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Announcements - Re'eh

  • 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: Sunday 15 Elul. Community wide event. Project Focus. Click here for more info.

Shabbos Schedule - Re'eh

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:03 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:39 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: 6:00 pm
  • Mincha: 7:00 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 5
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:06 pm

Sholom Zochor

Shmuly & Chaya Chazanow
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 179 S Highland

Mendel & Zisi Zirkind
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
10 pm at 158 S Detroit St.

Kiddush Sponsors - Re'eh

  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi Sholom Elharar on his return trip from the tzion of Reb Levik. May Hashem continue to shower his family and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s father Reb Moshe Yaakov ben Reb Aron ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also, for all the miracles and kindness Hashem has shown their family. May Hashem continue to shower them and the entire community with kol tuv sela.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chaim Lerner for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Chaim Lerner’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Chaim ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yachzel for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Linda Yachzel’s father Reb Avraham ben Reb Dovid ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Re'eh

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Ariel Haratz’s father Reb Eliezer ben Reb Yosef ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sender Munitz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Sender Munitz’s father Reb Yisroel Meir ben Reb Alexsender Sender ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Re'eh

6:00 at the home of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler
126 N Sycamore
Speaker: Mrs. Chana Rochel Schusterman

Mazal Tov To - Re'eh

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Chazanow on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Chazanow.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Vcherashansky on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Vcherashansky and Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Binyomin Fogelman.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Sholom Wilansky on the birth of their Twin daughters. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Zirkind on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Wolf. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Davidson - 1 Elul
  • Levi Bart - 1 Elul
  • Rabbi Chaim Drizin - 1 Elul
  • Rabbi Benyomin Hoffman - 6 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yoel Edelson - 30 Av
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Avrahom Mentz - 1 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Benyomin Hoffman - 3 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Rosenbloom - 4 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davidoff - 5 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski - 5 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Raigorodsky - 6 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Musa bas Reb Yehoshua Halevi (Mrs. Debbie Tibor’s mother) - 30 Av
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Chaim (Mr. Chaim Lerner’s father) - 30 Av
  • Reb Refoel ben Reb Yitzchok (Mr. Avrohom Plotkin’s brother) - 1 Elul
  • Reb Moshe Yaakov ben Reb Aron (Mr. Avrohom Aron Grunfeld’s father) - 1 Elul
  • Sima Baila bas Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Yoel Edelson’s mother) - 3 Elul
  • Reb Yisroel Meir ben Reb Alexsender Sender (Rabbi Sender Munitz’s father) - 4 Elul
  • Reb Avraham ben Reb Dovid  (Mrs. Linda Yachzel’s father) - 5 Elul  
  • Reb Eliezer ben Reb Yosef (Mr. Ariel Haratz’s father) - 5 Elul  
  • Yehudis bas Reb Shalom (Mr. Moshe Kaszirer’s mother) - 6 Elul

Devar Torah - Re'eh

What I learned about Elul
from the Rebbe’s Fabrengen that I didn’t Attend

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

The Chosid Rav Mordecai Perlow learned in Lubavitch and his teacher and mashpia was Rav Michoel der Alter.  There was a story with a lesson that Rav Michoel would often tell over at his fabrengens with the bachurim. Rav Mordecai wrote the story and submitted to the Rebbe when he heard that the Rebbe asked that Chassidim should write stories and submit them. One year on a Yud  Shevat the Rebbe told over the story.

At that time the many small villages often didn’t have enough children to support an entire cheder so sometimes several villages would combine and hire an experienced melamed. The melamed was literate while often the villagers were not. When villagers would receive mail that they could not read, they would bring it to the melamed to read out loud. One day the melamed read out loud a letter to a villager that said that his father had passed away. The villager, when hearing this immediately passed out. Rav Michoel would ask why the teacher didn’t  faint, after all he was the one who read the letter and understood the words best. The common answer was that he didn’t faint because it wasn’t his father. Rav Michoel then explained the meaning of the story saying that this is the point of Chassidus and what it means to be a Chosid. If we don't recognize that when we speak about Hashem that it’s Avinu, that Hashem is our father, then we missed the entire point. When we learn Chassidus and then apply it to our personal life then we come to realize that Hashem is our Father.

This story is applicable to the Rebbe’s Sichos and Maamarim. Some feel that since they weren't there at the fabrengen, or since they never met the Rebbe because they were born after Gimmel Tammuz then it's not relevant to them. When we  relate to these teachings as theoretical and they are not applied to our personal lives they don't have the proper effect.

Elul is when we look over the past year at what we have accomplished with our time and what we should do going forward. In the maamar “Lo t’hei mashakela” from 5712-1952 the Rebbe brings the Gemara from Brachos about Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai.  Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai was crying at the end of his life because he said that there were two possible roads, one to Gan Eden and the other the opposite and he didn't know upon which he was going. Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai learned the Torah for 40 years, taught the Torah for 40 years and was the leader of Klal Yisroel for 40 years (He lived 120 years). Why was he unsure on which road he was going and why did he cry? The Rebbe  explains that throughout his entire life was so fully engrossed in his service of Hashem that he didn't stop long enough to look at himself and figure out if everything he was doing was exactly correct.

When we are born  there is a timestamp placed in our passport. We are given a specific number of minutes to fulfill our specific purpose in bringing Hashem Echod into this world.  Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai had no time to reflect on himself because our entire lives should be filled with our specific purpose of bringing Hashem Echod into this world. If we will stop and divert the precious time we have to think about ourselves then we will use up the necessary time to accomplish our specific mission. At the end of his life however it was time to make an account and therefore he cried.

When the Rebbe said over this part of the Maamar  he became emotional and cried. It was similar to the anguish of Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai mentioned in the Gemara.

As Chassidim we try to take the Rebbe’s Sichos and Maamarin to heart  and try to apply them to ourselves and our personal lives even though we were not at the fabrengen where the Sicha or the Maamar was delivered. When I relive in my mind the story Rebbe Yochanan ben Zakai, the way the Rebbe cried and what it means to me it shakes me up and I begin to think about how to better use my time and what to focus on. There's no time to waste and not one minute will come back to fulfill the purpose of our lives. The myriad of distractions from iPhones to iPads to social media need to brought under our control and redirected towards learning Sichos and Maamarim and taking them to heart and into our daily lives.

Elul  reminds us to take our time seriously, take stock and improve and utilize our time in the service of Hashem, and greet Avinu Malkeinu, our Father and our King on Rosh Hashana with renewed vitality with the geula now.

To be continued.
A Good Shabbos

Bd"e: Mrs. Rosalie Ojalvo ob"m

With sadness we announce the passing of Rosalie Ojalvo
Rivka bas Moshe, OBM
mother of Mrs, Chana Liba Nathanson

The funeral will be Sunday, Elul 1/September 1, 11:00 AM
at Sholom Memorial Park
13017 Lopez Canyon Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342

 Shiva will be
at 132 S Mansfield Avenue
10am-1pm & 2pm-10pm

May we share only good news 

Project Focus

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Announcements - Eikev

  • Click here for this week's Lmaan Yishmeu publication.
  • Click here for this week’s JEM “Here’s My Story”. 
  • Click here for a list of our ongoing shiurim. 
  • Click here to pay up all your building fund, kibud or yiskor pledges and outstanding membership. Thank you to all of our supporters!!!
  • SUNDAY:  Masbia Program. The shul kitchen will be open from 7am till 12pm. All foods are fine, including Milchig, Fleishig, Pareve, fruits, vegetables, frozen, canned and packed foods. All except foods cooked at home. Please note: If you can send proteins such as- chicken, meat, fish, and cheeses, it would be tremendously beneficial to these families.

Shabbos Schedule - Eikev

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:12 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:37 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
  • NO Kol Yaakov Yehuda:((((
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 6:10 pm
  • Mincha: 7:10 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 4
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:15 pm
  • Molad Chodesh Elul: Friday, Av 29/August 30, 5:06 pm and 4 chalakim.
  • Rosh Chodesh Elul: Shabbos & Sunday, August 31 & September 1.

Kiddush Sponsors - Eikev

  • Friends of Rabbi Zvi Boyarsky in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel for the yahrtzeits of Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s mother Ratza Liba bas Reb Chaim ob"m and grandfather Reb Mannis ben Reb Yitzchak Leib Halevi ob"m. May the neshomos have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Klyne for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s mother Esther Leah bas Reb Shmuel Tuvia ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Raichik & Klyne Families for the yahrtzeit of their mother Rebbitzen Leah bas Reb Avrohom Abele Hakohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman in honor of the birth of their grandchild. May they have much nachas and may she grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joel Yachzel in honor of Mr. Joel Yachzel’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Eikev

  • Mr. Reuven Gradon in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Eikev

6:00 at the Mrs. Chana Weiss
411 N Martel
Speaker: Rabbi Yisroel Hecht

Mazal Tov To - Eikev

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Tzvi Boyarsky - 24 Av
  • Rabbi David Diamand - 24 Av
  • Meir Rubashkin - 25 Av
  • Mr. Joel Yachzel - 26 Av
  • Mendel Perl - 26 Av
  • Rabbi Mendel Dubinsky - 27 Av
  • Mendel Thaler - 29 Av
  • Mendel Rubashkin - 29 Av
  • Mr. Pinchas Hirsch - 29 Av

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalmy Fogelman - 24 Av

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sima bas Reb Shmuel Dovid (Rabbi Tzvi Rauh’s mother) - 23 Av
  • Rebbitzen Leah bas Reb Avrohom Abele Hakohen Raichik - 24 Av
  • Chana Priva bas Reb Alter Yehoshua (Mrs. Leah Perl’s mother) - 24 Av
  • Reb Mannis ben Reb Yitzchak Leib Halevi (Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s grandfather) - 26 Av
  • Ratza Liba bas Reb Chaim (Rabbi Simcha Frankel’s mother) - 28 Av
  • Esther Leah bas Reb Shmuel Tuvia (Rabbi Avrohom Klyne’s mother) - 29 Av

Devar Torah - Eikev

Announcements - V’Eschanan

  • 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!!!

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Shabbos Schedule - V’Eschanan

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:20 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:36 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: 6:20 pm
  • Mincha: 7:20 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 3
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:23 pm

Sholom Zochor - V’Eschanan

Ari & Tova Roth
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 136 S Highland Ave.

Kiddush Sponsors - V’Eschanan

  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman in honor of Mrs. Marci Kaufman’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yerachmiel Soto in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Meilech Weiss for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Chana Weiss’s father Reb Yaakov ben Reb Meir ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. 

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - V’Eschanan

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Haratz in honor of Mr. Ariel Haratz’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Ami Meyers for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Ami Meyers’s mother Bina Rivka bas Reb Moshe ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem Rubinstein in honor of Rabbi Menachem Rubinstein’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Schwartz for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Schwartz’s mother Alta Shula bas Reb Sholom Yeshaya ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - V’Eschanan

6:30 at the home of Mrs. Sima Zeifman
421 N Poinsettia
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - V’Eschanan

  • Mr. & Mrs. Shimon Benarroch on the engagement of their grandson Moishe Sperlin to Tonia Feigenson.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Goldman on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ari Roth on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth, Mr. & Mrs. Asher Bastomski. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Moshe Menachem Mendel Feiner - 16 Av
  • Mr. Eliezer Yaakov Kahan - 16 Av
  • Mr. Izzy Soussana - 17 Av
  • Rabbi Menachem Rubinstein - 19 Av
  • Shlomo Habibian - 19 Av
  • Mr. Ariel Haratz - 20 Av
  • Mr. Reuven Gradon - 20 Av
  • Rabbi Yisroel Gurary - 20 Av
  • Gavriel Soussana - 20 Av
  • Mendel Raeburn - 21 Av
  • Levi Perl - 21 Av
  • Yitzchok Meyer Davidson - 22 Av

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yerachmiel Soto - 17 Av 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Tzvi Boyarsky - 19 Av

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Shlomo ben Reb David (Mr. Zev Oster’s father) - 17 Av
  • Bina Rivka bas Reb Moshe (Rabbi Ami Meyers’s mother) - 19 Av
  • Ester bas Reb Avrohom (Mr. David Peretz’s mother) - 19 Av
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Meir (Mrs. Chana Weiss’s father) - 21 Av

Devar Torah - V’Eschanan

The Gemorah at the end of Taanis states that Tu b'Av and Yom HaKippurim are the most joyous Yomim Tovim for the Jewish people. 
The Gemorah lists the following reasons: 
1. The Jewish People stopped dying in the Midbar. Tosfos explains that every year at Tisha b'Av, an announcement was made that each person should dig a grave and then to sleep in it that night. Those who did not rise the next morning were buried in their grave. Those who rose from their grave merited at least another year of life. The final year in the Midbar on Tisha b'Av, every person rose from their grave, not even one had died. Because they thought that perhaps they had erred in their calculation of the date, they decided to sleep in their graves for the next four nights. Finally, when the full moon arrived they realized that the decree had been nullified, that they would all live. This was the first year the Jewish People celebrated Tu b'Av.
2. The Romans permitted burial to the the Jews of Betar. The Jews that were killed during the rebellion of Barto that led to the destruction of Betar on Tisha b’Av, were allowed burial on the day of Tu b’Av. This event brought closure to the destruction of the city. At that time, the Sanhedrin added a fourth bracha to Birchas Hamazon, “HaTov VeHameitiv”. This was instituted to express gratitude toward Hashem for these Jews being brought to burial, and that their corpses had not decayed all the years that they had remained unburied.
3. Intertribal marriages were allowed. Moshe had decreed that women should only marry within their own tribe. This was to avoid the transfer of ownership from the original tribal portions given during the initial division of the land. This decree began when the uncles of the daughters of Tzlofchad complained after Hashem told Moshe to give the daughters of Tzlofchad the portion of their father in Eretz Yisroel. Their complaint was that if the daughters would wed someone from another shevet that land would be transferred away from the tribe of Menashe to the tribe of whomever they married. This practice was followed for many years. On Tu b'Av the Sanhedrin in Eretz Yisroel permitted marriages between men and women of any shevet. It was understood that the original prohibition was only intended for the generation entering Eretz Yisroel.
4. King Hoshea permitted the pilgrimage of Jews to Yerushalayim. Earlier, Yeravam had made a blockade to keep the tribes of the north from going to Yerushayim for the Shalosh Regalim. He feared that going to Yerushalayim might lead to rebellion against him and joining the Kingdom of Yehudah under the leadership of Rechavam, the son of Shlomo Hamelech. King Hoshea removed the blockade allowing the Jews of the north to travel up to Yerushalayim for Yom Tov.
5. The completion of wood cutting for the mizbeach. The fires that burned on the mizbeach required wood that did not have worm infestation. The kohanim checked each piece to see if it was fit for use. The cutting of wood for the mizbeach ended each year on the fifteenth day of Av because the sun begins to lose its summer intensity. Therefore the wood after that time does not thoroughly dry allowing for worm infestation.
6. Shevet Binyomin was re allowed to marry with other shevotim. The other Shevotim had previously made an oath stating that their daughters would not marry into Shevet Binyomin. This occurred in the aftermath of a large war waged against Shevet Binyomin by the other Shevatim as is explained in Sefer Shoftim. On Tu b’Av permission was given that girls would be able to marry into the tribe of Binyamin. This saved Shevet Binyomin from extinction. As a result, the achdus and ahavas Yisroel among the shevotim was strengthened.
7. Many shidduchim were made on this day when the young women would go and dance in the vineyards on Tu b’Av. These young women would borrow someone else’s dress to go to the fields on Tu b’Av. No one used her own dress. The purpose of this custom of borrowing was to prevent any of the women feeling shame if she did not have her own clothing. The Gemorah explains that the daughter of the king would borrow from the daughter of the Kohen Gadol who in turn would borrow from the daughter of the deputy Kohen Gadol. All of this was instituted so that a poor girl who had no nice garment of her own would be able to borrow a dress to go out on a date without embarrassment.
The Rebbe explains that the greatness of Tu b’Av is in how it represents nullification of Tisha b’Av. From the first point we see how Tu b’Av revealed that Tisha b’Av is no longer a day of mourning. The Jews of the Midbar realized that the decree of Tisha b’Av was annulled. Not that they stopped dying altogether, but that it revealed to them that the decree of Tisha B’Av is no longer in effect. 
The fact that men and women of any shevet were permitted to marry and that Shevet Binyomin was fully included among Bnei Yisroel both demonstrate unity. King Hoshea as well brought unity where there had been division for hundreds of years between the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel.
With regard to wood for the mizbeach we know that the woodcutters would work in the heat of summer cutting wood. They did not know who, in the end would use the wood they cut or what sort of korban it would burn. The person who brought it to the Chamber of Wood did not know who would use it as the one for whom it was used did not know who brought it. This represents the highest level of tzedakah. Additionally, the sun became weaker. This represents the solar calendar which is in use by non-Jews. The weakening of the sun after Tu b'Av represents the weakening of the goyim (see HaYom Yom on 15 Av). 
The second Bais Hamikdosh was destroyed because of sinas chinam. Tu b’Av is the cure. Tu b’Av shows ahavas Yisroel and achdus Yisroel; that in truth there is no division between one Jew and another.
The daughter of the king might have said that she would give ten dresses to tzedekah for the daughters of the poor. This was not the practice. Each girl had to wear someone else’s dress and feel uncomfortable. This was for the sake of another Jewish girl, one she probably never met, never went to school with, and who was poor, that she should not be ashamed to knock on someone’s door to borrow a dress. To have discomfort just so another Jew not be ashamed is the highest level of tzedakah. This is true ahavas and achdus Yisroel.

Tamir Shiva

Mrs. Rivka Tamir
is sitting shiva for father ob"m

Address: 149 Finchley Rd., Hampstead Quebec H3X 3A3
Phone: (310) 409-5166
Email: Rivkaram@sbcglobal.net

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

Announcements - Devarim

  • 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 - Devarim

Friday, Menachem Av 8/August 9

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:28

Shabbos, Menachem Av 9/ August  10
Shabbos Parshas Devorim

  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am
  • Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik: 9:00 am
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:34 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Siyum will iy"h be made after Shacharis in both minyonim. 
  • NO Kol Yakov Yehuda for the summer :(
  • Mincha: 6:00 pm - NO Pirkei Avos
  • Stop eating by: 7:45 pm
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:31 pm
  • Ma’ariv: 8:55 pm
  • Followed by Megilas Eicha around 9:10 pm
  • Followed by Siyum around 9:40 pm.

Sunday Menachem Av 10/ August  11
Tishah B’Av Nidche

  • Shacharis: 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 am
  • Midday: 12:57 pm
  • First minyan Mincha: 1:15 pm- Talis & Tefilin, Korbanos @ 1:35 pm. Followed by Siyum around 2 pm.
  • Second Minyan Mincha: 2:00 pm - Talis & Tefilin. 
  • Third Minyan Mincha: 6:45 pm- Talis & Tefilin, Ashrei @ 7:00 pm. Followed by Siyum around 7:30 pm.
  • Maariv: 8:12 pm. Followed by Siyum around 8:20 pm
  • Fast Ends: 8:12 pm - ***Light refreshments will be served***

You may find the laws and customs of Tishah B'Av in the Chabad Chodesh by clicking here.

TWO Sholom Zochor's

Rabbi & Mrs. Yehoshua Heshel Mishulovin 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at 7054 Waring Ave #8.

Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Schapiro
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor 
at 158 N Detroit St.

Kiddush Sponsors - Devarim

  • Mr. David Milner for the yahrtzeit of his mother Shein bas Reb Shlomo ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Nachum Cherman in honor of Mr. Nachum Cherman’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s grandfather ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mrs. Genya Sudilkovsky for the yahrtzeit of her husband Reb Feivl ben Reb Leib ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Ruchama Thaler’s father Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Devarim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Schapiro in honor of the bris of their son. May they have much nachas from him and may he grow up to Torah, to Chupa and to Maasim Tovim.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Mayberg for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yossi Mayberg’s grandmother Freidel bas Reb Manachem Shnuer Zalman ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Reichman for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Mitch Reichman’s mother Roichel Devorah bas Reb Yaakov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Mazal Tov To - Devarim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yehoshua Heshel Mishulovin on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yoske Mishulovin.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuel Schapiro on the birth of their son. 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Moishe Carlebach - 10 Av
  • Mr. Nachum Cherman - 10 Av
  • Moshe Meir Polityko - 11 Av
  • Sender Labkowsky - 11 Av
  • Nadav Lerman - 11 Av
  • Pesach Newman - 12 Av
  • Rabbi Dovid Morris - 13 Av
  • Yosef Gorelik - 13 Av
  • Rabbi Sheye Eichenblatt - 15 Av
  • Yakov Yehuda Duchman - 15 Av

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Mr. & Mrs. Yrachmiel Kahn - 13 Av
  • Dr. & Mrs. Ze'ev Rav-Noy - 13 Av
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Drizin - 15 Av

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Yitzchok ben Reb Yakov (Mrs. Ruchama Thaler’s father) - 9 Av
  • Roichel Devorah bas Reb Yaakov (Mr. Mitch Reichman’s mother) - 10 Av
  • Shein bas Reb Shlomo (Mr. David Milner’s mother) - 11 Av
  • Reb Moshe Aharon Hakohen ben Reb Noson Notte (Rabbi Yitzchok Arnold’s brother) - 12 Av
  • Kaila bas Reb Yedidya (Rabbi Danny Rotenberg’s mother) - 12 Av
  • Harav Yaakov Yehuda ben Reb Yehoshua (Mrs. Chana Rochel Duchman’s father) - 15 Av

Devar Torah - Devarim

Shabbos Chazon is the Time to Convert Golus to Geula
By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Traditionally in Jewish communities worldwide Shabbos Chazon is viewed and practiced as a time of distress and sadness. Shabbos Chazon is always the Shabbos that falls within the Nine Days, day’s of mourning over the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash. When Tisha B’Av falls out on a Shabbos the actual day of the destruction, then it is particularly vexing. There are special customs observed and special clothing that is traditionally worn to reflect the solemn mood and there is even a sad melody that is sung for the prayer of Lecha Dodi.  

The Rebbe explains how Chassidus views these days in general especially the Shabbos in particular very differently. Since Halacha forbids mourning on the Shabbos, we view it as above the Three Weeks entirely. Actually, the Shabbosim that fall out during the Three Weeks are their antidote, they give us the strength to counteract and eventually overturn the cause of mourning during the Three Weeks.

Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev said that Hashem shows every Jew on the level of their neshama the 3rd Beis HaMikdash on Shabbos Chazon. The Third Beis HaMikdash is already built and waiting for us to do our part to allow it to descend. Rav Levi Yitzchok analogized this with a parable of a father who sewed a beautiful garment and gave it to his beloved son. The son, not realizing its value wasn’t careful and soon ripped the garment. The father sewed him a second garment and the again the son ripped the garment. The father then sewed a third garment for his son but did not give it to him. Instead he just showed it to him from time to time and reminded him that when he will learn to take care of it, this is what he will get. So too on Shabbos Chazon; Hashem shows us the 3rd Beis HaMikdash, and reminds us that when we will change and do teshuva this is what we will receive.  If a person will ask; I don’t see? There is a part of the neshama that does see that gets strength and pushes us to do our part.

Therefore the Rebbe teaches us that the message of Shabbos Chazon is positive. This is especially true when Tisha B’Av falls on Shabbos when the day of Tisha B’Av is left with only it’s positive parts. Because it’s Shabbos, which is above and beyond mourning there is no fasting or open mourning (see the Chabad Chodesh for details).  What is left of the day? It’s the birthday of Moshiach! We see this clearly in the way the Rebbe kept this day. He had a fabrengen where he stressed geula and Moshiach and all of the positive potential we have to convert darkness to light and mourning to celebration.

A Good Shabbos! 

Siyum Harambam/Shloshim

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Announcements - Matos/Masei

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Shabbos Schedule - Matos/Masei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 7:35 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:32 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: 6:35 pm
  • Mincha: 7:35 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 2
  • Shabbos Ends: 8:38 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Matos/Masei

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Chaim Burston’s father Reb Yehuda Shmuel ben Reb Yitzchok ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yirmy Kurkus in honor of their wedding. May they be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Allan Stark in honor of Mrs. Nana Rushka Stark’s birthday. May she have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Matos/Masei

  • The Gaboim of the Shul in honor of Shabbos Chazak. May they and the entire community be blessed with kol tuv se’ela.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yakov Greenbaum for the yahrtzeit of חיה שרה בת ר' משה מאניא ע"ה. May the neshomo have an aliya. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shaya Lowenstein in honor of Rabbi Shaya Lowenstein’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.

Mazal Tov To - Matos/Masei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Levi Goldman on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler on the engagement of their daughter Shaina to Yossi Cohen. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler.  

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Menachem Mendel Stroll - 2 Av
  • Rabbi Tzemach Rosenfeld - 2 Av
  • Rabbi Shaya Lowenstein - 3 Av
  • Dr. Sholom Fine - 3 Av
  • Mr. Ephraim Levy - 3 Av
  • Daniel Avraham Goldman - 4 Av
  • Eliyahu Tzvi Lipsker - 4 Av
  • Mr. Dennis Blauner - 5 Av
  • Aharon Moshe Grossman - 5 Av
  • Rabbi Heshel Mishulovin - 7 Av
  • Rabbi Dovi Goldman - 7 Av
  • Mendy Lerman - 8 Av
  • Zalman Berkowitz - 8 Av

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Malka bas Reb Yitzchok Yosef (Mrs. Chani Rotenberg’s mother) - 2 Av
  • Reb Yehuda Shmuel ben Reb Yitzchok (Rabbi Chaim Burston’s father) - 4 Av
  • Reb Yacov ben Reb Yehoshua (Mrs. Miriam Diller’s grandfather) - 7 Av
  • Reb Yaakov ben Reb Menashe (Mrs. Chana Rachel Schusterman’s father) - 8 Av

Devar Torah - Matos/Masei

What Does It Mean to Live 
as a Lubavitcher Chosid in 2019?

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

To be frank I feel torn. We are living in difficult times. It’s 25 years since Gimmel Tammuz. There is an entire generation of Lubavitchers who never saw the Rebbe. Parnasa is difficult for many. For some shalom bayis is a challenge. Others are stretched from raising a family, while for a few it seems that all of these things are problematic. Are people even getting the guidance, support and resources they truly deserve so that we ask for yet more, and even higher standards than ever before? The types challenges we have seen as of late are such that I never thought in my adult life I would be called upon to address.

So where do we begin? We know that Hashem gave the Torah to us, not to angels but neshamos in gufim, people of flesh and blood, with a yetzer hara. This week’s parsha Matos-Massai discusses vows. Why do we take a vow? And why do we go to a chacham to release us from a vow? The Rebbe explains that a person takes a vow when they become fearful if have the strength to not abuse the permissible. Abuse of the permissible leads to falling into the forbidden. In an effort to avoid a tragedy a vow is taken from the permissible thereby creating a safeguard, a protection to avoid a devastating downward spiral.

When a chacham releases the vow it’s for one of two reasons. One is because the person who took the vow underestimated their abilities. The chacham can see that they really are able to rise above their challenges. By releasing the vow he gives the necessary vote of confidence to the one who takes the vow. Another reason is that the Torah is giving the chacham the power to release the vow thereby infusing the person with the strength to overcome their challenge and utilize the physical to serve Hashem. 

When are the parshios of Matos and Massei read together? When parshas Pinchas is the first parsha of the Three Weeks. This shows that there is a special connection between Pinchas, Matos and Massei. The Rebbe explains that the name of the parsha encapsulates its theme. A matah is a tribe just like the word shevet. Chassidus connects this meaning with yet another meaning for these words. A shevet is a live twig connected to the branch, while a matah is a disconnected dried up stick. The matah represents the galus Jew, without moisture while a shevet represents the Jew in the times of the Mikdash connected to Hashem full of life and vigor. The advantage of the stick is, that although he may be dried up, nevertheless he is “stiff necked”, he is unwavering and unbending in the service of Hashem.

Massei represents our journey from the limitations of Mitzrayim, any limitation in the service of Hashem, into and through the work of this world until we reach Yarden Yareicho, until the revelation of Moshiach.

In order to go forward we need to be like a matah, a stick firm and resolved throughout the journey. As the Baal Shem Tov teaches, the 42 journeys in the desert correspond to the challenges of our entire life’s travel. Be it the challenge of not speaking lashon hara like at Rismah, or the lust of Kivros HaTaavah. And even though we do not see the miracles in Egypt, the splitting of the Red Sea and the revelation on Mount Sinai still we are called upon to always persevere until we reach the final destination.

It’s the matah, the strength implanted within the Jew to call upon the firm resolve necessary wherever we are, whoever we are 24/7, to be a Jew connected to Hashem and a chosid of Moshe Rabbenu. We take this inspiration from Pinchas and his mesirus nefesh. We see this mesirus nefesh in the entire life of the  Previous Rebbe. The Rebbe Rashab brought the Previous Rebbe into communal responsibilities at the age of 15. He took him to the Ohel of the Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek and the Rebbe Maharash. Bringing him to the Ohel was similar bringing him to the Akeida, demanding from him that his work from now on will be with mesirus nefesh. The Rebbe Rashab said to the Previous Rebbe that mesirus nefesh means to approach everything: “Azoi un nisht anderesh- This way (Judaism without compromise) and no other way”. When we read about the life of the Previous Rebbe we see that he lived the life of mesirus nefesh through and through, azoi un nisht anderesh.  When we emulate this approach we are strong anytime, anywhere, a Jew connected to Hashem and a chosid connected to the Rebbe, even 25 years after Gimmel Tammuz.

Some feel that I am speaking to the choir. We are already chassidim, we keep the minhagim. We are secure. Why do we have to be concerned? The Rebbe once spoke at a fabrengen about why we read about forbidden relations on mincha close to the closing of Yom Kippur. It’s the holiest day of the year. We are fasting, dressed in white and davening the whole day; it’s the furthest thing from the mind. The reason is because that if after Yom Kippur you feel secure that you can just go on your way and you’ll be ok, you are mistaken. If you feel that you do not have to grapple any longer and that you a 100 percent complete, you are mistaken. If you feel that way and are too confident then you spiral out of control into the prohibited. Even after the holiest day of the year, there are no guarantees; we always need Hashem’s help. We always need to strengthen our connection. We have no guarantees that we will not go off course.

Some feel that there are many legitimate heterim, they wonder why must we be so stubborn about mesora, minhagim and chumrahs.

In the early years of Chabad Houses a group of women wanted to have their own women’s minyon with their own ‘chazanit’. The Rav said that there was no problem in halacha. When they wrote the Rebbe, the answer was that surely the Rav was unaware of the fact that this is the way the Reform movement began.

What is so important about not wavering from the mesora of the Rabbeim? Because otherwise we don’t know where we’ll end up.  The ways of the Rabbeim are the ways that we guard and keep. It’s hard, where do we get the strength? My father once told me an explanation of the Rav HaMagid on the following gemara. The gemara quotes the pasuk “What does Hashem your G-d ask of you other that to fear Him”. The gemara asks: Is fear a small matter? The gemara answers is yes, relative to Moshe Rabbenu it is a small matter. How does this relate to each of us, we are not Moshe Rabbenu? Because the gemara says “legabi Moshe, which means relative to Moshe it is easy. This means that if we are standing in front Moshe Rabbenu, in his presence, then it’s easy.

So when I go home I shut the door and leave the world behind. I look on the wall and see the picture of the Rebbe facing me. I’m alone with Hashem and the Rebbe. What does this picture mean to me? Is it only that I love the Rebbe and that I am his chosid? How do I look to the Rebbe? Am I comfortable with what the Rebbe sees in me and how I am right now?  Am I the chosid he knows that I have the ability to be? Is my home, my dress, my character, and am I living in such a way that I can be in front of the Rebbe? When I get home late at night and stand alone with Hashem and the Rebbe this is what the picture is telling me. Then I have the mateh, the strength to overcome. The Rebbe is asking me to act, to do all that I can to bring Moshiach Now.

Siyumim

The rebbe encouraged everyone
to listen to a daily siyum 
from the beginning of the 9 days through tu b’av.

You can participate in a siyum every night in shul after maariv.

For those who live out of town
and are unable to make it to a siyum
you can call in to listen live to our siyum
Dial (319) 527-9676

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If you have a siyum to make, Please contact Rabbi Levi Raichik

Chabad Chodesh - Menachem Av

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

Magen Am Training program

Yossi Eilfort is offering a training program stating THIS SUNDAY for anyone interested in being a volunteer armed security guard, to assist in the safety improvements of our shul. 

Anyone that is interested should inform Melech Weiss ASAP.

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From: Magen
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:44 AM
To: Melech
Subject: Magen Am - New Series 

 

To all candidates and interested parties,

Thank you in advance for your commitment and dedication to joining Magen Am. We are committed to protecting our community by providing prudent and responsible security measures and training. This is accomplished by harnessing the power of teamwork in tandem with the dedication and commitment of our members. From this point forward, we will hold each other accountable to a higher standard.

This email serves as your primer for the orientation and initial theory based class taking place this Sunday. We will begin by reviewing course expectations, costs, and the training schedule. We will then continue with the beginning of the educational section. Every candidate considering the course may join for the orientation. To continue, candidates must provide a signed candidate letter and completed application no later than Tuesday, August 6th.

Although we expect all candidates to make every effort to be present on Sunday, we understand this may not be possible. Anyone who cannot make this class, will need to schedule a makeup prior to continuing with any additional training.

By replying to this email, please list the gear (Make/Model of range bag, holster, mag pouch, ear pro, et al) and firearms that you currently possess as we are compiling our gear purchase orders. We will also begin scheduling appointments for psych evaluations and will start running background checks. We therefore need to collect the first payment installment to cover these costs. Installments are expected to be made monthly.

This Sunday's class will take place in the Pico/Robertson area. The exact address will be shared to those who confirm their registration.

We will begin promptly at 4:00pm (16:00) and expect to finish at 9:30pm (21:30). As this is not a short class, we suggest that you bring a snack and water. The class will be in a lecture format. We encourage people who have gear to bring it with. However - FIREARMS are NOT permitted in this class. (LEO/CCW excepted.)

Attached, please find the course schedule, cost sheet, personal application, and candidate letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*** ITEMS DUE ***


To avoid any delays, we need the following items from each Team (if you have not submitted them yet):
* Completed Candidate Recommendation Letter.
* Personal Application Forms for each team member.
* List of gear and firearms you currently possess.
* Scheduled dates in conflict with PRE-PLANNED work/personal plans.
* Payment method for first installment. (If your org is fundraising to cover your course fees, please notify us accordingly.) 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out ASAP via email or text/call.

Warmly,
Rabbi Yossi Eilfort
Program Director
760-613-4499
RabbiYossi@MagenAmUSA.org

 

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