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Shul Bulletin

Announcements

  • Click here for the KYY Braking News.
  • Please join the Los Angeles community in celebrating the 30th Siyum HaRambam, this Thursday, Adar 7/March 1, 8 pm at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more info.  
  • Hashovas Aveida - Tefillin Missing - If you have recently brought to the Shul geniza a black bag full of Mezuzos, Yarmulkas, and a small Tefillin shel Yad, please can you contact Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy (310.277.3252). They are expensive Mivtzoim Tefillin, he is looking for the Shel Rosh. For a picture of the Shel Yad please click here
  • Please say Tehillim for Shmuel Choni ben Leah, Rochel Bas Simcha Chaya, Devorah Miriam bas Sarah and for Rachamim Oscar ben Rochel. 
  • Nichum Availim: Mrs. Baila Greenbaum is sitting shiva in Crown Hights on the passing of her father Harav Yisroel Shimon Kalmanson a"h. She can be reached at 718-288-8540 or at bailagreenbaum@gmail.com. Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom.

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:27 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:16 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 5:25 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:30 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Frances Goodman’s father Avrohom ben Shmuel ob"m and mother Tzivya bas Moshe Hersh ob”m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Olga Davidoff’s mother Cherna bas Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • The Davidson family for the yahrtzeit of Moshe ben Nachum Dov Davidson ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner in honor of Mr. Chaim Lerner’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel for the yahrtzeit of his father Chaim ben Yehoshua Zelig Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen

 At the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N. Fuller Ave.
At 4:30 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To

  • Mrs. Bracha Finkelstein on the birth of her grandson.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman on the birth of their granddaughter.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin on the birth of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Chaim Asher Andrusier - 2 Adar
  • Mr. Chaim Lerner - 2 Adar
  • Moshe Simacha Burston - 5 Adar
  • Yoav Antian - 5 Adar
  • Daniel Yacov Weiss - 5 Adar
  • Mr. Jack Soussana - 7 Adar
  • Mr. Allan Stark - 7 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Eliyahu Horwitz - 9 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Cherna bas Avrohom (Mrs. Esther Olga Davidoff’s mother) - 1 Adar 
  • Leib ben Shmuel (Mr. Betzalel Fleischman’s father) - 4 Adar
  • Moshe ben Nachum Dov (Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s father) - 6 Adar
  • Chaya bas Aharon (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandmother) - 8 Adar
  • Chaim ben Yehoshua Zelig Halevi (Mr. Joel Yachzel’s father) - 8 Adar

Devar Torah

This week’s parsha, Terumah, discusses the building of the Mishkan. The parsha begins with the donations that the Yidden made for the purpose of building the Mishkan. The purpose of the Mishkan is that Hashem should dwell within it. The Rebbe asks why this parsha is not named ‘Mishkan’ instead of ‘Terumah’. The reason is because the parsha should have begun with the commandment of; “V’asu Li Mikdash, Make for Me a Sanctuary”, and only afterwards detail the materials that are needed to be donated. Not the exact opposite as we see in the parsha.  When have we ever seen someone first collecting donations for materials and only later explaining that it is for the purpose of a building campaign?

The Rebbe also asks for the reason why we need to know about the Mishkan which was only a temporary construction. The Beis HaMikdash later replaced the Mishkan as a permanent dwelling. It is understandable why we need to study about the Beis HaMikdash so that we will be able to build it. Also, when we learn about the Beis HaMikdash it’s like we are already building the next Beis HaMikdash. What, however, is gained by learning about the Mishkan which we are not even planning on building? Also, what is the everlasting lesson gained from learning about the Mishkan every year?

The Rebbe explains that when the Mishkan was assembled Hashem dwelled within it and thereby His presence was revealed in the world. As the pasuk says; “Basi LeGani – I came to My garden.” Even though we had already experienced the revelation of Hashem’s presence at Matan Torah, nevertheless, we still needed the Mishkan. At Matan Torah there was thunder and lightning, our souls flew out of their bodies and the world became nullified. Even a bird could not be heard singing as the entire world stood still. Matan Torah was an overwhelming experience.

The Mishkan allowed us to purify and elevate the world. This is the way that Hashem wanted His presence to dwell in this world; through the fulfillment of the mitzvos of the Mishkan. When Hashem’s presence was in the Mishkan, the boards, the curtains, and all of its parts were transformed into holiness. On the other hand, at Matan Torah Har Sinai was sanctified only for the moment that the revelation occurred. Afterwards, Har Sinai returned to its original state, and anyone was allowed to climb it and use it.

This is why our parsha is named Terumah and the reason why the donations come first. The reason is because Hashem wants us to always be donating ourselves and our belongings for the purpose of building a Mishkan for Hashem. This is not like it was at Matan Torah when everything happened dramatically at once, with voices coming from all directions. Rather, this process is bit by bit, step by step. A Yid takes a little bit of himself and his belongings and gives it to Hashem. He then does is again and again. The concept of Terumah expresses the activity of constantly giving our personal belongings and making it a dwelling place for Hashem. This is not just limited to the holy places of Yerushalayim and on the Har HaMoriah, but even to the desert. It is possible wherever and with whatever is appropriate, even in a place that is uncivilized and uninhabitable to man. It is possible even in this desert of golus. We may wake up at times and not feel the proper inspiration and think it impossible to make from our own lives and homes a dwelling place for Hashem. This week’s parsha of Terumah comes to teach that even in the desert, a Yid has the power to convert himself and his entire environment to be a dwelling place for Hashem.  

(Adapted from Likutei Sichos v.26)

Announcements

  • Beruchim Haboim to Mr. & Mrs. Isser Goldstein upon their move to Los Angeles. May it be meshane makom meshane mazal letova ulivracha.
  • Click here for the KYY newsletter.
  • Hashovas Aveida - Tefillin Missing - If you have recently brought to the Shul geniza a black bag full of Mezuzos, Yarmulkas, and a small Tefillin shel Yad, please can you contact Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy (310.277.3252). They are expensive Mivtzoim Tefillin, he is looking for the Shel Rosh. For a picture of the Shel Yad please click here.  
  • Please say Tehillim for Shmuel Choni ben Leah, Rochel Bas Simcha Chaya, Devorah Miriam bas Sarah and for Rachamim Oscar ben Rochel. 

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:21 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Tehillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:21 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am 
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 5:20 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:24 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Molad of Chodesh Adar: Wednesday, Shevat 29/February 22, 8:49 am + 1 Chelek.
  • Rosh  Chodesh Adar: Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24.

Sholom Zocho & Bris

Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Zvi Friedman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Dubinsky - 321 N Sycamore Ave.

The Bris 
will take place iy'h on shabbos immediately after davening
at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Dubinsky  - 321 N Sycamore Ave.
Followed by a kiddush in shul.

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Zvi Friedman for the birth & Bris of their son. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Naftoli Estulin’s mother Raizel bas Chaim Binyomin Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also for the yahrtzeits of Mr. Moshe Fishman’s mother Malka Leah bas Efraim Zalman ob"m & stepmother Ruth Gittel bas Meir ob”m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Greenbaum in honor of Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Shoshana Plotkin’s father Yitzchak Aharon ben Aharon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka in honor of Mr. Berl Sroka’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen

 At the home of Mrs. Yocheved Lezak
423 N Fuller Ave.
At 4:30 pm
Speaker: Mrs.Chana Rachel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Zvi Friedman on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Pinchas Winograd - 25 Shevat
  • Aharon Yechezkel Gross - 26 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Halevi Ginsburg - 27 Shevat
  • Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum - 29 Shevat
  • Mr. Berl Sroka - 30 Shevat
  • Yosef Yitzchak Shusterman - 30 Shevat
  • Yitzchak Menashe Stark - 1 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman - 30 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy - 30 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Eyde bas Nochum (Mr. Maayan Kerbel’s grandmother) - 25 Shevat
  • Raizel bas Chaim Binyomin Halevi (Rabbi Naftoli Estulin’s mother) - 26 Shevat
  • Ruth Gittel bas Meir (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s stepmother) - 26 Shevat
  • Yitzchak Aharon ben Aharon (Mrs. Shoshana Plotkin’s father) - 28 Shevat
  • Malka Leah bas Efraim Zalman (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s mother) - 29 Shevat

Devar Torah

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik
Guarding our Neshama from wandering like sheep

This week’s parsha is Mishpatim. One of the laws discussed in the parsha is shomrim- those who safeguard other people’s objects. If the object is lost or stolen the shomer needs to swear that it wasn’t lost or stolen due to his negligence. The pasuk discusses an ox, a donkey, a garment and lost sheep. If he was negligent he has to pay and if he swore falsely he needs to pay double.

The Rebbe explains in the service of Hashem that every Jew is Hashem’s shomer for his neshama. We need to return our neshama in perfect condition. We do this by learning the Torah and doing mitzvos, and keeping to the path that Hashem wants us to follow. Sometimes we are negligent because of our nefesh habehamis. We can be at times like a goring ox that gets heated up about worldly affairs, or like a donkey that is cold even at the high point of summer. He can see many miracles and remain as cold as a fish. Then there are sheep, sheep are followers because they do not have the strength to stand up for themselves. The Rebbe explains that this refers to a people whose behaviors and lifestyle are effected and dictated by peer pressure and social mores. Ultimately they do what their peers tell them is acceptable. They do not act based solely upon their conviction for fear of being laughed at or scoffed.

When learning this sicha of the Rebbe I reflected on how this relates to our recent discussions about Chabad standards and what is fitting behaviors for a chosid. A Lubavitcher chosid has always been aware of the standard. He wears Rabbenu Tam tefillin as well as Rashi’s. He wears a hat and jacket and wool tzitzis. He places negel vasser by his bed. He has a mechitza at his weddings even during the meal, not just during dancing. He does the same for Bar Mitzvah’s. The music is chassidish and not disco. He is mihader in kashrus including cholov Yisroel. Tznius means wearing a sheitel. It means wearing a dress that goes below the knees and covers the elbows. This is the image of a Lubavitcher chosid man or woman.

Today we live in an environment with a high level of peer pressure. We are not allowed to tell someone else what to do. Some people say; why should I be more frum that my neighbor? Does halacha require that I have to have a mechitza by the meal of my chassuna? If I wear cotton tzitzis am I not fulfilling the mitzvah of tzitzis? Am I not frum if I go to the superbowl? So it goes down the line, many of our Chabad standards being bartered away like lost sheep in order to fit in to peer pressure and social norms. Some will be in Ralph’s and need milk and decide that he isn’t required according to halacha to spend 15 minutes to go the kosher store to buy cholov Yisroel milk! Chabad standard is that drinking cholov Yisroel is a din not only a minhag.

Last week when I was in Yerushalayim I met Mr E., a person who went through the Lubavitch system. He had a trimmed beard. When his daughter got engaged to a young man who was not Chabad, they took Mr E. to visit various Gedolei Yisroel for their brachos. When they visited Rav Kanefsky a well known Torah Scholar, he asked Mr E. why he does not have a full beard. Mr E. repied that he didn’t understand, that there are many frum halachik Jews that do not have full beards. Rav Kanefsky replied; “But you are a Lubavitcher! The Tzemach Tzedek says that shaving your beard is a prohibition of the Torah!” Even the non Chabad world recognizes that Chabad has standards.

There are those that complain that those who speak out also have inconsistencies as well. They are correct.  Once there was a debate in South Africa about Judaism that occurred between an Orthodox and a Reform congregation. At one point in the debate the president of the Orthodox shul was called to the podium by the Reform side to explain the proper observance of Shabbos. When he finished explaining that one cannot drive his car or turn on lights etc., he was boldly asked if he himself was 100 percent observant of the Shabbos. He bowed his head in shame and softly admitted that indeed there were times that he falls short of complete observance. This open hypocrisy caused a great stir to the advantage of the Reform side. The Orthodox then called up the president of the Reform shul to answer the same questions about the Shabbos. When he was asked about his personal observance he proudly and staunchly proclaimed that he under no circumstances ever even felt obligated to observe the Shabbos or had any immediate plans to do so in the future (R’L). The representative of the Orthodox then made his point. We see that both these men are not completely observant of the Shabbos. The difference is that this man has a standard (the Orthodox president) and even though he falls short, because he has a standard there is hope for his future. This man has no standard (the Reform president) and what will become of him and those that share his approach?

On a personal note, I know that I am not perfect but still, because we accept the Chabad standard, it bothers me when do not measure up to that standard…

When I returned to Los Angeles after getting married, I served as a Mashpia in Yeshiva for six years. At one point I wrote the Rebbe that I did not feel fit for the job. I felt that that there were some Bachurim that were on a very high level and I did offer to them what they really needed. The Rebbe did not accept my assessment of the situation. From this I understood that I needed to continue and grow into the job.

In conclusion, it is obvious to everyone, even a non Lubavitcher that we have a clear and defined standard. Also, standards give a person a gauge to strive to do and become what we should and should not be. We need to be shomrim, to make sure that we don’t wander like sheep after peer pressure and the demands of our social circles.

Announcements

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter. Click here to to read about the special event for KYY Ezras Noshim in honor of Chof Beis Shvat.
  • Please say Tehillim for Shmuel Choni ben Leah, Rochel Bas Simcha Chaya, Devorah Miriam bas Sarah and for Rachamim Oscar ben Rochel. 

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:14 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:24 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 5:15 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:17 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s grandfather Avrohom Yaakov ben Meir Hakohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father Yaakov ben Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s father Yitzchok ben Nochum Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yanky Raichik in honor of Rabbi Yanky Raichik’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Roth’s mother Sheva bas Yitzchok Aizik ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs Yosef Wolowik in honor of the birth of their daughter Rivka. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.  

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Antian for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Moshe Antian’s father Yoav ben Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Zev Oster for the yahrtzeit of his mother Esther bas Volf ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen

 At the home of Mrs. Sima Berkowitz
435 N Poinsettia Pl.
At 4:15 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ahron Nassy on the marriage of their son Yossi to Chaya Loloyan.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Binyomin Wolowik - 18 Shevat
  • Mr. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky - 18 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yosef Bukiet - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Shmuli Pinson - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Aron Tzvi Weiss - 19 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Rav~Noy - 22 Shevat
  • Yechezkel Pinson - 22 Shevat
  • Rabino Noach Gansburg - 22 Shevat
  • Aharon Eliezer Mishulovin - 23 Shevat
  • Mr. Beryl Kaufman - 24 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner - 18 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Yitzchok ben Nochum Tzvi (Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s father) - 19 Shevat
  • Sheva bas Yitzchok Aizik (Mrs. Esther Roth’s mother) - 21 Shevat
  • Yoav ben Dovid (Mr. Moshe Antian’s father) - 21 Shevat
  • Yaakov ben Moshe (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father) - 22 Shevat
  • Avrohom Yaakov ben Meir Hakohen (Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s grandfather) - 22 Shevat
  • Esther bas Volf (Mr. Zev Oster’s mother) - 23 Shevat
  • Ezra Refoel ben Dovber (Mrs. Gittel Kaplan’s father) - 24 Shevat
  • Efrayim ben Avrohom (Mr. Benyomin Hoffman’s father) - 24 Shevat

Devar Torah

In a Sicha for Yud Shvat in 5741, the Rebbe discussed the same story mentioned in last week’s article. The story was about how the Previous Rebbe was sent by his father on a shlichus in Petersburg during the winter. Later, when the Previous Rebbe spoke to the minister, who didn’t love Jews, he set up a time to visit on a Friday night. After concluding the meeting even though the Rebbe had a warm coat, the cold was so fierce that he needed to take shelter in a bar etc.

Many times lessons were given by the Rebbeim in a style of story-telling. This is similar to how it is in the Torah. Many times in the Torah mitzvos are said in an outright fashion, as in; “Tzav es Bnai Yisroel-Command Bnei Yisroel”. Often however, many essential lessons are learnt from the stories of the Torah. As it says, “maase avos siman labanim – the stories of our forefathers are a sign for the children to learn and live by.”

The aforementioned story, which was told in great detail, has a central lesson in our entire approach to the service of Torah and Mitzvos and to being successful in communal affairs and in the world in general.

In general, a community activist (so too someone that goes to do business) needs to get out of his Torah environment. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to learn G-d forbid, only that he needs to take a break and take with him his Torah in memory and go do a task that is needed for his community in the world. He needs to be aware that when he goes out into the world he has to wear a warm coat for extra warmth to protect us in thought speech and action. He needs these “special garments.” This is because he is going out of the warmth of learning Torah, doing mitzvos and davening, where he has a heightened awareness of “knowing in front of whom he stands.” When he goes out into the world, he has to meet up with things and people that are outside of that nature. Therefore, before he does this, while he is still in the house inside the warmth of Yiddishkeit, there he has to put on special garments.

A person might be convinced that he has no need for special garments because he has been fine so far without them. Special coats are an expense, and they are burdensome to carry around. A person would rather feel the freedom of not being wrapped up in a thick heavy coat.

The need for special garments can be best understood with the example of a doctor. What is the role of a good doctor? A physical doctor works with self-sacrifice to come up with the best possible diagnosis and to give the correct prescription. So too it is with a spiritual doctor. He seeks with self sacrifice to find the best possible advice to give a confused person. Most importantly doctors need to know how to keep a person in the best possible and most optimal health. This means to say that the true spiritual and physical remedies are not in knowing how far the sickness goes and then to how heal it, rather how never to become sick in the first place. As the posuk says, “all the sicknesses which I placed in Mitzrayim I will not place upon you, I am Hashem your healer.” Hashem in advance does not allow for any other possibility than health. He knows in advance, and gives advice about how we should act in the ‘cold outside’, with the people and things that are there and not suffer any damage.

A person cannot know this remedy themselves because they are not a doctor and they have had no experience with the outside environment. An expert, the Rebbe Rashab, told the Previous Rebbe that he was sent to the capital city where he would meet with ministers. The highest priority is that a good thing should occur for other Yidden. At the same time one needs to carry out his mission and prepare in a way that it shouldn’t cause any damage to oneself. That is why he needs to prepare the special garments in advance and not wait until he gets there when it is already cold to find protection. He needs to prepare himself with extra care to deal with the people and things on his mission. He needs to wear clothing that protects him and enables him to keep the warmth of his Torah and his Tefillah intact while enabling him to deal with the coldness on the outside. In order for him to project a true Yiddishe lively body he needs to be warmed from within with Torah, mitzvos and Yiddishkeit.

Through this we will be successful that the coldness of the outside becomes less and less to such a point that eventually we will warm up the entire world with the warmth of Torah and mitzvos.

Then we are able to transform the cold of the street and have hatzlocha in all our endeavors. This is our purpose in the world. It says by the yom tov of Chanukah that the light of the candles burn until the “Kalya Ragla d’tarmadai- the marketplace is empty of those from Tarmud”. So too by bringing the warmth and the light of G-dliness, we affect that all of those that rebel (don’t read tarmudai, read mored, rebel) against Hashem’s oneness are completely vanquished. We do this by adding in garments.

This will be completely accomplished through the coming of Moshiach when the world will come to serve Hashem as one. The main accomplishment is that even a non-Jew will take on their lessons because they will see the Yid is healthy in his body and in his soul. The health of the body is dependent on the spiritual health, and the health of the neshama which is an actual part of Hashem is dependant on a world that is complete in Torah and mitzvos. Through this will be “v’nigle kvod hashem v’rau kol basar yachdov – Hashem’s presence will be revealed and all flesh will see together.” “Avdo kulam shechem echod – we will serve Hashem as one community.” May we see this immediately mamosh!

Announcements

  • Please say Tehillim for Shmuel Choni ben Leah, Rochel Bas Simcha Chaya, Devorah Miriam bas Sarah and for Rachamim Oscar ben Rochel. 

Shabbos Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:07 pm
  • Followed by the recitation of the final chapter of the Maamar “Bossi Legani”
  • Folowed by studieng a perke of Tanya
  • Folowed by a short farbrengen
  • Kabolas Shabbos: 6:35 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:27 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibos Shabbos for Girls: 3:30 pm in Shul
  • Mincha: 5:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:10 pm
  • Father & Son Learning: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeits  of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother David ben Avrohom Yehuda Halevi H'YD and grandfather Shaltiel Ze'ev ben Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
    Also in honor of their son Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nochum Pinson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s mother Menucha Vita bas Aharon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of Rabbi Sender Munitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of Nechomo Basya bas Avrohom Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosske Mishulovin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Devorah Leah Mishulovin’s father Yehoshua Heshel ben Aharon Eliezer ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.  

The kiddush for the early minyan is sponsored by:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yaacov Avila in honor of Mr. Yaacov Avila’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of Ari Avila’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jack Soussana in honor of their daughter Tamar Soussana’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • In honor of Rabbi Lazer Handelsman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of the engagement of R’ Lazer’s son Yaacov Shmuel to Meira Myerowitz. May they be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad. Sponsored by someone who loves him.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen

At the home of Mrs. Neshe Grossman
366 N Citrus Ave.
At 4:15 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum

Mazal Tov To

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Binyomin Fogelman on the engagement of their daughter Chaya'le to Yanky Komar.
  • Rabbi Lazer Handlesman on the engagement of his son Yaacov Shmuel to Meira Myerowitz.

Upcoming Birthdays:

  • Rabbi Yossi Solomon - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy - 11 Shevat
  • Moshe Lipsker - 11 Shevat
  • Avremel Schochet - 12 Shevat
  • Mr. Shea Bastomski - 12 Shevat
  • Mr. Yacov Avila - 12 Shevat
  • Mendel Katz - 12 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Novack - 14 Shevat
  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman - 16 Shevat
  • Eli Feigelstock - 16 Shevat
  • Mr. Alon Zak - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Nochum Pinson - 16 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Muchnik - 17 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yankee Raichik - 17 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries:

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Levin - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky - 12 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuvein Caplan - 15 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Menucha Vita bas Aharon (Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s mother) - 11 Shevat
  • Yehoshua Heshel ben Aharon Eliezer (Mrs. Devorah Leah Mishulovin’s father) - 11 Shevat
  • Shaltiel Ze'ev ben Mordechai (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandfather) - 12 Shevat
  • Avrohom ben Shmuel (Mrs. Frances Goodman’s father) - 14 Shevat
  • David ben Avrohom Yehuda Halevi H'YD (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 14 Shevat
  • Noach ben Zalman Leib (Rabbi Naftoli Estulin’s brother) - 14 Shevat

Devar Torah

Yud Shevat was this Friday. The following is a story about the Previous Rebbe’s mesirus nefesh for ahavas Yisroel.

This story relates to the Previous Rebbe’s communal work in the days of the Czarist Russia. At that time the Prime Minister of Russia was Stalipin, who was famous for his dislike for Yidden and implementation of difficult decrees at every opportunity.

There was however, an individual from whom Stalipin learned his leadership skills, had great respect for and would listen to. His name was Minister and General Pabyadanastav. Although Pabyadanastav was far from being a lover of Jews, he nonetheless was a man of faith. He respected religious people and even l’havdil Rabbis. People involved in communal affairs knew that when Stalipin was going to activate a new decree, when all else failed they could try to approach Pabyadanastav to ask for his assistance.

The Rebbe Rashab became aware at that time that Stalipin had prepared a fresh decree against the Yidden. The communal leaders in Petersburg notified the Rebbe Rashab that they had tried every known way and every means at their disposal to influence Stalipin but nothing had been effective. With no other option, the Rebbe Rashab instructed the Previous Rebbe to become involved in trying to avert this decree. The Previous Rebbe went to Petersburg to see what could be done and decided to approach the minister Pabyadanastav. Pabyadanastav agreed to accept a visit from the Previous Rebbe because of his sentiments towards Rabbis, specifically a leader like the Rebbe. The only difficulty was that the minister Pabyadanastav agreed only to meet the Rebbe on Friday night, after the evening meal. Since it was so difficult to get the appointment, there was no other choice than to meet with Pabyadanastav at the time that he required. At that time, Pabyadanastav lived a few miles outside the city, in an area where there were no hotels (that allowed Jews) or any Jews (even highly placed Jews) living at all.

At that time Shabbos started at four o’clock. The Rebbe had a few hours from when Shabbos started until he would meet with Pabyadanastav. Since it was too dangerous and far too cold to wander in the streets, the Rebbe needed to find a place to wait before his appointment and afterwards throughout the rest of Shabbos until after havdalah. Since there were no Jews or hotels, the only possible place the Rebbe could find was the local bar. Although, he would have to wait amongst Russian drunkards and pretend to be involved in their activities an entire day, most particularly on Shabbos, aside from all this, he had to undergo the danger to be found amongst such people who were clearly anti-Semitic. The Rebbe was matzliach in his shlichus and spent the rest of the Shabbos at the bar.

Why would the Previous Rebbe tell us this story? This story teaches us a lesson in the service of Hashem. Even though, according to logic, perhaps one would have not been required to have done what the Rebbe did. One could think, if the Beis Din on high decided that this decree should stand, it wouldn’t help to try to influence the minister. On the other hand, if it was decided from on high then it would happen without any special effort. It is true, that one needs to put in effort in a natural way, which creates the kli for the brachos to come down, as it says, “Yivarechecha Hashem Elokecha bechol asher Ta’ase – Hashem would bless you in all that you do,” that would not include endangering one’s life and losing out on the kedusha of the neshama being able to spend Shabbos davening with a minyan, learning Torah, saying a ma’amer Chassidus etc.

It may be that this logic is true, and follows the ruling of the Shulchan Aruch. Nevertheless, when the Previous Rebbe heard that there is a decree that will cause suffering of Jews, it affected him in the core of his nefesh. In that place there is no place for making a calculation and therefore he did all of the above in the hope that perhaps he would be successful to nullify the decree.
This is the lesson for all of us who follow in his ways and listen to his voice. When we find out that another Yid is suffering physically or even more so spiritually; when we hear that he is lost in the vanities of the world and is far from Hashem and his Torah. True Ahavas Yisroel demands that one be touched to the essence of his nefesh. And therefore it is understood that one does all that he can with the possibility that he may help.

 (Adapted from a Yud Shevat Sicha 5720)

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