Shul Bulletin


  • This Sunday on Lag B’omer there will a big concert and parade in Pico Robertson at Schneerson Square
    beginning at 10:30 am. For more details click here

  • We would like to wish much Hatzlacha to Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy for their upcoming dinner for the Friendship Circle. For more information click here.

  • Kashrus Alert: All those who are careful to eat only shechita from Lubavitcher shochtim should be aware that not all Kehilla meat is Lubavitcher shechita. One needs to ask. 

  • Please continue to give extra tzedaka and say the following chapters of Tehillim: 20, 43, 130, 142 and 150 for Sholom Mordechei Halevi ben Rivka Rubashkin. May Hashem have rachmanus on him and his family.

Shabbos Schedule - Emor:

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:18 pm
  • Shacharis - Early Minyan: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Raichik: 6:30 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 4
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:21 pm

Kiddush Sponsors:


  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman - For the birth of their daughter Dina Reizel - May they all be gezunt and have only yidishe chassidishe nachas.
    Together with: Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude - For the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Braude's father, and Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson - For the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Nathanson's father Yitzchok ben Yaakov Shmuel ob"m. May the Neshamos have an aliya.


The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Josh Rosen & Yossi Goldman.

Woman's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of
Mrs. Ruchama Thaler - 418 N Martel Ave
at 6:00 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Moshe Levin

We Would Like to Wish a Mazal Tov to:

  • Rabbi and Mrs. Gershon Schusterman - on the upcoming marriage of their daughter Tzippy to Levi Shloush. Those of us who have been enjoying Rabbi Schusterman's articles in the N'shei Chabad Newsletter will be pleased to know that in honor of his daughter Tzippy’s wedding, he put together a compilation of many of his articles.  The book is available for sale at Atara’s. For more details please click here.

Upcoming Birthdays:


  • Mendel Raichik - 19 Iyar
  • Ephraim Piperno - 19 Iyar
  • Zusha Lerman - 21 Iyar
  • Mr. Yrachmiel Kahn - 22 Iyar

Thank You:


  • We would like to thank Rabbi Mendel Duchman for arranging a trip to NY for many of our boys to participate in the Lag B'omer parade in Crown Heights.
  • We would like to thank all those who came out to Woodley Park this past Sunday for Mivtzoim.

Weekly Thought - Emor

This coming Sunday is Lag B’Omer, when we commemorate the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. We gather together, especially with children, and speak about the greatness of R’ Shimon. We also speak about R. Akiva’s students who stopped dying of a plague on this date, as the time of sefira is a time of mourning for the 24,000 students who passed away during this season.
The Talmud relates that R. Shimon hid with his son in a cave for thirteen years because he spoke against the Romans.The Gemorah says that after Rabbi Shimon emerged from the cave, he asked the people of his town whether there was something he could do to help them. They answered that there was a main street next to a cemetery, where the exact location of some of the graves was unknown, forcing the kohanim to take the long way around instead of their being able to walk through the street. With his great powers, Rabbi Shimon walked through the street.  Wherever the earth shook, a mark was made to identify that place as having a the grave underneath, thereafter enabling the kohanim to be able to walk through the main street and avoid the graves.
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was one of the greatest Tanaim who ever lived. He was considered toraso um’naso – torah was his business – to such a degree that he had nothing to do with worldly things and was exempt from davening. Many people tried to emulate him but could not reach his level.
The question is asked: Why on leaving the cave did Rabbi Shimon first seek to help others? One would expect that Rabbi Shimon’s first action would have been to gather together the greatest Torah students and teach them Torah. He could have entered the Beis Midrash and answer questions that had been unanswered for thirteen years. In fact, the Gemorah relates that before Rabbi Shimon went into the cave, when he asked his father-in-law Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair a question, Rabbi Shimon would receive twelve answers. When Rabbi Shimon came out of the cave, Rabbi Shimon gave 24 answers for each question. Nevertheless, the Gemorah tells us that Rabbi Shimon immediately became involved with helping people. Not only that, but in helping a small minority of people - just the kohanim! And not only was the help limited to the kohanim, but it was not even a major problem, but rather just to save the kohanim a few extra minutes to no longer need to take the long way around. So why did Rabbi Shimon spend time on this particular problem, and why did he not find a greater issue to resolve?
The answer is that Rabbi Shimon was one of the greatest students of Rabbi Akiva.  Because the other students were lacking in Ahavas Yisroel, Rabbi Shimon wanted to correct their mistake to show that the power of Ahavas Yisroel is for every Jew.  Ahavas Yisroel must extend to even helping a minority of Jews on a minute issue.
This lesson connects with the saying of R. Shimon bar Yochai that he could exempt the entire world from judgment, meaning, he was so powerful that he could protect the entire world.  He could even save the people that are on such a level that they require punishment, G-d forbid. Even though such people were the extreme opposite of Rabbi Shimon, nevertheless his Ahavas Yisroel reached them and he helped them.
The Gemorah says when we are in a time of stress, we can rely on Shimon bar Yochai’s opinion. There is no more pressing time than now, because Moshiach has not yet arrived. The cause of this golus is causeless hatred, and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai's Ahavas Yisroel is so great, may his merit exempt the world from judgment, especially on Lag B’Omer, and may this hasten the geulah and hisgalus Melech HaMoshiach.
Based on Likutei Sichos, Vol. 32

Important Announcements

  • Congregation Levi Yitzchok wishes Tzeischem L’Sholom to Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Wachner on their move to Northern California. Beruchim Habo’im to our new neighbors R’ Meir & Esther Abehsera and Alon & Sarah Malka Asefovitz - it should be a m’shana makom m’shana mazel letova velivracha.

  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls (organized by Mrs. Boyarsky) at Congregation Levi Yitzchak at 4:45 pm.

  • This Shabbos after Mincha there will be a Siyum HaRambam – Shalosh Seudos - for man. Mincha will be at 6:50 pm.

  • This Sunday, April 25, 2010 is the Annual Israel Festival from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in Woodley Park. This is an excellent place for Mivtzoim.  If you need flyers, etc. please call Mrs. Bastomski. click here for directions.

  • Next week on Lag B’omer there will a big concert and parade in Pico Robertson at Schneerson Square
    beginning at 10:30 am.

  • Congregation Levi Yitzchok thanks Mr. and Mrs. Yehuda Lerman for fixing the Mini-Junior Minyan Room. May Hashem bless you and your entire family with all good b’gashmius u’v’ruchnius for your efforts.

  • Congregation Levi Yitzchok extends our condolences to Rabbi Yosef Shusterman and his family on the loss of his mother, Rebbitzen Chava Shusterman.

  • Torah on the Line (323) 939 TORAH (939-8672) is sponsored by Congregation Levi Yitzchok. Shiurim are available 24 hours a day: Chumash, Chassidus, Tanya, Rambam, Nigunim, Tzivos Hashem Programming and more – just a phone call away. No computer is ever needed. To dedicate a month's shiurim only $360; a week $100; a day $26. Please contact us. 

Shabbos Schedule - Acharei-Kedoshim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:12 pm
  • Shacharis - Early Minyan: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 pm 
  • Mincha: 6:50 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 3
  • Siyum HaRambam – Shalosh Seudos 
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:15 pm

Kiddush Sponsors


  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy - For the Yahrtzeit of Dr. Rav-Noy’s brother Boruch ben Mordechai ob"m - May the Neshama have an aliya.
    Together with Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka - For the Yahrtzeit of Mrs. Sroka's mother Shaindel bas Moshe Yitzchok ob"m - May the Neshama have an aliya.

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman - In honor of Rabbi Goldman's birthday - May he have a Shnas Hatzlocho Begashmiyus Ubruchniyus.


Woman's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of
Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson - 364 N Fuller Ave
at 6:00 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

We Would Like to Wish a Mazal Tov to

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Gurary - on the birth of their daughter Chava.
  • Harav Shimon and Rebbetzin Chana Liba Raichik - on the birth of their grandaughter. 
  • Rabbi and Mrs. Gershon Schusterman - on the upcoming marriage of their daughter Tzippy to Levi Shloush.

Upcoming Birthdays


  • Shmuel Dovid Yehoshua Perl - 11 Iyar
  • Mr. Aleksandr Ganzburg - 16 Iyar
  • Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz - 16 Iyar

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Acharei-Kedoshim

This week we read Parshios Achrei and Kedoshim. In Achrei, which means afterwards, Hashem instructs Moshe Rabbenu to tell Aharon to be careful to enter the Kodesh Kedoshim only on Yom Kippur after he makes special preparations. Aharon receives these instructions after his sons have died because they came too close to Hashem (as explained in Parshas Shemini). What practical lesson do we learn from this?
The Rebbe explains that the sin of the sons of Aharon was, according to the Ohr HaChaim, that they had such a desire to become one with Hashem that their neshamos could not remain within their bodies (a "desire without a return"). A person has to realize that however close and high he comes to Hashem, there must remain the purpose to come back into this world and use that experience to serve Hashem even better.
The Rebbe continues that a person may feel that he has reached such high levels, united with Hashem, that he doesn't feel after this elevated experience that there is more to do. Even when one comes to such a high level, there is Achrei - afterwards. A person should not be so satisfied that he or she says, “I have reached the pinnacle of service to Hashem!” There always must be the Achrei - afterward. This is what we find in Tanya, chapter 47, where the Alter Rebbe states that every generation and every day a person has to feel that today he is leaving Mitzrayim. This does not only mean leaving the evils of Mitzrayim, but also leaving one's limitations and boundaries, the boundaries of kedusha.
We are limited; as much as we serve Hashem there is always room to grow. Every day we have to exceed our limits and go beyond. No matter how good yesterday was, today we have to do better. This is the concept of Sefiras HaOmer. Every day that we count, we have to go higher.  Every day there is something more to do than yesterday, and tomorrow has to be better than today.
With this idea, the Rebbe also explains a story of the Previous Rebbe. The Rebbe Rayatz came to his father, the Rebbe Rashab on the day after Yom Kippur and inquired, "What do we have to do now?" The Rebbe Rashab responded, “Now we have to begin to do teshuva.” How could this be? There was just an Elul, a Rosh Hashanah, a Yom Kippur! But the concept of teshuva is not only for sins, it also means to unite with Hashem. One reaches such a high level on Yom Kippur, but the next day still requires the avoda of Achrei – after – one can reunite with Hashem at even a higher level.
This is also a deeper reason why at the beginning of the Parsha of Achrei it speaks about Yom Kippur, while at the end of the Parsha it speaks about proper relationships. How do these disparate ideas all fit in one Parsha? Moreover, on Yom Kippur, we read from the beginning of Parshas Achrei, which speaks about the avodah of Yom Kippur, in the morning during Shacharis, and we read from the end of the Parsha, which speaks about forbidden relationships, in the afternoon at Mincha. Who, while fasting on the holy day of Yom Kippur, at the holy time just before Neila, is thinking about whom one is not allowed to live with, and must be warned against certain relationships? Why at this time do we say to beware of these forbidden relationships? This is the answer of the Rebbe: If a person feels at the end of Yom Kippur that there is no day afterward in one's service of Hashem, that there is no Achrei, and he has nowhere to reach higher because he has reached “the top,”  he is warned that he risks slipping and falling to such a level that he will need to learn precisely those things. The only way to protect oneself is to look higher and continue to improve, just “keep on truckin'!”

Based on Likutei Sichos, vol. 12 and other Sichos

Important Announcements - Tazria-Metzora

  • The Rebbe's Diamond Daveners are Marching to New York for the Lag B'Omer Parade - for more information please click here 
  • The one hour shiur following Maariv on the Laws of Yom Tov has begun. The shiur is twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, until Shavuos. Please join us.
  • Rabbi and Mrs. Tzikman express their appreciation for everyone's tehillim and tefillos and are very pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Dina Raizel. 
  • Torah on the Line (323) 939 TORAH (939-8672) is sponsored by Congregation Levi Yitzchok. Shiurim are available 24 hours a day: Chumash, Chassidus, Tanya, Rambam, Nigunim, Tzivos Hashem Programming and more – just a phone call away. No computer is ever needed. To dedicate a month's shiurim only $360; a week $100; a day $26. Please contact us.

Shabbos Schedule - Tazria-Metzora

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:07 PM
  • Shacharis - Early Minyan: 8:20 AM
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 AM
  • Shacharis: 10:00 AM
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:15 AM
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 PM 
  • Mincha: 7:05 PM 
    Pirkei Avos - Perek 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:10 PM

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth - In honor R’ Zalman’s birthday
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman - In honor of Rabbi Goldman's birthday
  • Together with: Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff, Mr. & Mrs. Rafael Gutierrez, Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin - In honor of birthdays of R' Moshe, R' Rafael and R' Avrohom

May they all have a Shnas Hatzlocho Begashmiyus Ubruchniyus

Woman's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of
Mrs. Sima Zeifman - 421 N Poinsettia Pl
at 5:45 PM
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

We would like to wish a Mazal Tov To:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman - on the birth of their daughter Dina Raizel  
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman -  on the birth of a new granddaughter Chaya Mushkah Eizicovics (Toronto)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel - on the birth of 2 grandchildren: a girl to Mannis and Dina Frankel & a boy to Shneur and Liba Nejar

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Mr. Moshe Davidoff - 4 Iyar
  • Mr. David Rafael Gutierrez - 4 Iyar
  • Aryeh Hoffman - 4 Iyar
  • Chaya Sara Rochel Thaler - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Avrohom Plotkin - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Dovid Kagan - 9 Iyar


Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Tazria-Metzora

This week's parsha speaks about the laws of meztora. Tzora'as was a discoloration of the skin caused by loshon hora. If someone had it, only a kohein, a descendant of of Aharon, was allowed to say whether the individual was tomei or tohor (impure or okay). If the kohein does not know all the different types of tzora'as, he needs a chacham (expert) who knows the laws to look at it. The chacham tells the kohein to announce whether the Jew is tahor or whether he needs to be quarantined, etc. If the kohein relies on the chacham to diagnose, why doesn't the chacham announce if someone is tomei or tohor, why must the kohein be the one to annnounce it and give the virdct

The Rebbe explains that tzora'as is very severe, because once the person is tomei, he was almost excommunicated. He was excluded from all three camps of Bnei Yisroel and couldn't even be near anyone else who had tzora'as. This is because the person spoke loshon horah and caused a separation between family members or between friends. To give someone such a severe punishment can only be done by someone who has Ahavas Yisroel. Aharon Hakohein was known to have Ahavas Yisroel, and the kohanim, his descendants, bless Bnei Yisroel “with love”as it says in Birchas Kohanim. Therefore, only someone who has the innate characteristic of love can be the one to determine whether someone has tzora'as.

Once the kohein says that someone is tomei or must be quarantined, that same kohein must be the one to proclaim him tohor. The kohein will be there at the earliest time possible to pronounce him tohor. Therefore, even if the kohein relies on the chacham, he will ask and re-ask the chacham before determining a negative (tomei) outcome. That is why the responsibility was given only to the children of Aharon. A person can be the wisest of all, and know the laws better than anyone else, but if he tells another Jew that he doesn't belong in the Jewish community and the power to make such a decision wasn't given to him, only to a kohein, he is speaking against another Jew and deserves to be afflicted with tzora'as. So what is his cure? He must sit alone away from everyone else and begin looking at other Jews with a good eye and get used to seeing others in a positive way and not harm other Jews with his loshon harah, and with that teshuva he will be cured. True ahavas yisroel with ahavas chinom – loving other Jews unconditionally will nullify the golus which is called tzora'as and automatically the complete redemption will come though Moshiach.

 Likutei Sichos, Vol. 27

The Rebbe's Diamond Daveners are Marching to New York for the Lag B'Omer Parade

Dear Parents,

Due to popular demand KYY is organizing a 2-Day Trip to 770 (For Boys aged 10 through 8th Grade) for the Grand Lag B’Omer Parade which promises to be the biggest yet.

Details are being formalized but the general outline is as follows:

  • Departure: Motsei Shabbos, the 17th of Iyar, May 1st from LAX to JFK (Delta airlines –nonstop)
  • Return: Monday night, the 19th of Iyar, May 3rd from JFK to LAX (Delta airlines –nonstop)

Day 1

  • Arrive at the Ohel, write a Pan, Daven and then a Continental Breakfast in the large tent in the Ohel
  • Head to Crown Heights – 770 where we will be seated by the organizers in the VIP section followed by a full day of the Grand Parade and Rally (see attached Parade flyer)
  • Picnic Dinner overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Finish Lag B’Omer with dancing with a live band in the Oholei Torah Ballroom

Day 2

  • Davening in the Rebbe’s Room followed by a tour of the Rebbe’s Library
  • Breakfast
  • Head to Manhattan for a day of sightseeing of Chabad Houses and other sites including The Intrepid and Ground Zero.

This 2-Day Marathon will be a well balanced spectacular trip with lots of Ruchnias and Gashmias combined.

The cost per child will be $359.00 which includes air fare and transportation (while in NY) and all travelers will only be able to take carry on baggage (Rolies and backpacks only) I and a parent (s)will be with the children at all times.

The group fare expires @ midnight Thursday April 15 th 2010

There is only one way to guarantee a seat for your son and that is by logging onto our webpage and submitting FULL Payment- once the credit card is approved -your sons boarding pass and all the trip details will be emailed to you!!

Kol Yakov Yehuda – the Rebbes Diamond Daveners
Mendel Duchman
E-mail: [email protected]


Important Announcements


  • Aliyos / Membership
    If you purchased an Aliya during Pesach and did not pay yet, or if you did not yet pay your Membership Fees for 5770, please do so by: 
    a: Logging on to  
    b: Giving a check to David Kaufman or Leib Lerner,
    c: Droping it off in the metal shul pushka.
  • For info about Purchasing Chometz after Pesach please click here 
  • As we mentioned - and made a hachlata - on Achron shel Pesach, beginning Monday evening (April 12) there will be a one hour shiur following Maariv on the Laws of Yom Tov. The shiur will be twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, until Shavuos.

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:02 PM
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehilim: 8:15 AM
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Shacharis: 10:15 AM
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:30 AM
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 PM 
  • Mincha: 7:00 PM 
    Pirkei Avos - Perek 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:05 PM
  • Molad of Iyar
    Wednesday/April 14/Nisan 30
    3:55 AM + 14 Chalakim
  • Rosh Chodesh Iyar
    Wednesday - Thursday
    April 14-15

Kiddush Sponsors

The Shabbos Mevorchim kiddush 
is sponsored in gratitude to
Rabbi Levi and Miriam Raichik
by the following families:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Rosenbloom
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth  [also in honor of Mr. Roth's birthday]
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mailaich Weiss
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Wolowik [also in honor of Rabbi Wolowik's birthday]
  • And by the Members of the Early Minyan

Woman's Shabbos Shiur

At the home of
Mrs. Yocheved Lezak - 423 N Fuller Ave.
at 5:45 PM
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman

We would like to wish a Mazal Tov To:

Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht - on the on the engagement of their son Boruch to Mooka Naparstek 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mrs. Miriam Gluck - 27 Nisan
  • Rabbi Reuven Eliezer Nathanson - 28 Nisan
  • Mrs. Malka Stroll - 28 Nisan
  • Mr. Mendel Goldman - 1 Iyar

Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Shemini

Among the subjects in this week's Parsha are the laws of Kashrus. When I was in Yeshiva, one of my Roshei Yeshivas noted that from here we see that the Torah was given from Hashem. How so? Kosher animals have two

signs: they both chew their cud and have split hooves. The Parsha goes on to state that only four types of animals carry only one sign – either they chew their cud or they have split hooves. At the time of Matan Torah the Jews were in a desert. They were not in the fields of Africa, nor the forests of Europe, nor the prairies of North America, nor were they in Australia; nevertheless not one more species has been discovered as having only one sign.

On Parshas Shemini 39 years ago (5731/1971), the Rebbe explained a Rashi on this week's parsha. “These are the living things you are allowed to eat (Vayikra 11:2).” Moshe Rabbenu held up every animal, every bird, every fish, and all the swarming creatures and showed the Jews which is allowed and which is not. The possuk does not elaborate on this. If this is what happened, why in the parsha of Noach does the Torah take many passukim to describe how all the animals have to come two by two to the teivah to be saved from the Mabul? And here, the Torah does not go into detail and additionally, Rashi does not ask the obvious question, why does the Torah not elaborate on this great miracle? Here, all the animals, etc. came to Moshe Rabbenu in the desert of Sinai, yet this great wonder Rashi bypasses. The Rebbe answers that a child understands that Hashem wants the Bnei Yisroel to keep kosher and that the people must have a clear understanding of what is permitted and what is not permitted. Hashem brought all the animals from every continent to Moshe Rabbenu to teach the people to keep kosher. Rashi doesn't have to speak about how great the miracle was because it is self-understood.

That farbrengen in 5731(1971) was unique. Until that year, the Rebbe would farbreng on the second night of Pesach after the Seder (of course, without wine) and expound upon the Haggadah. However, the Rebbe did not conduct the Seder upstairs in the Friediker Rebbe's apartment because Rebbetzin Nechama Dina had passed away on the tenth of Teves of that year; instead he conducted his seder privately in his home. At the farbrengen of Parshas Shemini the Rebbe opened the Siddur to the Haggadah and he said a sicha explaining various parts of the Haggadah. A year later it was Shnas Hashiviim (the Rebbe's 70^th year). Beginning that year the Rebbe would farbreng on Yud Alef Nisan and various subjects about Pesach were brought up at the Yud Alef Nisan farbrengens.

The same concerning Shavuos. Until that year, after reciting Tikun Leil Shavuos the Rebbe would come down from his room to the big shul at about 3:00 AM and say a Maamar Chassidus. Since meals were no longer eaten in the Previous Rebbe's apartment, the Rebbe went home right after davenning and this late-night farbrengen ceased. Instead,beginning in Shnas Hashiviim the Rebbe would farbreng prior to every major Yom Tov, usually on the night before Yom Tov.

Important Announcements

Aliyos / Membership
If you purchased a Aliya during Pesach and did not pay yet, or if you did not yet pay your Membership Fees for 5770, please do so by: 
a: Logging on to  
b: Giving a check to David Kaufman or Leib Lerner,
c: Droping it off in the metal shul pushka.

Beruchim Habaim
We would like to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horowitz to our Shul and our neighborhood. - Meshane Mokom Meshne Mazal L'Tova Ulivracha

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:57 PM
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 AM
  • Shacharis: 10:00 AM
  • Shiur in Halacha with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 PM 
  • Mincha: 6:55 PM
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:00 PM

Shalom Zachor

Mr. & Mrs. Shmuli Sufrin
Invite the community to the Sholom Zochor for their son -
At the Sufrin residence 172 N. Mansfield Ave.

2nd days of Pesach Schedule

For all the laws and customs regarding Pesach please see the Chabad Chodesh

Sunday - Nisan 20/April 4

  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:58 PM
    Our custom is that men stay up during the night studying Torah

Shevii Shel Pesach

  • Shacharis: 10:15 AM
  • Mincha: 7:00 PM
  • Light Candles (From pre-existing flame) After: 8:00 PM

Tuesday - Nisan 22/April 6
Acharon Shel Pesach

  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 AM  
  • Shacharis: 10:15 AM
  • Yiskor: 12:15 PM
  • Mincha: 5:30 PM
    Followed by Moshiach Seudah
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:01 PM
    After Pesach, give the Rav about an hour to repurchase the Chametz before using it.

Mazal Tov's - Shabbos Chol Hamoed

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Sufrin - on the birth of their son, Mazal Tov to the grandparents - Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman
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Weekly Thought - By Rabbi Shimon Raichik - Shabbos Chol Homoed

This story I heard from Rabbi Yisroel Gordon and it has been printed in Taharas Mayim by Rabbi Telushkin.

Once there was a person who wanted to be with the Magid for Pesach. He set off in his horse and buggy and when he was most of the way to Mezritch his horse fell into a ditch. The man climbed out and ran to the nearest village for help. The local Jewish innkeeper was able to help, but in rescuing his horse, the man ran out of time to get to Mezritch and he was very upset because after all this time and effort getting to the Magid, he was stuck in a village. The innkeeper tried to comfort him by saying thank G-d you got stuck in a village where there are Jews!

What would have happened if you were stuck among non-Jews for Pesach!!

The man saw that the innkeeper was right. Therefore, he calmed down and spent Pesach with these people. He saw they had a minyan, they made Sedarim, but he saw something peculiar about their recitation of the Haggadah. When they read of the simple son who asks “ma zos” “what is this,” everyone began to cry and when they continued with the response “that with a strong arm Hashem took us out of Egypt,” everyone said it with great joy. This happened on both seder nights. The man didn't want to question his host, the innkeeper; instead he waited until after Pesach when he continued on his way and finally got to Mezritch.

The Magid asked him where he was for Pesach and the man described his entire journey and all of his adventures. Then he turned to the Magid, “I have a question.” Then the man told the Magid the whole story about recitation of the Haggadah and the simple son – why was everyone crying by “Mah zos” and why was everyone joyous by the answer?

The Magid responded that every mitzvah we do Hashem does Himself, as it says, “He tells His words (Torah) to Yaakov and His commandments and laws to Israel” (Tehillim 147). So when Hashem tells us to do a mitzvah, he also does a mitzvah. We make a seder down here, and similarly, Hashem is making a seder Up There. (See Likutei Sichos, vol. 3, the Rebbe's explanation on הא לחמא עניא). So when they were saying תם מה הוא אומר... “The simple son, what does he say...” they interpreted taam to mean over there (in Russian; and in Aramaic taamon means over there). So what were these people saying? Taam, ma hu omeir? Over there what is Hashem saying? Ma zos – what is this? I sent you into this world to serve Me and to make this world a dwelling place for Me but you got involved with your worldly desires and you forgot the purpose of your mission. All the people at the Seder were crying because Hashem had a good complaint. The Hagadah continues, “ואמרת אליו” “You should say to Him (to Hashem) that You took us out of Egypt with a strong arm. Even though we had sunk into the 49th level of impurity in Egypt, and even though the supervising angel of Egypt complained that the Jews were serving idols, and they were no different then the Egyptians, still You used Your forceful arm and pushed all the complaints aside and redeemed Bnei Yisroel because the time for their redemption had arrived. The same thing now, we are telling Hashem don't ask any questions just take us out of golus now! This is why the innkeeper and his family were so joyous.

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