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Announcements - Mikeitz

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Chanukah Farbrengens: A farbrengen will take place iy"h every night of Chanukah in Shul beginning at 9:30 pm. Tonight it will take place in the Elharrar home - 157 N Fuller Ave.
  • Sunday: “Bracha's Tehillim and Torah Club” for women and girls, every Sunday, 10:15 - 11:30 am, in Kol yakov Yehuda, with Rabbi Simcha Bart.
  • Tuesday: Our very own "Grand Chanukah Party". Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Mikeitz

  • Mincha Erev Shabbos: 12:15, 3:00 & 3:30 pm
  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:25
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:10 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am 
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Shabbos Nachas - No KYY
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:25 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:28 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Teves: Tuesday, 30 Kislev/December 3 12:58 am and 5 chalakim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Teves: Tuesday-Wednesday, December 3-4
  • Start saying V’sein Tal Umatar L’Brochah at Ma’ariv on Wednesday night Teves 2/Dec 4. 

Kiddush Sponsors - Mikeitz

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzchok Arnold’s mother Devorah bas Reb Yechiel Shraga Faivish Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson in honor of Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s father Reb Yitzchok Yosef ben Reb Avrohom Dov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s father Reb Gershon ben Reb Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman in honor of Mrs. Polina Tsikman’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Mikeitz

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Rochel Anatian’s father Reb Moshe Pulat ben Reb Bechor ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also in honor of their son Menachem Mendel Yishai’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mordy Gluckowsky in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ari Goldman in honor of both of their birthdays. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Chonye Grossman in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem Rubinstein for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Menachem Rubinstein’s father Reb Moshe ben Reb Nosson ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Mikeitz

 4:15 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman
126 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Mikeitz

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch on the engagement of their granddaughter Mushkee Sperlin to Arye Leib Pruss.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Sholom Yehuda Gorelik - 27 Kislev
  • Mr. Zechariah Davidson - 27 Kislev
  • Rabbi Chayim Mishulovin - 28 Kislev
  • Menachem Mendel Yishai Antian - 28 Kislev
  • Rabbi Ari Goldman - 28 Kislev
  • Mr. Michael Zaghi - 29 Kislev
  • Yosef Massoud Wagshul - 30 Kislev
  • Mr. Amil Amilov - 1 Teves
  • Rabbi Naftoli Estulin - 2 Teves
  • Menachem Mendel Gelb - 3 Teves
  • Elchonon Dovber Grossman - 3 Teves

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Mordy Gluckowsky - 29 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sheye Eichenblatt - 2 Teves

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Chaim Beryl (Mr. Eliezer Yaakov Kahan’s uncle) - 28 Kislev
  • Reb Gershon ben Reb Dovid (Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s father) - 28 Kislev
  • Devorah bas Reb Yechiel Shraga Faivish Halevi (Rabbi Yitzchok Arnold’s mother) - 28 Kislev
  • Bassya bas Reb Mordechai (Mr. Chaim Lerner’s mother) - 1 Teves
  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Nosson (Rabbi Menachem Rubinstein’s father) - 1 Teves
  • Chaya Liba bas Reb Yosef (Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg’s mother) - 2 Teves
  • Reb Moshe Pulat ben Reb Bechor (Mrs. Rochel Anatian’s father) - 2 Teves
  • Risha bas Reb Tzvi Hirsh (Mr. Milton Goodman’s mother) - 3 Teves
  • Simcha bas Reb Moshe (Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s sister) - 3 Teves
  • Reb Yitzchok Yosef ben Reb Avrohom Dov (Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s father) - 3 Teves

Devar Torah - Mikeitz

Chanukah: 8 Days of Thanksgiving
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This year, the first day of Chanukah coincides with Thanksgiving. Since everything that occurs is by divine providence, what is the lesson can we take and what comparisons can we make between these two celebrations this year when they fall out together?

The Rebbe spoke about the meaning of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims that made it to America were thankful to the Almighty for having arrived safely to its shore. They were grateful to have the freedom to serve the Almighty. Because of this the legal holiday of Thanksgiving was instituted. Chanukah has a similar intent. The Maccabees were thankful to Hashem for their victory over the Greek Empire, which forcefully and wickedly attempted to stop Jews from serving Hashem in the way that the Torah requires in the Beis HaMikdash. What angered the Greeks was the idea of kedusha. They would not accept allegiance to something that cannot be touched or understood with reason. They determined that this must be done away with and so the defiled the pure oil of the Beis HaMikdash. The Maccabees fought for freedom to serve Haashem the way that we do and we celebrate Chanukah that we won and that we continue.

Mitzvos are compared to a candle and the Torah to light. The holiday of Chanukah revolves around lighting candles. When a physical candle is lit it doesn’t just affect the space that it occupies but also lights up its entire surroundings.  The public domain is not dedicated to Hashem. A private domain, a Jewish home is dedicated to Hashem as is seen even on its outside by its mezuzahs. The light of Chanukah does not just affect the home but shines to the outside. It spreads the light of Hashem into and transforms the darkness of the outside world. There are 8 days of Chanukah. The number 8 represents the Torah and mitzvos, which are beyond 7 that represents the cycle of nature.  The effect of each mitzvah is eternal and everlasting; as it says “asher kidshanu b’mitzvosav, that he sanctified us through the mitzvos”. Each mitzvos is done in a specific time and place yet its effect is eternal and everlasting. Hashem gives us life and we need to serve Him beyond time and place. We accomplish this with the Torah and mitzvah and this the greatness the Chanukah candle and what it represents. Every mitzvah shines into the neshama and from there into the environment, and even pushes away the darkness. A Jew is not afraid to stand up and proudly say that what is accomplishing. He is thankful that he is a Jew and that he is able to do a mitzvah.

The Previous Rebbe wrote that once he was in France with his father the Rebbe Rashab. Somewhere in the middle of Paris the Rebbe Rashab took notice of a specific location and said that there was a kedusha in that spot that could be felt. He commented that perhaps a Jew had once davened Mincha there. Later when passing that place a second time he said that certainly a Jew had davened Mincha there. Millions of people had passed by since the time that this Jew davened nevertheless there remained a kedusha that the Rebbe could feel. This is what we accomplish with each mitzvah we do.

Someone once said to the Rebbe that wherever he goes he finds Coca Cola and Chabad. The difference is that the Coca Cola Company provides the drink and Chabad reminds us to make a bracha. A bracha is thanksgiving, our thanks to Hashem for the food. Through the bracha we elevate the food and the environment and make it into a dwelling place for Hashem.

Once a Jew from England told Rabbi Telsner the following story about himself. He grew up in a religious background, got married and settled down. Somewhere along the way his marriage went downhill and unfortunately ended in a bitter divorce. The divorce process was devastating emotionally and he was shredded financially. In his upset anger and despair he threw off everything and ran away to South Africa for many years. In South Africa he became a diamond dealer. One year he made a business trip to New York. While he was shopping in Macy’s Department Store a young Rabbinical Student approached him. He asked him if he was Jewish and if he knew that today was Chanukah. He said that he was Jewish and he did not know that it was Chanukah. The young man asked him if he would give him a menorah if he would light it. He said; “Why not?” and took it back to his hotel room. He set up and lit the menorah then began to stare into its flame. His whole life began to flash in front of him and it brought him to tears. Even after the flame went out he continued to stare at the menorah and cried throughout the night. After this he began to return to the community and he eventually returned to Judaism and got remarried. All of this happened and the young Bachur who gave him the menorah never found out. This is what the Rebbe wants. He wants that we should kindle souls wherever we go whether or not we ever find out. With the lights of Chanukah, the light of the Torah and mitzvos we burn away what is left over of galus and reveal Moshiach Now!

Announcements - Vayeishev

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Friday: Maayon Yisroel invites all men to join them this Friday night, 9pm for a Chassidic Farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev. Guest Speakers: R' Shimon Raichik, R' Gershon Shusterman, R' Moshe Kessleman, R' Bentzion Oster, R' Shloime Klien, R' Mendel Greenbaum, R' Chaim Zvi Eisenbach, R' Reuven Wolf and more.
  • Tuesday: 2nd Shiur for men in the halachos of Ribbis-Interest and their application to everyday life given by Rabbi Elchonon Tauber - Rov of Beis Yehudah. Tuesday 23 Kislev/November 26, 8:00 pm - chavrusa learning, 8:45 shiur. Topics to be discussed: Can I give someone a gift in order to get a loan? Selling debts, Promissory notes and Cashing check.
  • If you would like to listen to a recording of Rabbi Bart's daily tanya shiur, you can either text "Tanya Shiur" to 310-466-6124 and you will be added to a whatsapp group where the shiur will iyh be posted daily, or you can email simchabart@sbcglobal.net with “Tanya Shiur” in the subject. The shiur is between 7-12 minutes daily.
  • Black Hats & Kapote Close-Out Sale. Click here for details.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayeishev

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:27
  • Kabolas Shabbos: 5:10 pm
  • Followed by a Farbrengen
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:06 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Special Guest Speaker by the Kiddush-Farbrengen:
    Rabbi Reuven Wolf “My journey from Selabodka to Lubavitch”
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:10 pm
  • Followed by Seder Nigunim of the Rabbiem
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:30 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayeishev

Guest Speaker by the Kiddush-Farbrengen
Rabbi Reuven Wolf
“My journey from Selabodka to Lubavitch”
 

  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi Abi Raichik in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Shagalov in honor of Rabbi Yosef Shagalov’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayeishev

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

Mazal Tov To - Vayeishev

  • Mr. & Mrs. Efraim Lezak on the engagement of their daughter Chava to Dovid Blasberg.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Zalmy Klyne - 21 Kislev
  • Rabbi Zalmy Fogelman - 21 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yosef Shagalov - 22 Kislev
  • Moshe Davidson - 23 Kislev
  • Yaakov Wolowik - 24 Kislev
  • Mr. Shmuel David Faynerman - 24 Kislev
  • Mr. Arthur Diller - 25 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shloime Arnold - 20 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. Aviv Topps - 22 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Yeshayohu ben Reb Aharon (Mrs. Fradel Bukiet’s father) - 20 Kislev
  • Chaya bas Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Benyomin Hoffman’s mother) - 20 Kislev

Devar Torah - Vayeishev

Yud Tes Kislev; The Bris of a Chosid!!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

There is a known saying of the Previous Rebbe that Yud Kislev is the birth of a chosid and Yud Tes Kislev is the bris. What is the connection between birth and bris to Yud and Yud Tes Kislev?

Let’s begin with birth by understanding the greatness of a birthday. The Rebbe placed special emphasis on the importance of a birthday. For the first 25 years of the Rebbe’s nesius, chassidim would go into yechidus every year for their birthday. The Rebbe explained that the world celebrates Rosh Hashana because it’s the day that Adam HaRishon was born and not the day the world was created. In other words, the real purpose of the world is not for the trees or the flowers or the owls; the purpose is for man. This is because Adam HaRishon has a unique role. His role is to cultivate the world and bring it to fulfill its purpose. The purpose of creation is to make this place into a dwelling place for Hashem. Adam brought the world to serve Hashem and reveal Hashem’s presence down here. He said to every aspect of creation; “Come let us bow to Hashem”. With his service of Hashem he completed the creation. The Medrash says that the word Breishis means beis reishis, two beginnings, for the Torah and for Yisroel. Not just for the sake of the eagles and the elk.

Every single neshama is predesigned as to when it will come into this world. The specific time is set for this neshama to fulfill its unique purpose in completing Hashem’s plan for creation. By being born, by the very fact that this neshama is being brought down here, Hashem is saying; I cannot complete my desire without you. My desire is that the world be a dwelling place for me. When a neshama does this it brings the greatest joy and pleasure to Hashem. This is everyone’s personal Rosh Hashana.

Yud Kislev is the birth, the inner power to be a chosid. What does it mean to be a chosid? A chosid is not defined by his outer appearance, by wearing a hat or a long coat. The definition of a chosid is someone that transcends his self-interest and places the needs of others above his own. A chosid goes beyond the letter of the law. He goes out of the comfort of his environment to help another Jew. He’s a lamplighter. He inspires others with heartfelt words of chassidus and meaningful stories. He thinks about the physical and the spiritual condition of others and then forgoes personal gain to help others benefit. These are a few things that comprise a chosid.

In order to grow and develop as a chosid we need to learn chassidus. Chassidus brings warmth and feeling into all aspects of the life of a chosid. Having both aspects, both living as a chosid and learning chassidus is reflected in the Hayom Yom for Yud Tes Kislev; “L’Shana Tovah b’limud hachassidus u’’b darchei hachassidus”, for a good year in learning chassidus and the path of chassidus”. We do all of this together as chassidim, as one family.

What then is a spiritual bris? On the physical level there are three aspects. First, there is a skin that covers. Then we take action, we do the mitvah of cutting away the skin, and finally we have a circumcised person. If a person was born with a bris as it was by Moshe Rabbeinu then we still need to take action, we preform a hatafas dam bris where we take a drop of blood for the sake of the mitzvah. Once the act has been completed it’s not over, it’s an ongoing process. The Medrash says that as Dovid HaMelech stood in the bathhouse without his tefillin, he wondered how he was at that moment connected to Hashem. He then meditated on his mitzvah of  bris mila, the ongoing mitzvah that is with him 24/7, wherever he goes. So too each one of have an everlasting spiritual connection that is with us wherever we go. 

To be spiritually uncircumcised means that the animal soul is covering and hiding the G-dly soul. We remove that covering by turning away from the negative (sur m’ra) and being occupied with positive (asei tov). This is the ongoing state of being spiritually circumcised.  It doesn’t happen on it’s own. Once, a chosid came to the Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek and asked for a bracha for his child. He wanted him to remember everything the Rabbeim said so that he would automatically, by default be a guaranteed yirei shomayim. The Rebbe answered that the entire focus of Chassidus Chabad for the last 50 years has been to make it possible and to demand that a chosid do the work on his own. In 1951 the Rebbe said, I am here to help you, to work with to not just to rely on the Rabbeim to lift us up butt to do the work that is meant for us. Yud Tes Kislev is the bris, it gives us the koach to throw away the negative and to pursue the positive. The Rabbeim help us get out of the rut and help us serve Hashem by learning and performing Torah and mitzvos with simcha.

The Baal Hasimcha is helping us but we need to do our part. The Rebbe explained on the 28th of Nissan that it is up to us to bring Moshiach together. We are bringing Moshiach Now by learning chassidus, by being chassidim, by being connected and by spreading chassdus, yefutzu mayonoseicha chutza. Good Yom Tov, Good Shabbos

Announcements - Vayishlach

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • A friendly reminder to complete your tractate of Gemara if you signed up for the shul's communal Chalukas HaShas at last year's Yud-Tes Kislev Farbrengen.  
  • Sunday: “Bracha's Tehillim and Torah Club” for women and girls, will iy”h this Sunday, 14 Kislev/Nov 17, 10:15 - 11:30 am, at Kol Yaakov Yehuda. In memory of Bracha Finkelstein ob”m.
  • Monday: The women’s annual Tahars Hamishpocho review will iy”h take place this Monday, 15 Kislev/November 18, 7:30 pm at 9022 West Pico Blvd. Click here for more info.
  • Wednesday: New Course For Men: A 3-week course in the halachos of Ribbis-Interest and their application to everyday life given by Rabbi Elchonon Tauber - Rov of Beis Yehudah. The classes will take place in shul beginning this Wednesday, 17 Kislev/November 20, 8:00 pm - chavrusa learning, 8:45 shiur. Topics to be discussed: Credit cards payment/late fees. If I loan money to someone, can he tutor my child? If he is a handy man, can he give me a good deal? 
  • Thursday: Unity Farbrengen for Men and Women in honor of Yud-Tes Kislev. Guest Speaker Rabbi Avrohom Sternberg. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayishlach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:31
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:02 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:34 pm

Sholom Zochor

Danny & Mushka Weiss
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
At 411 N Martel Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayishlach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Davidoff’s father Reb Aaron ben Reb Boruch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Betzalel Fleischman in honor of the upcoming marriage of his daughter Tanya to Yoni Ofek. May they be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman in honor of Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pinchas Hirsch in honor of their 4th anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yitzchok Wiener in honor of the birth and birthday of their daughter Devorah Leah. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayishlach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Benjaminson in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp in honor of Mr. Steve Zipp’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayishlach

4:30 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson
364 N Fuller Ave.. 
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Vayishlach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shloime Arnold on the bar mitzvah of their son Shneur Zalman. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin on the birth of their granddaughter (to Yossi & Shleema Vogel).
  • Mr. Betzalel Fleischman for the upcoming marriage of his daughter Tanya to Yoni Ofek.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Greenbaum on the bar mitzvah of their son Yaisef. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum.
  • Dun Lasky on his engagement to Malka Lieblich.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Danny Weiss on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Meilech Weiss. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Fogelman - 14 Kislev
  • Rabbi Gershon Schusterman - 15 Kislev
  • Mr. Israel Goldshmid - 15 Kislev
  • Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld - 16 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Freeman - 17 Kislev
  • Mr. Joseph Michael Dunn - 17 Kislev
  • Rabbi Zalmy Fogelman - 17 Kislev
  • Schneur Zalman Labkowsky - 18 Kislev
  • Levi Yitzchok Gross - 18 Kislev
  • Rabbi Fischel Grossman - 18 Kislev
  • Mr. Steve Zipp - 18 Kislev
  • Rabbi Schneur Zalman Schmukler - 19 Kislev
  • Mr. Marton Leaderman - 19 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moishe Carlebach - 14 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Solomon - 14 Kislev
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld - 15 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Benjaminson - 19 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn - 19 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Berkowitz - 19 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Leib ben Julius (Mrs. Vickie Elson’s father) - 13 Kislev
  • Henya Malka bas Reb Shmuel (Mrs. Yudka Etka Winograd’s mother) - 15 Kislev
  • Chana Etka bas Reb Note Zeev (Mrs. Chaya Leah Berger’s mother) - 17 Kislev
  • Reb Aaron ben Reb Boruch (Mrs. Esther Davidoff’s father) - 19 Kislev

Devar Torah - Vayishlach

Staying Connected; Completing the Shlichus 

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week’s parsha Yaakov sends malachim to Eisav. The Previous Rebbe tells the story of the Maggid, who on the last Shabbos of his life in this world quoted this pasuk as he laid on his bed in the presence of the Chevraya Kaddisha. He quoted Rashi who says; malachim mamash, real malachim, and then added; the mamash (the body) of the malachim he sent to Eisav but the spiritual part remained with Yaakov.

The Rebbe asked; how is it possible to divide and separate between the body and the spirit? Do they divide so that the body can go to Eisav while their spirit can remain by Yaakov? Rashi’s comment taken simply means real malachim, not physical messengers. After everything is said and done Yaakov sent real malachim. They went to Eisav, nevertheless their spirit stayed with Yaakov and remained connected. 

This is similar to each one of us in our shlichus here in this world. We have a neshama and we have a body. The neshama cannot make a dwelling place for Hashem in this world without the body. Nevertheless the neshama needs to stay connected to Hashem; the shliach has to stay connected to the mishaleiach, the one who sends him.

When I was at the Kinus HaShuchim this year someone said that he heard that my father said Tefillas HaDerech every day he was away from 770. He wanted to know if I could confirm as true what he had heard. I told him that my father never told me but that it made sense for a few reasons. First, he was the kind of chosid that always wanted to be near to the Rebbe. It was very hard for him to be away. Also, he travelled a lot.

Another reason is the letter we found that he had always carried with him to read and re-read wherever he went.  From the letter I understood that father had a tshuka, a desire to be together with the Rebbe (that it’s wasn’t enough for him to be accomplishing things on his own). The basic content of the Rebbe’s letter was that he shouldn’t feel that he is so far away on shilchus, and that his longing is causing him to be always waiting for later to return to 770. Rather, he should be where he is on shlichus and be happy that he’s doing shlichus. With this kind of outlook it makes sense that he might have said Tefillas HaDerech every day. This was how all chassidim felt about being on shlichus at that time. What kept them going, whether in Russia or in Shanghai was the feeling, the tshukah to be by the Rebbe. That we may be on shlichus in this or that place but our true home is by the Rebbe. 

A chosid isn’t a chosid automatically just because his father was; I need to build and strengthen my connection to the Rebbe, so that the Rebbe is in front of me just as it was in the previous generations. I cannot be satisfied that they had a tshukah, I need to see to it that my hiskashrus is real, not an echo from the past, that my penimius and ruchnius stays by the Rebbe.

The sefer Hayom Yom details the three things necessary to strengthen hiskashrus. Seeing the Rebbe, learning his Torah (this includes listening to recordings, learning his Sichos and maamarim inside and repeating them, learning them in depth and applying them to our daily lives), and following his directives. These three things correspond to thought, speech and action and encompass every aspect of our lives. They provide a complete connection and make it as the one who said them is standing in front of us.

I remember how my father would not go to bed without finishing his shiurim, including Chitas and Rambam. After the Rebbe came out with learning Rambam, I remember how he would call the shluchim to convince and encourage them to study Rambam daily even though it was difficult to find time because they were so busy. It was so important because this is what builds and strengthens the connection.

When we are busy with all of these three things and they are fully part of how we live, then it effects us and arouses a true teshukah of closeness to the mishaleiach, the Rebbe. It gives us the strength to be successful in all aspects of our shlichus. By continuing and strengthening our connection may we complete the shlichus to make this world a dwelling place for Hashem and witness the full and complete revelation of Moshiach Now!

Announcements - Vayeitzei

  • Click here for KYY update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Sunday: “Bracha's Tehillim and Torah Club” for women and girls, will iy”h this Sunday, 7 Kislev/Nov 10, 10:30 - 11:30 am, at Kol Yaakov Yehuda. In memory of Bracha Finkelstein ob”m. We Want Moshiach Now! 
  • Sunday: The annual “Walk 4 Friendship” and festival will take place Sunday, 7 Kislev/November 10 at Rancho Park. Click here for more info.
  • Monday: This Monday night the shiur with Rabbi Shimon Raichik on Shabbos and Yomtov Food Preparation (the final 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. 
  • Tuesday: Farbrengen for men in honor of Tes-Yud Kislev this Tuesday, 9 Kislev/Nov 12, 8:30 pm in shul.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayeitzei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:35
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 8:58 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 3:30 pm
  • Mincha: 4:35 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:38 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayeitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier in honor of Mr. Yirmiyahu Andrusier’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski in honor of the birth of their grandson Yitzchok Barber. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s grandfather Reb Yisroel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s father Reb Nota Moshe ben Reb Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Dr. Marton Leaderman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • The Raichik Family for the yahrtzeit of their mother’s mother Sima bas Reb Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of their father’s father Reb Shimon ben Reb Avrohom Gershon Halevi hy”d. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of their father’s siblings Yehuda Areye, Chaim Shamay, Yisroel Meir Fishel, Chaya Fareida, Soro Pesil, Rivka, Hanya Faiga bnei Reb Shimon Halevi hy”d. May the neshomos have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Berl Sroka’s mother Miriam bas Reb Pesach Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Hadassah Weiss’s father Reb Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben Reb Menachem Monish ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayeitzei

  • Mr. & Mrs. Mordy Gluckowsky in honor of Mr. Mordy Gluckowsky’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Laizer Labkowsky for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Laizer Labkowsky’s father Harav Menachem Mendel ben Reb Nochum Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi Yisroel Meir Munitz in honor of Rabbi Yisroel Meir Munitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jack Soussana in honor of their son Nesanel Chananya’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 

Congratulations to the mispalelim of the early minayn, who just concluded the entire maseches rosh Hashanah, during their weekly gemoro shiur. They will iy”h be continuing on to maseches megila this Monday night. May they all have continued success in limud hatorah and may they all be blessed with kol tuv sela!

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Vayeitzei

4:30 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
418 N Martel Ave. 
Speaker: Rabbi Dovid Leib Schmerling

Mazal Tov To - Vayeitzei

  • Rabbi Baruch Kreiman on his engagement to Esther Pearl Marks. Mazal tov to the entire Kreiman and Marks families.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Yirmiyahu Andrusier - 6 Kislev
  • Avremi Raichik - 6 Kislev
  • Mr. Tzvika Grossman - 6 Kislev
  • Mr. Nota Berger - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yosef Shusterman - 8 Kislev
  • Rabbi Yisroel Munitz - 8 Kislev
  • Nesanel Chananya Soussana - 10 Kislev
  • Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Simcha Frankel - 10 Kislev
  • Shmuel Thaler - 10 Kislev
  • Shneur Zalman Arnold - 10 Kislev
  • Rabbi Moshe Levin - 11 Kislev

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin - 7 Kislev
  • Mr. & Dr. Marton Leaderman - 7 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss - 7 Kislev 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yrachmiel Wolowik - 8 Kislev
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sruly Yusevitch - 10 Kislev

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Yisroel (Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s grandfather) - 6 Kislev
  • Reb Levi ben Reb Zalman Yudah (Mrs. Rochel Eisenberg’s brother) - 6 Kislev
  • Chaya bas Reb Sendor (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s mother) - 6 Kislev
  • Reb Nota Moshe ben Reb Tzvi (Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s father) - 7 Kislev
  • Reb Ben-Zion Yisroel Meir ben Reb Menachem Monish (Mrs. Hadassah Weiss’s father) - 9 Kislev
  • Harav Menachem Mendel ben Reb Nochum Halevi Labkowsky - 10 Kislev
  • Reb Shimon ben Reb Avrohom Gershon Halevi. Chaim Shamay, Yisroel Meir Fishel, Chaya Fareida, Soro Pesil, Rivka, Hanya Faiga bnei Reb Shimon Halevi (family of Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Raichik) - 11 Kislev
  • Shulamis bas Reb Tzvi Hirsh (Rabbi Jonathan Glabman’s mother) - 12 Kislev

Devar Torah - Vayeitzei

Rosh Chodesh Kislev:
The Rebbe is Healthy, our Hiskashrus is Healthy*

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This past week was the Kinus HaShluchim. When I returned to LA on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, I was still feeling the powerful atmosphere and inspiration of the Kinus. The best way to describe the scene at the Kinus is to quote from the Rebbe’s chapter Tehillim for this year, 112; “Zorach b’choshech ohr l’yesharim- Hashem shines even in the darkness a light for the upright”.

The difference between Rosh Chodesh Kislev 1977 until today 36 years later, in Los Angeles is a double darkness (As the pasuk says; Hastir astir panai…- I will certainly hide my countenance on that day). The biggest darkness is when we live in the dark without even realizing where we are. On the contrary we think it’s fine, we’ve made peace with the situation. When the time comes for the Rosh Chodesh Kislev fabrengen, some say to themselves; this event happened 36 years ago. It was before I was born or when I was too young to know; I’m too busy to go to the fabrengen. The very question, of why should I go, be it for Rosh Chodesh, Yud, Yud Tes Kislev or Chanuka, shows that we are missing the main point.  Has Chanuka today devolved into latkes, doughnuts, taking the kids out to lighting, and then then this year to get some beer and watch the Superbowl? Is that Chanuka??

By learning the Gemara about Chanuka we learn about the decree that the Greeks placed upon the Jews not allowing them to do mitzvos. When we nevertheless put ourselves into danger to continue doing Torah and mitzvos, we saw great miracles that broke through the shackles of the Greek influence. When we celebrate Chanuka, it gives us strength to go forward and break through our challenges today.

This is true for Yud Tes Kislev as well. The decree was if Chassidus should be concealed or revealed. We won the case and Chassidus was revealed. The same is true about Rosh Chodesh Kislev. The decree was about whether the Rebbe should stay with us in this world, or if the time had come for the opposite. The decree was broken and we have witnessed with our own eyes what has happened since. Most of the schools we see today, and that most were educated in, were established since 1977. We have witnessed the expansion of Chassidus, in Sichos and Maamarim, as well as the many campaigns, including Tzivos Hashem and Inyanei Geula v’Moshiach that have all occurred after 1977.

So why is that we say; “I wasn’t there or I wasn’t aware”? It’s your Rebbe, it’s your Shul, it’s your school (and your children’s) it’s your life!

A few days before Yud Shevat 1968 at a l’chaim, I recall a conversation R. Shalom Marazov had with a former student of Tomchei Tomimim. The student was not a Lubavitcher Chosid but had learned in the yeshiva in the 1940’s. When he asked if he was going to the Yud Shevat fabrengen he answered that he was not planning on going. That’s when R. Shalom began to cry. If the former alumni of a misnagdishe yeshiva were invited to an evening honoring the yartzeit of their former Rosh Yeshiva would they refuse because they were no longer attending the yeshiva? Once you were there you feel a part. If you don’t feel that you are a part, then something is missing, it’s a double darkness. When we celebrate a Yud or Yud Tes Kislev fabrengen today, and thousands come and participate, they know that they are part of it and connected whether or not they saw it happen, they know they belong.

As Chabad Chassidim when Yud Tes Kislev approaches we know that we need to be misbonen, we need to learn and reflect on the endless importance and impact the day has on our lives. On Chanuka it’s not just the doughnuts and soda. Along with the wicks the oil and the lights we need to learn, to know and to appreciate what the days represent. Then we need to translate that into our daily living. This is true by all the Yomim Tovim; we get ready by learning the halachos and chassidus; without which the Yom Tov is dry. Before we know it, we don’t feel like showing up (R’E).

The light shines into the darkness; the light of connection, hiskashrus to the Rebbe that we have and that we continuously cultivate. The true hiskashrus that we have continues through all the Sichos, Maamarim, Igros, fabrengens, guidance, directives and campaigns and shines into the darkness to the yesharim, those that go in his ways. Through this the light of Moshiach we will break through the wall of this final darkness, as well as our personal darkness, for the entire world with the geula ha’amitis v’hashleima, immediately, Now!

*For more on Chodesh Kislev see the Chodesh magazine for the month of Kislev

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