Shul Bulletin

Purim Schedule

Purim Night - Motzei Shabbos

In Shul

  • Ma’ariv: 7:00
  • Megillah Reading 7:15

In Kol Yakov Yehuda:

  • Ma'ariv: 6:50
  • Megillah Reading:7:00

3rd Megillah Reading

  • 7:45 (in Kol Yakov Yehuda) 

Purim Day

  • Sunrise: 6:23
  • 1st Minyan: 7:00 (in Shul)- Megillah: 7:30
  • 2nd Minyan: 8:00 (in Kol Yakov Yehuda) - Megillah: 8:30 
  • 3rd Minyan: 8:30 (in Shul)- Megillah: 9:00
  • 4th Minyan: 9:30 (in Kol Yakov Yehuda) - Megillah: 10:00
  • 5th Minyan: 10:00(in Shul) - Megillah: 10:30
  • Mincha: 4:00

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



Parking meters on La Brea require payment on SUNDAY!!! Check the signs!

Grand Purim Extravaganza


Attention Parents!!!! 
The Purim extravaganza this year will take place in
Kanner hall (7269 Beverly Blvd.) Immediately after our megila reading 
please escort your children to there
as the program will start 8:30 sharp

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Kiddush Sponsors - Tetzaveh

 The Kiddush at the 1st Minyan is Sponsored by:  

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Sufrin
    For their upcoming Anniversary - May their share many more happy years together
  • Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski
    For the Yahrtzeit of Asher’s father - R' Avrohom Yitzchok ben R' Yisroel ob"m - May the Neshama have an Aliya

 The Kiddush at the 2nd Minyan is Sponsored by: 

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch
    For his Shimon’s upcoming Birthday - May he have a Shnas Hatzlacha Be’Gashmiyus U’Beruchniyus
    Also  for the Yahrtzeit of Shimon’s mother - Rochel bas R’ Shimon ob"m - May the Neshama have an Aliya
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski
    For the Yahrtzeit of Yisroel’s father - R' Avrohom Yitzchok ben R' Yisroel ob"m - May the Neshama have an Aliya
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne
    For the Yahrtzeit of Avrohom’s Father - R’ Betzalel Ben R’ Chaim Shneur Zalmen ob"m - May the Neshama have an Aliya
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov Michoel Ginsburg
    For the Yahrtzeit of Yaakov’s Father - R’ Dov Reuven ben R’ Dovid Halevi ob"m - May the Neshama have an Aliya
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner
    For his Leib’s upcoming Birthday - May he have a Shnas Hatzlacha Be’Gashmiyus U’Beruchniyus  


Nichum Availim


The Schochet family is sitting Shiva For their mother/wife
Sara Rochel bas Mordechai Shlomo Ob"m
at 821 N. Formosa Avenue #204
Phone: (323) 936-6372
Email: [email protected]

They will be accepting shiva calls
from after Shacharis until 10:00 PM


The Rosh Yeshiva & his son Rabbi Menachem Schochet
will return to Los Angeles Sunday
and will join their family accepting Shiva calls
Monday night until Wednesday morning 

  Davening times:

Thursday (2 Minyanim needed)
Mincha 12:40 PM, Maariv 6:25 PM

Friday (2 Minyanim needed)
Shacharis 8:30 & 9:30 AM - Mincha 12:40 PM

Monday (3 Minyanim needed)
Shacharis 8:30 & 9:30 & 10:30 AM - Mincha 5:25 PM followed by Maariv

Tuesdsay (3 Minyanim needed)
Shacharis 8:30 & 9:30 & 10:30 AM - Mincha 5:25 PM followed by Maariv

Wednesday (3 Minyanim needed)
Shacharis 1 Minyan 8:30 & 2 Minyanim 9:30 AM 

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

Womans Shiur - Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh

At the home of
Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson - 364 N Fuller Ave
4:20 PM
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov's - Parshas Tetzaveh

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Sanowicz For the wedding of their daughter Hadasa to Yosef Fine 
  • R' Menachem Mendel Hillel & Chana Ganzburg  on the engagement of their son Alexsandr to Sheyna Gerbakher
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson on the birth of their grandson
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Hertzie Richler for the Bar Mitzva of their son Moshe Hilel 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shlomo Gabai on the birth of a son  

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Chaim Avrahom Mentz - 12 Adar II
  • Rabbi Menachem Mendel Pinson - 12 Adar
  • Chaim Yehuda Leib Perl - 15 Adar II
  • Rabbi Leib Lerner - 16 Adar
  • Levi (Ben R' Yankee) Raichik - 16 Adar
  • Aryeh Leib Hoch - 17 Adar I
  • Mrs. Chaya Esther Kagan - 17 Adar
  • Mrs. Tzirel Frankel - 18 Adar II
  • Mr. Zev Oster - 18 Adar 

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson - 12 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shimon Raichik - 13 Adar 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Wolowik - 15 Adar I


Announcements - Parshas Tetzaveh

  • We wish Hatzlacha to Dovi Gorelik on his new business "Black Hatters" log on to for more details
  • Please say Tehillim For Mrs. Palace
    Bracha Basya Ester bas Miriam

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Tetzaveh

In one of the sichos on Purim 5729/1969 the Rebbe asked the question, why doesn't Rashi explain the difficulty in the Megillah that when Queen Esther was begging Achashverosh to rescind the decree she said, I am asking for /ani/ – my nation – /vnafshi/ –and for my soul.

Haman’s accusation against the Jewish people was that they were spread out, they don’t keep the law of the land, and therefore, it is not worthy of the king to have them. Where do we find in Esther’s request a rebuttal to Haman’s accusations? She should have tried to explain that the Jewish people are not different! The only thing she was saying was /ami/ – my people. So the Rebbe said that it is obvious that in her words are the rebuttal.

Esther said to Achashverosh, “Yes, we are different, I am different!: I don’t drink the wine you touch, I have seven maids so I remember when Shabbos is. Even though I am different, from among all the young women of your kingdom, you chose me. The decision that Haman made that because we are different we are not worthy of existence is false because you alone, King Achashverosh, proved it. I am your queen and I am different, /ami/, I am Jewish and this is my people.”

The Rebbe continued that in America today, there is a feeling that if someone wants to impress the non-Jewish world he must show how he are equal to them. When a person in Wall Street wants to show off his heritage, he tells his broker or banker, “Michael, do you think I come from the moon?” He brings the non-Jew into the office and shows him a picture of his grandfather, a Yid with a big yarmulka and a long white beard, and a grandmother who covered her hair and dressed very modestly. The grandson is proud of his grandparents. But when he is asked, what about you? He says, now we are living in a different time. The way of my grandparents was in the alte shtetel – America is different.

The grandson is doing to his grandparents what Haman wanted to do to Mordechai – put him on a pole 50 cubits high for all to see – and he's proud of his grandparents, but they are above him and he has no connection to them! When the granddaughter wants to daven to Hashem she goes to her grandmother, asking grandmother to pray for her. Why shouldn't the granddaughter be dressed as modestly as the grandmother, why is she dressed in a mini-mini?! It is up to you to educate your son to go in the way of his grandfather, with a full beard; and your daughter should dress as refined as her grandmother, she should bentsch licht every Friday and daven like her grandmother did. The only way to live is the way Esther said - /ami/ – my nation – I am living like a Jewish person. That is how Esther prevailed upon the king and changed the decree.

I am reminded of a farbrengen among chassidim in Australia on Purim night in 1973 when I was on Shlichus in Melbourne. At one table was Rabbi Mordechai Perlow and Rabbi Betzalel Wilshansky. They learned in Lubavitch by the Rebbe Rashab between 1913 and 1916. At a second table was Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, who learned in 770 during the 1940s, in the time of the Previous Rebbe. At another table there were younger chassidim, who learned by the Rebbe in 770 in the 1960s. Whether they learned in the time of the Rebbe Rashab, the Previous Rebbe or our Rebbe, they all lived with the feelings and experiences of their Yeshiva years and it penetrated into every aspect of their lives. Rabbi Perlow and Rabbi Wilshansky learned in Lubavitch before World War I and suffered through the revolution, the rise of Communism and World War II. Even sixty years later, when they lived openly as chassidim in Melbourne it was /ami/ – my nation – I am a chossid. That was the common denominator that entire night. Wherever they learned, whatever generation, their Yiddishekeit and Chassidishkeit was not only a picture on the wall. Instead each generation was permeated with the Chassidishe warmth they had internalized in their formative yeshiva years.

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Terumah

In this week's Parsha Hashem tells Bnei Yisroel to build a Mishkan. To construct the Mishkan it was necessary to use cedar wood. Rashi asks where did they acquire wood (of such size and quality - 15 feet high x 2 1/4 feet in diameter) in the Midbar? He answers that Yaakov Avinu saw through Ruach Hakodesh that the Jews would build a Mishkan in the desert, so he brought small seedlings from Eretz Yisroel down to Mitzrayim, and instructed the Jews to take them – as full grown trees – when they left Egypt.

When Bnei Yisroel left Mitzrayim they had enough money to buy wood from the nearby nations. Why had Yaakov bothered to plant trees from Eretz Yisroel in Mitzrayim? Rashi hints the answer by noting that the source of this is Rebbi Tanchuma and the meaning of Tanchuma is comfort. Yaakov foresaw the pain the Jews would have in Mitzrayim, the hardship of their labor and the casting of children into the Nile, etc. Hashem promised that Bnei Yisroel would leave Mitzrayim and Yaakov wanted them to have something physical to see, that would encourage them while they were enslaved.

Yaakov knew that there would be a Mishkan built in the desert after leaving Egypt. So he took seedlings from Eretz Yisroel and brought them to Egypt and planted a forest which grew for over 200 years. Hence, when a Jew in Goshen would pass this forest of over 100 large cedar trees, and he would ask who planted this forest, he would be told that Yaakov Avinu planted it from the seedlings he brought from Eretz Yisroel. When we are going to leave Egypt, we will take the trees with us to build a Mishkan and go back to Eretz Yisroel. Now this Jew had something tangible to see that would serve to remind him that he would someday be redeemed from Egypt: this would give him comfort. Similarly, the Jewish people came from Eretz Yisroel and are now in Golus Mitzrayim will go out from this golus like the trees and return to Eretz Yisroel.

This is also the comfort for us. Our Golus is compared to the Jews wandering in the desert, a place of kelipa. We must convert our Midbar to a dwelling place for Hashem. When we do that, then the Beis HaMikdash will be built.

How do we have the power to overcome the darkness of this exile? That is what Yaakov Avinu provided. He brought cedars to Mitzrayim. Cedar trees represent tzadikim. As the possuk says “the righteous will flourish like a palm tree and grow tall like a cedar in Lebanon” (Tehillim 92:13). A tzadik is on a very high level; he is the Nosi (leader). The word Nosi is an acronym for Nitzutei shel Yaakov Avinu – the spark of Yaakov Avinu. Yaakov encompasses all of the neshomas of Bnei Yisroel, especially the leaders of the generations. Yaakov envisioned the problems of golus so took certain neshomas which are beyond the level of exile and not affected by it, and planted them in golus, so they will encourage us so that we shouldn't become affected by the surrounding darkness of our environment and instead to make this golus a dwelling place for Hashem; through this we shall go to the Geulah. This is the comfort Yaakov provided us.

Likutei Sichos, Vol. 31

Announcements - Parshas Mishpatim

  • Our new Shul database is up and running, If you have not done so yet, Please click here to update your information.
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  • Mivtza Purim- This year our shul is working together with the bochurim of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad on Mivtza Purim. If you have a place you regularly go – or – if you are looking for a place to go, please call Hatomim Shimon Piekarski at (347) 410-3372
  • Now that our website includes a page devoted to Rabbi Shmuel Dovid and Mrs. Leah Raichik, of blessed memory, we would like to include any stories or anecdotes you have. Please email them to us
  • Congregation Levi Yitzchak sponsors Torah on the Line in Los Angeles. Shiurim are available 24/6 just a local call away.

Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Mishpatim

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman
    For the Yahrzheit of his mother Malka Leah Bas R' Zalman Ob”m - May the Neshama have an Aliya
  • Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum 
    For his upcoming birthday - May he have a Shnas Hatzlocho Begashmiyus Ubruchniyus
  • Mr. Chaim Lerner
    For his upcoming birthday - May he have a Shnas Hatzlocho Begashmiyus Ubruchniyus

Womans Shiur - Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim

At the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski - 418 N. Fuller Ave.
4:30 PM
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov's - Parshas Mishpatim

  • Mr. Berl Sroka - on his upcoming birthday
  • Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum - on his upcoming birthday
  • Mr. Chaim Lerner - on his upcoming birthday
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark - on the upcoming birthday of their son Yitzchak Menashe
  • Mrs. & Mrs. Paz Shusterman - on the upcoming birthdays of their sons Yisrael & Zakkai Hanania
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Kreiman- on the engagement of their daughter Mushki to Motty Ifergan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler - on the birth of a new grandson 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Leib Braude - on the birth of a new grandaughter - Chaya Yehudis Vorst
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yrachmiel Wolowik - on the birth their daughter Rivka
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier & to Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son (Enikel) Chaim Asher
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi bukiet - on the birth of a new grandson 

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Mishpatim

This week is Shabbos Shekalim. This parsha speaks about bringing a half shekel to the Bais Hamikdosh. On Rosh Chodesh Adar it was announced that everyone should bring their Machatzis HaShekel and on the fifteenth of Adar the collection began; so by the time it was Rosh Chodesh Nisan the funds would be amassed for the purchase of the communal sacrifice. On Rosh Chodesh Nissan they would bring the community sacrifices which had been acquired with the recently collected shekolim contributed by Bnei Yisrael. For this reason on Shabbos Mevorchim Adar we read for Maftir the parsha which speaks about Machatzis HaShekel.

The question is asked, why is only a half shekel given? Why not a complete shekel? Additionally, the Torah says that twenty gerah is a shekel, give half; since ten is a complete number, why does it not say give ten gerah? The Talmud Yerushalmi states that Moshe didn't know what Machatzis HaShekel is – so Hashem took out a fiery half shekel from under his Kisei Hakavod (Throne of Glory) and said _this_ is what you are going to give. How is it that Moshe Rabbenu couldn't figure this out?

The explanation is that the Machatzis HaShekel was an atonement for the Cheit Ha'eigel (sin of the Golden Calf). Moshe Rabbenu's question was how could a half shekel forgive the Cheit Ha'eigel? Hashem showed Moshe Rabbenu that in the coin that a Jew gives there is fire – the essence of the neshoma of a Jew which is carved out from under the Kisei Hakovod.

On a superficial level it appears as if we are forcing him to give a half shekel but deep down he is doing it because his neshoma, which has a burning love for Hashem, wants to do that mitzvah. That's why it is a half shekel. How is this an atonement? When a Jew knows that he is only half and his other half is Hashem and he unites himself with Hashem, the Jew's ten powers of the neshoma unite with the ten sifiros of Hashem and become one shekel - one being. The Jew removes himself from the sin of the eigel and he reveals his essence - the Yechidah - the part of the neshoma that is one with Hashem for there sin never touched and from there forgiveness comes.

The point is (a) that even if a Jew is forced to do a mitzvah and it appears to be a superficial act, the neshoma is burning with love for Hashem, and (b) that a Jew is only half and by connecting to another Jew he completes a shekel; this is the mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel. The lesson for us is that even if a person is rich, whether spiritually or physically, he needs to know that he is only half, and even if one is poor, he should not feel that he is nothing; because the contribution of the rich cannot be complete without the contribution of the poor.

There is a saying told in the name of the Tzemach Tzedek that the word מחצית shows that a person has to be connected to a Tzadik. There are five letters in the word מחצית. The צ is in the middle of the word and near it, on either side, are ח and י spelling חי (life) and on the outside of the word, are מ and ת, meaning the opposite of life. Hence, to be truly alive one must be connected to the Tzadik.

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  • This Shabbos is the 22nd of Shevat – The 22nd Yartzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, For information and customs for this special day Please see the "Chabad Chodesh"  at
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Shabbos Parshas Beshalach Yisro

 Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:09 PM
Shacharis - Early Minyan: 8:20 AM
Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 AM
Shacharis: 10:00 AM
Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:15 AM
Mincha: 5:05 PM
Shabbos Ends: 6:12 PM

Kiddush Sponsores - Parshos Yisro

 The Kiddush at the 1st Minyan is Sponsored by:

Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson
For the Yortzait of his Grandfather R’ Avrohom Yaakov ben Meir Hakohen Ob”m
May the Neshama have an Aliya

Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian
For the Yortzait of his Father R’ Yoav ben Dovid Ob”m
May the Neshama have an Aliya

The Kiddush at the 2nd Minyan is Sponsored by:

Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth
For the Yortzait of Mrs. Roth’s Mother Sheva bas Yitzchok Aizik Ob”m
May the Neshama have an Aliya

Mazal Tov's - Parshas Yisro

 We would like to wish a Mazal Tov To:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler - on the birth of a new Enikel
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav~Noy - on the upcoming Upshernish of their son Boruch Mordechai, We wish Mazal tov to the grandparents- the Rav~Noy & Benarroch families
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - on the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son - Aharon Elezer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon and Family - on the engagement of their grandson Yanky Gitlin to Zlata Porter
  • Rabbi Moshe Aron Tzvi Weiss - on his birthday

We would like to welcome R’ Shmuli & Michla Pinson to our Community, may they have much hatzlach here in Los Angeles – Meshane Mokom Meshane Mazal Letova Velivracha

We would also like to welcome back Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch from their trip to Eretz Yisroel

Womans Shiur - Shabbos Parshas Yisro

Womans Shabbos Shiur
At the home of the Mrs. Sima Zeifman - 421 N Poinsettia Pl
4:00 PM
Speaker: Rabbi Yosef Shagalov

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Yisro

In this weeks parsha we find that Moshe's father-in-law comes in like an outside consultant and observes how is his son-in-law is running his business – that everyone comes to Moshe to get his advice for their problems, and to have him arbitrate their disagreements. Moshe sits a whole day taking care of Bnei Yisroel. Yisro's evaluation is that you are not running your business the right way. You cannot do it all on your own. You need to cut down your work load, you must delegate responsibility to others. Choose people to help you and only get involved in the big issues they cannot resolve. This way will you cease being overwhelmed and be able to lead.

The question is obvious. Why didn't Moshe Rabbenu perceive what was so obvious to his father-in-law? Moshe was the leader – he cared for the Jewish people back in Mitzrayim and here in the Midbar; he was their advocate before Hashem after the Cheit Ha'egel.

Similarly by the Aseres Hadibros, Bnei Yisroel came to Moshe and said we cannot bear to hear Hashem speaking directly to us -you go hear it and you tell us Hashem's words. Moshe complained to the Bnei Yisroel “you made me weaker – wasn't it proper that you listen directly to Hashem?” Moshe envisioned that Bnei Yisroel could hear the Aseres Hadibros directly from Hashem. After the first two, the Bnei Yisroel said we can't bear it and Hashem agreed with them. Again – Moshe was the leader of Klal Yisroel, didn't he properly evaluate how they are and that they cannot accept the Aseres Hadibros directly from Hashem. They were Moshe's flock – how could a leader not know his flock? One of the explainations is that Moshe did not make a mistake, not by the Aseres Hadibros, nor by Yisro. At Matan Torah, Klal Yisroel was together with Moshe and Moshe uplifted them. Moshe wanted to elevate the Yidden to see G-dliness as he does. He brought them up to his level, he energized the neshomos of Klal Yisroel so they could receive the Torah the same way he can. The Jews wanted to receive the Torah according to their capacity, on their level. That's what Hashem agreed to because for the Torah to be internalized into Klal Yisroel it must be on their level. That's why Moshe Rabbenu said you weakened me – for he had to lower himself to the level of Klal Yisroel and give over Torah on a level on which Klal Yisroel could absorb it.

After Yom Kippur Moshe had to start teaching Torah to the Jews. Who else could be the one to give it over to them with enthusiasm and excitement, for the Shechina was speaking through the throat of Moshe Rabbenu. Since Moshe was on the level of seeing G-dliness he wanted to instill this feeling into Klal Yisroel as seeing something affects an individual greater than hearing it. So the study of Torah would permeate Klal Yisroel. Yisro came from his point of view: that as long as the B'nai Yisroel surrounds Moshe Rabbenu his radiance changes them (and they are like a chossid face to face with the Rebbe). That's when you teach them the Torah. But when you judge them, you have to lower yourself to the level where they are. When they leave Moshe Rabbenu how will their daily life be affected?

Moshe Rabbenu saw that when Bnei Yisroel comes to him anything extraneous disappears, and the judgment will be a true judgment. In his perspective Moshe was right. He thought he would lead Bnei Yisroel into Eretz Yisroel. Before the sin of the spies they were to go directly to Eretz Yisroel and Moshe would be the one to lead them and to build the Bais HaMikdosh with them. There would be techias hameisim and he would be with Klal Yisroel forever. But Hashem agreed with Yisro because Hashem knew that Moshe would not be the one to bring Klal Yisroel into Eretz Yisroel. To teach and guide them Klal Yisroel needed a court system set up prior to going into Eretz Yisroel

The concept of appointed leaders to teach and judge had to be established by Moshe Rabbenu, therefore, in the beginning of the forty years, Hashem had Moshe establish through his ruach hakodesh leaders who would serve as judges so that in later generations when a question is asked, the response is a true Psak from Torah because the leaders have smicha, going back through the generations to Moshe Rabbenu.

Based on Likutei Sichos, Vol. 16 Tu b'Shevat, 5735/1975

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