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Announcements - Balak

  • 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 Schedule - Balak

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:50 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:20 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
  • NO Kol Yaakov Yehuda during the summer :(((
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:50 pm
  • Mincha: 7:50 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:53 pm

Sunday, Tammuz 18/July 1
Fast of Sheva Asar B’Tammuz

  • Fast Begins: 4:33 am
  • Minchah: 7:30 pm
  • Fast Ends: 8:44 pm

Sholom Zochor - Balak

Ami & Zisa Meyers
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 711 N. Cherokee Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - Balak

  • Dr. & Mrs. Zeev Rav-Noy for the yahrtzeits of Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s parents Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yitzchak Elimelech ob”m and Yocheved bas Reb Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s father Reb Tzemach ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Shul for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Bracha Chava Leah bas Reb Shmuel Finkelstein ob”m. Our dear friend who was a member of our shul for many years. She should be a gutteh better'n for us all.
  • The Grossman Family for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Dorothy Grossman’s mother Genendel bas Reb Noach ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Reb Yermi Kurkus for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown him. May Hashem continue to shower him and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Elozor Plotkee for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Shoshana Brocha Plotke’s father Reb Yechiel ben Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Balak

  • Rabbi Yossi and Dassy Eilfort in honor of their son Nosson Leib. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Balak

6:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista
Speaker: Rabbi Naftoli Estulin

Mazal Tov To - Balak

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ami Meyers on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Shmuel Dovid Raichik - 17 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Yrachmiel Wolowik - 18 Tammuz
  • Mr. Joseph Gertz - 20 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Plotke - 20 Tammuz
  • Mr. Moshe Sufrin - 21 Tammuz
  • Menachem Mendel Lipsker - 21 Tammuz
  • Menachem Asher Ratner - 21 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Mrs. Bracha Chava Leah bas Reb Shmuel Finkelstein - 18 Tammuz
  • Zlota Zelda bas Reb Yaakov (Mrs. Shoshana Plotkin’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Esther Fruma bas Reb Sholom (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s mother) - 18 Tammuz
  • Reb Tzemach ben Reb Yitzchok (Mrs. Fayge Estulin’s father) - 18 Tammuz
  • Priva bas Reb Yisroel Dovid (Rabbi Dovid Thaler’s mother) - 19 Tammuz
  • Reb Yechiel ben Reb Chaim (Mrs. Shoshana Brocha Plotke’s father) - 19 Tammuz
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Yitzchak Elimelech (Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s father) - 19 Tammuz
  • Reb Shlomo Binyomin ben Reb Dovid Leib Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Fine’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Yechiel ben Reb Yisroel Yitzchok (Mr. Dennis Blauner’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Genendel bas Reb Noach (Mrs. Dorothy Grossman’s mother) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Schneur Zalman ben Reb Yitzchok Elchonon (Mr. Yosef Shagalov’s father) - 21 Tammuz
  • Reb Yehoshua ben Reb Tzvi Elimelch (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfather) - 22 Tammuz
  • Reb Boruch ben Reb Eliyahu (Rabbi Yisroel Hecht’s grandfather) - 22 Tammuz
  • Simcha Chaya bas Reb Yosef (Mrs. Milka Elharrar’s mother) - 23 Tammuz
  • Yocheved bas Reb Mordechai (Mrs. Varda Rav-Noy’s mother) - 23 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Balak

Does Mesirus Nefesh mean to take a Slow Boat to China? 

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

At this week’s Yud Bais Tammuz fabrengen we heard stories about the mesirus nefesh of the Previous Rebbe and his struggle for Yiddishkeit in the year 5687-1927. If we contrast that challenge to our present day circumstances, we cannot even consider what we are challenged by as a struggle in comparison. This begs the question: What therefore do these stories that occurred then have to do with us today in the year 5772-2012?

The Rebbe explains that mesirus nefesh doesn’t only mean to give up one’s life; it means to give up your will. Just as yidden had a personal will that they sacrificed for the sake of Yiddishkeit, so too today, we have a will that we too can give up in order to serve Hashem.

The Previous Rebbe did not share his personal experience in prison for any other reason than to teach us and provide us with the opportunity to the same in our lives.

The problem we have today is that we have too grandiose of an imagination of what mesirus nefesh means to us today. We assume that the only thing that will qualify as mesirus nefesh is to turn over the entire world in a way similar to previous generation. Otherwise we feel that it isn’t considered to be anything of worth. Because of this unreasonable and unattainable assessment that is beyond our grasp, we fall short and go numb when it comes to following through and all too often not very much gets accomplished. We feel as if the Rebbe has told us to take a trip on a slow boat to China or to take a ride on a rocket to the moon, and we are not up to the challenge.

Once in Stalinist Russia a Russian official wanted to know how committed the populous was to the mother land. He went and asked the following questions one of the Russian citizens. If you have two cars; are you willing to give them to the country? He answered yes. If you have two homes; are you willing you give it to the country?  He answered yes. If you have two chickens, are you willing to give them to this great country of ours? He answered, absolutely not! The questioner was astonished. He exclaimed; you mean to tell me that you are willing to give two cars, and two homes but not two measly chickens?? The citizen replied; I don’t have two cars nor do I have two homes, but two chickens I have, and I am going to keep them. Today we cannot even tap into the level of that generation, but it’s about our two chickens and doing with them the best that we can.

In the previous generations G-dliness was revealed and worldly matters faded into the background. Today it’s the opposite. So what is it that makes us into chassidim of the Rebbe today? Everyone has their personal challenges. For some it’s to wear clothes that are tznius. For another it’s keeping a beard, while for another it’s in keeping kashrus correctly. For others it’s the internet. Some need to add in learning and others need to go on mivtzoyim. We need to pay attention to the question being asked. What is it that the Rebbe wants? He isn’t interested in any slow boats to China. He wants our chickens, the small things. To take with seriously the way we act when we are alone and no one is looking, to be aware that Hashem is always with us. For these things nowadays, we need to have mesirus nefesh.

Kurtzman Shiva

Akivah & R'neete Kurtzman
are sitting shiva at 100 N Poinsettia Pl. during the following hours only:
Thursday, from 6 to 9:30
Sunday, from 3 to 6 pm
Mon-Tue, from 6 to 9:30 pm

Mincha 8 pm, Maariv 8:45 pm.

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

Levaya for Reb Elon Menachem Kurtzman ob"m

Levaya
for Reb Elon Menachem Kurtzman ob"m
will be TODAY (Thur) 11 am
at Mt. Olive Cemetery
7231 East Slauson Ave. 90040
(grave-side)

Shiva details will be posted when available 

 May we share only good news!

Update on Meis Mitzvah

WE HAVE ALREADY RAISED $3500
WE STILL NEED $4500 
PLEASE HELP

With sadness we inform you of the passing of
Reb Elon Menachem Kurtzman ob"m
brother of R'neete and Akiva Kurtzman

Mr. Kurtzman was sick for a while, and passed away in AZ
he always wished to be buried here in LA with his parents.

Cost of the transport from AZ and the levaya is above $8,000
We need to gather all that money urgently,
please help with what you can
by going to Chabadofla.com/donate
please mention in the note ‘Meis Mitzvah'
you can also give a check to Levi Raichik.

Levaya & Shiva details will be posted when available 

 May we share only good news!

Bd"e: Reb Elon Kurtzman ob"m

With sadness we inform you of the passing of
Reb Elon Menachem Kurtzman ob"m
brother of R'neete and Akiva Kurtzman

Mr. Kurtzman was sick for a while, and passed away in AZ
he always wished to be buried here in LA with his parents.

Cost of the transport from AZ and the levaya is above $8,000
We need to gather all that money urgently,
please help with what you can
by going to Chabadofla.com/donate
please mention in the note ‘Meis Mitzvah'
you can also give a check to Levi Raichik.

Levaya & Shiva details will be posted when available 

 May we share only good news!

Farbrengen for men TONIGHT

Farbrengen for men in honor of Yud Beis - Yud Gimmel Tammuz
TONIGHT (Mon), after Maariv - Around 8:45 pm
Speaker: Rabbi Yossi Bukiet

Announcements - Chukas

  • 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: Debut Performance of the Los Angeles Jewish Ladies Choir benefiting the Friendship Circle. Click here for tickets and more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Chukas

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:49 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:18 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am 
  • Chassidus: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • NO Kol Yaakov Yehuda during the summer :(((
  • Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:50 pm
  • Mincha: 7:50 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 5
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:52 pm

Sholom Zochor - Chukas

Rabbi Mendel & Estee Dinerman
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 7571 Willoughby #9
(between Sieirra Bonita & Curson)


Kiddush Sponsors - Chukas

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Bastomski for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s father Reb Noson Kalmen ben Reb Tzvi Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. Arthur Diller for the yahrtzeit of his brother Reb Michel Asher ben Reb Shmuel Zangvil ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Friends of Mr. David Milner in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Chukas

  • The Berkowitz & Raksin Families for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Zalman Raksin’s mother Baila bas Reb Yitzchok ob”m and for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Zalman Rgrandparents Raizel bas Reb Yakov Hakohen ob”m and Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.

Shabbos Kalla - Chukas

Fruma Hurwitz
Invites all women to her Shabbos Kalla
6:00 at 821 N Formosa Ave. #201

Mazal Tov To - Chukas

  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik on the marriage of their son Abbale to Rivkie Itkin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dinerman on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Dovber Cherman - 10 Tammuz
  • Yosef Chaim Kaufman - 11 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Tuvia Helfen - 12 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Novack - 12 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Nachman Kreiman - 13 Tammuz
  • Sholom Dovber Raeburn - 13 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Moshe Raichik - 14 Tammuz
  • Yosef Yitzchak Plotke - 14 Tammuz
  • Mr. David Milner - 14 Tammuz
  • Zev Yisroel Cherman - 16 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman - 12 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Asher Habibian - 13 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. David Diamand - 14 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Michel Asher ben Reb Shmuel Zangvil (Mr. Arthur Diller's brother) - 10 Tamuz 
  • Reb Yaakov Naftoli ben Reb Shlomo Zalmen (Rabbi Danny Rotenberg’s father) - 14 Tammuz
  • Reb Noson Kalmen ben Reb Tzvi Meir (Mrs. Etty Bastomski’s father) - 15 Tammuz
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Chana Ganzburg’s father) - 16 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Chukas

A True Leader

There are various types of people. There are those whose main drive is for the good of the community and they feel that the needs of private individuals must be pushed aside for the needs of the community. There are others who feel that the main focus is the individual: they think about each person and believe that the community should worry about the needs of each unique individual.

There is a constant need to maintain a sense of balance between these two philosophies. One example of this balance is when a Jew gives half a shekel to buy korbonos. The value of that money is thereby transformed from being within the private domain to being within the public domain.

Rashi says in this week's parsha that Moshe is Yisroel and Yisroel is Moshe (Bamidbar 21:21).  Hanassi Hu Hakol - the Nassi is everything. Hence, in one aspect, he is a single individual.  On the other hand, everything he does is connected to Klal Yisroel and he is the Nassi over each individual person. The Nassi Hador combines both attributes.

This is what we find in connection with the Previous Rebbe. The Previous Rebbe accomplished much for the community, first among the Soviets that caused him to be arrested; and then when he left Russia when he was involved in all aspects of Yiddishkeit, building Mikvaos, Yeshivos and Chodorim, appointing shochetim and rabbonim, saving individuals from the Soviet Union and during WWII, as well as expounding Chassidus. The general ruchnius and gashmius of Klal Yisroel were important to him and, at the same time, each individual’s physical and spiritual welfare was equally important.

Likewise, the Rebbe transmitted to us the power to spread Yiddishkeit in a broad, community sense, while at the same time working to help each individual. This avodah affects our work for the redemption of Klal Yisroel in general, as well as for every individual personally. Like the prophet says, “as you will be gathered one by one” (Isaiah 27:12). Rashi explains the possuk to mean that Hashem will grasp each person by the hand, and we will be gathered as one community with Moshiach.

In 1976, right after the Entebbe rescue, my brother Yossi and another bochur went to Japan and other nations of the Far East on Merkos Shlichus.  He visited Bangkok, India, Iran, and other neighboring countries. One Friday in Japan, he put tefillin on the Israeli Ambassador and a mezuzah on the door of the embassy. He met a certain man in the embassy and asked him, “Do you want to put on tefillin?” The man responded, “I have a story to tell you. After the Six Day War, I was at the Kotel and I was asked to put on tefillin. I told them that I believe in the country and the history, but I’m not religious and I will not put on tefillin. Later I visited the United States and was on Fifth Avenue in New York City.  A young fellow came out of a van and asked me to put on tefillin. I refused, telling him that if I didn't put it on at the Kotel, do you think I'll put it on in New York? I traveled to Philadelphia and saw the Liberty Bell. While I was there, someone approached me and asked me to put on tefillin. I refused again.  If I didn't put it on at the Kotel, do you think I would do so at the Liberty Bell?” The man then looked Yossi in the eye and said, “If the Lubavitcher Rebbe sent two rabbinical students ten thousand miles away to Japan just to ask me to put on tefillin, could I still refuse? I'll put on tefillin."

When Yossi told this by a farbrengen, he explained that he obviously did not only travel to Japan for this one individual.  He had many opportunities to meet people and do mivtzoim on this trip.  Nevertheless, the person felt as though Yossi’s entire trip was for him.

What do we learn from this? When we do mivtzoim, the Rebbe is sending us personally to fulfill his shlichus.  When it is done in this manner, the person cannot refuse the Ahavas Yisroel of the Rebbe. This man in the Israeli embassy felt how much the Rebbe cared for him as an individual, and was finally willing to put on tefillin.

Siyum Sefer Torah in honor of Reb Reuven Solomon

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Shabbos Schedule - Korach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:47 
    A (Yartzeit) Candle  should be lit to burn throughout the twenty-four hours. If possible, the candle should be of beeswax.
  • Friday night - after Mincha - Shiur on some mishnayos with Rabbi Ami Meyers.
  • Followed by the recitation of the first few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” by Rabbi Bart.
  • It is customary for all men to get an aliya this Shabbos. Minyanim for Kriah will begin at 9:00 am. The Gaboim ask that everyone please come to shul before davening to get an aliya. 
  • Lastest Time To Read Shema: 9:17 am 
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shiur in Igeres Hakodesh 27 by Rabbi Bart before Shachris. 
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • FINAL WEEK OF Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:00 am 
  • The recitation of a few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” will be during the farbrengen after davening. 
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm - Pirkei Avos - Chapter 4
  • Followed by Seder Nigunim and Farbrengen
  • During the Farbrengen Rabbi Bart teach a perek tanya and a few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” & Rabbi Meyers teach some of the Mishnayios
  • Birchas Hamazon: 8:45 pm 
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:50 pm

Announcements - Korach

  • 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: 4 Tammuz/June 17, Siyum Sefer Torah in honor of Mr. Reuven Solomon. Click here for more info.
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim fo Mrs. Elharar - Milka Yehudis bas Simcha Chaya for a speedy recovery.

Kiddush Sponsors - Korach

  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy in honor of Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch or the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s mother Esther bas Reb Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also, for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s brother Reb Avrohom ben Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yaakov BenZaquen in honor of Rabbi Yaakov BenZaquen’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Dr. Arnold Sandlow for the yahrtzeit of his mother Breina bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Korach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Gutierrez in honor of the birth of their daughter Gabriela Ita. May they have much nachas from her and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s father Reb Meir ben Reb Moshe Efraim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Korach

 6:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler|
126 N Sycamore
Speaker: Rabbi Kramer & Mrs. Tibor

Mazal Tov To - Korach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Baruch Braude on the engagement of their daughter Devory to Arye Meijers.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendy Cunin on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka Bracha to Zalman Partouche.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Feiner on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Feiner.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Efraim Lezak on the engagement of their daughter Chaya Mushka to Avi Weinstein.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler on the birth of their granddaughter (to Yitzchok and Malky Schmukler.)
  • Mazal Tov to Rabbi & Mrs. Gershon Schusterman on the birth of their grandson (to Shmuly & Shula Goldstein.) 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yerachmiel Wolowik on the birth of their grandson (to Mendy and Mushka Wolowik.)

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Yaakov BenZaquen - 4 Tammuz
  • Dr. Ze'ev Rav-Noy - 4 Tammuz
  • Mr. Rami Tamir - 5 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Dovid Thaler - 7 Tammuz
  • Rabbi Eliyahu Newman - 8 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Elharrar - 3 Tammuz
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yankel Ginsburg - 3 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman - 5 Tammuz
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yehudah Lerman - 6 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Eli ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Robin Hambourger’s father) - 3 Tammuz
  • Reb Meir ben Reb Moshe Efraim (Mr. Mitch Reichman’s father) - 4 Tammuz
  • Reb Avrohom ben Reb Moshe (Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s brother) - 4 Tammuz
  • Masi Mindel bas Reb Levi Yitzchok Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Fine’s mother) - 5 Tammuz
  • Reb Itzchav Tzvi ben Reb Chaim Simcha (Mrs. Chaya Kornreich’s father) - 6 Tammuz
  • Chava Rivkah bas Reb Avraham (Mr. Isser Goldstein’s mother) - 7 Tammuz
  • Raizel bas Reb Yakov Hakohen (Rabbi Zalman Raksin’s grandmother) - 8 Tammuz
  • Esther bas Reb Mordechai (Mrs. Kelly Benarroch’s mother) - 8 Tammuz
  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Mordechai Tzvi (Rabbi Zalman Raksin’s grandfather) - 8 Tammuz
  • Reb Moshe ben Reb Sholom (Mr. David Peretz’s father) - 8 Tammuz
  • Baila bas Reb Yitzchok (Rabbi Zalman Raksin’s mother) - 9 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Korach

All Jews Are Holly.
Why Do We Need The Rebbe 
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

In this week's parsha, Korach expressed the following complaints to Moshe Rabbenu. Why was Moshe chosen to be the King, and Aaron to be the Kohein Gadol while he had not received any appointment? Why had he not, at very least, been chosen as the head of the family of Kehos? Also, since we are all holy and we all stood at Har Sinai and everyone is equal, why does this nation require a King and Kohein Gadol at all?

The Meforshim explain that what was really at the base of these complaints was anger over the fact that he wasn't appointed to be the head of the family of Kehos. Most specifically, it was the fact that Moshe Rabbenu appointed Elitzafan as the leader in his stead. Korach believed that he was more deserving to serve as the leader. Interestingly however, we find that it was only after the incident of the spies that Korach raised these objections.

Aharon was appointed Kohein Gadol in the beginning of Nissan, and Elitzafan was appointed in Iyar. The spies expressed their opinions about Eretz Canaan on Tisha b'Av. Korach waited quite a few months until he brought these complaints to Moshe Rabbenu. It was not until the spies returned that Korach questioned why Moshe Rabbenu was the King and Aharon was the Kohein Gadol. What is unique about the incident of the spies that sparked his complaints?

We learned last week that one of the arguments of the spies was that the midbar is a more conducive place to be connected to Hashem. The midbar is a place where we can remain very spiritual learning torah and serving Hashem while having all our physical needs fulfilled.  The midbar had no physical distractions. On the other hand, in Eretz Yisroel we would be required to lower ourselves and lessen the spirituality of our service to Hashem. What the spies forgot was that action not intentions is the main thing. If someone learns about tefillin but doesn't wear them, has not accomplished its purpose. The main purpose is the action! On the other hand, if someone puts on tefillin without kevanah he has still fulfilled the mitzvah. The main intention of leaving Egypt was to fight to take Eretz Canaan and convert it to a holy place. The intention was not only to create spirituality and connection through feelings. What kind of holy place does Hashem want us to make? He wants us to create a society where people do the mitzvos with physical objects such as teruma and maaaer, etc.

Until this point, Korach understood and accepted that Moshe Rabbenu was the leader. He was given the Torah and he understands it best. Aharon Ha Kohein, who, second to Moshe, was on a considerably higher level of understanding of the Torah than anyone else. But now, if the main thing is the action, then everyone is equal. The action of putting on tefillin is the same for Moshe Rabbenu as it is for a simple Jew. We are all holy and we all have the power to bring G‑dliness into the world with our physical actions. Therefore, why is Moshe Rabbenu in the position of a King, which is higher than all the rest of Jewish people? He should be more like a teacher who, on one hand is greater than his student in intellect, but who on the other is similar in stature. Therefore his role should be limited to developing the intellect of the student.

Chassidus explains that a King is the head of the nation, and every individual part of the nation including its very essence is connected to the King. This is why all of the Jews physical needs went through Moshe Rabbenu.  This is why Moshe Rabbenu’s involvement was not only in the spiritual realm and the study of Torah, but also in every physical need; the mon, the water, the meat, and the Clouds of Glory; they all came through Moshe Rabbenu. As said above, Korach accepted the fact that concerning the Torah, Moshe was the greatest teacher. On the other hand, he argued that a Jew does not need a connection to Moshe Rabbenu to fulfill a mitzvah. This is because all Jews are holy and each can accomplish these acts independently, without needing the assistance of Moshe Rabbenu.

Moshe Rabbenu’s response to Korach was, “Wait until morning and Hashem will make known who is qualified to be his ... in the morning who will be the Kohein.” Why did Moshe Rabbenu push off the answer to Korach until the morning? Rashi gives two answers: (a) Moshe was giving Korach and his followers a chance to do teshuva; (b) He was saying that just as Hashem created the universe with the boundaries of morning and evening, similarly you cannot change the Kohein Gadol to be someone other than Aharon.

According to Rashi’s answers it still remains unclear. Why did Moshe need give them specifically until morning? This question can be asked according to both of Rashi’s answers: (a) Maybe doing teshuva only requires a few hours for some while for others it could require a few days; (b) Moshe Rabbenu could have said that they had until evening, which is also a time when one is able to see the difference between day and night.

The Rebbe explains that Moshe was trying to explain to Korach and his followers that the main purpose of the Torah is in the performance of the mitzvahs. Still, they need to be maasim tovim, good actions. The Alter Rebbe explains that the mitzvos should shine. A person can own diamonds, but if they are filthy, they will not shine. Every mitzvah that a Jew does must affect him to the extent that he feels a connection with Hashem through its accomplishment. The Zohar states that word mitzvah shares the same origin as ‘tzavtza’ which is translated to mean connection. If a person does a mitzvah, especially if it was hard for him to do, and then he boasts of his actions, then that becomes negative because it has brings him to pride. Hashem says about such a person that he and I cannot be share one roof. Ultimately, a person who boasts will do teshuva and change the mitzvos to shining mitzvos. Until that time his mitzvos are like precious stones full of mud.

This is what Moshe Rabbenu was telling Korach: the main thing is action. To make a dwelling place for Hashem to be revealed in the physical world, you also need kevanah, and the purification of the individual. The mitzvah must be done like ‘daylight’, with an ever increasing feeling and understanding of Hashem. This is the reason that Moshe Rabbenu deferred the answer to Korach and his followers until morning: (a) So that they do teshuva not only from fear of punishment, rather in a way that will cause their actions to shine; (b) To remind them that actions have to be like daylight. It is well understood that Moshe Rabbenu's way of doing a mitzvah is greater than Korach's.

Every Jew is holy, and can do mitzvahs and draw Hashem into the world, but for the mitzvos to shine, one must be connected to Moshe Rabbenu and to the extension of Moshe Rabbenu of his generation. This connection will enable each individual to make his mitzvos shine.

This is the lesson of the both parshas of the spies and of Korach, that people need combine both heart and action into our service of Hashem. We accomplish this by connecting ourselves to the Moshe Rabbenu of our generation, the Previous Rebbe and the Rebbe. The Rebbeim demonstrated the combination of these too opposites by encouraging a small child to say aleph beis or give tzedakah, and also by revealing the depths of Chassidus. The Rebbe demanded this of us as well.

There is a known story of the Tzemach Tzedek which was told by the Previous Rebbe in Sefer Hasichos 5696/1936 (p. 25). Once, Harav Hachossid, Harav HaTzadik Reb Hillel of Paritsh was visiting the Tzemach Tzedek in Lubavitch for Yechidus. He cried to the Rebbe about his lengthy travels and how they took away much of the time that he desired to spend on his service of davening and learning. He asked the Rebbe that perhaps he should discontinue his travels to the colonies where the level of understanding of the people is minimal.

Upon hearing this, the Tzemach Tzedek closed his eyes in dveikus. (Reb Hillel later commented that to see such dveikus was worth ten trips on foot to Lubavitch. He said “The Rebbe's dveikus took me to a higher spiritual realm.”) The Rebbe then opened his eyes and said, “We are day-workers; our work is to bring light. You should not, G-d for forbid stop going to the colonies. On the contrary, you must do more to bring the light of Chassidus into those places.”

The Rebbe explained that Reb Hillel's davening and doing mitzvahs itself brings light, but the Tzemach Tzedek wanted Reb Hillel to bring light by traveling to those places that are normally be not lit by the light of Chassidus.

Likutei Sichos, vol. 4, Shabbos Korach, 5723 (1963) See also HaYom Yom, 29 Teves 

Two minyanim at 6:30

Tomorrow - Friday - There will be TWO Minyonim Shacharis @ 6:30
one in the main shul and one in kolel 

Thank You 

Schedule for Gimmel Tammuz

  • Friday night - after Mincha - Shiur on some mishnayos with Rabbi Ami Meyers.
  • Followed by the recitation of the first few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” by Rabbi Bart.
  • It is customary for all men to get an aliya this Shabbos. Minyanim for Kriah will begin at 9:00 am. The Gaboim ask that everyone please come to shul before davening to get an aliya. 
  • Shiur in Igeres Hakodesh 27 by Rabbi Bart before Shachris. 
  • The recitation of a few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” will be during the farbrengen after davening. 
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm - Followed by Seder Nigunim and Farbrengen
  • During the Farbrengen Rabbi Bart teach a perek tanya and a few chapters of the Maamar “Ve'Ata Tezave” & Rabbi Meyers teach some of the Mishnayios

Chabad Chodesh - Tamuz

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SUNDAY: Seudah Hodaah for Josh Zipp

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Reminder: 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 - Shlach

  • 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: 4 Tammuz/June 17, Siyum Sefer Torah in honor of Mr. Reuven Solomon. Click here for more info.
  • TEHILIM: Please say tehilim fo Mrs. Elharar - Milka Yehudis bas Simcha Chaya for a speedy recovery.
  • 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. 
  • SUNDAY: Seudah Hodaah for Josh Zipp. Click here for more info
  • TUESDAY: Bais Toras Menachem Graduation. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Shlach

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:45 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:16 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
  • FINAL WEEK OF Kol Yaakov Yehuda: 10:00 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:45 pm
  • Mincha: 7:45 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:48 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Tamuz: Wednesday, Sivan 30/June 13, 6:05 pm (and 7 chalakim).
  • Rosh Chodesh Tamuz: Wednesday & Thursday, June 13-14.

Kiddush Sponsors - Shlach

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Mishulovin for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin’s father Harav Chayim Eliyahu ben Reb Eliezer ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Eli Vcherashansky’s father Harav Yosef Hirsh ben Reb Leib ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yachzel in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Shlach

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Anatian in honor their daughter Esther Chana’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s father Harav Yehuda Tzvi ben Reb Moshe Yakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Goldman family for the Bar-Mitzvah of their son Avrohom Eliezer. May he give them much nachas and may he grow up to be a true chossid yirei shomaim and lamdan.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Shlach

6:30 pm at the home of Mrs. Chana Weiss
411 N Martel
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Shlach

  • The Goldman & Cohen Families on the bar-mitzvah of  Avrohom Eliezer Goldman.
  • Shmuly Schapiro on his engagement to Leah Solomon. Mazal tov to the grandparents and the entire family.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmen Schmukler on the bar-mitzvah of their grandson.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Shmaya Altein - 26 Sivan
  • Mr. Aaron Leib Brenner - 26 Sivan
  • Saadia Davidoff - 27 Sivan
  • Rabbi Nootie Gross - 28 Sivan
  • Levi Weiss - 30 Sivan
  • Shmuel Berkowitz - 1 Tammuz
  • Schnuer Zalmen Raeburn - 2 Tammuz

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Berel Schusterman - 30 Sivan
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yosef Bukiet - 1 Tammuz
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gary Apfel - 2 Tammuz

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Harav Chayim Eliyahu ben Reb Eliezer (Rabbi Yosef Mishulovin’s father) - 29 Sivan
  • Harav Yehuda Tzvi ben Reb Moshe Yakov (Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s father) - 1 Tammuz
  • Harav Yosef Hirsh ben Reb Leib (Rabbi Eli Vcherashansky’s father) - 2 Tammuz

Devar Torah - Shlach

Are we ignoring or making excuses for the fact that actually: 
We Can Bring Moshiach, We Can Change the World 
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week is Shabbos Mevorchim Chodesh Tammuz and parshas Shelach. How is this Shabbos connected to and prepare us for Gimmel Tammuz?

Moshe Rabbenu sent emissaries to scout the land. Ten out of the twelve returned with a bad report, saying that the land was unconquerable.  How did they make such a mistake? Didn’t they see the slitting of the Red Sea? Weren’t they present when the manna fell as well as witnesses to all the miracles in the desert that were all brought about by Hashem through Moshe Rabbenu? What happened to them along their journey that they seemingly forgot about all of this?

The ten spies were missing the essential ingredient. They did not place ‘we will do (naaseh)’ before ‘we will understand (nishma)’. They had seen all the miracles during the exodus and in the desert. They surmised that these miracles occur when Hashem takes care of everything and then no scouts are necessary.  Their idea was that since now they were being sent to scout out the land to see in a natural way they best way to conquer, this means that they are supposed to act on their own according to their own logic and reach their own conclusions. In their minds this included even if they should or could conquer the land altogether. They were no longer in that miraculous era and now could no longer expect a sea to split and food to fall out of nowhere.

They looked around and concluded that they didn’t have the physical wherewithal to conquer the land and the giants that lived there. Even on a spiritual level they saw that it was a land that consumes its inhabitants, meaning that the environment was so thick and contaminated with foreign ideas that its atmosphere would destroy Judaism and what it stands for. They therefore concluded that the best way for the people to survive on all levels was to remain in the desert.

Kalev realized on his own that what we needed more than anything else was to be connected to Moshe Rabbenu and that it is essential is to keep 'we will do (naaseh)’ before 'we will understand (nishma)’. He knew and connected to the fact that whatever Moshe Rabbenu said was the truth. He said that we could conquer the land. Even with the giants, since we have the strength that Hashem has given us through Moshe Rabbenu nothing can stop us. Even within the natural order there are miracles that will cause us to be victorious because a Jew is above nature even while he is within nature. This is what we have been taught by Moshe Rabbenu.

This is why Kalev used the analogy of even being able to scale staircase to heaven if necessary if Moshe said its possible. Do such things happen? Are we being asked to scale a staircase to heaven? The point he made was that if Moshe Rabbenu told us to we would be able. This is the most important thing to take from our experience of the exodus, the receiving of the Torah and our experiences in the desert. All of this has revealed the true nature of Hashem’s involvement in our affairs, the truth and reliability of Moshe’s Torah and directives and the true nature of a Jew.

But where did Kalev get to this realization and how was he able to stand up against all the others? We understand how Yehoshua was able because Moshe Rabbenu davened for him to be saved from the advice of the meraglim. Rashi describes how Kalev went to Ma’aras HaMachpelah to daven. He had what to daven for. He had enough of his own challenges. But he did not daven for this. Instead he davened for one thing only: to be true to his mission and be connected to Moshe Rabbenu. After this he went forward as Moshe’s shliach to accomplish his mission and he was successful.

This is the lesson that parshas Shelach teaches us about Gimmel Tammuz. The Rebbe told us about the coming of Moshiach and that we have a mission. We look all around and we see a world filled with distractions and naysayers. With a pure and simple emunah in Hashem and his servant Moshe, the Moshe Rabbenu of our generation, we can break through, we are not alone. We are not grasshoppers rather we stand on the shoulders of giants, the true giants. We come with the might of the Rebbe, his Torah and his directives and with it we can break through all the barriers and obstacles that stand in the way of the Geula Ha’amitis. By doing our part we are joined by our children and our families and our entire environment and together we can change the world. We can conquer the world and reveal that it is a fitting dwelling place for Hashem

A Good Shabbos

Wednesday: Chai Lifeline Event!

Chai Lifeline Event!

Spend an evening at Mory's Fireplace
9118 W. Pico Blvd
Wednesday 23 Sivan/June 6, 7:30 pm
Eat good food, see some friends,
and hear about how you can make a difference!

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