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Announcements - Shelach

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! First Session is completely full!!! Few spaces left for second session. Sign up Today by clicking here.
  • 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 Yitzchak and Chaya Tenenbaum -181 N Mansfield Ave. (Also in honor of Yitzchak's birthday.
    To host a Friday night farbrengen in your home please sign up using this link.
  • The 12th annual Smicha ordination ceremony will be taking place this Wednesday. Click here for more details. 
  • Please say tehillim for Rochel Bas Simcha Chaya.

A Message from Rabbi and Rebbitzen Raichik

We want to thank everyone for their good wishes on behalf of the marriage of our son Moshe Raichik to Rivky Simpson. 

We invite everyone to a dessert reception on Tuesday night, 27th of Sivan, June 4th from 8:00-10:30 p.m. at the Moshe Ganz Hall.  We hope to see you there to share in our Simcha! Please RSVP at mosheriky@gmail.com.

We also want to thank all those who made an effort to come to the wedding.  The Aibershter should bentsh everyone with good health and we should be able to share many Simchas together with the ultimate Simcha, the marriage of the Aiberster with Klal Yisroel, with the coming of Moshiach, Now!

In honor of the wedding we are posting on the shul website the mementos (Tshura) that were given out at the wedding.  Click here for the first one, and here for the second one titled "From Poland to the United States" that describes the journey of my father, R' Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi Raichik, A"H.

Shabbos Schedule - Shelach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:40 pm
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz
  • Tehillim Club: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:16 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Mendy Greenbaum: 6:40 pm
  • Mincha: 7:40 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:43 pm
  • Molad of Chodesh Tammuz: Shabbos, Sivan 30/June 8, 8:33 pm and 17 Chalokim
  • Rosh Chodesh Tammuz: Shabbos & Sunday, June 8 & 9

Kiddush Sponsors - Shelach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch for the yahrtzeits of Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s father Moshe ben Simcha and sister Tamar bas Moshe ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nootie Gross in honor of Rabbi Nootie Gross’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin’s father Chaim Eliyahu ben Eliezer ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shelach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian in honor of their daughter Esther Chana’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Shelach

At the home of Mrs. Chana Weiss 
411 N Martel Ave. 
6:30 pm 
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Shelach

  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik on the marriage of their son Moshe to Riki Simpson.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll on the engagement of their son Boruch to Yafa Katri. 
  • Rabbi & Dr. Nochum Pinson on the birth of the grandson (to Yisroel and Chanie Pinson). 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yisroel Freeman - 24 Sivan
  • Mr. Chaim Yitzchok Spiegel - 25 Sivan
  • Avinoam Rav-Noy - 25 Sivan
  • Mr. Avi Rav-Noy - 25 Sivan
  • Mr. Aaron Leib Brenner - 26 Sivan
  • Saadia-Leib Davidoff - 27 Sivan
  • Rabbi Nootie Gross - 28 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky - 21 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Rubashkin - 25 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Moshe ben Shmuel (Mr. Jon Engelson’s father) - 24 Sivan
  • Chaim Eliyahu ben Eliezer (Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin’s father) - 29 Sivan

Announcements - Beha’aloscha

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! First Session is completely full!!! Few spaces left for second session. Sign up Today by clicking here.
  • 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 Yanky & Rivky Raichik 145 S Mansfield Ave.
    To host a Friday night farbrengen in your home please sign up using this link.

Shabbos Schedule - Beha’aloscha

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:36 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:18 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:35 pm
  • Mincha: 7:35 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:39 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Beha’aloscha

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzcock Arnold in honor of Mrs. Chana Arnold’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yaakov BenZaquen for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yaakov BenZaquen’s father Ezer ben Shimon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Glick for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Shaindel Glick’s mother Baila Frummet bas Asher Haleivi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Kagen Family for the yahrtzeit of thier mother Sara Gittel bas Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Revere in honor of Mr. Frank Revere’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their son Aaron’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Beha’aloscha

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Hoch in honor of Mrs. Shaina Hoch’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Joshua Rosen in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Beha’aloscha

At the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N. Fuller Ave.
6:30 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Beha’aloscha

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin on the engagement of their son Yehoshua Heshel to Chanie Niasoff.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman and the entire on the marriage of the of their son Levi to Rayzi Bukiet. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ben-Zion Oster on the birth of their daughter. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Joshua R Rosen - 16 Sivan
  • Rabbi Danny Rotenberg - 16 Sivan
  • Yisroel Newman - 17 Sivan
  • Rabbi Jonathan Glabman - 17 Sivan
  • Mr. Frank Revere - 18 Sivan
  • Mr. Aaron Binyomin Revere - 20 Sivan
  • Yaakov Rotenberg - 21 Sivan
  • Mr. Reuven Solomon - 22 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Dr. & Mrs. Sholom Fine - 19 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Feivel Raigorodsky - 21 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sara Gittel bas Avrohom (Mr. Dovid Kagan’s mother) - 17 Sivan
  • Ezer ben Shimon (Rabbi Yaakov BenZaquen’s father) - 21 Sivan
  • Baila Frummet bas Asher Haleivi (Mrs. Shaindel Glick’s mother) - 21 Sivan

Devar Torah - Beha’aloscha

Kashrus Letter #4

Bs”d

12 Sivan, 5773
May 21, 2013

Dear Members of Congregation Levi Yitzchak,

We would like to thank Rabbi Lazer Teitelbaum, Rabbi Shaya Eichenblatt, Rabbi Reuven Nathanson, and Rabbi Yosef Bodenstein for speaking to our community on the topic of Kashrus.

The following points were discussed at the symposium which took place in our shul before Shavous.

  1. Rabbi Bodenstein spoke about the importance of Bishul Yisroel tuna and the need for a Mashgiach Temidi in tuna factories, to check that every fish has simonim.  
    He described the process of cooking tuna and how the same pipeline of steam that cooks the tuna can be cooking non- kosher fish, at the same time, at another location in the factory.
  2. Rabbi Teitelbaum described the different types of Mashgichim and their qualifications.  Restaurants and factories have varying conditions and require unique expertise.  If a Mashgiach has the qualifications to supervise a restaurant, that alone does not qualify him to supervise a factory.  Each field has its own specific needs and Halachos.
  3. When one shops at any store, even one owned by a religious Jew, one needs to check the products to make sure they are Bishul Yisroel, Pas Yisroel or Cholov Yisroel.  Many products look alike or get mixed up with other products on the shelves. With some products, the status of the kashrus may often change, so it’s important to regularly check for the Hechsher.  It is also advisable to check the ingredients on the products one is purchasing.  Some products may be mislabeled and may contain dairy without displaying a dairy symbol.
  4. Rabbi Eichenblatt explained the importance of asking questions.
    One expects that any reliable Mashgiach working in a factory will be vigilant, and will check with the Rav Hamachshir in case of doubt. Similarly, the consumer should not assume everything is fine, and should always inquire about the Kashrus, especially if there is cause for concern. This applies to restaurants as well as caterers. In addition to investigating the Kashrus standards of an establishment, one most also be certain of the Shechita, and not rely upon hearsay. The more we are actively involved in our Kashrus, the more transparency there will be with the Hashgachas in our city.
  5. Rabbi Nathanson spoke about checking various vegetables for bugs.  He said that many Hashgachas have websites which provide directions and videos on how to check for bugs. What is important, however, is the end result, not the particular method used. Each person should use whichever method he finds helpful so that the food is bug-free. See websites listed below.
  6. Rabbi Bodenstein announced that an independent Va’ad is being set up to oversee the Hechsherim in our city.  A few restaurants under the RCC had an initial inspection, and the Va’ad will continue to inspect those sites until they can put up a notice at each establishment stating its particular Kashrus standards.
  7. There are issues one must be aware of with regard to housekeeping.  One cannot leave a non-Jewish housekeeper alone in the house for an extended period of time, as this can create many Halachic problems in the kitchen.  For example, a housekeeper may warm up her own food in the oven or microwave without the owner’s knowledge. The solution is to either lock up the kitchen or have someone occasionally entering the house so that she is wary of an unexpected visitor.

SUMMARY:

  • Importance of Bishul Yisroel and a Mashgiach temidi in regards to tuna.
  • Inspecting products to check for Hechsher, Cholov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel and ingredients
  • Importance of getting involved and asking questions, without making assumptions
  • Possibility of Halachic issues if a housekeeper is left alone in one’s home for too long
  • Importance of checking vegetables for bugs.  

See the links below:

Announcements - Nasso

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • The Chasuna of Moshe Raichik will iy”h take on Wednesday, 20 Sivan/May 29, in the Razag Ballroom of Crown heights. For those who are flying in, you can use Promo code 6753DX on American Airlines for a 5% discount.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Martin and Margaret Leaderman invite the community to the Lechaim for their son Steven Leaderman and Emet Noa.Sunday, Sivan 10/May 19, 8-10 pm at 241 S Mansfield Ave. 
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast. Only a paid registration will save your spot. Click here for the flyer, and here to sign up
  • Camp Israel at Shaarei Tefila is making a day camp for 3-6 year olds. For more info click here.

Shabbos Schedule - Nasso

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:31 pm
  • Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:19 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Rabbi Raichik’s Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:30 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:34 pm

Sholom Zochor & Bris

Rabbi & Mrs. Sruly Yusevitch 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
At the Plotkin's - 321 N Detroit St.

The bris will iy"h take place
Shabbos, after the early minyan (around 12 pm)
At at the Plotkin's - 321 N Detroit St.
The Kiddush will be together with the main minyan’s kiddush.

Kiddush Sponsors - Nasso

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman in honor of Mr. Milton Goodman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s father Noson ben Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov BenZaquen in honor of their 17th anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Boruch Braude’s mother Tova bas Yerachmiel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
    Also in honor of Rabbi Chaim Burston’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov Ginsburg for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Ginsburg’s father Mich'l ben Shlaima ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg in honor of Mr. Simcha Levenberg’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zalman Roth’s father Yaakov ben Zalmen Leib ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Nasso

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi Lazer Handelsman for the yahrtzeit of his mother Bracha Toiba bas Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi Yossi Nathanson in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Nasso

At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman 
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
6:30 pm 
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Nasso

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the birth of their granddaughter (To Shuly and Soochie Eizicovics).
  • Mr. Miriam Gluck on the engangemnt of her granddaughter Alti Shur to Nochum Greenberg.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Martin Leaderman on the engangemnt of their son Steven to Emet Noa.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky on the birth of their grandson (To Mordi and Suri Adelist). 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Hertzie Richler on the birth of their granddaughter (To Mordey and Shaina Richler).
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sruly Yusevitch on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin.

Upcoming Birthdays

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

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholem Perl - 9 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Eiferman - 9 Sivan
  • Rabino & Mrs. Noach Gansburg - 9 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yaakov BenZaquen - 9 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Noach Vogel - 10 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman - 14 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Wagshul - 14 Sivan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian - 14 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Binyomin Burston - 15 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

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

Devar Torah - Nasso

Shabbos Achdus ONE MINYAN!!

In the year 5746, the Rebbe put forth a “Bakasha-Nafshis” (heartfelt request) asking all Jews to participate in unity gatherings on Shabbos-Bamidbar, in preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuos. 

In light of this call, on this Shabbos day, ALL THREE MINYONIM will be joining together for Chassidus, Shacharis and Farbrengen, we kindly ask everyone in our community to participate, in the spirit of כאיש אחד בלב אחד Like one man with one heart. See Schedule Below.

Let us hope and pray that in merit of the efforts of our community, we will be Zocheh, long before Shavuos, to the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu. 

Announcements - Bamidbar

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Cheder Menachem & Tzivos Hashem invite ALL JEWISH BOYS to get together for a Grand Shabbos Rally this shabbos. Click here for more info.
  • The Cheder Menachem’s annual Mishnayos Be’al Peh award ceremony & celebration, will iy"h take place this Sunday, 3 Sivan/May 12, 10:45 am at the Crescent Heights public school - outdoor yard (entrance from cor. Pickford Pl. & Alvira St.)
  • The Menlo Family & Cheder Menachem cordially invites the entire community to a Hachnosas Sefer Torah. Sunday, 3 Sivan/May 12, 12:30 pm at the Crescent Heights Public School. Click here for more info. 
  • Special Kashrus Symposium with representatives from the leading kosher supervising organizations for men & women, Sunday, 3 Sivan/May 12, 8:30 - 10 pm @ The Kollel Erev in Shul. Click here for more info.
  • The Chasuna of Moshe Raichik will iy”h take on Wednesday, 20 Sivan/May 29, in the Razag Ballroom of Crown heights. For those who are flying in, you can use Promo code 6753DX on American Airlines for a 5% discount.
  • 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 Rabbi and Mrs. Dovi Goldman 231 S Orange Dr.
    To host a Friday night farbrengen in your home please sign up using this link.
    Message from Spalter Family: “If only we knew the power of Tehilim...we would say it all the time”...the outpouring of everyone’s Tefillos  and Tehilim surely are causing great merits for Chaya which are bringing about good results B"H.  Baruch Hashem Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina continues to do well and has been having good results in testing. We have tremendous Hakaras Hatov to everyone for the constant concern, caring, and devotion to her complete and immediate Refua.  Please continue all the beautiful actions, as they are creating Zechusim and prove to be working. 
    In her doctors words, when calling us up after checking on her, "as usual Chaya looks like a rose". Bez”H may she shine and blossom till the coming of Moshiach. 
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast. Only a paid registration will save your spot. Click here for the flyer, and here to sign up
  • Camp Israel at Shaarei Tefila is making a day camp for 3-6 year olds. For more info click here.

Schedule

Shabbos Parshas Bamidbor
Shabbos Achdus 

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:26 pm
  • Joint Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Mendel Schapiro: 9:15 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:21 am
  • Joint Shacharis: 10:15 am Upstairs in Moshe Ganz Hall
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15
  • Followed by a Kiddush-Farbrengen downstaris, for men in the Shul, for women in the Kolel. 
  • Rabbi Bukiet's Sota Shiur: 6:00 pm 
  • Rabbi Raichik’s Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:25 pm
  • Mincha: 7:25 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:29 pm

Tuesday, 5 Sivan/May 14
Erev Shavuos

  • Light Candles (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu): 7:29 pm

Wednesday, Sivan 6/May 15
First Day Shavuos

  • Alos HaShachar: 4:25 am
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:10 am
  • Shachris: 10:15 am
  • Aseres Hadibros: 11:45 am
  • Light Candles from a pre-existing flame after (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu): 8:33 pm 

Thursday, Sivan 7/May 16
Second Day Shavuos

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:19 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Yizkor: 12:00 pm
  • Mincha /Farbrengen: 6:45 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:35 pm

For all the laws and customs regarding Pesach  
please see the Chabad Chodesh 

Kiddush Sponsors - Bamidbar

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s brother Yosef ben Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman in honor of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman in honor of the upcoming wedding of their son Levi Yitzchok. May he be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Bamidbar

Mazal Tov To - Bamidbar

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon on the birth of a great granddaughter.
  • Rabbi & Rebbetzen Ezra Schochet on the engagement of their granddaughter Chaya Mushka Wilhelm to Yosef Avtzon. 

Upcoming Birthdays

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

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Kreiman - 3 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mordechai ben Shlomo Yom Tov (Mrs. Chana Leiba Nathanson’s father) - 4 Sivan
  • Hena bas Yakov (Rabbi Mordechai Berger’s mother) - 5 Sivan
  • Yehoshua ben Moshe Yaakov (Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s brother) - 6 Sivan
  • Lee ben Yacov (Mrs. Chana Weiss’s brother) - 7 Sivan

Devar Torah - Bamidbar

The Bumpy Road to Achdus
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

The Torah says that on Rosh Chodesh Sivan the entire Jewish people gathered at the bottom of Har Sinai. The Gemara says that on Rosh Chodesh itself Moshe Rabbenu did not speak to Bnei Yisroel because they were tired from the journey. On the following day he spoke to them about how they are a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. The following day he told them that they should separate for days in  preparation for Matan Torah.

The Rebbe asks two fundamental questions about this narrative. First, since they arrived on Sunday or Monday, this means that they had only been traveling for a day or two. In those days that wasn't considered a lot of travel; so why were they so tired?

Also, the Jewish people had been counting sefirah for almost 50 days and they were full of anticipation. After all this time, they finally arrived at the spot where they would merit to receive the Holy Torah. The place where they would complete their bond of marriage with Hashem. Imagine it's the big day before the wedding,  because of the excitement how can one sleep? How could they have not been spoken to and told to wait until tomorrow?

The Rebbe explains that their journey was both spiritual not just physical. On Rosh Chodesh Sivan the Jewish People arrived from their spiritual travels to becoming;"K'Eish echod b'lev echod- Like one man with one heart". Until then their journey had been filled with strife, struggles and arguments. 

What kind of arguments could they have possibly had in the desert. Was it about money? They were all wealthy from MItzrayim and the booty of the Yam Suf. Was it about food or drink? They had the manna and the well of Miriam. Was it the heat of the desert? They had the clouds of Aharon. None of this was the cause of their strife. The cause was that they were a 'Dor Deah- a generation full of knowledge'. Each person felt that they knew the best way to receive the Torah and was advocating their point of view to the point that it lead to arguments and struggles.

So when did this end? When they realized that we all have a neshama that is beyond our individual feelings and understanding. We realized that we are all really like one big person with one big heart. To go beyond oneself, from one's own feelings and understanding is a long journey, and that's how we became connected as a nation. This is the  meaning of the Gemara. Being tired from the journey means that they had weakened their own sense of themselves and therefore were able to become united with each other.  Because they had reached this level, Moshe Rabbenu didn't need to speak. Because by reaching this level they had accomplished themselves what is necessary to receive the Torah, the entire Jewish people together from the same source.

Kollel Erev: Kashrus Symposium

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KASHRUS SYMPOSIUM

With representatives from the leading
kosher supervising organizations

For Men & Women
Sunday, 3 Sivan (May 12th), 8:30 - 10 pm
@ The Kollel Erev in Shul

Panelists:

  • Rabbi Yosef Bodenstein - World-renowned kosher consultant
  • Rabbi Shaya Eichenblatt - Chof-K California Representative
  • Rabbi Reuven Nathanson - OU Kosher Director, Western Region
  • Rabbi Eliezer Teitelbaum - OK Kosher Senior Mashgiach

Some of the topics to be discussed:

  1. Kashrus with a maid in the house
  2. Which vegetables need to be checked and how
  3. Is bishul yisroel tuna a scam
  4. How am I to know if the mashgiach tmidi is reliable

A Q&A session will follow.
To maximize the time available, all questions need to be emailed to rabbiyankee@gmail.com for consideration.
The deadline for questions is Sunday 3 pm.
The questions will be posed by a moderator, so ask anything! Your anonymity will be protected!!!

For further information regarding the Kollel Erev, to set up a chavrusa, or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Zalmy Fogelman at 323-494-8047.

Shabbos Achdus ONE MINYAN!!

Bs"d
 
In the year 5746, the Rebbe put forth a “Bakasha-Nafshis” (heartfelt request) asking all Jews to participate in unity gatherings on Shabbos-Bamidbar, in preparation for receiving the Torah on Shavuos. Ever since then, Shabbos-Bamidbar has become synonymous with Shabbos-Achdus (Shabbos of Unity).

In light of all the above, on this Shabbos day,
ALL THREE MINYONIM
will be joining together for Chassidus, Shacharis and Farbrengen,
we kindly ask everyone in our community to participate,
in the spirit of כאיש אחד בלב אחד
Like one man with one heart.

Schedule:

 

9:00 am
Joint Shiur Chassidus
with
Rabbi Mendel Schapiro

 

10:15 am
Shacharis
Upstairs in Moshe Ganz Hall
(this will be the only Minayn)

Followed by a grand Kiddush-Farbrengen
Sheves Achim Gam Yachad

For Men
Downstaris in the Shul

For Women
Downstaris in the Kolel

 
Let us hope and pray that in merit of the efforts of our community, we will be Zocheh, long before Shavuos, to the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu. 

Kashrus Letter #3

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Monday, 26 Iyar 5773
May 6 2013

To members of Congregation Levi Yitzchak,

I would like to clarify some of points that were discussed at the shiur this past Thursday night.

We have to be more wary when we eat from food establishments.

  1. We can only eat at a restaurant that is either:
    A: Owned by a trustworthy frum person who is always on location & is certified by a hashgacha that is vigilant in frequently checking the establishment.
    B: Has a mashgiach tmidi whom you trust and is himself certified by a competent kashrus org.
  2. We wish to publicly thank Rabbi Langer for his time and effort in arranging for the OU to do a partial review of the situation in Los Angeles. We are trying to organize a full review of all restaurants and caterers from both the RCC and Kehillah. For it to have the necessary impact, it needs to be shared with a third party who will follow up to make sure the recommendations are instituted.
  3. All mashgichim, (even temporary ones), need full training so they know what the Hashgacha agency expects of them.
    A simple analogy is the hierarchy of a school. A principal supervises the teachers and insures the curriculum is being followed. In kashrus a mashgiach needs a written guideline for each establishment and oversight to make sure he is following the protocol. The principal has a board of directors whom he/she reports to. The hashgacha agency has to have knowledgeable Rabbonim (who understand the kashrus industry) to report to who insure the standards are kept up.

In closing, by being conscious of the food we eat, we help purify ourselves and our homes. This is the proper preparation to Shavuos, when Hashem chose us and gave us the laws of kosher to set us apart and raise us to a higher state of spiritual oneness with Him.

Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Kollel Erev: Video of Rabbi Raichik's Class on Kashrus

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Great News!
Rabbi Raichik's Class
on Kashrus in Los Angeles
can be viewed on youtube!!

Click on the video or on this link.
The video starts about 2 minutes into the shiur.
 
Some of the topics covered were:
  • What’s so special about 3 pm?
  • My wife is hungry 10 pm. Can I buy ready-made chicken at Ralphs?
  • Can I eat in a dairy restaurant whose owner is not religious?
  • What is the argument between the rishonim about taruvos (mixing kosher and non-kosher meat)?
  • Is Hebrew National definitely treif or only a doubt?

If you would like further information regarding the Kollel Erev, to set up a chavrusa, or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Zalmy Fogelman at 323-494-8047.

Announcements - Behar-Bechukosai

  • Click here for KYY newsletter.
  • We thank all who made a pledge for the parade last Shabbos - if you haven't paid it please log onto kolyakovyehuda.com and you'll see the link to pay!!
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast. Only a paid registration will save your spot. Click here for the flyer, and here to sign up
  • Camp Israel at Shaarei Tefila is making a day camp for 3-6 year olds. For more info click here.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.

Shabbos Schedule - Behar-Bechukosai

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:20 pm
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus
  • Tehillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:25 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30
  • Rabbi Raichik’s Pirkei Avos Shiur: 6:20 pm
  • Rabbi Bukiet's Sota Shiur: 6:20 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:20 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 5
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:23 pm
  • Molad of Chodesh Sivan: Friday, 1 Sivan/May 10, 7:49 am and 16 Chalokim
  • Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Rosh Chodesh Sivan Friday, May 10

Kiddush Sponsors - Behar-Bechukosai

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Izzy Bastomski in honor of Mrs.Etty Bastomski’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of all the brochos Hashem has given them. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • The Gaboim of the shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s mother Chana bas Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Martin Leaderman in honor of Mr. Martin Leaderman’s father Avrohom be Sara’s 100th birthday!!! May he have complete and speedy recovery and a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy in honor of Mrs.Varda Rav-Noy’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson in honor of Mrs.Yehudit Schneerson’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilach Weiss in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yonah Mordechai Weiss’s father Yissochor Dov ben Yona ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Behar-Bechukosai

  • The Gaboim of the shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Behar-Bechukosai

At the home of Mrs. Yocheved Lezak
423 N Fuller 
6:00 pm 
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Behar-Bechukosai

  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon on the birth of a grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht on the birth of their granddaughter Chaya Mushka (to Brachie & Yakov Garfinkel).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Levi Raichik - 25 Iyar
  • Noson Kesselman - 29 Iyar
  • Mr. Yaakov Michoel Ginsburg - 1 Sivan
  • Mr. Moshe Susman - 1 Sivan
  • Mr. Yisroel Zev Feiner - 1 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilach Weiss - 28 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chana bas Avrohom (Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s mother) - 25 Iyar
  • Yissochor Dov ben Yona (Rabbi Yonah Mordechai Weiss’s father) - 27 Iyar

Devar Torah - Behar-Bechukosai

Yes We Can!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

During Lag B’Omer, this last Sunday I was recalling various years of Lag B’Omer as they were by the Rebbe. One year stood out in particular, from 40 years ago, 5733. That year the Rebbe did not come out to the parade. He spoke at the Shabbos fabrengen before Lag B’Omer about what the children should be told about Rebbi Akiva and Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai at the parade.
Many times when we speak, I hear comments such as “You were there” or “What can you expect of me, I never saw the Rebbe” etc.. This is why the Sicha stuck me. The Rebbe asked; who is Rebbe Akiva? He was the biggest Rabbi. The Mishna goes according to his opinion. He had 24 thousand students etc.. We should say to the children that they too can be from those students who lived through the plague and through whom the Torah was restored. This occurred after Lag B’Omer, when the students went forward with Ahavas Yisroel, following in the way of the “klal Gadol” of their Rebbe, Rebbe Akiva of V’Ahavta L’Reecha Kamocha.
A child may ask; what do I have to do with such a great person as Rebbe Akiva. He is a person who reached such heights and accomplished so much, I’m not even on the same map! The Rebbe said to answer the child to begin to look into the life of Rebbe Akiva. What do we know about him? We know that until he was 40 years old, he didn’t even know how to read! He started with aleph-bais at 40.
Another question we may hear is; why do you ask me to change? I don’t come from a family of big Rabbis or Chassidim, my parents didn’t give me the proper education etc. , How can you have high expectations for me, I’m a simple person? Let’s look again to Rebbe Akiva. He was the son of gerim. He had no yichus at all! We know that he wasn’t allowed to be the Nasi because of his background. Nevertheless he persevered and became the great Rebbe Akiva.
Even after all of this, the child may persist. He will acknowledge the lessons that we can learn from the life of Rebbe Akiva in our own lives but he wants a guarantee of success, to be sure that it’s worth all the effort. We tell him, Rebbe Akiva saw no miracles nor did he receive any guarantees. What did he see? He saw water that had been continuously dripping on a rock. It had made a hole in the rock. He took a lesson. If the water can penetrate a rock, so too a head like a rock can be penetrated by the waters of the Torah.
So too we can learn a lesson today in 2013. We can be chassidim of the Rebbe and fulfill the Rebbe’s directives. We can do this; even if our father wasn’t a chosid, even if we didn’t see the Rebbe, even if we are not learners; and we are never too old!
This is also true for the Rebbe’s “klal gadol” to live inyanei geula and Moshiach. One may ask, if he didn’t come in previous generations what can we possibly accomplish? The answer is; just like Rebbe Akiva did not look backward only forward, so too us, we never look backward, we only look forward. Every day we can do a little more to materialize the Rebbe’s vision of the revelation of Moshiach Now!
A good Shabbos

Kollel Erev: SPECIAL SHIUR ON KASHRUS!

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You don’t want to miss this!!

TONIGHT 8:15 pm @ The Kollel Erev

Tonight, 22 Iyar, Rabbi Raichik will be giving a shiur about kashrus in LA and the recent issues that have arisen. Some of the topics he will cover:

  • What’s so special about 3 pm?
  • My wife is hungry 10 pm. Can I buy ready-made chicken at Ralphs?
  • Can I eat in a dairy restaurant whose owner is not religious?
  • What is the argument between the rishonim about taruvos (mixing kosher and non-kosher meat)?
  • Is Hebrew National definitely treif or only a doubt?

This shiur will cover the halacha as it is in Shulchan Aruch, and then Rabbi Raichik will apply it to our situation.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

If you would like further information regarding the Kollel Erev, to set up a chavrusa, or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Zalmy Fogelman at 323-494-8047.

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Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina

Who is having undergoing tests this (Wednesday) morning.

Thank you and may Hashem help that we share only good news.

Kollel Erev: Kashrus Laws

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Please join us this Thursday evening 
22 Iyar/May 2nd

for a shiur on the topic of
‘Kashrus Laws’

Given by our Rav  - Rabbi Raichik

After Maariv  - 8:15 - 9:15 pm 
In the Kollel.

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