A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Oh, what a Rebbe!

Yesterday, in honor of Lag B'Omer I visited the Rebbe at the Ohel, his gravesite in Queens, as I often do on special days. A few guys from the morning "Shmooz & Shmear" torah study group joined me. It was a special trip for all of us. It was special to Michael because it was his 48th wedding anniversary; it was special to Scott because this was his maiden voyage to the Ohel; and it was special to Sanford because every day is special to Sanford.

As I scanned the large crowd milling around the visitors center, I notice my dear friend and mentor Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia and ChabadÂ’s chief emissary there. I introduce our group to him; the guys are delighted. Next we get introduced to Alan Dershowitz. We take a picture and thank him for his efforts of fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias, especially on college campuses. I mention my good friend (Chabad Board members) Alan Rosenzweig who I know was Dershowitz's classmate in college; Alan remembers Alan well. He even remembers me re-introducing the men to one another at a Shluchim convention about ten years ago when Dershowitz served as key note speaker.

On the ride home I can't help but think: Wow, what a Rebbe! What a great leader the Rebbe is, who twenty years posthumously brings together people and leaders from all over the world, as diverse as these two men are; as diverse as the four men sitting in my car on the drive home; inspiring each in their own unique mission to help strengthen our people and our faith.

We're all different and unique. Each of us can make a contribution. Each one counts. Each is needed to accomplish the mission and finally bring Moshaich!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

Lag B'Omer

During visit to the OHEL on Lag B'Omer

Rabbi Paltiel, Michael Greiff, Scott Matty and Sanford Lewis meet the Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar, and Attorney Alan Dershowitz.

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Photo of the Week

Florence Brownstein Preschool

Enjoying a Fire Drill on a beautiful Spring Day courtesy of our very own Fire Fighter Chris Ferraro (dad of one of our Preschoolers).


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Question of the Week
Question of the week
Why Do Jews Always Get Noticed?
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: Why do the Jewish people seem to loom so large on the world stage? The numbers don't add up. Here's a nation that comprises less than 0.2% of the world's population, yet we command so much attention you'd think there were billions of us. That's like a room of two thousand people, with one puny guy sitting in the corner whom everyone wants to talk to (or pick on)!


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
  [Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, May 8
7:40 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, May 9
8:45 pm
Torah Portion: Emor

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is in honor of the Bar mitzvah of Roey Kafri,
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Roey with his new Tefillin

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Community News


Guy Greener 5/8
Donald Markowitz 5/10
Devin Rosenthal 5/10
Jasper Abrahams 5/12
Sania Clontz 5/12
Arik Eshel 5/13
Yoram Greener 5/13
Harrison Spatz 5/13


Michael & Adelle Greif, Lag Bomer


Sheindl Bernstein, (Sheindl bas Meir) 5/9/2015 | Iyar 20, 5775
observed by Annette Chana Buchman

Harry Heiden,
(Hersh Leib ben Avraham)
5/11/2015 | Iyar 22, 5775
observed by

David & Regine Heiden

Sidney Engel, (Yehoshua ben Leib)
5/13/2015 | Iyar 24, 5775
observed by
Mark & Jo Ann Engel

Max Effune,
(Mordechai Ben Leb Yehuda)
5/14/2015 | Iyar 25, 5775
observed by

Edwin & Sandra Effune

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This Week @ ChabadPW.org
Your Questions
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Learn the Parshah In Depth
Join the sages of yesteryear as they explore the deeper meaning of this week's Parshah. As quoted from the Talmud, Zohar, Maimonides, the Code of Jewish Law, and more . . .
Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
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What Happens to the World After the Loss of a Child
North America
California Dreamin' Comes True: Extensive New Space for Jewish Center
Holiday Watch
Getting Ready for Lag BaOmer in Every Israeli City and Town
The Jewish Calendar
  Friday Iyar 19 | May 8
Omer: Day 34
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Maharam (1293)
Today in Jewish HistoryGoebbels Committed Suicide (1945)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Five Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Shabbat Iyar 20 | May 9
Omer: Day 35
Today in Jewish HistoryJourney From Sinai (1312 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryTroyes Jews Burned at Stake (1288)
Today in Jewish HistoryVenice Jews Forbidden to Practice Law (1637)
Today in Jewish HistoryMt. Scopus Hospital (1939)
Today in Jewish HistoryPregnant Women Sentenced to Death (1942)
Laws and CustomsEthics: Chapter 4
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Six Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Sunday Iyar 21 | May 10
Omer: Day 36
Today in Jewish HistoryFrank Hanged in Prague (1946)
Today in Jewish HistoryKfar Chabad Established (1949)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Seven Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Monday Iyar 22 | May 11
Omer: Day 37
Today in Jewish HistoryShabbat Commanded (1313 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryJewish Books Confiscated (1731)
Today in Jewish HistoryHungarian Jews Deported (1944)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Eight Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Tuesday Iyar 23 | May 12
Omer: Day 38
Today in Jewish HistoryWater from a Rock at Rephidim (1313 BCE)
Laws and CustomsCount "Thirty-Nine Days to the Omer" Tonight
  Wednesday Iyar 24 | May 13
Omer: Day 39
Today in Jewish HistoryGermany Surrenders (1945)
Laws and CustomsCount "Forty Days to the Omer" Tonight
Daily Thought
Inherited Faith

Our job is not to have faith. We have faith already, whether we want it or not. It comes in our blood from our ancestors, who gave their lives for it.

Our job is to transport that higher vision that gave them their faith down into our minds, into our personalities, into our words, into our actions in daily life. To make it part of our selves and of our world.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Emor

The Torah section of Emor (" Speak") begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim ("priests"), the kohen gadol ("high priest"), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness-the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a "remembrance of shofar blowing" on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival-during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the "Four Kinds"-beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the "eighth day" of Sukkot ( Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one's fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).