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The Rebbetzin
A Word from the Rabbi
Rabbi Paltiel Greetings!

Yesterday, marked the 26th yahrzeit - anniversary of passing - of our beloved Rebbetzin, Chaya Mushka Schneerson, of righteous memory; daughter of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and wife of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

The Rebbetzin, OB"M
The Rebbetzin is beloved to us Chassidim like a mother or grandmother. Each time I visit the Ohel (the Rebbe's gravesite) I'll always stop at her gravesite as well to ask for her blessing. I must admit, at times the feelings I experience near the Rebbetzin's gravesite are even stronger than at the Rebbe's Ohel - I guess a mother touches that special place in the heart... Our daughter Mushka is named after this very special woman, as are thousands of other young women who walk in her path and try to live up to her shining example. Her yahrzeit is occasion to be inspired to grow spiritually, for all of us, and especially for Jewish women. Click here to learn more about this extraordinary woman.

My Mother, Rochelle Paltiel
Speaking of mother: It's no coincidence that on this very Shabbat, my entire immediate and extended Paltiel family is gathering for a retreat to celebrate the 70th birthday of my mother, Rochelle Paltiel (may she be well for a long healthy life till 120 years). Those of you who have had opportunity of meeting my mother know how special she is. I'll miss being here this Shabbos but look forward to celebrating my mother's special birthday alongside my six siblings and their families who are all coming in from throughout the US and Canada.

There's no one quite like mom!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel

P.S. On the subject of 'mothers' - thousands of Chabad Rebbetzins, "Shluchos" from across the globe, are gathering in Brooklyn this weekend (those whose flights weren't cancelled...) for their annual convention which is held each year close to the Rebbetzin's yahrzeit. The women have the opportunity to hear guest speakers, attend workshops, share ideas, visit the Ohel (Lubavitcher Rebbe's gravesite) and socialize among their peers. The convention culminates this Sunday evening with The Gala Banquet, after which these 3,000+ incredible women will return to their posts around the world to continue bringing the joys of Judaism to their communities.

Click here to watch the gala banquet live on Sunday, 5:00 pm.

Live Broadcast
Gala Banquet Live!


The International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries will offer a live webcast of its gala banquet, this Sunday evening, January 26th, at 5:00pm ET.

Click here to watch live.

Membership Directory


We are preparing to publish the Chabad Membership Directory, listing name, address and home phone of each member family. IMPORTANT: If you do NOT want your address or home phone listed, or if you'd prefer a different address or phone number be listed instead, please let me know asap at (If you've already sent me your preferences in this regard, no need to resend)

Not a member? It's not too late to join and be included in the community directory. Click here for details.

Calendar of Events


Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me | Tuesdays, 9:30 -10:15 am

Join Jaime Lewis, of Kids Can Music together with Sara Paltiel, Director of Florence Brownstein Preschool for music and movement in Chabad's spectacular new Israel-themed immersive indoor playground.

Click here for more info and register.


Comedy Night

Comedy Night | Saturday Night, 7:30 PM

The Chabad Sisterhood invites you to our First Annual Comedy Night featuring comedian, Maya Klausner & guests.

Light refreshments will be served | $10.00 per person

Click here to RSVP.



NEW JLI: To Be a Jew in the Free World
6 Sundays, Begins February 2 | 10:00 AM

What was it like for our ancestors to say goodbye to the shtetl, to set out to discover new lives for themselves, along with all of the liberties the free world had to offer? At the dawn of the enlightenment, how did our parents adapt their Judaism to the developments of a modern age? And what can we learn from their struggles to connect deeply with our own Jewish identities?

Click here for more info and to register.


Purim Ball

Save the Date: Purim Ball
Saturday Night, March 15 | 8:30 - 11:30 PM

Start planning your costumes and book your babysitters... Join us to celebrate Purim in Costume!

Evening festivities are for adults only. Sponsors and volunteers are welcome.


Save the Date

Save the Date | Gala Dinner
Monday, June 2, 2014

Please save the date for Chabad of Port Washington's annual dinner celebrating our 23rd anniversary.

Formal invitation to follow.
Question of the Week
Question of the week
The $499 Dilemma
By: Rabbi Aron Moss

Question: I tell my nine year old son that people who work hard will progress in life and have what they need. Now I have a dilemma. There is a new electronic game which costs $499 plus megabucks for each game. His cousin has one, his friends have it but we have no intention of buying him one. We don't have the money, and anyway it is not one of our priorities - there are far better things he could do with his time than play violent video games. He does everything properly, listens to us, puts in the effort at school and is now devastated that he has done it all and cannot have what he wants. How will I explain it to him?


Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Port Washington, NY
[Based on Zip Code 11050]:
Shabbat Candle Lighting:
Friday, Jan 24
4:44 pm
Shabbat Ends:
Shabbat, Jan 25
5:46 pm
Torah Portion: Mishpatim

Kiddush Calendar

This week's kiddush is sponsored by Mr Joshua Setton, Setton International Foods, Inc.

Thank you Gary Litvak for organizing the kiddush.

Click here to let us know if you can sponsor a kiddush.

Community News

Jodi Adler 1/25
Lidor Konfino 1/25
Lawrence Smith 1/25

Robert Spatz 1/25

Wendy Shenfeld 1/26
Elisa Rosenthal 1/29


Dorothy & Bart Waxman 1/25


Frieda Brauzer, (Fredyl ben Avsher) 1/28/2014 | Shevat 27, 5774
observed by

Jerry & Sandra Kramer

Herbert Burman,
1/29/2014 | Shevat 28, 5774
observed by

Russ & Audrey Burman

Ralph Resnick, (Reuven ben Yaakov) 1/29/2014 | Shevat 28, 5774
observed by

Robert Resnick

Jim Kay, (Yaakov ben Lev)
1/30/2014 | Shevat 29, 5774
observed by

Martin & Mary Kay

Ita Silver, (Ita Goldie bas Avraham) 1/30/2014 | Shevat 29, 5774
observed by Eleanor Glick

*CLICK HERE to convert any regular calendar date, birthday or Yahrtzeit to its corresponding Jewish-calendar date!

Schedule of Services

Sunday Morning

Services: 9:00 AM

Monday - Friday
Services: 7:00 AM

Friday Evening: Candle lighting time

Saturday Morning: 9:30 AM
Followed by Kiddush Luncheon at 12
Mincha: Following Lunch

Schedule of Classes

Video & Torah Class
Sunday | 9:45 - 11:00 AM

Coffee & Parsha Class

Monday - Friday | 7:45 - 8:15 AM

Tanya Class
with Rabbi Paltiel
Saturdays | 8:45-9:30 AM

Quick Links

The Rebbe


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On the Calendar
22 Shevat: Passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneersohn
Marking the anniversary of passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory
Death by Secrets
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Chabad-Lubavitch News from Around the World
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North America
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Rabbis Join Canada's Prime Minister on Israel Visit
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The Jewish Calendar
Friday Shevat 23 | January 24
Today in Jewish HistoryWar on Benjamin (1188 BCE)
Shabbat Shevat 24 | January 25
Today in Jewish HistoryZachariah's Prophecy (351 BCE)
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel (1888)
Laws and CustomsBless New Month
Sunday Shevat 25 | January 26
Today in Jewish HistoryR. Israel Salanter (1883)
Monday Shevat 26 | January 27
Today in Jewish HistoryPassing of the Taz (1667)
Tuesday Shevat 27 | January 28
Today in Jewish HistoryThe "Simlah Chadashah" (1737)
Daily Thought
Einstein's G-d

Einstein received acclaim for demonstrating that energy and matter are one. The scientist who demonstrates how all forces are one in a unified theory will receive even greater acclaim.

So, since we all agree that someone will eventually establish this, why not accept it right now, and we'll call it G-d?

The Parshah In A Nutshell
Parshat Mishpatim

Following the revelation at Sinai, G-d legislates a series of laws for the people of Israel. These include the laws of the indentured servant; the penalties for murder, kidnapping, assault and theft; civil laws pertaining to redress of damages, the granting of loans and the responsibilities of the "Four Guardians"; and the rules governing the conduct of justice by courts of law.

Also included are laws warning against mistreatment of foreigners; the observance of the seasonal festivals, and the agricultural gifts that are to be brought to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; the prohibition against cooking meat with milk; and the mitzvah of prayer. Altogether, the Parshah of Mishpatim contains 53 mitzvot-23 imperative commandments and 30 prohibitions.

G-d promises to bring the people of Israel to the Holy Land, and warns them against assuming the pagan ways of its current inhabitants.

The people of Israel proclaim, "We will do and we will hear all that G-d commands us." Leaving Aaron and Hur in charge in the Israelite camp, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and remains there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from G-d.