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Shul Bulletin

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 (Shacharis will be in upstairs), 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 - Nasso

  • Click here for KYY update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • This Friday night after the meal a farbrengen will take place at the home of Rabbi Greenbaum 140 N Mansfield Ave. Lizchus haREFUAH SHELEIMA BK"M of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Sheina besoch shaar cholei yisroel, "dos vos a chasidisher farbrengen ken ufton iz afilu the Malach Michoel ken nisht ufton"! Ad mosai?!? We want Moshiach now! 
  • Cheder Menachem & Tzivos Hashem invite ALL JEWISH BOYS to get together for a GRAND SHABBOS RALLY. This shabbos 6:30 pm in shul. Click here for more info.

Schedule - Shabbos & Shavuos

Shabbos Parshas Nasso
Shabbos Achdus

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:40
  • Joint Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik: 9:15 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Joint Shacharis: 10:15 am Upstairs in Moshe Ganz Hall
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Followed by a Kiddush-Farbrengen downstaris, for men in the Shul, for women in the Kolel. 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Sota Shiur by Rabbi Bukiet: 6:00 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:40 pm
  • Mincha: 7:40 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:43 pm

Tuesday, 5 Sivan/June 3 
Erev Shavuos

  • Light Candles (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu): 7:42 pm

Wednesday, Sivan 6/June 4 
First Day Shavuos

  • Alos HaShachar: 4:12 am
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Shachris: 10:15 am
  • Aseres Hadibros: 11:45 am
  • Light Candles from a pre-existing flame after (Shel Yom Tov and Shehechiyanu): 8:45 pm 

Thursday, Sivan 7/June 5 
Second Day Shavuos

  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Yizkor: 12:00 pm
  • 6:30 pm - Farbrengen & Seder Niggunim for women in the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler 418 N. Martel Ave. Rabbi Moshe Kesselman will speak at 6:30 followed by a farbrengen. Women should come prepared to share divrei torah. 
  • Mincha /Farbrengen: 6:45 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:45 pm

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

Kiddush Sponsors - Nasso

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman in honor of Mr. Milton Goodman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy in honor of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman in honor of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yankel Ginsburg in honor of Mr. Yankel Ginsburg’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Leiba Nathanson’s father Reb Mordechai Yomtov ben Reb Shlomo Yom Tov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilach Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Weiss’s brother Lee ben Reb Yacov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Nasso

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

Mazal Tov To - Nasso

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Sanowicz on the birth of their grandson (to Nochum and Chanie Schapiro).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Moshe Yitzchok Yusevitch - 2 Sivan
  • Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman - 3 Sivan
  • Mr. Milton Goodman - 6 Sivan
  • Nosson Pesach Sroka - 6 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachman Kreiman - 3 Sivan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

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

Devar Torah - Nasso

Matan Torah; the Fusion of Unity and Responsibility and Our Future

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Before receiving the Torah, we all arrived and camped together at Har Sinai; “V’yichen sham Yisroel neged hahar”. As is known, Moshe Rabbenu began giving specific instructions to prepare to receive the Torah after Rosh Chodesh. On Rosh Chodesh they rested from their journey.

The Rebbe asks; why they were so tired from the journey? They hadn’t walked that far, and for the short distance they had gone they were accompanied by the ananei hakavod which made it easier to travel. Also, they had just rested for entire day on Shabbos, just a day or two before, and now they were so tired?

Also, they had been counting the last 49 days in anticipation for Matan Torah, they must have been excited to have finally reached the place they would receive the Torah; how could they be tired? When someone prepares for and anticipates their wedding day they can’t sleep. Imagine making all the preparations for a wedding, sending out the invitations, making all the preparations, the food the music etc., and then when finally you arrive to the wedding hall, would you suddenly decide that now is the time to get some sleep?

The answer is because to unite 600,000 people is a strenuous job. It is a long journey to go out and leave our own personal interests and aspirations, and unite as one with others. It was because of this that the Jews in the desert needed to rest. Moshe Rabbenu didn’t need to say anything that day because they have accomplished what was necessary, they had created the unity needed for MatanTorah.

The Rebbe asks another important question. Everyone arrived together as one including Moshe Rabbenu; isn’t the goal that it stay that way, that we should receive the Torah together as one? Why, in the days following, after this great moment of unity does Hashem tell Moshe Rabbenu to create boundaries between the people and Moshe Rabbenu, explaining how far they can go and no further? Similarly, differences were made between men and women; each had to be spoken to in a different way. Can’t we all be spoken to the same way, together as one? Why does it have to be so different?

The answer is that while we are all part of one indivisible essence, nevertheless each individual has a unique way and something special to give. We all received the same message from the same Torah; nevertheless it enters each person’s heart and mind in a different way. Men hear it one way while women hear it differently. Eeach person has a unique contribution and a unique role that no other has and which completes the entire people.

We see this so clearly at home within our families. Women have a special purpose, a special responsibility and a unique merit to keep the family unit together as a family. She is irreplaceable. If she is weak in her commitment, as much as other’s may try they will not be able fill in to do what only she can. She has to be the one who brings the warmth, the closeness and the heart into the home that draws the family together, and keeps the family together.

We live in an era where family life has suffered great harm, even destruction. We have seen many precious souls, our youth that have been lost because of the lack of a strong family life.  In the culture around us the focus in the home has shifted from the family, it has moved toward women having a role in the world and having equality in the workplace. We have seen this effect Jewish women and as a result the home as well. A woman already has the most important and irreplaceable role as the Akeres Habayis, and instead chooses to focus and maintain interests in areas unrelated to her essential purpose. Having the warmth of a Jewish home which holds the family together and preventing our youth from seeking that warmth in other strange places is something, which the entire future of the Jewish people is dependent!

This is also her personal freedom, to strengthen her own abilities to stay away from the improper influences, which are the idols of our time (and there are many)! Historically, the strategy of those that followed idolatry was to first draw the women into it by giving them the highest positions, which caused the families to follow. By keeping the focus in the home, and strengthening and honoring the role of Akeres Habayis, not only will it benefit all of us in general but also causes woman to feel the most successful and have the deepest sense of fulfillment to something that is eternal, not a passing phase. As she fulfills her unique role as the Akeres Habayis she will merit to see the fruits of her labor in this world which is the nachas of seeing her family grow in a good way, something she accomplished by focusing on the family. She also sees it by being a living example for other families, by seeing through her what the essential focus should be, to have a warm, Jewish, Chassidishe, Torah, home filled with heart. This is why the mother determines the identity of a Jew. It is because she provides the essential being, the emunah and the warmth. The education depends on the father. Therefore the father determines whether the child is a Cohen a Levi or a Yisroel.  The mother and the father’s roles together make up a healthy family, but each one has his and her own role as an individual.

If the Rebbe spoke so strongly about this issue in 1974, one can only imagine how much more this rings true today, with the deluge of distraction that engulfs us from every direction; iPhones, smart phones, the internet, the media and the mixed messages of the culture swirling around us that our children are barraged with on a daily basis. How much more essential is the role of the Akeres Habayis today! What a mother can give no one else can give!

As we prepare for Matan Torah we remind ourselves how essential unity and ahavas Yisroel is to receiving the Torah. We remember how it was on Rosh Chodesh as we all arrived and camped together at Har Sinai; “V’yichen Sham Yisroel neged hahar”. We took the time to be together, to focus on unity without any additional instructions or guidance, all as one. Then we go each one as an individual to fulfill our unique role in fulfilling our purpose that completes our mission as a whole. This begins in our homes with our children who are our guarantors, and culminates with all of us going together as one family to greet Moshiach. A good Shabbos

(Adapted from Sichos Yud Shevat 5734-1974 and other Sichos)

Announcements - Bamidbor

  • Click here for KYY update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Nichum Aveilim: Mr. Elozor Plotke is sitting shiva after his father until Sunday morning. Friday Mincha: 3 pm at 350 N. Poinsettia Pl. Motzie Shabbos Maariv & visiting: 8:35 pm until 11 pm at 350 N Poinsettia Pl. Sunday Shachris and getting up: 9 am at 523 N. Larchmont Blvd. Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Shabbos Schedule - Bamidbor

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:35
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:17 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • NO Kol Yakov Yehuda
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos for men with Rabbi Raichik: 6:35 pm
  • Mincha: 7:35 pm - Pirkei Avos - Perek 5 
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:38 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Sivan: Thursday, Iyar 29/May 29, 5:22 am and 11 chalokim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Friday, May 30.

Sholom Zochor

Mendel & Rachey Simons
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
At 155 S Detroit St.

Kiddush Sponsors - Bamidbor

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yisroel Feiner in honor of Mr. Yisroel Feiner’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s mother Chana bas Reb Avrohom ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik in honor of Rabbi Levi Raichik’s birthday. May he 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. Yona Mordechai Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Reb Berel Weiss - Reb Yissochor Dov ben Reb Yona ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Bamidbor

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Hoch in honor of the birth of their daughter Soro Menucha. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Bamidbor

6:00 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Tzirel Frankel
109 S Vista St.
Speaker: Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To - Bamidbor

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Simons on the birth of their son.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz on the birth of their daughter.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy on the birth of their grandson (to Dov & Racheli Muchnik).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Levi Raichik - 25 Iyar
  • Noson Kesselman - 29 Iyar
  • Michel Revere - 1 Sivan
  • Mr. Yisroel Feiner - 1 Sivan
  • Mr. Moshe Susman - 1 Sivan
  • Mr. Yankel Ginsburg - 1 Sivan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilach Weiss - 28 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chana bas Reb Avrohom (Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s mother) - 25 Iyar
  • Reb Yissochor Dov ben Reb Yona (Reb Berel Weiss) - 27 Iyar

Devar Torah - Bamidbor

Seize the Moment, Change the World!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week we begin Sefer Bamidbar.  A desert in the spiritual life of a Jew is the feeling or sense of being away from home and out of our element. We are in the desert, or in the galus, where we don’t belong. We belong in Eretz Yisroel our home and we are anxious to get there as soon as possible. We need to be careful not to become weakened or complacent in the meantime because we are caught in between where we are and where we would rather be. Sometimes, because of this protracted struggle we allow ourselves to give up responsibility for the outcome thinking that we have been overcome to some degree by circumstances. We would like to succeed in serving Hashem in all areas, but after all we are but a little spot in the midst of a vast desert..

Although we may be stuck in the galus, in the vast desert, nevertheless just as Hashem gave the Jews in the desert the ability to build a Mishkon for Hashem, so too He has given us great powers to succeed in our struggles. We have the power to transform the desert into a garden by making our homes an extension of Eretz Yisroel, as the Tzemach Tzedek taught: “Mach da Eretz Yisroel- Make Eretz Yisroel here” in each one’s own life home and environment.

What does it mean to make Eretz Yisroel here? It means that while there are many formidable obstacles and challenges in life, unique to each person, and it seems that the circumstances block our ability to fulfill our purpose in this world; nevertheless, just as Yaakov overcame Lavan as well as the Angel of Eisav so too, all of us have been given that strength.  Just as Yaakov was given the name Yisroel which means that he wrestled with and then overcame all difficulties so too hidden within us is a very strong will, ratzon to fulfill our purpose of making out of our life a Mishkon for Hashem. This is the meaning of making here Eretz Yisroel. Eretz means the will (as in the saying; ‘Eretz Yisroel is the land that runs [ratzesa] to do the will of Hashem).

Sometimes we may think; will one thought, one word or one action change the entire world? There are billions of people on this earth and my ‘lone voice in the desert’ will make all the difference? We know that we are a nation of Kohanim and a holy nation. Everything that we do 24/7 with all that we have is done to serve Hashem in one way or another. Our unique role in this world as a nation of Kohanim makes all the difference and transforms the world into Eretz Yisroel wherever we are found.

But where do we get the vitality need to reveal this will? We get the vitality from “Toras Chayim”, from receiving the Torah at Sinai, in the desert, Bamidbar Sinai. Moshe Rabbenu first received the Torah and then he gave it to us, as the pasuk says; Torah tzivah lanu Moshe morasha kehilas Yaakov. Everyone one of us, man woman and child has received the entire Torah on all levels, pshat, remez, drush, sod etc, with all the teachings of the Tanaim, Amoraim and Geonim etc, as a personal inheritance.  By studying and connecting to Toras Chayim we have the vitality to make Eretz Yisroel here. Because we are a Nation of Kohanim we can make a Mishkon for Hashem in this world. This is who we are, and our ability is unlimited because it is connected to Hashem’s Torah.

The Rambam says that one thought, word or deed tips the scales of the entire word toward salvation. This teaches us the greatness and the power of every moment. We reveal the greatness of every moment because we are connected to Toras Chaim, the living Torah, then every moment, every day, every week, month and year is infused with true life. This is the power to overcome all challenges and be victorious in our mission to bring Moshiach now!

(Adapted from the Sicha of  the 23rd of Iyar 5742-1992)

Announcements - Bechukosai

  • Click here for KYY update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • THE GREAT PARADE JUST GOT GREATERClick here for a packet with VERY important information you will need to know about the parade this Sunday. 
  • Lag Baomer Mivtzoim: What's the next stop after the parade? Mivtzoim at the Israeli festival !!! Sunday, May 18, 12 - 6 pm at Rancho Park. Men bring your tefilin! Women and girls pickup neshek on Sunday at the Schmukler’s 332 N Mansfield Ave. Neshek also available at the Chabad Israeli booth. For more information call 323-936-4965.
  • Mother’s association of BCM invites the community to the 1st annual shavuos torah & tea - cheesecake edition. Wednesday, Iyar 28/May 28, 8 pm at BCM. Click here for more info.
  • Please say tehilim for the refuah shlaima of Chaya Mushka bas Hadassa Shaina. 

Shabbos Schedule - Bechukosai

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:30
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Simcha Bart: 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 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:30 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 4
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:33 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Bechukosai

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski in honor of Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Etty Bastomski's mother Shosha Vita bas Reb Yitzchok Aryeh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Boruch Braude’s father Reb Moshe ben Reb Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also for the birth of their new granddaughter. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’s father Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yaakov Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy in honor of Mrs. Miriam 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. Reuven Solomon for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s mother Etel bas Reb Gershon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Bechukosai

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela. 
  • The Arnold Family for for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Arnold’s father Reb Moshe Bunim ben Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Gorelik in honor of Rabbi Dovi Gorelik’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Zaghi in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Bechukosai

6:15 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson
364 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Bechukosai

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude on the birth of their grandaughter (to Yosef & Rivky Abramov). 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson (to Mannis & Dina Frankel). 
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel on the birth of his grandson. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yaakov Moshe Sroka - 19 Iyar
  • Mendel Raichik - 19 Iyar
  • Mr. Ephraim Piperno - 19 Iyar
  • Rabbi Dovi Gorelik - 19 Iyar
  • Menachem Moshe Cherman - 20 Iyar
  • Mendel Schochet - 21 Iyar
  • Elimelech Moshe Allison - 21 Iyar
  • Zusha Lerman - 22 Iyar
  • Rabbi Yoel Edelson - 22 Iyar
  • Avrohom Leaderman - 23 Iyar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier - 18 Iyar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman - 18 Iyar
  • Mr. & Mrs. & Mrs. Aleksandr Ganzburg - 18 Iyar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Zaghi - 18 Iyar 

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Moshe Bunim ben Reb Shlomo (Mrs. Chana Arnold’s father) - 17 Iyar
  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Shmuel (Rabbi Boruch Braude’s father) - 17 Iyar
  • Hatomim Nosson Nota ben Reb Zalman Yudah (Mrs. Rochel Eisenberg’s brother) - 18 Iyar
  • Shosha Vita bas Reb Yitzchok Aryeh (Mrs. Etty Bastomski's mother) - 18 Iyar 
  • Etel bas Reb Gershon (Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s mother) - 19 Iyar
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yaakov Shmuel (Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’s father) - 22 Iyar
  • Harav Mordechai ben Reb Eliyahu (Rabbi Gershon Schusterman’s father) - 22 Iyar

Devar Torah - Bechukosai

It Always Seems Impossible… Until It’s Done!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This year the edited version of a Lag B’Omer Sicha from 1976 that has never been released was found and printed for the first time. Originally in 1976 only an unedited version was distributed. 

The Rebbe gave that year the title: “Shnas HaChinuch, the Year of Education”. In those years there would only be a Lag B’Omer parade if Lag B’Omer fell on a Sunday. If it fell out during the week an event would be made in the park for the schools. That year in honor of Shnas HaChinuch a special parade was arranged on very short notice even though Lag B’Omer fell on a Tuesday.

What was the inspiration to make a weekday parade with only two weeks to prepare? The inspiration came from three fabrengens that the Rebbe had just given; on Thursday night Rosh Chodesh Iyar, on Shabbos Beis Rosh Chodesh and then on Sunday night after Beis Iyar.  At those fabrengens the Rebbe explained the concept of inspiring children to be leaders, and the importance of children teaching other children. He explained that it’s the nature of children to have friends, and it’s their nature to like to have something to give their friend that he or she doesn’t have. If one child knows a pasuk in the Torah that the other doesn’t know he can teach it, and that way they can influence and educate each other in a positive way.

This concept is closely connected to Sefira, which is all about education. After the Jewish people left Mitzrayim they began their preparation for Matan Torah by counting Sefiras HaOmer. So too every child begins their preparation for Bar and Bas Mitzvah with the chinuch that they receive. The Rebbe dedicated many of the Sichos in these fabrengens to different aspects of teaching, education and schools.

Also, on Thursday night the Rebbe explained the first 6 of the 12 pasukim. The Rebbe explained the reason for picking these specific pasukim is because these are the essentials for the chinuch of a Jew. The sources of the pasukim were; two from the Torah, two from Chazal and two from the Tanya. After the Thursday night fabrengen the Rebbe gave each person two dollars. On Sunday night the Rebbe encouraged everyone to get the children enthusiastic to learn the 6 pasukim by heart and to give out prizes for it on Lag B’Omer. On Sunday night he gave an additional 3rd dollar to each adult.

The Chassidim realized that the Rebbe wanted something special that year. They decided on their own to make a parade in the middle of the week with only two weeks to prepare! Many groups and schools prepared to attend and on the day of the parade it was pouring rain, potentially turning all their efforts into a disaster. Some schools decided not to go. And then at around 8AM the sun broke through the thick clouds, the parade went ahead and was a great success. Some people even got sunburnt! At the parade the Rebbe spoke again about the importance of young children and education. He explained that children are students of Rebbe Akiva and Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai who strive and need to know more. The Rebbe then reemphasized the importance of Shnas HaChinuch, of summer camps and the importance of inspiring children to teach each other. The Rebbe explained the second 6 with the same order of sources. The pasukim were later printed into pamphlets with explanations. He then gave 3 dimes for each child.

When I think back over the Lag B’Omer of 1976, we didn’t hear anyone say that we couldn’t get this done. Each person threw him or herself into it according to their abilities and together we accomplished. It had to be done. Ay, it was too late, and it was a wild idea to make a parade in the middle of the week with all the complications. Nevertheless, it was decided upon and Chassidim successfully broke through all the obstacles and got it done. So too, today we have something that we know is very important to Klal Yisroel and the world that the Rebbe told us needs to get done. It’s the inyan of Geula and Moshiach; this is our shlichus, and it’s a shlichus for each and every one of us. It’s up to us. Yes there are many obstacles and it may seem a bit wild, nevertheless we can and we must do it.

On Lag B’Omer, as the Rebbe explained the pasukim, he said that one might say that he looked inside himself and tried but couldn’t find the power to accomplish. The Rebbe answered this by quoting from the verse; yagati. If you will work you are guaranteed results. If you don’t see results it means that you haven’t yet tried enough.

 Just like on Pesach Sheni we remind ourselves to never give up saying “lama nigara- why should we miss out” so too with us, lama nigara, we have a shlichus, We Want Moshiach Now!

Rabbi Segal's Presentation

Thank you to all those who came and participated in the presentation!
Click here to watch a recording of parts of the presentation.
Click here for a photo gallery.
Below is a letter we received as feedback from the event:

I was pleasantly surprised, and very impressed by both the presentation and comments of Rabbi Segal, producer and director of a wonderful movie about communication.  The sensitive portrayal of a young boy’s loneliness, his struggle to be heard, and the ultimate redemption of all is more than a story.  It’s a reality shared by all of us.  At one time or another, we too, have struggled to be heard, and in the same vein, to listen to the needs of the other.  Rabbi Segal’s retelling of his desire to fill a void, to address a need in not just the frum community, but in the world at large had just enough science for those who cared, and more than enough heart-felt emotion to make you sit up and take notice.  I cried, and laughed, and altogether felt changed.  I literally went home and hugged my children.  Bravo.

Announcements - Behar

  • Click here for KYY update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for an update on the Kashrus Vaad of LA. 
  • THE GREAT PARADE JUST GOT GREATERClick here for more info. 
  • Women’s Lecture Series: Special Shabbaton and lecture series for woman this weekend in our area with Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum from Eretz Yisroel. Click here for more info. 
  • Monday: Special parenting workshop with Mr. Michael Brandwein at Bais Chaya Mushka. Monday, 7:30 pm. Click here for more info. 
  • Lag Baomer Mivtzoim: What's the next stop after the parade? Mivtzoim at the Israeli festival !!! Sunday, May 18, 12 - 6 pm at Rancho Park. Men bring your tefilin! Women and girls pickup neshek on Sunday at the Schmukler’s 332 N Mansfield Ave. Neshek also available at the Chabad Israeli booth. For more information call 323-936-4965.
  • Kiddy Camp: New Kiddy Camp in our area for boys and girls ages 4-5. Click here for more info.
  • Gan Yisroel Update: Registration is in full swing. Due to the limited amount of spaces on the bus registration is on first come first serve basis, if you have not registered please do so immediately by going to chabadofla.com/camp to ensure a spot for your daughter. Looking foward to a fun filled summer. The Gan Yisroel Family.  
  • Nichum Aveilim: Mr. Berl Sroka is sitting shiva after his father until Sunday morning at 241 S. Mansfield Ave. Mincha friday will be at 3 pm, shacharis Sunday will be at 9 am. Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

Shabbos Schedule - Behar

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:25
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting with Rabbi Estulin: 8:45 am @ 118 S. Orange Dr.
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:22 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:25 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:25 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:28 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Behar

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s parents Reb Yihya Amram ben Reb Nissim and Chana bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Julie Glabman’s father Reb Ozzie ben Reb Zev ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Isser Goldstein 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.
    Also for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Isser Goldstein’s father Reb Tzvi Hersh ben Reb Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Sarah Horwitz’s father Reb Sender Elya Ha Kohain ben Avram Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Martin Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Martin Leaderman’s mother Tzipora bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Behar

  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp in honor of their granddaughter Raizel Klein’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Behar

6:15 pm - At the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman 
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Behar

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky on the birth of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Yitzchok Michael - 11 Iyar
  • Shmuel Dovid Yehoshua Perl - 11 Iyar
  • Chaim Dovid Sroka - 12 Iyar
  • Menachem Mendel Plotke - 14 Iyar
  • Moshe Arnold - 15 Iyar
  • Mr. Aleksandr Ganzburg - 16 Iyar
  • Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz - 16 Iyar
  • Mr. Yrachmiel Kahn - 16 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Ber ben Isroel (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandfather) - 11 Iyar
  • Reb Sender Elya Ha Kohain ben Avram Yosef (Mrs. Sarah Horwitz’s father) - 13 Iyar
  • Reb Emanuel ben Reb Kalman (Mr. Maayan Kerbel’s granfather) - 13 Iyar
  • Tzipora bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Martin Leaderman’s mother) - 14 Iyar
  • Reb Tzvi Hersh ben Reb Shmuel (Mr. Isser Goldstein’s father) - 14 Iyar
  • Reb Zeida Moshe ben Reb Alter Asher Anchel (Rabbi Sholem Perl’s father) - 14 Iyar
  • Reb Daniel ben Reb Nochum (Mr. Efraim Lezak’s father) - 15 Iyar
  • Reb Yihya Amram ben Reb Nissim (Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s father) - 15 Iyar
  • Reb Ozzie ben Reb Zev (Mrs. Julie Glabman’s father) - 16 Iyar
  • Chana bas Reb Moshe (Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s mother) - 16 Iyar

Devar Torah - Behar

Escape to the Mundane!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week’s parsha of Behar begins with the mitzvah of Shmita. What does Har Sinai have to do with the mitzvah of Shmita in particular, unique from any other of the 613 mitzvos of the Torah? Rashi explains that just as the mitzvah of Shmita was given both in its generalities at Arvos Moav and then again in all its specifics at Har Sinai so too every mitzvah was received from Har Sinai with its generalities and in all its particulars. The Rebbe points out that there are many other mitzvos that can be used to illustrate this point, and actually there are many reasons to disqualify Shmita. Shmita is so limited. It’s only once in seven years and only when there is a Yovel year in effect and Yovel has mostly not been in effect throughout our history. Also, it’s only kept in Eretz Yisroel not the rest of the world. Why is a mitzvah so limited in both time and place should be the one used to represent the entire Torah?

When Shmita is followed by the Yovel year the land lies fallow for an extra year.  The Torah entertains a question that may be asked about the extended period of time that the land lies fallow; If you will ask what will we eat etc. The Torah then answers by saying that; “I will command my blessing for the three years, from the 6th until the 9th year”. What is the question that we would ask? We have a mitzvah to do. Hashem will enable us to keep the mitzvah! And even if the Torah wants to reveal to us a doubt, why not answer the question in general by saying that Hashem will provide? What necessity is there in mentioning the details of the three years from the 6th until the 9th?  We find clearly in another place that Hashem rebuked Moshe Rabbenu for asking questions and praised in comparison Avraham Avinu for not having asking questions about Hashem’s instructions. Why is the Torah by the mitzvah of Shmita seemingly entertaining skeptics?

Lastly why does the Torah tell us first to work for six years and then keep the Shmita year? Do we need permission to work for six years? If there is no prohibition against working, obviously we will know to work by ourselves, we need it to survive. Therefore it must be that the six years are also somehow a part of the mitzvah of Shmita.

Chassidus explains the concept of dira b’tachtonim- to make a dwelling place for Hashem in this world. We cannot do this only when we daven, learn and do mitzvos. We also need to get involved in daily mundane physical routines of business and worldly involvement similar to what we see by all of mankind. To make a dira b’tachtonim- a dwelling place in this world is all about living the right way according to the Torah as a Jew during the six days of the week, and so too working the land in the six allowable years of the Shmita cycle. If we are like the Jews in the desert we would prefer to just live simply with emunah, receive manna from heaven and push the gashmius away. What do we need it for? To make a dira b’tachtonim requires a soul in a body not just a belief in what is beyond nature. It requires being aware that the nature itself is G-dly. Hashem is giving the bracha for the three years in order that it should be done according to and within nature. Although I go through the motions within nature, I plant the seeds in the ground; nevertheless the bracha comes from Hashem, not from me. The Gemara says that the 1st order in the Mishna corresponds to emunah (the six orders are paralleled to the six words of the pasuk “Emunas etiecha etc”, the first order Zeroim then corresponds to emunah). Tosfos explains by saying; Maamin b’chai olamim v’zoreah- we place our faith in Hashem, the life of the world and then we plant. A non-Jew also throws down the seeds, but when we throw down the seed, we do so because nature is a miracle, it works because Hashem said that the earth should give forth grasses- tadshe ha’aretz, and therefore it grows. Also, our whole involvement in this world in general is because of emunah, because Hashem has commanded us to work within nature, otherwise we wouldn’t be motivated, we’d stay above it. We spend our time in the six years, involved in the world and not aloof in the desert because “Emunas etiecha- Maamin b’chai olamim v’zoreah. The bracha is in the land, it’s not in the form of manna, but within nature, and is revealed by plowing, planting and cultivating etc.

That’s why Shmita and all the Torah and mitzvos in general are done within nature. How can we do this? By listening to Hashem’s instructions from Har Sinai. It requires us to work within our circumstances and then it all works out. Business is not the only way to provide the parnassa. It is one way and we look at it as a shlichus.  It’s a vessel within nature which Hashem puts his bracha, and it too is G-dly. A Good Shabbos.

Update on Kashrus Vadd

Bs"d

Dear Members of Congregation Levi Yitzchak,

During this last year a Vaad of Rabbanim was formed to oversee the kashrus in this city.  The Rabbonim of the Vaad involved have no financial gain from the inspections and visitations. The Vaad does unannounced  visits to establishments to ensure the following points that were instituted in all Vaad approved establishments:

1. All establishments that do any cooking  (i.e. excluding bakeries) - Fleishig, Milchig or Parve - have a Shomer Shabbos in store at all times (either Shomer Shabbos owner or Mashgiach/Kosher Appointee)

2. All butcher shops & markets with significant meat sales have Hashgacha Tmidis (i.e.non-owner Shomer Shabbos in store at all times) and freezers and fridge are locked at night by Mashgiach and opened by Mashgiach in the morning

3. Vegetables are inspected for insects by the Rabbi Vaye method that is used by most city Vaadim and national Hechsherim.  Mashgichim may only check vegetables if the Mashgiach is approved by the Hashgacha & the Vaad specifically for checking; owner may not check his own vegetables.

Here is a list of the places that are approved:

 

  • Abba's
  • Brami’s Pizza –North Hollywood 
  • Classic Le Palais Bakery
  • Continental Bakery 
  • Glatt Mart 
  • Holy Cow 
  • Livonia Market 
  • Kabob Mahaleh 
  • Meshuga for Sushi - Pico 
  • Meshuga for Sushi - La Brea 
  • Metro Glatt  
  • Shalom Pizza 
  • Ventura Kosher Meats

Please realize that there have been changes in the list from the time the Vaad first started; some stores were sold and some are no longer inspected by the Vaad. Please ask the store owner to see the certificate that the Vaad posted. The Vaad is working on adding more establishments. They will keep us posted of any further developments.

The Vaad consists of:

  • Rabbi David Akhamzadeh
  • Rabbi Yechezkel Cohen
  • Rabbi Dovid Eidelstein
  • Rabbi Sholom Ginsberg
  • Rabbi Daniel Grama
  • Rabbi Dovid Grossman
  • Rabbi Yaakov Guren
  • Rabbi Yochanan Henig
  • Rabbi Nechemia Langer
  • Rabbi Ariel Ovadia

Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Shimon Raichik

 

 

Announcements - Emor

  • Click here to check out our new and improved website! 
  • Click here for KYY update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”.
  • Click here for a list of places where one may buy chametz after Pesach. 

Shabbos Schedule - Emor

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:19
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan with Rabbi Zalman Friedman: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Shimon Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:25 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am 
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur by Rabbi Raichik: 6:20 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:20 pm 
  • Pirkei Avos: Perek 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:22 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Emor

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff in honor of Mr. Moshe Davidoff’s birthday. Also in honor of their son Ephraim’s birthday. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman for the 25th yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Asher Habibian in honor of Rabbi Asher Habibian’s birthday. Also in honor of their son Aryeh’s birthday. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman in honor of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin in honor of Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ami Pykovski in honor of Rabbi Ami Pykovski’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik for the yahrtzeits of Rebbitzen Chana Leeba Raichik’s parents Harav Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel and Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of Mr. Zalman Roth’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Emor

  • Sholom Ber Berkowitz in honor his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Emor

6:00 pm - At the home of: Dr. Margalit Leaderman 
178 S Formosa Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Emor

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yerachmiel Wolowik on the bar mitzvah of their son Shmuel
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel on the birth of his grandson (to Ben Tzion and Rivka Yachzel).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Ephraim Davidoff - 3 Iyar
  • Aharon Yosef Kahan - 3 Iyar
  • Mr. Moshe Davidoff - 4 Iyar
  • Mr. David Rafael Gutierrez - 4 Iyar
  • Rabbi Sholom Langsam - 5 Iyar
  • Rabbi Asher Habibian - 5 Iyar
  • Mr. Zalman Roth - 5 Iyar
  • Aryeh Hoffman - 5 Iyar
  • Rabbi Ami Pykovski - 5 Iyar
  • Yisroel Aryeh Leib Habibian - 6 Iyar
  • Avrohom Menachem Arnold - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Avrohom Plotkin - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Dovid Kagan - 9 Iyar 
  • Sholom Ber Berkowitz - 9 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy (Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Harav Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Henya Chasha bas Reb Zusman (Rabbi Gershon Schusterman’s mother) - 7 Iyar
  • Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok (Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother) - 8 Iyar
  • Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 8 Iyar
  • Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s mother) - 9 Iya

Devar Torah - Emor

We Never Ever Look Down Upon Others…
If We Are Not Busy Lifting Them Up!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Every Lubavitcher Chossid tries in his or her way to be a positive influence and inspiration to others that helps to strengthen their Yiddishkeit in all areas. As we go along there are three different people we encounter that present the greatest challenge to success in our work.

1.    One type of person is so entrenched in the passions of this world, so involved in his or her lifestyle that it seems impossible to break through to even begin a conversation that would be taken seriously about positive change. What is there to say?

2.    This person is devoid of basic values. For example, speaking about hard work to someone who has an attitude of being entitled to receive benefits for free (from the government etc.) and therefore has absolutely no interest or desire to work. He tells you; why should I work if I can make more taking unemployment or disability? How far are you going to get convincing him that no, it’s a better value to work for your livelihood. He is oblivious to your concerns. So too in many other ethics and values, he just does not accept your premise that good ethics are important. What can you say to him?

3.    This person is not familiar with what the greatness and emunah in Hashem is all about. He may be cultured and he may even be ethical but he was either never taught about the greatness of Hashem or even worse was schooled in undesirable philosophies or ‘ism’s”. How can we speak to him or her about matters of the Torah and mitzvos when he lacks the context? It’s like having to be a magician, pulling things out of thin air!

What can we do as Lubavitcher Chassidim to overcome these obstacles and do our part to be a positive influence to everyone, even to people such as these?

The Rebbe in a Sicha on this week’s parsha Emor explains the words “Emor v’Amarta” in the opening pasuk in the parsha. Chazal say “Emor v Amarta- You shall speak” is “L’hazhir gedolim al hakatanim” which means that adults should warn or educate their children. On a deeper level it’s not just referring to actual children, ketanim, but anyone who lacks education or a broader perspective and appreciation of Torah and mitzvos. We are told “l’hazhir” which means to illuminate and inspire them.

The Torah tells us that we are capable and therefore obligated to tell others, (“L’hazhir gedolim al hakatanim”) in three places. Not to drink the blood (The Torah says chazak-strengthen yourself not drink blood. In those days it was a common practice to drink blood therefore the Torah tells us to be strong); by not eating shratzim-insects and here in this week’s parsha by a Kohen not becoming tameh and staying pure while doing his avodah in Kodesh. With this comes a lesson; that we should not be dissuaded by the challenges and do our best even in these situations.

1.    Even if the person is entrenched in drinking blood, meaning the passions of this world, still, emor v’amrta, reach out and speak to him.

2.    Even if he is a person that has habits that are as disgusting as a sheretz, they appear devoid of sensitivity and sensibility, “Er is nish kein mentch” nevertheless, emor v’amarta reach out to him.

3.    If this person is both cultured and ethical but lacks spiritual appreciation. Purity and impurity is a spiritual state and is connected with emunah. Try to reveal the emunah that is hidden due to impurity. Don’t give up, underneath there is a neshama that is receptive.

But how do we do it? By inspiring other’s (l’hazhir) through being the best example we can be ourselves and then by using a few kind, well thought out and well placed words (emor..v’amarta)

This week in the news we have seen what a few misplaced words spoken in what was thought to be private to what was thought to be a personal friend did, and how it affected the entire country. We heard a unanimous outcry about how wrong it is to look down upon others. If this is the case in the negative, all the more so it is true in the positive.  Just a few good words can have a great and lasting effect. If we view ourselves as capable of inspiring (“gedolim”) not because of ourselves but because of what we have been given we look to see what we can do to help. There is no purpose in looking down upon other people’s behaviors and then speaking to our friends about it. We never ever look down upon the behavior of others. The only time we look down upon the behavior of others (as ketanim) is if we are busy lifting them up (l’hazhir)! This way we will reveal the spark of Moshiach within each and every person. A Good Shabbos

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