chana bas Yeshaye (Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s mother) - 24 Adar 
  • Reb Gedalya Boruch ben Reb Velvel HaLevi (Mr. David Kaufman’s father) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Avram Shalom ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s husband) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Aba ben Reb Yoel Halevi (Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s father) - 26 Adar
  • Reb Tzvi ben Reb Naftoli Elimelech (Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandfather) - 26 Adar
  • Bracha Gittel bas Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s mother) - 27 Adar
  • Shterna Soro Dono bas Reb Yosef Cohen (Mr. David Peretz’s wife) - 27 Adar
  • Leah bas Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother) - 28 Adar
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yosef (Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s father) - 28 Adar
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Avrohom (Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s brother) - 29 Adar

Devar Torah - Vayakheil-Pekudei

Our Connection to the Rebbe Today
Gives Us the Strength to be Bold and not Compromise
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week’s parshios of Vayakel and Pekudei the Torah describes the gathering of all the materials needed for the building of the Mishkon, in all its detail. The extensive detail shows the exactitude and accountability that Moshe Rabbenu had to fulfill Hashem’s command for building the Mishkon.

In these parshios Hashem is giving each one of us the ability to transform this world, our homes and our lives into a Mishkon for Hashem’s presence. But we cannot do this alone, we need first the; “Vayakel Moshe”, the power of Moshe to give each one of us the strength as well as to gather us all together and to unite us.

Today we do not find ourselves in the shtetl of Lubavitch nor do we find ourselves with Moshe Rabbenu in the desert. Instead we are in a demanding and distracting physical environment. When confronted with this dichotomy between our purpose, to transform this world into a Mishkon for Hashem and the demands of our physical environment to make a living and to ‘live’ the first and most logical option we seek is; compromise. We try our best to reach a consensus within the environment and blend in. While this looks attractive at the outset, in the end we get caught up within this strange double dance step, a persona split between our shul self where we act and speak like Jews dedicated to serving Hashem and our outside world self where we try and be like everyone else. All of this is nothing more than a modern version of the eigel hazahav!

When Moshe descended from Har Sinai and saw all the dancing and how far things had gone it was clear that the luchos needed to be broken. Moshe Rabbenu called out; Mi l’Hashem eilai!- Who ever is for Hashem come to me! That was the pivotal moment when Shevet Levi stood up and united one hundred percent with Moshe Rabbenu. When we look backward in history we see clearly how central and decisive this moment was.

This too is our situation today in 5775-2015. We, Lubavitch are the Shevet Levi of today. When the feeling, attraction, and even logic draws us toward compromise, either personally or on a communal level we unite with the Rebbe and he gives us the personal strength to withstand the challenge, not to give up. We remain firm and do not bend, regardless of how things look and how far out of control the situation seems. It may difficult to stand up in the moment but our decision to remain strong is what bolts our homes and our lives to the foundations of Torah and mitzvos. We saw this kind idea at work when Israel bombed the nuclear reactor in Iraq. Looking backward although it was highly controversial at the time (many condemned Israel at that time) everyone agrees now that it was the right thing to do. Jews worldwide take pride in the Jewish approach of boldness and courage in the face of difficulty.

The Rebbe gives us the strength to work together as a community to be the ones to complete the building of Hashem’s Mishkon in this world with the revelation of Moshiach Now!

A Good Shabbos

Piperno Shivah

The Piperno Family
is sitting shiva until Wednesday morning
for the passing of Mr. Oscar Piperno ob"m
(Rachamim Oscar ben Eliyahu)

Address:
9315 Alcott St. #101

Davening times:
Shacharis: 8 am
Mincha/Maariv: 6:45 pm
Friday Mincha: 3 pm

Visiting hours:
8am to 12pm and 5 to 9 pm

 Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim.
Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

BCM School Dinner

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Bd"e - Mr. Oscar Piperno ob"m

With sadness we inform you of the passing of  
Mr. Oscar Piperno ob"m  
(Rachamim Oscar ben Eliyahu)

Levaya
Thursday, Adar 21/March 12, 12:00 pm  
At Beis Menachem: 9126 W Pico Blvd. 90035

Kevura 1:00 pm
At Mount Olive Chabad Cemetery
7231 East Slauson Ave. Commerce, 90040

Shiva info to be announced

May we share only good news!

Announcements - Ki Tisa

  • 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!!!
  • If you are ordering Moztos from Rabbi Raichik, please do so by this Wednesday! 
  • Thank you to Rabbi and Mrs. Gershon Schusterman and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lerner for the beautiful decorative display that covers our Aron Hakodesh.
  • A VERY BIG Thank you to Rabbi and Mrs. Mendel Duchman and Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Ber Chaiton for another unbelievably excellent KYY Purim extravaganza. May Hashem bench them and their families with kol tuv se'la!!

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Tisa

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:35
  • Shiur in the Rebbe's Sichos by Rabbi Raichik following Maariv.
  • 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: 5:35 pm 
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:38 pm
  • Motzei Shabobs - Turn clocks one hour ahead!!

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel Bastomski ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Glick in honor of the birth of their daughter Rochel. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s father Reb Betzalel ben Reb Chaim Shneur Zalmen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz in honor of Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s mother Golda bas Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner in honor of Rabbi Leib Lerner’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin in honor of Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Meir Schmukler’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father Reb Shmuel Yosef ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi  ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s grandmother Rochel bas Reb Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Ki Tisa

4:45 pm - At the home of Mrs. Yochevet
423 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Ki Tisa

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fishel Grossman on the birth of their grandson.
  • Mazel tov Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson on the birth of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their grandson. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler on the birth of their granddaughter Esther (to Sholom Ber and Dina Halbershtam).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Leib Lerner - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Meir Rivkin - 16 Adar
  • Yosef Gluckowsky - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Schneur Schneerson - 16 Adar
  • Meir Israeli - 17 Adar
  • Aryeh Leib Hoch - 17 Adar
  • Shneur Zalman Yisochor Getzel Rubashkin - 18 Adar
  • Mr. Jon Engelson - 18 Adar
  • Mr. Zev Oster - 18 Adar
  • Rabbi Meir Schmukler - 20 Adar
  • Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin - 20 Adar
  • Mendel Wolowik - 20 Adar
  • Dovid Revere - 21 Adar
  • Immanuel Mordechai Gutierrez - 21 Adar
  • Mr. Reuven Horwitz - 21 Adar
  • Rabbi Avrohom Klyne - 22 Adar
  • Mr. Mottel Polityko - 22 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yehosuah Goldman - 16 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Brown - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Friedman - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler - 17 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg - 19 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht - 19 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik - 20 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke - 21 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Kagan - 21 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berel Wilhelm - 21 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi - 22 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne - 22 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Tennenbaum - 22 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Zev ben Reb Ezriel (Mr. Gary Apfel’s father) - 16 Adar
  • Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel Bastomski - 16 Adar
  • Reb Shlomo Zalman ben Reb Shmuel Nata (Mr. Moshe Kaszirer’s father) - 17 Adar
  • Golda bas Reb Yosef (Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s mother) - 18 Adar
  • Reb Betzalel ben Reb Chaim Shneur Zalmen (Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s father) - 19 Adar
  • Chava Maryasha bas Reb Ber (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s mother) - 19 Adar
  • Rochel bas Reb Meir (Mr. Mitch Reichman’s grandmother) - 21 Adar
  • Reb Shmuel Yosef ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father) - 22 Adar

Devar Torah - Ki Tisa

Purim 5775: Ker Iber A Velt Heint
Turn Your World Upside Down
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week the entire world was focused on Bibi Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The connection between his speech and Purim was obvious for all to see. The parsha of this week that all this occurred in is parshas Ki Tisa. Parshas Ki Tisa discusses the sin of the golden calf and it’s atonement. Moshe Rabbenu put his life on the line to save the Jewish people, which teaches us the truth of what a Rebbe and leadership is all about.

Nowadays also, people dance after the golden calves of our times. Most say the golden calf of our time is the pursuit of money in its many ways. We go after the golden calf by bending the truth or by being insincere or by compromising our values to fit in; all of these things lead back to a desire for money.

This year is the 75 anniversary of the arrival of the Previous Rebbe to the shores of America. The Previous Rebbe arrived saying that not everything revolves around money when he declared that America is not different. Although the Rebbe’s great concern for the physical needs of every Jew is legendary and known, nonetheless he demanded that it not come at the expense of keeping Shabbos and having a good Jewish education. The Rebbe went head on into battle with the notion of America being a melting pot, and that we all had to fit in to survive. 

Today after seventy-five years of achievements’ we see that the Rebbe was correct. America isn’t different. Still the dance of the golden calf haunts us in new and different forms; be it trimmed beards or a lack of tznius and or a relaxed attitude toward bringing the geula today.  Why do we have these challenges? Because we fear that we will be mocked. We feel that we must be moderate to fit in and be accepted. We fear being viewed as a fanatic. 

In a sicha on Purim in the 1960’s the Rebbe explained that Haman made a successful argument by telling Achashverosh that the Jews are different. When Ester defended the Jews she didn’t argue about that, she only said that they are “Ami-my people”. In other words, they ARE different, but being different doesn’t mean that we cannot exist! Actually by being different we can be special; and just like my (Ester) being different didn’t stop me from becoming queen, so too every other Jew.

A lesson we can take from this is that we don’t only have to look at what our enemies are saying we need to look at who we are and what we are saying and doing. The Rebbe brought a story in the sicha of a Jew who met a wealthy and modern Jewish investor on Wall Street. The investor had big pictures that he proudly displayed on his office wall of his grandparents. He spoke to his visitor about the greatness of his grandfather, how he was a great Rabbi etc. The visitor then asked why he too wasn’t following his tradition the way his grandparents did. The investor answered that although they were great in their time, nowadays it’s a different world. So what is this man saying about Judaism today? Unintentionally he is messaging the same idea that Haman did in his time! The Jews are different and inappropriate Chas v’ Shalom! Haman wanted to ‘hang up’ Mordecai HaYehudi in the air on a pole like a portrait!

By comparing world events to Purim and this week’s parsha we learn an essential message for our times. We have the inspiration from Chassidus and from Purim that helps us recognize the golden calf of today and it gives us the strength not be drawn into the dance of the golden calf. By reminding ourselves of the 75th anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s arrival to the US and his message and his accomplishments we stay aware not to fall into the traps of the phony messaging and pier pressure of today. The message that it’s a new reality, and that if we make a truce and recede there will be peace in our times is not true!

Haman’s tactic was to say that the Jews are “mfuzar u’mefurad bein ha’amim- that the Jews are spread out and are not united”. He realized that his ability to conquer us depends on us being disconnected and against each other. Our lesson is achdus- unity and ahavas Yisroel. We do our best to see the potential in each other, to see each person’s ability to stand up during the challenges and the enemies of our time. We work in unison to strengthen each other with the positive message of bringing the geula today.

We need to be reminded that we are not a nation standing alone rather a nation standing with Hashem.

We need to take great pride in what makes a Jew different, being a representative of Hashem, the Echod HaEmes in this world, and together as one, as “Ami” the people of Queen Ester, as “Am Mordecai” go to greet Moshiach today!

A good Shabbos

Purim Schedule 5775

Ta’anis Esther - Wednesday, Adar 13/March 4

  • Fast Begins: 5:05 am
  • Early Mincha: 12:40 pm 
  • Machatzis HaShekel/Minchah: 5:15 pm
  • Fast Ends: 6:30 pm
  • Maariv - 1st Minyan: 6:20 (in KYY) Megillah 6:30
  • Maariv - 2nd Minyan: 6:25 (in Shul) Megillah 6:35
  • Maariv - 3rd Minyan: 6:30 (in Kolel) Megillah 6:45
  • Late Megillah Reading: 8:00 pm - at the Bukeit's:343 N Formosa Ave. and at the Greenbaum's: 140 N Mansfield Ave.

Purim Day - Thursday, Adar 14/March 5

  • Sunrise: 6:18 am
  • 1st Minyan: 6:00 (in KYY)- Megillah: 6:25
  • 2nd Minyan: 6:30 (in Shul)- Megillah: 7:00
  • 3rd Minyan: 7:00 (in Kollel) - Megillah: 7:30
  • 4th Minyan: 8:00 (in Shul) - Megillah: 8:30
  • 5th Minyan: 8:30 (in Kollel)- Megillah: 9:00
  • 6th Minyan: 9:30 (in Shul) - Megillah: 10:00
  • 7th Minyan: 10:00 (in Kollel) - Megillah: 10:30
  • Late Megillah Reading: 1:30 pm - at the Bukeit's:343 N Formosa Ave. 
  • Mincha: 3:30 pm
  • Sunset: 5:53 pm
  • Maariv: ? 

For all the laws of Purim please see the "Chabad Chodesh" by clicking here

Hashovas Avidah

Two megilos were found in shul.
If you misplaced your megilah,
please contact Yanky Raichik and give simonim.

Bd"e - Mrs. Bela Lutman ob"m - Levaya tonight

With sadness we inform you of the passing of 
Mrs. Bela Lutman ob"m 
(Bela bas Yakov)
Mother of Mrs. Susan Blauner

Levaya:
Monday, Adar 11/March 2, 7:00 pm 
At Chevra Kadisha Mortuary - 7832 Santa Monica Blvd. 90046

May we share only good news!

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