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Announcements - Yisro

  • Click Here for KYY Update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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!!!
  • BIKUR CHOLIM: Mr. Zev (William) Oster is in Windsor Care and in need of visitors mainly to help him put tefilin on. He is a lefty and does not have his own pair of tefilin there. Please text/call Malkiel Gradon 323-206-0127 so we can schedule it properly. Address: ‎3533 Motor Ave. 90034. Room 120b. Tizku lmitzvos. 
  • TEHILLIM: Please say tehillim for Nachum ben Perl.
  • MOTZEI SHABBOS - 9 pm EST: A Global Webcast/Farbrengen to commemorate the 28th Yahrtzeit of our dear Rebbetzin הרבנית הצדקנית חי' מושקא נ״ע. For more info and to tune in go to Chabad.org/OrVechom
  • SUNDAY: The Chassidic initiative 8 pm @ SOLA. ​A Presentation on 'The Two souls' - Various opinions of the human soul and a summary of the Alter Rebbe's view. Presented by Yaakov Shallman. מקורות:
    תניא סוף פרק א׳ ופרק ב׳ ופרק י״ב
    ד״ה חביב אדם, תש״ב
    לקוטי שיחות חלק כ פרשת נח
    קיצורים והערות לתניא להצמח צדק.

Shabbos Schedule - Yisro

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:02
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:29 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mesibas Shabbos for girls in shul: 3:30 pm
  • Rabbi Raichik's Halacha Shiur: 4:30 pm 
  • Mincha: 5:00 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:05 pm
  • Father & Son Learning 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Sholom Zochor - Yisro

Levi & Malka Lesches
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 135 S Formosa Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Yisro

  • Anonymous in honor of their daughter Chaya Mushka. May she be blessed with kol tuv sela begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman for the yahrtzeits of Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Moshe ob"m and stepmother Ruth Gittel bas Reb Meir ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandmother Chaya Soro bas Reb Note Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittel Kaplan’s father Reb Ezra Refoel ben Reb Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne in honor of Mrs. Suri Klyne’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Tova Levine’s father Reb Meir ben Reb Chaim Aryeh Leibesh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalmen Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Esther Roth’s mother Sheva bas Reb Yitzchok Aizik ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s mother Dina Reizel bas Reb Yitzchok Aaron ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Yisro

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Moshe Anatian’s father Reb Yoav ben Reb Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Anonymous 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Miriam Raichik’s father Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Hakhel Shabbos Shiur - Yisro

 4:30 at the home of: Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To - Yisro

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shloime Arnold on the engagement of their daughter Hadassah to Koppel Zirkind. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch on the birth of their grandson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Lesches on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler on the marriage of their granddaughter.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yechezkel Pinson - 22 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Rav~Noy - 22 Shevat
  • Mr. Sender Klein - 22 Shevat
  • Aharon Eliezer Mishulovin - 23 Shevat
  • Mr. Beryl Kaufman - 24 Shevat
  • Zalmy Gurary - 24 Shevat
  • Levi Yitzchok Berger - 26 Shevat
  • Avrohom Benarroch - 26 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Meir ben Reb Chaim Aryeh Leibesh (Mrs. Tova Levine’s father) - 20 Shevat
  • Sheva bas Reb Yitzchok Aizik (Mrs. Esther Roth’s mother) - 21 Shevat
  • Reb Yoav ben Reb Dovid (Mr. Moshe Anatian’s father) - 21 Shevat
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Moshe (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s father) - 22 Shevat
  • Reb Avrohom Yaakov ben Reb Meir Hakohen (Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s grandfather) - 22 Shevat
  • Chaya Soro bas Reb Note Moshe (Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandmother) - 22 Shevat
  • Esther bas Reb Volf (Mr. Zev Oster’s mother) - 23 Shevat
  • Reb Efrayim ben Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Benyomin Hoffman’s father) - 24 Shevat
  • Reb Ezra Refoel ben Reb Dovber (Mrs. Gittel Kaplan’s father) - 24 Shevat
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yosef (Mrs. Miriam Raichik’s father) - 24 Shevat
  • Dina Reizel bas Reb Yitzchok Aaron (Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s mother) - 25 Shevat
  • Eyde bas Reb Nochum (Mr. Maayan Kerbel’s grandmother) - 25 Shevat
  • Raizel bas Reb Chaim Binyomin Halevi (Rabbi Naftoli Estulin’s mother) - 26 Shevat
  • Ruth Gittel bas Reb Meir (Mr. Moshe Fishman’s stepmother) - 26 Shevat

Devar Torah - Yisro

Why Lubavitcher Chassidim Don’t Follow the Polls
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Coming from Yud Shevat and learning and remembering how the Rebbe discussed the important issues of our time one can see a thread of the Rebbe’s vision that goes through all of them. Whether the Rebbe spoke about Eretz Yisroel, education, spreading Chassidus or Mivtzoyim the Rebbe saw the essence of the problem, the impassioned purpose for improvement and the desired goal through and through. And then Rebbe did not hesitate, bend, waver or falter in accomplishing that goal. The Rebbe’s example gives us a template, it teaches us a way forward today as we go about addressing the problems of our time.

From the Rebbe we learn to be bold in seeking the Torah’s answers to all of the problems of today. We learn to go forward and implement those answers without hesitation and without faltering. We don’t need to check the polls or look into the newspapers for guidance, nor do we need to fit in and seek compromise. If we cannot find a good answer, we can look into the Sichos and Maamarim and letters of the Rebbe to find answers to almost any question. If we are still confused we can turn to those who know better and get their insight.

This week’s parsha begins with the words; “Yisro heard”. Rashi asks; what was it that Yisro heard that caused him to leave everything behind, his family and home to go into the brutal desert to seek the Torah. Rashi answers that he heard about Krias Yam Suf and milchamas Amelek. What was it about these two things that caused him to leave? When he heard about Yetzias Mitzrayim he didn’t leave. Why were these events so different that they, not Yetzias Mitzrayim caused him to change his life and the life of his family forever?

The Rebbe explains that he heard about the wonders of Krias Yam Suf. He then heard that afterwards Amalek came and fought the Jewish people to cool them off, to take the edge off the awe that they had experienced from the miracles. The verse says; “Asher karcha”, which means they (Amalek) made us cold. They reasoned to the Jewish people; why do you get so excited about the miracles? Of course there are miracles, Hashem can do anything he wants. Chill out.

Some might think that the best way to combat that chill in our everyday lives is to take incremental steps; by saying extra Tehillim or learning an extra chapter in the Tanya. We think that step-by-step it will take away the cold. These are very good and important things but for coldness it’s not enough. To push off the coldness we need to be bold, we need to take a stand. At times such as these, we can only do it by leaving everything behind, going into the desert and being together with Moshe Rabbenu. Then things will change, the real change that you can believe in. That’s the lesson of Yisro’s journey. He didn’t just sit back and contemplate the miracles. Instead he was bold and went out into the desert and joined Moshe Rabbenu. This is the idea of shtus d’Kedusha serving Hashem beyond reason that the Rebbe discusses in the Basi l’Gani Maamar. Calculations just don’t work; the yetzer hara knows all of them.

The Rebbe wants us to jump in and go beyond our intellect in all that we do. We need to be bold and firm, taking a stand for the right thing without wavering. If it’s hard then go to the Ohel, write a Pan and speak to the Rebbe.

A Good Shabbos

Announcements - Beshalach

  • Click Here for KYY Update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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!!!
  • BIKUR CHOLIM: Mr. Zev (William) Oster is in Windsor Care and in need of visitors mainly to help him put tefilin on. He is a lefty and does not have his own pair of tefilin there. Please text/call Malkiel Gradon 323-206-0127 so we can schedule it properly. Address: ‎3533 Motor Ave. 90034. Room 120b. Tizku lmitzvos. 
  • TEHILLIM: Please say tehillim for Nachum ben Perl.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, 21 Shevat/Jan 31, 8 pm at SOLA. The Chassidic initiative. ​A Presentation on 'The Two souls' - Various opinions of the human soul and a summary of the Alter Rebbe's view. Presented by Yaakov Shallman. 

Shabbos Schedule - Beshalach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:55
  • SINCE SHABBOS IS STARTING LATER, WE CAN NO LONGER INSURE THAT YOU GET HOME BEFORE 6. 
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm 
  • 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 in shul: 3:30 pm
  • Rabbi Raichik's Halacha Shiur: 4:20 pm 
  • Mincha: 4:55 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:58 pm
  • Father & Son Learning 7:00 - 8:00 pm

TWO Sholom Zochor's & a Bris

Heshy & Chani Mishulovin
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 602 N Alta Vista Blvd.

Dovid & Sarah Morris 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at 116 S Orange Dr.


 The Mishulovin Bris
will iy”h take place on Shabbos Parshas Beshalach
12:30 pm at 7054 Waring Ave. #8 

Kiddush Sponsors - Beshalach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Frances Goodman’s father Reb Avrohom ben Reb Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of their sister Nechomo Basya bas Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shea Bastomski in honor of Mr. Shea Bastomski’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Sender Munitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik in honor of Rabbi Yankee Raichik’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky in honor of Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s grandparents Reb Yehudah ben Reb Tzvi Hirsh ob"m and Reb Boruch Sholom the son of the Tzemach Tzedek. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Beshalach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Geisinsky in honor of the birth of their daughter Riva. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi Lazer Handlesman in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yerachmiel Kuzecki in honor of the birth of their daughter Esther Chana Roza. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Women's Hakhel Shabbos Shiur - Beshalach

4:30 at the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Beshalach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Heshy Mishulovin on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dovid Morris on the birth of their son.
  • Rabbi & Mrs Sender Munitz on the birth of their great-grandson (to Shmuly & Faigy Ulman.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Shea Bastomski - 13 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat
  • Mr. Pesach Kornreich - 14 Shevat
  • Rabbi Nochum Pinson - 16 Shevat
  • Mr. Alon Zak - 16 Shevat
  • Eli Feigelstock - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Lazer Handlesman - 16 Shevat
  • Baruch Mordechai Muchnik - 17 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yankee Raichik - 17 Shevat
  • Yisroel Aryeh Leib Friedman - 18 Shevat
  • Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky - 18 Shevat
  • Binyomin Wolowik - 18 Shevat
  • Rabbi Shmuli Pinson - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yosef Bukiet - 19 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Aron Weiss - 19 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuvein Caplan - 15 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner - 18 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb David ben Reb Aharon Yehuda Halevi H'YD (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 14 Shevat
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Shmuel (Mrs. Frances Goodman’s father) - 14 Shevat
  • Nechomo Basya bas Reb Avrohom Yitzchok (Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s sister) - 16 Shevat
  • Reb Yehudah ben Reb Tzvi Hirsh (Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s grandfather) - 17 Shevat
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Nochum Tzvi (Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s father) - 19 Shevat

Devar Torah - Beshalach

 

In this week’s parsha the Torah says that Moshe Rabbeinu took the bones of Yosef HaTzaddik when the Bnei Yisroel left Mitzrayim. The proper place to mention this seems to be in last week’s parsha, Bo when the Exodus is discussed. Why is it mentioned here in parshas Bashalach which speaks of the travel in the Midbar?

Because of this question the Rebbe asks the following questions about what this teaches us in daily life. What does the fact that Moshe was the one who took Yosef HaTzaddik’s bones teach? Secondly, what does placement in the Torah of this by their travels in the Midbar teach?

To better understand we first need to ask about the term “bones”. Isn’t the term “aron-coffin” a more appropriate and respectful term than “bones”? The Rebbe explains that the word “atzmos-bones” in Hebrew means essence. (Just like by a person, their bones are their essential structure) When Moshe Rabbeinu took the aron of Yosef HaTzaddik, he took his essence with them. Rachel Emeinu, when naming him Yosef explained the meaning; ,to add a another son , a Ben Acher. The Tzemach Tzedek explained that Yosef had the power to take an individual who was ‘acher’ different, estranged from Hashem, and reveal in him his ability to be a ‘Ben-a child’ of Hashem. If Rachel had just wanted a son she would not have added the word ‘acher-another’. Passing through the desert, Moshe Rabbeinu strengthened each and every Jew, to overcome his mentality of servitude from Mitzrayim, and brought that person them to identify as a Ben to Hashem.

If the Yidden would have gone directly to Eretz Yisroel they would not have needed that extra strength. Since, however, they needed to traverse the desert; a place of scorpions and snakes, a place of spiritual danger there remained a possibility that someone may not be able to endure the prolonged challenge. For this reason Moshe Rabbeinu the leader of Klal Yisroel needed to take the bones, the essence of Yosef, to help those individuals. And that is why it is mentioned in parshas Bashalach, not parshas Bo because they were going through the desert and not yet in Israel.

So too in this protracted and difficult galus we live in, filled with challenges to connect with Hashem, to be a Ben. We take strength from our ‘secret weapon’, from our connection with the essence of Yosef the ability to be a Ben, and to help others to be a Ben as well and to yosif-add them to Klal Yisroel.

In connection with Yud Shevat, the Previous Rebbe’s first name is Yosef. The entire Nesius of the Previous Rebbe was characterized by this concept of ‘making from another a Ben’. His Shluchim in Communist Russia, in America and all over the world carried out their Shlichus with the power of the Mishaleiach- the one who sent them, the Yosef of the generation to make Tzivos Hashem and lead Bnei Yisroel out of galus upright with an upheld head.

One of the Rebbe’s Shluchim, my Father who’s Yartzeit is the 8th of Shevat, escaped Europe in 1946. He lost his entire family to the Nazi’s, yemach shemam. He knew that his way of life was to attach to the Rebbe. A tzetel was found after his passing in which he wrote to the Previous Rebbe a request for guidance to clarify his purpose in America and a bracha for success in its fulfillment. Soon thereafter he was appointed as a Shadar (a Shlucha d’Rabbana- an Emissary of the Rebbe) to travel all over America. The purpose of his shlichus was to find Jews spread out in little towns all across America. He was to reach out to them and make them into a Ben to Hashem.

Although he met and touched the lives of hundreds of people, he always felt that he was only a Shliach of the Rebbe.

Seder for Yud Shevat 5776

Tuesday, Shevat 9/January 19

  • Shaeva licht will be available for sale in shul after Mincha
  • Maariv: 5:40 pm
  • Followed by the recitation of the first 2 chapters of the Maamar “Bossi Legani” by Rabbi Bart
  • Followed by learning some of the mishnayos for the frierdiker Rebbe’s name
  • Lecture followed by Farbrengen, 8 pm in shul. Titled “SEE IT DIFFERENT” by Rabbi Shlomi Chein. Click here for more info.

Wednesday, Shevat 10/January 20

  • Recitation of the next to chapters of the Maamar “Bossi Legani” by Rabbi Bart will be after the 7:00 minyan Shacharis
  • Mincha: 4:55 pm
  • Followed by the recitation of the final chapter of the Maamar “Bossi Legani” by Rabbi Bart
  • Followed by studying a perek of Tanya.

Special Customs

It is customary to write a Pan and to have it placed at the Rebbe's Ohel.  If you were not able to send your Pan before Yud Shevat, you can fax the Pan to (718) 723-4444 or email it to ohel@ohelchabad.org and your Pan will be brought to the Ohel.

For more information and minhagim, see this month's Chodesh.

Announcements - Bo

  • Click Here for KYY Update.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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!!!
  • BIKUR CHOLIM: Mr. Zev (William) Oster is in Windsor Care and in need of visitors mainly to help him put tefilin on. He is a lefty and does not have his own pair of tefilin there. Please text/call Malkiel Gradon 323-206-0127 so we can schedule it properly. Address: ‎3533 Motor Ave. 90034. Room 120b. Tizku lmitzvos. 
  • TEHILLIM: Please say tehillim for Nachum ben Perl.
  • SUNDAY: Two events in honor of the 1st Yahrzeit of Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy ob”m. Click here for more info. 
  • TUESDAY: Lecture & Farbrengen for men in honor of Yud Shevat for men in shul with Rabbi Shlomi Chain.

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Shabbos Schedule - Bo

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:48
  • SINCE SHABBOS IS STARTING LATER, THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEEK IN WHICH WE WILL TRY TO ENABLE YOU TO GET HOME BEFORE 6. 
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm 
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR ALL MEN TO GET AN ALIYA THE SHABBOS BEFORE YUD SHEVAT. MINYANIM FOR KRIAH WILL BEGIN AT 9:00 AM. THE GABOIM ASK THAT EVERYONE MAKE AN EFFORT TO COME EARLY TO SHUL.
  • 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 in shul: 3:30 pm
  • Rabbi Raichik's Halacha Shiur: 4:15 pm 
  • Mincha: 4:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:51 pm
  • Father & Son Learning 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Sholom Zochor - Bo

 Yisroel & Chana Gurary
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 212 S Highland Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Bo

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of their son Reb Ariel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandfather Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev ben Reb Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Nechama Amilov for the yahrtzeit of her father Reb Sadya ben Reb Yigal ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s father Reb Yosef Moshe ben Harav Elchonon Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholem Perl in honor of Rabbi Sholem Perl’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • The Raichik Family for the yahrtzeit of Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben Reb Shimon Halevi Raichik ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shmuel Stroll’s grandfather ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Bo

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yacov Avila in honor of Mr. Yacov Avila’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Bo

4:30 at the home of: Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
418 N Martel Ave.
Speaker: Rabbi Rochel Levine

Mazal Tov To - Bo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Gurary on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Moshe Plotkin - 6 Shevat
  • Mr. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 6 Shevat
  • Moshe Nochum Plotkin - 7 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sholem Perl - 7 Shevat
  • Zalmy Dubinsky - 8 Shevat
  • Mr. Aryeh Leib Ehrlich - 9 Shevat
  • Rabbi Shmuli Chazanow - 10 Shevat
  • Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy - 11 Shevat
  • Yisroel Noach Bastomski - 11 Shevat
  • Mr. Yacov Avila - 12 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart - 7 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nootie Gross - 7 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon - 9 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman - 10 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Levin - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky - 12 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Fayge Gittel bas Reb Gershon (Mr. Yisroel Koch’s mother) - 7 Shevat
  • Reb Sadya ben Reb Yigal (Mrs. Nechama Amilov’s father) - 7 Shevat
  • Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben Reb Shimon Halevi Raichik - 8 Shevat
  • Reb Yosef Moshe ben Reb Elchonon Dovber (Mrs. Neshe Grossman’s father) - 8 Shevat
  • Reb Ariel ben yblct”a Dr. Shaltiel Ze'ev Rav-Noy - 8 Shevat
  • Pesha bas Reb Yehoshua (Rabbi Jonathan Glabman’s sister) - 9 Shevat
  • Menucha Vita bas Reb Aharon (Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s mother) - 11 Shevat
  • Harav Yehoshua Heshel ben Reb Aharon Eliezer (Mrs. Devorah Leah Mishulovin’s father) - 11 Shevat
  • Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev ben Reb Mordechai (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandfather) - 12 Shevat

Devar Torah - Bo

Two Stories about the Rebbe in preparation for Yud Shevat
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

As we approach Yud Shevat it is customary to prepare and increase our connection to the Rebbe by learning his Sichos and Maamarim and telling stories about him. The following are two stories about the Rebbe, one about how the Rebbe edited a Maamar and another about how the Rebbe edited a Sicha.

When Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook spoke at our Hakel Kinus for Hei Teves he told the following story. There is a Maamar titled “Habayim Yashresh Yaakov” which the Rebbe gave out to be learned in preparation for the 24th of Teves 5750-1990. It was a Maamar that was delivered on the 19th of Teves 5748-1988. In the Maamar the Rebbe said that when we keep the Torah we are guaranteed all the brachos. This is true even when we cannot see it in the moment, nonetheless it will be good. Knowing this gives us strength in fulfilling the Torah and mitzvos. Even during this long galus, even though we do not see the end, and we do not yet experience the good and final result from all that we do, knowing what will be gives us strength. The Rebbe removed this part from the edited version of the Maamar.

When Rabbi Yoel Kahn  saw that it was removed he approached Rabbi Groner to ask the Rebbe why it was removed since he felt that it gave a lot of strength and encouragement if it would be left in. Rabbi Groner asked late on a Friday afternoon with little time left to print before Shabbos. When he told the Rebbe what Rabbi Yoel Kahn said the Rebbe took the Maamar, put it on the desk and said in a resilient and definitive tone; Yidden need and must have what is good; the good they need must be NOW (not some time in the future).

The second story I heard from Rabbi Leibel Shapiro the Rosh HaYeshiva of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Miami.  He would prepare the Likutei Sichos Sicha for it’s weekly publication and then send to the Vaad in New York for further preparation that would then be sent into the Rebbe for editing.

Once in 1974, he sent in a parshas Shlach Sicha from the year 5732-1972 (which was later printed in volume 13 of Likutei Sichos). The main point of the Sicha revolves around the question asked; why didn’t Moshe Rabbenu daven for the meraglim, the 10 spies to live. At that time Moshe Rabbenu davened for the entire Bnei Yisroel, why not daven for the meraglim also? The answer came by first tracing the meraglim’s words of incitement and their effect on the Jewish people. The incitement caused Bnei Yisroel to fight against Moshe out of the fear for their lives. Because they lacked bitachon they went against Hashem but not against Moshe Rabbenu himself. The meraglim however were inciting everyone against Moshe Rabbenu himself. Therefore, it is because of their direct incitement against him that he was unable to pray for them. This is known from the axiom that an accuser (or the accused in this case) cannot serve as a defender. This axiom was learned by the golden calf, the eigel hazahav. The Jewish people used gold in the sin of the eigel hazahav and as a result Hashem disallows the use of gold on the garments of the Kohen Gadol as he enters the Kodesh HaKadoshim on Yom Kippur. When the Kohen Gadol enters the Kodesh HaKadoshim on Yom Kippur he brings atonement to everyone for their sins including the sin of the eigel hazahav. This is the reason he cannot enter wearing gold because the same material that was used to sin (which is now the accuser) cannot be used to defend and bring atonement.

What was the lesson from this Sicha? The lesson is that while we all must daven ourselves for our needs, nevertheless we still need Moshe Rabbenu to daven for us as well. The Rebbe brought out that Moshe Rabbenu can accomplish what we cannot accomplish on our own. He continued by saying that one cannot be fighting with either Moshe Rabbenu or the Moshe Rabbenu of the generation because then he will not be able to help you just as it was by the meraglim.

This was the way that Rabbi Leibel Shapiro wrote up and sent in the Sicha. When he got back the edited Sicha, this last piece, that one cannot be fighting with either Moshe Rabbenu or the Moshe Rabbenu of the generation because then he will not be able to help you just as it was by the meraglim was missing. He asked the Vaad what happened to this part of the Sicha and the following is what they told him.

We submitted the Sicha the way you prepared it. The Rebbe crossed out this piece and wrote next to it the words “not appropriate”. We thought that probably it just needed some editing so we rewrote it and then submitted it again. We received it back with it crossed out again with the comment; this is the complete opposite of the sensibilities and spirit of Chassidus. The paper that it was written on should be burned and it should never be mentioned again. See Chapter 2 of the Tanya. (In Chapter 2 it says that even those who willfully sin and rebel against the Torah Sages still receive their spiritual sustenance and life from them, they only receive it however from the hind-part as it were of their Nefesh, Ruach and Neshama.)  

We see from this story that a Rebbe is someone who will ALWAYS help. He is there for everyone.

A Good Shabbos

Kabolas Shabbos

Since Shabbos is starting later, this will be the last week in which we will try to enable you to get home before 6.

  • Mincha will be at candle lighting time: 4:48 pm
  • Kabolas Shabbos will start lerech 5:15 pm
    (Barchu will be between 5:30 and 5:35.)

Note: The Kolel room will be unavailable Friday night due to ‘unzere kinder’ shabbaton.

"Chabad Chodesh" - Shevat

The New issue of the "Chabad Chodesh"
is now available online by clicking here

TWO EVENTS for 1st Yahrzeit of Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy ob”m.

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'Bosi Le’Gani’ mamorim

Dear fellow anash of Congregation Levi Yitzchok,

As we are standing one week away from for yud shevat, I would like to suggest that we each take upon ourselves to learn at least of the Rebbe’s ‘Bosi Le’Gani’ mamorim as a preparation for this special day.

Click here for a list of the Rebbe’s mamorim of yud shevat, everyone should pick at least one mamar to learn as we all want to connect with the Rebbe on this special day.

Hatzlochoh Rabo and May we only share Besuros Tovos

Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Announcements - Va’era

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  • 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!!!
  • BIKUR CHOLIM: Mr. Zev (William) Oster is in Windsor Care and in need of visitors mainly to help him put tefilin on. He is a lefty and does not have his own pair of tefilin there. Please text/call Malkiel Gradon 323-206-0127 so we can schedule it properly. Address: ‎3533 Motor Ave. 90034. Room 120b. Tizku lmitzvos. 
  • Career Opportunities at Aleph. Click here for more info. 
  • TEHILLIM: Please say tehillim for Nachum ben Perl.
  • NICHUM AVEILIM: Mrs. Chana Baila Burston is sitting shivah in New York for on the passing of her mother until Monday morning. Email: cbburston@gmail.com. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehe besochom!
  • SUNDAY: Informational morning at the Jewish Community Educational Resource Center. Click here for more info. 
  • WEDNESDAY: 3 Shevat/January 13, The award-winning documentary "The Lost Key" by Manis Friedman is premiering at a very special National Jewish Premiere Movie Night for Women ONLY. Click here for more info. Sponsored by the Lubavitch Shidduch Network of Los Angeles. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, 7 Shevat/January 17, 6 pm at Chabad Persian Youth, an evening of inspiration and reflection in honor of the 1st Yahrzeit of Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy ob”m. Click here for more info. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, 9 Shevat/January 18, 8 pm, farbrengen for men in shul with Rabbi Shlomi Chain.

A Message from the Unzere Kinder Committee

As you know, our convention is coming up.
Registration deadline is this Sunday, Teves 29/January 10 at Midnight.
Due to security and housing, There will be no exceptions!

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SENDING YOUR CHILDREN,
MAKE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF IT BEFORE SUNDAY
AS WE CANNOT GIVE EXTENSIONS. 

Register @ www.unzerekinder.com

-----even if you live in Hancock park
you MUST register to get u into
the catered Shabbos seuda, and the concert Moitsay shabbos------ 

Shabbos Schedule - Va’era

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:42 pm
  • Late Minyan for Kabolas Shabbos: 6:20 pm 
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:29 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:30 am
  • Hakhel - Mesibas Shabbos for girls in Shul: 3:30 pm 
  • Rabbi Raichik's Halacha Shiur: 4:00 pm 
  • Mincha: 4:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:45 pm
  • Father & Son Learning 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Shevat: Motzei Shabbos, Teves 28/January 9, 8:03 pm and 13 chalokim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Shevat: Monday, January 11.

Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • Mr. & Mrs. Milton Goodman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi in honor of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’s mother Malka Chana bas Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman’s mother Chava bas Reb Yakov Yisroel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Weiss Family for the yahrtzeit of their mother Miriam bas Reb Alter Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • Friend of Yonatan Avila in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Goldman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Dina Tova Goldman’s mother Bracha Chaya bas Reb Refoel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark for the yahrtzeits of Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s parents Reb Shmuel ben Reb Avrohom ob”m and Masha bas Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur - Va’era

4:30 at the home of: Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl.
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Va’era

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine on the wedding of their granddaughter.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Elisha Lerman - 28 Teves
  • Mr. David Peretz - 28 Teves
  • Yonatan Avila - 28 Teves
  • Mr. Harvey Benton - 28 Teves
  • Mr. Mitch Reichman - 28 Teves
  • Eli Gross - 29 Teves
  • Menachem Mendel Morris - 2 Shevat
  • Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi - 2 Shevat
  • Rabbi Reuven Wolf - 4 Shevat
  • Yosef Meir Feiner - 4 Shevat
  • Aryeh Yehuda Avila - 4 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yisroel Hecht - 5 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Boruch Greenbaum - 1 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman - 3 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Shmuel ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s father) - 28 Teves
  • Pari bas Reb Shlomo (Rabbi Asher Habibian’s mother) - 28 Teves
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Nachum (Dr. Sholom Fine’s father) - 28 Teves
  • Malka Chana bas Reb Yosef (Rabbi Reuven Nathanson’s mother) - 29 Teves
  • Reb Shmuel ben Reb Avrohom (Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s father) - 29 Teves
  • Reb Yehudah Mordechai ben Reb Baruch (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s father) - 29 Teves
  • Miriam bas Reb Alter Mordechai (Rabbi Yonah Mordechai Weiss’s mother) - 1 Shevat
  • Chana bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Jon Hambourger’s mother) - 1 Shevat
  • Rochel bas Reb Dovber (Dr. Binyomin Kaplan’s mother) - 3 Shevat
  • Shayndel bas Reb Yitzchok (Mrs. Henny Wolowik’s mother) - 3 Shevat
  • Sara bas Reb Chananya (Mrs. Sima Bart’s mother) - 5 Shevat
  • Mindel bas Reb Elyahu (Mrs. Miriam Feiner’s mother) - 5 Shevat

Devar Torah - Va’era

Preparing for Yud Shevat is Preparing for the Geula!

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

As we prepare for Yud Shevat I am reminded of a story about the Tzemach Tzedek. Even after a year and a half year after the passing of the Mittler Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek had not officially (meaning publicly) accepted the the Nesius. Some Chassidim, maybe wondering if there would be a continuation went to the Holy Ruzhiner Rebbe for Shavuos.

Over Shavuos the Ruzhiner spoke about the question that Moshe Rabbenu asked when Hashem sent him to redeem the Jewish people from slavery in Mitzrayim. Moshe Rabbenu asked Hashem, when they will ask what is his name, what should he answer? Hashem said “Ekyei asher Ekyei, I will be what I will be”. The Holy Ruzhiner asked; what kind of name is “I will be”? He answered that Ekyei equals 21. 21 times 21 (2 times Ekyei) equals 441, which equals emes, truth. Hashem was telling Moshe Rabbenu that his name, his signature is emes and that He would take the Jewish people out of Mitzrayim. He then said that the word emes is an acronym for Toras Menachem (meaning the Tzemach Tzedek) Emes. The Lubavitcher Chassidim that were there then realized that they needed to go back to Lubavitch.

When they got back to Lubavitch they heard that the Tzemach Tzedek had accepted Nesius over Shavuos. Later they found out that the Rebbe had also repeated the same Torah about Hashem’s name Ekyei and the number 441 the equivalent of emes. He then continued saying that the word emes is also an acronym, and then just smiled but didn’t say what the acronym stood for. When Chassidim heard what happened in Ruzhin, and how the Ruzhiner filled in the acronym, they realized why the Tzemach Tzedek smiled. So what is the connection between Toras Menachem Emes and the name Ekyei?

I didn’t see anyone ask this question but maybe the following is an answer. Hashem said to Moshe Rabbenu to tell us that He will be with us and He will bring the geula. This is the whole purpose of Chassidus to bring the geula through Yefitzu Maynosecha Chutza, spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward to the entire world. The Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek in particular in his Chassidus unifies all aspects of the Torah, both the revealed and the hidden, the Mishna, Gemara, the Medrash, Halacha and Kabbala and reveals their essential oneness without any division. The Emes revealed in his Chassidus prepares the world and us for Moshiach. So too by the Rebbe in his Sichos and Maamarim the Rebbe went even further in bringing all aspects of the Torah together in a way that one explains the other. Whether it’s by explaining a Rashi and then bringing out the hidden meaning according to Chassidus (Yaiynah shel Torah) or by bringing an example from a Gemara or Halacha as an illustration in Chassidus. This is why the acronym Toras Menachem Emes is hinted to in the name Ekyei the name of the geula. Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai had this greatness, greatness in both the revealed and hidden aspects of the Torah. By revealing the hidden aspect of the Torah not only the revealed part he began preparing the world for the geula, a revelation of Hashem’s emes from A to Z in everything. This is what is stated in the Zohar; “With this Sefer, the Jewish people will be redeemed from galus with mercy”.

As we prepare for Yud Shevat we have Toras Menachem Emes, the Rebbe’s Sichos and Maamarim with which we will go forward to the geula. Another acronym I heard for emes is Toras Menachem Ohr (with an aleph). With the Rebbe’s Torah, we will see the light of truth the light of the geula immediately in our times with the revelation of Moshiach Now!

A Good Shabbos   

Van Etten/Damianou Wedding

Mrs. Rikki Van Etten
invites our community to her weeding tonight.

Kabolas Ponim - 3 pm, Chuppa - 4 pm  at 430 N Poinsettia Pl.
Simchas Choson Vekalla - 7:30 pm at Abba's - 129 N La Brea Ave.

May we share only good news.

Bd"e: Levaya TODAY

With sadness we announce the passing of 
Mrs. Fanny (Faigy) Magasinn
beloved mother of Mrs. Chana Baila Burston  

The levaya will be
TODAY - Tuesday, 24 Teves/Jan 5, 3 pm
at Home of Peace Cemetery:
4334 Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023

Shiva will be tonight from 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
at the Magasinn residents
1253 Westholme Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024
Permit parking restrictions have been suspended
if you park on Westholme Ave between Ashton & Ohio.

Further Shiva information will be posted.

Condolences may be sent to cbburston@gmail.com

May we share only good news!!! 

The Chassidus Initiative

Chassidus is the Mei Maayon the spring waters that refresh our souls. Chabad Chassidus, as in the acrostic Chabad - חכמה, בינה ודעת  - signifies the engagement of the intellect. The way to a person’s heart is through his mind.

Baalie Esek, those who struggle with the Mayim Rabim and who engage in learning Chassidus with some seriousness are the committed Tefillas Mincha, the novelty of the Tzipor Hamidaberes.​

Here is a community wide opportunity to have a get-together of like-minded people to engage in a stimulating give-and-take in Chassidus, This is not to learn a Maamar but rather to have one suchBaal Esek present and elucidate a concept in Chassidus to other Baalie Esek and to have a dialogue, a Q&A, to inspire and encourage ourselves to reengage with who we are as Chabad Chassidim.

The first such evening will take place this Sunday, 22 Teves, Jan. 3, at 8 PM at Cong Levi Yitzchok.

The presenter will be Simcha Levenberg, a member of the Chabad of Hancock Park community and a therapist at the Chabad Rehab Center.

Note: this program, as the future ones, will start at 8:05 PM sharp and will end no later than 9:15 PM sharp. Please plan ahead to allow time to park and get settled by 8 PM.

Please share this ​email ​with those who may not be aware of this program as yet.

Details are still in planning stages. Frequency, presenters, volunteer-coordinators and more are opportunities looking for those who would fill them. As for now, let’s get started.

Gershon Schusterman
Questions? Email me at gershonsch@gmail.com

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