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Shul Bulletin

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 2-3:30 
The primary time to do Mitzvoim is 
before and after the program: 1-2, and 3:30-5.

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

Schedule - 2nd Days of Pesach

Don't forget Eiruv Tavshilin

Shevii Shel Pesach
Thursday night & Friday

  • Light Candles (No Shehecheyanu): 7:15 pm
  • Our custom is that men stay up during the night studying Torah (Alos is 4:45 am)
  • Sota Shiur: 12:00 AM 
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:29 am 
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am in Shul and 11:00 am in Kolel.
  • Sota Shiur: 6:30 pm
  • Mincha: 7:15 pm

Acharon Shel Pesach
Friday night & Shabbos

  • Light Candles (No Shehecheyanu) from pre-existing flame: 7:15pm 
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:29 am 
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am in Shul and 11:00 am in Kolel.
  • Sota Shiur: 4:30 pm 
  • Mincha: 5:15 pm - Followed by Moshiach Seudah.
  • Bachurim’s Moshiach Seuda & Farbrengen in KYY.
  • Kids (Boys & Girls) Moshiach Seuda and Rally - 7:15-8:15 pm in the Kolel.
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:18 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

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

Public Safety Policy

Due to the measles outbreak in the Pico Community,
our policy is that if you are not vaccinated don't attend Shul!
We BH have many pregnant women and infants....there is Mamash a danger....

After we do our part, vaccinations are part of our responsibility, 
we rely on Hashem's protection!

TONIGHT!!! Part 2 of 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 second part of the Kinus will iy"H take place
TONIGHT, after mincha & after Maariv

DO NOT MISS IT

Gut Moed!!! 

(Sota shiur will be 6:20 pm)

Matzah

Rabbi raichik has some extra Borough Park matza.
$20 a pound.
He also has some extra oat matza
If anyone needs. Please contact him asap

Announcements - Pesach

  • 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 the Bikur Cholim Pre-Pesach Measles Advisory

Schedule - 1st Days of Pesach

Friday, Nisan 14/April 19
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: 10:39 am
  • Burn & Annul Chametz By: 11:46 am
  • Light Shabbos & Yom Tov Candles: 7:10 pm
  • Try to finish eating Afikomen by Midnight: 12:52 am

Shabbos, Nisan 15/April 20
Pesach Day One 

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:32 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 ???? 6:00 pm.
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm
  • Light Candles (From pre-existing flame) After: 8:08 pm 
  • Start Counting Sefiras Haomer

Sunday, Nisan 16/April 21
Pesach Day Two

  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:32 am
  • Shachris: 9:30 in kyy, 10:00 in shul & 11:00 in the Kolel
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm
  • Shiur in Mesechta Sota with Rabbi ???? after Mincha.
  • Yom Tov Ends: 8:08 pm

Chol Hamoed

  • Shacharis: 6:15, 7:00, 8:00 & 9:05 am
  • First Mincha: 7:10 pm (no 2pm mincha during chol hamoed.)
  • First Maariv: 8:00 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

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 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

Mishulovin Shiva

Mrs. Devora Leah Mishulovin is sitting shiva tonight
on the passing of her sister Mrs. Shterna Sara Kalmanson

Times: 5-7 pm 

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

FINAL REMINDER: Ma'os Chitim Appeal

Dear Anash of CLY:

There is an urgent need in our community for help before Pesach!! 

Please remember to fulfill your Maos Chitim pledge as soon as possible. Whether it is $50, $500 or $1000, every bit counts to help our neighbors have what they need for Pesach.

Click here to pay online, or bring a check to shul and give it to Rabbi Raichik or drop it into the shul pushka.

Tizku L'Mitzvos!

Chol Hamoed Fun Zone

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Farbrengen for men tonight/Help Rabbi Yitzi

Farbrengen for men tonight after maariv (around 8 pm) in shul
in honor of yud alef nissan - our Rebbe's birthday

Click here 
to  Help Rabbi Yitzy spend Pesach with his family

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Metzorah

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s brother Reb Chaim Yosef ben Harav Yehuda Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

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,Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday, 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. Please contact Rabbi Raichik asap to join this mechira.
  • 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.

Announcements - Metzorah

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter. 
  • 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!!
  • NOTICE: Starting this Shabbos, all the back doors will be locked on Saturday afternoon prior to Mincha. Please do not bang on the doors to be let in. Instead use the front entrance on La Brea Ave. Children are not to be left unsupervised in the rear yard during this time as the alley gates are open and the doors will be locked. Thank you for your cooperation 

Shabbos Schedule - Metzorah

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:05 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:37 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 Hilchos Pesach Shiur: 6:05 pm 
  • Mincha: 7:05 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:08 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Metzorah

  • Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine in honor of Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s 80th birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Fogelman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shmuel Fogelman’s brother Reb Chaim Yosef ben Harav Yehuda Tzvi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Metzorah

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

Mazal Tov To - Metzorah

Upcoming Birthdays
  • Menachem Mendel Winograd - 8 Nisan
  • 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 ben  (Ms. Ofra Shipman’s father) - 12 Nisan

Devar Torah - Metzorah

What does Yud Aleph Nissan or Pesach mean to me Today? 
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This coming Tuesday will be Yud Aleph Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday. In a Chai Elul Sicha (5703-1943) the Previous Rebbe quoted the words of the Tzemach Tzedek. He explained to his son Reb Baruch Shalom what occurs in the higher worlds on the birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe and how powerfully it affects us. The same holds true for Yud Aleph Nissan. The best things for us to do on this auspicious day is to strengthen our connection by saying Tehillim, writing a pan, going on mivtzoyim, and preparing for Pesach.

When we ask others what the Lubavitcher Rebbe represents, we get differing answers. One will say that he is best understood by his Ahavas Yisroel; how he thinks about every Jew wherever he is and worried to do as much as possible to help each person according to his or her needs. We see during his distribution of dollars where he listened and cared for each person on an individual basis. By the Rebbe there was no such thing as a Jew being left behind. Others will point to the teachings of the Rebbe, the depths of his Sichos, explanations of Rashi and Rambam and his Maamorim. Others will point to the Rebbe’s leadership and innovation that has changed and continues to change the world in a lasting way. (See Letter from the Rebbe the 3rd of Tammuz 5710-1950, which explains that a Rebbe is even more than all of the above) 

In a sicha on Yud Shevat 5730-1970 the 20th year after Yud Shevat 5710, the Rebbe spoke about chinuch and the upcoming generation. He quoted the pasuk; “Ki yishalcha bincha machar- When your child will ask you tomorrow what are these laws etc.” He then quoted Rashi on the word machar-tomorrow who gives two definitions. One is a literal definition, meaning tomorrow. The second definition of tomorrow means; further in the future, or at a distance. The Rebbe explains that there are two different types of children that will ask this question. One child understands and has a feeling for what his father is saying because although he is in a different generation they share a common language and therefore this child is asking from the vantage point of tomorrow, close by, meaning literally the very next day. The second son feels out of touch and because he doesn’t speak a common language finds the previous generation irrelevant to him. This is because he is not able to appreciate the Torah’s message and then translate it properly properly. For this son tomorrow is far off in the distance. The Torah tells us not to worry, that the Torah has a vital and relevant message for him as well.

As it was in 5730-1970, 20 years after Yud Shevat 5710, so too today we approach 20 years since Gimmel Tammuz, and today also there are also two sons. There is one that lives in today’s generation but remains connected and shares a common language. He is able to see the vital relevance of the message of the Torah and Chassidus in the same way as in the past if not more. Sure there are challenges, and sure there are questions. Nevertheless they stay strongly connected and therefore are a directly involved. Their questions are like questions asked the very next day, from close up. There are others who have not been able, for whatever reason to maintain a strong connection between what they were taught yesterday and integrate it into their lifestyle today. The greater the distance the greater their challenge to connect to what it really means to be a Chabad Chosid today. They will start with terms of indifference, saying to the older generation; you saw the Rebbe, you experienced the fabrengens etc., what do you expect from me?

Another place we see this in a less obvious way is in how we view the mitzvah of ahavas Yisroel. In this age of moral relativism, to some it means to be open to everyone no matter what and not to criticize anyone. On one hand while that is a very beautiful thing, on the other hand something essential is missing. Sometimes we know others that are living a harmful lifestyle, and it’s as if they are calling out for help. They need a friend, a parent or mashpia to pay attention, to get involved and express their concern. We owe it to our friend our child and our student. To be able to sit down and explain why his situation is wanting and how he can improve is real ahavas Yisroel. Where is the ahavas Yisroel if we just to look the other way? He needs our help! Have we forgotten these basics? Is the tomorrow of today become too distant and out of touch? We need to reconnect and relearn what we have been taught.

In this generation of ours some think that Chabad has become an umbrella organization. Chabad is not a rainbow coalition made up of the Ultra Chassidic, Regular Chassidic, Modern Chassidic and Chabad Lite. It is not a Chabad thing to look the other way and just love everyone. The Rebbe taught us by example over and again the exact opposite. We need to get involved, to reach out and share chassidus and pay attention to our friend, child and our student and point out his situation and how it compares. We can then suggest ways to improve. It’s not politically incorrect, it’s our responsibility to teach, show and live the life of a Lubavitcher Chosid as taught in the Rebbe’s Sichos and letters. 

Throughout the 12 days of reciting the Nasi, the day of Yud Aleph Nissan and throughout Pesach we are given the power to break free of our habits.  So as we sit by the Seder, 3 ½ thousand years after the exodus we we remind ourselves that we have one Hashem, one Torah, one Chassidus and one Moshe Rabbenu. Our job is to open the channel of connection and tap into the power of the Nasiim, Yud Aleph Nissan and Pesach by doing all of the mitzvos and observing all of the minhagim. The effect is powerful. A kosher and freilichen Pesach. 

Chabad Chodesh - Nissan

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

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

Announcements - Tazria

  • Click here for the KYY newsletter. 
  • 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 - Tazria

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:58 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:45 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
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:01 pm

Sholom Zochor

Shmuly & Leah  Schapiro
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
9 pm @ 822 N Orange. 

Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria

  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Tazria

  • 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. Yisroel Munitz in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. Also, in honor of their daughter Leah’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Tazria

6:00 at the home of Mrs. Tova Levine
361 N Vista
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Tazria

  • To all our children who went to the Chidon Hamitzvos Shabbaton. May they continue to see success in learning and bring moshiach now! 
  • To the Lerner Family on the Siyum Hashas of their son Efraim.. May he continue to see success in learning and bring moshiach now! 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Duchman on the birth of their grandson (to Avi & Lilly Gniwisch.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel on the birth of their grandson (to Hudi and Sara’le Frankel.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yisroel Hecht on the birth of their grandson (to Boruch and Mooka Hecht.)
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Schapiro on the birth of their son.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • 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
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gaby Silver - 6 Nisan

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Esther Rivka bas  (Rabbi Moshe Aaron Kagan’s mother) - 2 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 - Tazria

The Paradox of Change
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This week is parshas Tazriah, pashas HaChodesh and Rosh Chodesh. It’s a very special Shabbos. We do not read from three Sifrei Torah on any other time throughout the entire year as we do this week with the exception of Simchas Torah and occasionally on Shabbos Chanukah.

Rosh Hashanah begins in Tishrei yet we are told in parshas HaChodesh that Nissan is the first of the months of the year. So which month is the first and what lesson does it teach us in our service of Hashem?

The word for a year, shana, means to repeat. This is reflected in the non-changing repetitiveness of the solar calendar. The solar calendar is 365 days a year, year in year out. It doesn’t fluctuate. Each day the sun rises and then sets and then repeats itself. The word for a month, chodesh, means new (chadash), which is the opposite of repetition; it represents change. This is reflected in the lunar cycle. The moon appears anew as if reborn every month. It increases in strength and visibility until after the 15th of the month when wanes only to be renewed and reborn yet again.

Rosh Hashana is in Tishrei, the time of the creation and of nature. This is represented in the solar calendar, which just like nature itself is non-changing. Nissan is a time of miracles and wonders such as the miracles of yetzias Mitzrayim. Pesach, always celebrated in Nissan and in the spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. Therefore Nissan is the beginning of the chodashim, the months, the lunar cycle.

From our perspective we see Tishrei and Nissan, the solar and the lunar as two separate cycles or as differing frequencies (as in radio waves). On one frequency we experience the power of Hashem in miracles and on the other the power of Hashem in nature. In truth they are one and the same. They both reveal the power of the one and only Hashem, which is infinite and unlimited and within everything, including the limited laws of nature.

When we observe this great creation that we live within and then reflect on the infinite power behind everything that keeps it all alive and functioning in all it’s strength, never changing or waning, we experience Hashem’s infinite power from the vantage point of nature. Once a doctor, the head of the department of neonatal care told me that every time a child is born healthy, it’s a miracle. When we remember and relive the miracles of Pesach we see the power of Hashem in miracles that transcend, suspend and break nature. The miracles of Purim are miracles that do not break nature but work through nature. No matter what frequency we tune into or from which angle we prefer to perceive, both reveal the power and goodness of the one and only Hashem.

These two perspectives can also been seen in our daily lives in the way we connect in our service of Hashem. We incorporate the miraculous in our service of Hashem through kabbolas ohl accepting Hashem and the Torah and mitzvos as the centerpiece of lives. Also, when we have mesirus nefesh, sacrifice and bitul, which is being awake and active in all aspects of the service of Hashem, we break out of our limitations and we serve Hashem in a miraculous way. When we learn and understand and then feel with our natural senses and talents and then incorporate what we learn and feel into our personal lives we serve Hashem though nature. They are two separate services. In Russia, mesirus nefesh was in the forefront. In America it’s on a back burner and intellect and understanding is in the forefront. They are two discreet frequencies that make up one service but ultimately they are one and the same. Every one of us can say that I was created to serve Hashem, the one Hashem that is in nature and beyond nature. Our job is to infuse what is beyond nature into nature, to bring the Shabbos into the week and the sense of miracles into daily routine. Through our service in both areas and uniting both as one may we merit the ultimate miracle, the revelation of Mashiach in the most revealed, practical and tangible way.

A Good Shabbos A Good Chodesh

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