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Announcements - Vayikrah

  • Click Here for KYY Update. 
  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication. 
  • 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!!!
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim for Boruch Aharon ben Dina Nassy.
  • Attention all Bachurim !!! Start of your day right!!! Bein Hazmanim Seder!!! Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayikrah

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:55
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:49 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:00 am
  • Shiur in Hilchos Pesach by Rabbi Raichik - 5:45 
  • Mincha: 6:55 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:58 pm

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Vayikrah

6:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
 421 N Poinsettia Pl. 
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Vayikrah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the engagement of their son JJ to Frumie Rosenfeld.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Shaya Eichenblat on the engagement of their son Yisroel to Shayna Gaermam.
  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik on the birth of their grandson (to Yisroel Noach & Mushky Raichik.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Shmuly Cohen - 5 Nisan
  • Yehoshua Eliyahu Plotke - 5 Nisan
  • Meir Reichman - 6 Nisan
  • Menachem Mendel Winograd - 8 Nisan
  • Mr. Gidon Fine - 9 Nisan
  • Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine - 9 Nisan
  • Mr. Gaby Silver - 11 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moishe Kasowitz - 5 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Eisenberg - 5 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gaby Silver - 6 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark - 8 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Rochel bas Reb Yaakov Moshe (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s mother) - 6 Nisan
  • Reb Chaim ben Reb Zalman (Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin’s father) - 6 Nisan
  • Sara Rivka bas Reb Elkana Halevi (Mr. Pesach Kornreich’s mother) - 8 Nisan
  • Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Mordechai (Mr. Yanky Bloch’s father) - 8 Nisan
  • Rosa Rochel bas Reb Yitzchok Alter (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandmother) - 10 Nisan
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yisroel (Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother) - 10 Nisan

Devar Torah - Vayikrah

What lesson can we learn from saying the Nossi
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

There is a custom that for the first twelve days of the month of Nisan we read the “Nosi” which describes the sacrifices brought at the dedication of the mishkan by the twelve princes of the tribes as the Torah records in Parshas Naso (Numbers/Bamidbar). We read daily the Nosi of that day followed by a Yehi Ratzon as it is noted in the back of the siddur. The question is since the dedication of the Mishkan was only once, and the Mishkan was a temporary dwelling place for Hashem and we don’t make a remembrance for everything that happened in the Mishkan so why is this such a significant issue, that a) We don’t say Tachnun, and b) we say the Nosi and Yehi Ratzon daily. Additionally, when we look at the words of the Yehi Ratzon, we are asking about very high lofty levels that all the holy lights and holy sparks of the sanctity of this tribe should enable me to understand Your Torah and fear You all the days of my life, my children’s and children’s children’s lives, for now and forever, Amen. How can we ask for so much by just reading a parsha every day? We can only be from from one tribe, not from all twelve. If so, eleven times we are asking for something that is not directly related to us. The Rebbe explains in the HaYom Yom of Rosh Chodesh Nissan, that even a Cohen recites the Yehi Rataon for it is related to the level of “ibur” that one neshama is entwined with another neshoma. Every Jew is connected with all other neshamas of all the tribes, therefore, we are connected to all the princes of the tribes, and that's the reason that even a a Cohen and Levi recite the Yehi Ratzon.

Why is it som important to read the Nosi, even though it occured thousands of years ago? The Rebbe explains that the dedication of the Mishkan started a new era. The era of a “dira b’tachtonim” that Hashem would rest among us which is the foundation of the mission of Klal Yisrael throughout all generations for on whatever level a Jew is he or she has the mandate to make the world a dwelling place for Hashem. Even though the dedication occurred only once, thousands of years ago, its effect are everlasting. All the holiness of that tribe would be drawn down to each and every one of us to fulfill our mission and make the world a dwelling place for Hashem.

This concept of the Nitzchius – the lasting effect of a leader of klal Yisroel (that each one is similar in his generation to Moshe Rabbenu), and that the connection of every Jew to the Nasi is an everlasting connection we find in the Month of Nissan. The second day of Nissan is the yahrtzeit of the Rebbe Rashab, and the beginning of the leadership of his son, the Previous Rebbe. The thirteenth of the month is the yahrtzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek, and the beginning of the leadership of his son, the Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Chabad Rebbe, and for us, it also represents Yud Alef Nisan, the birthday of the Rebbe. The Rebbe Rashab said before his passing “I am going to heaven, and my writings I am leaving for you.” What did the Rebbe Rashab mean? "I put my life in the Torah which I wrote – if you want to be connected to me in the highest realms where I am going to be, it is by learning the Torah which I wrote." These writings are in this physical world and through learning his Torah and following his guidance we are physically in contact with him. Similarly with all the Nasi’im. Moreover, in the first discourse of the Previous Rebbe, he underlined that the Kedusha we bring into the physical world when a person does a mitzvah is everlasting and never leaves. The place where a tzadik davened and learned in this physical world, even after the tzadik left the physical body, that place – the table, the chair, the things he used – the kedusha is still there. The Previous Rebbe continues that when he was a child, after the passing of his grandfather, the Rebbe Maharash, he saw that his father came into the Rebbe Maharash’s room (with his gartel on), as he would go into yechidus, and stand by the table opposite the chair where the Maharash had sat, his lips were moving and tears would stream down his face.

What is this maamar teaching us? The life of a tzadik is everlasting – not only in the spiritual sense, but his effect on the physical – the table , the chair, place where he davened; the kedusha penetrates through and through, it is there as when the tzadik was alive – as the Previous Rebbe noted. Therefore, it is understood that the connection we make to the Tzadik through his writing and his guidance that all the holy sparks of this tzadik is drawn to us and enables us and helps us in our service of Hashem now and forever.

Based on Likutei Sichos Vol. 32

Farbrengen for Men in Shul

Farbrengen for Men in Shul
TONIGHT (Wednesday)
immediately after maariv (8:00 pm)
in honor of Beis Nissan
Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Chabad Chodesh - Nissan

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

Bd"e: Reb Moshe Fishman ob"m

With sadness we announce the passing of 
Reb Moshe Fishman
Moshe Boruch ben Reb Yakov ob"m

The Levaya will be today - Sunday, 1:30 pm 
at Moshe Ganz Hall - 360 N La Brea Ave.
Followed by the burial at Home of Peace
4334 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Shiva
Address: 135 S Formosa Ave.
Phone: (323) 934-6641

Times:
Shacharis- 7, 7:30 & 8 am.
Mincha- 6:50 pm.
No visitors from 12-2 and 5-6:30 pm.

May we share only good news!!!

Announcements - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Click Here for KYY Update. 
  • 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!!!
  • SUNDAY: Pesach Shiur with Rabbis Raichik & Nathanson Sunday morning 10:30 am in the Shul.
  • SUNDAY: Tehilm gathering Sunday night after maariv- Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan, for all who need a refuah shelimoh and hashem should bless us with Nissim and bring the Geula NOW!!!
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim for Boruch Aharon ben Dina Nassy.

Shabbos Schedule - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:49 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:55 am
  • Shabbos Mevorchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus with Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • KYY: 10:15 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Pesach Shiur: 5:45 
  • Mincha: 6:50 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:52 pm
  • Molad for Chodesh Nisan: Monday, Adar 29/March 27, 7:04 pm and 10 Chalokim. 
  • Rosh Chodesh Nisan: Tuesday, March 28.

Sholom Zochor - Vayakheil-Pekudei

Zalmy & Chana Fogelman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
in Shul - 356 N La Brea Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Muintz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother Leah bas Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Michy Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Moshe ben Peretz ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • 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. Moshe Anatian in honor of Mrs. Rochel Anatian’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Hoch in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Dovid Hoch’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Levenberg in honor of Rabbi Simcha Levenberg‘s becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist! May he have much success in his new position and may he and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Pinson in honor of Rabbi Yossi Pinson’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Vayakheil-Pekudei

6:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Chana Weiss
411 N Martel Ave. 
Speaker: Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Bukiet on the bar-mitzvah of their grandson. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmy Fogelman on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosske Mishulovin on the birth of their granddaughter (to Chaim & Simi Mishulovin.) 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Hertzie Richler on the bar-mitzvah of their son Shlomo. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Kushi & Fraida Schusterman.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yosef Yitzchak Meyer - 27 Adar
  • Rabbi Yossi Pinson - 27 Adar
  • Mr. Yaakov Mark - 28 Adar
  • Mr. Yitzchok Wiener - 29 Adar
  • Dovi Burston - 29 Adar
  • Rabbi Levi Eisenberg - 1 Nisan
  • Menachem Mendel Plotkin - 1 Nisan
  • Rabbi David Hoch - 3 Nisan
  • Avrohom Eliezer Goldman - 3 Nisan
  • Mr. Berel Wilhelm - 4 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Gurary - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eliyahu Newman - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Danny Rotenberg - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Hoch - 1 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mordechai Cohen - 1 Nisan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth - 2 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Greenbaum - 2 Nisan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Munitz - 2 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Bracha Gittel bas Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s mother) - 27 Adar
  • Reb Lipman ben Reb Nochum (Mrs. Rivky Raichik’s grandfather) - 28 Adar
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yosef (Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s father) - 28 Adar
  • Leah bas Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother) - 28 Adar
  • Reb Dovid ben Reb Meir Yechiel Yehuda (Mrs. Rivky Raichik’s grandfather) - 28 Adar
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Avrohom (Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s brother) - 29 Adar
  • Esther Rivka bas Reb ??? (Rabbi Moshe Aaron Kagan’s mother) - 2 Nisan
  • Reb Avrohom Halevi (Mr. Pinchas Hirsch’s father) - 3 Nisan
  • Rochel Leah bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya (Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s mother) - 4 Nisan

Devar Torah - Vayakheil-Pekudei

Unity is Our Greatest Strength!
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week’s parsha of Vayakel Moshe Rabbenu gathered together the entire congregation of Israel and guided them in the building of the Mishkon. Why did he need to gather everyone and not just those who were most likely to participate? Also why was this gathering only done for this mitzvah, the building of the Mishkon and not for other mitzvos? Lastly why did he specifically choose the day after Yom Kippur to prepare for the building the Mishkon? What made this day especially auspicious and not any other day?

The Rebbe explains in a Sicha (Vayakel 5730-1970; Toras Menachem v.59) that the building of the Mishkon represents the fulfillment of creation’s purpose, to make a dwelling place for Hashem in this world. As explained in the Maamar Basi l’Gani, through the construction and service of the Mishkon Hashem’s presence returns to its original place in this world where it was in the beginning. It all began with one person, Adam HaRishon whose job it was to cultivate Gan Eden to elevate it to a higher level, into an abode, a Mishkon, for Hashem.

In order to accomplish this task after the sin of the golden calf, Moshe Rabbenu gathered the Jewish people on the day after Yom Kippur. Once we did teshuva and were forgiven, Moshe Rabbenu gathered us together and transformed us into one unified entity. Together as one, we have the power and ability that none of us has on our own. Through our power of unity we have power to unite all aspects of creation, so many things, into a dwelling place, a Mishkon for Hashem’s divine presence. The only one that has this power to unite everyone is Moshe Rabbenu.

This weeks’ parsha teaches all of us a vital lesson and an approach in our personal lives, how to serve Hashem and use our environment and all of our possessions to make a dwelling place for His presence in this world. We have all been provided with an awesome opportunity, but where do we begin? With ourselves. We begin each day with davening. During davening we connect ourselves, and the world with Hashem. It begins with pesukei zimra.  The entire world appears to be a separate entity operating according to the laws of nature. By first meditating on the greatness of Hashem and His unity in all worlds and then praising Hashem, as the one who fills and surrounds all worlds and is master over all aspects of creation we reveal Hashem’s presence.  This continues through and includes the Shema. During Shomne Esrei, as we stand before Hashem we reach the highest level, the realization that the physical world itself that we are living in is completely one with Hashem and belongs to Him alone.

From davening we go into the world.  By participating in the world according to the Torah we make a physical Mishkon for Hashem with all that we accomplish.

In order to be successful and complete our mission our first step is to focus the mind and the heart. This begins with the preparatory statement: “Behold I take upon myself positive commandment of; “V’ahavta l’reiecha kamocha, to love my fellow Jew as myself”. First, even before we daven we accept and we connect with every Jew, great and small, as equals and as one and the same. We are all part of one being. How is it possible to feel the same when we are so different? The reason is because every Jew has a spark of Moshe Rabbenu within.  Just as Moshe Rabbenu is able to gather together each and every Jew no matter who, so to do we have a similar ability when we reveal  our spark of Moshe.

Once we have accepted this mitzvah, we are able to reach highest level of oneness with Hashem during davening. Through this unity we are able to then fulfill our mission of building Hashem’s Mishkon in this world. The last fabrengen that we merited to hear from the Rebbe was on parshas Vayakel 5752-1992, 2 days before the 27th of Adar. The focus of the printed Sicha that we have from that fabrengen is this point of unity, Vayakel. Through this unity we will be able to complete our mission and together as one we will go greet Moshiach; Now!   

A Good Shabbos, A Good Chodesh

Goldman Bris

The Goldman Bris
will iy"h take place on Monday, 22 Adar/March 20, 
8:30 am in Moshe Ganz Hall - 360 N. La Brea Ave.
May we only share simchas together.

Announcements - Ki Tisa

  • 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!!!
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim for Boruch Aharon ben Dina Nassy.

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Tisa

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:44
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 10:00 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:00 am
  • Shiur in Hilchos Pesach by Rabbi Raichik - 5:45 
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:47 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • Congregation Levi Yitzchok is sponsoring this week’s kiddush in honor of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s birthday. THANK YOU TO REB MENDEL AND HIS FAMILY for all they have done and continue to do for UNZERE KINDER. May Hashem shower them with brochos begashmiyus uberuchniyus ad bias goel Tzedek. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Mrs. Devorah Leah Ashkenazi’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Berkowitz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s mother Chana bas Reb Yeshaye ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandfather Reb Tzvi ben Reb Naftoli Elimelech ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz in honor of Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. David Kaufman’s father Reb Gedalya Boruch ben Reb Velvel HaLevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also in honor of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner in honor of Mrs. Nettie Lerner’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Ber Levine for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s father Reb Aba ben Reb Yoel Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman in honor of Rabbi Velvel Tsikman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their son Levi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. Yosef Goldberger in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father Reb Shmuel Yosef ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman in honor of Mr. Ari Kaufman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s grandmother Rochel bas Reb Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Ki Tisa

6:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Tzirel Frankel
109 S Vista St. 
Speaker: Neshi Chabad

Mazal Tov To - Ki Tisa

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine on the engagement of their granddaughter Chaya Levine to Sholom Dalfin.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Meir Schmukler - 20 Adar
  • Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin - 20 Adar
  • Mendel Wolowik - 20 Adar
  • Immanuel Mordechai Gutierrez - 21 Adar
  • Mr. Reuven Horwitz - 21 Adar
  • Dovid Revere - 21 Adar
  • Rabbi Avrohom Klyne - 22 Adar
  • Mr. Mottel Polityko - 22 Adar
  • Yakov Chaim Goldman - 24 Adar
  • Levi Tsikman - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Ezra Schochet - 24 Adar
  • Gedaliah Chanoch Stroll - 24 Adar
  • Mr. Yosef Goldberger - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Mendel Duchman - 25 Adar
  • Mr. Ari Kaufman - 25 Adar
  • Yaakov Yehoshuah Klein - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi Velvel Tsikman - 26 Adar
  • Levi Yitzchak Freeman - 26 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik - 20 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke - 21 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berel Wilhelm - 21 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Simcha Kagan - 21 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne - 22 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi - 22 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Munish Weiss - 23 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Noteh Berger - 23 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Tennenbaum - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Morris - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzchok Arnold - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Gurary - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Alon Asefovitz - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski - 26 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leibel Lipsker - 26 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Rochel bas Reb Meir (Mr. Mitch Reichman’s grandmother) - 21 Adar
  • Matilda Chaya bas Reb Sholom (Yermi Kurkus’s mother) - 21 Adar
  • Reb Shmuel Yosef ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father) - 22 Adar
  • Mindel bas Reb Nachum (Dr. Sholom Fine’s mother) - 23 Adar
  • Chana bas Reb Yeshaye (Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s mother) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Gedalya Boruch ben Reb Velvel HaLevi (Mr. David Kaufman’s father) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Avram Shalom ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Marsha Alperin’s husband) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Gedaliah Chanoch ben Reb Pinchus (Mrs. Malka Stroll’s father) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Yosef ben Reb (Mrs. Leah Perl’s father) - 25 Adar
  • Reb Tzvi ben Reb Naftoli Elimelech (Rabbi Fischel Grossman’s grandfather) - 26 Adar
  • Reb Aba ben Reb Yoel Halevi (Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s father) - 26 Adar

Devar Torah - Ki Tisa

Everyone can be like Choni HaMagel
and pray like a petulant child
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This year Shabbos falls on the 20th of Adar. Megillas Ta’anis (and Ta’anis 19a) states: “On the twentieth [of Adar], the people fasted for rain ... When they saw that the greater part of the month of Adar had passed and the rains had not come, they went to Choni HaMagel and told him to ‘Pray that rain may fall.’ He told them, ‘Go and bring in [to shelter] the Pesach ovens so that they should not rot [for these ovens were in the courtyard, and were made of clay]. He drew a circle, stood inside it ... and said: ‘Master of the universe ... I shall not move from here until You will have mercy upon Your children.’ Rain then began to fall in drops. His disciples said to him ... ‘We believe that these rains are falling merely to release you from your oath’... Thereupon He said, ‘Master of the Universe, it is not for this I have asked, but for rains [to fill] cisterns, ditches and caves.’ Rain then began to fall, every drop as big as the opening of a barrel. His disciples said to him, ‘We believe these rains are falling only to destroy the whole world.’ He said, ‘Master of the Universe, it is not for this I have asked, but for rains of benevolence, blessing and bounty.’ Rain then fell normally. They instituted that day (the 20th of Adar) as a festival, for the rains fall only in the merit of Israel.”

The Rebbe asks the following questions. As all matters of Torah, this episode serves as an eternal lesson in the service of Hashem. Choni HaMagel however lived in the times of the Bais Hamikdosh and was one of the greatest Rabbis of his time, of the Tanaim, to the extent that Shimon ben Shetach said to him; “Were it not that you are Choni I would have placed you under the ban ... But what shall I do to you who acts petulantly before Hashem as a son who acts petulantly before his father and still he grants his desires.” Therefore certainly Hashem listened to his prayers, but what relevance does this have to simple people such as us in this generation, how can we compare ourselves to Choni HaMagel?

Secondly, why did Choni’s prayer for rain not bring “rains of blessing” straight away? Why did rains first fall only in drops, and then in too much force, and it was only after his disciples pointed out that these were not beneficial to the world that Choni was forced to say that “It was not for this I asked” — and only after all this did rain come down normally?

Lastly, from Hashem’s ‘perspective’, certainly Hashem knows what type of rain is beneficial. Why then did Choni have to pray again and again for the proper rain?

Every Jew, man, woman and child has an obligation to ask Hashem for all that he or she needs on a daily basis. This story relates an essential message about how to pray. All of us are Hashem’s children, notwithstanding if we are a tzadik, a scholar or a simple Jew.  When we stand in front of Hashem, our Father, we are all like Choni HaMagel about whom Shimon ben Shetach said; “Before Hashem (you) are as a son who acts petulantly before his father and still he grants his desires.” Although we are not the great Tanna, Choni HaMagel, nevertheless we are Hashem’s petulant children. When we ask for something once, twice and three times and our prayer is not fulfilled, we come before Hashem again without shame and as His child we request yet again until our requests are fulfilled. In this way Choni HaMagel taught us the proper approach and pathway of prayer. This answers the first question; although we are not on the level of Choni HaMagel or his generation, we are nonetheless Hashem’s petulant children and we can pray as he did.

The answer to the second question as to why the rain first came down in small drops etc. is the following. Choni HaMagel who lived on a high level, a few drops would have sufficed for his needs and would have fulfilled his prayer. Being however that the world is not on his level, he asked Hashem that his prayer be fulfilled in a way that the world could appreciate.  When the rain came down in a torrent,  even though he himself could have absorbed it himself, he saw that the world was incapable of absorbing  such a great bracha . Although the torrent of rain was a great bracha, if it would not be good in revealed a way for the entire world its not what he desired. That’s why he then asked for rains of benevolence, blessing and bounty, open and revealed good for everyone.

After learning this story of Choni HaMagel we can now pray  from the get-go  to receive Hashem’s goodness in a fitting way. As we pray in Neila on Yom Kippur and on Hoshana Rabba “(Hashem, please) Open the gates of heaven, and for us open Your goodly treasures” meaning that the blessings should be in a way that we are able to appreciate and accept.

If all of this is true for our personal needs all the more so it is true regarding our heartfelt requests for the true and complete redemption. We cannot suffice with what has already been requested and prayed for nor can we overlook our essential need for the geula now.   We keep repeating our request and prayer that the geula should come in the proper way and in the proper time,  which is right now!

May we witness open and revealed good for each and every person according to their personal needs, a fulfillment of their most heartfelt requests in all areas,  both spiritual and physical, with good health,  good parnasah and nachas from all of their children.

(Adapted from a Sicha from parshas Parah  the 20th Adar 2 5744-1984)

A Good Shabbos

Matzah orders

Rabbi Raichik is finalizing his order for matzah on Thursday night.
If you plan on ordering through the Rabbi,
please contact him immediately

VOLUNTEERS & FUNDING Needed!!! Wonderful Chessed and Mivztoim opportunity!!

This year our shul is hosting the
“LOS ANGELES PURIM SEUDAH - FOR EVERY JEW THAT MOVES”

If you know anyone who needs a place to eat the Seuda, to hear the Megilah or to enjoy Purim with their family, please pass this on to them. Lets give our fellow Yidden, a purim they will remember and ensure they feel like kings and queens - which they really are!

While we aimed for 150 people, we now have more then 300!!!

WE NEED A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS
to help with greeting, tefilin, mivtzoim and dancing,
if you can help, please respond and let us know
which time slot works for you:
1) 12:00 - 12:45
2) 12:45 - 1:30
3) 1:30 - 2:15

WE ARE ALSO IN URGENT NEED OF FUNDING,
please click here to participate in this great mitzvah!!!

The Rambam writes: “It is better for a person to increase his gifts to the poor than to make a larger meal or give more mishloach manos for there is no greater and more beautiful simcha (joy) than gladdening the hearts of the poor, orphans, widows, and geirim. For one who gladdens the hearts of these unfortunate is likened to the shechina (Divine)…” 

May we celebrate this Purim at a Farbrenegn with the Rebbe!
Moshiach NOW!!
Happy Purim dear friends!

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Purim - Incredible Opportuniy

Announcements - Tetzaveh

  • Click Here for KYY Update. 
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
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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!!!
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim for Boruch Aharon ben Dina Nassy.
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  • Job offer at The Aleph Institute. Click here for more info

Schedule - Tetzaveh/Purim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:39
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:05 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:00 am
  • Parshas Zachor - is a Torah obligation. According to many Halachic authorities women are obligated as well as men. 
  • Mincha: 5:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:42 pm
  • Motzei Shabbos - Move Clocks Forward 1 Hour 

 Motzei Shabbos - Night of Purim

  • Minyan #1 in KYY - Maariv - 6:50 / Megillah - 7:00
  • Minyan #2 in Shul - Maariv - 7:00 / Megillah - 7:05
  • Minyan #3 in Kolel: Maariv - 7:05 / Megillah - 7:15
  • Late Megillah Reading: 8:30 pm - at the Bukeit's: 343 N Formosa Ave.
  • Grand KYY Event - Upstairs in Moshe Ganz Hall right after the 1st Minyan Please be sure to join so you can be on time. See flyer below. 
    Click here for more info

Sunday - Purim Day
ALL TIMES ARE ON DST

  • Sunrise: 7:08 am
  • 1st Minyan: 7:00 (in Shul) - Megillah: 7:30
  • 2nd Minyan: 7:30 (in KYY) - Megillah: 8:00
  • 3rd Minyan: 8:00 (in Kollel) - Megillah: 8:30
  • 4th Minyan: 8:30 (in Shul) - Megillah: 9:00
  • 5th Minyan: 9:00 (in KYY)- Megillah: 9:30
  • 6th Minyan: 9:30 (in Kolel)- Megillah: 10:00
  • 7th Minyan: 10:00 (in Shul) - Megillah: 10:30
  • Late Megillah Reading:
    11:00 am - at the Munitz's: 321 N Alta Vista Blvd.
    1:30 pm - at the Bukeit's: 343 N Formosa Ave. 
  • Mincha: 2:00, 4:00 & 5:00 pm
  • Sunset: 6:58 pm
  • Maariv: 8:30 

For all the laws of Purim please see
the "Chabad Chodesh" by clicking here

Kiddush Sponsors - Tetzaveh

  • The Rav-Noy Family for the Bar-Mitzvah of Mendel Rav-Noy. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel Bastomski ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Yankel Ginsburg for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Yankel Ginsburg’s father Reb Dov Reuven ben Reb Dovid Helevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Dr. Mordechai Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s mother Golda bas Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tetzaveh

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Pinson in honor of Rabbi Mendel Pinson’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Tetzaveh

5:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Chani Pinson
453 N Martel Ave. 
Speaker: Mrs. Chani Pinson

Mazal Tov To - Tetzaveh

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch on the bar mitzvah of their grandson Mordechai Sperlin. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine on the marriage of their granddaughter Chaya Bryski to Yeruchem Lipszyc.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy on the bar mitzvah of their grandson Mendel Rav-Noy.  
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Rabbi & Mrs. Achiezer Schusterman.) 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Shmuel Novack - 13 Adar
  • Yaakov Moshe Friedman - 13 Adar
  • Mr. Reuven Kasten - 13 Adar
  • Mr. Shimon Benarroch - 13 Adar
  • Yudi Perl - 15 Adar
  • Dovid Raigorodsky - 15 Adar
  • Levi Raichik (ben Yanky) - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Leib Lerner - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Schneur Schneerson - 16 Adar
  • Yosef Gluckowsky - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Meir Rivkin - 16 Adar
  • Aryeh Leib Hoch - 17 Adar
  • Meir Israeli - 17 Adar
  • Mr. Jon Engelson - 18 Adar
  • Mr. Zev Oster - 18 Adar
  • Shneur Zalman Yisochor Getzel Rubashkin - 18 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Wolowik - 15 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Kaye - 16 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yehosuah Goldman - 16 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Brown - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Friedman - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler - 17 Adar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg - 19 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht - 19 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Dov Reuven ben Reb Dovid Helevi (Mr. Yankel Ginsburg’s father) - 14 Adar
  • Rochel bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s mother) - 15 Adar
  • Reb Nachman ben Reb Asher Hakohen (Rabbi Mordechai Katz’s father) - 15 Adar
  • Harav Zalmen Leib ben Reb Yaakov Yitzchok (Rabbi Naftoli Estulin’s father) - 15 Adar
  • Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel Bastomski - 16 Adar
  • Reb Zev ben Reb Ezriel (Mr. Gary Apfel’s father) - 16 Adar
  • Reb Shlomo Zalman ben Reb Shmuel Nata (Mr. Moshe Kaszirer’s father) - 17 Adar
  • Golda bas Reb Yosef (Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s mother) - 18 Adar
  • Chava Maryasha bas Reb Ber (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s mother) - 19 Adar
  • Reb Betzalel ben Reb Chaim Shneur Zalmen (Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s father) - 19 Adar

Devar Torah - Tetzaveh

My People
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In one of the sichos on Purim 5729/1969 the Rebbe asked the question, why doesn't Rashi explain the difficulty in the Megillah that when Queen Esther was begging Achashverosh to rescind the decree she said, I am asking for /ani/ – my nation – /vnafshi/ –and for my soul.

Haman’s accusation against the Jewish people was that they were spread out, they don’t keep the law of the land, and therefore, it is not worthy of the king to have them. Where do we find in Esther’s request a rebuttal to Haman’s accusations? She should have tried to explain that the Jewish people are not different! The only thing she was saying was /ami/ – my people. So the Rebbe said that it is obvious that in her words are the rebuttal.

Esther said to Achashverosh, “Yes, we are different, I am different!: I don’t drink the wine you touch, I have seven maids so I remember when Shabbos is. Even though I am different, from among all the young women of your kingdom, you chose me. The decision that Haman made that because we are different we are not worthy of existence is false because you alone, King Achashverosh, proved it. I am your queen and I am different, /ami/, I am Jewish and this is my people.”

The Rebbe continued that in America today, there is a feeling that if someone wants to impress the non-Jewish world he must show how he are equal to them. When a person in Wall Street wants to show off his heritage, he tells his broker or banker, “Michael, do you think I come from the moon?” He brings the non-Jew into the office and shows him a picture of his grandfather, a Yid with a big yarmulka and a long white beard, and a grandmother who covered her hair and dressed very modestly. The grandson is proud of his grandparents. But when he is asked, what about you? He says, now we are living in a different time. The way of my grandparents was in the alte shtetel – America is different.

The grandson is doing to his grandparents what Haman wanted to do to Mordechai – put him on a pole 50 cubits high for all to see – and he's proud of his grandparents, but they are above him and he has no connection to them! When the granddaughter wants to daven to Hashem she goes to her grandmother, asking grandmother to pray for her. Why shouldn't the granddaughter be dressed as modestly as the grandmother, why is she dressed in a mini-mini?! It is up to you to educate your son to go in the way of his grandfather, with a full beard; and your daughter should dress as refined as her grandmother, she should bentsch licht every Friday and daven like her grandmother did. The only way to live is the way Esther said - /ami/ – my nation – I am living like a Jewish person. That is how Esther prevailed upon the king and changed the decree.

I am reminded of a farbrengen among chassidim in Australia on Purim night in 1973 when I was on Shlichus in Melbourne. At one table was Rabbi Mordechai Perlow and Rabbi Betzalel Wilshansky. They learned in Lubavitch by the Rebbe Rashab between 1913 and 1916. At a second table was Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, who learned in 770 during the 1940s, in the time of the Previous Rebbe. At another table there were younger chassidim, who learned by the Rebbe in 770 in the 1960s. Whether they learned in the time of the Rebbe Rashab, the Previous Rebbe or our Rebbe, they all lived with the feelings and experiences of their Yeshiva years and it penetrated into every aspect of their lives. Rabbi Perlow and Rabbi Wilshansky learned in Lubavitch before World War I and suffered through the revolution, the rise of Communism and World War II. Even sixty years later, when they lived openly as chassidim in Melbourne it was /ami/ – my nation – I am a chossid. That was the common denominator that entire night. Wherever they learned, whatever generation, their Yiddishekeit and Chassidishkeit was not only a picture on the wall. Instead each generation was permeated with the Chassidishe warmth they had internalized in their formative yeshiva years. 

Ta’anis Esther Schedule

  • Fast Begins: 4:57 am
  • First Minyan Shacahris: 6:15 am
  • Machatzis HaShekel / Minchah: 5:15 pm (Early Minyan 12:37)
  • Maariv: 6:22 pm
  • Fast Ends: 6:30 pm

For all the laws of Ta’anis Esther please see
the "Chabad Chodesh" by clicking here

Shabbos Washing Kiddush

The Rav-Noy Family
invites the whole community to a washing kiddush this shabbos afternoon 
for the Bar-Mitzvah of their grandson Mendel Rav-Noy.

May he give them much nachas
and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.

Job offer at The Aleph Institute

Relationships Manager

What We’re Looking For: 

The Aleph Institute’s West Coast division, is looking to fill a critical role on our team by hiring a Relationships Manger who will work alongside the director to manage and sustain the leads and relationships initiated by him.   We’re looking for a person who enjoys connecting with others and maintaining relationships, and has significant experience interacting with members of different Jewish communities as well attorneys, government officials etc.  This person should be a someone who thrives on networking and building relationships and has a passion for knowing just the right thing for the right person at the right time.  He or she might pride themselves in the size and value of their network or in their ability to keep up meaningful relationships with a large number of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Or, they might have a knack for turning a 2 minute introduction into a life long friendship.  Prior experience might include successful networking and bringing people together for a shared mission, or other observable people powers.  

Main Responsibilities Include:

    Provide content for the director to interact with donor leads, potential foundations, and professional partners to Aleph’s mission

    Manage and maintain the director's regular correspondence with people from a variety of backgrounds and agendas who are connecting with Aleph

    Keep a general awareness of on all the moving pieces within the organization as well as the interests of the people who are connecting to Aleph in order to find and suggest relevant content or interactions for the director (and other senior employees) to hold with members of the network

    Input and maintain data information into Aleph’s Filemaker pro database and prosper works CRM

    Support the major gifts officer and other development team members in donor relations 

Qualifications and Skills:

    Great at written and inter-personal communication 

    Skilled at building and maintaining relationships 

    Self-Motivated 

    High level of creativity and ingenuity

    Can-do, positive attitude

    Organized

    Charismatic

    Team-player mentality

    Willingness to provide content for others without pride of authorship

    Observable past experiences with bringing people together, leading community involvement and/or instigating a social change

    Significant experience in interacting within the Jewish community and a strong understanding of the different dynamics between people communities and affiliations

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Duration: full-time preferred, telecommuting/remote applicants may be considered

Salary Range: $18 - $26/ hour, Dependent on skill set

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The Aleph Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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Announcements - Terumah

  • 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!!!
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim for Boruch Aharon ben Dina Nassy.

Shabbos Schedule - Terumah

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:33
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:11 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:20 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 5:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:36 pm

Thursday, Adar 11/March 9 - Ta’anit Esther

  • Fast Begins: 4:57 am
  • Machatzis HaShekel / Minchah: 5:15 pm
  • Fast Ends: 6:30 pm

Sholom Zochor - Terumah

Levi and Rayzi Goldman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
8:30 pm at the Sufrin home 223 S Orange Dr.

Kiddush Sponsors - Terumah

  • Mr. & Mrs. Oren Atias for the Bar-Mitzvah of their twin sons Mordechai Yeishai & Michoel Naftoli. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s father Reb Moshe ben Reb Nachum Dov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Fishman in honor of Mr. Moshe Fishman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Hayman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Daniel Hayman’s father Reb Yeshayahu ben Reb Avraham Nissan ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Tova Levine’s mother Hinda Ettel bas Reb Yakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yachzel for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Joel Yachzel’s father Reb Chaim ben Reb Yehoshua Zelig Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Terumah

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

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Terumah

5:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia Pl. 
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Terumah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the birth of their granddaughter (to Avi and Lilly Gniwisch). 
  • Mrs. Miriam Gluck on the engagement of her granddaughter. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Goldman on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Rafael Gutierrez on the engagement of their son Yosef Gutierrez to Rachel Weingrow.
  • Mrs. Miriam Labkowsky on the engagement of her son Sendy to Mali New.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosske Mishulovin on the birth of their grandson. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler on the marriage of their granddaughter Chaya Mushka Schmukler to Shneur Zalman Munitz. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel Stroll on the birth of their grandson (to Levi & Miriam Goldstein).

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Allan Stark - 7 Adar II
  • Mr. Jack Soussana - 7 Adar II
  • Mendy Chazanow - 7 Adar II
  • Menachem Mendel Freeman - 9 Adar II
  • Mr. Moshe Fishman - 9 Adar II
  • Rabbi Nochum Labkowsky - 10 Adar II
  • Rabbi Mendel Pinson - 12 Adar II
  • Rabbi Laizer Labkowsky - 12 Adar II
  • Rabbi Chaim Avrahom Mentz - 12 Adar II

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Nachum Cherman - 7 Adar I
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz - 9 Adar II
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 11 Adar II
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zechariah Davidson - 12 Adar II

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Nachum Dov (Mr. Zechariah Davidson’s father) - 6 Adar I
  • Reb Yeshayahu ben Reb Avraham Nissan (Mr. Daniel Hayman’s father) - 7 Adar I
  • Reb Chaim ben Reb Yehoshua Zelig Halevi (Mr. Joel Yachzel’s father) - 8 Adar I
  • Chaya bas Reb Aharon (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandmother) - 8 Adar II
  • Reb Mordechai ben Reb Abraham (Mrs. Ester Gutierrez’s grandfather) - 11 Adar II
  • Reb Yitzchok Dovber ben Reb Shlomo (Rabbi Zalman Schmukler’s stepfather) - 12 Adar I
  • Hinda Ettel bas Reb Yakov (Mrs. Tova Levine’s mother) - 12 Adar I

Devar Torah - Terumah

Coming together is the beginning;
Staying together is progress;
Enduring together is success.
All of these are inseparable aspects
of Bringing Moshiach Now!
Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week is parshas Terumah. In the first three pasukim the word teruma is mentioned three times. Rashi explains that these three times refer to three different donations that were given for the Mishkon: one for the sockets, the adonim, which served as the foundation of the Mishkon; one for 13 different materials used for building the Mishkon; and one to provide funds for community sacrifices, for example the korbon tamid.

Based on a sicha from the Rebbe (5724 Shabbos parshas Mishpatim) we learn that these three donations teach a significant lesson today in how we treat others one-on-one, in the community at-large and in our institutions.

There’s a saying that as we begin so it goes. Great projects often begin with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm excitement and energy. The approach of setting down new foundations for something good is reflected in the donation of the sockets. There are those amongst us that excel in this area. Once they begin the project however they leave it to others to build.

There are others who are neither trailblazer’s nor revolutionaries but enjoy jumping in once an important project has begun. They may lack the vision to create or found something new but make it up in heartfelt giving. This is reflected in the second donation of the 13 different materials. These materials were not the foundation or the starting point but they do made up the bulk what is necessary for the building of the Mishkon. After their donation they feel that their part is complete and leave it to others to maintain.

There are others who will neither start a worthy project nor participate in the labors of building once it has begun. When it’s all been completed however they will show up to secure the fulfillment of its purpose. This is similar to a person who sees a beautiful synagogue in their community and they want to be a part of it. These are the people that work late into the night after everyone is gone home to insure that the doors stay open and everything keeps functioning. This is reflected in the third donation of the communal sacrifice, the ultimate purpose for which the Mishkon was built. 

The Rebbe explains that although most usually excel in one area more than another, we learn from parshas Terumah that if we want to accomplish our mission of v’shechanti b’socham, bringing Hashem’s presence into this world, we all have all three and they are all necessary for the success of our mission. It isn’t sufficient to suffice with one or two of the three. The parsha is teaching us this by mentioning all three at the beginning of the construction of the Mishkon to teach that each and every one of us has the ability to participate all three.

We express this in our daily living this not only by giving physical donations of tzedaka but it also by making donations spiritually in all three areas. If we look around and see someone that is down and needs our help we begin by reaching out; we create a foundation (the first donation).  This week’s parsha teaches us that we don’t view this help as a one-time shot in the dark occurrence.  We tend to it with ongoing involvement and care maybe in a number of areas (the second donation). Even when we provided a lot to others our care concern and involvement doesn’t end there. We need to stay in touch and make sure that what we’ve done lasts (the third donation).

The same applies in our relationships with our children. There are three distinct stages of growth. When a child is young and at home we see to all of their needs and provide a proper foundation (the first donation). As they grow older and go away to yeshivas and seminaries we may think it’s time to take a break and go on autopilot assuming that they’re taken care of. Our care and concern continues and is very necessary even during this stage. We continue to be involved by calling our children, being aware of their surroundings, providing their needs and speaking with their teachers (the second donation). When our children are finally grown and out on their own, we may feel our job is done and it’s time for retirement. The truth is that now is when they may need our support most!  Been involved with care and concern at this stage of life is an essential part of our lifelong relationship with our children.

Just as described with regard to parenting and helping others the same applies for Rabbonim, Mashpiim, and Teachers. Someone once asked a Rosh Yeshiva if he knows how his talmidim are faring after they leave his yeshiva. He was asked: “Do you call them?”

A healthy family is a family that is involved from beginning to end in all aspects both physical and spiritual. A healthy community is the same.

Through building our own Mishkon and by helping others to build theirs, may we merit the third Beis HaMikdash with the full and complete “v’shechanti b’socham” with the arrival of Moshiach immediately.

A Good Shabbos

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