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Announcements - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

  • 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: Farbrengen for men in shul after maariv in honor of Pesach Sheini
  • THURSDAY: Lag Ba'Omer concert. Click here for more info
  • SAVE THE DATE: LA Mikvah - Mikvat Esther’s first fundraiser in 10 years!! Join us for an evening of food, spirit, and fun. Thursday, 10 Sivan/May 24. For men and women. IsupportLAmikvah.com.

Shabbos Schedule - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:15 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:28 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 Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:15 pm
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:15 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s mother Shosha Vita bas Reb Yitzchok Aryeh ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Braude for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Boruch Braude’s father Reb Moshe ben Reb Shmuel ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s parents Reb Yihya Amram ben Reb Nissim ob"m and Chana bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel for all the brochos Hashem has bestowed upon their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Jonathan Glabman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Julie Glabman’s father Reb Ozzie ben Reb Zev ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Sarah Horwitz’s father Reb Sender Elya HaKohain ben Reb Avram Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mordechai Katz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mordechai Katz’s mother Hinda bas Reb Tzvi Hirsch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Martin Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Martin Leaderman’s mother Tzipora bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotke for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Elozor Plotke’s father Reb Shmuel ben Kurt ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler for the yahrtzeit of the Rebbe’s brother Reb Yisroel Aryeh Leib ob”m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s mother Etel bas Reb Gershon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmiyahu Andrusier in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaufman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael Zaghi in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

6:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N Fuller
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

Upcoming Birthdays

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

Upcoming Anniversaries

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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Sender Elya HaKohain ben Reb Avram Yosef (Mrs. Sarah Horwitz’s father) - 13 Iyar 
  • Reb Zeida Moshe ben Reb Alter Asher Anchel (Rabbi Sholem Perl’s father) - 14 Iyar
  • Hinda bas Reb Tzvi Hirsch (Rabbi Mordechai Katz’s mother) - 14 Iyar
  • Tzipora bas Reb Moshe (Mr. Martin Leaderman’s mother) - 14 Iyar
  • Reb Tzvi Hersh ben Reb Shmuel (Mr. Isser Goldstein’s father) - 14 Iyar
  • Chaya Mushka bas yblct”a Reb Menachem Mendel (Rabbi Mendy Spalter’s daughter) - 14 Iyar
  • Reb Daniel ben Reb Nochum (Mr. Efraim Lezak’s father) - 15 Iyar
  • Reb Yihya Amram ben Reb Nissim (Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s father) - 15 Iyar
  • Reb Ozzie ben Reb Zev (Mrs. Julie Glabman’s father) - 16 Iyar
  • Chana bas Reb Moshe (Rabbi Shalom Elharrar’s mother) - 16 Iyar
  • Reb Shmuel ben Kurt (Mr. Elozor Plotke’s father) - 16 Iyar
  • Reb Moshe Bunim ben Reb Shlomo (Mrs. Chana Arnold’s father) - 17 Iyar
  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Shmuel (Rabbi Boruch Braude’s father) - 17 Iyar
  • Hatomim Nosson Nota ben Reb Zalman Yudah (Mrs. Rochel Eisenberg’s brother) - 18 Iyar
  • Shosha Vita bas Reb Yitzchok Aryeh (Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s mother) - 18 Iyar
  • Etel bas Reb Gershon (Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s mother) - 19 Iyar

Devar Torah - Achrei Mos-Kedoshim

This week is parshas Acharei-Kedoshim. The theme of parshas Kedoshim is that it is a mitzvah to be holy. The posuk reads “Kedoshim tehiu”. Chazal learn that kedoshim tehiu means “kadesh atzmecha b’mutar lach.” Simply spoken this means to be restrained with things that are permissible, even though that they are allowable. Chassidus explains that the yetzer horah cannot interfere directly with someone’s life to  cause them to do something that is outright prohibited. He operates with a more stealth two stage strategy. First, he entices us to indulge in permissible things. He convinces us that since it’s allowed we should enjoy it. Once a person is used to continuously indulging in the permissible, the yetzer pushes him beyond the threshold, into things that are clearly forbidden. The reason he is successful is because we are out of control. Therefore, the Torah tells us, “kadesh atzmecha b’mutar lach! – sanctify yourself with permissible.” This is how Chassidus explains this mitzvah.

How do we get control? Not just by controlling ourselves but also by having kedusha as the center focus. Our goal is to bring kedusha into every aspect of our lives through the Torah and mitzvos, even into the times and places that we are not doing mitzvos. When we do a mitzvah we say the beracha ‘asher k’dishanu.’ When we use our life to serve Hashem then we are sanctifying ourselves in all the details. We are sanctifying how we express ourselves, how we eat food (see perek zayin of Tanya) in our tznius as well as all other things.

How do I serve Hashem in everything? By having an overall perspective of simcha. A Yid is very happy that he has the opportunity to approach life in a way that is different than a worldly outlook. Our goals and expectations revolve around the fact that Hashem has chosen us to serve Him. Therefore, every morning upon awaking we look upon the day as a special opportunity to serve Hashem in all aspects of life.

When a child is in yeshiva he needs to be excited about what his Torah and mitzvos accomplish. He needs to feel an ahava toward serving Hashem. Chassidus explains that through every mitzvah one accomplishes Hashem’s will. Hashem waits and anticipates when each one of us will do the next mitzvah. Doing the mitzvah brings Hashem endless simcha.

We live however in a physical world and we are affected by our surroundings. There is a story about Rebbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev on Yom Kippur. He turned to Hashem and said, “What do you want from your children? You place the pleasure of the world before our eyes and reward and punishment in the sefarim!”  Yiddishkeit needs to be vibrant and part of our life, something we cannot live without.

Why does this child, who went through the system feel that it is not speaking to him? The reason is because the ta’aivos of this world are in front of his eyes. They cloud his neshama, and dull the vibrancy of the living Torah and mitzvos. This has intensified lately where accesses to worldly things are unprecedented. Just a few years ago it took a conscious effort to access such things by going outside of the community. Today they are just a click away with the internet and smart phones. Can we close off our homes to the internet? We need the internet for business.

A teen in yeshiva can’t have facebook, receive hundreds of texts, update his followers on twitter and still have the head to learn. When does he have time? Is it any wonder that the teachers are finding it challenging to arouse children to learn? If every child was born with an individualized handbook that described his exact nature and how to best take care of him we would be perfect parents. Unfortunately there are not such handbooks and as parents we have to try to do the best we can. For example would we give our children harmful things to play with? Would we start a child on a bike without training wheels? Would we give a seventeen year old the keys to a car without drivers training? It is the same thing to give our child access to a laptop with internet access to chat rooms, blogs, etc. It is our job to know what they are doing.

When I was recently speaking to one of the prominent Poskim of our time, he shared with me examples of the kind of shailos that they have been receiving lately. The shailos make one’s hair stand on its end. We are speaking about people who went through the system and are frum from birth. Kallahs asking how to properly write a kesuba and what she is required to tell her chosson about her youthful indiscretions. Does she have to tell him what happened when she was in seminary and went on Ben Yehudah street?

Where did this all begin? It all started with questions like; “Is it forbidden to have a cell phone and be able to text?” Is its bad to go on the internet?” It is not necessarily bad to have a knife in the home. It depends how it’s used. We need to restrain ourselves all the time, even the small things. We need to question the quality of our behavior.

The kind of questions that the Rabbanim hear regarding permissible behavior between man and wife makes one question if there is any kedusha in their relationship. The reason they ask such questions is because people go on the internet and they see unacceptable things there. They then want to emulate that behavior in their homes. Thirty years ago no one would even think to ask such questions. We need to remember the central role of kedusha in our families. “Kadesh atzmecha b’mutar lach”. If we go along and indulge what is mutar, we end up doing that which is assur. Chassidus explains at great length how that which we want, we do not need (see Kuntres u’Maayon).

Every parent has the greatest effect on his when they are enthusiastic and take joy in his or her Yiddishket. Our children need to see the excitement of mitzvos in the home. They need to see us learning, especially that we enjoy the learning, that the Torah is our life. We don’t need to spend time finding out about the latest controversies about world Jewry on the various websites. Let’s spend more time looking into the children in our own homes. By spending time with our children, helping them with their homework and taking an interest in their school, helps insure that they do well in school. Parents should go to the yeshiva to see it with their children. A child sees that their education is important.

They also learn from us when see that the rest is not important and exciting. They see that you are not interested in the latest basketball scores and play offs. Instead you take interest in Pesach, Lag B’omer and a Chassidishe vort. They see that you are preoccupied with gemilus chassadim. They see a picture of kedusha. They see that kedusha is real life not something tucked away in a sefer somewhere. They see and understand that the world is full  of shtus and hevel hevalim. The internal yiras Shomayim that we have and instill in our children motivates us to be “Kadesh atzmecha b’mutar lach”; to dedicate their lives to serve Hashem even when we and they are alone and can do whatever we and they want. With this we have what a thousand filters and safety precautions cannot accomplish. This is what our dedication and their chinuch can and should bring about. Therefore, when it comes later in life they have the proper perspective, they don’t entertain questions that would make one’s hair stand on its end, and instead gravitate toward making this world a dira lo Yisborach.

Announcements - Tazria-Metzora

Shabbos Schedule - Tazria-Metzora

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:10 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:38 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 Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:10 pm
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:13 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria-Metzora

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeit of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik for the yahrtzeits of Rebbitzen Chana Leeba Raichik’s parents Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel ob”m and Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Horwitz for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Asher Landa & Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler in honor of the birth of their daughter/granddaughter Chaya. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Dr. Martin Leaderman in honor of Dr. Margalit Leaderman’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Reuven Solomon for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Roberta Solomon’s brother Reb Mendel ben Gershon ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria-Metzora

  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Tazria-Metzora

6:00 pm at the home of Mrs. Chana Mishulovin
711 N Fuller
Speaker: Mrs. Doonie Mishulovin

Mazal Tov To - Tazria-Metzora

  • Mr. & Mrs. Aleksandr Ganzburg on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Mendel Hilel Ganzburg.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Asher Landa on the birth of their daughter Chaya. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler. Mazal tov to the great-grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Nachum Pinosn on the engagement of their grandson Laibel Pinson to Rochel Varda Kessler. 
  • Shmuly Schapiro on his engagement to Leah Solomon.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the bar-motzvah of their grandson. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Aryeh Habibian - 6 Iyar
  • Avrohom Menachem Arnold - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Avrohom Plotkin - 8 Iyar
  • Mr. Dovid Kagan - 9 Iyar
  • Sholom Dovber Berkowitz - 9 Iyar
  • Shmuel Dovid Yehoshua Perl - 11 Iyar
  • Mr. Yitzchok Michael - 11 Iyar
  • Chaim Dovid Sroka - 12 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb David ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menachm Mendel Hilel (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Harav Yisroel ben Reb Shneur Zalman Halevy (Rabbi Mendel Duchman’s father) - 6 Iyar
  • Henya Chasha bas Reb Zusman (Rabbi Gershon Schusterman’s mother) - 7 Iyar
  • Shaindel bas Reb Moshe Yitzchok (Mrs. Mindy Sroka’s mother) - 8 Iyar
  • Reb Baruch ben Reb Yehudah Mordechai (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s brother) - 8 Iyar
  • Rivka bas Reb Yisroel Noach (Mrs. Chana Leeba Raichik’s mother) - 9 Iyar
  • Reb Ber ben Reb Isroel (Mr. Mottel Polityko’s grandfather) - 11 Iyar

Devar Torah - Tazria-Metzora

In this week’s parsha of Metzora, which is also called parshas Taharah, the Torah discusses “negei batim- plagued houses” that the Yidden encountered when they entered Eretz Yisroel. A plague would show up in the form of a discoloration on the walls of a house. A Kohen would be called to examine it to determine if it was a negah. If it was, the area of the house that was affected would be destroyed. In the parsha Hashem says with advance notification; “I will send a negah into your house”. What was the reason for the negah, the plague of the houses?

Rashi explains that the Amorites were aware that the Yidden were going to conquer the land (as we read in the parsha of Az Yishir) so they hid their treasures in the walls of their homes. When the Yidden arrived a negah appeared in the area where the treasure was hidden. Either the wall or the entire house was broken as required revealing the hidden treasure. The negah according to Rashi was to gift the Yidden with the hidden treasure.

On the other hand the Zohar explains that the negah appeared due to the deep state of tumah of the house in order to facilitate that the house be brought from a state of tumah to tahara. It is self understood that not every house got a negah. Some houses were able to have their state of tumah dispelled by placing a mezuzah on the door and dedicating the home to Torah and Mitzvos. For a minority of homes this was not enough and they required dismantling.

These two explanations seem to be completely opposing each other. Even more so, according to the Zohar which brings both reasons it was in those most impure of homes that treasures were found!

We see a similar phenomenon by tzaras itself. On one hand it is the greatest impurity, so severe that the individual affected by it requires complete physical separation from the community, outside of the camp. He cannot even speak to others. All this is because he spoke lashon hara and thereby created disunity and disharmony between a man and his wife, and a man and his friend. Therefore he needed to be separated to purify himself. The Rambam says that the entire episode of tzaras is a wonder. It was created to awaken the one affected by it to do teshuva, and with that teshuva to reach an even higher state than before his sins. In the end he stands even higher than a Tzaddik, as it is known that the place of a Baal Teshuva is even higher than a Tzaddik. In Sefer Yitzirah it says that “there is nothing lower than negah נגע, and there is nothing higher than oneg-pleasure ענג (the same letters)” Oneg –pleasure is what a Yid arouses above through the process of teshuva. So too we see by the house, that the minority home with the worst negah in the end is the one that reveals the great treasure. Hashem wanted to show us that the purpose of the negah was not to hurt. So too with teshuvah the sinner goes from the impurity of lashon hara to words of Torah about which it says “V’Yakshiv Hashem v’Yishma- Hashem hears his words of Torah and takes notice”

(Based on Likutei Sichos v. 27)

Farbrengen for men tonight

Farbrengen for Men in Shul
TONIGHT (Monday)
immediately after maariv (around 8:00 pm)
in honor of 2 Iyar

Chabad Chodesh - Iyar

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

Major Mivtzoim Today!!!

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

Men and boys please come and bring your Tefilin. 
Ladies and girls, pls join mivtzo Neshek 

The program is scheduled from 2-4. 
The primary time to do Mitzvoim is 
before and after the program: 12-2:30, and 3:30-5.

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

TODAY: 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 - Shemini

  • 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!!!
  • Click here for RCC list of stores for purchasing chametz after pesach. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: Lag Ba'Omer concert. Click here for more info

Shabbos Schedule - Shemini

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:04 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:38 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 Pirkei Avos: 6:05 pm
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 1
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:07 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Iyar: Sunday, Nissan 30/April 15, 4:37 pm and 5 chalakim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Iyar: Sunday & Monday, April 15 & 16.

Kiddush Sponsors - Shemini

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff in honor of Mr. Moshe Davidoff’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. Also in honor of their son Rabbi Ephraim Davidoff’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of Mr. Zalman Roth’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Y Shagalov in honor of a miraculous speedy recovery for Rabbi Zimroni Zelig ben Tziporah Faiga Tzik. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka on the birth of their first grandson. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
    Also, for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Berl Sroka’s father Reb Leibish Ephraim ben Reb Aaron ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Stave Zipp for the yahrtzeit of Al Singer ob"m - the lover of all Jews. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Shemini

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

Mazal Tov To - Shemini

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Benjaminson on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Perl. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff on the birth of their granddaughter Chaya Cherna (to Sadya and Shimona Davidoff.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Hertzi Richler on the birth of their granddaughter (to Shmar & Chava Richler.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Sufrin on the bar mitzvah of their son Meir Dovid. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Efraim Lezak - 29 Nisan
  • Chaim Vogel - 30 Nisan
  • Simi Goldberger - 30 Nisan
  • Rabbi Mendel Goldman - 1 Iyar
  • Aharon Yosef Kahan - 3 Iyar
  • Rabbi Ephraim Davidoff - 3 Iyar
  • Mr. Moshe Davidoff - 4 Iyar
  • Mr. David Rafael Gutierrez - 4 Iyar
  • Rabbi Sholom Langsam - 5 Iyar
  • Rabbi Ami Pykovski - 5 Iyar
  • Rabbi Aryeh Hoffman - 5 Iyar
  • Rabbi Asher Habibian - 5 Iyar
  • Mr. Zalman Roth - 5 Iyar

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch - 1 Iyar

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Leibish Ephraim ben Reb Aaron (Mr. Berl Sroka’s father) - 3 Iyar

Devar Torah - Shemini

This week is Parshas Shemini. The parsha discusses the laws of Kashrus. The laws of kashrus discuss which animals, fish and birds are kosher. Kashrus in general has various categories and many subjects. Although it is not technological, it is quite technical.

The Rebbe once said that after Pesach we should continue with aspects of Pesach throughout the year. So too, with regard to kashrus, we should carry over a Pesach perspective towards kashrus in that it should be kept with greater care.

Before Pesach, I spoke to a young man about growing up in Los Angeles. He responded by saying; “There wasn’t even one pizza shop or bakery? How could you live?” Somehow we survived without a pizza shop (I’m not sure if we could consider that a miracle). We need to remember that restaurants and stores that have a hechsher are according to the standards of the Rav HaMachshir or the Hashgacha. Even if it has the best Mashgiach we need to know that the Mashgiach goes according to the hechsher. This is true for catering as well. One may have a very high standard in their home. Taking a lesson from the customs of Pesach in that many are extremely careful about anything that comes from outside their home, so too, we need to be very aware of the differences between our standard at home and the establishments that we frequent.

When buying products for Pesach, even at stores with a hechsher, we know to check each and every label to be sure that it didn’t get moved or mixed up with the non-Pesach products. The products can often look similar. We can take a lesson for the rest of the year to have a similar care to be certain that the products are labeled as pas Yisroel and cholov Yisroel. This is because the store may be allowed to carry products that are not pas or cholov Yisroel.

On Pesach, we are very careful not to let a non-Jew cook without our being present. So too, throughout the year we need to be careful that people who come to clean should not cook for themselves in our kitchens. Updated appliances today usually do not have pilots, rather, they have automated ignition. This presents a problem with regard to bishul akum. If we are not careful, we may get into a situation that requires our entire kitchen be re-kashered. Especially if we are leaving the home for hours, there would be no way to know or stop them from using our kitchen. Some say; “I know my Maria, she would never do that.” You should know that Maria is the same as everyone else. When you leave the house there is a question if your house is kosher. The only option is to have a neighbor make unannounced visits, or to pop in and out throughout the day. If you are going away on vacation and you gave a key to your cleaning help to clean your house, then it is even more important. These halachos apply across the board to everyone, no matter what the reason that we leave the home. There is no difference with regard to halacha.

The Rebbe spoke in a sicha that when the calendar is the same as this year then Parshas Shmini is special. This is because we read Parshas Shmini eight times in Shul (between Mincha on Shabbos, Mondays, Thursdays and Shabbos). They saying goes; “shmini shmona shmeina”, which means, ‘when Parshas Shmini is read eight times it is abundant with blessing.’ It should be an abundant year filled with blessings in physical and spiritual for everyone. Most importantly, we should be zocheh to the most abundant blessing, the arrival of Moshiach, with the harp of Moshiach made up of eight strings.

Mrs. Kelly Benarroch is sitting Shiva

Mrs. Kelly Benarroch is sitting shiva in Toronto until Tuesday
on the passing of her sister ob"m
Phone: 323-687-4887

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

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. 

Lag Ba'Omer Concert

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Rcc List

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Pledge Reminder

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

It is because of your generosity that we continue to grow and build our community!! May Hashem repay you (at least) thousand fold!!

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

With warm wishes for a good and healthy summer! 

Schedule - 2nd days of Pesach

Don't forget Eiruv Tavshilin

Shevii Shel Pesach
Thursday night & Friday

  • Light Candles (No Shehecheyanu): 6:59 pm
  • Our custom is that men stay up during the night studying Torah
  • Sota Shiur: 12:00 AM 
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:44 am 
  • Shacharis: 9:30 in KYY, 10:15 am in Shul and 11:00 am in Kolel.
  • Sota Shiur: 6:15 pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm

Acharon Shel Pesach
Friday night & Shabbos

  • Light Candles (No Shehecheyanu) from pre-existing flame: 6:59 pm 
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:44 am 
  • Shacharis: 9:30 in KYY, 10:00 am in Shul and 11:00 am in Kolel.
  • Sota Shiur: 4:30 pm 
  • Mincha: 5:15 pm - Followed by Moshiach Seudah.
  • Women’s Moshiach Seuda - 6:15 pm at the Raichik home - 6724 Beverly Blvd.
  • Bachurim’s Moshiach Seuda & Farbrengen in KYY.
  • Kids (Boys & Girls) Moshiach Seuda and Rally - 7:00-8:00 pm in the Kolel.
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:03 pm
  • After Pesach, give the Rav about an hour to repurchase the Chametz before eating or using.

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

Kids Moshiach Seuda

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Mazal Tov To - 2nd Days of Pesach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Saadia Liberow on the birth of their daughter.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Berl Sroka on the birth & Bris of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

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

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Leah bas Reb Yosef (Mr. Reuven Horwitz’s mother) - 22 Nisan
  • Rosa Rochel bas Reb Yitzchok Alter (Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s grandmother) - 22 Nisan
  • Reb Kalman ben Reb Menachem Mendel (Mrs. Sharon Bastomski’s father) - 24 Nisan

Tehillim

Dear Friend,

Please say Tehilim for Aharon ben Chana -
He should have a full and speedy recovery, 
he is Rabbi Oster's younger brother who is extremely ill,
and is fighting for his life!

His Kapitol is 34.

Gut Moed!

TONIGHT!!! Kinus Torah - A Torah Convention

From the earliest years of the Rebbe's leadership, the Rebbe strongly encouraged the practice that during Chol Hamoed, 
there should be a convention where many people deliver
and discuss Torah thoughts. 

The Kinus will iy"H take place
TONIGHT, after mincha & after Maariv

DO NOT MISS IT

Gut Moed!!! 

(Sota shiur will be 6 pm) 

Sroka Bris

Dear Friends and Family,

We are pleased to announce that, G-d willing,
the Brit Milah of our first grandson will iy"H take place on 
Wednesday, 19 Nissan/April 4,
9:30am
, at our house 241 S Mansfield Ave.

May he be a source of nachas to our family and the entire community.
Our simcha will be enhanced by your participation!

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