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Farbrengen with Rabbi Groner

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Bd"e: Mrs. Chomie Weiss ob"m

Mrs. Rivky Raichik
is sitting shiva (in Kfar Chabad & Antwerp)
until Sunday morning on the passing of her sister
Mrs. Chomie Weiss ob"m
Nechama Dina bas Reb Yaakov Shlomo sheyichye

Email: rivkyraichik@gmail.com
Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehe besochom!

Melava Malka for men in honor of Yud Shevat

Melava Malka for Men in Shul
Motzei Shabbos, 8:00 pm
in honor of Yud/Yud Alef Shevat

Guest speakers: 
Rabbi Chaim Hanoka 
Chosid & Rebbe Relationship, in honor of the 20th Yhartzeit for Reb Shmuel Dovid Raichik

Mr. Garry Apfel
Leaving with True Emuna

Partially sponsored by:
Mr. Dovid Goldstein in honor of his birthday! 

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Announcements - Beshalach

  • 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 building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • SHABBOS: As the bachurim are out of town. PLEASE join Rabbi Yitzi to help with minyan. 821 N Formosa #202.
    Friday-Mincha/Mariv Bizmana,
    Shachris 10:30
    Shabbos Mincha/Mariv - Bizmana. 
  • MOTZEI SHABBOS: Melava Malka for Men 8pm in Shul, in honor of Yud/Yud Alef Shevat. Guest speakers: Rabbi Chaim Hanoka and Mr. Garry Apfel. Partially sponsored by: Mr. Dovid Goldstein in honor of his birthday! 
  • SUNDAY: Positive Parenting in our Times with Rabbi Shmuel Lew. Click here for more info.
  • THURSDAY: Farbrengen with Rabbi Groner. Click here for more info
  • SAVE THE DATE: 40 year YOEC banquet. Tuesday, 5 Adar/February 20. Click here for more info.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Marriage Lecture by Rabbi Manis Friedman. Wednesday, 6 Adar/February 21. Click here for more info

Shabbos Schedule - Beshalach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:59 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:29 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
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 5:00 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:02 pm

Sholom Zochor - Beshalach

Meir & Chana Thaler
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 126 N Sycamore.

Kiddush Sponsors - Beshalach

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeits of their son Reb Ariel ben Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev ob”m, Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandfather Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev ben Reb Mordechai ob”m and brother Reb David ben Reb Aharon Yehuda Halevi H'YD. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Nechama Amilov for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown her family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • 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. Shaul Raigorodsky in honor of Mrs. Mila Raigorodsky’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s grandfather Reb Yehudah ben Reb Tzvi Hirsh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Beshalach

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

Mazal Tov To - Beshalach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Thaler on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Yisroel Noach Bastomski - 11 Shevat
  • Mr. Yacov Avila - 12 Shevat
  • Mr. Shea Bastomski - 13 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat
  • Menachem Mendel Novack - 14 Shevat
  • Mr. Pesach Kornreich - 14 Shevat
  • Rabbi Nochum Pinson - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Lazer Handlesman - 16 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yankee Raichik - 17 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Moshe Levin - 11 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky - 12 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz - 14 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Menucha Vita bas Reb Aharon (Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s mother) - 11 Shevat
  • Reb 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
  • Reb David ben Reb Aharon Yehuda Halevi H'YD (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 14 Shevat
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Shmuel (Mr. Milton Goodman’s father in law) - 14 Shevat
  • Nechomo Basya bas Reb Avrohom Yitzchok Bastomski - 16 Shevat
  • Reb Yehudah ben Reb Tzvi Hirsh (Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s grandfather) - 17 Shevat

Devar Torah - BoBeshalach

3rd Yartzeit of Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy ob"m

Please join the Rav-Noy's this Wednesday, 8 Shevat/January 24, 11:30 am 
for tehilim at Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy's kever:
Mount Olive Cemetery: 7231 E Slauson Ave. 90040

The family needs help with a minyan!! 
If you are able to join, please email zeev@ravnoy.com

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Seder for Yud Shevat 5778

Thursday, Shevat 9/January 25

  • Shaeva licht will be available for sale in shul after Mincha
  • Maariv: 5:47 pm
  • Followed by the recitation of the first 2 chapters of the Maamar “Bossi Legani”. By Rabbi Ami Meyers
  • Followed by learning some of the mishnayos for the frierdiker Rebbe’s name. By Rabbi Ami Meyers

Friday, Shevat 10/January 26

  • Chapter of Tanya by Rabbi Ami Meyers: 6:45 am
  • Recitation of the next to chapters of the Maamar “Bossi Legani” will be after the 7:00 minyan Shacharis by Rabbi Ami Meyers
  • Mincha: 4:55 pm
  • Followed by the recitation of the final chapter of the Maamar “Bossi Legani”. Followed by studying a perek of Tanya & Mishanyos by Rabbi Ami Meyers

Motzei Shabbos

  • Melava Malka/Farbrengen for men in shul @ 8 pm

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 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 building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • SAVE THE DATE: Soulful & Inspiring Evening in honor of Rabbi Ariel Ravnoy's 3rs Yahrtzeit. Wednesday, 8 Shevat/January 24. Click here for more info
  • SAVE THE DATE: 40 year YOEC banquet. Tuesday, 5 Adar/February 20. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Bo

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:52 pm
  • 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.
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:30 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
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 4:50 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:55 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Bo

  • Bar-Mitzvah of Menachem Mendel Wiener. May he give his parents much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.
  • Mrs. Nechama Amilov for the yahrtzeit of her father Reb Sadya ben Reb Yigal ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Sima Bart’s mother Sara bas Reb Chananya ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Feiner for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Miriam Feiner’s mother Mindel bas Reb Elyahu 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 Reb Elchonon Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Binyomin Kaplan’s mother Rochel bas Reb Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Raichik and Klyne Families for the yahrtzeit of their father Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid ben Reb Shimon Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik in honor of Mrs. Rivky Raichik’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Bo

  • Bar-Mitzvah of Mendel Munitz. May he give his parents much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Bo

4:45 pm at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Bo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the marriage of their son Hudi to Sara'le Brownstein. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Reuven Wolf - 4 Shevat
  • Yosef Meir Feiner - 4 Shevat
  • Aryeh Yehuda Avila - 4 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yisroel Hecht - 5 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Plotkin - 6 Shevat
  • Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Mishulovin - 6 Shevat
  • Rabbi Moshe Leider - 7 Shevat
  • Rabbi Sholem Perl - 7 Shevat
  • Mendel Wolowik - 8 Shevat
  • Mr. Aryeh Leib Ehrlich - 9 Shevat
  • Rabbi Leibel Lipsker - 9 Shevat
  • Rabbi Shmuli Chazanow - 10 Shevat

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman - 3 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart - 7 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nootie Gross - 7 Shevat
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon - 9 Shevat
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman - 10 Shevat

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sara bas Reb Chananya (Mrs. Sima Bart’s mother) - 5 Shevat
  • Mindel bas Reb Elyahu (Mrs. Miriam Feiner’s mother) - 5 Shevat
  • 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 Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s son) - 8 Shevat
  • Pesha bas Reb Yehoshua (Rabbi Jonathan Glabman’s sister) - 9 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.

Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook 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

Chabad Chodesh - Shevat

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

Masbia Program

Dear shul member

We'd like to remind everyone that this Sunday is the Masbia Program.

The shul kitchen will be open from 7am till 12pm. 

All foods are fine, including Milchig, Fleishig, Pareve, fruits, vegetables, frozen, canned and packed foods. All except foods cooked at home.

Please note: If you can send proteins such as- chicken, meat, fish, and cheeses, it would be tremendously beneficial to these families.

For your convenience, if you prefer having the food picked up from your front porch, please text 323-710-9954. Pick up time will be between 10am and 11:30am. 

Announcements - Va’era

  • 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 building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • SUNDAY:  Masbia Program. The shul kitchen will be open from 7am till 12pm. All foods are fine, including Milchig, Fleishig, Pareve, fruits, vegetables, frozen, canned and packed foods. All except foods cooked at home. Please note: If you can send proteins such as- chicken, meat, fish, and cheeses, it would be tremendously beneficial to these families. For your convenience, if you prefer having the food picked up from your front porch, please text 323-710-9954. Pick up time will be between 10am and 11:30am. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Soulful & Inspiring Evening in honor of Rabbi Ariel Ravnoy's 3rs Yahrtzeit. Wednesday, 8 Shevat/January 24. Click here for more info
  • SAVE THE DATE: 40 year YOEC banquet. Tuesday, 5 Adar/February 20. Click here for more info.
  • Nichum Aveilim:  Mrs. Marci Kaufman is sitting shiva until Sunday on the passing of her father Mr. Eddie (Yitzchak ben Nachman) Madick ob"m. Address: 180 S Orange Dr. Phone: (323) 939-0750. Times: Friday 10-2. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Shabbos Schedule - Va’era

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:46 pm
    SINCE SHABBOS IS STARTING LATER, THIS WILL BE THE LAST WEEK IN WHICH WE WILL TRY TO ENABLE YOU TO GET HOME & MAKE KIDDUSH BEFORE 6.  
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:30 am
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:15 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Mincha: 4:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:49 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Shevat: Wednesday, Shevat 1/January 17, 2:25 am and 2 chalakim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Shevat: Wednesday, January 17.

Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Ashkenazi in honor of Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart in honor of Rabbi Simcha Bart’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. Dovid Leib Bastomski in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s father Reb Yehudah Mordechai ben Reb Baruch 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yonah Mordechai Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yonah Mordechai Weiss’s mother Miriam bas Reb Alter Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Va’era

  • 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.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zali Munitz in honor of the birthday of their triplets Dina, Rivkah and Yitzchak Yosef and for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown their family. May they have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus and may Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • 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.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Va’era

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

Mazal Tov To - Va’era

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tzvi Sandberg on the engagement of their daughter Rivka to Zecharia Phillips.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Dov Fine - 26 Teves
  • Mr. Dovid Leib Bastomski - 26 Teves
  • Rabbi Simcha Bart - 26 Teves
  • Ryan Leaderman - 27 Teves
  • Yitzchak Yosef Munitz - 27 Teves
  • Rabbi Yoni Sarue - 27 Teves
  • 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

Upcoming Anniversaries

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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chava bas Reb Yakov Yisroel (Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman’s mother) - 26 Teves
  • Bracha Chaya bas Reb Refoel (Mrs. Dina Tova Goldman’s mother) - 26 Teves
  • Reb Yaakov Chayim ben Reb Mordechay (Mrs. Milka Elharrar’s father) - 26 Teves
  • Sima bas Reb Fivel (Mr. Steven Leaderman’s mother) - 26 Teves
  • Harav Chaim Meir ben Reb Avrohom Shmuel (Rabbi Yosef Bukiet’s father) - 27 Teves
  • 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

Devar Torah - Va’era

FARVOS?….
In what merit do we ask?
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week was Chof Daled Teves, the Hilula and Yahrtzeit of the Alter Rebbe. The following is an excerpt from a fabrengen of the Previous Rebbe given on Shevei Shel Pesach 1942. When a chosid prepares to go to a tzaddik to request a bracha, to go to the ohel or to write a pan, he needs to have the following in mind.

“In the year 1825, one of the Alter Rebbe’s Chassidim visited Haditch to daven at the Tziyon of the Alter Rebbe. Later, while the chosid was on his way to Lubavitch, both the Mittler Rebbe and the Tzemach Tzedek saw the Alter Rebbe in a dream. They did not tell each other about their respective dreams. When the chosid arrived for Yechidus with the Mittler Rebbe, the Rebbe told him that the Alter Rebbe came to him and said that this chosid had pleaded too much by his tziyon. The Alter Rebbe then asked the question, “farvos-for what?” Afterwards, the chosid visited the Tzemach Tzedek as well. During the conversation, the Tzemach Tzedek spoke about the topic of “farvos-for what?” The Chosid understood that this question was not a simple matter. (The Previous Rebbe said that he heard from his father the Rebbe Rashab on several occasions about the concept of “farvos”, meaning for what purpose should your request be answered?)

During a Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen, in the year 1892, one of the baalei batim stood up to say l’chaim. He said, “L’chaim, the zchus of the ba’al hasimcha (the Alter Rebbe) should protect us.” The Rebbe Rashab asked him, “farvos-for what?” (For what purpose should your request be answered?)

The fiery words delivered by the Rebbe Rashab during that Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen left a powerful impression upon all those that attended. My teacher, Reb Nissan A”H, explained the meaning of the Rebbe’s words in great detail. The individual that was most deeply affected from the question; ‘farvos-for what?’ was the Chosid Reb Hendel. After the farbrengen we went to the small zal to write pidyonos to bring to the Ohel (in Lubavitch of the Tzemach and the Rebbe Maharash). One could hear Reb Hendel immersed in a form of ‘self litigation’ asking himself repeatedly through a torrent of tears; “Hendel… farovs? Hendel… farvos?” He didn’t actually write a pidyon in the end. When he arrived at the Ohel he spoke simply with a sentiment that his requests should be heard with undeserved kindness and great compassion.  The entire episode affected within him a truly broken spirit. It wasn’t just that he became bitter which would imply that he retained aspiration and thirst; rather it affected within him complete and essential brokenness.

Many wealthy Chassidim; Reb Shmuel Gourarie, Reb Yaakov Horowitz from Riga and others, assembled at the Purim farbrengen in the year 1910, in Mentan. Reb Yaakov Horowitz took a cup of mashke and said, “L’chaim, the zchus of the Alter Rebbe should protect us.”The Rebbe Rashab answered; “farvos-for what?” The Rebbe then said to Reb Yaakov; “Yaakov, do you remember the way you were in Shebitz? When the Shadar (a distinguished shliach of the Rebbe) used to come to your town? You ran through the mud to hear a good word!”

During the farbrengen, the Rebbe asked Reb Yaakov Horowitz, “Why is it that when someone asks you for tzedakah you ask, “farvos?” and just now you bentched that the Rebbe’s merit should protect us and you didn’t ask, “farvos?” It’s known that when a good malach goes on high with a request to a tzaddik for someone’s needs, he is in the world of truth. Emes is also din-judgement. In that place, one cannot just be there because he is a good guy. There has to be a “farvos?” a purpose. In general, a malach has great fear to enter the chamber of a tzaddik. Therefore, I asked you about your request, “farvos?”

Later, the Rebbe told me in a private yechidus that a pnimi – an inward and serious person – always needs to ask himself, “farvos – for what?” The reason is because the Alter Rebbe made that his chassidim shouldn’t be beggars, meaning that they should not receive bread of shame. A pnimi should always have, “farvos” a reason for receiving. Even when he is given things, he shouldn’t want to take it (without a “farvos”).”

When Moshe came with the shlichus to take the Yidden out of Mitzrayim, Hashem informed him immediately the “farvos” the reason that they merited to get out of Mitzrayim. It was because they were going to accept upon themselves the Torah on Har Sinai.

In everything in our lives there is a “farvos”. When we come to the Rebbe we need to tell the Rebbe what we are doing with our time. We need to write to him what shiurim we are giving, what peulos we are involved in, how we are running our homes, about our davening, and what tzedakah we give. This is the vessel that holds the bracha; this is our “farvos.” The Rebbe speaks in many places that a chosid needs to notify the Rebbe about what he is doing. A Chosid is always asking himself; “farvos?”

Levaya for Neil Barnett MINYAN NEEDED

The Levaya for Neil Barnett will be today at 1 Pm
at mount olive Chabad cemetery
7231 Slauson Ave, Commerce, CA 90040

Pls respond to this email
or text Levi 323-595-9150 
to confirm if you can come to ensure we have a Minyon

יהי רצון שהקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר ונזכה לתחיית המתים במהרה בימינו

 

Tonight! Farbrengen for Men in Shul in honor of 24 Teves

Tonight! 8 pm

Farbrengen for Men in Shul in honor of 24 Teves

According to the Rebbe's Horaos
We will also learn a chapter of tanya & Mishnayos Etc.

 

Time Sensitive: Mais mitzvah from our Shul

Dear Fellow Anash:

Nussen Ben Ami (Neil Barnett)
who would often come to Levi Yitzchok 
(recently he made a great effort to come from his nursing him and came to Levi Yitzchok for Friday night)
passed away in a nursing home
and $3,500 is urgently needed to pay for his Kvurah
and we would like to put up Matzeivah which will cost an extra 1,000

To help with this time sensitive effort so he can receive Kvuras Yisroel in a timely manner
Please email or Text Levi Raichik
elgabai@aol.com 323-595-9150
or donate online here.

He served in Tzahal
and risked his life to help other Yidden
in need on numerous occasions.
Boruch Dayan Emes.

May we be zoecheh to Geulah Sheleimo when there will be only Simchos!

Kaufman Shiva

Mrs. Marci Kaufman
is sitting shiva until Sunday
on the passing of her father
Mr. Eddie (Yitzchak ben Nachman) Madick ob"m 

Address: 180 S Orange Dr.
Phone: (323) 939-0750
Times:
Wednesday and Thursday: 1-4 & 7-10 pm.  Friday 10-2. 

Hamokom Yenachem eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom! 

Bd"e: Mr. Eddie Madick ob"m

With sadness we inform you of the passing of
Mr. Eddie (Yitzchak ben Nachman) Madick
Father of Mrs. Marci Kaufman

The kevura will take place at 
Today - Monday, 2:30 pm. at Desert Memorial Park
31705 Da Vall Dr. Cathedral City, CA 92234

Shiva info
Address: 180 S Orange Dr.
Phone: (323) 939-0750
Times: TBA

May we only share good news!! 

Announcements - Shemos

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  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
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  • SAVE THE DATE: 40 year YOEC banquet. Tuesday, 5 Adar/February 20. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Shemos

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 4:40 pm
  • Late Kabolos Shabbos: 6:15 pm 
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:29 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
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 4:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 5:43 pm
  • Father and Son Learning: 7:00-7:45 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Shemos

  • Mr. Milton Goodman in honor of his anniversary. May he and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Bart for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Simcha Bart’s father Reb Mordechai ben Reb Yechezkel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of their brother Reb Chaim Zeev ben Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Baila Burston’s father Reb Dov ben Reb Pesach ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Miriam Fishman for the yahrtzeit of her mother Basya Rochel bas Reb Shmuel Hirsh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Elisa Haratz’s father Reb Mordechai ben Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke in honor of Mr. Elozor Plotke’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Y. Shagalov, for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Yosef Y. Shagalov’s grandparents Reb Yitzchok Elchonon ben Reb Yehuda Leib hy"d and Mariashe bas Reb Ben-Tzion ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s mother Masha bas Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shemos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zali Munitz in honor of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of Rabbi Zali Munitz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s mother Masha bas Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Shemos

4:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Shemos

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Cunin on the marriage of their daughter Geula to Zalmen Bernstein. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Shlomo Cunin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their granddaughter.
  • Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok & Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin on the engagement of their daughter Bassie to Menachem Mendel Cohen.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler on the birth of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Dr. Moshe Benarroch - 19 Teves
  • Rabbi Zali Munitz - 21 Teves
  • Sholom Dovber Friedman - 22 Teves
  • Mr. Simcha Pollard - 23 Teves
  • Mr. Elozor Plotke - 24 Teves
  • Rabbi Zalmy Shem-Tov - 24 Teves
  • Rabbi Yehudah Lerman - 25 Teves

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Dov ben Reb Pesach (Mrs. Chana Baila Burston’s father) - 19 Teves
  • Reb Chaim Zeev ben Reb Avrohom Yitzchok (Rabbi Yisroel Bastomski’s brother) - 19 Teves
  • Lieba bas Reb Boruch (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s mother) - 21 Teves
  • Basya Rochel bas Reb Shmuel Hirsh (Mrs. Miriam Fishman’s mother) - 22 Teves
  • Tova bas Reb Avner (Mr. David Sharabi’s mother) - 24 Teves
  • Reb Avraham Dov ben Reb Yehoshua (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s father) - 24 Teves
  • Reb Mordechai ben Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Elisa Haratz’s father) - 25 Teves
  • Reb Mordechai ben Reb Yechezkel (Rabbi Simcha Bart’s father) - 25 Teves
  • Masha bas Reb Shlomo (Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s mother) - 25 Teves

Devar Torah - Shemos

The Secret Power of a Jewish Name
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week we begin the second sefer of the Torah, Shemos. Shemos  means "Names," because through the events chronicled in this book, the Jewish people and each individual Jew receive their "name," their essential national and personal identities as Jews.

While in the midst of exile, galus, the neshama is hidden along with its ability to perceive G-dliness and how everything comes from and is orchestrated under Hashem’s sovereignty. With this loss of insight also comes the hiding of the neshama’s love and fear of Hashem. In the galus all that is apparent are external appearances. In this state it’s hard to tell apart the life of a Jew from the lifestyles of non Jews (as the Medrash says at Krias Yam Suf: “These served avodah zarah and these served avodah zarah”).

One of the remedies for this concealed state of spiritual slumber is to call the neshama by it’s name. This awakens the essence of the neshama. Chassidim relate in the name of R. Pinchas of Koritz that this is the reason the first name of the Baal Shem Tov is Yisroel, because his mission on earth was to awaken the essence of each and every Jew.

In the parsha we witness the descent of Yaakov's family into progressively more severe physical exile, we can read between the lines and discern their descent into greater and deeper spiritual exile.

As the spiritual and physical exiles both intensified, the Jews were forced to confront their essential identity. The fact that they refused to give up the external trappings of their names, their language and their way of dress, which appear to be  only superficial small and seemingly unimportant  matters, indicated that they still maintained their  inner seed of faith in their essence and their destiny.

Therefore  the first parsha which describes the galus, the spiritual descent the Jewish people underwent and the horrors of their enslavement, is also called Shemos, "Names," to emphasize that the Jew's essence is beyond exile.

With Chof-Daled Teves, the Yartzeit of the Alter Rebbe approaching we are reminded that we are called upon to not only embrace our essence and stay true to it but also bring the neshama’s essential oneness with Hashem down into intellect and emotion. This is the stated purpose of the Tanya, which is described on its front page  as a likut,  a collection of different Torah sources gathered  to explain how it is close to each and every neshama to bring the service of Hashem into one’s mouth and heart to do; to accomplish.

It is for this reason that we beg and even demand the geula. We want the revelation of the essence of every Jew and how the neshama is one essence with Hashem, which is itself the Geula. It was always there, it was only hidden. May we witness the complete revelation for all to see immediately.

A Good Shabbos

(Adapted from the Sicha of Shabbos parshas Shemos 5748-1988)

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