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Announcements - Parshas Yisro

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, at the home of Velvel and Goldie Geisinsky - 343 N Mansfield.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Kramer invite the community to a Kiddush/Farbrengen in honor of the birth of their daughter Sheina Mushka . 4:00 pm at their home - 416 N Alta Vista Blvd. 

Shabbos Schedule - Parshas Yisro

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:05 pm
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:28 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 5:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:08 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:30 pm

Sholom Zochor

Ari & Mushky Mochkin
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 254 S Highland Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Yisro

  • 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 for the yahrtzeits of Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father Yaakov ben Moshe ob"m and stepmother Ruth Gittel bas Meir. May the neshomos have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittel Kaplan’s father Ezra Refoel ben Dovber 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. 
  • 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. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Yisro

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Lesches thanking Hashem for all the good that he has shown them. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Parshas Yisro

At the home of Mrs. Rivky Raichik
145 S Mansfield Ave.  
4:15 pm
Speaker: Mrs. Rivka Katz

Mazal Tov To - Parshas Yisro

  • Ari and Mushky Mochkin on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yona Mordechai Weiss.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman for the marriage of their daughter Mushka to Meir Finck.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nutti Gross on the birth of their grandson (to Levi and Bassie Gross). 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll on the birth of their grandson Yisroel Goldstein (to Levi & Miriam Goldstein). 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yechezkel Pinson - 22 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Rav~Noy - 22 Shevat
  • Aharon Eliezer Mishulovin - 23 Shevat
  • Mr. Beryl Kaufman - 24 Shevat
  • Rabbi Pinchas Winograd - 25 Shevat
  • Aharon Yechezkel Gross - 26 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Halevi Ginsburg - 27 Shevat
  • Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum - 29 Shevat
  • Rabbi Mendel Goldman - 29 Shevat 

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Avrohom Yaakov ben Meir Hakohen (Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s grandfather) - 22 Shevat
  • Yaakov ben Moshe (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father) - 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
  • 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

Devar Torah - Parshas Yisro

“I Gave You the Match”
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In the upcoming articles I would like to discuss the connection between a Rebbe and a chosid. First, based on the Rebbe’s sichos we will explain what a Rebbe is and how he differs from a teacher. On the 25th of Elul 5711-1951 the Rebbe held a private audience with university students where he answered their questions on these fundamentals among other topics. The following are adapted excerpts from their discussion.

But first there is a story I heard about Reb Yossie Biston, a shliach in Florida who I later called and verified the story. This story reminds us how the Rebbe is connected with us after Gimmel Tammuz. The Biston’s were not zoche to children for a while after their chassuna. They had a friend not from a Chabad family, who went to 770 and asked the Rebbe for a bracha for them to have children. He approached the Rebbe and said he is asking for a bracha and said Yossie’s name and the name of his wife; “Feiga bas Devorah”. The Rebbe corrected him; “Feiga bas Devorah Leah”. The Rebbe asked what he wanted the bracha for. He answered, for children. The Rebbe said; “I already gave them a bracha for children”. Yes he said, but I would like a havtacha, a gurantee that it will really happen. The Rebbe said I don’t give promises I give a brachos. The conversation went back and forth and finally the Rebbe said; both you and I will dance by their child’s chassuna. They were blessed with many children.

Once, when Yossie was on a visit New York his father took him to a chassuna of one of that friends children. Yossie himself had never heard the story of the bracha he received from the Rebbe in 770 but his father had. He thought it was strange when his father said to the friend that he would dance with him at his granddaughter’s wedding (his own daughter who too young to get married at the time) but he didn’t comment.

Approximately 10 years after Gimmel Tammuz Yossie had a chassuna for his daughter. On the way to the chuppah he noticed his friend. He was surprised to see him because he hadn’t responded to the invitation and he wasn’t the type to just show up. After the chuppah he approached the friend and told him he was happy to see him, and that it was an unexpected surprise. He told him that when he has a chance he wants to tell him a story. Later on they sat down and the friend recounted the entire story from the beginning and ended it with the words of the Rebbe; “Both you and I will dance by their child’s chassuna”. The friend then told him how in the days leading up to the chassuna the Rebbe came to him in a dream along with Yossie’s father. The Rebbe told him that they had made up to be together at the wedding; why was he not going? The next night the Rebbe returned, this time alone, and asked again; “Why are you not going?” On the third night the Rebbe came again and repeated the question. The friend answered that he was having difficulties in business and he didn’t have the money. The Rebbe answered; “A chosid always finds money”. The day before the chassuna he bumped into a friend who told him that he can see that he looks really down. He gave him 400 dollars saying; “You need a change of scenery. Use this money to take a vacation in Florida, it will make you feel better”. He went home and told his wife the whole story and they went ahead and booked a ticket to Florida for 300 dollars. He called back his friend and told him the story about the chassuna and that the ticket only costed 300 dollars. His friend agreed and said to use the extra 100 dollars as a chassuna present, to bring simcha to the chosson and kalla. Later on when Yossie danced with his friend he knew that he was also dancing with the Rebbe.

The Rebbe gave the following answer when asked by one of the students in 1951 about the difference between a Rav and a Rebbe. A Rav is someone who teaches students that come to him and provides answers to their questions. A Rebbe doesn’t wait for his students to come to him; he goes out and finds them. He endeavors to wake them up and to arouse them; he finds different ways and approaches to strengthen their faith.

When asked by one of the students if anyone can become a Rebbe, the Rebbe clarified the fundamentals of what a Rebbe is, and in most particular in the life of a chosid. The Rebbe explained that a Rebbe does not see himself as higher than his chassidim, rather that there is found within his neshama a part of the neshama of the chassidim that are connected with him. When a chosid approaches his Rebbe for help for whatever problem he may have, he is seeking the part of his neshama that is included within the neshama of the Rebbe and to connect it with his neshama. Through this he becomes connected with the soul of the Rebbe and through that connection the chosid receives his life and his needs, both physically and spiritually. 

The example of this the Rebbe gave was of a lamp that effuses light. The lamp itself has no ability to produce light. It draws its energy from a power station, which produces the electricity necessary to produce light. The station is located at a distant end of the town. In order get the electricity to the lamp there needs to be power lines that channel the electricity correctly that allow it to reach the town. The lamp also needs to have correct fittings to adapt to the electricity current. Once everything is connected from the power station, through the line, through the adapted fixture into the light bulb, all which is left is to flip the switch, and then it works and the lamp shines. This is similar to the connection between a Rebbe and chassidim. The Rebbe is the power station which produces the necessary energy and power to fulfill all mitzvos and spiritual obligations. He also provides physical support. The power line that channels all of these needs is the neshama of the chosid which is connected to the neshama of the Rebbe. The greater the Rebbe is, the greater the light that is provided. This is the sole purpose of the Rebbe, to provide these needs to his chassidim.

There is a related story. Someone once asked the Rebbe; what is a Rebbe? The Rebbe answered; if you open a cabinet and see a lump of wax and a string lying there, you have something that doesn’t do anything. If you take it out, place it on a table and light a match, then it’s a candle (and then the room is illuminated). Otherwise it is nothing more than a lump of wax and a string. So too, every Jew is a candle, it has a body (which is like the wax) and a wick (which is like the neshama). It just needs to be set up and lit, which is the job of a Rebbe. The person then asked the Rebbe if he lit his neshama. The Rebbe replied; “I gave you the match…”

Announcements - Parshas Beshalach

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, at the home of Mendy and Hadassah Spalter 821 N Formosa #203.
  • Please say Tehilim for Sarah bas Chaika who will be undergoing surgery on this coming Tuesday. 

Shabbos Schedule - Parshas Beshalach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:58 pm
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:29 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Mincha: 5:00 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:01 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Beshalach

  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of their sister Nechomo Basya bas Avrohom Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Ber Levin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Miriam Levin’s father Meir ben Chaim Aryeh Leibesh 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik in honor of Rabbi Yankee Raichik ’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also in honor of Mrs. Rivky Raichik’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky in honor of Mr. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Beshalach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Moshe Anatian’s father Yoav ben Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Parshas Beshalach

At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
4:00 pm
Speaker: Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To - Parshas Beshalach

  • Levi Goldman on his engagement to Rayzi Bukiet. Mazal tov to his parents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their grandson (Levi and Sheina Perman).
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Brown on the birth of their daughter.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Nochum Pinson - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman - 16 Shevat
  • Eli Feigelstock - 16 Shevat
  • Mr. Alon Zak - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yankee Raichik - 17 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Muchnik - 17 Shevat
  • Binyomin Wolowik - 18 Shevat
  • Mr. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky - 18 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Aron Tzvi Weiss - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yosef Bukiet - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Shmuli Pinson - 19 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuvein Caplan - 15 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner - 18 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Nechomo Basya bas Avrohom Yitzchok Sandlow (Bastomski) - 16 Shevat 
  • Yitzchok ben Nochum Tzvi (Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s father) - 19 Shevat
  • Meir ben Chaim Aryeh Leibesh (Mrs. Miriam Levin’s father) - 20 Shevat 
  • Sheva bas Yitzchok Aizik (Mrs. Esther Roth’s mother) - 21 Shevat
  • Yoav ben Dovid (Mr. Moshe Anatian’s father) - 21 Shevat

Devar Torah - Parshas Beshalach

Announcements - Parshas Bo

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, at the home of Chaya and Yitzchok Tenenbaum 181 N Mansfield Ave.
  • It is customary for all men to get an Aliya the Shabbos before Yud Shevat. Minyanim for Kriah will begin at 9:00 am. The Gaboim ask that everyone make an effort to come early to Shul.
  • Farbrengen for men and women in Kanner Hall with Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, in honor of Yud Shevat. Sunday, Shevat 9/January 20, 8:00 pm Click here for more info.
  • Bais Chana Women’s Yeshiva invites all women to Yud Shevat Farbrengen "Making A Beautiful Home for Godliness" Sunday, Shevat 9/January 20, 5 - 8: pm at 516 N Citrus Ave.
  • Yud Shevat Farbrengen for men in shul Monday night. Details to follow.
  • Nichum Availim: Mrs. Henny Wolowik is sitting Shiva (until Sunday) in NY for the passing of her mother Mrs. Shayndel Gelernter ob"m. She can be reached at familygelernter@gmail.com.
    Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur Vehe Besochom.

Shabbos Parshas Bo Schedule

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:52 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:30 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Mincha: 4:50 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:55 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Bo

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Frances Goodman’s father Avrohom ben Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Zev Feiner for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Miriam Feiner's mother Mindel bas Elyahu 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. Fischel Grossman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s father Yosef Moshe ben Elchonon Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • The Raichik Family for the yahrtzeit of their father Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben R’ Shimon Halvi Raichik ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Parshas Bo

  • Yacov, Yonatan and Aryeh Yehuda Avila in honor of their birthday. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Raichik's father Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben R’ Shimon Halvi Raichik ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.  

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Parshas Bo

At the home of Mrs. Baila Greenbaum
138 N Mansfield  
4:00 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum

Mazal Tov To - Parshas Bo

  • Mr. & Mrs. Amil and Amilov on the birth of their granddaughter Sara Fraida (to Nachum Dovid & Chana Mushka Kaplan)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Zalmy Dubinsky - 8 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Wolowik - 8 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yossi Solomon - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy - 11 Shevat
  • Avremel Schochet - 12 Shevat
  • Mr. Shea Bastomski - 12 Shevat
  • Mendel Katz - 12 Shevat
  • Mr. Yacov Avila - 12 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Novack - 14 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman - 10 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Levin - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky - 12 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben R’ Shimon Halvi Raichik - 8 Shevat
  • Yosef Moshe ben Elchonon Dovber (Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s father) - 8 Shevat  
  • 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

Devar Torah - Parshas Bo

Announcements - Va’era

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our events leading up to and during 24 Teves. Click here for a recording of some of the Sunday Shiurim.
  • Click here for the KYY newsletter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, at the Mentz family - 218 S Highland Ave.
  • Rosh Chodesh Melava Malka for women this Motzei Shabbos at Maayon Yisroel. Click here for more info.
  • Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Agoura Hills this Sunday afternoon in memory of Rabbi Mordechai Meir hakohen Bryski (Mrs. Rivka Katz’s father). Click here for more info.
  • The Lechaim of Shaina Weiner & Michael Bank will iy"h take place this Sunday, Shevat 2/Jan 13,  7:30-9:30 pm at 147 N Pointsettia Pl.  
  • Farbrengen for men and women in Kanner Hall with Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, in honor of Yud Shevat. Sunday, Shevat 9/January 20, 8:00 pm Click here for more info.
  • Nichum Availim: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht is sitting Shiva in New York for the passing of his father Rabbi Abraham D. Hecht ob"m. Reb Yisroel can be reached on his cell phone 310-753-5317, or by email at rebisroel@aol.com.
    Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur Vehu Besochom

Shabbos Schedule - Va’era

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:45 pm
  • Kabbolas Shabbos: 5:15 pm - This will enable you to make Kiddush before 6.
    This is the last week in which we will have enough time to daven and make Kiddush before 6.
  • Late Minyan for Kabbolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:30 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Mincha: 4:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:48 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:30 pm

Sholom Zochor

 Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmy Raksin
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 435 N Poinsettia Pl.

Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi in honor of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar in honor of the birth of their granddaughter. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Binyomin Kaplan’s mother Rochel bas Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • Mr. Shaul Gottlieb in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zali Munitz in honor of the birthdays of their triplets. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jack Soussana in honor of their son Michoel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Va’era

3:45 pm 
At the home of Mrs. Kelly Benarroch
110 N Detroit St.
Speaker Mrs. Chani Pinson

Mazal Tov To - Va’era

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldman on the birth of their twin girls. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmy Raksin on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Shaye Berkowitz.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner on the bar-mitzvah of their grandson Moshe Cunin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar on the birth of their granddaughter (to Chaya-Rachel & Yosef-Ytschok Bitton). 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 1 Shevat
  • Dovid Leib Bastomski - 1 Shevat
  • Mr. Shaul Gottlieb - 1 Shevat 
  • Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi - 2 Shevat
  • Michoel Soussana - 3 Shevat 
  • Rabbi Reuven Wolf - 4 Shevat
  • Aryeh Yehuda Avila - 4 Shevat 
  • Rabbi Moshe Plotkin - 6 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sholem Perl - 7 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Leider - 7 Shevat
  • Moshe Nochum Plotkin - 7 Shevat
  • Eliyahu Arye Leib Kravitz - 7 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Boruch Greenbaum - 1 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Rochel bas Dovber (Dr. Binyomin Kaplan’s mother) - 3 Shevat
  • Sadya ben Yigal (Mrs. Nechama Amilov’s father) - 7 Shevat

Devar Torah - Va’era

Attend a Fabrengen!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Our community just benefitted from a warm and uplifting fabrengen on Chof Daled Teves. We sang many niggunim of the Alter Rebbe, listened to motivating stories and words of chassidus, and shared the inspiring chassidishe environment. It is important to remind ourselves about the greatness of these fabrengens and how directly they impact our lives. The Previous Rebbe had a saying that a chassidishe fabrengen; warms the mind, warms the heart, and warms the participant until the ankles of his feet. When one arrives home from such a fabrengen he is accompanied by its light and warmth. By coming home from the fabrengen he makes the home a more illuminated and warm environment to live in. The Rebbe is clearly saying that the purpose of a fabrengen is to bring the fabrengen with you into your home and infuse it with warmth and life.

As we know, the Baal Shem Tov said that everything we see and hear teaches us a lesson in the service of Hashem. This is especially true with regard to one’s business and parnassah, where the majority of one’s days are spent. In a letter to the owner of a sack recycling business (Igros Kodesh v.4 page 302) the Rebbe learns the following lesson in the service of Hashem. Before this person invented his business these sacks were unusable. Not only would these unclean sacks, if reused, mix old materials with new, the materials previously used were contaminants and posed a health risk by their use. The owner of the business came up with the idea of placing the sacks into a high temperature area and was successful in expunging the contaminants making them reusable. So too, teaches the Rebbe, in the life of every person. In the years leading up to the bar mitzvah, all a person really knows about is his yetzer harah. Not only is his body is full of the characteristics of the yetzer hara, but the yetzer hara claims to be his first born and in charge. In this “sack”, meaning our body, we want to put things that are holy, Torah and mitzvos. If we do, it’s like we’re putting the Torah and mitzvos into a dirty sack full of “contaminants” meaning mixing it together with the character traits of the yetzer hara. What can be done can be learned from the business. We need to enclose ourselves in a very warm environment. This is the shul with warm davening, in the yeshiva, and in the warmth of a chassidishe fabrengen. In these environments one becomes filled with the love of Hashem, the love of Torah and love of a fellow Jew. Through this his body becomes purified from the yetzer hara.

It isn’t enough to have done this in the past. Every day one must spend some of his time in a place of warmth on an ongoing basis in order to stay pure. With this in mind we prepare ourselves go to a fabrengen; and for this reason we go often. This is what motivates us and brings enthusiasm when we look forward to the upcoming Yud Shevat fabrengen.

Some say you need a lot of mashke to go to have a good farbrengen. The Rebbe once wrote (Igros Kodesh v. 14 page 518-9) that if you want to be moved by the emes even one drop of mashke is enough; if not, then even an entire barrel won’t help.

(Adapted from Igros Kodesh)

24 Teves Announcements

Marking The Alter Rebbe200 Years since the Histalkus of the Alter Rebbe

  • Kol Yakov Yehuda presents Spectacular program for unzere kinder. Click here for more info.
  • Division of the Tanya and Shulchan Aruch: 2 days Left!!! Our division is almost complete!! 
    If you are able to do more learning, please add to your selection and take on another chapter of Tanya or additional chapters in Shulchan Aruch. click here for Tanya and here for Shulchan Aruch.
  • Melave Malka/Farbrengen: At Moshe Gans Hall ~ 360 N La Brea ~ 8:00 pm ~ Cost: $15 Per Person. Click here for more info.
    Guest speaker: Rabbi Yosef Chazan (Known lecturer, writer and Rabbi from Manchester England).
    Special presentation of the Alter Rebbe’s nigunim by: Rabbi Mendel Lipsker and the Los Angeles Kapellya.
    RSVP at info@chabadofla.com 
  • Seminar in the Torah of the Alter Rebbe: Click here for more info
    Sunday morning, 24 Teves/January 6, At Congregation Levi Yitzchok - 356 N La Brea Ave.
    Men's Program: Rabbi Simcha Bart (Tanya), Rabbi Avrohom Zajac (Mishnayos), Rabbi Mendel Shapiro (Chassidus), Rabbi Ezra Schochet (Hashkafa), Rabbi Yosef Chazan (Torah Lishma according the Alter Rebbe).
    Women's Program: Tehilim, Rabbi Simcha Bart  (Tanya), Rabbi Yosef Chazan  (The Benoni-Chassidus for ALL), Rabbi Ezra Schochet (Hashkafa). 
  • Babysitting is available - $5 per child - RSVP by Friday, 22 Teves/January 4 - at elgabai@aol.com

Announcements - Shemos

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Spalter invite you to a farbrengen this Friday night for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina, after 9:00 at the home of Rabbi & Rebbitzen Raichik - 6724 Beverly Blvd. Rabbi Rabbi Yosef Chazan will be farbrengen.
  • The Labkowsky  family invites the community to the shloshim for Rabbi Mendel Labkowsky . Sunday 24 Teves/January 6, 7:30 pm at Moshe Ganz hall 360 N La Brea Ave. Click here for more info. 

Shabbos Schedule - Shemos

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:39 pm
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Tehillim Club: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:28 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30
  • Mincha: 4:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:42 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:30 pm
  • Molad of Chodesh Shevat: Shabbos, 1 Shevat/January 12, 4:53 am and 12 chalakim
  • Rosh Chodesh Shevat: Shabbos, January 12

Kiddush Sponsors - Shemos

  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s father Yehudah Mordechai ben Baruch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Milka Elharrar’s father Yaakov Chayim ben Mordechay ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Miriam Fishman's mother Basya Rochel bas Shmuel Hirsh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yehoshua Goldman for the yahrtzeit of Rochel Goldman’s father Yaakov Chayim ben Mordechay ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz or the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Elisa Haratz’s father Mordechai ben Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’s mother Malka Chana bas Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke in honor of Mr. Elozor Plotke’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shemos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold for the yahrtzeit of for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzchok Arnold’s fatherNoson Notte ben Yakov Yeshayohu Hakohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Dina Tova Goldman’s mother Bracha Chaya bas Refoel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jack Soussana in honor of Mrs. Elka Soussana’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Shemos

3:45 pm
At the home of Mrs. Yehudis Schneerson - 364 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Shemos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart on the engagement of their daughter Chayale to Shmaya Altein.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Kreiman on the birth of their grandson (to Motti and Mushkie Ifergan)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yitzchok Wolowik - 23 Teves
  • Mr. Simcha Pollard - 23 Teves
  • Mr. Elozor Plotke - 24 Teves
  • Shneur Zalman Shem Tov - 24 Teves
  • Rabbi Yehudah Lerman - 25 Teves
  • Eliyahu Binyomin Engelson - 25 Teves
  • Dov Avrohom Fine - 26 Teves
  • Mr. Harvey Benton - 28 Teves
  • Elisha Lerman - 28 Teves

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Basya Rochel bas Shmuel Hirsh (Mrs. Miriam Fishman's mother) - 22 Teves
  • Mordechai ben Yaakov (Mrs. Elisa Haratz’s father) - 25 Teves
  • Masha bas Shlomo (Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s mother) - 25 Teves
  • Yaakov Chayim ben Mordechay (Mrs. Elharrar & Mrs. Goldman’s father) - 26 Teves
  • Chava bas Yakov Yisroel (Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman’s mother) - 26 Teves
  • Bracha Chaya bas Refoel (Mrs. Dina Tova Goldman’s mother) - 26 Teves
  • Harav Chaim Meir ben Reb Avrohom Shmuel (Rabbi Yosef Bukiet’s father) - 27 Teves
  • Shmuel ben Moshe (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s father) - 28 Teves
  • Pari bas Shlomo (Rabbi Asher Habibian’s mother) - 28 Teves
  • Avrohom ben Nachum (Dr. Sholom Fine’s father) - 28 Teves
  • Shmuel ben Avrohom (Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s father) - 29 Teves
  • Malka Chana bas Yosef (Rabbi Reuven Eliezer Nathanson’s mother) - 29 Teves
  • Yehudah Mordechai ben Baruch (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s father) - 29 Teves

Devar Torah - Shemos

The Power of a Brotherly Chassidishe Fabrengen
Part Two

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Last week’s article discussed the saying, “That which a Chassidishe Fabrengen can accomplish even Malach Michoel cannot accomplish.” People often say that this is a great statement, but want to know how it can be possible.

The answer to this question can be found in a letter (v.3 page 413-414) from the Previous Rebbe where he explains a mashal from the Alter Rebbe told by Reb Hillel in the name of Reb Zalmen Zezmer.

The Alter Rebbe says that children tend to desire every good thing only for themselves. They don’t even worry about others. Not only are they scrupulous on their own articles, but by nature they are also jealous of what their friends have. Because of this they get angry have a tendency towards looking upon others with the left eye and gravitate towards unbecoming character traits. From such children a father suffers great anguish. As a father tries to improve the education of his children he seeks out good teachers and guides that can be effective and can give their children proper guidance and education. Over time improvement occurs and positive character traits such as care, friendship, love and peace become apparent. As growth continues, the child attains a desire to seek out the good of his friend just as if it were himself, leaving his own concerns on the side and becoming completely occupied with the needs of his friend. At this point, the father is filled with great pleasure and nachas seeing the good character traits that his children were successful in acquiring. This is in addition to the good reward he bestows in a refined way upon the teacher and guide that has properly guided his children in a good way of life. Reb Zalman Zezmer ended this mashal by saying that when chassidim bless each other it arouses greater compassion on high than the arousal of compassion elicited by Malach Michoel.

After Reb Hillel recounted that which he heard from Reb Zalman Zezmer, he reflected out loud and said the following. After hearing this mashal I reflect upon the holy statement, “That which a chassidishe good brotherly fabrengen can accomplish, even Malach Michoel cannot accomplish,” in a new light. Not only can the bracha that chassidim give each other during a fabrengen bring about physical blessing of children, life and parnassa, in an even greater measure than the recommendation of Malach Michoel on high; a chassidishe fabrengen brings spiritual improvement to the conduct and lifestyle of their children and this brings nachas ruach on high until the highest height.

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