Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amen event for Women

Attention Women:
This Sunday July 22nd, 10 a.m. at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct. Bergenfield,
NJ), we will be having our monthly AMEN EVENT  lielui nishmas Chaim
Yissachar ben Yechiel Zaidel Dov, and to continue Chaim's message to daven
for a refuah shelaima for all cholim, and specifically for those in our

       - Sari Ort- Henna Sara Bas Faiga Malya
      - Rabbi Belizon- Yitzchak Yaakov Ben Batya Sara
      - Aliza Winslow- Aliza Shulamit Bas Rochel Hinda
       - Esther Bas Margalit Sarah

If anyone has any cholim that they would like us to include please

Information for the event is as follows:

-Please daven from "Ma tovu" up until the first bracha of birchot
hashachar ("Natan l'sechvi bina") at home.

-Lynn Kraft will share a brief insight into Birchot HaShachar and lead us
in reciting Birchot Hashachar, Tehillim, and

other brachos in order to give us many opportunities to answer amen.
-We will then take turns saying the birchot hashachar out loud and
answering Amen to each other.

*Many stories have been told about amazing things that have occurred
to people after they made a sincere effort to say amen to a bracha.
Think about the powerful connection we make with Hashem when we recite
amen properly: we are listening to someone praise Hashem for His
infinite kindness, we reflect upon the truth of this praise and we
then actively affirm our belief in that truth!  All the more reason
for us to say brachos out loud in the presence of others who will say
amen, and to concentrate and answer amen when others recite brachos

out loud.*

Monday, July 16, 2012

Shiur this Wednesday night

We continue to honor Chaim's memory with our monthly shiur L'ilui Nishmas Chaim Yissachar,A"H, ben Yechiel Zadel Dov.

Rabbi Dr. Howie Apfel, who is visiting from Eretz Yisrael, was a former Teaneck resident and popular maggid shiur in our community.  He will be sharing words of Torah with us this week.

Title: "Bishuv Hashem et Shivat Tzion Hayinu Kicholmim"

Wednesday night
@ 65 Lee Place
8:00 Mincha
8:15 Shiur
followed by Tehillim and Ma'ariv

For those who can't be there...
Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
**Please remember to mute your phone when calling in**

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A night dedicated to Chaim

  Last week  Camp Mesorah had zimriyah and dedicated the entire night in memory of Chaim a"h. The teen campers chose to sing "Shomer Yisroel" written and sung by Chaim, and a short video of pictures and quotes by Chaim was shown. Below is the video of the presentation.

This is the email that was sent out from camp...

As we embark on the “3 Weeks,” tonight Camp Mesorah will have our annual Zimriyah. It is only fitting that this year’s Zimriyah will commemorate a long time member of the Mesorah Family, Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zadel Dov, Chaim Feigenbaum z”l. Chaim dedicated his life to connecting with Hashem and fellow Jews through the power of song. Tonight our teens will honor his legacy by singing a medley of songs composed and sung by Chaim. May his neshama have an aliyah and may this night of song help us connect to Hashem in a way Chaim has shown us.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Hope this finds you all well and everyone is having a productive summer!

We are coming to you with very exciting news! We will once again be ordering MORE Emunah magnets!! We have already finished our last shipment which brings us to a total of 5,200 magnets that have been spread ! We can't get them out fast enough b"h.

We are once again offering the opportunity to join in this amazing project by helping with sponsorship for this new shipment. If you, or anyone you know would like to take part please let us know and send the money to Talia Feigenbaum 60 Lee Place Bergenfield NJ 07621

Thank you for all your efforts in spreading Chaim's favorite and very important message of "It's all from Hashem".
We all love seeing the magnets everywhere!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Amen event this Sunday!

 Please join us this *Sunday, June 17th, at 10:00 a.m*. at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct.Bergenfield) for an *Amen Event* led by Yael Goldfischer.

We will all say birchos hashachar together l'ilui nishmas Chaim Yissachar Ben Yichiel Zeidel Dov and for a refuah shleima for the following cholim in our community:
 Hennah Sarah Bat Fayga Malya,
Yitzchak Yaakov Ben Basya Sara,
and Kalman Daniel Halevi Ben Faigy.

Chaim wanted us to continue to strengthen our Emunah and to daven for
all of cholei yisroel. May Hashem listen to our tefillos and answer us
quickly l'tova!

Next shiur for Chaim Yissachar A"H

The weekly shiur will now be a monthly shiur l'ilui nishmas Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zadel Dov.
The shiur will generally follow the week after Shabbos Mevorchim, IY"H.
We are thrilled to have Rabbi Daniel Hartstein share words of Torah this coming MONDAY night.

Title: Modern Israel: Seeing is Believing
Rabbi Hartstein is a Rebbe and Director of Advancement for Yeshivat Lev Hatorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Before making aliyah with his family almost four years ago, he lived here on Lee Place and gave the weekly Tuesday night shiur at Cong. Beth Abraham.

The shiur will take place
MONDAY night
7:45 Mincha
8:00-8:40 shiur
@ 65 Lee Place
Tehillim for Cholei Yisrael and Ma'ariv to follow

For those who can't be there...
Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Magnet pick up locations

The new shipment of magnets have now reached new destinations !

Emunah magnets are now available at:

-Poppy Bagels in Teaneck NJ

-19 Sunrise Terrace in Bergenfield NJ (outside)

-Tuvias seforim store in Monsey

-Shimon's Pizza in Queens NY

-67-14 168th street, Flushing NY (outside)

-320 Longacre Ave, Woodmere NY (outside)

Hope to see one on every car, airplane and boat very soon!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dear friends,

The Feigenbaum family invites us all to a special shiur this Tuesday night, June 5th marking thirty days since Chaim's ,A"H, petira.

Rabbi Chaim Marcus will be sharing insightful words of Torah L'ilui Nishmas Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zeidel Dov.

Please join us at
8:00 for MINCHA
8:15-9:00 Shiur and Ma'ariv
@ Cong Beth Abraham

For those who can't be there...
Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
**Please remember to mute your phone when calling in**

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rav Berkovitz speaking l'ilui nishmas Chaim a"h

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to join next Wednesday evening June 6th @ 8:15 PM at the home of Jeff and Marla Schachter (207 Aycrigg Ave Passaic NJ) for an event on behalf of the Jerusalem Kollel. Rav Yitzchak Berkovits will speak from Yerushalayim via Skype @ 9:15 PM (EDT) on the topic of "Educating Our Children About Emunah and Having a Relationship With Hashem". The shiur will be given in memory of Chaim Yissachar a"h ben Yechiel Zeidel Dov.

This is a great opportunity for alumni, friends and supporters of Rav Berkovits and the Jerusalem Kollel, as well as others in Passaic and neighboring towns who are not yet familiar with Rav Berkovits or the Jerusalem Kollel, to hear Rav Berkovits address us live on this ever important subject, one that is close to all of our hearts. Please join us and encourage your neighbors and friends to join us for this event.

Thank you.

Learning for sheloshim

Shalom friends,

Believe it or not, the sheloshim for Chaim Yissachar A"H will take place in less than one week. We wanted to just thank all of those individuals who took time to learn mishnayos for Chaim and gently remind you to please finish your mishnayos by June 5th / 15th of Sivan. A special sheloshim shiur is being planned in Teaneck and the details of that shiur will follow.

May we only share smachot,

The Feigenbaum family

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shiur Thursday night

Shalom friends

Tomorrow night there will be a shiur given by R' Moshe Tzvi Weinberg, Chaim's brother in law. This is the final shiur of the year in his weekly parsha series. It will be Thursday night, 9:15 pm at Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck in the Old Main Shul

The topic this week will be:
"Living with Hashem: What Chaim Yissachar A"H Taught Us All"

While it has not yet been 30 days since his petirah, Shavuos brings about an end to the halachic aspects of his shloshim and therefore Moshe Tzvi wanted to offer some words in preparation for that occasion.

So many people were touched by Chaim's supreme spiritual strength in his final months and it is felt that we have an obligation to try to internalize his message while it is still so fresh in our minds.

There will be a call in number for those who cannot attend ( note that it is different than the Tuesday shiur number) - 218-862-6420 ext 589-9572

Hope to see everyone there for this very special shiur.
Wishing everyone a good shabbos and gut yom tov

Thursday, May 17, 2012

  B"H the new shipment of Emunah magnets have arrived. As of now they will be placed in the box outside of 19 Sunrise Terrace in Bergenfield. Over the next few weeks they will be placed in different locations throughout the Teaneck community. We also hope to broaden the Emunah campaign and send magnets to various communities around the world. We will keep you posted  when magnets arrive at those locations.

If you are interested in helping bring the magnets to a new area please contact us .
Shabbat Shalom

Amen event this Sunday

Attention all WOMEN:

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we ask you to join us for our fourth Amen Event this Sunday May 20th at 10:00 a.m.

at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct, Bergenfield NJ). Led by Rebbetzin Chana Reichman, we will gather to say birchas hashachar together for the aliyas neshama of Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zeidel Dov a"h and a refuah for all of cholei yisroel.

It has been said many times throughout shiva that Chaim would have wanted us to continue all of our davening and learning that we had started for him, so we hope that we are able to continue to have many women join us at this beautiful event .

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

R' Aaron Feigenbaum spoke last night l'ilui nishmas Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zeidel Dov at the weekly shabbos Chaburah.
It is worth a listen....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hi All,

With heavy hearts and love for our dear friends, the Feigenbaums, we will gather Monday night, May 14 for our "weekly" shiur.

R' Aaron Feigenbaum will share special words of Torah L'ilui Nishmas his dear brother Chaim Yissachar ben Yechiel Zaydel Dov.

The shiur will take place
@ 65 Lee Place, Bergenfield

Tehillim for Cholei Yisroel and Ma'ariv to follow

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Below are the links for the hespedim from both the levaya here and in Eretz Yisrael.

Levaya of Chaim Yissachar Feigenbaum in America

Divrei Hesped for Chaim Yissachar Feigenbaum from Eretz Yisrael

1) you may have to download them to listen (for some reason it is not

streaming on its own)

2) they both start a few minutes into the audio so just fast forward a bit

(They will be posted under R' Moshe Tzvi Weinberg's page on YU Torah as well)

We miss you Chaim...


Monday, May 7, 2012

The kevurah is taking place right now in Beit Shemesh. Unfortunately the call in the number didnt work as hoped but g-d willing they were recorded and we will post them when we get them.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Baruch Dayan Emes...

Dear Friends,
It is with infinite sadness and emotion beyond words that we regret to inform you that our dear friend Chaim Yissachar passed away on Shabbos morning. After battling and enduring so much for the past year and a half, Chaim left us peacefully in his hospital bed with emunah on his lips until the very end.
The funeral will take place Sunday at 2pm at the Gutterman Funeral Home - 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. The kevurah will IY"H take place in Eretz Yisrael and family will return to Teaneck on Tuesday morning where they will sit shiva (details to follow).
May we find strength and comfort in all that he has so beautifully taught us...
HaMakom yinachem eschem bisoch shaar evlei tzion vi'yerushalayim...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dear Friends:

Please join tonight in a communal recitation of Tehillim as we pray for a refuah shleima for Chaim Feigenbaum, Yosef Chaim Yissacher ben Chaya Mushkit as his condition is very serious.

The tefila will take place tonight, Thursday night, in Bnai Yeshurun, after the 9:00 PM minyan.

Thank you for your participation, and may our tefilot evoke mercy from Heaven!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Shiur Tuesday night

We are excited to have Rabbi Steven Weil, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, share words of Torah for this week's shiur.

It will take place Tuesday night at
65 Lee Place, Bergenfield
8:15-9:00 Shiur
followed by Tehillim

May our learning be a zechus for a refuah shelaima b'karov for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit and all Cholei Yisrael.

Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
*Please remember to mute your phone when calling in*
Hello friends,

B"h the Emunah magnet campaign has been very successful. In fact, we have been blessed with such success that we need to place another order! At this point if there is anyone that would like to take part in sponsoring this new order, please contact us. You will have such a great part in this amazing mission of spreading Hashem's name and glory around the world. We also would like to get magnets from this new shipments to as many places as possible so if you would like to be a contact in your town that can be in charge of putting them in stores, restaurants and shuls please let us know that as well.

Additionally, some very special people generously sponsored the making of Asher Yatzar cards, which are to be carried around and used as needed. They have Chaim's name at the bottom and we hope and pray that by using these cards to have extra kavana when saying this very important bracha, it will bring Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit and all cholim a quick and complete recovery.

These cards will be placed in the box with the magnets and Rabbi Lazer Brody CDs, outside of 19 Sunrise Terrace Bergenfield NJ for pick up at your convenience. If you feel that you would like more than just a few (to give out to your class in school, or at a specific event) please let us know and we will arrange to get you more.

Thank you for all your amazing support! Go team Emunah

Monday, April 23, 2012

Shiur Tuesday night

We are pleased to have Rabbi Tzvi Sobolofsky, Rav of Cong. Ohr Hatorah in Bergenfield and one of the Roshei HaYeshiva at Yeshiva University present this week's words of Torah.

We continue our weekly shiur in the zechus of a refuah shelaima for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit and all Cholei Yisroel.

We now have the shiurim from Rabbi Feigenbaum, Rabbi Schacter, Rabbi Stechler, and Rabbi Feldman on CD!
They will be available at the shiur and then placed in a box (on the covered porch at 65 Lee Place) for pick up, if you can't make it that night.



@65 Lee Place, Bergenfield

Tehillim to follow

If you can't make it, you can call in to the shiur hotline using the info below:

Call in number 1-610-214-0000

Participant access code 450754#

*Please remember to mute your phone when calling in*

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dvar Torah from Chaim

Hey everyone

i hope you are all doing well and felling good and been feeling all the blessing Hashem has blessed us with.

When we think about trief we think about one animal and one animal only the pig.

In this weeks parsha when listing the guidelines for kashrus and some different types of animals the pasuk says,(Shmini11:7) וְאֶת הַחֲזִיר כִּי מַפְרִיס פַּרְסָה הוּא וְשֹׁסַע שֶׁסַע פַּרְסָה וְהוּא גֵּרָה לֹא יִגָּר טָמֵא הוּא לָכֶם:-And the pig, because it has a cloven hoof that is completely split, but will not regurgitate its cud; it is unclean for you.

Says the Ohr Hachaim hakadosh that if we look at the pasuk there is a very deep lesson we can learn. But before we look at the pasuk, lets understand a little more about this amazing tzaddik, known as the Ohr HaChaim Hakadosh.

Born in 1696 in Morocco, he was known as the Ohr HaChaim (Light of Life) because of the commentary of the same name that he wrote on the Torah. Many Jews study this commentary on the weekly Torah portion each week.He fulfilled a life-long dream and moved to the Holy land in 1742, just a year before his death – but managed to establish two yeshivot in Jerusalem during that short time, one in Kabbalistic studies and one for Talmud and Jewish Law.

The Ohr HaChaim is one of the few Jewish Sages who earned the title "the holy." Some explain that this was because of the emphasis he placed on the special, treasured nature of the Nation of Israel and its holiness. The Baal Shem Tov was said to have said that the Ohr HaChaim had a "spark of the Messiah" and was worthy to be the Messiah himself.

Asks the Ohr Hachaim, why is it that the the pig is called הַחֲזִיר .The Or Hachaim Hakadosh explains, that this passuk is teaching, us that as long as the pig does not chew its cud it is prohibited; but when it starts chewing its cud it will be Mutar to eat. This will take place LeAsid Lavo - in the time of Mashiach. That is why the pig is called the Chazir. Because it will returnהַחֲזִיר, and become kosher in the future. What an amazing, inspirational, and uplifting message i think we can learn from this. Right now, we veiw the pig as being low, trief and unholy. We view the ultimate source of unholiness as being the pig, but the Ohr Chaim Hakadosh is teaching us, is that it is never too late to change. There is nothing in the world NOTHING AND NO ONE, that does not have the ability to transform themselves into something kadosh someone holy. To be someone who reaches high levels of spirituality, bein adam, lamakom and bein adam lichavaroh. Each one of us has this ability.We can all accomplish our hopes and dreams, that turn us into the people we always dream of one day becoming..

All we have to do is remember that we have this ability, to always return.

Yosef Chaim Yissachar

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Letter from Chaim

Hey chevra,

Hope all is good by you, and your Pesach was filled with love and joy.

Just wanted to give an update as to where we are holding. We were blessed by Hashem to have a beautiful yom tov in the hospital,and as always hope and daven that Hashem continue to bless us, and all of klal yisroel as we continue to move forward.

Every day brings its own ups and downs as we continue to fight the obstacles that are placed before us.But as always we can never ever forget--Its all from Hashem,Its all for the best,and its all for a purpose.

Emunah always wins.

Love and miss you all very much
Hope to hear from you soon.

Yosef Chaim Yissachar

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Amen event this Sunday!

Attention all WOMEN:

There will be an Amen Event this Sunday April 22 at 10am at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct,Bergenfield NJ) for a zechus for a refuah shleima bikarov for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit.

Let's make it our third rosh chodesh in a row!

We will be saying birchos hashachar out loud and other brochos as well.

May Hashem bring refuah to Yosef Chaim Yissachar and all cholei yisroel bkarov!

Amen event this Sunday!

Attention all WOMEN:

There will be an Amen Event this Sunday April 22 at 10am at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct, Bergenfield NJ) for a zechus for a refuah shleima bikarov for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit.

Let's make it our third rosh chodesh in a row!

We will be saying birchos hashachar out loud and other brochos as well.

May Hashem bring refuah to Yosef Chaim Yissachar and all cholei yisroel bkarov!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Shiur this Tuesday

We are pleased to have Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman present words of Torah this week as we continue our weekly shiur in the zechus of a refuah shelaima for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit

Rabbi Feldman is a local shul Rav , instructor of Talmud and Jewish Studies at the Stone Beit Midrash program of YU, director of rabbinic research at YU's Center for the Jewish Future, and serves on the Va'ad HaHalakhah of the RCA.

We thank him for joining us!

@65 Lee Place
Tehillim to follow

Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chol Ha- moed shiur

Good Moed to all!
This Wednesday night we will, B'H, be continuing our dedicated learning in the zechus of a refuah shelaima for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit.
Rabbi Aryeh Stechler, a well respected speaker and member of our community, will share divrei Torah related to Inyanei Pesach.
We appreciate his giving of his time!

Wednesday night
@ 65 Lee Place, Bergenfield
Tehillim to follow

Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Hey everyone,

I miss you all so much, and I hope you know my love for you is endless.

I will try my hardest for this to make sense, and Hashem should bless me, and you, and all of klal yisroel with nothing but love and sweetness.

So lets give it a shot and see if we can start , grow, and learn together a little for pesach..

I dont know about you, but I always remember sitting at the end of the seder,after this lavish feast, filled with singing and dancing and asking myself -Whats the story with the afikoman? Whats the deal with this piece of matzah that we end our meal with? That after all of this, after all the production, after all the questions, after the the entire story and razzle dazzle its just us and this little matzah chillin out...Whats going on? What is it about the afikoman that makes us say, this is the right way for us to end this amazing night. And I think the answer is simple.

After a night filled with greatness,intrigue, grandeur, and awesomeness,it all comes back to simplicity.

The answer is staring us right in our faces. And the answer is, simple.

Life is not simple in any way. To say that it is, would be unrealistic and untrue. Each one of us has our own problems,struggles, and challenges. Be it at work,school, job, financial ,family, etc.... Even our relationship with Hashem also comes with struggle; if it didn't it wouldnt be authentic.

The one area in life, that should be simple, is our simple love for Hashem and His simple Love for us in return. That's what i think the simplicity of Pesach is all about. Simple Love. We must always know that no matter what, Hashem loves us and we must love him in return.. That we can put on the biggest fanciest show filled with the greatest production, in the world, but in the end all Hashem wants is our love,our hearts and our souls, That's the meaning and simplicity of Pesach and Afikoman.. SIMPLE LOVE FOR HASHEM. That no matter what, nothing can ever break or cause that love to be broken. And that's the beauty and simplicity of Pesach and Afikoman.That no matter what,that love is unstoppable and unbreakable.

So, as we sit at our seder tables, after a long night, we we must ask ourselves. "Are we feeling the simplicity? Are we feeling the love?" I hope so.

With much love

Gut yur, Gut purim, Gut pesach

Yosef Chaim Yissachar

Elevate your yom tov meals!

Dear Family and Friends,

The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation has put out a Pesach - Peh-Sach Project. One of the interpretations of the name "Pesach" is Peh-Sach, which means “the mouth that speaks” and it is therefore a time to be extra careful in the way that we use the great gift of speech.

We are asking that you participate in the program in the zechus of a refuah sheleima for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit. Designate your Shabbos and Yom Tov meal as a Machsom L’fi, where the entire family will avoid loshon hora and ona’as devarim as a zechus for a refuah sheleima. A Machsom Lfi has been the catalyst for countless stories of yeshuos. Please see the link below for all the specifics of this beautiful program and how to be involved. If for any reason you are not able to follow the program as described in the PDF below, please try to at least make a conscious effort to refrain from negative speech at your Yom Tov meals.

In the zechus of our undertaking this wonderful effort may Chaim have a speedy and complete refuah and may our families be blessed and we all be zocheh to witness the final Geulah!.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Shiur this Wed night!

While Pesach is almost upon us all, we plan to continue our dedicated time of learning b'tzibur in the zechus of a refuah shelaima for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit

We are honored to have Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter share his meaningful and inspiring words entitled:

"Seeking Redemption in an Unredeemed World"

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

Wednesday night, April 4th


Cong Beth Abraham

Tehillim to follow

Call in number 1-610-214-0000

Participant access code 450754#

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

More 24 hour learning!

Shalom all,

Talia and Chaim very much appreciated the 24 hour learning that was done this past week. They asked if we could do it again this week on Sunday and Monday. Please sign up below if it is possible for you to join in on this great learning opportunity for Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit!

Thank you!

Learning for Chaim-24 hour -

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More 24 hour learning for Chaim!!

Thank you to the overwhelming response for the 24 hour learning for Yosef Chaim Yissachar!

We are going to try to do it again for tomorrow- Thursday March 29th again starting at 6am. On the spreadsheet it is the 4th column...

Thank you ! keep up all the learning and tefillos!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Letter from Chaim

This email from Chaim was transcribed by his wife Talia:

Dear friends and family,

I'm sorry I have not been in touch with you sooner, however it has been a wild week for me, a week that which I don't remember most and have been confused by a lot. But there is one thing that has never been shaken and that is the trust and belief that I have in Hashem. To be honest with you I am not really sure all of its details that went down and I am certainly not sure of the future that will be, but there's one thing I do know and that is that Hashem will always be guiding me, loving me, protecting me, watching over me and carrying me.

Hashem you are my love,

you are my joy,

you are my savior

and you are my protector.

Hashem I hope and I pray that you give me the strength to continue growing, to continue to try and spread your great name in this tiny little world.

If you have a spouse, go home and kiss your spouse.

If you have children, go home and kiss them.

If you have been praying for a child, or a spouse please never give up your search because as long as we keep trying, no matter how hard the struggle may seem Hashem will always provide for us. It is a hard search and it is a hard struggle but Hashems love is too great for us to stop trying.

Hashem loves you and Hashem loves every Jew and no matter what happens, that love will never ever disappear.

I love you all very very much and let's just keep going. Hope to speak to you soon.

With much love,

Yosef Chaim Yissachar


Monday, March 26, 2012


A letter that R' Moshe Tzvi (Matt) Weinberg sent out...

Dear Friends -

As you probably all know, my brother-in-law Yosef Chaim Yissachar Feigenbaum has been battling leukemia for a long time now. He really needs our help to "storm the Heavens" (an expression I have heard many use in recent days) on his behalf. After a long and important chat today with the great Ari Silverman, he felt (correctly so) that we need to do more - and davka to do so in a way that would be meaningful to Chaim.

Therefore, this Tuesday night at 10pm, we will gather in the heights (somewhere in the Glueck building - probably 4th floor) for a special late night event for chaim's refuah. The goal is to serve Hashem with all of our faculties in a way that Chaim would want us to.

1) We will first engage our minds (and souls) with words of torah [in this short chabura we will discuss IY"H the 5th cup at the seder and the coming of mashiach].

2) We will then express ourselves with the koach of dibbur with a special "Stollel" maariv.

3) And we will conclude the evening with niggunim and dancing - to lift our bodies just a bit off the ground and hopefully give Chaim's body the added strength he needs.

[If dancing for someone who is not yet well sounds strange - keep in mind the idea that the soul resides in mind, heart and liver. The lowest dimension is in the liver which corresponds to the physical nature of man. As chaim has had difficulties in recent weeks with his liver, we will try to serve Hashem by singing and dancing with great dveykus and strength using our entire bodies in the process. I take full blame for this idea for those who find it unusual - but it makes sense to me and we have to do everything we can....]

IY"H we will share some good news soon of his improved condition and slowly but surely we hope and pray that he will have a refuah sheleimah.

With much gratitude (and a longing to see you there),


Shiur this week- R' Aaron Feigenbaum

This week, for the weekly shiur, we have the zechus of hearing words of Torah from Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum, Rav of the Young Israel of Memphis and Chaim's brother!

He will speak
At the Yager's home 65 Lee Place
This Wednesday night

Tehillim will follow

Call in number 1-610-214-0000
Participant access code 450754#
*Please remember to mute your phone when calling in*

May Yosef Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit be granted a complete and speedy refuah along with all other Cholei Yisrael

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New tehillim- Nissan

We wanted to thank you for all the tefillos and Tehillim that you have been saying for Chaim - each tefillah is so meaningful. We are once again beginning a new tehillim campaign . We encourage each of you to sign up again to recite certain perakim of Tehillim on Chaim's behalf every day over the next month. We feel that starting fresh each month gives people the opportunity to either recommit to recite the same perakim that they have been saying until now or to sign up for fewer or more perakim, as the case may be.

In the merit of our daily commitment to complete the entire Tehillim as a group each day, may Hashem grant Chaim and all other cholim a speedy and full recovery.

May the month of Nissan, a month of geulah and emunah bring much needed redemption and refuah to Chaim and all of klal yisrael!

Please click on the link to sign up

Additionally, a family friend went to Rav Kanievsky's daughter, Rebbetzin Koldotzki, for a bracha for Chaim. She recommended that people should recite the following perakim of tehillim 1, 13, 20, 102, 121, 130,142 everyday for him.

Thank you!


Dear friends and family,

Chazal tell us that adding/changing a person's name can impact their mazal. In order to allow Chaim to receive the full benefit of this important statement of our sages, it was decided to add an additional name to his already powerful name. Tonight, Chaim's name has been changed to YOSEF Chaim Yissachar. We hope iy"H that in doing so, Chaim will be blessed with added strength to have a refuah shelaima bkarov! Please use his new name when davening and learning for his zechus.

We thank you for all of your continued efforts in davening and mitzvos performed in Chaims zchus.

Additionally, Chaim has been receiving platelets a few times a day. If anyone can come to donate platelets, it would be most appreciated and a big mitzvah. Blood types do not have to match for platelets. To donate blood, it needs to be O+. If you are available to donate, please reply to Esti at ChaiLifeline    OR     text or call 646-530-3507

May we hear only besoros tovos!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shmiras Halashon

Dear friends and family,

Thank you for all your tefillos and for all of the tehillim that you have been saying individually or with the tzibbur.

At this time, we would like ask people to commit to learning shmiras halashon and starting a machsom l'fi as a zechus for Chaim. Machsom l'fi groups are arranged as a successful way to grow in the mitzvah of shmiras halashon and to bring merit to someone in need. A person who joins a machsom l'fi is very careful to guard their speech for 2 hours, specifically to avoid all types of negative speech such as lashon hara (gossip), rechilus (slander), demeaning words or anger.Each machsom l'fi group is made up of 9 people who take upon themselves 2 hours a day so that the merit created by the machson l'fi is a force throughout the day.

There have been many great yeshuos that have come about when people learn and practice shmiras halashon. So now at this time we are asking people to commit to refrain from speaking and listening to lashon hara for a 2 hour time slot during the day for 2 weeks. By pushing ourselves to have compassion on others and speak kindly of them, we hope that Hashem will grant heavenly compassion and a refuah shleimah for Chaim.

To join this program, you can either commit to not speak loshon hara for a specific amount of time (as described above) OR you can set aside time daily to review the halachos of shmiras halashon. Ideally, one should do both, but you should only take upon yourself what you know you can commit to,

To commit to joining the machsom l'fi program, below is a spreadsheet to sign up for the machsom l'fi with instructions as to what to do.

To commit to learning shmiras halashon daily, there are different ways to do so either by book, phone or email. Each one divides the halachos into small sections that make it convenient to learn a halacha a day.

By Book:

1) The Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson a Day, by Rav Shimon Finkelman and Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz (ArtScroll); or

2) The Concise Chafetz Chaim: A Page a Day, by R' Asher Wasserman (Feldheim).

By Email:

A daily email sent by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Center that contains a daily halacha about shmiras halashon. You can send an email to to subscribe.

By Phone:

Call at 11am 212-990-8000 pin 3505# for Rabbi Shapiro's shmiras halashon lesson or call 845-356-6665 pin 3115# at anytime.

We encourage everyone to set aside a fixed time everyday to learn one halachah regarding shmiras halashon, either individually, with a chavrusa or as a larger group, as a zechus for Chaim and all other cholei yisrael.

Machsom L'fi sign up -

Below are some important Q & A you may have...

What does the obligation entail?

1. Choose the 2 hour time slot in which you will be careful not to speak or hear any time of negative speech

2. There is a daily kaballah that you may say at the beginning of your 2 hour time slot. Forgetting to say the kaballah does not invalidate your machsom l'fi; the most important thing is that you don't engage in any type of negative speech. You should, however, say the kaballah the first time you start you begin a machsom l'fi.

What should I do if I speak or hear lashon hara during my 2 hours?

One suggestion is to fine yourself in some way, such as giving money to tzedakah or adding more time when your watch your speech.

Will it work to the detriment of the person for whom I am dedicating my hours if I fail to keep my hours properly?

Your mishmeres can only add to the person's zechus. It cannot take away from it. It is still better to do something than nothing at all.

All this information has been taken from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation website with their permission


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Women's Amen group- Sunday!

Attention all WOMEN:

Please join us for our second Amen Group as a zechus for a refuah shleima for Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit and all cholim.

It will IYH take place this Sunday, March 25th, at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Ct Bergenfield NJ) beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Led by our own Rebbetzin, Efrat Sobolofsky, we will say Birchot Hashachar together, recite Tehillim, and again work on deepening our connection with Hashem. May all the brachos that are said strengthen our connection with Hashem and bring a quick and complete recovery to Chaim Yissachar and all cholei yisrael

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shiur and tehillim!

Dear friends and family,

After a remarkable turnout to the Motzei Shabbos tehillim at Bnai Yeshurun, we hope to continue our strong tefillah efforts this Tuesday night with a community wide tehillim gathering at Cong. Beth Abraham. Please make every effort to attend!

In addition to tehillim, we are honored to have Rabbi Marc Penner, Rav of The Young Israel of Holliswood and Associate Dean of RIETS speak as we continue our weekly chaburah for Chaim's refuah.

Rabbi Penner will speak on the topic:

“Male and Female He Created It: A Deeper Understanding of Shabbos”

Please note that the shiur will take place in Cong. Beth Abraham in Bergenfield to accommodate the tehillim gathering which will be held after the shiur. [Those who cannot attend the shiur are still urged to join us for tehillim]

The Schedule will be:

8:15-9:00 Shiur

9:00-9:15 Ma'ariv

9:15- Tehillim

The call in number will be available again this week for the shiur and tehillim

Call in number 1-610-214-0000

Participant access code 450754#

*Please remember to mute your phone when calling in*

May Chaim Yissachar ben Chaye Mushkit be granted a complete and speedy refuas hanefesh u'refuas haguf b'soch sha'ar cholei yisroel.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tehillim this Motzei Shabbos!

Please join us for tehillim for Chaim this Motzei Shabbos March 17 at 8:30 pm

at Congregation Bnei Yeshurun 641 West Englewood Teaneck, New Jersey

This gathering is for men and women.

Chaim very much needs our tefilos and we hope that by gathering together, davening as a tzibur, we can help bring him a refuah shelaima b'karov.

Every tefillah counts- please try your hardest to be there.

Thank you


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

update-please read

Purim has an amazing power of tefilah- really can do incredible things.

Unfortunately, Chaim will be spending Purim in the hospital.

If everyone can increase their tefilos, drink a L'chaim for Chaim,and just shout GUT PURIM GUT PURIM...---Hashem will listen.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

L'chaim for Chaim

As Purim approaches we wanted to reach out to all of you , Chaim's friends and family, to do one very simple but powerful action. There will be many of you that will be drinking to fulfill the mitzvah of "Ad D'lo Yada". We ask that before you take a drink, to please say "L'chaim" and have in mind our own Chaim, Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit. The sources say that just saying those words, bring life and healing to those who need it. There are many miraculous stories recorded in holy works about its remarkable power. So if you are going to drink, please use the opportunity to do one more thoughtful act for Chaim.

"Its a wonderful thing when people dance for joy for the sake of a mitzvah. There are times when it is a mitzvah to drink wine- on shabbos and yom tov, or at a wedding or other religious celebrations. If you drink on such an occasions, your intention should be for the sake of heaven. Drink moderately and not to excess, and with the purpose of experiencing the true joy of Israel, which is to rejoice in God, who chose us from all the nations. As your joy begins to radiate, it will spread to your legs and you will literally start to dance for joy. This will banish the forces of the other side, which grip the legs. The force of severity and harsh judgments will be broken, and then you will be able to receive blessings....but dancing with holy intentions has as much power to sweeten the harsh judgments as a redemption." (Reb Nosson Likutey Etzot- Simcha:12)

So again,this Purim, before we take our first of many special l'chaims, please have in mind it should be a zechus for a refuah shelaima for חיים יששכר בן חיה מושקט and all cholei yisroel.

Feel free to print the attached flyer to share this idea with your community or to bring it to your seudah.


Monday, March 5, 2012


Hey everyone..

I hope all is doing well by all of you. Baruch Hashem it was a good shabbos. Like i say every week,there is nothing better than being home with the family for shabbos. So thank you Hashem so much for that gift. It is so sweet. To be honest, due to some of the meds i am on, i probably wasn't so pleasant to deal with, so a big big big thanks to Talia for dealing with me this shabbos.. she gets the most credit. How she does it, i dont know but thats why she is the best. Anyway we got a full week ahead of us this week. Two chemotherapy treatments as well as some standard other things they like to throw my way, SO. as always, we will take it day by day, step by step and put our trust in Hashem , and just keep on rolling moving forward.

Anyway hope your shabbos went well, and we are almost all set for YOM KI===PURIM


We will let you know whats up ,,but most important lets try and keep up our davening for me and all of klal yisroel.

With much love,.

Please dont forget to try and send in pics of your purim costumes. We would love see what you came up with. Please make sure they are all clean, as i am sure they would be anyway...


Chaim Yissachar


Sunday, March 4, 2012

GUT PURIM explained

Hey everyone,

 Rebbe Nachman once remarked: “What most inspired me to devote myself to serving God in truth was hearing stories of tzaddikim.”[1] He explained that many great tzaddikim used to visit his parents’ house, which had once been the home of the Baal Shem Tov (Rebbe Nachman’s maternal great-grandfather). These illustrious Chassidim would frequently visit Mezibuz to pray at the Baal Shem Tov’s grave, and in passing, most of them would visit Rebbe Nachman’s parents. In this way, the Rebbe during his youth came to hear the many stories of tzaddikim that they would tell. These stories awakened in his soul the burning desire to serve God and to strive for the highest spiritual levels. (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom 138).

  It is customary to teach stories of the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples, and their disciples, etc., on Saturday night after Shabbos.The old Belzer Rebbe taught “Everyone says that it is a segulah for Parnassah to tell stories of the Baal Shem Tov on Saturday night after Shabbos.But I disagree, he said. “It is not only a Segulah for Parnassah, it is a Segulah for all good things. It is not only Saturday night but any time. And it is not only stories of the Baal Shem Tov, but of all of the Tzaddikim (righteous people), even of us".

   With that in mind, and the help of Team Emunah's good friend Reb Zev Rocklin, i would like to share my favorite Reb Shlomo Carlebach purim story, Many have been wondering as to why the past month i have been SCREAMING and signing my name GUT PURIM GUT PURIM.. I hope you enjoy it, as much as i do. And as always GUT PURIM GUT PURIM ...

Once a poor shlepper, Pinchas, came to the Kozhnitzer Maggid on Purim, and said in a weak voice, “Gut Purim”. So the Kozhnitzer said to him, “Pinchasl, you are my best friend in the whole city; how can you come to say Gut Purim to me without bringing me a gift?” Pinchasel didn’t have a single cent; he didn’t have money for his feast at home. So he said, “Rebbe, I’d love more than anything else in the whole world to give you a gift, but how can I possibly do it?” So the first thing the Rebbe did was to teach him how to say Gut Purim. The Rebbe says (loud and strong), “GUT PURIM!” and Pinchasl answers weakly," gut Purim”. Again. “GUT PURIM!” “gut Purim.” "No. I’ll try again. GUT PURIM!” “Gut Purim.” Finally he is roaring out like a lion, “Gut Purim, Gut PURIM, GUT PURIM!” Then the Rebbe said, “Okay now, Pinchasl. Now I’d like you to get me a gift for Purim. Okay. So Pinchasl goes out on the street, and he is yelling at the top of his lungs, “GUT PURIM, GUT PURIM, GUT PURIM!” He went in to a grocery and he yells out, “GUT PURIM” Then he said, “Listen, I know I owe you money from ten years back already, but this time I want you to give me a special bottle of wine and some fruit, because I want to bring a gift to the Rebbe.” There was something about the way he said it that the man had to give it to him. So he brought it to the Rebbe, and the Rebbe said it was the greatest gift he ever had for Purim.

Meanwhile, Pinchasl was walking home, and he thought, “I brought something nice to the Rebbe, and my own wife and children are starving. I better bring them something too.” So he walked back into the grocery store and yelled,”GUT PURIM! Listen, I need gifts for my family too. I can’t just walk home. It’s Purim.” Pinchasl was shining, and the grocery man forgot; he forgot the bill, he forgot about the money. The grocer gave him fruits and wine, and all kinds of things for Purim. So Pinchasl went home. The way things used to be when he was a real shlepper, Pinchasl would walk around the house and his wife would yell at him his children would yell at him, and his house was really a bad scene. But this time Pinchasl walked in like a lion, and yelled, “GUT PURIM!!” His wife looked at her husband, and he seemed like a different man. Pinchas said, “It’s Purim, we have to celebrate!” So they had a great feast and told his children the story of Purim. His house was completely different. His wife and children were looking him in a completely different way. He was teaching his children how to say “GUT PURIM!!!” the way he learned.

In the middle of the Kozhnitzer Maggid’s feast the Rebbe said, “Shhh… be quiet, because everybody in Heaven is quiet, they are listening to Pinchasl teach his children how to say, “GUT PURIM!”

The next morning Pinchasl walked into the rich man’s house and told him, “Listen, last night I decided I want to be a rich man too. I want you to give me a loan of ten thousand Rubles.” Pinchasl said it so strongly that the rich man trusted him. That’s how Pinchasl became the top holy rich man, the top holy beggar of Kozhnitz. Purim gave him the strength.

-- There is a lot that we can learn from this story. We can learn, that we firstly have to put out trust and correct faith in the right places, So many times we doubt what it is we are capable of , because we say, "Hey thats not my style'" or "I could never do that, I dont have the guts"; We forget how many nice people there are out there. We forget how much most people are always looking to help with a hand. be it something big or small. But most importantly, no matter whatever is going on in our lives Hashem just want to hear us scream like Pinchas. He wants to hear us scream from the depths of our hearts.Like the great singer ADI RON says:

" Ki mim'cha ha'refuah.

* Because the healing is from You.

Ki mim'cha ha'parnassah.

* Because the sustenance is from You.

Ki mim'cha ha'ahava.

* Because the love is from You.

Ki mim'cha ha'yeshua.

* Because the salvation is from You.

V'atah tov u'meitiv la'kol.

* And You are good and bestow good on all.

Nachon Hashem l'chol d'varav.

* The Lord is correct in all His words.

L'chol asher hik'rahu be'emet.

* To all who call on You in truth.

Sometimes we just need to scream with truth and sincerity to the ultimate source and all the doors that have been locked will come crashing down.



'Let me hear you as u drive by my house GUT GUT PURIM GUT PURIM.

Chaim Yissachar

Saturday, March 3, 2012

They're here...

Hey Everyone.

      Its funny sometimes what we get excited for in life, but this morning was very exciting in the Feigenbaum home (at least for me). We received two packages at our doorstep just in time to keep things rolling. First things first. Thanks to all those who have been so supportive of spreading Emunah and its message through out our magnets. The response has been larger then we could have ever expected, and the need to order more only ignites our mission to keep on going strong. Thanks to all those who contributed in distribution, and more importantly helping us order another batch.

      As I was saying,this morning we were blessed to receive our second shipment of magnets. They look just as good, if not better the the originals and are all ready to picked up ,shipped out, and used to inspire. REMEMBER, the goal is not to have a fancy magnet on our cars, but its to take the message of Emunah and instill it in our hearts, families, and lives. I can honestly say I feel that due to all the positive feedback we have been receiving, we are very much succeeding in this mission. I think that starting Motzai Shabbos Kodesh we will be going back to our normal pickup system for the magnet pickup, outside in a box at 19 Sunrise Terrace in Bergenfield. For anyone that can not make it to pick up, please be in touch and we will figure out how to get it to you. Also our goal is really to spread these magnets out not only around our town but really all over, so if you have any ideas as to how we can spread them out please don't by shy. We are a chevrah, and we try and do things and accomplish things together.

    Also as an added bonus for a limited time only, an anonymous donor has sponsored 100 Rabbi Lazer Brody Torah cds about Emunah and ideas as such free for the taking. For those of you who know me , know that the teachings of Rabbi Brody have really changed my life, and its a real zechus to able to present these to the tzibur free of charge as well . They also will be in the box with the magnets first come first serve on those as well. Again any other ideas people have, as to how we can spread the message and meaning of Emunah in any way ,throughout our lives, homes, family's, and communities is something we eagerly want to hear. Chevrah, lets make a difference, lets make a change, lets grow and continue to grow together as one. We are doing a great job, and lets keep it up.

I THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, and hope to see these magnets flying all over the place soon

With much love

Team Emunah

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Please join us for a spiritually uplifting event to be a zechus for Chaim!

Amen Event led by Rebbetzin Yaffa Jungreis .

For women and girls 12 yrs and over

Sunday March 4th, 10:00a.m., at Ohr Hatorah 36 Rector Court, Teaneck, NJ

Zechus for a refuah shleima for Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit and all other cholim.

Rebbetzin Jungreis will lead us in Birchos Hashachar, Tehillim, and many other brachos in order to give us many opportunities to answer amen.

Hope you can join us.

Yaffa Jungreis is currently a teacher at TAG high school and is well known around Long Island for giving many inspirational shiurim and chaburas.

May all the brachos that are said strengthen our connection with Hashem and bring a quick and complete recovery to Chaim Yissachar and all cholei yisrael.

Dvar torah- Tetzaveh

Hey everyone

I hope everyone is doing well, and feeling good. Baruch Hashem we are all doing well, and as the treatments and chemos, progress so do we. We put our trust in Hashem and follow his path. We keep on moving forward.

In regard to this weeks Parsha i wanted to share a quick idea with all of you. In this weeks Parsha - Parsha's Tetzaveh (28:28) it says ". And they shall fasten the choshen (הַחֹשֶׁן ) by its rings to the rings of the ephod ( הָאֵפֹד) with a blue cord, so that it may be upon the band of the Ephod, and the Choshen will not move off the ephod."

Before we examine what it is this pasuk is trying to teach us, lets just review for a quick second what the Choshen and the Ephod were, and what they represented. The Choshen was a garment also known as the choshen mishpat in Hebrew, which means the "breastplate of judgment" or "decision." Square-shaped and worn over the heart, it was called so because of the unique role which it played in helping to render fateful decisions.According to the Biblical instructions and rabbinical traditions, the breastplate is a patterned brocade like the Ephod. The threads of its fabric are gold, sky-blue, dark red and crimson wool, and twisted linen. The garment itself is set with four rows of small square stones, in settings of knitted or braided gold. Each row contained three stones-totaling twelve stones, one stone representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name of the corresponding tribe was engraved on each stone."Like the two sardonyx shoulder stones, the Bible states that the purpose of the twelve stones is "to be a perpetual remembrance before the L-rd" (Ex. 28:29). When the High Priest bore the breastplate into the holy place, Israel was remembered for peace. The sages taught that the Ephod served to invoke the cause of Israel's sustenance and material welfare, and the breastplate - her salvation, and deliverance from her enemies." (

Now. that we know a little bIt more about what we are dealing, lets try and look a little deeper into what the torah is teaching us in this Pasuk. Says one of my spiritual guides Rabbi Lazer Brody shlita a beautiful gem. He teaches that the Torah is teaching us about the amazing relationship between us his sons and daughters, and Him being Hashem. The Choshen is a remembrance of Bnai Yisroel before Hashem, becasue it had 12 stones on it. Each stone corresponded to the twelve tribes of Israel before Hashem. Every time Hashem saw the Cohen wearing this garment, it was a reminder, of all of Hashem's precious children before him.

The Ephod on the other hand is a correspondence to the names of Hashem, because in gematria, the full name of Hashem spelled out is = to 91 same as Ephod. This was a reminder to Bnai Yisroel that no matter how far they may seem from Him, He is always right there for them connected to them. This says Rabbi Brody is what the Pasuk is teaching us. " And they shall fasten the choshen (הַחֹשֶׁן ) by its rings to the rings of the ephod ( הָאֵפֹד) with a blue cord, so that it may be upon the band of the ephod, and the choshen will not move off the ephod." .That the bond between the Choshen and Ephod. the bond between Hashem and his children, The bond between us and our father in Heaven, that will never be lost, broken, or disconnected.

There have been many times throughout our national and personal lives, where this bond has been tried to be broken, and we dont have to delve into them all. All we need to know. Is that Hashem is always there, will always be there, and forever be there for us. Our family's, our people, and our children must learn and know, that no matter what happens in life the bond between us and Hashem is eternal. We just have to believe he is always there for us, and open our eyes to see him.

With much love and warmth, hoping to hear from you all soon,



Chaim Yissachar


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hi everyone

I hope everyone is doing well and that you purim hachanos are well underway both preparing for the physical mitzvot of the day, and well as the proper mental preparations that must be made.

Reb Shlomo Carlebach tells an amazing story about Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, that I would like to share . Known as Der Heiliger Ruzhiner , he was known to conduct his court with a real sense of Malchus to it. This amongst his great wisdom and torah insight, attracted thousands of Chasidim, making Ruzhin the largest and most influential dynasty in the southwest.This did not sit well with Tsar Nicolas I of Russia, who was said to be jealous of the Rebbe's wealth and influence. He particularly did not like it when word got back to him, that when the Rebbi came to town all the Jewish people would come out and greet the Rebbi with candles, song and dance. Turning each visit into huge spectacle and celebration. Therefore having felt very threatened by the power of the Rebbi he imprisoned him for nearly two years. In the end the chassidim were able to get the Rebbi out of jail and he fled to Austria.

Anyway, says Rav Shlomo, when the Rebbi was in jail on Purim he said the following amazing words, and cried out this amazing heartfelt teffillah from the depths of his soul. He said "Rebbono Shel Olam, I so badly want to give you mishloach manos, I want to give mishloach manos to every Jew. But there are no Jews around me. Therefore the only one I can give mishloach manos to, is you Hashem. But what do I have to give you. Hear I am alone in a jail cell with nothing. Therefore Hashem all I can offer you as mishloach manos are my tears, and all the tears of every Jew, as mishloach manos this year. But Hashem ,now you have to give me mishloach manos in return. And I pray to you, that we make a trade. I will give you all the tears from down hear, from all your children down here on earth, and in return you give me and all of klal yisroel, all the simcha in the world from above. And the Rebbi ends his tefillah with the words " WE HAD ENOUGH TEARS HASHEM, PLEASE GIVE US SIMCHA FROM ABOVE".

My sweetest friends, we all know that this has been a challenging year for for many of us. Each of us, has had to deal with challenges that have have pushed us, drained us, and really effected us in ways we may not have been challenged before. Each of us, in our own personal way. But more then that. It has been what seems like a tough year for klal yisroel as a whole. Unfortunately many situations have come up in our personal and communal lives that have forced us to reevaluate where we stand on many positions, and take a good hard look at our lives and ask , what are our priorities. Where are we focusing our energies and strengths, and what are we trying to achieve in this world.

As Purim is quickly approaching, and we are preparing our mishloach manos, getting ready to celebrate a holiday filled with complete joy and bliss, lets try together, to just stop for one second if we can. Lets stop, reflect, and use the teffilah of the Heliger Ruzhiner. Lets look back at all that has been going on in our own lives and in the greater world around us and say Hashem lets make a trade. Hashem being that Purim is the holiday of vinahapochu, where things can be flipped in a second, from bad to good, from sadness to joy, from darkness to light, lets trade. From Now on we give you our tears. From now on, we pour out of hearts to you, all the pain, all the tears, all the sadness, because we know we have no one else to rely on for salvation but you. Because we know that you bring the ultimate salvation. And in return, we ask for happiness. We ask for redemption. In return we ask for revach ,vihatzalah, refuah, yeshua, love, sweetness, and happiness, for all of klal yisroel.

We have a rule "Whoever stretches out their hand on Purim should be given tzedakah" (Talmud Yerushalmi, Megilah 1,4). The Baal Shem Tov says one should get up early Purim morning and say many prayers and entreaties before Hashem for anything he or his relatives need, because the day is a very special time and all the “worlds” are happy and biratzon, and whoever sticks out his hand we give”. This refers to those collecting money, though here it refers to us sticking our hand out to Hashem asking for His help. Remember my friends, Emunah is not just a saying or a feeling, Its a way of life.

May Hashem bless us that we should be able to live a life filled with it. Wishing you and all of klal yisroel nothing but happiness this amazing day, and hope to share some sweet torah's, niggunim, and yom tov joy with with all of you.

Chaim Yissachar

Monday, February 27, 2012

Amen event for women!

Women!!! Please join us for a special Amen Event given by Rebbetzin Yaffa Jungreis in zechus for a refuah shleima for Chaim Yissachar ben Chaya Mushkit and all other cholim. Rebbetzin Jungreis will lead us in Birchos Hashachar, Tehillim, and many other brachos in order to give us many opportunities to answer amen.

This Sunday March 4th, 10:00a.m. at Ohr Hatorah (36 Rector Court, Teaneck, NJ)

{Please RSVP to so we can plan accordingly. A reservation is not necessary but helpful}

Yaffa Jungreis is currently a teacher at TAG high school and is well known around Long Island for giving many inspirational shiurim and chaburas.

May all the brachos that are said strengthen our connection with Hashem and bring a quick and complete recovery to Chaim Yissachar and all cholei yisrael.

Many stories have been told about amazing things that have occurred to people after they made a sincere effort to say amen to a bracha. Think about the powerful connection we make with Hashem when we recite amen properly: we are listening to someone praise Hashem for His infinite kindness, we reflect upon the truth of this praise and we then actively affirm our belief in that truth! All the more reason for us to say brachos out loud in the presence of others who will say amen, and to concentrate and answer amen when others recite brachos out loud.
An Amen party/event is a beautiful way for people to get together to say brachos and amens in a festive environment filled with fun, friendship and spiritual growth.


Hey everyone

Hope you are all doing well and that you had a great shabbos. Baruch Hashem we are all good. I was able to be home for shabbos with Talia and the kids, and was joined by my Holy parents for lunch , so that was really nice. As I say every week, there are fewer things that bring me greater joy, then being home with the family for shabbos. So Hashem thank you so much for that. Also just wanted to say thanks for all the positive feedback we have been getting from the blog. I really feel people are starting to open up and express their feelings in regard to Emunah and avodos Hashem and that is really something we are striving for and hoping to accomplish, so thank you and lets please keep it going. We are open to all suggestions as to how we can better things and spread the good word , so please dont be shy. Also thanks to all of you who have been writing in with words of chizuk, bracha, and tefilah. It means so much to us, we cant thank you enough.

In regard to the medical stuff that is going on ,Baruch Hashem we made it through week one of chemo and other treatments. I got more on tap this week, but as my Holy Drs say, "Chaim lets take it one day at a time", and so that's what we will do. We know we have to do our part, but at the same time its all from Hashem. Our ultimate and loving father is always with us and always guiding us, so we just keep on going. I am starting to feel the chemos a bit, so thats not so much fun, but hey for refuah, we do what we got to do.

As master jewish poet and baal tefilah in our times Matisyahu expresses so well in his song Jerusalem " Aint no one gonna break my stride, Aint no one gonna pull me down ,Oh no, I got to keep on moving". And thats our goal. Nothing will pull us down, we will just keep on moving. ALL OF US TOGETHER. and put our trust in the one above.

(And yes yes a small little fun fact about me i am a big Matisyahu fan). Thanks to all of you for being there for us. Hope to hear from you all soon.

With much love.


Chaim Yissachar


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dvar Torah- Terumah

Hey everyone,

Sorry for so many posts this week, but I guess I just got a lot to say. Hope everyone is doing well, and getting ready for what I am sure will be a sweet shabbos.

In this weeks Parsha, parshas Terumah, the torah states " Speak to the children of Israel, and have them take to ME a portion, from every person, who's heart will motivate him.... 25:2).

In the sefer Amud Haemes a collection of teachings from the Kotzker Rebbi, Reb Menachum Mendel of Kotzk, it brings down two very beautiful approaches as to how to understand this pasuk.

But first a brief history. Menachem Mendel Morgensztern of Kotzk, better known as the Kotzker Rebbe was a chassidic leader. He is considered to be the spiritual founder, upon which the Ger dynasty is based. He was well known for his incisive philosophies, and sharp-witted sayings.But most importantly in Kotzk it was all about the truth. Nothing was as important as the truth. However The Kotzker, had a best friend, another giant in the chassidic world and his name was Rav Yitzchak Kalish of Vorka. In Vorka Reb Yitzack was famous for his loving kindness , his compassion, and caring for every Jew. These two approaches were very different ,however never prevented them from having such a strong friendship.

Each one interprets this pasuk based on their approach to yidishkeit, however lets start with the Kotzker.The Kotzker starts by explaining, that if we look at the passuk, the passuk is teaching us that if a person wants to make himself Terumah, a portion/person dedicated towards Hashem, then the best way to do so is by separating himself from others. Even others who may be dedicated and " whos heart motivates him" to the same lofty goals of committing themselves to Hashem, the best way to focus on your relationship with Hashem is to separate yourself and focus on yourself.

However the Vorker takes the direct opposite approach. He says that if a person wants to make himself Terumah, a portion/ person dedicated towards Hashem, then the best way to do it is by looking at someone else " whos heart motivates him" , and saying what can I learn from that person. By looking at someone who is motivated and dedicated to living a life that is geared towards service of Hashem, and saying what can I learn from that person, that is how someone will come closer to Hashem. That says the holy Vorker is what the passuk is teaching us.

Each one of us is so unique in our own special way. So many times we fail to recognize and acknowledge how special we and those around us are. We dont see ourselves or others strengths, rather we focus on weaknesses. We must all know that Hashem has blessed us all, with our own special talents. Each one of us is capable of something, that no one else is capable of. Each one of us posses certain skills and ability's that make us great. That makes us unique, that makes us unlike anyone else in the world. We just have to start viewing ourselves in that light. We must look at ourselves and at every single Jew and realize how truly special we are, and how we are capable of achieving anything,because with Hashem by our side nothing is impossible NOTHING. We are all capable of greatness, but we have to start believing in ourselves. Each one of us can do anything we set our minds to, because each one of us is a child of the ultimate and loving King. I hope and pray for all of us that we see how truly special and talented we are, each of us in our own unique way.May we learn from both of the interpretations of the passuk, and may Hashem help use whichever approach speaks to our heart more, in coming closer to Him.


Chaim Yissachar