Printed from ChabadofLA.com

Shul Bulletin

Announcements - Achrei/Kedoshim

  • Attention all parents --- Click here  for all KYY bar mitzvah info.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Grils! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast. Click here for more info.  
  • Summer camp for Boys and Girls Ages 3-5. Wednesday, July 22- Wednesday, August 12. Click here for more info.
  • SUNDAY: Tehilm gathering for men at 7 pm (before mincha) for the refuah sheleimoh of: Chaya Mushka bas Hadasa Sheina, Yosef Yitzchok ben Brocho and all others who need a refuah.
  • THURSDAY: special kids concert for Lag Baomer. Click here for more info

Shabbos Schedule - Achrei/Kedoshim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:18
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:40-9:30 sharp @ 118 S Orange Dr. 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:26 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:15 
  • Sota Shiur: 6:15 pm
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapter 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:21 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Achrei/Kedoshim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Berkowitz in honor of Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s father Reb Yihya Amram ben Reb Nissim ob”m and mother 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 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 ben Avram Reb Yosef HaKohain ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Martin Leaderman’s mother Tzipora bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Plotke family for the yahrtzeit of Mr. G. Jerry Plotke (Shmuel ben Kurt) ob"m. Husband of Margaret Plotke, father of Robert Plotke, Elozor Plotke, Gavriel Plotke, and Chana Kelemen, grandfather, and great-grandfather. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • 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.
  • Mrs. Debbie Tibor in honor of her granddaughter Moussia Esther Liba bas Chana Tibor’s second birthday - Pesach Sheini. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.  

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Achrei/Kedoshim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Hakohen Arnold for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Arnold’s father Reb Moshe Bunim ben Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
    Also in honor of the birthday of their two grandsons Avrohom Menachem & Moshe Bunim. May thye have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovi Gorelik in honor of Rabbi Dovi Gorelik’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Achrei/Kedoshim

6:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Zalmen Munitz

Mazal Tov To - Achrei/Kedoshim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Eisenberg on the birth of their daughter.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the birth of their grandson (to Shmuly & Adina Altien.)
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman on the birth of their grandson (to Nathan and Malkie Kaufman.)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalmen Roth and Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski on the engagement of their children Ari Roth to Tova Bastomski.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Plotke - 14 Iyar
  • Moshe Arnold - 15 Iyar
  • Mr. Aleksandr Ganzburg - 16 Iyar
  • Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz - 16 Iyar
  • Mr. Yrachmiel Kahn - 16 Iyar
  • Yaakov Moshe Sroka - 19 Iyar
  • Mendel Raichik - 19 Iyar
  • Mr. Ephraim Piperno - 19 Iyar
  • Rabbi Dovi Gorelik - 19 Iyar

Upcoming Anniversaries

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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Sender Elya ben Avram Reb Yosef HaKohain (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
  • Reb Shmuel ben Kurt (Mr. Elozor Plotke's father) - 16 Iyar 
  • 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
  • Etel bas Reb Gershon (Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s mother) - 19 Iyar

Devar Torah - Achrei/Kedoshim

Chassidus Reveals the Yes!
In ALL aspects of Torah and Mitzvos
By Rabbi Raichik 

This week we read parshas Achrei-Kedoshim. Most understand the theme of parshas Kedoshim to be one of restraint. The parsha tells us to make ourselves holy by separating and restraining from worldly desires and pursuits. Rashi says clearly that being holy refers to not engaging in forbidden relations. Many look upon all of Judaism as a long litany of no nos. “Don’t do this”, (work on Shabbos) and “don’t do that” (eat non kosher food). Don’t wear certain kinds of clothing and don’t travel to certain places or watch certain things etc.

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkov a Shliach from London Ontario, Canada told a story at a recent fabrengen in Shul about a conservative rabbi in his community. The Rabbi made a statement in public about the difference between Orthodox and Conservative Judaism. He said that Orthodox Judaism is a religion of no. It’s all about what we cannot do. In praise of his conservative approach he said that we Conservative Jews say “maybe”. We look for ways to make it easy; we make allowances and leniencies to let people live their lives within their respective societies according to their norms. For example if someone lives far from shul they say it’s ok to drive on Shabbos etc.

How do we, as Lubavitcher Chassidim respond to such a viewpoint? What do we say to ourselves? Do the daily distresses of our lives make us, not G-d forbid believe as that Conservative Rabbi, but nevertheless feel at times burdened by all the ‘no’s’ that we follow?

Chassidus considers making ourselves holy to be like betrothing a woman; kedushin. Once a man betroths a woman, she becomes forbidden to other men. The act of kedushin is a commitment, an everlasting bond. Each Chossan and each Kallah makes a commitment to create a bright future together, to build a home and have a family together. Their goal is to share a harmonious relationship together in their home, their Mikdash Mei’at with their family and their community. They achieve together what they cannot alone, a sanctified environment, a dwelling place for Hashem in this physical world. It takes work, it takes tenacity and it takes sacrifice, just like any worthy pursuit.

Or, is it all about the ‘nos’ and the ‘don’ts’? This last week has been a difficult one in America. The riots in Baltimore and in other places have among other things highlighted the chaos and mayhem that comes from broken homes and broken lives. Where did this begin? This started once G-d was removed from the system in the1960’s by removing Morning Prayer or even a moment of silence. Then in the minds of young children there is no eye that sees, nor an ear that hears. Then a child feels that he or she can do whatever they like, they are entitled, and there is no accountability. The outcome is 50 years of life lived without proper parenting or education. What we are seeing is a general break down of society and people acting as victims while pointing fingers at each other in blame. This is all because of a lack in accountability. If someone gets upset then he can just burn their property without blame or responsibility because they do not see that there is an eye that sees or an ear that hears. Because of this there is no morals or ethics. The very next thing to go is the true concept of marriage itself. This is exactly what began this week in the United States Supreme Court. They are considering for the first time ever in history to abolish the traditional definition of marriage. This is what happens in a G-dless society where the emphasis is on what feels best not what is best in the eyes of our Creator.

The lesson we can take from current events to Judaism is clear and resounding. Is our relationship with Hashem all about what we cannot do? Or, do we practice Judaism because we say; “I am a Jew who loves Hashem and I want to bring Hashem into my life! Therefore my goal is to unite with Hashem through the Torah and mitzvos that I do and fulfill my purpose and mission in this world. Even when the way to do that is a ‘no’, I will bend, because this is the goal. This ‘no’ equals a positive because through it I am connected to Hashem.”

When our children see that our love for Hashem is what motivates us and is what is behind our lifestyle, they too will appreciate our practice and dedication. The effect is long and lasting.

The philosophy of living with “maybe” means that maybe I’m going to get somewhere and maybe not. Maybe there are goals and maybe not. Maybe it’s this of maybe its that or maybe…its nothing, gornisht! This is a basic break down of leadership and direction in Judaism. We see what kind of chaos lack of direction and purpose can lead to, (chas v’Shalom) just look at Baltimore. Today, we have a great opportunity to do our best to create the most positive possible outcome, a dwelling place for Hashem in this world and usher in the Geula. Are we prepared to say yes and no in all the right places to get there?

Whether our Judaism will be series of no’s or inspired yes to all of the Torah and mitzvos depends on us, and which direction we choose. Someone told me he had a guest that asked for two pillows. His guest wanted explain why he asked for two pillows, even though he gave him the pillows without asking why. He said that since halacha requires that on Tisha B’Av one has to be pained and you cannot enjoy the comfort of your regular bed, he uses two pillows all year so he can remove one of them on Tisha B’Av and have the pain of removing his pillow and still have one left! This is a perfect example of living with no’s all year around! Conversely, Chassidus always stresses the positive and looks towards what is holy. Automatically the negatives fall away.

Last week we wrote about being able to focus on living with Moshiach by learning Inyanei Geula u’Moshiach, one minute at a time. May we take the message of parshas Kedoshim and live with it envisioning how we will continue, one minute at a time to live this way once Hashem has revealed the Shechina in this world, alone and together with Hashem and Moshiach now.

A Good Shabbos

Tonight!! - Bikur Cholim Ateres Avigail 37th Annual Reception

TONIGHT
Bikur Cholim Ateres Avigail
37th Annual Reception

cookoff_eflyer5 04-20-2015.jpg

Announcements - Tazria/Metzora

  • Attention all parents --- Click here  for all KYY bar mitzvah info.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • THURSDAY: Bikur Cholim Ateres Avigail 37th Annual Reception. Click here for more info. 
  • Girls! Sign up today for Camp Gan Yisroel!! Space is limited and filling fast.. Early bird special is available for a THREE more days. Click here for more info.  

Shabbos Schedule - Tazria/Metzora

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:13
  • Chassidus, Starbucks and babysitting: 8:40-9:30 sharp @ 118 S Orange Dr. 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:30 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls: 4:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:10 
  • Sota Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapter 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:16 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria/Metzora

  • 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • 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.
  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik together with the Blank, Gansburg, Rabisky and Tzfasman families for the yahrtzeit’s of Rebbitzen Chana Leeba Raichik’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel and mother Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria/Metzora

  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka for the yahrtzeit’s of Mr. Berl Sroka's father Reb Leibish Ephraim ben Reb Aaron and Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. Steve Zipp, Rabbi Mushi Fogelman and Rabbi Levi Raichik for the yahrtzeit of Aba ben Moshe Noach (Al Singer) ob"m who lived larger than life and loved his fellow Jew from the depth of his heart. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Tazria/Metzora

6:00 pm - At the home of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy
428 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Tazria/Metzora

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Bukiet on the bar mitzvah of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson (to Sruly & Mushky Karasik.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yisroel Aryeh Leib Habibian - 6 Iyar
  • Avrohom Menachem Arnold - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Avrohom Plotkin - 8 Iyar
  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz - 9 Iyar
  • Mr. Dovid Kagan - 9 Iyar 
  • Mr. Yitzchok Michael - 11 Iyar
  • Shmuel Dovid Yehoshua Perl - 11 Iyar
  • Chaim Dovid Sroka - 12 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
  • Reb 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 Iyar
  • Reb Ber ben Reb Isroel (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandfather) - 11 Iyar

 

Devar Torah - Tazria/Metzora

It’s Up to Us
to turn the Dream of Moshiach into a Reality
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week’s parsha, Tazriah begins with the pasukim: “And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying. Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male…” The Rebbe explained based upon the explanation of the Ohr HaChayim HaKadosh that the woman this verse refers to all the souls of the Jewish people. Conception refers to how each soul fulfills the purpose and mission that we have once in a physical body. Our mission is to make this world into a dwelling place for Hashem through learning the Torah doing mitzvos and acts of goodness and kindness. Giving birth to a male refers to the coming of Moshiach and the complete and everlasting redemption of the world, which is what is accomplished through our service.

The connection between this week’s parsha and the 28th of Nisan the day that the Rebbe announced that he has placed the responsibility upon us to bring Moshiach is clear. Therefore, THE question that each and every one us is asking, or should be asking beginning today is; what am I doing today to bring Moshiach??

As we know the Rebbe visited Gan Yisroel in upstate New York three times. The camp was open to everyone so there were many children that attended from non-Lubavitch homes. On visiting day a child from a non-Lubavitch home told his father with great enthusiasm and excitement all about the Rebbe’s visit to camp. The father asked him what the Rebbe spoke about. He answered that the Rebbe spoke about Moshiach. The father replied that he didn’t understand. He also spoke with him at home about Moshiach therefore he already knew about Moshiach. So why was it that now, he so uniquely enthusiastic having heard about this from the Rebbe. The son answered him; yes I had already heard about it before, but the Rebbe is really serious and he really means it!

The Rebbe once described Moshiach’s arrival. The day Moshiach will arrive will be a regular day, the shoe maker will be busy repairing shoes, the tailor will be making suits, the baker will be working by his oven, and then Moshiach will arrive. Just like that, in the middle of a day, this is how Moshiach will arrive. In the later years the Rebbe would say that Moshiach will arrive before we daven Mincha, or Maariv. For the Rebbe Moshiach wasn’t an abstract dream or an idea, it was a reality.

To some Moshiach’s coming is like a nice dream or an inspiration, similar to the dream that Martin Luther King spoke about in Selma, Alabama lehavdil. If we think of Moshiach like this than we live a life apart where we carry on with whatever we want and Moshiach remains a distant dream or inspirational idea. When we think of Moshiach in practical terms then life is different. We don’t have a minute to spare because every moment is precious and makes a big difference. Then we only speak good words to and about our friends. We will consider everyone our true friend and partner in bringing Moshiach. We will be activists doing what we can to fulfill the mission of bringing Moshiach now in practical terms. As Chassidim we feel that at every moment the Rebbe’s is here (whatever our what have you done, what have you accomplished to bring Moshiach today? I gave it over to you. At any moment we will need to make that accounting..

So how do we live with Moshiach? Once a bachor asked Reb Nissan if it’s even possible to think that a person could be a benoni in today’s world. Reb Nissan answered that yes, it is possible. He then asked him if he was able to stop indulging in the pleasures of this world for an entire hour. The bachor answered that he didn’t think he could be above worldly concerns for an entire hour. Reb Nissan pressed him; how about a half an hour? He said; no. For 15 minutes? Again no. Finally the bachor agreed that he could stand above the pleasures of this world and remained focused on Elokus-G-dliness for one entire minute. Ok then, replied Reb Nissan, then do it for one minute, and then another, and then another…  Another time Reb Nissan told me the answer HaRav Yechezkel Fegin gave to bachurim who asked him for a practical measuring stick, a standard or ideal by which they could strive for or hold themselves to in avodah. He told them to set aside one day. For that entire day they should do their very best in avodah without compromise. From then on he said, you have a focal point, a level to hold yourself to by which to measure your progress.

We too can do the same as HaRav Yechezkel Fegin suggests with regard to living with Moshiach today. The Rebbe wanted that everyone should learn Inyanei Geula uMoshiach. The learning of Inyanei Geula uMoshiach gives us a picture of what to strive for to the utmost, each one according to their individual level and situation. We can take the time to envision what a day of doing all we can to bring Moshiach could be like and then go on to live a day that way. Then we have an ideal to strive for, remembering to be careful that the Rebbe is watching, and that Moshiach is waiting to finally greet us at any moment.

A Good Shabbos 

Tehilim Request

Please say tehilim for 
Yitzchok Michael (Yitzchok ben Chaya Reisa)
who is having a full knee replacement surgery on Wednesday 3 Iyar/April 22.
Kapitel 20 & ??.

Thanks and may we always share only good news! 

Shidduch Network - Event

TONIGHT!!!

The Shidduch Network invites men & women
to attend an informative talk by Labish Bergovoy regarding Shidduchim.

Tonight, 8 pm at the shul Kollel

2015_04_16 Parting the Red Sea.jpg 

Beis Iyar Farbrengen

Farbrengen for men
In honor of Beis Iyar - birthday of the Rebbe Maharash
and for a refuah shelimoh bekarov mamash for
Yosef Yitzchok ben bracha Horwitz

Tuesday, 2 Iyar/April 21,
after Maariv - around 8 pm
in shul

Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow - Shliach in London, Ontario

Pledge Reminder!!!

Thank you to all who made generous Tzedakah pledges over Pesach!!

It is because of your generosity that we continue to grow and build our community!!

May Hashem repay you (at least) thousand fold!!

Please pay your pledges here or send in a check as soon as possible.

With warm wishes for a good and healthy summer!

Major Mivtzoim Today! Mit a shturem!

Biezras Hashem, today between 1 and 5,
there will be thousands of Yidden today at Pan Pacific Park,
for Yom Hashoah.

Chabad will have a table at the Beverly Entrance beH.

Men and boys please come and bring your Tefilin.
Ladies and girls, pls join mivtzo Neshek
(pls come to the table to pick up supplies.)

The program is scheduled from 2-4.
The primary time to do Mitzvoim is
before and after the program: 1-2, and 4-5.

May we be zoche  to bring the Rebbe ‎much Nachas -
and may we merit the coming of ‎Moshiach Bikorov Mamosh!


Devar Torah - Shemini

Breaking Through the Final Barriers

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This Shabbos is influenced by the past week in which we completed the Yom Tov of Pesach. It is also 24th year since yesterday the 28th of Nissan when the Rebbe made the declaration that he has given over to us the task of bringing Moshiach. Therefore it’s an important time to reflect about how we should find any way possible to break out of the boundaries of galus.

Just as by Krias Yam Suf there were four groups who faced the formidable waters of the ocean with four different approaches so too today there are different schools of thought about our situation and how to break out of the final boundaries of galus.

The first group is the warriors of our time. These are the folks that are constantly engaged in battles with others. They cry foul about others not doing their job or not doing it the way the Rebbe wants. Being that they consider themselves a Chosid and they feel their intentions are for the sake of Heaven they engage in their disputes in a very open and public manner. They say that it is because they act for the ‘sake of Hashem’ and for the Rebbe’s honor. Everyone needs to know how they feel because they are out make a Kiddush Hashem and a Kiddush Shem Lubavitch.

The next group is the compromisers. Their strategy is to go backwards. They will agree that surely the Rebbe struggled and fought during the 1950’s and 1960’s to be 100 percent authentic and not to compromise, and that was a good idea. But today is different. They claim to be smarter and more practically minded. They claim that we need to accommodate our standards in order to accomplish anything today. Be it with the youth, our communities our parnasa or with the world at large. Their mindset requires that we adopt the ways of the world. They say its ok to compromise our standards to accommodate and entertain the young professionals for example, even if it’s questionable entertainment, otherwise we’ll loose them.

The third group is those who choose to withdraw and become insular to the world. Their point is that they need to protect the family the community and themselves. They say that they prefer to stay below the radar. They will invest solely in davening and learning and they will focus on chinuch but they will not and they cannot get involved in the world. Hashem will bring Moshiach when He decides. There is simply nothing else to be done in a world filled with such formidable odds, a world that’s gone crazy. Helping other Jews with doing mitzvos? That’s for bachurim. I’ll stick to my davening and learning and leave the mivtzoyim for them.

The fourth group is the principled passives. They will tell you that they looked for a Rav or a Mashpia but they never found one. Instead when they asked around and read all the stories on the internet they found that the people who  are supposed to be the examples and models for behavior are people with plenty of problems and faults of their own. They say that they’ll do what they can and ask to be left alone.

I heard a story during Chol HaMoed from Rabbi Moshe Perman. It took place in 1978-1979. Rabbi Yaakov Yehudah Hecht headed an operation to take a group of children out of Iran with the help of others including my brother Yossie and Shalom Ber Hecht. On Erev Pesach Rabbi Hecht received a phone call from the Rebbe’ secretary Rabbi Binyomin Kline.  He asked if he had prepared rice for he children for Pesach. “Rice?” he asked. “I don’t believe you. The Rebbe wants us to make rice? That’s not out minhag!” Rabbi Kline told him that he was just telling him what the Rebbe asked and it was up to him to decide what to do. Rabbi Hecht ran to 770 and saw the Rebbe coming out from Mincha. When the Rebbe saw him he gave him a big smile. From this he understood that this is what the Rebbe wanted so that’s what they did. Yossie remembered standing in the kitchen cooking the rice on Erev Pesach that year. The Rebbe felt the needs of the children who were away from their parents on their own. Rice was their custom and the Rebbe wanted them to have according to their custom even if it didn’t fit with our hidurim. Even though we cannot eat it they can and it’s well worth it to go out of our way to accommodate their needs.

This story is a lesson to each one of us to do our best to accomplish and break out of our personal boundaries. It teaches the first group of warriors that fighting isn’t always the best way. We learn from this story that instead of arguing and insisting on the highest standard it was better to work together and reach everyone’s best benefit each according to his or her level.

On the other hand they did not compromise their own standards and hidurim one iota. This is a message to the second group of compromisers to follow the Rebbe’s example to constantly strive to provide for others while not compromising the authentic good of keeping our own observance on the highest level.

This story also is a message to the third group not to retreat or be insular rather flexible and to go out of our way to reach out to others.

To the fourth group who wants to be passive this story teaches us that knowing the failings of others should never get in the way of progress. The Rebbe knows our failings more than we realize. We are fools if we think otherwise. The Rebbe saw beyond our failings and looked toward the positive that can get done. So too we need to take a lesson today about our Rabbonim and Mashpiim. We need to remember that not everyone is the benoni of the Tanya. Surely you can find someone who knows better than you and that can teach you and guide you. This is what the Rebbe meant by making for yourself a Rav. If you seek this, surely you will find someone to be your Rav or your Mashpia. In this story the people involved did not see the potential nevertheless the Rebbe saw the potential and with a smile used the opportunity to help the children.

Each one of us can now ask ourselves: to which group do I belong? What is standing in my way? Is it a real barrier or should I ignore it as I break though the barriers and act now to do my irreplaceable part in bringing the revelation of Moshiach today?

A Good Shabbos and a Good Chodesh

Announcements - Shemini

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for the KYY update.
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Click here for info regrading purchasing chametz after pesach
  • SUNDAY: Mivztoim opirtunity - Yom HaShoah event in Pan Pacific Park, 1-5 pm. Chabad will have a table at Beverly entrance. ‎Men/boys please come and bring Tefilin. Women/girls please come Neshek will be available at table beH. Let's give the Rebbe nachas! 
  • THURSDAY: The Shidduch Network invites men & women to attend this informative talk by Labish Bergovoy regarding Shidduchim. Thursday 4 Iyar/April 23, 8 pm at the shul Kollel. Click here for more details

Shabbos Schedule - Shemini

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:07 pm
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:35 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos For Girls (in KYY) 4:30 pm
  • Pirei Avos Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 6:05 
  • Sota Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:10 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Iyar: Sunday, Nisan 30/April 19, 1:27 am and 4 Chalokim..
  • Rosh Chodesh Iyar: Sunday & Monday, April 19 & 20.

Kiddush Sponsors - Shemini

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff in honor of Mr. Moshe Davidoff’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson in honor of Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’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.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of Mr. Zalman Roth’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shemini

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldberger in honor of his son Simi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman in honor of Rabbi Mendel Goldman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp for the yahrtzeits of Mr. Steve Zipp’s father Dovid ben Shaul, mother Tzivya Esther bas Moshe and brothers Michael ben Dovid and Scott Darin ben Dovid ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Shemini

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

Mazal Tov To - Shemini

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuli Chazanow on the birth of their daughter Chana Brocho. Mazel tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Chanazow.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Mishulovin on the birth of a grandson (to Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Mishulovin.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz on the engagement of their granddaughter Yehudis Herszberg to Zalman Simons.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Palace on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Shlomo Aaron Bronstein.
  • Reb Avrohom Rappaport on the birth of a great grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Efraim Lezak - 29 Nisan
  • Simi Goldberger - 30 Nisan
  • Chaim Vogel - 30 Nisan
  • Rabbi Mendel Goldman - 1 Iyar
  • 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

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch - 1 Iyar

RCC- Purchasing Chometz After Pesach 2015

 

It has been determined that one may buy Chometz from the following supermarkets /outlets:

  • 99 Cent only stores
  • Albertson’s
  • BevMo
  • Big lots
  • Bristol Farms
  • CVS
  • Dollar Tree
  • Erewhon
  • Food 4 Less
  • Gelson’s
  • Jetro / Restaurant Depot 
  • Jon’s
  • K-mart
  • Longs drugs
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • Ralphs /Kroger
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Seven Eleven
  • Smart and Final
  • Smith’s
  • Target
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Vons /Pavilions
  • Walgreens
  • Wal-Mart
  • Whole Foods Markets

Additionally, a Mechirah was done for the following establishments*2:

  • Bargain City on Pico
  • Elat Market
  • Nuts & More
  • Sadaf / Soofer Company
  • West Pico Foods
  • Wine & Liquor Depot

We have no information on other area markets that have no official Hashgacha.

 

(*1 we are fully aware that some major distributors have Jewish affiliations or ownerships, but never the less these are the conclusions of other national Kashrut agencies and our Hallachic advisors)

 

(*2 in accordance with Igros Moshe Vol.1 resp. 149 ; vol.2 resp. 91 and other Poskim. See Piskei Teshuvos 448-83)

 

Below list is courtesy of the Star-K (http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-passover-chometzguideafter.htm) it details items that are not a problem in  any case, even for those who do not wish to rely on a Mechirah.  

 

PRODUCT

Chometz Sheavar
Alav HaPesach?

Barley (if pearled, raw and packaged)

No

Beer

Yes

Bread

Yes

Cake

Yes

Cereal with primary ingredient of wheat, oats, or barley

Yes

Chometz content is more than a k'zayis.

Yes

Chometz content in entire package is less than a k'zayis but is greater than 1/60 of the cookedproduct (e.g. Corn Flakes cereal)

Yes

Chometz content in entire package is less than a k'zayis but is greater than 1/60 of theuncooked product

No

Chometz content is less than 1/60 of the product

No

Chometz Nokshe (e.g. chometz glue)

Yes

Condiments containing vinegar
(e.g. ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles)

No

Cookies

Yes

Cosmetics

No

Detergents

No

Extracts

No

Flour (including whole wheat flour)

No

Food Coloring

No

Ketchup

No

Kitniyos

No

Malt flavoring (in product)

Yes

Maltodextrin

No

Maltose (in product)

Yes

Mayonnaise

No

Medicine containing chometz

No

Modified food starch (from unknown source)

No

Mustard

No

Pasta

Yes

Pickles

No

Pretzels

Yes

Processed on chometz equipment with no chometz content in product (if it was not known to have been processed on Pesach)

No

Products non-edible even for canine consumption

No

Rolled Oats

Yes

Soy Sauce (containing wheat)

Yes

Vanillin and Ethyl vanillin

No

Vinegar (from unknown sources)

No

Vitamins containing chometz

No

Wheat bran

Yes

Wheat germ

Yes

Wheat gluten (unknown amount in product)

Yes

Wheat protein (unknown amount in product)

Yes

Whiskey

Yes

Yeast (Baker's)

No

Yeast extract

No

 

Announcements - 2nd Days of Pesach

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • Aleph has extra Shmura Matzah if anyone needs: One Pounders from Kfar Chabad: ‎$12.50. ‎Hamafitz packages of 6 matzos (lakewood): $8.00/piece. Pls call Mr Berger 7146103185. Matzos are located in fairfax area. 

Schedule - 2nd Days of Pesach

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

Thursday - Nisan 20/April 9

  • Don’t forget to make an Eiruv Tavshilin (Click here for an English summary of the laws)
  • Light Yom Tov Candles (No Shehecheyanu): 7:01 pm  
  • Sota Shiur: 12:00 am
  • Our custom is that men stay up during the night studying Torah (Alos is at 5:13 am)

Friday - Nisan 21/April 10 
Shevii Shel Pesach

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:41 am 
  • Shacharis (Upstairs): 10:30 am
  • Please bring matza, wine, grape juice and any other food that you are going to want to have for Seudas Moshiach to shul before mincha on Friday afternoon.
    Everything will be kept in the Rabbi’s office.
    Note: No refrigeration.  
  • Sota Shiur: 6:15 pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles from pre-existing flame (No Shehecheyanu): 7:02 pm

Shabbos - Nisan 22/April 11 
Acharon Shel Pesach

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:41 am 
  • Shacharis (Upstairs): 10:30 am
  • Yiskor: 12:30 pm
  • Sota Shiur: 4:45 pm
  • Mincha: 5:30 pm  
  • Followed by Moshiach Seudah - Partially sponsored by the Grossman Family for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Neshe Grossman's brother Reb Zalman Dovid ben Reb Yosef Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Women’s Moshiach Seuda at the Raichik home - 6724 Beverly Blvd: 6:15 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:05 pm  
  • After Pesach, give the Rav about an hour to repurchase the Chametz before eating or using.

Mazal Tov To - 2nd Days of Pesach

Upcoming Birthdays 
  • Rabbi Yitzchok Arnold - 22 Nisan
  • Mr. Isser Goldstein - 22 Nisan
  • Rabbi Yosef Wolowik - 25 Nisan
  • Shmuel Wolowik - 26 Nisan
  • Mr. Harvey Kreitenberg - 26 Nisan
  • Rabbi Reuven Nathanson - 28 Nisan
  • Yosef Itzchack Gutierrez - 28 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Zalman Dovid ben Reb Yosef Moshe (Mrs. Neshe Grossman's brother) - 22 Nisan  
  • Leah bas Reb Yosef (Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s mother) - 22 Nisan
  • Reb Paz Feivel ben Reb Dovid Shusterman - 23 Nisan
  • Reb Kalman ben Reb Menachem Mendel (Mrs. Elly Rubin’s husband) - 24 Nisan

Tzivos Hashem rally/concert tomorow

Children's Concert and Tzivos Hashem Rally

Thursday, April 9th 

10:30 am at Bais Bezale 

8850 West Pico Boulevard
 

 

 

 

Yitzchak Bitton, world famous music performer
will lead our Tzivos Hashem Concert
with our very own Daniel Berry on the keyboard and sound powered by IzzyDJay 

The rally will be led by Rabbi Mendel Duchman of Kol Yaakov Yehuda and Rabbi Zalmy Hechtof Kol Avraham! 

Prizes and raffle!

Bastomski Family - Hacnosas Sefer Torah

unnamed.jpg

Pinson Bris

The Pinson Bris  
Will iy"h take place Wednesday, 19 Nisan/April 8, 11 am
At: Abbas restaurant - 129 N La Brea Ave .

Mazal Tov and may we share only good news.
Yossi and Devora Pinson

Announcements - 1st Days of Pesach

  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your kibud pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • The Shul has a web page for members to advertise their goods or services leading up to Pesach. If you want to be featured, please email us your flyer or announcement. Attachments must be in pdf or jpeg format. Note: The shul reserves the right to reject and/or modify any submission for any reason. Click here to see the page.

Schedule - 1st Days of Pesach

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

Friday - Nisan 14/April 3
Fast of the Firstborn

  • Siyumim after all the regular minyonim. 
  • All those who are able to make siyumim please contact Rabbi Raichik
  • Finish Eating Chametz By: 10:50 am
  • Burn & Annul Chametz By: 11:53 am
  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:57 pm
  • Try To Finish Eating Afikomen By Midnight: 12:55 am

Shabbos - Nisan 15/April 4
Pesach Day One 

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:47 am
  • Shacharis: 10:30 am (Upstairs)
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Light Candles (From pre-existing flame) After: 8:00 pm 
  • Start Counting Sefiras Haomer

Sunday - Nisan 16/April 5
Pesach Day Two 

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:46 am
  • Shachris: 10:30 am (Upstairs)
  • YOU SURLY WONT WANT TO MISS THIS -
    First Shiur in Mesechta Sota with Rabbi Bart: 6:00 pm.
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:023 pm

Mazal Tov To - 1st Days of Pesach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Bukiet on the birth of their  granddaughter (to Zevy and Laky Frimerman.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Schneur Krinsky on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler. Mazal tov to the great-grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Pinson on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik.
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel on the birth of his grandson. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Boruch Dovber Stroll - 15 Nisan
  • Rabbi Mordechai Katz - 17 Nisan
  • Mr. Moshe Kaszirer - 18 Nisan
  • Mr. Asher Bastomski - 19 Nisan
  • Yechezkel Shraga Thaler - 20 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Nuriel ben Reb Asher (Rabbi Asher Habibian’s father) - 16 Nisan
  • Reb Michael ben Reb Dovid (Mr. Steve Zipp’s brother) - 17 Nisan
  • Reb Dovid ben Reb Shaul (Mr. Steve Zipp’s father) - 20 Nisan
  • Scott Darin ben Reb Dovid (Mr. Steve Zipp’s brother) - 20 Nisan
  • Reb Moshe Eliyahu ben Reb Avrohom Yitzchok (Mrs. Chaya Leah Berger’s father) - 20 Nisan
  • Tzivya Esther bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Steve Zipp’s mother) - 20 Nisan

Devar Torah - 1st Days of Pesach

Looking for older posts? See the sidebar for the Archive.