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Announcements - Toldos

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • The Kreiman family invites all women to join in the Neshei Chabad - Rosh Chodesh Kislev event, which will be in memory of their dear son Hatomim Yosef ben reb Nachmen Ber who’s third yhartzeit is on 28 Cheshvan. The event will be Sunday, 30 Cheshvan/Novemebr 3, 8:00 pm at Bais Chaya Mushka. Click here for more details. 
  • Farbrengen for men in honor of Rosh Chodesh Kislev this Monday, 1 Kislev/Nov 4 8:30 pm in shul. Rosh Chodesh Kislev is a day designated by Chassidim for a feast of thanksgiving commemorating the Rebbe’s recovery from his illness 5738-1977. 
  • Ladies: Come and learn a bit about Rosh Chodesh Kislev as we welcome Daniella Gaolan, founder of Ohr Chaya and Malchus - Chabad learning programs (with a dorm) in Yerushalaym, open to teens and up. 8:30 pm, The Newmans home on Highland For info: Leah 949-813-4771. 
  • This Monday night the shiur with Rabbi Shimon Raichik on Shabbos and Yomtov Food Preparation (the fifth of the six-week course) will take place at 428 N Martel Ave. Class starts at 8:00 pm and goes to 9:00 pm. All women are urged to participate in this vital class. 
  • The final shiur of the course by Rabbi Shimon Raichik in the halachos of Tzedaka and Maser for men will take place Tuesday, 2 Kislev/November 5, in shul, 8:00 pm chavrusa learning, 8:40 Shiur. Topics to be discussed: Can I use ma’aser money for: An aliya I bought? A pledge I made? My children’s tuition? To buy seforim? A debt a moisad owes me? To buy mezuzos for my home? A moisad’s auction?
  • The annual “Walk 4 Friendship” and festival will take place Sunday, 7 Kislev/November 10 at Rancho Park. Click here for more info. 
  • If you are interested in having an Ohel Chana 9th grader board for the rest of the school year, please respond. Room and board will be paid; own room strongly preferred.

Shabbos Schedule - Toldos

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:41
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Simcha Bart
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:55 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am 
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Shabbos Nachas - No KYY
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:00 pm
  • Mincha: 5:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:44 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Kislev: Sunday, 30 Cheshvan/November 3, 12:14 pm and 4 chalakim 
  • Rosh Chodesh Kislev: Sunday-Monday, November3-4
  • Motzei Shabbos - Turn Clocks Back One Hour 

Sholom Zochor

Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Raitman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
In shul 356 N La Brea Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Toldos

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson’s father Reb Shmuel Gronim ben Reb Yitzchok Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Toldos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Wachtel in honor of their son Michoel Gavriel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Munish Weiss in honor of Rabbi Munish Weiss’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • For the refura shlaima for Ester Leah bas Chaya Berocho.

Shidduch Network Kiddush

The LA Shidduch network invites you to participate in the Shabbos mevorchim Kislev Kiddush, in honor of the Rebbe’s and Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka’s anniversary and in the zchus of your son/daughter/self/friend finding their beshert. Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman will be speaking on shidduchim.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Toldos

5:00 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Faigy Cherman
458 N Fuller Ave. 
Speaker: Mrs. Nechomo Rochel Schmerling

Mazal Tov To - Toldos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Raitman on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski on the birth of their gandson (to Yanky and Chanie Barber).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachum Pinson on the engagement of their granddaughter Freidy Gurkow to Yehoshua Korenblit.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Aryeh Hoffman on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Binyomin Hoffman. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Tzvi Ferszt - 30 Cheshvan
  • Boruch Shalom Allison - 30 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Munish Weiss - 30 Cheshvan 
  • Yecheskel Pinson - 3 Kislev
  • Rabbi Eli Feiner - 3 Kislev
  • Menachem Mendel Levenberg - 4 Kislev
  • Michoel Gavriel Wachtel - 4 Kislev
  • Dr. Sholem Gimpel - 4 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yerachmiel Helfant - 5 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Plotke - 5 Kislev
  • Mr. Mordy Gluckowsky - 5 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman - 30 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Goldman - 1 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Rafael Gutierrez - 3 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz - 4 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Shmuel Gronim ben Reb Yitzchok Meir (Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson’s father) - 1 Kislev

Devar Torah - Toldos

Chassidus: It’s Not History, It’s Not Theory, It’s Life!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik
This week is Shabbos Mevarchim Chodesh Kislev. Kislev is a month filled with important days, beginning with Rosh Chodesh, the day the Rebbe went home after having suffered a heart attack on Simchas Torah 5738-1977. It is followed by the 9th and10th of Kislev, the birthday and geula of the Mittler Rebbe. The 14th is the anniversary of Rebbe and Rebbetzin. This is followed by Yud Tes Kislev, and then by Channuka.
Needless to say that there will be many fabrengens and we will be uplifted and inspired by many stories and words of the Torah. What is it that we will we take away with us and internalize from these gatherings, aside from perhaps a couple of pounds from the kugel?
The Rebbe once spoke about a Jew whose head was in his business. When it came time for the fabrengen he left his business and when it was over he went back to his business. The Rebbe mentioned that even while he was at the fabrengen he couldn’t actually be there, he was still at his business. He came to show honor and respect, but he was not prepared to internalize the fabrengen. His thoughts were somewhere else. This is true for many Jews in a place like America with all the luxuries and distractions
Every Jew was at Matan Torah and has the power and ability to pull away from the gashmius and reach higher. He can say to himself that at this moment he is a chosid and can be 100% focused. We need to leave everything behind when we come to the fabrengen. We have to turn off the cell phone before we enter!Once, a chosid came to the Rebbe Maharash without his kapote. He had been putting it on only when he came to the Rebbe and felt dishonest. The Rebbe told him that he knew that he didn’t wear his kapote outside Lubavitch. He thought however that the truth was that his heart was in Lubavitch and he was fooling the world, now he sees that it’s the opposite.
Still some might ask how to do it. Anyone can easily understand how it is done. Take for example someone who is trying to pass the bar exam to become a lawyer; or trying to become a doctor or a dentist. He clearly knows with that if he doesn’t put everything aside, go to the library, shut off his cell phone and fully focus he doesn’t stand a chance. He cannot allow himself to be distracted by his emails, his bills or his business. So too with being a chosid we need to focus. We must ask ourselves, would we really be thinking what we are thinking in davening if we were in a high stakes business meeting or with an important person that had demanded our full attention? Once the Rebbe commented at the end of Tishrei that there are people that have been here the whole time but haven’t yet arrived.
On Chof Marcheshvan 5741-1980, the birthday of the Rebbe Rashab, the Rebbe said that when we come to a fabrengen we need to put everything aside and we have to remember that we are chassidim of the Previous Rebbe (Chabad Chassidim). For these few hours we are fully here. This is who we are. From time to time we have to close ourselves in a room and put ourselves into a maamar; for that time we need to be fully involved and absorbed. We should think of our forefathers who did not have these disturbances and how much they were able accomplish as a chassidim. Then when we go back into our routines we don’t loose ourselves, we stay the course.
Just like being a doctor requires constant updating of his knowledge to stay on top of his field, so too a chosid requires continuous education. So too with chassidishe Yomin Tovim; they are alive; they help keep us growing, updated and refreshed. It’s not history, its not theory, it’s life!

Announcements - Chayei Sarah

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • This Monday night the shiur with Rabbi Shimon Raichik on Shabbos and Yomtov Food Preparation (the fourth of the six-week course) will take place at a different venue: the home of Etty Bastomski, 418 N. Fuller. Class starts at 8:00 pm and goes to 9:00 pm. All women are urged to participate in this vital class. 
  • The 3rd shiur of the course by Rabbi Shimon Raichik in the halachos of Tzedaka and Maser for men will take place Wednesday, 26 Cheshvan/October 30, in shul, 8:00 pm chavrusa learning, 8:40 Shiur. Click here for more info. Topics to be discussed:
    • Must one borrow money to give Tzedakah?
    • I charged less to tutor someone; may I recoup the loss with Ma’aser money?
    • I don’t have enough money to cover my own expenses; may I use my Ma’aser?
  • Hachnassat Kallah of Los Angeles is having a special event on Sunday evening, 23 Cheshvan/Oct. 27. Click here for more info. We encourage all to join!! 
  • The Shidduch Network is making a kiddush on Shabbos Parshas Toldos in honor of all those who need a shidduch. The list of people needing a shidduch will be read at the Ohel. If you would like to participate, please drop off a $18.00 check payable to Congregation Levi Yitzhak at 462 N. McCadden Pl. Please include all the names that you wish to sponsor for the kiddush. Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman will be speaking on shidduchim. 
  • The annual “Walk 4 Friendship” and festival will take place Sunday, 7 Kislev/November 10 at Rancho Park. Click here for more info. 

Shabbos Schedule - Chayei Sarah

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:48 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:52 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:00 pm
  • Mincha: 5:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:51 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Chayei Sarah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Junik for the Bar-Mitzvah of their son Menachem. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. David Kaufman's grandfather Zelig ben Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Chayei Sarah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz in honor of Mrs. Sara Asefovitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Friedman in honor of Rabbi Zalman Friedman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Chayei Sarah

5:45 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia St. 
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Chayei Sarah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Junik on the bar-mitzvah of their son Menachem. Mazal tov to the Mrs. Freida Bastomski and the enitre Junik & Bastomski families
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Diamand on the birth of their daughter. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Shmuel Eiferman - 22 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Tzvi Kravitz - 24 Cheshvan
  • Dovid Yehudah Brooker - 24 Cheshvan
  • Yisroel Dovid Tsikman - 24 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Moishe Kasowitz - 26 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Zalman Friedman - 26 Cheshvan 
  • Mr. Simcha Kagan - 27 Cheshvan
  • Hershel Tsikman - 27 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Eli Kagan - 27 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Sholom Ber Kesselman - 28 Cheshvan
  • Adam Brooker - 28 Cheshvan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Tzvi Kravitz - 24 Cheshvan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Zelig ben Yitzchok (Mr. David Kaufman's grandfather) - 22 Cheshvan

Devar Torah - Chayei Sarah

Who, Me? Yes, You!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This Thursday was Chaf Cheshvan, the birthday of the Rebbe Rashab. On one hand, when we remember and celebrate special days of the Rabbeim we increase our connection and become inspired. On the other hand we can wonder how it is relevant to us today in our situation. The Rebbe asks this question with regard to the well-known story brought in Hayom Yom for the 9th of Cheshvan.

When my father was four or five years old he went to his grandfather, the Tzemach Tzedek, on Shabbat Vayeira, and began to cry as he asked, "Why did G-d show Himself to our father Avraham - but He does not show Himself to us?" The Tzemach Tzedek answered him: "When a tzadik decides at the age of ninety-nine years that he should be circumcised, he deserves that G-d appear to him."

The Rebbe Rashab was a son of a Rebbe, and part of part of a dynasty of Rabbeim. In general they didn’t speak about themselves. This story was told to us so that we should to give us kochos to learn to be this way. How can we expect to be like them?

The Rebbe (Likutei Sichos v. 15) says that not only can we expect this of ourselves; this should be the way that we approach chinuch as well. We should inculcate within our children the desire that Hashem should be revealed to them. They should have the intention that the reason for all Torah and mitzvos is to reveal Moshiach.

This is a very nice vort for the Shabbos table but what has it got to do with our environment and our streets etc.? Isn’t it just wishful thinking to expect to reach such a level? How can we expect this of a 20 year old who tells that he never saw the Rebbe? He has shut himself down from listening, even if he doesn’t let you know. How do we explain this to him?

This week is parshas Chayei Sarah. The Rebbe asks how can the name of the parsha be the Life of Sarah when the parsha begins after her passing. In general the life of a tzaddik is not just what we see physically rather the essence of the tzaddik is their ruchnius  (as explained in Igeres HaKodesh 27). Actually we can never be certain that it is true life until we see his or her children and students continuing in the way the that they lived for. An example of this in the Chumash is the continuation of the life of Sarah in her children Yitzchok and Rivka. When Rivka entered the tent Sarah’s candles continued once again to burn from Shabbos to Shabbos. This continuation is because the real life of a tzaddik is their emunah, ahavah and yirah. This continues and grows year after year in the generations to follow through our hiskashrus, connection and our following in their ways.

I’ve mentioned a few times that once Moshe Hecht wrote the Rebbe for help and the Rebbe responded that he already sent a shliach to his city and he gave him the kochos. His name is Moshe Hecht (himself!) he should go speak with him. The Rebbe sent him the message that he already had given him all the kochos he needed to succeed. He just needed to uncover them and use them.

When we attend a fabrengen for a chassidishe Yom Tov we know its special. By just showing up and eating some kugel and herring, we will not be affected. We don’t say l’chaim just to get high. We need to uncover the block of the physical and allow the neshama to feel and reveal the connection that’s already there. 

We need to spend time learning sichos and maamarim and realize that the Rebbe is speaking to us.  We need to think about what it means to us. We need to search and find the connection and then apply it. Then its real, then it will have continuity. 

Once Michoel der Alter gave a mashal to his students about how to learn chassidus. It was a story of a simple unlearned person who hired a melamed to teach his children in a village distant from the community. Since the man was unlearned, he would also have the melamed read him his mail. One day a telegram arrived with the sad news of his father’s passing. When the man heard the melamed read the news he fainted on the spot. Michoel der Alter asked: “Certainly the melamed should have fainted because he read it first! Why didn’t he faint?” He answered; “Because it wasn’t his father”. So too with chassidus, when you realize that its our Father then its different. When we learn chassidus this way it affects us.

So too with nigunim; by tapping into the spiritual which we already have, we allow the neshama to feel the connection. Moshe Hecht needs to speak to Moshe Hecht because the Rebbe gave him the kochos already.

So too with chinuch when  Yaakov lo meis, when the Rebbe is still alive, then it is definitely possible to reach a very high standard. Because its not, and it never was, about the physical, it’s the spiritual connection that makes it all possible.

There’s a story of a tzaddik (not Chabad) that told his son near his passing; I am no longer in a body. The son held his hand and said I’m touching your hand. The tzaddik responded; you are holding a hand because you only feel the physical. So too when we grasp hold of the physical we are unable to feel the spiritual.

By connecting to the Rebbe and living and doing Torah and mitzvos with the intention to reveal Moshiach may we merit to see the complete revelation of Moshiach Now

Good Shabbos

Announcements - Vayera

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • The 2nd shiur of the 3-week course by Rabbi Shimon Raichik in the halachos of Tzedaka and Maser for men will take place Tuesday, 18 Cheshvan/October 22, 8:00 pm in shul. Click here for more info. Topics to be discussed:
    • Can I say where my pledge are allocated?
    • Someone can’t pay their loan; can I use Ma’aser to recoup the loss?
    • Do the local poor people take precedence over those out of town?
  • The 3rd shiur of the 6-week course by Rabbi Shimon Raichik in the Halachos of Shabbos and Yomtov Food Preparation for women will take place Monday, 17 Cheshvan/Oct. 21, 8:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy, 428 N Martel. If you did not make it to the first or second shiur, no problem as it's new material each time. If you would like the notes from the two past shiurim, please e-mail sternacitron@gmail.com.
  • Hachnassat Kallah of Los Angeles is having a special event on Sunday evening, 23 Cheshvan/Oct. 27. Click here for more info. We encourage all to join!! 
  • The Shidduch Network is making a kiddush on Shabbos Parshas Toldos in honor of all those who need a shidduch. The list of people needing a shidduch will be read at the Ohel. If you would like to participate, please drop off a $18.00 check payable to Congregation Levi Yitzhak at 462 N. McCadden Pl. Please include all the names that you wish to sponsor for the kiddush. Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman will be speaking on shidduchim. 

Shabbos Schedule - Vayera

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:56 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:49 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:00 pm
  • Mincha: 5:55 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:59 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayera

  • Dr. & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan in honor of Dr. Binyomin Kaplan’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman in honor of Mr. David Kaufman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Levi Nagel in honor of Mr. Levi Nagel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayera

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Arnold’s mother Alta Elka bas Avrohom Bunim Hakohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldman in honor of Mr. Yossi Goldman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jack Soussana for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Elka Soussana’s mother Keira bas Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayera

 5:30 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia St. 
Speaker: Rabbi Yosef Shagalov

Mazal Tov To - Vayera

  • Rabbi & Mrs Sholom Perl on the marriage of their son Levi to Brachie Friedman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ben-Zion Oster on the engagement of their daughter Mushka to Shloimy Kagan.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Dr. Binyomin Kaplan - 15 Cheshvan
  • Menachem Mendel Eliyahu Goldman - 16 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Chaim Meyer Pell - 16 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Daniel Dorn - 17 Cheshvan
  • Binyamin Eliyahu Lumer - 17 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Levi Nagel - 19 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Yossi Goldman - 20 Cheshvan
  • Menachem Mendel Stark - 20 Cheshvan
  • Dr. Ira  Cohen - 21 Cheshvan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman - 20 Cheshvan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Dovid ben Moshe Yehushua (Mrs. Sarah Morris’s father) - 15 Cheshvan
  • Alta Elka bas Avrohom Bunim Hakohen (Mrs. Chana Arnold’s mother) - 16 Cheshvan
  • Doniel Refuel ben Gershon (Mr. Reuven Solomon’s brother) - 17 Cheshvan
  • Keira bas Yosef (Mrs. Elka Soussana’s mother) - 19 Cheshvan

Devar Torah - Vayera

Announcements - Lech Lecha

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • New Course For Men: A 3-week course in the halachos of Tzedaka and Maser will be given by Rabbi Shimon Raichik. The classes will take place beginning this Tuesday, 11 Cheshvan/October 15, 8:30 pm in shul. Click here for more info. Topics to be discussed:
    • Can I use my Maaser for tuition?
    • Can I use my Maaser to buy an Aliyah?
    • Can I use my Maaser to support older children or my parents?
    • How do I calculate Maaser? Before or after taxes?
    • How do I calculate my business Maaser?
    • Is it different when I make money or when I lose money? 

Shabbos Schedule - Lech Lecha

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:05 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:47 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:00 pm
  • Mincha: 6:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:08 pm

Sholom Zochor

Rabbi & Mrs. Levi & Aidy Chazan
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 151 S Detroit St.

Kiddush Sponsors - Lech Lecha

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Women of Our Shul for shloshim of Mrs. Ariella Bastomski’s mother Chana Faiga bas Reb Noson ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya, and may her and her family only know of simchos.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski in honor of Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s mother Chana Rivkah bas Reb Aron ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also in honor of their daughter Shleema Dvorah’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Revere in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s father Yosef ben Reb Noson Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel for the yahrtzeit of his mother Tzerel bas Reb Ben Tzion ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Lech Lecha

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zali Munitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of their son Menachem Mendel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Sufrin in honor of Rabbi Shmuly Sufrin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Lech Lecha

5:00 pm
At the home of: Mrs. Chana Weiss
411 N Martel Ave. 
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Lech Lecha

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Chazan on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the entire Labkowsky family.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their granddaughter. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Maayan Kerbel - 9 Cheshvan
  • Mendel Berkowitz - 9 Cheshvan
  • Shmuel Elimelech Cohen - 10 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Aharon Shapiro - 10 Cheshvan
  • Mr. David Kaufman - 11 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Shmuel Sufrin - 11 Cheshvan 
  • Menachem Mendel Munitz - 12 Cheshvan
  • Ephraim Pinchas Lerner - 12 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski - 13 Cheshvan
  • Shlomo Yaakov Stark - 14 Cheshvan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Revere - 11 Cheshvan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Koch - 12 Cheshvan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka - 12 Cheshvan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chana Rivkah bas Reb Aron (Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s mother) - 11 Cheshvan
  • Shaina Baila bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandmother) - 11 Cheshvan
  • Reb Yosef ben Reb Noson Halevi (Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s father) - 13 Cheshvan 
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel (Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother) - 13 Cheshvan
  • Tzerel bas Reb Ben Tzion (Mr. Joel Yachzel’s mother) - 14 Cheshvan

Kashrus Update

In continuation with the efforts to enhance the standard of Kashrus in our community, I am happy to inform you that this past motzei shabbos there was a meeting of many different Rabbonim of our community, who are all on bored together to ensure a high level of Kashrus in our city.

These are the Rabbonim that were at the meeting: 

  • Rabbi Aryeh Adler (Pico)
  • Rabbi Sholom Ginsburg
  • Rabbi Dovid Grossman
  • Rabbi Yaakov Gruen
  • Rabbi Nechemya Langer
  • Rabbi Avrohom Morgenstern
  • Rabbi Shimon Raichik
  • Rabbi Eliyahu Rivkin (Northridge)

These are the Kashrus Professionals that were at the meeting:

  • Rabbi Bodenstein
  • Rabbi Nathanson

A committee was formed, which will be arranging random rabbinic inspections in many different food establishment of our city.

Kol tuv 

Rabbi Shmion Raichik.

Devar Torah - Lech Lecha

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week Shabbos falls out on the day after the 7th of Marcheshvan, the 8th of Marcheshvan. What is unique about the 7th of Marcheshvan? It’s the day we add “v sein tal u’matar” in davening in Eretz Yisroel. It’s the day that we begin to daven for rain (In the rest of the world we begin to say “v sein tal u’matar” in early December). The reason we wait until the 7th of Marcheshvan is to allow enough time for the last person to arrive home after spending Yom Tov in Jerusalem.  The entire Jewish people delay to pray for their basic necessity of rain so as to not cause difficulty to even one Jew who is traveling. Even that Jew himself has his own fields and also needs the rain! Nevertheless, we do not want to cause suffering to even one Jew as he travels. This is an important lesson in ahavas Yisroel that we learn from the 7th of Marcheshvan.

We also learn in halacha that we are still connected to the Yomim Tovim of Tishrei until the 7th of Marchshvan. The real “Yaakov halach l’darcho” only begins after the 7th of Marcheshvan and usually falls out in the week of parshas Lech Lecha, which discusses the travels of Avraham Avinu.

What significance is there for us to learn today in 2013 about Avraham Avinu’s travels, something that occurred 3 ½ thousand years ago? Because the Torah is everlasting, and word Torah means horah-lesson, the Torah is speaking to each one of us in every generation, including this one. Every Jew is likened to Avraham. We all travel on a path with a shlichus from Hashem to reveal Hashem, and make this world a fitting dwelling place for Hashem. The Torah instructs every Jew: “Lech Lecha- leave, go out; m’artzecha, m’moladitcha, m’beis avicha- from your land, your birthplace, from your father’s house.”

Why didn’t Hashem tell Avraham Avinu where to go? He was very clear about where he should leave from, but where he should go to, he left unknown, only a place; “That I will show you”. Usually you need to know where you are going to pack accordingly. 

Also, the order seems reversed. The order to tell someone to travel is from the closest to the furthest. It would seem best to begin by first saying to leave your father’s house, then the town you were born, then your entire country, here the Torah’s order is the exact opposite?

Chassidus explains that this is because the Torah is not just speaking about physical location, but more essentially, about spiritual location. “Lech lecha!”, go to yourself, your essence, reveal who you really are. First, leave your eretz, your land. Eretz is the same root as ratzon-will, meaning leave your personal desires of ‘I’ want this or that behind. Next, leave behind “moladitcha”, the emotions and senses that you have arrived at or given birth to from your intellect and your situation. Then also go away from your father’s house, meaning from your intellect, which is likened to parents, wisdom and understanding that raise children, emotions, in their ‘home’, meaning under their influence. We need to go away from all of that. Where do we go? We go to Shul, we go to the way of Torah and mitzvos, and we go to do mivtzoyim. Then and only then will I show you your true essence. In this way each of us is like Avraham Avinu leaving Terach’s house.

This is why Hashem didn’t explain to Avraham the details about where he was going. It is because the essence is to leave your land, your birthplace, and your father’s house. They may even be the correct at times but they are all motivated by you. Hashem told Avraham, go wherever I tell you, it doesn’t matter where, just that your going where I send you. Be ready to let go, listen and follow, and then you will reach the Promised Land.

Once R. Yisroel Gordon told over a vort that he heard from the Prevoius Rebbe at a fabrengen on the pasuk; “Ana Hashem, ki ani avdecha- Please Hashem, because I am your servant”. “Ana Hashem”, (don’t read ‘please’, instead read ‘wherever’.) Hashem, wherever you want I will go. Why? “Ki ani avdecha”; because I am your servant.

This is our goal, we desire Hashem’s path, and this is what we go with on our way, the Jewish way of Yaakov, “Yaakov halach l’darcho”. As the Yiddish saying goes; “nisht men geit, men feirt”; we aren’t going, we are being led. 

May we immediately see with our physical eyes the return of the Shechina to Yerushalayim, the Beis Hamikdash and the entire world, led by Moshiach now to the geula ha’amitis v’hashleima, to the land that He will show us.

Good Shabbos

Announcements - Noach

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • All those who pledged money during the yomim tovim, for aliyos, yizkor, ner lamaor, yayin lekidush or for any other kibud, please click here to fulfill the pledge!
  • New Course For Women: A 6-week course in the halachos of food-preparation on Shabbos & Yomtov will be given by Rabbi Shimon Raichik. The classes will take place beginning this Monday, 3 Cheshvan/October 7, 8 to 9 pm at 428 N Martel. There is a $36 fee for the six-week course. This course is l’iluy nishmas Ruchama Spiegel and Faigie Abrahams. 

Shabbos Schedule - Noach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:14 pm
  • NEW WEEKLY SHIUR CHASSIDUS with Rabbi Zalman Friedman - for the mispalelim of the Early Minyan: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:46 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:00 pm
  • Mincha: 6:15 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:17 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Noach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shloime Arnold in honor of Rabbi Shloime Arnold’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude in honor of Rabbi Boruch Braude’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman for the Bar-Mitzvah of their son Sruly. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yehosuah Goldman in honor of Mr. Yehosuah Goldman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmulik Schneerson in honor of Rabbi Shmulik Schneerson’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Noach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian in honor of Mr. Moshe Anatian’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mordy Gluckowsky in honor of Mrs. Ilanit Gluckowsky’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Gorelik in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Pinson in honor of their son Shua’s third birthday and upsherenish. May he grow up to be a true chossid, yerei shomaim and lamdan, and may he continue to give much nachas to his parents and entire family.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem Rubinstein in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of their son Moishele’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Noach

5:15 pm 
At the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Noach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Feiner  on the engagement of their son Yossi to Bracha Dalfin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman on the bar mitzvah of their son Sruly.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Langsam on the birth of their daughter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Pinson on upsherenish of their son Shua. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yanky Raichik on the marriage of their daughter Simi to Benzion Shemtov.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Nechemia & Raizel Schusterman).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Boruch Braude - 1 Cheshvan
  • Moishele Rubinstein - 2 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Moshe Anatian - 2 Cheshvan
  • Mr. Ben Tzion Novack - 3 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Shmulik Schneerson - 4 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Elozor Fisch - 5 Cheshvan
  • Zev Aharon Allison - 6 Cheshvan
  • Avrohom Yechezkel Wiener - 6 Cheshvan
  • Rabbi Shloime Arnold - 7 Cheshvan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mordechai Katz - 1 Cheshvan

Devar Torah - Noach

Yaakov Halach l’Darcho

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

It is well known that we declare “Yaakov Halach l’Darcho” in Lubavitch at the end of the Tishrei Yomim Tovim. Tishrei was full of Yomim Tovim and now we are back to our routines. Yaakov represents the part of us that deals with the world. Yaakov’s name means to hold onto and control the heel of Eisav. Eisav represents the world.  We go about our way to make this world a dwelling place for Hashem, knowing Hashem in all our ways and doing everything l’shem Shomayim.

As the distance from Tishrei grows with every passing day and we traverse the vast expanse of winter through Cheshvan until Pesach we ask ourselves how can we fulfill our mission without faltering? We don’t feel the awe of Rosh Hashana or the dancing of Simchas Torah. How can we remember and how can we keep going?

The answer is that we need to constantly long and aspire for the month of Tishrei. We could have had, and we did have a great Tishrei. As high as it was it’s not complete until we connect it to our daily living. If we don’t then its like something that has been stored away in the attic, something we reminisce over. We need to live connected to the Tishrei experience throughout the year.

When we feel challenged throughout the year to do mitzvos, we concentrate on the moment that we stood before Hashem by tekiyos; how we felt that “You are my King and I am your servant”, always, 385 days a year 24 hours a day. The inspiration will help us overcome any complacent thought. If we falter we go back to the most powerful moments of Yom Kippur, to Neila, Achas b’Shana, the saying of the Shema and Hashem Hu HaElokim; it will inspire us to change.

If our mood drops and we have sad thoughts we shift our thoughts to the simcha shel mitzvah of Sukkos and the simcha of the Torah on Simchas Torah. This will lift our spirits. If we ever feel lonely we recall the unity of the entire Tishrei from parshas Nitzavim and Rosh Hashana though all the Yomim Tovim until Simchas Torah and the fabrengen on Shabbos Breishis; how we were together as one with Hashem.

This is all connected to parshas Noach. Was Noach just one person all-alone against the entire world? No! He was constantly with Hashem; “Es HaElokim hishalach Noach- Noach went with Hashem”. You can be at odds with the entire world; nevertheless you walk together with Hashem straight toward the Geula Ha’amitis v’haShleima!

A Good Shabbos

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