A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel

Thank you to all who participated in the MATCH GRANT CAMPAIGN!

Together we reached and exceeded the goal!

The Rebbe would often point out that two people working together can lift a weight heavier than the sum of what each could lift on their own.

Lesson learned: We're not alone. We have each other; our families, friends and community. We must remember to extend a helping hand when those around us are in need. Equally important, we shouldn't be afraid to reach out for help when we are in need of help.

My thanks to the MATCH CAMPAIGN MATCHERS for their generosity and for making this campaign possible:

- Mike Wach and the Wach Family Foundation
- Michael Resnick of Sinai Chapels

Thank you to each of the more than 70 donors who partnered with us to reach this goal.

Please note: Many of our generous donors make gifts to us at other times of the year and are therefore not listed on this campaign. We thank them for their generous support throughout the year!

In the spirit of community, please join us at Shul this Shabbat as we say farewell to a wonderful couple, Sania and David Clontz and wish them well on their move and new home in Plainview, Long Island.

The Clontz's have been active members of our Chabad for 8 years. David is a regular (and outspoken... :) ) participant at Shul services. Sonia is a respected pediatrician in town and has been active in Sisterhood, including leading the effort for The Shabbos Project for our community. Gideon has been enrolled in our Florence Brownstein Preschool for the past 3 years, and is a regular at Shabbat morning services where he leads the congregation in the Shma prayer upon taking out the Torah. And of course there's little Jonah - the "Sandy" baby, whose bris was celebrated just days after the storm hit.

A Kiddush luncheon will be served in honor of the Clontz's, at which time we will have opportunity to wish them well.

I thank Hashem for the opportunity to be a part such a special community, with it wonderful spirit of brotherhood and generosity!

Happy 2015 & Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel
Wall Street Journal

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
By: Eric Metaxas

In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he's obsolete-that as science progresses, there is less need for a "God" to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God's death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place-science itself...


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Question of the Week
Question of the week
Don't Say You're Sorry
By: Rabbi Aron Moss | Sydney, Australia

Question: A certain individual has been disrespectful to a parent. The adult child feels that since they said "sorry," that is enough. But it was a very general apology, and they did not take responsibility for their actions. The parent accepted the apology, but is still very hurt. The adult child believes their parent is acting "infantile" (the parent is eighty-three years old). What can I say to get across to the adult child the importance of working this situation through?

Answer: An apology has two distinct parts: saying sorry and asking for forgiveness.

When we say, "I am sorry," we are making a statement about ourselves: I am remorseful, I regret my actions, and I hope not to repeat them.

But an apology is not just about you and your feelings. It is about the person you hurt as well. You don't apologize just to absolve yourself from guilt, but more to acknowledge that you are the cause of someone else's pain, and to take responsibility for it. For this you must do more than say sorry; you must ask for forgiveness.

This means that even if you are in the right and actually did nothing wrong; even if the other person misinterpreted your words or actions; even if you have nothing to regret; nevertheless, if someone else is hurting-perhaps mistakenly-you need to apologize. You are not asking forgiveness for what you have done; you are asking forgiveness for any pain you may have caused.

If it were just some stranger on the street that you had hurt, then it would suffice to genuinely say "sorry" and move on. But this is a parent. You have only one set of parents, and you don't have them forever. Whether they were the greatest parents in the world or not, they went through a lot for you. They deserve respect. Give it to them before it is too late.

Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Dec 26
4:15 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Dec 27
5:19 pm
Torah Portion: Vayigash

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This week's Kiddush is sponsored by Chabad of Port Washington in honor of David & Sania Clontz moving to Plainview.

David & Sania Clontz

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Community News

Best wishes to Ellen Savran and her grandson Ari Lev Savran born on July 18th 2014.

Ari at five months


Alex Michael Nadjari 1/3
Peggy Klat 1/4
Zachary Marans 1/4
Tzivia Paltiel 1/4
Spencer Kagan 1/5
Sydney Ruben 1/6
Ellyn Logvin 1/8

Tobias Gischner,
1/3/2015 | Tevet 12, 5775
observed by Edith Schneider

Linda Feuer, (Liba Leah bas Tzvi) 1/4/2015 | Tevet 13, 5775
observed by Mr. & Mrs. Cenname

Esther Eskanazy, (Esther bas Moshe) 1/5/2015 | Tevet 14, 5775
observed by

Al Eskanazy

Ellen Kalinsky,
1/5/2015 | Tevet 14, 5775
observed by
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Kalinsky

Chaim Greenspan,
(Chaim ben Anshel)
1/8/2015 | Tevet 17, 5775
observed by
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Rothschild and
Debbie & Ira Greenspan

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Daily Thought
Truth For a Moment

That very first tear that flowed onto your cheek-that one that fell before you became aware, absorbed in thoughts too deep to be spoken, out of the sting of awakening to what this life is truly about and what you have done with it, as you yearned to be not where you are now, not what you are now-

-that tear was real, an unblemished offering. For a moment, nothing else existed, nothing but your G-d and your naked soul before Him. For a moment, it was all true.

Until, violently, you were jerked back into your world of confusion, once again in the clutches of your ego, remarking, "Aha! A tear!"-and it is as though that moment had never been. So you say to yourself, "It was all a lie. Truth doesn't pass. Truth is forever."

If anything is a lie, it is your ego, your imaginary world and its darkness and confusion. All of that comes and passes, never to return. From there, truth will never be born.

But for a moment, a glimmer of truth flashed from the world of truth into your world, achieved what it was meant to achieve, and returned to its source.

All else will disappear. That moment is forever.

Likutei Sichot, volume 17, page 115. Ha'azinu 5728:4.

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Vayigash

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin's stead. Upon witnessing his brothers' loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. "I am Joseph," he declares. "Is my father still alive?"

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. "It was not you who sent me here," he says to them, "but G-d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine."

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families- seventy souls in all-and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the divine promise: " Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again."

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob's family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.