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KNIGHTS OF NIGHT
Meet Monsey’s Protectors
A HIDDEN TREASURE So close by with a variety of amenities
Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks AN ODE TO SUMMER
A reminiscent pictorial of the season we love
Hunger is OUT. THe Cure is IN.
Cure Eizer Lamuzen
Grand Launching In Monsey
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“One day, I was in a local grocery when I overheard an interaction between a mother and son. “No,” she told him repeatedly, as he begged for a special cereal and a box of cookies, “I can’t buy you that.” Her face was bright red as I glanced in her cart and noticed just a loaf of bread and a container of milk. I had heard about Eizer Lamuzen, but after witnessing this scene myself, I decided to become a member. Everyone should have enough food to eat and be able to buy what they need, without any embarrassment. Eizer Lamuzen help goes much deeper and is so much more powerful than the money that they supply.” Boro Park, NY
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Mission Statement The Monsey View is a weekly publication designed for every segment and age group of our diverse community. Under rabbinical guidance, we bring Monsey’s top talent together to provide high quality, informative current reading material, keeping you up to date on sales, events, news and issues of concern and import happening right now in the Monsey community. DISCLAIMER: We do not endorse any ad found in this publication. We are not responsible for typographical or grammatical errors.
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Empty Swimming Pools Can Be Dangerous, Too. One night, after my little children finished swimming in our baby pool, I asked my son to let out the water and stand the pool against the wall of the house. The next morning, on a day that the temperature reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit, I was sitting with my children outside, waiting for their day camp buses. My two-year-old son wandered to the back of the house “probably “ to play with bikes or the swings. Knowing that the area is safely enclosed with nothing dangerous there, I did not check up on him for about fifteen minutes, until my little girls each went on their respective vans and buses to day camp. As soon as they left, I went to the back and started calling my son’s name. Seeing the baby pool lying face-down on the grass (and wondering why my tenyear-old son hadn’t leaned it against the wall as I had instructed him to), I picked it up, a heavy-duty plastic pool. My two-year-old was lying there face-down on the grass, crying and sweating profusely. His hair and clothing were soaked through; his face was purple and sweaty. I shudder to think what might have happened had he been trapped there longer. Apparently, the heavy pool had been leaning against the wall and had fallen on top of him, and he had had no way of picking it up! B”H, a tragedy was averted, but I am still shaking as I write these words. Dear mothers! Our
children are precious. Let’s take every precaution to protect them and keep them safe! ~ C.R.E. The Monsey View in KJ Thanks for your beautiful and amazing magazine. We look forward to The Monsey View each week. Since we live in Kiryas Yoel, we hope you will deliver The Monsey View to us every week and not just during the summer weeks. The Kiryas Yoel community spends lots of time shopping in Monsey; therefore, it makes sense to distribute to Kiryas Yoel, too. Thanks, and lots of hatzlacha! ~ A Kiryas Yoel resident. Kiryas Yoel residents, look out for The Monsey View, which will be delivered weekly to the Valero gas station outside of Kiryas Yoel.
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I just have to share with you how farreaching The Monsey View is. I went to Depiero’s Farm featured in issue #12 , and the GPS took me to a senior center. So I called them, and they said they’ve “received more than a hundred phone call with this confusion, as written up in your brochure.” When we got there, there were at least eight yiddishe families at the same time. ~ C.R. As we reported last week, the correct address for Depiero’s farm is 300 W. Grand Avenue in Montvale, NJ.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Inbox.................................................................. 22 Your Voice........................................................ 26 Feature............................................................... 30 Health & Wellness......................................... 38 Jerusalem Stone.............................................. 44 Food & Family.................................................. 51 Excursions........................................................ 59 Fun Page............................................... ............ 64 Hobbies & Interests........................................ 72 Crime Prevention........................................... 76 Serial for Kids.................................................. 80 Learn to Draw..................................................86 Cartoon............................................................. 90 Yiddish............................................................... 98 Pictures.............................................................. 102 Classifieds......................................................... 112
M &S Shoe Repair
Park Plaza Cleaners
Monsey Wine and Liquor
Mumoin Check Cashing
Merkaz judaica and Gifts
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Toys 4 You
S&W Ladies Wear
Monsey Lingerie Shop
Mimi's linen and Bath
Lily & Todd
The Sock Shoppe
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FOOD & FAMILY
EXCURSIONS Explore Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks, especially breathtaking in the autumn, with stunning foliage and crisp air.
YOURVOICE In Search of Gluten-Free Products
(Issue #12) Regarding the letter addressing the need for gluten-free options in Monsey eateries, I relate with the letter writer’s frustration and distress. While awareness of celiac disease and glutensensitivity has been progressively increasing, it is still very much under the radar here in Monsey. As the mother of a young teenager with celiac disease, I deal with this issue frequently. How I wish I could take my daughter out for lunch, sometimes just for the convenience of it, and other times, as a special treat. Since Jerusalem Pizza (which offered GF pizza) closed, there is not one local eatery that caters to the gluten intolerant population. In fact, even dishes that do not contain gluten, such as French fries, are off limits, because of cross-contamination from the cooking and serving utensils. The need is great- I think that restaurant owners are unaware how many people are on gluten-free diets nowadays. Restaurants: Please consider adding gluten-free options to your menu. You will be doing us a tremendous service- but you may be surprised to see that you are doing yourself a favor too! Thank you, ~ B. Weber
We would love to hear your opinion! To reply to a question or to submit a new question, email comments@ themonseyview.com or fax to 845-600-8483.
A Sticky Situation We got many inquiries for the definition of the word “glew” listed in last week’s boggle winner’s list. “Glew” is the obsolete variant of “glue,” and since it was in the MerriamWebster’s online dictionary, we gave the winner credit for it. As we are seeing inconsistencies among the different editions of Merriam Webster, please be advised that we will only be checking the words against the Merriam-Webster’s 2014 (unabridged) table dictionary. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions, we are often bogged with faxes at zero hour. Please fax your list early enough, as we will only consider submissions faxed or emailed before the deadline, Sunday at 8:00 pm. Look over your word lists carefully, as any list which has two words not found in the Merriam-Webster table dictionary will be disregarded.
TIGHT; Everything Will Be All Right
Eleven thousand Monsey families are sleeping soundly. Their cars are parked. Their homes are locked. The lights are out. Everyone’s in dreamland Who’s protecting them? There’s a secret group of twenty of Monsey’s strongest and most selfless men. A group who has surrendered the comfort of rest to watch over our community, your homes, your children, your assets, your life. Who are those twenty men? They are between the ages of 23-40, young fathers of growing families, dedicated husbands and sons. They give up their night’s sleep and they learn. All night. What do they do by day? They learn by day, too! Walking into 2 Howard Drive, you will find them working hard, sweating, making sure that Monsey is safe. Starting at 12:45 promptly, they each immerse themselves in the sea of Torah. Some learn on their own, others bechavrusa; yet some others participate in the Dirshu program. A dayan and maggid shiur are on premises to answer sheilos and discuss questions. Welcome to the World of Kollel Chatzos. The basic concept of night learning is as ancient as Torah itself. The world exists because of Torah, and to sustain it, there has to be roundthe-clock learning. The Zohar and many other gedolim of the past have praised those who learn nightly, since their Torah upkeeps the worlds and adds protection to their community. The Kaf Hachaim writes that if someone cannot learn at night, he should pay a talmid chacham to learn instead and he will merit special brocha in his life. That’s why yidden across the globe call 1855 CHATZOS to sponsor nightly learning on their behalf. Next to every talmid chacham is a list of the sponsors’ names that they keep in mind while learning. The lists are short so that the talmidei chachamim can truly focus on each one. If a name is taken off the list, they will notice and even ask about whether they were helped.
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After several consecutive hours of learning, they gather for davening at daybreak. A shacharis, after so many hours of sacrifice, is priceless. The Kollel Members daven again for the names on their list. How It All Began When founder Rabbi Nechemye Hoffman was learning in The Mir as a bochur, he became acquainted with a talmid chacham and bal mechaber who introduced him to the life-changing world of Zohar. He was intrigued. “I noticed that the mention of Torah at chatzos haleilah is one of Rabbi Shimon’s most oft discussed topics.” Rabbi Hoffman decided to try it. He began waking up every midnight and immediately felt the special kedusha. But then he got married and joined a day kollel. “I couldn’t forget about it. I missed the night time learning immensely.” After hearing so much about it, his wife urged him to open his own kollel with the little money they had saved up. Within two weeks, fifteen yungeleit were enrolled. Behind Every Man The kollel life is challenging, but imagine a kollel life when the man of the house learns at night, as well. “It’s not easy,” Mindy, a kollel wife and mother of four, says. “But we signed up for it because it’s the greatest gift I can give to my husband.” When someone applies to join the kollel, his wife has to sign that she agrees to this decision. Understanding the toll this takes on these wives, the kollel founded a support group for the women to give advice and share their experiences.They also give discount coupons for the women Erev Yom Tov. “We never forget
Rabbi Nechemye Hoffman Q: How did one small kollel grow into four locations?
Avreichim arriving to Kollel at 12:45am
A recent event organized for the dedicated wife’s of the kollel
Kollel members reciting Ketores at the kever of Arizal
A: After the first zman, the initial funds were exhausted. Once, meeting a new father, I mentioned the Kollel. The father gave me $30, so that the kollel should learn on the night of the child’s vachnacht. I realized that this was my solution to continue the growth of the Kollel. Soon enough, word spread and we had to set up a proper office to handle the volume of calls,. From there we grew to four locations and plans to roll out more soon. Q: What is the most memorable story in your mind? A: Two years ago, we had two top talmidei chachamim leave the kollel since their families grew and they joined the workforce to provide for their families. I met them a couple of month later and asked them if they felt more rested. Both complained that they don’t accomplish nearly as much as they used to. This story reminds me that being part of Kollel Chatzos actually changes your day, not only your night! Q: What is your vision for Kollel Chatzos? A: Simple. A kollel in every city.
An avreich davening for the sponsors.
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you can become connected to Torah:
The Stories Walking up to one of the yungeleit to hear what they have to say, it’s shocking to listen to their perspective. “It’s the stories of yeshuos that keep us going,” one avreich says. He tells a story of a rich Los Angeles businessman who called the kollel because his expecting wife was diagnosed with cancer. The secretary listed all the sponsorship opportunities, but he said he wants something special. They told him about the Yissaschar/Zevulun partnership, and he took to it immediately. “We became close friends,” the avreich recounts. “He calls me once a week to hear what I’ve accomplished. He discusses questions with me, asks me for advice, and updates me on his personal life. His wife B”H made a complete recovery and gave birth to a healthy baby.” This businessman keeps up his partnership and continues to build on their friendship. Perfect Timing: It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul. The carefree of summer fades into the austerity of the approaching Yom Hadin. We’re all in search of more mitzvos to tip the scale in our favor. What if there was a marketplace you can buy mitzvos at? What if you can literally fill your shopping cart with zechusim? Actually there is! By sponsoring Nightly Torah Learning or Partnering with Kollel Chatzos you can get the mitzvah of limud Hatorah and bring special siyata dishmaya your way. Here are many different ways you can become connected to Torah:
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Amukah A Meron Kollel member will learn and daven for you at the kever of R’ Yonasan Ben Uziel to find your bashert.
R’ Yonasan’s kever is an long known for it’s immense power to help people find their bashert
Partner with Kollel Chatzos! For a small amount of $50-850 you can either be a partner for a night, week, month or year in one of the four locations.The entire kollel will daven for you to bring bracha and shemura into your life.
The partnership that goes back to the days of the shevatim: access the bracha of sponsoring the nightly learning of one of these extraordinary talmidei chachamim to bring mazel onto yourself, your business and your family! CHUTZOS DAMESEK:
If one is occupied with business and cannot learn at night, he should give money to a talmid chacham, thereby become a partner in his torah.
Yidden who can’t get learn nightly themselves should give money to those who do.
Cancer is a decree from Heaven, one thing you can do is the Ketoras Segulah!
Lumdei Mishnayos L’neshomah THE ZOHAR: Hashem and the departed neshamos of this world listen to the kol of Torah that is studied at night.
Bar Yochai Gather brachos as a group of the most pious talmidei chachamim of our generation gather nightly in Miron to learn at the tzion of Rabbi Shimon.
Yidden who learn Chatzos haleilah are friends of Hashem and the malachim are afraid to stand in their way!
Pidyon Rashash The kollel member recite the pidyon on 160 pure silver coins as a segulah for all kinds of yeshuos.
Zera shel kayamah When you donate, the chaburah will daven for you to be blessed with the gift of zera shel kayamah.
a childless couple should donate for a chaburah that learns at night to be blessed with children. THE BEN ISH CHAI:
A lengthy avodah of over a half an hour, the kollel members can recite this segulah mentioning your name as a protection against all illnesses and disease. RABBI YITCHOK KADURI:
You can sponsor a night l’eilu nishmas or have an avreich finish a mesechta in time for a loved one’s yahrzteit.
who makes it all possible,” says Rabbi Hoffman.
It was tested 1000 times and it never failed!
The many different ways
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Vachnacht shemirah Have your city’s most devout talmidei chachamim protect your son the night before his bris. THE ZOHAR: On the night before the bris the father should gather a minyan of talmidei chachamim and learn Torah all night.
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BECOMINGWEIGHSMARTER Are All the Different Supplements Out There Confusing You?
A typical scenario: You walk into the health food store; the shelves are neatly lined up with so many different vitamins, each promising the solution to your specific health problem. It doesn’t end here. Your sister keeps giving you lectures about the importance of omega 3 fish oil. Your shvigger told you on Shabbos that you look very tired and weary, and she’s sure you’re deficient in the B vitamins. And your teenage daughter insists on buying the latest weight-loss potion; so next week at her best friend’s wedding she’s going to be 15 pounds less! With all the confusion on top of a migraine headache and a screaming toddler, you decide to ask advice from the nutritionist on site. To your bewilderment, he adds another six vitamins, explaining to you calmly that one needs the other for maximum absorption.
Having little knowledge about vitamins, you purchase ten bottles and leave behind half of your monthly income, hoping that these bottles won’t just sit on your shelf collecting dust. A commonly asked question: Why do you need vitamins to begin with? If you’re not in a health crisis and you’re feeling fine, what’s the reason you need to take supplements? You asked a very good question. Let us imagine living the ideal life: The air you breathe is pure and fresh, without any harsh chemicals from trucks, buses or cars polluting your environment. You never talk on a cell phone, reheat food in a microwave or sit close to a computer. So you don’t need to worry about dangerous waves emitting from these devices. The food you eat is 100% organic, mostly in its raw form, and you chew your food extremely well. The water you drink and wash yourself with, is filtered and has no chlorine. You are in
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bed every night by 10 o’clock, getting a good eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. You wake up early morning to exercise at least four times a week. Cooking and baking in aluminum foil tins is never something you do, because you know how unhealthy mercury is. And of course you live a S-T-R-E-S-S-free life, or at least you know how to manage your stress like a pro. If you can answer YES to all of the above, you don’t need to waste your money on vitamins, and I would like to meet you, too. Five top reasons why you would need to take vitamins, regardless of any health issues you may have: 1 ) Depleted soils: Unless you eat only organic food, soil that fruits, vegetables, and grains are grown on have insufficient mineral content. Because when foods are grown over and over again in the same soil, the minerals become depleted over time. Continued on Page 40
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2) Overcooking food: It’s a fact; the more you cook your food, the more it results in a massive loss of its nutritional value. For example, when you eat broccoli in its raw state, it will give you vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. The longer you would cook the broccoli, the more nutrition you will lose.
and weakens the immune system. Taking the right supplements can help bridge that gap and give one’s body some of the nutrition it needs to function optimally.
I assume you got the picture why vitamins are so important in today’s day and age. I would make sure to get high-quality supplements 3) Not eating regular that was advised by an expert meals: So many people skip in this field, so you get the meals. Grabbing best for You purchase ten bottles a bagel or a bowl yourself and and leave behind half of of cornflakes your pocket. your monthly income, and milk doesn’t hoping that these bottles The sequel constitute a meal! won’t just sit on your shelf to this article, Trying to make it collecting dust. Weight-loss up later with “an supplements; all you can eat” do they really work? will be buffet, is detrimental to your featured in the September 2 health and waistlines too. issue. Look out for our back4) Normal aging: As you to-school column next week. age, your body produces fewer enzymes including all the important ones needed to properly digest and assimilate the foods you eat. All this causes a host of issues like heartburn, constipation, Esty Weiss, CHC, is a certified weight-loss expert and President indigestion and many more of WeighSmarter™, a dynamic uncomfortable stomach weight-loss program geared complaints. towards orthodox women. 5) Stress+stress+stress = a compromised immune system. There’s no doubt that we all lead busy lives, and some of us are busier than others. Between commitments to health, family, work, community and other obligations, our lives sometimes feels stressed to the max! All of this takes a tremendous toll on our bodies
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Stone Chaya’s Story: It was the first time I felt. When do I notice that my legs and my rib cage exist? My arms; I wrap my tefillin around them so tightly, they often develop welts. It’s the way my father put them on me the first time, and so I continue to do. My toes; how could I not feel them when my shoes are small and rubbed out from the insides and stub the ends of my toenails? But I’ve never felt as alive as I did when I delivered that stove to a home in Bayit Vegan, with a nameplate on the door that read “Baum” and a kitchen that boasted pasta mixed with mayonnaise and small pieces of fleisch. I had to haul that machine up three flights. And let me tell you, a stove like that — complete with an oven where you can bake your own challah and cake at home, plus four flames and a little fire oven on the bottom to char whatever it is people char when they have enough food that they’re willing to char some of it — weighs more than a two-year-old tantrumming baby. I schlepped it up. Then
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Recap: Chaya’s store is causing her perpetual stress, and her children are not responding well to the upheaval in their lives. Rachamim demonstrated how to attach it to the pipe that led to the gas balloon on the bottom floor. We secured
And that’s when I would’ve fallen over myself and down a flight of stairs, had I not gripped the railing to steady myself. it to the wall. We turned it on, just to make sure the flames would burst out into the little oven meant for charring and warm the larger oven above. It did. After that, I straightened up, slapped my palms together, brushed off my pants, and wiped the sweat off my forehead. The Baum woman offered us a bottle of Cola and two cups, so I drank my fill, and boy was it good. Sweet, and oh so cold. She already had a refrigerator. One of these days, she might want one of those air conditioners that cool the house into a winter night. Then she paid Rachamim, and gave me twenty lira. I stared at it dumbly, and Rachamim closed my fingers over it, said
goodbye to the woman, and ushered me out the door. “It’s for you, motek. A tip.” And that’s when I would’ve fallen over myself and down a flight of stairs, had I not gripped the railing to steady myself. Because I suddenly realized, it’s not just my salary I am getting for the job. When you sit over a bowl of diamonds, some diamond dust inevitably sprinkle and sparkle onto your clothes. Rachamim laughed all the way down the stairs, because he could read me like an open book and he enjoyed my surprise and excitement. So I allowed myself to laugh, too, to lean my head back into the moment and laugh until it hurt. We got into his truck and continued making our deliveries. In some places, we only got out and went to fix someone’s broken pipe. Rachamim has all these tools and glue and tape and what not. I felt the elation that comes with heavy physical labor, the sort where an aura
of heat forms a halo around the body. So it went all afternoon until only a wisp of day was still left. After our sixth house, I asked Rachamim, “Isn’t it time for Minchah?” The per fect Sh idduch :
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And he said, “Didn’t you do it at your lunch break? You should.” I said I would, starting tomorrow. I looked into his eyes, hoping to see favor. “Motek, there’s a lot Just be with me here! Show to learn,” he me the way, but mostly, said. “Starting show me You are with me as tomorrow at I discover this place of being.” eight.” W i t h that, I jumped off his truck. I was far from home, and the heat was still shimmering in the streets. Minchah. I could never make it to the shtiblach on time. Truth be told, I was exhausted, too exhausted to make it back, to rush through the Jerusalem street, and down and back up the ravine that divided the new and developing neighborhoods in this city. Could I find a minyan here? It was late, too. From tomorrow, my days would start at eight and continue until now, seven in the evening, a long haze of labor. So much had happened already today. Where could I find a minyan?
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For a few moments, I circled the street, not finding a single shul. How different it was here from where I lived. How secluded we must keep our children, I thought exhaustedly, because the dangers — shopping, food, people smoking and laughing at motorcycle stoops — were so close. Then I spotted a kiosk owner, his head completely shaven. He was donning a shiny yarmulke on his head. “Are you going to daven?” I asked. “Of course, what else would I be doing?” Soon I noticed other men, their sandaled feet rough from constantly doing the work I did today. They were gathering under the concrete roof between the stores, manikins, and blaring radios. I joined their minyan; together, we davened to Hashem.
“Hashem,” I said, “I have never been in this part of town.” I knew the Bashefer knew what I meant, but I had to say it anyway. “I don’t mean physically, but in spirit. I don’t know the alleyways and gardens of this life that has so suddenly and so severely changed landscapes and people. Just be with me here! Show me the way, but mostly, show me You are with me as I discover this place of being.” The others were already lighting up, so I knew I should step out of my prayer. I got a cigarette, too, and filled myself deeply with it. I was thirsty, very dry inside. I refused to use the two coins that were jingling in my pocket, dancing with every step I took, for a bottle of water. I turned to my new friend, the kiosk manager. “Is there a cup of water I can have?” He brought me one, and I drank heartily, so he brought me another one. There was some kibitzing about the chareidim so I returned the favor about them, too. Then it was time to go, because the sun always rushes offstage as soon as her duties are done, and I didn’t want to be caught in the dark ravine, alone. “I can drive you home and meet your family,” offered Mr. Kiosk, whose name was Itzik. “Ah, no,” gripped me.
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He understood in a second. “I can drive you to shul. You’ll introduce me to your pals.” “Um, no,” I said. “I’ll just go. Thanks, and good night.” I started walking. From behind me, I heard the clanking and bang of Itzik’s shutters rolling down where before had been a blaring radio. I continued toward the edge of the neighborhood; headed home. I heard Itzik gun the motor of his bike. He pulled up beside me. “Hop on. C’mon.” I hesitated, unsure. But he was waiting, his feet on the ground keeping the motorcycle balanced, the engine blowing earsplitting bursts. Gingerly, I climbed on behind him. “Hold on tight.”
sensation. My entire day had been one long adventure. Slowly, I climbed to the shul. The streets were familiar now, but to me they appeared foreign, as I had to reorient myself. I got to the front of the shul. Three men were standing outside, in a heated debate. I didn’t stop to find out what it was about. I just sat heavily on a bench in shul, staring unseeingly into a sefer. “Got caught in a desert storm today?” Yankel Ahronchik asked me. I looked down to where he was pointing and realized how dusty my coattails had become. Even my shirt was dusted with a fine sifting of sand. There was no hiding. My actions, like all deeds
But Ahronchik was grabbing my arms in both of his. “Mazel tov,” he said. “My father used to tell me, A Yid’s avodah is his avodah. And it says, today the avodah is tefillah in the korbanos’s stead, so what is work if not one long prayer?” And it occurred to me. He was a baker. Yidel Grinvald, a janitor. Everyone had their small part in contributing to the smooth running of the world, their unique way of telling Hashem, I’m giving back to the world what You invested in me; please keep investing me with life and shefa. That’s our avodah. I would tell that to Chaya. Perhaps she’d understand.
I felt a deep, deep shame. I failed. Please
I did. As we made don’t tell anyone, I wanted to say. our way down the stone-strewn, sandy do, already changed my hill, I held on for dear life. appearance, my identity. We sped down and started climbing back up. The world I felt how different my looked beautiful from my day had been from everyone perch: dusty peach and purple else’s. I hadn’t learned even and camel brown, and the one vort today, nor did I have outlines of a city that bustled the mental energy to do so while you were within her now. “I started to work,” I said, walls, but from the outskirts in a small, low voice. appeared serene and tamed. I was a laborer. A common “I’ll drop you here,” Itzik laborer, no different than kindly offered when we got an Arab. And I had enjoyed to Rechov Yaffo. it, too. I’d never felt as alive and challenged and excited I jumped off and waved as with new discovery as I had he sped toward the next light. today. I felt a deep, deep My feet shook. I wasn’t sure shame. I failed. Please don’t what it was that gave me this tell anyone, I wanted to say.
To be continued…
Chany Rosengarten is a mother of three, whose love for writing runs almost as deep as her love for nature. Having recently returned to the U.S. from Eretz Yisroel, her spirit is in Yerushalayim even as she reacclimatizes to Monsey. She’s in touch with her former Yerushalmi neighbors, but makes a point of getting acquainted with the local businesses and friends. Her work is featured in several Jewish publications
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Summery Brunch With July already behind us and August halfway gone, it’s the perfect timing to get together with sisters or friends for a summery brunch. While sitting together and enjoying the perfect weather and delightful company, it’s easy to forget that in a little while we’ll all be shopping for uniforms and supplies and writing up Yom Tov menus. So gather around and enjoy the little bit we have left of the slower-paced days.
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Herbed Scrambled Eggs Just a few different ingredients, and a whole new dish emerges! Simple herbs make a world of a difference in this buttery scrambled egg dish. These eggs serve about five people, which makes it an ideal dish for a summery get-together brunch. 10 eggs 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon oil
Glazed Cheese Croissants
These croissants are perfect for breakfast or brunch. They don’t have any cheesy filling in them, but the dough is chock full of cottage cheese, which creates flaky layers, just like a real croissant. Croissants: 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature ¾ cup cottage cheese (not low fat) 1 cup flour ¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill 1 tablespoon minced scallions
Glaze: ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 teaspoons milk
1. Heat oil in a large frying pan. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Add the eggs to the pan and cook them over low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. 3. When eggs are just done, shut the flame and add the butter, parsley, dill, and scallions. Stir until the butter is melted. Serve hot.
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1. In a large bowl combine butter, cottage cheese, flour, and salt. Place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for two hours. 2. Preheat oven to 375. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough to a 14-inch circle. Cut circle into eight triangles. Roll each triangle into a croissant shape, and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 30 minutes until light brown. 4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Pour the milk into the confectioner’s sugar, adding ½ teaspoon at a time, until it is thin enough to pour over croissants. Drizzle over warm croissants. TH E MON S EY V I EW /
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Yogurt and fruit cup What a perfect ending to a light summery brunch. 2 plain yogurts 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 banana 1 kiwi 1 plum 8 frozen strawberries 1. In a bowl, combine yogurts, honey, and extract. Set aside 2. Cut all the fruits and pour yogurt mixture over it. Serve chilled.
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HARRIMAN AND BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK An Eye on Autumn Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park are very often thought of as one park with two names, but are in reality two separate parks bordering each other. For nature-lovers everywhere, the Harriman region is a favorite destination. It is especially breathtaking in the autumn, with its stunning foliage and the invigorating fall air ideal for hiking.
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Bear Mountains 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911 (845) 786-2701
Bear Mountains is a perfect picnicking and hiking destination. Sprawling fields, numerous picnic tables and trails of different levels make it a popular nature excursion. There are also secluded spots which you can discover away from the crowds. One such is past Hessian lake, taking the trail toward the Bear Mountain Bridge at Fort Montgomery Historic Site. Trail maps can be purchased at the entrance.
Hessian Lake is quite beautiful with its dramatic mountains in the backdrop, especially on a fall day, when the foliage is reflected on the water. There’s a trail along the lake, benches, and paddle and rowboat rentals.
Daily Until Sept. 7: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Weekends Until Nov. 1: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm $20 deposit per boat $5 per half hour per person $8 per hour per person
PERKINS MEMORIAL TOWER OBSERVATORY
Perkins Memorial Drive, NY 10980
Perkins Memorial Drive is a breathtaking scenic drive up Bear Mountains. While there’s a trail from Bear Mountains to the observatory, which takes about 2.5 hours to hike, it is most conveniently reached by car. There are parking spots on the summit, which can be crowded on an autumn day, and also parking spots on the way - if you’d like to have a 10-or 15-minute hike to the top. On the summit, there’s a four-story observation tower from which you are treated to a stunning 360-degree vista of the surrounding landscape, including four states (NY, NJ, CT and PA), the Big Apple skyline, the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River some 1,000 feet below. There are benches scattered around at the summit to take in the breathtaking views. There are also rocks from which to take in scopes of land and for shooting photos. On a windy day, the wind will be whipping on the summit.
Although there aren’t many animals in the zoo, it’s more than enough to keep most children happy, and it’s just long enough that the little ones don’t get tired out before the end. Open daily, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm There’s a suggested donation of $1 per person
Nothing like a good ol’ merry-goround to make the little ones happy! Carousel is open until September 7 on Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and thereafter on weekends only.
The observatory closes at four, but you can ascend the summit until dusk. $1 per person
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Harriman State Park Bear Mountain, NY 10911 (845) 786-2701
800 Kanawauke Road, Stony Point, NY 10980
Lake Welch, a spectacular man-made beach, offers a half-mile of beach sand, cool breezes, picnicking, and hiking. It also offers swimming until September 7, and therefore is not a recommended destination until after that date.
There’s no official gateway entrance to Harriman State Park,and you can enter for free through the roadways that crisscross Harriman. You could think of the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center as one informal gateway. In the visitor center you can purchase trail and park maps, but it is open on weekends only. Maps can also be purchased at the Bear Mountain main desk. Reeves Meadow Information Center
All week: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
BAKER CAMP ON LAKE SEBAGO
Seven Lakes Dr, Sloatsburg, NY 10974
Seven Lakes Dr, Sloatsburg, NY 10974
Harriman State Park is full of hiking, boating, fishing, picnic areas and overnight camping. Fishing is allowed in most of the 36 lakes and ponds in Harriman, and a fishing license is required.
SEVEN LAKES DRIVE
Open daily from 9:00-6:00 Pricing: Most boats are $17 for the first hour and $14 for the second (charged in 15-minute increments).
Nestled in the gentle, green mountains of Harriman State Park, on the shores of beautiful Lake Sebago, Baker Camp has the feel of a restful getaway many miles away. While they offer camping cabins, there’s also a boat rental for experiencing the clean, clear water of Lake Sebago aboard a row boat, canoe, or kayak; a very private setting for a day of fun.
Seven Lakes Dr, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
Seven Lakes Drive is a gorgeous scenic ride. It extends for just under 18 miles. Most of the highway is located in either Harriman or Bear Mountain state parks. As its name implies, Seven Lakes Drive passes by seven lakes located at various points along the road. From south to north, the lakes are Lake Sebago and Lake Kanawauke in the towns of Haverstraw and Tuxedo; Lake Skannatati and Lake Askoti in Tuxedo; Lake Tiorati in Tuxedo and Woodbury; Silver Mine Lake in Woodbury; and Queensboro Lake in Highlands. Sections of Seven Lakes Drive and several other roads in the park system (Tiorati Brook Road, Lake Welch Drive, and Perkins Memorial Drive), are closed for the winter from December through March.
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There are areas where you can stop for picnics, or even dipping in the water.
There are boat launches with public access at the following lakes in Harriman: Askoti, Island Pond, Kanawauke (great picnic area!), Sebago, Silvermine, Skannatati, Stahahe, Tiorati, and Welch. Lake Welch and Tiorati Beach are swimming areas until September 7. While it is only legal to swim at those two areas in Harriman State Park, there may be lone swimmers making use of swimming holes in other areas in the park. If going to any of the lakes with which you are not familiar with, we would advise you to wait for after Labor Day, when the swimming season is over. A permit is needed to put any type of watercraft (motorless only) into the water of Harriman State Park, as well as a $30 season pass. For the locked lakes (restricted with a gate or padlock): Tiorati, Welch, and Island Pond, a key needs to be purchased for $15. Boat permits for Harriman State Park can be purchased at Lake Welch or Tiorati Beach: Tiorati Circle: (845) 351-2568 Beaver Pond Campground (Lake Welch): (845) 947-2792 It’s a fairly easy process that can be done on the same day as the day you plan to go out on the water, and it can be done entirely within the park. TH E MON S EY V I EW /
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PIXEL IN A POCKET An Ode to Summer
All photos by: F. and C.H. Klein | August 2015
Water of Woodridge: Still waters. Not deep. A sky painted to perfection. A shell of a hut nearby in identical color tones. Indeed, art seems to imitate life well.
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Getting lost has its benefits. Being anywhere on time is not one of them. But getting to photograph random bits of summer is certainly a good enough reason to lose yourself. Try making a wrong turn down a back country road, and you might find yourself alongside a trotting horse. For $5 you can gallop a distance down the road. No time for that, though. It’s late. There’s something else to photograph just around the bend. If I were asked to put summer into a box to preserve its sweetest memories, what images would I choose to lock up forever?
Wild West of Woodridge: An abandoned farm with a rustic fence, the thresher still rusting in the field. And then… a chance encounter with a horse pulled it all together.
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Woodlands of Woodridge: Salamanders abound. Everywhere you look, they can be found. The bunkhouse for fun-time activities is daily challenged by the beckoning outdoors.
Wandering in Woodridge: A chairlift once rode the wheel seen here. Or so we imagined it. Traversing the pebbled paths was imaginary yet real. Unexplored terrain, you think - and then a discarded food wrapper left by another dates the experience.
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L’asurim; A Groundbreaking Organization A question that is frequently posed to former prisoners is, was there enough food in jail? I am somewhat perplexed by this question, because while food is definitely important, it is one of the more bearable difficulties of prison life. What a person in prison really needs most is chizuk, empathy, and support. If that is lacking, the degrading prison treatment can affect the person in a terrible way.
Dear fellow Yidden! There are consequences for fooling around with the law! If my story inspires even one person to conduct his life and business with integrity, it will be worth the discomfort of putting my painful story in the limelight.
Light at the End of the Tunnel When my week of solitary confinement was up, I was sent to Philadelphia, where I was held for about a week. I had no access to a phone there, so during those three weeks, I had no contact with the outside world and knew nothing about my trial proceedings. When I did end up in court, I had only fifteen minutes to speak to my lawyer, who had already made it clear to me that things would probably remain status quo. The courtroom was filled to capacity with Jews, including my uncle, the Kashau Rav, shlita. My lawyer argued that all my incriminating actions were erroneously carried out by a naïve young person who had no life experience. He posited that I had served long enough and was a changed person by now. “I want to tell you, Your Honor, what Chaim would like to do,” my lawyer addressed the judge. “He told me that upon leaving prison,
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he plans to help others who are behind bars. I can tell you with certainty, Your Honor, that Chaim will never need to see the inside of a cell again. As a matter of fact, I’ll let Chaim speak for himself.” I uttered a silent, heartfelt prayer that the One Above should put the right words in my mouth. On the witness stand, I publicly asked for forgiveness from my Creator and from my family for all the aggravation and shame I have caused them throughout those seven years. I also thanked them for supporting me throughout. I admitted that I should have pleaded guilty from the start rather than going on trial.
I can tell you with certainty, Your Honor, that Chaim will never need to see the inside of a cell again. With a pounding heart and a feverish mind, I said, “I want to tell you, Your Honor, that I really am a changed person.
Many people who go through the jail system have nothing but blame and anger to cast on the authorities. But while I was in the Correctional Institute, I indeed worked on correcting myself. I took various courses, such as communication skills. Most importantly, I learned how to stay firm and controlled, and not to be swayed by other people’s persuasive powers. Therefore, Your Honor, I am asking that you give me a second chance and grant me freedom so that I can, hopefully, become a productive member of society. I’ll make you proud.” There was absolute stillness and silence in the courtroom. Everyone held their breaths, waiting to hear the words that would determine my future. The judge maintained that all my claims about my young age and ignorance of the law were groundless. There was, however, one argument that deserved consideration: the other defendant who’d been accused of the same crime
as I and had made a plea bargain, had received only 51 months imprisonment, while I had been sentenced to 151 months. After a lengthy legal discourse which knotted everyone’s nerves, the judge declared, “The fact is that there is a vast difference in their sentences and, Chaim’s penalty should be adjusted proportionately to that of his accomplice’s. Therefore, I think that 100 months in prison would be a fair sentence for Chaim. Since Chaim is demonstrating good behavior and has posed no specific problems in jail, I will indeed reduce his sentence to 100 months, which means that he is due to be released in about 3 to 4 months. And, since it is not that big a difference, I will allow him to go home for Passover!” A shocked silence followed his words. I was frozen, rooted to the spot. I couldn’t even swallow. Slowly, my brain processed the information, and I heard the unbelievable words reverberating in my mind: Home for Passover…I
am free, I am being released… home for Passover!
quickly escorted out of the courthouse by the marshals.
My lawyer was first to regain his composure. He jumped up and asked, “So, Your Honor, does that mean that Chaim is going straight home?”
Home at Last
The judge replied, “I will soon sign for his immediate release.” Teiere Bashefer! Where can I find the words to express my praise to You? Dear fellow Yidden, how can I repay you for the thousands of perakim of Tehillim that were said on behalf of Chaim ben Henia throughout all these years? Esteemed melamdim, how can I ever thank you for all the tefillos you recited with the precious children? Your tefillos helped. They succeeded in loosening the shackles that held me captive, and carried me into freedom. May the One above repay you with all the best. Before I had time to look at my family and see their shining eyes, let alone embrace them, I was
Before going home, I had to take care of the release documents. Once again, I had no access to a phone. The officers told me the release process could take up to three weeks. I tried arguing that I was officially free already, so what was taking so long? Just a short while earlier, such a comment would have landed me in the Hole. I asked the warden if I could go back to the Fort Dix facility so that I could say goodbye to my fellow Jewish inmates, but they refused. Meanwhile, devoted askanim were working to get me home before Shabbos. Suddenly, I was paged to the office, where they gave me $100 from my prison account and … showed me the door! It was exactly 6:20 on Friday afternoon when I stepped out into the sunlight. The heavy metal doors banged shut behind me. Without turning to look back, I quickly walked TH E MON S EY V I EW /
away from those dreaded doors, still not believing there were no chains around my wrists. How can a free person ever understand the meaning of s u d d e n Everyone held liberation? their breaths, I felt like I had wings waiting to hear the words like those birds whose that would freedom determine my I used to envy. Ah, future. to enjoy the breeze blowing through the air!
how much emotion can lie in the act of turning the doorknob of one’s own home? Friday night, I sat at the beautifully set table together with my brothers and sisters. There was heimishe challah. And there was salmon! And gefilte fish, too. The stirring zemiros … the steaming soup, with a kneidel inside! I could not get enough of it. After the seudah, my friends came over, and we sang together until four in the morning. On Shabbos morning, a festive Kiddush was held in shul; individuals whom I’d never met before came to rejoice with me.
My dear brother came to drive me to Brooklyn. He dropped me off at a store to buy clothing for Shabbos. From there, I took a taxi home; I was told by a dayan to let the taxi take me all the way home. I arrived two minutes before shekiah. It seemed as if Shabbos had waited for me.
It took time to recover from being in a prison system for seven years. Baruch Hashem, I had lots of support and empathy from my loving family and friends. That is what helped me turn over a new leaf and rebuild my life.
My family was waiting eagerly, anxious to see that it was really true. I won’t even attempt to describe the emotional reunion with my parents and siblings from whom I’d been separated for so many years. Do you know
Without turning to look back, I quickly walked away from those dreaded doors, still not believing there were no chains around my wrists.
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L’asurim; A Groundbreaking Organization A question that is frequently posed to former prisoners is, was there enough food in jail? I am somewhat perplexed by this question, because while food is definitely important, it is one of the more bearable difficulties of prison life. What a person in prison really needs most is chizuk, empathy, and support. If that is lacking, the degrading prison treatment can affect the person in a terrible way. I have a friend who came out of jail so paranoiac, that every time someone opened the refrigerator, he ran over to see what was being taken away from him. Such imbalance comes from being cut off from society. When one doesn’t have visitors or contact with the outside world, he gets forced into an institutionalized mentality, and it is extremely difficult to readjust to normal life. Even while I was still in jail, I used to ask my incredibly kind family to arrange visitors for the other Jewish prisoners who did not have adequate support. Visiting inmates is a true fulfillment of pidyon shevuim,
because while chatting in the visiting room, the person can almost forget about his situation and is thereby granted temporary respite from captivity. Besides, someone who expects visitors has something to look forward to; it keeps his spirits up and encourages him to maintain a decent appearance. Since my release, I was zoche to see my dream become a reality by helping to establish L’asurim. Our team of dedicated activists provide visitation and transportation to prisons and bring kosher food and religious articles to the inmates. They also provide moral support by operating a pen-pal system, distributing a support newsletter and by arranging for Tehillim to be said during critical times. L’asurim is also working to provide a social worker for every Jewish arrestee. Most importantly, L’asurim is determined to prevent crime in our community by raising awareness and educating our young people to remain on the right side of the law. L’asurim welcomes volunteers who would like to have a share in this special work. If you’d like to visit or write to inmates, please call 718-513-2525. You may also send kosher food and religious articles by making a tax-deductible contribution at www.l’asurim. org Checks may be sent to 23 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite 100, Monsey, NY 10952.
by Sury Spitzer
Esther is a fictional story based on real people and real events. Esther grew up in the Hungarian village, Selisht, surrounded by her loving family. Esther’s spirit, wit, and unending generosity, combined with the boundless love she received from her parents and grandparents stand her in good stead in this summer story. Although this story takes place in 1933, when life in the European shtetel was still peaceful, these same attributes helped her overcome the terrible trials she faced years later during the war. The author, a granddaughter of Esther, is grateful every day for the deep love she was blessed to receive from her Babby Esther, and is doing all she can to continue her kindness.
Chapter 5 The Tax Inspector Recap: Esther sets out in the dark, late night with Mutche to take their bedding to Frimet’s family. When Esther and Mutche reached the yard of Frimet’s house, Esther carefully placed the pillow and blanket down on the grass. She had to think of a way to get the bedding inside without being seen. She and Mutche slowly walked around the dark little house. They crept silently so as not to awaken the animals sleeping in the fence. As they passed the window of the big room, Esther suddenly had an idea. She motioned to Mutche to come near the house. “Mutche, I’m going to lift you up, and you will knock ever so softly on this window. Frimet sleeps right below the window. I hope she will hear us.” Mutche nodded and Esther tried lifting him up. She had never known how heavy her little brother
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was! Mutche tried helping by grabbing hold of the wall and hauling himself up. Esther pushed from behind, helping him inch his way up the wall. Finally, he reached out and banged at the window. The noise startled Esther. She dropped Mutche suddenly, and he fell to the ground with a bang. “Ouch!” he cried out. “Sh…sh...” Esther tried soothing him even while she was shaking and shivering all over. Suddenly, they both heard the creak of the window as it slowly opened. In the dim moonlight, Esther could make out her friend’s face. “Frimet, Frimet,” she whispered urgently. “Frimet!” Esther was so excited and scared and relieved, that she could not talk. Frimet just stared and stared out the window, unable to make out what was going on in the dark, yet sure that she had heard her name being called. Luckily Mutche was the one to recover first. He quickly stood up and ran to get the
pile of bedding from the grass where they had left it. “Here, Frimet, take it,” Esther whispered as she reached up with all her might. The edge of the pillow came almost to the window. By then Frimet was fully awake. She still couldn’t figure out what Esther and Mutche were doing in her backyard in the middle of the night, but she knew better than to ask questions. She reached down as far as she could and grabbed hold of the pillow. Then she reached out again and tried grabbing hold of the blanket. This proved to be a lot harder as the blanket was soft and kept folding over, covering Esther’s head. After many tries, Mutche took the blanket and stuffed the edge into his mouth. Holding it tight with his teeth, he began climbing up the wall again. Esther pushed him up from below, and within a minute, Frimet was hauling the blanket through the window.
“For your mother and
by Sury Spitzer
the baby,” Esther whispered to Frimet. “Don’t tell. Please.” “I won’t,” was all Frimet said. And then the window closed, and the two children were in the dark yard alone again. They were elated and tired and frightened. As one, they plopped down on the grass, and then suddenly, they were giggling and giggling and giggling. The stress of the past quarter-hour along with the joy of success took hold of them, and they laughed until tears were rolling down their cheeks.
Her sweating hands shook as she touched feathers, warmth - a real, live chicken, sleeping right here on the side of a road under a bush. Esther grabbed hold of the chicken and pulled it out from its hiding place. Sure enough, one wing was hanging. Mima Faige’s chicken! She had found Mima Faige’s chicken. Esther quickly grabbed its wings and legs - and right there, in the middle of the dark street in the middle of the night in her pajamas she danced a little jig. “Mima
They plopped down on the
Then it was time to head back grass, and then suddenly, home and sneak they were giggling and silently back into their giggling and giggling. bare beds. The street seemed even darker now; the moon created funny Faige’s chicken, tra la la, tra shadows beneath every la la, tra la la!” she sang. “The bush on the side of the road. gypsies haven’t got you, tra la What seemed to be a strange la, tra la la, tra la la.” animal staring straight at The chicken, which them turned out to be a tree had been rudely awakened, as they neared it, their hearts began struggling and pounding. A person standing clucking loudly, disregarding on the side of the road Esther and Mutche’s frantic pointing at them was the shushing. Esther held on post of a fence surrounding a tight, determined not to lose yard. A chicken hiding under the chicken again, and ran a bush was a… was a... was a home with all her might. sleeping chicken! Just to be Mutche following closely absolutely sure, Esther and behind. Without stopping to Mutche tiptoed to the bush. think, she pushed open the Was it just a strange shadow heavy door to the house and again? Esther reached out. burst in - chicken in hands.
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Only when she was already inside the darkened quiet house with the loudly clucking chicken running wild, did she realize her mistake. Within a minute the entire household was awake. Mamashe came out of the bedroom with a screaming Ruchele in her arms. “What’s going on?” she asked in alarm. At that moment, Babby shuffled into the big room. “What’s the noise about?” Babby demanded, looking around in alarm. Then Tatashe opened the bedroom door. “Surah dear, are you alright?” Only Zeidy Chaim slept peacefully through the tumult. The frightened chicken, sensing a means of escape, quickly got between his legs and into the bedroom. “Aaahhh!” Tatashe exclaimed, surprised. He was the first to recover. He quickly closed the bedroom door and a moment later came back to the big room holding the tired chicken firmly in his big hands. By then, Babby had lit the candles in the lamp, and the house was bathed in soft light. Esther and Mutche stood at the door, clutching each other. “Esther Dear,” Tatashe’s voice was firm. He sat down at the table, chicken still in hands, and called Esther to him. “Esther, I need
to know what this is all about. Tatashe was still waiting, when she saw Esther on her Now.” Esther came forward all the while looking at her mattress, without a pillow or to Tatashe, leaving Mutche steadily. She knew she must a blanket. “Esther, where is alone at the door. She had to say something, or else she your pillow and quilt?” she face this alone; this was her would stand in front of asked softly. Esther looked up doing, not Mutche’s, at Mamashe’s gentle and she would not drag Esther quickly grabbed its wings face and knew she him down with her. She and legs - and right there, in the would understand. stood in front of Tatashe, “Frimet’s head down, her braids middle of the dark street in the mother and baby drooping down the middle of the night in her pajamas - don’t have bedding,” front of her shoulders. she danced a little jig. she whispered Esther was so terrified soundlessly. “I gave that she didn’t notice them mine.” Babby taking the chicken Tatashe “Hmmm,” Mamashe from Tatashe and taking it in her pajamas until the said, “you gave them yours.” out to the chicken coop in the candles burned down and the Understanding slowly backyard. She was acutely sun came up. dawned in her dark eyes. aware of Mamashe’s eyes on “It’s Mima Faige’s her as she stood trembling “And then I found the chicken,” she finally croaked. before Tatashe. Tatashe was chicken,” Esther explained “I found Mima Faige’s waiting for an explanation, further. “Mima Faige’s chicken.” And then Esther and Esther couldn’t possibly chicken.” was shaking and trembling find words to explain it all. and shivering. Tatashe held “Hmmm,” was all She wanted to tell Tatashe her firmly in his big arms Mamashe said. She bent over about Mima Faige and of until the shivers subsided to plant a kiss on Esther’s how much she feared her. somewhat. He did not ask her forehead. “Good night, Esther And of the lost chicken and to explain. Instead he sent Dear,” she said. Something of falling into the lake and her to bed saying, “Go to sleep was in her voice. Was it of the gypsies who she had now, Esther. We will see pride? Was it wonder? Esther thought got it and ate it. about this in the morning.” wasn’t sure. And although And about the tax inspector Mutche, sensing that the Esther knew that when and Frimet’s family and of worst was over, quietly morning came she would her poor mother and baby slipped into bed, too. need to explain her midnight who were sleeping without outing and that she would Then Tatashe took bedding. And that she left need to return the chicken Ruchele from Mamashe and the house in the middle of to Mima Faige, she snuggled carried her to her crib in the the night with Mutche, and down into her mattress and bedroom. Silently, Mamashe that the shadows frightened slept soundly. came to Esther’s bed to cover her so, and that one shadow Esther and Mutche warmly turned out to be the lost for what remained of the chicken. Her heart was full of The End night. Mamashe was puzzled words, yet she couldn’t talk.
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Miri was eating lunch and talking with the girls near her.
"Oh, no! I got a huge stain! I'm so embarrassed! I can't walk around like this!" She was about to blame Miri, but stopped herself.
"Let's try washing it in the sink." They went to the sink and started rubbing the stain.
"Michal, Can you please pass the ketchup?" Michal passed the ketchup down to Miri.
"I'm terribly extra shirt Maybe we mother
sorry! If I had an I would give you. should call your to bring one."
"It's coming off! Great, but now I'm sopping!" Faigy exclaimed.
As Miri reached out for it, she accidently touched Faigy's shirt with the ketchup.
"No, I don't like making my mother come down specially to camp for this." Faigy sighed.
"That's nothing - it's so hot outside, it's going to dry before you know it! I'm glad it came out clean!" Miri said with relief
אט עִ .בּ יז ער ֶנ ען ִמ יט ַז יין ַט ֶ אנ ֶג ען ֶל ְ עג ְ מוּל י ִא יז ֶג ַ ְשׁ ִ ער ַו וייל ֶד ְ
ֶועס ֶט ער ְשׁ ו ְ
אפ ן ַז יין ְפּ ַר ייז. עט ָר ְ ימ ער אוּן ֶג ְ עשפּ ילט ִא ין ַז יין ִצ ֶ ִ ארוּמ ֶג
יל ט ִמ יט ִדּ י עשׁ ִפּ ְ ִז י ָה אט ִז יֶ ג ְ עקוּמ ען ֶ מ ִא יר ִא יז ֶג ְפּ ַר ייז .אוֹיֵ עשפּ ילט ִמ יט ִא יר. ִ אוּן ִמ יט ֶג
יל ן ִמ יט ַמ יין ְפּ ַר ייז?״ אז ט ענק ְשׁ ִפּ ְ ״ וֶוער ָל ְ יג ן וֶוען ֶע ר ָה אט ֶג ע זֶען עשׁ ִר ְ מוּל י ֶג ְ ָה אט ְשׁ ִ ֵייע ר ָו ואס ֵג ייט ָפ ארִ .דּ י בעבי ָה אט ִז י ז ֶ עהוֹיבּ ן צוּ וֵויי ֶנ ען. ְ אק ן אוּן ָא ְנ ֶג ער ְשׁ ָר ְ ֶד ְ
עכ טֶ .ע ר ָה אט ֵייע ר ְשׁ ֶל ְ יל ט ז ֶ עפ ְ מוּל י ָה אט ֶג ִ ְשׁ ִ אג ט אכ ֶד עם ָה אט ֶע ר ֶג ע ָז ְ יג ט ִדּ י בעביָ .נ ְ ארוּא ְ ִ ַבּ יל ן ִמ יט ענ ְס ט ְשׁ ִפּ ְ מוֹח ל .דוּ ֶק ְ ֵ מ ִא יר ,״ ַז יי ִמ יר צוּ ֵ יכ ִט יג.״ אר ִז ְ בּ ער ַז יי ָפ ְ ֶע ס ַפ אר ֶצ ען ִמ ינוּטָ ,א ֶ ייכ ל. מ ְ אג ט ִמ יט ַא ְשׁ ֵ מ ִא יר ֶג ע ָז ְ ֹח ״ָ ,ה אט ֵ ַשׁ ר כּ ַ ״י י ֵ ְ
RE ALE STATE
RE ALE STATE
HOME INSPECTIONS by Ann Zeilingold
You have found a house. Finally. What happens next? Be prepared for everything to move really fast. You will need to provide the name of your attorney, because the seller needs to prepare a contract. You need to be prepared to write a check for your down payment. And you need to decide if you want to schedule a home inspection, something that most people choose to do. Shabsi Goldman, home inspector, comments on the speed required. Shabsi, who is licensed in NY and NJ and does inspections in both states, says that in NY there is always this rush. The inspection report has to be completed within days. The reason is that until the seller signs contract, the seller can sell the home to someone else. There is a panic and a frenzy to get it done ASAP. In NJ, the inspection is done post-contract so you have about ten days to schedule and review the inspection report.
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Remember that most homes are not new, and a seller is not delivering a perfect home. Some sellers are open to renegotiation based on the inspection report, while some are not. The seller may be selling as is and may not be willing to do any repairs or negotiations even if the inspection finds things wrong or in need of repair. You, as the buyer, have to make a decision if you want to proceed if repairs are noted. How should you choose a home inspector, and what do they do? “When a family looks at the house, they look to see if the furniture fits, if the kitchen is nice etc. I don’t care about all that. My job is to check the house, outside and in for defects, problems and safety hazards.” Your realtor most likely can provide you with a few names. You should ask your attorney and friends for a recommendation. You should look for an inspector that
has experience. Your home inspector is not a builder, contractor, or electrician or plumber. He is trained to visually look for problems in the systems and structure and for deferred maintenance Here is a general checklist of what your home inspector will look for: Structural Elements Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation Exterior Evaluation Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles. Roof and Attic Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters; it does not include a guarantee of roof condition, nor a roof certification.
Plumbing Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition; toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps; it does not include a sewer inspection. Systems and Components Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers Electrical Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures
Appliances Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors Garage Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof He literally will crawl into the attic, basement, and crawl space and test every outlet, electrical fixture, and plumbing. He does not give a guarantee. If after the closing the roof leaks or an electric fixture is not working, it is not his responsibility. He will
look for cracked windows and peeling paint. Upon request and if they have the proper certifications, they will check for radon, termites, lead, asbestos, mold and formaldehyde. This inspection can take up to four hours for a standard house and longer for a larger home. As Shabsie Goldman puts it: “When a family looks at the house, they look to see if the furniture fits, if the kitchen is nice etc. I don’t care about all that. My job is to check the house, outside and in for defects, problems and safety hazards.”
Ann Zeilingold, NMLS # 41850 is the Vice President and Branch Manager of First Meridian Mortgage in Pomona, NY. First Meridian is a direct lender, licensed in NY, NJ, FL and CT. She has been originating residential mortgages for 27 years. She has recently published a book, which is a must-read for any prospective homebuyer, The Homebuyer’s Companion. Ann grew up in Monsey, and she currently lives in Wesley Hills with her husband and children.
Ann Zeilingold Vice President
First Meridian Mortgage 1609 Route 202 Pomona, NY 10970
Office: 845-354-9700 Mobile: 914-260-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Ann’s real estate column weekly in The Monsey View.
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באלד פארקומען א חתונה ,אפשר איז וויכטיגער אז מען זאל נוצן דאס געלט צו באצאלן פאר די עלעקטעריק?" דער רבי האט אים אבער דאן גראד אפגעענטפערט" :מיר האבן א קבלה ,אז אויב מען מאכט ליכטיג פאר יענעם ,ווערט ליכטיג ביי זיך"... פארשטייט זיך אז מען האט תיכף אפגעשיקט דאס געלט צו איר ציל .צו די חתונה איז שוין געווען עלעקטעריק ,עס איז געקומען א צווייטער נגיד און אלעס באצאלט, אזוי אז עס איז געווען א ליכטיגער און פרייליכער חתונה.
פאר זיך גארנישט ,עס זענען זאכן וואס מען קען קוים משיג זיין אין היינטיגע צייטן. געווען איז ביי א שמחה ביים רבי'ן אין הויף ,בשעת מען האט זיך געגרייט צו א חתונה אין בית-המדרש און עס האבן געזאלט קומען אן עולם פון געסט .אבער אנשטאט עס זאל זיין ליכטיג אין הויף ,איז מען פלוצלינג אראפגעקומען פון די עלעקטעריק קאמפאני און אפגעהאקט די לעקטער פון שטעטל ,דערפאר וואס מען האט שוין א לאנגע צייט נישט באצאלט די עלעקטעריק. מען קען זיך פארשטעלן די געפילן פון די אנוועזנדע אין יענע זמן ,בשעת מען גרייט זיך אצינד צו א שמחה ,און עס איז נישט פאראן קיין עלעקטעריק .אין יענע אנגעשטרענגטע צומאל פלעגט דער רבי זצ"ל מלבש זיין מאנענטן ,איז אנגעקומען א איד א נגיד, די צדקות אין פשוט'ע זאכן .אמאל איז אריינגעגאנגען מיט א קוויטל צום רבי'ן און געקומען א איד צום רבי'ן ,זיך באקלאגנדיג אראפגעלייט דעם פאנטאסטישן סכום פון אז ער מוטשעט זיך שטארק מיט פרנסה און זיבעציג טויזנט דאלער .דער רבי האט דאן ער קוקט ארויס אויף א ישועה. ווארעם אנגעוואונטשן דעם איד און אים דער רבי האט אויסגעהערט דעם איד און געזעגנט. געזאגט" :קוק אריין אין קדושת לוי אויף פרשת ווען דער איד איז אוועקגעגאנגען פון דארט, שלח ,וועסטו טרעפן פיל חיזוק אין דיין מצב"... האט דער רבי געלאזט רופן זיין שטוב מענטש ,אים רבינו בצעירותו – דער רבי האט אים דערמאנט ,אז דער קדושת לוי איבערגעגעבן די געלט און אים אנגעזאגט "שיק תיכף ליגט אין בית-המדרש אויף דער רעכטער פאליצע ,די אריבער דאס געלט צום קאשויער רב ,ער דארף וויכטיג דריטע שטאק. האבן דאס געלט און מען דארף עס אים שוין געבן"... דער שטוב מענטש איז געווארן פארוואונדערט און געפרעגט" :רבי ,דער איז איז דאן אריבער אין בית-המדרש ,געעפנט דעם קדושת- עס איז דאך נישטא קיין עלעקטעריק אין שטעטל ,בשעת עס דארף לוי און געפינען דארט א סכום גדול מאוד ,דער חיזוק וואס דער רבי האט אים באפוילן דארט צו טרעפן ,און וואס דער רבי האט פון פריער אונטערגעלייגט.
"חיזוק" פון קדושת לוי
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כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר הרה"ק מטאהש זצוקללה"ה עבודת השם במסירת-נפש
כלל ישראל האט פארגאנגענע וואך פארלוירן אן אבידה שאין לה תמורה ,מיטן הסתלקות פון זקן האדמורי"ם ,כ"ק מרן האדמו"ר הרה"ק מטאהש זצוקללה"ה .דעם רבי'נס פטירה איז א פארלוסט פאר גאנץ כלל-ישראל ,זייענדיג דער צדיק הדור ההולך לפני העם לנחותם הדרך ,דער צדיק וואס יונג און אלט האבן משכים געווען לפתחו ,אפגעזען פון וועלכע שיכטע אדער קרייז ביי כלל-ישראל, ביי אלעמען איז דער רבי געווען נקדש ונערץ אויף אן אופן וואס מיר געפינען ווייניג צווישן אנדערע צדיקים. דאס גדלות פונעם רבי'ן איז דאך כמעט אוממעגליך צו באשרייבן, דערויף קען מעיד זיין יעדער איינער וואס האט נאר אמאל מיטגעהאלטן א שבת אדער אפילו א פשוט'ע תפילה ביים רבי'ן, עס איז געווען א בחינה פון חיל ורעדה יאחזון ,א פשוט'ער מעריב אינמיטן וואך האט אויסגעקוקט ווי א נעילה פון יום-כיפור נאכמיטאג, בשעת דער רבי האט געציטערט מיט אלע גלידער ,שטייענדיג פארן מלך-מלכי-המלכים הקדוש-ברוך-הוא.
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עס ליגט נאך איינגעקריצט אין די גלידער ,ווי אזוי דער רבי איז געשטאנען אויף זיין ארט ,בשעת א סידור איז געווען אויפגעמישט צו פארשידענע שמות הקדושים ,און דער רבי האט ביי יעדן שם מכוון געווען פארשידענע שמות .עס איז געווען אן עבודה כחד מקמאי און וואויל זענען די אויגן וועלכע האבן נאך זוכה געווען אריינצוכאפן אזעלכע געהויבענע מאמענטן.
ליכטיג מאכן ביי יענעם
צו רעדן פונעם רבי'נס גדלות ,קען מען רעדן און רעדן און קיינמאל פארטיגן .מיר וועלן זיך דעריבער באגיניגן מיט עטליכע עובדות וסיפורים איבער די מעשה הצדקה והחסד פונעם רבי'ן ,וואס איז געווען עד אין שיעור וערך ,אויף א פארנעם וואס מען קען זיך אפילו נישט פארשטעלן. עס איז געווען צייטן ,וואס ביים רבי'ן אין שטוב איז נישט געווען וואס אין מויל אריינצונעמען ,נישט דערפאר וואס עס איז נישט געווען קיין געלט .דער רבי האט פשוט אלעס פארטיילט ,נישט איבערלאזנדיג
געלט אין די שיך
עס פלעגט זיך אויך מאכן ,אז דער רבי – ברוב ענוותונתו – האט אויסבאהאלטן די מעשה צדקה וחסד אפילו פון די אייגענע גבאים, נישט וועלנדיג אז מען זאל זען און וויסן זיינע גרויסע מדריגות אין צדקה .עס זענען געוויס פאראן פיל עובדות און מעשיות ,ווי אזוי דער רבי זצ"ל האט ארויסגעהאלפן צובראכענע אידן אויף א מאסיווער פארנעם ,און ביז היינט ווייסט מען אפילו נישט דערפון. געווען איז אמאל א איד – א בנן-של-קדושים – וואס איז געקומען צום רבי'ן זייענדיג אין א שווערע מצב און האט געדארפט נייטיג האבן א גרויסע סומע געלט .דער איד האט אויסגעגאסן זיין צובראכן הארץ ,און דער רבי – מיטשפירנדיג דעם צער פון דעם איד – האט זיך געוואנדן צו די גבאים זאגנדיג אז עס א גרויסע זכיה צו העלפן דעם דאזיגן איד ,דעריבער זאל מען גיין ברענגען א סכום פאר צדקה פאר דעם איד. ווען דער גבאי איז ארויסגעגאנגען ברענגען א סכום געלט פאר דער איד ,האט דער רבי באפוילן פאר יענעם אז ער זאל זיך אראפבייגן .דער איד האט נישט פארשטאנען די כוונה ,אבער אז דער רבי הייסט האט ער אוודאי געפאלגט. דאן האט דער רבי / THE MONS E Y V IE W
אויסגעטאן די שיך און געוויזן פארן איד אז עס איז פאראן דארט א פאנטאסטישע סומע פון צען-טויזנט דאלער .דער רבי האט געהייסן דעם איד נעמען דאס געלט ,ווייזנדיג מיט די פינגער אז ער זאל קיינעם נישט דערציילן דערפון. דאן איז דער גבאי אריינגעקומען ,דערלאנגט פאר דעם בנש"ק א סכום געלט ,נישט וויסנדיג אז מיט ווייניגער פון א מינוט צוריק האט דער רבי געגעבן פאר יענעם א ריזן סכום געלט.
טיילמאל איז נישט לייכט געווען אריינצוגיין צום רבי'ן ,צוליב דער ריבוי עם וואס פלעגן כסדר קומען שוקד זיין פתחו של רבי להתברך מפיו קדשו. אמאל איז געקומען א בנן-של-קדושים ,וואס האט געהאלטן פארן חתונה מאכן א קינד .דער איד האט בלויז געוואלט באקומען א ברכה
פונעם רבי'ן און איז דעריבער געקומען צו פארן אויף שבת ,אבער נאך שבת האט ער נישט געקענט אריינגיין ,ער האט געווארט א טאג און נאך א טאג ,אבער עס האט זיך נישט געמאכט דעם געלעגנהייט אז ער זאל קענען אריינגיין צום רבי'ן. זעענדיג אז עס גייט דורך עטליכע טעג און עס נעמט נישט קיין עק ,האט דער איד מטכס עצה געווען און באשלאסן צו באגעגענען דעם רבי'ן אויפן גאס ,בשעת דער רבי גייט אינדערפרי אין מקוה און דארט רעדן מיטן רבי'ן און באקומען זיין ברכה. געזאגט און געטאן! קומענדיגע אינדערפרי האט דער איד אפגעווארט דעם רבי'ן און אים דערציילט אז ער ווארט שוין עטליכע טעג אריינצוגיין .דער רבי האט דאן אויפגעציטערט און זיך אנטשולדיגט פארן איד ,דערויף וואס ער האט אים געלאזט אזוי לאנג ווארטן .דאן האט דער רבי באפוילן דעם איד ,אז ער זאל קומען אין א באשטימטע שעה ,ער זאל געבן פיר קלאפעס אויפן טיר ,אזוי אז ער זאל וויסן אז דאס איז ער ,און דאן וועט ער אים אריינלאזן. צום באשטימטער צייט איז דער איד געשטאנען ביים טיר פון רבי'ן, געגעבן פיר קלאפעס ,לויט דעם אפגעשמועסטן סימן .דער רבי האט באלד געעפנט דעם טיר ,אהינגעגעבן פארן איד א סכום פון פופציג טויזנט דאלער ,דער איד איז געבליבן געפלעפט פון דער ברייטהארציגקייט פון דעם רבי'ן ,אבער צו זיין ערשטוינונג האט זיך דער רבי געהאלטן אין איין אנטשולדיגן און פרעגן דעם איד צי עס איז גענוג און צי ער האט נישט קיין טענות אויף אים דערויף וואס מען האט אים אזוי לאנג געלאזט ווארטן...
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די געלט וואס דער רבי האט געטיילט ,איז געקומען פון אידן גבירים און בעלי-בתים ,פון וועמען דער רבי האט גענומען געלט ,כדאי צו קענען טיילן פאר אנדערע אידן .פיל מעשיות זענען פאראן ,ווי אזוי דער רבי האט גע'פועל'ט ישועות פאר אידישע קינדער ,דוקא דורכ'ן געלט נעמען פון זיי. עס דערציילט א איד ,פון די מאדערענע קרייזן ,וועלכער האט קיין שייכות קיינמאל נישט געהאט מיט טאהש און איז אויך נישט געווען פון די פארמעגליכסטע אידן אין אמעריקע ,אבער זיין שווער האט געהאט א שטיקל קירבה צום רבי'ן .איין נאכמיטאג באקומט ער א טעלפאן רוף פון זיין שווער ,אז ער געפינט זיך יעצט ביים טאהשער רבי – וועלכער איז דאן געווען אויף א באזוך אין בארא-פארק – און דער רבי בעט אז ער זאל אריבערקומען ,ער וויל מיט אים עפעס רעדן. דער איד האט זיך געוואונדערט' :וואס האב איך מיט טאהש? – וואס אזאנס וויל דער רבי מיט מיר רעדן?' ,אבער פארט ,אז א רבי הייסט און מפני כבודו פון זיין שווער ,האט ער זיך נישט פארזוימט נאר תיכף אריבערגעקומען אין אכסניא פון רבי'ן. דאס איז געווען דער ערשטער מאל וואס דער איד האט זיך אנגעשטויסן אין א חסידי'שע ווירטשאפט ,נישט האבנדיג פון פריער קיין שום פארקער צו חסידים און רבי'ס .קומענדיג אין אכסניא האט ער געזען חסידים גייען און קומען פון אלע זייטן ,ער איז שיער פארלוירן געווארן
סעודת הילולא של כ"ק הרה"ק בעל
אשכבתיה דרבי דארט און נישט געוואוסט וואו זיך צו ווענדן. ענדליך ,נאכן געפינען א גבאי און זיך פארשטענדיגן מיט יענעם, האט מען אים אריינגעלאזט צום רבי'ן ,וועלכער האט שוין געווארט אויף אים .דער רבי האט זיך דאן געוואנדן צום איד מיט א באפעל. דער רבי דארף טויזנט דאלער פון דעם איד. 'טויזנט דאלער?' – דער איד האט זיך בכלל נישט געראכטן אויף אזא סכום און ער האט דאס ניטאמאל געקענט פארשטיין .מילא ווען ער קען דעם רבי'ן פון פריער ,אדער ער האט ערגעץ א שייכות מיט חסידות ,אבער פארוואס עפעס זאל ער ארויסנעמען פון טאש טויזנט דאלער פון אויסגעהארעוועטע געלטער און דאס אהין געבן פאר א פרעמדער חסידי'שער רבי? נאכן קווענקלען א וויילע ,האט ער ארויסגענומען א טשעק ביכל, אפגעשריבן טויזנט דאלער פארן רבי'ן און דאס אהינגעגעבן .דער באנק קאנטע פון דעם איד האט דאן נישט פארמאגט קיין טויזנט דאלער און דער איד האט געמוזט לויפן שאפן דאס געלט צו דעקן דעם באנק. יענעם חודש ,האט דער איד פארדינט הונדערט מאל מער פון טויזנט דאלער ,דורך א גוטן געשעפט וואס ער האט אומערווארטערטעהייט דורכגעפירט. דער רבי מיט זיינע ווייטע אויגן האבן געוויס געזען אפגעשריבן השפעות טובות פאר דעם איד ,אין זכות פון געבן צדקה ,און דורכדעם וואס דער רבי האט ארויסגעשלעפט דעם סומע פון דעם איד ,איז ער נתעשר געווארן שלא-כדרך-הטבע.
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עס האט געקענט פאסירן ,אז דער רבי זאל ניטאמאל זען דעם סכום וואס אן עושר האט אים געגעבן ,דען עטליכע מינוט נאך די נתינה ,האט דאס שוין דער רבי ווייטער געטיילט פאר אנדערע נצרכים .אידן האבן פארט געגלויבט און געוויסט, אז ווען מען גיבט פארן רבי'ן ,גיבט דער אויבערשטער שיקט כפל-כפלים ,אפגעזען ווי לאנג די געלט געפינט זיך ביים רבי'ן. געווען איז אמאל אן עושר ,וואס האט אראפגעלייגט פארן רבי'ן א טשעק פון צען-טויזנט דאלער .עטליכע מינוט דערנאך איז געקומען א נצרך ,און אזוי ווי דער שטייגער ,האט אים דער רבי תיכף אהינגעגעבן דאס וואס עס איז געלעגן אויפן טיש ,און אין דעם פאל איז דאס געווען דער טשעק פון יענעם איד. דרייט זיך ארום דער נצרך אין בית-המדרש און זוכט וואו ער קען אויפטוישן דעם טשעק .צו זיין מזל טרעפט ער פונקט אן דעם עושר ,און ווי נאר יענער קוקט אויפן טשעק דערזעט ער אז די רעדע איז פונעם טשעק וואס ער האט נאר וואס געגעבן פארן רבי'ן .אויפן ערשטן מינוט האט ער געהאט דעם טשעק. בק"ק געזען זי"ע ניטאמאל מפאפארבי האט עגמת-נפש ,אז דער מאנסי פאפא ויחי יוסף דער איד האט זיך אבער מחזק געווען מיט אמונת-צדיקים, וויסנדיג אז דאס איז וואס דער רבי וויל ,ער דארף די געלט צו טיילן פאר אידישע קינדער ,און אז ער ערפילט דעם רצון פונעם רבי'ן ,געבנדיג צדקה ,איז זיכער אז דערמיט איז ער מהנה דעם רבי'ן און פארדינט א חלק אין עולם-הבא.
די הכנסת אורחים ביים רבי'ן אין שטוב ,איז א באזונדערע פרק פאר זיך. זינט דער רבי איז געווארן רבי ,איז נישט געווען קיין שבת וואס עס איז נישט געווען קיין געסט אין טאהש .שטענדיג האט זיך דארט געפינען געסט ,וועלכע זענען געזעצן על שלחן הרבי .ווער רעדט נאך פון די געהויבענע שבתים ,וואס די געסט האבן זיך געציילט אין די מאסן .געווענליך פלעגן קומען אידן וועלכע האבן געוואלט זען די הייליגע עבודה אין די ליכטיגע שבתים פונעם רבי'ן ,ווי אויך אידן וועלכע האבן געוואלט זוכה זיין להתברך מפה קדשו פונעם רבי'ן. אין ביים רבי'ן אין הויף איז שטענדיג געווען צוגעשטעלט פון די שענסטע און בעסטע ,אכילה שתיה און לינה אויף א ברייטער פארנעם .ווער רעדט נאך פון די סעודה שבת בייטאג ,ווען דער רבי פלעגט עסן מיט די געסט .דאס איז געווען א מחזה נורא-הוד ,בשעת דער רבי האט געטיילט פאר יעדן אורח באזונדער מיט א ברייטקייט, פון יעדן מאכל באזונדער .דאס איז צוגעגאנגען מיט אן עבודה, טיילנדיג פון יעדע מאכל ,בשעת די גבאים שטייען פון די זייטן און העלפן דעם רבי'ן. אויפן רבי'ן קען מען זאגן "תם ולא נשלם" .די הייליגע עבודה פון דעם רבי זצוקללה"ה, וועט נאך פיל באשריבן ווערן און ארומגערעדט ווערן ,למען ידעו דור אחרון ווי אזוי עס האט אויסגעזען א צדיק אמת מיט אן אלטן טעם פונדערהיים. / T HE MO NS E Y V IE W
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קויפט פאר’ן חתן א הערליכע זיידענע גארטל- All sizes available at Lishkas Hasofer. 371-6585 :רופט
Gently used bikes for great prices tricycles through 20” please call 845- 425- 1721 Looking for full time sales girl/ woman at The Hosiery Store. Please call 845-579-5587
2 48’ Taupe/Gray suede Drexil headboards with mattress and box spring for sale.Brand new condition.(used less than 2 weeks) 845-426-2925 24 inch white Milchig oven excellent condition for sale. Delivery available. 845- 538- 0765 A beautiful dining room set in good condition for a very good price: included 94” table, 10 chairs, and a four door china closet. Please call: 917-600-1577
2 beautiful custom designed sisterof-the-bride dresses for sale. Sizes 4-6. $500 each. Serious inquiries only, please Call 845-426-0636.
Exquisite sister of the bride gown size 2. Worn once. Call 356-3615 Storage space for rent in unfinished bsmnt. Approx 700 sq ft. 347-385-5263 Beautiful sister of the bride dress size 10-12 for sale or rent, offwhite/silver very well priced call 845-426-2051
21cub. Whirlpool fridge\freezer. 2.5 yrs old-great cond.With 3.5 yr warranty$549 (orig. Price $775) w\o warranty$499 Call .426-2426
Maternity Dress: Off white, size 2-4 sister of bride maternity dress for rent. Please call 845-425-4161 3 Magnificent sister-of- bride ladies dresses off-white & sage green, size 2, 4 & 6-8. Call 845492-0108 or 845-356-4350.
Couch-opens to bed $800. Leather reclining chair $500. Photos available upon request. 845-5387389
Chestnut Ridge, Spring Hill, Move in condition home, 4 Bdrm, 2.5 Baths. $2,800 a month, negotiable. Miriam Perkowski, Assoc Broker, Realty Teams 914-804-0900
Sukkah for Sale. 7 Leiters sukkah panels for sale, 7 feet tall, 3 & 4 feet wide, Almond color, for excellent price, call 845 825-2202.
Monsey August rental 5bdrm house on 2floors Dyktras call 845422- 5976
Certified tutor available to teach many subjects. Flexible hours, apply before school year for early bird special. References available. Few slots left. Call 929-238-5487 email@example.com Experienced professional certified tutor (trained by Slingerland) available for school and private tutoring. Flexible hours, references available. Few slots left. Call 929-238-5487 firstname.lastname@example.org Do you need someone to take care of your bookkeeping need including payroll and sales tax? Call: 371-3344 Beginner drum lessons for women and girls. My home or yours. Please call : 845- 608- 9895 Full time experienced babysitter available every day full day near Hatzlocha grocery 917-474-8600 Devora ‘ s Hair and Wig Design. Wash n sets, cuts, blows, styling Hair courses available - learn to style your own hair and others! 845- 608- 9895
Yeshiva Dormitory Furniture. 15 Beds, with mattresses for sale. Please call 845-371-2989
Pearl Restringing. Expert & reliable service. Free pick up & deliver 845-352-5013
Magnificent custom made sister of the bride dress. Size 8- 10 (for mature girl or young lady) reasonably priced. call 538-7302
Yellow hood for Bugaboo Bee for sale. Excellent condition, great price. Call: 845-517-5443.
A brand new Evenflo double electric breast pump for sale $150 reg. $180. Serious inquires only. 845.352.3013
Stunning Kallah Gown for sale. Satin white with dropped waist and beaded embroidered detail. Size 4-6 Tall. Excellent condition - worn once. Call or text 845-5589859
Experienced babysitter Park Maple Area has one slot left, let your baby be the lucky one. Great ref. avail. E. Huss 845- 641-2599
Almost brand new wheels (used approximately 5 times) for Mountain Buggy duet $30 each. 845.352.3013 New Beautiful men’s bulova watch to sell. worn once. 845.352.0247 Chosson kallah Package! beautiful dining room, bedroom and dinette furniture! asking 6k. Please call 845.323.7947. Stunning, hand-painted designer sister-of-the bride dress, silk file, grey and white. Modern Style. Women’s size 2. Call 347.946.5942
Need a New Look? Professional Hair & Makeup for Weddings, BarMitzvahs, and Special Occasions. Serving the Tri-State Area. Call Ricky at 845-548-4118
12 step rail. Barely used. excellent condition. $895 1 year old 845893-1799
Air Conditioner/Heater For sale, Large 25,000 BTU, Frigidaire Brand, Used 1 Seasons, Great Condition, call 845-538-9988
Semi-attached colonial house for sale. 4 bedroom 1.5 baths. Move in condition. Heimishe neighborhood next to shuls and shopping. $469,000 Please call: 917-843-3022
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For Rent 2 bedroom apartment available in Monsey near Viznits for Rosh Hashana $325. (also available for Yom Kippur and Simchas Torah) 845.352.3013 2 big bdrm 1 1/2 bath right of Main street 845-356-6884 Garage space available for Rent, 250sf, Near rt 59 and west central, Please Call 845-538-9988
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I Make It - You Bake It, Rivky Ludzker’s fresh custom challah dough made according to your taste, diet and schedule. Last minute orders accepted. Call 845469-3755 Alterations by Schwartz same day / next day service 845-371- 2133 Helium Balloons. Balloons for all occasions at The Hosiery Store 29 Dover Terrace Call anytime: (845)352-6387 Fixerman, installations & repairs, (845)517-9026 Social security cards: replace or new. Also ssi and food stamps. Consultations available too. Many years experience. Confidential and reliable. Call Miriam 425-2565 Daycare babysitter available accepting PT (morning) and FT, Weiner Dr Area. Please call 845.445.5767
New @ Decora Design. Custom/ Standard Bookcases. Built-in closets. Call for an in house consultation 845-354-6875
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Heads Up. Your # 1 source for turbans, bandanas, snoods, capes and cosmetics. Phyllis Terrace area. Please call 845-608-1547
Nursery Daycare Looking for a qualified girl as an assistant. Yiddish speaking call 425-4936
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Looking To Hire: Come join our amazing crew at Hamaspik Girls Day Hab. to work with special needs individual in a fun atmosphere. Driver’s license needed. Call 845-570-3020 or email to eschonfeld@ hamaspikrockland.org
Babysitting near Vilchovits hall. Please call 845-521-2788 great rates
Looking To Hire: Attention post high school post seminary Girls: Fosse Shvesterheim Has multiple positions available, including morning, afternoon, nights and weekends. Join Our amazing & devoted team and make a difference in the life of special needs young adults. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 845-425-3961.
The source for all your photo editing needs - great quality for a great price yourphotoshopsource@ gmail.com Slot became available in Chestnut Ridge 2-2.5 year old playgroup. 354-5219
Great Job Opportunity. Rockland County After School Program Looking for a Good Job Opportunity? Hamaspik is currently seeking an energetic female to lead our exciting Respite program. Good Pay with Great Benefits Please send your Resume to email@example.com
Monsey boys cheder seeking an experienced male 4th grade teacher Mon- Thurs 2:454:45. Excellent pay, supportive administration. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org call 347-799-6030 A Playgroup in Bates Horton area, is looking for a responsible girl willing to work for a Teacher or assistant Position.please call 845.379.4711 Monsey Tzedakah organization is looking for telemarketers for a new project in September. For information call 845-426-0125 Looking for babysitter in my house from 8:30 - 1:30. Please call and leave message with name and number (845) 393-4830 A local corporation is looking to hire a responsible energetic male for a management position. Qualifier should be great in customer service, coordination and people skills. Great opportunity for the right candidate. Serious applicants send your resume to: career10952@ gmail.com. Looking for babysitter in my home w/light housework on wed 10:304.some flexibility. 845-538-6040 Local store looking for night time manager. Hours are from 7-9 pm please call 845-304-6273 TH E MON S EY V I EW /