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Shul Bulletin

Membership & Seats for Yomim Noraim

There are only a few hours left until Rosh Hashana.  
Seats are $300/members and $500/non-members for each family. 

If you haven’t done so, please go to www.chabadofla.com/donate to pay for your membership/seats. 
No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

If you have any questions, please contact the gabboim, 
Levi Raichik, David Kaufman or Leib Lerner.

All those who pledged money to help families in need for tishrei. Please pay up the pledge asap online by clicking here or by bringing a check to shul.

Thank you!

Announcements - Nitzavim

  • Click here for this week's 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!!
  • PSA: Click here for holiday relaxed parking info. 

Schedule

For all the laws and customs please see the Chabad Chodesh

Friday, Elul 27/September 27

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:24 pm

Shabbos, Elul 28/September 28
Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim

  • Tehillim: 8:15 am
  • Followed by a Shiur Chassidus by Rabbi Raichik
  • Thillim Club: 9:00 am 
  • Last Time to Read Shema: 9:44 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • Shacharis: 10:15 am
  • Kol Yakov Yehuda: 10:15 am
  • Hilchos Yom Tov Shiur with Rabbi Raichik: 5:30 pm
  • Mincha: 6:30 pm
  • Pirkei Avos - Chapters 5-6
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:27 pm

Sunday, Elul 29/September 29
Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Slichos: 6, 7, 7:30, 8 & 8:30 am
  • Each Selichos Minyan followed by Shachris & Annulment of Vows
  • Light Yom Tov Candles: 6:22 pm

Monday, Tishrei 1/September 30
First Day Rosh Hashanah

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am  
  • Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Tehillim: 5:00 pm
  • Minchah/Tashlich: 6:00 pm
  • Light Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame after 7:22 pm

Tuesday, Tishrei 2/October 1
Second Day Rosh Hashanah

  • Shacharis: 9:00 am
  • Children’s program downstairs in shul at 9:30 am  
  • Please leave all strollers downstairs
  • Tekias Shofar: 11:30 am
  • Tehillim: 5:00 pm
  • Minchah/Farbrengen: 6:00 pm
  • Yom Tov Ends: 7:20 pm

Wednesday, Tishrei 3/October 2
Tzom Gedaliah 

  • Fast Begins: 5:36 am
  • Shacharis: 6:05, 6:30, 7:15 & 8:15 am
  • Minchah: 6:10 pm
  • Fast Ends: 7:06 pm

Sholom Zochor

Yossi & Rivkah Roth
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
At 219 S Orange

Yekusiel & Hindi Kalmenson 
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
At 202 S Orange 

Kiddush Sponsors - Nitzavim

  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik for the sheva brochos of their children Simi & David Ghods. May they be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yecheskel Raeburn in honor of Rabbi Yecheskel Raeburn’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Shaul Raigorodsky for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s mother Basya bas Reb Leib ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s father Reb Sholom Dovber ben Reb Schneur Zalman ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shiur & Farbrengen

5:45 at the home of Mrs. Chana Liba Nathanson
132 S Mansfield
Speaker: Mrs. Devorie Kreiman

ROSH HASHANA FARBRENGEN
SEDER NIGGUNIM FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Second day RH
5:15 pm at 126 N Sycamore 

Mazal Tov To - Nitzavim

  • Rabbi & Rebbitzen Shimon Raichik on the marriage of their daughter Simi to David Ghods. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yekusiel Kalmenson on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Chazanow.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth on the birth of their grandson (to Yossi & Rivkah Roth.) 

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Mr. Ezra Sarue - 28 Elul
  • Chaim Morris - 28 Elul
  • Rabbi Yecheskel Raeburn - 29 Elul
  • Mendel Arnold - 29 Elul
  • Menachem Cohen - 29 Elul
  • Mr. Yonason Allison - 2 Tishrei
  • Mr. Yerachmiel Altman - 2 Tishrei
  • Yosef Yitzchok Wolowik - 4 Tishrei

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Sholom Dovid ben Yoisef (Rabbi Nachman Kreiman’s father) - 28 Elul
  • Basya bas Reb Leib (Mr. Shaul Raigorodsky’s mother) - 1 Tishrei 
  • Moshe ben Menachem Mendel Hilel (Mr. Mendel-Hilel Ganzburg’s father) - 2 Tishrei
  • Reb Sholom Dovber ben Reb Schneur Zalman (Rabbi Yossi Schneerson’s father) - 4 Tishrei 

Devar Torah - Nitzavim

Rosh Hashanah Message for 5780:
Remembering our covenant and our empowerment,
the purpose of Creation

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

With Rosh Hashanah approaching I would like to wish everyone a Kasiva v’Chasima Tovah l’Shana Tovah u’Mesukah, a good and healthy new year in all that we need physically and spiritually.

The first Rosh Hashanah  mentioned in the Torah, the day that Adam HaRishon  was created was a Friday, the 6th day of creation. The Machzor for Rosh Hashana makes following statement about Rosh Hashanah: “This Day is the beginning of Your actions, a remembrance to the first day.” A question arises; why do we refer to  Rosh Hashanah as “the beginning of Your actions”  when it was already the sixth day of creation.  How are we to make sense  of it being called the beginning of your actions when 5 days of creation, 5 days of action had already gone by? The answer is that on this day, the day of Rosh Hashanah the day Adam HaRishon was created is the day that revealed the purpose of creation and the day that brought creation to its completion.

Hashem created a large world filled with many species of animals and plants, birds and fish, the earth the sky and the sea. The purpose of it all was not for the wildlife, bird sanctuaries or Earth Day as great or as beautiful as they might be. The purpose of creation began when man appeared on the scene. It was man that introduced to all of Hashem’s creations that Hashem created them and the world at large for the objective of developing it into a dwelling place for His presence. The only one who could carry this purpose to its fulfillment was man. Before man was created there was no possibility for this to occur. Once man was created this possibility began and Adam HaRishon succeeded in this mission by calling together the entire creation and proclaiming: “Come  let us kneel and bow before Hashem  the one who created us”.  

What lesson does the story of creation and the creation of Adam HaRishon teach to each of us in our personal lives as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah? The first thing  we learn is to avoid basing our opinions of what we can accomplish in life by judging on quantity alone . If Adam HaRishon  would have looked only at quantity he would have been overwhelmed. Looking at an amazingly vast creation full of animals and creatures of all types and sizes, far larger varied and multiplied beyond one's ability to count compared to him alone, one individual, he might have felt incapable of having a lofty deep and comprehensive effect on all of creation bringing all of it to its purpose and completion. We see however that he instead took a qualitative approach. He used his unique qualities and the content of his message alone to achieve success.  So too in our individual lives. Our objective and our determination is not dependant upon what has happened in the past or if we are backed by an army. We are best advised look towards fulfilling our purpose together with Hashem’s guidance to achieve the desired goal of making the entire world a home for G-dliness through learning Torah and doing mitzvos. This alone is more than enough to fulfill  not just our function but the entire plan of creation. We can learn a lesson of how powerful we are from the fact that nowadays just one person can place the entire world in peril by pressing one button. If this is the case for something that is harmful all the more so for something that is helpful and positive, the power for good being much greater than its opposite.

Each and everyone of us no matter who we are or our station in life are like Adam HaRishon.  The fact that he was alone in the world teaches us that every person has to view themselves as alone in the sense of having a unique a sacred responsibility (as if he or she were alone and the only one available)  towards all of creation and has within themselves the inherent abilities to bring the world to its completion  by revealing Hashem’s  glory in this world today as we stand prepared to enter the year 5780.  As the Rebbe said “Turn over the world today!”. Each person in their own unique way has the power to reveal Moshiach, today.

A Shana Tovah uMesukah!

(Based on the Rebbe’s Letters for Rosh Hashanah, 5724-1964 and 5729-1969)

Message from Rabbi Zvi Boyarsky

Dear Fellow Anash:

Sholom Aleichem! Warm greetings and blessings! I hope this email finds you in the best of health and spirits.  

Attached is an incredibly inspiring letter the Rebbe wrote to all Yidden in prison for chanukah.   Aleph, which the Rebbe started in 5741, is an expression of the Rebbe's unconditional love for so many neshomos - ensuring them they are not forgotten or alone. 

Please consider giving Aleph's matching campaign underway a much needed boost. We need a big west coast push to get us over the hill and ensure Aleph can continue it's vital work for thousands who are going through indescribable pain.

It's a tremendous Zechus - one the Rambam, calls the greatest Mitzvoh

Please visit www.alephhope.org - the campaign is almost over - and/or pls email me your pledge zvi@aleph-institute.org

Several months ago, I sat next to a 15 year old boy, Noah* as he watched - amidst uncontrollable sobs and disbelief - as his mom (whose feet and arms were cuffed and who never had any prior trouble with the law ) was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. It was the first time in 18 months that he was seeing her without a glass separating them. The judge did not grant the boy's request to hug his mom.  It was alleged that  that at some point during her job, she knew about - and participated in - her employers' fraudulent medicare billing scheme.  Ironically, she chose to work at this particular health care company because she's a single mom and the company allowed to get home on time for her 2 children's return from school. 

Whether it was arranging a contact visit for Noah with his mom -  shortly after the sentencing, or reassuring Noah and his sister that Aleph would look out for his mom, visit her,  and help her in any which way (including advocating for her to get to a good place) - all of which BH happened, and that Noah can reach out to us anytime he needs anything, it meant the world to this broken hearted family to know they are not alone

For thousands of precious and vulnerable children, many of whom witness their father or mother get arrested, Aleph has become their immediate family providing critical support on so many levels. It's unfathomable what these families go through. Shame, stigma, fear, destitution.......... In a recent case a young mother didn't have money for gas to take her 5 children who longed to see their dad in prison. (Of course, Aleph's family services division jumped in to provide food, rent, camp for the kids, transportation to prison etc.)

For thousands of precious and vulnerable children, many of whom witness their father or mother get arrested, Aleph has become their immediate family providing critical support on so many levels. It's unfathomable what these families go through. Shame, stigma, fear, destitution.......... In a recent case a young mother didn't have money for gas to take her 5 children who longed to see their dad in prison. (Of course, Aleph's family services division jumped in to provide food, rent, camp for the kids, transportation to prison etc.)

 I am writing to ask if you would consider helping us respond to the 10,000+ desperate cries for help Aleph fields every year from shattered families and their loved ones in prisons and mental institutions nationwide  Your donation will BEH be tripled!

Your partnership will please G-d make a tremendous impact:

---For the wife and her children who are pleading to know that their husband/dad is getting adequate medical treatment in jail for the spreading cancer;

---For the  the lonely struggling soul pleading for a visit, some books and someone to help bring some meaning and purpose to his/her life, 

---For the elderly man, asking for a commissary stipend so he can call his grandchildren and buy some warm clothing and snacks.

May this act of kindness,  - amongst the countless others you do - bring unfiltered blessing and may you and yours be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year. Indeed, we are taught by showing compassion instead of judgment, we elicit the same from Hashem. 

May the joy you bring to the broken hearted radiate back at you and may we merit the coming of Moshiach immediately!

A Gut Gebentchte Zieser yohr!!!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Warmly,
Zvi

P.S. One more moving anecdote, if I may, from Aleph's project Tikvah which helps hundreds of teens in/facing prison stemming from unaddressed addiction/mental illness: 

Sara, who was molested by her step dad and landed up in prison (she became addicted to drugs when trying to drown out the pain) was in a state of despair. In her words: “I did not want drugs. I wanted help; I wanted to cope with the pain, shame and guilt.”

Aleph's team - who provided critical ongoing emotional and spiritual support throughout her incarcerations - secured a pivotal and highly effective forensic report on the abuse she endured, which had a very positive impact in court. B"H today she is rebuilding her life again and wrote a most moving letter, 

 “If it wasn’t for Aleph’s help, I do not know if I would have been able to get through that experience. What your organization does is an ongoing display of human kindness. From the depths of my soul - I appreciate all that you've done for me and for the openness and genuineness that you have displayed for me.”

*Name changed for privacy.

Chabad Chodesh - Tishrei

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

SCHMUKLER KAPAROS 5780

Kapporos will IY"H be held at LA Fresh Poultry
121 North Virgil Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004
(near Beverly Blvd and the 101 Fwy)

Monday, 8 Tishrei, October 7th, 8pm-9:30pm.
Tuesday, 9 Tishrei, October 8th, 6am-8am Sharp!

Kapporos are $25 each.

FOR A LIMITED TIME NOW! 
In Memory of R' Berel Weiss, Kapporos will be $15 EACH!
Limited amount, on a first reserve basis.

MUST RSVP BELOW BY OCT 2nd
Chabadlc.org/chicken

Rubashkin Event

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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.

Announcements - Ki Tavo

  • Click here for this week's 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!!
  • PSA: Click here for holiday relaxed parking info. 
  • 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. 

Membership/Seats 5780

Elul 13, 5779
September 13, 2019

Dear Shul Member
Greetings and Blessings:

Tishrei is nearly here, and the Shul needs your help.  Boruch Hashem, our shul continues to grow in membership and services to the community, and is approaching completion of a massive remodeling project of the entire facility.  The cost of running the Shul is enormous and has grown exponentially over the past few years.  Funds collected for membership and Yom Tov seats provide the majority of the money required to operate the shul.  Shul Membership dues and Yom Tov seats are therefore the most important contributions that you can make to keep the shul running.

Our shul has four minyonim on Shabbos, including Kol Yaakov Yehuda during the school year.  We have a full range of Shabbos programs for the kids.  We also have five official weekday shacharis minyonim with more in the later morning.   Hundreds of men use our shul on a daily basis for mincha and maariv.  Men and women from throughout Southern California participate in our shul sponsored shiurim and farbrengens.  Congregation Levi Yitzchok is a destination shul for out of towners visiting the area and for anyone that wants to experience our special environment.

Keeping the mortgage current, utilities paid and managing the other expenses that go into operating our shul is critical.  Our expenses for security guards and other security related items have leaped over the past year as well.  The Shul needs your participation and contributions to survive.  The cost of membership is being held at last year’s rate, and the Yom Tov seat fee schedule remains unchanged.

  • Family Membership - $1080
  • Single Membership - $500
  • Associate Membership - $500
  • Yom Tov Seats/Family - $300 member/$500 non-member
  • Yom Tov Seats/Single - $100 member/$250 non-member

We encourage you to submit your payments to the shul online by credit card or e-check at www.chabadofla.com/donate.  When paying online, you can easily set up a recurring monthly payment.  We thank the many members that have committed to paying $100 per month or more, and hope that you consider a monthly contribution that exceeds the minimum membership.  Of course, full membership payment in advance is also welcome. If you are paying by check, please make sure that it is clearly identified as membership.  Checks can be given to Levi Raichik, Leib Lerner, or David Kaufman.  Checks can also be left in the metal pushkas just inside the shul entrances in both the main shul and the kolel.

A limited number of lockers are available to members.  The annual fee for lockers is $180 and lockers that are not paid for will be released to members that have signed up on the waiting list on a first-come/first-served basis.

Wishing you a kesiva v’chasima tovah,
Members of the Volunteer Shul Operating Committee 

Shabbos Schedule - Ki Tavo

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:34 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:43 am
  • Chassidus for Early Minyan: 8:45 am 
  • Shiur Chassidus: 9:00 am
  • Early Minyan Shacharis: 9:30 am
  • Shacharis: 10:00 am
  • KYY: 10:00 am
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm - Followed by Avos - Perokim 3-4
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:37 pm
  • Selichos Motzei Shabbos: 1:00 am 

Sholom Zochor

Yitzi and Rochie Zakon
Invite the community to a Sholom Zochor
at 366 N Citrus

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tavo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler for the sheva brochos of their children Yossi & Shaina Cohen. May he be Zoche to build a binyan aday ad.
    Also, for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Schmukler’s grandfather Reb Meir Eliezer ben Reb Chaim Yehuda ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi Tzvi Burston in honor of his birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Dubinsky for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Dubinsky’s son Reb Dovid Yonah ben Reb Menachem Mendel Hokohen ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • The Raichik & Klyne Families for the yahrtzeit of Reb Yosef Yitzchok ben Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya. Also, for the yahrtzeit of their grandmother Liba Devora bas Harav Chaim Shmaya Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Early Minyan Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Tavo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Goldman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Tzirel Goldman’s father Reb Yisroel Issar ben Reb Dovber ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Noteh Berger for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Noteh Berger’s father Reb Mordechai Yosef Shimon ben Reb Yerachmiel Menachem ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Mazal Tov To - Ki Tavo

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mendel Plotkee on the birth of their daughter. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Elazar Plotkee. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Meir Schmukler on the marriage of their daughter Shaina to Yossi Cohen. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yitzi Zakon on the birth of their son. Mazal tov to the grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel  Grossman.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Tzvi Burston - 21 Elul
  • Rabbi Moshe Hackner - 21 Elul
  • Dovid Moshe Klein - 23 Elul
  • Yosef Yitzchok Raeburn - 26 Elul
  • Mr. Josh Zipp - 26 Elul
  • Mendel Rav~Noy - 26 Elul
  • Mr. Richard Rosenbloom - 27 Elul
  • Rabbi Levi Goldman - 27 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Leib Lerner - 21 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Pollard - 21 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yeshaya Ratner - 23 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mottel Polityko - 24 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yankee Raichik - 26 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Ita bas Reb Aharon (Dr. Bassya Pinson’s mother) - 21 Elul
  • Reb Yosef Yitzchok ben Harav Menachem Shmuel Dovid Halevi Raichik - 21 Elul
  • Reb Dovid Yonah ben Reb Menachem Mendel Hokohen (Rabbi Mendel Dubinsky’s son) - 22 Elul
  • Reb Avraham Zelig ben Reb Tzvi Hersh (Mr. Isser Goldstein’s brother) - 24 Elul
  • Reb Yisroel Issar ben Reb Dovber (Mrs. Tzirel Goldman’s father) - 24 Elul
  • Reb Mordechai Leib ben Reb Avrohom (Rabbi Yoel Edelson’s father) - 26 Elul
  • Reb Meir Eliezer ben Reb Chaim Yehuda (Rabbi Zalman Schmukler’s father) - 27 Elul
  • Reb Mordechai Yosef Shimon ben Reb Yerachmiel Menachem (Rabbi Noteh Berger’s father) - 27 Elul
  • Reb Yehuda ben Reb Tzvi Hirsch (Rabbi Shmuel Stroll’s father) - 27 Elul

Devar Torah - Ki Tavo

Uncovering the Unbreakable nature of the Neshama that was Never Lost

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Elul is a time of teshuva. The last letter of each of the 4 words of the verse describing these days, Ani l’Dodi v’Dodi Li end with a yud (which equals 10) equals 40 which is a hint of the 30 days of Elul and the 10 days of Rosh Hashana, the Esres Yemei HaTeshuva and Yom Kippur. These are special days when we bring ourselves close to Hashem and Hashem draws close to us. We take the time to account for our lives much like in a business with a profit and loss statement. The good deeds are the profits which we build and expand upon in the coming year. Our losses are mistakes and sins which we plan to purge before the coming year.

In a maamar on this verse Ani l’Dodi v’Dodi Li (5729-1969) the Rebbe discusses that when we do teshuva we correct not only the actual sins but also the parts of our lives that could have, but were not utilized in the service of a Hashem. Take for example a phone which could be completely kosher. If however instead of using our time to learn the Torah or do some mitzvah we instead checked instagram or facebook then our neshama missed out due to our use of the phone. We could have used the time for learning or doing a mitzvah. For this too we do teshuvah. This type of teshuva takes into account that we are a neshama that had an opportunity to express G-dliness but missed a priceless opportunity.  Who was it that took control over the situation? Our animal soul, our yetzer hara.

In Devarim (4:29) it says:
וּבִקַּשְׁתֶּ֥ם מִשָּׁ֛ם אֶת־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ וּמָצָ֑אתָ כִּ֣י תִדְרְשֶׁ֔נּוּ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֖ וּבְכָל־נַפְשֶֽׁךָ׃

But if you search from there for Hashem your G-d, you will find Him, if only you seek Him with all your heart and soul—

According to Chassidus, the word ‘zeh, this’ is used when we are facing Hashem where G-dliness is apparent. The word used in this pasuk is ‘from there’, not ‘this’ as is states  “But if you search from there”. The word ‘there’ according to Chassidus refers to a place where Hashem is not revealed. These refer to all of the activities that are not for Hashem. The pasuk prodds us to- “search from there” to learn what brought us to going ‘there’ away from a close and revealed connection with Hashem, and then to convert that negativity to positivity. The Torah then reassures us and says “you will find Him”. The reason we reunite our neshama with Hashem is when the desire is authentic; when it is done: “with all your heart and all your soul”. That’s how we return and unite with Hashem.

Nevertheless, even when our neshama is victorious in it’s struggle with the animal soul, with the yetzer hara, the yetzer hara, the ‘kluginker, the smart one’,  comes back for another round from a different angle. He says: true, you did teshuva this time. But who do you think you are you fooling, you know what you once were, you were so low for so long. You are not truly worthy of being close with Hashem. This brings us down. It gets us to feel that we're being foolish for feeling that our own body and our own home can be a dwelling place for Hashem.  We hear the yetzer hara’s logic and ask ourselves that perhaps it’s true that we are undeserving to an open and revealed connection with Hashem that comes from from seeking Hashem and doing teshuva. (Before answering this question in the maamar the Rebbe was very emotional)

The answer to this quandary is that we need to know that we are a “Chelek Eloka mi’maal mamash, that we are an actual portion of G-dliness”. Our connection has always been there, we never lost it and it will always be. That’s the very nature of our neshama because we are Chelek Eloka mi’maal mamash. Our neshama is giving us life even when we are at the lowest level, the lowest ebb of our life. Nevertheless the connection to Hashem doesn’t change, although hidden, the neshama is always standing in front of Hashem. The entire teshuva process that began with awakening to our neshma was triggered from the  activity that occurred “there”, when we we distant, and it is those activities that caused us to do the teshuva.

The awareness that Hashem is always with us in all of these places brings simcha  in our service of Hashem. The Alter Rebbe brings a mashal in the Tanya of a king who draws close to a peasant and wants to be with him. This experience brings the peasant the greatest simcha imaginable.  This mashal is the experience of every Jewish neshama that occured when we left Egypt and received the Torah on Mount Sinai where Hashem revealed to us that he wants us to make a home and to be His home in this world. All it takes is for us to do teshuva.

This maamar empowers us to recognize our Unity with Hashem that was never severed and push us tomake all the changes necessary to merit a good sweet year and merit the coming of Moshiach now.

A Good Shabbos

Chai Elul

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CLY Rapid Response Armed Security Team - Protecting our Shul - How You Can Help:

We have all experienced the horror of the recent shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway. It is no secret that Shuls have become a target of choice for those seeking to harm our people. The safety of each of us, must be a top priority. We need to be pro-active now, to ensure our Shul is secure.

Protecting our Shul involves multiple levels of security. Starting from locked doors, vigilant congregants and armed Security guards. But G-d forbid these outside layers sometimes fail and in light of recent situations we need a PROPER answer to this. If we are to have a better answer to a terrorist who comes to do our community harm we need YOUR help. 

We are among a dozen+ Shuls in California working with MagenAm to create our own 3rd security layer. A highly trained, licensed, covert, Rapid Response Armed Security team, present in the Shul from within our CLY congregants. This team is 100% volunteer individuals.

Our Shul will need to cover the volunteer's training costs, certification and then maintain the teams insurance and re-certifications. The initial cost to train, gear and license each member is $5000. To maintain insurance and ongoing training/re-certification each year thereafter is $2500 per member.

It is a huge task to volunteer 100's of hours to professional grueling training, licensing and certification at the highest caliber. This program is already active at various Shuls across California and you may have been at one - without even knowing. We need your help to pay for OUR Shuls Team. Please contribute today to Secure our Shul. 

Donate specifically for our Security by specifying your donation purpose to "Other" and putting in the comment "MagenAm". 

If you would like to volunteer to the team, please contact RabbiYossi@magenamusa.org There are still spaces we need to fill. 

Donate Generously Today!
We are raising $37,500

DONATE HERE

Message From Rabbi Dovid Schmukler

Our students tell us that this was the best and most transformative year of their entire educational career. And they, in turn, have gone on to share the inspiration with so many others.

West Coast Rabbinical Seminary is launching a 36-hour campaign to raise $72K to continue providing a solid foundation to turn today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.  

The years of smichah are one of the most pivotal times in a yeshiva student's life. As a community, we have a huge responsibility for the life-path of our young people! 

Right now you have the power to give the gift of leadership to all of our students. And thanks to our generous matchers, your gift is worth 2X AS MUCH!

Give now at charidy.com/smichah

“As a practicing psychotherapist, I learned fundamental principles of the meaning of life in Los Angeles which I now convey to my patients.”
Rabbi Dr. Levi Rapoport (Psychotherapist)

"I could say with confidence that studying at West Coast Rabbinical Seminary provided me with the most accomplishing year I experienced in the yeshiva system."
Rabbi Sholom Eagel

"Smicha in LA made me feel like I was part of a family, which at its heart was all about Torah and learning."
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"The year I spent learning Smicha was like no other. I have gained tremendously from Rabbi Schmukler and his shiurim. I highly recommend bochurim to take advantage of this great opportunity, one that will impact the rest of their lives."
Rabbi Ezra Wiemer

Announcements - Ki Teitzei

  • Click here for this week's 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!!
  • SUNDAY 15 Elul. Community wide event. Project Focus. Click here for more info.

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Shabbos Schedule - Ki Teitzei

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:44 pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:41 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
  • The 1st Shabbos of KYY #18 #tolife: 10:00 am
  • Rabbi Raichik's Shiur in Pirkei Avos: 5:45 pm
  • Mincha: 6:45 pm - Followed by Avos - Perokim 1-2
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:47 pm

Sholom Zochor

Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Blasberg
Invite the community to a sholom Zochor
9 pm at 424 N Martel 

Kiddush Sponsors - Ki Teitzei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Chaim Burston for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Chaim Burston’s mother Chaya Baila bas Reb Yaacov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman for the yahrtzeit of Mrs. Marci Kaufman’s mother Chaya Leah bas Reb Yom Tov ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Yermy Kurkus in honor of Mr. Yirmy Kurkus’s birthday. May he have a shnas hatzlocho begashmiyus ubruchniyus. 
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Mordechai Leaderman for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mordechai Leaderman's father Reb Avrohom Volf ben Reb Yona Halevi ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Shalom Ber Levine for the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s mother Chaya Stera bas Reb Yisroel Boruch ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together. 
  • Mr. & Mrs. Zalman Roth for the yahrtzeit of Mr. Zalman Roth’s mother Chaya Braina bas Reb Shlomo Mordechai ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Ki Teitzei

5:45 at the home of Mrs. Etty Bastomski
418 N Fuller
Speaker: Shaye Berkowitz

Mazal Tov To - Ki Teitzei

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Blasberg on the birth of their son.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Fischel Grossman on the bas mitzva of their granddaughter.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Rabbi Shmuel Gurary - 16 Elul
  • Shloima Glabman - 16 Elul
  • Ben Tzion Yaakov Dovid Yachzel - 17 Elul
  • Mendel Raichik - 17 Elul
  • Mr. Yermy Kurkus - 19 Elul 
  • Rabbi Shmuel Stroll - 19 Elul
  • Yisroel Pinson - 19 Elul
  • Moshe Yaakov Berkowitz - 20 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Wolf - 15 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Naftoli Estulin - 15 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs.  Sholom Langsam - 16 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Eli Feiner - 17 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Avrohom Plotkin - 17 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pesach Kornreich - 18 Elul
  • Dr. & Mrs. Binyomin Kaplan - 19 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Elozor Fisch - 20 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Chaya Baila bas Reb Yaacov (Rabbi Chaim Burston’s mother) - 14 Elul
  • Reb Yosef ben Reb Efraim Nachman (Mrs. Sima Bart’s father) - 15 Elul
  • Chaya Stera bas Reb Yisroel Boruch (Rabbi Shalom Ber Levine’s mother) - 15 Elul
  • Chaya Leah bas Reb Yom Tov (Mrs. Marci Kaufman’s mother) - 16 Elul
  • Reb Moshe Menachem Mendel ben Reb Smaryahu (Mr. Yisroel Feiner’s father) - 19 Elul
  • Leah bas Reb Shimon (Dr. Penina Rivka Watstein’s mother) - 19 Elul
  • Reb Yisroel ben Reb Zalmen (Mr. Milton Goodman’s father) - 20 Elul
  • Chaya Braina bas Reb Shlomo Mordechai (Mr. Zalman Roth’s mother) - 20 Elul
  • Reb Yechezkel ben Reb Nochum Yitzchok (Rabbi Nochum Pinson’s father) - 20 Elul

Devar Torah - Ki Teitzei

Hashem, please be to us as a good Brother who will Never let us Wander in the Dark

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

During the month of Elul we have the custom of blowing the shofar each weekday to arouse us from our slumber and to do teshuva, to return to Hashem.

When we approach the month of Elul and begin the process of teshuva we ask Hashem for four things. We ask Hashem to awaken us to do teshuva. Elul is a time when the King is in the field and Hashem is available to all to become aroused and to do teshuva. Then we ask that when we do teshuva Hashem should forgive us. We also ask that our forgiveness should come without pain or suffering. Finally, we ask Hashem to give us all we need both physically and spiritually.

In the prayer of Krias Shema before retiring at night as well as after each tefilla on Yom Kippur we ask that Hashem’s forgiveness should be without pain or suffering. At first glance it seems self understood that forgiveness should be without pain.  Hashem is all kind and all-merciful. Why would it be painful unless we specifically asked it not to be?

In an edited maamar (Achrei-Kodoshim 13th of Iyar  5721-1961) the Rebbe analyzes a verse in Shir HaShirim (8:1) “מִ֤י יִתֶּנְךָ֙ כְּאָ֣ח לִ֔י If only (Hashem) could be as with a brother”. Why is this verse bringing an example of a brother when we seek comfort from Hashem? Rashi explains as follows.  “That you would come to comfort me in the manner that Yosef did to his brothers,Alternatively, if only my desire that my relationship with Hashem, i.e., to be near Him and to pursue His holiness were out of love, as one’s relationship is with his brother who did evil to him, and it is stated concerning him, “and he comforted them.”

When we account for the past year and seek forgiveness for whatever we have done wrong,  we ask Hashem to comfort us like Yosef comforted his brothers. We ask with a caveat however, that it should be without pain or suffering. 

We see this in the maamar that the Rebbe asks that Yosef, only in the beginning of the story, brought some pain upon his brothers. How can we ask that Hashem to treat us similar to Yosef? The Rebbe explains that Yosef initially brought pain upon them in order to make them aware of their mistake to arouse them to do teshuva. It worked! Yosef also  saw the terrible harm that could befall them later as a consequence of their sin and went about bringing a small amount of suffering to wash away their sin. From the point of their teshuva onward, the suffering immediately ended and Yosef comforted them and took care of them in a time of hunger and famine for the rest of their lives.

Similar to the brother’s of Yosef whenever we sin it makes a blemish on our neshama which needs to be cleansed. Therefore we daven, especially in the month of Elul asking to be awakened to do teshuva like Yosef aroused his brothers to awaken them to confess. When we do confess and do teshuva we ask Hashem to forgive us like Yosef forgave his brothers. And, just as Yosef comforted and took care of his brothers from then on,  so too we daven that Hashem should take care of us both physically and spiritually. 

But we are asking for even more. Yosef had no choice. The only way Yosef could get his brothers to do teshuva and to wipe away their sin was with a little bit of suffering. Since however Hashem is infinite and Hashem able to do anything, we pray that he should awaken us to do teshuva, forgive us when we do teshuva, and then to take care of us physically and spiritually, all without any pain. The Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek said that since Hashem able to do anything, Hashem can forgive us without pain.  

Therefore in the month of Elul we spend time to account for our lives, learn chassidus and daven for an arousal for teshuva etc. And then Hashem forgives us and brings all the brachos for our physical and spiritual needs for the entire year, most specifically the biggest necessity of all the immediate revelation of Moshiach now. 

A Good Shabbos 

Chai Elul

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Bd"e: Mr. Benzion Novack ob"m

It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of
R' Benzion (Chuck) Novack
Benzion ben Dovid ob"m

Integral part of LA community for over 40 years, recently living in the Chabad Summerlin community of Las Vegas

The Levaya will be TODAY (Sunday), 6:30 pm
at Mount Olive Cemetery in Commerce
7231 Slauson Ave, Commerce, CA 90040 

The Novack family will be sitting Shiva at 546 N. Detroit St. 
Maariv tonight at 9:30 pm
Shacharis minyanim at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 am tomorrow
Mincha at 1:30 pm.

Immediately following mincha
the family will be leaving back to Las Vegas and finishing Shiva there.

Announcements - Shoftim

  • KYY NEWSLETTER IS BACK. Click here for this week's 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!!
  • SAVE THE DATE: Sunday 15 Elul. Community wide event. Project Focus. Click here for more info.

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Shabbos Schedule - Shoftim

  • Shabbos Candle Lighting: 6:54pm
  • Last Time To Read Shema: 9:40 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: 5:55pm
  • Mincha: 6:55 pm - Followed by Avos - Perek 6
  • Shabbos Ends: 7:57 pm

Kiddush Sponsors - Shoftim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman in honor of their anniversary. May they have many more happy years together.
  • Reb Zelig Weiss for the yahrtzeit of  his mother Yenta bas Reb Elimelach ob"m. May the neshomo have an aliya.

Women's Shabbos Shiur & Farbrengen - Shoftim

6:00 at the home of Mrs. Yehudit Schneerson
364 N Fuller
Speaker: Rabbi Levi Kramer

Mazal Tov To - Shoftim

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Zalman Schmukler on the marriage of their granddaughter Chana Kantor to Mendel Lerman.

Upcoming Birthdays

  • Sholom DovBer Polityko - 8 Elul
  • Moshe Stark - 8 Elul
  • Ezra Kaplan - 12 Elul

Upcoming Anniversaries

  • Rabbi & Mrs. Dovid Thaler - 7 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Velvel Tsikman - 8 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yudi Schmukler - 9 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Reuven Nathanson - 10 Elul
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Kaufman - 10 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Simcha Frankel - 11 Elul
  • Rabbi & Mrs. Yossi Schneerson - 13 Elul

Upcoming Yahrtzeits

  • Reb Avrohom Volf ben Reb Yona Halevi (Rabbi Mordechai Leaderman's father) - 12 Elul

Devar Torah - Shoftim

Hearing the Call of the Neshama during Elul

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

During the month of Elul we make a cheshbon hanefesh of what we have accomplished over the last year in preparation for Rosh Hashana. 

Rosh Hashanah is the day we coronate Hashem as King over ourselves and over the entire world. What is most important on this day is how we joyfully accept the yolk of Hashem’s Kingship and our readiness to serve Him. On Rosh Hashanah we realize the awesome opportunity we have been afforded to become partners with Hashem in the work of creation. Since an essential  aspect of the service Hashem on Rosh Hashanah is accepting the yolk of Hashem’s kingship with joy, the most important accounting we can make in Elul is how well we have done in accepting Hashem’s sovereignty through learning the Torah and fulfilling mitzvos. Based on our best assessments we do teshuva and prepare for an even brighter and better connection in the coming year.   

To take the time for our life by taking stock in Elul is crucial. Most people cannot feel and cannot relate to what the neshama goes through without this accounting. In a maamar (Entitled “Eisha Achas”(Maamarei Admor HaZakein HaKatzarim page 136))  the Alter Rebbe explains that our neshama (referred to in the maamar as “Eisha achas, a woman) is calling out to Hashem (referred to in the maamar as Elisha, E-li Shaa, Hashem turned to me). 

The neshama  is saying: When I was in Gan Eden I had a burning fire of love and fear (referred to in the maamar as the woman’s children) of You Hashem.  Now however, once my soul has been invested into my body I am in the position that not only I don't have that love or fear but my animal soul (in the maamar the animal soul is referred to as the debt collector)  is drawning me into diverting my love and fear into worldly pursuits (in the maamar the debt collector wants to take the woman’s children into his slavery).

Hashem asks the neshama what it has  that hasn't been contaminated by worldly pursuits and worldly perspectives. The neshama answers it has nothing except for one cruise of oil  which represents the pure essence of the soul. The love and the fear have vanished and all that remains that is uncontaminated is the soul’s pure essence. Hashem tells the neshama to gather empty vessels. These empty vessels represent mitzvos and good deeds, maasim tovim.  In other words, Hashem is telling the neshama that even though it has no feeling of love and fear it should continue unabated doing mitzvos and maasim tovim. At some point when the neshama will once again feel connected to the pure oil, the pure essence, the feelings of love and fear of Hashem will return and pour over all of the mitzvos and maasim tovim that were accomplished in the interim, and then they all will be elevated.

This maamar was said to someone during a yechidus.  

What lesson does this teach us during Elul? It teaches us that Elul is a time to get in touch with our neshama through davening, a time that we should do all we can to arouse our love and fear of Hashem. In the bracha before the Shema it says: 

“Our Father, the merciful Father, the merciful One - have mercy upon us, 

Hashem! You know the pain my neshama feels from not feeling love and fear of You:

“Put into our hearts to understand and to comprehend and to listen and to study and to teach and to keep and to do and to preserve all of the words of the study of Your Torah with love.”

The neshama calls out: My Father, I’m davening... 

“Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah, and make our hearts cling to Your commandments, and unite our hearts to love and fear Your name; and may we never be embarrassed ever. Since we have trusted in Your great and awesome holy Name, let us rejoice and be gladdened by Your salvation.”

This is our request. 

If our Elul is different, then our Rosh Hashana and our Yom Kippur is different. It all begins with learning chassidus, davening and taking stock during Elul and returning to our core.

To be continued..

A Good Shabbos

Chabad Chodesh - Elul

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is now available online by clicking here

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