The Lamplighter
Chabad of Washington Heights' Weekly Newsletter
11 Kisleiv 5784 | November 24, 2023 | Torah Portion: Vayeitzei | Issue #755
We pray to G-d that our brothers and sisters in our Holy Land of Israel be safe and unharmed, that the wounded be healed, that the hostages return safely, that the murdered be avenged, and that the IDF decisively and utterly defeats our enemies.

To say a prayer for Israel, click here.
Wishing you a Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom. Next week in Jerusalem!
Rabbi Yakov Kirschenbaum 
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Weekly Torah Classes
Schedule for Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2
Weekday classes can be joined on Zoom - ID#: 858-784-1721 Password: 9R3NEZ , FB Live, and Phone - 646-558-6338 - code is 613770#.  

  • Monday at 9:00 pm: "My Prayer"
  • Wednesday at 9:00 pm: Parshah Insights
  • Shabbos at 9:30 am: Tanya & Tuna
  • Shabbos at appx. 1:45 pm: Parsha w/ R' Spencer
  • Shabbos at 3:30 pm: Talmudic-Tales
Shabbat Candle Lighting
Friday, November 24
Light Candles at: 4:13 pm

Shabbat, November 25
Shabbat Ends: 5:15 pm

Find out more about Shabbat & Holiday candle-lighting
Services are held at the Chabad House - 50 Overlook Terrace, side entrance

Shabbos P. Vayeitzei
shul - kleiman

Minchah, Kaballat Shabbat: 4:25 pm


Say Shema before: 9:16 am
Tanya & Tuna: 9:30 am
Shacharit: 10:00 am

Services followed by a hot kiddush, not-yet sponsored
To sponsor this week's kiddush or any kiddush, click here

Talmdic-Tales Class: 3:30 pm
Minchah: 4:15 pm
Maariv/Shabbat Ends: 5:15 pm
Love at First Sight: Five Biblical Examples
By Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, founder and director of the Gal Einai Institute; art by Sefira Lightstone
The more impetuous a relationship's beginning, the more difficult it may be to stabilize it later. This is illustrated by the five primary examples of love at first sight described in the Bible.

The first of these, that of Adam for Eve, is implied in the account of their creation. The following four — that of Rebecca for Isaac (Genesis 24:64-65), of Jacob for Rachel (ibid. 29), of David for Abigail (I Samuel 25), and of David for Bathsheba (II Samuel 12) — are described explicitly. These five, in their historical order, are descending examples of how the intensity of love at first sight can be focused into mature, rooted love. This ability to relate to another person with deep, concentrated attachment is known as da'at ("knowledge").
A Chaplain’s Gaza Notebook
Since Simchat Torah morning, Major Ezzy Morgenstern has been doing his part to protect the Jewish people. As a chaplain to a brigade currently in Gaza, he brings little nuggets of resilience, faith, and miracles from the front.

Visiting Home

I’ve been home three times since the war broke out more than 40 days ago. Some visits were just 10 hours and others were a full day. I was once given off on Friday afternoon. As I drove, I worried I wouldn’t make it home before Shabbat.

Even as I got closer to home, I considered going back to base. You see, once the sun set, I would not be allowed to continue driving home, since it would be Shabbat. But I would have no problem driving to base, since I would be reporting to active duty, and saving lives overrides Shabbat.
Open Your Eyes!
From a talk of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shabbos P. Vayeitzei 5752. Taken from Besuras Hageulah, published by Vaad L'hafotzas Sichos. Taken from www.torah4blind.org.
"As mentioned many times recently, that after our many great achievements and Divine service throughout the generations, and specifically after the Divine service of our Rebbeim and leaders through the Divine service of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, all necessary spiritual purifications have been accomplished.

This also includes the spiritual purification of "Aisav [Esau] is Edom."Aisav is already completely spiritually purified, as we see how the nations at this time (in the exile of Edom), which stem from "Aisav is Edom," conduct themselves as benevolent governments. Such conduct has spread to other nations, as we have seen, especially of late."
Crockpot Turkey and Wild Rice Cholent
By Levana Kirschenbaum | 7/17/14
 From Levanacooks.com
Crockpot turkey is the best

You end up with pulled turkey, fabulous, economical and incredibly easy. I gamely share the credit with two brands that devote their expertize to wrapping food in bags. I will explain, keep reading.

Crockpot turkey lends itself perfectly to cholent’s long cooking time.
For a halachic guide to  washing/checking vegetables, fruits, & berries, click here

Back in the days of the Soviet Union, Yitzi brings his shoes in for a repair.

The shoe repairman tells him, “They’ll be ready in ten years.”

“Ten years from today?”

“Ten years from today.”

“That’s no good. I’ve got the plumber coming.”
"Everyone must regard himself and the world as evenly poised between good and guilt...If he performed a good deed, he has shifted the balance of his fate, and that of the entire world to good, and has brought deliverance and salvation upon himself and upon them all."
-Maimonides, Laws of Teshuvah Ch. 3, Law 4
"The time of our redemption has arrived!"
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1990-1 - see Yalkut Shimoni Yeshayahu, remez 499