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Shul Bulletin

Schedule - 1st days of Pesach

Thursday Night, Nisan 13/March 29
Bedikas Chametz

Start Bedikah After: 7:42 pm

Friday, Nisan 14/March 30
Fast of the Firstborn

  • Siyumim after all the regular minyonim.
    All those who are able to make siyumim please contact Rabbi Raichik
  • Finish Eating Chametz By: 10:52 am
  • Burn & Annul Chametz By: 11:55 am
  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:54 pm
  • Try to finish eating Afikomen by Midnight: 12:56 am

Shabbos, Nisan 15/March 31
Pesach Day One 

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:49 am
  • Shacharis: 9:30 in kyy, 10:00 in shul & 11:00 in the Kolel
  • YOU SURELY WONT WANT TO MISS THIS - 
    First Shiur in Mesechta Sota with Rabbi Bukiet 6:00 pm.
  • Mincha: 6:55 pm
  • Light Candles (From pre-existing flame) After: 7:52 pm 
  • Start Counting Sefiras Haomer

Sunday, Nisan 16/April 1
Pesach Day Two

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:48 am
  • Shachris: 9:30 in kyy, 10:00 in shul & 11:00 in the Kolel
  • Mincha: 6:55 pm
  • Shiur in Mesechta Sota with Rabbi Bukiet after Mincha.
  • Yom Tov Ends: 7:52 pm

Chol Hamoed

  • Shacharis: 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 am
  • First Mincha: 7:00 pm (no 2pm mincha during chol hamoed.)
  • First Maariv: 7:45 pm

For details regarding the laws of preparations for Pesach 
(including kashring kitchen etc). 
Please see the “Chabad Chodesh” by clicking here

Mazal Tov To - 1st Days of Pesach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Raichik on the marriage of their daughter Chaya to Moshe Sharer.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Boruch Dovber Stroll - 15 Nisan
  • Rabbi Mordechai Katz - 17 Nisan
  • Dylan - 17 Nisan
  • Mr. Moshe Kaszirer - 19 Nisan
  • Mr. Asher Bastomski - 19 Nisan
  • Yechezkel Shraga Thaler - 20 Nisan
  • Upcoming Anniversaries
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark - 8 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

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

Farbrengen for men tonight

Farbrengen for Men in Shul
TONIGHT (Monday)
immediately after maariv (around 8:00 pm)
in honor of 11 Nissan

Announcements - Tzav

  • 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!!!

Pesach Announcements

For details regarding the laws of preparations for Pesach 
(including kashring kitchen etc). 
Please see the “Chabad Chodesh” by clicking here. 

  • Maos Chitim: Those who would like to give money for Maos Chitim please go to www.chabadofla.com/Donate, or give a check to Rabbi Raichik.
  • Koshering Keilim: Hag’olas Keilim will be done next door to the shul in the parking lot of Beis Yehudah, Sun, Wed & Thur. (March 25, 28 & 29) 12 - 5 pm.
  • Selling Chometz: Rabbi Raichik will be available in the Shul to sell your Chometz from 9 to 10 am, and for a half hour after Maariv, or by appointment . 
  • If you are leaving out of state, there is a special mechiras chometz form for a sale that will be done earlier. Rabbi Raichik will accept these forms until Motzei Shabbos.
  • Shaimos: Please DO NOT bring your shaimos to shul. There are shaimos services that will pick up for a small fee. The Yeshiva also has a shaimos depository. Shaimos left in the shul ends up in the garbage.
  • Lockers & Personal Items: Please remember to clean out your lockers of any chometz and remove all personal items from any public areas. ANYTHING LEFT WILL BE THROWN AWAY.
  • Matzah: As every year the Shul will help people buy Matzah, for themselves or for Mivtzoim. Please call and order, let us know what you need and when you will be picking it up. (We will provide envelopes and brochures). 

Shabbos Schedule - Tzav

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:49 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:55 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
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Hilchos Pesach: 5:50 pm
  • Mincha: 6:50 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:52 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Tzav

  • Washing Kiddush - Sheva Brochos for Yacov & Bina Nassy. May they be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad, and may they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s cousin Reb Moshe ben Reb Peretz Hy”d. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tzav

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s brother Harav Chaim Yosef ben Harav Yehuda Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Mazal Tov To - Tzav

  • Mr. & Mrs. Alex Damianou on the birth of their daughter.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tzvi Grossman on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman. Mazal tov to the great-grandmother Mrs. Dorothy Grossman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Ber Levine on the birth of their great-granddaughter. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Gidon Fine - 9 Nisan
  • Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine - 9 Nisan
  • Mr. Gaby Silver - 11 Nisan
  • Rabbi Shmuel Raigorodsky - 12 Nisan
  • Mr. Boruch Greenbaum - 13 Nisan
  • Mr. Chaim Chodorow - 13 Nisan
  • Rabbi Berel Schusterman - 13 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark - 8 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • 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
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yisroel (Mr. Milton Goodman’s brother) - 10 Nisan
  • Reb Chaim Yosef ben Harav Yehuda Tzvi (Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s brother) - 12 Nisan
  • Reb Avraham Yitzchok (Ms. Ofra Shipman’s father) - 12 Nisan

Devar Torah - Tzav

As everyone is preparing for פסח there are lots of הלכות and מנהגים we should be aware of. Every מנהג has to be based in הלכה and there’s no basis to have מנהגים which has no base in הלכה. On the other hand we can’t be lenient on מנהגים which we do have.

There’s a story told that once someone came to the רבי' רש"ב and told him how great machine מצה is. The רבי' רש"ב responded with a משל: Once Czar Nicholas wanted to see what a ברית was so he disguised himself and went to see a  ברית being performed. He saw the מוהל washing his hands with alcohol, cleaning the knife, and making sure that everything was clean and sterilized. After the בריתwas done, the Czar saw the מציצה- how the מוהל sucks out the blood with his mouth. The Czar said: “everything is fine and good but do you have to eat from it?” The רבי' רש"ב explained: Things can be fine and good, but not everything that is kosher for פסח do we have to eat. Especially in our times where Baruch Hashem we are living in a country where we can buy more on פסח than all year round, even non געבראקס. This story gives us a guideline in how to conduct ourselves.

There is a custom by אידן that on פסח we are more careful than the entire year because of the strictness of פסח. As Lubavitchers we are careful in געבראקס. The פריערדיקער רבי' says (in ספר השיחות תש'ג page 64), that when his father would eat מצה he wouldn’t eat any other food or drink with it. But, he would eat מצה with milk or wine that was so guarded that not even a drop of water went into the wine or milk. We see from here that the רביים did eat מילכיג. It’s not a custom of חב"ד not to eat מילכיג. With that said, we don’t have to eat every מילכיג product that’s Kosher for פסח. In today’s times, all wine, milk and cheeses are processed and contain some water, therefore, to dip מצה in wine or milk or to toast cheese on מצה is not okay if you’re careful with געבראקס.

The רבי' רש"ב was so careful that when he bought produce for פסח, he didn’t buy in a store that sold חמץ. You shouldn’t buy in a store that has חמץ right near the פסח food. If the store does sell חמץ, make sure the counter is covered before you put your פסחfood down on it.

For many of the הלכות of פסח, please check out the Chabad Chodesh on-line. The web site will also have stories of פסח by the רביים and סדרים by the רבי'. Please check it out.

Wishing you all a כשר און פרייליכן פסח.

P.S. Please come as early as possible to sell your חמץ!!!!

Mincha @ Bukiet

Mincha @ Bukiet today is 3:15 

Dryer

There is a family of 9 that is in urgent need for a new or used dryer.

If you have a spare one or you can help in any way, please contact Levi Raichik ASAP.

Thanks

Bukiet Shiva

The Bukiet Family
is sitting shiva until Sunday on the passing of their mother Rebbitzen Esther Bukiet ob"m

Address: 343 N. Formosa
Times: Shacharis 8:50 & 9:20. Mincha/Maariv (2 minyanim) 6:45 pm 

Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehe besochom! 

Ma'os Chitim Appeal

To all Anash of Congregation Levi Yitzchok Sheyichyu, 

We would like to thank all of you who have participated in our Ma'os Chitim appeal this year. It is well known how important this is - it is one of the first Halachos in Shulchan Aruch Hilchos Pesach, and the Rebbe would stress the importance of this great Mitzvah as well.

Those who have not had a chance to give can do so on the Shul website www.chabadofla.com/donate go to the drop-down menu under Purpose* and select Maos Chitim, or you can just write it in the Note at the bottom of the page.

May all of us have a Freilichen and Kosher Pesach in good health, and we should all merit this year to eat from the Korban Pesach in Yerusholayim with Moshiach.

Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Reminder! HaKomas HaMatzeiva for Reb Moshe Baruch (Marty) Fishman ob"m

HaKomas HaMatzeiva (unveiling)
for Reb Moshe Baruch (Marty) Fishman ob"m
will take place on Sunday, 2 Nissan/March 18,
2:30 pm at Home of Peace
4334 Whittier Blvd. East Los Angeles. 

Announcements - Vayikra

  • 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: Annual Pesach Products Shiur, for women, 10 am in the KYY, with Rabbi Nathanson and Rabbi Raichik.
  • SUNDAY: HaKomas HaMatzeiva (unveiling) for Reb Moshe Baruch (Marty) Fishman will take place on Sunday, 2 Nissan/March 18, 2:30 pm at Home of Peace - 4334 Whittier Blvd. East Los Angeles. 

Shabbos Schedule - Vayikra

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:43 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 10:01 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
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Hilchos Pesach: 5:45 pm
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:46 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Vayikra

  • The Nassy Family in honor of the ufruf of Yacov Nassy. May he be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson 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.
  • The Raichik Family in honor their father's 100th birthday. Also for the yahrtzeit of their grandfather Reb Avrohom Abbale Hakoen ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Vayikra

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s mother Rochel bas Reb Yaakov Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Hoch in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also, in honor of Rabbi David Hoch’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s mother Rochel Leah bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Vayikra

5:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer 

Mazal Tov To - Vayikra

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch on the marriage of their grandson Avi Sperlin to Manya Dubrawsky.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yanky Raichik on the birth of their grandson (to Levi & Chanee Raichik.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yerachmiel Wolowik on the birth of twin granddaughters (Zalman & Mushka Korf.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • 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
  • Mr. Shmuly Cohen - 5 Nisan
  • Yehoshua Eliyahu Plotke - 5 Nisan
  • Meir Reichman - 6 Nisan

Upcoming Anniversaries

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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Esther Rivka bas  (Rabbi Moshe Aaron Kagan’s mother) - 2 Nisan
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Halevi (Mr. Pinchas Hirsch’s father) - 3 Nisan
  • Rochel Leah bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya (Rabbi Berel Schusterman’s mother) - 4 Nisan
  • Rochel bas Reb Yaakov Moshe (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s mother) - 6 Nisan
  • Reb Chaim ben Reb Zalman (Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin’s father) - 6 Nisan

Devar Torah - Vayikra

The Importance of Chabad Minhogim
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

The first print of the Rebbe’s Haggadah shel Pesach, which included a compilation of the minhagim of the Rebbeim for Pesach, was in 1946. 

In  5708-1947, on Shabbos Chol HaMoed Sukkos someone asked the Previous Rebbe if the correct custom is to have honey on the table during Chol HaMoed. At that time the Previous Rebbe said that it would be a good idea to compile a complete collection of the minhagim of the Rebbeim. Later that year, when the maamar for Purim was printed for distribution, as an addition, it included a collection of minhagim at the end that the Rebbe compiled. This continued, and finally in 1966 these collections along with Sichos that related to the minhagim were combined to create Sefer HaMinhagim.

At an Achron shel Pesach fabrengen in 1940 the Previous Rebbe discussed the minhag of using a towel when washing each hand three times by netilas yadayim. The reason is to avoid touching the cup with wet hands. He told a story about a Shabbos guest by the Rebbe Rashab. After the Rebbe washed his hands, he offered the guest to wash as well. The guest proceeded to wash exactly the way he had observed the Rebbe washing. While he was washing the Rebbe was watching him intently. Later on, the Previous Rebbe asked his father the Rebbe why he had stared so intently at the guest while he washed. The Rebbe replied that it is a fine thing when a simple person emulates the minhag of a Ben Torah. If a Ben Torah, especially someone involved in Chassidus does so, he needs to be sure that he does so in a sincere and proper way.

In 5740-1980, parshas Titzavah, the Rebbe repeated this story and added that today we see that it has become a custom for everyone to wash three times with a towel. Are we on such a high level? The Rebbe explained that we are like midgets standing on the shoulders of giants. What once were great hidurim, even mehadrin min hamihadrin for a select few has now become the common minhag for everyone.

In Likutei Sichos volume 33 parshas Shlach the Rebbe discusses the proper way to wear tzitzis. There is a difference between the Shulchan Aruch and the Arizal, on whether to wear the tzizis on top or underneath one’s garments. Nevertheless, even according to the one who wears them underneath, the common minhag is to keep the strings on the outside. In 5743 on Shabbos parshas Miketz the Rebbe said that the minhag today is to wear the tzitzis on the outside. Therefore if he does not he is making a statement that he does not want to go in the ways of those that fear Hashem. He said that this is the way of those that fear Hashem and one should not deviate from the minhag.

The Rebbe also discussed that some have at times taken directives from his answers incorrectly. They quote answers that were given to specific individuals and then apply them to anyone in general. They often do not know the question asked and to whom the answer was given. Sometimes the minhag depends on the background of the individual. For example, Sefardim and Ashkenazim differ with regard to naming children after people that are alive. For Sefardim it’s an honor while Ashkenazim are very careful not to so. Since these minhagim differ, the proper way to understand the answer given is to know the context of the specific person being addressed. Also, the answer may be limited to the situation of the person. An example for this would be the difference in minhag in adding a name to a child after the name was given. For Sefardim it’s a shame for the person whom the child is named after, and therefore an addition should be avoided (except for special circumstances). Therefore, any answer given by the Rebbe to an individual depends on the person being spoken to, their place, as well as their situation. Therefore it is important to be careful when applying the Rebbe’s words when directed to an individual to anyone else.

In a fabrengen on Rosh Hashana 5739-1978, the Rebbe spoke of the great merit that this generation has for having received the guidance of the Previous Rebbe who revealed to us these minhagim. The minhagim we received are a preparation for the coming of Moshiach. They give us the strength that we need to fulfill all that is necessary for Moshiach’s arrival. They enable us to do what we need to do, not in a lifeless and lethargic way but in a way that is illuminated with profound insight and grasp that inspires true simcha shel mitzvah.

When we speak about the coming of Moshiach, often we use the expression to be; “Mikabel pnei Moshiach- to receive the countenance of Moshiach”. This also means to receive the penimius of Moshiach. This means something in addition to the removal of the burden of the nations and all the good things that the Rambam mentions that will occur when Moshiach arrives. To be mikabel pnei Moshiach means that we will continue to fulfill and add in our mitzvos until we grasp Hashem our Creator to the greatest measure that a person is able. We will merit receiving Moshiach with our utmost penimius, from the most profound perspective possible. As the Ramban says at the end of Hilchos Teshuva and at the end Mishna Torah that the Neveim and great Chachamim did not lust for Moshiach in order to rule over others or to receive the wealth and physical benefits of the era of Moshiach. Rather their lust was that there should calmness in the world in order have time to serve Hashem and be able to know Hashem in the greatest way possible.   

Chassidus was revealed to the world to prepare us for Moshiach by giving us the knowledge of “Da es Elokei Avicha-to know the G-d of our Fathers”. An additional reason the minhagim were revealed to us in this generation is to prepare us to be mikabel pnei Moshiach. 

Chabad Chodesh - Nisan

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 - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • 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.
  • HaKomas HaMatzeiva (unveiling) for Reb Moshe Baruch (Marty) Fishman will take place on Sunday, 2 Nissan/March 18, 2:30 pm at Home of Peace - 4334 Whittier Blvd. East Los Angeles. 

Shabbos Schedule - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:38 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:06 am
  • Shabbos Mevarchim Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Hilchos Pesach: 4:40 pm
  • Mincha: 5:40 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:41 pm
  • Motzei Shabbos: Move Clocks Forward 1 Hour 
  • Molad Chodesh Nissan: Shabbos, Nissan 1/March 17, 3:53 am and 4 chalakim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Nissan: Shabbos, March 17.

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. Mendel Duchman in honor of Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • The Fishman Family Le’iluy nishmas Reb Moshe Boruch ben Reb Yakov 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. 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. 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. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Gittie Munitz’s mother Leah bas Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s mother Bracha Gittel bas Reb Shaltiel Ze'ev 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.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steve Zipp for the Bar-Mitzvah of their grandson Yaakov Yehoshuah Klein. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.

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. 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.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman in honor of Mr. Ari Kaufman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Meir Munitz for the Siyum of Shiva of Mrs. Nechama Munitz’s father Reb Nachum Eliezer ben Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • 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

5:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Tzirel Frankel
109 N Vista 

Mazal Tov To - Vayakheil-Pekudei

  • Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok & Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin on the marriage of their daughter Bassie to Menachem Mendel Cohen.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tzvi Sandberg on the marriage of their daughter Rivka to Zecharia Phillips. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Yosef Goldberger - 24 Adar
  • Yakov Goldman - 24 Adar
  • Levi Tsikman - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Ezra Binyomin Schochet - 24 Adar
  • Rabbi Mendel Duchman - 25 Adar
  • Mr. Ari Kaufman - 25 Adar
  • Yaakov Yehoshuah Klein - 25 Adar
  • Rabbi Velvel Tsikman - 26 Adar
  • Rabbi Yossi Pinson - 27 Adar
  • Mr. Yaakov Mark - 28 Adar
  • Mr. Yitzchok Wiener - 29 Adar
  • Dovi Burston - 29 Adar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • 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
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Gurary - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eliyahu Newman - 28 Adar
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Danny Rotenberg - 28 Adar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mindel bas Reb Nachum (Dr. Sholom Fine’s mother) - 23 Adar
  • Chana bas Reb Yeshaye (Rabbi Shaya Berkowitz’s mother) - 24 Adar
  • Reb Gedaliah Chanoch ben Reb Pinchus (Mrs. Malka Stroll’s father) - 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 Yosef (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
  • 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

Devar Torah - Vayakheil-Pekudei

From the Heart One Hundred Percent;
Breaking through the Final Barriers

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week’s parsha of Parah we see the Kohen leave the sanctity of the Beis Hamikdash to purify Jews who became impure through contact with the impurity of death. Even though the Kohen himself would not only have to leave the holiness of the Beis Hamikdash he would also be required to become impure through the process. What motivated the Kohen to selflessly sacrifice his personal sanctity and lofty spiritual level was his interest and concern for others, even those that had sunk to the level of total impurity.

Last week on Purim we heard the Megillah discuss the moment when Mordecai revealed to Esther the decree that had been planned against the Jews. Esther heard that Mordecai was found in the street dressed like a mourner. When she sent a messenger to inquire about his welfare unaware of the decree, the Megillah describes why he was mourning by saying that he was mourning for  “all that happened to him“, describing the decree that was planned to befall the Jewish people.

The Rebbe asked why it says “all that happened to him”, it should’ve said “all that happened to them” since it was referring to the Jewish people in general?

The Rebbe explained how Mordechai was a minister and probably had connections to personally get around the decree. Nevertheless because it was something that affected the Jewish people he treated it as if it was his own problem, and not someone else’s. This is why he took such a strong stand, ripping his clothes and mourning. He didn’t stand on the side; he got involved; he owned the problem.

The lesson to each one of us is clear. When we see someone in need it’s up to us to act decisively. When Rabbi Groner was in town he told a story about a young couple who had a Chassuna in front of 770 without music. The Rebbe, recognizing that there was no music asked why. Rabbi Groner explained it’s because the young couple can’t afford the musician. The Rebbe then directed the secretaries to contact a musician to come immediately and he will pay because a Chassuna needs music.

Other occasion a woman noticed that her neighbors didn’t have enough food. She reported the incident to the Rebbe’s office. The Rebbe made sure that a few hundred dollars was slipped under the door of that family.

In both of these situations the Rebbe didn’t wait for someone else to act. The Rebbe got personally involved because their pain was the Rebbe’s pain. It was taken personally.

I remember how my father, the Rebbe’s chosid cared for others like his own family. Even though he wasn’t able to pay their bills for them the fact that he cared for them comforted them as they would pour out their hearts knowing that they were not alone. Often this feeling of not being alone is what is really needed in times of difficulty. This is a lesson we learn from Mordechai, to care for others and to make it their problems our problems.

This is also the lesson of the selfless sacrifice of the Kohen in parshas Parah. The Kohen selflessly sacrificed his personal sanctity and lofty spiritual level because of his feeling of pain and caring for others who had sunk to the level of total impurity. He lifted them up giving them the opportunity to reascend into the kedusha and the service of the Bais Hamikdash, treating them just as if he himself was in that same situation.

Through breaking through the all barriers in our ahavas Yisroel, caring for the physical needs of our fellow Jew just as Mordecai did as well as the spiritual needs as the Kohen did even to the point of personal sacrifice both physically and spiritually, we will merit to see the breaking of the barriers of galus and greet the Moshiach with the geula emitis v’hasheima.

A Good Shabbos, A Good Chodesh

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Hamakom Yenachem Eschem B'soch Sheor Avalei Tzion V'yerushalayim. Vehukeetzu Veranenu Shochnay Ufur vehu besochom!

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Shabbos Schedule - Ki Tisa

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 5:32 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:12 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: 5:30 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 6:35 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • The Bastomski Family for the yahrtzeit of their father Reb Avrohom Yitzchok ben Reb Yisroel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Shimon Benarroch for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s mother Rochel bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also, in honor of Mr. Shimon Benarroch’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also, for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s father Reb Betzalel ben Reb Chaim Shneur Zalmen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also, in honor of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s mother Golda bas Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yoskee Mishulovin in honor of Rabbi Yoskee Mishulovin’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok & Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin in honor of the upcoming marriage of their daughter Bassie to Menachem Mendel Cohen. May he be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tisa

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father Shmuel Yosef ben Mordechai Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Shabbos Kallah - Ki Tisa

Rivka Sandberg & Bassie Mishulovin
Invite all women to their Shabbos Kalla
4 pm at 711 N Fuller Ave.
Speaker: Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To - Ki Tisa

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Meir Rivkin - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Leib Lerner - 16 Adar
  • Rabbi Schneur Schneerson - 16 Adar
  • Aryeh Leib Hoch - 17 Adar
  • Mr. Jon Engelson - 18 Adar
  • Mr. Zev Oster - 18 Adar
  • Rabbi Meir Schmukler - 20 Adar
  • Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin - 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

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • 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
  • 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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • 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
  • Rochel bas Meir (Mr. Mitch Reichman’s grandmother) - 21 Adar
  • Matilda Chaya bas Sholom (Yermi Kurkus’s mother) - 21 Adar
  • Shmuel Yosef ben Mordechai Tzvi (Rabbi Yakov Greenbaum’s father) - 22 Adar

Devar Torah - Ki Tisa

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In Haftorah for this week’s parsha Ki Tisa, we find that Eliyahu HaNavi had an debate with the naviyei of baal. During their confrontation Eliyahu instructed them to build two mizbachos; one for baal and one for Hashem. He called out to the Jewish People, “For how long will you straddle on two sides”. “If you are for baal then go after him, and if you are for Hashen, then go after Him”. They built two mizbachos and then brought two bulls. The naviyei of baal tried but no fire descended to consume their bull. Eliyahu davened at mincha time and then a fire descended from on high and consumed the bull offered to Hashem. When the Yidden saw the fire descend and consume the bull they exclaimed twice; “Hashem Hu EhElokim!”.

This incident begs the question; how could have Eliyahu HaNavi given the Yidden the option to go after baal ח"ו in place of their position of ambivalence? Eliyahu seemed to be saying that constantly juggling between two options is worse than serving baal all the time!?

The Rebbe explains that a person who ח"ו serves avodah zara has a fundamental misconception. From his perspective he has come to believe that the avodah zara has a power that is real. Because of this mistaken viewpoint he is convinced that he must be subservient to that avodah zara . Once he comes to understand that it is a false god, he will have complete regret and do sincere teshuva. This person is connected spiritually already, he simply made a mistake.

The person that juggles between worlds, holding stakes in both sides makes an even more difficult mistake. He knows Hashem is Elokim, the ruler of the world. He also believes that Hashem has “helpers” from whom he can receive ‘additional bonuses’. The center of this perspective is not Hashem or spirituality but himself and his personal gain! From this point of view, with his pursuit of the physical he actually forfeits the spiritual. Also. this kind of orientation makes teshuva much more difficult. He is convinced that he never left Yiddishkeit. As the once popular bumber sticker proudly proclaims; “We never lost it!” He thinks to himself that he was always a believer, and sadly enough that although that may be true, he nonetheless availed himself these ‘extras’ for his own reasons. Even more concerning is his effect on those around him. The one who is gone, is gone. This person however can be an example to others causing them to lead a similar lifestyle as well.

In America people can think that for parnassa, or to ‘with it’ he can put the Shuchan Aruch away, turn his back to make money, and find acceptability among his friends. He thinks to himself, “I am not a 19th century Jew!” If someone questions his activities, he exclaims; “Look at all the good I do”. If you recommend he change, he’ll say that there is nothing wrong with things the way they are. The Rebbe said that he is willing to sell his Yiddishkeit and his neshama to make it.

We need to know that the person who tries to live juggling between both worlds is defining himself in three ways. He is saying that it is OK to be 75 to 90% shomer Torah and Mitzvos. He is placing Hashem, Torah and Mitzvos and Olam Haba on the side ח"ו . He is setting an example towards others for this kind of behavior.

This is what Eliyahu HaNavi taught when he called out to the Yidden; “Until when will you straddle on both sides”, and ultimately brought them to a full and complete recognition that they called out twice; “Hashem Hu HaElokim!”

(Based and adapted on Likutei Sichos v. 1)

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