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Shul Bulletin

Announcements:

  • The Bitton (Elharrar) Bris will be Tomorrow (Friday) 8:00 am at the the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Elharrar 157 N Fuller Ave.
  • Aliyos: If you purchased an Aliya or other Kibud during Shavuos, or if you did not yet pay any pledge to date, please do so by:
    a: Logging on to www.chabadofla.com/Donate 
    b: Giving a check to any of the gabboim.
    c: Dropping it off in the metal shul pushka.
  • A very special thank you to Rabbi Mendel Goldman and MGM Catering for hosting the main minyan in Moshe Ganz Hall this Shavuos.
  • Thank you to Rabbi Simcha Frankel and to Srula Duchman for running the ice cream party for the KYY children. Thank you to Rabbi Mendel Duchman for organizing the party.

 

Shabbos Parshas Beha’aloscha Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:46 pm
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:45
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Chapter 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:49 pm

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s father Noson ben Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Boruch Braude’s mother ????? ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Binyomin Burston in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Burston’s 60th birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yankel Ginsburg for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Ginsburg’s father Mich'l ben Shlaima ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also in honor of their son Yossi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg in honor of Rabbi Simcha Levenberg birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholem Perl in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Rappaport for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Rappaport 's mother Tzivya Chaya bas Shlomo Zalmen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zalman Roth’s father Yaakov ben Zalmen Leib ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman for the yahrtzeit of his mother Bracha Toiba bas Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur/Farbrengen

At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
6:20 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold on the birth of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude on the birth of their granddaughter.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Simcha Levenberg - 9 Sivan 
  • Mr. Yisroel Schochet - 9 Sivan
  • Yoisef Yitzchok Halevi Ginsburg - 11 Sivan
  • Yossi Nathanson - 11 Sivan
  • Rabbi Chaim Binyomin Burston - 14 Sivan
  • Levi Mishulovin - 14 Sivan
  • Yehoshua Ovadya Engelson - 15 Sivan
  • Menachem Mendel Habibian - 15 Sivan
  • Menachem Mendel Mishulovin - 15 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholem Perl - 9 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian - 14 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mendel Goldman - 14 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Binyomin Burston - 15 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mich'l ben Shlaima (Mrs. Esther Ginsburg’s father) - 9 Sivan
  • Bracha Toiba bas Yitzchok (Rabbi Lazer Handelsman’s mother) - 10 Sivan
  • Yaakov ben ?? (Mrs. Baila Edelson’s father) - 10 Sivan
  • Yaakov ben Zalmen Leib (Mr. Zalman Roth’s father) - 10 Sivan
  • ???? bas /????? (Rabbi Boruch Leib Braude’s mother) - 13 Sivan
  • Tizvya Chaya bas Shlomo Zalmen (Rabbi Avrohom Rappaport's mother) - 14 Sivan
  • Noson ben Moshe (Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s father) - 15 Sivan

Devar Torah - Beha’aloscha

The first year that I was at the Rebbe for Shavuos was 5727/1967, when I was a bochur in the first year of Yeshiva in Montreal. Up to that point, I was living at home in Los Angeles so I never had the chance to be with the Rebbe for Shavuos before this year.

That was the Shavuos right after the 6 Day War, it had finished just a few days earlier. The kevios was the same that year as it is this year, Shavuos was Wednesday - Thursday.

On Shabbos Parshas Beha’alotcha, the Shabbos after Shavuos, When the Rebbe started the farbrengen they sang “The Gimmel Tenuos” The Three Stanzas. One part if from the Ba’al Shem Tov, one part is from the Maggid and one part is from the Alter Rebbe.

The Rebbe strongly said, why are people talking or looking around, when this Niggun is sung. Because it’s known when you say a Torah from a Tzaddik it’s as if the Tzaddik is there with you, and when you sing a Niggun it’s even greater.

The Rebbe started the farbrengen with that vort and then the Rebbe explained a story about the Baal Shem Tov told by the Rebbe Rayatz in Otwock on the second day of Shavuos 5796 /1936.

The Rebbe Rayatz introduced the story with a gevaldege vort that the Maggid said after the passing of the Baal Shem Tov. It’s known that during the week the Ba’al Shem Tov was 2/3’s in the physical world and 1/3 in the spiritual world. On Shabbos he was 2/3’s in the spiritual world and 1/3 in the physical world. We know how much the Ba’al Shem Tov accomplished in his lifetime for Ahavas Yisroel. Nevertheless even though the Ba’al Shem Tov lived on such a level the Maggid said that if the he had known then, what he knew now, after his passing, what he was accomplishing by being mekarev simple Jews, he would have done it in a completely different way.

Once the Baal Shem Tov was sitting with his talmidim eating a seudah on Rosh Chodesh. His mood was extremely serious and the Talmidim exerted themselves, as they had in the past, to uplift his demeanor but their efforts were fruitless - whatever they tried did not work. The talmidim were distressed. Suddenly, a simple Jew, R. Dovid entered the room . Upon seeing R. Dovid the Baal Shem Tov's spirits lifted and he became happy. The Baal Shem Tov brought R. Dovid close and gave him a place at the table and even served R . Dovid a piece of his own challah . The Baal Shem Tov was completely b'simcha.

The Talmidim, including the Maggid, had made every effort to uplift the Baal Shem Tov and here R. Dovid was successful without any evident effort! What greatness was there in R. Dovid? The Baal Shem Tov saw that the talmidim were puzzled. He sent R. Dovid on an errand, and told the Talmidim that R. Dovid had to sweat for each penny he earned. It took him an entire year to collect, penny by penny, enough money with which to buy a good, mehudardike esrog in the big city.

R. Dovid returned from town with the esrog in great joy. His wife, worn down by money worries, was extremely bitter that R. Dovid had spent his savings on an esrog when it could have gone for necessities. (Not only the money, but her husband had expended a great deal of effort to travel to and from the big city on bad roads and bridges dangerous from floods.) She became very aggravated, so much that she took the esrog and bit off the pitom!

Instead of becoming angry at his wife, R. Dovid held his peace and decided that his wife was right, he was not on a high spiritual level to deserve such an esrog: What did he do? He pawned something from his house and with the money he purchased a share in the community esrog which would be given to each of the subscribers as a "present on condition it be returned."

The Baal Shem Tov concluded that since the test of Avrohom Avinu at the Akeida, there has not been such a test from Heaven.

R. Dovid was put through such a severe test yet he controlled himself and did not become angry.

The Baal Shem Tov explained to his talmidim this is the flawless character of R. Dovid. The Rebbe added that we see that R. Dovid was so poor he didn't have a few extra pennies to buy into the community esrog.

The test here is understood - the hardships he lived with for an entire year to get this esrog did not make him feel "entitled." Even after his wife bit off the pitom not only did he keep his temper, he went on to do the mitzvah with the greatest hiddur. Instead of leaving his household object as a deposit with the communal leaders, he used it to borrow money at interest from a villager so that his share in the esrog would be paid for in cash, to be as free and clear as possible.

The Rebbe went on to explain why the Rebbe Rayatz chose this story of the Baal Shem Tov to tell during Shavuos.

Reprinted form the “Chabad Chodesh” - Sivan 5771

Announcements

  • Nichum Aveilim: The Weiss family is sitting Shiva for the passing of their father R' Berl Weiss (Yissochor Dov ben Yonah) at 254 S Highland Ave. Shacharis 8:30 & 9:30 am, Mincha 7:45 pm and Maariv 8:30 pm. The family requests no visitors from 1 to 5 pm and after 10 pm. Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!!!

Shabbos Parshas Nasso Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:42 pm
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 8:20 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 4:30 pm in Shul
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:45
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Chapter 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:45 pm

Shavuos Schedule

Erev Shavuos
Tuesday Sivan 5/June 7

  • Light Candles: 7:45 pm
    (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu)

First Day Shavuos
Wednesday Sivan 6/June 8

  • Alos HaShachar: 4:11 am
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Shacharis upstairs: 10:30 am
  • Aseres Hadibros: 12:00 pm
  • Light Candles from a pre-existing flame after: 8:47 pm
    (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu)

Second Day Shavuos
Thursday Sivan 7/June 9

  • Shacharis upstairs: 10:15 am
  • Yizkor: 12:00 pm
  • Mincha /Farbrengen: 7:00 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:47 pm

 

Sholom Zochor

Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Bitton 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Elharrar
157 N Fuller Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze’ev Rav-Noy in honor of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yankel Ginsburg in honor of R’ Yankel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Leiba Nathanson’s father Mordechai ben Shlomo Yom Tov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Binyomin Fogelman in honor of Shmuel Binyomin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of Levi’s 50th birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilach Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Weiss’s brother Lee ben Yacov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zelig Yisroel Zipp in honor of the birthday boys. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

 

Women's Shabbos Shiur/Farbrengen

At the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N. Fuller Ave.
6:18 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Bitton on the birth of their son. Mazal Tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Elharrar.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman - 3 Sivan
  • Nosson Pesach Sroka - 6 Sivan

 Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Kreiman - 3 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mordechai ben Shlomo Yom Tov (Mrs. Chana Leiba Nathanson’s father) - 4 Sivan
  • Yehoshua ben Moshe Yaakov (Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s brother) - 6 Sivan
  • Lee ben Yacov (Mrs. Chana Weiss’s brother) - 7 Sivan 

Devar Torah - Nasso

The President of the United States stated in public that Israel should negotiate based upon the pre 1967 borders. Later he said that he didn’t really mean exactly the pre 1967 boarders. Still he chose those words and read them from a teleprompter, knowing all the while that Israel’s Prime Minister was coming the next day. It is obvious that he really meant it and wanted to say it that way.

So what is it that brought him to say this? Since the Camp David accords the Rebbe said that the reason is because we compromise. And the more that we speak of compromise, the more they want and the more they mount pressure upon us to compromise even more.

What lesson do these things teach us standing before Shavuos? On Shavuos we received the Torah only after we gave our children as guarantors that we teach them Torah and raise them in the way that Hashem wants. Today we raise our children in a world of compromises, which leads to further pressures. What was once a “no” is now a “maybe”, and then peer pressure turns that into it being outright “allowed”. From there it snowballs into an “obligation”, and so it goes along the slippery slope R”L!

I grew up in LA in a time when we did not have many Yeshivas, Shuls or Kosher Restaurants. Do not even mention a Pizza Shop. There was no Chabad Yeshiva or Cheder; there was Toras Emes. All the parents in the community agreed that there was no option other than to educate our children to have a strong solid base of Yiddishkeit similar to how it was in Europe, as they were successful. The children who attended Toras Emes later went on to Yeshivas on the East Coast, and were at the level of their peers. Nevertheless my Father and Mother instilled a different standard than our friends because we were Lubavitch. What was permitted in other homes was not permitted in ours. There was a standard; not to say that we were all Tzaddikim, but there certain things that we could not or would not do. There was a standard of Kashrus of what we could and could not eat. The same was true of the media, what was and was not allowed in our home.

In school all the other children learned English and we were the only ones who did not. As a result, my brother Yossie A”H and (Y.B.L) I were shuttled from class to class, as per my Father’s wishes so that we would only learn Limudei Kodesh. There were some, even Rabbeim, who felt that my Father was sacrificing his children for his shita. He remained committed to a standard, and lived with that principle without compromise.

We lived in a time when there were no Rebbe videos, no tapes, not even Likutei Sichos. Nevertheless we knew who the Rebbe was and we knew who we were, Lubavitcher Chassidim, because of our Father. We knew the Rebbe through our Father. Looking back on those times, it encompassed everything he did. In all matters he would ask; “What does the Rebbe want from me?” This is why it penetrated us so deeply. It’s not because he taught us the Tanya or did homework with us, he wasn’t always home. Still, our home had that true chassidishe warmth.

After the Bar Mitzvah when we went to Yeshiva in Montreal, we had an urge, we were always available and searching to hear a good vort from a chosid. Whether it was from Peretz Moshkin, Nisen Neminov, Saadia Leiberow of Mendel Futerfas, we had a warmth and a desire to hear what a older chosid thought, felt and went through. The younger generation of today needs to appreciate this in their way as well. They need to find all kinds of ways to warm up and grab onto the true vitality and warmth of the Rebbe, Chassidus and Chassidim.

Children see the Rebbe through us. They look at what excites us, upsets us, what we speak about and our davening. Are we animated by 770, going to the Ohel, a story of the Rebbe or a chosid and going on Mivtzoyim; or are we excited about the Dodgers or the Angels? Anyone who learns Likutei Sichos and letters cannot fool themselves about what the Rebbe wants. But, peer pressure and wanting to be liked can place these things in jeopardy. There are things that people would not even think of doing 20 years ago; the way we look and dress, and the kinds of things we let into our homes and what we do. After all some think, it’s 2011 and after Gimel Tammuz....

Once we begin to compromise our values, one compromise leads to another, and over the years we imperil all that we stand for.

This Shavuos may we refocus and receive the Torah anew, a Torah Chadasha, the Torah of Moshiach, upon the solid foundations of our magnificent chassidishe heritage and standards based upon naaseh v’nishma in general and focused upon what the Rebbe wants from us now in particular. May we greet, together with the Rebbe, all the Rabbeim, Chassidim and forefathers Moshiach Now. Kabbolas HaTorah bSimcha u’bPenimius!

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